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5e Critical Hit and Fumble Charts

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Critical hit and fumble charts add another layer of variability to combat encounters. A natural 1 or 20 goes from being merely a miss or double damage to an exciting escalation of danger. These universal charts maintain an inherent balance between playability and overarching threat, so don't be afraid to add them to your 5e game.

 
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Derek F June 15, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
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What does "No 1's or 2's on damage die" mean on some of the lower critical hit rolls?
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Jonathan L June 19, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
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Pretty sure its like fighter's great weapon fighting, free reroll of any 1's or 2's during damage, this doesnt say the first time though so i imagine if you roll a 1 twice in a row, you keep rolling till its higher than 2.
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Edward C March 19, 2017 1:47 am UTC
Got into a campaign that uses these. Not enjoying them at all and I don't think anyone else is either. We're at level 5 and we're already facing monsters with 3x multi-attack, so we have a 15% chance each monster turn to get critted, while most of our heroes are either casting with spells or getting a single attack (rogue, grappling warrior). So not only are we rarely critting and enemies are frequently critting, but these crits are often stunning or incapacitating us for 1 or multiple rounds. Being stunned or incapacitated IS NOT FUN. It means that if turns are taking 10-15 minutes, we're sitting there for 20-30 minutes not participating or playing.

My other campaign, meanwhile, has been going on for 19 levels so far and we're using stock critical rules. It's fun, it's balanced, and everyone enjoys it.
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Dave L June 30, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
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The monsters also have 3x the chance to critically fail, so there's that. Also, the math is not really 15%, but that is nitpicking (think of it this way, rolling 21 20-sided dice does not give you 105% chance of rolling a 1)

In any case, I see your point. I personally only use a Crit Fail/Fumble chart in my campaign. Critical hits are RAW - roll all the attack's damage dice twice. That's plenty.
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Anthony B February 04, 2017 4:02 am UTC
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I have a question about the 100 roll on the crit table. What does Prone 1d4 squares back mean?
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Samuel R January 24, 2017 1:16 pm UTC
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Hello, Brian D. i'm having problems to download the PDF. After the checkout i just got error when try to download. Do you know if the file its hosted?

Thanks
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Brian D May 06, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
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Feel free to post the charts and link them back to the page. Happy gaming!
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May 06, 2016 6:13 am UTC
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Would i be able to use this in my campaign blog Provided i link back to the right page
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Brian D January 30, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
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Email comments to theVultureGM@gmail.com - all feedback is appreciated
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Brian D January 28, 2016 12:56 am UTC
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Thanks to everyone who spent time reviewing the charts. There is an innate challenge making critical hits and fumbles 'balanced' as by definition they are a matter of taste, and not likely to make everyone happy. Feel free to leave any suggestions or your experiences with the charts.
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