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    Today, 05:27 PM
    The PCs somehow owe a favor to a creepy magic-user. He wants the secret to immortality - as a Worm That Walks. Lore says that one of Halaster's apprentices discovered this secret. Negotiate with them (if still alive / undead / otherwise-extant) or plunder their records (if not). The apprentices each took control of one layer of Undermountain, which became known as 'XYZabode'. For an extra...
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    Today, 05:18 PM
    Try building out a 100-man unit the PCs will interact with and describe how many more people there are going about doing their assigned things. The PCs will never interact directly with these other NPCs, so no need for stats. The 100 men would be: - lots of ill-equipped peasant foot soldiers (handle as swarms). These are the guys who show up when the Lord yells "Seize that scoundrel!" and...
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    Today, 03:41 PM
    Elemental Command 1 - 2 = -1 Get inside there and stay put... Feather Falling 19 Free Action 23 Invisibility 14 + 2 = 16 … so the angry being won't be able to find me. Shooting Stars 22 Spell Storing 19 Spell Turning 20 Telekinesis 19
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    Today, 03:35 PM
    I'm away from books, so I can't look up the spell by name. Pick something from the Cleric list, cantrip or 1st-level or 2nd-level spell, that does approximately what you want (or a powered-down version thereof). Our Yawning Portal campaign's Cleric used to cast something that filled the room with enemies-only damage and stayed up for a while. We were level 10 at the end, so I might be thinking...
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    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    The next Thor comic should show - from a distance - a Valkyrie getting an urgent summons and heading for Midgard in a hurry. The shadow of Odin One-Eyed looks on in grave acknowledgement of the significant event, but speaks not.
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    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    Somebody somewhere has created a magic item / weapon that is especially effective against Undead. If it can be brought to the tear, and a willing being sacrifices its living spirit to create a sentient magic item out of it, the whole can be pushed through the tear to eternally guard while the tear is repaired from this side without interference. Part of the effort might be building a tomb or...
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    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    I have a Gamma World character who evolved* through about 5 rulesets of that game. He began with 100 HP at L1 (I don't remember how) and - via Heightened Constitution and Enhanced Skeleton abilities - became almost physically indestructible. I figured out by the rules, he could jump out a 5th-floor window and walk away, albeit with about 1 HP. I didn't know that I was more-or-less creating...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    A special Elf variant that has Spiritual Weapon and the 'big zone of holy blades' spells as racial powers, instead of Elven Weapon Training. Use the tiefling innate racial spells as a model. His class: Cleric, of course. Nothing against your character, but I can see where other DMs would be hesitant to embrace this. You are describing about an L5 at chargen; presumably he would grow from...
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    Yesterday, 03:35 PM
    Jumblies do not have any attacks, they have an aura. Get too close to one and stuff happens to you. Use a young dragon's Frightful Presence to get the stats. Maybe you suffer penalties to WIS and INT checks instead of Frightened. Multiple jumblies' auras stack. Big groups are worse than just one or two. Jumblies disguise themselves with the Gnome racial Illusion power, to look like...
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    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    Elemental Command 12 - 2 = 10 When I get done re-forging this into a lamp, Robin Williams' Genie will REALLY complain about "itty bitty living space". Feather Falling 18 Free Action 22 Invisibility 18 Shooting Stars 21 Spell Storing 20 Spell Turning 24 Telekinesis 19 + 1 = 20 Just to get this score back to the starting level
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:02 PM
    A scene from the Thor Compendium comes to mind: The last Viking has died in combat (guarding Thor's back, and incidentally setting up so Thor can administer the killing blow upon their foe). As a thunderstorm builds, Thor creates a funeral pyre and ignites it with a thunderbolt. Barely visible through the pouring rain, a woman riding a winged horse swoops over the pyre then away, and the...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 07:36 PM
    Yes. Give them enough information to make a meaningful choice, too. The PCs do not know which artifact leads to which giant lord, so you can alter what you need to provide a more satisfying story.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 07:26 PM
    Elemental Command 19 Feather Falling 18 Free Action 20 Invisibility 21 Shooting Stars 23 - 2 = 21 I think I already upvoted everything else sometime earlier. Spell Storing 22 + 1 = 23 The ring that lets you pull a different surprise every adventure. Spell Turning 23 Telekinesis 23
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:46 PM
    P.S. If you look at the bottom of the page, you should see a few other threads -dated 2007 - discussing that adventure. You might find helpful tips there, although I haven't looked myself.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:44 PM
    Keep the save on the Weave Drain. Give him a bigger aura where arcane casters recognize "something is wrong and HE's the center of it". This may be done via an Arcana check. To make it meaningful, it takes an Action or a Bonus Action to figure out the aura. If your players are getting into the Weave aspect, you might add a foe who can cast Weave Drain on them, as if it were a ranged spell. ...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:35 PM
    4e Shifter Druid with a backstory of lost Nerathian nobility. I figured out a place to locate a "toll road" (but using a canal instead of a road). His theme music while in town would have been Werewolves of London. Never played.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:25 PM
    Elemental Command 16 Feather Falling 24 Free Action 24 + 1 = 25 Talking is a Free Action. For my monologue, I shall recite the full Lord of the Rings trilogy - with the Appendices! Invisibility 23 Ram 8 - 2 = 6 Because I have a taste for gyros (the pseudo-sandwich, not the machinery) Shooting Stars 25 Spell Storing 23 Spell Turning 23 Telekinesis 22
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:20 PM
    {Palpatine's voice} Good, good, good. GOOD, good.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:16 PM
    It does sound like it when using common sense, but we have rules to adjudicate strange stuff that happens. (Or cause strange stuff to happen, sometimes. :confused: ) The Cube is pushing the Fighter, he is not moving under his own power. So the two characters can share a space until one of their turns comes up. At the end of that character's turn, that character has to be somewhere else. ...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:53 AM
    Eltab replied to Forge of Fury
    They find something in Forge of Fury - heirloom-quality sword, ring of family crest / insignia, instructions to repair Waterdeep's stone guardians, harness for unusual mount? - that is of interest to a Waterdeep noble family and they would owe the PCs a hefty favor if it were to be delivered / returned. The noble family has vast resources (as far as the PCs are concerned).
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:42 AM
    I'm writing an AP where you could get two or three legendary (and OP) magic items. I intend for the enemies to figure out what they are and that you have them, and unload all their resources on taking them away from you. Conveniently, one of the OP items is sentient and LOVES being in a fight. Another is the sword of kingship for one kingdom - NOT named Excalibur - which can be used to...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:32 AM
    Problems like this are why good old fashioned books made out of paper were invented. Trying to scroll up and down a PDF or Word file is more inconvenient. There isn't any way to "hold your page while you look at something else."
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:29 AM
    Elemental Command 18 Feather Falling 22 Free Action 24 Invisibility 24 + 1 = 25 Especially if you think you are a 4e Skirmisher: get into position for your next trick Mind Shielding 10 Ram 10 Regeneration 12 - 2 = 10 Darned 4e Epic-level monster, has more HP than I have DPR. Gotta get myself some allies. Shooting Stars 28 Spell Storing 26 Spell Turning 25
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 02:57 PM
    Elemental Command 19 Evasion 1 Feather Falling 23 + 1 = 24 So you can swashbuckle atop the walls of a flying castle with NO FEAR Free Action 24 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 17 Ram 16 Regeneration 15 - 2 = 13 -cue Hewey Lewis- ...Step by step, one by one... Resistance 12 Shooting Stars 23
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:34 PM
    Forgotten Realms 3e had 'ring magic' where several casters focused power and spell slots on one individual so he could cast a very powerful spell. I don't remember what sourcebooks to find this in, but the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide and Unapproachable East might be places to start. As noted above, you don't have to write rules for a Plot Device, you can just describe it happening.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:27 PM
    Sword of the Wet Noodle If the wielder ever rolls a '1' to-hit, the sword immediately goes limp, like a wet noodle. It performs as if it were a makeshift weapon thereafter. When the wielder takes a short rest, the sword "gets its mojo back", straightens up, and returns to being a sword. Throwing Sword of Boomerang The sword gains the property Thrown (range as a javelin). It automatically...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:04 PM
    Elemental Command 21 Evasion 7 Feather Falling 21 Free Action 25 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 19 Ram 18 Regeneration 14 + 1 - 2 = 13 This will not die ... easily Resistance 14 Shooting Stars 26
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 08:46 PM
    Elemental Command 20 Evasion 15 Feather Falling 20 Free Action 25 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 18 Ram 18 Regeneration 17 - 2 = 15 This is gonna take more than just a plain old 1d6 sword ... Resistance 14 Shooting Stars 29
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 08:39 PM
    "Hey, Greed-demon, look - a gold mine! You're rich!" Don't tell him that it's a vein of 'fools gold'. Encourage him to go in a good long way. Then collapse the entrance. Go back to town to start spreading rumors and stories about how people were tricked by the fools gold up in that mine. (This should discourage other folks from trying to track down the mine.) Greed isn't exactly defeated...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:38 PM
    Yep. There ought to be some other obscure fact of physics (or math) that can be applied to this situation, to produce an unexpected result.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:52 PM
    Paint a summoning circle on its stomach and summon IT into the circle. Should set up an infinite cycle of shrinkage. Offer Greed a meal from a Basket of Everlasting Provisions and a drink from a Decanter of Endless Water. Overwhelm its desires and it has no more power over you.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:45 PM
    Elemental Command 23 Evasion 16 Feather Falling 27 Free Action 25 Invisibility 22 Mind Shielding 20 Ram 21 Regeneration 20 - 2 = 18 We cannot give this one a chance to catch its breath, or the battle will never end! Resistance 18 Shooting Stars 30
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:42 PM
    Except for the shot where you can see the "invisible" glass plate he is standing on.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 03:53 PM
    Evasion 16 Feather Falling 26 Free Action 25 + 1 = 26 A chance to go twice on my turn? Sure! Invisibility 20 Mind Shielding 20 Protection 12 Ram 22 Regeneration 15 Resistance 20 - 2 = 18 Resistance is futile. Shooting Stars 31
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 03:34 PM
    Burn the troll with fire.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:50 AM
    In 4e, I solved the "Eldritch Blast is boring" problem by tricking out my other at-will with all the magic items that could affect it. When I had something that punished the enemy for following me around (and stuck him in molasses for good measure), I had achieved my goal. If you do not need DPR to swiftly annihilate the enemy (perhaps because he has no Alpha Strike to use on Team Hero), then...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:42 AM
    You can torture a demon by restraining it and exhorting it to become Good and/or Lawful. Cast Bless on it (which becomes Bane in its opinion). Give it a drink of Holy Water. And then you can wonder why the Grey Paladins are storming down your door and putting a stop to this Den of Evil and Iniquity. They will demand you justify why you did not call them to upcast Read Thoughts on the...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:33 AM
    Elemental Command 25 Evasion 16 Feather Falling 25 Free Action 27 Invisibility 20 Jumping 4 - 2 = 2 Let's see if you can jump with your shoelaces tied together. Mind Shielding 20 Protection 13 Ram 25 Regeneration 16
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:23 AM
    One dream looks like Terminator's hell future. One dream features Star Trek's "Planet eater" (from Original Series). One dream has Tatooine as the outdoors background. One dream is reminiscent of Logan's Run (before he escapes outdoors). The ghost initially appear as the 2001 Monolith.
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 01:00 AM
    I don't have the book; take this with a grain of salt. - The fireball goes off outside a PC's window or sets the building where they are staying on fire. (And others too, most likely.) Describe the scene such that the PCs think somebody may have tried to kill / hurt them but missed. - The Mages' Guild is going to want to shut down whatever this is, very quickly. Mages who can cast...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 12:51 AM
    To lift the curse ... Azaka wants nothing to do with this project, because {Option 3} happened, more than once, and she is resigned to her condition. She won't put any more decency-intending blood on her claws. The PCs must do research without Azaka around. They discover they have to kill Nanny Pu'pu with a silver blade, then the 'were-spirit within Azuka' will be weakened enough that they...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 12:38 AM
    Minions do not exist in 5e but should. "Bloodied" indicators. This does not have to include a mechanical effect. Both I and my players appreciated knowing we were getting somewhere on those "big bag of HP" enemies. The "spell points" variant on an Enchanter Wizard or a Bard, casting the emotion-affecting spells, feels like psionics.
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 12:31 AM
    A character class that will become obsolete when Planescape and/or Spelljammer is published for 5e? Maybe not...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 12:25 AM
    Elemental Command 26 Evasion 20 Feather Falling 24 Free Action 25 Invisibility 19 Jumping 18 - 2 = 16 This may only prove that I don't understand the Jump rules. Mind Shielding 20 Protection 12 Ram 26 Regeneration 20 This one seems to have healed its own wounds.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 02:11 PM
    Despite my rather negative tone above, I should say that overall I enjoyed Spiders. Include the missing segment and get some plot holes filled / loose ends tied up, there is a 90-minute Halloween Special that can be re-run in future.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 02:02 PM
    Animal Influence 16 Djinni Summoning 15 - 2 = 13 Agree with above: Aladdin's Lamp is the icon. Elemental Command 23 Evasion 20 Feather Falling 21 + 1 = 22 The setup before you use this is how you persuade the villain he doesn't have to bother looking for your body. Free Action 22 Invisibility 19 Jumping 21 Mind Shielding 21 Protection 19
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 02:01 PM
    It's Halloween and the Undead DO have a way of rising again. Keep a watch on this thread … just in case. Dragon 11 Necromancer 0
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:55 PM
    Setting the boom box loud enough to draw that spider too would have woken up the neighbors and somebody would have called the police about Noise Ordinance. So much for "let's take care of this quietly, OK?"
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 03:06 PM
    I sat in for Spiders myself. (My wife thought she might bolt part way through; a spider the size of your thumbnail is big enough for her.) We then realized it is the weekend before Halloween. How many tropes were they planning to pile in one place to create the giant spider? - toxic waste, biology lab, landfill, natural seepage, a coal mine. In the Godzilla/NYC movie they just used the...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 02:49 PM
    You've regenerated at least once so it's hard to tell just by looking. :angel:
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    You can unleash a beholder in the Doomvault (in Yawning Portal). My party did. A few sessions later, we were run over by some Thayans we had skirted past, fleeing for their lives from an angry beholder. It made us feel like we were accomplishing something after all.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 02:41 PM
    Dragon 14 - 2 = 12 Coming back down to earth Giant 10 Monstrosity 1 I can't save you for another day. Darn poachers got here first. Undead 8 + 1 = 9
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 02:34 PM
    You have got to be kidding. You want to put a flaming-exhaust-spouting rocket down in a forest? Why not scout out a beach or otherwise empty-looking field? P.S. If I am the mission planner, the first heavy-lift rocket is full of Mars Observer ground vehicles. I want to find out what my people will be getting in to.
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 01:31 AM
    ...my Draw and Color skills have negative modifiers on them, darn it...
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 01:27 AM
    Aberration 11 Construct 4 - 2 = 2 Deconstructing the constructs Dragon 26 Elemental 14 Fey 13 Fiend 5 Giant 17 Monstrosity 20 + 1 = 21 Moving solidly into Second Place Undead 14
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 01:18 AM
    My 4e Star Pact Warlock was astrology / astronomy -themed, not an insane Far Realms devotee. From my notes and off the top of my head: - Leo the Lion is, in one culture, Leonard the Farmer. He carries a sickle in one hand and guides a plow in the other. When the plow rises at dawn it is time to sow the seeds for a crop. When the sickle sets at dusk it is time to reap. - Four...
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 01:02 AM
    In order, In a later novel (forget which one offhand) an individual proclaims, "I'm not just a data point, you can't predict me!" Cut scene to a Hidden Foundation lab where some scientists are looking at a blackboard full of equations and saying "What do you think he will do?" "Now, you know that a sample size of one zaps the math." Foundation's themes ought to interact not-smoothly with...
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    "Those ----- Wizards on the farther Coast have written 6e ALREADY ?!"
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 02:27 PM
    2 Doors Down, said the code Aberration 10 Celestial 5 Construct 7 Dragon 35 - 2 = 33 Fly away! Fly away! Elemental 18 Fey 19 Fiend 8 Giant 22
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 02:16 PM
    I designed a Scout character (before the Rogue subclass improperly culturally appropriated that word) that PP-detected all the enemy's ambushes in one AL module, so we went around them or Alpha Striked the one that blocked our path. It gave us more time with the Boss Monster at the end of the module. The DM wanted to check my math and she was right to do so. The sloppy version of this is to...
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 04:53 PM
    Hmm, since this thread has "just growed" (to several episodes), maybe the title could be edited?
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 04:48 PM
    I like Ike. (top that!) :p
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 04:39 PM
    Downvotes are to Aberration 14 Celestial 9 Construct 7 + 1 = 8 Going to build this one up a bit Dragon 35 - 2 = 33 Not running away with this one so easily Elemental 18 Fey 19 Fiend 12 Giant 22
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 04:36 PM
    "Dragon Skeleton" on a bed of bones (instead of treasure), inhaled a bunch of them up into his ribcage and blew a stream of knuckle bones on Team PC !
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 02:53 PM
    Nifty mood-building gadget: small boat which is rowed by 4 skeletons. Carries the PC party across a lake or swamp or river (or River Styx). Whoever owns the boat also owns an amulet to control the skeletons. A larger boat (keelboat size?) may have a covered room that goes all the way across the boat, with the oars sticking out as usual but no doors to get into it.
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    Downvotes are 2 Aberration 14 Beast 12 - 2 = 10 Celestial 15 Construct 16 Dragon 33 Elemental 20 Fey 20 Fiend 16 + 1 = 17 Frighten your grognard friends' parents: send the PCs to fight a horde of demons
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 02:43 PM
    You should see what Grimtooth's Traps did with Cool Whip.
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 03:00 PM
    I have called fights when the PCs were clearly winning and Team Monster had no more tricks up their sleeves. Or when the PCs were clearly winning and FLGS' Closing Time was approaching fast. It does end the session on a moderate note rather than the high note of victory.
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:51 PM
    Update: My email notifications are coming is from "Morrus' Unofficial..." (the 'make it fit in the window' function on my end is working just fine, I see). Somebody is doing a good job behind the scenes. Thanks!
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:38 PM
    Somebody who can't get enough of being outside in the wind (and rain). Moods are changeable. Once in a while - when unloading an Alpha Strike - gets on a major rant and is very focused. Might buy an XL cape and build a pair of roller skates (or ice skates in winter) during the campaign, and blow himself in for a dramatic entrance. Could invoke the words used to describe a tornado /...
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:24 PM
    Aberration 18 - 2 = 16 These things blow out my mind. Beast 16 Celestial 17 Construct 18 Dragon 34 Elemental 20 Fey 21 Fiend 15 Giant 20 Monstrosity 26
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:53 AM
    "Holy Mage Armor" while walking around a consecrated site? Sure. Maybe a sage of the faiths should warn the PCs first, or describe the special Hallow spell that particular denomination uses. So they know that the guys in robes are tougher to hit than their Wizard.
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:48 AM
    Aberration 22 Beast 18 - 2 = 16 I can go on IRL safari to fight these. Celestial 19 Construct 18 Dragon 33 Elemental 20 Fey 23 Fiend 14 Giant 20 Monstrosity 25
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:35 AM
    If the Living Forgotten Realms adventures are still available on the Web or from WotC, there are some good ones you can use. I still remember AGLA1-1 (but not the title alas), where our group was waylaid by some pixies who wanted "Tell us a story!" We found out who could ad-lib.
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:27 AM
    Some of the argument upthread seems to be rooted in the philosophical assertions that a person can only react to the circumstances around him, or that he can become something more.
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    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:58 AM
    Rug of Smothering wins by default: THAT is why the weapon wielders are missing.
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    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:51 AM
    Completely remove? No. Minimize and become aware of, as when searching for objective truth? Yes.
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 02:33 PM
    Away from table, ask the PC to calculate the weight of his own equipment, and point him at the encumbrance rules. Also exhaustion, when / as appropriate. Sure, in a pinch he can lift his friends out of a pit &c, but he's going to wipe himself out trying to air-taxi them. Let him have his Hero Moments, with the understanding that everybody else at table should be able to have...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 02:26 PM
    I've thought of several Halloween one-shots but haven't completed any enough to play them. - Freddy Kreuger / Jason / whoever (not-normally killable and very sneaky killer) chases PCs around - Casper the Friendly Ghost's uncles (from the movie) pester the PCs - Darth Maul is stalking you, not subtly. Out of D&D, this could be the Terminator - Some old foe they defeated but did not kill dead...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 02:16 PM
    DOWN VOTES ARE 3 Ghoul 5 Skeleton 13+1=14 Wight 13 Wraith 19-3=16
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 06:52 PM
    Always-on Sneak Attack will not make the Rogue overpowered, but it will make him the DPR King. In my experience, teaming up with the Defender in the party (attack the same target) equals always-on Sneak Attack.
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 06:46 PM
    If you have Thaumaturgy, you can bring back some echoes (assuming you survived the original experience).
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:22 PM
    Not so much political views as cultural influences. - There are NPCs who turn to Pure Evil, and it is morally OK to slay them. - "Shades of Grey" do exist but I don't use them all the time, nor to GOTCHA paladins (especially if the player is sincere in his characterization). - If the Pope calls a Crusade, Good people can disagree on best strategy / mission objectives / tactics without...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:14 PM
    Magic Dabbler feat to get this fellow a Silence spell. Something so he can cause the Deafened condition to targets. Might be a bard / monk?
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:10 PM
    "not working". Still deciding if that refers to him being lazy, or the Screw isn't doing what it should, or both.
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:04 PM
    A trompe d'oeil, from Pathfinder Horror. This creature steps out of a painting and hassles you. If you begin to catch on to it, it steps back into a painting, where it has perfect camouflage. The painting could be the portal between the Material World and Feywild. You have to defeat the trompe in order to get back where you belong and stay there. For extra complications (which you may not...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 01:58 PM
    Downvote = 3. Round downvote = 3.141592654... Banshee 3 - 3 = 0 I know I upvoted it before, but after reading another thread I want to lay this one to rest for Halloween. Ghost 6 Ghoul 14 Revenant 9 + 1 = 10 This one however has a habit of rising again Shadow 12 Skeleton 17 Vampire 13 Wight 16
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 01:54 PM
    Did you drop it from the skid of a helicopter down a smokestack?
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 07:32 PM
    Eureka! (a good Greek word) The screw is Archimedes'. The inventor is … Antiponos.
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 03:40 PM
    DOWNVOTES ARE 3-D Banshee 17 Ghost 13 Ghoul 16 Revenant 15 Shadow 14 Skeleton 17 + 1 = 18 The Druid of Time brought back an extinct ecosystem - but not the way he expected ... Spectre 8 Vampire 18
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Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 06:55 PM - maceo mentioned Eltab in post Request: Help with a fun monster to give to a DM
    Thank you Eltab, aco175, and Quickleaf! Those are all great ideas. The disguise part, the disruption of verbal spells, the Frightful Presence...all great. It gave me the idea reading your ideas of maybe adding a table for the PC to roll on with different results. Thanks again!

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 05:44 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Eltab in post (RG) Rise of the Dracolich: Imani's Tower
    ... for the indignity done to one of their own. They killed the wizard and burned down the place, intent on destroying every foul creation of the wizard. Kalorn fled into dark tunnels under the wizard's tower, and managed to survive due to the guidance of his loyal bat familar, Sooty. This traumatized him and he will not show the leg to anyone else, simply blaming a "war injury" for the limp. The leg however was not just of any random Shadar-Kai but one of their champions, favored by the Raven Queen. The "demon" leg infused him with power, filling him with terrible strength in battle. Kalorn still doesn't know the nature of the leg and so far the Raven Queen hasn't made any demands... He begged, scraped and stole until he was able to get enough equipment to hire himself as a caravan guard, and slowly rebuilt his fortune. Now he is a sword for hire, but is unwilling to lead men into battle. note: this character concept was created with Warpiglet and Eltab in the following thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?648687-Finally-found-a-use-for-Ringnmail-(and-other-silly-character-design-discussion) 5'10", 190 lbs Eyes: grey, blood shot. Skin: grey, 3 day stubble. Hair: grey, often hidden by mail coif. Hollow cheeked and sharp-nosed. A somewhat larger than average man, with a heavy limp. Long blade belted to the hip, dressed in black chain, an old hat over a kettle helm and a tattered black cloak. Kalorn is still bitter and angry about what was done to him and the loss of this company. He loathes the "demon" leg and will not let anyone examine it. He is quick to violence and doesn't hold life in high value, believing that the world is a cruel place where most people suffer. He fears that the leg has corrupted him and turned him to evil (it has not - it only has opened a magical channel to his patron - his rage is based on trauma, not demonic influence). To "spite" the demon leg, he focuses his hatred on what he p...

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

Thursday, 26th April, 2018


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 ...

Friday, 16th March, 2018


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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Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 08:56 AM - Rya.Reisender quoted Eltab in post Your Favorite Character... That You Barely/Never Got to Play
    A special Elf variant that has Spiritual Weapon and the 'big zone of holy blades' spells as racial powers, instead of Elven Weapon Training. Use the tiefling innate racial spells as a model. His class: Cleric, of course. Nothing against your character, but I can see where other DMs would be hesitant to embrace this. You are describing about an L5 at chargen; presumably he would grow from there. Can you elaborate on those "big zone of holy blades" spells? Couldn't find anything about them. Also what does "an L5 at chargen" mean?

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 08:19 AM - SatanasOz quoted Eltab in post Conversion help - critique my stat blocks for Cormyr: Tearing of the Weave
    Keep the save on the Weave Drain. Give him a bigger aura where arcane casters recognize "something is wrong and HE's the center of it". This may be done via an Arcana check. To make it meaningful, it takes an Action or a Bonus Action to figure out the aura. If your players are getting into the Weave aspect, you might add a foe who can cast Weave Drain on them, as if it were a ranged spell. (I was … erm, overshadowed … by the Shadowlands aspect of the module when I read through it. But it sounded like fun to play out.) Sounds good, and it does not really change the CR. Might hold back on giving Weave Drain as a targeted ability. There are a lot of bespoke abilities in the book, probalby more fun to convert them and keep things fresh. But it might be something for the Shadowslain boss Ketsarra in the final encounter. She was originally a Cleric, but seems to be overboard with abilities if build as an upscaled monster plus class levels. I will post my draft of that encounter later on, hav...
  • 06:56 AM - OverlordOcelot quoted Eltab in post A gelatinous Cube and a 10-feet corridor ...
    RAW and how I'd rule is that the party is crowding each other's lines of escape, and that since the fighter has no valid 5' move he's engulfed. I'd warn the players that's a risk of packing themselves too tightly before the cube got to them so that they weren't surprised, but part of dealing with the situation is leaving enough room for characters to maneuver so they don't get special chances to escape. I wouldn't be bothered if a DM houseruled it so that the fighter can stand in someone else's space. (If the Wizard goes first, this is what Expeditious Retreat is for. If it's the Fighter, Shovel a piece out of the Cube and step back three squares.) What good does Expeditious Retreat do the Wizard here? Without it, the Wizard can either use disengage to avoid an AOO, then move or move risking an AOO, then do a regular action. Expeditious retreat lets him burn his bonus action to get extra movement, but that doesn't help with anything in the example. Unless you mean the wizard is just ...

Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 05:48 PM - Charlaquin quoted Eltab in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Problems like this are why good old fashioned books made out of paper were invented. Trying to scroll up and down a PDF or Word file is more inconvenient. There isn't any way to "hold your page while you look at something else." Let me introduce you to this amazing thing called Control f.

Friday, 9th November, 2018

  • 05:05 PM - Maxperson quoted Eltab in post Survivor Magic Rings- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Ahem ....
    Elemental Command 19 Evasion 1 Feather Falling 23 + 1 = 24 So you can swashbuckle atop the walls of a flying castle with NO FEAR Free Action 24 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 17 Ram 16 Regeneration 15 - 2 = 13 -cue Hewey Lewis- ...Step by step, one by one... Resistance 12 Shooting Stars 23 Spell Storing 23 Spell Turning 26 Telekinesis 25 No True Swashbuckler falls.

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

  • 09:00 PM - lowkey13 quoted Eltab in post Survivor Magic Rings- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Ahem ....
    Spell Storing 25 + 1 = 26 "Drat I'm out of spell slots." - Monsters close in- -Next round- "Surprise!" Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track of how many lightning bolts I had cast. But seeing as this ring on my middle finger is a ring of spell storing, a ring that could store another third level spell, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, orc? ps- SPELL STORING? STILL BORING!

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

  • 10:01 PM - WaterRabbit quoted Eltab in post How Cana Druid Destroy Greed?
    Yep. There ought to be some other obscure fact of physics (or math) that can be applied to this situation, to produce an unexpected result. His short story "Convergent Series" is exactly about this fact.
  • 09:10 PM - WaterRabbit quoted Eltab in post How Cana Druid Destroy Greed?
    Paint a summoning circle on its stomach and summon IT into the circle. Should set up an infinite cycle of shrinkage. Offer Greed a meal from a Basket of Everlasting Provisions and a drink from a Decanter of Endless Water. Overwhelm its desires and it has no more power over you. I see someone has read Niven.
  • 09:00 PM - Satyrn quoted Eltab in post How Cana Druid Destroy Greed?
    Offer Greed a meal from a Basket of Everlasting Provisions and a drink from a Decanter of Endless Water. Overwhelm its desires and it has no more power over you. That sounds more fitting in a fight against Gluttony (my favorite sin!) I'd suggest encouraging Greed to start up a sports league.

Monday, 5th November, 2018

  • 04:05 PM - DM Dave1 quoted Eltab in post Survivor Magic Rings- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Ahem ....
    Free Action 25 + 1 = 26 A chance to go twice on my turn? Sure! Sure - if, while wearing the Ring of Free Action, someone casts Haste on you. :p Evasion 16 Feather Falling 26 Free Action 24 - "You keep using that ring - I do not think it does what you think it does" Invisibility 20 Mind Shielding 20 Protection 12 Ram 23 Regeneration 15 Resistance 18 Shooting Stars 31 Spell Storing 24 Spell Turning 25 Telekinesis 20 Three Wishes 14 Water Walking 17
  • 11:25 AM - clearstream quoted Eltab in post Warlock Maledictions
    In 4e, I solved the "Eldritch Blast is boring" problem by tricking out my other at-will with all the magic items that could affect it. When I had something that punished the enemy for following me around (and stuck him in molasses for good measure), I had achieved my goal. If you do not need DPR to swiftly annihilate the enemy (perhaps because he has no Alpha Strike to use on Team Hero), then putting status conditions all over Team Monster gives the Defender some variety in his life. What is your example? I mean, I like things like Ray of Frost, yet they still seem to not stack up unless brought nearer Blast. With Maledictions, I could stick Lance of Lethargy on Ray, and stack Repelling, to push away 10' and slow 20'. I'd happily trade that off against better range and +3 points of damage.

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 12:34 AM - MoonSong quoted Eltab in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    An Eberron hardcover paired with a Eberron card set for Magic would be fun! If it is another Magic setting, my hope would be for Theros. I wish for a Kamigawa book, I know it isn't happening but still... If it can be any setting I wish for Greyhawk. Big Brother and his Newspeak project would be jealous of what autocorrect can accomplish with far less brainpower. That's why I have it turned off. I don't trust autocorrect.

Thursday, 1st November, 2018


Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 09:17 PM - MarkB quoted Eltab in post Thirteenth Doctor - First Season - Thoughts? (SPOILERS WELCOME)
    We thought there was a segment missing between shooting the Mother Spider and the Conclusion. OK, you've contained the brood (ALL of them? Are you SURE?) in a box with some air. What happens when the boom box's batteries run out? They eat each other until the one XL survivor also suffocates? And why are you certain that Jerk CEO won't go in there later to try some stunt that accidentally lets them out again? The lady from the spider lab said that they deserved to be killed humanely - and she knew about the one in the flat. It wouldn't have hurt to see her organising that, but it also isn't much of a leap to assume she took care of it.
  • 12:28 AM - Tonguez quoted Eltab in post Thirteenth Doctor - First Season - Thoughts? (SPOILERS WELCOME)
    We thought there was a segment missing between shooting the Mother Spider and the Conclusion. OK, you've contained the brood (ALL of them? Are you SURE?) in a box with some air. What happens when the boom box's batteries run out? They eat each other until the one XL survivor also suffocates? And why are you certain that Jerk CEO won't go in there later to try some stunt that accidentally lets them out again? I was actually thinking about the episode last night and the thought occured to me that they didnt actually kill the Spider they left in the neigbours Apartment. I don't think Yaz's parents are going to be happy when the Landlord goes in next door and lets out another hungry giant spider to terrorise Shefeild

Saturday, 27th October, 2018

  • 10:55 AM - BMaC quoted Eltab in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Delayed By One Week!
    Self-important corporate executive: "What kind of excuse is 'our printer's physical presence is in Hurricane Alley'? That's the little sidestreet near downtown! … O-o-o-oh-h-h-h, THAT kind of hurricane." I missed that the printer was affected by Hurricane Michael. Do you have a source?

Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 07:06 PM - Tristissima quoted Eltab in post Upcoming fantasy movies - spoilers strictly prohibited
    Snow Crash from Amazon? Oh god... the largely anti-technology Corporation book put to screen by one of the largest technological Corporations in the world? I expect either something quite meta or a watered down product. Ugh. Snow Crash ~ I mean, I'm still bitter cuz all my friends told me to read it cuz I love ancient Sumer and just, no. Just, no. Diamond Age, Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, on the other hand ~ THAT I would 186% be down to watch obsessively. I will say, considering Neal's famous skills at ending his novels, the episodic TV series format might really work for his storytelling, mebbe better than the prose novel. Asimov's Foundation Trilogy could make an excellent movie / mini-series. The director &c would have to stick to the themes the author developed, not what they think should have been written. (Given the theme of social/technological decay and a potential 1000-year span for the whole series, the technology should look clunky.) The last few Foundat...

Thursday, 25th October, 2018

  • 09:19 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post Overusing Coincidence in Game-Related Stories
    So: "Why us?" "You weren't chosen because you are PCs and specially marked with Plot Devices, but because we saw you in action." Einstein, “God does not play dice with the universe.” FRPG Pantheons, “Yes we do, plus other assorted card, board and war games.” IOW, the PCs were chosen because the gods thought it would be fun.

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 02:43 AM - Morrus quoted Eltab in post [Poll] Vote For The Top 10 Horror RPGs!
    The only one I've played is Ghostbusters. That was back before the sequel came out (ignore the remake). The point was to go back and forth between scary and funny. I truly adore that game. I was so excited to buy it as a kid when it came out, and I still have it. I use the ghost die as my regular d6 to this day.

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 05:22 PM - dragoner quoted Eltab in post Overusing Coincidence in Game-Related Stories
    Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Third time is enemy action. - Chapter heading from Dr. No (007 novel) Yes, that is very good. I suppose I am off by one; though going along with it, the players shouldn't be surprised if the third time is enemy action.


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