[WotD] 5e Discussion and Questions

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[WotD] 5e Discussion and Questions

Given that 5e is new to most folks on the Archive, we can use this thread to discuss the rules and the nuances to either character creation or playing the game.

deadDMwalking
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Character creation rules? My friend NoFortunateOne would also like to play.

Nofortunateone
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Confirmed. Would like to play. I am thinking of playing a incredibly dumb barbarian. I remember a little about how to play.

Cronono
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Level 1 characters out of the PHB or SRD. Acceptable races include any published race. If you want a monsterous race, we'll use the Volo's guide to monsters. We won't use the DMG rules yet, although we can switch to those options later in the campaign. Humans and Variant Humans out of the PHB are both acceptable, as this campaign will be using feats.

Any published class is acceptable, meaning PHB or Xanathar's. Unearthed Arcana classes may be acceptable, but if they are published we will use the published versions. No homebrew.

We'll use the point buy character creation method.

All characters also gain one proficiency in a tool of your choice, over and above those provided by race/class/background. I'm so generous.

deadDMwalking
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Is the D&D Beyond online tool a good one to make a character?

https://www.dndbeyond.com/

I can't access it from work, but fivethirtyeight had an article about it:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/is-your-dd-character-rare/

Cronono
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Yes, it's a great tool. It's the beginning of the fulfillment Wizards made for 4e, so they're a bit late on delivering. I'm hopeful they start competing with Roll20 soon - and I say this as a Roll20 sponsor who loves Roll20.

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One recommendation here. If you're considering making a Ranger, I urge you not to make the Ranger in the PHB. Unfortunately, that Ranger is okay up until level 4, then it gets pretty bad pretty quickly.

If you want to make a Ranger, you should use this UA supplement:

https://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/UA_RevisedRanger.pdf

MinusInnocence
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I'm thinking of either a human or dragonborn cleric. My original concept was a human who loves taxes and roads and thinks the latter is like a network of veins across the Empire, keeping commerce and culture flowing and healthy. But I also really like the idea of being able to breathe fire.

Still leaning more toward human, though.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

Cronono
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The Empire has a ton of races, and it would be feasible for you to be a Dragonborn in The Empire if that resolves the question for you.

That said, both human and variant humans are hugely popular in 5e. Humans are good at everything, and variant humans are the only race to start with a feat.

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I'm looking at using a Dragonborn Fighter, myself. Mostly a matter fleshing out his background.

Cronono
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What color dragonborn?

Dafyd
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Silver.

Cronono
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One thing I would like from folks is that they're somewhere between neutral with the other PCs and best buds. If you could post your thoughts about the personalities of your PCs and their various interests, I think it would be helpful for building the right dynamic.

MinusInnocence
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My character grew up in the church (he took the Acolyte background). He makes friends easily, extending a hand to just about anyone he meets who will give him the time of day. He makes no distinction between cursory, only-cordial-in-passing-acquaintances and lifelong blood brothers.

He believes order is essential to preserving civilization and the church he belongs to, being related to civics and statehood, is an important part of keeping the machine running. To his mind, a general state of anarchy and permissiveness would be tantamount to living on the first layer of the Abyss. He doesn't necessarily have any personal convictions one way or the other about whether the State should prohibit or restrict behavior that doesn't actually hurt other people, but if a law were passed to that effect, he would be just about the last person to question it. Indeed, he has never had reason nor ever will to question the authority or integrity of his betters in the church hierarchy. He would die to protect sacred ground, including roadside altars, small chapels in backwater hamlets, cemeteries, etc.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

Cronono
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I've posted a little bit about the organized religions and the ecclesiastical martial orders in the other forum. Let me know if you need any more details on those faiths.

deadDMwalking
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Do you have instructions for characters? I've never built one for 5th edition, but I feel confident I can do it. But what am I building?

Cronono
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First level character out of the book, using point buy, but with one extra proficiency in any tool. Here are the steps:

Choose Race
Choose Class
Determine Ability Scores (Customizing Ability Scores Option, 27 point buy)
Describe your character (Alignment, Ideals, Bonds, Flaws, Background)
Choose starting equipment

I'm also fine with custom backgrounds if you have a great story. They're all two skill proficiencies, two "lesser" proficiencies (languages or tools), and about 20 gp worth of money and equipment. All custom backgrounds have the same feature: you know other people from your background and they're positively predisposed toward you. Only published backgrounds have features other than these types of social connections. We can PM a bit if you want to go back and forth on any of these options.

MinusInnocence
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The Feudal Order sounds cool. Where can I find the City domain? It's not in the PHB.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

Cronono
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Here's the Unearthed Arcana: https://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/UA_ModernMagic.pdf

The sidearms proficiency refers to pistols as listed on page 268 of the DMG.

As The Outpost does not have electricity, the On/Off cantrip is likely not very valuable.

MinusInnocence
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Ah, I see. This seems more tailored to a different kind of setting altogether. The sidebar mentions the spells and powers don't even function unless you're in a big enough population center; so even if the Outpost qualifies, if we ever leave town, I won't be able to use my abilities. Thematically perfect for my concept but not really practical. I'll pick something else.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

deadDMwalking
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I'm planning on making a Tiefling Warlock. Because who wants to be trusted?

I was going to buy the 5th edition Player's Handbook last night but it's $50 at Barnes & Noble. It's only $30 at Amazon. I checked a used bookstore but they didn't have one in stock. I'll order it in a few days - I'm going to order some children's presents as well.

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I love playing Warlocks. Instead of needing a long rest (8 hours of hanging out, keeping watch, reading a book, sleeping), Warlocks only need a short rest (1 hour!) in order to recover their spells. They're not nearly as versatile as Long-Rest caster and have far fewer spells. However, they have the best damaging cantrip (eldritch blast), and the best multi-class opportunities.

Warlocks are very diverse, however. Feel free to use the three patrons in the book (Infernal, Fae, or Old One/Cthulu) or any of the patrons in the UA/Xanathar's (Celestial, Hexblade).

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If anybody else wants to mess around with the mechanics or otherwise play in the prologue, feel free to do so without a character sheet. The purpose of the prologue is to familiarize folks with the mechanics of DnD, so we'll explain each rule as it occurs and iron out details.