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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    I don't agree with this. There is nothing "anime" about the 4e fighter. The 4e paladin, for instance, has a 13th level encounter power Radiant Charge, which permits the PC to fly up into the air and make an attack. I can see how that's "anime" in some sense. But the 4e fighter doesn't get that...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    (1) Not according to the 3E D&D rules. (2) Given that all fighters in all versions of D&D break the laws of physics - eg by the sort of martial prowess they bring to bear against giants and dragons - then they are all supernatural per your definition. What you describe here breaks the laws of...
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    D&D General What is the right amount of Classes for Dungeons and Dragons?

    On Weathertop he driver off the Nazgul. The hands of the king are the hands of a healer. No one else could heal the victims of the Nazgul. And he healed many others too, entering Minas Tirith incognito.
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    D&D General What is the right amount of Classes for Dungeons and Dragons?

    But making such a key part of PC build subject to GM decision-making (on a conventional assumption about how gets to introduce loot into the fiction) is pretty controversial! 4e D&D made boons and training analogous to magic items, rather than to levels or feats, to manage this problem.
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    D&D General What is the right amount of Classes for Dungeons and Dragons?

    Paladin. He turns undead and heals with a touch.
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    How Many Spells Does a Wizard Need?

    All of them.
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    D&D (2024) Greyhawk Confirmed. Tell Me Why.

    There is no serious crime, but there can clearly be legal disputes - eg Bilbo's with the Sackville-Bagginses. And there is at least some petty theft - eg of Farmer Maggot's mushrooms. I don't think there are lawyers in The Shire, but I do think there could be JPs - if only to hold intruders or...
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    D&D (2024) Greyhawk Confirmed. Tell Me Why.

    I'm fairly familiar with LotR and Appendices. Perhaps our standards for what counts as being told is different? Prince Imrahil comes to Minas Tirth. So does Forlong. How, as members of the ruling class/caste, do they interact? Does Imrahil get to act only if a council on which Forlong sits...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    I love colour. It's a big part of why I enjoy RPGing more than boardgaming. But I want the colour to matter. So if I'm going to describe myself ducking under and stabbing up, that should matter (eg in Prince Valiant that could trigger an Athletics check to impose a penalty on my opponent's Arms...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    Why would I say that, when it makes no difference to my action resolution? One thing that I enjoyed about combat in 4e D&D is that fiction actually matters to resolution, and that resolution generates lots of colourful fiction.
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    D&D (2024) Greyhawk Confirmed. Tell Me Why.

    In one of my 4e campaigns, the players had their PCs argue over title to a particular bit of real estate: But this did not require me having world-built a legal system. I don't need to know in advance if title to a temple is argued in a temporal or spiritual court - I can just make this up. I...
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    D&D (2024) Greyhawk Confirmed. Tell Me Why.

    The facts might exist. Information about them probably won't - the typical mediaeval person does not have access to information about how they are governed, of the sort that might be found in a contemporary politics or sociology textbook. My view is that most FRPG worldbuilding is so unrealistic...
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    D&D 5E Help me understand & find the fun in OC/neo-trad play...

    It sounds like it might be. I'm curious as to what @prabe makes of your post: to me I see some possible similarities to prabe's style, but there may be differences that I'm not being sensitive to in my perception.
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    D&D 5E Help me understand & find the fun in OC/neo-trad play...

    Well, they're both examples of RPGing, and in both cases it is an aesthetic preference about the content and character of the fiction that is determining the decision. Whether that preference is about "realism" or about "story" seems like a point of detail when describing the basic structure or...
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    D&D (2024) Greyhawk Confirmed. Tell Me Why.

    I think talking about your world's governments is not crucial to worldbuilding for FRPGing. Most of the world, for most of human history, has got by without governments in the contemporary sense of that concept. Furthermore, governments figure very little in classic fantasy fiction. What are...
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    D&D 5E Help me understand & find the fun in OC/neo-trad play...

    I am referring to a blog that is one reasonably authoritative account of "neotrad" RPGing. (Not necessarily fully authoritative - see @Aldarc's posts upthread querying its consistency on some points.) The blog lists some elements that - in combination - are characteristic of neotrad designs...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    I mean, I'm not at your table (it is in person?), don't know the personalities involved, etc. But it seems like you are interested in GMing or playing a technical wargame - eg I don't get the sense that the fiction/story are a high priority for you - while maybe those you're playing with are...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    I'm sorry to learn that. I don't own Madness at Gardmore Abbey, so I don't know the composition of this 6th level encounter. But I'm a bit puzzled that it would take 6 7th-level PCs very look to "clean up" some minions. Even if that was 8 minions, I'd expect the PCs to take them down at at...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    I'm not dismissing your opinion. I've replied to it more than once! I am disagreeing with you. I don't believe that contravenes any rule of the boards, or of discussion more generally. I have never found RM to produce homogeneity. I generally did find that AD&D MU-builds were quite homogenous...
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    D&D General New Interview with Rob Heinsoo About 4E

    In 4e D&D, a fighter who hits with an opportunity of attack causes their victim to stop moving.
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