5th edition heavily implies a highly magical world. The changes here are designed to bring the game more inline with gritty, low magic world.
Chapter 1: Ability ScoresEdit
The following are acceptable methods for generating character stats. 3d6 4d6d1 Point Buy with 300 points
No more than 17 in any one stat at 1st level (after feats and racials).
Chapter 2: Player Character RacesEdit
Rather than age affecting specific physical or mental stats, the player may choose where to place their bonuses and penalties.
- 1st level of aging: Players take a total penalty of 2 to their physical stats, and gain a bonus of 1 to their mental stats.
- 2nd level of aging: Players take 5 more penalties to physical stats, and gain another 1 bonus to mental.
- 3rd level of aging: Players take another 3 penalties to physical stats, and gain another bonus of 2 to mental stats.
For example, at 45 years of age, a player might decide their human rogue takes a penalty of 2 to their con. All that living on rations and mucking around in swamps has taken a toll on his health. He's got ulcers and internal scarring from pneumonia has left him short of breath. Or the player might decide that he takes a -1 to dex and str. He's not as spry as he used to be, his hands are beginning to tremble a little, and it's got him scared that he's losing his edge. He's certainly not going to tell anyone about it, but his mortality is looming.
Bonuses to mental stats are gained from time spent in the world. Magical aging will not grant these bonuses. Penalties to physical stats come from degradation of the body. Magical aging will grant these penalties, although reversed ageing may remove them.
Chapter 3: Player Character ClassesEdit
Removed or altered subclasses
Way of the Drunken Master changes below
Chapter 4: Personality and BackgroundsEdit
Ignore all the features from backgrounds
Chapter 5: EquipmentEdit
Copper is the default currency that values are expressed in.
Platinum is worth 200 copper.
Mithril is worth 2,000 copper.
Spears and javelins now have the finesse tag.
- Lamp: A lamp casts dim light for 10 feet.
- Lantern, hooded: A hooded lantern casts bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for another 20 feet.
- Torch: A torch provides bright light in a 5-foot radius and dim light in an additional 10 feet.
Chapter 6: Customization OptionsEdit
- Bountiful Luck
- Crossbow Expert
- Dwarven Fortitude
- Drow High Magic
- Fade Away
- Fey Teleportation
- Flames of Phlegethos
- Keen Mind
- Magic Initiate
- Ritual Caster
- Spell Sniper
- Wood Elf Magic
- Alert: Gain a bonus to your initiative equal to 5 plus your proficiency bonus. No other features.
- Athlete: Climbing is at half speed, but you have advantage on climbing checks.
- Actor: No mimicking speech of other people
- Dungeon Delver: Remove resistance to damage dealt by traps
- Elven Accuracy: Only applies to attacks made with bows. (Not crossbows)
- Orcish Fury: Only applies to melee weapons.
- Second Chance: Once per short rest.
- Shield Master: 2nd feature now reads, “If you aren’t incapacitated, you can add your shield’s AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful effect,” ignoring the “that targets only you”.
- War Caster: Removed rules about somatic components when using weapons/shields in one or both hands.
New Feat: Direction SenseEdit
- Increase your wisdom by 1, to a maximum of 20.
- You always know which way is north, unless you have been moved to a place where you cannot see the sky while your vision was obscured (unconscious, blindfolded, etc.)
- You always know how many hours are left in the day or the night as long as you can see the sky.
Chapter 7: Using Ability ScoresEdit
Chapter 8: AdventuringEdit
A character may only dash once per round, regardless of the source of the dash. For example, a rogue may move, attack, and bonus action dash, but may not move, bonus action dash, action dash. Expeditious Retreat is the exception to this and permits one additional dash. Haste already increases your speed, so it does not allow any additional dashes.
Swimming is heavily impacted by encumbrance. A character may swim normally as long as they are carrying weight less than or equal to their strength score. They may tread water if they have weight greater than their strength score, but less than or equal to twice their strength. If a character has more weight on them than twice their strength score, they cannot swim and must sink. Do not count buoyant gear in this calculation (wooden staff, water skin, etc.) For deeper understanding on this, please look up records for “swim up” weights. Don’t swim in armor kids.
- ≤ Str | Normal swimming
- > Str | Tread water
- > Str x2 | No swim, only sink
A character that exerts themselves cuts the time they can hold their breath in half. Swimming is exertion.
Variant resting rules are in effect. A short rest is a good night's sleep, a long rest is a week of downtime.
Chapter 9: CombatEdit
When surprised, restrained, incapacitated, or otherwise rendered immobile, AC is not modified by Dexterity or having a shield equipped.
Other creatures provide cover if they are directly in front of you.
- 1 rank of creature = ½ cover | +2 AC / Dex saves
- 2 rank of creatures = ¾ cover | +5 AC / Dex saves
- 3 rank of creatures = full cover
Crossbow does not require a proficiency slot to use.
Other 5.Neal Rules: