Daily Punch 11-28-16 Compact of the Queen

Another item for my players.  How about a fey gift…
Compact of the Queen

Sometimes they fey give gifts.  These are items of power.  Sometimes the Fairy Queen gives a gift.  This is even more powerful.  All come with strings attached.  The magical makeup compact is full of powder and a mirror.  As a triggered action, you can apply the powder and look in the mirror.  If you do, you increase the power of your own glamour and any creature that must make a save against an enchantment tradition spell cast by you has one bane added the roll.

Daily Punch 11-29-16 Blessed Antlers of The Horned King for Shadow of the Demon Lord

I had two players get items over the weekend.  Here is what one player got.
Blessed Antlers of the Horned King

While the Maiden in the Moon changes every month, the Horned King does bow to the cycles of nature as well.  Occasionally, he loses his antlers.  Such antlers retain a fraction of his power and are fashioned into items of great magic.  This head dress charges the healers of his faith by providing and additional 1d6 hit points for any Life tradition spell that restores damage.

Daily Punch 11-21-16 System Shock spell for DnD 5e

WE’RE BACK! Let’s jump in with some spell!


System Shock

1st-level evocation

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S
Duration: Instantaneous

With a wave of your hands and a touch from your fingers, you shoot a jolt of energy so strong into a creature, you disrupt its brain functions.  A creature you touch must make a Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the target takes 3d8 lightning damage and is stunned for one round. On a successful save, the creature takes half as much damage and isn’t stunned.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 1st.



Daily Punch 11-22-16 Minor Chain Lightning spell for DnD 5e

Let’s keep going with more lightning spell!
Minor Chain Lightning

2nd-level evocation

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 50 feet

Components: V, S, M (a bit of fur; a piece of amber, glass, or a crystal rod; and three silver pins)

Duration: Instantaneous

You conjure a jolt of electricity  that shoots toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Two bolts then leap from that target to separate targets, each of which must be engaged with the first target. A target can be a creature or an object and can be targeted by only one of the bolts.
A target must make a Dexterity saving throw. The target takes 3d8 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3th level or higher, one additional bolt leaps from the first target to another target for each slot level above 2th.

Ring Side Report-Board Game Review of Crazier Eights: Camelot

Product-Crazier Eights: Camelot

Producer– James Gray

Price– $9 here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/recoculous/crazier-eights-camelot

Set-up/Play/Clean-up– 20 minutes (2-4 players)

Type- American


TL; DR-Fluxx and Crazy Eights! 92%


Basics-  Need a lightweight game, but also need a bit of depth?  Crazier Eights: Camalot is an awesome mix of the simplicity of Crazy Eights and Fluxx.  Each player starts with eight cards.  Then on a player’s turn, they draw a card.  That player can play a card and discard a card that matches to top card of the discard pile either in suit, number, or an eight.  The cards players play range from effects which are one time events that might cause a player to draw cards to assets that are permanent things in play that might destroy other assets, cause a player to draw a card, or even change how the game ends.  Then, the next player goes.  The game ends when a player gets to zero cards and wins, an asset makes that player the winner, or there is only one person left.  Long live the king!

Mechanics-I like the simplicity of Uno and the zannynes of fluxx.  This game is both.  It’s fast, simple (you just learned all the rules above), and easy to play.  My wife and I learned this game in the time it takes to order at Outback, and had played a full game before the appetizers came!  It also fits in a pocket, so it’s a blast all around. 4.75/5

Theme-The game doesn’t have perfect theme, but for a simple card game it’s about as much as I can ever hope for.  The cards do semi-appropriate things for the name and art on the card.  It’s hard to symbolize the holy grail in Uno, but this game does the theme enough justice to keep it going.  The game also has some great art, so that always helps theme.  4.5/5


Instructions-The instructions are one page, front and back.  I had a review copy, so there may be more pictures in the normal game, but it’s enough to get the point across.  I will admit something here, I never learned Crazy Eights as a kid!  But, this game taught me how to play and added on its own crazier rules, so that speaks well of the rules as written.  4.5/5

Execution-I like what I see here.  The art on the cards is good.  The cards layout is nice, and the cards are not too wordy.  I’d like the cards to be a bit thicker, but overall, it’s a well put together game.  4.5/5

Summary-You read my deep confession before, so this game should tell you how well done it is.  I like its simple nature, the rules work well, and the art and theme tie things together.  It’s not perfect, but the flaws are few and far between.  I think the fluxx comparison is a good one.  It doesn’t have the humor of Fluxx, but the serious art drives home the theme and keeps me in the game.  And for 10 bucks, you can’t lose on this one.  92%

Daily Punch 11-1-16 Flash Freeze spell for DnD 5e

Ok, let’s do a 5e spell.  Haven’t done that in a while.


Flash Freeze

1st-level evocation

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 50 feet
Components: V, S, M (a vial of water)
Duration: Instantaneous

A small pinpoint of light appears within a point at range.  The light pulses  and then explodes bathing a 10 foot in diameter area in light and frost.  Each creature in the area must make a Dexterity saving throw. A target takes 2d8 cold damage on a failed save and is restrained until the end of its next turn by ice, or half as much damage on a successful one and is not restrained.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 1st.



Daily Punch 10-31-16 Targeting Reticle for Shadowrun 5e

How about being able to shoot better because the eye and the gun target together?


Targeting Reticle Essence Capacity Avail Cost
Rating 1 [2] 4 7,500Y
Rating 2 [4] 8 15,000Y
Rating 3 [6] 12 22,500Y


Targeting Reticule: You have improved the link between your guns, eyes, and your hands.  When you are running a Smartlink in wireless mode with a vision enhancement, you can activate this software to use improved data and telemetry to better target with the weapon.  Increase your dice pool  and accuracy of the weapon when shooting with this active.  This item is primarily software, but the software does take processing power and capacity from any eyeware it is running in.



Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Delta Green: Agent’s Handbook

ProductDelta Green

System-Delta Green

Producer-Arc Dream

Price– $20.00 here http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/181674/Delta-Green-Agents-Handbook?affiliate_id=239993

TL; DR-Great RPG with one big problem 87%


Basics– ia ia cthulhu fhtagn- BUT NOW WITH GUNS! Delta Green is Call of Cthulhu if run by the government as secret agencies vie for power and try to keep the horrors from beyond time and space from destroying the world or taking over the United States!  Can you handle the truth?

Mechanics or Crunch-Let’s break the mechanics up and give the basics as well as my assessment.

Base Mechanics-Delta Green is a classic percentile based system.  You have a skill or an ability rating, and you roll under that number to succeed.  As I grow older, I like this no fuss/no muss methods of rolling dice to avoid overly math-y systems.

Difficulty-When a situation is harder or easier than normal, the GM might ask you to add or subtract 10% or 20% to or from your skill or ability total.  Again, it’s a simple and easy  way to modulate difficulty.

Combat–  Combat is basically simple.  Characters act in dexterity order from high to low.  On your turn you do one action.  These actions range from move, shoot, or aim among other things.  For actions that require a roll, you roll under a skill as above.  There is no given dodge roll if you are attacked.  If you haven’t acted in a round, you can forgo your next action to try to dodge an attack by rolling under the attack roll.  Damage is a single dice roll that subtracts from a hit point total.  Go too low on the hit point total and you pass out.  Also, some weapons have a lethality rating.  If you roll in that range, the weapon just kills the target in one go!

Personal Life and Sanity- Just like other horror RPG, Delta Green has a sanity system.  Characters lose sanity and gain mental illness as they go crazier and crazier dealing with horrors beyond time.  This system throws in bonds as a serious component as men and women lose family members, friends, and loved ones.  Think of the PTSD struck veteran, but now add the fact that he/she deals with monsters beyond human ken.  Players may lose family members or whole families as they slowly go deeper and deeper into the world of Cthulhu slipping away from normal.  That level of commitment to roleplaying in the mechanics is awesome.

Advancement-Advancement is a snap in this game as well.  When a player attempts a roll in this game and they fail, they mark the skill with an X.  At the end of the game session, any skill that you failed that you had at least 1% in, you gain an additional 1%.  Also, between sessions, a character can gain 1 in an ability or they can gain 1d10 in a skill if they spend time working on it.  If they do, they lose 1 level in a bond as they lose touch with someone they felt was important!

Summary- I really want to like this game more than I do.  The addition of solid role-playing psychology makes this a great way to blend the theme and mechanics of a world where things just can’t be and can’t be dealt with rationally.  However, combat just makes me irrationally angry.  I don’t like systems where you can’t move and act.  That’s a minor issue as if all the players and monsters abide by this rule, I can deal.  However, the rules as written basically make it better to have a lower dexterity.  You get to react to an attack, but people who go fast can’t.  I can understand not being able to take your next action if you dodge, but this game penalizes people who go first.  Sure, it can be a minor issue if you don’t fight much, and I can deal with not having a dodge roll at all.  But, this irks me deeply to my core.  Therefore, it’s an ok system with a serious flaw. 3.5/5

Theme or Fluff-I mentioned above how much I love the commitment to theme the game has in its mechanics.  This game might even be darker than Call of Cthulhu as this game brings the role of sanity and psychology to the forefront in a very post-9/11 way as the psychology of the soldier is experienced first hand.  The book is full of stories and fragments of people trying to handle the unhandable.  It’s deep and immersive in a way I can really dig, safely and from afar.  5/5

Execution-This is a well put together book.  It flows well, has great art, and the PDF is well done and hyperlinked.  I like the index, the layout, and the whole book overall.  Some things could use a bit more organization, but the book is an exhaustive reference on both the government and the paranormal for new players.  4.5/5

Summary-Delta Green is a great RPG with one serious flaw.  Now, as a gaming group, you can play this however you see fit.  It’s a flaw that you can fix by all deciding that this is how the game runs.  It’s a flaw I will fix instantly in my tables, but the rules as written make me spitting mad.  And it’s just that one part.  The rest is amazing.  I love the depth of little extra bits that the authors throw in about government jurisdiction and random trivia that are in the book.  The art is great and the treatment of psychological factors in our veterans is phenomenal.  Sure, this is a just a game, but the level of depth that game goes into to use these conditions as things a person would experience if they experienced Lovecraftian horrors is excellent. I like everything in this EXCEPT one thing.  If you can get past that one thing, this is a great RPG that really updates Lovecraft to the post 9/11 world.  And since it’s under $20, it’s well worth the look even if you just use it for a guidebook to government organizations in your horror games.  87%

Daily Punch 10-28-16 Vampirović Ranger archetype for DnD 5e

It’s Halloween time, so let’s post some Halloween things!


You were born after a holy day or on a day of rest, and that birthright has given you some great powers and some responsibility.  You hunt the creatures of the grave.  It is not a nice life, but it is one you have been given.  You are a feared as revered with a curse that you may never lose.


Dead Prey

At 3rd level,  you learn the tricks of hurting those that don’t feel pain.  When you hit an undead creature with a weapon attack, it is deal an additional 1d8 points of damage. You can deal this extra damage only once per turn.

See the Unseen

At 7th level, you learn to see through the tricks of the undead.  Undead have disadvantage on Dexterity(stealth) checks against you and any power or spell cast by an undead that makes them invisible does not work on you.  You see all invisible undead as if you had trusight out to 60 feet.



At 11th level, you gain the ability to strike faster than most men or women.  When you take the attack action, you may make on addition attack as part of the same action.

Know Their Tricks

At 15th level, you’ve conditioned your body and mind to deal with tricks used by the undead.  You have advantage on saving throws against abilities and effects from undead creatures.



When a vampirović he will arise as a vampire after six days if the body is not interned and rituals performed.  He will remember who he was, but will still carve blood as a vampire.



Daily Punch 10-27-16 Mirror of Eternity relic for Shadow of the Demon Lord

How about an item for Shadow of the Demon Lord


Mirror of Eternity

This concaved silvered disk reflects all behind it.  If you stare deep into the disk, you can see deep into the universe.  Sometimes, you don’t want to see what stares back.


As a triggered action, a character can stare into the disk.  If they do so, for the next minute they gain 2 boons on all spell casting checks.  At the end of that minute, the character must make a Will challenge roll.  If they fail, the demon lord stares back, the mirror fades to black until the next dawn, and the character has 1 bane on all spell casting checks until they take a long rest.