Daily Punch 5-16-19 Sanctum of the Mind spell for DnD 5e

Lots of mental spells, so let’s get some mental protection!

Sanctum of the Mind

4th-level abjuration

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S
Duration: 8 hours

For the duration, the target gains advantage on all saving throws and checks to prevent effects that would affect the targets mind and resistance to psychic damage.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 5th level or higher, increases the number of targets by one for each slot level above 4th.

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Daily Punch 5-15-19 Puppet spell for DnD 5e

How about some real dominate person?

Puppet

3rd-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: sight
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour

You concentrate on a creature you can see. That creature must attempt a Charisma saving throw. On a failure, you fall int a comma, and your mind takes over the creatures. It has no memory of what you do while in control of its body. Your physical body is helpess and will continue to concentrate on the spell going for the duration until you end the spell as a free action. If you attempt to do an action that the creature woud not normally want to do, it recieves a new saving throw. Otherwise, you have complete control of the creature and use its physical statistcs and skill for all physical actions, but use your mental statistics and skills for all mental actions. You may not cast spells unless the creature was able to cast spells as normal. Any actions take while controlling the creature do not change the creatures alignment, but your alignment may change as a result of anything you do.

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Daily Punch 5-14-19 Friends and Enemies spell for DnD 5e

More mental magic for DnD 5e!

Friends and Enemies

2nd-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 30 feet
Components: V, S, M (a hand mirror)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

You point both your hands at two targets and think of a third primary target with your mind’s eye, all within 30 feet of you. If the target in your mind fails a Wisdom saving throw, the two creatures you pointed at have their appierence switch in the mind of the target. Creatures that can’t be charmed are immune to this effect. The creature treats the two secondairy targets as if each was the other and after the ruse is discovered if a formerly frienldy target attacks the primary target, the primary target has disadvanage to attack the target looks like a friendly creature.

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Ring Side Report-Board Game Review of Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

Product-Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

Producer– Fun Forge

Price– $30.00 here https://www.amazon.com/Passport-Game-Studios-Professor-Citadel/dp/B06W56ZL3T/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PIIRCWB14ZM3&keywords=professor+evil+and+the+citadel+of+time&qid=1557748520&s=gateway&sprefix=professor+evil+and+the%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

Set-up/Play/Clean-up– 30 to 45 minutes (2-4 players)

Type- American

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TL; DR-Let’s steal the Declaration of Independence -FOR JUSTICE!  97%

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Basics- Saving relics in the knick of time!  In Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, players take the rolls of victorian themed heroes attempting to rescue items stolen across time by the evil PROFESSOR EVIL!  This game isn’t subtle, but it is fun! This is a completely cooperative game, so each turn has a phase where the players help the team and a phase where the players hurt the team.  During the phase where you help, you can are given three actions and a card action. The basic actions are move from room to room, deactivate traps, unlock doors, and rescue treasure.  You can do any action you want multiple times. Also during this phase you draw two card from a deck specific for your character and you can use these special abilities to really help the team as a separate action!  These powerful, specific cards vary a lot from having the ability to move the evil professor to turning off all the traps of one kind! The goal of this phase is to have all the traps off of all the types for a given treasure, be in the room with the item to save, and have an action left to save it.  However, after you take your turn, you roll three dice to hurt your team. These dice advance the professor around his house kicking heroes out of his house, locking doors, resetting traps, or move time forward on the different treasures or all of them at once! Once a good hasn’t been rescued before its time is up, the good it put in the safe room where no player may go!  However, all is not lost. As the game progresses, players unlock different global and personal abilities making it a much fairer fight! The goal of the game is to save four goods and return them to their own times before the dastardly professor can put four goods deep into his safe room.

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Mechanics-This is a simple game, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.  The basic turn of do good/do bad is a quick, easy, and fun way to do cooperative games and isn’t going away anytime soon.  Those three actions and a card action get nearly surgical when you have to get to a treasure in time ramping up the tension and thought process in a fun way!  I love this game, but the dice based nature of the bad action is very random, as dice should be. But, this makes it a bit harder to plan. Not a bad, but a different, and you can get absolutely wrecked on a bad day.  Keep that bit in mind, and you will have a great time dealing with all your plans falling to pieces because the professor teleported into the room you NEEDED to be in the get that last treasure! 4.8/5

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Theme- This game delivers its theme very much in the show don’t tell way.  The characters and items all look like they belong to the same world, and the victorian/steampunk setting looks fun.  I would like a bit more background as I’m very much a story driven gamer. That said, you do feel like a gentleman/gentlewoman sneaking around the manor of a madman hiding and stealing his ill gotten gains from across time.  4.5/5

Instructions– The instructions are six pages, full of pictures, and well written.  When I cracked this box, I was playing in five minutes. That’s a great “opening box to playing” timeline!  I also didn’t have to consult Board Game Geek to figure out any obscure rules. It’s a simple game with efficient, well written rules.  5/5

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Execution-Quality components, quality box, quality art, and FULL CARDS make this a fun game.  I like good quality cardboard, and this game delivers! This game is simply put together well.  5/5

Summary-Good co-op is a hard balance to find.  Good, simple co-op is a much harder balance to find, and this game delivers in droves!  It has good, simple mechanics, great art, quick to read rules, and great components. All these combine to make a fantastic gaming experience.  The only word of caution is if you expect a 10 hour brain burning eurogame experience, keep walking. This is a fun, fast game in the tradition of Pandemic, but using dice, which have their own punishing randomness at times.  If you’re looking for a great way to spend an hour with up to three buds, you can’t go wrong with this game. 97%

Daily Punch 5-13-19 Aneurysm spell for DnD 5e

More psychic spells for DnD!

 

Aneurysm

1st-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

Choose a creature of at least Intelligence 4  that you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Charisma saving throw or be stunned for 1 round and take 1d6 psychic damage. As an action on each of your turns, you can reattempt the spell to reinflict the stun and damage on a target that failed its last Charisma saving throw.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, you can target one additional target for each slot level above 1st.

 

 

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Daily Punch 5-10-19 Psychic Burst cantrip for DnD 5e

How about some psychic damage at level 1 for your wizard?

Psychic Burst

evocation cantrip

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self (10-foot-radius sphere)
Components: V, S
Duration: instantaneous

A 10-foot-radius invisible sphere of psychic anguish erupts from your head. Any creature in the area must make a Charisma saving throw or take

1d4 paychic damage.

The spell’s damage increases by 1d4 when you reach 5th level (2d4), 11th level (3d4), and 17th level (4d4).

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Ring Side Report- Keeping It Classy: The Barbarian

Product– Keeping It Classy: The Barbarian

System-Dungeons and Dragons 5e

ProducerKim Frandsen

Price– $5 here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/275287/Keeping-It-Classy-The-Barbarian?affiliate_id=658618

TL; DR– Fantastic Third Party Content! 99%

Basics-BARBARIAN! Can you solve the riddle of steel?  Keeping it Classy: The Barbarian is exactly what it puts out to be-a barbarian splat book, but it’s even got a more for the rest of the table.  Tons of new content for your barbarian characters and a bit of extra stuff for the non-barbarians out there with a new race, backgrounds, and some new toys.  Let’s take a look at this book.

Mechanics or Crunch– This is a great book with lots of amazing content!  The new paths are great. The new race is fun, and the new toys and backgrounds will fit anybody.  Heck this one book has more barbarian content than almost all the current official DnD books out there!  It’s not perfect as a few small issues crop up in wording on abilities, but you can easily look past that to see a phenomenal product. 4.9/5

Theme or Fluff-Your barb is not just a dumb meat shield.  This book gives your hunk of muscle story from fun backgrounds to each path getting a full story treatment.  Each path entry is short enough to not keep it in one world or setting, but long enough for it to be something to latch onto and build more of.  This is the same for everything else here. Backgrounds? Not too long to wear out the welcome, but long enough to really get you hooked. Lizardperson race?  Fun and full of enough story to make it something you want to read, but won’t lose interest in like an encyclopedia. Weapons? Pictures and descriptions for you to see in your minds eye.  All told, this is a great product for the story based groups out there. 5/5

Execution–  PDF?  Check!  Hyperlinked?  CHECK! Great layout and ease of readability?  CHECK! This is a product you can fly through, see the flow and major beats of in five minutes, and then dive back into for each section you want to really learn about.  It’s a fun read that flies by. I also like the liberal use of pictures. Most of the pictures are free to use art, and that’s not bad! The pictures are related to the text, and the pictures break up the text while reinforcing the ease of readability.  There is new art, and that is well done too! There are a few things I do think are a bit different such as weapons getting two sections instead of one describing the weapon and any special properties. Not wrong by any stretch, but it’s different. Also of note the book is five bucks for 40 pages.  The core DnD book (which isn’t hyperlinked or a PDF!) is 293 pages for about 40 bucks originally, so this is below price for the content your are getting! All of this adds together to a well crafted, fun to read book. 5/5

Summary–  I really like this book.  It’s a quick read that’s a fun read while still being a satisfying read.  It’s a barbarian splat book that doesn’t just have barbarian stuff in it. It’s got enough fun pieces that any players may want to pick this up.  Have an hour and want to see a well produced book? Check this one out! 99%