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Jun
23
comment What advantages does hiding have?
"Anyone targeting has to guess his location and even if they do they attack with disadvantage." I've seen references to guessing location on a few answers. Are there rules about guessing location for attack targets? Does it require gridded combat?
Jun
19
comment Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?
Note that the recent errata says that "unarmed strike" should not be listed on the weapons table. Don't know if this affects your answer.
Jun
12
comment As a group unfamiliar with RPGs, how do I encourage my players to read the rulebook?
+1 for demo session. They don't have to be full-day bootcamp sessions though, and you don't have to get the whole group together for them! I helped one of my players master 5e's spellcasting rules by running a series of easy-to-win combat encounters (eg. three thugs are waiting for you in alley). Another player got the hang of narrating skill checks and applying proficiency with a quick housebreaking scenario. Keep the demo sessions simple, run them with only one or two players to minimise organisation, and make sure you anticipate likely actions so you can make it fun!
Jun
12
comment What advantages does hiding have?
I feel like surprise would be very, very hard to accomplish with any reliability in a party with the normal mix of roles: two players would probably have DEX as a dump stat, plus disadvantage due to armour. (This doesn't detract from the fact this does answer the question: surprise is a mechanical benefit to being hidden. I had in fact missed the "of anyone hiding" part when I first read this, and thought that all that was required was a generic stealth check.)
Jun
12
comment What advantages does hiding have?
@Miniman - In the errata the exact wording is: Also, the question isn’t whether a creature can see you when you’re hiding. The question is whether it can see you clearly.
Jun
12
comment What advantages does hiding have?
Although it occurs to me that if you have extended cover, a rogue could move, hide, and continue to move. This would substantially reduce the risk of getting hit by area attacks.
Jun
12
comment What advantages does hiding have?
"If you duck out of sight and don't Hide, when you pop your head up to attack, everyone still knows exactly where you are" — my reading was the even if you do hide, popping your head up would count as "coming out of hiding". So in this case, hiding doesn't give you anything extra except where the DM allows you to stay hidden.
Jun
10
comment Is it necessary to purchase all the D&D 5th books to have access to all character classes etc.?
Isn't there an extra race in Rise of Tiamat?
May
25
comment How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?
@DuckTapeAl Possibly true, but I don't know that it deserves a downvote on the basis of what you think the OP wants. They can vote/accept for themselves.
May
19
comment How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?
@Stormur - Good question! I added some details on that.
May
15
comment What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?
@SteveJessop - Yes! I couldn't find a good way to say it, but there are advantages to choosing human in the first place. Smoothing over the differences might make the other players wonder why they forwent the +1 to all attributes. Now, if a player gives up a level of their preferred class to multiclass this ability in, or gives up an attribute increase to learn some cantrips (I think there's a Magical Adept feat that would do it?), there's a balancing mechanism there and it's not such an issue. So I'm not trying to be unduly critical of such an approach.
May
5
comment How do I reward creative combat improvisation without making it overpowered?
Could have been this one? Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?. Not super helpful to your specific situation, but I really think there was a better one...
May
5
comment How do I reward creative combat improvisation without making it overpowered?
I feel like there was a recent question about how fighters can contribute to roleplaying during combat, but I can't find it now.
Jan
8
comment Are there generic enchanted implements in D&D 5e?
Sorry, I completely missed that the first time. Okay, I think reskinning items like the ones you mention would be the most sensible way to go.
Jan
8
comment Are there generic enchanted implements in D&D 5e?
I've only found staffs and wands that specify that the bonus adds to attacks made, not to the DC of saving throws for spells that require those instead. This makes a +1 holy symbol a bit dubious, because most cleric spells seem to be saving-throw based. I'm still reading through the list, but do you know if there are focii that affect the saving throw DC instead of attacks?
Jan
2
comment Can you use a Bonus Action on a turn other than your own?
This pre-empts a question I was going to ask: does it really disallow spells that can be cast as a bonus action, or does it just mean you "waste" an action on them?
Jan
2
comment Does D&D Next or Dead in Thay have rules for equipping new PCs above level 1?
Now that the 5e DMG is out, does this answer still hold up?
Dec
28
comment Should all players have their own player's handbook?
Did you know that the basic D&D 5e rules are available for free download? This doesn't cover everything in the Player's Handbook (eg. no feats, limited spells), but it does cover initial character construction. If you only want to mitigate bottlenecks during character construction and rules disputes, printing out a couple of copies of this might help.
Dec
5
comment How best to progressively reveal the layout of a location to players?
If you're good at quick sketching, the Chessex mats are excellent. Draw terrain, mark areas of effect, annotate anything improvised so you don't forget the mechanic you just made up, etc.
Nov
11
comment Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?
This just happened to us. I wish I'd found this before spending two encounters just flailing about with a stick because I thought I couldn't use healing word.