Daily Punch 6-29-22 Take 5 feat for DnD 5e

How about some love for 5e?

Take 5

Use your talents to the most of your ability. Gain the following benefits:

  • Increase an ability score by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • When you use an inspiration, instead of rerolling, you can choose to increase your current result by +5. If your die is 15, you can instead score a critical hit on an attack.


Daily Punch 6-27-22 Take 5 feat for Pathfinder 2nd Ed.

Turns out a reroll is equivalent to adding five to a roll. Sometimes let’s just exclude the randomness.

Take 5 Feat 1


Focus on the goal! When you use a hero point, you can elect to either reroll the die or add +5 to the dice value. If the new value would instead cause a critical either as a natural 20 result or the total result being 10 over the DC, treat it as if it was a critical . Dice values over 20 do not cause a critical result unless the total is 10 over the DC as normal.


Ring Side Report-RPG Review of Doors to Darkness

Originally posted at www.throatpunchgames.com, a new idea every day! 

Product-Doors to Darkness

System- Call of Cthulhu, 7th Ed.

Producer– Chaosium

Price– $17.48 here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199593/Doors-to-Darkness

TL; DR-Decent intro with some basic Call of Cthulhu adventures. 90%

Basics–  What’s in the basement?  Doors to Darkness is a collection of five simple adventures that beginner keepers can bring to the table to introduce Call of Cthulhu to their friends and get new players involved on both sides of the GM screen.

Mechanics or Crunch– What’s here is good, but I would like a bit more.  The crunch of the adventures (monsters, skill checks, basics of play) are all done well.  My one major criticism is there is not a lot of extra information to help newer keepers/game masters learn the ropes.  I would like a bit more GM box text to help a new game master run the game.  Since the players and the GM are most likely new, that would really help everyone learn exactly what they are doing.  Solid work but this book needs a bit more basics explained to the GM. 4/5

Theme or Fluff–  This book has some solid stories that may be a bit disjointed.  There are five stories that range from snake cults to undead horrors.  Nothing is bad and these are excellent introduction stories, but none of these are really connected.  It leads to a bit of a random experience that can end up being kind of a monster of the week.  Not bad, but do not expect a long running campaign, but a more introductory experience. 4.5/5

Execution–  Here is where Chaosium excels.  Chaosium makes amazing digital props and electronic resources for their adventure.  Solid layout, digital links, and good text make for an easy to read experience.  The book of notes is also an amazing piece that really helps me as a keeper draw in my players.  And there are several premade characters that any player could pick up and start playing right away.  Fantastic execution Chaosium! 5/5

Summary– Overall, this is a solid effort to help new players get into Call of Cthulhu.  For about 18 bucks you get five adventures with decent plot, solid tools and great handouts to draw new and old players in.  New keepers will have a bit of trouble as this could use a bit more tools to help newer ones with the rules.  But if you want to start Call of Cthulhu and need a good starting point, this is a great place to begin.  90%

Ring Side Report-RPG Review of Pathfinder Society Intro: Year of Shattered Sanctuaries

Product– Pathfinder Society Intro: Year of Shattered Sanctuaries

System- Pathfinder 2nd Ed

Producer– Paizo

Price– $5.99 here https://paizo.com/products/btq027s9/reviews&page=2?Pathfinder-Society-Intro-Year-of-Shattered-Sanctuaries#tabs

TL; DR-A simple and solid adventure 86%

Basics–  YOU ARE NEEDED PATHFINDERS!  This is an intro scenario for new pathfinders and players of all ages.  From a mushroom man trying to sort letters to uncovering a simple mystery can you, a new agent, help the Society in a time of need?

Mechanics or Crunch– This is a simple adventure that gets players rolling dice fairly quickly, but has a slightly slow start.  It’s not a super risk taking adventure like the 2-01 intro, but it does introduce many society elements and grander plots.  After learning about different adventures around the world, the game is a series of battles. Good for intro fun with some basic elements.  It’s not crazy-advanced crunch, but it’s solid fun for new players.  4.5/5

Theme or Fluff–  Much like the crunch, the adventure doesn’t take risks, has a slow start, but is a decent intro to the world of Pathfinder society.  Reading letters at the start is a bit slow, but it does introduce the wider world quickly.  The fights are fun if a little standard for 1st level.  This isn’t an adventure to push the envelope, but it also doesn’t aim to be.  4/5

Execution–  Paizo knows adventures, but they are also the most pricey.  I like this one.  It has a solid layout, pictures, and design, but it’s also an adventure that will only take about three hours, even with an uninitiated adventuring party.  It’s a bit expensive considering what other comparably priced adventures do.  Not bad, but short. 4.5/5

Summary– The first adventure of a season is always a contentious adventure.  Push the envelope too much and people get a bit lost as new players.  Don’t do enough and you end up with just four smaller adventures showing off factions.  This strikes a decent balance, but in doing so it doesn’t take risks in terms of scope or being adventurous.  It’s also a Paizo product and they put out well done, if expensive adventures.  It works well, though it is a bit simple.  86%

Daily Punch 6-14-22 Focused Fire (Combat) feat for Starfinder

Something I LOVE from Call of Cthulhu is if a target has to dodge multiple times in a turn, it gets harder and harder until its impossible. Let’s make this happen in Starfinder!

Focused Fire (Combat)

You tell your allies to give it all they got at one weak point in the enemies defenses.

Prerequisites: Base attack bonus +5.

Benefit: As a swift action, choose an enemy and either KAC, EAC, reflex saves, fortitude saves, or will save. From the start of your turn to the end of your next turn, each time an attack is made against that defense past the first the attack gains a cumulative +1 circumstance bonus to that attack, or if a save is chosen, the enemy has a gains a cumulative -1 penalty past the first save.


Daily Punch 6-13-22 Electric Slap cantrip for Pathfinder 2e

I have some casters who are far enough back to not need to move and happy casing one spell. Let’s give them a toy for when they are board with that last actions.

Electric Slap 1 action Cantrip 1

Cantrip Electricity Evocation Flourish
Traditions arcane, primal
Mystery tempest
Cast somatic
Range 30 feet; Targets 1 creatures
Saving Throw basic Reflex

You snap a small spark at a creature. You deal electricity damage equal to your spellcasting ability modifier

Heightened (+1) The damage increases by 1


Daily Punch 6-9-22 Empower Self feat for DnD 5e

Let’s overpower ourselves in DnD!

Empower Self

Your just built to be the storngest. Gain the following benefits:

Everything is anything you want. Gain the following benefits:

  • Gain a +1 bonus to Constitution and Strength saving throws.
  • When you are healed magically, any additional hit points over your maximum are converted to temporary hit points. You can gain a number of temporary hit points equal to twice your level this way.