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Sunday, 28th April, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - uzirath mentioned Tonguez in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    ...r is it more mystical, where a druid who is out of balance is unable to channel the power of nature due to their own imbalanced chi (or whatever)? "Look, you were assigned to protect this forest from harm, excesses and abuse. You chose to implement this by systematically destroying every village within a day's ride of the border. That's... excessive, and not needed for your charge. We asked you to keep them from clear-cutting the trees, and instead you clear-cut them? That's not what we are about here in the Druid's Conclave..." This implies that the druid hierarchy can strip members of their powers, like being excommunicated. It can be managed if you have druids representing specific aspects of nature, rather than *all* of nature at once. A druid focused on storms can rip the crap out of human towns, so long as they are being all stormy about it. If they do it by poison... well, again, they are going out of their bailiwick. This is an interesting idea, similar to what Tonguez added a few posts further on: A Shark Druid might be a fierce and blood-frenzied eater of humanoids, a Rot Druid might have a mission of encouraging disease and decay, they would be antagonistic to humanoids but in their own minds they arent evil. I'm intrigued by the idea that any given druid might specialize in a particular aspect of nature. That could create fun options in the game world. As a random aside, I've been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with my kids and, serendipitously, we just saw "The Swamp" (S2:E4) which features a water bending tribe in a swamp that had some druidic aspects.

Sunday, 10th February, 2019

  • 04:47 PM - Jacob Lewis mentioned Tonguez in post Anatomy of a Skill Challenge
    AbdulAlhazred and Tonguez Both of you suggested some excellent ideas! It goes to show there is more than one way to design these. I certainly could have elaborated mine for such an epic event, but probably not at the time. It was our first skill challenge with a lot of new players, and we were (or I was) still figuring out the best way to execute it within a PbP format. If I were designing a similar scenario today with more time, I'd most likely develop something more complex along the lines suggested. ;) so last question - what was the follow up consequence of getting the towns folk out and holding the square against the goblins? Hmm... I thought I had a simple answer for this, but after giving it some thought, I realize there was a lot more going on. The towns folk did not occupy the battle map, only in the abstract "theater of the mind". This was simulated by a combination of narrative description from myself as well as the players, and imposing a -2 penalty for all ranged and area attacks until the ...

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

  • 05:43 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Tonguez in post Preferences regarding "save to resist" vs. "roll to hit" mechanics?
    Active player acts. Bob wants to hit you with a sword? Bob rolls. Joe wants to question your motives, Joe rolls Sense Motive/Insight/other. If the do-er rolls, then yes. That fits. However, Tonguez said "It comes down to player agency does it not? Thus Players do all the rolls." If I'm reading that right, that means a "player always rolls" model. Therefore, if a player does something against another player, the "player always rolls" model would seem to dictate that both players individually and exclusively get to be the one to roll to determine success. That's part of why I like the more consistent "the one who acts rolls" method of having the do-er roll for success or failure; no fiddly exceptions or layering of subsystems.

Saturday, 5th May, 2018

  • 03:02 PM - OB1 mentioned Tonguez in post Avenger's Infinity War *Spoiler* Discussion
    ...n for trailers, credits, & the post credit scene. (then add some more time for the staff to clean up for the next showing) Most of the movie going audience don't want to sit through something that long. The theatres absolutely don't want that length of movie. Because that greatly limits how many showings per day they can schedule. Less showings = less tickets sold = less food sold. Long shows = less $. B) Everything crammed into 2.5hrs? I guarantee you'd be complaining you saw a crappy movie. C) Pt1 & Pt2 released simultaneously or back to back? That won't work. D) Not make this story? Or any other long term story that takes several/many movies to set the stage for? Edit: Oh, BTW. Nothing is forcing you to see A:IW - or any other movie you think is incomplete - right when it comes out. You've known for a year or two that it was initially called A:IW pt1.... So wait until just before Pt2 hits the theatres, watch Pt1, then go watch the 2nd part. Not sure about Tonguez but what I want is a complete story inside a larger story. Kind of like an adventure that tells a complete story while still being part of a larger campaign. And while you can leave things unresolved, at the end of the adventure, that piece should still have it's own satisfying beginning, middle and end. AIW tries to do this by making Thanos the protagonist of the story, but because his motives are compromised by his insanity, instead of getting an anti-hero that you empathize with even while abhorring their actions (see The Godfather, Wolf of Wall Street, Empire Strikes Back, Dexter), you end up in this weird space where to see things from Thanos' point of view you actually have to think he was RIGHT in killing half the Universe's population as if the idea weren't both completely illogical, insane and evil. I have no doubt that the creators of AIW wanted people to empathize with Thanos in the same way people do with Darth Vader or Don Corleone, but those movies earn that...

Thursday, 5th April, 2018

  • 11:26 AM - Coroc mentioned Tonguez in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Sword of Spirit XP for your ideas on the solamnic Knights, with roses just being additional fluff that would be a solution. I think what Tonguez meant was that Birthright is basically a vanilla Fantasy Setting, nothing like eberron, ravenloft or darksun.

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017


Monday, 27th February, 2017

  • 08:00 AM - Knightfall mentioned Tonguez in post EN World City Project: Geography
    ATTN: The Grey Dwarf, Lalato, Conaill, Krug, Jolly Giant, wizardoftheplains, Shadowdancer, David Argall, Buttercup, Tallow, Wippit Guud, Tonguez, jdavis, GladiusNP, fusangite, KnidVermicious. I don't know how many of you are around any more, but I figured I'd put up these mentions in case any of you wanted the larger print screen version of the map. Cheers! KF

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017


Friday, 4th March, 2016

  • 04:25 PM - Scott DeWar mentioned Tonguez in post [Thread Game] D&D Monsters A-Z
    @Tonguez, I am very reluctant to give away my secret google-fu. Oh well, its all in fun! Monster finder the web addy as de in the name, so I think that is German. Somebody in Germany has a very well set up sight with pick on almost every monster. Raiment 75164 it gives a bit of information such as cr, hd, alignment, plane of existence type and subtype. then it says what book it is found in Ie: LMo is libris mortus then you click on the name of the monster and it has a link to a jpeg and links to where to buy the book. easy cheesy peasy!

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Tonguez in post Warlord Name Poll
    ...; @Orlax ; @Otterscrubber ; @Pandamonium87 ; @Paraxis ; @PaulO. ; @Pauln6 ; @Pauper ; @payn; @pemerton ; @peterka99 ;@ Pickles III ; @Pickles JG ; @pkt77242 ; @pming ; @pogre; @PopeYodaI ; @Prickly ; @procproc ; @Psikerlord ; @Psikerlord# ; @(Psi)SeveredHead; @Quickleaf ; @Raith5 ; @raleel ; @Ralif Redhammer ; @Raloc ; @Ranes ; @RangerWickett; @Ratskinner ; @redrick ; @Rejuvenator ; @Remathilis ; @Ristamar ; @RolenArcher; @Roland55 ; @RPG_Tweaker ; @Rune ; @Rygar ; @Sacrosanct ; @Saelorn ; @Saeviomagy; @sailor-Moon ; @SailorNash ; @Saplatt ; @Satyrn ; @Shades of Eternity ; @shadowmane; @sheadunne ; @Shasarak ; @shidaku ; @shintashi ; @Shiroiken ; @SigmaOne ; @sleypy; @sleypy01 ; @SpiderMonkey ; @Staccat0 ; @Staffan ; @steeldragons ; @steenan @STeveC ; @strider13x ; @Strider1973 ; @Sword of Spirit ; @Talmek ; @TerraDave; @TheCosmicKid ; @The_Gneech ; @TheHobgoblin ; @The Human Target ; @the Jester; @The Mirrorball Man ; @The Myopic Sniper ; @ThirdWizard ; @Tia Nadiezja ; @Tinker-TDC; @Tonguez ; @Tony Vargas ; @Tormyr ; @TrippyHippy ; @tsadkiel ; @tuxgeo ; @twigglythe Gnome ; @TwoSix ; @Uchawi ; @Ulorian ; @UnadvisedGoose445 ; @UngeheuerLich; @Us ; @Valmarius ; @Warbringer ; @was ; @wedgeski ; @Wednesday Boy ; @Wik ; @WillDoyle ; @Winterthorn ; @Wuzzard ; @Xeviat ; @Yaarel ; @Yunru ; @Zalabim ; @Zansy; @Zardnaar ; @Zeuel ; @ZickZak ; @ZombieRoboNinja ; @ZzarkLinux

Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

  • 01:43 PM - Wednesday Boy mentioned Tonguez in post Do Otyughs literally eat... (dung)???
    Someone here at EN World has a wonderful example of a typical conversation with an otyugh in their signature. I'm sorry I can't remember who it is. @Tonguez had the quote from @IcyCool. It cracked me up every time I saw it, so I saved it. Originally Posted by IcyCool Man, given the average Int of an Otyugh, I can just see the boss monologue now... PCs: "Before we fight, why don't you tell us your master plan?" Otyugh: "I like poop." PCs: "Umm, what?" Otyugh: "Do you have poop?"

Monday, 20th October, 2014

  • 03:25 AM - Hand of Evil mentioned Tonguez in post These are not Michael Jackson's rats...
    Agree with Tonguez they are only indicators of human habitation, if they have it, so do the humans around them. Sorry, New York, you're doomed! I remember reading an article a long time ago, call The Rat the Lapdog of the Devil, what a rat can do, is scary amazing.

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Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 09:50 PM - Dioltach quoted Tonguez in post Classic British television shows
    [QUOTE=Dioltach;7606109] "As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there, He wasn't there again today, I wish I wish he'd stay away" - Sapphires quotes that in "Man With Out a Face" which is still one of the most disturbingly creepy stories ever told on TV and still gives me nightmares some 40 years after I first saw it For me, it was the series about a house where time portals opened up whenever someone sang a nursery rhyme. So with Ring-a-ring-a-roses it led to the Great Plague, and so on. The one scene that still gives me the willies was with two Civil War soldiers carrying a coffin down a flight of stairs, to whispered chants of "Upstairs and downstairs, upstairs and downstairs". Like you said, disturbing and creepy.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 01:04 PM - Maxperson quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash It doesn't need that long of a leash, and if you have to go into video game mode to watch a T.V. show, that show has failed. It's not a video game.
  • 12:52 PM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash I guess the length of the leash is where disagreement occurs. For me a departure of what has previously been presented causes the biggest issue.
  • 12:04 PM - Imaculata quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash They also need to be consistent. We have been shown how accurate or inaccurate the Scorpion is three or four times in the show (one of which was the episode before). And it is always as accurate as the plot requires at that time, which means not consistent at all.
  • 09:16 AM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Read that sentence again slowly and realise you are discussing DRAGONS I do not understand this line of argument which gets repeated in this and other threads. Just because a supernatural creature exists in the story doesn't mean the rest of reality/believability within the show needs to become unhinged.
  • 04:00 AM - Maxperson quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Read that sentence again slowly and realise you are discussing DRAGONS That's not even relevant. When you have a fantasy show, the additional fantasy elements like dragons and magic are accepted as making sense for the genre. The same cannot be said for mundane items that correspond to the real world. Just because a show has dragons, does not mean that someone is going to just accept that a normal arrow fired from a normal bow can make several right turns in the air on the way to the target. Your argument is specious at best.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019


Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 10:04 PM - lowkey13 quoted Tonguez in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    I agree that was impressive, especially when you hear that Taika Waititi actually turned down Cate Blanchett appearing because she didnt have a vampire credit to back her up - I suppose it shows just how much influence a Marvel Movie and a fun personality gives you in Hollywood. I did like the council scene, but for some reason my favourite scene was the Colin v Evie 'fight', that made me giggle That was excellent, but I have had experiences with various local government commissions and councils, and everything about that was so absolutely perfect. I fully believe that not only does Colin exist, but that he regularly attends local government functions with stacks of index cards and a desire to feed off of me.
  • 09:35 PM - lowkey13 quoted Tonguez in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    yeah, I've stopped watching the CW shows too - so hopefully something else will pop up to offer a bit more interest. At least Agents of Shield is something I hear that What they Do in Shadows has a season 2 Yep, that's confirmed. WHICH IS AWESOME!* I don't think that there's a comprehensive list of non-broadcast shows and renewals, which is unfortunate. *Seriously- how did they pull off the guest stars for that last episode? Even so, nothing will ever be as funny, to me, as the City Council meeting episode. So perfect.

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 03:31 AM - Eltab quoted Tonguez in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler has announced that “changes” will be made to the forthcoming movie based on the video game after the trailer premiere was met with blistering criticism. After watching Dr. Robotnik take less than 30 seconds to violate the maxims from If I Was The Evil Overlord - particularly 'I will not treat my subordinates or underlings with such disrespect and contempt that they WANT to betray me and/or help my enemies' - we can confidently predict that he will fail spectacularly due to sabotage and non-compliance from within his organization.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - Zardnaar quoted Tonguez in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    I fear that might have you even more disappointed This movie may have worked 20 years when Sonic was at his height, but now??? Well it might be a good movie in its own right (not holding my breath). Not that fanatic about Sonic really, I like it but back in the day I didn't think it was the greatest thing ever. Kept the Megadrive more for Phantasy Star.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 01:03 PM - carrot quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    well considering that Tony figured out time travel in half an hour after finishing the dinner dishes, theres really no reason why Thanos couldnt figure out that all he needs is a mobius strip too Thanos had access to Nebula's knowledge of the Mobius strip via 2014 Nebula's implant.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 11:04 PM - Istbor quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    well considering that Tony figured out time travel in half an hour after finishing the dinner dishes, theres really no reason why Thanos couldnt figure out that all he needs is a mobius strip too Yeah. That is basically where I am at as well. Just wasn't shown on screen. I can understand how that could cause some confusion. Thanos had the juice and the bracelet. Reverse engineer that stuff and you have everything that is really needed to get to the 'Prime' dimension.

Monday, 29th April, 2019

  • 10:30 PM - Rabulias quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    yeah, from a meta-perspective I liked the narrative drama of those two going, but "in game" it means the Avengers knew a sacrifice was needed and were willing to make one (which is a No on both fronts). I have only seen it once so far, but I am not sure they knew a sacrifice would be required. All they know is what Nebula said: that Thanos took Gamora there and she did not come back with him. Nebula thinks he murdered her (true), but they might think Gamora made one last-ditch effort to stop Thanos from getting the stone and he killed her. If they knew a sacrifice would be required, I think Cap would have volunteered to be the one to go.
  • 03:24 PM - Zardnaar quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 3
    the tactics in the battle seemed suprisingly stupid - why would you wait till the enemy is literally at your gate before you light the fire barrier? wouldnt you have wanted bigger bonfires and a lot more burning trenches and flaming barriers far away from the walls both to slow the dead down and provide better visibility in the dark? not to mention oil down the walls and more fire inside the keep too. and why wait until your front line is overrun before you start strafing the enemy with dragonfire rather than following the first charge? nonetheless Go Lyanna, Go Theon, Go Arya!!!! (oh and Rhaegal landed without crashing, he's injured but not dead yet) That is what I was saying to my wife lol, the tactics were stupid. They threw away the Dothraki and they could have held them back and launched more than one volley from the trebuchets (which are siege weapons not field artillery). The Night King didn't have to throw himself away either, They could have also unleashed the Dothraki ...

Sunday, 28th April, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - uzirath quoted Tonguez in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    ...r is it more mystical, where a druid who is out of balance is unable to channel the power of nature due to their own imbalanced chi (or whatever)? "Look, you were assigned to protect this forest from harm, excesses and abuse. You chose to implement this by systematically destroying every village within a day's ride of the border. That's... excessive, and not needed for your charge. We asked you to keep them from clear-cutting the trees, and instead you clear-cut them? That's not what we are about here in the Druid's Conclave..." This implies that the druid hierarchy can strip members of their powers, like being excommunicated. It can be managed if you have druids representing specific aspects of nature, rather than *all* of nature at once. A druid focused on storms can rip the crap out of human towns, so long as they are being all stormy about it. If they do it by poison... well, again, they are going out of their bailiwick. This is an interesting idea, similar to what Tonguez added a few posts further on: A Shark Druid might be a fierce and blood-frenzied eater of humanoids, a Rot Druid might have a mission of encouraging disease and decay, they would be antagonistic to humanoids but in their own minds they arent evil. I'm intrigued by the idea that any given druid might specialize in a particular aspect of nature. That could create fun options in the game world. As a random aside, I've been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with my kids and, serendipitously, we just saw "The Swamp" (S2:E4) which features a water bending tribe in a swamp that had some druidic aspects.
  • 02:44 AM - Umbran quoted Tonguez in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    A Shark Druid might be a fierce and blood-frenzied eater of humanoids, a Rot Druid might have a mission of encouraging disease and decay, they would be antagonistic to humanoids but in their own minds they arent evil. This brings up a good point. For one thing, a great many vile people out there don't consider themselves to be evil. But, in several editions of D&D, what you consider yourself to be is irrelevant - the Multiverse stands as an absolute judge, and that judgement has implications about how some magics interact with you. 5e? Not so much. Alignment has no mechanical implications, and is only a quick guideline for the GM when playing NPCs.

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 10:10 PM - ccs quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Some of the team combos were a bit dumb too - like why were Hawkeye and Natasha sent to Vormir when neither had been in space before AND Black Widow would have been more valuable on the New York mission than Tony was? Because since the 1st Avengers movie we've been told, and shown, that Clint & Natasha share a personal bond just not present with the rest of the characters present at that point in the film. So if you've got to sacrifice someone you care deeply about to get the Soul Stone what other pairing are you going to send? Any other available character you pick had some arc/function/scene THEY were integral to later in the movie.

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

  • 09:28 PM - Len quoted Tonguez in post God Games (NOT D&D)
    I played a lv 18 Druid in 3e, he travelled as a whirlwind and could throw lightning storms from a mile away How’s is that not a god? Gods in 3e have worshipers and grant divine powers to their devout followers.
  • 06:48 AM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 2
    Jon’s fate is to return to rebuild the Wall With the Night King presumably vanquished the threat of the long night will be over. The wall becomes unnecessary.


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