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    Today, 01:56 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Lunar Knights Serbian Lycanthrope: These monsters are men who would return from the grave to haunt their widows.
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    Today, 03:55 AM
    Its a tough call for me. 3e d20 with the OGL allowed tons of content and tons of options that are really cool. Downsides of balance issues, LFQW, trap options, and complex DM mechanics. 4e has balance, non/low magical options that work if you want a sword and sorcery or no real loot game, rangers and rogues that work great as strikers, great monster mechanics, evocative planar setup, and a...
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    Today, 03:32 AM
    "patriotic or noble pose". Most every combat, first round. :)
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    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Lost Lore: The Headhunter Animated Severed Head: Animated severed heads are a product of shamanistic and magic-using headhunters experimenting with the creation of familiars. They are a gruesome parody of the dead arcane spell casters they are made from, possessing rudimentary intelligence and personalities. “Severed Head” is an acquired template that can be added to any living Medium creature...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:46 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Knowledge Check: Last Rites Undead: Cremating corpses to keep them from rising as undead. Some religions include the need to anoint the corpse as part of the funeral rites. The anointing is usually done by a priest or other religious leader, and involves placing oil, incense, perfume, or other holy liquids on various parts of the body, usually while saying a prayer. These anointing rites are...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 01:32 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Gonzo 2 Necromantic Frame: Risen from the grave, necromantic frames are frankensteinian monstrosities; assembled from multiple corpses and given a semblance of life with foul necromancy. Necromantic Frame Large: Risen from the grave, necromantic frames are frankensteinian monstrosities; assembled from multiple corpses and given a semblance of life with foul necromancy. Necromantic Frame Huge:...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:06 AM
    There is also a Saltmarsh Sale at DMs Guild to promote the new 5e adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh. The Sea Devils sahuagin sourcebook and Sea of Blood module from 2e are 60% off for $1.99 each, while U1-3 are 30% off for $3.49 each and there is a 5e guild bundle about 50% off on nautical adventures and options for $9.99
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:24 PM
    Thule 5e Sale this week. Primeval Thule 5e Campaign Setting goes from $19.95 to $9.97 and POD from $49.95 to $39.95 and the GM and Player Companions go from $7.95 to $1.99 each with POD from $17.95 down to $12.95.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 01:40 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing Burning Skull: ? Falling Rocks: ? Shrieking Woman: ? Killer in the Flames: ? The Pit: ? Bloody Battle: ? Akh‐en‐Tholus, human lich necromancer 11: ? Mummy: ?
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:16 PM
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    GM's Miscellany: Village Backdrops V Aldrich Hellbrooke, human vampire cleric 4: ? Undead: An old lizardfolk tells younger lizardfolk scary stories about how dead lizardfolk who aren't properly eaten become vengeful undead. Needlebriar’s citizens toss anything they don’t consume into a field they loosely refer to as the Bone Pit. Occasionally these remains arise as horrid undead creatures....
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 12:36 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Village Backdrops IV Wytchelyte: ? Hungry Dead: "Hungry Dead" is an acquired template that can be added to any corporeal undead creature. Hungry Dead Zombie: Those who die of The Hunger rise 1d6 minutes later as a zombie with the Hungry Dead template. The Hunger Disease. Damiella Nightingale, human vampire bard 11: ? Keren Zaris, vampire halfling expert 7: ? Quentin Roarg,...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:09 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Village Backdrops III Mirja Sianio, Human Ghost Witch 6: Mirja Sianio (CE female ghost human witch 6) in life was a wise woman who lived on the outskirts of the village. Notoriously pagan, she was kept at arm's length by much of the village, who distrusted her lack of faith but appreciated her efforts to treat their ills with herbs and magic. But when the sickness struck and...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 11:31 PM
    I didn't think about it much but I read that Gygax wanted variety to surprise his players. So green is standard for lizardy things and most people would probably expect a dragon to be green. Red is Smaug. Black is from Sleeping Beauty. That seems a reasonable start. White for cold seems obvious and blue for sky with lightning kind of works and then gold has the good chinese dragon motif stuff I'm...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 06:10 AM
    This seems no different than considerations for wizards or sorcerers or bards. They have magical power and are not constrained by a patron or predictable based on their patron.
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 05:16 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Village Backdrops II Thegn Delthur Werlann, Skeletal Champion Dwarf Aristocrat 2/Fighter 4: Consumed with lust to slay orcs and other evil humanoids he has returned to unlife as a skeletal champion. Skeletal Champion Dwarf Fighter 3: ? Lacedon: ?
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 01:27 PM
    Palladium now has their After the Bomb and Heroes Unlimited PDFs 20% off for this week.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 01:20 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Village Backdrops Dunn Fewin, Ghoul Cleric 2: Before the plague, the church had two priests. One, Dunn Frewin, died of the plague. Ignoring his last request to be buried in the church, Waldere cast Dunn’s body into one of the plague pits. This betrayal will cost Waldere dearly; Dunn Frewin has returned as a ghoul. One of Ashford’s priests, Dunn Frewin (CE male ghoul cleric 2)...
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 07:12 PM
    Three $20 Ponyfinder books are on sale this week for 70% off, $6.00, as part of the May D&D sale. Ponyfinder Campaign Setting (5e and PF), Hybrid Blood (5e and PF), and Griffins of Everglow (5e).
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 02:13 PM
    What forms are these in? I have not gone on deviant art for maps before and don't see an option for PDF download. They look great though.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 01:41 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Urban Dressing Fuut, Ghoul Rogue 2: Discovering an adeptness for juggling and throwing knives at a young age, the brothers eventually found the chance. Proving their worth to the operators of a travelling faire, Fuut and Tooq hit the road. Despite their popularity in the show, the brothers couldn’t resist their desire to thieve. Eventually they crossed the wrong victim, a...
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 03:37 AM
    For my homebrew cosmology clerics and druids are traditions of magic that tap into divine power sources. For druids this is nature based divine magic and may or may not involve traditions about worshiping nature gods or spirits. There are nature gods that are good and noble and ones that are evil (Take Forgotten Realms' Nobanion (the not-Aslan) or Mielikki versus Umberlee or Auril or the other...
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 03:15 AM
    If I am making Captain America from Avengers I might go Valor Bard. His fighting is decent like everyone else's but second tier to the big guns of the party. Hulk = Barbarian Thor = Paladin smiting Iron Man = Tricked out Wizard Black Widow = Rogue Hawkeye = Ranger Captain America = Bard.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:28 PM
    For India there is Green Ronin's Mindshadows for 3.0. A psionics focused D&D setting, there is a print sourcebook and monster book but not pdfs for some reason. There is also Sahashra from Dog Soul Publishing a full on Mythic India for 3.5. WotC also did an India version of Kara Tur as a web supplement for 3e Oriental Adventures.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:12 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Places of Power II Lich: In the end, though, she fights to the death, hoping perhaps her necromantic pursuits and experimentations will see her resurrected into the lich form she’s long sought. If Erlgamm is killed during the PCs’ stay, she could transform into a lich thanks to her many years of necromantic experiments.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:56 AM
    I read the d20 Rokugan book and really liked it. It does fantasy samurai area with themed clan politics very well. I used OA in 1e, 2e, and 3e as source material for individual elements like classes and spells and monsters but not really Kara Tur. I own Dragon empires and other not-Asia sourcebooks but have not delved into them deeply. D20 Rokugan is the one that appeals to me the most as a...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 01:57 PM
    You are only looking from the player character conversion end. There is also the DM end of converting old monsters and magic items and modules to the new system. For instance it is fairly trivial to use a B/X module with AD&D or a 3.0 module with PF 1. It takes a little converting but not redoing every stat from the narrative elements the way you would if you were converting to Savage Worlds...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 01:10 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Places of Power Mistress Amelya Van Fersker, Human Vampire Enchanter 10: Born 300 years ago, Amelya Van Fersker was a renowned beauty. Rather than getting engrossed in the politics of her day, she actively pursued one of the greatest wizards of her time, forcibly separating him from his wife and becoming both his apprentice and mistress. Her brilliant mind made her a quick...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 01:09 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing Unliving Span: ? Unliving Span Reasonably Large: ? Unliving Span Zombie: ? Unliving Span Ghoul: ? Advanced Mummy: After three zombies are slain, the remaining creatures receive a burst of power from the pillars, and are transformed into ghasts. When all but the last ghast is slain, the final creature transforms into an advanced mummy. Heartless Zombie: The...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 04:17 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    GM's Miscellany: Alternate Dungeons Mad Monk: The remnant of a priest who went insane as the result of his enforced departure from the temple where he spent his life. The Hanged Priest: ? The Nettling Demon: ? The Hungry Nursery: ? The Lonely Tavern: ? Undead Frost Worm: ? Anguish: ? Dancing Decor: ? Slamming Door: ?
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 02:17 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Fallen Of Obsidian Twilight: Zebadiah Calix Sabinus, Vampire Lich: ? Asi Magnor: ?
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 05:13 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Fallen Of Obsidian Twilight: Calix Sabinus Calix Sabinus, Vampiric Lich Aristocrat 2, Wizard 20, Eldritch Knight 10: It was during one of these sojourns into Aos’ underside that he met Sabine, an alluring and sophisticated woman from the distant northern islands. Calix was enchanted by her, but more importantly for him she sponsored him financially and made sure that his studies into necromancy...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 05:57 PM
    Palladium is having a 20% off sale on its Palladium Fantasy RPG PDFs for one week.
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 05:19 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Fallen Of Obsidian Twilight: Asi Magnor (PFRPG) Asi Magnor, Mummy Cleric 10, Fighter 15: Asi Magnor sought ways to conquer the only thing left to him, death itself. The Shaan had long had elaborate death rituals and had raised the undead as guardians of their fabulous necropolis. This was not enough for him though, to return as some husk did not appeal to him, he wanted to live forever and bent...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 05:09 AM
    May D&D sale on DriveThru as well. 15% off over 9,000 D&D related PDFs including stuff like Cubicle 7's Middle Earth 5e line.
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 01:34 PM
    WotC and DM's Guild's May Sale. Through May 16 15% off all PDFs and POD from DM's Guild and 28%-40% off select Guild print books: 5e Parents' Guide to Classes Critter Compendium Necromancer of Zhentil Keep (Adventurers League!) Swords of the Moonsea (Adventurers League!) Xanathar's Extraordinary Vault Xanathar's Lost Notes to Everything Else
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 01:12 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Faces of Vathak: Survivors Cannibalistic Cleric, Ghoul Brawler 2 Ex-Cleric 3: When duty keeps the clergy from departing, they continue a cursed existence between their god and their animalistic hunger. Service to the One True God is often an absolute; a duty that the clergy gladly rises to in order to end the corruption and madness that plagues Vathak. But Vathak is anything but a safe place,...
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 01:07 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Enemies of NeoExodus: Widowmaker Scarlet Widowmaker Scarlet, the Undead Horror: ?
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 01:18 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Enemies of NeoExodus: Harvester of Sorrow Harvester of Sorrow: A humanoid who dies of a harvester of sorrow's seed of hate disease immediately rises as a harvester of sorrow. Harvesters are created when the souls of suicide victims are refused entry into the afterlife, cast back to the world and forced to walk the world in their old bodies for ever feeling the pain that drove them to such...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:56 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Pathfinder 2e Playtest Pathfinder 2e Playtest Bestiary Banshee: Risen from the grave due to strong feelings of betrayal, this undead apparition was once a living elven woman. Undying grief drives banshees to seek out vengeance upon the living. Ghost: When some mortals die through tragic circumstances or without closure on something emotionally important to them, their spirits are unable to...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:50 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Pathfinder 1e N-Z, Magazines Northlands Hjalmar the Patient Human Vaettir Fighter 8: ? Vaettir: “Vættir” is an acquired template that can be added to any humanoid or monstrous humanoid creature with 6 or more Hit Dice. Oathbound Bestiary Lector: It is not entirely known how a lector forms, though it is believed that a lector is created when an ordinary skeletal undead creature comes...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:45 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Pathfinder 1e C-M Call to Arms: Decks of Cards Lich: Deck of Many Things Dark Fate card. Grave Knight: Deck of Many Things Dark Fate card. Vampire: Deck of Many Things Dark Fate card. The Dark Fate (Ace of Clubs): An evil undead duplicate of the drawer is created. The exact nature of the undead is based on what class the drawer is; If the drawer is a spellcaster, the duplicate is a lich,...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:36 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Pathfinder 1e #, A-B 8-Bit Adventures - The Legend of Heroes Burning Skull: Burning skulls are floating skulls or severed heads whose bodies have long since abandoned them, either in the moment of death or long after. Reanimated via dark magic, these horrors are usually created as mindless sentinels for dungeons or lairs. 8-Bit Adventures: Vampire Slayer Gear Axe Knight: ? Knight: ?...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:21 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Pathfinder 1e Paizo Pathfinder Bestiary Undead: Undead are once-living creatures animated by spiritual or supernatural forces. Those tragic souls transformed by evil from beyond the mortal world or cursed by their actions in life to rise again after death. (Undead Revisited) The spells animate dead, create undead, and create greater undead account for methods by which spellcasters can...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:18 AM
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    Enemies of NeoExodus: Folding Circle Haru Anon: Haru Anon is a bizarre form of undead. It was forged of the souls of every person killed by Makesh’s death touch ability, none of whom could travel to the afterlife when killed in that manner Haru’s true nature is actually the condensed terror, hatred, and pain of thousands of deaths, locked into eternity. Trevor Catalan: Trevor Catalan was never...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 01:40 PM
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    Enemies of NeoExodus: Cyrix Necrotic Golem: A necrotic golem is crafted of flesh taken from undead creatures. A result of Cyrix’s arcane research, a necrotic golem is a cross between a flesh golem and a necrostruct. Its body is crafted from undead flesh and reinforced with armored plates bolted to flesh and bone.
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    Friday, 26th April, 2019, 01:27 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Alien Evolution: Cosmic Race Guidebook Invectron: The invectron supposedly spontaneously came into being when the first atom began decaying in the universe. The spirit form of the first invectron laid dormant until Iantinor was formed and covered it in shadow. It sprang forth to undead life and immediately sought to encase itself in a dark space so that it would not be dormant again. All...
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 01:24 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Dangers & Discoveries Baron Culver's Balcony: Baron Archimedes Culver was a pathetic and lonely man towards the end of his long life. His vast fortune long since squandered, his political capital equally reduced, Baron Culver found himself banished from the royal court and the intrigue he so loved. The old Baron died, halfway senile, in a tattered silk bathrobe after falling from the balcony of...
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 03:14 AM
    Fat Goblin Games has a moving sale, 95% of their stuff is on sale for $1 each. I am a fan of their Shadows over Vathak horror setting and there are some real steals here like the Forgotten Foes monster book and the Fat Goblin Guide to Hell. No idea how long this will be running.
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 01:22 PM
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    Atarashia Gazetteer – A Dwarven Guide Undead: When the War of Life began, that great battle between life and undeath, the dwarves sided with Tlaneci, the goddess of the sun, and marched into battle on the central plains of the Jing Empire. This area was devasted by necromantic magic and became the Narwahr Expanse. Even now, the tortured bodies of dwarven warriors can be encountered as undead,...
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 03:23 AM
    10 years of Cubicle 7 Sale 40% off several PDFs from their One Ring, Doctor Who, and Victoriana lines.
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    Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019, 01:17 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Atarashia – A Gazetteer Mindless Dead: Cevnia’s process bound the negative spirit back into its body without transforming it into positive energy first. This was easier to do than a resurrection and required less magical energy. However, the process was imperfect and left the spirit trapped in the remains of its body, howling in mental anguish that blotted out all trace of intellect and...
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    Monday, 22nd April, 2019, 01:11 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Close Encounters: NPC Codex Vid Star Host, Mummy: ?
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 06:43 PM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Classes of NeoExodus: Protean Scribe Undead Creature: Protean Scribe Death Word storied creature with spending 2 additional points of eloquence.
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 04:20 AM
    Voadam replied to Undead Origins
    Campaign Backdrops: Sun & Sand Akh-en-Tholus, Human Lich Necromancer 11: ? Zombie Gnoll: ? Gnoll Bloody Skeleton Corpse Companion: ? The Vulture King, Ghast Cleric 3: The Vulture King and his followers are the remains of a caravan of tengu pilgrims driven off their route by a sandstorm years ago. Trapped at this necrotic cyst they were forced to cannibalize the dead and eventually turned upon...
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  • 01:37 AM - EzekielRaiden mentioned Voadam in post Are Drow considered "Fey".....? Why or why not?
    ...ettings, humans are what you get when an elf and an orc have a kid! And that's still just as D&D as Greyhawk or Blackmoor or Khorvaire or Nentir Vale. Do you mean "humanoidish".....? IIRC, I've taken great pains to specifically NOT use the word "humanoid", but instead use "humanoidish". The question was asked as intended. When you responded to statements about the term "humanoid," you made it clear that Gnomes qualify as "humanoidish" because they have a roughly human body plan but do not necessarily conform to the proportions of real-world humans. Thus, unless there are additional requirements you did not state, "humanoidish" was sufficiently well-defined for me to not have any questions about it. That and other posts of yours, however, make it clear that you see a very sharp distinction between "humanoid" and "demi-human." Thus, I am curious what qualities (whether presence or absence thereof) distinguish "humanoid" from "demi-human" as you would define the terms. I appreciate @Voadam's response, as it is straightforward enough, but it is heavily subjective. You have professed a desire for "scientific" terms, by which I assume you mean something primarily objective, so I wanted to hear directly from you what differences you see between the "humanoid" and "demi-human" classifications. (Though I have to admit, I find the term "humanoidish" somewhat...well, silly. "Humanlikelike," or "having the characteristics of having the characteristics of humans." It's similar to having a genre called "roguelike"--how do you describe a game which has just a few characteristics of a roguelike? A roguelike-ish game? A roguelite? A rogueoid--no, I can't even stomach that quadruple vowel. A roguesque? Actually that last one isn't so bad-sounding, though technically that should be the narrower rather than broader category, linguistically speaking! :P) Edit: Also, Tuzenbach, you never really answered the question I asked. If Gnomes are "humanoidish" beings who have had, in several ed...

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Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 07:01 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Voadam in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    If I am making Captain America from Avengers I might go Valor Bard. His fighting is decent like everyone else's but second tier to the big guns of the party. Hulk = Barbarian Thor = Paladin smiting Iron Man = Tricked out Wizard Black Widow = Rogue Hawkeye = Ranger Captain America = Bard. Valor bards are decent second string combatants and he inspires everyone all the time. Plus valor can give him blue chain mail and shield proficiency. :) All his bard buff spells can be somatic component patriotic or noble pose, verbal component stirring speech. Does Cap really use Noble Prose or stirring speech in in combat though? It seems to me that he uses his combat expertise to provide openings for his allies to take advantage of more than anything else. Tripping, distracting, pushing, disarming, maneuvering all seem to be more in line with how Cap fights at least in the MCU.

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 12:57 AM - Celebrim quoted Voadam in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    This seems no different than considerations for wizards or sorcerers or bards. They have magical power and are not constrained by a patron or predictable based on their patron. Well yes, spellcasters are widely distrusted by the non-magical world, because their powers are strange and dangerous. A wizard could make you believe that you've accepted coin from him when he'd only handed you a bit of tin or brass, or he could turn invisible and go about your home, or eves drop on your private affairs with his magic glass, or charm your daughter to make her believe she is in love with him, or consort with evil spirits do avenge himself on his enemies, or raise the corpse of your mother up to do his biding. In short, even in places where magic is considered a trade, it's often considered a dirty and dishonorable trade greatly to be distrusted. In my campaign, sorcerers in many parts of the world are considered not even human, and are therefore subject to the same "free to slaughter" considera...

Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 06:15 PM - gyor quoted Voadam in post Kara-Tur vs Rokugan
    For India there is Green Ronin's Mindshadows for 3.0. A psionics focused D&D setting, there is a print sourcebook and monster book but not pdfs for some reason. There is also Sahashra from Dog Soul Publishing a full on Mythic India for 3.5. WotC also did an India version of Kara Tur as a web supplement for 3e Oriental Adventures. Mahasarpa is not linked to Kara Tur, I think it's linked to Rokugan, at least in the past, but I don't know about it's legal status now.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019


Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 06:22 PM - GreyLord quoted Voadam in post What Would You Want from PF2?
    Reasonable compatibility with PF1/3.5/3.0/d20Modern. I want to be able to mix and match my stuff with as few problems as using 3.0 modules in a Pathfinder 1e game. Improvements: simplify skill lists, give more skills to low skill classes, deal with LFQW, ruthlessly give all save or die/suck spells a save a round, possibly copy the 5e concentration rules, turn x/day powers generally into at will or once per encounter or recharge, give rogues and monks full BAB, more per encounter mechanics, PC save discrepancies at high levels, some sort of significantly better non-magical healing, separate culture from race, have a 4e DMG II style no magic loot option, allowing a full attacks with a move, clear rules for grappling, etc. Some of that might be decent, but absolutely NOT for giving Rogues full BAB if BAB is going to differ between classes. Why do many modern gamers feel "Rogue" = Combat class? Rogue was normally a ROGUE...or at least a stealth and subterfuge class previously. Later ...

Monday, 8th April, 2019

  • 07:27 PM - Greg K quoted Voadam in post Why the hate for complexity?
    That's actually a 1978 change to the way magic missile had worked.:) AD&D 1e PH in 1978 is the first place it explicitly auto hits Back in 3e, there was an online article on the official D&D website (I think it was by Monte Cook) that provided an optional magic missile variant that returned magic missile to its original rules of requiring an attack roll and then doing 1d6 damage (or was it 1d6+1) upon a hit. I do seem to recall this 3e variant's attack roll being a ranged touch attack, but I really liked it.
  • 01:13 AM - Luz quoted Voadam in post Looking for a well-written high-level (10-20) campaign setting in the Underdark from any edition of D&D.
    If you want official there is the 1970s Gygax Descent Into the Depths of the Earth underdark series D1-3 originally for levels 9-14. D1-2 Descent Into the Depths of the Earth D3 Vault of the Drow There are even already done 5e conversion kits for it which pegs the suggested levels around 12-14. 5e Conversion for D1-2 5e Conversion for D3 Having just run these modules for my 5e group, I'll second this suggestion. Written by the man who invented the underdark and drow, these modules have never been equaled. To expand on D1-2 Descent Into the Depths of the Earth, check out Encyclopedia Subterranica it's a community fan-made project and great resource. Encyclopedia Subterranica

Sunday, 7th April, 2019

  • 08:25 AM - Saelorn quoted Voadam in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    A monster with a +10 attack bonus against a tank knight with an AC of 30 is fairly irrelevant and poor game play at the table IMO. I found these "need a 20 to hit" combats uninteresting to run in 3e/PF and not that uncommon. A +3 attack bonus against a bounded accuracy tank AC of 19 is still a fight and the tank still feels like a tank next to the AC 14 nontanks. I think we are looking for different things out of sandbox play and the difference in levels though.That's entirely probable, given that I consider a +10 attack bonus against AC 30 to be a case where the player has made a meaningful choice. As a player, the inability to reach a reliable AC is one of the major problems I have with 5E. Being hit one-time-in-four, rather one-time-in-two, is fairly irrelevant; in neither case can I enter melee with the expectation of not getting hurt.

Saturday, 6th April, 2019

  • 11:18 PM - DaveMage quoted Voadam in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    You've never had really tanked out AC characters in mid level Pathfinder? I had this happen in running encounters straight out of the second and third modules in the official Reign of Winter Adventure Path. Its been a while but I remember in the third module which is levels 7-10 the sword and board fighter had an AC in the 30s when using his expertise feat actively. Looking on Page 26 of Mother Maiden Crone Poryphanes had 4 +9 melee attacks and his tendriculous has +11 and two +6s meaning natural 20s to hit. Similarly for all the Andrazku demons throughout the module with their 3 +10 melee attacks. The other PCs had ACs in the teens to 20s at the same point so there was a wide disparity. It is pretty easy to character build for high AC in pathfinder even just using core if you focus hard on it in your build, I had a PC who did for that campaign when I ran it. I had a similar experience in high level 3.5 with a different player. Yeah, when I've run higher level PF1 games this issue...
  • 09:04 AM - Green Onceler quoted Voadam in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    I found these "need a 20 to hit" combats uninteresting to run in 3e/PF and not that uncommon. . Really? I've played a lot of Pathfinder and I don't think that's ever come up as an actual encounter. Why would your GM even bother running something like that let alone make them a common occurrence? I guess if your level 20 fighter randomly decides to attack the local melon farmer it might pop up, but I cannot imagine a GM purposefully bringing such an encounter to her session.

Saturday, 23rd February, 2019

  • 01:42 PM - Samloyal23 quoted Voadam in post Steampunk golem?
    Tastes vary. Since I dislike significant resource management and tracking time developing more fine-grained systems to do so does not appeal to me. I personally would much prefer to take inspiration from say the War Machine's miniature game for the steampunk aesthetics, apply their descriptions to CR appropriate existing statblocks and just go. That just seems boring to me, it is purely cosmetic. At least come up with a theory for how things are supposed to work, don't be a lazy writer.

Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 01:25 PM - Samloyal23 quoted Voadam in post Steampunk golem?
    I would just just reskin the descriptions of an existing construct of the appropriate CR. Modify a few minor abilities to be more thematically appropriate if necessary. There are a ton of 3e monsters so there is no real shortage of existing construct statblocks if you want. But part of the fun of the game is filling in gaps by developing systems to cover things not in the game already, answering questions like how much water and fuel a steam golem needs to function, how long can you fight in steam powered armour, and other things you need to steam power rules for so you have to homebrew.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

  • 10:48 PM - Immortal Sun quoted Voadam in post Standard and Full Actions, really necessary?
    Downside for the players is that melee ambushes are nastier when everybody pounces. Yeah, I thought about that. But currently the party is 2 10th-level druids, a "battlemage" (fighter 5, sorcerer 5) and a monk. I know they can dish it, so I'm sure they can take it.

Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 11:54 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Voadam in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    A lot. Thousands of PDFs and a not insignificant physical collection. I've been gaming and acquiring books since 1981, and I like PDFs. I buy a lot of PDF bundles. It is my regular hobby splurge. My rpg books. It is more than I could ever read, but I like to have them as reference resources and I use a large number of sources a lot in my games. I still need to go through and catalogue my PDF collection. I'm thinking that will dwarf my hard copy collection. Not quite as large as yours though. Looking at just your 5E list, I'm amazed you have so many PDFs for that alone! PDF bundles suck me in too. I own several Humble Bundle and Bundle of Holding RPG bundles that I've barely even had a chance to flick through, let alone read.

Tuesday, 21st August, 2018


Saturday, 16th June, 2018

  • 04:43 AM - AbdulAlhazred quoted Voadam in post Cosmology Timeline?
    Shardminds are a psionic race from PH3 right? I've got 1 and 2 but not 3. Who are the Quoum and what sources do they show up in? The Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral Sea. They're one of the plethora of "this race are your enemies." They seek out pretty much any powerful source of magic to use to resurrect their god, Lakal. I guess there's some nuance there, good goal, bad means, etc. Shardminds aren't specifically 'psionic' any more than any other race, but their racial existence is related to the Far Realm, which is generally associated with psionics (though how is open to interpretation, there are several answers presented in different places). The thing with the shardminds is, they all want to bring the gate back, but they don't agree about HOW to do it.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 09:31 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Voadam in post Cosmology Timeline?
    Who are the Quoum and what sources do they show up in?The Quoum are in Plane Above. I'm not sure how similar it is. The Living Gate wasn't a god and the Shardminds are literally physical pieces of it, and they would have to re-assemble themselves into the living gate, something they are not at all unified in wanting to do nor in how to do it. The Quoum's God/Domain, Lakal, was destroyed in the Dawn War, and they are, as one, ruthlessly scouring the multiverse for the last, infinitesimal, undetectable-to-non-Quoum, pieces of her (the big pieces are their ships) that can be anywhere and part of anything, including bits of living beings that the Quom unhesitatingly excise, fatally if need be, with the fanatically-committed intent of bringing her back. I tweaked the Quoum slightly for my current campaign, establishing that there are a small number of secretive 'Disparates' who dissent from the mission of restoring Lakal, believing Her sacrifice noble.
  • 08:57 PM - Invisible Stalker quoted Voadam in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    Lingusia eh? I had it in Oerth vaguely near Hommlett to start off my 80's Greyhawk campaign. I had it out west of the Iron Wood. The road split and it was northwest to the Caves of Chaos and southwest to the Caverns of Quasqueton.


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