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Re: (TFT) Illusions vs. summoning

In a message dated 10/25/2004 12:40:55 PM Central Standard Time, 
Greg.Thorne@sas.com writes:

>I think that I've heard it said that if your wizard is going to create an 
illusion, that
>an octopus armed with 3 bastard swords is the best bang for the buck.  But 
>would seem that if an octopus suddenly appeared, then the opposing side 
>automatically know that it was an image or an illusion.  Depending on the
>situation, that seems like a huge disadvantage.
>Which leads to my question, has anyone thought about what would be fair 
>for a Summon Octopus spell?

No walking octopi in my game, so the question wouldn't arise. But if I *did* 
have walking octopi, I'd tone down the "three weapons" bit just a touch - 
limit a St 20 octopus to two or three weapons having a total required St of no 
more than 30. Thus two bastard swords & a shield, but not three bastard swords. 
(This matches my own two-weapons house rule - the St limit for human-type 
characters is a combined required St of no more than 6 pts above the character's 

Given this, I'd rate a Summon Octopus as being better than a Summon Gargoyle, 
and maybe just a bit better than Summon Giant. So IQ  14 or 15, St cost 4+1. 
The lower IQ would be if you freely allowed oddball summoning spells. 

Erol K. Bayburt
Evil Genius for a Better Tomorrow
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