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  1. Nifft

    Greyhawk from CY 582 to CY 597 (?)-- anything fun happen after From the Ashes?

    Hey grognards. The timelines I can find on Google seem to indicate that some kind of canonical events were happening in Greyhawk after the big war ended (which I think was CY 582). Did anything interesting, inspiring, noteworthy, or hilariously fun happen to the setting in the intervening...
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    [5e] Binder Class

    Nifft's Binder Class Features As a Binder, you gain the following class features. Hit Points Hit Dice: 1d8 per binder level Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per binder level after 1st Proficiencies...
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    [5e] Chameleon Class

    5e Chameleon "Someone called for a cleric? Oh, you needed a fighter instead? I'm sorry -- I meant to say that the cleric is on his way. I'm the fighter." -- Jonata Quimbel Sometimes it's good to be a fighter, able to wield any weapon. Other times, you'd be better off as a rogue, with stealth...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 [3.5e] Sorcerer / Binder / Anima Mage - Optimal Spell List?

    There are a lot of spells out there. There are a lot of vestiges, which can replicate or otherwise obviate certain spells. Has anyone made a list of which spells go well with which vestiges? Or which spells are unusually good for an Anima Mage? Thanks!
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    Fixing 5e (House Rules Discussion & Collection)

    This post is an index. It will update when new things appear. Spells - True Strike - Spider Skitter (Jump + Spider Climb) Classes - Monk -- Subclass: Master of the Elements
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    You're technically right: it doesn't have to be. But also, I'm right: it was. Your setting sounds cool and should be valid. But also, guns in D&D were cool, and should remain valid. I don't think one of those things needs to win over the other. Bingo. Vancian spellcasting came from the...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Hmm. I think you're right that Psionics are partially informed by science fiction, but I think you're incorrect when you say that science fiction has no place in D&D. Sci-Fi tropes were in the D&D games I played back in 1e, and that was cool. There are rules for guns in many official sources...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    In a previous campaign of mine, the two "natural" forms of magic, which existed before the discovery of the Planes, were Druidic magic and Psionics. Druidic magic came from life itself and/or the Fey -- it was never known for sure, since "life itself" wasn't available for comment, and the Fey...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Ah, yeah, I'm assuming that the ability to not make sound vibrations extends to the ability to not make Tremor vibrations.
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    There's nothing in the 5e Tremorsense description about trumping or negating Stealth. Monsters which rely on Tremorsense still have Perception scores. There's no reason to think Tremorsense trumps Stealth -- except baggage from earlier editions.
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    D&D 5E Blindsight in 5e

    This is a very general ability. It's used to represent a variety of monster senses, including echolocation and unnaturally accurate scent. Unfortunately, it's a bit over-general, and it's not clear how it actually works under a variety of conditions. Similar abilities, for reference...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Mistwell, don't play like you're obtuse. You said that perception didn't work on places that can't be seen. I provided two counter examples, one of which was hearing something around a corner. The rules text talks about perception, not sight, so this is relevant to the discussion, and nobody...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    No, THIS happened in the middle: Don't cut out the middle of a discussion just to make it look like you have a point. You're abusing my attempts to find common ground by taking a hardline position. Nope, because regular sight sometimes works through walls. - Walls of Force. - Walls with glass...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Well, I didn't say "through a wall", what I said was "around a corner". That's a place where you can't see, but where you CAN hear. The text seems to support my reading, which is that a character's sound-based Blindsight can see around corners. I want your reading to be correct, since IMHO...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    "Perceiving without sight" is not the same as "seeing without sight". I can roll a Perception check to hear a dude around a corner, or smell the sulfur of a great wyrm's lair. If they had used the words seeing and sight instead of perceive and perception, this might not be an issue. That's one...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    In this edition, that is NOT correct. The same language is used for Tremorsense and Blindsight ("within a specific radius"). There's nothing about obstructions blocking either.
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    You realize that multi-classing exists, right? People get the glut effect even if Psionics are a separate system. I mean, look at the feedback from this playtest: Fighter 11 / Mystic 5 sure looks like it kicks the butt of Fighter 16. Unless you're trying to say that a DM can't exclude a...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    3.5e Psionics were very decent. Basically you'd get a slightly weaker, but much more flexible, version of the Sorcerer. The Psicrystal was exactly as forgotten as the typical Wizard's Familiar. It had little to no impact on our games. The Druid dances naked in the woods, while the Bard uses...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Yes, the way it's presented in the UA article is really enforced. It comes out and says it directly in a way that can't be misinterpreted: "Psionics indirectly originates from the Far Realm, (...)". That sort of flavor-enforcement adds nothing, except for the DM's burden of re-education if the...
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    Unearthed Arcana Psionics Hits Unearthed Arcana

    Hmm. Some good stuff, but lots of bad stuff too. - Concentration. It's an interesting and good idea that a Discipline can have a "free" benefit which only costs Concentration, but it seems very limiting to force all effects into the same pattern. For an example of where this pattern doesn't...
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