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  1. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E RIP alignment

    I wouldn't know, I don't play those other games. What shorthands do they have for me to build npc motivations? For example, the veteran I decided was NE, a mercenary for hire, with average Int but plenty of HPs suggesting a knack for survival. So, I decided his loyalty threshold was low enough...
  2. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E RIP alignment

    In my last session, the party took 4 prisoners: a N kobold, NE veteran, LE acolyte, & LE teenage cultist. From this shorthand I figured out that the kobold latched onto the kindest PC fighter, the veteran sold out the acolyte, the acolyte died praising Tiamat, and the teen cultist could have...
  3. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E RIP alignment

    Nah, not gonna be buying what they're selling. This is far too much character of the game getting cut to please people other than me and my friends. I get it, the spirit of the age is to expunge, but just not at our game table.
  4. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General Seeking DM Advice: Managing Extroverted Players

    We play online and at the start of the session we establish that session's talking order. When a new situation arises I do a quick once round getting 'I want to do' statements from everyone, then the actual action resolutions. Sometimes two characters conflict, like whether to kill a...
  5. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General What have you done with Orcs in your games?

    I'm fine with the MM orc. They've appeared in our FR HotDQ game as evil mercenaries employed by the offshoot Cult of the Dragon. These mercenary orcs are still following Gruumsh's plan to push other races back to claim their share of territory - but this way they get paid and can maybe...
  6. FreeTheSlaves

    Worlds of Design: The Benefit of Experience

    I award 'adventuring day xp' to every character who completes the quest of that level. I pro-rata it for partial completion. I find a way to communicate the level of the quest, so that characters can choose their risk/reward. It's a decent drop of xp, rewards cooperative play, allows multiple...
  7. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General Hero Forge in Color Is Open For Busniess!

    Nice attention to colour there. My daughter made me recolour her character too, it makes a difference. I'm generally a core books DM, but if a player brought a cool concept like the stuff we're seeing here, I'd allow it.
  8. FreeTheSlaves

    OSR How Do You Award XP?

    I assign a level to the quest undertaken or area explored, then use the adventuring day table to award xp. If not completed in one session (do aim for this though), I pro-rata the amount awarded. Up to the players how they achieve their goals, though the patron typically offers an obvious choice.
  9. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Killed Me a Lawful Stupid Paladin

    I wonder if using third person in play would've helped? e.g. The Elf captain looks you up and down, then says 'I haven't the time for riff-raff such as you.' That way players more easily draw distinctions between in-play emotion and out-of-play feelings. Just a thought, thinking back on...
  10. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E It's official, WOTC hates Rangers (Tasha's version of Favored Foe is GARBAGE)

    Hold a sec, foraging can require a roll. Sure, a natural explorer gets double amount, and Outlander gives food for free if available... but I interpret that only being for the easy DC10 foraging check. Scarce and almost non-existent require checks - even from an outlander ranger (albeit...
  11. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General Hero Forge in Color Is Open For Busniess!

    I made my daughter's character. She's happy with it - except the hands are too big and character not tall enough. Personally, I'm delighted.
  12. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General [Dragonlance/Faerun] Anyone here met any Cataclysm/Wall of the Faithless defenders?

    We played Dragonlance back in the day. Players especially loved defending the High Clerist Tower from dragon army attack, and a climactic aerial mass dragon battle over city of Sanction. Btw, Dragonlances were lances that did double damage to dragons. That was double damage for a lance charge...
  13. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    At a more abstract level, the worst case is demihuman races losing definition and becoming more human-like. IRL there are no other races, so a player needs hooks to role-play. From a world-building perspective, I can work with Dwarves having superior hardiness and build their communities and...
  14. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    I don't think so. This attitude to happily jettisoning archetypes and tropes in favor of untrammeled progressiveness helped lead to the 'we know best' disaster of 4E. No, much better to raise a voice of protest now at what is being lost. And we'd better put to rest this idea that fans of the...
  15. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    My experience about extolling the virtue of change is that one day you find you've somehow been left behind. Sure change happens, but it doesn't have to be for the better, and there no guarantee it'll always align with your values. Despite stamping and swearing I'll never touch Tasha's, it'll...
  16. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E A quirky combo

    I would only allow it with bar stools, steins, bottles, pool cues... or hand bags. Probably require PC have had a few drinks too.
  17. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E A case for weapon master

    I have an acoloyte-Life cleric I considered Weapon master for: Base human stats of Str15, Dex9, Con14, Int14, Wis16, Cha10 Improved Wis @ 8th level (later got Cha+1 by Bag o bean egg) Anyway, thought about Str16 plus longsword & great sword etc, but opted for Str & Dex+1. He almost fell to his...
  18. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Jeremy Crawford Discusses Details on Custom Origins

    For me it's pretty simple, I started playing the game in 2E and still enjoy much of the tropes and idiosyncrasies from the game back then. What Tasha's does with races takes part of the game in a direction I don't care for. Frankly, being able to be a dwarf wizard is one heck of a concession...
  19. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D 5E Bad Sage Advice?

    Sage advice is a generally useful resource, but there's some I don't buy. On the bright side, the literal interpretation of shield magic bonuses has lifted a veil to me. I've been too big a fan of RAW, need to value context, narrative and balance a little bit more.
  20. FreeTheSlaves

    D&D General Naming the Barbarian? [added battlerager]

    I like the term Barbarian, and all its heap of negative connotations. Maybe I want to play that kind of character, crude, brutish, uncivilized, primitive. Oh yeah, and Conan the Barbarian was a great movie! If you want to divorce culture from the class (background), you're left with the...