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D&D 5e / [Houserule] "Hidden" Initiative Method
« on: July 16, 2020, 12:32:16 PM »
Ok, what do you think of the following initiative method:

1) DM runs an excel spreadsheet with all characters and NPCs listed. Set up a column for a random d20 roll [=RANDBETWEEN(1, 20)] and a second column for each (N)PC's bonuses to initiative, add them up, and then sort largest to smallest.

2) Do not tell PCs who is in what order, keep the results hidden behind the DMs screen. Inform them as each (N)PC's turn comes up. And have that character take its action then.

3) Each round re-calculate initiative (Excel F9) using the method in step one.

Thoughts? Suggestions?     

My Thoughts: I like this idea for several reasons but have not implemented in-game as of yet. I would run this by my PCs before hand but they trust me and give me a wide latitude on trying out new ideas. One thing this would avoid is the slow-down of "going round the table" one-by-one asking and marking everyone's initiative. We often re-roll initiative each round already, depending on who is running the game. It also would force a little more attention to the combat as everyone will have to be ready for when their turn comes up without much advance notice. Finally, it appears like it would speed up things.   

Min/Max 3.x / Single Cleric vs Global Pandemic?
« on: March 15, 2020, 06:24:11 PM »
What could a single cleric do to stop a global pandemic?

D&D 5e / Re: Gnome Paladin
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:20:35 AM »
(1) If I go with Gnome Paladin 7/Sorcerer 1 what do you recommend I do with the ability score increase/Feat slot? DM's letting me call a Giant Wolf-Spider with my Find Steed spell. Should I go with Mounted Combatant?

The guide recommended that if I go for Oath of the Ancients I should go to 7th to pick up the Aura of Warding.

(2) Extra Rules Question: Can I attack the same creature twice with a lance while mounted? Or do I need to move between attacks?

(3) Extra Tactics Question: What is a smart way to handle opponents who move within 5' of me and my mount and are inside the ideal attack range of the lance? Drop the lance? That seems foolish. Is there a way to attach the lance to the mount so I can let go and grab a sword for close quarters?
Lance. You have disadvantage when you use a lance to attack a target within 5 feet of you. Also, a lance requires two hands to wield when you aren’t mounted.

(4) Sorcerer: Draconic Bloodline OR Divine Soul?

D&D 5e / Gnome Paladin
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:54:19 AM »
Starting Stats: 7, 10, 12, 16, 16, 18
Starting Level: 8th 

Was really hoping to zip around the battlefield on a small mount and some kind of lance? Super defense of Forest Gnome advantage on saves plus Paladin boost at 6th level? Maybe dip into warlock or sorcerer for some options? 

Any suggestions?


D&D 5e / Re: Can You Create a Demiplane?
« on: January 23, 2020, 02:53:48 PM »
1 supposedly random Epic Boon.

What and where are these?

afb , but page 232 (?) of the DMG.
I really need to sit down and fully read 5E. I'm still stuck half-way between 3E and 5E.

D&D 5e / Re: Can You Create a Demiplane?
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:46:30 PM »
1 supposedly random Epic Boon.

What and where are these?

Gaming Advice / RPG Systems & Death Mechanics
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:24:57 AM »
As DM, Player, and (wanna-be) creator of rpgs I have never found a system that handles character death in way that I am fully satisfied with. Most either trivialize death to the point it doesn't matter or make it punitive and not fun.

Have any of y'all found some gaming systems that handle character death in a manner that you think works really well?   


LINK: Death Sucks

D&D 5e / Re: Can You Create a Demiplane?
« on: December 12, 2019, 10:23:32 AM »
1-2: noted

3-4: the ol wish work-around

5: Thanks. Was unaware of this. Will look into it. Hadn't picked that book up yet for 5e.

6: I'll always be taking the psionic advocacy angle :love :beathorse

Gaming Advice / Re: Pronounce: Alokkair
« on: December 11, 2019, 02:58:48 AM »
We had been going with something like Aloe-kar.

D&D 5e / Can You Create a Demiplane?
« on: December 10, 2019, 01:17:34 PM »
Can your create a demiplane in 5e similar to the what the Genesis spell allowed you to do in 3rd Edition? By spell or otherwise?

Gaming Advice / Pronounce: Alokkair
« on: December 10, 2019, 01:11:15 PM »
Anyone know how you would pronounce the Forgotten Realms wizard-king Alokkair?

Board Business / Re: 503 errors
« on: December 05, 2019, 11:03:41 AM »

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:00:10 AM »
Obviously, no subsystem is going to have more content than the "main system," and by definition will be "limited" certainly by comparison to that core but as far as subsystems go it seems Psionics has had the most support historically across most editions until 5E. I consider Dragon/Dungeon semi-official as I stated in my post above (and agree it should not be counted as official).

Yeah its obvious we'll just have to agree to disagree here. Much love though.  :surrender   

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 04, 2019, 10:26:22 AM »
Oh they're probably trying to sanitize the true believers, and
pre-plant a solid round of "Psionics is NOT broken" dudes.
Seems like a necessary marketing campaign, really.
(1) Manifest: Dominate Fan-Boys, Mass
(2) ???
(3) Profit


D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 04, 2019, 10:23:59 AM »
A) All of the other editions (at least starting with 2E) had many more books released annually.

Agreed, good point.

B) One (or maybe two) books per edition is what I define as "little official support".

This is factually incorrect. While there may have been typically only one to three dedicated titles per edition there has been much official/semi-offical supplemental rules and revisions. Just looking at 2E:
(1) The Complete Psionics Handbook
(2) Player's Option: Skills & Powers (revisions and expansion)
(3) Dark Sun Campaign Setting (revisions and expansion and a core element in the setting)
(4) Psionic creatures incorporated into Monster Manual supplements
(5) Dragon magazine articles and Dungeon adventures focused on or around psionics
And that is just off the top of my head.   

It wouldn't surprise me if they took a hint from Paizo and decided that it wasn't needed in the first place. PF and PF2 don't have psionics and neither does Starfinder.

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:20:00 PM »
They're releasing about 1-2 books a year and Psionics has always been a fringe subsystem with little official support.

I respectfully disagree. I consider that lack of an official psionic system, whether in a dedicated book or as part of another book, in a major published release, a huge ball drop for 5E. I do not count UA. Lets look at the game's history:

1E (One year from first release to Psionics release)
1st Book Released: Monster Manual (1977)
Psionics Released: Player's Handbook (1978)

2E (Two years from first release to Psionics release)
1st Book Released: Player's Handbook (1989)
Psionics Released: The Complete Psionics Handbook (1991)

3E (One year from first release to Psionics release)
1st Book Released: Player's Handbook (2000)
Psionics Released: Psionics Handbook (2001)

4E (Two years from first release to Psionics release)
1st Book Released: Player's Handbook (2008)
Psionics Released: Player's Handbook 3 (2010)

5E (5+ years and no current Psionics release)
1st Book Released: Players Handbook (2014)
Psionics Released: ??? !!!

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 03, 2019, 10:30:15 AM »
My guess is that there will be a book with a handful of psionic archetypes and feats mixed in with a bunch of other stuff and that will be it.
That is what I mean (also). Why is it taking so long for that book?

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: December 02, 2019, 12:13:09 PM »
Thanks but I'm talking about:

When are we going to get finished, professional level, print book grade 5e psionics?

My 5E group does not allow UA, only finished products. (I'm not DMing) 

Board Business / Re: 503 errors
« on: December 02, 2019, 12:09:46 PM »

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: November 30, 2019, 12:42:11 PM »
Anything yet?

First Print: Player's Handbook (5e Dungeons & Dragons) Hardcover – August 19, 2014

Current Date: 11/30/2019

Difference: 5 years, 3 months, 11 days

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