Monday, June 13, 2016

5e D&D - Group Checks and Group's Average Checks

A party of adventurers making a group survival check

The PHB tells to use Group Checks when a number of individuals are trying to attempt something as a group and they will either all fail or all succeed. In the rules, it says that to do a group check all involved must make the check as usual. If half of the group succeeds, then all the group succeeds. I would like to expand on these explanations a little bit analysing the possible uses of Group Checks and, in the end of the article, propose a variation of roll using the average of all characters' skills instead of rolling for each of them separately.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

5e D&D - The Battousai: a new fighter and monk subclass

Today I bring you a new sub-class that can be used both as a fighter's martial archetype or a monk's monastic tradition. It is the Battousai - the master swordsman who attacks rapidly with its sword, based both on historical japanese sword fighting and the Rouroni Kenshin's anime protagonist: Kenshin Himura, the Hitokiri Battousai (manslaying master swordsman).

Saturday, June 11, 2016

5e D&D - Combat options with Giant Creatures

I've already discussed in this blog how hard it is to find interesting rules in rpgs that emulate the power and danger that a giant creature offers in battle. It is always mistifying to me how in many combat rules, giants act so illogically. Instead of grabbing and trampling all over their puny opponents, most of the time they stay still, just throwing a few melee attacks here and there. In D&D 5e, the DMG offers the chance for smaller characters to grab unto a giant's back. It is an interesting take, but nevertheless lacking in regards to how a giant creature can act to trash their enemies.

Friday, June 10, 2016

5e D&D - Magical Forges: adding weapon and armor upgrades to your game

Skyrim, Diablo, Dark Souls, Path of Exile, Salt & Sanctuary, and many, many other games have some interesting mechanics to deal with the improvement of items. Sometimes using socketed gems, or the character's skill with a forge, or finding magic runes or using arcane enchantments, there are many ways a character can improve its items.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

5e D&D tweaks - core character classes balance

Overall, all classes in 5e are very well made and balanced. The new skill system, the varied paths a player can choose, the increase of some classes hit die, like the arcane spellcasters going from a d4 to a d6 and the rogue going from a d6 to a d8 - all of that contributed to make the game interesting and balanced. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5e D&D Tweaks - Abilities scores, checks and Saving throws rethinking

Today, I'd like to discuss a few tweaks, rethinking and house rules I use in my games with Attribute scores, attribute checks and Saving Throws.

Monday, June 6, 2016

5e D&D - A late review

A very somber, almost pensive Tiamat looking yonder at something curious
Basically my surprised reaction with 5e D&D

It's been basically 2 years now since 5th arrived, and until now I have mostly not even touched this thing. Why?