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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    I've compiled some of my own backgrounds together with other fine backgrounds.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxf...w?usp=drivesdk

    Any feedback is welcome!

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    DrowGuy

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    Default Re: Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    All of these are cool; characters starting flying around my head with each one.
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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Re: Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    Quote Originally Posted by JBPuffin View Post
    All of these are cool; characters starting flying around my head with each one.
    Thanks!

    My favorite thing to do is to make unexpected background/class combos. A shaman/paladin would be cool, or a doctor/rogue. It really broadens the possibilities.

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    SamuraiGuy

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    Default Re: Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    Did I overlook something, or does the adventurer seem pretty good? Maybe not on the same level as the sailor, but still better than most of the other choices I suppose...


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    DrowGuy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feuerphoenix View Post
    Did I overlook something, or does the adventurer seem pretty good? Maybe not on the same level as the sailor, but still better than most of the other choices I suppose...
    What makes it better? I mean, is there a way to optimize a background...?
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    SamuraiGuy

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    Default Re: Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    Athletics is one of the very good skills, survival is pretty good for any journey.

    But what it really makes it great is the possibility to choose various tools, like thief tools. Outside of very specific backgrounds, you can't get any tools except you spend a feat or have a certain class.

    And then you get a background to get contracts and even a "get out of jail" card for free. That is really powerful, if you know how to use it.


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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Re: Backgrounds Compendium - 16 new backgrounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Feuerphoenix View Post
    Athletics is one of the very good skills, survival is pretty good for any journey.

    But what it really makes it great is the possibility to choose various tools, like thief tools. Outside of very specific backgrounds, you can't get any tools except you spend a feat or have a certain class.

    And then you get a background to get contracts and even a "get out of jail" card for free. That is really powerful, if you know how to use it.
    All fair assessments. But I'll direct you to page 125 of the PHB. Rules as written, you can change out the skill, and tool/language proficiences, of any background. The PHB references their backgrounds as 'suggestions', not options. You may even do this in adventurer's league, if I've heard right.

    As for the features, they are almost a direct copy of guild artisan and folk hero respectively.

    I really like homebrewing backgrounds, because they are rules-lite. As long as the feature is on point, everything else is quite fine. What follows after that is just making it as awesome as possible.

    Let me know if you have any more questions.
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