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    yuk Top Ten Worst-Written Spells, Class Features, Racial Abilities, Feats, Items, etc

    So, I had the idea to have a sort of vote for the absolute worst of the worst in 3.x: stuff that makes you really blanch on sight. I'm keeping track of the top ten by vote in a short table, and all the other suggestions in a much longer one.

    Everyone gets up to ten votes, and you can put up to three of them on the same suggestion (yours, or someone else's), or put up to one negative vote per suggestion you disagree with, which counts as one of your ten total; you can redistribute votes at will. Also, try to keep suggestions as tight and self-contained as possible: rather than saying "Sarrukh", try "Manipulate Form"; rather than "Wizard", try "Shapechange". Finally, please try to make all votes clear, to reduce the possibility of misinterpretation.

    The Top Ten
    # Name Type Votes
    1 Truenamer Base Class 31
    2 PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange Spell 26
    3 Iron Heart Surge Maneuver 25
    4 dust of sneezing and choking Item 21
    5 epic spellcasting Rule 16
    6 alignments Rule 15
    7 Cancer Mage Prestige Class 13
    8 drowning Rule 13
    9 Sarrukh's Manipulate Form Ability 13
    10 candle of invocation Item 12


    13 dishonorable mentions (at least 5 votes):
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    # Name Type Votes
    11 Diplomacy Skill 12
    12 Paladin code Class Feature 10
    13 Monk Base Class 9
    14 Manyfang Dagger Item 9
    15 Shivering Touch Spell 7
    16 Void Disciple Prestige Class 7
    17 Tainted Scholar Prestige Class 6
    18 Monstrous Crab Monster 5
    19 Hulking Hurler mountain-tossing Class Feature 5
    20 Precocious Apprentice Feat 5
    21 Leadership Feat 5
    22 flat-footed Combat 5
    23 Adamantine Horror Monster 5


    96 additional suggestions:
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    # Name Type Votes
    24 CW Samurai Base Class 4
    25 Invisible Blade prereqs Class Feature 4
    26 Thought Bottle Item 4
    27 Balor sword Ability 4
    28 Trap Sense Class Feature 4
    29 bloodlines Variant Rule 4
    30 Challenge Rating Combat 4
    31 PrC prereq Rule 4
    32 Opalescent Glare Spell 4
    33 Abrupt Jaunt Alternate Class Feature 4
    34 Vow of Poverty Feat 4
    35 Ex/Su/SLA/Na Rule 4
    36 Feinting Combat 3
    37 Dread Necromancer's fear aura Class Feature 3
    38 Persistent Spell Feat 3
    39 Genies Monster 3
    40 Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil Prestige Class 3
    41 Gate Spell 3
    42 Mercurial Strike Feat 3
    43 Mountebank Prestige Class 3
    44 Lucid Dreaming Skill 3
    45 Dragonwrought Feat 3
    46 Dragonblood subtype Rule 3
    47 Incorporeal subtype Rule 3
    48 Forsaker Prestige Class 3
    49 Prone Shooter Feat 2
    50 Ride-By Attack Feat 2
    51 dead Combat 2
    52 grapple Combat 2
    53 Level Adjustment Rule 2
    54 soulmelds Rule 2
    55 Practiced Manifester Feat 2
    56 LA/RHD Rule 2
    57 multiclass XP penalties Rule 2
    58 Ur-Priest Prestige Class 2
    59 Jump Skill 2
    60 Planar Bubble Class Feature 2
    61 Sublime Chord Prestige Class 2
    62 Fiery Fist Feat 2
    63 Favored Soul Base Class 2
    64 Synthesist Summoner Base Class 2
    65 traps Rule 2
    66 spell component pouch Item 2
    67 Contact Other Plane Spell 2
    68 Elemental Weird Monster 2
    69 Pazuzu Monster 2
    70 Monkey Lunge Feat 1
    71 Naztharune Rakshasa sneak attack Ability 1
    72 Antagonize Feat 1
    73 Fighter Base Class 1
    74 Divine Metamagic Feat 1
    75 Vorpal Item 1
    76 Legion of Sentinels Spell 1
    77 Incantatrix Prestige Class 1
    78 magic device traps Rule 1
    79 SLAs ignoring components Combat 1
    80 Planar Ally/Planar Binding Spell 1
    81 Heroes of Horror Book 1
    82 Healer Base Class 1
    83 Dvati Race 1
    84 Jack of All Trades Feat 1
    85 Forced Dream Power 1
    86 Haunt Shift Spell 1
    87 Freedom of Movement Spell 1
    88 swift/immediate action movement Class Feature/Item 1
    89 Clever Wrestling Feat 1
    90 Versatile Spellcaster Feat 1
    91 Choker extra standard action Ability 1
    92 Festering Hate Disease 1
    93 Arrow Demon Monster 1
    94 Damage Reduction stacking Rule 1
    95 Wish Spell 1
    96 Feral Template 1
    97 Diehard Feat 1
    98 free actions Combat 1
    99 Beholder Mage Prestige Class 1
    100 Planar Shepherd Prestige Class 1
    101 Apocalypse from the Sky Spell 1
    102 Dirge Singer Prestige Class 1
    103 Tracking Rule 1
    104 White Raven Tactics on initiator Maneuver 1
    105 Complete Psionic Book 1
    106 Mindsight Feat 1
    107 Monk proficiencies Class Feature 1
    108 Shaedling's Shadow Gossamer Ability 1
    109 Ebon Eyes Spell 1
    110 Guidance of the Avatar Spell 1
    111 Greater Mirror Image Spell 1
    112 nightsticks Item 1
    113 Exemplar Prestige Class 1
    114 Ice Assassin Spell 1
    115 Illumian power words Ability 1
    116 Erudite Base Class 1
    117 CPsi Mind Blade Feat 1
    118 Reincarnate Spell 1
    119 Flaws Variant Rule 1
    120 Locate City Spell 1


    6 proudly negated suggestions:
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    121 chicken-infested Flaw 0
    122 Malconvoker Prestige Class 0
    123 Factotum Base Class 0
    124 ML limit on augmentation Rule 0
    125 Love's Pain Spell 0
    126 Wizard Base Class -1


    Votelog:
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    Poster Votes Total
    Acanous candle of invocation (1) 1
    allenw Monkey Lunge (1), Prone Shooter (1) 2
    Amoren Naztharune Rakshasa sneak attack (1), CW Samurai (1), Truenamer (1), Invisible Blade prereqs (1), Monstrous Crab (1) 5
    Amphetryon Shivering Touch (1) 1
    Answerer Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (1), Truenamer (1) 2
    Antonok Paladin code (3), dust of sneezing and choking (3), alignments (1), Feinting (3) 10
    Aricandor Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (1), Truenamer (1), candle of invocation (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), Cancer Mage (1), Tainted Scholar (1), drowning (1), epic spellcasting (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 10
    Arutema Antagonize (1) 1
    Ashtagon Fighter (1), Wizard (1), Divine Metamagic (1) 3
    avr Ride-By Attack (1), Iron Heart Surge (3), alignments (3), epic spellcasting (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (2) 10
    Azernak0 Truenamer (1) 1
    Batou1976 Truenamer (1), candle of invocation (1), Vorpal (1), alignments (-1), drowning (1) 5
    BCBrammer Void Disciple (1) 1
    ben-zayb Hulking Hurler mountain-tossing (3), Precocious Apprentice (2), Thought Bottle (2), Cancer Mage (3) 10
    bobthe6th Balor sword (3), Dread Necromancer's fear aura (3) 6
    BRC Legion of Sentinels (1) 1
    Cruiser1 Persistent Spell (3), Iron Heart Surge (1), Genies (3), Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil (3) 10
    Curmudgeon Monk (2), Leadership (1), Manyfang Dagger (3), Incantatrix (1), epic spellcasting (1), Diplomacy (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 10
    Devmaar Trap Sense (2), dust of sneezing and choking (2), Iron Heart Surge (2), dead (1), drowning (2), Shivering Touch (1) 10
    Doorhandle chicken-infested (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), Monstrous Crab (1), Cancer Mage (1) 4
    Doug Lampert candle of invocation (-1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), drowning (1), grapple (1), magic device traps (1), SLAs ignoring components (1), Diplomacy (1), Gate (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), Planar Ally/Planar Binding (1) 10
    Doxkid Heroes of Horror (1) 1
    Dragonborn Healer (1), alignments (3), epic spellcasting (2), flat-footed (1), Level Adjustment (1), soulmelds (1), Shivering Touch (1) 10
    Draz74 Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (1), Monk (1), Adamantine Horror (1), epic spellcasting (1), Diplomacy (2), Gate (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), bloodlines (1), Dvati (1) 10
    dspeyer Practiced Manifester (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 3
    EatAtEmrakuls Truenamer (3), Iron Heart Surge (3), Cancer Mage (3), drowning (1) 10
    eggs Jack of All Trades (1), Practiced Manifester (1), Forced Dream (1), Malconvoker (-1), Challenge Rating (3), Haunt Shift (1), bloodlines (2) 10
    Ernir Factotum (1), Truenamer (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), drowning (1), Freedom of Movement (1) 5
    Eugenides Diplomacy (3), Monk (3), Iron Heart Surge (2), Manyfang Dagger (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1) 10
    Featherman swift/immediate action movement (1), LA/RHD (1), multiclass XP penalties (2), PrC prereq (3), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (3) 10
    Gavinfoxx Clever Wrestling (1) 1
    GnomeGninjas Mercurial Strike (3) 3
    Grim Reader Versatile Spellcaster (1), Ur-Priest (1) 2
    Grytorm Tainted Scholar (1) 1
    HeadlessMermaid Invisible Blade prereqs (1), Trap Sense (-1), Iron Heart Surge (2), alignments (3), flat-footed (1), Diplomacy (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 10
    Jade Dragon Mountebank (3), candle of invocation (3), Diplomacy (2), Jump (1), alignments (1) 10
    JaronK Opalescent Glare (1) 1
    jaybird Iron Heart Surge (1) 1
    karpik777 Iron Heart Surge (2), Adamantine Horror (1), Tainted Scholar (1) 4
    Kazyan Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (3), Truenamer (3), Tainted Scholar (1), epic spellcasting (3) 10
    Khosan drowning (1) 1
    killianh Planar Bubble (1) 1
    Kira_the_5th Choker extra standard action (1), Abrupt Jaunt (1), Festering Hate (1), Antagonize (-1), Cancer Mage (1), Malconvoker (1), Sublime Chord (2) 8
    Knaight Balor sword (1), Truenamer (3), Paladin code (2), Void Disciple (2), Lucid Dreaming (2) 10
    Ksheep Truenamer (1), Paladin code (1), Ride-By Attack (1), Vow of Poverty (1), Adamantine Horror (1), Arrow Demon (1), Monstrous Crab (1), Cancer Mage (1), alignments (1), drowning (1) 10
    Kurald Galain Monk (3), Precocious Apprentice (3), drowning (-1), Shivering Touch (3), ML limit on augmentation (0) 10
    Kuulvheysoon Truenamer (1), Dragonwrought (1) 2
    LordDrakulzen Paladin code (1), Vow of Poverty (2), dust of sneezing and choking (2), Manyfang Dagger (2), Damage Reduction stacking (1), Wish (1), Feral (1) 10
    lunar2 Wizard (-1), Diehard (1), Fiery Fist (2), alignments (3), Dragonblood subtype (3) 10
    Madara Truenamer (1), Trap Sense (2), dust of sneezing and choking (2), Iron Heart Surge (1), Monstrous Crab (2), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), Shivering Touch (1) 10
    Malimar Truenamer (1), Dragonwrought (1), Leadership (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), drowning (1), epic spellcasting (1), free actions (1), grapple (1), PrC prereq (1), Diplomacy (1) 10
    Mithril Leaf candle of invocation (1), Ex/Su/SLA/Na (1) 2
    molten_dragon Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (1), Truenamer (1), Persistent Spell (1), Thought Bottle (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), Beholder Mage (1), Planar Shepherd (1), Tainted Scholar (1), Ur-Priest (1), LA/RHD (1) 10
    mootoall Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (3), Void Disciple (1), Apocalypse from the Sky (1) 5
    Morph Bark Truenamer (1), Hulking Hurler mountain-tossing (-1), Iron Heart Surge (-1), epic spellcasting (3), Ex/Su/SLA/Na (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (3) 10
    NeedsAnswersNao bloodlines (-1), Tainted Scholar (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), Truenamer (1) 4
    NikitaDarkstar Favored Soul (1), Dirge Singer (1), Challenge Rating (1), Level Adjustment (1) 4
    Novawurmson Synthesist Summoner (1), Antagonize (1), traps (1) 3
    Palanan Tracking (1) 1
    Phaederkiel Manyfang Dagger (3), Incorporeal subtype (3), Factotum (-1), White Raven Tactics on initiator (1), Abrupt Jaunt (2) 10
    Psyren spell component pouch (1) 1
    QuickLyRaiNbow Truenamer (1), Ex/Su/SLA/Na (2), Diplomacy (1), Lucid Dreaming (1), Contact Other Plane (2), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (3) 10
    randomguy dust of sneezing and choking (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), Adamantine Horror (1), Elemental Weird (1) 4
    Rubik Complete Psionic (1) 1
    Salbazier alignments (1), epic spellcasting (1), Paladin code (1) 3
    ShriekingDrake Mindsight (1) 1
    Sith_Happens Opalescent Glare (2) 2
    sonofzeal Truenamer (1), Monk proficiencies (1), candle of invocation (2), Pazuzu (2), Void Disciple (3), alignments (-1) 10
    sreservoir Shaedling's Shadow Gossamer (1) 1
    Stallion Truenamer (1) 1
    suddo bloodlines (1) 1
    Telok Ebon Eyes (1) 1
    Telonius Truenamer (1), Paladin code (2), candle of invocation (2), dust of sneezing and choking (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), alignments (2), Guidance of the Avatar (1) 10
    The Dark Fiddler Truenamer (2), Invisible Blade prereqs (2), Trap Sense (1), chicken-infested (-1), Cancer Mage (2), drowning (2) 10
    TheGeckoKing Sarrukh's Manipulate Form (3), Truenamer (3), Heroes of Horror (1), candle of invocation (1), drowning (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 10
    TheOOB Gate (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1) 2
    tiercel Abrupt Jaunt (1), Greater Mirror Image (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (3) 5
    togapika Wizard (-1), Hulking Hurler mountain-tossing (3), dust of sneezing and choking (3), Forsaker (3) 10
    Togo flat-footed (3) 3
    Tr0ll Truenamer (-1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), Thought Bottle (1), traps (1), Leadership (3), Persistent Spell (-1) 9
    tuggyne Planar Bubble (1), candle of invocation (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), nightsticks (1), spell component pouch (1), Iron Heart Surge (1), Adamantine Horror (1), Elemental Weird (1), drowning (1), epic spellcasting (1), Love's Pain (0) 10
    Vaz Opalescent Glare (1), dead (1), Exemplar (1), Jump (1), CW Samurai (3) 7
    Vinyadan Ice Assassin (1) 1
    willpell Illumian power words (1), Erudite (1), Favored Soul (1), Heroes of Horror (-1), CPsi Mind Blade (1), Dragon Disciple (1), alignments (-1), soulmelds (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), bloodlines (1) 10
    Wonton Prone Shooter (1) 1
    Zaq Truenamer (1) 1
    Zerter Synthesist Summoner (1), Dragonwrought (1), Vow of Poverty (1), dust of sneezing and choking (1), Cancer Mage (1), epic spellcasting (1), PaO duration/Alter Self/Polymorph/Shapechange (1), Reincarnate (1), Flaws (1) 9
    Zonasiy Locate City (1) 1


    Statistics:
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    Type Suggestions Votes
    Rule 15 58
    Spell 18 54
    Item 7 50
    Base Class 10 50
    Prestige Class 14 44
    Feat 19 40
    Combat 8 31
    Class Feature 7 29
    Maneuver 2 26
    Ability 6 21
    Monster 6 18
    Skill 3 17
    Variant Rule 2 5
    Book 2 2
    Template 1 1
    Disease 1 1
    Power 1 1
    Class Feature/Item 1 1
    Race 1 1
    Flaw 1 0



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    Dust of Sneezing and Choking: A serious status condition inflicted for an absurd duration, no save, no SR, by a cheap cursed item.

    Chicken-Infested: Probably one of the wondrous deeds of writing that earned Dragon Magazine its remarkably dubious reputation for balance. This is a flaw that acts more like a cheesily-written spell, and has about the same level of common sense. (I.e., none.)

    I'm putting one vote for each of these, er, fine vintages.
    Last edited by TuggyNE; 2014-04-01 at 04:50 AM. Reason: Totes fixing tables
    Quote Originally Posted by Water_Bear View Post
    That's RAW for you; 100% Rules-Legal, 110% silly.
    Quote Originally Posted by hamishspence View Post
    "Common sense" and "RAW" are not exactly on speaking terms
    Projects: Homebrew, Gentlemen's Agreement, DMPCs, Forbidden Knowledge safety, and Top Ten Worst. Also, Quotes and RACSD are good.

    Anyone knows blue is for sarcas'ing in "Take 10 SAN damage from Dark Orchid" Use of gray may indicate nitpicking Green is sincerity