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D&D 5E What rule(s) do you tend to ignore?

Mort

Legend
Supporter
Either because you don't want to be bothered with it, don't like it, or for whatever reason, what rule (s) do you generally just ignore? And why?

2 I can think of off hand for my group:

I allow the shield master bonus attack at any time (only seen the feat once in many years and doing it this way caused no issues).

A bigger one : Short rests can be less than an hour, sometimes as short as 10 minutes. Influenced by the original playtest (of 5 minutes), and we just kept them around that long.

Thoughts?
 

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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Either because you don't want to be bothered with it, don't like it, or for whatever reason, what rule (s) do you generally just ignore? And why?

2 I can think of off hand for my group:

I allow the shield master bonus attack at any time (only seen the feat once in many years and doing it this way caused no issues).

A bigger one : Short rests can be less than an hour, sometimes as short as 10 minutes. Influenced by the original playtest (of 5 minutes), and we just kept them around that long.

Thoughts?

Seems reasonable- although I play with the short rest is one day, long rest is one week.

The only rule at my table is that I don't tell the players how to pirate, and they don't tell me how to captain.
 


DEFCON 1

Legend
All the standard ones I think. Spell components, "handedness" (which hands have which items and whether there's one free to use stuff, move stuff etc.), view distance (especially regarding the changes from bright light to dim light to darkness), encumbrance, skills only connecting to a single ability score, the set distribution of class features, and so forth.

Basically I disregard most of the important tropes of early AD&D dungeon crawling, and instead play it like a modern storytelling game. So handwaving all the fiddly bits and just getting to the story.
 


King Babar

Adventurer
Encumbrance. During the Before Times (pre-coronavirus), when I was largely playing with pen-and-paper, I absolutely hated keeping track of it, and when DMing I largely handwaved it unless something exceptional came up.

I like that DnDBeyond basically automates it, but I would still prefer a simpler encumbrance system (inventory spaces and slots instead of weight, for example).
 
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Fanaelialae

Legend
We also use shorter short rests.

The other one is cover from allies. We liked the rule in 4e, so we kept it for 5e. Basically, your allies only provide cover against you if they choose to. Normally, it's assumed that they maneuver to avoid blocking shots made by their allies.
 

Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Supporter
15 minute short rests. But long rests don't restore all your hit dice and it takes a week of R&R to do a full recovery for Exhaustion and full Hit Dice.

I also ignore the "Weave" 'cause it's just terrible. Magic loses it's flavor when it's all just one thing.

Encumbrance I don't -ignore- but it's just a massive hassle, so there's usually a bag of holding in an early treasure trove and that solves that issue. I'd rather have a slot/space system with object sizes and weights just taking up more slots.
 

Encumbrance, except when it comes to seeing if one character can lift or drag another.

What's in a character's hands.

I also have a rule of thumb to never correct a player on how far a character can move or to check their path... It just breaks momentum, and there's usually a way (cutting corners, etc) for a character to get to where they want to go.
 



Mort

Legend
Supporter
15 minute short rests. But long rests don't restore all your hit dice and it takes a week of R&R to do a full recovery for Exhaustion and full Hit Dice.
Long rests only restore up to half total hit dice by RAW regardless.

How do players react to exhaustion taking so long to restore? It's HARD to get rid of and actually one of the nastiest effects in the game (l love exhaustion effects, my players would probably say too much!)
 

Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Supporter
Long rests only restore up to half total hit dice by RAW regardless.

How do players react to exhaustion taking so long to restore? It's HARD to get rid of and actually one of the nastiest effects in the game (l love exhaustion effects, my players would probably say too much!)
I like Exhaustion as a mechanic, but I don't use it -often-. Players can choose to inflict it on themselves by taking extreme actions of their choosing, but that's really up to them.
 



Mort

Legend
Supporter
Another couple, both more about forgetting then ignoring :

1. Forget to pause before telling a player what spell an NPC cast, (so the player knows the spell BEFORE) deciding to counterspell. Hasn't been a problem so far, so haven't really bothered to be more careful about it.

2. Forget that portent must be declared before the die roll and just allow it to replace the roll. This one I should probably police more - but hasn't been a major issue.
 

By RAW a shield requires an action to equip or unequip. I've never once seen this rule actually enforced, and don't point it out when it is not followed. It's a rule that really only makes sense if you assume all shields are strapped to the forearm style rather than held at the center style, and it just locks people into using one weapon set for the whole fight which usually makes the game less interesting.
 


Inspiration. I don't like handing out candy for roleplaying.

Before you know the results powers. It's a hassle to pause every d20 roll by the DM to see if the PC with cutting words, etc., wants to do something. We remember sometimes, most we don't.

Exact distance in a day. If 3 hexes through explored territory sounds good, sure. However, in a Dark Sun 1st level desert wasteland scenario, that became vital and since it mattered, it didn't get ignored.
 

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