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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    Given that Wisdom covers the skills Animal Handling, Insight, Medicine, Perception, and Survival, that last one being particularly key to a race whose primary cultural feature is that they thrive in regions that humans would struggle to even live, as well as the attribute that one makes a save...
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    D&D 5E Tasha’s Cauldron Delayed Outside North America

    A book that is obviously ill-balanced that most DMs will elect not to use is delayed outside of America.... Oh noooooooooo..... :eek: Seriously, what exactly does this book contain that you are so eagerly awaiting that you can't wait an extra week to get your hands on it?
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    D&D 5E It's official, WOTC hates Rangers (Tasha's version of Favored Foe is GARBAGE)

    All of this indicates that there may be advantages to having other sorts of animals that I didn't fully calculate (although the wolves higher speed and ability to knock creatures down on a successful hit probably does outweigh what additional damage these few options I didn't consider may...
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    D&D 5E It's official, WOTC hates Rangers (Tasha's version of Favored Foe is GARBAGE)

    Honestly-- the Ranger Animal Companion rules, due to relying on the Monster Manual's interpretation of various animals, is fundamentally broken. Unless you choose a wolf as your companion-- you are naughty word out of luck. Too much of your class entirely revolves around the attack assigned to the...
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    D&D 5E Killed Me a Lawful Stupid Paladin

    AD&D 1E? So... someone who hasn't played since 1982? Or is there someone out there who is insane enough to still be playing 1E in any time in the past 30 years? Well-- someone who has been away from the game for 30 years ought to still be treated like a newbie.
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    D&D 5E It's official, WOTC hates Rangers (Tasha's version of Favored Foe is GARBAGE)

    Fixing the Ranger requires doing something that the WotC designers are not willing to do so long as the game is still in 5E.... And that is to admit that earlier books, books that they are still selling and making money from, were wrong and that a serious overhaul is needed to fix this issue...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    After all the arguing here.... I don't think this solved anything regarding race/class balance at all. If anything, it just made some problems worse. I kind of respect what they were trying to do, but.... no... The truth is simply that they game is just too damn fundamentally broken at its...
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    D&D 5E Killed Me a Lawful Stupid Paladin

    I didn't read past the OP. My opinion is simple-- you failed as a DM and any veteran players at the table failed as veteran players. Its quite easy in the role of a DM to kill off a player. Trivial, really. You can just rule any trap or whatever to be autodeath. You can throw in an impossible...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    I feel like we generally agree on most points then. My major concern is that players cannot play whatever character they imagine-- whatever race/class combination due to either the designers deciding a particular race doesn't deserve real attention or development, or that a class and all...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    You accuse me of being a min/maxer, but what I am honestly sick of, and have been for decades is the naughty word elf powergamers. There is some interpretation of elves that make them the absolute best at everything. So when it comes to design, they get all the goodies and then some. Then when it...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    Honestly, Stonecunning is of questionable usefulness in its current form and doing away with it in favor of simply a proficiency in the History skill might be better anyway. And I have never really gotten that whole "Elves don't sleep" thing. I never really see it highlighted much aside from...
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    5.5E 50th Anniversary: 6E in 2024?

    Given that the core races and classes of the game have been pretty busted in terms of balance since release-- let alone things that have appeared in expansion books, I think a 5.5E or 6E is well overdue. The single entry of "rapier" in the weapons table alone is a major hindrance to proper power...
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    D&D General Which Edition Had the Best Ranger?

    I recall that in 3rd edition, just about anyone who wanted to dual-wield would dip into Ranger for a level just to pick up what would otherwise require a feat to get.
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    Bugbears are naturally so big and thick that you know their muscles have developed to the point of restricting movement. Furthermore, do I really need to explain the inverse square law to you? Being huge absolutely restricts one's physical agility, reflexes, balance and poise. Because the...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    Look at the list of things covered by Dexterity. Use a just a bit of common sense. How much of the list are things that absolutely would not apply to the biggest, thickest, bulkiest race that is even allowed to be a PC. Finding one, just one, and only one skill in the entire substantial list of...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    Bugbears are like 7-8' tall humanoids who tend to be depicted as incredibly thick boys. If any race in all the game smaller than an Ogre is going to have a strength modifier, it is them. The fact that they are super stealthy and rely on ambush is not convincing to me that they are good at...
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    D&D General On the subject of Hobgoblins

    This is something I wrote for another forum, it might be useful here. I wanted to create more fully rounded and fleshed out versions of the races, so I planned to write about various aspects of their cultures. I got through cuisines and music and intended to do performance art and visual art...
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    D&D General Alternate Alignment for an all-goblin campaign

    An alternate alignment system isn't such a terrible idea in this regard. In fact, something like this certainly gets more at the heart of "who are you and what drives you?" than the classic alignment system does. "good" and "evil" are so hopelessly nebulous and "law" and "chaos" can be entirely...
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    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    All the fretting about small races with 20 strength is amusing. Do the people complaining about that have access to a different D&D 5E than me? Who would even bother making such a character? Strength is never worth taking in this edition unless you are using a 2-handed martial weapon...
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    D&D General On the subject of Hobgoblins

    One lives in hot climates, one lives in cold climates. One lives in cities, one lives in the wild. One represents the dangers of totalitarianism, one represents the dangers of chaos. One is organized and calculating, the other is spiritual and emotional. How can you claim they represent the...
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