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    D&D 5E Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks Would Like To Explore Kara-Tur

    Look at all the knights/western dragons, and pseudo medieval imagery in fantasy anime. People find stuff from other cultures interesting because aspects of it are different from what they are familiar with. While it certainly can end up in racist caricature, there's nothing inherently sinister...
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    D&D 5E D&D is a drag race, think of climbing as a cantrip, and the rogue would be better at lock picking if it could only pick a few locks per day.

    IMO rogues pay too much power budget for some hypothetical ability to pick locks all day long. They aren't particularly great at combat, being roughly on par with a warlock. I gave mine the choice between an ASI, feat, or extra attack at 6th and 14th level. Classes with no resource management...
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    Wizards Goes Big with Vecna: Eve of Ruin

    As near as I can tell, Vecna adventures are written assuming the party and world have a combined Intelligence and Wisdom of 8. Vecna Lives was particularly egregious, with the opening having the party temporarily play the Circle of Eight blundering around a tomb with no recon like a bunch of...
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    D&D 5E Best Way to Challenge this Sorcadin, without high level spells

    Yeah, its the same problem with those stupid abilities that are "after you roll but before the result is known". Whoever designed that needs to be put in the stocks. It's such a negative play experience.
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    D&D 5E Best Way to Challenge this Sorcadin, without high level spells

    Part of this is limiting spells to 2nd level or lower. So yeah, they're going to spam shield, absorb elements, and friggin silvery barbs. They're best in slot spells that don't take an action. I.m toying with nerfing Silvery Barbs to being limited to no more than proficiency times per short...
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    D&D General "Player Skill" versus DM Ingenuity as a playstyle.

    Literally never. Why would I be wowed something my character can be (and in fact, was!). My first character like forever ago a red box elf (race and class!) that my friends older brother made when he let us hang out with the big kids.
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    D&D 5E How do you handle randomly rolling for stats

    I normally don't allow rolling, but when we do, it has been 4d6, drop lowest, in order. After everyone has generated a stat array you can use anyone's stat array OR the standard array. Last time we did this there was an array with an 18 strength and a 17 charisma, so people had fun making truly...
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    D&D General D&D Red Box: Who Is The Warrior?

    I guess this is my semi-annual reminder that the dude on the red box cover is not Warduke. Mini is pretty good, they probably should have gone with multiple versions, but it's nice to have a beefy female mini, which are in short supply. Unfortunately it will be under so much blobby paint the...
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    D&D (2024) WotC Fireside Chat: Revised 2024 Player’s Handbook

    I dont know if that necessarily applies anymore. I think there was a time jump specifically to get rid of some of that. Sure, someone might pull out a 30 year old sourcebook detailing Mirt the Moneylender's second favorite niece, but for last 15+ years the Forgotten Realms has been whittled down...
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    I do. I gave this out last session. Hat of Remedial Wizardry This conical paper hat is decorated with stars and moons, and occasionally gives off a colorful spark that shortly fizzles out. When attuned the wearer's Intelligence becomes 13, even if it was higher. The wearer gains proficiency in...
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    WotC Hasbro Has Invested $1B In Video Games, Including A New D&D Game

    And have zero cultural cachet. Solasta is a nice VTT. I think something like that would be amazing for DM's and players to use in personal games. But BG3 captured the zeitgeist due to the facial animations which conveyed the excellent VA to a degree that has rarely been seen. It's really hard...
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    WotC Hasbro Has Invested $1B In Video Games, Including A New D&D Game

    Atomic Arcade - brand new, no games published Invoke Studios - Made Dark Alliance which was bad Archetype - brand new, no games published Skeleton Key - brand new, no games published Good to see WOTC went with studios with a proven track record? /s
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    Definitely! But letting players pick their rewards doesn't make them not a reward. I'm not going to try and force the players into buying non-magic items "for their own good".
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    And I disagree, in part because I don't think there's much wonder in D&D magic, certainly not after playing for years (decades). Whether you find or buy that dancing sword, it's still just a sword that hits stuff for you.
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    Wands of magic missile, cloaks of protection, dancing scimitar. Take your pick. After this long for many of us magic in D&D is old hat. Buying them isnt the issue. I will say I saw a lot of excitement in BG 3 over item mechanics like lightning charges, reverberation, arcane acuity, etc. because...
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    D&D General So those of us who know later editions yet still play AD&D 2 - what are its draws?

    One of the best D&D books of any edition. I still pull from it, what, 30 years later? Kazerbae played a big role in our 3.0 Al-Quadim campaign.
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    Magic items being one of them. Why are so many DM's so concerned with controlling their player's feelings and forcing their own idea of fun onto their players? It reminds me of making a kid sit down and consume a piece of media "for their own good". Maybe just let them choose how to spend the...
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    D&D 5E Why I think gold should have less uses in 5e, not more.

    I'd argue playing D&D for 20+ years sucks the fantasy out of magic items. +1 swords are never going to feel cool again. Taking magic out of the player's hands just so the DM can chase the dragon vicariously of that feeling of being 12 again is a folly. Our group frequently has kids in it, and...
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    D&D 5E The Magical Martial

    Oh please. It's not like other classes need to dump any important stat to be good at fighting. Other classes "fight" just as well, and contribute orders of magnitude more than fighters do outside of a fight. Hell, Valor bards and Bladesingers get the same two attacks fighters get in the vast...
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    D&D 5E The Magical Martial

    I'd love a hybrid of PF2E and 5E. Cool martials, 3 action economy, but less skill feat jank and minutia.