Examples Of The Common Sense Test In Action

Examples Of The Common Sense Test In Action

I have been getting some feedback on my last article around making adjudications and using what I like to call the Common Sense test when making them.

Basically, the common sense test boils down to you asking yourself ‘does this make sense?’

And if it does, all good. But if it doesn’t then you are within your rights to change it. Or even disallow it.

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Workshop: Spell – Agamon’s Wrathful Bind – Warlock Level 1

Update: This spell needs play-testing. Feel free to use it in your campaign and let me know how it went!

Warlock Spell: Agamon’s Wrathful Bind

As mentioned in another spell post, Agamon is the dead god of magic in my campaign world of Aythia.

Warlocks follow him as he gives them insights and abilities they cannot get elsewhere.

Design Notes: This is a play on the reaction spells and abilities that captures and holds an opponent instead of damaging them.

Over to you. What do you think of this spell? Please give your enlightened comments below.

This is a work in progress and may not be ready for your D&D table. Feel free to use the comments below to add suggestions, ideas, or tell me (constructively) how good or bad it is.

Workshop: Spell – Blade of Agamon – Warlock Cantrip

Update: This spell is currently being play-tested in one of my campaigns.

Blade of Agamon – Warlock Cantrip

Agamon is a dead god in my campaign world of Aythia who, given his priestly followers deserted him for the current god of magic, has started to reach out over time to various Warlocks.

He gives them powers and insights in a hope that one day they will uncover the truth of his death and resurrect him so he can once again rule over the magic domain.

This is one of the spells – a cantrip – he gives his followers.

Designer Notes: It’s basically a melee version of the famous Eldritch Blast. This is something one of my players in my lunchtime campaign wanted after he spotted something similar over at the D&D 5e Homebrew website.

What do you think of this spell? Leave your enlightened thoughts in the comments below.

This is a work in progress and may not be ready for your D&D table. Feel free to use the comments below to add suggestions, ideas, or tell me (constructively) how good or bad it is.

Question: Do you think Shadows can be moved by an attack that pushes or pulls them in a specific direction?

Short answer: No.

I would rule they can’t, unless the pushing or pulling was part of a spell or other magical effect.

It’s a good question for 5th edition, as past editions of D&D had a distinction between incorporeal undead and corporeal undead but 5th edition doesn’t have that same distinction.

So, Shadows were, in past editions, incorporeal.

Which would mean that they couldn’t be grappled or pushed, or have any other physical attack (unless magical) put upon them.

Having said all this, there are some rules that back up my ruling within 5th edition.

Shadows are immune to the Grappled condition and given this, I would infer they cannot be physically pushed around either.

As mentioned above, the only way I would rule they could be pushed or pulled is if the pulling or pushing is from a spell or other magical source.

If it’s just the barbarian or monk trying to shove them around, then no.

This was a question ask by Aidan, one of my players, who has also started DMing. If you have a question, then please hit me up on Twitter and ask.

Over to you. What do you think and would you have ruled the same way?

Gnomes – A New Take

Seeker Gnome

I hate gnomes.

Not the race themselves.

But the way D&D have dealt with them.

In 5th edition there are two versions: forest gnomes and rock gnomes (which are basically tinker gnomes).

I dislike both of these subtypes.

But, it’s not just the subtypes I dislike – there is a larger issue here.

D&D has never really decided where gnomes fit in.

And this issue has been prevalent throughout all editions of D&D, so I am not picking on 5th edition here.

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