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    D&D 5E Spellcasting Using the Recharge Mechanic

    My biggest question is how it would function out of combat. As written, it can't take more then six rounds to get a spell back, right? So in combat a spellcaster's abilities would be significantly curtailed, but out of combat they can spam their most powerful spells every 36 seconds (with an...
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    WotC WotC's Chris Perkins On D&D's Inclusivity Processes Going Forward

    It's actually quite complex. It was often assumed that the Mods supported the King, since they were so well dressed, but when someone asked King George whether he was a mod or a rocker he actually claimed to be a "mocker," which has confused historians ever since. That's how King George ended up...
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    D&D General How many books/authors of the original AD&D Bibliography have you read? Do you feel you see D&D differently than people who have not read any?

    I’ve read maybe half of the listed authors and works, but I don’t think they’ve had much effect on my conception of Dnd. If I try to tease apart the various things that have inspired characters, campaigns, and the general tone of the game for me, it would be more like Dumas (and the many...
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    D&D 5E Should D&D be easier to learn? If so, how would you do it?

    There are some simple things I think they could do that wouldn't really remove any existing complexity from the game, but would make it more approachable for first-time players. Get rid of ability scores. They are an endless source of confusion for new players, and don't actually do much of...
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    D&D General What's the DC for a fighter to heal their ally with a prayer?

    I think the implications of this are interesting, particularly in my world. Conventionally, gods have an inherent alignment, while humanoids have a very mutable one. I'm playing with inverting this: humanoids still have a mutable alignment, which is descriptive rather then prescriptive, but gods...
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    D&D 5E [+] Questions for zero character death players and DMs…

    Another thing I appreciate about deathless games is that they let you take the kid gloves off. When I DM conventional games, I always sweat over the difficulty of encounters, because while death is explicitly on the table, I don't want it to be a frequent occurrence. This tends to lead to...
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    D&D 5E [+] Questions for zero character death players and DMs…

    When I DM deathless campaigns—and I’m doing one right now—I use hit points but not death saves. Hitting zero hit points, wether you are a PC or NPC, means you are defeated. What that entails depends on the situation. You might be injured and unable to fight until you receive healing. You might...
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    Sure, a charging elephant would be terrifying, but they only move quickly in straight lines. If you ran up and slashed at an elephant with a sword, I don't think it could dodge, even incompletely. Gore you on the way in, yes probably. But that's a different kind of defense. Now for some genres...
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    I suppose it's a semantic difference--I'd use the term "dodge" to describe avoiding something by moving one's body, even if the avoidance was not 100% successfull. But regardless of the word used the issue is that it presupposes a bantha--a lumbering creature that moves at a snails...
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    Yeah that seems like importing a DnD mechanic into a genre context it doesn't work in. It makes sense that a dragon's scales can turn a sword thrust. But what is that bantha's hide made out of? Beskar? So...in other words, it dodged? 😀 I mean, try imagining a bantha doing what you just...
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    I do like that approach, and am considering using it as a house rule in 5e.
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    It's been a while since I played Star Wars d20, so hopefully I'm remembering correctly, but from what I recall, while WP/VP certainly worked better then they do in DnD, they still led to a lot of weird results that were difficult to describe. As an example, lots of big creatures had heaps of...
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    OneDnD 5.5/6e - Is it time for Wounds/Vitality?

    In theory, I love the idea of WP/VP. Hit points and their inconsistency bug the he'll out of me. In practice, though, I think they're actually even worse for verisimilitude then HP are. HP are essentially fictionless. Their saving grace is that they don't actually mean any particular thing...
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    D&D General Alien Character Mindsets: Elves should be pretty conservative about almost everything.

    I rather like the idea that elves are incredibly conservative, but not in a way humans would recognize. The world they long for is so old, it goes right through human ideas of conservatism and back out the other side. The Elder Kingdoms didn't have judicial systems, or monetary systems, or even...
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    D&D General The Rakshasa and Genie Problem

    Absolutely--that's pretty much what I was describing. If you destroyed Asmodeus, you might usher in a golden age of liberty. Maybe it would last for a hundred years, but it wouldn't last forever. The concept of tyranny can never be truly destroyed. It would still matter a lot to all the people...
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    D&D General The Rakshasa and Genie Problem

    I'll add a fourth option, which I use in my campaigns: all beings from the outer planes both create and are created by humanoid moral choices. A fiend isn't just a being that happens to be evil. It's the concepts of hatred, tyranny, selfishness, and malevolence themselves, made flesh. That's why...
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    D&D General "Red Orc" American Indians and "Yellow Orc" Mongolians in D&D

    That is a major area where we differ. I wouldn't go so far as to say that intent doesn't matter, but it's not the primary criteria I'd use for whether or not something is, for want of a better term (and I really do hate this one), "problematic." It's easy enough to say things you didn't intend...
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    D&D General "Red Orc" American Indians and "Yellow Orc" Mongolians in D&D

    It's partly a question of character design: This guy just screams "Jewish banker" to me, in a way that the description in the books does not necessarily evoke. It is not any one specific trait, which might well be unrelated or just generally come from goblinesque depictions. It's an emergent...
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    D&D General "Red Orc" American Indians and "Yellow Orc" Mongolians in D&D

    Is this an objective critique, though? Absent empirical data being used to test some kind of falsifiable hypothesis, I don't think it is purely objective. I disagree with @Maxperson, but he's lived as a Jew and experienced Anti-Semitism, so I'm inclined to give his view some credence. Maybe you...
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