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    5E Ideas for Failed Skill Challenges

    I often run encounters as an open end skill challenge. A problem will come up like, "what are the orc's planning?" and we make skill checks. Success produce information and sometimes mechanical bonuses, failures produce information but mechanical penalties. For example, I ran a game...
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    General What would imps use as a “guard dog”?

    I’ve always thought as Imps as mischievous little buggers. In a game I am running tonight , they have managed to buy a bunch of people and have them caged up. I think the PCs might try to rescue them, but I am at a loss for what would guard them. Any ideas would be welcome. Even if it’snot a...
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    5E Glass Cannons in 5e

    What are some examples of monsters that are Glass Cannons (high damage, low ac and/or hp) in 5e? I am thinking of thinks like the Flame Skull (AC 13, HP 40, cast cast fireball and other damage spells).
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    5E Blade Ward-Shifter-Upper Levels

    Ok, I made kinuva a quirky character who I am hell bent on making Blade Ward be effective. My current strategy is (one per rest) use my longtooth shifter ability: Shifting Feature_APT While shifted, you can use your fangs to make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. If you hit, you can deal...
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    5E Spells with "Light" effects

    I am looking for spells that have a visible light effect. Right now all I can think of are: Color Spray Prismatic Spray Light/Continual Light Faerie Fire Dancing Light Moonbeam what am i missing?
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    5E Ever Used/Seen the Intuitive Diviner Feat?

    https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/OGC:Intuitive_Diviner_(5e_Feat) Intuitive Diviner Prerequisites: Wisdom 13 or higher Your supernal insight originates from the hidden depths of your mind, and reaches into hidden realities. You learn any two divination spells of 1st level or higher from the wizard...
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    5E Lightning Lure with Distant Spell metamagic

    Lightning Lure A spell from Sword Coast Adventure's Guide Evocation Level: Cantrip Casting time: 1 Action Range: 15 feet Components: V Duration: Instantaneous You create a lash of lightning energy that strikes at one creature of your choice that you can see within range. The target must succeed...
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    5E Monster Tactics (nightmare)

    I am thinking about running a modified Nightmare in a game against 10-12th level characters. They are only CR 3 but I thought this ability was neat and could be challenging: Ethereal Stride. The nightmare and up to three willing creatures within 5 feet of it magically enter the Ethereal Plane...
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    5E Balance issue

    I am playing around with replacing cantrips with another mechanic and wanted some opinions on if this was close to "balanced". In a nut shell, I want to swap the unlimited use of a cantrip for being able to situationally use a cantrip as a reaction. Something like this: Replace...
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    5E What spell have you never seen cast?

    I am looking to add some glyphs and wards in tonight’s game with effects or spells we don’t normally use. What spells have you never seen used in game play? We play 5e but I can convert old spells....
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    5E Stone shape

    Could you cast stone shape and surround a creature in a 5’ block do stone? If the creature is less than 5’ tall would it have to use the “hold your breath” rules?
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    5E Monk Druid Question

    If a monk/druid cast Primal Savagery: You channel primal magic to cause your teeth or fingernails to sharpen, ready to deliver a corrosive attack. Make a melee spell attack against one creature within 5 feet of you. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 acid damage. After you make the attack, your...
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    5E Cool Special Attacks for a "Pirate"

    I am running an encounter with pirates tonight and want them to play out more complicated than a bag of it points. I am looking for suggestions to give them neat, special attacks or abilities. Currently my list is: 1. Using a net to restrain 2. Lifting up the eye patch to show a mangled eye...
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    Resisting boredom, int or wis save?

    I am designing an encounter where the PCs are forced to listen to a long story about something they don’t care about. Kinda like school. I was going to throw in a saving throw to avoid zoning out. Should the save be wisdom or int?
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    Making a combat on the docks "interesting"?

    I am starting to brainstorm a combat that occurs on the docks of a small city. In a nutshell, BAD GUYS A are going to sneak BAD GUYS B into the city. Bad guys A are going to cause a distraction on the wharf allowing BAD GUYS B to go get the mcguffin. I am looking for some interesting ideas to...
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    Monsters with a connection to the Ethereal Plane

    I am designing an encounter that involves dealing with the Ethereal Plane but am coming up pretty sparse with my knowledge of monsters that would be or can travel to the Ethereal Plane. Right now I have phase spiders and ghosts. I am willing to just give the ethereal jaunt ability to...
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    5E What would an ogre mage’s journal sound like?

    What would an ogre mage’s journal sound like? I want to write an oni’s journal for one of my games. What would be an ogre mage’s style? I was thinking haughty and arrogant.
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    5E So what can you do after you disarm an opponent?

    The Disarming Attack Battlemaster maneuver says: Disarming Attack When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can expend one superiority die to attempt to disarm the target, forcing it to drop one item of your choice that it’s holding. You add the superiority die to the attack’s damage...
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    "Good" Creatures that are Chaotic or at least anti-Civilization

    Periodically, I ask the people in my group what they would like to see/do. In one game in which we play there is a strong LAW/CHAOS conflict. LAW and ORDER (and civilization) is limited to one city and CHAOS and WILDERNESS rules the land outside this one city. In this game UNICORNS and...
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    Quickened Spell and Green Flame Blade

    If a sorcerer casts a quickened green-flame blade, can she make two melee attacks in one round?