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    It's called the long road, IIRC. I posted in the...

    It's called the long road, IIRC. I posted in the grand finale thread for it three or four posts ago (it got bumped after MJ's death) - you have a CS account, so you should be able to find it in my...
  2. Well, if you *really* want to have a single...

    Well, if you *really* want to have a single character get groundhog dayed, and don't want metagaming on the other player's parts...

    Get a group of, say, five people. Make your S.O. the looper,...
  3. No chance of you bumping the rest of the story,...

    No chance of you bumping the rest of the story, though, eh? *nagnag*
  4. Thread: OotS #658 is up!

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    Or he could have taken Serenity, and be basing it...

    Or he could have taken Serenity, and be basing it off wisdom...


    I suppose it's possible one of those potions was healing and one was some sort of fire resistance...
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    Wait, you guys know how many HP the player...

    Wait, you guys know how many HP the player characters have? I'm hard-pressed to keep track of their opponents', much less theirs. If I need to know, I ask for a status check (general level, like:...
  6. The main issue with the attempts made to balance...

    The main issue with the attempts made to balance 3rd edition in pathfinder is that the people trying to rebalance don't really know the current problems in the system. For example, pumping up the...
  7. Skeletal Nightmares. Burning flying skeletal...

    Skeletal Nightmares. Burning flying skeletal horses.
  8. Game mechanics are how the world acts when the...

    Game mechanics are how the world acts when the player characters are around.

    That said, a certain cleric of Boccob did some experimentation with how many applications of cure minor wounds were...
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    Wait, you guys build your NPCs? I just jot down...

    Wait, you guys build your NPCs? I just jot down a level and class...
  10. I find debating language a proposition at best...

    I find debating language a proposition at best bittersweet.
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    A munchkin is a player who can't bother to use...

    A munchkin is a player who can't bother to use the rules to make a powerful character, and resorts to cheating.
  12. Thread: OoTS 640

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    Well, at least the gnomes are.

    Well, at least the gnomes are.
  13. Not if it connects to http://www.random.org/, or...

    Not if it connects to http://www.random.org/, or if you use your hardware in non-standard ways to get seeds.
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    This thread contains a poll. I was under the impression that he needed to...

    I was under the impression that he needed to create greater undead so he'd have a valid target for familicide. That's what it looks like, anyway.
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    This thread contains a poll. Detect evil IMC is houseruled so it's a little...

    Detect evil IMC is houseruled so it's a little less stupid.

    As is, the LG ghost of a level 20 paladin detects the same as a bone devil.

    The paladin ability is altered as well - it's essentially...
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    Every member of the party buys a wand of CLW or...

    Every member of the party buys a wand of CLW or lesser vigor - they are then used communally.
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    Yeah. The bystander rolls a natural one.

    Yeah. The bystander rolls a natural one.
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    This thread contains a poll. Again, what if V had put the "purify spell"...

    Again, what if V had put the "purify spell" metamagic on familicide (totally possible if he trades away his elven weapon proficiencies using embrace the dark chaos)?

    Then the final spell would...
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    This thread contains a poll. If Miko is willing to agree with "color coded for...

    If Miko is willing to agree with "color coded for your convenience", when she's taking everything about the PCs in the worst light possible, I'm going to assume that black dragons are indeed 100%...
  20. Walls have hit points.

    Walls have hit points.
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    Clearly you haven't read any of the Dragaera...

    Clearly you haven't read any of the Dragaera novels. It's possible, but insanely expensive, and there are ways of preventing it.
  22. Thread: Oots 636

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    Or Maximized Shivering Touch. -18 dex, touch...

    Or Maximized Shivering Touch. -18 dex, touch attack. The dragon's helpless, no save. Combine with spectral hand to taste.
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    Try the North Pole. If nothing else, they tend...

    Try the North Pole. If nothing else, they tend to have a pretty good intelligence service.
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    Honestly, I'd start by casting Understand Object...

    Honestly, I'd start by casting Understand Object or using other divinations.

    In general, spamming divinations is how I deal with puzzles.
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    There's some math balance for magic items and...

    There's some math balance for magic items and such, and towards the end they started realizing exactly how screwed up the original prices were (see:ring of regeneration). The MIC did some pretty...
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    Happens to everyone. Your wizard fails his save...

    Happens to everyone. Your wizard fails his save against feeblemind, and thinks bull-rushing the ogre is a good idea...

    Oh, you mean you killed someone else's PC.

    Welcome to the club. My...
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    3rd edition but balanced. That is: Something...

    3rd edition but balanced. That is:

    Something like the warblade as the new fighter class. Book of Nine Swords was excellent, balance wise and smooth mechanics wise.

    Differentiated class...
  28. If I wanted to actively seek out new divine...

    If I wanted to actively seek out new divine spells, I'd be playing an archivist.
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    Don't worry about it. Monks' flurry of misses...

    Don't worry about it. Monks' flurry of misses pretty adequately simulates the difficulty of actually inflicting damage against a large opponent.




    The ogre swings his massive, beefy fist...
  30. Thread: OOTS #629 is up

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    You see, situations like these are EXACTLY why my...

    You see, situations like these are EXACTLY why my wizards always pick up Contact Other Plane, and take 10 on the check when they cast it daily.

    If V had actually selected decent spells, he...
  31. Thread: Oots 606

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    One of. Not all of.

    One of. Not all of.
  32. Thread: Undead Origins

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    You need to fix the seperation after the Wight -...

    You need to fix the seperation after the Wight - it runs into the next undead.

    Oddly enough, it's entirely possible for a Wight to be created by the wrong person picking up a Holy Avenger.
  33. OK, fine. The metalsmith gets 30000 roleplaying...

    OK, fine. The metalsmith gets 30000 roleplaying XP for having never been out of character throughout his whole existence.
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    Hmmmm? I think you're confusing the in-game and...

    Hmmmm? I think you're confusing the in-game and meta-game levels?

    An analogy to your chess example would be the DM wandering off to get Cheetos in the middle of a battle.

    If I say "each move...
  35. Oh, no. WoW makes sense. So does any other...

    Oh, no. WoW makes sense. So does any other major MMORPG.

    You just have to add in a bit of backstory.

    Shortly before the characters were introduced, something extremely bad happened to the...
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    Agreed. At the risk of creating an...

    Agreed.


    At the risk of creating an internet backdraft by mentioning video games, one of the things I most liked in Final Fantasy Tactics was that all but a handful of enemies were not only...
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    And I say it's lame that you have to worry about...

    And I say it's lame that you have to worry about players breaking the game.

    I just don't see the point. If you value powerful characters over everything else, play Pun-Pun* Otherwise, what's the...
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    You can. Use the gestalt rules and give half the...

    You can. Use the gestalt rules and give half the exp to that character. As a consequence of lower level characters getting more exp, and lower levels taking less exp to level up, the character's...
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    If I wanted to play a game like 4e, I'd rather...

    If I wanted to play a game like 4e, I'd rather play Descent.

    If the combat mechanics don't seem integrated with the rest of the game, I'd rather choose something that focuses really well on...
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    Good to know. I'll have my adventurers buy from...

    Good to know. I'll have my adventurers buy from the used items store. That way I can pick up twice as much stuff!
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    I run over, leap at the last second, catching the...

    I run over, leap at the last second, catching the back of my foot on his shield. Surprised by my sudden move, he doesn't expect when I suddenly kick back, finishing my leap over the warrior, forcing...
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    I don't know about you, but I'm koo-koo for...

    I don't know about you, but I'm koo-koo for ko-kobolds!
  43. Dude. You could totally play a sandwich...

    Dude. You could totally play a sandwich.



    Or, more seriously, an intelligent helmet or piece of armor or sword.
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    You mean like what happened with Helter Skelter?...

    You mean like what happened with Helter Skelter?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helter_Skelter_(Manson_scenario)
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    Because four is death

    Because four is death.
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    I think there are a couple of magic items that...

    I think there are a couple of magic items that differentiate. Doesn't salt water work better for summoning water elementals?
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    The impossibility of making a decent illusionist...

    The impossibility of making a decent illusionist has made 4e a no-sell for me. This isn't the only problem I have with the edition, just an example of the systematic issues I have with it. I'm glad...
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    I guess it's just that the default time of 10...

    I guess it's just that the default time of 10 minutes really gets on my nerves. That, and the "everything costs money" aspect of it. I'd rather be able to do neat things for free and pay for...
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    Well, it looks like it will be impossible to play...

    Well, it looks like it will be impossible to play my illusionist in 4e. No way to have a trickster illusionist when any decent illusion takes ten minutes to cast.
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    A glass construct. It's filled up with templated...

    A glass construct. It's filled up with templated octopus and water elemental. At high tide the octopus goes out to hunt, at low tide it brings back its prey and sleeps.
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    At least they didn't flip it over on its back. ...

    At least they didn't flip it over on its back. Then they could have used their attacks to inflict massive damage upon its weak point.
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    "Fetch and the Bad Penny" sounds like a...

    "Fetch and the Bad Penny" sounds like a childrens' mystery novel.



    "The cat" (because it came back)
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    Give the barbarian an opportunity to class into...

    Give the barbarian an opportunity to class into cat burglar. Cats are weird, make it act a little oddly. It's just a normal cat, but the metagame knowledge of the existence of these classes will...
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    Should be fixed now.

    Should be fixed now.
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    Aquatic gelatinous cubes: Deadly...

    Aquatic gelatinous cubes: Deadly.
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    I've seen a statistical analysis of the...

    I've seen a statistical analysis of the Rolemaster critical hit/fumble system. Apparently if the system is used to model armies more units die from friendly fire than combat with the enemy.
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    Maybe converted Efreeti are the origin of the...

    Maybe converted Efreeti are the origin of the noble djinni (who also grant wishes).
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    All the precedents for Helms of Opposite...

    All the precedents for Helms of Opposite Alignment I've seen haven't given any feedback about failed attempts to change alignment. Given that there's no description in the item of effects from...
  59. Well, it's hard to go wrong with a druid 20 as...

    Well, it's hard to go wrong with a druid 20 as long as you take natural spell.

    Looking into wildshape forms and good animal companion choices is highly recommended.

    Augment Summoning is useful...
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    Sorry, but I think it would be pretty easy to...

    Sorry, but I think it would be pretty easy to cast detect magic on the helmet. It becomes nonmagical after a successful use.
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    "Lawful characters tell the truth, keep their...

    "Lawful characters tell the truth, keep their word, respect authority, honor tradition, and judge those who fall short of their duties.
    Chaotic characters follow their consciences, resent being told...
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    I don't see the analogy at all. A Clockwork...

    I don't see the analogy at all. A Clockwork Orange had a system that could just as easily have been accomplished with remote controlled injector and very good surveillance. The treatment did...
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    But those effected by the Helm Of Opposite...

    But those effected by the Helm Of Opposite Alignment are happy with their new alignment. Wouldn't the Efreeti then appreciate the person who brought him this happiness, and new insight?
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    I suppose you could also rule that changing...

    I suppose you could also rule that changing alignment also changes what type of genie he is. A Djinn or Janni would be less unbalancing.
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    Why? Helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes...

    Why?

    Helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes on, helm comes off, helm goes...
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    They're a caster? They can make items? Tell...

    They're a caster? They can make items?

    Tell them about the one level xp gravy train.

    Otherwise, well, they'll catch up if you're using the xp system right.
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    To counter the whole "dwarves hate the...

    To counter the whole "dwarves hate the environment" trope, there's a fairly easy reinterpretation of their actions. Dwarves don't live underground and mine because they hate plants. They live...
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    I've seen that speculation on the giantitp forums...

    I've seen that speculation on the giantitp forums as well.
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    Well, it's obvious when you think about it. When...

    Well, it's obvious when you think about it. When you take bread from France to the USA it becomes pain.
  70. I second the dollar store advice.

    I second the dollar store advice.
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    Dude, chill out. The whole point of this trick...

    Dude, chill out. The whole point of this trick is to have a melee character with limited spellcasting at first level. Yes, the character won't keep up with full casting later on. But, from the...
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    A decanter of endless water is definitely on the...

    A decanter of endless water is definitely on the list of things to get. Combined with transmute rock to mud, there shouldn't be too many issues with soil. Casting Move Earth will help with shaping...
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    For first level here's a three feat combination...

    For first level here's a three feat combination that will give you that at first level. It's marginally cheesey, but not too overpowering.

    First, take magical training. It's a feat from...
  74. So... Canada is evil? So is the United Kingdom?...

    So... Canada is evil? So is the United Kingdom?

    Constitutional monarchies can work.
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    Avoid casting spells that have gestures and...

    Avoid casting spells that have gestures and incantations?
  76. I think he'd win the grapple check. And the...

    I think he'd win the grapple check. And the initiative check, for that matter. And I suspect he'd still be wearing his magic rings (one of which is probably the obligatory ring of freedom of...
  77. The situation analogous to ordering a pizza is...

    The situation analogous to ordering a pizza is going to Storm Raven's game and bringing your World of Darkness or GURPS or whatever and DMing yourself, ignoring him.



    Agreed. If you think...
  78. So... Stormraven... You're saying that when...

    So... Stormraven...

    You're saying that when you have a group of five* people gathered to play a game, the goal is to only entertain one of them?

    Seems a little odd.


    So, to continue the...
  79. Just chiming in to say that "for the players'...

    Just chiming in to say that "for the players' enjoyment" should include the DM as a subset of players.
  80. Thread: OotS #548 is up

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    I'm guessing there's at least one side for each...

    I'm guessing there's at least one side for each alignment.
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    The phylactery of a lich mage. Thing is, it's in...

    The phylactery of a lich mage. Thing is, it's in the actual bag, not the extra dimensional space it connects to, so sort of opening it in an antimagic field they're just going to notice it's a...
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    Or a roc with a sword stuck into it. It's just a...

    Or a roc with a sword stuck into it. It's just a baby, so the party could raise it as a trained animal (after removing the weapon, of course).
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    Put a glove on it if you really care.

    Put a glove on it if you really care.
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    Ring of prestidigitation, along with a hand...

    Ring of prestidigitation, along with a

    hand of the mage.

    That's like, what? 2 k gp, tops? And they're somewhat useful when adventuring as well.
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    And women are a majority. So you're saying that...

    And women are a majority. So you're saying that Curves "[has] an unfortunate tendency to be fertile grounds for back-room deals that serve only to keep the majority" (Which in the example we're...
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    Shamelessly stolen from ceratitis' sig.

    Shamelessly stolen from ceratitis' sig.
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    You should definitely look into the Jhereg series...

    You should definitely look into the Jhereg series by Steven Brust. He does a really good job of reinventing cliches. And the books are well-written.
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    Poisoning your party? Spike the punch. Oh,...

    Poisoning your party? Spike the punch.


    Oh, the other kind of party? Same deal.
  89. Of course, better nutrition and understanding of...

    Of course, better nutrition and understanding of poison have their effects too.

    For example, you consuming lead would give substantial penalties to int, but we don't do that anymore. The Romans...
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    Hey now. A web enhancement gives the...

    Hey now. A web enhancement gives the swashbuckler a very powerful ability. For blackmail :D


    http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/cwc/20070227x
  91. Thread: OotS #544

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    He's just feeling better.

    He's just feeling better.
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    The above poster has the right idea, but you...

    The above poster has the right idea, but you should use poisoned water or acid instead of normal water.
  93. If you want DM controlled characters to be the...

    If you want DM controlled characters to be the heroes, go write a novel.
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    You know, the lotus is an archetypically Egyptian...

    You know, the lotus is an archetypically Egyptian flower.

    Black lotus extract is contact poison that damages con.

    So have some mummy/anubis statue guardians coated in it. Use grappling.
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    Have you read "Going Postal" or "Making Money"? ...

    Have you read "Going Postal" or "Making Money"?

    Moist Von Lipwig could totally do that.
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    I think he can be best represented as a psion...

    I think he can be best represented as a psion.
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    I think this is an interesting point. That may...

    I think this is an interesting point. That may have been what the bard player was trying to get across when he brought out the tables.
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    The sound of the trap you just sprung.

    The sound of the trap you just sprung.
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    Fourth edition.

    Fourth edition.
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    First thread I could find on google was this one:...

    First thread I could find on google was this one: http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=369436

    IIRC, the archivist has bumped the psion out of the top five.
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