5E Does your group use feats?

Does your group use feats?


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Bacon Bits

Adventurer
They're always available, but pretty much nobody takes them until they've got a 20 in their prime requisite.

Variant humans are rare because, unless I'm DMing, darkvision doesn't have a perception penalty in total darkness.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Yeah, for purposes of this poll, I was only looking for if your group makes them available in general. When you start drilling down into when they are used vs ASI, or which ones are shunned, that’s a whole other can of worms lol.
 
I always allow them as a DM some of my players use them often some not so much, as a player I have used them with every character I have made.

It helps bring character concepts to a better completion.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Always.

I suspect that most groups of people who enjoy going online to engage with the hobby conversationally also enjoy the system tinkering that more complex options entail, so I’d bet money that this same poll will get similar results in nearly any forum dedicated to TTRPGS.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
When I even considered having a game that didn't use feats, some of my players were pretty upset about the idea. I think the fact that a lot of them really prefer classless games is part of it; they want every bit of customization they can get.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Personally I’d probably sooner rule only Feats at ASI levels than no Feats. +2 in your primary ability score is a very strong boost, and also pretty boring, which is a bad combination in my opinion.
We just give a +1 and a feat, effectively, bc no one in the group likes going without feats anyway, and we instituted a house rule that when you pick a feat rather than ASI, you get a +1.
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
I use them, but I've also completely re-written almost all of them so that they are more equal to each other for the type of game I run.
 

S'mon

Legend
Most of my campaigns allow them. I like them as they tend to favour Fighters & Rogues, who are not very strong in a Featless game.
 

BlivetWidget

Explorer
Primary casters tend to avoid them until their spellcasting ability is at 20, since the desire to maximize save DC outweighs the benefits of most feats.
I'd put some very heavy caveats on this claim. I would put three feats on a wizard before I went for a single ASI. Most of the great wizard spells just happen. To name only a few: Shield, Misty Step, Tiny Hut, Polymorph as a buff, Animate Objects, Wall of Force, Simulacrum, Maze, ... you don't even have to pick up dice of any kind to successfully cast these amazing spells.

Given the choice between making the wizard's save DC just 5% better when it's not needed for most of the great spells anyway (in or out of combat)... or taking a feat, there are some very attractive options for feats. Resilient for those Con saves, Magic Initiate for more cantrips and an extra first level spell, etc. The opportunity cost is just so low.
 
I'd put some very heavy caveats on this claim. I would put three feats on a wizard before I went for a single ASI. Most of the great wizard spells just happen. To name only a few: Shield, Misty Step, Tiny Hut, Polymorph as a buff, Animate Objects, Wall of Force, Simulacrum, Maze, ... you don't even have to pick up dice of any kind to successfully cast these amazing spells.
Strong point. Also, even if your spell does take a save, you may be able to target it against a victim who has a low bonus (or even penalty) to that save.

Your caster stat also improves you cantrips, though - or do you not find yourself stooping to cast cantrips often?

Resilient for those Con saves, Magic Initiate for more cantrips and an extra first level spell, etc. The opportunity cost is just so low.
Anything that helps with CONcentration, certainly.
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
The only feats I alter at my table are GWM/Sharpshooter. Everything runs as-is and hasn't had any issues for our game play. My only change to those two is a pretty common switch from -5/+10 to -Prof. Bonus/+2x Prof. Bonus just to get a little of the "boom" and swinginess of it out of it at earlier levels.
I'm changing those as well.
 

cmad1977

Adventurer
Some players do, some don’t.
I haven’t found a significant difference in the efficacy of either group.
 

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