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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.
Nov
11
comment Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?
For the sake of anyone else who was confused by the ambiguous wording of the Red Box booklet (or just wants a RAW ref), p62 of the PHB says "Without a holy symbol, a cleric can still use these powers, but he or she doesn’t gain the bonus provided by the magic implement."
Nov
1
comment Will Wizards offer a Character Builder for D&D 5e?
DungeonScape has been axed, it seems.
Oct
29
comment How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?
See also What is 'my guy syndrome'?
Oct
23
comment How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?
@G0BLiN's comment was basically going to be my answer to this. Are your players capable of getting their explosives mixture correct within some tiny margin of error? Roll for not having your arms blown off! What's the dexterity check required to machine a gun barrel to 10µm precision in the middle of a dungeon? DC 120? How did you keep all that potassium nitrate dry? Because wax paper isn't going to cut it in a dank dungeon... and so on. That's not even starting on the economics of producing gunpowder in a world full of people who can just make magical fire...
Apr
1
comment How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?
One way I avoid spamming improv attacks is to always make it a check (eg. DEX vs REF), and give a penalty after the first one (because, hey, they'll see it coming). Also make it count for an action - even a minor action means a player might have to choose between that and eg. switching weapons or sustaining an effect.
Jan
28
comment How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?
Might be good to comment on the "half your level", "proficiency" terms too (and so on).
Jan
2
comment Do half-elves have the Elven Accuracy power?
So while it's not technically an error, it is still useless to take it (although I think it would make sense to have Elven Accuracy be an explicit prerequisite for Elven Arcane Precision). I presume there's no other way for a half-elf character to otherwise obtain Elven Accuracy?
Nov
20
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
But I agree, your point is the same either way :P
Nov
20
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
@BrianS - I see what you're saying, but I'm not so sure it really counts as a house rule so much as a G/N/S playing style difference. For example, a healing potion costs 50gp, but you can't just buy one at the bottom of a dungeon. But then a G-type group might just say "well, let's pretend you went back to the town, got the potion, had a sandwich, and came back to meet your pals...".
Nov
20
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
when you could use Enchant Magic Item before entering the lair to make a Frost Crossbow +2, pay the same gold — this depends on how your group interprets "component cost." Our group, for example, do not interpret it literally as turning X GP into a magical item on the spot; the component cost actually has to be spent, ahead of time, on the components required for the ritual. These components are determined by adventure flavour, and may lead to interesting diversions. Not every group does this though.
Nov
6
comment What are the canonical DC numbers for a skill challenge?
Nicely put :) I had indeed forgotten about the disparity between skill and trained abilities. When you say you no longer regularly add 5 - you mean to the DCs, right? Not the check results?
Nov
6
comment Should I show the health of enemies?
@amp108 - although there could be buffs or penalties that the players are unaware of that throw this off (eg. proximity to something, a timed effect, etc).
Oct
30
comment How do I balance an encounter for my party?
I found that it's best to make every monster the same level as the party - I can confirm that this is very, very good advice. Unless you specifically want your party to find themselves in one of those situations described for some reason.