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    D&D 5E How long are you willing to wait for a build to "turn on?"

    Some complex builds only seem to do their thing at mid levels. If you're going for a complicated multiclass or holding out for a specific weapon, it my be level 6 or 7 before you finally get to do your mechanical thing. So like it says in the title: What’s the longest you’re willing to wait...
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    D&D General What is the most ludicrous multiclassed monstrosity that you've actually played?

    I feel like answering this question with 3.5 is the correct strat. Good show. :D
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    D&D General What is the most ludicrous multiclassed monstrosity that you've actually played?

    lol. That 'democracy in action' line freaking slayed me for some reason. Was there an election in the episode, or is it just a straight up non sequitur?
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    D&D General What is the most ludicrous multiclassed monstrosity that you've actually played?

    And not just multiclass, but thematically weird or mechanically convoluted in general. For my part, I still have a soft spot for a goblin cabin boy named Terrence Gilliam back in 3.5. He was a master at pistol-based ranged sneak attacks while mounted. And from a thematic standpoint, sapping...
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    D&D 5E Take the time to (re)explain your abilities.

    As a player character, your domain of expertise is non-obvious. This can cause problems at the table. When we play these games for years at a time, we tend to build up system mastery as we go. In the midst of that process, however, it’s easy to forget that “the way my dude works” is far from...
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    Pathfinder 1E What is the most creative (and legal) use you've seen for prestidigitation?

    Doesn't Doesn't that run into the "attended objects" rules?
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    Pathfinder 1E What is the most creative (and legal) use you've seen for prestidigitation?

    My group has taken to calling it "least wish." If you've got a permissive GM and creative thinky-parts, you can get away with murder with this humble little "fluff spell." So how about it folks? What is the most creative (and legal) use you've seen for prestidigitation? (Comic for illustrative...
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    D&D 5E Which of dice is the most special? Why?

    Answering my own question, but I got some special 12-siders. They have pips instead of numbers: two each of 1-6. Rolling damage for a fireball with "8d12" made my DM do a double-size double-take. Good times. https://doublesix-dice.myshopify.com/
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    D&D 5E Which of dice is the most special? Why?

    How do you approach dice collecting? Do you like to keep a proper dice hoard, or do you have a Master Set that you use for every game? Perhaps a most special icosahedron inherited from your forebears? If you've got a most special die, what makes it special? (Comic for illustrative purposes.)
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    Pathfinder 1E As a player, how do you argue your rules interpretation 1) successfully and 2) without being obnoxious?

    This was our approach back when we were first learning Pathfinder 1e. We'd make note of the issue and then make a post in the group forum trying to figure out an answer. Only trouble is that it got draining. All those trips into the rules forums can begin to feel like work if you let them.
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    Pathfinder 1E As a player, how do you argue your rules interpretation 1) successfully and 2) without being obnoxious?

    Here's my take: If accommodating quirky ideas in the name of creative play is best practice for GMs, there's an important corollary for players. Make your case, sure. But once your GM has made the call, don't be the guy at the table who grinds things to a halt to argue your side. And so, here's...
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    D&D 5E Unfair Scrying

    To be clear, the "BBEG" in the post was the patron of a rival adventuring party. He was a Cardinal Richelieu type to the party's King's Musketeers, so he'd met the party before. Forced politeness in the throne room and all that. I mistakenly assumed that "frienemies status" would make unfair...
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    D&D 5E Unfair Scrying

    If you’re the victim of scrying, there’s a feeling of powerlessness that comes with the experience. When a BBEG points their magic mirror your way, they suddenly know where you are, what your plans are, and (most likely) how to defeat you. That’s not a good feeling. It engenders paranoia...
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    Pathfinder 1E Bell Curve Losses

    To some extent, I think that this kind of strategic leeway is a good thing. It allows GMs to tailor encounter difficulty on the fly in response to the actual die results at the table. It also means that dialing in "encounter difficulty" is at least as much about tactics as numbers. The spine...
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    Pathfinder 1E Bell Curve Losses

    Not sure who needs to hear this, but I'll often see new GMs getting bent out of shape over the party's unexpected success: “Yeah man. They absolutely blew through an encounter that was, like, 5 CR higher than it should have been. I thought they were going to get TPK’d, but they wound up walking...
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    D&D 5E Gimme your best villain one-liner!

    I always had a soft spot for Jack's joker. "Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" As for in-game biz, it always seems like the villains fall over dead before they can get a good line in. :(
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    D&D 5E Gimme your best villain one-liner!

    What is the single best one-liner you’ve ever heard a villain use? And if you don’t have any, imagine an encounter with the current BBEG of your campaign. What is the one thing they could they say to piss off your character? (Comic for illustrative purposes.)
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    Pathfinder 1E Reflavoring

    I've got a Starfinder technomancer who flavored her magic missiles as purple glowing rebar. Weirdly, I find that it's easier to rejigger magic than other game elements.
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    Pathfinder 1E Reflavoring

    For those of you who haven’t stumbled across the term before, I’m using “reflavoring” to denote the re-fluffing of game mechanics. Instead of rage my barbarian gets possessed by ancestor spirits. Instead of a sword my fighter uses a macuahuitl. Instead of a bow that shoots enchanted arrows my...
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    D&D 5E Name a technique or design choice that your group enjoys, but that is generally unpopular.

    A couple of different sources have shaped my thinking on this point. The first is "gygaxian naturalism." http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2008/09/gygaxian-naturalism.html The other comes from the Alexandrian's take on the CR system. I'm looking at the CR 10 roper example specifically...
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