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    Lore Questions About Spelljamming Uses of Magic, Cosmology, Metaphysics

    It has organization and technology. They wouldn't need to kill off eliminster just to shepherd the primitives into the modern age, establish proper trade communication networks and so on. Even something as basic as mining. Forestry/logging, mining, etc would be upended to the point of the old...
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    Lore Questions About Spelljamming Uses of Magic, Cosmology, Metaphysics

    There is also problems like these for anyone who goes there. divine magic is... problematic or similar to eberron without any faith using/knowing arcane magic is a very good way to get hunted down & killed or worse One of the SK's controls a portal that can get you to/from the elemental chaos...
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    Lore Questions About Spelljamming Uses of Magic, Cosmology, Metaphysics

    Eberron's not closed off /sealed like athas, but it doesn't share the same planar structure, views on gods, etc. Eberron does not import those things on top of it's own without damage (4e tried in some ways & it was a big mess)... On top of that, eberron would treat FR & probably greyhawk like...
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    Lore Questions About Spelljamming Uses of Magic, Cosmology, Metaphysics

    and still darksun protected itself with a sealed sphere cut off from planescape's baselines. Like eberron it does not even have the same planar structure as planescape & that's just the beginning of things.
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    Lore Questions About Spelljamming Uses of Magic, Cosmology, Metaphysics

    A lot of these questions will need some thought on WotC's part if they do a spelljammer. Originally it was published before darksun & eberron, but both of those settings are violently incompatible with a lot of the baseline assumptions enforced/assumed to aencourage the question to be framed...
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    The senseless achitecture in most official products

    Sure it can make sense. This is dal quor the plane of dreams not kythri the churning chaos. You need only look at things like the never nevernever in Dresden or the feyspires in Keith's books to see things built around themes. Also remember that it's the plane of dreams for all dreamers and...
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    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    Those aren't a new trend. Think back to the d20 days when there was a stand alone d20 sourcebook for anything & everything TSR could make a marketing connection with. It's ok to look at a book and say "not my thing". a good chunk of Rising from the last war falls into the sorts of things you...
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    Is it legal to scan books I own in hardcover to use on my iPad?

    If you aren't distributing it, pretty much yea(lots of in depth links in that thread covering the "pretty much"). I've sent more than one of my rpg books to various book scanning services that cater mostly to college students wanting to scan textbooks for personal use & having an OCR'd...
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    5E Nobody Is Playing High Level Characters

    it probably is. In in south east florida (west palm beach area) & my experience having run a lot of AL at a nearby FLGS* with what used to be the printshop next door as a room filled with tables for various TCGs plus a night for d&D (mostly AL), a night for anything (they get boxes of stuff &...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    It can be, but d&d lacks anything akin to Fate's taken out/conceed mechanic that would cover the example @Don Durito gave, so expertise in a couple skills like stealth/persuade/deceive are able to steamroll every other skill off the table into irrelevance in most any situation where they could...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    Not at all, I keep telling you this and giving you examples of how it doesn't but you just keep repeating it like it's some unquestionable truth. Grab one of those motorized carts & visit costco on a busy weekend. Push a food cart up to many work sites & watch how far you get while you still...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    You still aren't getting it. You are thinking there are only two people in an urban environment and ignoring all of the other people who will react to the bizarre actions of someone trying to move stealthily using the same skills they use for moving stealthily in a forest/cave/etc. It's...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    then your looking at things like intimidate, persuade, courtly etiquette, some trade skill*, or similar not "stealth" The same applies in reverse and not just charisma characters the overly broad & inclusive set of trappings applied to stealth & persuade/deception "[Your]" stealth character...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    it depends on the crowd, take for example (iirc) one of the embers from the last war modules was an artificer lab kind of thing with a staff breakroom (or I added one when I ran it)... blending in there would probably be arcana or some relevant tradeskill type tool profession to pass oneself...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    then your looking at things like intimidate, persuade, courtly etiquette, some trade skill*, or similar not "stealth" The same applies in reverse and not just charisma characters the overly broad & inclusive set of trappings applied to stealth & persuade/deception "[Your]" stealth character...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    There's a lot of room to fault how the disposable drone familiars work in 5e too ;)
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    7 now your starting to see As soon as the druid or ranger suggest casting pass without a trace on the ranger, someone in the party would suggest they not waste the slot & just wait here while milo checks it out. It got to be so problematic in that game that even the ranger started nodding his...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    That would be great if there were enough skills to cover that, but they were so condensed, you named a few (hunting, carousing, leadership, etc) that aren't 5e skills in your example & in the process highlighted how overly condensed they are. Yea you can add more skills to 5e in an attempt to...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    I agree that moving through a crowd is probably more wis, int, or flat out intimidate.... The charisma is probably the tendency to apply charisma with an overly broad net for anything that involves interacting with others outside of combat but stealth in an urban environment like sharn for...
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    Is expertise badly designed?

    very possibly, although moving about unnoticed in places like businesses, apartments, etc often is more based on the wisdom to do it in such a way that people don't care when they see you. Charisma(stealth) thieve's tools(cha) arcana(cha) & such might work well to convince them that you are...
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