Fascinating Glitch on DDO's "Don't Drink the Water"

So I am playing Dungeons and Dragons Online (right now as I type this) and just a few moments ago I encountered an interesting glitch in the quest "Don't Drink the Water".

At the end of the quest is a green dragon (the culprit who was poisoning the water) and as is my usual tactic when fighting dragons, I like to stay close to its rear and stay away from its breath weapon and claws.

Today I did a slightly different tactic and got a fascinating result.

Instead of staying to the rear of the dragon, and moving around him as he tries to bite me, I instead ran circles around him near his feet, while smacking him with my flaming burst greater dragon bane warhammer (huzzah).

Suddenly, the dragon ran off into the corner and started spinning around like a dog looking for a place to nap. It was clearly glitching, just spinning in circles and trying to attack something that wasn't there.

So I just stood back and used a throwing hammer to whittle him down. See the screenshot below.

Once he was whittled down I ran back in and finished him off with my flaming burst greater dragon bane warhammer (again, huzzah).

I think DDO should be notified of this particular glitch, as it was rather amusing. I may attempt to exploit this glitch again in the future and see if it repeats itself. Or maybe not, because it was rather boring and felt like I was cheating.

One nerdy comedian's response to Vegans

The above video is from the nerdy comedian JP (see his Youtube channel AwakenwithJP), who regularly pokes fun at hippies, hipsters and people who often claim to be "holier than thou".

I also recommend the following additional video:

Limited Storage Capacity - Dungeons and Dragons DMing Tips

In the roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons a common thing for player characters (PCs) to do is to carry around lots of things on them, often with little explanation as to how much PCs are actually able to carry, where they are carrying it, etc.

One of the common ways of working around this problem is magical items that increase storage capacity. Items like:

Bag of Holding

Portable Hole

Handy Haversack

As a DM however, giving out such magical items actually becomes more nuisance than boon as characters will often then go willy nilly on carrying everything with them and reaching into their handy Bag of Holding to pull out something that allows them to defeat the wonderfully crafted story the DM has created.

DM - "I guess you guys will have to make a raft in order to get across these rapids."

Player - "No need. Boris reaches into his Bag of Holding and pulls out a canoe. Oh and two paddles."

Now that doesn't mean that every encounter ends that way. Nor does it mean every PCs walks around carrying lots of stuff so that regardless of the circumstances they have a THING for that. But it does mean that quite often PCs are carrying lots of extra stuff on them that are unnecessary most of the time and end up being extremely useful in various circumstances. Done too often, it starts to become really annoying.

However I do have a proposal for a solution that will help both players and DM feel as if they something has been gained as a special reward, while simultaneously making it more difficult for players to be carrying ridiculous amounts of stuff.

Scrollcase of Holding

Sounds just like a Bag of Holding, but it can only store scrolls, maps, paper, parchment, etc. Try to put anything else in there and you just ruin one of your scrolls. 5% of these scrollcases are cursed and will once per week "eat" one of the items contained within it. The owner will likely assume the scroll or map was stolen.

Portable Smithy Figurine

A tiny iron figurine of a blacksmith. When the command words (eg. strike while the iron is hot) are used, it summons an anvil, bellows, forge and everything you need to do normal blacksmithing work. Except of course the blacksmith. The PC will have to do any blacksmithing checks themselves. The smithy disappears 8 hours later and can only be used once per day.

Other Figurines also exist, such as a Carpenter Figurine which summons a carpentry shop, a Stonemason which summons all the necessary tools for cutting stone, a Mapmaker which summons a desk to work on, ink, quills, etc.

Handy Coin Pouch

Can store an unlimited number of gold, silver or copper coins. Only coins. No gems, no twinkets - just coins. Attempting to put anything else inside the coin pouch causes the foreign object to be expelled as if the pouch had spat it out. It can also produce the exact number of coins the wearer commands. 5% of these coin pouches are cursed and will once per week "eat" all of the coins contained within it. The owner will likely think that someone robbed them of their coins.

So what do you do with these items?

Well, instead of giving PCs another Bag of Holding every so often, give them one of these unique items instead. Or make up your own unique item, so that PCs will still feel like they got a cool magical item, but they will be less likely to be carrying around a silly amount of things.

Examples of possible items...

Key Ring of Infinite Keys

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows (not infinite, just 1000)

Drinking Horn of the Town Drunk

Sack of the Jewelry Thief (can only store jewelry for some reason...)

Sack of Craziness (produces one random weird item per turn, which are 90% likely to be useless)

See? So much more interesting than a boring old Bag of Holding.

May the 4th be with you Jon Snow, Always


Below you will find mixed phrases from Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Oh and memes having a play at both Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

"May the 4th be with you Jon Snow. Always."

"Jon Snow, I am your father!" - Rhaegar Targaryen.

"The Dark Side is coming."

"You know nothing about Star Wars Jon Snow."

“When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.” - The Three Eyed Raven. Or Yoda. Whichever.

“The Lord of Light teaches us many things, including the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural.”

"You don’t know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life." - Joffrey.

"He’s holding a Valyrian steel sword!"

"I sense great fear in you, Arya Stark. You have hate… you have anger… and you use them."

 "Great, kid. Don’t get cocky." - The Hound to Arya Stark.

"Daenarys, you can destroy the Lannisters. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the Seven Kingdoms as husband and wife." - Khal Drogo.

"You can’t win, Olly. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

"It's a trap!" - Catelyn Stark on the eve of the Red Wedding.

"Aren't you a little short for a Hand of the King?" - The Hound to Tyrion.

"Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking warg-herder!" -Ygritte.

"Mmm. Lost a queen, Jorah Mormont has. How embarrassing."

"The Three Eyed Raven’s not a raven, he’s a man!"

 "These aren’t the Starks you’re looking for..."

 "Traveling North of the Wall ain't like planting crops, bastard boy."

"If there's a bright side of the Lord of Light, you're on the side that it's farthest from."

"Fear is the path to the Lord of Darkness."

 "You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the White Walkers, not get killed by Olly."

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Starks. At last we will have revenge."

"I’ve been waiting for you, Randyll Tarly. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but a boy; now I am a man of the Night's Watch. Oh and a wizard." - Samwell to his father, Randyll Tarly.

"Now, young Jon Snow… you will die. For the Watch."

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." - The Red Woman to Ser Davos.

"Help me Littlefinger, you're my only hope." - Sansa Stark to Littlefinger.

"Rhaegar Targaryen. Rhaegar. Now that's a name I have not heard in a long time. A long time."

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought." - Illyrio Mopatis of Pentos, speaking to Tyrion.

"No. I am not your Father." - Eddard Stark to Jon Snow.

"The House of Black and White has taught you well."

"Oh my. Sea travel sound rather perilous. I can assure you they will never get me on one of those dreadful wooden horse things." - Khal Drogo.

"The Green Sight is strong with this one." - King of the White Walkers to Brandon Stark.

"Remember Jon Snow...the Lord of Light will be with you, always."

Publishing a fantasy book? Make sure you get a professional fantasy book editor.

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