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  1. High-level Play, Part 9

    Preventative Measures, Part 2: Make Folks Different
    One of the hard absolutes that assures the disappearance of an actor from the milieu forever is transforming the actor into something else then shattering and scattering whatever the actor’s become; the creature’s somewhere between life and death, often registering as neither, but usually needing the majority of its parts in the same place, the transformation spell ended, and then an appropriate spell afterward to return the creature from ...
  2. High-level Play, Part 8

    The Perils of Preventing the Dead from Returning
    Those who earn a reputation for removing actors from the milieu—those who frequently make folks forever dead or try to prevent others from returning from the dead—lose access to the free raises and reincarnates helpful clerics and druids otherwise supply. Clerics and druids never agree to return from the dead those who forever murder characters level 9 or higher. The absurdly low number of high-level characters makes level 9+ characters valuable ...
  3. High-level Play, Part 7

    Returning Is Easy
    Dungeons and Dragons 3.X demographics is a census-taker’s dream. Except for PCs and encounters the DM creates, towns have hardcoded methods of determining precisely what levels of creatures are in it. That’s useful, but players are at the mercy of fictional demographics that might mean some spellcasting services are unavailable in a particular town. In short, a small town has a 2/3 chance of having a Clr5 or Clr6, half the time a large town will have 1 Clr7 and 1 Drd7, and ...
  4. High-level Play, Part 6

    What about Coming Back?
    This is one of the ugly secrets of high-level play: Characters are supposed to die all the time. And then they’re supposed to get better.

    Unless, of course, steps are taken to ensure a character can’t get better. Then the character’s hosed.

    So, dead or alive, you need to know…

    Death Is Funny
    The definition of dead (Player’s Handbook 307) reads that, most of the time, death causes a creature’s “soul to leave the body and journey ...
  5. DMing with Charisma