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Off Topic Fun / Re: Celebrity Death Thread
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:04:27 PM »

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Min/Max 3.x / Re: Fun Finds v7.0 - Now with +15% more reposts!
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:17:10 PM »
Found a neat trick with the old gish standby of Whirling Blade.

Quote from: Whirling Blade
As you cast this spell, you hurl a single slashing weapon at your foes, magically striking at all enemies along a line to the extent of the spell's range. You make a normal melee attack, just as if you attacked with the weapon in melee, against each foe in the weapon's path, but you can choose to substitute your Intelligence or Charisma modifier (as appropriate for your spellcasting class) for your Strength modifier on the weapon's attack rolls and damage rolls. Even if your base attack bonus would normally give you multiple attack rolls, a whirling blade gets only one attack (at your best attack bonus) against each target. The weapon deals damage just as if you had swung it in melee, including any bonuses you might have from ability scores or feats.

No matter how many targets your weapon hits or misses, it instantly and unerringly returns to your hand after attempting the last of its attacks.

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Quote from: Iaijutsu Focus
If you attack a flat-footed opponent immediately after drawing a melee weapon, you can deal extra damage, based on the result of an Iaijutsu Focus check.

That bumps Whirling Blade up from "might clear a few mooks" to "Skillmonkey is FIRIN HIS LAZOR"

Do remember that "flat-footed" =/= "denied Dex to AC". Iaijutsu Focus really is situational.

(Actually, now that I look at it, there's nothing actually saying you have to attack in melee, or with the weapon you drew. So you could just draw a dagger and then shoot someone with a crossbow, or throw the dagger - with Quick Draw you could actually full-attack by drawing and throwing a bunch of daggers. Flat-footed is still a major limiter, though.)

Requires a slashing weapon, so crossbow bolts are out unless they do that.  I seem to recall a netcutter variant or something along those lines.

Anyway, getting stuff flat-footed en masse can be quite the pain it seems.

Courtesy of http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=8741 it requires:

Going before them in initiative (first round only)
Paralyzing the enemy (much better things to do vs a paralyzed enemy)
Making it balance if the enemy has less than 5 ranks of Balance (use a Sculpted Grease I suppose?)

And that's mostly it against any decent number of enemies.  There are plenty of ways to make a single target FF but they simply wouldn't work against multiple targets in a 60 foot line.  So I guess it requires setup, but there's one oddity I found:

Rules Compendium pg 92 adds in this part to the Hide skill that applies in other circumstances:

"If you’re successfully hidden with respect to another
creature, that creature is flat-footed with respect to you. That
creature treats you as if you were invisible (see page 76)."

But Invisible says nothing about flat-footed, just denied dex to AC.  So this might be a case of the RC being "errata" again.

I stumbled upon an interesting discussion about Whirling Blade over at ENWorld though: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?170081-Whirling-Blade-Area-effect-or-just-Effect

One big oddity of Whirling Blade is it says "Effect: 60-ft. line."  Not Area.  It's apparently the only spell like this that's instantaneous but the fact that it doesn't have an area means it can't be Sculpted for example.  But being able to Sculpt it would open up some more interesting options.

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Anyone know of a race with +Dex and +Wis?

See http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=1281.0 ?  Several anthro races get that, Khepri from Dragon Mag 352, Lesser Zenythri, or Jermlaine.

Only popped in because I saw it on the bottom of the front page.

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D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: Class Sources
« on: March 01, 2019, 12:31:56 AM »
I know of a Brawler PrC in Dragon 295 pages 72-73, but not a regular class so far.

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Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:46:11 AM »
What's done is done, ayup.

And to continue the dick analogy...  There is such a thing as penile cancer and sometimes it does require surgery to remove.  And there can be an associated phantom "limb" sort of thing after that, but better that than the cancer.

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D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: Exoticist fighter Interpretation question?
« on: December 30, 2018, 11:31:32 PM »
Keep in mind armor and weapon proficiencies do have feats, but when counted as part of a class's features they are no longer feats.  The monk for example is proficient in several exotic weapons, but it's never counted as having the feats for those weapons.  Same for armors, even though a Fighter is proficient with heavy armor it still isn't counted as actually having the feat.

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Off Topic Fun / Re: Awesome stuff you have to share, V4
« on: December 30, 2018, 11:23:39 PM »

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Off Topic Fun / Re: Awesome stuff you have to share, V4
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:23:52 AM »

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Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:02:39 PM »
Went to format my new SSD and accidentally formatted my main hard drive instead.  The main things I want to get back are all my bookmarks (easily over 1,000 by now...) and also Factorio saves and I see there are ways of getting data back if it hasn't been overwritten but it costs a wee bit of money even for a regular DIY program.  Bleh

But I did get the SSD split up into a couple drives so one has my OS and the other has whatever stuff I want to be speedy.  Made one hell of a difference in Path of Exile load times, that's for sure.

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D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: Epic Duelist 3.0e
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:29:32 AM »
I'm looking at the Epic Level Handbook and I'm not even seeing Duelist in here.

Aha!  Found http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20020706a.  And then it gets updated at https://rpg.rem.uz/Dungeons%20%26%20Dragons/D%26D%203rd%20Edition/WOTC%20Web%20Archive/Web%20Enhancements/Epic%20Insights.pdf it looks like.

Here is the text from the original web enhancement:


EPIC DUELIST
From Sword and Fist
The epic duelist darts and weaves in combat, relying
on his extraordinary agility and cunning to win
the day.
Combat-related feats should occupy most of your
bonus slots. Look to Epic Weapon Focus, Epic Prowess,
and Superior Initiative to gain the upper hand. Of
course, no duelist is complete without widespread
recognition, and Epic Reputation does the trick well.
The epic duelist’s most important ability score is Dexterity.
Intelligence bumps help increase your canny
defense. Strength isn’t as significant for most duelists,
since they tend to favor finesse weapons. A duelist who
relies on interaction skills should consider increasing
Charisma from time to time.

Other Options: Epic duelists favoring two-weapon
combat should look to Perfect Two-Weapon Fighting
and Two-Weapon Rend for a boost. To really show off
against lesser mortals, pick up Exceptional Deflection
or Infinite Deflection and watch the enemy archers
gasp in awe.

Hit Die: d10

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier
Precise Strike: Every four levels above 10th, the extra
damage inflicted by the epic duelist’s precise strike
increases by +1d6.

Bonus Feats: The epic duelist gains a bonus feat
(selected from the list of epic duelist feats) every three
levels after 10th.

Epic Duelist Bonus Feat List: Blinding Speed, Epic
Prowess, Epic Reputation, Epic Skill Focus, Epic Speed,
Epic Weapon Focus (rapier), Exceptional Deflection*,
Improved Combat Reflexes, Improved Whirlwind
Attack, Infinite Deflection*, Perfect Two-Weapon
Fighting, Superior Initiative, Two-Weapon Rend.
*The epic duelist need not have Improved Unarmed
Strike to qualify for these feats.

Duelist
Level Special
11 —
12 —
13 Bonus feat
14 Precise strike +4d6
15 —
16 Bonus feat
17 —
18 Precise strike +5d6
19 Bonus feat
20 —

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Off Topic Fun / Re: Things that make you LoL (Part 3)
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:15:09 PM »

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D&D 5e / Re: Unearthed Arcana: Not our Hippos
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:54:06 AM »
8 feet and 400 pounds?  Is Powerful Build in 5e at all?

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Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:53:04 AM »
Some goddamn fool is looking at porn on the work phones again.
Please tell me you did not discover this when his pants were down...
Or anyone else's pants were down, for that matter...
Or while anyone's pants were somewhere besides firmly secured to their waist, using the waistband.  I wouldn't put it past some people to just put pants on their head and go to town.

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Handbook Discussion / Re: X Stat to Y Bonus Discussion Thread
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:40:28 AM »
For the Dex feat Companion Guard Style in Dragon 315 the page number is page 52.

For the wisdom feat Serenity in Dragon 306 the page number is 100.

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Maybe it's Avenger ACF which gains the Monk's AC/Speed & Ranger's FE/Track (generally seen as terrible given how great WS is) might be useful, idk. I kind of feel like they hit the nail on the head with Mystic Ranger. It really doesn't lose out on either end of the fighter~wizard spectrum but it won't go full "Tier 1" Druid on the group either.

Either way, pick up Planar Touchstone[catalogues of enlightenment] or dip Contemplative for the Plant Domain's Rebuke Plants.
If you haven't already finalized things, I think it's worth mentioning the druid ACFs again. They're generally regarded as not as strong as the standard druid, but if you don't want WS anyway, then they can offer interesting alternatives. Here is a link to the avenger.There's also the Swift Hunter.

Not to be confused with the feat Swift Hunter which allows combining some stuff of Ranger and Scout together.

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Other Games / Re: Videogame Discussion III - Snake Eater
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:10:51 PM »
An odd choice https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-xbox-one-backwards-compatibility-game-now-avai/1100-6459892/...I wonder if this is an indirect confirmation of  a remaster version of MW2.....I remember making new friends on MW2, but I have more fond memories of MW3 due to screen shots and video captures.

I have to remind myself "MW" in this context means "Modern Warfare" and not "MechWarrior."

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Min/Max 3.x / Re: Rebuke ooze/spider and divine metamagic 3.5
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:03:40 PM »
Complete Divine's section on Divine feats (page 77) specifically says:

First, they all have as a prerequisite the ability to turn or rebuke undead. Thus, they are open to clerics, paladins of 3rd level or higher, and a member of any prestige class or any creature that has that ability.
Second, the force that powers a divine feat is the ability to channel positive or negative energy to turn or rebuke undead.

In other words, only the ability to turn or rebuke undead can be used to power divine feats.  Nothing else, unless there's a ruling somewhere else specifically modifying that or the feat itself says otherwise.  See https://dndtools.net/feats/categories/divine/?page_size=100 for a list of divine feats.

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Mystic Ranger is available in Dragon Mag 336 page 105.  It trades slower acquisition of Endurance, combat style feats, and Favored Enemy and an entire lack of the animal companion to gain 0 to 5th level spells, with the progression of 0 at 1st level, 1st level spells at 2nd level, then another level of spells each even level until 10th when it gets 5th level spells.

The 1st combat style feat is gained at 3rd level, then Endurance at 4th, then Improved Combat Style at 7th, and Combat Style Mastery at 12th.

Usually it's combined with the Shape-changing ACF from Unearthed Arcana page 58 (or the SRD) where you trade away your combat style feats to get Fast Movement like Barbarian as well as Wild Shape like Druid but only into small or medium creatures.

See also http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=1543 for more details on combining it with the feat Sword of the Arcane Order in Champions of Valor and the Shooting Star substitution levels also in Champions of Valor.  Note that since Mystic Ranger trades away its animal companion it cannot get the 4th level Shooting Star sub level because that requires trading your animal companion as well.

Having the ability to use wizard spells is useful though it can be tedious to get going depending on what downtime you have to get hold of and decipher a spellbook, etc.

Or look at http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=8732 for ACFs from the books and online and http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=9028.0 for Dragon Mag ACFs.

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Off Topic Fun / Re: Celebrity Death Thread
« on: May 26, 2018, 09:23:37 PM »
Rest in peace, TotalBiscuit.  Or shoot the fuck out of some Zerg, whatever strikes your fancy.

https://twitter.com/GennaBain/status/999785407087808512/photo/1

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Other Games / Re: Videogame Discussion III - Snake Eater
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:22:02 AM »
Tencent has acquired majority stake (80%) of Grinding Gear Games, the makers of Path of Exile

Felt the need to share this since I'm...  Unsure and hesitant on what to think, though that's partially due to the late hour.  Tencent has been good about letting strong-performing companies keep their monetization models such as LoL has, but it's still Tencent and anything to do with them I take with a massive grain of salt.

Thoughts?

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