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    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 09:38 AM
    That's exactly how I feel. It's the same with published settings where the actions of NPCs are described at length (FR in particular).
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    Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, 08:58 PM
    Maybe because I grew up in a family of strong women I never thought it strange, but many of the books I read as a kid feature strong female characters. Eilonwy, obviously, and Rebecca from Terry Nation's Rebecca's World are very clear examples. One that's more subtle is Adara, the protagonists' mother in Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones. Besides being the wisest and most competent character in...
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    Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018, 09:54 PM
    It gets a bit glossed over compared with what Taran chooses to sacrifice. That said, besides her bauble Eilonwy barely uses any magic throughout the series, and the ease with which she gives it up highlights how she always thought of it more of a burden than a blessing. By the way, I'm not trying to dispute Eilonwy's strength as a heroine. She's on a par with Princess Leia for being cleverer,...
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    Wednesday, 26th September, 2018, 09:55 PM
    One of my groups has wine, but seeing as nearly all of us have to drive it rarely goes beyond one or two glasses. A far cry from our student days (my, was that already 20 years ago?) when we all lived within staggering distance from each other. My other group drinks whatever is going, but there's always one person driving (they take turns). So mostly it's wine, sometimes with a few whiskeys...
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    Tuesday, 25th September, 2018, 06:19 PM
    Without the Pope to crown Charlemagne Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (and in fact without Christianity as a reason to continue the conceit of the Roman Empire to stay off the Apocalypse predicted in Nebuchadnezzar's dream), you don't have any Germanic Empire, even a notional one. Also, why are you referring to "Norse" gods? They're simply the Germanic gods that got pushed to Europe's...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 09:13 PM
    I like it. I like the name as well. But I'm already thinking of house rules to add more options. And I bet everyone else is too (because, well, we're gamers).
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 09:27 PM
    Any time anyone in our group reads out a spell description and says, "Saving throw: none", me and one of the guys call out, "My father was a nun!"
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 03:44 PM
    Dioltach started a thread OotS 1141
    The new comic is up: http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1141.html
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  • 04:34 PM - DMMike mentioned Dioltach in post Using a skill check to find a hidden forest trail
    @OP: If you want to make it a dice encounter, go ahead and require three different checks. If you want to quickly make the call and move the game along, just roll spot/perception/whathaveyou. If you want to roleplay, tell the PC he can gather information about the forest trail from the local hunters, the elusive ranger, or the ornery troll. And add three more decision points at each information source... Dioltach's signature: I'm pretty sure we say "not today!" But, remind me how I know that?

Friday, 10th May, 2013

  • 10:12 PM - Jan van Leyden mentioned Dioltach in post tips for getting proof readers?
    I have pretty much the same question as Dioltach: what do you really want? Do you'd like to hear a second opinion, do you want your game edited, or does checking for errors suffice? And what do you want to do with your game? Sell it to a publishing company, publish it yourself, distribute it freely or just to your players?

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Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

  • 12:11 AM - BookBarbarian quoted Dioltach in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    It gets a bit glossed over compared with what Taran chooses to sacrifice. That said, besides her bauble Eilonwy barely uses any magic throughout the series, and the ease with which she gives it up highlights how she always thought of it more of a burden than a blessing. That's part of why it's so sad. She never got to fully experience her birthright, after what happened at the Castle of Llyr, and Taran seeing what Morda is capable of doing with the magic that should be hers. And now she would finally get it if she goes to the summer country. Sad indeed.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

  • 03:04 AM - Shasarak quoted Dioltach in post Post Roman D&D setting with magic and Roman Gods
    Without the Pope to crown Charlemagne Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (and in fact without Christianity as a reason to continue the conceit of the Roman Empire to stay off the Apocalypse predicted in Nebuchadnezzar's dream), you don't have any Germanic Empire, even a notional one. I always thought that Charlemagne got tricked into becoming Emperor.

Monday, 24th September, 2018

  • 01:49 PM - Morrus quoted Dioltach in post The Adventure is Over
    Judging by the half-dragon/half-donkey Shrek reference, he's joking. Hopefully. But you never know on the internet!

Saturday, 8th September, 2018

  • 10:32 PM - jonesy quoted Dioltach in post Star Wars Geekdom 101 -Explaining The Empire
    Emperor Palpatine's Silver Jubilee Space Station "Any dance challenge made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what advanced techniques they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate force of fabulous in the universe!" "As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now witness the glitter of this fully blinged and glamoured party machine!"

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

  • 02:04 PM - Maxperson quoted Dioltach in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Absolutely. Tolkien is much too classy to write a story about an old man telling a party to go on an adventure to kill the dragon and claim its gold. The dragon didn't have any gold. The dwarves, elves and humans did, though. They just had to kill the thief that took it. Or about a group that happens upon a group of trolls, kills them, find their treasure and uses the random magical items they found there for the rest of the adventure. The group happened upon the trolls, got caught, and were going to be eaten. Good thing the DMPC showed up and saved the day.

Monday, 27th August, 2018

  • 05:01 PM - Kobold Boots quoted Dioltach in post Where Do They Get Their Money? Part Two
    Here's a thought: clip a gold coin, then cast Mending on it. Repeat often enough to amass a small pile of gold dust. Or: buy a cheap flawed gemstone. Cast Mending. Sell your newly flawless and much more valuable gemstone. In both cases. - In order to mend the gold coin you'd need to have the original that you clipped. Mending does not work on the clip. - In order to mend the gemstone it would have to be flawed due to damage. Mending an object that by default has a flaw, would result in restoring the flaw. You can't restore something that was never anything to begin with. Thanks KB

Saturday, 25th August, 2018

  • 03:10 AM - Shasarak quoted Dioltach in post Where Do They Get Their Money? Part Two
    Here's a thought: clip a gold coin, then cast Mending on it. Repeat often enough to amass a small pile of gold dust. Or: buy a cheap flawed gemstone. Cast Mending. Sell your newly flawless and much more valuable gemstone. I guess that is better then buying a ladder, stripping off the rungs and then selling it as two 10 foot poles.

Friday, 24th August, 2018

  • 08:52 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Dioltach in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    The Lord of the Rings was voted the Best Loved Novel in Britain in 2003 after a survey involving three quarters of a million votes. That's a lot of people who thought is was a good book. (I'm not saying it's my favourite book, or that Tolkien is my favourite author on the list - if I bothered to vote, I'd probably upvote Sterling E. Lanier first - but there's no denying that an awful lot of people consider The Lord of the Rings to be a great book for a variety of reasons. The Jersey Shore had multiple seasons but Firefly was cancelled after one. Just say'n. Also, 2003 was right after the films, and we know mob mentality is to vote for what is the most familiar. It's kind of a self fulfilling circle that continues to spiral. "We read his stories which made him popular. He is popular so we read his stories." Name recognition is a powerful thing. I marketing, we call it Branding. And it's worth billions alone.
  • 08:50 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dioltach in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    The Lord of the Rings was voted the Best Loved Novel in Britain in 2003 after a survey involving three quarters of a million votes. That's a lot of people who thought is was a good book. (I'm not saying it's my favourite book, or that Tolkien is my favourite author on the list - if I bothered to vote, I'd probably upvote Sterling E. Lanier first - but there's no denying that an awful lot of people consider The Lord of the Rings to be a great book for a variety of reasons. Well, yeah, but Pride and Prejudice was number 2, and His Dark Materials was number 3. Can't trust people. They listen to Coldplay, voted the Nazis into power, and voted Tolkien's LOTR #1, Wuthering Heights #12, and didn't even include Pynchon. People suck.

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Wednesday, 28th March, 2018

  • 06:00 PM - Celebrim quoted Dioltach in post Iintesting ideas/monsters found in a Giant Spider Lair?
    Giant frogs: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiasmocleis_ventrimaculata Perhaps. But if the same scale of, "It's too small to be my dinner so I'll ignore it", plays out with monstrous spiders, a spider that is 10 feet across would have a frog companion that is about a foot long. That might be big enough to eat a large fly, but would represent no real threat to the party. If it's big enough to be a significant threat to the party, it would probably be perceived as a threat to the spiders. Unless of course all these spiders are like 30' gargantuan monstrosities.

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

  • 10:55 PM - krunchyfrogg quoted Dioltach in post Ok, need some Tolkien nerd help (can YOU write elvish?)
    So your friend is the secret heir to the throne? Cool! (This reminds me of the bit in one of the Rivers of London books -- I think it's Broken Homes -- where Peter deciphers the Elvish script on a magical trap, and it says, "If you can read this, you are a nerd and probably also dead.") LOL, only if you call the toilet the throne. Yes, the poem refers to Aragorn, but you see the second line on half the signs at Bed Bath and Beyond. 😂 I think it does look pretty cool though.

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Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

  • 08:16 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Dioltach in post books to screen
    Oooh, I forgot about the Earthsea SyFy adaptation. It really mangled some of the key themes of the original book. Even the Studio Ghibli adaptation is missing something (though it hits closer to the mark). My least favourite is a tie between "Earthsea" and "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising". They both seemed to be a case of "I've written a screenplay that nobody wants, so I'll slap the title of a famous book on it and pretend it's an adaptation." Or else the screenwriters thought their ideas were so much better than the author's.

Monday, 8th January, 2018

  • 12:02 AM - ArchfiendBobbie quoted Dioltach in post Climate change -- what's really happening
    I think everyone on these forums has read enough fantasy books to see what's happening with about all the strange weather we've been experiencing the last few years. It's nothing to do with pollution or global warming. No, obviously some evil power is trying to bring about the end of the world. Traditionally, these evil powers have control over the weather, and bring exceptionally long and bitter winters, flooding, storms, drought and the like. I just hope that a band of plucky heroes are on a quest somewhere to stop this evil power amd save the world as we know it. "Stop this evil power" and "save the world" are mutually exclusive goals. The evil power is the Earth itself. Turns out all of that drilling and mining and such we did is really, really painful. And after enough time going through it, the planet snapped and decided killing us all is the better option. The only reason Earth hasn't accomplished that is, well, it's a planet. Let's see how fast you move when you're over four bi...

Sunday, 7th January, 2018

  • 09:24 PM - Tonguez quoted Dioltach in post Climate change -- what's really happening
    I think everyone on these forums has read enough fantasy books to see what's happening with about all the strange weather we've been experiencing the last few years. It's nothing to do with pollution or global warming. No, obviously some evil power is trying to bring about the end of the world. Traditionally, these evil powers have control over the weather, and bring exceptionally long and bitter winters, flooding, storms, drought and the like. I just hope that a band of plucky heroes are on a quest somewhere to stop this evil power amd save the world as we know it. if only we had an International Druids Council fighting to save the Earth Mother from the powers of Greed and Corruption!!!!

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Thursday, 5th October, 2017

  • 12:37 PM - Ryujin quoted Dioltach in post What are your favorite games?
    I like playing mind games. Think about it. RPG-IRL I've got friends who do VO work, but I don't play computer/console games. I think that the last comp game that i played was "Pool of Radiance" by SSI. I'm pretty much just a RPG guy; mostly Pathfinder, D&D 2, 3, 3.5, 4, some Savage Worlds these days, though I've played dozens of them. I'd like to try out the newer Star Trek RPG and am hoping to get a comedy-horror campaign going, some time, using Dead Gentlemen's "Demon Hunters" Fate Core based game.


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