Is the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass variant posted in a D&D Beyond article balanced?

In addition to a character builder and online rules source, D&D Beyond also has a blog, and that blog just posted Monk 101: Way of the Four Elements. This article notes

Regrettably, the Way of the Four Elements is not only one of the weakest monk subclasses, it’s one of the weakest subclasses in the Player’s Handbook.

… and gives reasonable justification for that statement. Then, it proposes:

If your Dungeon Master is willing to use house rules, consider using the following house rules to buff the Way of the Four Elements subclass:

  • Reduce the ki cost of all Elemental Disciplines by 2 (to a minimum of 1). This cost reduction is applied after you spend additional ki to raise the spell’s level. For example, the Fist of Four Thunders discipline lets you cast thunderwave for 2 ki. This cost is reduced to 1. Casting the spell at 2nd level increases the ki cost to 3, but it still only costs 1 ki point after the cost reduction of 2 points.
  • At 3rd level, you learn the Elemental Attunement discipline as normal, and two other disciplines of your choice (instead of just one).
  • You learn two new disciplines at 6th, 11th, and 17th level (instead of just one), and can replace any discipline you know with another one that you meet the level requirements to learn when you gain a level in this class.
  • You can also learn two cantrips of your choice from the following list: acid splash, fire bolt, mold earth, produce flame, ray of frost, shocking grasp. When you gain a level in this class, you can replace one of these cantrips with another instead of replacing an elemental discipline with another. (If you have other sources, such as Xanathar’s Guide to Everything or Elemental Evil Player’s Companion, you can choose other cantrips from those sources that deal acid, cold, fire, or lightning damage, or have an otherwise elemental theme, with your DM’s permission.)

As a DM, I want my players to have fun and I want them to be able to choose options that seem interesting without falling into “trap” classes which seem cool but turn out to be frustrating to play; on the other hand, I don’t want to just throw out home-brew options that are more powerful than the standard choices.

While the D&D Beyond rules section is official, this blog is really … just a blog, and I don’t think they have any particular insight into behind-the-curtains D&D design (although obviously they have contact with and work closely with the designers). But, D&D Beyond also has a central sort of voice, and while I’ve seen several home-brew attempts at “fixing” this subclass (including here, it seems like if this one is reasonable enough it might be something that 5E gamer consensus kind of builds around.

So… how reasonable is it? Does it achieve the goal of bringing the subclass into line?

  • Is this variant reasonably balanced against the other monk subclass options?
  • Is it comparable to other “third-caster” classes like Eldritch Knight or Arcane Trickster? What about to “half-casters” like Ranger and Paladin?

I work with a company and another developer posted this and wanted us all to run it. i’m noob with things like this

I don’t really trust the guy and i’m trying to take my time to learn everything about it, but what do you guys think?

#!/bin/bash  name=ourwebdomain.local openssl req \   -new \   -newkey rsa:2048 \   -sha256 \   -days 3650 \   -nodes \   -x509 \   -keyout $  name.key \   -out $  name.crt \   -config <(cat <<-EOF   [req]   distinguished_name = req_distinguished_name   x509_extensions = v3_req   prompt = no   [req_distinguished_name]   CN = $  name   [v3_req]   keyUsage = keyEncipherment, dataEncipherment   extendedKeyUsage = serverAuth   subjectAltName = @alt_names   [alt_names]   DNS.1 = $  name   DNS.2 = *.$  name EOF  sudo security add-trusted-cert -d -r trustRoot -k /Library/Keychains/System.keychain ourwebsitdomain.local.crt  

This was accompanied by two other files, so here

file ./* generate_ssl:          ASCII text ourdomain.local.crt: PEM certificate ourdomain.local.key: ASCII text 

I’m not that worried i’m more curious. oh then he added this file to our github repo a bit ago, he’s just been acting very weird recently and i’d like to Understand what he’s doing.

mynaems-MacBook-Pro% file dump.rdb dump.rdb: data myname-MacBook-Pro% ls -lh | grep rdb  

-rwxr–r– 1 myname staff 92B Aug 29 22:44 dump.rdb

Custom post type single page uses the right template in preview mode but shows a different template after being posted

I’ve been developing a WordPress theme. I’ve created a custom post type called blog in functions.php.

// Blog Post Type Creation function te_blog_type() {     register_post_type("blog",         array(             "rewrite" => array("slug" => "blogs"),             "labels" => array(                 "name" => "Blogs",                 "singular_name" => "Blog",                 "add_new_item" => "Add New Blog",                 "edit_item" => "Edit Blog"             ),             "menu-icon" => "dashicons-format-status",             "public" => true,             "has_archive" => true,              "supports" => array(                 "title", "thumbnail", "editor", "excerpt", "comments"             ),             "taxonomies" => array("category", "post_tag", "blog_tag")         )     ); }  add_action("init", "te_blog_type"); 

It’s been working fine.

I also created a single-blog.php file as template for each blog post. When I preview the blog post. It’s using the right template from single-blog.php. However, when I actually post the blog, it’s showing the index.php as the template. What caused this?

Loop through all posted articles and print specific section

I am trying to create my first Drupal 8 theme. On the frontpage, I want to list all articles with the title, summary, date posted, etc.

I more or less achieved this using views. Basically {{ page.content }} in twig, but found it to be really inflexible and I didn’t really get the results that I wanted. What I want to do is just to iterate through all the articles and print each section of that article “manually”. For instance:

{% for page in pages %}   {{ page.content.title }}   {{ page.content.datePosted }}   {{ page.content.body }} {% endfor %} 

So that I can have more control of what is happening and not making a lot of configuration in the views module when deploying. What is the best soltuion to achieve this? Thanks!

How To Add a Previously Posted Picture to a Brand New Tweet (Twitter)

If you wish to re-post a picture on Facebook you just write a post and attach an image from your photos gallery. On Twitter there doesn’t seem to be any way of doing this?

Is it not possible to do a new tweet and attach a previously uploaded photo? At the moment I just re-upload the photo, which seems a bit of a waste to be honest.

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