• COMING SOON! -- Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition! Level up your 5E game! The standalone advanced 5E tabletop RPG adds depth and diversity to the game you love!
log in or register to remove this ad

 

D&D 5E Which played-out D&D trope needs to die?

Hussar

Legend
The first time I encountered a Scottish accent for dwarves was in World of Warcraft back before it was an MMO. I admit I do the psuedo-Scottish accent nowadays, but before the game came out I would just do a bit deeper voice than normal.

According to Atlas Obscura based on Tolkien, dwarves should have sounded Arabic or Hebrew. Elves should have been Finnish or Welsh.
Oof. That might be a bit on the nose.
 

log in or register to remove this ad

Bird Of Play

Explorer
Elves are feminine, dwarves are masculine, and drow are horny/sexy.

When I suddenly understood the psychological pattern behind those three tropes, I decided I'd avoid them, without denaturing the classic visuals of the character.

So yeah, elves are tall and don't have much body hair and prefer to keep their hair long, but you know who else is tall and without much body hair and has long hair? Conan the barbarian.

Ok, dwarves are hairy and stout and like to drink beer but don't tell me this stout hairy duergar lady isn't feminine:
 

Attachments

  • Aiub_Etnem_duergar.png
    Aiub_Etnem_duergar.png
    2.7 MB · Views: 8


ART!

Hero
NPCs who have information you need but the GM wants or needs to hoard information so in an attempt to build intrigue and mystery they play the NPC as annoyingly super-cryptic and aloof. There are lots of ways to play a reticent NPC - they don't all have to be aloof and cryptic.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
NPCs who have information you need but the GM wants or needs to hoard information so in an attempt to build intrigue and mystery they play the NPC as annoyingly super-cryptic and aloof. There are lots of ways to play a reticent NPC - they don't all have to be aloof and cryptic.
You'd rather that they were standoffish and enigmatic? ;)
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
NPCs who have information you need but the GM wants or needs to hoard information so in an attempt to build intrigue and mystery they play the NPC as annoyingly super-cryptic and aloof. There are lots of ways to play a reticent NPC - they don't all have to be aloof and cryptic.
Sorcerer subtle-casts Suggestion. "Tell us everything you know about <X>." And the NPC ... does.
 

Ogre Mage

Adventurer
1. Chaotic Stupid (Neutral) as an excuse to do evil/ridiculous/insane bull$**t. I have seen this many times and I am sick of it.

2. Lawful Stupid Paladin. Thankfully, this has become much less of a problem in 5E.

3. Slutty Drow Priestess/Assassin.

4. All dwarves are ugly, the women especially.

5. The "lone wolf" who demands hours of solo time and won't cooperate with the party.

6. I'm too sexy for my shirt / Too sexy for my shirt / So sexy it hurts

7. The useless, lame-o character who contributes nothing and stands idly by while everyone else is desperately trying to survive in combat. You find yourself praying a higher power will smite this player from the game because they are more useless than tits on a boar. This one is not really a trope, just a personal pet peeve.
 

1. Chaotic Stupid (Neutral) as an excuse to do evil/ridiculous/insane bull$**t. I have seen this many times and I am sick of it.

2. Lawful Stupid Paladin. Thankfully, this has become much less of a problem in 5E.

3. Slutty Drow Priestess/Assassin.

4. All dwarves are ugly, the women especially.

5. The "lone wolf" who demands hours of solo time and won't cooperate with the party.

6. I'm too sexy for my shirt / Too sexy for my shirt / So sexy it hurts

7. The useless, lame-o character who contributes nothing and stands idly by while everyone else is desperately trying to survive in combat. You find yourself praying a higher power will smite this player from the game because they are more useless than tits on a boar. This one is not really a trope, just a personal pet peeve.
is 7 deliberate or accidental?
 



turnip_farmer

Adventurer
Don't boars, as mammals, actually have teats to feed their young?
While 'boar' is most commonly used nowadays to distinguish wild pigs from domesticated varieties, the older sense of the term referred to male pigs, female pigs being sow (though it would be more accurate to say 'male and female swine', as 'pig' formerly referred exclusively to young swine, just as 'chicken' was once used only for young fowl but later became the common term for the animal, regardless of age).
 

While 'boar' is most commonly used nowadays to distinguish wild pigs from domesticated varieties, the older sense of the term referred to male pigs, female pigs being sow (though it would be more accurate to say 'male and female swine', as 'pig' formerly referred exclusively to young swine, just as 'chicken' was once used only for young fowl but later became the common term for the animal, regardless of age).
I have heard "tits on a bull" before as well.
 



Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
A group of young, inexperienced adventurers stop the ancient powerful evil from rising/returning.
Me, playing in Murder at Balders Gate:
I've got an idea, based in FR lore, how to kill the god of murder dead for keeps. How come, in the last 100 years, the 15th-level clerics of Lathander and/or Ilmater - who normally go out fighting great evils and doing good deeds - haven't taken care of something that a Paladin4 can figure out how to do?

Edit: punctuation and typos
 
Last edited:

Ogre Mage

Adventurer
is 7 deliberate or accidental?

These are some examples of the useless lame-o PCs I have seen --

*Most often the PC hides in combat and just sits there. Not launching sneak attacks from hiding, just sitting there like a bump on a log. I have played with rogues who spent combat looting the bodies while the rest of the party was still fighting the enemy.

*One of the worst examples was a ranger who began playing cards during combat. When confronted he said he figured we had it under control. A strange conclusion since several PCs were down to less than 1/3 of their hit points. That was when my fantasies about a higher power smiting the player from the game began.

*There was the wizard whose primary tactic was to cast invisibility on herself and then sit there doing nothing for the rest of the combat. When confronted about this she said she did not want to break her invisibility. She refused to change what she was doing. I wonder if she would have changed if the campaign advanced to the point where she had improved invisibility but she was kicked out before we got to that point.

*The "fighter" with strength 11 and charisma 17. He insisted on fighting with a longsword and was completely useless in combat. The DM gave him a rapier because he had high dexterity. He said the rapier was not his style and threw it away! He continued to be a total waste of space and was always going down.

*The human cleric whose primary tactic was to cast darkness on himself and run around in circles so enemies would not hit him. He could not see in the dark. Round after round he would run around in his darkness. I suggested to the group we kick this player out as he was the one who in an earlier campaign ran the ranger who started playing cards in combat. They would not do it. :rolleyes::mad:
 
Last edited:



Gnarlo

Gnome Lover
Supporter
These are some examples of the useless lame-o PCs I have seen --

*Most often the PC hides in combat and just sits there. Not launching sneak attacks from hiding, just sitting there like a bump on a log. I have played with rogues who spent combat looting the bodies while the rest of the party was still fighting the enemy.

*One of the worst examples was a ranger who began playing cards during combat. When confronted he said he figured we had it under control. A strange conclusion since several PCs were down to less than 1/3 of their hit points. That was when my fantasies about a higher power smiting the player from the game began.

*There was the wizard whose primary tactic was to cast invisibility on herself and then sit there doing nothing for the rest of the combat. When confronted about this she said she did not want to break her invisibility. She refused to change what she was doing. I wonder if she would have changed if the campaign advanced to the point where she had improved invisibility but she was kicked out before we got to that point.

*The "fighter" with strength 11 and charisma 17. He insisted on fighting with a longsword and was completely useless in combat. The DM gave him a rapier because he had high dexterity. He said the rapier was not his style and threw it away! He continued to be a total waste of space and was always going down.

*The human cleric whose primary tactic was to cast darkness on himself and run around in circles so enemies would not hit him. He could not see in the dark. Round after round he would run around in his darkness. I suggested to the group we kick this player out as he was the one who in an earlier campaign ran the ranger who started playing cards in combat. They would not do it. :rolleyes::mad:
Obviously taking their inspiration from Bilbo during the Battle of Five Armies
 

Ogre Mage

Adventurer
Obviously taking their inspiration from Bilbo during the Battle of Five Armies
Brave Sir Robin ... !

I was told the card-playing ranger/darkness-casting cleric player dropped a lot of acid (and not the black dragon breath kind). If so that explains a lot.
 

Level Up!

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top