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“Been There. Done That.”

Having lived a long life, you are now coming to the end of the journey. The final curtain call is near, but you are never too old to start the adventurer’s life. Hopefully you die a hero’s death, and not in your sleep.

I had a discussion with another D&D Player that I should make an old character to play.

"But what if he died in his sleep," I joked.

With this background, dying in your sleep is a real factor.

I envision this background being played in more of a one-shot setting, than a long-term campaign. I also view it as a more comical role-playing opportunity. In other words, I am having fun with it.

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Nod H April 05, 2016 1:53 am UTC
As soon as I read the background title and description my first thought was of "Druss the Legend" from the David Gemmell books.

I feel like the "dying in your sleep" mechanic is more of a problem that you anticipate. Hard on the player, harder on the DM. A 5% chance at each long rest (and that's just assuming it's long rest based, you don't clarify if it's any time the character slumbers, like from a Sleep spell) that the campaign is thrown completely off track.
My opinion is if you're going to have age-based penalties it should be something less fatal. Maybe they don't regenerate spent hit die as quickly or something like that.

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David H April 05, 2016 3:07 am UTC
Michael, thank you for your response. I had a discussion much like this with one of my friends today. I see the background in a more of a comical sense, which I probably didn't convey in the published material. That risk, I find amusing. I see this background for more of a one-shot type character.

Yes, you are correct, the roll is after a long rest. I had that in my mind, and I can't believe I forgot to add that in to the text. Thank you for pointing it out. I have added that, and I am publishing the revised item shortly.

Thank you again for taking the time to read it.

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