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Saturday, 11th April, 2015

  • 03:12 AM - deactivatedadam mentioned mattcolville in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    mattcolville, sorry for the slightly off topic post, I was wondering if you were still doing your "build a fighter in every edition" videos. Thought that it would be pretty cool if you did one for 5E in Fantasy Grounds, I think those videos have been heavily followed in the past and it would go a ways to providing more exposure and a nice how-to. I know Doug did one already, but the more the better in my opinion. It might be nice to have another video with someone who doesnt have such intimate knowledge of the software, could give a lot of those out there thinking about trying it out an idea of what its like as you are just learning it. Just at thought, you're videos have been very helpful in the past.

Saturday, 5th April, 2014

  • 01:44 PM - Olgar Shiverstone mentioned mattcolville in post Making a Character in Every Edition of D&D, Part One: 1974
    Good third video. mattcolville: I'm surprised you didn't highlight -- perhaps you missed it -- the mechanic for modifying ability scores. Duncan's Strength could have been increased by sacrificing INT on a 2-for-1 basis. The Morgan Ironwolf character example in the rulebook demonstrates this. There's also encumberance, not that most groups didn't just ignore it.

Sunday, 9th March, 2014

  • 02:34 PM - ExploderWizard mentioned mattcolville in post Dungeon Level = Monster Level?
    ...ppearing here. Lower level monsters may appear on lower levels in greater numbers much like higher level monsters may appear on upper levels in limited numbers. The ogre result here likewise shows a potentially tougher encounter. A troll is level 6 monster but it appears here as a lone individual or "solo monster". For reference, on the 6th level trolls appear in groups of 2-5. This sliding scale of HD and # appearing allows for quite a huge variety of dungeon populations without gross over or under powering. Thus the dungeon level is a convenient yardstick for players measure their level of risk. When the dungeon tricks of sloping passages, elevator rooms, and teleporters are considered which may transport the party to levels of danger that they are unprepared for, the importance of mapping, and paying close attention to the environment become clearer. If your map suddenly starts not making sense then you might actually be somewhere other than where you believed that you were. mattcolville The passage you are looking for appears in the AD&D PHB p 8 An Explanation of the usages of the term "level".

Thursday, 6th March, 2014

  • 04:44 PM - Echohawk mentioned mattcolville in post Making a Character in Every Edition of D&D, Part One: 1974
    I think that was very interesting, informative, and a must watch. I especially love pointing out that they told you to buy hex maps. I also loved that bit, partly because I very recently bought a copy of Outdoor Survival just to see what these notorious hex maps were all about. (I was quite disappointed.) I really enjoyed the video as a whole and I'd like to echo Olgar Shiverstone's suggestion to mattcolville to include a BECMI or B/X character as part of the series. That rules system is different enough to be worth covering.

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Friday, 16th February, 2018

  • 02:45 PM - jasper quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    Something I've learned is that each type of video is like a different product. Folks who like Running the Game videos aren't necessarily interested in the Campaign Diaries and neither of those people are necessarily interested in the live game. But there are lots of folks interested in each of those. So for some people, the stream has value to them because they get more Campaign Diaries! Agree. I like the running the game. The live streaming or rebroadcast of live streaming is something I would throw up on my tv and either do chainmail, cross stitch, or housework too.
  • 04:09 AM - Jester David quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    I love the fact that a dude (me) who once had like 20,000 posts ON THIS FORUM (before they wiped the database) and several (mostly positive) reviews of his 3E products, also on this site is now obscure. Whereas I'm like...who are all you people? :D Yeah, but what have you done for us lately? ;) I tease, but I'd actually heard of you. Because my friend, Brodie above, is continually poking me to watch more of your videos. (And I've been enjoying your work in the CR comic.) But I can imagine people who only venture onto YouTube for cat videos or HISHE might be unaware.
  • 12:58 AM - Morrus quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    I love the fact that a dude (me) who once had like 20,000 posts ON THIS FORUM (before they wiped the database) and several (mostly positive) reviews of his 3E products, also on this site is now obscure. I haven't wiped the database? Unless you mean when we moved to the vBulletin platform back in 2002? Man, that's going back a while! I can't remember anything from 2002! :)

Thursday, 15th February, 2018

  • 09:27 PM - Jester David quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    I think the fact that this thread and posts like this cast the issue in terms of streaming shows how little people know about what's going on, and how difficult it would be for folks to replicate this. Overwhelmingly the success of this kickstarter is the success of my YouTube channel, not streaming. Not demand for streaming or a book of any kind. Athlete vs footballer. I was using “streamer” as a semi-generic term for “person posting media online.” A more encompassing descriptor for the new media. “Vlogger” is probably the more appropriate adjective, but that seems overly specific when discussing the changing trends as a whole. Because that’s the result of vloggers and live streamers, and VTT streamers. The whole Web 2.0 shebang, and how it has changed tabletop gaming. The change that is here, and has been here for a while but went unnoticed. We here at ENWorld do so like to think of ourselves as “the norm”. The baseline. The trendsetters. The average gamers. And assume that the trends...
  • 08:06 PM - Brodie quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    Instead of talking about streaming, folks looking at this KS should be looking at how to build a loyal youtube following. Maybe another stretch goal for a YouTube stronghold with crazy amounts of followers? ;)
  • 06:48 PM - Kobold Boots quoted mattcolville in post A Change Is Coming...
    If our stream fails to attract an audience, it won't be because we focused on story over combat, it'll be because it's basically the same game everyone else is playing. We're not professionally charming people, we're game developers. :D Thanks for the reply Matt, it's appreciated. Looking forward to Strongholds & Followers. Be well KB

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

  • 02:43 AM - pogre quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    You are not the only one. It comes up every time I've seen anyone talk about this kind of product over the last 20 years. There's definitely a fantasy of "I want to BUILD my stronghold, gimme some graph paper!" Hell that's what I did in 1986 when I built my Lyan Paladin's stronghold! I checked out some of your Youtube videos and was really impressed. It is easy to see why this project is taking off. You are a great rep for the D&D community. In other words - You are a River to your people!

Tuesday, 13th February, 2018

  • 08:04 PM - jasper quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Bro your product could grab all the folks who are unhappy with OUR product and those people need strongholds too! yes yes I am an accountant in a fantasy land. I must must know if a wooden 5 by 10 door is 3 gp or 7 gp. How much is a 10 by 10 stone wall cost. Or I could just open my 1E dmg and find out. The market can handle both.
  • 02:13 PM - AriochQ quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Bro your product could grab all the folks who are unhappy with OUR product and those people need strongholds too! I think there are some aspects I was planning on including that probably won't be covered in your product, so I will keep it on the shelf. I am in the midst of another large product at the moment, so I need to get that one done first. I am looking forward to seeing what you put together!
  • 04:44 AM - gyor quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Yeah we are definitely not your cup of tea. If you have no interest in the product, only chasing after more stretch goals, there are WAY better kickstarters. We are literally just trying to make a book, make some minis, and rent a studio and we can do that now. So the rest of the fund raising is pure profit now. Sensible business practice, but missed opportunity to expand on the original creative idea. That is not intended to be as judgemetal as it sounds, just a observation. Maybe Oynx Path kickstarters have spoiled me. I changed my mind, I think will pledge the kickstarter, but only at the $20usd amount, the idea is interesting.
  • 03:54 AM - MichaelSomething quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Yeah we are definitely not your cup of tea. If you have no interest in the product, only chasing after more stretch goals, there are WAY better kickstarters. We are literally just trying to make a book, make some minis, and rent a studio and we can do that now. While there are no more official stretch goals (which is a good idea for various reasons); I imagine there are plenty of uses for extra money should there be extra money (expect unexpected overhead). A better studio! A bigger book with more pictures! Better quality on the minis! More videos! I'm sure there are lots of ideas. Sent from my [device_name] using EN World mobile app
  • 12:32 AM - gyor quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I think Zedturtle is right, I think folks underestimate how effective our outreach program was. We sent out over 8,000 emails and the launch video got like 40,000 views (which is normal) in the first day. And those emails went to folks who explicitly told us they wanted to know when the KS went live. So our opening I think is probably stronger than most, which means there aren't as many people to tap left. Also, we are opposed to adding stretch goals just because it gets people excited. We're not Zynga, we're not trying to exploit people's dopamine receptors. We've already promised a LOT, and now we have to deliver. I think we'll get a bump when we hit $1m. And I think maybe I'll have some stuff to show people that will move the needle. Also Kicktraq is terrible, they treat each KS like its the only one they have any data for, like there aren't known trends. Their numbers only become predictive when there's like three days left and the answer is obvious to anyone. This is why I wen...
  • 12:24 AM - Usus quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    We are EU Friendly. Our fulfillment company has cleared that up. We have updated the logo to reflect this and make explicit what it means. Import duties are included in the price. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/255133215/strongholds-and-streaming/That is some good news. Thank you for doing this. Now I will go and a closer look at your kickstarter :) Sent from my [device_name] using EN World mobile app

Monday, 12th February, 2018

  • 12:34 PM - CubicsRube quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Kickstarters let you wait until the end of the KS campaign to tell you the shipping but we felt like that was crazy. Folks need to know how much shipping is going to be when they pledge. I appreciate it matt. Although I've recently been binge watching your running the game videos and i knew this was going to be an instabuy for me! Glad to see you're doing well on it!
  • 07:53 AM - Hawk Diesel quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    You are not the only one. It comes up every time I've seen anyone talk about this kind of product over the last 20 years. There's definitely a fantasy of "I want to BUILD my stronghold, gimme some graph paper!" Hell that's what I did in 1986 when I built my Lyan Paladin's stronghold! Yea, I recently used Roll20 to build a stronghold for my players (they call it the Handsome Mansion in case anyone is curious). For things like actually building or designing a stronghold, the 3E supplement Stronghold Builder's Guide holds up fairly well. But this new product seems to go far beyond just designing and building a stronghold, and exploring the farther reaching game impact and consequences of a home base and source of influence upon the world. For me, that's what I'm most into about this.
  • 06:36 AM - prosfilaes quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    One thing I'm noticing is that most people don't know how shipping works. Which shouldn't surprise me, there's no reason they SHOULD know! Most people have some idea how much it costs to mail something somewhere. They go to the Post Office or UPS or whatever and they get an amount, ok. Well, we also have that amount. But we're also paying to warehouse the product, and paying the people who are boxing it all up and printing 8,000 labels and then managing everyone's customer service. And all that costs money. But it also means it gets done in a timely and organized manner. When a product is advertised at some low price plus S/H, where all the profit is hidden in the S/H hidden in the fine print, I feel that ranges from sleazy to outright fraudulent. Here's the thing; I'm paying for the book. When I walk into a bookstore or game store, I pay whatever the price is for the book. I don't care about how much it cost to store and display the product or pay the cashiers or handle returns; it should all...

Sunday, 11th February, 2018

  • 04:52 PM - pedr quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    By the way we're looking into the "I get charged another $20 by my government" thing. I'll be back when we have an answer. It seems to me there is no perfect way to do shipping for Kickstarters. As Fred Hicks and Evil Hat have noted, including shipping costs in the KS pledge artificially inflates the total raised (and, as the costs are variable, doesn’t do so predictably). It also puts the risk of postage cost increases on the project in ways which have been disastrous for some in the past. Asking backers to pay later adds uncertainty particularly for those outside the US - so I don’t back US based projects which use that approach. EU friendly shipping means finding a trusted partner of some kind (and it seems that some board game producers have found themselves tied to fulfilment companies which perform poorly and leave the project dealing with dissatisfied backers). That means the project needs to pay the VAT due on importing the product (0% for books imported to the UK making it a good choic...
  • 07:32 AM - Mouseferatu quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    You are not the only one. It comes up every time I've seen anyone talk about this kind of product over the last 20 years. There's definitely a fantasy of "I want to BUILD my stronghold, gimme some graph paper!" I hope these players find what they want. But me? I want general, more abstract rules. I want rules to aid in the actual RP of running a domain, not brick-by-brick prices or economic tables with a thousand-and-one modifiers. I want tips on how to run characters at political/nation-shaping/domain-founding levels, and how to build stories around them, not on the minutiae of the numbers. There's a reason this is the first Kickstarter I've backed in... may be coming up on a year now. :)

Saturday, 10th February, 2018

  • 10:51 PM - mach1.9pants quoted mattcolville in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    One thing I'm noticing is that most people don't know how shipping works. Which shouldn't surprise me, there's no reason they SHOULD know! Most people have some idea how much it costs to mail something somewhere. They go to the Post Office or UPS or whatever and they get an amount, ok. Well, we also have that amount. But we're also paying to warehouse the product, and paying the people who are boxing it all up and printing 8,000 labels and then managing everyone's customer service. And all that costs money. But it also means it gets done in a timely and organized manner. Just if you didn't quite get what European Friendly means, it means either: printing and despatching from within the EU, as most rpg books are basically PoD this is easily done. Much smaller shipping charges for EU customers and no import fees. Not so easy for minis I guess. Or bulk shipping to an EU for despatch from there. Generally the cost of a one off import fee is much lower than every backer paying it, as is the...
  • 10:28 PM - darjr quoted mattcolville in post Who is Matthew Colville?
    There was a time when I had like, I dunno, 10,000? 30,000? posts ON THIS FORUM! But then they wiped the database. It couldn’t contain all that awesome! Working on it! I was going to take the site down last night and work on it but noooo you went and did this thing and lit up all the dashboards. I can’t turn it off now!


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