What I want out of any edition to D&D... From a roleplayer.

I consider myself a roleplayer and would honestly be completely fine without any dice being rolled in an entire session. So I just want to throw my two cents out there and point out the ONE thing that I really want out of any edition that I play. The ability to play any race/class combination that exists. Which would of course include any monsters.

So all I'm asking is that it's easy to convert any monster race into a playable character from whatever bestiary that is created. Do that, make a game that people enjoy and want to play by ending these silly edition wars and I'm good to go. After all, roleplay is systemless.


Thanks for stopping by and reading and/or adding your own opion to the thread.     
Everything should be a theoretically playable race.

Everything.
I consider myself a roleplayer and would honestly be completely fine without any dice being rolled in an entire session.



Then you should be playing Amber!
Just a question, is there someone who is not a roleplayer in these boards about a rpg ?

If you think my english is bad, just wait until you see my spanish and my italian. Defiling languages is an art.

Just a question, is there someone who is not a roleplayer in these boards about a rpg ?



No, not really. It depends on what kind of role playing you are talking about. There are play actors, story tellers, and in game thinkers. I'm sure there is at least one in play with most people...Smile
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1-4E play style
The 4E play style is a high action cinematic style of play where characters worry less about being killed in one hit and more about strategy and what their next move is and the one after it. The players talk back and forth about planning a battle and who can do what to influence the outcome. 4E play is filled with cinematic over the top action. An Eladrin teleports out of the grip of the Ogre. The Fighter slams the dragons foot with his hammer causing it to rear up and stagger back in pain. The Cleric creates a holy zone where their allies weapons are guided to their targets and whenever an enemy dies the Clerics allies are healed. 4E is about knowing when to lauch your nova attack, whether its a huge arcane spell that causes enemies to whirl around in a chaotic storm, or if its a trained adrenaline surge that causes you to attack many many times with two weapons on a single target, or a surge of adrenaline that keeps you going though you should already be dead. Its about tactics and the inability to carry around a bag of potions or a few wands and never have to worry about healing. Its about the guy that can barely role play having the same chance to convince the king to aid the group as the guy that takes improv acting classes and regularly stars as an extra on movies.
Stormwind Fallacy
The Stormwind Fallacy, aka the Roleplayer vs Rollplayer Fallacy Just because one optimizes his characters mechanically does not mean that they cannot also roleplay, and vice versa. Corollary: Doing one in a game does not preclude, nor infringe upon, the ability to do the other in the same game. Generalization 1: One is not automatically a worse role player if he optimizes, and vice versa. Generalization 2: A non-optimized character is not automatically role played better than an optimized one, and vice versa. ...[aside]... Proof: These two elements rely on different aspects of a player's game play. Optimization factors in to how well one understands the rules and handles synergies to produce a very effective end result. Role playing deals with how well a player can act in character and behave as if he was someone else. A person can act while understanding the rules, and can build something powerful while still handling an effective character. There is nothing in the game -- mechanical or otherwise -- restricting one if you participate in the other. Claiming that an optimizer cannot role play (or is participating in a play style that isn't supportive of role playing) because he is an optimizer, or vice versa, is committing the Stormwind Fallacy.
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Everything should be a theoretically playable race.

Everything.



Well, this generally isn't very feasable in D&D. While you can make everything playable like 3E, there are going to be a ton of balance issues.

The problem is that most monster races basically need their own class and advancement, because adding class levels to most monsters just doesn't make much sense. While a giant fighter can work, what do you add to a medusa or a beholder?
Just a question, is there someone who is not a roleplayer in these boards about a rpg ?



There is a pretty large amount of elitist dorks out there that will tell you that my good old storyless dungeon crawls are not roleplaying ;).

You'd be surprised how many times I've been called a munchkin and looked down on in my local gaming club!
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?



Um... lets see. They min/max the monsters to be most effective against the players who also min/max. You act like min/maxing is somehow inherently wrong. I reject that assertion. What character in game role playing would not want to be the most effective. They are literally going to work toward being the most effective. So min/maxing IS role playing...Smile
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1-4E play style
The 4E play style is a high action cinematic style of play where characters worry less about being killed in one hit and more about strategy and what their next move is and the one after it. The players talk back and forth about planning a battle and who can do what to influence the outcome. 4E play is filled with cinematic over the top action. An Eladrin teleports out of the grip of the Ogre. The Fighter slams the dragons foot with his hammer causing it to rear up and stagger back in pain. The Cleric creates a holy zone where their allies weapons are guided to their targets and whenever an enemy dies the Clerics allies are healed. 4E is about knowing when to lauch your nova attack, whether its a huge arcane spell that causes enemies to whirl around in a chaotic storm, or if its a trained adrenaline surge that causes you to attack many many times with two weapons on a single target, or a surge of adrenaline that keeps you going though you should already be dead. Its about tactics and the inability to carry around a bag of potions or a few wands and never have to worry about healing. Its about the guy that can barely role play having the same chance to convince the king to aid the group as the guy that takes improv acting classes and regularly stars as an extra on movies.
Stormwind Fallacy
The Stormwind Fallacy, aka the Roleplayer vs Rollplayer Fallacy Just because one optimizes his characters mechanically does not mean that they cannot also roleplay, and vice versa. Corollary: Doing one in a game does not preclude, nor infringe upon, the ability to do the other in the same game. Generalization 1: One is not automatically a worse role player if he optimizes, and vice versa. Generalization 2: A non-optimized character is not automatically role played better than an optimized one, and vice versa. ...[aside]... Proof: These two elements rely on different aspects of a player's game play. Optimization factors in to how well one understands the rules and handles synergies to produce a very effective end result. Role playing deals with how well a player can act in character and behave as if he was someone else. A person can act while understanding the rules, and can build something powerful while still handling an effective character. There is nothing in the game -- mechanical or otherwise -- restricting one if you participate in the other. Claiming that an optimizer cannot role play (or is participating in a play style that isn't supportive of role playing) because he is an optimizer, or vice versa, is committing the Stormwind Fallacy.
The spells we should getLook here to Check out my adventures and ideas. I've started a blog, about video games, table top role playing games, programming, and many other things its called Kel and Lok Games. My 4E Fantasy Grounds game is currently full.
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?



That's easy. Design your adventures when playing with casual players the same way you design your adventures when playing with veteran optimizers. You're going to crush the casual players. In some of my 3rd edition games, the best my players could do was fighting EL - 4 encounters!

3rd edition system mastery...
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?

I played with a DM who would hear our plans for the coming battle, and then arrange the DM forces based on our battle plans, even though the hostiles had no way of knowing what we were doing. I don't know if he did it deliberately or unconsciously, but we took to planning where he couldn't hear us.

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I think a Monstrous PC Handbook would be a great supplement.  In the module-design that the developers have discussed, a gaming group who chooses to allow monstrous PCs will simply opt-in to the Monstrous PC module.  Since it is likely that any attempt to make monstrous PCs is going to be problematic (how do you balance the treant, minotaur, gold dragon, and djinni all being in the same party), best to have a supplement for it to try to fleshout all the issues, and to make it easy for other groups to avoid the problem altogether.
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?


Oh believe me, DMs can make encounters that destroy players without going past the suggested cr. it's all about traps, spells, and other teamwork abilities of the monsters. It can get crazy.
My two copper.
Its not only important as a player tools... its important as a DM tool.

As a DM i may (just may) need to make a (for instance) a 5th level wizard, Half-fiend Orc (vampire).

So to me, its important that all monsters have the ability to be customized as such... so I need things like racial traits for an orc, templates for half-fiends, vampires and so on.

Albeit, the mechanism behind this doesn't have to be like 3E at all, certainly NPC creation in 3E was a bit of nightmare... however, it should be theoritically possible for a DM to make any monster/class combination to his heart's content, and it should be supported in the rules.


My grey ooze paladin agrees
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How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?



You have never met my DMs.
I would not say EVERYTHING should be playable.  Creatures that are so unintelligent as to operate purely on instinct, creatures that cannot communicate, creatures that cannot manipulate things ... I would consider these off-limits, because they would be a colossal pain in the butt at the table for the DM and the player.
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I would.  Everything from the Tarrasque to a bacterium should be theoretically playable.  It doesn't have to actually be practical.
You know what this thread title made me think.. we need the opinion of a non-roleplayer.
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My grey ooze paladin agrees


I once made a gelatonous cube with monk levels. Players find them a whole lot scarrier when they move 45 feet a round! MUAHAHAHAHA!
My two copper.
How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?



Anyone can try and deliberately warp the rules to the end that the fun of the group is spoiled. Take note, munchkins and power gamers are a completely different breed. One is perfectly fine. The other should be rounded up and shot in the face.

My grey ooze paladin agrees


I once made a gelatonous cube with monk levels. Players find them a whole lot scarrier when they move 45 feet a round! MUAHAHAHAHA!



I just got this hilarious cartoony image of large clear gel-cube come zipping past a wide-screen camera shot, zoom sound and smoke trail and all.

And about all races being playable, if that's the case, then I want to play a cross-breed between a Leshay and a Timelord with atavistic celestial, fiendish, fey, and draconic genes.

Class commoner of course.
My grey ooze paladin agrees



My ancient great lich beholder Wizard agrees too... but I'm balanced right?Smile
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1-4E play style
The 4E play style is a high action cinematic style of play where characters worry less about being killed in one hit and more about strategy and what their next move is and the one after it. The players talk back and forth about planning a battle and who can do what to influence the outcome. 4E play is filled with cinematic over the top action. An Eladrin teleports out of the grip of the Ogre. The Fighter slams the dragons foot with his hammer causing it to rear up and stagger back in pain. The Cleric creates a holy zone where their allies weapons are guided to their targets and whenever an enemy dies the Clerics allies are healed. 4E is about knowing when to lauch your nova attack, whether its a huge arcane spell that causes enemies to whirl around in a chaotic storm, or if its a trained adrenaline surge that causes you to attack many many times with two weapons on a single target, or a surge of adrenaline that keeps you going though you should already be dead. Its about tactics and the inability to carry around a bag of potions or a few wands and never have to worry about healing. Its about the guy that can barely role play having the same chance to convince the king to aid the group as the guy that takes improv acting classes and regularly stars as an extra on movies.
Stormwind Fallacy
The Stormwind Fallacy, aka the Roleplayer vs Rollplayer Fallacy Just because one optimizes his characters mechanically does not mean that they cannot also roleplay, and vice versa. Corollary: Doing one in a game does not preclude, nor infringe upon, the ability to do the other in the same game. Generalization 1: One is not automatically a worse role player if he optimizes, and vice versa. Generalization 2: A non-optimized character is not automatically role played better than an optimized one, and vice versa. ...[aside]... Proof: These two elements rely on different aspects of a player's game play. Optimization factors in to how well one understands the rules and handles synergies to produce a very effective end result. Role playing deals with how well a player can act in character and behave as if he was someone else. A person can act while understanding the rules, and can build something powerful while still handling an effective character. There is nothing in the game -- mechanical or otherwise -- restricting one if you participate in the other. Claiming that an optimizer cannot role play (or is participating in a play style that isn't supportive of role playing) because he is an optimizer, or vice versa, is committing the Stormwind Fallacy.
The spells we should getLook here to Check out my adventures and ideas. I've started a blog, about video games, table top role playing games, programming, and many other things its called Kel and Lok Games. My 4E Fantasy Grounds game is currently full.
I would not say EVERYTHING should be playable.  Creatures that are so unintelligent as to operate purely on instinct, creatures that cannot communicate, creatures that cannot manipulate things ... I would consider these off-limits, because they would be a colossal pain in the butt at the table for the DM and the player.



So, I take it I can't play the ranger's dog?
Everything should be a theoretically playable race.



In theory everything is a playable race.

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I agree that a Savage Species type deal for 5th Ed would be great, start as a 1st level treant, and grow and grow until you branch out into monk or what-have-you.

Grell paladin may be pushing it. 
I agree that a Savage Species type deal for 5th Ed would be great, start as a 1st level treant, and grow and grow until you branch out into monk or what-have-you.
 



This has the roots of a great sub-system.  You could use it for Giants, Dragons, etc...

Personally, I would very much like to play a Treant.
I agree that a Savage Species type deal for 5th Ed would be great, start as a 1st level treant, and grow and grow until you branch out into monk or what-have-you.
 



This has the roots of a great sub-system.  You could use it for Giants, Dragons, etc...

Personally, I would very much like to play a Treant.




So, one of the first steps is nailing down multi-classing.

The whole CL/ECL/LA thing can get seriously messy. 
I agree that a Savage Species type deal for 5th Ed would be great, start as a 1st level treant, and grow and grow until you branch out into monk or what-have-you.
 



This has the roots of a great sub-system.  You could use it for Giants, Dragons, etc...

Personally, I would very much like to play a Treant.




So, one of the first steps is nailing down multi-classing.

The whole CL/ECL/LA thing can get seriously messy. 



I think a system/chart(s), where you scale down all of the racial traits of a powerful and vaguely humanoid creature, to PC level 1 equivalent, would be cool. You would gain racial levels until you are "fully grown" or what not, at which point you would select a class? I suppose you could mix class levels with your racial ones (with your race being your "1st class") instead.

heh savage species was cool, but the way we dealt with it was we tacked on the racials to be gained at intervals as they levelled a class. It was too powerful that way but it didn't come up a lot and it wasn't so locked down that weird races were totally locked into a few roles.


Ogre mages are a particularly glaring example of a savage species race that just sucked in execution. Easily the worst mages I've ever set eyes on, even if it's written on the tin. Still, the idea was there.

I agree that a Savage Species type deal for 5th Ed would be great, start as a 1st level treant, and grow and grow until you branch out into monk or what-have-you.
 



This has the roots of a great sub-system.  You could use it for Giants, Dragons, etc...

Personally, I would very much like to play a Treant.




So, one of the first steps is nailing down multi-classing.

The whole CL/ECL/LA thing can get seriously messy. 



I think a system/chart(s), where you scale down all of the racial traits of a powerful and vaguely humanoid creature, to PC level 1 equivalent, would be cool. You would gain racial levels until you are "fully grown" or what not, at which point you would select a class? I suppose you could mix class levels with your racial ones (with your race being your "1st class") instead.



So a treant would be a 7 level class (7HD), so you might start out as a smaller size, and gain Strength/size, etc, as you gain levels/HD; but should you have to complete the 7 levels before branching out (as it were) to another class? 

The Basic D&D accessory Tall Tales of the Wee Folk (before Savage Species) has some good ideas on this. 
So, I take it I can't play the ranger's dog?

I have a character who is a dog.

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Everything should be a theoretically playable race.

Everything.



Yes let us fix Gelatinous Cube so it can be played by the players!


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So, I take it I can't play the ranger's dog?

I have a character who is a dog.



There are a number of people playing dog pallys in my area.

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So, I take it I can't play the ranger's dog?

I have a character who is a dog.




A lazylord who points out enemies at the start of the fight, drags on enemy legs so giving allies openings and generally harrasses enemies and acting like a proper wolf where the other heros are alphas? licks allies faces to wake them when they fall down?

Its the out of combat part I dont think would be fun. 
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At full hit points and still wounded to incapacitation? you are playing 1e.
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How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?

I played with a DM who would hear our plans for the coming battle, and then arrange the DM forces based on our battle plans, even though the hostiles had no way of knowing what we were doing. I don't know if he did it deliberately or unconsciously, but we took to planning where he couldn't hear us.



That's a pretty big pet peeve of mind.  that is why I always notated in short form my battle plans before the encounter.  That way if my players wanted to challenge me on it they knew I didn't respond to their plans in the opening rounds.  If the PC's were the aggressors that is an entirely different matter.  It is hard to develop the trust of the players if their planning means nothing.



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How in the hell can a DM be the munchkin at the table?


Oh believe me, DMs can make encounters that destroy players without going past the suggested cr. it's all about traps, spells, and other teamwork abilities of the monsters. It can get crazy.



Hell the Grimtooth line capitalized on this.



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Wow, defensiveness here... sorry. I mean Character Actor, not role-player. It's okay folks... we all role-play, just in different ways. Heh.


I guess it's obvious that Savage Species was indeed my favorite suplement from 3.x and I miss it from 4th edition. Sure, they keep adding races via Dragon and such but the big issue is I don't have a lot of folks who want to play 4e and therein lies the basis for my request to the designers. Something we can all play is the goal, yes? Keep us actors who love to play Lizardfolk, etc in mind. Yes, even the folks who will play oozes because their DMs will not say no and that group will have a rip-roaring good time cheering when the ooze desolves the badguy who didn't see it coming. Yes, this game is about fun and if that table wants it then I say have at it. No judgements.


As to the mention of destroying players... As a DM I honestly have never understood why it is that DMs love destroying player characters in that way. That would drive me insane. Death has its place in the game certainly, and I suppose if your group likes that sort of thing... but if you're playing with some casuals who are there not to be put through the ropes but instead to have a 'casual' experience, why aren't you adapting? I've wiped parties... but only when it comes to DMing a hardcore group. Isn't it our jobs as the DMs to referee and give the players what they want to an extent? (This is so going to turn into an off-topic tangent...)

In other news: The suplemental PC monster race suplement with different rules for the game? Unless they have that in mind AS they are designing the core game, that might get sticky. I could see races getting very, very odd in that case and DMs getting as frustrated with that book as they did with the psion book and deciding if psionics and magic were the same thing or not from 3rd....... Does anyone remember that nightmare?


However a supliment which allows you to break down any monster into a level 1 to level max with monster levels and benefits for actually being a monstrous adventurer, I'm all for. I'd like it to give a variety... Something specific to a race such as a mind flayer being psionic styled as it levels... or becoming a warrior sort. I agree that just adding classes can seem a little... odd.

Of course, you COULD create a suplement which renders every monstrous race level 1 and you simply add a favored class to it. The mind flayer example used again could be a favored psion after all.... If you can preserve the theme of the monstrous race in doing so then I see no harm in it.                  
As an optional module, in its own sourcebook, maybe.

It has never historically been done successfully.  There were always huge play balance issues, in both directions.

The core came should NEVER be constrained by the conceit that DM material (monsters) is also PC material.
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