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  1. BlivetWidget

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #4: Druid

    Agreed, I also feel wizards should get prestidigitation for free. They're both extremely thematic spells with such a high roleplaying value and such a low adventuring value that they really shouldn't have to compete for your limited choices with cantrips like firebolt, mage hand, frostbite...
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    5E Which of these backstories do you think could be most interesting to play?

    IMHO it doesn't matter what anyone but you finds interesting about your character(s). You'll be the one playing, you need to pick the one you want to play most by whatever arbitrary criteria suits your whims. You'll have opportunities to try all of them eventually.
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    5E Aspurgers/autism effects?

    It's hard/impossible to give one answer to the question since we're all different. For a character "like me" I feel it's enough to pump INT and dump CHA (Wizard is therefore a natural fit). Everything else will come out through character flavor and actions. Do what interests you, have your...
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    General Naming the Barbarian? [added battlerager]

    I think it was more to do with people leeching off society and not earning their keep. I'm not a scholar of the English of that period by any means, but I would say it pretty clearly translates along the lines of "All vagabonds, fools, bards, scroungers, and suchlike idle people, shall be burnt...
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    General Naming the Barbarian? [added battlerager]

    From a 16c. list of historical laws of Scottish kings, in Sir James Balfour, "Practicks: Or, a System of the More Ancient Law of Scotland," 1754: Or just do a google search for 'bard etymology'. I'm not your internet. Neither has [insert politically insensitive term here that was later...
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    General Naming the Barbarian? [added battlerager]

    Since it was invented, and for about 300 years after that until the term got romanticized.
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    General Naming the Barbarian? [added battlerager]

    I feel like I have to poke at this :p. You say barbarian does it the least? I'd say it does it as well as most of the classes. Few of the classes actually describe anything resembling what the character does. They describe a noun, and we all bring our shared assumptions about the verbs we...
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    5E Help me build alternative injury/death rules

    They were referring to the concentration mechanic: "The DC equals 10 or half the damage you take, whichever number is higher."
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    5E Making Prepared-Spell Casters Into Known-Spell Casters (+)

    If it solves the problem for your group, go for it. I don't think it breaks anything mechanically, just thematically. 84 spells by level 12 is quite good - kudos to the DM. IMO the problem with the wizard rules is that it's extremely dependent on DM generosity for spells learned. You get 2...
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    5E Making Prepared-Spell Casters Into Known-Spell Casters (+)

    To me, it seems like a solution without a problem. Prepared casters in your system are trading the ability to plan ahead with having more options than usual in the moment. I don't think it's bad per se, but you haven't explained what you're trying to accomplish with such a change.
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    5E Wall of Force Question; Can it cut through Stone?

    Even though they decided not to do this, for future reference a staff of power has two spells that I think could reasonably be used to start an avalanche: fireball and lightning bolt. I’m picturing that scene in Fellowship of the Ring where Saruman hits the mountain with lightning and nearly...
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    5E Wall of Force Question; Can it cut through Stone?

    @LordEntrails Do they have access to similarly-leveled spells like Telekinesis, Animate Objects, Bibgy's Hand, or Polymorph? I think it would be easy to make a case for starting an avalanche with any one of those spells. Heck, maybe even Shatter or Fireball if the rocks are loose enough. I...
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    5E Wall of Force Question; Can it cut through Stone?

    To me, it's pretty clear that Wall of Force does not cut stone: the wall must be "free floating or resting on a solid surface." Cutting through a mountain does not fit either of those conditions.
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    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #2: Fighter

    My emotional reaction is to say, "Wizard next pls!" because that's the one I care about. Logically though, I probably want wizards to come last so there's more time to refine it and learn from developing the other classes. And realistically, it'll happen when it happens. So, you know, just...
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    5E Any of these Feat changes look too good?

    Does this actually matter? What rituals actually use a stat? I'm not saying there aren't any, but all the rituals I can think of just happen without a check or save. The reason they specifically brought up fire as a damage type is that 5e spells are balanced around fire being the most...
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    Tiny Tina's Bunkers & Badasses. (It's real).

    Oh lawd I have to have it!
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    5E What are some cool/neat standard PHB wizard spells?

    You're welcome to use that house rule in your own games, but that's not 5e rules. Character stats do not limit player agency. Do you make your players roll to attempt to follow a plan? If the player of a low-Int Barbarian character solves a puzzle before the rest of the team, do you remind...
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    5E What are some cool/neat standard PHB wizard spells?

    I think it definitely is. The goal of measuring real world intelligence is to remove all "book smarts" from the equation and only measure an idealized, innate problem-solving ability. In reality, such tests measure both factors. Anyway, the DnD terms are definitely in bizarro land sometimes...
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    5E What are some cool/neat standard PHB wizard spells?

    That's your prerogative as DM, but let me remind you that the Intelligence stat is not a measure of what we call intelligence in common English. In 5e, the Intelligence stat refers to learned knowledge - history, religion, etc. Every PHB description of an Intelligence skill is either recalling...
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