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Dark Introduction and Character Creation

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Gary wrote
That's a great idea with the singing stick, and yeah, the defensive property would actually be a very good reason to actually hold a weapon.


Thanks, and the singing stick is considered a mace which I want for the Weapon Master's Strike at-will "while wielding a mace" forced slide effect. I'll likely only be switching between the singing stick and the greatspear mostly, but sometimes a heavy blade. I'll maybe pick up some esoteric weapons with another arena weapon feat (to train two new weapons) such as net, whip, bola, or anything else interesting.
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Ravenblade - Dwarf Two-Weapon Ranger, Hammer of Moradin (Scales of War)
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So, is there anything else I should prepare for when the game starts?
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Probably a drop down stat block, like this:

  •  Hammer
    • Male Warforged Barbarian 1
    • Passive Perception: 10, Passive Insight: 10
    • AC:16, Fort:16, Reflex:13, Will:12 - Speed:6
    • HP:31/31, Bloodied:15, Surge Value:7, Surges left:11/11
    •  
    • Powers
      • Howling Strike (AC; W+1d6+4; Can use on a charge; Rage: 2 extra sq on charge)
      • Recuperating Strike (AC; W+4; Gain 3 THP; Rage: Gain 8 THP)
      • Second Wind (Lose surge, gain 7 HP, +2 def)
      • Action Point x1 (Gain action)
      • Warforged Resolve (Minor: 3 THP, Saving Throw vs. OGD, regain 3 HP if bloodied)
      • Swift Charge (Free, when you reduce an enemy to 0 HP, charge enemy)
      • Avalanche Strike (AC; 3W+4+3, attackers gain +4 to hit me USNT)
      • Tyrant's Rage (AC; 2W+4, dazed (SE); URE, push adj enemies 1 sq as minor; Miss: 1/2 dam, dazed UENT)
       
    • Items
      • Maul (+2 Prof, 2d6 dam)
      • Hide Armor (+3 AC, -1 armor check)
       
    • Abilities
      • Basic Melee Attack +6 (+4 Str, +2 Prof, +0 lvl)
      • Basic Melee Damage 2d6+4 (2d6 Maul, +4 Str)
      • Living Construct (No need to eat, drink, breathe, or sleep)
      • Warforged Mind (+1 Will)
      • Warforged Resilience (+2 to saves vs. OGD)
      • Unsleeping Watcher (4 hrs of inactivity counts as extended rest)
      • Barbarian Agility (+1 AC/Ref when not in heavy armor)
      • Improved Rageblood Vigor (Gain 8 THP when dropping enemy to 0 HP)
      • Rampage (Critical hit grants free MBA)
       
    • Skills
      • Acrobatics +1
      • Arcana -1
      • Athletics +8
      • Bluff +1
      • Diplomacy +1
      • Dungeoneering +0
      • Endurance +9
      • Heal +0
      • History -1
      • Insight +0
      • Intimidate +8
      • Nature +0
      • Perception +0
      • Religion -1
      • Stealth +1
      • Streetwise +1
      • Thievery +1


Oh, and a quote color, which I haven't decided for Hammer yet. By the way, hello, I am Josh and Hammer will be running around like a mad robot smashing everything in his path. Also, you don't need to put power descriptions in the drop down (I just do it on some characters so that people can see what is available until the party gets more used to them.
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Mal Geminous - Tiefling Warlord, Scales of War
Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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Awesome! What is the syntax for drop menus? And inserting a color font?
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You can just hit quote on my post and copy it into notepad (that's what I do). Then you don't even have to edit it, other than putting your stats and powers in. However, if you do want new colors, underlines, italics, bolds, or strikethroughs, there are buttons at the top of the box you type in. Just highlight the text and hit a button. That should give you the code for doing each of those actions.
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Mal Geminous - Tiefling Warlord, Scales of War
Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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Aye aye. I'll work on that and have it up soon :)
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Let's see if I've done this right...

  •  Jak
    • Male Minotaur Paladin 1
    • Passive Perception: 15, Passive Insight: 18
    • AC:18, Fort:15, Reflex:11, Will:14 - Speed:5
    • HP:27/27, Bloodied:13, Surge Value:6, Surges left:12/12
    •  
    • Powers
      • Ardent Strike (Standard; Melee; Str vs AC; 1W+4; Can use while charging. Hit: Target is subject to my Divine Sanction UENT)
      • Holy Strike (Standard; Melee; Str vs AC; 1W+4 Radiant Damage; If I marked the target: +3 damage)
      • Divine Challenge (Minor; Close Burst 5; Single target is marked by me. 5 Radiant damage if mark is violated)
      • Lay on Hands (Minor; Uses left: 3/3; Touch; I spend a Healing Surge, target gains HP as if they had spent a Healing Surge)
      • Second Wind (Lose surge, gain 6 HP, +2 def)
      • Action Point x1 (Gain action)
      • Goring Charge (Standard; Melee; Str+4 vs AC; 1d6+4; Can use while charging; Target is knocked prone)
      • Valorous Smite (Standard; Melee; Cha vs AC; 2W+2; Each enemy within 3 squares of me is subject to Divine Sanction UENT)
      • Divine Mettle (Minor; Channel Divinity; Close Burst 10; Target makes a saving throw with bonus equal to my Cha)
      • Divine Strength (Minor; Channel Divinity; Personal; Apply extra Str damage on next attack this turn)
      • Blood of the Mighty (Standard; Melee; Reliable; Str vs AC; 4W+4; I take 5 damage, which can't be reduced in any way)
      •  
      • Items
        • Falchion (+3 Prof, 2d4 dam)
        • Plate Armor (+8 AC, -2 armor check, -1 speed)
         
      • Abilities
        • Basic Melee Attack +8 (+4 Str, +3 Prof, +1 Feat, +0 lvl)
        • Basic Melee Damage 2d4+4 (2d4 Falchion, +4 Str)
        • Ferocity (Make a melee basic attack when dropped to 0 HP)
        • Heedless Charge (+2 AC vs OA while charging)
        • Vitality (Gain 1 healing surge)
        • Channel Divinity (Invoke a Channel Divinity power or class feature; Encounter)
        • Lay on Hands (Gain Lay on Hands at-will power; Minor)
        • Divine Challenge (Gain Divine Challenge at-will power; Minor)
        •  
        • Skills
          • Acrobatics -3
          • Arcana +0
          • Athletics +2
          • Bluff +2
          • Diplomacy +2
          • Dungeoneering +3
          • Endurance +4
          • Heal +8
          • History +0
          • Insight +8
          • Intimidate +2
          • Nature +5
          • Perception +5
          • Religion +5
          • Stealth -3
          • Streetwise +2
          • Thievery -3


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Ah, missed a "< / u l >" at the end of the other categories. Fixed it :)

  •  Jak
    • Male Minotaur Paladin 1
    • Passive Perception: 15, Passive Insight: 18
    • AC:18, Fort:15, Reflex:11, Will:14 - Speed:5
    • HP:27/27, Bloodied:13, Surge Value:6, Surges left:12/12
    •  
    • Powers
      • Ardent Strike (Standard; Melee; Str vs AC; 1W+4; Can use while charging. Hit: Target is subject to my Divine Sanction UENT)
      • Holy Strike (Standard; Melee; Str vs AC; 1W+4 Radiant Damage; If I marked the target: +3 damage)
      • Divine Challenge (Minor; Close Burst 5; Single target is marked by me. 5 Radiant damage if mark is violated)
      • Lay on Hands (Minor; Uses left: 3/3; Touch; I spend a Healing Surge, target gains HP as if they had spent a Healing Surge)
      • Second Wind (Lose surge, gain 6 HP, +2 def)
      • Action Point x1 (Gain action)
      • Goring Charge (Standard; Melee; Str+4 vs AC; 1d6+4; Can use while charging; Target is knocked prone)
      • Valorous Smite (Standard; Melee; Cha vs AC; 2W+2; Each enemy within 3 squares of me is subject to Divine Sanction UENT)
      • Divine Mettle (Minor; Channel Divinity; Close Burst 10; Target makes a saving throw with bonus equal to my Cha)
      • Divine Strength (Minor; Channel Divinity; Personal; Apply extra Str damage on next attack this turn)
      • Blood of the Mighty (Standard; Melee; Reliable; Str vs AC; 4W+4; I take 5 damage, which can't be reduced in any way)
       
    • Items
      • Falchion (+3 Prof, 2d4 dam)
      • Plate Armor (+8 AC, -2 armor check, -1 speed)
       
    • Abilities
      • Basic Melee Attack +8 (+4 Str, +3 Prof, +1 Feat, +0 lvl)
      • Basic Melee Damage 2d4+4 (2d4 Falchion, +4 Str)
      • Ferocity (Make a melee basic attack when dropped to 0 HP)
      • Heedless Charge (+2 AC vs OA while charging)
      • Vitality (Gain 1 healing surge)
      • Channel Divinity (Invoke a Channel Divinity power or class feature; Encounter)
      • Lay on Hands (Gain Lay on Hands at-will power; Minor)
      • Divine Challenge (Gain Divine Challenge at-will power; Minor)
       
    • Skills
      • Acrobatics -3
      • Arcana +0
      • Athletics +2
      • Bluff +2
      • Diplomacy +2
      • Dungeoneering +3
      • Endurance +4
      • Heal +8
      • History +0
      • Insight +8
      • Intimidate +2
      • Nature +5
      • Perception +5
      • Religion +5
      • Stealth -3
      • Streetwise +2
      • Thievery -3


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I think I'll choose this color for Jak. Any objections?
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I'll go with this color, since it matches his armor.

User posted image
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Ravenblade - Dwarf Two-Weapon Ranger, Hammer of Moradin (Scales of War)
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How specific should I make my backstory?
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Daniel wrote
How specific should I make my backstory?


It's really up to you. Sometimes people have no backstory and just a general concept. Other times they have a detailed history.
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Ravenblade - Dwarf Two-Weapon Ranger, Hammer of Moradin (Scales of War)
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Gary wrote
I've never worked with google documents before. How do I post my character like this?
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Step 1 is install CutePDF on your system to print the Character Builder character sheet to PDF.

http://www.cutepdf.com/

Step 2 is to take the PDF and upload it to Google Docs. If you have any sort of Google account (Gmail, Google+, whatever) you have Google Docs, even if you've never used it. Once you upload it, choose the "share" option, select "share with anyone who has the link," and use the link it gives you here as you can see in the code of my link.
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Salazar Miller - Human Sorcerer 24 - Scales of War
Azad Halim al'Zahir - Tiefling Battlemind|Paladin 7 - Points of Light
Khavak'aashta - Half-Orc Thief 5 - Eberron
Dwimmerlaik - Revenant Hexblade 2 - Dark Campaign
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Is there a way to lower the file size of my character pdf? Google docs only allows 2 MB files sizes to be uploaded, my pdf is 4 MB...
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Unfortunately, the builder prints the as huge graphic files, resulting in large PDF file sizes. I'm not sure why you're having problems with Google Docs and a 4 MB file, as I've uploaded files that were at least 10 MB.
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Salazar Miller - Human Sorcerer 24 - Scales of War
Azad Halim al'Zahir - Tiefling Battlemind|Paladin 7 - Points of Light
Khavak'aashta - Half-Orc Thief 5 - Eberron
Dwimmerlaik - Revenant Hexblade 2 - Dark Campaign
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It worked the second time :)

Jak - MInotaur Paladin 1
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Great! Looks like he should be a lot of fun.
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Salazar Miller - Human Sorcerer 24 - Scales of War
Azad Halim al'Zahir - Tiefling Battlemind|Paladin 7 - Points of Light
Khavak'aashta - Half-Orc Thief 5 - Eberron
Dwimmerlaik - Revenant Hexblade 2 - Dark Campaign
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Indeed :) I'm eager to start the PBP and I have some good ideas for his backstory too.
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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BTW, I recommend adding a profile picture. You can do a quick headshot of your PC in Paint, post it to Tinypic, and use that for your profile pick though the "Your Panel" option on the upper menu bar.
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Salazar Miller - Human Sorcerer 24 - Scales of War
Azad Halim al'Zahir - Tiefling Battlemind|Paladin 7 - Points of Light
Khavak'aashta - Half-Orc Thief 5 - Eberron
Dwimmerlaik - Revenant Hexblade 2 - Dark Campaign
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Registered: Oct 2011
Posts: 309
Let's see if I did this right...
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Registered: Oct 2011
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Do I need to register with photobucket for it to work?
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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You can do it with Tinypic without registering. Not sure about Photobucket.
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Salazar Miller - Human Sorcerer 24 - Scales of War
Azad Halim al'Zahir - Tiefling Battlemind|Paladin 7 - Points of Light
Khavak'aashta - Half-Orc Thief 5 - Eberron
Dwimmerlaik - Revenant Hexblade 2 - Dark Campaign
Member
Registered: Oct 2011
Posts: 309
Lets see if it works this time...
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light
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Registered: Oct 2011
Posts: 309
Ah, I had copy/pasted the wrong line. works now :)
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Jak - Minotaur Paladin 1, The Dark Campaign<br>
Narg - Razorclaw Shifter Scout 6, Points of Light

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