2022.01.25 08:06 PyroSorcererBlaster I Don't Want to DM This Game Anymore
I just need to vent for a hot minute.
I've been running this game for ... I don't know anymore. 4 years? That sounds close enough. It's had good players, terrible players, enthusiastic players, quiet players, players who quit midsession, and players who have stuck it out with me this far.
But I've grown tired. The DM Brain is willing, but my heart just isn't in it anymore. I'm winding the game down, and ending the story in roughly 6 months.
I thought I faced the worse of it when: a Power-gamey Wizard player tried to convince me that he can wear shields with no issues, just because he had the War Caster feat. Fun fact, if you lack proficiency with a piece of armor, your spellcasting gets turned off. Among other debuffs.
He fought me on every ruling, or tried to convince me his view was more correct then the PLAYER'S HANDBOOK.
Him: Familiars are Constructs.
No. No they are not. They are EXPLICITLY Fey, Celestials, or Fiends, in the guise of a beast creation (with a lot of restrictions)
He didn't give a damn about anyone or anything but himself.
Example: the party travels to the home village of one of the PCs. The area is heavily warded by Fey magic, to protect their Centaur brethren that live on the material plane.
The mist is magical, and tricks unwanted travellers, luring them away from, or around the village. Unless they are specifically invited/welcomed by the community.
The Wizard didn't care. He openly said it was a nuisance, and that he could dispel the mist with a simple Dispel Magic casting.
Thankfully, the party talked him down.
He also outright lied to me. At character creation, he promised me his character was not a typical, murder hobo wizard. That he wanted to make a utility character, who had learned magic, but practiced very little offensive magic.
He would then proceed to take a lot of combat spells, and would open every combat with Fireball.
Eventually, I began to dread running the game, because it meant having to put up with a manipulative, lying, PoS.
And then I recieved a nugget of wisdom: D&D is a cooperative, multiplayer game. I may be running the system, but my enjoyment of the game is just as valid as each of the players.
I kicked him from the game, and we went back to having legitimate fun.
And yet, 2(?) Years later, I find myself once again feeling dread when it comes time to run the game.
Part of it is my own fault. I've made decisions that have either turned into a nightmare scenario (a dungeon that we all agree was the worst 6 sessions of D&D), or I failed to explain clearly, and caused players to misinterpret my intention (a plot critical piece of info was kept secret by one of the PCs, which wouldn't have been too bad, but I needed the party to actually act on it so I could expand the plot).
All this brings us to last year: We've always been a group of 6 players. One player, the one who had been with the game since its inception, had to drop out due to family, job, and life reasons.
We bid him farewell, had a great final session with him, and moved on.
Shortly after, the Centaur Player wanted to change characters. He wasn't enjoying his Archer build anymore, and felt it was time for a change. He built a Kobold Wizard, which filled a niche the party critically lacked.
This decision would make up 25% of my current stress.
We added a new player to fill the empty spot in the party. He was excited to continue the story of a previous PC he played, who was banished from his home universe due to plot. I worked with him to ensure the character wasn't busted to hell. And, even now, his PC isn't the issue.
Rather, the player's personality is. He's very verbal, and critical after sessions. Always tossing out suggestions after the game on how things can flow more smoothly.
When you have 6 guys at the table, all very excited to RP and give their opinions, it creates a lot of cross talk.
I should mention, I recruited these people over Roll20, and we talk over Discord. Voice only. I don't like showing my face.
The last thorn in my side is the group cohesion. More specifically, the LACK of it.
Most of the party understands how D&D works, you adventure with strangers so you can survive the monsters, tell a story, and collect phat loot.
The issue is, despite having a common goal, the party is more like a collection of individuals, rather than a team that communicates & cooperates.
We've talked about it before, twice. I can't force them to have the coordination of the Power Rangers, but at the very least I hoped they'd find common ground, share information during long Rests, and what not.
Instead, the second we hit a dungeon, 4 of them want to separate and go in different directions.
I should have let them. Picked them off one at a time, maybe then...
The dungeon was slow going. Agonizingly slow. 1.5 rooms per session. 6 sessions of: start in a room, explore for a second, RP at each other for and hour, have 2 PCs enter a room, combat begins, and then only 2 of the other four would go help their fellow PCs
The last 2 guys? Off in a previous room, "those guys can handle it, I'm gonna sit this one out".
This happened every session for that dungeon. They made so little progress, and we all felt so sick of the place that I tossed out all the ideas I had for it, and instead had the Boss monster throw the party into a Nightmare version of the material plane.
The dungeon then imploded and disappearred to the void between planes.
So: we're all burned out from that. Take our holiday break, and reconvene after new years.
Game has been continuing, and I'm just... Not in love with it anymore.
Here's why: - The Kobold Wizard? He found a way to have permanent temp party members via Elementals (Magic Circle, Planar Binding, Conjure Elemental) and by extension: generate infinite money. Summon a Xorn, bind it for x days, dig out a mountain. He also has Simulacrum, so now he can create copies of himself, and by extension summon more elementals. It got so busted I had to tell him to knock it off. His new PC is just as power hungry as the last wizard, and playing with him is beginning to feel the same as that time. With the difference being, he's abusing completely legal combos, rather than trying to gaslight me. - New Guy does not leave me alone. Between sessions, he's bombarding me with messages about how to run a smoother game, or telling me how little fun he had because he had very little to do (in the session that was focused on another PC's backstory), or being passive aggressive because he got hit with paralysis from the Silver Dragon, and he didn't have the mods to beat the DC. It is demoralizing and exhausting to hear my phone ping, and see that he's sent me another message - Every session, the cross talk becomes outright combative, because everyone believes they are the main character, and their need to RP matters more than anyone else's. I'm being hyperbolic, but not by much. I've had to talk to them before and after sessions about being respectful of others when they're talking. To give a moment of pause before speaking, and in general to avoid interrupting others.
Maybe I'll return and start a new game with some of them down the line. I know a few who I don't want to play with again, but there are a few excellent players in the mix.
The Death Cleric, the Original Redemption Arc PC, and the now longest player of the game. He's a bit scatterbrained, but I can tell he really gets into his character, especially when the plot starts happening. He's the voice of reason in the party.
The Paladin and the Multiclass Goblin are IRL friends of the Kobold Wizard, they're a great couple of role players, and pick up on clues and cues very quickly. I can trust the goblin player to Push the Red Button if I put it in the scene, and the Paladin consistently makes big waves when he gets the spotlight.
If the Kobold Wizard never plays a Wizard again, I wouldn't mind playing with him again. His original Centaur Archer was the original voice of reason, and kept the party on task.
New Guy I can live without.
And last is the Barbarian player. He's pretty good actually, quiet though. My real issue is he kind of... Doesn't care about the NPCs or roleplay. He's rather be killing things and being, well, a Barbarian. I like him, but his playstyle is difficult to swallow sometimes.
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2022.01.25 08:06 fiafries Training for a half marathon and a half Ironman one month apart
I am training for a half marathon at the end of May, and have a my first half Ironman the 3rd of July. How would you guys recommend I train during that month in between? My priority is the half Ironman.
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2022.01.25 08:06 Flimzom Questions about providing a female gargoyle gecko her best life
I came across what I consider to be my dream gargoyle morph and am planning to pull the trigger hopefully this week. However, she's a female and I'm a novice gecko owner. I've had a male beardie and a male water dragon in the past when I was a kid. Can any of you geckos experts out there outline what I'll be dealing with and how I can best provide her with an awesome life? She is not sexually mature and I only want one so I don't plan on breeding at all. I have a fully bioactive and thriving 18x18x24 enclosure.
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2022.01.25 08:06 Voodoo2-SLi AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Meta Review: 14 reviews & 1070 benchmarks compiled
|Models||Clock Rates||ASIC Power||Card Length|
|AMD Reference||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||80W (TDP: 107W)||-|
|ASRock RX 6500 XT Challenger ITX||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||17.9cm|
|ASRock RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming D OC||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||?||24.0cm|
|Asus Dual RX 6500 XT OC||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||?||20.1cm|
|Asus TUF RX 6500 XT Gaming OC||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 90W||25.0cm (TripleSlot)|
|Gigabyte RX 6500 XT Eagle||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||19.2cm|
|Gigabyte RX 6500 XT Gaming OC||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 90W||28.2cm|
|MSI RX 6500 XT Mech 2X||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||17.2cm|
|MSI RX 6500 XT Mech 2X OC||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||?||17.2cm|
|PowerColor RX 6500 XT ITX||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||16.5cm|
|PowerColor Fighter RX 6500 XT OC||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||85W||19.1cm|
|Sapphire Pulse RX 6500 XT||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||19.4cm|
|XFX Speedster Qick 210 RX 6500 XT||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||90W||23.3cm|
|Gen & Mem||Polaris 4GB||Polaris 8GB||Pascal 6GB||Turing 4GB||RDNA1 4GB||RDNA1 8GB||RDNA2 4GB||RDNA2 8GB||Ampere 12GB|
|1080p perf. average||86.8%||100.2%||94.1%||103.4%||103.6%||112.7%||100%||86.9%||183.8%||188.2%|
|Power||Model||Clock Rates||ASIC Power||Power Draw at Gaming|
|Golem||PowerColor Fighter||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||85W||103.2W @ Gears 5|
|Guru3D||PowerColor Fighter||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||85W||100W typical gaming|
|HWluxx||Gigabyte Eagle||2310/2610/2815 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||111.5W|
|HWluxx||Gigabyte Gaming OC||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 90W||123.8W|
|Le Comptoir||PowerColor Fighter||2365/2650/2820 MHz & 18 Gbps||85W||103W @ Control, 96W @ Cyberpunk 2077|
|PCGH||XFX Qick 210||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||90W||109W maximum gaming, 102W @ Anno 1800|
|TechPowerUp||Sapphire Pulse||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 80W||89W @ Cyberpunk 2077|
|TechPowerUp||Asus TUF||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 90W||101W @ Cyberpunk 2077|
|Tweakers||Gigabyte Gaming OC||2420/2685/2825 MHz & 18 Gbps||probably 90W||120.74W @ Shadow of the Tomb Raider|
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2022.01.25 08:06 Xix_deadwood Woke up from a dead sleep
I hate it when I'm dead asleep and my migraines wake me. And now I'm fully awake and unable to fall back asleep. Fml.
I will say, the best thing I received for Christmas is the migraine cap. I wish I had actually gotten one sooner when I learned about it on tiktok.
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2022.01.25 08:06 themoorofvenice Singapore will discuss how to 'expedite' travel bubble with Batam and Bintan, make it succeed: PM Lee
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2022.01.25 08:06 IndividualTrain6809 Interior and exterior of a house I built on a realm server :) this took about 3 hours. Hope you guys like it!
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2022.01.25 08:06 SmallestBeanBoi Need some info on shiny hunting!
I'm going to be shiny hunting soon as I just got my shiny charm. I was wondering which has better odds. 1:eggs. 2:killing that pokemon u are shiny hunting. 3:catching the pokemon u are shiny hunting. I wasn't really sure and id rather have an "easier" time with it lol. And yes I do have a ditto from a different place as well, pretty sure it's from Japan. But ya was just wondering which has higher odds on finding the shiny, thanks!!
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