D&D (2024) Bonus languages in One D&D backgrounds goes contrary to their other goals

Thommy H-H

Adventurer
Yeah, nobles knowing Draconic is an extremely weird one. I could see Halflings, as a people who often travel. I could see Elves, which I could easily see as diplomats. Dragons are hard, unless it's because you expect to have to convince them not to eat all the princesses.

It's a good example of why "pick a language" should just be put there, even in a sample background.
Okay, seriously, it is worth actually reading the descriptions of the Backgrounds given, because every one of them explains exactly why the character with that Background learned that particular language.
 

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UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
If there is a sizeable number of folks who need/want the pre-built ones so they don't have to spend mental overhead on the choices, then there will be a sizeable number of gladiators that get Orcish because that's what the book gives. And a sizeable number of players who will associate Orcish with violent things like being a gladiator.
Will they really, does not any orc grow spuds? Who make boot for the orcish warriors?
If there isn't a sizeable number of folks who need/want pre-built examples, then we don't need to give them at all.
Agree, we should not make them all. Give them a random tables for those that could not be bothered to think up their own.
 


Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Yeah, nobles knowing Draconic is an extremely weird one. I could see Halflings, as a people who often travel. I could see Elves, which I could easily see as diplomats. Dragons are hard, unless it's because you expect to have to convince them not to eat all the princesses.

It's a good example of why "pick a language" should just be put there, even in a sample background.
How about if they give a suggestion for those who don’t want to make the choice themselves but add a parenthetical reminder that you can choose a different one. So Gladiator would say “Orcish (or another language of your choice)”?

Of course, you’d also need to do that with the tool, the feat, the skills, the ASIs, and the equipment package… At which point, it seems redundant. A single explanation at the beginning that you can change any or all of the options would do. And the packet already provides that.
 



Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
Of course, you’d also need to do that with the tool, the feat, the skills, the ASIs, and the equipment package… At which point, it seems redundant. A single explanation at the beginning that you can change any or all of the options would do. And the packet already provides that.
Spelling out those choices has been a conscious part of WotC style for a long time now, since when you don't specify things, you end up having to relitigate it all in Sage Advice (and countless online forums) anyway.
 




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