Quick Answers 71

Was Perkins the first guest player to ever lose a PC in the main campaign, or have there been others?
We answered this as part of our Talks Machina stats (episode 99), but to post it here: yes.

Was Spurt the quickest entrance and exit of a guest?
Chris was at the table as Spurt for 6.5 fewer minutes than Will and Mary Elizabeth’s cameo in Episode 114, making it the shortest single appearance of a guest player (22:25 to 27:59, respectively).

What does AoO mean [in your livetweeting]?
Attack of opportunity. (Trying to save some characters, ya know?)

Any stats out there on how many times Liam/Caleb has cast Alarm and gestured placing the wire as he casts it?
Do you have a number for how many different/unique spells Caleb has cast so far in the campaign?
As of episode 2-50, Caleb has cast 43 unique spells. He has cast Alarm 140 times. As for how many times he’s gestured, you’d have to check those 140 instances out. Luckily for you, we have each spell timestamped!

How many times has Jester healed the party?
Jester has healed the party with spells 60 times.

You can always find how many times a spell has been cast by looking at our Spells Cast chart.

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Level 8 Update: More Feats and ASIs

Level 8 Update: More Feats and ASIs

Thanks to @Queddajaw for this art piece!

ALL THE ABILITY SCORE IMPROVEMENTS! No, but seriously, as Matt said at the end of Episode 49, all of the Mighty Nein receive their choice of either an ability score increase or a feat this level. In addition, all the spellcasters get additional spell slots or spells known (or both), and both clerics get domain features and improvements to their Destroy Undead abilities.

Because of the wide variety of possibilities, we chose to delay our level update until we could narrow down the options, but as you’ll see, there are still a few unknowns. All of the Mighty Nein (except Yasha) have now maxed out their primary ability scores (barring certain special items), and Caleb, Nott, and Caduceus have each tacked on a feat to their already-diverse skill sets.

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Monster Analysis: Fire Giant Dreadnought

Monster Analysis: Fire Giant Dreadnought

Thanks to larimonium for this art piece!

Fire Giant

  • First Appearance: 1-75 Where the Cards Fall

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class 18-25 (Suggested 18)

  • Speed 30 ft

  • Passive Perception 16

  • Immune to fire damage

  • Suggested, Max HP: 162, 234

  • 43 damage taken, 15 taken as cow

Fire giants rank third in the Ordning, the giant status classification system. Metalworking and craftsmanship drives their society, so it’s in their best interest to live somewhere with easy access to the materials and circumstances required for forging.

The fire giant society that The Mighty Nein stumbled upon has carved out their home on the banks of a river of lava underneath the Ashkeeper Peaks that separate Xhorhas from the Dwendalian Empire. From what Jester discerned, the sentry giants were put in place only recently due to the Kryn’s sudden trespass in the giants’ territory by tunneling through the rock.

Fire Giant Dreadnought

  • First Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class Unknown (Suggested 21)

  • Speed 30 ft.

  • Passive Perception 15

  • Immune to fire damage

  • Suggested, Max HP: 187, 270

  • 0 damage taken

We analyzed fire giants in campaign 1, but the dreadnought the Nein faced is new to the show. Introduced in Volo’s Guide to Monsters, the dreadnought is stronger, but less wise and intelligent than a standard fire giant. Dreadnoughts aren’t crafters, but gain respect in fire giant societies for their superior combat training and use of their massive shields. As the Nein witnessed, dreadnoughts fill their full-height shields with whatever hot, painful substances is nearby when they sense a threat. They use these shields as their primary weapon. The Nein can count themselves very lucky that they never got within Shield Charge range of the dreadnought, considering it was able to destroy a bridge with one strike.

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Monster Analysis: Kobold Colony

Monster Analysis: Kobold Colony

Thanks to @psyk0zap for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: Hearthstone One-Shot (sort of)

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class 12

  • Speed 30 ft.

  • Darkvision 60 ft, Passive Perception 8

  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 5, 10

Ah, the kobold. The starter combatant for so many Level 1 adventuring parties. (Now these guys were cute. ~L) With five of their six main stats at negative modifiers, they’re very easy prey, especially when they’re alone, and they are very aware of this fact. Once they begin grouping up, however, the odds start tilting more in their favor, using pack tactics to gain advantage on their attacks to quickly overwhelm their enemies.

While kobolds can be enlisted as minions for chromatic dragons, kobolds naturally try to live in absolute solitude from any other much more dangerous creatures, happy to toil away for the good of the colony. While they generally grow their own food supplies, a starving colony may turn toward cornered “loud food” for sustenance. However, they can easily be convinced otherwise for offers of power that they think can be used to give them equal footing with the surrounding threats. This is especially true for arcane power. (For more on kobold culture, check out Volo’s Guide to Monsters, page 63.)

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Monster Analysis: Ropers

Monster Analysis: Ropers

Thanks to @HitokiriChibi for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 2-50 The Endless Burrows

  • Armor Class 20

  • Speed 10 ft., Climb 10 ft.

  • Darkvision 60 ft., Passive 16

  • Suggested, Max HP: 93, 143

  • Roper 1: 158 taken, HDYWTDT by The Mighty Nein

  • Roper 2: 133 taken, 19 HDYWTDT by Fjord

The Nein’s first encounter in the tunnels to Ghor Dranas was a classic combat encounter against a pair of ropers that had disguised themselves as mere stalagmites. We know you’re here for stone-cold analysis, but we’ll be honest: the Stats consensus reaction to the ropers’ appearance was, “NO. Eww. Gross! Gross gross gross.”

(Aw, I thought they were kinda cute. They just want to give hugs! ~A)
(That’s a lie, A. ~Badger)
(Hugs with teeth are not hugs, A. ~L
)

...The general Stats consensus, at least. Spot the Dungeon Master.

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Media References and Puns of 2-50 The Endless Burrows

We were reel disappointed that there weren’t moo-re cow and roper puns, but we understand that the battles were udder-ly intense and there was no time for the cast to be cilia.

…We’ll see ourselves out. (One might say we’ll vamoose! ...sorry.)

Media References

  • (1:24:11) Matt: It feels like the 1950s sci-fi movie with the weird carrot looking creatures that these guys are loosely based on originally. (Beluah)

  • (1:24:35) Liam: Say good night, Grimace. (McDonalds)

  • (1:26:24) Travis: We just Godfather him.

  • (1:34:34) Jester: *singing* 66 bottles of beer on the wall… (...) 21 bottles of beer on the wall...

  • (1:39:03) Liam: F***ing lembas bread. (Lord of the Rings)

  • (1:49:28) Matt: For you, Caduceus, it’s a tight squeeze. We’re talking Bishop in Aliens.

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What We Know About Xhorhas

What We Know About Xhorhas

Thanks to @binwizard for this art piece!

The Mighty Nein are heading into the neighboring country of Xhorhas, a land shrouded in mystery and fear, in order to rescue Yeza. Ahead, we lay out everything we know so far about the Dwendalian Empire’s foe, and Yasha’s homeland. We’ve compiled a relevant quote compendium that you can also read through here.

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What We Know About Caleb and Nott: Update

What We Know About Caleb and Nott: Update

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Hello, lore drop!

Our post last week had to assume that Nott was telling the truth, and likewise, this week we have to assume she was telling the truth when she was talking to the Nein in Episode 49… which means that we have to clarify some past lies that she’s told. She did a fair amount of mixing in parts of the truth to her previous stories, but they didn’t necessarily happen quite the way she initially told them. In response to Nott’s story and the events revealed in Episode 48, Caleb let a few additional bombs drop, some of which were new to us and the Mighty Nein. (Subheadings link to timestamped transcriptions of interest.)

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Quick Answers 70

I really want to know the attendance numbers of the live shows, but haven’t been able to find them on your site or elsewhere. Did I miss them? Do you have that info? I want to see how popular this nerdy hobby has become. Thanks for any help!

Unfortunately, we don’t have access to exact logistics, nor do we know if all live shows have been completely sold out. However, we do know the maximum seating capacity of each venue a live show has taken place. If we assume that every single show has been sold out (which is not far from the reality), we end up with 12,134 live attendees.

  • The Landmark, Los Angeles, CA: 255 (1 show)

  • Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IN: 1,786 (1 show)

  • Murat Theatre Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN: 2,600 (2 shows)

  • United Palace, New York, NY: 3,293 (1 show)

  • Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA: 1,600 (1 show)

Was Jester and Beau the first time someone in the M9 has said "love you" to another member? VM said it all the time so I can't remember.

Nope!

  • (Ep2-11, 2:49:32) Nott told the whole group they were her friends and she loved them.

  • (Ep2-15, 3:25:37) Beau told Caleb she loved him, but to hurry up.

  • (Ep2-17, 3:26:04) Beau told Jester she loved her for healing her, though whether it was in character is debatable.

  • (Ep2-46, 1:29:36) Beau told Jester she loved her

  • (Ep2-46, 1:29:39) Jester told Beau she loved her

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Media References and Puns of 2-49 A Game of Names

Sometimes the name of the game IS the name.

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What We Know About the Felderwin Situation

What We Know About the Felderwin Situation

Thanks to @Nerdsketchbook for this art piece!

After avoiding it for as long as they could, The Mighty Nein has made their way back into the Dwendalian Empire. Never ones to do things part way, the party set their destination for Felderwin, the site of the most recent (and furthest west) Xhorhasian attack. Felderwin is also the nearest town to where Nott grew up as a member of a roving goblin clan. Upon arriving, the Nein realized that their visit would be much more complicated than checking up on Nott’s old friend, Yeza.

There is a lot of information that we just don’t know yet about the entire situation, and probably won’t until at least episode 49. Speculation, naturally, has been rife this week. We’re going to lay out everything that we do know related to Nott’s history, the Cerberus Assembly, Xhorhas, and dunamis, and how it all factors into where we left our band of adventurers.

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Media References and Puns of 2-48 Homeward Bound

Fun Fact: This episode had the fewest media reference for all of campaign 2!

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