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    Do your PCs begin their campaign in their first settlement as visitors and wanderers, or as its citizens?

    When you begin a new campaign, do you prefer the PCs to be visitors in their very first settlement, or do you prefer them to have been born and raised there? Are they the wandering heroes who stumbled upon a city and witness its troubles, or are they longtime citizens who finally decide to make...
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    Questions to DMs about how they use the Roper monster ...

    1) How many tendrils do you let it regenerate on the beginning of its turn? One? Or all those which it lost on the PCs' turn? 2) Do you let your PCs add their athletics when attempting to break a tendril with a STR check?
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    Time Limit as a Stress Inducer: Thoughts?

    Most of you here have probably played the Witcher 3. One of the things I loved was when there were decisions Geralt had to take, with a time limit to choose. [KILL THE BANDIT / SPARE HIM] So I am thinking of making some stuff like that. Like, let's assume that a powerful shady NPC has his...
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    [5E] Interrupting a Spellcaster via Ready Action

    Initiative Order: 1. PC Fighter 2. Grimlock 3. PC Wizard 4. Mind Flayer Arcanist --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "DM: PC Fighter, what do you do? PC Fighter: I grab my spear and ready the following action: The second I see the Mind Flayer...
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    A gelatinous Cube and a 10-feet corridor ...

    So, I'm DMing a custom adventure I made and there's this situation in a dungeon ... a 10-feet wide and say, 50 feet long corridor has a gelatinous cube in the middle. Like this: XX XX XX XX GG GG XX XX XX XX X=empty corridor square G=Gelatinous Cube The PCs are walking down the corridor and...
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    5E When a Lightning Bolt spell met the floor ...

    Okay, so I've been DMing 5E with my brother, my sister-in-law and my kid nephew. I ambushed their group with some Dragonborn cultists of Blue Dragon heritage. At some point, my brother's paladin was surrounded by a Maw Demon on his back, one Dragonborn cultist to his front, and one Dragonborn...
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    5E My homemade 5th Edition Mass Combat Rules (Based on Handling Mobs)

    This is a system I just came up with, and I want to hear your thoughts. Basically, I take the rules of "Handling Mobs" in DM Guide page 250, and expand on them a little. My design is the following: An army has a total of hit points based on Monster HP x Number of soldiers. The army has five...
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    5E Inflict Wounds and other melee spell attacks.

    Inflict Wounds: "Make a melee spell attack against a creature you can reach. On a hit, the target takes 3d10 of necrotic damage." So what happens on a miss? Does the spell dissipate (that is, it's lost and the spell slot is wasted), or it remains 'active' until you dissipate it yourself or it...
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    5E so a crocodile and a pc fighter go into a grapple ...

    I would like some clarification in this. Once a crocodile successfully bites a huge or smaller creature, it automatically grapples it, right? So, in the next rounds, as long as the character fails to break the grapple, does the crocodile get free damage bite rolls? Or he attack rolls normally...
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    5E 5th Edition and the "true exotic" races ...

    Dragonborn. Gnome. Half-Elf. Half-Orc. Tiefling. These are the races the Player's Handbook says they're truly exotic (and less known) that the vanilla / classic races. It gives them the necessary info for a player to create one, and they're hardly seen or heard of from that point on. I recently...
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    5E Aboleth adventure for lvl 1-10 - my setup.

    TERROR FROM THE DEEP An Aboleth is freed by a Mind Flayer party and their Kuo-toa slaves. It seeks vengeance against Melora [Goddess of the Wilderness and the Sea] and her worshippers' descendants for imprisoning it ages ago. It begins to grow a cult of shrewd fanatics and plots a way to make...
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    5E Aboleth Multiattack question

    Hey, guys. The MM says that the Aboleth's Multiattack ability means it gets three tentacle attacks per round, but it doesn't mention its tail attack. Does the tail attack replace one of the tentacle attacks, all the tentacle attacks, or does it stack - essentially giving the Aboleth a total of...
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    5E An inexperienced DM is asking for your pennies ...

    *sigh* Okay, here's the thing. It's a long story, but if you're not bored, give it a read. I played D&D revised 1st edition (the Rules Cyclopedia one) for a few years as a player controlling a six-member party, with my older (by two years) brother playing the DM. In our late teens, we had...
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    5E Future 5th Edition books you'd *like* to see?

    Sorry if this topic has been covered (to death) - I'm new to these forums. Anyway, what I'd *like* to see: - Dark Sun Campaign Setting Book (covering psionics, if it can help it) - Dark Sun Monster Manual - Rulebook for Mass Combat, Naval Combat and Kingdom Building / Management - Monster...
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