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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5


22nd Apr 2020, 1:43 AM

Usopp's dialog there should probably be revised a bit, as it stands the grammar doesn't make much sense. That being said, the intent of his exclamation is absolutely on point: do NOT underestimate the power terrain effects can have on the health and safety of your party. I can count on my hand the number of times that sort of thing has come up, and every time my party has struggled to deal with them, to the point where we almost lost characters.

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22nd Apr 2020, 4:36 AM

It's cause they're usually far to irregular for parties to properly prepare to handle them.

...also dnd is rather hyper focused towards combat, and mechanics focused, so other types of challenges can leave characters with a lack of options.

I like to think of 3.5 like a really old car sometimes. It's got issues, if you open the door to quickly the handle falls of, when you start it you have to keep the gas pedal juuuuust right, sometimes there are odd sounds from the engine. And yet it just keeps on running.

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22nd Apr 2020, 5:08 AM

Terrain, and Movement outside of combat, is only really a factor when things are going bad for the party.

Then there's the Surprise Terrain effects.

If people are going into the Underdark, they're going to prepare torches ahead of time.

But, if you fall into the Underdark, then you're screwed.

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22nd Apr 2020, 5:22 PM

It's just one misplaced word. If you replace "is" with "much" the whole sentence is on point.

Usopp: "How are we having this much trouble staying alive when we're not even fighting anyone?!"

It's the sign of a major grammar edit without sufficient proofreading. I've done it countless times.

EDIT: Including in this post!

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22nd Apr 2020, 6:14 PM

I like to go with literary conflict guidelines, and pull in a "Man vs. Nature" every once in a while- huge storms, earthquakes, eruptions...

And it gives you an opportunity to significantly change up the situation if you need to.

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22nd Apr 2020, 6:23 PM

Thanks for letting me know! ^_^

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22nd Apr 2020, 9:53 PM

On the other hand our DM somehow didn't expect our Wizard casting protection from fire on the whole party before entering that portal in the form of a flaming tornado.

Who would have thought that behind said tornado would be an area full of flames and lakes of lava...

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22nd Apr 2020, 8:28 AM
"An amusing anecdote about terrain effects"

Had a party in the first session of a campaign, DM was wanting to start up the Neverwinter Campaign, so he collected us, was fond of the "portal spits you out in a random location" method of introducing us. Supposedly rolled on the dice the weather, ended up that we were spat out into the midst of a blizzard. Party consisted of a human mage, a warforged fella, my kobold druid, and I -believe- an infernal warlock, and one other character that I don't recall the details of, but believe -she- was a ranger.

Important details on my character, despite being a shapechanger type druid (shapeshift powers granted little Kobold only -one- form, a direwolf puppy) and his raised by wolves background gave him a big brother wolf looking after him. It was a little homebrew, but it was a balanced bit of homebrewing, in exchange for having my pet, I only get -one- form to shapeshift into, unlike standard druids.

Dm called out that it was pretty cold in the blizzard, and indicated the members wearing -metal- armor suddenly started needed to roll constitution checks, and face losing healing surges. After 4 rounds of this by which even the rest of the party started needing to roll those constitution checks, the party was discussing building a snow sled and turning him and his big brother into sled dogs. Little Kobold's like " know what? Fuck that. That's INSULTING to me. Y'all do what you want." and with a nature check, little Kobold shifted into wolf, and he and his big brother wolf dug out a den in the snow big enough to hide out the blizzard. Almost immediately the rest of the party, save for the warforged, asked to join little Kobold in his den, and he let the females in with just a sigh of acknowledgement, and a requirement of an apology. It took the Warforged nearly 8 rounds of rolling constitution checks, and 6 of his 10 healing surges before he finally gave in, swallowed his pride, and apologized for trying to turn the wolf and the kobold into sled dogs. He ended up at the outermost edge of the cuddle-puddle in the den that resulted, with little Kobold and the wolf both being in the middle of it.

Later on, DM was like "... It was clever, I was expecting someone to be like "LEMME PULL OUT A TORCH FOR SOME FIRE!" but your idea worked too. The rest of you really -really- should think again about wasting time in the middle of a blizzard trying to build a vehicle instead of finding shelter or warmth first. If not for your Kobold, your party would've otherwise died."

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23rd Apr 2020, 3:06 AM

Wow! Re-reading these again after a few years and I am absolutely in love! Your writing is exceptional, and I love everyone; including and surprisingly Phill. He's literally one of the best and most sympathetic characters I've ever read. Well done.

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