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    Games you want to play but can't

    What are some games / settings that you are itching to play but can't because they wouldn't work with your group? For me there are three: 1. Planescape - I've tried running the Planescape setting with my group but it didn't work. My players couldn't get into the weird urban fantasy setting...
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    5E How should psionics be handled in 5e?

    I've been a fan of psionics for a long time and I hope to see psionics make an appearance soon in 5e soon. This leads to a question of how psionics should be handled with the 5e rules. Each previous edition has handled psionics differently. Back in 1st edition they were extra add-ons that...
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    5E Living Rules System?

    I see that Mike Mearls is already talking about D&D as a "living rules system". "The process will begin with playtest surveys much like the ones we did for the core game, to allow us to see if the game has issues and if so where." I'm not sure how I feel about this. Although in an article...
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    5E What do we hope to see in the DMG?

    A lot of speculation and rumors have been going around on account of the those who have received a copy of the MM at GenCon. But, I'm curious about what we can expect to see in the completed DMG. I've heard that we will see alternatives to Vancian spell casting as well as write ups for the...
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    5E What direction do you want to see D&D 5e go?

    After the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master's Guide WotC hasn't dropped any hints on what is to come next. I'm personally hoping that 5e will focus on settings and deluxe adventures. I wouldn't mind seeing a few optional rule books (eg psionics), but for the most part I sincerely hope the...
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    5E 5e Tieflings and Dragonborn

    So now it's confirmed that the 5e PhB will contain Tieflings and Dragonborn. This has got me wondering what type of Tieflings and Dragonborn will be used. Until the advent of 4e, the Tieflings were described as characters that had fiendish ancestry in their bloodlines. I think the...
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    5E Art in 5e...?

    So the question is, what direction should art and the general look of 5e take? I realize that art is very subjective and what one person is looking for in art may not necessarily be what another person is looking for. Still, I am curious what the ENWorlders here are looking for when it comes...
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    5E Simulation vs Game - Where should D&D 5e aim?

    Lately, I've been thinking about the issue of D&D as a 'simulation' vs. D&D as a game. In other words, how much the rules should aim at 'simulating' a fantasy story versus how much the rules should aim at creating a balanced game, regardless of believability. Of course, I suppose the term...
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    WotC D&D Brand Content - What can be used?

    I have been getting interested in 'Old School Revival' games recently. I started to think of ways to convert some of my old 2nd Edition material to Castles and Crusades and found myself adding rules to emulate the NonWeapon Proficiencies and characters kits rules prevalent in 2nd edition...
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    Best System for a Silent Hill-like Horror Game?

    I've been thinking of running a horror game like the Silent Hill series of Playstation games, so I've been looking for an appropriate rule system that would support it. The things from the Silent Hill series of games that I would like to emulate are: A twisted "Dark World" version of the real...
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    Revised Poll - Pronoun Usage in D&D

    Last month I started a thread about the ways that pronouns are handled in RPG manuals. As I mentioned, I am doing an investigation on pronoun usage in D&D for my graduate sociolinguistics class and am curious about what gamers on these forums think. When I created the original poll, I forgot...
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    Pronouns in D&D - How should gender be handled?

    As part of my graduate sociolinguistics class, I am examining the question of pronoun usage in D&D. Most older D&D players will remember back to 1st and 2nd edition when the masculine pronoun (he, him, his) was used generically. However, when 3e was released both masculine and feminine...
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    Looking for gamers around Bloomington Indiana

    I'm looking for gamers around the Bloomington Indiana area. I want to run a Castles & Crusades game, but I am also interested in playing 1/2e AD&D, 3.5e, and Pathfinder. (Since I don't have much time as a student, I may only be able to do a biweekly game rather than weekly.) If you are...
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    5E Bring Back Gnomes!

    So far the playtest packet has included dwarves, elves, halflings, and humans. Although I know that we haven't seen anything close to the final version yet, I really hope that gnomes are included in PC races. Gnomes are an 'iconic' D&D race for me since they have been in the game since the...
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    5E How much should 5e aim at balance?

    I've heard a lot of talk on these boards about ways to "balance" 5e. Having thought about it, I'm beginning to wonder what is meant by the word "balance". Some people seem to think that balance means that every class should have exactly the same damage output in combat (e.g. If a wizard of a...
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    4E I would rather not have 4e combat "powers" in D&D Next

    A lot of discussion has gone around regarding the playtest fighter. I've heard a lot of people say that because the fighter is too simple and boring, 4e style "powers" should be available to the fighter (and perhaps to all classes). I respectably disagree. Encounter powers are something that...
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    5E Bring back the hobbit-like halflings for D&D Next!

    I would like to see halflings in D&D Next once again modeled more or less on Tolkien's hobbits in the artwork and description. I never liked the skinny halflings with dreadlocks we've seen recently. Since I read the Lord of Rings and watched the movies, I can't help but seeing hairy-footed...
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    "Focus on shorter games"? I'm excited

    I've noticed one of the design goals of the new edition is a focus on shorter games. This is a decision that I couldn't support more. As someone who has to contend with work and school, I can no longer sit down and play all night D&D sessions or regularly meet a full group on a weekly basis...
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    5E Should 5e have a "default setting" and cosmology?

    3e had Greyhawk as the default setting. 4e had "points of light". In the 2e and 3e days, "the Great Wheel" was the default cosmology with several products referencing it. Should 5e have a default setting or cosmology? I personally don't want a default setting or cosmology. I think the rules...
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    How do you justify the bard's abilities?

    The bard has often been the red headed stepchild of most D&D adventuring parties. The problem that I've had with the bard is not really the "lack of power" (indeed 1e bards were among the most powerful classes), but the flavor. I do like the idea of a wandering minstrel/poet/warrior; this...
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