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  • Living and Dying Heroically… | StupidRanger.com
    one trick pony type of character that flatly acts a certain way given a certain stimulus usually makes for a poor hero The character s level of commitment may ebb and flow throughout their walk through the campaign and having a player take special notice of this and really embrace roleplaying these changes can make for a very enthralling experience Dedication I have an excellent example from our recent campaign One of our players had a character that had a very strong bond with a certain religion and several other members of our adventuring party She did an excellent job of roleplaying the ebb and flow of her beliefs and really internalized the transitions that her character made throughout her life She had decided during one of our in game story breaks that she had become tired of the constant conflict and was ready for rest so she made the decision at that time that she would go peacefully into the afterlife and be unwilling to return to this world should she die Unfortunately her character fell in battle during this past week and the character remained true to her word and was unwilling to return from death Her player had obviously thought this out long and hard and I was taken aback by her level of dedication to the way her character felt about this matter To me that exemplifies a truly heroic character and a truly good player The character was given enough depth to actually react to the changes that life had given her and her player remained dedicated and didn t attempt to explain away that decision Dedication to a cause both at a player and character level is what it s all about everyone That s how you make a character truly heroic from Better

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  • Variety and the Quintessential Good Character… | StupidRanger.com
    Treat it like fertilizer you have to sprinkle it around and need it into the ground for it to work Taking a single dump in one spot just gets you a smelly garden Finally be surprising One of my favorite D D moments came from my first campaign My character was trying to rescue his love interest who got trapped in a dire situation where most hope was lost I had stumbled upon a Ring of Three Wishes slightly earlier in the campaign and it had one left When there was no other hope of rescue my chaotic good barbarian decided to use the final wish to trade places with his love interest knowing full well that this would likely seal his fate My DM actually asked me three times whether or not I was sure I wanted to make a sacrifice like that and I said that I did After the session he told me it was one of the most excellent displays of what being a good aligned character meant The rest of the party never did get the opportunity to rescue my character but it still makes me happy to have done that It is moments like that that I live and die for when roleplaying There are a few good examples from our more recent campaigns that indicate similarly excellent examples of being an evil character but those are best left for another time and place from being good Better Characters character building tips Dante rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one Tommi permalink January 9 2008 What this means to your character first shy away from being good in an overt and grandiose way I tend to punish hubris shameful pride when I can identify it emanating from the characters in my campaign because self serving goodness

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  • Better Characters through Accessorizing: Armor | StupidRanger.com
    the math to see which avenue presents the best level of protection Shields can also give you that much needed feeling of security when facing that mob of ogres Again depending on your class you may be able to use a shield in your off hand to boost your armor class However you will not be able to wield your two handed weapons or fight with two weapons There are also some feats whose benefits are negated if you use a shield Make sure you ve done your research so you can make an informed decision Other Protective Items If you can t wear armor due to class restrictions or you just need that extra feeling of security you can protect yourself with other protective items Amulets of Natural Armor Rings of Protection and Bracers of Armor are all fairly common if somewhat expensive options that will help you feel more secure Gloves of Dexterity can also help make you are harder target to hit Non Armor Options While this conversation on armor and protective accessories is all well and good you might need a few options that can help keep you alive long enough to find some gold for your shopping spree If you re a spellcaster without the funds to purchase magical items you may have some spells in your repertoire that can improve your AC There are also a handful of feats that will boost your AC Combat Expertise will allow you to swap attack bonus for armor bonus Dodge grants you a 1 to a named opponent If you re using a double weapon or two weapon fighting you can take the Two Weapon Defense feat to add an armor bonus You might also want to check out the Combat chapter of your PHB for other

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  • Better Characters through Career Planning | StupidRanger.com
    a prestige class that really intrigues you Most prestige classes have prerequisites and if you don t plan for them you ll find yourself wanting to start the prestige class but missing that one feat or those 2 skill points There are lots of places to find prestige classes the DMG has a handful to offer and most supplements will offer prestige classes that complement the book s subject I found a great one recently in Races of the Wild and I built my fighter to ensure I had all the prereq s covered A little foresight and planning will pay off in terms of achieving your character goals I enjoy planning these early as it give me time to roleplay my character s development as well as a non game goal to achieve it s a lot of fun to finally attain that really awesome feat or prestige class just wait til you get to use it on the Big Bad from Better Characters character building tips player tips roleplay Stupid Ranger 3 Responses leave one Adaen of Bridgewater permalink September 5 2007 Though I do this myself I view the need for the whole career planning methodology to be one of the biggest short comings of D D 3E It leaves a big gap between character development decisions that one makes for role playing reasons and those made for character effectiveness Making too many purely role playing character development decisions usually results in a pretty crappy character who lags behind characters who are carefully planned out Call it min maxing or whatever but it is very much encouraged by the design of the core d20 system I wonder how 4E will work to address this AoB Stupid Ranger permalink September 6 2007 I haven t been keeping up

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  • Better Characters through Cherry-Picking | StupidRanger.com
    just rush into cherry picking without doing a little bit of homework first You can get yourself into a lot of trouble multi classing can lead to experience penalties if you re not paying attention That s why I feel cherry picking is a technique best employed when planned and implemented during character creation Be aware of your race s favored class this will help reduce the effects of cherry picking since the favored class is not considered when determining experience penalties Humans and half elves are the most flexible when making these decisions as their highest level class whatever it happens to be is their favored class If playing a human or half elf doesn t suit you take a look at the favored class for your favored race If you haven t found yourself in a multi class situation before you might want to grab your PHB the beginning of Chapter 2 has a table with the favored class for each race and the end of Chapter 3 is full of useful information regarding multi classing If you re still seeking inspiration D D For Dummies also has a great section on cherry picking I don t have my copy within arm s reach to tell you what chapter but it s in there Above all have fun and cherry pick responsibly from Better Characters character building tips player tips Stupid Ranger 3 Responses leave one Yax permalink August 31 2007 As a DM I don t think I ve ever encouraged planning future character advancement Maybe I should How cool would it be for a player to be told by the DM to take some time to plan a rough draft of what the character would look like at level 10 15 or 20 if everything went

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  • Monster Manual 2! | StupidRanger.com
    that can teleport the player and the Marauder itself around the map giving close combat a bit more pizazz Located confusingly AFTER the glossary there is a single page that has racial traits for Monster Races intended to be NPCs or if you re really brave Player Characters The options provided are Bullywug Duergar and Kenku My mind immediately went to what havoc Vanir could wreck as a bullywug player character but its probably wise to not give him any ideas The Bad Stuff It seems that the nerf bat has struck sadly Petrification seems to still exist in its normal form however many of the death effects appear to be AWOL This was most noticable to me when reading the section on beholders to me a beholder isn t a beholder if it can t kill you with a Ray of Death Can the abilities of these new beholders still kill your players Absolutely They just do so in a more roundabout fashion It seems they are taking the opportunity to elaborate on sections previously created in the original Monster Manual seeing some omissions from the Monster Manual make their return is encouraging but part of me was wanting for a bit more originality Conclusion The Monster Manual 2 appears to be a pretty solid addition on its surface but the proof will be in the pudding as I drop some of these monsters in place in the campaign For a truly excellent in depth look at the Monster Manual head on over to the Critical Hits review They even take an in depth look at the contents of the Monster Manual 2 in two excellent articles They re worth a read from Dante monsters reviews rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one Asmor permalink May 26 2009 Are the Genasi

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  • 10 Monsters I Never Want to See | StupidRanger.com
    I feel meeting this monster 4 Beholders I think most players feel the same about this one Beholders are just no fun and it can be summed up with two simple words eye rays Can you think of a more terrifying combination of words in all D D dom 5 Drow I really really hate to encounter any Drow Ever My very first character was an elf who had the misfortune to encounter Drow Let s just say the resulting drama has left me with a crippling fear of dark places and a burning hatred for dark elves Also they worship Lolth Ew 6 Giant Spiders Webs and Poisons and Lolth again oh my 7 Liches Creepy guys to begin with and usually bent not only on ruling the world but also on destroying all adventurers liches just don t spell party no matter where you find them They could be wearing silly hats and singing karaoke and they still wouldn t want to have cake and ice cream with them Plus who really needs a phylactery anyway 8 Banshees Anything with a save vs death is right out banshees are just my representative of all things death ly 9 Hill Giants Synonymous with flying boulders hill giants encounters are generally painful And unless you have a lot of ranged attacks in your group you re going to be taking a lot of damage before you ever get close enough to inflict some of your own Ouch 10 The Vorpal Rabbit Perhaps the most terrifying of all woodland creatures the vorpal bunny who can take your head right off your shoulders before you can blink is a blood thirsty tyrant Like its estranged cousin the Tarrasque there is fortunately only one We had the un pleasure of meeting it along

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  • Monstrous Advice | StupidRanger.com
    see Dear Popular Monster s Magazine My awesome monster boyfriend has invited me to move in with him I m really excited because he s so awesome but his cave is less than fabulous He works in a dungeon as an adventurer control technician and he is always bringing home bones and armor fragments that he leaves all over Worst of all he brings home every wand he comes across and they are just sitting a pile in the main room of his cave It s a disaster I m afraid that if I try to organize his collection he ll be mad I really want this to work because I think he might be The One Please can you tell me what to do about the mess Monstress in Love And for the monsters getting ready for their big wedding day Dear Modern Bride Zilla My future monster in law is driving me crazy She insists that the wedding should be in the old fashioned swamp instead of the up scale dungeon my fiance and I both want She thinks all the bridesmonsters should carry swamp weed bouquets instead of the stink blossoms I want We are not getting along and my fiance wants to give in to all her demands How do I find the right balance without compromising on my dream wedding and not alienating my future monster in law Worried about the Wedding from monsters rpgbloggers silly Stupid Ranger 2 Responses leave one Noumenon permalink November 20 2008 Dear Monstrous in Love You need to realize that your boyfriend is a monster and monsters need big piles of loot lying around the place A monster that s not defending a big pile of loot is saying Look at me I m not even worth trying to

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