That's-- the purple is 12 to hit? MATT: 12 just barely hits. TALIESIN: Ooh. So they both hit, so that's good. So that's going to be-- or all three, then, because the other one is 21 to hit. MATT: That hits, yeah Oncasinogames Canada.
TALIESIN: The first one is four points of damage. MATT: Four points of damage? TALIESIN: I'm sorry, the magic one is six points plus three ice, so nine points. MATT: Nine points of damage, all right. TALIESIN: The other one is four points of damage.
MATT: Okay. So the first strike hits, and as the scimitar carves through, the body snaps and opens, and it snaps back into place, the torso locking back in. The second strike does how much damage? TALIESIN: Four points of damage. MATT: Yeah.
The second one hits again, and you watch as the torso spins off. It looks like only the spinal column is holding it in place, but it's managing to maintain its structure as it (snarls). That ends your turn.
TALIESIN: Someone, anyone? Yep. MATT: All right, ending Mollymauk's turn, that brings us to Beau. LAURA: Beau, you got this. MARISHA: In response to him, I say, I thought you said you didn't let in the sick! TALIESIN: Just kill it!
MARISHA: I come up and I want to do a flying Superman (impact). MATT: Wham! Go for it. MARISHA: First one. Okay. 16?
MATT: That'll hit. Damage. MARISHA: I had my staff-- oh, I had my staff, but I said-- LIAM: You said Superman punch, man. MARISHA: It's fine, it's fine.
Six damage. MATT: Six points of damage. Natural 20.
You watch as you sock it in the face and the jaw breaks and then snaps back into place. As you land, pulling it back, you can see some of the teeth are actually stuck in your fist as you pull back, they've broken off into your knuckles. MARISHA: I go, oh, come on. I'm going to use my other ki point to do flurry of blows again, and I'm going to try and punch him in the bridge with the remainder of his teeth. MATT: Her teeth, technically, this is the woman that was killed originally.
MARISHA: Oh. I'll be like, you were so pretty, too. MATT: Go for it. Two more strikes.
MARISHA: 19 and 18. Natural. And then, okay. LAURA: That's a really pretty dice. MARISHA: Eight, 12, 13 damage.
MATT: Natural one, no. So the second punch, you swing wide and hit the side of the head, and the neck snaps, and it's now stuck in a sideways position. As it turns, the jaw, it pulls back one of its weirdly swollen clawed hands, ready to go for that open wound in your gut, and as it does, how do you want to do this? (cheering) TRAVIS: First one!
ASHLEY: Is that something you do later? Okay. I didn't get a practice shot at this.
Okay. So I just roll. MATT: You roll at advantage. ASHLEY: I don't know how to play D&D anymore! I just forgot how to do it.
LAURA: Okay, but roll again, you have advantage. ASHLEY: Oh, reckless. Okay.
17? MATT: That hits. Go ahead and roll damage. ASHLEY: I take out my beautiful greatsword. MATT: Freshly purchased.
In fact, this is the first time it's seen battle. ASHLEY: It is the first time it's seen battle. SAM: Google reported a weird influx of 'falchion' searches.
(laughter) ASHLEY: 13. MATT: On the one that's already been damaged? ASHLEY: Yeah.
The first guy. MATT: Yeah, all right. ASHLEY: Get the fuck out of my tent! (laughter) MATT: Yeah, no, it does not make the save-- it rolled-- yeah. So as you come down with your blade and carve through its body, you watch as it curls back, trying to reform and hold itself, but your blow was too strong, and its zombie-ish form cannot maintain a cohesive hold on its form, and you watch as it just crumbles to the ground, no longer moving. (cheering) SAM: Yasha!
ASHLEY: Okay, okay, okay. MATT: Okay, that ends your turn. As you're there, growling animalistically towards the creature. ASHLEY: Ooh, that feels fun. MATT: You have about five more feet of movement, if you wanted to move. ASHLEY: Okay, so I'm going to go a little bit closer to-- wait, how many more are left?
Just the other one? Yeah, so I'll get ready for the other one. So a little bit closer to it.
MATT: All right. That ends your turn, Yasha. Fjord, you're up. TRAVIS: Shit. I'll turn and head towards other tree-zombie fuck.
I would like to use my bonus action to cast Hex on it. MATT: Okay. So you watch as Fjord lumbers towards it, his large, armored half-orc form holding the blade in his hand. Puts his hand out, and the shadows suddenly swirl and gather around this zombified woman's form and cling to it, like it's holding it in place. So with it now hexed, what would you like to do?
TRAVIS: I would like to use my falchion to open it the fuck up. MATT: All right, go for it. TRAVIS: 21. MATT: That definitely hits. Go ahead and roll damage.
TRAVIS: That's 12 points of damage, plus five points of necrotic damage. MATT: 17 points of damage. LIAM: Level two, that's major. MATT: So, as you rush up, after the shadows gather around it, it looks up to you, and it pulls back, ready to strike, and you just shake your head, and one large swipe of your falchion carves this giant mark across its chest. Where the cloth and flesh opens, you can see this blackened interior, where the muscles are trying to move, almost like worms, to regather and tighen. All right, that ends your turn.
That brings us to Caleb. LIAM: All right, I know that it's restricted movement, but I will push this way through the crowd so that I have a clearer shot, as far as I can, and then I will re-up with Chromatic Orb. MATT: You can push right about there. You just barely pull through the crowd to the front to get a clear-- LAURA: Hi, Caleb. LIAM: I certainly don't want to do that. I want to stay in the crowd, behind people, and I will do Chromatic Orb again, but this time, I'm going to set it to acid, so see if it hit.
Oh, that's not good, it's 11. MATT: 11 unfortunately does not hit. So as you pull it out a second time, you're pushing through the crowd and you pull up your diamond, and right as you're about to release the spell, one of the people in the crowd slams into you with her shoulder and you get jarred off to the side.
The acid bolt of the Chromatic Orb flies off and actually burns a hole through the distant tent and then vanishes into the night sky. LIAM: Hope that didn't hit anyone. MATT: All right, that ends your turn, Caleb.
Nott, you're up. SAM: Do I have eyes on the biggie? Is Fjord right next to her? MATT: Fjord and Mollymauk are both next to it, yes.
SAM: All right. I'm going to peek out behind whatever patron I'm next to, take out my little crossbow and just shoot a little shot. MATT: All right, go for it. TRAVIS: Is it made of piano wire? (laughter) SAM: 16.
MATT: 16 hits. LAURA: I like how every time you roll it comes out. SAM: It does.
This is very bouncy. Okay, so 1d6, that's a four, plus four is eight, plus I get sneak attack damage, 'cause I'm a rogue. Another four, so that's 12. Is the creature bigger than me?
I will use Fury of the Small. (cheering) SAM: To inflict another two points of damage, so that's 14 points of damage. MATT: Okay. As you pull around the corner and release your one crossbow bolt, it hits the bottom of the chin and pokes out one of the eyes.
The eye goes flying off into the distance as the bolt is now jammed outside of the socket. The creature turns, glancing your direction. It looks pretty hurt, but it's still standing. SAM: Can I use the rest of my action-movement-whatever bonus to look at the patron I'm next to.
Do they have any baubles or jewelry on them? TRAVIS: In this moment? MATT: I'll say you can use your bonus action to just look. There's nothing you can do this turn, but next turn, you could.
So make a perception check. SAM: Oh, it's just nine. MATT: Nine? It's hard to look.
You see this what looks to be late-30s woman dressed in some sort of general workers' clothing with a loose apron, and she's just running and scrambling to get towards the exit. You don't see anything of worth on her, unfortunately. Sorry. All right, Nott, that ends your turn. Molly, you're up.
TALIESIN: I'm still engaged with it, right? Okay, I'm going to take two swipes. MATT: Okay, so you spin around.
You pull your second scimitar out, as part of the strike, one of them encased in ice crystals. So the first strike-- make sure you mark which one's which. TALIESIN: Purple's the ice.
TRAVIS: This thing's swinging hard. Holy shit. MATT: And that's going to be six points of bludgeoning damage to you. LIAM: What are you at, girl? MARISHA: Don't worry about it.
I'm bad. MATT: It slams into you once with the fist, and the other one grabs into your stomach, abdomen region, and the claws dig in, and its jaw unhinges and drops like a snake's. MARISHA: I turn to Fjord and I go, I'm not a claque, this show's bullshit.
MATT: The other one is going to rush over towards you, Mollymauk, as you're the closest one to it, and is going to take one swing at you. TALIESIN: Yeah, no. I'm going to use Blood Maladict. MATT: Okay, so you're using a reaction? You don't have to roll anything for it.
He just has disadvantage on the strike. TALIESIN: Oh, that's right, because I'm not doubling it up. MATT: That'll do it.
He rolled a 16 and then a four. So as it swings towards you, you watch as suddenly the reddish burning eyes of the second creature go black, and it goes way too wide and misses you. You easily duck out of the way of its first strike. As it runs past, towards you this way, you get an attack of opportunity as it leaves your attack range to attempt to swing around Molly for a second strike. Go for it.
TRAVIS: That is 16. MATT: 16 hits! Go ahead and roll damage. TRAVIS: Nice. That is 12 points of damage.
MATT: With this brief opening as it rushes past Mollymauk, after its eyes go black, you watch as it stumbles, its vision ruined. With that moment, you swing out with your-- falchion, thank you. Yeah, it's falchion, that's right-- and strike across the back of its shoulder.
You see what once was this beautiful young woman is now this swollen, horrible undead form lumbering past, and you cut a heavy chunk of meat off of its shoulder. It curves around and makes a second strike at you, Mollymauk. This one without advantage. That's a natural 19.
Yeah, that's a 24 to hit. All right. You take eight points of bludgeoning damage, as the first one, you manage to move out of the way, and as you spin your scimitar around, you glance over just in time to have it clock you right across the jaw. Your vision blurs and doubles for a second. That's going to end their turn.
Yasha, you're up. SAM: All right, Yasha! ASHLEY: Can I get to the big beast?
Beast number one? Okay, so this is the first time I've done this, so hopefully I won't do this wrong. I would like to rage. (cheering) ASHLEY: I'm going to workshop it, I'll make something later.
For now, it's a placeholder. Okay, I would like to rage, and reckless attack? MATT: Yeah, you can reckless attack any of your attacks. SAM: Is that something you can do right away? That sounds like a later thing.
If you’re an overachiever like I used to be, studying probably consumes your life. I never studied “hard” per se, but I always felt like I was doing school work. Living a life like this will minimize the amount of time you have for socializing, which is something that most college students crave over time. If you have been struggling to balance your study life and social life, there are a few simple things you can do to keep everything in check. Here are some tips to help you manage your scholastics and scho-laugh-sticks at the same time.
One of the easiest ways to balance your social life and your study life is to block your time. Set aside certain days for school and certain days for friends. That way you can fully focus on whichever one you are working with at the time. Most people will use the weekdays to study and then use the weekends for partying. You could choose to do something else, as long as your schedule works well with your friends’ schedules. I am known as a robot around work because I effectively block my work time and personal time. I get a lot more done than most people because of that. You just have to figure out a way to do the same in your own life.
If you want to be a success in school, you need to surround yourself with people who are going to respect your studying time. When you have people in your life encouraging you to succeed, you have a much better chance at doing well in all areas of your life. Don’t hang out with people who want you to constantly goof off. They aren’t going to be the ones paying your bills when you get out of school. Once you establish a good group of friends, you should have no trouble studying and socializing as needed.
When you log onto the computer for your online classes, work, or research, you may be tempted to pop onto Facebook to check your wall. In your mind, this is only going to take a few minutes of your time. In all actuality, it will probably take a good half hour or more once you start getting involved with the conversations. I had to shut down some of my social networking accounts because they were such a distraction for me. They prevented me from being efficient at work. You have to limit your internet usage to whatever you are doing at the moment. Don’t mesh the two sides of your life. If you get done with your studying early and you have time left for Farmville, by all means take it. Sometimes, you may hire essay writers for help, it will save you time. Otherwise, you need to maintain your concentration so you can do well in your courses.
In some cases, you may be able to combine your social life and study life through a study group or some sort of event along those lines. If you have people you like to hang out with in your classes, you could invite them over for a study session and a beer afterward. This is not always easy to do because some people get carried away with the socializing, not necessarily the studying. If you think you can focus though, you should be able to get the best of both words at this point.
Think long and hard about your schedule and situation, and come up with a balance that truly works for you.
Cramming is far from a good studying technique, but sometimes you don’t have another choice. Perhaps you misread the test date or you had a family emergency come up that prevented you from studying effectively. Maybe a Justin Bieber concert came to town and you had to fight a stampede of 12 year old girls just to get home. Whatever the case may be, there will probably come a time when you will have to cram for an exam. When that time comes, I hope you can put some of the tips below to good use. Here are a few ways you could go about cramming for a test you have to take in the near future.
Study and Snooze
The study and snooze method is best way to maintain the information you cram in before a test. Research suggests that taking a 90 minute nap after a study session can significantly improve a person’s chance of retaining information for a test or quiz. If you study a small chunk of information and then take a nap, you will wake up with that information still fresh in your mind. You may consider doing this all night to get in as much info as possible, but watch out for sleep deprivation. That could actually cause you to do worse on your test because you aren’t awake enough to think clearly. Try to balance the sleep and the studying enough to do well on your upcoming exam.
Prioritize the Information
You aren’t going to be able to cram a semester’s worth of information into one night. It just isn’t going to happen. Rather than focusing on the big picture, focus on the most important points in the class. Your professor probably harped on a few topics more than others, so try to start with those topics first. They are the ones that are most likely to be on the test. You can learn the little information if you have time, but you need to make sure you learn as much as you can in the little time that you have. That way you have the best chance of at least passing the test, and possibly even doing well on it. Try to figure out the most important things in the class and work on those first. Then you can worry about the other stuff if you have time.
Review in the Morning
Eventually you need to get some sleep so you can be well rested for your test in the morning. Before you go to the test though, review your study materials so the information is fresh in your mind. If you slept well right after you studied, you should still have a lot of the facts in your mind. Flip through your flashcards or glance over your textbook, just to get your mind as familiar with the information as possible. Then you will hopefully have a memory of it for your test.
Re-Study after the Test
When you get done with your exam, take the time to go back and review the information you missed. You can wait to do this when the grades are out, or you could do it right at the beginning. The fact is that your college courses are supposed to prepare you for your career. If you don’t pay attention now, you will never be able to succeed later on. Sacrifice a little time re-studying so that the information goes into your mind for good. Then you will be able to recall it when it comes up in the future.
The art of memorizing information is a difficult one to master. Most people struggle to learn all of the information they need for a test because they don’t know how to memorize it effectively. If you struggle to retain information after you read it 100 times over, you may be doing something wrong. Rather than giving up as a result of this, you really need to think about improving your memorization skills so that you can take tests with confidence in the future. A little effort could go a long way in the end. Here are some tips that you should be able to use to remember information better in the future.
One Step at a Time
You can’t memorize a huge set of information all at once. It just isn’t going to happen. Instead of trying to shove as much as you can into your mind at one time, you need to break up the information into small chunks to learn one by one. If you have a set of 50 vocabulary words to learn, study 10 of them a day over the course of 5 days. That way your brain only has a little bit of info to process at one time, making easier for it to retain everything for the future. Take on sections, not chapters, if you want to memorize something successfully.
Sleep on It
Your brain processes information while you sleep, so try to study right before you go to bed if you can. That way your mind can gather all of the information you just tried to shove into it and file it away in your long term memory. You may end up with some funky dreams as a result of this, but at least you will be prepared for an upcoming test.
If you can’t study before you go to sleep, try taking a nap after you study. If you can sleep for 90 minutes after you get done trying to memorize a set of information, you should wake up with some sort of memory of the info. Look over the information once again when you get up to refresh your memory, and then you should have it in your head for a little while.
Use It or Lose It
If you don’t make an effort to use the information you are memorizing, you will have a hard time remembering it in the future. If you are learning vocabulary words, try to use them in a sentence. If you are learning about a time in history, refer to it in casual conversation. Just make an effort to work whatever it is you are learning into your daily life. This may seem a little forced, but it will help you connect the information with your real life. Then all you have to do is think about something that is familiar to you in order to remember the facts or words.
Memorization comes easier for some people than it does for others. If you struggle to retain the information you read, you may just need to take more time to learn it. You could also be struggling because you are not learning the information in the right way. If you are a visual learner, you need visual aids. If you are a kind of an audio learner, you need to hear the information, rather than reading it. Making little adjustments like this can have a significant impact on your ability to memorize things in the future. Once you get a hang of the process, you should have no trouble getting through it time after time.