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    Today, 03:43 PM
    Later this year, you'll be able to get your hands on a alternate cover "gift set" of the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks from your local game store for $170. These are apparently exclusive to local game stores, so you won't find it on Amazon. Note the older cover core set gets a gift box as well!
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    Today, 10:40 AM
    The AGE system isn't a d20 system.
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    Today, 10:16 AM
    Merisiel, the elf rogue, is the subject of our 5th Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated character reveal! Check out the sneak attacks, and nimble dodges! Paizo's Mark Seifter says "Merisiel ... is all about sneaking, skills, and high damage sneak attacks, especially if itís also a critical hit with her deadly rapier: 4d6+1d8+8, ouch! Merisiel has more skill feats than anyone else, and more...
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    Today, 02:42 AM
    Iím getting these and may give my older ones to friends that couldnít otherwise afford the books. Or use em as loaners
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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    Later this year, you'll be able to get your hands on a alternate cover "gift set" of the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks from your local game store for $170. These are apparently exclusive to local game stores, so you won't find it on Amazon. Note the older cover core set gets a gift box as well!
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    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    Morrus replied to LUCK question
    I tend to go with daring/plucky types of careers.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 AM
    It's time for the 4th of our six reveals of the Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated playtest characters. Today, we'll be looking at Seelah, the human paladin. This sheet covers some of the shield mechanics we saw in Valeros' sheet, along with various paladin powers such as Lay on Hands, Hospice Knight, Warded Touch, and Retributive Strike. "Seelah has a few things on her sheet that might...
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    Morrus replied to LUCK question
    I'm not too sure I understand the first question, but for the second it's actual extra dice.
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    Yesterday, 02:49 AM
    It does use preorder numbers. However that huge drop is because WotC didnít know how popular it was going to be and were caught by surprise and had to emergency print more. That dip is due to lack of supply.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    So, cheating in your game consists of sneaking Cheerios and bits of carrot back behind the DM's screen when you aren't looking?
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    Sunday, 15th July, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Here is the sales rank graph from Camel camel camel http://camelcamelcamel.com as of today. https://camelcamelcamel.com/Players-Handbook-Dungeons-Dragons-Wizards/product/0786965606?active=sales_rank
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    Sunday, 15th July, 2018, 08:32 PM
    Most of us use dice of plastic, metal, stone, or wood - insensate materials. What the heck are you using for dice, that they can itch? Hamsters, with numbers painted on, or something?
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    Sunday, 15th July, 2018, 04:26 AM
    I think it works. Like Rachel Weiss in The Mummy, crossed with the Hip Hippos from the Animaniacs... but on a Spelljamming vessel.
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    Sunday, 15th July, 2018, 01:34 AM
    The person wielding a primitive musket is throwing a bomb with the same abstract stats as that the DMG says is a fragmentation grenade. Does the Giff stat block say they throw "early 21st century Earth fragmentation grenades"? No? Then it isn't one. The base logic of "is has the same stats, so it *is* the same thing" is flawed in a game of fiction like this. A door with hardness 5 and 20...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:34 PM
    Pretty sure the bug is called ďGoogleĒ.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:32 PM
    Iíd argue that says more about your tactics than it does about the game rules.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 09:07 PM
    Thatís an awesome example of glass half empty! :) It looks like you will want to minimise attacks because attacking directly reduces the amount of movement you get. So combat looks to be a very dynamic affair with everybody running around until they accidentally run into a foe. In other words, both are true. You can do either. Itís what you choose to make of it.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 08:46 PM
    Twitter would be good (#woinrpg). Streams are super good; thereís a couple out there. Reviews are great especially if not just on RPGNow. Fan sites and fan content is awesome. Articles are awesome.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 08:12 PM
    Yeah, the price is whatís holding me off. Thatís one expensive PDF!
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 07:30 PM
    No. Only those discussion based on "sense" or "realism". And, when the game is neither sensical nor realistic, my point is valid. I mean, think about it - historical accuracy on space hippos? That's a problem? The fact that the DMG calls one renaissance and the other modern matters? If you have an issue of game balance, or other functional aspect of it in the game, my point does not hold....
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 04:45 PM
    Because the way OBS PoD works youíd then have to pay full price for both, whereas most publishers offer the pdf free with the PoD copy.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:52 PM
    Having noodled around with time travel in several games over the years... Time travel plots are great if the audience (in this case players) know a *whole lot* about the setting. Shows like Doctor Who and Timeless, and games like Kevin Kulp's Timewatch are set in something like the "real world" in which all the history the audience/players remember from high school happened. Without that...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:13 PM
    "Wouldn't it make more sense"... More sense? Sense?!? You are talking about a bipedal hippo with opposable thumbs, and erudite speech, known for flying around space on open-decked ships like sailing the ocean while wearing pith helmets and clothing from the Napoleonic to Edwardian eras... And you are worried about how much sense this makes?
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:51 AM
    It's another day, and you know what that means? It's time for the third of our six reveals of the Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated playtest characters, courtesy the awesome folks over at Paizo. Today it's the turn of Valeros, the human fighter. A little more straightforward than the previous alchemist and cleric sheets, in this one you can see the shield mechanics which have been mentioned a...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 05:09 AM
    This has nothing to do with liking or not liking. I like RPGs, in general. They are my favorite hobby. But they are a niche activity. Go look at Morrus' thread on The size of the RPG market. The RPG market overall is about $35 million/year. The Hobby game market overall is like $1.2 billion. The Black Panther movie grossed $1.3 billion. RPGs are small frye. I love 'em, but I recognize...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 04:50 AM
    In the OP, we are given the situation where the players are more investigative than the GM is used to. While the GM can avoid building adventures that are outright mysteries, if the players ask probing questions, what do you do? Just say, "That's not important, please don't ask questions"?
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:01 AM
    I think you paint it too black and white - that either what 4e fans likes was everything, or completely ignored. There is a middle ground - what they liked mattered, but not enough to have 5e be a clear evolution of the 4e ruleset. In the long analysis, the 4e-style fans are probably not sufficient in number to support the main flagship of the brand, such that the design couldn't cater to them...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 08:54 PM
    Morrus replied to Defense Options
    Ah yes, Here it is: https://www.patreon.com/posts/5801814
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 08:31 PM
    Morrus replied to Defense Options
    Thereís an article on EONS which covers the idea of various stances. I canít remember itís name offhand though!
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 05:46 PM
    Technology marches on. People stream instead these days.
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:41 PM
    The Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E previews are continuing to roll in prior to the game's release next month, and this time Cubicle 7 talks a little about the points you can spend to "save your bacon in tricky situations." Fortune, which you gain each day, represents destiny and luck. It can be used for rerolls, bonuses to rolls, and jumping the initiative queue. Fate, which is...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:30 PM
    The Lost Tales of Myth Drannor is in DMsGuild and Inthinknit has a couple updates. From Twitter https://twitter.com/dnd_advleague/status/1017789383095869440?s=21 My affiliate link http://www.dmsguild.com/product/247140/Lost-Tales-of-Myth-Drannor?affiliate_id=182934
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:08 PM
    The main game I am GMing at the moment is Ashen Stars. Typically not, and here's why: In the parser problem, you have a bunch of pieces, and you have issues trying to figure out how they go together. The point in GUMSHOE investigation where you make spends is *as you gather* the pieces. You don't generally get to retroactively spend the points later to get more information to help...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 02:38 PM
    Yes, but it may still be relevant. We are talking about a niche product that isn't likley to be attractive to everyone in the niche. Especially when advocates probably don't just want a setting book. They want setting support going forward, right? Adventures and things like the Sword Coast Adventurer's guide, no? To make that worthwhile, the setting has to be pretty darned compelling,...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 01:23 PM
    James Ohlen was one of the architects of the 1990s' Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II video games, along with other classic CRPGs. He has been working for BioWare for over 22 years, but now he's leaving to publish D&D adventures with his new company, Arcanum Worlds and their first hardcover sourcebook, the Ancient Greek themed Odyssey of the Dragonlords. He's not alone, either. He's...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 10:34 AM
    It's time for the second of the six Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated characters I'll be sharing with you over the next few days. Thanks to Paizo, I have here Kyra, the human cleric! I was asked what order I was doing these in -- I'm going through them alphabetically (alchemist, cleric, fighter, etc...) Enjoy! Here's what Paizo's Mark Seifter has to say about Kyra: "Kyra ... has a bunch...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:02 AM
    Well, let's discuss that mechanic more, for a moment. GUMSHOE doesn't have skill checks for Investigative skills. Technically, you don't need to roll any dice to get all the clues you need in a GUMSHOE game. In GUMSHOE, if you have the relevant investigative skill *at all*, you automatically get the base information available for that skill in that scene. No check or spend is required....
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 03:47 AM
    If you are just going to add in a spell or two to fix it, you aren't changing much of anything. If the spell is known, who isn't going to be able to come up with it after a long rest? So, they start the next day down a spell slot? That's the overall effect. That's added danger? Note that the GM has a throttle on how often death saves are made - by controlling the challenge of the fight,...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 07:25 PM
    Aww. And he speaks so highly of you.
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 07:18 PM
    Get yourself a Jenga set. Every time there's an AOE, a player must draw a brick. Drawing rotates around the table, so the players cannot always have their best person drawing. If the tower falls before the Tarrasque is dead, the town is effectively destroyed. You may alter the tower height to change the difficulty.
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 05:38 PM
    That's one way to look at it. Another is to consider that the characters live in the world 24/7, and the players do not, and those checks are the mechanical bridge between the two. Before we consider that they are "leaning on a crutch" we should consider the following: 1) We, as GMs, are probably not as great at writing mysteries as we think, 2) We, as GMs, may not be providing proper...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 02:19 PM
    And you've just outed yourself as being willing to insult fellow posters to "win" the argument. That's not acceptable. Please don't post in this thread again.
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 10:43 AM
    If you've been following along with the Pathfinder 2nd Edition playtest news, you're in for a treat over the coming days. Paizo has very kindly sent me the character sheets of all six of the playtest characters, and I'll be sharing them with you one at a time over the next week or so! We'll start today with Fumbus the goblin alchemist. But first, before we delve into the first character,...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 03:28 AM
    No disrespect to Mr. Berlew, but if his work has already been mined for ideas, I'd rather they held another setting search, and got entirely new ideas than clawing many of Berlew's back from other products.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 11:12 PM
    3xp.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 04:14 PM
    In this episode we cover the latest RPG news including The Witcher, The Expanse, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E's careers, Pathfinder 2nd Edition's new ranger, and more. We also play our favourite game in all the world, and discuss licensed RPGs and how they work. Plus a monster psychiatrist deals with an orc with anger issues. Subscribe on iTunes | Google Play | YouTube | TuneIn | Stitcher...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 03:45 PM
    Elderwood Academy is one of the several companies that have cropped up to sell gamers nice accessories - these folks specialize in wooden dice boxes, dice rolling trays, and dice towers. A couple years ago, for X-mas, my wife got me one of their Hex Chests. It is pretty, but one of their early designs in which the magnets that hold the box closed were glued in place. And the magnets are...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 12:31 PM
    Today's the day! The 2018 ENnies voting booth is NOW OPEN! You have until July 21 at 11:59 EDT to vote for this year's Gen Con EN World RPG Award winners, which will be announced live at the ENNies 2018 Ceremony at the Union Station, Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 3rd at 8:00 PM EDT.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 08:52 AM
    Autocorrect. Should be critical.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 02:36 AM
    I don't think you can make general statements that D&D worlds "would have" some particular set of demographics. There is a base question for each world: How many spellcasting clerics are there? That is answered by the GM, not the game rules. Then, once you've answered that question about how many you want, then you can justify why. Simplest answer - the gods don't take just anybody, and...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 11:02 PM
    Blimey. Hmmm. Let me think. I don't quite grok what that core mechanic is, so it's a little tricky, but it's a point system which at certain levels limits your die rolls? In that case, maybe it reduces your max dice pool? Say every time you criticise when spell casting, your max dice pool goes down by 1d6. I assume there's some kind of recovery mechanic for that in 7th Sea?
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:21 PM
    Monte Cook Games has built a very successful publishing company out a a regular series of very successful, smoothly run Kickstarter campaigns. Right on cue, their next one has just been announced... but this time it's not a game. It's a book giving you advice on how to game! Robin D Laws might be the godfather of gaming advice books. Mike Shea (aka Sly Flourish) has also made a name...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 08:42 PM
    Morrus replied to 6e? Why?
    So important, you had to say it twice!
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 07:04 PM
    This morning I finished Cathrynne Valente's "Space Opera", which to me reads a lot like Douglas Adams. I recommend reading it, but doing so in short bursts, rather than in one sitting. She has a tendency to use long, rich sentences, almost run-on, and if you aren't really focused on the text, you can start eliding over the content. I expect I'm about to start reading Tad Williams' "The...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 06:35 PM
    Today's article reminds be that WH40K: Wrath & Glory is coming out too. That's an exciting one!
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 04:36 PM
    Morrus started a thread Some fun stats!
    Since installing Google Analytics a few years ago my site has had over 150M views by over 21M people. Those numbers stagger me. Well over half a million individual readers each month contributing millions of monthly pageviews. I don't know where they all come from! So far this year we've posted 552 total articles by 37 authors. I myself wrote only 155 of those articles. The columnists are...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 02:56 PM
    Note that setting him up as a vampire is not itself that big a deal. There's lots of vampires around. Not all vampires become rulers of demi-planes, though. This is the part that needs explanation, and is the cross-plane-politically interesting bit. I see two basic options with similar results: 1) Orcus made Stradh a vampire. No big deal. He probably does that kind of things three...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 02:31 PM
    Gen Con approaches! Here's some of the "big" stuff that (may be) coming out! In no particular order... Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4 The Witcher The Expanse Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest Anything else big you're excited about slated for a Gen Con release this year?
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 12:16 PM
    That's weird. I definitely answered this this morning, and my reply has vanished. Anyway, here goes again... Deity portfolios only tell you what secrets you are allowed to choose - they don't give them to you for free. I'm not familiar with 7th Sea magic, but from what you're describing they sound like they would be careers like the Firemage, Necromancer, etc. There aren't any rules for...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:33 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:11 AM
    Today's preview of the upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition is the sorcerer! The sorcerer has had a major redesign, with bloodline becoming even more important than it was in 1st Edition. Now, it determines which of four spell lists you get to use! Bloodlines are chosen at 1st level. Your bloodline then determines whether you use arcane, divine, primal, or occult spells. The demonic...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 05:35 AM
    North of Geoff, South of Ket By the River Javan, wet Living with the stubby gnomes The Valley Elves do make their homes. http://www.tyrinth.com/gateway/writersguild/ELFSONG.TXT
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:13 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 10:21 PM
    Fair to whom? Anyway, Aragornís magical abilities were because heís a magic king, not because heís a ranger. I say Aragorn because I mean a wilderness strider, not a divine Dunedain king. I agree he has the latter in his makeup but I was referring to his chosen profession, a ranger.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:57 PM
    It may be time to disengage. Don't get into this:
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:34 PM
    I don't quite understand what you mean. Perhaps if you posted the exploits, it might help? Sounds like it would need a bit of playtesting. I'd be curious to hear what you thought.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:03 PM
    For me, it was probably Strahd, so not super-high. Just wondering how high folks tend to go?
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:49 PM
    Itís pretty much Aragorn.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:27 PM
    I think thatís similar to what I said? You spend an exploit, and your minion gains a dice. But it canít have as many as you.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:11 PM
    Oh, come on, dude. Really? If I wrote: "Here is hoping you avoid the other oft-repeated mistake of posting a highly condescending, passive-aggressive, and rude manner that leads to moderators posting in colored text to remind folks that if they cannot discuss things in a polite manner, they should walk away from the discussion." That woudn't put you in a good mood to actually listen to...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 07:56 PM
    I don't know what that means?
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 05:26 PM
    No. But I reckon an exploit could be used to grade up a creature by one dice pool, as long as it always has a lower MDP than you do.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 11:58 AM
    The journey between Gate Pass and distant Lyceum is dangerous; along the way lies a forest, that has burned for decades, where a dream monster holds sway. Before escaping the raging flames, the heroes become caught in a three-way conflict with a fiend, the fierce spirit of the forest itself, and a clan of longsuffering fey who possess a powerful weapon for the coming war. Can the heroes traverse...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 11:20 AM
    1. I'd base it on the rules for familiars or maybe animal companions in O.L.D., I think. 2. They're totally cromulent. For example, in Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD, the Senior Judge career has a prerequisite of REP 10+.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 10:58 AM
    Rangers in D&D and Pathfinder have a varied history, and range from mysterious wilderness travellers to dual-wielding magical beings; many have a preference on that spectrum, and mine falls towards the "Aragorn" end of the scale. It seems that Paizo feels similarly, because the ranger in Pathfinder 2nd Edition is magic-free (although still quite dual-wieldy). They describe the ranger...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 10:21 AM
    Over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, writer Christopher Ripple brings you 8 new enchanted trinket, this time suited to apprentice wizards, whether to help wit their studies or to play pranks on fellow students. These trinkets include the box of bees, library scarf, chime of muffled chanting, candle of the surreptitious scholar, listening quills, inkpot of the thrifty apprentice, tome of the...
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 10:59 PM
    Iím British.
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Monday, 16th July, 2018

  • 08:03 AM - Coroc mentioned Umbran in post CHRONOMANCER: WotC's new meta-setting?
    Umbran #9 Exactly this, i once did Castle Forlorn, a small ravenloft domain campaign, with very forgiving Players thankfully where the Players could not know history of the place and ran into lots of Trouble: Potential Spoiler: The Castle has 3 different states in 3 different times, as well as the arch Nemesis of the Setting who has 3 different forms at each Point in time. All of that is well explained if you read it and makes sense, but here comes the Twist: So you got your map with the Castle layout which alters depending on which year you are in, and on several points you switch the time you are in. Of course the Players do not know about this and do not notice, unless they very carefully map the whole thing themselves and make notes. The adventure suggests such things as clues to the Players like when the Players fight something in one room and cast a fireball the walls might be scorched black in two of the dungeons points in time but perfectly shiny in the past. So you basica...

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 03:33 PM - Skyscraper mentioned Umbran in post Death and Storytelling
    If the point you are going to make is, "if the game isn't written for it, don't do it," then I think your point is made, and you are done here. Thanks for your input. If, instead, you want to recognize that this hobby has a 40+ year history of home-brewing and adjusting games to meet our needs, then please take part as if modifications, adjustments, and accommodations are reasonable approaches. Because, you see, with a little thought, I expect Rules, setting, story, and PCs can be made to work together, even if that wasn't a specific things written into the rules by a designer years ago. With respect, Umbran, I believe that 5ekyu 's input is constructive, even though he appears surprised of something that appears to be rather the common default approach. In fact, if you're willing 5ekyu, you could provide some practical example of how you implement post-life story into your setting?

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

  • 05:27 PM - Skyscraper mentioned Umbran in post Death and Storytelling
    Cool discussion. 5ekyu: you seem to have a rare proactive story approach to PC death. This is great. (Really!) However, I believe you are the exception. At least, from what I have read here and other forums, and in games I have played, PC death is either avoided in some fashion; or if it occurs, then the PC is just dead and swiped under the rug, and the game goes on. It is rare (again, only as it appears from personal play experience and reading on forums) that there are strong story elements linked to PC (or NPC) death. It's not never heard of, just rare. D&D in particular does not suggest that as a default assumption. In many adventures, the authors specifically suggest to have back-up characters in case of PC death. A bit like Umbran, I'm not arguing that this is good or bad; just that the default, and IMO most common, experience in many RPG's regarding death, is to have the PC stop being part of the story, and a new PC being incorportated instead. PC-story #1 stops, and PC-story #2 starts. To those that commented that this is a game, not a story: while I understand that gaming aspect of it all, as opposed to writing book, playing a RPG is not equivalent to playing a board game either. Story, achieved notably through role-playing, is central to such a game. At least, in my experience, it is. I've stopped playing to kill-loot-repeat quite a while ago. We're building something around storytelling, within the structure of a game. To the suggestion to have only party stories, and no PC-specific stories, in a campaign: that's one way to handle it. I like to have PC-stories also, both as a player and as a DM. It's obviously challenging with respect to PC death - thus the inception of this thread :) All that said...

Sunday, 24th June, 2018

  • 05:06 AM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Umbran in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Yeah, that's all spot-on, @Umbran. I really don't know MS Office-just started with it(I have been a complete luddite for a decade, or so)-so I was hoping I saw a solution to a new problem. I'll have to look into Access. But, I also agree that the maintainence will probably wind-up being too much of a hassle. " Could you expand on what the problem is you think it would help with?" @Dannyalcatraz, "the problem" is that I'm essentially author of a giant soap-opera, more so than a rpg. Everyone is the campaign (Greyhawk) winds-up being affiliated with each character somehow, or is planting the seeds for such. As I put together more interesting encounters, or plot-threads, it becomes helpful to know that Character X actually ran into Character Y so many seesions ago. Or that it take two degrees of separation to get to Bad Guy X, that otherwise wasn't obvious to the players. My game sounds like it's based purely on plot-twists, but it's just shook-out that it's a massive conspiracy kind of thing. And it's obviously a mil...

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 01:56 PM - Maxperson mentioned Umbran in post Everybody Cheats?
    Cheating can disrupt the group, but it is not that simple of a causal relation. Again, the language you adopt here is far too absolute for my liking or experience. And that assumption is a fairly major crux of the disagreement. Whether that is true for your table or not, that is not inherently true nor should we regard it as true. I'll take your word for it that you can Umbran are just fine with cheaters cheating in your games. I know I'm not. I also know that none of my players are. And further, nobody that I've ever talked to in person has said that they were fine with it. I'm reasonably sure that you guys are in a small minority of people.

Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

  • 01:27 PM - Hussar mentioned Umbran in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    ...as a property of race or gender. Yuan-ti and Warforged are not among the PHB list of core races, but one of the core races is scaly. Hussar seems to think that unless Boris's words and deeds, as roleplayed, signal Boris's gender, then no, the table would not. Perhaps you and he disagree? Hunh. Apparently this Hussar disagrees with previous Hussar. Why do you ask about the helmet? You're the one demanding that everyone *perform* a character's gender. From what you've posted early, you should be clearly establishing, on the regular, *by narration*, that your character is a manly man; failure to do so, is failure to role-play properly. Either that, or perhaps "you gotta roleplay it so strongly and stereotypically that everyone notices" a rule for female characters, and not a rule for male characters? Is male the default, core gender, and female a splatbook variant? Nope. Jeez, I even REPOSTED my arguments above. Did you miss the bit where I totally agreed with Umbran that simply using a bloody gender specific PRONOUN was enough to satisfy me? Look, I get the idea that I've rather touched a nerve in people by even suggesting that their perfectly crafted character could be better portrayed, but, sheesh, do you really have to start inventing things to be annoyed about? One more time for the slow of reading. SO LONG AS THE PEOPLE AT YOUR TABLE RECOGNIZE THE SALIENT FEATURES OF YOUR CHARACTER I AM HAPPY. How you achieve that is totally up to you. Heck, something as simple as actually using a female miniature at the table would be good enough. ((Granted I always play on virtual tabletop, so such a thing is pretty bloody easy to achieve))
  • 06:14 AM - Hussar mentioned Umbran in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    But, Umbran, I've been pretty specific all the way along. I AM talking about someone who makes ZERO attempt to convey the gender of their character. Like I said, simply using gender specific pronouns is enough to satisfy me. Other people have turned that into, "Well, how dare you imply that someone's roleplaying isn't perfect?" Let's recap shall we: All quotes are from me: If your character is gender bending, then, make the effort to make sure that that comes across in your portrayal of that character. Otherwise, why bother? It's not that it's inaccurate. It's that it's completely absent... I'm really not sure how it's arrogant to ask you to actually play the character you created instead of some cypher, Man without a Name character that is indistinguishable from the last five characters you played. It's up to you how you want to get across the fact that your character is female. Otherwise, what's the point? What's the point of gender bending your character if you cannot even be...

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 02:02 PM - Coroc mentioned Umbran in post Opening Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
    Umbran sorry i did consider a Long time to get this into right words while english is not my native language and had not noticed that you already gave me a mod warning. Please be asured i do neither want to up or downvalue any political agenda i just wanted to express it does not belong to the game - in my own personal opinion. Everybody of course else is free to think differently.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

  • 04:34 AM - Hussar mentioned Umbran in post Players should play, and not be heard: Campaign Edition
    ...do with player input, or talking to the table, or player style. I just want to make sure that my DM cares enough to at least decide on the world that we are playing in. Because if a DM can't even make that single decision, and farms it out to the table, that bodes poorly for the play experience. IMO. This doesn't guarantee a good DM, but I'd never play in a game where the DM can't be bothered to select a campaign world. There are several RPG's out there that would disagree with you. FATE, for example, certainly builds the campaign and the world based on character generation. You, as the person running the game, aren't expected to come to the table with a campaign setting. And there are several other games in a similar vein. AFAIC, player investment is far, far more important that whoever happens to be sitting in the big daddy chair. Farming out the decision to the players ensures a greater degree of investment at the outset. /edit - sorry, didn't see that I got ninja'd by Umbran and that we were limiting the conversation to only D&D. Not really seeing much of a difference to be honest, but, then, I play in a group where all six of us are DM's and we rotate pretty often. Trusting my players to be able to come up with setting ideas that are probably better than my own is pretty easy.

Monday, 21st May, 2018

  • 07:35 PM - OB1 mentioned Umbran in post Avenger's Infinity War *Spoiler* Discussion
    Ryujin thatís exactly the problem! Instead of two complete stories with a cliffhanger, we are getting two non stories that might become one story when watched together. Umbran - a story is about a character who wants something and has to overcome one or many obstacles to achieve it by making choices that affect the outcome. Thanos wants something and faces obstacles (driving the plot), but his choices are rendered meaningless due to his madness. tomBitonti - two points here, culling works because itís highly controlled, with the decision on how much to cull based on the particular needs of each population and itís resources. Second, animals need to be culled because they donít have the human capability of reason to find solutions to the problems facing them. Rational beings understand you canít snap your fingers and make everything happy ever after. Problems have solutions and there will always be new problems to solve.

Thursday, 17th May, 2018

  • 08:31 AM - Sadras mentioned Umbran in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I doubt anyone is going to come in here and outright say as much. But there will be plenty of posts about how ...(snip)... "Those girls in skimpy cosplay are easy targets for predators." I'm assuming this was meant for me (not that I used the word skimpy). There was nothing sinister meant in that comment. It is not hard to imagine that predators would target cosplayers. Upthread posters were discussing various ideas that could be done at cons to decrease sexual harassment and make people more aware. One of those ideas were catchy posters/pamphlets. I believe Umbran mentioned Cosplay does not mean Consent which everyone thought was a pretty decent catch-phrase.

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018

  • 02:52 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Umbran in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    ...d? Because today, physical violence is really unexpected, but throw in enough alcohol, and ... well, it's not quite as unexpected. It's the same when discussing serious episodes of sexual violence on college campuses (from rape to groping). It's not impossible to find events that don't involve alcohol, but almost inevitably alcohol is involved.* To a certain extent, IMO, it is impossible to discuss these issues without discussing alcohol. And this isn't just "gaming" conventions; it is all conventions. Because, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the type of convention, people travel to them to have a good time- and many of them know that they will have hotel rooms and that they can drink without worrying about, inter alia, driving. This is an attraction of many conventions ... but also an issue. It's definitely worth discussing. I'm not taking an opinion- I happen to agree that making conventions "dry" wouldn't work, but harm reduction should certainly be discussed, per Umbran None of this has to do with issues of casual misogyny and sexism, or harassment that can occur in the absence of alcohol. Those are also issues and can be addressed separately from alcohol. As for shidaku and his latest comment, I could not disagree more. He can disagree all he wants with the "argument" (which isn't an argument, it's a fact) but alcohol works differently on different people. It is, in fact, not true that in vino, veritas. Setting aside the not-insignificant population of people that are alcoholics, and are physically addicted to alcohol, his belief makes no sense and is belied by common sense. No one would seriously argue that any other drug (and alcohol is a drug) makes you act the same- imagine if people were like, "Yeah, he was always a sexual harasser, but smoking that crack really brought it out!" Alcohol has different effects on different people, and it varies depending on the amount consumed. Which I think should be obvious. But I suppose needs to be poi...

Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:47 PM - Morrus mentioned Umbran in post Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it isnít too long. I wonít be able to respond to messages or emails for now. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Dannyalcatraz are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, AngusA for publishing stuff, Christopher Helton for articles stuff. For news scoops, please use the ENW news address: news@enworldnews to be sure the columnists will see it! Thanks guys.

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 03:50 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Umbran in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    To get around the terms and conditions issue maybe have a lot of ďHere is what to do if you have been harassedĒ posters everywhere. That might make people actually read the other stuff that says what behaviour wonít be tolerated. So, I would disagree with this. Let me explain why. Are you in the United States? Do you work for an employer? If so, look around your workplace. Somewhere ... a breakroom, a bathroom, a hallway .... there will be a bunch of posters. On those posters will be all sorts of useful information about OSHA, and the FLSA, and HIPAA, and FMLA, and all sorts of other rights! I would almost guarantee that you're not familiar with them. What tends to work better is what Umbran mentioned- catchy posters (like "Cosplay is not Consent") with a reference (website, phone number) for more information, and a short blurb at the bottom for reporting.

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Tuesday, 30th May, 2017

  • 03:17 PM - Morrus mentioned Umbran in post This is a wiki (collaborative) thread
    This is a demo of a modern internet wiki thread (it's not really wiki, it's same BBcode as the rest of forum, except in a sandbox), It has information so that ANYONE can edit it. I know the posts of ENWorld and quote the users historical, From @Morrus to @Umbran in order xp level. Did you know YOU can start a wiki thread? Yes, you! Start a collaborative project, list, or other thing. Who, me? Yes, you. Use wiki threads for any collaborative post or project. Feel free to edit this one to try it out. Click on the question mark above for more info, or click here -- they take you to the same place, through the power of hyperlinks. Or create your own wiki thread. Click the link to find out how easy it is. As a side note @Yunru's shameless plug, go check out a short rest variant of spellcasting. :cool: :cool: Stay tuned! I may say anything next! *** TESTING... oh wow it really works! -gx.sigma @GX.Sigma is right - BI I like soup. Poodle noodle doodle. How fun! Must watch developments, potentially avec popcorn...! - Grassy Neat! Does this count s as one of my three required posts before I'm able to post links? Let's find out! - Breon @Godfear wanders in, looks around wide-eyed, then slinks back into the s...

Thursday, 2nd February, 2017

  • 08:42 PM - Scott DeWar mentioned Umbran in post Some notes on Spam Control & New Users
    From the Android ENWorld app I've noticed that a bunch of obvious spam had made the "trending" and seem to remain despite being removed. Any way to fix this? Sent from my Nexus 6 using EN World mobile app Lets add a mention to , um, GOT IT! Umbran, or should I have contacted darjr?

Thursday, 17th November, 2016


Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

  • 06:31 PM - Morrus mentioned Umbran in post OK, what about this one? Can you see this?
    Yeah, it appears to have magically changed status by itself between Umbran's screenshot and yours, Darkness, while I was out at the cinema! You're a mod, though, so you'd see it anyway.


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Monday, 16th July, 2018


Sunday, 15th July, 2018

  • 11:30 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Umbran in post Why did Giff (the hippo-men) receive modern-day fragmentation grenades in MTOF?!?
    Most of us use dice of plastic, metal, stone, or wood - insensate materials. What the heck are you using for dice, that they can itch? Hamsters, with numbers painted on, or something? Hamsters with numbers on them? No, not dice, but rather giant steeds for brightly-clad gnome racing jockeys, each with little patches revealing financial backers- Gnomish Association for Space Hamster Racing (or GASHR, for short). Little men! Giant Rodents! Outsized family fun!
  • 09:54 AM - Zardnaar quoted Umbran in post Why did Giff (the hippo-men) receive modern-day fragmentation grenades in MTOF?!?
    No. Only those discussion based on "sense" or "realism". And, when the game is neither sensical nor realistic, my point is valid. I mean, think about it - historical accuracy on space hippos? That's a problem? The fact that the DMG calls one renaissance and the other modern matters? If you have an issue of game balance, or other functional aspect of it in the game, my point does not hold. If it had been, "Gee, i find those grenades are well outside the range for the critter's CR. Do you all find it the same? What do you think of using this less powerful weapon from the DMG?" I'd have made no such comment as I did. But the point is that the game works through willing suspension of disbelief. "Does ___ make sense?" is basically "how does this conform to the accepted and established rules of this fantasy world?" The game presents elements as factual and non-adherence to them is potentially problematic. Because discrepancy between expected rules can break immersion at the table. ...
  • 06:44 AM - Tony Vargas quoted Umbran in post The roots of 4e exposed?
    Iím saying there are a lot of 4e fans who donít like 5e, and PF2 looks like it may appeal to 4e fans - it does to me, as a 4e fan. As I've said, I'm suspicious of appeals to popularity in any form. On top of that, consider what it meant to be a 4e fan. It meant you gave the new ed a fair chance, even when negative reviews cane out, even as the edition war heated up, and misinformation became common wisdom. They gave it enough if a chance to come to understand and appreciate a very different game. 4e fans may be disappointed in 5e in some ways, but, past behavior indicates they'll've given it every chance. And, while it's not the best or most ambitious D&D ever, it is studiedly, the most conventional and least offensive, and it is not at all hard to come to understand and appreciate. If you doubt that 4e fans are OK with 5e, I offer the lack of edition warring against 5e as evidence - the harshest critics if 5e are 3.5/PF fans. If an alternative that was kinda maybe a bit like 4e w...
  • 06:20 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Umbran in post Why did Giff (the hippo-men) receive modern-day fragmentation grenades in MTOF?!?
    I think it works. Like Rachel Weiss in The Mummy, crossed with the Hip Hippos from the Animaniacs... but on a Spelljamming vessel. http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--0mYdQg3f--/1416529557023927879.jpg

Saturday, 14th July, 2018

  • 10:44 PM - Jester David quoted Umbran in post Why did Giff (the hippo-men) receive modern-day fragmentation grenades in MTOF?!?
    No. Only those discussion based on "sense" or "realism". And, when the game is neither sensical nor realistic, my point is valid. I mean, think about it - historical accuracy on space hippos? That's a problem? The fact that the DMG calls one renaissance and the other modern matters? But the point is that the game works through willing suspension of disbelief. "Does ___ make sense?" is basically "how does this conform to the accepted and established rules of this fantasy world?" The game presents elements as factual and non-adherence to them is potentially problematic. Because discrepancy between expected rules can break immersion at the table. Given the question was about an anachronistic weapon, the wielder is potentially irrelevant. After all, the statblock could easily be applied to a pirate. Cross out "Giff" at the top and replace it with "Captain Jack". And the original question remains: how is a person wielding a primitive musket also weilding a fragmentation grenade? If ...
  • 05:01 PM - ad_hoc quoted Umbran in post CHRONOMANCER: WotC's new meta-setting?
    Having noodled around with time travel in several games over the years... Time travel plots are great if the audience (in this case players) know a *whole lot* about the setting. Shows like Doctor Who and Timeless, and games like Kevin Kulp's Timewatch are set in something like the "real world" in which all the history the audience/players remember from high school happened. Without that really detailed knowledge, time travel loses a lot of is savor - if you don't have intimate knowledge of the history, travelling to is is like travelling to another place. I don't believe sufficient history has even been written for D&D worlds, much less is that tlore common knowledge, for this to be particularly special, to me. There is a really great Ravenloft adventure which uses time travel both for investigative purposes and also problem solving (like in Zelda: A Link to the Past). It takes place in a castle which is shifting through time. Sometimes they are in the past and sometimes in the pr...
  • 04:06 PM - Jester David quoted Umbran in post Why did Giff (the hippo-men) receive modern-day fragmentation grenades in MTOF?!?
    "Wouldn't it make more sense"... More sense? Sense?!? You are talking about a bipedal hippo with opposable thumbs, and erudite speech, known for flying around space on open-decked ships like sailing the ocean while wearing pith helmets and clothing from the Napoleonic to Edwardian eras... And you are worried about how much sense this makes? Post Script: Having described this conversation to my wife, she's now in the next room giggling maniacally, but seriously insisting I run a game in which she can play a sexy librarian space hippo. We clearly left "sense" behind several sourcebooks back. And the World Cup is 480 people from 32 countries journey from across the world to run around a small grassy plain in their shorts chasing a stuffed plastic ball that they have to get to the far side of the meadow without picking it up or using their hands. Life is silly. Nothing we do makes sense. Pointing out the insanity in our daily lives and mocking things that people enjoy an...
  • 06:52 AM - Tony Vargas quoted Umbran in post [5e] Newbie DM Questions about Information Given
    , if the players ask probing questions, what do you do? Just say, "That's not important, please don't ask questions"? Asking questions of the DM in 5e is slightly off. The PC does not have a hot line to an omniscient being (well unless he has access to powerful divinations). Rather, the player needs to declare an action - as simple as trying to remember or put together anything he might already know, or searching, seeking out experts, questioning witnesses or whatever. Once a player has an action the DM is obliged to narrate the results, which can be simple failure: you have no knowledge or insight into the question, there are no experts or witnesses available, you find nothing. The DM is as empowered to shut down investigation as any other player objective.
  • 02:22 AM - Polyhedral Columbia quoted Umbran in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    We are talking about a niche product that isn't likley to be attractive to everyone in the niche. Anything anyone doesn't personally like, can be labeled "niche". It's a loaded word. Many consider everything but FR to be "niche". In contrast, only a few days ago, a WotC rep posted: "People want settings!" Plural. SettingS. The desire to see the 5E Multiverse fleshed out beyond Toril and Barovia is (apparently) not a "niche" desire. Especially when advocates probably don't just want a setting book. They want setting support going forward, right? Adventures and things like the Sword Coast Adventurer's guide, no? Nope. I'm calling for nothing more than Burlew's setting (and the 3rd place setting) to be officially incorporated into WotC's D&D Multiverse, perhaps in a small way. Both of those D&D settings are already WotC-owned IP. They're just unpublished. So let's add 'em in alongside Aebrynis, Mystara, Eberron, and all the rest. This could be done in any number of small-ish ways that inv...

Friday, 13th July, 2018

  • 07:27 PM - Pauper quoted Umbran in post [5e] Newbie DM Questions about Information Given
    So... you're kind of strawmanning me, here. You say you're disagreeing with me, but you come to the same conclusion, which is a little odd. Well, I said I disagreed with you slightly. (I even put the italics in the original post.) To me, that means I agree with you on most stuff. But this... Which is why I said, "be careful." Not, "Don't do this." Not, "This is a horrible idea." I most certainly did not say, "This is an insurmountable problem." I said, "be careful." True -- I was the one who said it wasn't an insurmountable problem. But based on iserith's comment, it's reasonable that if you're saying "be careful" to a new DM, you're basically discouraging that DM from trying out the mechanic. To me, even a new DM should be able to work through any issues using the mechanic as we're describing, which is, again, why I say it's not an "insurmountable problem". Not to claim that you said it was, but simply to point out that it's not as thorny as, say, trying to incorporate a roman...
  • 07:07 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Umbran in post [5e] Newbie DM Questions about Information Given
    Let's! Caveat: My main exposure to GUMSHOE has been through Fall of Delta Green, so I'm no expert. I played one session of one GUMSHOE game - Night's Dark Agents - at a Game Day, like two years ago, so I know basically nothing about it. But, I did get a positive impression of how the investigative skills work, and a less positive one of combat... ...the base skill is always useful to get the baseline of required information, so exhausting one Investigation pool isn't likely to derail an adventure, but the pool is a resource, and part of the challenge of a GUMSHOE game is to manage that resource just as D&D players manage their characters' hit dice and spell slots. Unless you're talking about a very low-level PC in D&D 5E, though, characters have plenty of spell slots to spend on both utility/investigative magic as well as combat... But, if you do find this a possible source of conflict, then one solution seems obvious -- go ahead and use D&D's ritual casting mechanic as the 'you have...
  • 03:12 PM - Pauper quoted Umbran in post [5e] Newbie DM Questions about Information Given
    Well, let's discuss that mechanic more, for a moment. Let's! Caveat: My main exposure to GUMSHOE has been through Fall of Delta Green, so I'm no expert. But I do feel as though I have a handle on how that game handles the system. If the 'core game' handles things differently, I'm going to be off on my comments. GUMSHOE doesn't have skill checks for Investigative skills. Technically, you don't need to roll any dice to get all the clues you need in a GUMSHOE game. Agreed. But see below. You have points you can spend, to get more information, if it exists. But that information is not *necessary* to solve the mystery. It is extra, makes interpreting the other clues easier, but is not supposed to be strictly necessary to solve the mystery. I've seen that too -- the idea that the GM/Handler/Keeper should provide all the information necessary to solve the mystery to the player whose character has the relevant Investigative skill. However, in play, I suspect the 'spend' mechan...

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

  • 07:45 PM - NinjaFlashX quoted Umbran in post TTPK (Tarrasque Total Party Kill)
    Get yourself a Jenga set. Every time there's an AOE, a player must draw a brick. Drawing rotates around the table, so the players cannot always have their best person drawing. If the tower falls before the Tarrasque is dead, the town is effectively destroyed. You may alter the tower height to change the difficulty. That is a brilliant idea!!! Unfortunately, I forgot to mention we'll be playing on Roll20. As I have players in four different states. :-(

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018

  • 11:43 PM - Emerikol quoted Umbran in post Monte Cook Games' New Kickstarter Is Your Best Game Ever
    I expect that this work is apt to be almost entirely system-agnostic. The copy says, "an insiderís look at everything that isnít part of the game rules," after all. Oh I got that. I was thinking though that even some abstract game principles like Fail Forward can have varying acceptance. Again, I'm sure the book will be loaded with good information. If a few things don't sit right with me it won't be the end of the world.
  • 04:11 AM - Kobold Stew quoted Umbran in post Braille for various species?
    I don't think you can make general statements that D&D worlds "would have" some particular set of demographics. There is a base question for each world: How many spellcasting clerics are there? That is answered by the GM, not the game rules. Agreed. Now of course every table operates with unique assumptions, and DM fiat can make what's published for a setting no longer true.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 04:25 AM - Henry quoted Umbran in post 6e? Why?
    Because "need" is not objective. Different people have different needs. Edition wars are basically an Old-West conflict between cattle ranchers and sheep ranchers. They both use the land for similar things, but they're needs are slightly different, and mutually exclusive. ...And the sad thing is, they canít even have a proper gunfight to resolve it because their stats and combat rules donít mesh, so they just keep arguing back and forth. ;-) As long as D&D keeps having ďbest year eversĒ, and the ďnew player acquisition engine stays runningĒ, to recall a phrase from Mike Mearls at a round table, then I donít see a 6e or 5e on the horizon for years at least.
  • 01:25 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Umbran in post For the good of video games, Anthem needs to fail hard
    It may be time to disengage. Don't get into this: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/duty_calls.png The cartoon that saved my sanity.

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