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Grazilaxx's Guide to Ancestry

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Grazilaxx’s Guide to Ancestry provides a new and innovative way to use “race” in your 5e games. No longer do you need to settle for the restrictive language of race and tethered ability score increases! 


This product provides the following:

  • Removes inflexible Race restrictions, instead giving characters a customizable, modular Ancestry.

  • Removes ability score increases from Ancestry/Race, with options to place them using Modified Distribution, Backgrounds, Classes, or Feats.

  • Rebalances all ancestries with a Point Buy system (inheritances) for features.

  • Provides easy mechanics for half-races.

  • Provides all features for ancestries from the Player’s Handbook, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, Elemental Evil, Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, Volo’s Guide to Monsters, Eberron (including Dragonmarks), Ravnica, and Tortle.


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David B September 15, 2019 1:23 am UTC
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The Human Ancestry, Forest Region power of Hunter seems a bit too overpowered; especially since all ranged attacks gain Advantage (which can grant a rogue access to Sneak Attack) when an enemy has made the "Tracked It!" List.
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Realmwarp M September 15, 2019 2:00 am UTC
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That's probably a good point. I'll give it a look over in the next update. :)
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Wheelercub L September 12, 2019 7:47 pm UTC
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Is this a typo? Seems to break the previous rules of "two major and two minor", OR "one major and four minor".
• Half Orcs: You may choose two major inheritances and one minor inheritance, or one major inheritance and four minor inheritances.

So far I like what I'm seeing, but it was a hard sell with my players because quite a few things are missing from the original racial options. I understand that many of these are gone due to rebalancing, but at the same time, it makes some of the races now feel a bit anemic. What I would personally like to see is the option to raise the others up to the higher powered races like Dwarves and Elves, rather than power everyone downward. What I suggest is:

• Break all the current races down into Major and Minor skills, including Dwarven armor training, Elven weapons, etc.
• See how many points the highest race has and give that many points to each race. Using Dwarves and Elves, I calculated 10 points.
• Add...See more
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Realmwarp M September 12, 2019 9:05 pm UTC
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Wow, this is great feedback. Thanks.
First of all, yes, that is a typo. I'll be fixing that in the next update.

Secondly, you definitely make some valid points and suggestions. To be honest, leaving out weapon and armor proficiency was intentional, not because of balance, but because my team and I thought it wasn't actually characteristic of something that comes from Ancestry... region maybe, but even still, not a universal characteristic of it. We also thought it tended to play into the narrow interpretations and homogonization of races, and wanted to avoid that.

You're also correct that we could have balanced upward, instead of downward, but it's easier work for DM's to add power than it is to remove them.

I would definitely encourage you to modify this for your table, which could include adding another inheritance point or two if you want more powerful characters, and you could add a weapon or armor proficiency for each Ancestry, Region, or Branch. You could also...See more
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Wheelercub L September 13, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
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Thanks for getting back to me. I agree, adding a couple points or a minor feat for the weaker races (such as the Halfling) is another way to go. With regards to the weapon and armor perks, I can see your point of view. I was looking at it from, "this is a stereotypical dwarven heritage from the Player's Handbook, now go and modify it based on these options and your personal preferences".

Additionally, I should note that I am very happy with this purchase. It's inspired me to dive a bit deeper into racial options and I may come up with a point value spreadsheet so my players have the option of taking the default PH race or modifying it with additional choices provided by you as well as my additions. Giving them that "default" PH choice or the option to modify it, should allow my PCs to use either method in the same gameworld while keeping it all nicely balanced -- which in the end is less work for me as a DM.
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Rizel K September 17, 2019 8:13 am UTC
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On the point of weapon or armor proficiency, could you not like similar to what you did with Stats bonus / class and background. Move some proficiency on to class and background.
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Realmwarp M September 17, 2019 12:24 pm UTC
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Yeah, I think that's definitely a good suggestion. You could 1) Make a class automatically proficient in any starting equipment they get. 2) Add one weapon and one armor proficiency to each background, or 3) include them as minor inheritance options and increase your points by 2.
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Gustavo I September 11, 2019 11:51 pm UTC
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I thought I should tell you, there's also an issue on page 10 when I open it with Nitro PDF reader. The female dwarf drawing covers the text and several white stripes cover the image. Thought you might want to look into it.

The issue doesn't happen in Chrome
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Rizel K September 04, 2019 7:50 am UTC
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Reading through the first few races. I am confuse in the choice of making Sunlight Sensitivity a Major Inheritance on its own seeing it a purely negative effective. That being the case while it complicate thing sure it picking up a negative Inheritance should give you some more Inheritance Points? Otherwise purely on a mechanical issue 6 isnt enough to equal to your standard official Races
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Realmwarp M September 04, 2019 11:03 am UTC
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Thanks for the comment!

I don't have the document in front of me, but I believe in most cases, whether sunlight sensativity was a major or minor inheritance, choosing is basically free, in other words, it allows you to pick more inheritances.

You are right that 6 points is not enough to recreate each and every race as they were. That's because some races (like dwarves) were very powerful and this product actually rebalances them. If the DM wants to give 7 or 8 Inheritance Points to each player, that shoukd be fine!
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Realmwarp M September 04, 2019 12:01 pm UTC
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I'll be downloading a separate lite PDF version later today, which should suffice until I can do a bigger updated version. Thanks for letting me know!
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Rizel K September 06, 2019 7:14 am UTC
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As of right now, it is a minor inheritance. I cant find anywhere in the document that would indicate that such negative traits are consider to be free. Even if free, there isnt any incentives to having it. Hence making fluff-relevant
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Rizel K September 06, 2019 7:44 am UTC
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Never Mind I read it again I saw what you did
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Peter M September 04, 2019 3:07 am UTC
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I really like the content, but it's taking forever to render pages on my PC (8th gen i7, 16GB DDR4, SSD - should be nice and smooth). Anything you can do to optimize this PDF a little more? The anticipation on page turns is killing me! ;)

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Realmwarp M September 04, 2019 10:58 am UTC
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Realmwarp M September 04, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
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There is now a "lite" version that is 1/3 the size. Unfortunately it doesn't have bookmarks, but it should render better for you. On our next update, we'll make sure the bookmarked version is smaller.
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Peter M September 05, 2019 2:17 am UTC
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I don't think size is the primary issue, here. I've got a number of other gaming PDFs that are several times the size of the file with comparable or greater levels of textures and artwork that render much faster and without a noticeable spike in CPU activity every time you turn a page...
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Realmwarp M September 05, 2019 2:39 am UTC
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OK, I'll definitely try to get to the bottom of this tomorrow!
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Realmwarp M September 05, 2019 3:28 pm UTC
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Any chance you're using Foxit reader? Are you using Chrome as your browser?
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Peter M September 10, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
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Sorry I took so long to respond! Life has been crazy.

Yes, I use Foxit as my primary PDF reader. is there a known issue? Your product isn't the only one I've run into this with, though it's not super common, either.

I use Firefox as my browser, but never read PDFs on it.
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Realmwarp M September 10, 2019 6:30 pm UTC
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Yes, it does seem to be a known issue with foxit, as other readers should have significantly less rendering/lag. I will be uploading new versions tomorrow morning, which my layout person says should reduce the issue even in foxit.
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Peter M September 11, 2019 3:41 am UTC
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That's disappointing. I've been very happy with Foxit otherwise. In any case - not your fault and thanks for letting me know besides. Who knows how long it'd have been before I found out otherwise.
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