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Friday, 17th July, 2015

  • 12:02 AM - Axel mentioned Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    Dr Simon I've been playing a lot of 5e (or filth as my RL players prefer). I'm a big fan. There is no more 2 am mental gymnastics trying to work out what the attack bonus of a raging barbarian's third attack is when he has bless on and cleaves through a Giant into an ogre with his axe of bane vs Giants (but not ogres). Its +24...oh, wait, this is an offhand attack. So it's +22 to hit and I only get half my attribute mod to damage. So that's half of +7, but my full magic bonus. Ugh! I like the way spells have been controlled from an "I win" button to a powerful limited resource (I hated for years that fireball, for example, got better with each spell as the wizard levelled, as well as the wizard getting more fireballs - it's a quadratic effect). Rules for grappling are no longer ridiculous! After decades of 3.5 and Pathgrinder I still have to reach for the book every time a Grell appears. Most of all, I like that heroic descriptive is back. There are no more enormous tomes describing what ...

Friday, 10th July, 2015

  • 09:32 PM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    Can you put us on the map, Dr Simon? I'm guessing Ignatius and Edmond are up front (high on the map) as first two then the rest? Just wondering is there anything but the heads targetable...description below assumes there is nothing special... Edmond targets undamaged head, counting on his superior strength to disable the attacker(s). He swings Deathwail in limited space across and up, cutting the head and then returning the weapon through the same space. He steps forward freeing space for others to step toward the exit. Attack: Power full attack; second attack; damage1; damage2 (1d20+12-3=22, 1d20+7-3=20, 2d4+6+9=19, 2d4+6+9=23) - if first attack destroys/disables the head, target the next in line or the one across whatever seems easier at the moment - target the one across if possible. Move: 5' step

Friday, 5th June, 2015


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Thursday, 7th May, 2015

  • 11:52 AM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    The spell is from PHB2, but this seems exact enough (with more details about shunting mishaps). Axel, can Mhairri get out by herself? Dr Simon, is there a pit beyond the wall? If Edmond boosts Mhairri up on the wall (she can crouch in 3 feet space) can she just jump down from the wall or she has to jump over the hole?

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

  • 08:18 PM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    I knew it. Keeping pace with Mhairri, Edmond is caught in the trap along with her. His helm and training protect his hearing while Deathwail serves as balance pole delivering him safely inside the box. Fort DC 15; Balance DC 12 (1d20+8=21, 1d20=14) Dr Simon, do we see outside of the trap? That is, can we get out or teleport out if needed?

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015


Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

  • 11:24 AM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    Edmond moves through the door where the team has come from and spying the caster charges, Deathwail held as spear, reaching through the second door. 1d20+11+2-3+2 = 24 (12d20+ 11 + 2 - 3 + 2) 2d4+6+9+2 = 23 (4d4+ 2d4+ 6 + 9 + 2) Dr Simon, would it be possible to cast swift action spell...I know I can do it in "normal" channeling, but I cannot channel in a charge due to charge being full round action...but this doesn't take standard action (being it is swift action) hmmm...Touch of Idiocy, Dimension Hop, Ghoul touch, extra 5d4 damage, so many choices... :) Also, she appears to be six squares away which is 30' (ignoring half squares due to reach weapon which will make up for the difference), shouldn't he be able to reach her without double move? Or is there a hindrance somewhere?

Friday, 3rd April, 2015

  • 08:16 AM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post The Lichway - IC Thread
    I've removed repeating languages Nyssa:Common, Gnome, Celestial, Draconic, Abyssal, Infernal Ethian: Elven, Goblin (half-elf), , Orc (background) Mistral: Halfing, Sylvan Zanword: Aquan Interesting that Nyssa doesn't speak Elven out of all strange languages :) Dr Simon, this is the list I've pulled from our RG, I didn't take Ren into consideration. If anyone can read it, can you move things along please?

Monday, 16th February, 2015

  • 08:14 AM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post The Lichway - IC Thread
    "So, we're ready. Are we following little thief? Or just continue on this main path?" Dr Simon, in post #95 (page 10) there is a mention of a corpse on the map image. What about that?

Saturday, 7th February, 2015

  • 05:49 AM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    Dr Simon, are you still with us? Sakai scrunches up her mouth in a half-frown as Felix approaches, "Well, since you're here, you might as well be of some use. Where might my friend here," she indicates Castagyr, "find the dragonborn ambassador?" Being well after dark and concerned about leaving the bumbling tiefling alone, the other guard sighs heavily and goes back to Veer, "I'm sorry, sir. Where did you say you needed to go?" Are Markus, Korgon, and Amisi going with Felix, retiring for the evening, or getting up to some other mischief?

Saturday, 31st January, 2015


Saturday, 17th January, 2015

  • 03:07 AM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    OOC: pathfinderq1, are you still with us? perrinmiller and Dr Simon, welcome aboard. :D Markus sees a man sitting at the bar get up and walk past Constable Garrus, brushing closely by him in the crowded tavern, then exit shortly after the ruffians. G'Kar rises from his seat and offers a slight bow to Amisi, "Not at the moment, but I am sure we will meet again. Good evening to you." Rhal remains with G'Kar to discuss the position of Ambassador's Aide. Garrus approaches Felix and Korgon, giving the barbarian a raised eyebrow as his only acknowledgement before addressing Felix, "I need a favor. Lord Clarion's fiance is coming in to port tonight, a few days earlier than anticipated. I need someone I can trust to escort her to Lord Clarion's home in Blue District." Blue District Docks Castagyr and Veer, a dragonborn and tiefling, found themselves on the same transport as they approached the Fifth City. It was evening and the city's lights shone like stars, reflected in the ocean's dark waters. Also on the transport is Sakai, a human wo...

Wednesday, 14th January, 2015


Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

  • 03:41 PM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Dr Simon in post The Fifth City (OOC)
    Dr Simon, perfect! :D As for class, whatever flies your fancy. If you can get your character put together by Friday, we'll get you in the IC thread then. perrinmiller, the next IC update is coming Friday so expect to see Castagyr written in then.

Sunday, 4th January, 2015


Thursday, 11th December, 2014

  • 09:30 PM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post [5e] The Lichway - Old School Dungeon with new school rules.
    Erm...my understanding is that it is simply on the other side of the lake not in the middle of it.. Dr Simon, if there is really no way off without boat, I'd like to change that last part to invite them to tag along rather then to remain behind :( On the other hand, maybe we should have a hothead to attack them and force our hand :)

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

  • 01:19 PM - Neurotic mentioned Dr Simon in post The Lichway - IC Thread
    Blackpearl waves away at the "returning of smell" comment. "I don't think I like being smelly, there are enough sailors who do, but I find it hard to enjoy good wine if all I can smell is my own odor. But I also don't like smelling like a lady. And sorry for misnomer, I know you are a man, just a slip of the tongue." OOC: for some reason, I thought it was Nissa "Now, lets find out whos hammering there, maybe one of the former looters is still alive and is damaging the graveyard!" With that, he straps his shield on and leads the way into the darkened interior. Dr Simon: roll stealth (+5) for me please


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Thursday, 4th June, 2015

  • 09:16 PM - Scott DeWar quoted Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    Veer suddenly seems to realise that Felix said something to him, and looks around, slightly panicked. "Oh, ah, apparently he owes the Tiefling Ambassador some money," he says. "He, er, if you think he's part of this plot to kill ambassadors, maybe it was a chance to get close to him or something? We should, we should probably keep an eye on him." He shrugs. "I'm not really cut out for shadowing people, but I can help out with library research to free up others to follow Varner. If you'll let me." Markus has the sligtes of smiles as a thought enters his mind, that one needs to get out more often, apply some the library knowledge he has into useable practice. though the smile persists, he does not share it. He gazes at Veer to determine what his capabilities are.

Thursday, 2nd April, 2015


Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

  • 11:56 PM - Fenris quoted Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    Veer looks around in alarm at the large number of armed men. He takes a step behind Korgon, looking worried. "There's, um, quite a lot of them," he says quietly. "Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all.". Nonetheless he has one hand on the hilt of his coutari, just in case. "Do not worry Veer. A shark does not fear a school of smelt, though they circle around him" replies Korgon over his should to Veer.

Thursday, 26th February, 2015

  • 01:27 AM - pathfinderq1 quoted Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    Veer approaches the elf cautiously. She sees before her a very un-tiefling like tiefling, with a harmless-looking round face and small horns. He gestures to her injury. "You're, er, you're hurt," he says. "I can, I can, er, help with that. If you don't mind, that is." The young elven woman turned to face the unusual tiefling- she had seen few of those folk over the years, and had little knowledge of their ways. She bowed, deeply, very much the bow of a servant before a noble, and as usual her voice was soft and quiet. "I appreciate you offer, but it is a minor wound. If you are a healer of skill, I would not have you waste your talents on one such as me."

Thursday, 19th February, 2015

  • 02:54 AM - Voda Vosa quoted Dr Simon in post [OOC] Master of Jade, Mistress of Iron - a World of Conclave adventure
    Voda Vosa, is Hang referring to Mal as the fearless leader? Just want to make sure before I foment a plan that will likely get us all pincushioned . . . :lol: Well of course! Remember he appointed you leader when the group ventured to mountainous terrain. It's always seemed to me that Hang thinks of himself as Fearless Leader, I like that he's suddenly abrogating responsibiilty! True, he has taken a leader position, as he thinks highly of himself in all aspects. This time, however, he has concede the place to Mal, given the terrain and his expertise in such areas. He will likely regain his leadership-y behaviour after the mountain scene is resolved, hehe

Monday, 19th January, 2015

  • 11:21 PM - Scotley quoted Dr Simon in post The Fifth City - Episode 1: The Gathering
    "Oh, er, ah, excuse me," he says. "I'm, er, I'm looking for Ambassador Mollari, do you know where I could find him?" An earnest looking young man in uniform is chatting with an odd assortment of folk in a tavern in the green when. He gives you an appraising eye. "I might be able to track him down. What is the nature of your business with the Ambassador?"

Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

  • 12:34 AM - Steve Gorak quoted Dr Simon in post The Lichway - IC Thread
    "Never 'eard of ya," says Veneman. "My name's Veneman, and I break things. 'Eard o' me?" "Peace my friend," says the elf, his bow still drawn. "One warns us to escape a curse of undeath, another offers to immortalise us in song if we join him. You really ought to get your stories straight." He quirks an eyebrow. "I don't share my friend Veneman's taste for senseless violence either. We have no wish to fight you, but neither have I cause to trust you. Tell me, have you perchance mislaid a wizard? I whiny little runt of a man." Ethian also enters the room. "Gentlemen, shall we lower our weapons and talk as civilized folks do? We vastly outnumber you, and surely if we meant you any harm we would not be having this conversation. I am Ethian" he says, as he moves his hair with his hand not holding his wand, to show a pointed ear to the elf, in a non threatening way. OCC: [roll0] [roll1]

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

  • 05:57 PM - Steve Gorak quoted Dr Simon in post The Lichway - IC Thread
    "Open up ya little ****," you hear a man say. There is a room beyond that looks about the same size as the one you are in, a bit smaller, and the ceiling is a lot lower. There are some old-looking bedframes in here. There is a door over to the right from your viewpoint. Three men are stood in front of it, one holds a torch aloft in one hand and a sword in the other, one stands near him with a shortbow, arrow nocked. The third, the largest of the three, is battering on the door with his mace. All three seem intent on smashing in the door and are paying no attention to the other door to the room, where you are. 65399 Just to confirm, 3 human men?

Thursday, 27th November, 2014


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Monday, 24th November, 2014

  • 06:33 PM - Brother Dave quoted Dr Simon in post [5e] The Lichway - Old School Dungeon with new school rules.
    As for proficiency, yes, that's basically it. Like Saga or 4e, you either have proficiency, or you don't. If you do, you add your proficiency bonus (which is level-derived, starts at +2, increases) and your ability score modifier. If you don't, you just add ability score modifier. Probably some things can't be attempted if you don't have proficiency (like using thieves tools). So if your class and background offer Athletics as a proficiency, and your character has the same Dexterity (or possibly Str or Con - skills can go off different ability scores depending on contex) as a rogue of the same level then yes, you would have the same skill modifier, except that the rogue has a class feature that allows it to gain a larger bonus to some skills, so, no, you might not. But that's not really any different to prior editions. Yes, 5e was designed to promote more role playing, so the skills are set up to take less of the focus, and in such a way that any character can basically at least try any reason...

Friday, 14th November, 2014

  • 04:32 PM - Sadrik quoted Dr Simon in post 5E conversions for player races from Monte Cooke's Arcana Evolved/Unearthed
    Thanks Sadrik. The faen, I think, will be relatively simple and I've got some thoguhts on how to do metamorphosis. I'm pondering wether to make the mojh and the dracha subraces of Dragonborn, although that removes the human origins of the mojh, which is part of their character. Well the turning into a tiny faery is the tough part. Size tiny. Same problem with the giant turning large. I don't know what the size shifts do exactly for a PC... The mojh could be a series of feats or perhaps a background for a human which only offers cosmetic changes (and deep story and roleplaying differences). The dracha can certainly be a subrace of dragonborn. I like that. The Keen Senses was to keep it in line with the elven version, but when you look at creatures with specific senses they gain advantage under certain circumstances. The basic litorian has good perception skills (actually, they kind of don't because they get a Wisdom penalty), and gain scent as a racial level ability, which kind of sing...

Thursday, 12th June, 2014

  • 01:01 PM - Neurotic quoted Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    OOC: I'm pretty sure that the Shinglesnipes were only delivering non-lethal damage. I just checked through your posts, only two damage rolls were marked with (nonlethal). I kinda assumed they were fighting for real (since you said they have unarmed combatant feat and didn't say they were doing non-lethal) If they were indeed doing non-lethal dmg, we essentially don't need healing and can proceed immediately, right?

Friday, 6th June, 2014

  • 02:37 PM - Voda Vosa quoted Dr Simon in post Master of Jade, Mistress of Iron - a World of Conclave adventure
    Ying looks around at his crew and then back at Hang with one eyebrow raised. "Ying Wu," he says, "Captain of this fair vessel." He indicates the Moa-Ruaki with a sweep of his arm. "Tara-Ki, first mate, and this," his arm moves round to the ti-kop, "is Kop, our bo'sun. And this sorry lot," he indicates the rest of the crew broadly, "are Ban, Muen, Legless Pai, Herek-tar, Copper Dann, Other Dann and Zarm of Crowsblood." You note that Legless Pai is possessed of both legs, the rest are a typical mongrel mix of men and women from across the world. "Don't underestimate the old Lark, sirs," adds Ying. "She may look scruffy but Tara-Ki keeps her as seaworthy as a Moa-Ruaki clan vessel." "Hmf, if it looks like crap but it's not, then much better. Simple minded people are easily deceived by appearances and we'll use that advantage in our favour. Tell me what other supplies you might need fto improve the ship's capabilities and we'll see it purchased, if you can't think of anything, then get ready ...

Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

  • 05:42 PM - jkason quoted Dr Simon in post Midian Rightson, human druid
    Kraken grimaces. "The ocean's a cruel mistress, Midian mate. She takes as much as she gives. Is this magic of yours going to be safe?" "We're on a formerly-floating city in a magical wasteland where the dead outside don't decay and sentient, evil tentacles are working to assimilate us. At this point, I'm not sure <i>breathing</i> is safe, Kraken," Midian says wryly. "But given that, the water walking is as reliable as any other spells we may cast, however disconcerting it may be to a seasoned sailor."

Thursday, 14th November, 2013

  • 06:48 PM - Neurotic quoted Dr Simon in post The Romance of the River Kingdoms
    Hm, not noticed that this post had been updated. Of course, I've still got a ton of stuff waiting in the wings for RRK and I'd be up for continuing. I think when we left it with the fight with the tagamalang I was waiting for player actions, then it kind of drifted out of the update zone. However if at least some of you are up for it I'll get things moving again. Since you've pretty much got the tagamalang on the ropes anyway and it's a pain to start in the middle of a fight after such a long time I'll skip the end of the fight. Dr Simon Not that I'm complaining, but the fight at the moment is in catching the beast we didn't exchange any attacks...you may be confusing it with Curse of the Crimson Throne?

Thursday, 17th October, 2013

  • 04:21 PM - Elf Witch quoted Dr Simon in post Let's update Appendix N
    Interesting, that's quite a feat. Any you'd particularly recommend? I remember back when I first got my copy of the DMG I'd barely heard of most of the authors, but I put that down to being 12 years old. When I looked back at them recently, I still hadn't even heard of, let alone read, a lot of the authors, but I've managed to find most of them on Amazon, as second-hand at least. Y'know, if we're including Dan Brown we probably ought to include Clive Cussler. The one and only book of his I read (don't remember the title), involved modern-day Nazis looking for Atlantis in Antarctica. On a giant ship. And I think they had a doomsday weapon of some sort. That's top-notch ridiculous pulp-plotting right there! I enjoyed the Jack Vance at the time though I have been told that they didn't age well. But I think reading at least one shows the idea behind DnD wizard magic. I am huge fan of Manly Wade Wellman and highly recommend his books. Especially his Silver john and John Thunderstone series. An...

Sunday, 13th October, 2013

  • 03:33 PM - delericho quoted Dr Simon in post Let's update Appendix N
    Well as I said it's less a matter of quality than of usable ideas. Indeed. It was for that reason I made sure to say I couldn't second their recommendation, rather than outright opposing it. Still valid though! Again, it's if you get inspired rather than if the book is any good. I'm with you on that, taking a mediocre piece of work and changing it to better suit your own tastes is an excellent source of ideas. Dan Brown's stuff could probably used as the stepping-off point for a Call of Cthulhu style campaign, as could perhaps Kate Mosse. There are actually lots of things to be learnt from bad fiction (and TV and movies). In Dan Brown's case, the biggest lesson I learnt was that running the plot at a high enough pace can just about compensate for it not making any sense. :) It also covers a multitude of other sins. One of the very best games I ran this year was created by taking a plot that would fit perfectly in a "The Fast and the Furious" movie, setting it in the 'Verse (Serenity RPG). ...

Thursday, 10th October, 2013


Thursday, 19th September, 2013

  • 08:44 AM - Neurotic quoted Dr Simon in post Dr. Si's Curse of the Crimson Throne - Escape From Old Korvosa
    OOC: There was a mystery dagger that came from Verik Vancaskerkin, but no-one has been able to determine any powers to it other than "magic" - perhaps it was that one? That's the one! It's magic, but we don't know what it is. I gave it to Kester just in case, no one at the time used daggers and it was magic so it would enable Kester to fight were-creatures etc in a pinch since he was sole protector of kids while we were away. Sooo, we still don't know what it is? It's Jeremiah's new assignment, that's what it is :)


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