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The Campaign: Heavy Lifting

April 29, 2022 by Tim


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jack
jack
27 days ago

“nevermind, i can survive off the cleric. meat’s already tenderized”

  1. going back to the good ol days, eh?
  2. ….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Whatever
Whatever
27 days ago
Reply to  jack

lol mmmm cannibalism…

I prefer secrecy
I prefer secrecy
27 days ago

Ok. Legit question for the dnd gurus out there.
How much leeway does the DM have for stuff like that? Like if they go to the smaller town, is there a table saying which spells are available? Couldn’t the DM just initiate an extra fight on the way to the town for adventures sake and claim “fortunately the towns temple has a cleric capable of resurrecting. You heroically saved your fallen comrade”

Gio
Gio
27 days ago

…And when the party leaves the temple, they notice that the templse has dissapeared. Also, the ressurected person has green horns growing out of his forehead.

Me-me
Me-me
27 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I believe this topic has come up in this series’ comment section before.

Bakhtosh
Bakhtosh
27 days ago
Reply to  Tim

And since the DM is also the player needing resurrection, the odds are good that the party will get “lucky”.

D00d
D00d
26 days ago
Reply to  Bakhtosh

Not really. If you really want to annoy a character but not get the players pissed, you have the poor defenseless NPC. Are you going to be mad at yourself? But if you did your job right with the NPC the players will respond in wanting to help out that character. You just need to let them figure out how they want to do it.

Arcslayer
Arcslayer
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

A good DM also balances their story’s needs against their player’s time commitments. I had one DM that would find ways to expedite an event’s completion when IRL events intruded. in IRL, this bonus quest should run up against time constraints that would force a hard decision. Either the cliffhanger approach or the democratic (do we continue, yay or nay?) decision. 1 and 4 seem apathetic but 2 and 3 are both very invested in this event. I’m sad because I think it’s a wasted opportunity to see IRL party diplomacy. A lack of time management killed my last tabletop… Read more »

Last edited 26 days ago by Arcslayer
TamTroll
TamTroll
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Very well said Tim.

If a problem isn’t allowed to be a problem, then it should never have happened in the first place.

jack
jack
24 days ago
Reply to  TamTroll

oh, vldl dnd sessions are the epitomy of this statement

Esc
Esc
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

That’s exactly what I would do. But the priest would say:

“Well if I was back at my temple I’d have all my reagents and materials. You gotta go find me this critical material”

Then you can offer different ways to get the material. Someone knows where but they are asking a lot of money for info. But someone else implicates there’s a person you could rob who has a stash.

Every crisis is an opportunity for more choices and more paths!

Urazz
Urazz
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I dunno, considering it was really a stream of unlucky dice rolls in a series of succession that got a character killed, I think it would be fine to do something like that.

It really depends on if the group as a whole is okay with this.

Lord Hideous
Lord Hideous
27 days ago

DM here- I have 100% complete leeway. The town has whatever I think it needs to make the adventure more entertaining.

That includes more entertaining for me, which in this cae would mean traveling for five days carrying an ever-ripening dead body and attracting all sorts of attention.

Logan
Logan
27 days ago

Equate DM to “god” of that particular world. ‘Rule books’ are just guidelines. In fact, many of them even say as much.

So, DM can do whatever they well please. Provided everyone agrees. (If its too heinous, they’d probably all leave)

Nobody
Nobody
24 days ago
Reply to  Logan

Rules Lawyer: If they are just guidelines why is it called a “Rule Book”?

Gygax: Because no one would buy a D&D “Guidelines Book”

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
27 days ago

You can levitate him out of the hole…

Dodgy
Dodgy
27 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

That would only work for a few minutes.

Alno
Alno
27 days ago
Reply to  Dodgy

They don’t need minutes to get him out of the hole with levitate.

UNVOICED_APOLLO
UNVOICED_APOLLO
27 days ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Which would be long enough to lift him out

Whatever
Whatever
26 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

I guess they have never heard of a rope. 🤔

Hotair
Hotair
26 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

And that’s likely what he’s going to do, but he’s not going to levitate the corpse all the way to town. Number 2 will need to bring the corpse up with him then be the pack mule who transports it with them.

foducool
foducool
27 days ago

how about casting levitate body on the priest just to get him out of the hole?

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
27 days ago
Reply to  foducool

Getting the body out of the hole seems like it isn’t the problem at this point, it’s more what to do with it afterwards.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
27 days ago

2 and 4 will have to carry the body. Someone still has to carry the gold. Resurrection can’t be cheap!

David
David
27 days ago

No one said the body needs to be in one piece…

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
26 days ago
Reply to  David

Actually yes, if the magic requires the body it requires it on one piece otherwise missing limbs remain missing.

Pyre
Pyre
27 days ago

Yup, that’s kind of a glaring issue right now although it’ll probably be easier to have 2 and 4 split as much of the gold as they can carry.

Also, this will teach everyone involved to think of the Bag of Holding as an investment.

Nobody
Nobody
24 days ago
Reply to  Pyre

And the importance of the wizard knowing Tenser’s Floating Disk. Load it up with corpses and cash.

James Rye
James Rye
27 days ago

Ugh, that gonna smell after a couple days. >.<

Leon
Leon
27 days ago
Reply to  James Rye

So eat it while its fresh

Sinnirr
Sinnirr
27 days ago

Damn, that last line is cold.

Logan
Logan
27 days ago
Reply to  Sinnirr

But the body ain’t! xD

7eggert
7eggert
27 days ago

They should read page one of the story arc

Sian
Sian
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

The Pack Animal that 1 keep forgetting about 🙂

7eggert
7eggert
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim

There are two ways to read that … one would be useful here, the other one burdens the players.

Merendel
Merendel
26 days ago
Reply to  Sian

The joke was that #1 IS the beast of burden the party shelters… and has a comparably low intelligence score.

Snark
Snark
27 days ago

Well, that raises (old) question – how much of a body do you need for resurrection? Since (in DnD) resurrection restores all lost limbs and parts of body (and only restrictions are “not died from old age or is undead”, “dead not longer than a century” and “soul is free and willing”… Maybe just the torso would be easier to carry? Or just the head? Ear? Pinky finger?.. On a side note, what if said body is burnt to ash?… Is it still possible to resurrect that person? What if we have only some of that ash? How much do… Read more »

Lord Hideous
Lord Hideous
27 days ago
Reply to  Snark

Depends on the spell. The weakest is “Revivify”- it requires a more or less intact body that died within the last minute. It’ll heal them just enough that they don’t immediately die again but it won’t replace body parts. “Raise Dead” is the same, but gives you a ten day window. Regular “Resurrection” can restore missing body parts, but how much is up to the DM. I’ve always judged it as “non-vital parts”- missing limbs, okay, ‘all we have is this finger’… you’ll need the next step up. “True Resurrection” is the most powerful- it’ll bring back undead, purge curses,… Read more »

Leon
Leon
27 days ago

This time, One’s the asshole, not Two

Drew
Drew
27 days ago

“‘Weekend At Bernie’s’ kind of thing…”
Kinda dating yourself, there, Tim!

Lord Hideous
Lord Hideous
27 days ago

It’s a shame they didn’t think to levitate Tobyn’s body while he was still alive.

Then, he’d probably have gotten dropped again.

Last edited 27 days ago by Lord Hideous
Drew
Drew
27 days ago
Reply to  Lord Hideous

And Four says, “Oohhh! He bounced this time!”

Jesse
Jesse
27 days ago

I’m not really sure why he’s so annoyed about carrying the loot and/or body. He’s not ACTUALLY carrying anything to play the game, and it’s not as if the other three (or two in this case) players walk faster than him or make him do anything special to keep up, so it doesn’t seem to be making the game harder for him to play. He doesn’t have to “roll or lose 10 HP because you’re tired” each turn or something to that effect, so I don’t see why it’s something that he’s complaining about. He’s obviously the character with the… Read more »

Last edited 27 days ago by Jesse
Logan
Logan
26 days ago
Reply to  Jesse

There *are* still weight limits, even with high stats. Just because you’re ‘strong’ doesn’t mean you can cary absolutely any and everything.

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
26 days ago
Reply to  Jesse

You aren’t his player is just role playing his character being a dick.

Altairkiasco
Altairkiasco
26 days ago
Reply to  Jesse

It’s a role-play thing. If you were the strongest person in your group of friends and they decided to strap 200lbs to your back and walk 7 miles a day, you’d probably be cranky too.

A large portion of the fun of DnD is playing a character with personality, quirks, traits, likes and dislikes.

No one wants to be a pack mule for their group of friends. Less so if it’s expected, rather than appreciated.

Jesse
Jesse
23 days ago
Reply to  Altairkiasco

Thank you for the reply; it makes a lot of sense that if you’re role playing a character, you would want it to have personality traits and actually play as if you’re in the game

Xolodno
Xolodno
26 days ago

Am I the only one who is thinking…

Orc in LOTR movie; “Meat is back on the menu boys!”