I gave a too powerful magic item at too low level for a bad reason, what to do?

When a paladin in the game I run went into the local store ran by an ex adventurer, he went to the back to see the fancy swords, and asked if any looked like his holy symbol. The god he follows is illegal in that world, so I thought it would be cool if the shopkeep had one, so I narrated an old padded box that she takes out with a sword that exactly matched his holy symbol (which is a sword in a cicle). I narrated a tingling feeling when he touched it. But then I realized; he’s level two, the game has barely started, and I had him buy what seems to be a potentially extremely powerful magic item for 60 gp. I don’t want to backpedal lamely and make it weak, but it seems like a sorta dumb way to get a great item. What should I do?

To clarify, neither I nor the player know what item he has. I don’t want to make it a lame +1 sword or something, when I narraed it as something powerful. I was thinking of teiring it, at 1st teir it does nohing, second teir 1d6 extra radiant damage and +1 AC or something, add an extra d6 and armor boost per teir, by L17 itll be +3 AC an 3d6 extra radiant, but I am afraid that might be too good for something he bought and didnt even do anything to get.

What to do if a player expected much more than DM gave?

I was not the DM in this session, it was my GF, but she does not speak English so I’m here to ask for all of us. We’ve faced an issue that seems we can’t solve.

It was our 2nd game, no one of us ever played before. We played Lost Mine of Phandelver and finally entered a room with a hostage in a cave. Goblins told that they don’t want to fight and proposed a negotiation. We had a jade statuette and one of the PCs told the goblins that we have it (The DM said before that because it cost a lot, the goblins greedily want it).

After that, the goblins asked 20 gold coins and the statuette in exchange for a hostage. Since they had an advantage (3 PCs vs 6 goblins) I told the other players that this is a good price, despite is having to give out almost all our gold, but my friend decided to intimidate them, roleplayed and rolled a natural 20. The DM said that the goblins seemed kinda worried, but since they had a huge advantage, they (only) reduced the price to just the statuette.

After that, my friend was visibly disappointed (and still is) almost to the point where he refuses to play anymore. We were tired at this point since it was our 6th hour or so, and I can understand his mood here.

When we discussed this situation after the game, he explained his point: he had rolled a 20 and this means (in his opinion) that goblins shod have released the hostage without demanding any price because it was a 20. I tried to explain to him that it is up to DM to decide the consequences of any actions players do, and in this situation, the DM decided not to give us more. But the player still thinks that the DM was not right in this situation and a 20 is a 20 and he is ready to even have arguments for this game situation. I tried to convince him that the goblins had a huge advantage here and it was not possible that they give us the hostage without any price, but it seems impossible to convince him. He is negative because of the fact that the DM is the final judge and it is the DM’s responsibility to decide what happens next.

We’ve tried to find some solution on what to do in situations like this and did not come to anything.

What can we do?

I just realized my tax filer does not encrypt my password. Can I anything do for the financial data (eg SSN) that I gave?

Last year due to a complicated tax scenario (for my skills), I used an online tax website recommended by a friend to do my taxes. They were efficient in their job and I wanted to use their services again this year to save time. I had forgotten my password so tried to reset it. Turns out, they stored my password in plain text. Apparently that was to enable their staff to update any information that I provided in case it was incorrect.

I am worried about the financial data that I have already provided to them. I think as a user I have to consider it compromised. But I am a bit optimist so wondering if I can do anything to protect my data.

They don’t seem to be GDPR compliant so I don’t think they will simply delete my data but I definitely am going to request for it.

Halting problem – What if the halting algorithm gave more than one output?

Sorry I don’t know how silly a question this might be, but i’ve been reading up on the halting problem lately, and understand the halting problem cannot possibly output a value that is “correct” when fed a machine that does the opposite of itself. This therefore proves the halting problem cannot be solved by contradiction.

What if you were to give the halting algorithm 3 possible outputs, something like:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Non-deterministic (for paradox’s like this one)

You could argue then that for a non-deterministic output it would then do something entirely different, but this would be okay because it is still non-deterministic behavior. For a simple algorithm input, such as a while True: pass it would be incorrect to output non-determinism, since it will always be No.

I was wondering if this would change its solve-ability, or would it still be un-solvable?

Thanks for any responses

As a DM I gave our dwarf cleric a bear cub as a companion, what can I do?

So I’m with 2 PCs, playing D&D essentials kit. Most of the time we follow the plot, add some extra things there and here and of course doing some improve. I try to stick to some of the rules but not always, to make it more fun.

The PCs recently encountered a big brown bear and killed it. A bear cub appeared and they managed to persuade the cub to go with them and they have it now. I applied wolf stats to it (didn’t give them the card yet, should I?). So now I’m thinking what this bear could do. I do not want to mobilize it as a fighting companion but make it more passive in battles and just help them with it’s perception and some other goodies.

I was thinking:

  1. Make the bear cub not grow with time, but rather give them an item to make the bear stronger in terms of constitution.

  2. It mostly follows them and will not run away on it’s own unless it’s in life threatening danger.

Edit: Question: Do my two points make sense and what stats should I include any other mechanics that would work with this relationship between dwarf and bear? Should I allow mounting of the bear once it grows?

edit2: what stats and info can i reveal to my PC?

What’s the story to “WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph”?

It’s been well-establish that Polymorph is broken. However, I often see the claim that “WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph”. Is there some sort of history to this? From what I’ve gathered, it seems like they must have went through multiple erratum for it before giving up completely, but I don’t think that I’ve seen any evidence for this. The only things that I know for certain is that Shapechange received a heavy nerf between 3.0 and 3.5e and that there’s some dead links that are allegedly WotC’s blog posts about Polymorph.

To be explicit, I’m asking for the history of Polymorph between its printing in the 3.0 PHB to the end of 3.5e and I’m expecting this history to explain where and why “WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph”. I suspect that the other spells in the Polymorph school will come up in this history, but other than poking fun at the original Shapechange, I don’t think that they’ll be necessary.

Ubuntu 18.04 says `Gave up waiting for suspend/resume device` when it’s booting after upgrading from 16.04

I just upgraded Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 and after reboot it shows

Gave up waiting for suspend/resume device /: clean, 293537/3932160 files, 4067550/15719936 blocks cryptsetup (md5_crypt): set up successfully 

then it doesn’t go to log in page.

Even though it hangs here, I can ssh in the computer and I can access folders and files. (one problem is terminal doesn’t have the ability of interpolation and showing history command though)

My quick search on this error is telling this problem is related to swap memory. Let me share some of the command outputs here and some approaches I already tried and not worked.

$   sudo blkid | grep swap /dev/mapper/sdb8_crypt: UUID="19a5cc43-2391-461e-9d36-ecb21d23cbe1" TYPE="swap" /dev/mapper/sda8_crypt: UUID="a68d5301-6f0c-4069-be2b-b43d42e4697c" TYPE="swap" 
$   sudo cat  /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resume #RESUME=UUID=6f0ca38b-604e-4641-8d12-c81fd8228098 #RESUME=none RESUME=UUID=19a5cc43-2391-461e-9d36-ecb21d23cbe1 #RESUME=UUID=a68d5301-6f0c-4069-be2b-b43d42e4697c 

First row was a row I had first and I commented out it then added second, third and fourth, and tried them respectively but non of them worked well with $ sudo update-initramfs -u

$   cat /etc/default/grub # If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update # /boot/grub/grub.cfg. # For full documentation of the options in this file, see: #   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'  GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE=hidden GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" GRUB_ENABLE_CRYPTODISK=y  # Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs # This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains # the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...) #GRUB_BADRAM="0x01234567,0xfefefefe,0x89abcdef,0xefefefef"  # Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only) #GRUB_TERMINAL=console  # The resolution used on graphical terminal # note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE # you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo' #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480  # Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux #GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true  # Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries #GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"  # Uncomment to get a beep at grub start #GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1" 
$   sudo lsinitramfs /initrd.img |grep resume bin/resume conf/conf.d/resume scripts/local-premount/resume 
$   swapon NAME      TYPE      SIZE USED PRIO /dev/dm-2 partition  16G   0B   -2 /dev/dm-3 partition  16G   0B   -3 
$   sudo update-initramfs -u update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-55-generic cryptsetup: WARNING: resume device UUID=7bad70b9-6b90-424b-88e1-3b36e63ea23f uses a key file W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/ast_dp501_fw.bin for module ast 

I saw tried the following solutions but none of them worked. Swap: From partition to file, now get "no matching swap device is available" threads I could find is similar to this)

https://fitzcarraldoblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/lubuntu-18-04-gave-up-waiting-for-suspend-resume-device/ (I don’t have /swapfile
$ ls /swapfile
ls: cannot access ‘/swapfile’: No such file or directory)

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