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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 09:29 PM
    If you fix the overflowing gutter in Episode 1, does it stay fixed after Episode 15-16 about being afraid of thunder and the electricity going out during the nasty storm? :-S
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 01:41 PM
    There IS a small room where the party can safely rest, written into the adventure. Some other rooms, the party can clear the trap/fight, take turns posting a guard and letting the other members rest up. A clever party with illusion magic available could make themselves look like the 'repair crew,' break something, and stay there "fixing it" wherever they want.
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 01:37 PM
    Bheur Hag 24 Blink Dog 22 Boggle 23 Dryad 27 Eladrin (Summer) 4 Green Hag 23 Korred 20 Meenlock 20 Pixie 27 Satyr 22 + 1 = 23 pan pipes are relaxing
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 04:35 PM
    - The dragon sorcerer is riding the Tarrasque like a cowboy on a horse (or more likely 'on a bucking bronco / bull')! - Unbeknownst to the players (but knownst to us) the Tarrasque wants out of the confined spaces of the town. It is AoE'ing the buildings to clear itself a path of escape. - How do PCs develop 'favorite NPCs' in a one-shot episode? - The dragon sorcerer is there as a 'third...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 02:21 PM
    Bheur Hag 24 Blink Dog 22 Boggle 22 + 1 = 23 Look - somebody slayed an Elf and another Boggle showed up! Dryad 29 Eladrin (Spring) 4 Eladrin (Summer) 7 Eladrin (Winter) 6 Green Hag 21 Korred 22 - 2 = 20 Because it's a Korred Meenlock 20
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 04:52 PM
    I usually ignore sex and gender (unless somebody else brings it up). (1) My groups often include teens - and sometimes kids and even a 3-year-old (!) once - who aren't comfortable IRL with much past 'playing kissyface' yet. (2) In-game, if adventurers are showing up to deal with a problem, then it has already gotten out of hand and all attention must be directed into controlling it; no...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 11:30 AM
    Annis Hag 5 - 2 = 3 Bheur Hag 23 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 21 + 1 = 22 Dryad 28 Eladrin (Autumn) 8 Eladrin (Spring) 10 Eladrin (Summer) 10 Eladrin (Winter) 8 Green Hag 22
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 04:54 PM
    For a home table, sure go ahead. Tell the player you will run it as a test; if he unbalances fights (or something else) you will find out and can then adapt further or "make it didn't happen". I am currently running an Arcane Trickster / Trickery Cleric. This is fun and flavorful but MAD. I picked Forest Gnome for his race so I would have decent (but not high) Spell Save DCs.
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 04:48 PM
    Probably some Bard who wanted to be able to put on two consecutive shows in the same town. Singing that song and starting riots (or bar fights) gets to be more trouble / stress than the coins are worth.
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:16 PM
    Strahd of course loves Barovia; it's his home. But he also realizes that greater individuals - such as himself - are called to higher destinies. He has it in mind to create a larger kingdom; maybe even an empire, if he can find the right lieutenants to supervise the necessary bureaucracy. His approximate plan is similar to how the House of Hapsburg created Austria. Knowing his own powers...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:06 PM
    Dwarves get out an awl or a knitting needle - instead of the usual big chisel - when they want to carve runes for a blind dwarf to read. The resulting handwriting is small enough that you can run fingers over it and not miss anything. This should also work with vellum (animal hides) but not well with paper or parchment. Inherently-magical races would likely adapt Alarm and Magic Mouth spells...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 12:54 PM
    Annis Hag 10 Bheur Hag 22 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 20 + 1 = 21 With all those Eladrin fading away, this fellow ought to be in better shape. Dryad 29 Eladrin (Autumn) 12 Eladrin (Spring) 12 Eladrin (Summer) 10 Eladrin (Winter) 10 Green Hag 22
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 12:51 PM
    Annis Hag 15 Bheur Hag 22 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 20 Dryad 28 Eladrin (Autumn) 12 Eladrin (Spring) 12 Eladrin (Summer) 12 Eladrin (Winter) 12 Green Hag 21
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 02:49 AM
    Northeast Indiana here (this part of the Midwest got the New England / New York settlement wave, not the Southerners). London Bridge is falling down. It could be rebuilt with sticks and stones (which bend and break), bricks and mortar (not sure what happens to them), iron and steel (which rust away), silver and gold (no recollection of next verse). I've heard "take the key and lock them...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 12:48 AM
    Eltab replied to Dark Sun
    That sounds like something a Warlock with a master who pays attention to his antics can achieve, too. Modify the 'available spell' list as needed and you are good to go.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 12:41 AM
    Annis Hag 14 Bheur Hag 21 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 21 + 1 = 22 I appear to be his only friend, so I'll fortify him enough to take an extra hit. Dryad 31 Eladrin (Autumn) 12 Eladrin (Spring) 14 Eladrin (Summer) 14 Eladrin (Winter) 14 Green Hag 20
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 12:32 AM
    Subtle-cast L3 Fear. The enemy / audience does not know what they are afraid of, but it's scary. If possible, time it to BBEG's grand entrance so all his minions run away from him and spoil his scene. If not, set off a stampede of the lemmings. With careful positioning, frighten the front ranks of the enemy army, demand they surrender, and watch that ripple rearwards. Now you and your...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 12:26 AM
    I can't imagine Wile E Coyote successfully flying - let alone landing - an airplane. In the event of a capsized (but not yet sinking) ship, he would probably let the water in to the critical compartment of air...
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 04:57 AM
    Can we design one of the "targets" to look an awful lot like the guy who wrote the first-person-shooter set in a school?
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 04:55 AM
    New movie Skyscraper coming to theaters soon, looks like The Rock is going to save his in-film family (who are atop The Towering Inferno) while the city police and fire departments try to get him to go stand back behind the barricades. No Wile E. Coyote angle in this one, though. Maybe the next Classic Movie Clone to hit theaters...
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 01:30 AM
    Annis Hag 16 Bheur Hag 19 Blink Dog 20 Boggle 21 Darkling 7 - 2 = 5 Dryad 28 Eladrin (Autumn) 14 Eladrin (Spring) 16 Eladrin (Summer) 14 Eladrin (Winter) 16
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    Saturday, 7th July, 2018, 03:36 AM
    In one of the Star Trek novels, Jim Kirk's nephew has to escape danger along with a college-age Klingon woman. Of course sort-of-romance follows (he's clumsily trying to emulate his uncle who is smooth with the ladies in his own way). They have to overcome cultural hurdles: she gets excited at the smell of blood in the air, and he believes a gentleman would NEVER strike a lady. Both of them...
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    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 01:48 PM
    I want a Troodon for a pet. (Think: a big dog -sized Velociraptor, not the Jurassic Park man-sized version, wrapped in feathers.) And I want to cast Multiple Image on him, so he will look like a pack coming the enemy's way.
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    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 01:41 PM
    I worked out a timeline for my Tyranny of Dragons campaign, based on the groups stops and starts, travel, &c. There was one date mentioned in the AP that I used as the Zero reference. Then I translated the Harptos Calendar of FR into IRL Julian calendar. The group started as L1 newbies in February and were L12 by August. I had to leave the group (they subsequently picked up a new campaign)...
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    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 01:32 PM
    Annis Hag 18 Bheur Hag 21 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 20 + 1 = 21 This thingy creates more of itself by drowning elves (but nobody else) in quicksand Darkling 11 Dryad 26 Eladrin (Autumn) 16 Eladrin (Spring) 18 Eladrin (Summer) 18 Eladrin (Winter) 18
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    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 01:28 PM
    Don't forget: Anise = licorice (a candy)
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 05:37 PM
    Annis Hag 20 Bheur Hag 20 Blink Dog 21 Boggle 20 Darkling 16 Dryad 20 Eladrin (Autumn) 18 Eladrin (Spring) 20 Eladrin (Summer) 20 Eladrin (Winter) 20
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 12:47 AM
    … for people who are inspired by Boy George's fashion sense? (See the old MTV videos)
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 12:45 AM
    You introduced that complaint in Post #4. It fits in nicely with your OP and could be edited in with no loss of continuity. I second the motion above: upon receiving a modest payment from you - whatever you think the initial purchase of a good video game is worth - I also will not play this game.
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 12:38 AM
    I ran a home-made convention game of Gamma World using D&D 3.5 rules. I let the players customize their characters by picking their own feats. I had no idea what Cleave would do to an ambush of two melee and two (slow-to-react) archers. Even after I "sent reinforcements" to the NPCs, the PCs went through what was intended to be a delaying action in about 5 min IRL. They turned the...
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    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 07:00 PM
    - 1980? I borrowed a character from a friend. The group opened a door and found an altar dedicated to Thor, who the character worshipped. I said "I do a reverence." The statue threw a hammer at us and ... hits me. I now have 1 HP. The next PC says "I disbelieve in you!" POOF - gone. I didn't know that Potions of Healing were a thing, and thought my friend was going to get on me for getting...
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    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 06:33 PM
    Asmodeus 2 - 2 = 0 Surprise, the Lord of Hell did NOT win in the end (for once) Baalzebul 1 + 1 = 2 Let's see if the self-proclaimed "most worthy" can pull THIS off Demogorgon 7
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    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 06:30 PM
    double-post
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    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 04:09 PM
    Star Wars: Aftermath (a trilogy) seems to be the first novels set in Disney's version of the galaxy far far away. It covers events after Ep6. Already we see the foreshadowing of the bleak background to Ep7.
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    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 01:51 PM
    Tangent: To help set the mood for one session, I told the group I was going to read a poem. They groaned because they thought I meant "I'm going to read a poem I wrote myself". I used a historical poem from the Revolutionary War - a pastor gives a militant sermon in church - as short-hand for an Order of Paladins inspiring their members before marching off to war.
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    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 01:40 PM
    Asmodeus 14 Baalzebul 10 + 1 = 11 Demogorgon 14 Orcus 6 - 2 = 4
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 02:19 PM
    The four kids in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe have been through the London Blitz. When they are in Narnia and realize they have flying allies available, they do just what you describe to the Witch's army.
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 01:54 PM
    The bribe money was good while it lasted... Now back to business (pardon the pun) Asmodeus 17 Baalzebul 15 Demogorgon 14 Mephistopheles 9 + 1 = 10 Keeping the battle going Orcus 14 - 2 = 12 long enough to take down my hated rival
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 01:06 AM
    I just realized that Bhaal should be jealous of Acererak and try to interrupt the plan for his own benefit, once awareness of the Death Curse spreads. Who needs the Murder in Baldurs Gate metaplot when you can let what happens naturally gain you what you seek? Much lower chance of detection / interruption. Leira is supposed to be able to detect and see through any illusion, since she knows...
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 12:52 AM
    Eltab replied to Dark Sun
    The DM is going to have more record-keeping. For each spell (or each combat), was it preserve-cast or defile-cast? Who witnessed it? Did they survive the combat? Would word get out? Unless you have A Very Powerful Protector, defile-casting gets you the opportunity to be the target of an angry mob (who figure that dying killing you is better than dying to power your spells, but they are...
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 12:33 AM
    Being able to use the Ethereal Plane as a way to move around on the Material Plane is going to make the price of Gorgon's Blood* rise dramatically. There may be other unanticipated side-effects. I get the same feeling about doing this as I did when I first realized that the Underdark permanently out-flanks every surface kingdom. If you are familiar with the very-late-3e-era hardcover module...
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 01:51 PM
    Asmodeus 14 Baalzebul 17 Demogorgon 17 - 2 = 15 Mammon 7 + 1 = 8 Mephistopheles 15 Orcus 17 Better take care of this early, today.
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:42 AM
    I could see a series of Tales -like hardcover releases that combine classic modules and finish with one of the Classic Megadungeons. For instance, I'd like to see one that climaxes with Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. (Alas that WotC does not pick my brain for ideas.)
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:37 AM
    Well in that case - yes, certainly, put me where your Fighter/ Barbarian / Paladin / Monk can't lay a finger on me. Eldritch Blast FTW!
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:29 AM
    There was a whole 'nother thread about how to abuse this spell or completely wreck cultural norms by using it to optimize your character.
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:28 AM
    If you want to use this spell, be ready to outlaw divorce. Because otherwise there will be battlefield marriages followed by PvP of the weakened survivors. :devil:
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:22 AM
    If your engineer player wants to design something that takes two hours of IRL work to get the blueprints ready, ask him to do it at home between sessions and bring it in next week. For purposes of play, he can describe with words and a rough sketch what he wants to accomplish. That is the mistake I can see. P.S. Have you considered asking the group to rotate DM duties? Being the DM for...
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:08 AM
    Asmodeus 18 Baalzebul 16 Demogorgon 18 Mammon 6 + 1 = 7 I can't leave you alone for even a day without trouble coming... Mephistopheles 15 Orcus 18 - 2 = 16
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 03:04 AM
    If I was the warlock and an enemy Levitated me, I would want to get back on the ground; I expect him to raise me up high then drop me for the damage … unless I can Misty Step to some low-ceilinged area where he can't levitate me up high enough to hurt me when I fall.
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 02:58 AM
    Eltab replied to Dark Sun
    Permit me to introduce you to the Dark Sun Creature Catalogue. Athas druids turn into Athas critters. Low-level Druid "I wild shape into a Baazrag" DM "Wait, a what?" But you are still right that the selection of creatures they can turn into is NOT going to be as lush and verdant - excuse me, as long a list - as a world with a healthy ecology, like Oerth.
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    Saturday, 30th June, 2018, 02:51 AM
    Eltab replied to Dark Sun
    I haven't built this out yet, it's just a framework: If you choose to Defile while casting a spell, You first cast the Blight spell with a radius of (other spell's level*10 feet) as a free action. Count your kills and add 1 (for the plants in the zone). You get this many power points which you may use to enhance the base spell, using the Sorcerer class feature's mechanics. A higher-level...
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    Friday, 29th June, 2018, 02:42 PM
    This isn't a problem with the book, as much as DM advice Doomvault: Tell your players to make a map - neither they nor their characters need be trained in Cartography - as they go or they will get lost. The size of the vault (I think we have met every creature in the Monster Manual) plus the teleportals will prevent the "I'll just remember where we went" method from working accurately. I...
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    Friday, 29th June, 2018, 02:21 PM
    A thought, for those who like political intrigue campaigns: 4e "Imperial Cormyr" expanded to absorb nearby city-states. For 5e, Cormyr is supposed to have shrunk back to traditional boundaries. The nearby city-states will be treated as "buffer zones" or client-states. Any trouble will have to go through them to get at Cormyr, and Cormyr will have no problem at all quietly sending official...
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    Friday, 29th June, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Asmodeus 18 Baalzebul 19 Baphomet 11 Demogorgon 22 Mammon 11 + 1 = 12 Keep paying me for upvotes. (I may just drain your treasury dry even if you fall anyways) Mephistopheles 19 Orcus 16 - 2 = 14 I can't kill you because you are already undead, but … you could pay me to bother somebody else.
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    Friday, 29th June, 2018, 02:02 PM
    No "Chaos" for a while; you should see the list of self-appointed replacements to that position.
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 07:02 PM
    ... it's almost like there is a conspiracy to divert Gygax's legacy into the filing cabinets (and bank accounts) of lawyers ...
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 06:55 PM
    Persuade me; 'the situation is dire' is assumed, and the player can say "therefore X happens because -insert reason here-". Come up with a cool story moment! Paladins can go on a quest and Atone, should they sin; I'm willing to give the non-flying-except-this-time aasimar a similar opportunity. And of course I offered an alternative crunch mechanism a few posts above yours.
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 01:11 PM
    Pick some mildly magical beast or monstrosity for him to emulate / take name. He got into magic not-willingly: his mercenary group went to fight a mage. The mage won. (Or at the least took prisoners and compelled the rest to retreat.) This guy looked like a promising test subject. What he can do is based on the mage trying to create his own living guardian. Maybe the original plan was for...
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 01:03 PM
    Eltab replied to How To Darksun
    You should speak more highly of the 4e reboot, as an example of somebody else doing what you are also trying to accomplish: adapt the old setting to new rules. Another potential campaign metaplot is merchant-based: build up a new House, or protect the existing one(s) from upstarts / The Competition.
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 12:50 PM
    No, you don't get an instant pair of wings. But you do get a one-use Misty Step (or similar, to cover the distance needed). You homework, Player, should you choose to accept it, is: explain WHY that ability just popped up at this moment of crisis. Challenge the player to come up with more than "But I needed it!" or deus ex machina.
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 12:39 PM
    Asmodeus 21 Baalzebul 19 Baphomet 14 Demogorgon 21 - 2 = 19 Glasya 10 Mammon 15 + 1 = 16 Mephistopheles 21 Orcus 17 Zuggtmoy 5
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    Wednesday, 27th June, 2018, 01:15 PM
    Asmodeus 24 - 2 = 22 Baalzebul 20 Baphomet 18 Demogorgon 20 Glasya 19 Mammon 18 + 1 = 19 Mephistopheles 20 Orcus 14 Zuggtmoy 13
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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 02:18 PM
    You will want to post this in the "Gamers Seeking Gamers" forum also, which is intended for your very purpose!
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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 01:39 PM
    Asmodeus 24 - 2 = 22 Baalzebul 21 Baphomet 18 Demogorgon 18 Geryon 8 Glasya 18 Mammon 20 + 1 = 21 You really ought to pay a few more people to come to your aid Mephistopheles 20 Orcus 20 Zuggtmoy 16
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 10:48 PM
    Me either. Sure it sounds like fun to be able to KILL ALL; TAKE STUFF with no conscience or concern for anybody else (except the rest of the group) - for a while. There is no overall goal or purpose to it. If you are successful enough, you become the target of meddling powerful Heroes who want you dead. Or worse - they want to torment you for the rest of your natural life, trying to persuade...
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 10:44 PM
    Even more effective: if you can persuade the soon-to-fall soul that he is fighting Evil masquerading behind a good. (Blame your personal rival/foe for manipulating / bewitching the intended target.) This preserves your dupe's value to you, because in the future you can persuade him to attack somebody else.
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 03:03 PM
    I think you will have to begin away from a spreadsheet: for each NPC, write down their "history". Review that notebook-full of facts for common points that you can use to format the spreadsheet pages. Then you will be ready to enter data into a searchable form. It may help if you run searches on the classic radio/TV soap operas. They also had complex character-connection plots, and had to...
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 12:31 PM
    Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 21 Baphomet 18 Demogorgon 21 Geryon 14 Glasya 20 Levistus 7 Mammon 22 + 1 = 23 You owe me more bribe money … and you of all beings can not plead poverty. Mephistopheles 19 Orcus 20
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 02:22 AM
    Loyalty is not a bad thing. As I realized I was going to convert from player to DM of my Tiamat group, I had to find a believable (in-story) reason why my character wasn't adventuring with the group any more. I decided to sacrifice him to enable the group's escape when somebody else got caught and surrounded. Wouldn't you know that I made all my Death Saves while Team Monster chased...
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 02:15 AM
    Asmodeus 24 - 2 = 22 Just business, nothing personal (see below) Baalzebul 21 Baphomet 18 Demogorgon 21 Geryon 14 Glasya 21 Levistus 7 Mammon 22 + 1 = 23 … You owe me more bribe money, rich-being Mephistopheles 20 Orcus 18
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 02:12 AM
    There are Dwarf, Halfling, Gnome sub-races in Sword Coast Adventurers' Guide. I'm not familiar enough with Dragonlance to offer advice, but the material may help you out.
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 02:04 AM
    4b. "I have a cunning plan so that MOST of us, anyways, can escape." ex: Scatter! and use the Dash action!
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 02:00 AM
    An overwhelming enemy might decide to let the (relatively puny) party get away with a good scare - a dragon breath that burns down everything between them and it but just singes the slowest-fleeing PC a bit, say - so they run back to town and tell everybody else how strong and powerful that enemy is. Then it can get more rest (or turn its full attention to its Main Plan), because the next group...
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    Sunday, 24th June, 2018, 12:29 AM
    Modify the 'hook' for Tomb of Annihilation: the PCs are commissioned to explore Chult ("a cakewalk in the park for ones such as yourselves! Practically a paid vacation!") to discover and report back concerning say 1d6 of the important places found along the way to the Tomb itself - plus that abandoned dwarf mine, said to still hold a quantity of metals / gems worked out of the raw ore. Their...
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 11:57 PM
    If this is the case, you (or your DM) are not fully thinking up challenging situations. 20'x20' white rooms with only one door DO get boring fast, but the PCs should be entering rooms full of descriptions. At higher levels, where PC AC >= 20, use attacks (such as spells) that require a Saving Throw. I was able to challenge an L14 party with an equal number of L4 lizardmen - by having them...
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 11:42 PM
    Asmodeus 23 Baalzebul 22 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 21 Fierna 4 Geryon 18 Glasya 21 Graz'zt 3 Levistus 8 Mammon 23 + 1 = 24 You've purchased enough of my votes to get into the lead. Well done. :angel:
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 02:58 AM
    As written, this spell requires the DM to "randomly" pick what you get. You have no control over what is summoned. For a more Barovia flavor, ask your DM if you can use a variant where you summon 'creatures of the night' -type animals rather than demons. The two of you can work together to decide what is available. (A pack of quote wolves unquote would be flavorful - even if mechanically...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 05:10 PM
    I think you should check out the book "The Signs By The Side Of The Road" if you are having so much trouble with making shaves that you want to throw things. Though tough the beard That Nature gave It's soft like down With Burma-Shave
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 05:05 PM
    Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 24 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 24 Dispater 4 - 2 = 2 Demon Lords aren't usually in to 'teamwork' but for this one exception I'll set somebody else up to deliver the Final Blow Fierna 11 Geryon 18 Glasya 21 Graz'zt 9 Levistus 12
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 05:01 PM
    HER name, iirc. And -:devil: you have thoughtfully provided yourself a suitable punishment, too. :devil:
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 04:23 AM
    ... and offenders, and people who are willfully going to make changes they favor, and experimentors, and ...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 04:21 AM
    Buying that 30-year-old house right after I moved out on my own seemed like a really neat idea. I had no idea that, when I moved some stuff into Deep Storage in the attic, I would find a box of letters stashed in the back corner. All the letters had "Open me on" dates on the envelopes … and were in my own handwriting. :confused: The ones I've read so far were full of good advice...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 06:16 PM
    +1 except it took 7 years. And there is a recently-begun thread with the very same topic.
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 03:15 PM
    Now we need several trips back, not a 'time-lock'. - Stop previous time-tripping self mid-mission; I am pursuing the wrong person. - Trip to scene of Jessica's death, to find out who really killed her. - Research that person's backstory - Stop real killer in some other crime (catch him red-handed would be best) that he committed prior to killing Jessica. - NOW I am ready to go back to...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 02:58 PM
    If the ship is about to sink in the storm, the sailors will look at the passengers for help (see also St. Paul's shipwreck or Jonah). The PCs can do skill checks to tie down wildly flailing rope ends, haul cargo to the rail and throw it overboard, pray to their gods to disperse the storm, bail out leaks with a bucket brigade, lash the wheel so the ship at least moves in a straight line, &c....
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 02:44 PM
    Made for myself: 4e Star'Lock, first adventure was an LFR module. One encounter involved fighting four fey polecats plus some other enemies. We were all learning the rules and I did not realize that firing an Eldritch Blast with two melee foes in adjacent squares was a bad idea. The group won the fight while I got badly mauled. My trophy for myself, between adventures, was to skin the...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 02:15 PM
    That is an awesome extrapolation from a single data point. Well done. (Somewhat reminiscent of the movie effect when putting on Sauron's Ring.)
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 02:11 PM
    If you can grab Tomb of Annihilation, one of the side-quests is finding a pirate gang's secret hideout. That may help you fill out some crunch for your storyline. For something a bit different: the PCs' ship survives the storm OK but finds somebody else's shipwreck as visibility clears. There are signs of survivors on the shore nearby, but it is not clear how to get your own ship safely...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 01:52 PM
    Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 23 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 23 - 2 = 21 Almost getting to downvote two for the price of one. Would that that unknown god had had a sharper blade... Dispater 10 Fierna 13 Geryon 20 Glasya 21 Graz'zt 16 Levistus 16
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    Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, 06:23 PM
    We need to know more about the party to give on-target advice. Read through the various dragons' descriptions (the fluff). Some dragons provide themselves with guardians to chase off unwanted guests and/or lieutenants to handle the day-to-day work of operating a lair, so the dragon need not bother himself with the petty details. If the PCs have to fight the outer layer of defenses to reach...
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Monday, 2nd July, 2018

  • 08:55 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Some good thoughts, Eltab. Thanks! On a different note, last session we noticed a flaw with the Zombie Door (Area 21 in the Tomb of the Nine Gods). The default assumption seems to be that a cleric can turn the zombies so that they will run away, thus pulling the door open. However, the expected level range for the tomb is 9-11. A cleric of that level *can't* turn zombies. They can only destroy them. So the only way anyone is going to be opening that door by turning the zombies is if a) they're in the tomb at a much lower level than intended or b) they're a multiclassed character with only a few levels of cleric. Hmm.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 04:49 AM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Eltab in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Nice! Thanks everyone! And yeah, Eltab; that's exactly the kind of thing I'm getting at. It's just two of us playing T1-4, A1-4. C-3, and we'll see, but it's heart is in the geopolitical machinations. Not just politics, but relationships, yet-grand as it all becomes, it all does boil-down to "Soap Opera". Which is fine.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 01:28 AM - Harzel mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Blood War- DEMOGORGON WINS!
    Correction for Eltab's lost vote. Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 22 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 19 Dispater 12 Fierna 15 Fraz-Urb'Luu 1 Geryon 20 Glasya 23 Graz'zt 20 Juiblex 19 Levistus 18 Mammon 22 Mephistopheles 22 Orcus 19 Yeenoghu 16 Zariel 7 Zuggtmoy 20

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 12:44 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Eltab in post DRAGONS, An Alternate Take on a Classic Foe
    ...red than if you were never wearing it," I think that's okay. However, your comment has made me realize I need to figure out how long it'd take a character in damaged armor to pull it off if they chose to. It doesn't seem fair to use the full don and remove times since pieces of it are already hanging in tatters from the character. Persistent Breath Persistent breath has a 10 minute duration because of its intended use. It exists to give the dragon the ability to exercise control over the battlefield. It lets the dragon separate creatures from their allies, and it lets the dragon create zones of harm to punish foes who get too close to it. Dragon Hide bleezy, the ability is a bit of work. I would've preferred something more simple, but I couldn't figure out a simpler mechanic that evoked the feel I was going for: that a dragon's hide is a cloak of destruction, and attacking it with non-magical weapons is like trying to break up a boulder by chopping at it with your sword. Eltab, I agree with you about the damage of the weapon shattering. I'll change that. Dragon Resistance I appreciate the concerns about how this, especially combined with other abilities, really hampers non-magical characters. It's a more than fair concern. However, it also plays into my setting's concept of dragons. If a town without any magical ability is able to defend itself well from (or even defeat) a dragon (especially an adult or ancient one), the dragon isn't tough enough. It's supposed to be a living, breathing terror of wrath and destruction capable of breaking armies underfoot and wrecking castles. It's also noteworthy that my setting isn't exactly low-magic. I don't give out +X items, but magic items with other properties, or items that simply count as being magical, aren't tremendously difficult to come by. By the time a party meets an adult or ancient dragon, they each should have at least one magic weapon (even if none of them grant a +X to hit and damage). Devo...

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

  • 05:29 PM - akr71 mentioned Eltab in post Mythological Figures: King Arthur (5E)
    I had a book of Arthurian stories as a kid that my dad handed down to me. Not a picture book, but a collection of stories. One of the things I remember from that was that Excalibur's scabbard was magical too. While wearing it, he could not be cut (resistance to slashing and piercing damage). I don't recall this from any other story though. Edit: Wikipedia talks about this, so at least I didn't make it up ;) Whether you are a fan of the sword-in-the-stone version or the Lady-of-the-Lake version of how he comes by Excalibur, there is no mention of the scabbard. So, perhaps a gift from Merlin? As @Eltab suggested, I would use the Holy Avenger as a model. We're talking artifact level power here, but it doesn't need to be a full H.A. The bond to the land is important.

Saturday, 26th May, 2018

  • 10:43 AM - AnimeSniper mentioned Eltab in post Magic Weapons
    @Eltab good idea and I just thought what if you had this applied to say a Gauntlet/s that a PC picks up in a second hand armor shop for x-GP and finds out that the fancy filigree /etchings actually alerts them to said monster/creature and deals the +1 to punching... it could be applied to other visible to the wearer parts of their armor

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Sunday, 1st April, 2018

  • 02:14 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Eltab Nice! :) Very Jurassic Park "where is it?" I picked that up too. Maybe I'm just an outlier from most D&D gamers, but I feel like... and this applies to a lot of how ToA presents info to players (or the lack thereof!).... I feel like Area 13 is alluding to backstory, following a "show don't tell" policy... but that seems to leave the DM filling in a lot of blanks. There was actually a thread on the topic of foreshadowing from last year; while CapnZapp was a bit harsh there, I'm seeing the same flaws in ToA that he did. So, let me get specific about Area 13 in Omu & the King of Feathers... I *think* there's often a tight connection between monsters & environment/treasure in ToA... mostly it's very well designed & playtested... So in Area 13 (Amphitheater) I notice there's a helm of telepathy, an electrum platter with images of Chultan feasting rituals, and an Omuan death mask (a way to memorialize the dead) in Area 13, specifically in rooms under the amphitheater. I'm thinking ...

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

  • 04:46 PM - delericho mentioned Eltab in post Where Do They Get Their Literacy?
    Literacy, or the lack thereof, and languages in general, is one of those areas where I would really like for the game to pay quite a bit more attention... while at the same time finding it to be a huge pain whenever it does. jasper and Eltab basically summed it up: language barriers serve as a roadblock that can all-too-readily prevent the players best able to (or most interested in) getting involved in a scene. And, in cases where the entire party lack the key language, they can completely derail the adventure - much like a riddle the PCs can't (but must) solve, or a secret door they can't (but must) find. (And then, to get round that the game provides a solution in the form of an easily-cast spell, turning an insurmountable roadblock into a trivial speed-bump. I'm not sure that's better.) With languages, I'm inclined to mostly handwave them - assume just about everyone speaks Common and just about everyone is literate... until, very occasionally, you hit a situation where they are not. For instance, the PCs might be teleported half a world away, and so for one adventure they then need to deal with a language barrier. Keep it up just long enough to be interesting... and the moment it's not declare that the PCs have ...

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Tuesday, 20th February, 2018

  • 02:22 PM - Sadras mentioned Eltab in post Combining Tyranny of Dragons; Red Hand of Doom and Storm King's Thunder
    Lol - right robus I was going to say that but saw your edit. Ohhh well, I was just seeing if anyone had done this and what they decided. No worries! Definitely check out those threads mentioned by @Eltab. There was a great idea in one of them (forget which poster) where one of the ritual components required to bring Tiamat from the 9-Hells was the head/blood of a noble enemy = giant king, enter SKT. So the idea is you run SKT alongside the ToD storyline. Do not play the whole AP, let the PCs cherry-pick which missions to go on when they are presented at the Council meetings and have various factions push the characters for differing missions promising money, power, prestige and sex. Let the players/characters 'fight' it out amongst themselves which mission is more important. Sit back and enjoy as DM. The way I'm running that storyline is in that thread, no need to repeat it here.

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 01:11 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Cleric Domains- LIFE DOMAIN WINS!
    Arcana Domain 21 Forge Domain 22 Knowledge Domain 20 Life Domain 13 Light Domain 19 Tempest Domain 16 Trickery Domain 14 - because, Eltab, it really isn't as fun as it ought to be War Domain 19

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Saturday, 30th December, 2017

  • 09:20 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    ...ers. One of the plot threads will require divine intervention to be accomplished and so I expect them to try and petition the gods at some point. What they will find out is that there is quite a long line (several thousand years) for mortals to request something of the divine. If they were demigods, that would change things. Unfortunately for them, it won't be quite as easy as answering "yes" when they are asked if they are a demigod of some kind. Each PC will need to have credit for accomplishing a task that proves them worthy of the title. I'm not looking for specifics on how to accomplish the task, rather just big, flavorful ideas that have the potential to be handled in many ways. Each should also be tied to a specific Outer Plane. Hoping to get at least 20 potential quests to provide. The list so far... 1. Bring and end to Dionysus' 742 year long drunken celebration with the Bacchae in Arborea 2. Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state. Thanks, @Eltab 3. Steal Acereraks' family jewels from his prison in Carceri. Thanks, @ArchfiendBobbie 4. Collect all of the pine cones in the Vindmere Forest of Arborea. Thanks, @Ganymede81 5. Assist Mahlhevik in parting the Silver Sea so that Sytris and Japheth may visit him once more. 6. End the Wearbear curse sweeping through the Serpent Spine in Ysgard. Thanks, @Landon Guss 7. Help Lily and Adoma reach Nirvana. Thanks @Draegn & @Tormyr 8. Get Sys's boulder to balance atop the highest peak of Shurrock and Dothion. Thanks, jrowland Thanks in advance for the help!
  • 09:16 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    Eltab - I love the rebuild the ecosystem from 10,000 years ago idea, trying to get it down into one simple line that has just a clue or two to get the party started. I'm thinking... Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state.

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

  • 06:14 PM - Dan Chernozub mentioned Eltab in post LMoP - Help us with Party Composition
    Thanks everyone for the input! Defineteky getting an impression that the player asking for a DMgen doesn't want to play anything too complicated. Eltab what do you mean by "Forge Cleric isn't tank-friendly"?

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  • 05:47 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Eltab in post Rant about my Party
    Is this a real life group or an online game? Online group, and to respond to Eltab no one in the group is actually related. The PC who left started out treating the Paladin as an older sister, but over the course of the game the Paladin became more and more of an psychopath, at the same time, the rest of the group slowly took over as a series of big brother figures with her as the little sister we took care of. And, yeah, I didn't know or care about these people when I joined the group. Except for the DM who was a friend of mine, but after gaming together for over a year I'd say they've grown into being friends and if I left the group, I'd never end up talking to them again. That's more of a me thing though, I have a hard time keeping in contact with people.

Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017

  • 04:28 PM - Giorgicus mentioned Eltab in post Alternity Modules
    Please do NOT try to absorb Gamma World again. Concentrate on being Alternity. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was a fun game to play / replay. Could you do something like that, without the fixed plot which was the only way to score well? Eltab, I am not clear on your question, is it directed to me (the writer of this post) or to the games developers? Gamma World, like Star* Drive, Dark* Matter, and StarCraft Adventures are all WOTC IPs, and SGS doesn't have access to those licenses. They are creating their own near future SF setting called Protostar, and a second as yet undetermined setting.


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Monday, 9th July, 2018

  • 02:24 AM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post Dark Sun
    That sounds like something a Warlock with a master who pays attention to his antics can achieve, too. Modify the 'available spell' list as needed and you are good to go. Think about it though in the context of the setting. The Sorcerer Kings are defilers, and their most powerful spells can be fueled using non plant based life. Otherwise they are still constrained by the limits of the setting. How would they channel arcane power to warlocks if they can't even do it themselves. And even then assuming they are patrons and warlocks are still subject to defling laws and rules why would they create a heap of defilers when they rule the last few fertile lands themselves? They themselves have to be careful with their defiling and they have to use trees of life to offset that otherwise their own cities would be ash piles. How do they create a tree of life if they themselves are defilers (defilers can't create them BTW, preservers can)? Well they can't I would assume they get their Templars to do...

Sunday, 8th July, 2018

  • 06:31 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post For the good of video games, Anthem needs to fail hard
    New movie Skyscraper coming to theaters soon, looks like The Rock is going to save his in-film family (who are atop The Towering Inferno) while the city police and fire departments try to get him to go stand back behind the barricades. No Wile E. Coyote angle in this one, though. Maybe the next Classic Movie Clone to hit theaters... Yeah, I saw the ad for that earlier today. Hey, I wonder if there’s a plane crash involved? Or a capsized cruise ship?

Friday, 6th July, 2018

  • 09:17 AM - Dispater quoted Eltab in post Dark Sun
    The DM is going to have more record-keeping. For each spell (or each combat), was it preserve-cast or defile-cast? Who witnessed it? Did they survive the combat? Would word get out? Unless you have A Very Powerful Protector, defile-casting gets you the opportunity to be the target of an angry mob (who figure that dying killing you is better than dying to power your spells, but they are going to die regardless, therefore you can't threaten to kill them unless they leave you alone). Defilers only draw on plant life and lower life forms such as insects. Only very high level defilers like the SK's have/had the ability to draw on sentient life forms. A defiler casting a low-level spell would actually have the chance to slip by unnoticed. Sure people would notice the sagging plant life afterwards, but there are more subtleties to the defilement mechanic than "you get an angry suicidal mob attacking you on sight".

Thursday, 5th July, 2018

  • 01:22 AM - cmad1977 quoted Eltab in post For the good of video games, Anthem needs to fail hard
    … for people who are inspired by Boy George's fashion sense? (See the old MTV videos) I think that would be part of the line Boi George line Beasty Bois Bad bois Etc
  • 12:08 AM - Jester David quoted Eltab in post What's This Mysterious D&D Book? [UPDATED!]
    seems mildly pathetic to try and rain or pathfinder's parade, but then pathfinder did screw them hard over 4th While I tease that WotC is planning to time their July announcements for right around the release of the Pathfinder 2 playrest, I doubt WotC really cares about that. D&D is ridiculously larger than Pathfinder. PHB with necessary proofreading / typos / &c fixed, and errata included? I thought later printings already did this.

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

  • 01:49 PM - Mike Myler quoted Eltab in post Mythological Figures: Don Quixote (5E)
    Thanks for this ! :cool: I've been enjoying the series and this is one individual (well, two) who will appear in my next campaign. Excellent! That is my goal with the lower CR entries in the column. My games need more windmill-fighting knights!

Monday, 2nd July, 2018

  • 03:04 PM - jasper quoted Eltab in post Likelihood of another Tales style book?
    I could see a series of Tales -like hardcover releases that combine classic modules and finish with one of the Classic Megadungeons. For instance, I'd like to see one that climaxes with Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. (Alas that WotC does not pick my brain for ideas.) Well Darling, if you would not stop believing the line, " I love just for your hot bod!" from female mind flayers; maybe Wotc would come talk to you. :)
  • 02:19 PM - talien quoted Eltab in post Games Are (Still) Not the Problem
    WHO re-discovered 'addiction' by another name, with a different focus. Gamblers, alcoholics, other addicts aren't enough to build a career on, so let's discover/invent another malady to treat. A new stream of patients! (And we need the new stream because the old supplies of patients have generally figured out that we don't have any way to cure their addictions yet and it may be too lucrative keeping them in treatment to ever find a permanent cure.) -end tongue-in-cheek- I'm kinda surprised that the article did not mention Steam's recent embarrassment over the first-person-shooter video game set in a school, with the kids as prime targets. There are plenty of games in poor taste in both tabletop and video games, and to your point they just provide fodder for folks who are convinced the whole medium is "bad for kids." The problem is sometimes they're more boogeyman than threat -- I mean, Postal is already out there, being as offensive as possible as a FPS. It's just that now, activists...

Sunday, 1st July, 2018

  • 05:52 AM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post Dark Sun
    Permit me to introduce you to the Dark Sun Creature Catalogue. Athas druids turn into Athas critters. Low-level Druid "I wild shape into a Baazrag" DM "Wait, a what?" But you are still right that the selection of creatures they can turn into is NOT going to be as lush and verdant - excuse me, as long a list - as a world with a healthy ecology, like Oerth. A lot of the Athas critter won't be beasts due to psionic. They will be like giant vultures which druids can't turn into. The Athas bears, great cats etc equivalents will be off limits. No turning into Klaar, Kirre etc.
  • 03:36 AM - Sunseeker quoted Eltab in post Would you marry a party member for +2 AC?
    There was a whole 'nother thread about how to abuse this spell or completely wreck cultural norms by using it to optimize your character. I musta missed that.
  • 03:16 AM - jaelis quoted Eltab in post Levitate (enemy) vs Bink/Misty Step
    If I was the warlock and an enemy Levitated me, I would want to get back on the ground; I expect him to raise me up high then drop me for the damage … unless I can Misty Step to some low-ceilinged area where he can't levitate me up high enough to hurt me when I fall. “When the spell ends, the target floats gently to the ground if it is still aloft.”

Saturday, 30th June, 2018

  • 03:37 AM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post Dark Sun
    I haven't built this out yet, it's just a framework: If you choose to Defile while casting a spell, You first cast the Blight spell with a radius of (other spell's level*10 feet) as a free action. Count your kills and add 1 (for the plants in the zone). You get this many power points which you may use to enhance the base spell, using the Sorcerer class feature's mechanics. A higher-level Defiler can build up a self-reinforcing spiral with his Defiling mechanic, covering a larger and larger area to gain more power to put into the base spell. A Defiling Sorcerer 20 should be able to defile-cast Meteor Swarm and get an enhanced spell that will cover an entire city and do so much damage that it flattens the buildings and slays everybody inside. Spells of that power have been done but its NPC type stuff from the Sorcerer Kings usually during the cleansing wars or the aftermath. To power it you need to defile non plant life which is once again Sorcerer Monarchs and The Dragon. ...

Friday, 29th June, 2018

  • 03:25 PM - gyor quoted Eltab in post What is the status of Cormyr in 5e?
    A thought, for those who like political intrigue campaigns: 4e "Imperial Cormyr" expanded to absorb nearby city-states. For 5e, Cormyr is supposed to have shrunk back to traditional boundaries. The nearby city-states will be treated as "buffer zones" or client-states. Any trouble will have to go through them to get at Cormyr, and Cormyr will have no problem at all quietly sending official strike forces - or preferably adventurer bands - to deal with people / organizations / issues that are still small but too big to ignore. The Royal official sponsoring the PCs might even claim to be "keeping alive the tradition of the Steel Regent, who went adventuring in her younger days before ascending to the throne." Interesting ideas.
  • 05:24 AM - waderockett quoted Eltab in post A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green
    Would this game support an attempt to play through the movie Apocalypse Now? As a fan of Apocalypse Now and this game, I'm going to say yes. There's rules for military hardware, drugs and drug addiction, and several ways a character can disintegrate psychologically: breaking the bonds that keep them tethered to the normal, sane world, coming apart in the moment (losing Stability), or seeing the true face of the universe that sits behind the comforting lies of civilization (losing Sanity). The convention scenario Fire From Heaven is very much inspired by Apocalypse Now and has that horrific dreamlike quality. DISCLOSURE: I work with publisher Pelgrane Press.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 11:02 PM - Umbran quoted Eltab in post Would you allow this?
    Persuade me; 'the situation is dire' is assumed, and the player can say "therefore X happens because -insert reason here-". Come up with a cool story moment! Exactly. The Celestial bloodline makes it easy. "Celestial beings are immortal. Perhaps through our blood connection, whatever celestial brought my bloodline to being ages ago can sense my dire need, and righteousness of my path, and they reach through the vastness to regrow my wings. I wonder if this means they have some plan for me, or if this expenditure of power will mean some price must be paid later..." This gives a plausible magical rationale, and allows the DM to have a story hook for a celestial to expect a favor later. And, of course, now you're stuck with wings. May end up with some 'splainin' to do when you get back to the Inn of the Gossiping Goodwife where you have rooms. It isn't like there isn't magic involved in the flight of all these large D&D creatures with relatively small wings anyway.
  • 02:00 PM - Umbran quoted Eltab in post Would you allow this?
    You homework, Player, should you choose to accept it, is: explain WHY that ability just popped up at this moment of crisis. Just a question - if it were a spell in a book, that for some reason they'd vowed not to use, and then chose to break that vow, would you have a problem? Or some other character ability they chose to not use? Challenge the player to come up with more than "But I needed it!" or deus ex machina. The character has a celestial bloodline. It is more deus ex backstory, implicit in the character race.
  • 01:55 PM - Warpiglet quoted Eltab in post Finally found a use for Ringnmail (and other silly character design discussion)
    Pick some mildly magical beast or monstrosity for him to emulate / take name. He got into magic not-willingly: his mercenary group went to fight a mage. The mage won. (Or at the least took prisoners and compelled the rest to retreat.) This guy looked like a promising test subject. What he can do is based on the mage trying to create his own living guardian. Maybe the original plan was for him to be possessed by a yugoloth but it backfired. Somehow (doesn't remember much) he got away and evaded pursuit. Now he is trying to put an existence back together. Yeah I like it. I guess great minds? I had been thinking henchman to wizard that betrayed him. Before making escape, he stumbles on a trapped entity in the wizards tower and either made a pact as mutual enemies or something less voluntary like you suggest...I also pondered him being carved full of magic runes and tormented by a wizard after unsuccessfully battling for supremacy. And THEN making a pact or being fused. I co...
  • 01:28 PM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post How To Darksun
    You should speak more highly of the 4e reboot, as an example of somebody else doing what you are also trying to accomplish: adapt the old setting to new rules. Another potential campaign metaplot is merchant-based: build up a new House, or protect the existing one(s) from upstarts / The Competition. Well I don't mind the book Dune Trader, I'm not opposed adding to Darksun more blowing it up (and other settings in general same idea). I did reread the 4E one in the last year, I thought time passing might make me change my mind but no it made me dislike it more. Removing clerics, adding Paladins, Warlocks as Templars etc and teleporting elves does that and it had an Arabian Nights type vibe as well (which I am not opposed to see Al Qadim). I don't expect a 100% conversion of 2E, 5E has bno priests for example so a Templar is not a priest but in 5E terms they would be a domain IMHO. I have kind of defaulted to a war domain but have been brainstorming a Templar domain. Elemental clerics...

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 02:41 PM - Pauper quoted Eltab in post A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green
    Would this game support an attempt to play through the movie Apocalypse Now? Considering that the discussion of Operation OBSIDIAN (the ill-fated operation that results in the loss of Delta Green's official status) makes it pretty plain that OBSIDIAN basically *is* a Mythos version of Apocalypse Now, I'd say 'yes'. I think Mr. Helton doesn't quite give the book enough credit for what it does well. The book does provide a good amount of setting material for the 1960s, but it also admits it can't do the entire decade justice and also provides a set of resources for interested Handlers to do further research. A fair amount of information in the book does relate to the military, since Delta Green's main area of operations in this decade is in the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the provided sample adventure takes place entirely in the context of military operations in the Vietnam War, but the rest of the world certainly isn't ignored -- there are long sections detailing the Fate, the Cult o...


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