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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    Stopped reading after this. An arrow slit provides total cover. LOS isn't always reciprocal. You clearly have your own way of playing, but you are not playing D&D.
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    Yes, that is the implication. Depends on the door doesn't it? But let's use an example we are probably familiar with -- the arcanaloth in the Amber Temple in CoS. Perfect example of a caster setup to avoid being attacked directly by the party. The only thing missing is arcane lock on the...
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    D&D 5E Proficiency vs. Ability vs. Expertise

    A few posters have mentioned that Bard and Rogues being better grapplers than fighters rub them the wrong way. It might be worth looking at using Pathfinder's Combat Maneuver Bonus (CMB) and Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD) rules to handled grappling and shoving. Basically CMB = Proficiency Bonus...
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    A Clear Path to the Target (PHB pg. 204) "To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can't be behind total cover." Cover (PHB pg 196) A target with total cover can't be targeted directly by an attack or a spell, although some spells can reach such a target by including it in...
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    D&D General Digital Maps for Roll20

    What I really like is that you provide the dimensions of the map, something that many Rolld20 maps do not include.
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    D&D 3E/3.5 How many books in that library?

    The main issue here is that unless you have place where there are tons of books, this spell is of limited utility. No one will create a spell like this to count a dozen items or less -- which is what most troves of books are going to be. There are probably very few libraries in most worlds and...
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    My point was that spellcasters, particularly wizards, do not want reciprocal line of sight as that generally gets them killed. There are many ways to achieve this both in and out of their lair. I can see that if someone doesn't want to run wizards as intelligent heroes or villains then then it...
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    Awesome at a spell that has little use is still of little use. Divine casters are more susceptible to counterspell than arcane. However, it is usually the PCs that are on the offense in most games. If the PCs are going into a lair they are better served by Dispel Magic and Detect Magic than...
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    Protection from Normal Arrows I would imagine. I played a few mass D&D combats and that spell is a must for wizards -- otherwise they get gunned down in seconds.
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    D&D 5E Counterspell what do people think?

    So, here is how I know that you are engaged in either a white room discussion or you have a very uncommon encounter design environment -- either way these are edge cases. So, while bards can cast counterspell, it is not on their list of allowed spells. So they have to acquire it through...
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    D&D 5E Proficiency vs. Ability vs. Expertise

    We did. It looks to be you are the one making assumptions. Again here you are making assumptions on how we played. A bit defensive are we? I cannot help your lack of reading comprehension.
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    D&D 5E Variant Half-Elves?

    There was a whole thread devoted to discussing this just recently with a ton of good ideas. I would refer you to that.
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    D&D 5E Persuasion - How powerful do you allow it to be?

    This is the "Jump to the Moon" idea I pointed out in the other thread. There are a group of games that believe they should get to roll a d20 no matter how impossible the task would be in the hopes they roll a natural 20. Persuasion isn't charm or anything of the sort. It is a good place to...
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    D&D 5E Variant Half-Elves?

    I'm of the mind half-elves and half-orcs should just be human variants to begin with instead of their own race.
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    D&D 5E Proficiency vs. Ability vs. Expertise

    So last night, we had another example of where the straight d20+mods >= DC produces results that don't align with expectations. DM has a series of carnival games where player rolls against STR or DEX based skills. The fighter and the monk each have between +5 to +9 on the checks. The cleric...
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    D&D 5E What spell have you never seen cast?

    I would have thought that you would have run into Wish once or twice, even if not on the spell list of the party.
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    D&D 5E What spell have you never seen cast?

    Apparently it is the language in the spell itself "The target must succeed on a Charisma saving throw or be banished." he is basing his ruling on and not a general case.
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    D&D 5E What spell have you never seen cast?

    You would need a mirror then as one normally cannot see oneself. ;) So in this Sage Advice (https://www.sageadvice.eu/2016/12/01/can-you-cast-banishment-on-yourself/), it looks like you can cast it on yourself -- But. You also have to fail the save and you have no control as to where you end...
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    D&D 5E What spell have you never seen cast?

    It seems to me that someone will get left behind though, as who banishes the banisher?
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    D&D 5E Exhaustion how often / unfair?

    There is that spell from XGtE, Sickening Radiance that can really put a hurt on a party as well. PC suffer more from exhaustion as they survive encounters -- exhaustion only matters to those that hold the field as those that don't are dead. However, if a party that is more into scouting and...
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