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Character creation rules for 5e that replace race with ancestry, culture, and mixed heritage, for awesome new PCs

"Required reading for playing RPGs in 2020" - Polygon

- Play a character of one ancestry raised in a different culture, like an orc raised by elves

- Play a character of mixed ancestry, like the child of a gnome and a halfling

- Replace the outdated concept of Race in D&D with ancestry & culture

- Convert existing races into ancestries and cultures

- Create your own custom culture

- Comes with two friendly one-shot adventures designed for players of all ages

- Based on the successful ZineQuest Kickstarter

- Get 126 more ancestries & cultures in Custom Ancestries & Cultures and More Ancestries & Cultures

- Create cultures based on geography or the planes of existence in More Ancestries & Cultures

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Alan T May 28, 2021 8:07 pm UTC
Can anyone comment on the general character of the included adventures? I'm very curious about them.
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Brett H May 21, 2021 1:35 am UTC
I had heard good things about this book, so picked it up. It's good. For me, it's a start. Personally, I'd love to see players have options when it comes to both types of Traits...Imagine say a dragonkin without a breath weapon attack, but the ability to cast a sorcerer cantrip...something along those lines.

Ultimately, still worth the price just for some brain food.
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Per Trygstad D March 23, 2021 5:45 am UTC
I still don't understand how biology works in this book. XD
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Alan T May 28, 2021 11:56 pm UTC
We have a saying in America, "just the tip."
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Jeremy E February 04, 2021 3:02 am UTC
Is there one I should get if I want just a way to make new cultures for humans? Thank you
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Eugene M February 04, 2021 3:12 am UTC
Hi! Yes, our book More Ancestries & Cultures has sections on creating cultures based on terrain type (forest, mountain, coastal, etc), as well as based on several of the other planes (astral, ethereal, etc). And there’s dozens more ancestries and cultures to boot.
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Jeremy E February 06, 2021 2:00 am UTC
Thank you. Are the rules complete in that supplement to do everything or do you need the original Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e?
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Eugene M February 06, 2021 1:01 pm UTC
You do not need the core book to use More Ancestries & Cultures. Simply choose one ancestry and one culture in place of the race choice in character creation. There is special guidance if you want to flavor your character using geography or the planes in More Ancestries & Cultures as well.

That said, the core book does have a lot of explanation and guidance, which you might find useful, as well as options to create characters of mixed ancestry or diverse cultures. These additional rules are not in More Ancestries. Feel free to look at the free 30 page preview for the core book to get an idea.

And thanks for your interest!
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Meredith G December 14, 2020 7:29 pm UTC
Hey friends!
I want to remind everyone in the discussion thread to keep it civil and discuss constructively. No room for name-calling and swearing at one another if you disagree. Thanks!
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Charlie M October 18, 2020 3:19 pm UTC
I love this supplement! Thanks for making it!
Are there any plans to port this to 3.5e-compatible games like Pathfinder 1st edition?
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Eugene M October 18, 2020 10:58 pm UTC
Thanks for your kind words! We don’t currently have any plans to introduce the system to Pathfinder, but we may revisit that possibility in the near future. Thanks again.
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Ivan E November 16, 2020 6:57 am UTC
Don't know if it may be useful, but Pathfinder 2e has a similar system.
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Florian G October 18, 2020 8:07 am UTC
Getting this because a friend recommended it after he ran a oneshot using these rules for us. A creative supplement which will certainly be welcomed with open arms in my gaming group.
Honestly, I wish the new lineage system was more like this. Really happy with this purchase and can't wait to try it out in a longer campaign.
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Andrew P August 29, 2020 7:24 am UTC
Hi, Eugene & Arcanist Press,

I was very pleased to read through the content presented here and plan to eventually acquire digital copies of your other publications as well.

One of the items I appreciated were the references to N.K Jemesin (though I'm not personally familiar with their work) and James Mendez Hodes, particularly in relation to the use of racist stereotypes within D&D itself, which I've read that Wizards of the Coast has begun to approach from a new stance, and I'm certain that many of the new 5E players & such (as well as a number of long-time enthusiasts) will find it to be a more inclusive game rather than what you've termed "essentialist" (if I've interpreted that correctly).

Anyway, focusing on your publication, thank you for presenting in such a simple, yet forthright manner, the information as outlined in terms of separating what would be related to ancestry (ex. partially biological) and culture/heritage (the lifestyle in which...See more
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Hannah H August 19, 2020 4:39 am UTC
On page 27 it says “you may select one other ancestral trait from each of your two chosen ancestries”. Do you mean you can select one more ancestral trait, from one OR the other of your two chosen ancestries, or do you mean that you can select one ancestral trait from one of the chosen ancestries AND another ancestral trait from the other chosen ancestry?
Thanks :)
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Eugene M August 19, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
You select one trait from each ancestry, which means you will choose two traits.

Let me know if that still isn't clear!
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