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A little help from the gamers please? - Dan the Serene
October 20th, 2008
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A little help from the gamers please?
spurious_logic posted the following Quote of the Day:


Lady:  . .  He's a smart lad, but lacks wisdom
Me: Not everyone uses Charisma as their dump stat.

Could anyone please explain any part of the response? What is "Charisma" in this context? What is a "dump stat" and does everyone have one?

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From:kittles
Date:October 21st, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)

I reveal my nerd knowledge.

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Old D&D used these stats: Strength Intellect, Wisdom, Constitution, Charisma, and Dexterity. You had X number of points to distribute between those stats. To "dump" stats means to load one stat a whole lot lower than the others so you had more points to spend on things more worthwhile. Most people would not put points into Charisma as it had very limited use (allowed you to bluff, get better prices on gear, and charm people to get your way).

So this guy presumably dumped Wisdom in favor or something else, and thus is not wise. :)

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From:dantheserene
Date:October 21st, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)

Re: I reveal my nerd knowledge.

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Thank you for the clarification. Truly you are a nerd.
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From:nikolaithewolf
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)

Re: I reveal my nerd knowledge.

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Intelligence was the stat. WOW has intellect. :-P

Now they have Charisma as the Sorcery key stat, not Int. Sucks IMHO.
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From:morlith
Date:October 21st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)

Re: I reveal my nerd knowledge.

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Now they have Charisma as the Sorcery key stat, not Int. Sucks IMHO.

Ow. That hurts my brain.
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From:willyumtx
Date:October 21st, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)

Re: I reveal my nerd knowledge.

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I remember how some deities had negative charisma. And with a -20 Charisma score, you would cause creatures to flee or be stunned.
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From:warpedpuppy
Date:October 21st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)

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I'm so glad I'm not the only person who instantly knew this.
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From:kittles
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)

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I bet a lot of other people know but aren't willing to admit it. :)
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From:blueingenue
Date:October 22nd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)

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I'll admit it. I had one DM who had his players roll for a lot more than stats. I let Charisma be my shitty stat and the DM bumped it up because I rolled a serious hourglass figure. Hornball.
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