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  1. EzekielRaiden

    5.5E New Classes for 5e. Is anything missing?

    Your sarcasm is not productive. I was genuinely hoping you had an answer besides "you're dumb for thinking that people voted against something because it was new." Because yeah, that sort of thing happened a lot during the playtest. It wasn't just confined to things I liked, e.g. Mearls tried...
  2. EzekielRaiden

    5.5E New Classes for 5e. Is anything missing?

    If you have a better explanation for why the two most-flavorful and honestly best-constructed playtest classes apparently got such negative feedback that the designers felt they had to completely abandon them and start over, never to be seen again until official release, I'm listening.
  3. EzekielRaiden

    5.5E New Classes for 5e. Is anything missing?

    The playtest sorcerer was excellent, and when the designers got scared off by initial feedback...yeah that pretty much told me all I needed to know about what 5e was going to become. Seriously though the whole "born with two souls" and "constant internal struggle for dominance" thing was rad as...
  4. EzekielRaiden

    5.5E New Classes for 5e. Is anything missing?

    Perhaps the Swordmage should flip it around then: using your attacks to cast spells, rather than using your spells to perform attacks. You could potentially do something like Spell Combat, where with each attack you make, you add an extra "rune word" or "arcane sigil" or whatever. High-level...
  5. EzekielRaiden

    5.5E New Classes for 5e. Is anything missing?

    The two classes I would like to see added are Warlord and Summoner. The former because it would be an olive branch to 4e fans, the latter because I just like summoning, but am aware that a summoning-specialized subclass is almost always going to either be underpowered (e.g. Pact of the Chain) or...
  6. EzekielRaiden

    D&D General What rule do you hate most from any edition? (+ Thread)

    Y'know what rule I hate most, even though so many people think it's absolutely vital? Measuring diagonals as 1-2-1-2-1-2 etc. It's very tedious, while adding very very little to almost any actual situation. You're still approximating quite heavily, and for most area sizes (in the 10-20 foot...
  7. EzekielRaiden

    D&D General Rules vs. lore preferences in D&D sourcebooks?

    I can write a story just about anytime, but it's useful to have pointers, a basic starting point, that sort of thing. What is sometimes referred to, in player-facing terms, as a "skirt-length" backstory--enough to cover your butt, in other words. Having that baseline gives me the tools I need in...
  8. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E The Gods in your Pantheon, Where Do They Live?

    The One, revered by the Safiqi priesthood, is omnipresent, but the full intensity of the One's presence can only be felt in Al-Jana, True Heaven, which cannot be reached except by departing the spheres of the world entirely. You leave the mortal world and all its mirrors and connections behind...
  9. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E Buying magic items, yes or no?

    Yes. I've always found the hand-wringing about "Magic mart!!" tedious and more than a little uncharitable. Where there are resources, there will be trade. Most D&D worlds have far more magic in them than (say) Middle-Earth does. It's why "adventurer" is an aspiration people actually think about...
  10. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E Ability score generation: "buy your dice roll"

    If folks would like a simpler method, do something like this: You have five points. By default, roll 3d6 in order. Spend one point on a stat to instead roll 2d6+6 for one stat. Spend two points to instead roll (best 1 of 2d6)+12. If you have points left over, you can spend them to add 2 to any...
  11. EzekielRaiden

    Making Religion Matter in Fantasy RPGs

    As I have heard it phrased, the ancient Greeks did not see the gods as reflecting what was good or right, but what was true. The gods didn't really "deserve" worship in the sense we think of today. (This, incidentally, is related to the Euthyphro dialogue, where Socrates asks Euthyphro...
  12. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    Dunno about you, but it seems pretty clear "there are slightly too many atypical characters" is a massively lower concern than "I have a permanent reduction in either success chances or resources that could have gone to making a more unique, interesting character." Because you cannot tell me...
  13. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    Alternatively (and completely in keeping with simulationist logic) it could just be that adventurers are not a representative sample of the overall group. Which is almost surely factually correct, because adventurers do ridiculously dangerous things for money, or fame and glory, or out of a...
  14. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    Of course it is. Because Natural Language makes EVERYTHING so clear and straightforward! How could there be anything ambiguous about using the exact same words to refer to fundamentally different things! That would be ridiculous!
  15. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    Except, again, I'm not. There's an extremely easy, simple, low-cost way to represent the necessary degrees of variability: not having rigidly-fixed racial ability scores. Which is what I've said. Repeatedly. And which you've ignored, repeatedly, because apparently I gave too many examples. When...
  16. EzekielRaiden

    Making Religion Matter in Fantasy RPGs

    This risks something like the Sorites paradox: when is a collection of grains of sand a heap, and when is it just sand? When is a powerful spiritual being a "god" and when is it just a powerful spiritual being? Part of this is that the term "god"--particularly with the way you've capitalized it...
  17. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    The actual floor is whatever your generation method is. The actual ceiling is 20, as explicitly defined in the rules. You are creating the very thing you claim to be justifying your position. It's completely circular.
  18. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    Crimson Longinus has, to the best of my knowledge, expressly rejected using such logic, because it is gamist. If you agree that this is a gamist choice, an abstraction that goes against the effort to represent things with concrete reality within the fictional world in order to make gameplay...
  19. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E A Compilation of all the Race Changes in Monsters of the Multiverse

    You are using averages to represent what variance (or standard deviation/similar statistics) represent. That's not what that thing is for. Having a central tendency tells you nothing whatsoever about the variability of the population. You literally do not know whether the floor of dragonborn...
  20. EzekielRaiden

    D&D 5E New DM with campaign anxiety

    The biggest two things to keep in mind: One, just because a plan you have doesn't pan out, doesn't mean your players are unhappy. Sometimes, an anticlimactic ending feels better than a "proper" end as written, because it means the players actually had agency and their choices mattered. It also...
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