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    Heavy + Auto weapons

    In my copy of NEW (v1.1), several weapons listed in the equipment section have both the Heavy and Auto properties, including the heavy polaron gatling gun, the portable pulse cannon, and the railgun. (All of those weapons are also listed as size Large, which seems implicitly related to the Heavy...
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    D&D 4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    I love 5E, but lately I find myself missing some aspects of 4E's monster design. I find this particularly true when I'm looking at 5E's dragons; we've gone back to the days when the main difference between a Red and a Blue is the type of breath weapon they use. OTOH, in 4E (especially later on)...
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    D&D 5E Curse of Strahd price in store vs online (Canada)

    If I understand correctly, Curse of Strahd is currently available in select stores, and will be released generally within the next week or two. I'm curious about he price point though; I've seen it in a couple LGSs for ~$50 CAD, but online at Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca it's going for about the...
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    D&D 5E Curse of Strahd price in Canada

    If I understand correctly, Curse of Strahd is currently available in select stores, and will be released generally within the next week or two. I'm curious about he price point though; I've seen it in a couple LGSs for ~$50 CAD, but online at Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca it's going for about the...
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    WOIN and Nock's Elements of Magic

    Lately I've been slowly digging into WOIN, getting pretty excited as the final releases trickle out. Somewhere along the line I saw a comment that OLD's tantalizing modular-magic system will be based on something called "Elements of Magic" by Ryan Nock (an esteemed/notorious poster on ENWorld...
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    D&D 5E Eberron popularity in 5E

    I'm a big fan of Eberron, but I really like 5E. However, I've been running my group in FR for the sake of convenience, though I'd certainly prefer to play in Eberron. Recently there's been some discussion about what settings people are playing in 5E. WotC indicated that most people are playing...
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    List of W.O.I.N. products that are finalized?

    I'm an "ELECTRIC BOOGALOO"-level backer on the W.O.I.N. Kickstarter, but I must admit I haven't been following the project closely since then. I'm wondering if there's a list of W.O.I.N. products (especially from the Kickstarter) that are ready in final download form, so I can doublecheck...
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    D&D 5E First experience using the speed factor initiative variant

    I recently got the group I DM to try speed factor initiative*. I've been in love with the idea of this variant for a while now, but I had thought it would be too impractical for actual play. I opted to give it a try following after reading a couple positive reviews, including from @Fralex as...
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    D&D 5E Hex and Bestow Curse

    Two 5E spells: hex and bestow curse. Hex is a 1st-level enchantment spell which only appears on the warlock list. Bestow curse is a 3rd-level necromancy spell which is on the bard, cleric, and wizard spell lists; it is not on the warlock spell list, although warlocks have an invocation that...
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    D&D 5E Witch Bolt as a cantrip?

    Bear with me, this is a crazy idea that I haven't fully explored yet: what if witch bolt was a cantrip? It kinda (really) sucks as written, but as a cantrip it might be interesting. Thoughts?
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    D&D 5E Scaling the number of off-hand attacks?

    A two-weapon warrior (fighter, barbarian, etc.) gets Extra Attack at 5th level. Rules as written, he or she now gets three attacks (2 main hand + 1 off hand) rather than two (1 main hand, 1 off-hand). Why not just let off-hand attacks scale upwards as well? For example, why not let a TWF...
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    D&D 5E Adding freebies to a warlock's spells known list?

    Has anyone tried mucking around with the warlock's spells known list? I'm considering granting my party's FeyChain warlock the Archfey spells automatically. I wanna know what the long-term effects will be if a warlock has a number of extra spells known for free. My intention is to make her...
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    D&D 5E No charge action in 5E?

    I know there's the feat (Charger), but other than that, does 5E not have a distinct action for charging? In other words, is "charging" exactly the same as a vanilla "move in then attack"? Just wondering.
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    D&D 5E 1491 DR: Year of the Scarlet Witch

    Princes of the Apocalypse is released in March 2015. Princes of the Apocalypse is set in the Forgotten Realms, in the year 1491 DR. 1491 DR is also known as "The Year of the Scarlet Witch". Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in May 2015. Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron features the...
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    D&D 5E Giving a magic dagger to a sprite familiar?

    My party found a magic dagger, but none of the party members are particular interested in wielding it themselves. However, our FeyChain warlock wants to give it to her sprite familiar. I'm the DM, and I'm okay with this, but I'm interested to see what the consensus is. (5E does not seem to have...
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    D&D 5E Sprite familiar firing sleep-needles every round?

    A couple weeks ago, I started a thread asking folks' opinion on the best way to use pets/familiars/summoned monsters in 5E. I was looking for a way that balances combat-impact and the action economy with verisimilitude. The conclusion I drew from that discussion was that the best way would be to...
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    D&D 5E Bards: How did these become a thing?

    Confession time: I don't "get" bards as a character concept. I have a hard time imagining a cool character whose main power is music or singing during a fight; that's always seemed kinda lame to me. Most other class concepts I can't think of some (or several) inspiration from popular movies or...
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    D&D 5E Can a wizard learn a new cantrip from a scroll?

    So let's say a wizard finds a spell scroll for a cantrip from the wizard list that he doesn't currently know. The DMG says this type of magic item has a rarity of "common", meaning that scrolls like this should be inexpensive and easy to find, even in (magic-item-sparse) 5E. Can the wizard learn...
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    D&D 5E Is there an ideal way to handle player-controlled summoned creatures/pets in combat?

    Is there a satisfying way to handle player-controlled pets/companions/summoned monsters in combat in a TTRPG? "Pets" (as I will call them in this conversation, for the sake of brevity) seem like a persistent problem area in D&D. If pets are treated as additional participants, then the player in...
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    PEACH: Blade Ward variant

    Hey gang, I'm pretty disappointed with blade ward as written. It seems like it's only useful for a character with nothing better to do than expect to get hit this round. I feel like abjuration ought to have a cantrip that could reasonably see some use by adventurers who aren't in the process of...