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  1. Eltab

    D&D and the rising pandemic

    Update on a side-thread: I have been paying student loans even though they were in forebearance, wanting to take advantage of 0% interest so my money efficiently takes down principle and I get more "mileage" out of my payments. I got a letter from my student loan lender.* FINISHED !!! *...
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    D&D 5E Mines of Phandelver - Need Help With a BBEG Brainstorm

    The Black Spider as an alternate identity? That can work, but it should originate independently of the PCs' background. Provide them with a mystery to uncover: if the Black Spider is a dwarf, how come he has an elf's lifespan?
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    D&D General What do you think of the dubious Morales of this crime gang I made using tables A Mate made that saves the lives of babies via highly illegal means?

    Several times in quick succession, you have come for advice because you were making rolls on a table, went deep into details - which did not work well together - and the big picture got away from you. I think you should take a step back and ask "What am I trying to accomplish with this...
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    D&D General I am so done with kickstarter

    Ha - I'm finally above average in something ! 😀
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    Does TSR3 Have Nazi Connections?

    I'm not seeing how it is within EnWorld's TOS, either. Which means the staff has to give Morrus some Red Ink for bringing it up?
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    D&D 5E (+) Share Your Custom Warlock Patrons Here!

    My 4e Star'lock's patron existed along the border between astronomy and astrology - not the Far Realm. He could use physical stuff (suck you into Jupiter's Great Red Spot) or bring a constellation to life and apply status conditions (the Dragon frightens you).
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    D&D General Would the 14 year old that was made A Baroness before she was even born be annoyed that her title was actually a bribe to buy her mothers silence?

    The teen has no reason to be annoyed at the title. She does have reason to be annoyed that all the Barons want her to marry their oldest son. And is the King going to try to manipulate her some way or another?
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    D&D General Would The Kings Ex Lover be happy with her daughter, The Kings illegitimate Child, being given The Following Barony in return for her silence?

    The king giving an illegitimate child a big fat rich feudal hold will set the normal nobility off. Nobility is supposed to be exclusive. The mother can expect every dirty trick in the book to come her way, plus brute-force assassination attempts aimed at her and the child. Her survival...
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    5.5E What if you were in charge of reworking classes for 5.5?

    I liked the Druid wildshape from 4e, where you changed your fluff but kept your stats. (I may be weird that way.) At higher levels you can add Fly or Swim or Desert Adaptation or Hold Breath to yourself. When every L3 druid from every corner of the world turns into Grizzly Bear as first...
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    Why would A Future King become A Adventurer?, and even if he did why be A Thief? and why would A Future King only have A Int of 11 and A Wis of 9?

    Shakespeare's Henry V features a low-stat heir to kingship (the Dauphan) and a king who used to run with some rabble (Henry). If your character has an ambitious younger brother who wants that crown for himself, he might have engineered your exile from Court - or faked your death - and you are...
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    D&D 5E your fist level wizard has used their 2 spells. Now What?

    The level at which you get Unarmed Attack?
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    Best Cover Songs of All Time

    Best Use of Song in an Advertisement: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" as sung by the California Raisins. (lyrics somewhat modified)
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    D&D 5E your fist level wizard has used their 2 spells. Now What?

    Learn a ranged cantrip and ask the Thief, err Rogue, to teach you how to do that "hide around the corner" trick. And as noted above, thank the deities that cantrips were invented before you began adventuring. - another 1e Magic-User with 1 spell slot, 1 HP, a dagger and Robe "Armor"
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    Best Cover Songs of All Time

    A friend played me a video of some guys who re-write songs into a minor key. (This makes the tune sound sad or ominous.) One song was The Police "Every Breath You Take". The original was a guy not wanting to accept his ex-girlfriend has left him. The remake was The Stalker Song.
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    Games with "terrible" follow-up editions

    The "rainbow do-it-all chart" for Gamma World vol3 put me off trying to play that series of adventures. It was too different from the D&D-inspired GWvol2. (Somebody is solo-running the "Rite of Passage" adventure from the v2 Box Set on an EnWorld thread now.) When GWvol4 came out, I used that...
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    Best Cover Songs of All Time

    Bob Seger's Fortunate Son both established that Credence Clearwater Revival's lyrical claim "I'm not the fortunate one" was tongue-in-cheek -and- told you who the Draft Board came looking for next.
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    OSR Looking for some surreal/psychedelic style encounters/adventures

    If you want to do extra research, many Gamma World modules have some over-the-top aspect to them. Nothing like a biker gang of man-size rabbits whose touch can turn metal to rubber charging down on the heroes.
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    Ukraine invasion

    I observe that Operation Valkyrie (upon which the movie of the same name is based) was a 1944 effort by some German Army officers to get rid of Adolph Hitler personally and take over the Government, under the belief that with him gone they could negotiate an end to the World War. Of course it...
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    Ukraine invasion

    Zap Putin personally, and the war effort goes on Pause (or autopilot) while a bunch of would-be successors sort out "Who's in charge here?!" Somebody with no ambition to necromancy the Soviet Union might decide to blame it all on Putin, back off, and ask the diplomats to provide a fig leaf to...
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    Meme request

    How about text "I know my group is in here somewhere" and picture the warehouse interior at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?