I’ve been playing D&D since 1984, and I’ve always been a homebrew guy, until I picked up Eberron. Also not a fan of ‘celebrity’ culture, but the one ‘celeb’ picture I have is of me and Keith at UBCon in Buffalo NY. For my 40th birthday, I got my very first ever tattoo, and it’s a d20. I say all this to lend weight to what I’m about to say. I think Eberron is absolutely one of the critical and vital ideas in D&D, and wish it was better represented in 5e. The concept “If it exists in D&D, it has a place in Eberron” is so inclusive. The idea of changelings and dopplegangers that Kieth presented in this podcast was a real brain twist, and I love the concept.
For me, personally, in a game I run (homebrew) that includes Eberron races, my players have no idea that 5 different NPCs are actually one changeling, even though they’ve been playing in this same campaign for over 3 years now. Sometimes I feel bad as the DM that one single changeling has so easily manipulated them by making them think that several people all want the same thing so often, but I’ve dropped more than enough hints. I’ve given up on expecting the players to finally figure it out. I think they just get the mindset that the elven woman is who she is, the gruff old human veteran is who he is, etc etc etc, and how could any of them be the same person as the grey skinned changeling beggar, or that the changeling beggar is also the magistrate’s golden haired Fabio looking master of arms?
One part of me wants to tell everyone about this fantastic episode, but another part is afraid they’ll finally put 2 and 2 together. Wait… maybe I shouldn’t be posting this comment….