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  1. Ancalagon

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    it's a LOOONG read but ooooof Highlights include sexual harassment (of course), a refusal to clean a building after 7 years of not cleaning it, very questionable behavior by executives, theosophy.... EDIT: a more easily read/navigated version is here: Thread by @Delafina777 on Thread Reader...
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    D&D 5E What interupts a long rest?

    Hello This is a side branch from the thread D&D 5E - The semantics of the spell Sending and I didn't want to derail it, so here we are! in this thread, @Maxperson said "A long rest is ruined by 1 hour of walking, any fighting, any spellcasting, or other similar strenuous activity." I asked...
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    D&D 5E Bonus action spell and reaction on your same turn

    Hello This rather specific edge case happened last night: The warlock backed away from a foe, triggering an AOO. Their plan was to back away, cast hex (a bonus action) then eldrich blast (a cantrip). But they got hit, which triggered hellish rebuke (a non-cantrip reaction spell). Can they...
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    D&D 5E Warlock Spell Selection: Does the PC or the *player* choose their spells?

    This is ... really trivial, but I think it could have some interesting RP consideration. Now I am NOT suggesting that the GM should choose the spells! That's an entirely different kettle of fish. However, let us say that, at level 7, the warlock takes one of those weird warlock-only spells...
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    D&D 5E Dungeons of Drakkenheim kickstarter reaches a million

    Here's the next million dollar kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2144996758/dungeons-of-drakkenheim/posts/3256279 Drakkenheim is a city cursed by being hit by a meteor of "crystalized" magical energy known as delirium. This is an sand-boxy setting where the players explore the...
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    D&D 5E The warlock is a "better" wizard than a wizard

    Hello Now before we start, I should state that I don't mean that the warlock is better at being a wizard than the wizard. At the very birth of D&D there were only 2 classes - the fighting man and the magic user. As more and more magic using classes appeared, even today the wizard remains the...
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    D&D 5E How on earth is this balanced?! Twilight cleric, more in-play evidence

    A while ago, I had a reasonably successful thread here about the value of damage prevention vs damage infliction for the psi warrior (briefly, the psi warrior can spend a psi point as a reaction to block 1d8+int (at level 6, the dice scales a bit) points of damage inflicted to you or an ally...
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    D&D 5E 40% of 5e D&D players are 25 years old or younger

    (note: I looked for this topic on the front page, I hope I didn't miss it!) https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-and-dragons-demographics-2020/ It was my impression that there were a lot of new, young players, but I didn't realize it was this much!
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    D&D 5E Is it better to prevent or inflict damage? (psi warrior, battle master, others)

    Hello There are a number of classes that can spend a resource to inflict damage, or spend the same resource to prevent damage. A very clear example of this is the Psi Warrior, who can use a resource (psi dice) to either hit harder or shield someone from damage. There are several other classes...
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    D&D 5E A sword sage

    I'm going to be starting playing in a 5e campaign starting at level 5 soon. I've come up upon a concept - a "sword sage", an old wandering scholar who has studied the way of the blade. (Some of you may note, and I wouldn't argue with them, that a kensei monk would be perfect for this...
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    D&D 5E Twilight Cleric, a play report (DM's perspective)

    Hello I have been running an online (audio and roll20) D&D game, and, due to lack of time, I'm running an adventure I've already ran previously with another group. (this is not the topic of this post, but as an aside, this is an amazing time saver, I highly recommend it. It's also very fun to...
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    D&D General African settings

    Hello A friend of mine was very impressed with the Wagadu setting that is currently under work. She wondered however if there were any others, either published or in the works? cheers,
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    Roman food stand found with great art

    This is amazing! https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/europe/pompeii-shop-archaeology-intl/index.html I find that historical imagery can be very good to help us imagine RPG worlds. Enjoy.
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    D&D 5E "The problem with 5e" is the best feature - advantage

    So people have been grumbling about 5e. (tl,dr: advantage is great! but it has consequences - the players engage less. A proposal to fix it) I think 5e is a good game. But like all versions of D&D, it's not perfect. Compromises had to be made (I consider it "medium crunch" and I am happy...
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    Starfinder Opening Volley, the worst of all feats?

    So! (context: we are trying a short campaign of Starfinder, and I'm making a level 7 character for it, a soldier, and I'm trying to make a tough and versatile character) Here is the text of the feat: Opening Volley (Combat) Your ranged assault leaves your foe disoriented and vulnerable to...
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    D&D 5E What kind of warlocks would a Wizard Guild make?

    Imagine a powerful wizard's guild. They have the arcane magical monopoly in a large kingdom, or maybe even several kingdoms. All mages are "sanctioned" by the Guild, or are renegades hunted down. This guild is very influential, but does not rule. Its members are forbidden from holding a...
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    D&D 5E Was the Rune Knight (in Tasha's) "over-nerfed"?

    Hello So it is quite common for Unearthed Arcana sub-classes to be a bit too good, and nerfed a bit when published in an "official" book. And the Rune Knight was too good - the combo of the hill giant rune giving your damage resistance, and the +1d6 dmg to all attacks was just... a little bit...
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    D&D 5E Kensei monk - stunning arrows?

    The nice part about a Kensei monk is that they can be very decent archers. However, archery cuts them off from one of the monk's most powerful feature - stunning attacks. What if a Kensei Monk could use their arrows to stun? It would still not be as potent as melee stunning (no flurry of...
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    D&D 5E Kensei Monk - how was it for you?

    Hello It looks like I may be able to start a live 5e campaign as a player - this is exciting, because I've run 5e a fair bit, but as a player my experience has been limited to PBP games. I am considering taking a kensei monk (wood elf). I was wondering if people who've played it (or were in...
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    D&D 5E A Clockwork Warlock

    What if your patron was a lich - but not an average lich, more of a mechanical one? (like the Iron Lich in 3.X iron kingdsom). A group of us created this together, but it's not quite right yet. Comments would be welcomed :)...