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    Today, 04:11 AM
    I want to point out, Gygax himself caused this confusion about what ‘hit points’ are. Gygax had a double standard. When it came to PLAYER CHARACTERS the damage was mainly non-physical (except the Constitution hit bonus examples were pretty physical). But when it came to MONSTERS, Gygax recommended making the hit points as gory and graphic − and physical − as possible for the sake of a...
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    Today, 03:59 AM
    I am in the D&D camp that views hit points as both physical and nonphysical (stamina, alertness, skill, luck, etcetera). So, for me, ALL DAMAGE IS SUBDUAL DAMAGE until the magical number of ‘zero’. Zero is when the serious contact happens. Zero is when a lethal blow actually lands. Anything else is just fencing. So, instead of a blade thru the heart − at zero − the attacker can...
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    Yesterday, 03:40 AM
    Consider the all-important character Advancement table. Here are four tiers: Novice, Hero, Master, and Immortal. In medieval contexts, these are apprentice/page, journeyer/squire, master/knight, plus legendary. In Basic D&D, these tiers might loosely associate with Basic, Expert, Master, and Immortal. 4e lacks Novice for a player character, and the tiers begins at Heroic, Paragon, and...
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    Yesterday, 12:52 AM
    The Knights Templar are an imperial religious order − and very much about certain ruling families. These aristocratic families were also bankers. There are commoners who have access to the aristocrats: servants, entertainers, and merchants. But the aristocrats are highly conscious of their ‘low birth’ and ‘low status’. They try to prevent the boundaries from getting blurry. Sometimes, a...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 11:32 PM
    I create the following. There are four ‘styles’: divine, void, arcane, and worldly. These styles are methods or modes or ways. They correspond roughly to the 4e sources: divine, shadow, arcane, and martial. Each style can engage four ‘realms’:
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 07:48 PM
    For my urban campaign, nonlethal combat is key. Defeating opponents without murder, reduces a serious crime to misdemeanor, or even simply a nuisance that the guards dont want to bother themselves with. For this reason, the ‘bloodied’ condition becomes highly useful. It is the moment when an altercation becomes a fight. Someone is going to have a black eye. I reserve all the ‘unfair’...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 03:48 AM
    Status because of wealth, celebrity, and power ... is modern. In premodern cultures, it is more important to be *related* to a noble and have a title, than to actually have money. Money has value − specifically to pay for armies to conquer and steal wealth from other communities. These ‘spoils of war’ were often spent lavishly to emphasize the victory. The next generation of these...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 01:40 AM
    Social Stratification ≈ Background ≈ Status/Clique Social Competitiveness ≈ Persuasion/Intimidation Family and Clan are ultra important Power in the sense of class level and wealth are actually less important than we moderns might expect. Level and treasure probably counts for personal reputation, but not really for social ‘access’.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 01:03 AM
    Power Grid − Styles: Divine, Void, Arcane, Worldly − Realms: Matter, Life, Mind, Force MATTER (elemental) LIFE
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 12:57 AM
    Alright. So a nonmagic at-will is called a ‘maneuver’. A magic at-will is called a ‘cantrip’. So, in the power format, ‘frequency type’ includes Rest, Long Rest, Reaction, ... and Cantrip/Maneuver (= at-will).
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:21 PM
    Power Source Grid Here is the 4e Power Source Grid as a table, to make it easier to tweak if necessary. When it seems stable enough to handle most of the corner cases, we can move it into the Original Post. Power Sources
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:12 PM
    EN5ider is getting positively Hellenic with today's issue! Delve further to see a proper gladiator archetype, something for warlocks looking to pierce the veil of time, and a domain for the community-minded cleric! Tomorrow the A Touch More Class Kickstarter goes live but if you can't wait, check out the free previews for the geomancer and savant classes! Lately on EN5ider: #277....
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:07 PM
    Figure he's carrying a few revolvers each loaded with 6 shots :)
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:59 PM
    Last week in Mythological Figures we did Nikola Tesla using the tinkerer from A Touch More Class (and the week prior Sherlock Holmes using the savant) and that trend continues as the Kickstarter approaches (join the mailing list here to get notified when it launches TOMORROW). Today however we're headed into the frontier of the Wild West. The subject? An infamous gun-wielding outlaw that could be...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 04:18 AM
    Low light is a pain in the neck to keep track of. Even when I remember there is low light, I just handwaive it. Any amount of bright light is bright within close range, and dim for a virtually unlimited distance beyond the bright light. Maybe low light vision is useful for scanning a distance. But really I dont care. I am glad the only two meaningful options are either darkvision or a...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 03:29 AM
    Here is my first pass at Warlord powers. They are intended to balance with 5e, so compare these powers to 5e spells. When a class gives the player the choice of a power, the player can choose any power, whether it is at-will, per rest (short or long), or per long rest. (I am tempted to refer to the At-Wills as ‘Fighter cantrips’.) In 5e, several classes can share the same powers (including...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 02:22 AM
    Power Format Power Name // Purpose Level Sources, Trope // Action Type • Frequency
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 06:24 PM
    The clay golem derives from the Bible, where the first human (whose name is ‘Human’, Adam) is shaped out of wet clay − namely a ‘lump’ of ‘dirt’ made moist by a ‘mist’ from the ground. God brought this reddish clay statue to life, by breathing Divine breath into it. This is understood as the ‘dirt’ of physical molecules being mysteriously entangled with consciousness. There is a tradition that...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:04 PM
    I tweaked the power sources grid. Note, ‘Morale’ with ‘Second Wind’, thus by extension Warlord hit-point restoration in the sense of rallying morale. Morale organizes as nonmagical ‘Martial’ and mental ‘Psionic’. Now that I know how to make a table, I am doing the 4e Power Sources Grid as one to make it easier to tweak. See below.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 05:07 AM
    Seriously, in my eyes, the whole point of a ‘boxed set’ is the MAP. And an adventure or arc of adventures relating to the MAP. For what its worth, I prefer regional settings (that plug-and-play into any world). So a regional map, rather than a world map. For me, a world map is an online offering for those who want it. Compare, Salt Marsh is about right for me, in terms of a specific...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:46 AM
    The Power Sources table above lists ‘healing’ as Primal and Divine. However, this refers to actual spontaneous healing following a catastrophic injury when reach zero hit points. Warlord healing is more like ‘morale’ (Martial Psionic), inspiring others to press on, despite being battered an bruised. For my tastes, the Warlord is an effective healer − unless the ally reaches zero hit...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 03:39 AM
    I consider balancing options a high priority. I appreciate those who think about these carefully. ‘Situational’ is ‘less useful’, because it is less frequent, and in that sense ‘weak’. Regarding frequency: An ability that is used every encounter is useful.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 03:25 AM
    Wood Elf, and maybe High Elf, deserve Darkvision, carrying a nocturnal vibe. However, Eladrin ‘Sun Elf’ must not have Darkvision, having an aura of light, or a light cantrip, instead. Eladrin ‘Moon Elf’ probably needs Darkvision with a nocturnal vibe. In sum.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 11:24 PM
    My ideal power format looks something like this. The title line has the power name (in this case the Fireball spell), the purpose, and the character level. Next line, sources.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 07:51 PM
    4e Power Sources How do you guys feel about the 4e Power Sources table below? The table develops from discussions that Wrecan and I had years ago. Essentially, the sources are rows and columns that intersect each other. For example, ‘healing’ spells are both Divine and Primal, locating at the intersection of the two. The columns describe the THEME of the spell: Elemental (Matter),...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 07:20 PM
    @Azzy, jayoungr I updated the original post as follows. Any suggestions? Grappling Grappling represents wrestling, grabbing, pulling, and pushing.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 05:48 PM
    Yeah, I guess. Maybe for the sake of simplicity, ANY grappling maneuver can attack or defend via whichever is higher, Dexterity or Strength. So, Dexterity can ‘Push’ by means of a judo flip or so on, and ‘hold’ by grabbing a sensitive place like a finger. I have in mind that there are only four abilities (or at least only four ‘active’ abilities). So, attack uses Strength or...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 03:49 PM
    I am a big fan of swaps. They are awesome for customization and balance. If everything is formatted as powers, then it is so easy swap one power for an other. If you look at the ‘Advancement’ table. The way the leveling sequence works out has levels 20 to 24 for Epic tier. This includes two ‘Epic’ feats at levels 20 and 24. It also includes an Epic race feature − great for concepts...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:41 AM
    Last week in Mythological Figures we did Nikola Tesla using the tinkerer from A Touch More Class (and the week prior Sherlock Holmes using the savant) and that trend continues as the Kickstarter approaches (join the mailing list here to get notified when it launches TOMORROW). Today however we're headed into the frontier of the Wild West. The subject? An infamous gun-wielding outlaw that could be...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 06:03 PM
    Today sees the release of a second preview for A Touch More Class, the sequel to EN Publishing's bestselling A Touch of Class. The first preview of the full 101-page book (the savant) is located here, and this installment details one of the spellcaster options out of the nine new classes—another brilliant approach to mages by Josh Gentry absolutely worth taking a look at. The Kickstarter...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 06:03 PM
    Today sees the release of a second preview for A Touch More Class, the sequel to EN Publishing's bestselling A Touch of Class. The first preview of the full 101-page book (the savant) is located here, and this installment details one of the spellcaster options out of the nine new classes—another brilliant approach to mages by Josh Gentry absolutely worth taking a look at. The Kickstarter...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 05:43 PM
    I want ultra simple grappling. Is the following feasible enough? Grappling Grappling represents wrestling, grabbing, pulling, and pushing. Always use Dexterity to make a grappling attack but always use Strength to keep hold.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 04:02 PM
    How do you guys feel about everyone getting a free feat at level 1? I suppose, a human gains two. I love 4e ‘themes’. It seems like Pathfinder2 now has something like this as well. A themes are a substantial set of thematic abilities, in addition to class and race. These are great for rounding out a character, connecting the character to persons or places in the setting, or if teammates...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 03:30 PM
    Ability Bonuses Your ability bonuses define the things that you tend to be good at. Your aptitudes. For example, a high Strength bonus makes you inherently good at various challenges that need you to be physically strong. Physical Ability Bonuses • Strength represents your brute strength, toughness, and size. • Dexterity represents your precise motion, skillful athleticism, and...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 01:05 AM
    The 4e source is so flavorful. It is one of my favorite aspects of 4e. Identifying a class with a certain source works well. On the other hand, identifying a class with a role never worked well. The class felt too rigid and inflexible against personalization. Towards the end, 4e abandoned roles by having archetypes with different roles. I feel it is very useful to use ‘roles’ as...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:03 PM
    I overhauled the Ability Bonuses section. This post archives the earlier content, before the update. Your abilities define the things that you tend to be good at. Your aptitudes. For example, a high Strength makes you inherently good at various skills and efforts that need you to be physically strong. The attacker always rolls a d20. This attack roll adds a relevant ability bonus...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:02 PM
    It is possible that 4e grognards outnumber 4e fixers. This is ironic regarding the history of 4e. Heh, and the rationale is identical: ‘I own too much stuff, and therefore refuse to change in any way at all.’ The bottom line is, this thread belongs to the community. I personally need a system that uses salient and balanced abilities. But this thread isnt just for me.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:44 PM
    The abilities of the 3e gaming system were more systematic and more balanced than the 1e gaming system. I am unfamiliar with 1e clones. But my impression is, these embrace the 3e improvement of the abilities, abandon the 1e stats, and still call the 1e clone a ‘clone’.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 03:22 PM
    Zardnaar The 4e defaults to ‘attacker always rolls’. Yet it included variant possibilities. For example, ‘players always roll’. In other words, when players attack, they roll against a defense. But when monsters attack, the attack is a fixed number and the players make saves against it. So, it is easy to just leave ‘attack’ and ‘defense’ as raw bonus numbers. If rolling, add d20. But if...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 03:11 PM
    To reduce to three abilities, would mean using Dexterity checks for library research, or alternatively using Intelligence for jumping and grappling. Besides, the 4e stat ‘Passive Perception’ is defacto a routine defense. 4e really has four defenses. The consolidation of abilities down to four is fully compatible with existing 4e material.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 01:53 PM
    @Zardnaar, @DEFCON 1, @Charlaquin It is worth having balanced abilities. Rather than the eight abilities, it is possible to have four abilities. • Strength • Dexterity • Intelligence • Charisma
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 12:59 PM
    Orko the Bloodweaver sounds super metal
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:10 AM
    Initiative probably belongs to ‘Sense’, whether Sense is part of Wisdom, part of Intelligence, or its own stand-alone ability. In any case, Sense is the ability to notice something coming, whence the ability to respond early for initiative.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:06 AM
    I am ok with removing damage from finesse weapons. Note, in the eight ability setup: Strength − melee attack bonus, melee damage bonus Athletics − finesse attack bonus, grappling, Monk flurry attack Dexterity − missile attack bonus, Rogue sneak attack All three have different kinds of combat options. None are must-have.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:42 AM
    Abilities should be useful regardless of class. Lore skills and languages are less satisfactory to make Intelligence worthwhile. Intelligence must include something frequently useful in combat. 4e made a good start at making Intelligence a more meaningful investment. It combines Intelligence with Dexterity for Reflex. But this combination still feels awkward. Intelligence still feels less...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:08 AM
    We will see how people feel about having 8 ability scores. But there are many good reasons to have these 8. They are equally powerful to each other. And salient to describe well various kinds of creatures and abilities. Personally, in the traditional six, I find the fact that Dexterity is a super-stat while Intelligence is a dump-stat, to be frustrating. This fundamental imbalance wont...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:34 AM
    The only difference between a ‘defense’ and a ‘save’ is a d20 versus a base 10. You can literally call it a ‘Will save’ and then define ‘Will save’ as ‘10 + your Wisdom or Charisma bonus’.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:10 AM
    Zardnaar I started a new thread as a ‘wiki thread’ that anybody can edit. This allows multiple people to contribute to the clone, so not all of the burden is on one person. Have a look at the thread and add and change it freely. enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659990-Open-4e-Style&p=7619019#post7619019
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 03:54 AM
    Math cannot be copyrighted. If you like defenses better, then there is no problem using them. The terms ‘Fortitude’, ‘Reflex’, ‘Will’, and ‘Perception’ are all legally available, regardless of how we define these terms. Cool about Star Wars. If going with defenses, then it is worth combining Ref and AC as a single defense.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 03:01 AM
    The ability bonuses consolidated to four: Strength and Dexterity, Intelligence and Charisma. Abilities and defenses are probably the most important mechanics in the entire game. They need to work extremely well. Unfortunately, they are the most familiar mechanics, thus the most difficult to improve. In the first post, in ‘Ability Bonuses’, I have added two more ability scores....
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 02:49 AM
    Reserved
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 02:46 AM
    This is an open wiki thread. You can edit this post. Contribute to reengineer a ‘4e-style’ gaming system. Use available nomenclature from 5e and 3e, or invent a new nomenclature. Avoid unlicensed 4e terms. Include any notes for fellow game designers in double brackets ]. For example, the term ‘profession’ is noted to be equivalent to the 4e term ] and the 5e term ]. A final product...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 05:23 PM
    In 1e, every DM was expected to create their own setting with its own flavor. I wish that stayed.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:53 PM
    @Zardnaar, I basically like these half-feats. The main issues are: Flavor-neutral mechanics Avoid baking setting flavor into the mechanics. Rely more on ‘flavor text boxes’ for flavor. Especially avoid terms like ‘gods’ within the actual mechanics themselves. Defenses In 4e, there are no such things as ‘saves’. Instead, the attacker always rolls. The defender has ‘defenses’....
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 02:10 PM
    Actually, doing them in chunks of 5, eventually covers all of them. For 4esque, Warlord seems ‘core’. And there are 5 sources: Psionic, Arcane, Divine, Primal, and Martial. Maybe treat Bard as mind-affecting Psionic.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:22 AM
    So far. Warlord Fighter Wizard Rogue, Cleric Druid, Warlock
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 07:51 PM
    I am positively green with envy, sir! Verdant even!
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:45 PM
    Today's EN5ider post is a sidequest by Charlie Brooks where the PCs learn a dangerous secret about the small, remote hamlet of Velsburg as they go about saving its citizens from a bloodthirsty serial killer. If you're looking for a quick excursion for 4-5 PCs of 5th level (or thereabouts) that will compel the table to make a tough decision at its end then read onward! Lately on EN5ider: ...
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:45 PM
    Today's EN5ider post is a sidequest by Charlie Brooks where the PCs learn a dangerous secret about the small, remote hamlet of Velsburg as they go about saving its citizens from a bloodthirsty serial killer. If you're looking for a quick excursion for 4-5 PCs of 5th level (or thereabouts) that will compel the table to make a tough decision at its end then read onward! Lately on EN5ider: ...
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:00 PM
    Last week in Mythological Figures we did a build of Sherlock Holmes using the savant from A Touch More Class and we’ve decided to continue that trend as the Kickstarter approaches (join the mailing list here). With that in mind today’s subject is one right out of history instead of literature or myth, and given his forte we’re using the tinkerer class to stat out Nikola Tesla! Alternating...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:35 PM
    I would go with Rabbi as a background. Rabbis can be very different from each other. Some Rabbis are scientists (Wizard), some are soldiers (Fighter), some are artists (Bard), some are healers (Cleric). The mystics in particular seem a case that is simultaneously Divine and Psionic. The endeavor is to ‘unite’ and ‘adhere’ the mind of a human with the mind of Divinity. Jewish mysticism is...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 02:36 PM

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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:28 PM
    Ars Magica has a book, Kabbalah: Mythic Judaism. It seems a decent presentation.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:12 AM
    Pretty much any clergy is more like a background, being a skill set. Knowledge skills (history, religion, arcana as mysticism), social skills (empathy, persuasion, intimidation), magical talents (bless, augury, healing, guidance) Peoples most commonly expressed needs are: belonging, relationship, family wellbeing, finances, physical health, spiritual seeking, meaning, ethical advice,...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:22 PM
    I love 4e. It is my favorite edition of D&D. ‘Errata’ that I would like to improve include. • Make the abilities (Dexterity, Intelligence, etcetera) more salient and more equal in power. • Consolidate AC and Reflex into a single defense. Make Perception a formal defense. • Make power choice fluid. Where 4e had specific usage types (at-will, encounter, daily) at specific levels, it became...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 01:41 PM

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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 01:28 PM
    For 4e, it helps to think in blocks of four levels. • level 1: class archetype specialization power (at-will, short rest, long-rest) • level 2: utility (defend, move, detect), skill (background), cultural power (race, region) • level 3: class power (at-will, short-rest, long-rest, sometimes extra-attack) • level 4: feat/ability-score customization This block repeats for levels 5 to 8,...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:40 PM
    For theater of the mind, it helps to ballpark all distances for weapons and spells as: ‘melee’ (within 3 feet) ‘reach’ (within 10 feet) ‘close’ (within 30 feet) ‘far’ (beyond 30 feet) ‘same plane of existence’ Far ranges that sometimes happen beyond a combat encounter:
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 11:51 AM
    It is necessary to plan ahead carefully. Because mechanics depend on other mechanics, once we build it, it becomes painful or impossible to personalize. If we want ability scores to be equally balanced with each other, then we must build the system that way from the bottom up. If we want characters that are easy to customize, then we must build the system that way from the bottom up. ...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:49 AM
    Last week in Mythological Figures we did a build of Sherlock Holmes using the savant from A Touch More Class and we’ve decided to continue that trend as the Kickstarter approaches (join the mailing list here). With that in mind today’s subject is one right out of history instead of literature or myth, and given his forte we’re using the tinkerer class to stat out Nikola Tesla! Alternating...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 01:09 AM
    Maybe the magic bonus and the tier bonus are the same thing? If using magic bonuses, then treadmill the tier bonus. If without magic bonuses just add the tier bonus directly? Novice: +0 magic or tier Hero: +1 magic or tier Paragon: +2 magic or tier Epic: +3 magic or tier
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 01:00 AM
    Lets think carefully about bounded accuracy. At level 1, it is possible to have a total of +0 (average score, nonproficient) or worse. At level 1, the highest bonus is +7 (+5 score, +2 proficiency). Im less fond of the Expertise ‘doubling’ proficiency, because I like bounded accuracy for skills too, and I like to use skills in combat, so like combat and skills to have the same math.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 08:09 PM
    In total there are two physical defenses (Fortitude and Reflex), and two mental defenses (Perception and Will).
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:55 PM
    I think it is fine to ignore Epic tier for now. Even ignore Paragon. Just work on Novice (1-4) and Heroic (5-12). Plenty to do. We can add more later once the foundation seems robust. I hope to use 5e mechanics as-is, as much as possible. Only in a situation where a 4e-ism improves 5e, would I want to alter 5e. I would just stick with the 5e weapon attack system, its math works fine.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Tony Vargas Maybe Sneak Attack against an unaware target, targets the Perception defense thus bypasses the Reflex-Armor defense.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:39 PM
    Tony Vargas Heh, if anything, the lasso targets the Perception defense! Not the Reflex defense. Anyone paying attention can easily render a lasso useless.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:34 PM
    Lassos might have a ‘special’ attack. − But a shield would help prevent a lasso. The rest might be better to handwaive. But, burning oil is effectively negated by armor. Likewise shield and armor effectively deter dragon breath and so on. How many times have I seen a picture of a knight with shield deflecting dragon fire!
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:29 PM
    5e hates to attack attended objects − but rationally, the magic ray damages the shield or the plate armor, not the person. Or the shield or armor actually reflects or deflects while being only cosmetically damaged. Armor, including a shield and a heavy cloth armor (gambeson) definitely help escape burns from burning oil.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:27 PM
    Regarding hit points. Suppose each race has base hit points. (Tiny) 4 hit points (Small) 6 hit points (Medium) 8 hit points (Powerful Build) 10 hit points (Large) 12 hit points
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:12 PM
    Legal reasons, it is impossible to copyright a calculation. There is no problem using the Constitution score rather than the accumulating bonuses. The word ‘Constitution’ and ‘score’ are legally available too because of the 5e agreement. The 4e-ism of using the score is ok. The only difficulty I foresee is, if using standard 5e monsters, they will have inflated hit points relative to...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:10 PM
    Reflex plus AC is such a redundancy. Moreover I see no need for a ‘touch’ attack, it is simply Reflex. For example, shield really does help Reflex in the sense of deflecting an attack and getting out of its way. A shield helps against a magical ray. If someone wants to call it the ‘Reflex defense’ or the ‘Armor defense’, I am happy either way, as long as they are the same thing.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:02 PM
    Garthanos and Tony Vargas I really want to consolidate AC and Reflex. So, a sword attacks the Reflex defense. A ray attacks the Reflex defense. An armor improves the Reflex defense, if the Strength/Constitution prerequisite is met.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:56 PM
    I understand what you are saying, but then adding a tier bonus plus a proficiency bonus strains the already strained bounded accuracy of 5e.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:41 PM
    Well, 5e is already ‘weird’. 5e tiers break at levels 1, 5, 10, and 17. In other words 4/6/6/4. The first tier in a 5e→4e system with levels 1 to 4 is natural, because these levels in 5e are simply too weak and too incompetent to represent a 4e ‘Heroic’ tier. Level 13 seems appropriate for a ‘Path’. It could be 4, Heroic 8, Paragon 8, and Epic 8. But Epic is still a formative design...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:34 PM
    I think everybody here agrees that 4e-style Constitution is superior? So, add the SCORE at level 1, and never additional BONUS hit points. This removes low level fragility, and avoids high level hitpoint inflation. (Optional Variant, if players like fragile low levels: add the bonus once at each tier, at levels 1, 5, 13, 21?)
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:28 PM
    Personally, I like the ‘just explicitly’ part. But, I also like how 5e gives the FULL proficiency, to anything one later becomes proficient in. For example, if one is level 13 and gains proficiency in Stealth, the proficiency is +4. One doesnt start at the beginning with +2.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 05:57 PM
    Since 4e level 1 doesnt really happen until 5e level 5, it seems worthwhile to split up the concept of ‘class’ into separate tiers. In other words, a ‘class’ includes impactful choices, at different tiers. At level 1, the player chooses a Student Course. At level 5, the player chooses a Heroic Profession. At level 13, the player chooses a Paragon Path. At level 21, the player chooses an Epic...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 05:25 PM
    Regarding multiclassing. A discussion with Zardnaar in an other thread helped me be more open to multiclassing, even including limited-level ‘prestige classes’. A 4e ‘Paragon Path’ is exactly a prestige class that is suitable for levels 13 to 20 (or whatever). As long as a Path focuses on being alternative features, rather than strictly superior to a base class, then it seems useful. Many...
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  • 07:28 AM - dave2008 mentioned Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Odysseus/Ulysses (5E)
    ... NPC and then discuss why and what we would do differently within the concept of the series (NPC made with PC rules using point-buy / standard array). This was pretty thoroughly reviewed with Conan I believe. EDIT: Mike usually jumps in and explains his choice and then we can discuss some more if you so desire. I think one thing he should address is why Str is so low. Also, the OP does say So the build is intended to be a NPC, not a PC, and there is no requirement in the 5e rules that a "real person" NPC follow PC build rules - eg NPCs have proficiency bonuses that follow their CR, not their PC level (insofar as that might be inferred by, say, spells useable). There's also a bigger question, also relating to your idea of "real person" - it's at least open to argument that if the ruleset can't model a hero like Odysseus then there is a weakness in the ruleset. Yes it is an NPC. But you can build an NPC with PC rules and I believe that it the concept of this series. Hopefully @Mike Myler will jump on here soon and clarify this one more time!

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 11:39 PM - dave2008 mentioned Mike Myler in post Curse of Strahd Redux - High Level SPOILERS - I guess
    I have not, but your going to need a tougher Strahd! I made a CR 17 version to you could use, but I think you might want to look @Mike Myler 's Dracula posted a few days ago. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?654469-Epic-Monsters-Dracula-(5E)

Monday, 20th August, 2018

  • 09:51 AM - Coroc mentioned Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Dagon (5E)
    Mike Myler Nethack YASD message Elric-T died on dungeon level 36 - dissolved by a puddle of dagon. Ok, that one is total insider and very much oldschool, it refers to Nethack, a derivate of the Unix Rogue computer game back from the 80s with a player exploring a dungeon and everything displayed was done with ASCCII symbols. When your character died game was over, using save files - other than for a break in the game - was considered cheating. It did remember when your character died, and there were awesome stupid causes of death in that game, and sometimes it would even create a ghost level with the remains of a past PC to encounter with your next one. YASD = Yet Another Stupid Death players would post these on a forum back then.

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Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

  • 01:09 PM - Morrus mentioned Mike Myler in post Starting Adventures
    Good catch - the submissions page has been updated with the new editor, Mike Myler. I'll page him for you, and he should be able to answer your questions! Mike Myler

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 07:41 PM - pming mentioned Mike Myler in post Frank Mentzer Reveals More About World of Empyrea
    Hiya! Mike Myler Sounds pretty sweet! :) I remember this "new guy" (Frank) got to write a new version of D&D. I was even a grognard then, with only about 3 or 4 years under my belt at the time (hey, at least I'm consistent :) ). When I saw the new Red Box D&D set, with the dragon, mound of treasure, and fighter? ...pure excitement! Upon reading the little "blurb" on the back ("As you whirl around, your sword ready, the huge red fire-breathing dragon swoops TOWARD you with a ROAR!"), I was hooked on this new version. :) Anyway, having just got the World of Greyhawk folio a year (?) before, I wanted more! I'm SUPER excited about this new campaign setting. :D Really looking forward to reading it and DM'ing in it. I'm on that Kickstarter like dust on a dwarf (or grime on a gnome, or twigs on an elf, or offal on an orc, ...you get the picture).

Thursday, 29th September, 2016

  • 01:06 PM - Wicht mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2016! (Sign-up and Scheduling)
    A morning bump and some shout outs.... Last year's competitors that we haven't heard from: LucasC, Wik, MortalPlague, Nifft (who has been a judge) Some other former contestants we haven't heard from: Waylander the Slayer, Radiating Gnome (who has also been a judge), phoamslinger (who has also, also been a judge), UselessTriviaMan, EP, Mike Myler, Dragonwriter, Loonook, steeldragons, Lwaxy, Shoe, howandwhy99, ender_wiggin, FickleGM Again, with a plug, if you haven't done this before, we greatly encourage you to give it a go and throw your hat in the ring. You might be our 2016 Iron DM champion. But you won't know until you try.

Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

  • 06:24 PM - Jediking mentioned Mike Myler in post 5e Race: Slugmen
    I think they seem pretty balanced. The only ability that really sticks out is Magical Harmony. It may be a bit of a dead ability early and a bit powerful after getting items, but as it's your race and your game I doubt it'd be an issue. Mike Myler has a good idea with the scent-based (maybe taste as it fits with the Poison resistance fluff?) Perception/Survival, especially as it works with the +1 Wisdom bump.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014

  • 02:46 PM - Morrus mentioned Mike Myler in post Wanna N.O.W. Preview?
    This is a quick look at the initial draft of the first (intro) chapter of the N.O.W. playtest document. N.O.W. is being written by Mike Myler. 64606

Sunday, 14th July, 2013

  • 02:59 AM - Dragonwriter mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2013--Entries, Judgements, Commentary, & Trash-Talk
    ...ooking back, I can see how I could have done more with the Point of Origin, like at least making the dungeon created in the same place as the bad guy’s Point of Origin or something useful to manipulate there in the Showdown. I think the biggest thing preying on my mind was the time limit. I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time in the evening to devote and absolutely none the next morning, so I was really focused on just trying to finish up what was effectively a (maybe) second draft. This also played a large part in me keeping the scope of my scenario much smaller, as I didn’t feel I could comfortably tackle a larger adventure and make it of competitive quality with the time constraints. All that said, I’m glad you enjoyed the style. It was fun to write. :) It might be something I come back and expand upon at some point in the future for one of my games. I will do my best to put your advice to use in my next round. And I’ll make it bigger (the 48 hours will help). :D ……… Mike Myler When I saw how much you got done in those few hours, I was really worried. Your evocative style, clever Asmov Golem rebuilding, and strong mechanical explanations were really well-done, IMO. It was great competing against you, and I hope to see you in the tournament again. :D
  • 02:09 AM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, judgement for your match has been posted.

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  • 05:34 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, your match has begun.
  • 05:33 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2013--Entries, Judgements, Commentary, & Trash-Talk
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, you have 24 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please include a list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Your ingredients are: Point of Origin Transcendence Aberration Death Spiral Sentient Prey Tasteless Joke
  • 05:16 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, if you are both good to go NOW, please confirm!
  • 04:45 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Dragonwriter and Mike Myler, it looks like we can pull this off! Dragonwriter says that late Monday is a possibility. Would that work for you?

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  • 10:31 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    I'm calling for check-ins on these 24-hour matches because I want to make sure that the contestants see the ingredients (and have time to do something with them.) 'Cause 24 hours can be hard. In your case, we (all three of us) kept missing each other by hours--and I didn't want to take the chance. For the next two matches, though, I'll call for a range of availability and narrow it down with the check-ins. ...Speaking of which: EP Mike Myler Lwaxy would any two of you like to start a match sometime between Wednesday and Sunday? If so, please post your availability--including a range of time that you could begin in.


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  • 08:56 AM - MNblockhead quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Billy the Kid (5E)
    Figure he's carrying a few revolvers each loaded with 6 shots :) That and if you allow for "speed strips" or another speed loader, the character can reload as a free action. Here's a video of pro shooter Jerry Miculek shooting 16 rounds in 4 seconds, including the reload. So, a fantasy hero with a six-second round should be able to do the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FbUMqoyjDw The first patent for a speedloader was in 1879 by William H. Bell: https://www.guns.com/news/2013/03/30/revolver-speedloaders So, if you allow revolvers, I see no reason not to assume use of speedloaders to get around non-fun loading time. It makes more sense than what we allow for crossbows in D&D.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 04:42 PM - BiblioTek quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Nikola Tesla (5E)
    Quite possibly! Dealer's choice there, I think. ;) That's neat! I wasn't aware that was even a thing that existed, even though I grew up in that era. Now I have to wonder if that's where the Foglios got the idea from as well.
  • 03:50 PM - not-so-newguy quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Sherlock Holmes (5E)
    Alas they aren't and won't be in the public domain for our lifetimes, I reckon (all the characters in this column are public domain entities.) How about characters from the Black Company? Croaker, Goblin, or One-Eye?
  • 02:33 PM - Garthanos quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Nikola Tesla (5E)
    How in the hells did you find that out? Paul Bunyan won't post until next week or the week after. :3 Don't worry you arent that predictable. Holmes was on my list (Ever since seeing the RDJ version demonstrate the predictive quick thinking intelligence used in combat) but I expected to see PB before him perhaps as the character is more Mythic.

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

  • 12:02 AM - Fenris-77 quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Sherlock Holmes (5E)
    He's rocking a +6 which isn't bad! You could swap over one of his Expertise proficiencies to make that +11 but I considered him to be more about deducing someone is lying by way of logic, less-so than by picking up on social cues (some--it's a +6--but as a complementary aspect). As for NPCs shouldn't be built like PCs, check your Dungeon Master's Guide on page 92 (column 2, specifically). :) This, and also that Holmes gets some of what you might normally think of as Insight type info from his class abilities anyway, and might not use Insight quite as often as a similarly themed non-Savant would. Plus if he uses Analyze Need on Insight he's aces. Analyze Need pretty much answers any question that sounds like "what about this skill?". It's not instantaneous, so some prep and foresight is needed, but it does cover a whole lotta bases.

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 06:50 PM - Arilyn quoted Mike Myler in post Do You Want 9 New D&D Classes?
    Cardcaster you say. :angel: I am currently using the Golden Tarot, by Kat Black, which is a stunning deck. But the EN deck looks very promising, and has the available spells printed on the cards, which will be very handy. Just have to have both, I guess.😁

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 07:08 PM - jayoungr quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Anne Bonny (5E)
    I'm not qualified for that fight I don't think, but I'll point out: Fair enough! Mostly, I just wanted to beg for Grace O'Malley to get the "mythological figures" treatment sometime. :D I'll get to Grace eventually. :D Yay!
  • 05:31 PM - jayoungr quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Anne Bonny (5E)
    I like the stat block--nice work! But I have to quibble with your flavor text. The title of ... the pirate that may be Ireland’s fiercest, most notorious buccaneer can only belong to Grace O'Malley. I'd love to see a statblock for her.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 12:01 AM - Stalker0 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Black Shuck (5E)
    Pass without trace is listed as a constant spell so it is indeed factored in. That's noted where it says "constant". :3 Constant is not a normal 5e game term. I would just make it a monster ability: Ghostly Walk: The Black Shuck is always under the effect of a pass without trace spell (bonus factored in to the skills). That way you are 100% explicit in game terms what you mean.

Monday, 29th April, 2019

  • 07:29 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Saint George (5E)
    That's about not outshining the players or soaking up the spotlight, and if it did come up during my research I'm not positive as to where (this build got stuck in the backlog and was made I think at the start of this year). To clarify because this is the second time it's come up, there is a second part to that sentence about how to use him (extra formatting for emphasis). I get that, I just think the words "abandon" and "betray" are not how I would construct the situation. He can could leave without abandonment or betray all IMO. So, I just wonder if it was in the lore some where. No big issue, just curious. Thank you for the response.
  • 01:07 PM - pemerton quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Saint George (5E)
    use him as a reluctant antagonist--someone that can definitely help the party but only for a time, ultimately abandoning or betraying them in order to achieve a greater and more important goal.I don't think St George would ever betray the PCs. He's honourable. Nor even abandon them. He's not a coward. He might leave them.

Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 07:31 AM - S'mon quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Fenrir (5E)
    There are some lower CR Epic Monsters too (Drop Bears hold the record right now as the weakest of the bunch at 3) but if you're really keen on some super-high-end challenge rating builds that will only rarely be used by anyone (because the design sweet spot where most play happens is way below CR 20) there's a Hollywood-esque Dracula at 23, Nyarlathotep at 25, and most of the public domain Lovecraftian-baddies at similarly high challenge ratings earlier on in the column. Cheers, I'm running Primeval Thule so a weak avatar of Nyarlathotep around CR 25 should be great for a high level fight. Might be handy for my level 20 Runelords game too.

Monday, 22nd April, 2019

  • 10:02 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Fenrir (5E)
    I'm okay with him putting out 140 odd damage a turn (two bites and a legendary bite). That's quite a bit, god forbid somebody take a critical (!). I considered a blanket magical damage thing for him but opted out because I wanted to keep the Destructive Roll strictly mundane lest it be too good at deterring spellcasters (the wimpier of which could eat up maybe three-four rounds of getting crushed before going down--as it is now they could use stoneskin or similar to lessen the impact *badumpching*). It is not a damage thing. If you are worried about the damage, just lessen the amount for each bite. It is more about giving him different and interesting things to do. Of course my examples were not the best, so I didn't help much there ;) Regarding magic weapons. The typical language would state: "Magic Weapons. Fenrir's weapon attacks are magical." Notice it specifically states "weapon" attacks. The Destructive Roll is not a "weapon" attack. So, by RAW you could use the standard form...

Monday, 8th April, 2019

  • 05:52 PM - Quartz quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Black Shuck (5E)
    Done and done on the first two, but not so keen to legendary actions on a CR 5 creature. I suppose that unicorns and Yestabrod (?) have them and are low challenge rating enemies, but (and I'm guessing here for the latter) they're really intended to be encountered alone while Black Shuck is not. The tales typically speak of it being encountered alone. But that does give me an idea for a Legendary Action: when struck, it transposes itself with one of its pack. Sort of like the Goblin King power.

Saturday, 6th April, 2019

  • 06:41 AM - Zardnaar quoted Mike Myler in post A Guide to RPG Freelance Rates: Part 1 (Writing and Editing)
    Also EN5ider juuuuuuuuuust recently started doing new adventure content again in addition to the monthly ZEITGEIST piece, albeit smaller in scope Yay I liked the early adventures and ran a couple but not running Zeitgeist so the extra money/content has been wasted. Bit behind on EN5ider and have not downloaded the last 20 or 30 of them.

Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 11:26 PM - M.T. Black quoted Mike Myler in post A Guide to RPG Freelance Rates: Part 1 (Writing and Editing)
    As the editor for EN5ider I should mention that we pay 3 cents a word plus rights reversion after a year (and I loooove me that rights reversion <3). Yes, rights is a big thing to take into account. Virtually all of the work I've seen is "work for hire". However, if you can get the rights back and there is a market for what you've written, you can take "two bites of the cherry" and self-publish, and you need to take that into account. mike, how does your rights reversion work when someone has worked on an EN World property? I'm think specifically about your ZEITGEIST campaign setting?

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019

  • 11:32 PM - Quartz quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    Every round a creature or vehicle is in the whirlpool, it must succeed on a DC 15 Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (vehicle [water]) check. On a failure, a creature or vehicle is dragged 5 x 1d4 feet down into the water and 10 x 1d4 feet towards the center of the whirlpool. On a success, a creature or vehicle can move half its speed out of the area. I'd allow Strength to be used for the Water Vehicle check - think of the sailor straining against the tiller or rudder. Or even the oarsmen in a galley.
  • 11:12 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    It's not (indeed Mythological Figures uses OGL-ified versions of archetypes that are not OGL) but I'm about breaking that stuff out into the open, not to exonerate it by emulating it. If it's not setting something free then aye I keep it as OGL as possible! Hag covens are also in the MM. A hag gets extra spells by being in a coven per the MM.
  • 10:57 PM - rontrobertson quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    Hrmmm...none of the OGL hags have these things I think but I'd fall back on a monster from out of Mists of Akuma for greater weather effects. Hag covens and lair actions are Volo's things. I didn't realize this was limited to OGL.


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