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    D&D General The Fourth Pillar of D&D…shenanigans

    This is a great video by Ben at Questing Beast about everyone’s (second) favorite pillar of D&D...the shenanigans pillar. I feel that one.
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    D&D 5E Never mind, please close

    Link here.
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    OSR Old-School Essentials bundle of holding...

    If you missed the recent Kickstarter or are just OSR curious, this is a great jumping on point for Old-School Essentials.
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    D&D General DMs how do you feel about players fudging?

    This is a a companion thread to the other poll on fudging. I think DM responses matter on this issue. It needs no further description: whatever you consider "fudging" to be, what do you as a DM think of players doing it? Word of warning: you cannot change your vote. Pick wisely!
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    D&D General [+] Tell me about your favorite official D&D setting...

    I'm a fan of a lot of settings from D&D, but I don't know all of them. And I thought it would be nice to have some positive threads about things we like for a change. So, keeping in mind this is a plus thread: sell me on your favorite official* D&D setting. Describe what makes it cool to you...
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    D&D 4E 4E Retroclone

    Since this popped up in another, completely unrelated thread, I thought I'd split this off. Here's my post on it. There's a lot I really like about 4E so I think about this regularly. If I were to design a retroclone, I'd do it as minimalistically as possible. Create it as a framework that...
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    D&D General Arneson's original notes to Gygax?

    Considering all the "archaeology" that's going on with early D&D, I'm curious if anyone's come across the original notes Dave Arneson sent to Gary Gygax. I wonder how playable the game presented in those notes would be.
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    D&D 5E Game theory, D&D, and infinite games

    In game theory there are two types of games: finite games and infinite games. Finite games are bound by specific rules about how players win and lose, how many players there are in the game, time limits, etc, and the goal is definite: to win. Infinite games, on the other hand, are not bound by...
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    D&D 5E Planegea: Prehistoric Fantasy

    I just stumbled across this. Apparently Atlas Games is doing a prehistoric stonepunk setting for 5E. Here's the landing page, which includes a video for their upcoming Kickstarter and a free 23-page preview. This looks amazing. I want this now!
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    D&D 5E L5R / Rokugan for D&D 5E

    It looks like this is happening again. Kinda surprised it took so long and that there’s no thread already.
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    D&D General Saving Players From Themselves

    In discussing how challenging the game is or should be and player behavior, @Mordhau shared a couple of links. Players optimize the fun out of games. Reading the article and watching the video brought several things together in a weird kind of "aha!" and "well duh!" moment. The TL;DR...
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    D&D 5E Revised core book wishlist

    WotC confirmed updated core books in 2024. They say they will be fully backward compatible. So what do you want updated in the new core books?
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    D&D 5E Moonstone dragons from Celebration

    From Celebration.
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    D&D 5E On fairies and flying

    So...characters and flying. There's the new fairy: "Flight. Because of your wings, you have a flying speed equal to your walking speed. You can’t use this flying speed if you’re wearing medium or heavy armor." There's also the aarakocra: "Flight. You have a flying speed of 50 feet. To use this...
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    D&D General DMs: where's your metagaming line?

    For some it's monster stat blocks. For others it's reading the module. Others still it's looking at the DM's notes or peaking at the map. Some don't mind certain levels of metagaming, others hate every kind. I don't care if players read the monster books. I homebrew most of my monsters...
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    D&D 1E Common House Rules for AD&D?

    I’m curious what people’s common house rules are for AD&D. I cut my teeth on it back in the day, and we mixed it rather liberally with B/X and BECMI. So my recollection of AD&D is wildly skewed. So I’m trying to get a sense of how other people actually played and what house rules they used...
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    People talk about it fairly regularly and seem to assume everyone just knows what they mean by it, but what is it? A particular attitude towards the players and/or the game? Specific actions in isolation? What? DMs that are out to get the players. DMs who try to win the game against their...
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    OD&D Strategos N or A?

    Is there anywhere to get a copy of either of these games / house systems? I'm poking around the net and can't seem to come up with anything. It seems such foundational games to D&D would be available somewhere.
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    Math help: doubles, triples, quadruples on 2-3-4d10

    I'm wondering about the likelihood of doubles, triples, and quadruples on 2d10, 3d10, and 4d10. I know it's 10% chance of doubles on 2d10. There's 1/100 for each number to come up, and there's 10 possible doubles so 10/100. On 3d10, it's 30/1000 getting doubles, either the first two dice...
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    Math question about bonus/penalty dice

    So big-brain math types, help me out, please. With D&D 5E, advantage on a d20 roll is worth about a +5. So in d100 games, like Call of Cthulhu, about how much of a benefit are bonus/penalty dice? If you're not sure what bonus/penalty dice are, they're advantage/disadvantage on d100 rolls. You...