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    D&D 5E Which Virtual Table Top are you using right now and what do you like best about it?

    I've been using Roll20 for years but I find their development roadmap extremely slow, and the whole system just underwhelming. Also the quality of the WoTC modules seems to be going down in terms of Roll20 implementation. I can run Flight Simulator 2020 but Roll20 lags my computer like it's a...
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    D&D 5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    I am a couple of sessions in now. I decided to run Cold Hearted Killer. As predicted by many, my group didn't actually go deal with Cold Hearted Killer straight away. I started them in Easthaven and did the Séance in order to give them some hooks to work with, they then learnt about the killer...
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    Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden -- A Comprehensive Review

    If you're worried about this, start your characters at level 2. I did this in Curse of Strahd.
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    D&D 5E So Was That Z Fellow right?

    I think some of the things listed in the OP can be problematic 'out of the box' but they're not broken. Broken is things like Simulacrums creating Simulacrums and abusing spells like Leomund's Tiny Hut. Fortunately though 5e is all about common sense in the hands of the DM. It's the RAI edition...
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    Over Half Of New D&D Players Got Into Game From Watching Online Play

    This also describes my entertainment habits these days to a T. I love playing D&D, but I can only do that once a week. I can watch masterful DMs like Chris Perkins run his campaigns (the ones I also plan on running) almost any time anywhere though - which is both entertaining and educational.
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    D&D 5E XGTE Errata

    There's a difference between 'inefficient' spells and completely breaking parts of the game. This spell trivialises the entire healing hit dice mechanic. Prayer of healing was already a very good healing spell, and this blows it entirely out of the water. It's broken out of combat, plain and...
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    D&D 5E What D&D Beyond should have been.

    I like DnDBeyond. Living outside of the US it’s actually cheaper and quicker to get D&D content this way. I also run my games online so I’m using a computer already, so it makes sense. Buying content multiple times sucks, but you have to do it with a lot of other gaming platforms as well (ie...
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    D&D 5E Levitate on an unwilling creature

    Yes - however most of those encounters are typically quite easy. You save levitate for when you really need it. That's also when DMs tend to get grumpy - it's not the 4 medium encounters you had during the day, it's the one that's meant to be hard that gets trivialised. In the hands of a...
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    D&D 5E Levitate on an unwilling creature

    Levitate is a very powerful save or die spell against most creatures at lower levels. It's better than hold person, especially in the hands of a diviner with portent. It's basically save or die, and not restricted to humanoids. Plus it has other utilities beyond just crowd control. Hold Person...
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    D&D 5E Is D&D a Story or a Game? Discuss.

    For me D&D had always been more of a game than a story. Whilst there are story elements to D&D, the enjoyment for me comes from thriving within the boundaries and rules provided by the game. Sitting around a camp fire is telling a story - that doesn't interest me because there's no bounds or...
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    D&D 5E How common is resurrection in your game?

    I've had five deaths and three permanent. Once the characters get to a certain level death becomes somewhat trivial. The cost of raise dead is quite small, unless you want to do a de beers and control the flow of diamonds in your campaign (or house rule the cost). My next campaign will be...
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    D&D 5E How viable is 5E to play at high levels?

    Yeah we ran an 'arena' style game early on in 5e to test it out, where we did have rest mechanics included. No magic items, point buy, but we did include feats. We still wiped the floor with most encounters at higher level, especially with feats like Sharpshooter. It certainly would be...
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    D&D 5E How viable is 5E to play at high levels?

    Some D&D players like combat to be more of a anime, movie, or comic book. It's more about the narrative than the tactics. For example, watch the players in Chris Perkin's dice camera action. It's a narrative style based combat game and out of the box, D&D is perfectly fine for that style of...
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    D&D 5E How viable is 5E to play at high levels?

    I ran a converted 3.0 City of the Spider Queen from level 10-18. High level is very fun and viable, even with magic items. The stock monsters are fairly weak at high levels but it's VERY easy to fix by adding more lower CR minions. I also used a host of custom converted monsters that I made...
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    D&D 5E [poll] Wizard Satisfaction Survey

    Very satisfied. Wizard has always been my favourite class as well, from the days of AD&D where you were armed with one spell per day and a d4 for hitpoints, and that was it. The 5e Wizard is a heck of a lot of fun to play - you're not the main damage dealer per se, but you have an answer for...
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    D&D Beyond Launches -- Electronic Tools For D&D Are Here!

    Purchased the PHB and Monsters Manual while the price is good. My hard copies were falling apart, and I like to have all that material online anyway. I also subscribed to master tier, so my players can get convenient access to the rules & spells. As much as I want it, the legendary pack would...
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    D&D 5E [DM problem] Is the group I am leading too strong? Is the 5E system unbalanced?

    I ran a city of the spider queen conversion that went to level 18. Using the DMG rules to create monsters is really all you need to do. The DMG created monsters tend to be vastly more challenging than stock creatures in the monsters manual. My players in that game constantly commented on how...
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    D&D 5E [DM Question] Which spells are best to make fights interesting/challenging?

    Anti magic field on a strong melee based cleric type NPC/monster, have them charge right up to the PC squishy spellcasters. Mind Flayers or Dragons that can cast spells like Shield, Misty Step, and Counterspell are always fun. My group likes to joke that there's this "Daves school of wizardry"...
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    D&D 5E [DM problem] Is the group I am leading too strong? Is the 5E system unbalanced?

    I've killed two PCs in Princes of the Apocalypse and had two near TPKs running it with zero adjustments. Just the other session I almost killed an 8th level Paladin in one hit (crit) from a bullete. There's a lot of crazy nasty cultists in this module. CR 3 mage/priests with tons of hitpoints...
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    D&D 5E Observations of a new player

    Yeah case in point - if you look at what Chris Perkins does with new players, he introduces them at level 3 AND generally gives them a cool magic item. This is a session zero conversation though. Some players like level 1, others won't.