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    Free League Announces Coriolis: The Great Dark

    Could you spoil those setting mysteries for me (under an appropriate SBlock of course)? Never read the adventures - I bounced off the old versions, despite its gorgeous art when I struggled to figure out what PCs would actually do.
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    D&D General The Making of Original Dungeons & Dragons: 1970-1977 Coming In June

    F***-everything, we're going to five ribbons. https://www.theonion.com/naughty word-everything-were-doing-five-blades-1819584036
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    D&D 5E 5E Lifetime Sales in North American Big Box Stores Revealed

    I agree. As presented, it's a bit of a distaster, but the individual building blocks and general premise can make this a fantastic adventure with a bit of work. The trick is to have all four factions looking for the keys to the Vault and to run as much of all four 'season' paths at once, with...
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    D&D 5E Cubicle 7 Announces Victoriana for 5E

    They have got to come up with a better name than C7D20...
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    D&D (2024) What do you expect/hope to see in future playtest packets? (+)

    It's just a matter of managing complexity. I'll happily run or play other games, and I'm happy to run 3rd party 5E adventures. But I don't really want to keep track of 3rd party classes, spells or rules mechanics that are distinct from the "official rules" (3rd party 5E monsters are OK). I have...
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    D&D (2024) What do you expect/hope to see in future playtest packets? (+)

    Of course, but what I'm interested in is an improved OneD&D. I have tons of 3rd party books (and other gaming systems) already.
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    D&D (2024) What do you expect/hope to see in future playtest packets? (+)

    This thread has been sitting dormant for seven months and some newer playtest packets have come out. Most of the packets have been about giving players new goodies, which are nice, but don't really reflect the problems of the current game. Here are some things that I still have not seen (but...
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    D&D (2024) Do you actually like weapon masteries?

    I don't think you need to build NPCs with the same complexity as PCs, but an NPC fighter and a PC fighter should 'feel' about the same (same with NPC wizards and PC wizards, etc.). Difference in capabilities should be primarily a function of training/level. It would be immersion-breaking if NPC...
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    D&D (2024) Do you actually like weapon masteries?

    1) Well, so far, WotC hasn't revealed anything like an equivalent to Evasion for weapon properties. If they do, that's going to add a fair bit of complexity to the game. 2) Most monsters don't cast spells or use breath weapons - those are the exception. Most just have a melee attack and/or a...
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    D&D (2024) Do you actually like weapon masteries?

    I have a question - will players enjoy having their characters get constantly nicked, cleaved, slowed, vexed or toppled? Will all the AC 21+ characters feel cheated when they're getting constantly grazed on a miss by monsters? Cause if PCs are getting these toys, as a DM I'm going to want my...
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    D&D (2024) One D&D Overly Complex

    If I ran a game this way, most of my table would quit. One player would be pissed off that I was trying to push them around. One player would be struggling with decision paralysis. Another player would be trying to optimize the perfect move for that precise board state at that precise moment in...
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    D&D 5E Nations and Cannons: The American Crisis for DND 5E

    I don't think the current times have quelled the appetite for Western RPGs, although the zeitgeist certainly affects the presentation of materials. For example, Deadlands: Weird West came out in 2021. While older versions date back to the 90s, DL:WW featured substantial changes to the setting...
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    D&D 5E Nations and Cannons: The American Crisis for DND 5E

    There are dozens of Western rpgs out there (most by white Americans) - starting from Boot Hill (1975), multiple editions of Deadlands, Aces and Eights (which uses the Hackmaster rules), Down Dark Trails (Call of Cthulhu supplement), Werewolf: the Wild West, and many more (do a quick search for...
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    Dragonlance Has anyone incorporated Heroes of Krynn boardgame into their Shadow of the Dragon Queen campaign

    I've run two scenarios from Warriors of Krynn, with mixed results. The first session (the defence of Volger) went pretty well - three of the four players liked it (the one who did not was playing a druid and was annoyed that he couldn't use his special wilderness tile power). I did my best to...
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    D&D General The Fate of Bargle

    Not only is Bargle guilty, he has also acted a spy for the sinister “Master” who has tried to conquer the Known World, at least twice.
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    D&D General WotC Reveals New Information and Covers for 'Keys from the Golden Vault'

    Looks great - exactly the sort of thing I would love to run for my group. But I won't buy it, and won't run it.
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    I really don't think it should be called the "ORC license"

    I was going to chime in with a hearty defence of the ORC name - but I think I like yours even better.
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    D&D (2024) Should MAD Classes be addressed in OneD&D

    Agreed. More MAD (across all classes) will open up character creation and make it more interesting. Ranged spell attacks should use Dex, fancy battle moves should use Int, etc.
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    D&D (2024) One D&D Cleric & Revised Species Playtest Includes Goliath

    I like the Smite Undead, but I really dislike giving Divine Spark to everyone - seems lazy to have a ranged heal provided by default to everyone. I prefer most characters having to chose between a touch-range Cure spell and a weaker Healing Words.
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    D&D 5E The Monetization of D&D and other Role Playing Games

    Well for me, a good adventure is a bunch of cooking ingredients and a recipe. But when I'm doing the cooking, I can choose to modify the recipe and possibly swap out ingredients. So what I liked about Dragon Heist is that it provided 1) a fun premise 2) some nice set pieces 3) some memorable...
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