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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 AM
    I think I'm missing the illusion. Who is being deceived about what? With a level tolerance of (say) +/-3, I'm not sure it's a ton. But I think it's clear that 4e - as set out in the "tiers of play" in the PHB and DMG - assumes that the content of the fiction will steadily be changing as the game progresses. So it absolutely takes for granted that, at epic tier, we're done with keeping count...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 08:14 AM
    Adopting a liberal interpretation of "PH" and "two words", I came up with the following: Fighting Man. Magic-User. Wu Jen. Thief-Acrobat.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 AM
    Multi-classing doesn't mean particularly serious level limits eg 7/11 for an elf F/MU, or 8/8 for a half-elf F/MU, assuming decent stats. You can also build by researching spells, by pooling items, by choosing which items to keep and which to sell, etc. As you say, the rules aren't that clear. And you can always use wands, which tend to have good casting times.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 AM
    I'll agree on the easier arithmetic. I'm not sure about what you mean by "swingy" - if it's really an attack/defence treadmill then the "swinginess" is preserved just the same. This just leads back to the discussion about minions and swarms. In 4e I had more combats, and more interesting combats, involving giant hordes of weaker enemies than I ever did in AD&D or Rolemaster.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 AM
    If you build for it, sure. Which you can do in AD&D as a F/MU, or using powerful Bracers of Defence, or . . . But the wizard/invoker in my 4e game didn't strike me as particularly atypical - and has always had Thunderwave ready to hand - but gets absolutely pasted in melee. That the precise consistency of the paste might differ from its AD&D analogue seems a secondary point.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 AM
    Hence battle captain!
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 AM
    "I don't like the like the look of this," Marque says. "Minstrels always be talkin' 'bout statues that come to life."
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  • Winterthorn's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 AM
    Yes! I agree with your comment on niche protection in particular - it is why I am glad multiclassing is just an option in 5E. I loved BECMI from my youth, and enjoyed running 2E in the 1990s, but when I look at my vast library of 3/3.5E and related d20 books, I know that Third Edition was my favourite for the rich mess of material we had to work with, lol.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Aeson started a thread Renault D&D commercial
    What if the D&D cartoon was live action.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    Good golly, Ms. Molly is it hot. *melts*
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    jmucchiello replied to a discussion first M&M game in group JM
    Donny Wentworth - 6'2", 210#, 27, blond crew cut, blue eyes, muscular, PL7, villain. - Donny survived the first attack. He works odd jobs and drinks heavily. He is the reason MSTF was put together. He has paragon powers and started out mugging people and has moved up to smash and grabs. He's suspected of severely injuring several cops in the mid-town area. The police do not have a good sketch of...
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  • CleverNickName's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    Ioun Stone 23 Medallion of Thoughts 13 Necklace of Adaptation 24+1=25 Necklace of Fireballs 2-2=0 Necklace of Prayer Beads 20 Pearl of Power 22 Periapt of Health 16 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 15 Periapt of Wound Closure 21 Scarab of Protection 19
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    jmucchiello replied to a discussion first M&M game in group JM
    Special Agent Paula Scarcezzi - 5'9", 140#, 34, dark shoulder length hair, brown eyes, fit, PL5, ally. - Agent Scarcezzi is in charge of the MX7 Survivors Task Force or MSTF. She is hoping to direct their power to good. MSTF has facilities for holding some of the villains. But what are they doing with them? Directory Chad Tolowicz - 5'8", 180#, 52, dark short hair, brown eyes, average build,...
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  • S'mon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:54 PM
    S'mon replied to So...keelboats
    It's all Chinese.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    And then he began smoking and drinking because all the older kids were doing it too.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    It's equivalent to a BFD.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    I would truncate and streamline the 4E gameplay, learning a lot (ironically enough) from the innovations of the OSR and PbtA movements. Give a lot of options for every class but not an overwhelming amount that slows down play or leads to decision paralysis (a commonly cited problem with 4E). Maybe consider rewriting classes as PbtA-style playbooks so (nearly) everything a player needs is already...
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  • aco175's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    It seems that you want the spell to do more than intended. It is a cantrip and should not do more than other cantrips like fire bolt, which is already the offensive fire spell. If the description does not list a attack or save, then I may limit to just affecting flame in the area. I also separate magical flame from normal flame and limit the damage of normal flame from stuff like this. ...
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  • aco175's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    I could see a cool adventure formed around this. A mage spellbook could contain a trapped demon that gives the book fire immunity and the PCs must find a way to free it. A demon could be released from the book by burning it. The demon can jump into other books to heal, forcing the PCs to burn down the library in order to save it from the demon. Is make whole a spell in 5e still. It could...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:40 PM
    I honestly am having a difficulty of following the obfuscated use of "literary" in this thread. At times it seems equated variously with "text," "anything written" (not to be confused with 'text'), "narrative/story," "oral performance," "anything spoken/conversation," etc. The goal posts keep getting moved and obscured for the sake of claiming that whatever transpires in RPGs is "literature" or...
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  • aco175's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:36 PM
    Exactly what 5ekyu said. It took a bit to understand that you only have one action per round. Everything listed is your action, but multiattack is most times the best use of the only action unless you have a recharge like dragon breath.
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    Murray Gell-Mann, 1969 Nobel Laureate in physics, died May 24 at the age of 89. He was best known for his work classifying subatomic particles, which led him to propose the existence of quarks, smaller constituents of protons, neutrons, and other particles that experience the strong nuclear force. He also helped found the Santa Fe Institute which focused on the study of complexity (including...
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    I'm definitely hitting this one when it comes out. I've been a Godzilla fan since way back when and this looks to have finally reached the monsters-fighting level I've always hoped for. While I enjoyed the previous one and they did a decent job of making the human backstory entertaining, there was still too much human stuff and not enough Godzilla fighting the MUTOs. This one looks to have...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    The concept of "protagonism" in RPGing is (I believe) relatively well known. If it's unclear what I have in mind, here's the relevant remarks from the OP: If (to further self-quote) "the game rolls off the GM's 'plot wagon' much as it would if you were performing an elf instead" of a dwarf, then the things I've described aren't happening - the player's narration clearly is not engaging...
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:15 AM
    I wish. This place normally is safe. I'm not the only one here either. I need to get to know my "neighbor". I wouldn't have been bothered so much, but I left the scary part out of my story. The car came and parked near by. Two guys got out and stumbled around a bit. They got scared off by the police. I think the two drunks were looking for something.
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  • Leatherhead's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    Why are we assuming that they are living inside the sphere? Having a magical power source deep underground is very common. In fact, just make the planet core some magical thing! Then you can have the Dungeons function as "mineshafts", which adventurers delve into in order to tap more directly into this magical font of power for loot and power. The Lower you go in a Dungeon, the worse it...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:02 AM
    Wish I could help. Is there a safer place you could go?
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  • S'mon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    S'mon replied to So...keelboats
    I think it's established the Qeng Ho fleet did go all over and at the time Chinese ship technology was advanced. The problem was cultural.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:57 AM
    For warlord I would suggest the Tolkienesque battle captain. But anyway I agree it's not a problem if you're not using WotC's IP (ie neither their text nor their trade dress).
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 AM
    Well, some people think that OSRIC is on the margins (or crossing the margins) of copyright infringement. S'mon and I have discussed this before - I'm a bit more doubtful of its legality than S'mon but he's the better IP lawyer of the two of us - so probably it's OK! (If only just.)
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 AM
    Yes, in that context. I'll explain the qualification by way of an example from a specific system. Each PC in Marvel Heroic RP/Cortex+ Heroic has two Milestones. Here are two example milestones - one is from Captain America in the core rulebook, the other is one that I made up in collaboration with the player for the berserker in my Cortex+ Fantasy Hack Vikings game: MENTOR THE HERO 1 XP...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 AM
    I've not just heard rumours of, but have played through, counter-examples to this. Mostly in an AD&D 2nd ed context, but also CoC and Rolemaster. That's not my experience. You could perform your dwarf - reciting old bits of lore from the dwarvish halls, complaining about the quality of the local ale, remarking on the state of your beard, swearing oaths "by the Mountains of Moradin", etc -...
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:08 AM
    I'm a little afraid to go to sleep right now.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:53 AM
    That is one of the best questions of our times. Region locks make no sense at all to begin with, and the fact that most of the time you can't even see if there is one when you are not the target is stupid. And another thing is when they lock a video on Youtube for whatever reason, and you can't even see what they are blocking.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 AM
    I almost exclusively post from mobile devices. It is too small most of the time.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:38 AM
    I've tried that. Everything is either too small or too large on my phone. But if you're referring to the comment you got for the Picard trailer, I thought the main problem was that the link you used is blocked in some areas (I can't view the link at all, it just says 'content unavailable').
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:16 AM
    I just had someone drive by and yell out their window. "You fing sleep in your car. You're a fing loser. You're lame." Things are bad enough. I don't need that crap. I think I'm going to be sick.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:03 AM
    I never understood it either.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02 AM
    I video to make you smile. It takes time for them to get to the playground but the whole video is worth watching.
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  • GreyLord's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 AM
    I was under the impression that the SRD didn't necessarily allow all of it to be used under the OGL, I could be mistaken though. If is covered as useable under the 3e OGL, then that would mean we are good to go with them.
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:39 AM
    Bob Newhart on the invention of smoking.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XDxAzVEbN4
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:37 AM
    Never understood smoking.... paraphrasing Newhart "You take dead leaves, crumble them up onto a piece of paper. Roll the paper and stick between your lips. Then- THEN you set it on fire while it is still in your month....."
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:28 AM
    Would you count Bicentennial Man? I suppose it's a reverse. A robot becoming human. How about Dick Tracy's watch? It was a communication device.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:50 AM
    I've got no idea where this comes from. As far as I know I'm the only Prince Valiant player who posts on these boards; am the only Cthulhu Dark player who posts on these boards; have played more Burning Wheel than most posters on these boards; am one of the relatively few posters whose primary point of reference for RPGing is not some version of D&D. I don't think anyone could say that I don't...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:44 AM
    There are stories that depend on you to dislike the main character. For example, in The Girl on the Train, the main character is purposefully written to be unlikable. The reasons for this are plot spoilers, but suffice to say that the main character begins as an unreliable narrator, who comes to realize herself that she is an unreliable narrator. In the movie they made her Emily Blunt, which...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:38 AM
    At the risk of further controversy, I'll take up where you left off. One central feature of the D&D-as-wargame experience is that the player plays a single figure. This obviously creates some sort of invitation to performance ("playing out my guy"), protagonism etc. I wasn't playing in the mid-70s, but between reading around a bit and looking at some of the products that get published in the...
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  • Fanaelialae's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:28 AM
    I honestly didn't intend it that way. It was more of a, the exported logs are not entirely pretty so you'd probably want a way to clean them. I did it manually for a while, using Find/Replace. But as the log grew it became less convenient. Hence the program. But if you don't care about exporting the logs for reading, it's a non-issue. That said, I remembered another tool I recently was...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:25 AM
    Yes. I'm not sure a hit-points/damage "treadmill" is inherently more virtuous than a to-hit/defence "treadmill". And it seems to have some side-effects ("sack of hp" monsters, for instance) that 4e largely avoided. I will concede the following: many D&D players seem to regard a +2 to hit that is (roughly) matched by a comparable +2 to AC on the GM side as an "illusion" of advancement;...
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  • Leatherhead's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:12 AM
    "Cannot learn" reminds me of my Grandpa, you could argue with him for days. :angel:
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 AM
    Yes, I've done that. I get the setting in the sense of genre/colour/tone. Interesting. Maybe my use of "setting" is misleading, or just flat-out wrong? I'll try to explain what I was getting at, and why - for me - it's distinctive compared to what I'm more familiar with. Painting in broad brush strokes, and doing some classification on the run, I would say that I'm familiar with 3 main...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:30 AM
    That was the story told when eCigs first hit the market. With the passage of time, accumulated research is basically saying, ďYeaaaahhhNOPE!Ē https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/impact-of-e-cigarettes-on-lung.html Even the water vapor isnít just water vapor. It contains hazardous chemicals, just like the old-school tobacco products. Just different ones, in different amounts.
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    Guess what I've been watching yesterday and today.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muUZjovOFRg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1zLg3Q5zWb3r4LA9Nu94kFM5GWwxTcJYJgrXROog7HR586XRoEHxdI6wM
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 AM
    My sister takes the same approach. She has told her kids about her past drug use. Yes, there are family members that had bad health and have died from smoking. Vaping is claimed to be better though. I'm not convinced. I think for one that the water vapor might not be good for people with asthma or bronchitis. Maybe different from smoke but still not good. I wonder what the pneumonia rates are...
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  • Lalato's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:45 AM
    Simulamom use formula? https://similac.com/baby-formula/similac-advance
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    One of my buddies has a kid who is fast approaching teenhood. He told me years ago that whenever he had to talk to his kid about the various vices of humanity, he planned on being ďcompletelyĒ honest about what he himself had done, and what his experiences had taught him about the consequences of indulging. The thought was that, ďI did it. It was a mistake, and hereís why...Ē is a better...
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:31 AM
    I saw a woman wearing this today. I love it.
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  • Aeson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:02 AM
    My sister caught her daughter sharing a Juul pen with some other teens. My sister is worried, because my niece is on probation, and there might be "something" in the pen. Now she's asking for permission to vape. No one wants here to start. Her parents smoke, so it's hard for them to say do as I say and not as I do.
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  • Tonguez's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 11:19 PM
    Rifts and Palladium both where way too complicated and while fun to read the complexity and power imbalance made them terrible to run
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 11:19 PM
    I took chapter 1 to a critique with some published authors. Along for the ride were a couple of other people at my level, who'd just done the same. I got useful feedback (aka I need to fix stuff). Then the ridealong said, "why should I care about this character?" Now as a smart-alec who writes a smart-alec character named Alex Rune thought, "because you're not a psychopath?" But more...
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  • Fanaelialae's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:55 PM
    I find Campaign Logger to be a very useful tool. https://campaign-logger.com/ It has both online and offline versions. Essentially, it allows you to easily tag entries with categorized keywords. For example, an @ indicates a person, while a # indicates a place. So if I created a short entry like the following: @"Fanalialae" wrote a post on #"ENWorld".
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:45 PM
    I'm excited. It has the vinyard. It ended with the flutey sound like from his magic flute episode.
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:41 PM
    I think it's really tricky predicting the future. I wrote a longer post, but even without naming groups, it's politically tangled. That's our future. I will add/restore this. Too much sci-fi focusses on technology or science going wrong and hurting us. That's a less likely actuality. It's almost always somebody's greed or hate using the tool as a weapon against somebody else. Not an AI...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:11 PM
    Yep!
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  • GreyLord's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 09:51 PM
    In light of other OGL changes, probably will have to have alignment on the two axis of Law/Chaos and Good/Evil. People will be able to combine each as they desire. However, an emphasis will be given in regards to the ultimate good leaning towards the ultimate evil, which will have a few additions to the general 4e Alignment scale. Instead of LG>G>UA>E>CE It will go more
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  • GreyLord's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 09:47 PM
    Warlord should not be a problem in my opinion. Many OGL products have classes that have similar or the same name as D&D. WotC can copyright the Warlord as a specific thing, but the actual Word Warlord should be able to be used in an OGL product. Obviously, just as with the other classes (and this would apply to ANY class) it cannot be a copy and paste job and must be original and in...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 09:39 PM
    Drake rescues his supplies from the man. On second search, he finds four flasks of oil. The others he can only guess were used to fuel the burning sconces on the walls here. Pelegon still can not find any alcohol. As you get acquainted (or not), you hear a cheer rise up from the camp above. When you exit the pit, you find the rescuers have returned and they have a second cart. Villagers are...
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  • Greenfield's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 07:50 PM
    I think we call that "Bardic Knowledge". :)
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 07:23 PM
    Drake You leave the tent and are directed to the pit. As you descend the ramp underground you are passed by four villagers carrying a slightly decomposed corpse with sword wounds on a makeshift gurney. You recognize the corpse as Mara, a townswoman who ran a cheese shop. As you descend further into the pit you torchlight ahead. There are several more townsfolk tending to two other similar...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 06:49 PM
    Brother Pelegon looks pretty good. Do you have any idea what discipline your hermit discovery might be from or are you leaving it wide open for me? I'm going to introduce you into the IC as part of the next time I update Drake's actions. You can post to this to the RG thread.
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  • Celebrim's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 06:35 PM
    It doesn't work that way in practice. Different implies the possibility of uninteresting. You cannot guarantee that if different outcomes are possible, that they are all equally interesting. And if you can't guarantee that they are all equally interesting, you can't guarantee that they are interesting at all. But more to the point, if the different choices are all interesting, then the...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 06:34 PM
    Nope. Just the one page map
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 06:18 PM
    DARKSUN: THE ELEMENTS OF EVIL SEGMENT 008 ďI DREAMED OF A TIEFLINGĒ 05/10/19 SEASON: FRIENDíS VENGEANCE YEAR 24 MONTH: THE SUN DAY: 4 KA: 190 Koe made it back just in time. He nearly scaled the gates to get in. Not in the mood to fight as his mind is elsewhere, Yaesha doesnít ask. Koe would not have answered anyway.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:49 PM
    Okay. This was not a strand of discussion that I was engaging with my post but I will answer your question with earnest. * Here I take "some of these techniques" to refer to some of the things that I had listed: literary storytelling, cinematic storytelling, history, psychological therapy, etc. I'm not sure if using some of these techniques are core to running a game. When I look at early...
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  • CleverNickName's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:41 PM
    Ioun Stone 21 Medallion of Thoughts 15 Necklace of Adaptation 22+1=23 Necklace of Fireballs 4-2=2 Necklace of Prayer Beads 20 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 16 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 17 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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  • Celebrim's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 02:55 PM
    That's impossible. In fact, it's self-contradictory. By definition, if the player decision - whether smart or stupid - always leads to ever more interesting decisions, then those decisions are not interesting. If regardless of what I choose, I'm going to get an interesting result, then the decision itself is not meaningful. I could roll the dice or flip a coin for every choice. What does...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:33 PM
    So you want to make the psion a wizard subclass despite more appropriate classes existing because you love the 5e wizard so much? I can't find much sympathy with that position.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:15 PM
    The psion probably has more in common with a 5E sorcerer than a 5E wizard. No spellbook. Smaller range of powers known. The main overlap between the psion and wizard has been Intelligence. That said, I know that the psion is most commonly attached to Intelligence as its primary attribute, but I know a number of psionic fans who would wish that the psion was appropriately attached to Wisdom for a...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:11 PM
    His question was beside the point that I was making/discussing. Answering either 'yes' or 'no' to that question was irrelevant to that point.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 12:23 PM
    I've been reading Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World rulebook over the past week or so, and noticed this. I didn't have it in mind when I started this thread, and as far as I remember I hadn't yet read it when I started this thread. But I've owned Apocalypse World for a while now and have skimmed the rulebook in the past, so maybe I have seen this and it was lurking somewhere in the back of my...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 11:30 AM
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:43 AM
    My point was more narrow, I think, than what you've taken it to be. I was simply saying that the growing numbers on the PC sheet in 4e serve a purpose - namely, in conjunction with the published Monster Manuals they support a very clear "pacing", not at the encounter level or even session level but at the level of the campaign arc. Eliminating the level-bonuses on the PC and NPC/creature...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:35 AM
    Yes, which still put it below casters like clerics and druids. But that was the best that psionics had to offer in 3.X so I would say that it did a better job then of power parity. Regardless of its terminological origins, psionics basically has entered general parlance for a type or flavor of "magic" within both science-fantasy - because the moment you introduce psionics into a world, it...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:33 AM
    I'm not thinking so much of establishing setting in play - I've done that quite a bit in my RPGing. What struck me about the AW instructions is that the setting is itself the situation, in virtue of having no status quo.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:31 AM
    IMC a Simulacrum is AC 10 hp 10 all stats 10. Useful for putting a fake king on the throne, not for adding to party firepower.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:30 AM
    Well not for me. Just to point to two things that have come out of it: I've learned that your conception of what makes for good RPGing is quite different from mine. And I've discovered a surprising point of overlap between me and Bedrockgames. Given what you prefer, I can see why you want well-written boxed text in modules.
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Monday, 23rd March, 2015

  • 06:11 PM - Mercurius mentioned Mark CMG in post 7 Years of D&D Stories? And a "Big Reveal" Coming?
    Just a quick reply to something Mark CMG wrote before erasing his post. With regards to your assertion that I went from "largest" to "large" to "some," those qualifiers were used for different referents. "Largest" and "large" were in reference to a part, factor or aspect (of the edition war), not a quantity of people. I changed it because I think the less specific "large" is more accurate than "largest." "Some" referred to an actual quantity of people, of which I didn't specify. That's not necessarily irrational. After all, that's what the industry of criticism - whether of movies or books or anything else - is all about. Someone publishes an opinion and people who trust that opinion react to it. It isn't inherently irrational to look at a critic, evaluate how well your own opinions and tastes have matched theirs, and then conclude that their negative opinion of <movie, book, TV show, RPG, etc> is good enough for you to avoid said product. Fair enough, although I think actual "hatred" based on someone else's opinion i...
  • 03:27 PM - Mercurius mentioned Mark CMG in post 7 Years of D&D Stories? And a "Big Reveal" Coming?
    ...d 4E? What is your explanation? Or do you question the assumption that 4E was particularly prone to edition warring? So, yeah, when Mercurous talks about the irrational hatred of 4e, I think he has a pretty strong point. The fact that 5e is getting pats on the back for stuff that got 4e vilified shows just how irrational a lot of the criticisms really were. People didn't hate the mechanics of 4e. They just hated 4e and used the mechanics as a scapegoat. I hate to disagree with someone agreeing with me, but here goes ;-). Well, I don't fully disagree but would merely point out that adopting some of the rules of 4E isn't the same as adopting all or even most. But what is more interesting is asking the question, why did they "just hate 4E"? If it wasn't logical or reasoned, or wasn't only or fully logical or reasoned, what was it about 4E that inspired such hatred? In truth, I think it is a combination - and of course it really depends upon the individual. As I said to Mark CMG, I agreed with his assertion of people having reasoned dislike of 4E, but also say a lot of irrational dislike - which usually turned towards "hatred." And "hatred" is a pretty strong word. I mean, one usually doesn't "hate" something that they dislike for logical reasons - like a game system. Hatred implies an affective aspect, that it goes beyond both rationality and preference - it often implies feeling slighted or personally offended in some way. It is very tempting to try to over-simplify these questions and come to quick and easy, one-sided and/or reductionist answers. I think that is the norm. But I'd like to see more nuance brought into the conversation, more of an ability to hold contradictory truths. For instance, I think there are two general areas in which people didn't care for 4E (to whatever degree): 1) the game itself, the rules, how it played; 2) the vibe of the game, the aesthetic, how it "feels." In a way, it is the analytical and aesthetic aspect of the game, or ...

Monday, 9th March, 2015

  • 11:36 AM - pemerton mentioned Mark CMG in post What separates a sandbox adventure from an AP?
    ...d to agree with dd.stevenson, although I don't think it has to be a strictly social thing - it is part of the metagame understanding about who gets to decide what aspects of the shared fiction. In the "clear goals, fluid obstacles" model who chooses the goals? If it's the GM, the game may or may not be a railroad in the strictest sense, but it's not ultimately a player-driven game. Railroads can have more than one track and hiding the tracks doesn't take people off of them. If all rails lead to DC, that still precludes the underlying assumptions of a sandbox which allows for meaningful choices and multiple endpoints for a sandbox campaign.I agree that if all roads lead to a Rome chosen by the GM, then there is some sort of railroading going on. "Railroad" and "sandbox" are not two ends of the same continuum. <snip> While you can't have a sandbox that is a railroad, not all games that aren't sandboxes are railroads.I agree with this too. (And therefore disagree with Mark CMG's spectrum claim.) A key part of a sandbox is world exploration. You can see this, for instance, in S'mon's advice about rumours and how they relate to map setups. And also in the multiple posts upthread relating sandbox adventures to location-based modules. But there are ways to do non-railroads that aren't exploration-focused. Roughly, the players set out clear goals for the play of their PCs; the GM frames the PCs into situations where those goals come into some sort of conflict (with one another, or with NPCs/monsters, or both); and then the game's action resolution system is used to work out what happens. Rinse and repeat (keeping in mind that the players and PCs are likely to evolve over time). The standard term for this sort of game is "scene-framing". It is non-sandbox but player-driven. It requires different GM prep from the sort of stuff described by S'mon. What would you expect from a sandbox that is not delivered by an AP, and how would you expect a published...

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Sunday, 1st March, 2015

  • 04:12 PM - DMMike mentioned Mark CMG in post Advantage / Disadvantage in 5e
    @Mark CMG, good quote. The online basic rules don't go into that depth, so I'm glad you found a better source for me. The issue is how 'valuable' is getting advantage. So if you needed a 16 to hit, would you rather have advantage on the roll, or a +4 on the roll? As it turns out, you are better off with the +4. (Advantage would be the equivalent of a +3.75 on the roll) The benefit from advantage is never better than a +5 on the roll, and can be worse than a +1. The issue I raised was (explicit or not): how valuable is ADV/DIS on average? I've seen only one refutation of the question I was asking, from @fjw70, who may have provided the key to the puzzle. (Yes, puzzles have keys.) @Coredump: I'm going to assume your argument is invalid based on this: if I roll a 1 and a 20, my advantage benefit is +19 or +0, an average of +9.5, which is better than +5. Did you mean the average benefit is never greater than +5? fjw70 made me ask myself: does advantage's advantage depend on sequence of ...

Saturday, 15th November, 2014

  • 06:40 PM - Cyberen mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    Wow ! I think I get it, at least. 1) Mark CMG, I think what you mean is "RPG involve the exploration of a world described by a GM through a character", thus concluding that D&D very soon grew out of this definition, which is the exact same position pemerton, neonchameleon, hussar, and I, among others, are defending. I genuinely wonder how RPGs can be defined without referring to D&D, but why not ? 2) my DMG does mention the Battlesystem.. but it is the official french version, so I guess it counts as a later print. It never occured to me it could be more than a faithful translation (with purple prose in french !). I stand corrected ! Fun fact : the french language makes no distinction between RP and RPG, further obfuscating it all. Still, do we agree that "In the mid eighties, D&D, still in its first edition, had grown to incorporate techniques falling outside the scope of strict role-playing. Those were the seeds for many things to come, including story oriented RPGs of the 2000's." ?
  • 05:08 PM - Manbearcat mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    @Lanefan , @Mark CMG , @Saelorn , if you would, please take a look at the below and give me your analysis on a - g at the bottom. Specifically I'm looking for if you would describe thinigs in whatever terms you've (or others) used in this thread. Terms such as trad, deviant from RPGing, storygaming, unorthodox metagaming but still RPGing. Whathaveyou. Then make plain your reasoning. Please and thanks. 1) The player is playing a swashbuckler archetype character. 2) I'm going to contrive the (bog standard imo) GM exposition of the opening to a quick scene below: "The gruel of the common room is stirred by drunken laughter, a haze of pipeweed smoke, lively music, a roaring firepit dead in the middle, scantily clad entertainment on a stage in the back, and flaring tempers at each of the card tables. When you open the tavern doors, the eyes of the men playing the intruments are drawn to you. The music abruptly stops. The laughter chokes off. And the scattered grim-faced members of the gang you're seeking ...

Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

  • 01:57 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    Oh, and to answer Mark CMG's examples: First response - well, that's a nice couple of straw men we're creating aren't we? I mean, we've gone from adding a couple of boxes to an alleyway (where it is perfectly reasonable that the PC's might not have noticed the boxes) to adding the most famous NPC in Faerun and adding family ties to said NPC very likely in contradiction to established facts about said NPC. I mean, there's thousands of pages of information about Elminister, so, I imagine his family has been pretty thoroughly detailed at some point. Actual responses: 1. Sorry, this contradicts established campaign facts. Players don't get to do that. And stop being a prat. 2. Sorry, umm, since when are there hovercraft in D&D? Please refer to the outline of the campaign that we all talked about before the campaign started. This doesn't fit with the campaign that you agreed to play. Why are you being a prat?
  • 01:21 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    ...hin 10 miles of me. And, note, every single paladin can do that, so the world is filled with these potential mount quests floating around waiting for the character's player to initiate the quest. 3. The quest is tied to the character's level. If I call for the mount at 4th level, I get a fighter that "tests my mettle" as an example. If I wait until 8th level, I test my mettle against a fighter that's going to be higher level than the first one, since the challenge is tied to my character level. 4. The mount refreshes. Every ten years, like clockwork, I can get a new mount, complete with new quest. The game world moulds itself to my clock, because it's ten years after the first mount dies. How does that work? The gods can only make horses so fast? It takes that long to get a new fighter to test my mettle? What? Is this hard core story gaming? No, of course not. I'm not even remotely claiming that it is. But, it is at the very least a story gaming element, which Mark CMG has flat out claimed never existed in early versions of RPG's. That it's not in OD&D isn't really that big of a deal. I'm going to say that AD&D is early enough for this discussion.

Monday, 3rd November, 2014

  • 12:33 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    ...ter is not entitled to have the mount, just to have a reasonable attempt at acquiring it. Per the DMG, task must not be impossible, but should test the Paladin's mettle. Depending upon the quest, it is even possible for the Paladin to be killed given that an example of a quest in the DMG was for the Paladin to engage a Fighter of equal in mortal combat to win the warhorse. But, you're missing the point. The DM must provide the quest at the behest of the player. The warhorse only exists, the quest only exists, because the PLAYER made it so. How is this not player authorial control over the game world? You can justify it in game any way you like. The player says, "I want my horse quest now" and the DM responds by sending the horse quest in a dream. It's exactly the same as, "I want some boxes in the alleyway" and the DM saying, "You look around and notice some boxes that you missed before". The point of the exercise is that the player is initiating the game world change. Mark CMG apparently doesn't consider this to be player authorial control since the player can't simply dictate the existence of the boxes or the existence of family members in the town. But the player absolutely can dictate the existence of the warhorse in the game world AND gets to tell the DM when he wants to go get that warhorse. Look, I'm not trying to say that early D&D was a story game. Of course not. That would be ridiculous. The only point I'm making here is that early D&D, and early RPG's had all sorts of story telling elements in them, mostly implicit, and the idea that early RPG's were somehow "pure" RPG's, free from story telling elements is ridiculous. There's been no refutation of my points, simply nay-saying and "Nuh uh, that's not story telling elements". There's been numerous examples in this thread of story telling elements that would be perfectly acceptable in any version of D&D or any RPG.

Sunday, 2nd November, 2014

  • 02:21 AM - pemerton mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    Mark CMG and others may be interested in this extract from the skill rules in Traveller, Book 1 Characters and Combat (1977, p15): Streetwise - The individual is acquainted with the ways of local subcultures . . . The referee should set the throw required [on 2d6] to obtain any item specified by the players (for example, the name of an official wiling to issue licenses without hassle = 5+, the location of high quality guns at a low price = 9+). D[ice]M[odifier]s based on streetwise shoud be allowed at +1 per [skill] level. No experise DM = -5. So here we have, in 1977, in a game that Mark CMG has called out upthread as the paradigm of "trad", a mechanic which allows a player to specify some item to be obtained or contact to be made, and then make a skill roll to locate/identify it. How does this differ from BW Circles mechanic? As best I can tell, the only difference is that Circles generalises the idea beyond acquaintance with local subcultures to social connections more generally.

Saturday, 1st November, 2014

  • 10:08 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark CMG in post Character play vs Player play
    Now that I would call a story game. When everyone is 1/3 GM, 1/3 actor and 1/3 narrator. :) Mark CMG, perhaps if you said plainly what you meant instead of using metaphors I might better understand your meaning. As it stands, it looks to me like you are badly misreading what's being talked about.

Friday, 12th September, 2014

  • 05:28 PM - buzz mentioned Mark CMG in post Table Assignments
    Hey folks, I've assigned tables to everyone's event. Check the Warhorn site for the results. Reidzilla and Mark CMG should be made aware that I've moved your events out of the private room; you're both now at Table G. I'm sorry to override your dibs, but I wanted to give the room to events that garnered more players (thus containing tables that might be louder overall). If this is a problem, let me know ASAP and I'll see what I can do.

Friday, 5th September, 2014

  • 09:40 PM - TracerBullet42 mentioned Mark CMG in post Chicago Gameday 39 is Sept 13th at Games Plus in Mt. Prospect, IL
    Thanks for the signal boost, Mark CMG! I was going to see if Nev the Deranged would bring his funny name tags, but I know he can't stay for the afternoon, so don't want to presume. Despite being deputized, I didn't want to assume you guys would spend money on stuff like name tags, but if you want to bring them, I'd certainly appreciate it. Oh, don't worry about it, Buzz. Mark CMG and I got this. (Actually, you should probably worry...)

Thursday, 4th September, 2014

  • 08:16 PM - buzz mentioned Mark CMG in post Chicago Gameday 39 is Sept 13th at Games Plus in Mt. Prospect, IL
    Thanks for the signal boost, Mark CMG! I was going to see if Nev the Deranged would bring his funny name tags, but I know he can't stay for the afternoon, so don't want to presume. Despite being deputized, I didn't want to assume you guys would spend money on stuff like name tags, but if you want to bring them, I'd certainly appreciate it.

Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014


Friday, 29th August, 2014

  • 07:40 PM - buzz mentioned Mark CMG in post Chicago Gameday 39 is Sept 13th at Games Plus in Mt. Prospect, IL
    Okay, GMs! Your event descriptions have been added to the Gameday 39 Warhorn site. Please take a look and let me know if there are any errors or omissions in your event descriptions. Also, I need an event description from Nev the Deranged, and a second event description from BRG. Please let me know ASAP! And don't forget to register so that I can assign you as GM to your event. Nev the Deranged Reidzilla TracerBullet42 Genevieve80 BRG Mark CMG Ninjacat Trevalon Moonleirion JoeBeason meganjank

Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 06:49 PM - buzz mentioned Mark CMG in post Chicago Gameday 39 is Sept 13th at Games Plus in Mt. Prospect, IL
    General notice to GMs: Please decide your TBDs and post your event description if you have not already. We're just a week and a half or so from player registration, so the sooner I can get everything into Warhorn, the better. Nev the Deranged Reidzilla TracerBullet42 Genevieve80 BRG Mark CMG Ninjacat Trevalon Moonleirion JoeBeason

Monday, 10th February, 2014

  • 01:04 AM - Cadence mentioned Mark CMG in post Introductory RPG for a 5yr. Old
    A huge thanks to @Katharine Williams , @Mark CMG , and everyone else who's posted in this one. I hadn't even realized such things existed and I'm sure my little one will appreciate it!

Saturday, 9th November, 2013

  • 03:15 PM - Mercurius mentioned Mark CMG in post Why I Feel Hopeful about 5E (and why I think it may be closer than some think)
    Mark CMG, we seem to basically agree. I guess the one question I have is which will come first, a starter box set or the holy trinity. Traditionally it has been the latter, but I kind of suspect the former this time around - especially with the whole approach of a simple, core set. But you make good sense that something will be out before GenCon. I just stick to the idea that it will be a starter box first, then the big three at GenCon...or at least that's how I'd do it. On the other hand, it could be that the starter set is what comes out for the holidays - "everything you need to play the classic game of adventure!" I can think of one or two young people I'd get one for.


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Wednesday, 20th March, 2019

  • 04:52 AM - Legatus_Legionis quoted Mark CMG in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    MSN reported they have already been renewed for season 3. This after only a few season 2 episodes have been aired. I don't mind if they squeeze off the occasional fart joke and I prefer dry humor. So are you then a fan of Red Dwarf? It is more comedy and less serious sci-fi.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019

  • 01:53 AM - cbwjm quoted Mark CMG in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    I don't mind if they squeeze off the occasional fart joke and I prefer dry humor.If you prefer dry humour, they better not try too hard to squeeze off an occasional fart joke.

Saturday, 26th August, 2017

  • 04:02 PM - thomkt quoted Mark CMG in post Drow "Sunlight Sensitivity" workarounds?
    I'd offer the ritual solution, in-game, but have it effectively reincarnate or polymorph the Drow into a regular Elf. Maybe have it suggested by a sly, Elf Druid who is looking to rid the world of Drow, one at a time through conversion I like this, this is how it works in the Krondor books by Raymond Feist

Saturday, 22nd July, 2017

  • 03:06 PM - Blue quoted Mark CMG in post Aging and the 5E PC
    I think Aging is an element of the game that sometimes gets shrugged off by players who shun roleplaying too immersively but others tend to embrace as an aspect of characterization well worth exploring. Really, if the campaign we're in doesn't span enough years for aging to be an issue suddenly we "shun roleplaying too immersively"? Stereotype much? Your question could be interesting about when and where it's good to incorporate aging, but personal attacks aren't a good way to start a congenial conversation.

Tuesday, 14th March, 2017

  • 04:18 PM - Morrus quoted Mark CMG in post New Releases In Stores This (ok, last...) Week : 27th February 2017
    I was kinda wondering if they might try their hand at a Warhammer Fantasy RPG since GW has the license back from FFG and Paizo might need a new property on which to hang its designers' hats. :) They'd have to wrestle it out of Cubicle 7's hands then! Paizo's big new venture - for now at least - is Starfinder. SaveSave SaveSave

Monday, 2nd May, 2016

  • 10:10 PM - Azgulor quoted Mark CMG in post [UPDATED] Green Ronin Finds Religion In D&D 5E's BOOK OF THE RIGHTEOUS
    How different could a Pathfinder version be from the 3.XE version? Have the people asking for a PF version seen the 3.XE original version? Yes, and I'd still like a Pathfinder version. The BotR is one of my RPG favorites and a treasure of my collection. A straight port probably wouldn't offer significant differences, but PF has evolved steadily on its own and there is new design space that could apply to a PF-version of BotR mechanics-wise. There are things like some of the mechanics that appeared in Inner Sea Gods, there are different divine-powered classes, there are archetypes, etc. I could easily see how BotR could further detail and differentiate the various gods & faiths using such mechanics. These are all things that may be far beyond what Green Ronin is hoping to achieve with this kickstarter. For the 5e fans, I hope the kickstarter is successful as the book is a great resource. However, even as a BotR fan, I have no interest in 5e, so a kickstarter that only provides...

Wednesday, 13th April, 2016

  • 03:57 AM - ZzarkLinux quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    Well, we know he's fairly wise, choosing to write the YA book under a pseudonym. Just look at what the adults are doing with his name . . . I kinda feel bad for the ENWorld admins during Chris C's tenure. If the football sites are any indication, people will be making these puns periodically, again and again, and again, and again. It will lead to increased moderator workload. Actually, now I'm reminded of one of my college professors in Baltimore Maryland back in 2005. First name was Mark, last name was ... a vulgar term that I won't post outside of PM. On the first day of class he introduced himself: Hello everyone, welcome to Speech 201. I'm your professor. You Can Call Me Mark. Anyway, I'm sure Chris C was hired for his manager skills as-well-as his passion for the hobby. He'll probably keep delegating D&D tasks to Mike Mearls, and keep delegating MtG tasks to Mark Rosewater. That's what good managers do: delegate the tasks to experts and keep a hands-off approach.

Tuesday, 12th April, 2016

  • 06:01 PM - Reinhart quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    I think we tend to forget that D&D has a huge value to WotC and Hasbro that far outweighs its revenue stream. It's been around twice as long as MtG, has cred with gamers who have never even played it, and is used as part of the common vernacular in ways that most games including MtG will likely never achieve, sort of like Monopoly and Clue. It's the old workhorse. It's a game-world elder statesman. It's not a financial cash cow but it is still an anchor product for this little corner of Hasbro. I think this is similar to what corporate accountants call "goodwill." D&D doesn't make much money, but it carries a cultural cachet that suggests it has potential for greater value. I suspect that when Hasbro does figure out how to make D&D more mainstream, it will probably still make most of its D&D profits from licensing "life-style" products such as t-shirts and phone cases.
  • 04:53 PM - evilbob quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    It's possibly just the 20 year rule for returning fads - Magic was first published in 1993, and three years ago was 2013.Certainly, and MtG has also had its ups and downs, but even just "getting out of the way" is still a choice. It's hard to not give credit here. I think we tend to forget that D&D has a huge value to WotC and Hasbro that far outweighs its revenue stream.You're right, but it is also hard to know how much "brand value" really matters to companies, especially without the bottom line to back it up. I interpret this more as WotC has some future plans for D&D (like another really bad movie that's coming up :) ) that they hope to develop the brand into something even bigger, and they're already doing the marketing to position it as if it will be the next big thing. (And I'm sure we all hope they succeed!)
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  • 04:15 AM - ChrisCarlson quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    eriously, can we skip the rest of this dance and get down to what is actually bugging you about the new guy coming into WotC because that's really what this thread is supposed to be covering, isn't it? So you think this thread is about what is bugging me about the new hire? Interesting. **Edit: Because that's how what you said can be parsed...**
  • 03:34 AM - ChrisCarlson quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    At the point I jumped in, of those who weren't neutral on the subject or posting just regarding Leeds, most were expressing trepidation. Interesting. Show me. I was discussing a point of semantic gymnastics in their description of the new guy's experiences with the "brands." You cited an opinion about a perceive bit of "semantic gymnastics", you mean... I believe that was addressed immediately following by at least one other. Are you still tying to establish some kind of fact that any "semantic gymnastics" ever occurred in the first place? You are quite determined. I'll give you kudos for that. Someone else, however, seemed to be attempting to shout down and embarrass anyone who might express trepidation at the change. Would that be considered trying to drive the narrative? :) Who might that be? Is there a long list? Can you narrow it down to just 2 or 3? Indeed. Humor or whit don't seem to be your strong suit. Were those not offered in any of the classes you took for those various degr...
  • 02:51 AM - ChrisCarlson quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    I see more trepidation in this thread than enthusiasm, but rail on, my friend. Rail on . . . Did you give your educated negative opinion the extra weight its due? Because, of the 30 individuals who have thus far posted, I count only a small handful who have made negative comments about the change. Were you hoping you could drive the narrative? Talk about railing on...
  • 02:07 AM - ChrisCarlson quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    Several degrees in English and Communications makes it easy to parse corporate speech. Does it? I would've thought something like a business degree would make more sense. Or even law. But okay. I just hope you weren't attempting to declare superior authority or something. That could get awkward. Especially give how little you know of the educational accomplishments of the rest of us posting here... But we'll find out sooner or later, I am sure, when he gives the inevitable interview. Nevertheless, I seem to be one of the few posters in the thread who actually sees his coming to WotC as a very good thing. I've seen a fair bit of positive beats in this thread so far. I would definitely not categorize it as "few". But then, I don't have any degrees supposedly related to my stated perception. So what do I know, amIright...
  • 01:51 AM - Jester David quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    What you quoted is open to interpretation. In fact, the portion you cut off actually makes it seem like he is a player of D&D branded video games, not necessarily tabletop games, which is why I asked. "A player with extensive digital experience" could just as easily mean he plays or played the computer versions of D&D, particularly because of the placement of the commas and phrasing. Maybe. It might mean he just played Baldur's Gate two decades ago. But that's a fairly cynical reading of the portion. I'm taking it at face value, that he's a fan of D&D.
  • 01:02 AM - ChrisCarlson quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    What you quoted is open to interpretation. In fact, the portion you cut off actually makes it seem like he is a player of D&D branded video games, not necessarily tabletop games, which is why I asked. "A player with extensive digital experience" could just as easily mean he plays or played the computer versions of D&D, particularly because of the placement of the commas and phrasing. Wow. There truly is no escape from the dreaded Parse-Beasts of Enworldia(tm)!
  • 12:48 AM - Jester David quoted Mark CMG in post All Change At WotC: New President Arrives From Microsoft As Greg Leeds Resigns
    Played both? Either? In tabletop format? I didn't see that in the release. It's there. I quoted it. End of the 4th paragraph and in the 5th paragraph at the end of the release.

Friday, 8th April, 2016

  • 08:18 AM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted Mark CMG in post [UPDATED] Green Ronin Finds Religion In D&D 5E's BOOK OF THE RIGHTEOUS
    One of my top ten books from Era 3.XE/d20. I don't know that this needs to be redone nor that it is really possible. I'm fairly certain that buying the original would be useful enough for any 5E GM who wanted to expand their homebrew setting in religious ways. So the thousands of new 5e DMs should go out and try and find a copy of an old out-of-print book? I think I might have a pdf of the 3.5 version somewhere, but I would be happy to buy a new physical updated copy of this, as I am sure many others would. Green Ronin must feel the same way or they would not be working on it. On a side note, if I remember correctly, this book is where actually useable CG and NG versions of paladins could be found. That does not matter as much now, since paladins do not have to be LG in 5E, but I would still like to see updates of those variations.
  • 06:42 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Mark CMG in post Why haven't aliens got in contact with us yet?
    What do you think the answer is? No bars, no wifi. 76082

Wednesday, 6th April, 2016

  • 12:03 AM - Morrus quoted Mark CMG in post So, that Walking Dead season finale [spoilers]
    Yup. True to the word cliffhanger, indeed. I haven't seen something that well played in a long time. Often that sort of thing is mostly predictable or hamfisttedly handled such that when you discover the truth, you find there was misinformation involved. This one was flat out a scene cut off before all information could be had. Cliffhanger. Yup. The only cliffhanger in, what, two decades, that actually was a cliffhanger? And clearly audiences have been trained out of what is a wonderful dramatic technique. But then, I heard people complain about trailers that it didn't tell them the whole plot, so they didn't want to see the film. We're getting old it seems. Actually cinematic techniques are not wanted any more.


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