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Author Topic: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back  (Read 2807 times)

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5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« on: October 04, 2021, 12:18:31 PM »
Killed a bit of time in a local bookstore thumbing through The Wild Beyond the Witchlight adventure by WotC.

Contrary to some rumors, the monsters seem to feature alignment, but often preceeded by the word "typically" such as "typically chaotic evil." There were also named NPCs, including some oldies like Kelek the sorcereror, Ringlerun the wizard, Warduke the fashionably impaired, and more. All of these NPCs had alignments listed (without the "typically" bit, so apparently individual variations or waverings are still unstated just as they often have been).

Also, no signs of wheelchairs anywhere in the book that I could find on a 40-min flip-through.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2021, 12:31:38 PM »
40 minutes? This is not a library buddy, buy something or get out.
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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2021, 12:45:26 PM »
40 minutes? This is not a library buddy, buy something or get out.
Oh, I did buy a few novels, but I don't buy my game books from there, and I don't buy 5e stuff anymore at all.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2021, 03:47:37 PM »
40 minutes? This is not a library buddy, buy something or get out.

I generally don't buy a game book unless I've read most of it.  How else can I tell if it's something I'd want to play?  Fortunately I read very, very fast.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2021, 09:51:29 PM »
Crawford talks about alignment here:

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/sage-advice/creature-evolutions

Essentially, alignment is back, but will be preceded with the word "typically", because some people can't figure that out for themselves. Except for humanoids, who can be any alignment, to prevent racism or something.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2021, 11:26:41 PM »
Crawford talks about alignment here:

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/sage-advice/creature-evolutions

Essentially, alignment is back, but will be preceded with the word "typically", because some people can't figure that out for themselves. Except for humanoids, who can be any alignment, to prevent racism or something.

Lol. Crawford almost understands D&D.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2021, 12:47:28 AM »
Essentially, alignment is back, but will be preceded with the word "typically", because some people can't figure that out for themselves. Except for humanoids, who can be any alignment, to prevent racism or something.

That's how alignment was in 3rd edition. All the monster alignments were listed as things like "Always chaotic evil" (for demons) or "Usually lawful neutral" (for material monsters) and such. They went back to unqualified alignment originally in 5th ed, but I guess they're reviving that style.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2021, 06:45:34 AM »
Crawford talks about alignment here:

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/sage-advice/creature-evolutions

Essentially, alignment is back, but will be preceded with the word "typically", because some people can't figure that out for themselves. Except for humanoids, who can be any alignment, to prevent racism or something.

Lol. Crawford almost understands D&D.
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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2021, 04:21:21 PM »
I probably still have most of the action figures from way back.
Warduke, Strongheart, Ringlerun, Kelek, Peralay, and Zerak.

Too bad they couldnt get Tim Truman to do the art again.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2021, 11:31:47 AM »
NECA is making new versions of those figures.

If this is "alignment striking back" - it's as limpdick of a "strike" as I would expect.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2021, 04:51:26 PM »
Demons. Usually Chaotic Evil. Usually.

See "Falls From Grace" as a counter example.

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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2021, 06:01:16 PM »
Demons. Usually Chaotic Evil. Usually.

See "Falls From Grace" as a counter example.

If you divide the number of good Demons by the infinite number of evil Demons then the number of Demons that are evil is closer to always then usually.

But you know maths is hard.
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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2021, 06:50:00 PM »
Demons. Usually Chaotic Evil. Usually.

See "Falls From Grace" as a counter example.

If you divide the number of good Demons by the infinite number of evil Demons then the number of Demons that are evil is closer to always then usually.

But you know maths is hard.

LOL, best response in this subject ever. Also a Good Demon isn't a Demon anymore, period.
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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2021, 07:30:04 AM »
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Also a Good Demon isn't a Demon anymore, period.

What about Lawful Demon?
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Re: 5e: Alignment Strikes Back
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2021, 07:40:18 AM »
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Also a Good Demon isn't a Demon anymore, period.

What about Lawful Demon?
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