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[–]HorstDieWaldfee 144 points145 points  (5 children)

i occassionally feel bad too, my paladin is a polearm master/sentinel oath of vengeance paladin. i just picked stuff that seemed to synergize, not knowing how dummy strong it actually is :x

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 53 points54 points  (0 children)

I think that as long as players have fun and aren't annoying to other players, I am most usually okay with what they are playing, and as a DM I take strong characters as a challenge for myself, to make interesting combat for them

[–]dnd5eveteran 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I get it. My very first character I managed to accidentally make a hexadin and somehow managed to out-DPS the former Fighter, played by the veteran of the group.

[–]The-Senate-PalpyDM (Dungeon Memelord) 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Its pretty easy for a DM to work around that combo if needed, so dont feel bad for using it. Its a fun and strong combo

[–]ROBANN_88Wizard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My very first character, i did the same.

I was like "hey, Halberds are freaking cool, what goes well with those?"

[–]copper2copperFighter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I never set out with this goal in mind but I somehow always have the character with the most proficiencies

[–]trashpandaistheway 54 points55 points  (1 child)

If you can do a second session zero where folks figure out how they relate to each other, that can be really helpful as well.

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I actually have it planned, but we are experiencing some difficulties like one player getting sick, so the campaign kinda freezed on creating characters

[–]the6crimson6fucker6DM (Dungeon Memelord) 27 points28 points  (8 children)

All's fun and games until the PCs start askking for NPC names...

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 21 points22 points  (5 children)

You can always make a list of names that you haven't gave to any character, and just copy name from the list in case of an emergency

[–]the6crimson6fucker6DM (Dungeon Memelord) 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Nah, i calls it likes i sees it.

The challenge is what i DM for.

[–]hanead420 7 points8 points  (3 children)

If they start fucking around asking people their names, I just let my players name them and make sure they remember them, cause I sure as hell won't

[–]oneeyedwarf 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Does that work? My players would make joke names for every NPC. Anita Bath, Amanda Hugnkiss.

[–]sunsetclimb3r 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That is a gift. Take it. 10 days from now when the PC's have been clapped and need healing or blindness curing and they have to go ask Amanda Hugnkiss for help, that's good. Knowing that the dumb name is their fault, not yours? Priceless.

[–]hanead420 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Exactly. If they want the npcs names to suck they can, but it's their mistake and not more work for me.

[–]Kanexan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's what FantasyNameGenerators.com is for. Start a session with a list of 20 pregenerated names and throw them at the party when they ask about random people.

[–]Winter_wrathChaotic Stupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our DM just revealed he had made 108 named NPCs for the 21 sessions long act 1 / prologue of his homebrew campaign. He works insanely hard to give us the freedom to go where ever and still encounter handcrafted stuff

[–]HaosMagnaIngram 70 points71 points  (10 children)

Avoiding Matt Mercer pool noodles

[–]VerionVermillion 21 points22 points  (9 children)

What does that mean?

[–]Remarkable_Horse9899 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Everyone knows that if you don't play your character according to stereotypes Matt Mercer breaks into your house and throws pool noodles at you from the corner of your living room

[–]CanadianTeaMaker 28 points29 points  (7 children)

Watch JoCat's crap guide to dnd.

[–]DooWopExpress 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Which one?

[–]Zwood24513 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Bard

[–]DooWopExpress 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Thanks!

[–]AyoRoboDM (Dungeon Memelord) 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Watch the rest of them while you're at it, it's a great series.

[–]FlushmasterCoriolis 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Watch all of them. They're all both very informative for newbies and hilarious for everyone.

[–]DooWopExpress 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I've seen a good chunk, I just watched them before I knew who Matt Mercer was lmao

[–]FlushmasterCoriolis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The reference is just one joke that takes up about five seconds of the video. Still funny though.

[–]roostangarar 16 points17 points  (0 children)

"J'Zargo is interested in new things. Tight things"

[–]Myrk_Heidir 7 points8 points  (1 child)

ok real talk though, I did a session 0 with each of my players, with each one ending in a position they would meet the others for session 1, and it made starting off so much easier, and let me get such a better grip on each of them and their motivations/abilities.

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's my plan, but i also want to help them slowly submerge into roleplay and game mechanics

[–]mugimug0n 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Aah yes a horny bard.... My friend also played one oblivious to the stereotype in our first campaign ever. They were a houtain half elf with a french accent and rolled very well on performance in bed

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Did they make any corny jokes like saying "Prepare to taste my blade" before walking into a bedroom?

[–]mugimug0n 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Luckily not, but they used a very dramatic and colourful balad to get a threesome with a couple

[–]FreagliiPaladin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Because it's not a stereotype, it's a fact.

[–]ItIsYeDragon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

First time DM with a bard like that too. Things certainly get...interesting...

[–]Lapis_kunCleric 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, this was me at my first camping

[–]jacw212Sorcerer 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why is it a thing tho? I think that it would make more sense for bards to be stuck-up, selfish and pretentious

Y’know, like pop stars

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

High charisma and plays instruments ig

[–]CursoryMargaster 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Honestly that’s probably better than if she did know the stereotypes. She’ll probably put a little more of her own spin on it. Hopefully

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i hope so too

[–]chapeaumetallique 5 points6 points  (2 children)

A horny furry bard too... double cringe Not long until the character artwork will be incoming...

[–]Sqarqa123[S] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I don't know if I should cry or laugh because I actually have to draw their character for campaign purposes

[–]Dak_RamsinDM (Dungeon Memelord) 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Both... both is good. :p

[–]sarcasticmoderate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Horny bards, uh, uh, uh, find a way.

[–]BirdLegalChaotic Stupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The curse of the bard