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    Today, 02:39 AM
    I was going to make this post in the Original Misbegotten waif thread erroneously started by moi, but it was closed some time ago. So, anyway, I think I really want to start a 5E D&D game of a sandbox nature, because I have virtually no ideas about what I want the game to be. So in theory, the players could set the agenda for the game, but it would really work better if there was some...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In don’t think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. It’s you as a gamer.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotC’s goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:19 AM
    I’ve seen you randomly bring up your personal politics in the form of MRAs in two threads (that I’ve noticed) in the last couple of days. Not sure why. Please don’t do that. This isn’t the place.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Wow! That's quite impressive! Are the career paths completely random generated?
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 01:20 PM
    That is going to be awesome. Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    D&D books are a lot like buses. You wait ages for one, and then suddenly two are released on the same day! Anyway, today's the day that Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage hit game stores, so this is your reminder to head on down to your friendly (or not so friendly) local (or not so local) game store and grab your copies! They'll hit Amazon and other stores on...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:38 AM
    In this week's episode, Morrus and Peter are joined by guests Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor to talk about their roleplaying game Spire and the sourcebook currently on Kickstarter, Strata. In the news, we have more previews of Dungeon of the Mad Mage, more details on RPGSports, a statement from Wizards of the Coast’s president on the state of Dungeons & Dragons, a tease of a new setting, a new...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Rodney Thompson. You may remember him from such games as Star Wars Saga Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition, and Dusk City Outlaws (to name just a few). He's back with a new superhero RPG, Spectaculars, and he's been kind enough to send me along an exclusive preview of the game! I backed Dusk City Outlaws on Kickstarter, and was super-pleased when it arrived....
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you! :)
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 02:45 PM
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Instructions are in first post. :)
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    I make that 14 DEFENSE. 3d6 is 11. 4d6 is 14. SOAK and DEFENCE are two different things. DEFENCE is how hard it is to hit you. SOAK is how much damage your armour lets you ignore.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:07 PM
    The theme of the campaign is industry vs magic. I feel that removing either of those things pretty much guts the campaign.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:41 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:31 PM
    It should be on DTRPG and RPGNow soon too!
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 01:57 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 12:50 PM
    At 150m households worldwide, I don’t think Netflix counts as a limited audience any more. In the last few years it’s grown into one of the most watched media outlets on the planet. Give it another few years, I reckon it will dwarf even the largest regular networks.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:52 AM
    As the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage closes in (Friday!), here's a quick roundup of all the previews which have snuck out of WotC HQ over the last few weeks! Take a peek at these images from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, as featured on Fantasy Grounds. There is the start of level 19 from Waterdeep: DotMM. It involves a crashed Spelljammer, where the crew is...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:51 PM
    Even if you were supposed to roll it, how did you manage to roll 48 on 6d6?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:17 PM
    Yikes. No, you don't roll it. Your SPEED is 6: 3(d6) + 2(d6) + 1(d6). it's the *size* of your dice pool, not a roll of your dice pool. Your CLIMB is 3 (half your SPEED without the running added on, rounded up).
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 08:19 PM
    That shouldn't be there. It's an old mechanic which didn't make it into the final version of the WOIN rules. I'll note it as errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:34 PM
    It means write it down, yep. The exploit itself will tell you about any usage restrictions, if there are any. Hmm. Where does it say that? That looks like a minor errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 01:18 PM
    I wasn’t a fan of this episode. The monster reminded me of the Slitheen, and the self destruct unit you can just pick up and chuck out the window seemed rather pointless. It was basically ... serviceable filler, I guess.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 12:35 PM
    The conspiracy continues in Flint's dark underbelly. Now at the king’s command it is time for the Royal Homeland Constabulary to rip this threat from its shadowy womb beneath the haunted mountain named Cauldron Hill and thrust it into the light of day. While they pursue that mission, two other forces are at work in Flint: a cult of dwarven assassins who want to disrupt a peace summit,...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    Silverhair, might I suggest you invest a little more into these marketing threads than just a url and list of numbers? I can’t imagine you’re getting much benefit from these?
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:32 PM
    I'm pretty sure torturing people is the *end* of the road to evil, not the start. The start is, like, shoplifting or something. I can't think of much worse you can do to an individual than torture them.
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 02:02 PM
    That’s what an evil person would say!
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 01:22 AM
    Yeah, these aren’t legal documents to be poured over for exact semantic meaning.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart, while speaking on a Twitch stream, said "Next year for our annual releases I can confirm there will be a setting book... A new setting book. A book that we have not created that is for a D&D setting." No real details yet, other than denying that it will be Spelljammer. We don't know what it is, but we do know it's not Spelljammer! So far WotC has based most...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:40 PM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart, while speaking on a Twitch stream, said "Next year for our annual releases I can confirm there will be a setting book... A new setting book. A book that we have not created that is for a D&D setting." No real details yet, other than denying that it will be Spelljammer. We don't know what it is, but we do know it's not Spelljammer! So far WotC has based most...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:36 PM
    My wild guess would be another MtG book, based on what they've been saying recently.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Nope! It's just descriptive.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 06:20 PM
    I shouldn't think it would be confusing. Happens with superhero stuff all the time.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 03:11 PM
    An adventurer’s background doesn’t need to end when they begin the adventuring life. The skills learned in an adventurer’s past can grow and develop into lifelong skills throughout their adventuring career. This set of 13 feats over on EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, uses the 13 core backgrounds as prerequisites and represents the advancement and integration of their old skills with their new...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:36 AM
    Yep, me too this time.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:35 AM
    If you want to comment on the moderation policies of another forum, it's best you do it there, not here. Thread closed.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:03 AM
    darjr looks like it’s related to the mail system.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 08:10 PM
    Man, I love custard creams! Totally the best biscuit. (No custard involved).
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 06:23 PM
    I think we'd need to see the error message. Not something I've seen.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 03:25 PM
    Towards the end of every year, we all vote on the ten most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the following year. It's been a tradition for a few years now. Here's last year's 10 most anticipated games, the winner being Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017). And...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 03:09 PM
    Towards the end of every year, we all vote on the ten most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the following year. It's been a tradition for a few years now. Here's last year's 10 most anticipated games, the winner being Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017). And...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 12:35 PM
    Yeah, I didn’t get one an hour ago, so I think that’s stopped it. Sorry about that. I imagine when the US wakes up in a few hours, I’m going to get a lot of emails!
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 12:13 PM
    That was a thing to wake up to! I got it a whole bunch, too. I've disabled the newsletter software for now until darjr gets chance to look at it. That seems to have stopped them coming for me -- could you guys confirm they've now stopped coming hourly?
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 05:10 PM
    This week on Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk, Morrus and Peter count down the Top 11 Best Horror Tabletop RPGs as voted on by the readers of EN World. In the news, we’ve got two new Dungeon of the Mad Mage previews, the final total on the Judge Dredd & the Worlds of 2000 AD Kickstarter, Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest updates, the sale of tabletop gaming giant Asmodee, a rash of thefts at...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:57 PM
    Gotham is my favourite. Followed by Daredevil, then Supergirl, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist got much better this year. Arrow once was, then I went off it for a few years, but it's picked up again.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:31 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Named NPCs will appear in the adventures in which they are introduced. The Robot Wars had Call-Me-Kenneth, for example. There's 40 years of named characters (that's a LOT!), and we'll get to them all in chronological order. Anderson, for example, doesn't appear until the Judge Death storyline which starts in Prog #149. :) There are some lesser named perps mentioned in the various short Further...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:21 AM
    Goes up every Wednesday.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 10:44 PM
    The careers you’ve taken show exactly what your Judge has done every year of their life. No secret tours! If you want a Judge with a few years working under their belt, you’d have to make a higher grade character and give them one or two grades in some of the Judge careers. You can totally start a campaign at grade 6 or 7 if you want to start with experienced judges.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 07:07 PM
    The DEFENSE scores actually were opposed checks at one point in the playtest process. They got changed to static average rolls because opposed checks slowed down combat too much. Instead, the system kinda does the same thing with the critical system (i.e. if you roll three sixes you get an extra effect). Swapping out damage dice for attack dice already benefits the more accurate combatant, but...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:40 PM
    A bit later, we'll delve into much more detail regarding Psi Judges.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:39 PM
    Morrus replied to Helmets!
    I always think helmets! deserve an exclamation mark! :) Not every object does extra stuff at higher quality levels. A high quality compass still just points north, for example. But it will be a more valuable object. And if a check using the object is required (admittedly that's harder to imagine with a helmet than, say, a lockpick) then the equipment quality bonus applies to the dice pool.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 03:03 PM
    Yes, you can revisit the advanced programs after the Rookie career. And yes, they are full careers. Otherwise you’d start at grade 3, not 5. :) Dredd uses the NPC rules not the PC rules. And finally, yes, see above!
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 12:48 PM
    On the other hand, it’s weird for a Who episode not to feature an alien at all.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 12:18 PM
    This selection of half-orc subraces over on EN5ider includes the barbaric Bloodrager, fiendish Brimskin, deadly Deeplurker, industrious Forgemaker, draconic Scalefang, and the primal Spiritspeaker. By Chris Davies; illustrated by Xanditz. Recently on EN5ider: #236. Expanded Races: Half-Orc. This selection of half-orc subraces includes the barbaric Bloodrager, fiendish Brimskin,...
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Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 07:25 PM - Tony Semana mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The short strokes would appear to be that there is no necessity for completing any of the seven missions and the DM is not directed to make the players do so. While Mad Zagyg's comments on the lethality of approaching the first section of HotDQ are valid -- in the sense that you should NOT have your players do this, there is no contrary requirement that they should do so that is presented in the adventure text. The PCs can and should refuse -- and the DM may ease off as well if they are not able to do so. In that regard, I think Tony's comments are correct, (though perhaps a little more forceful that was needed in terms of their advocacy!) End Result: It's all good folks. Just want to say point taken, I apologize to Mad Zagyg for the heavy-handed wording of my last reply. I've already XP'ed Steel_Wind for his consistently thoughtful replies, but wanted to say on-thread that I've enjoyed his perspective in contrasting this early 5E offering to his experience with PF APs as a 'hardcore PF guy'.

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

  • 04:22 AM - Tony Semana mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Generally, I think that an AP -- any AP -- benefits from experienced GMs making changes as are required for their particular group. I recommend it often. That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. Given Steel_Wind's experience was actually positive, his DM is obviously an experienced DM as he's mentioned. So, what would be very informative is how much intervention he/she Steel_Wind's DM) felt was required based on this definition of a good AP. In short, whether the DM felt ToD as written really is as bad as the negative opinions in this thread.

Monday, 18th August, 2014

  • 06:34 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Steel_Wind To focus on the issue of bringing in newer younger players, of which price is certainly an aspect... I know you only skimmed the book since you're playing thru the advenure, but did you get a sense from the book or your DM how user-friendly Hoard of the Dragon Queen is for new players? Are there sidebars for new DMs or DM pointers for potential sticking spots? Do the sections of the adventure that involve mystery discuss certain spells that can dramatically impact the pacing? That sort of thing. Thanks for posting your experience too!
  • 01:44 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Steel_Wind To set the record straight about pricing... Cost of 5e Adventure Path = $60 (Hoard of the Dragon Queen $30 + Rise of Tiamat $30) Cost of PF Adventure Path = $96 (Six adventures at $16 each thanks to 30% off cover with Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscription) Cost of 5e Baseline Rules = $150 (PHB $50 + MM $50 + DMG $50) Cost of PF Baseline Rules = $90 (Core Rulebook $50 + Bestiary $40) Cost of 5e Rules + Adventure Path = $210 Cost of PF Rules + Adventure Path = $186 In all probability a roughly $24 difference, and that gap closes if a PF DM doesn't have a subscription or a 5e DM gets by without the DMG and just uses DM rules in the Basic PDF.

Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

  • 06:03 PM - Kinak mentioned Steel_Wind in post Best adventure path for 1st level?
    Steel_Wind is way ahead of me. Value per dollar, Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition blows basically every other adventure out of the water. Some Adventure Paths were produced before the Pathfinder RPG (Second Darkness, for example), so you may have to do some conversion... or not. It's basically compatible, so your group likely won't notice. If you're just running the first, the Second Darkness suggestion is solid. Worldwound Incursion is pretty cool for that too. Cheers! Kinak

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Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 06:20 PM - Alzrius quoted Steel_Wind in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    Pathfinder has a great example of the problem. I expect most people here are familiar with their splatbooks. Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Campaign, and Ultimate Intrigue. All the focused non-theme PC splatbooks have "Ultimate" in the name. And, for a while, they were planning on releasing Ultimate Race. They changed it to Advanced Race Guide for reasons that should be pretty obvious. I mean, who would want to see the ads Google Analytics would throw out of you searched for "Ultimate Race" a few times. The books Amazon would suggest if you ordered from that site. Is it a book you would feel comfortable requesting from a library? If you were the head of a chain book store, would you order & stock a book called "Ultimate Race"? A minor correction: although it doesn't cite its sources, Steel_Wind's preview of the Advanced Race Guide states: So why wasn’t the Advanced Race Guide called “Ultimate Races”? Well, it turns out that was originally supposed to be the name and it was announced at PaizoCon 2011 under that title. Unfortunately, a little slip of the tongue during the announcement and “Ultimate Races” sounded a whole lot like “Ultimate Racist”. That easily repeated faux pas was all it took to persuade Erik Mona and Co. that perhaps that wasn’t the best possible title for a book after all. The title of the book was promptly renamed to the Advanced Race Guide ("ARG"). So to be fair, the original name was always going to be plural, and it was changed due to an unfortunate homophone.

Tuesday, 4th October, 2016

  • 02:03 PM - Ilbranteloth quoted Steel_Wind in post Is Chaotic evil more evil than Lawful evil?
    I simply do not agree with these views. Vandalism is NOT CE. It might be to you, but to liken a misdemeanor property crime with CHAOTIC EVIL is applying an analytical framework we simply do not agree with. Simlarly, embezzling isn't evil. It's selfish. Its wrongful and clearly unlawful. But EVIL? I think when you present a continuum of "evil" that ranges from spray painting graffitti to theft, ritualistic serial murder and the holocaust, your aperture needs significantly more focus. This is clearly a point of departure. You and I do not agree on this matter and what appears self-evident to you seems clearly wrong-headed to me. Actually, this is a good point. Now that the comparison is made, I would consider vandalism and embezzling chaotic neutral acts. They aren't good, but they aren't inherently evil either. They are certainly self-serving and unlawful. Thanks for that. It clarifies a bunch.

Saturday, 5th December, 2015

  • 12:07 PM - the_redbeard quoted Steel_Wind in post What Virtual Tabletop Software options exist?
    My preferred VTT - and I have tried them all -- is far and away d20Pro. It has the best support and mapping options. It's power uses are deep, without the installation problems that Maptool has. Its robust support for Pathfinder and (later this month) Syrinscape also makes it a winner. It used best in conjunction with Herolab. d20Pro costs money. It's not free. You get what you pay for. And yet it still doesn't do lighting and vision. Maptool has done that for years. Many of the issues with Maptool, like installation, are now solved with Mote (it's one file.) Here is maptool in 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecgV9aKS3ZI And sift (new kickstarter of mote, now for mobile devices, video is less well produced though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHNYPfkmqBA Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/740970397/sandstorm-virtual-tabletop-services

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

  • 11:23 PM - Starfox quoted Steel_Wind in post What Made You Switch To Pathfinder?
    If you have no interest in playing APs and your interest is in home brewed play, then other concerns may predominate in your decision tree. But if APs are something you enjoy playing in, running and reading, then your choice was really no choice at all. While I strongly agree with your post, just FYI I have converted numerous Pathfinder APs and adventures to my homebrew. But homebrews don't really count in discussions like this.
  • 11:59 AM - Echohawk quoted Steel_Wind in post Is This The World Record For Most Official RPG Monsters?
    There are now 100 issues of Pathfinder Adventure Path. Each PF AP has eight pages of bestiary material. That's before we touch 61 modules and another 230 PFS Scenarios, which typically have 2-4 pages more of monsters in a module and 2 more in a PFS Scenario, each. And that tips the scales. I don't believe it does tip the scales. The summary you quoted compared only the core monster books for each system. If you want to count all of the supplementary Pathfinder material, then you need also need to do the same for 2nd Edition. There were smaller monster supplements in almost all of the 2nd Edition boxed sets, and monster pages in many accessories and adventures. The "reprint" factor was also lower in 2nd Edition, with really only the Annuals being recycled monsters. Most of the Pathfinder AP and module monsters get reprinted in the Bestiaries. I'm not persuaded that Pathfinder has 2nd Edition beat yet in monster count. The same can be said for world setting / adventure material at this poin...
  • 11:15 AM - Ezequielramone quoted Steel_Wind in post Changes in rules since debut?
    Note: Hero Points have always been an optional system and while many groups do use them, it is still a solid minority of players who do so. Sometimes, we can project our own group or region's play preferences on the broader mass of players. I assure you, however, that the use of Hero Points during play by a group is the exception and not the rule. It is never assumed to be in use during development. Oh, I didn't see that way. You could be right. Where I live not much people enjoy the pleasure of roleplaying, so I have not much idea how other people plays, and I pretty much stick with the same players. We are using the background skills, that don't require any modification, you only gain 2 skill point extra each level to use it in background skill (existent skills that are not used in adventuring). Also we use the new system for creating magic items. It is much fun that the normal system. Both are optional rules from the Unchained.

Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

  • 12:46 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: WotC & Kobold Press Team Up for the Inaugural Campaign Arc of D&D 5th Edition!
    Yes it's blurry - frankly a little blurred on both, but worse on the p.71 illustration. The clearer version of the same graphic can be seen on p. 6 of the Encounters .PDF. Looking more carefully at the printed version, the artwork throughout looks pretty blurry. I'm not sure what the issue is here, whether low res versions of these graphics all made it into the final PDF sent to the printer, or just a very poor printer. If you look at the Encounters PDF version, the graphics all pop more and are far more crisp. So something either got screwed up in terms of the dpi of the graphics sent to the printer, or the printer sucked. If you compare one of Jard Blando's maps in HotDQ to any issue in a Paizo AP where Blando has done the maps (Carrion Crown AP, say) something is clearly very wrong in the HotDQ map art. The original artwork is good, but the printing is not up to snuff. Just got my copy and my map on p71 does not seem to be blurry at all. So maybe there were some printing issues ...

Friday, 22nd August, 2014

  • 07:46 PM - GX.Sigma quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Uhm...what? No, not that I recall. Admittedly it's been a while, but I think you are recalling some other adventure. Ah, my mistake. Red Hand was the one with all the taxidermist humanoids; Expedition to the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk was the one with all the invisible librarian beholders.
  • 12:55 AM - Hussar quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    I must dissent from this view. If a customer is not in possession of that information, I expect that WotC is not in possession of all those "facts" either. Still, for whatever reason(s), they have decided to not do it. We might fairly observe that: Paizo sells .PDFs of their hardcovers for $9.99 Paizo otherwise bundles PDFs for all subscription products with a subscription; and Paizo makes all of their core rules and rules expansions available online via the PRD. Despite these heretical practices, Paizo seems to be selling a lot of print product -- and PDFs, too. I think the major differences at play here are: Different corporate cultures between WotC and Paizo; Different relations with their retailers. /snip [/I] I'd add to this, the point that Paizo is selling a LOT of titles. They have a much, much greater release schedule. Which does mean that you can afford to have titles that don't sell as well - a little bit of profit from a lot of books is th...

Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 09:17 PM - Echohawk quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    I must dissent from this view. If a customer is not in possession of that information, I expect that WotC is not in possession of all those "facts" either. I agree with you. WotC can't know for sure what the impact of releasing/not releasing PDFs will be. But WotC probably have a lot more information to work with than we do, so I think it's a carefully considered decision, rather than a knee-jerk reaction to piracy concerns. I think the major differences at play here are: Different corporate cultures between WotC and Paizo; Different relations with their retailers. I'd add "different fundamental sales model" to that list. A lot of Paizo's product (print and PDF) is sold on a subscription basis directly to the public via the Paizo web site. I think your analysis of the difference in the relationships WotC and Paizo have with game stores is very interesting. I was not aware that FLGS viewed Paizo as a direct competitor to that extent, but it makes sense that they would take that...
  • 09:03 PM - sunshadow21 quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    In this regard, there are more than a few hobby games retailers which increasingly view Paizo not as a partner but as a direct competitor. Those retailers do not like not being able to sell Paizo PDFs to their customers and very much resent that perk that Paizo provides gamers who buy directly from Paizo. The business relationship retailers have with Paizo has evolved over time, but I think it is fair that what was not always seen as a big deal is becoming an increasingly sore point with many retailers as time has marched on and product lines have expanded. That's an interesting point, and one that will definitely be interesting to see evolve over time. So far, I think that a challenge over PDF sales has been largely balanced by a very active organized play system that gets players into to the stores, but I can definitely see how it could become a major point of contention in those places where Paizo has been unable to offer anything as a counterbalance. Your point about WotC relying on Magic ...
  • 07:25 PM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The short strokes would appear to be that there is no necessity for completing any of the seven missions and the DM is not directed to make the players do so. While Mad Zagyg's comments on the lethality of approaching the first section of HotDQ are valid -- in the sense that you should NOT have your players do this, there is no contrary requirement that they should do so that is presented in the adventure text. The PCs can and should refuse -- and the DM may ease off as well if they are not able to do so. In that regard, I think Tony's comments are correct, (though perhaps a little more forceful that was needed in terms of their advocacy!) End Result: It's all good folks. Just want to say point taken, I apologize to Mad Zagyg for the heavy-handed wording of my last reply. I've already XP'ed Steel_Wind for his consistently thoughtful replies, but wanted to say on-thread that I've enjoyed his perspective in contrasting this early 5E offering to his experience with PF APs as a 'hardcore PF guy'.

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

  • 03:51 PM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Well, ok. So that's that then. *nods* I think the issue arises due to the timing requirements that a whole shopping list of encounters be completed without the benefit of a long rest or leveling, as Mad Zagyg noted in his post here: My main gripe with Hoard of the Dragon Queen is that it seems VERY obvious to me that it was written specifically for D&D Encounters and/or Adventurer's League play. After all, the first three episodes of the adventure are pretty much verbatim as they appear in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen Encounters PDF. Why is this obvious? Well, if you run the adventure as written, and your players are trying to complete all the missions that the adventure throws at them in Episode 1, it seems extremely likely that they will fail, and probably TPK (as my group did). When you play D&D Encounters at your FLGS, characters come fully refreshed to every session, as tables can change from week to week. His identification of the underlying "refresh" of PC resources that happens due ...
  • 03:36 PM - carmachu quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The point to take away is not that you cannot save money off of the retail price of these books by buying online. Of course you can. You can also save on the price of Pathfinder in the same (or similar) manner. That is assuming you have a credit card or way of paying for these products online. Not everybody does and it limits your market. Go to walmart. Sign up for a walmart prepaid visa card. For $3, you can load any amount of money onto the card, and it acts just like a visa card for online transactions. I know, I had to get one to pick up some paizo items 3 years back or so- who only take credit cards and not paypal.
  • 06:05 AM - jbear quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The point to take away is not that you cannot save money off of the retail price of these books by buying online. Of course you can. You can also save on the price of Pathfinder in the same (or similar) manner. That is assuming you have a credit card or way of paying for these products online. Not everybody does and it limits your market. It may not be the case in the US or Canada, but in New Zealand for example you can get a visa bank card which is not a credit card for example, but which can be used to make online purchases from your bank account as long as you account has money in it. It's true, I'm not 20 and a struggling student anymore. But if I was and I did not have the banking system that I have in my country that made online purchase accessible to anyone with a bank account, I would still find a way to pay the online price and not the in store price somehow i.e. parents fronting up and making the purchase and then paying them back. Having said that, after looking online for the P...
  • 04:19 AM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Generally, I think that an AP -- any AP -- benefits from experienced GMs making changes as are required for their particular group. I recommend it often. That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. Given Steel_Wind's experience was actually positive, his DM is obviously an experienced DM as he's mentioned. So, what would be very informative is how much intervention he/she Steel_Wind's DM) felt was required based on this definition of a good AP. In short, whether the DM felt ToD as written really is as bad as the negative opinions in this thread.
  • 04:00 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. There is much that can be said about the relative strengths of AP vs ad libbed sandbox settings, but I was referring to "commercial success" in the quote you mentioned. While I appreciate that many players (including yours) have different preferences, I think the market has indicated that the Pathfinder AP approach is the more commercially successful of the two in recent years. To be clear, I'm only asking about the commercial success of story-driven APs, and how this success is affected by the level of detail provided/vs. what is left for the GM to fill in. (Leaving completely aside the question of plot-free sandboxes.) It's not completely clear to me that Paizo has struck the most profitable balance between detail (good) and linearity (bad), based simply on my own play experiences, and my excitement levels as I read the APs. However, it's likely you know something a...
  • 12:26 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    If the Tyranny of Dragons AP ends up being merely a base upon which a DM must start, but not a solid foundation that a DM can just run out of the box with a high degree of confidence, it's not going to be as successful a product line as it would otherwise be. I would be interested in hearing why you believe this. Anecdotally, most of my players are strongly disinclined toward pathfinder APs because they are too scripted. While they all appreciate the production values, they usually get antsy and resentful of the heavy-handed tactics necessary to pull them forward along the story arc, and in order to get them to play wotc's adventures at all I had to persuade them that these were a totally different beast than the pathfinder APs. I don't think what you're saying is wrong, necessarily, but it doesn't strike me as self-evidently true either. Why is a consistent, relatively DM-independent experience necessary for adventure lines to be most successful?

Tuesday, 19th August, 2014

  • 08:19 PM - Haffrung quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    If the Tyranny of Dragons AP ends up being merely a base upon which a DM must start, but not a solid foundation that a DM can just run out of the box with a high degree of confidence, it's not going to be as successful a product line as it would otherwise be. While Adventure Path style linear adventures with heavily plotted stories and ready-made cut scenes may be a popular adventure model, I don't know that it's the only approach WotC needs to take to find a loyal audience. Some players on old-school sites, where 5E is being very well-received, are already slamming HotDQ for being too scripted. There is a market out there for setting-based adventures where the story is left to the DM or generated organically in play. So does WotC hew closely to the popular AP adventure format? Or do they take the same approach they've taken to the 5E system itself and try to find a middle ground between story and sandbox, or at least provide some setting-based adventures as options?

Monday, 18th August, 2014

  • 11:03 PM - GX.Sigma quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Please appreciate that I come to this as someone who played in the session -- not as someone who ran it. The DM has about 30+ years experience as a DM, makes up a LOT of things up on the fly and spends a lot of time differentiating the context in which combats occur and in adding the flourishes which could make a real difference in how I received those combat encounters. What I am trying to say is that I enjoyed it a lot -- but I can't say for sure that I enjoyed what was on the page -- or maybe I just enjoyed the flourishes he added to it. I'm not able to confirm that with you either way. I can say that we initially: investigated some mysterious deaths, ascribed to a disease and then later investigated to be poisoning; fought some kobolds and cultists in the forest who were attacking some women who were fleeing Greenest; this may be an entirely made up encounter - I just don't know. There was a fair bit of roleplaying and moral choices which transpired out of this combat by reason ...


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