Dear philanthropic soul,
I'm playing D&D for chairty, and you can pledge to give my character advantages. It's a fundraiser drive! My goal is $500, and all (tax deductible!) donations go to The Kids. In my case, a Children's Hospital near where I grew up in Michigan.
Since the game is two days after Halloween, I'm dressing up. Well, not me: my character is dressing up. As a vampire. Here's how.
The new 5th Edition D&D rules allow Druids to shapeshift into animal forms. One of the allowed forms is a bat. Another is a hound. This was the inspiration to have my character play up the vampire act, and honestly would have been enough for me to commit to the bit. What I didn't expect was how well the game rules support the concept.
For example, the Druid's spell list includes spells like Animal Friendship, Speak With Animals, Charm Person, and Fog Cloud--all classic vampire powers. At higher levels he can summon storms and dominate animals. This is good stuff!
Then I looked into racial powers and feats. As a high elf, my character has the ability to cast a wizard cantrip. I chose Chill Touch, for that cold-from-beyond-the-grave vibe. For a feat, I picked Divine Disciple. This gives my character two cleric cantrips and a single cleric spell. For the spell I picked Cause Fear. Because Cause Fear.
But the cantrips are the best part. Spare the Dying is a spell that restores a dying creature to 1 hit point (the classic blood-as-life vampire trope). And Thaumaturgy lets my character do all kinds of spooky tricks, like magically change his eye color to blood red, snuff out candles, slam doors shut, or--get this--cause thunder to rumble in the distance. Just the thing to throw in every time someone says his name. Or counts numbers.
So contribute to this drive to send Count Nekolai Vladuva, vampire-cosplaying druid, to WotC's charity D&D game.
How you can help: our always-benevolent DM, Greg Bilsland, has established some additional things you are welcome to donate for, should you wish to give my character a leg up against his horrible, unfair threats. It's sort of like the Hunger Games, where I'm fighting for my life, and you, as a privileged, blue-haired rich person, get to help me out. These work Kickstarter-style, with everyone's contributions helping out:
UNLOCKED! $10—Can I Get a Little Help Here?
I start the game with a potion of healing.
UNLOCKED! $25—Take that, Dungeon Master!
I start the game with a free reroll.
UNLOCKED! $50—Adventurer’s Care Package
I start with a +1 magic weapon.
UNLOCKED! $75—And take that, Dungeon Master!
I instead start the game with two free rerolls.
UNLOCKED! $100—Gold Digger
I start with 1000 extra gold.
UNLOCKED! $125—And some of that, Dungeon Master!
I instead start the game with three free rerolls.
UNLOCKED! $150— It's for the Children
I start 1 level higher.
UNLOCKED! $200—Masterwork Adventurer’s Care Package
I start with a +1 magic armor.
UNLOCKED! $300—Character Optimizer
I start with a randomly determined legendary magic item.
UNLOCKED! $400---Et tu, Mike?
I will cosplay my character cosplaying as a vampire: if we hit this, I'll roll dice dressed as Count Nekolai. I have a notion that I won't be alone in gaming in costume; this will be a fun stream!
UNLOCKED! $500—Someone think of the Children
I instead starts 2 levels higher. If we hit this, Nekolai will take a level of Rogue for Sneak Attack and much better skills: more of them, and a higher bonus. It'll turn the Count into a charming, deceptive, sneaky Creature of the Night.
Wizards is going to stream the event, so if you want to see Count Vladuva in action tune in November 2--I'm on the 4pm-8pm (Pacific time) shift: http://www.twitch.tv/wotc_dnd/
Paul Hughes donated $25.00
11/01/2013 Even a TPK will be a TCH (Total Children Help)! I'm in.
Eric Fredrickson donated $25.00
11/01/2013 "Have fun storming the castle!!!"
Jason Fehlauer donated $150.00
lane daughtry donated $25.00
Johnny Confidence donated $25.00
10/31/2013 Woo! What a great way to play for extra life. Love it!
Kristine Hassell donated $100.00
10/31/2013 Andy and I wish you much luck. Crit all your rolls, sir.
Bill Benham donated $25.00
10/26/2013 I expect a methodical use of strategy and tactics good sir.
Rob Lightner donated $25.00
10/25/2013 Kill the monsters and take their stuff!
Mike Fehlauer donated $35.00
darlyn hayes donated $100.00
Mike Fehlauer donated $15.00