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Question Re DM Rewards for what was formerly known as Encounters.

In context.

I run both a Thurs Night Module game (Out of the Abyss) and a almost every weekend 'Expeditions' game (normally the same once two weeks in a row at 2 different locations).

Ive been fairly good about recording my exp via logsheets for the Saturday Expeditions games /DDAL, but pretty poor with my Thursday Out of the Abyss Group.

Now reading the ALDMG V4, Im using before the 3rd of March the old rules for awarding exp from the ALPGV3 (ie per chapter) and then from the 3rd Onwards, every session I run uses the table for 2 hour slots (which is what I run) and work out the level I ran at that point in time. Plus downtime .

I started back in December 2015 (the first week).

What Id love to see in the ALDMG is more information in the tables. (ie put the downtime actually in the table next to the exp for 2 and 4 hour sessions).

Use a common Jargon base. This line confuses me no end:

This new Dungeon Master reward structure is not
retroactive to adventures from storyline seasons before
Curse of Strahd (season 4).

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Adventures are what? THe Hardcover modules (which is what I call the hardcovers) or the Scenarios the DDALS.


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Thats 3 hours of my life I will never get back! . Paperwork! :)
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So what's peoples views on Contraption, the Make your own Vault DC and Nuka World? 
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The Vault DLC is now Fallout Shelter 4 DLC lmao
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THe more I read about Storm Kings THunder the more it seems more logical to start it as their first Module that runs not from level 1-10 but perhaps 5-15.

Im concerned that the very Giants that would be encountered by the group wont be encountered until the party is able to deal with one at a level appropriate time.

Ill list out the Giants below:

Cloud Giants: CR9
Fire Giants: CR9
Frost Giants: CR8
Hill Giants: CR5
Stone Giants: CR7
Storm Giants: CR13

So the lowest one there is a 5 and the highest one a 13.

I think it would of been far more logical to Start at say level 3,4 or 5 and then go through those 10 levels to say level 13 as the cap. That way you are just touching the CR of the Storm Giant but not going over or if you take it to 15 you are above the Storm Giant (And Im not taking into account Tritons here)

Now its possible we will get variations of these guys (ie a young version of any of the giants and a special version of each of them) but I think this would of been the perfect point for WOTC to create a higher start point than 1. 
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I agree.  They are introducing rune magic to 'even' the playing field. What Im saying is that they didn't need to bother. Starting at 3rd or 5th, they could have a natural progression still whilst avoiding the whole PC's cant actually meet Giants because of level disparity business.

Also, Obviously not all Giants will be bad guys. I just don't want to see the module hit and we get to fight the servants of the giants for a few levels before we encounter our first one.
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Anyone know if Avengers Assemble is supposed to play away from the MCU or into it.. or is it not considered at all?

Iron man in that show... well Im not sure how to describe him. As he is written he lacks the charm of the Movie version although personality wise he feels similar.

The most glaring differences for me are The Hulk (who is essentially just the Green monster), Black Widow (who well.. just dosnt seem the same here) and Hawkeye who is the comic relief I guess.. His characters feels greatly different.

(by extension the tv shows .. such as they are.. do seem tied in).

Id also love to see a more Adult skewed version of Avengers Assemble. Nothing too crass Im talking here, just more adult themes 
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+The Reviewer A little more complicated than that.
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Anyone know if Avengers Assemble is supposed to play away from the MCU or into it.. or is it not considered at all?

Iron man in that show... well Im not sure how to describe him. As he is written he lacks the charm of the Movie version although personality wise he feels similar.

The most glaring differences for me are The Hulk (who is essentially just the Green monster), Black Widow (who well.. just dosnt seem the same here) and Hawkeye who is the comic relief I guess.. His characters feels greatly different.
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So Episode 3 happened.

I don't know. I struggled to get into this episode. Im getting used to the cutting to a distant location used for about 3 minutes of screen time, Im just struggling someone's to understand a word Cassidy is saying and it feels a bit like they are struggling to fit Tulip into the show.

I loved the scene where Jesse is being held at gunpoint and is told to squeal like a pig and then turns the tables. He SO could of gone off the deep end there but did not. 
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SPOILERS FOR THE SEER

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THis reads very well. However Im looking to have a 7 player table for this. Has anyone else run this for 7 players? Was V Strong tought enough to challenge the group? Only one person is going to have a magic weapon (the whip) and It appears Ill have 1 cleric and possibilty a sorc with everyone else a non spellcaster.
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Crazy thought:

How about Brett Dalton playing Superman/Clark Kent? Going from Villanous guy to the Ultimate Good guy.

He was probably one of the better actors on the show and he does have the 'look' of Superman with the Chiseled Looks. 
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Hi,

With the news of Storm King's Thunder is upcoming as reported elsewhere in this group I thought Id point out a great resource for any potential DM /GM to get his head around the Giants and Giant Kin. (and yes they are most definetly separate.. you can expect trouble from Giants if you call a Firbolg a Giant)

Giantcraft is an old 2e era TSR product (back when it felt like there was a new book every second week) and goes into some good detail on the Ordning, information about the types of TRUE Giants, vs the Giant Kin, information on the Giant Pantheon (ie Annam and co) as well as cultural practices and such.

Also Keep in mind its old now . I believe it came out in 1996 ? which puts it at 20 years old. A lot of the information though is still relevant and I think its only 10 dollars on Drivethrurpg. So definetly worth a look. (Its also definetly a FR product!)

(My hope is that the Giant Dieties are filled out in the module at some point).

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/16851/FOR7-Giantcraft-2e?it=1
FOR7 Giantcraft (2e) - As Kiruna reached the mouth of the cavern, she realized the heat was emanating from two towering braziers, one on either
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That was a very intense episode. Some parts felt a bit uneven, but on the whole it was enjoyable. I can say now that Its like no other tv show Ive seen of late. The scene in the church with the 2 'government' men and the strange tin and chainsaw had to be scene to be believed.


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Someone messaged me and told me I had missed a character they liked on screen.

(Although to be honest I like her for much different reasons but Ill explain that below!)

They refer to of course the recurring any time she wants:

Nyssa Al Ghul aka Nyssa Raatko aka Nyssa Queen

Nyssa was introduced to us back in Season 2, as the mysterious representative of the League of Assassins. (who pretty much lost most of the mystery in Season 3). Whilst her tale was tied to Sara early on, the loss of Sara meant she forged a friendship with Laurel.

The focus of Season 3 meant that Nyssa was shown far more and was given more depth. We learned about the powers inside the league and that she expected herself to become eventually their leader.

The Introduction of Oliver into that story was perhaps unexpected and to me at least the best part of that season 3 was the costuming and setting shots.

Nyssa has shown to be a resourceful, dedicated ally who whilst sometimes coming off cold and distant can really warm to people.

This brings me to my original statement about Nyssa 'Queen'. Because of their marriage (and surely not recognised by any country) Nyssa became Nyssa Queen. Everytime she said the word 'Husband' around Oliver I smiled to myself. Not because I find the idea of marriage funny, but because a part of me didn't think it was aimed directly as a certain audience who didn't want to see Oliver with anyone but a certain IT girl.

I came to think that it was actually Katrina Law adlibbing and instead of saying Oliver.. saying Husband. I wonder if it made her smile as much as it made me.

Now that we have left the HIVE storyline and League storyline behind, what reason does Nyssa (who disbanded the league) have to return to Star City? Personally Id love for her to come back but the story needs to be there. Her latest connection to the team in Laurel is gone so her next by proxy would be Oliver.

Do you want to see Nyssa turn up in Season 5? Perhaps hunting down some ex League types who want Oliver dead?




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+Milady Blue ahhhh, now i understand. Yeah, i wouldn't mind that either
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