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Jason Nelson wrote:
I remember being a wee lad (just after the meteor hit) looking at some pictures of dinosaurs in a grade school textbook. Polacanthus was one of the ones in the book. To this day nodosaurs and ankylosaurs remain some of my favorites.
I once made a trap so deadly a whole group walked out on the game. I'd forgotten this story until now.
Back in the 2e days, a friend and fellow party member told me of some friends of his who boasted that no DM could defeat their party. None. They were 7th level and had never lost a battle, never fell victim to a trap, etc.
So I invited them over and the very first thing I did was tell them through a grate in the dungeon floor they could see a dagger with a jeweled hilt. The Wizard immediately claimed it and as soon as he tried to pick it up a blade scythed through his arm, nearly removing it. They pried him loose, healed him up, and he TRIED AGAIN, this time losing the arm entirely. We ruled that all his spells suffered a 50% failure chance because he couldn't use both arms to cast spells. He was PISSED. So they moved on.
The next trap they found was the typical "you see on stone that looks different than the others" trick. It was a stone that when removed revealed a passage just high enough and wide enough for a character's shoulders to fit through. The thief crawled right in without checking for traps. Ten feet in I told him he could see glittering red gems. He crawled another 5 feet, triggering a pressure plate that dropped a stone behind him, too far for his cohorts to reach and lift and trapping him from going backwards. The pressure plate also revealed that a screen in front lifted upward, released the glittering red gems, the red eyes of hundreds of white rats that had been starving for days. He was overwhelmed and eaten alive.
With a lot of cursing the entire party got up and left. Had I had a table to flip, they would've done so. I was very proud of that little bit of nastiness.
Oh yeah, I forget sometimes because I'm old and senile. And I take a lot of meds... lol..
Yeah, Monticello is pretty isolated. I have occasional players from Dumas, Cherokee Village, Marion, and Memphis, all of which are about 2 hours from me. Two of them are coming in this game, and the one from Cherokee Village Skypes in when she can't make it.
Man, I wish you lived closer, I'm not the greatest GM, but we have a good time and that's what's most important.
I've told this story before, but the players had captured and were trying to interrogate a lizardfolk who had information about the Yuan-Ti army that was advancing on the city. So far nothing had worked, so the next day they were going to torture him. The cleric, being the only one in the party with a conscience, decided to make a potion that would help deaden the pain for the hapless victim. I rolled the Alchemy check and it came up a 1. The cleric only had like 3 ranks in Alchemy to begin with so he failed miserably. When he gave the prisoner the concoction he died a horrible, twitching, and foaming death. The rest of the players were pissed and began calling him the Sinister Minister and the Pastor of Disaster.
I play Humans nearly exclusively. Of course when I first began playing in the 80s I played every playable race offered, but since then I'm completely in the Human camp. I'm seriously considering making my next campaign (which won't start for several months at the rate we're going) Humans only for PCs.
This is a race I created over 20 years ago for my homebrew world. They were once a servitor race of a race of psionic humans and were bred for heavy labor and as shock troops in warfare. I don't have access to my Advanced Race Guide at the moment and am too sick to do the math anyway at the moment. So could someone take a look at it and tell me what it's "worth" in race building points? Thanks in advance.
Buil Game Mechanics
Medium: Buil are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Strong Arms: Buil can wield bastard swords and other heavy weapons that normally require two hands one handed without taking the Exotic Weapon proficiency, though do not get the extra damage bonus for two handed wielding if doing so.
Normal Speed: Buil have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision: Buil can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Imposing Figure: Most Buil are intimidating without trying. They get a +2 racial bonus to Intimidate checks.
Born to Serve: Buil suffer a –2 to saves vs mind-affecting magic and psionics. This was bred into them to make them easier to control.
Human Blood: Buil count as Humans for any effect related to race, though they do not gain the bonus feat at first level like that of “normal” Humans.
Language: Buil speak the common tongue of the other races they live around.
Bonus Languages: Those with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages they want (except secret languages, such as Druidic).
And after all this time I think I have a handle on them. They like a mix of intrigue, roleplaying, and action, in pretty much equal measures, but always in a different order. I've learned to read the room with them, having played with them for so long, so I can sometimes act even before they do on what I think they're about to do. That way they think they're on track when I'm really just anticipating their moves.
I finished 3rd in the Kobold Press "Show Us Your Dice" contest, something I'm pretty proud of. I have nearly 700 (at last count) individual dice, and probably close to 40 complete sets. I keep these separate from the incomplete or just oddball dice I've collected or have had given to me from ex-players in a large leather bound chest.
I generally don't use them in my settings. My homebrew is very anthropocentric. Mankind is the greatest monster of all, unless you count murder bunnies, and those were wiped out in a genocidal bunny hunt.
In my 30+ years of gaming I've run maybe two modules, one from an old old Dragon Magazine and one from a near equally old Dungeon Magazine. I just can't do it. They seem to railroad-ish to me. My group never chooses the options I think they will, and it throws module loving GMs completely off the rails. They prefer a more free form way of playing, which is what I've done as a GM since I started.
I guess this qualifies as embarrassing... Drow are my favorite D&D race. I've read a probably excessive amount of sourcebooks and novels about them, and I secretly feel a little bit hurt when people say things like "drow players just want to make Drizzt ripoffs".
I played a Drow Ranger in a 1e game back in the mid 80s. Two swords, blah blah blah. I'd never heard of Drizzt. When I read the first Drizzt novel, I stopped playing him.
Can some of you kind folks suggest some spells for a 14th level Elven Bladebound Magus with an INT of 20 and a Neutral Evil alignment? I've been working on this baddy for my group off and on all day, between dashes to the lavatory, and I'm too worn out to do anymore. ANY suggestions are welcome, even if it's only a handful.
Thanks in advance,
Azullius Koujou wrote:
Actually there is a Brontosaurus now. A couple years ago scientists re-examining some skeletal features of an Apatosaurus (I think that was the one) reinstated Brontosaurus as a separate genus. Brontosaurs were diplodocids, not titanosaurs and existed before they did. If I'm wrong about this, MMCJAWA is welcome to correct me on this. But I do recall reading several articles about the renaming of at least one specimen.
I have another story -- I never played with these guys, but this was about a dozen years ago when 3.5 was really going well. My son (then about 10) and I were at a bookstore going through some books when these two guys walk up and asked if we played D&D. I said yes, then got into a conversation with them where they said they were looking for a group. I had to tell them my group was a large as I could handle because one of the two guys smelled like rotten meat and the other had lice visibly crawling in his long, scraggly neck beard. They said thanks and left, and I turned to say something to my son, who had silently disappeared and left me to handle the situation alone.
I'm so far behind on the series I do watch it's not even funny. I love Daredevil, but I'm finding I can't watch more than one episode of anything at a time anymore. I totally lost interest in Jessica Jones, I have 2 episodes left to go on Stranger Things, and haven't even started Luke Cage yet. I barely keep up with Agents of SHIELD and the CW DC heroes shows anymore. I love these shows but I'm gradually losing interest in anything television. If others didn't use my Netflix account I'd probably just drop it.
Thanks. I love good gumbo. But like I said, I'm a horrible cook and unless it comes from a box or can I'm pretty helpless. There's a restaurant in Little Rock (about 25 miles from me) that makes really delicious gumbo, but I rarely get the chance to go there. I always get a trio of fish tacos to go with it.
Dang it... now I want fish tacos.
I love sun-shiny mornings with a promise of gumbo in the very near future.
I may have gumbo tonight, as a matter of fact. It comes from a box, so it won't be as good, but I'm a terrible cook as well as not even liking to do so. But, it'll be pretty decent and I'll make enough to last a couple of days so there's that.
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