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    Today, 10:15 PM
    So about what just happened with the troll - there is no point in casting shield for Kalorn since it's a critical (a hit so fast and true a warding spell is impossible!), but I have a few questions. 1: So I'm not entirely sure on the timing - does Kalorn get healed first then hurt, does it all sort of happen at the same time? In other words, did I take a net of 4 or 12 points of damage? ...
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    Today, 09:23 AM
    "I too am loathe to grab that canoe if it isn't ours... ah Master Dellrack, if only we had a flying ship! I wonder if that wreck up on the trees was one of those...."
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    Today, 01:17 AM
    That is what my previous post was about lol
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    So btw, I will be on the road for a bit over a week, so my posting will be a bit inconsistent. Sorry about that. Anyway, my character has a slight preference to pushing on, and also wants to know our guide's opinion, but if the group wants to go back to the port, he will go with that too.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    So btw, I will be on the road for a bit over a week, so my posting will be a bit inconsistent.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    That's not quite the same - you are talking about fitting withing "regions" vs fittings into a setting. Since FR is a "everything and the kitchen sink" setting, I can see the artificer working *somewhere*....
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Let's test this Testing an attack (that 2 handed critical hit): 1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+8 27 I'm not sure I'm getting the synthax right, but the basic functionality seems there? test 2 (lots of d6s): 1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2+1d6ro2 41 No I think it's good. You reroll 1 or 2, but if you get a 1 or 2 the second time, you keep it, so it makes sense...
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    Yesterday, 07:25 PM
    I think that you crossed the streams, worlds colliding and all that :) .
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    Yesterday, 04:33 AM
    I will have to test this after this debacle.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 AM
    I will have to test this after this debacle.
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    Yesterday, 12:24 AM
    It was manageable with coyote code...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 07:42 PM
    Because of the greater weapon fighting style. I get to reroll any 1 or 2s. For example, if I were to toll 3d6 and get a total of 9, maybe I rolled 3, 3, and 3 (no rerolls) or I rolled 6, 2, 1 (2 rerolls).
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 07:03 PM
    welcome back Charwoman Gene ! :) I am very sorry for the mess of posts - I know it's not pretty, but I hope it's clear at least. To make the others' turn clearer, I humbly suggest finding out if troll 1 bites the dust or not....
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:54 PM
    OOC So now I get to reroll dice. Here is the final damage tally: Troll 1 damage: Attack 1 = 19 + + Attack 2 =14 + Troll 2 damage Attack 1 = that's a miss right? Attack 2 = damage: 24
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:50 PM
    Ok, again... Troll 1 damage: Attack 1 Because of hexblade's curse, this is a critical 8 + + + + Attack 2: 8 + + Troll 2 damage Attack 1: that's a miss right? Attack 2 damage 15 + +
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:41 PM
    OOC: This is going to be a bit complicated, because the sequence of event is going to be important. I'm going to assume that troll 1 (the one closest to Kalorn) will die because of Primus's mind blast. Kalorn will move beyond and attack Troll 2 (who is prone). But if troll 1 isn't down yet, he will attack it, and then move to troll 2 if his first attack kills it... it's complicated :/ ...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 03:52 PM
    The spell storing was done differently in the first version of the class and came online a *lot* sooner. It really allowed the class to do support. I think that of all of the subclasses, the alchemist is the easiest one to put in other campaigns. It really fits well in Yoon Suin for example, which is vastly different from Eberron. The battle Smith could work with some effort , the...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:50 AM
    A possible re-flavor of the battle smith would be a *battle golem*, which can separate in 2 (the iron defender) while the "main golem" blast away from the rear (heavy crossbow with spell on it).
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:48 AM
    To get back on topic... The alchemist has a lot of flavor, but I think there is an issue with their powerful cantrip power, because it's limited to poison and acid cantrips only. It really, *really* should apply to fire. First for thematic reasons (come one, alchemist's fire? Anyone?!?). But also for "gamist" reason. Even when inproved, the acid/poison cantrips can't compete with a...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:45 AM
    In my game, the paladin player had the chance to change to an "arcane gish" - ie a melee focused warlock. I thought he was going to take hexblade but nope, 5 levels fey bladepack with 3 fighter levels (battlemaster).
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:41 AM
    I think what happened is that the "it's visible" got more attention than the distances (due to the curvature of the earth, you can't see that far, but hey, in Faerun it could be different. same way yaks can carry a ton and a half in Golarion). And yes, maps always help.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 05:36 AM
    Ok so I was under the impression we were "close" to the ship, the heart, and close-ish to Omu. After seeing these maps, I see we are quite far. So, reasons to return to Port Nyanzaru: - Resupply - Do research - Report Reasons to keep going: - Go to the Heart of Ubta and the wreck of the star goddess. Because if we come back and go around by ship, then those locations aren't "sort of...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 09:36 PM
    Omu is like 25 ish days away? Dang! And what is Mbala - the place with the terror folks or?
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 05:02 PM
    Thank you. And where are Omu, the ship and the heart on this map?
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:51 PM
    It really would help decide.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 12:45 PM
    I would agree. The alchemist is full of flavor.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:03 PM
    Now with tiny servant, and the ability to "flavor/describe" your spells, I look forward to the iron defender acting like a mothership, deploying swarms of tiny servants.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:57 PM
    "Since we are not moving against the current, a raft might do...." noted Rodrigo.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 06:18 AM
    Is an ogre a character? How many times is its con bonus applied? Once per "level"...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 06:13 AM
    This question was asked here about the homunculus, and there was agreement that the int bonus applies per level. It needs to be clarified.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:59 AM
    Tell me, a level 5 character, how many times do you apply your constitution bonus?
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:47 AM
    That Iron defender is a huge HP bag... Say you have 18 int at level 5, so 5 x (5 + 4 +2) = 55 hp... That's a pretty stout defender.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:43 AM
    Is the multiclass rounding-up only for artificers?
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:36 AM
    Well, I must confess that I wrote that in part to get your attention (success!), and that since I have not read all you posts, I cannot be absolutely certain that this was your wrongest post. Perhaps you claimed that Tiny Servant was a bad spell, for example. We don't know if it's static. It's what the prices are *at the start of the campaign*. If you feel that prices must go up or...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:26 AM
    Has anything changed besides the addition of spells and 2 sub-classes? I, for one, am happy that Tiny Servant has been added to their spell list. Tiny Servant is the best spell in the game. It is known.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 05:49 AM
    I somehow missed this. This is the most wrong you've ever been on this forum. This is "squaredancing with gnomish paladins wrong". The cost of living is *the central economic value* of D&D. Everything else is centered around it. If you don't know the cost of living, and you're being offered 50 gp for a dangerous quest. Is that a lot of money? Who knows!?! The cost of living...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 08:23 PM
    I've been in a game where the bard never used her 3rd level spells because she didn't know she had them. This was not a new character. So we cleared that up... didn't change anything.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:11 PM
    You can't take numbers in an rpg game too seriously, otherwise the moon is a cube in 5e...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:03 PM
    So they were having fun wrong?
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:58 AM
    I've done the math in a previous post, it *absolutely* is worth it. Edit: There you go: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?652011-The-economics-of-Continual-flame
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 04:30 PM
    Hello We all know that the index at the end of the book is... not good. Tiny font, too many cross refferences instead of page numbers etc. So this guy created a mega index: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/267647/The-Mega-Index?term=mega+index&fbclid=IwAR1tG8Ai8Rr6HFF7v-v93eiRyUIiAi4PtBIiD1KnGicIFTpYdmodvH6tGg0 Now this is a *veeery* interesting idea but... is it any good? I'm not...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 09:03 AM
    Chris Perkins hasn't said anything on twitter about it. I can imagine him being asked about it and giving an awkward, pained laugh - what a mess. If it's just a messy divorce, the show will survive. If the allegation about ProJared asking underage women for naked photos are true (and it's not looking good), then maybe not? I'm not sure how easily he could be removed/replaced...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 09:13 PM
    Btw, if you got anything from my answer, I hope it was to look at the backgrounds section. It is very important, easy to overlook, and may be one of the best features of 5e.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 08:22 PM
    I find personal that a one post per week is too slow, but as I haven't run a game yet via this method, perhaps this expectation is unrealistic. The players all over the world is a nice feature indeed! But I would love it if we could play online in real time instead. But given time zones...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 06:02 PM
    "Greetings!" Replied Rodrigo. "... how goes the camp?" As quietly as he could, he said to the others "let's find out what is going on before stepping in shall we? I think coming here was a mistake".
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 05:57 PM
    Indeed. And the character of the dragon is driven by the "character " of the terrain- the forest is depicted as where many fey live, so the dragon too has to be conniving etc...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 04:50 PM
    Terrain (and encounter tables) may have been a consideration. You "need" a dragon for forests, thus you get a green dragon etc.
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 06:06 AM
    I was asking in part on a more meta level. We know we can't do an entire campaign book, it would take us 10 years to finish. So do we want to press on the gas or still have a few episodes?
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 11:06 PM
    So, we should discuss, a bit meta now, as players and GM, what to do next. Should we press on directly to our goal, or should we meander a bit (to get more magic/xp/clues) before that?
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 11:03 PM
    "Some of the greatest tragedies have been when two honorable persons come in conflict because of duty. Avoiding such a conflict is a worthy goal, even if it requires a touch of deception. " He paused and added "are you going to be ok to reach camp without escort?" "But all of this is moot if we don't have the supplies to continue..."
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 09:30 PM
    ....what?!? Who on earth thought that they could bet away with this?!
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 08:48 PM
    Oh RP is super important, if my idea didn't appeal to you, don't use it :) I will note that treantmonk is correct though: in 5e, bards are full spellcasters, and your spells are the best way to battle your foes. You also can use cantrips at will, and unlike previous editions, they can pack a punch.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:27 PM
    Yes! Heck that's a story all by itself! So you *call* yourself a skald, and you even have the entertainer background (BTW, SUPER IMPORTANT: If you are new to 5e, be sure to read the background chapter! It's not just roleplaying fluff, half your skills can come from your background. It's like a mini-class!). You know how to heal, you know how to fight (pact of the blade maybe?), you...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 01:26 PM
    So the fight happened! I went with 3 hill giants. They were up a slope (half speed movement), throwing boulders at random targets (not well coordinated). The Rogue NPC and the Monk absorbed most of the damage (a level 7 monk can deflect missile on a boulder and reduce damage to almost nothing). The hill giants were over-confident and expected the party to flee - they would be happy to...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 06:13 AM
    OOC: I don't think I have to roll for damage here... :/ Kalorn of Mulmaster, the cursed sell-sword (Fighter(eldrich knight) 3/Warlock(hexblade) 5; alt-human, soldier) HP: 62/63, Hit dice: 8/8 Temp HP: 0/7 AC: 16 Temp AC: Passive Perception 15 Saves: Str: +5, Dex: -1, Con: +5, Int: +0 , Wis: +2, Cha: +3 Warlock slots remaining = 1/2. EK slots remaining = 2/2
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 06:10 AM
    Kalorn grunted as the troll barreled into him, but his magical defences absorbed most of the blow. But now they were gone. It was time to hit back, hard. Again, he barked, the old campaigner instincts kicking in. "The one in front! Everyone hit it now. Lokfald, get some oil ready, we need fire!" He didn't feel like Lokfald chucking a javelin in his back - that last one had flown by...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 05:45 AM
    ... are you sure about that?
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 06:15 PM
    Rodrigo nodded. "My father spoke of men - or women - who did not have the years of study of wizards, or the fierce devotions to gods, who came upon their magical powers suddenly, after contact with a powerful magical event. Such things are not unheard of. Perhaps this is why you were able to reject the ring? I have no such magic, only my training - and my faith in my companions. We'll...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 05:55 PM
    I am excited about this 5e conversion, as I'm in a on and off (2 DMs alternating on a 6 month rotation) Kingmaker campaign. My alchemist will be completely different, but I'm OK with that.
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Ok, so Troll 2 is the one that cannon-balled into the party and got hit by an arrow. He should be right besides Sesto and Kalorn, in the N and O rows. However.... ... did you edit the post? I could have *sworn* that troll 3 was listed as in the N-O rows and Troll 2 was back in the I J area? I checked twice? Strange... Ok it's in the right place then. Lastly, I'll note that Troll 2...
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 07:51 AM
    Later, after checking on Chrysagon and Delrak and making sure they had recovered well from their injuries, he approached Miss Imogen while they were breaking camp. "During the battle... I briefly saw you use some sort of icy spell. I know that you don't bear the ring anymore so... what happened? Did some of the ring's power linger?"
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 07:49 AM
    Rodrigo did his morning kinestetics to keep limber. He felt better - it had been tight, but they had been victorious. The lessons of yesterday would be heeded. He asked their companions more details about their mapping and how soon they would be. Afterwards, he conferred with Qawasha: I'm glad you're back with us, we need you out here. Besides, you don't strike me as the type of...
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 06:23 PM
    Reflex save Ooc: I think something is wrong about the position on the map of troll 2 and 3...
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 01:09 PM
    OOC: Before taking the long rest: second wind Rodrigo spent his watch listening intently and watching that damned monkey. He wanted off this mountain. Heck he wanted off this peninsula, but he had things to do... Perception Rodrigo Di Castalone, Human Fighter (battlemaster, criminal(spy)), level 4 HP: 36/36, Hit dice: 4/4 AC: 18 Passive Perception 14
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 05:46 AM
    Rodrigo let out an explosive breath when Harb finally darted forward to the group. "That old lady is a cannibal - the only reason she didn't go after us is that she deems us too dangerous. Let's hurry back to the others, I am wary of leaving them unguarded long." Looking over his shoulder he added "I heard that name too... it's still vague, but it's becoming more solid. A location and a...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 06:41 PM
    Rodrigo felt dubious about the monkey. Hopefully Qawasha could keep it under control? Nevertheless, he nodded gravely at the old woman and said "we thank you for your assistance". As the group started walking away, he heard the old woman mutter and his eyes widened in alarm. Not safe to eat?!! Where was Harb?!? He made an urgent "get over here!" gesture, hoping Harb would see it. As he...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 04:31 PM
    Ooc: Let's see the roll then react
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 05:39 AM
    In the game I run, a few times per adventures is the most accurate description I can give, sorry....
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 05:24 AM
    Rodrigo answered the druid in a low voice. "It's a thin lead... but it's something. Better than tramping around on other people's errands. Do we have the supply to reach that place?" Turning to the strange old woman he bowed again, this time removing his hat. "We thank you for your insight, wise one"
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 01:24 PM
    OOC: Kobold Stew : Rodrigo actually is trailing behind miss Imogen. Rodrigo's eyes snapped at the druid, annoyed with himself that he got it wrong. "And where is this Omu?" He didn't known if this was how it always had been, or if it had been a new development. But still... if someone wanted to intercept souls, placing the soulmonger where the souls tended to go would make it more...
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 05:36 AM
    Rodrigo blinked. Skulls? He was willing to ignore that remark if they could just move on unmolested. He had gotten out of that fight relatively unscathed, but he knew his companions were still feeling it. He winced. Someone with skulls could be some necromancer... or someone who *knew* things. As much as he just wanted to get the heck out of there, they needed infos, clues, leads,...
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 01:07 AM
    You could have them grapple and do damage either way by raw. For extra creep factor have some damage be piercing or slashing via bite. It changes nothing about the challenge rating imho. Got for it.
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 08:08 PM
    OOC: Sooty would definitely back away from these angry looking kobolds!
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 11:36 PM
    There we go - the discussion we had about this a while back: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?633047-Cultures-in-D-amp-D-roleplaying-damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don-t
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 08:51 AM
    Here is what happened in the game I'm playing in - Eladrin and elves are distinct but can interbreed. My character's father was very driven to have an heir, and had a child with an elven sorceress... but the child didn't "turn right" and he abandoned it, in search of a better heir. My character was built using the elven stats, but with partially eladrin parentage. When his father died, his...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 07:17 AM
    The wiki link doesn't seem to work...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 07:13 AM
    I have an extensive setting done like this - using google map and replacing various cultures/groups with D&D races. After discussion with others... it was agreed that it could never, ever be published, because it was guaranteed that someone would find the choices offensive. "How dare you have the turks be hobgoblins!!!" etc etc. So it works, but it has ... pitfalls.
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 06:14 AM
    Haflings. They have sharp knives and are meat pie connoisseurs.
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    Friday, 26th April, 2019, 05:42 AM
    She could be tense because she's afraid - same way *we* are tense. Let's try to move on and not initiate hostilities? But... I think once we are a bit "past" her we should turn around and ask about the death curse, from a distance. If she gets angry, we skedadle.
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 05:44 PM
    Glad to help :)
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 02:58 PM
    Fun suggestion: a lazy troll. He might be upset that his source of food is gone... but the PCs may placate him by feeding him the dead cultists :) . Welcome to EN world!
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 06:10 PM
    Rodrigo came out from behind the wall and gave the old woman a grave bow. "The terror folks sought to oppose our rescue. I am sad to say that some remain, but others will trouble travellers no more. How did you avoid them?" He began following Miss Imogen, attempting to look casual but feeling wary.
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    Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019, 11:10 PM
    Bah, you haven't lived until you have played a gnome ranger as the party tank!
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    This is going to be a very helpful tool for me! Thanks
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    Very cool---looks to be very helpful. I was not aware of these! Much appreciation
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    Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019, 06:34 AM
    Interestingly, my paladin of the ancient player is jumping ship to a hexblade (not multi-classing, changing character entirely!) The cleric is complaining about how now they are going to have to tank and memorize healing spells ha!
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Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 04:51 PM - OlegRu mentioned Ancalagon in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    Yes! Heck that's a story all by itself! So you *call* yourself a skald, and you even have the entertainer background (BTW, SUPER IMPORTANT: If you are new to 5e, be sure to read the background chapter! It's not just roleplaying fluff, half your skills can come from your background. It's like a mini-class!). You know how to heal, you know how to fight (pact of the blade maybe?), you know how to sing... but you have a secret. You really didn't have that *spark* that distinguishes great bards (ie the one with bardic magic) from others. Until one day, you met that mysterious teacher... Thanks for the replies @Paul Farquhar @Zardnaar and @Ancalagon, and all due respect, but I really want to stick to playing a bard and just interested in having him be an archer so that he can deal some attack damage/and survive combat because he's further from the worst monsters. Things like Paladin, Warlock wouldn't match his backstory or the way I want to RP him.

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 06:11 AM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Ancalagon What do you think is wrong with the Trolls' positions? They seem fine to me. (Unless you just mean that I reversed two of the Icons, which is possible. I've done it before.)

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 02:45 PM - Draegn mentioned Ancalagon in post Laziest World Build Ever, For New Players
    For my game world I took a map of Europe from an earlier period. Doggerland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doggerland#/media/File:Doggerland3er_en.png I then modified it, for example, the Iberian peninsula is drawn out to be twice as long and is a group of close set islands. For countries I took historical nation states and altered the spelling of their names. Bryzantium. Some areas were given a Tolkien treatment, Brittany is an elven faerie realm. Four of the seven dwarf realms were taken by dragons or worse. Ancalagon I have the same problem you do. "Why is Libya under the sea?" "Why are the Swedes and Norwegians trolls?"

Saturday, 20th April, 2019

  • 04:22 AM - Blue mentioned Ancalagon in post why paladins (smite) are powerful: action economy efficiency
    ...RY CHARACTER." The Aura is basically a good secondary safe haven for party members. The primary movement objective for the party should always be to try to spread out so they can't be caught in the same enemy AoE, but sometimes in any given round it's not possible, so the Aura makes a nice relatively safe second option for safety. It should not, in any way, encourage the party to bunch up by choice. Except when tactics and/or terrain encourages bunching up. You can have encounters where you need to save vs. enemies but they have no AoE pretty trivially. You can have indoor encounters where you can't spread out enough to protect against AoE so pulling in tight is the best option. You can do a combination of spreading out and sticking close, for example a front liner cleric staying near the paladin to help keep Concentration up. And these are all before even considering the effects of the second aura that some subclasses get at 7th, such as Oath of the Ancient's Aura of Warding as Ancalagon pointed out. There's plenty of cases to spread out, huddle up, or a hybrid of both. As well as some cases where there's no saves or AoE and you don't care.

Thursday, 7th March, 2019

  • 07:26 PM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (IC) Fitz's Folly
    Sure enough, one of the Pterafolk flew into the cave attempting to get at the Sticks from behind. Rodrigo was there to intercept the creature. Feel free to make your readied attack, Ancalagon. Just KahlessNestor to go and I'll resolve this round.

Saturday, 2nd February, 2019


Sunday, 13th January, 2019

  • 07:41 PM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Ancalagon in post (IC) Fitz's Folly
    Chrysagon & Miss Imogen vs Pterafolk3 (with Tarri) Chrysagon threw his javelin as Miss Imogen began to chase on foot. The spear tore a small hole in one of the Pterafolk's wings, but it seemed to not be bothered as it circled around, first heading north and then south and dropping over the cliff above the next switch-back. Miss Imogen pursued, leaping from rocky outcropping to brush, her feet creating icy patches as she went which somehow held her footing instead of causing her to slip. As the pterafolk circled back on itself to follow the other, she found herself on a small perch ten feet directly above it. There was "only" a forty foot drop to the trail below and much water running off of every surface. It was possible that both she and Tarri could survive the fall if she could somehow bring the creature down. Again, you'll see when I post the map and the round-change. I need Ancalagon to go for Rodrigo first, who's still fighting Pt4 at the switch-back. Damage Taken: (BGs) Pterafolk3 4; (PCs) None; (NPCs) None

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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 I’ve brought as DM. The story does emerge through play, but there’s 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 doesn’t mean that this is true of all games and all players or DMs. I’ve 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 it’s worth, I think that a TPK is just as much a punishment for the DM as the players in a lot of ways. I’m not advocating going easy on the PCs or always keeping encounters as level appropriate. I think I’ve been clear on that. I just think people are being a bit overzealous with offering a TPK as a solution to Ancalagon’s 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 DM’s responsibility because his “habds are tied” is a bit silly. No, they’re 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 don’t think the consequence needs to be a TPK. There are other less harsh and wasteful ways to handle it.


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Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 09:54 PM - OlegRu quoted Ancalagon in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    Btw, if you got anything from my answer, I hope it was to look at the backgrounds section. It is very important, easy to overlook, and may be one of the best features of 5e. Yes - I wrote my own custom background :) Background: Assimilated Outlander You spent an early part of your life growing up in a rugged land, with wilderness all around, where survival depends on a balance of courage, being able to rely on your fellow man/tribe, and familiarity with the ways of the wild. However, you later migrated to a safer, more stable region, where you assimilated to civilization and an easier life, causing you to become somewhat complacent and stuck in a comfort zone. Your past and present life cause contradicting instincts in you: the first makes you thirst for adventure and to develop yourself, while the second makes you gravitate to safer, more comfortable conditions and be wary of the unknown. The outlander in you pushes you to act naturally and put importance in ties with close people and th...

Sunday, 19th May, 2019


Saturday, 18th May, 2019

  • 11:06 PM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Rise of the Dracolich (Full)
    Because of the greater weapon fighting style. I get to reroll any 1 or 2s. For example, if I were to toll 3d6 and get a total of 9, maybe I rolled 3, 3, and 3 (no rerolls) or I rolled 6, 2, 1 (2 rerolls). Ah yes. Some character abilities work better in PBP than others.
  • 08:28 PM - gyor quoted Ancalagon in post Are you satisfied enough with the Artificer to publish it?
    The spell storing was done differently in the first version of the class and came online a *lot* sooner. It really allowed the class to do support. I think that of all of the subclasses, the alchemist is the easiest one to put in other campaigns. It really fits well in Yoon Suin for example, which is vastly different from Eberron. The battle Smith could work with some effort , the archivist I have to think about. The battlesmith would fit in Zakhara, Lantan, and a few other places. The Artellerist would fit into Imaskar, the Archivist in Mulhorand.
  • 04:55 PM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    I think what happened is that the "it's visible" got more attention than the distances (due to the curvature of the earth, you can't see that far, but hey, in Faerun it could be different. same way yaks can carry a ton and a half in Golarion). And yes, maps always help. You were two thousand feet up a cliff, on top of whatever elevation the middle of the peninsula is. Seeing far was the whole point of the last arc of the adventure!

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 06:24 PM - FitzTheRuke quoted Ancalagon in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Thank you. And where are Omu, the ship and the heart on this map? Oh, right! I guess that's important Here's your View South from Mbala. This corresponds to the Map that Tarri made. If you take the sea route, Qawasha suggests that you travel toward Omu through the Valley of Lost Honour from Shilku Bay (which is why I left it on the map - the bay being the body of water at the bottom - the Kobold Mountains form a point to the south). I cut off "Ubtao" a little for the Heart, but you'll see it on the right side of the map. 106474
  • 12:43 PM - Al2O3 quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    Using a heavy crossbow and the arcane weapon spell should result in a petty decent ranged damage for the artificer... ... and this is where I "worry" a bit for the alchemist, because their improved cantrips sort of don't mesh with that, it competes.I was going to argue that improved cantrips might remove some of the value of using the crossbow. However, the improvements to the alchemist don't really make it worth it for offensive cantrips compared to a magic crossbow. So I now share your concern. In terms of power I would consider alchemist the one I like the least. I'm terms of theme, I think artillerist is the one in most need of improvement.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 06:24 AM - Kurotowa quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    This question was asked here about the homunculus, and there was agreement that the int bonus applies per level. It needs to be clarified. I definitely agree that clarification and better wording are desired. But the level argument is a red herring. Right now it's a choice between "(PC level x 5) + (PC Int Mod) + (Iron Defender Con Mod)" vs "(PC level x 5) + (PC Int Mod x 5) + (Iron Defender Con Mod x 5)". In neither case is either the Int Mod or Con Mod scaling with the PC's level.
  • 06:09 AM - Kurotowa quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    Tell me, a level 5 character, how many times do you apply your constitution bonus? This isn't a character. Also by your method it'd get it's Con Bonus x 5 as a fixed amount instead of Con Bonus x 1 as a fixed amount, which isn't really any more like a character. You're not changing the scaling you're just front loading a couple dozen more HP. But that aside, I think precedent is on bedir's side. It's "(text text text) + (text text text) + (text text text)" where each text sequence is calculated separately.
  • 06:08 AM - bedir than quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    Tell me, a level 5 character, how many times do you apply your constitution bonus? Well, that would be "1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per artificer level after 1st" Which is distinctly not "equal to five times your level in this class + your Intelligence modifier + the iron defender’s Constitution modifier"
  • 05:53 AM - bedir than quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    That Iron defender is a huge HP bag... Say you have 18 int at level 5, so 5 x (5 + 4 +2) = 55 hp... That's a pretty stout defender. That wouldn't be how order of operations works. 5 times 5 plus 4 plus 2 is 31
  • 02:05 AM - Parmandur quoted Ancalagon in post New Unearthed Arcana: Revised Artificer
    Has anything changed besides the addition of spells and 2 sub-classes? I, for one, am happy that Tiny Servant has been added to their spell list. Tiny Servant is the best spell in the game. It is known. Some of the details of the multuclassing rules, and expanded Invocation options.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 02:18 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ancalagon in post The economics of Continual flame
    I somehow missed this. This is the most wrong you've ever been on this forum. This is "squaredancing with gnomish paladins wrong". The cost of living is *the central economic value* of D&D. Everything else is centered around it. If you don't know the cost of living, and you're being offered 50 gp for a dangerous quest. Is that a lot of money? Who knows!?! The cost of living informs you how much that 50 gp is worth. It's also the foundation on which other prices are built, or at least hopefully. Cost of living is 10 gp/day, swords are 2 silvers.... doesn't make sense. Plus it's based on research Gygax did about the salary of a laborer in ancient Greece I believe, so it's not entirely without foundation. (further reading https://slugsandsilver.blogspot.com/2018/08/your-economic-yardstick-laborer.html ) So, a few things. First, I resent the comment that this is the most wrong I have ever been on this forum. I pride myself not just on my wrongness, but on the magn...

Monday, 13th May, 2019


Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 04:52 PM - robus quoted Ancalagon in post Someone has created a new index for D&D
    Hello We all know that the index at the end of the book is... not good. Tiny font, too many cross refferences instead of page numbers etc. So this guy created a mega index: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/267647/The-Mega-Index?term=mega+index&fbclid=IwAR1tG8Ai8Rr6HFF7v-v93eiRyUIiAi4PtBIiD1KnGicIFTpYdmodvH6tGg0 Now this is a *veeery* interesting idea but... is it any good? I'm not affiliated with this guy in any way, I just want to know if this is a project worth purchasing (AND if it is good, promote it because it a good idea). You can’t take a gamble with < $2? :) Two 5 star reviews already makes it seem a safe bet if you’re in the market...

Friday, 10th May, 2019

  • 08:40 PM - MacConnell quoted Ancalagon in post How to better PBP - a controversial suggestion (all systems)
    I find personal that a one post per week is too slow, but as I haven't run a game yet via this method, perhaps this expectation is unrealistic. The players all over the world is a nice feature indeed! But I would love it if we could play online in real time instead. But given time zones... I, too, would love for games to progress faster, but I have resigned myself to the week pace. On a good note, this should be a trivial amount of time for anyone wanting to game, at all. I have tried to coordinate an online, active game twice, since I have been a member of this site. Both failed to come to fruition for at least one player was a no show, each time. To increase my personal activity, since I have the time, I am currently running three games and playing in two others.
  • 07:58 PM - MacConnell quoted Ancalagon in post How to better PBP - a controversial suggestion (all systems)
    ...A piece of common wisdom I see here is to recruit large groups... I have found that the same few people seem to respond to all requests despite the number of available members on this site. I have also observed that unless the offer is from 5e or PF it will get no traffic. ...And in PBP, almost every day is a "session" - it's a game you devote a few minutes every day instead of a big session every week or 2... The application of play has to be adjusted to the PbP setting. This is the burden of the GM / DM. In video game versions like Neverwinter Nights, bingers can elevate characters 10 levels or more in a single sitting, even with the mechanics changed to award about 1% of the usual XP of a table-top session. In a PbP, I have found that the offer needs to be increased. I tend to offer XP once a week or once every ten posts, depending on the participation of players. This seems to fix the sigma that characters are never going to advance since a single combat can take more than a week to c...
  • 05:22 PM - MechaTarrasque quoted Ancalagon in post On the Origins of Dragon Species
    Terrain (and encounter tables) may have been a consideration. You "need" a dragon for forests, thus you get a green dragon etc. And there wouldn't be much forest left if the green dragon is always breathing fire (or lightning).

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 09:12 PM - UngeheuerLich quoted Ancalagon in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    Oh RP is super important, if my idea didn't appeal to you, don't use it :) I will note that treantmonk is correct though: in 5e, bards are full spellcasters, and your spells are the best way to battle your foes. You also can use cantrips at will, and unlike previous editions, they can pack a punch. Yes, they are, but in a not so optimized group you can have fun with weapon attacks. Treantmonk has good advice, but he is viewing the game from an optimizer´s point of view, in a campaign that often allows you to play to your strength. He also does not take into account what the other character´s can do, because that is impossible. So you always need to take his advice and adapt to your own game.


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