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    5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

    The way you are all ignoring Jakandor is just proof of its inevitable release.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    Rime is not being marketed as an introductory product. I have seen a lot of people on various fora and social media complaining that a new DM would have trouble running it "out of the box." Good. They should get heir feet under them with the multiple products geared toward brand new players and...
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    5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

    I don't know who needs to hear this, but: Spelljammer is dumb. Obviously, I kid. But boy do I hope they give it a major makeover and tie it to planar travel rather than crystal spheres and phlogiston. Sail the Astral Sea, fighting off dreadnaughts and Githyanki pirates is so much more...
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    Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden -- A Comprehensive Review

    This is why I am making the PCs the authorities. Or, at least, an arm of the authorities in the form of the Council of Speakers.
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    5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

    The cinematic trailer for Baldur's Gate 3 shows that you don't need Spelljammer to make Nautiloids cool.
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    5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

    ^^^^This.
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    Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden -- A Comprehensive Review

    See, this is why I try and point people to semi-serial ensemble television as the best example of how to model RPG campaigns: characters are defined by a few (usually stereotypical) aspects at the beginning, so they have a role to fill, but real depth and backstory and, well, character emerge...
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    Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden -- A Comprehensive Review

    I did not realize until these recent Rime threads that it was so common for people to be upset at the loss of a 1st level character. I don't get it. You haven't had enough time to get to know them. Just bury them and start another. Adventuring is dangerous business. Heroes are the ones that...
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    5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

    I am hoping they find a way to marry Spelljammer and Planescape into a single "cosmic D&D" meta-setting (PlaneJammer FTW!!). Not that I need WotC to do that for me, but it would be nice to have some of the leg work done for me when I want to Go Big and save or destroy multiple universes at once.
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    5E What Is Your "Must-Have" House-Rule (If Any)?

    A while back I switched Inspiration to act like a shared pool where if a player used Inspiration a point of DM Inspiration went into my pool, which goes back into the player pool when I use it. It is kind of inspired (ha!) By the 2d20 Momentum/Threat system. It works well enough i won't go back.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    They should. Otherwise what's the point? It should be about choices informed by althea things that have happened up until that point. Is one PC's love interest in one town and another's rival in a different town?
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    Aside: still a baffling decision.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    I like it, though I'm not sure what effect an alignment change would have. I don't use alignment for anything mechanical these days, so I think an oath with a real permanent consequence if broken is better.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    I have told my players, among whom there are a couple FR fans, that this is MY interpretation of Icewind Dale and there are sure to be conflicts with existing lore. None of them have refused to play so I think it will be fine.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    Yeah, it explicitly says the other of the 2 is no longer available once you choose. I plan on using Cold Hearted Killer but having Dannika and her chwinga hunt be a lighter element that pops up from time to time. She strikes me as a good potential romantic interest NPC, and the chwinga as a...
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    There's definitely a "CRPG" style to the design. While I kind of like that, I'm realizing it might require some similar tools. Organization might be something of a problem: keeping it straight who the PCs have talked to, which quests they have "activated" and so on. I am thinking of using Excel...
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    As a method to have the party both be bound together and have a reason to investigate strange goings on in Ten Towns, i am thinking that the Council of Speakers has voted to create its own "sheriff's office." With things deteriorating due to Auril's curse, the Speakers think having visible...
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    5E Who got their Rime today?

    Just a pet peeve of mine but this sort of thing really bothers me. It is a big complex game book that serves as both an adventure and a campaign sourcebook. No one who hasn't run the thing can effectively "review" it as either of those things. The best they can do is summarize it and tell you if...
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    5E Who got their Rime today?

    How would anyone know? It has been out for 2 days.
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    5E Running Rime of the Frost Maiden

    The aspects of Auril the PCs face in the adventure are weaker because she has invested so much energy in the Unending Winter.
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