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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 02:27 AM
    I'm a child of the nineties. I look fondly towards stuff like Friends, Seinfield, Sky Dancers, the Dreamstone, and the like. Granted, I'm not that fond of the prequels, but being that fond of Star Wars after the 80's is not really feasible. The OT was groundbreaking and highly influential, but that is the problem, everything made after the OT is heavily influenced by it, where once it was a...
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 01:34 AM
    You are basically describing me. n_n In a way I think that is the worst problem of the new trilogy, it doesn't seem to pander enough to children.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 09:57 PM
    Oh come one now, you're replying to a four year old post!
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 05:43 AM
    I'm not part of that audience either and I'm okish with TLJ -enjoyed some of it, but not enough to want to get a copy at full price-. I know a lot about the old extended universe from second hand though -like about Mara Jade, Ben Skywalker, and someone dropping a moon on poor Chowie-. Perhaps I sit more in the middle of this, I can see what bothers many of them, but most of it doesn't bother me,...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 07:29 PM
    Odd necro of a thread...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:08 PM
    I am not criticizing OP preferences here per se...but I am with a few others here. Utility and game altering things are a FUN accompaniment to fire bolts...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 04:58 PM
    By the way, what IS the "AA" on that book shelf?
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 04:55 PM
    They are not really common knowledge, no. Once we get to this many books in, I don't think saving a couple of letters typed for an acronym with diminishing numbers who can keep track of them all is wise. I mean, if you're getting the responses you want when using them, then cool. But, I suspect different.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 04:46 PM
    Man these acronyms really suck. People know what the Ravnica book is...not "GMGtR" (one letter difference, massive change in communication). They know what Dragon Heist is, not WDDH. They know Mad Mage is not DotMM (which by the way is only a savings of two letters for far less communication). And even I have no idea what AA is other than Alcoholics Anonymous.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 04:37 PM
    Those lower level spell slots can be cast in higher level spell slots for more damage than the cantrip, and at those higher levels you have a lot more spell slots to use to the point where it's almost like a cantrip anyway in terms of cost of resources. So, I think in terms or scaling which is a matter of higher levels, typically the cost for that lower level spell to do more damage than the...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 05:49 AM
    I was a blank slate when I watched TPM. I wasn't interested in SW at all before that point.Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Ray Park hooked me into SW. ^_^ I'm sorry but you are incorrect, Finn's one and true love is Poe. n_n
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:38 AM
    Really? I would have sworn it was like half an hour at least. At least the reality ensues at the end pays off. Del toro definitively sold it. In fact I kind of like that part of TLJ, the crew constantly screwing up the million to one chances that Han and company routinely could achieve. That makes the original party more special by comparison. Honestly Rey, Rose, Finn and Poe are amateurs.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:09 AM
    That's probably why I kind of like the Last Jedi, I went out of my way to arrive as a blank state to the movie theater. I avoided trailers, reviews, social networks and youtube channels. I had no pet theories, I just wanted to see how they were going to fix the mess left by the force awakens. Somehow they made everything worse, but the carnage was fun to watch. (Except for the casino scene, that...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 11:59 PM
    Here's my probably unpopular take (Not including Solo, as I couldn't watch it. Star wars movies are supposed to last at least a month in exhibition. How was I to know this time would be different? No holiday Special as I never watched it) First let's start by the middle of the road The enjoyable movies.- Movies I like, that I could watch on a loop. 6 The Eewooks.- Fun light-hearted movie...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 04:43 AM
    I've never used them very well. They're hard to play as antagonists (not impossible just difficult) and they tend to, for me, make somewhat boring NPC allies. I am not sure what I'd do with a massive array of different flavors to choose from. How do you guys use so many choices of Celestials?
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 06:28 AM
    saprophyte (look it up)
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 04:12 AM
    Can't remember were I read it. Chances are it was in the defunct WotC forums, but I'm not even sure it was there. I swear I'm only repeating what I heard, I'm not making stuff up on purpose.
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 08:11 PM
    I would say that maybe one less adventure every year. I'm more of the opinion that this isn't the case. I think there's way more room for sorcerer magic origins and cleric domains. Now fighter, rogue and wizard, these look more complete so far. I thought the Book of Nine Swords was the salvaging of the first scrapped attempt at fourth edition?
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 09:37 PM
    I am waiting on Christmas for this. I suspect many are.
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 10:28 PM
    OK, dex saves. Sounds good. +5 from three-quarters cover. You can prepare to gain cover - in fact my black dragon scenario involved that as one of the primary goals of the scouting mission, to find good reachable cover. +2.5 from Bless. +2.5 from Resistance +5 if you have a Paladin with you (Aura of Protection). +1 from Cloak of Resitance (it's just uncommon) +1 from Luckstone (it's just...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 09:25 PM
    I disagree. The tools are there to change the odds from an impossible save into a probable one, dependant of course on how impossible the save is. Impossible saves are relevant to running away as running away lets you then prepare using the tools I am referring to. Here are some tools (this is not an exhaustive list): Bardic Inspiration Bend Luck Dark One's Own Luck Bless Resistance...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 08:12 PM
    You're wrong. Going up against things which are way more powerful than you unless you prepare with magic against them is part of the game. It's always been part of the game, since the game was invented. It's a rather fun part of the game in fact. Impossible saves are there to get you to either prepare better or run away better. That's a feature, not a bug. It's not a video game where it's...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 04:57 PM
    My favorite encounter so far in D&D 5e was us going up against a black dragon in it's lair who was clearly more powerful than our party. Our only advantage was we knew it was there in advance, and roughly where it was. But we badly needed to scout the lair more, and the Dragon, before going in prepared. Sneaking past it without heavy magical enhancement would have been impossible. Its...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 03:10 PM
    Or maybe a bot latched onto my post and replaced most of the words with synonyms from a thesaurus to include a link to a manga scanlation site?
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Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 11:23 PM - FrogReaver mentioned Mistwell in post Shield Attacks and AC Bonus
    Not sure why you added my name to this list (and poorly as it didn't work but fortunately I just happened to see it) but my argument is the area of the shield you're hitting with is "similar" enough to a mace to be treated as a mace for purposes of using the maces damage die. You disagree and wouldn't play it that way in your game, which is fine. You however want me to say this is somehow a house rule and not an intepretation of the rules, and that's not fine. I've never said there is no rule...I've said the existing rules allow for my intepretation of them. I still have no idea why saying Mistwell didn't work.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

  • 09:28 PM - Ristamar mentioned Mistwell in post What if Expertise were a simple +2?
    I agree, but those feats were more-or-less examples. The UA feats and the Prodigy feat grant expertise plus a small package of other abilities, providing additional context for the question posed by Mistwell. We already know the Skilled feat in the PHB provides three skill proficiencies and no ability score increase. The designers have also stated that a tool proficiency is typically less valuable than skill proficiency, and languages are typically less valuable than tools. As such, expertise in one skill or tool seems to be worth about half a feat, at best.

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 09:39 PM - Parmandur mentioned Mistwell in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    ...bers of D&D in reports. It may have had a mention, but it's not been like MtG which is named and in instances we see how much it actually is making for Hasbro. Anyways, I tracked down the source of the information people were thinking about, and found out what it's all about. I'm happy to let you guys go on with your party now that I know what all of it is really about. On your link thing though...I really have no idea what you are talking about or referring to. Most of the links that I see and things posted are on how the books are selling on Amazon, not the Hasbro stock reports. Right now they are up 2 from when I last mentioned them (they were at 105 around at that time, currently at this point they are 107.62 high right now). I don't think I'm going against your numbers anymore now that I know the REASON why they probably are advertising it like they are with those numbers and an actual plausible explanation of where they got those numbers in the first place. Mistwell (who, IIRC, is both a Hasbro stockholder and a lawyer) is referring to your post, #133, which quotes Jester David in post #130, wherein can be found three links providing details of the Hasbro CEO discussing D&D in a stockholder facing context: that is, not a marketing context, but an actionable stockholder communication. The local paper article is interesting because it provides a solid number, but it is in line with what Hasbro has communicated to stockholders.

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

  • 10:12 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Mistwell in post Revised Ranger update
    ... win? [citation needed] Actually, just because the Basic rules are free doesn't mean people even know they exist. I certainly didn't tell my new players about it, because it is a poor version of the PHB and I always allow people to peruse my Player's Handbook so there is no need to tell them about the Basic Rules online. And, I think Yunru has a fair point I had not considered. There is a taboo on the players looking through the Monster Manual, but alternatively, all of the best companion choices are not in the Player's Handbook and are intstead in the Monster Manual. Yes, a proper DM should make those stats available to the player, but it would not be something a new player would see on their own. An animal companion is meant to be used strategically and support your own abilities and powers, not provide another party tank. That is completely unreasonable. Before level 5 or level 7, how does the Companion do this. Yes, Mistwell has talked a lot about the help action, but you are four levels deep into the subclass by that point. Is getting the equivalent of the True Strike Cantrip a valuable use of your time at levels 3 and 4? Sure, you could also have it stand somewhere and threaten opportunity attacks. But, either the enemy will be engaged with another PC (in which case the animal will be ignored as it is not contributing to the fight) or the animal will be 1v1 (in which case the enemy might kill the beast, use their action to disengage and move towards the backline, or simply take the relatively weak attack of the beast). This also puts the full tactical value of your beast on the DMs whims, because the DM gets to decide what the enemy does and you just have to hope it is what you were expecting. These spells and feats arenít taxes, they are trade offs. And if having your animal companion be a DPR boosting meat shield is what you want out of it, you should have to pay for that with other ...
  • 06:09 PM - Satyrn mentioned Mistwell in post Revised Ranger update
    I am pretty sure at least Chaosmancer addressed them...I'm not trying to criticize, they're all fine as ideas, but the fighting style comes on at a different level than when they would get the companion, and the feats and spells are "taxes" that the Beastmaster has to use to make his subclass abilities be on par with the other subclasses who can use their feats and spells for additional things. Like I asked someone else: why couldn't those ideas just be subclass features? They can be. I even talked to Mistwell about simply giving the benefits of his suggested fighting style to the beastmaster directly, and added that to my notes as my preferred fix.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

  • 10:53 PM - Gradine mentioned Mistwell in post Revised Ranger update
    ...p that got caught in the battle. Honestly, my first thoughts when I hear "animal companion" are Aladdin and the PS2 cult action game Mark of Kri. Also, you know, The Beastmaster, who, yes, fights alongside a tiger, but for my money gets a lot more mileage out of his eagle and ferret companions. Helpful in a pinch but not something I'd expect to fight right at my side against anything more threatening that, say, a bugbear. Also, if I'm fighting a bugbear alongside my trusty wolf, and the bugbear starts attacking my wolf because he sees it as the bigger threat, there's something that's gone horribly wrong and has little to do with the construction of the class or its features. And that's it. 1 manoeuvrability option, and a couple of support options that mostly require charging straight to the animal companion's death. I exaggerated a bit on the straight maneuverability options (though you are discounting how useful the prone condition for getting in and out of harm's way). Mistwell once again clearly demonstrates some of the other ways different animal companions can be handy in a fight, but you've helpfully ignored those (and basically everything else I said). Again, what you seem to be asking for is something at least approaches the same level of combat functionality and survivability as another PC. I posit that that is an unreasonable request.
  • 09:57 PM - Gradine mentioned Mistwell in post Revised Ranger update
    Because "Being able to fight and take a hit" is in no way "ewuivalent to a PC"? The fact that I have to even explain that boggles the mind. 1) @Mistwell has already covered the numerous ways in which various animal companions are "able to fight", just not in the meat-shield manner you seem to hold as the only way to accomplish this 2) At what point is "being able to take a hit" necessary to be engaged in a fight? My wizard buddy can't really take many hits either, after all. Again, it is clear that you have a very precise expectation for what a Ranger's companion is supposed to be able to do. What is also clear (and the issue that is actually being discussed at the moment) is that there is nothing in the overall text of this current edition of D&D that would have reasonably given you that expectation with regards to the Beastmaster Ranger. You are instead relying on overly literal interpretations of this text (and the arguments of those responding to you) to try to make some obtuse semantic point. It is not working. Again, @Mistwell has pointed out that there are plenty of places across the internet that have taken the impetus to bui...

Friday, 24th August, 2018

  • 10:43 PM - Oofta mentioned Mistwell in post Missing Rules
    ...en DMs weren't allowed to alter or ignore rules. Oh wait... There are two questions here that I'm finding interesting. 1) Are rulings in some sense superior to rules? 2) Does whatever we decide about 1) entail that rules mean anything we want them to mean? In looking at those questions, I ask other questions like - why buy rule books? what allows us to recognise a D&D game as a D&D game? what did we want from rules anyway? My working premise is something like - Rules are a stable and meaningful foundation. They continue to have meaning even if we can alter or ignore them as we choose. We can have meaningful, resolvable debates about rules. A claim that rules mean whatever a given DM wants them to mean is not only unhelpful, in terms of the analysis of rules, but also false. A DM can alter or ignore the meaning, but cannot erase the meaning. As an aside, I think their meaning can be erased through removing them from context, i.e. rules only have meaning, given context. What Mistwell said, with a little extra. I would say there's a line between a ruling and a house rule that most people would recognize (not all, this is the internet of course). How you handle jumping an "unusually long distance" for example is a ruling. The rules are silent on the subject other than to say that sometimes it can be done. It gives no DCs, no instructions on whether you just state your character is going to jump further than usual or need a pogo-stick or roll a percentile die. So how it happens IMHO is a ruling. I make a ton of rulings all the time. It's just part of running a smooth game and can change the flavor of the game without changing core assumptions. On the other hand, I have a handful of house rules for when I explicitly override the clear intent of a rule in the book. For example, I've always thought the way certain items replace ability scores instead of enhancing them is dumb. A two year old should not be able to but on a belt and be able to lift a hor...

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

  • 01:55 AM - Maxperson mentioned Mistwell in post Missing Rules
    There is a different between clear rules and ambiguous rules and between reading and hostile reading. There was no "hostile" reading. "Hostile" just a buzzword you are using. My reading is as it is written. It has two opposing rules. One says each magic missile targets a creature. The other says several creatures. You and I(assume you anyway) have the advantage of having played the game before, so we are aware of what Magic Missile is intended to do. New players are extremely unlikely to be on forums or twitter, or look online for errata. If Mistwell's completely unsubstantiated claim that 50% of the people who play 5e are new players to the game, there are a lot of people who are going to be confused by the contradiction in the Magic Missile rules.

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

  • 10:19 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Mistwell in post Favorite Flanking Fixes in Five-E?
    in 4e you got a +2 bonus to hit Personally that seems to small to me. Ever tried to fight two people at once. It ain't like the movies I will tell you that. I thank advantage is actually more realisticThis is what Mistwell was saying also. Getting a +2 to hit is not a bad solution, and it would feel very familiar to my group.

Monday, 23rd July, 2018

  • 12:23 AM - Blue mentioned Mistwell in post [GUIDE] Guide for optimized Sorcerer
    It's a bit disconcerting that you don't mention paladin under multiclassing, as it's widely considered to be one of the best combinations in 5e, and is significantly more powerful than any single class. I'm not sure if you noticed, the byline is: "By Sorxores, as originally published on the Wizards of the Coast message boards" When Wizards of the Coast shut down their forums in 2015, @Mistwell brought this and other guides over. Unfortunately the original author never came here and claimed it so it hasn't been updated since then. It's kept around in the links, but if you're looking for an actual discussion I'd suggest one of the guides with current posting in it.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

  • 10:56 PM - Elfcrusher mentioned Mistwell in post Barbarian with Mobile and GWM Feats: as cool as it seems?
    Just for reference: "That is why you fail" is a Star Wars quote I paraphrased - Yoda to Luke in Empire. Not knowing that is why you fail to take the comment in the light hearted spirit in which it was intended when delivered by a being of pure evil. Ah, I didn't hear the Yoda voice. I took it as typical internet-forum disparagement. If you feel like explaining, I AM interested in your point. @Mistwell: Yeah combined with Ancestral Guardian it could be awesome. Either chase me and trigger AoO from my friends, or attack them with Disadvantage. EDIT: And if one of the friends has Sentinel it gets even better.

Sunday, 10th June, 2018

  • 07:16 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Mistwell in post What is the bard's "fireball"?
    Hello. So the Wizard/sorcerer has fireball, an iconic spell that is probably too good for its level. The cleric now has spiritual guardian, that's really freaking good. And Mistwell pointed out that druids have conjure animals - I haven't tried it but he swears it's great, and looking at it I see it has potential. These are all spells that are unique to those classes, and are all in that sort of "low-mid" sweet spot where D&D works so well (3rd level spell in this case). Gaining 3rd level spells is a big step up in the power of these classes, equivalent for the warriors getting their second attack. But I started wondering... what is the bard's version of this? For Warlocks it's arguably hunger of hadar (it's great area denial) but for the bard nothing leaps out at me...

Monday, 4th June, 2018


Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

  • 01:29 AM - pemerton mentioned Mistwell in post Cubicle 7 forums to close due to EU data law
    Mistwell, aramis erak The poster was Raven Crowking. He demanded that his posts be removed, but the demand was (sensibly) ignore. He therefore started to do it himself, editing out each post using the "edit" function. The issue was not about the capacity of the forum software.

Sunday, 20th May, 2018

  • 04:16 AM - FrogReaver mentioned Mistwell in post Shield master on twitter
    Mistwell Oofta I just realized 5ekyu has me blocked so I take it all back. Give him heck for whatever the heck you desire!!! Thanks for doing the needful. :)
  • 03:55 AM - FrogReaver mentioned Mistwell in post Shield master on twitter
    @Mistwell You said: "Don't accuse people of trying to change the subject because of some tactic or something - it's a legit issue that you're dismissing. It's just a rudeness issue that you can easily address...so why not address it?" I say: As long as your words are attributed correctly then what does it actually matter how that is actually accomplished? This is much ado about nothing IMO. In fact it's more rude and even more of an issue that we are even having to take time to address how you are being quoted (because you somehow declare it to be rude). Goodness Gracious...

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018

  • 01:07 AM - Oofta mentioned Mistwell in post Shield master on twitter
    Maybe you didnít see the post where I stated that Iíve given up trying to engage with this? No examples will change your mind. Why bother? You have made some pretty grandiose claims. I'd be curious on why, for example, the shove tactic works for you and why you think it can "destroy" the enemy because I just don't see it. Mistwell may be a bit harsh, but at the same time you've made claims that don't seem to add up. For example with the shove and walk away (assuming shover has same movement rate as shovee) it simply wouldn't work very well. So I've got to wonder if you play theater of the mind, have the same group and DM, always play in wide open spaces, etc. I can see a few scenarios, assuming that PC Sam (who has shield master) shoves an Orc and then moves away. Other PCs in the group include Monty the Monk and Randy the Ranger. Scenario 1: Orc has a buddy Bob, also adjacent to Sam before the shove. Bob gets an opp attack if Sam runs away. No good. Scenario 2: Orc, no longer able to get to Sam goes after Monty who is within 30 feet after the shove and attacks him instead. Monty has a lower AC than Sam. No good. Scenario 3:Orc, no longer able to get to Sam, Monty or Randy moves and dashes to get next to Randy so he has disadvantage on his ranged attacks. No good. Scenario 4: Sam can't g...

Tuesday, 15th May, 2018

  • 08:30 PM - warfteiner mentioned Mistwell in post Lost Tales of Myth Drannor: DDAL's "Secret" D&D Book For Gen Con 50
    CapnZapp - No, you didn't come across that way at all. On the same token, my apologies if I came across snappish; not my intention. We're looking for awesome ways to incentive public play when we attend events, and Lost Tales happened to be our thing for 2017. As much as I'd love to say that I did it for the money (I do need at least two more shiny nickels in my collection!) it was really to provide something cool and unexpected for our public play people across the world. Future things will almost certainly be along these same lines. Mistwell - We started handing them out at Gen Con last year and continued doing so throughout the summer, fall, winter, and now spring of 2018. A couple admins still have copies - I only have my personal 2 copies left out of my original ~160 or so - and we've sent a ton of them to various locations all around the world. I sent them to Australia, a couple events in Russia, some in Italy, and even some to Israel last fall. The adventures don't have to be played at conventions, but that's just the most common way to get a copy of the book. As above, our intention is to reward the dedicated folks that attend public play events. The market on those things will crash, and hard, upon the digital release. We assumed that it would take roughly a year to get it that way, though, due to the huge number of other tasks that we're working on.

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

  • 11:58 AM - Jacob Lewis mentioned Mistwell in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    Mistwell Thank you! For that reasonable, rational, mature, and unemotional response. And for that Skeletor gif! I think I watched it for a minute before reading the rest of your response. And you're right. I could post my thoughts and ideas on system neutral topics, as I have in the past. I still do sometimes. But mostly I just read and don't always have time for posting. Not unless I think I have something funny to say. And it's not always as funny as I think it is, and it's never funny for everyone. Some people take their hobbies way too seriously. I like to think that I am lightening the mood. Most of the time... Anyway. I am not concerned with appeasing everyone else, though I do my best not to cross certain lines. Morrus (and a few others) keep me in check. I poke fun at everything, and if it gets some laughs, great! Mostly they go unnoticed or ignored, and that's fine too. I've played the game for almost four decades, been through edition changes, forum battles, much like many other...


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Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

  • 09:23 PM - Dausuul quoted Mistwell in post Tarrasque vs. Clay Golem (A thought experiment)
    As soon as it no longer sees the Tarrasque (in stomach) that order ends. No, it doesn't. The golem continues to follow the last order given to the best of its ability. The order doesn't become null and void if you throw a blanket over its head. And the statement that the golem can't think for itself does not mean it can't think at all; only that it has no capacity to reason outside the framework of its orders. Within that framework, it has an Int score of 3, which is smarter than an animal. The golem knows it was told to kill the Tarrasque. It saw the Tarrasque right up till the point it went down the gullet; that is enough information for an Int 3 creature to understand that it is still in contact with the thing it was told to kill, and it should keep punching.

Monday, 10th December, 2018

  • 12:42 AM - TerraDave quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    Man these acronyms really suck. People know what the Ravnica book is...not "GMGtR" (one letter difference, massive change in communication). They know what Dragon Heist is, not WDDH. They know Mad Mage is not DotMM (which by the way is only a savings of two letters for far less communication). And even I have no idea what AA is other than Alcoholics Anonymous. "People" can suck, its true.

Sunday, 9th December, 2018

  • 08:10 PM - Garthanos quoted Mistwell in post Dark Sun confirmed for 5th edition
    Odd necro of a thread... I am a great necromancer lots of interesting thoughts need revisited once in a while. That and I am just getting interested in 5e.
  • 06:46 PM - Parmandur quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    They are not really common knowledge, no. Once we get to this many books in, I don't think saving a couple of letters typed for an acronym with diminishing numbers who can keep track of them all is wise. I mean, if you're getting the responses you want when using them, then cool. But, I suspect different. Honestly, the acronyms became ridiculous in my book with Tales from the Yawning Portal...
  • 05:01 PM - dave2008 quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    By the way, what IS the "AA" on that book shelf? Art & Arcana
  • 05:00 PM - dave2008 quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    They are not really common knowledge, no. Once we get to this many books in, I don't think saving a couple of letters typed for an acronym with diminishing numbers who can keep track of them all is wise. I mean, if you're getting the responses you want when using them, then cool. But, I suspect different. PS: removed post
  • 04:56 PM - dave2008 quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    They are not really common knowledge, no. Once we get to this many books in, I don't think saving a couple of letters typed for an acronym with diminishing numbers who can keep track of them all is wise. I mean, if you're getting the responses you want when using them, then cool. But, I suspect different. I'm not looking for any response really - so I guess they worked!
  • 04:52 PM - dave2008 quoted Mistwell in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    Very few know what your acronyms mean. You're speaking complete jargon. Total failure to communicate with a meaningful portion of your audience. WDDH, DotMM, GMGtR, WTF? English, do you speak it? I thought they were common knowledge on these boards (it is after all were I got them from). I also thought the audience, given the context could figure them out: WDDH = Water Deep, Dragon Heist DotMM = Dungeon of the Mad Mage (though it should be WDDotMM - Water Deep, Dungeon of the Mad Mage) GMGtR = Guild Master's Guide to Ravnica EDIT: But really, does it make any difference how well I communicate on this post ;)
  • 04:52 PM - CapnZapp quoted Mistwell in post Cantrip Auto-Scaling - A 5e Critique
    Those lower level spell slots can be cast in higher level spell slots for more damage No, you mean lower level spells. He's talking about spell slots. You can't cast a level 1 spell slot in a higher level. Level 1 spell slots are always level 1.

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

  • 07:17 AM - CapnZapp quoted Mistwell in post Ranger Beast Master: errata will add new features to your animal companion!
    I disagree. The tools are there to change the odds from an impossible save into a probable one, dependant of course on how impossible the save is. Impossible saves are relevant to running away as running away lets you then prepare using the tools I am referring to. Here are some tools (this is not an exhaustive list): <snip> You can't be serious. Who in their right mind thinks it a good idea to spend precious resources just to turn an impossible save into a save you can make, let alone a probable one? Nobody. Saying you can spend resources to turn your +0 bonus into a +4 bonus, so you can make that DC 23 roll (if you roll 19 or better)... Talk about missing the point. :( Also: You starting out your reply with an implication I am making an unreasonable argument is probably not a good foot to start off with. I mean, there is no reason to turn the aggression dial to 11 on your first reply, is there? If it has eluded you then let me be clear: impossible saves are :(:(:(:(:( ...

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

  • 11:00 PM - Saelorn quoted Mistwell in post Ranger Beast Master: errata will add new features to your animal companion!
    +5 from three-quarters cover. You can prepare to gain cover - in fact my black dragon scenario involved that as one of the primary goals of the scouting mission, to find good reachable cover.And what, you're going to ready an action to dive behind cover when you expect the dragon is going to breathe on you? If you're going to spend the whole time cowering in the background, instead of up in the dragon's face, then you might as well not show up. Remember that your Dex modifier is -1, so you're not doing anything with a bow. +2.5 from Bless.It's not feasible to add new party members, as preparation. You can certainly choose for your existing divine spellcaster to cast this spell, rather than something else, but it takes their action and concentration. +2.5 from ResistanceAs above, but in terms of action economy, the divine spellcaster in your party is probably going to cast Bless instead of Resistance. +5 if you have a Paladin with you (Aura of Protection).Which is actually the point of thi...
  • 09:53 PM - Saelorn quoted Mistwell in post Ranger Beast Master: errata will add new features to your animal companion!
    I disagree. The tools are there to change the odds from an impossible save into a probable one, dependant of course on how impossible the save is. Impossible saves are relevant to running away as running away lets you then prepare using the tools I am referring to.If you're a level 17 fighter, and your Dex save is at -1, then you would need to find +12 worth of bonuses to turn an impossible DC 21 save into a probable one. Advantage is meaningless if you still fail on a 20, but might tip the scales if you can also find +8 worth of bonuses elsewhere. I'm not too familiar with everything on your list, but from what I do recognize, there's not much that you could acquire in preparation. You probably don't have time, between recon for the fight and when the fight actually needs to take place, to go gain three levels so you can pick up a feat. Nor are you likely to recruit a high-level bard or sorcerer, if you didn't have one already in the party. Seriously, imagine the situation. Your party need...
  • 08:54 PM - Saelorn quoted Mistwell in post Ranger Beast Master: errata will add new features to your animal companion!
    Impossible saves are there to get you to either prepare better or run away better. That's a feature, not a bug.That would be a reasonable argument, if it was true, but it's not. Preparation gives very little ability to change the odds (since you'll never turn an impossible save into a probable one, the tools simply don't exist); and impossible saves are more-or-less irrelevant to the necessity of running away. If a cosmic dragon walks up to you and hits you with a DC 45 breath weapon, then you just take it on the chin, mark down a couple of HP, and proceed to wipe the floor with it.
  • 08:35 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Mistwell in post Today's The Last Day Of Voting For The Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2019!
    There is going to be a Lyonesse RPG? WOW! I am in, sight unseen! Exciting! http://thedesignmechanism.com/resources/Press_Releases/Lyonesse%20RPG%20Press%20Release.pdf

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

  • 09:00 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Mistwell in post Is Ranged really better than Melee?
    I find ranged attacking is overrated. First, let's assume you're using published adventures. Not everyone does of course, but it's one objective baseline to draw from, and we don't have sufficient data on homebrew campaigns to draw any objective data. That said: 1) Published adventures on average tend to emphasize dungeons, and in particular dungeons which do not offer the ability for everyone to stay outside of 30' from foes for very long without running into another room which is also occupied by foes. 2) Published adventures on average tend to emphasize magic weapons which are melee weapons, and in particular longswords. They also tend to have magic shields to be found in treasure. As the baseline of the game is that magic stores do not exist, the ability to use magic items you find is extremely helpful. 3) Given the commonality of dungeon settings, and the commonality that someone in the party will be melee and often several someones, cover comes into play. A target with half cover has...
  • 06:36 PM - smbakeresq quoted Mistwell in post Bolstering Wizards
    It is not. Wizards are quite powerful in 5e, and coherent. I'd say they rival the top of the list in terms of power, and definitely do not need a power boost for that. In terms of coherency of the class, their "thing" is utility. They have extremely high level of flexibility to deal with almost any kind of challenge the party might encounter. That's not a bug, it's a feature. I agree. However I did like the feature in earlier editions that you choice of school cut off access to another school. I thought that was a good option .

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 05:06 AM - Panda-s1 quoted Mistwell in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Exactly. So, it was in fact a strawman. Nobody was presenting that position. You're in a thread asking why some DMs limit some rules, many people explained why they limit rules, and you replied its about cowardice and being unable to cope. Not with some explanation that you meant a small subset of people which wasn't representative of the majority of people who limit rules - no you made a broad claim about why people limit rules. To people, in this thread, who were saying why they limit rules. And then you acted shocked people didn't take too kindly to it. And you're still feigning confusion about it. As if you couldn't possibly fathom in a million years why people might react negatively to your strawman. Just because nobody was presenting that position doesn't mean I can't bring it up. The OP posited a question, I gave an answer. In my experience there are DMs who are like that. It wasn't directed at anyone here per-sť, but because I said a mean word people decided I was talking ab...

Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

  • 05:13 PM - Treantmonklvl20 quoted Mistwell in post Treantmonk's Guide to Wizards 5e
    Wow. Not sure why it's not an attack, but that is a distinction Crawford makes. It's because it does not require an attack roll. Toll the Dead is not an attack either. That said, although supported by the rules, DM's are not always going to let it fly, nor will all players (including me) be ready to exploit what is basically a loophole to let a familiar take offensive actions in combat. As for the value: 1) The big draw here is that the familiar can use it's action to use the spell, but keep in mind we are talking about a small cone of fairly low damage 2) The Wizard will need to maintain concentration on this spell. That's a fair cost for a fairly small attack 1/round. 3) The familiar is squishy as hell. This is not a hard spell to remove - one magic missile for example. 4) Also, there is the initial action to set this up So overall, I think it's OK. Saving that action every round is good, but the effect is OK at best. Spending concentration on this is a significant f...
  • 09:11 AM - Panda-s1 quoted Mistwell in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Who in this thread has given you the impression that their disagreement with you on this topic is because they are "incapable of dealing with not everything going the way [they] want it?" Name one person. No one, except everyone seems to think I was talking about them for some reason. Edit: I'll also say being asked loaded questions about the nature of DM'ing, despite saying numerous times that a DM gets the final say in their game, isn't conducive to this discussion either. Hell in one case I was given a scenario where a clear minority of the player group objected to the DM's want to play a gritty realistic game and asked if the DM should bend over backward to this minority's whims. I'm not exactly amused at being handed a question as if I don't understand how consensus and majority work.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 11:02 PM - Panda-s1 quoted Mistwell in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Use rope much? Okay the eladrin uses a rope to get other players across. While he's setting up the rope he's ambushed by goblins and has to fight them off on his own. Or in the case of hobgoblins the party is ambushed while two of the PCs are going across on the rope, and one of the hobgoblins manages to cut the rope before they can get across. You could argue Mystara does not have misty-stepping Eladrin. Irrelevant. But at what point can you not accept no for an answer? Never, did you miss where I said I go from game to game and ruin DMs settings by inserting my weird homebrew races? Do you just love eladrin that goddamn much? It's an example. To be clear I don't give a crap about Eladrin, I just think you should be honest about how you represent DM's as inflexible but are unwilling to answer the same question when turned on the player. Players don't get to be very flexible, meanwhile DMs can do whatever they want in their game, why would I advocate for DM flexibility? "Please ma...


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