where's my goddamned players handbook
@pagrus look, the Fedex guy is in my next D&D campaign, he wanted a chance to read it first, no hard feelings
@hafnia oh the fedex package is something else, I think my PH is coming usps
@pagrus my point still stands
@pagrus yr mail got intercepted, it's nbd
@hafnia it is kind of a bd to me
@pagrus it's cool, he's just gonna scan it, it'll be in tomorrow
@pagrus (real talk, you'll need to read the Rogue section but the rest of it is probably not terribly useful to you.)
@hafnia you underestimate my fondness for rule books
@pagrus you and one of the other players in the campaign are like that, ha.
I am...not the strictest when it comes to following the rules (don't require spell components, for one thing -- think it's kind of ridiculous).
just bear that in mind :)
@hafnia yeah that's fine, I think I'm just going to mage hand all day long
@pagrus oh God I hate myself for this but Booming Blade and/or Green Flame Blade are what you should think about
@pagrus (basically as a Rogue you should be trying to maximize damage output, and both of those will let you...do that. they're the classic min-max build spells.)
@hafnia sweet, ok
@hafnia happy to think about it when I get the freaking book
@pagrus you might find this helpful when you get the book: https://arcaneeye.com/class-guides/arcane-trickster-5e-guide/
as always: if you don't like it, don't use it! it's a "how to effectively build your character" guide for min-maxers, not a "this is set in stone"
@hafnia haha "If you do not take this option your character would not be optimized" ok buddy
@pagrus at the same time, his breakdown of what spells you should consider and why they're useful is good for a new player. I just...
"optimization" should never be the goal at my table.
also if you introduce an owl as your "find familiar" option, I will literally make it my fuckin' job to nuke it. just sayin'.
@hafnia duly noted
@pagrus it's just...yeah.
I think the dude breaks down why I"d be like, "nope."
the goal is interesting storytelling, not the stats.
@hafnia shit I accidentally optimized myself
@hafnia Literally when people ask what my favorite book is my mind instantly goes to The Elements of Typographic Style
@hafnia I don't actually tell them that though, I like to think people consider me a normal earth human most of the time
@pagrus my friend, nothing about you makes me think "normal Earth human"
@hafnia aww thanks
super sekrit club