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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 02:33 AM
    The problem is that people write like they express but we read like we are interpreting it all as literal.......without the face queues and body language it gets messy!
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    Saturday, 7th July, 2018, 09:03 PM
    You provide a good example in the first sentence of why dilution of the word hate causes confusion for many, because for many people the word hate is usually reserved for much stronger feelings. In your example, I'd use the phrase "didn't like" or "it wasn't a good film....it was a bad film. An Awful film. A Waste of Time..." Anything else. "Hate" works, sure, but it raises questions about the...
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    Saturday, 7th July, 2018, 08:59 PM
    Hate as a word isn't so much dilluted as it has become incredibly context sensitive. Most people in conversations like this are using hate as a synonym for the more accurate "dislike." But saying "I hate the person who did that shooting" is an understandably more visceral use by context than "I hate the lack of nuance in D&D 5E's skill mechanic." For some people (honestly, including myself) I...
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Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 01:23 AM - Cergorach mentioned Doctor Futurity in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    ...or Green Ronin "Testament": They, and I'm quoting here, "We're taking great pains to be only as controversial as we need to be in order to make it a great gameable setting.". I suspect that they spend a ridiculous amount of time on it and if evaluated by religious scholars, it still wouldn't pass muster... The problem though with Christianity is not the religious scholars, it's the bigoted masses, and if you pay lipservices to them, chances are that your left alone... Gradine: The 'West' is thoroughly responsible for the Red China mess, although if the 'West' wouldn't have interfered it still might have ended in a mess, just a different mess. People should take a look at the Boxer Rebellion (and what preceded and followed it). Still, a LOT of the stories and history is still there. doctorbadwolf: I would say that Waterdeep (The City of Slendors) was inspired by the great cities of Europe at the height of the Renaissance (Bruges, Lyon, Lisbon, Seville, Venice, Florence, Pisa). Doctor Futurity: We're talking about OA, a WotC product. Then we're talking about replacing OA with a very specific setting that will have a very small interested audience, so low sales numbers. So that's not something WotC is interested in. And possibly a lot of Indies either, because they also need to pay the bills. Now, you could produce a small book, with high quality illustration, layout, editing and writing. But it would either price itself out of the market OR it wouldn't pay for itself, and especially indies can't operate that way. You could source cheap illustration, layout, editing and writing, but that often shows low quality and low appeal... I'm curious how well this 11 page GR product sold on East Asia ($3.95): https://greenroninstore.com/collections/atlas-of-earth-prime/products/atlas-of-earth-prime-east-asia-pdf Now people have done better and will certainly will do better again, but to date those haven't been that successful. Those are passion projects. Often not benefiting from go...

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017

  • 05:38 AM - Hussar mentioned Doctor Futurity in post Licensed Role-Playing Games: Threat Or Menace?
    Thing is, Doctor Futurity, what makes the setting? Say I run Greyhawk using only the old original boxed set. Nothing else. Now, I can certainly do this. Fair enough. But, my Greyhawk game would barely be recognizable to anyone who's kept up with the setting. I'll give you an example. Recently played in a very excellent Dragonlance game. Tons of fun. Now, I freely admit that my DL knowledge pretty much ends about 1990. That's largely when I moved away from the books and the setting. I completely missed Saga, and the 3e additions. Now, the DM didn't. He loved the later stuff. And it did smack me in the face more than a few times. Forgotten Realms? I mean if I were to use the old Grey Box Forgotten Realms, sure, it would be FR. Sort of. I mean, the gods would largely be different, most of the FR elements that we take for granted today wouldn't be there - no Drow (IIRC), no expanded setting, a hell of a lot less races, so on and so forth. And a whole lot of blank canvas for me to do my own thing. ...

Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

  • 07:15 PM - Janx mentioned Doctor Futurity in post Art theft & copyright violation?
    Why not just send the cops to his house with a letter from the company alleging theft/fraud? You don't have to be a lawyer to bring charges against someone. I had an assistant stealing $20 copays up front. I didn't get a lawyer. I called the cops. They handled it. jh Good idea, but for some reason business operations are out of the jurisdiction of cops. Your assistant was local to you and the crime and the police. I don't know that camazotz can call the police in Shipman's town and get them to go to his house. Which is ironic, because online gamers can figure out where a rival lives and call a SWAT team in on them...

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Sunday, 8th July, 2018

  • 07:24 PM - Satyrn quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why does 5E SUCK?
    What'r'you saying 'bout muh face, bub? It's as plain as the nose on you face: He's saying your face is full of lines. . . . face queues . . .
  • 02:49 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why does 5E SUCK?
    The problem is that people write like they express but we read like we are interpreting it all as literal.......without the face queues and body language it gets messy!What'r'you saying 'bout muh face, bub?
  • 01:42 AM - Emerikol quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why does 5E SUCK?
    Honestly, we'd all be better humans if we stopped relying on hyperbole for our constant expression. But I guess forums would get more tedious and less exciting then. ;-) If you figure out how to do that, go straight to the middle east and get those folks loving on each other again. We gamers can wait. I think there is definitely too much passion about things we don't like that is for sure. Not sure the word hate though is the source of our trouble.

Friday, 6th July, 2018

  • 07:32 AM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted Doctor Futurity in post What's This Mysterious D&D Book? [UPDATED!]
    Those special edition covers look awesome, can't wait to add these to my collection....I've been fortunate so far in that my FLGS gets all the special edition covers in and sells them without any markup. Like others said in between your post and mine, the regular cover and the special cover are sold for the exact same price, just that the special cover versions are only available to buy initially from brick-and-mortar game stores. For stores here in the US marking them up above MSRP, that is frowned on by WotC, from what I remember reading before. I cannot remember where I saw it, but I am pretty sure I saw comments by WotC that if a game store was doing that, they could lose their preferred status if it is reported and proven to be true. There is nothing stopping individuals buying copies and marking them up on Amazon or eBay or wherever else, but the stores are not supposed to do this. This includes larger physical stores who also have their own webstore for internet sales.
  • 12:15 AM - Mercurius quoted Doctor Futurity in post What's This Mysterious D&D Book? [UPDATED!]
    Well, as an example, a search on Amazon shows Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes going for $33.88 regular cover or $61.99 special cover. I don't know the driver behind that, but I was under the impression that the special covers were being sold for a higher cost than the regular covers in most venues. The FLGS sells them for the same price (the price of the cheaper cover). The covers certainly seem to invoke specific feelings depending on one's aesthetic preferences, but I guess maybe the reason I like them so much is that the last time I really got in to collecting comics was the early nineties, when fancy special edition covers were all the rage (and some got burned badly on that, too, as I recall when the market didn't sustain their collectible value!) I'm guessing we're similar age as that's the last time I collected comics too. And yeah, I remember buying variant covers of X-Men and X-Force #1 thinking they'd be worth something some day. Oh well. Afaik, the actual list price of the limited edi...

Thursday, 5th July, 2018

  • 11:58 PM - Mercurius quoted Doctor Futurity in post What's This Mysterious D&D Book? [UPDATED!]
    Those special edition covers look awesome, can't wait to add these to my collection....I've been fortunate so far in that my FLGS gets all the special edition covers in and sells them without any markup. Some stores are selling them with a markup? Haven't heard that, except after they're sold out and only going on Ebay. Anyhow, not really into these ones. I love Mordenkainen's limited cover and I like the idea of fantasy art nouveau and somewhat liked Xanathar's and Volo's, but these just don't work for me. They remind me of limited edition comic book covers from the early 90s.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 03:42 PM - Pauper quoted Doctor Futurity in post A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green
    How easy would this be to export from Gumshoe and, say, use with the actual Delta Green RPG or CoC 7E? The Fall of Delta Green contains two pages of Conversion Notes allowing a Handler to convert the Delta Green RPG to the Gumshoe variant used in FoDG -- I doubt it would be that hard to just take them in reverse. Likely, though, you probably wouldn't need to -- the actual game mechanics (weapons, monsters, etc.) already have DG/CoC expressions, so if you wanted to use FoDG as a sourcebook for running CoC adventures in Vietnam in the '60s, you could probably just do that. -- Pauper

Friday, 15th June, 2018

  • 01:06 PM - Eltab quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    I enjoyed the prequels, loved the original three, … Plus I loved TFA and TLJ and don't care what anyone on the internet thinks, and Solo was a blast. The prequels had some neat ideas to explore (Palpatine's rise to power, Sidius manipulating everybody behind the scenes) and an Olympic-pole-vault high hurdle to get over (origin of Darth Vader). My opinion on them was colored by an in-theater experience that Lucas had nothing to do with: for one movie I arrived late and had to sit in the very front row. I had sensory overload when I left the theater, and only saw action in about the middle third of the screen. I still get a headache when I try to watch that movie. I read the book for Force Awakens (because I read the book for the original before I saw it, too) and noted how it was copying almost directly the Ep4 plot. I've been bummed ever since, because I wanted to see the story continue not be repeated with the next generation. I haven't see any of the Disney-era films yet, but Rogue 1 and So...
  • 01:39 AM - evileeyore quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It depends on how you review J.J. Abrams' portfolio. Star Trek 11 and 12, Super 8.....but then again we have Cloverfield Lane, too. I think I'd rather watch the prequels over the prior three Abrams films, but Cloverfield Lane is one of the best shaky cam monster movies ever so....shrug? I can see the comparison. Note however, I hate everything* JJAbrams has made except the Cloverfield movies (which he only produced, no writing, no directing). 10 Cloverfield Lane wasn't shaky cam. You're thinking of Cloverfield. (The Cloverfield Paradox also wasn't shaky cam, just shaky premise) * Everything I've seen that he has written or directed, which was the first season of Lost, some of Fringe, Star Trek ID, TFA, and hmmmm. Yeah, that's about it for what he's written/directed that I've watched. I didn't hate Armageddon, but I didn't really enjoy it either. What is the difference between a "Mary Sue" and a protagonist who goes about difficult tasks and by dint of competence, grit, aptitu...

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 08:35 PM - Voadam quoted Doctor Futurity in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    Excellllent didn't know about the Hackmaster version! My more in-depth old review of Hackmaster B1.
  • 08:07 PM - Voadam quoted Doctor Futurity in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    You're all wrong. It's clearly located just south of the region of Octzel in the Middle Kingdoms of the World of Lingusia, the setting I started in 1980 and still run to this day. :hmm: What???? (But seriously.....these modules found homes everywhere back then, and it was a few years before TSR started giving them formal homes.) Lingusia eh? I had it in Oerth vaguely near Hommlett to start off my 80's Greyhawk campaign. Hackmaster had a decent version of B1 as well, the unfortunate but excisable crap jokes, anachronisms, silliness and some player harrasment scenes being outweighed by cool things like the drunk militarized former slave orcs, the Roghann and Zelligar discoverable storylines, and the awesome cover depicting the discovery of the magical effects of pools.
  • 08:22 AM - evileeyore quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It's......it's almost like Lucas and his team were better at making a movie than J.J. Abrams and his crew. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I dunno mate... Lucas still has the Prequels and the rereleases to be raked over all the coals for... I think the first three movies just had enough people telling Lucas "NO! Bad George, you can do it that way!"... and no SW movie since has had that.

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 05:03 PM - jasper quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    I remember the good old days, when it was possible to have fun and productive conversations about Star Wars, and not have someone come in and inform me that I was not a true fan because I didn't see things their particular way. Of course, I have to think back to the days when dial up was the norm and you paid AOL by the hour to remember what that was like. What is Baud one of those minor background characters like bola fett who gets a plastics figure made? AOL is one those speeder thingies or a droid in the background. You mean like in the 70s where I was told I was not a true fan since saw Empire first then Star wars. Those old days?

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 04:37 AM - Hussar quoted Doctor Futurity in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    Old examples: Dark Sun, Birthright, Jakandar, Spelljammer (sorta), Night of the Comet. Newer Examples: Eberron, 4E's PoL Cosmology, 4E Dark Sun, a billion 3PP products Current Examples: I agree, current D&D is focused on Forgotten Realms, and arguably the default cosmology is the Planescape cosmology, but this is an issue of limited releases and tighter focus. If you're looking for "D&D without the Realms/Planescape cosmology" then there are hundreds of 3PP out there, the majority of which do not touch upon canonical Planescape. Now, you will be tempted to denigrate the 3PP products, because you're on a high horse here and the point is not to be convinced you might be narrow in your vision but to convince others that your vision is unassailable...that's fine. But I've been running this game since 1980 weekly and I have barely ever used Planescape or the default cosmology as is, except when I feel like it, and some of my own settings aren't even remotely close to the "core." So I get where yo...
  • 03:25 AM - Maxperson quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    I remember the good old days, when it was possible to have fun and productive conversations about Star Wars, and not have someone come in and inform me that I was not a true fan because I didn't see things their particular way. Of course, I have to think back to the days when dial up was the norm and you paid AOL by the hour to remember what that was like. 300 baud modem for the win!! Bonus points if it took you longer than an hour to log onto AOL.
  • 01:40 AM - Sunseeker quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    Actually I appreciate your explanation, I was thinking incel as a typo or something, had no idea that this was a thing that people identified as. And I use the word "people" loosely here. Although I appreciate this forum's strict rules on politics, there are times, as you just demonstrated, that the forum suffers for it, because there isn't an opportunity to explain what is being talked about, and that explanation is necessary for a full understanding of the discussion, even a non-political one.
  • 12:25 AM - Hussar quoted Doctor Futurity in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    The D&D Multiverse is not Planescape, this was also clear back even back in 2e when Planescape was published. In Planescape philosophy and personal agendas matter a lot, and there's a different tone everything takes under Planescape. It's like the various published campaign settings that take place in Earth, just because one is on Earth doesn't mean they're playing Dark*Matter or Masque of the Red Death. Meh, hairsplitting. The second you leave whatever setting you started in, you're stuck in Planescape/Multiverse (because the two are inseparable). Every module, every guide baselines to the same thing. You have Asmodeus ruling Hell, you have Demogorgon rooting around in the Abyss with Orcus as the Demon Prince of Undead. So on and so forth. Never minding that in a number of settings, it makes absolutely no sense for these things to even exist. Why would Krynn need a Hell? Why would my Viking setting need an Abyss? But, as soon as we cast Plane Shift, poof, instant Planescape. Hey, ...

Monday, 11th June, 2018

  • 05:28 PM - Ath-kethin quoted Doctor Futurity in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    As a Star Wars fan since age 6 when I saw the original film in 1977, I enjoyed both The Last Jedi and Solo, and find that contemporary SW fans are becoming a really weird bunch. It really helps that I see these movies with my 6 1/2 year old son who helps serve as an important reminder that Star Wars is best enjoyed in proper context. The Last Jedi was impressive for being a meticulous deconstruction of the franchise. Solo was equally impressive for being an affirmation of the story's core conceits. That they both worked despite being so opposite in terms of underlying structure strikes me as an impressive range of achievement for a franchise that started as an homage to Flash Gordon serials. Hear, hear. I was already a fan of Star Wars when I saw Jedi in the theater at age 5. I thought The Last Jedi was amazing and Solo was really good (if, as a prequel of sorts, completely unnecessary). Complaints about TLJ (the ones that aren't overtly racist/sexist, anyway) sound to me a lot like compla...

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 01:29 AM - Christopher Helton quoted Doctor Futurity in post Building A Deeper Horror World
    Instead, one then seeks increasingly strange and more novel approaches to revive the experience, leading to a sort of downward spiral of increasingly genre savvy takes and retakes on the genre, which inevitably results in a shift in the genre to something different. You say this like it is a bad thing.

Thursday, 31st May, 2018

  • 05:28 AM - guachi quoted Doctor Futurity in post Reopening Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
    I'm sure halflings or gnomes are intended here, but I feel like we could use an entry on the "totally not gelflings" as well to go with the nagpa! A gelfling is clearly a mix of a gnome, an elf, and a halfling. Also, the Dark Crystal is out on 4k/HDR and looks gorgeous for people that want to revisit some great puppetry.


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