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14th Jan 2021, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 14th Jan 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It's hard to create a situation where you can revel in the players hitting each other when they're sometimes perfectly willing to deal and soak up damage to and from each other anyway, under normal circumstances, sometimes without prompting.

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Jennifer 14th Jan 2021, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
That's one issue I have with DnD, particularly 4th ed - the "padded sumo wrestling" combat meme. In my lite gaming, I sometimes eschew hit points altogether, and just cause "appropriate" damage to players and NPCs. The kids I play with are too new and excited to notice.
ANW 14th Jan 2021, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
That's the problem with Magical Explosion and I believe Fireball.

It might not hurt you, but your allies are another story most of the time.
Kereea 14th Jan 2021, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Also Synaptic Static. Which I used, not realizing the reason the monk was OK with being hit with a Fireball wasn't that he could tank it, but that he had the Dex/feat combo to nullify the damage. And Synaptic Static is an INT save. WHOOPS.
Digo 14th Jan 2021, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
It super-annoyed one GM when our party had a really fun combo where my rogue and the party monk grapple the boss and then the wizard fireballs us all. Evasion abuse FTW!
Borg 14th Jan 2021, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Well that's why you place it to only hit enemies and the tiefling monk. The tiefling monk laughs at your silly dex save against fire damage.
Composer99 15th Jan 2021, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
One of my favourite remarks about fireball over at the Giant in the Playground forums was someone writing something to the effect of, "I told my party that if they didn't want to get a fireball, they shouldn't stand somewhere that deserved a fireball. Never had a problem after that."
aylatrigger 14th Jan 2021, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Current tank I am playing is a Spheres of Might Sentinel (Dimensional Defender). I tank well (DR and high hitpoints from other things), and I use that to teleport replace people so friendly fire is not as much an issue. Just got to 108 hp at 5th level. ...I also am a Spheres Summoner Synthesist, so pretty much have double hp and am encased in a body armor elemental (which gives my DR...and Physical stats...and limbs...).
Wulfraed 14th Jan 2021, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
That AJ-clone leaping onto the pile looks overly gleeful. Like a kid jumping into a large pile of leaves.
Digo 14th Jan 2021, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Yes, I was about to mention that! I wanna take a moment and appreciate the happy changeling.
albedoequals1 14th Jan 2021, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
He has no idea what he's doing, but it looks like fun, so he's all in
ionotter 14th Jan 2021, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
ionotter
We were playing Starfinder, and I was playing a medic. One of the weapons I had was a Syringer, a weapon that fires syringes of whatever delightful concoction you can come up with. We were facing off against Akata, some pretty nasty hombres that bite you and infect you with their larval young.

We knew that Akata were vulnerable to salt water, so my medic starts loading his syringes with the saline from an IV bag. Great idea, right?

I roll to hit, and get a 1. My shot hits the soldier right in the back of the neck.

Oops.

"Don't worry, it's only sterile saline!"
Draxynnic 15th Jan 2021, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
So you hit them with Saline IV?

I'm suddenly reminded of Erfworld... *presses F*
ionotter 17th Jan 2021, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
ionotter
Well, technically I shot them with saline IV solution in a weaponized syringe, but yes.