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Out of the Abyss: I Love My Players

January 14, 2017

Started running an online game of Out of the Abyss.  Two players so far:

Peregrine, playing Peren Galanodel:  STR14 DEX16 CON11 INT15 WIS11 CHA11.  Wood elf rogue.  Criminal background.  Skills: Acrobatics, Perception, Athletics and Stealth.  Flaw: insatiable curiosity.

Hunter, playing Luthian De’Unnero: STR14 DEX17 CON14 INT16 WIS13 CHR 12.  Human rogue.  Noble background.  Speaks Elvish.

In their first session, they got to know their way around a bit, tried to sneak away from a drow shrine and ended up paralyzed for their troubles.

This session, things were going fine, but Hunter had something arise in real life and had to leave early.  Peren ended up on spider-feeding duty.

Then this happened.

PerenGalanodel asks, "I'm acrobatic. Could I hypothetically jump onto a spider?"

Rolls a 20.

DM say, "So with ease you acrobatically somersault off the basket and land firmly on the back of one of the spiders."

So now he’s running free in the Underdark all on his lonesome.

Good times.




Memories of CalCon 2010: Part 1

March 29, 2010

CalCon is a local games convention which ran last weekend.  A brief story (one among many) that comes to mind:

We were getting near the end of an RPGA D&D 4e adventure, and we’d been playing for about three hours solid, and the DM set up the last battlemat and described the scene.  He was using generic monster counters, numbered, instead of miniatures.

After three rounds of combat, I finally noticed — hey, you never told us what we’re actually fighting!  Laughter and chagrin all around.  Oh, it’s goblins, like we were fighting before.  Okay.

My Life as a Swordmage (5/5): The Future

January 9, 2009

We’ve just leveled up to 4th, and there’s some choices to make with respect to the direction my swordmage should take.

My Life as a Swordmage (4/5): Actual Play

January 8, 2009

In play, the swordmage is great. I imagine you probably want to hear a few more details that that, though. (more…)

My Life as a Swordmage (3/5): Ability Scores

January 7, 2009

Ability Scores: I started with the most obvious one first: an 18 in Intelligence, along with the +2 racial bonus to bring it to 20 and a +5 bonus. If there’s a better choice for a swordmage, I don’t know what it is.

My Life as a Swordmage (2/5): Race Details

January 6, 2009

Race: When it comes to selecting a race in 4E, the first thing I look at (again) is the At-Will powers of the class. Are there more than two of them which use the same stat? If so, I seriously consider going with human. (more…)

My Life as a Swordmage (1/5): Class Details

January 5, 2009

I’ve been playing a swordmage now for three levels, and it’s been a whole heck of a lot of fun. If you’ve considered running a swordmage, or if you just like accounts of D&D 4E actual play, read on. (more…)