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    5E PHB Errata Nerf Unarmed Strikes!? WHY??? :(

    Just like a rules lawyer to bring a fist to a sword fight.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    I don't care about realism for realism's sake, but I do like fairly simple rules that make for more complex tactical decisions. That and I think archery is too good in 5e.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    Actually, I don't. I can't remember where I left my gasoline. Oh, wait, I do know. I gave it to the...
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    What is the essence of D&D

    Wow. I'm away for 2 days and....only 10 more posts? Come on gang, there's life in that horse yet. Really. I saw it twitch.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    Then I think we are on to something because I didn’t like 3.x, either. Sounds like a feature, not a bug.
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    New UA Paladin and Bard.

    See, I love the flavor of it, regardless of the math. I can see all kinds of situations where you might have to make an ability check every round for multiple/many rounds...or, better yet, you intentionally choose a strategy that results in that because you have the ability...and it’s just fun...
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    What is the essence of D&D

    So is the complaint that allowing characters to jump superhero distances is gated behind the DM's adjudication, rather than behind a rule that the player can invoke? Because either way if that's the kind of game you want the rules allow it. So maybe the Essence of D&D is less about the...
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    What is the essence of D&D

    Maybe that's because you see a conspiracy where there isn't one. Because AEDU was an attempt to standardize and thus balance the classes, not liking AEDU must really be about not liking the balance, which means....PRIMACY OF MAGIC! But sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    By "getting a pass" I was referring just to the limited use per day aspect of spellcasting, not that it gets a pass in general. Maybe that's still dissociative for you, but that's all I meant.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    I think it's a different flavor, or the inverse, of the same thing: i.e. not taking an action (in-game) because you've used the daily resource (out-of-game). Magic gets a pass because magic.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    I rarely agree with you, but I've been thinking this same thing. Sure, magic (primary or otherwise) is an essential ingredient of D&D, but if that, by itself, is the "essence" then a lot of games would be D&D. Or even be more D&D than D&D is.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    I am. I most associate it with Emerikol, although maybe others talk about it. It's more than just HP/meat, if I understand it. It's a basic "all metagame mechanics are bad", with an example being limited-use martial powers. E.g., if a Fighter can swing his sword in a circle and hit every...
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    What is the essence of D&D

    I'll add that although I don't share the sentiments about Fighters and Wizards, etc., I also don't think those sentiments are invalid. If you want a game where Fighters can do amazing, superhero stuff like jump over smallish buildings or whatever without using any "magic", I get that. Not my...
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    D&D as a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    I don't think we should be taking "post-apocalypse" too narrowly. The apocalypse doesn't have to be recent or sudden. Basically it means "there used to be advanced civilizations who could do stuff we can no longer do, and we keep finding their amazing stuff.*" *If usually we "find" that...
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    New UA Paladin and Bard.

    Naw, sometimes even the Hero knows when to run. And he does it with comic book alacrity. I'm picturing a closeup of the Paladin's face as he bolts, with an "OH $%#&" expression. Like I said earlier, this is the "Dragon's Lair" class.
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    So the last he saw was the dragon flying off with it's screaming meal? No body, no murder. Let the party get a few more levels and forget all about this incident. Then have the "victim" reappear as a powerful ally of the dragon. He's weirdly both grateful to the paladin, and seeking...
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    What is the essence of D&D

    Definitely not Warlord pizza.
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    What is the essence of D&D

    You, Tony, and Garthanos count as "everything else"? I...and I am sure others...would agree that the "Presence of Magic" is somehow part of the equation. But it alone is insufficient, nor is it primary.
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    D&D as a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    This is where too much worry about realism can ruin a good thing. Screw the trade routes.
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