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  1. Charlaquin

    5E How Do You View the Combat Round in 5E?

    I voted for blow-by-blow, but truthfully I think it’s a bit more nuanced than that. Because a round is 6 seconds, and each creature’s turn is also 6 seconds, in theory all of the action occurs simultaneously, rather than in discrete turns. So the way we narrate the combat can’t be entirely...
  2. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    That could be the case. Or the loot could be the side effect of the thwarting. The fact that both are valid interpretations means D&D cannot accurately be said to be “about” killing things and taking their stuff. That is something you can choose to make the focus of your game, but it is not...
  3. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    What about them? Um... No? They were conquered by the Spanish... Ok?
  4. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    The idea of species doesn’t translate well to a fantasy world like D&D. Humans and orcs can breed and produce fertile offspring, so they are not different species as we understand the term. The term really isn’t useful here, and there is no real-world analogue that works. At the end of the day...
  5. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    All of the following applies to my own setting. Others will have different takes. Tieflings are humans belonging to one of several bloodlines that were cursed for dealing with demons. They are no more inclined to evil than any other humans (though like all humans, they do tend to be more...
  6. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Orcs and gnolls are natural creatures, born of other natural creatures, native to the world. Some people believe gods or demons or other otherworldly entities played a role in their design, but these things are unfalsifiable. At the end of the day, they are natural, thinking beings. It doesn’t.
  7. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Speak for yourself. Some of us are playing games where heroic characters face challenges, and violence is one means among many of resolving those conflicts.
  8. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Not true, actually. About Orcs’ nature, he wrote that, They would be Morgoth's greatest Sins, abuses of his highest privilege, and would be creatures begotten of Sin, and naturally bad. (I nearly wrote 'irredeemably bad'; but that would be going too far. Because by accepting or tolerating their...
  9. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Now that is an interesting question! Generally I subscribe to the philosophy that “if the players don’t experience it, it doesn’t exist,” so I would probably say that it has to intersect with the characters to matter. That said, I try to take the campaign bible approach to world building. So...
  10. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    He’s been cancelled for a long time, dude.
  11. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Acererak is correct.
  12. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Outsiders. Aberrations, elementals, demons, fae, fiends, undead, etc. do not come about naturally like the creatures of the World do. They are created, or corrupted from other created beings, and as such their alignment define their behavior, as opposed to sapient peoples, whose actions define...
  13. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Of course! Always happy to have my ideas used in other campaigns.
  14. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Oh, sorry. My gnolls’ social structures are similar to that of hyenas. The lowest-ranking female is higher than the highest-ranking male. The women are also much larger and stronger on average than the men. So the idea that “they even killed the women and children!” would be shocking, or that...
  15. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    Man, your gnolls are very different than mine.
  16. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    As far as the characters in the setting know? Their gods certainly exist. Of course, different peoples have different myths, which are often mutually contradictory. Who’s right? Maybe no one. There’s no way to know for sure. The yuan-ti aren’t super fleshed out in my world as of yet, mostly...
  17. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    But it matters what justification you’re using. If it’s “some races are just born evil...” Well, you do you I guess, but to me, a world where that’s true does not sound like fun, and I don’t easily imagine myself getting along with someone to whom it did.
  18. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    I don’t agree with your assessment that it’s the gold standard for a lot of modules or adventure paths anymore. But even if we assume for the sake of argument that it is, that still doesn’t make the assertion that killing people and taking their stuff is “what D&D is about” accurate, as there...
  19. Charlaquin

    5E WotC On Tasha, Race, Alignment: A Several-Year Plan

    That’s really more on the NPCs behavior though. If they always fight until they reach 0 hp, yeah, they’re gonna get killed. But if you have them surrender, retreat, etc. when it’s clear they can’t win, it might be a different story.
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