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  1. Belen

    D&D General Why Editions Don't Matter

    Wait...no DM crits? Not going to happen.
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    The easy solution is to find a group that wants to play a low-magic campaign or run one yourself. I have run multiple campaigns where the most powerful NPC casters top out at 3rd level except for PCs and Villains. I have run games that restrict the players and use skill checks and crafting for...
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    Nope. I mean that the classes all felt the same mechanically. The all had at-will, encounter, and daily powers. The differences mainly hit at the role level: defender, controller, etc. That just filled a mechanical niche. 4e was great for uniform experience. It forced a average playing and GM...
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    Correct.😁
  5. Belen

    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    Everyone was a caster in 4e. The classes worked identically. They all had "powers." The system was designed to be uniform.
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    You are the GM, you set the rules, tone, and story. While I often work with players ahead of time on the type of game or characters they want to play, every campaign I have ever run has started with a 1-page introduction with the limits I set on the game. This includes classes, races, feats...
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    It was not a minority. A huge base of players jumped ship and went to Pathfinder. D&D works best as a kitchen sink system that incorporates multiple styles of play. 4e was a system where only one style was allowed.
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    D&D 5E The Decrease in Desire for Magic in D&D

    Concentration is a massive check on magic in 5e. Many of the spells require it. It allows for disruption. I do miss the flavor and consequences of magic pre-3.5, but concentration does a really good job of balancing it in the game.
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    Lifetime Community Supporter

    I have access to it on KS. I screenshot it and I will send you a PM.
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    Lifetime Community Supporter

    Russ, I can tell you that the new emails from the site were effective in getting me to engage with the site again. :D:)
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    Threads now and then

    Sure. It is great to be both open-minded and introspective; however, I have no patience for coddling people. If you are triggered easily, then it is not my responsibility to worry about their reaction. That said, it is best to be courteous and talk as if you would to someone in person. However...
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    Lifetime Community Supporter

    Is this still a thing for those who supported the site when it was offered back in the day? I cannot seem to find if I still have it active or not.
  13. Belen

    Threads now and then

    Heh, the folks that post these days could not have handled the old Eric Noah or ENWorld crowds. :P
  14. Belen

    D&D General Why Do People Hate Gnomes?

    My wife once played a gnome paladin of the goddess of love named Rosalyn Wocket who's father owned Wocket's Rockets. Enough said.
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    Established D&D group in Travelers Rest area of Greenville, SC is LFP – 2 Saturdays per month

    Established D&D group in Travelers Rest area of Greenville, SC is LFP – 2 Saturdays per month Game: D&D 5e Group type: Face-to-face Location/Timezone: Greenville, South Carolina Schedule: 2 Saturdays/month from 1pm-5pm (Eastern) Roles sought: 1-2 player slots open Game style: The game is set...
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    Is Wotc Slipping?

    A table top RPG will not dictate the success or failure of a LGS. If a LGS is relying on sales of TT games to keep them in business, then they have already failed. A store owner that is pro-PF or Pro-D&D does not matter except for local sales of one edition or another. A friend of mine that...
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    "Fixing" d20 Modern - The Definitive Thread

    Star Wars Saga Edition was a great update of d20 Modern.
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    Why is "I don't like it" not good enough?

    This is certainly a poor argument. If a GM wants to use the core rules of the game yet run a different style of setting, then you have to remove items. One person does not have the time to account for every piece of splat when designing a setting. Just because you're using a rules set does...
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    Scott Thorne, a retailer, comments on recent events

    I'll bet that DMs represent a nice percentage of Paizo subscribers. DMs tend to buy a lot of product because they use a much wider array than players. Paizo also has the advantage of being closer to the fans. They do not have to get approval from a bunch of suits to respond to the community...
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