Would My Custom Weapon Idea Work Well? [closed]

I had an idea to make a custom sword that increases its damage for every finishing hit it does. It would increase by 0.1% 0.5% or 1% each time. Earlier in the campaign it would be under powered and the player would have to grind it out but later in the campaign it would be over powered. Would a mechanic like this work or would it be a bad idea?

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Is running bash script that is taking arguments from site dialog box a good idea?

I’m building a site that will use youtubeAPI to keep track of playlist changes. In order for 3rd party to use it I would supply a dialog box in which user would type his/hers playlistID – this would be read and then put as an argument into bash script that in turn runs curl/python scripts to connect with API (ran on my machine) and another bash script that would mkdirs on my disk.

Does this potentially endanger me/my files somehow ? Can someone input some magic command that would do “rm * -f” or similar malicious endeavor ? Should I use some external server instead of my machine ?

I know nothing about security, Ive read few topics here but didnt find similar problem.

Stuck with an idea [closed]

I am trying to make a scenario for my friends, but I am stuck, with implementing an idea.

Imagine that we have a magic artifact, for which both the protagonists and the antagonists are looking for. The antagonists, have a very specific plan, which plan MUST succeed, so I am able to continue the story further.

(The plan, more exactly is, that they are looking for a ritual, with which they can raise a mummy, and this ritual is hidden in a crypt. They already have the mummy in question, in a completely different location, so they will only need the ritual, which can either be written on something that they can take with them, but it just as well might be written on the walls of the crypt, from where they can note it down.)

Now, the use of this magic artifact, can be anything, it just has to be in the story, so that it gives the players something to chase. I could make it, a key, that opens the crypt in question, but in that case, what if the players achieve to lay hands on this artifact, before the antagonists? If this artifact is the only way for the antagonists to reach their goals, then they must acquire it, but if the players have no chance of acquiring or holding on to this artifact, then this artifact has no point at all imo.

As an additional info, in the crypt where this ritual is located, a star-spawn dwells, which can either be hostile to the players, to the antagonists or both. (I have not decided yet about this).

Summarized: I am looking for a scope for this artifact, which isn’t too powerful, so that it won’t prevent neither the antagonists nor the protagonists from reaching their goals, but still, it shouldn’t be meaningless either.

I have this character idea but the magic is weird with it and I can’t figure it out [closed]

I am very new to D&D 5e. The whole idea behind the character is that they can manipulate metal decently almost telekeneticaly, like throw a knife and control it in the air or tangle the bad guy up with some chains. Only issue is that I can’t figure out how the magic system works nor can I figure out how to do this with a charcter. Is there something specific like an item to make this work or should I scrap the idea?

DnD 3.5 Build – ‘Gravity Monkey’ idea with monk and druid

I’m about to start a DnD 3.5 campaign with a malleable DM. We are starting at level 5-8 (TBD) with 100,00 gold. I’ve been working on a build that has flavors of Sun Wukong – The Monkey King – at early levels and Pain from Naruto (almighty push stuff) at late levels. My goal is a ‘gravity monkey’ with a mantra of “The strength in this world lies in the sky and the earth.. and the forces that hold it together.”

I have approved the Wukong homebrew race and I will start with 2 levels of Monk as an orphan brought to a monastery in cold mountains (unless something more fitting is suggested). For the next several levels, I am planning to hit druid for the quarterstaff buffs and ability to summon elementals (Rashini Elemental Summoning as my idea). My end game is 6, 9, or 10 levels of the homebrew class, Mage of the Unseen Force (Gravity-mancer). I essentially want to be a monkey who hits hard and often, has battlefield control through earth and air spells, and can anytime fly around and summon elementals to supplement that control and then can start changing the gravity of the battlefield.

I’m looking for ideas for classes that might better fit the earth-air-monkey-quarterstaff thing if anyone has them.. BUT I am more specifically looking for alternative class features for the monk or especially druid. I know wild shape is great but I want to replace it to nerf my character a bit (my group isn’t heavy into optimization) and because I imagine myself pumping strength and staying in my form base most of the time. That said, the Monkey King has the power to turn himself into anything… I just don’t really want the stats from that – more the utility. I have looked at Shapeshifter ACF for druid, but it isn’t quite what I’m imagining as it seems to just buff stats if I’ve read it right. I can’t find much literature on the Elemental Druid ACF/Elemental Summoner Druid ACF, but it is very intriguing.

Question 1 synopsis: How can I make a druid (or something else) a nature-of-earth-and-air focused caster?

I also imagine myself as someone who doesn’t use many items. I want a badass quarterstaff (the Monkey King had one) that fits my ideas and have been trying to figure that out, but I am a bit unclear on staffs vs. quarterstaffs and whether a druid can use magic staffs.

Question 2 synopsis: Are there any awesome staffs that could be used as a quarterstaff and affect earth and air?.. or are there any other items that might be awesome for this build?

I will have some feats to spare. I will have my monk feats and am looking at quarterstaff focus, Rashini Elemental, and Magically Aloft for the homebrew prestige.. but otherwise have a lot of options.

Question 3: What feats work with earth, air, quarterstaff, or anything else that seems to fit?

Last notes: I live in China so anything with an Eastern flavor would be great. I don’t really want too much more homebrew as I have already added quite a bit, but suggestions are still welcome. I am not looking to be OP, just want a fun combat character. Our campaign is potentially going to be focused around finding a Deck of Many Things which my DM has a physical copy of. I don’t see that influencing my character really, but thought it was worth mentioning. I have read druid handbooks and Monkey King build threads, but am by no means well versed. I have looked at Apelord and Monkey Shen and neither fits right now, but if it makes sense with other options I am all eyes.

Thanks for the read and any answers in advance.

Homebrew spell idea for DnD 5e: Chromatic Blade. Chromatic orb + Green Flame Blade hybrid. Looking for feedback and potential balancing

Honestly this was my Eldritch Knight player’s idea but I thought it interesting and am trying to work out the balance.

Spell Concept

The idea is to imbue chromatic orb’s ability to pick the element, a powerful ability, into a melee attack with similar-ish splash damage. Something akin to dragonbreath’s short range cone felt right.

Current Draft

Chromatic Blade


Level: 2nd

Casting time: 1 Action

Range: 5 feet

Components: V, M (a weapon)

Duration: Instantaneous

Your weapon gleams with incandescent light. You choose acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, or thunder for the type of glow you create. As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell fails. On a hit, the target suffers the attack’s normal effects and elemental energy of that type bursts forth from your weapon in a 5-foot cone directed at the point of attack.Creatures within the cone’s area of effect take 2d6 damage of the chosen elemental type. This spell’s damage increases when you reach higher levels.

At higher level

When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3nd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d6 for each slot level above 2nd.

Wording clarifcations for reading purposes

  • “Incandescent” tends to mean “glows from being heated” (like an incandescent lightbulb) and my nearest alternative I could think of was radiant and while I think that’s a better fit semantically, that is already its own damage type (and intentionally not one of the options here to keep in line with chromatic orb). Could just do “chromatic light” but chromatic is just the light spectrum already so that’s lame/nonsense.
  • “directed at the point of attack” is a little awkward but the intent is “from you in the direction of the attack”. Unsure on the best wording there to represent this.
  • “Cone of 5 ft radius”, The intent of the spell is to represent an area like so:
 | | |X|  |O|X|X|  | | |X| 

With the O being the caster, the Xs being the targets. So, the cone would include the hit target of the melee (like green flame blade) and proceed to jump to the 3 adjacent/back tiles (back, diagonal up, diagonal down). If there’s a better way to word that part in general I’d be open to it

Balance considerations

My thinking was that being able to pick your element is a powerful feature of chromatic orb and giving it an AOE effect both warranted it dealing less direct damage than the nearest equivalents (1 casting of chromatic orb and 1 spray of dragonbreath). Math comparisons of similar abilities/attacks/spells:

  • chromatic orb, 1st level, does 3d8 of chosen type to a single target based on spell attack roll (averaging 13.5 on a hit)
  • dragonbreath spell, 2nd level, does 3d6 per breath (average 10.5 per target) but with a save so at least some guaranteed damage (average 5.25 on a save per target) and across a 15-foot cone (bigger area than proposed)
  • dragonbreath character ability, once per short rest and character specific (like from a red dragonborn), does 2d6 of your lineage’s elemental type (average 7 per target) with an associated save for half damage (average 3.5 per target) for a 5-foot cone (same area)
  • scorching ray, 2nd level spell, 3 individual ranged attack rolls for 2d6 fire damage per hit (average 7 per hit)
  • green flame blade, cantrip, melee hit + fire damage on additional creature within 5 ft based on your spell modifier (1-5 realistically)

All of the above scale to include an extra damage die per level, or in the case of green flame blade, being a cantrip, at select player levels.

Alternatives/options speculated

  • Could perhaps use a save for the elemental damage, DEX or CON respective to the element chosen like normal)

    • Pro(s): fits closer to dragonbreath spell’s damage per target (also 2nd level)
    • Con(s): spell already requires a struck melee attack before it does anything and that then means its a roll per target, which I know lots of spells do but just adds to the complexity of the mechanics
  • Could make it just a single additional target within 5ft of the melee attack target.

    • Pro(s): Would make it fit a little closer to Green Flame Blade’s effect
    • Con(s): then the damage at face value seems a little underwhelming being 2d6 per target (though in it’s current form of not needing a secondary save for each target in the cone it’s potentially up to melee weapon + 8d6 damage in total, compared to 6d6 for all 3 rays hitting for scorching ray and you get to pick the damage type for this, though a more realistic situation of melee target + 1 extra is melee + 4d8 chosen damage)
  • Could increase/decrease the damage dealt or increase the range if the damage seems right but maybe not enough AOE (more similarly scoped to dragonbreath spell, also 2nd level)

So… thoughts?

In DnD, does the idea of a check with multiple DCs make sense or have a name?

For example, say a character is placed in a supernaturally hot environment, requiring a constitution save with the following result table:

16+: no effect 10-15: 1d6 fire damage ...9: 1d6 fire + 1 exhaustion point 

This would have 2 DCs- 10 and 16. Is there a name or precedent for something like this? Or just “multiple DCs”?

Is it a Bad Idea™ to open all IPv6 ports for devices in an isolated guest network?

At home I have a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 broadband connection, and I also have a wireless access point. The access point currently bridges all traffic into my LAN, which is not segmented in any way, so all visitors that use my wireless network have the full run of my LAN.

While I certainly do not doubt my friends’ good intentions I do see the possibility of their smartphones being compromised, and I’d rather not have compromised devices in my private LAN if I can help it. This, and also the fact that being in my private LAN does not gain my friends any benefits, makes me want to set up a separate wireless guest network, which I would then also use with my own smartphone.

I am currently considering opening all ports for incoming IPv6 TCP and UDP traffic for the devices in this separate guest network.

My reason for doing so is vastly improved service reliability. As a practical example, I use the Conversations XMPP chat app that does support sharing e.g. pictures, but this doesn’t work very well while both me and the other person are in our respective home LANs, presumably because neither of us has any ports open (IPv6) or forwarded (IPv4) for our smartphones.

Just to verify this hypothesis I opened all IPv6 ports for my smartphone only. And voilá, sharing pictures has been working flawlessly ever since.

The general implications of opening a router’s IPv6 firewall has been extensively discussed here, however I think my situation with the guest network for smartphones and other mobile devices is not quite comparable, because

  • Smartphones are designed for being directly connected to the internet any odd way, and therefore should not have problems with open IPv6 ports
  • It would only pertain to the totally separated guest network, any device in which would, from the view of a device in my LAN, just be any other device out there in the public internet

Is this sound reasoning, or is there something important I am not seeing?