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  1. Hawk Diesel

    5E Adapting UA: Modern Magic to a Typical 5e Game

    So this was inspired by this video put out by Zee Bashew and his Animated Spellbook series. And this got me to thinking. Is there any way to adapt the material presented in this UA (found here)? This UA has some really cool ideas, both mechanically and thematically. But I don't play many games...
  2. Hawk Diesel

    5E Thoughts about the Protection Fighting Style

    So I've been thinking about the Protection Fighting Style. Like the Defense and Two-Weapon Fighting Styles, it does not scale with the number of attacks or with Action Surge. I've found a way to fix Two-Weapon Fighting on this front. Now I'd like to find a way to have the Protection Style scale...
  3. Hawk Diesel

    5E Making Thrown Weapon Attacks Melee Attacks

    Hey all. So I know that thrown weapons use your strength modifier for attacks and damage at range unless they have the finesse property (like daggers). Thrown weapons are also typically bigger, meaning without a magic item you can only carry a few at a time. For example, I don't see a character...
  4. Hawk Diesel

    5E Revised Way of Mercy

    So I'm not a fan of the UA's Way of Mercy. Conceptually it is interesting, but mechanically the execution doesn't match with what I would expect from the subclass. So I have a few ideas. They are admittedly a bit rough. I tried to limit Ki usage (monks are already starved for it) and instead...
  5. Hawk Diesel

    5E Goodberries and Eberron

    So Eberron is a setting all about wide-magic, rather than high-magic. The setting does a really great job imaginging how low-level spells and magic can effect the economy and society, as well as how magic can be utilized as a parallel to technology. And goodberries seem like one of those...
  6. Hawk Diesel

    5E Changing How Wizards Use Cantrips

    So I was thinking about how Wizards in 5e and how they use a spellbook and have to prepare spells from their spellbook. Except cantrips. For some reason, Wizards don't need to write down cantrips or place them in their spellbook. But Wizards are supposed to be the ultimate in flexibility of...
  7. Hawk Diesel

    UA Revising the Psychic Warrior

    So I like that basic concept of the Psychic Warrior in the latest Unearthed Arcana. But I have some of my own ideas about how best to execute the concept. Here are my ideas: Psionic Armament When you reach 3rd level in this You can channel your psychic power to magically augment your prowess...
  8. Hawk Diesel

    5E Revised Phoenix Sorcerer

    So the recent UA with the Circle of Fire Druid inspired me to reconsider the Phoenix Sorcerer, which was presented in a previous UA. This is a first draft, so it may need some tweaking. Let me know your thoughts. Phoenix Sorcerer Ignite Editor's Note: When I run games, I give sorcerers bonus...
  9. Hawk Diesel

    5E Matt Colville's Retainers and Summoning Spells

    So in an earlier post I posited that several problematic issues of D&D 5e (Class-Granted Beast Companions and Summoning Spells) might be able to be improved. Specifically, instead of using specific stat blocks for creatures presented in the MM, your could use retainers and reskin them to appear...
  10. Hawk Diesel

    5E Mounts and Animal Companion as Retainers

    So I was struck with an idea that I think is really worth considering. It's one of those things that seems so simple and obvious, yet elegant that it smacks you for not having thought of it sooner. For anyone that has Strongholds and Followers, Matt Colville provides a really great mechanic with...
  11. Hawk Diesel

    My Illrigger Revision

    So I am a BIG fan of Matt Colville, and I think he did a mostly fine job on the Illrigger class (can be found here for those who aren't familiar). However, I have found some problems regarding its balance compared to other classes. Additionally, a lot of the language was really vague regarding...
  12. Hawk Diesel

    True Strike: Yes, lets beat the dead horse

    Now there may be some individuals or builds that really like or even value True Strike. But for me, it's just terrible. Now I know this isn't the first thread to bring this up, and it certainly won't be the last. But after watching this video from the Animated Spell Book (found here...
  13. Hawk Diesel

    Beholder's Central Eye: Problems and Alternatives

    So we all know about how a normal Beholder's central eye creates an antimagic zone, and death tyrants create a zone where healing is impossible. But I was trying to think of something new for the beholder my players are about to encounter. I mean, the antimagic effect is powerful, sure. But...
  14. Hawk Diesel

    Revamping the Warlock

    So there has been a discussion I've recently engaged in regarding the Warlock and Eldritch Blast. And while having that conversation I realized that Pact Magic seems a bit strange for the Warlock. It places the Warlock in a role similar to a caster, but the Warlock is not really meant to be...
  15. Hawk Diesel

    Some New Divination Spells

    So I've been looking at the current official divination spells and I feel they are lacking, especially in the higher spell slots. And so I have created a couple that I am considering adding to my game. These haven't been playtested, so I am interested to hear what people's thoughts are about...
  16. Hawk Diesel

    Willful Disadvantage

    So I'm curious. Would any DM's here allow a player to choose or request to have disadvantage on a roll they normally wouldn't have disadvantage on? Reason I'm asking is because I'm about to play a Kobold character that is a horrible liar. He gets visibly nervous and starts licking his eye (as...
  17. Hawk Diesel

    New Fighting Style: Swift Striker

    So I was realizing that there is really little reason for most player characters to wield the weaker weapons. Obviously this makes sense, since DPR is king. But I was thinking of how to increase the liklihood of players wanting to use these weapons while also making the concept on more equal...
  18. Hawk Diesel

    The Bullymong: A Symbiotic Player Race

    So first of all, the name needs work. I went with Bullymong since the visual I have in my mind for the larger of the two creatures is a Bullymong from the Borderlands series (not to mention there is that one mission where you need to kill the Bullymong with the symbiotic relationship with a...
  19. Hawk Diesel

    New Spell: Skin Suit

    So at the request of one of my players that has a particular request for their necromancer character, I have worked with him to create a new spell. I think it's a cool concept, and I think I got the mechanics worked out well enough. I've based it partially around arcane eye and dominate person...
  20. Hawk Diesel

    Separating the Way of the Four Elements Monk

    I have always had a problem with the Way of Four Elements monk. I didn’t like that the abilities were such a hodge podge of existing spells and new abilities. I didn’t like the weird way that you choose each technique, or the way some of them were level gated, and I especially did not like how...
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