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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

I usually run games that go up to around ninth level, so not quite where you're at. But here's my theory: Most of the time, players don't need to be sorely tested. Players don't need to come within ...
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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

The DM and the players should communicate First of all, not all groups have similar opinions on encounters. Some players like hack and slash and just killing enemies to feel cool and powerful. Some ...
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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

Frame challenge I'd like to offer a bit of a frame challenge. You say: However, I think they are playing with fire by pushing ever farther beyond the guideline to break us -- at some point, the risk ...
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How to calibrate combat encounters for high level play?

I agree that the encounter difficulty calculations just don't seem to work very well at higher levels, and I routinely create "Deadly" encounters even though they barely break a sweat. But I'...
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How well is the Unearthed Arcana Raven Queen warlock subclass balanced as compared to the officially published subclasses?

It's relatively balanced I've DM'd a highly min-maxed Raven Queen warlock from level 1 to 14 and I've never felt that it unbalanced my game. That said, this subclass excels in certain scenarios and is ...
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How does the balance of the UA Twilight Domain compare to the official Twilight Domain from Tasha's Cauldron?

The published version is stupidly powerful. I recently played through a good portion of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden as a Goliath Twilight Cleric. Let me tell you this: how this subclass ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

Maybe As this answer mentions, another reason verbal components are important, is the effects of silence in combat. Another is being able to stealthily cast spells around other people. It sounds like ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

It's more about the theme, not the game balance Incantations and arcane words are the common fairy trope in many cultures. This is the main reason why verbal spells exist in D&D. Possible tactical ...
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Will making changes to verbal component rules break game balance?

Not in a major way There are other reasons why being able to eschew verbal components is strong, the most important ones are practical combat related: the caster cannot be neutralized by casting ...
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Is this altered version of the spell "Crown of Madness" balanced?

You can play the opponents differently As you say, the spell is weak as the target can just move away from its allies. In my experience, what this often results in is that the caster chooses a target ...
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Is this altered version of the spell "Crown of Madness" balanced?

It's fine Prior to your change, using this spell on an intelligent opponent would generally mean they'd run away from the combat until the spell wore off. After your change, that's still true. They ...
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Is a rod of Cherry Blossom Spell metamagic a bad idea?

You’re fine. Cherry Blossom is a decent but not overpowered metamagic. Providing a magic item that players would normally never buy to encourage more creative play is one of the fun things about GMing....
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Comedy v3.0 balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

Still seems very elaborate Level 3 You provide three features. Published Bard subclasses tend to have only two, College of Swords has 3, so high end but OK. Thasha's Hideous Laughter (THL): Adding a ...
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Help balancing a spell, dealing with blindsight, concentration and a unique character build

This is not particularly different than Fog Cloud in effect, only with a reduced area, reduced range, reduced duration, improved wind resistance, improved components, and significantly reduced action ...
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