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Starling
Those videos are great. The delivery and ms paint drawings really sell it.
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Toementor
I like Dick. I mean Richard.

3.5? What the hell's a Scout? Isn't that an NPC class? How do you get 30 Dex? Dafuk?!
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Starling
Isn't scout a prestige class? You get 30 Dex the same way someone managed to get insane Str, make it more insane with a potion and then use a ballista to bat away projectiles.
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Toementor
I see what you did there, but you can't naturally have 30 in an attribute naturally as a "normal" PC class. Gosh!
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Starling
But both characters used similar min maxing tricks didn't they?
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Toementor
You can min-max as much as you want, but I've never seen anyone with 20+ in a stat without having Legendary/Epic level status. lel
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Scotia has 29 dex. 23 is natural. +6 gloves of dexterity on top of that.

Let me take you through the process. We used point-buy for character creation so I dumped charisma and strength pretty hard, kept +2 wisdom (spot, listen, will saves) and +3 intelligence (in a party this small I have to do double duty as rogue and fighter, so skill points are essential). We started at level nine, so I was able to get 20 dexterity by buying up to 18, taking the level four and eight attribute bumps both in dex (and later the level 12 one, as we are currently level 12), and then since I'm a fire elf I get +2 dexterity. Add the +6 gloves of dex (which were +4 at the time the campaign started, they were upgraded to +6 after we walked out of the Tomb of Horrors with about 200,000 GP worth of loot and raw coin).

Scout is in Complete Adventurer. It's a fairly mediocre class, but I built him on the fly. I'll give you guys a breakdown of the party in more detail than the video goes into:

Scotia:
At this point, Scotia is level eleven Scout, level one Planar Ranger. I am the skill monkey and primary damage-dealer for the party. Scouts are a bit like rogues and a bit like fighters; they have an ability called Skirmish where if you move ten feet during your turn and attack, you get a handful of D6s to add to your weapon damage and an armor class bump. This ability Scotia has improved with a feat called Improved Skirmish which gives him extra damage and AC if he moves 20 feet.

Furthermore, the DM is an incredibly experienced 3.5 DM and we've been designing our own feats or pulling them from Pathfinder to help balance our three-person party, so we added one that allows me to add dex to damage and allow me to pull double duty as the fighter/rogue. He has been using a lot of third party materials and epic level stuff to mess with us.

The planar ranger level is because skirmish is precision damage, and a lot of enemies are immune to precision damage, but if you take a feat called Swift Hunter, you can stack Ranger/Scout levels for the purposes of favored enemies and/or skirmish. So, if you're Scout 11/Ranger 1 and you have swift hunter, you have twelve ranger levels for the purposes of determining your number of and bonuses to favored enemies. If I select enemies that are normally immune to precision damage, such as undead, oozes, plants or constructs, I can apply my skirmish damage to them in combat.

Scotia dies constantly because he's a melee build and I have reasonably low HP. At this point in the campaign, I'm in need of resurrection roughly every other game, but such is the life of the one character in the party who engages in direct combat.

Lucien:
Lucien is a wizard who is played by my friend who is the best magic users I've ever had the pleasure of playing an RPG with, with the exception of the guy who's DMing this campaign. What he and I have learned from min-maxing this character is for wizard, you want to prestige class early and often because there are a LOT of really good ones for wizard. I don't have his character sheet in front of me, but he's wizard/fate spinner/geometer at least, with his eyes on eventually getting into archmage. He's a very versatile spellcaster with +7 intelligence and knowledge ranks so high he regularly roles into the fifties on some of them. Generally he preps as a utility caster and if we run into trouble I can handle it, or we retreat, come back the next day with disintegrate prepared three times and he and I combo whatever enemies there are to death. Since his geometer level, he has his entire spellbook tattooed on his body in a series of nigh-indecipherable geometric patterns that sear your eyes or something if you attempt to read them without his permission, which is awesome.

He is a grey elf, and in our shared backstory he and I have been a traveling partnership for about a decade, spending most of our time being racist towards other pretty much everyone who isn't a full-blooded elf and raiding tombs together with me handling the trap dodging, disarming and monster subduing, and him handling the magical puzzles, information collection and banishing of the odd demon.

Richard:
During our first session, we spent the first three hours or so building our characters and the guy playing Richard finished pretty quickly. While I was deep into research on how to get my dexterity as absurdly high as possible, he had decided that if the other player and I were going to specialize so heavily, he should try to remain as broad as he could, able to cover any additional ground that the two of us couldn't. Therefore he made himself sort of okay at everything, including being a cleric with 16 wisdom, which now that we're about to hit level thirteen, is going to be a problem because he's going to stop meeting the prereqs for casting divine spells. He's a half-orc with a mace. He throws the mace, the mace comes back. He unkills me quite regularly and removes the strange poisons that regularly find their way into my body. It's not exactly ground-breaking stuff, but it's very much needed and he can do things like back me up in melee combat if he doesn't have any healing to do, or assist Lucien with spellcrafting, dispeling magic or anything else that overlaps in the divine/arcane worlds.

Further, we have two girls that come when they're available, one who is brand new to RPGs who plays a succubus, since we were desperately in need of anyone with charisma (I have -2, Lucien has -1, and Richard has +1, she has +13) and one who plays a Samurai. She doesn't play with us much anymore (in this game; we have five or so different RPGs going on right now and she plays in three and runs one) but was a pretty straight melee fighter whose lawful good alignment regularly ran afoul of our more... chaotic neutral plans.

Honestly, the best stuff in the video series is yet to come. We spend an inordinate amount of time outside of the Tomb of Horrors basically fucking up the world, then upon exiting have a series of amusing and bumbling adventures, including one session that had us and the group of people that came to watch laughing so hard that I threw up. I really hope we can capture the feel of the table that night, but it's going to be fucking tough.

Happy to clarify further questions, but will probably have to ask the other players if you have anything wildly specific about their characters.
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Starling
What book is that undead hellspawn that looks like the silence from and do you have a good story about them?
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Sar
Huh?
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Haunted Horse
I assume Starling is referring to the Silence from Doctor Who.
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I never knew a man could tell so many lies
He had a different story for every set of eyes
How can he remember who he’s talking to?
’Cause I know it ain’t me, and I hope it isn’t you
I’m armed to the teeth
Like a fucking animal
I ruin everything
I get my bony hands on

And here we go now over the bridge of sighs
We will get a cross like Christ, crucified
It’s like a birth but it is in reverse
Never gets better, always gets worse
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Vaulting, veering, vomiting up the values that victimized me, feeling vast,
feeling virginal... was this how he felt? This verve, this vitality... this vision...

La voie... la vérité... la vie.
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The Dead Flag Blues
The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel, and the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides, and a dark wind blows. The government is corrupt, and we’re on so many drugs with the radio on and the curtains drawn. We are trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death. The sun has fallen down, and the billboards are all leering, and the flags are all dead at the top of their poles.

It went like this: The buildings tumbled in on themselves; mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble and pulled out their hair. The skyline was beautiful on fire, all twisted metal stretching upwards, everything washed in a thin orange haze. I said, “Kiss me, you are beautiful; these are truly the last days.” You grabbed my hand, and we fell into it like a daydream or a fever.

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down; for sure it’s the valley of death. I open up my wallet, and it’s full of blood.
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Smashing Pumpkins
we can watch the world devoured in its hate.
The late prophet Bill Hicks
I’m so sick of arming the world and then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms, you know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries then we go and blow the shit out of ’em. We’re like the bullies of the world, you know. We’re like Jack Palance in the movie Shane, throwing the pistol at the sheep herder’s feet: “Pick it up.” “I don’t wanna pick it up, mister; you’ll shoot me.” “Pick up the gun.” “Mister, I don’t want no trouble, huh. I just came downtown here to get some hard rock candy for my kids, some gingham for my wife. I don’t even know what gingham is, but she goes through about ten rolls a week of that stuff. I ain’t looking for no trouble, mister.” “Pick up the gun.” Boom, boom. “You all saw him. He had a gun.”

moar I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. “I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.” “I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.” “Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!” “Shut up! Go back to bed, America! Your government is in control. Here's Love Connection. Watch this and get fat and stupid. By the way, keep drinking beer, you fucking morons.”

All governments are liars and murderers. Go back to bed, America! Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America! Your government is in control again. Here, here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up! Go back to bed, America! Here is American Gladiators; here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom! Here you go, America: You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!

The Supreme Court says pornography is anything without artistic merit that causes sexual thoughts, that’s their definition, essentially. No artistic merit, causes sexual thoughts. Hmm… Sounds like… every commercial on television, doesn’t it? You know, when I see those two twins on that Doublemint commercial? I’m not thinking of gum. I am thinking of chewing, so maybe that’s the connection they’re trying to make.

I have this feeling man, ’cause you know, it’s just a handful of people who run everything, you know… that’s true, it’s provable. It’s not… I’m not a fucking conspiracy nut; it’s provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scumfucks who got you in there. And you’re in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down, and a big guy with a cigar goes, “Roll the film.” And it’s a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you’ve never seen before that looks suspiciously like it’s from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, “Any questions?” “Er, just what my agenda is.” “First we bomb Baghdad.” “You got it…”

They don’t want the voice of reason spoken, folks, ’cause otherwise, we’d be free. Otherwise, we wouldn’t believe their fucking horseshit lies, nor the fucking propaganda machine of the mainstream media and buy their horseshit products that we don’t fucking need and become a third world consumer fucking plantation, which is what we’re becoming. Fuck them! They are liars and murderers. All governments are liars and murderers, and I am now Jesus, and this is MY compound.

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun for awhile. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “hey – don't worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride…” And we… kill those people. Haha. “Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. Jesus murdered; Martin Luther King mudered; Malcolm X murdered; Gandhi murdered; John Lennon murdered; Reagan… wounded. But it doesn’t matter because it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defences each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace. Thank you; you’ve been great.

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Sar
yeah, I'm just not sure what that means in this context
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Toementor
Oh, you mean Bodaks? You can find them on page 28 of the 3.5e Monster Manual (the first one.) As for specific stories including them,, wouldn't have a clue.
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Starling
Yes, those. See the resemblance?



I figure something that creates more of itself whenever it kills someone with its gaze would make for some interesting if very life threatening situations.
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Sar
The session I mentioned where I threw up from laughing includes a story about the Bodak Eye
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Sar
I just ran my first Pathfinder session and I'm feeling pretty good about it. A bunch of people who normally play in my D&D group aren't going to be around much longer so I'm trying to bring in some new people. My friend who has never played an RPG before joined tonight, and despite the self-doubt inherent in a total D&D newbie, he had a pretty intuitive grasp on the whole process.
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Sar
oh and in the 3.5 game those videos are based on we're currently divine rank 2. And my dex is now 36/+13.
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Drav
DMing Call of Cthulhu was alright! I'm making my way through Doors to Darkness each month before moving onto some of my own stuff hopefully. I've been really impressed with the quality of the COC 7th edition stuff so far; all really nice hardcovers with great art.
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Drav
DMed 7 players for Cthulhu on Thursday. It was, um, interesting.
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Toementor
I don't know any of the details, but I just know already that it was hectic.
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Drav
It could have gone worse, actually; luckily there were several experienced players who knew how to steer the group and make some actual decisions. It was very hard to give everyone a decent amount of attention in a three hour game though and I came away feeling like a few people barely got to do anything. Wish I'd pushed back a bit more when the other guy said he was going to fold his game and send the extra players my way but oh well, it was a good learning experience.

The game itself was Missed Dues – the ganster-themed Cthulhu adventure that comes with the Keeper screen set. People seemed to really respond to that combination quite well, which was a little bit surprising, but it helps that it's also a well designed adventure with a free-roaming structure and lots of opportunities for actual investigation work. Worth checking out if you see someone running it at a Con.
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Drav
Writing a Lovecraft-influenced D&D game for the next game night. Gonna test out the 5E sanity mechanics from the DMG.
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