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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Burnham is pretty unlikable. I don't think the writers know what to do with her. It doesn't help that she's meant to be logical, cold, and a genius after having been raised by Vulcans but because of the needs of the story she keeps making incredibly stupid and emotional decisions again and again. Another instance happened last episode where Burnham was risking everything to spare Ariam....
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 PM
    I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered any table who has done any of 3e/4e/5e or Pathfinder this way. Back in 1st ed and 2nd ed AD&D, we had declaration phases, but not since.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    “Roll-play versus Role-play” has always been around - this is maybe the seventh long-running thread I can remember on these forums on the topic? I feel like it’s one of those kinds of topics that absolutely NEED to get discussed if ANY group is gathering for the first time, along with things like “house rules” and “sensitive subject matter/X Cards.” Both groups I game in enjoy a fairly large...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:34 AM
    After Civil War, I would imagine Marvel wants to take a longer break before returning to hero vs hero stories. I imagine the next Captain Marvel movie will be taking on the Supreme Intelligence and derailing the Kree empire. That seems like the logical place for that sequel to go. But we still have a long time before that, and still have to see Doctor Strange 2 and Black Panther 2. And...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 AM
    Which makes the big assumption Marvel is planning for the Kree/Skrull War and has plans to use Skrulls again in the future. They could just as easily face the Kree alone, without the Skrulls being involved and the Supreme Intelligence being "the Big Bad" of the next phase. OR The next phase is based on Annihilation, and Annihilus is the Big Bad ripping through the Kree Empire. OR The Skrulls...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 08:27 PM
    I got into Crirical Role a few years back. Shortly after the Briarwoods Arc aired. Even then it was a little daunting catching up. But I listened on YouTube at 1.5x speed, had it on in the background while doing other computer tasks or grinding at MMOs. And at the gym to keep me going on the treadmill.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 08:24 PM
    I play a game on Roll20 that’s streamed and archived. (Star Trek Adventures) It doesn’t take much to slip into the “no off-game chatter” mindset and only talk in character for lengthy stretches. Slip in some professional training at imporovation, and that will appear staged. But it’s really just how they play. They ARE real players. It IS a D&D session. And the player’s emotions ARE...
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  • Mark CMG's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 02:05 PM
    J. Michael Straczynski has reported on his Facebook page that Larry Ditillio has passed https://www.facebook.com/officialjmspage/
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 03:43 AM
    Oh, eff, and the standard Marvel Studios opening BROKE ME. I was not ready for that.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 03:39 AM
    I quite liked it. Probably one of the better origin movies. I'd put it above Thor and The Incredible Hulk. And it was certainly better than Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, and Black Panther. Maybe even Iron Man. (Which is decent, but doesn't hold up as well.) The different pace helped. It was an origin, but the character started with powers. They were always super. But at the end they just got way more...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 03:27 PM
    No idea. Why on Earth would they even consider a Critical Role RPG? Firstly, Lisa Stevens has a prolific resume in the industry. She has some early design credits, but found her place behind the scenes. But was involved in the creation of Ars Magica, Vampire the Masquerade, Magic the Gathering, and the acquisition of TSR. Opposed to Critical Role, which has zero experience running any...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:33 AM
    I’m fortunate in that the groups I’ve hooked up with over the years have made in-character discussion and debate part of the table dynamic; a few years ago we had an absolute blast with the Paizo Hell’s Rebels AP, even to the point of having fairly involved discussions in-character about beliefs, political theory, and religious freedom! We had plenty of butt-kicking too, but the in-character...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 09:16 PM
    I actually had not seen your post before I started writing my list. “It’s fine at my table” just doesn’t tend to be useful. There’s too many variables. I could give one of my players a +5 to every roll and that wouldn’t be broken: because of how that player rolls and built their character. In some tables I have seen, broken options are actually balancing, allowing a non-optimizer to keep...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 08:43 PM
    Based on every message board discussion I have had over an option in the last twenty years. It's fine. Translation: It's not fine. It's totally balanced. Translation: It's broke A.F. That's how it works by RAW. Translation: There's no formal rule against it.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 08:15 PM
    If I have to redesign most of my encounters because of a single option in a single feat, that rules option is broken. Disagree. The feat gives you a bonus to Dexterity saves, which is huge, and evasion via the shield, which is even better. Those two benefits alone are worth a feat. Being able to shove as a bonus action, let alone shove and knockdown, is gravy. Heck, the main benefit of...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 06:45 PM
    It’s a little like the TNG episode, The Lower Decks. Where we get a bunch of new characters, are given an hour to care about them, and then tragedy. Only instead of someone introduced just for this episode, they fleshed out an extra. Which was the problem. I didn’t care. It was too obvious. They might as well have had her say it last day before retirement.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 06:30 PM
    I saw that in 3e with endless monsters with spiked chains, combat reflexes, and improved trip who managed to enlarge themselves in response to players doing the same. I don’t like when the game becomes an arm race or develops a metagame of countering options. So I’m certainly not going to house rule it so the players can do that. Fighters can already rip apart monsters, I don’t need to give...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 03:46 PM
    I imagine the name would be tricky. They'd need to make a separate website and remake a lot of the program. Really, D&D Beyond isn't HeroLab. It's UI is based entirely on D&D trade dress. I doubt they could use that freely. So they'd need to make a whole new UI and art. And you'd pretty much need to redo all the actual programming. They'd pretty much be starting from scratch. Unless the new...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:40 PM
    As the DM... fun for whom? I don't like my monsters always being steamrolled by the fighter who knocks them down, attacks twice with advantage, and then lets half the party do the same. I need my fun too. I want to take my turn in combat. So, yeah, rule of fun is the same as rules as written: bonus action after the competition of the trigger. In this case, the trigger is pretty clearly "the...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:37 PM
    Something else in this episode rubbed me the wrong way. And I think I finally figured out the other issues I have. First, the biggest problem with season one was how it teased the questioning of Starfleet values in war and if taking hard action was necessary if it meant winning the war. Embodied by Captain Lorca. And then it took the easiest way out of that by just making him a cartoonishly...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 01:48 PM
    Oof... that was a rough episode. We finally find out about our cyborg, and she is a cyborg, and the whole episode tries really hard to make us care about her so the ending matters. But it doesn't. As it does too often, Discovery tries to TELL us there's an emotional connection or something matters rather than actually SHOWING us. This episode would have worked so very much better had we...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:49 PM
    In late 2017, I would have said, “not my cup of tea.” However, not long after campaign 2 started, I went to, “yes, and talks machina, etc.” The amateurish production values of the early shows, and them still finding their stride, was really off-putting to me, but when I started watching the second campaign, the quality they were investing in it really drew me in. The earliest shows are still...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:22 AM
    Sasquatch and Kobold Press never did their own game system, just 3rd Party stuff. Yes, WotC did work with Green Ronin, but it's not like there were many of other options for people who could do the job and do it on time. And it's not like they tapped Paizo to make one of their 5e Adventure books. Plus, have you seen anyone from Green Ronin or Sasquatch Games or even Kobold Press at their...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 09:15 PM
    Well.... rather than being a source of free advertising, they’d be the competition literally costing WotC money and players. And D&D Beyond, which has sponsored them for a year in a mutually beneficial relationship, would have no reason to do so. And the DnD Twitch stream would have little reason to host their channel on its stream, and would likely put on competitive programming. They...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 07:24 PM
    D&D is pretty future proof. If WotC moves onto 6th Edition, they can stick with 5e. There’s no reason they need to play the current version. Of course, if/when WotC does go to 6e, they’ll probably approach people like Critical Role and throw money at them to move over as well, advertising the game in the process. And if WotC does move in a direction counter to the needs of CR (I’m...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:50 PM
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a critic or detractor. I was just repeating what I saw (and argued against) and posting a link. (Personally, I wanted to table flip after that hack job of a polygon article.) The CR crew is doing a lot to signal boost gaming and do seem to be great human beings.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:58 PM
    Matt Mercer's comments to that effect were partially the result of some people getting upset at their success. There's a lot of growing criticism of Critical Role: https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/11/18256668/critical-role-kickstarter-animated But, really, this is just because it's successful. And some people are always going to be jealous and angry when other people find success, and lots...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:54 PM
    Sure. But what's the benefit? They'd lose their D&D Beyond sponsorship. And the players would have to learn new rules and remake their characters. Yeah, it would make them some money from Critters. But they're already doing that with art books, dice, pencils, T-shirts, hoodies, press on nails, miniatures, comic books, and now a cartoon. It would cost them a lot of money (paying someone...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:55 AM
    They could but they probably won't. For a wealth of different reasons. First off, the DM who runs the game—Matt Mercer—is a super busy dude. Heck, all the CR team have day jobs. Making a brand new RPG is a an eff of a lot of work, and requires a very different skill set than running a game or speaking in silly voices. Plus playtesting. And for what gain? To sell a few books? They're already...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:51 AM
    ...And it was said that the most famous of these was Aanglvia Newton-John, the Last Aerobender....
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  • Mark CMG's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:22 AM
    I don't mind if they squeeze off the occasional fart joke and I prefer dry humor.
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  • Mark CMG's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:22 AM
    According to Stephen Buonocore, who has posted this news to Facebook, Brian "Big Mac" Mccarthy has passed. https://www.facebook.com/brian.mccarthy.73157203
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  • Majoru Oakheart's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 05:20 PM
    I think if you factor in a lot of the optional steps then there are plenty. The problem is that complexity doesn't always translate to complication. It always has that potential, however. For instance, my experience playing 3.5e was that the complexity(or the sheer number of options, if you'd prefer) always slowed down the game because it had the potential to exist at the table even when no...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 02:05 PM
    Yeah, the first half of season 7 is rough. Not that interesting cliffhanger. Forced new character. Lot of spinning wheels while the wait for the final stretch. But that's probably also as a result of comparing it to the previous two seasons: it's still probably a tighter half season that anything Voyager did... (And doing a "best of TNG" rewatch with my son, I also ended up skipping all of season...
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  • dmccoy1693's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 03:03 PM
    Check out the Orc Skeletal Champion at the JBE Blog!
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 03:00 PM
    The key phrase there being “that can’t be explained”. Yeah, you can fan wank an explanation for most of the changes. That doesn’t mean they’re not changes. The fact that we have to explain it ourselves because they can’t be bothered is an issue and example of them not caring. Heck, even something as firm as “first android in Starfleet” can be justified. “Oh, that mean first androids creased...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 05:00 AM
    We don’t know. They’ve given almost zero backstory to anyone. (Heck, the one alien we got backstory—Saru—has their nature retconned.) That fact you can’t even recall their name is kinda informative for how much attention thye’ve been given.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 04:54 AM
    It’s cute that you think Discovery cares about canon like that...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 04:49 AM
    Because only good shows get reviewed? (Plus, several years of Voyager and Enterprise demonstrate Trek fans will watch shows even if they think they’re bad.)
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 04:47 AM
    They can also regrow organs. Like we saw in the episode Worf was paralyzied. And Nog’s artificial leg.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 01:30 AM
    I was quite happy with this episode. It took eleven or twelve episodes, but Tyler FINALLY had to deal with some consequences for cold blooded murder. Plus they had some fall out for the resurrection. And Saru is trying to figure himself out again. Plus, I loved (LOVED!) what they did with Vina. It adds a whole other layer to The Menagerie; before, Pike was just dumped on Talos to lead a...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 01:18 AM
    Yeah... there just might be some bias.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 11:11 PM
    Eberron in flavor, univeral in mechanics. There is nothing in the Wayfarers Guide to Eberron that gives greater access to +1 weapons, nor does that change the base proficiency of the class. AA is still a class feature that can easily end up a unusable one if you built your character wrong, and that is a thing that the designers have tried to avoid in the past. A class feature should function when...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 07:20 AM
    I'm going to go with probably $8.9 million - mainly because I also suspect Reigel let the Frumpkin out of the bag with that 8.8 million remark...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 07:13 AM
    Much as I loved the Greyhawk setting back in the 80s and 90s, I have to agree with this. It's indeed quite hard for a company to try to resurrect and rebuild a fanbase for a product that (in Greyhawk's case) had at least one or more divisive splits (Greyhawk pre-Gary leaving, Greyhawk post-Gary leaving, and and the "From the Ashes" Greyhawk, not to mention the wild Vecna subplots back in the late...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th March, 2019, 11:30 PM

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  • Henry's Avatar
    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 12:41 PM
    I have to agree with the camp that says that readied attacks can’t disrupt casting of spells. IMO, Not only does the wording of “ready” preclude it, but the case examples of spells or actions being pre-emptied are all called out as being exceptions in their own wording, e.g. Counterspell and Shield. As noted earlier, even the Mage Slayer feat does not specify that its action can interrupt a...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 03:56 AM
    I’ve used Milestone Levelling before it was called “Milestone Levelling” - probably going on 20 years now. The point at which I got tired of tracking XP in our 2E games with my gaming group at the time, I just pretended to keep track of them and started assuming an XP amount if they finished the adventure. In 3e, once the XP and level totals were all the same, it made sense just to level the...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 03:28 AM
    Our gaming group uses a 30-second game timer for individual turns to avoid analysis paralysis - I would find no problem with such a time limit on a major choice either, as 30 seconds is plenty of time for a small group (4 to 6) to come to a majority consensus. As long as the DM clearly lays out the stakes (“the villain awaits a response for a moment. Out of game i’m Representing this with the...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 09:46 PM
    This seems true of most established D&D settings; ardent fans demand the setting never change from it's first printing and any attempt to widen the field is sacrilege. It creates these arguments that Greyhawk cannot have dragonborn, Dragonlance cannot have warlocks, Dark Sun cannot have tieflings, Mystara cannot have artificers, etc. Settings adapt or die. Those that cannot adapt to the...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 03:55 PM
    Yes... "direct sequel" was literally what you said in the post I was replying too...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 11:59 PM
    Usually they get that out sooner, but it looks like my Doom and gloom is for naught.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 11:51 PM
    If you think the reaction to ME3 was bad... try telling fans that one ending was the “right” one BioWare would have had death threats...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 10:53 PM
    Looks like we're not getting the artifcer this month. See you all in March. Or April. Or May...
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  • dmccoy1693's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 08:15 PM
    The Martial Magic of Monks Monks are the undisputed masters of of the mystical martial arts. Through discipline, determination, and years of practice, they can produce effects on par with the spells of mages. Within these pages are three new styles perfect for monks looking to rival the power of magic. Inside the 7 pages of the Book of Feats: 3 Monk Styles, you will find: Blurred Strike...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 03:28 PM
    Disagree. If there wasn’t a high cost to stop a million year cycle of extensions it would have felt too easy. We didn’t need a shallow Hollywood ending where they turn the Reapers off and everyone has a party. Which comes access as “I didn’t like it, therefore it’s terrible”. You’re allowed to just not like something. You don’t have to convince other people it’s bad or prove tha it’s...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 03:18 PM
    Nope. Free DLC just added the “pass” ending, the end montage, and the scene of the Normandy picking up a crew member.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 05:13 AM
    Destroying the reapers WAS one of the endings. That was the renegade option, which is literally called the "destroy" ending. And there were three basic ending (destruction, control, synthesis), each of which also had several sub-endings (perfect, good, bad) depending on the player's readiness rating. Which is possible twice as many endings than pretty much any other video game I've played in the...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 04:34 AM
    It did have to stand alone, since something like 60% of people didn't copy a save. And it's not like the ending could reflect every choice: there's a finite amount of cutscenes they could animate. Each full motion video would have taken weeks of work. Plus, the game was defined by two paths. Two choices. Renegade and Paragon. It made sense that the final moment would do the same. Adding a...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 09:25 PM
    That's a pretty hefty section on Greyhawk. I just wish the PDF links would work for me. :(
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 08:03 PM
    Which is a pretty big oversimplification. After all, what pisses off the fanbase? Well, women and minorities seems to piss off a pretty vocal group. But excluding women and PoC hasn't exactly made gaming a great place. Meanwhile, just producing fan-service and the same games again and again will piss off the fans who will quickly complaint that they already bought that game. However, making...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 08:01 PM
    Dragon + posted and no artifcer. I'm thinking this is going to be further delayed
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 05:08 PM
    I don't think I like the idea that every setting needs to advance their timeline between 119 and 133 years, reflecting the passage of time between the 3e & 2e Forgotten Realms (when the other campaign settings would have last been published) and the current FR date. It's just easier to assume time passes differently in the different lands. If you even want to set a campaign in the "present".
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 04:54 PM
    It's selling worse than Andromeda... in the UK and only counting physical copies. And, again, this is an example of a self fulfilling prophecy: people were complaining about how terrible Anthem would be from the first trailer (see this thread as an example) and them, surprise surprise, the game came out to poor reviews and low sales. I doubt any game could have combated the negative buzz and...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 04:41 PM
    And how would you have improved it?
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 03:57 PM
    They release new PoD books every week or so. They’re just slowly going through the back catalogue as it takes time to update files and order proofs. Especially for releasing a box as a softcover book. But the earlier folio is available.
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 03:45 PM
    No. They just need to release the ‘83 World of Greyhawk book as Print on Demand. That’s alll you need. There is literally nothing in that which needs to be mechanically updated to be usable.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 02:29 AM
    I'm going to vote... meh? Imagine I'm a new DM, inspired by Critical Role or some other steaming game, and I'm looking for a setting to run my game in. I look through each of the published D&D settings so far... Forgotten Realms is pretty much the bog standard, kitchen sink, anything goes setting the game defaults to. Eberron is magi-tech with a pulpy-explorer vibe to it. Dragonlance is...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 11:36 PM
    They don’t need to pick one Edition over the other. They can keep doing what they’re doing now and just publish a few 5e books. (Heck, I imagine PF2’s schedule will be slower than PF1’s, so they could fill the schedule with 5e books.) Publishing 5e accessories doesn’t affect the rest of their buisness. And might just draw more people to their maps, minis, card game, and video game.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 05:25 PM
    Clearly, they should have consulted with you before writing those sections...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 07:24 PM
    From the D&D Facebook page: Emphasis mine.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 04:42 AM
    Yeah, True 20, based on Mutants and Masterminds, both use only a d20 as the only die in the game. https://greenroninstore.com/collections/true20 There’s an SRD for it: http://www.darkshire.net/~jhkim/rpg/srd/srd_true_romantic/index.html Don’t think that’s the official one though.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 04:33 AM
    Umbran; makes a great point - even in cases of things like Elementals, a non magic weapon should have NO chance of damaging a wave of sentient water, and yet it does (albeit reduced damage); the metagame reason is that it’s needed for the class, but there are ways to flavor it as vulnerable to a specific moment or opportunity.
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    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 04:17 AM
    The backgrounds come up quite often at tables i’ve Played or run; however, the bonds, flaws, ideals, etc. don’t come up often. For some reason,people seem quite happy to have artisan, urchin, soldier, etc. influence their character’s thought processes, but seem to chafe at those other components. It’s kind of like inspiration; much as I’d like to remember it, as both GM and Player I forget it 7...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 02:44 AM
    I'll take your concern seriously when Greyhawk returns the Keep on the Borderlands and the Isle of Dread back to Mystara...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 04:34 PM
    Yeah. They're bad. I don't think anyone likes EA. Liking EA isn't on the table. But if someone hates EA shouldn't the hope be "man, I hope BioWare manages to strike a deal to buy itself out" or "I hope some key management changes and they go more hands-off on studios" rather than "I hope Anthem does poorly so EA can close that studio as well"? And, again, if someone was saying "I'm not...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 07:41 AM
    I like the idea. This is a cool concept for a barbarian. Great story and fun flavour, but not something that hadn’t been done before. Okay, nitpicky time. The first level feature feels like it shouldn’t use your reaction. You should just get the bonus. I might not make it tied to the enemy’s Hit Dice as that requieres taking to the DM and asking the creature’s HD. It might be easier to...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 04:13 AM
    The OP's attitude is a bit of a trigger for me... In part because it's so spectacularly unoriginal. The hate for Anthem is an amazing example of the Internet Hivemind. Groupthink intersecting with a self-fulfilling prophecy. Everyone was hating on Anthem from the announcement trailer. And in the weeks before the open demo/ public beta stress test. And, unsurprisingly, during the stress...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 03:04 AM
    Oh my gosh! You mean a public stress test beta of an online game might have been shaky?! Oh my word. I must clutch my pearls for now I have the vapors. It's a 60 on Metacritic. It's overwhelmingly "mixed" but far, far from the terrible you are claiming. Funny how in your rant you never ONCE mention the scores of YouTube reviewers giving Anthem good reviews. You're clearing coming...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 12:16 AM
    Please.... as if Metacritic user scores mean ANYTHING in instances like this. 307 negative reviews and I'd bet dollars to donuts that 95% of those are by people like you who did not play the game and have no interest in the game and are entirely motivated by the delusion that if they attack Anthem it will cause EA to rethink it's behaviour. The hilariously false idea that EA will suddenly...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, 10:07 PM
    It is still a science fiction show on Fox. They are in constant danger of being cancelled. They probably didn't want to end on a cliffhanger...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, 06:53 AM
    It will be interesting to see if they keep Isaac or not, or if the Kaylons become a longer lasting threat. The “big bad” even, with the Krill being a reluctant ally. Or hard reset button. Who knows.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Friday, 22nd February, 2019, 06:34 PM
    Crawford is testing my patience. I want the artifcer yesterday! :-(
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  • dmccoy1693's Avatar
    Friday, 22nd February, 2019, 01:38 PM
    For this week's JBE blog, we have some new player options. Fans of monks will enjoy the new Blurred Strike Style. Not only that, we show off the cover to the upcoming small PDF Book of Feats: 3 Monk Styles, available at the JBE Shop this coming Tuesday and available at DriveThruRPG, the Open Gaming Store, and Paizo shortly thereafter.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Friday, 22nd February, 2019, 01:28 AM
    Yeah, that's probably him. The good news is out of the 32 products on his page, none of them mildly interest me. (And after reading that response to the reviewer, I wouldn't buy from him even if he isn't DQ Design. Yikes.) Thank you both!
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 06:42 AM
    I continue to be stunned that they haven’t done conversions to 5e. That should be a simple thing, as the writing is done and the art is paid for, you just need to pay for the conversion and re-layout making it a fraction of the original cost while also potentially appealing to an audience many times larger than the original printing...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 06:37 AM
    It’s certainly a potential problem for Paizo. Pathfinder 1 has certainly run its course. Heck, it ran its course like four years ago. There’s waaaaay more content than we need. But people still haven’t used the material they have: which was one of the reasons people were reluctant to upgrade from 3e to 4e. The sunk cost fallacy pushes people away from upgrading. Meanwhile, the response to...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 08:18 PM
    They’re having him secretly murdered?? It’s a symbol that WotC doesn’t want to support or advertise such a person. It doesn’t change anything but is a gesture of support for the victims and an acknowledgement of their mistakes. He’s been cast out of the gaming community. He is being shown the door and told he is no longer welcome. He is uninvited to the party. Stripping him of a prime...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 08:03 PM
    In Trek we know, since they had entire books devoted to the in-world science. I can pull out my Next Generation Technical Manual and tell you the exact power output of the Enterprise-D's Warp Reactor. Orville… less so. But the show seems much more interested in the characters than delving that deep into the pseudo-physics rabbit hole. But it stands to reason "infinite power" is likely a key...
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Monday, 25th February, 2019

  • 08:22 PM - Parmandur quoted qstor in post The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]
    I missed that. Thanks Where did he say it? In an interview for Dragon Talk, he went into the history of Greyhawk, and discussed his desirrnto do more with it in the future: in hindsight, he was probably doing the interview partly as a promo for this book. More in the following video: https://youtu.be/_o-_4xEJ2PE
  • 08:14 PM - Parmandur quoted qstor in post The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]
    I like a lot of the other posters are carving for a Greyhawk setting book but the quote above reiterates the fact that largely (apart from Eberron, the Realms, Dark Sun and Ravnica) WotC wants all D&D books to be used in any setting so NO setting books. This has been the tone since 4e. They have released the SCAG and Ravnica as setting books, have an Eberron setting playtedt going, and Mearls said within the last month that he is looking for an angle to get Greyhawk published in 5E. No need to be hasty.

Sunday, 6th January, 2019

  • 12:52 AM - epithet quoted qstor in post Spring's D&D Release Will Be Ship-Themed
    No Greyhawk love No reason to say that: MToF was a Greyhawk-centric book. Not enough to open the setting in the DMs Guild. Like so much of the 5e product line-up, they just pillaged The World of Greyhawk for the benefit of the Forgotten Realms. For whatever reason, that's been happening since the very beginning of the FR setting at TSR, with the Desert of Desolation and Bloodstone Pass being shoehorned into it. The Forgotten Realms is a content-sucking vampire of a setting, so I suppose it is appropriate that it slurped up Ravenloft, too. I suppose I shouldn't complain, though. At least as long as they don't revisit Greyhawk it will remain free of Jarlaxle.

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Friday, 14th September, 2018

  • 12:53 AM - ddaley quoted qstor in post D&D's Going To The Barrier Peaks
    what happened to the rumor link? Yeah, if I try to go to the rumor link, I get: "You do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons..." Makes me sad :(

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

  • 08:44 PM - Mike Myler quoted qstor in post Mythological Figures: Blackbeard (5E)
    I'd give him spellcasting levels to make him more in line with the version in Tim Powers On Stranger Tides but that's just me. Otherwise nice job! To get that I'd swap out Thief for the Arcane Trickster archetype (and maybe tack on an extra level so he can pick up misty step and retain some of that excellent mobility!)

Thursday, 16th August, 2018

  • 12:28 AM - Zardnaar quoted qstor in post Gail Gygax Sued By Movie Producer
    This is off topic of this thread but wasn't Greyhawk etc part of TSR's right's when WotC bought it. So Greyhawk would automatically go to WotC when they bought TSR or are you talking any possible action Gary had against the board of directors of TSR for the firing? Just curious... Yes but (AFAIK) there was left over legal issues form the 80's over who actually owned TSR. Gary sold share of TSR in the 70's to the Blumes, when he was forced out in 85 after the Blumes sold to Lorraine he agreed to sell his remaining share to her/TSR. But IDK if they every paid out the agreed amount to him so he had a case/claim on WoTC. WoTC settle either on the remaining left over amount (+ interest for inflation IDK) or if Gary was arguing since the original deal was not honored they had to buy him out. Arneson also got some residuals do to long standing legal issues over his ouster. Either way they probably signed something along the lines of a "Full and final settlement of all your claim of rights o...

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

  • 05:39 PM - mewzard quoted qstor in post It’s LAUNCH DAY For The Pathfinder 2 Playtest!
    I think it's more like 3.5e to 5e. After a quick glance, PF2 seems a lot more simpler in some respects. It's toned down a lot of the power options. There's comments on the Paizo boards like "I welcome all the nerfing. It's more in line with 5E and other recent trends of getting away from all the absurdly ridiculous high power nonsense that is from a dated age of design trends. " I can see a lot of PF1e fans won't like it. I have friends that are big power gamers and a lot of the "candy store" is closed in that regards. We'll see if more builder books for PF2 come out or if Paizo follows WotC lead and slows production of material. Well, I mean, yes and no. In some ways, there's been a bit of a tone down, and the gap between martials and casters has shrunk some between skill feats and ritual casting that martials can do. ...But then you see things like the 10th Level Primal Spell that Druids can learn that literally lets them turn into a Kaiju, and you know things haven't all gone dow...

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 09:38 PM - Parmandur quoted qstor in post Eberron It Is? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    I can't see WotC doing this unless it was part of an adventure since they don't DO setting books anymore. They are releasing a setting book in November, and the post you quote is referring to the rest actively discussing plans for future setting books in public.
  • 07:32 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted qstor in post Eberron It Is? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    I can't see WotC doing this unless it was part of an adventure since they don't DO setting books anymore.Well, the Ravnica book may indicate that's changing.

Saturday, 14th July, 2018

  • 12:50 AM - Dire Bare quoted qstor in post Lost Tales of Myth Drannor Now On DMs Guild
    I don't see any reviews, either here or on DM's Guild. Is it any good? It just got uploaded today, so give it some time. There are several positive comments on the DMsGuild page however. Can we get print on demand? Again, on the DMsGuild page comments, one of the authors mentions they are working on a softcover POD option, but a hardcover POD is unlikely.

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Monday, 20th February, 2017

  • 11:28 PM - RedBoxDwarf quoted qstor in post A New Digital Direction for Wizards?
    So much for campaign supplements... Yeah, that was always my favorite thing about 2E, all of the options, splat books, and other materials for so many different campaigns. Too bad they don't seem on the horizon for 5E. Sad face.

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Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

  • 03:10 PM - chibi graz'zt quoted qstor in post What Made You Switch To Pathfinder?
    I think if you're familiar with any system you can make a character pretty easily. I've played a little 5e but I really liked 3.5e and its more of a progression to Pathfinder. I recently got HeroLab and its pretty easy to make a character with. But a lot of times I still use the old fashion pen and paper. The 2 hours was with Herolab, my friend has the entire suite of rules. Don't get me wrong, I like the customization/optimization aspects of PF, but sometimes you just want to jump into the game and play, and I don't always want to play a pregen.

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