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Psion Review/General Stuff

Posted by paradisio on July 7, 2009


First before I begin, the first part of this is a bit of a rant, if you are looking for info on the newly release 4e Class I recommend you scroll down a bit to the review heading, read on at your own risk.

Well, today the Psion was released on Dungeons & Dragons insider, a preview of the class appearing in Player’s Handbook 3. and with it rampant hatred that follows anything in D&D with the word “psion” or “psionic”. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always thought of the power of the mind as a very interesting thing, and one that unlike many people, actually seems fitting in a fantasy setting, just like magic. Read the rest of this entry »


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D&D 3.5 vs 4.0 – Character Creation Challenge MAXIMUM!1!!

Posted by paradisio on June 25, 2009

Well first of all, if you’re a regular follower, you’re probably going… “Wut? You already did Dungeons and Dragons 4e!” Yes well, first, I have yet to do D&D 3.5 (or Chainmail, or 1…2…or 3, more on those later!) And I had an interesting idea, what if I put these two games side by side and did character creation? More precisely, what if I did it a maximum level to see how they compare? And that’s what I’m doing. As you may or may not know, 3.5 normally goes up to 20, but effectively has no maximum level with the epic level rules, but they are a total mess in my experience so I’m just going to do it to 20, while likewise doing 4e the same.

What class? Well, good question, but I wanted something, well, perhaps not so easy in either. So I pick the class in both which probably has the most options: Wizard. As per my normal CCC rules, I’m sticking to the core books, and not Wizard’s definition of “core”, that means players handbook (1) only and/or Dungeon Master’s Guide. Adding additional source books will just make this take longer and add to the complexity needlessly for a comparison. But unlike my usual CCC entries, I won’t actually post step by steps, I’ll do that some other time.

This isn’t “4e is better” or “4e is teh sux”, I actually like both editions, but 3.5 just has worn on me and I find it needlessly complex for my gaming needs. But I know some people like that, I think this will show in character creation. My estimates is that 4e will be significantly faster but have fewer options. I am including a time as well for how long it took me (includes writing the relevant section in this article), and as a disclaimer my experience in 3.5 far outweighs my 4e experience. Take this with a grain of salt, no need to get all worked up over my article or a fun game!

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Homebrew Setting Part 1: The Wall and Racial Information

Posted by paradisio on May 14, 2009

Today I’m going to go over the first part of my homebrew setting, The Wall. A range of mountains where my group will be starting their adventures, it separates the civilization to the North from the horrors that lie on the southern peninsula. As well, I also include information about the prominent races in the region.

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Priceless in game quotes.

Posted by paradisio on May 13, 2009

Greetings again to the Internet, it is I VonKrause and I bring forth more silly nonsense at the request of Paradisio. I like my friend Paradisio have DM’ed before and have a number of things that I have said I was sorry for. Again sorry Chris for my horrible DMing.

That aside I have kept a running quote list inside of my personal 3.5 players handbook, some of which are quite entertaining. And I assure you they are all legit, every last one of them was said by a player or a DM in a session. So with no more stalling here goes.

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4e Monster Manual Personal 1 Errata – Beetles, Drakes and Rotters

Posted by paradisio on May 12, 2009

Well, I recently ran the first session of a new campaign and did some demos as well, and I came to some conclusions, some monsters from the core monster manual, especially on the low end are just broken in 4e. So, considering that Wizards have yet to address the complaints I found online regarding these three cretins, I thought I would take it upon myself to revise them.

The creatures are:
-the humble Fire Beetle, whose area attack is far too much in groups
-Zombie Rotters, the worst minion in the game
-Needlefang Drake Swarm, the low level TPK machine.

You’re free not to use these homebrew variants, but you should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses before throwing them into a regular encounter without any changes. New stats after the jump.

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Homebrew DND4.0 Game – Preliminary Ideas

Posted by paradisio on April 20, 2009

Below is an e-mail I sent to the group with some of my first ideas about my upcoming (very work in progress) homebrew game with some prelimiary ideas, mostly focused on the pantheon. Any input or ideas? Trying to come up with something original and interesting, don’t know If I’m quit there yet. Appreciate any input, thanks.

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Starting a homebrew D&D 4.0 game

Posted by paradisio on April 18, 2009

Well, with my upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition game staring in a few weeks-month, I surveyeed my player base for some general details and to a bit of my surprise they said they would prefer a homebrew setting over well, a published one (the only ‘official’ option being Forgotten Realms currently). This has stirred up some old feelings, and I myself have vastly preferred homebrew settings in the past over official ones, and in general they hold my interest much better and let me feel like I have a further reach in creativity while staying true to the original premise.

Regardless, I prodded the group for a few details about this supposed setting and they give me a couple of things to work with so far:
-Use Eberron as a guideline for how far to stretch the ‘feel’ of the game
-Related to the first point, some seemed interested in Steampunk ideas, something which my typical players abhor
-The group wanted the game mostly to be based around a single region where they could develop relationships and learn the lay of the land
-Group doesn’t want resource management to be a big issue (IE they don’t want to fight for their daily break or have bone weapons like darksun)
-Game should accomodate standard stuff for the most part (no low/no magic game)
-They are okay with custom races/classes/etc.
-Can change cosmology
-Want a mix of adventure types, not a ton of dungeon crawling/room to room stuff.

Additionally, one player was interested in have some sort of benefit/hindrance system for roleplaying. I’m really not sure how to implement such a thing and not have it come out rediculously overpowered like the 3.5 variant (take a pointless negative for a free feat).

Mostly I’m looking for the RPG communities input on where to start or any specific ideas. I’ve done homebrew settings before, but they were pretty much 100% off the cuff, and I would like to do something a bit more… well, inspiring and well thought out this time. Have any great ideas, guides, etc that would help me out? Post ’em! I would really appreciate it. I’ll keep posting as I develop.

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Free Exalted 2nd Edition Core Books (PDFs)

Posted by paradisio on April 12, 2009

Well, with the recent debacle of Wizards of the Coast pulling their D&D products from PDF sales due to supposed piracy or some such undisclosed information, while White Wolf has taken the opposite stance and have (at least for the moment) decided to make the Core Second Edition Exalted Book free. You can pick it up here at In addition, there are some other good discounts and free books on that site as well right now; and I personally recommend them as a great store to get legitimate PDFs.

I really commend WW for embracing the PDF market instead of treating it like a red-headed step child.

If you haven’t heard of the WoTC pulling PDF sales, here’s the information from DriveThruRPG’s newsletter:

“By now, you have probably learned that Wizards of the Coast recently decided to cease the sale of digital download versions of their books. This means that RPGNow and DriveThruRPG will no longer be able to offer you future downloads of Wizards titles you have purchased.

We are offering you a final 24-hour period in which to re-download copies of any Wizards of the Coast files you have purchased from us in the past. If there are any titles you purchased, and you need a new copy of the file for your personal archive, this is your last chance to get it.”

Quite disturbing indeed, and I can’t help feel a bit bad for DTRPG as they had to deny customers their right to future downloads of WOTC products they had already purchased.

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Dungeons and Dragons 4E – CC

Posted by paradisio on July 1, 2008

Well, here we go, the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons and here is my Character Creation walkthrough for it.

Step 1. Race

The game has for the most part the standard D&D races with a couple of exceptions. Gnome and Half-Orc are no longer primary races, Gnome is in the Monster Manual (with player stats), while Half-Orc is nowhere to be seen. Replacing them is the Tiefling and Dragonborn.

Because I hardly ever make them, I’m going to pick halfling as my Race. They get a bonus to Dexterity and Charisma, are smalll, and make good Rogues for the most part.

Step 2. Class

Like the races available, classes are mostly standard with a few exceptions. Bard, Sorcerer, Barbarian, Druid and Monk are not in the core book. The only new core class is the Warlock and Warlord. A lot of people have been disappointed by this, but with the amount of space it takes for each class in the core book now, I can’t really fault wizards for it. The wizard is a lot like the old sorcerer anyways, and the warlock is a mild replacement for a blaster sorcerer. Warlord is a fair replacement for Bard, as is Cleric for Druid. The barbarian can simply be replicated with a fighter with a specific magic weapon. Unfortunately, there are really no unarmed combat feats, so the monk is probably the most out of luck.

I’m going to choose Warlock as my class instead of the typical rogue for halfling.

Step 3. Ability Scores

Charisma, Consitution and Intelligence are listed as the main statistics for warlock.

The game uses the standard D20 stats (str, dex, con, int, wis, cha) and has a few different methods of generating ability scores. Rolling now seems relegated to the last option, with an array being first and a point buy being second. Because I’ve actually never used an array, I’ll do so (but just this once). It actually has a fairly good array: 16, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10. I place my stats as follows (this includes racial modifiers).

Str- 10
Dex- 14 (+2)
Con- 14 (+2)
Int- 13 (+1)
Wis- 11
Cha- 18 (+4)

Step 4. Skills

I simply select skill from my class list that I have trained. I pick Thievery, Arcana, Bluff, and Streetwise. I think these all match pretty well for a Halfling Warlock. Like SWSE, there is no longer skill ‘ranks’ you just pick skills you are trained in and you are better at them. My skill bonus with these skills, based off my level, attributes, training and racial modifier is as follows:
Thievery +9
Arcana +6
Bluff +9
Streetwise +9

Step 5. Feats

As a Halfling I only have one feat of my choice to start off with. I take Improved Misty Step, which will let me teleport farther with one of my Warlock abilities.

Step 6. Powers

Most classes have a more flexible choice in their powers they get when starting out. For the warlock, some of their starting powers are determined by their pact. Basically Warlocks have made a contract with some supernatural entity, be it dark magic, devils, or ancient fey. For this character I select the Fey Pact.

The fey pack gives me the Eyebite power in addition to the Eldritch Blast power all warlocks receieve. In addition I get an ability called Misty Step which lets me teleport 3 squares (modified to 5 from my feat) when a creature I have cursed is rendered unconscious (or dead). I have several other abilities as well: Prime Shot (+1 to hit target when you are closest), Shadow Walk (move and become concealed), and of course, the Warlock’s Curse (which lets you do extra damage to the cursed target).

Those other powers are at-will, meaning I can use them infintitely, but I also select one Encounter Power and one Daily Powers. These should be fairly self explanatory, I can use the Daily once per day and the Encounter once per fight. I don’t have to, but I choose the powers associated with the Fey Pact, since they typically do extra stuff since I have that pact. My encounter power is Withfire, which does good damage and gives the opponent a penalty to hit. My daily power is Curse of the Dark Dream which does good damage and lets me move the opponent.

In addition to these, I get one racial power. For halflings this power is called Second Chance, which lets me force an enemy to reroll an attack that hit me.

Step 7. Equipment

I simply have 100gp to spend on equipment. As a warlock I can use Cloth or Leather armor and can use simple melee and ranged weapons. I pick the following equipment:

Basic Clothing
Leather Armor
Implement – Rod
Standard Adventurer’s Kit
Thieves’ Tools

That leaves me with 26gp for me to save.

Step 8. Fill in the Numbers

I’m not going to go into the details, but you simply follow some simple formulas for generating all your numbers, here is what I end up with.

Initiative +2
Passive Insight/Perception: 10

Hit Points: 26
Bloodied: 13
Healing Surges/day: 8
Healing Surge: 6

AC: 14 = 10+2+2
Fortitude Defense: 12 = 10+2
Reflex Defense: 13 = 10+2+1
Will Defense: 15 = 10+4+1

Basic Attack: Sickle +2, 1d6 damage
Basic – Eldritch Blast: Ranged +4 vs. Reflex, 1d10+4 damage
Eyebite: Ranged +4 vs. Will, 1d6+4 psychic damage and become invisible to target.
Witchfire: +4 vs. Reflex, 2d6+4 damage and the target takes -3 to attacks
Curse of the Dark Dream: +4 vs. Will, 3d8+4 psychic damage, and can slide target 3 squares

And that’s it, all in all, I found making a character much simpler and faster than previous editions.

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