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    D&D 5E How would you enhance monster entries?

    What ideas do you have for how to make monster entries in a sourcebook better? My contribution: Terrain and obstacle suggestions. A paragraph that gives DMs suggestions on how to use the monsters capabilities in interesting ways could be useful. It would encourage newer DMs to learn how to...
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    D&D General Index of Guides / Builds / Etc...?

    In the old days the forums were a place one could turn to find a nice consolidated list of Guides / Builds / etc... It used to refer specifically to the guides on the forums, but them expanded to include some wikis, etc... These days we have guides and builds appearing in a wife variety of...
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    D&D General Your first D&D experiences?

    How did you find D&D? I began as a necessary hassle. My brother was given the Red Box back in 1979 as a November Birthday gift. He opened it and read it as a 9 year old and wanted to play - but the only person available to play was his stupid 6 year old brother (me). I built an elf under his...
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    D&D General What is important to you about Spelljammer

    I'm curious what elements of Spelljammer are important to people. Flying ships? Phlogiston and a 'Material Plane Only' focus? The Arcane? Crystal Spheres? Wildspace? Giff? Spelljamming Helms? The Spelljammer? Neogi? For example, Spelljammer became a part of my home setting when it was...
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    D&D General What do you want in a game space?

    I'd be curious to see people tell me what their game space thoughts are for when they run D&D as a DM: What are your must haves? What are the things you have, don't really need, but sure enjoy having? What are the things you wish you had, but don't?
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    D&D General Not Railroad, Not Sandbox ... What else is there?

    We all hear about Railroading and Sandbox games - but there is no singular definition for either of these terms, and many people would apply them differently. Further, I don't think that every game situation we see fits neatly into these two boxes. So, I'd like to hear people brainstorm on...
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    D&D 5E Your homebrew uncommon consumables?

    I thought it might be fun for us to share some of the fun uncommon (cheaper) consumable magic items (potions, dusts, oils, scrolls, tokens, etc...) that we've created for our games to inspire other DMs with fun things to make available in places where magic is sold that the DM wants make...
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    D&D 5E Dexterity and Dragons

    I want to run a one shot with physical tasks replacing die rolls. For example, throwing darts at a dart board to generate die rolls, using a jenga tower to determine if a skill check fails, Flick em Up for a combat, etc... I'll use pregenerated PCs designed to accommodate the rules from a...
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    D&D 5E What would your 5 PC party be?

    This is just to address curiosities - no wrong answers. Basic question: What 5 PC party would you want to have for a competitive challenge? Let's say you've been invited to a competition in which you'll run a 5 PC party (7th level) through a short adventure with you running all 5 PCs. You'll...
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    D&D General Most wanted prepainted minis?

    Just curious what others think: What 3 miniatures do you most hope to see in an upcoming Wizkids prepainted set? You can choose a theme if there is a spectrum of miniatures that is underrepresented. My top 3: Voor - These Least Yugoloths have not seen since the late 3E era (MM IV), but they...
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    D&D 5E Reminders on Illusions

    I've seen quite a few comments here, and in other places, where incorrect statements about illusions spells are stated. Here are a few reminders on our most common illusion spells. I am treating Sage Advice as RAW, as well as the interview from 12/27/2017 by Jeremy Crawford as RAW). Note that...
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    Critical Role Predictions on Characters for Critical Role Campaign 3?

    Yeah, yeah - we can all get a life. Anyone else want to speculate on the PCs that the CR group will play for Campaign 3 (Starting October 21)? Of course our guesses will almost all be way off base, but this is just for fun. My guesses: Marisha - Duergar Paladin of Vengeance. I think...
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    D&D 5E Chocolate in PB D&D - What genres can you mix with D&D?

    Like the old fashion Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials that talked about getting "your chocolate in my peanut butter", Descent into Avernus manages to mix a little Mad Max into D&D and create something flavorful. Some people liked it. Others, not so much. However, everyone should...
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    D&D General When did we first hear of "The Weave" in FR, or elsewhere?

    I am wracking my brain trying to remember when the Arcane Weave was first referenced in Forgotten Realms lore - which book/adventure/etc... I did a quick Google search and review of my notes from my campaigns (which go back to the 90s) which confirms that it existed in the 'Time of Troubles'...
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    D&D 5E Finding Invisible Objects and Spell Effects

    There are several things in D&D that are not creatures but are invisible... The portal of a Rope Trick. The Arcane eye's arcane eye. As a DM, how do you determine if the PCs can perceive these things without the aid of see invisible or similar magics? The rules are silent on perceiving...
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    Favorite Rules for the following settings....

    I'm just curious what role playing rule sets people prefer for the following genres - and why? Western / late 1800s Space Post Apocalyptic / Futuristic Spy / Modern Super Hero For example: * Western - I run GURPS as I prefer a more grounded and detailed PC without the massive power...
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    Advice on a game mechanic

    I am building a game and am settling in on the mechanic for how you determine if you succeed at something or not. I thought I'd share the idea here and ask people for their comments on the idea. This mechanic would be used when you want to determine if someone was able to achieve a task...
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    D&D 5E o/~ We dislike the spells, the spells that go boom. o/~ (Thunder Damage)

    How loud is thunder damage in your game? How far away can it be heard? In the real world - in typical outdoor conditions: Artillery and volcanoes have been heard from nearly 200 miles away. Thunder can be heard up to 10 miles from the lightning strike. A typical person's voice can be...
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    D&D 5E Wandering encounters in Breland, Korvaire, Eberron

    Hey folks, For you Eberron fans out there, what are some distinctly Eberron wandering encounters you'd consider throwing at a 5th level party that is traveling across Breland? This is a short excursion into Eberron, and I want a few wandering encounters for the PCs during their travel that...
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    D&D General The RIGHT number of dice

    You're going on a world tour and will play RPGs with people across the globe, playing a huge number of characters and systems. You have limited packing space, so you don't want to go overboard - but you can't buy more dice on the road. What would be the size of the dice collection you'd pack...
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