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Nathan Ascher
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I'm always asking myself this same question. How do you engage the players and get the most out of running a D&D campaign? As an advocate for 5e, I have recently switched to running public games on roll20.net solo adventures where players occasionally talk about committing to a re-occurring campaign. If I were to start a home-game, I would run it with a short list of rapid leveling suggestions as well as house-rules to keep the players leveling and looking forward to playing in the next tier. I vote that the campaign should be story focused but if you create deadly encounters you can paint them to match almost any narrative. Make plenty of branches and keep the players occupied with what ifs and decision consequences. All the while satisfying them with treasure, titles, achievements, and magical rewards.
 
Another year goes by and another fresh campaign is brewing. Now with a few years of DMing and playing under my belt, I feel quite comfortable. Which should I run, and why?

It will be no less than 5th edition. I have all the modules and books.
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An over-the-top campaign of FUN AND FUN!
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A serious campaign focusing on story!
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An exploration campaign!
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A module (HotDQ, RoT, etc)!
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Be a Player!
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I'd love to play a game like this sometime.
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The other day, I sat down at a table where I was the only "mono-class". The leader of the group, was a Charisma caster, wearing heavy armor, casting cure wounds and adding her Charisma modifier plus Disciple of Life because of one level of Cleric. She was also casting Eldritch Blast in Melee because of Crossbow Expert and two levels of Warlock. In the end, I think she was a Cleric 1/Warlock 2/ Bard 2 but she ran Shield of Faith once per short rest with Pact Magic. The Tank of the group had a level of Fighter with the Defense Style, two levels of Warlock again coupled with Crossbow mastery for the Melee 1d10+Cha, and he had at least one level of Sorcerer because he was casting Shield once or twice per short rest with Pact Magic for an amazing AC 25 in Splint. The Striker must have been a Paladin 3/Warlock 2 with Polearm Master, since he would open with a Thunderous Smite+Divine smite and follow-up with Halberd multi-attack. He also used Pact Magic to cast Shield of Faith and cast False Life at-will.

So, I thought I would try my hand at a silly-multi-class-cheese-weasel, by borrowing Defense Style from Fighter, Shield of Faith from Cleric and Shield from Sorcerer for AC 26 in Chain Mail.
Sevrace Dread Human Multi-class Tank (Soldier) Level 1 Cleric 1 Str 15, Dex 8, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 16 HP (1d8+2) 10 AC 18 (Chain mail, Shield), 20 (Shield of Faith) Init -1, Speed 30 Senses:...
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+Don Peterson Dude, really? You're going to come to the table with "using Crossbow Expert for attacks other than a crossbow is lame", when every edition of D&D (especially this one) is about using or following the written text rules of the game as you will/choose? While we're all entitled to our own opinions wording your own like that just said, in effect, that in your opinion they're lame for using this feat the way they are. Pretty sure you don't feel they are lame, right? Personally I'm fine with their use of the Crossbow Expert feat. If they want to broaden the range of the feat's use, so be it. House rule it. It saves time coming up with a new name for their use of the feat specifically for ranged spells. I know some are very picky when it comes to game balance but how fun the game is trumps balance every time so more power to these guys if they're having fun using the feat this way.

And on the Basic Rules we've noticed several differences in the rules between Basic and "Advanced". While we'll reference Basic for clarification at times we've had to keep them pretty separate. Pretty sure the Advanced rules are being used by Daniel and his crew since the Crossbow Feat and other game items from the PHB were mentioned. So just a mention that the Basic isn't' always congruent with Advanced. What does the PHB or DMG say about forced movement?
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I Really appreciate when I sit down at a table with a Bard.
Sutalun Banalli Variant Human Bard (Entertainer) Str 8, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 16 HP (1d8+2) 10 AC 15 (Studded Leather, dex) Senses: Investigation 11, Perception 12 Saves: Dexterity 15,...
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Really enjoy reading posts on this board. I've been DM'ing a lot more than playing in the past months and just wanted to shout out to all the DM's, "Keep up the good work."
After several individual rants and some graphing and calculations, I decided instead of hating on the weird give-and-take that is the XP Threshold from the Encounter Building section of the DMG, I...
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+Kirwyn B/X is cool. I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison of Combats per level. I'm not sure which method levels faster.
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These three colors were my primary palette when I was in high school playing with fractals. I called it royal-gold, thinking that the gradient between Orange and light beige seemed like a metallic...
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Arcane Trickster is a really fun Rogue Archetype. I wonder how many people would allow sneak attack with Spells in 5e, although there are no strict rules support.
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"All past versions" meaning the last 2.5 out of 5 (arguably there are 7-8 versions).
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Who likes the Arcane Tradition, School of Divination?
Tassilo Staunton Variant Human Wizard (Noble/Hermit) Str 8, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 8 HP (1d6+2) 8, 13-16 (false life) AC 13 (dex), 16 (mage armor) Mage Armor AC: 18 (defensive duelist),...
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I want to rename Defensive Duelist to Deja Vu. "I knew you were going to swing your sword, in just that way, so I moved." It's a shame that it has a melee weapon requirement but Wizards are proficient in Daggers and Tassilo has a good Dex, and if in melee he could always take a stab at the baddies.
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I love Ursula K. Le Guin but this speech takes my admiration to another level, she is such an awesome idealist and put into words something I've felt about sci-fi and fantasy films/books for years.
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