Tales

Every Bit of XP Helps

Posted on August 03, 2018

Gather close friends as I tell you the tale of Ledo's Traveling Circus. You've heard some of the exploits of this group before, such as a certain story involving a Pirate and a Gelatinous Cube, and others about... well, we'll get to that. For now, let's get into this story.

In our travels, our group had stumbled across an old, abandoned Dwarven ruin and, like any good adventurers, stumbled in looking for loot. We wandered around killing some baddies for a while, until we found a mural depicting a number of Dwarves scattered around a landscape with various other items, such as weapons and bits of treasure. We couldn’t help but notice …

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Spell Abuse 101

Posted on August 02, 2018

Nearing the end of our year-long campaign, we found ourselves on a magical airship fighting a dracolich.

This battle had been going on for at least an hour and a half out of game, and we were getting a little loopy. Our Monk especially so. He was angry that he couldn't punch it as he usually did, and his NPC wife (he brought her along, she's also a Barbarian) wasn't exactly pleased that our enemy was keeping at a distance, either.

I was playing a Wizard. I looked over my spell list, and noticed a cantrip that I had prepped for a special occasion. I decided that it had a much better use here.

As the turn order came around to me, I s…

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No Pain, No Game

Posted on August 01, 2018

While preparing for a new campaign, I convinced the DM to let me play a Favored Soul, Jelad. The convincing came in when I told him my patron deity was Loviatar, but Neutral—pain is just a part of life, people just need to be shown that its not inherently evil. We made a couple minor adjustments to some house rules, like his healing spells would leave scars and would hurt in proportion to the number of points healed.

Our campaign started with our party of six waking up in individual cells, wearing nothing but a long dirty tunic each. After fighting the guards and busting ourselves out, we took a bit to catch our breaths and plan our …

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The Cuddly Spider

Posted on July 31, 2018

I'm known for making eccentric characters, because why not? This is tale is about one of my favorite crazy characters.

It was a small group consisting of me, my girlfriend at the time, and one of our mutual friends. Our friend DMed for us and decided that we'd just run a campaign for fun, so he started us at Level 10. I ended up making a ten-year-old Sorceress prodigy, who just so happened to have a Vorpal Sword.

During one of our encounters, we fought a group of giant spiders. Out of spells, and still itching for a fight, I ran at one of the giant spiders with my Vorpal Sword. With one clean swing (and a Nat 20 hit) the giant spide…

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A Very Important Bone

Posted on July 30, 2018

In the early stages of our campaign, the party I was DMing for came upon prison cells in an ancient ruin. Nothing remained but bars and human skeletons of the not-going-to-kill-you variety. Our Half-Orc Ranger rolled a Perception check to loot the room.

He rolled a 1.

Bear in mind, I'm of the opinion that if you roll a 20 on a skill check, you do something amazing. When you roll a 1, you do something less than.

In a room full of skeletons, I tell the Ranger, "Well... you... um... you find a bone?"

"Is it an important bone?" the Ranger responded hopefully.

"Yes," I said, reveling in the crit miss, "it is a very important bone."

W…

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