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18th Jan 2018, 6:00 AM
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Summoner's Remorse
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Newbiespud 18th Jan 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Artist: ChrisTheS

Seems like a good time to ask: Any hilarious stories for a Story Time about summons and pets?

Also got some fresh tabletop gaming content in the form of Tales of New Dunhaven, today and Saturday!
Session 13-1 - The Motherland Job, Part 1: Libsyn YouTube


Digo Dragon 18th Jan 2018, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Mostly sad, flustering stories. The GM isn't consistent with how summons operate. Half the time they sit there and do nothing until ordered, the other half they spring into action and take their own initiative instead of following orders.
Haledrake 18th Jan 2018, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
If 4e, that's super fucking lame dude.

4e Summons have *explicit* actions when you haven't given them orders on a given turn. By making them completely volatile anyway, there's no reason to ever take a more "benign" summon if they're just going to bloody ignore you.
Digo Dragon 18th Jan 2018, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It's 3.5, but it's still a lame problem to have. The spell says that the summons immediately attack your enemies unless you give it other commands. There's no reason to bring in an elemental or archon and then it just stands there for two rounds because you didn't tell it to attack.
Dusk Raven 19th Jan 2018, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
That sucks. By that point I'd be having words with the GM - or at least asking, each time I summon something, "Is it going to wait for orders as though it has no free will of its own, or do what it wants as though I had no control over it?"

...I tend to get snarky with bad DMs if they're not my friends. Thankfully, all my DMs IRL are my friends...
Samwich 18th Jan 2018, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
My gaming group decided to make some ridiculously high level characters and fight a super boss once. Unfortunately, we didn’t communicate at all during character creation, and we wound up with 4 epic level conjuration wizards. So when the fight started, everybody cast Time Stop and immediately started spamming Summon Monster. By the end of the fight, the boss was physically buried under an avalanche of celestial elephants, rhinos, bears, and badgers.
ChrisTheS 18th Jan 2018, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
That doesn't sound at all unfortunate to me...
Platonix 18th Jan 2018, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
My group did something like that once, though at a lower level. I forget how low, but well under level 10. We were exploring a dungeon and found a room with a large pool...occupied by some kind of aquatic monster with tentacles that wanted to eat us. The party's arcanist and druid teamed up to overwhelm the monster with a whole pod of summoned Celestial Porpoises and normal porpoises.
Wulfraed 18th Jan 2018, 9:18 AM edit