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    D&D 4E Am I crazy? I've just gotten a hankering to play 4e again...

    I thought 4E was brilliant in many ways. There were many things me and my players loved about it, but try as we might to be creative enough to break out of its combat that played like a board game, we just couldn't. The realization that we'd stopped seeing combat as a creative...
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    D&D General Best VTT for the most players?

    Heh, there ya go - my experience is a mirror image (pun totally intended!) of yours. Encounter Library's videos were a godsend, and the Foundry Knowledge Base is definitely helpful, but I kept wanting to jump to a wiki (or something) for answers to specific "situational" questions and - maybe...
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    D&D General Best VTT for the most players?

    Ya, we've used Fantasy Grounds for going on what - almost 10 years? We've recently started playing around with Foundry VTT while waiting for Fantasy Grounds Unity to stabilize. Just kinda thought Foundry looked cool so, we figured we just play around with it a little. Fantasy Grounds is near and...
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    D&D General The Best Parts of Pre Written Adventurers Are What You Leave Behind

    Ya, I frequently tell players at my table, "No published adventure is safe from my edits!" I've never met a module/adventure published by TSR/WotC that I didn't heavily modify. I typically enjoy the story, the theme, the backgrounds, and the flavor of various personalities and locales (even...
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    D&D 5E Your Favorite 5e Houserule

    My favorite House Rules at my table: Homebrew - Homebrew itself is my favorite House Rule. I have endless amounts of Homebrew classes, subclasses, feats, spells, and backgrounds at my table. Every class has at least twenty subclasses available to them, some considerably more. Any reasonable...
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    D&D 5E A question for fellow long time Forgotten Realms fans.

    I may be in the minority, but I kinda like it that way. Though I give it little thought. I'll take whatever comes down the pipe; it all works for me. My perceptions of how WotC handles the Realms is probably different from alotta folks. I guess the "why" comes down a few things: I've never...
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    D&D 5E So How Long Will 5E Last For?

    This. Neither I as a DM, nor any of my players really care too much for "balance". Balance is two-dimensional and boring. It's a real buzzkill for any party. Balance is always all, "Nyahh - you can't do that. Nobody can be better than anyone else, or do anything exceptionally well!" Balance...
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    D&D Beyond Beta: Your First Thoughts Thread!

    This. The database is nice, the interface is great, I think it's well designed, etc. But that alone won't do much for me. Me and my players have all that info at our fingertips via the source material (the books or on Fantasy Grounds). The character/NPC builder, if it's robust enough, will...
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    D&D 5E Concurrent initiative variant; Everybody declares/Everybody resolves [WAS Simultaneous Initiative]

    Well, I'm happy to report that non-sequential initiative was a huge hit at my table! After the dust settled on the first fight, the talk at the table was that it might the most epic fight of the campaign, thanks to the new system. They were jabbering excitedly about it for quite awhile...
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    D&D 5E Concurrent initiative variant; Everybody declares/Everybody resolves [WAS Simultaneous Initiative]

    Proposed this non-sequential initiative style to my (Fantasy Grounds) table last week, and after a media blitz where I outlined how I see it working (I plan on keeping the spirit of Hemlock's outline, but will be modifying it there and there), wrote up an exhaustively detailed example of how an...
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    D&D 5E Cancelling games over absent player(s)

    My ideal party size for my campaigns is 4 players + DM (me). I cancel if 1 player can't make it. For the 30 years I've DM'd; dem's dah rules, all of which I make very clear before we start a campaign and again at Session Zero. I don't want to risk that the rest of the party dies as a result of...
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    D&D 5E 30 Minutes before a game session, what prep rituals help you DM/play your best games?

    Due to my group being far too spread out for pen-n-paper sessions, we have been a strictly Fantasy Grounds game for quite awhile now. My pre-session rituals are pretty consistently: Eat Something - Gotta have food for my body and my brain (which I keep inside my body) so that neither of them...
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    Fantasy Grounds

    5 out of 5 rating for Fantasy Grounds I'd demo'd all the products that were out there three years ago when I was first shopping for a virtual tabletop, and I'd take every new product for a spin to this day. Pound-for-pound, none can match Fantasy Grounds. The Combat Tracker in Fantasy Grounds...
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    FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!

    That being said, I pretty much keep my table up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for my players. I guess I've never really noticed an impact on any other programs I run at the same time. I'll play MMO's like ESO, SWtOR, stuff like that, and they seem to run just fine. Though I do have a reasonably...
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    FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!

    I whipped up alternate versions of the first two dungeon crawls in Lost Mine of Phandelver, which you can snag HERE. I've also started cranking away at Hoard of the Dragon Queen maps, which can be found HERE. I use Devin Night's and Raymond Gaustandes tokens. Some of Raymond's come with the...
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    FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!

    Ok, so here are a couple of absolutely outstanding YouTube videos that will answer pretty dang near all of your questions about playing 5E D&D on Fantasy Grounds. They're very high quality, well thought out, and extremely informative. They're done by one of the many extremely helpful members of...
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    FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!

    One of the guys from SmiteWorks can confirm this (or answer it better), but I believe you can do just that. The demo mode had a demo module last time I used it (couple years back), thought I don't know that there was a 5E demo module. There was a 4E demo module (I think). But you don't...
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    At Least 4 Months For Conversion Documents

    Exactly. HERE are some more tips from Liz Lemon.
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    D&D 5E How many magic items should a 4th. lvl PC have?

    My players recently hit 4th level. Until then, they'd had zero magic items. At 4th they each got a pretty sweet uncommon bordering on rare item (I modified existing, created new, or migrated items from 3.5E for a few of them). If I recall correctly, the DMG rated uncommon items as appropriate...
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    D&D 5E Enhancing "Hoard of the Dragon Queen" (Practical stuff to try at your table!)

    So far we've only made it through Episode 1. Literally finished it last weekend. Here's my comments I guess... Healing - Think about dishing out a few Potions of Healing before the adventure gets rolling. Dunno if I'd say "Everybody should get two!" or anything, but you should probably hand...
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