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  1. Graham S retired

    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    Dragon Heist would be worth a look. It is a city based adventure and as such is quite freeform for the players but I think has probably been designed to be a Starter Set alternative and is probably easier to DM than SKT or TOA. It only covers levels 1-5 as written but the Mad Mage dungeon crawl can follow it.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    Curse of Strahd seems like one of the best hardcovers, but gothic horror is not to everyone’s tastes. Tomb of Annihilation has a great plot driver and some atmospheric settings but is a bit of a race against time, the hex crawl looks a bit long and under populated and finishes with an enormous death trap dungeon, none of which I fancy running. I do fancy running Dragon Heist, but I think I’d only use bits of Mad Mage as I think my players would get bored of being stuck in a dungeon for ages. The other hardcovers seem less appealing to me. For those reasons, I think SKT was a good choice for us. If we do ever finish SKT I think Strahd or Dragon Heist would be my next choices, but maybe by then I’ll want to just run my own.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    SKT does make a natural transition from LMOP. I’m DMing it at the moment and the biggest challenge for me was the vast size of the open world that’s somewhat underpopulated with encounters. I think I’ve been able to overcome that with a bunch of extra reading about the setting and a bit of smoke and mirrors but it made me appreciate the smaller scale of LMOPs sandbox.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    I might be wrong, but this feels like a case where their long lead time has been a problem, if they’d managed to rush that out a couple of years ago it would have been a bigger deal.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    If your DM wants some modron ideas there’s this: https://www.dmsguild.com/m/product/173611
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    The first episode was pretty combat heavy. They had some nice minis. I think it’s unlikely to be to my taste long term, but I’ve watched all of his instructional videos so it’s interesting to see him play. The story heavy / lightly comic style of Chris Perkins is more my sort of thing. I’ve skimread Strongholds and Followers and it’s fine but I doubt it will be used in my game any time soon. Happy to support him as I’ve found his videos really useful.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    I might not get them to play 2 characters but I might let them bring an NPC or two along and let them roll for them in combat. There are likely allies to be found in Phandalin.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    You can use this to scale encounters is LMOP: http://haluz.org/lmop/ And this more generally http://kobold.club/fight/#/encounter-builder I’d be tempted to use “milestone” levelling rather than XP, and advance them relatively quickly to make up for a smaller group. The action economy of D&D means that if you only have 2 attacks per turn as a group and you have n monster attacks you can end up in a bad situation but balancing encounters is a bit of a black art whatever the size of the group. i find 3 players works fine at home (I rope in my wife, perhaps you can too) although in my main friends campaign I only play with 4 or 5. I think the dynamics of the game works best with groups of this size, but you can adapt if you want. if they get embarrassed role playing, it’s cool to describe instead “I threaten the orc”, “I haggle with the shopkeeper”, and then you can draw a bit of overacting out of them at opportune fun moments.
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    Easy D&D questions

    The bugbears should be 2d8+2, most likely he was double counting this bonus. Brute. A melee weapon deals one extra die of its damage when the bugbear hits with it (included in the attack).
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    Easy D&D questions

    I’ve used different approaches with maps. I’ve had printouts, sketches, big printed maps with minis and tokens, I’ve used roll20 at the table, uncovering maps with fog of war, I’ve used paint programs on the iPad to achieve the same effect. I often use nothing at all and just describe stuff. I like mixing it up, it keeps it interesting, and different stuff works better in different situations. The LMOP maps are available digitally online, either free with a google, or paid from the artist Mike Schley, or from roll20 or dndbeyond. I haven’t yet expected my players to do their own mapping, although Gygax would doubtless have expected them to, I don’t think it’s the bit I want to focus on as I don’t think they’d enjoy it as much as us spending the effort elsewhere.
  11. Graham S retired

    Easy D&D questions

    It’s cool as a player to read the rules, just not the adventure. I’d be happy for my players to read the DMs guide and lore even, although I do like being the only one in our group who knows monsters and magic items for the time being. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules 3 bugbears and 1 goblin is a deadly encounter for 3 level 3 players. If I was DMing and this wasn’t a final boss encounter I’d have taken away a bugbear. This is a good tool for encounter building. http://kobold.club/fight/#/encounter-builder This tool explicitly adjusts difficulty for the starter set characters depending on player count and level. http://haluz.org/lmop/ I do find balancing the difficulty of encounters tough. The Challenge Rating that tool uses and the rules talk about isn’t always a reliable indicator. There’s a lot of variables to account for and sometimes things swing unexpectedly in either direction, and bugbears hit hard against low level players. I’m trying to find various techniques to adjust on the fly during encounters but this is something that comes with thought and experience. Being taken prisoner is a good out, he did well there.
  12. Graham S retired

    Beastie Boys

  13. I use a 2017? iPad Pro at the table to show players maps etc with roll20 in safari, and it just about works but it’s not a great experience to be honest. Crashes and reloads the page a fair bit. Memory constrained I suppose. You might find it tolerable, I still use it for now, and I don’t know if it matters that I have a big module loaded (Storm Kings Thunder). I think the actual app isn’t the full experience, just dice rolling and things like that.
  14. Graham S retired

    Beastie Boys

    Bumping the thread has reminded me of the innocent days when it was possible to be young and reckless and need telling who Kanye West is.
  15. Graham S retired

    Beastie Boys

    I’ve got a pair of balcony tickets for the Kentish Town forum tomorrow that I won’t use as I’ve just bagged some stalls tickets. Anyone want them? No charge unless you desperately want to give me money. We’ll have to go in together I think.
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