I think every subclass should start at level 1 like the Cleric does.
A whole lot of games start at level 3 because it's "when you get subclasses" but there's little reason to withhold it so long, EVEN IF, all you get at level 1-2 is flavor/fluff mechanics
If level 1 is the most dangerous level and DMs/Players hate it (in general) then adding robust subclass features to that level would help define the character's playstyle AND help prevent them from being murdered before they did anything cool.
"Hurry to level 3" shouldn't exist.
Sep 22, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I know I've got a brain thing going on that never used to be a problem, because if an NPC talks for more than about 30 seconds in a Videogame, I find myself squirming in my chair screaming "GET TO THE POINT" in my own head.
"Yes... I see... There is a magnitude to the reality that has been......... forced upon us............... but our efforts may make.......... all the difference."
Me, internally: "JUST SAY WE CAN CHANGE THIS REALITY PLEASE SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP"
"We can alter... the fate we-"
Sep 22, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I highly encourage every #dnd5e DM to consider PATRONAGE as a kingly reward in their games.
Having a rich, Noble, entitled ENTANGLEMENT that also benefits the party is SO GOOD.
Here's a few of the patronages I've done in the past:
Countess Hauldese saw a young swordswoman (swashbuckler rogue) defeat two bandits and kill an attack dog in a back alley of Luskan.
She offered a patronage - a swordplay exhibition for her guests in exchange for 10 gold a day for a year, to be repeated indefinitely.
May 6, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
well son of a bitch...
If you're on Windows 10 - do i have the DISCOVERY OF A LIFETIME.
Uncheck this box and restart your computer. My idle memory use dropped 2 gigs!
Ive got 4 tabs, snipping tool, and Skyrim SE running and it's barely 50% - before the change it literally hit 100% while I was using photoshop and dumped me back to desktop and crashed everything.
I'm kinda mad at it, tbh.
May 4, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
They're at work so I'll obviously never say anything, but the security guard watching over the doors at this vaccine wait area looks SO GOOD in their blazer, tie, and black slacks. Not a single hair out of place, eyebrows that would kill a man, creases sharp enough to shave with.
It's even more comical that there are a dozen teenagers in bikinis at the beach club to my left and I'm swooning over this queen adjusting her tie clip. Haha
May 4, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Of cooooooooooourse it's hedge trimming day at 7:40am on a Tuesday.
i've complained for a year, but the order of operations by the lawncare here irritates me to no fucking end.
I miss playing pool, going to the gym, shopping with friends, and going shopping without looming fear.
It's one if those things where I was getting antsy in March 2020. And now I'm just... Ugh.
Used to be: Friday, see if Phoenix wanted to go shopping around town, maybe Bed Bath and Beyond, Ikea, pick up stuff from Sam's Club on Saturday or Sunday when Brandon was free, too. Go to the gym every few days, remind myself what real weight feels like.
Once I was playing a Fighter named Braxus von Uldrick, a Rashemi human who worked as a mercenary and father of three young boys, one of which traveled with him as a squire.
By level 14, we were trying to stop the avatar of a long-dead elder god named Toloph.
We fought our way through cultists and ogres, trolls and orcs, chasing after this crazed warlord who craved might and power more than anything and drove those around him through sheer fucking force of will. Like a cross between a paladin and warlock, he was a powerful leader.
Apr 20, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
When planning a #dnd5e adventure ask: If every player failed every single skill check in this adventure, could they still complete it and could they still have fun?
If either answer is 'no' - I urge you to rework your adventure with that in mind.
"A character must succeed on a DC 17 Wisdom (Perception) check to notice the trap door in the floor."
Okay, everyone fails. Now what?
"Uh... UHHHH... i guess roll again?"
And dont try the "make the DC 5!" i said assume they FAIL, not roll low.
Jan 7, 2021 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
In the torn out belly of an old, sprawling hotel, I found myself investigating strange happenings in the fledgling restaurant that sprouted in the blasted ruin.
Swarthy men gutted the collapse, using every nail & timber to build the eatery and it's long tables.
I swear to have seen a spider, large as a dinner plate, with an ape-like face and twitching human fingers for legs, ground down to bloody points. But only a flash witnessed in a broken pane of glass. The bike thing was some illusion. A twisting of light and color, nothing more.
Nov 27, 2020 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
#dnd5e - Let me talk to you about non-combat conflict.
Problems that don't get resolved from murdering someone.
Combat can be part of it or part of the solution, but here's a quick run-down of my 10 session types. Works best serialized, but can influence whole plots too.
1. Survival Against Danger.
A quickly devolving situation puts the party in fight or flight.
The volcano is about to explode, they have only minutes to find out why or escape.
An assassin has framed the party for the prince's murder, the guards are coming from all directions.
Jun 27, 2020 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
When you're writing an adventure for #dnd5e, try present the quest/job/bounty in the following order.
Tagline: "The gargoyles have come to life!"
Reward: "For each of the creatures you slay, I offer 80 gold pieces. If you find my missing men, I'll double the reward."
Guidelines: "Their roosts is irreplaceable. If damage comes to the repaired church, you'll answer to the Duchess."
I once gave my players "A Tome of Absolute Knowledge." A thick wood-bound ledger full of tiny 3pt font script. There was a wooden mouth carved on the front that spoke (without moving) to anyone who wished to read from the book.
The players found it in an old abandoned library of a city that was swallowed by a swamp, so they were pretty hyped to pick it up and hear "I am one of the Tomes of Absolute Knowledge. I have the power to answer 4 more questions before the magic ebbs from my pages. Ask."
Mar 1, 2019 • 20 tweets • 5 min read
Alright. I'll bite and try to give some kind of guideline to help you run megadungeons for #dnd5e (well, any #tabletop). General principles, at the very least.
- A thread -
There needs to be several reasons for your PCs to explore the place beyond "cool loot." While players LOVE loot, they don't want to, well, have their PC die.
CURIOSITY can be one of those things. "What new aspect of this story waits in the next level/room?"
Feb 14, 2019 • 24 tweets • 5 min read
#Diablo3 and plot - a thread.
Diablo 1 was a game that fit on a single CD and had fewer resource requirements than Angry Birds, but had what felt like HOURS and HOURS of voice acting, written text, and an understated plot that made you invested in figuring out the "why/what" 1/?
Part of the joy of the game was its dark tone and heavy emphasis on conversation. You'd go fight your way down a labyrinth for a few hours, come back to town, and talk to everyone as a little break. A reward for advancing further downward, it felt like a reward. Genius. 2/?