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Friday, 27th January, 2017

  • 05:06 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned UnknownDyson in post When Fiends Attack: Are Balors, Pit Fiends and Ultraloths too weak?
    Well, my question is less 'is the Balor killable by level 9 characters', since that particular battle has been waged on here plenty of times, and more 'is it a problem if it can be killed by level 9 characters'. Assume for the moment that it is possible for level 9 characters to do that - what does the game gain or lose by that fact? Lots of people seem keen to focus on the CR, but that also seems irrelevant - the fact is that the Balor is the top-level Demon, the guy at the end of the Abyssal dungeon, the Cyberdemon of the Abyss. For that narrative, does the Balor need to be completely untouchable until the party is 'high level', or are you happy for him to be fightable (and killable) in the mid tiers? UnknownDyson said it decently well, it is a problem when the most terrifying and mythical of the demons can be killed by people who lore-wise should be concerned with much less threatening foes. Nothing in my experience as a DM or a player (both of TTRPGs and Video Games) than a fight that is billed to be an epic conflict is instead a boring fight, where I can tell before we get halfway that there is no legitimate fear of us losing. I want 15th level players hearing they are going to fight a Balor or a Pit Fiend, and them start freaking out a little and wondering if they are prepared to fight something so powerful. Instead, if they’ve seen the stats (I DM for a lot of young DMs who of course have read the books) or have fought other high-level demons (this is not a problem with only the Highest echelons after all) realize that with some minor prep they will win the day with marginal problems. If you can’t scare your players when you say “Roll Initiative” then combat is...

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Thursday, 11th April, 2019

  • 09:15 PM - Zardnaar quoted UnknownDyson in post Undead attack on Waterdeep
    All of that is in 5E and it is detailed in Waterdeep Dragonheist. The walking statues are stated at CR 18 and they are gargantuan constructs. Waterdeep has a dragonward, dragon species literally can't enter the city unless given permission by the wielder of the Dragonstaff of Ahghairon. In addition to the constructs and the multiple arch mages, the leader of the emerald enclave who is a literal demi-god resides in Waterdeep. Oh, and the open lord is a chosen of the goddess of magic, Mystra. She is a CR 17 arch-mage. I don't think an invasion would be possible in canon unless you had vast numbers helmed by entities of the level of an Acererak or Orcus. Haven't read Dragonheist, sounds similar to 3.5 Waterdeep with multiple level 20+ spellcasters, walking statues etc.

Thursday, 7th March, 2019

  • 12:32 AM - Mort quoted UnknownDyson in post Monsters struggling to hit players? Common?
    Impressive right? It doesn't really matter though, what I've quickly found out about the upper limits of tier 3 play is that armor class ceases to matter because the enemies of equivalent CR have high modifiers and hit really hard. Just last session I got two shot by a nabassu demon (CR 15) who did over 120 damage in two attacks on a crit. Nothing I could do. Adamantine armour is your friend!

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 03:02 AM - dave2008 quoted UnknownDyson in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    Food for thought. https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/1/14/18182744/cleopatra-white-actress-liz-taylor-angelina-jolie-lady-gaga If you follow the information up thread you see most of that information has been refuted or at least found to be highly dubious. She may not have been "white," but she most likely was not "African." We can't know for sure, but the preponderance of evidence points in one direction.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

  • 11:14 AM - TharZakon quoted UnknownDyson in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    wow... she's whiter than snow in that picture. She was from an Ancient Greek northern region, Macedon... Yeah she was white, Mediterranean, not anything else. She was not African as some mentally challenged people from USA may like to imagine.
  • 02:10 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted UnknownDyson in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    wow... she's whiter than snow in that picture. Yeah, that picture makes her look rather Northern European or at least Italian. As was the case with a lot of pictures from the Renaissance and immediate period after, which took some pretty major liberties, sometimes showing historical figures like Alexander or Saint George in armor from the High Middle Ages. One more thing need to bear in mind is that women in antiquity are often referred to as "great beauties" by period authors who would not actually know what they looked like. The same applied to Hypatia of Alexandria four hundred years later, along with many other historical women. "Beauty" either could have a much broader meaning or there may be a general assumption "well she's important enough for me to write about so she must be a knockout, too...." Your guess is as good as anyone else's but I bet it's some from Column A and some from Column B. Unfortunately, like many historical figures Cleopatra often a canvas onto which later eras have ...

Monday, 14th January, 2019

  • 10:30 PM - dave2008 quoted UnknownDyson in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    wow... she's whiter than snow in that picture. There is much debate about what she looked like, but, for whatever it is worth, she was not Egyptian. She was also noted to be known more for her whit, charm, and intellect than her looks.
  • 10:13 PM - Mike Myler quoted UnknownDyson in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    wow... she's whiter than snow in that picture. Aye that she is. Like most of history (including ancient Greece and Rome) the artists of the past whitewashed her. Hopefully someday we'll get a proper illustration of her but until then I've got the Public Domain to work with and that's about it. :)

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 11:45 PM - Oofta quoted UnknownDyson in post Tormenting Demons
    A very important question becomes who decides who is evil and who is good. It might be clear-cut for the demon but what about the town blacksmith who's been accused of a grizzly murder? Are you going to torture him to get a confession? Everyone in the town now views him as evil, why wouldn't you? First of all, torture doesn't work. People will simply tell you what you want to hear. Cause enough pain and people will say anything to make it stop so why would you believe what he said? Second, it is evil and something I don't allow in my games. Even if it did work, the ends do not justify the means. Another issue with selective moralism is the inherent hypocrisy of it. If demons become special entities that you can commit any depraved act upon without it being evil, it follows that one could seek them out simply for the ability to indulge in heinous behavior with impunity. For instance, a wizard summons an attractive female demon and imprisons her for the purpose of fulfilling his l...
  • 05:00 PM - Draegn quoted UnknownDyson in post Tormenting Demons
    A very important question becomes who decides who is evil and who is good. It might be clear-cut for the demon but what about the town blacksmith whose been accused of a grizzly murder? Are you going to torture him to get a confession? Everyone in the town now views him as evil, why wouldn't you? Another issue with selective moralism is the inherent hipocrsy of it. If demons become special entities that you can commit any depraved act upon without it being evil, it follows that one could seek them out simply for the ability to induldge in heinous behavior with impunity. For instance, a wizard summons an attractive female demon and imprisons it for the purpose of fulfilling his lust. The demon does not enjoy it's captivity and is routinely sexually assaulted by the wizard. Is this behavior condemnable, or does the fact that it's a demon change things? In one of the Castle Perilous novels there is a description of how an incubus can provide pleasure in ways a mortal cannot. An npc wizard h...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 11:33 PM - ClaytonCross quoted UnknownDyson in post Epic Monsters: Dracula (5E)
    Maybe he's thinking of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JexVC8vYABM or this <spoilers>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLwsiHOlrP0 </spoilers> Or this, Dracula has always used Fireballs as an attack in Castlevania since the first game.
  • 05:25 PM - dave2008 quoted UnknownDyson in post Epic Monsters: Dracula (5E)
    Dave, I really appreciate your work, and in respect of your efforts, I feel it is my duty to inform you that you're doing yourself a disservice every moment you aren't watching season 2. I would love to see you do an epic 5e monsters version of the Castlevania Dracula. It is in my netflix que. After I finish season 2 I will look into giving the bid D some stats.
  • 04:54 PM - dave2008 quoted UnknownDyson in post Epic Monsters: Dracula (5E)
    Maybe he's thinking of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JexVC8vYABM or this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLwsiHOlrP0 Clearly! But no spoilers please - I haven't watch season 2 yet!

Sunday, 7th October, 2018

  • 01:09 PM - Dualazi quoted UnknownDyson in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Reveals Ravnica's Druid Circle of Spores
    I like it, it's thematic and is a very unique iteration of the druid. I don't think WOTC goes into making subclasses thinking how can we make this the most overpowered choice? But they should probably try and make them somewhat effective, which I doubt this version is going to be remembered for. The damage on its features are atrocious. With their spore shape up their reaction damage caps out at 11 average (2d10), and is one of the most resistable damage types. At high level play this might as well not exist. This is compounded by the fact that it won't see continual use. The poison damage on weapon strike is likewise useless. Even combined with shillelagh, it's an option that will be used for maybe levels 1-4, and abandoned afterwards since the druid is not a melee class and their melee damage essentially doesn't scale. The zombies fall into the same trap. Unlike the necromancer, they don't receive scaling proficiency bonuses, and as the game gets later in levels even the utility of ha...
  • 12:25 AM - Nick Hatfield quoted UnknownDyson in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Reveals Ravnica's Druid Circle of Spores
    I like it, it's thematic and is a very unique iteration of the druid. I don't think WOTC goes into making subclasses thinking how can we make this the most overpowered choice? Of course they don't, but they should think about whether the player is going to have fun or not. I simply see a lot of unfun turns that go like this: DM: The enemy moves up next to you Player: I use Halo of Spores DM: It saves (because it's a CON save) Player: Oh... OK. Well it's my turn now, I attack and hit so it takes this much plus 1d6 poison DM: You strike it upside the head, but you notice the poison has little/no effect on it This has nothing to do with power levels. It's about making the player feel like they are doing something. If the main features of the class are unlikely to work (CON saves, poison damage) or you can only do one them (zombie or spores, you only get one reaction) then it will often result in one character constantly failing the thing they are built to do. I love the theme of i...

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 01:21 AM - gyor quoted UnknownDyson in post Fantasy Africa
    The highest selling movie in recent memory, Black Panther is about a fantasy Africa. Granted a black director made the movie, it's not impossible to portray a culture without stepping on the "landmines". Again, noone is calling anyone racist. Is that the narrative you want? Actually the movie got accused of cultural appropriatation by some Africans for using African American actors, so even it stepped on a PC landmind. Still the best Marvel Movie I've ever seen IMO, loved it. Honestly when I look at Chult I don't think of Africa, then think of the TV show the Lost World of Sir Conan Doyle. The Chultans have some African influences, yes, but they are only a part of the region, nothing else really says Africa, the Wild Dwarves are Shield Dwarves, you have Dinosaurs, and strange Cat Monsters, and tribes of Bird Men, and lost tribes of Goblins, and weird Yuan Ti snake cultists, and a zombie infested jungle unfit for humans, how do that say African stereotype to you, I just don't ge...

Monday, 17th September, 2018

  • 06:55 PM - gyor quoted UnknownDyson in post Fantasy Africa
    First, I never accused WOTC of being racist. There is a difference between trying to tell a story using specific themes, and trying to demean a group of people. My issue is predominately with how Chult was presented in Tomb of Annihilation, by no means a civilized land. Nobody is buying the "it's a lost world homage" when most of the citizens have names like Ekefene-Afa and most everyone looks black. "Chwinga" "Jazculli", even the monsters have African sounding names. And if you want to get into "deep lore" the primordial Ubtao, defacto ruler of Chult gathered the people now referred to as Chultans via a Couatl led pilgrimage in -c3000 DR. But that isn't important, I'm talking about how the material is presented, most people aren't digging in lore crates to try and headcannon all of this to make sense. They are taking the content as is. After losing all other settlements, I guess if you call a single port in a disease ridden undead infested land mass being economically successful you wouldn...
  • 05:16 PM - gyor quoted UnknownDyson in post Fantasy Africa
    I've always been interested in creating fantasy analogs of African cultures and mythology. I believe they are tough to do well though. Western depictions of black/African cultures even in a fantasy setting, are mired with racist tropes perpetuated to the point where people don't even realize that they reinforce harmful narratives because they are the default depiction. This was my issue with Tomb of Annihilation, love the adventure but they fall back on those same racist tropes that have been done to death concerning the chultans. For example, every predominately black fantasy culture is a bombed out depleted husk, either collapsed or colonized. Also...describing European influence in Africa as a negative impression is one of the wildest understatements I've ever seen. Arrrgggghhh, people see racism where their is none. First off the Chultan human peoples were colonized by imperilist forces, the Chultans were never a conquerered people ever. The Chultans aren't native to Chult, they ar...
  • 04:21 PM - jayoungr quoted UnknownDyson in post Fantasy Africa
    This was my issue with Tomb of Annihilation, love the adventure but they fall back on those same racist tropes that have been done to death concerning the chultans. For example, every predominately black fantasy culture is a bombed out depleted husk, either collapsed or colonized. For an antidote to this, try Kingdoms of Kalamar (published by Kenzer & co.). They have an African-analogue setting that they describe as being as extensive and prosperous as the Roman Empire. I don't believe it's been updated to 5E, but it's mostly flavor anyway.

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018


Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 02:14 PM - Mirtek quoted UnknownDyson in post Orcus vs. Demogorgon
    Do you have a source for that information? This sounds like headcannon. There is the MM that once again speaks for the d&d multiverse and in-universe this was dealt with at the conclusion of the brimstone angels series


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