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    D&D (2024) Class Iconic Art in the 2024 Player's Handbook

    Those are much clearer. :giggle: Agreed. Its fantasy though, not cosplay/reality. Some exaggeration is fine. I don't want to play an average Barbarian, I want to play an exceptional Barbarian.
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    D&D 5E Some adventure cover "mock-ups", which do you like most?

    3 looks the overall best (IMO), though seems very 'Dracula posing for the camera' and lacks both dynamism and a sweeping sense of grandeur, one of which would make the image more iconic. 3, while static, has the castle and moon and compositionally I think is better than the others, even if the...
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    D&D (2024) Class Iconic Art in the 2024 Player's Handbook

    They have definitely upped the quality of the art from the 2014 books. I agree, fire away! There is a definite hint of bewbs, that coupled with the make-up and expression suggest female to me. Facially looks totally female to me. You could argue slight muscularity on the arm hints at a...
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    D&D (2024) Class Iconic Art in the 2024 Player's Handbook

    Thanks to the OP for posting these, great to see all the new class art side by side. Really like the female elf Bard, human Berserker, dwarf Fighter and human Soulknife illustrations. However... Are we looking at the same illustrations? I'm counting 33 female characters, 14 male characters...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    If he really wanted to Asmodeus could kill Zargon and give the horn to one of his Archmage servants who would hire a party of do-gooders to get the horn to the relevant place for its final destruction.
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    D&D Historian Benn Riggs On Gary Gygax & Sexism

    Howdy Aldarc! :) Yes I phrased it wrong, I meant Chaoskampf/Drachenkampf is universally recognised as 'a thing' (as you yourself point out), not that every sea serpent was universally feminine, my mistake. Well Behemoth is often depicted as a Hippo, so at home on land and sea, but I agree...
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    D&D Historian Benn Riggs On Gary Gygax & Sexism

    Chaoskampf (or Drachenkapf) is the mythological battle of Order versus Chaos. With Order universally seen as masculine and the sky, Chaos universally seen as feminine and the sea: Hence the Sky God vs Sea Serpent trope we see time and again in mythology: Thor vs. Jormungandr, Marduk vs. Tiamat etc.
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    Immortals Handbook: Gods & Monsters 5E Early Preview (Feedback encouraged)

    Hey there Akira mate! :) I'd say its 70% done. But the finish line is still 2+ months away. Some weeks I get 15 pages finished, some (like this past week) I get 3 pages done. This week I decided it would be a good idea to illustrate a magic sword for each of the 36 new materials (18 for...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Have you noticed any official high CR monster that needs to be toned down? I can think of one or two low CR monsters maybe, but nothing above CR 10 springs to mind.
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Would you say he is a deadly threat for a Level 12 Party?
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Surely they could still attack his tentacles (with disadvantage).
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    When gamers complain the high CR monsters are not dealing enough damage I fully expect WotC to listen to the feedback and then do the complete opposite and tone down high CR monster damage...because of course they would. :ROFLMAO:
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Seems slightly lower than what Mike mentioned on his channel prior to the FoF release. I'll assume play-testing suggested going lower, hence the change. DPR 107 is basically the DMG average. Other than the damage I think the Zargon stats are fine (and quite fun). Arguably the bigger...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Well he is dealing about 92 damage assuming everything hits and all saves are failed. If we use Mike Shea's 7.5 Dmg per CR (which I think is a good guideline) Zargon's damage is on par with a CR 12-13 monster. For CR 17 we should be looking at closer to 127 damage. Zargon is about 70% as...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Irrelevant for the point I was making which was he is weak for CR 17...though probably on par with other monsters of that CR, very few official monsters ever seem to pack a punch. I already stated he might be a fun challenge for a low to mid party. To me a CR 17 threat should be a Solo...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    One-vs-one my Level 20 Fighter beats Zargon in a round (with attacks to spare)...although that character has a few unofficial items...but even with the official items he drops Zargon like a bag of dirt inside 2 rounds. WotC seem afraid to actually make monsters deadly. I don't know if that's on...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    I was lucky enough to swap a few emails with Gary in the early 2000's. Was not aware of that, who related that...Jim Ward? I dunno. 1000 hp seems quite a lot though considering deity HP is doubled on their home plane, but would have been interesting. Remembering of course Takhisis had 999...
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Exactly, but then again neither were any of the other unique singular entities in that book. Plus the 1E Monster Manuals and Fiend Folio all preceded Deities & Demigods and the Manual of the Planes.
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    I think a lot of groups back in the day we're steam rolling the big bads. Oddly enough the same thing that happens today.
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    D&D 5E Quests from the Infinite Staircase TOC and Zargon.

    Remember Tiamat only had 128 HP in 1st edition. So virtually all the Archdevils are on par or better than her. Plus Gary was planning (just before being ousted) a book revising ALL the stats for all unique beings in all the monster books with increased hit points. Possibly to bring them in...
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