hints and tips

What to Do if You’re Carried Away By a Vulture

STEP ONE
Hope the vulture doesn’t grab you by the seat of your pants.

STEP TWO
Vultures will ALWAYS grab you by the seat of your pants, so this hope is tragically misplaced. Move immediately to Step Three.

STEP THREE
Just “go with it.”

STEP FOUR
When the vulture drops you in its nest, and attempts to feed you to its young, politely but firmly refuse to be eaten.

STEP FIVE
This will not work.

STEP SIX
I’m afraid you’re all out of steps.

My least favorite ADHD trait is the quick to rage. I genuinely love everything else as crazy as it gets because it keeps life interesting and fun and I’d rather look at the good sides rather than bad. But the intense anger that happens and the fucking mountain you have to climb to calm down is definitely my absolute least favorite part of it all. 

Tips for Breath of the Wild!

Setting fire to grass creates up-drafts for paragliding

NPCs sell better/rarer things when it’s raining

Jumping during the last red part of your stamina meter lets you jump twice as far

Cooking during the blood moon will give food random buffs

Use a wooden shield against archer enemies to collect their arrows

Taking off armor and heavy weapons makes you swim faster (unless you have the Zora armor, which boots swimming speed)

Freshly emerging from water grants you temporary fire immunity

Letting a Rock Octorok eat your rusty weapon and spit it out will refresh it

Well-trained horses (max bond) will follow a road or set path on their own if you let go of the control stick – and they’ll avoid rocks and trees on their own, too

Giving the dog at each stable 3 pieces of fruit to eat, one at a time, will get the dog to lead you to a hidden treasure chest

Using a heavy sword or axe against a shield-bearing enemy will knock their shield out of their hands

Hitting an enemy in the head with an arrow deals twice the damage

Throwing a badly damaged weapon at an enemy deals twice the damage

If you don’t have a sledgehammer handy when you come across ore deposits, use the bomb rune to break up the rock

It’s easier to sneak up on enemies/animals during the rain because the sound hides footsteps

Any wooden weapon can be a torch

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Hope these help! Feel free to add your own to this list, and happy adventuring!

Things from a very broke person… (uk based)
  • The cats will eat the cheap cat food, but you are going to feel guilty as hell. Lidl do a ‘stick’ treat that’s cheap as hell and my cats will go INSANE for them. Seriously. I might lose a finger one day.
  • Cheap bubble bath foams just as good as the expensive stuff, it’ll feel like a treat. (I use Asdas, the ‘man smell’ ones, was 2 for £2 or something, lasts for ages)
  • Those giant bags of cheap rice are a fucking lifesaver. (about £5/£7 depending on the type)
  • Those ‘easy cheap meals’ online are only easy and cheap if you have a fully stocked cupboard.
  • Don’t worry too much about those posts that tell you to shop around. It’s only cheaper if you can walk, remember petrol and bus fares add up when you are trying to save 4p on washing up liquid. It’s not always worth it.
  • Lidl and Aldi are the BEST place for fresh veg – seriously.
  • Also, Lidl has some fantastic meat – I buy the chicken breasts and freeze them singly.
  • Jars of sauce + lentils + a single chicken breast chopped up small/pulled = at least five lunches if you have rice or pasta! They are high in fat but its filling and tastes good. You can add mushrooms/peppers/frozen veg and bulk it up.
  • Lentils will bulk anything up. Same with rice. Add them to jars of curry sauce, soups, even stews.
  • Freeze leftovers.
  • Buy frozen veg and add handfuls of it to whatever you are making. Seriously, peas go with pretty much everything.
  • Egg fried rice! Easy as hell and super filling – throw in some frozen peas, any leftover scraps of chicken/pork/meat/fish… easy, fast and cheap as hell.
  • Even plastic cheese tastes okay melted on top of stuff. (I mean like the slices, you know?)
  • A slow cooker is worth it if you get a cheap one. I use mine for bulk cooking.
  • No haircut is ‘maintenance free’.
  • Don’t get too stressed about clothes – it sucks when you get a timehop and you are still wearing the same shirt (mine was 7 years ago) if it still fits, wear it. Fuck people.
  • Asda own brand detergent is just as good as branded stuff and the tropical stuff smells really nice. Same with fabric softener.
  • Sainsbury’s isn’t as expensive as you might think – the washing up liquid is also just as good as Fairy. (I like the blue one, it smells clean)
  • Don’t even bother skimping on the one thing you love. For me its diet coke… the store brands are NOT AS GOOD. Most places will have 30 packs on offer at some point. Save up and buy it in bulk.
  • The little bottles of diet lemonade in Asda are bogof for a tray – it’s GREAT if you wanna add in diluted juice or for sticking in the car / just for having a quick drink.
  • Lidl have a brand of crisps called ‘Snacktastic’ in multipacks of 30. I get the ‘meaty’ ones, and they are better than Walkers. I shit you not. Half the price too.
  • Charity shops smell weird, and sometimes the grans inside will give you funny looks. Fuck em. Buy a 50p book and get used to it. You can sometimes find some fucking treasures (I picked up a brand new bedding set for £3, still in the packet!) beside the overpriced old Primark stuff. (Seriously. It was cheaper new.)
  • Asda home wear section. It’s seriously unexplainable how much better you will feel and how proud you will be of your bathroom if you buy all matching towels. Asda have great colours – honestly, a sheet, a hand towel, a rug and two facecloths. Lay them out, fold them nice. You feel like an adult and the quality is good enough that they do last. Get a new shower curtain too. Trust me. It’s a mini makeover and the cost will be under £30.
  • Primark. A lot of people think its shit quality and they aren’t wrong, but my 7 year time hop was a checked shirt from Primark and it’s still wearable to work.
  • Matalan vests are great quality and will go under cheaper quality shirts so your bra / binder won’t show. I have about 20 and I love them – they also look great with skinny jeans and boots. No one can tell they were like… £2.
  • Ebay. You know that already.
  • Buy the best quality bras you can. They last longer; you get the support you need. Don’t stint on bras (or binders!)
  • Buy cheap socks and pants. Men’s stocks are normally cheaper in packs, and they go higher up your legs than the girls stuff.
  • Shop online for glasses. I used Goggles 4 U for my sunglasses for driving. £15. Just as good as my Red or Dead ones from 8 years ago that cost me £120. You can get a free eye test at Specsavers and just ask for a copy of your prescription. Remember to ask about your pupil distance!
  • Savers make-up has a cheap brand that looks like Too Faced. It’s in almost identical packaging, and it’s won a lot of awards in blind testing. Good for sponges too!
  • Most perfumes have those tiny sample bottles. Ask the salesgirl for one to see how it wears.
  • Pound shop pills are just as good as Boots. Same with vitamins. The plasters tend to be shit though. Use Asda or Boots.
  • Cheap razors are the same for men and women. Normally cheaper for the men though. To stop stubble burn on the legs, buy a super (super) cheap conditioner for hair and use that like the shaving foam. Sounds weird, clogs the razor by the end, but genuinely works very well. Also, smooth legs!
  • Keep a book of stamps in your purse/wallet. It’s super handy!
  • Bulk buy your kitchen roll, toilet roll and sanitary products.
  • Flowers are expensive, buy a Peace Lily. They are super easy to keep alive and look pretty awesome. (keep out of the reach of cats!)
  • Cheap frames. If you see a photo frame for under £1, buy it. You can cover a wall with mismatched frames and it’ll look awesome, and hide some serious flaws. You don’t even need art, frame some nice wrapping paper or comic pages, even newspaper articles, photos or drawings from the kids (or even cards you received)
  • A fresh coat of paint will work wonders, and B&Q always have offers on. Asda sells paint now too. Just take your time. If pintrest tells you it’s a ‘quick afternoon project’ it’ll take a week for you to complete.
  • Larger charity shops or local facebay sites can REALLY help you furnish your home. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match, it’s a stopgap till you can buy what you like. You might also find some really good quality stuff that can be painted and kept for a loooong time.
  • A chest freezer will save your life.
  • Be fucking polite to sales people. You might be broke but they gotta deal with some shit day in and day out. It’s not their fault if that coupon has expired or the price tag is wrong.
  • Carpool if you can.
  • If you like a product, write them a letter. Might be nothing. Might get you a coupon.
  • No matter how well you budget, you will fuck up at some point. You’ll spent £100 on something you can’t afford, don’t NEED and just WANT. Try not to do it a lot, but honestly, sometimes you’ll just fuck up. It’s okay. You aren’t a robot.
  • Plan on doing something once a month. You are going to need something to look forward too else why the fuck are you working? Go to the cinema with friends, buy a ticket on one of those tourist buses, check your local venues and spend £15 on a show you’d never normally see, go to the beach with a small picnic. Do one thing a month, maybe right after payday. Invite your friends; make it a ‘thing’. It’s hard to go on nights out when you’ve nothing to wear and can’t afford to keep up with the rounds of drinks, so make a day event where you can still be super social, hang out with friends and do something fun. Just make sure you budget for it!
  • Tell your friends that money is tight. They might not be aware that you are struggling and may try to have more outings that are less expensive.
  • Most people like curry – make a chicken curry, rice and naan and invite friends around. Byob. You get to host a night in – card games or board games or even charades are hilarious after a few beers and a good meal. Pudding can be anything from jelly and icecream to a cheap chocolate cake in the microwave for a few seconds and some cream. It’s low cost and high returns – you look like your being generous while not actually spending a lot (esp good if you are trying to hide the fact you’re eating rice 7 nights a week).

(add on your own hits and tips!)

5 Writing Tips for Roleplayers

These are tips I keep in mind regularly and feel they really work for me, while I occasionally notice sometimes people haven’t quite grasped the concepts and may be interested in doing so. In no way is anyone roleplaying incorrectly, but these are just ways to make the experience perhaps more enjoyable for you and those you interact with!

1 Be aware of whether or not you’re actually giving your partner something to respond to. Upon finishing a para or multi-para reply, check if your reply has at least two of these three things: dialogue, action (aside from speaking), or imagery describing the scene or your character’s appearance. This should give your partner a substantial amount of material to base their reply off of. They can have their character speak back to yours, react to the action, or react to/build on the imagery! All three are great, but not always necessary. This tip also may not always apply depending on the kind of interaction you’re having, but in your typical para they will be what keeps the story moving. Note: Your character’s inner thoughts are a fourth element to add in a reply, and while it’s important and interesting to read, keep in mind that sometimes it’s not easy to base a response off of.

2 Another tip for giving your partner something to respond to when it comes to one-liners or dialogue in general is to avoid saying single statements pertaining to one idea. By this I mean something like, “That’s cool” or, “I wish I could do that.” Instead say something like, “That’s cool. Where did you learn to do that?” or, “I wish I could do that, but I don’t have anyone to teach me.” Adding a question of course never fails to give your partner something to respond to (and therefore can even be written by itself as it’s not a statement). Making a compound statement or more than one statement on a subject essentially gives people two things to work with, and responding to it will feel less restricting. For example: Instead of your partner saying “You never know until you try” to the simple statement (creating another boring statement), by adding to yours you could invite them to say something like, “You never know until you try. I could teach you!” Now there’s something you can easily respond back to!

3 If you’re anything like me and prefer replies to stay concise so that things move along more quickly, avoid multiple lines of dialogue pertaining to many different ideas and avoid having more than one goal to obtain through action. This is something that happens a lot, and even the most experienced roleplayers do it unintentionally. I am still guilty of it myself. We all go a little overboard sometimes, and you will notice that once someone goes overboard the replies have a tendency to keep expanding. Even if more is happening at once, the story tends to drag. This can be a problem because it’s one of the main reasons we will get bored of a thread, or feel too overwhelmed by it, or both. Try to restrain yourself by finishing the reply after you have responded to the one or two things your partner has given you. Instead of focusing on matching word count, focus on matching ideas. Feel like it’s still not enough? Throw in some imagery or insight to your character’s thoughts.

4 When writing a starter for an interaction with a character yours has yet to interact with, this should be a given, but read everything the mun has provided about that character. If it’s a canon character and particularly if it’s one you’re not as familiar with, go beyond that and look them up on a fandom wiki, just make sure to recognize where the character may be canon divergent if they’re supposed to be. As you do this, pick out ways this character may relate to your character. Do they have similar or conflicting interests? Are they from the same place or been to the same places? Is there something about them your character finds impressive or something that bothers them? Is your character’s personality one that might clash with theirs? Once you’ve got answers to any of these questions, have your starter comment on or insinuate something you’ve discovered. This gives something for your characters to discuss and jumpstarts the creation of a story to share, which is especially important if it’s their first meeting as those threads are always in danger of feeling redundant and flat from the start.

5 Find your character’s voice (a.k.a. their way of speaking). As you write their dialogue, ask yourself questions like these: Where/when did they grow up and how did people (of their social class) speak there? What kind of accent do they have? What slang do they use? Do they avoid using contractions? Do they use foul language and how often? Are they articulate with a wide vocabulary? Do they keep things short or are they prone to run-on sentences and long-windedness? Do they have a speech impediment? Are exclamations (!) common for them or do they speak more calmly? Do they address people with pet names/nicknames? And a bonus: If texting/typing applies to them, do they use correct grammar, capitalization, acronyms, emojis, etc? Finding your character’s voice is key if you really want to get to know them and it’s also one good way to be sure you’ve created a solid character. You may feel it comes naturally, but take note of it and make a conscious effort to keep it consistent. It also may evolve over time, but be aware of that, too!

Being burnt out means you’re probably feeling exhausted, unmotivated, unfocused and just generally “blegh” - an absolute nightmare when you’re trying to stay on track with school and studying. I’ve suffered from academic burn out a lot but it’s now something I know how to cope with, I’ve compiled my best tips and tricks for dealing with a burn out and how to ease yourself back into your studying!

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reviewing everything today - almost done this semester! 🎉

When reviewing for nursing I print off the outline and highlight what I know and then review what I don’t! The professors make the test based on that outline, so it only makes sense to review directly off of it!

Monster Mondays #2: Goblins

Goblins. How can you not love them? They’re tiny, adorable, mischievous, adorable, horribly brutal and bloodthirsty… OH and really damn adorable. But recently, a DM friend of mine was telling me how she has trouble with goblins. Due to them having very low stats, most DMs send a handful against a party, and end up causing a TPK, because they underestimated the gobbos. So, let’s take a close look at the little green scoundrels.

STATS

AC: 15 (leather armor + shield) or 13 (without shield)

Average likelihood of being hit by PCs: 30 - 45%

HP: 7 (min 2, max 12)

Highest skill: Stealth +6

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.

Average Damage dealt per Round: 6 (3-8) slashing or piercing.

Probability of hitting the PCs: 50 - 75% (on average)

Unique Features:

  • .Nimble Escape: The goblin can Disengage or Hide as a Bonus Action
  • Language: Goblin. The goblins can fluently talk, write, and read goblin-ese.

Other Creatures that Dwell in the Same Environment: Goblins are civilized. They hang out with other goblinoids (bugbears & hobgoblins), more powerful humanoids (orc bandits, drow wizards), and with animals that they have tamed (worgs, dire wolves, blood hawks, owlbears, bears in general, almost any forest critter you can think of , death dogs). Other creatures that accompany goblins include druids, ogres (and onies), hill giants, and sometimes kobolds.

With the numbers done, lets move on to Strategy talk…

ANALYSIS

From reading the facts above (and the stat-block in the book), the following things should be made clear…

  1. Goblins are hard to get a good hit on. With an average attack modifier of +3, most players will miss half the time, remember this! That said, most goblins will go down in 1-2 hits (for a level 1 party). That said, a single goblin won’t last long against a Party of PCs.
  2. Goblins have two attacks: scimitar (melee) and shortbow (ranged). This makes goblins very versatile creatures, able to fight both face-to-face, and from afar. Keep in mind, on average they deal about 6 points of damage. This means a few hits against your Lv.1 Wizard will KO him. Keep this in mind when you consider…
  3. Goblins are very good at stealth. The Nimble Escape feat allows them to run out of most battle encounters and attempt to stealth into the background. Remember: an creature in stealth cannot be hit by direct attacks. Being able to pop in and out of cover gives goblins a major advantage. 

So then, let’s talk strategy…

STRATEGY

I’ll let you in on a little secret. In D&D, combat is primarily influenced by the number of participants. Whichever side has more people will have the greater advantage, because that side will get to attack more. A band of 3 goblins is disadvantaged against a party of 5 PCs, because each goblin will get 1 hit in, while the party will get AT LEAST 5. Meanwhile, a band of 6 goblins already means one of the PCs will get hit more than once, which at levels 1-3 could be deadly. So consider the following strategies for making a compelling goblin fight.

Strategy 1: United We Stand.

Goblins are rogue creatures. They are not meant to fight anyone alone. So first off, never just throw 1-2 goblins against your Party. Even if you party consists of 3 players, 1-2 goblins is nothing to them. You could make the fight tougher by throwing some 6-7 goblins against your 3 Level 1 PCs. But that’s just unfair, and you can’t expect the Party to try and fight their way out of it. Instead consider the term of the month: diversity.

And I don’t mean in terms of representation. I mean enemy diversity. See, the fastest way to make a fight hard, is by throwing in two different TYPES of enemies. If you have a bunch of fighters, that’s fine, anyone can deal with those. But add a goblin shaman (fancy name for “wizard”) and suddenly, the Party formation is broken, they have to multitask. Add a few sneaky ranged goblins, some super tough goblins, and voila, the Party has to keep switching their combat strategies. They can’t just stand and swing their swords anymore, they have to coordinate, protect one another (especially the wizard).

If you want to take this another step further, don’t just stop at goblins. Goblins are civilized (somewhat) and can train wild animals or use food to bait ogres and giants to guard their camps. Use this to your advantage. Imagine: in the middle of the fight, goblins trying their best to hold PCs when suddenly BOOM a hill giant climbs over the battlement and attacks the PCs. Using a different type of an enemy will result again in PCs multitasking, which is where difficulty comes in hand. They’ll have to prioritize, plan, and actually think, instead of mindlessly rolling d20s. Remember, the more diverse your baddies, the harder it becomes for your PC.

WARNING: Don’t go too crazy with this either. Don’t over-diversify your band of goblins, or have there be some 20 odd goblins against your 3 level 1 PCs. Remember to keep it fair. Look at their AC and HP and try to imagine how easy it would be for your PCs to bring it down, before you throw it into the fray.

Method 2: Cannon Fodder.

Goblins are hard to hit, move fast, hide well, and die in one hit. For this reason, goblins make PERFECT cannon fodder. They are great at making PCs burn resources and chipping away at their health. So send small bands of goblins (2-3 goblins). Or instead, have the PCs infiltrate a base filled with goblins, forcing them to either sneak past (which your Paladin will not be able to do, trust me), or fight through small guard posts filled with goblins (and some accompanying allies, like worgs, wolves, etc.) The main focus shouldn’t be on the goblin, instead it should be at their leader.

Goblins are sneaky and very survivable, but they are also somewhat dumb, and easily fall under the influence of their, smarter goblinoid cousins. Consider: hobgoblin. A goblinoid with both intelligence and brawn [we shall discuss goblinoids at a later time]. The whole point of the goblin outposts, of the small skirmishes the Party has with the goblin guards, is to build up leader of the goblins. With their resources wasted, the Party comes up against some hobgoblin or bugbear, with a big pet wolf or something of the like, and suddenly, this fight that seemed pretty easy becomes deadly difficult to the PCs. They are drained, tired, and barely can stand together. The goblin here, sacrifice themselves, for the sake of helping their leader have an easier time fighting the Party. Because even with easy battles, the Party uses up potions, scrolls, spell slots, daily feats, etc.

If the fight is still easy, you can always just throw in a few more goblins that have come to help their boss, or were awaiting in their bosses chamber for an ambush. Whatever you want.

And with that we end our talk of goblins. I hope you have learned some new cool things from this. If not, I still hope you enjoyed the read. Please message me telling me what parts you liked, disliked, what could I change, what could I keep the same. Your comments are priceless to me.

The Unfair DM