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 ===== Houseruled Spells & Abilities ===== ===== Houseruled Spells & Abilities =====
  
-==== Material components ​=====+==== Spells That Make Food Or Light ===== 
 + 
 +Most of these spells have seen a nerf (by me your cruel DM) and the most common nerf is that the spell now requires and consumes components.
  
 The RAW in 5e is that if a material component costs money (like the 300 gp diamond for Revivify), you need to actually have the component. And if the material component doesn'​t cost money, there are two ways to get around the material component: you can assume that it's something you already happened to have in your component bag, or, you can use your arcane focus instead of the material component. (Of course if you happen to not have your component bag or your arcane focus at hand, but happen to have the actual material components, that's good too.) The RAW in 5e is that if a material component costs money (like the 300 gp diamond for Revivify), you need to actually have the component. And if the material component doesn'​t cost money, there are two ways to get around the material component: you can assume that it's something you already happened to have in your component bag, or, you can use your arcane focus instead of the material component. (Of course if you happen to not have your component bag or your arcane focus at hand, but happen to have the actual material components, that's good too.)
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 In the RAW, this already costs 50GP, but then burns forever. In the RAW, this already costs 50GP, but then burns forever.
  
-But now you can put in rubies ​of any cost, and then burns one hour for every GP that ruby costLike if you put in 100GP ruby the time burns for 100 hours. So don't lose it. Rubies are tiny items (coin sized) even at higher values and you can also put multiple rubies into one casting.+In the house rule: 
 + 
 +^ Put in rubies ​worth...^ to get...^ 
 +| 50 GP| 50 hours| 
 +| 100 GP| 100 hours| 
 +| 500 GP| 1000 hours (over month)| 
 +| 2500 GP| 10000 hours (over a year)| 
 +| 12500 GP| 100000 hours (over a decade)| 
 +| Generally, ​for n bigger than two: 10ⁿ/​2⁽ⁿ¯²⁾ GP|10ⁿ ​hours
 + 
 +Rubies are tiny items regardless of valueFinding that many rubies, or rubies of especially high value, is a quest of its own…
  
 === Dancing Lights === === Dancing Lights ===
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 === Daylight === === Daylight ===
-Kept as RAW -- no component ​added, you can have this for just the slot cost.+No added components. Works like RAW.
  
 === Goodberry === === Goodberry ===
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 Half the weight compared to a day's ration and feeds ten people instead of one? A good deal for one slot. Half the weight compared to a day's ration and feeds ten people instead of one? A good deal for one slot.
 +
 +=== Leomund'​s Tiny Hut ===
 +Firefly or phosphorescent moss as per Light, or rubies as per Continual Flame. This is only if you want light in there, you can sit in the darkness for free.
  
 === Light === === Light ===
-A firefly or phosphorescent moss. A six-pack ​costs 1 silver and is a small item.+A firefly or phosphorescent moss. Six uses costs 1 silver and is a small item. If the spell is ended prematurely,​ you can reuse that component later for the remaining time. For example you shine the light for 40 minutes. Later you can shine the light for 20 minutes. But then it goes out. In that regard, it's more similar to a bundle of torches than a flask of oil.
  
 === Produce Flame === === Produce Flame ===
 Dry balsa wood. A six-pack costs 1 silver and is a small item. Dry balsa wood. A six-pack costs 1 silver and is a small item.
 +
 +=== Purify Water ===
 +Works normally.
 +
 +=== Create Food and Water ===
 +Can't //reset// starvation days, but //does// count as eating normally for the day.
  
 === Other food- and light- giving spells === === Other food- and light- giving spells ===
-Just because I missed them doesn'​t mean that they don't cost. Let me know and I'll add them here. Oh there is a '​Create Food and Water' w/o components? But it's a level three slot. That seems ok?+Just because I missed them doesn'​t mean that they don't cost. Let me know and I'll add them here.
  
 ==== Movement and targets ==== ==== Movement and targets ====
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 The general formula is the area divided by five and rounded **up**. Except cones, divide them by ten. And lines, divide them by thirty. So a 100 long line can hit 4 people. The general formula is the area divided by five and rounded **up**. Except cones, divide them by ten. And lines, divide them by thirty. So a 100 long line can hit 4 people.
- 
-If it has been established explicitly that people are standing unusually far apart, subtract 1d3 and if they stand unusually tight&​huddled together, add 1d3 to the number of targets. 
  
 Some spells and abilities I've created specific rules for. I do these as we go and so far it's four: Some spells and abilities I've created specific rules for. I do these as we go and so far it's four:
  
 === Fire Elemental "​walk-through"​ === === Fire Elemental "​walk-through"​ ===
-  * In ordinary fight, no more than 5+dF (or 3+1d3) enemies and no more than 1 mêlée group can be lit just by moving through them.+  * In ordinary fight, no more than 6 people ​can be lit just by moving through them. Also, if you want to light people who are in separate mêlée groups, you need to light everyone who is in your group before moving on.
  
 === Thorn Whip  === === Thorn Whip  ===
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   * If you attack someone in another mêlée group, you pull them out of it.   * If you attack someone in another mêlée group, you pull them out of it.
-  * If you attack someone outside any mêlée group, you pull them into yours.+  * If you attack someone outside any mêlée group, you may pull them into yours.
   * If you attack someone in your own mêlée group, it's just another attack.   * If you attack someone in your own mêlée group, it's just another attack.
   * You can also pull them into caltrops or similar, instead.   * You can also pull them into caltrops or similar, instead.
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 "You also don’t provoke an opportunity attack when you teleport or when someone or something moves you without using your movement, action, or reaction. For example, you don’t provoke an opportunity attack if an explosion hurls you out of a foe’s reach or if gravity causes you to fall past an enemy."​ "You also don’t provoke an opportunity attack when you teleport or when someone or something moves you without using your movement, action, or reaction. For example, you don’t provoke an opportunity attack if an explosion hurls you out of a foe’s reach or if gravity causes you to fall past an enemy."​
  
-=== Ray of Frost === 
-Ray of Frost in ordinary fight: 
-  * if you are frosted, you can't run from one mêlée group to the next, but you can move into mêlée groups if you're out, or out of mêlée groups if you're in 
-  * if you aren't frosted, you can move between mêlée groups. 
  
-Ray of Frost works best in chase or volley, where it works with the listed speeds.+=== Healing Spirit ===
  
-Moving between mêlée groups on your own (if you're not pulled), that triggers opportunity attacks. +//(We are switching over to Crawford's suggested house rule.)//
- +
-//(BTW, shouldn't being encumbered work like being frosted?)// +
- +
-=== Healing Spirit ===+
  
-//(BTW, Healing Spirit saw an official nerf on Crawford'​s Twitter — they don't like changing the game so they framed it as "a suggested houserule"​. But, I think with clear rules for targets in areas of effect it's not needed.)//+The amount ​of d6 that can be handed out is now limited to twice your casting mod.
  
-  * In an ordinary fightyou can move in and out of the spirit using your movement. Remember that joining up large mêlée groups in order to take advantage of the Healing Spirit enables the monsters to sidestep the three-medium-per-target limit. +Unlike our previous house ruleit doesn'​t have to be just one d6 per round, so it's not //​strictly//​ worse, but overall yeah this is a nerfSorry folx♥ 
-  * Outside of ordinary fight, only one person ​per round can be healed. So the ten d6 are divided up among the persons to be healed. This brings ​it about on par with Prayer of Healing.+==== Mending Ammo ====
  
-//(This is neither Haeck'​s nor Crawford'​s suggestion but is [[https://​www.dndbeyond.com/​posts/​206-spell-spotlight-healing-spirit?​comment=7|similar ​to the commenter FeyPhoenix on D&D Beyond]]. Seems like we had the same idea.)//+[[aiming|You can use "​Mending" ​to help you fix broken ammo, if you can find it.]]
 ==== Reactions & countering ==== ==== Reactions & countering ====
  
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 [[https://​www.sageadvice.eu/​2017/​12/​06/​im-curious-about-the-design-intent-by-having-identifying-a-spell-take-a-reaction-action/​|XGE opened a can of worms on how to adjudicate counterspelling.]] But, I don't want to change our normal flow of the game too much, even if our normal flow makes Counterspell stronger than Brian intended. So this is how it's gonna work. [[https://​www.sageadvice.eu/​2017/​12/​06/​im-curious-about-the-design-intent-by-having-identifying-a-spell-take-a-reaction-action/​|XGE opened a can of worms on how to adjudicate counterspelling.]] But, I don't want to change our normal flow of the game too much, even if our normal flow makes Counterspell stronger than Brian intended. So this is how it's gonna work.
  
-There are now two ways of casting a spell. Once is the normal way we've been using, "​Drooma you get five fireballs to the dome". In that case, you can counterspell the fireballs right away as normal. And one is saying "​I'​m casting a mysterious spell"​. In which case you can either try to counterspell it unseen, without knowing what it is, or you can try to identify it (arcana ​vs DC15 + [Spell level], adv if it's from your own class), but not both. But two people can work as a team, one to identify and one to counter.+There are now two ways of casting a spell. Once is the normal way we've been using, "​Drooma you get five fireballs to the dome". In that case, you can counterspell the fireballs right away as normal. And one is saying "​I'​m casting a mysterious spell"​. In which case you can either try to counterspell it unseen, without knowing what it is, or you can try to identify it (int ability check vs DC15 + [Spell level], adv if it's from your own class), but not both. But two people can work as a team, one to identify and one to counter.
  
 Casting "​mysterious spells"​ this way is something that both player characters and non-player characters can do. It is annoying af but that's how it's gonna be. Most of the time the spells cast probably won't be "​mysterious"​ and we'll just go "ok you get a couple of lightning bolts roll saves" "​nuh-uh,​ I'm countering that!" and that is **fine**. Casting "​mysterious spells"​ this way is something that both player characters and non-player characters can do. It is annoying af but that's how it's gonna be. Most of the time the spells cast probably won't be "​mysterious"​ and we'll just go "ok you get a couple of lightning bolts roll saves" "​nuh-uh,​ I'm countering that!" and that is **fine**.
  
-If the spell casting is imperceptible (such as Subtle Spell sorcerer ability or Innate Spellcasting monster ability), that means it's also uncounterable! #scragnoth+If the spell casting is imperceptible (such as Subtle Spell sorcerer ability or Innate Spellcasting monster ability, if that ability removes all three component requirements), that means it's also uncounterable! #scragnoth
  
 TL;DR: saying your spell is "​mysterious"​ means that that's people'​s window to counter it unseen (or roll to identify it); otherwise you can just counter it normally. TL;DR: saying your spell is "​mysterious"​ means that that's people'​s window to counter it unseen (or roll to identify it); otherwise you can just counter it normally.
 +
 +
 +==== Wall of Force ====
 +
 +This spell is changed so that
 +
 +  * You can't telefrag enemies with it
 +  * You can't squeeze them between the wall and another object, wall, or floor.
 +  * You can push them prone but they can crawl out
 +  * If you want to keep them trapped in there, use the Dome shape. Two medium (or smaller) targets or one large target.
 +
 +==== Find Familiar ====
 +
 +The PHB says “the familiar has the statistics of the chosen form, though it is a celestial, fey, or fiend (your choice) instead of a beast”. For Zakharan characters, the familiar is instead always an elemental instead of its normal type.
 +
 +
 +==== First Round of Combat ====
 +
 +So we don't really use "​rounds"​ or "turn order" [[https://​idiomdrottning.org/​introducing-late-night-fighting/​|but in the Fight Book™ I keep track of]] how many turns everyone has taken (a tally mark when they spend their main action, or when they dodge, or when they are surprised).
 +
 +So don't worry, even if things happen in no particular order in the chaos of battle,
 +these tally marks make it so that everyone gets the same amount of turns.
 +
 +If Bob has one tally mark from taking a turn, and Alice has three (from taking two turns and then dodging once); Bob will get to act before Alice does.
 +
 +There are things that work in the first round of combat, like Assassinate (Assassin subclass feature) and Dread Ambusher (Gloom Stalker subclass feature).
 +
 +But reading them closely I see that they don't refer to rounds, they refer to turns, making them easier to understand even with our system.
 +
 +=== Assassinate ===
 +
 +"Any creature who hasn't taken a turn yet" counts main actions obv, dodging or being surprised don't make you immune to assassination.
 +
 +=== Dread Ambusher ===
 +
 +"At the start of your first turn of each combat"​ means in association with your first main action each combat.
 ==== Climbing ==== ==== Climbing ====
  
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 === Infiltration Expertise === === Infiltration Expertise ===
-Starting at 9th level, you gain the ability to create false identities for yourself. At any time, you may declare that you are walking off. Later on in the session, you may reveal yourself to have been a minor NPC in the background “all along” as long as there actually are minor NPCs present. You can walk back on at any time, even climbing in a window. This ability is limited by plausibility. You can't have been seen at the same time as the NPC since they are (retroactively revealed to be) an alternate persona you've created and maintained. Creating a persona like this costs 25 GP and 7 full workdays, but, you can pay that retroactively,​ after the reveal, by removing any 7 days from your character'​s past and by paying 25 GP. //(However, if you neither have spent 25 GP in the past nor have it available now, you can't use this ability.)//+Starting at 9th level, you gain the ability to create false identities for yourself. At any time, you may declare that you are walking off. Later on in the session, you may reveal yourself to have been a minor NPC in the background “all along” as long as there actually are minor NPCs present. You can walk back on at any time, even climbing in a window. This ability is limited by plausibility. You can't have been seen at the same time as the NPC since they are (retroactively revealed to be) an alternate persona you've created and maintained. Creating a persona like this costs 25 GP and 7 full workdays, but, you can pay that retroactively,​ after the reveal, by removing any 7 days from your character'​s past and by paying 25 GP. //(However, if you neither have spent 25 GP on this in the past nor have it available now, you can't use this ability.)//
  
 === Impostor === === Impostor ===
 At 13th level, you no longer have to create personas for your Infiltration Expertise, you learn to replace pre-existing people, body snatcher style. You need to study them for at least three hours. This doesn'​t cost GP. At 13th level, you no longer have to create personas for your Infiltration Expertise, you learn to replace pre-existing people, body snatcher style. You need to study them for at least three hours. This doesn'​t cost GP.
  
 +==== Rakish Audacity Initiative ====
 +
 +  - Light? If equal,
 +  - Rakish Audacity or other class ability? If equal,
 +  - Home turf
 ==== Rogue tool expertise ==== ==== Rogue tool expertise ====
  
 Rogue can get expertise in two tools instead of an ability; it only works on some tools, see [[ability-check-proficiency#​expertise|expertise]] for full details. Rogue can get expertise in two tools instead of an ability; it only works on some tools, see [[ability-check-proficiency#​expertise|expertise]] for full details.
-==== Agonizing Blast in multiclassing ==== 
  
-This is not RAW but it'​s ​houserule. The patrons of warlock are cruel and have decided ​that:+==== Dodging ==== 
 +The dodge action ​is normally ​combat action ​that anyone can take as a main action.
  
-If you have the invocation **Agonizing Blast**, then: +As a house rule, you can choose take it as a reaction instead; this costs you your //​upcoming//​ main action.
-  * Eldritch Blast scales with your warlock level, not your character level +
-  * You can't use other metamagic such as "​quicken"​ on that spell+
  
-==== Patient Defense ​for Monk ===+=== Patient Defense === 
- +This is a level 2 monk Ki feature that allows you to spend a bonus action ​to dodge. This one, we still play like the RAW, but that's worth pointing out here since our normal dodge action works differently. (It's still really good use of a bonus action, if you predict you are going to be attacked!)
-  * Take the bonus action ​in advance, pre-emptively. This is just like the RAW, but that's worth pointing out here because we have house rule allowing people to spend their //​upcoming//​ main action ​in advance ​to dodge.+
  
 ==== Feats ==== ==== Feats ====
  
-=== Magic Initiate ​===+=== Skilled ​===
  
-Already the best feat but I'll add a buff to it. Instead of learning a level 1 spell, if you go Cleric, you can learn to create holy water (see equipment list PHB p152).+Changed so it works with [[ability-check-proficiency#​skilled|ability check proficiencies]].
  
-=== Skilled === 
  
-Changed so it works with [[ability-check-proficiency#​skilled|ability check proficiencies]].