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    OSR What's the best introductory BX/OSR scenario for new players and DMs?

    I'm a big fan of Tomb of the Serpent Kings. It's designed in an intentional way to teach players lessons about old-school dungeons. It's also free! The one negative I'll mark for it is that early in the dungeon you are expected to "save to dodge", but a lot of old-school games don't have a...
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    D&D General Jaquaying the dungeon - a term to avoid

    Half an hour or so ago Anne posted an update on her blog: https://diyanddragons.blogspot.com/2024/01/an-update-on-jaquaysing.html Coinciding with a post from Justin's blog about the same thing...
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    D&D 5E [Review] Valda's Spire of Secrets is my favorite expansion in all of 5E

    More power to ya! It's an important element of the game for me & my players.
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    D&D 5E [Review] Valda's Spire of Secrets is my favorite expansion in all of 5E

    Oop sorry I missed this. Running content with a wide power delta is a PITA. I need to be aware of the power profile of the moon druid, ward new players off Berserker Barbs & Assassin Rogues, plan for owl familiar scouts, jack the power of enemies way up for the peace cleric, yadda yadda. With...
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    D&D 5E [Review] Valda's Spire of Secrets is my favorite expansion in all of 5E

    Sorry if it came across as passive-agressive. Certainly wasn't meant to! A lot of folks theorycraft whether a class is good or bad all the time. Sometimes I raise a concern about a bit of 3rd-party content or homebrew, I get told "that's not a problem you're white rooming", and then we play it...
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    D&D 5E [Review] Valda's Spire of Secrets is my favorite expansion in all of 5E

    It's a lot easier to have a battle of hypotheticals than to run the class. In theory a cohort is easy to kill, in theory there's more lockdown in T2, in theory the cohort & captain won't attack every round, in theory in theory in theory. I'd much rather hear experiences at the table than go down...
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    D&D 5E [Review] Valda's Spire of Secrets is my favorite expansion in all of 5E

    I'd be interested to hear folks' experiences with the classes & subclasses at the table. For me, there was a pretty wide power band (e.g. Sellsword vs Dragon Acolyte, or Spirithost vs most of the Near-Humans), with options generally leaning towards too strong, like a lv2 Captain with just their...
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    What is, in your opinion, the single WORST RPG ever made, and why is it so bad?

    Dragon Age RPG for me. Loved the games but the book was beyond half-assed. Quarter-assed.
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    D&D 5E Using "D&D 2024" instead of "5e24"

    My main issue here is that 5e24 (and 5.5e & DnD1) is already pretty long. 4 or 5 characters is about as long as i want to type before I call something by it's real name. Even if it does Stick It To The Man a bit more, "D&D 2024" is a mouthful, and is  longer than WotC's "D&D One" brand name, so...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    In a vain attempting at preventing this from becoming a multiquote lollapalooza, I'm going to consolidate the two source requests. I definitely don't mean to imply that my 5-odd quotes were the definitive representation of every comment about every D&D discussion I've read online, which seems...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    There's plenty of that in every edition in my experience, but I see it frequently used as the default way to knock down complaints. In an exchange about how 4e classes feel too similar (fighter & paladin in this particular discussion), I got: "The people who repeat that line over and over did...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    This is another one I've definitely seen on reddit. Not sure what it is about crunchy tactics games, but I read a lot of replies along the lines of "actually you think this because you're bad at the game / haven't played the game" when voicing dissatisfaction with PF2, 4e, or Lancer.
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    I spend a lot of time on D&D reddit (shame, shame upon me!) and variations on this thought-terminating cliche come up so much. I want to come out of their monitor and shake the people writing them. The logical path always seems to go: 4e did [thing] 4e did badly everyone must hate [thing] I...
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    D&D 5E Know any loopholes?

    Hexblade's Curse applies damage once per roll when you deal damage, and magic missile has each of the magical bullet hit individually, which adds up to a very funny amount of damage. LudicSavant came up with a great build for this trick, and CMCC Builds put out a fun video on it (content warning...
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    is lancer any good?

    Karrakin takes that idea and doubles down on it, which is why I dislike it. The game divides mechanics completely into narrative play (freeform RP with the apocalypse-lite rules) and combat play (the mech stuff). In narrative play, you no longer have pilot HP, gear, speed, etc. Instead you get a...
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    is lancer any good?

    I don't know any of the authors well enough to be confident in this, but I think that some of the balance / GM support issues are related to growing pains. The designers were pretty fresh when they wrote Lancer for the first time, and with each release they've been finding issues with the system...
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    is lancer any good?

    Little slow to post, but I had a lot of thoughts. I've got 3 big pros and 3 big cons for you. Pro #1 - Crunch: Lancer does the crunchiest of crunchy grid combat. Movement matters down to the hex, action usage is tight, heat/stress & HP/structure management are critical, cover is regularly...
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    D&D 5E MCDM to revisit the Illrigger.

    oops I didn't notice how old this thread was. Time to find the email I used on the MCDM website...
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    D&D 5E MCDM to revisit the Illrigger.

    Excited to hear the class is getting revisited. I think it has some cool ideas but it doesn't play nicely in most adventuring days in my experience, and it's not as exciting as was hoping. Their recent psion and beastheart have been a lot more engaging, so I hope Illrigger v2 comes out more like...
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