Ye olde backstab
Sep 26, 2019
That the illusion table is 'a work in progress' is noted. Still, it certainly seems to solve the Phantasmal Force vs Spectral Force problem. At first glance, I like your solution, and the 'Behold' spell is an elegant bit of deviltry. One question regarding your backstab explanation: Would the thief hiding in the alcove have required a Hide in Shadows roll? I mean, even a fighter in chain mail ought to be able to hide in an alcove. My point dovetails with yours about someone with a DEX of 17 automatically being able to catch a tossed potion. A thief, skilled as he/she is at hiding even at low levels, should automatically be able to hide somewhere that offers full cover, such as in the previously mentioned alcove or behind a bookcase. The trick to Hiding in Shadows, I suppose, lies in being able to mask one's presence behind 1/2 cover, 1/4 cover, or even in a corner which lies in shadow. Your commentary about allowing a backstab during combat under virtually all conditions is logical. Some DMs will disallow a thief's backstab because 'the monster knows you're there', whereas other classes would be given a +2 bonus to hit if their opponent merely turned their back on them during combat. This is unfair. Thank you again for answering my query so thoroughly. I look forward to more additions to your blog. If you have any thoughts or house rules regarding 'fighting retreat', I'd be keen to read them.