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25 minutes ago, Jarric said:

he managed to roll a total of 0 on one of his checks, seriously

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3 hours ago, Jarric said:

I thought it would be fun to do some recaps of the Ranger D&D games I'm currently running, so, without further ado, I give you:

 

Ranger D&D - The Fate of Sildar Hallwinter

 

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  • Vutha, the lizardfolk ranger played by @DarK_RaideR. With no understanding of complex human emotions, Vutha thinks only of preparing for the next season, and of cutting off goblin ears and fingers to keep as tasty (and convenient!) snacks. The name Vutha is draconic for black, due to his black scales.
  • Dragtald, the goblin monk played by @Mr_Willes. Independent, looking to make his fortune, and very keen on dwarven ale, Dragtald is a truly impressive fighter with quarterstaff and teeth. He also has an awesome top hat.
  • Rowan, the half-elf paladin played by @Rhovaniel. With flawless elven features, this paladin adventures in service of her deity, Torm - god of duty, loyalty, and protection.
  • Pheelie, the genasi sorcerer played by WW. A former sailor with the sense of humour of a navvy, Pheelie can destroy her foes in bursts of celestial fire.
  • Tilean, the tiefling wizard played by @jonfirestar. Dark, mysterious, and more than a little ruthless, Tilean is adventuring for her own reasons and looking for some quick coin.
  • Xan, the half-elf bard played by @Charlie_Quinn. Master poet and musician, by his own admission, Xan likes the finer things in life and courts the attentions of the finest ladies he can find.

 

The story so far:

The party were tasked with escorting a wagon of goods from the city of Neverwinter to the small frontier town of Phandalin, by a dwarf named Gundren Rockseeker. After a few days of travel they came across two dead horses in the middle of the road, and were ambushed by a group of goblins. Troublingly, they recognised that the horses belonged to Gundren and his travelling companion, a human named Sildar Hallwinter.

 

The party left the road, and followed a trail to the goblins' hideout - a cave in the side of a hillside with a river flowing out of it. Entering the cave they engaged with battle with goblins and wolves, fell foul of torrents of water unleashed by the goblins, and took some grave risks. Spreading themselves thin, no less than four of the party fell in battle at various times, only to be revived by Pheelie's medicinal skills and Rowan's divine healing.

 

The fate of Sildar Hallwinter

We join the party as they regroup at the mouth of the cave. Pulling off to the side of the cave mouth they bandage their wounds, eat rations, and try to recover their strength. Vutha uses his time to craft some throwing darts from goblin bones, and gifts them to Dragtald.

 

A swift discussion begins about the best strategy to take on the remaining goblins, and on the merits of sticking together and not spreading the group too thin. The plan is set - Dragtald, being the stealthiest, will head in first moving from cave to alcove in order to get cover, with the rest of the party taking cover behind him and following his lead.

 

As the party are having this discussion they hear strange noises from deep within the cave. Metallic crashes and the sounds of construction can be faintly heard over the constant flow of water within the cave depths.

 

Dragtald sets of cautiously, and rolling excellently for both stealth and perception he is able to guide the party deep within the cave. On their way they stop at the base of a steep escarpment, and send Tilean's cat familiar to investigate. The cat is unable to see anything in the pitch dark (don't ask me why cats don't have darkvision), so Pheelie casts a light spell on its collar. As the cat materialises at the top of the escarpment it briefly lights up a group of very confused goblins. The cat flees, and after a brief discussion Vutha plants some javelins to prevent this group from coming up behind them before moving on.

 

Dragtald is able to notice that the goblins have constructed a simple trap; a trip wire which would bring down a net on the party with a crash of metal implements to alert the goblins of their presence.

 

Guiding the party round the trap, they set about designing an ambush of their own. Xan will cast a minor illusion, making a noise to draw the goblins out, as which point everyone will attack simultaneously and swiftly resolve the goblin threat. Unfortunately Pheelie and Rowan are not as adept at moving quietly as Dragtald, and when the goblins look out to see what is causing the noise they see the pair of intruders.

 

Pheelie is quick enough to move out of the way in time, but three arrows fly in Rowan's direction. The first two go wide, but the final goblin gets a lucky critical hit and Rowan is dropped to the floor.

 

Battle ensues. The goblins are reluctant to leave their cave and stick to firing arrows and ducking back into cover. Vutha charges in, spear in hand, and takes on a room of no less than 5 goblin fighters. Emerging from the corner of the room, a wolf comes to join the fray, and he's soon followed by his owner. A Bugbear charges forward, shouting "Klarg will kill puny lizard man," and taking a swing at Vutha with a huge, crude morningstar. Luckily for Vutha he misses - this thing hits hard!

 

Dragtald charges in to help Vutha, while Pheelie calls down diving power and Tilean throws bolts of fire at the goblins. Xan has a more unusual approach, hurling insults so dangerous, so Shakespearian, and so confusing that he manages to kill a goblin through the power of his words alone.

 

Meanwhile the battle inside the cave rages, and with a swift combination Dragtald and Vutha are able to kill Klarg the bugbear, Vutha impaling him on a spear that passes so far through his body that it nearly knocks Dragtald's hat off on the far side. The wolf takes a pummelling of magical fire and ice from Tilean and Pheelie, but Dragtald has the honour of finishing him off.  Xan takes an errant arrow to the chest and is knocked briefly unconscious, but soon after the goblins are quickly dispatched. The last two make a run for it, one falling to his death as he tries to climb down a hole in the corner of the room, and the other surviving the climb only to be finished off by one of Dragtald's darts.

 

After the battle the party bring Rowan back to consciousness and take a few minutes to regroup and explore the cave. They find a large amount of supplies which bear a symbol of a blue lion. This represents a trading post known as the Lionshield Coaster, which has a branch stationed in Phandalin. There's too much here to carry, but the party resolve to bring as much as they can back to Phandalin in hope of a reward.

 

The party are more excited to find Klarg's personal stash, containing hundreds of copper coins, over a hundred silver coins, two healing potions, and a well made from ornament that must be worth a significant amount on its own.

 

The party know that there's still the group of goblins the cat saw left to face, and so they concoct a plan. They behead Klarg, and mount his head on a javelin for Vutha to carry. He will take the lead with Dragtald, and Dragtald will try to intimidate the goblins into leaving. Dragtald calls out in goblin that the clan's leader is dead, and that they should flee or be killed.

 

In response an older goblin comes forward, dragging a human with him. Beaten and bloodied, this figure is a far cry from the chainmail clad warrior the party said goodbye to in Neverwinter. There's no mistaking though, this is Sildar Hallwinter, Gundren's travelling companion for the trip to Phandalin.

 

"Throw down your weapons, of the human gets it," cries the goblin.

 

Without missing a beat Tilean calls back "Oh, we don't care about him, we're just here to loot the place."

 

There is some back and forth, with some very good deception checks on Tileans part and some terrible insight from the goblin (he managed to roll a total of 0 on one of his checks, seriously), and the goblins are convinced that the best thing they can do is leave while they have their lives. The first goblin goes to climb down the escarpment to escape, falls on Vutha's javelins, and is dead before he stops sliding down the spikes. The rest of the goblins are allowed to move round the group, dropping Sildar and fleeing from the cave.

 

Gundren is nowhere to be seen, and Sildar confirms that he was taken away to see someone, or something, called the Black Spider. 

 

Sildar is healed, as much of the Lionshield Coaster merchandise as possible is carried back to the cart, and the party travel on to Phandalin. On the way back Sildar explains that Gundren had found the site of Wave Echo Cave, an ancient mine where rare metals were found and magical items were created, and that he fears Gundren and his map to the cave were taken for that very reason.

 

And that's where we finished the session. This is a long post and I'm not going to proof read it, so sorry for the (presumably) numerous errors!

Bravo. Marvellous account! 

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

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TBF I wasn't really lying. There was no way that Tilean was going to drop her weapons for the life of any human. She'd already found enough money :P She just managed to convince them that their slave was worth their lives. 

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15 hours ago, Jarric said:

Xan has a more unusual approach, hurling insults so dangerous, so Shakespearian, and so confusing that he manages to kill a goblin through the power of his words alone.

 

That was such an epic moment, i think none of us will ever forget it! The goblin being mocked to death!

 

15 hours ago, Jarric said:

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FTFY, seems pretty important.

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... a little odd in the head ...

 

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17 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

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Perfect gif is perfect.

 

13 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Bravo. Marvellous account! 

 

Thanks man :)

 

13 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

TBF I wasn't really lying. There was no way that Tilean was going to drop her weapons for the life of any human. She'd already found enough money :P She just managed to convince them that their slave was worth their lives. 

 

No, you didn't care, but you knew the rest of the party probably would :P

 

2 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

That was such an epic moment, i think none of us will ever forget it! The goblin being mocked to death!

 

 

FTFY, seems pretty important.

 

That was truly special, I love that spell and @Charlie_Quinn's use of it!

 

23 minutes ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Might be the long time DM in me, but I like to read up published adventurers after having played them. Curious to see what the writing was, as opposed to how we approached it and what ended up happening.

 

Without spoiling it, that cave didn't go as I expected but I don't think you deviated too far from the book.

 

It's also free on D&D Beyond and Roll20 right now, so if you want to read it it might be good to download it now to read later.

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4 minutes ago, Jarric said:

No, you didn't care, but you knew the rest of the party probably would :P

 

Well I knew half the party would care, I also knew that half of the party was hiding around the corner safely out of the way :lol: . This wasn't quite like the wolves. I knew things would go to all hell (although I couldn't have imagined just how badly) when I did that, but that's based on Jon knowing the players rather than Tilean. She felt perfectly justified in her actions and still feels that way. If anyone got eaten it was entirely their own fault lol. 

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3 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Well I knew half the party would care, I also knew that half of the party was hiding around the corner safely out of the way :lol: . This wasn't quite like the wolves. I knew things would go to all hell (although I couldn't have imagined just how badly) when I did that, but that's based on Jon knowing the players rather than Tilean. She felt perfectly justified in her actions and still feels that way. If anyone got eaten it was entirely their own fault lol. 

 

The wolves... I'll talk to you guys about the wolves sometime if you want; they're one of the more interesting decisions you have to make in that cave really.

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Yesterday was a good day. Worked out in the morning - handstand flutter kicks, weighted pullups, hangboarding, l-sit progressions, stretching.

 

Work was ok, busy but manageable. In the evening I spent quite a bit of time writing up Sunday's D&D game on here, and then a little while prepping for next week. There's a lot more to prepare for as the characters head into a town full of people, as opposed to the cave with 5 rooms and one entrance that they've spent the last 3 sessions in!

 

After that I made fried rice for the first time. First I lightly scrambled 3 eggs, and set those to the side. I fried onions, carrot and sugar snap peas until soft, then added Sunday's leftover roast pork and cooked through. Threw in a tablespoon of frozen ginger, a couple of crushed cloves of garlic, and three sliced spring onions. After a minute of stirring that through I added rice (which I had pre-cooked yesterday) and the scrambled egg, a lot of soy sauce and a little sesame oil. I fried the whole thing through and served. It was delicious, which is good because it was also today's lunch.

 

After dinner we watch High Rollers - Curse of Strahd, I did some inking on WW's gnome ranger, and I did my hip physio. Teeth were done, exercise done, calories easily on target at 2,363, and tons of alive time.

 

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I also got some good news today - I passed my last essay for a professional qualification module I'm doing! I was a bit nervous about it as I would fail the whole module with no chance to resubmit if I failed this, so really relieved it's over with (and relieved that I get a few weeks before I have to start studying again!).

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Congrats on the module. 

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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On 4/21/2020 at 4:36 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Congrats on the module. 

 

Thank you mate!

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Another good couple of days.

 

Tuesdayevening was D&D, our Mummy's Mask game. We met the 'anti-party', a rival group of adventurers who had plotted to kill our previous (now deceased) party. They attacked us, so we destroyed them in a relatively successful manner. I'm liking playing my bloodrager - he's big, arrogant, and angry, it's great in combat and generally just nice to play someone fairly simple. Overall a great session.

 

All goals hit on Tuesday, a few beers while playing D&D but within calories.

 

Yesterday evening we had a barbeque in the garden - the first of the year - and I spent a lot of time prepping D&D stuff for the weekend. Again all goals were hit.

 

This morning I've worked out - added handstand pushups to the standard programme of habdstands, weighted pullups, hangboarding and stretching. The handstand pushups went ok - I had a cushion under my head that I measured at 4 1/2" (~113mm), and accumulated 23 reps over 10 minutes.

 

Tonight is more D&D, tomorrow night is poker, and at some point I need to find time to prep for our Ranger D&D game on Saturday.

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Jarric, you are absolutely nailing everything!!  That's so awesome!!  YOU are so awesome.    The updates are all full of win, and D&D.  Like, what's not to love?

 

I am a bit envious of your D&D mojo.   For me it's been hard to shift gears as I love the in person interaction the best.   Our Thursday Warhammer is virtual with all the tech savvy folks, and that's gone well, but you are just (to quote CR) Dick In the Peanut Butter levels of D&D awesomeness right now.   Well done!!

 

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Jarric, you are absolutely nailing everything!!  That's so awesome!!  YOU are so awesome.    The updates are all full of win, and D&D.  Like, what's not to love?

 

I am a bit envious of your D&D mojo.   For me it's been hard to shift gears as I love the in person interaction the best.   Our Thursday Warhammer is virtual with all the tech savvy folks, and that's gone well, but you are just (to quote CR) Dick In the Peanut Butter levels of D&D awesomeness right now.   Well done!!

 

 

Well thank you! Last week I tanked a bit on this challenge, but lots of D&D is still very much going on! :D 

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I'm not sure what happened last week. I just lost all motivation to do my goals. I didn't hit a single day where I did all of my hip physio, I did my teeth less than I should, I tracked calories but I did not stick to my limits. About the only things I was any good at were exercise and being alive. Where does that leave me?

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

Hip Physio - 15XP

What? Do my physio exercises and stretches for my hip

Why? Because whilst my hip has improved immeasurably over the last few months it's still not perfect, so I can't afford to lose steam on this. All of my physical goals rely on me being able to actually move, so this is important!

How? I have 12 exercises/stretches, and I will do them all every day. Ideally I'll do some with my morning workout, so I'll have less to do in the evening.

 

18/35 = 7XP

 

Well no wonder my hips are starting to hurt! Must try harder.

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

 

Tooth Care - 10XP

What? Care for my teeth

Why? Because I would very much like them to remain in my head for as long as possible.

How? Brush twice per day, once with an electric brush, and clean between my teeth once per day.

 

18/35 = 5XP

 

I found that if I'd lost the point for this because I didn't do hip stretches I didn't do this. That might be because of a common cause, but I think I need to disconnect this from other challenge goals or take it out altogether to find out.

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

Exercise - 10XP

What? Exercise every day

Why? Because I want to be stronger, and better at things like climbing and obstacle course racing, and to be able to do cool stuff. Because it's good for my mental health. Because I enjoy it.

How? The goal is at least half an hour's exercise every day, though in reality it will usually be much more. Right now I'm following a bespoke programme from my CrossFit coach, so I'm going to see how that goes. I'm not 100% on it, but it's week 1 so I want to give it a chance. I need to be honest with myself and when I'm thinking about doing other things decide if I actually need to be doing stuff, or if I'm bored, or if it's just Rangerbrain(TM). The CrossFit coach plan is MTTF, and WSS are my running days.

 

18/35 = 5XP

 

I actually worked out every day, and this is going really well - the score is a result of the challenge format.

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

Calories - 10XP

What? Count calories.

Why? Although I'm a reasonably average weight in terms of BMI, I'd like to see how I look with a lower body fat percentage. I set myself a goal of looking at hot as possible by London Comic Con. Comic Con's now been moved from May to July, so I've got even more time to look as fit as possible.

How? Average daily calories for the week need to be 2,650 - this was about a 15% deficit when I worked it out at 7#/3.2kg heavier than I am now, so it should still be a decent drop. To hit this average I have been working on 5 low days at 2,410 and two high days at 3,250. Now that I can't go out drinking a lot I might not need such high high days, so another option is 3 low days and 4 medium days at 2,830. Or 4 lows, 2 mediums, and a high. You get the idea.

 

15/35 = 4XP

 

Despite a low score, this hasn't been too bad. I've lost 2# this challenge,  which is less than I would like but is still the right direction. I've been seriously hungry this week and eaten a bit too much, or this might be better.

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

Something Else - 10XP

What? Do something with your evenings

Why? Being isolated at home it would be very easy to watch a lot of TV I don't enjoy and not actually achieve anything. I don't want that.

How? Every day I just need to do something for at least half an hour - it could be creative like drawing or preparing D&D stuff, it could be educational like working on my French or working on accents, it could be social like playing D&D over the internet with friends. I want to make the most of my extra free time, so it doesn't matter how I do that, just that I do.

 

15/35 = 4XP

 

I was pretty mindful of this, and I'm reasonably happy with it overall. I've also recently invested in an art "RPG" to give me something to focus drawing practice on, so I'm happy that I can get some cool stuff done (as well as ALL THE D&D!). Again the score is a result of the challenge format more than anything.

 

On 3/25/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jarric said:

Coronavirus Rules

So to get through the next couple of months I've got a few rules for myself. I would appreciate if you call me out if you see me breaking these rules anywhere on the forums. I would also appreciate if you could respect these rules in my thread:

  1. Don't worry about that which you cannot change. If I can do something to influence a situation, I should stop worrying and do it. If there's nothing I can do I shouldn't waste my energy worrying about it. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum - Baz Luhrmann
  2. Be less judgemental. It's easy to look at people dealing differently with quarantines and restrictions and judge them. And I, like a lot of geeks, can be very judgemental of people who make what seem like unintelligent decisions. But everyone is working from different information, from different stories in the news, the 'news', and on social media. That doesn't make people stupid, or irresponsible, and it doesn't make them bad people. They're just trying to do their best with the information presented to them, just like everyone else. Now, more than ever, we need more compassion and less judgement.
  3. Be positive. There are plenty of positive that can come out of any situation, and especially this one. Political parties are working together and providing for their citizens. Pollution has dropped dramatically. People are learning the value of social interaction, and pulling together to help each other. So I'm going to choose to focus on the good that can come out of this.
  4. Make the most of it. I'm still working, but without going out in the evenings and with less to do on weekends I still have a lot of extra free time. If I come out the other side of this and I've just thrown that time away it would be a real fucking waste of an opportunity. I can use this to make myself a better, stronger, happier person. And I damn well intend to.

 

I think I did pretty well on all of these. Of them, the one that I've thought about most is being less judgemental - not just about Coronavirus but in life in general. I think it's generally a good life lesson.

 

Anyway, that's a wrap! I have no idea what I'm doing for next challenge, but I'll create one tomorrow and then ask for suggestions on what to put in it!

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5 minutes ago, Jarric said:

then ask for suggestions on what to put in it!

Pickles go good in a lot of things.

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Really well done on things Jarric.    I know you feel like week 5 tanked, and maybe it did.   But in some ways, I feel like we're all having to work way harder on doing our things than we would have 3 months ago.   So it's still a really solid effort!     Good job doing all that you DID do.  

 

So are we going to get a picture of that lovely dungeon and stuff to see how it filled out? :)

 

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Pickles go good in a lot of things.

 

This is true. Cheese too. Cheese and pickles....

 

19 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Really well done on things Jarric.    I know you feel like week 5 tanked, and maybe it did.   But in some ways, I feel like we're all having to work way harder on doing our things than we would have 3 months ago.   So it's still a really solid effort!     Good job doing all that you DID do.  

 

So are we going to get a picture of that lovely dungeon and stuff to see how it filled out? :)

 

 

Thank you! I'm not really sure what happened towards the end of this challenge - I'm not finding being at home particularly difficult and I'm not particularly stressed about it, so it's a bit weird.

 

To be honest the tracker looks a bit messy now that I've (partially) filled it in. Planning to do a lot more drawing next challenge though, so there will be art!

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