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Honestly the best option here is to talk to your DM. Since it sounds like the rest of your party agrees with you on the matter of the fumble tables, it might help if you had at least one other player to back you up, although probably no more than that to avoid making the DM feel overwhelmed and defensive. Explain that you as players don't find the fumble ...


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ve always found that the most difficult problem with appearance stats is that it’s supposed to be one single stat, that applies to all people. Even within the human race, there are people attracted to others that I’d personally find ugly, even repulsive, and people who would find those I am attracted ...


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No, there is no good balance reason The designers may have imagined there was; it’s conceivable they considered the option of Weapon Finesse as your 1st-level feat (or Weapon Focus, Exotic Weapon Proficiency, Quick Draw, and so on) to be important advantages of full-BAB classes. I tend to believe it was more of an “imagery” thing, though ...


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I strongly recommend that you urge your DM to ditch fumble and critical tables altogether. It sounds like this will be difficult to do, but you’ll find the game much improved – and, I think, so will he. This is because... Critical and fumble tables have myriad problems The Dungeon Master’s Guide even strongly recommends against them, for good reasons – and ...


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What you're describing isn't "the DM made up a rule". They didn't make up any rules at all. What you're describing is the fact the DM created some people in the world you're playing in, and decided how they worked. This is basically what the DM is there to do in D&D. Your DM decided they didn't eat human or monkey. Presumably, the DM isn't comfortable ...


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By RAW, no. From page 93 of the PHB: though the beast does not take any actions unless you command it to. That much is pretty clear-cut. By RAI, were it my game, I'd probably allow the beast to stand guard and engage with anyone who tries to harm the unconscious body of its master, but it would be under DM control and if I were using morale, that ...


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The Dungeon Master’s Guide is right to warn you about such houserules. The game was not designed for them in mind, and the game’s math reacts poorly to their introduction. In general, some of the biggest problems are that critical and fumble tables Increase swinginess, which disproportionately punishes PCs because they see many more rolls than does the ...


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Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is not well equipped to describe the world prior to the Event. If you try to do so, you’ll be fighting the system every step of the way: 3.5 is extremely high magic, and expectations of high magic are baked into the system at every turn (most especially with how CR is determined, and by extension published modules). It certainly ...


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We talked about random initiative in our group a few weeks ago. The DM mostly cited the "I do X because the boss can't act until you are done" kind of thing as a reason. There are, however, a number of drawbacks. Here's what we could see: It makes readied actions a big gamble This is, in my opinion, the biggest sin of importing randomized initiative into ...


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In general, there aren't any huge reasons why this wouldn't work. Some potential pitfalls: You give a powerful melee weapon to casters - By making a simple melee weapon finesse based, you are encouraging casters to dump Strength and push more points into Dexterity than they already would. Functionally, this would eliminate the need for melee cantrips, and ...


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Tradition... tradition!1 This is a process that requires a great deal of trust, as you must trust that the DM isn't out to get you. In a more nomothetic2 setup, the arbiter of reality is easily observable and, by virtue of being relatively immutable, is judged to be impartial. However, it was not always this way3. Groups with a more ideographic tradition ...


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The Tools are There The Princess Bride scene is so good because it includes good banter, stylish moves, and good storytelling. You can capture those with the RAW system. The attack/defense rolls in WoD, especially nWoD, are very abstract. A basic attack with Weaponry could involve any number of weapons, wielded with a wide range of styles and flourish. ...


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In 5th edition, it is as you have said. The animal will normally only act when commanded. However, in the PHB Errata, it says: Ranger’s Companion (p. 93). If you are incapacitated or absent, your beast companion acts on its own, focusing on protecting you and itself. It never requires your command to use its reaction, such as when making an ...


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I have played monks with Dex-to-damage as well as Wis-to-damage (and Wis-to-attack, for that matter). These things help, undoubtedly, but they are not really sufficient to solve the problems. The big advantage here is that they allow a certain amount of reduced Multiple Ability Dependency. This helps some of the monk’s serious “number” problems – their HP, ...


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In addition to Doug’s suggestions, I have some more: Unearthed Arcana flaws The option of taking Flaws is presented in Unearthed Arcana. For each flaw a character has (up to two), the character gains an additional feat. In general, this is a great trade every time; you can easily take flaws that do not impact your character much, or match behaviors you ...


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Adding necromancy spells isn't overpowered in and of itself. If I were you or your DM, I'd write a new terrain type for Land druids or perhaps even make entirely new paradigm for the class. Considering that you are inexperienced, however, I think the easiest thing and the one for the least potential to break your game is to make a new circle for Land ...


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A rogue special ability is fair Rogue special abilities are about equivalent to a feat (and, in fact, the feat option is one of the best of the options presented), and Improved Uncanny Dodge is something you generally can’t get as a feat.1 Improved Uncanny Dodge definitely would not be a strong feat, but far weaker feats exist, and many of the rogue special ...


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The 5e Dungeon Master's Guide contains an optional rule on p.272: Lingering injuries A creature might sustain a lingering injury under the following circumstances: When it takes a critical hit When it drops to 0 hit points but isn't killed outright When it fails a death saving throw by 5 or more. When an injury happens, the player ...


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Here are the rules: Starvation and Thirst Characters might find themselves without food or water and with no means to obtain them. In normal climates, Medium characters need at least a gallon of fluids and about a pound of decent food per day to avoid starvation. (Small characters need half as much.) In very hot climates, characters need two or three ...


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Well, that's not only a good house rule, it's a wise one! Most classes that do benefit greatly from Weapon Finesse (Rogues, Monks, some Ranger and Fighter builds and Bards) are actually way over underpowered when compared to full casters like Clerics, Druids and Wizards. Giving those classes a bit of more freedom when picking up feats can help to reduce ...


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This cannot be balanced The power you suggest would be immense. It would open a wealth of exceedingly powerful options to the already-most-powerful classes. The ability to act more than you are supposed to, à la Quicken, is one of the most powerful abilities in the game – but it falls well short of being able to act when you shouldn’t be able to act ...


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We use an attribute switching house-rule in my current campaign. Players may switch the attributes of any +2/+1 race freely, that is, they can use the +2 and the +1 and assign it to any attribute of their choosing (but not to the same, of course). I did not allow to reassign the +2/+2 ability races, but I did allow a player who asked to switch the ...


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Combine approaches and extras to create different narrative justifications for powered and unpowered actions. Because of the limitations of approaches this probably won't be really viable for a long-form campaign story lasting months-worth of sessions. Still, if you're going to be playing shorter games (a month per campaign, tops) this is an elegant option. ...


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I suggest broadening the Event just a little: some people do indeed learn to cast spells, but others learn to draw subtler power from within themselves. These other powers are perhaps too subtle to be called "magic" -no one thinks of them as such, anyway- but because of them, even non-casters are still somehow more grand than what came before. In the ...


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Don't get rid of attack cantrips. They are there for a reason, and removing them will actually do exactly the opposite of what you're aiming for. So here's the thing. A wizard, even a L17 or so wizard (at 18 they get the ability to cast 2 L1 spells at will), has a limited number of spells every day right? This means that a wizard has to balance using out of ...


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I've not seen any rules for lost limbs in 5e. It looks like you'll have to house-rule stuff for this. Both of those solutions can help off-set this Drow's disability, but missing an arm is a big deal. There are a lot of effects that losing an arm could have. What could it mean for skill checks (rock climbing 1-handed? Good luck!). Bows? Never again. ...


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This doesn't actually affect the balance of the game that much, certainly not enough to require that enemy monsters be modified to match. What this does affect, however, is how you distribute your stats. If you can have a 16 in your main attack stat, you will, almost guaranteed, no matter your class. There's just no really good reason not to do so, if it ...


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If your DM is allowing you to fumble on a natural roll of 1 but still forcing you to confirm critical threats, then he is doing it wrong. Typically, if critical hits require two rolls (one to threaten, and another to confirm) then so do critical misses or fumbles. In fact, the 3.5 DMG itself suggests a DC10 Dexterity check to confirm a fumble triggered by a ...


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No. The key here is that the Monk weapon ability doesn't actually add the keyword "finesse" to the weapon, it just lets you use Dex for attack and damage. Defensive Duelist specifies that a weapon have that keyword, and thus, no, it can't be used. Adding more fuel to this fire is Jeremy Crawford talking about natural weapons and coming down on the side ...


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There are two ways to deal with this that I have experience with. Which is better depends on your situation, but both are workable. Ask for a list of houserules. For me personally, I have a really big problem playing in a system where I can't know all of the rules up front. If I'm playing in a game where there are significant house rules, then I'd ask ...



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