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  1. J

    UA Unearthed Arcana: Spirits Bard and Undeath Warlock

    I'm into Theros right now, and I guess if you squint a little, these could work.
  2. J

    An Official Hellboy RPG Is Coming!

    Hopeful for a cool take on a modern 5e. The likely problem is that a lot of characters in Hellboy seem like unique creatures . . . which is actually easier to model with something like GURPS.
  3. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Champion of Kruphix (god of secrets) + Knowledge Cleric + Sailor background is actually pretty hip . . . I tend to default to knowledge cleric concepts involving a sage who has to be coaxed out of his library, but here's a restless mariner, always wondering what's over the next horizon.
  4. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Drunken Master Monk + Satyr. Obviously.
  5. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Minotaur + Eldritch Knight + Sage background + max out Str and Int would make for a good Hank McCoy type --- a beautiful mind in a beastly body. As a variation on that theme, Minotaur + Eloquence Bard + Courtier background, for the man-bull who talks like Kelsey Grammer and moves comfortably in...
  6. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Iconoclast + Chaotic Neutral + Monk + Zaheer from "Legend of Korra" would be a cool character, but very hard to incorporate into a typical party, and maybe better as an antagonist. Sort of an anarchist philosopher who rejects divine dominance over mortal beings.
  7. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Nyxborn + Lifelong Companion is a nice combo . . . if a god has a favored champion, why not create an ally to look after that champion? Nyxborn + Lifelong Companion + Divine Sorcerer or Celestial Warlock is especially good . . . a wielder of mysterious arcane powers, to support the more...
  8. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    Bronzepunk artificers are a very appealing option.
  9. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    I have posted this idea before, but I'd also like to try a character or campaign based on The Mighty Sons of Hercules. Legends say that Hercules begat 50 sons upon the fifty daughters of Thespius. For game purposes, I would assume that this seemed like a good idea at the time, but then a...
  10. J

    5E Any good ideas for Theros PCs?

    I kinda like the notion of a classic Steve Reeves type. Could be a heroism paladin, certainly, but zealot barbarian would keep things loinclothy. Might make that guy a demigod, and give him an all-mortal half-brother companion. Maybe a rogue inquisitive, for a brains + brawn combo? Or a...
  11. J

    WotC Older D&D Books on DMs Guild Now Have A Disclaimer

    A lot of people forget this, but in the first version of D&D, instead of orcs, it was all Big Dumb Swedes. In Wisconsin, prejudice against Swedes was intense and widespread.
  12. J

    BEOWULF: Age of Heroes – An Interview With Jon Hodgson (Handiwork Games)

    Always interested in support for non-magical types who rely on different abilities.
  13. J

    Paizo Paizo Apologises For 'Police' Themed Adventure Path

    Having read a little bit about the emergent genre of "hopepunk," I've actually been thinking about RPG campaigns that try to explore those themes and capture a bit of the zeitgeist. "Diverse common folk rising up to oppose fascist overlords" could happen in LotR or Star Wars . . . what would...
  14. J

    Paizo Paizo Apologises For 'Police' Themed Adventure Path

    Others have already said what I was gonna say. D&D tends to feature an awful lot of lethal force, and almost always exercised by a group with no real accountability, and in the year 2020, seeing that behavior in association with law enforcement is not good. And saying "good guys don't murder"...
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    General WotC’s Official Announcement About Diversity, Races, and D&D

    Yeah, that's the one. Evil Black-Skinned Race vs. Good Alabaster-Skinned Race is part of the problem, certainly. As I recall, I thought that particular book failed just because based upon the society described therein, the only sane thing for a drow PC to do is get the hell away from that...
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    General WotC’s Official Announcement About Diversity, Races, and D&D

    Interesting. My last experience with the drow was that setting-neutral book they did between 4th and 5th Editions. Certainly, some thoughtful writers have gone to considerable lengths to develop drow society into something plausible, or at least interesting, but there's also a lot of stuff...
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    General WotC’s Official Announcement About Diversity, Races, and D&D

    Sounds like there's still going to be room in the game for both purely inherently evil beings (demons, devils, gnolls) and other beings who are free-willed but maybe default to "evil" cultures in the default settings. Just the recent effort to dig in on the psychology and cultures of...
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    5E WotC's Jeremy Crawford on D&D Races Going Forward

    What, Ravenloft? All those guys with capes? The second gayest setting, sir. Because Dark Sun is just all loinclothy.
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    5E WotC's Jeremy Crawford on D&D Races Going Forward

    I've been impressed by the Tome of Foes not just stopping at "evil," but trying to dig in on WHY some of these non-human cultures are evil, and what specifically is evil about them.
  20. J

    5E Mythological Figures: Enkidu

    GILGAMESH AND ENKIDU AT URUK.
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