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Newbiespud 12th Nov 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Considering how much the genre pulls from the tactics of wargames, a one-on-one duel is more rare and can be rather hard to predict.

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Digo 12th Nov 2022, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
1-on-1 rarely works in D&D. The part that often makes it fall flat is that you got several players now just sitting around watching one PC do all the action and get all the spotlight.
Cinna the Lava-Eater 12th Nov 2022, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
I kind of got it to work in a session, but... yeah. It only worked because all the 1-on-1s were happening at the same time, during the same encounter. It was the first session, first encounter of a campaign. The character's home village was being attacked by kobolds. I told them they'd each be facing one and had them describe their own surroundings and how they got into this situation. I'm told the players loved it, really set the tone for the rest of the session.
CyanWhisp 12th Nov 2022, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Would Tirek have gotten that ability though? In the show he just spammed giant lasers.
Wulfraed 12th Nov 2022, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
I don't recall Tirek doing anything other than suck the magic out of ponies -- and transform it into muscle mass, apparently...


Non sequitur: I hadn't noticed in show, but that has to be a rather uncomfortable position Twilight is in -- standing on hind legs, with the forelegs tucked up under her chin.
Draxynnic 13th Nov 2022, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
It's possible that Tirek gets the power, but not the skill, so what he does with it is still fairly crude compared to what he'd be able to do with it if he'd practiced with it. Magic sense might be relatively instinctual to use, though.
LupisLight 13th Nov 2022, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
Yep, in that alternate timeline where Tirek won (during Starlight's time travel debacle), that's really all Tirek did - stomped around spamming giant lasers everywhere. That's why Tirek is sort of disappointing as a villain - he claims time and again that all the magic rightfully belongs to him (for no adequately explained reason, mind you, just that he says so), but when he actually has possession of all that magic? He doesn't even manage to be a fraction as creative with it as the magic's true owners - All he can come up with to do with his phenomenal cosmic power is stomp around spamming lasers everywhere for no particular reason. He's introduced as a cunning, sneaky villain, a real threat, but he turns out to me merely the magical equivalent of a brutish schoolyard bully.
A Hat with a Hat 13th Nov 2022, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
I mean, that was the problem with Twilight's Kingdom as a whole. It was very obvious that the idea of "Twilight and a Gen 1 villain have a DBZ esque battle" was the first thing they thought of and the episode kinda works backwards from there. Which is how you get the infamous "Tirek doesn't know there's a 4th Alicorn" line when Celestia *knows* Discord has betrayed them who knows Twilight exists.

And Tirek is hit with the same line. He can't be a villain who only works with manipulation, otherwise why would he get into a DBZ esque battle with Twilight? So his intelligence kinda just vanishes partway through the episode so he can become a dumb musclehead.
Roguim 12th Nov 2022, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
So no change for a sneak attack, well I would use the same dice for the duel as it's already spend the natural 1...
ChaoticBrain 12th Nov 2022, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Dice do not work that way.
Ebony Sable 13th Nov 2022, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
Not in real life, but in gaming superstition...
aylatrigger 14th Nov 2022, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Gaming superstition also says some dice are 'bad dice'. Do you know if it has spent the 1, or if it instead consistently hates you?
NobleCuriosity 13th Nov 2022, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
NobleCuriosity
That’s gambler’s fallacy.

If all that you know about a die is that it just rolled a spate of 1s, you should prefer a DIFFERENT die on the off-chance that the first die is slightly weighted towards the 1 side.