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    5E Spell Inversion idea (Counterspell alternative)

    I see, on these forums at least, a number of complaints about Counterspell, mostly centered around people not liking that nothing happens if it's successful. On the one hand, I feel like this is mostly an issue with stingy narration: fireball fizzles vs narrative blast of heat that maybe singes...
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    5E Arcana Checks

    Inspired by the the original post on medicine checks, I decided it might be useful to go through the published material and put together a short list of the things arcana checks are being used for. This was not as simple as I thought. Arcana is sort of a catch-all skill for anything 'weird'...
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    DMs Guild Wizardly Goodies on DMs Guild

    As an enthusiast of wizardly roleplay, I was looking for resources to add flavor without necessarily changing any gameplay features. Not finding anything that really spoke to me, I wrote down some thoughts on magic systems and game aids. A few forum members encouraged me to put them on DMs...
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    5E Help balancing a spell

    I don't want to take up too much of your time here, so let me just enter with a preface: I know that I cannot trust myself to balance a custom spell. As an engineer, I'm too optimization-minded. So if you've got a moment to help me out, it would be much appreciated. I'm going for a...
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    5E Cost of Attending Wizard School

    I was casually wondering to myself what it would cost to attend a wizard boarding school/academy using 5e rules, and came up with some numbers. A good number of assumptions had to be made, of course. Thoughts welcome, but mostly I just wanted to put this out there in case anyone else was...
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    5E Transmutation - the ultimate tier 4 buff school?

    While I've seen a lot of Wish/Simulacrum schemes (most of which were never RAI and are no longer RAW after the Simulacrum errata in 2.0), I don't believe I've seen this one specific to Transmutation Wizards. It seems so straightforward that it makes me wonder if I'm missing something. I don't...
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    5E Swarms of animated objects

    I think it's generally recognized that tiny objects are the optimal target for the Animate Objects spell (beating out small objects for their higher AC and Dex, plus the wizard's ability of simply upend a pouch of coins / ball bearings / caltrops and have instant access to a bunch of tiny...
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    5E Group Roles and Perks

    Ahoy, good reader! Inspired by the Acq-Inc company roles here: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6248-Download-Acquisitions-Inc-s-8-Iconic-Characters but not satisfied with the roles in their final, as-printed form, I've been working on some variations. The basic premise is a wizard...
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    Wizard Students

    I came up with this learning plan for sub-Level 1 wizard students, figured I'd put it out there in case anyone else wanted to use it. This effectively spreads out the Wizard class and the character's background into "time units." Background was included because I expect learning to be a wizard...
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    Ritual Spells - do they need to be a separate category?

    I was pondering, how much would the game actually change if all spells were rituals? Instead of ritual spells being treated as a special case, simply allowing ritual casters to cast any spell as a ritual. Some thoughts: - At +10 minutes to cast a spell as a ritual, there is no effect on...
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    5E Downtime Research Analyzed (and some thoughts on spell research)

    Running some numbers here for the downtime activity Research from XGE 132. I wanted to come up with some rules for researching spells, and this seemed like the best option of all the downtime activities. General summary of the research rules: Time: 1 workweek Intelligence Check (will...
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    5E Transmutation Wizard's Major Transformation Feature

    What can be done with the D&D 5e Transmutation Wizard's 14th level feature, Major Transformation? Perhaps due to the Transmutation school generally coming in at the bottom of the wizard popularity list, there seems to be little discussion of the use of this ability. To be clear, I am not...
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