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    D&D 5E Can the Bard out-Ranger a Ranger?

    What they said. I realized it messing with an archer valor bard. If you want a ranged martial caster, who has the skills and the spells to support a naturey sort of feel. Valor bards are great. I would recommend taking 2 level of fighter for the action surge and the fighting style. Take swift...
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    D&D 5E Should GWF & Sharpshooter's "Power Attack" work with all weapons?

    I'm going to be the voice of dissension and vote in favor of it. I think that 2 handed fighters who are using their bonus attack should be doing more damage than a great weapon fighter. It would give melee rogues a way to get up on sharp shooter rogues. And one handed weapon users who want to...
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    D&D 5E The Eldritch Knight...what am I missing?

    My personal favorite is EK 7/wizard X. That way with the weapon cantrips you get 2 attacks plus the benefits of the chosen magic, this is generally on par or better than 3 normal attacks you get at 11. Then you get all those wizard levels right that means. You get access to a lvl 7 spell...
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    D&D 5E The Eldritch Knight...what am I missing?

    They get the spell shield, and shield is dope. At lvl 7 they get cantrip plus attack, which is pretty dope. They are pretty chill for MCing with for gish builds, because they get spells, and have caster progression. For the most part they're for people who want to play fighters with a few...
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    D&D 5E Please understand your spells

    If a player who only has to control one PC, and has multiple characters acting ahead of them. Is consistently waiting for their turn to start thinking about their choice. Whether it is asking what spells they have, looking up rules and effects, or just having to be retold what is happening in...
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    D&D 5E What are the 3 best cantrips a Tomelock can choose?

    Shillelagh, vicious mockery, and then guidance. Maybe spare the dying if you really really want it. For bonus points with that combo of cantrips you can play your tomelock off as something of a trash talking, hard hitting, street tough. And witnesses would likely be none the wiser. Well unless...
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    D&D 5E Why Has D&D, and 5e in Particular, Gone Down the Road of Ubiquitous Magic?

    I think DnD went down the magic path because that's what the people want and expect. People playing wizards don't want to shoot crossbows, they wanna shoot lazers out of their hands pew pew pew. The reasons for this are many. Some people don't like doing non magical things in between spell...
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    D&D 5E How do your roleplay?

    You may have used the wrong term, but I'm fairly descriptive when I play. I'll usually either describe what happened after the roll. Or the player or I will say what they're planning to do before the roll and describe the result after seeing the roll.
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    D&D 5E Elusive class feature

    Yeah you could more easily go with an assassin with the alert feat, and basically always get advantage. Or go with a barbarian assassin multiclass, get the ability to reroll initiative. Comes online a lot quicker. You could become a warlock who combos darkness and witch sight, you could cast a...
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    Help with Fighter / Bard Build

    It's almost too bad you can't grab college of blades bard, sorta like valor but they got some fancy Zorro stuff with your fluff. But yeah I'd say with a str half orc build. Consider starting fighter for heavy armor, putting a 10 in dex, then going valor rest of way. Maybe grabbing a second...
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    D&D 5E Rogue assassins/handheld crossbows

    Ah man what am I going to do with expertised acrobatics now?
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    D&D 5E Allowing Strength for Bows--unbalanced?

    In general I'd say that dex is stronger than strength in general, it ties to initiative, ac, it's a better save, it has better melee options than strength has ranged. But I don't think we need a bunch of complicated extra rules with strength reqs or all bows are now finesse or whatever. I...
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    D&D 5E Mystic Step as a Magical Secret

    I'm in the camp that choosing a defensive spell is likely sub optimal for a backliner, it would come up to rarely to generally suggest. If that's what you want to do though it's not a terrible choice at all. Though to me misty step's primary value, is that it can be used offensively...
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    D&D 5E Is the stat system biased against front-liners?

    I'm sorry. I meant after my wall of text. Your post was quite concise. I get your point, and don't necessarily disagree with it specifically. It's just at some tables with some campaigns, that groups' meta leads to more min maxed characters that make your monk, warlock, rogue harder to fit into...
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    D&D 5E Is the stat system biased against front-liners?

    If after that massive paragraph you don't agree that st the very least some classes have different stat point flexibility. Then nothing I'm going to say is likely to shed any new light on it, either our views are to divergent or my points too poorly made. I thank you for taking the time to...
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    D&D 5E Magic item attunement, like-dislike?

    I like the rule, some items maybe warrant attunement that don't have it, and vice versa. If I wanted to increase it, I'd tie it to proficiency bonus.
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    D&D 5E Is the stat system biased against front-liners?

    TLDR some classesand concepts are more MAD than others. But not unbearably so. It's not a big deal. Con is important for casters, it's a good argument I've seen before. Yet I feel less comfortable with a 14 con on a paladin than a wizard. I guess I just, perhaps wrongly, assume the paladin will...
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    D&D 5E Is the stat system biased against front-liners?

    I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm discussing this from a combat optimization perspective. When I said really high, and then later referred to maxing a score. I meant, ideally multiple class relevant stats to 20. Barbarians benefit from wisdom and charisma and intelligence. But they are not as...
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    D&D 5E [5e] Fighter/Warlock Arcane Archer Concept

    Character looks chill. I might hold onto green flame and the rapier just for when an orc grabs you by the belt, and you'd rather drop him than disengage. Also consider going eldritch knight at 3. That way you get some extra spells, slots, cantrips and such. Shield and absorb elements are great.
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    D&D 5E Is the stat system biased against front-liners?

    Well I agree that MAD isn't as big of a deal in 5e. But my point is that a barbarian gets significantly more value out of having say strength, dexterity, and constitution maxed out than a fighter would due to how AC worcs for them. Paladins want high charisma so their extra spell smites and...