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Volume 6 Issue 191– UNEARTHED ARCANA!
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:19:49 PM »
Join Vince, Chrispy and Nick take a close look at the Unearthed Arcana book from 1985, where most consider the start of AD&D 1.5E. The boys go over the history of the book, talk about things happening at the time of printing of the book and how this book saved TSR’s butt, when money was tight! Was this book accepted among the gamers of our hobby or was it overall shunned because it was considered the start of powergaming? Listen in and YOU decide what’s what with this book!

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Re: Volume 6 Issue 191– UNEARTHED ARCANA!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 09:18:35 AM »
Thanks guys, I really enjoyed this show and  thought you covered everything in the book really well. For the most part my experience with and feelings toward UA match up with Vince and Nick. We were thrilled with the book when it came out and embraced, but over time some of its flaws and shortcomings became apparent and as a result we kept the parts we liked and abandoned the parts that we didn't like or just didn't fit with our game (comeliness, new PC races, e.g.).

The new spells are nice to have, although many of them are geared more towards the roleplay aspect of the game. There are a few that are pretty killer though and definitely have the potential to contribute to power creep. You guys are dead on about the whole cavalier/paladin reclassification debacle. Paladins should have remained as outlined in the original PH and cavalier is a bit munchkinish for my taste, but hey if that's how you like to play your game- enjoy it. I agree with Chrispy about the UA version of  the barbarian being the best one. I have never leveled up a barbarian very far but it does seem like that class as is could lend itself to power creep somewhat as well. But then, barbarians should be uber powerful BAs. Thief acrobat? Forget it!

Keep 'em coming guys, you put out a great podcast. It's great to hear Chrispy back on and I hope Matt will be back soon as well and we can hear all four of you. Hail the new tetrarchy!

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Re: Volume 6 Issue 191– UNEARTHED ARCANA!
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2017, 09:25:04 AM »
Thanks for this episode. To be honest I've never used my UA, probably because of my age and always hearing about how meh it was. I suppose next time I run 1e, I'll need to take a closer look at UA for what to allow and what not to. I think fighter specialization could be very cool for fighters, and who could turn down new spells and magic items?

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Re: Volume 6 Issue 191– UNEARTHED ARCANA!
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 03:57:00 PM »
I'd consider UA to be 1.5e, the sub-races, the reshuffling of the classes and the weapon specialisation certainly influenced play, especially using rules from Wilderness Survival Guide. I think it was very pick n mix for most people.

This was a good episode as well, thanks.

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Re: Volume 6 Issue 191– UNEARTHED ARCANA!
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 08:48:03 AM »
thanks for the feedback! I Agree, its 1.5e, but its still interesting and fun :D
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