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  1. iserith

    D&D 5E Some Tips for Smoother, Faster Play

    Five years or so ago, I ran a game for some WotC forum regulars including @Bawylie via text on Roll20 with the goal of creating a transcript of actual play. (I thought example play was sorely lacking in the new edition.) At the time, I received a number of comments and messages that indicated...
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    D&D 5E Oops, Players Accidentally See Solution to Exploration Challenge

    A situation arose in our Saltmarsh game last week and I'm curious to hear what you would do about it. I'll try to be somewhat vague so as to avoid spoilers, but be advised that some stuff might be given away in this thread. Anyway, here's what happened: While playing one of the Saltmarsh...
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    D&D 5E Remember the "3d6 For Stats In Order" Thread? I'm doing it!

    @clearstream recently had a couple of threads on this topic. One of the DMs in my secret cabal decided to give it a try for a dungeon crawl called "Dugholdeep." I will be playing in this game which starts in a couple weeks. It's 3d6 for stats in order, but one random stat can be replaced by a...
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    D&D 5E Most Psionic-y Creatures

    I could use some help from the community to identify good monsters I can reskin into humanoid psionic-using NPCs. I don't want to spend a lot of time creating unique monsters and would prefer to just tweak and use existing stat blocks with some cosmetic changes or maybe minor mechanics changes...
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    D&D 5E What are Your Table Rules?

    The DMG has a section on Tables Rules, which it defines as rules for how the game is played at your particular table. When I run a game, I provide a list of these rules appropriate to the campaign in the campaign forum and make sure that all players have read and agreed to them prior to play. If...
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    D&D 5E Players: Why Do You Want to Roll a d20?

    Plenty of players will ask the DM if they can make an ability check or, in some cases, just make the check unprompted. "Can I make an Insight check to see if he's lying?" a player might ask. Or "I roll Perception - Natty 20, what do I get?" While that's not strictly speaking supported by the...
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    D&D 5E Dead in Thay (TftYP) Discussion (Possible Spoilers)

    I have assembled a pool of a dozen players who are ready to tackle Dead in Thay, which I'm running as a one-off adventure not connected to a larger campaign. The players are creating and posting their characters now. Any given session will have 4 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) players. The player pool...
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    D&D 5E Rope Tricked!

    THE COLD OPEN The adventurers rush up the steep stairs, dashing heedlessly through rubble choking the landing. Behind them, the roper's strength-sapping tendrils flail in the darkness, reaching around the corner. The Underdark hunter, drawn from its slumber in the depths below, creeps nearer...
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    It's a Good Time for D&D Art

    Compared to the Before Times, I have to say that getting one's hands on quality art for games is way easier. Thanks, internet! (Also, artists.) I'm also lucky to have a couple of great artists in my regular group and below is a scene taken right out of one of our recent Eberron sessions. Kudos...
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    Video Game Inspiration for D&D 5e

    As the protagonists make their way through the Ever-Changing Chaos of Limbo to find a remedy for the Curse of the Iron Shadow, a plane-spanning malady that robs the afflicted of creativity and drive, they find themselves swimming through the chaotic soup to the Temple of Change, home to the...
  11. iserith

    Sleep Spell and Chain Awakening

    There was an occurrence at last night's Sunless Citadel game that I wanted to report because I thought it was interesting and I'd like to see if this has happened in other games. Some spoilers will follow. Having defeated the hostile kobolds and installed Meepo as their puppet dictator over...
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    D&D 5E iserith's Sunless Citadel

    This thread is to share some techniques and experiences for an actual play of The Sunless Citadel from Tales from the Yawning Portal. If there's interest, I will keep updating the thread as we play. Please consider this a spoiler warning as well for Sunless Citadel. While the regular DM for our...
  13. iserith

    Inspiration & Hero Points Math

    I wonder if I can get the help of the math-inclined out there so I can make some informed decisions about Inspiration (plus a variant) and Hero Points. I'm considering some options to fit the themes of some upcoming campaigns and one-shots. I understand that the way standard Inspiration works...
  14. iserith

    Block Feature Issue

    Hello Morrus - My understanding is that the block feature is two-way. If I block someone, I can't see their posts or respond to them and vice versa. While that does appear to be working for posters that have blocked me, it does not appear to be the case for posters I have blocked. They have...
  15. iserith

    D&D 5E The Case for Inspiration

    I hated Inspiration in the early days of D&D 5e. You could probably dig up some tweets of mine that show that. It was 16 to 20 characteristics for me to track as DM and I already had enough to do like manage villains and monsters, drink Irish whiskey, and smack talk the players. I also wasn't a...
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    D&D 5E What Am I In For With This Party?

    Wednesday's Viking-themed one-shot will see the following party taking on various Viking-themed challenges: Fire genasi abjuration wizard 8 Half-orc shadow monk 5 / rogue 1 / fighter 2 Dragonborn conquest paladin 8 Dwarf grave cleric 8 Human berserker 6 / fighter 2 The optional feats rules...
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    D&D 5E How Many Dragon Fights Have You Had in D&D 5e?

    As I put the final touches on tomorrow night's Viking-themed one-shot which features a terrifying dragon, I'd like to hear about your dragon fights so far in D&D 5e, either as a DM running the challenge or a player doing battle with them. What were the circumstances? What was the lair like...
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    D&D 5E Swaying a Crowd of NPCs

    Honestly, this is more of a math question than anything else. My brain is tired today and I can't seem to come up with a decent answer. So I'm hoping you math-inclined folks can help me with prep for a one-shot scenario. Imagine a social interaction challenge where two NPCs are trying to claim...
  19. iserith

    12/2, 7 pm E: D&D 5e, "Secret Party House of the Hill Giant Playboy" One-Shot on Roll20

    Looking to add three more PCs to a party of two for a one-shot this Saturday, 12/2, at 7 pm Eastern. The PCs are 7th level. It's a smash-and-grab dungeon run with lots of laughs. The game will last 4 hours. Roll20 with Google Hangouts for voice. Details here on Roll20...
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    D&D 5E D&D 5e Indiana Jones

    I've seen a couple of threads from 2015 kicking around about this concept, but figured I'd start a new thread rather than necro those old ones. Especially since there's been new material published since then. I'll be playing in a Tomb of Annihilation game and I'd like to play a D&D 5e Indiana...
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