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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    Another status update: "Throne of Gondira" is now available!!! :) A stand-alone 60-page sword and sorcery adventure module for character levels 4-6, written for the Fifth Edition of the world's most popular roleplaying game and usable with any fantasy roleplaying game ruleset or edition. The...
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    Release [Xoth.Net Publishing] Throne of Gondira, new sword and sorcery adventure module for 5E

    You have heard the wild tales of fabled Gondira, a city built by the sons of giants, with a palace of white marble and gates of beaten gold, now hidden by the jungle and haunted by white apes who walk upright like men. Can you penetrate the steaming jungles of the south to discover the lost...
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    5E Vision, light and ambush

    To clarify, what I meant to say was that the party was assumed to be on "default alert" and therefore the default passive Perception checks would be used. I agree that some level of danger can always be assumed in a dungeon (as opposed to, for example, the marketplace in a sleepy village).
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    5E Vision, light and ambush

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I understand that the rules are somewhat vague on purpose, and depends on DM fiat. Going by the rules as written, and the feedback given, here are my key takeaways: You can't hide in dim light, you must hide in the darkness outside the torchlight (exceptions...
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    5E Vision, light and ambush

    It's a matter of definition, I guess. From the rules on Hiding: "When you try to hide, make a Dexterity (Stealth) check. Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check's total is contested by the Wisdom (Perception) check of any creature that actively searches for signs of your...
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    5E Vision, light and ambush

    Looking for clarification on how to handle the following scenario: Party of four adventurers, fighter in the front carrying a torch (bright light in 20 feet radius, dim light in 20 feet radius) Party enters a dark room via an open archway (no door) Party is not actively looking for danger (no...
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    5E Why is the Phase Spider listed under "Miscellaneous Creatures" in the MM?

    Sounds plausible. That also explains the Blink Dog! :)
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    5E Why is the Phase Spider listed under "Miscellaneous Creatures" in the MM?

    Is it just me, or does it seem kind of strange that the Phase Spider (which is a Monstrosity) is thrown in with all the "normal beasts" in Appendix A in the 5E MM? It even has an illustration and some flavor text, but did not get its own entry in the main part of the book? True, there are a few...
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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    Here's a status update: The first of these adventures to see print (and of course PDF) will be the jungle city; the book is titled "Throne of Gondira" and will be suitable for 4th to 6th-level characters. It includes wilderness exploration, social encounters, as well as plenty of dark dungeons...
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    No, not really. The book has already severely busted its art budget: Book has 66 pages 33 original illustrations were especially commissioned just for this book 12 original illustrations were re-used from other Xoth Publishing books 6 pieces of artwork (including variations and crops) are...
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    Thanks! I do, but although none of these cults are exactly Sunday School, I guess the details and secrets of a few of the more villainous cults should go in a yet-to-be-released "Game Master's Guide to the World of Xoth" rather than the Player's Guide... ! Also note that when Mongoose...
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    Yeah, so the Cult Secrets are cult-specific, thematically appropriate special abilities gained by the Cultist at level 6, 14, and 18. I try to design these so they are distinct from just bonus spells (which the cultist gains via Cult Spells), but sometimes the cult secret duplicates a spell...
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    The Player's Guide has been updated to version 1.7, available at the same link as before. Updates in this version include: The Degenerate's Unwholesome feature now also impacts the social skills of other party members Removed Light from the Cultist spell list Added Counterspell to the Cultist...
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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    The results are in! This poll was cross-posted both to ENWorld and to RPG.net, the combined results are as follows: 1) Ruined city of technologically advanced Giant-Kings: 32 + 45 = 77 votes 2) Fallen city overrun by intelligent apes: 24 + 18 = 42 votes 3) Hidden desert valley with...
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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    Thanks for all the votes and useful feedback so far. The poll will close soon, so make sure to get your vote in if you haven't already voted!
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    Cool, let us know how it goes! Which courtier archetype would you choose?
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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    All of them may see print eventually, but in order to prioritize effort according to interest, only one choice is allowed...!
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    5E What kind of adventure would you like to run/play? (quick poll)

    Doing some market research by posting a quick poll... what kind of adventure would you (most) like to run or play in? Add comments below if you like!
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    As I've said before, even though there is no longer any real "crunch" related to alignment, the whole concept needs to go, because words and terms such as "lawful good" and "neutral evil" have no meaning in an S&S setting. Why are you opposed to removing something that you yourself say is "a...
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    5E Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

    This would admittedly be rare, and does not feature in any of the published books. But let's say you wanted to use a roper, which by the 5E standard rules is classified as a "monstrosity", but have this be more of a Lovecraftian alien being from beyond the stars, you could designate this as a...
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