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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    You are just talking about how things look on paper. In an actual game, it plays very differently depending on circumstances, as I have described. How they play differently is what's important, and my issue, not how it looks on paper. It is a lot more work, especially when I can name three...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    I'm generally setting a DC of 10 for most things, sometimes 15 for more difficult things. That is when Storm King's Thunder isn't specifying a DC. Why rolling a DC? Mostly because that's how the books present things and that's what the players seem to expect, to point of declaring skill rolls...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    Other versions of D&D don't emphasize the d20 like 5E does. 5E has bounded accuracy and fast combat, both of which put heavy emphasis on the randomness of the d20. When I played a 2E Fighter, my numererical advantages compared to other classes and the monsters were more significant than the d20...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    I mostly posted this as an update to my threads on playing in Curse of Strahd, which a number of people here found interesting. It does bear saying that I have a lot less to say about things this time around, on account of my negative reaction to DMing 5E. My negative reaction has come somewhat...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    1. I find there is far less agency in 5E than there is in any other edition of D&D, and to an unsatisfactory degree. 2. The law of averages in 5E I find means little when most things are more or less decided by 1-3 rolls. 3. How is this different from 2E/3E? In both of those editions, there...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    My experience spans levels 1-9, and my statement does apply to the top end of that. It sounds like you and I are speaking of different issues. You seem to be speaking of a lack of real challenge, which isn't what I'm saying. What I'm trying to say is that in 5E both success and failure feel...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    I'm going to compare it to three other games I prefer and am familiar with, and I'm going to leave out 3.X as in my opinion play experience varied as much table to table as it does for entire systems. Combat--Combat in 5E goes by fast, often in 2-3 rounds. Monsters hit pretty hard, which is...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    Optimization isn't the issue. Talking with everyone at the event, we seem to have the most optimized table out of the seven. In addition, this table is more optimized than the one I was a PC for last season during Curse of Strahd. Walking away is going to happen, but that doesn't mean there...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    Perhaps not, but I wasn't expecting as quick or dramatic change in my mood when it comes to the game than what happened. I wanted to run it this time to get a deeper feel for the system, to see if I could bend it to my will. I have my answer. BA is a part, but not the big issue IMO. BA more or...
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    It's an AL event, but my table is run as a home game. This was made clear to everybody, and everybody gave their ok.
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    3E/3.5 A 3E/4E powergamer DMs Storm King's Thunder

    A while back I commented on joining an Adventurer's League Curse of Strahd campaign. For the new season, I decided I wanted to run a table this time. With one exception, it's gone very well so far. I managed to get a good table of players, and we've been pretty stable attendence wise. In fact...
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    3E/3.5 Thoughts of a 3E/4E powergamer on starting to play 5E

    For Hp and Con, Dex, and Wis saves you can usually make a pretty educated guess just by eyeballing the monsters, but that would be dependent on player skill/experience. As for resistances/immunities, those have tended to carry over from edition to edition, which is what I was getting at. On a...
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    3E/3.5 Thoughts of a 3E/4E powergamer on starting to play 5E

    Those things seem pretty minor compared to: 3E--Monsters as PCs, feats, Prestige Classes, Warlocks shooting Eldritch Blasts at will, Tome of Battle 4E--Fighters get powers too, the 4E Defender and Leader roles, Warlord(you mean I don't have to play a Cleric?), Healing Surges, the Encounter...
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    3E/3.5 Thoughts of a 3E/4E powergamer on starting to play 5E

    Is there really any difference between reading the 5E monster manual and having played D&D for 20 years over 3 previous editions, most of which were as the DM, and all the D&D monster knowledge accumulated from that.
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