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  1. MortalPlague

    A Quip That Cost An Eye

    My PCs have chased a lamia from her lair, and are about to rescue some prisoners. One of the prisoners is a beautiful sorceress with a sharp tongue and wit, who has been put under geas not to use magic. She's missing an eye; the lamia took exception to one of her quips and took it. There's a...
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    Contacting WotC Customer Support

    Has anyone ever tried to do this? What a frustrating process... Click e-mail customer service, it comes up with a form asking you to sign in with your Wizards ID. Enter e-mail, no go. Enter 'Forgot ID', enter e-mail (so they can send me my ID), says invalid. Great, so I must not have one...
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    Last Stand - Revising Death Saves

    I have come to the realization that I don't like death saving throws. There are two problems for me. First, on your turn, all you do is roll a die, and either tick a 'success' or a 'failure'. It's not exciting or dramatic like it should be, unless you're on the verge of rolling a final...
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    5E A Banquet In The Nine Hells

    My Rise of Tiamat campaign is nearing its final chapter. We've gone off into homebrew territory on many occasions, and the end result is that my PCs will be 17th level as they enter the climactic finale. They have Dispater, Lord of the Second Level of Hell as an ally. And so, before their...
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    5E 5th Edition Character Obituaries

    (I couldn't find a thread started yet, so I figured I'd kick one off.) Here we recall the past deeds and glories of fallen heroes. Here we recall the heroism, or lack thereof, that led to their death. And here we recall all the gory details. And then have a good chuckle about it. Here we...
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    5E More Fun With D&D In Retail

    Working in retail during Christmas can be tough. Sometimes you have to find ways to keep your focus, even during a holiday rush. So one day, I decided to try and slip as many D&D terms into my customer interactions as I could. Here's what I managed: transmuter spider climb bag of holding...
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    5E A Glimpse Of High-Level Play

    There has been much speculation about how 5th Edition performs at high levels, but not a lot of evidence. I'm in a spot where I'm running a regular game, currently at 14th level. So let me share some notes about how things are going. Last session, the party finished their military action in...
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    5E My Players Are Building A Dungeon (And They Don't Know It)

    Think of it as a design experiment. I'm letting my players help me populate a dungeon, and give it a living, organic history. I've come up with the basic location; an ancient dwarf tunnel-fortress that cuts through a mountain but has been abandoned for centuries. There are occasional merchant...
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    5E Fun With 5th Edition D&D in Retail Sales

    Some of you may recall my previous thread on this subject... http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?316872-Fun-with-D-amp-D-in-Retail-Sales! I work retail in an electronics department, and every now and then I try to see how many D&D terms I can slip into regular sales conversations with...
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    Writing Fan-Mail for a Rock Star Traveller PC

    Hello folks! I'm running a Traveller game, and one of my characters is an entertainer. She's fairly well-known, sitting at Social Standing 11, and we've decided that she was quite successful. Not a superstar, but definitely a well-known artist. The ship is just pulling into port, and I'm...
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    Fun with D&D in Retail Sales - Round Two

    I work in retail sales. A large part of my job is to chat with customers and help them find the products they're searching for. Well, today I decided to see how many miscellaneous D&D terms I could slip into my regular sales banter. Some of you might have read about my first go at this...
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    So Who's Going To PAX?

    I'm headed down to PAX Prime again this year. I always have a great time hanging out with fellow nerds, checking out new games, seeing the fantastic costumes, and of course, playing D&D. I volunteered for WotC last year and ran some games for them, and I'll be doing the same this year. If...
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    Playtest Campaign: Dread, The Dead, And The Downpour

    My group and I have been fairly active with the 5th Edition playtest. We have run a number of one-shot games, and I ran a short campaign with the December packet. We spent a few weeks playing board games (Eclipse and Middle Earth Quest, for those curious), but now we're ready to get back into...
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    5E Gothic Horror In The Rain

    **UPDATE** I have the setting roughly fleshed out, and I've presented the campaign guide to my players. They've come back with some terrific character concepts. More on page three here...
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    5E April Playtest - Back To Blingdenstone

    A buddy of mine hadn't had the chance to play through Blingdenstone yet, despite being a huge fan of the svirfneblin (deep gnomes) since 3rd edition. At last, our schedules lined up, so we roped together a few people and tried out the latest playtest package! None of the group had much...
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    5E Custom Playtest Dungeon - Hall Of Bells

    So I'm about to run the final session of my 5th Edition playtest campaign before we break for Christmas. The heroes are going to make their first trek to the dangerous second level of the dungeon, going after a mummy named Queen Teera in the Hall of Bells. I was putting in all the design work...
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    5E Dec 17th Packet - Monsters and Math, Hurrah!

    At long last, we've seen the long-awaited improvement in monster math! The monsters have a buff across the board on attacks, and can finally hit the PCs on occasion. I've also noticed that corresponding with the PCs' drop in attack bonus, many monsters have seen a reduction in AC. Overall, I...
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    5E Playtest Campaign: Second Session TPK

    After running a number of one-shots with the new D&D Next playtest, I wanted to see how the rules held up over the course of a proper campaign. With the release of advancement up to 10th level, coupled with reasonable xp progression, encounter building guidelines, and loot tables, the tools...
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    5E I like 5th Edition! The D&D Next Positivity Thread

    I was just browsing through a few topics on the boards here, and all I see is negativity directed at 5th Edition. Threads about leaving D&D because of it, threads despairing about how 5th is a mess, or how it's not close enough / far enough from X edition... it's all I see. Personally, I'm...
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    Running Call of Cthulhu For The First Time

    I will be starting a Call of Cthulhu mini-campaign tomorrow. My group is all D&D players, most recently used to 4th Edition, though we've played 2nd and 3rd as well. We're also avid players of Arkham Horror, so we're somewhat familiar with the themes involved. I'm planning to run a 4-6...
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