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    Yesterday, 05:23 AM
    I suppose it depends on the viewer really. A table that lets you declare hits, for example, isnít cheating by your definition since the table agrees. But they certainly arenít playing by the rules either. Are they cheating or not? From their perspective probably not. But from any outside observer? Iíd say yes they are.
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    Yesterday, 05:20 AM
    Given the plethora of healing available in 5e, I donít think it would be unreasonable to think that combat evolves a bit and hacking downed targets becomes a lot more viable of a tactic.
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    Yesterday, 05:18 AM
    Iíd say that as far as kitbash stuff goes, either will get the job done. Once you know the syntax that either program uses, itís likely about equal.
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 11:07 AM
    I'm not explaining myself well enough. It's not that FG is a bad program. It isn't. It does what it says on the tin, by and large. But, for 130 dollars I expect a HELL of a lot more than what it does.
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 03:27 AM
    Now, that is very true. The Fantasy Grounds community rocks on toast. They really are fantastic.
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 02:57 AM
    Sure, you can make it easier and organize things. Totally agree. Doesn't change the point that each of those pictures take about five steps in order to use. As compared to drag and drop which every other VTT does. One other issue to bear in mind too is the ability to port forward on your router. This has been an issue for me since my router doesn't support port forwarding, requiring me...
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 12:32 AM
    I went with the 130 dollars that you insisted on quoting. For the sake of argument. It is about 300 dollars to run a 5e full featured game. But, fair enough, you do get a lot of bang for your buck for that second 150 bucks. I'll agree with that. But, you do kinda gloss over the steps needed to load an image. 1. Download the image to your computer and place it into the right folder...
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    Monday, 16th July, 2018, 06:04 AM
    Like I said, for the price, fantasy grounds should be a hell of a lot better than it is. To give an example, the number of steps required to add something as simple as a single image is a bad joke. Find the pic, download it to your computer in the correct directory. Go back into fg find the file through the images tab, hope that you know the file name because good luck finding it otherwise....
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    Monday, 16th July, 2018, 12:27 AM
    I use Fantasy Grounds, but, I have to admit, I really have a love/hate relationship with it. Sure, as a DM, you get fantastic tools. Really great stuff for getting up and running. On the downside though, it's unbelievably expensive for what you get. I mean, an ultimate license is going to run you 150 bucks, another 150 bucks (maybe 100 depending on the discounts you get) for the core...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:09 AM
    I think this, more than anything is why you rarely see groups hiring. And in my experience dms as well hate the idea. Too much paperwork.
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    Saturday, 7th July, 2018, 04:08 AM
    Loads of emotion and personal stakes? Oh, noes, I have to get my multi-billion dollar company back because, if I don't, I'll only be the chosen one savior. Gee, yeah, totally see the stakes there. Like I said, the bad guy is a smarmy businessman who isn't actually all that wrong. Danny as CEO is a financial disaster. Like I said, the stakes are totally unimportant. If Danny fails, he's...
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    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 03:56 AM
    But, I think that's what makes Jessica Jones and Daredevil much better shows. Sure, JJ is an alcoholic, but, it's never "let slide" in the show. It's destructive as all get out. Watching JJ implode is a big part of what makes the show good. Same with Daredevil. His self-destructive tendencies cause so much of the plot. It's a big old dose of catharsis. And, there's the other point. ...
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    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 11:38 PM
    Mustrum_Ridcully - you're spoiler tags don't work. Just finished the series. The season finale was not what I was expecting, although, to be fair, it's foreshadowed quite a few times in earlier episodes. Much more low key. For a show about an invulnerable strong guy, there are surprisingly few actual fights in the show. I'm still mulling over whether I really like the season, or if I'm...
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    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 04:55 AM
    Heck pcs having standard hps are the norm in 5e. And, Rand hps for monsters so I can fudge is a pretty weak argument from my POV.
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    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 09:57 PM
    Wait, what? I live in a polytheistic country - Japan. And, I'm going to tell you right now that there ARE standardized rituals, and uniforms for priests and standardized holy days in Shinto. I'm not sure what kind of polytheism you are thinking of, but, most religions, whether mono or polytheistic, have pretty standardized rituals and holy days and easily recognizable priesthoods.
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 12:21 PM
    Hussar started a thread What no Luke Cage love?
    Havenít finished the series yet but Iím liking it a lot more than the first season. Tighter story and better characters. Two thumbs up.
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    Saturday, 30th June, 2018, 04:21 AM
    There is a significant range between "clerics never act like anything other than fighters with a spell list" and "clerics must have daily/hourly rituals which must be detailed out." I would just like to see cleric (and paladin and druid) players actually acknowledge that they have a patron diety once in a while and do anything at the table to make that part of the game.
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    Wednesday, 27th June, 2018, 05:35 AM
    Itís not cheating if itís fun? Fun for who? And how do we measure that? Since fudging is generally secret, the players canít judge. Note, kit bashing is another kettle of fish. Thatís above board and tacitly agreed upon by all participants. If fudging isnít cheating then why do dms keep it secret?
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    Wednesday, 27th June, 2018, 05:32 AM
    Whereas I think thatís just sophistry and silly buggers semantics. Try this. Change a die roll in any dice game other than an rpg and see what happens.
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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 04:24 AM
    I've never understood this approach to clerics. Ok, you're an adventurer. Cool. That means you're probably wandering around rather than hanging out in a specific temple. Great. But, at the end of the day, you should be a CLERIC. As in a mortal representation of whatever diety (or philosophy depending) that you worship. Which means you should have a boat load of elements that tie you to the...
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    Sunday, 24th June, 2018, 11:51 PM
    This I could really get behind. Ways to ground a cleric into the setting so that she isn't just a wizard with healing spells. Being a cleric (or a druid) should have huge impacts on how that class is played. Yes, it's more limiting, but, at the same time, I'd rather that cleric players start with "I'M A CLERIC" rather than just another caster.
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 12:31 AM
    Since all HP come back on a long rest, did you mean this works on a short rest? Not sure what this is supposed to do.
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 06:27 AM
    The "hill" in question is an iceberg, floating in the ocean. Ice is, typically, pretty slippery. So, no, it's not random DC's. The east side of the iceberg is pretty sheer and slopes down to the west, which is more passable. Think of a right angled triangle floating in the water. A DC 15 to climb a nearly vertical ice wall seems about right. A DC 10 to walk up a sharp slope (it's about 20...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 01:04 AM
    I'd say there isn't much of a difference, when you remove monsters/NPC's from the equation to be honest. But, by the same token, simply making traps bigger/stronger/faster isn't really a change either. If a chest has a poison needle trap at 1st level and a magical aura lightning trap at 15th, well, it's still just a trapped chest. Only difference is, the magical trapped chest becomes the...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 09:54 PM
    Not really the point though. Sure, magic can be evocative. But, in a S&S game, magic should never be the go-to solution of problems. It should be the absolutely last resort. Certainly not the first option. In vanilla D&D? Go for it. But, in order to get the kind of feel in the game that I wanted, I needed to get rid of a lot of magic out of the system. If you're tired of 25 foot...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 09:44 PM
    No, not particularly. I tended to use more "beast" type monsters and a LOT of weird stuff like gibbering mouthers and whatnot, but, no, I didn't really need to change anything. Why would I? And, note, NPC's could and did have at-will magic. Blasting away at the party is perfectly fine. :D Not sure why I would need to remove at-will effects from the baddies.
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 01:20 PM
    Yeah, I could get behind that. And, really, the barbarian didn't faze me too much, despite getting some built in rituals. Makes the whole "nature priest" thing work pretty well. Honestly, it just never came up. And, note, while PC's couldn't be full casters, NPC's certainly could. So, you could go find a wizard to do something for you (hopefully) and the setting does have clerics.
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 08:10 AM
    Kinda sorta. I find that clerics and druids get enough slots that they can generally have a few rituals in the bag if they want. But, really, I don't mind rituals all that much. Then again, simply ejecting all the full casters solved all those problems straight out, so, yeah, not an issue in this game.
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    Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, 04:44 AM
    The issue with that comes when someone tries to insist that their narration, whatever it is, is supported by dnd mechanics. It never has been. Weíve just internalized our own narratives to the point where they become no longer examined. You cannot criticize any hp loss narration in DnD based on the mechanics because the mechanics tell you absolutely nothing. All the mechanics say is you have...
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  • 02:29 PM - Kinak quoted Southern Oracle in post Did You Get Magic in My D&D?
    Kind of like Jonathan Tweet's Everway RPG.Yeah, very much so. I was thinking mostly as an idea generator, but it could also work for inspiration cards. So, if the players get a priest's blessing or find an invigorating spring, you can give them the Serra's Blessing or Stream of Life (as a physical representation) and they can cash it in for an appropriate benefit or get-out-of-jail-free later. I'm not sure how well it would work, but I've been kicking that around since I read this article. I have done this, since I have a surplus of old, old cards (I've played since Beta). Magic does have some of the best art in gaming.True story. And they make beautiful, sturdy, high-color tokens. I print my own and punch them out, but it's black and white. On the bright side, we can write on the tokens and, when the fighter cuts something in half, we can literally tear it in half. The fighter's player is 31, but she might as well be six when I do that :D Cheers! Kinak

Tuesday, 17th September, 2013

  • 06:09 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Southern Oracle in post Did You Get Magic in My D&D?
    Have you converted anything from Magic the Gathering to use in your D&D campaigns? Have you used Greek mythology as the basis for a campaign? I used the art of the original Hurloon Minotaur as the inspiration for a Minotaur Ftr/MU in 2Ed from a Plains-Indian culture.* His white fur marked him as a great omen for his people.** I'm also writing up some campaign rules for running a M:tG-themed fantasy game in HERO 6th. * Too big for horse riding, they used chariots, spears, bow & arrow, and a variety of axes. ** based on the Great White Buffalo of Native American legends.

Monday, 29th July, 2013

  • 11:33 PM - Umbran quoted Southern Oracle in post How Do You Choose a Character?
    But if you were given carte blanche with no concerns about balance, role, or power source, how would you decide what to play? Limits help us make decisions by removing options and conversely, expanding options paralyze some of us with indecision. I must confess I’m one of those people, staring endlessly at the 32 flavors of Baskin Robbins, unable to choose. I run through samples, mulling them over, trying to find one thing – anything – that catches my fancy, so I can narrow down my choices. I understand this conundrum. I understand some folks feel that, at least in theory, removing restrictions opens possibilities for creativity. However, I find that I get inspirations from the restrictions, where a fully blue and open sky does not really inspire me much. My standard way to decide is to ask, "what are other folks playing?" The that GM is not imposing restrictions does not mean you cannot impose them on yourself!

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013

  • 06:58 PM - Olgar Shiverstone quoted Southern Oracle in post 4 Setting Seductions
    Obi-Wan and Yoda were Force users, yes, but their actions didn't impact the story as a whole. The fact that I forgot about them points to how little they were involved in the action. :P These aren't the droids you're looking for?
  • 02:09 PM - Alzrius quoted Southern Oracle in post 4 Setting Seductions
    The original movies featured only three Force users – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Emperor. Everyone else relied on skill, training, and ingenuity to get the job done. So Obi-Wan and Yoda don't count?

Wednesday, 15th May, 2013

  • 08:55 AM - dark2112 quoted Southern Oracle in post 3G: Dungeons & Stereotypes
    But I donít see tv programs showing players running the wrong way around a baseball diamond, or carrying the soccer ball down the field, or kicking the football from player to player. I really wish someone would do this now. It would be hilarious. Also, as much as it can annoy me to see these sort of inconsistencies, remember that some of the writers of police procedurals like CSI have stated that they sometimes deliberately throw in some of these ridiculous inaccuracies as a joke, so I'm sure sitcom writers do it as well. Trolling's not just an internet thing, sadly. Check out Mazes & Monsters with Tom Hanks. He goes psycho from playing a roleplaying game, nearly commits suicide and becomes eternally lost in an imaginary reality. Progress. To be fair, that movie was based on the novel that was written based on the incorrect newspaper stories of the whole MSU steam tunnels incident where James Egbert supposedly did exactly that.

Monday, 13th May, 2013

  • 11:17 PM - Deset Gled quoted Southern Oracle in post 3G: Dungeons & Stereotypes
    But I donít see tv programs showing players running the wrong way around a baseball diamond, or carrying the soccer ball down the field, or kicking the football from player to player. I donít see bowling with the wrong number of pins; I donít see people playing poker with the wrong number of cards in their hands. Yes, you do. Defibrillators can't restart a heart, they only stop erratic rhythms. The police don't have to read you your Miranda rights when they arrest you, only when they interrogate you. When people are killed, they evacuate their bowels and bladders. Also, gunshot wounds tend to bleed quite a bit more in real life. Maybe not all cases are as gregarious as those you describe, but TV gets things wrong a lot. Especially when in comes to technical details. And you don't notice because you don't care. The important thing is that it adds to the plot and drama. In the D+D episode of Community, Abed does all the rolling because it centralizes the focus. For each player to ha...

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  • 09:43 AM - Dozen quoted Southern Oracle in post Things That Make You Say, "Ouch!"
    ... And yes, Melf's acid arrow is a 2nd-level spell for both sorcerers and wizards, but in 3E/3.5E, wizards gain 2nd-level spells at 3rd level, while sorcerers gain 2nd-level spells at 4th level, hence the differences. Well, I'll be damned. Should have played a sorcerer before opening my stupid mouth. Good point. The main reason for the green dragon tear is range -- the marble can be fired from a sling much further than a flask of acid can be thrown. I meant you should craft a hollow bullet. Doesn't have to be magical.

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