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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:40 AM
    I very much enjoy the arc of Season 1 (which has more stand-alone stories), but builds to the Cult of the Dragon attacking Phlan. After those 14 adventures, we move into a sequence of tales about what happens to the people who flee Phlan, which is a theme in Seasons 2 & 3. I regret that it was abandoned after that, though a few CCCs refer to it. Cheers!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:01 PM
    The Tier 1 of Season 5 is *awesome*. Tier 2 & 3 are fine, but I love the Tier 1 story. As for the Tier 4 of Season 5 - it would have loved having access to Volo's Guide to Monsters, but that came out very soon before the deadline. (My players still had a lot of fun, though). Cheers!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 05:43 AM
    Just use milestone advancement, and you should be fine. :) Season 2 has nine Tier 1 adventures and six Tier 2 adventures. Season 3 has six Tier 1 adventures, seven Tier 2 adventures and two Tier 3 (8 hour) adventures. Cheers!
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 07:54 AM
    Replace "melee weapon attack" with "melee physical attack" (so physical vs spell) in Monster Manual entries, then you can make "melee physical attacks" with Unarmed Strikes, and see if the problems go away... :)
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 07:16 AM
    Two types of weaponry produce "Melee Weapon Attacks". * Manufactured weapons. e.g longsword, dagger, * Natural weapons. e.g. claws, bite, unarmed strike It is *possible* there is a third type, called an "Unarmed Strike". Urgh. I classify unarmed strike as a natural weapon. (You can see the definition of manufactured vs. natural weapons in the Monster Manual introduction, under...
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 01:12 AM
    Currently 30 sessions into a Tomb of Annihilation campaign (as a player). We've felt like we were a bit directionless at times, just following one random lead after another to try and find the Soulmonger, but it's been awesome fun. The DM has done a great job of bringing Chult, with all its unique flora and fauna, to life.
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 12:25 AM
    I agree with this entirely. Saltmarsh might give a Greyhawk map location, but it's an adventure that is only Greyhawk because of that. Of course, that sort of thing can be made to work and integrated very well into the structure of the setting, but when you have a once-off adventure trilogy that never gets revisited, it doesn't become "core" Greyhawk. The one thing that makes Saltmarsh...
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 12:17 AM
    That *would* be cool. My current campaign contains a conflict between Veluna and Ket (and soon to be more Baklunish nations), with the Baklunish somewhat annoyed because the High Priestess of Xan Yae was killed while travelling through Veluna... Cheers!
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 12:13 AM
    Best of luck! I've run through the entire series twice, and it needs some work to make it all hang together. Some of the adventures are awesome, others less so. There's a couple of things in it that were included to set-up details for future seasons of the DDAL adventures, but then they moved away from the Moonsea and that work was wasted - and leads to some unsatisfying material in this...
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Monday, 24th February, 2014

  • 03:22 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Olaf the Stout in post GM's, what info do you want to know about the PCs? Players, what info do you like to determine about your PCs?
    Olaf the Stout I always want more information than they give me ;) I think there must be a whole generation of gamers out there with some form of DM-PTSD or something. Currently I'm trying the "figure out your background in play" approach. So character details are an emergent play thing with my current group of very sparsely described PCs. When it comes up, or during a bit of downtime I might ask a question of one or two players. When they sit down at the next interlude I might have them do some lifepath rolling to account for their past five years, reflecting conversations around the feast table. (They began the campaign with new level 11 PCs, so there's obviously lots of unfolded story gaps) When we start a new adventure I will ask them to choose from a list of character hooks (or come at me with their own). Would have liked to have a PC relationships thing, but there was a big change in the players (4 dropped, 3 joined), so we are still adjusting to that.

Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

  • 02:51 PM - Grogg of the North mentioned Olaf the Stout in post How to deal with GM burn-out?
    Olaf the Stout I suffer from burn out too. It's actually been one of the biggest obstacles for me when I DM. I've found that if I'm not DMing every week, the little breaks between sessions are enough to let my batteries recharge. The last campaign I ran went every other week. It also helped that when I wasn't DMing that one of my players was running a game too. So if one of us wasn't able to run the other would. Great for those times when the creative juices weren't flowing. Something that worked for me is having a "Standard list of Spells". When I'm prepping spell casters, there's a standard list that I use for most of the NPCs. Some spots are open for minor customization but it greatly cuts down on prep time with most of the work already done. Plus I don't have to worry about what all the spells do if I have a bunch of them recycled. Lastly, get a confidant from the other side of the DM screen. Someone you know that won't meta-game. Talk with them about your thoughts for upcoming ...

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Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 08:08 PM - Voadam quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    I still need to go through and catalogue my PDF collection. I'm thinking that will dwarf my hard copy collection. Not quite as large as yours though. Looking at just your 5E list, I'm amazed you have so many PDFs for that alone! PDF bundles suck me in too. I own several Humble Bundle and Bundle of Holding RPG bundles that I've barely even had a chance to flick through, let alone read. Legendary Games has their 20-for-$20 bundles (I'm using The Murmuring Fountain and some of their Gothic Tomes from these bundles in my 5e Carrion Crown game I'm running right now), Cubicle 7 and Ponyfinder were from Bundles of Holding, and Humble Bundles provided Frog God, Kobold Press, Total Party Kill, and Troll Lord, while Fat Goblin puts out their own fantastic bundles as did a bunch of DM's Guild specials. I keep my eye out regularly for ones that interest me and pounce. There are also a lot of free and PWYW titles.
  • 12:50 PM - Nytmare quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    Your RPG collection is pretty decent, but that board game collection is ginormous! How the heck do you store that many board games? Shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves, and a couple of piles on the floor, and another shelf full of stuff I never plan on playing again (but can't bring myself to get rid of) upstairs in a closet. This last year I finally hit the breaking point in the new game room (hence the piles) and I have to start planning the upgrade from the old set of industrial storage shelves I had been using to the full floor to ceiling, corner to corner shelves I'd been planning on making.

Friday, 8th February, 2019

  • 04:42 AM - Travis Henry quoted Olaf the Stout in post 90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels
    You lost a player at 1st level due to complexity? What the heck were they playing that made things too complicated, because at 1st level your options arenít much beyond move and/or hit for most characters. 2nd and 3rd levels are where more options get added in (which Iím guessing was completely intentional by the designers). 5 personality traits a long list of equipment 18-some skills big list of Proficiencies the three character powers (Second Wind, Fighting Style, and Position of Privilege) have long descriptions the long text on the back of the sheet describing Humans, Fighters, and Background. I know many ENWorlders may roll their eyes - but really, it's quite a lot of info. It's an info dump. And yeah, I figure there are tips for managing the info, but still... D&D is very complex, even at first level. She's not a gamer gearhead - she's an artist. She liked some aspects of the game, but the crunch and sheer detail was too much. At the same time, me and the other fellow were learning the rules...

Thursday, 7th February, 2019


Wednesday, 6th February, 2019

  • 05:34 AM - Retreater quoted Olaf the Stout in post It's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
    Was TMNT a Palladium release? IDW are actually Kickstarting a TMNT board game at the moment. So very tempted, but the price point is fairly high - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idwgames/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-adventures-city-fall/description Yes. It is OOP but lives on in the spiritual successor, After the Bomb.

Monday, 4th February, 2019

  • 06:32 PM - Doc_Klueless quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    How does one cull their PDF stuff? Apart from a few PDFs that I've bought from now defunct companies, the rest I could delete from my computer and re-download from my account at a later date without any issue.I have sooooo many PDFs of so many RPGs that I don't even know where I got them all. I'm sure some of them (a lot even?) are pirated PDFs that I got to see if I'd like a game before buying it and then never deleted it/them. In fact, my PDF collection got so large that I was having troubles finding things and/or having multiple copies of a PDF because I forgot I had it and/or where it was at. So I spent a weekend going through the Terabyte storage I have just deleting things. It didn't actually change things physically, but it made me feel better somehow.
  • 04:18 PM - pogre quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    How many painted minis do you have in your collection? I think Iíve seen you paint over 100 minis in the time Iíve been following your painted minis thread. Well, keep in mind I have been collecting and painting miniatures since the mid-1980s. I do not have an exact number, but it's in the thousands of miniatures I have personally painted. Probably 70% of those are fantasy related with the rest being historicals (mostly Dark Ages).
  • 04:11 PM - johndesmarais quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    I do not look forward to ever having to move my collection. I can only imagine how many separate boxes I'd have to spread the books across. I've actually been looking forward to this move. I'm still finding more boxes of RPG stuff in my attic as I've never had enough shelf space to have it all accessible at once - but in the new house my office has floor to ceiling book shelves covering two walls and more shelf space in a weird little side room attached to the office. I'm pretty excited to get it all shelved where I get to it.

Friday, 1st February, 2019

  • 07:19 AM - ccs quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    So I've got a 4ft wide bookshelf that fits about 65 hardcover books roughly PHB size. So 64ft is 16 times that amount. So that would be 1,040 books! Hm. That sounds high. Maybe if all the miniature war-gaming books/editions of were included in that # - but no, they take up their own dedicated bookshelf. Anyways, the RPG stuff takes up about 15.5 shelves (I've still got enough space to last until 6e I figure :)) split between 4 bookshelves. Might have to measure my shelves.... It'll still be a large #.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 04:52 PM - Morrus quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News Ė Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more. I backed 2 previous Nord Games Kickstarters and this trap book is definitely something I'd be interested in, yet I had no idea about it until I saw this Kickstarter. Surely a quick update post in their previous Kickstarters would be a good way to let their previous backers know about a new Kickstarter they are running. Similarly, there have been Frog God Games Kickstarters I've nearly missed out on backing because they didn't post an update about them in their previous Kickstarters (or did so when there was only a few days left to back). It seems like they are potentially missing out on backers that would very likely be interested in their product. You can follow a creator on Kickstarter, and will be notified whenever they launch a new project.

Saturday, 12th January, 2019

  • 07:51 AM - MNblockhead quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News Ė Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more.... They do. But I mercilessly unsubscribe and filter that stuff out to keep my inbox manageable. The two best sources of new KS projects are these articles on EnWorld and Kickstarter's algorithms (recommendation on new projects based on my prior backed projects). If you back a project, KS will highlight new projects by the creator of the previously backed project. Also, most creators will post notices of new projects on the "updates" board of their prior projects, which you will also get in your e-mail if you've set your Kickstarter preferences to receive them.

Thursday, 10th January, 2019

  • 03:27 PM - Egg Embry quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News Ė Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more. I backed 2 previous Nord Games Kickstarters and this trap book is definitely something I'd be interested in, yet I had no idea about it until I saw this Kickstarter. Surely a quick update post in their previous Kickstarters would be a good way to let their previous backers know about a new Kickstarter they are running. Similarly, there have been Frog God Games Kickstarters I've nearly missed out on backing because they didn't post an update about them in their previous Kickstarters (or did so when there was only a few days left to back). It seems like they are potentially missing out on backers that would very likely be interested in their product. Olaf the Stout - Speaking strictly as a fan, I agree that publishers could mine their pool of prior backers, it's a logical and, in many cases, a welcome advertising tactic, especially when offering like products. That said, I joined several crowdfunding campaigns that over use that option so I become notification numb to their alerts. As a journalist, I'll keep your question in mind as I talk to crowdfunding publishers in the future. :-) Thanks, Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer If you're a publisher that would like to share an RPG-related job opportunity in a future article or discuss your RPG crowdfunding project, please contact me here.

Saturday, 5th January, 2019

  • 05:40 PM - Michael Dean quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Your anecdotal experience doesn't mean anything. Popularity doesn't mean anything either. The Transformers films were popular, but are objectively terrible. The irony of this statement is amusing. Please point us to this definitive objective standard you keep referencing. Until then, I'll just keep assuming that you don't understand the difference between subjective and objective.

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

  • 03:15 PM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Yep, I can see how it wouldnít be to everyoneís taste, but in no way does that make it objectively bad. We donít know exact sales figures, but multiple books in the Amazon top 50, years after their initial release says that it is at least going reasonably well. As for reviews, the first AP probably got the worst reviews, and even those were mixed, rather than completely bad. The rest of the APs seem to have been well received by most reviewers. Part of the negatives from those reviews was to do with rules issues, which was a result of them writing the adventures at the same time as the 5E rules were being developed. I enjoyed HotDQ, but it is quite a weak book. If it had been given a few more months polish, and been one book with RoT, it could have been massively improved. They didn't need it so early, with the masterpiece of Lost Mines already in place as an intro module. But for being the biggest publishing misstep in five years, it's not too shabby.
  • 06:32 AM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Ah, so my anecdotal experience doesn't mean anything, but your 'objective' opinion without any actual facts to back it up (i.e. anecdotal experience) does. Gotcha. The most "objective" measurea I can think of are reviews and sales. Both have been solid for the whole edition. A good case can be made that WotC is producing objectively good books, but I see little reason that an "objectively bad" case can stand. "Not to my tastes" sure.
  • 03:13 AM - Kramodlog quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Since when is the quality of D&D books "objectively" bad?[/qote]Since 4e? I kid, I kid. Since the first AP book Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Quality has varied, but stuff like Hoard, Storm King, Sword Coast, the Big Book of Beholder Random Tables, Mordenkainen, Tales of Yawn Cause Designers couldn't make an effort, Dungeon of the Lazy Designers, the MtG Campaign world that isn't MtG or a campaign book, are bad. [quote]I'd love to know where you're get that from, because I haven't seen many negative reviews of 5E books and my group is enjoying the heck out of our game right now.Your anecdotal experience doesn't mean anything. Popularity doesn't mean anything either. The Transformers films were popular, but are objectively terrible.

Friday, 28th December, 2018

  • 05:04 AM - default_entry quoted Olaf the Stout in post Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue Pocket Edition Arrives in Late January 2019
    I don't know about the comment about "It seems like first edition will be strong and healthy right up until they completely cut it off for 2E." I don't know what their other releases were, but surely re-doing an already released book in a different format is Paizo's way of releasing something for as low a cost as possible, saving them money. Yes, they would have had to re-do the layout, but would have saved quite a bit of money on the art and writing, in much the same way that WotC saved money by re-releasing the 1E, 2E and 3.5E rulebooks. I'm not sure they had to do anything for layout - they're identical down to the page count, just 2/3 the size (and weight!). I wonder if its a way to help reduce backlash against a hard stop to 1E material? Keep them available in PDF and a lower-cost softcover?

Friday, 21st December, 2018

  • 10:24 AM - Morrus quoted Olaf the Stout in post [LAST CHANCE!] Vote For Your Favourite RPG Podcasts Of 2018!
    Wow there are a lot of D&D podcasts out there now. Is there anywhere that has a very short summary of what each of the podcasts is about? I realise they all probably have a website, but Iím just after a very general idea of what they are about. I.e. What podcasts are RPG advice, what ones are actual plays, what ones are reviews,etc? Sounds like quite the undertaking! :)

Monday, 10th December, 2018

  • 06:48 AM - Bolongo quoted Olaf the Stout in post Pathfinder Adventure Path #138: Rise of New Thassilon Arriving in Late January 2019
    It almost looks like the woman in red has stopped for a modelling shoot, completely oblivious to the fact that the rest of her party is running in terror from a massive mammoth on the rampage! :D You haven't seen a lot of Pathfinder AP covers, I guess? The character in the foreground is never part of the scene in the background. That's just the style they've chosen. Usually the foregrounded character is the villain, and other stuff happening is supposed to represent some action scene the PC party might find themselves in. And in this case, that lady is certainly Runelord Alaznist.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018

  • 01:44 AM - Abstruse quoted Olaf the Stout in post News Digest: More D&D Releases for 2019, Basic D&D Updated, Steve Jackson Games Reviving Classic Game Line, and more!
    Well at least this explains my confusion about the GF9 Monster Cards. When I saw them with a release date of February I was starting to wonder if I was seeing things, as I swore that I had already seen them for sale at a local gaming store. Good to know I wasn't going crazy! :-D It was a lot more clear until the news broke about it getting listed on Amazon. Before it was "This has been out in game stores, but is now going to mass market retailers including Amazon starting in February". Now it's that convoluted mess I had to write up there because third-party sellers started latching onto the Amazon direct listing, so some of them are available now and some not until February. And you'd never know unless you checked the seller.


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