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Monday, 8th February, 2016

  • 06:00 PM - innerdude mentioned Holy Bovine in post Fishing for a new system
    Holy Bovine --- Of the self-professed "Savages" on the board, I've had interactions with amerigoV, Azgulor, Zadmar, scourger, and a few others I can't recall off the top of my head. I'm sure if you private messaged any of us asking questions, we'd be more than willing to help. I'm sure there are other fans out there too, I just haven't directly interacted with them. :)

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Saturday, 20th February, 2016

  • 11:36 PM - Mortellan quoted Holy Bovine in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Now show how that high level 3E fighter with 4 attacks per round screws up 4 times as often as Bob the 1st level warrior. Fumble rules just screw over exceptional PCs, glad we never used them. In my experience, fumble rules keep fighters with 4 attacks honest. I've seen plenty of min/maxed fighters never miss a swing except on 1's. Should all their misses be fumbles? Probably not, but short of battling gods and dragons it is the only means of making some fights a challenge. I've played too much Warhammer to relish playing a battle that is mathematically over after initiative is rolled.

Friday, 19th February, 2016

  • 03:37 PM - Celebrim quoted Holy Bovine in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Now show how that high level 3E fighter with 4 attacks per round screws up 4 times as often as Bob the 1st level warrior. Fumble rules just screw over exceptional PCs, glad we never used them. Fumble rules do screw the PC's, but not for the reason you cite. You have in your mind a particular implementation of fumble rules, but that isn't the only way to organize them. Consider the way criticals are handled in 3e. Normally, you critical only when you throw a 20 on an attack roll. But you don't automatically critical. You only threaten to critical on a 20. Your chance of actually hitting after throwing a 20 depends on your attack bonus. The more likely you are to hit, the more likely you are to critical. Moreover, as you increase in skill and a level, your expected chance of achieving a critical tends to increase as well. You start threatening to critical on a 19 or 20. Some of my player's character threaten to critical on a 12+ and basically miss only on a 2+. A true mook would on...

Monday, 8th February, 2016

  • 09:50 PM - Matchstick quoted Holy Bovine in post Fishing for a new system
    Not to hijack the OPs thread or anything but I am looking into Savage Worlds - where does this cadre of players/GMs hang out? I can help out too if you have any questions, in addition to the above volunteers. I've run 50 Fathoms, Iron Dynasty, Ghostbusters, and other stuff using Savage Worlds (all online with Fantasy Grounds) and had a great time. I don't post a lot, but I'm up here on the Forums almost every day. :) Savage Worlds was my first reaction to the OP as well. There are so many possibilities for setting that with SW you can run some one-shots, or one-arcs, in many different settings just to have fun and learn the system, and then if everyone is going good you can start looking for a longer term campaign setting. The Pinnacle boards are indeed a great forum, and I've found the Google+ Savage Worlds community to be fantastic.
  • 07:48 PM - quoted Holy Bovine in post Fishing for a new system
    Not to hijack the OPs thread or anything but I am looking into Savage Worlds - where does this cadre of players/GMs hang out? Go here: http://www.pegforum.com/index.php Nicest and most helpful folk on the Interwebs, IMO. Otherwise, PM me if you have questions.

Friday, 4th July, 2014

  • 03:15 PM - DDNFan quoted Holy Bovine in post DAOM IS DEAD DEAD DEAD!!!!
    Well at least you're staying classy about it and not crowing like you cured cancer or something actually important.:hmm: My happiness is important to me. I have no doubt that you couldn't care less, because if you were being honest, you could use the cancer card to silence anyone on this website talking about D&D. It's not important! Go out and cure cancer!! If you don't do that you're wasting your life!

Sunday, 22nd June, 2014

  • 01:16 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Holy Bovine in post Collectors series miniatures
    99% of painters I know would take these on just for the joy and challenge of painting them. As others have said the price is on the high end of normal for resin minis but if you don't like painting you won't get any value out of these (of course you also won't have a sweet Illithid Hunting Party or bad-ass Lloth figure either!) Yeah, these sculpts look absolutely superb. Real top quality stuff. Can't complain about the quality at all.
  • 01:16 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Holy Bovine in post Collectors series miniatures
    Double post.

Friday, 20th June, 2014

  • 03:36 PM - jodyjohnson quoted Holy Bovine in post Collectors series miniatures
    Some of these seem a little high ($20 for a single tiefling) but others look like a good deal (Lloth and that Illithid Hunting Party especially). The detail level is amazing (as expected with resin) I just wonder how easy assembly is - that was always a killer for me - my thick clumsy fingers can barely handle a paint brush. Small delicate pieces just distergrate in my hands it seems :( Tiefling is 2 figures. Farideh and a demon/devil of some kind. Normally they are $10 per medium figure. The $50 figures are usually huge.
  • 01:03 PM - Zander quoted Holy Bovine in post Collectors series miniatures
    I would think postage costs and wait time for delivery would be much higher than public transit and a 90 minute drive. About the postage cost, I'm not so sure. I don't know how much GF9 charge for delivery, but these sets are plastic so probably don't weigh that much. Duty, VAT and the Post Office's additional £8 charge could make it quite expensive but if it slips through without having to pay duty/VAT/PO charges which is entirely possible and GF9 sends at cost, it could be less than the £10+ it costs to cross London and back by public transport. In terms of time, of course, you'd have to wait longer than 180 minutes (= 90 there + 90 back) for your order to arrive. But online ordering only takes a few minutes so the buyer's time expenditure is small compared to going to one of the stores. Also can't any store petition GF9 to sell to them? I mean - why wouldn't GF9 want to sell to as many people as possible? Don't know. It could be an exclusivity deal, i.e. GF9 promises that no store withi...
  • 12:50 PM - Ruin Explorer quoted Holy Bovine in post Collectors series miniatures
    I would think postage costs and wait time for delivery would be much higher than public transit and a 90 minute drive. Oh, Americans... postage costs in the UK are very frequently much lower than long journeys on public transport in London, especially when you factor in going there AND back again. I mean, most places are going to charge anywhere between £0 and about £8 for postage if it's not some huge heavy thing, and even then, if it's an expensive (i.e. £50, which is about $85 right now), it's very likely postage will be free. Even next-day delivery is often in the single-digit £ range (and again, sometimes free on expensive purchases). Whereas travelling to say, Leisure Games for me (no idea if they're stocking it, just mentioning them as they're a premier London games shop), would take about 90 minutes each way (so 3hrs total minimum) AND cost, well, somewhere north of £10, there and back again (hilariously, even when I lived far nearer to LG, physically, like several miles, the jour...

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

  • 03:48 PM - thalmin quoted Holy Bovine in post Starter Set Excerpt 2 -- Equipment
    Once you accept that a dragon can have a mound of gold big enough to sleep on it really doesn't matter anymore. And they sleep on the gold because it enhances their magical abilities!:)

Friday, 6th June, 2014

  • 06:15 AM - Mishihari Lord quoted Holy Bovine in post 5e Tieflings and Dragonborn
    Why would cultural biases in a fantasy game be such a problem? Most of the games I've run or played in have had some kind of cultural bias as a potential source of conflict. I just don't understand why it would be considered a 'sticky' subject where as bias based on physical differences is just fine. Anyways I am very happy to see the list of races presented and to know that each race has *at least* 2 sub-races is going to make for a big variety of racial types right out of the starting gate. C'Mon August! Sad to say, but it is. I like the idea of people of different cultures being different, but any time the topic even comes up on the board there's arguments and drama.

Thursday, 5th June, 2014

  • 02:31 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Holy Bovine in post 5e Tieflings and Dragonborn
    Why would cultural biases in a fantasy game be such a problem? Most of the games I've run or played in have had some kind of cultural bias as a potential source of conflict. I just don't understand why it would be considered a 'sticky' subject where as bias based on physical differences is just fine. It's iffy to hard-code them into character creation in a similar way to how it's iffy to hard-code possible gender differences into character creation. It's one thing to have differences and biases in your game, especially among fantastic creatures that never existed, it's quite another to say, "Oh, humans in this fantasy world are basically like humans here in the real world, and if you're not from a city, you CANNOT be as intelligent as someone who is," because that isn't how human beings or intelligence actually works. There's quite a bit of literature and conversation if you want to dig into it, especially in the land of video games, since it interfaces with things like avatar creation, self...

Saturday, 24th May, 2014

  • 08:07 PM - Tequila Sunrise quoted Holy Bovine in post Why I'm Buying the Starter Set
    Mike Mearls says the staggered release format (same as they did with the original 3E) is to try and make sure that doesn't happen this time. Trying to edit 500+ pages of PHB/MM/DMG is too taxing for the RPG department. Thanks for the info! Quality control is an admirable goal, but this info does beg the question "Why not release everything in November to allow for that much more quality control?" I guess they rightly figure that many gamers want their bits and pieces of the game right now. This thread has been very enlightening. Just be glad you aren't waiting the 2 years between the 1E AD&D MM (yeah it was first in 1977) and the DMG (they shoehorned the PHB in the middle there somewhere). Hm, maybe this is another subtle appeal to what D&D feels like. "Psst, 40+ year old gamers! 5e is just like the D&D from your childhood, right down to the staggered release schedule!" ;)
  • 04:04 PM - Mistwell quoted Holy Bovine in post 5E PHB on Amazon $30 Pre-Order
    Hit close to the heart did he?:D It can be both.

Wednesday, 19th March, 2014


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Wednesday, 31st July, 2013

  • 08:35 AM - delericho quoted Holy Bovine in post How will the Doom Kickstarter fraud scandal affect future Kickstarters?
    The 3 projects I have backed were all from established companies whose products I had purchased in the past and will do so again in the future... Yep. I've only ever backed one KS (rebuilding this site), and don't really expect to back any others. If I were to back one, it would be something like Reaper Bones - a project from a reputable business to do some specific task. (Only problem with Reaper Bones was that I actively don't want hundreds of unpainted models sent to me all at once!) The way I see it, Kickstarter fills two roles that I see as valuable. It allows someone without corporation-style budgets but with a solid idea and plan... But it's also useful for generating venture capital, which has inherent risks of loss, for R&D projects that may not pan out... Yes to both. There's also a third use that I can see: as a gauge of customer demand. Let's face it: gamers are much more likely to demand "a book on X" than we are to actually buy that book, at least in many cases. But by using Kic...
  • 07:36 AM - billd91 quoted Holy Bovine in post How will the Doom Kickstarter fraud scandal affect future Kickstarters?
    For me this is already a reality. It was from the moment I heard of Kickstarter. I really could not ever see myself giving money to a small, independent publisher/artist/inventor etc. well...ever. The 3 projects I have backed were all from established companies whose products I had purchased in the past and will do so again in the future. I idea of giving money to some guy in his garage with 'an idea' makes me shake my head in disbelief. I just couldn't ever do it. The way I see it, Kickstarter fills two roles that I see as valuable. It allows someone without corporation-style budgets but with a solid idea and plan, like Rich Burlew reprinting some Order of the Stick books, the scratch necessary to achieve relatively simple goals (pay for a number of big print runs). That's the order fulfillment side of Kickstarter and, for small companies and independents, I think it's totally legit. But it's also useful for generating venture capital, which has inherent risks of loss, for R&D projects tha...


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