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    D&D General Did you get your start playing D&D, and what do you play now?

    I'm curious to see what RPG people started playing with, and what they currently play. Specifically, whether or not you started playing with a version of D&D (any version), or a different RPG, as well as what you are playing now. I'm speaking fairly broadly in terms of "now" for purposes of...
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    Unearthed Arcana New Unearthed Arcana - Subclasses 2 [UPDATED]

    The latest Unearthed Arcana contains three new subclasses: the bardic College of Creation, the cleric's Love Domain, and the sorcerer's Clockwork Soul. UPDATE - WoTC appears to have removed this PDF. The link now leads to the previous Unearthed Arcana...
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    Pathfinder 2E Wizard Favoritism & Errata

    The designers of PF2 streamed Friday night, talking about 2e. Twitch Among the topics of the evening were items that are soon to receive errata. This included the rather major oversight that 1st level wizards are not intended to receive a class feat (except for Universalists), despite it being...
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    D&D 5E Tips for Resolving Area Effects

    It's not an issue when the players are making saving throws, but when I have a large group of monsters inside a damaging area of effect it tends to take me a considerable amount of time to resolve it. Longer than I feel it ideally ought to. I'm hoping that some others here have come up with...
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    Automated Initiative Tracker

    I have just uploaded Automated Initiative Tracker to the downloads area. I wanted a way to easily handle initiative that is rolled every round, so I hacked this Windows program together. It hides the turn order by default, although you can make it show who goes next using the settings tab (or...
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    D&D 5E Monsters by CR

    Although I love the 5th MM, the one thing I feel it's missing is a breakdown of monsters by CR. So I threw together a simple Google spreadsheet:
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    Skill Challenges: Individual Failure

    While certainly not the only complaint, a serious issue that many raise with regard to skill challenges is that shared failures discourage participation. This can be contrasted with combat where a failed attack roll, while typically not beneficial, doesn't actively contribute to the group's...
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    The One Hour D&D Game

    New L&L is up: Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page - Article (The One-Hour D&D Game) The design goals don't seem bad to me. I was just thinking I'd like to see a system that could support both one, large fight or many, smaller fights over the course of one adventure.
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    D&D 1E Should 5e adopt 1e style arcane magic?

    Mages had very powerful spells in 1e, such as uncapped fireballs that would scale to 20d6 at level 20. Later editions diminished this power somewhat (fireball was capped at 10d6 in 2e). Would you be be willing to accept all, or at least most, of the 1e drawbacks in exchange for a powerful 1e...
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    Poll: Ability scores - How intrinsic are they to D&D?

    I'd intended to include a poll with my original thread, but I didn't realize that the system would time me out if I wasn't quick enough. So, here it is. Would some kind moderator be willing to merge the two threads? Pretty please?
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    Ability scores - How intrinsic are they to D&D?

    The thread "What needs to be fixed in 5E?", drifted onto the topic of ability scores at one point. I'm a bit curious to see just how important everyone feels that Strength, Dexterity, and all the rest are to D&D (irrespective of edition). Are ability score of significant importance to D&D...
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    Breaking Limits (An alternative to the Daily attack power mechanic)

    Some of my players like Daily powers, some don't care for their limited usage. As their DM, I'm constantly fiddling with various mechanics in a hopeless, never ending quest to keep all of them happy all of the time. The latest idea I've come up with has to do with changing daily attacks so...
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    Consequences of encounters replacing dailies?

    One of my players isn't a big fan of dailies, so I'm curious what the consequences of allowing the players to replace their daily powers with encounter powers (of lower or equal level) might be. It isn't that he hates or doesn't use his dailies, but he definitely seems like he'd be happier if...
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    Lunge (Partial Charge) and the Daze n' Shift

    I posted the original thread on the WOTC forums here. I'm thinking of testing a new combat action in my next campaign. It is based on charge, with a few key differences: Lunge: Standard Action -Move and attack: Move one square as part of the lunge and make a melee basic attack or a bull rush...