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    Resources for Store and Convention GMs

    I'm looking for resources for GMs at con or store games, who want to keep their games inclusive, and particularly who want pointers on (a) spotting misogynists and bigots early, when they're "testing the waters" and (b) deterring them or nipping them in the bud, before they start overtly...
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    Hidden?

    Reviewing the list of posts which quoted me, I saw this: "08:12 PM - Yaarel quoted Riley37 in post Hidden" I asked Yaarel, and he does not have a record of making a post at that time. He says he post-quoted Hussar around 8:15, in a thread on gender-swapping elves in MTOF. Also, when I copied...
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    5E Druid/Warlocks Against Hunger

    1 level in Druid 1 level in Warlock Use 2 Druid first level spell slots casting Goodberry Use Warlock spell slot to cast Goodberry Use pile of 30 Goodberries to give 30 people one day's worth of food Take Short Rest, renew spell slots, repeat process. How many times per day? 8? 10? A level 2...
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    5E Hacking Metamagic

    Could there be a metamagic of Hacking? For example, when someone casts Message or Sending, the recipient knows who sent them a message. How about a Sending with falsified header information? Sorcerer Able (who is also Wizard 5 or Cleric 5, since Sending is not on the Sorceror list) casts...
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    5E Surveillance and Privacy Methods in 5E

    There's a variety of magical ways to observe someone from a distance, or get into position to observe someone, or otherwise observe with less odds of being reciprocally observed. Methods of changing one's appearance are relevant, if that change might enable one to approach or follow a subject...
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    5E Asmodeus in 5E Faerun

    5E PHB does not list Asmodeus under "Deities of the Forgotten Realms". Is this a ruling, an oversight, or something else? Are there worshippers of Asmodeus? Are there actual clerics? Is he a patron of warlocks? I'm writing out an NPC, owner of a restaurant, casino, pawnshop and brothel, who...
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    5E Missions and Moral Compass

    A variety of adventures are relaxing in a tavern. A hooded figure approaches them, asks for their help, and offers a reward. The adventurers say "but that would be WRONG!" and decline the offer. Have you ever seen that happen? How would your table respond, if the hooded quest-giver asked...
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    5E Ector Brahms

    What's the best characterization of Sir Ector Brahms, Knight Commander of the Order of the Black Fist, in the 5E history of Phlan? What does he want? Is he an opportunist? Is he driven by duty, to make the best of a bad situation, with no legimate heir to the throne? Does he have a vision or...
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    LE Paladin in Adventurer's League

    Adventurer's League is set in Faerun, in Forgotten Realms, and has specific rules regarding allowable characters. One of the players has attended 3 of the last 3 weeks, and is playing a variant-human paladin, LE, a member of the Zhentarim faction. This is within AL rules, and the player is not...
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    5E Tiefling NPCs

    My current table's PC team includes a tiefling warlock. A race which others tend to mistrust, and a class which dances to the beat of its own drummer; SOME of them have fiendish patrons, see heated debates elsewhere on this forum. (This one does not have a fiendish patron, nor an Evil patron...
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    5E Warcaster Feat + Dissonant Whispers

    It is a common, if not universal, ruling, that when you cast Dissonant Whispers at someone, and they fail their save, and they have an available Reaction, they *immediately* use that Reaction to turn and run away, which means that if they were engaged in melee with you, they're not Disengaging...
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    5E Faerun Visitors Bureau

    I took over as DM of a campaign set in Faerun. I have been learning the basics of the setting, have read a book or two so far, but there is SO much that I don't yet know, and that seems likely to remain true for several more weeks. Meanwhile, specific questions arise. For example, one of my...
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    5E House Rule: Accuracy-Based Critical Hit Damage

    Accuracy-Based Criticals (EXPERIMENTAL HOUSE RULE) When the attack roll is a natural 20: 1. Calculate the highest AC which that attack could hit (20+bonus) 2. Subtract target's AC (as calculated for that attack, including cover etc.) 3. Call the result N. The critical hit does 1dN HP of...
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    5E Warlock Book of Ancient Secrets

    Do I understand correctly, that if a Warlock takes Pact of the Tome and then Book of Ancient Secrets, she can inscribe ritual spells from any and all classes into her spellbook, subject only to level requirements, and finding someone from whom to copy the spell? Are there written rituals...
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    5E Phlan, 1490s, ToD storyline, NPC levels

    Are there any existing rulings or authoritative material, or links I should follow, in determining what spellcasting NPCs are active/available in the city of Phlan, on the Moonsea, in Faerun? Context: this is an instance of Phlan coexisting with the DDEX modules. When people want help and are...
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    5E Parchment vs Papyrus

    Yes, this is an unusual level of detail for a setting question. Where in FR would papyrus paper (made from reeds) be common? (Only possible where reeds grow, or where someone imports reeds; on Earth, this was mostly the Nile Delta and areas within trade range, for a big chunk of historical...
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    5E Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Spellcasting

    I've seen several players, in noncombat interactions, declare the PC's casting of a spell, as if that were not an obvious action to immediately-nearby observers. One of them, in a tense bar scene, said "I tell him he's probably safe, unless he feels a drumming on his head; and I use Mage Hand to...
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    5E Level Up! DING, fries are done!

    The 5E PHB and DMG don't say much about the process of gaining a level and the associated new class abilities. See PHB p.11-12. Do you apply any rules from earlier editions? Do you apply any non-rule traditions? What has happened, at your table, when PCs gain levels? Is this accurate RAW...
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    5E Tiamat Strikes Back

    Imagine, if you will: You are a member of the Cult of Tiamat. You live in Phlan, and you've been observing and scouting and building up connections there. So far as you know, you're the only member of the Cult left in Phlan. There's this gang of so-called heroes who have thwarted the Cult...
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    5E Espionage, Mischief, and Countermeasures with LOW LEVEL 5E Abilities

    I've been pondering what the Cult of the Dragon might do, in response to a team of PCs which have thwarted its efforts in "Courting of Fire" and "Shadows over the Moonsea" and might do so again. This lead to some thoughts specific to Phlan, the Cult, and various NPCs there; and also to some...
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