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quibblemuch wrote:
Segue: I'm going to need a plumber's snake and some catnip. Thanks, Monkey Santa.

Monkey Santa better watch his butt. Hell hath no fury like a wet cat.


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I do like that they added a shield to the options of divine ally choices (in addition to a weapon or steed).


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Spell-less rangers and paladins?

Bah. Spell-less Assassins were bad enough.


I...umm..prefer spell-less Assassins. *shuffles away*


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The only character class that should be spell-less are barbarians. NONE OF THIS LITERACY NONSENSE!

I'll show myself out...


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AM AM STILL DISAPPOINTED THAT MONKEY SANTA NOT OFFERED AS BEAST TOTEM.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.

My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?


Haven't Rangers always cast spells? Of course, some people consider Drizz't to be the be all end all of Rangers.


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Ed Reppert wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.
My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?

I was saying the opposite, that they didn't cast spells, sorry I wasn't clearer about that!


Ed Reppert wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.
My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?

Think Palantiri.

And his nature lore was preternatural.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.
My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?

Think Palantiri.

And his nature lore was preternatural.

Who?


captain yesterday wrote:
I was saying the opposite, that they didn't cast spells, sorry I wasn't clearer about that!

Ah, no worries. I probably read it wrong.


captain yesterday wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.
My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?

Think Palantiri.

And his nature lore was preternatural.

Who?

The seven lost seeing stones of Gondor.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I always thought rangers casting spells in 3rd edition and beyond was kind of silly, blame Drizz't and Aragorn for that.
My memory must be failing me. What spells did Aragorn cast?

Think Palantiri.

And his nature lore was preternatural.

Who?
The seven lost seeing stones of Gondor.

The what?


*Wanders in, sees he's over his head, wanders back out*


Think of them as a type of Crystal Ball that you could speak to others with.


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But what does that have to do with Rangers.

Please remember, everything I know about Middle Earth I learned from the movies and Rankin-Bass (at least the LotR movies, I assume 70% of The Hobbit movies was rejected fan fiction, so those don't count).


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Well, as I see it, Aragorn wasn't really casting a spell. He was using a ( corrupted ) magic item, just like Pippin did accidentally.


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I still don't know what you're talking about.

It's all good, I give up.


Not to flog a dead horse, but this.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Not to flog a dead horse, but this.

Drats, it's YouTube!

I hate YouTube!

No worries, man!

I'll Google this Palantiri person if I get curious.


John Napier 698 wrote:
Well, as I see it, Aragorn wasn't really casting a spell. He was using a ( corrupted ) magic item, just like Pippin did accidentally.

Ah... but Aragorn, he controlled the Palantir and 'mind-wrestled' with the Dark Lord via the Palantir.

Pip was along for the ride. Scary ride at that!

And don't forget Aragorn's nature skills. If the elves of Rivendell are magical, then so is Aragorn. He brought back Éowyn from the dead, using a bowl of hot water few leaves of Kingsfoil weed. A weed! How is that not magical?


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I see what you were saying, John, the Palantir IS the crystal ball thingy in the movies, I just assumed it was a person who was a ranger.

Yes, I agree with you, twas the item and not a spell.

Sorry I was so difficult!


It's okay.


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Okay so not only did we wander into Tolkein territory, we also got discussions on magic items in Middle Earth.

But back to me, because I matter. :p Firstly I never banned paladins. I banned Rogues. :p Also while 2nd edition PF MIGHT be for some people...it's not for me. And it has VERY little to do with granting SOME people their holy champions that aren't definitive paladins of old.

(This is also why when people asked me "Can I play a paladin of Cayden Caelien?" I point them to warpriest.)

Anyways, for me I play Paladins because real life people, while complicated, often suck greatly.


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So I sat down last night and worked up a plan to get my house straightened out today. Depression seemed to have lifted so I figured I could do something around the place. Woke up sick as a dog. I can say that because one of my dogs is having the same lower gastrointestinal issues. We make quite a pair today. Looks like nothing will get accomplished today unless it's going to the store to buy some Pepto-Bismol and Gatorade. Blech.


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I woke up later than usual because the dogs decided to let me but the alarm on my phone wouldn't. :p


Stupid alarms. I was supposed to get up at 9 but forgot to turn my alarm on and slept until noon...lol.


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I WISH I had...but in some ways I'm glad I didn't...


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Three new rogue rackets for 2nd edition rogues.


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Drejk wrote:
Three new rogue rackets for 2nd edition rogues.

Those are awesome! Well done...although Ruinous Debilitations marks mastermind and not gambler as a pre-req. :)


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Feros wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Three new rogue rackets for 2nd edition rogues.
Those are awesome! Well done...although Ruinous Debilitations marks mastermind and not gambler as a pre-req. :)

Look! Is that a wild mini-tarasque?!

*quickly swamps the dice when no one is looking*


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"Swamping the dice" sounds like a witch hex.

King of Swamp Castle wrote:
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to run a Pathfinder game in a swamp, but I ran in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I bought a second pair of dice. And those sank into the swamp. So I bought a third pair. Those were burned down by goblins, fell over, mildly humped by a gelatinous cube, and then sank into the swamp...


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Blancmange Scout from Skyron wrote:

"Swamping the dice" sounds like a witch hex.

King of Swamp Castle wrote:
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to run a Pathfinder game in a swamp, but I ran in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I bought a second pair of dice. And those sank into the swamp. So I bought a third pair. Those were burned down by goblins, fell over, mildly humped by a gelatinous cube, and then sank into the swamp...

Or a slang term for a really disturbing interpersonal act.


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Blancmange Scout from Skyron wrote:

"Swamping the dice" sounds like a witch hex.

King of Swamp Castle wrote:
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to run a Pathfinder game in a swamp, but I ran in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I bought a second pair of dice. And those sank into the swamp. So I bought a third pair. Those were burned down by goblins, fell over, mildly humped by a gelatinous cube, and then sank into the swamp...

*scribble-scribble-note-scribble*


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It's peanut butter jelly time! (Seriously. That's lunch).


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Welp.

Just destroyed my War for the Crown party. Or rather, impetuousness and poor tactical decisions destroyed them.

No real details for WftC:
By chance, they happened to make a beeline for the big bad. The first character saw him (everyone else was downstairs), and he saw the first character--the one PC with whom he'd had a remotely cordial relationship.

"Ryfon, I don't what the elf custom is, but here in Taldor, we wait for an invitation before entering a gentleman's home."

The player of the elf rolled a wicked high Bluff check saying he had misunderstood the earlier kind gestures of the BBEG. Coupled with a very low Sense Motive on the BBEG's part, I thought they were going to get away with it...

...and then the next player in the initiative order charged up the stairs and at the BBEG, falcata a-wavin.

At that point, the stercus hit the windmill. All those small encounters with mooks they might have whittled down gradually converged on what became a very crowded hallway. End result?

The ONE PLAYER who had tried to bluff his way out of trouble was dead and everyone else was unconscious.

I'm trying to decide whether to continue the campaign with a daring jailbreak or just move on to something else...

*all the face; all the palm*


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Wow. And things were going so well. I vote for a daring jailbreak. Always go with the daring jailbreak. And play the Thin Lizzy album of the same name while doing it.


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I do like a good soundtrack...


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quibblemuch wrote:
I do like a good soundtrack...

*stops thrashing about with the air guitar* Man, that's a great record *thrashing resumes*.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I vote for a daring jailbreak. Always go with the daring jailbreak.

Unless a daring time heist is an option, in which case, do that.


Yes. Heists are great.


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My doctor wants me to cut back on heists. He even put me on antiheistamines.


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Ow. ooooooh.... owwwww


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Jailbreak sounds good!

Also-

Spoiler:
Maybe the one who died...since he at least tried to avoid the fight, maybe the BBEG had him raised out of respect for their acquaintanceship and is going to use this as an opportunity to wrangle a favor from him? That way the one who tried to fix the problem isn't the only one punished.


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So while it wasn't a TPK, it was thanks to both poor rolls (for me, the party paladin) and good rolls for others (specifically our summoner/rogue who managed to make the Use Magic Device check AND roll well on Breath of Life) that we beat up the following: A Cyclops Oracle of Bones, two Tomb Giants (though the second one is probably bleeding to death in the Ethereal Plane...), one Old White Dragon, AND one Graveknight Frost Giant with the simple Fighter template.

So while I did go down...it was worse for the witch who ended up going from 10 hp to -45 in one strike. (I was at 11 hp...)

But hey we made 13th level! ;)


Were you, or will you be, resurrected?


Well, my week is set.


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Jailbreak sounds good!

Also-
** spoiler omitted **

Unfortunately...

Spoiler:
They tried to kill the Count and usurp his place. The only reason he'd raise the elf is to execute him publicly. However, there has been a mysterious vigilante roaming the countryside that the PCs never identified... so the player is going to create that as the new character and rescue the rebels.

Assuming I keep going. I've got a pretty negative opinion of that AP so far--and I'm not overly critical of the AP line. Usually I love them. With this one... I keep finding myself praising the artwork.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Were you, or will you be, resurrected?

It was actually our witch who has the hedge witch archetype. So she's KIND Of the healer...while I'm secondary. I just went unconscious before the party's newest member (a druid) healed me.

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