I really don't have anything to say about this other than good luck trying to move a guy made out of sand without loosing any parts. A true resurrection spell is in his future. That or a character reroll if the party can't (or won't) scrape together the funds for it.
Art from GIS for sandscupltures and really there's a crapton of them
Not every boss battle has to be about combat. Some of them can be about other things. And it can really throw you players for a loop if they're expecting combat. "We buff up and charge in!" "The final battle begins! Dance off for the fate of the universe!" "Wtf?!"
Gnomes. Loved. Hated. Nothing in between. Such is life for our tiny big-nosed prankster friends. They only prank you because they care. About your unending suffering at the hands of a thousand tiny practical jokes. Mwa ha ha ha.
Players tend to expect things. When they start expecting thrones, especially ones belonging to npcs, you need to have a sit down dragged out talk with them. If that doesn't work, convert to brawling forthwith.
Commoners beware! The kobolds are infesting the janitorial staff. I've always wondered about kobolds. They're like the picked on kid of the D&D universe. Them and goblins. Of course having them in a more modern setting would lead to all sorts of interesting conundrums. Likely they'd be subjugated like they always are but instead of cannon fodder they'd be janitors and garbagemen and all the other lowly jobs no one else wants to do. Hooray for inherent systematic racism!
In 3.5 D&D there are these wonderful things called templates. They allow for such craziness as flying pigs, ghostly gelatinous cubes, and all other manner of bizarre monstrosities. Before I found out about templates I would just do silly things like fire pigs out of catapults or ballistas. There was also the time they were on strings.
Epic is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes literally. Not so much when you're facing down an entire undead army. A great way to let your players know that they have arrived is the quality of the enemies they face. Fighting bandits and rats puts them near the bottom of the food chain, even if they never see much else. It's when they move on up to monsters and opponents that are threats to entire nations that they can say they've become big heroes. Now this isn't the be and end all of epic, but it's certainly one of its parts. Until next time.
I entirely like this picture. It's like a visual aid that you could whip out for an amazing RPG session. But it would take way too much work to do something like this all the time, which runs right into the point. You have to leave room for the player's imagination in your descriptions. Leave no doubt about the major points but give hints as to what else may be in the area. This is the essence of efficient descripting.
Look! A distraction! That should keep you from realizing I haven't updated in nearly a week. Sadly I don't have a sexy lady to distract you from my dragon of lack of updates but it will have to suffice. So here's a poster and some quotes.
And now for something very much the same.
* Dahmpir rolls: d20+21 => 20 + 21 = 41
Clementine: (( nice ))
Steely Dan: (( you are totally invisible ))
Clementine: (( Myko loses sight of himself. ))
LooneyDM: (( my poor bugbear helpers ))
Helena: (( delicious HAMBURGER HELPER ))
Nelven: (( hel is really attached to her bitches ))
Helena: (( MY BABIES ))
Nelven: (( XD ))
Atargatis: (( My giant hulking animated chunks of armor! ))
Helena: (( I should rename them SexyBaby and CrazyBaby ))
Dahmpir: (( imma bite him ))
* Dahmpir rolls: d20+12 => 1 + 12 = 13
Helena: (( good god ))
Dahmpir: (( good god leoTard!! ))
Helena: (( I am sorry Dahmpir, but this bot, she don't like you ))
Atargatis: (( This bot is a cruel mistress ))
Dahmpir: (( soooo i bite....myself... ))
Atargatis: (( I see what you're going for with leotard, but you know that's an article of clothing, right? ))
* Steely Dan chops off the dead bugbear leader's head
Steely Dan: "Righ' so... this isna gonna fit in mah kilt"
Atargatis: (( You really made it far while we weren't paying attention ))
* Steely Dan sits down and plays cards with acorn while waiting
Steely Dan: (( you guys are slooooooow ))
LooneyDM: The benches and planks lift steely off the ground in a bizarre clavacade of interlocking wood. It smushes down to smaller than feegle size.
Steely Dan: (( HE HEARS ALL YOUR HEARTS BEATING ))
Steely Dan: (( and also that fart you tried to do really quietly ))
Steely Dan: this movie doesn't really make sense
Clementine: ...What's a ... movie?
Steely Dan: (( THAT WAS OOC ))
Steely Dan: (( CRAP ))
Atargatis: (( What do you guys think - Pies? We can roast the seeds... we could also probably make some great pumpkin soup ))
Steely Dan: (( sure but "Oh no. He has been captured." does not sound like the little dragon cares ))
Steely Dan: (( I AM SUSPICIOUS ))
LooneyDM: (( should I have had him go OH NOES! TEH HORRORS! OUR LEADERS HAS BEEN CAPENTURED! ))
Steely Dan: (( YES YOU SHOULD HAVE ))
Steely Dan: (( little dragons should absolutely use lolspeak ))
Atargatis: (( Uh, that was OOC ))
Atargatis: (( Atargatis is not happy about kidnappings ))
Atargatis: (( Dragonnappings ))
Clementine: (( the dragons are sleeping? ))
Atargatis: (( We're totally getting manipulated by somebody. ))
Steely Dan: (( yes and he's sitting RIGHT OVER THERE *points at looney* ))
LooneyDM: (( well that's a given ))
LooneyGM: Last time our heroes fought a massive pumpkin. What it was doing underground nobody knows
Atargatis: (( ...Finding its roots? ))
Atargatis: "So why don't we go find out? We take the bugbear head and try to get passage to the queen. If this doesn't work, we just kill them all. If we an't get the queen to release the fairy dragon, we kill them all. If we find out they're working with the undead, we kill them all."
Atargatis: "I think this plan suits everyone's needs."
Helena: "Disturbingly high probability of genocide. Sounds like a party."
Atargatis: (( Please stop talking about whatever weird rape porn game you are talking about. I am trying to be heroic and dramatic here! ))
No more talking about F.A.T.A.L. around Atargatis.
I have at times succumbed to the lure of videogames when I should be prepping for games. Rarely, but more frequently of late. I blame this particular game. It's called Torchlight. I really should not get so into this game, but it's so fun. Thankfully I've got everything planned out for one of my games until the end of the campaign.