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A Rant: Please ignore at your leisure. 
28th-May-2008 12:00 pm
Disney-Mermaid MythandMagic
As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m playing a lvl 2 psion in an eberron campaign. The rest of the party is made up of:

1 warforged sorcerer
2 warforged fighters
1 elven fighter 1/cleric 1
1 human favored soul
Me (kalashtar psion)

After our first adventure, we put our party treasure into getting a handful of wands for our cleric and sorcerer so that they can heal more readily. This is tradition among my group. Even at level 10+, we’re known for carrying around wands of cure light wounds to burn up outside of combat in order to preserve our spells for combat situations. I’m totally for that and even for picking up a wand of magic missile for our sorcerer, so she can focus on ‘repair damage’ spells when she needs to.

Last week, we placed an order for some more wands (we have a phenomenal discount on them for a few more days), including a dorje of energy ray for me. But while they were being made, we were forced out of the city. While we are planning on coming back for the wands, this newest adventure will likely last us several levels and I’ll be at least lvl 5 before I came back for my wand. I’m a little disappointed, but I understand it’s the way the cookie crumbles.

What made me superiorly angry was the way one of the other players looked at the situation. He said the one ‘wand’ he wished we had was mine (yeah, me too), because (and I quote) "you have a problem with preserving your spells (read: preserving power points). You’re always the one who runs out first."

To start out, I got defensive. I don't think that's too unexpected. If anyone criticizes the way you play your character, that's probably your first reaction, too. Don't get me wrong, I'll take advice and I know I'm learning how to play this character (no one has ever played a psionic character in this group), but I also knew going into it that conserving power points would be the challenge, and I’ve been careful about that.

It wasn't until I was driving home that night that I got really upset. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I'm getting judged by people who never /ever/ have to cast a spell. The favored soul is one of those players who prefers to be a front line fighter. If he has to cast a healing spell, he has 2 wands – one cure light wounds and one repair light damage. The sorcerer has 3 wands – cure light wounds, repair light damage and magic missile. I don't think she's cast more than 2 or 3 spells since she got her wands. Our fighter/cleric uses more spells than either of the two of them, and he's only had spells for a single level! He uses his to buff himself up before fighting. And the thing is, I am NOT bitter about all that. I'm totally cool with the sorcerer having a wand of magic missile, because it'll mean she can use her spells to heal the fighters, and they can keep the bad guys off of me. But when the other players started forgetting that the sorcerer was simply shooting magic missiles off her wand and accusing me of mismanaging my character because I was the only one "running out of spells," I got defensive. And annoyed. And angry.

And I think the three factor in to me being super mad. If I wasn't defensive, I wouldn't be angry. But when you start telling me I'm playing my character badly, it just... GRRRR! Even the GM was like, "Here's a thought, you could shoot your crossbow more". And I'm thinking – that shows how much you pay attention – I don’t have a crossbow! I have daggers! Which I lose constantly, because I'm – surprise, surprise – throwing them! Does no one remember this? Apparently not. Nor do they remember that before we got those wands, it was the sorcerer who was running out of spells, not me.

So, anyway. Rant over. I think I'm going to say something before game this week. Or maybe make a policy that I won't cast a spell unless the sorcerer does. Just to see if anyone notices.

And if you made it through all that, congratulations! And I'm sorry for ranting, I just needed to get it off my chest.
Comments 
28th-May-2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Accuse the fighters of mismanaging their characters because they're running out of hit points. It makes just as much sense, and is built as solidly into the game system, as a spellcaster being mismanaged because she's casting all her spells.
28th-May-2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I am in agreement here. You could always complain that there are significantly less charges on the wands than may last you until you have a chance to pick up yours and you're afraid of running out. It makes about as much sense there. I am all for constructive advice, though, so I wouldn't burn them too badly, but enough to make them realize what they're doing.
28th-May-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
You are right, and some of it is for me to work with; I admit that freely. For one thing, I'm used to being the cleric, and when I'm out of spells as a cleric, we're stopping to rest, no question about it. Unless the rest of the party wants to die. It's not as absolute with the damage-dealing spellcaster. So, maybe it's not so much that I need to preserve my power points as not expect the part to stop and rest just because I've run out. That's something I'll work on, definitely.
28th-May-2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
So, they're complaining that you use your powers too much? Would they be happy if you rationed yourself to only using 50% of your power points per fight, regardless of how it was going? I'm guessing not.

As a rule, if someone is continually running out of spells / power points / hit points / cupcakes, it's because they're incredibly useful to the party.

As an aside, I'm currently playing a 10th level dwarven ranger who is continually getting shit for charging heedlessly into the middle of a nest of ogre barbarians, or at demons, or what have you, and getting nearly killed in the process. But a fight's no fun if you don't come within one hit of being dead. And I'm the only person still playing their original character, so I must be doing something right ;)
28th-May-2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
But a fight's no fun if you don't come within one hit of being dead.

*lol* Yeah, I hear you. :) I admit that I'm running out of my power points faster at 2nd level than 1st level, but that's also because I was too busy dying at 1st level and so at 2nd level I picked up a few defensive powers to up my AC and keep the cleric from having to heal me every round. So, I guess sometimes you just can't win...
28th-May-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
That makes no sense. I'd always thought that; if your character goes unconscious or dies with offensive spells/abilities left, then you're doing something wrong. And you're a psion; you're SUPPOSED to be blasting holes in the enemy's brains, not throwing daggers or using a hypothetical crossbow more often.
28th-May-2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Are you overshadowing them much? I mean, a Favored Soul and a Sorcerer who don't cast their spells. Seems like it would be pretty hard to play down to that level.

(PS How is your Sorcerer casting CLW? UMD?)
29th-May-2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Are you overshadowing them much?
On the contrary, actually. Our last battle was a bar fight, and I pulled out all the stops because I knew we'd be resting afterwards. I spent all of my power points, but every single power I manifested failed. First because our GM kept rolling 20s for his freaking will saves, and then because, apparently, warforged armor applies to touch attack AC. And they say /I'm/ overpowered? Anyway, I finally got a single damaging spell off to fell the evil creature after everyone else had crippled it. It used my last two power points.

In that same combat, however, the favored soul, who was buffed up and well-armored and combat-ready, took out almost all of the kobolds singlehandedly. And the mage just threw out magic missiles from her wand every round. Needless to say, they both did more damage than me and when it was over, I was out of powerpoints, but they still had spells. Granted, the dice did play a big roll in that situation.

(PS How is your Sorcerer casting CLW? UMD?)
Yes, UMD is a big focus for both the sorcerer and the favored soul.

Edited at 2008-05-29 02:35 pm (UTC)
31st-May-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I just re-read this - keep in mind that if most of your party's wealth is going into wands for those two, they're SUPPOSED to be bearing most of the weight of things. Power from items isn't distributed equally. Just like if the group pooled all their money to buy some Amulet of Make The Psion Do Big Mojo Damage, you'd be expected to be fronting a lot of power.
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