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Oct 25, 2018Clockw3rk posted a message on Motivation of the Elemental Plane of Air and it's Entities?Posted in: Story & LorePre-Xanathar's Guide, one of my party members wanted to start a Hexblade warlock. The main story beat she loved was the idea of somehow having a sword made of lightning. So, I spun that into having an Elder Tempest as a patron. And, while I've got an initial story arc for what the patron wants from her/why it granted her its power, I'm trying to look beyond the conclusion of that piece and am having a hell of a time figuring out the goals/motivations/schemes of a titan of the plane of air. Other than not liking the earth plane? (Elemental Evil wasn't as helpful as I hoped it might be)Does anyone out there have any pre-5e references? Fantasy sources outside of D&D? Or your own wonderful imaginations that might inspire what the ultimate goal of an elder elemental being might be?Thanks in advance.
Sep 15, 2018Posted in: General Discussion
Looking to make the digital leap for my group but I'm finding the options a bit confusing and I want to confirm that I'll be able to share.
I have a lot of physical books, so I'm trying to focus on the mechanics/rules components to let them build characters, get items, and have quick access to rules (i.e. purchasing PHB, and then races, classes, backgrounds, and items from other books as needed)
Compendium purchasing says you won't be able to use search, or include the material in character sheets ("does not grant access to...searchable listings, character builder, etc.). If I'm understanding that correctly, it made me a bit paranoid about any special conditions on la cart purchasing.
So...after I set up a master tier subscription, will my players be able to access all my content for their character builds, add gear, and look up PHB rules if I purchase a la carte? Will I still be able to search and link/tooltip for rules, weapons, etc.for the materials I'm buying?
Thanks in advance for any clarity you can provide.
Jul 13, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
Glad to help. Just promise me you'll do your best to work in a minotaur version of "Part of Your World".
"Out where they walk. Where no one runs. Out of my maze spending days in the sun. Wandering free, wish I could be, part of that world....."
Jul 12, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
Perhaps your "monstrous" background could provide some inspiration. I've never played a monstrous race, but I've always wondered how players explain being the one bugbear/goblin/minotaur/etc. that is separate from all the other ones the party will likely fight and kill. So why is this minotaur pursuing a different path? Being a barbarian might just come naturally, but what was the catalyst that led him to be different from the others. Was he always this way? Did something happen?
Forgotten Realms wiki says most minotaurs worship Baphomet. So maybe he wanted to break free from that but it also means he's cut off from his people. Some good drama there.
Or if you're going a more tongue in cheek route...maybe he was the proverbial "minotaur in the maze" and he got sick of his job. After killing so many adventurers, he began to wonder where all these people come from? Why do they keep showing up in my maze? What is it they do out there? I'm going out there to see what all the fuss is about! And maybe the world is pretty new to him since he was raised in the maze to be a killing machine. Some good "fish out of water" stuff there perhaps.
Jul 11, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
AJ Picket (The Mighty Glustick) has a pretty good video that might help with some inspiration. He has a biology background so he really gets into thinking about a mushroom based organism / society.
Jul 11, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
You could also lean in to the "fallen angel" aspect. Started out as a do gooder (folk hero, noble, urban bounty hunter) but maybe after a loss or significant event turned to darker powers. Maybe to bring someone back. Maybe someone that was taken from him. Could use the traditional "deal with the devil" template....but instead sought out death and darkness itself. You could also stick with a more insidious background (criminal, charlatan, etc.) but maybe he was just an "average" criminal exploiting his racial charisma and powers. Nothing too terrible but, again, some catalyst causes him to seek darker powers. Like getting in trouble with a the "mob" (thieves guild, etc) and, in desperation, he turned to something he didn't quite fully understand.
Sounds like you're aiming for a reluctant bargain, so maybe when he got the shadowfell and it wasn't what he thought. It was a bit too much. But after wandering in the darkness for a period of time it was his only way back. And now he's dealing with the repercussions.
Or if it's not a reluctant deal, it could be that he was always a bit drawn to the darkness. This was something he kept hidden since it's not exactly expected (or likely accepted) of an Aasimar. But the seed grew until he sought it out and is a willing participant. Not necessarily "evil". Just someone with a more chaotic (chaotic neutral?) persuasion that will do what they need to do, even if it means exploiting darker powers to do it.
I also agree that memory loss doesn't necessarily restrict background and it could give your DM some great RP opportunities by creating elements of your backstory you aren't even entirely familiar with. You'll suddenly meet someone who recognizes you and have to figure out who they are and what they want. Friend or foe? Go full Memento! Similar to FeriteKnight's point, maybe you witnessed something out there in the dessert that "broke" your mind but you don't know what it is. Maybe there is something the patron wants to keep hidden from you and deliberately wiped it from your mind, but was a bit overzealous and took a few other things with it. If you're a fan of Critical Role, think about Fjord. Their hexblade doesn't even remember his pact. He was washed overboard and woke up on the beach with a magic sword and new powers. The DM is filling in the details and revealing more and more every few sessions.
So many opportunities. Hope this helps.
Jul 11, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
Are there any legendary Bards in D&D lore? I'm hoping for something along the lines of other legendary NPCs of different classes, whether it is Drizzt (Ranger), the various wizards (Volo, Mordenkainen), etc. etc.
I'm looking for a touchstone for an eladrin NPC I'm developing that runs a secret organization of Bards (a la Harpers, Mercer's Golden Grin, etc.).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
Jun 3, 2018Posted in: Story & Lore
One of my PCs is a hexblade. She started before Xanathar's came out, and was thematically excited by more of a lightning motif so we've been tweaking it a bit. Overall though, we went less in the "patron as malevolent force with it's own agenda" and turned it into more of a rescue mission where their interests are aligned (which is why the Patron is imparting power to her in the first place). There is a powerful entity (going with Storm Giant for now...but still fine tuning) that has a connection to the PCs past she doesn't yet know about. The entity was captured and turned into a sentient weapon. The PC has been getting dreams where, promped and empowerd by the patron, she is learning more about her past and growing in strength. So I tied the PCs journey of self-discovery to also, eventually, traveling into the Nine Hells to retrieve the sentient weapon that has been indirectly imparting power to her; where they will truly bond and become even more powerful. I found it to be a nice way to keep things tidy, given all the other side plot threads I've got running.
This is all just a way of saying patrons don't necessarily need to have crazy different motives or agendas or challenge the PC.
Jun 2, 2018Posted in: D&D Beyond Feedback
Fair enough. Didn't realize UPCs weren't unique to the print. Just a thought :-)
I'm already deep into Evernote for all my campaign details, so I'm good on the front. But thank you for the advice.
I appreciate the options for not purchasing the entire book (per previous point...I don't need the lore, just the mechanics to help me run the game). But even just adding core rule books (PHB, DMG, MM) and bits and pieces from the other books to make sure my players have access to the full set of spells, race, class, and a decent set of magic items is getting close to $200. Plus a subscription to share that content with my players and now we're at $250. Again, focusing on this as a tool set, it would be nice to separate the pieces that help run, track, and autocalculate the game mechanics from the lore (beyond the core book set). Perhaps, bundle all the necessary player/item/mechanics info across books at decent price rather than a bundle every book on the platform. Just a thought.
Entirely possible I'm not representative of their target (for what it's worth, I'm new to the game so this isn't some kind of resistance to going digital) and if D&DB has enough folks that are fine with this price point I'm just pissing in the wind. But for what it's worth, imho focusing on tools would add a lot more value than lore.
May 23, 2018Posted in: D&D Beyond Feedback
Just wondering if there are any plans for near term updates that would actually help a DM manage/run a campaign? It seems like there are a lot of tools that could fit in your wheelhouse (i.e., adding algorithms, shortcuts, and auto-calculation to Wizards rules content). Off the top of my head....any tools to calculate and plan encounters (a la kobold fight club), organize notes or locations, filter/scale purchased content or monster options based on your party makeup, something to help generate standard NPCs, keep track of more complex NPCs or villains with character sheets and auto scale them as the party grows in strength, or even something as simple as generally having customizable quick references more easily on hand like Inn and item prices, statuses, etc. without having to look them up through search (i.e. digital dm screen), etc. etc. would be very helpful.
In general, focusing more on structuring the content to be used as an outline during a game session rather than duplicating paper content with a quick lookup. I don't mean to be curt or overly blunt....maybe there is greater value that I'm just not seeing...but that is how it currently appears and I like to think that it could be SO much more.
Obviously the auto calc and baked in rules are nice for PCs on their character sheets but the quick look up just doesn't seem like enough of a $300+ value add to bail on my already substantial paper investment (unless you finally give folks a way to use UPC codes to at least get a discount....which would also help provide a bit of incentive :-)
May 23, 2018Clockw3rk posted a message on Official Pronunciation Guide for Monsters and RacesPosted in: News & Announcements
And that's a good thing? :-(
May 22, 2018Posted in: Arts & Crafts
My public library does these on a lulzbot mini
So they print things out in additive layers (hot glue gun on a robot arm). It's a bit lower resolution than resin from what I understand (still learning the process myself)...but it does the trick.
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