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Episode 1726: d20 Hindsight

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Always be wary when your players start asking questions about exact distances, or weights, or anything else that can be quantified with a number. Because you just know they're up to something crazy like this plan.

"The boulder is too heavy to lift."
"How heavy is that?"
"It doesn't matter, it's far too heavy."
"But how heavy is it, exactly?"
"Well, about three tons."
"Okay, if I put my 10 foot pole on a fulcrum 2 inches from the boulder..."

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Well, this was unexpected. He dropped the blaster.

56 times 150 would be a little less than 8000 m/s. Mach one is about 343 m/s. So... Mach 20?

I'm not sure that a bullet can be fired that fast.

At least he has the idea of throwing it down, instead of sideways. And the GM is really trying to keep the character alive.

Does Jim really believe that a roll of 14 would have been enough?

— Keybounce

Transcript

Bria: How far is the tower from the ocean?
GM: Um... about a kilometre.
Bria: So I'd need to launch myself sideways at 56 metres per second...
Bria: <sigh> Maybe I better drop the blaster.
Chirrut: {dead} Or you could attempt to throw it at 56 metres per second times the ratio of your masses.
Bria: Brilliant! I hurl the blaster down to give me an upwards impulse and increase my chance of grabbing on.
Bria: Oh! And I'll have two free hands, so +8 on top of that!
GM: Okay, let's call it +9. Roll.
Bria: 19.
GM: You grab on easily.
Bria: Damn. Should've kept the blaster.


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