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    5E Gun Mages & Warjacks: Iron Kingdoms Coming to 5E

    I’ll be interested to see how they handle Warcasters and Warjacks. I tried porting it over to a couple different systems over the years and it’s always a problem. Either they are way overpowered or they’re nerfed down to normal levels and it doesn’t feel like you’re controlling huge war machines. .
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    5E Gun Mages & Warjacks: Iron Kingdoms Coming to 5E

    IMO the artwork and aesthetic has always been one of the strongest aspects of Iron Kingdoms. They kickstarted an artbook a while ago that is beautiful. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/privateerpress/the-art-of-privateer-press/description
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    Looking for a more narrative, less combat-centric alternative to D&D

    Blades in the Dark is sort of an offshoot of DW and is superior in my opinion. It is very much a “fiction first” game. Although it really works best with a Peaky Blinders/the Wire type of criminal empire building campaign.
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    General Breaking Out of "Default Actions"

    I think part of this is how DND is designed. If your goal is to kill something then it often doesn’t make sense to do anything other than just attack each turn. I think it’s important as a DM to really describe the environment well. Players may not know there are things around that could help...
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    What's a word that means "NPC or Monster"

    You asked what to call NPCs and monsters and my answer was “NPCs”. Why do you need to split them up? Is the evil necromancer an NPC or a monster? Is the dragon that sends you on a quest an NPC or a monster?
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    What's a word that means "NPC or Monster"

    Technically anything that is not a PC is a NPC. We tend to think of NPCs as the ones we talk to or give us quests and Monsters are the ones we kill. But that’s often not the case so there’s no real reason we have to continue using that terminology.
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    5E Why Are Ability Scores Necessary?

    Wow, you would probably get more people willing to help you out if you were a little more pleasant. My point was ability scores are a core part of DND. Taking them out can break the game very easily. But if you want DND without the ability restrictions then just do that. Seems like a weird game...
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    5E Why Are Ability Scores Necessary?

    As @Iry said, other games do this better. Use the right tool for the job. That said, I think we sometimes put too much emphasis on ability scores. There’s nothing wrong with playing a character who doesn’t have the highest score possible in their main stat. A one point difference in an Ability...
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    Structuring a Quest Based Sandbox

    @DMMike thats a good point. Quests are what you make of them. Even a long campaign may ultimately boil down to ”go there and do that”. And a seemingly simple quest could fill many sessions. Any quest can be fun if the consequences of success or failure are interesting.
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    5E Mysteries, Zone of Truth, and Savvy Players?

    To be honest I would just ask my players what they want to do. Its reasonable to just say we’re not going to use that spell because solving a mystery that way isn’t as much fun. Or maybe they’ll say they like using it and will still enjoy the adventure if the mystery gets “ruined”. You can...
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    Structuring a Quest Based Sandbox

    Video game rpgs would be a good resource. Just don’t make your players come back with 10 bear pelts.
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    Looking for a tabletop RPG to capture a certain 'grim Slavic' vibe

    The Trophy games might be what you’re looking for. Have to delve into dark forests to bring back artifacts. https://trophyrpg.com/ Symbaroum also has a dark Slavic feel although the rules are not great imo.
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    GenCon Online ticket registration is now live.

    Does anyone know what they are going to actually do? Is there any way to play the board games? Is it just going to be lectures? @LordEntrails Do you run it on Roll20 or do they have their own system?
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    Realistic Consequences vs Gameplay

    @Snarf Zagyg now I want to do Blades in the Dark hack of The Wire. Omar comin’! As an aside, I wish we could get away from the idea that the GM kills the PCs. That’s not fair to put that responsibilty on one person. The GM presents interesting situations/problems/obstacles and describes how the...
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    Realistic Consequences vs Gameplay

    “You come at the king you best not miss” this isn’t a problem it’s a gift. An attempt on the insane despot’s life in broad daylight and the would-be Kingslayer refusing to recant under penalty of death? I would kill for that kind of scenario (heyoo!) The PC is willing to die for a just cause...
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    7 Things To Remember About Copyright Before You Distribute That Cool Thing You Made!

    Morrus bumped it because it’s important and I agree. Not everyone on here would have seen it when it was first posted. I know you’re just being snarky but those necromancer comments always rub me the wrong way.
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    7 Things To Remember About Copyright Before You Distribute That Cool Thing You Made!

    In theory there’s no difference between non commercial use and commercial use but in practice I feel like it makes a big difference. Suing is expensive. Most people not making money on the product just aren’t worth suing. The first step would probably be a takedown notice. If you refuse then...
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    5E How weak is Athlete Feat?

    Had a player take it in a ToA campaign. Like someone said it’s useful for climbing trees and then sniping. I imagine it would be useful in a pirate campaign too. Have your Swashbuckler running up the rigging and flying off it seems cool.
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    5E Cleric with Warlock Spell List - Good, Bad, Indifferent?

    Sure but the concept doesn’t seem to have much to do with Clerics. What god does he worship? From his reply it seems like he picked Cleric for mainly mechanical reasons. Nothing wrong with that but doesn’t really have anything to do with the concept.
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    5E Cleric with Warlock Spell List - Good, Bad, Indifferent?

    Right? That character concept is like the textbook description of a Warlock.
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