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    D&D General Has anyone tried removing humans from the game?

    While reading threads on removing ability score bonuses, or adding penalties, all in the goal of making other species on par with humans, I wondered, could we just remove humans? What would be the effect of running the PHB as is, leaving in the ability score bonuses for other species, except...
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    D&D General VTT that supports a pen?

    Are there any virtual tabletop tools that support drawing with a tablet pen? I know I can put something together in paint, but it seems like a lot of effort to draw something offline and then spend the time uploading it, then trying to align it to a grid, simply for some quick encounter. TIA
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    D&D 5E [5E] Longer long rests and spell durations

    For those of you who have used long rests taking 3 or more days, how did you deal with spell durations. For example, goodberry at 24 hours, higher-slot hex at 24 hours. It used to be the case that you'd cast goodberry before a long rest using unused spell slots and then regain the slots at the...
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    D&D 5E Saving throw to resist a grapple

    Some comments in the "Consequences of failure" made me think. in 5E, saving throws are generally reactive (an instinctive response to something) and ability checks are generally proactive (you are trying to do something). Grapple checks are called out as breaking this consistency. So, what is...
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    Game system for classic D&D modules

    What game system would you recommend I look at for playing classic modules (Saltmarsh, Dunwater, Keep on the Borderlands, Desert of Desolation). D&D 5E has been disappointing me more and more, with inconsistent features and mechanics (ability checks vs saving throws vs other saving throws vs...
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    D&D 5E What proportion of the population are adventurers?

    Reading threads like "economy killing spells" got me thinking about how common mages were. This then led to the question of how common adventurers were. I figure that adventurers come from a fairly small subset of the population - those who have the drive and determination to leave a life as a...
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    What is the difference between hidden and unseen?

    A couple of recent threads and blog posts have got me thinking about the difference, if there is one, between hidden and unseen in 5E. Being unseen has a lot of game-mechanical effects (advantage/disadvantage, immunity to opportunity attacks, etc). Are there actually any effects that...
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    D&D 5E What can an elf do during a trance?

    Or, to put it another way, what does "semiconscious" mean? For example: Can a trancing elf maintain barbarian rage? A level 20 barbarian with endless unlimited rage. Can they make perception checks? At disadvantage or normal? Do attacks against them have advantage? Can they maintain...
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    D&D 5E [5E] OotA polearm-wielding human who can see in the dark

    I've been playing a UA Ranger Dark Stalker, which has been fun, but very powerful in combat. Now that Xanathar's Guide is out I checked out the Gloom Stalker. In my opinion it sucks slightly less than the Ranger conclaves in the PHB but it still sucks. Now I'm looking for ideas to rebuild my...
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    D&D 5E Divine Smite and grappling, shoving, and knocking prone

    Grappling, shoving and knocking prone are all attacks. They just don't happen to include an attack roll. For example, they count for keeping Barbarian Rage going. So, can a Paladin use Divine Smite to cause some damage with these attacks?
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    D&D 5E Primeval Thule setting; What is a "rest"?

    There is only one place in the manuals where a short or long rest is described, namely gathering poisons. The rest of the time, it just says "You regain this after a rest." So, what does "a rest" mean? A short rest, a long rest, a short or long rest, or "it varies"?
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    D&D 5E Can I disarm a grappler?

    Bert the Ogre is grappling my Battlemaster. Can I use Disarming Strike to force him to drop me?
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    D&D 5E UA: Revised Ranger, Primeval Awareness in town

    How would you run Primeval Awareness when there are a large number of possible targets? For example, the Ranger has humanoids as a preferred enemy and they try to use Primeval Awareness in the middle of a city. More generally, is Primeval Awareness too much of an advantage for a player? Is...
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    How to get better at describing actions, not rolls

    A thread in the d&D 5E forum got a little derailed into a "GM describing what players do" discussion. One poster described my problem exactly. So, how can we educate ourselves and our fellow players to describe intentions and actions instead of asking to make rolls? "I raise my sword and...
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    D&D 5E Unperceivable, Perceived, Hidden - an attempt to clarify invisibility and hiding

    Based on another thread here, I've come up with some thoughts to clarify hiding and concealment and invisbility. Relative to you, a subject is in one of four states of being noticed. Unpercievable: there is no way you can observe the subject with any of your senses. They are either out of...
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    D&D 5E Altitude and range

    While GMing the flameskull in Wave Echo Cave, I came across an issue dealing with altitude and range. The flameskull has a fire ray with a range of 30 ft. At the time, it was 40 ft in the air. A player asked, "How can it hit me, it's out of range." The question surprised me a bit because I've...
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    Looking for ideas for the end of Lost Tomb of Martek

    The last part of the Tomb has the players going to these little demiplanes to retrieve some maguffins. Of the three planes in the module, I think two of them are a little weak. The Moebius Tower is a cool little dungeon a bit like a Dr Who episode. The Black Abyss is an interesting area where...
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    D&D 5E Square grid, what's the difference between a square and a circle?

    From the blue square, a character with a 20 ft range weapon can hit all the white squares and a character with a 20 ft move can move to all of the white squares. Should a fireball dropped on the blue square affect all the white squares? Note: I know that fireball is a point-centered, which...
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    D&D 5E Mike Schley's Giants maps with the original module

    I see Mike Schley has for sale the maps used with the paragon adventures printed in Dungeon magazine. http://mikeschley.zenfolio.com/p68123451 Does anyone know how well those maps would work with the original G-13 modules? Are the room layouts very different? I've found the Map-A-Week maps at...
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    Second event D&D 5E one-off (Christchurch, New Zealand)

    The first game went well, so I'm running another one. One-off game of D&D to learn the system and introduce new players to the game. I'll bring a module and some pregens. Where: Game Corner shop9, 388 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, When: Thursday 5 March, ~6:15pm to 9:00pm. Facebook Event...