Daily Punch 1-13-16 Monastic Training feat for DnD 5e

How about another feat for some monk splash?

 

Monastic Training

You have learned the way to punch through steel.  Gain the following:

  • Increase your Wisdom by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • Choose one skill a monk gains at 1st level.  You are now proficient in that skill.
  • You unarmed attacks are equal to a monk of your level.  At 6th level your unarmed attacks count as magic for overcoming damage resistance.

 

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Daily Punch 1-12-16 Monastic Focus feat for DnD 5e

Let’s build on to splash feats with monk!

 

Monastic Focus

You have learned the way to center yourself.  Gain the following:

  • Increase your Wisdom by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • Choose one skill a monk gains at 1st level.  You are now proficient in that skill.
  • You gain the monk’s Ki class feature and a number of ki points equal to your wisdom modifier as well as the Flurry of Blows, Patient Defense, and Step of the Wind ki abilities.

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Daily Punch 1-11-16 Discovered Fury feat for DnD 5e

I like the feats that let you splash a bit of a class into your current class.  Let’s build on those and start with the barbarian!

 

Discovered Fury

You have learned the ways of angry, fury, and how to let those protect you in the heat of battle.  Gain the following:

  • Increase your Strength or Constitution by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • Choose one skill a barbarian gains at 1st level.  You are now proficient in that skill.
  • You gain the Rage ability of a barbarian.  You can only enter a rage once per day, but you gain all the benefits of a barbarian of your level.

 

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Daily Punch 1-8-16 Trapfinding feat for DnD 5e

5e thieves get some good tools to deal with traps, but how about the rest?  Here is a feat to help anyone else who want to try dealing with traps.

 

Trapfinding

Everyone who survives the dungeon needs someone who knows how to deal with the pesky traps. You’re that someone.  Gain the following benefits:

  • Gain proficiency with thieve tools, gain proficiency in Dexterity(slight of hand), or gain +2 to Dexterity(slight of hand).
  • When looking for traps, increase your passive perception by +5.  And, gain advantage on all Wisdom(perception) and Intelligence(investigation) checks only when looking for traps.
  • When disarming traps, you gain advantage on the Dexterity(slight of hand) check.

 

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Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

Product-Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

System– DnD 5e

Producer– Wizards of the Coast

Price– $36

TL; DR-A doughnut-great fluff, but no crunch! 87%

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Basics-Welcome to the Forgotten Realms!  The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide is the first player and dungeonmaster book for DnD5e.  It focuses on the world of the Forgotten Realms and more specifically the Sword Coast.  The book builds the current Realms and provides the standing of the world, as well as giving players some new backgrounds, class archetypes, and race options.

Mechanics or Crunch-The best description of the mechanics in this book is “What mechanics?”  Most of the crunch in this book is confined to one chapter.  It’s a decent chapter, but it only supports a few classes with some classes not receiving any new toys.  They do get some Forgotten Realms specific story, but no new crunch/mechanics to drive it home.  This book also only has one feat in it, and that is an optional feat.  There were high expectations for this book, and I feel it didn’t meet them.  What’s here is good, but there is just not enough here to really make this worth it for every crunch heavy gamer. 3.75/5

 

Theme or Fluff-I love the Forgotten Realms, and this is a decent introduction to a part of it.  As the title suggests, this book focuses on the Sword Coast.  What the book focuses on is great!  Each area gets a great description really building out the world in interesting ways and telling how the Realms have changed since 4th edition.  However, it mentions the rest of the world.  That’s good, but they don’t provide a map the the rest of the world.  That’s my main problem with what is here.  There are parts mentioned in a sentence that are not shown.  The previous editions’ Realms books showed me the world,gave it a one line description, and then left it at that.  This book doesn’t even give me the geography past the coast.  This wouldn’t be a problem except the novels, adventures, and the Adventurer’s League all take place in the parts of world not covered in depth by this book. 4.75/5

Execution-This book covers a ton of ground, and it does it reasonably well.  Everything has pictures, which is awesome, so the book sufficiently breaks up the text.  There are a few walls of text though.  The art is good, the font is nice, and the maps are amazing.  I’d like this book to be a bit thicker to give space for more breaks and more information, as well as to justify the price a bit.  However, I liked the way this book was laid out and built overall.  4.5/5

Summary-I wasn’t thrilled with this book.  The theme is great.  New players in the Realms will get a ton out of this book.  Even people from 4th edition will have a lot to learn about the new realms.  The overall execution of the book is great, if a tad pricey.  However, the biggest problem is the lack of mechanics.  This is the first real expansion to the system, and it doesn’t do or provide much expansion to the system.  This book isn’t bad, but stacked up against the core books, I wasn’t impressed with this book.   87%

Daily Punch 1-7-16 Acrobatic Dodge feat for Pathfinder

How about some Pathfinder?  Haven’t done that in a bit…

 

Acrobatic Dodge (Combat)

You dance as much as you duck, and enemies can’t seem to hit you because of it.

Prerequisites: Dodge.

Benefit: When you are attacked, as an immediate action you can make a Acrobatics check.  If your check equals or exceeds the attack roll, you gain the benefit of cover against the attack.

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Daily Punch 1-6-15 Weapon Halo spell for DnD 5e

Time for the last Eldritch Knight spell for a bit-the Weapon Halo!

 

Weapon Halo
4th-level evocation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Personal
Components: V, S, M (a weapon)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

When you cast this spell and touch a melee weapon, you are instantly surrounded by fiery and icy floating versions of the weapon.  For the duration of this spell, any creature that attempts to attack you with a melee attack has disadvantage and takes 2d6 cold and 2d6 fire damage.  The creature that succeeds at a Constitution saving throw  reduces the damage by half for each type of damage.

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