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  1. Argyle King

    Best System for Mount & Blade + Sword & Sorcery

    I highly enjoy the Mount & Blade games. I enjoy the scaling nature of the game: starting with with a handful of brigands or farmers and then building upward toward political power. I also enjoy that combat feels more visceral (even if it is still video-gamey sometimes). Plus, I find things...
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    Witcher (Netflix)

    I was surprised to find that there's not a thread for this. Season 2 of the show is now available. I haven't yet started season 2. I'm working my way through Season 1 again before starting Season 2. Something I noticed while re-watching Season 1 is that there are a lot of dialogue hints to...
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    D&D 4E Best Resources for 4E Products?

    The group I usually play D&D with has been talking about going back to 4E. [I'm sure someone will ask/comment, so: Despite "problems" we had with it, we feel that the few of us who are more experienced can tweak it to fix those problems (by rewriting parts like I've done or working in pieces...
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    D&D 5E Would Allowing Multiple Reactions Break The Game?

    Normally, a 5E character only gets 1 reaction. Most of the time, that is fine. However, I am of the opinion that there may be aspects of the game which may benefit from allowing more than 1. For example, creating a front line to protect squishy party members is difficult to do when a character...
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    D&D 5E D&D Should Have Less HP Bloat

    After a certain point, I've found both that 1) fights start to drag and 2) even considering rpg tropes, it starts to be hard to take some things seriously. HP bloat should be reduced in D&D. High level monsters become big bags of hitpoints. This slows down combat and the flow of play a lot...
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    D&D 5E Tortle Monks?

    How does a Tortle's natural armor interact with classes which modify armor calculation? For example, the monk class says (when not wearing armor) "AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier." The Tortle entry says you have a base AC of 17 and that Dex does not change this...
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    D&D 5E Has D&D Combat Always Been Slow?

    For a while now, my primary group has been playing other rpgs more often. Also, for a while now, I have had the feeling that D&D combat seems to take a long time to work through one encounter. However, it really hit me how slow it was (or at least seems to be to me) after the group recently...
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    D&D General Is Healing Magic Painful?

    In most RPGs, healing magic fixes everything, without a lot of questions asked. It just works. However, while sitting at home today, I started to consider whether healing magic is painful. Sure, it heals the damage, but (I think) that also means that it puts bones and such back into place. How...
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    D&D 5E UA Warforged AC

    Recently, one of the players in the online group created a Warforged character, using the UA version of Warforged. The rules appear straightforward, but I want to make sure I am understanding everything correctly (and type things out for a bit of a sanity check). While in Heavy Plating Mode...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    First, to prevent starting from a miscommunication: what do I mean by "low fantasy"? The common literary definition does not quite fit what I want. I prefer something similar to the definitions found in GURPS Fantasy. Regarding "High Fantasy" "If fantasy occupies the middle ground between myth...
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    Pathfinder 2E Something about PF2's Art Bothers Me

    Perhaps I'm in the minority. (It certainly wouldn't be the first time.) For some reason, Pathfinder 2E's art style seems off to me. The quality of the drawings and such are fantastic; the production values are undeniably top notch. However, something just seems off about the style. I can't yet...
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    Can Sharpshooter be used with a Net?

    Can Sharpshooter be used with a net? My initial thought was no, but, upon review of how things are worded, it appears that "maybe" might be the more accurate answer. Sharpshooter states that it requires taking a penalty to the attack roll. Hitting with a net does indeed require an attack...
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    D&D 5E Monsters struggling to hit players? Common?

    My experience at running 5e is admittedly low. However, I've been a player in several campaigns. I've started to notice that monsters appear to struggle to land attacks on players, in some instances needing to roll extremely high to even touch a PC. In some cases, if a paladin, eldritch...
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    D&D 5E Any advice for better vehicle rules?

    I am currently a player in a campaign which has quickly evolved into a game involving a lot of vehicle combat. In particular, ship-to-ship combat between sailing vessels is common. One thing I've noticed is that the rules is pretty vague (and often a bit odd*) when it comes to vehicles. The...
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    Lizardfolk Rogue 1/Paladin 4 - not sure what to do next

    I'm not typically what I would consider to be an optimizer, but I feel as though I could benefit from some advice for my character. First, a few notes: the DM had the players roll for stats; the DM is allowing my character to smite with bites; the current campaign world involves a lot of...
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    D&D 5E Not fully grasping the pattern of the XP per CR table

    I've been spending a lot of time looking at the "Experience Points by Challenge Rating" table found on page 275 of the DMG. I feel like I'm missing something obvious, but I'm not grasping the pattern of how the math works. There seems to be some amount of consistency among each tier of play...
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    D&D 5E Sharing Spells with a steed

    Find Steed says that, while mounted, any spell with a range of "self" can be shared with the steed. How does this work when you cast something like Cone of Cold? Do both you and the steed produce a cone? I'm asking because a bard character has used his ability to learn spells from other...
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    Most amount of followers/animals/etc possible?

    Browsing the PHB, I've started to become curious concerning how many creatures and followers one character could have control over. The Noble background seems like an obvious choice due to the three retainers. At a glance, Bard (Lore College) seems to be the best option. You could learn Find...
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    Star Wars Universe - why is military training so ineffective?

    Why does military training seem so awful in the Star Wars universe? To some extent, I get it. Stormtroopers are meant to be faceless hordes of cannon fodder. However, it's not a problem unique to Stormtroopers; in Rogue One, randomly tossing grenades turns out to be more effective than most...
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    D&D 5E Siege Weapons

    Is there a way to gain proficiency with siege weapons in 5E? Also, what skills would you say are required to build a siege weapon in 5E? I've been thinking about what I'd like to do the next time I'm a player, and I like the idea of building a mobile version of a D&D Ballista by mounting it on...
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