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    D&D 5E D&D vs Bespoke Genre TTRPGs

    D&D is for playing D&D which is what most people want most of the time and often enough, its fine as a compromise. Its also played so much that people use it for all kinds of things. In my experience very lightly modified Epic 6 Pathfinder made for really good gritty heist style play. Now...
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    D&D General Rulings, not Rules: How Will You Solve the Bard / Half Elf Dilemma?

    I went with Ban the Bard though my preferred choice would be "play 2nd edition."
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    World of Darkness is also coming to TV!

    I'd watch that over a vampire driven one.
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    World of Darkness is also coming to TV!

    It had some very good moments though.
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    D&D General What DM-skills are you bad at?

    Prep. I rarely bother with it. Second, I basically refuse to use any tech more sophisticated a spreadsheet and rarely that. This may be because online play defeats the entire point of TTRPG, that is getting together with people.
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    We're giving away our 246-page homebrew compendium, The Elements and Beyond, for free!

    Deleted. I'm not going to support even with likes something that is problematic on copyright grounds.
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    D&D 5E The Dual Wielding Ranger: How Aragorn, Drizzt, and Dual-Wielding Led to the Ranger's Loss of Identity

    Ranger (and thieves as well but that is another conversation) only needed to exist as a class because D&D has until 3rd edition had inconsistent and janky rules for all kind of common adventuring tasks. Tracking? No idea. Stealth? No idea we uh got surprise rules lifted from wargames. Its...
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    What Flavor Is Your Owlbear?

    Last time I was in Neverwinter I had the Owl Bear roast at the Five Quills. Worst of both worlds, greasy, bearish, gamey, chicken'y with a slight sparkly carbonated note since it was a magical beast . Safe to eat? Sure. Not recommended at all. Great Tavern, good drinks, food and company...
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    I Am For The Darkmaster, Actually

    We were playing Rolemaster Standard System but it seems the time is pretty close.
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    I Am For The Darkmaster, Actually

    I own most of the HARP books in paper. Its a pretty solid system but like every game in that line and its cousins char gen can be slow. Last Rolemaster I played back in the late 90's we made 5th level (about 2 or 3 in AD&D 2e) starting characters. It took me half an hour to 45 minutes with a...
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    I Am For The Darkmaster, Actually

    I played Rolemaster nearly every time I got a chance not because of the rules which were decent enough but because its player base was one of the best I'd ever interacted with.
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    A supposedly great thing that I'll never watch again- Great media that left you cold

    Laughing At vs Laughing With is exactly the issue. IMO BBT Is laughing at nerds not with them and to me its rife with offensive stereotypes . A lot of people disagree but I'm not a purist so like what you like. Also there was a Tales from The Loop show? Huh. I'm more than a little out of...
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    A supposedly great thing that I'll never watch again- Great media that left you cold

    Minstrel Show. Ouch. I can't bring myself to hate any media. That would require me to be involved with it. I am therefore indifferent to media I don't like. I guess that qualifies as cold. Harry Potter is a good example, saw the first movie and was just "eh." after that. I can't blame other...
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    D&D 5E Cantrip nerf (house rule brainstorm)

    Take away cantrips like that and you'll just end up like 3E where nearly every mage carries a crossbow and after a spell or two becomes basically an inferior crossbowman.
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    D&D General best Feywild (or the like) adventures/modules?

    Kind of beat me to the punch. Note I do not have the main book as I'm not playing D&D at this time but I have the freebies for the setting and they were quite impressive. Ms. Switch Swine Witch definitely hits the twisted faerie tale vibe for me.
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    D&D 5E What Exactly Is A Critical Hit?

    A critical hit is an abstraction of a blow against a vital location which speeds up taking enemies out of the fight.
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    D&D 5E Relative Difficulties of Advancing in 5e

    More accurately "Reality Bites" Ignoring COVID 19 here between real life and computer games/Internet distractions , attention spans and a hundred other things its increasingly hard to get a steady group together to play for long periods of time. Up until maybe the 90's it wasn't uncommon to...
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    D&D General What have you done with Orcs in your games?

    Depends on the game world. One type are essentially Scro from Spelljammer though they hail from Mars. These scared my players but good. There are no half orcs in this setting but there are beast men who serve a similar role. Another kind are just big mean Goblins ala Tolkien. There are...
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    D&D 5E My Bard Player just broke the game - and I love it!

    I can respect your POV here IME campaign integrity never survives the inclusion of players. :p That said if I can't trust my players not to make the game less fun for everyone else with a wish, they don't get one so in a way we are on the same page.
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    D&D 5E My Bard Player just broke the game - and I love it!

    Different strokes I guess. I'd probably walk from the table after that since it comes on as "Jerk DM" Let the player have his fun. He earned it. YMMV of course and if your players are fine with it? Good on all of you. Also I usually don't crock wishes except in rare cases. Otherwise players...