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    5E Your favorite Creative Spellbooks

    What are some fun, creative alternate Spellbooks you've experienced in your games? The PHB notes that Spellbooks can have different appearances: Xanathar's includes some really fun Spellbook ideas, including: My current dwarf wizard us an archaeologist by trade, so his "spellbook" is...
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    How are teaching and running a game similar?

    Hey teachers of ENWorld! I'm having a great time in another thread comparing running a game to teaching, so I thought I'd invite others to this conversation. I've been teaching 3rd Grade for 8+ years. I get excited whenever I have a student teacher who plays D&D because there are so many...
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    Why players misbehave (from a teacher's perspective)

    The thread on players who do not buy into a campaign made me think of reasons people misbehave. I teach 3rd Grade, and I've realized over time that a D&D group and a classroom are actually very similar! In the classroom, there are four major reasons students misbehave. I have a theory that...
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    How deadly do you like your game (as a player or DM)?

    I started running my Curse of Strand game (the infamous and fun Death House) as a "dream sequence" so that my group could try out playing online for the first time without long-lasting consequences. Dead characters died horribly but returned in the next scene. Then I totally changed the...
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    5E What would be in the SPOOKIEST 5e adventure?

    Help me build the SPOOKIEST adventure! We all know that D&D characters are basically fearless (unless they fail a Wisdom Saving Throw). So instead, let's target the players. What would scare a player so bad they'd burst their dicebags? I think we have to start with some Rust Monster Swarms...
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    Are you planning a spookier Halloween session?

    Question for the DMs and GMs out there: Do you run any special games around October that are spookier than normal? Do you run a horror one-shot, or inject a few more scares into your weekly session, to celebrate the "spooky season?"
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    General Alternate Alignment for an all-goblin campaign

    The thread on Hobgoblins made me start fantasizing about running an all-goblin campaign. The players would play as Goblins, Bugbears, and Hobgoblins in an Empire of Goblinoids. Maybe there would be ancient elven and dwarven ruins, a rival empire of orcs, and so on... I started thinking about...
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    How do you use dinosaurs in your campaign?

    I love dinosaurs. That little kid wonder at these giant beasts has never gone away in me. And yet, I never use dinosaurs in my campaigns! How do you use dinos in your game? Are they common? Extinct? Intelligent? Domesticated? I've always wanted to run a campaign set in the "Age of the...
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    5E Zone of Truth Interrogations

    Zone of Truth is the kind of spell I love, love, love. It has zero combat use, but adds a bit of crunch to social situations. For the last few sessions, the characters in my campaign have been assisting Goldberry, a Tortle storyteller and bard who is the servant of a powerful vampire lord...
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    5E What's fun about being a DM?

    Lifelong DM here. Often I see posts about the hard work of being a DM, groups searching for a DM, the various responsibilities of a DM... This thread is not about any of those things. For those of you who love to run the game (and I am one of those), what is fun about being the DM? What...
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    5E The crab that got away...

    Last night I threw a few "swarms of crustaceans" (insect swarms) and a huge Chuul at the group as they sailed across a foggy, driftwood-strewn lake. I expected the huge Chuul, known locally as the Driftwood Giant, to be the most interesting part of the combat. Instead, a single crab stole the...
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    Lovecraft Country (Spoilers for Episode 1)

    Did anyone else watch this last night? I thought it was fantastic! I'm a big fan of the book, and I think so far it's an amazing interpretation. SPOILERS BELOW The scene in the diner reminded me that systems of oppression and racism are, in their nature, very Lovecraftian. Lovecraft...
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    How does D&D help you in your job (or in life)?

    (This is a complementary post to another I just created about how your hobbies or job impact your D&D.) I have been playing D&D for over 20 years now, and I swear it's effected every job I've ever worked. Early on in my first jobs doing filing and data input, I was so bored that I came up with...
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    How do your hobbies or job change the way you play D&D?

    One thing I like about forums like these is how everyone has different backgrounds. In the middle of discussions, someone will break out an analogy tied to their job as an accountant, or their hobby as a mountain climber, or their knowledge of Latin... I think all these other hobbies and...
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    5E Keeping AoO for PC's, but removing AoO from enemies

    In my experience... Attacks of Opportunity are FUN for players. Players love to have that extra chance to hit enemies, and feats like Sentinel are super fun. Attacks of Opportunity are NOT FUN for enemies. Players limit their options in combat for fear of being hit, even when facing weak...
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    5E Inspiration & 36 Questions to Fall in Love

    I've been doing something with Inspiration in my campaign that I thought some of you might enjoy. Do you know about the 36 Questions to Fall in Love? Theoretically these questions help you grow in intimacy with another person. I adapted the list of questions to be appropriate for D&D characters...
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    General Alternate Alignment Axis Ideas

    In 5e D&D, alignment is construed along two axes: Lawful - Chaotic Good - Evil Alignment is often ignored and mostly optional, but rather than just getting rid of it, what if we replaced it with two different axes? What would be some fun ideals, concepts, or domains to align characters to...
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    Looking for more players in Tulare County, CA

    I am putting together a group to play in a Dungeon World campaign in Visalia, CA. We are playing every other Saturday, or on Tuesday evenings when we can't make a Saturday. The game is set in a custom setting, and is all about exploring and colonizing a New World. It will involve a lot of...
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    Re-Skinning Rules Systems

    Hello internet! I have not been on EN World in YEARS (I used to frequent the forums as Tsunami, Breakstone_Tsu, or Stuporhero, depending on the time). So forgive me if this topic has been covered a million times... I LOVE re-skinning rules systems. It is always fun for me to separate a rules...
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    [Sonoma, CA] Looking for a group in Sonoma County, California

    Hi there! I just recently moved to Petaluma, California and I have the itch to play in a weekly game. I am looking for a group who is either currently running a game or needs a GM to run a game. I am up for running any d20 system, or playing in just about anything else. I used to live in Marin...
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