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D&D Sunday morning quiz: Advanced Math!

Written by Expy - Published on May 25, 2008

DNDSMQ 05-25-08

This is a D&D3e love letter. In 2 weeks all Dungeons and Dragons enthusiasts will be thrust in a world of easy to run and prepare for encounters, simple mechanics, and it’s-the-game-we-play-at-work D&D. Gawd I’ll miss making rules up on the fly to handle grappling.

The quiz might be on the harder side. As usual don’t take it personally if the quiz trash talks you when you get your score. Enjoy!

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This week’s quiz – Advanced Math!

A 12th level human paladin (STR 21, CHA 16) attacks a gargantuan dragon-turtle-zombie (AC 35) using a 2-handed sword+4 and the smite evil ability. What are his chances of scoring a hit with that attack assuming the paladin has the 2H sword weapon specialization weapon focus feat?

  • 60%

  • 65%

  • 70%

  • Good

What’s the Survival DC for a character with the Track feat to find the tracks of a 3 tiny goblins on a volcanic rock type of terrain, after 2 days of non-stop rain since the tracks were covered by said goblins?

  • 61

  • 76

  • 83

  • Are you kidding me?

A 13th level evil undead cleric with 15 HD bolsters himself against turning by using some obscure mechanic he found in the PHB. How hard could he possibly become to turn if he has a charisma of 12?

  • He could become as hard to turn as a 16HD undead

  • He could become as hard to turn as a 17HD undead

  • He could become as hard to turn as a 18HD undead

  • He could become as hard to turn as it is to find the obscure rule in the PHB.

A 4th level half-elf bard/barbarian (bardarian?) walks into a bar and gets in a fight with a 5th level dwarven fighter wearing a leather armor. Why do bards always have to get in trouble?

  • It’s not like they can help in a real combat situation. They need to validate their existence by stealing the spotlight when nothing else is happening.

  • What happens when a bardarian rages?

  • Why is the dwarf wearing leather armor?

  • Because.

What are the chances that a wizard wearing a full plate will successfully cast Magic Missile on the first attempt?

  • 35%

  • 45%

  • 65%

  • That’s retarded! Why is the wizard wearing a full plate?

BONUS QUESTION #1 – Name the 6 types of spell components (comma-separated, not case-sensitive – example: "candles,incense, Spam, Chicken,gold, tennis balls")

BONUS QUESTION #2 – What’s the Spellcraft DC to identify a Potion of Awesomeness?

BONUS QUESTION #3 A LVL 8 half-orc wizard (STR 12, DEX 10) wearing bracers of defencelessness, a headband, and no armor casts Bull’s Strength, mage armor, and blur on himself because he’s being attacked by an angry halfling archmage-ranger (CR 20). What’s the base attack bonus of the half-orc wizard? (just the number, or with the “+” sign, it’s all good).

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION – What’s the AC of the half-orc wizard from the previous question?

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20 Responses to “D&D Sunday morning quiz: Advanced Math!”
  1. DM Bob says:

    our score before profiling: 66 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: -14
    YOUR SCORE: 52%

    You did alright. Are your D&D games as bland as your quiz performances?

    >>> Man, this was ridiculously hard. Who knows these rules?

  2. NorgaySherpaDude says:

    Your score before profiling: 57 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: -9
    YOUR SCORE: 48%

    Not bad for choosing at random!!!!!

  3. Yax says:

    Impressive score guys. I was really hoping the quiz would crush everyone without mercy. Maybe next time.

  4. Ablefish says:

    Your score before profiling: 34 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: -9
    YOUR SCORE: 25%

    Sorry for the profanity in a few of the written answers.

  5. JMiller says:

    Never trust the math of somebody who thinks that Weapon Speciailization is available to paladins and gives a bonus to hit. (Weapon Spec is +2 damage, prereq of Fighter 4 and Weapon Focus.)

    Furthermore, the undead Cleric would — if they knew such obscure rules — certainly have Knowledge(Religion) of 5 ranks or more, kicking up their turning roll by another +2, putting Clr+4 within reach.

  6. Yax says:


    First, the DM is always right. So the paladin could have wpn specialization (even though I meant wpn focus, I corrected it now.) and weapon specialization requires weapon focus so in a twisted way I was right.

    Also, about the cleric thing, you’re just looking for trouble. Don’t force me to send my red dragon after you.

  7. Yax says:


    It’s ok. You can write whatever you want as your written answer. It’s for your eyes only. :)

  8. Kili says:

    Your score before profiling: 43 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: 5
    YOUR SCORE: 48%

    You did alright. Are your D&D games as bland as your quiz performances?

    Not bad for not even looking at the three bonus questions or the impossible one.

  9. Michelle says:

    Your score before profiling: 46 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: + 0
    YOUR SCORE: 46%

    You did alright. Are your D&D games as bland as your quiz performances?

    wow…..that was a tuffy.

    i like the bardarian….thats neat lol

  10. Yax says:

    Tuffy indeed. I would have scored in the 40s too I would think…

  11. Noumenon says:

    Do you ever post the answers to these?

  12. aresnasti says:

    you get the answers when you take the quiz

  13. Graham says:

    @Yax –

    Not only does Weapon Spec not add to your attack bonus, the answer is wrong anyways. The correct answer is 55%.

    Wielding a 2-handed weapon allows you to add 1.5x your Str to your damage. Your attack roll, however, is only 1x Str.

    So the total attack bonus is +25, and he hits on a 10.

  14. B. F. Sabinsky says:

    First off:
    A paladin’s smite only adds damage, not to-hit.

    Strength only gives you bonus X 1 to hit, when wielding a two-handed weapon. The X 1.5 applies only to damage.

    So the pally in the first question only hits on 13+, or 40% of the time.

  15. Yax says:

    This is indeed a love letter to 3e. Try to use all the rules and you inevitably get it wrong! Thanks for pointing out the discrepancies.

  16. Graham says:

    @B.F. –

    Actually, the Paladin’s Smite Evil adds his Cha to attack, and his level to damage.

    So the +3 from “smite evil / Cha” is correct. The hit is on a 10, for 55%.

  17. Gail says:


    Your score before profiling: 84 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: 18
    YOUR SCORE: 102%

    Though I admit, I did it partially open book

  18. Jason says:

    Track DC is off. The DC should be 79, not 76. If it’s still raining, the DC is 82. Why is an epic level ranger tracking tiny goblins?

  19. Yax says:

    @ Jason:

    “Why is an epic level ranger tracking tiny goblins?”

    I don’t know. I was just making up complicated questions. So complicated I got half of them wrong. Of course it doesn’t help that I did this last minute and didn’t run the quiz by my very helpful trivia editors.

    Oh well…

  20. Thelas says:

    Your score before profiling: 84 / 100
    Your psychological profiling modifier: 26
    YOUR SCORE: 110%

    Seriously? Me? 84%? The person who got like 45% on the weapons quiz or somesuch thing?

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