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    Campaign Idea

    This isn't the premise for a whole campaign as much as an element, but in another thread there was some discussion about "why don't the high level adventurers that surely exist in this world come and save the day?" So I'm picturing a 1st session in which there's some huge threat, and the PCs...
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    Consequences of Failure

    Although I'm a fervent convert to the goal-and-approach way, I'll admit that years of ingrained (calcified?) gaming habits sometimes makes it hard to implement in the heat of the moment. I still occasionally revert to my old DMing habits. "Um....gimme a Perception check?" I'm just the...
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    Prone and Grappled

    How to interpret this? If a creature is grappled its movement is zero. If it is prone it must use half it's movement to stand up. If it is both prone and grappled, does it have to break the grapple to stand up? "Yes" interpretation: until it breaks the grapple it doesn't have any movement...
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    What would be some good metics to evaluate RPG rules/systems?

    When an interesting sounding RPG comes along, I struggle to get a sense of what the rules are like. Reading reviews I get a good sense for the genre and mood, but what I really want to know is where the rules are in terms of complexity and...well, I'm not really sure what the axes are. I think...
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    Pick one game...

    Imagine you get to join a campaign with an awesome GM with tons of experience in the game system being used. Like, maybe the author of the game. (Assuming, for the sake of argument, that said author is also a great GM, which isn't necessarily the case.) What's one game you've never actually...
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    Interesting class synergies

    I had this thought in another thread (the one about "max sustained dpr") but didn't want to derail it. D&D is (usually) a game of cooperation between multiple characters, so I always find those discussions about optimum builds of a single character kind of odd. An interesting intellectual...
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    Map Printing Help

    Anybody have practical experience printing map images at 1" battlemap scale? How about at a DYI copy/print shop? I'd like to start with something like this Against the Giants map: http://archive.wizards.com/dnd/images/mapofweek/May2006/04_MAWMay2006_72_ppi_4yj4.jpg And print it on smaller...
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    Best old-school dungeon crawl for 5e?

    Forget plot, forget character development, forget roleplaying. What's the best good old-fashioned kick-in-the-door-kill-the-monster-take-his-$#@% dungeon for 5e? Does it even exist? I'm going to be running a very short campaign (a bunch of sessions crammed into a week) for some novice...
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    Game: creative solutions to common obstacles.

    Here's a game. 1) Pick a typical "challenge" that seems to have an obvious skill check, for any skill, associated with it. 2) Describe five different approaches a player might propose that would use, if a check is called for, rely on each of the five abilities other than Con (with or without...
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    What does it mean to "Challenge the Character"?

    Is it even possible to challenge the character? Or does the phrase really mean "challenge the player's ability to build a character, and then use those abilities"? Thoughts?
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    Looking for GREAT videos of D&D in action

    I've got a friend who has a small school for kids on the autism spectrum and is interested in using D&D as a tool for...well, all kinds of learning. But she doesn't really understand how it works, beyond my verbal description over the phone. I'd love to send her just a couple of videos that...
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    Cantrips (and Spells) for the Modern World

    The thread about which one cantrip I would want IRL made me realize that I would just want a completely different spell list. Here are the first few that come to mind: "Locate Keys" "Comprehend Spouse" "Magic # Key": allows you to skip straight to a human in any automated voice response...
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    History Trivia: What module was this?

    What TSR module is it where the party meets an NPC monk who tells them about fighting a monster that was immune to his fists? (Turns out to be a gargoyle.) Or maybe it's not a module...something else? I'm not testing you; I'm asking for help. This popped into my head and I can't for the life...
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    Inquisitive 17 / (What) 3?

    I'm just fantasizing here, thinking about Dungeon of the Mad Mage...which I suspect I'll end up DMing, not playing. But, anyway, I've been jonesing to play an Inquisitive. And this one goes to 20, right? (Spinal Tap can only dream.) But looking at the Rogue abilities table, I think I'd...
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    Ideas for Improving Inspiration

    In another thread some of the (perceived) shortcomings of Inspiration came up, including: 1) Forgetting to use it 2) The improbability of a DM remembering all the traits/flaws/etc. of all the players Let's brainstorm about ways to improve it. I'll add that I would prefer Inspiration were an...
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    Let's invent some +1 Feats

    In lowkey13's thread about ASI's, one of the solutions discussed is to only allow Feats, which is something I've always wanted to try. But it occurs to me that in the absence of ASIs we might want more feats, especially those that give +1 to a single attribute. Let's invent some. Rules: one...
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    Hold Person vs. Blindness/Deafness vs. Suggestion

    My Divine Soul Sorcerer is soon going to get a 2nd level spell, and I want an offensive-disabling spell that can be Twinned. These are the three I'm considering: Hold Person - Wisdom save Pros: Prevents target from attacking AND gives attackers great bonuses, Wisdom save is decent Cons: Save...
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    Archer Druid Subclass?

    Yes, sure, you COULD build an archer druid by multiclassing, but I'm just thinking out loud (well, on paper...I mean, digitally) here. I'm imagining a druid circle that focuses on protecting sacred areas from outsiders/trespassers/invaders. Circle of Wardens? ("Circle of Wagons"...heh heh...
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    Gloom Stalker / Assassin: sick multiclass?

    (My apologies if this has been well discussed before. Somebody asked for help with this build, but the math wasn't discussed.) Gloom Stalker: 5 Assassin: 3 Using Hunter's Mark Does this (potentially) do as much first-round damage as I think? Let's talk the best case, that your opponent is...
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    "Yuan-ti Pureblood Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer"

    ...I mean, does that even make any sense?
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