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    Goodman games Barrier Peaks announced

    ...just got announced. Who's stoked? 5e barrier peaks would be great... especially paired w paizos iron gods and a remake of that old blackmoor module. https://mobile.twitter.com/crazy_newt/status/1105170855301136385
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    Pre-Campaign Handouts

    Usually when I start a campaign, I tell the players what the campaign's main thrust is, and then put together a huge document detailing every race and class, the deities, the setting history, new class options, a primer on all the locations, new backgrounds, and whatever else I can think of...
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    The People of the Pit

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    5E Five new players. 1st level PCs. First monster they meet is...

    So, running a game. Five of the six players have never played D&D before. They're all first level characters - I have no idea what yet, chargen is tomorrow. I want to get the game off to a good start. I have the dungeon set up so there's a monster to pass before entering the canyon...
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    5E 5e's new gender policy - is it attracting new players?

    One of my favourite things in 5e is the section on PC gender. I won't repeat the entire quote, because I don't have a PHB on me, but it amounts to "you can be male, female, transgender... and your sexuality doesn't matter. It's good. Be who you want to be". This is an awesome thing, and I...
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    5E Good place for 5 hex to 1" paper online?

    Hey all. Trying to find a place where I can print hex paper so I can map out a campaign site. The DMG recommends using hex paper sized at 5 hexes to 1", which makes a lot of sense. I've searched using the googles, and while I found a few, they wind up being more like 3 hexes to an inch, which...
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    5E Obligation to give new players a "Core" game?

    TL;DR - Does a GM have an obligation to provide a "generic" campaign setting to first-time players? My girlfriend and I live in a small town about an hour's drive from Victoria BC, which is where we game on our regular monday nights. I've been gaming with this group for years now, and this...
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    5E Player's Vote against Errata; GM dies of shock

    Talking to a player today about our campaign session. He's always been the most mechanically-minded player in the group, and we were talking about how he's not really "getting" his bard's "schtick". So, we talk about some of the things his bard will soon be able to do (5th level is just around...
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    5E Are monk's unarmed attacks weapon attacks?

    So, the party monk made the mistake of attuning to the intelligent +1 Short Sword of Vengeance. The rules say that "any attack made with a weapon besides the sword are at disadvantage". Does that mean that the monk's unarmed attacks are at disadvantage? They are listed on the weapon table...
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    5E Best DUNGEON modules, any edition, to convert to 5th?

    So, I run a campaign that is mostly centred around old modules from Dungeon magazine. We're about to end our current adventure, and head into Dwellers of the Forbidden City, but after that, it's open territory. I was wondering if anybody had recommendations for good adventures from Dungeon...
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    5E The Object Interaction Rule, and how it's changed our action economy

    Something I've noticed. I play with some very rules-y players at times. They want to make the best use of their character abilities, and when things get tough, they start playing the rules to get the most out of their action. So, you'll see them drop a sword as a free action to cast a spell...
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    5E Social/Combat/Exploration Ratio

    So, what do you think the ratio of encounters should be in a site-based adventure? Assume, for the sake of simplicity, that every keyed area belongs to one of four categories: 1. Social - interact with NPCs, etc. 2. Combat - Kill stuff. 3. Exploration - find clues, solve puzzles...
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    5E Some clever ideas wanted for a twist my players threw at me

    So, we just finished up the old 2e Dungeon Mag adventure "keep for sale". In it, the Players found a magical pool that was "haunted" by the spirit of a dead bard named Reginald. Reginald, in my 5e conversion, is a 7th level bard who can cast spells from his magic pool, but little else. The...
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    5E Long Rests, and Magical Healing

    So, a fun thing I never noticed about long rests: From the PHB, page 186. "A character must have at least 1 hit point at the start of the rest to gain its benefits". Now, imagine a character at zero hit points, with no hit dice. How does this character ever get above 0 HP? * Assuming...
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    5E A Primer on Creating Organizations

    Organizations in 5e are a great way for your PCs to belong to something beyond the adventuring party. As detailed in the Adventurer's League and organized play, they also become a way to introduce a bit of variety in adventures - how the adventures will play out will vary depending on PCs'...
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    5E Clerics, Shields, and Spell Casting

    I'm sure this has been asked before, but... Can clerics cast spells with a somatic component with a shield in one hand a weapon in the other? What about V,S,M spells, with the M being their holy symbol (which happens to be their shield)? I'm getting two different readings on this, and would...
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    5E Friendly NPCs and death saves

    Last week, one of the NPC Henchmen, a rude invoker named Izban, ran into a barracks filled with Goblins. He hid behind a bunk for cover and used his firebolt, but didn't notice the goblins behind him, and was promptly filled with arrows. As he began to make dying saves, I (on the fly)...
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    5E Dungeon Magazine-like source?

    Hey all. Been a looong time since I've posted... But anyways. I'm running a new 5e game, and I've realized how easy it is to convert modules. My current campaign follows a simple format - I present three adventure "hooks" to my five players, give a rough outline of what the adventure is...
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    What's more powerful - group or single debuffs?

    Something I've been debating - what's more useful to have as a character: group debuffs or single-target debuffs? For the purpose of this question, "Debuff" is any spell effect that applies a penalty or hindrance to the target without causing physical damage or death. Let's leave out the...
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    PF Pathfinderizing the Spellthief

    My all-time favourite class is the spellthief - which happens to be one of the "weakest" classes in the game. Experience has told me that when the class is in its ideal element, it is a lot of fun and not "overpowered", but when it is in a situation where the stealing spell/innate abilities...
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