...the weapons were intelligent...
Weapons? Plural? Someone left multiple intelligent weapons laying around?
So, what the true question is, can the weapon overcome the magical control of the caster. I don't think there are any rules for this, and if there is, I don't have time to research it. So what I propose is a house rule.
I would have the undead make the Will save required to see if the weapon dominates it. If so, then I would give the undead a second save vs the caster's control undead, adding the weapon's Ego to the undead's Will save.
But that's just me.
This is my interpretation as a GM. Your game is your game and you can run it how you want.
Think about this. If your player rolls an 11 on his jump check, and jumps 11 feet, does she clear the 10' pit? Yes. Therefore any roll greater than or equal to 11 will clear the pit. Where they land all depends on their roll.
So, what about a roll of a 10. A roll of a 10 means the player jumps exactly 10 feet. Provided the character jumps right from the edge of the pit, her feet would not land on the other edge of the pit. However, she could grab the edge of the pit. That's where the DC 20 Reflex save for failing by 4 or less comes in.
Maps for digital use. If you cut and paste the maps from the PDF, you will have all the room numbers and such on them. I'm running this on roll20, and have gone through and done my own maps with GIMP. They are pretty basic, ...walls and floor with some shadow, but I like them much better than the numbered maps, which also show the location of secret doors and such.
The well is definitely the easiest way to get to the best treasure.
Rappan Athuk on roll20.net
Agyen the Eternal wrote:
I definitely won't be allowing stuff from OA at any of my home games, because the classes are soooo complicated.
OA is another I don't like. Don't worry, Agyen, I won't kill you over it. There are so many other ways to kill you in RA, I shouldn't need to try ;)
Male Human Cleric (Helm) 3, AC 15, hp 21/21
Sovereign Phylo, who according to Stool, was once very friendly, is creating dissent in the community. He believes that Neverlight Grove is only meant for Myconids.
Is he orange with a bad hair style? Is he going to build a wall between here and the deep gnomes?
Rappan Athuk on roll20.net
Da Roolz on Shortbows wrote:
You need two hands to use a bow, regardless of its size. You can use a shortbow while mounted. If you have a penalty for low Strength, apply it to damage rolls when you use a shortbow. If you have a bonus for high Strength, you can apply it to damage rolls when you use a composite shortbow (see below), but not a regular shortbow.
Greg A. Vaughan wrote:
Hey Guys! Sorry for the long silence. Your frustrations are totally legit. Massive update on the KS page.
Much appreciated. Just spending my time reading Rappan Athuk for the First Time and Stoneheart Valley again... I feel like a 12 year old again, reading modules over and over and over again because I don't have the $6 to buy another one...
So, it's been a while since I posted death in here, but there has been plenty of it...
The party went into the building on Shadow island, making it down to the basement before the shadows attacked. They attacked from out of the walls. The party had previously fought the shadow demon, but had not learned how to be best effective against insubstantial creatures. They ran, but Cam collapsed as they reached the stairs up. They left his body there, and would come back later to retrieve his body, only to have to fight one more shadow.... See below.
Name: Silas Velbur
Heading back to retrieve Cam's body...as the sun set. As soon as the sun dipped below the rim of the caldera, the shadows, including the cam-spawned shadow, swarmed out over the party. Silas was swarmed, drained and plummeted from his flight into the lake. He was later reincarnated as a ratkin...
Name: Silas Velbur
Having joined the Tribe of the Sacred Serpent and taken up residency in the abandoned mime school, the group was surprised by the undead attach from the Night of the Hissing Dead. They were spread out around the building for the evening, some researching, some sleeping, some drinking. When the undead attacked, they attempted to consolidate into the central roonm, but Silas held off moving too long, and his escape was cut off. The ghasts fell on his corpse and consumed most of ut before they were taken out.
Silas would later be reincarnated as a half-elf.
running after retreating opponent into an area of the vault that had not been explored, and running into the strangling viscera of the rawbones.
weakened by the terkow, only to be assaulted by 3 undead fast dire tigers
after being burne dby the polyps acidic vomit, Beniah was then swallowed whole and dissolved in it's digestive acids...
Garrion, in the form of a large earth elemental, emerged from the wall of the cavern a short distance (10') away from the derhii scout vessel. Thinking himself safe, be started to cast a spell, drawing an attack of opportunity from the falchion-wielding flying ape, who proceeeded to roll two 20s in a row. Card drawn from the Crit Deck. Decapitated. Save failed.
However, this led to one of the most incredible role-playing of the reincarnation ceremony of the decapitated druid into the body of a gnome.
lvl 4 halfling cleric (dragged off to his death by a bargast while asleep)
More players die while asleep on our games. I Had an archivist get entangled while asleep, and then poisoned by some plant monster's thorns. Another character didn't make his perception to hear the signal whistle notifying the sleepers of an attack, and got a coup de grace attack sending him to his doom.
Things like rope trick and alarm spells around your campfire can help. Whomever is on watch should have a signal whistle, should know who is the most heavy sleeper and who needs to be kicked awake.
lvl 4 aasimar monk had his soul ripped out (tried to stop a ritual from happening and took 1d4 negative levels ((dm rolled a 4))
What was the ritual and what was the save? Having a ritual that could conceivably TPK the entire L4 party is poor adventure design.
lvl 7 human mythic fighter (failed a dc 19 hold person twice and then got que de gras by boss's minion failed the check fort save because the minion had a spear and had a 3 times crit)
Will saves are always Fighter's downfall. Iron Will and Cloak of Resistance are not optional. Also, Wisdom isn't a dump stat for fighters. No one wants their friend dominated and told to kill them.
lvl 5 human paladin (failed a dc 5 acrobatics check and fell into a fire trap that incinerated him)
Take your armor off before attempting a jump or climb that could kill you. Tie a rope around your waist and have the rest of the party old the rope to save you if you fall. Spend some time searching for a way to disarm the trap. Find another way around.
lvl 3 human wizard (failed a dc 5 climb check fell off a boat and drowned)
It is extremely wise, when on a ship in a storm, to either get below decks or rope yourself to something solid to prevent getting thrown overboard.
it has been several games since a character of mine actually died to damage so my question is.
Yep, these are all common situations intended to get you to explore character survival in outside the box ways. But it also seems like you have had a bit of bad luck, too.
running SS myself, and absolutely loving this thread. My group isn't as silly as this group (I expect it is because we're 20-30 years older than your players, but...), but there have been some (casting silence on an arrow and critting the Mwangi Night Bat and drawing "Blinded" from the crit deck) . They also have a nasty habit of letting things flee (Akkituk, Akarundo, Tentagard, Kalid-Shah, Gbala). I have plans for some of them, and I am sure the rest are banding together into Savinth-Yhi's version of the Legion of Super-Villans.
Central New York State here. Rochester, specifically. Just to set the record straight, that's about a 6 hour drive, by highway, from New York City. Central and Western NY has some beautiful, rural areas, and some absolutely fantastic glacier carved lakes and gorges. Great wine industry, and lots of things to do on weekends. Rochester has a very healthy theatre community.
Cost of Living - It's New York. I believe we are the highest taxed state in the country, and Monroe county I believe has the third highest property taxes in the country.
Work....depends on what you are looking for.
Gaming, yes, very healthy gaming community. Two large universities, both of which have yearly Cons, and another one a short distance away.
I just had a player quote PFS rules, and then some posts on the boards that support his interpretation of the rules. None of the posts on the boards were from official sources,, and no consensus was come to. I read the rules and the posts, told him I didn't agree with his interpretation, game him my more conservative interpretation.
I was told I was being a dick and that I should be reported for not following the PFS rules. So I am reporting myself. I did not follow his interpretation of the rules. How should I be punished?