Daily Punch 6-26-19 Envoy Aid Envoy improvisation for Starfinder

Time for some Starfinder love for the Envoy!

 

Any level

Envoy Aid (Ex)

You can help your friends, you really help your friends.  When you succeed on an aid another action on a skill you have ranks in, instead of the normal +2 bonus provided, you use your expertise dice instead.

Daily Punch 6-24-19 Beast of the Field Ranger Archetype for DnD 5e

You’ve run so long among the beasts of the field, you have learned how to really run among them. You now know how to become the beast of the field and use that to stalk your prey!

Beast of the Field

At 3rd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. You can use this feature twice. You regain expended uses when you finish a short or long rest.

Your ranger level determines the beasts you can transform into, as shown in Table: Beast Shapes. At 3rd level, for example, you can transform into any beast that has a challenge rating of 1/2 or lower that doesn’t have a flying or swimming speed.

Table: Beast Shapes
Level Max. CR Limitations Example
3rd 1/2 No flying or swimming speed ape
7th 1 No flying speed dire wolf
11th 3 winter wolf
15th 5 you can now become magical beasts air elemental

You can stay in a beast shape for a number of hours equal to half your ranger level (rounded down). You then revert to your normal form unless you expend another use of this feature. You can revert to your normal form earlier by using a bonus action on your turn. You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die.

While you are transformed, the following rules apply:

  • Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature. If the creature has the same proficiency as you and the bonus in its stat block is higher than yours, use the creature’s bonus instead of yours. If the creature has any legendary or lair actions, you can’t use them.
  • When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice. When you revert to your normal form, you return to the number of hit points you had before you transformed. However, if you revert as a result of dropping to 0 hit points, any excess damage carries over to your normal form. For example, if you take 10 damage in animal form and have only 1 hit point left, you revert and take 9 damage. As long as the excess damage doesn’t reduce your normal form to 0 hit points, you aren’t knocked unconscious.
  • You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your beast form. Transforming doesn’t break your concentration on a spell you’ve already cast, however, or prevent you from taking actions that are part of a spell, such as hunters mark, that you’ve already cast.
  • You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can’t use any of your special senses, such as darkvision, unless your new form also has that sense.
  • You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the GM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear a piece of equipment, based on the creature’s shape and size. Your equipment doesn’t change size or shape to match the new form, and any equipment that the new form can’t wear must either fall to the ground or merge with it. Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.

Human Cunning

At 7th level, you also add your proficiency bonus as a bonus to the AC of the creature you have changed into in addition to its normal AC bonuses.  You can still add the AC bonus of any armor you are wearing to your AC as well.

Beast body, Human Tactics

At 11th level, you add your proficiency to your attack and damage rolls for the shape you are in in addition to the normal attack and damage bonuses the shape has.

Master of the Field

At 15th level, you gain the ability to become a beast, magical beast, or elemental of up to CR 5.

Daily Punch 6-20-19 Better Barricades feat for Starfinder

I’m on a Starfinder kick, so let’s keep up with this.  How about more with the Barricade feat?

 

BETTER BARRICADES (COMBAT)

You don’t build walls, you built art.

Prerequisites: Barricade, Engineering 3 rank.

Benefit: When you build something with the barricade feat, it is automatically cover.  If you build on a space that would normally provide cover, you gain improved cover.

 

 

Thoughts?

Daily Punch 6-19-19 Good Fences and Neighbors feat for Starfinder

I like the barricade feat, but I think we can do better!

 

 

GOOD FENCES AND NEIGHBORS (COMBAT)

Why build a wall when you can build a fence?

Prerequisites: Barricade, Engineering 3 ranks.

Benefit: When you build a barricade using the barricade feat, your wall is on all sides of you, granting partial cover on all attacks.  Any enemy moving into your spaces must treat the spaces as difficult terrain, while you have no penalties to entering or exerting that space.

 

Thoughts?

Daily Punch 6-18-19 Voice of Divinity mystic spell for Starfinder

More starfinder! How about a mystic cantrip?

VOICE OF DIVINITY M0

School evocation

Casting Time 1 standard action

Range medium(50 ft. + 10 ft./2 levels)

Targets one creature or object

Duration instantaneous

Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes

When you cast this spell, choose a creature in range. Your God directly speaks to that target and they must make a Will saving throw crushing its mind with raw psychic force. On a failure, they take 1d6 damage.

Thoughts?

Ring Side Report- Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Set

Product– Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Set

System-Shadowrun 6th Edition

Producer-Catalyst

Price– $30

TL; DR-Strong start to the six edition.  95%%

Basics-What’s old is new again!  Shadowrun celebrates its 30th anniversary with its 6th edition. Let’s dive deep into the new edition and see if its wizzer or hot drek.

base mechanics-attribute + skill, roll that many six sided dice, count 5s and 6s for good, over half 1s is bad.  Same dice pool mechanics you know and love and most likely won’t ever change under the current Shadowrun development team.

So What changed?

Edge– Edge is one of the two MASSIVE differences in 6th Ed.  In 5th Edition, you rerolled dice or rolled extra dice at the start of a pool.  Now, edge is more an ala cart menu where a character choices to reroll extra dice, add successes, or even change the critical glitch range of an opponent.  You can only choose one option each round, but now edge begins to flow a lot more. Gear, items, and even differences in ability between you and your opponent will earn you up to two edge an ACTION.  That means some people with impressive defences being fired at by multiple opponents will earn edge each attack, not each round! So edge is gonna flow quickly.

Combat-Combat keeps the spirit of the previous edition but massive changes to how actions work and the nature of killing each other.  For actions, there are two types of actions: minor and major. Minor are smaller actions like moving while major are your spellcasting and attacking.  This ties into initiative. Initiative is still reaction and initiative plus a d6. A character gets two minor action to start and one more minor action for each d6 beyond the first.  This ties into multiple attacks. Four minor actions can be converted to one major action meaning if you have 3d6 or more dice for initiative, you can make two attacks a round.

In addition, initiative isn’t rerolled nor do we ever remove counts as we go through a round of initiative.  Initiative is just rolled once, play moves from high to low, and goes back to the high. Just like most other RPGs.

Killing People– The bread and butter of Shadowrun is shooting people, and this is still strong in 6th Ed.  When you want to kill somebody, you now compare the attackers attack value (determined by the range of the weapon) vs. the defence value of the target’s armor.  If someone has an advantage of four or more in this comparison, that character earns one edge. In addition, both people may earn edge based on situational modifiers such as darkness and abilities.  The target of the attack rolls a number of d6s equal to the reaction and intuition while the attacker rolls a number of d6s equal to their agility and firearm skill with both sides counting fives and sixes as successes.  The side with more wins with ties now going to the attacker. If the attacker wins, the difference in hits is added to the attackers weapon damage. A massive change is now the defender only rolls a number of dice equal to its body attribute with the five and sixes reducing damage as in 5th edition.  Since the defender doesn’t have many dice to reduce the damage, weapon damage is also reduced as well.

Magic– Magic is also revamped.  When you cast a magic spell, you no longer choose a threshold as thresholds are no longer part of the game.  You roll a number of d6s equal to your magic and spellcasting attribute. Each spell has a number of success needed to cast the spell and expressly indicates how a target avoids the damage.  It’s clearly written and I not

Skills-Skills are massively reduced with multiple skills being rolled into one skill

Ok, now let’s look at my thoughts.

Mechanics or Crunch-The crux of the game is the d6 rolling system, and that doesn’t change.  I love the reduced skills and faster flow of the game. The flow of edge is fun as it provides more player control over the game and less like subjective story candy.  The nature of magic and matrix actions also works well. The one thing I’m kind of iffy on is the nature of armor. Armor and weapons having a separate state is ok, but I don’t like that armor is divorced from reducing damage.  That feels off. But otherwise, the nature of quick play becomes central to the gunfight nature of the game. I’m optimistic about the nature of the full game’s mechanics. 4.75/5

Theme or Fluff-It’s Shadowrun.  You like corporate dystopia and Tolken fantasy, you’re going to like what 6th edition still is.  This is more awesome future fantasy in Shadowrun 6th edition. 5/5

Execution-The box set is well put together.  I like the layout of the books. The character sheets teach the game well to new players.  The biggest issue I have with the quick start rules is I would like a few more pages of explanation to some of the materials.  I discussed the materials with a few other Shadowrun GMs and those discussions really helped me solidify the rules. Most people will not have that luxury.  The full rules will clear up those issues, but for now, a few more pages would help tie the material together. In addition the art looks amazing, so that gets me ready for a whole new attitude to play.  If you want to see a full breakdown of the product check out my unboxing here:https://youtu.be/ruxgYe5usLw   4.5/5

Summary-I’m looking forward to this edition.  The changes look good and thought out, for the most part.  I think it’s gonna take me a few games to come around on the armor thing.  It’s not bad, but it is different. Good different? We’ll see. The rest looks like well done, modern game design streamlining the process and avoiding the random crap that really don’t make a game fun.  The physical product is amazing as well. Solid cardboard and writing help get me into this one. I just need more of it to really make my life as a gamer easier. That said, I’m in. I’m invested in the 6th edition of Shadowrun. 95%