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  1. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) One thing A5E could take from OneD&D: Power Sources and Class Groups

    Both Class Roles and Power sources are from 4e, and were much better implemented, for the record. The design of them for D&Done is laughably shallow. But crappy implementations of great 4e design is kind of o5e's entire MO. I'd definitely suggest checking it out.
  2. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Updated LU edition following D&D 5.5

    Mostly I've just been laughing about how they fostered a community that is downright antagonistic to good game design and anything in the playtests that is actually moving in the right direction is getting hated for not being 5e and it's delicious to watch. At this point I wouldn't be surprised...
  3. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) The big difference between A5e and 5e?

    I know everyone seems to prefer 2e Dark Sun, but I strongly suggest considering using 4e Dark Sun as the basis. It being right at a turning point of the world and that sense of dangerous hope that things can change makes for a great launching point without any of the muddyness of the Living...
  4. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) The big difference between A5e and 5e?

    On the topic of stricter resource tracking, I'll throw in that I think A5e would be ideal for a Dark Sun game where I think 5e would be godawful. Supply and resources matter, Ranger doesn't just give a "Skip that entire part of the game" feature, Classes have more depth so barring off Arcane and...
  5. VanguardHero

    Gate Pass Gazette April's Gate Pass Gazette Articles

    Sounds like a banger and who is that art by? :O
  6. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Which D&D or Pathfinder races would you like to see made into an A5e heritage?

    Thri-kreen has always been one of my faves from D&D, and from Pathfinder I really love their take on Androids though definitely less iconic
  7. VanguardHero

    Homebrew Converting WotC spells to A5E

    In general a lot of those 'Class specific' Spells just aren't spells anymore because Level Up has systems for cool stuff that aren't just making them spells
  8. VanguardHero

    Voidrunner Looking ahead to the VRC: what expansions do you want to see?

    I love the idea of a Marshall using tech to coordinate the party, like canonically giving essentially a Friend or Foe system so characters essentially have a minimap of enemy locations based on all of their knowledge at once. Also REALLY hoping the other Psionic Class is Gish-ish in design...
  9. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) O5E to A5e subclass compatibility overview.

    The thing that often gets glossed over is pretty much this. When there's a system with as severe balance problems as 5e and something fixes it like a5e does, there is foundationally no way to make meaningful changes without making the old underpowered Classes overshadowed by their fixed versions...
  10. VanguardHero

    Gate Pass Gazette New Project Launched: Level Up: A5E Gate Pass Gazette Annual 2022

    You guys realize Patrons still get it significantly earlier, right? These collections are, assuming they continue, once a year. And the Tools site lags on Gate Pass content at an inconsistent trail. Patrons get it faster, and help to provide ongoing support to the system with the best chance of...
  11. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Questions From Someone Who Was Looking At A5E Right Before The WOTC/OGL Nonsense

    Oh no, they might have to change the term Bonus Action, which refers to something which is neither a bonus nor an Action!
  12. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide Available in PDF

    Not to mention the word of mouth advertisement done for WotC every time you talk about playing D&D or having had fun doing so, same as when you do so for much better games, like Level Up :D
  13. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide Available in PDF

    Does it really matter if the people you may like at a corporation had nothing to do with a choice? Yes there are people without a say who would be more ethical there and that sucks but the only thing that matters to a corporation is profit, and using the good people they employ as shields to say...
  14. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide Available in PDF

    Important to remember that this isn't a 5e supplement. It is a Level Up product that can also be used for 5e. Level Up is an entirely distinct system with 5e compatibility, not 5e homebrew. I've had nothing but seething disdain for WotC for years and this is a distinction that I have found very...
  15. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Do you feel A5E has Addressed the Martial/Class divide sufficiently?

    Ah, so you have Short Rests and Long Rests instead of Long Long Rests and Short Long Rests. Any outliers to it further closing the gap to watch out for?
  16. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Do you feel A5E has Addressed the Martial/Class divide sufficiently?

    I would argue even if it wasn't STATED, it is an implicit necessity of making a competently designed 5e. Balance cannot exist intact with it at the sorry state 5e has is in with the disparity, and as a result neither can meaningful Monster and Encounter Difficulty guidelines. So. You'd be hard...
  17. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) Is there a reason why the wealth curve in A5E is considerably lower than O5E?

    It is an interesting data point for sure, but with o5e lacking any actual economy besides like...scrolls? I think are the only thing given costs scaling upwards? Anything from o5e is just Calvinball, regardless of if there was at one point a design intent behind the treasure tables. There's also...
  18. VanguardHero

    Level Up (A5E) I have a ridiculously homebrewed 5E campaign and I’m debating on whether to convert it to A5E

    Oh, also worth noting I suppose, if your players are the kinds of people who care about things like racism, queerphobia, ableism, and really just general all around bigotry, it's absolutely better to get away from WotC's 5e immediately. Their thin PR veneer of Rainbow Capitalism does an...
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