[5e] Hoard of the Dragon Queen

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[dice=Eska]1d20+3[/dice
[dice=Navarre]1d20+2[/dice
[dice=Raak]1d20-2[/dice
[dice=Brax]1d20+1[/dice
[dice=Arianna]1d20+3[/dice
[dice=Orion]1d20+4[/dice
[dice=Orion Adv]1d20+4[/dice


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Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

I'm all right with both waiting or going, so I will abstain from making a choice unless it comes down to casting a tie-breaking vote.

With that said, I'm enjoying the conflicting dynamics of our group and I really think it gives our party a sense of identity for development.


Yeah, Orion, I've definitely experienced that myself. Games can easily sputter out from long breaks, especially in that people may not really remember what's going on or just may not be as invested anymore.

I'm leaning towards continuing as well. Unless anyone objects to it, I'm thinking we will carry on tomorrow. Eska, care to bot Raakuze?


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

I second Orion on all points. I've played enough PBP to have plenty of experience with games dying from both sides of the screen. Let's go for it. I'd also say that having Raakuze sit this one out would make sense. I don't think he's in good shape after the last fight.


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

Ok so maybe we can fire the ballista at it. If we manage that with the Kobold's shaken they may break and we save the family.

I don't know too much about siege engineering but i assume since planes aren't a think the ballista isn't even meant for aerial targets (it jsu so happened to have a big enough one tonight). I looked at pictures online and what I'm suggesting seems plausible.


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired
DM Red wrote:
Eska, care to bot Raakuze?

There. It's like he was never away.


Male NG Half-Elf Warlock (Celestial) | HP 10/10 | AC 13 | Init: +2 | Pass Perc: 12 | Saves: Str+0 Dex+2 Con+2 Int+0 Wis+2* Cha+5* | Spd 30ft | Healing Light:0/2 | Spells: 1st 1/1

Agreed that taking breaks can kill games. I do apologize that I have not always managed to get a post in every day; I try to make checking the thread and posting part of my morning routine but sometimes that gets interrupted and I don't manage to get back to it later in the day.


That's no problem at all Navarre, I haven't always made the daily post either.

Speaking of which... I'm at a small 5e con today and half of tomorrow so I can't promise a post until tomorrow evening unless I get some time in between.


Male LG Human Fighter 2 (Calishite) AC: 16 | HP: 16/16| Perception: 14 | Init: -2 | Saves: Str +5, Dex -2, Con +4, Int +3. Wis +2 Cha+2 | Condition: Stabilized

Just chking in sry for delay travel to get to my destination was difficult.

Thanks for botting me Eska.

Brax good luck! Should have been me but the body is moving slower than the mind.


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

Who could have expected this we do get to use two champions after all. LOL!

Eska is ready to "fight" you!


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired
Arianna Moonwood wrote:
"C'mon, we still need to get those people to safety."

All the kobolds have fled so it's just the Half-dragon and the civilians left.

Rescuing them is going to be everyone else's job as Eska and Brax "fight" this out and keep the attention of the Dragon-man. You had the right idea trying to stealth into position keep that action.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Shouldn't we wait a bit to give the DM time to respond to what's going on?


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

i think it makes sense to resolve the "duel" as i was offered the position to challenge Brax and the point of it was to stall.

Either way that segment is over we'll see what he and you guys do with it.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Yeah, but generally you should give the DM a chance to have the NPCs react to whatever shenanigans we have going on. I'd think at the very least that he'd want to see if the dragon man can see through the dragon trick or the act-fighting. Add to that that this is PBP and there can be a lot that happens between one chance to post and the next.

I mean, we don't even know if Arianna, Linan, and Navarre were successful in avoiding his notice while trying to circle around. I think acting as if everything is going smoothly isn't a good idea and to be honest I don't think it's fair to the DM either. This isn't just a roleplaying interaction between two(three) characters, but an encounter where our actions affect the world around us and not just the interactions between us. The Dragon man can see this, can act, and has at least three opportunities to see what's up that I can count.

Yeah, this could be called an act of backseat DMing, but I also know that I'd want the same courtesy extended to me. For all we know, Arianna bombs trying to lip sync the dragon to Eska's words and when the illusion fades the dragon man goes after her for trying to play him a fool. I'm saying that we should wait for the DM to say what happens when we act, especially in situations like this where one slip up changes the entire game.

Edit: Also, we really should be giving other players a chance to react instead of assuming they just go along with whatever we have in mind. Brax could do something different that changes the shape of things.


Male NG Half-Elf Warlock (Celestial) | HP 10/10 | AC 13 | Init: +2 | Pass Perc: 12 | Saves: Str+0 Dex+2 Con+2 Int+0 Wis+2* Cha+5* | Spd 30ft | Healing Light:0/2 | Spells: 1st 1/1

I'm definitely more than a little confused about what is going on...


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

If the DM needs to retcon something we'll roll it back.

As far as i could tell he made a roll for the kobolds and the half-dragon. The illusion was a success thus he made the offer that i could fight Brax. Which i chose to do and Brax also accepted the fight.

As for seeing through the fight i felt obligated to roll a deception for that everything else is just flavour.

Posting for Raakzue was intended to get him closer so that his protection ability would come into play if we turn on the half-dragon

There are a lot of moving pieces in this current event i just wanted to get mine out of the way given the go ahead. so we can concentrate on whatever everyone else is doing If i'm mistaken i apologize. it's logical since you are sneaking around Arianna and Orion has his own thing to set up which take time.

Again i apologize if you feel i'm going to far ahead. I did feel i had consent from both players and DM to resolve what this duel looked like. I'd appreciate a benefit of a doubt here since this is the first time this is come up and that this has been a very complex encounter Arianna

TL;DR: Eska is "fighting" Raakzue / Brax we are pausing here. Arianna is sneaking around to rescue the family. Orion is off field hopefully with some hail-Mary attack. leaving you Navarre


Well done, folks.

Arianna was thinking correctly when she said something like "we're supposed to lose." Sort of. This encounter was rebuked by a lot of 3rd party sources for being so incredibly unfair. I won't share much more than that so as not to spoil it, but you all get Inspiration for the creative solution (unless you had it already).


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

I mean if it wasn't hopelessly difficult we wouldn't come up with creative solutions. Well done team.


Fair point! I have another update to get posted to resolve this scene, and some math to do - admittedly I've not kept a close eye on your XP and need to go back a few pages and total it up.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Just so we're clear, the dragon man has left, yes?


Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

Yeah, I believe he's left disappointed that he didn't get his one-on-one fight. Ooc, I'm going to take a guess and say that we'll run across him again.

Masterful plan, by the way. I'll be honest, had I not seen that trick done earlier with the kobolds, Brax would have believed Eska had gone crazy, turning on the group after saving us from the other dragon.

But it worked out well. The big question is this: what's next?


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Rest, I hope. Arianna is tapped out and we're about to hit levels of exhaustion since we've been fighting almost nonstop for the past six or seven hours.


Male NG Half-Elf Warlock (Celestial) | HP 10/10 | AC 13 | Init: +2 | Pass Perc: 12 | Saves: Str+0 Dex+2 Con+2 Int+0 Wis+2* Cha+5* | Spd 30ft | Healing Light:0/2 | Spells: 1st 1/1

I'm strongly thinking about bowing out from this game. It's not that I haven't enjoyed it, quite the opposite. I don't feel like I'm really contributing much to the game. Navarre is, to be blunt, bland. I honestly feel like more of a drag on the game than a positive addition.

That, of course, is on me as a player. My creative energies have necessarily been tied up in other endeavors, and I have not felt able to invest as much into this game as it deserves. Sadly, I do not see that changing any time soon.

Dark Archive

|54 bolts|Atk:+8/d10+4 |Init: +4 (w/adv) | Human Ranger 2| AC: 15 | HP: 3/22 | 1st: 0/2| Gooobureez = 9 | Perc: +4, stlth +6 | Insp. =0 | FX:

Huh.

Sorry to see you go.

By remarkable coincidence I'm actually queuing up my second character (because that none of us have died yet is quite against the odds) as a Celestial Warlock -because- I find them interesting.

I've always liked that scene in Interview With A Vampire where Lestat and Louis are attacking the fat lady with dogs. Lestat kills the lady because Louis refuses to, and then Louis goes into a BERSERKER RAGE and attacks Lestat...

...who laughs.

"Hahaha, Louis. That is why I chose you."

He's being attacked by an immortal creature, but mortality means so little to him that he's laughing at it, ignoring hte damage, and just looking at the social aspects of the situation, which are, to him, imminently funny.

And that's the angle I'm thinking of taking, simply because you can build a c-Warlock to stay getting hitpoints.

And that lets them think that everything is funny.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

I would hate to see you leave Navarre, especially because you feel like you dragging things down for the rest of us. If you want, I'm more than happy to help out with thinking of a way to make Navarre more interesting and dynamic.


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

Sorry to see you go Navarre. If you're feeling overextended right now i get that. Wish you the best!


Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

I'm sad to see that you're thinking about dropping out of the game, Navarre. I don't feel like you've been a detriment to the game, but that is just my viewpoint.

I hate to see you leave, but it ultimately comes down to whether or not you're having a good time. If you're overextending yourself, not having a good time, or both, I understand. Do what you feel is best for you, and if you step away, I wish you all the best and hope that one day I'll get to game with you again!


I'll echo what everyone else has said. I think Navarre rounded out the party well (beyond just a mechanical standpoint), so it sucks that you might be dropping out. Happy to help in any way I can if you choose to redesign Navarre. If not, it's been a pleasure having you in this adventure.


Orion wrote:
(because that none of us have died yet is quite against the odds)

You're right. It is against the odds. But this has been quite the stealthy and tactical party - setting up ambushes, flanking from both sides, using walls for advantage - things would be a lot different if you had followed the 'let's just rush into combat' strategy.

I find PbP is great in facilitating planning like that versus face-to-face.

Rest assured there are more challenges to come... :)

By the way, you saved 702 of the possible 1,000 villagers that would've died otherwise. XP total is ~304.5 each, which is enough to level up. Go ahead and level up. I'll also reflect the body count in a Gameplay post. Upon awakening from your rest, you'll be level 2.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Woo! Will be working on that tonight. Loving bards in 5e so far. Arianna has been a blast to play.


Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

Hey, folks.

As having a limited experience of playing D&D 5E, I will admit I'm carrying the idiotball for this adventure because I've never leveled up a 5E character before.

From what I've read in the Player's Handbook, leveling up Brax to a level 2 fighter, it seems like all I do for that is to adjust his hit point total, give him Action Surge as a 2nd-level ability, and note his XP on my character sheet. For hp, I'm doing the average (6) + Con modifier. Proficiency bonus doesn't change which affects some saving throws and skills.

Having leveled characters in other RPG's, this feels way too easy. Am I missing anything or do I have the right of it?


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

That's pretty much it. Need to update Arianna's profile, but she's leveled.

Dark Archive

|54 bolts|Atk:+8/d10+4 |Init: +4 (w/adv) | Human Ranger 2| AC: 15 | HP: 3/22 | 1st: 0/2| Gooobureez = 9 | Perc: +4, stlth +6 | Insp. =0 | FX:

Speaking as someone who has dropped games because I didn't have the time to navigate the both Herculean and Labyrinthine task of leveling my character, I can say that, yes, that -is- all there is to it.

As it should be.

(Ugh, I've stopped playing both Pathfinder and Starfinder because I just can't deal with skillpoints anymore.)


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

hit points: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10 oh sweet!


So, Navarre, what are you thinking? Will you be sticking with us, perhaps with some changes to your character, or bowing out? I will likely recruit a replacement if so.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Oh, we're rolling for HP?

HP: 1d8 ⇒ 4

Guess that's alright. :P


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

Yea it's roll or take half round up like Brax did. Unless i'm mistaken.

Enjoying storytime with Ari and Brax.

But also excited to continue on got a couple of re/grudge matches ahead of us apparently.


Male LG Human Fighter 2 (Calishite) AC: 16 | HP: 16/16| Perception: 14 | Init: -2 | Saves: Str +5, Dex -2, Con +4, Int +3. Wis +2 Cha+2 | Condition: Stabilized

hp: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4


No problem at all, Arianna. I didn't think you were holding up the game, and I think everyone was enjoying your interaction with Brax. I know I was.

I haven't updated Gameplay yet because I wanted to give Navarre a chance to respond. I will get something up this evening either way, even if it doesn't necessarily push us too far ahead.


CG Female Moon Elf Bard 1 HP: 8/14 | AC: 14 | Saves: STR +3 DEX* +5 CON +1 INT +1 WIS +1 CHA* +5 | Perception: +3, Investigate: +1, Insight: +1 | Inspiration (d6): 3/3 | Spells: 1st 2/3 | Arrows: 10

Glad to know someone else was enjoying that. I had fun with it. :)

Dark Archive

|54 bolts|Atk:+8/d10+4 |Init: +4 (w/adv) | Human Ranger 2| AC: 15 | HP: 3/22 | 1st: 0/2| Gooobureez = 9 | Perc: +4, stlth +6 | Insp. =0 | FX:

Hey DM, I seem to have accidentally misspelled my Class skill of Survival with too much "Insight". Stupid Autocorrect. I haven't rolled it. Mind if I change it?


Go right ahead :)


Alright folks, we haven't heard from Navarre. I hope everything is going okay on their end and that they just didn't have time to devote to the game.

I don't think I will recruit a replacement for two reasons. One, this adventure was technically made for four, and we had six. Two, I think the group chemistry is really strong as-is. I'm sure we could find another player who fits well, but they'd have a lot of work to do catching up and reading what has happened so far, forming a relationship not only with the rest of you but also needing a reason to want to go hunt down the raiders.

Dark Archive

Mind you, this is one reason why I always council for over-recruiting. Inevitably someone will drop, and inserting a new member is awkward at best, and down-right hostile at worst. (More than once I've almost had initiative rolled on me just because my mid-adventure intro went less smooth.)


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

I have no clue how four people were supposed to get through all of this in one night gezz.


Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

I know that Pathfinder AP's, modules, and scenarios are usually geared for four people, but I wasn't sure if D&D 5E modules and AL scenarios were the same. Good to know in case I ever take the plunge one day and run a PbP game of either one.


Male Dwarf NG Champion Fighter 2 |AC:16| HP:22/22|Passive Perception:14|Init +1| Saves-Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int 0, Wis +2, Cha 0

Magic dodads=any magical items we found on our enemies over the course of the previous night's happenings.


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired
Orion the Hunter wrote:
As the horses are brought in, he frowns at them. "...I'll not need to ride for the now. I must needs be close to the ground to catch their scent."

Mantracker is clearly a much higher lvl ranger than Orion.

Dark Archive

|54 bolts|Atk:+8/d10+4 |Init: +4 (w/adv) | Human Ranger 2| AC: 15 | HP: 3/22 | 1st: 0/2| Gooobureez = 9 | Perc: +4, stlth +6 | Insp. =0 | FX:
Eska Lethane wrote:
Orion the Hunter wrote:
As the horses are brought in, he frowns at them. "...I'll not need to ride for the now. I must needs be close to the ground to catch their scent."
Mantracker is clearly a much higher lvl ranger than Orion.

That show is SUCH BS!!1! Ever notice how EVERY show has the UNCANNY ability to always go an hour long?!? Like, he never finds them after 5 mins, and -every- person who gets away always manages only to have a close call??

Ugh, I tried to get back in to some of the episodes I missed, but 5 mins in, they had BOTH a high-above tracking shot of the two Huntees, AND a down-low shot of their shoes jumping over rocks. That is--these are OBVIOUSLY prepped shots that you can only get by having the camera man run ahead and get into position and then direct the people how to run.

Blargh.

(Mind you, there was one episode where there were two ex-special forces guys that was cool. Just as one was blowing out his small lantern he says "Dry socks. Hot food. Go sleep *blows out flame* *everything goes dark*"

That was kewl. ^_^)_


F Half-Elf CG 2-Sorceress (Blue Dragon Ancestry) | HP 10/20 | AC 16 | Init +3 | Passive Perc 14 | Saves: Str +1, Dex +3, Con +5*, Int +1. Wis +2 Cha+6* | Inspired

Someone help! I'm a Rogue trapped in the body of a Sorceress!?

So far...

2 For #CrimeBossEska, #MakeDharvaProud

1 Neutral? (Curse you Raakzue)

Brax, Orion can I convince you?


An update's incoming today. Let's postpone deciding on a reward until later.

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