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    D&D 5E SELF-HEALING- zero HP divide?

    So while pondering another I got off on a tangent. Just musing but I like the feel. A simple alteration to the healing rules to put some extra sting or hardship to "going zero" or "whack-a-mole." If you go thru a combat without even getting knocked to 0 hp, healing is as D&D norm - short rest...
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    D&D General Positive Stories of Faith from Your Campaigns

    So, in light of multiple threads about the many ways paladin code traps see play, I want to ask for the opposite. Tell us about any times you had a player date to play a paladin with a code, a cleric or druid of a faith to a given divine or church, a warlock with a Patron or any character with...
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    70s CBS Late crime drama?

    So, when I was younger, back in the 70s iirc, CBS ran some series late night instead of talk shows - talking 1130 and later. One of these I thought was called Scene of the Crime. It was typical hour to 90m mystery fare but while the actors stayed the same they each played different characters...
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    My "Insane" house Rule on healing

    So, in an amusing thread not on this forum i had fun when two house rules i use were equally branded as "insane" in quick responses in a "tell us some of your your house rules" thread. What was amusing is one made no changes to the "balance of play" and changed not one chance of success (players...
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    Describing is Seeing (and more)

    Disclaimer: This is not about hidden stuff, lighting and senses or detailed investigations or those kinds of things. This is about stuff that are by any normal in-game reasonable presentation noticed. So, recently have seen games where the GM starts describing a room or scene thrn stops...
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    D&D 5E "Hey, i know a guy..."

    So have a concept-to-character puzzle for you. Lets say your character's thing, one of the major things, is the idea of being the guy who "knows a guy..." - basically a man of many contacts. So what are some build and choice of feature examples that you would think make this a solid character...
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    Unseen Guard Packs?

    So, i loved my mirror image backup singers for my entertainer sorcerer. Now she is reincarnated as a bard and i was looking at the benefits of ritual casting and Unseen Servant. Unlike some other spells - where you can only have one at once, US can have several at once, as many as you can...
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    Official D&D Sage Advice Compendium Updated

    I wish the reply on stinking cloud had been more precise - since losing action loses you your bonus action too. Movement and reactions are fine but *technically* spending your action stretching is not the same as losing your action or cannot take action so this reply means... Inside stinking...
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    A Mechanical Way to Represent "Impatient and Rash"

    So, was pondering a more mechanical and less "just role-play it" fluffy way to represent a magical flaw that makes its user rash and impatient. "While your character's turn occurs in the normal initiative order at the regular step, while the character is afflicted the player must choose their...
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    Another Dex and Weapon Damage Thread.

    So, for my game I have one NPC who (for reasons) has Dex 20 and no weapon proficiencies. But, she foes have bow and daggers etc. Obviously, she can use them without prof with a lower to-hit than some others, but what struck me is that her damage *per hit* is higher than most cuz it's only the...
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    Ranger Beastmaster Companion change..

    Just saw this on Twitter from JEC 3 hr ago. Thoughts? JeremyECrawford: Ranger's Companion—when you and the companion are fighting as a unit, the beast takes whatever action on its turn that you chose for it on your previous turn. If you chose no action for it on your previous turn, it takes...
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    D&D 5E Taldorei Subclasses - Experience in Play

    Hi all, So, Mercer et al have four sub-classes in their Taldorei sourcebook: Barbarian - Path of Juggernaut Cleric - Blood Domain Monk - Way of Cobalt Soul Sorcerer - Rune Child Was wondering if anyone has included these in their campaigns and have actual play experience with them that they...
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    5e GMs - Why or Why Not Wandering Treasure?

    So, this came up recently in another thread in a minor way but it is something i have brought up in roundabout ways several times. Focus is on 5e GMs and the following question: Why or Why Not do you include Wandering Treasure in your campaign - but specifically in your "inside" encounters...
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    An "Insightful" Question

    From PHB "Your Wisdom (Insight) check decides whether you can determine the true intentions of a creature, such as when searching out a lie or predicting someone’s next move. " From PHB "Your Charisma (Deception) check determines whether you can convincingly hide the truth, either verbally or...
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    Trickster Sweat and Other Material Concerns

    So, in the 5e game i am playing in, the circumstances are as follows: Party is on mission through the woods and remote areas, escort duty, diverted path, etc. Unlikely to see anything beyond dirt poor village for maybe 2-3 more weeks. Party just leveled to 3rd and the Arcane trickster has to...
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    5e Clairvoyance Costs

    Question RE Clairvoyance spells - Am i reading it correctly that in order to be able to choose to hear and see as you wish (not same time) from cast to cast you would need two 100g material components - not just one? "(a focus worth at least 100 gp, either a jeweled horn for hearing or a glass...
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    Help me Remember This Fantasy Magic Novel?

    Likely as not it was in the 1980s. Fantasy magic world. arabian nights feel. Key element i recall was the magic system. During the time of your birth magic flowed into you - everyone. Each year on your birthday you got magic again - hours of your birthing. Mages would learn to harness and trap...
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    A Lack of Vision

    Basic Statement of Position: The 5e vision rules make lighting and visibility such a burden on actualy gameplay in a scene that they seriously push (force) workarounds/handwaves or all-DV parties and this "fight against a negative" is out of sync with most 5e design patterns. It would be better...
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    The Readied Spell Abyss

    So, i am interested in how you choose to play the following in your games. A warrior and a cleric are in a room with two doors - east and west. They hear approaching enemies. They each ready... Warrior readies bow to shoot first target thru the door. Cleric readies Guiding bolt to shoot first...
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    D&D 5E Anybody Tried "You can multi-class OR take feats"?

    So, in my game(s) i often have a diversity in playstyles to the point that some players will spend time and effort on BUILD ane efficiency and others just won't really care. Both are fine with me. All of them do good play and fun for all. But i tend to want to find a balance point between...
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