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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 11:43 AM
    There's not a lot of synergy between the Hobgoblin and the Samurai, unfortunately: Hobgob's Martial training gives you nothing, and Saving Face gives you a bonus to one attack, ability check or save per short rest. (The con bonus is nice, of course, but it and darkvision can be matched elsehwere.) Bugbear (staying with goblinoids) gives you a lot more, esp. with GWM: - bonus to Str and...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 09:58 AM
    If you're surprised, there's no move, no action (and so no bonus action), and no reaction. Nada.
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 09:53 AM
    There was a pain at the base of her neck, and Miss Imogen regretted her experimentation on the climb. Yes, it had made the climb easier, and yes they had reached the top safely. But the pounding at the back of her skull was like a muscle that had been exercised after being left untested for too long. It ached, and her brain limped forward in time with her steps. By the time she noticed the...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:41 PM
    Tranio is interested in Aremus's concern here. Is he trying to get as close to the giants without being caught? In any case, he guides anyone who wants to towards the exit, and maintains a safe 50' distance to the point of descent.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:38 PM
    Miss Imogen, Perception with disadvantage: the worse of and . So that's 3.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:35 PM
    You are still advertising for players, so if you want someone else, I'd be happy to produce a character. Let me know!
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 03:40 PM
    Admiring Zemryn's resolve, Gimlak follows.
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 03:38 PM
    Theremin watches, both firmly in the ground, as his more acrobatically inclined companions climb the rope.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 10:24 PM
    Miss Imogen works at the climb,and while the mud is thick, and the dirt is loose, so that at times it was a challenge to distinguish the two, she persevered. To her surprise, she was no longer cold, not even in the wet. But she could take the moisture in her hand and turn it into a kind of claw, an ice claw, and scoop out handholds in the soft earth, and pack some of it together to provide a more...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 05:47 PM
    Tranio comes down as well.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 10:01 AM
    "As long as the cartographers are willing to go on, I say proceed. Possibly two or three of us could make better time, and reach the top before dark. That way we can effectively provide cover for the rest," Miss Imogen suggests.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 06:29 AM
    Tommi doesn't.
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 10:27 PM
    Same answer as in other thread: My vote is 2. We have slowed down over the past few weeks, and I expect over december that will continue. But I do hope that in January, we can all be back up to speed. I am pleased with the game, and am here for the long haul, I hope. I'll add this: don't beat yourself up, Fitz. Running a game takes energy and time, and we are all the beneficiaries of your...
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 10:22 PM
    My vote is 2. We have slowed down over the past few weeks, and I expect over december that will continue. But I do hope that in January, we can all be back up to speed. I am pleased with the game, and am here for the long haul, I hope.
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 08:52 PM
    "Does that make me General now?" laughed Tommi at Aasha, trying not to show pain. "Stand down, and I your general will let you live."
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 11:01 AM
    "Fistan? Aremus? Are you coming?" asks Tranio.
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 10:35 AM
    Tommi springs fron his hiding spot, and rushes towards the dying general. As he approaches, he makes a leap over the corpse, landing just on the other side. Is it a corpse? He takes a quick look down. The leader of these fighters still appears to breath, he thinks. He sees a fierce creature in the middle of the room, and knows there is no time to hide. There is still a hobgoblin captain...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 11:44 AM
    To the river dock? Back the way we came? Fight to the death (our death)? Someone decide, please.
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 10:18 PM
    Miss Imogen folded her blanket, and packed it up, damp as it was with the dew. Her sickness had left her -- a cold, no doubt. But she wasn't hungry this morning, and so stayed away from the breakfast fire. It was to be another day's travel. She chose not to put her leather armour on this morning, choosing instead to wear the clean gown that she had been saving. It felt good, pulling the cool...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 11:19 AM
    Oops. Missed a slash. let's see if this hits... . EDIT: woo hoo! it does. 15 bludgeoning damage.
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 11:18 AM
    Tommi can't believe the size of the general in front of him. His massive bulk, and armoured presence seems continually to resist they young man's meagre attacks. He reaches for another handful of stones, rattles the in his fist, blows into it, and then loads one in his sling. A quick underhand launch and the bullet flies... Tommi is back between the pillars before he knows the result. ...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 11:11 AM
    Tranio hears Aremus' suggestion, as he balances over the opening, and is ready to descend. "Seriously?" he asks with a laugh. "I'd take my wins where we have them. Discretion, valour..." he trails off. Tranio will wait for the others, though, and fire at the first pair he sees through the door within 5' of each other if escape is not taken.
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    Sunday, 25th November, 2018, 02:57 PM
    All true - I could have been more precise. It remains true that darkvision in 5e presents significant obstacles that need light to overcome.
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    Sunday, 25th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Level up! I think Fitz might already been expecting this, but anyways: FitzTheRuke I want some long-lasting repercussions from the encounter with Cimber. I had originally had other plans for Imogen, and this will delay getting a second attack, I know, but: if I took a level of Sorcerer (White Dragon), could I theme the Draconic Resilience (13+dex AC) to be a rime of frost on her...
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    Sunday, 25th November, 2018, 11:21 AM
    Miss Imogen, con save with advantage: better of and .
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    Sunday, 25th November, 2018, 08:59 AM
    The flip side of this is that "historically" darkvision removed the problem of darkness, but in 5e it doesn't -- even with darkvision, in 5e you suffer disadvantage on all perception checks. That's huge, and even parties with darkvision need to use light sources regularly.
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    Saturday, 24th November, 2018, 08:21 AM
    Miss Imogen appreciates Qawasha's editorializing, and recognizes that there is more of the City in him than he lets on. For now, she says nothing at all about that. She bows here head, and looks Um'Qo in the eye. "You are very generous to us, and we accept your gift with gratitude. We pray for your prosperity. Peace be on your forest." She accepts the gifts, and takes three steps back...
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    The arrow has hurt Tommi, and he doesn't know where it has come from. His eyes remain on the general, and Enseth's encouraging words. Tommi whips another stone at the general, and then shrinks back into the shadows. Attack (with advantage): the better of or . If a hit, damage (with sneak attack) is bludgeoning. Move: to C17 (hopefully with some cover?). Bonus: (stealth to hide) . ...
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 03:21 PM
    "We do not mean to intrude in your part of the jungle," Miss Imogen begins. Quawasha, behind her, makes noises that seem to combine gurgling and spitting, as well as open-throated throated vocalizations. She is grateful he is there, once again. She continues, waiting for each sentence to be rendered before continuing. "We ask permission to pass through your territory. We pursue a great evil...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 01:48 PM
    I get that you want Mastermind so you can "help" at range -- that would be lots of fun, I imagine. If you are actually playing it up from level 1, I would suggest not worrying about the precise sequence for now. Start with Rogue and get to 3, and then choose -- do you want a level of Bard, or a Feat? And then keep making that choice level-by-level. Rogue has great payoffs at levels 4-8 (ASI,...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 07:43 PM
    Thanks! ;-)
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 02:06 PM
    Theremin grabs the rope, and invites his companions to join him. Once a few collaborate, he pulls hard.
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 02:04 PM
    perception Gimlak eyes the caves, and tightens his grip on his weapon. this would be a good place for an ambush he thinks to himself, as he surrenders his fate to Bria and her people.
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  • Steve Gorak's Avatar
    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 01:58 PM
    Thanks! I now have another healthy baby girl in my life (as of 12:30 this morning)! I'm fine with new recruits, as long as they stick around, and they don't have an unhealthy love of Korrund wolves ;-) Cheers, SG
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 01:56 PM
    Thanks! I now have a healthy baby girl (7.15 lbs). Although Matthew sounds good, we went with a slightly more feminine name ;-) Cheers, SG
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    Tranio almost laughs as he sees through the doors as they swing open and then closed again. "Not today, my Lord," he says, as he whispers "flicker flicker" and the flames from the torch Dren has thrown grow brighter. He then follows the others back down the hole. Thaumaturgy again; flames brighten for a minute.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 AM
    OK -- I was just using him to get the SA bonus. Advantage is even better! Thanks. He'll still spit in the HG's eye!
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:36 AM
    Tommi looks at General Shrogg's chest, right in front of him, and then gazes up at the tusks, the whiskers, and the angry face. The man's bulk seems to cast a shadow over him, and the smell of eggs permeates the air. Tommi is unsure whether it's the General himself, or his breakfast that he smells. Shrogg's huge shield is moving round, and the only thing that Jyn's boy can think to do is spit in...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:42 PM
    Hey guys, FYI, my spouse is due to give birth any day now. So if I disappear for a few days, please feel free to autopilot Theremin. Have a great day! SG
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:40 PM
    Hey guys, FYI, my spouse is due to give birth any day now. So if I disappear for a few days, please feel free to autopilot Gimlak. Have a great day! SG
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 06:20 PM
    Ha. Two 20s! Additional damage from the crit is , so that's 8 plus a possible 11.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 06:18 PM
    Tommi stepped into the room, conscious that he was going to head towards the general. Whatever the obstacle, he could do this. He'd just breathed into the pebbles in his hand, and now had loaded one of them into his sling, he moved steadily, deliberately, towards the large armoured figure. The hobgoblin saw him, but did not blink. That was not good news for Tommi, of course: he's better when...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 06:04 PM
    here. Movin'.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 06:03 PM
    "So stealth is out," Tranio observes, as his colleagues make a supposed distraction. He strides forward, saying "rumble rumble", and smiles when the ground picks up the resonance from his voice. Cast Thaumaturgy, for "harmless tremors" for the next minute.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:05 PM
    Theremin smiles, "indeed, but details could be useful to put the odds in our favour"
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:45 AM
    (case in point... I forgot about Miss Imogen's illness) :D
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:37 AM
    Whoops! Miss Imogen is still sick. Maybe someone can "help" (to cancel disadvantage?). Otherwise, this is the number that she gets on her Persuasion check. .
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:39 PM
    Miss Imogen sees the creatures approach, and senses from Dellrak what they intend. She shoulders her bow, anf holds out her hands. "We do not mean to intrude in your part of the jungle," she begins. Persuasion (= Diplomacy?) ;) . EDIT: CRIT! she does an additional 1d6 damage..., right?
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 03:28 PM
    Theremin pets Sayine on the head after she lands on his shoulder. He then approached Mindra "do you mind if I borrow your rope?". He then makes a simple slipknot, and says to Sayine pointing at the closest sleeping foe "My dear, do you mind putting this around the leg of that Kobolt?". He then turns to the rest of his companion's and says "We should capture both to interrogate them. We at least...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 08:39 PM
    Gimlak, laconically as always, says "Yes it was swift, and I pledge to avenge him. Him, and the others the Korrund dogs have hurt or killed." He then looks at the crystal. It's beauty is lot to him, as it brings back too many years of suffering and hardship.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 04:33 PM
    No worries! Life happens. We're all here when it doesn't.
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Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

  • 11:03 AM - Mike Myler mentioned Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    ... feats here to walk away with your preferred Odysseus (Medium Armor Master is low-hanging fruit for this very purpose). He's pretty damn good at everything though which is, I reckon, very Odysseus. dave2008 you are correct on the longbow thing but I can't fix the post for some reason. :/ To the folks talking about Odysseus' strength and stringing the bow--I have never interpreted or had this presented to me as a feat of strength. It has always been (in my readings and in classics courses and so on) explained as an act of cunning and skill. In that context "stringing his bow like a lyre" is indicative of special know-how and dexterous fingers more than brute force. Maybe I got bunk tellings? Welcome to mythology! :D (I did a quick skim of the full text of the Odyssey to see if I was insane or something, but of the 70 odd mentions of strong/strength in the tale less than a dozen refer to Odysseus' physical strength so I'm thinking I'm not totally off my rocker giving him a 12) Kobold Stew awww this ain't your first rodeo and you *know* I'd have gotten crucified hitting him with samurai, although your reasoning isn't bad. Glad you really dug this build. <3 Thanks to everyone for commenting and sharing your thoughts. As ever it is an interesting set of reactions utterly appropriate for Mythological Figures. ;) Behold the contentious Thor build.

Saturday, 17th November, 2018

  • 02:49 PM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Kobold Stew in post (OOC) Scourge of Daggerford (Full)
    I know I shouldn't complain what with how slow I have been lately, but can I get a few more of ya to take your turns? tglassy? Fradak? Kobold Stew? (It"s just that I have had time to do it this week and yet... not much to resolve.)

Thursday, 13th September, 2018


Thursday, 6th September, 2018

  • 09:17 PM - Ancalagon mentioned Kobold Stew in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Re PvP in games. I share Kobold Stew 's wariness of D&D PVP. However, I have to say that unlike a lot of the... frankly stupid or offensive horror stories we see on the web, this has been very civil, and "justified". I think as long as we stay careful this can be resolved :)

Monday, 30th July, 2018

  • 02:06 PM - Searinox Nagharha mentioned Kobold Stew in post "Birds of a Feather"
    Fradak & Mike291 The Redcap has walked into the Illusionary Wall of Thorns that was thrown up By Thael. As such neither of you have LoS on him. Kobold Stew As Circle of the Moon you can change as a bonus Action So you still have your main Action

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018

  • 04:22 PM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Kobold Stew in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    Kobold Stew Miss Imogen shouldn't have gone for the next round yet. (It's my fault for being so far behind) I like to resolve a few people at a time, and I owe you all a few more posts before the round rolls over. I'll get to it soonish, I promise. There are a lot of ghouls on the way, but then, Dragonbait is a ghoul-killing machine (I hadn't looked him up before now... wow.)

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018

  • 05:54 PM - tglassy mentioned Kobold Stew in post Underwater Adventures!
    ...mall tavern. "I'll be willin' ta split the treasure with ye, five percent each, and if ye find any magic thingies, ye'll have yer pick from them. Just one each, though. No need to get greedy." Some of you have met before, others have been contacted in one way or another by this dwarf, Kanglin, a merchant of some high renown here in the port town of High Croft. "I'll pay for yer passage, and'll bring ye back when yer done. I know each o' ye can handle the waves as easily as the land, so we should have an edge on the competition. But ye have to hurry! Me brother, Forglin, is tryin' ta put together his own team. They wanna use magic potions, or some such nonsense. Ye can get there first, if ye leave by the mornin'. What say ye?" RG: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?641685-Underwater-Adventer-RG&highlight=underwater OOC: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?640436-Underwater-interest-(Closed) VLAD the Destroyer KahlessNestor JustinCase EarlyBird Neurotic Kobold Stew Salthorae Well, what say ye?

Sunday, 17th June, 2018

  • 01:26 AM - Radaceus mentioned Kobold Stew in post "Birds of a Feather" DnD 5E OOC (Closed)
    I feel sort of crunchy with such an awesome chargen roll and looking at yours Kobold Stew! but i like the traditional feel of the gnome with 4 strength, and I am also a'keep what i rolled' type guy :) I will put my vote in that you got gipped by a broken Enworld diceroller... I do wonder what stats would be produced by just rolling 3d6, (or if it would work 4d6v and manually assess the high 3) i think the odds are for a higher net average then we got in those last posts. it seemed to me as if the 'b' in 4d6b3 may have been for 'b'ottom 3 ;)

Friday, 15th June, 2018

  • 07:02 PM - Satyrn mentioned Kobold Stew in post Trader background
    I'd have History one of the two skills, to reflect the knowledge the trader has picked up in his wanderings. Along with Persuasion; and land vehicles and . . . And I'd totally go with Kobold Stew's Business to Be Done feature

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 06:06 PM - Radaceus mentioned Kobold Stew in post "Birds of a Feather" DnD 5E OOC (Closed)
    so far interested posts are Wood Elf Fighter (Battlemaster ) @Skarsgard aasimar( protector variant) lore bard @Mike291 Forest Gnome Moon Druid @Kobold Stew bladesinger or rogue scout @Steve Gorak Assassin @tglassy Archer Sorlok @Fradak looks like everything is mostly covered, If you are ok with a 7th slot, i do like to play me a Wizard, or maybe another front liner ( barbarian possibly dwarf Battlerager) if SG goes for Bladesinger. or a Paladin, which was why i asked about the uncommon races, I wouldnt mind playing a Dragonborne Paladin, it's a stretch for me but i like the race, * i have sour taste from 1e for Paladins though lol )

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 09:48 PM - Searinox Nagharha mentioned Kobold Stew in post "Birds of a Feather" DnD 5E OOC (Closed)
    So a Wood Elf Battlemaster, Protector Assimar Lore Bard & a Forest Gnome moon druid sofar. Sounds good ;) rly curious what else will join Kobold Stew Love how you choose to adapt to your abysmall Rolls !)
  • 06:16 AM - Searinox Nagharha mentioned Kobold Stew in post "Birds of a Feather" DnD 5E OOC (Closed)
    Kobold Stew with those stats? Sure, I'll give you a reroll xD a "-" in 3 stats might be abit overboard :p Unless you wanna Roll with it ;) Mike291 sure i have a few factions that could be joined. Anything in particular you would be interrested in? Skarsgard Roll for hitpoints

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Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 02:25 PM - Coroc mentioned Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Achilles (5E)
    Kobold Stew #40 You are right about this. I probably intermix my first Impression which mainly is from a youth book, although one written very close to the actual saga, with the real original. The impulsive stuff i recall come from his behaviour grieving about Patroklos and Briseis, and him dragging Hectors corpse behind his chariot There is one more fact i seem to remember: Although mortal isn't it he was some Kind of demigod? Son of some lesser goddess of the seas?
  • 09:41 AM - Coroc mentioned Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Achilles (5E)
    Kobold Stew #14 So i did Forget that thing about him being wise in the odissy. Still i believe he achieves this wisdom post mortem. In the iliad he is pictured very impulsive which speaks for low to average scores for int and wisdom. So i think i might correct my above stats to 12 in Int but leave wis at 10. Definitely he has high Charisma though.

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Tuesday, 9th January, 2018

  • 07:50 AM - FitzTheRuke mentioned Kobold Stew in post Storm King's Thunder [OOC]
    I'd forgotten that Aremus was injured in the last fight. We've been wandering around for awhile, can I have gotten Tranio Kobold Stew to give me a bit of a heal? Looks like I'm down 22 HP. @seriousmoonlight, can he have healed me before we wandered around too far? If not, please heal as soon as you can. Otherwise, IIRC, everyone is still doing pretty well, aren't you all? I think I'm the only one who was beat up, really.

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Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

  • 12:48 AM - 97mg quoted Kobold Stew in post The Rhyot Break (OOC) - Discussion
    You are still advertising for players, so if you want someone else, I'd be happy to produce a character. Let me know! Hi Kobold Stew! You are welcome to cook something and join in, as it will bring our active party to 5 which is a good number for what lurks ahead :-)

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

  • 08:06 PM - Saelorn quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    Odysseus is the only one described as sitting when stringing the bow. All others are standing.That's a good point. I'd forgotten about that, and it also favors the trick interpretation. Am I also mis-remembering that one of the other suitors attempted to fire the bow, after it had been strung, and could not do so?
  • 04:03 PM - Beowülf quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    Remember also that the contest is Penelope's idea. Sort of. Athena made her think of it. Anyway, I'm going to bow out. I think it's a really interesting topic/idea, but it seems like too many people are trying to instruct others, rather than just have a good discussion. It's just not that important.
  • 10:49 AM - MechaPilot quoted Kobold Stew in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    The flip side of this is that "historically" darkvision removed the problem of darkness, but in 5e it doesn't -- even with darkvision, in 5e you suffer disadvantage on all perception checks. That's huge, and even parties with darkvision need to use light sources regularly. Anecdote time: My players whose characters didn't have darkvision, about half the party, felt really insecure about not being able to see in the dark. They asked if they could buy something to give them darkvision. I allowed them to buy darkvision goggles from a dwarf smith. They excitedly forked over 500 gp each for goggles that gave them worse sight than buying a bundle of 1 cp torches. Sure, the goggles don't give away their position like torchlight would. And, yes, the goggles don't need to be held in hand. However, it knocks down the passive perception stats of the party (the ranger drops from 21 to a more manageable 16), making them more susceptible to traps than they would be with torch- or lantern-light...
  • 08:48 AM - TheCosmicKid quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    Odysseus has been disguised as a beggar, remember, and has been made to look other than what he is by Athena.That speech immediately precedes him revealing his identity and beginning the slaughter. The very next thing he does is give the kill signal to Telemachus. So if he is keeping up his disguise, describing himself as xenos, it is not for the purpose of continued deception but some other reason. As you say, there is much more going on here. A double meaning: he is still, with a hefty helping of irony, speaking as the old beggar, but he is also speaking as King Odysseus reasserting his power and authority. The boast you mention (I presume you refer to Od. 21.426) -- eti moi menos empedon estin -- does not use a straightforward word for physical strength, but rather menos... the semantic field is much less focused. Note also the word eti ("still") -- it is against expectation [because of the disguise]. Absolutely. Like I said, there are multiple meanings layered in the speech. But the line wo...
  • 06:31 AM - Beowülf quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    This is a well-established idea in the scholarly literature. See, e.g. Caroline Sutherland, "Archery in the Homeric Epics", Classics Ireland 8 (2001) 111-20. I've attached the first page, where the presumption is at the start of the second paragraph. It's not certain, because Homer doesn't give enough information, but it is the explanation that accounts for what is in the poems, and I (at least) know of no other explanation that does. The problem with this interpretation is that if recurve bows where sufficiently well known to Greek audiences that they would all get the reference without it being spelled out, then presumably the suitors would also be familiar with recurve bows. So if that's the only explanation for why only Odysseus could string it, something doesn't add up. I mean, that's fine if his bow was a recurve. But is that sufficient to explain why nobody else could string it? Maybe there was some cultural thing we wouldn't understand where it would be assumed that people from It...
  • 04:08 AM - Nebulous quoted Kobold Stew in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    The flip side of this is that "historically" darkvision removed the problem of darkness, but in 5e it doesn't -- even with darkvision, in 5e you suffer disadvantage on all perception checks. That's huge, and even parties with darkvision need to use light sources regularly. I think we forgot that detail the first 2 years we played 5th edition, so they were marching around in total darkness with no penalty. I finally noticed and had to tell the group we had been doing it wrong.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

  • 11:06 PM - Beowülf quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    It's not certain, because Homer doesn't give enough information, but it is the explanation that accounts for what is in the poems, and I (at least) know of no other explanation that does. Yes, I totally get that argument. AND we don't worry about trying to "explain" the Cyclops, or the Sirens, or any of the other wondrous things that happen in the Odyssey. So I'm not sure I get why it becomes necessary to find an historically/technologically accurate explanation for this one detail, or why such an explanation should hold any weight. This is a myth, not history.
  • 10:42 AM - Garthanos quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    True -- charisma is solid (see also him taking over from Agamemnon for a minute in Iliad 2; admittedly in Iliad 9 when speaking to Achiles, he is little more than a mouthpiece, and it is Ajax that rolls well, as it were. In the Odyssey, we see him learning wisdom, I would say. By his own account, he has learned nothing as he leaves Troy (Od 9 -- the first thing he does is lay siege to another town; and he foolishly reveals his name to Polyphemus), but by the time he's with the Phaeacians 9 years later, he as matured and (I'd say) is wise. The transition comes in the Underworld, when (ironically) it is Achilles who provides hi with a true understanding of the human condition, which he then adopts (Od. 11). The comment from Athena in Od 13 reflects both Wisdom (boule -- council) and charisma (muthoi -- stories/speech). That said, all the stories of him at Troy from the Odyssey reflect his compassion, insight, and understanding (e.g. Menelaus' story of his Insight roll vs. Helen's deception in Od....
  • 10:02 AM - Garthanos quoted Kobold Stew in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    Od 13.297-8, Athena says to him "You are among mortals the best in council/advice and speech/stories. It's not just wisdom in battle. "speech and stories" is still charisma again no? Yes his public speaking rocked and cleverness might still cover what they mean by council ... he definitely pulled some serious derps wrt what I would call wisdom and notably behavior that featured lack of discipline. here is a professor who taught greek mythology pointing out how Athena's Wisdom is different than you might expect. https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-examples-of-Athena-displaying-her-own-wisdom-in-Greek-myths Specifically this In reference to Athena's mother who was Wisdom "Metis" ---- > This story tells us something important about the Greek idea of wisdom: "metis" is subtle, clever, tricksterish. <--- And to me that is Charisma's cleverness not wisdoms due diligence and persistent measured discipline It was also something I recollected from some elaborate discussion in high school ho...

Monday, 26th November, 2018

  • 01:17 PM - akr71 quoted Kobold Stew in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    The flip side of this is that "historically" darkvision removed the problem of darkness, but in 5e it doesn't -- even with darkvision, in 5e you suffer disadvantage on all perception checks. That's huge, and even parties with darkvision need to use light sources regularly. Thanks for posting this. My players frequently think that 'darkvision = blindsight' and when I tell them to roll at disadvantage they look at me like I'm trying to pull something over on them.

Sunday, 25th November, 2018

  • 02:26 PM - ExploderWizard quoted Kobold Stew in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    The flip side of this is that "historically" darkvision removed the problem of darkness, but in 5e it doesn't -- even with darkvision, in 5e you suffer disadvantage on all perception checks. That's huge, and even parties with darkvision need to use light sources regularly. Actually infravision did not remove the problem of darkness. It allowed heat signatures and differences to be seen in the dark. Cold blooded creatures and undead could still sneak right up on you and of course you literally couldn't see the writing on the wall. Darkvision is much better even with the drawbacks it still has.

Friday, 16th November, 2018

  • 06:14 PM - FitzTheRuke quoted Kobold Stew in post (OOC) Fitz's Folly (Full)
    (case in point... I forgot about Miss Imogen's illness) :D Right. Dellrak should have disadvantage as well. ... But you are also right that you had help. Qawasha is very polite and diplomatic, if not exactly charismatic. I can't imagine how anyone can help with insight, at least not in a situation where you can't openly discuss what you're thinking, but translation has to be the very definition of helping with diplomacy.

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 02:50 PM - Neurotic quoted Kobold Stew in post Underwater Adventures!
    Kobold Stew wants a decision. If you want something else, just do it, and Stamr will fall in line. I was just commenting on you going for the dome and we had same or more votes for the palace. Tai-Tai stops his swim toward the palace at the plant companions tug. Seeing Stamr going toward the dome he shrugs and follows. It is not like he is the man in charge in here. And at least now he has a choice to follow or not. But the surroundings are proven dangerous and he swims behind Stamr looking around carefully.

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 09:01 AM - RonLugge quoted Kobold Stew in post Fighter Archetype, 1/3 Cleric Caster: Crusader
    I would remove the Domain aspect: stick to the core Cleric spell list, and (consequently) only Turn Undead for the Channel Divinity. It is not only cleaner, but it keeps the Domains for clerics specifically. (It also avoids the possibility of having two domains, with a multiclass Cleric/Fighter -- that would be just too much.) At one point in the editing process, I must have (accidentally) stripped out the wording that you couldn't have two domains. The intent is that if you multiclass, you have to have the same domain. I wanted the domain spell lists because those help form the identity of the different deities as much as the clerics. A Crusader of Lathander and a Crusader of Tyr and a Crusader of Mystra etc etc should all be distinct entities. I'd actually be happier giving up the channel divinities than the domain lists. What strikes me as most interesting in this is that by keeping the same schools of magic as being favoured as the Eldritch Knight, you get a completely different...

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 12:42 AM - dco quoted Kobold Stew in post Barkskin *Might* Be the Worst Spell Description I've Ever Read
    This is what it should be, but it explicitly isn't what the spell does. That's the cause of confusion. Give the spell a different name and description, and all would be well. Toughen the skin, and have an effect that reflects that, and all would be well. Ignore any attempt to imagine the spell's consistent application within the narrative, and all would be well. As it is, picking up a shield makes your skin less barky, dropping it makes it barky again; unless you have a super-high Dexterity, or are wearing heavy armour, or walk in front of a low wall... in which case it's not barky at all. It is, absolutely, the worst spell description. Not because it is unclear (it is very clear), but because its name, its description, and its effect are unrelated to each other. Who cares, in this game you don an armor and suddenly enemies have more difficulty to hit you. The important thing is the effect.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

  • 02:18 PM - CapnZapp quoted Kobold Stew in post Barkskin *Might* Be the Worst Spell Description I've Ever Read
    This is what it should be, but it explicitly isn't what the spell does. That's the cause of confusion. Give the spell a different name and description, and all would be well. Toughen the skin, and have an effect that reflects that, and all would be well. Ignore any attempt to imagine the spell's consistent application within the narrative, and all would be well. As it is, picking up a shield makes your skin less barky, dropping it makes it barky again; unless you have a super-high Dexterity, or are wearing heavy armour, or walk in front of a low wall... in which case it's not barky at all. It is, absolutely, the worst spell description. Not because it is unclear (it is very clear), but because its name, its description, and its effect are unrelated to each other.Exactly
  • 01:04 PM - Yunru quoted Kobold Stew in post Barkskin *Might* Be the Worst Spell Description I've Ever Read
    This is what it should be, but it explicitly isn't what the spell does. That's the cause of confusion. Give the spell a different name and description, and all would be well. Toughen the skin, and have an effect that reflects that, and all would be well. Ignore any attempt to imagine the spell's consistent application within the narrative, and all would be well. As it is, picking up a shield makes your skin less barky, dropping it makes it barky again; unless you have a super-high Dexterity, or are wearing heavy armour, or walk in front of a low wall... in which case it's not barky at all. It is, absolutely, the worst spell description. Not because it is unclear (it is very clear), but because its name, its description, and its effect are unrelated to each other. If you just take it to give you an AC of 16, a la Heavy Armour, everything works fine. I don't get why they put in any sort of minimum clause, as you always choose which AC calculation to use anyway.

Monday, 15th October, 2018

  • 07:52 PM - Parmandur quoted Kobold Stew in post WOTC is hiring a new Game Designer for D&D
    Yes - the distinctive thing about Chicago is that when it comes to (academic) referencing of sources, it is the most complete resource available -- how to cite blog posts, how to cite unpublished materials from the 16th c., everything. That is what makes it stand out from other style guides. It's an important reference work (I have mine by my desk, and use it regularly). But it is a surprising emphasis for a work that doesn't have footnotes and regular references. The style guide handles more than just references, and is an overall solid professional standard.
  • 05:48 AM - MNblockhead quoted Kobold Stew in post WOTC is hiring a new Game Designer for D&D
    What struck me is that they ask for it twice. They're serious about their style guide. Yes, and it shows in their products. Not perfect, but for the most part they do a good job editing their books. Also, CMOS is a good one to stick to. My favorite for general writing.


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