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Serpent's Skull

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Ah, the holidays have hit. Kwai Chang and Athelya aren't available Monday. I'm not available Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Then Kwai Chang and Athelya are off to New York for the holidays.

This may be a LOOOOOOOONG-running fight...


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:(

Nooooooooo...! How will I get my fix of teenaged SS antics?!

(I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!) :D


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Tacticslion wrote:

:(

Nooooooooo...! How will I get my fix of teenaged SS antics?!

(I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!) :D

Breathe in, breath out. Everything will be all right...

It's not like we don't have anything else to do...

My party is on hiatus due to halfling warlock spawning...

My Ars Magica party won't actually run before new Year because I am sick...

Other parties I play in will pause for Christmas...

Urgh...

At least I have things to write for Wayfinder. As soon as I'll get idea what to write actually.


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Drejk wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

:(

Nooooooooo...! How will I get my fix of teenaged SS antics?!

(I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!) :D

Breathe in, breath out. Everything will be all right...

It's not like we don't have anything else to do...

My party is on hiatus due to halfling warlock spawning...

My Ars Magica party won't actually run before new Year because I am sick...

Other parties I play in will pause for Christmas...

Urgh...

At least I have things to write for Wayfinder. As soon as I'll get idea what to write actually.

You should check out this one blog I sometimes read when I randomly stumble across a link... Shaper of Worlds I think it's called? Yeah, that's it: guy's got some great ideas about stuff!


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Well, we'll see... there are rumors of playing on Friday, but the adults involved (Kwai Chang's player and NobodysWife) have to OK it...


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Mentioned you over in the RotRL thread, NobodysHome, btw. ;)


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mittean wrote:
Mentioned you over in the RotRL thread, NobodysHome, btw. ;)

As, "The guy who couldn't even get his players to commit to a single PbP game?" :-P


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Well, along the lines of silliness... ^^

I chatted with my players over my attempt to insert Wrath of the Righteous into the Runelords game. They said "if you're not having fun, then we don't mind you ending it and handwaving it away."

Cue the alchemy lab they were fighting demons in exploding and everyone waking up from a shared nightmare. The player running Tongs had the best bit as he was asking for warm milk so he'd not have nightmares of a succubus who gave up on sex and found religion. =^-^= The halfling nun asked if he needed to be rocked back to sleep (sarcastically - the two are long-time internet friends and enjoy razzing each other).

Actually, a bit of that game was fun for me - like the halfling trying to figure out how four people could cast spells to open all seven mouths of the stone heads simultaneously, and getting each caster (a sorceress, an eldritch knight, an arcane trickster-turned-swashbuckler, and her cleric) in just the right position to cast spells in rapid succession to get them all to open quickly.

(Two minutes later, the dragon hit. Only one player had buffs up - the ranger who was keeping an eye out. Needless to say... the players have been grousing over an ancient white dragon who is not playing fair. ^^ Seems fighting dragons isn't as easy as fighting giants...)


For the record, Tangent, I've no idea what you're saying (except about the succubus: a secret about as well kept as Dumbledore's d- that book six of Harry Potter spoiler). But it was still pretty funny (and that part is golden...)


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It's sufficiently vague to avoid outright spoilers. Both for the WotR element and the Runelords one. ^^


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Well, we lost Friday to Voren's fencing practice. I've proposed a remote Roll20 session on Monday. Stay tuned...


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Feeeeeennnnnncccccciiiiiiinnnnnnnggggggg~!
*shakes fist at my own one-time hobby, which is best represented in film by Princess Bride, which is a film everyone should see at least once, unless they hate life and themselves; also, I really like fencing, and this is a really-long asterisk-thing, soooo...*


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, we lost Friday to Voren's fencing practice. I've proposed a remote Roll20 session on Monday. Stay tuned...

False, I have fencing on Tue, Thu, Sat, and Sun. I'm available Friday.


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Fencing? Who builds fences in California?

As a hobby I mean.


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Better build it fast, if I don't have somewhere to perch for the holidays, I shall be very put out.


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Hey, pick a side and stay on it! And drink water!


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Well, duh, hydration is fencing 101.


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*pulls out a butterfly net and captures Captain Yesterday*


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Our Great Overlord and Grand Poobah of All Things Bacon wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Well, we lost Friday to Voren's fencing practice. I've proposed a remote Roll20 session on Monday. Stay tuned...

False, I have fencing on Tue, Thu, Sat, and Sun. I'm available Friday.

Fair enough, but...

Our Great Overlord and Grand Poobah of All Things Bacon wrote:
Also, next week I won't be available past 4 on Monday... due to a fencing camp thing...

THAT eliminates a Roll20 game on Monday the 21st.

Still working with everyone to get in a game before the new year. Looking less and less likely.


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Well maybe if you help him put up the fence, they'd get done faster.

c'mon, put those muscles to work, if you want Tangent and I can sit to the side with a haystalk clenched in our teeth, dressed as Ye olde Amish (because it's cliche) shouting encouragement (provided, he lets me out the net).


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Aaaaaand.... we're baaaaaack! With Kwai Chang in negative hit points again, Voren having Hooken to thank for being alive, and Hooken dead... again...

REALLY insanely-busy week this week ("Welcome back to work! Now get to it!)"), but I'll figure out a way to get the obit and write-up posted soon. Soon, I tell you, soon!


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Yay!


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Welcome back, I was beginning to run out of PC deaths to feed upon.


Woo! Come back to us, Hooken! Come baaaaaack!


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It could be a trap, who's to say they won't get him killed again.


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Well, the problem is I'm prepping the finale of Book 2 of Crimson Throne for Saturday, and that's a BIG one. It doesn't help that whoever did the Hero Labs file for that section went categorically insane and the provided NPCs don't even remotely match what's in the book.

So 2-3 hours of "fixing" strangely-configured NPCs added to an already-impressive amount of prep time, plus end-of-year budget stuff, plus a hectic schedule at work = I *may* get at least the obit posted today. Hopefully I can get to the writeup tomorrow...

EDIT: And yeah, they payed the 10,000 gold to bring back both Athelya and Hooken, and are now sitting around, finally able to shop, with under 1000 gold among the lot of them.


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Isn't that ironic.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It could be a trap, who's to say they won't get him killed again.

That's what the necklace of reincarnation* is for. Duh, dude.

* See below, if you're the GM:

Necklace of Reincarnation:

Necklace of Reincarnation
Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot neck; Price 53,000 gp; Weight 1/2 lb.

DESCRIPTION

This necklace is a bizarre, oily, and strongly scented fetish comprised of sharply scented copper coins, and a sack filled with weirdly pungent plant matter of various oils and spices that create a heavy, slick, striking odor. The bearer, naturally, has the same aroma.

Up to twice per week, it allows the bearer to use reincarnate on a corpse touched and prayed over for ten hours, and laying across the corpse (or ashes, or other tiny bits) of the person who is to be raised. If the prayer is interrupted, the effect is not wasted, but the process must begin again.

After ten hours, the corpse begins to re-grow from the matter collected from the previous one and the local environment, slowly, over the course of ten minutes. Though concentration is no longer required, if it is interrupted at any point during those ten minutes by any means (such as attacking the corpse, casting dispel on the slowly-reconstituting matter, and so on) the effect is wasted, and must be started over again.

Additionally, the target's new body seems exceptionally well-tanned (almost weirdly and unnaturally so) and smells like it was dipped in whatever it is that the necklace was, and retains that scent for one week, or until the negative levels or constitution drain is removed (whichever comes first).

Otherwise, this functions as the spell reincarnate... though some of these devices come with a few quirks...

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

Craft Wondrous Item, reincarnate; Cost 26,500 gp.

makin' it wit' maths:
[7*4*1.8k plus 50*1k]/[5/<2/7>]
[50.4k plus 50k]/[35/<2>]
[100.4k]/[17.5]
[(5.737142...)k]

Oops. Added the material cost too early. Nevermind. Leaving that for posterity/as an example of what not to do.

[7*4*1.8k]/[5/<2/7>] plus 50*1k
[50.4k]/[35/<2>] plus 50k
[50.4k]/[17.5] plus 50k
[(2.88)k] plus 50k
52.88k
53k
Rounded for neatness, and that's more or less what they expect you to do in Superstar, so...
Formula Basics

EDIT: Please recall, all, that anything that exists does so exclusively at the say-so of the GM. Thanks.


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Gotta love it. Deady McDeaddead came over this afternoon to create ANOTHER new PC (yes, he's abandoning Izren just as the gunslinger should be coming into his own). Impus Minor is helping him.

And once again, Deady started off with a 0-point build. Apparently Impus hasn't figured out the Hero Labs settings yet.

Fortunately, this time I fixed it BEFORE the PC saw the light of day.

Unfortunately, he's making a ninja. And considering his gunslinger never spent a single grit point in his entire "career", I feel Deady should really be more focused on creating a PC that has no special abilities whatsoever. Maybe a strongly-built fighter or something...

Shadow Lodge

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Did he just lose interest in Izren or what?


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Orthos wrote:
Did he just lose interest in Izren or what?

He's only 11. He doesn't want to understand the rules. He doesn't want anything complex. He just wants to play something "cool". And a gunslinger sounded, "Cool", but he was never in the right place at the right time, didn't understand the difference between touch AC at close range vs. full AC at long range, grit points, or any of the other complexities of being a gunslinger.

If your grasp of the rules are tenuous at best, gunslinger is NOT the class to play.

Unfortunately, I'm seeing the same thing happening again: Impus Minor and Deady McDeaddead are joyously choosing feats, weapons, and building a two-weapon fighting ninja who looks pretty darned good on paper.

But he'll never be in the right place, he won't use any ninja abilities, ...


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Orthos wrote:
Did he just lose interest in Izren or what?

When Izran was useful for two fights in a row, he decided that he wanted to replace Izran at the nearest opportunity.


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My nine year-old daughter just decided she wanted to try a magus, as she is interested in a little magic, but mostly her bow and sword, and raising animals. Should be interesting. The other 9 year-old decided she wanted to play the first one's lynx familiar...so there's that. Lol.

She also picked out and ordered her first set of "her" dice, and they have to be one of the coolest looking sets I've come across, and she is super excited to break them in.


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My daughter has an Inquisitor (vampire hunter archetype) of Shelyn, that uses a Sai...


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My four year old taught a nearby five-year-old how to play our "story game" ("... called, Blue Red Rose: The Jackelope and His Friends Go To Heaven. You haff'ta be a puppy named 'Bolt'. I'm 'Bolt 1' and 'Bolt 3' - I'm both. <baby> is 'Dispuppy' an' Mommy is 'Bolt 2' and 'Dasyu' the puppy trainer. The Storyteller has to be a player too: tha's Daddy.") ... in the middle of church.


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Hahahahahah. Nice.


He made the title up himself (because Mommy and I have been playing Blue Rose when we can - it's an RPG) as well as the title of the story (and created the main gist of it - prior to that, the puppies would just wander around and have random "adventures" like fishing in the stream or rescuing a jackalope once).

Anyway, back to NH's SS game!

Shadow Lodge

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NobodysHome wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Did he just lose interest in Izren or what?

He's only 11. He doesn't want to understand the rules. He doesn't want anything complex. He just wants to play something "cool". And a gunslinger sounded, "Cool", but he was never in the right place at the right time, didn't understand the difference between touch AC at close range vs. full AC at long range, grit points, or any of the other complexities of being a gunslinger.

If your grasp of the rules are tenuous at best, gunslinger is NOT the class to play.

Unfortunately, I'm seeing the same thing happening again: Impus Minor and Deady McDeaddead are joyously choosing feats, weapons, and building a two-weapon fighting ninja who looks pretty darned good on paper.

But he'll never be in the right place, he won't use any ninja abilities, ...

Ah. Admittedly the youngest I have experience in gaming with was a few people in Neverwinter Nights who were in the lower-middle teens (14 or so) who played on the very first server I played on, alongside their parents. Old enough to have a pretty good grasp on the system, or maybe just had the parents level their characters up for them.

My niece is only four, so definitely not old enough to be playing PnP games yet (though she sure likes Mario and Pokemon).


(I run all the rules in my head for my 4 year old's games, only occasional asking for a number, and otherwise narrating while allowing him to choose what he does.)

EDIT: Mario is a big favorite here, too.


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Pea Bear's first character was a Catfolk Ninja, had an intelligent flaming Katana and a named Wakizashi, yet she used primarily her claws (alternate racial trait) she also never used her ninja abilities, except her tricks, she loved her Ninja tricks. :-)


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Tiny T-Rex's (age: 4 & half) characters are all named Jak and all have Shocking Grasp, so he can yell "I shock you" while hurling the dice and introducing Dragons and robots to the mat. :-)


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Tacticslion wrote:
My four year old taught a nearby five-year-old how to play our "story game" ("... called, Blue Red Rose: The Jackelope and His Friends Go To Heaven. You haff'ta be a puppy named 'Bolt'. I'm 'Bolt 1' and 'Bolt 3' - I'm both. <baby> is 'Dispuppy' an' Mommy is 'Bolt 2' and 'Dasyu' the puppy trainer. The Storyteller has to be a player too: tha's Daddy.") ... in the middle of church.

Yeah... we played "story games" when the kids were younger.

They always went to twisted, dark, very silly places.

Maybe it was just me...


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Ninja can always take normal rogue talents that don't need to be activated. And I suspect he probably WOULD use the one that lets him go invisible for a couple rounds, just to get those sneak attacks in.

That said, an Unchained Rogue might have been a better choice. :D


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Invisibility was Pea Bear's favorite trick, also smoke bombs.


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Tacticslion wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
It could be a trap, who's to say they won't get him killed again.

That's what the necklace of reincarnation* is for. Duh, dude.

* See below, if you're the GM:

** spoiler omitted **...

That's it. My party will find a necklace of reincarnation: anyone who dies while wearing the necklace reincarnates once.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Invisibility was Pea Bear's favorite trick, also smoke bombs.

No idea what a ninja could do with a swift action invisibility...


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Did they pay the extra bit to remove the negative levels, or are their best friends in the whole world back?


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Supperman wrote:
Did they pay the extra bit to remove the negative levels, or are their best friends in the whole world back?

Don't forget Athelya is a dhampir precisely because the player didn't want to deal with negative levels any more. Not to off-topic, but yes, this rankles me amazingly much.

As for Hooken, they're trying to scrape together the money. I'm letting PC who shall not be named cast the spells for free, even though the player showed up once and Nevermore, so all they have to pay for is the diamond dust.

Considering the rate at which new PCs are coming in, they do have a steady cash flow from dead PCs...


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NobodysHome wrote:
Supperman wrote:
Did they pay the extra bit to remove the negative levels, or are their best friends in the whole world back?
Don't forget Athelya is a dhampir precisely because the player didn't want to deal with negative levels any more. Not to off-topic, but yes, this rankles me amazingly much.

Until the number of negative levels exceeds the character level... How close Athelya is to that?

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As for Hooken, they're trying to scrape together the money. I'm letting PC who shall not be named cast the spells for free, even though the player showed up once and Nevermore, so all they have to pay for is the diamond dust.

Which is how much? 1000 gp? What a coincidence!

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Considering the rate at which new PCs are coming in, they do have a steady cash flow from dead PCs...

Start worrying when they decide to build a fortress out of the corpses of the dead party members...

Grand Lodge

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Drejk wrote:
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Considering the rate at which new PCs are coming in, they do have a steady cash flow from dead PCs...

Start worrying when they decide to build a fortress out of the corpses of the dead party members...

What can they do now? Build a small watchtower?

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