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Monday, 4th December, 2017

  • 10:21 PM - pukunui mentioned Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    EDIT: Partially ninja'd by Carnifex! Armor Class 29 (Shield +3, Robe of Archmagi, Shield Spell, +4 Dex)The shield spell only lasts for 1 round, so in order to have it "always on", he's going to have to cast it with his reaction every single round, which means he can't ever use counterspell (or take any other reaction). ASIs: Spell Sniper, Stealth, War Caster, Wood Elf MagicJust FYI: Wood Elf Magic doesn't add pass without trace to your spells known. It just lets you cast the spell once per day without needing a spell slot. So his Stealth won't be at +26 for more than 1 hour each day (and while it is, he won't be able to benefit from greater invisibility and darkness as well, since they all require concentration). Heightein Catapult (No verbal component): It's amazing on the battlefield, you can simply destroy walls, covers and give high damage from invaders while staying stealth. Fantastic.Just wondering if you are aware that catapult's initial range got nerfed to 60 feet. (That is, the object you affect wit...

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Friday, 8th December, 2017


Tuesday, 5th December, 2017

  • 02:14 AM - Tormyr quoted Carnifex in post Advancing and Regressing monsters?
    Yeah, *in theory* you can just shuttle them up or down the AC/HP/AB/DPR chart for creating new monsters in the DM's Guide. I'm not sure how well it'd work in practice. This is how I handled all of the solo monsters in my 5e Age of Worms conversion that is on this site when adding or removing PCs. For monsters from CR 1-20 with no resistances or immunities. In that case, because I did not want to adjust the damage of the monster (to avoid TPKs) I instead doubled the HP buff and added a bit more for being a solo monster against increasing numbers of PCs. In the end, 40 HP per PC above or below kept the difficulty of the encounter roughly as expected with groups of PCs up to 8. It was the result of 3 years of play from levels 1-20. In a smaller set of cases, I modified both the HP and DPR to work adjust a weaker creature such as a goblin or lizardfolk. It works. The results are not perfect every time, but it is certainly good enough for these adjustments rather than recalculating the whole m...
  • 12:49 AM - Hygor Haas quoted Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    And oh look, his type of staff changed. Ironically this now makes him much more vulnerable to the various things the staff of charming protected him from, and he has an entertainingly awful Will save, but hey... Staff of Swarming Insects are better. Why? Virtually all dangerous skills like, feeblemind, Portent (Divination Wizard) require seeing the target. So, this is much more efficient and can be used without concentration. So, this Staff is an effective protection. Anyway, next things on the list: - You have the Stealthy feat. That's Unearthed Arcana. - Wood Elf Magic *does not* add Pass Without Trace to your warlock or sorcerer spells lists. It categorically does not do that. Since the character needs to long rest to get back their casting of the spell, the character has one cast ever, since he wants to avoid long resting. He can't even keep it going all the time due to its max duration not being very high at all. Fair enough, I need pick another feat, Whatever, It's 1.200', +20 stea...

Monday, 4th December, 2017

  • 10:18 PM - mgshamster quoted Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    Did you have an earlier set of magic items that included an additional +2 to saves? Yes. He used to have a Staff of Power in order to boost his AC. He tried using it to counter my archer build that killed him in one round, claiming his AC was too high for me to ever hit him. He kept ignoring that all my DPR calculations were based on critical hits only, so it didn't matter what the AC was. So yeah, that's where the extra +2 came from. The source of it has been edited away.
  • 01:33 AM - Hygor Haas quoted Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    Exhaustion with a capital E, as in the condition, is not the problem here. I mean, sure, it *is* an issue because Greater Restoration costs 100gp of spell components a pop. Even if not long resting is the only source of exhaustion XxxUberNecroEdgexxX here has, and for some reason he's only gaining 1 level of Exhaustion from it per day (and there's a strong argument he should be gaining it more frequently, especially after having been awake for a week) he's spending tens of thousands of gp per year just to stay awake. He's probably spending much more if he does anything significant to exert himself. Given that a situation can inflict one or more levels of Exhaustion in one go, I'd probably, as a DM, start increasing the number inflicted in one go after long enough of no sleep; once it hits 6 levels at a time he just dies. Now, that's obviously something one can argue about if one wants, but it's also a perfectly valid application of the rules and more closely matches actual rest-deprivation eff...

Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

  • 06:05 PM - FrogReaver quoted Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    Exhaustion with a capital E, as in the condition, is not the problem here. I mean, sure, it *is* an issue because Greater Restoration costs 100gp of spell components a pop. Even if not long resting is the only source of exhaustion XxxUberNecroEdgexxX here has, and for some reason he's only gaining 1 level of Exhaustion from it per day (and there's a strong argument he should be gaining it more frequently, especially after having been awake for a week) he's spending tens of thousands of gp per year just to stay awake. He's probably spending much more if he does anything significant to exert himself. Given that a situation can inflict one or more levels of Exhaustion in one go, I'd probably, as a DM, start increasing the number inflicted in one go after long enough of no sleep; once it hits 6 levels at a time he just dies. Now, that's obviously something one can argue about if one wants, but it's also a perfectly valid application of the rules and more closely matches actual rest-deprivation eff...
  • 04:05 PM - Hygor Haas quoted Carnifex in post (OPTIMIZATION) THE NAMELESS KING ! THE WIZARD's NIGHTMARE! LAST BOSS
    There are so many things wrong with the character you've built that indicate you've either missed elements of the rules, or you don't understand them in the first place, but let's start with the most amusing one: You forgot to give the character Aspect of the Moon and spent their invocations on other things, so any would-be slayers just have to wait for them to keel over from exhaustion at avoiding all those long rests. Greater Restauration Spell = No exaustion. The build doesnt need Aspect of the Moon. Also, I'm open to tips. :D

Friday, 1st December, 2017


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