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2021-07-16 11:08:35 AM  
That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.
 
2021-07-16 11:12:16 AM  
"I plan on sending future samples to NASA in case they want to use it to line space shuttles."

He's just a little out of touch.
 
2021-07-16 11:14:48 AM  
I used to play wizard constantly. Now I play Bounty Hunter. I'll leave it to you to figure which class I use as a template.

/And regardless of class, my stats match me... mostly.
 
2021-07-16 11:17:05 AM  
Basically this would turn into 'Rincewind goes camping'...

I'll pass.
 
2021-07-16 11:19:09 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.


I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.
 
2021-07-16 11:22:13 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.


If Wizards was serious about shutting down stereotypes they'd ban the monk class entirely.
 
2021-07-16 11:23:13 AM  
Character is a hobbit, but dude was wearing shoes.
 
2021-07-16 11:23:45 AM  
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It's all fun and games until Robbie loses his goddamn mind
 
2021-07-16 11:24:43 AM  
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2021-07-16 11:24:54 AM  
Also, modern hardtack:
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2021-07-16 11:29:55 AM  
Good for you, buddy.
 
2021-07-16 11:30:49 AM  
I tried to go D&D camping in the local park, but got horribly attacked by a gazebo. Magic missile did nothing. NOTHING!
 
2021-07-16 11:32:43 AM  
Next up: "I dreamed I went camping in my Maidenform bra...."
 
2021-07-16 11:51:00 AM  

WelldeadLink: "I plan on sending future samples to NASA in case they want to use it to line space shuttles."

He's just a little out of touch.


I didn't RTFA, is he whackin' it in character?
 
2021-07-16 11:51:42 AM  
When I saw the headline I thought this is stupid, but after reading it I want to try it myself.

My current character though is a Knight so I dont know where Im going to find dwarven armor and a warhorse on Craigslist. It would work as my usual character a woodelf ranger, or my favorite character Dio the barbarian who wore only a bearskin cloak and went into the Temple of Elemental evil and came out a God.
 
2021-07-16 11:59:22 AM  

HeartBurnKid: I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.


... may I steal your idea? That's f*cking brilliant
 
2021-07-16 11:59:27 AM  

HeartBurnKid: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.

I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.


Not a monk, but here's a Fighter/Warlock build that at its core is a wrestler/luchador.

The Thornlock - D&D: Optimized #37
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2021-07-16 12:04:11 PM  

Hooker with a Penis: When I saw the headline I thought this is stupid, but after reading it I want to try it myself.

My current character though is a Knight so I dont know where Im going to find dwarven armor and a warhorse on Craigslist. It would work as my usual character a woodelf ranger, or my favorite character Dio the barbarian who wore only a bearskin cloak and went into the Temple of Elemental evil and came out a God.


Same. I love this idea so much that I would probably try this once a year.
 
2021-07-16 12:12:39 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: HeartBurnKid: I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.

... may I steal your idea? That's f*cking brilliant


Go for it.
 
2021-07-16 12:12:42 PM  
Luckily, Tanner took a survivalist camping class once.

Oh, this is going to end well...

To our surprise, folks didn't immediately call the cops on us when we approached.

That was surprising to me as well, but sometimes you end u camping with all of the right people and you end up making friends.

And this was a charming little read subby. Thanks for that!
 
2021-07-16 12:19:09 PM  
HeartBurnKid:

I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.

I've done that with a Monk/Bard multiclass. The Bard is for cutting words and vicious mockery so he can deliver promos
 
2021-07-16 12:21:53 PM  

HeartBurnKid: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: HeartBurnKid: I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.

... may I steal your idea? That's f*cking brilliant

Go for it.


My current character is a surprisingly athletic human Wizard*. He's had a few close calls with death, so my prototype in the wings is a Dragonborn Monk. Putting a luchador mask and maybe giving him a WWE vibe would just be.. ::chef's kiss::

Instead of ki, he'd use the Power of Heart.


*I wanted to give him a Timothy Leary / Walter Bishop from Fringe vibe (though I accidentally made a younger Rick from Rick and Morty)  and he'll lick anything to see if it gets him high.  Definitely not the best character to go camping as. I'm keeping a tally of the times I've broken the DM though, haha. I'm currently at 6.
 
2021-07-16 12:28:51 PM  
Oh.. was kinda hoping the character was a sexy Tiefling warlock who's attire consisted of a ring of protection +2 and a wicked smile.
 
2021-07-16 12:49:07 PM  

darkmayo: Oh.. was kinda hoping the character was a sexy Tiefling warlock who's attire consisted of a ring of protection +2 and a wicked smile.


BELIEVE ME, the people who larp characters like that are never the people whom you hope larp characters like that.

/dammit all
 
2021-07-16 12:55:24 PM  

FightDirector: darkmayo: Oh.. was kinda hoping the character was a sexy Tiefling warlock who's attire consisted of a ring of protection +2 and a wicked smile.

BELIEVE ME, the people who larp characters like that are never the people whom you hope larp characters like that.

/dammit all


The fundamental rule of public nude spaces is that they are filled with the people you don't want to see nude in public...
 
2021-07-16 1:04:19 PM  

LucklessWonder: The fundamental rule of public nude spaces is that they are filled with the people you don't want to see nude in public...


CSB: I was literally told this nearly word-for-word by the concierge of a hotel next to a nudist colony.  I later confirmed that she was correct.
 
2021-07-16 1:10:18 PM  
That's basically when Rennaisance Faires are.
 
2021-07-16 1:10:30 PM  
Lightning bolt, lightning bolt.
 
2021-07-16 1:14:30 PM  
I decorate my house in Fallout
 
2021-07-16 1:28:55 PM  
Former LARPer here. Been there, done that.

/all fun and games until you're ambushed by orcs at 3 a.m.
 
2021-07-16 1:36:09 PM  

LucklessWonder: HeartBurnKid:

I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.

I've done that with a Monk/Bard multiclass. The Bard is for cutting words and vicious mockery so he can deliver promos


Holy crap...I can't even begin to tell you how much I FARKING LOVE this idea.
 
2021-07-16 1:51:05 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.


Just pre-pandemic a friend that I work with was on a customer call with me and said I needed to use my business BS voice as a D&D character someday.  During the pandemic I invented Leonard Brickmane, legitimate business dwarf, a spoken word bard intent on revolutionizing the economy of the silk road through better product pricing strategies and coordinating commodities between the small cities.  He never took a spell that caused damage, and only used his "walking stick/crowbar" in anger once, when faced with a dinosaur.

After that campaign petered out a bit I revived an old idea, a halfling barbarian following the totem route, who has just hit level 3 last week and is looking an awful lot more like a badger each time he gets enraged.

I see nothing wrong with a human paladin who just wants to cleanse undead, or an elf wizard who just wants to gobble up spell books, or whatever.  But weird combinations and themes are fun for me too.
 
2021-07-16 2:21:22 PM  
I'm pretty sure my recent Prosperity Doctrine Paladin (his shield emblazoned with a dollar sign) would probably get my ass beat if I tried to stay in character.

"The gods want you to be rich. If you're not rich, you must have offended the gods, and thus I shall smite thee and take thy coin.  Because the gods want me to be rich, too"
 
2021-07-16 2:27:50 PM  

toraque: Prosperity Doctrine Paladin (his shield emblazoned with a dollar sign)


I play with someone who for years has been joking about making an "Objectivist Paladin of Galt" in a similar theme.  I really want him to follow through, I think it would be great to have a party lead by a paladin like that influencing the rogue and bard standard archetypes in a very different way than a regular holy/good paladin.
 
2021-07-16 2:34:31 PM  

LucklessWonder: HeartBurnKid:

I have been wanting to get back into D&D just so I could play a Monk and reskin it as a luchador.  Play it like an old El Santo movie or something.

I've done that with a Monk/Bard multiclass. The Bard is for cutting words and vicious mockery so he can deliver promos


Bard sounds like a good idea.

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2021-07-16 2:43:05 PM  
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2021-07-16 2:44:39 PM  

toraque: I'm pretty sure my recent Prosperity Doctrine Paladin (his shield emblazoned with a dollar sign) would probably get my ass beat if I tried to stay in character.

"The gods want you to be rich. If you're not rich, you must have offended the gods, and thus I shall smite thee and take thy coin.  Because the gods want me to be rich, too"


I keep arguing to my group that we should do an Evil campaign for stuff like this - no paladins allowed but you can be a cleric of the setting's god of commerce.

Of course, when I say Evil, people think I mean baby-murdering, but in the D&D dichotomy it just means being selfish. Frankly, as a player, I find it liberating ;)
 
2021-07-16 3:11:33 PM  

ArkPanda: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.

If Wizards was serious about shutting down stereotypes they'd ban the monk class entirely.


Or, they'd make it more monkish.

Brew beer, oath of silence, schtuping women despite an oath of chastity, pate haircut, 6,000 calories per day,  enthusiastic toilet user, literate
 
2021-07-16 3:15:06 PM  
Also, if I went camping as one of my D&D characters, it would make main page. not in a good way.  i much prefer just to camp
 
2021-07-16 3:17:20 PM  
Now that I think about it, 'Rincewind Goes Camping' would have been a very funny short story.

Well, funny for everyone but him. At least he would have luggage for the trip.
 
2021-07-16 3:20:31 PM  
My substitutes: a fake sword from Craigslist and my girlfriend's ukulele.

This where the author loses all credibility.
 
2021-07-16 4:31:43 PM  

NkThrasher: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

Just pre-pandemic a friend that I work with was on a customer call with me and said I needed to use my business BS voice as a D&D character someday.  During the pandemic I invented Leonard Brickmane, legitimate business dwarf, a spoken word bard intent on revolutionizing the economy of the silk road through better product pricing strategies and coordinating commodities between the small cities.  He never took a spell that caused damage, and only used his "walking stick/crowbar" in anger once, when faced with a dinosaur.

After that campaign petered out a bit I revived an old idea, a halfling barbarian following the totem route, who has just hit level 3 last week and is looking an awful lot more like a badger each time he gets enraged.

I see nothing wrong with a human paladin who just wants to cleanse undead, or an elf wizard who just wants to gobble up spell books, or whatever.  But weird combinations and themes are fun for me too.


Leonard Brickmane sounds like he would have gotten along well with a character Jubal used to run.  This was a Dwarf that he played as very, very thorough Scotsman.
 
2021-07-16 5:07:40 PM  
All told, the equipment weighed just 25 pounds-a far cry from the 59 pounds that the player's manual estimates he totes.

While the weight and price estimates in D&D are for sure super weird at times and designed around an abstract game balance more than realism as such, this actually isn't a case of that.  This is a case of him not actually following through on his idea even a little bit.

Like... a modern camping bedroll or sleeping bag weighs about a pound if not less, but D&D is set at an early renaissance tech level where that motherfarker would be made of leather and cotton and weigh as much as a small sledgehammer (8-10 pounds).  And paint sticks with cloth taped to the end weigh basically nothing compared to torches because they aren't torches.  A torch that will provide light for a full hour like the D&D ones do is actually heavier than the single pound listed in the manual, it involves using tar and heavy cloth for the wick and a fairly hefty bit of wood.  A quarter-ounce of balsa wood will go up in about a minute, and burn your fingers while it's at it.

If you want to go camping but also LARP and play the ukulele a bit, just... do that, you don't need to be all weird and pretentious about it.  Or if you're gonna be weird and pretentious about it, don't expect us to respect you unless you actually commit to the bit.

// I kind of wish I knew this from abstract academic knowledge, but unfortunately my boy scout troop had some guys who basically made us do retro camping shiat all the time.  Honestly the worst one wasn't the SCA-type shiat, it was when they got a bunch of WW2-era equipment.  Me and 1930s/40s-era military tents are now eternal enemies, those things are not really designed to be repeatedly struck and reset while on a packing trail.
 
2021-07-16 7:04:58 PM  

Jim_Callahan: All told, the equipment weighed just 25 pounds-a far cry from the 59 pounds that the player's manual estimates he totes.

While the weight and price estimates in D&D are for sure super weird at times and designed around an abstract game balance more than realism as such, this actually isn't a case of that.  This is a case of him not actually following through on his idea even a little bit.

Like... a modern camping bedroll or sleeping bag weighs about a pound if not less, but D&D is set at an early renaissance tech level where that motherfarker would be made of leather and cotton and weigh as much as a small sledgehammer (8-10 pounds).  And paint sticks with cloth taped to the end weigh basically nothing compared to torches because they aren't torches.  A torch that will provide light for a full hour like the D&D ones do is actually heavier than the single pound listed in the manual, it involves using tar and heavy cloth for the wick and a fairly hefty bit of wood.  A quarter-ounce of balsa wood will go up in about a minute, and burn your fingers while it's at it.


Pathfinder bedroll - 5 lbs, consists of two woolen sheets sewn together along the bottom and one side to create a bag for sleeping in. Some have cloth straps along the open side so the bedroll can be tied closed while you are sleeping.

Pathfinder Blanket - 3 lbs, is a warm, woven blanket that has straps so it can be rolled up and tied. Blankets are often used in conjunction with bedrolls to provide additional warmth or a ground cushion.

8 lbs total, you are right

(Data from here - https://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment/go​o​ds-and-services/hunting-camping-surviv​al-gear/ )
 
2021-07-16 7:26:59 PM  

sniderman: Former LARPer here. Been there, done that.

/all fun and games until you're ambushed by orcs at 3 a.m.


Back when I used to LARP, you'd want to get a group together to make that middle of the night trip to the latrines, so you didn't get jumped on the way back

(They were usually kind enough to not ambush you on the way there)

Of course, there were also people who would just pee in bottles and leave them outside their tent.   Which was a problem because one of the groups that I would LARP with had a rather communal attitude towards food that was left out.   After an incident, we had a strict rule that Mountain Dew bottles were not to be used.
 
2021-07-16 8:02:10 PM  
It's all fun and games until you realize what cannibalizing all of those CHA points mean.
 
2021-07-16 8:09:34 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: It's all fun and games until you realize what cannibalizing all of those CHA points mean.


Cha Cha - Choreography - Technique Points - ballroom dance lessons in Los Angeles with Oleg Astakhov
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2021-07-16 8:42:42 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.


Were you the very model of a modern major-general?
 
2021-07-16 9:41:51 PM  

rummonkey: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That would never work for me.  I deliberately made all my D&D characters very, very much not like me.

Over the years, I got a lot of challenges from other players:  "We've never seen you play a <race or class>!"  So, I'd write one up.  Had a lot of fun with 'em, too.

I also developed a knee-jerk revulsion to playing to common tropes or stereotypes.  It was always "What can I do with this that's *different*?"

One time I was trying to write up a Monk, and it was, 'Oh, God, *ANYTHING* but a hackneyed Oriental or Zen or Shao-Lin template!"  So I based my Monks on the Rangers from Babylon 5, and this character on Marcus Cole in particular.

Were you the very model of a modern major-general?


Nah, back in the 70s and 80s, when I was playing, I was mostly weird, and tried as hard as I could to avoid all the standard tropes that had been done to death.

One idea I had that I was particularly pleased with was a new campaign, where we were all starting out with first levels.  I had a first level mage.  But he wasn't the usual wet-behind-the-ears kid, oh no!

This character was much older than usual for a first level.  He *had been* an *eleventh level* mage - but then took massive damage to his head during a fight.

Not amnesia per se.  His memories were there, he knew who he was, and the hell of it was that he could *almost* remember what he had been.

But when he reached for the Magic, it just wasn't there.  He had painfully clawed his way back to where he could function as first level, but whether he could ever get any more of it back was very much unknown.

So here he is with a bunch of kids, trying desperately to not embarass himself or get them killed...
 
2021-07-16 9:57:30 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: toraque: I'm pretty sure my recent Prosperity Doctrine Paladin (his shield emblazoned with a dollar sign) would probably get my ass beat if I tried to stay in character.

"The gods want you to be rich. If you're not rich, you must have offended the gods, and thus I shall smite thee and take thy coin.  Because the gods want me to be rich, too"

I keep arguing to my group that we should do an Evil campaign for stuff like this - no paladins allowed but you can be a cleric of the setting's god of commerce.

Of course, when I say Evil, people think I mean baby-murdering, but in the D&D dichotomy it just means being selfish. Frankly, as a player, I find it liberating ;)


It's all baby-muder and fun until some dude starts bringing out his slavery/pimp/rape fantasy to the table.
 
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