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D&D 3.5E - Currently playing through the Shackled City Adventure Path
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  • 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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Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 04:52 PM - Morrus quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News – 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 – 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 – 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 wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste, but in no way does that make it objectively bad. We don’t 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 I’m 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.

Saturday, 10th November, 2018

  • 03:15 PM - Turgenev quoted Olaf the Stout in post Waterdeep: Dungeon Of The Mad Mage Preview Roundup!
    Nice work! Do you know what the map pack maps will look like? Are they just loose leaf reprints of the maps you drew for the hardcover? Or are they a different size or different maps? Sorry but I'm not involved with the map packs. I drew the dungeons and then handed them off to WOTC. I've been out of the loop since. Cheers, Tim

Sunday, 4th November, 2018


Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

  • 11:21 PM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    I took this as either: a. He meant to say “A book we have not yet created”. So either the book is not yet written, or even possibly that it is about part of a setting that has not been written about before in previous editions. b. He means that it was farmed out to another company to write, like many of the other WotC 5E books have been. Man, they haven't outsourced a game book in years.

Saturday, 21st July, 2018

  • 06:09 PM - DMMike quoted Olaf the Stout in post What's the best and worst D&D book you own from any edition?
    So that's my best and worst D&D book that I own. What's yours? Best: Tome of Magic, for introducing Wild Magic. No. Tome of Magic, for introducing vestiges and shadow magic. And making me work reaaaaaally hard to make truenaming work. Nah...Dungeonscape, for a different perspective on dungeons. Or Cityscape, since cities are a bit more common than dungeons, and can also make great dungeons. Actually, Monster Manual, since it's useful for three editions of the game (3, 3.5, 5). Or Villain's Handbook (?), since it's useful for ALL editions. Of any game. Worst: Player's Handbook 3.0. For being rendered obsolete by one of its own supplements (Miniatures Handbook).

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Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 12:40 PM - Aldarc quoted Olaf the Stout in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    Except those Kara Tur books are still complimentary to the other FR books that WotC have produced. They work together because they are still in the same setting. Plus there aren't so many that it is completely unaffordable for your average player to keep up with, even if they also buy some DM's Guild FR PDFs. Let's say WotC opened up Dragonlance for use in the DM's Guild. Players and DM's would then have a choice to either buy FR books (both WotC and DM's Guild), buying just Dragonlance books from DM's Guild or buying both FR and DM's Guild products.As opposed to how they have the choice of buying either Sword Coast products or Kara-Tur products or Forgotten Realms products vs. Ravenloft products. Again, what you are describing is already there, so the argument you make is somewhat absurd. Choices already exist, even if one were precluding their settings, between DMs Guild and official options. While there are some that would buy both, it would likely cannibalise some of the FR sales, both Wo...
  • 10:30 AM - Aldarc quoted Olaf the Stout in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    Opening up the market creates other competitors for themselves. Yes, they get 50% if he proceeds from DMs Guild sales, but it creates a number of risks. What if opening up another setting’s IP causes their print sales to drop. That could cause them to lower their print runs, dropping their overall profit and their profit per unit. What setting do they open up? No matter which setting they choose to open up, there will be some people complaining and potentially boycotting buying WotC products because their favourite setting wasn’t opened up. Basically, what they are doing at the moment is working really well for them, so they aren’t willing to take a risk and open up more settings when the potential risk to their current business model is higher than any potential profits they might get from DM’s Guild sales.Jein. What you are describing seems to already exist, in one form or another, on DMs Guild within the realm, no pun intended, of Forgotten Realms. People are producing, for example, Kara-...


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