What is the longest possible time a player character can spend preparing their spell list?

Steve is a hypothetical PC with 20 levels in Wizard and an intelligence modifier of +5, and as such he can prepare a total of 25 spells every day. He also has all spells a Wizard could ever learn in this spell book, due to a DM who is really generous in giving out spell scrolls.

One morning he says to himself: "Today I am going to cast something amazing, I just can’t decide what". So he sits down and prepares all possible 9th level spells and as many 8th level spells as he can in addition to that. Resulting in him spending 9 minutes each preparing 16 9th level spells (from the PHB, XGtE and TCoE) and 8 minutes each preparing 9 8th level spells. This results in him spending a total of 216 minutes that morning preparing his spell list.

When it is almost noon, he stumbles out of his room, hungry beyond imagination, down to the dining area of the local tavern, he is currently residing in. He is eager to tell his party members all about his amazing plan and finally eat his first meal of the day. To his astonishment his friends are nowhere to be found. They had waited for him for more than 3 hours, planning their whole adventuring day in the process. They are now on their way to kill that green dragon terrorizing the neighboring kingdom, with or without Steve.

"I made a terrible mistake" Steve mutters to himself. "I didn’t even realize how much time had passed. I must be the worst time-wasting spell preparer in tbe history of the multiverse."

But is he really the one who spend the most possible time imaginable to prepare his spell list or is there any way for a player character to spend more time preparing their spell list then Steve did?

Preparing for so many quests on Dragon of Icespire peak

I am about to start Dragon of Icespire peak, and I’m a bit uncertain on how I should prepare for it: I read Slyflourish’s tips for DoIP, and I’m aware of some of its pitfalls, including low leveled characters, etc.

What I’m wondering is, how in a practical sense do you prepare for the optional quests on the job board? Let’s assume they have 3 quests to choose from on the job board, but which will be their choice? Who knows! This means that I have prepare for all 3, but there are so many details to remember that I will probably have to write them down and read a lot while they are adventuring, and this doesn’t sound good…

How did you go about preparing this first session where they have so many options to choose from? I imagine that any tips in here will be useful not only for the 1st set of quests but also the whole story *panics as fresh DM *

Learning or preparing a spell over Telepathic Bond?

Just wondering… Would a telepathic bond spell cast on my helper npc (another wizard of equal or greater level; stationed in a magic library) allow them to “stream” my spellbook’s contents to me as if I was reading it when resetting daily spells?

If I keep the spellbook instead, would I be able to have the helper stare at books in order to add new spells to the spellbook?

How to start preparing for Masters thesis?

I am a first year Masters student in Computer Science from India. I am due to begin work on my Masters thesis after 2-3 months. Currently, I am in a big dilemma in choosing the area of my interest.

Last semester, I took courses in Machine Learning and Digital Image Processing. I developed an interest in the area of Computer Vision (more so on my whim), and I have thought of a few problems which might have interesting applications, but I am unsure of its feasibility.

Please provide some links to journals/articles/blogs/MOOCs which could help me explore the domain in a targeted way, without getting lost in the sea of content available on the internet. On a Google search, I am finding it difficult to sort and select the right material.


Determining clients connecting to IIS using CBC ciphers. (preparing for Lucky13 remediation)

I am trying to determine the impact of re-mediating a lucky 13 vulnerability; which i understand requires disabling CBC cipher modes. So far i have added custom logging to my IIS instance to capture and translate the algorithms that clients are connecting with.
Using this i am able to get the cipher, hash, and kex algorithms for each connection. However I was hoping for insight into the MODE (CBC,CTR,GCM). Am i able to derive the mode from the data i am capturing?

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Preparing each research paper section appropriately for $15

A research paper is made up of various components. Some of them are mandatory for all academic research papers where as some others are optional and are to be included only if demanded. Each section of a research paper has a specific objective and all the mandatory sections have pre-determined positions in the research paper. A clear idea of the structure and purpose of each of the custom writing services is necessary to prepare a good research paper. The mandatory components of a research paperAcademic research paper projects are meant to give students enough experience in pursuing knowledge independently. And, while you are still a student, it is still the best time to learn the skill of research paper writing as scholarly research does not leave much space for mistakes. One of the most fundamental factors to be learned about a research paper is its structure and sections. A research paper becomes complete only when the various research paper sections are appropriately placed in the structural frame of the paper. The mandatory components of academic research papers include: • The title page • The introduction • The body paragraphs ( a minimum of three) • The conclusion • The bibliography

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Preparing 2nd B1 visa interview

Good morning. The first of all I want to say a great thanks to this site and advisors who are sharing their valuable time. Tomorrow I will have a 2nd interview, so I am preparing now. May I answer VO questions like below?

VO: what has changed from the last interview?

Me: I add my professor’s name to my new application form. He will go with me and we will stay together in one room in Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. And I have a letter of guarantee from my professor. In addition, I live with my wife and nowadays we are trying to conceive, if I will go to the US she will be alone therefore I must come back to Korea and continue my study

VO: What is your purpose to go to the US?

Me: Participating IEEE Symposium and Workshops on Security and Privacy which is a great opportunity to get knowledge from Microsoft, Google and other information security experts, and I 100% believe that this conference will nourish my research ability. My answers are Okay or are they too long?

Should the GM stick to the rules when preparing an event that occurs off-scene for the sake of the plot? [on hold]

In a campaign I made myself, a good guy NPC have an item that I want the bad guys to steal. But he has enough resources to defend himself.

My idea is to just kill him and a witness informs the players that the bad guys took the item. Alas, his defeat won’t be credible (sticking to the rules).

Here is the question: As GM, should I just say that the good guy is dead, ignoring all his resources?

Or, should I, on the other hand, run (offscene) a detailed encounter calculating the exact composition of bad guys? Attending that a witness could easily not be able to distinguish such composition.

So, should a GM be in favour of plot or rules?