August 25th, 2009

Conan Civilization Sucks

Mighty Roar, Revisited

Per discussion in this thread, I have come around to the idea that Mighty Roar as initially presented is a tad broken, largely due to the fact that it was designed based on assumptions that got changed later but didn't get revised. (Initially, the lion writeup was going to have an AC penalty for size, and the Mighty Roar was intended to be a compensatory factor for that.)

So here's my proposed replacement:

Mighty Roar (Lion Racial Power)
Encounter, Minor Action, Aura 5, Sonic, Fear
Targets: All non-allied creatures in area of size large or smaller
Attack: Cha + 2 vs. Will
Hit: Target is dazed and takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls until the beginning of your next turn.
Miss: Target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls until the beginning of your next turn.
Critical (Natural 20): You may take a healing surge as a free action.
Improvement: The attack becomes Cha + 4 at 11th level and lasts a number of turns up to the lion's Cha modifier (save ends; minimum 1).

My thinking: the idea behind the mighty roar is to create a fear-like effect that doesn't just send the foes running off to attack somebody else (since lions are natural-born tanks and probably want to keep the baddies' attention on themselves). Thus, the targets are dazed (frozen in their tracks, so to speak, and only able to take a single action) or simply rattled (with the -2 to attack rolls). The healing surge on a critical is pretty straightforward — cutting loose with a nice deep roar can just get the lion's blood racing again! I was trying to come up with something on par with the dragonborn's breath weapon, which is basically a free burning hands (or acid hands, freezing hands, whatever) once per encounter.

Thoughts? Ideas? Rotten fruit?

-The Gneech
Kero asleep

Dragging My Feet

I think I'm going to just have to admit that on some level, I'm stalling.

Ya see, the end of Suburban Jungle in its current form is getting close. Very close. As in, we are in the last story arc, and pretty far into it at that.

And, as much as I need it to be finished, it's been a huge part of my life for the past ten years and it's tough to let go.

Now, it's not all stalling — this has been a crazygonuts year for laurie_robey and myself, and shows no signs of slowing down. My dad's health problems are a fact. Our jobs trying to take over our lives and needing to be beaten into submission is a fact. Getting myself out from under dependency to Cymbalta is a fact.

But there have also been plenty of times that I could have been drawing but suddenly had an overwhelming compulsion to have Maedhroc grind out 10,000 orcs for his Drudgery deed in LotRO for instance. Usually when that happens it's because I'm tired and know that if I try to draw I'll make a hash of it, but if I'm going to be honest, I need to face the fact that sometimes I've just been stalling.

It's weird how coming to a stop with SJ is much harder than starting it was. But both it and I are stagnating and need to grow. Scary step it may be, but it's a necessary one.

-The Gneech