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Re: (TFT) Test of general WIZARD knowledge, NUMBER I.rtf
> "Motion denied on grounds of being chickens**t. Further, the court publicly
> reprimands the player and penalizes him 25 ep for wasting the court's time."
#1: It's not actually a problem since you can only drain ST from humanoids, which are the races listed in ITL on p.50 under 'Humanoids', not shapeshifting water monsters with silly abilities that maybe can look like a human if they feel like it.
#2: As far as how I'd respond if this came up...it's just my opinion, but these 'weasely' and 'chickensh' responses aren't for me. This isn't D&D, TFT is good enough that it can run with little GM fiat. If there really is an anomaly in the system I think it deserves attention within the system, because ultimately a system that's internally consistent is much more interesting and satisfying for everyone--in my opinion. Of course I guess it depends on the players. I don't have such an adversarial relationship with my players that they would actually propose the above seriously thinking "Now I've got you, you wascally GM wabbit, now I have an inexhaustable undine ST battery. HAHA.". If they did that sort of thing I'd probably be more sympathetic toward a smackdown. :) I can see one of them pointing it out as a theoretical potential problem, though, and I certainly wouldn't be mad about it if they did. So maybe I'm spoiled, I don't know.
#3 Honestly the basic 4d6-ST-from-a-magic-rainstorm thing is just broken. The Drain ST 'exploit' doesn't work because of the Human or Humanoid restriction, but the idea anything getting more ST out of a process than is put into it is just trouble waiting to happen.
PS: DMG, regarding the oxen to human shapeshift I would imagine that the spell's explicit caveat about a shifted form with stats waaay off from the racial norm would apply to a human form as much as anything.
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