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    D&D 5E What is Your Favorite WotC 5E Setting Book, and Why?

    If you answer the poll with "an adventure book", please comment with which one you mean and why. For me personally it has to be Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, for the following reasons: Included after the descriptions of the gods are many "lesser idols" that can serve as warlock patrons. It's...
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    D&D 5E Experiences With Party Composition

    One of my favorite things about video game RPGs that allow you to build your own party of characters (such as Darkest Dungeon and the Etrian Odyssey series) is the freedom of customization you get to mess around with what individual characters can do, how effective the characters are at...
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    D&D General How Do You Feel About Sigil?

    A central feature of the Planescape setting that has also been referenced in many other D&D materials, Sigil is the hub of the multiverse where creatures from throughout the planes can come to intermingle. This is all watched over by the Lady of Pain, who punishes all who would disrupt the...
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    D&D General How Good or Evil Have the Adventuring Parties You've Played In/DM'd for Been?

    I remember in the very first game I ever DM'd (back in high school) the party was captured by bandits. When they broke out they chose not to save the fellow prisoners, but jab at them in their cells with spears for a bit to scare them before leaving them behind (though they did take care of the...
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    D&D General Do You Run NPC vs NPC Battles? Why?

    So, as a DM I sometimes I find myself playing out battles between NPCs and/or monsters if I have the time. For example, the previous session of my current campaign ended with a barbarian NPC ally running off to do battle with some monsters out of sheer bloodlust. Today, I had some free time and...
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    D&D General What Main Factors Draw You to Playing a Fantasy RPG Race?

    What main factor draws you to playing a fantasy RPG race? For me personally, my favorite race to play is the gnome (especially the deep and forest gnome varieties). The two primary reasons for this are, I think, 1) I identify with gnomes on some level. Or at least, how I'm come to conceive of...
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    D&D General Which Aspect of DMing Do you Struggle Most With?

    As a DM I greatly enjoy combat. I find it fun to build battle maps, design homebrew monsters, and think about how monsters will synergize. When running combat, I mostly just have to worry about what's on their statblocks and general tactics. When it comes to world building and developing NPCs...
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    D&D General Experiences with Empire of the Ghouls, Night Below, or Other Underdark Adventures?

    I'm running an Underdark campaign, and as a DM I (for some reason) like to put more work on myself by scouring published materials for content to integrate into my campaigns. Currently I'm trying to look more into high profile Underdark adventures like Empire of the Ghouls and Night Below...
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    D&D 5E Bending Problem With Top Heavy Nolzur's Goristro Miniature

    So, I have two of the Nolzur Goristro miniature: I've discovered that both of these miniatures have come to bend to the same side, possibly underneath their own weight (these are top heavy miniatures). The one I've had longer is noticeably bent more than the other. What could I do to remedy...
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    D&D General Do You Use Verticality in Your Games? How?

    I've been playing a lot of Baldur's Gate 3, and for my last session I run before I get swamped by schoolwork I want to incorporate a lot of verticality to the battle map, especially since one of my players runs a shadar-kai monk with the mobile feat. I usually make my maps using removable...
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    D&D 5E Opinions on Current D&D Miniature Sizes

    So I've noted that, in general, official 5E miniatures are much more likely than those in the 3E and 4E eras to feature sculpts that extend far out from the base. The 5E Tyrannosaurus Rex mini sticks its head and tail far out from over the edge of its base, while the 3E Fiendish Tyrannosaurus...
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    D&D General Brainstorming Exandria's Underdark 800 Years after Torog's Banishment

    I've decided to prepare a short Underdark campaign in the world of Exandria. Seeing as Exandria's Underdark is almost completely undescribed as of now and the Exandrian pantheon and origin story are very similar to those of the 4E default setting I'm going to be drawing heavily on the 4E...
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    D&D 5E What Unearthed Arcana Subclasses Would You Allow in a Campaign?

    I'm planning to run a new campaign eventually and thought it might be fun to let people use certain Unearthed Arcana options (this could also hypothetically include other sources, like the Domains from Plane Shift: Amonkhet). Which ones are generally considered the best and most balanced? I've...
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    D&D General Divine Invasion: A Proposal for an Anti-Colonialist D&D Setting

    It's no secret that there's been a lot of criticism lately about certain aspects of D&D, chiefly that certain "monstrous humanoids" are described in ways that are too close for comfort to how European colonists described the peoples of the lands they invaded. Many older D&D adventures like Keep...
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    D&D 5E BBEGs, the Book of Vile Darkness, and Good Acts

    I'm planning a campaign whose intended villain is a yuan-ti abomination cleric of Zehir, god of assassins, darkness, and poison. She desires several items to increase her personal power, one of which is the infamous Book of Vile Darkness. Upon acquiring the Book of Vile Darkness it grants her...
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    D&D 5E Goblins and their "Curse of Strife"

    So recently WotC talked about how in the future they were looking to change how they depicted various creatures, such as orcs. Wildemount was given as an example of where they were headed in the future. Whereas other 5E sources established orcs had an inherent drive to violence that even good...
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    D&D General Should Adventurers Behave More Like Bounty Hunters? What Would Be the Implications?

    First, let me do some quoting from the Wikipedia article on bounty hunters: "A bounty hunter is a professional person who captures fugitives or criminals for a commission or bounty. Bounty hunters enjoy significant legal privileges, such as forcibly entering a defendant's home without probable...
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    Critical Role The Betrayer Gods; Victims of Prime Deity Propaganda?

    I want to talk about the Betrayer Gods, particularly why each one is a supposed traitor. The Wildemount book features this quote in the section titled "The Founding": I find it odd to lump all these gods together when in these two sentences some Betrayer Gods seem to just want to leave and...
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    D&D 5E Figuring Out Confusing Demon Lore in the Monster Manual

    Concerning Demonic Amulets Devil talismans are pretty well defined, thanks in part to the Infernal Calling spell. Knowing a devil's true name gives you advantage on Charisma checks to convince the devil to do something, while having a devil's talisman (which has the devil's true name inscribed...
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    D&D General Should Bearded Female Dwarves be the Default?

    So after getting the Wildemount book I decided to read summaries of past Critical Role episodes. In the course of this I've discovered that in the world of Exandria it is apparently the norm for female dwarves to grow beards, which I'll admit is a detail I'm not a fan of. Personally I preferred...
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