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Question the 23rd of June: Do you have some sort of fitness regimen?

Kali makes sure that my arms get used plenty with her "Rub Mah Belly" looks and roll over,

I work in retail services so I walk around two miles daily and in and out of stores in 100+ degree heat indicies so lots of Gatorade and the like is a must. I will be trying to get into some semblance of better shape hopefully soon as well.

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

I played a god once. Everyone was a god though, so that wasn't a big deal. I wasn't even a really impressive god. My portfolio? Moths. On the other hand, since I wasn't actually all that interested in moths, I spent most of my divinity making myself as cool as possible, so when I got into a fight with the goddess of battle, and fought her to a standstill? That was pretty awesome.

 

Either that, or my D&D archmage whose list of spells, magic items, alchemical agents, etc. was about as extensive as you'd expect from a 12 year old. And he did in fact keep a dungeon to house things in. He wasn't evil, but he also wasn't a nice guy.

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

 

Any of a number of Hero System characters that I've made (but not played).

 

Hero is susceptible to serious brokenation and relies on the GM and players to actively prevent exploits. Example: character built around area effect Transfer with increased maximum and delayed return. The good news is that most regular players understand how easy it is to break the system in much the same way that decent GMs understand that it's only their restraint that allows PCs to stay alive.

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Q24: I played a Pathfinder RPG Beta of the Summoner Class.  We were running a short adventure arc that was built for levels 1-6, so we all started with fresh new shiny characters, and my summoner came in and was dropping everyone we faced in one or two rounds at most.  I was a god of death...at level 1...by the time we finished the short arc, around level 6, the Summoner was so utterly, unbelievably overpowered that nothing was balanced anymore.  Our DM was struggling to throw stuff at us that would have given higher level parties pause.  We gave our feedback to paizo and they definitely nerfed the Summoner for the release version, but man, it was super powered in beta.

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

I really don't make that many overpowered characters.  More often they are slightly weaker than they need to be.

I played a 3.5 high level cleric who was big on self buffing.  With a small amount of foresight, and 1 round of buffing in combat he was kinda silly. 

he topped out at 90 damage with 1 swing or 150 in his best round.  I remember him running across the battlefield to attack targets with bad AC - allowing him to put more into power attacks.    He also killed a Balor by himself, after it beheaded our fighter in round 1. 

 

Question the 23rd of June: Do you have some sort of fitness regimen?

regimen?  sort of, I run 3 days a week and lift weights on at two of those days.  but its more dependent on organization and luck than will..

did I get reservations made 24+ hrs in advance?  did someone get sick in the meantime?  

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

 

I generally try to avoid playing really broken characters. I've had a few powerful ones, but I usually wind up redesigning them to tone down the crazy early in the campaign.

 

I guess the most broken was right after high school, while I was experimenting with how the "Dual Class" rules worked in the older 1st/2nd editions of D&D. If you either A. had the time to stick out the development of the second class or B. started the campaign at a higher level, you could get away with some serious shenanigans. Our then (and current) regular GM was running his latest incarnation of a high-powered epic campaign, starting all of us off at around 12th level - it turns out that you can get a lot of benefit by trading a little xp for a past career as a fighter, and then switching over to a casting class. (I picked wizard, but there was another player who went cleric)

 

Thankfully, later editions eliminated this particular form of chicanery.

 

Frankly, even then, I reviewed the character with the GM, and made a few revisions to keep things at least moderately under control.

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

 

Objectively, probably the Abjuration specialist Wizard/Incantatrix build I stumbled into right after the Forgotten Realms book the Incantatrix prestige class was in got released.  That was actually a happy accident though, as the fluff matched stuff I was already doing in the campaign and I was just selecting stuff that made sense to me (either RP sense, or power optimization sense).  I was all over the Persistent spell metamagic shenanigans, and it was supremely satisfying to keep busting out "Nope, immune to X and warded against Y", or "go ahead, my touch AC is in the mid 30s", or "I let my vast menagerie of planar-bound minions handle this BS right here".  

 

My DM was cool with it and ran with us just being ridiculous.  That campaign was one of the most fun I've ever played in, primarily because we got to be shot-calling bad-mother-elfers.  Most campaigns operate on the "always a bigger fish in the sea" principle--in this one we got to be the whales.  It was awesome when he finally came to me and said, "You know that you have unintentionally RP-justified one of the most OP combos currently on the CharOp boards, right?  Like, even if I was one of those ROLE-not-ROLL faffers, I couldn't ban this without feeling like a jack-elf."   :lol:

 

In general though, my characters usually just sort of gravitate to punching above their weight class.

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Question the 24th of June: What has been the most OP/broken character you have ever made/played in a game?

I'm not sure I'd call any of my characters OP, but I did hit the jackpot when I made Paul the Samurai. Most of the time in Shadowrun, you have Mages who are rich with money and starved for XP and Techies who are rich with XP and starved for money. My first Shadowrun character, though, was such an effective character when he was created that he wanted for very little. He had his katana Dikoted because he could. He raised Intelligence because he could. It was weirdly freeing to live only for the thrill of the Run and to buy vintage Sailor Moon action figures for his girlfriend.

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I don't generally try to min max my to an overpowered character.  for the occasional one off game however is another story.  1st ed 2nd ed combo game, fighter specialized in darts high strength bonus for hurled weapons potions of haste and a ring of spell storing with tempus fugit girdle of storm giants strength and LOTS of darts of the hornets nest.  72 darts per round each splitting into an average of 12 more.and each getting +15 damage.   I have broken this out on occasion for a monster mash

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My most broken one was my Mystic Theurge for 3.5.  We never ended up playing but it was going to be an epic level game, so we were going to be starting at 20th level.  House rules were that creating magic items did not take xp.  So I abused the hell out of that. 

 

I built it starting as a Cleric, went Wizard enough to qualify for the Runesmith prestige class (cast arcane spells in full armor? yes please), went Mystic Theurge for 10 levels and went back to wizard for the rest.  The longest part of the process was designing all of his magic items.  Basically, if he needed something he had it.  Instant fortress with magic forge and anvil for crafting more stuff.  Every stat was increased, bonuses to almost every skill, a constellation of orbiting ioun stones....

 

He only topped out at 7th level spells IIRC, but he was the ultimate utility character as he was a straight wizard, and clerics had access to their entire spell list.  I have the spreadsheet of gear and spells kicking around on my hard drive somewhere.

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