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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:02 PM
    The druid bit the quasit, not the pseudodragon.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:28 PM
    As the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Kickstarter enters its final days, we have got approval from Rebellion to share some really exciting news, and we wanted to tell you as soon as possible! Our Plans For 2019We have a range of products planned for 2019, all of which will require the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD core rulebook. Today we'd like to tell you about four of them. We...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:37 PM
    I’m not sure I get it either. You had 70 players show interest, but then you fired them all and are looking for new players? I mean, people are busy. If they showed interest, they may be able to play at a later date or whatever. They probably won’t now! :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    Disagreeing with somebody isn't a reason to start insulting them. If you can't disagree politely without namecalling, find some other thread to post in.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 AM
    How do you figure? Sleep doesn't do any damage; it just knocks you out if you have few enough hps. The pseudodragon has not taken any damage.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 AM
    I'm not sure what you're referring to here- if you are asserting that 5e includes some kind of touch AC, you're incorrect. Otherwise, can you elaborate/clarify?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:43 AM
    The number you refer to was 15M in North America.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 09:12 PM
    You sound nice.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 08:28 PM
    Was there something you’d like to say?
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 07:01 PM
    Earlier this week, I posted about DnD Sports, an upcoming competitive streaming D&D "e-sports" tournament run by D&D Beyond and Encounter Roleplaying, using the Roll20 platform, complete with large cash prizes. As of today, the name of the tournament has been changed to RPG Sports, and dndsports.tv now redirects to rpgsports.tv. They state that this is a rebranding in order to expand...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Playing in a recently released city adventure? Over on EN5ider, you'll find twelve new spells for various classes, designed for urban environments. Whether evading guards, catching thieves, or navigating dark alleys, these spells are the mainstay of the city-born caster. Carvel's convoked conveyance, dubious aura, hellish handshake, and verminous shroud are just some of the spells found here,...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 01:40 PM
    It's a Ravnica bonanza today! In addition to a look at the Ravnica: Broken Pact livestream, and an overview of some races and other rules from the upcoming setting book, there's also an art preview from WotC's Nathan Stewart by artist Vicktor Titov, as part of his Extra Life charity fundraising efforts. Dinosaurs!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 12:38 PM
    I guess they must be unconsciously, but my characters and settings are so divorced from reality that it's certainly not blatant.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 12:45 AM
    I just quickly looked at the downloads table and as far as I can make out they all have the PDFs linked there. Were there any in particular which are missing a link? The Act 3 hardcover is there on RPGNow: https://www.rpgnow.com/product/200120/Zeitgeist-The-Gears-of-Revolution--Act-Three-The-Age-of-Reason-4e?cPath=266_6280&filters=0_0_0_44294_0
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 12:33 AM
    Maybe. Here's what you do: Figure out what your AC would be sans barkskin. Is it less than 16? Then it is now 16. Is it now 17 or higher? Then it is now 17 or higher. For instance, if you are wearing chain mail and equip a shield, it is now 18. I guess I can understand the confusion vis-a-vis the fiction, but I don't share it. I think it's simple, concisely worded, and intuitive. No...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 12:11 AM
    The whole thing is available for 4E. Which links are not active? http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?cPath=266_6280
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:33 PM
    You don't need to insult people you don't agree with.
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:06 PM
    At nearly $200K after one day since launch, the new Savage Worlds Adventure Edition is pretty much smashing it on Kickstarter. This is a new edition of the popular multi-genre tabletop RPG ruleset, updated to a new edition after 15 years of advancements. This includes new narrative play elements, and updates to every aspect of the game. "We've taken everything we've learned over the...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 12:49 PM
    Sector 49, Tablestory's livestreamed Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD campaign, launched on Monday night. You can watch it live every Monday, catch up on YouTube on Wednesdays, or hear the audio version on Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk every Friday, so there's a variety of ways to follow along depending on which suits you best. The players are perps in this campaign (as you...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 07:14 AM
    Huh. I guess I missed all the controversy. I can see what you're saying, I guess- and I agree that the cover issue, for example, is a weird one. But I guess I have always seen it as sort of "beneath your armor and shield, behind that cover, etc, you've got a final line of defense- your skin is as hard as bark! If you break through those other defenses, you still have to penetrate the bark." ...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:32 AM
    This is the first time I have ever heard anyone have trouble understanding barkskin in 5e. I think it's very clear.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 06:09 PM
    The DMSGuild has a ton of great adventures if you wan't to do AL. Sort by popularity.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:58 PM
    The post you replied to was made in May 2018, over 8 years ago. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 11:28 AM
    Just one career? Shouldn't be too much effort. I'd be happy to offer feedback, but I can't actually edit your product for you.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 10:30 AM
    For those of us who don’t have a mathematical background (ie me)could you explain what that is?
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:44 AM
    DOWNVOTES ARE 3 Banshee 18 Ghost 18 Ghoul 19 Lich 3 + 1 = 4 Revenant 19 Shadow 20 Skeleton 19 Spectre 14 - 3 = 11
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:27 AM
    You don't have to use a focus, but I don't think anything says you can't.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:15 AM
    I just realized that there is no detect/discern lie in 5e, which blows my mind. Anyhow, I am running a 5e game that includes a pc who has a *ring of truth,* converted from the 1e version. Okay, so first of all, here's the text of my conversion of the ring for reference: Okay, so the question- which would apply to a converted version of the detect/discern lie spell, as well,, and...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 07:00 PM
    Fantasy Grounds reports the latest RPG system usage! Most games are up a few percent, and it looks like D&D 5E is remaining steady, and Pathfinder 2 has started to make an appearance in the charts. The following charts show usage in the last 12 months (PF2, of course, has only been available for a few weeks). Ruleset
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 06:57 PM
    I can confirm that a Fantasy Bestiary is in the works. In the meantime, the online bestiary is crammed full of monsters and NPCs. http://www.woinrpg.com/search-bestiary/
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 06:09 PM
    It seems like the rumours of D&D as e-sports weren't so far off after all in today's bit of unexpected news, as D&D Beyond and Encounter Roleplaying have announced DnDSports. "DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from Encounter Roleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000." Here's the full announcement: Imagine if two parties...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 05:15 PM
    Absolutely. Nothing more boring than going through the motions of a fight which is clearly over.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 01:33 PM
    Released this weekend was the second in the "W"-Series of genre-spanning adventures for WOIN, which started with W1 Xenomorphs: The Fall of Somerset Landing, and continues with W2 Dark Decade: From Dust to Dawn. Explore New York in 1980s, against a backdrop of vampires and worse! Welcome to the Dark DecadeThe 1980s were a dark time, with the shadow of nuclear annihilation, and the constant...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 01:31 PM
    Released this weekend was the second in the "W"-Series of genre-spanning adventures for WOIN, which started with W1 Xenomorphs: The Fall of Somerset Landing, and continues with W2 Dark Decade: From Dust to Dawn. Explore New York in 1980s, against a backdrop of vampires and worse! Welcome to the Dark DecadeThe 1980s were a dark time, with the shadow of nuclear annihilation, and the constant...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 12:34 PM
    Last month EN5ider introduced the orb-wielding Lodestar class. This month we have two new Training Methods for the Lodestar: Imaginative training which enriches the soul, discovering peace by way of indulgence; and Instinct training which melds soul and body, tempering soul fragments to act naturally and instinctively. Recently on EN5ider:
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 08:02 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    Welcome! We’re not going anywhere. We predate G+ by an entire decade, and outlasted it. We’ll be here for a long, long time yet. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 08:00 PM
    Episode 2. Mixed feelings. I wasn’t keen on defeatist Doctor; and the fact that they are only alive because of a 1 in a trillion trillion trillion trillion chance of a passing spaceship picking them up in space. Both undermine the Doctor to me. Theme tune — awesomeness still. I love it. Less bombastic than recent years, and more mysterious. What did you guys think of the new TARDIS...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 03:30 PM
    Hasbro pays just fine.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 06:26 AM
    How is it that your pcs are always able to set the conditions of the fight? Are your BBEGs ever proactive about seeking their enemies out? A good BBEG may very well not be in their lair when the pcs breach it; in fact, they may pull a similar trick on your pcs, seeking them out after a long hard day of fighting through the minions and lackeys. And seeking them out with a bevy of (the strongest...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 02:54 AM
    DOWNVOTES ARE 3 Banshee 20 Demilich 8 Ghast 15 Ghost 23 Ghoul 21 Lich 20 + 1 = 21 Mummy 15 - 3 = 12 Mummy Lord 16
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 02:42 AM
    There aren’t rules. The person who is hiring will look at your resume and decide if they want to interview you. If they interview you, they’ll then decide if they want to hire you. You can’t rules-lawyer it or get them to hire you on a technicality. I feel weird explaining the concept of a job application to somebody. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 02:19 AM
    Yes, but they’ll look at it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 01:35 AM
    *shrug* You know the rule; the Golden Flounce is a one-way ticket. See ya, I guess.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 12:09 AM
    There was only one part. There was no TARDIS. And it was only an hour long. Grace did die though. :)
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 11:27 PM
    I do whish I could upload my other PDF so they are at least readable from the same place. And I still would like a pdf. Especially of the core.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 11:03 PM
    I didn’t see it up thread but legend25 worked for me on the legendary bundle.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 05:44 PM
    Legend25 worked for me on the DNDBeyond legendary bundle. I was going to go back and do it again to show you folks, but now I can't.... cause I bought it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 04:32 PM
    Chaosium founder Greg Stafford passed away yesterday at the age of 70. An iconic game designer, he was known for the world of Glorantha, Pendragon, RuneQuest, the Ghostbusters RPG, and much more. Our thoughts and sympathies go to his friends, family, and co-workers. Stafford founded Chaosium in 1975. Chaosium report that he passed at his home, and that his passing was painless.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 02:25 PM
    This was written on October 5th. Today is October 12th. October 14th is in the future! :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 02:06 PM
    As part of the Extra Life charity event, WotC's Nathan Stewart has shared page 27 of the upcoming book, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 02:04 PM
    As part of the Extra Life charity event, WotC's Nathan Stewart has shared page 27 of the upcoming book, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 01:48 PM
    Robert Schwalb, who you may know from previous titles such as Dungeons & Dragons Editions 3-5, Shadow of the Demon Lord, and, indeed, the upcoming Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD, is making a return to D&D with his own third party imprint, Max Press (named after his cat). From the announcement: For the last three years, I focused on creating and expanding the first roleplaying...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 11:22 AM
    I personally prefer names like Glasstaff and The Black Spider over Sharokina and Sahastra, as there's no way on earth I'm going to remember the latter. And I don't think Glasstaff is any worse than Skywalker.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 12:36 AM
    Fair enough!
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 09:51 PM
    If you use a magic item that allows you to cast a spell, you're still casting a spell. Others have already provided the relevant quotes. Again, a wand typically allows the user to cast a spell. It does not cast the spell itself. Potions, on the other hand, provide you with the benefits of a spell without allowing you to cast it. You can. Nothing dumb about it (and please refrain...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 06:51 PM
    I am rubbish at reading all the backstory in published adventures. It always feels like I'm revising for an exam. I"m reading one now. It's only 4 pages of backstory, but it is *dense* with names and places and history. It very much feels like I'm doing schoolwork! Especially since it's 4 page of backstory and then about 16 pages of adventure. It feels like a history book. Reached a...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 04:13 PM
    Yes, usually. However, there are circumstances where you wouldn't be able to- for example, if you failed by enough to fall, and the wall you fell from didn't go all the way to the ground, so you couldn't reach it again. Generally, though, I treat Dash as "move your speed again", and climbing is just another type of moving your speed that requires a check, so, yeah.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 04:11 PM
    Aww, I love the boneclaw. :( DOWNVOTES = 3 Banshee 25 Death Knight 10 Demilich 24 Dracolich 23 Flameskull 8
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 02:37 PM
    Bruce "Voyage of the Prince Ark" Heard's latest Kickstarter is a gazetteer about a "realm of wizards and demons". Set in his world of Calidar, its a system-neutral setting supplement framed around the voyage of the skyship Star Phoenix. Bruce has kindly sent along a full page "preview" of the book, which is called Wings of Darkness! The book weighs in at 132-pages, and comes in both...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 01:23 AM
    No.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 10:36 PM
    Morrus started a thread Minotaur PCs in Ravnica
    Was this confirmed before? Minotaur PCs definitely in Ravnica. https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1049724912867323904 "Your wish has been fulfilled! Minotaurs appear as a playable race in "Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica." - Jeremy Crawford.
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 10:14 PM
    Our friends over at Tablestory will be live streaming their Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD campaign! This is the trailer for Sector 49, a weekly live-streamed Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD game which launches on Monday, 15th October. For the audio version, be sure to subscribe to Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop News podcast at https://morrus.podbean.com or your favourite...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 09:55 PM
    Our friends over at Tablestory will be live streaming their Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD campaign! This is the trailer for Sector 49, a weekly live-streamed Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD game which launches on Monday, 15th October. For the audio version, be sure to subscribe to Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop News podcast at https://morrus.podbean.com or your favourite...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 05:29 PM
    Banshee 23 Bone Naga 5 Boneclaw 16 Death Knight 10 Demilich 23 Dracolich 24 Flameskull 14 Ghast 18 Ghost 22 Ghoul 22
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 12:26 AM
    Well if he did, I’m sure I wouldn’t notice. Never heard of him.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 08:24 PM
    Here we are with Shawn Merwin at their premiere at www.Nuke-Con.com
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 08:20 PM
    A close friend of mine has published his first AL adventures. They are very flavorful and are also great for non AL games. The Blighted Sun and Hide and Seek (with new content!) are up on the guild! CCC-Nuke-01-01 and CCC-Nuke-01-02 If you enjoyed them at Nuke-Con now you can own them and run them yourself! The art in it is handsome if I do say so myself. They look amazing Marcello De...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 05:29 PM
    It's a ghost remnant of the old Rep system. I have no idea how or why it thinks there's a new rep comment. I've trued to investigate this before and couldn't figure it out.
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    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 05:15 PM
    There's a new Unearthed Arcana up from Keith Baker, Ruty Rutenberg, and Ben Petrisor -- "This month's Unearthed Arcana looks at the magic items that are part of everyday life in the world of Eberron. Arcane focuses, enchanted clothing, warforged components, and more are all common sights for the citizens of the Five Nations." The material in this month's Unearthed Arcana also appears...
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    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 05:12 PM
    There's a new Unearthed Arcana up from Keith Baker, Ruty Rutenberg, and Ben Petrisor -- "This month's Unearthed Arcana looks at the magic items that are part of everyday life in the world of Eberron. Arcane focuses, enchanted clothing, warforged components, and more are all common sights for the citizens of the Five Nations." The material in this month's Unearthed Arcana also appears...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 04:06 PM
    I didn't know who she was before she appeared in Doctor Who. Not really the sort of music I tend to be around!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 11:14 AM
    I'm not super clear what this is. Is it an adventure combined with a comic? If so, that sounds quite cool.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 10:50 AM
    The actor. I associate him with daytime quiz shows. I’m sure my perception will change over the coming weeks.
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 10:13 PM
    Daleks lose their potency when they're defeated twice a year.
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 11:35 AM
    The ZEITGEIST adventure path continues over on EN5ider! Conspiracy, dwarven assassins, rogue fey lords, and a haunted mountain! A conspiracy has woven itself firmly into the dark underbelly of the city of Flint. The Royal Homeland Constabulary (RHC) has learned of its existence and knows it has a base beneath the haunted mountain named Cauldron Hill. Now at the king’s command it is time to rip...
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 11:19 AM
    Sure, just put it in the Older Editions forum.
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 11:18 AM
    I would love to see how the countdown option works in practice.
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 10:40 AM
    Technically no, as you don't get it until later, but if the GM were to allow it I don't think it would break anything.
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    Monday, 8th October, 2018, 12:06 AM
    The initial new-Doctor monsters are always a bit throw-away. Eccleston -- wheelie bins and a puddle of ooze Tennant -- pyjamas, sleeps all episode, then sword fighting an alien leader (the best of the intros, I guess) Smith -- a big eyeball who runs away when he says who he is Capaldi -- I can't even remember!
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    Sunday, 7th October, 2018, 10:49 PM
    I never like the new Doctor amnesia stuff. But she was great. She's closest to Tennant, if I were to compare her to previous Doctors, but I'm sure she'll put her own solid stamp on it soon enough. Loved the old school 60s/70s style theme tune. Still not sold on Bradley Walsh.
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    Sunday, 7th October, 2018, 07:26 PM
    DOWNVOTES ARE THREE. Banshee 25 Bodak 9 Bone Naga 20 Boneclaw 20 Death Knight 19 Death Tyrant 10 Deathlock 12 Demilich 22
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Saturday, 12th May, 2018


Thursday, 18th January, 2018

  • 05:39 PM - Gradine mentioned Piratecat in post Capers – A Super-Powered Game of 1920s Gangsters
    I'm not gonna lie, this sounds pretty damn awesome. The artwork in particular seems super evocative. And having read/watched some of the Dread adventures Piratecat has done, I'm all the more interested in a product he's put some work into.

Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017


Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

  • 04:49 PM - Joshua Randall mentioned Piratecat in post Secret GM Notes
    Due credit to Piratecat for this one: In his 3e adventure Of Sound Mind, there's a section where the characters each have scary dreams caused by the big bad. The advice is to hand each player a paper with their character's dream on it, give them 30-60 seconds to read it, and then take the paper away -- to simulate how hard it is to remember dreams when you wake up. I did this and the players' minds were BLOWN. Some of them attempted to recount their characters' dreams (with hilarious, to me, mistakes) while one player utterly refused to discuss his dream because he / his character was so disturbed. Great technique and one I highly recommend as a one-off. (You really can't use it more than once.) = = = = = Different group. High level (17th level) 3e party traveling the Astral Plane en route to plot location. They come across a mind flayer and his (strong) group of thralls and (wisely) don't immediately attack. I (the DM) have the mind flayer begin bantering with the PCs, inquiring where th...

Tuesday, 10th October, 2017


Thursday, 4th May, 2017

  • 04:19 AM - Henry mentioned Piratecat in post Traveling The Black Seas of Infinity With The Call Of Cthulhu RPG
    Ditto to trystero 's remarks - i own CoC 4th through 7th editions, and with a few minor exceptions they are 90% the same in rules content. The core mechanic hasn't really changed, even less so than D&D, and Piratecat who used to frequent these forums said once that CoC was a game so simple he actually ran games of it before he even read a copy of the rules. :) As for 7th edition, I have yet to have a chance to run it, but I look forward to, it has a number of new neat rules (the chase rules, the pushing mechanic, minor changes to combat options, the advantage mechanic, etc.) that I think will only add to the fun.

Saturday, 31st December, 2016


Thursday, 29th December, 2016

  • 08:07 AM - Knightfall mentioned Piratecat in post Hexographer Map for P'Cat's Spira
    I had an inch to create something new using Hexographer and this map i what came out. A while ago, Piratecat sent me four parts of a map that was entitled Gauntian Map. I had asked him if he had such maps, as he used for Defenders of Daybreak. I ended up creating a Campaign Cartographer 2 map using those maps and a couple of others he sent me, but I was never really happy with the result. This map turned out a lot better, IMO. I've tried to stay true to his vision but I did add a few ideas of my own, especially for the regions of the map that were filled with nothing but wide-open expanses. (For example, I assumed the lands south of the Godshelf are supposed to be mainly desert.) I'm sure there are parts I got wrong, but was a fun little project nonetheless. Cheers! KF p.s. The reason the bottom of the map is blank is because the maps I had only reached so far when enlarged as underlays in Hexographer. In the free version, I can't remove rows or columns. Now, if Pcat wants to give me some ideas to help fill in that region, I'm up for it. I'm already assuming that he'll have som...

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016

  • 02:42 PM - Mercule mentioned Piratecat in post Dragonborn reproduction - eggs or live young?
    OK. I was going to pop in and say "marsupials" but Piratecat beat me to it. So, I'll give an honest answer. Note: This is all me not caring about canon and just going with what works, for me. Dragonborn are of the humanoid type, but biologically* of the dragon class (much like lizardfolk are humanoids of the reptile class). The dragon class doesn't exist on Earth, but is a peer of mammal, reptile, etc. and combines traits of both mammals and reptiles. Notable characteristics include warm-bloodedness, egg-laying, and having both hair and scales. Though there may be outliers, they do not nurse their young or have mammaries or mammary-like structures. * Note: I'm not a biology expert. I don't actually care about getting the details right, just close enough to move on with playing a game.

Saturday, 8th October, 2016

  • 02:16 AM - Imhotepthewise mentioned Piratecat in post Iron DM 2016 (The Complete Game Thread!)
    ... honored to be found worthy of moving forward out of the first round. GuardianLurker is a tough opponent. I feel lucky to have inched ahead of him. As you say, the 750 word count is brutal. I cite that as the reason some of the sentences in my entry are not quite all there. Hizzhonor the judge Iron Sky zoomed right in on the sentence I found to be the weakest in the writeup. I delight in finding reasons to use real world places for adventures. I have known about the Kentucky Bend for some time now, and am glad this entry gave me a chance to work with it. The percentages of back story to adventure is something I have been criticized hard for in previous entries. I fought hard to avoid a railroad adventure. Like GuardianLurker, I could have used more word space to flesh out the backstory so I could make a better adventure. As to the adventure, I wanted to offer the PCs choices. I started DMing in 1979 as a “No!” DM running very linear adventures. Today, thanks to Piratecat and Dungeon World, I am a “Yes!” and a “what do you do?” gamemaster, letting the characters lead the story. As to the ingredients (I am soooo happy I did not draw the Pink Socks!): Hungry Darkness is Belle, who I saw as a not so powerful vampire as very smart and crafty. She’s in it for the long haul, not seeing an easy way out the fix she is in. Not so interested in making a meal of Preacher, because it is too much effort to take down a holy man when there was easier prey around. Doomsayer is Preacher, who I saw as a con artist trying to survive in a bad spot. Not a spellcaster, holy man, or even physically threatening, he took on a persona he knew would make him interesting as food. The holy book, chosen for its looks not its content (any one see city street preachers and their well worn bibles?) is only part of his costume. Belle doesn’t bother to check its potency, and the lesser vampires assume since she doesn’t attack him they sho...

Saturday, 1st October, 2016

  • 04:34 PM - Rune mentioned Piratecat in post IRON DM 2016! (Sign-up and Scheduling)
    I know it's a long-shot, but I'm going to shout out to some heavy-hitters from days of yore: el-remmen, Wulf Ratbane, seasong, incognito, Enkhidu, Quickbeam, ajanders, Pour, Plane Sailing, Piratecat One more slot to compete in IRON DM 2016! Step right up!

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Friday, 11th December, 2015

  • 10:16 PM - Janx mentioned Piratecat in post Failing Forward
    ...GM shouldn't let there be a hat shop" and a "yes he should let there be a hat shop" reason. That's pretty much a road block. The GM needs to answer the question of "is there a hat shop" or not, so in the presence of two conflicting arguments of relatively equal merit, he still has to make a decision for which those reasons don't resolve it for him one way or the other. If the GM has truly mapped the entire town, he can simply defer to the map. It's not his decision at all, other than the choice he made earlier during the map making process to put one in there or not. But then, that might have been an oversight, as he made a mistake and didn't think of hat shops as a possibility. So now we're second guessing his prior decision making skills, which might have been a random town generator that simply lacked the option for a hat shop, in which case, no town in his world has a hat shop, despite it being a reasonable possibility. I would say this, from what I can tell online, Piratecat is a famously excellent GM who improvises a lot. Thus the quote "You want there to be a haberdasher, which means you have something awesome in mind, so there's totally a haberdasher there for you." would not be a violation of his duty, because it is exactly what his players should expect from him to make his game excellent (for those who enjoy his style of game).* Thus, a value judgement of "saying Yes to enable awesome is Wrong" as per your examples can be invalidated as being subjective, based on the kind of GM/game style being run. I do think that "being fair" is generally valued across all players, so the argument for saying "no" with the intention to always block the players is generally a bad thing because it violates the fairness (and thus Trust) guideline. So what's GM to do? I suspect the guidance for a GM to the question of "Is there a haberdasher nearby" is to answer Maybe, or Yes in most cases. Yes is for GMs who favor an Improv style where there rule in imp...

Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

  • 11:31 PM - Umbran mentioned Piratecat in post Why Aren't Designers Using The GUMSHOE System?
    Piratecat is about to put out Timewatch. So, there's one designer using it. I think, however, that you overestimate how many games are really published at all. By my count there are already 7 GUMSHOE games out there, and Timewatch will make 8. How many more systems do you really expect there to be using one system core? To answer the question, we should note that GUMSHOE is really designed to handle mystery/investigation/procedural style games. It is at its best when you have a "problem/mystery of the week" kind of adventure design. It doesn't do dungeon crawling well, for example, and isn't designed for particularly rules-detail-heavy combat. All in all, it is a system that does what it does pretty well (I'm about to use Ashen Stars for a campaign for my group), but what it does isn't necessarily what everyone wants to do. And that's okay.

Friday, 13th November, 2015

  • 03:36 PM - Umbran mentioned Piratecat in post Prophecy and Visions
    I have all kinds of ideas about that with alt-history/time travel/prophecy stuff... Imagine if a time traveler went back to show Adolph Hitler & his parents the consequences of his future actions and how he is remembered, a la "A Christmas Carol". Does the vision of the future- assuming they believe what they have witnessed- change anything? Ask Piratecat, author of Timewatch. :)

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Thursday, 20th December, 2012

  • 08:35 AM - Knightfall mentioned Piratecat in post Which of my continents do you want more information about?
    This blog post is for Piratecat and Psion... Voted! FYI... I've been doing some revising of the continent map for Janardûn. I think I'm nearly finished revising rivers and tweaking terrain. Once it's finalized, I will upload the revised map to the campaign group and link it to the wiki. But, if you want something relatively new regarding then read this snippet that I posted over on The Piazza back in August. Janardûn has always been a challenge for me to move forward with. Trying to come up with a solid premise for such an isolated land that is dominated by psionics has always seemed to allude me. There is very written about it that isn't already on my (old) wikipage or on the old EN World thread. And some of the info on that thread is a bit out of date, especially the deity information. The concept of psionic knights is an important one for the continent. In some ways, the Insightful Order of the Republic is to Janardûn what Jedi Knights are to the Star Wars universe. But that is rough comparison, at be...


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Friday, 30th March, 2018

  • 03:23 AM - quoted Piratecat in post Game Mechanics And Player Agency
    Part of the secret is buy-in. Games like The Dying Earth or Skulduggery are based around the idea of convincing people to stuff they wouldn't want, and there's a huge amount of laughter that comes from that. You have to know how it works going in, though. I think these are the two most important takeaways from all this discussion. If players come into a game knowing how it runs, they're going to know that sometimes they'll be on the receiving end. But knowing how it runs also means sometimes you'll be on the dealing side. As long as you're willing to role with the rolls then there really isn't a problem. And frankly, most of the time when an NPC is trying to convince you to do something, what's really going on is the DM is trying to move the game forward. I for one like to be a good little fishy and bite all the hooks.

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017

  • 05:52 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Piratecat in post What are your rules for classic swords and sorcery?
    is slow sorcery just plain incompatible with fun in a RPG when you tie player characters into it? I see a risk of "You guys go adventure. We'll be sprinking powders and chanting for the next few days." that I think everyone would want to avoid. For any clearly un-fun thing that an RPG might offer, there's somebody who thinks it'd be fun. ;) Something that's slow is a question of logistics. Is there time to do the ritual? OK, we do the ritual, if there's no problems, after that we continue on. Sure, if there's a ritual that needs to be done while something more exciting is going on, or a ritual that needs to be stopped by doing something exciting, the hero (and thus, generally, the PCs) should be doing the exciting bits. OTOH, if the ritual culminates in some excitement, like the quasi-resurrection in Conan the Barbarian, or if the everyone participates in the ritual and you just move to the next thing, that's fine. I also think it's fine to have background magical powers that are e...
  • 02:20 PM - Dioltach quoted Piratecat in post What are your rules for classic swords and sorcery?
    A related question, to Johnny3D3D above: is slow sorcery just plain incompatible with fun in a RPG when you tie player characters into it? I see a risk of "You guys go adventure. We'll be sprinking powders and chanting for the next few days." that I think everyone would want to avoid. I think that issue is tied to the fact that in classic S&S magic is used mostly by the bad guys, or for non-combat healing. I seem to recall the Grey Mouser casting some spells, but only using charms and scrolls, am I right?

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 11:33 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Piratecat in post What are your rules for classic swords and sorcery?
    I'm currently writing a new Fafhrd-and-the-Gray-Mouser-style sword and sorcery game My initial though on reading the thread title was "why use Gumshoe for S&S?" After reading this far, it's "Oh, duh, of course..." ;) That sound like it could be just awesome. , and in doing so I've written up my core tenets of "this is what I want sword and sorcery to be." I'm really curious, though. When you think back to Conan, Elric, etc... what defines swords and sorcery for you?Well, there's a hero who uses a sword, and a villain that uses sorcery, and at the end, there's a hero who uses a sword. ;P

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

  • 02:50 AM - Manbearcat quoted Piratecat in post Congratulations to the 2017 ENnie Award Nominees!
    A quick glance at the website shows that it didn't start shipping until about mid-May. Products had to have been published by April 30th, 2017 to be eligible. Blades in the Dark is eligible for next year, should they choose to submit it. Figured that was the case (right on the cusp of eligibility). Thank you. Much appreciated. I sure hope he does; it's superb. Absolutely!

Friday, 7th July, 2017


Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

  • 10:53 AM - Silver Moon quoted Piratecat in post Where are all the great spy RPGs?
    Night's Black Agents is an astonishingly good spy game. Toss the supernatural aspect if it isn't to your taste; either way, I find it ridiculously fun in a way that Spycraft just couldn't reach for me. I will have to try that one. Big fan of spy stories, but most don't work well for RPG's for reasons already stated (largely individual vs. team play). I played Top Secret back in the late 80's and early 90's and found it clunky. I found that D20 Modern seemed to work pretty well as a game system for spy stories.

Sunday, 25th June, 2017

  • 10:15 PM - Egg Embry quoted Piratecat in post Owlbears, Comic Sans, and Goblins in Space: A Look At Free RPG Day Offerings
    ...of TimeWatch to play this mission. You’ll also need a pencil and a d6 for each player, and some poker chips (or coins, or glass beads) for use as action points. Six fast-start TimeWatch Agents customized to the mission are included, or you can easily use Agents that your players create themselves. ---- And here are the correct Investigative abilities for the PCs: OCHOA: All bolded abilities are rank 1. QUILL: All bolded abilities are rank 1 except for Research (rank 2). Hacking (rank 2), Notice (rank 2), and Science! (rank 3). COL. THOMAS BLOOD: All bolded abilities are rank 1 except for Charm (rank 2) and Streetwise (rank 2). JULIE D'AUBIGNY: All bolded abilities are rank 1 except for Military Tactics (rank 2), Charm (rank 3), and High Society (rank 2). ROGO: All bolded abilities are rank 1 except for Military Tactics (rank 2), Timecraft (rank 2), Intimidation (rank 3), and Taunt (rank 2). HEELER: All bolded abilities are rank 1 except for Medical Expertise which is rank 3. PirateCat- Thank you for the quick response and errata. The introduction you shared gives a good sense of the adventure and what to expect. I appreciate you taking the time to provide it here. :) Thanks Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer Check out EN World Gaming at the Kids’ Table posts to read reviews of The FirstFable RPG, Monster Slayers, and Mouse Tails

Sunday, 4th June, 2017

  • 02:56 PM - aramis erak quoted Piratecat in post Who's the king of licenses?
    I feel so ignorant around licenses. Does anyone have an idea of what a license might cost, in round numbers? And I know it varies tremendously by license, but I'm definitely curious. Varies widely, but I'm aware the star wars license is in the 6-7 figure range upfront cost. Some are way less - in the low 4 figures for some. Those were licenses of game A to game B, where Game A was not a big seller, but had a fanbase. Further, most have had a profit share component in addition.

Tuesday, 30th May, 2017

  • 08:21 PM - Morrus quoted Piratecat in post Who's the king of licenses?
    I feel so ignorant around licenses. Does anyone have an idea of what a license might cost, in round numbers? And I know it varies tremendously by license, but I'm definitely curious. Definitely varies. Usually a royalty rate with an advance/guarantee (often annually) against those royalties for a fixed period, often about 3 years-ish.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

  • 09:20 PM - Jer quoted Piratecat in post Do magic missiles automatically hit
    I once repackaged a beholder as nearly a dozen dead wizards necromantically sewn together into a single levitating arcane golem's body, heads and arms sprouting off the torso at weird angles, each with wands or a hand to cast with. Completely freaked them out. To be fair, I'm just reading it in a forum post and it has ME freaked out...

Tuesday, 29th December, 2015

  • 12:22 AM - KlumsyK quoted Piratecat in post Use Magic Device for rogues
    Hey Curt, what if you're a rogue with the "use magical ability" feature (that I'm sure I'm totally misremembering the correct name of)? Hey I found a thread that answers this question specifically! unfortunately i cant post in the link because Im a new user. this is what is said: An exception to the rule is the Use Magic Device feature of the 13th-level or higher Thief (Roguish Archetype): "You ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of magic items." D&D 5e designer Jeremy Crawford clarified, "The intent is that Use Magic Device does allow a rogue to try to use a scroll."

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015

  • 11:42 PM - Random221B quoted Piratecat in post [Dread] Jenga beat up my dice! My results from the indie horror RPG.
    Hey, this thread is eight years old! And I STILL love this game. Want to see me run it? I filmed a time travel-themed horror game for the website Gamers With Jobs, running Dread for 5 exceptional players. Here's part one: http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/120154 Just watched this whole thing, and I really enjoyed it. All the players were great, but Jason and Dr. Clark were both particularly killing me. "I've never been in space before, do whatever it is you do. Space darts, f-ing space poison, I don't give a $#!+." :lol: The confessional was particularly interesting. I know you've mentioned it in this thread before, but I can't remember the specifics, and don't have the time or mental fortitude to go back through the whole thread looking, so do you mind if I ask about it? From what I could tell, people could make a reality-show-style "confession" in place of making a pull. but are there any limitations on when or how often they can do that? I realize good players aren't goi...

Thursday, 28th May, 2015

  • 06:23 PM - TarionzCousin quoted Piratecat in post [Dread] Jenga beat up my dice! My results from the indie horror RPG.
    Hey, this thread is eight years old! And I STILL love this game. Upon seeing this thread pop up again, my first thought was "Spam has necromanced another old thread." But then I remembered that people periodically post their Dread game experiences here. Now I have hours (three hours?) of gaming to watch. http://www.circvsmaximvs.com/forum/images/smilies/curses.gif
  • 11:20 AM - Nytmare quoted Piratecat in post Array v 4d6: Punishment? Or overlooked data
    Last time my wife's dice acted up, she lined them up and drilled through one of them with a power drill while the others watched. Sometimes you have to set an example. It worked. When I was in college, one of the players in our circle of friends (*sigh* a math major) made a habit of "storing" all of his dice out on his desk, according to what game they were meant to be played in, and what task they were meant to be used for, with the number he wanted to roll face down towards the table. His argument was that statistically speaking, since each side had the same probability of ending up face up, he was "using up" all the low rolls by keeping them out this way. Oddly enough he changed majors during his sophomore year. Unfortunately, he became a medical doctor.

Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

  • 07:11 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Piratecat in post So, you're hit by a graveyard...
    Oh, that's so much better than the half-assed version I cobbled together last night! We still had a great time, but I'll be saving this for use later. I love it. Ah! Sorry I missed the deadline, boss, but if you've got another project for me, I'll do better next time. ;) Glad it was awesome, that's obviously the key. :)
  • 02:14 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Piratecat in post So, you're hit by a graveyard...
    Corpse gatherer -- that's the one! Time to convert that bad boy... Conversion of the Corpse Gatherer you say? --->YOU RANG?!<--- http://media.tumblr.com/ff763c2c24005d8cd21f60832a5a3b21/tumblr_inline_mm7y8y0e151qz4rgp.gif (that's a link to a pdf containing a conversion, BTW).

Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

  • 08:16 PM - FormerlyHemlock quoted Piratecat in post So, you're hit by a graveyard...
    There was a great undead 3e monster that was effectively an ambulatory graveyard -- gravestones sticking out of it, barfing out skeletons, that sort of thing. Anyone remember which monster that was, and (more importantly) know of a 5e conversion of it? Thanks! This isn't a 3E monster, so not what you're looking for, but check out AD&D's Living Wall. (Ravenloft.) http://scibbe.com/?p=468 Oh, as far as conversion goes, that's easy: just give it the same stats as all the creatures inside of it. If it's 30 orcs and a beholder hive queen, that means 30 melee attacks and a bunch of random eye powers--and the sum of all their HP. The monster is mostly horrific background fluff, not crunch.

Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

  • 07:54 PM - Middle Snu quoted Piratecat in post [Dread] Jenga beat up my dice! My results from the indie horror RPG.
    Hey, this thread is eight years old! And I STILL love this game. Want to see me run it? I filmed a time travel-themed horror game for the website Gamers With Jobs, running Dread for 5 exceptional players. Here's part one: http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/120154 Maybe this is the sort of message that should be reserved for a private message, but I just wanted to share: That recording is AWESOME. Seriously, you did an amazing job (and had a great bunch of players!). Watching it was just a darn good use of two hours (so far - still waiting on part 3.) Before I watched the video, I don't think I ever 'got' Dread - how can you have a game where any action is discretionary? Where there are only one mechanic? Maybe I was just too set in the "D&D" style of roleplaying. Anyway, I'm eagerly awaiting Part 3 - and running my own Dread game!

Friday, 1st May, 2015

  • 08:38 AM - mythago quoted Piratecat in post [Dread] Jenga beat up my dice! My results from the indie horror RPG.
    I love Dead Man walking. I once used it in a game where the PCs were down in Mexico, being hunted around an island resort by a madman. Some of the PCs were huddled around a tiki torch for light, when something rolled in out of the darkness. "What is it?" asked one player, whose PC was up at the cabins. "IT'S YOUR HEAD," I said. She'd completely forgotten that she'd knocked down the tower earlier, and it freaked everyone out wonderfully. I beg to differ, sir! It is you who are most vexingly located on the opposite coast! Eunomiac, I love when players do that. I think my favorite in the 'pure atmosphere' category was the player who, in response to "You wish you could go back and apologize for what you did; why can’t you?" replied with Well, they're all dead now, aren't they. Er. Also, a Dread book recommendation: Bait. It's a little uneven as a book, but I was sick that I hadn't thought of the book's premise as a Dread game: A group of heroin addicts, none of whom know each other, wake up on ...


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