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We've put together a lot of builds now, but rather than having them all just indexed in my sig, I'll put them here. (For one thing, signatures don't display on the mobile site.)

As always, these are not all my builds, but they come from my group: Tempest Stormwind [TS], Radical Taoist [RT], Andarious [AR], DisposableHero_ [DH], Sionnis [SN], and Seishi [SH]. Authorship is identified in the table. The table also includes the build taglines (setting the mood) and descriptors (basically what the build does), along with a bit of extra metadata: maturation level, i.e. at which point the build's tricks are solid, and before which there might be some problems. If multiple levels are listed, it means the trick evolves. For example, the Pinball Brothers start off as a bullrush build (which is completely online by 3, though it improves over time), transition to an ubercharger (around level 8 is when this is fully online), and finally into a massive area control machine (by level 14). 


The second post in this thread includes all the showcases we have in progress but haven't finished. If any of them look interesting, announce it here.

(EDIT: ...Damn, I can't get the table to display width properly on Firefox (Chrome handles the scaling), and the HTML is giving me headaches. Tucked away in a spoiler block until I fix it.)


Showcased builds

Build

Author

Tagline

Descriptors

Maturation

Uses UA?

 

The Pinball Brothers

TS

Large And In Charge

 

Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)

3, 8, 14

Yes

 

Ashardalon Reborn

TS

I will swallow your soul

 

Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme (Ashardalon))

Any

Yes

 

A-Game Paladin

AR

Play that funky music, knight boy!

 

Team support, melee, theme (leader), single-class

3 to 6

No

 

Uncanny Trapsmith

RT

Get in, make it look like an accident, get out.

 

Skillmonkey, stealth/scout/infiltration, unorthodox methods (traps), theme (spy)

6 to 9

No

 

Wizsassin

AR

Everything is permitted.

 

Spellcaster, support, sneak attack, utility

9

No

 

Phantom Rush

TS

General Gish Gouda.

 

Gish, Theme (Knight Arcane), Setting-specific (Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)

5

Yes

 

Storm Knight

TS

Another kind of gish.

 

Melee/"Gish", Theme (Wind), Setting-Specific (Eberron), Unorthodox Methods (Dragonmark)

5 to 6

Yes

 

Inevitable Nightmare

TS

The weapon you only have to fire *once*

 

Melee, Unorthodox Methods (no charging), Reliability)

6 to 8

Yes

 

Captain Constitution

AR

The number one threat to America

 

Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme (Constitution)

Any

No

 

Nuker

AR

I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down!

 

Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage

8

No

 

Dread Lord of the Dead

TS

Let the reaping begin!

 

NPC-only, Variable (combat, casting, leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme (BBEG necromancer)

1, 4, 9, 15

Yes

 

Heavy Crusader

AR

No rest. No mercy. No matter what.

 

Melee, Damage (no charging), variable, theme (smiter)

Any

No

 

Gun Fu

TS

It's bullet time

 

Ranged, Theoretical, Twin weapons, theme (guns akimbo)

9

Yes

 

Face First

RT

We should talk.

 

Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management

Any

No

 

Chaingun Porcupine

SN

Never enuff dakka.

 

Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum

2, 12

Yes

 

Always On Edge

RT

The Mortal Draw deals death.

 

Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt (iaijutsu)

2-3, 15

Yes

 

Feral Druid

AR

Real feral taste, zero druid calories.

 

Melee, offense, damage, murder

6

No

 

Rusty!

RT

Man's best friend

 

Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard

Any

No

 

The T3

RT

My Kung Fu is more Powerful

 

Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster

3

No

 

The #1 Snoipah

RT

Boom. 'Eadshot.

 

Caster, Theme (TF2), Spike, Trapscout

Any

No

 

Dreamblade

AR

Rest in pieces.

 

Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum

Any

No

 

Evasion Tank

AR

"When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way."

 

Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), theme (martial arts)

2, 5, 9

No

 

Psycarnum Warrior

DH

↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start

 

Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x

1, 8

No

 

Heavy Weapons Elf

AR

WHO TOUCHED MY BOW?

 

Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB)

5 to 7

No

 

Gnowhere Gnome

RT

A little man who wasn't there

 

Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive

Any

No

 

Uberflank

AR

I got your back.

 

Melee, Support, stunt (flank maxing), teamwork

Any

No

 

Flip the Bird

TS

Everyday I'm shuffling

 

Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support

9

No

 

Eat Sleep Gank

DH

Real Ultimate Power

 

Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility

6 to 9

No

 

Slash and Burn

AR

Mind, Body, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death.

 

Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt (crits/whirlwind/fire)

9+

No

 

Edge of the Light

RT

Cut, Fade to Black

 

Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical

6 to 9

No

 

Quiet Murder

RT

Cut throats, not corners.

 

Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical

9

Yes

 

Wand Overdrive

TS

Say Hello to my little friends.

 

Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist

9 to 12

No

 

God Hand

RT

What did the five fingers say to the face?

 

Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme (cheesy martial arts)

7

No

 

Zero Buff Time Gish

AR

Try to keep up!

 

Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)

7+

No

 

Robo Tackle

TS

I Am Iron Man.

 

Melee, Setting-Specific (Eberron), Positioning, Theme (Chrono Trigger), Stunt (pushing)

9

No

 

Holy Fire

TS Just getting warmed up!

 

Spellcaster, setting-specific (Eberron), damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting 

6-7 and 11-14 No

 

Groundhog Mage

TS

♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ 

 

Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard

6, 9, 12, 15, 18 Yes

 

Captain Charisma

RT All she wants to do is dance

 

Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style)

5, 9, 12 No

 

Assassin's Speed

TS A blade in the crowd

 

Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial

2-4, 9, 12  No

 

Something for Everyone

RT A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns   No

 

 

 

In addition to the builds, we've also put together a few specific articles:

 

 

Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing: A short CO diary of one of our games at level 8, designed to illustrate how a team can benefit from specifically-designed party interaction, understanding the action economy (but without resorting to Celerity-style effects), and specific attention to the numbers.

 

The Flash Step: Illustrating the tactical use of the Evasive Reflexes feat to add another dimension to the AoO metagame (which, to the best of my knowledge, wasn't really explored before this article). Includes three example builds: the Rook Knight, Outmaneuver, and the Flashmaster.

 

Kung-Fu Witchcraft: Extending the Tome of Battle to the realm of CR tomfoolery. DMs, take note. Players, you can skip this one (not because it's uninteresting, but because it won't work unless you're choosing monsters based on CR instead of ECL).

 

Weekly Optimization Series

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

All right, so we've got a number of builds put together for showcasing, and several others in progress. Up until now, we've been doing them haphazardly from a larger list of potential candidates, and then rushing last-minute to finish up the one that wins weekly voting. Now, I'm changing it up a bit - all of our in-progress builds are going to be listed here, and if you want a specific one, say so in this thread or in the most recent one.

Of course, I'm not a fan of giving away too much information, and a few of these are still being refined, so I'll just stick to the names for now.

-The Wolf Pack
-Jack B. Quicker
-Maybe Later
-Mook Mulcher
-Abominable Throwman
-Overpowered Wizards pt.1: The Guild Mages

-Overpowered Wizards pt.2: The Circle Mages (EDIT: The Groundhog Mage blends aspects of both the "Guild" and "Circle" mages, and has been showcased.)
-Singularity


There are also plenty of others still under development, and a few refinements to existing builds.


Thanks for reading - and as always, we value your input.

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

Nice to see this up. 

I'm voting for this Guild Mages one, since your casters rarely disappoint and Circle Magic has been done to death. I'm hoping, however, that it isn't just vanilla MotAO shennanigans.

Out of idle curiousity, is Singularity nanobots abuse? 

Did you mean for [TS] to come before your name, as opposed to after like everyone else's?
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Thanks.
I'm voting for this Guild Mages one, since your casters rarely disappoint and Circle Magic has been done to death. I'm hoping, however, that it isn't just vanilla MotAO shennanigans.

The circle mages are related to the guild mages (and won't be shown until after the guild mages go up), but with more of the stops pulled out. The guild mages make use of MotAO, but that's not the central point of their trick (though it's certainly a nice one).
Out of idle curiousity, is Singularity nanobots abuse?

No. (Generally speaking I don't design with nanobots in mind.) The name comes from a different aspect of the build.

(EDIT: I will share that it makes use of Leadership, but the followers aren't part of the equation. Using them as fodder for something - even primitive Aid Anothers - is something I haven't considered.)
Did you mean for [TS] to come before your name, as opposed to after like everyone else's?

Typo. I had a lot to keep track of translating this from raw HTML to board code. Fixed.

Weekly Optimization Series

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

I vote for Overpowered Mages or Singularity.

And i wanna know if is possible to merge T3, Psycarnum Warrior and God Hand, since they are very class similar, something like an Azurin Ardent or Psychic Warrior 18/Monk 2 + Tashalatora and Psycarnum Infusion, or wouldn't it be possible because of the feats you need to keep those different builds working?

And i loved all these builds, especially the ones with casting or manifesting abilities, or the gish ones, and my 3 favorites are Ashardalon Reborn, Dread Lord of the Dead, and Wizsassin.
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I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
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As a science nerd, I will vote for Singularity ! :P 
Is it possible, that you also include a column with the Tier, you would rate the build in? Cause i love using your builds as a basic idea for BBEGs.
Is it possible, that you also include a column with the Tier, you would rate the build in? Cause i love using your builds as a basic idea for BBEGs.


I can try, but they're a bit variable (particularly the wizard-based ones). Our group pretty consistently tries to keep "tier three" philosophy in mind (i.e. except in special circumstances, no single character can single-handedly end an encounter or provide answers to everything, but they can perform well in their niche and have enough options to provide something useful when outside of their niche) when we build, and I would say most of them come out with that in mind. A few, like the psycarnum warrior, probably bump higher than that, and a few (I think Always on Edge or the Phantom Rush fit here, although Always on Edge is the better of the two) are lower than that, but I really don't think there's that much variance.

Of course, the "Overpowered Wizards" builds look like they're in T1, but just about anything with a wizard base and making use of wizard-exclusive options will fall somewhere in there simply by virtue of their components, even before you look at the gameplay, so...

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

So when is the next one?
Besides my usual insane workload (two papers accepted, one more almost ready to submit, half my PhD candidacy exam reading list done, talk rehersals for this summer's conference season, and so on), I've been in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks (not related to the cancer I mentioned in my sig - there's other health concerns I'd rather not get into, which normally aren't life-threatening, but sometimes in tandem they aren't very hot). I think you'll forgive the delays on my part.

RT's gotten busier as well, but still managed to find the time to get cracking on one or two of the above entries (the most popular so far, and also the biggest). Since they're related I might post them sequentially, without the huge break in between them. I might start a writeup for Singularity if I find time to procrastinate (which is honestly how this writeup series started in the first place). 

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

Besides my usual insane workload (two papers accepted, one more almost ready to submit, half my PhD candidacy exam reading list done, talk rehersals for this summer's conference season, and so on), I've been in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks (not related to the cancer I mentioned in my sig - there's other health concerns I'd rather not get into, which normally aren't life-threatening, but sometimes in tandem they aren't very hot). I think you'll forgive the delays on my part.


I hope you get well. I see the Cancer prognosis has updated in a positive way, which I am happy to see.

Thanks for the update, but this is just an internet forum, I think we'll be fine if there are no updates for a while.

5e should strongly stay away from "I don't like it, so you can't have it either."

 

I once asked the question (in D&D 3.5) "Does a Druid4/Wizard3/ArcaneHierophant1 have Wildshape?". Jesse Decker and Andy Collins: Yes and the text is clear and can't be interpreted differently. Rich Redman and Ed Stark: No and the text is clear and can't be interpreted differently. Skip Williams: Lol, it's worded ambiguously and entirely not how I intended it. (Cust. Serv. Reference# 050815-000323)

Hey yeah, congrats on the Cancer-Free.

5E mini- SRD available now in HTML here:  http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop/players-basic-rules

 

Hey, sorry to hijack this, but I have a message for you, Tempest, and I'm not sure whether or not you're getting PMs or whether PMs are working at all.

I'm acting as courier for Draco, who's apparently been permabanned along with a whole bunch of other people. He wanted me to let you know that he's moved to nogoblinsallowed.com, which is being run by miss bun and is sort of turning into a forum for everyone who's either been driven away by the forum update or, in his case, kicked off.

I don't think there was anything else major he wanted passed along, just that that's where he'd be now that he can't be here. Sorry again to hijack this, but I wanted to make sure you saw it, since Draco really wanted to get a message to you.

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Tempest, did you guys give up on doing any more of these? I find them rather thought provoking.

 

Or have you moved them off to another website?

I haven't had time, simply put. I'm preparing for my PhD candidacy exam and while we've put forward several builds in the group (including some half-finished writeups - those mentioned above are all in various stages of completion) I haven't had time to write a full discussion on any of them.

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

I'm just glad you haven't died .  

 

Off topic: What's your area of specialization for your PhD? I'm kinda curious...

123456789blaaa wrote:

I'm just glad you haven't died .  

....well, not yet at least. I lucked out on the cancer front (I got a type that did not involve chemo), but it's also only part of my problems (all of which manifested at about the same time, during my masters' studies). Some of those really could kill me.

 

Off topic: What's your area of specialization for your PhD? I'm kinda curious...

Cognitive science, with a specific emphasis on mathematical modelling, behaviour based robotics, and probability reasoning / judgement under uncertainty (and specific long-term interest in how these theories evolve to include ideologies). I also hold a physics degree (functionally, but not officially, an astrophysics specialty), which puts me in a very different headspace from most of my colleagues (particularly with formal analyses of mathematical theories, statistical practices, and numerical methods) - although I switched fields because I was a pretty lousy physicist.

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:

 

123456789blaaa wrote:

I'm just glad you haven't died .  

....well, not yet at least. I lucked out on the cancer front (I got a type that did not involve chemo), but it's also only part of my problems (all of which manifested at about the same time, during my masters' studies). Some of those really could kill me.

 

And I thought I was joking . I don't suppose there's anything I could do to help?

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:
Off topic: What's your area of specialization for your PhD? I'm kinda curious...

 

Cognitive science, with a specific emphasis on mathematical modelling, behaviour based robotics, and probability reasoning / judgement under uncertainty (and specific long-term interest in how these theories evolve to include ideologies). I also hold a physics degree (functionally, but not officially, an astrophysics specialty), which puts me in a very different headspace from most of my colleagues (particularly with formal analyses of mathematical theories, statistical practices, and numerical methods) - although I switched fields because I was a pretty lousy physicist.

 

 

So basically a PhD in headology

Points for the Pratchett refernece <3

 

Also, Tempest, when making a robot remember the important thing is that they have just enough intellegance to finish the task they're made for, and that they have an extreme sense of satisfaction from doing it.

123456789blaaa wrote:

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:

 

123456789blaaa wrote:

I'm just glad you haven't died .  

....well, not yet at least. I lucked out on the cancer front (I got a type that did not involve chemo), but it's also only part of my problems (all of which manifested at about the same time, during my masters' studies). Some of those really could kill me.

 

And I thought I was joking . I don't suppose there's anything I could do to help?

I get that a lot, but no, not really. Don't worry about it too much for now; a few more specific treatments and a minor endoscopic surgery and I'll have almost everything worth worrying about under total control. There'll be a few lifelong changes, but nothing I can't handle (inexpensive medicine and no chance of ever having hair again, for instance).

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:
Off topic: What's your area of specialization for your PhD? I'm kinda curious...

 

Cognitive science, with a specific emphasis on mathematical modelling, behaviour based robotics, and probability reasoning / judgement under uncertainty (and specific long-term interest in how these theories evolve to include ideologies). I also hold a physics degree (functionally, but not officially, an astrophysics specialty), which puts me in a very different headspace from most of my colleagues (particularly with formal analyses of mathematical theories, statistical practices, and numerical methods) - although I switched fields because I was a pretty lousy physicist.

 

 

 

So basically a PhD in headology

Props for the Pratchett (and if I may throw one back apropos of the other discussion, check out the motto on his official coat of arms. It is as pun-ridden and yet appropriate as Pratchett's own fictional heraldry, but the sentiment is one I share. (...Of course, to keep the meaning rather than the words, it really should have said "noli timere mortem," but that would be slightly less Pratchettian) ), but no, that's exactly the wrong kind of psychology (though it's certainly interesting for other reasons!). 

 

My work is really more of a branch of this; that's easily the best intro text to the field I've ever seen, and it's available free under Creative Commons. (Full disclosure: Author is my PhD supervisor.)

 

Andarious: I don't think I mentioned this, but the robots I use are much simpler than that. I don't build robots to do a task; I build robots, and then watch them do what's in their nature. I teach students about that aspect of cognitive science using LEGO. The textbook is also online if you're interested (I did co-author that one; all the other embodied cog-sci books we could find were pure philosophy or case studies, so we wrote one that also had robotics exercises.). There's also promo videos which include me back when I had hair, although said hair was in transition at the time and looked kind of ridiculous.

 

 

 

Back on topic, I DO happen to have a writeup ready for a build not mentioned there (Holy Fire - it's a fire-based sorcerer variation of the Mailman, designed to make "fire sorcerer" not suck as much, to showcase what you can do with energy damage if you're trying, and try to show alternatives to Incantrix when building Mailmen. This is clearly intended as a tutorial rather than as a gamebreaking new build though), and I'll try to post it up later today. Maybe that'll get me motivated to distill the good stuff out of the queue. 

 

That said, a few of the builds could probably be pruned down to just their core tricks - the Groundhog Mage and some of the Wolf Pack builds are probably best suited with a smaller article on lesser-known or unknown synergies rather than a definitive "THIS IS THINE BUILD" style article. I might try a new format and see if I can't clear out the queue.

Weekly Optimization Series

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

University of Alberta? You're a bloody Canadian? No wonder you're so mild-mannered. Dealing with us Americans must be amusing as all heck.

 

I'm not sure that link to the heraldry was accurate...was that Prachett's real name on the death announcement?

 

And you'll have to explain the puns and stuff, I don't know Latin.

 

==Aelryinth

Fighter vs Warblade analysis http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19573526/Analyzing_the_Fighter_vs_The_Warblade The Lockdown F/20 iconic build http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19856162/A_little_Lock_build_for_you

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:
Off topic: What's your area of specialization for your PhD? I'm kinda curious...

 

Cognitive science, with a specific emphasis on mathematical modelling, behaviour based robotics, and probability reasoning / judgement under uncertainty (and specific long-term interest in how these theories evolve to include ideologies). I also hold a physics degree (functionally, but not officially, an astrophysics specialty), which puts me in a very different headspace from most of my colleagues (particularly with formal analyses of mathematical theories, statistical practices, and numerical methods) - although I switched fields because I was a pretty lousy physicist.

 

 

 

So basically a PhD in headology

 

Props for the Pratchett (and if I may throw one back apropos of the other discussion, check out the motto on his official coat of arms. It is as pun-ridden and yet appropriate as Pratchett's own fictional heraldry, but the sentiment is one I share. (...Of course, to keep the meaning rather than the words, it really should have said "noli timere mortem," but that would be slightly less Pratchettian) ), but no, that's exactly the wrong kind of psychology (though it's certainly interesting for other reasons!). 

 

So in a choice between being completely wrong and not making a Pratchett reference, you expect me to to choose the former? I think we have very different priorities .

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:
My work is really more of a branch of this; that's easily the best intro text to the field I've ever seen, and it's available free under Creative Commons. (Full disclosure: Author is my PhD supervisor.)

 

Andarious: I don't think I mentioned this, but the robots I use are much simpler than that. I don't build robots to do a task; I build robots, and then watch them do what's in their nature. I teach students about that aspect of cognitive science using LEGO. The textbook is also online if you're interested (I did co-author that one; all the other embodied cog-sci books we could find were pure philosophy or case studies, so we wrote one that also had robotics exercises.). There's also promo videos which include me back when I had hair, although said hair was in transition at the time and looked kind of ridiculous.

 

Coool . I'l have to check some of that out. Sounds interesting.

 

Tempest_Stormwind wrote:
Back on topic, I DO happen to have a writeup ready for a build not mentioned there (Holy Fire - it's a fire-based sorcerer variation of the Mailman, designed to make "fire sorcerer" not suck as much, to showcase what you can do with energy damage if you're trying, and try to show alternatives to Incantrix when building Mailmen. This is clearly intended as a tutorial rather than as a gamebreaking new build though), and I'll try to post it up later today. Maybe that'll get me motivated to distill the good stuff out of the queue. 

 

That said, a few of the builds could probably be pruned down to just their core tricks - the Groundhog Mage and some of the Wolf Pack builds are probably best suited with a smaller article on lesser-known or unknown synergies rather than a definitive "THIS IS THINE BUILD" style article. I might try a new format and see if I can't clear out the queue.

 

Like the Flash-Stepper showcase?

Ael: Further down the page. The black and white shield with the ankh on it, to Sir Terrence David John Pratchett. (He doesn't use a pseudonym.) The motto is "noli timere messorem", which literally means "Don't fear the reaper". Not only is it a reference to Death in his stories (observe that the Sto Helit family descended from Mort has the exact same motto), but it's also apropos given how Pratchett's become a vocal supporter of voluntary euthanasia following his Alzheimer's diagnosis (something to the effect of "I will not die of Alzheimers. I'm taking the disease with me.").

 

(My minor quibble was that, since the phrase is idiomatic in English, it loses meaning in Latin, and the loose equivalent should be "noli timere mortem", or "do not fear death" - but since a disgustingly large amount of heraldry in general is based on puns and wordplay (something that Pratchett himself lampooned in Feet of Clay) I think that wouldn't be as appropriate a motto.)

 

Count: A bit less diversified, with fewer builds and less discussion, but that's the right idea. More like Kung Fu Witchcraft in that regards.

Weekly Optimization Series

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These are NOT all my creations! The lead authors are identified as follows: [TS] Tempest Stormwind, [AR] Andarious Rosethorn, [RT] Radical Taoist, [SN] Sionnis, [DH] DisposableHero_, [SH] Seishi.

[TS] The Pinball Brothers: Large And In Charge (Melee, Lockdown, Charge, Juggling)
[TS] Ashardalon Reborn: I Will Swallow Your Soul (Melee, Fear, Negative Levels, AoE, Theme)
[AR] "A"-Game Paladin: Play That Funky Music, Knight Boy! (Team Support, Melee, Theme, Single-Class)
[RT] Uncanny Trapsmith: Get in, make it look like an accident, get out. (Skillmonkey, Stealth/Scout/Infiltration, Unorthodox Methods, Theme)
[AR] Wizsassin: *Everything* is permitted. (Spellcaster, Support, Sneak Attack, Utility)
[TS] Phantom Rush: General Gish Gouda. (Gish, Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Early-Entry PrC)
[TS] Storm Knight: Another kind of gish. (Melee/"Gish", Theme, Setting-Specific(Eberron), Unorthodox Methods)
[TS] Inevitable Nightmare: The weapon you only have to fire once. (Melee, "Unorthodox" Methods (no charging), Reliability)
[AR] Captain Constitution: The number one threat to America. (Melee, TOUGHTOUGHTOUGH, Defense, Theme)
[AR] Nuker: I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down! (Spellcaster, damage, blasting, damage)
[TS] Dread Lord of the Dead: Let the Reaping Begin! (NPC-only, Variable (combat/casting/leadership), Iconic Villain, Theme)
[AR] Heavy Crusader: No Rest. No Mercy. No Matter What. (Melee, Damage (No charging), Variable, Theme).
[TS] Gun Fu: It's bullet time (Ranged, THEORETICAL, Twin weapons, Theme)
[RT] Face First: We should talk. (Psionic, social, mind-control, info-management)
[SN] Chaingun Porcupine: Never Enuff Dakka. (Ranged, Skirmishing, Spike Damage, Incarnum)
[RT] Always On Edge: The Mortal Draw deals death. (Melee, Generalist, Dungeoneering, Stunt)
[AR] Feral Druid: Real feral taste. Zero druid calories. (Melee, offense, damage, murder)
[RT] Rusty!: Man's Best Friend (Sentry, Support, Backup, Rearguard)
[RT] The T3 (Tashalatora Triple Threat): My Kung Fu is More Powerful (Hybrid, Flex-Function, Melee, Caster)
[RT] The #1 Snoipah: Boom. 'Eadshot. (Caster, Theme, Spike, Trapscout)
[AR] Dreamblade: Rest in Pieces. (Melee, Damage, Single-Class, Combo/Momentum)
[AR] Evasion Tank: “When fighting angry blind men, is best to stay out of the way.” (Melee, Tank, Unorthodox Methods (attack negation), Theme)
[DH] Psycarnum Warrior: ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA Start (Melee, Tank, Psionics, Incarnum, 1337 h4x)
[AR] Heavy Weapons Elf: WHO TOUCHED MY BOW? (Ranged, Cohort, Damage, Unorthodox Methods (ranged ToB))
[RT] Gnowhere Gnome: A little man who wasn't there (Caster, Stealth, Single-Class, Elusive)
[AR] Uberflank: I got your back. (Melee, support, stunt, teamwork)
[TS] Flip the Bird: Everyday I'm shuffling (Ranged, harrier, unorthodox methods (ranged ToB / off-turn movement), support)
[DH] Eat Sleep Gank: Real Ultimate Power (Stealth, Assassination, Spike, Magic Versatility)
[AR] Slash and Burn: Mind, Body, Blade, Flame / Aspects of a greater whole / which delivers death. (Melee, Theme (flex-style), Damage, Stunt)
[RT] Edge of the Light: Cut, Fade to Black (Melee, Defense/Offense, Momentum, Tactical)
[RT] Quiet Murder: Cut throats, not corners. (Melee, Stealth, Harrier, Tactical)
[TS] Wand Overdrive: Say Hello to my little friends. (Caster, support/artillery/variable, wand specialist)
[RT] God Hand: What did the five fingers say to the face? (Melee/Gish, Unarmed, SAD, Theme)
[AR] Zero Buff Time Gish: Try to keep up! (Gish, Speed, Movement, Opportunity)
[TS] Robo Tackle: I Am Iron Man. (Melee, setting-specific (Eberron), positioning, theme, stunt)

[TS] Holy Fire: Just getting warmed up! (Casting, damage, theme (fire), theme (sacred), blasting)

[TS] Groundhog Mage: ♪Let’s do the time warp again♪ (Casting, stunt, setting-specific (Faerun), spell stamina / versatility, spontaneous wizard)

[RT] Captain Charisma: All she wants to do is dance (Hybrid (melee/support), SAD, Theme (criticals), Theme (flex-style))

[TS] Assassin's Speed: A blade in the crowd (Melee (technical), iaijutsu, SAD, theme (Assassin's Creed), tutorial)

[RT] Something for Everyone: A.K.A. The Last Sorcerer RT Will Ever Build (Caster, Damage, Trapscout, Takedowns)

 

Want to see how the entire group rolls?
[All] Party Optimization Showcase: Dead for Nothing
[TS/RT/AR] Optimization Article: The Flash Step
[RT] Optimization Article: Kung Fu Witchcraft

 

Seishi: I think it might be fun to have a one-off [game] tuned fairly, but with the intention of wiping the party. 

DisposableHero_: if [my campaign] has taught me nothing else, it is that with this group, nothing tuned fairly will ever wipe the party

RadicalTaoist: I've been throwing **** at this group that's 5 levels over CRed in DFN, and have yet to wipe the party.

Nice stuff temp it looks good and I can finally see it on this stupid iPad.
Nice stuff temp it looks good and I can finally see it on this stupid iPad.

123456789blaaa wrote:

I'm just glad you haven't died .  

+1 you poor bugger

 

aelryinth wrote:

University of Alberta? You're a bloody Canadian? No wonder you're so mild-mannered. Dealing with us Americans must be amusing as all heck.

 

I'm not sure that link to the heraldry was accurate...was that Prachett's real name on the death announcement?

 

And you'll have to explain the puns and stuff, I don't know Latin.

 

==Aelryinth

Imagine what it is like for me as a Kiwi 

 

Tempest, if there's anything I can help with let me know.

 

Ah, kiwis! Loved and lampooned the world over. American's are the world's tourists, Canadians are the world's guests, Austrailians are the world's neighbors, and New Zealanders are the world's mascots.

 

 

Thanks for the explanation, Tempest, I wouldn't ever have noticed it otherwise.

 

==Aelryinth

Fighter vs Warblade analysis http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19573526/Analyzing_the_Fighter_vs_The_Warblade The Lockdown F/20 iconic build http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19856162/A_little_Lock_build_for_you
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