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  1. Andvari

    D&D 5E Randomness and D&D

    I like how randomness works to generate stories. Whether it's immediate through d20s rolled in combat or from treasure generated randomly. It also forces you to think creatively with what you're given. An orc chieftain has an unlikely treasure? What's the story behind that? Many random...
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    D&D 5E Broad vs Narrow Classes

    I prefer classes as strong archetypes that don't allow much, if any, mechanical choices within the class itself. This speeds up character creation, avoids the issues that come with "builds" and makes it simpler to get into the game.
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    D&D General XP Awards for -- what????

    I combine multiple methods. The players may have a quest to rescue a princess from a nearby monster lair, and they don't get XP until they complete it fully, but the XP they gain is based on what obstacles and monsters are in the lair. Getting into a special treasure hoard off the beaten path...
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    D&D General where did the gods come from?

    Well, Tyr in the Forgotten Realms comes from Norse mythology. So that's one down :)
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    Describe your last rpg session in 5 words

    Use tactics in combat sometimes.
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    Dragonlance WotC Officially Confirms Takhisis and Tiamat Are The Same

    HP fortunately limited by 8-bit integer.
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    D&D 5E DM's: How Do You Justify NPC's Having Magic/Abilities That Don't Exist in the PHB?

    I think there's also a difference between "having to justify" and "needing to justify." Most of the time I don't feel the need to justify any weird abilities NPCs might have, because it's not a question that's being raised. So spending time on it is a wasted effort 90% of the time. But I recall...
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    Describe your last rpg session in 5 words

    Party splits, kobolds kill barbarian.
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    D&D 5E DM's: How Do You Justify NPC's Having Magic/Abilities That Don't Exist in the PHB?

    Nobody panics when monsters use “special abilities.” Even if the ability is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the PCs that, like, a basilisk will petrify them, or a dragon will fly overhead and breathe an inferno of deadly flames, nobody panics, because they’re all “special abilities.” But when I...
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    D&D 5E Are Kender considered Halflings for Racial Feats?

    I for one look forward to the obnoxious personality conversion table.
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    D&D 5E DM's: How Do You Justify NPC's Having Magic/Abilities That Don't Exist in the PHB?

    Magical research has existed since the beginning of D&D, so new spells are likely being invented across the world. The PHB just has the more common spells. If you want to go the extra mile, you can create rules for the spells and let the PCs find them in the evil wizard's spell book as part of...
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    Describe your last rpg session in 5 words

    Dual wield for more misses.
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    Level Up (A5E) Help me make a necromancer archetype

    I comment on 5E things at my own peril as I only own the PHB :)
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    Level Up (A5E) Help me make a necromancer archetype

    Might become rather time-consuming to have one character controlling both themselves and multiple minions in combat. Perhaps one could simulate it by creating a "horde" representing multiple creatures, like a group of skeletons, but acts as a single creature. Depending on its HP, it does less...
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    D&D General Modules with a political message?

    Rules Cyclopedia (1991) for BECM and 3rd edition both feature POC characters. For example, the magic-user art in RC and the monk art in 3rd ed. No chainmail bikinis in the art either as far as I could see from a flip-through.
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    Make SPELL SCHOOLS Useful

    I like the simplicity of no spell schools or components from spell descriptions. For me, it's enough to have the general rule of being able to speak clearly and move your hands freely to cast a spell, with any exceptions written into the spell or class. But it can be problematic when you have a...
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    Describe your last rpg session in 5 words

    Befriended pegasi for a ride.
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    D&D 5E Troglodyte Tuesday!

    Obligatory "these enemies stink" comment.
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    Dragonlance Introducing Dragonlance's Iconic - And Upgraded! - Death Knight, Lord Soth!

    There were two really tough battles near the end where I had to reduce the difficulty from Veteran, though both loaded with those enchanted draconians that are just painful to kill, rather than the dark mages. Especially the fight in the no-magic zone was tough, because arrows just aren't enough...
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