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Jim Haltom
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Hey +Venger Satanis, not sure if you've seen this yet. Check out number 6. http://listverse.com/2015/01/13/10-religions-spawned-by-works-of-fiction/

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I will be purchasing the new DMG soon. To +William Altman, if you loved D&D before 3rd, then I think you will enjoy this edition. I didn't care for 3rd, and really didn't like 4th at all. But this edition goes back to D&D's roots, with a few new modern mechanics. I will go as far as to say that this edition is the best of all the other editions combined. I've been running games since the playtest, and when the PHB came out, I was instantly sold. Yes, I'm a fanboy, and I will proudly say that this edition of D&D brought me back after a 15 year hiatus.

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Got it yesterday. Thanks for this Venger. I've been wanting to get the old D6 version of this game for some time, and you pointed us in the right direction. Cheers!

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Rob Schwalb talks about his design goals with his forthcoming game, Shadow of the Demon Lord. Give it a read if you want to get a glimpse on how the game's mechanics work.
Today, I talk a bit about Shadow of the Demon Lord's design goals and how I met them. 

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Okay, my old friend +Robert Schwalb has written his own dark-horror, fantasy rpg called Shadow of the Demon Lord. You've probably seen his name pop up on things from D&D 4th and 5th editions, as well as stuff from Green Ronin like A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and not to mention a slew of other products in our hobby. Rob is planning on Kickstarting the game this spring, and is now starting to hit the con circuit. If anyone has any questions or want to set something up with Rob and his company, Schwalb Entertainment, then drop a line to info@schwalbentertainment.com.

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Your Illithid masters look forward to the battles ahead.

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Honestly Venger, I think that this team of guys at Wizards have finally learned some serious lessons.  They keep making really good decisions and seem to be truly adapting to the market.  I've been excited about this iteration of D&D, but them offering a free 'basic' version is just bloody icing on the damn cake!

After cruising around on ENWorld and the like, I just thought I'd share a few tidbits that I like to call - Your GM probably sucks.

If your first level character single-handedly blasts through a big mess of kobolds or goblins and barely takes a scratch, your GM probably sucks.

If the high charisma negotiator of your party tries to convince the BBEG that he has no chance of winning and should surrender, and the GM actually rolls for it and allows it, you know, because the die roll stands and it is in the rules, your GM probably sucks.

If your first level party kills an ogre in two rounds, shaky D&D Next playtest math notwithstanding, then your GM probably sucks.

If the thief in your party gets away with stealing pretty much anything that isn't nailed down without any repercussions whatsoever, then your GM probably sucks.

So, who else out there can enlighten us with things that point to your GM probably sucking?

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The Next playtest was what drew me back.  I've recruited from family and friends to play with me DM'ing, using the full Next rules.  Just one small problem.  No one wants to play a Mage.  We have a Rogue, Monk, Ranger, Cleric & Druid.  I'm going to try and talk the Druid player, my niece, into switching to Mage just for party balance.  Have you seen, in any of your playtesting, whether or not party balance has been an issue of any kind?

Okay everyone, I have a quick rules question.  I couldn't find it, and it's probably blatantly obvious somewhere, but I just couldn't find it.  Anyways, each character class has a listing of two abilities under Saving Throws, i.e. the barbarian has strength and constitution, and the mage has intelligence and wisdom.  Now, does this mean that they get their ability modifier added to any saves using those two abilities, or do they get their proficiency bonus added as well as their ability modifier?  Like I said, I looked everywhere concerning saves, and I just can't find it.  Does anyone know for certain?  Thanks in advance.
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