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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 PM
    I wish they'd revive Xena.
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 07:41 PM
    agreed but again the source is that its allowed and this leads to the three cases outlined. thats why i added the third to my "pretty binary" start. Can't discount odin might be a whimp. Again, most of these really seem to be wanting to edeificate (??) the gods of the campaign thru player mandated fluff. not a take i normally assign to fluff. As i said earlier, in my games, some classes...
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 07:40 PM
    It really doesn't matter either way in this situation anyway. Even if he's not omniscient, he might still know from any of the myriad ways gods learn stuff. Heck, a raven might have found itself thinking it was courting with another raven, only to discover she was flirting with an the imp. I'll leave the details to your imagination, although my whole reason for this post is to plant that seed in...
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  • lkj's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 PM
    Currently running a campaign where the PCs are 19th level. Started at 1. It has been extremely fun and easy to run. The best part has been going gonzo on them with using various high level creatures from several books. Lately they've been having to tangle with multiple demon lords. Here's my observations. -- Despite a lot of discussions on these boards about high level characters being too...
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 PM
    Kalorn raised a fist in a dwarven salute as they walked by the dwarven enclave. He knew much about them, having campaigned for 3 years with a dwarven ranger, Tarkol One-Eye, until a troll got him, that was. "dark elves?" replied Kalorn, somewhat startled. "How would they react to surface elves? And since when are the Drow *innkeepers*? What's next, an Ogre chandler?". He narrowed his...
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 PM
    Alright, well that's certainly a preference that you can have. Personally, I think it's a pretty unreasonable line for you to draw; but some might see my own preferences as unreasonable, and there's nothing wrong with choosing to not play, rather than subjecting yourself to a game that isn't to your tastes.
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  • Zerdal's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 PM
    I've been playing around with ambient mixer for some time, creating ambients for various adventures. I thought you might find them useful, as well. Here are some of my experiments. Out of the Abyss: Velkynvelve Prison https://rpg.ambient-mixer.com/out-of-the-abyss--prison Curse of Strahd: Svalich Woods https://rpg.ambient-mixer.com/curse-of-strahd--svalich-woods Curse of Strahd:...
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 PM
    i wish for whirled peas. my bet is i will get my wish first.
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  • MNblockhead's Avatar
    Today, 07:32 PM
    After I got back into gaming after more than two decades away from it, an old friend of mine who remained very active in the hobby sent me a binder of campaign stuff from high school. A few things stood out: 1. My handwriting has not improved. 2. My writing was pretty good back then. I'm not sure that I've really improved that much in this regard, mostly because my writing has been almost...
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  • sleypy's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 PM
    I would have to know the GM and even then I could only put up with a one-shot or short campaign. Where the boundaries are for physics and magic can easily ruin the gaming experience for me. I'd probably rather not play without knowing the rules or based setting for risk of something occurring that retroactively feels like I'd wasted my time.
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Today, 07:27 PM
    this branching out of streaming services is definitely getting back into why we all hate paying for cable. Thanks to my wife's viewing habits, I've already got: Netflix Hulu Amazon Prime w/Stars Crunchy Roll (korean anime) Drama Fever (korean dramas) CBS Access (watched Discovery with friends so CBS only made one sub off of everybody)
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  • KenNYC's Avatar
    Today, 07:27 PM
    This is a great item. I wouldn't quit a game over it, but I think this is a common problem for new DMs. My formula was to start out with one location in a small town, and each session introduce one or two NPCs until I had enough to have them start recurring. Soon, a campaign takes shape. A lot of people I suspect buy these 200 page books with multiple locations and think they can do it...
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  • Prakriti's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 PM
    Flight of Dragons--15 The Last Unicorn--28 The Hobbit--24 The Lord of the Rings--18 Wizards--22 Princess Mononoke--24 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind--21 Spirited Away—22 Secret of Nimh--27 Kubo and the Two Strings--20
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 PM
    5ekyu started a thread An "Insightful" Question
    From PHB "Your Wisdom (Insight) check decides whether you can determine the true intentions of a creature, such as when searching out a lie or predicting someone’s next move. " From PHB "Your Charisma (Deception) check determines whether you can convincingly hide the truth, either verbally or through your actions. This deception can encompass everything from misleading others through...
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  • Grognerd's Avatar
    Today, 07:23 PM
    Quite posting disingenuous posts and I wont' have to correct them. Lack of integrity is what derails threads. You can feel free to PM me, since you seem to want me so badly. I'll settle for you just showing a little integrity.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 PM
    With a mere 5 days to go until the Kickstarter launches on Tuesday, 25th September, there's been plenty of publicity around the web! Here's a quick summary of the various previews and interviews that have taken place. Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD is nearly here! Vampifan's WOIN Blog kicked off the previews with an exclusive look at the core rulebook! Our friends over at...
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 PM
    To be fair, "Odin is omniscient" or "Odin is not omniscient" is pretty much the definition of a binary choice. :)
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 PM
    more then you will ever have. Dont derail the thread further. Have the balls to PM me. BYE
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  • TerraDave's Avatar
    Today, 07:16 PM
    Glad to see this thread. Like the ToB and their other work, this book is really loaded. I agree it is kitchen sink fantasy, but I think this has more style then a lot of WotC stuff.
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  • MNblockhead's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 PM
    When I got back into gaming I took months to create a homebrew world. I enjoy this, it is a hobby in and of itself and something I would do any, even if I wasn't playing. But when I started the campaign, I would write up detailed summaries of the last session and I would write up things that were happening between sessions. We were playing monthly 8-hour games. Because so much time passed between...
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  • Hawk Diesel's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 PM
    Sorry, but I disagree. One of the tools of being a DM is being able to read a table and adjust the game to make the challenge more fitting or fun. This doesn't mean a DM should change abilities on the fly just to grief the players. But if it makes narrative sense, or enhances the fun at the table, there is absolutely no reason a DM shouldn't do so. For example, I sometimes only have HP, AC,...
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 PM
    I'd award inspiration for that.
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    I wpuld not say one way or the other if Odin is Omniscient or not - likely varies by setting. But the Fiend-Paladin of Odin thing creates a pretty binary choice to the Gm. Either Odin doesnt know and isnt omniscient Or
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  • Grognerd's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    I wish that people who were attorneys would act with integrity.
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    It's always interesting to me how some people are so insistent that you have to play a certain way, particularly in adherence to the rules. The idea that 5E "must" be played a certain way, follow specific rules or styles seems antithetical to the very premise of this edition. For example, if I describe some markings and someone rolls a die and says "I got a 20 on my investigation check" I...
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  • Prakriti's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 13 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Jemisin, N.K. 24 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 22 Lynch, Scott 24 McKillip, Patricia 23 Peake, Mervyn 22
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 PM
    I wish people who are not attorneys stop using the phrase "assuming facts not in evidence" if you are not an attorney. It is a term of art, its a name of specific objection, not a general catchall phrase. Here is a list of objections for people who wish to know and the proper place and time to use them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objection_(United_States_law)#List_of_objections
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  • zztong's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 PM
    Oh, well that helps a lot. I'm trying to think of the sticking points we've had with the rules, in case that helps. We had confusion about what rolling a "20" means. We had confusion about "take 10" and how its replacement works. (Or fails, as the case may be.) We've had lots of transitional confusion related to the new skills list. There's been confusion related to what a Lore skill is and...
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    Couple of side notes for everyone's reference since I (sadly) have them memorized: Check out DMG 236-237, "Role of the Dice" and "Using Ability Scores." It talks about different approaches, including once where the DM calls for a lot of ability checks, and their respective drawbacks. (The drawbacks mentioned to the "Roll With It" approach are interesting.) The latter section explains the...
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  • FitzTheRuke's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 PM
    "You bein' for'ners an' all, you docked at th'Open Shore, as was right t'do. The closest Inn is th'One-Eyed-Jax. If ye have no beef with th'Dark Elves, then ye can stay there safe'n'sound." answered Luko as the well-armed group made their way up the steep slope from the docks. They passed a high-walled compound with dwarven crossbowmen guarding the gate. "That's the Mirabar Shield. 'Tis a...
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  • WayOfTheFourElements's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 PM
    Had a PC try to use the grease spell as lube.
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 06:48 PM
    I think this is partly a case of expectations. Also system. Do you expect that a skill check activity can go wrong or just not go good? Can a failed climbing check lead to a fall & loss of gained height or only not advance your climb any farther? Can a failed investigate check give you a false lead with an inaccurate clue or just not give you any result to go on? Similarly, can a...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 06:48 PM
    That raises an interesting question. Are there any published D&D settings around in which the gods like Odin are omniscient?[/QUOTE I don't know. However I have never seen any that say as an absolute rule that "gods in D&D are not omniscient." I would think its up to the DM as to what gods are used and what their knowledge level is. In the Deities and Demigods book there was various...
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  • Grognerd's Avatar
    Today, 06:45 PM
    Don't tell me not to respond. You are insulting my Player Agency! Or is it threatening my DM adjudication? Or just telling me how to play? Make up your mind. And I - if you read my first post to you - clearly delimited exactly what I was addressing, and in the last response clearly demonstrated that you were building straw-men that assumed much that was not in evidence. So yes, you are being...
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  • MNblockhead's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 PM
    There are no innocent PCs. :-)
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  • TallIan's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 PM
    While I think the DM can - and should - make monsters have cool and unique abilities, doing this mid combat to suit the turn's tactical situation isn't the way to go. Shaping an AoE to fit the current formation of the PC's without hitting any monsters is just plain cheating, and will lead to bad feelings from the players. I think your suggestions about how to change the attack are pretty...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    I also was writing the adventure recaps, and when I came to my character speaking, SUDDENLY EVERYTHING WAS BEING TYPED IN ALL-CAPS!
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  • DM Dave1's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    Ok, I'll chime in here to play fiend's advocate: a player should not really invoke their skill proficiency as if that alone is a stated action. The player should just describe an actual action their PC is taking and the goal the PC hopes to achieve. It's up to the DM to then ask for a specific roll, if a roll is in fact required. The DM might even give the player multiple options... ...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 06:34 PM
    Correct, I said this many times in various ways and was told I was wrong and called disingenuous. What some players want to say is its my PC so it has to be this way. BTW I would clearly accommodate almost anything as long it wasn't completely unfair. Off the wall is fine though.
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 PM
    I need to work on this myself. My current DM comes from a pathfinder background and we have a lot of new players. I find myself saying, Why aren't you adding Ability Modifer and Proficiency bonus to attack roles to the other players a lot. I try to hold my peace, but I can see the players getting frustrated when the miss and can't hold back "That's a 15 not a 10!". Maybe I can just work on...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 PM
    Now you are insulting me and questioning my integrity and calling me out. He presented those things as his CORE PARADIGM, as absolute statements of fact in the campaign. Yes you modified your answer to delete those statements about Odin that I was %100 correct on and then claimed that you were making a general response, so NO your arguments do not stand. THATS disingenuous. That's the...
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25+1 = 26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 13 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Hodgson, William Hope 2-2=Out! Jemisin, N.K. 24 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 24 Lynch, Scott 24 McKillip, Patricia 23
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  • MNblockhead's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 PM
    As player or DM I would consider this an asset. It might annoy the no-call, no-show player, but sometimes it is appropriate to make people uncomfortable if their behavior is impacting others negatively.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    That raises an interesting question. Are there any published D&D settings around in which the gods like Odin are omniscient?
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  • redCartel's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 PM
    I'm working on a concept for a non-violent Wizard that never deals damage. Here's a homebrew cantrip I'm going to propose to my DM. https://www.gmbinder.com/share/-LMro1rIFmkeOlhVA27S] Dazzling Vision Illusion Cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 06:23 PM
    I think the crux of the disagreement is if I go the DM and say "Hey, I have an idea of a character with background X, and that background would need these certain ideas to be implemented in the campaign setting," there's nothing wrong with creating the background with the presumption that the DM will be willing to play along. You should be ready, willing, and able to write a backstory that...
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  • MNblockhead's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    (emphasis mine) This isn't fair to 5e. From the Basic Rules: I think there must be a lot of DMs out there that read this and think "hmm, well there is *always* a *chance* of failure, so I'll have them role for everything." But even those DMs don't really play like that. They don't have PCs role for every footstep, because there is always a chance of misstepping. If I were writing...
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  • Greg Benage's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    This, which is also why it's tough for the publisher to do all the work for the DM. The higher the level, the more a group's capabilities will depend on the specific players and PCs. I ran a campaign from 3 to 20, and played in two campaigns that went to Tier 4. My opinion is that 5e works really well at high level, both as a player and a DM. In terms of combat, the only thing I'd emphasize...
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 PM
    I tend to ask. Example from a couple sessions ago. My sorceress got ko to zero hp and went down. PC cleric healed me. Another npc took ranged shot at me from a distance before i got up. Saw GM grabbing ine die. "Are they shooting with disad?" Gm paused...then said
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  • Aguirre Melchiors's Avatar
    Today, 06:16 PM
    i dont feel 4E grind D&D characters deal a lot of damage. My group is lvl 7 - a monster with 130hp goes down in 2 rounds
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Today, 06:15 PM
    Here's a few I can think of. Noble: You've used your families resources to train for years and hone your combat prowess. Think Batman or the scarlet Pimpernel. Outlander: As the Invaders encroach into the Highlands you take your secret traditional fighting techniques and adapt them to the weapons of your enemy to protect your people. Some Rob Roy here, but works just as well for say an...
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  • Charlaquin's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 PM
    Another one that helped me was learning The players don’t care about my homebrew. That goes both for worldbuilding and house rules. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t run homebrewed settings or use house rules, but it does mean I should be economical about my use of both. If I have a good reason for tweaking a rule, I should let the players know what it is and why, and move on. If I have custom...
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  • biotech66's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 PM
    Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Masks of Nyarlathotep Originally posted at www.throatpunchgames.com, a new idea everyday!
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  • Grognerd's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 PM
    Which has nothing to do with Odin, so my point remains. Which is pretty much standard. But it's worth noting that he only mentioned that there is nothing inherently within D&D that says that Odin must know, and only said this in response to your allegation, not as a part of the core presentation/paradigm. Back to having nothing to do with Odin, which is what I was calling you out on.
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 PM
    Give them the Noble background, and it seems like you could do a classic Three Musketeers cinematic swashbuckling type. Can walk into the King's court unarmed and still handle himself if a brawl breaks out, deadly with a rapier and pistol, can jump from rooftop to rooftop and brush himself off if he falls down. He'd be more serious and focused, I imagine, less quippy, but still loyal and true...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 PM
    Yup. Autocorrect. Thanks! We’ve done character creation, luckily, so we dive straight in tonight.
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 PM
    That's a really good one. A lot of DMs bite off a lot more than they can chew. One of the players in my circle but not in my regular games was recently lamenting about how, just once, she would like to finish a campaign. I gave your response more or less to her because that has definitely been my experience as well. I added that DMs rarely seem to think about the real time commitment of even a...
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  • Charlaquin's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 PM
    EDIT: Beaten to the punch. Flight of Dragons--15 The Last Unicorn--27 The Hobbit--24 The Lord of the Rings--18 Wizards--22 Princess Mononoke--26 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind--21 Spirited Away—22
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  • biotech66's Avatar
    Today, 05:57 PM
    biotech66 started a thread masks of nyarlathotep
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 PM
    It sort of depends on your level of 'stretchiness' in terms of class concept. If your Monks have to come from monasteries, live a life of discipline etc, then that is going to have definite repercussions as to background and story. If your DM is fine with allowing a character to use Monk class mechanics to model character abilities while allowing more freedom in players' character concepts, then...
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 PM
    Gradine replied to Fantasy Africa
    Yeah, I can't really disagree with that, especially, as you say, you are simply using some of (hopefully more benign) trappings as a spice and not taking the entirety of their depictions wholesale. I have my own reasons to have distaste for the genre, even outside the typical (though by no means universal) reinforcement of extremely negative racist/sexist stereotypes, and not every pulp trope is...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 PM
    Correct Your preference for Characters to have Character is to be applauded and rewarded at the table. In your posts you always have an RP idea first, then build from there. IMO this is the best way. Others think different.
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  • Kobold Boots's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 PM
    Personally, I've never walked away from a game where it was clear that the DM intended to run a campaign. I've definitely had situations where a DM wasn't popular with the players, and the game petered out as a result. I can list what I don't like in games I play in; but I'm not interested in damaging relationships by declining something as trivial as a game when I have time to play and...
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  • Aguirre Melchiors's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    only 2 times i did abandon a campaign: D&D - DM vs players, lots of show off powerfull NPCs, lots of you are doing this wrong, this spell doesent work, NPC discover your plan with no explanation. VAMPIRE - Live Action, because the Storyteller where not Dming but playing with NPCs and we the players without anything to do. And we had a 60 min. discussion about potence 2.
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  • GreenKarl's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 PM
    Scanning the area, Angel does not see anyone about but the Regulator Team. She does notice that the landing pad area has some fresh ice forming on the other side of where the hopper landed. It appears something very hot had been in the area less then 24 hours ago. As she was examining this she noticed something half buried in the snow. Getting closer she spotted a half-buried human body just past...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 05:42 PM
    Really? This was said "* we know that The Fiend is capable of granting 9th level spells * we know that arcane/divine are not rules terms in 5e * we know that some fiends, like Lolth for example, are both fiend AND god * Odin doesn't know about this fiend messing with this paladin; gods are not omniscient in D&D
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  • Yardiff's Avatar
    Today, 05:42 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 13 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Hodgson, William Hope 2 Jemisin, N.K. 24 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 23+1=24 Lynch, Scott 24 McKillip, Patricia 23
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Today, 05:42 PM
    Flight of Dragons--15 The Last Unicorn--26 The Hobbit--24 The Lord of the Rings--18 The Return of the King--0 Yeah, this one just didn't connect with me. Wizards--24 Princess Mononoke--26 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind--21 If I must acknowledge the heavy influence the Final Fantasy series has had on my approach to fantasy, then I must also acknowledge one of the heavy influences of...
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Today, 05:40 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 13 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Hodgson, William Hope 2 - I hope I don't have to see this name for much longer Jemisin, N.K. 24 - My other top three contenders are doing as fine or better, so it's time to give Jemisin some love Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 23 Lynch, Scott 24 McKillip, Patricia 23
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 PM
    "There is this idea among some players that D&D is a competition, of which the only goal is to win, and gamesmanship is completely applicable. "Anything that gives my PC an advantage that is not specifically prohibited by the rules is fair game and necessary on my path to victory." " One of my opening schticks is "Don't come to this game seeing it as if you are competing with me. i am not...
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 05:25 PM
    I'm not sure how you come away with this from my post. So let me be more clear: If a player is indicating a desire to go from one place to another in the city, I'm going to ask what the character does along the way. If the player establishes that the character is doing anything that distracts from being vigilant, then he or she has no chance of noticing the pickpocket. That's in line with the...
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 05:21 PM
    Hard-headed and determined to show too weak, young warrior joins them at the fire. He doesn't sit, not risking his leg sitting down. But standing then returning for an early bed seems feasible. hopefully not needed He is no stranger to pain and bears it stoically. why would I heal slower than human without powers?
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  • machineelf's Avatar
    Today, 05:14 PM
    IMO, correcting a DM on a rule when he/she has not asked for help on rules corrections is rude and in bad form. I'll never do it during a session. I'll wait until after a session and bring it up. If the DM says it's ok to help with rules corrections, then I'll bring up clear rule mistakes, but I won't question the DM's interpretation of the rules or house rules. If I think the DM is...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 PM
    The PC lives in the world. You don't penalize a PC if the player doesn't tell you that they are going to breathe. Same way you don't assume that a character has no chance to notice something they aren't expecting just because they aren't being specifically vigilant. I personally can be working at my desk, in the zone so not specifically paying attention, and still hear someone come up behind...
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  • epithet's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    It's also important to keep in mind, when prepping adventures on Oerth, that you can be doing "the right thing" and still have a group of Lawful Good NPCs trying to kill you for it.
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 15-2=13 Time to get rid of these so-called "scholars"... Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Hodgson, William Hope 4 Jemisin, N.K. 23 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 23 Lynch, Scott 24 McKillip, Patricia 23
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    Many good points. Let me start with this: "Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as "Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end". It may be inferred that the term derives from the idea of playing...
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  • machineelf's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    That's a problem with that DM, not the 5th edition system. The rules say that if you are attempting to do something with no chance of failure, then there is no need for a roll. You just succeed.
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  • jgsugden's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 PM
    However, if there are large levels of ambiguity between which is which, then the labels are useless to make informed decisions. Further, homebrew/personalized/stock is a very minor part of a much larger conversation that should take place before a campaign begins. You can buy stock materials off the shelves that contain materials that are offensive to some players. As such, you need to sit...
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  • zztong's Avatar
    Today, 04:57 PM
    PF2 Players? Do you mean the playtest? If so, and its the first session, we spent most of it making characters, roughly 2-3 hours. It will be longer if you're all sharing a book and none of the players have looked at the rules in advance. The PDF offers some search abilities, but searching on "Spell Roll" will turn up something like 195 hits. The glossary helps and is perhaps the best place to...
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 04:55 PM
    A game I play in is at a FLGS. The noise level in the background is barely at my tolerance level and due to having older ears than my group I have a lot of trouble hearing. It's not uncommon for me to have to ask for repeats - especially when sitting next to one certain player. So I appreciate brevity and conciseness in GM to PLAYER communications. If a player wants to inform the GM of action...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    I cannot stress the ToM (DM) vs Battlegrid (PCs) debate. We constantly joke about this session-in session-out at our table. I only prepare for battlegrid when I feel it is appropriate for the combat. I'm so stealing this. :)
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  • Warpiglet's Avatar
    Today, 04:52 PM
    I am pretty damn nice to people. I tell them at times their choices or actions are cool. I think I am a really good co-player. I high five the successes of others. My over organization or having too many items at hand may be annoying...lots of dice and gadgets, dice trays etc. As DM sometimes I fumble for rules that we don't use enough instead of just making a call. My use of minis is...
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  • Laurefindel's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    I’ve become better in so many ways, but it boils down to two things; I learned to know what I like and what I don’t, and to be honest about it. I learned to recognize what my players like and what they don’t, and to ask them to be honest about it. There usually is a common ground that satisfies everyone, but not all players (in the broad sense of the term, including dm) are compatible....
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    Not enough info given to lead to that conclusion, imo. Of course you had more to go on than you put here. But, the key is, I can see calling for a DeX roll there. The character can still slip. That gets them more wet than expected and may require a swimming check if part of the crossing is deeper than expected. No matter what tho the rope is the failsafe. This sounds like something my 8...
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  • robus's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    Right it's similar to how in a book when an author takes time to establish the setting at the beginning of a scene. Once that's finished there's little need to refer back to it. But it's highly important to set the tone.
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  • DragonLancer's Avatar
    Today, 04:35 PM
    I think you are misunderstanding what I was saying. I never said characters wouldn't know the rules. Character creation is one thing but do players new to a system need to know everything especially new players to the hobby. For example, does a player who makes a character not based around grappling need to know the grapple rules? Not until that situation comes up really and then the GM can...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Yeah it is not so clear cut guys, some campaigns outlast editions and a whole new system comes into play which neither the DM nor players have had the opportunity to play-test it for themselves. Furthermore if everything was so clear cut in the core rulebooks, you wouldn't have have issues/queries arising continuously asking the designers years later. You just cannot be so prepared for...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Same. The rule I keep telling myself is that every time they enter a new area, or encounter a new monster or NPC, take a few moments to describe things and bring the game to life. I’m also leaning more into improvisation than ever. I still come up with an adventure, but I view it more as a toolkit to pull from and reassemble in response to PC actions. While I wasn’t a railroader, some of my...
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