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  1. Charles Rampant

    D&D (2024) 2024 PHB Race discussion

    As someone who habitually plays Half-Orcs (without ever having a conscious reason to do so - I just generally enjoy the race and like the opportunity to refer to both fantasy archetypes) I'm disappointed to see them disappear into a murky 'just reskin' approach. Half-Elves are in the same boat -...
  2. Charles Rampant

    D&D (2024) Wizards Presents Live Coverage

    Doing a campaign setting expanding on the Starter Set is both kind of a weird surprise option, but also incredibly obvious in hindsight. I always liked the vibe of the material in that set - it's got a comfortable fantasy vibe, not crazy high fantasy but not grungy dark/low fantasy, instead kind...
  3. Charles Rampant

    The One Ring 2E: General Discussion Thread

    I have only briefly flicked through the PDF myself. It looks great already, the red and yellow hue is lovely and the double page spreads are appropriately dreamlike. I never read the first edition, but I did read AiME; in the years since I have waned in my affection for D&D 5e so am curious to...
  4. Charles Rampant

    D&D 5E 16 More Details About Theros

    I'm really looking forward to this one. I've been keen to move beyond generic European fantasy for a while now, and an Ancient Greek setting is definitely up my street. Like many here, I've already got Odyssey of the Dragonlords, a book that didn't quite set my cockles on fire when I looked...
  5. Charles Rampant

    Monte Cook Games’ Next Kickstarter Is Ptolus (for 5E and Cypher)

    Interesting. I remember searching a few years ago for whether they planned to make a 5e version, and there was only terse statements that they had no intention of. I guess that they've decided that the profit-to-work ratio was too good to ignore!
  6. Charles Rampant

    D&D 5E The Return of Tyranny of Dragons: First Impressions

    If you have DnDbeyond, he is available as a monster on there, part of the SKT bundle.
  7. Charles Rampant

    D&D 5E The Return of Tyranny of Dragons: First Impressions

    The players have multiple giant allies in this encounter, and additionally get given the (much requested afterwards) Potions of Giant Size. Klauth was actually kind of a walkover after that, especially since I was careful to have Klauth aim most of his attacks at the Giants. If I recall...
  8. Charles Rampant

    D&D 5E The Return of Tyranny of Dragons: First Impressions

    So my original post above got posted under another username. Strange. Either way, as I mentioned, the two campaigns combine really well. Tyranny has a near total lack of Giants, beyond one who is helping the dragons for very obscure reasons. This is strange because, as per the MM and other...
  9. Charles Rampant

    Modiphius To Produce Homeworld RPG

    I think that it might be fair to call it a 'modern' system. This means that you have currencies, and using those currencies to control player power and guarantee success and suchlike, and the DM also uses the currency to create threat and introduce enemies. For example, in the Star Trek one the...
  10. Charles Rampant

    RPG Evolution: That Time I Surprised My Players With Cthulhu

    Interesting article. I think that the 'bait and switch' tends to be used to bring in horror elements (to make them surprising) and that's an especially marmite genre for TTRPG. Sad, because the bait and switch actually suits the genre more than letting the players know to expect it, but the...
  11. Charles Rampant

    B&G's Sinister Silver Edition of Ghosts of Saltmarsh

    Prepainted minis are probably the most expensive option of any mini option, so I'm not surprised.
  12. Charles Rampant

    Odyssey of the Dragonlords Player's Guide is Free!

    I got most of the way through reading this today. I'm really impressed by what I see, and definitely intend to pick it up once the physical book and PDF launch.
  13. Charles Rampant

    The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]

    Interesting, rather different than what most of us imagined. By that, I think it is safe to say the general assumption was a 'nautical stuff' book with mainly monsters, campaign ideas, and ship rules; this appears more like an adventure compendium with probably 20-40 pages of ship stuff appended...
  14. Charles Rampant

    Artificer UA to be released in February

    That's a really interesting point. It touches on (my view of) the essential problem with the Warlord class as well - that it was built to fulfil a rules niche, not a story niche, meaning that it is not simply a case of finding the best way to do its story in the new rules set. You could say that...
  15. Charles Rampant

    Plumbing the Depths of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage -- A Review

    Is that a picture of a Githyanki asteroid base?!
  16. Charles Rampant

    First Impressions – Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

    That actually sounds really fun. As much as I, the DM, prefer ULTRA GRIM SERIOUSNESS WITNESS THE PAIN OF LIVING etc, I've found that humorous fantasy tends to be easier to do convincingly and more popular with players.
  17. Charles Rampant

    First Impressions – Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

    That sounds pretty useless, sadly.
  18. Charles Rampant

    First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica

    That's pretty similar to Planescape, to be honest. The way the books were written, you'd be forgiven for thinking that every person, rock, and tree in the planes was part of a Faction.
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    First Impressions – Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

    Has anyone picked up the map pack? I'm very curious about it. From what I understand, the maps in the book are 10 foot squares; is the map pack in 5 foot, for table use? I'd be entirely ready to pay money for an entire dungeon's worth of pre-made battlemaps, but I'm not interested if it's just a...
  20. Charles Rampant

    Plight of the New RPG: Shattered Dawn - Part 2

    To be honest, I've been pretty disappointed in this article series. The author seems to delight in making unfounded claims, refusing to give evidence to back them up, and tarring other groups (younger gamers, wargamers, etc) with his own prejudices. His comments here about Warhammer especially...