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    Today, 06:33 AM
    Rodrigo had no intention to deceive... and he was not the best of diplomat. He tried to appear friendly and nonthreatening, while trying to determine their intentions. Insight check at the lobster people: 1D20+4 = +4 = 5 Their faces were... utterly alien. OOC: the only choice Rodrigo's decent at and this... ah well :P
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:19 AM
    Kalorn smiled savagely as he cleaved the wight in half. He didn't finish the cursing ritual - there was no need, the creature hadn't even penetrated his defenses. He wondered idly if its sword was worth anything, and he surveyed the battlefield. He was in a ... tricky spot. Difficult to move around. It would take too long to reach down. He had to act now... and he could. His eyes widened...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 09:05 AM
    :/ I honestly couldn't manage that (then again I started playing rimworld and that's eating a lot of my time). I play in one face to face game weekly, and I run a face to face game bi-weekly. One thing I do ask is... don't pull an earlybird and vanish. Better to drop a few games than just vanish - heck if you drop all of them say something. Like... is he dead? :(
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 06:35 AM
    I hope you can manage to pull together, this is getting interesting! Workload is why I've put off starting my own campaign. I don't know how you manage 3 at once...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:40 PM
    .... I think that you are in the wrong thread ? Lol
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:13 PM
    ... did I missed something? I don't see any new posts...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 05:49 AM
    "I can provide overwatch as well - I'm nowhere near the archer miss Imogen is, but I can use a crossbow, and I know how to move quietly" Making some local allies - or at the very least, making clear to them we are not foes or invaders, could be beneficial. Well done Harb - and thank you Qawasha. And... probably they won't know anything about the soulmonger but... maybe they will
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    Probably, but that applies to a lot of low level foes... Anyway, if Mord shatters the ice it could slow the giant down, although the wights are going down fast so maybe it won't be needed?
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 07:30 PM
    I had no idea... huh. I wonder why they added that to skeletons. Lack of organs?
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 01:59 PM
    Knowledge is power.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 01:18 AM
    I basically was asking if you could cast this all day long - yes the save DC is a limit, but you could spend 12 hours scrying a large area....
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:02 PM
    Hello So I was looking at that item last night. Is there no limits to its use or did I experience a serious reading failure?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 07:41 AM
    I'm asking in case the wight is dead (Kalorn did hit it really hard) and if it's possible to move after. Would it be dex or athletic check? Worse case scenario he can blast foes from up there, but he's better up close.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 06:04 AM
    Well, I gambled by going all out "power attack" and managed to roll decent - let's see if it pans out! How difficult is the terrain - to reach other wights, or go down the cliff?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:59 AM
    Rodrigo pursed his lips "unless there is some difficulty with going west, I would rather avoid potential conflict..."
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 01:33 AM
    OOC: Kalorn can't really help with Sesto, so I'll post his little duel with the wight leader - I completely agree that Sesto needs to be resolved asap. Kalorn snarled at the wight - "You should have stayed dead". He had the creature's measure - it didn't feel pain, but it had lost some of its self preservation instincts, and he used his swifter blade to deliver two powerful sweeping...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 08:22 PM
    So the way I see it, there are 3 important things we need to do 1: Stop Sesto from sinking into the abyss. Prickly Pear , what would happen if you cast water walk? Fradak, can that board go under water? Anyone else have a trick? :/ 2: Slow down that skeleton giant - we don't need it dead right now, just delayed. 3: Focus fire. We've done 120 points of damage in one round...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 07:17 PM
    quite note: Kalorn has only taken temp damage, and although there is not much left of it, the next hit will also inflict 15 dmg to the wight (resisted for half, but still!)
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 03:18 AM
    Rodrigo inhaled sharply as the cool yet sharp power of Chrysagon. "Praise to Kelemvor brother Chrysagon, the foul ague has been driven away!" His eyes were clear and his hands were steady. "I hope I won't have to... but I can fight again" "I will take some of that repelent -let's not take the gods' gifts for granted" - added Rodrigo. Once this was done, he prepared his crossbow and took...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 05:43 PM
    It looked to me like they were at the same altitude level? Perhaps he can hit the head and shoulders of the giant, depending on how tall it is?
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 05:47 PM
    I think everyone went?
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 06:25 AM
    I knew paladins could, I just wasn't sure if it was possible at level 3 - such a good class! Thanks for taking the time, and I hope things quiet down a bit
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:22 PM
    I sure hope that Chrysagon can use cure disease with his lay on hands :O
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 04:52 AM
    Rodrigo felt terrible. His hands were unsteady - how could he fight like this? How could he spot an enemy? "Master Qawasha, Brother Chrysagon, if you have some remedy against this ague... we are terribly vulnerable here" OOC: I'm supposing that we are taking a short rest here. Rodrigo will use second wind Second wind on the rocky outcropping : 1D10+3 = +3 = 10 HP is now full.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:39 AM
    "I'm sure you would have done the same for me" answered Rodrigo. "Well fought, everyone. The blessing of the gods was with us, but it is nothing without courage." He closed his eyes as a wave of fatigue hit him. Now that the adrenaline was gone, he felt the heat even more. What was wrong with him? He could see it in the others too. He wiped his blades carefully and slowly sheathed them....
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 09:21 PM
    Re skeletons in 5e: It varies slightly from edition to edition, but in 5e skeletons aren't mindless. They can solve basic problems and have an int of 6. Zombies are still complete imbeciles though. This means that the mordguard won't do bonehead mistakes (ha!)... but neither will our foes.
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 05:57 PM
    I'm not sure if you are kidding or not, but he's "south" of the leader (ac14), not in the middle of the bunch. Shatter isn't very big so... I'm also reaaally feeling the low spell slot limit. I'm already out of warlock slots!
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 05:38 PM
    Just keep Kalorn out of it :P
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 08:07 AM
    OOC: Kalorn's thinking was that you usually need water walking 1 second before you fall overboard... but he didn't make his thinking clear so it's ok! OOC2: Question 3: Is Zander not with us? Kalorn snorted when he saw the undead figure and prepared himself, drawing his sword. Of course it was undead. No living being would be daft enough to set up an ambush here, but the undead... had...
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    Friday, 26th October, 2018, 11:38 PM
    OOC: Two questions regarding spells "pre cast" 1: I was going to cast Armor of Agathys for this scouting trip as it lasts a while, but I didn't get the chance to declare it... so did I? (if you rule no that's ok) 2: More importantly, do we have water walk from Sesto?
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:33 PM
    You know what to do :P
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:31 PM
    Kalorn's grunted in surprise. "An ambush? Here of all places?!? Maybe it's just a shipwreck survivor. Ah well, let's go check it out."
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:29 PM
    : maaaybe their AC is bad? sometimes a 12 does hit.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 01:29 PM
    Rodrigo glanced around. There were too many foes, and they were too spread out. "FALL BACK! EVERYONE TOGETHER! TO THE DRUID!" He shouted He turned to Wulf "you too, I'll cover you! Ware the gas! Go!" He turned to the raptor in front of them, waited for Wulf to start backing off, and then unleashed a moulinet. Action: He brought his blade crashing down on the beast's head. As it...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 08:58 PM
    Ooc: apart from being threatened, is it possible for Wulf to withdraw? (Is he grappled etc?)
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 08:53 PM
    There could still be trouble ahead, no harm in being cautious :) Did you take photos at the museum?
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 05:13 AM
    "Impressive" said Kalorn. He looked around at the desolate, wintry surface of the glacier. He hoped the dragon couldn't hear the rumble of the ship on ice at a great distance - would the sound carry? "Well, I suppose we should press on ahead and scout. I don't think my bat will fare well in this weather. Lorenn, what about your familiar?"
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 06:56 AM
    Kalorn did not flinch from the cold, nor the rowing. Let them think it was because he was tough, or spell-bound... it was true wasn't it? No need to boast of the sword's protective magic. Still... He had to admit, this was a fierce environment. He checked on the others to make sure they were coping with the cold ok - particularly Lorenn, who he suspected would make jokes and freeze solid...
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 06:34 AM
    Well, for once, Rodrigo's dice didn't suck. 27 damage in one round? Very respectable!
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 06:32 AM
    Rodrigo took a brief moment to look around. He didn't like what he saw - it was time to strike quickly so the others could relieve pressure. He wasn't sure how long his energy would last. Action surge vs raptor blessed action surge vs raptor: 1D20+5+1D4 = +5+ = 23 1D20+5+1D4 = +5+ = 24 Rodrigo danced around the beast - it wasn't an undead - it had self preservation, it had...
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 06:18 AM
    OOC: Busy weekend sorry about that - aaaaand then EN world crashed as I was writing this post! Luckily I was able to save it. This is only the first part - save and reaction - but since I couldn't see the forum anymore I saved it and stopped writing. Actual action post to follow asap! Rodrigo wiped his brow. He was tired - so tired. Why was the heat getting to him so much? His homeland...
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    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 08:03 PM
    Go ahead
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    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 07:36 PM
    Ooc: got one name wrong oops :(
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    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 05:35 PM
    During this time, Kalorn had a few things to say to a few people First, he conveyed his appreciation and respect to the northerners "I see that Imani was very wise in choosing your ship - our chances of success will be much greater than with a big lumbering sailing ship - add to that the courage and experience of your crew and we'll be fine" He did his best to help prepare - he was no...
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 02:01 PM
    Ooc: we need to 1: confer with Imani - at least update him 2: get supplies 3: get a ship. I'm imagining that we will use the same crew but that isn't guaranteed 4: ask what does our northern guide think of this?
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 01:24 PM
    You should buy this book. It's the best D&D supplement I've bought *in my entire life*. The reason I want to do this is two-fold 1: try PbP GMing 2: I want to publish a small adventure and this would be a second playtest. I've never published an adventure before (and I'm not sure I will anyway, there are all sorts of issues...) but this is one step on the process :)
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 05:26 AM
    I'm considering running a small yoon-suin game ...
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 05:18 AM
    Hmmm... Healer feat would help... but it's a bit of a hit having to take it.
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 01:24 PM
    Re buying potions: Can tglassy 's Primus heal? I already have six, and I know that Mord can heal a *little* bit, but if Sesto is our only healer...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 02:48 PM
    Warpiglet replied to Green hag CR
    I actually have a green hag as a main villain right now...she is posing as a good religious figure in exile. I don't plan to make it easy. First, she will have minions. Secondly, she is hard to track! If she goes invisible and runs, the party better have a good plan to catch her! A big greatsword does little to someone who is no longer there. I don't think they are all that tough frankly. ...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 02:08 PM
    Con save vs bugs: 1D20+4 = +4 = 5 By the gods!!!
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 02:04 PM
    Rodrigo frowned. His father had told him how superstitious the locals could be... and that not all those superstitions were bogus. Why is that a bad omen? More at risk from those flying lizards?
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:32 AM
    Kalorn nodded again to the Archmage, a bit deeper this time. "You will find that he has a rare mix of boldness and caution. Has good instinct." He gave Luko another coin - gold this time "Good luck kid. Keep using that noggin of yours, and you'll make it". He turned to the others. It was time to confer with Imani. He wondered if they would hire the same ship? The oars might be...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:20 AM
    You know, if Luko goes with Imani, and it doesn't quite work out, there is one mentor that Kalorn hasn't thought of - Udit... if anyone can teach that kid how to stay alive, Udit can!
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Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 02:15 AM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (IC) Fitz's Folly
    Harb & Wulf vs Raptor1 & Raptor2 Harb rushed through the grass and struck one of the creatures with his quaterstaff, then disappeared into the grass again. It stumbled, steadying itself with its tail and at first it seemed to follow him, but it suddenly dashed sideways and went around him, leaping through the air to scratch at Rodrigo instead. Harb's foot broke through some thick sod and he stepped in some sort of hidden puddle. Trapped gas erupted from the ground and clouded around him, choking his air and blurring his vision. Wulf Rygor drew his sword and said, too late, "Beware the gas pockets!" Then one of the creatures leapt on him and bit and scratched at him as he stabbed at it in turn, barely holding his ground. Unfortunately, Harb stopped his movement right where he shouldn't have. Wulf is already down to 3 HP. These things are tougher than I thought. @Ancalagon hasn't posted for Rodrigo yet, BTW. Damage Taken: (BGs) Raptor1 11; Raptor2 8 (PCs) Harb 1 poison (dc12 Con Save or gain the poisoned condition); Rodrigo 7 (dc12 Str Save or you fall prone & it bites you for another 5 damage) (NPCs) Wulf 8 & 5 Wulf vs Raptor2 Attack: 1D20+5 = [8]+5 = 13 1D6+3 = [5]+3 = 8 1D20+5 = [2]+5 = 7 1D6+3 = [2]+3 = 5 Raptor2 vs Wulf. Ouch. Attack: 1D20+4 = [9]+4 = 13 1D8+2 = [6]+2 = 8 1D20+4 = [1]+4 = 5 1D8+2 = [7]+2 = 9 1D20+4 = [17]+4 = 21 1D8+2 = [3]+2 = 5 Wulf's Strength Save (made it) Check: 1D20+1 = [16]+1 = 17 Raptor1 vs Rodrigo Attack: 1D20+4 = [7]+4 = 11 1D8+2 = [5]+2 = 7 1D20+4 = [20]+4 = 24 1D8+2 = [5]+2 = 7 1D20+4 = [3]+4 = 7 1D8+2 = [4]+2 = 6 Extra bite attack if Rodrigo falls prone... Attack: 2D20.HIGH(1)+4 = [19, 9]+4 = 23 1D8+2 = [3]+2 = 5 Swamp Gas vs Harb Hazard: 1D8 = [1] = 1

Monday, 8th October, 2018

  • 04:19 AM - Kobold Stew mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Sounds good -- having Dellrak could be useful, but if it's easier for you we can leave him in the camp for now and hope for a player soon. Also -- happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving to all (but especially FitzTheRuke and Ancalagon

Sunday, 9th September, 2018

  • 11:07 AM - Kobold Stew mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Ancalagon Yes, I understand and accept all that. You, as a player, know what happened and have been told what I am thinking. FitzTheRuke Yes, this is also true. Other Sticks had suspicions (or have said they had suspicions) of him, too. Miss Imogen has not betrayed any of the PCs. gargoyleking I don't know what "played her hand way too early" means. We've been with these characters a calendar year at this point. Whatever in-game time has passed, I do not agree that a year into play there is not the opportunity for a significant character choice. No one is discussing my proposal that we keep the ring but not wear it. I also do not have clear indications on whether you want me to walk back the hiding of the ring. Whatever happens, she is not going to lie about it: she will say it is hidden, or she will say that she has it but believes it is better not being worn with us than being worn by Cimber.

Friday, 7th September, 2018

  • 10:04 PM - Prickly Pear mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    @Ancalagon, No, I didn't include Disciple of Life. That would be an extra 5 HP healing but... it wouldn't matter in this case. Lorenn is fully healed. There is another question though, and I struggle with it. Blessed Healer... when Sesto casts a healing spell, Sesto gains HP equal to 2+spell level. In this case it would be 5 HP. But the spell causes damage and then Sesto heals himself??? @FitzTheRuke, how do you rule? Did Sesto lose 20 HP or just 15 HP? DISCIPLE OF LIFE Also starting at 1st level, your healing spells are more effective. Whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore hit points to a creature, the creature regains additional hit points equal to 2 + the spell's level. BLESSED HEALER Beginning at 6th level, the healing spells you cast on others heal you as well. When you cast a spell of 1st level or higher that restores hit points to a creature other than you, you regain hit points equal to 2 + the spell's level. LIFE TRANSFERENCE 3rd-level necromancy Casting Time: 1 a...

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

  • 01:15 PM - Oofta mentioned Ancalagon in post Extreme self-preservation
    ...just interested in why people make choices to limit class/race abilities. In the immediate case, there's no abuse that I can see -- it's not the only effective method, it's not overly effective, and it brings the rogue class damage up to expectations. I'm actually recently playing in a friend's game who is a long time player in my games. He's nerfed hiding in combat to 'you cannot hide in combat.' He reasons are that he just doesn't like hiding in combat for reasons. I think it's because he doesn't like one of the other players who usually plays rogues and is always hiding -- even to the point of running away to hide at critical moments. Regardless, I haven't extracted a different answer from him other than "I don't like how player Y is always hiding', and we've been gaming together for almost 20 years. If you want your peccadilloes, I really have no leg to stand on to question them, so thanks for indulging me. What is allowed as "distracted" is of course a spectrum. Like Ancalagon, I allow it once but then you have to move around. That's quite a bit different from banning hiding altogether. I just think there has to be a healthy balance. If rogues needed advantage to get sneak attack I might change my ruling to make the class viable. They don't.

Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

  • 06:39 AM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Ancalagon Yeah I'm okay with you changing your turn in this case - you'd rushed it before and I hadn't resolved it yet anyway. So no problem, your second post will stand. How'd the wife do at her event? EarlyBird What's Dellrak up to?

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Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 09:44 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned Ancalagon in post "Run away! Run away!" ... what if they don't?
    BUT... what if they don't? Late to the party, but I'd have them turn to the beginning of the PHB and follow the step-by-step instructions for creating new characters. Good discussion Ancalagon - thanks for getting it going!
  • 06:23 PM - Satyrn mentioned Ancalagon in post "Run away! Run away!" ... what if they don't?
    What started me down this avenue of the comversation is that so many were advising @Ancalagon in response to his OP to go with a TPK. To me, that seems a bit extreme. Especially since he ends his post asking for ways to avoid drastic measures to save the party. I think we were advising him not to hold back on a TPK if that's where the dice actually lead. I was anyway. The scenario he provided in the OP read to me to be of the sort where (by player and DM decisions, good and bad) all previous decisions have led up to the moment where the dragon's breath weapon is charged and the players are huddled together, clutching their last hp, and Ancalagon's asking "should the dragon breathe on them?" "It probably should - unless it's a forgiving dragon" is what I'm saying. At this point, a TPK is a reasonable ending, and pulling the trigger is a fine choice. Indeed, not pulling it might prove quite unsatisfying for the players, especially if it comes across as the DM saving the party.
  • 12:55 AM - hawkeyefan mentioned Ancalagon in post "Run away! Run away!" ... what if they don't?
    ...tually pretty hard to come by, if one happens it's really just not a big deal. The backup characters come in, very little effort is lost, and we're back at it within minutes. Yeah, my views are geared toward my style of play, or at least a game similar in style. We play a very story heavy game. To clarify, the story is based on ideas the players have brought to the game in addition to some Iíve brought as DM. The story does emerge through play, but thereís a good deal of effort put in by all. So the idea of a TPK seems totally negative. I think it would have to somehow add more to the campaign than it takes away in order to be worth it. And I have a hard time seeing how that could be. Now that doesnít mean that this is true of all games and all players or DMs. Iíve played in games that were very differemt in style, and where the lethality of the game is ramped up. That can be fun, of course. What started me down this avenue of the comversation is that so many were advising Ancalagon in response to his OP to go with a TPK. To me, that seems a bit extreme. Especially since he ends his post asking for ways to avoid drastic measures to save the party.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

  • 05:07 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Ancalagon in post "Run away! Run away!" ... what if they don't?
    ...mon' in as much as any of them can be. As a DM, my hands are virtually tied. And, IMNSHO, any DM that 'downgrades' or 'upgrades' creatures in some area/adventure to be compatible (re: "balanced") to the players PC's is doing a serious disservice to both his players and himself. But then again...I'm old and crotchety like that! ;) ^_^ Paul L. Ming No where did I say that the characters should never run into anything beyond them from a combat perspective. In fact, I am all for that idea. However, if they choose to engage such a creature, I think that a TPK is probably too harsh of a punishment. Especially since the DM has directly contributed to what happened. And for what itís worth, I think that a TPK is just as much a punishment for the DM as the players in a lot of ways. Iím not advocating going easy on the PCs or always keeping encounters as level appropriate. I think Iíve been clear on that. I just think people are being a bit overzealous with offering a TPK as a solution to Ancalagonís problem. The DM can have the PCs face repurcussions of their bad decisions without the need to resort to a TPK. Especially when the DM contibuted to the situation. Denying the DMís responsibility because his ďhabds are tiedĒ is a bit silly. No, theyíre really not. The DM can establish if and when and why and how an encounter happens. And with whom. Again, if the players make foolish decisions like attacking creatures that are too dangerous for them, yes I think they should face the consequences. I just donít think the consequence needs to be a TPK. There are other less harsh and wasteful ways to handle it.

Monday, 25th June, 2018

  • 01:58 AM - Charlaquin mentioned Ancalagon in post What was the big difference between 4e and "essentials"?
    ... beginning of the end, or maybe the "hail mary" pass at the end. Essentials may have been a mistake, but it definitely wasn't back peddling from the original design goals of 4e. As Jester David pointed out, it was actually closer to the original design goals of 4e. It's just that by the time it came out, most of the 4e fandom was already invested in the pre-Essentials design. That said, I would definitely use Essentials exclusively as a "Basic" version of the game today for friends and family who are more casual players, and reserve 4e Core for the more hardcore table. Either way, still my edition of choice. But like the peas and gravy on my plate, I like to keep them separate. While I agree that pre-essentials 4e and post-essentials 4e are both great and best kept separate, I wouldn't necessarily label Essentials as the "basic" version of the more "hardcore" 4e. It was marketed that way, but that was one of the many mistakes that were made with Essentials. To answer your question, Ancalagon, Essentials was basically 4.5e, branded as 4e lite, and touted as back-compatible with 4.0e. As much as I love it, it was a complete and utter marketing debacle.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018


Sunday, 10th June, 2018

  • 06:58 PM - Lanefan mentioned Ancalagon in post Post your oldest PC!
    Ancalagon - around when was Ajax Vornfell in play? I ask because you've got the stats in S-D-C-I-W-Ch order which I somehow remember as being more a 3e thing, yet that looks like a 1e or early 2e-era sheet. Lanefan

Sunday, 27th May, 2018

  • 05:10 PM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    (RG) Rise of the Dracolich: Imani's Tower (IC) Rise of the Dracolich I may be a sucker for punishment, but I'm gonna do it. This is a thread to discuss the possibilities of a sequel to my Vault of the Dracolich game. It's probably full, as I will give dibs to the players of that game, but if enough of them are tapped for games I will open up a spot or two. (Let me know if you're new to it and want dibs on any spot that opens up.) This will be a mashup of stuff pulled mostly from Rise of Tiamat, mixed with some other stuff. @Ancalagon @EarlyBird @Fradak @gargoyleking @Prickly Pear @tglassy You are all, of course, invited to play, but you are under no obligation to. If you've got enough on your plate already, and (like me) were looking forward to the break when Vault ended, feel free to drop out. We can always work you in again at another time, too, if you like. We will be starting at level 8. In most cases, I assume that will mean levelling up your current Vault character, but feel free to make a new character. 500gp budget and 1 uncommon item. Array stats, but feel free to move a point or two here and there with point-buy. I will make a new RG, but for now, let's just talk about who's in, and who you want to play. (I would like a bit of a break, so I don't think we will actually start until August, but you never know. I'm obviously already thinking about it more than I should.)

Saturday, 26th May, 2018


Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 02:16 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Ancalagon in post [5e] QL's Al-Qadim Game
    Thateous Shayuri VLAD the Destroyer Ancalagon tglassy Matthan So sorry about the delay on my end! This time of year I normally go through a crunch with architecture school, but it was compounded by starting a new internship. I'll be getting back to posting again soon, figuring out what rate I can manage with my new schedule. Looking forward to resuming our Al-Qadim game :) Since the old thread subscription notification system we used to have on ENWorld seems indefinitely down, I'm going to get in the habit of tagging you in posts. Feel free to tag me too. If, for any reason, you wish to drop the game or not to be tagged just let me know. ART! I'd need to confer with other players first. We do have a pretty solid group of 6 great players, but I've run for 7 before. We're kinda just getting back into the swing of things. Mea culpa. And thank you Shayuri for reaching out to me!

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 07:38 AM - Coroc mentioned Ancalagon in post Help Me balance a fight vs BBEG
    Ancalagon hm the warlocks fear could work, the other things are just nice Gimmicks except the wand of negation. But do take into account that your Players might estimate the Situation wrong and not apply the perfect tactic obvious to you, because you have more insight as being the creator of that Encounter. If this is the final fight of the final session of a campaign then the Setup is ok, even with the gate Thing. If not then it is to hard.

Thursday, 3rd May, 2018

  • 07:17 AM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Vault of the Dracolich 5E (Full)
    The Spiritual Weapon stayed up above. I'm afraid it would take forever to call it down at 20' per bonus action. Sesto's mace is in the Dracolich's bones. Might be tricky to get it... Preserve life will heal her, yes. She needs to get out of the toxic mud, or she just keeps getting knocked out again. Ancalagon is right about Udit's Haste move, though. His Speed is doubled, making it 60 feet. He moves 60 feet, then spends his action to Dash 60 feet, then his cunning bonus action to Dash 60 feet, THEN his Haste Action to Dash 60 feet. 240 feet. Crazy, I know.


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Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 09:45 PM - Skywalker quoted Ancalagon in post Esper Genesis: Sci-Fantasy for 5E
    How does it compare to Star Wars Saga edition? ... could it be used to run a star wars game? Esper Genesis is based on D&D5e. As such, if you know D&D5e and Star Wars Saga Edition, you should be able to make that comparison. Esper Genesis by default doesn't include all of Star Wars's setting conceits. Though Sentinels and Adepts may match some ideas of the Force, Esper Genesis is more gonzo space opera than Star Wars with Melders able to alter reality itself, Cybermancer able to hack reality, and Engineers capable of technical feats that are beyond what we see in Star Wars . As such, you will need to hack some of the system, especially around the Force and EG's magic using classes, to make it work. On saying that, if you wanted to run a Star Wars like space opera game, without being an exact match, then I think EG works very well. Mechanically, Star Wars Saga Edition suffered somewhat from not being tested enough and having clunky vestigial elements of D&D3e. If you have an issu...

Thursday, 8th November, 2018


Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

  • 01:58 AM - Hawk Diesel quoted Ancalagon in post Crystal ball: unlimited power?
    I basically was asking if you could cast this all day long - yes the save DC is a limit, but you could spend 12 hours scrying a large area.... You could, but what would be the point of that? Seems like a boring way to spend playing the game. That's a situation when I as a DM might hand wave the plot forward, or provide the other players an opportunity to do their own downtime activities. Or maybe even use Sending Stones to allow the one using the Crystal Ball to be the "eye in the sky" to warn players about threats or have books ready to provide Intel.

Monday, 5th November, 2018

  • 06:32 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Well, I gambled by going all out "power attack" and managed to roll decent - let's see if it pans out! How difficult is the terrain - to reach other wights, or go down the cliff? It's an ice-slope of about 45 degrees. It's hard as hell to get around on. Think of it this way: the white parts are flat(ish); the grey parts are steep. Moving almost anywhere at all will require checks. DCs won't be terribly high (mostly because I believe that bad rolls make moderate dc's hard enough to make), but failing could have damaging consequences.

Saturday, 27th October, 2018

  • 05:41 PM - gargoyleking quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Just keep Kalorn out of it :PI think he just teleported into the middle of the shatter spell area I had in mind?
  • 03:34 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (IC) Rise of the Dracolich
    This should be ooc. I thought it was when I replied... OOC: Two questions regarding spells "pre cast" 1: I was going to cast Armor of Agathys for this scouting trip as it lasts a while, but I didn't get the chance to declare it... so did I? (if you rule no that's ok) 2: More importantly, do we have water walk from Sesto? 1: Sure. 2: I can't imagine why he would have cast water walk. You are walking on solid ice. I mean, sure, it would help you if you fell into the Narwhal's hole, but you had no reason to expect that would happen. I think it would have most likely been wasted, but if you want to argue otherwise, I'll certainly consider it.

Thursday, 25th October, 2018


Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 05:54 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (IC) Fitz's Folly
    Apart from being threatened, is it possible for Wulf to withdraw? (Is he grappled etc?) He could disengage if you tell him to get out of there.

Friday, 19th October, 2018


Thursday, 11th October, 2018

  • 07:11 PM - Blue quoted Ancalagon in post A Change of Discussion
    I would say that building a character only geared towards combat is a "trap option" I recently made an EK/hexblade. In general the gish needs his magic to make himself better in combat, but I made sure to take some spells and invocation that had utility too. Find familiar, suggestion, illusions... He could have been more combat focused, but that is less fun overall imo. I agree that a character built only around combat is a "trap option". Unfortunately, I think a character built to be able to do everything is also a trap option. Because D&D is a cooperative, team-based game. And unfortunately combat is designed around all characters contributing synergistically, many of the other pillars of the game are not, and have little mechanical benefit from more then 1-2 who are good at a particular task. For example, having a party of five who are all at the "very good" level of tracking is barely better than having one very good and one who can use the aid another (well, the non-combat version o...
  • 02:25 PM - Fradak quoted Ancalagon in post (IC) Fitz's Folly
    OOC: wut? I think Perne sends some members of the Gauntlet back to Port Nyanzaru and as Chrysagon write his report regularly, he asked for a delivery. Or maybe I missed something?

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

  • 09:23 AM - Kobold Stew quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Why are you in Greece for a year? That sounds awesome.It's pretty great. We're based in Athens, with a fair bit of travelling. I'm on sabbatical, and so I'm here teaching a class and writing a book! Welcome aboard, KahlessNestor -- glad you are here. Miss Imogen has been focused almost exclusively on ranged, so Delrak as a switch-hitter is about right, I think. Better weapon than longbow, at least until Level 5 when Extra Attack kicks in, and that can be handled by taking crossbow expert at level 4, if I want, unless you need the extra 50í range, but I find that rare. though I probably wonít go crossbow expert. and speaking of level 4... (?)

Monday, 8th October, 2018

  • 05:08 PM - Kobold Stew quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    True story: I'm an apple pie judge. I've judge about 120-150 pies by now. That's an unusual hobby! How does one get that gig (he asks, considering a career change)?

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018


Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

  • 07:44 PM - fredpag3 quoted Ancalagon in post Swashbuckling Rogue / College of Swords Bard
    Oh! And if the musical aspect of the bard is important to you, consider the entertainer background as a substitute :)I took far traveler. So my Eladrin character is proficient with the Pan flute.
  • 07:30 PM - fredpag3 quoted Ancalagon in post Swashbuckling Rogue / College of Swords Bard
    Your spellcasting stat is important, but it's mostly for the spell DC. If you aren't casting that type of spells, then a high int isn't needed. Of course, you are free to make the PC you want... but a single class arcane trickster works very well indeed.Makes sense. I'll consider it too. Thanks!
  • 06:55 PM - fredpag3 quoted Ancalagon in post Swashbuckling Rogue / College of Swords Bard
    Arcane trickster will also give you rogue skills and magic. You still have the basic rogue chassis which by itself is enough to swash buckles: it's 90% attitude, not class features, that makes the swashbuckler what they are :)Ya I was looking at the Trickster too. The only issue I found is that it uses int for spell casting. Since I wanted to do something with high Charisma taking the Bard levels lets me spell cast with that. But I agree most of the character will come out in RP.
  • 04:58 PM - gargoyleking quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Those are some big coins! Although I do remember that value now that you mention it... did it change in 5e?It doesn't take a lot of metal to weigh a pound. (About 3 cubic inches.
  • 03:54 PM - ChaosGenerators quoted Ancalagon in post 5E Adventuring Party Generator
    Neat! Although sometimes the group lacks coherence... I'm thinking about doing something around roles or a central alignment. Although many groups seem to lack coherence too!

Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 07:59 PM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Hey, the price of things is usually pretty inforced! Incidentally, it took 14 tons of copper to plate a 74-gun ship of the line, but those ships were very large. 10 tons is a reasonable amount to sheathe a few ships of more modest size, so that part holds. ;) Checking my math, are you?


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