When I first looked at this question my first thought was some of the higher level undead, such as the various flavours of Liches. But after a bit of thought, I went in the other direction. The humble Skeleton.
Like the Zombie, Skeletons have the whole unnatural undead element of something walking around that shouldn’t be, and being face to face with mortality. They can do most things Zombies can, from hordes to bursting from the ground.
But what I like about Skeletons is their flexibility. Now, Zombies have this two, but in a different way. It’s easy to make different types of Zombie. But for Skeletons, their flexibility is how they are used. Are they slow, shambling undead? Are they eternal and loyal guardians of some sacred or unholy place? Are they a regimented army? All of these can fit Skeletons no problem. Heck, if you want to repeat the scene in The Phantom Menace of the mass droid activation and advance, but don’t want to use constructs as that would be too obvious, again, Skeletons can fit in as a metaphor for it perfectly.
They don’t even need to be mindless. They might retain some or all of the person they were. Something you don’t usually get with your average Zombie.
Gonna cheat a little with this one. Because my favourite NPC is… *drumroll* Deekin from Neverwinter Nights.
Doom doom doom doom doom doom!
This cute little kobold is a loyal companion to you, dedicated to charting the grand adventure he has no doubt the two of you will have. He will follow you through the Nine Hells, all the while singing his little Doom song!
Huh.... day 12 wasn't posted.... wierd! So double bill!
Day 12 – Favourite Dungeon Type?
Ice! First, I just really like how ice can look, from simple icy caves, to elaborate structures created from ice. And then you can have lots of interesting (and fun for the GM) environmental effects. Finally, it can be fun to come up with ice based variants of monsters to use.
Just be careful if your arcane spellcasters have a fondness for fire magic.
Day 13 – Favourite Puzzle or Trap?
And we’re back!
So, this is going to be a little bit of an odd answer. Rather than a typical ‘do X or Y to open the door’, the puzzles I prefer are the ‘working out what happened’ style of puzzles. Not necessarily an investigation, just subtle clues around that explain, if you look for them and work things out, what happened to, say, cause the castle to now be a haunt of the undead or somesuch. And of course, finding these clues could make certain elements of the adventure easier as it continues.
Hmm, another question I can’t really answer. At least for DnD. I’ve only run two DnD campaigns, and both of those are not only still ongoing, but in their early stages.
If I’m allowed to expand outside of DnD, then it would be Project Angel, my long running superhero campaign. There were three main campaigns in the game-world, one that was inspired by The Incredibles/Watchmen, one that was more low powered, more about conspiracies, and the last was more classic style super-heroic with magic and time-travel thrown in. There were also some short mini-campaigns, and the whole storyline concluded with a massive final game with around a dozen players. Not a number of players I’d normally run for, but it was fitting for this finale.
Day 10 – Craziest thing that happened that you saw?
This is gonna call back to my Day 4 question about my setting of Caladain, and also yesterday’s question about the character of Maybelline, as it’s the same game.
As I mentioned before, this setting contains some elements of Magi-tech, and an antagonist in this story-arc had created magical drones. As in the modern term. Flying machines with camera’s attached, which could also turn (almost) invisible and silent. However, their power-source contained an unstable magical component called ‘Nitro-magyceine’ (named by my players!) which meant that when destroyed, the drones would explode in a fiery explosion.
At one stage, searching for a runaway girl in the poor district of the city of Lanton, the party detected a drone, and so promptly shot it out of the air causing it to explode. Right above the wooden buildings with wooden, and in some cases thatched, roofs. The only thing that stopped it from becoming the Great Fire of Lanton was the Druid quickly making it rain before the authorities arrived to deal with the fire, as our heroes exited stage left. And before you ask, yes, they knew that the drones exploded before this happened.
But that wasn’t the end of their popping of drones. They had managed to capture one intact, and the Kobold tinkerer of the party managed to reprogram it to try and track down it’s controller. So they tied a rope to it and let Maybelline hold onto it like a crazy balloon. All went well, until they reached their destination. At which point, Maybelline took the drone into his hands, asking if they were done with it. Given the answer of yes, he proceeded to crush it with his bare hands.
Thankfully, he survived, and the altered guards were convinced that the explosion was caused by some wizard sending an unstable package to be delivered.
And as one extra silly thing, for the same game but an earlier story. Looking through the monster manual as I planned the session, due to skimming through and speed reading I misread one of the entries at the back as ‘Saber-Toothed Horse’. After a WTF moment I explained to my friends what I’d been confused by, to some amusement. But then I thought, as this adventure was dealing with the Fey and some weirdness and oddities, a Saber-Tooth Horse would fit right in. So yep, the party did indeed engage in a fight with a man-eating Saber-Tooth Horse.
Given a later question is ‘the character you want to play’ I’m assuming this question means ‘Another player’s Player Character’.
In this case, it is Maybelline, the strikingly handsome, fashion obsessed half-orc barbarian. (Because he’s worth it!) He is liable to given the opponents he fights advice on their fashion. Right before going into a mad rage and cleaving them in twain. This is coupled with a low intelligence, which means he’s speech is something like “Me need to go shopping! Me know shop with seasons fashions!”
One of the reasons that Maybelline works well, and doesn’t overstay his welcome, is how often the game is run. Week after week, Maybelline might overstay his welcome. But the game is only run when me and my University friends all meet up, which is 2 or 3 times a year. Which keeps him fresh and fun!
Liza and Espio the Chameleon, Casino Night Zone As Liza began heading to the meeting place, she looked up at the sky as she noticed it darkening and spotted the winged fortress. She looked surprised unsure what object it was. Then she noticed more pods being dropped around the city
"Espio is not going to head back to the meeting place... at least not straight away" she thought to herself. "He'll start putting the mission at risk and trying to help. I have to find him"
With that, she made herself visible
"No one knows our mission. And if I'm seen, I can find help" she thought as she began looking around
Espio meanwhile had also noticed the pods being dropped, and noticed another prison pod grab someone else and pull them in. He knew it wasn't his problem, but he had been specially trained and wanted to actually make a difference. So pulling out a kunai he hurried over to it to inspect and try to open it -------------------------------------------------- Marine the Raccoon and Blaze, Downunda Blaze was a little taken aback by Marine's request
"Very well" she said. "But I need to decide where we go. And it may be dangerous"
"I do danger every day!" she said sounding proud. "If you want to go somewhere, that's fine! But I'm the captain so I drive!"
Oh, this is where I wish the challenge wasn’t DnD only. Most of my DnD games as a player were when I was starting out, so my characters were kinda terrible. After that, I tended to play in different systems. I’ve only recently come back to DnD, and then as a DM rather than a player.
However, for DnD, my favourite character would be Nurik Stouthammer, a Dwarven Fighter. (Some people reading this may recognize the name!) This was a character I made back when 4th Edition just came out, and the group I was with was giving it a go for the first time. I wasn’t sure if I could make it at first, and the plan was to have a mix of characters and races, to try all the different options out. As I was late, most of my usual picks were gone. So for a change of pace I went for the Dwarf. And had a blast playing him. Nurik’s attitude could best be summed up by, after being the only member of the party to pass a fear check save “What are you all worried about? It’s just a dragon!”
Out of the three editions I’ve played, I would say 5th Edition. But it’s hard to explain why without referencing the other two.
For 3.5 there is a huge amount of customisation you can do with your character. There are hundreds of options. The downside; there are hundreds of options. They can be very overwhelming for a new player, and there are so many complex rules on top of that. Plus, it is very easy, due to all these options, for there to be a massive power disparity between characters.
4th Edition does two things really well. It is a solid tabletop tactical fantasy game. And it is very easy system to learn and play, making it a good gateway TTRPG. However, for anything else, 4th Ed is very poor. There is little to know character customisation, and even all the different classes feel very similar to each other, as all follow the same exact rules.
And this is where 5th Edition comes in. It hits a nice middle ground between the two. Simples to learn like 4th but does more than just table tactical combat. More customisation that 4th Ed, but not as much to be overwhelming, or accidentally leading to bad builds as 3.5. It is a very decent, solid system that isn’t intimidating to newcomers and still allows for many different characters.
On a side note, an amendium on the Day 4 question – Favourite Gameworld. Since writing that I’ve got my hands on the Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica sourcebook. And I really like this setting. It’s sort of a fantasy version of the sci-fi planet wide city, which is an interesting concept, and the 10 Guilds in charge of the city offer many different story possibilities. Plus, one of those guilds is pretty much a Technomagic guild, so that’s an automatic bonus for me.
I’m not sure I’d want to spend every DnD game in Ravnica, but it’s certainly a setting I’d love to explore at somepoint.
Hello and Happy new year, I hope everyone is having a decent new year so far. I'm still taking simple drawing requests/suggestions. If there is sonic character (It could be your sonic character and/or an offical character (mobian, human, robot. other.), from any of the series, you would like to see me draw feel free to let me know. I'd like to share more art in the future.
I… can’t answer this. I don’t have one. I don’t really get involved with the deity side of things when I play DnD (yeah, I’ve never played a Cleric) so I know next to little about them. Even less than the official game worlds that we talked about before.
-Tekno the Canary, Casino Night Zone The jade canary started punching the pod uselessly. "No... c'mon, this... this can't be happening..." But her frustration would only increase once she rose her eyes and saw the titanic flying fortress over the zone. Inmediately, she saw the robots and pods all over the city. With a face that couldn't hide her dread, Tekno replied to Charmy "It did, kid... this place definately got darker." ________________________________________________________________________________ -Sonic the Hedgehog, Unknown Island "I have to get up there... but how?" the hedgehog wondered, still glancing at the airships. "Well, standing still in the middle of the beach will serve for nothing!" And once again he bursted into the center of the island. Not even getting close to sound speed, he noticed the airfield. "Huh... how convenient." After the sound of several more explosions piercing through the heavens, the blue hedgehog noticed one of the aircrafts falling, severely damaged. "That seems preeeeetty bad...Gonna need help if that thing has passengers. I might not be able to save them all..." he thought. The azure creature run to the airbase, without even caring about more than clear carelessness state of the base."HELLOOOOOOO! SOMEBODY HEEEEERE?? I need a hand... well, several hands could come in handy!" He yelled. "*cough* No time for puns, idiot!" he said to himself, before resuming his search for aid.
Just a single d20 for me. It’s a pretty normal one, with a deep blue and a silver marbling effect. But the reason I like this is it just rolls well. Not crazy well, like 20’s all the time, be generally rolls above ten and hasn’t let me down on crucial rolls.