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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:49 am 
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Here Shall Be Dragons

Got my 5th edition PHB (Player's Handbook) on release day and although many of the core rules were already available online for free, the book expanded those initial ideas very well.

I have already started fleshing out a campaign in my head and look forward to the next few months as the other two books arrive (Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master's Guide).

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:52 am 
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So what's the dilly with this? Still rooted in the d20 system?

Is this the sort of 1st -> 2nd, or 2nd -> 2.5 progression, or is it more like 2.5 -> 3?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:56 am 
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The last time I played D&D, it was called "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons." And there were, like, 50 hardcover books.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:26 am 
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Shoe wrote:
So what's the dilly with this? Still rooted in the d20 system?

Is this the sort of 1st -> 2nd, or 2nd -> 2.5 progression, or is it more like 2.5 -> 3?

It is more like,

[All Previous Editions]-Crap = [Original D&D]+Fun

Now whom is pulling out the big math guns, Shoe?

5th Edition still has a d20, yes.

But gone are many of the arbitrary charts and algorithms that dominated the editions starting with AD&D back in the late 1970s, all to be replaced by simple (but effective) concepts of performing actions with an advantage, a disadvantage, or at a base value.

Much of the emphasis on role-playing a character is back, but the system also offers the savvy Dungeon Master (read as "yours truly, me") enough sophistication and options that a DM's table will be able to enjoy many nights of fun adventures filled with challenges unexpected and rewards undreamed of.

I look forward to building my campaign with this new design.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:34 am 
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Sounds quite promising.

I liked the evolution into d20 because it had less reliance on dozens of charts, none of which were consistent with one another. It meant that as a DM I could concentrate more on providing a great adventure rather than as merely the Keeper Of The Charts & Numbers, And Arbiter Of The Rules.

Still, some people thought the character builds were way too busy with stats and skills. I don't disagree with that.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:02 am 
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Stats and skills are simplified, but not emaciated.

Want to juggle small kittens while dancing a jig?

Roll a Dexterity Check with Disadvantage - oh, you're a former circus performer? Alright, you have Advantage.

Roll two d20s and take the higher roll as your result.

That is about as complicated as it can get.

Feats can add some complexity, but only for those that want it since they are strictly optional. I like them, so I will be using them.

Also, they are definitely not your 3rd edition or 3.5 edition Feats.

But skills are nigh nonexistent.

Playing a character is fairly simple, but not cookie-cutter like 4th edition was. Where 4th edition really hammered a Player's round concept into their square character build holes, this edition allows the flexibility of all other editions (e.g., if you really want a wizard that wears plate armor, you can do that, or maybe you feel a barbarian using daggers is cool - well, do that, too).

Don't get me wrong, though, when you build a wizard you still have schools of magic to choose from and clerics still have gods to choose their powers from and rangers still choose the arrow-firing guy or the melee whomping fucker.

So, some of the classic D&D tastes are there - but they do not discourage adding your own spices that will definitely change the color of your ranger vs another ranger.

I encourage reading the free online PDF player's booklet for a glimpse, but the real diversity comes through with the actual PHB.

I will post more from that as time goes on.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:56 pm 
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Shoe Jr. is in his room right now, running a D&D campaign via Skype with a bunch of his friends who are scattered across the country at various schools.

Totally dorky.



I love it. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:29 am 
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Shoe wrote:
Shoe Jr. is in his room right now, running a D&D campaign via Skype with a bunch of his friends who are scattered across the country at various schools.

Totally dorky.



I love it. :thumbs:

:hole1: :hole1: :hole1: :hole1: :half:

Deducted half a hole because of jealousy. LOL

Absolutely awesome.

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He said there is some site that facilitates it all, gives you all the tools and rules as part of the package to streamline running campaigns online. I may need to check it out.

I'm glad to see that like his old man, he's DMing. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:21 am 
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Definitely a good skill.

I want to get back into running a campaign, too.

I had thought (incorrectly) that I would be done with all my personal crap a few weeks ago and I ran into a stone wall of reality. Now I am doing the slow drudge of finishing everything, but I do look forward to the days and weeks where I won't be dreading an encounter or necessary conversation - at that point, my mind will be free enough to run a good game.

All that said, let me know the link, if you would be so kind.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:35 am 
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A sort of D&D meets board game thing we talked about fer youtube:


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:33 am 
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Shoe wrote:
A sort of D&D meets board game thing we talked about fer youtube:


:thumbs:

Placed on my watch later list.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:45 am 
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The last two Saturdays, I have run 5th edition sessions, and my first D&D sessions overall in many years ... probably since Pender and I first 'met' online.

I'm still a bit rusty, but we're having fun, and three of the players are brand newbies, so they don't always see when I falter.

Except for a few niggles, I am REALLY liking the 5th edition rules.

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Shoe wrote:
The last two Saturdays, I have run 5th edition sessions, and my first D&D sessions overall in many years ... probably since Pender and I first 'met' online.

I'm still a bit rusty, but we're having fun, and three of the players are brand newbies, so they don't always see when I falter.

Except for a few niggles, I am REALLY liking the 5th edition rules.

:thumbs:

I've heard nothing but good things about 5th edition's playability.

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It's very streamlined without being dumbed down, which is a great balancing act. It's super easy to make calls and generate rules on the fly, and players aren't bogged down in numbers like they were in 3rd edition.

The spellcasting system needs some work, since every spellcasting class -- in the base rules wizard, warlock, sorcerer, druid, and cleric, plus paladin and ranger -- has a slightly different way spell prep and such works. Better to just have a more unified system across all classes.

Oh, and the DM's Guide is a disappointment for experienced DMs, since the vast majority of the book is devoted to teaching you how to build and run a campaign. There are very few essential rules in it. Aside from a nice list of magic items and some charts on treasure generation, pretty sure an experienced DM could live without it ... which is weird, since it's a core rulebook.

But otherwise, I am really digging it so far. Made it easier for me to get back into the swing of things.

Still LOTS of room for roleplay, too.

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After introducing Tig to D&D, I got him to chat about his experience for a few minutes:


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The two goofballs behind you are the stars of that video.

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In truth, they are the ONLY reason we did. (And there is a third person in the video, harder to see, but much closer to the camera.)

I always wanted to do something where we had people lingering in the background unacknowledged, so after playing I was like, "Hey, we have people here. Want to shoot something real quick?"

I really just needed to do it to clear that idea from my head!

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Shoe is a horribly restrictive person and it chaps my hide to know that he is tossing around bans on good folk with only kindness in their hearts.

Boo! Booooo! Boooooo!!

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