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#DnD BBEG from my last campaign finally met his end in my current campaign. I always worried that his death wouldn't have an impact at all, but it ended up being just beautiful thanks to, surprisingly, my minmaxing player. Sir Gordon was a Death Knight. Not always, of course.
He served alongside a character from our last campaign as a Paladin for the realm until their unit was obliterated. Gordon covered for Akkadian's retreat. Akkadian was a mere soldier then, but he'd later grow to be an immensely powerful Oath of the Crown Paladin in his own right.
He was captured; he, his wife and his child were hostages of the Emperor and a strange Demon Lord. Gordon was forced to enable research on a ritual while his family suffered curses of indefinite slumber. Gordon didn't know the nature of the ritual, but the experiments were brutal
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Hi everyone, it's me, @justJamieDean.

This is a thread about #FeastOfLegends, Wendys, #CriticalRole, and why I've decided to step away from the #dnd #ttrpg community.
I've had my reservations about the direction, priorities and focus of parts of the community for a little while now, but this #FeastOfLegends thing has really shown me that this is not a place I belong, nor a place I want to be any longer.
Watching this community, who claims to be all for inclusivity and equality, rally around the advertising campaign of one of the grossest megacorporations on the planet, a corporation who actively rails against human rights in its supply chain, has been horrifying.
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Positive spin #DnD adventure ideas.

The villagers have a problem with goblins in the mines. They don't have clean water and the villagers worry the goblins may get sick.
The locals are worried that the Dragon is angry. Someone broke in and stole some of it's treasure pile so it is having a hard time sleeping and needs someone to give it a hug and watch over it for a few nights.
The mad wizard has been terrorizing the villagers. Escort a loved one to them so they can convince them to come with you to see a healer and get into a mental healthcare plan.
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I’m gonna go on a #dnd rant about #aasimar in a hot second, so hold on to your hats.
My problem with aasimar: why the FUCK are they only allowed to look like humans
Listen. If I was a dwarf cleric from a long-ass line of dwarf clerics who managed to be the parent to a soul blessed by whatever divine sugar parent I ended up with, my neighbours sure as hell would be suspicious after the kid was three feet talk before school started.
*pounds fists* we need more race inclusion for individuals who are seen as divine within campaigns! Where are my blessed tieflings? Blessed dwarves? Blessed kenku? It makes NO SENSE for gods to go ‘aight pick your human’ when some of them barely deal with humans to begin with
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One mistake you may make when running Storm King's Thunder is to play "A Great Upheaval". I think this start actually detracts from the adventure. IMO, the opening should be "you're adventuring in the Sword Coast", without any reference to giants. #dnd
Then, in "Rumblings", you first become aware of giant activity. You then continue your previous adventuring life (in "The Savage Frontier"), but slowly realise the giants are roaming the land, before Harshnag actually gets you into the proper plot of SKT. #dnd
The point here is that with A Great Upheaval, it sends you into "Quest for the Giants" before you're ready. You want to be doing normal adventuring things BEFORE Harshnag gets you. Otherwise you get frustrated at no direction!
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I think a lot of people's problems with #DnD is they assume that it's a Universal Fantasy #RPG
It's not and never was
D&D is designed around a particular setting and always has been
BECMI is Mystara
AD&D is Greyhawk
Birthright is Birthright
WOTCD&D is Faerun
Rules imply setting
The issue with this is people get frustrated when the rules enforce change on their setting by nature of their existence
Cantrips, for example
Cantrips being totally free w/no daily limit assumes an INCREDIBLY high magic setting where magic spells are like Solo cups
Some people don't want magic in their setting to be that freely available, so they get frustrated at D&D for not putting in an exception for them because, "HEY MAN, D&D IS SUPPOSED TO BE EVERY FANTASY WORLD, MAN!"
It's not a universal game and never was
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Alright. I’m home sick with the flu and may be in bed early tonight, so why don’t we take a look at #dnd’s latest hardcover adventure, Descent into Avernus now while I am awake 🤢
As always, this is a first look flip through. You see it as I see it.

And I want to point out that WOTC was knd enough to send me a preview copy of the book.

Alright. Lets go to hell.
Can I say that having a god’s symbol appear in the sky is a fantastic piece of imagery showing the god manifesting themselves? Yeah, very cool Bhaal, way to make an entrance.
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My grandmother passed away. Her funerals were today, but here I'd like to talk about the most important thing I couldn't spend too much time on in her eulogy: her love for Dungeons & Dragons. #DnD
She started very late, at 75, only a little over a year ago. One day I simply asked her if she'd like to try, and, like always when presented with something new, she said "Of course!". So we grabbed my PHB and built up a character together.
My grandmother chose to be a forest gnome because they seemed the most happy of the races and she really liked the fact that she could talk to small animals. She went with druid just to double down on the animal-friendship theme.
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This morning I was reminded of my high school friend Jim's #DND #RPG campaign. A low-magic, low-powered world somewhat set in the world of Conan the Barbarian. It was… harsh and not fun. (This'll be a thread.)
It was so low-magic that all spellcasting classes were incredibly rare, even as PCs. Our party didn't have a cleric. We basically had no healing magic, even from potions, that resting was the only way we recovered hit points.
I remember being overjoyed that we were hand-waving the details of a two-week sea voyage because it meant my character could spend 14 days resting and recover 14 hit points. Because I was a 4th-level fighter walking around injured all the time, being at 15hp out of 34 was common.
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This is one of my all-time favorites.

It's a brilliant design from 1987 that was decades ahead of its time.

Or, to be more accurate, it was right in its time and the rest of us are decades behind.
Re-reading my copy now. So much to talk about in these rules!

I feel a thread coming on. It'll probably have to wait until tomorrow, but there will be thread. An illustration of Rocket J. Squirrel introducing the rules to The Bullwinkle and Rocky Role-Playing Party Game.
"Fortunately, this isn't a normal roleplaying game."
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@JaegersNet 1. Erstes. Mein erstes D&D Spiel ist noch gar nicht lange her. Genau am 11.06.2017 spielte ich das berüchtigte DDEX1-3 Shadows over the Moonsea. Berüchtigt, weil es Tier 1 Charaktere verschleißt. Mein Gnom Schurke Marduc überlebte knapp und versetzte dem Boss fast den Todesstoß
@JaegersNet Den Hashtag #rpgaday2019 verwende ich dann ab morgen auch🤓
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I've been thinking more about this, and about the surrounding conversation in @Alphastream's thread, and I have a few further Thoughts.

Some #rpgtheoryjuly musings incoming.
#DnD's lore is tied to its chargen mechanics in a supremely satisfying way. The "choose one from column A and one from column B" of selecting race + class is VERY MUCH a Feature of the system.
What's brilliant about it is it provides just enough restriction to spark creativity in players. This feels counterintuitive to people who don't like this type chargen, but the possibilities of recombining those two axes are genuinely inspiring.
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#DnD Hot Take:
Your grimdark Warlock take is BORING. I am so tired of seeing edgy faustian monkey paw shit being the only take on this class. Here are some alternatives:

-Patrons are the equivalent of a magical billionaires and the Warlock is a con artist fleecing them.
-The pact is a mutually beneficial arrangement built on equal terms. The Warlock acts on the patron's behalf in situations where they cannot be direct.

-Old school art style "patronage." The Patron sees potential in the Warlock and fosters it for the occasional commission.
-Crowdfunding. It's no one big fey or devil, but a bunch of small ones collectively giving power. If you step out of line they may stop supporting you, but none of them are stonger than you.
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I’ll be unboxing this on twitter later tonight. Join me! #dnd
Tip: it’s not where the board games are at Target, where you’d expect to find it. It’s on an endcap between the toy aisle and electronics.
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Alright, lets take a look at this book, kindly provided for review purposes by @Wizards_DnD.

There. The disclaimer’s out of the way.
Worth noting: I am not a fan or reader of Penny Arcade. I also have zero real knowledge of the Acquisition Incorporated characters. I don’t know who played what character, nor what their story is about. I am going into this really fresh.
Before I even crack open the book, because this question always comes... yes. There are player options. There is a new race.
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Und weil es die liebe @chra war die mich wegen @KhazAndCrit drauf gebracht hatte, gibt's den #Duetgame Thread jetzt auch noch in deutsch für die #pnpde #ttrpg Twitter Blase 😘

#pnpde
Duospiele - 1on1 oder Duetgames - was ist das?

#Duetgame = 1 #ttrpg, 1 #GM / #DM + 1 Spieler

Du kannst ein Duetgame mit den Regeln von so ziemlich jedem #ttrpg spielen

#ttrpg #dnd #dnd5e #pnpde
Ich habe die meiste Erfahrung damit #DSA und #DnD / #dnd5e Duetgames zu leiten, aber ich habe auch schon #Duetgames in #Shadowrun und #Vampire the Masquerade gespielt und es hat super funktioniert und hat so viel Spaß gemacht!
#ttrpg #pnpde
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One of the best pieces of advice I've received from the OSR is to actually use dragons in #DnD. Writing a random encounter table? Throw a dragon on there. What's in the abandoned abbey? It's a dragon. Players need things to run away from occasionally.
A related DM tip: there are a million hilarious, dramatic, or surprising ways that a DnD encounter can go, and you'll never see most of them if you keep using balanced encounters.
Lets look at the kinds of situations you don't usually see in "balanced" campaigns, where the opposition has been designed to be killed.
1.) Players surrendering.
2.) Players allying with the enemies, only to betray them later.
3.) Monsters fleeing from the players.
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So, leafing through the Ghosts of Saltmarsh, something struck me, and I think it's a key to a lot of the issues I've been ranting about off and on in #DnD over the last few years. I'm calling it "Outsider Writing Bias" right now, but I probably come up with a better term.
The crux of the idea is that #DnD modules, materials, and so on are overwhelmingly written from the perspective and in the mode of outsiders (the adventuring party) arriving in location, taking things in hand, and saving the day while the local yokels watch in awe and amazement.
Which means that when the location the party is going to shifts to a non-European coded area; things get racist and colonialist fast because of the extra baggage around it and an implied, if not meant or intended, White Man's Burden vibe that happens because of the approach bias.
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I think I want a #dnd movie that's a cross between The Princess Bride and Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of the movie is the in-game actions, but every now and then you cut to the RL game, with the players doing player-ey things. Similar to @ZombieOrpheus's "The Gamers" series. 1/
What we've gotten in the past is just vanilla fantasy movies with D&D-isms. We don't need that; we already have tons of fantasy movies. What we need is something that casual and uninformed audiences can see to get a glimpse of what a D&D game is like on the big screen. 2/
I've been on the "BIG FANTASY MOVIE" bandwagon for a long time, but that isn't going to make a D&D movie stand out. Give us "The Gamers," but on the big screen with a big budget. don't focus too much on the RL table dynamic but give just enough to show what it's like. 3/
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#DnD Take:
Monks should be rebranded to "Martial Artist" to remove the Orientalism aspects, and the ascetic aspects should be shunted to a subclass to reflect the dedication involved in that lifepath. Make them a dedicated melee combatant, high HP, low AC, high damage.
This also removes some of the cultural baggage from the class, making it easier to integrate into any setting or culture without having to wonder *how* it got there, and avoids nomenclature issues with non-Asian coded monks; in turn opening the door for more variety of monks.
It also means that the martial arts of the world open up to non-Asian ones. And there are a lot of non-Asian martial arts that are dope AF that would set D&D on fire. I'm taking Pankration using wrestlers taking down an ogre chief, or a Capoeira user hauling ass on a dragon.
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Dear #dnd #battlemap and encounter #map users and designers: A musing thread...
About 25% of my way-too-much gaming is #dnd. As a long-time user of battlemaps (vs. terrain), I prefer to use printed or printable battlemaps at the table when I run dungeons (I use more Theater of the Mind when running heists and other non-dungeon action sequences).
And I've been using battlemaps from DAY ONE of my D&D life, because I started with The New Easy to Master Dungeons and Dragons Game boxed set that came with that amazing vinyl(!) Zanzer's Dungeon map.
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Alright. Lets... dive... in.

Get it? “Dive in”? Ah man. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Let’s take a look at Ghosts of Saltmarsh. #dnd
First, the setting...The village of Saltmarsh is unequivocally set in Greyhawk. It says so in the book. This is not set in the Forgotten Realms, nor in some ambiguous generic world. This is Greyhawk.
So remember how in UK1, Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, the village itself was largely left for DMs to populate and create? Not now. Saltmarsh is a living breathing place with 3 factions vying for power: Traditionalists, Loyalists (to the Kingdom of Keoland), Scarlet Brotherhood.
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¡Vamos a construir una dungeon entre todos! La bárbara goliath está haciendo un descanso corto junto a la hoguera...#DnD
¿Qué arma utiliza nuestra bárbara? ⚔️
Usar un hacha a dos manos da hambre, pero por suerte otro miembro del grupo ha aprovechado el fuego para preparar la cena
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⚠️‼️Spoiler Alert‼️⚠️

*a lot* of women play #dnd
(and I do mean A LOT)

We just avoid gaming stores & online dnd forums because nobody likes being harassed by some gate-keeping asshat.
“wELl I’vE NeVEr SeEn a GIrL pLaY!!”

maybe.. that’s because ➡️you’re⬅️ the problem, my guy.
⚔️Don’t forget to check out my friends at @Mod20Gaming ⚔️

They stream #DnD every Friday night and it is a ton of fun to watch. My husband sometimes joins too.

twitch.tv/Mod20Gaming
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