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    Couple of house rules I would like some critique on pls

    Bleh, apologize for the necro...
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    D&D 5E Deal Breakers - Or woah, that is just too much

    Normally in these situations I think that the scene the DM is picturing is different than the one the player is picturing. Perhaps the player keyed into a particular sentence of your description and was erroneously thinking the chain devil was surrounded by the party and was at a disadvantage or...
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    D&D 5E Deal Breakers - Or woah, that is just too much

    A playstyle difference then. As a DM the player states an action, then I say what happens or ask for a roll. In that past I did it differently but found a large portion of game time was spent with the players spinning their wheels which was fun for no one. In the example the DM knew that...
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    D&D 5E Deal Breakers - Or woah, that is just too much

    In general a player expects their die roll to determine the success of an action. If a character succeeds their sleight of hand check versus a NPC's perception check they expect to steal their coin pouch. Not that they made an excellent attempt but it failed due to DM fiat. Note, I don't have...
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    D&D 5E Mummy Lord Question

    Depends how I want the situation to work as either could be reasonable. In either case I'd let a sufficient knowledge check or some piece of information (if found) reveal to the players how it would work and I'd stay consistent to that for the rest of the campaign. In general though I'd say...
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    D&D 5E Conjure Animals NERFED

    The sage advice article clarified that the DM picks the creatures: http://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/SA_Compendium.pdf "The design intent for options like these is that the spell-caster chooses one of [the CR and number of creature options], and then the DM decides what creatures...
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    D&D 5E Different ways to handle death (and resurrection)

    If I wanted flavor I would set your cold area as Cania in Hell. When a spell attempts to resurrect them a devil gives them a choice, they can ignore it and pass on to their afterlife or promise to do a task for the devil that does not violate their alignment (making the deal might do so in the...
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    D&D 5E Question about art

    It might still take a year+ of trying with countless failures to create a masterpiece (or it might never happen). The failures may not be bad either, simply that they didn't catch the public's eye. A person might have the same proficiency in playing a guitar and understanding of music as a...
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    D&D 5E Insight into value of petrification and paralyzation in terms of xp value when building monsters?

    I'm in agreement that in general they're not worth much as far as boosting CR if it is damage OR using the ability. Something like an Ultroloth does pitiful damage but has a stun that is in addition to their attacks and I think that is factored into its CR a bit. I disagree with the way WotC...
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    Constitution is will power? No it's not....

    I guess there are two parts to this: 1. House ruling con to death saving throws. Me personally I don't care one way or the other and could easily be talked into ruling in favor of it. 2. The DM has ruled one way and the player is choosing not to follow it. This seems pretty clear cut to...
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    Constitution is will power? No it's not....

    Speak in a sincere and calm voice: "I'm not willing to argue with you further, but this is the way I'm ruling on death saving throws. It is the way it is written in the book, but even if it was not it is how it is going to be played at this table. If it was reversed and you were the DM then...
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    D&D 5E Teleportation circles costs *how* much?!

    I think the cost and to a bigger part the time spent is to have it more as an NPC option than a PC option. Much like clone: "Ok everyone, we're going to take 120 days off adventuring until these clones mature, don't worry, that lich probably won't have crushed too many villages between now and...
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    D&D 5E Deal Breakers - Or woah, that is just too much

    #1 A game that is inconsistent in scheduling and the cancellation notices are all last minute, especially if I had other stuff I could be doing. So if the game is set for every Sunday morning and the DM commonly cancels games the day of, then I'm going to find something else to do. Most of the...
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    D&D 5E Player characters teaching (arcane) spells to each other

    I wouldn't have a problem with PCs sharing their spellbooks with each other assuming they're paying the costs or even choosing their spells at level-up with the plan to share them with the other wizard. As both a player and GM I've found with the concentration mechanic and the "At Higher...
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    D&D 5E Wizard vs Sorcerer

    I'd say as a sheer damage option, Animate Objects is superior as well against anything but damage immune targets. Having your fighter friend use an action to open their spare coin pouch and spill a bunch of silver coins on the ground next to the baddies and you're now playing Magneto...
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    D&D 5E Do you want your DM to fudge?

    If something surprised the DM then it is probably more likely to surprise me. As an example: a villain takes a woman hostage to be used as a human shield and she struggles to break free. The DM rolls for her struggle as they describe the situation and then suddenly stops, blinks twice as they...
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    D&D 5E To fudge or not to fudge: that is the question

    Which is one of the reasons this topic has been so hotly discussed. Few would say the DM does not have the ability to fudge, they argue that they shouldn't. The DM has the power to turn D&D into "Sunshine Boulevard - The Secret Lives of Serial Killers... and Dragons" and they wouldn't be...
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    D&D 5E To fudge or not to fudge: that is the question

    A player can physically do the action I'm describing. Heck they might accidentally do so by rolling a d12 instead of a d20 by mistake or just reading the numbers incorrectly due to poor eyesight. The player cannot physically make an encounter appear for the players to fight (though some of...
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    D&D 5E To fudge or not to fudge: that is the question

    In your opinion is the goal of fudging to primarily make the game more enjoyable for everyone involved? Or is that secondary to the DM having more control over the situation (though table enjoyment still playing a significant part)? Or some other reason? It just seems like sometimes fudging...
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    D&D 5E To fudge or not to fudge: that is the question

    A card player doesn't require seeing the other person's cards to strongly suspect that they're bluffing. The DM screen doesn't provide any special protection over playing cards with someone. A tactic that involves never being strongly suspected of something you do more than once over an...
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