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D&D 5e / Re: Necromancer build optimisation
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:21:10 PM »
There are other ways to go about Necro than just Wiz,
but Wiz is certainly fine as is.  Most Wiz builds can go
+Int at 4 , +Int at 8 , Resilient Con at 12 , ~Alert at 16
and be perfectly fine and playable the whole time.
Toll The Bell is the newest necro cantrip, and it works.
Get a familiar, Shocking Grasp, Frostburn, Sleep, Shield.
Animate Dead is the skeleton army spell, which needs
a confab with your DM about how small to gonzo
you / y'all want to go with it.

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:10:32 PM »
Here I was just thinking about the lowly RangerBM.

... An extra powerful healing spell doesn't unbalance the game. ... But it can disrupt what feels right to a group. That's what concerns us.

So, what should they do, maybe make it a Ranger BM class feature?

 :tongue  Feelings , nothing more than Feelings ...

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Politics Thread v3
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:11:34 PM »
( ignoring the Flynn news for now )

This recent off-off year election, had Lean Dem states go Dem.  Hardly a surprise. 
On a d&d-o-centric 3d6 curve it might be a 9 or 12, but certainly not an 8 or 13.
For all the noise (!) it's a boringly normal result.

Chester County 2nd s.w. of downtown Philly, voted Dem for the first time ever.
The reporting was since 1799, but the Dems didn't exist til 1828.
They voted Federalist during the Democratic-Rebuplicans era.
That's a serious outlier.

New Jersey gov race, had some very outlier exit polls.
Men voted +5 to 10% Democrat, and Women voted +5 to 10% Republican.
Exit polls are quite unreliable ... but this is just plain old weird.

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:56:23 PM »
Also Jeremy already trying to nerf Healing Spirit already.

... I'll have my eye on it to see if it causes disruption in actual play, rather than in theoretical situations. If it does, we'll change it ...

Ranger 5 / 'Lock 3 / Life Cl 1 , would be a good test case. 
The rest of the build, is a bad archer, MAD, lots of overlaps.

Or say a party member Summons just to up the total users.

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:34:10 PM »
Caelic's post = I google-fu fail , they haven't crawled the whole site recently enough.
BUT Soro's sage link is better ...
Looks like Eld Smite can use 5th level slots, while Pally can't. 

Huh, Healing Spirit was the only RangerBM better booster. 
Some random dude must have whined HARD.
I suppose a Life Cleric dip could get the #'s up quite tasty,
but I doubt all the movement sacrificed to pull it off,
makes it as good as normal cleric ranged healing.
I guess harder #'s should be in order.

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:53:43 PM »
the Ruby Xyz common item lets any weapon be an Arcane Focus. Gishes say thank you.

There's a sidebar litely explaining the strong hint that magic weapons are kinda sorta necessary (having read the Libertad thread round these parts).

The CoffeLock recharge Soro references, has a fakey nerf sidebar that explains an escalating penalty for lack of sleep which is exactly Not the problem with elves/warforged or the invocation ... shhhhhh  :cool , however rai and gentlemans agreement should be neutering enough.

Caelic popped up on giantitp about the Eldritch Smite Invoc.  Yeah I can see that needing a Ruling.  Pally smite in spell slots, and those spell slots working with Lock slots, even got a tweet-rata confirm.  So a sloppy Occam's could refer to that and be done with any arguments.  More complicated would go : OK lock slots are different in a number of ways, this can be one, especially since this is an Invoc problem NOT an actual spell or spell equivalent (and/or Invocs are not the same as class abilities for other classes).  Personally I don't think the Lock slots are as efficient a use of those slots with Eld Smite, versus a Pally using normal spell slots for it's Smite.  So it really shouldn't be a problem to keep it.  Caelic used a strong IF, and certainly a tweet-rata could clear things up if necessary.  Maybe I'm overthinking it (for a change).

Off Topic Fun / Re: Awesome stuff you have to share, V4
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:01:09 PM »
Hey now you there, get back on the couch  :sofa we're not done here  :teach < thinks: this is too entertaining > let's try again  :cloud9

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:31:04 PM »
Just got mine from my local game store. 
Went looking for Monk 4 Elements = nope, pretweeted to be not spells.

Went looking for Ranger BM spells.
Could houserule 3 of the new 1st level to work on/for the beast.
The level 2 healy spell works better for BM than the others.
Perhaps the 12 ~arrows spell goes better for BM, idk maths yet.

Went looking for Bladelock spells.
Most everything works better in isolation for Hexblade, but wouldn't necessarily be as good a choice for Hexblade compared to Blade.
Magic Stone saves an invocation slot.
(time pressed to go line by line)

D&D 5e / Re: New Spells from Xanathar Discussion Topic
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:41:58 PM »
Haven't gotten (to) mine yet.

How much of Xanathar's is basically a previous edition style Dragon Mag Annual?
It seems like most of this stuff (not just spells) has appeared elsewhere.

Play By Post / Re: D&D 5e: Starter Set. An Introduction
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:39:23 PM »
[ peanut gallery ]

suggestion for Kuroi's Paladin in Basic could go
Elf and pick Shocking Grasp as a healy sub get-away ability
Fighter 1 pick Protection , and for Con save
Cleric 1 pick Guidance , and for general paladin-y-ness
then either Fighter +X or Cleric +X depending
requires minor attention to specific frontline tactics
aim for 8-14-14-14-14-8 stats, whether rolls pointbuy or array 
Dex for +fighter, Wis for +cleric, Con 16 at some point after

back edit for Kuroi ---- no worries, it was worth thinking about.

D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: "Feats are nice but should not be necessary."
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:30:54 PM »
Monks lose Tashalatora.

Monks lose the ability to be replaced by not-Monks?!   :)

IIRC the conversations around "feats should be nice-not-necessary" were more about feat taxes.

4e contained the best example -- every character needed a specific feat to maintain attack accuracy starting around level 12 -- but there were probably examples from 3e as well.
Darkstalker might be a valid example. "Take this feat or those skill points you spent were wasted."

Ha yeah.
Druid 1 / Monk 1 / Druid 2 to 5 / Monk 2 / Druid 6+
no Natural Spell , no scrolls/universals excepting whatever Drops
Feels right about Tier 3.

4e c.o. did get a lot of those feat taxes discussions.
Too bad wotc put all those ~fixes into paid-for-errata.

Off Topic Fun / Re: Things that make you LoL (Part 3)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:48:12 PM »
 :drums ... (groans)  :D

I'll have to use that with my niece, in a few years.

D&D 5e / Re: Unearthed Arcana: Assorted Elves
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:50:09 PM »
Had a UA anyway = OK

Avariel ... Flying at level 1 ?!   OH THANK THOR , that that's all they get , it's (sputter, cough) too much , (rage+bile) and it's only playtest , we grogs will (system shock "save" from 1e) survive.

Grugach ... hmm Str+Dex+ Thorn Whip = some decent non-caster battlefield control, that works with slow developing dip builds.

Sea ... basically NPC material, sans the obvious better in water, while Goblin is >> on land.

Shardar-Kai ... noticed some 4e guys had no idea these were in 3e at some point,  trans-editional fluff dis-continuity is a corner case.  Half a Misty Step with good refluffing + short resistance = Casters can ditch Rogue 2 dips.

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:58:16 PM »
My other hip will be getting replaced at some point ** next year. **

Ouch, can you make it that far and still be adequately mobile?


I had one very specifically Personal vote in this election.
Once upon a time ...  :tongue ... I parked my car, did my business.
Came back to car to go to work, but car was parked in.
Option 1 call tow truck on one or both dudes.
Option 2 work my way out, mostly to save the time.
Chose #2.  Owner of said car was walking by at that moment.
Certainly wasn't going to volunteer to move his car for me, via his personality, while obviously at fault for the park in.
Dude called the cops ... and was an off duty cop.
Parking enforcement dude responds to "protect" him from nothing.
Cop shows 40 minutes later, I'm way late for work.
Cop makes face at stupid Cop.
I say I tried to save the guy the $100 tow.
Cop makes more face at stupid Cop.
"Has" to write the $80+ ticket on me, showily very annoyed at stupid Cop.
$36 insurance bill, which they paid with special deal (because it was so stupid).

Meanwhile, I asked the Cop I know about stupid Cop, yeah he had heard (makes face) about my incident.
Within the year I had an unrelated incident not my fault, but insurance didn't care and jacked my rates.

15+ years later retired stupid Cop runs for Judge.
Local F.O.P. endorses the other guy who is NOT a cop.
Some cops go on live radio to publicly endorse the Not Cop.
Not Cop wins !!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!!
I was holding my breath for real about the results.
Not Cop thanks his cop buddies publicly.

I know stupid Cop spent more on his campaign than the parked in ticket incident cost me.
What goes around comes around dirtbag stupid Cop, even your co-workers didn't like you at all.


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D&D 5e / Re: Xanathar's Wizard Spell List, courtesy of Extra Life 2017
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:26:16 PM »
Wild guess there'll be no UA this month with the XtGE release.

Someone got and "leaked" the Table Of Contents early / as planned.
pic + thread --->

Looks like mostly usable crunch.


PeteNutButter gives a c.o. review of the subclasses here:

... accounting many of the changes from any one specific UA into this print version.

D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: "Feats are nice but should not be necessary."
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:19:32 PM »
double-Zero Old school, eh?

I don't think secretsofthearchmages has stuff that far back.
But the same guy Solauren, has said he has some of the L-listserve Real early stuff.
idk if he has it easy access, but if so it's in his collection on post #4.

No feats = crafting would be viciously effected by this.
It took 3.0e Core --> MiC --> SorO's recent (!) pimpage of it,
for anyone to notice a possible near 4e Wishlist rule.
That'd be the only work around, not named Artificer.
Even a level 12 Warlock is (while nice) way too late.

Truly random die roll on tables Treasure, don't follow
the PHB2 schedule, or any c.o. handbook build find.
Sans that all classes have some major problems.

Clerics lose DMM but that's ok.
Druids lose Natural Spell but that's survivable.
Fighters lose everything.
Monks lose Tashalatora.
Paladins lose BattleBlessing, and most ways to improve le' Horse.
Rangers lose Sword Of The Arcane Order.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello....
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:08:21 PM »
bump and possible link for Enda

Solauren I presume you're this guy yes?

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Politics Thread v3
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:14:20 PM »
Hope a few of y'all are planning on some off year voting on Tuesday.

Steve Case the AOL guy, was on CNBC ...
< dang kids --- AOL is from the pre- texting , and pre- destruction of the Record business , era of the interwebs --- dang kids >
 :D :whistle

... and he pointed out that SF/SanJose + NewYork City + Boston, account for 75% of the venture capital in the country.
While he didn't clarify if that was a Tech-only figure or not, it gets more action than non-tech regardless.
And his larger point was, the rest of the country really are being pa$$ed by, on the most dynamic part of the economy.

Off Topic Fun / Re: Awesome stuff you have to share, V4
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:05:09 PM »
+1 to that PhaedrusXY

I've an old friend with very limited contact who might go full conspiracy theory on that (in addition to actually being interested in it).

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