Daily Punch 10-12-15 Scald spell for Shadowrun 5e

I’m teaching at a college, and in chem class we’re covering specific heat.  Water has the highest specific heat I can think of.  Let’s use that in SR!

Scald
(INDIRECT, ELEMENTAL)
Type: P Range: LOS Damage: P
Duration: F rounds Drain: F + 2
Geyser
(INDIRECT, ELEMENTAL)
Type: P Range: LOS (A) Damage: P
Duration: F rounds Drain: F + 4
You know why the Stuffer Shacks Soupper Bites burn you so hard?  It’s the filling!  A few crazy mages are doing the same to their enemies.  It’s a tougher spell as it mixes water and fire magic at the same time, but it hurts like the dickens!  This spell hits either one target with a ball of super heated water or several targets.  The target(s) are all dealt fire damage as heat with none of that nasty extra fire in the area.  This damage is treated as fire for purposes of resisting and reducing damage.  However, what does happen is the targets are covered in boiling water that sticks on the target doing damage.  At the start of the targets first action each turn on its first initiative pass that turn, after the first the target is delta force – the number of rounds since the spell was cast fire damage again as the boiling water burns the target over time.  A target can avoid the subsequent damage by using a complex action to remove its soaked clothing or by brushing off the water.  If a mage critically cliches while casting this spell, the spell goes off prematurely and coats the mage in the water causing damage as if the spell was cast on the character.

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Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Pathfinder Player Companion: Melee Tactics Toolbox

Product-Pathfinder Player Companion: Melee Tactics Toolbox

System– Pathfinder

Producer– Paizo

Price– $12  here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1601257325?keywords=melee%20tactics%20toolbox&qid=1444860587&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

TL; DR– a one-feat-book 77%

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Basics-Why do it from afar when you can hurt them up close!  Melee Tactics Toolbox provides every up close and personal character with several new options ranging from spells, items, feats, class options, and even new archetypes much live every other player companion product.

Mechanics or Crunch-This is a major crunch book for players, but I wasn’t amazed.  There are several new options, but nothing here immediately made me want to build a character based around that theme.  Some of the new options seem like new expectations just for expansion sake as the archetypes underwhelmed me like the rogue archetype that strips out all the rogue powers that make a rogue a rogue.  Nothing here is objectively bad, but it’s not as amazing as I expected. 4/5

Theme or Fluff-This book has a bit of theme, but not as much as I wanted.  You get a few bits and pieces but not near as much as the world books the Paizo puts out.  It feels light. 3.5/5

Execution– This book has a ton it it, but it feels a bit overstuffed.  There are many things in the book, but it feels a bit like things were thrown in because of the melee thing and that was the sole reason that they made the cut.  So, things didn’t flow as well as other books.  Also, much of the execution was a bit off as there were a few too many walls of text to really draw me into and through the book.  But, as a counterpoint, the book does have a nice font, decent layout aside from a few too many text walls, and some nice art.  However, as a counterpoint to that, the book still has the standard Paizo price for its splatbooks which is a little high anyway. 4/5

Summary-This is my least favorite Paizo Pathfinder book to date.  Overall, it’s not a horrible book, but compared to Paizo’s other products, I wouldn’t suggest you start with this one.  Honestly, this is a one-feat-book meaning that you will find exactly one thing from this book that might, sometimes, help you PFS character.  And, you will buy it so you can show your PFS GM the feat/spell/item, so you can legally use it in your game.  But, truth be told, you can pass this book by and be ok even if you are a greatsword only fighter.  Too many options that are not worth the price, little world and character story, and a less than stellar execution make this a book that won’t find its way into many Pathfinder collections.  77%

Daily Punch 10-09-15 Calculating fighting style for DnD 5e

How about someone who thinks through his/her actions instead of charges in?  Let’s make that happen…

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When you take the attack action, you can forgo your first attack as part of that action and instead gain an extra reaction this round.  You can take this reaction at any time until the start of your next turn.  Also, if you gain an extra attack via two weapon fighting, you must give up the attack that has your ability bonus added into damage.

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Daily Punch 10-8-15 Shield the Faithful cantrip for DnD 5e

I like characters that protect others.  Let’s make a cantrip for clerics who do less damage but help a bit more.

Shield the Faithful

Abjuration cantrip

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 50 feet

Components: V,S

Duration: Instantaneous

Choose a creature in range.  That creature get +1 to armor class until the start of your next round, and then choose a creature engaged with the primary target to make a Constitution saving throw.  On a failure, that creature is bathed in scorching light and takes 1d6 radiant damage.

The spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6).

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Daily Punch 10-07-15 Awesome Rage feat for DnD 5e

Today, let’s build on the rage barbarians already get.

Awesome Rage

You are a true source of carnage on the battlefield and a terror to behold.  None can withstand your fury!  Gain the following:

  • While raging, you can reduce the number of rounds you rage by 1/2.  If you do so, you gain advantage on all Strength-based attacks.
  • Double the damage done from your Rage Damage class feature.
  • While raging, you have also have advantage on all Constitution checks and Constitution saving throws.

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Ring Side Report-Board Game Review of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell’s Heart

Product-Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell’s Heart

Producer-Paizo

Price– $ 20 here http://www.amazon.com/Pathfinder-Adventure-Card-Game-Shackles/dp/1601256949/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444228580&sr=8-1&keywords=From+hell%27s+heart

Set-up/Play/Clean-up– 60 minutes per scenario (1-6 players, 5 scenarios)

Type-American

Depth-medium

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TL; DR-The ships paid off! 98%

Basics-Do you have what it takes to take the crown?  From Hell’s Heart is the conclusion of the Skull and Shackles Adventure Card Game, and it’s a doozy.  Players have to contend with an invasion from the devil worshipers from the north, then fight it out to become rulers of the Shackles.  To play, you will need the base Pathfinder Adventure Card Game as well as the first five adventure decks.

Mechanics-SHIPS!  If you’ve played the first five adventure decks, you keep getting ships.  From the outside, they just look like another way your character can level up as you become increasingly awesome.  However, when you get to second scenario in this pack, you get to fight all the ships you DIDN’T take as they are invading the Shackles!  That right there makes everything completely forgiven.  This adventure pack has many of the same mechanics you’ve come to expect, but the crazy sea battle is just phenomenal.  It’s quickly done, easy to pull off, and an absolute blast.  This pack isn’t a slouch by the way.  No monsters will pull their punches here.  You have to earn the crown, and it feel glorious when you do!  5/5

Theme–  I keep complaining that this isn’t the most theme orientated American style game out there.  However, the mechanics really drive home some of the more awesome points.  Sure you don’t get a full introduction of all the people, but the varied encounters and the setup of each scenario really provide the atmosphere that will keep you in the game as a pirate.  It’s not perfect, but it’s as good as you’re going to get without a guide.  4.5/5

Instructions– The game has set itself up well, and at this point is just taking a victory lap.  All the previous adventure packs and base game set up the pieces and instructions, and this one just knocks it out of the park.  All the rules are easy to follow, and the scenarios fall into piece from there. 5/5

Execution-I like the art to this game, the cards are in good shape, and I don’t have to destroy the packaging to get at the components.  That’s all I can ask for in a card game! 5/5

Summary-Paizo had me hooked a long time ago when I bought this adventure path’s starter set.  Once you’re in for $60, unless something is completely horrible, you’re going to pay the additional $100 across five other packs to get the whole game.  Since I was $80 in before the last pack, this one could have been absolute crap and I’d most likely still have bought it to complete my set.  However, this one is the best part of the whole path.  You have ship battles, you have mass naval combat ( something I didn’t think i’d see!), secret missions into the heart of the fortress, a stalking dragon (that makes the blessing deck a terrible, mind numbing, scary ordeal!), and an epic final battle with the pirate king.  This is everything I wanted this AP to be, and I got more.  If you were not sure about playing the Pathfinder adventure card game before, this is the reason you play this game.  I promise you will enjoy it!  98%