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    5E Tasha’s cauldron character thread

    I think the rationale for WotC not going that way was because they deliberately wanted to limit choices to avoid the build-planning minigame that 3.x could turn into, and to avoid the necessity of balancing features against each other one on one. The subclass system has its weaknesses, but it...
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    5E What is the appeal of the weird fantasy races?

    If your group is into character optimisation, you're not going to see many dragonborn. They're certainly one of the mechanically weaker PC races out there, and I'm equally sure that it WotC had their time over again they'd strengthen them a little. But playing one certainly won't cripple your...
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    5E Tasha’s cauldron character thread

    Admittedly I missed this in the UA so it might be an old discussion, but is it just me or does the Tasha's Fey Wanderer have the potential to be, on pure numbers, up there with the best social skills class in the game (with the caveat that there's some Bard colleges that give special social-type...
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    5E Forgotten realms recent history

    Time of troubles was definitely 1e to 2e. The Spellplague was the major setting-breaking feature of the hundred years between 3e FR and 4e FR. The Second Sundering rewound most of the least-well-received bits of the 4e post-Spellplague realms as part of the 5e transition. As far as the Realms...
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    5E Tasha: Now on D&D Beyond, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds

    I like the ranger alternate features a LOT, with the possible exception of the Favoured Enemy replacement which is just a watered-down version of Hunter's Mark that still requires concentration and only lasts 1 minute. Deft Explorer is the alternate Natural Explorer feature - at 1st level you...
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    5E Tasha: Now on D&D Beyond, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds

    Yeah, but they could have toned it down rather than cut it completely. It'd be nice to have something that boosted Help. It's a really handy niche for a npc when you've got only a couple of players and the GM provides an extra quasi-party-member to help out, but doesn't want to steal the...
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    5E Tasha: Now on D&D Beyond, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds

    I'm a bit sad that the Tandem Tactician feat doesn't seem to have made it into the final book. Much more interesting than Eldritch Adept or Artificer Initiate.
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    5E Tasha’s cauldron character thread

    I love the Fey ranger, personally, and if i was creating a new PC now I'd probably make one of those, probably with some of the alternate ranger class features. It's just such a different ranger to the sterotypical grim solitary wilderness adventurer. Can't decide whether I'd go with a gnome...
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    5E Forgotten realms recent history

    Yeah, my post probably went a little more in that direction than i initially intended. There's a bit of pent-up frustration there, clearly!
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    General [Dragonlance/Faerun] Anyone here met any Cataclysm/Wall of the Faithless defenders?

    A 'lawful' good deity will, being lawful, have a codified body of doctrine and theology etc about what is just and what isn't and how to tell the difference. Each lawful good deity will use that doctrine to make their own decisions on whether the Wall is justified or not, and if so, how best to...
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    5E Forgotten realms recent history

    I honestly don't know of anyone who genuinely liked the continual train of Realms Shaking events (by the time of late 2nd ed they were even coming along purely in novel series, while the game supplements struggled to catch up, continually about 3 cataclysms behind - Rage of Dragons, Death of the...
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    5E What are some examples in media of Twilight Cleric-esque characters?

    In D&D-land, Selune and Eilistraee from the FR are the obvious examples. I think there was a non-malevolent god of darkness in NK Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms trilogy? Someone like Neil Gaiman's Morpheus or a similar power of sleep/dreams could work as an example too.
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    5E Becoming prisoners without removing player agency (OotA)

    Something you might want to look at is the Mutants and Masterminds solution. M&M is a superhero game, and obviously being captured (and having the bad guy monologue at you before you escape) is a central trope of the genre. But as you say, players don’t like their PCs getting captured. So m&m...
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    General [Dragonlance/Faerun] Anyone here met any Cataclysm/Wall of the Faithless defenders?

    A distantly-related question to the OP - has anyone actually USED the Wall of the Faithless in a game, ever? I've always liked the idea of resurrection requiring a quest or journey into the underworld of some sort rather than just a 7th level spell and a wheelbarrow full of diamond dust, but as...
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    5E Kobold Press (and are they the new Paizo?)

    5e Southlands kickstarter announced, will launch on Nov 30. I'd probably have preferred Brilliant East all things considered, but I'll buy the hell out of this one regardless...
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    5E Where in FR do you want the next big adventure book to go?

    Realistically, it's going to be another FR campaign book, though personally I'd love another Ravenloft-inspired campaign (this one focusing more on the gaslight elements of the setting - vicious murderers in foggy cobblestoned alleyways, natural philosophers creating appalling mockeries of life...
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    5E Removing Concentration From Smite Spells, Including Spells like Ensnaring Strike?

    Agree on the save DC thing, but not so much that there's a big spell slot bottleneck for paladins. After all, if you're planning to use most of your spell slots smiting anyway, then it's not such a big deal if you don't have quite as comprehensive a selection of spells memorised. I've only...
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    5E Where in FR do you want the next big adventure book to go?

    I love the old 3e unapproachable east, but it's changed a LOT in poorly-explained ways since then. In 5e, the Simbul is long dead (boooo!) and gnolls are slavering reasonless demonspawn (also boooo!) rather than free-willed humanoids. The Tuigan invasion was well over a century ago in-world...
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    5E Removing Concentration From Smite Spells, Including Spells like Ensnaring Strike?

    I think the only one that doesn't have a duration is Thunderous Smite.
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    5E Removing Concentration From Smite Spells, Including Spells like Ensnaring Strike?

    What does that mean for those smite spells that apply a duration effect though? If the frightened effect from Wrathful Smite (for instance) lasts the full duration of the spell without consuming a concentration slot or risking disruption from a failed concentration check, it's a pretty big...
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