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    3.5 Adventures in Fire

    I'm expecting my group to take a trip to the Elemental Plane of Fire at some point, with a stop at the City of Brass. However, I'm struggling with figuring out how to make combat challenges interesting on the Elemental Plane of Fire. In order for the PCs to survive, they're probably going to...
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    Describing different adventure types

    I've been considering my current campaign and how I anticipate it playing out. While nothing is set in stone at this point, and a lot depends on which plots the players pick up on, I expect that we will progress through a couple of dungeon crawls and gradually transition into an extra-planar...
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    3.5 Looking for more combat feats

    I'm running a 3.5e game, and one of the things I'd like to do is give martials more options to remain relevant in combat longer relative to their spellcasting counterparts. I already have snagged a few feats from Pathfinder or other sources (including homebrew) to beef up damage output or make...
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    Sticky request

    Would it be possible to get the following thread stickied? Thanks!
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    Catalog of Official/Unofficial D&D Setting Fan-sites

    A recent thread speculating about the return of Mystara made me realize that there are a lot of great fan-run websites that serve as the unofficial canonical repositories of lore for the many settings that have been released over the years. As WotC has done very little with setting material...
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    Looking for help with inspiration - rat-themed events

    The group I'm DMing is currently exploring a mine that has been taken over by a vengeful were-rat who aims to create an army of were-rat goblins and destroy the town that ruined his family several generations before. They haven't yet encountered any were-rats, but I'd like to add some "flavor"...
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    Really cool source of inspiration for adventures

    Just randomly while searching around on the internet (I think I was searching for "horned shadow"), I came across the SCP Foundation website. From the wikipedia entry, this is a collaborative writing project where people submit paranormal places and things in an X-files dossier style. Here's a...
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    Idylls of the Rat King - and Mines!

    I'm going to be starting a new 3rd edition campaign soon. While browsing my shelf for interesting 1st level adventures to use, I came across Idylls of the Rat King, the very first in the Dungeon Crawl Classics series by Goodman Games. The adventure looked promising, and it even won an...
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    Revisiting The Keep on the Borderlands

    Earlier this year, at my son’s request, I began running a D&D game for he and two of his friends. Although they were all familiar with D&D in some form of another, this would be the first ongoing game that any of them participated in. As I wanted the introduction to the game to be about the...
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    Great success

    I've been playing D&D a long time, too long to mention here, and it's truly one of my passions. As my kids have grown (I have 3, all boys) I've tried to introduce the game to them. While they enjoy the game in principle, and they like to read the books and talk about adventures, actually...
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    Night Below review [5/5]

    Before there were adventure paths, there was Night Below. Night Below is a boxed set adventure for the 2nd edition of D&D. Unlike an adventure path of today, which is a string of connected adventures designed to be played in a certain order, this is presented as a campaign setting with an...
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    5E How do you kill a 10th level character?

    After spending some time with the rules, something has been bugging me. As far as I know, the only ways to kill a character are as follows: 1. A single attack that takes the character to a negative HP total equal to the HP maximum 2. Fail three death saving throws 3. An ability that explicitly...
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    5E Grappling - What am I missing?

    Ok, so I just read the grappling rules, and I'm left wondering to myself, "what's the point?" According to the rules, when you grab an opponent it imposes the "grappled" condition. The grappled condition says only that a grappled creature has a move speed of 0, and it explains how to escape...
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    Begins with an "I"

    The official announcement of 5e D&D is pretty exciting. One of the things in GamingTonic's writeup says that the code word for the new edition, while secret, begins with an "I". Does it make me a bad person if the first thing I thought of was "iGame"? ;)
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    OD&D Is the OD&D Rules Cyclopedia worth it?

    My oldest son is 6 years old, and I'm considering trying to start up a game with him. Most of the systems I own are fairly complex, and I want him to be able to focus on the story and having fun rather than becoming overwhelmed by complicated rules and options. I started with Basic, and I...
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    If you don't like minions - how would you do it?

    I've been reading the minions thread here with some interest. Personally, I think that minions are a very promising means to creating some tense, exciting encounters. At the same time, I can see why some people might be uncomfortable using minions. So, for those with a fundamental...
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    Why are skill challenges "broken"?

    I've read in several places that the math behind skill challenges is broken. Some have claimed that WotC confirmed this. Can someone please enlighten me as to why they are broken?
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    Scale mail in the modern age

    I saw a very interesting show on the Military Channel last night (Future Weapons). One of the segments was highlighting the latest in modern body armor. The armor is called Dragon Skin, and it's essentially scale armor made from ceramic-composite plates. The scale design mitigates the...
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    The DM's Agenda

    I've been playing D&D for a long time. When I first started, like everyone else, I was just trying to keep my head above water - remembering how the rules worked, figuring out how to describe things, determining how to run NPCs, and what it meant to have a plot. As I've grown, I've gained a...
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    Combat Expertise + Fight Defensively

    In another thread, someone suggested that you could not use Combat Expertise while Fighting Defensively at the same time. I had personally always assumed the combination was supported by the rules, but I admit I haven't researched it. Does anyone know definitively whether this combination is...