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27th Jun 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 27th Jun 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
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I imagine the "suspicious movement" on the perimeter would come in the general form of random pegasi and other flying creatures scouting the barrier and then disappearing behind trees and hills, and it's always a different pony every time.

I'm not actually very good at tactics, but I find tactical reasoning very fun, even if it's not always feasible or helpful. In the Root game we played a while back, I coined the phrase "Maybe, just maybe, all of these cards will fall into place and make a house," which kind of sums up how plans in RPGs often go.

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ANW 27th Jun 2020, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Story time
The health bar just hit zero.
Congratulations, your team just defeated this boss.
The only thing left to do is to collect the loo-

Why is there dark music playing?
Why is the body moving?
And growing?

Multi part bosses.
Robin Bobcat 27th Jun 2020, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
It gets worse.
You KNOW a Multi-Part Boss is ALSO going to be a Load-Bearing Boss. Something horrible is going to happen and you're gonna have to RUN.
Scissors Rock Paper 27th Jun 2020, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Two words:
Necromancer Ooze

Split. Reform. Combine. Goes from one Gargantuan creature to up to 32 tiny ones.
Robin Bobcat 27th Jun 2020, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
"Augh, I'm all tapped out of spells, all I have left is a couple of First-Level ones... Oh hey, Burning Hands."
Draxynnic 28th Jun 2020, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, the number of times that kind of fight has turned into "oh, get it to divide into as many pieces as possible and then drop AoE".
Achtungnight 27th Jun 2020, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
The evil wizard had a Contingency Spell active. When his HP hit 0, it automatically cast Heal, Shapechange (One-Winged Angel), and numerous buff spells, on him. Now you gotta fight him again, all powered up. Good luck, guys!
Robin Bobcat 27th Jun 2020, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
This is why, when facing spellcasters, one hits them with Greater Dispel Magic on the opening round. REALLY pisses off the ones who've planned ahead.
Solitary Performance 29th Jun 2020, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Depending on the edition and power level of the PCs, there's always Greater Dispel's big brother, Mordenkainen's Mage's Disjunction, for all your magic destroying needs.
Demon Nachos 27th Jun 2020, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Canterlot's defences are honestly quite rubbish. That mountainside would be so easy to use for artificial rock slides, the gatehouse is just laughably bad, and the ponies are just horrendous at spotting any danger. Seriously, the Storm King got an entire airship armada past a nation full of airborne horses and into the capital during a major festival. Seriously, they need a Pony Shadiversity to spruce up their defences.
Draxynnic 28th Jun 2020, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Had to admit I had a strong feeling of "plot stealth" from the Storm King. Took some serious suspension of disbelief that that was a surprise attack.
Digo Dragon 27th Jun 2020, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
My old group had a retired marine and former navy guy. They had two very different approaches to tactics and interestingly, what they knew didn't translate too well when fighting a dragon. :3

I did learn a few things from them, which was cool.
Jennifer 28th Jun 2020, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
There is the classic ruse, which I could actually see in MLP, of a small amount of troops marching around and around a single spot. When the enemy (your PCs) count them, they estimate there are a hundred thousand troops going by... when it's just fifteen thousand going past the same obscured vantage point over and over.
BackSet 28th Jun 2020, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
All I know about tactics comes from Fire Emblem. Not exactly the best teacher.

Well, there's also what I remember from history textbooks and that one scene in Avengers.
Dakkath 28th Jun 2020, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Since this is 4e, I'm guessing "giant magical shield" is Shining's daily power.
you know that guy 28th Jun 2020, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
Utility powers are usually daily powers.