Archives for September 2008

Geekiest things at once meme

Well, I doubt this is THE geekiest combination of things I've ever done at once, but it probably comes close.

Monday night I was watching Big Bang Theory, laughing at  Sheldon recounting why he couldn't be a Green Lantern (duh, has to get a ring from the Guardians on Oa, etc.) but he could be Batman (as if), while cutting out D&D 4th edition power cards that I printed from a template I downloaded from EN World, using the Magic Set Editor for printing out home-brewed Magic: the Gathering cards (downloaded from, home of open source software). While wearing a Rasputina t-shirt. (sitting in front of a coffee table piled with comics)

So, faithful and innumerable readers: you are hereby challenged! What's your geekiest combo moment?

PS: Last night at chorale rehearsal, we got The Messiah. YIKES. That puppy is DIFF-Y-KULT. I may switch to tenor.

My political leanings, apparently

You are a
Social Liberal
(71% permissive)

and an…
Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Mosaic update

Saturday's game was very fun, and very different. Our DM had a timed combat set up of 25 rounds, with particular things scheduled to happen at various points. And happen things did.

We had gone to the town of Sandpoint at the behest of Rashmali's cousin Aadrashini, because giants were attacking. Understatement. Lots of giants were attacking. We spent the time running from one end of Sandpoint to the other, dispatching clusters of giants. Fortunately I was in a mood to use up magic items I'd been carrying around for a very long time. Mordecai decided to use the scroll of fly we'd acquired ages ago, and now I've decided that fly is essential for a gnome. He's taking the fell flight invocation as soon as he can. It was very cool to be able to fly around and eldritch blast the heck out of monsters from a safe distance.

We were fine with fighting the stone giants, but then the juvenile red dragon swooped over. Ack! I was worried about that, but Bellos (J's tauran druid) zapped it with baleful polymorph and turned it into a lizard!!

That was the coolest moment of the whole game. WOW.

We managed to defeat the giant menace in the alloted time and prevented the destruction of most of the town. Quin, Bellos and Rashmali have gone up to 10th level, and Mordecai's at 9th.

Brandis Dale

Since Scott posted his PC for our 4e game, here's mine:

  Brandis Dale

Male Human Ranger / Rogue, Level 1, Good
Strength 14 (+2), Constitution 14 (+2), Dexterity 18 (+4), Intelligence 13 (+1), Wisdom 18 (+4), Charisma 9 (-1)
Height 5'10", Weight 180 lb, Skin: Brown, Eyes: Black, Hair: Black, Wavy, Beardless; Size: Medium; Speed: 6 squares; Vision: Normal
Maximum Hit Points: 26; Bloodied: 13; Surge Value: 6; Surges / Day: 8 [includes constitution modifier] 

Initiative: 1d20 +4 = + 4 [dexterity]
Base Strength Attack: 1d20 +2 = + 2 [strength]
Base Dexterity Attack: 1d20 +4 = + 4 [dexterity]
Base Constitution Attack: 1d20 +2 = + 2 [constitution]
Base Intelligence Attack: 1d20 +1 = + 1 [intelligence]
Base Wisdom Attack: 1d20 +4 = + 4 [wisdom]
Base Charisma Attack: 1d20 -1 = -1 [charisma]
Armor Class: 16 = 10 + 4 [dexterity] + 2 [leather]
Fortitude Defense: 14 = 10 + 1 [Human] + 1 [ranger] + 2 [constitution]
Reflex Defense: 16 = 10 + 1 [Human] + 1 [ranger] + 4 [dexterity]
Will Defense: 15 = 10 + 1 [Human] + 4 [wisdom]

Armor: Leather (15 lb)
Shield: None

    Unarmed Melee: +2 vs AC [+2 strength]; damage 1[W]=1d4+2 [strength]
    Short sword: +5 vs AC [+2 strength] [+3 proficiency]; damage 1[W]=1d6+2 [strength] 2 lb (Light blade) Usable off-hand
    Crossbow: +6 vs AC [+4 dexterity] [+2 proficiency]; damage 1[W]=1d8+4 [dexterity] range 15/30 4 lb (Crossbow) Load minor
        Add +1 damage for Weapon Focus — Crossbow
    Careful Attack +2w [strength] vs AC
    Careful Attack +4w [dexterity] vs AC
    Nimble Strike +4w [dexterity] vs AC
    Twin Strike +2w [strength] vs AC
    Twin Strike +4w [dexterity] vs AC
    Evasive Strike (melee) +2w [strength] vs AC
    Evasive Strike (ranged) +4w [dexterity] vs AC
    Split the Tree +4w [dexterity] vs AC

    w Weapon-based power. Apply adjustments for proficiency, situation, feats, magic, etc.

Base Saving Throw: d20 vs 10

Encumbrance 4e

Normal Load:
Heavy Load:
Maximum Drag Load
140 lb.
280 lb.
700 lb.

Encumbrance 3.5

Light load:
Medium load:
Heavy load:
Lift over head:
Lift off ground:
Push or drag:
58 lb. or less
59-116 lb.
117-175 lb.
175 lb.
350 lb.
875 lb.



Languages: Common; Draconic;



    Acrobatics: +9 = 4 [dexterity] + 5 [class training]
    Arcana: +1 = 1 [intelligence]
    Athletics: +2 = 2 [strength]
    Bluff: -1 = -1 [charisma]
    Diplomacy: -1 = -1 [charisma]
    Dungeoneering: +9 = 4 [wisdom] + 5 [class training]
    Endurance: +2 = 2 [constitution]
    Heal: +9 = 4 [wisdom] + 5 [class training]
    History: +1 = 1 [intelligence]
    Insight: +4 = 4 [wisdom]
    Intimidate: -1 = -1 [charisma]
    Nature: +9 = 4 [wisdom] + 5 [class training]
    Perception: +9 = 4 [wisdom] + 5 [class training]
    Religion: +1 = 1 [intelligence]
    Stealth: +9 = 4 [dexterity] + 5 [class training]
    Streetwise: -1 = -1 [charisma]
    Thievery: +9 = 4 [dexterity] + 5 [multiclass training]


    Weapon Focus — Bow  
    Multiclass Rogue  



    Basic Melee Attack: By weapon, damage 1[W]+2 [strength]
    Basic Ranged Attack: By weapon, damage 1[W]+4 [dexterity]
    Bull Rush: +2 [strength] vs fortitude
    Grab: +2 [strength] vs reflex
    Move grabbed target: +2 [strength] vs fortitude
    Escape: +9 [acrobatics] vs reflex / +2 [athletics] vs fortitude
    Careful Attack [Level 1]
    Nimble Strike [Level 1]
    Twin Strike [Level 1]

    Other Standard Actions: Administer a potion; Aid another; Charge [+1 to basic melee attack or bull rush]; Coup de grace; Equip / stow shield; Ready an action; Total defense; Sustain standard action; Some skills during combat (i.e., Acrobatics — fast escape; Bluff, Heal — first aid, Intimidate, Perception — active, Thievery depending on circumstances)
    Other Move Actions: Crawl; Run [speed 8]; Stand up; Shift; Squeeze; Walk; may include some skills during combat (i.e., Acrobatics, Athletics)
    Other Minor Actions: Draw / sheathe weapon; Drink a potion; Drop prone; Load a crossbow; Open / close a door; Pick up an item; Retrieve / stow an item; Sustain minor action; Some skills during combat (i.e., Insight)
    Other Immediate Action: Readied action


    Other Opportunity Action: Opportunity attack


    Other Free Actions: Drop held items; End a grab; Talk
    Other Non-Actions: Delay; Endurance checks; Insight to counter Bluff; Knowledge checks; Perception — passive
    Short rest: Healing surges as available
    Five minutes: Normal escape from restraints (Acrobatics)
    One hour: Forage; Streetwise check

Encounter Powers:  Second Wind,   Spend an Action Point [free action, not in surprise round],  Sneak Attack [multiclass rogue][sneak attack once per encounter with combat advantage],   Evasive Strike [Level 1]

Daily Powers:  Split the Tree [Level 1]


  • One extra at-will power from your class (already included)
  • One bonus feat at 1st level (already included)
  • One bonus skill from the skill class list (already included)
  • +1 to fortitude, reflex, and will defenses


  • This ranger chose the archer style. This gives the equivalent of the defensive mobility feat [not listed above].
  • Hunter's Quarry — bonus damage 1d6 [minor action]
  • Prime Shot

Brandis Dale's Equipment:

    22 lb
    3 lb
    2 lb
    5 lb

    1 lb
    10 lb
    10 lb
    2 lb
    4 lb
    1 lb
    60 lb

    Weapons / Armor / Shield (from above)
    Arrows (quiver of 30) x1
    Flint and steel
    Pouch (belt) x1
    Rations (1 day) x10
    Rope (50′, hempen) x1
    Sunrods x2
    Waterskins x1
    Thieves' tools


More about Brandis Dale:

    Brandis Dale's parents and grandparents were members of the Order of the Crucible, so naturally Brandis rebelled for a time, wandering through the forests and the cities of the fallen Empire on his own. After witnessing the dangers faced by the common people (when he got the scar creasing his face), he returned to the Order and begged for a place in it. Quiet, moody and somewhat fierce in appearance because of his scar, Brandis can be very kind, especially to children, and cares deeply for the needs of the common folk.

Edited to take advantage of sneak attack

Gaming goodness

Haven't posted in a bit, not substantially, so here goes.

We didn't get to play much, but we have the beginnings of an intriguing adventure ahead, finding out more about Rashmali's people, the benraman. We played for not quite an hour, then sold stuff and bought more stuff, which took about three hours. But it had been ages since we'd done that, since before the Underdark, so we had a backlog. I still haven't gotten to see how Mordecai performs as a gnome; he's fought a scale golem, but those have spell resistance. He made some tasty magic item purchases that should help in that area.

I'm excited about running a one-shot 4th edition game for S. on the 20th. I'm reading through Keep on the Shadowfell and will mod it to some extent–well, the extent is getting greater and greater the more I get into it. Should be interesting, and fun to run a game again, although 4e still seems more like a minis game than D&D. I'll try and reserve judgement though.