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I submitted this to a friend of mine. He said "Usually 5e puts people in the “nearest unoccupied space” when they don’t fit, sadly."

Nevin73 wrote:

I submitted this to a friend of mine. He said "Usually 5e puts people in the “nearest unoccupied space” when they don’t fit, sadly."

How large does this "space" need to be? Does it need to allow the subject to maneuver or can it be, say, an iron maiden or an oubliette? Does the space need to be free of things that can harm it? Can it, for instance, be a vat filled with acid or an Hansel and Gretel oven? Can it be the mouth of a Kraken?

Paleocon, have you just invented pokemon in 5e?

kazooka wrote:

Paleocon, have you just invented pokemon in 5e?

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Paleocon wrote:
Nevin73 wrote:

I submitted this to a friend of mine. He said "Usually 5e puts people in the “nearest unoccupied space” when they don’t fit, sadly."

How large does this "space" need to be? Does it need to allow the subject to maneuver or can it be, say, an iron maiden or an oubliette? Does the space need to be free of things that can harm it? Can it, for instance, be a vat filled with acid or an Hansel and Gretel oven? Can it be the mouth of a Kraken?

All very good questions. Honestly I would think that the original idea should work but I'm hardly an expert on 5E.

Paleocon wrote:

How large does this "space" need to be?

Large enough to fit the creature in question, so 5'x5' for Small & Medium sized creatures, 10'x10' for Large, and so on.

Does it need to allow the subject to maneuver or can it be, say, an iron maiden or an oubliette?

I would rule no on an iron maiden, as it is unlikely to be large enough to encompass a 5x5 empty space. An oubliette could work, so long as the interior is large enough.

Does the space need to be free of things that can harm it? Can it, for instance, be a vat filled with acid or an Hansel and Gretel oven?

Not necessarily, but it would depend on the situation. The inside of a vat of acid might not qualify as unoccupied, but depending on the spell/effect used the space directly above the vat might be valid. The oven could be valid so long as it has a large enough interior space.

Can it be the mouth of a Kraken?

No, the space is occupied by the Kraken.

Oh well. So it looks like I will just have to stick to my normal practice of having Fergus (my albino raven familiar) carry them up to 200 feet and dropping them for the 20d6 bludgeoning.

No one liked my usual combo of Flesh-to-Stone followed by Rock-to-Mud either...

ok for those who are playing/running Rime of the Frostmaiden.

...our party arrived at the Black Cabin in our last session and things went rapidly downhill from there. It was....an interesting experience Certainly one of the more unique encounters in an official WotC book

And considerably better than the awful elven tomb encounter from earlier. That was...a great example of how NOT to add puzzles in your encounters.

Finally got to run OSE for my group. Naturally, the one-shot is going to take a second session to complete, but people had fun, and one of the skeptics felt positive about the experience.

I seem to be on an Evil Hat kick - I've ordered monster of the week and scum and villany in the last few days, AND I am excitedly waiting for the full release of Thirsty Sword Lesbians.

Scum and Villainy seems extremely solid, but I haven't played it.

pyxistyx wrote:

I seem to be on an Evil Hat kick - I've ordered monster of the week and scum and villany in the last few days, AND I am excitedly waiting for the full release of Thirsty Sword Lesbians.

I’ve read Monster of the week. Really well written. I think the author is a Goodjer...

mudbunny wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:

I seem to be on an Evil Hat kick - I've ordered monster of the week and scum and villany in the last few days, AND I am excitedly waiting for the full release of Thirsty Sword Lesbians.

I’ve read Monster of the week. Really well written. I think the author is a Goodjer...

The author is...a monster.

mudbunny wrote:

I’ve read Monster of the week. Really well written. I think the author is a Goodjer...

Thanks, and I am indeed!

We were planning to get back to our long-running (with breaks) The One Ring series last night, but due to an absence we tried out John Harper's Storm Furies instead. That takes the Agon system and transplants it to a Battlestar Galactica-inspired setting, everyone playing fighter pilots on the last surviving human carrier. It was great fun.

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Had our first session returning to our long The One Ring game playing through the Darkening of Mirkwood campaign last night. It was fun to return to the characters and world, but after such a long break (over a year!) we all had a lot to remember.

Then they got into a fight with too many trolls and it went very badly (for a while). They rescued those who were captured by the traditional means: a very obvious ploy to distract the trolls and confuse them. Then our Mirkwood elf went and got a bunch of elf border rangers to come and deal with the trolls permanently.

Okay. I have a weird one for you folks.

I have a dear, dear friend who is a committed Satanist and is very interested in playing DnD. She doesn't really care for how devils are portrayed in the mythology though and I figured I would tweak things a little. I am not a huge fan of alignment anyway, so doing so should be a synch.

Anyway, she wants me to do a one shot for her and few of her temple friends and I thought that I would do a campaign where an abused child (possibly trans) in a very religious community asks for help and the party are all either tieflings, minotaurs, or drow sent by a fiend patron to liberate them.

Anyone know of a one shot whose bones come pretty close to this so I can modify it?

Paleocon wrote:

I thought that I would do a campaign where an abused child (possibly trans) in a very religious community

Ok, first off.... yikes. That's...a triple whammy of content warnings your going to need to consider there. I highly recommend you first make sure everyone is ok with that sort of content and at the absolute least i would read through M Grants essays on including Trans and nonbinary players and characters in TTRPGs in particular Portraying Trans and Nonbinary characters in an RPG

As to adventures, not sure. nothing immediately springs to mind but if i get a chance later i'll have a poke about a bit.

pyxistyx wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

I thought that I would do a campaign where an abused child (possibly trans) in a very religious community

Ok, first off.... yikes. That's...a triple whammy of content warnings your going to need to consider there. I highly recommend you first make sure everyone is ok with that sort of content and at the absolute least i would read through M Grants essays on including Trans and nonbinary players and characters in TTRPGs in particular Portraying Trans and Nonbinary characters in an RPG

As to adventures, not sure. nothing immediately springs to mind but if i get a chance later i'll have a poke about a bit.

Yeah. I wasn't sure where to go with that, but it was sort of a request from the audience.

It was a request from the whole audience? also x card defo needed for that, very heavy for a first time at DnD. Also I would be very wary of making the victim trans as well as a child, do you feel comfortable running that?

We have been playing the rather excellent Lancer. Sci fi mech game, in a world that is erm quite nice atucally just not on the outer limits of the Union, their discord channel is also like the friendlist place on the internet. This interview gives you an idea of the character of the 2 creators

Yeah, that sort of thing in my opinion can work with a gaming group that's been together for a long time and have a level of trust, but, as an intro? Seems much tougher; generally, there's a lot to learn with D&D or TTRPGs in general. It's not just learning the game itself, but understanding how roleplaying works, how to share the spotlight, how to interact, lots of things, and, IIRC, you're at least reasonably new to 5e, so that adds even more.

IMO, there's a reason "you meet in a tavern, bandits attack the town" is a classic, and that's because it's an easy start without much to worry about, and is much easier to deal with across the board. Even if you've had a request from one player to do this, that still to me doesn't count as group consent for a very potentially difficult game for some other players, and you may not have all the life experiences where you can handle that kind of subject with the kinds of grace and nuance it might call for.

Every table is different, clearly, but this is a bit of a "flee screaming from the concept" idea for me. It's possible to run some powerful and deep games in D&D, but those are things to build towards, not start with. YMMV in every possible way, of course, but, if you're asking opinions and want one from my rando internet dude perspective, there are loads of alarm bells here for a problematic game across the board. Requested by one person or no, this is the kind of game that makes the r/rpghorrorstories subreddit such a train wreck fascination to read.

onewild wrote:

It was a request from the whole audience? also x card defo needed for that, very heavy for a first time at DnD. Also I would be very wary of making the victim trans as well as a child, do you feel comfortable running that?

We have been playing the rather excellent Lancer. Sci fi mech game, in a world that is erm quite nice atucally just not on the outer limits of the Union, their discord channel is also like the friendlist place on the internet. This interview gives you an idea of the character of the 2 creators

Yeah.

Like I said, the person requesting this campaign is both a first time DnD player and has recently made public their gender identity. They mentioned that a campaign tackling some of the issues around bullying, religion, and self liberation had come up a lot with them and their group of temple attendees (TST). I mentioned the one shot (Song of the Mountains) I ran a little while back and they were intrigued enough to ask me to run this.

Honestly, I am not sure if I am ready to address the issue of gender identity so directly and may actually use something like character race as a stand in (e.g.: a Tiefling child being bullied). Anyway. Lots to think about.

Or, and I'm not overly familiar with DnD but since it's basically fantasy 101 tropes, I assume there is changlings/shapeshifters ect? (I mean that might have all sorts of issues surrounding it that me as a cis dude has no idea about) Like a not too subtle nod in that direction.

Honestly though, if someone asked me to run something like that, I would just hold my hands up and say, I can't run that game because there is far too much potentional for me to completely drop the ball. Think closest we have had to this kind of convo with our group is when one of my players played a black dude or a women in a CoC and if we were going to include the racism/sexism. Conclusion, is not really, cos there is enough in CoC out to kill you/send you insane without exploring real life horrors as well. For us anyway.

Paleocon wrote:

I mentioned the one shot (Song of the Mountains) I ran a little while back and they were intrigued enough to ask me to run this.

On that topic, i've decided i'm probably going to write some follow ups to this.

My plan is to write a cosmic horror themed three-part spinoff which is tangentially related (very loosely - using the weird ceremony Sirenia was trying to complete as it's core), and then also a stand-alone proper follow up.

But for the latter i'm curious to know what direction would be the most appealing for the people who have run/played the adventure. So any feedback you have in that regard would be great!

pyxistyx wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

I mentioned the one shot (Song of the Mountains) I ran a little while back and they were intrigued enough to ask me to run this.

On that topic, i've decided i'm probably going to write some follow ups to this.

My plan is to write a cosmic horror themed three-part spinoff which is tangentially related (very loosely - using the weird ceremony Sirenia was trying to complete as it's core), and then also a stand-alone proper follow up.

But for the latter i'm curious to know what direction would be the most appealing for the people who have run/played the adventure. So any feedback you have in that regard would be great!

Ooooh. I know some folks who would be very interested in this.

My friend has his first Kickstarter for his new RPG. I am a bad friend because I don't know much about it because I hate role playing, but it sounds interesting.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...

An RPG zine about creating a Town and seeing how it changes through the eyes of those who left and returned, and those who remained.

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Holy crap... I don't need this... but might buy it anyway for the sheer brilliance of it.

Kickstarter for custom AI generated dungeons.

manta173 wrote:

Holy crap... I don't need this... but might buy it anyway for the sheer brilliance of it.

Kickstarter for custom AI generated dungeons.

Why YES! I would like a dungeon completely made out of latrines.