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This is our Time Travel movie for the Austin 48 hour film project.  
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So is 3.5 Edition considered old school now?
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The thing is that the skill system in the book will set certain expectations with the players. e.g. If there’s a Spot skill, then players are going to expect that there will be Spot checks and may decide to invest points into it. (How much “character building” the system has is a factor too.) If, as DM, I don’t use Spot checks then I’m not being fair to the player who spent points on the Spot skill. Unless I clearly communicated that to the players before they made their characters, and they understood what I meant, and they remembered it while creating their characters.

Even then, what if a class or race gets a bonus to spot checks. If I don’t use spot checks, that class/race is diminished. That’s not as easily solved as just telling the players not to put points in a skill. (It may not be hard to solve, but I’m talking relatively. And another example could be harder.)

It comes down to this: The more differences between the assumed style of the system and the style you play, the more issues are going to come up. As long as you’ve picked a system where those differences aren’t too great, you’ll be fine and claim system doesn’t matter. Otherwise, you’ll argue that system does matter. (System doesn’t matter...until it does.) And this holds true whether any one considers your style or the game’s style “old school”. They can both be old school yet still be different enough to cause issues.
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Dungeons & Dragons, the first commercially available role-playing game that is now 40 years old, influenced numerous writers and taught them the art of storytelling.
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As long as their is an imagination, there will always be another version of D&D #dndnext  
My first edition was AD&D 2nd Edition.  My first foray in the worlds of hit points, leveling up & armor class however, came much earlier with a video game called Dragon Warrior. That's righ...
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So how do GMs and DMs alter their style & substance when playing 3.5 Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms or other such campaign settings?
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To clear everything up, I use 4e, but I'll right in (hopefully) system-neutral terms.
When I plan an encounter, I give the monsters a 'trick', like for instance letting warforged ride motorcycles, and I attach some cool stuff to the motorcycles so that PCs can learn to ride and use then.
To make things more interesting in the above encounter against biker warforged, I dotted the map with LOTS of rocks so that everyone has to maneuver a lot. Snipers are also a neat addition here, since anyone that gets a good view of the battlefield from a high vantage point is going to be in range of the snipers.

To summarize, then, I make good use of terrain, mounts, NPC complications, traps, and interesting monsters to make my encounters come off as more cinematic, which is the goal with Eberron combats.
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Anyone got ideas on how to boost this 10th level NPC?
Disarmed by the Monk Delo Makto & subsequently killed  in our Dragonlance Age of Mortals Campaign, it took longer for me to make Esmond Dondanne'ven then it did to kill him.  He still got in a ...
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This is our entry for the 2014 Austin 48 Hour film Project. Genre: Time Travel


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If you can't play the version you want, play the version you have....
My first edition was AD&D 2nd Edition.  My first foray in the worlds of hit points, leveling up & armor class however, came much earlier with a video game called Dragon Warrior. That's righ...
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Wizardry was horrible because of the seemingly randomness of enemy threats.

Too many times I died fighting something I killed easily before. Addictive as it was I don't think I ever beat it. 
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My thoughts on what there will always be another version of D&D.
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Here is a 10th level Knight of Neraka for you #dragonlance  3.5 campaign.
Disarmed by the Monk Delo Makto & subsequently killed  in our Dragonlance Age of Mortals Campaign, it took longer for me to make Esmond Dondanne'ven then it did to kill him.  He still got in a ...
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