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    D&D General Need wheat. Too dangerous. (worldbuilding)

    I think the real danger of extensive agriculture in a magical setting is that it encourages your political enemies to research Animate Wheat in order to make you fight your own food supply....
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    There's quite a bit of difference! Just not necessarily a difference regarding where the two campaigns fall on the sandbox spectrum. I don't know how to emphasize more clearly than I already have that the sandbox spectrum measures one aspect of play style in isolation. If it's an entirely...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    Various approaches to content creation are definitely different things, but they don't directly relate to the sandbox spectrum, as I've defined it. The spectrum is only looking at one dimension of play: how often players are expected to make strategic choices from among specific options for that...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    Where are you getting the idea of a "hidden menu" from? That isn't part of how I've specified the spectrum. And yes, implicit in the idea of being able to make an open-ended choice is that you may be doing something the GM hasn't prepped yet. (Depending on GM style, the GM might wing it or...
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    D&D General Railroads, Illusionism, and Participationism

    @EzekielRaiden Thanks for the detailed response! I like learning about different approaches, so I really appreciate the time and effort that went into providing so much detail. For clarity, I am very upfront with my players about my DMing style and the tools I use, especially the ones that can...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    Unless I'm misunderstanding what you mean, I don't consider the sandbox spectrum I've specified to be about "establishing situations". It's about what the table expectations are for how the party decides to answer the (implicit or explicit) strategic question: "what do you do next?" and how...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    The difference is table expectations: if, for a given strategic decision, one is expected to pick from those options laid out by the GM (obligating the PCs to follow the GM's lead on campaign direction), then that decision would be non-sandboxy and lower the campaign's sandbox percentage. If...
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    D&D 5E What level do you like to start at?

    I like starting at level 6. At that point single-classed characters are starting to get some of their advanced abilities, dip characters can take a level in another class without losing their important level-5 ability, and multiclass characters have enough room to start making character-defining...
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    D&D General Railroads, Illusionism, and Participationism

    I'm with @prabe on this point. How do you get better at solving mysteries when your deductive skills are better than the DM's ability to make sure that the evidence points most strongly towards their intended solution? As a DM who runs improv-heavy sandboxes, I encounter this issue a lot. I've...
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    D&D General Railroads, Illusionism, and Participationism

    I think the answer to your question is very straightforward: such a change is not compatible with everyone's preferences. For players for whom the downside of knowing about a "secret retcon" would outweigh any gain in excitement, making the change would not be a net improvement. Thus, making the...
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    D&D General Railroads, Illusionism, and Participationism

    That's cool. My preferences run the other way: I'd be disappointed if the DM didn't change things in order to run with a new, more-exciting idea, and instead insisted on running things with the less-exciting original solution. Communication-wise, in the moment I'd prefer the DM not draw...
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    D&D General Railroads, Illusionism, and Participationism

    Out of curiosity, what if the player's flash of insight was wrong according to the DM's notes, but was both better-supported by the clues thus far and made for a better, more entertaining story? Specifically, let's say the player suddenly realizes that the Princess is framing the Baron, and...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    I addressed that earlier when I said: To rephrase to more directly address your question: a strategic decision that would count as constrained by options presented by the DM would be one where the DM has laid out specific options for the players to select among for this particular decision, and...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    I specified (multiple times) that the spectrum I'm referring to is measured in percentages, from 0 percent to 100 percent. Since we're dealing with rational numbers, that's a continuous, well-ordered domain. The particular characteristic used to place a campaign along this spectrum was specified...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    Thanks for clarifying! Apparently we see the discussion so far quite differently. From my perspective, no one has tried to discard your argument based on disagreeing with your word choice. Instead, as I see it some posters have disagreed with the points they saw you as making based on the...
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