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Celestial Crusade

This episode: The team takes care of one problem, only to find themselves in another predicament.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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24 Comments

  1. TheNewNum.2
    September 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    Wowee, that Matthew turn up to the 16 min mark was quite the doozy. Anyone who followed along with it gets a cookie… and Matthew gets two cookies.

    • September 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm — Reply

      Wowee, that Matthew turn up to the 16 min mark was quite the doozy. Anyone who followed along with it gets a cookie… and Matthew gets two cookies.

      A doozy in terms of kablammicus, or a doozy in terms of time management?

      • chillidawg72
        September 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm — Reply

        I think he’s commenting on how many rules were invoked during that round. At least that’s the way I took it.

        • TheNewNum.2
          September 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm — Reply

          Yup, that’s what I meant. I got lost about halfway through, but heck I’m new.

  2. September 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    Thx, clearly the bedst episode i season 3 so far.

    What is the “eldritch strike” that Ket keeps doing? Is it at multiclassthingy?

    • September 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm — Reply

      It’s an option for warlocks, they can trade out their eldrich blast for a weapon attack. I think it was first printed in the PHB heroes miniatures series.

      • September 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm — Reply

        Thx, I got about 25 4E books and couldnt for the life of me find it anywhere!
        Also in wich 4E book is the whip described?

        Yours

        • Rob (fka Smith)
          September 19, 2010 at 4:08 am — Reply

          The whip comes outta Dragon Magazine 368, I got the info for it out of the character builder. It’s the only one-handed reach weapon in the game.

  3. Colin
    September 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    I think that Matthew ends up totaling atleast 45 mins of talking, and that’s what makes this show. Also, what class is Randis (The one with the “assistant” and crossbow with a wand bayonet)?

    • September 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm — Reply

      I think that Matthew ends up totaling atleast 45 mins of talking, and that’s what makes this show. Also, what class is Randis (The one with the “assistant” and crossbow with a wand bayonet)?

      I believe Randus (note the spelling) is a human artificer.

      • Colin
        September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm — Reply

        Which PHB?

        • September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm — Reply

          soz. It’s in Eberron Players Guide. I think a must have for 4E. It has cool new races and a lot of alcymi stuf.

  4. Ed Sanford
    September 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    I recall that Rodrigo said that he takes powers from different creatures and then gives them ‘funny hats’. Could you explain how you did this for this encounter?

    • TheNewNum.2
      September 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm — Reply

      I second this question… the monsters were very unique and flavouriffic. A peek behind the curtain would be very appreciated.

    • September 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm — Reply

      Not that much to explain, these are monsters right out of the books, with their own powers, traits and hopes and dreams. I’m running them without any changes except just describing the way they (and their powers) look… and sound, I guess.

      • TheNewNum.2
        September 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm — Reply

        Yeah, but is it a goblin under the funny hat, or a naked mole rat… which would be kind of awesome.

  5. Ricco
    September 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    Having technical difficulties with this one, usually I play a video game or something while listening to CH, but this episode is so complexe that I’ve listen to it twice while doing something else and I’m completely lost. Gonna listen to it again with some instant noodles, chips and a coke in a bit.

  6. Brian
    September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Any chance you could spell out the changes in the way magic missle (and a couple of the other low-level powers)has been played? Did Orem get a feat, or did the basis for the spell get clarified?

    • September 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm — Reply

      I believe we talked about it in a previous episode where we detailed how WotC changed the nature of how MM works in game.

      • Brian
        September 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm — Reply

        Ahh……. That must have been the “16 GB disk is filled” lost episode. Sorry I missed it. Your updates are way better than WoTC’s anyway.

        • Rob (fka Smith)
          September 22, 2010 at 10:50 am — Reply

          The change actually came from WotC anyhow. It was errata to no longer require rolls. It is now an auto-hit with a base line damage of 2+Int+Enh. It’s a really effective change meant to evoke the classic spell, where it was always an auto-hit. Many of us disagree with the reasoning for the change, but can tell they made it better mechanically.

    • September 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm — Reply

      I think I know what the issue is, we actually discussed it in the Major Spoilers Podcast, not critical hit.

      http://www.majorspoilers.com/major-spoilers-podcast-218-the-critical-hit-supplemental-edition

      And I don’t really think it’s better mechanically, I think it’s balanced, but not better.

      • Brian
        September 24, 2010 at 11:42 am — Reply

        Thanks – appreciate your responses.

  7. Brian
    September 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    Rob- thanks for the information. I visited the WOTC errata update on their website. I am not a big Powergamer fan, but the 2 weapon attack powers look even nastier than 3.5.

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