In Out of the Abyss, characters are supposed to be level 15 by the last chapter; how can I get them there via milestone levelling?

I’m still running Out of the Abyss, and we’re currently half way through Chapter 9: Mantol-Derith. The party is level 9 now (awarded as we transitioned between Chapter 8 and Chapter 9).

As we started Chapter 6: Blingdenstone, we decided to start using milestone levelling rather than tracking XP as we had been doing up until that point (DMG, pg. 261):

Level Advancement without XP

You can do away with experience points entirely and control the rate of character advancement. Advance characters based on how many sessions they play, or when they accomplish significant story goals in the campaign. In either case, you tell the players when their characters gain a level.

This method of level advancement can be particularly helpful if your campaign doesn’t include much combat, or includes so much combat that tracking XP becomes tiresome.

This last point about tracking XP becoming tiresome is pretty much why I suggested the switch to this method. It’s worked well so far, since interesting significant story moments have made it feel well paced, and there have been enough random encounters as we travel between locations in the Underdark (in addition to the “story combat”) that the levels feel earned.

However, planning ahead, I want to make sure that the levels are awarded at the right pace so that it doesn’t feel rushed, but at the same time making sure that enough has happened so that it continues to feel earned. Personally, I don’t feel like enough is happening in Mantol-Derith to justify jumping up to level 10 at the end of that chapter, for example.

Also, although the players like roleplaying and love meeting the various characters of this adventure, they’re not too interested in the factions like the Harpers and all that, so they were kinda glossed over during Chapter 8, so although roleplaying experience can still contribute to these levels feeling earned, I can’t just have huge lengthy faction arguments to justify it because my players won’t really engage with that.

The PCs should be level 15 for the last chapter of the adventure, as suggested by OotA, pg. 217, which implies such by saying:

As well as being more explicit about it on pg. 143:

So, level 15 by Chapter 17, and before that, level 14 by Chapter 16. However, I can’t find anything more explicit about the levels in between, which means it’s up to me to judge that.

So, currently they are level 9 as we play Chapter 9, and they’ve got to reach level 14 by Chapter 16. There are more remaining chapters here than levels, so simply handing out a level at the end of each chapter won’t work.

I am hoping that this will still fall under the heading of “Good Subjective” if I word it in this way: For those who have experience running/playing in OotA, what levels were the party during each chapter or significant story moment during these chapters (10-15)?

Which nations did the Warforged fight for in the Last War on Eberron?

I’m currently creating a Warforged character for a one-shot, so I need to decide who he/she/it fought for in the Last War (Warforged were created as weapons, so each of them must have fought for or at least been owned by someone). However, the lore is not entirely clear on the matter of who employed Warforged, as far as I can tell.

The sourcebook Eberron: Rising from the Last War states on page 12, under the “Dragonmarked Power” heading (emphasis mine):

The dragonmarked houses remained neutral in the war and made considerable profit selling their services to all sides. War drives innovation; House Cannith developed many new weapons during the war, including the warforged.

This seems to strongly imply that Warforged fought on all sides. As far as I can tell, however, it’s never explicitly stated.

Is there any explicit lore, whether in E:RftLW, WGtE or previous editions, that supports that assumption that the Warforged were employed by all nations?

Copy last modified backup files from network path into SQL server box and restore them using Agent job

I have to copy latest full backup from a network path and bring that to my SQL server for restore, I have to do that using agent job.

I know i can use xcopy: source and destination, but that wouldn’t give me latest modified file, can you please help ?

Thanks, learner

Charting/Diagram Issues Since Last Update

Hi, Sven.
I noticed in last update, you worked on the charts to improve speed.
However, it’s not working right just yet.
1. If I right-click on a group, and choose to see diagram, SER responds with pop-up “choose some projects first.”
2. Another project, when individually selected, shows NO links, where there are…
3. And a third issue i see is when changing time scope from last day to last 30 or others, the chart does not change. Just shows yesterday and today, no matter which chart time-scope I select.

How can get the last post date of the user?

I want to get the last post date was written by the user and here’s the code that I have made but it’s not working:

function get_user_last_post_date( $  user_id ) {      $  args = array(         'post_author' => $  user_id,         'post_type' => 'any',         'post_status' => 'publish',         'posts_per_page' => 1,         'order' => 'DESC',         'orderby ' => 'post_date'     );     $  latest_posts = new WP_Query( $  args );      $  last_date = '';     if ( $  latest_posts->have_posts() ) {         $  last_date = $  latest_posts;     }      return $  last_date; } 

How can I curse a PC’s soul for killing off their last character without impacting their gameplay too much?

In the last session one character died, another player didn’t like his character and after the first death tried everything he could to kill himself (but failed because the party healed him so he impaled himself). To not encourage this behaviour I want to put a curse of his new characters soul as killing yourself is ‘dishonourable,’ but I don’t know what the consequences of this should be? His new character is a warlock that specialises in healing, and his patron is a lawful good black sun that idealises honour, justice and order.

How long does the temporary HP from the Circle of the Shepherd druid’s Bear Spirit Totem last?

The Circle of the Shepherd druid’s Spirit Totem feature lets the druid summon a spirit that creates an aura with a certain effect. One option for the type of spirit is the Bear Spirit (XGtE, p. 23):

Bear Spirit. The bear spirit grants you and your allies its might and endurance. Each creature of your choice in the aura when the spirit appears gains temporary hit points equal to 5 + your druid level. In addition, you and your allies gain advantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws while in the aura.

The PHB ruling says that unless otherwise stated, temporary HP can last until the character that receives it takes a long rest. Now, I am planning to use the Bear Spirit before short or long rests to provide my team some temporary HP. My fear is that it might be too OP.

How long does the temporary HP from the Shepherd druid’s Bear Spirit Totem last?

Is there ANY way to log the last sent links to SEO Indexer/other services?

Does SER keep a list of last links created, from all  projects, that went out/are to go out to indexers?
I am guessing the master verified list is kind of like that, but also includes verified links that AREN’T to be indexed…
Maybe it would be a good idea for SER to have an option of keeping separate log files for links sent to each indexer going back a few days. (GSA SEOIndexer, LinkLicous, etc.)
I don’t know what is acceptable or not to feed indexers, in terms of file format, but at the LEAST, a couple of blank lines could delineate separation of days, if that doesn’t otherwise mess them up. So, the IndexerLog(s) could go back a week, even, and the user could know which links are from the last day, 2 days, etc.
This way, a user could even RE-FEED links to a second, or even third indexer after the fact by copying by importing the file or clipboarding the days wanted from the log.
And, in the event of losing the last_queue  file, as I did with an update of SEO Indexer, SER would still have a copy.
From what I’m now leaning (and should have a while ago :| ) indexing is key. So we should have the ability to re-index with another service, for very important project runs, in case of losing the queue in SEO Indexer, etc.
For now, I guess I can go to SER’s verified list and take the last 3 days** links and index ALL of them, even tho not all were to be indexed. So, the links ARE there, just not separated into ones I wanted to index and others, initially.
(**I had been saving the links to index keeping the thread count low so I could have threads higher on other programs.)


Why am I ranking on last page in SERP for every keyword? [closed]

I couldn’t find this question anywhere. Everyone is talking about ranking and how to rank on top in SERPs. I used to rank on top 2 or 3 pages a lot but Now I don’t rank anymore. My content is authoritative and the site is also well optimized. Any suggestions?


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