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Playing Dead is a complete ruleset for starting (or continuing) your journey as an undead, including new thematic options for class features, subclasses, spells, magic items, and transcending the limits of undeath itself.

A 100-page player’s companion for keeping that favorite character of yours going, even after that unfortunate moment when you forgot to check for traps.

In this supplement, you’ll find everything you need to become an undead character, including:

  • A new Reanimated Undead trait for your undead player characters.
  • Detailed guidance on becoming undead and reflavoring your spells and abilities to match.
  • Variant Class Features for all 13 official classes, purpose-built for your undead character.
  • 20 brand new subclasses, spread over all 13 classes, such as the druid Circle of the Host and the paladin Oath of the Damned.
  • Prestige Classes Greater Undeath! Everything you need to play as a fearsome undead creature, including the lich, the revenant, and the vampire!
  • Dozens of new feats, spells, and magic items too!

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Joshua K December 31, 2021 5:38 am UTC
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How are people that are playing Clerics working around not healing or are they adapting with the DM HB spells that can heal the undead? Trying to nut this out now and thinking I might have to make a whole bunch of new spells for a cleric. What do you think?
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Joshua K December 31, 2021 5:51 am UTC
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To clarify - The cleric on the party is trying to figure out the best way to keep the party of 5 undead alive as he did pre-undead. :-)
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Israel M January 01, 2022 9:29 pm UTC
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Hey Joshua!

The cleric would need to adopt new healing methods, such as through the spells included, the life transference spell from Xanathar's (which actually can heal undead!), or by becoming an Undeath domain cleric. Potions of healing also do heal undead, if I recall correctly.
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Joshua K January 06, 2022 8:16 am UTC
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Thanks mate. I've worked it out with the party cleric. It should be fun for the whole undead team :-)
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Joshua K December 02, 2021 8:29 pm UTC
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Hey hey. What are your thoughts on how the resting mechanic would work here as undead do not need to sleep?
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Steve F December 02, 2021 8:31 pm UTC
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Hey, great question. They don't need to sleep, but nothing says they don't need to rest. They require the full 8 hours to gain a long rest as anyone else, but aren't required to be sleeping for any of it.

Sort of like an Elf, except Elves can meditate and complete their rest in 4 hours.
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Joshua K December 04, 2021 11:02 pm UTC
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A fine idea. 4 hours+ of being still so their undead flesh can bind itself together again. :-)

I'm still wrapping my head around being a DM for 5 undead party members but I think it will be rather interesting.
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Mathieu G November 16, 2021 6:47 pm UTC
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Just to make sure... Let's say my Swashbuckler Rogue dies and is reanimated at level 4, would I get to keep Expertise, Sneak Attack, Thieves' Cant, Cunning Action, Steady Aim and my ASI, while getting a new feature (Discorporate)?

And for the subclass, as I understand it, it would be better to change it to Frozen Heart or Umbral Stalker, which means I would no longer be a Swashbuckler. Is that right?
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Steve F November 16, 2021 9:06 pm UTC
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Absolutely right, although it's not "better" to pick one of those other subclasses and cease being a Swashbuckler, it's just an option to have a subclass that better leverages being undead.

We created lots of layers to this so users could pick up and use what they want to best fit their wants, and for DMs to feel empowered to allow as much undeath as they feel comfortable with
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Diego S November 09, 2021 12:23 am UTC
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I have a question, if a character become a greater undead, the undead traits replace those of the original race ? (Example: a dwarf become a revenant, I have traits from both dwarf and revenant, or I have only the revenant traits ?)
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Steve F November 09, 2021 12:49 am UTC
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If your character dies and comes back using rules in this book, they are both a Dwarf and Undead. If you also take the Greater Undeath: Revenant option, they are a Dwarf, Undead, and Revenant. + their Class and Subclass!
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Diego S November 09, 2021 1:13 pm UTC
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Thank you so much
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Shannon T July 28, 2021 1:53 am UTC
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Question: I have created a Druid Circle that plays around with the undead and the concept of undeath. There are 2 spells from your book that I would like to use for their spell list. Specifically Breath of Unlife and Beckon the Rotting Saint. And while - if I read things accurately - according to DMs Guild I don't have to ask, I am asking anyway. I will not infringe anyone's intellectual property. So may I use these spells in my work? If you want to see what I am working on first that can be arranged.
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Steve F July 28, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
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Please feel free. Just, as a courtesy, please cite Playing Dead as your source and hotlink if possible!

Thank you for asking!
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Shannon T July 29, 2021 4:54 am UTC
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Excellent! Thank you. I will most certainly give you a shout out and a hotlink.
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Shannon T August 16, 2021 5:24 am UTC
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The work I was speaking of is out. On Coming Forth By Day. Thought you might like to know.
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The Summoner O June 15, 2021 4:44 pm UTC
we need this stuff free
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Steve F June 15, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
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All the content is available for preview in the Full Preview, if you really feel that $14.95 isn't worth it for 100 pages of premium content!
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Joseph V June 20, 2021 9:39 am UTC
You don't need it free. What you really need is a damn job.
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Justin V June 25, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
Bruh..... You playing the wrong game.
Hasbro has games you can play for CHEAP.... Maybe Monopoly.... You may learn something.
Or, you could go buy some chalk sticks and make your own games on the sidewalk.....
But.... those chalk sticks cost almost 15 bucks.....
Maybe go take a walk, thats free. Damn, 15 bucks and you hatin.
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Rob T June 10, 2021 4:44 pm UTC
I think this would make a fantastic product for the Fantasy Grounds Virtual Tabletop. If you search my name (Rob Twohy) here on DMs Guild you can see we've done this over 400 times. We offer this service at NO COST. It will be more exposure for your product and a new audience as well. Feel free to contact me in Facebook Messenger (http://m.me/rob.twohy.7) and I will explain how it all works.

ThanX for your consideration.
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Justin V June 11, 2021 5:34 pm UTC
I would buy this for my players for sure!
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Grim Press ` July 02, 2021 7:51 pm UTC
Hi Justin,

This title has now been adapted for Fantasy Grounds! You can check it out here:

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/362931/Playing-Dead-Fantasy-Grounds?affiliate_id=3083538
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Chad L May 23, 2021 9:00 pm UTC
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Hi there! Any thoughts about adding this to fantasy grounds vtt? Think this would be a great addition and would love to talk with you about it! feel free to join the grim press discord at https://discord.gg/gyTK9g8QHJ if you have any questions, my name is Engorgio on there.

Thank you
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Justin V June 11, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
Agree This would be GREAT for my FG group!
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Grim Press ` June 13, 2021 2:06 am UTC
Hi Justin,

We are excited to announce that this is currently under conversion for Fantasy Grounds! To be notified when it releases, please feel free to join our discord server:

https://discord.gg/N7MM93a
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Justin V June 25, 2021 5:40 pm UTC
Exciting! Thank you!
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Jimmy F May 21, 2021 5:53 pm UTC
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FYI. Your product is featured in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL62uEfIZok
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Dylan G May 18, 2021 11:57 am UTC
Do all the authors of content for this work get paid through the purchase of this product on DMsGuild? If not, have the publishers paid all the authors for the content?
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Steve F May 18, 2021 12:03 pm UTC
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Hi Dylan

Designers and Editors on this product are paid royalty shares from each sale.

I hope this answer suffices your question!
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Dylan G May 18, 2021 12:50 pm UTC
Thanks!
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Elias G May 18, 2021 2:25 pm UTC
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Thank you for your concern!
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