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    Today, 03:49 PM
    There is much that is subjective. For example, in the quote you give, "nothing ever feels like disconnected math, or like a square peg and a round hole. This makes the imagined scene feel richer and more immediate." I could disagree more, but it would require power tools. Since all those subsystems are disconnected, they all feel like disconnected math. They are not *nearly* so, "fits...
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    Today, 01:04 PM
    This week on EN5ider, we have a new plug-in location. Deirdre's Ghost is a large vessel, sunk long ago. Recently, it has appeared on a rocky shore. This plug-in location includes a description, and plot hooks which include sinister academics, a rusted golem, a ghost, a sea hag, and some kraken eggs... by Ambrose Ingram; illustrated by Rachel Maduro. Recently on EN5ider: #245....
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    Today, 04:58 AM
    And there's the Latin-American huevos ahogados. Once folks learn you can poach eggs in a tomatoey sauce, they go all over the place.
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    People are allowed to not like things you like. They're also allowed to say that. If you're not interested in this thread, there are many other threads to choose from.
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    You are allowed to like what you like. There is no need to apologize for it. Yes, the world *is* going to move on. Sorry. At this point they are beyond the point of vinyl-CD changeover. The rest of the world has moved on to digital downloads. But, your turntable still works, and you can keep on playin' that way.
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    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    Whoa! Does that include all of Chris Perkins iomandra campaign articles?!?! Thatís cool
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    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    I don't think anything you just said is true.
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    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    I'm floored that they keep this going. I might have to try it just to see. Can new accounts be made? How much does it cost?
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    Note that it's an app for the whole of DriveThruRPG, not just DM's Guild. Very useful.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 PM
    I saw on DMSGuild a link to try out their new app! At first I thought it was android only but low here it is in the iOS app store. Note my affiliate id on the link. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/library_client.php?os=iPad&affiliate_id=182934 I downloaded it and set it up then signed in. Each entry has a download option and there is a global sync option as well. It's much more convenient...
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    Yesterday, 06:10 AM
    It was just May Porker - a scientist making a nuclear-powered hair dryer. She irradiated herself and in her delirium, bit the spider, who was transformed. She takes a role as his "aunt" after the fact. "This is astounding! Am I a spider with the limitations of a pig? Or a pig with the proportionate strength and agility of a spider? I've become something greater than either spider or pig......
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    Yesterday, 05:48 AM
    Ah. Well, have no fear. There's no fat shaming going on here. Spider-Ham is there, I think, to make it abundantly clear that the multiverse can get kinda wacky.
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    Yesterday, 05:10 AM
    Umbran started a thread Betrayal Legacy
    Yes, I'm aware that there's a board game forum, but it doesn't get many eyeballs... You want a good holiday gift for a game-playing friend? Find a copy of Betrayal Legacy, give it to someone, and ask really nicely to be allowed to play the campaign with them. This is "Betrayal at the House on the Hill", given the Legacy game treatment. It is perhaps not for those who are looking for a...
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    Yesterday, 05:09 AM
    I usually don't see movies twice in the theater. This could be an exception. :)
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    Yesterday, 05:07 AM
    This is quite thorougly unlike any other piece of superhero animation I have seen. Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham is an entirely canon thing. What about the character puts you off?
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    Yesterday, 03:57 AM
    To be brief... ...This movie is AWESOME! It is, imho, among the top superhero films to date. And it is, I think, hands down the best *comic book* movie - and by this I mean a movie that's best at transferring over elements of the comic book medium to film. So, finally Sony got something right.
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    Yesterday, 12:54 AM
    Lord of the Rings has elves.
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    Yesterday, 12:16 AM
    What it says in the title. Yes or no?
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    Saturday, 15th December, 2018, 08:19 PM
    I had an unusual breakfast sandwich this week. Two soft boiled eggs, avocado, Alpha Tolman cheese, shakshuka sauce, in pita bread. Outstanding.
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    Saturday, 15th December, 2018, 05:09 PM
    Curious. How are they more dumb than the Rebels and Empire? Do you realize that Space Opera is not about tactical correctness? Interesting. I found that *more* credible. It isn't like villains are *all* going to be pillars of emotional strength. When your source of power is to engage anger, you don't expect people with anger control issues?
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 06:58 PM
    Umbran replied to Rotating DMs?
    One variation of sharing GM responsibilities I read about recently, and is detailed here: http://arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/78/grand-experiments-west-marches/
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 06:16 PM
    Well, luckily it can only mean the end of the D&D *name*. The OGL ensures that the game itself will live on, even if under a different name.
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 05:41 PM
    Because they make more then than by selling it when it's less valuable?
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 02:25 PM
    Morrus replied to Rotating DMs?
    I'm now thinking about a DM in the centre of a doughnut shaped table, slowly rotating while running the game.
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 01:18 PM
    For Starfinder fans, there's now a Critical Hit Deck available. Each time you score a critical hit, you can draw a card to determine its effect beyond the usual double damage! "Do you want your critical hits to deal more than double damage? Want your arc rifle to have options beyond arcing to a new target? Think setting things on fire should be the beginning of what a flamethrower can...
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 04:18 AM
    Paizocon, the official convention of Paizo and all things Pathfinder, returns for itís 11th year from May 24-27 next year in Seattle, US. Badges are now available. Click on the image below! ĒSince the first event in 2008, PaizoCon is an annual celebration of Paizo games and community. Come hang out with other fans, the entire Paizo crew, and our special guests during a 4-day weekend...
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 04:11 AM
    Paizocon, the official convention of Paizo and all things Pathfinder, returns for itís 11th year from May 24-27 next year in Seattle, US. Badges are now available. Click on the image below! ĒSince the first event in 2008, PaizoCon is an annual celebration of Paizo games and community. Come hang out with other fans, the entire Paizo crew, and our special guests during a 4-day weekend...
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    Friday, 14th December, 2018, 12:28 AM
    Well, nothing in the history of the world has ever lasted forever. I suspect this edition will last longer than any previous ones, but 6E will one day be a big thing. Maybe the biggest thing!
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 11:51 PM
    Deborah Ann Woll, who you may remember from Daredevil and True Blood, is creating a weekly show for the corporation which owns Geek & Sundry and Nerdist. "Part procedural, part game, and part graphic adventure", it's based on D&D, with Deborah Ann Woll has both Dungeon Master and storyteller. Here's the full announcement, in all its glory: Daredevilís Deborah Ann Woll and Geek &...
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 11:05 PM
    The title is exactly what it is meant to be. :)
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 10:16 PM
    Possibly six. In the trailer, there's a thing with what looks a lot like bug-legs coming out of the ground. It doesn't seem to match the big four we know. Speculation is that it is Kumonga, a big spider-thing from the classic movies. And there's an odd shot of a hilltop moving. It isn't quite like what you'd expect from one of the other monsters appearing (and why would you give...
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 09:28 PM
    The font size. Really. Getting old enough to *not quite* need bifocals makes the book really annoying in that tiny font. Especially because you aren't always playing int he best lit rooms...
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 07:00 PM
    Well, we see this new faction wantonly slaughter an entire village in the opening of the movie. And they are willing to destroy entire inhabited planets to get what they want. Dearie me, I don't know why it matters! I don't know why I should care that the heroes oppose them! Hint: it is because they are *bad guys*. We don't need to know the history to see that they're brutal, deadly,...
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 05:34 PM
    robus Thatís awesome! I love the idea of people taking these and running with the ideas.
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 01:08 PM
    NEW AZTLANíS annual celebration. A civilization of long-dead dinosaurs led by the dinosaur mummy lord MIQUIZTLICOATL plots to reclaim their lost lands from the ruins beneath the city. You'll fight velociraptor mummies riding ankylosaurus skeletons! You'll meet a zombie t-rex! Have dinner with a hall of undead dinosaur nobles! As promised, upon hitting 100 wonderful patrons, here's the...
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    Thursday, 13th December, 2018, 04:47 AM
    Huh. Learn something new every day. Somehow, that detail slipped by me. Reading up, yes, was trained by Yoda, and then trained Qui-Gon Jin.
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 03:36 PM
    In reality? A regular paycheck A decent meal And free time to spend with friends or pursue your own interests.
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 03:33 PM
    For D&D, I think the largest I have GMed with is 10, if memory serves. For Paranoia, the largest I have GMed with is 15. For live action games, the largest I have GMed with is 35. For live action games, the largest I have played with is 80+
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 03:03 AM
    Literally not what I said. Read it again, please.
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 02:13 AM
    I agree with those that feel that advantage is too big a bonus and too easy to get while flanking. It creates a weird dynamic where the DM is left trying to figure out how to ensure everybody doesn't always have advantage on all attacks.
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 02:04 AM
    Eh. A link to an article which contains a link to a 2-month old article which refers to a tabloid article which predates the recent season. I'm happy to dismiss that one. :)
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 01:45 AM
    Even the kids who liked the prequels don't rank them as classics in the way we did the originals. When they're our age, they won't be reminiscing about the Star Wars prequels with rose-covered glasses in the way we do the OT. They'll be reminiscing about something, but it won't be the Star Wars prequels. Those three films never had that cultural zeitgeist.
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 01:39 AM
    I've not heard that. Full season in 2020 is the current information, AFAIK. But I'm happy to be corrected (well, I'm not, as I don't want it to be a short season).
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 01:30 AM
    Hey, noldona, did any of that help? :)
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 12:14 AM
    Many people are fans of a Drizzt. I enjoyed the Homeland trilogy, and The Crystal Shard was a fun read. Author R.A. Salvatore shares this "Drizzt Conception Story", which is the foreword of The Dark Elf Trilogy of 1998. Larry Elmore's depiction from the cover of The Crystal Shard "Here's a bit of an FAQ for you...people ask me all the time where Drizzt came from. Was he a character in...
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    Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, 12:07 AM
    Blimey. 9 is the largest I've run for, and that was not easy One bonus of a big group is that cancellations don't affect it so much. We tend to have missing players just disappear for the session. You do sound very.... strict. I'm not sure I'd personally enjoy a session that strict so much, but of course each to their own. :)
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 10:27 PM
    WIkipedia or not, I'd say... dark side user that had Jedi training. In the movie canon, Darth Vader was Sith *and* Dark Jedi. Darth Maul, Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus were Sith, but had no known Jedi training, IIRC. They are *not* referred to as Dark Jedi in the movie canon, or anywhere else, IIRC. Snoke was not referred to as "Darth". We have an actor's word...
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 10:24 PM
    Or ask as part of the conversation, like normal people do. Thereís nothing wrong with asking a question during a conversation. Snark not required.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 10:20 PM
    No spoilers for the Elseworlds crossover please. This isnít a spoiler thread. It doesnít show here for a couple of weeks. You can start a new thread for that. :)
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 10:06 PM
    No I didnít. Read it again.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 09:29 PM
    Itís all on Tim Shaw. He is solely responsible for his choices and actions. There is no way that anybody else has any culpability for his evil acts.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 09:27 PM
    You wonít like it.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 08:44 PM
    Presumably then they were that when she arrived? Her actions didnít have anything to do with it?
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 08:35 PM
    The five planets were saved and returned home. That was that while wiring the TARDIS into the telepathic aliens thing.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 07:21 PM
    Something tells me Drunks & Dragons must have tweeted something today.... :)
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 04:13 PM
    "Real dark ages punishments"? Um. It is called Dungeons and Dragons. It isn't like the real world dungeons were filled with monsters, you know. They had prisoners. Now, the violations that'd end you up in a dungeon may have been different than what we'd imprison a person for today, but let us not act like dungeons weren't there. Prisons, in some form or antoher, have been with us since...
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Could be. But they are toning down the bombast about how epic the Doctor is. My bet is still a Dalek -- I'd bet they want to intrude Daleks in a scary way for a new generation of kids who are watching for the first time.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 02:43 PM
    Pendragon, the Arthurian game of chivalric knights, created by the recently passed Greg Stafford, was originally released in 1985. Over the years there have been various editions, and the game has been owned by Chaosium, Green Knight Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, and Nocturnal Media. Now it's returning to Chaosium, it's original publisher. Greg Stafford died this year. He considered...
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 02:28 PM
    So in retrospect, I think Capaldi's last two years were better than Whitaker's first, but this was better than Capaldi's first. I think overall for me, this series was enjoyable, but never wowed me. Still appointment viewing for me. New Year's Special -- the DNA of the most dangers creature in the universe, eh? Gotta be a Dalek, right? Then that's it until 2020. Ugh. Another year off.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 04:44 AM
    Not necessarily. As a fraction of their total life, sure, it isn't much. They won't be as concerned about the effective loss of life wasted in prison. But that is largely an intellectual measure. It isn't like, in their personal experience, a minute flashes by in what to us is a subjective second. They still *live* and *experience* all the incarcerated time. And, let us not pretend...
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 04:22 AM
    That pretty much is a campaign setting book. It has races and places and organisations and history and planes and religions and all that stuff. We just call it a Playerís Guide instead.
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 02:17 AM
    Thereís the Playerís Guide (for players) and the Campaign Guide (for GMs/DMs).
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 09:40 PM
    You utterly misunderstood my point. Utterly.
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 06:15 PM
    I've decided to go ahead with this as an ongoing, probably monthly project. If you liked these, and would like me to continue making them, please do consider supporting my new Patreon. You can support for as little as a dollar, or as much as you think these are worth. Thank you so much! I'll still be posting them for free as jpegs like these, but on the Patreon you can get them as...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 06:04 PM
    Jon Hodgson used to be the creative director at Cubicle 7. They've recently relocated to Ireland, and Jon has started a new company called Handiwork Games, with two new games announced: Hellenistika, a greek D&D 5E setting by Ken Hite, and Beowulf, a mythic setting for one DM and one player, based on one of the oldest European fantasy stories. Here's the full announcement: ...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 06:14 AM
    First the libertarian thing, and now Men's Rights Activist lingo? Pardon me for a second... Moderator Hat ON As a moderator, I now must point you at The Forum Rules (there's a link to them at the bottom of every forum page). You will note that we have some rules about these things - no politics, no religion (under "Keep It On Topic") and if we see significant sexism, racism, or similar...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:50 AM
    This is the second in this series of One Page Adventures for D&D. The limits are simple: everything has to be on one single page, one side, of A4/letter-size paper. This one involves a desert, warring tribes of bullywugs, and some magical talismans, and is called Croaking Sirocco, based on an adventure by Kyle Carty. The first One Page Adventure was The Business of Emotion, which I...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:48 AM
    Hardly. You are taking only part of the point. Broadly speaking, in the history of literature and film, female characters are far too frequently defined by their role in the male character's life. They are most often defined by their sexuality. It is, as I said above, cliche. That's the real point - there are already tons of female characters who are the male's significant other, in one...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:43 AM
    That looks good to me!
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:14 AM
    Actor Joe Manganiello's birthday part was a few days ago. Guests included WotC's Nathan Stewart, Satine Phoenix, (and other folks!), and Chris Lindsay ran a D&D game for Joe and his friends. Lot of stuff on Twitter, Instagram, etc. Photos from Chris Linday Joe Manganiello "slays" his D&D character: https://twitter.com/satinephoenix/status/1071795998920388608
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 11:59 PM
    I didnít draw the map. These are converted from existing adventures I commissioned for EN5ider.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 07:34 PM
    Note that you are thus defining Rey's role in the story in terms of her romantic relationship to the man. Which is already the dominant mode of fiction, to date. Not so much "verve" as "cliche". Thanks, I find it more interesting for her to be out on her own, not needing the man to define who or what she is to the story.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 06:57 PM
    Ew. Kylo Ren in an immature, entitled, self-absorbed anger-puppy. When he gets angry, he throws literal tantrums, lashing out with deadly violence. He is not a mentally or emotionally stable adult, not capable of romantic love in the standard sense.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 06:46 PM
    Not as such. While they haven't really defined it in the new movies, going on the old canon, the Sith were a specific tradition of users of the Dark Side of the Force. Snoke never uses the term "Sith". Andy Serkis (the actor for Snoke) went so far as to say explicitly that Snoke was not a Sith Lord. Snoke was some other user of the Dark Side. So, Kylo Ren is not Sith either.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 06:33 PM
    Note that she says, "half the *creatures*". And, after the Big Snap, did you see a single background tree get dusted? I am pretty sure he only hit animal life. With an annual population growth rate of 1%/year, you get a population doubling in about 60 years. Many species (like insects, or fish, or anything that lays large clutches of eggs) can do much better than 1% in the absence of...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 03:57 PM
    This one was incredibly challenging. Lots of detail to cram into very short sentences. The DM needs to instill a sense of wacky chaos.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 01:56 PM
    ďState of the art tabletop designĒ is high praise indeed.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 01:15 PM
    I wouldn't have thought at initiative roll would be needed. Attacks would be simultaneous. I'd say simultaneous attacks, but you use your riding skill as your attack skill.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 04:10 AM
    Of course, it only takes a generation for the universe's population to double again. Thanos has only set it back by a few years.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 03:15 AM
    Dunno. I just buy software; I don't write it. But we are moving to a new platform soon.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 02:15 AM
    I have never even heard of that error message.... this is so far above my pay grade. Not a clue.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 02:05 AM
    No link, no nom! :)
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 01:38 AM
    But... thatís the exact opposite of a surprise.
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Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

  • 04:37 AM - Maxperson mentioned Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    I think the issue here is a fundamental misunderstanding of the amount of work that goes into serious science, and a frankly insulting trivialization of that work into soundbytes like "magic particles" and implications that scientists just ďmake stuff upĒ. It's the traditional weapons of the psuedoscientist and the anti-science campaigners. I understand that a lot of work and match goes into these theories. And I'm certainly not an anti-science person. However, at the root of these theories are ideas that are put forth to explain things that we don't understand, and even with all that work, are often wrong. I love reading about science. Especially astronomy. Dark matter/energy just doesn't seem to me to be any less of a "hack"(To use Umbran's term) than the theory that negative matter is being created. I'm sure work went into that theory as well.

Sunday, 2nd December, 2018

  • 06:10 PM - Henry mentioned Umbran in post Do We Really Need Half-Elves and Half-Orcs?
    Umbran explained my thoughts better than I could, so ditto. 🙂 Just because the themes those races represent feel old doesnít mean theyíre still not a relevant thing, and not well-represented by those races. A while back I was on a kick of tossing out all the ďnon-standardĒ races too, (no Dragonborn, tieflings, etc.) and eventually stopped caring and just let people play what they want to play, and worked it into my campaign justification, having their race choices play a larger part in the story than I originally planned.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

  • 09:06 PM - Ovinomancer mentioned Umbran in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    ... doesn't involve fictionalizing a currently-unfolding tragedy, but instead involves issues of blasphemy. Different things are different. And controversial things can be controversial for different reasons.Ah, I'm off the blocked list. I disagree. Sure, there are differences, but in degree, not kind. Frex, the Nazi's have been portrayed in many fictional ways, including around the genocide of Jews, to tell sometimes outlandishly fictional stories. There's a current movie where Nazi's experiment on prisoners to develop a zombie formula, fercrissakes. In contrast, Lolita touches directly on child sex crimes as it both humanizes and demonizes it's main character throughout for his lusts and behavior. Reading Lolita would be more traumatizing for a survivor of child sex abuse than the WW Chechya section to un-impacted LGBQ persons. Hiwever, @Ubran posits a simple test for the WW issue based on the reactions of thise same un-impacted LGBQ persons. If the "simple" test advocated by Umbran was actually simple, he wouldn't have needed to erect a lack of Scotsmen to discuss Lolita. By his test, Lolita is unethical. It might help to recall that Lolita faced far more outrage from a broader swath of the populance than WW for it's highly offensive nature. Lolita humanizes a child rapist, after all. WW monsterized Chechyan genocide. Was what WW did tasteful? No, and neither is Lolita, Catcher, or Satanic Verses. Potter was just commercial. But to claim a simple test that bars WW while ignoring the others because the WW case justifies other biases is just a bad argument. Personally, I dislike what WW chose to do here, and I also dislike the reaction of it's owners. I don't think there was a "good" choice here, and I'm certainly not going to pretend any of it is simple.

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 08:43 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Umbran in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    ...n general is struggling with figuring out how to assess, no one really seems to know how to guage things yet. Especially with the added complexity of bot networks, astroturfing, and other shennagins. So if we want to discuss this topic, I think we need to do a lot of research. Internet and Word of Mouth are very complex topics today. It's not very complex at all. When my ox is being gored, then it's faux outrage by officious busybodies acting out of spite and partisan motivation who were never customers and probably couldn't spell cat if you provided them the "c" and the "a." When someone else's ox is being gored, then it's a genuine and heartfelt boycott by people that are personally affected by the terrible decision and deeply hurt because they had previously trusted the entity that they are now forced to boycott due to deeply held and universal principles. ...pretty sure this is true, not just for this, but for all things. OTOH, given the general tenor and intelligence of @Umbran and his posts, I do have admire the chutzpah behind a post that is the equivalent of, "Sit down and edumacate yourself before you post on the internet."

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Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 12:46 AM - Hussar mentioned Umbran in post Worlds of Design: What Makes an RPG a Tabletop Hobby RPG?
    ... doesn't feature mechanical advancement as a thing. I've even run games like this before. I think the general problem here is is we're trying to define a genre. And you can never define a drama by its borders. There will always be bleed in and out from other genres. It's like trying to define "forest". Just how many trees does it take to make a forest? You can't really say. But, we all know what a forest looks like. It's one of those semi-vague concepts that works in the middle but gets kinda tricky at the edges. Saying that many RPG's have progressive improvement is hardly contentious. Saying that RPG's need progressive improvement to be an RPG would be false, but, as a general rule, saying that an RPG has progressive improvement generally is not a totally unfair thing to say. While there are RPG's that don't, there are many, many that do. And, certainly in most mainstream RPG's (say, any game with more than about 100k players) progressive improvement is a feature. Umbran - disagreeing with you is not the same as ignoring you. But, fair enough. I'll let this horse lie. :D

Monday, 15th October, 2018

  • 10:26 PM - pemerton mentioned Umbran in post "DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes
    I remember the D&D Open at Gen Cons of old - competitive dungeoncrawling isn't a new thing - but 5e is such a floofy rules set, I can't see this ending well. (The Open also promoted a really weird and boring playstyle of minimal RP and everything sacrificed in the name of time, so there's that.)I don't see how 5e is very different from AD&D in respect of most aspects of adjudication. It's combat positioning/movement rules are in some respects more fiddly, but presumably this will be resolved on a grid to handle that fiddliness. Also Umbran, Satyrn, what have you got against darts?!

Sunday, 23rd September, 2018

  • 05:09 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Umbran in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    ...rs. We have over a DECADE of content on our shelves right now. But... somehow we need more? We don't need annual class content, let alone the bi-monthly class supplements of 3e and 4e. No one goes through content that fast. First of all, I didnít say we need more. Please stick to what Iíve said when replying to me. Iím not particularly interested in answering for other people. I personally see the phb as too limited to really satisfy the needs of my group, but the only thing missing right now is stuff that is favorite material for my group, like playable gnolls, and worthwhile orcs and kobolds. Weíre fairly resigned to homebrew on those specific examples, unfortunately. Again, how many campaigns a single group can get through in a span of time doesnít matter nearly as much as you want it to, because the preference for more options isnít about that. What youíre missing, again, is that a given player isnít generally interested in all of the classes, or all types of concepts, and as Umbran pointed out, more choices is about crafting a character, not so just about replayability. But even in the realm of replayability, a dozen classes isnít really a dozen choices per player, because most players arenít interested in concepts found within all dozen classes. And there are broad concepts that 5e is light on still, so while Iím cool with what is out, and new stuff is mostly gravy (other than very specific stuff from previous editions, like Eberron races, artificers, etc) itís entirely understandable why some folks arenít satisfied with the current options. But, moving back to the actual issue at hand, itís not that there arenít enough options, as such, for many players. For many players, it is that a given character only has so many decision points, and choosing ďassassinĒ or ďBeast MasterĒ locks you into a progression all the way to level 20, with very little choice other than feats, of which there arenít that many. What the game needs, is for every class to have an alt...

Thursday, 20th September, 2018

  • 10:53 PM - Hawk Diesel mentioned Umbran in post When a Lightning Bolt spell met the floor ...
    TallIan and Umbran I totally agree with you guys. Like any tool in the DM's toolbox it shouldn't be overused or used flippantly. There needs to be some intention that will add to the story and the fun of the table. Like I said, in that specific scenario I'd probably just have the cultists blast the player and themselves, because it would be a fitting sacrifice they might make for their demon patron. And I think that doing things that can unfairly target a player's character or changing how powers work without a good reason/explanation is poor form. A DM has only as much power as the players allow, since that position comes with the trust that you are going to run the game fairly with fun in mind.

Monday, 17th September, 2018

  • 11:44 PM - pemerton mentioned Umbran in post Boss Monsters? I Just Say No!
    You could argue that Sam and Frodo have to deal with a boss monster at the Cracks of Doom - but instead of it being a physical manifestation of Sauron, it's the corrupting influence of the ring - an alternative boss monster, if you will. Plus, they manage to avoid his gaze throughout much of their final approach - a boss monster defeated primarily by stealth rather than beaten down. <snip> Even Aragorn faces a similar boss conflict (of wills rather than violence) when he reveals himself in the Palantir to Sauron, provoking a premature attack on Minas Tirith.How often are these sorts of moral, spiritual, and mental conflicts the climax in tabletop FRPGing? I don't really think it's to the point that they involve an antagonist (Sauron). The salient point, in the context of this discussion, is that the confrontation, and its resolution, is not a violent one. There's no reason at all in principle why this can't be handled by a RPG - contrary to what Umbran suggested upthread, it doesn't require greater storytelling ability to make the struggle with Sauron non-violent in these ways. But D&D has tended to lack the mechanics to handle it (with skill challenges in 4e something of an exception).
  • 08:33 PM - MarkB mentioned Umbran in post Running an actual heist?
    XP to Umbran for mentioning Leverage. I've only played one session of it, but it's very well-suited to this. As I recall, one thing in particular that it incorporates which is a staple of the genre but very difficult to pull off in a traditional D&D game is the fake-out ending - that point in every heist movie where it seems like the bad guy's won and the good guys have all been caught, and then it turns out to have all been part of the plan. Effectively, if the players earn enough 'plot coupons' during the execution of the heist, they can retcon in some extra piece of planning or deception that will get them out of trouble during the endgame.
  • 03:51 AM - Janx mentioned Umbran in post Science: asteroid vs. hero physics
    Rule #1 - when someone asks for help, they don't generally tell you their problem, they tell you their preferred solution. That is not always the *best* solution, or even a good one. So, the word laser was in there for a reason.... Dude, you're a RPG player, yes? Since when is remaining within the initial parameters part of your operating system? :p Just a note to both my EN friends Umbran and [mention]Nagol[/Nagol], I appreciate BOTH of your approaches to my problem. As Nagol notes, I've framed it a certain way based on something in my story. There's a crapton of detail I left out which might support why I did it that way. OR I might be missing an obvious alternate solution (like in the asteroid one, where I had one idea and there had to be others). There COULD be other alternatives in this story. I've thought of many of them (because I know the full list of talents and powers the hero has). I also haven't thought of some. I'd hate to say I thought of all the obvious ones, because I'm sure there's one more on that list and I'll look like an idiot :) Since Umbran likes thinking off the grid, consider that our hero has a background in stage/street magic. Sleight of hand, etc. He gets to approach the bad guy as he's finishing setting up. Monologue, tussle, countdown, bang. Lots of them. He's never been here before, the bullet deflection tech is mobile and ...

Monday, 10th September, 2018

  • 02:45 AM - Lanefan mentioned Umbran in post X & O For More Fun
    It's not mind control! It's an easy way to speak up. That's it. It doesn't magically pass binding international treaties, or pass sentences in a court of law or anything. Words like "democracy" and "tyranny" are absurd hyperbole in this context. It's social interaction, not law.I was responding to Umbran , and my statements simply follow on from his use of "tyranny". And while we're on about terms, tapping a card (at least the way it's presented in the OP) is not really "speaking up"; as speaking is in fact neither involved nor - as presented - allowed to be. I couldd get behind this at least to some extent if actual speaking - as in debate, discussion, consensus, give-and-take, allowable disagreement, etc. - was an inherent part of the system. But it's not, thus making this idea both a) poorly conceived* and b) horribly open to abuse. * - as are, IME, a great many things involving non-negotiability. As soon as someone says something - be it a method of operation, a rule, a system, whatever - is non-negotiable or non-debateable my immediate response is "why?". Sometimes the reasons are obvious (e.g. workplace safety, or a sensible school essay deadline) and that's fair enough; other times they aren't (usually involving an authority that doesn't like to be questioned and-or ...
  • 01:29 AM - pemerton mentioned Umbran in post X & O For More Fun
    I also find it interesting that you completely side-stepped my earlier points about the X-card player's responsibilities. Is the GM supposed to never be intimidating again? Are they supposed to sideline that villain? Should they abandon attempts at tension? Tell me then, at what point is it that the X-card player is imposing to the extent that they should simply find a new group? Because if the answer is "never" then I suspect that this is the fundamental root of our disagreement.You ask these questions like they are knock-down rhetorical points! As opposed to things that can be worked out through the ordinary techniques of social interaction once the situation has cooled down. (Which seems to be exactly what happened in the episode that Umbran described.)

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

  • 04:07 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Umbran in post Forum Suddenly Switched How Named Are Displayed?
    Agreed. If I don't get my daily dose of feeling bad that @lowkey13 is higher level than me, I don't really feel like I visited ENWorld. You think that you feel bad ... imagine how @Umbran feels when he sees it! "Here I am, making a positive contribution to this website as a contributor and moderator, always being positive and on-track, and this guy, THIS GUY JUST MOCKS PALADINS FOR A FRIGGIN' LIVING!!!??!!! Just goes to show you- people, they like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis ... you can't trust people."

Monday, 6th August, 2018

  • 03:01 PM - SkidAce mentioned Umbran in post Forum Suddenly Switched How Named Are Displayed?
    ... a gut reaction, much as you say. "I don't know why I don't like this, however RAGE!" However, an initial reaction , such as not liking blue text on a bluer background, missing functions, etc (just general examples) is valid initially and over time. Its actual feedback. Then of course there are ways of implementing change to reduce the "shock". Unfreeze, Change, Refreeze. Probably not a process you want to use in a widely vocal internet arena, you would be overwhelmed by getting folks to buy into the concepts, but some of the concepts could be used. Post a thread in Meta "Going to Test Layout?" Finally, it depends on goals, if the change initiator wants the change, for reasons (speed, cost savings, preference, etc.) then the longer you go past the initial change, the easier it is to keep it. As it becomes the new norm, people get tired of mentioning it, or new folks don't even know there was a change. Anyway, not a show stopper, thanks for the discussion with us Umbran.

Saturday, 4th August, 2018


Thursday, 26th July, 2018

  • 12:10 PM - pemerton mentioned Umbran in post My Attempt to Define RPG's - RPG's aren't actually Games
    ...e D&D rules tell them to, move pieces (literal or notional) around maps in accordance with the D&D rules for doing so, etc. Until someone actually uses the guidelines of the RPG to create that adventure, there's nothing to really do with an RPG.This isn't true either. When I wanted to play Classic Traveller with my friends, we sat down and started playing: PC gen; world gen; patron gen; GO! (Further details here.) They're playing Against the Giants. They're playing whatever campaign they happen to be playing. We use RPG's to create the campaigns which is essentially the game that we play, whether it's some massive dungeon crawl or some high rp court intrigue game. Or combinations thereof. And the campaign that I play is distinct from the campaign you play. Unless we're using the same module, it's virtually impossible for two campaigns to share any points of similarity. Doesn't that mean, at that point, we're essentially playing different games?I mostly agree with Umbran and Tony Vargas on this. Was I playing chess, or the Sicilian defence? Presumably both. Was I playing D&D, or Against the Giants? Presumably both. Maybe there's a better analogy? I see RPG's as having three levels. At the top, you have the RPG itself which we use to build a campaign. At the next level, you have the campaign which, in my mind, is the game that this group is going to play, and at the third level, you have the session, which is roughly analogous to a single instance of the game. For most games though, you only have two levels. The game and the instance. You don't use charades, to use the example, to build a specific kind of pantomime game that players then play. You just play instances of charades. There's no higher level tier, such as what you get with RPG's.Does what you say apply to My Life with Master? DitV? Even The Dying Earth? And even for RPGs that have "the campaign", how is that different - in a structural sense - from dealing a hand? Or ag...

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...


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Monday, 17th December, 2018

  • 05:19 PM - Gadget quoted Umbran in post 5e Play, 1e Play, and the Immersive Experience
    There is much that is subjective. For example, in the quote you give, "nothing ever feels like disconnected math, or like a square peg and a round hole. This makes the imagined scene feel richer and more immediate." I could disagree more, but it would require power tools. Since all those subsystems are disconnected, they all feel like disconnected math. They are not *nearly* so, "fits exactly as it was designed, for both flavorwise and possible outcomes", in my opinion. There's a whole lot in there that's awkwardly wedged into the Gygaxian design style, largely because the world hadn't explored much of the possible mechanics space at that time. And each time that awkwardness becomes apparent, it breaks us out of roles, and into rules. This. So much this. While I appreciate Gygaxian D&D for the unique flavor and innovation it had at the time, not to mention the more low magic, sword & sorcery feel it engendered (I say 'feel' because in practice it ended up being quite high magic, th...
  • 05:15 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Umbran in post 5e Play, 1e Play, and the Immersive Experience
    I would agree with this. All the rules and subsystems felt unconnected. They had generally grown up by accrual Ė as the rules were needed in original play and design, so they were created. Now, donít get me wrong, I love 1e and 5e both. The obscure nature of the rules could be evocative, as it made the game more cultish (or kvlt, as they say), less easily grokked. So it required you to either dive deep, muddle through, or just ignore the stuff that didnít fit together as well. Since all those subsystems are disconnected, they all feel like disconnected math. They are not *nearly* so, "fits exactly as it was designed, for both flavorwise and possible outcomes", in my opinion. There's a whole lot in there that's awkwardly wedged into the Gygaxian design style, largely because the world hadn't explored much of the possible mechanics space at that time. And each time that awkwardness becomes apparent, it breaks us out of roles, and into rules.
  • 04:37 PM - lowkey13 quoted Umbran in post 5e Play, 1e Play, and the Immersive Experience
    There is much that is subjective. For example, in the quote you give, "nothing ever feels like disconnected math, or like a square peg and a round hole. This makes the imagined scene feel richer and more immediate." I could disagree more, but it would require power tools. Since all those subsystems are disconnected, they all feel like disconnected math. They are not *nearly* so, "fits exactly as it was designed, for both flavorwise and possible outcomes", in my opinion. There's a whole lot in there that's awkwardly wedged into the Gygaxian design style, largely because the world hadn't explored much of the possible mechanics space at that time. And each time that awkwardness becomes apparent, it breaks us out of roles, and into rules. Well, while I think you are making one good point (see also, my response to isereth regarding immersion), I don't think you are fully grokking the quote for what it was intended. Disconnected math might be wonderful; for example, the idea of ha...

Sunday, 16th December, 2018

  • 01:52 PM - schnee quoted Umbran in post Rotating DMs?
    One variation of sharing GM responsibilities I read about recently, and is detailed here: http://arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/78/grand-experiments-west-marches/ I tried that with two other DMs, and it crashed and burned. First, the play style implies that the players will drive the narrative by what they want to do, and that's actually quite rare. They didn't want to drive a series of expeditions, they wanted to be swept along in an over-arching plot that presented with meaningful choices, and the idea of them going after 'adventure seeds' lost steam after 4-5 sessions, even when they are related to a larger plot. Second, we all agreed to be collaborative, and each DM would take turns 'painting in' the world lore via their adventures, like a team working together on a big mural. But, one of the DMs was extremely collaborative, and the other one thought they could hang that at the very start but then proceeded to do their own thing entirely, even retroactively rewriting things the other...
  • 05:25 AM - Aeson quoted Umbran in post Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    This is quite thorougly unlike any other piece of superhero animation I have seen. Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham is an entirely canon thing. What about the character puts you off? I'm probably presuming a lot. I'm unfamiliar with the character. I see a pig, I see a stand in for a fat guy. I don't care for the portrayal of over weight guys in movies. I think I jumped to conclusions. If he's not shoving food in his mouth all the time, tripping over his own feet, or dumb then I'll be happy to reevaluate my opinion.
  • 12:04 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Umbran in post Unusual Sandwiches
    I had an unusual breakfast sandwich this week. Two soft boiled eggs, avocado, Alpha Tolman cheese, shakshuka sauce, in pita bread. Outstanding. OK- youíve stumped me with some of that! What is Alpha Tolman?

Friday, 14th December, 2018

  • 07:48 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Umbran in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    Well, we see this new faction wantonly slaughter an entire village in the opening of the movie. And they are willing to destroy entire inhabited planets to get what they want. Dearie me, I don't know why it matters! I don't know why I should care that the heroes oppose them! Hint: it is because they are *bad guys*. We don't need to know the history to see that they're brutal, deadly, and not the kind of folks you want wandering around with planet-killing weapons. It might help for you define the term, "chump" as you are using it. The traditional definition is "foolish or easily deceived" and has nothing to do with how badass you are. A chump is beaten by outwitting them, not by outfighting them on their own terms. The trolls in The Hobbit are chumps, and completely physically overwhelm the heroes. Also, the opening scroll tells us who the First Order is. Theyíre an expansionist successor to the Empire, that the New republic isnít taking seriously enough, leading to Lei...
  • 10:14 AM - Zardnaar quoted Umbran in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    Well, we see this new faction wantonly slaughter an entire village in the opening of the movie. And they are willing to destroy entire inhabited planets to get what they want. Dearie me, I don't know why it matters! I don't know why I should care that the heroes oppose them! Hint: it is because they are *bad guys*. We don't need to know the history to see that they're brutal, deadly, and not the kind of folks you want wandering around with planet-killing weapons. It might help for you define the term, "chump" as you are using it. The traditional definition is "foolish or easily deceived" and has nothing to do with how badass you are. A chump is beaten by outwitting them, not by outfighting them on their own terms. The trolls in The Hobbit are chumps, and completely physically overwhelm the heroes. Not claiming the First order is not evil but basically why should we care they are evil. Lets put it another way. Say Rey goes forth in Episode IX and deals with/kills Kylo Ren y...

Thursday, 13th December, 2018

  • 10:28 PM - 5ekyu quoted Umbran in post Most frustrating quirk of 5E?
    The font size. Really. Getting old enough to *not quite* need bifocals makes the book really annoying in that tiny font. Especially because you aren't always playing int he best lit rooms...I had to wait until DDB to play 5e due to being unable to read the books and lack of PDF.
  • 09:35 PM - DM Howard quoted Umbran in post Most frustrating quirk of 5E?
    I think my frustrating quirk of 5E would have to be how little is available in regards to in-store products is almost directly inverse to how popular the game is compared to past editions. The font size. Really. Getting old enough to *not quite* need bifocals makes the book really annoying in that tiny font. Especially because you aren't always playing int he best lit rooms... I wear glasses and contacts anyway, but being only 29 I can still feel your pain and wish the font was a little bigger.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018

  • 02:17 PM - Caliburn101 quoted Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    No, it isn't. Remember that even if the aliens are immortal, the stars aren't! There are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way (possibly up to 400 billion). And the lifespan of a star like the Sun is about 10 billion years. Let us say that you only want to visit 10% of the stars in the galaxy - that's 10 to 40 billion stars. Even if you visit one every single year, most of the stars will burn out long before you can reach them! Oh, and in only 4 billion years, the Milky Way is going to collide with Andromeda, and what do you figure that's going to do with your 10-billion-year exploration plan? No plan survives first contact with another galaxy...
  • 01:19 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    Okay, first off, this is incorrect. Very incorrect. I mean, we are on the edge of "not even wrong" territory. We are observing anomalous motion of stars in galaxies, and we are observing acceleration of expansion of space as a whole - these two things happen on two different scales. Different like, "your left leg," and, "the continent," different scales. We observe these things separately, and do not have a specific reason to believe they are related. I do have to ask - are you a licensed electrician or plumber? Pick one that you are not. When you need some of this work done, you hire the best one you can, right? The one with the most experience and understanding? When you do hire one of these trained professionals to do their job, do you look over their shoulders and nitpick the way they do things? Do you hang over then and tell them how to do their job? Do you question the entire approach of home plumbing or electrical work, despite having only small amounts of understanding an...
  • 06:20 AM - Maxperson quoted Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    Uh, huh. And, if you yourself are not God, how do you have that "fact"? We know that there are many things we don't know about the universe. Oh, please. Have you not ever heard of "colloquial use" before? Everyone who studies enough science gets that point drilled in there - that what we know is the best we know at the time, and that science is always learning new things, and that we must be prepared to accept new information when it comes. It gets tiresome when you have to say, "....the best we know at the moment, which may not be the Eternal Truth" over and over. Every. Gorram. Other. Sentence. So, we tend to shorten it. He had the opportunity when I challenged him on that to say something along the lines of, "I'm shortening it, because I repeat it a lot." or "You're right, it is only the best based on or limited knowledge." Instead, he doubled down on it being the absolute best possible solution, eliminating "colloquial use" as an option for him. Interesting - m...
  • 04:37 AM - Blue quoted Umbran in post Longevity And Justice
    "Real dark ages punishments"? Um. It is called Dungeons and Dragons. It isn't like the real world dungeons were filled with monsters, you know. They had prisoners. Now, the violations that'd end you up in a dungeon may have been different than what we'd imprison a person for today, but let us not act like dungeons weren't there. Prisons, in some form or antoher, have been with us since back in Greek and Roman times. They were real from then on. Obviously if you commit a crime you are giving the the insane wizards for experimentation. That's where Owlbears came from. Have you ever wanted to be part of something ... bigger?
  • 12:40 AM - Zardnaar quoted Umbran in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    WIkipedia or not, I'd say... dark side user that had Jedi training. In the movie canon, Darth Vader was Sith *and* Dark Jedi. Darth Maul, Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus were Sith, but had no known Jedi training, IIRC. They are *not* referred to as Dark Jedi in the movie canon, or anywhere else, IIRC. Snoke was not referred to as "Darth". We have an actor's word that he was not Sith, and we have no information that he had Jedi Training. Goodness only knows what he was. Kylo Ren had Jedi training, and so could be counted as Dark Jedi... and whatever Snoke was. Well it was never really clear in the old cannon. It has come up in the new cannon as Dookus trainees in the Clone Wars are dark Jedi not Sith. I basically go with dark side user with Jedi training. If you are a member of the Sith or another dark side organisation you're not a dark Jedi. There was a hint Snoke was a Dark Jedi or even an ancient Jedi. He didn't have the Darkside eyes like the Sith did (...
  • 12:11 AM - Shasarak quoted Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    Sure... so, applying this to the situation comes from a misunderstanding of the fallacy, in a couple of ways. I will demonstrate it this way: You are feeling chest pain. There are two people near you. One is a renowned cardiac surgeon, who listens to your chest with a stethoscope, and says that you may be in trouble, because he hears an irregularity, and you should go straight to a hospital. The other is some guy named Frank. He's in marketing, but he totally stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, and he says what you are feeling is the result of eating an aggressive chili dog, and that you should take an antacid and wait half an hour. Not that he asked what you had for lunch. Who do you listen to? Lets say the Cardiac Surgeon was right and you did have a heart attack. Now he advises you to have a stent put in to open the blocked arteries. Do you still listen to him?

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

  • 11:46 PM - Jester David quoted Umbran in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    WIkipedia or not, I'd say... dark side user that had Jedi training. In the movie canon, Darth Vader was Sith *and* Dark Jedi. Darth Maul, Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus were Sith, but had no known Jedi training, IIRC. They are *not* referred to as Dark Jedi in the movie canon, or anywhere else, IIRC. Snoke was not referred to as "Darth". We have an actor's word that he was not Sith, and we have no information that he had Jedi Training. Goodness only knows what he was. Kylo Ren had Jedi training, and so could be counted as Dark Jedi... and whatever Snoke was. Dooku was a Jedi. He trained Qui-Gon Jin. It just doesnít come up much.
  • 10:39 PM - OverlordOcelot quoted Umbran in post Longevity And Justice
    Now, the violations that'd end you up in a dungeon may have been different than what we'd imprison a person for today, but let us not act like dungeons weren't there. Prisons, in some form or antoher, have been with us since back in Greek and Roman times. They were real from then on. Modern police forces and prison sentences really only date back to the 19th century, they weren't around in medieval time. Sentencing people to long Jails for holding people were common, but they were intended to hold someone until trial and punishment could occur. Punishments, especially for commoners, would be death, exile, fines, torture, maiming, enslavement, loss of titles/lands, and the like; locking someone in prison for X years wasn't a typical punishment. It happened occasionally, mostly to important people, but the idea of 'give him 20 years in prison for murder' just wasn't standard the way it is now.
  • 09:55 PM - Shasarak quoted Umbran in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    Please, please, someone call this an appeal to authority. I'm ready for you. :) Heh, come at me Bro! Which is how scientists should really discuss their work, two scientists enter and one scientist leaves. I read a story about Darwin which said that he delayed the printing of On the Origin of Species because he wanted to include the counter to any argument against it.
  • 08:58 PM - Tonguez quoted Umbran in post Longevity And Justice
    "Real dark ages punishments"? Um. It is called Dungeons and Dragons. It isn't like the real world dungeons were filled with monsters, you know. They had prisoners. Now, the violations that'd end you up in a dungeon may have been different than what we'd imprison a person for today, but let us not act like dungeons weren't there. Prisons, in some form or anther, have been with us since back in Greek and Roman times. They were real from then on. Well actual dungeons weren't all that common and for Peasantry they weren't much used either. Fines, Stocks, mutilation and death were the most common forms of punishment used. The Donjon was the most secure part of a Keep, often a Tower and in Dark Ages was where the Lord lived. It was later that Nobles moved into more comfortable rooms and the Dungeon was used to store valuables and/or hold political prisoners (hence the Fairytales featuring Princesses in locked towers). It was later again that Prisons were transferred into the base...


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