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RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16. RPG Superstar 8 Season Dedicated Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter. 3,351 posts (3,612 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 9 aliases.


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Lone monsters might consider fleeing when vastly outnumbered, to return for a fairer fight.

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Not sure I agree with the Arcane Archer working better as a ranger archetype, since the Ranger is traditionally a divine caster. If the Fighter has the Eldritch Knight, Arcane Archer seems like a natural fit as well.

I do expect these archetypes will change quite a bit before an official release, I'll have to remember to respond to the survey next week.

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Threeshades wrote:

Fighter Martial Archetypes are here!

Ha! I beat you to it this time, Alchemy.

Curses! My one blazing eye was turned another direction at the moment.

Arcane Archer: Interesting, I think this may be the first case where a technique (arcane arrow) can be wasted on a miss. Still, it's a big payoff move. I like the bonus skills as well. Too bad Grasping Arrow has a set DC rather than a scaling one, have we seen that before?

Knight: I'm not a fan of mounted combat, so I'm biased. I am excited that marks are coming back, as previously one had to take Sentinel to get a Defender type effect going in 5e.

Samurai: Fighting Spirit is an interesting option, it overlaps a lot with Barbarian. Elegant Courtier feels lacking for lvl 7, could easily offer 2 profs.

Sharpshooter: I don't like this path because it's clearly better for archers than crossbow users. Crossbow Experts already get the lvl 10 benefit, and have a good use for their bonus action. Arcane Archer was exclusively for bows, and this is kind of more of the same. My feedback for the poll would be to make this more crossbow friendly.

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Belabras wrote:
Belabras wrote:

Wild guess about the top 5:

Number of Tentacles: 11

Number of eyes: 15

Final count of 8 tentacles and 7 eyes.

I demand a recount! The Voidweaver alone has 8 eyes!

Strife Wasp:
Tentacles: 1? (If the tendril counts, I think it does)
Eyes: Normal for wasps? According to a google search, A wasp has two large compound eyes. Each compound eye is made up of thousands of very tiny eyes and each faces in a different direction. A wasp also has three small eyes on the top of the head, but these see only light and dark.. Let's say 2...

Tentacles: None (not counting the arachnid limbs)
Eyes: 8

Eon-Scarred Probe:
Tentacles: 3
Eyes: 1

Void Herald:
Tentacles: 4
Eyes: 1

Tentacles: None
Eyes: 1

Grand Total:
Tentacles: 8
Eyes: 13

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These are great.
I have a bonus question for stats: How many monsters had fly speeds, and what was the maneuverability distribution?

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Well like, bring it back? Or sell me a compilation of shorts like The Bureaucromancer so I can set it by my fruit bowl and when I inevitably bore my guests, I can point to the book and they will pick it up and think I am smart by association for having it.

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What became of your blog, quibblemuch? I liked reading those short stories.

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quibblemuch wrote:

Are there going to be grippli? I'm thinking my first character might be an exasperated second-in-command grippli named Gif Groker...

*is dragged off by IP lawyers*

No, but for real. I needs Grippli.

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Got my copy today, the illustrations are pretty sweet.

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I'm curious to see those high CR monsters, I wanted to do something higher than what I did but couldn't make it happen within the word limit.

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Druid Circles!

The Circle of Dreams makes the Druid good at doing some quick healing (and helping the hurt ally get out of dodge), then some exploration bonuses (Hearth is unexciting, Hidden Paths is kind of cool but fairly late).

Circle of the Shepherd allows you to fuse with seraphim (wait, wrong game). Nope, instead you call animal spirits (sorta like one of the previous Ranger UA redesigns), and better summoning once you gain access to those spells.

Circle of Twilight takes on a drain blaster theme, and hates undead. The other abilities aren't too exciting, but usually the circles are defined by what they do at lvl 2 anyhow.

There's also an optional rule for providing guidelines about how many Wild Shape forms a druid should know, and how they might use K: Nature or Animal Handling to learn more forms (in addition to learning via leveling)

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Submitted! Was afraid I wouldn't finish in time, there was so much that had to be cut for the word limit.

I certainly wish Starflight was a bestiary mechanic that needed no further explanation.

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The cleric domains have a binary caster or melee divide. If the domain is meant for melee, they get heavy armor and usually some melee power later, while caster clerics eventually get Wis to cantrips.

My character preferences are always for no armor or light, so the heavy armor domains aren't for me, but I can recognize their value to others.

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Alphabetical class order is correct, Cleric Domains: Forge, Grave, Protection this week.

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Thanks Heine!

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Heine Stick wrote:

The new monsters are:

Despoiler (undead, CR 7) - Cadaverous figure skewered by three spears
Heart Thief (native outsider, CR 9) - Antlered bipedal creature corrupted by Lamashtu
Kerakinsi (monstrous humanoid, CR 4) - Winged electricity-themed creature
Kravyad (magical beast, CR 7) - Hairless ursine creautre attuned to electricity
Scrapshell (vermin, CR6) - Oysterlike mollusk with bladed tongue
Sorrow stitcher (fey, CR 8) - Sorrowful maiden whose connection to the First World has been severed
Spore stalker (plant, CR 7) - Fungoid canine creature
Tatterlorn (undead, CR 7) - Results of preventable deaths witnessed by indifferent onlookers

How about magic items? I'm, uh, asking for a friend.

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You thought we would be getting Druid Circles, but it was Bard Colleges all along!

Glamour and Whispers join our options, as well as a survey for last week's Barbarian paths.

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So, what classes have the fewest archetypes now, if UA stuff is counted?

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Exciting UA news today!

Three new archetypes for Barbarians (Spirits, Enviro-Storm, Zealot) which are pretty neat.

Also sounds like bountiful times for UA going forward, as in, higher frequency.

"We have a bunch of D&D content for you to playtest, discuss, and mull over. We have enough material, in fact, that we will be releasing Unearthed Arcana multiple times a month for the next few months. Look for the material on Mondays, and get ready to answer surveys about what you see here."

My group usually accepts UA stuff, we've found it fairly balanced overall.

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A list of Volo races was posted on Reddit recently. I'm looking forward to seeing the Yuanti and Lizardfolk, though a little disappointed Grippli didn't make it.

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Release date coming up in a month, Wizards has posted a playable race preview for the Firbolg.

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I've been homebrewing for 5e lately, but not PF. Anyone want to post a challenge?

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If I knew I was starting with it, I'd definitely roll a Barbarian.

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Amulet of Health is one of those items that makes a huge difference if you know you've got it before you build your character.

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My personal bias is against this, different level/wealth just doesn't appeal.

For balance, I think it'll be hard to gauge how well it works out. Some items add more power than others. Will lower level characters level faster? Will new magic items go to those without any?

At face value, I'd prefer the higher level, except maybe if I got to choose the magic item.

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So mechanically, they seem in line?

I do like the idea of giving Jungle Grippli some spells for symmetry, and Jump is a good one to get them that leaping distance (albeit less consistently).

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My group is working on a homebrew setting, and one of the races I've made prominent in the world is Grippli.

They were created by the deity of Community, Artifice, and Psychopomp, and for the most part, created to assist with the latter aspect.

The world has the aquatic niche filled by Merfolk and a variant of Lizardfolk, so that's not a focus for these Grippli. Their race is best known for spirit magic and martial arts.

They are for the most part using Kor stats (from the WotC Zendikar document). I've crossed out the abilities Kor have that they don't (also of note, they are 5ft slower than Kor due to their size), and listed the differences in this document.

My group has yet to review it, so I thought I might get some feedback on the crunch here first, and refine it to a more balanced version.

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For my part, I don't think that gap needs to be filled. I'm fine with weapons that take both hands to operate doing higher damage than those that don't, and there are feats catering to those styles that allow them to do things archers/2handers can't (Defensive Duelist, Dual Wielder, Crossbow Expert, Shield Master).

The simplest way to fill it would probably be just removing the 2handed weapon requirement from Great Weapon Master, since the feat is essentially Power Attack + Cleave.

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I still don't think bundling 2.5 feats together is a good idea. Defensive Duelist is already a good feat on its own, and requires a finesse weapon in hand, and similarly Dual Wielder's +1 to AC requires you to not have a shield.

In the long-term, Monks exert a lot more control within their 4 attacks on flurry (or 3 otherwise) than other classes thanks to Stunning Fist. Likewise in the long-term, Bladelocks add two stats to damage.

I haven't observed a Bladelock at that level, but I have played a lvl11 Monk and it wouldn't have been fair if my damage was higher (especially with how easy it is to setup Advantage with Stunning Fist).

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I think there's no damage feat for 1handed weapons because Fighting Style: Dueling already provides a blanket +2. If you want dueling characters to have the option to go to +7, there's definitely a lot of trimming to do.

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I think the favored enemy groups are so broad now, it's hard to miss.

With any world info, you can probably make a good guess. Without any info, Humanoid and Undead are good blind picks.

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It's fairly popular to take the Healer feat, then Quick Hands the healer's kit.

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My experience with the ranger in 1-5 play is that it already hits hard with just Colossus Slayer.

Now if the Ranger goes TWF style with Quarry and Favored Enemy applying, they'll be hard to match for slaying prowess.
On my initial look, I didn't notice that the Ranger gets Advantage on saving throws vs. spells/abilities used by a Greater FE. That's huge, especially against a choice like Aberration, Dragon, or Fiend.

Fortunately that protection doesn't extend against their initial FE, or picking Humanoid would make them ridiculous mage slayers.

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Here it is folks. A full 20 levels from the mothership. I thought the Ranger was fine, but I'm interested to dive into this.

Edit for Initial Impressions:

Favored Enemy returns, I'm not a fan.
Natural Explorer at lvl1 is nuts.
The new animal companion will again provide action economy advantage, not a fan but a lot of people wanted this. The traits listed are kinda humorous in how noble they are. The ranger doesn't get Extra Attack, but they can get the beast to attack twice (in addition to their own attack).
Hunter Conclave is the OG ranger, which I liked. Looks unchanged, though I haven't done a side-by-side check.
Deep Stalker is a UA archetype, also brought back.
I think Ranger may be a tempting dip now. Additionally, classes that get Extra Attack and want to multiclass into Ranger for 5 or more levels are served well by the new Companion, since they won't end up with Extra Attack redundancy (unless I'm missing some clause).

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Grippli are my favorite non-core race, I'm working on stats for my 5e homebrew right now.

Hopefully you get some reviews up soon.

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Cards against Humanity has taken a stance by releasing a Hillary pack and a Trump pack, and "depending on which pack gets more support, we will donate all the money in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign."

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When I was ~11, I went to a summer camp with my friends that essentially ran LARP for the kids. We loved, it, and got started with DnD 3.0 soon after (and for our first characters, rolled a d20 to generate stats).

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Irontruth wrote:
Rednal wrote:
I think Trump's campaign is finally starting to implode. I'm not gonna count him out - he's shown an amazing ability to overcome such expectations - but it seems people are really starting to turn away from him now that the general election has started.

Something to remember, while many experts did indeed count Trump out... he's been the leading Republican candidate since August 2015. A couple of minor blips, but once he took the lead, no one jumped ahead of him for more than a few days (if at all). Ben Carson had a strong showing in October, but since then, Trump dominated Republican polls.

Everyone gave reasons why it wouldn't last. They turned out to be wrong, but the polls consistently showed him winning the nomination.

Now, lots could happen between now and November 8th. People claiming to predict the future are often wrong. The polls are our best reading of who is most likely to win right now.

Relevant Onion article.

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Watched Kokoro Connect (going back to older shows), it was fairly cute and lighthearted. In case anyone else missed it the first time around, I recommend it if you think watching a group of friends dealing with mystical uncontrollable phenomena (such as body swapping) could be interesting.

It doesn't look like crunchyroll has the sequel Michi Random episodes though.

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Lord Snow wrote:
Petty Alchemy wrote:

I'm getting near the end of the First Law trilogy, which has been good fantasy all-around.

It makes fun of itself at one point in a very thinly veiled way, not sure I liked that. Maybe the author was having a late night when he wrote it in. You have to be realistic.

What are you referring to?

** spoiler omitted **

I thought it was cute, though a bit much. We already get that this trilogy is a deconstruction of the fantasy genre and we don't have to be beaten on the head with that.

Keep reading, though. This third book one is so good it makes the previous two (which I already liked) seem even better. I felt gutted by the end of it. I felt like the fantasy genre has been gutted.

Back a year later, and yup, that was it. I did finish it, and I definitely liked how absolutely horrible everyone is. Went on to read Best Served Cold and The Heroes.

Currently I'm reading the sequel to The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife. I like the world building and magic system, it reminds me of Sanderson's work, but the styles are different.

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Yeah, the Battle Master does a pretty good job of emulating a Samurai.

Aikijutsu is a dissonance point for me, but I can see where you're coming from on it.

For the Challenge, you could make it a bonus action from the start, but have it bind the Samurai to the same conditions (disadvantage to attack anyone outside the challenge). If the challenge is ended (by losing concentration or one of the participants dying), the Samurai can't re-challenge the same creature until after a short or long rest.

For a ribbon, you could give them some sort of Honorsense. Interact with someone for 1min, get an idea of their guiding principles and advantage to Insight checks against them.

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General: No ribbons in this class (except for features most Samurai will probably never want to use when playing their vision of a Samurai). Ribbons are generally a Good Thing in my opinion, for example I like how the Battle Master gets a tool proficiency and Know Your Enemy (which doesn't have dungeon crawling combat applications most of the time so much as sizing up NPCs)

Stand Strong in a Storm and No Mind have periods in their formatting, and shouldn't.
Stand Strong in a Storm: Does 5e have fear and fear effects? You probably want to word it more like the Halfling's Brave racial, which safeguards against the Frightened condition.

Iajutsu: Seems fine.

Aikijutsu: Anyone that wants to be a grappler will be jealous of this ability, but when most people think of Samurai they think of cutting people up with a katana (and possibly wakizashi,or maybe mounted archery), not martial arts. For those players, this cool grappling power will be essentially a ribbon.

Samurai's Challenge: Using it as an action hurts. Not sure if that's a price I'd pay for on-demand Goading Attack (from the Battle Master), without the Attack itself. You could even lose concentration on it before the challenged creature's next turn comes up, which would definitely be a feelbad.
5e abilities that recover on short rest also recover on long rest, and that's usually included in the wording.

No Mind: I definitely expected Mind Blank here, not Haste. The EK can do Haste 2/day at this level, and 2/short rest usually means every encounter, so this is pretty powerful.

Might of King Susano: Pretty cool capstone.

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Wildshaping is the fundamental class feature of Moon Circle druids. Land Circle focus more on spells, and get some utility out of wildshape forms rather than combat power.
I'm currently playing a Druid in a Zendikar game, and I flavor it as her version of Totem Armor.

Nissa could probably do it anyway if she wanted to, she just focuses on other things, like elf superiority and animating lands.
She does magical stuff in stories that aren't reflected in her cards (ex. setting Chandra up to channel fire through leylines, putting a sealing rune on the moon with Tamiyo).

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Thanks for the feedback Jacob and TRB!

It's been a while since I checked back in, I was taking a look at the stats we collected in Season 9.

The following item types had over 50% survival rate after the final cull:
Shield (73%)
Wondrous - Feet (70%)
Wondrous - Chest (66%)
Wondrous - Belt (54%)

These types had a low amount of submissions (15 or less each). In fact, the number of submissions were so low for some of these that it probably speaks more about the designers that opted for them than the item type itself (only 3 Chest items submitted, and 2 of them made it through to the end).

So if people are looking for a challenge, how about this: Design an item that uses one of the above slots.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

I've heard 47 as if you get hiccups, someone is thinking about you.

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Finished Angel Beats a couple of days ago. It took me a while to get into it (it starts off with guns, but then most of the side characters are 1-dimensional jokes, so I was confused as to whether it was going to be serious or not).

Once it got going though, it was good. You get to know some of the side characters better, and the others are there just to pad out the group/get worfed, which is okay. I think the second half made the show worth it, which is strange as usually shows start strong then fall off.

The protagonist was likable too. Unlike Subaru in Re:Zero.

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Here it is, Plane Shift Innistrad.

Looks like a lot of fluff, fairly light on crunch. I hope we get a full book with more crunch of some plane in the future.

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Hype train alert!

According to this article, we should expect Plane Shift: Innistrad tomorrow.

Some regional human subraces previewed.
Edit: Kessig and Stensia seem head and shoulders over Gavony and Nephalia :/
Edit 2: Actually I guess they're just variant humans with pre-set stats, skills, and feat, and Kessig and Stensia get the better feats (Mobile and Tough over Skilled).

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Thanks Jarrett, good feedback there.

This item started from the name, and the mechanics fell into place after. I'm not really sure what to do about the name to make it more PF-ish.

The secondary power is the razzle dazzle/cinematic part, which really appeals to me from the designing seat (reversal of fortunes at a dramatic moment!), but from a player's POV, you see the statistically long odds of it actually happening (5%-10% of a critical threat per attack, ~40% of confirmation, 50% of negation, ??% of Drag success). It might not be enough to win the voters.

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Might be her player went on vacation for the long weekend, could be good to check in on PM.

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