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  1. 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...
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    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...
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    5E Bear Riders, Griffon Cavalry, etc.

    The goal here is to give a character a friggin' monstrous creature, loyal to them, that they can ride around on and fight alongside. The question is: how? How to do it in a reasonably balanced way? The closest mechanic in the existing game is the ranger's animal companion and, let's face it...
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    What might you want to see in a location description?

    I'm describing a few locations for my Astral Plane campaign and cleaning them up for general consumption. In doing so, I'm appreciating that location descriptions in editions of D&D tend to be varied and not always the most useful... So, in addition to maps (because maps would be nice, but I'm...
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    5E d100 Commands to Give A Golem

    I need some commands to give a golem, so I figured I'd ask ENWorld to help me compile a list that I can roll on! Why do I need this? Why can't I just command the golem to do what I want? Well, I am playing a mad gnomish wild mage in a Dragonlance game whose goal is to build a better universe...
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    5E Psionics Speculation Based On The Monster Manual

    I've been thinking about how psionics might look in Official 5e recently, since it plays a pretty significant role in my Astral Campaign (githzerai, shardminds, psionic sorcerers, mind flayers, psurlons, neh-thagglu, etc., etc.). We know bits and pieces from the Mystic playtest, but I think it...
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    5E Fear & Horror Checks in Curse of Strahd (or beyond)

    The DMG presents these optional rules - is anyone using them? If so, why and how's it going? If not, why not? I'm mulling it over myself. I like some measure of mechanical fear / horror, but I don't know that these mechanics really do what I'm looking for. They read more like a way to force...
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    5E Jeremy Crawford on the Expanding Mind podcast

    I really like it when Crawford talks about what makes D&D awesome to its nearby satellite audience. He does so here, on the Expanding Mind podcast (a podcast that hits the intersection of philosophy, religion, and pop culture).
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    5E Strategies for Big Parties

    So I'll be starting Curse of Strahd with a party of 8. Hoo boy. Any advice? (I've got a few tentative early ideas, but happy to learn!)
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    5E [Curse of Strahd] Hooks for Death House

    Spoilers! From the adventure: Death House is aware of its surroundings and all creatures within it. Its goal is to continue the work of the cult by luring visitors to their doom. ...but how? The scenario presented in the adventure might work on heroic-minded adventurers, but what about...
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    5E [Worldbuilding] XP is Real

    So I posted this in another thread, but I figured it'd be an interesting idea for everyone to play with and see what it inspires. The high-level idea: XP exist as a physical substance that clings to the souls of those who become heroes and villains of myth and legend. Envision it something like...
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    UA Actually Talking About the DM's Guild Producs Mentioned In March's Unearthed Arcana

    So, not to bog down the convo happening in that thread, I've made a new one for actually discussing the books! The article is http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/march-2016-review, and it includes three products: Blood Magic, Book of Beasts, and Battle for the Undercity. You could buy all...
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    5E How to Think About 6-8 Encounters Per Day

    I'm not totally shocked that the move from encounter-balanced D&D to daily-balanced D&D is catching some folks off guard. It's different than the last 15 years of D&D have been, for a lot of tables. But it's meshing really nicely with how I DM, without feeling limited or constrained at all, and...
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    5E Boy, that escalated quickly...

    One of the things I'm REALLY fond of in 5e is that it has much less of an "encounter" focus than 3e or 4e. One of the things this makes viable is NPC's running to get reinforcements. One of the things I'm noticing with one of my groups is a tendency to not really stop that. So there's a lot...
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    5E [Forgotten Realms] The Wall of the Faithless

    I figured this could use its own thread. One of the things that has always got under my skin about FR was that if you didn't pick a patron deity for your character, your afterlife was to get stuck in a wall, regardless of your actions in life. The earliest mention I can find of this is the...
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    5E Best Parts of SCAG

    SCAG's got some mixed reviews and opinions, but noting that, I'm of the opinion that there's some really good parts of the book, and some really awesome decisions. For instance, I think the choice to narrate Chapter 2 in the voices of FR natives was awesome. It preserves that line between...
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    2E 2e Complete Books Conversions

    Complete Fighter's Handbook Complete Thief's Handbook Complete Priest's Handbook Complete Wizard's Handbook Complete Dwarf's Handbook Kit conversions, new weapons and armor, new feats, new adventuring equipment, new spells, priesthood conversions all the good stuff. Lemme know what you...
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    5E What's unique about the Sword Coast North?

    I appreciate that one of FR's "virtues" as a setting is that you can port whatever you want there. For me, that's kind of a weakness. I can do orcs and ruins and swamps and volcanoes almost anywhere. What I want to know, as I disembowel HotDQ for my party, is what I can do in the Sword Coast...
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    Extra Monsters for HotDQ

    I'm running through HotDQ and, as is my wont, going way off-book. Which means I'm needing to whip up a few conversions to see me through. I figured I'd share 'em. Version 1 All Abishai, because what is a plot about raising Tiamat without her most powerful and famous devilish servitors...
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    5E Lay On Hands is not necessarily magical (and other tales from the magic/munane divide)

    It seems to me like the divide between magic and mundane in 5e is significantly more open to DM interpretation than it has been in the past. There are a few magic-suppression abilities in 5e - counterspell, dispel magic, and antimagic field are the most prominent. These seem to be quite...
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