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  1. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    I didn't select my dragons to demonstrate 4e distinctiveness, I selected them to try and note 4e "typicalness" - what a given player may have actually encountered in play at some point. For that, MM dragons in the middle of the level range is an okay choice: the chances of a player seeing one of...
  2. I'm A Banana

    5E Prestige Classes in 5e: What do you want to see?

    In fact.... Building an Undead Master This build uses only the rules in the Player's Handbook to create a character that evokes the Undead Master kit from the 2e Complete Necromancer's Handbook Class. Wizard. Undead Masters are necromancers first and foremost. Their ideal spell list culls...
  3. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    Yes. The marilith is complex enough for me. I don't see it as a dropped ball - I see it as a deliberate choice that corresponds well with some of the big goals of 5e, and some of the things that make me like 5e much more than previous e's. Not really targeting anything! I hope that when the...
  4. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    The idea is that the critters are complex enough already for me, and probably for a lot more people than me! That doesn't mean there shouldn't be some more opt-in complexity for those who want it, but it does mean that going the simple route at launch is something I appreciate - and a lot of the...
  5. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    Sure. And 5e ogres are more potent when coupled with the 5e version of a leader. They're also plenty potent on their own. But the more relevant thing is that points like this exhibit the fiddly bits pretty well. One of the things that really didn't mesh with my playstyle in 4e - on both sides...
  6. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    Oh, I DM'd it quite a bit! And it's still my second-favorite edition (no other edition beats it for flexibility, and while I prefer 5e overall, 4e is the edition you'd have the best chance of talking me into running again if 5e wasn't an option). But the monster roles were often FAR too fiddly...
  7. I'm A Banana

    4E I love 5E, but lately I miss 4E's monsters

    Monster design in 4e was one of the aspects that really didn't mesh with how I play D&D, so I don't really agree. I can see what you're saying, I think - tightly defined combat roles give you an idea of how to use a monster in a fight. That's true enough. But the differences between these things...
  8. I'm A Banana

    5E Cool Ideas from Adventures in Middle-Earth

    Got my loremaster's PDF today, and so I figured it'd be a good opportunity to talk about all the cool ideas from the game - from either of the books! No Long Rests in the Wilderness AiME basically says you need three things for a long rest: safety from threat of an attack (so no long rest in...
  9. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana: What's up next?

    The title of the sorcerer's subclasses is Sorcerous Origin. One of which is a blood line - "Draconic Bloodline." The other is just "Wild Magic." I have no problem with another being "Wild Psionics!" in contrast to the Mystic's more deliberate, practiced psionic discipline.
  10. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana: What's up next?

    I humbly submit that if your mortals are not made uneasy about someone who is consorting with the angels in heaven, then your angels are Not Awesome Enough. :) BURNING WHEELS IN THE SKY AND TERRIFYING TRUMPETS OF AWE.
  11. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana: What's up next?

    I'd really like them to reiterate that sorcerer is not about BLOOD, it is about a magical origin of many different possible stripes. Favored soul != "divine blood", it's an origin more akin to 4e's Invokers. Wild Magic != "chaos blood", it's an origin for your magical powers. Storm Magic !=...
  12. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Introduces The Artifcer

    The construct companion is the big roadblock there. The general focus on making items is also an important thing to consider: a broader theme might focus more on the "magic" angle (fantasy) and less on the "crafting" angle (industrial age). You can have an artificer without the ability to craft...
  13. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Introduces The Artifcer

    Man, kind of a mess that's filled with a lot of interesting ideas (that aren't necessarily good ideas, but that are interesting, and for a playtest that's more important!). It's Narrow I remember that there was the idea, once upon a time, of treating the artificer as a subdivision of a broader...
  14. I'm A Banana

    5E One Year of DM's Guild

    For me personally, I'm producing less than I did in March, but I'm also not trying to "strike while the iron is hot" for the most recent adventure (I was actually planning on running Curse of Strahd). If WotC released, say, a spelljammer astral planar adventure or something, I bet I'd grind into...
  15. I'm A Banana

    5E One Year of DM's Guild

    DM's Guild came out mid-January 2016 with a bang. I've spent about a year making and releasing products on it, as kind of a side-thing (about 10 hrs/week on it, or so) Here's what I've found. Some surprises: Pay What You Want doesn't necessarily mean more people pick up your product I made...
  16. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Divine Domains

    I was thinkin' for Grave. A part of me grooves on the "dark souls" aesthetic of a knight in form-obscuring armor with a massive shield and a trusty, but small, hammer at the side...so I'm kind of OK with Forge clerics not getting warhammers...but I could support them getting it, too. This is...
  17. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Divine Domains

    Same. Though I would posit that martial weapons are probably a better fit than heavy armor.
  18. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Divine Domains

    Accurate, but it always feels like a cop-out for what is a pretty thematic ability even if it's hard to use in practice. I guess: these folks SHOULD know about their targets and be able to hunt them down! That's a good instinct! It's just not really possible to use the ability as it is at the...
  19. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Divine Domains

    I noticed that Eyes of the Grave is likely to run into the same issue that the new ranger's Primeval Awareness does: "Sorry, Player, I just don't know precisely how many undead are within 1 mile of you or what types they happen to be." is going to be a common response, as it currently is in my...
  20. I'm A Banana

    UA Unearthed Arcana Divine Domains

    Pretty interesting. Definitely a few of the very few niches that are similar to existing options but could stand to be filled (Protection -> War; Forge -> Knowledge; Grave -> Death). I'm especially sympathetic to Grave since Anubis was close to my heart recently. :) A little disappointed they...
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