Making Deals with Devils [closed]

I’m preparing for running my first campaign (Storm King’s Thunder) and I’ve got most of the basic information down in terms of running the campaign with the information provided but I wanted to add a little extra mechanics for the players to interact with if they so choose. I am especially fond of the idea of a Mephistopheles type demon presenting himself to the party and offering seemingly benign boons that have unintended consequences. I am worried, however, that giving them additional powers without sufficient drawbacks will unbalance the game. Simply signing over a soul seems to have no real in-game consequences that I can think of other than not being able to be resurrected after death.

I feel like a deal will need to have Boons, to tempt characters; Conditions, to make them feel like the deal had consequences; and Punishments, if the characters do not follow the conditions. Below are some examples I have come across of the three aspects of the deal laid out.

Boons:

  • Life Insurance – After failing 3 death saving throws, the character gets 1 free instant Revivify. Can be renewed after Life Insurance is consumed, at a greater price
  • Get 3 luck dice (d20) to add to attack rolls, an ability checks, or saving throws. Must be used before outcome is determined. After luck dice is rolled, DM rolls d20 on 19-20 Luck dice value does not effect roll and die is consumed. Die can be regenerated by committing moderately evil acts (ex. destroy a merchant’s goods, desecrating temples, rob an orphanage, etc.)

Conditions:

  • One use of your voice at any time.
  • Collect on another contract made several decades ago. The terms of this contract remain unknown. The mortal who signed the first contract is advanced in years and either doesn’t remember the contract due to their memory failing, or starts begging that there is still time.
  • The fiend picks up a small rock off the ground and enchants it with a spell you cannot discern (on a successful Arcana check or casting of detect magic, you realize it’s from the Divination school). The fiend then demands that you always keep this rock on your person. You are magically bound to this: if the rock is left behind or discarded, it returns to your pack whenever you aren’t paying attention. The rock is always there and tends to get in the way, but imposes no mechanical penalties. Rock allows controlling entity to view the location of the holder at all times. Devil can sell or rent out scrying abilities as they see fit.

Punishments:

  • You pay with your mortal time, making you age rapidly into an old person, grey hair (and beard) with old skin and muscles within the next day. Reduce either Strength/Dexterity/Con by 2, or any two by 1.
  • From now any gamble you make results in an unwanted outcome
  • The devil send to collect on your debt he sends a champion (packs of lesser demons, another person who made a deal, etc.) to kill you
  • One of their eyes. Results in -2 penalty on Perception checks.

I have not fully fleshed out each detail and would like to hear criticisms and ideas to implement for each aspect.

A game that deals a high card to one of two players

So for my class, I have to design a game that will deal out one card to for each player. I also need to use functions to accomplish this one for the high card game, and another for the face value of the card.

import random def high_card():     print("\n High Card")     print("-----------")      # Read each player's name     player1 = input("What is your name player one? ")     player2 = input("What is your name player two? ")      # Deal two cards      print("Card for", player1, ": ", end=' ')     card1 = face_value()     print("Card for", player2, ": ", end=' ')     card2 = face_value()        # Determine who won and display a message     if card1 > card2:         print("Contratulations ", player1, ", YOU WON!", sep='')     elif card2 > card1:         print("Contratulations ", player2, ", YOU WON!", sep='')     else:         print("The game is a draw; both cards are the same")  def face_value():     player_card = random.randint(1,13)      # Display face value of card for player      if player_card == 1:         print("Ace")     elif player_card == 2:         print("Two")     elif player_card == 3:         print("Three")     elif player_card == 4:         print("Four")     elif player_card == 5:         print("Five")     elif player_card == 6:         print("Six")     elif player_card == 7:         print("Seven")     elif player_card == 8:         print("Eight")     elif player_card == 9:         print("Nine")     elif player_card == 10:         print("Ten")     elif player_card == 11:         print("Jack")     elif player_card == 12:         print("Queen")     elif player_card == 13:         print("King")     else:         # This will catch any         # invalid card value         print("Invalid card")  high_card() 

Hudson Valley Host – Early Summer Deals!!!

Hudson Valley Host

Nick from over at Hudson Valley Host recently sent over their deals as part of their EARLY Summer sale! They are including some great custom offers, including,  8GB VDS (KVM VPS) for $ 19.99/mo with 100GB’s of pure RAID-10 SSD! They also are offering a 4GB OpenVZ special for $ 10/mo offered in all of their locations!. Be sure to check out all of their custom deals below.

Also, for those of you looking for some history, Hudson Valley Host was first featured on Low End Box back in 2010.

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Accepted payment methods are through PayPal and Credit Cards. Servers will be setup instantly once your payment has been made, given that you don’t trigger any fraud protection measures. Nick, the brand manager, and his team strive to provide superior 24/7 help desk support along with live chat and he’s indicated that he will be available to personally assist customers as needed. As usual, we suggest you read the Terms of Service before purchasing.

Network information

Chicago, IL, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 66.225.198.198
Looking Glass: http://lg.chi.colocrossing.com

Buffalo, NY, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 192.3.180.103
Looking Glass: http://lg.buf.colocrossing.com

Los Angeles, CA, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 107.175.180.6
Looking Glass: http://lg.la.colocrossing.com

Dallas, TX, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 192.3.237.150
Looking Glass: http://lg.dal.colocrossing.com

Atlanta, GA, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IPv4: 192.3.16.134
Looking Glass: http://lg.atl.colocrossing.com

Buffalo, New York:
– 270,490 square foot gross; 23,000 square feet of datacenter space.
– Fully redundant native 10GE network consists of Telia, Hibernia and XO. CenturyLink, Fibertech, TW Telecom, and Time Warner Cable are onsite.
– 24/7/365 staffing with at least 2 techs.
– Buffalo datacenter facility is SSAE16 Type II certified ensuring that our processes and procedures meet or exceed the strictest of standards.
– Low latency and high throughput network access to North America and Europe.

“MOM2019” for 20% off on the HudsonValleyHost site except for hybrids, managed services, dedicated servers, windows VPS’s, domains, addons and licenses (other exclusions may apply).

As always, we value your comments and feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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[FREE MONTH] X4Servers – 12GB RAM SSD VPS located in Chicago, IL for $69/year & more great deals inside!

X4Servers is back with yet another SSD VPS offer to share with the community! We thought these offers looked worthy enough to share – offering more resources this time around. They are offering their VPS services based out of Chicago, IL location! We were told that everything is powered by Pure SSD’s and Intel Xeon processors to fulfill your top performance needs!

You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum as available methods of payment.

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Network Information/Test Files:

Chicago, Illinois Datacenter
Test IPv4: 66.225.198.198
100MB Test file: http://66.225.198.198/100MB.test


Hardware Host Node Specifications:
– Intel Xeon E3-1240v3 to E3-1240v5
– 32GB to 64GB RAM
– 4x 1TB RAID10 Samsung 860 SSD Drives
– 1Gbps Network Port

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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How to model a user management system that deals with both pre-production and production databases?


Context

I am currently working on a user management applications (UMA) that manages a data warehouse security management (users, rights etc.).

The data warehouse has production databases (and production users) + pre-production (PP) databases (and PP users).

UMA like any other applications has its own PP and Prod environments.

Currently UMA PP deals with datawarehouse PP databases only and UMA Prod deals with datawarehouse Prod databases only.

Pros and cons (I see so far)

Pros

  • intuitive – key testers (that includes data warehouse clients) are familiar with testing using PP users on PP databases

Cons

  • risky – by using a PP version to change actually used PP databases users might lead to security issues (a PP user might see some data that is not supposed to see) since PP version is delivered for some key users to actually check that UMA behaves correctly.

  • licensing – UMA must provide aggregate information for all databases (PP and Prod)

Not sure if it is relevant, but producing a new PP database in the data warehouse is not an easy task, so PP databases are “recycled” (partially data wipe, transfer data from a Prod.

Also, UMA also handles reporting systems users.

I am wondering what is the best practice to model in this scenario?

Question: How to model a user management system that deals with both pre-production and production databases?

TCNHosting – 4GB SSD VPS @ $25/year & more deals inside in Dallas, TX!

Matt from TCNHosting recently sent in their first-ever offer to share with the LowEndBox community! They are providing SSD VPS’s based out of Dallas, Texas. We hope you enjoy what they have to offer, if you have any comments – please be sure to share them in the comments section down below!

They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here.

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NETWORK INFO:

Dallas, Texas, USA
Test IPv4: 192.3.237.150
Test file: http://192.3.237.150/100MB.test


VPS Nodes – Host Node Specifications:
– Intel Xeon E3 Series
– 32GB DDR3 RAM
– 4x 1TB Samsung Enterprise SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10 powered by LSI MegaRAID
– Dual 1Gbps Network Uplinks

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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Hudson Valley Host – [Early Mother’s Day Sale] – 20% Off Plus Hot Deals!!

Hudson Valley Host

Nick from over at Hudson Valley Host recently sent over their deals for this weekend sale! They are including some great custom offers, including,  8GB VDS (KVM VPS) for $ 19.99/mo with 100GB’s of pure RAID-10 SSD! They also are offering a 4GB OpenVZ special for $ 10/mo offered in all of their locations!. Be sure to check out all of their custom deals below.

Also, for those of you looking for some history, Hudson Valley Host was first featured on Low End Box back in 2010.

Here are some of their EARLY Mother’s Day deals for your consideration:

“MOM2019” for 20% off on the HudsonValleyHost site except for hybrids, managed services, dedicated servers, windows VPS’s, domains, addons and licenses (other exclusions may apply).

Self-Managed 1GB Linux KVM VPS

  • 1GB RAM
  • 1x CPU Core
  • 30GB HDD Space
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • Linux Templates
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $ 5/mo – [Order Now]
  • Normally $ 10.00/mo
Self-Managed 4GB OpenVZ VPS

  • 4GB RAM
  • 4x vCPU
  • 150GB HDD Space
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • Linux Templates
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $ 10/mo – [Order Now]
  • Normally $ 20.00+/mo
Self-Managed 8GB Hybrid

  • 8GB RAM
  • 2x CPU Cores
  • 100GB SSD Space
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 5x IPv4
  • Linux + Windows (SPLA fees)
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $ 19.99/mo – [Order Now]
  • Normally $ 25.00/month

*Smart Server Offer above is comparable to a dedicated machine based on the dedicated resources provided and therefore meet our pricing guidelines*

Accepted payment methods are through PayPal and Credit Cards. Servers will be setup instantly once your payment has been made, given that you don’t trigger any fraud protection measures. Nick, the brand manager, and his team strive to provide superior 24/7 help desk support along with live chat and he’s indicated that he will be available to personally assist customers as needed. As usual, we suggest you read the Terms of Service before purchasing.

Network information

Chicago, IL, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 66.225.198.198
Looking Glass: http://lg.chi.colocrossing.com

Buffalo, NY, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 192.3.180.103
Looking Glass: http://lg.buf.colocrossing.com

Los Angeles, CA, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 107.175.180.6
Looking Glass: http://lg.la.colocrossing.com

Dallas, TX, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IP: 192.3.237.150
Looking Glass: http://lg.dal.colocrossing.com

Atlanta, GA, USA – ColoCrossing
Test IPv4: 192.3.16.134
Looking Glass: http://lg.atl.colocrossing.com

Buffalo, New York:
– 270,490 square foot gross; 23,000 square feet of datacenter space.
– Fully redundant native 10GE network consists of Telia, Hibernia and XO. CenturyLink, Fibertech, TW Telecom, and Time Warner Cable are onsite.
– 24/7/365 staffing with at least 2 techs.
– Buffalo datacenter facility is SSAE16 Type II certified ensuring that our processes and procedures meet or exceed the strictest of standards.
– Low latency and high throughput network access to North America and Europe.

“MOM2019” for 20% off on the HudsonValleyHost site except for hybrids, managed services, dedicated servers, windows VPS’s, domains, addons and licenses (other exclusions may apply).

As always, we value your comments and feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Book recommendation on Lie group which deals universal cover of Lie group

I am looking for a book about Lie group in a differential geometry point-of-view. Especially, I want a book that deals about the covering space of Lie group.

Actually, I think I have seen this kind of book before, but I don’t remember the title. However, I remember that Chapter 15 of this book has title “Lie groups and Lie algebras”(not certain), and there is a subsection(paragraph?) about the “Closed Subgroup Theorem”. Could you identify what the title of this book is?

Math theory that deals with ordered attr-value items?

There is partially ordered sets and lattices. Is there a branch of math that deals with ORDERED Attribute-Value items/objects. F.e. av-item :

car1:    wheels : 4    color  : red    weight : 1500kg    doors  : 2  car2:    wheels : 4    color  : blue    weight : 1700kg    roof   : no 

The question is : How would you do ORDERING on av-items! so you can also build lattices!

For sets we have Formal Concept Analysis (FCA). What will be equivalent for AV-sets! if there is such thing.

vpsAO.com – 2GB VPS for $18/year & more special deals in Los Angeles, CA!

Kevin from vpsAO (which is now owned by RC Portfolio) recently wrote in to us to share their new Los Angeles VPS offers with the community. They were featured once before on LEB, and have received good feedback. vpsAO is under new management since October 2018, but the company itself has been in business since 2016.

Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Cryptocurrency and Alipay as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

“vpsAO is a Los Angeles VPS hosting provider. vpsAO was founded by web developers out of necessity. We saw the lack of quality and non-oversubscribed hosting services in the marketplace, and wanted to revolutionize and set a new standard for the hosting industry.

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  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB vSwap
  • 50GB Storage
  • 3000GB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Network Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles Datacenter
  • rDNS, TUN/TAP/PPP Supported
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  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3GB vSwap
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  • Los Angeles Datacenter
  • rDNS, TUN/TAP/PPP Supported
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  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 6GB RAM
  • 6GB vSwap
  • 100GB Storage
  • 5000GB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Network Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Los Angeles Datacenter
  • rDNS, TUN/TAP/PPP Supported
  • $ 39/yr
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Adult content, Tor (relays only), IRC, proxies, and VPN are all allowed. We were also told that TUN/TAP and PPP are available within the control panel.

NETWORK INFO:

vpsAO has infrastructure diversified between three different datacenters within the Los Angeles region.

We’ve been informed that the following offers will be set up in Los Angeles, however there is no predictability as to which datacenter it will be set up in. You will either be provisioned on the QuadraNet, ColoCrossing or Psychz LA datacenter, as these special promotion packages will be set up between their excess/unused space between their infrastructure within those datacenters.

We have been told that at this time, there is no option to select a preferred datacenter because the purpose of the special promotions is to fill up the “empty seats on the bus at a wholesale price,” (the analogy that Kevin mentioned) however, all locations should offer similar latency/performance considering they are all in Los Angeles, and either way – you are getting a decent value server at wholesale-like pricing.

Psychz Los Angeles
Test IPv4: 104.149.18.203
Test file: http://lg.lax.psychz.net/200MB.test

QuadraNet Los Angeles
Test IPv4: 198.55.111.5
Test file: http://repos.lax-noc.com/speedtests/100mb.bin

ColoCrossing Los Angeles
Test IPv4: 107.175.180.6
Test file: http://107.175.180.6/100MB.test


Hardware Information:

– Intel Xeon E3 CPU’s
– 32GB to 64GB of RAM
– 4x 2TB Enterprise HDD’s
– Hardware RAID10 with Cache
– Dual 1Gbps Uplinks

If you have any questions or comments, please comment below and enjoy!