D&D 5E What kinds of design space is there in alignments?

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Base on what I seen on race and lineage, the only change I see for 2024 in the alignement section is a little tag in the top. Variant.


One day, I hope to actually play DnD.
that does sound a wise idea but how would it work in practice?
Well repeating what I mentioned in my previous post to start: alignment based events and encounters or gaining boons relevant to the alignment
Alignment based encounter and event tables are something I really like as an idea, if you have certain alignments in your party or have been a big nuisance to aligned entities then you’ll be finding your enemies sending their forces to mess with you, or the side that likes you might drop a little something nice your way.

I also think it would be nice if alignment got you something, just out of the gate for being that alignment, a specific spell or feat or resistance or proficiency or a familiar option or something:
you are Chaotic, you can pick [appropriate number] of the following features:
You can cast charm person PB/LR times,
You are proficient with hand crossbows,
Add PBd4 damage whenever you deal psychic damage,
You have resistance to lightning damage
Ect, ect, ect...’

Staying loyal to an alignment would gain you more boons, if you swapped maybe loose one temporarily and have to repick the others from your new alignment’s options, if you were repeatedly changing alignment it’d cause you to loose all your boons.
but also maybe prestige classes like ‘paragon/bane of X’ or ‘herald of [extraplanar alignment being]’, magic or items that change their effects depending on who uses/who they’re used on rather than ‘only being able to be used by’,


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Your sister is good and correct then.
b) is it official as I am seeing a lack of a dc logo on it, who was the them in question?
This is an official DC product, yes.
c) assuming the above is yes how do you want the toe shipped as flesh through the mail is difficult on a good day?
I will come for it at a time and moment of my choosing.

It is hard to find things for high level PC's to do, so I figure alignment types focus on high-level PC's to convince them to sign up "or else"; that bar tab you signed back when you were level 3 was really a contract with Mechanus and now you have to be LN or they will repossess your magic items....

Slightly more seriously, you could have alignment add spells to spell lists like Ravinca guild spells for those with spell casting abilities or maybe let you cast certain spells once a long without a spell slot (good even if you aren't a caster). Likewise there could be fighting boons for noncaster classes (for example, the "purity" of your LG-ness lets you do one extra die of damage to fiends or undead or you get temporary hit points when you kill something when you are CE). If you change alignments, your spells or boons change.

To this day I remain fascinated by the entire idea of alignment languages.

A secret language that the Lords of Order and the Lords of Chaos use to communicate with each other and their allies that is completely unintelligible by their foes? A way of using tone and body language that only folks who are of the same alignment will truly understand? A mechanic that made sense when it was a simple little dungeon crawling game where alignment basically designed to indicate what side the players were on and who it was okay to kill that made less and less sense as the game moved from being a dungeon crawler and into a more generic fantasy simulation game?
I fell down an alignment rabbit-hole a month or two ago

Here's an article on alignment language that you might find interesting:

Here's another article on alignment:


I fell down an alignment rabbit-hole a month or two ago

Here's an article on alignment language that you might find interesting:
Interesting article - the discussion of alignment as an indication of your actual aligning with one side against another (Law vs. Chaos) is exactly how I always understood alignment - which is why the AD&D 9 point grid version never had much appeal to me. And then as it became less and less a statement of "what side are you on in the cosmic battle" and more "here's a shorthand for a personality" I just slowly stopped using it in my games. I'll bring it back sometimes as a "Law/Chaos/Balance/Unaligned" system for settings where it makes sense - I do love having a cosmic battle that isn't about Good vs. Evil.


I have mentioned this before, but I think Alignments work exceptionally well as something analogous to zodiac signs. You aren't evil, but you were born under the Chaotic Evil stars, which is wrapped up in your fate and how you connect to the magical world and which gods have an interest in you, and so on. If you do this, you can include alignment mechanics while not lashing players to certain play behaviors. A paladin can be born under an evil star -- maybe that is why they became a paladin in the first place -- and counts as "evil" for spell and other magical effects.


Like a lot of rules, I think alignment is useful as a mechanic in a game where not every person is an equally gifted storyteller. A GM may not be great at describing the traits, thoughts, or hints that identify an evil opponent, but a trait called "chaotic evil" a wizard can detect is an excellent stand-in that keeps the story moving and helps the players to understand what to expect from a world that exists only in their imagination. It's also a handy tool from a GM point of view in that with two words you can define the intended behavior of an NPC/monster without a bunch of extra text. It's the difference between "This creature is relatively strong but not exceptionally so. Carrying more than a fully packed rucksack slows this character down a bit, and they'd struggle to flip a table over in the bar. They are okay at climbing and do fair damage if armed with a good weapon." VS "STR 10"

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