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  1. MerricB

    PF2 Low-level Wizards in PF2 - are they still underpowered?

    One of the biggest problems I had with the PF2 playtest was how poor wizards were (especially at first level). Some cantrips have been slightly improved in this version, but the 1st-level spells are mostly the same - and I think they're underwhelming. (More analysis of first-level spells)...
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    Amazon ratings of Ghosts of Saltmarsh

    The initial ratings for Ghosts of Saltmarsh could have been better... :) Two ratings: 1 star, and 3 stars - no reviews attached! Cheers!
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    5E Awarding One Magic Weapon only to each player in a campaign

    G'day, folks! I was just thinking of my process of awarding magic items in my 5E homebrew, and I realised that my approach to magic weapons had changed, partly as a result of the changing editions. While in previous editions there'd be lots of magic weapons lying about (so many guards armed...
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    DDAL Death Curse: Waiting it Out

    Just checking my interpretation of the rules... * A DDAL character who plays any Season 7 or CCC adventure becomes affected by the Death Curse. * Once the T3 adventures get released (January 2018), that character can no longer play Season 7 Tier 1 or 2 adventures or Tomb of Annihilation. * This...
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    5E Designing Investigative Adventures

    I've now designed my first investigative adventure. There's a mystery. The players have to solve it. It's the middle bits that are hard. Big showdown against the Bad Guy at the end? Easy. What the problem is? Easy. Working out the clues that the PCs can find? Working out what the Bad Guy...
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    5E Will your campaign be purely adventuring?

    The early days of D&D included this assumption that player characters would end up building strongholds and assuming positions of responsibility - fighters ruling land, rogues becoming the head of thieves' guilds, and the like. It something that later editions moved away from, though they...
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    5E Which Greyhawk?

    One of those questions that I wonder about is this: If Greyhawk were to come back as a setting (even if only enabled for DMs Guild creators), which version of the setting would you want to see? And, to some extent, my answer to that question is "none of them! I want to see mine!" There have...
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    5E Retrospectives on the Yawning Portal adventures

    Wizards of the Coast have announced their first product of 2017. It’s a compilation of seven previous-published adventures, updated and revised for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Its name? Tales from the Yawning Portal. I’ve had the pleasure of playing or dungeon-mastering all seven of...
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    5E Mike Mearls on D&D (New Interview with James Introcaso)

    G'day, folks! James Introcaso, once the host of the Round Table on the Tome Show, has started a new podcast - Tabletop Babble. His first guest is Mike Mearls, who talks about the success of this edition of D&D and what's coming up. Not much actual product talk, but some very interesting...
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    5E Secret Character Creation

    I'm starting a new Greyhawk Campaign next Friday, and for a change I'm not letting the players know what characters the others are playing to begin with. Instead, they'll email me a few concepts, I'll choose one for each - keeping an eye on party balance - and when they start they can be...
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    5E Musings on Adventure Structure

    I'm splitting this off from the discussion in its original thread because this is a topic interesting to me - and likely others - and would otherwise be easily missed. We'd just been discussing the structure of the original 3E "Adventure Path" - beginning with The Sunless Citadel and ending with...
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    DDAL Getting ready for PAX Australia...

    My annual trip down to Melbourne to run a bunch of D&D (or rather, run a bunch of people who run D&D) is just around the corner. And so, being PAX Australia, we'll introduce a lot of people to D&D, and - with any luck - give a few games of D&D for the more experienced crew. PAX is weird...
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    5E Death in the Cornfields - a horror-themed side-trek

    A horror-themed side-trek! A scarecrow in a field can be a little unnerving, but what if the scarecrow is actually a young man close to death? Why has he been left to die, and what dark secrets do the farmlands hold? This short adventure is perfect to use as the party travel through any rural...
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    5E Life without a healer

    G'day, folks! I'm working up a blog article for my site (tentatively called "Life without a healer", like this post!), but I was wondering how many groups out there survive without anyone with healing magic. :) My experience is that players don't always realise they need to play differently if...
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    5E One-shot kills

    Every so often, it happens... My players are playing Curse of Strahd. They come across a hag... and she attacks one, crits, and kills him outright. Of course, it was helped by him being first level at the time. And I'm pretty sure he was pushing it. There were two the nice things about the...
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    5E Curse of Strahd - play reports and DM notes

    Two tables at Guf Ballarat began playing through the new season of the D&D Adventurers League on Saturday – the other tables are yet to finish Princes of the Apocalypse, so we’re allowing them the time to do so. I was able to move people around a little bit, so for the first time in two years I...
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    DDAL Thoughts on running Death House

    I've just written an article - Entering the Death House - which elucidates a few of my feelings about running the introductory adventure. I really feel that this season gives a lot of opportunities for role-playing. When you have characters having to make ethical decisions, or reflecting on the...
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    DDAL Planning for the next season

    I've just put an article up on my blog about my plans for running the next season of the D&D Adventurers League... ...which will probably fall over when confronted by reality. But, hey! Plans! :) http://merricb.com/2016/01/19/planning-for-the-next-season-of-the-dd-adventurers-league/ Cheers!
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    5E On the D&D news...

    You know how we've been complaining Wizards don't tell us anything? I feel like they've just hit us with a firehose! I'm still trying to process the announcements... Cheers!
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    5E The Escapist previews art for the new D&D adventure!

    The Escapist has posted a teaser image for the new D&D Adventure, which will apparently be announced on Monday. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/165907-D-D-Teases-New-Adventure-With-Sketch-Art A certain vampiric rodent should be pleased...
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