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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    The Worry-Wart is in Dragon #259 not 294. Do you fancy joining in the conversion or is this just a request? So far the CC only has the Skullcap Ivy converted from that issue's Symbiotes and Parasites article so we have three left to do. If you and/or Freyar fancy working on those for the next Dragon Magazine monsters I'm game. There are plenty of other choices though. I have a bunch of...
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    That'd give it: Skills: Concentration +20, Knowledge (religion) +21, Knowledge (the planes) +21, Listen +20, Spellcraft +21 (+23 decyphering scrolls), Spot +20 HmmÖ I'm tempted to give it some ranks in Use Magic Device as well. Maybe trim down the Knowledge skills to 11 ranks to pay for it? Let's see, that'd make itÖ
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  • rczarnec's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    Anuire 6 Baldur's Gate 19 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 18 Free City of Greyhawk 25 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 PM
    I don't think it would work for D&D, specifically, but Animorphs would be a great concept for an RPG campaign.
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    That is a fair way to look at it. If you read the rest of my post in this thread, that is the basic point I was making. We don't have the ability to optimize to the fullest. But that is not just execution on our part, their are psychological and social and environmental factors which play into - which are typically ignored in Game. I don't know if it is reasonable for adventures, but...
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 PM
    To was one of my points. We don't truly ask our Players to make decisions like their Characters would because we conveniently allow them to forget the real world things that would pull their Characters in different directions. Ugh, I don't have the desire to explain - sorry. I understand what your saying (base line optimization), but that is not what I feel we are talking about ...
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Erechel, do you realize I am using a game specific jargon when I say "Deadly?" Note the capital "D" i used to denote the game rule term. The encounter guidelines in the DMG use the terms Easy, Medium, Hard, and Deadly to describe a type of combat encounter. Of the game definitions for those terms, the definition (in the game) for Deadly is the only one that constitutes anything close to an...
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    If you want an escalating sense of awareness about the hive mind you could escalate the displays of intelligence and cooperation. Consider these stages for instance... Stage One: Have spiders act in ways that spiders would not normally do... perhaps in ways that arenít in their own self interest. Examples could include a large spider watching the party for a time then scuttling away, only to...
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    Fine by me. Would you like to take a stab at it or shall I. Let's hope so!
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    page 13 Turns out, the first ability is the best, at least in a campaign like mine where you can't long rest any time you want. Also allows the Sorcerer to prioritize slots over hit dice when the rest of the party short rests. Design intent obviously to get around the hard limits on spell scroll use. For its price requiring attunement was a no-brainer but as you might imagine this makes...
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  • hawkeyefan's Avatar
    Today, 11:32 AM
    How about ďover predeterminingĒ then? Yes, itís a bit hyperbolic to say ďall detailsĒ, but do you really not get whatís being said? A world isnít needed before a town. Or whatever other smaller location might be in order. Now, I understand the value of preparation, but that doesnít mean that I canít overdo it. I used to do exactly that....maps and elaborate histories describing dynasties and...
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  • Derren's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    What updated science? The science here is as silly as ever.
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  • Gavin O.'s Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    Hold Person and Hold Monster are not defensive "remove someone from the fight" spells, they're damage buff spells. They're at their best when the initiative order reads: You -> Your melee-focused allies -> The target. If the targets fails the first save, it should die before it makes its second. Attacking a paralyzed target grants you not only grants advantage to hit, but also an...
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  • Jeovanna's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    The shouting was getting louder! Was that Carthum? Impressive! Jeovanna dashed ahead; they were close enough, now, that there was no reason to sneak any longer. But she would not attack. Not yet. Let this horny devil know that she could've! Oh, she certainly could've. And... really? Rats *and* spiders? At least they were bigger ones! She could pretend it was just... dogs or something....
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  • Otiroth's Avatar
    Today, 10:47 AM
    Hm! Now, this was interesting. Unfortunate timing, but interesting. If this creature was anything like Metea, well, his fire magic was indeed worth little in this fight. Carthum was roaring in true orc fashion, and while Otiroth could not understand the words, the sentiment was enough to rattle the rafters. Were there any. Just stone. "Be careful, friend. There's no reasoning with him...
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  • jalodi fenner's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 AM
    Pure Keto Diet @>>>> http://www.muscle4supplement.com/pure-keto-diet/ Bother articulation of fat: This brilliant weight diminishment supplement disturbs the storation of fat in your body as it produces thermogenesis process in your body. It changes over the restored fat into fuel.
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    I have not previously seen the idea of a magic item which gets more powerful, but I like it. Variation: a magic weapon accumulates XP when it deals the deathblow to an intensely magical creature, such as an old dragon, or a lich, and every time it gains enough XP, it has a chance to level up, and/or gain another trait. In this system, no one ever forges a Holy Avenger from scratch; every Holy...
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  • CleverNickName's Avatar
    Today, 10:27 AM
    Anuire 8 Baldur's Gate 19 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 18 Free City of Greyhawk 25 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    My first guess as to the nefarious purpose: a drow noble wants a spiderhive which is under its control, perhaps to guard and secure a border (drow from that house can come and go through hive territory, and the hive kills all other trespassers). Or as a deniable assassin - hey, our ancient rival was killed by giant spiders, we were not involved! Theme here: who is "us" and who is "them"? The...
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  • Lillika's Avatar
    Today, 10:03 AM
    I agree with just about everything here, good stuff. I do strongly question #6. I can see casting it before you enter a room, or if you suspect a trap, or ambush. If that's what you are meaning then ok, but if you mean constantly casting it so that you get the bonus on every initiative I think this is cantrip abuse. I am a big fan of making full use of help action with familiars and good...
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  • Zilong's Avatar
    Today, 09:59 AM
    I love Drizzt. He was my first real introduction to the lore of a D&D setting. Those books are one of the primary reasons i got into and love the hobby (yes, yes, Iím a relative noob). Some of the behavior from people who idolize him and/or try too hard to copy him... that is a different matter.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 09:24 AM
    All good points except for the "showing off the world" bit, which might not be the motivation behind a journey-based campaign at all. I suspect many campaigns are or resemble journeys because journeys are a central theme of some of the primary inspirations. The Hobbit is largely about a journey there and back again. LotR is largely about a journey which later splits into several journeys. ...
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  • solamon77's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 AM
    Brilliant post. Thank you for taking the time to write all that. You have given me some great ideas. The PCs have just reached the point were the hive queen has become aware of them. As a matter of fact, she just recently kidnapped one of the PC's followers to try and learn something about them. She doesn't understand that each human is basically a mind unto itself and definitely doesn't get...
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  • Lillika's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    I try to have each of the characters backstory play a big part in the campaign, sometimes even be part of the major plot and warlock patrons are a very nice way to do this. It's more to drive the story or make interesting decisions and to allow for more character development and roleplaying opportunities. In other words a chance for the character to have a very pivotal impact in the story by...
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 AM
    Definitely adapt power levels to abilities. For instance if their is a rogue that has put a hell of a lot of effort into lockpicking (expertise, max Dex, feat, magic item etc) then there is no point having all locks at DC 15-20 to open. By doing so you are not allowing the rogues choice to matter. Instead you should keep most locks as normal and simply forgot the roll as it only takes a 3+ to...
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  • Ogre Mage's Avatar
    Today, 09:06 AM
    At-will powers. They call them cantrips in 5E, but I recognized immediately cantrips were nothing like they were in 3.X.
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 AM
    Okay this has probably morphed into a few different debates into one. - No Myth vs Some Prep : I suspect this is a whole different argument than the one the original poster and article refers to. It sounds like the improv theatre equivalent to an adventure. I donít doubt from the examples give by Pemerton it can work for some groups. Probably isnít my cup of tea but I can see a lot of...
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Today, 09:01 AM
    That goes back to the real world being a complicated place with many factors involved. The efficiency with which someone performs their job is not the only thing that these people care about, even if they do have more reason than most to care about their performance. There are significant diminishing returns, where additional effort might give a better over-all balance when invested elsewhere. ...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
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  • LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 AM
    When I try to imagine alchemy in a RPG world my mind thinks about the path of alchemy from "Mummy: Resurrection" and "Promethean: the created" (by White Wolf/Onyx Path), and a little piece from manganime "Full Metal Alchemist". Other times I imagine an alchemist archetype with incarnum/akasha magic, but with different colors of mana (or humours or alchemy elements) instead body chakras . I...
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  • Lillika's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 AM
    I'm not sure if I'm the one who started the whole "illusion-ism" train of thought. But just a few things about how I do this. I do it more from system mastery, I really study dnd hard and know what players are capable of and what my monsters are. I roll all my dice in the open and don't fudge dice or numbers. I have come up with clever (or at least in my mind clever) ways to keep the story...
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 AM
    How aware is the queen, and the hivemind, of the PCs? At the edges of the hive, the PCs might not come to the attention of the queen. If the population of spiders drops suddenly in an outer area, does the queen notice that? Does the queen then direct more attention, in the form of scout spiders which explore autonomously then return with a report? Does the queen direct more attention, in the...
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 08:15 AM
    There are other beneficial reasons for rolling behind the screen, other than fudging dice. - it means players canít calculate that a monsters stats are to work out what it needed to hit or miss. Thereby approximating its stats. - the players canít count sneak dice or fireball dice to work out what a creatures max level is. - rolls that are secret, for instance against passive perception...
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  • LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 AM
    Edited.
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  • LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
    Today, 07:53 AM
    If in D&D the resurrection is possible, or to create cloned body organs, why not healing cancer? But sometimes some diseases can't be healed by "ordinary" divine spells. Other times is a divine punishment or a last warning to a sinner after a life of bad actions. And the most of times the healing magic is too expensive for most of mortal civilians.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 AM
    What error are you getting now?
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  • MichaelSomething's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 AM
    If I ever DM for a warlock, I'll text the player bad puns everyday as their Patron.
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  • rgoodbb's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    Cast Heat Metal on yourself. If it hurts....probably. :)
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 AM
    Not really. I've played in lots of them over the past thirty years or so. I've obviously had fun. Thing is, the "feel you've fully explored the setting" is not something I've ever been interested in. Don't care. Nor, IME, do players care in the slightest either.
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  • dungeonydan's Avatar
    Today, 07:27 AM
    Happs Bydon was annoyed. It was bad enough that he had to live in the Thorn camp instead of the main fort, but now he had to get up early to deal with the Levesons, and the worse thing was he wasn't allowed to have his way with Svetlana, and even worse Kressle had not let him share her bed for weeks. Still, maybe the Levesons may not have the payment, if so everything would change. Rousing the...
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  • RedMoonRoleplaying's Avatar
    Today, 07:24 AM
    New episode! Curse of Strahd 03: Renfield Syndrome Renfield syndrome, or clinical vampirism, is the unusual obsession with drinking blood. The syndrome is named after Draculaís follower R.M. Renfield who appears in Bram Stokerís novel from 1897 The condition has appeared in psychiatric literature dating as far back as 1892 and has usually been mentioned in connection with extraordinarily...
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  • Iry's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 AM
    Iry replied to Power is Relative
    No, we pretty much try to optimize all the time. We just donít always succeed. Going to school as a child? Someone was trying to optimize your education. Getting a job? You better believe your office is trying to optimize your output. Pretty much any trade skill, you are trying to optimize your skills and learn new tricks to do a better job or save time. Few people optimize EVERYTHING,...
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  • FitzTheRuke's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 AM
    Perhaps because a Drow scout just looked at us and ran away?
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 AM
    Hello Paizo has posted a blog posting on achemy: http://paizo.com/community/blog/v5748dyo5lkq6?Secrets-of-Alchemy I have to say I really like their take - alchemy isn't some kind of low powered pseudo-magical minor treasures anymore. By being able to reboot alchemy, they can also reboot the alchemist, and I'm very curious to see how it turns out - heck it might be portable back to PF1...
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  • The dark gods await.'s Avatar
    Today, 06:59 AM
    Have to necro this thread: a month has passed, I still cannot change the username. Your revert username change functionality does not work properly.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 AM
    Well, I am saying that RPGing can be done in this style, and produce an experience that is different from one based on worldbuilding. In my own view the experience is more fun. Others obviously take a different view. Here are three first sessions GMed in such a fashion: Burning Wheel; Cortex+ Heroic Fantasy; Classic Traveller. Here's a 4e first session which uses Dark Sun to set up a basic...
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 AM
    Those are, indeed, specific criticisms! So specific, that one can disagree with them on specific grounds, with examples from actual experience! At least they're not vague vapor. Some counter-observations: How much time I've spent, over the last twenty years, pondering a setting that I'm actually running, this year, for the first time, is *not my player's business*. I was not on their...
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  • StormbringerAUS's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 AM
    Anuire 8 Baldur's Gate 19 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 21 + 1 = 22 Fallcrest 18 Free City of Greyhawk 25 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 AM
    I think we stay where we are. If we push ourselves tonight, why wouldn't we push again tomorrow? We can't afford to gain any disadvantages.
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  • happyhermit's Avatar
    Today, 06:35 AM
    A "no myth" game can use them, so can a game with worldbuilding, okay. The initial situation is only one example of the GM telling a story according to the definition you provided though, it happens all the time. Okay, so the GM is telling a story, but it's different because it's based on player cues and is unaffected by the GM's conception of the world? So the GM doesn't consider what has...
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  • Greg K's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    I'll try to answer the why questions at a later date, but my the games on my list include the following: Cortex Plus: Firefly, Leverage, Marvel Heroic, Smallville Fate: Fate Core, Fate Accelerated Modiphius: Conan, John Carter, Star Trek Spectrum Games: Cartoon Action Hour Season 3, Retrostar, Slasher Flick, Stories From the Grave Barbarians of Lemuria, Barbarians of Hellas, Dogs of WAR,...
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Today, 06:21 AM
    Yes. I'm serious because the only posts I find useful, are the posts in which people apply their principles to specific examples. If the specific examples available are MLP, then I'll work with that. The posts asserting that the extremes are bad - "Without sauce, pasta is no good!" and "You've got it all wrong, without pasta, sauce is no good!" - aren't helping me. If they're helping someone...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 AM
    Finally got my review for the Worldguide up. You can see the final thoughts on the Review section (with a link to the full thing). Hope to see some more reviews there.
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  • Geeknamese's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    You could always do legacy weapons that you have to improve by questing for rare or lost materials. Theyíd improve as the characters advanced through the tiers.
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  • ad_hoc's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    I use the treasure tables. It would be a rare game where everyone gets a weapon. Each one they get is cherished.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    Still waiting on my copy of Eclipse Phase 2nd Edition Havenít had a chance to run Dusk City Outlaws yet.
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