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  1. Jonathan Tweet

    3E/3.5 Andrew Finch’s Monsters by Level

    One unsung hero of D&D game design is Andrew Finch. He had a lot of roles at Wizards over the years, and he was involved in D&D playtesting and design as early as I was. To my mind, his biggest single advance was his table of monster stats by level. The table went against our general design...
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    3E/3.5 Monsters in the Miniatures Handbook

    The other day, I was looking up the nothic in the Miniatures Handbook (2003), and I was happy to be reminded of all the other worthwhile monsters we put in that book. Whereas the core three rulebooks were mostly devoted to translating traditional content into the new edition, the MH was a chance...
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    General Alignment in D&D

    Alignment is, on some level, the beating heart of Dungeons & Dragons. On the other hand, it’s sort of a stupid rule. It’s like the hit point rules in that it makes for a good game experience, especially if you don’t think about it too hard. Just as Magic: the Gathering has the five colors that...
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    4E The Dungeon of the Fire Opal

    Aw, thanks. It's a cool, little dungeon.
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    3E/3.5 Multiclassing in D&D 3rd Edition

    My best friend Rob Heinsoo was the lead designer on 4th Ed, and one of his jobs was to fix things that 3rd Ed hadn’t fixed. Multiclassing was on that list of systems that needed work. At one point when playing 3rd Ed, Rob was running a 3rd level barbarian-fighter-ranger. Given the way...
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    3E/3.5 Jonathan Tweet: Third Edition and Per-Day Spells

    On the Third Edition design team, we were tasked with rationalizing the game system, but there were some big elements of the system that we didn’t question. We inherited a system in which spellcasters get better in three ways at a time as they level up; they get more spells per day, higher-level...
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    3E/3.5 D&D 3E Design: The Unbalanced Cleric

    What do you call a D&D cleric who can’t heal? A 1st-level 1970s cleric. The original first-level cleric could turn undead but had no spells. Skip Williams says that the original conception of the cleric was sort of a Van Helsing figure, someone who bought the wolvesbane, belladonna, and garlic...
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    The three evil alignments are "the most dangerous". The other six are "the best alignment you can be".
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    3E/3.5 3E and the Feel of D&D

    You were supposed to miss it. It was subtle. There was no rule, but the descriptions of the alignments implied that evil alignments were for enemies.
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    That seems right, and I can live with that. The three neutral alignments (LN, N, and CN) were also described as "best".
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    Next time I do an essay that touches on stuff like this, maybe I'll add an appendix of topics to please not bring up in the comment thread
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    Mark and I both paid attention to pronouns when we worked together on Ars Magica. I would say that he and I were both inspired that that early collaboration.
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    Thanks. I'm glad that comes across.
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    We wanted a light touch so that players wouldn't take the massive amount of published Greyhawk material as canon that they should really learn
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    3E/3.5 3E and the Feel of D&D

    If it's an option, that seems fine. If it's a class feature, that's odd.
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    3E/3.5 Diversity in D&D Third Edition

    With 3rd Ed, our main goal was to return D&D to its roots, such as with Greyhawk deities and the return of half-orcs. By staying true to the feel of D&D, we helped the gaming audience accept the sweeping changes that we made to the rules system. One way we diverged from the D&D heritage...
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    5E Damage on a missed attack roll

    I would give all PCs a little bit of miss damage with melee attacks.
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    3E/3.5 3E and the Feel of D&D

    Yeah, strange. 3.5 didn't make me happy in every way.