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    D&D 5E How do societies communicate across distances in your world?

    Magic is the easy answer, especially in Eberron and Ravnica. But in the Realms there's little evidence that Sending Stones are connecting the general populace of Waterdeep and Phandelver for example. So far in 5e there's little discussion of how messages between cities are sent and delivered...
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    D&D 5E How many more characters (full PC rules) have you made than you have played?

    For many, especially me, making characters is a part of D&D you can play on your own. Often I sit and create new concepts, some conventional and others out there, but in different ways than I see online (minimal powers rather than maxed out). Some of these wind up seeing use as NPCs that have...
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    D&D 5E Hunter Background, with limited expertise

    As I work to fill out some notable absences in 5th editions Background system I'm also trying small adjustments to the mechanics. Not always do I give a simple 2 skills and 2 languages/tool/instruments/kits. In the case of the Hunter (rather than an Outlander that hunts) that means a choice of...
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    D&D Movie/TV Joe Manganiello hints at more D&D in his future

    There are no other details shared, and I didn't watch his Funko appearance. /Film just pulled out that bit about D&D. We do know that Joe is a huge Dragonlance fan. Once upon a time Manganiello was working on an unapproved script based on Dragonlance. That script was presumed dead, because it...
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    D&D 5E Revising Artificer lore to be unmagical

    My world has an empire of teknicians, a smog-punk semi-Victorian realm of ratchety noises, oil, hydrolix, airxips, etc. These golbinoids should have a class, but the base rules only have a few elements that support this type of play -- tinker's tools, thieves tools, trapmaking, rock gnome...
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    D&D 5E Would handing your party 1,000 gp at character creation break your game?

    I love the spyglass. But in 5e it's a 1,000 gp device. There aren't really any rules that explain that cost. Per DnDBeyond, the spyglass just enlarges objects to twice their size. That's not overly powerful. Certain backgrounds might make sense to start with a spyglass -- Sailor/Pirate (though...
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    D&D 5E Guild Artisans are boring. Be an independent winemaker instead.

    Two things coalesced to inspire me to make the Vintner. In almost no cases do I want massive guilds all over my setting. So, in my overall project regarding new backgrounds one of the things I'm doing is breaking out most of the artisans into independent roles. This doesn't just mean slight...
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    D&D 5E One part Thomas Paine, one part Assassin's Creed: The Propagandist archetype

    Plugging my recent draft of a wordsmith-rebel subclass, which is heavy on the skill monkey and uses Sneak Attack dice in an entirely new way. The quick version is that this individual can summon swarms of commoners to use as cover, distraction, and eventually revolutionaries. When they do so...
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    D&D 5E How do you measure distances outside of combat?

    Do you still use miles? Do you use kilometers? Do you care that these both have real world meanings that wouldn't be meaningful in the game world? Or would you use a measure like a League or a Daylong Journey instead? How much does immersion matter when your adventuring party is travelling?
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    D&D Movie/TV Sophia Lillis was a D&D player before being a D&D actress

    Buried in this story about Lillis wearing high fashion is this note about her hobbies.
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    D&D 5E Drudge, a magical laborer background - advice sought

    I'm working through a series of about 40 Backgrounds that I'm creating for 5e. One that is perplexing me is the Drudge, a name I've assigned to the magical laborer who augments their hard work with utility cantrips like Mage Hand. Where I'm hung up is not on the cost of cantrips (they will pick...
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    D&D 5E Balance Check: Magical Tinkering versus some Feats

    There are no Artificers in my world. There is smog-tek, think steampunk, but with a lot of smoke, oils, and springs. I'm currently considering using some elements from the Artificer to represent this versus developing a fully independent class of Teknicians. As many homebrewers know, I'll...
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    D&D Movie/TV Chris Pine To Star In D&D Movie

    The long, slow process towards a modern take on D&D movies took a large step forward with the announcement of a huge star signed to the project. Considering that filming is set to start soon a cascade of announcements should be revealed in initiative order imminently. Filming begins in Q1 2021...
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    Level Up (A5E) For Your Consideration: Other Origins and Heritages

    In the heritage playtest there are the legacy 'races' as well as Orc and Tiefling. Was there thought about the various giantkin - ogre, goliath, firbolg, half-giants, etc? I've actually combined two into the goliath as a race and then mountain (standard goliath) and firbolg (forest) as subraces...
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    World Creation, as a travel guide instructs children

    Wildsam makes travel guides. They tend towards the off-the-beaten path type of thing, with a lot of narrative and experiential elements. You could read one of their guides and feel as if you toured the city without visiting it. Due to the pandemic they put out a five-page instruction booklet...
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    D&D 5E Why is there a Forgery Kit?

    I love the tools, kits, instruments, etc in 5th edition. Most of them make sense, and they are one of the best ways to add 'civilian' flavor to your character. A couple of them frustrate me. Today I want to talk about the forgery kit. The activity of forgery is quite important, especially in...
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    D&D 5E Does Slashing/Piercing/Bludgeoning even matter?

    Are these legacy traits at all useful mechanically, or are they there so that we understand the narrative behind the weapon? Asking, because I've considered a subclass that specializes in one of these (as opposed to light, finesse, ranged).
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    D&D 5E Power of Various Schools of Magic?

    Are certain schools of magic more powerful than others, the way that certain saves are? I'm asking as Arcane Tricksters only access two schools (basically), while an Eldritch Knight gets Abjuration and Evocation and then even more access.
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    D&D 5E Druid with Animal Companion - how to build?

    I may have finally convinced my wife to try D&D. The mini I picked out is from the Wardling line at WizKids, because I knew that she'd want a companion (plus I guess it's just the two of us for a few more weeks). Thing is I think she's more of a Druid than a Ranger. How would you build a 5e...
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    D&D Movie/TV D&D movie will focus on Eye of Vecna Reads like a quest story with rival groups of generally good and generally evil characters set in the Realms.