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    Today, 03:56 AM
    But by the same logic, with armor increasing AC and STR adding to bonus to hit, it's "absurd to rationalize powering through full armor on every one of them without any accuracy, and therefore it's very hard to buy that being strong will add to your attack rolls on EVERYTHING". No matter how accurate I am with a rapier that has no affect at all on my chance to attack with a longsword, and no...
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    Today, 03:48 AM
    I think that would need to be a lot stronger, right now it's a bit of a trap option. First, who knows if it will still be alive to take advantage of it - your PC isn't the only one dishing out damage. Second, denying it actions by killing it sooner is stronger then killing it later. Third, +INT extra damage, if you hit, on two attacks, is about + 1.3 * INT expected damage with the...
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    Every "replace attack stat" has limitations. Finesse is only on a subset of weapons, none heavy/two-handed. Shillelagh only works on clubs and quarterstaves. Warlock Hexblade only works on non-two handed weapons that you can touch at the end of a long rest which excludes all spell-created blades like Shadow Blade. This applies to all weapons, melee and ranged. It works with all spell...
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    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    Blue replied to Is This Odd?
    Well put. Thanks for taking the time to answer. If I may summarize to make sure I understand: access to information isn't a problem; spoiling of fun at the table is a problem (be it by that information or otherwise). Okay, I can get behind what you are saying.
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    Yesterday, 05:07 PM
    Blue replied to Is This Odd?
    If you were running a published adventure, would you be fine with players reading that adventure and learning plot twists, NPC motivations, and the like? Without changing it - the question here is about player knowledge. I personally would not, and have had this come up before when I was a player years ago (AD&D 2nd era). I was very angry at another player who read the module and his...
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    Yesterday, 04:25 PM
    I created a setting and one of the defining points was that it's planar boundaries were thin and various deities had used this land over the age to deliver their faithful from other material planes where they were going to be wiped out. Both PC races but also intelligent monster ones. And there were things like two different, geographically separated orcs who had completely different traditions...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:40 PM
    I'm very much with both parts of what Iserith says. First is that they aren't epic, but they are a resource drain and D&D is balanced around those. But more importantly, they aren't just bags of HPs to defeat. They have a reason they are there and doing things. Maybe they see the PCs and run away to get more goblins and now it's a running chase where keeping them quiet and killing them...
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    Yesterday, 03:29 PM
    Blue replied to Is This Odd?
    I'm going to work this from both sides. Should a player have access at the table to the PHB for information about their character? I think we can all say this is yes. Should a player have access at the table to the adventure the DM is running? I think that we'll also get the consensus the answer is no. So we have valid cases on both sides, and a lot of gray in the middle about player...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    Blue replied to Double Dash
    Alternate view: Rogues are designed and positioned as skirmishers* with additional movement possibilities over fighters, so should have more mobility over short periods *Citation: Class description fluff, Cunning action's disengage and dash as bonus actions, Scout's Skirmisher, Swashbuckler's Fancy Footwork, other class features in vein. When you take that, the issue isn't Rogue's being...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:20 PM
    People assign genders to all sorts of objects based on perceived qualities. I think that with a human-like robot people would do that even more-so. That human-looking androids will be culturally assigned genders by how it interacts with us (both content and how it does so - tone, body language, forcefulness, etc.) Not that the idea is bad, just probably easier to do in soemthing that looks...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Overpowering at what level range? What racial features make players excited at Tier 2 and Tier 3 of play?
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:44 PM
    Many of mine have already been said so rather then repeat I'll move on to the next tier: Marvel Heroic Roleplay (and presumably other Cortex games) of using your narrative to build your dice pool from separate sets of possibilities, and being able to target/take damage besides just physical. Another MHR that XP unlocks cool things, not makes you more powerful in your main abilities. You...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:04 PM
    Can I suggest that whatever single feature you give, it's a powerful one. As in more powerful then the existing. If all you get is one thing it should be something exciting and fun to use so that the the race has attraction. And not something that barely flavors play like a once per long rest ability. The other side of it is my pet peeve that the designers didn't leave themselves enough...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:14 AM
    I could have written that clearer. What I meant was that getting reduced by a vampire bite to 0 max HPs kills you. But having 0 max HPs from a vampire bite at a later point does not. There is no auto-kill at the later point just because you are at 0 max HPs, even if it had at a previous point been killed by a vampire. The "kill when reducing to 0 max HPs" from a vampire's bite is an effect...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:37 AM
    Sorry, I'm not familiar with those two. Can you expand a bit? Thanks.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:58 PM
    Darkvision treats darkness as dim light and shades of grey. If the contrast was such that a human could read it in dim light, then yes. Assuming it's not some weird color choices that make the shades of grey into one of those eye-doctor colorblind tests. So it comes down to the definition of dim light. The SRD (which matches the PHB) has this to say: So if it's small cramped...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:38 PM
    Oh I hear you. 80% of the weapons table never gets regularly because there are better options. Personally I'm a fan of resolving this by assigning weapon damage by class and size like 13th Age and just skin it as anything that fits your concept, but younger me would be down with the people who want to have more differentiation and a crunchy system to work out weapon damage and perks fairly. ...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:44 PM
    Blue replied to Double Dash
    I'm a fan of D&D, double Ds, DDD, but not getting a D. :D
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:41 PM
    No, your summary is off the mark. What I had said was that the PHB points out what you need to do and not do, but that even if you do those ("finish it") you still won't get any benefit from it under certain circumstances such as doing more than one in a 24 hour period or starting it without at least 1 HP. This is a new and interesting route to explore. I am unaware of specific rules on...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:48 PM
    Blue replied to Double Dash
    Pic isn't me, but I'm up for some D&D&D&D&D!
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:10 PM
    Blue replied to Double Dash
    Sure I allow double Dash in those cases. It's a heroic game of fireballs and dragons - this seems an odd hill to head towards realism on. It fits both RAW and RAF. And considering double actions already exist with things like action surge, it also seems to fit RAI. Along those lines, the rogue / fighter that wants to Action surge to get in Dash-Dash-Dash for one round can go for it.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:00 PM
    Blue replied to Double Dash
    Irrelevant. They were specifically talking about a bonus action dash and an action dash. This is the same as a sorcerer casting a quickened cantrip and the same cantrip as their action, which is just fine.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:48 PM
    Blue replied to Looting Monsters?
    I let them look monsters just fine. I don't play with strict encumbrance, but a common sense approach if they are trying to carry too much like several sets of armor. Using them yourself - go for it. Giving them to villagers to help protect themselves against the raiding hobgoblins - sure! Selling on the other hand isn't always as easy. In smaller settlements there is limited call for...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:23 PM
    Actually, jaelis just won it for the "long rest at 0 won't make it come back" side. :) I had the concept of "what happens because of a long rest" and "what happens after a long rest occurs", which is supported reading the Long Rest section of the PHB and the Vampire's bite entry. But he called on me to look at other things that come back after a long rest, and the verbiage of them differed...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:18 PM
    Okay, you convinced me. So after the revivify it would take a Greater Restoration or similar effect to bring back their max HPs.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:15 PM
    I do need to throw in one exception. There are brand of new players who don't care about matching abilities scores to class at all, instead matching them to concept. For example the first character my daughter made was an elven moon druid with an 8 Wisdom because she wanted her to be impulsive and lackign common sense, and a very high Dexterity because she wanted her to be "agile like Peter...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:02 PM
    Yeah, it's very build and table dependent what is "better", and even there "better" is usually defined within a limited number of pillars of play (such as just combat). I really do pick both myself. My last two characters that leveled up were one feat and one was +2 CHR (for a bard, looking for more Bardic Inspiration uses as well as the other benefits).
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:56 PM
    Agreed, it's contrived. When I started writing it one of my goals was trying to show that people still considered a long rest to occur at 0 HPs if a detriment happened. There are still people disagreeing that the long rest happens in the first place. From there is became a great way to kill too birds with one stone by including both a benefit and a detriment. This is an strong point,...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:34 PM
    I'm fine with your house rule and the reasoning behind it if that works for you and your table. For me, the fact that a potion will take immediate effect implies that the "fantasy world physics" treat it as a magical effect and has nothing to do with going into the stomach and then the bloodstream. Rather that it's a vehicle for a magical effects much like a wand or other consumable, where...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:27 PM
    Incorrect. You die if a vampire bite reduces your max HPs to 0. There is no ongoing effect. There is nothing in the description of the vampire's bite to distinguish between someone who remained alive, and someone who was brought back. As a matter of fact, we have pretty strong circumstantial evidence that this works just fine if you are brought back. Consider the case you didn't...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:19 PM
    Here's the exact wording. Taken from the SRD, though it matches the PHB: If you note, first there is what you need to do to take a long rest. It talks about times, limits of light and strenouous activity. Second paragraph is a list of general benefits that apply to all characters. Third paragraph are exceptions that you can't benefit from more than one long rest per 24-hour period...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:14 AM
    It's very common with new players because they are thinking about iconic characters and/or they want to get the game right. With more experience many will try more novel combinations. Some won't because of wanting every perceivable advantage. And because..D&D. And yeah, dwarf wizards are awesome.😊
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 PM
    In all seriousness, I was just reading a story last night that refered to a female-presenting android as a gynoid. And it looks like that's a thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynoid
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:41 PM
    Absolutely. That is completely clear in the PHB. It's not that you can't take a long rest, it's that you don't gain those benefits from it. That a long rest can be taken even at 0 HPs isn't a question if you read the PHB.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:39 PM
    There's benefits from a Long Rest, and then there are things that happen because a long rest was taken, of which could be a benefit. Let's try this. Akar and Brandar are cursed, they lose two point of strength after each long rest, for three long rests. Two long rests past, and at the start of the third one Brandar has been reduced to zero HPs. The long rest finishes. The curse kicks...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:05 PM
    You are conflating the specifically laid out benefits of a long rest, with a benefit that happens because a long rest has passed. They are not the same. The benefits of a long rest are clearly laid out in the PHB on page 186. The vampire's bite is not part of that. Rather the description of the max HP reduction for the vampire has a condition for when it returns. "The reduction lasts...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:46 PM
    Atk Bonus + d20 >= Def Bonus + d20 is the same mathematically as: Atk Bonus +d20 -d20 >= Def Bonus d20-d20 is a bell curve. So it really changes the odds and the differance that a +1 make depending on where it is in that curve. If your attack and the defense are the same, the first +/-1 will grant a 5% bonus. But if they aren;'t the same, +/-1 will offer smaller change. And asymetic...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:23 PM
    When a mommy gnome and a paladin love each other very much, they hug and 9 months later a rapier is born.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:40 PM
    As a side note, your players are right. It's right in the PHB under the description of Healing Potion (pg 153). "Drinking or administering a potion takes an action.". This is also echoed to be true for all potions in the DMG, page 139.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:31 PM
    Except that regaining the maximum HPs is not a function of a benefit of a long rest (which requires 1 HP), rather it's the function of the Vampire's Bite where they come back after a long rest is taken. You can definitely take a long rest, even if you don't gain benefits due to having less than 1 HP.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:20 PM
    Moderate agreement - you will often see races that have a modifier paired with a class that uses that ability. It doesn't have to be +2. (If it did, you wouldn't see any variant humans, and I think they are the race I see the most.) With a 15 accessible both point buy and standard array, and 16 and 17 both giving the same +3 modifier, I see a lot of 16s around. This is why I like how 13th...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:52 PM
    You definitely wouldn't want to go up to 12d12 - if you rolled max it would be gross... ...(waiting to see if anyone gets it)...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:50 PM
    I have a new RAW interpretation I believe holds up. Unfortunately it does not agree with your DM's ruling so far. 1. Just having 0 HPs means the character starts making death saves. There are a few circumstances where it could also mean death - disintegrate, took massive damage, etc. But those are exceptions - 0 HP is not death. Three failed death saves or another killing effect is death....
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  • Arilyn's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 04:12 AM
    I recently made a human wizard. She has a 16 Dex and 14 Int. I focussed more on dex because I'm making a dagger wielding fighter/ wizard, without the need for multiclassing. As a variant human, she took light armour proficiency, which also let me up her dex by one point. She wields two daggers in combat and has a good AC. Because her Int. is little lower than a typical wizard, she focuses on...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:57 AM
    Yes, yes. I'm tired of 18 str. and 8 dex. or 18 dex. and 8 str. warriors. It makes no sense. A true fighter is going to be strong and nimble. Would you really want to enter into battle all buffed up but super clumsy, or very nimble with strength of tissue paper? I know, it's D&D, and D&D often makes little sense, but this one always bothered me.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    I like many things from 13th Age as well, including backgrounds, one unique thing and the escalation die. From Fate, definitely aspects. The investigative system in Gumshoe games. The character system in Robin D. Laws HeroQuest. And the passions in Pendragon
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:47 PM
    Back in the time of one of the TSR-edition D&D editions they came out with this in Dragon magazine. It worked well from traps and such, but it made some general environmental hazards impossibly deadly. If we're already accepted the game assumption that you can be hit several times by a battle axe, roasted by a dragon, and you're still fighting, then the realism of a 40' fall from failing a...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:43 PM
    I am as well in 5e. I was more saying that I enjoyed that there was that guidance in which way to make ruling which could have been helpful.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:39 PM
    Not unless one of the characters gives up all of their actions. Try you and a friend (or several) walking down a street while each doing something. It does not require that everybody but one give up all of their actions to walk in a line. See also: marching band. (Taking an action for CHR (Perform).)
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:35 PM
    The studs make catcalls at the elves (can't tell what gender they are, so whistle all) and flex. A lot. Oh wait, wrong context.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:19 PM
    Blue started a thread Finesse rebalance
    In another thread there was an aside about rapiers, with part of it being: So I started to write up a serious reply about how it's not that they were perfect, but that others were not: First thing I realized is that I was derailing a thread, so I didn't post it. The second thing is that the comment about how finesse is such a game changer compared to other keywords has a lot of...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:51 PM
    One concept from an earlier edition of D&D was specific overrides general. If that's the case, the specific of the spell returning at 1 HP should overcome the general rule that HPs can not exceed max HPs.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:48 PM
    The impossibility of "he and I move while staying together" in combat. Taking out the delay action just made some simple concepts impossible. How the skill system enforces certain divisions. For instance, mechanically I can't model a character who is good at interacting with high society, from gossip to blackmail to formal dancing to heraldry, but are lousy at the same times of interactions...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:34 PM
    WaterRabbit - I do agree with your points. I just wanted to point out that XCom is a lot like D&D 4e in having a lot of "this exact square vs. that square" in terms of positioning, cover, line of sight and effects. It needs a high level of precise, tactical control even if the system is less complex. I'm not saying this to refute your point, just mentioning that example has some differences...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:30 PM
    PoE2 changed the spell system from the original PoE to all spells refreshing after each combat, so it wasn't a problem if the AI burned through spells in an encounter. The original PoE had spells recover on a (long) rest like D&D, and there real time with AI was an issue - either you let the AI use them and would burn through them quickly, or you didn't in which case it was effectively turn...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:25 PM
    I want to give examples from Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. While not D&D, they were of similar concept. They were real time with AI and pauses (including auto pauses). In PoE, I found that if I let the AI use limited resources like spells, they would use them up in ways I disagreed with. If I didn't let the AI use limited spells (and the like), then easy/trivial...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:06 PM
    I have brought that up as one of my possibilities, but it means the revivify would have worked. So I think we can guess your DM's interpretation already. BTW, this is a fascinating question in general where it lies between multiple rules. There have been a bunch of answers that I've gone "while that's not how I would rule it when running, I would definitely accept that as a player" - there's...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:02 PM
    I think it's worth a quick player-to-DM discussion. "We have a player who is sitting out unable to play until this is resolved. Is there a viable solution to this what is within our character's reach? We don't want to know what it is, just that the player is sitting out forever / a long time / multiple of sessions where it's better if they just make a replacement character." Just...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:52 PM
    These aren't apples to apples at all. If a core wizard casts all of their spells and the next day wants their same adventuring list, they spend zero time. With yours it's every day when renewing spell cast. These both do help some, thanks for pointing them out. The first because if you assume that you won't have more than 2 or so encounters before you can find 5-10 minutes safe then...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:04 PM
    No, "we" are explicitly not trying to discuss the math professor. Some posters are trying to shrink the argument to just that. What we are talking about all charactgers who take the wizard class, since that's what a change to the class would affect. The studious professor of magic (who has proficiency in Arcana) is one but also the young wizard who's self-taught and is still figuring it out...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:06 AM
    Dark old days of 3e seems a little extreme. Makes it sound like players were floundering around in the dark ages, until the glorious renaissance of 5e.:) 5e is fun and is way easier to GM. I appreciate that. On the other hand, it's a little to safe? Homogenous? Bland? Not sure. I miss things like mummy rot, and scary poison. Too many things were also sacrificed for simplicity. And way too many...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:59 PM
    I'll answer. Paizo does not expect to recapture the eminence of PF1 because that was an unusual situation. Pazio knows trying to directly compete with WOTC is foolish. They have updated their game, because 1st edition is old. The panic coming from PF fans is normal. There has also been a lot of excitement. Copying 5e would be a big mistake, as there is already a hugely popular 5e out there with...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:39 PM
    I'm not quite sure how this works in practice. Can you walk me through this. Say I'm a 6th level wizard. IF I want to cast spells quickly I need ot pre-cast them. So is this mean at some point actually picking a number of spells and taking time to cast them? Does that mean ahead of time I think of what I could want to do with my slots and pre-cast? If I may want to cast Lightning Bolt...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:15 PM
    Wow, that's an interesting place. I'm think about this both as if I was DMing this party and as RAW as I can get, which sometimes don't line up. The reduction in max HPs continues until a long rest. RAW, a dead character can't take a long rest. But then RAW there's a question if the object (body of the dead character) is a valid target anymore for the HP drain. (Note that the buried & rise...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:37 PM
    Welcome to the forum, but that was not the most impressive first post. It ignores the bolded and large beginning of the post: This was saved when the WotC forums shut down is 2015. It has not been taken over by the owner and Mistwell isn't trying to claim RhaegarT's work as his own and update it. Tidal Wave came out in Xanathar's Guide to Everything that was published in 2017, would...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:16 PM
    I'd go for 1-12 and then something high, with more of a focus on levels 3-11 and something in tier 4. If you're looking for as pared down as possible, I'd look 3-5, 8, 11, 17 and 20. Levels 1-12 cover most games, but many of the games I've been in have either accelerated advancement until 3rd or 5th, or started at those levels instead of 1st. Levels 5 & 11 are power bumps for...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:59 PM
    In the context of the game we are speaking about. Proficient in a skill explicitly means getting to add your proficiency bonus to the ability check. It is not connected to being "good" at that. I can have a penalty STR modifier and be proficiency in Athletics - I'm still not good at it even with proficiency. I can not have proficiency and have a large bonus from an ability score - I'm...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:03 AM
    On additional thought, I think you absolutely missing the role of backgrounds in D&D 5e. Backgrounds are what you spent your time doing, and have mandetory skills. If you were an acolyte, you learned Religion. Some have been called to their gods without having gone through a formal process with a church. They may be blessedly devout without being a student of comparative religion. A sage...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:52 AM
    There is, and hard-coding skills actually make characters less on target. Having mandatory skills to flavor the character "appropriately" does the exact opposite in actual play. Right now you get your background skills and choice of other appropriate skills. However, if you have overlap, you can then pick any skill. Let me repeat that: a required skill, going with class-thematic...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:47 AM
    So, you deny the possibility of a character who is naturally good at Arcana (high Intelligence) but not trained in it (unproficient)? Not a sorcerer, who casts from natural talent, but a wizard who is bright but not classically trained and is having to figure out the formal parts of it as they go along. I'm sorry to tell you that there are plenty of stories with main characters who fit this...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:08 AM
    If you're a heretic you're not alone. Well, to a point. There are some skills that aren't often useful duplicated. If one player has a great survival, it's not often the second-best-by-far survival comes into play. But for other skills, I'm with you. Having a decent chance to climb, to escape from a grapple, or not get surprised is actually pretty dang useful. To talk when you party...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:00 AM
    My first thought it that you can have those skills already from a background. The rule in the PHB about duplicate skills between background and class is that you can pick any skill. So a required skill in a class actually means that you can pick ANY skill instead of just skills on the class list. Meaning that required skills can actually dilute having appropriate skills by allowing off-list...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:21 PM
    Oooh, good catch. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I'll correct my original.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:20 PM
    Blue replied to Monk Tortle
    So, for example, every elf in a martial class (and some others) deserves a freebie because their elven weapon training overlaps? If I multiclass into a class that grants armor/weapon proficiencies (all but sorcerer & wizard), should I be expecting a "make-up" bennie for already having them? It's a conscious choice just like my race/class combo.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:14 PM
    People are talking about starting at lower levels? How about: Elven Hexblade 5 using Devil's Sight + Darkness (advantage to hit, disadvantage to be hit), Shadow Blade (advantage in dim or darkness), Elven Accuracy (reroll one die when rolling with advantage) on a Cursed target. Effectively 4d20 to hit, with 3d8 base weapon damage all multiplied on a crit, and crits on a 19-20 which leads...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:13 PM
    I remember all of those. Wizardry where the copy protection was you needed to be able to type in the nonsense words of the spell. Not something that would stop people with the internet. Bards Tale I-III have been rereleased on Steam as backer rewards with the Bard's Tale IV kickstarter that fulfilled a year or two ago. I loved the Bard's Tale series on my C=64, was really ready for some old...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:57 PM
    Currently, D&D 5e is the game played by the most gamers I want to hang out with. Considering player availability and scheduling (we're well into adulthood, lots with families and kids), finding critical mass of people who are all into the same non-D&D game is hard. We set up a group playing D&D. But now that the first campaign is over and we're still together as a group, we tried Dungeon...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:01 PM
    Ars Magica is one of my favourite games. The magic system is nothing like D&D. Mages don't have slots or spell points, and skilled mages can easily make up simple magical effects on the fly. More powerful spells are very hard to pull off, so you might want to have researched your spells ahead of time. There are example spells in the game, but mages spend a lot of time researching and collecting...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:01 AM
    Blue replied to Monk Tortle
    Considering that most games are played in Tier 1 & 2, that means that for 80% of the character's time spent played it's greater or equal. Also, characters are their most fragile at low levels, when you have tghe greatest AC advantage. Taken together that does sounds like a significant benefit. Also, in order to do that you are locking into taking ASIs for DEX and WIS. A Tortle could take...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:39 AM
    This is what I was thinking too. Will, trying to get back to the way things were, before the real monsters showed up...and girl friends.😮 At the end, Mike tells Will that be can find a new group, but Will rejects this. He'll play with his friends, but he's not going to look for a new D&D group in his new town. This fits Will's character. To me, this is exactly how Will would react. I wonder...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Blue replied to Monk Tortle
    Agreed. Especially if you are using the Tortle +2 STR and going STR Monk - something you can do just fine if you don't need DEX for armor.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:48 PM
    I think that both in general it will be fine, and that those looking to abuse it will find a way. If your table is full of reasonable people, I see no problem. And each die is less effective in the boolean success/failure then than the one before it. Though still increasing odds (and crits). If you have a table with people who are really going to look for the loophole or maximum use of...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 03:51 PM
    Arilyn replied to OSR Gripes
    I have to agree with the very original grognards, who were upset at the introduction of the thief, back in the day. In OD&D, it was assumed players used their own wits to solve traps and obstacles, but along came the thief with skills. It was assumed that all characters could sneak, hide and climb. Every table had a different system for resolving the rolls, but nobody argued there shouldn't be...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 01:27 PM
    Why do I play games other than D&D? Okay... I play 13th Age because I feel it gives me the best "D&D experience" of any game. I play 5e - my favorite D&D version ever - more because it's easier to find players. This is no knock on D&D 5e - it's a fantastic game. I play other games for either genre or feel. Or both. For example I know there are plenty of superhero games out there, but...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:50 PM
    Sure, especially with different groups of players. But even with the same group and same campaign I see things change. For example, a starting campaign they want a lot of RP opportunities to develop and showcase their characters, and things like negotiating selling off mundane treasure is a novelty and something that could have a big impact - gaining 20% of their first big haul is about 20%...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:31 AM
    I can't imagine only playing one game system. I enjoy a variety of games, and love trying new ones. D&D is fun, but far from my favourite system, and I would get tired of playing it exclusively. Gumshoe offers great rules for a variety of investigative games. Fate is my favourite system, because it hits all the narrative story beats, is elegant and immersive. Star Trek appeals to my inner...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:01 PM
    13th Age and 5e D&D share a lot of DNA and design philosophy. Let em tell you how they did it, with some context, so we can work how it could be implemented in 5e. 13th Age had no general extra attack. There was a few class talent that let you sometimes get a second attack, but they were the exception. Instead weapon damage increase by level and tier. 13th Age is a 10 level game with 3...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:25 PM
    Now that's a great solution. I wonder, are people ready for a game where rolling resolution is purely by a free app, that can be of arbitrary complexity like video games because people don't have to do it? (As long as the input and output are straightforward.)
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:29 PM
    Blue replied to OSR Gripes
    I would think that if the context is that the character is uninteresting to play, all 9 to 12s without even a penalty score to have a fun flaw, leveling up is not the goal. They will remain uninteresting.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:06 PM
    I strongly disagree with "for different level foes its a big deal". There are four level points over all 20 levels where IF you are crossing that gap, there's a +/-1 to the die. In order to have a +/-2 a 5-8 level difference, which comes up exceedingly rarely. So much of the time there's no mod since they are within the same 4-level grouping as you. Occasionally there's a +/-1. ...
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Saturday, 5th May, 2018

  • 05:45 AM - Ovinomancer mentioned Arilyn in post What is *worldbuilding* for?
    I feel like 'crisis' may be doing too much work here. I mean, yes, you have a mandate to create drama by engaging the character traits/story put forward by the players. This WILL be some form of conflict, and 'crisis' is certainly one of the things that will come up. That doesn't mean that there's nothing else. I mean, when the Titanic sinks, there's a crisis, but other stuff happens too. That's an ongoing disaster situation, but even so there are likely to be scenes that are more 'build up' etc. than 'crisis'. Remember, dramas still have establishment, and build up, etc. Its not all climax. I'm thinking of pemerton's character that has cooking skill. I mean, you wouldn't consider someone hungry showing up in camp a crisis, but its still a reasonable framing for Story Now play. I will try again, trying to build on what Arilyn posted. If the thing that a person enjoys in RPGing is a sense of being in the GM's world, then why would you explain that in terms of agency? The notion of audience membership seems like a more fruitful starting point. I enjoy going to movies, and I enjoy listening to music, but I don't explain that pleasure in terms of my agency. If the purposes of worldbuilding include establishing material for the GM to present to the players, is anyone interested in explaining why that is worthwhile? If the purpose of worldbuilding is - in metaphorical terms - to give the players stuff to interact with via their PCs, which means - in literal terms - to establish frameworks for declaring actions which then affect the way the GM narrates his/her setting - is anyone interested in explaining why that is worthwhile? I think you're still stuck on worldbuilding being outcome determining -- ie, not just setting information but planned story outcomes. And, yes, that is a style of traditiona...

Friday, 4th May, 2018

  • 11:54 PM - pemerton mentioned Arilyn in post What is *worldbuilding* for?
    I will try again, trying to build on what Arilyn posted. If the thing that a person enjoys in RPGing is a sense of being in the GM's world, then why would you explain that in terms of agency? The notion of audience membership seems like a more fruitful starting point. I enjoy going to movies, and I enjoy listening to music, but I don't explain that pleasure in terms of my agency. If the purposes of worldbuilding include establishing material for the GM to present to the players, is anyone interested in explaining why that is worthwhile? If the purpose of worldbuilding is - in metaphorical terms - to give the players stuff to interact with via their PCs, which means - in literal terms - to establish frameworks for declaring actions which then affect the way the GM narrates his/her setting - is anyone interested in explaining why that is worthwhile?

Thursday, 19th April, 2018

  • 05:31 PM - iserith mentioned Arilyn in post DM advice: How do you NOT kill your party?
    I wonder if anyone's ideas about character death are different when it comes to one-shots. I run a lot of those and, in many cases, they are even more difficult than my regular campaign. My thinking is that even though I have no expectation of a character surviving in my regular campaign, that's truer still in a one-shot where the character won't be played in a subsequent session. I ran a one-shot last night, for example, in which 3 of the 4 PCs died. Of course, it was Death House, so it should be no surprise that was a possible if not likely outcome and I pulled no punches. Every PC was knocked out at least once, some several times, during the course of the adventure, culminating in the deaths of three PCs in the end. The players had an absolute blast. Arilyn: As to the "string of ridiculously bad dice rolls" or a character dying "5 minutes into the game," I would wonder why you're rolling at all if those kinds of outcomes can come up. Why not just change the stakes to something where failure is more palatable? Then there's no need to fudge.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018

  • 08:18 AM - pemerton mentioned Arilyn in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    Perhaps the concern is that this is another step in moving the game "to the left", another step down the slippery slope towards a socially-liberal rewriting of the game. Rygar didn't articulate exactly what some of the specific effects of his claimed "left-wing push" were, but I'll assume he is referring to attempts to make games more inclusive and to avoid content that may be offensive to certain demographics. The problems with that is 5e has already made a push to be far more inclusive and it seems to have had positive, not negative effects on the brand and the bottom line. The reason I XPed Arilyn's reply to Rygar is this: I don't see how including women, or people of colour, in RPGing is a "left-wing push". It's not a socialist conspiracy to have created a world with people in it who aren't white men.

Monday, 22nd January, 2018

  • 04:07 AM - pemerton mentioned Arilyn in post What Is an Experience Point Worth?
    Good gawd Pemerton, given this and other threads, you argue against pre-written secret backstoryNo. I personally don't like GM pre-authored backstory which is used as a basis to stipulate that player action declarations for their PCs fail without consulting the action resolution mechanics. A consequence of this dislike is (i) that GM pre-authored backstory needs to be fairly sparse, as otherwise it won't be possible to reconcile it with the outcomes of action declaration (for further on this, see Arilyn's very interesting post about the ghost and the map, and my reply just a bit upthread of this post); and (ii) that richer initial backstory is best established in conjunction with the players, so that everyone is on the same page and hence understands what the parameters are for action declarations. you argue against making stuff up on the spot since they are both railroads according to youNo. The particular approach to GMing I've been focusing on over the last few pages of this thread is the following: (1) The GM is allowed to use his/her pre-written, secret-from-the-players notes to declare that a player's declared action for his/her PC fails; and, (2) The GM is also allowed to change or depart from his/her pre-written notes if s/he thinks that will improve the game. The combination of (1) and (2) prevents the game being like classic Gygax/Moldvay/Pulsipher D&D, because (2) means that the game is not a puzzle/maze for the players to unravel. It also prevents it being pl...

Sunday, 21st January, 2018

  • 04:11 AM - pemerton mentioned Arilyn in post What Is an Experience Point Worth?
    One problem. Different player rolled a successful skill check that gave him or her information about the original storyline that conflicts with the new, better storyline. Player knows it was successful. Now the GM needs to have it not conflict.If I've understood this properly, this is not what I'm talking about. Upthread, Lanefan, Sadras (I thinks) and Arilyn all endorsed the follow two propositions: (1) If some bit of fiction (let's call it X) is written down in the GM's notes, but has not yet been established, the GM is permitted to change it to something else (Q) during the course of play, if s/he thinks that Q will make the game better. (2) If X is written down in the GM's notes, and during play a player declares an action for his/her PC that cannot succeed if X is true (eg the player looks for the map in the study, but the GM has already written down in his/her notes that the map is hidden in a bread bin in the kitchen), then the GM is entitled to rely on X to declare that the declared action fails (and so can, for instance, tell the player that the search for the map in the study fails without having regard to the outcome of any action resolution mechanics). I assert: in a game that is GMed in accordance with propositions (1) and (2), the outcomes depend primiarliy upon the GM's opinion as to what makes for a good game. If s...
  • 12:54 AM - pemerton mentioned Arilyn in post What Is an Experience Point Worth?
    ...'s The Scarlet Citadel, or The Hour of the Dragon, or Xuthal of the Dusk. All involve "dungeons". None provides a map. Similarly for Moria in Fellowship of the Ring - no map. Nuances of paths, holes in the wall, heights of ceilings, are not always the most important things - in life or in fiction. As for your "But isn't that how you do it?" - no. To repeat: the PCs (voiced by their players) ask the angels to take the to the reliquary. The angels take them there. We then find out what happens at the reliquary, by deploying the action resolution mechanics. No unrevealed backstory has been used to thwart any action declaration. But you say: relying on unrevealed backstory to determine success or failure means that backstory has now influenced play, and is thus locked in. Obviously it's locked in. My point is - the GM could have changed that backstory to something that allowed the action declaration a chance of success, but didn't. How is that not a railroad? I'm interested in Arilyn's answer to the same question, if she'd like to (Arilyn, I apologise if I've got your gender wrong).

Saturday, 20th January, 2018

  • 12:29 PM - Lanefan mentioned Arilyn in post What Is an Experience Point Worth?
    ...backstory when s/he likes it; but then changes it when s/he thinks of something s/he likes better - so that the players' decision to search for the map in such-and-such a place will automatically fail, with no check, if the GM decides to stick to his/her original idea that the map is actually on the other side of the world; but may succeed, if the GM decides that this new suggestion is better - then how is that not railroading?But isn't that what you do, only instead of the map going from "the other side of the world" to "here it is" it goes from nowhere in particular to "here it is"? And I don't know how long I have to keep banging this drum but here's another beat: a DM pre-designing her game world, or pre-designing a dungeon (and placing its contents) does not a railroad make. How do you envisage this working, in practical terms? Do you announce to the players "Hey, in today's session your action declarations won't really matter - just focus on the story I'm telling you"?Not Arilyn but I'll try answering this one: if things are getting a little unfocused a DM might out-of-character say something like "Hey, things seem to be drifting a bit - if it helps I've got some adventure and story ideas ready to rock if you all haven't anything - how's that?" Lanefan

Friday, 19th January, 2018

  • 09:38 PM - Sadras mentioned Arilyn in post What Is an Experience Point Worth?
    @Arilyn pretty sums up my thoughts on this with his post above. As I mentioned our table plays with a combination of the two styles. What is important to note that the 5e DMG seemingly dismissed by the 4e proponents does possess a great deal of indie concepts/variants. With concepts along with their mechanics for things such as - success at a cost, degrees of failure, the inspiration mechanic, backgrounds, ideals and flaws, skill variant rules, plot points and I'm sure quite a few others D&D has certainly evolved with the RPG community around it, recognising and incorporating various ideas from other games.

Friday, 1st December, 2017

  • 09:57 PM - Wulffolk mentioned Arilyn in post Why penalize returning from death?
    Arilyn You are right about D&D being the flagship product of our hobby and being the gateway into role-playing for many new players. D&D casts a wide net over the hobby and provides a common ground for many of us to relate to. However, the fact that it does not do anything particularly well is why we see so much division amongst it's fans. Many people like D&D and know it, but few people are satisfied with it as is. Hence the reason for so much house-ruling and home-brewing. I suppose that is part of the magic that is D&D, every difference of opinion generates more discussion and publicity, keeping it from dying. An extremely well-written and self-contained system has no need for more rule books or newer editions, and generates less discussion.

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

  • 02:34 AM - Oofta mentioned Arilyn in post A Proper Ability Score Generation Preference Poll
    Yes, I prefer the "other" rolling methods. Shall I repost the quotes from the 1e PHB and DMG? Sorry ... I don't remember everything ever written. :) But then I kind of agree with Arilyn, if you just keep rolling I don't see the point.
  • 12:51 AM - Oofta mentioned Arilyn in post A Proper Ability Score Generation Preference Poll
    They don't miss or ignore it (I think), its an outlier not a norm. Unless your saying that this is a norm for entire community? Arilyn said she didn't want a PC more powerful than the rest of the group, which is something I personally witnessed the last time I played in a game where we rolled for ability scores. I know I wouldn't want to play someone with significantly better ability scores, nor would my wife. That's not a huge sample size, but I know other people on various threads have posted a similar sentiment.

Friday, 27th October, 2017

  • 05:50 PM - Oofta mentioned Arilyn in post Toward a Theory of 6th Edition
    Guys maybe I missed something (it's possible as I read the thread quickly). But the title of the thread is "Toward a Theory of 6th Edition" which seems to imply to me it's not a "how would you tweak the game" but rather "what will the game be tweaked to". The later question begins with, "what do people want from the game" doesn't it? As Arilyn said, it's just a discussion on hypothetical changes. I like 5E, I hope it doesn't get replaced any time in the near future. But over the history of D&D it does seem like there's been more and more of a move towards the supernatural/magic classes and builds. That's not necessarily a bad thing it just may not work for every campaign. Take barbarians for example. At higher levels there's a totem animal that gives them options to do things like sprout wings and give them limited fly. That's not a bad thing it just may not fit in a Cimmerian-themed campaign. Then again the tweaks I would make are pretty cosmetic and could be tacked on to the existing game compared to some of the suggestions which would really change the nature of the game.

Monday, 21st August, 2017

  • 07:10 PM - Coroc mentioned Arilyn in post Arcane multiclassing... does it make sense?
    As Arilyn said, but I'm also curious: You state that sentence like it's absolute fact. Do you think that all power hungry wizards should be played as seeking lichdom? also Arilyn and shidaku No, of course not since this is also obviously a truly evil choice, if you care about alignments in your games at all. But it is one way to rise above status, others might be finding the fountain of youth or the Philosopher's stone or learning every known spell to be the greatest wizard of them all. But that is longing for more knowledge, for a broader variety of spells not limiting oneself to the small selection of spells a warlock has got, and turning into a glass cannon depending on the mercy of some patron, and in the same time eventually cutting oneself of to learn the higher wizard spell levels. There may be roleplaying solutions to this but I stand by my point, it is not the obvious thing to multiclass into anything for a wizard.

Sunday, 20th August, 2017

  • 06:59 PM - Satyrn mentioned Arilyn in post Arcane multiclassing... does it make sense?
    A power hungry wizard would rather try to become a lich instead . . . As Arilyn said, but I'm also curious: You state that sentence like it's absolute fact. Do you think that all power hungry wizards should be played as seeking lichdom?

Monday, 31st July, 2017

  • 05:51 PM - Coroc mentioned Arilyn in post Do you miss attribute minimums/maximums?
    5 feet in medieval times? Skeletons form the early middle ages indicate that the average height of a man in Northern Europe was 5'8" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040902090552.htm Yes I was to generalizing in my post. It is true that in the early middle ages people were almost the same height like people today. But that diminished with the so called little ice age and only since 20th century people are taller again. It was also dependant on your living circumstances. The rich and noble had better nutrition and were likely to be taller. Arilyn The thing with the small armor was not only children sized suits but also model suits made by the armorers as an exhibition of their craftsmanship. There wer also giants. In castle Ambras was a guy who was 2m40 (close to 8 ft.) And he had a giant armor https://imageapi.khm.at/images/556747/HJRK_A_634%20und%20andere-400.jpg Here it is beside some childrens suits of armor

Friday, 21st July, 2017

  • 05:19 PM - Tequila Sunrise mentioned Arilyn in post Do You DM or Play with Flair?
    Saeviomagy Arilyn Clerics are the ministers of communities, and each cleric is a messenger and vessel of all gods. Some clerics favor one god over others, but no cleric is foolish enough to exclude any god of recognized importance from his prayers and invocations, no matter how much he may find a particular god distasteful. The D&D priest (aka cleric) is actually odd compared to most real world priests of polytheistic faiths. My cleric hews more closely to real world priests, in that each one is a servant of all his culture's gods and is not supposed to play favorites.

Thursday, 8th December, 2016


Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

  • 07:31 PM - Wednesday Boy mentioned Arilyn in post Question About New GM Mistakes
    As Arilyn noted, aspects can be tricky to write and implement well. Be flexible about letting players revamp or replace aspects until they get ones that do what they want and play well in practice.

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Friday, 19th July, 2019

  • 06:46 AM - Yaarel quoted Arilyn in post Check Out The One Ring 2Es Cover Art!
    This is a great cover, but I like the 1st edition cover better. Has the misty Middle Earth feel of the novels. This one feels like it's appealing more to the movies. Reasonable comment. I suppose today, more people have seen the movies than read the books.
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Monday, 15th July, 2019

  • 12:04 PM - Jacob Lewis quoted Arilyn in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    What does LFQW stand for anyway? 107544 LFQW = Looking For Questionable Win?
  • 11:43 AM - Remathilis quoted Arilyn in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    . What does LFQW stand for anyway? Linear fighter, quadratic wizard. It's a critique of older D&D that says while a fighter's power progresses linearly (more HP, more attacks/damage) a caster's power goes up quadratically (more spells, better spells, spells they have improve effects) so that while a fighter at higher level might do the same things he did a lower level but better, a high level wizard does more things better than he could have done at low level, overshadowing the fighter in terms of versatility and strength.

Sunday, 14th July, 2019

  • 08:05 PM - CapnZapp quoted Arilyn in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    Thank you for replying. I don't think not having a perfect balance between casters and non-casters is going to kill the game. No game is perfect, but there's a darn big difference between 3E and 5E, say. It really isn't a huge issue for most players, anymore than any of the other imbalances rampant in F20 games. I think this is chiefly because most players play 5E and wasn't around (or doesn't care to remember) the dark old days of 3E. And the (from Paizo's point of view) vocal PF1 community doesn't demand it either - how could they, they haven't seen anything remotely resembling caster-martial equality... I fear Paizo isn't sufficiently aware 5E is the new gold standard, having taught a generation of gamers that you can have good D&D fun without casters utterly eclipsing martials, and that most of it's upcoming customers will balk if LFQW is alive and well. We'll see, not on August 1, but when players have started to fully grok the system. I fear any checks on caster dominance Paizo mig...

Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 09:30 AM - MNblockhead quoted Arilyn in post Portrayal of D&D in Stranger Things 3 -some spoilers
    This is what I was thinking too. Will, trying to get back to the way things were, before the real monsters showed up...and girl friends.😮 At the end, Mike tells Will that be can find a new group, but Will rejects this. He'll play with his friends, but he's not going to look for a new D&D group in his new town. This fits Will's character. To me, this is exactly how Will would react. I wonder what the effect of dealing with real monsters in your town, especially after losing people you know to these horrors, would have on playing D&D? Need it more for escapism? Not wanting it because it's too close to what you've gone through for real? Don't need game monsters cause dealt with real thing? No real effect at all, because D&D is just a game? It depends upon the person. Different people react to things differently. Given the number of people from the military, who have seen real action, that I've played both D&D and also TTRPGs set in more modern settings with, I would say that there ar...
  • 03:13 AM - Sacrosanct quoted Arilyn in post Portrayal of D&D in Stranger Things 3 -some spoilers
    This is what I was thinking too. Will, trying to get back to the way things were, before the real monsters showed up...and girl friends.😮 At the end, Mike tells Will that be can find a new group, but Will rejects this. He'll play with his friends, but he's not going to look for a new D&D group in his new town. This fits Will's character. To me, this is exactly how Will would react. I wonder what the effect of dealing with real monsters in your town, especially after losing people you know to these horrors, would have on playing D&D? Need it more for escapism? Not wanting it because it's too close to what you've gone through for real? Don't need game monsters cause dealt with real thing? No real effect at all, because D&D is just a game? They probably all have some serious PTSD and the last thing they want to do is relive those experiences in a game. Its a reason I avoided modern combat rpgs for years. Just had no appeal whatsoever and would give me a cold empty feeling just t...
  • 12:51 AM - MarkB quoted Arilyn in post Portrayal of D&D in Stranger Things 3 -some spoilers
    I wonder what the effect of dealing with real monsters in your town, especially after losing people you know to these horrors, would have on playing D&D? Need it more for escapism? Not wanting it because it's too close to what you've gone through for real? Don't need game monsters cause dealt with real thing? No real effect at all, because D&D is just a game? The same as when someone with real-world experience of any niche subject encounters it in a game or movie - they find themselves getting hyper-critical of the lack of verisimilitude with which DMs who haven't encountered real monsters portray them in game, and having (or failing) to restrain themselves from correcting the more obvious mistakes.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 05:30 PM - Garthanos quoted Arilyn in post OSR Gripes
    Along came the thief. He had these skills, and he was very bad at them, so now where did that leave the other characters? I believe the official word was only thieves could do these things, and even if that wasn't true, or tables ignored this rule, if a thief has a 15% chance to hide, then the fighter has to be noticeably worse. From what has been explained to me the 15 percent thief technique was only supposed to be needed if the task was impossible for other methods. Now I do not think that was well presented if that was actually the intent and it feels a little weird how does that work you make a d20 vs dexterity check and if that fails then roll the thief percentages? Anyone else here of that thinking?
  • 05:22 PM - Celebrim quoted Arilyn in post OSR Gripes
    I have to agree with the very original grognards, who were upset at the introduction of the thief, back in the day. Ironically, I don't. In OD&D, it was assumed players used their own wits to solve traps and obstacles, but along came the thief with skills. It was assumed that all characters could sneak, hide and climb. OD&D players are fond of saying this, but they are just wrong. OD&D made no effort to suggest anyone could sneak, hide or climb and if it had have done so no one would have been inspired to create the thief class or if they had have done so they would have been inspired to create a very different class. The grognards grumbling about the thief are being very disingenuous. The introduction of the thief in no fashion (in and of itself) asserted that any character could no longer climb any wall that the DM said he could. Every character could continue to climb walls that the DM said were climbable, and such climbable walls continued to appear in published materials....

Thursday, 4th July, 2019

  • 04:44 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Arilyn in post [poll] Which classes should be core
    Fighters get lots of nice things, but rangers want their own ranger nice things. I like classless systems too. They actually make more sense, but if you have a class system, then there should be a wide choice, to counter the necessary restrictions which come with classes. Exactly. If youre making a game where character advancement is on rails, at least give me many rails to choose from.
  • 03:58 AM - Tony Vargas quoted Arilyn in post [poll] Which classes should be core
    Sure, I can build a fighter, give him some outdoorsy skills, and call him a ranger, but he's not going to have cool ranger abilities. Well, yeah, he's a fighter, and can't have nice things. . As a GM, it's far easier to cut down on unwanted classes, because they don't fit the campaign, than to have to create new ones As much as I like the theoretical elegance of a D&D with few classes - and the actual elegance of classless systems - I have to acknowledge that point. Even as an inveterate rules-tinkerer, even at the height of my hubris, I rarely designed whole classes from scratch. It can be quite the undertaking. Whereas, as long as you're not using MCing, and don't cut the last practical support class, trimming unwanted classes is pretty eaay.

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 03:58 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Arilyn in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    The Strange interests me more.Have you played it? Played it, no, but I've read through it. I got the book as part of the Torment: Tides of Numenera kickstarter. I like the character shifting as you change worlds, and it has a lot of neat supplements, but the system is mostly the same down to its fundamentals (which isn't a bad thing for me). One of the races / world that supports the race, is quite unique, and they have a spellcaster that reminds me a lot of "Sourcerers" from the Divinity: Original Sin series.

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 05:17 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Arilyn in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    Numenera. There is nothing wrong with the system, perfectly servicable, but I just can't get excited about the player character generation system. I'm also not fond of fantasy that is littered with ancient tech. It's usually not executed well, and I'm afraid Numenera falls into this category. I'll admit, the system is minimal - the character creation is fairly limited in its final iteration. However, the setting was done marvelously, thanks to the Cypher system itself, mostly.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 03:55 PM - Travis Henry quoted Arilyn in post Narrative/Novel D&D...ND&D. Imagine if the game played just like the D&D novels?
    ...uninformed, and/or brilliant. These decisions, and the results as narrated by a good DM, are what makes memories. Go read online the stories that people tell of D&D from 30 years ago. They are not about what was scripted, but about what happened due to player agency. As for published adventures being sort of railroady... sure, most of them are written that way because they need to be accessible to DMs that don't know better. A DM that chooses to can allow an adventure to go in any direction, and just because an encounter is not in the published adventure, is a poor excuse for a DM to not allow an encounter (or any other type of event) to occur. Another thought, if you want an adventure to be over quicker, then you are probably missing out. Their is value in the journey. Just like life and relationships, the journey, what happens between where you start and the end, is often more important, and almost always more memorable, that getting to the end. Okay. Now I feel heard. Thank you Arilyn, LordE, and to the others who responded. And to Bobble and LordE for the laughs. (What's wrong with Kindergarten Storytime: The RPG? haha) I admit I hadn't thought it all through from start. And even my own parameters have continued to shift. I do believe a very fun game could be made along the lines I'm envisioning. And that even with a "novellic" or "cinematic" system, a sweet spot could be reached which made space for a resourceful DM to improvise in response to player agency. My initial post was fueled by four legitimate desires: 1) For the battles to be a lot quicker, yet still satisfying. And for stories/adventures to be completed in one or two sessions...including "bigger" novellic stories (not just a small dungeon crawl). I was struck by how long it takes (in Real Time) for us to run a battle in 5E versus how quick (and satisfying) the battle scenes pass in the Icewind Dale novels. AFAIR, back when I DMed BECMI, the fights and adventures were significantly quicker too. (Alo...

Sunday, 16th June, 2019

  • 06:20 AM - Saelorn quoted Arilyn in post 3 Favorite Things About Your Favorite System
    Question: The spellcasters lack utility spells. What is your reasoning behind this? Is it a balance issue? 13th Age lumps utility spells together, treating them as a feature wizards can choose. Your thoughts?The main reason is because spellcasters have so few spells known. I wanted to make sure that any spell was useful enough to cast seven times per day, and most utility spells in D&D are the sort of thing you only cast once every few levels. Water Breathing, for example; even if you learn it as a ritual, and it comes up once or twice in the campaign, it mostly just takes up space on your character sheet. I did try to make sure that the most important utility spells were there - Knock/Lock, Locate Object, and Teleport. I intentionally avoided Goodberry and Create Water, because of how controversial they are. I also added a couple of utility effects into the Merits section, so you can have at-will Mage Hand or Light if you really want that to be a defining part of your character. A lot of it...

Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 04:53 PM - dragoner quoted Arilyn in post 3 Favorite Things About Your Favorite System
    And I will stop because I'm not following the guidelines of this thread. No worries, it is interesting to read what everyone likes about their various games. Often I think it comes down to player preference and play styles, that is ok too.

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 06:53 PM - Mike Myler quoted Arilyn in post Do You Want 9 New D&D Classes?
    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.😁 They are tarot-sized too so should all work together! For anyone that likes the cardcaster but lacks a tarot deck (and doesn't want to buy the *awesome* one that I put together which will be available in the A Touch More Class Kickstarter) the revised A Touch of Class has directions for using a regular deck of playing cards built into the cardcaster's class description.
  • 06:31 PM - Mike Myler quoted Arilyn in post Do You Want 9 New D&D Classes?
    I'm having a blast with my cardcaster from the first "Touch of Class" book. Cardcaster you say. :angel:


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