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Thread: Proposal: Approve Dragon 373
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 06:32 PM #1
Proposal: Approve Dragon 373
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Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 07:03 PM #2
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 07:03 PM #3
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
For reference, here are the articles with rules elements in Dragon 373:
- Art of the Kill - Assassin themed feats, powers, paragon path, and equipment (of interest to Tonks, I'm sure).
- Codex of Betrayal - Monsters.
- The Brood of Alloces - Monsters.
- Ecology of the Sharn - Monsters (and a level 28 orb).
- Ampersand - Adventurer's Vault preview items. We don't allow preview/playtest material, though.
In terms of player material, the only thing I really see of note is Art of the Kill. Monsters don't require the same sort of approval as player rules elements, anyway.
EDIT: That list is really striking. Glad they've since declared they're going to be more player-focused in Dragon and more DM focused in Dungeon. Monsters belong in Dungeon. Dragon is for player goodies.
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 08:07 PM #4
Yeah. That thief stuff is suh-weet!
I wish we had the Bravo multi-class approved when I first made Tonk, because it fits him like a thong bikini on a super-model.
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 08:35 PM #5
Bah. I like having more in-depth things about monsters and stuff in Dragon. Not every issue needs to have tons more player options. The old Ecology Of... articles were awesome, they need more of those! In Dungeon all you get are some stat blocks at the end of adventures.
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 08:38 PM #6
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Not that this discussion has anything to do with this proposal, mind you...
Friday, 3rd July, 2009, 08:52 PM #7
Man, I remember the good old days when Dragon had stuff that wasn't even about D&D. Like book reviews, and articles for other games. I'd never even heard of Top Secret, but the article about cool James Bond gadgets was still interesting! And I don't recall anybody ever complaining about taking "page count" away from anything...
Saturday, 4th July, 2009, 01:05 AM #8
Scout (Lvl 6)
Saturday, 4th July, 2009, 01:36 AM #9
Monday, 6th July, 2009, 07:01 AM #10
Ok, catching up on proposals today:
NO on the Orb of Entropy, just to avoid having to list a whole new article in the charter just for one measly item that nobody's ever going to qualify for. If anyone ever gets anywhere close to level 28, we can revisit it.
For the assassin article:
The backgrounds are all PHB2 style, so no particular problem there. Backgrounds at this point are basically "give your character one extra class skill, +2 to any one skill, or a new language, and make up a good reason why". I think we should just allow any background of that format as a matter of course, and keep our regional benefits with more unique and interesting effects instead. (That's a separate proposal, though.) For now I'll just vote YES to the backgrounds (including those that allow Secret Language's - people can just make up a likely sounding secret language, and it may or may not come up in adventures, kind of like the hooks section.)
Feats (won't vote on these until there's some discussion):
Fey Escape pretty much obsoletes Escape Artist for eladrin. There's lots of precedent for that, though.
Fey Death: if a fey pact warlock reduces a cursed enemy to 0, do they now get to teleport twice (3 squares, then 5 squares, or vice versa, for a total of 8 squares touching down once in the middle)? Or do they have to choose one of the two teleport effects to trigger?
Prime Punisher is obviously good for melee rangers, but also great for warlocks combined with Reaper's Touch or the new Eldritch Strike (neither of which have passed yet). I don't think it's overpowered, though, just noting it.
Unexpected Escape: are there any other feats or powers that let you shift after escaping a grab? I'm pretty sure I've seen one, but I may be imagining it. If so, would this shift stack?
Untraceable: Oops. I've already been giving invisible creatures +5 to Stealth. Just looked it up though, and I can't find a rule about that anywhere, so I don't know where I got that from.
Guild feats: these are a neat concept. Do we want to say that you must belong to a specific guild (ie. two characters from different guilds with Furtive Signals don't get the extra bonus) or just let any two characters with a Guild feat get a synergy bonus? I think probably the latter - it's a bit less realistic, but in a normal campaign the DM would normally be arranging things so that all the PC's are in the same guild anyway if these come into play, and letting it be more open would increase their utility in a world where people jump from party to party. (It also avoids the problem of controlling access to guilds: if the MMC start taking guild feats to represent how tight-knit they are, you don't want a random player to be able to declare themselves a member by taking the appropriate guild feat, but you also don't want DM's and judge's to need to make judgement calls about who's allowed to take this and who's not. If any guild is interchangeable, the members of the MMC can claim the random character is actually part of a different guild if they don't want them to join, without affecting the mechanics.)
Wow, that's a lot of feats. Ok, I haven't read the multiclass or technique feats yet - I'll come back to them later.
Nightmare Weaver paragon path: Insidious Curse is problematic when combined with the Rod of Reaving. It lets you kill a minion and immediately curse another minion, which kills that too. The chain is only broken when the nearest creature to you is not a minion. If you're a feylock you can teleport after each kill which lets you put yourself closer to the next minion, too. It's just like the Rod of Reaving/Rod of Corruption combo, but even more powerful.
The items all seem fine to me.