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  1. EzekielRaiden

    5E Cleric vs Paladin: Concepts and Mechanical realisation

    D&D is henotheistic. Most people have one main god, but recognize the divinity of many gods.
  2. EzekielRaiden

    5E Cleric vs Paladin: Concepts and Mechanical realisation

    Howso? Keep in mind that, if I'm being perfectly honest, I loathe spellcasting Paladins. Paladins are not, and should not ever be, "spellcasters" in my not-so-humble opinion. So...if your reasons the into the spells or the Smites that expend them (another mechanic I strongly dislike and which...
  3. EzekielRaiden

    4E Why do we have this class? Answer Flavor(source) , Role (and Role Flex), Range and Approach.

    I don't deny that. That's why I posted what I did. Your post comes across as saying that Power Source + Role[/Flex] + [Melee or Ranged] + Approach = Everything about why a class exists. I'm saying that the designers genuinely chose not to make a class, even if they could explicitly identify all...
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    5E Show me your favorite missing class

    Definitely Warlord first. After that, Avenger. It was a great addition to the 4e class set and I was bitterly disappointed in WotC for trying to pass off the Oath of Vengeance as "Avengers." If they actually made a 5e Shaman that had a spirit companion pet loosely analogous to the 4e one, I'd...
  5. EzekielRaiden

    5E Cleric vs Paladin: Concepts and Mechanical realisation

    Edit: Ooof, the thread necromancy is real though. Had not realized I already had posts in this thread! Being extremely pithy: The Cleric is foremost a chaplain and guide. The Paladin is foremost a warrior and exemplar. Less pithy: A Cleric delves deepest into the theological mysteries and...
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    4E Why do we have this class? Answer Flavor(source) , Role (and Role Flex), Range and Approach.

    I think the designers were quite serious about not doing slot-filling, which is the very reason they never made a totally distinct Martial Controller class. That is, the team really did only make classes when they had an idea or a story that wanted telling. And I think the class that best...
  7. EzekielRaiden

    5E Does your group use feats?

    I feel like the question is overly ambiguous, as it can be read (at least) two ways: 1. Does your group permit feats at all? 2. Does your group actively use feats? I answered the former because I had assumed the question was the former--they've been an option in all the games I've played...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    It looks like we...almost agree. It depends on what you consider "weird" requirements. Going back to my silver pyromancer example above: this is a PrC specifically for arcane (and only arcane, not divine and not warlock) casters who are vetted by, and then inducted into, a religious institution...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    The specific PrC that got me thinking about all this was the silver pyromancer, from Eberron. They had to be arcane--not divine--casters, and got certain neat benefits as a result of their ability to meld religious practice into their arcane magic. I don't think such a class absolutely must be...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    WRT Warlord--let's not go down that road. People have extremely entrenched feelings. I am 110% in the "Warlord deserves to exist at level 1" and that's not going to change over the course of this thread. I am willing to respect that you and others don't feel that way, let's not utterly derail...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    Well, part of the reason I ask is that there are some actual PrCs that I think are worth porting into 5e. I've seen efforts to do so that tried to make one as some feats (severely lackluster ones compared to the inspiration and other 5e feats) and a subclass for a single class and have found...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    Well, there is at least one thing subclasses can't cover: something that, logically, should give every character identical benefits. Like the above suggestion for "vampire" or "werewolf." It seems reasonable that someone could, rather than doing everything to cleanse their curse, instead run...
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    5E PrCs: Anathema, or just lack of interest? (Pick two!)

    I'm curious. The developers only released the one, and never talked about it again (much like a number of things from 5e's development history...) So it seems an open question: Was the response just lukewarm, or was it hostile? How do YOU feel about prestige classes in 5e? You may select up to...
  14. EzekielRaiden

    Here's The Most Common D&D Party Composition

    No argument there. I was merely noting that the person I quoted was acting like the sample size was "anyone who's installed the app," when by the devs' own admission it should be much lower than that.
  15. EzekielRaiden

    Here's The Most Common D&D Party Composition

    Plenty of people have it installed without actually playing in a game. More importantly, ~2500 four-player games (possibly without doubles of any class) is ~12500 users (4 chars + 1 DM, times 2500 games). Even if some of those games have overlapping users, and even if most of the four-player...
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    Here's The Most Common D&D Party Composition

    Although I admit it depends, in part, on assumptions that might not hold true*, it's looking like the party-of-four stats are based off a sample size of approximately 2500 parties, meaning there's an expected value around 2 for the "uniform distribution of non-repeat compositions" assumption. If...
  17. EzekielRaiden

    Here's The Most Common D&D Party Composition

    If you actually wanted to analyze this, you'd have to do a goodness-of-fit test, though I'm not entirely sure it would apply. There are reasons, entirely apart from player preferences, why some compositions won't appear even without repetitions--meaning that the naive assumption of an expected...
  18. EzekielRaiden

    Gamers Wanted! [4e] Looking to join/set up an online group

    Still really hoping to play in a real long-runner 4e game someday. Hoping to get into Zeitgeist if possible, but I welcome just about anything at this point. Hit me up if you're interested, especially if you're willing to DM. I know at least one other player who would be interested.
  19. EzekielRaiden

    Urban Arabian Nights adventure suggestions?

    I'm running an Arabian Nights game (homebrew setting) by way of Dungeon World. We've had a couple dungeon adventures, a short caravan run, and some "find the secret zombie warehouse" sessions. I'd like a more thoroughly urban adventure to throw to the party, in addition to some other options I'm...
  20. EzekielRaiden

    PF [PF] Advise Me On: Gestalt Synthesist|Ninja

    It's looking like I might--maybe possibly--actually get to play the character concept that's been a-buzz in my brain for some weeks now, so I figure I should turn to you lovely people to get advice on how to do it well. First, the theme, e.g. why I care about this unusual gestalt mix in the...
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