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  1. Hriston

    5E Describing Injury

    This isn’t another thread about hit points. It’s about how to describe an injury when an event has occurred in the fiction that would indicate that an injury has resulted. D&D characters get hurt. We know this because sometimes they die, which is the worst kind of getting hurt. Yet, except...
  2. Hriston

    Star Wars: Was the “other Skywalker” Yoda spoke of really Leia?

    Obi-Wan clearly thought so, but was he right? Leia’s strength in the Force never really plays the part in the story that would be suggested by all that foreshadowing. Could Yoda have been talking about Ben Solo, Obi-Wan having guessed partly right in that it was Leia’s legacy? Was he talking...
  3. Hriston

    5E Downtime: When, How, and How Much?

    Hi All! As per the title, please describe how your table implements downtime (if at all). I’m currently in the process of writing a rules module that heavily relies on downtime and would like to get an idea of the play processes involved with downtime at various tables. I’m primarily interested...
  4. Hriston

    5E Feats instead of Race

    @Charlaquin , not sure if this is the sort of thing you had in mind, but I wanted to share this idea. Instead of a race, you get: 3 feats of your choice Common and 1 extra language (a) Medium size or (b) Small size and one of the following: Darkvision* 1 tool proficiency Trance Situational...
  5. Hriston

    What “hit points” is?

    To answer this question, you have to go back 48 years to 1971, the date of publication of D&D‘s predecessor, Chainmail. Chainmail is primarily a set of rules for resolving large-scale medieval battles, and, as such, it’s primary combat-resolution mechanic answers two basic questions, which are...
  6. Hriston

    5E Random Background Table and Custom Backgrounds

    I posted a thread several weeks ago which presented some tables for random generation of lifestyle and background. They were converted from the Secondary Skills table from page 12 of the 1E DMG along with the social class tables from Unearthed Arcana (1985). I wasn’t satisfied with the result...
  7. Hriston

    5E Random Lifestyle and Background Tables

    Hi, I've put together some tables for randomly generating a D&D 5E character's background. They're based on a mash-up of the Secondary Skills table on p 12 of the AD&D 1E DMG and the Social Class tables on p 82 of the 1E UA. The procedure is to generate a lifestyle first and then roll on the...
  8. Hriston

    5E Random Class and Race Tables

    Hi, I just wanted to share some tables I’ve started using to make characters. I converted these two tables from pages 175 and 176 of the AD&D 1st Edition DMG to use with 5E. I’ve tried to preserve the ratios from the original tables as much as possible. I roll up a race and a class and voila...
  9. Hriston

    Armor Proficiencies

    A recent thread about medium armor got me thinking about armor proficiencies, and I would like to share my thoughts with the community. First, I think it’s important to remember that the default way to calculate AC is 10 + DEX modifier. So given a PC typically has a DEX score between 8...
  10. Hriston

    Battle Mat Sizes

    Hi! I'm designing some rules for random wilderness combat encounter map generation, and I'd like to take into account what the typical sizes are in which battle mats might come (if any). The rules would be primarily for D&D 5E, so I'm mostly interested about battle mats that are printed with 1"...
  11. Hriston

    Simultaneous Initiative (Adapted from Chainmail)

    D&D's system of initiative was first introduced with AD&D, 1st Edition. Before that, many of the rules of combat were found in Chainmail, a set of rules for medieval miniature wargaming. The initiative system had evolved from the "Move/Counter Move" system of turn sequence found in those rules...
  12. Hriston

    For the 12th Day of Christmas: Class Affinities of the 12 Olympians

    Happy Twelfth Night everyone! As the thread title reads, the idea here is to draw associations between the twelve Olympian gods and the twelve D&D classes, not any sort of attempt to present them as actual members of those classes as you would find in a publication like Deities and Demigods...
  13. Hriston

    RPGSports Round 1 Marred by Technical Problems and Bad DM Calls

    Did anyone else watch this? It looked like only around 1,200 viewers tuned in during the event. From the beginning, there was lots of lag, and the sound was cutting in and out throughout the broadcast to the point that it was hard to follow at times. It took a long time for the game to get...
  14. Hriston

    Timelord

    I have just uploaded Timelord to the downloads area. This PC class is derived but differs substantially from Lewis Pulsipher’s Timelord NPC class published in Dragon #65 in September, 1982. I undertook the conversion for personal use, but am sharing it because I’ve seen some interest on EN...
  15. Hriston

    5E Spell Scrolls: How Many Mystic Ciphers Are There?

    The poll option numbers are limited to spells in the PHB only. Here are the rules for spell scrolls relevant to the discussion: A spell scroll bears the words of a single spell, written in a mystical cipher. If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell...
  16. Hriston

    5E Moving Stealthily While Traveling

    This is a question about how different DMs handle this. Under "Activity While Traveling", the Basic Rules have this to say about moving stealthily: STEALTH While traveling at a slow pace, the characters can move stealthily. As long as they’re not in the open, they can try to surprise or sneak...
  17. Hriston

    5E Can Non-classed NPCs and Monsters Use Spell Scrolls?

    From the 5e SRD: A spell scroll bears the words of a single spell, written in a mystical cipher. If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Otherwise, the scroll is unintelligible. But what about characters...
  18. Hriston

    5E A Proper Ability Score Generation Preference Poll

    The question is: How does your current group generate ability scores for PCs, and/or how do you prefer to generate ability scores for your PCs, assuming you play in a group that shares your general preferences? edit: I'm only allowing one vote per person, so please choose the option that best...
  19. Hriston

    5E "when circumstances are appropriate for hiding"

    The hiding sidebar from PBR, p. 60, begins, "The DM decides when circumstances are appropriate for hiding." What does this mean to you? Many will reply that it means it's the DM's job to determine if you can hide under a given set of circumstances, making hiding a matter of "DM, may I?" I read...
  20. Hriston

    5E Intelligence Ratings

    I posted something like this a little over a year ago in a rather contentious thread. Interest in this sort of thing came up again more recently in another thread, and a suggestion was made to organize such a table by ability score modifier. Here's the result: Score (frequency using...
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