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420chan is Getting Overhauled - Changelog/Bug Report/Request Thread (Updated July 26)

D&D AMA

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- Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:57:19 EST uUG7d+ap No.29167
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I saw this and decided to try it as well.

I'm creating a homebrew universe for my D&D campaigns. Ask me anything you can think if and I'll give you the answer. If you want to read more about the world before you ask, I'll make some broad points below.
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This universe is being built of a very grand scale. Even I don't have everything locked down yet, but I've got a decent foothold.
There are several planets, and the players will have access to a starship that they will wake up on. After they are woken up, they will quickly realize the ship is failing and they have to fix it. Once they fix the ship, it will be revealed that there is a space station a few light years away(the ship is capable of warp, which I can explain if you'd like. It's not based in real science, but I'm open to suggestions 😊
There are a few star systems that they can choose to go to at first, provided they become able, and each of those will have several worlds. I have a main storyline planned out, but I can't go too much into detail openly as I have players who might be reading this. No spoilers 😉
There will be an earth like world that shares similar history and is a slightly futuristic world by our real world standards, but with many of the races of the d&d world. Sharing the same solar system is a traditional d&d like world with much the same history as cannon forgotten realms stories, with some additions and changes. There are many other worlds as well, but I'm sure those will come up if you're curious.
I've added some elements to the universe, such as a crystalized form of the Weave known as Arcanyte, a sickness brought on by too much exposure to high levels of magic much like radiation, and a last ditch casting method called Soul-Weave Extortion.
There are over 50 playable races for my players, which is probably an overload but I don't care. Most of them are already made and put in legitimate books, or released by Wizards of the Coast but there are some that I've created on my own.
There are many other things, but I'll leave you to decide if you want to know more. Thanks for your time, and I'll try to answer any questions as quickly as possible.
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Nathaniel Badgespear - Thu, 27 Jun 2019 19:14:31 EST uUG7d+ap No.29168 Reply
I also forgot to mention the the earth like world is twice as big as our world, but still shares the basic geographical shapes.
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David Fissleridge - Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:12:15 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29169 Reply
>Smileys
Disgusting. Any way.
>How feminine are the elves
>What are the elves' favourite food
>Are there elf crossdressers
>Are there brothels where you can have sexual intercourse with the feminine elf crossdressers
>WHERE ARE THE CHEETOS
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Cornelius Chimmleman - Fri, 28 Jun 2019 05:21:49 EST 6LUU3Ig1 No.29170 Reply
>>29167
I don't have any questions because I already know a shitload about your homebrew universe. Your homebrew universe is Warhammer Fantasy; it's semi fluff/canon that the planet of the Warhammer Fantasy world exists (before they rebooted the Fantasy universe) somewhere in the Eye of Terror in the Warhammer 40k universe, and that potentially the 40k universe is likewise nested in a flask on some crazed alchemist's desk on the WHFantasy planet.
Your Arcanyte is just Warpstone, which can do everything from powering spells, to causing mutations, to straight up just killing you with radiation exposure.
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Nigel Hinkinnan - Fri, 28 Jun 2019 18:18:42 EST HTOp+8Wv No.29173 Reply
>>29167
Okay questions. I'm a DM running a homebrew world and hopefully you've already addressed these and you may have written this with your players or otherwise have an enormous amount of buy in. But also I have some suggestions you might want to play with.

>are you ready for half the stuff you've written to never see the light of day?
>Have you pre written adventures far in advance or do you just have events that will happen if the players don't stop them and some hooks?

If you've written a whole world without telling your players what to expect and look for half of it will get skipped or it won't matter when your group is TPK'd by the scheduling beast or the flake devil.

Also make sure you have a way for them to take agency. even if you're writing sessions in advance, a good plot device (it can be a macguffin they use, I've given mine a spy agency they ask for a lead on a thing and I write the adventure for a couple of sessions' time) that lets them indicate what they might do soon so you can have a small buffer without ending up throwing a lot of it away.

With such a diverse world have you abandoned the notion of "these humanoids aren't really people" that's baked into several of the races in the monstrous manual? How much thought have you put into this and are your players on board? Current canon only has gnolls as barely more than demons but stuff like orcs and drow are short of exceptional circumstances evil and you can assume it's okay to kill them unless you have evidence otherwise. Some players will do the opposite and try to negotiate and spare a creature who is born with the will of an evil god imprinted into it's very consciousness. In short are your orcs (etc) world of warcraft? Lord of the Rings? or somewhere in between?

Usually it's assumed demons and devils are universal embodiments of evil but if you play planescape even this isn't true and they essentially move a step over; made evil but some overcome it and what's more a lot of those tend to hang out in Sigil so you can actually assume that bearded devil working as a bouncer is just a hard working Joe and actually be right sometimes. I feel like using non default assumptions and not telling players stuff their characters would know (or hear rumours of) is basically reverse meta gaming and is a cheap way to feel like it's "deep". Of course if it's a new world making players learn that (maybe the hard way) early on in the campaign could provide some high drama and character development, so maybe don't tell them after all.

Idea for warp: Warp in vanilla D&D would probably just be jumping into the astral plane and finding a shortcut there though if that helps. The ethereal plane links the inner (elemental) planes with the prime but the astral links the inner and primes to the outer planes but also to other crystal spheres (ie sets of planes with a prime in) so your warp jump could be going through the astral plane until you find a suitable portal. A ship would need to be able to read the world on the other side. Maybe not which crystal sphere but perhaps it could read the magic coming out and detect the taint of the abyss or harmony of bytopia or that it's another prime material plane (though the beastlands/concordat plane of opposition might be indistinguishable). You should decide what's coolest but this would fit better with existing lore than reinventing the wheel.
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Lydia Blackfield - Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:02:54 EST dfGMLc6F No.29201 Reply
>>29186

I'm assuming 4th or 5th. Both are hilarious to choose for this rip off of a 40k theme.

3.5 would make the most sense from a content perspective. Chaositech paves the road for that kind of twisted take on technology and magic.
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Ian Pocklecheck - Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:01:21 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29203 Reply
>>29201
I'm still pissed that they even decided to switch from 3.5e after years of book releases, third party content and magazines. 4e was absolute cancer, and 5e feels just as watered down and soulless as WoTC itself these days.

"Over 50 playable races" is fucking hilarious though, most will never even see use. Maybe if OP had a dedicated porn artist to depict each race in the only way players care about them: Naked and willing to fuck.
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Isabella Peddleman - Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:37:20 EST eedJ7EL1 No.29206 Reply
>>29203
5th is great. Not being bloated and full of power creep isn't soul less. Ever played the earlier editions? 5th is full of soul. It just lacks power creep and bloat. Feat tax and trap builds I don't miss. 3.5 is great in terms of depth and number crunching but that turns off a lot of people I'd actually like to play with. Want a system you can just dive into? 5th delivers. I looked at 4th, played 2nd and 3.5 and 5th and 1st at some point. 5th has the second most depth and the arguably the best class balance without the boring homogenisation 4th brought in. Want to spend hours theorycrafting a build and it falls flat but for everyone else it works.

I think if I played enough the system might get old though but I'd probably jump to something completely different like WOD or shadowrun.

When OP said "50 playable races" that's why I jumped to the conclusion he should expect disappointment. Anyone who puts that much effort into planning a campaign hasn't had much experience as a DM.
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Fucking Haggleson - Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:12:09 EST T9Wqp8s+ No.29210 Reply
>>29206
>50 playable races

dude I've DM'd a bunch of games where I've allowed at least that many races and I gotta say, it's not a big deal if you don't make it a big deal

just wait for your players to pick their races then boom, those are the ones you are working with, no extra work needed
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Sidney Fubberhall - Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:34:12 EST rXRyhxJt No.29224 Reply
>>29210 Spose if you leave them pretty barebones and fill the details in as needed that works. When you say it like that I realise that's basically DMing off rails 101.
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Hugh Chenderwodge - Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:18:31 EST T9Wqp8s+ No.29229 Reply
>>29222
sure but I just remembered that all the doorframes in this setting were built under 4ft tall
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Phoebe Blackhall - Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:29:31 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29232 Reply
>>29231
>Ogre player smashes through all doorframes in retaliation
"I'M THE JUGGERNAUT, BIIIIIIIIIIIITCH!"
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Barnaby Bemmlefield - Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:31:14 EST T9Wqp8s+ No.29233 Reply
>>29232
>you smash through the doorframe, busting the door clean off and crumbling the frame around it
>the house was shoddily built and cannot stand such a beating, the floor beneath you crumbles with the door frame
>you fall
>into a basement pit full of dicks
>you drown in dicks

time to roll a new character
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Creak - Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:33:12 EST wyFN4tC+ No.29235 Reply
>>29233
>Rolls up a true giant character
Cos the last one wasn't big enough!
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Rebecca Brurringkut - Sat, 03 Aug 2019 03:40:39 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29236 Reply
>>29233
My character has a high Constitution modifier and the Dick Lover feat, so he's immune to all dick-based damage sources.
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Augustus Fushshaw - Sat, 03 Aug 2019 06:56:10 EST BL/z6VWX No.29237 Reply
>>29236
Surely that means he'd be retired instead of killed.
>you are FULL-filled, what does your character want beyond the contents of this pit?
>Yeah, happy ending time to reroll.

Real talk though.

Though honestly it's better to lay down the tone of the table to new players and let them take it, leave it, or ignore it do their own thing and simply be over ruled. If they don't like it then fuck them.

While I was mean to OP at least he tried. There's people on this board who wouldn't be let on my table because they are fuckwits. Every good DM is able to compromise and meet the needs of their table. It's a cycle of good. Engaged players are more fun, engaged DMs are more fun too. If you have people who don't give a fuck or want something different from everyone else, or you just can't align expectations with the table, whether they're the DM or the player they have to go (if they're the DM they might be a decent player if they step down).

I mean on this board that's different. Summon an astral dreadnought, the space vagina and see how those dick lovers handle that.
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Henry Hondlechick - Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:09:18 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29258 Reply
>>29237
Feat, not an adventure goal. Just one dick wouldn't do it. Then again you went off into a tangent about space vaginas and hating people on this board, not sure what that was about but you okay?
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Hamilton Fuckingford - Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:47:20 EST POjTtIrc No.29259 Reply
>>29258
I dunno, it seems like you enjoy telling people they're more angry or upset than they are. Resentment, hate, all things not present in their posts. Not sure if you're just sore and projecting your own hurt or just trying to cause trouble.

There's worse things than being dumb, I just wouldn't play with empty heads on my table as it wouldn't be fun. There are a couple I also wouldn't let at my table because I wouldn't trust them not to take actions that make other players feel uncomfortable though.

If you haven't DMed then you have no frame of reference here, Henry. You're like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know -

You are out of your element.

If you have DMed then look up the astral dreadnought instead of projecting hostility.
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Henry Hondlechick - Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:08:01 EST kHFm3y/Z No.29260 Reply
>>29259
You sound like a bigger cunt than I could ever hope to be. Congratulations, you flatulent faggot.
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Rebecca Trothood - Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:05:09 EST POjTtIrc No.29261 Reply
>>29260
Turns out you were the angry one all along.

Also the big lewbowski man, do some fucking culture.

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