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  1. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Dungeons and Dragons 30-day challenge   

    Day 3 – Favourite Playable Class?



    For me, it’s the class that seems to have the most inbuilt potential for character and stories.  The Warlock, 5th Edition version.


    What makes the Warlock different is unlike the Wizard, who studies magic, or the Sorcerer, who is born with magical talent, the Warlock has gone to some powerful entity and struck a Pact with it for power.  Usually a case of ‘I’ll serve you for power’, but not necessarily. 


    And this is where the potential comes in.  The powerful Patron as they’re known can be anything from a devious Fiend who has tricked some mortal for their soul, to an unknowable old god so unlike a mortal the mere sight of it would drive the mind to madness.  And yet, they will be a force in the game, who may require the Warlock to perform actions for them.


    But even if they require the Warlock to serve them, that doesn’t mean the Warlock necessarily made a ‘I will serve you for power’ deal.  Maybe they were dying or about to die, and something made them an offer.  Maybe they found some ancient artefact or dusty tome and got more than they bargained for. 


    Then there is the question of how the Warlock feels about their Patron.  Do they serve willingly?  Do they try to resist?  Are they plotting to somehow overcome them?


    The Patron and the Pact offer so many potential plot threads for any DnD game, which is why I love the Warlock class as both a player and Dungeon Master

    Mechanically however, Warlock is maybe… a little lacking.  It does have a bad rep in some circles, and I think there are two reasons for that.


    1) People assume the Warlock is a magic caster style class, like the Wizard or the Sorcerer.  But the Warlock is more like a magical warrior in its style.  Because they have limited spells, a Warlock will rely mostly on a single cantrip (very basic spell), usually the excellent Eldritch Blast, or a summonable weapon if they have chosen the Pact of the Blade ability.  Their spells are more for situational use, than something to spam in combat.

    2) Unlike other classes, Warlocks really only have two easy builds.  The cantrip caster, or the Pact of the Blade melee fighter.  All their different class options, while cool, don’t fundamentally change how the Warlock plays.  They just give it slight, though flavourful, tweaks.  That means that one Warlock can be very, very similar to each other in how they play, far moreso than say two Fighters or two Wizards.

    Having said that, despite the limitations, Warlock is still a fun class, as long as you don’t mind casting Eldritch Blast a lot.  But then, that’s like asking the Barbarian if he ever gets bored swinging his axe!
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  2. Chromatic Terras added a post in a topic Pokemon: Drake and Wyvern   

    Tony and Amora quietly stood to the side, watching the events unfold while both eagerly ready for what was to come.
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  3. Dylan added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "Hey! Wait for me!" Sarah said flying to catch up with Skye

    Mark started hurrying faster too
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  4. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "Yweah!  Wets!  A wook owut of cwages!" said Stacey, starting to run ahead.
     
    "That sound just like him!" replied Ziona.
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  5. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Dungeons and Dragons 30-day challenge   

    Day 2 – Favourite Playable Race?

    This one is easy for me; Half-Elves.

    I’ve always liked Elves since reading Lord of the Rings waaaaaaay back.  There is always a sense of mystery and etherealness about them, as well as their natural grace and skill. BUT, most Elves often have a sense of aloofness and arrogance about them.  Which is why I prefer the Half-Elf over them.  You still have some of this almost other-worldly feel, but they are somewhat more grounded than your regular Elves.

    There is also the fact they have the whole ‘a foot in two different worlds but belonging to neither’ aspect.  Anyone who is a fan of Star Trek’s Mr Spock should recognize that trait.  Do they try to fit in one society or the other?  Do they try to live up to both?  Do they reject one or both of their heritages?  There is a lot of character potential there, as well as plenty reasons why a Half-Elf might take to adventuring.  Being the permanent outcast, they are suited to being a wonderer on the road, or trying to prove themselves.

    Mechanics wise, Half-Elves have historically been somewhat underwhelming, though that never stopped me from playing one.  But in the current 5th Edition they are arguably one of the stronger races, especially for any Charisma based character.

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  6. Seviper the Fang Snake added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "So we should keep heading down then?" Asked Fenn.
     
    "Finally caught up." Said Zangoose 
     
    "You mean like a big one with a not so subtle egg symbol?" Asked Seviper 
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  7. Skye Prower added a topic in Off-topic   

    Dungeons and Dragons 30-day challenge
    I’m sure most of you will have seen these challenges around.  Where you have a question a day on your views on a certain topic you need to answer for 30 days. So me and a friend decide to do one in tandem.  Only we ended up choosing different topics!  And I thought I’d share mine here just for the fun of it, even if no one is interested.

    At first I thought it would be easy to do, as I’ve been role playing for a long time now (even if my gaming is in something of a drought right now).  But on the other hand, this is a DnD specific challenge, and I haven’t played as much DnD compared to other games.  For fantasy I’ve mostly played in Iron Heroes games (sorta a low magic, somewhat more gritty variant of DnD) and in the DM chair it was almost exclusively Mutants and Masterminds (I had a very long running superhero campaign world).  But nevertheless, DnD does hold a place in my heart, so lets get to it.


     
    Day 1 – How you got started

    The short version is pretty simple.  There was a role-playing society at university, so I signed up for it, enjoyed the taster session, and then joined the DnD beginners’ game that started up.

    Of course, that raises the point of how did I know to look for a role-playing society in the first place.  Well for that, I know about DnD from the original Baldur’s Gate game, which I got shortly after getting my first computer.  (Never finished it though!)  And the manual does make it clear that it is based on the DnD pen-and-paper game.  And so, when I reached Uni, I sought out a role-playing group and thankfully found one.  And I’ve been gaming since.

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  8. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Pokemon: Drake and Wyvern   

    "Hey!  Stop pushing ahead!" called Kimi, before doing the very same thing she just criticised everyone else for.  Amber shook her head, but followed after the group, keeping her distance nervously from the Charizard that had landed near the doors.

    "That's it!  Everyone over here," called Pine from the meeting room as the group began to arrive.  "Let's see..... I think.... there's still a few more to come," he said thoughtfully, doing a quick headcount of everyone in the room.
    Outside, a ripple and a murmur started among the crowd as a man in a long blue coat started to make his way through it.
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  9. Seviper the Fang Snake added a post in a topic Mobius Reborn: Rise of Robotnik   

    Antoine, Mercia
     
    "So much for my quiet life here. Take that!" Said Antoine kicking one of the soilders into a tree rendering him unconscious.
    "Um...I got a mutton in ye oven.." Said the other guard fleeing.
    "Good thing I train my sword play everyday! It's no longer safe here..guess I'll go back to Mobotropolis." Said Antoine heading out.
     
    Bean and Bark, Midair
     
    "Hey big guy watch out for the falling debr..." Said  Bean as a piece of falling debris hit his extreme and sent flying.
    Bark sighed and began to pursue the little green duck. 
    "This wouldn't be a problem if I could fly even though I'm a bird!" Joked Bean as he kept soaring.
     
    Charmy, Casino Night Zone
     
    "Did it just get darker?" Said Charmy flying up into the air and spotted the winged fortress.
     
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  10. Thire added a post in a topic Games that you recently finished   

    Lego games are always great, I remember the first Lego games I ever played were basically my childhood.
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  11. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Games that you recently finished   

    Having got the Lego Incredibles game for Christmas, I have just 100% completed it, plus all the achievements.  And now here is my in depth, highly detailed review of it:
    It's a Lego game!
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  12. Thire added a post in a topic General Mobile games thread   

    Nice, I didn’t have much orbs to begin with so I had to use all 40 of mine to try for Hrid, only to get a pity breaker of Laevatein. 
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  13. Pearl98 added a post in a topic General Mobile games thread   

    I had to use all of the 235 orbs I saved for the New Years banner. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. So did I get him? After 50 I got Gunnthrá and went on to get pity broken by Ares, Male Morgan, Flier Nino (yep a green pity breaker cause I apparently don't want Fjorm...) and Brave Celica.
    I got down to my last 10 orbs, at this point I gave up, but I went on to press summon, 2 red orbs appeared. First one was a 3 star Olivia. I had no hope for the last red but tried anyway.
    So who did I get? Well I got...
     
    Hríd! ON MY LAST POSSIBLE SUMMON! 
     
    But the pain was worth it! He's perfect IV's! +Def - HP! I'm so happy I got my festive Hubby! Not sure if I should try for Fjorm and Laevatein or go for more Hríd to merge with my perfect IV Hríd
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  14. Dylan added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "They said it was down!" Sarah said. "I dunno where"
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  15. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "Whewe awe the cewws?" asked Stacey as he caught up with Sarah.

    "You're looking for a door with lots of security," Ziona commented dryly to Seviper.
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  16. Seviper the Fang Snake added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    Ally and Fenn followed.
     
    "I'll try. Come on Max. She's gonna have a hard time with that legless blighter." Said Zangoose as he and Max followed behind.
     
    Seviper looked around.
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  17. Geoffrey St John added a post in a topic Pokemon: Drake and Wyvern   

    Pokemon research centre-  Scabbard Town
    "Everyone go inside. I will take you to the Professor once everyone is here" said Zeke as he waited for everyone to enter. Once everyone was inside Annie showed up.
     
    "Morning Zeke! I have the usual order for the professor here" said Annie when a roar was heard from the side. Jack then rushed to Zeke. "What!? This kid is the professor? Is he just out of school or something!?" said Jack which caused Annie to laugh and Zeke to get angry. "I am not the professor! I am Zeke. Professor Pine's Aide!" Declared Zeke.
     
    Jack blinked twice then said "Oh yeah, I should have guessed. Someone as smart as a professor would have a sense of style in the way they dress." Annie then had a giggle fit that only got stronger when Zeke responded.
     
    "HEY! I do have a sense of style! This is just the official uniform for a Professor's Aide! Besides when you are the professor's right hand man like me. You get too busy to worry about your appearance" Responded Zeke which caused Jack to look at Zeke from head to toe.
     
    "The professor must have low standards in his aides if he chose someone who can't even look after their clothes as his top one" said Jack as he pointed out a tear in Zeke's trousers caused by his earlier fall. Zeke got embarrased and more angry at Jack which caused Annie and Vanillite to laugh harder. Vanillite laughed so hard it accidentally used icicle spear and hit Charmy who had followed Jack. Charmy got angry and went to use flamethrower on Vanillite.
     
    "Charmy stop!" Was heard from a small distance away when James approached the trio. "Sorry about Charmy and Jack. He is here for his first pokemon. I will wait out here with Charmy if you want to take these two in. I can see you are an aide to Professor Pine" said James to Zeke who had calmed down.
     
    "Alright, follow me everyone" said Zeke as he walked into the centre and lead the group to Pine. "Professor I have brought the new trainers" said Zeke as he approached Pine
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  18. Dylan added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    Mark followed Stacey and Sarah

    Sarah looked for a way down
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  19. Skye Prower added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    Ziona sighed as Stacey headed after Sarah.  

    "It looks like it," Ziona commented to Zangoose.  "You keep an eye on the kids, make sure they don;t get into any more trouble.  I'll try and do the same with Seviper."
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  20. Seviper the Fang Snake added a post in a topic Role-Play Mania v2.0   

    "And I'm going this way!" Said Seviper.
     
    "Well there goes are two headstrong members..."Said Zangoose 
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  21. Seviper the Fang Snake added a post in a topic Pokemon: Drake and Wyvern   

    "I guess we go in now Rob." Said Layla 
     
    "What the heck was that?"Said Rob.
     
    Layla looked around. "I think it's a Pokemon."
     
    The two siblings went inside.
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  22. Dylan added a post in a topic The Happy Birthday Thread   

    Happy bday Clay!
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  23. Geoffrey St John added a post in a topic The Happy Birthday Thread   

    Happy birthday Clay.
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  24. Skye Prower added a post in a topic The Happy Birthday Thread   

    Happy Birthday Clay!
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  25. Thire added a post in a topic The Happy Birthday Thread   

    Happy birthday to my older brother @Clay Heartrend!
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