Had a friend on FB post this today. I had some very entertaining thoughts on said arrow after seeing it.First, the components are EXPENSIVE. At typical srd prices, a portable hole is 20k GP, and the smallest bag of holding, is 2.5k GP No smart or sane GM should compromise on those prices “because the items are smaller” That thing can one-shot too many scary things for it to cost less.Second, having a non-conventional arrowhead would give it a to-hit penalty. Not relevant if you hit “close enough” very relevant, if you are say 15-20 feet off.(Any sane/evil GM will make this a possibility with such a round)Third, if one uses the “official” Wizards of the coast exchange rate of 1Gp = $20 USD, that round costs about $450K in real world value. That puts it into “military grade” as far as explosive weaponry goes, compare the tomahawk missiles 1.5 million price tag, the hellfire”s $115K USD, and the Javelin”s $145K USD pricetags. http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-muc…-the-military/(for reference and comparison, please keep any discussions on said weapons comparative effectiveness and value in D&D terms, rather than the real-world politics/warfare.)Fourth, said warhead, is likely to be LESS effective in overall effectiveness than any of the above missiles, as well as having inferior range, accuracy, and “bang per buck” value.
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It also has the nasty “side effect” of ripping apart space time.Fifth, It”s only real edge, is that there isn”t much of ANYTHING that can deal with the fabric of space-time being ripped up around it. Damage from the other missiles could be mitigated by fire protection effects, damage reduction effects, and if you can convince your DM that shrapnel counts as “projectiles” a Protection from Arrows spellWhich leads me to my final point.I think that the Portable hole/Bag of holding warhead, is just dumb to use on ordinary arrows. Sure you can kill one guy, but that”s a really cost-inefficient way to kill JUST ONE GUY.On the other end, it”s the EXACT kind of weapon that would be great in siege warfare.Imagine “ye olde D&D evil empire”loading such rounds unto Ballistas.The range would be better. They are “ye olde D&D evil empire”, so they should be able to afford LOTS of them.They could then fire dimension-tearing ballista rounds at immobile fortified structures like castles, fortresses and keeps, in order to create breaches in their walls. That negates the “accuracy” issue. The gains from looting entire nations that are helpless against their siege technology would certainly justify their expense.In a pinch, they could also be volley fired at big scary things, like dragons.So, all that being said, What are everyone”s thoughts on the viability, and potential uses of the Portable Hole/Bag of Holding as an balista-based siege weapon in a “generic fantasy land” near you?