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    Dragonlance WotC Officially Confirms Takhisis and Tiamat Are The Same

    Whilst one Five-headed-Chromatic-Dragon-Queen Goddess is of course rather similar to another Five-headed-Chromatic-Dragon-Queen Goddess. I always felt Takhisis had more of a unique identity as the Queen of the Evil Gods and somewhat of a different personality to Tiamat as she is portrayed in...
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    D&D (2024) Darkvision: it's here to stay for most races. What penalties could be added to keep is viable, but still have incentive to use light?

    The trouble with Darkvision in 5E is the more liberal you are with it, the more powerful it gets and too easy to let it just be "you can see in the dark for 60'" Critically it fails my criteria for a "simple reading check". A player or DM who isn't really very rules focused will read the entry...
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    D&D (2024) DM's no longer getting crits on PC's

    In principle I'm not opposed to this change. I think player/monster symmetry is by far over valued am I am very happy we're far from the rabbit hole that 3E ended up in. Likewise I personally prefer Critical Hit = Maximum damage that could have been rolled rather than rolling double damage...
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    What Fantasy RPG Matches These Preferences

    Warlock! But it maybe a tad too simple? A review by Ben Milton/Questing Beast is here.
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    D&D 5E How Are Orcs Different In Your World? (+)

    My orcs are pale skinned, often chalk white. A significant proportion of a Northern archipelago are currently united under the Iron Empress, a culture that's becoming increasingly expansionist and militaristic. The Orcs of the Iron Empire have a reputation for being engaged in an erratic mix...
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    D&D (2024) One D&d and alignment: new approach

    I've spent the last twenty odd years being militantly anti-alignment but I've mellowed and am now somewhat less evangelical about the position. Probably in part because 4E and 5E massively cut down the mechanical implications of Alignment which made it easier to run games without a very weird...
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    D&D 5E Paladins and the weapons of evil cults

    Depends, in your world is there a spiritual stain left upon items used for partially holy/unholy purposes? As Shiroiken points out, people who recognise the weapon might jump to conclusions. I mean it might be fun for it to provide disturbing dreams etc.
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    D&D 5E Casting multiple spells with bonus spells and the order they are cast.

    It is a strong contested for "rule most likely to be forgotten". I think the thing here is to look at your turn as a whole. If you have done a thing that restricts which actions you can take on your turn (by saying you can't or by saying it requires a certain type of action), then it doesn't...
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    D&D 5E Damage Types Are Lame

    I actually made a list of every reference I could find to bludgeoning, slashing or piercing damage on this thread: Mostly I think they exist due to heritage and mostly skeletons mostly wanting to be bashed rather than stabbed... because it's their big monster thing.
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    D&D 5E Adjusting Wildshape

    It's interesting that in the playtest, the Druid seemed to switch between the "use the actual animal stats" and "here are some abstracted stats", and I was surprised they went with "use the actual stats" for the final release. Personally I absolutely love Wildshape, although it can be a...
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    D&D 5E How is 5th edition in respects to magic item creation?

    In short. Yes, they have nerfed it. Although actually running the numbers, it's not quite as much as I maybe first thought. 1) It's an optional rule in the DMG, "Depending on the style of your campaign and the particular backgrounds and interests of the adventurers, you can make some or all of...
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    D&D 5E House Rule for Subdual, is it fair?

    What exactly is the problem this rule is trying to fix? Were too many prisoners being captured? And it felt it was too easy?
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    D&D 5E A Collection of Minor House Rules

    Take the "1 interact with an object" rule and throw it under a bus. Personally I think the "interacting with object" rule is vastly more restrictive than it needs to be, and is rather out of place with the rest of 5E rules. Many of the most common interactions with items—drawing or sheathing a...
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    D&D 5E Zero Level Suggestions

    In the last campaign I ran the players started off as 0-level teenagers from a mountain goat herding village who stumbled across the tomb of some ancient heroes and after being killed by the resident wight (they got better) they were infused with their power, knowledge and on occasion memories...
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    D&D 5E Challenge, Optimization and Optional Rules

    Fake News. My statement is a priori true. Mylunds Spoon is OP: Stick it in the Tarrasque's the nose and suffocate it with gruel.
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    D&D 5E Challenge, Optimization and Optional Rules

    To some degree, Multiclassing is potentially more of a trap than helpful, with the exception of a handful of builds, but yes, some feats, if played well can be really quite strong. I actually believe the default array is expected rather than rolling. I think a bigger issue is the CR system and...
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    D&D 5E Good-Aligned Antagonists

    One of my favourite ideas was from the excellent 4th Edition Draconomicon-II-Metallic-Dragons:
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    Should the DMG suggest improv and acting classes?

    I'm a dirty, dirty LARPist, and most the people I play tabletop RP with also LARP. And we tend to favour the active/actor roleplay style. But no, I have zero interest in improv and acting; roleplay *isnt* acting although I'm sure there are many transferable skills, I also think there are many...
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    D&D 5E Hit points explained

    So to me, the REAL question about hit points in D&D is whether the inhabitants of the world have noticed that they exist yet. Because observable phenomena leads to science which leads to technology, which leads to marketing.