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Tuesday, 28th March, 2017


Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

  • 12:15 AM - Lanliss quoted Boscogn in post Where does optimizing end and min-maxing begin? And is min-maxing a bad thing?
    That sounds great. I was just thinking dwarf on water to be weird and hard to make a background for. Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk eh, depends on if you go stock dwarves or not. Most races in my world don't behave like default D&D versions, and honestly most of my characters don't either. I consider personality to be separate from race, otherwise you wind up with a thousand dwarves who all hate water, and elves. Makes them one of the most boring races IMO.
  • 12:07 AM - Lanliss quoted Boscogn in post Where does optimizing end and min-maxing begin? And is min-maxing a bad thing?
    To me optimizing and min max are separate. Picking Variant human just for proficiency in perception and an extra feat would be my definition of min/max. Making a mountain dwarf with high str not so much. Also another good example would be picking a background and then having a backstory that can't even relate to your class. Like a Salior Dwarf Paladin.. Or in my opinion multiclassing a Paladin into warlock and choosing to pact with a fiend... Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk I actually had Blackbeard in my world planned as a Dwarf Paladin who follows the Pirate code as his oath.

Monday, 20th March, 2017

  • 11:52 PM - hejtmane quoted Boscogn in post Where does optimizing end and min-maxing begin? And is min-maxing a bad thing?
    To me optimizing and min max are separate. Picking Variant human just for proficiency in perception and an extra feat would be my definition of min/max. Making a mountain dwarf with high str not so much. Also another good example would be picking a background and then having a backstory that can't even relate to your class. Like a Salior Dwarf Paladin.. Or in my opinion multiclassing a Paladin into warlock and choosing to pact with a fiend... Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk Picking Mountain Dwarf is way min/maxing 2 str 2 con yea two key stats for str fighters or Barbs so if you go that class and you pick anything but Hill dwarf you are min/max. See I can twist that knife so hard and we can turn lots of things into min/max.
  • 11:29 PM - TwoSix quoted Boscogn in post Where does optimizing end and min-maxing begin? And is min-maxing a bad thing?
    To me optimizing and min max are separate. Picking Variant human just for proficiency in perception and an extra feat would be my definition of min/max. Making a mountain dwarf with high str not so much. Also another good example would be picking a background and then having a backstory that can't even relate to your class. Like a Salior Dwarf Paladin.. Or in my opinion multiclassing a Paladin into warlock and choosing to pact with a fiend... "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description[min-maxing], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the character involved in this thread is not that." -Potter Stewart (mostly)

Friday, 24th February, 2017

  • 08:49 AM - Lanefan quoted Boscogn in post How to get the rest of the party to take notes?
    I'm the table scribe too. This comes back to bite PCs in the ass when I'm not available in game or irl. My table instead of just taking notes will play mtg untill I'm available lol. So I'm pretty much boned. So I compensate by forcing everyone to give me 10% of their earnings.That's one way of doing it! 'Course, the risk is that one night they'll flip you over and shake you till all the gold comes out... :) That said, if your table are that reliant on your note-taking that they won't even play if you're not there either the game is too detailed for them or they're pretty darn lazy. Lanefan

Monday, 6th February, 2017

  • 08:05 AM - Ancalagon quoted Boscogn in post Prestige Classes in 5e: What do you want to see?
    I would rather not have prestige classes to be honest. I'd like to see more archetypes and maybe a couple more classes. I miss the alchemist. I played a goblin alchemist is pathfinder and is one of my favorite characters I've ever made. Mutagen into a hobgoblin or burping bombs just did it for me. Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk I looooved the pathfinder alchemist. Check out the Unearthed Arcana Artificer article, it has an alchemist sub-class

Tuesday, 6th December, 2016

  • 11:47 PM - Caliban quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    I hope it has rainbow barding Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk I did name it Celestia...
  • 09:27 PM - TwoSix quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    I had this exact same problem. I'd make the best character and then it would be boring to play. The fun was in the making of the character itself not the playing. To get past this you have to focus on a story for your character and make it fun to play. Why are you so good? What are you bad at? How will you play the character? cocky? Strong and silent? Defender of the weak? Oppressor? What is your goal or reason for adventuring? You have to develop your characters story so you can immerse yourself into that character to really have fun. While I do appreciate the advice (truly), I don't consider it much of a problem. My characters have backstories, character traits and tendencies to roleplay, and I always try to find some mechanical hook for them as well. I just get bored quickly. Same thing happens to me in CRPGs too.
  • 08:59 PM - lowkey13 quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    That's when it clicked for me it's not how well you do in combat but how well you can interact with your party/table. I could not have said it better myself. :)
  • 07:39 PM - lowkey13 quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    The most satisfying thing to me is to make a character with some thought of OK this is what I'm good at. It's such a kick in the balls when I fail that thing I'm good at but doesn't mean I can't fail in hystericaly bad fashion. It's the DMs job to create challenges to satisfy that player's need to be good at what they do. If a min/maxer wants to 1 shot encounter bosses. Have something more challenging perhaps bull rush the PC and have a duel over in the corner. That timid druid player who loves like LOVES their familiar. Wrap in a challenge that is suited for the familiar like grabbing a thing during a fight you can't win but the objective isn't the creature but the thing. I don't get DMs who have each players character sheets but just roll random generic encounters that might be too easy for min/maxer and too hard for casual skillbox player or don't add content to challenge each player's things they are good at. Sorry for going off subject it just seems there is a strong anti min/max opinio...
  • 06:48 PM - TwoSix quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    I've started doing that as well. I will Min/Max support as my table just want to play a certain thing/way and I'm insurance that they will live as well as be generally useful. Been thinking about rolling a pally polearm master with sentinel and dipping into lock to cheese darkness and devil's eye mechanics. The great thing about building a support character is that you can go crazy with your optimization and it's unlikely anyone will care, because you're simply making the other party members stronger and keeping them from dying. It's the main conceit behind the "god wizard" builds in 3.5, for example.

Sunday, 4th December, 2016

  • 06:33 PM - FormerlyHemlock quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    I wouldn't. In my circles there are lots of lazy people who never want to put in the work to make a "better" character. They will bitch and moan for op races though. I used to be a horrible min/maxer I've learned that rolling a toon I love role playing trumps all. However I still like to min/max but have it make sense with the back story and character class/race. However if all my work to make it make sense had no benefit I'd just roll basic toons. Dwarf pally is a noble Thane. No longer would need to make this elaborate story why my dwarf was a pirate just to get the other wise strange prof for a dwarf. You're aware that 5E allows you to customize backgrounds to your heart's content? You can get Athletics and Perceptions proficiencies from any background including Noble, if you like. ("I'm a noble whose family has a tradition of sports and hunting." Done.) See the Customizing Backgrounds section of the PHB.
  • 01:43 PM - dave2008 quoted Boscogn in post A simple questions for Power Gamers, Optimizers, and Min-Maxers.
    I wouldn't. In my circles there are lots of lazy people who never want to put in the work to make a "better" character. They will bitch and moan for op races though. I used to be a horrible min/maxer I've learned that rolling a toon I love role playing trumps all. However I still like to min/max but have it make sense with the back story and character class/race. However if all my work to make it make sense had no benefit I'd just roll basic toons. Dwarf pally is a noble Thane. No longer would need to make this elaborate story why my dwarf was a pirate just to get the other wise strange prof for a dwarf. Sent from my HTC6545LVW using Tapatalk Thank you for your reply!

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