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Aug
13
comment What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?
@KorvinStarmast - To step back a bit: it's tricky to balance this question. The other users of this site can't vote on whether an answer helps my particular group unless they happen to be in it. But they can assess whether an answer lists techniques that come from a qualified source, and have some demonstrated success elsewhere. So, I've tried to extract what I think are clear and generic aspects of the problem and give suggestions for how answers can be qualified. I didn't think the demographic of the group is one of those aspects, but hey, it might be.
Aug
13
comment What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?
@KorvinStarmast - To directly answer your question: we're all adults.
Aug
12
comment What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?
@KorvinStarmast - I'd favour a technique that involves both "sides" (ie. there's a part the DM does, and a part the players do), but I'd be happy with either. Of course, even a tool designed solely for use by DM would require buy-in from the players; and conversely, a tool for use by players might need occasional enforcement by the DM. Personally I'm a player in this scenario, but I think it makes the most sense to consider this question being asked on behalf of a DM.
Aug
12
comment What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?
Don't get too hung up on the "whitelist" (as @Miniman put it) in the question — the point is that it's an SE site and should conform to the usual rules re. answers being generally applicable. Hence the phrasing "might include," "some or all of," etc. It doesn't include all possible ways you could qualify an answer, just what I saw as the most viable. I would love it if people with experience talked about how well something works, but it can't be the only thing that justifies an answer.
Aug
12
comment What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?
Just a note about a possible duplicate: How can I avoid players spending too much time planning? — I feel like that question is mostly relevant to situations where the players have already decided to do a thing, and want to hatch elaborate and intricate plans for the honest-to-goodness action involved (combat, getaways, etc). My question is more about quickly reaching consensus for group decisions in the first place.
Aug
3
comment Does flanking always grant advantage, or is it up to discussion?
Another drawback is that it undermines the "specialness" of the rogue's sneak attack trigger, albeit in a minor way. When adding optional rules, it's often worth considering whether it overlaps with, and therefore reduces the value of, a class/racial/feat perk that already exists.
Jul
29
comment How can I convert D&D Next Saving Throws into Defences?
@GMNoob - I hadn't actually done the maths, I just assumed the different offsets would cancel out. How big is the difference?
Jul
29
comment How can I convert D&D Next Saving Throws into Defences?
Just to clarify: these variant rules were published after the other answers were given.
Jul
16
comment Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?
I think the phrasing "that's probably not enough to hide behind without an actual stealth check" has the potential to confuse. Hiding (the mechanic) always requires a stealth check. So "hide without a check" makes no sense. If you meant "hide" more colloquially, I'd suggest something like "that's probably not enough to ensure your target can't see you, unless you take an action to hide (bonus action for rogues)."
Jul
15
comment Can a patron revoke warlock's powers?
Here's another thought (because I've been working on a similar campaign idea): they can be revoked, but only through a long and intricate ritual. If the warlock and their allies are unable to prevent the ritual taking place... well then...
Jul
8
comment How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?
@SevenSidedDie I interpreted it the opposite way: "you cast it as normal but hold its energy." Casting as normal involves expending a spell slot.
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 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.