• posted a message on Encounter of the Week: Medusa’s Marble Menagerie
    Quote from Sylvanborn >>

     As for the helmed horrors being used as restless statues  are you still intending for them to retain their 40ft fly movement? 

    I'm content doing so, yes. They are ghostly spirits, after all! I do understand not wanting to throw flying statues into the mix, though. Perhaps give them another evasive power, such as a burrow speed of 40 feet?

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: Medusa’s Marble Menagerie
    Quote from Unruly_Cow >>

    I like this, but a 7th level party can likely cast fly, which negates the skill challenge.

    For one lone spellcaster, though. Perhaps it could grant the other adventurers on the ground advantage on their Survival checks! 

    If the characters are all spellcasters and they all want to spend one of their precious 3rd-level spell slots to skip over the skill challenge... be my guest! I wish them luck in the final battle. ;)

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  • posted a message on How to Remix Waterdeep: Dragon Heist to Play it Again and Again
    Quote from SillySpooky >>

    Honestly, you know what would be really helpful; a collection of quests players can do around Waterdeep in Chapter 2 to help them raise money to renovate Trollskull Manor. I've been writing up as many as I can but my players want to get a lot of gold for this project so I need lots of quests that take up maybe half a session to one session. Haven't found much on DM's Guild, though it has been a minute since I last looked. If anyone knows any good resources for this though, let me know!  I did have them do the Blue Alley dungeon which they all really enjoyed and I'm thinking Goblin Dungeon next week but I was hoping for more investigation based quests they could do around the city that maybe tie into the overall plot.

    This isn't exactly it, but have you checked out Waterdeep: City Encounters? Another good Guild Adepts book that my coauthor James Introcaso worked on.

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: A Tale Too Far
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    Quote from madsci666 >>

    This is amazing my PC's character who are a bard and sorcerer are going to love this. Just some clarification if they get three successes and pass the skill challenge do they get the instrument of the bards or would you recommend some other treasure as you've worded it to sound like he gives up the instrument as an apology. Thanks for these encounters and inspiration. 

     

    I was wondering about this also. OR do they get anything in addition to the instrument? It does make for a fitting apology.. If he realizes his error, he'd cut ties with the musical bard angle and pick a new way to lure in conversation to avoid falling into an old habit.

    But since he's just starting to build his hoard, would gold and jewels be just as valuable as stories and information? 

    The intent is that he hands over the instrument. I'll clarify that in the text.

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: A Tale Too Far
    Quote from JamesHaeck >>

    Even using alter self wouldn't make the dragon able to the take humanoid form. The spell specifically says that your basic form stays the same.

    I've been puzzling over a simple workaround to this all day. I've decided to cut the Gordian knot and just make a completely new magic item to let him take human shape.

     You could use a spell like Shapechange.

     That's an option, but I would avoid giving a CR 1 wyrmling access to a 9th level spell... and a 1st level party access to am item that could cast it!

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Hungry Xorn
    Quote from CharlemagneW >>

    i don't have ogrémoch's stat block, where do i find it?

    It's included in the adventure Princes of the Apocalypse.

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: A Tale Too Far

    Even using alter self wouldn't make the dragon able to the take humanoid form. The spell specifically says that your basic form stays the same.

    I've been puzzling over a simple workaround to this all day. I've decided to cut the Gordian knot and just make a completely new magic item to let him take human shape.

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: A Tale Too Far
    Quote from AuburnElvis >>

    Another great Encounter of the Week, James. I like how this one draws a possible encounter out of the nature of an uncommonly encountered dragon. It reminds me of that socially awkward friend who means well, but doesn't have enough self-awareness to understand how much of a pest they're being. Of course, being a disguised dragon with some valuable magic items smooths over a lot of awkwardness.

    Thank you! And you nailed down my thought process exactly. Players and DMs alike will automatically latch into experiences they've had with someone just like this. Fantasy is at its best when it holds a mirror up to nature, then flips it on its head. 

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  • posted a message on Critical Role Spotlight: Episode 49
    Quote from SabreRunner >>

    I think the ratios should be different. No way shifters should be higher probability than humans.

    Why? Does reincarnation adhere to the racial distribution of the real world? 

    This isn't a sly jab, this is a legit worldbuilding question. How does this kind of magic work?

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  • posted a message on Dungeon Mastering Tips from the 4th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide
    Quote from norswiftoak >>

    Is the physical version still in print?

    No, but you can get it print-on-demand on the DMs Guild. Cheaper than retail. And I would say at about 90% of the quality of the original print run. 

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Lost Minotaur
    Quote from kekleon9999 >>

    Quick rules question involving (dis)advantage. You say he gets disadvantage do to the sun, and uses Rage every turn, giving him advantage. Which one would you give precedence?

    They cancel each other out, resulting in a normal roll. :)

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Hungry Xorn
    Quote from morgoththedark1 >>

    Could we get an "Encounter of the Week" section under Articles? I love all of these and want to use them in the future, so having them be easy to find would be great!

    That's a great idea! In the meantime, you can click on the "Encounter of the Week" tag at the bottom of each article, or use this link: https://www.dndbeyond.com/tag/encounter-of-the-week

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Hungry Xorn
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    Quote from gaber11979 >>

    You should make a race guide now that the class guides are over

    Hm... what would you want to see in a race guide?

     I'd personally like to see more detail into the life and daily activities of a particular race, or how a particular racial habitat looks and feels like, or even perhaps how a class acts like between races. What are the diffferences between an Elf Fighter and Dwarf Fighter in their respective territories as an NPC? There's a brief summary for each in the PHB of course but I wonder how certain parts of Elven or Dwarven culture works. Perhaps descriptions of a typical city how it might look; like the homes are designed in a certain way, etc. All or none of this might have already been told before elsewhere but I am admittedly ignorant on some points so please forgive anything I don't already know that has already been explained. :) Love your articles and this site!

     More detail on the races could be useful, for instance a while back I wanted to play a Dragonborn with the Noble background, but I had no clue on what a Dragonborn Noble would be like or even if Dragonborn have nobles.  It will also be interesting it you went the route of how to play a Dwarf like a Dwarf instead of just a character with +2 to strength and Constitution, cause sometimes it's difficult to figure out how a particular race is different than other races.

    I think the best place for that information is in a campaign setting. I don't think it does anyone a service for me to explain fantasy stereotypes, do you get what I mean? I don't have much interest in what makes a dwarf dwarfy... I'm more interested in what a dwarf from Little Calimshan in Baldur's Gate is like compared to a dwarf from Mithral Hall. 

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Hungry Xorn
    Quote from xaviercarbonneau >>

    Just ran this and it was hilarious! They kept trying to convince him that 50gp was enough and Xorn was not having it. It ended up killing the rogue but they plan to resurrect  him using gold they claimed from Xorn. Great job James!

    Ha! What a fantastic story! I'm glad this encounter brought some joy to your table. 

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  • posted a message on Encounter of the Week: The Hungry Xorn
    Quote from gaber11979 >>

    You should make a race guide now that the class guides are over

    Hm... what would you want to see in a race guide?

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