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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I just picked up a copy of Legendary games Ultimate Kingdoms book, and I was reading through the Relationships chapter last night as it is relative to my next campaign (the PCs are going to be crew members of a large "Planejammer" sailing the Astral Sea and they will have to make friends, rivals...
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    D&D 5E The Annotated PHB

    Long ago (2015) this post was made by user @Staffan It is a really good idea. We should do this.
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    Failed Campaigns

    I think we have all had them: campaign ideas that seemed like they would be great experiences, that just plain fizzled. Sometimes, they lasta couple sessions before sinking under their own weight. Sometimes they don't get past Session 0 because the group falls apart before the first die is...
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    D&D General TPK or Imprison

    Neither is a great option but given some choices my players have made recently, it looks like it has to be one or the other. So -- should I have the PCs captured and have an opportunity to escape and also finish their mission (they would be imprisoned in the BBEG fortress) even though there is...
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    Minimum word/character count

    One thing I have noticed is that some people treat threads more like Facebook or other social media posts, and often to the detriment of discussion (but certainly not always). I know I sometimes revert to "Facebook mode" unintentionally, but I think that forums are generally better when folks...
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    D&D 5E What level did your MOST RECENT campaign get to?

    I just finished a campaign at 13th level. We played through Descent into Avernus and then we played a bit through the PCs rebuilding Elturel in the Realms before I as DM ran out of steam. We played for about a year and a half of mostly weekly 2.5 hour sessions over Fantasy Grounds. I am just...
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    D&D General When Players Refuse to learn The Rules

    This is just a bit of a rant. It absolutely kills me when players can't be bothered to learn even the basics of their characters, the game rules or (in this case) the VTT. And I don't mean new players that haven't engaged in RPG before. I mean players with decades of experience in general and...
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    D&D 5E The Mainstreaming of D&D

    First and foremost: I am glad D&D is having a renaissance, and I am glad lots of new people are coming into the hobby. I am glad there is a robust 3rd part of semi-pro support ecosystem out there. I am glad there are YouTube channels, streamers and tik-toks aplenty on the subject of running and...
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    D&D 5E PlaneJammer: Sailing the Astral Sea

    After some discussion, one of my weekly groups has decided on a kitbashed PlaneJammer (ie Spelljammer except in the Astral Plane where it belongs) campaign. They will be spending their time smuggling delicacies from Elysium to the Lower Planes and the like, dodging astral dreadnoughts and...
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    Let's Talk About RPG Worldbuilding

    I put this in General because I don't want to get bogged down with D&Disms in abroader discussion about world building. That isn't to say we can't talk about D&D world building, just that we should take care not to make it ABOUT D&D world building specifically. So, that said: what sorts of...
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    The One Ring 2E: General Discussion Thread

    With the release of the first Alpha build of The One Ring 2E to Kickstarter backers, I thought I would open up a space where we can discuss our thoughts on and plans for the game. I have not had a chance to dig into the game yet, but I am set to start my TOR2 campaign in September. I am...
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    Why System Matters for Roleplaying

    The adventurers push open the ancient stone door, revealing a chamber thick with dust and the stench of decay. Pillars in the forms of twisted, grotesque beings hold up a vaulted ceiling glittering with cold light like distant stars. In the floor is a circle ten paces across, blood red metal...
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    The Diversity of Publishers and Games

    I am currently listening to the audiobook edition of Shannon Applecline's Dungeons and Designers and I am almost shocked at how many different publishers and games there were even in the early days of the hobby, and how many of them survived into the 90s or even 00s. I am almost done with the...
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    Recommendation: Modern Fantasy Little/No Combat

    I need a palette cleanser before I start a new D&D campaign and I have an idea for short portal fantasy wherein a retirement community gets drawn into Faerie and the PCs (family of residents or members of the staff mostly) will have to discover a way out before it is trapped forever. I want a...
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    D&D General Let's talk about Domains, War, Leadership and Sundry

    Because the issue has come up in a couple other threads, I wanted to discuss the "other" D&D play -- that of carving kingdoms out of the wilderness, raising armies, building tower and temples and guildhalls, becoming a ruler or leader, and so on. This stuff has been around since the inception...
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    D&D 5E Thoughts on 5E Portal Fantasy

    I am currently working out how I want to frame my upcoming campaign, which will be a sandbox in a specifically wonderous environment relative to where the PCs come from. My initial thought was the Wild Beyond The Wall type scenario, but as I was driving home today I considered the idea of using...
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    D&D 5E What Book -- WotC or 3rd Party -- Has the Best Hexcrawl Support

    EDIT: Please don't just suggest OSR stuff. I am asking about 5E stuff for a reason. In your opinion, which book for 5E -- official WotC, DMsGuild or 3rd Party -- has the best, most accessible, most comprehensive support (including rules, tables, advice, etc...) for running sandboxes and hex...
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    D&D 5E Spell Rarities

    In my next campaign I am going to curate various PC options at the start of play to reflect a somewhat grounded fantasy world. The actual campaign is a sandbox in the wild full of wonder and magic and horror, so that stuff will be discoverable during play. By far the biggest list of things to...
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    D&D 5E Humans Only

    Just curious: if you were offered a seat at a D&D campaign table, but there was a "humans only" rule for PCs, would you play. Assume all other things being equal -- it's a GM you know and trust, no other major limitations are presented, and it is going to otherwise be a "typical" D&D campaign of...
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    D&D General [+] TRAPS! a positive thread

    Seeing as how the other traps thread devolved into a heated discussion of fluid dynamics, I thought we should have a thread where we share our favorite traps -- ones we encountered, ones we designed, ones we read about, or just ones we made up right now! The rules: be positive and fun and give...
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