Loved the moment where Berg smashed the Soul Of Utrix, that was some primo Berg and I loved all the hypothetical discussion that surrounded that moment.
Also, a little bit different question for you guys. I know you guys were kinda playing off the 0/1 Int thing for laughs and the ridiculousness of the situation, but I was picking up an ableist vibe in the way that we talk about characters that have such low Int. I guess this also has bleed over for scenarios where we have characters in social situations with really low Charisma, or even motor skills and their relationship to low Strength and Dexterity. Moving forward, how does Max play a character with 2 or 3 Int and do it responsibly in life and death circumstances (albeit temporarily)?
I don’t think D&D 5e ever explicitly states what ability scores correspond with as far as a character’s mental and physical facilities, so I can see the point that they are ultimately numbers to help aid or hinder rolls. However, I feel like that is also a cop out in which a character’s stats become simply numbers and are only used to flavor particular interactions and ignore when they are inconvenient to the narrative (such as being able to sustain a conversation or pursue a quest while having incredibly low Int). There’s a bit of obscurity and vagueness about what the scores actually mean for the characters, like what the difference is between a character who has 8 Int drained to 4, and a character that normally has 4 Int. It feels messy and gray to me and that it has the potential to hurt folks due to the lack of clarification.
This probably belongs more on Office Hours, Adam, or it might even be a good topic for the roundtable you guys have coming up? I’m sure there’s a lot more nuance here to be discussed that I’m missing, but I wanted to bring it up because I felt like it was a offputting with the ‘haha he’s even dumber now’ talk. I’d love to hear more discussion from you, Mike, and the Matt’s about how ability scores and ability score modifications define characters and how we can engage with these characters and the narrative in a responsible way.
Thanks again for another great show this week!