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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    If Keith Baker wrote it, it’s official as far as I’m concerned.
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    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    There's a range of different campaign management tools available; some free, some not so. RPG Encounters is a free web app designed to work with and sync between all your devices. I hadn't heard of it before, but the creator sent me a hand-written letter to tell me about it, so I could hardly not take a look! The app currently works with four game systems: D&D 5E, Savage Worlds, Stars...
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    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    True, though I expect you'll find there's some aspects that are, while not ubiquitous, are very common. There are styles that exist through large swaths of the gaming community that most of us an recognize. The argument arises because media consumption sets expectations. And if you have your expectations set by behavior that actually has different goals than the folks at your table, that's a...
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    Yesterday, 02:18 PM
    Keith Baker, Eberron's original creator, and other authors have teamed up for a new 164-page PDF Eberron supplement, following up on last year's Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron. It's available for $14.95 on the DM's Guild. Along with Eberron's creator Keith Baker, this supplement features writers Ruty Rutenberg, Greg Marks, Shawn Merwin, and Derek Nekritz, It contains new archetypes...
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    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    Keith Baker, Eberron's original creator, and other authors have teamed up for a new 164-page PDF Eberron supplement, following up on last year's Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron. It's available for $14.95 on the DM's Guild. Along with Eberron's creator Keith Baker, this supplement features writers Ruty Rutenberg, Greg Marks, Shawn Merwin, and Derek Nekritz, It contains new archetypes...
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    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    Thanks Steven! Super useful - exactly what I was hoping for. :)
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    High level parties are monstrously strong. Unless the demon has help I think they clean its clock without even breaking a sweat.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:49 AM
    Forbes has done a few D&D articles over the last few years. If you google “Forbes D&D” you’ll find loads of them. This hobby is mainstream now!
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    Yesterday, 12:47 AM
    It’s almost like he said that...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:55 PM
    Folks, you can decide what you like, but don’t accept work at 1c/w.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 10:44 PM
    There was a time, way back when, that the group I played with did declarations. But, that was back in 1e, and quite frankly, too many times for both PC and NPC that led to nonsensical dud actions. Most games these days don't have declaration like that as part of their design these days.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 10:13 PM
    It’s a different game, but my WOIN system allows for REP (reputation) to be awarded as a reward.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 09:59 PM
    I would not advise any new writer to accept less than 3c/w. And that’s really basement rate pay. Accepting less than that normalises it. Editing is a separate job, paid similarly per word. And yes, payment upon acceptance is appropriate. Good call on that! :)
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 09:02 PM
    Just build a large starship without engines?
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:57 PM
    After a long illness, Larry DiTillio passed on March 16th at the age of 76. There's a good chance that DiTillio was a part of your childhood or your later geeky years and not even know it. While gamers will remember him as the writer for the Origins award-winning Masks of Nyarlathotep or T&T's The Isle of Darksmoke, he also wrote for Fat Albert, two He-Man shows, She-Ra (which he created), Beast...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:51 PM
    Well that’s for you to decide. I can tell you what I did — I supported the d20 STL and the GSL for about 15 years give or take, but I went with the plain OGL this time around. Third time lucky. But what’s right for me isn’t necessarily what’s right for anybody else. Also, I use tools like Kickstarter and Patreon.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:02 PM
    No, I think there are some techniques and acting practices that these professionals have and use that do not exist at most tables. Saying there's no fundamental difference here is kind of like saying that there's no fundamental difference between what comes out of a good restaurant kitchen, and what comes out of the kitchen of a bachelor grad student. Different ingredients, different...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:51 PM
    If you publish on DMsG, you grant a perpetual license to others, including WotC, to use your work. Artwork, I believe, is excepted. While this doesn’t transfer the copyright, you are also prevented from publishing the work elsewhere. In addition, you pay 50% royalties. In exchange, you get access to some of WotC’s settings and other IP, including art assets. If you want to publish in the...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:53 AM
    I have just uploaded O.L.D. v1.2 Playtest Version to the downloads area. This is the near-final version of OLD v1.2. It's here for proofreading purposes. Please take a look and report any errata in below. In particular, we're looking for legacy v1.1 references, but also any other errors you might spot. There are many changes throughout, including but not limited to: Some races have changed,...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 01:54 AM
    The GM should always be free to say that something doesn’t apply. That said, think of it like comic books - people die all the time only to come back later. The only limit is a (semi) plausible reason. For the other question, it’s not really the number of exploits which makes something powerful. It how they combine. A thousand abilities gives a PC lots of versatility throughout any encounters...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:44 AM
    I’ve played a lot of D&D games with a lot of different groups. They were all different. I have no idea what the real D&D experience is supposed to be.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:38 AM
    One cent a word?
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:19 AM
    It’s a trivial enough thing that it’s not worth worrying about unless it’s really bothering you. Sometimes being right is the least important thing at hand.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:33 PM
    Well, OK. I think he was just asking for some volunteer DMs. :)
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:17 PM
    He said “setting” not “Campaign Setting” with Capital Letters. As in a place where the story is set. He could have meant it in the context of a world-spanning campaign setting like Greyhawk; he could be talking about a single town or dungeon like Waterdeep. We just don’t know how he uses the term; all we know is how each of us uses the term. He’s probably enjoying reading us all pouring...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Well, to you, perhaps. But the question is what does a “setting” count as to Thomas Valley?
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 10:28 PM
    Jason Buhlman was a GaryCon running PF2 events. I think they were the playtest rules. Last year they swore players to secrecy and collected back all materials. I wonder if they had any closed door games with the release PF2 stuff? I would have liked to have seen some of that or played it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 08:45 PM
    The D&D logo, name, art, etc. aren’t OGL. You should probably remove those from the front page of the website if you’re using the OGL. No ads is definitely appreciated! :)
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:52 PM
    From what I've read online, they want to make it more detective than action. I like that idea.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:17 PM
    Even the most hardened PC doesn't want a starship weapon pointed at them!
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 12:34 PM
    Yeah. It strikes me every week. You can see every penny of the budget. The set design alone is incredible.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 12:32 PM
    Sadly, mine do not.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:33 AM
    I’m fortunate in that the groups I’ve hooked up with over the years have made in-character discussion and debate part of the table dynamic; a few years ago we had an absolute blast with the Paizo Hell’s Rebels AP, even to the point of having fairly involved discussions in-character about beliefs, political theory, and religious freedom! We had plenty of butt-kicking too, but the in-character...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 05:04 PM
    Me too. I loved it. I have come to realise that Jester David is the anti-me.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 04:51 PM
    Thomas Valley, GameHoleCon's Adventurer's League coordinator, is currently asking for volunteer DMs for the show in November. As part of the post he refers to "The premiere of an Epic event set in as yet unannounced setting" and "The premiere of adventures set in as yet unannounced setting". Ravnica was introduced in 2018, and Eberron support was added to the DM's Guild. Other than...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 03:25 PM
    I watched an episode.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:35 PM
    To be clear - the action/rescue scene can be totally improv, no problem. I do run a lot of GUMSHOE, as the main game I run at home is Ashen Stars - and there what I plot out is the mystery. Folks tend to overestimate their ability to create a sensible mystery by improv - when you just make up mystery elements on the fly, without time to *think* about how they fit together, you tend to have plot...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:35 PM
    James Ward, after whom the wizard "Drawmij" was named, is a game designer who worked for D&D's original pubisher TSR for many years. Amongst other things, he was behind titles like Deities & Demigods, Greyhawk Adventures, Gamma World, and Metmorphosis Alpha. He has agreed to write a column here on EN World recounting his memories of those years. When Morrus emailed me that EN World...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:19 PM
    Stalker0 replied to Command: Flee
    You could easily argue the opposite, that you shouldn’t strengthen the spell because of the wording. Others have noted that the core of the spell seems to be “losing a turn”. Anything that goes beyond that should be carefully considered, especially because the spell does have some “harm protection” built in
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:49 PM
    In late 2017, I would have said, “not my cup of tea.” However, not long after campaign 2 started, I went to, “yes, and talks machina, etc.” The amateurish production values of the early shows, and them still finding their stride, was really off-putting to me, but when I started watching the second campaign, the quality they were investing in it really drew me in. The earliest shows are still...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 09:02 AM
    That pickle vendor was included courtesy of Greg Spanier, a game shop owner in Gautier, MS, who was one of the $500 backers for the ZEITGEIST hardcover Kickstarter.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 09:57 PM
    Or when Green Ronin released M&M and AGE, and then still worked with WotC? Or Sasquatch did similar? Or Monte Cook who left WotC and then came back for 5E and then left again?WotC doesn’t refuse to work with companies who release other books.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 09:13 PM
    No. Don't *make* them do things. Stop planning the things they don't need. They said they wanted political intrigue. That doesn't need a full-color map, or places of interest. The factions are important. The political situations are important. Make sure you *understand* the motivation for their rush, first....
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 08:45 PM
    Man, I’d buy an RPG if *you* wrote one with even less information! I mean, maybe I’m too much of a sucker for marketing. Certainly possible. But I *do* buy RPGs because they’re associated with a property I like. I have multiple Star Wars and Star Trek RPGs! I don’t know if that’s common or unusual. From my experience selling the Judge Dredd game, Dredd is the draw, not the system or me.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 08:39 PM
    I don't partake of Critical Role. I know it is very popular, but I don't really feel compelled to watch other people playing games. And I'm a big fan of Star Trek and Wars, but I don't buy their RPGs just 'cause they are associated with a property I like. I look at what you said there and think... you don't know who writes it, or what genre it is in, or what kind of rules they use - all...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 07:32 PM
    I don’t know the answer to any of those questions. I know they made a campaign setting, so they have some design chops. Whether that would translate to a full game, I don’t know. They have a great relationship with Green Ronin and various designers who published the campaign setting. I don’t even know if they’d *want* to do something like that. All I really know for sure is that if they did,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 07:29 PM
    We all assume that if they publish a game, they will shift their show to *use* the game. D&D players will no longer have a particular reason to take in their show, and the show won't be an advertisement for D&D. Which means effectively breaking the mutual-marketing relationship between them. That's what would get "blown up". The real question isn't whether they can publish a game. The...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 07:25 PM
    That is or is not what I was proposing. Although I wasn’t proposing anything. I haven’t said anything about changing their show. I wondered if they could publish an RPG. Clearly you strongly feel the answer to that question is “no”.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 06:52 PM
    Hey. Just after he says, "I like this one," you see a full shot of the head of Thor's hammer. It isn't the full Stormbreaker. Does that look like Thunderstrike to anyone else?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 06:42 PM
    Folks, really? Do I have to hand out week-long bans to get people to realize that drifting away from discussion of a particular piece of relevant media into making generalizations about "the left" and "the right" is over the line? Because you've put us in the position of having a choice - close the thread because you folks can't seem to keep your heads in the game without someone looming...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 06:26 PM
    How does writing a book “blow up” their relationship with WotC? Their relationship is not that precarious (unless you know something the rest of us don’t).
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 06:14 PM
    Not even slightly what I said.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:25 PM
    Very curious about Joker. I'll go see it because, hey, it's just a movie ticket and I'm curious. The worst that happens is I don't like it. But I am super curious.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:24 PM
    Nothing lasts forever. Start future-proofing early. And an RPG book isn't that big a hurdle.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 04:47 PM
    Right now there's a massive EN Publishing sale going on over at DriveThruRPG. Many books are up to two-thirds off! This includes not just the WOIN core rulebooks, but also things like the critically-acclaimed War of the Burning Sky adventure for D&D 5th Edition, and more! Titles include:
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:16 PM
    Stalker0 replied to Command: Flee
    I would agree, but to me all of those scenarios fall into the same bucket. Running through a series of seasoned warrior should be considered as deadly as the cliff. If you rule the cliff would stop the spell, you should rule the warriors would too...or at least generate a disengage before the move. I think if you are having to dice up how “deadly” a scenario is you have already gone past...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:51 AM
    ...And it was said that the most famous of these was Aanglvia Newton-John, the Last Aerobender....
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:34 AM
    CleverNickName I second that idea!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:14 PM
    Way too much effort for the return. They don’t do this now and are making a large share of the rpg industry already. Matt even seemed to lament the effort to make a setting book was too much. Sort of. I think it’s far more likely they will directly influence the current system and or any future development of D&D. I think their influence will rival all others but the WotC designers themselves....
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 08:54 PM
    Confucius say: “if you can speak, you can spell”
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 07:07 PM
    True. But I don't know how difficult it is to make an animated show. It *sounds* a lot more difficult to me, but I've no way of gauging it.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 05:52 PM
    You have an issue trying to justify it being a long and arduous overland journey, though, especially with an ocean in the way. Why don't they get on an eagle jet plane and just fly there? You may want the thematic element that carrying The One Thing is bad for you. A radioactive power cell, maybe? Then read a bunch of Captain America comics, where the Red Skull is trying to bring...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 12:43 PM
    Well, that’s branding, isn’t it? People would say “I’m playing Critical Role tonight!” and folks would know what that means. Building a brand is hard, but if anybody in the TRPG space, CR would have the best shot at it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 03:08 AM
    Sure. New ventures entail risk. An RPG rulebook isn’t *that* much of a risk, though. Especially if it was a Kickstarter stretch goal. Much easier to produce than an animated show!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 02:23 AM
    So, given two facts: 1) WotC indicated last year that streaming shows like Critical Role are responsible for over 50% of new player acquisitions; http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?4677-Over-Half-Of-New-D-D-Players-Got-Into-Game-From-Watching-Online-Play&p=7280374 2) Critical Role is currently demonstrating an ability to run a multi-million dollar Kickstarter in a small RPG industry...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 12:36 AM
    Days, names, facts... it’s all good!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 12:28 AM
    It’s on Fridays on Netflix. Thursdays in America on their channel, I think.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 12:24 AM
    I think it’s interesting that, give the sheer size of CR fandom, they could possibly consider launching their own Critical Role RPG which could rival D&D. Even if it didn’t, it would probably be the second biggest RPG in the world.
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 08:55 PM
    What the hell was that? If you want to make mean-spirited comments about the appearance of other people, find some other platform to do it.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 07:15 PM
    THIS IS NOT OKAY. Do not bring this racist nonsense to this website. And, no, we don't care if you were joking or not. Do not post in the thread again.
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 05:36 PM
    Is that you, Charles? :)
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:58 PM
    Monte Cook Games' 5E "Science Fantasy Sourcebook", Arcana of the Ancients, has launched on Kickstarter. "Arcana of the Ancients is a sourcebook for 5th edition players and GMs to bring the wonders of mysterious technology and weird science-fantasy elements to their traditional fantasy campaigns. Designed by Monte Cook, Bruce R. Cordell, and Sean K. Reynolds, all of whom have years of...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:53 PM
    Given that David Bowie was the greatest being ever to have lived, the answer to the question is: me! This was posted by Questing Beast on Twitter: a Labyrinth RPG being created by River Horse Games. "The secret RPG project I was hired to work on is... It's being created by River Horse Games, who have created the overall structure and mechanics. I'm writing 90% of the adventure, which...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:24 PM
    Agreed. The reason most fantasy world is basically, "real-world, with individuals who can produce special effects," is to allow the player's life-experience-trained intuition to hold sway most of the time. Well, we should note a couple of things. Quantum mechanics and relativity came by when they did because our basic technology started being able to measure things *outside* the...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:05 PM
    I think you've been clear about that. The issue isn't that you are unclear. The issue is that several folks here think you are *simply wrong*. And... so... what do you want? Again, I think you've been clear. The issue here isn't that you are unclear, but that folks *do not agree with your points*. So again - Every communication has some (occasionally implicit) purpose, and...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 01:43 PM
    Well Dyson Logos says he did them. I’m inclined to believe him.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 12:47 PM
    Yeah, Nathan Stewart likes to troll fans with cryptic mentions of settings. I'll wait for something more concrete.
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:37 AM
    Or not, as their world has magic, and ours doesn't. Their experiences of their world could be very different than ours. In most works, they are not, but every once in a while, a writer goes deep, and brings up some truly weird stuff. D&Disms work fine, if you include parts of old D&D cosmology - the elemental planes, and the positive and negative energy planes, and say, "Arcane magic is...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 03:49 AM
    Currently, Boston, MA. Originally, Long Island, suburbs of NYC.
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Tuesday, 8th January, 2013

  • 12:17 AM - Kobold Boots mentioned Morrus in post Question re: Use of content on Obsidian Portal
    @Morrus should answer for sure. I imagine there wouldn't be a problem using images and excerpts of text, as long as you're not reproducing full encounters. As for what address to link to, I'm not sure if it will change since we've had a site reboot after December's hack attack, but I believe right now the go-to page is www.enworld.org/ap Thanks much. 1. No intent to reproduce or disseminate content that isn't part of a free download. I may want to reproduce parts of the players guide for ease of function; but the group is private. 2. Every page with content will contain a link back to ENPublishing as appropriate. Will wait on Morrus

Monday, 7th January, 2013

  • 09:35 PM - RangerWickett mentioned Morrus in post Question re: Use of content on Obsidian Portal
    Morrus should answer for sure. I imagine there wouldn't be a problem using images and excerpts of text, as long as you're not reproducing full encounters. As for what address to link to, I'm not sure if it will change since we've had a site reboot after December's hack attack, but I believe right now the go-to page is www.enworld.org/ap
  • 09:32 PM - RangerWickett mentioned Morrus in post Question re: Use of content on Obsidian Portal
    Morrus should answer for sure. I imagine there wouldn't be a problem using images and excerpts of text, as long as you're not reproducing full encounters. As for what address to link to, I'm not sure if it will change since we've had a site reboot after December's hack attack, but I believe right now the go-to page is www.enworld.org/ap

Thursday, 3rd January, 2013

  • 10:29 PM - darjr mentioned Morrus in post tags broken
    grodog I'm seeing them, Morrus is there a delay in these?

Tuesday, 1st January, 2013


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Tuesday, 25th December, 2012

  • 03:11 AM - Sekhmet mentioned Morrus in post XP
    Morrus It does not appear to be. There are no mentions, no quotes, no comments, and no guest messages. There is no tab, link, or other descriptor that relates in anyway to XP/Reputation.

Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

  • 07:55 AM - darjr mentioned Morrus in post Edit post doesn't seem to work in IE9
    @Morrus it looks like editing in IE9 works in the default style but not in blackened. testing 'main style' works in main style as well. testing mobile style. IF this saves it works. Trying blackened again.
  • 07:47 AM - darjr mentioned Morrus in post Attack Page warning?!
    My SiteAdvisor is still showing ENWorld as red, which is primarily reserved for sites with malware on them. I've started the evaluation process with them. According to McAfee it could take up to a year to process. Here is their evaluation of the site http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/www.enworld.org @Morrus

Monday, 17th December, 2012

  • 09:16 AM - Knightfall mentioned Morrus in post World of Kulan
    Morrus and darjr: Okay, I know I have activated the wiki setting in the campaign group, but when I went to save this page, I didn't see an option to associate it with the group. Should there be a drop-down box? I'm a bit confused by the whole process. Or do I have to create a book page first and associate that with the group?

Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

  • 01:34 AM - Libramarian mentioned Morrus in post Thank you morrus!
    Thanks for all your hard work last week, Morrus and darjr :) Welcome back! I re-upped my sub; I've been meaning to do it anyway! (And also, I'm hoping Zeitgeist 4e #5 comes out soon. ;)) -O This was up for free download while the site was down. I haven't played the previous adventures but I dled it anyway. It looks interesting.

Saturday, 8th December, 2012

  • 02:11 AM - I'm A Banana mentioned Morrus in post Thank you morrus!
    Hurrah for Morrus! Hurrah for darjr . We will come back stronger than ever before! Hurrah!
  • 01:24 AM - Scott DeWar mentioned Morrus in post Thank you morrus!
    Well! It's back. What a relief -- my boring daily life was beginning to get me down.:) Why, I even signed up for Circus Maximus!!:erm: I know ... hard to believe. [Sorry to hear this was so hard for Morrus and his helpers. I had no idea it was this bad. Cyberwar on our very doorstep.] I am over there as insane jeenyus, my avi is wile e. coyote. **and my thanks to Morrus, darjr and all others. I really wish I could help in some way, but I don't even know


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Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013

  • 06:22 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    The only explanation I can think of is that it's maybe a dialect thing - you're in the US? Maybe you guys found it a bit harder to catch what they were saying (they do speak fast), but it was pretty clear to me. It was very explicit that it was a "we can go in for only a few seconds" thing, and very explicity not a "we can't go in at all" thing. I am from the US, and while I do sometimes find it difficult to catch certain phrases or understand some slang terms (snog box went over my head), this one was pretty clear to me on the first viewing. Didn't cause any confusion for me at all.
  • 12:54 AM - MerricB quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    I dunno. She's definitely human. And how does her dying twice fit into that? No, I think it's something weirder than that. My basic impression is whatever "splits" Clara, it happens in the future. The Great Intelligence will probably be involved. And the TARDIS, having knowledge of the future (as established in The Doctor's Wife) sees it and wants to stop it - probably to protect the Doctor. Cheers!

Monday, 22nd April, 2013

  • 08:56 PM - JustinAlexander quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    Anyone have a good explanation as to why originally the Tardis couldn't go into the pocket universe without loosing all its power but could suddenly make not one, but two trips into the pocket universe? I'm afraid the explanation is really bad writing. "he has ice in his heart" Well, the Great Intelligence has a history of using ice-based stuff. There might be something actually wrong with the Doctor.
  • 06:33 PM - delericho quoted Morrus in post What ficitonal character has been "reimagined" the most?
    James Bond? Only a half dozen times. Long, long way behind! Don't forget the various pastiche authors, and things like the "Young James Bond" stories. Still, you're right, he's a long way behind. Oh, another one for the list: the Three Musketeers.
  • 05:00 PM - Nellisir quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    I dunno. She's definitely human. And how does her dying twice fit into that? No, I think it's something weirder than that. Yeah, I don't pretend to know how that would work. Although who says the Doctor's first wife was a Time Lord? I dunno.
  • 04:26 PM - Nellisir quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    Something like that; it was meant as an insult. Clara responded by muttering "I knew she was a cow", referring to the TARDIS. It was just a little exchange of mutual dislike. Yeah, but _why_ does the TARDIS so dislike Clara? I've never noticed the TARDIS taking that active a role. I'd assume there's a reason, and that little dig ties into it.
  • 04:07 PM - Pelldom quoted Morrus in post O.G.R.E: Online Generic Randomizer Engine
    Yeah, you haven't told it to do anything with that variable. You'll need a second one, I think. Please excuse me - I'm doing this on my phone. So spacing/formatting might get a bit funny or be a bit wrong, but hopefully it gives the right idea {$qual: {1d5-2}} Drinks: {$drinky: {2d2+$qual}} {Pelldom(Ales)} {print:$drinky} sp. That actually makes total sense! Thanks. Years ago I started doing a huge amount of work on a program called Tavern Creator and have loads and loads of data on medieval food/drink. For years I had been holding on to this data. SOOOOO glad a friend pointed this tool to me so that I can input it. I've already added several very comprehensive tables for Ales, Lagers, Wines and Meads. Going to be adding a lot more for food and such as well. Love Morrus's tavern menu creator but I'm running a Low Magic campaign so want to have a non-fantasy menu creating version.
  • 01:38 AM - Bedrockgames quoted Morrus in post 3 weeks till new Who!
    So nobody's. mentioned this yet - but that stuff about the TARDIS umbrella stand was clearly important. Why couldn't he remember where it was? Or was he imagining he was Sylvester McCoy for a bit? Plus the Clara mystery. The Doctor's name. Something's going on. Plus I feel he's staring to get darker, and they're calling out theses like "we're all just ghosts to you" and "he has ice in his heart" a lot. TARDIS doesn't like Clara. 50th anniversary ep approaching. Any ideas yet? I agree the umbrella thing was important. My first thought is maybe it had something with him giving his memories to the god in Rings of Akhaten, but not sure. He has been growing darker. The ice comment was odd. Seems like there is moreto that than just pointing out the doctor has a dark side. Isnt the doctor supposed to have an evil quasi regeneration between the 12th and 13th? Perhaps its part of a set-up for the next doctor's arc. on the Tardis not liking Clara, that is getting hard not to ignore, but maybe that...
  • 12:33 AM - Libramarian quoted Morrus in post I could have sworn there was a "Fitness" prefix...
    I just go to the gym two or three times a week and try to watch what I eat. I don't have a specific program. I like doing programs because I find I do the same amount of work in about half the time compared to when I used to just go to a gym and do some exercising at my own pace. The programs also have a lot more variety in them compared to the relatively small list of exercises stored in my brain. Yesterday I was doing "scarecrows" for a shoulder exercise--never heard of that one before. I'm trying to watch what I eat. As often as possible, I walk the 2.5 miles to the subway (and back) on my way to work. And, two or three times a week, I go to the local college gym, where there's this nice big indoor track (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) to jog. My primary goal is to be able to do a constant jog for a half-hour. My long-term goal is to get it down to running a 5K in that half hour. I'd like to do some running this year. I tried last summer but I got some pretty wicked s...
  • 12:22 AM - GSHamster quoted Morrus in post What ficitonal character has been "reimagined" the most?
    I kInda assumed by "reimagine" we mean "the same character portrayed differently" not "the same archetype". If we mean the latter, then I withdraw all my previous suggestions and go with "weary cop" as portrayed by [pick any one]. I think the line gets a little blurry for some of the really archetypal characters/stories. Consider Romeo & Juliet. West Side Story is clearly a reimagining of R&J, but does that mean that every story of two lovers from warring families is a re-imagining of R&J?

Sunday, 21st April, 2013

  • 07:33 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Morrus in post We are being laughed at. A ranty article purely for debating purposes.
    The Big Bang Theory does, indeed, laugh at geeks. It also laughs at Penny's stupid sporty boyfriends (hell, one was so dumb he was worried they were going to blow up the moon) - it's a sitcom. It laughs at the characters in it. This one happens to feature geeks as the main characters; there are plenty of sitcoms which feature sportsmen or waitresses or manic hotel owners played by John Cleese or the last human alive on a mining spaceship. We laugh at them, too. I don't get why you'd think geeks are being singled out. Sitcoms laugh at the characters in them; this one happens to feature geeks. Sounds like your issue is with the sitcom format, not the geeks. Sitcoms exagerate for comic effect. I think in the case of the big bang what is important is even though characters are a source of humor they are likeable. People who are not geeks may watch the show and laugh at sheldon's antics but they also continue to watch because they like sheldon. Personally i am not offended by the Big Bang. ...
  • 04:27 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Morrus in post Hidden
  • 03:06 PM - Razjah quoted Morrus in post How many "random encounters" is too much?
    No, you misunderstand me. I didn't say there shouldn't be random encounters; just that in a well run game I won't realise that's what they are. No, I understand. I was making two points and didn't space them appropriately. The dungeon and city were examples of random encounters that are hidden. The wasted time is when a combat feels like a combat simply to have a fight scene. No story elements are gained, the plot doesn't move forward, time is simply spent waiting for a turn to come around. This is when a random encounter feels like a random encounter. Does that clarify things?
  • 05:25 AM - Razjah quoted Morrus in post How many "random encounters" is too much?
    As a player, I shouldn't be cognisant of random encounters. If I know it's just a random encounter, I'm not interested in it. I feel the same way. In a dungeon environment I expect roving monsters and the like. In a city, I can expect and ambush from the smuggling ring the party is breaking up. But most of the time, it seems like a waste. I really dislike random encounters in 3.5/Pathfinder where the combat can take a really long time, 4 hours of gaming with 1.5 hours wasted on a 36 second in-game fight that doesn't add anything to the story.
  • 12:37 AM - timASW quoted Morrus in post No 5e bashing, please!
    Hoo boy; it's like Christmas! The old "not letting me be rude to people is censorship" argument. I haven't seen that one trotted out here in a couple of years; it kinda went out of fashion. And it's coupled with the "you're telling me not to be rude because you don't like my opinion, not because I'm being rude" claim which is, unfortunately, still popular and probably always will be; topped off with a happy little sprinkling of "if you disagree with me ban me and that proves you're [insert insult here]". Truth has a way of coming full circle every now and again.
  • 12:30 AM - Bagpuss quoted Morrus in post What ficitonal character has been "reimagined" the most?
    Oh, and the Bible, of course. Lots of versions of that! Which in itself seems to be a reimaging of a number of pagan myths, when you look into it a bit deeper. But how about character from the Greek myths? Odysseus/Ulysses, Hercules, etc? I suppose the further back you go the more chances they have had to be reimagined.

Saturday, 20th April, 2013

  • 11:59 PM - haakon1 quoted Morrus in post We are being laughed at. A ranty article purely for debating purposes.
    they're making films about supergeeky stuff like LotR and The Avengers which are turning out to be increibly popular mega-blockbusters! I still maintain that we (geeks) have never had it so good. I couldn't agree more. Also, as a fan of Big Bang Theory, I have to point out it's about two things -- sex and physics geeks. Thus the double entendre title. It's essentially a comedy about the sex lives (or failed attempts at them) of a group of single young people in the big city. It's "Friends" with PhD's. We are meant to laugh at, laugh with, and identify with these people. And there are other stereotypes besides geeks in the show -- Penny is an airhead blonde, Sheldon's mom is a stereotype of Texas Christian fundamentalists. But it's a well-written enough show that none of the characters (except perhaps Sheldon) are one dimensional. Penny is more than what you originally see, Howard matures enormously, Sheldon's mom has a wild past, etc. Perhaps the most interesting "diversity" angle ...
  • 09:43 PM - Lwaxy quoted Morrus in post Hidden
  • 09:39 PM - Leviatham quoted Morrus in post We are being laughed at. A ranty article purely for debating purposes.
    Ok, I think I see the disconnect. What do you consider that to be evidence of? We're looking for evidence that the show makes people think that geeks are like Sheldon. All that is is evidence that a handful of people have issues with the show. The only thing that could possibly be valid evidence is something we don't have. A widespread survey of done kind. Otherwise we can spout opposing anecdotes until the cows come home, but they don't constitute meaningful data. Hell, I met someone who thought Australia was in the northern hemisphere once; that's not evidence that people in general think that. As I said before, we're after data, not anecdotes. Anecdotes can be entertaining, but they're utterly insufficient. As my mother says, there isn't a deepest deaf than that who doesn't want to hear. I give up!
  • 08:16 PM - Leviatham quoted Morrus in post We are being laughed at. A ranty article purely for debating purposes.
    Of course they are. Whether or not geeks are portrayed well or catered to in the wider media is totally relevant to the overall thrust of this thread, which has developed beyond your original post as conversations are wont to do. Then I'll stop discussing it there. I am not interested at the moment in discussing the portrayal of geeks generally. It wasn't my aim. It's one teeny tiny bit of evidence; it in no way approaches your evidentiary burden for your claim. Without wanting to exacerbate that whole line-by-line quoting thing, an anecdote is not data; and you saying that evidence exists is not itself evidence. I've not seen this evidence that the majority of people think that geeks are like Sheldon Cooper. Therefore I do not believe that they do. Not sure what you'd consider evidence, but here are some links to articles and forum posts in which comparisons are made (some to be taken with a pinch of salt). If they're not enough, I need to know what you need, though. http://www.ge...


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FASA Star Trek Master Control Panel
An improved Master Control Panel for starships.
181 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM
FASA Star Trek Character Generation Summary
The character generation process from FASA's 1980s Star Trek RPG summarized.
104 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM
Advanced Starship Combat Rules
The next evolution of the Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator rules. Note that these rules require a copy of the original product.
136 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:40 PM
FASA Star Trek: Buying A Ship
A summary of the ship purchasing procedures from Trader Captains & Merchant Princes.
99 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:38 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:38 PM
Savage Worlds d20 Conversion
The conversion document for converting d20-based (D&D 3.x, Pathfinder) materials to Savage Worlds.
178 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:35 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:35 PM
ZEITGEIST Intro Document
Two-page Quick Intro PDF (this is for the GM/DM only).
118 +1 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:09 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:09 PM
ZEITGEIST Player Primer Handout (D&D 4th Edition)
Player Primer Handout (give this to your players). This is the D&D 4E version.
90 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:08 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:08 PM
ZEITGEIST Player Primer Handout (Pathfinder)
Player Primer Handout (give this to your players). This is the PATHFINDER version.
205 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:07 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:07 PM
TO SLAY A DRAGON NPC Booklet
Download and print this booklet of NPCs from Hengistbury.
124 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:04 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:04 PM
Daughters of Lear
The winning RPG from the EN World 1-week $1000 RPG creation contest.
124 0 1 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:00 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 04:00 PM
War of the Burning Sky free intro pack for D&D 4th Edition
The Campaign Guide includes a full overview of the saga and is meant only for GMs/DMs. The Player’s Guide is designed for players, and contains background information and character options. The FREE Player’s Guide contains information for your player...
158 0 2 Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 03:40 PM Thursday, 7th November, 2013, 03:40 PM
War of the Burning Sky free intro pack for D&D 3.5
The Campaign Guide includes a full overview of the saga and is meant only for GMs/DMs. The Player’s Guide is designed for players, and contains background information and character options. The FREE Player’s Guide contains information for your player...
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