Jun 01

The Campaigns: Made Men – Episode 17: Let’s go to Bacon Strips

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Here is Episode 17 of our DnDNext Actual Play podcast. In this Episode The PC’s continue to nurse Quarian back to health only to learn that he is being hunted by Sand Demon’s because of the Crystal Collar that he wears. We also finally answer the burning question: Is Grexil bigger than a Sand Demon



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    • Jonathon on August 9, 2013 at 1:37 am
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    Hello all-

    It is true and until you actually confirmed it, I have not really noticed a lot of battles and just a lot of talking.

    YEAH!!! BIG BATTLE!!! FINALLY!!! And with a designed monster to boot. I have done adventure building and is it not amazing, if not annoying, that when you build an adventure and you think that your adventure is going to slaughter the players and then they come in and kill your monsters.

    Did a DnD Academy search on Cafepress and there was no bacon shirt available ๐Ÿ™ ; only 8 items.

    Sand Demon: Round semi-purple โ€“ Barney? 30โ€™ reach? or 30โ€™ arm span? Interesting; but had to re-listen to the description several times of the demon, but still could not picture what it looked like. Have you put up the stats on the website? If not, could you; interested to see how deadly you made this creature.

    So what is up with writers and demons? It seems that there are a lot of demons out there. The last adventure I turned in got rewrote and demons replaced my assassins.

    OMG!!! Grapple is so frickinโ€™ whimpy; only d20 + Str or Dex, no other modifiers. V3.5 was a killer: Crocodile, Giant CR 4 +21, Remorhaz CR 7 +23, Roper CR 12 +18

    Is there called shots in DnD Next? If not, why does Evan keep doing called shots (several episodes now); DM needs to inform him of no called shots; or is the โ€˜say yes to the playersโ€™ coming into affect here.

    OKโ€ฆ That was a BIG BATTLE? Thought the battle would have been more exciting; the players did not even seem that excited, especially when they killed the sand demon. ???



    1. Jonathon,
      I have found it difficult to navigate through cafepress myself. Try this link. http://www.cafepress.com/dd/77586289
      It should get you to that T-shirt. I bought one to wear at Gencon ๐Ÿ™‚

      Battles: I’m still working out how to do exciting battles. The one with the Sand Demon was supposed to be this big set-piece encounter but it clearly did not fit the bill. I probably should have had another one (or two )pop up to amp things up but I actually thought that one was a fair battle and didn’t want to slaughter the party. In our recent A New World game we had been playing for a couple hours. All RP and had a set up for a battle the players bit on. Fought 3 giant, invisible spiders with corrosive webbing. Easily the most boring part of the game. Not sure how much of it is not knowing Next monsters well enough, not using maps and Mini’s, the group I have or just my lack of skill, but I am working on it.

      There are no rules for critical hits, but I’m default to old systems. I give the baddie an AC boost depending on what they are trying to hit and if the attack still hits I’m giving them a bonus. Not necessarily damage as much as an effect: baddie drops something or in case of the sand demon easier to get out of grip / cutting a tentacle off.


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