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  1. MNblockhead

    D&D General Legend of Vox Machina Trailer Released

    Critical Role’s The Legend of Vox Machina will be released on Amazon streaming in batches of three episodes. Season 1 will release on Amazon Prime Video as follows: Friday, January 28th: Episodes 1-3 Friday, February 4th: Episodes 4-6 Friday, February 11th: Episodes 7-9 Friday, February 18th...
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    D&D General Suggested executions for when your dice commit capital offenses

    So, I went through a phase where I always played with a carefully curated set of high-precision metal dice. The problem is that it is too expensive to punish said dice for bad behavior, especially when only capital punishment fits the crime. So, I'm thinking of going back to cheap dice from...
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    D&D General How time do you put into working on settings you never run?

    In another thread, the question was asked how many PCs have you created that you have never played and that go me to thinking about all the time I put into world building for settings I may never run. Beyond prepping areas for my current game where the players may never get to, I also work on...
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    D&D 5E How to make PC mobs less of a slog in combat

    Two of the PCs in my current campaign have horns of Valhalla. I have no issues with this as this campaign is more on the gonzo side of the spectrum. It isn't unbalancing. It isn't game breaking. But buy can it turn combat into a slog. Even with a VTT. Any thoughts, other than "take the toys...
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    D&D 5E Awakened Spell and effects on offspring of awakened creatures

    Regarding creatures awakened using the standard Druid spell awaken, how do you handle longer term ramifications? If two awakened creatures breed, are the offspring awakened? I intend to rule "no." It is not a genetic change. If it were I would have some percentage that the offspring would...
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    D&D 5E Are there any old-style tournament adventures for 5e?

    One thing I miss from the "old days" are tournament style one shots where you are given an adventure, pre-gens, and score cards. Would such an adventure run well in 5e? Are there any tournament-style adventures for 5e? Would converting old 1e tournament adventures for 5e work well or are...
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    Games and Settings with the Best Online Gaming Tools

    It feels that 2020 was the year when TTRPGs finally started having the electronic tools I've been waiting for. It was not so much the tools themselves. VTTs, Wikis, and other tool have provided ways to organize and run your games, if you put the work in yourself. But precious few publishers took...
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    D&D 5E How to handle massive oncoming swarms

    I'm running an adventure in which there are a number of places where you can run into just huge numbers of monsters that will continue to stream. For example, there is a subterranean river where these evil Tsathoggua frog-men abominations will keep coming at 2d6 per round up to 500 of them...
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    Rise of the Dungeon Sysop? Tech support for DMs

    During some VTT configuration research, I came across an article on Medium, titled I want to hire a Dungeon Sysop by Michael J.J. Tiffany: I was thinking about finding someone I could pay for a few hours work to configure Foundry just how I would like it to be. So, I was interested to see I'm...
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    A Word to Creators - VTTs will be where the money is at

    There have been a number of articles and discussions in EN World over the past few years about how difficult it is to make money as creator in the TTRPG industry. At the same time I'm finding myself buying fewer and fewer physical materials or PDFs and struggling to find what I need to make my...
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    D&D General What would a succubus say?

    The wizard in our party has the ability to summon fiends and summoned a succubus. It died but when he summoned again and asked if he could summon the same individual, I said sure. Its been fun to come up with various borderline inappropriate comments for her to make, but I would like a sizeable...
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    Character Limericks

    All DMs are cruel to their player's in some way. It's inevitable. We have to play all the bad guys. But I think I may have gone too far. I'm writing limericks mocking them. :) Probably too many in-jokes to be funny outside our group, but I enjoyed writing them. If anyone one else has...
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    Role web-conference for gaming Early Access now open to everyone - impressions

    I am a Kickstarter backer of Role, a video-conferencing system that include dice rolling, card dealing, lightly automated character sheets, and light VTT features for TTRPGs. Yesterday they released their character sheet editor and made the early access available to everyone. Role I've...
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    Cortex Prime - What are your ideas for custom made systems?

    Just got my unlock code for Cortex Prime. The book is sitting at home, waiting until I return from work abroad, but Fandom has done an excellent job making a highly readable, navigable, and searchable on-line version of the the Cortex Handbook. I am very impressed with the system and its...
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    Please share tips and resources for Mage the Ascension

    I like the flavor and concept of MtA and have the PDFs for the 20th Anniversary version. But the sheer volume content in just the core book is daunting. I'm thinking that I will have the players all be "orphans" in the sense of not having much knowledge of the wider world. The characters can...
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    Good one-shot adventures for an online kid's birthday (10-11 years old)

    What would you recommend as a good one-shot for a kid's birthday party using a VTT? Please specify: 1. System - anything more complicated than 5e might require too much explanation and handholding, wasting limited time, and bore younger kids. 2. Estimated play time: I would try to keep it to...
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    D&D General Adventure Begins - first impressions

    I received my copy of the Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins game yesterday and played it with my two sons (ages 13 and 10) tonight. I thought I would share some quick first impressions and hopefully strike up a conversation with others who have played it. We were laughing almost the entire...
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    D&D 5E Best VTT for automating 5e combat

    After nearly half a year of heavily testing most of the major VTTs available (Roll20, d20pro, Fantasy Ground Class & Unity, Astral, MapTool, and Foundry), I settled on Foundry. I don't regret it, as it is a great VTT with an active moding community that let's you add all kinds of cool features...
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    D&D 5E How VTTs Can Enhance Monster Tactics

    Starting with a new job that required my working away from home often and continuing with COVID-related social distancing, I've been running my campaign remotely. Also, I recently bought and read "The Monsters Know What They Are Doing" by Keith Ammann. This has got me to thinking about how I...
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    D&D 5E Clerics building temples to more than one god

    In your campaigns, would a cleric building temples to more than one god be acceptable, or would they be expected to be wholly devoted to a single god? Do you have any mechanics in your games that would let you benefit from spreading your devotion around? In the new Theros source book, there...
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