Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sessions with Stan (NSFW Language)

Animator Aron Fromm was fortunate enough to work with Stan Lee and has created this wonderful animated video using audio from a real recording. Check it out, feel warm and fuzzy, and have a chuckle.

Happy Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

5E Supers: Archetype or Classic Character Building?

I want to make a 5e supers book. I know that there are other systems that do supers. I also know that there are some 5e supers books out there, including the amazing Carbide City by Limitless-Adventures.

I've been playing around with two different ways to approach the game. The first is to create customizable archetypes. This is the route Carbide City went with. This is definitely a streamlined way to do the game. However it also seems a bit limiting.

The second option is to allow players to create a character of a specific level (probably 10 or 12) and include new archetypes in the books that are superhero themed. This definitely opens up character options, but feels like it might be way too much work to make sure there are enough classic options. 

Both options are good, but I'm leaning towards the first option. I do want to point out that after characters are created, in general there stats will stay static. This is not to say that they won't grow and progress, but it won't be classic D&D leveling. Characters will have new options/feats to pick up as they complete story arcs. This is another reason, I think the second option might be more work than it's worth. 

All of this aside, I'd like to know what you think?

He's Just So A-Peely-ing

Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode (which is what most folks play) is strange because yeah, the game is just about taking out other players, but there are events and things end game that advance the "story." One Constant in the game is the Banana character, Peely. There are several versions of him, my favorite being Agent Peely (from the spy themed last season). At one point in the series Peely was also trapped in a bunker with another character, Jonesy. In the following season's intro Peely was still alive, even though he was a banana smoothie being drank by Jonesy. He's even tangled with Thor. These things have influenced my 5e supers build of Peely. 

Medium, Plant, Neutral Good
Armor Class: 13 (Dexterity)

HP: 100
Speed: 30 ft.
Challenge: 5

STR:  10 (+0), DEX: 15 (+3), CON: 13 (+1), 
INT: 12 (+1), WIS: 14 (+2), CHA:15 (+2)

Saving Throws: Dex + 6, Int +4
Skills: Perception +5. Stealth + 6
Senses: Passive Perception: 10
Languages: American Sign Language/English

Unique Abilities:
No Pain: Peely doesn't feel pain and is immune to pain related effects.

Regeneration: As long as Peely has 1 HP or more he regains 5 hit points at the beginning of his turn.

Multiattack: Stormfront can make two attacks

Peely Pick: Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (1d8) bludgeoning damage. This damage ignores and object's damage threshold.

Assault Rifle: Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 90/270 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (4d8+3) piercing damage.

Silenced Pistol: Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 120 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) piercing damage

Peely always has a Boogie Bomb with him while on mission.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fortnite X Marvel - Nexus War: Thor #1

 I've talked about it a bit and posted the trailer, but here is the comic prelude to the Fortnite and Marvel crossover. If you'd prefer to download the digital comic and read it with another program you can get it here at no cost.

Liberate the Zombies

I rewatched Birds of Prey and got me thinking about one of my favorite Batman villains, Zsasz. This dude is hella creepy, considering he has one of the highest body counts in DC and has no super powers. He believes that most folks lead meaningless lives (and has been known to refer to people as zombies) and that by killing them he is liberating them from their wasted existence.

I decided to give him the 5e treatment. While this is designed for use with Carbide City, you could easily use this in a regular 5e game and make him a master assassin. 

Victor Zsasz
Medium, Human, Neutral Evil 
Armor Class: 13 (Dexterity)

HP: 100
Speed: 30 ft.
Challenge: 5

STR:  13 (+1), DEX: 15 (+3), CON: 17 (+4), 
INT: 16 (+3), WIS: 9 (-1), CHA: 9 (-1)

Saving Throws: Dex + 6, Con +7
Skills: Acrobatics +6. Deception +2. Stealth + 6
Senses: Passive Perception: 10
Languages: English

Unique Abilities:
Assassinate: During his first turn, Zsasz has advantage on attack rolls against any creature that hasn't take a turn. Any hit Zsasz scores against a surprised creature is a critical hit.

Brutal. Zsasz deals one extra die of damage with blades weapons when he hits with them (included in the attack).

Evasion: If Zsasz is subjected to an effect that allows him to make a Dexterity saving throw to take half damage, he instead takes no damage if he succeeds on the saving throw, and only half if it fails.

Sneak Attack. Once per turn, Zsasz deals an extra 14 (4d6) damage when he hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of Zsasz that isn't incapacitated and Zsasz doesn't have disadvantage on the attack roll.

Multiattack: Stormfront can make two knife attacks

Knife: Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) peircing damage.