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Doom spends on spells

posted Feb 05, 2018 21:47:43 by Dislikes_Elves
Quick question before my PCs reach Xialbalba:

In her stat block, under "Doom Spends" it is written that Doom can be spent on any spell and that she has access to all sorcery spells.

What does that mean? That I can spend Doom instead of rolling a sorcery test? What is a doom spend on spells? How di I spend doom on spells (besides the normal "buy extra d20 for the sorcery spell" but I guss that wouldn't have needed to be listed specifically).

I thought I read something about it but I can't remember it for the life of me...

As always, thanks in advance!
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Shran said Feb 07, 2018 15:00:09
Probably too late now, but you can spend Momentum on spells to achieve additional effects that are exclusive to that spell. These additional effects are listed in the rulebook under the individual spell. It seems to me that the NPC you are referring to can spend Doom the same way (meaning that he/she(?) does not have to roll Momentum). Pretty powerful, hopefully your PCs made it.
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Dislikes_Elves said Feb 08, 2018 06:24:23
Not too late at all and thanks for the suggestion. That could very well be the meaning.
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SonnyStjernström said Feb 09, 2018 14:23:36
When we played, I had her spend the doom instead of striking her spellcastings and I she spend doom points for special effects also. She's so powerful and my players are having trouble with her. one player died and one survived evenly. So now the survived shaman will try to get back in time before they left for the adventure and change time to their advantage. should be interesting to follow: D!
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Dislikes_Elves said Feb 09, 2018 21:55:09
That sounds interesting! Any hints on how to make my PCs fear her as she should be? I planned on using enslave to turn one of the Melee PCs against the group and use her ring of Dismember for the rest.
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SonnyStjernström said Feb 10, 2018 09:05:46
When they first saw her as a shadow in the green jungel, a strong aura shone around her and the whole sky turned into a dark cloud. The cloud seemed to live and they saw the resemblance of the shipwreck's accident. The wizard woman wants to talk to you while you feel she has contact with demonic forces hanging over you, from the dark cloud ...
So that she has great powers and that she takes power from another dimention is probably important to enlighten. I also pointed out that she got the evil wizard Yara to resemble a little innocent girlfriend. :) :D :)
Yeaaahh I also used enslaved and her dismember. made sure she went first - if the players failed with the surprise attack and then she is going out hard with 2 attacks all the time.
but I even let her summon down demonic minions that helped her.
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Dislikes_Elves said Mar 10, 2018 21:56:49
Sorry I didn't follow up with my experience until now: my group struggled with her as well and was nearly wiped out. Sadly at the end the PCs were rather annoyed with the combat and what I considered the high point of the adventure when Xialbalba comes back as a demon only felt like an unnecessary prolonging of the adventure. I blame myself here but it also was an unusual small group of PCs.
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rrcautela007 said Mar 11, 2018 15:50:02
Why would such a group struggle?
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Dislikes_Elves said Mar 13, 2018 21:37:28
Well, they were only 3: a well built melee monster with an rather inexperienced player (so that he didn't always use its full potential), a more or less completely randomly generated character which was far behind on the power scale and a rather powerful Assassin. When I used Enslave on the Assassin with the order "protect me" (a rather tame order, as I like to think), it was for quite some round only two PCs against the Sorceress and two things from the Outer Dark.
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rrcautela007 said Mar 14, 2018 03:54:09
Well, retreat is always an option even the titular cimmerian took!

Im so glad most of these scenarios arent "balanced", just like in real life. Some hard choices are cool rpg moments!
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Dislikes_Elves said Mar 16, 2018 17:57:45
That's true but I have to say that until the end I had problems judging when an encounter would pose a real threat and when not. The only thing that was clear pretty fast was that BBEG are no match for a (our) group.
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rrcautela007 said Mar 16, 2018 20:03:42
BBEG?
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Dislikes_Elves said Mar 17, 2018 06:59:05
“Big Bad Evil Guy“: single, powerful NPCs, often the main villain.
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rrcautela007 said Mar 18, 2018 20:12:34
Danks, confirming my thoughts!
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