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  1. Xethreau

    Pro DM taking clients for online campaigns

    @callmetama Thanks for your interest! Please @Mr.Underhill I'm sending you a message!
  2. Xethreau

    Pro DM taking clients for online campaigns

    Hi everyone! My name is Josh and I'm a pro DM now taking clients for online games. Already-formed groups are preferred, but individual inquirers are welcome. I have been a DM for 15 years and I am a freelance writer/designer for the game. I'm also a lead designer for Level Up: Advanced Fifth...
  3. Xethreau

    Blog (A5E) A Quick Look At Skills

    I can't say for sure, but if it were me, a character applying both their Performance skill and their Cultural Knowledge skill at the same time in order to really impress the locals with your cross-cultural literacy / apprication for local customs (or even Deception/Disguise Kit + Local Knowledge...
  4. Xethreau

    Blog (A5E) Level Up: Origins List

    I know Morrus already gave us a warning in the conversation, but if I can say one thing about this (which I hope will be nearly the last word, otherwise I will delete the comment). I know the people who worked on this background, and they understand where you're coming from and put a lot of...
  5. Xethreau

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #4: Druid

    The class is backwards compatible with all existing 5e druid circles. The team has not yet written their archetypes. This is a test for the base class.
  6. Xethreau

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #2: Fighter

    Well I for one hate the Grayhawk imposed schools of magic, and I'd really rather just stick to the six elements thank you. (But I'm not joking)
  7. Xethreau

    Level Up (A5E) Fighter Playtest - Nitty Gritty Feedback

    What does it look like for a combat maneuver system not to present as Wuxia?
  8. Xethreau

    Level Up (A5E) Level Up Playtest 1: Elves

    Thank you Haldrik. I wrote this section, and the "response to immortality" line is the closest to my heart. I think everything you said about it is spot on, and I hope it is helpful for you and others for RPing elves--and for RL meditations as well. :)
  9. Xethreau

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #1: Origins

    Is there information that could go into a heritage's culture that would make it more conceivable to have such a person raised in that culture? Surely there are humans under the rule of the Aldemeri Dominion and humans raised in Aerenal.
  10. Xethreau

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #1: Origins

    What a good point! The question of cloaca is pretty interesting when we begin to deconstruct sex and gender! I'm going to keep your recommendations on lizardfolk, dragonborns, tieflings, etc. on my mind, but for what it's worth, Blessing of the Firstborn is written in such a way that the GM can...
  11. Xethreau

    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #1: Origins

    @tetrasodium Thanks for what you said about human heritage, I wrote that! Re: FR vs. non-FR cultures. I for one did not cut my teeth on fantasy RPGs with Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms, so these settings are not the center of my world (although I make myself familiar with them for the sake of...
  12. Xethreau

    Blog (A5E) Meet Our ‘Level Up’ Team!

    Thank you, I'm so exceedingly flattered! My twitter handle is @joshgntry and I just asked the folks to add it to my info page. Curating a web presence is really not my strength, so you hit the nail on the head. Still, thank you for saying what you said. Edit: And to be clear, I am only a...
  13. Xethreau

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Lucifer III, Lord of Hell

    The Shin Megami Tensei video games get very creative and oddly specific about a lot of world mythology figures, especially as it pertains to angiology, but still I think those representations are respectful. It seems to me that if you are going to create an entity for a game, you could use a...
  14. Xethreau

    Level Up (A5E) [+] What features should a "Advanced 5E" have?

    Ahh--with the non-magical bards, I'd also be happy if the bard remained a spellcaster, but folks had to make an extra check to see their "na-na-ni-boo-boo"s as being a spell with verbal and somatic components!
  15. Xethreau

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Lucifer III, Lord of Hell

    I like the creativity behind the Pathfinder elohim above, but I think that--as a Lovecraftian parody of the god of Deism--it should go by a different name. The characteristics and powers of the creature don't seem to be the fruit of deep engagement with the source material.
  16. Xethreau

    Level Up (A5E) [+] What features should a "Advanced 5E" have?

    I would like for each classes to have a wide variety of flavor options clerics who are clothies barbarians who cast spells while raging gish options for spellcasters bards who actually represent non-spellcaster tricksters like Merry, Pippin, Link, and Jaskier. viable elemental-specialized...
  17. Xethreau

    Podcast #111: The Islands of Sina Una with Joshua Mendenhall

    When is it shipping to backers?
  18. Xethreau

    D&D 5E Orion Black No Longer a D&D Designer [UPDATED!]

    Extremely illuminating. I'm devastated. On a personal note, I'm so sorry Orion. We don't know each other I don't think, but as a fellow queer person I also want to make TTRPGs a better place for us. It is unacceptable for you to be chewed up and spat out like that. I am certain your work is...
  19. Xethreau

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Lucifer III, Lord of Hell

    Looking at the Hebrew, Jacob wrestled elohim (divinity / a god / God), not an angel! :) And yeah, Jacob is awesome! So is Ehud and most of the heroes from Judges. But going back to Jacob, he and David are both three-dimensional, complex characters both with epic feats and foibles. I really...
  20. Xethreau

    WotC World Reveal of Baldur's Gate 3

    1) I wonder why all the text options are in the past tense. It reads clunky. And what--is this story told in media res? 2) WHY can't I play as a Dragonborn?