GM Word of the Week: Glue

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It is weirdly anachronistic. It seems out of place. And it hardly seems like magic at all. And yet, it is generally considered the single most powerful, most versatile magic item in all of D&D.

The GM Word of the Week is produced and performed by Fiddleback of The Mad Adventurers Society and written by The Angry GM of this site right here that you are reading.

6 thoughts on “GM Word of the Week: Glue

  1. Oh God… The descriptions of chemical bonds really rubbed me the wrong way, though I can understand why you explained it that way.

    I think the most important clarification is that some substances are not made up of molecules, but are lattices (giant constructions of atoms rather than lots of smaller constructions called molecules). For example, each grain of sand is one Silicon Dioxide lattice.

    • There is a difference between not going into detail and being wrong. I’ve got twenty minutes to explain some very complicated ideas. So some stuff has to be glossed over. Sorry.

      • Frousteleous, a lattice is an alternative chemical structure distinct from molecular bonding. In a lattice, you can’t make discrete separations of the atoms into neat units. For example, sand is SiO2 in aggregate, but it’s not a collection of individual molecules – rather, each silicon is connected to 4 oxygen, each of which is also connected to a different silicon atom, which in turn has a total of 4 oxygen connected to it, and so on. If you take a bunch and connect them in a row, you’ll see that there are twice as many oxygens as silicons, hence SiO2, but there’s no place you could cut apart the row and say “this is one molecule of silica”

        • I broke my own rule, offering a quick reply before realizing that I was indeed confusing my words for something I should have obviously remembered (I unfortunately haven’t used chemistry since high school).

          But again, it was a non-issue to the point being made. As Angry pointed out above, glossing was needed. But, he doesn’t need me to defend him. He’s Angry enough.

          • It’s all good. I didn’t think it was important to the point of the podcast, either, I was just elaborating since you asked about it (albeit, possibly that was supposed to be rhetorical)

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