Saturday, October 20, 2012

33,000 Cubic Feet or 2" Radius Sphere? VOTE!

What do you guys do?

7 comments:

  1. Hmm, tough question. Since I have to fricking idea what your asking I'm liking the sphere. So yeah, my vote is for the sphere.

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  2. Area of effect of a Fireball in D&D?

    Always go with the 33,000 cubic feet volume; teach 'em to be cautious when using it in narrow dungeon passages! If targeted properly can also clear out quite a section of a dungeon as the fire flows into different rooms and corridors.

    (The other option is one of the many nerfs I dislike about WotC editions of D&D.)

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  3. Option 3: 33 squares on my map, "walking" drunkenly away from square in which it detonates. Unless you happen to be using it during aerial combat (lucky!).

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  4. I'm with Almostoldschool, 33,000 cubic feet but it always turns into group table math and graph paper square counting.

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  5. Unless the targets are in the air, the sphere leaves too much wastes volume.

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  6. Well, since I can't be bothered to ass about with that much math, I go with the sphere, but will use some common sense to punish the MU with backlash if he tries it in a 10" corridor.

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  7. If outdoors, even if it's next to a wall or something, I do 2" radius. I figure it's close enough and much of the extra radius from obstructions would explode upward too.

    Indoors I do 33 10' cubes, counting outward pretty much evenly. If it hits a door, I count around the other ways and then roll for door busting, to reflect that the door helps block the fireball. Small openings like windows get jets of flame and skip a count. So if there's two hallways, a door, and two windows I count like this: hall, hall (end 1 circuit), hall, hall, check door (let's say it fails) so count 1 past door, windcow, window (end 2 circuit). At this point we have 3 halls and 2 windows, so hall, hall, hall (end 3rd). Hall, hall, hall, window, window (end 4th). Etc.

    I try to be neutral with it but it is unpredictable and we have had some party-frying go down in the past. When I finish drawing the red lines it usually looks like it makes a lot of sense.

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