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    Worlds of Design: Rolls vs. Points in Character Building

    I have the BEST way, it involves some randomness but statistically binds the stats together, so in the end the power curve looks a lot like point buy. It is literally the best of both worlds, all my groups use it now. The cards: Take Ace-6 cards from a normal deck. Deal into 6 piles Drop...
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    [UPDATED] Here's Mike Mearls' New D&D 5E Initiative System

    Theres two pieces here, one is changing the dice to fit the action and the other rerolling each round. I am not a fan of the first, it actually seems slower at the table to me because complex characters may have one of three or four different action types and may well want to change their...
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    Minis or Theatre of the Mind? (Survey)

    I did not vote because I regularly use both. Small encounter TotM, big encounter with environmental effects, traps, complex monsters etc. I bust out a map. Often with the map, we still don't count off squares and such. It supports different types of encounters, and also breaks up the monotony...
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    Is TOMB OF HORRORS the Worst Adventure Of All Time?

    After reading Ready Player 1 and getting interested in the module I used it in my long-running 4e Dark Sun campaign. As many have noted it has some issues in a real campaign with real role playing, but I got around all that by making it the equivalent of a 'lost in the holodeck' Star Trek...
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    DDAL A Million Answers From Mearls & Lindsay About DM's Guild, DDAL, and the OGL (Compiled AMA)

    That "Numbers vs Role-play" question smells like old fish. If you can't find a way in 5e to role play the bug is to be found between the chair and the table.
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    Free D&D 5E Monster A Day PDF On Reddit

    That's great, I was just going to moan about how the pdf was interesting but I was not sure I could trust the design of the monsters to be relatively balanced. I miss the 4e adventure tool monster generator. I will be using this thing now to make some custom variants but what I'm not sure...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    Glad that it is doing so well. I think 4e might have paved the way a bit in that it brought in new players that were added to the grognards, both groups of which see some appeal in 5e. I know our group is half new half old and generally are excited over 5e. I was a little taken aback to see...
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    D&D 5E PHB is #3 right now on "Amazon's Hot New Releases"

    Glad that it is doing so well. I think 4e might have paved the way a bit in that it brought in new players that were added to the grognards, both groups of which see some appeal in 5e. I know our group is half new half old and generally are excited over 5e. I was a little taken aback to see...
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    FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!

    Hmm if this means we will not be getting an affordable character builder or monster/encounter designer then I am super disappointed. The beta for the other tool seemed significantly better. Hopefully this is not an exclusive deal, though judging by the prices it will be.
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    D&D 5E The Bard's Combat Inspiration is Messed Up

    Yeah I am not a fan of that bard ability. Even in a perfect world it slows down play because there has to be a moment for the bard to decide when to intervene on every single roll. And if I want to have a bunch of mooks in a quick fight that's a ton of rolls that I would normally deal with in...
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    D&D 5E DM Prepared one page of notes.

    I enjoy the writing process and because of the time constraints of old people even though I DM with two groups I get more time to write than to play. So I don't mind a little prep but as I have gotten into creating my first 5e campaign using the DMG and MM I have found that I am spending all my...
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    D&D 5E Dungeonscape no more?

    Am I safe in assuming there is no useful information in this thread and just a lot of armchair game marketing/ip lawyering?
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    D&D 5E Dungeonscape no more?

    That sucks. The beta I tested was coming along well enough and was more useful than nothing at all, which if they are going to start all over on their tools is what we will get for another year or more.
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    Roll20 publishes Game Percentages... Pathfinder at 25%

    Bingo. I have never heard a D&D vs. PF or edition war post that was not swimming in sunk cost fallacy. Once people have decided what team they are on they actively filter all new data to confirm their biases and reject anything negative about that team. Edit: To the OP, my only comment would...
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    D&D 5E DM purposely gimping my Warlock

    I think the issue would be saying that the OP was looking for a more 4E experience. By asking about changes from RAW he's not, he's looking for a 5E experience. I would find a different game. Some restrictions can make the game more enjoyable and challenging, but they can also be a way to be...
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    D&D 5E Greyhawk?

    Nostalgia. Not saying that is the only reason, but many many gamers first adventures were in Greyhawk or something that included it's bits and most people look on things from their youth fondly.
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    D&D 5E Flanking

    We have some players in person, some over skype. The skype folks pretty much always said the same thing when playing 4e 'I move to where I get a flank and attack' since it was almost always possible to get a flank with some fiddly moving, they pretty much always got it. The new (Basic) rule...
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    D&D 5E Encounter difficulty: how to fix it.

    Yeah I appreciate the effort to simplify things but to prove that it 'works' reliably in a wide variety of encounters vs. a wide variety of parties will take significant testing. If the goal is to have portable, paper only DM tools, why not make a generic set of 10, 20 'standard' encounters for...
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    D&D 5E Are you RETURNING to D&D

    That's not what I chose.
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    D&D 5E Are you RETURNING to D&D

    I came back with 4th as did my whole group.