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A block of wood 
2nd-Apr-2007 08:17 pm
jin
There's a neat little 1st level Dru/Ran/Sor/Wiz spell called Blockade in The Complete Scoundrel that as a Swift Action conjures up a 5' x 5' x 5' block of wood (with accompanying stats, and caveats to stop you dropping it on people) for three rounds.


Given that it seems amusing but there are no metamagic feats other than Extend, Persistant, Twin and Repeat that can affect this spell, I'm trying to think of what a "Mass" version of this spell should be. Not swift because high level spells tend not to be. Using Mass Unseen Servant as a basis, a 4th level spell could do 1 block/level, but that seems weak given the wall spells that are available at 4th level: you would need caster level 16 to surround a 5' square to a height of 10', and the ability to build a staircase 25' high is a poor substitute for Fly. Maybe a 3rd level spell? Nerfed to 3 blocks + 1 per 2 levels? Requiring the blocks contiguous, and at least one of them in an adjacent square to the caster (Blockade itself has Range 0)? Bump up the duration to six rounds?

Opinions? One thing I want to avoid is a random element in the number of blocks that appear, however much fun it it would be to Empower, there's a limit to how long other players are prepared for you to rearrange dics on the battlemat and that time can be cut down my allowing you to know how many blocks you have to place before your turn.
Comments 
2nd-Apr-2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't a mass barricade just be a wall of wood?
2nd-Apr-2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
I can think of so many uses for this spell. Its incredibly over powered for a first level spell IMHO.

A 5 foot cube block of wood, even a softwood, would be HEAVY and this could have a million applications.

For someone of first level to be able to conjure this at will seems like a lot.
3rd-Apr-2007 02:32 am (UTC)
A 5 foot cube block of wood, even a softwood, would be HEAVY and this could have a million applications.

Name one that's beyond the realm of 1st level spells, which already include Enlarge, Sleep, and Alarm.
3rd-Apr-2007 05:05 am (UTC)
I don't know that I'd consider twice (three times if you're specialized correctly) "at will."

Compare & contrast the various existing Wall spells to see what level it should be.
2nd-Apr-2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Wall spells would be better if the blocks needed to be contiguous. But given the option to create multiple blocks in different spots would be a great spell. Cuts back or forces flanking posistions, creates short staircases, 6 blocks = 15' of easy to climb platforms. Could be broken if the level is to low or the block count is to high. Thou I would not loose the swift option and I would keep the duration short.
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