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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Under most circumstances I'd agree, but since we're talking about a random encounter that (if I remember the Martek portion correctly) just pops out of the ground/glass and starts snacking, it should probably be modded in some fashion to avoid a no-win kill-a-character-or-three moment. Now, if it's modded as a "cutscene instance" like Quartz describes, where only major stupidity would get them...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Ah. Not all random encounters are intended for you to fight and win. Sometimes, you randomly encounter things that you are supposed to then avoid at all costs.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    And the usual suspects show up instantly like bad pennies. That’s two of the trifecta. One to go. @jimmifett and @Derren, don’t post again in this thread, please. Jimmifett, it would be nice if you posted about something else sometimes, but since as far as I can make out the only reason you post in this community is to decry any hint of inclusiveness, it's time for you to leave.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Plus, multiple tabs (one open to each section you are flipping between) or "previous view", or "split window view." Not to denigrate good old reliable paper (try playing D&D in a power outage with a tablet at 20% power and no battery!) but there are plenty of flippin' tools. (term used non-ironically :))
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Cocaine. Mountains and Mountains of Cocaine, which the party has to use climbing gear and tons of willpower to cross. ;-)
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    Yeah I will say the Party can easily get tpked on this one. The bite will take one pc mostly out of combat, and the poison has a good chance of dropping a pc outright (possibly killing if they are already really wounded). Between the two attacks, you should expect to have a pc drop out of the combat each round.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    Inconceivable!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    Following an online backlash regarding the content of their recent publications, White Wolf Publishing has just announced some big changes, including the suspension of the Vampire 5th Edition Camarilla and Anarch books, and a restructuring of management. White Wolf's Shams Jorjani made the following announcement about an hour ago: "Hello everyone, My name is Shams Jorjani, VP of...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:03 PM
    Is the Purple Worm in this an important encounter plot-wise, or is it a random encounter? I love Desert of Desolation, but I can't remember specifically right now. If it's a random encounter, I might skip it or substitute a smaller version (maybe a 'baby' purple worm or variant species with a -2 to attacks, about 1 dice less damage, (about 3 dice less for the poison tail) and about 125 hp or so?...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    There's a creature in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes called the Venom Troll that is a CR7 critter that can be DEVASTATING to even higher-level parties if a particular party is very melee-heavy and not ranged-attack-heavy. Every time the thing is hit with damage, acidic pustules pop and damage all creatures within 5 feet of it with poison damage. A party in melee with it is potentially damaging...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    Yeah if I was going to pick one it would be a flaming skull. A fireball to start the party against 4th level members is no joke. Combined with a fast flying speed that lets them evade danger they can be tough to take down.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    *sheepish* The XP is just to let you know I'm reading and eager to hear about your group's exploits. Re: Question 2, a wizard did it. It's like defending some VIPs with security guards. It's not hard if you have the manpower, but you don't have enough manpower to protect everyone the same way.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    If you want to get physics-y, my idea was yeah, there are tons of actual balls of hydrogen and helium out in the universe, burning in the vast distance. In addition to sending light to this world, they also deliver tiny amounts of magical energy, much as the planets in the solar system do (but the planets are closer and have a much larger effect). Then the Ob do the Axis Seal ritual, and the...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:47 AM
    I'm curious, how did the group deal with being mostly bystanders in this scene? It was a challenge to come up with a way to present all the information in a way that wasn't just a report from spies or something.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 09:31 PM
    I'm running Ashen Stars on a regular basis... The game is pretty specifically designed to play out rather like an Episode of Star Trek - if you know what a "procedural" TV show is, Trek is kind of a sci-fi procedural, and the system models that well. The starship combat is pretty ingenious, and it has the focus of combat just where an episode of the series would have it. What you are...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 03:59 PM
    Are there any good ways to increase a spell's resistance to remove curse or dispel magic? I would love to have the organization infiltrate some of the police force but I would assume such a place would do routine screenings to ensure their people don't have magical compulsions or curses. A simple remove curse can even take out a full 9th level geas, so wanted to see if there were ways to...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    For the next two weeks, we''re going to try something new. This is an experiment, and there is a reasonable chance that it might not work out. For the next two weeks you may put your promotional/publisher posts in the relevant game forum. So if you have a Kickstarter for a new D&D 5E book, you may put it in the 5E forum instead (that's instead, not as-well-as). If the forums end up being...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:14 AM
    Agreed. I feel like it should be several adventures worth of planning and prep to be able to go toe to toe with such a creature. If your facing something 10 CR higher than you, you should get curb stomped in most cases.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:11 AM
    Though I'm against you in this debate, I will complement you that this is a compelling argument.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Yeah, what got me thinking about it is, "what's the difference between, 'never understood what you are saying,' and 'never heard you say it in the first place?' " Recognition of the command sounds like it's key to the magic of the spell.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:27 PM
    Those are some of my favorite moments as a player - when you and another player are in on the dynamic and it just works. I once met another player at Gencon, first time we had ever spoken, where I played the Greyhawk character Robilar and she played Quij, Robilar's *ahem* faithful orc manservant. I gave her no end of crap, making Quij take trapfinding detail, ordering him into danger first, etc....
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:09 PM
    RAW: Sounds like it wouldn't matter. They are affected by the Geas, they take the damage. RAI: Reading the spell more carefully, note that if a creature "does not understand" the spellcaster (know their language), the spell has no effect. This sounds like the target needs to KNOW that they are disobeying the caster. Their very disobedience is what triggers the spell - reinforced by the fact...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:53 PM
    Now now Taran, you started this tangent by noting frustration with DMs who ignore dodging and spells like sanctuary. Overlord is basically saying turnaround is fair play, that as much as DMs may use in game knowledge to make their monsters more tactical, players can do it too.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:52 PM
    I don't know if this is in similar vein or not, but I used to play with a guy who for some reason, consciously or not, decided to "one-up" every PC I played by playing a PC with the same party role, but with lots of rules-tweaking to make the PC better. It was kind of obvious after a while: (1) I would create a PC, (2) he would get tired of the PC he was playing and retire them, and (3) a new PC...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:49 PM
    So you asked someone to make a thread about dodge, they did so....and then you decided to clutter the forum with another thread about the exact same topic?
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:43 PM
    Lets say a person was subjected to a GEAS, but then shortly after their memory was modified so they don't remember getting the GEAS effect. Would they have any knowledge or innate way to avoid the actions restricted by the GEAS, or would they just stumble into it and take the damage?
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:39 PM
    Like many other things, dodge is situationally the right call. It is to me most often used when you don't have any effective recourse against a foe for a given round, either because that foe is unattackable for some reason or you are in a terrible position and need to get into better position. The two examples in a game I can think of were: 1) Our party had to cross a hall in a keep in which...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 08:47 PM
    I love a fate of the world philosophical debate. Uncle Uru is a fine fey titan.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 07:25 PM
    Loving this work so far! My request is a revamp of the mummy lord. To this date the absolute most disappointing creature for its CR my group has seen to date. Its defense is so low a stiff breeze can kill it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Morrus and Peter are joined this week for an epic-length episode by Rodney Thompson, designer on Star Wars SAGA Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Destiny 2, Dusk City Outlaws, and currently on Kickstarter: Spectaculars. In the news, we have the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica, financial troubles at John Wick Presents,...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:16 PM
    This is the segment that you are getting confused on. Sanctuary does not generally cause an attack action to be wasted. 1) The monster tries to attack you. 2) It fails its save. 3) It now has the option to attack someone else. Only if it can't (or won't) is its attack action wasted. So unless the monster used all of its movement to get to you, and has no other targets, it is free by the...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 04:28 PM
    Perfect. I realized I was looking at the quick section in the back of the PH instead of true monster description. You are absolutely right, thank you very much.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 03:37 PM
    So in my campaign, the party works for a city with access to very high level magics. 8th level spells are not out of question when necessary. The only caveat is while revivification is possible, other raise dead magics are not. Further, the city has very good security, and a lot of licence to use it. Aka, there is no "legal protections" that would hinder them in the pursuit of their...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 03:14 PM
    You walk into a room, and 10 archers knock their arrows at you.... Um, yeah I dodge!!!
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 03:05 PM
    In my last game, my players are trying to extract information from a dead cult member who is notoriously known for secrecy (this was my attempt to see if secrets can actually be kept from determined high level magic). They first tried speak with dead on it, but got cryptic answers. They wanted to use zone of truth on it, but I ruled that as a corpse it was not a creature and so not affected by...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 07:18 AM
    Stanfield benefits from the miniadventure Bonds of Forced Faith, and possibly from getting blown up and resurrected in adventure five.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:44 AM
    Man, I'll take it. I kinda wish The Good Place had come out before I started writing ZEITGEIST, because I would have been more careful to include more philosophies and moral quandaries. The Voice of Rot is sort of a nihilist villain, to contrast with the high-minded ideals of the Ob. But I do feel like I could have layered him a bit more, or at least given him more time to interact with the...
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  • kronos182's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 04:30 AM
    Force Gauntlet Oversized heavy, yet articulated gauntlet that crackle with greenish-white energy when used. Provides a deflection field against ranged attacks and area attacks (explosions, flamethrower attacks), energy ranged bolt attack which can push back a target, critical knock down. Energized melee strikes also push back/knock off balance and knock prone. Force Gauntlets (PL6/7 Simple &...
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  • kronos182's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 04:05 AM
    Ionic Blaster This heavy energy pistol fires ionized particles that are slightly radioactive, making the weapon particularly dangerous to organic life. The weapon is heavily shielded, with a heavy shroud around the barrel and trigger guard. Unfortunately the weapon is energy intensive, making it eat through power packs quicker than comparable weapons. Due to the radiation damage the weapon...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Oh, I see! What we in the hobby like to call "dice"! :D
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:40 PM
    But it isn't his move. His move only happens on his own turn, and it is the cube's turn.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:26 PM
    Add to that Equestrian, Auto Mechanic (roughly Tech Level 7 in GURPS speak), and Certified Lunatic Wartime Driver. ;-)
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:25 PM
    With that many players, stronger monsters won’t help thst much. Your players will still mulch them. My group of 6 handles CRs +5 all the time without even breaking a sweat. More monsters is really the way to go, or focus on area attack monsters. Also, active traps can be great here. A trap can be set up to hit multiple parties, and can be a good change of pace compared to “every enemy has a...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:57 PM
    He could fall prone, or we could call it disadvantage on Strength and Dexterity checks for both the fighter and wizard until the situation is resolved.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:16 PM
    A nonlethal doomsday bomb, eh? I'm sure that'll be popular with the public. Poor Kell going down before he got to gouge anyone's eyes out.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Doesn't solidify until experienced? I've not heard that one.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. But all of it's the past for the Doctor, so every alien stopped is altering history.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:58 AM
    darjr replied to 4e PDF bundles?
    Here is an easy link for you. The rules compendium is awesome. It's my affiliate link, FYI. https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?filters=0_0_0_0_0_45349_0_0&affiliate_id=182934
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:02 AM
    Umbran started a thread Stan Lee - Excelsior!
    I know this is mentioned in the Remembrances thread, but the man had such an impact on genre fiction, I think he deserves his own thread. Mr. Stan Lee, one of the fathers of modern comic books and superheroes, has passed, at the age of 95. https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/106322838/a-marvel-of-a-man-stan-lee-dead-at-95
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 05:06 PM
    I don't have kids myself, but I have some very recent experience with this... One of the players in my regular game wanted his 13-year-old daughter to learn about D&D. But, having your father run the game is pretty lame, and can lead to some weird dynamics, so he asked me to do it - I ran a game for the dad, the kid, a friend of hers, and my wife (who is a kid of unofficial godmother to the...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:45 AM
    I appreciate the notes. Yeah I think to me the Eidelon's offensive CR is a bit underrepresented because it has a very solid possibility of knocking out an equivalent level player in a single round....which of course reduces the party's offense against it. Compare that to a stone golem that will take a few rounds to do the same, so it has to endure more punishment. But again I don't think this...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In don’t think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. It’s you as a gamer.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:28 PM
    Hmmmm it's almost like a clue of some sort. Why would WotC do that?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:05 PM
    Science interjection - you've got it a little messed up. Arthropoods have two separate issues as they get large. One is weight - the materials used in exoskeletons are not particularly strong. It cannot carry the same weight that bone can - so, if they get too big, arthropod exoskeletons will break legs, and the like. This can be gotten around by fundamentally changing the materials used...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 05:41 PM
    Folks need to read up on biology a bit before going into such things. You folks are making this way too complicated, and you are trying too hard to bind an alien species that only superficially looks human to human mechanisms and structures. I mean, think for a second, if a male can bring a baby to term, it quite obviously doesn't mean the same thing as "male" does in humans. Even on Earth,...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotC’s goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 09:12 AM - pemerton mentioned Morrus in post [Poll] Vote For The Top 10 Horror RPGs!
    Morrus Cthulhu Dark - thematically and trope-wise it's CoC, but with a much better (and lighter - the name is a play on words) system. There's also a free PDF version available. The whole system in 3 columns of text.

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018


Friday, 19th October, 2018

  • 02:12 AM - Henry mentioned Morrus in post DnD Sports Changes Name To RPG Sports
    ...nd awhile ago. What percentage of that is going to spend time watching someone else roll dice and pencil in numbers on a piece of paper? Keep in mind, this is the same thing as asking what percentage of people would be interested in watching a Magic the Gathering game. Which based on their more recent tournament (Worlds I think?) was 19,000 people* (Out of a player base of reportedly 20-30 million). So we can theorize that what we're looking at is a viewer rate of about what? 6,500 to 9,000? I don't think I'd call that either a draw or an audience. Going into other RPG's, Pathfinder ends up a percentage of D&D, and everything else is going to number in the hundreds of people at best since their market penetration is really small. I suspect we'll find that its popularity is embarrassingly small, and after 2-3 events we never hear about it again. In addition to Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D, updating that figure to 12 to 15 million in North America alone, as Morrus mentions, keep in mind that Critical Role, where people are "rolling dice and recording numbers on a character sheet," pull in somewhere between 55,000 and 65,000 viewers a week regularly, and fill halls with 3000 to 5000 people per appearance. Even half that will still make an audience to garner a following, and more likely to follow if it's something you don't have to devote 4 or 5 hours to, as you would Critical Role. Ignoring just D&D for a moment, others like Glass Cannon Podcast have audiences probably closer to 10 to 12,000, with at least 4,000 solid Patreon members donating enough for them to make a regular business of it as a self-sustaining model. There's a long tail of different RPG viewing audiences out there, not all of which overlap, simply because there wouldn't be enough hours in the day for them to (since so many are 3 to 5 hours long to consume) Again, is it an audience of millions? Nope, and no one claimed it was - but all they need is that 20,000 or 30,000 str...

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

  • 09:56 AM - DQDesign mentioned Morrus in post "DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes
    Morrus you are right, we do not know details about this thing, probably I'm just speculating. what I know for sure is that dnd did not have a new campaign setting in the last 15 years, that 5E Eberron has been published in beta and is disclosed for free piece-by-piece in "UA", etc. and this esport thing not wizards-driven (but announced by their CEO!) does not help the brand in that direction.
  • 02:11 AM - pming mentioned Morrus in post "DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes
    Hiya! First: Called it! ;) Second: There has always been "competitive play". Yes. One party goes through a module and gets points. Another party then does the same. Then another. And maybe a fourth. Which ever party scored the most points during the completion of the module wins. That was the "competition". I am not a aware of a single "adventure" that pitted two groups of players sitting across from one another in a Colosseum type setting where they try and kill each other. IMNSHO, trying to equate "D&D eSports Competition" and "AD&D Tournaments" from the late 70's and into the 80's is...disingenuous, to say the least. Both are COMPLETELY different methods for determining a 'winning side'. Third: [quote=Morrus] [Quote Originally Posted by DQDesign] totally agree. I'm seriously thinking about abandoning d&d for other TTRPGs. the standard ones, the ones with stories, friends and bucks far away from the table.[End DQDesign Quote] [Quote Originally Posted by Morrus] You want to abandon D&D because somebody else you've never met plays D&D differently to you?[End Morrus Quote] Morrus, I think what DQDesign was trying to intone was the overall D&D RPG Community and the potential to where D&D, as a RPG, could end up. It's not about "not playing my way". It's about bringing in a potentially overwhelming amount of people who are NOT "roleplayers" and are not actually interested in any of the "roleplaying". As this group increases, it would bring in more money and more and more voices asking for what they want. WotC is a company, owned by an evil faceless juggernaut who wants to expand and acquire more of everything (market share, money, IP's, etc). At some point, WotC would 'switch' to...

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Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

  • 07:43 AM - Fallstorm mentioned Morrus in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    ... While I like 5E I (along with most of my group) are rather disappointed at the pace of rules production released in 5E. Mike Mearls mentioned that thereis a ton of new players and someone in this over twenty page thread made a statement saying that since 5E is doing so well it must mean that players in general don’t favor heavy rules customization. I take issue with that belief. I take issue with it because we really don’t fully know what Hasbro is counting as sales of D&D. Mike Mearls has said before that they don’t have to put out as many splat books because they can release games like Lords of Waterdeep, etcetera as income generators since the Hasbro merger. I am wondering if things like the numerous board games and additional niche products (Dice sets), etcetera are what is making a more significant portion D&D 5E sales now, whereas the RPG books like splat books were the main revenue generator in previous editions? I don’t know if there are any hard numbers on this (perhaps Morrus has some insight) but I would feel secure betting that besides the three core books (DMG, PHB, and MM) the biggest book sales of D&D 5E are probably the books that offer actual rules and option expansions like Xanathar’s Guide to Everything and Mordenkainen’s Guide, and also the SCAG (as the first book to really offer PC expansions despite how skimpy). I do know that there are a number of third party options but many people don’t use those because they like to use official products for a variety of reasons: 1) It creates consistency from campaign to campaign and between games 2) people may feel that official splat material has been better play tested, etc. What I think is that is that Mike Mearl’s statement is coming from two places. 1) His own personal philosophy and not that of ALL the designers because I know Jeremy Crawford had written much more crunch to the game that was not included and 2) it was pragmatic political statement. What I mean in regards to the latter is ...

Monday, 24th September, 2018

  • 12:46 AM - Elfcrusher mentioned Morrus in post Wizards wanted to fire us, so can we fire them for setting laziness
    I think you are misinterpreting the "fired" comment. He was just saying "Anybody who thinks it's your job to maintain an aura of eliteness by keeping out the 'unworthies'...please go away." He was also observing that there was a high correlation between that crowd and people who enjoy system complexity, probably because system complexity makes a nice barrier to entry for people who want to imagine they are part of an elite crowd. Unfortunately, a lot of people are interpreting it as, "People who like system complexity, please go find another game." EDIT: Overlapped with @Morrus. I'll refrain from further commentary on that aspect.

Friday, 21st September, 2018

  • 01:23 PM - Reynard mentioned Morrus in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    First of all, thanks Morrus for collecting this. I generally avoid Twitter because, frankly, it's full of a$$holes. That aside: this is an interesting way of looking at it, and underscores the difference in design philosophies between the WotC team and the Paizo team. There is a lot of room for both philosophies of design, and I don't think there is any reason for fans of one to be hostile to fans of the other, but those differences do matter. There are ways in which I like the prescriptive elements of 3.x era games (I like set skill difficulty lists, for example) but I tend to run by the seat of my pants and the effects of my beer, so a fast and loose and forgiving version like 5E really enables me running a game the way I like to.

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  • 01:32 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Morrus in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    But that wasn't the case in this instance. The issue here is that Chechnya officials deny these events are happening, and claim reports are merely 'Western propaganda'. This book also denies these events are happening, and says reports are 'Vampire propaganda' to hide the truth. That's not highlighting the events, it's reinforcing the narrative of the perpetrators. In this particular instance, that's trivializing the real world issue. Sure, fiction can be used to highlight real issues. This isn't an example of that, though. And those involved have recognised this and acted accordingly.Thats not the case. The book doesn’t deny anything - a fictional character does. And even though there hasn’t been any official statement by the writer, communications with him from other parties involved apparently do point out that the intent was meant to be satirical. Those involved have made a business decision, which was part of an overall decision that had been coming since before the book was even...
  • 12:36 AM - Alzrius quoted Morrus in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    But that wasn't the case in this instance. The issue here is that Chechnya officials deny these events are happening, and claim reports are merely 'Western propaganda'. This book also denies these events are happening, and says reports are 'Vampire propaganda' to hide the truth. That's not highlighting the events, it's reinforcing the narrative of the perpetrators. No, it isn't. It's exactly the opposite of that. Making a comparison between "it's all lies from the Western media" and "it's all lies from vampire cabals" rightfully mocks the "Western media" claim, illustrating how those lies are so blatant as to be utterly unbelievable. It weakens the narrative of the perpetrators by pointing out how ludicrous their narrative is, flat-out stating it's no more plausible than if they were saying it was all one big cover-up orchestrated by vampires.

Friday, 16th November, 2018

  • 11:44 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Morrus in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    If there's one thing that's apparent in today's world, it's that people channel a LOT of concern into real world issues. There is certainly a lot of concern - but I tend to find that a lot of it, these days, tends to get channelled into things that don't actually provide much progress. Attacking things that are 'offensive' increasingly seems to end up being tribalised. People petition against media presentation rather than source. The Chechnyan and Russian governments said they were offended by this piece of writing, yet they are the ones responsible for the persecution. The book has been removed, the actions against LGBT continue. In terms of using real world events for entertainment, it's worth noting that 'entertainment' can mean a lot of things and doesn't mean it is inherently 'making light' of a serious matter in a dismissive way. Notably, Death of Stalin was also banned in Russia this year too.

Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 04:42 AM - BookBarbarian quoted Morrus in post What is the default setting of 5e?
    The core rules don't really have a default setting aside from the "D&D Multiverse" (in that it refers to multiple published settings, and assumes the use of the Great Wheel cosmology). However, the published adventures have all (except for Curse of Strahd) have been set in the Forgotten Realms. This. I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms. And this.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 11:43 PM - Saelorn quoted Morrus in post Shadow of the Demon Lord: Occult Philosophy KS
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.It usually stands for "Random Number Generator". If that's the case, then in this context, it might refer to the degree by which the randomness of the dice can make the game fall apart. D&D 5E was designed so that the randomness of the dice are unlikely to ruin anything, because characters have stats in a very small and predictable range, and no single die roll is going to kill anyone. Over the course of combat, you roll enough dice that the players are probably going to win, even if they're unlucky. It sounds like this game leaves a lot more up to random chance, so high level characters are more likely to suddenly die. At least, that's what I get out of it.
  • 02:17 PM - delericho quoted Morrus in post Thirteenth Doctor - First Season - Thoughts? (SPOILERS WELCOME)
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller. Sure. But that person is seldom standing right there.
  • 02:00 PM - delericho quoted Morrus in post Thirteenth Doctor - First Season - Thoughts? (SPOILERS WELCOME)
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. It would have been interesting in this episode if the Doctor had noted that she could have interfered here - except that doing so would delete Yaz.

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Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 10:04 PM - Scott DeWar quoted Morrus in post Super Hero TV shows
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4JCehDOy54
  • 09:57 PM - DQDesign quoted Morrus in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    In don’t think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. It’s you as a gamer. Yes but I can't divide myself into two different creatures, so if the book is not worth buying for the 'publisher' (I would prefer 'amateur author') it is not also for the gamer :) That mostly because monetary resources are not limitless, at least in my case. Anyway I think no more than a few hundreds wotc customers are also dmsguild authors and most of them will buy the book anyway, I believe, so I don't see any particular worries in wotc about some few twisted individuals like me :)
  • 03:31 PM - DQDesign quoted Morrus in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotC’s goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them. As I said, it is mostly due to their low level of transparence. And, also if my products don't sell so much on the guild, with the 50% share wotc already gained much more from me than selling a single one shot book.
  • 03:12 PM - DQDesign quoted Morrus in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed? Yes... why? Anyway at that time I focused more on 3rd party products with the largest possible amount of open content because at that time I considered OGL being the best thing in the industry.
  • 02:58 PM - DQDesign quoted Morrus in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    Out of curiosity, why? Because I think that DMs Guild is the best innovative element in 5th edition D&D, a real game changer in the industry (evidence of that is the flourishing of dozens of similar programs, including WOIN syndicate, for example). So I will not spend my money on products which are not used as a basis to expand, empower and widen the program. I would re-consider that approach only in case of a significant change in wotc communication strategy, i.e. a serious improvement in their transparence level. For example, I could re-consider buying a not-supported DMs Guild setting if they would explain why they decided not to open the setting on the guild. Summarising, if information are not given, I'll stick with what I like and drop the rest (I'm little bit tired of guessing).
  • 02:06 PM - dave2008 quoted Morrus in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    Out of curiosity, why? You beat me to it! ;)
  • 06:05 AM - Umbran quoted Morrus in post Hidden
  • 03:56 AM - Eltab quoted Morrus in post [Poll] Vote For The Top 10 Horror RPGs!
    I just came there to say that! Could you come over here and un-hide the poll results? Thanks!
  • 01:03 AM - Scott DeWar quoted Morrus in post Super Hero TV shows
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month. No way! Wow!!

Friday, 9th November, 2018

  • 01:17 AM - LordEntrails quoted Morrus in post Waterdeep: Dungeon Of The Mad Mage Preview Roundup!
    Which book is that from? Is there a larger version? Not sure I remember. Don't think that's the one from the original box set. Halls of Undermountain maybe? (though I thought 4E had the cataclysm damage) You can find larger versions with Google. No high res ones I know of as those would all still be protected.

Thursday, 8th November, 2018

  • 11:10 PM - squibbles quoted Morrus in post The Goldilocks Poll: How Magic is 5e?
    The use of the terms high magic and low magic are pretty nebulous. Does the high/low spectrum apply to the rarity of magic or to the power of magic? Does it apply mainly to PCs or to the implied setting that they live in? In my definition of low magic, magic can be powerful but it is infrequently used by PCs and does not feature prominently in the implied setting. Thus, imo, 5e is very high magic. That said, I would agree that D&D is a very high magic genre.

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Pathfinder 2nd Edition Iconic Pregenerated Characters
Courtesy of Paizo, here are the six pregenerated players character for Pathfinder 2E in PDF format!

Ezren, Human Wizard
Merisiel, Elf Rogue
Seelah, Human Paladin
Valeros, Human Fighter
Kyra, Human Cleric
Fumbus, Goblin Alchemist
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Adventures in Middle Earth 5E Journey Cheat Sheet
Just a quick one-page home-made sheet summarising the journey process.
207 0 1 Thursday, 22nd February, 2018, 08:18 PM Thursday, 22nd February, 2018, 08:18 PM
ZEITGEIST #13: Avatar of Revolution (Pathfinder RPG & 4E)
Welcome to the thirteenth and final adventure in the ZEITGEIST adventure path!



Finale and Free Will


The mastermind Nicodemus tried to foster enlightenment and empathy, to create the best of all possible worlds. After centuries of pursuing his gr...
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WOIN Super Quick NPC Stats
Need an NPC quickly, no statblocks available, not too much detail required? Simply use this table for base statistics at each Max Dice Pool.

Also includes examples of each from 5d6 to 12d6, divided into pre-calculated archetypes - brute, expert, ma...
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Captain Wrigley's Starship Emporium
A selection of ships suitable as starter ships - small freighters, transports, etc. along with rules for reducing the price for used ships and ship quirks.
248 0 1 Thursday, 23rd February, 2017, 08:17 PM Friday, 10th March, 2017, 01:41 PM
WEG d6 - WOIN Equipment Conversion Guide
This simple guide allows you to convert WEG d6 weapons (from games such as Star Wars RPG) to WOIN, enabling you to use all WEG Star Wars equipment resource books in your game. There are various official and unofficial books around on the web. The ite...
172 0 1 Wednesday, 28th December, 2016, 07:10 PM Wednesday, 28th December, 2016, 07:10 PM
Darth Vader
It had to be done. WOIN stats for everybody's favourite Sith Lord and movie villain.
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Ogron All-Master Class X Warship
As featured in the upcoming EONS adventure The Last Survivor. This warship is a customised version, with some of the weaponry etc. switched out to convert it to a slaver ship. It still retains a couple of nasty concussion missiles, though.
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8 Alien Races: Fan Content Entries
These eight new races for NEW (and other sci-fi WOIN games) are the entries in the alien race contest. They are presented here as written. (Note -- I didn't write these, and can't take any credit - I just uploaded them!)
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d20 Modern - WOIN Conversion Guide
This allows you to quickly and easily convert d20 Modern (and d20 Future) weapons and equipment to the WOIN system.
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FASA-WOIN Starship Conversion Guide
FASA’s Ship Recognition Manuals for the 1980s Star Trek line of products contain hundreds of ships. Many of these stat blocks are archived (and expanded upon with new ships for later shows) on the web. This short guide describes how to convert a FAS...
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Traveller-WOIN Starship Conversion Guide
Use this guide to quickly convert a Traveller starship for use in WOIN.

Note that this has been superseded by the Small Ships article - EONS # 54. Therefore, the hull sizes have changed. Instead of scaling small ships down to undersized ships, the f...
177 0 1 Tuesday, 18th October, 2016, 03:01 PM Sunday, 21st May, 2017, 01:00 PM
Traveller-WOIN Conversion Guide
The guide provides rules for converting Traveller (2008 and 2016) weapons to WOIN. You will need the appropriate source material for item descriptions, etc.
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RESOLVE
The optional RESOLVE rules for sanity and social combat for the WOIN roleplaying game system.
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N.E.W. Character Sheet
This is the official NEW character sheet.
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WOIN Style Guide
This short document describes some of the basic rules of writing an article or product for a WOIN game.
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Starship Sizes: Fighters & Titans
I was writing this for EONS magazine, but it turned out I only needed one page and that does not an EONS article make. So here it is for free!

This is just a draft; I have NOT playtested this. It is designed to accommodate different assumptions in s...
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d20-WOIN conversion guide
Take a d20 (3.x, Pathfinder, etc.) stat block and run through the steps to convert to a WOIN stat block. It's draft; it undoubtedly needs tweaking, but it's a decent start, I think. I'd very much appreciate it if folks would test it with various d20/...
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ZEITGEIST #12: The Grinding Gears of Heaven (Pathfinder RPG & 4E)
Welcome to the twelfth and penultimate adventure in the ZEITGEIST adventure path!

The End Has Already Begun

Things are falling apart. An attempt by the Obscurati conspiracy to create a more perfect world was sabotaged, and the world is descending i...
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ZEITGEIST #11: Gorged on Ruins (Pathfinder RPG & 4E)
Welcome to the eleventh adventure in the ZEITGEIST adventure path!

The World is Falling Apart

After the stars fell and the sun vanished, a new world order arose, controlled by a group known as the Obscurati. Now four nations are poised to assault ...
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Mundane (non-magical) treasure: trade goods, objects d'art, etc. Whether your treasure hoard contai...
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Technobabble Generator

Babble
Star Trek style technobabble, ready for insertion into your sci-fi games! From auxiliary baryon cap...
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Fantasy Library Generator

Treasure/Items
Generate a library of fantasy magical and non-magical books and tomes! Until you've read Nori the Da...