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Ben
1:03 AM
 
 
Ben
How goes the day
 
This afternoon I'm going to be making a lot of brownies.
 
Ben
Oh yum
 
Finally found a big can of pumpkin puree, rather than pumpkin pie filling.
What's new with you?
 
Ben
1:08 AM
Costochondritis
 
...Warehouse Store Syndrome?
 
Ben
No that's Costcochondritis :P
Haha
My chest has been sore lately. Particularly around my sternum. Went to the doc to get it checked out and he's told me that it's a swelling in the cartilage that connect the ribs to the sternum.
 
Ouch.
I cracked that once, it wasn't fun.
 
Ben
Usually caused by viral infection following trauma or severe strain.
Which is odd, because I haven't experienced either of those in a long time.
and to make it even more interesting... It's not just in my chest - got the same situation in my shoulder and in my knees and hips as well
 
The Great 2018 Cartilage Rebellion of Ben.
 
Ben
1:13 AM
Gonna get an xray to see what the issue is
 
I hope it's simple to address!
 
Ben
Indeedle
 
Oh man
I hope that gets cleared up for you
 
Ben
At the moment, the doc reckons it's just a case of anti-inflammatories and recovery.. The only concerning factor is that I got it without the usual causes.
That said, people have dislocated joints while sleeping...
Lol
 
 
Ben
1:22 AM
The only other thing is that my office building is having a rather severe impact on my Pokémon Go GPS.
Haha
When in the office, my PoGo avatar is ~8km away from my actual location.
But as soon as I walk out the front door, it corrects itself.
 
Are you sure that your office isn't just a pocket of spacially displaced coordinates?
 
Ben
I'm starting to feel like that's the case
 
 
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2:40 AM
How's everyone doing today?
 
Ben
Currently going between decoding programming code, thinking of plot points that I can focus on in order to give my short story a bit more of a foundation, and figuring out how to come up with several Diablo monsters for a low-level 5e campaign\
 
2:58 AM
Finally posted the question about that nasty little Bonus Action spell wording: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/132426/…
That's a first attempt at fixing it for use with my group. Usually I just handwave it on the spot, when a player really just wants to do that little bit extra.
But it would be nice to just have it in writing what my stance is on it.
But I want to make sure it's not broken and exploitable before I write it in stone to my players.
 
3:58 AM
Can anyone tell me why my question is getting close votes?
 
Somebody seems to think it's unclear.
 
Aside from the one commenter who misread a RAW ruling and downvoted because he thought I was misinterpreting RAW, no one's posted a reason for it to be closed. I was pretty sure to be as clear as possible.
 
Instead of trying to clarify to just that one person with comment responses, how about editing the question?
 
@BESW Will adding what I said in that comment make it any clearer?
 
I don't know, I'm not familiar enough with the system.
Just responding to common patterns and best practices.
I will say, "balance" is not a useful term. Have you been clear what you mean by it?
Mar 23 at 5:41, by BESW
@ravery The trick to "balance" questions on RPG.SE is, "balance" means something different to everybody. We can only help you with balance questions if you can explain to us what "balance" means for your particular group/campaign goals.
Mar 23 at 5:41, by BESW
For your game, is balance about using mechanics to manage the spotlight so everybody gets time to feel useful (does out-of-combat usefulness redeem in-combat obscurity)?
Or keeping fights interesting by making sure they aren't too long or too short?
(What is "too long" or "too short" for your group? How can you tell?)
Is it about making sure the players will win the fights while keeping them feeling like they could die at any moment, or is it giving them a fighting chance but there's still a reasonable likelihood (20%? 50%?) of character death?
 
4:02 AM
Hmmm, those are good points.
I always assumed that balance was just well understood as an "I'll know imbalance when I see it" type of thing
I guess in terms of balance, I do need to be clearer.
 
I guess the thing to focus on is, "What part of the experience of the game at your table are you trying to change, and why, with this rule?"
 
>Is this rule change balanced? In terms of balance, this should not tip the level of power any class has significantly. It shouldn't have massive effects on the average DPR of a class, it shouldn't reduce the value of class options that involve spellcasting (there shouldn't be any feature that this rule change makes worse), and there shouldn't be a heavy opportunity cost for not making use of this rule in this way.

>If not, what changes would need to be made to keep with the spirit of the changes but remain balanced? The spirit of these changes are to increase the flow of gameplay, not to
 
4:39 AM
@Axoren Not going to lie, that is one heck of a lot of question to read.
 
@Rubiksmoose Yeah, you're telling me. I had to write that thing.
And after all that work, it's going to get silently closed.
 
2100+ words lol. Impressive.
 
I don't know how clearer I could have gotten with the question. It's a "will this break things" question with lots of "this is what will happen."
 
@Axoren Eh, it only has two right now. And if it does get closed you can always meta it to get it reopened. Homebrew stuff always seems to get a bit of resistance here for whatever reason.
 
@Rubiksmoose 3
It only needs two more.
 
4:43 AM
@Axoren So it does.
 
I can't even tell if I've addressed V2Blast and Szega's concerns of clarity. I have no clue about the third's concern at all.
 
Well I don't see anything wrong with the question inherently, but I honestly also can't make it through the entire thing right now.
@Axoren Honestly if you have literally any way to make it shorter it is going to help you.
 
@Rubiksmoose I'll be sure to hire an editor, lol
 
Not that a long question is any reason to close it.
 
That's going to be as big of an undertaking as writing it in the first place.
 
4:46 AM
@Axoren No kidding lol\
 
I really hope people aren't voting to close it simply because they don't want to read something long.
I know it got at least one -1 without any explanation, but I think that was Szega for thinking I interpreted RAW wrong.
 
@Axoren I wouldn't think that it is only reason but who knows. The length definitely isn't doing you any favors though.
 
I'm definitely gonna follow your advice and shrink it, but I can't tonight
I don't even know how I'd shrink it without making things more complicated.
 
@Axoren I'll try to give it a read tomorrow when I presumably have more energy and see if I can offer any advice.
 
@Rubiksmoose Thanks, I also made sure to put your edit back in because I was editing at the same time. Sorry.
I appreciate it.
 
4:52 AM
@Axoren hah! I didn't even notice. No need to apologize.
Anyways, I'm headed to bed. Night everybody.
 
Night
 
Yeah, I didn't vote to close, but man is it long
 
Ben
5:15 AM
Can you summarise the post into a paragraph?
Usually a TL;DR can help, especially when the main problem with the question is that it's TL;DR.
 
Sup all
 
Ben
Yo
 
6:16 AM
It's windy and autumny outside. I wish I didn't have to work today :(
 
6:27 AM
@Axoren hey, in your question I think there is a grammar error
"They try to case a second spell" Wouldn't it be cast? It's in the section "Problem 1 after Rule Change" and it appears three times in a row (copypasted it?)
I'm not sure if it's a mistake or a use of the word I'm not familiar with
 
7:13 AM
 
 
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8:49 AM
HAHAHA
yes
@BESW read all the things!
 
9:04 AM
Oh, Troggy, we got dragonfruit in our fruit crate this week, so it's probably in the stores too.
Ours is really ripe so I don't know if it'll last 'til Saturday, but if it does I'll share it with you.
 
9:25 AM
fantastic
 
@kviiri Goedemorgen! I managed quite a decent run of DCSS yesterday (until about 5am in the morning…) and then, instead of x-ploring my own ghost in a vault in the Shoals, I opened the sealed door. The vault also contained an Obsidian Statue – which prevented me from running away – a merfolk and something else. Which could still have been fine if I could have teleported away using a scroll, lasting 3 turns was no problem.
But I was wearing wearing some patent crystal plate armour with teleport denial.
Which might still have been fine with a lot of support from Trog (not @trog), because what killed me in the end was my own summoned Deep Troll of Trog who had taken a hit from a javelin of penetration I threw at the statue.
 
9:41 AM
waaa?
 
@Helwar Dungeon crawl stone soup, a roguelike. You can encounter the ghosts of other characters, including of your own previous characters. Was that the confusion?
 
@Anaphory well which is it? XP
 
@trogdor Thanks for your support!
 
lol
 
@Anaphory I was lost in the abbreviated title, I think we talked about the game a few weeks ago but I didn't remember the name
all's right now :)
 
10:28 AM
@Anaphory Yeouch!
It's a lovely game :>
 
@kviiri I managed to clean out the Orcish Mines and everything!
 
@Anaphory Wow, you've gotten good
It took me ages to clear them :)
 
11:02 AM
TIL: in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, tigers and humans are sharing the same space and paths, but at different times of the day. That's remarkable since tigers are usually active day and night in their territory, but they've opted to only use those paths during nighttime while humans travel them in the daytime.
 
Then again when I started Crawl, the Orcish mines were four levels deep. Three easy ones and one hard.
 
11:39 AM
@doppelgreener huh, I would not have thought tigers would decide to change behavior for any other creature like that
That sort of implies like, some very forward thought
And either consideration or fear
Neither of which I would expect at all from a tiger
 
@trogdor human probably scare off all the good food. Or the tigers are trying to eat healthier.
 
@ColinGross XD
 

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