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  1. Klaus

    D&D 5E By Blade And Claw - A Rules Expansion For Rangers by Claudio Pozas!

    http://www.dmsguild.com/product/178884/By-Blade-And-Claw By Blade And Claw offers a broad expansion of the ranger class and of trained beasts in D&D play! Beast Masters will be able to infuse greater power into their beast companions with the new bonding spells! Players looking for a less...
  2. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits

    Another thing to consider is that 5e is built on the notion of "dials": you set the complexity dial to your liking. Currently, the Fighter has an on/off switch: simple (Champion) or complex (Battlemaster). The Cavalier and Scout, as presented, offer a middle ground: they're not as complex to...
  3. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits

    Now THAT is an idea I can get fully behind. I was a fan of an early version of SD where the character could spend an action reassessing the battle, and recover 1 SD. Getting SDs from different actions (say, begin with 1, and build up your SD as you go) would be a very interesting notion! The...
  4. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits

    The extra actions are big part of lots of classes, of varying origins (from bonus action spells to expending spells to convert points, to additional attacks from a Fighting Style, to more effects). But the Battlemaster's Superiority Dice arose as the most different, uniquely-5e aspect of the...
  5. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits

    Not *everyone*, but the Superiority Dice is possibly the most iconic expression of "martial" power in this edition. A Cavalier could take the Martial Initiate feat for extra dice and some maneuvers, for instance. Using SD as fuel for the Battlemaster, Cavalier and Scout allows you to unify the...
  6. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits

    Y'know, I *like* that the Cavalier and Scout aren't 100% different from the Battlemaster. They're a play at a "fixed maneuver list" battlemaster, as it were: less flexibility, but going deeper into a given archetype. The Scout is the perfect way to provide a "martial Ranger" without completely...
  7. Klaus

    D&D 1E Ye Olde Ranger of Editions Past (1E-4E)

    4E also had the Hunter Ranger, from the Essentials book. They were focused on bows or crossbows, and had "Aspects of the Wild" (basically totem spirits) that gave them benefits as long as they were active (these took the place of Favored Enemy/Hunter's Quarry). They also had Wilderness Knacks...
  8. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Variant Rules

    But CON changes very little throughout 20 levels. Perhaps accumulating Wounds until it hits your CON, then you're dead. I dunno, just random babbling.
  9. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Variant Rules

    It wouldn't be a "resource ticking down", but "penalities stacking up" (like a damage track, akin to Shadowrun or SWSE). Hmm... Food for thought.
  10. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Variant Rules

    I wonder if Vitality could be made easier by accruing Wounds (and your max HP is reduced by 1/2 the wounds you have), and if your Wounds are equal or greater than your current hp, your hp drop to 0. SOmething like Red Dragon Inn's health and booze tracks.
  11. Klaus

    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Variant Rules

    There is no such thing as an "AC bonus" in 5e (barring the occasional shield). Armors and other effects grant a formula that already includes a base AC. Mage Armor grants AC "13 + you Dexterity modifier", so you need to calculate your AC, and then subtract 10, which is what the article said.
  12. Klaus

    D&D 5E The Martial/Magical scale

    Just out of curiosity, let's rank the 5e classes on a scale from "Purely Martial" to "Purely Magical". I'm setting the "Magic Level" at 0 for Purely Martial, and increase from there. 0 - Fighter (Champion and Battlemaster), Rogue (Thief, Assassin) 1 - Barbarian (Berserker) 2 - Monk (Open Hand...
  13. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    See, now you're creating a new 4e mechanic to mimic the 5e mechanic. Which is fine, if that is your goal. But mine is -- as I said -- to teach the 5e mechanics as efficiently as possible. As for Channel Divinity being in the game: they *are* the same mechanic, except CD is a short rest-based...
  14. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    That's the whole point: teaching the 5e Spellcasting system by framing it on 4e's AEDU structure. That's why the cantrips are powers of their own, and the higher-level spells aren't: in 5e, you can cast the same spell again and again, until you run out of slots, and you can cast a spell using a...
  15. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    To be fair, 4e powers *did* have descriptions. Here's Fireball, from Heroes of the Fallen Lands:
  16. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    Despite not being codified, "bloodied" and "save ends" still show up in the 5e ruleset. For instance, high level Champion Fighters heal hp every time they begin their turn below half their maximum hp. And carrion crawler poison paralyzes its victim for 1 minute if it fails the initial save (the...
  17. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    To be clear, I'm not retrocloning 4e or anything. It's just a thought experiment and visual aid to help 4e players better understand some 5e concepts. GMforPowergamers: I'm actually thinking of doing this for the Basic Wizard.
  18. Klaus

    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    A few years back, Rob Schwalb did an experiment on his blog: he took bits of the 4e cleric and reformatted them to match the visual look of previous editions of D&D. Since a couple of my players were coming from long-running 4e games (even though they played 3e before that), I decided to do the...
  19. Klaus

    D&D 5E The Slaying Stone

    This past weekend I introduced my 10-year-old son to D&D by adapting the 4e adventure The Slaying Stone, by Logan Bonner. It's one of my favorites, and I used it in a playtest two years ago. But first, the characters: - Sparks. Dragonborn (Bronze) Ranger 1 Outlander. My son made up the concept...
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