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With the absence of BAB in 5th edition, I figured it should be possible to make a wizard that's as good at hitting stuff as a martial class. Of decent physical stats will come at some cost to INT, and if you actually want to be able to fight in melee, you need a decent weapon and armor proficiency.

The Mountain Dwarf seems to be a good fit there, as they start with proficiency in battleaxe and medium armor (no shield, unfortunately). Also, it seems like a nice excuse to have dwarven wizards for a change (why should all wizards have to be humans, elves and gnomes?).

Using the standard stat array, a mountain dwarf wizard with +2 in Int as well as all physical stats (or maybe Strength +3 and Dex +1), and proficiency in battleaxe and medium armor, is easy. Equipping him for his first adventure, however, that's the problem.

Wizards obviously don't start with armor or battleaxes. No background provides anything better than a knife. The only option is to skip the default equipment and buy your own. A wizard would start with 100 gp, needs a 50 gp spellbook, and a chain shirt or scale mail costs another 50 gp, leaving nothing for a weapon and assorted other goods.

I've been trying to figure out what would be acceptable starting equipment here. From the armors I can still afford, hide armor would be mechanically most effective, but it seems awfully crude and organic for a race that's famous for having the best armor smiths. Same goes for leather. I'm actually inclined to go with padded armor, simply because it could be the underlayer for mail or scale armor.

Interesting how I'm finding my mechanical concerns overruled by character-driven concerns.

So what we've got now is a spellcasting dwarf who's good with a battle axe and a strong need to buy some better armor as soon as he can afford to. Since he can hit stuff, his spells would probably focus on utility spells and rituals. Unlike other martial classes, he's not doing to get much better at fighting than this.

Does anyone have any further ideas or suggestions?
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High Elf, Mountain Dwarf. Human with the right starting feat or multi-class are the best ways to go about making a melee mage. Granted, you can also go Rogue or Fighter and pick up the magical subclass-- or be a Bard and get a nice solid balance.
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Why does the Android app for Google+ not allow me to view the content per circle? I see so little new content there, that I suspect that Google+ is withholding a lot of content from my main stream. So I want to check individual circles, but can't.

And now that I'm using Google+ through a browser again, it seems like I'm again getting completely different content. What's going on? Why can't you just let me decide what I want to see?

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In the Dutch version, that option sounds more like "display circle updates for this device", which really sounds like it does something very different, but enabling it turns the title of my stream into a pull down menu with all my circles.

So this solved it. Thanks!
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By far the most RPG-related video I've ever seen Matt Easton do. And he tackles a popular and controversial issue: dual wielding. And quite to my surprise, he's rather positive about it. It wasn't common, it's hard, and does require training, but but it's not silly and doesn't require some unique talent like ambidexterity.
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Another cool performance by my new favourite dummer: Senri Kawaguchi.
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I only this week discovered Senri Kawaguchi, and while I don't know that much about world class drummers, she comes across to me as the most talented drummer ever. Here's an old video with her from 2008 when she was I don't know how young, but she's already better than many professional drummers can ever hope to be.

Interesting detail: I notice she's sometimes using the backhand "marching band" style with her left hand, which I don't think she's using in any of her later performances. My drum teacher back in the day used it all the time, but never taught me. (Didn't matter; I sucked anyway.)

+T to the E to the O might be interested.
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Do look for other videos with her. She's apparently big enough that she gets named in titles even when she's not the lead. And she's very diverse, insanely fast, and doesn't seem to believe that "less is more".
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No idea where this is from, but it looks awesome. It feels like there should me a lot more names in the credits. Was this really animated by one person?
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Yeah, he was working on this for YEARS. I think the first time any of it was uploaded on YouTube was a short teaser about 5 years ago.
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I finally saw the new (well, it's over 6 years old already) Star Trek movie, and only now do I fully grasp what people mean when they complain about lens flare.

As a result of this and other things I'm not a huge fan of the visuals, but other than that it was okay. My favourite thing about this movie is how it's not really a prequel or full reboot (as I was expecting), but in a way a sequel to the original Star Trek movies, which can remain fully canonical, despite the fact that they're clearly not going to happen.

Also fun to watch how the crew slowly came together as everybody slowly migrated to the position they're supposed to have.
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Yes. Totally not a reboot. It's a fork, so to speak, with the Prime timeline still existing elsewhere. 
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I think it's really, really time to finally get a new PC now. I haven't played The Witcher 3 because my old PC from 2008 doesn't meet the specs. And I was just about to buy Stellaris when I decided to check the requirements, and again, my PC is clearly getting too old. And even my 2012 Macbook Pro falls a bit short in some areas.

Problem is, that means I have to dive into the current state of PC tech again. I put a lot of research into the old PC, and it really paid off. Never before have I had a PC I was so happy with. It survived for 8 years and is still way too good to throw away (though I don't have space for 2 PCs). An end of an era this is, and all due to Stellaris and TW3.
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If you're going for the latest generation Intel (Skylake) and your graphics requirements aren't that high, I think the integrated graphics could definitely be good enough. In any case you can always add a dedicated GPU later.
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Parsey McParseface. That's a real and serious thing, and it's state of the art and very interesting.

Apparently this is what things are going to be names from now on. The next big browser will be called Browsie McBrowseface.
 
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As much as we love to fawn over artificial intelligence (AI), it’s still not great at recognizing and parsing natural language. That’s why Google is open s
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The current state of my son's daycare.
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Wow. Thankfully it happened at night. 
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We're going to Legoland with friends, and the friends picked the hotel for the halfway stop in Hamburg. Apparently they have a slightly different taste in hotels than we do: we weren't allowed to park our own car or haul our own luggage, but had to hand over the car keys to someone else and stow our plastic bags on the fancy luggage trolley. For the first time ever I feel like maybe we should own some nice suitcases (they wouldn't fit in our small car).

Biggest, fanciest hotel room I ever stayed in. Heated floor in the oversized bathroom. Had nearly everything except a proper tea pot.
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Karsten's first step towards a YouTube career: instructions how to fold a diamond wallet. (In Dutch, of course.)
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Martijn Vos is a dad, Christian, gamer (tabletop RPGs, boardgames, strategy games, CRPGs), and freelance web developer (front and backend, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Javascript, AngularJS).
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Traveled to Timbuctoo and survived to return home. Married. Got two kids.
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