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    All the PCs are toys. But they don't come to life when the kids leave the room.
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 06:40 PM
    It really depends what question you're asking. If you're asking what races 5e should get rid of from the published books... well, that's a moot question - they're not going to change the roster until 6e rolls around (or, I suppose, 5.5e - but I don't see that happening). If you're asking what races I'd put in the 6e PHB (or, if I had a time machine, which ones I'd put in 'my' 5e PHB), my...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 06:25 PM
    The guy playing the barbarian is right. As DM you get to control everything else in the game world. The only thing he gets to control is his character. Unless the character is under the influence of some sort of mind controlling magic, hands off!.
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 06:19 PM
    I'm expecting a hard reboot of the X- franchise (since the Stewart timeline has come to an end, and the McAvoy one has become rather stale). I'm also expecting a soft reboot of the MCU - probably putting many of the existing characters on hiatus, with the next Phase carried forward by Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider-man. Then, when they want to bring back Iron Man and the rest, they'll...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 03:25 PM
    It came from you. More or less it sounds to me that all the three of you have failed. The face man player failed to want to impose his PC will on another player. You failed in siding with him and force a skill check to be the final arbiter. The Barbarian's player failed when he overreacted and tried to use something in-game against the first PC. But you are the DM so you have more...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 09:01 AM
    Looks amazing.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 09:08 PM
    I voted all.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 03:21 PM
    It's possible I might have known about that. :)
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 03:17 PM
    Yeah, okay. Fair enough.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 03:09 PM
    Nitpick: it's not "never before 5e". Back in 1st and 2nd ed, elves had exactly the same infravision as dwarves. What 5e is doing is not new; it's a reversion back to the way Gygax wrote it. (On the larger topic, I've already stated my preference. So I'll not get further involved in that one. :) )
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:22 PM
    I know this is intended as a joke, but... no, even humans aren't strictly needed. Granted, the vast majority of settings (and RPGs) will allow for human PCs, but there's no particular reason why they must be present. (Consider, if you will, a Cybertron-based Transformers game, or one based on the old cartoon "Reboot". Or "My Little Pony"... not that anyone would be crazy enough to write such a...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 09:34 AM
    Surely Poe's one true love is BB-8?
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 08:25 AM
    There are many which I really like to use as a source of quests and stories, but none is sexier than Shar.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 05:08 PM
    Three times. Each time it has gone down in my estimation. (The same is true of TFA, incidentally, though that's dropping from a higher base.)
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 11:19 AM
    Usually people evaluate monsters stats without looking at the story, but I think you point out what is a remarkable feature of this monster: if you kill it, someone will be stuck forever in the negative energy plane. If you run the game with more focus on purposes and achievements, then "winning" an encounter with a Nightwalker gets a new definition, at least for non-evil PCs. And it...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 09:50 AM
    I've mostly ignored the new EU (except for "Rebels", as mentioned). When they killed off the old version, they also killed any interest I had in reading their new take. Agreed.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 09:43 AM
    IMO, the problem with the Disney Star Wars is that, simply put, most of it just isn't very good. There are some gems ("Rogue One", "Rebels", and the Lego), but the movies haven't impressed. Hopefully that will change. (Of course, it's also worth considering that much of the pre-Disney stuff also wasn't very good. One of the benefits of time is that it tends to preserve the good stuff and...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Yep. For me it's gnomes who are, essentially, goblins.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 11:23 AM
    You don't need anything. Half-Elf and Half-Orc are there because of tradition, and THAT is definitely worth keeping around. The rules of the game evolve, and new races and classes can become new-traditional in time, but some things should stay the same of D&D will lose its identity and legacy across editions. Then, some people want as much symmetry as possible in the game, and the fact that...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 10:35 AM
    Cut about half of RotS, and I'll agree. As it is, there's a middle section that is deadly dull.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 09:39 AM
    Agreed. In this regard the "Clone Wars" cartoon series is a vast improvement over the actual films. Indeed, it's almost worth suffering the prequels as a price for getting that series.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 09:34 AM
    Looks good. However, I feel my enjoyment of the film will be dependent on how often she smiles. I hadn't considered it until this thread, but now it means everything.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 07:19 AM
    Restrictions are recipes. No restrictions is like having 4-5 cooks putting everything they want in the soup. It may work fine. Or you may end up with one cook putting indian spices, the second Mediterranean ingredients, another german sausages, and the last french cream. Which, who knows, maybe it's actually good, but maybe it's garbage. Restrictions, if well planned, provides a theme and can...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 03:40 PM
    I'm not entirely keen on the notion of "DM restrictions" - my preferred model would involve quite a bit of back-and-forth discussion between DM and potential players to arrive at something they're both happy with. That said, someone has to be the final arbiter, and since the DM is going to be running the game, I guess that's who it falls to. My position would be #4 - pretty much any...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 02:00 PM
    I've just finished "Father Christmas's Fake Beard", the last-ever Terry Pratchett. Now reading "Temple of the Peacock Spirit" for Pathfinder, and about to start "Song of Stone" by Iain Banks. I never did get around to "Anna Karenina" last month. I doubt I will this month, either.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 07:27 PM
    This. I run a lot of different campaigns, depending on what I feel like at the time. And some of those campaigns will give additional character options, while others will restrict the set (often both together). If you want to play in the campaign, you should abide by those restrictions - you can play that gnome next time. And if a player absolutely has to play an option that has been...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 03:10 PM
    Sure. tLJ has many big flaws, and I'm not going to defend many of them (indeed, I agree with basically everything in your post). I was just disagreeing on the specific point of Snoke's death.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 02:56 PM
    I actually thought that was one of the better moves in tLJ - it was something I really didn't expect, and so thought was pretty cool. However, this: Is a major problem. Writing the middle chapter of a trilogy without knowing where the story is going is a boneheaded move.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 02:45 PM
    A good idea. Of course, encumbrance rules suck, so there's that problem to deal with first. :) I like that. You could give a small but non-trivial XP award for using up these items. Yep, this is something I like, too - use it or lose it.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 02:36 PM
    This. And, honestly, I prefer it that way - it gives room both for the "orcs are just another culture, like Klingons" and the "orcs are inherently evil monsters" approaches. Making them a PC option in the PHB excludes the latter.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 11:22 AM
    As others have said, we don't need half-races. Indeed, we don't need any particular race - even humans aren't actually required. Should we keep them? Well, that depends on the setting/campaign/group. There's no signs of a new edition, so they'll not be getting dropped from the game any time soon. :) (Of course, if we were talking science fiction, especially anything wants to claim and sort...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 09:36 AM
    Best to worst... Star Wars (the original) The Empire Strikes Back (this is probably the better film, but can't beat nostalgia) Return of the Jedi Rogue One (again, this is probably a better film than RotJ, but nostalgia...) The Force Awakens (this impressed me a great deal the first time, but becomes less good every time I watch it) Solo The Last Jedi (this didn't particularly impress...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 09:48 PM
    I am against adding options which grants spellcasters the ability to alter spells in real time. Because that is called metamagic and is one of the only 2 reasons to play a Sorcerer (the other being specific archetypes). If you give the Sorcerer's unique feature to others, then to be fair you should give other's unique features to the Sorcerer, like a feat that allows to add more known...
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 12:54 PM
    I would recommend something like: to enter the atmosphere you need to shut down your weapons systems and/or warp drive. It then takes 2 hours after leaving atmosphere to charge them back up. Couple that with making pirates just common enough, and it then becomes something the players have to think about very carefully before continuing - yes, they can land the ship, but is it really worth the...
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 09:57 AM
    A few years ago (in the run up to 5e), I dug out the MSRPs: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?353385-Cost-of-D-amp-D-Editions-then-and-now&p=6272427#post6272427 The first printing of the 3e core books (and only the first printing) was sold at near-cost. With the second printing those rose to $30 each. The reason for this was two-fold: they wanted to make it as attractive as...
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 05:48 PM
    Place a couple of broken 'secret' doors early on, so that the characters find them easily enough using Passive Perception. Make sure these are all the same - there's a consistent way they were hidden (before they got broken). Then place a bunch of other secret doors later in the adventure with a much higher DC, so that they're out of reach for Passive Perception - you'd need a really good roll...
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    That's true. It's also worth noting that a new edition inevitably splits the fanbase, even if it's to a mostly-compatible new version (1st -> 2nd, 3e -> 3.5e). That being the case, I think I'd be inclined to argue that 6e shouldn't be a change of the order of 1st -> 2nd. If that's what they're considering, they'd probably be better off not producing the new edition and instead living with what...
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 11:30 AM
    It was a bit of a surprise to me, but apparently the 3/3.5 approach didn't work well - the 3.5e books apparently sold about half as well as their 3e predecessors. And although the game did go on for another 5 years, it was 5 years of long, slow decline. Basically, if they did a new version that was effectively a 5.5e (that is, the same foundation with a lot of changes in the periphery), they'd...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 11:14 PM
    Put the map (or flowchart for non-site-based adventures) in the centre of the page. Then key off that. But also detail clues/encounters/etc separately and don't lock them to the map any more than is absolutely necessary - it may be important that the PCs get Clue A, but it's probably less important whether they get it in Room 1 or Room 2, so let it 'float'. And advise the DM that s/he's...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:40 PM
    If they really have hit their stated target of 100k units per book, then all the 5e books are amongst the best-selling D&D products of all time. Prior to 5e there were only a very few non-core rulebook products to reach that threshold (something like half a dozen of the 1st Ed, BECMI, or older adventures). Of course, it depends how long you make your list of best-selling products - top-10,...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:19 PM
    In a previous group I had a player who absolutely hated using any limited-use magic items (potions or scrolls), mostly because they might need the item later and partly because they could just rest, have the Cleric prepare that spell, and so save the item. The upshot was that he went through a great many campaigns with an inventory of such items that he never used. :) For whatever it's...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:01 PM
    Sure. I was agreeing that it would be nice, not necessarily that it's likely to happen. :)
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 03:30 PM
    I will be stunned if WotC ever again do a book that is not a full-colour hardback or costs less than $50. (Note: I do mean specifically a book, not a boxed set, PDF, or whatever else. :) ) Agreed. I think the best approach would be to revise the Starter Set - release LMoP onto DM's Guild and do a new boxed set with the new adventure. Again, I can't see them releasing such an adventure...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 10:03 AM
    I think it's always best to leave such kind of situations to each DM to handle it the way they want. Personally, for me a RPG is always grounded in a story, and if I stop believing in the story I stop believing in the game. Frankly, in this particular case if the DM rules that in total darkness you can dart through doors and around objects at full speed because the RAW doesn't prevent that, I...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 08:38 AM
    I think it's a feature of Wish to torture the players into choice paralysis :)
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 08:33 AM
    No. You are making a mistake: you are basing your comparison on time alone, while the publishing pace of 5e is a lot slower. This is a bit like comparing a bicycle ride with someone else who took the same trip by car in one hour, and after half an hour wondering if you (with the bike) should be already at 50% of the journey. WotC can of course decide to kill the edition and start another...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 08:27 AM
    Yes. Yes. Yes. And notice that "just as well" includes that if they run into a wall in the dark they get hurt "just as well" as when they run into a wall in broad daylight. Then think, are you going to tell the PCs there is a wall when they are in complete darkness so that they can stop just in time to avoid getting hurt? The answer depends if your DMing style is more "gamist" or...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    I find the release of the new Gift Set to be highly symbolic. Each previous edition has had some sort of new set of core rulebooks - be it just new cover art (1st ed), an entirely new layout (2nd), or a rules revision (3.5e, Essentials). And in every case it has seemed that the edition has then been marching towards its end - there have still been some significant books to come, but the new...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 03:39 PM
    Adventure writing is very hard. Writing an adventure that is also of sufficient mass appeal to sell 100,000 units and both reads well and plays well and does so in the format of a 256-page book is much harder still. Also, writing a set of adventure design guidelines is a different challenge again...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 02:26 PM
    WotC actually did me a huge favour. If they had followed the 3e/4e release model of a book a month, I would now have multiple shelves containing thousands of dollars' worth of 5e books that don't see any actual use. As it is, I'm averaging a book a year - I gave up on the storylines after "Storm King's Thunder", and don't have any interest in buying into another new setting. And I'm more...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 09:27 AM
    I've decided not to follow Pathfinder to 2nd Edition, so when the changeover comes I'll be letting my sub to their Adventure Path line expire. The only other RPG purchases I anticipate in 2019 are one or two D&D hardbacks - if they do another "X's Guide to Y", I'll probably buy that, and if they do a book or books set in Eberron, Dark Sun, or Spelljammer then I'll buy those. (Actually, I...
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 10:13 AM
    Personally, I would give Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Tieflings low-light vision, give Elves advantage on Perception checks, and eliminate darkvision entirely. But that's just me. :)
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 08:17 PM
    Nope, as much as my interpretation is and has always been the same as yours, it is NOT clear, otherwise we wouldn't have plenty of people after 4 years who still claim the RAW allows otherwise i.e. to take a command action in round 1 and have the beast keep attacking. If only they added "each turn" after "If you don't issue a command" then it would put an end to the discussion. Unfortunately...
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 03:10 PM
    Surely the answer is to allow them to regularly curb-stomp the run of the mill ruffians, cultists, thugs and everyone else. That's something to embrace, not something to fight against. They don't need to always be meeting elites and veterans, gladiators and so on - keep those back for the more challenging encounters. If in doubt, look to Batman - he faces plenty of people that he can...
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    They should do it in the form of a card deck - shuffle the deck, draw a card, and there's your encounter. Added bonus: they can sell it as a base set plus semi-random boosters. On second thoughts, no they shouldn't!
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 09:50 AM
    Still using a fixed array since the start of 5e... it's faster than point-buy, and completely eliminates whinings like "my scores are unplayable" and "oh how unlucky I am I rolled poorly".
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    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 08:29 AM
    Yes, I agree, better not to do it at all costs on a class if there is no good idea. I wouldn't touch iconic and unique features such as Barbarian's Rage and Rogue's Sneak Attack... even smaller stuff like Action Surge and Second Wind should not be removed, otherwise it leaves the Fighter class without its own unique and distinctive features, it would end up being an empty shell of a class. ...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 04:37 PM
    Answering the question as stated (that is, what's needed to use a setting with only 5e books): World Map: A map of the entire world, or at least the entire known world. (Though, actually, I don't need even the whole known world - I just need a bit enough area to adventure in, which may only be a subset. For instance, in a "Robin Hood" type setting, I only really need a map of England; it's...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 11:04 AM
    The only thing I need is more time to play. I would buy a book for Eberron*, Dark Sun, or Spelljammer if they published such a thing. Likewise, as the OP mentions, the Artificer and Psionics (whether attached to the above settings or otherwise). * Yes, I'm aware of the "Wayfinder's Guide". For Eberron, feel free to read it as "another book". :) I personally don't have any need, or any...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 10:16 AM
    You'd run out of monsters - there's a reason the MM tends more to the malevolent than the benign. :)
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 10:14 AM
    I don't think we're alone. But I doubt whether we'll ever make contact with alien life. The vast majority of the life that is out there won't be intelligent life; the vast majority of the intelligent life that's out there will be completely incomprehensible to us; the vast majority of what remains will still be confined to their own planets and/or systems; and the vast majority of the rest...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 09:55 AM
    I won't comment much on the mechanics of these alternate class features because they are still WIP. But I am definitely on board with the whole idea of alternate class features (for all classes). It's a fantastic idea because: - they introduce more freedom and flexibility in character design without necessarily adding whole new subclasses (which need their own strong enough identities, and...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 02:18 PM
    IMO, the rumour mill's been doing quite well recently - predicted the move to Sundays, the drop to 10 episodes, and the move of the Christmas episode. But I guess we'll see. I would be sorry to see Whittaker go. Chibnall not so much. That said, I'm increasingly convinced Douglas Adams had it right all those years ago - go for one really good series, and then out. Both RTD and SM seemed...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 09:33 AM
    Rumour has it that the New Year's Day episode may be the only new Who in 2019. :(
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 10:27 AM
    The artwork is incredibly important. Any of these are fine. What is important is that the artwork be evocative. Neither. If that's the choice, you're better delaying publication until you can fix the issue.
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 09:49 AM
    At the start of this year I started a game with 6 players, only one of whom had ever played before. So I have a suggestion that may help: I would recommend starting each session with a brief (~5 mins) recap of some section of the rules. Start with the real basics - here are the different dice types, here are the three types of rolls in the game, introduce the various sections of the character...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 09:37 AM
    What really the math doesn't take into account is that a flat bonus allows skills and saves to beat DCs that are otherwise not possible with advantage, and similarly a flat penalty prevents to beat DCs that are still possible with disadvantage. This consideration doesn't apply to attacks since they have the autohit/automiss rule. So as an example, all the advantage in the world including Lucky...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 09:12 AM
    Yes. Even tho I generally have some adventure come to the PCs, in which case it will be appropriate to their level, the fantasy world around exists independently from them, and that means unbeatable encounters are possible. It's not a Kobayashi Maru / Deathtrap situation if the PC group have the means to avoid or escape the encounter. The key idea is that if killing/beating the foe is...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 09:05 AM
    Sorry, whaaat? It's hard for me to believe that young adults (not children) who have already played between two and four years still have troubles with basic stuff like reading a character sheet or use skills, when the latter is practically "roll d20, add a small number, ask the DM if it worked". But then, if this is how they really are, please do everyone a favor and do NOT run a game at...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 10:57 PM
    Did they? Oh well, fair enough.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:49 AM
    This.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 10:51 AM
    Yep, this was a better episode. Though I'm curious: how did they cut the bubble wrap to pack the items without popping any of the bubbles and thus setting off the bombs?
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:57 AM
    Mmm... there's many! A few ones on the top of my head: Uriah Heep: "The Wizard", "Lady in Black", "Traveller in Time", "Silver White Man" Jethro Tull: "Ring Out Solstice Bells", "Cold Wind to Valhalla", "Cup of Wonder", "Broadsword" Led Zeppelin: "Ramble On", "The Battle of Evermore", "Over the Hills and Far Away" Deep Purple: "Fireball", "Stormbringer" Thin Lizzy: "The Friendly Ranger at...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:19 AM
    Very important. I cannot stand a RPG book with bad art. An awesome monster picture often makes me want to feature the creature in some adventure, so by contrast I suppose that bad pictures have subtly put me off and away from a MM entry all the time. That said, quality does not have much to do with how complex or advanced the drawing technique is. Editing and printing should be of good quality...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 09:41 AM
    First of all, that's BS. Those features entitle the PCS to learn that information, but don't preclude other waysto obtain the same. In general the game assumes the DM doesn't show monsters stats to the players, but the designers are not fools and they know that many players own the MM, or know many monsters already by having encountered them before. Still, those features are useful against...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:45 PM
    Dodging is useful if you can do it as a bonus action, or if you can do it as an action while doing something else as a bonus action. But Dodge + movement (and nothing else) is maybe only good for running away, and it's not the best choice in all cases, yet running away doesn't happen typically that often in RPG. It might also be an interesting choice in some other corner cases that happen even...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:40 PM
    It has annoyed me as a DM more than as a player.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:54 PM
    Yep, that's how I'd rule this one. Although... I quite like this. Though I'd probably argue that both the Fighter and Wizard should be knocked prone, as the Fighter desperately backs away, right into the face of his ally.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:17 PM
    Sure. But that person is seldom standing right there.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:00 PM
    It would have been interesting in this episode if the Doctor had noted that she could have interfered here - except that doing so would delete Yaz.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:02 AM
    For the most part, I don't bother. I probably won't need those stats, and I have plenty of other things to do. If I do need the stats, and I have time, I'll build the ruler as a unique NPC. If time doesn't permit, I'll grab something that looks about right - probably noble, or knight, or something. As regards the 'level' of the ruler: I tend towards the view that most rulers in a...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:59 AM
    Just finding games. An awful lot of gaming in the UK seems to operate in submarine mode - you know they're there somewhere, but finding them is tricky. Last time I found myself in this situation I had to bite the bullet and set up a group myself. That worked well enough, but it was a lot of hassle, and I just don't have the will to do it again.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:29 AM
    They've stated that their default is "the multiverse". In practice, however, it's the Realms, at least so far.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 03:48 PM
    Yeah. It kinda felt like there's a big piece missing - the bit where Yaz really wants to intervene but it reminded that she can't. If we hadn't had "Rosa" earlier in the series, I suspect I would have enjoyed this one more. As it is, that's three pretty weak episodes in a row.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 10:55 AM
    I would change nothing - part of the fun of having the overpowered items is walking over opponents that would otherwise be a much harder challenge. That said, I would be very wary about giving out items in the manner described. IME there isn't much that players hate more than losing stuff.
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Friday, 23rd November, 2018

  • 03:51 PM - Hjorimir mentioned delericho in post "Realistic" Waterdeep adventuring with 9th-10th party
    There are multiple ways to apply pressure to a higher level group. Not all encounters need to be "deadly" to apply pressure. Put them on the clock and force them through multiple smaller encounters to drain resources. Put innocent civilians in harm's way. Make sure they have to worry about not burning the city down with their errant fireballs. Also, the flat math of 5e should work in your favor here. ACs shouldn't be too hard to hit. A couple of nice sneak attacks will keep the casters humble. Hit them from multiple directions. Sniper rogues with bows. I also 100% agree with delericho here: Embrace the PCs as heroes who get to stomp on some lower-level baddies!

Thursday, 19th July, 2018

  • 12:05 PM - Coroc mentioned delericho in post Curse of Strahd: What is Straud von Zarovich's Title? [SPOILERS ALERT]
    well here i found something Matrix Sorcica posted in a 2016 thread http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?480668-Curse-of-Strahd-Can-Borovia-be-situated-in-Forgotten-Realms/page3 "IIRC, there's advice in Expedition to Castle Ravenloft on placing it in FR. I seem to recall it's somewhere in the Galena Mountains in Damara. " So maybe not in the original module but later on. Is I6 mentioning Lathander or only morning Lord? I have got the module but at home so not accessable atm delericho

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018

  • 08:46 AM - Coroc mentioned delericho in post Polymorph and Mental Ability Scores
    delericho #3 See, to prevent such unbelievable sillyness i use the houserule that to cast any spell of a given Level the casting attribute has to be 10+spellevel. To create an int 3 wizard (or even an int 11 wizard) is powergaming it wrong imho. Thats like a barbarian with 3 STR or a rogue with 3 dex. I hate that this 3rd Edition rule did not make it into 5th Edition officially. I mean if you want to Play a Retard, i got no Problems with that, but he will not be a wizard that is for sure. Int 3 means you are eventually unable to speak sentences with more than 3 words if you are able to speak at all, and do not even think about writing skills. For those rules lawyers disagreeing with my Point of view: how would you describe a mentally challenged individual in your campaign world if you had to give stats? Is 3 to high for that? Do we only have the 0, 1 and 2 to scale mental capabilities below the threshold?

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 02:49 PM - Coroc mentioned delericho in post Is Dark Sun Coming To D&D?
    delericho #64 Were they were large as Monsters in bothe the Standard 2nd ed MM and the darksun MM, and wasn't there a Differentiation in Thri kreen and Thor kreen? I am pretty sure Thri kreen PCs in 2nd ed were medium. Otherwise they would have gotten some compensation mechanic like the halfgiants double hitpoints.

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 12:31 PM - CubicsRube mentioned delericho in post Should fighters be skill monkeys?
    I suspect youre right delericho but the rogue still has a niche in 5d in my mind as a skirmish fighter. With bonus action movement and dashes and evasion etc plus sneak attack they have a specific combat niche different to a fighter. Most rogues though not all are likely to devle towards theives tools, sleight of hand, stealth and the like to enhance their class, but fighters dont really have that same "skill burden". You could easily have an intelligent fighter learned in history and religion, or a charismatic fighter skilled at persuading people and reading moods.

Thursday, 1st February, 2018

  • 02:39 PM - Maxperson mentioned delericho in post No Magic Shops!
    delericho Coroc Now I'm picturing Nodwick running around with a golf bag full of swords. Thanks you two!
  • 12:12 PM - Coroc mentioned delericho in post No Magic Shops!
    delericho you mean those worlds where portable holes sometimes find their way into bags of holding and the resulting interdimensional rip forces the dungeonmaster with the heavy plight to decide on which layer of the infinite abyss the party therefore ends up next? (Big evil grin) And unfortunately all the contents of the bag of holding is strewn out over the multiverse, so the Party is forced to reequip themselves with some overpriced green steel items they can barter of a yugoloth for the diamonds they brought in the case a raise dead might benecessary. I mean nothing against green steel they will hurt demons perfectly good and despite that they have that lawful evil touch from Baator on them, sounds cool if ah ... ahm your Party actually also is lawful evil...

Saturday, 27th January, 2018

  • 12:32 AM - Nevvur mentioned delericho in post No Magic Shops!
    It all boils down to a simple question: are you opposed to providing optional support for playstyles you yourself might not prefer? Sent from my C6603 using EN World mobile app Will assume that question is open to the public. Really depends on the what the optional support is offering. For instance, if a supplement were released that included a new ability score generation method for Superhero campaigns (4d6 don't drop the lowest, and you can go over 20!), that's fine. I'd never play it, but neither is it going to create a new trend in the broader D&D community. In the case of magic shops, @delericho captured my feelings in the recent Wealth by Level thread when he wrote, "it's not enough to clearly state that all of these are guidelines, because people are much more likely to see a "Wealth by Level" table and assume it is holy writ than they are to read the accompanying guidelines." My opposition arises from concern that, on some level, optional support for magic shops would become the new normal for newer DMs and players. It won't affect my games; I'm happy with 5e's default treatment of magic items, so my opposition is self serving and paternalistic. So yes, I am opposed, but not strongly because I acknowledge it's based on a highly subjective point (playstyle). My opposition amounts to quiet discontent at the prospect (e.g. me posting this), and would result in silent disappointment if it were released. For those who want it, I don't fault you. I just don't want your preferences to become the default because I like where we are now, I plan to play for years to come, and don't...

Wednesday, 24th January, 2018

  • 03:49 PM - Coroc mentioned delericho in post What Nonstandard/Untraditional Races do you wish would return?
    delericho like that. It is about context. I love warforged and mul. But never ever ever in FR or greyhawk, but in the Settings they belong to. One additional: I would never ever allow dragonborn as PC in a DL campaign. If my Players want to Play Monsters (Orcs, Drow, Draconians) i am fine with that for a Change, but then i will Play the Paladins and light clerics and the mighty city guard, and the gold dragon, and they are in for an all evil style campaign. If they insist, no Problem for me as a DM.

Sunday, 16th October, 2016

  • 05:07 PM - Jester David mentioned delericho in post I think the era of 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons had it right. (not talking about the rules).
    I have a hard time viewing the slower approach of 5E as being the more commercially driven approach when compared to the splatbook a month of 4E. That logic just blows my mind. As delericho said, a book every two-months didn't mean lots of extra profit as each one only generated a small amount of income. They're still releasing three books per year after all, only focusing 2/3rds of their effort on DMs and producing non-crunch. The other catch is that regardless of the release rate, you can only release a finite number of desirable books. There are a few collectors that will buy everything, but many people will stop buying every release and just buy every second, or third, or one that interests them. Or just buy until they hit saturation and then stop. So if you're only ever really going to see six big hardcover books before you hit "bloat", you can either sell one every three months and complete the game after a year-and-a-half. Or you can sell one every six months and stretch things out to three years. Or you can release one a year and expand the lifespan of the books for six years. I often compare this to board game expansions, which is not an inapt comparison. D&...

Thursday, 5th May, 2016

  • 09:53 AM - Quickleaf mentioned delericho in post House Rules and You: A survey
    Xeviat By and large, I think 5e works great as intended and I agree with delericho that it's plenty complicated as is. That said, I realize I've been doing something unconsciously for a while as DM that technically is a house rule. Well, it used to be unconscious. Now it's quite intentional. I don't bother with inconsequential rolls anymore. There are no meaningless calls for "make a Wisdom (perception) check." Anytime I ask for a roll, I back it it up with some kind of consequence that has narrative impact. Additionally, most ability/skill checks have thresholds of success that roughly map to: fails by 5+, fails by 1-4, succeeds by 0-4, succeeds by 5+. And when a player fails a check, I'll sometimes give them a choice of failure options...usually before they roll the check. Why do I do this? Several reasons. First, it makes the fewer rolls I call for more suspenseful and interesting (i.e. quality not quantity). Second, the increased transparency lets the players decide more clearly what kind of risks vs. rewards they're willing to face. Third, it forces me to ...

Sunday, 3rd April, 2016

  • 07:19 PM - pming mentioned delericho in post Adjudicating "bursting in"
    Hiya! Depending on how game-mechanic'y you want to get, you could always just give a simple penalty to the 'other sides' initiative (like -1 if they are guards waiting for the next shift change...-2 if they are guards guarding in the middle of the night, -3 if those guards are extra tired, -4...etc...etc...or maybe even Disadvantage). You could also tie in the modifier to the lowest/worse Stealth check made by the PC's or something. But, as delericho said above, you're basically doing it right. You, the DM, figure out something that works for your group and your own particular DM'ing style, and go with that. Personally I just up and decide if they are or arn't 9/10 times. That other time, I drop back to my roots and roll 1d6, with 1 or 2 indicating surprise...and I make the players do the same in those situations. Whatever makes most sense for an actual 'surprise round' type of situation. ^_^ Paul L. Ming

Thursday, 24th March, 2016

  • 12:35 PM - Morrus mentioned delericho in post Adventures in other eras?
    I agree with delericho. It feels more like the American Western than Medieval Europe to me (aside from the technology level). Which isn't surprising; it was created by Americans, after all.

Monday, 14th March, 2016

  • 03:07 PM - SolitonMan mentioned delericho in post How do I search for a specific post?
    Thanks for the replies! delericho - I use Google as well at times, but usually only when the internal search isn't working for me. Morrus - that second image really helped - I was on the multiple content types tab, but i thought single was selected. I guess the color scheme wasn't registering with me. Selecting Single explicitly gave me the screen with the posts output option, which is what i was expecting.

Thursday, 4th February, 2016

  • 11:37 PM - Connorsrpg mentioned delericho in post Dwarves & Encumbrance?
    Thanks delericho. We have an easy rule for our games. But we also have a little more added to 'Dwarven Sturdiness' in our games. It is just a shame that such an insignificant rule was used to 'try' and portray a dwarf's sturdy nature. On our Race Pagehttp://connorscampaigns.wikidot.com/d-d-races, we have significantly increased this side of dwarves - though we also use flaws/drawbacks too.

Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

  • 11:28 AM - EzekielRaiden mentioned delericho in post Could Paizo go 5e?
    @Morlock it sounds to me like you are just thoroughly convinced that there is no possible downside to Paizo making a PF2 from the 5e rules. You're not interested in knowing whether it has potential problems--the only possible thing we can give you, since this is a huge hypothetical--so the thread title is a bit spurious. You're not really asking a question at all. You're presenting an argument. It's not the interrogative, "Could Paizo go 5e?" and rather a declaration, "Paizo Could go 5e." Intentionally shooting for hard compatibility with 5e, yet still meeting your points 1 and 2 there, seems pretty difficult. Unless, as @delericho put it, they "bring 5e enhancements into a new PF" rather than "build a new PF on the basis of 5e." And "they'll still have PF2(5e)" would be precisely where Paizo was back when 4e launched, which was a problem for them at the time. It WOULD be another case of "getting left behind." Their fanbase would get split, yet again. They'd be facing the same problems as D&D does, whenever a new edition is launched--they built for compatibility with a thing that isn't in vogue anymore. If the existence of 5e is a danger such that they should rework their stuff into a new PF2, then 6e should be precisely the same danger. And if 5e is having no meaningful negative effect on their sales, they have no reason to make 5e compatibility a goal with any prospective PF2--better to keep the fans you have than to risk it on fans you don't. Either way, shooting for deep/fundamental compatibility seems unwise...yet shooting for shallow compatibility, e.g. lifting all the useful ideas and trashing the rest, ...

Friday, 4th December, 2015

  • 10:32 AM - pukunui mentioned delericho in post Best 5E Adventure?
    Lost Mine isn't perfect but my group did enjoy it. I'd say the best part of it for me was how easy it was to run. As Chris Perkins said, it practically runs itself. I did very little prep for it. I disagree that HotDQ is a bad adventure, but we've been down that road a million times before. We haven't gotten to RoT yet, so I can't really comment on that one. I'm with delericho re: PotA, though. While I like parts of it and have been mining it for material for my episodic campaign, I don't think I'd like to run or play it in its entirety. I think it would just get way too repetitive. As for OotA ... I think I'd rather play it than run it, mainly because of the amount of work required to run it. So far I've just been stealing parts of it for my home campaign as well. (I ran the Neverlight Grove section as a standalone Halloween adventure, for instance.)

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

  • 04:46 PM - SkidAce mentioned delericho in post World-Building DMs
    Thanks delericho for the explanation, it was actually more of a rhetorical question for the "debate" as I have played a lot of Dark Sun starting around 2E. Was hoping there would be constructive discussion on the nuances of "just how far" can a character concept go before it "ruins" a setting. Or even can it? To answer my own question; My initial response when running a Dark Sun campaign would be "No, why?". After reading this thread, specifically the gnome parts where they talked about "last survivor" "delusional" etc, makes me wonder what I would do if the player had a really interesting idea for said wizard. Still, as you say, preserving/defiling is pretty integral, I would likely remain of the opinion that "No" was the proper answer.

Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

  • 03:52 PM - Hussar mentioned delericho in post Settings played in D&D: cause or effect?
    Which edition are you looking at? 3e? 3e Eberrondid very well. 4e? 4e had other problems that had a huge impact on book sales, including settings. See, here's the trick - what does "very well" actually mean? For example, without looking it up, can you name three of the Eberron novel line authors? There's a poorly received MMO, but, other than that, what "very well"? delericho mentions 14 source books. I'd point out that I've got close to that for my Scarred Lands setting. Compare to how many books you have in 3e - novels, sourcebooks, whatnot - never minding the Neverwinter Nights video game, for Forgotten Realms. Look, I love Eberron. I do. But, I think that it's a mistake to think that Eberron is even close to the same league as Forgotten Realms.

Monday, 2nd November, 2015

  • 05:25 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned delericho in post D&D Does Digital Part III: PDFs
    ...ed, the 4e DMG and MM aren't yet available. They've never explicitly said why this is, but speculation has it that it might be to do with giving the physical stores a "grace period" in which to sell these big hitters (bearing in mind that they've recently reprinted most of those core rulebooks, so they're all somewhat 'current'). That being the case, I wouldn't be hugely surprised to see 5e PDFs start to appear quite soon - I'm inclined to think the answer is "not yet", rather than "no". I imagine if you thought otherwise it would make a difference lol. I am speaking more to the business point of view, rather than from my personal preference. Now you did bring up the last piece of the puzzle, but I don't feel as though making product available through an app will have a major effect on their distributors more so than it would with releasing a PDF. Again, not that it would have more of an effect than releasing the content via PDF. (This last part is not directed at you in particular delericho)


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Saturday, 8th December, 2018

  • 10:25 PM - Umbran quoted delericho in post X-Men to MCU Merger - wild speculations
    (Endgame will probably have some sort of time-travel related solution, which will give them scope to make whatever changes they feel they need.) Given the reports of seeing actors in older versions of costumes on set at various times during filming of this movie, it seems probable. Not my favorite, but fine, if you need time travel to write your way out of the corner, so be it. It strikes me that there's been a really long game being played. Check this out - all the characters have had costume variations across the movies, right? You'd chalk this up to artistic style differences, right? But for one - Black Widow. She's in form-fitting black *all the time*. Very, very difficult to see differences unless you have long shots showing details, which doesn't happen in action scenes. But note this - her *hair* has been radically different in each movie. It is *easy* to peg which movie you are in, based on Black Widow's hair. You wanna tell me that's just artistic differences, and not a...

Friday, 7th December, 2018

  • 11:49 PM - clearstream quoted delericho in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    My position would be #4 - pretty much any restrictions are fair game, but they really should be clearly stated ahead of time. Agreed. Ideally restrictions are tied to the campaign and made ahead of time. Well sure, if you push me on it, there could be reasons for other restrictions outside of that. You know what, I'll just do whatever I think makes the game good. . . . Hence, 5, but that should be rarer than 3 and 4.
  • 03:28 PM - OverlordOcelot quoted delericho in post Do We Really Need Half-Elves and Half-Orcs?
    I know this is intended as a joke, but... no, even humans aren't strictly needed. Granted, the vast majority of settings (and RPGs) will allow for human PCs, but there's no particular reason why they must be present. You don't even need the setting actually - you could run a campaign where the world is typical D&D, but players are all members of one of the 'monster' races and see humans only as obstacles. Playing a bunch of kobolds making their way against softskins is certainly a reasonable setup for a campaign.
  • 03:18 PM - Umbran quoted delericho in post Do We Really Need Half-Elves and Half-Orcs?
    (Consider, if you will, a Cybertron-based Transformers game, or one based on the old cartoon "Reboot". Or "My Little Pony"... not that anyone would be crazy enough to write such a thing. *cough*MyLittlePony:TalesOfEquestria*cough*
  • 03:14 PM - CapnZapp quoted delericho in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    Nitpick: it's not "never before 5e". Back in 1st and 2nd ed, elves had exactly the same infravision as dwarves. What 5e is doing is not new; it's a reversion back to the way Gygax wrote it. Except, of course - and by nitpicking you already knew this was coming - infravision and darkvision are far from the same thing, so, no, it really is "never before 5E" :) Thankfully, nobody is (hopefully) seriously arguing we should go back to 1E vision :) Anyway, what 5E did was to "simplify" vision. Both compared to 3E and 1E. Unfortunately, they threw out the baby with the bathwater and I recommend everyone to revert to, not the 1E but the 3E vision :)
  • 11:19 AM - Zardnaar quoted delericho in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    Surely Poe's one true love is BB-8? I had a thing for BB-8 in TFA but they ruined him in TLJ. Driod in rebels is also funny along with HK-47 in KoToR. Driod acting school must be good.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

  • 09:57 AM - Zardnaar quoted delericho in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    I've mostly ignored the new EU (except for "Rebels", as mentioned). When they killed off the old version, they also killed any interest I had in reading their new take. Agreed. See they added Thrawn to Rebels. He is alive in the new EU it seems as of the end of Rebels. They're plugging a lot of the old EU back into the new one. Darth Zannah (fan made). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S22dLMRBf3g Apparently the new Vader comics are really good, the old EU was kinda going downhill at the end (Fate of the Jedi series), although I liked the Legacy comics.
  • 09:45 AM - Zardnaar quoted delericho in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    IMO, the problem with the Disney Star Wars is that, simply put, most of it just isn't very good. There are some gems ("Rogue One", "Rebels", and the Lego), but the movies haven't impressed. Hopefully that will change. (Of course, it's also worth considering that much of the pre-Disney stuff also wasn't very good. One of the benefits of time is that it tends to preserve the good stuff and let the bad fall away.) The new EU as I understand it is slightly better overall than the old one but lacks the best of it and big Star Wars moments. There is worse than Attack of the Clones in the old EU, I even own some of it.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

  • 02:13 PM - Aldarc quoted delericho in post Do We Really Need Half-Elves and Half-Orcs?
    For me it's gnomes who are, essentially, goblins.I can most definitely see that. I have grown a fondness for Golarion's fey-based gnomes so I would be more inclined to adopt that approach. And another part of me would have them return to being more akin to mythical earth spirits My halflings as goblinoids idea originally came about from musing whether there was any connection between the goblins and halflings native of Khorvaire in Eberron.
  • 10:20 AM - Zardnaar quoted delericho in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    Agreed. In this regard the "Clone Wars" cartoon series is a vast improvement over the actual films. Indeed, it's almost worth suffering the prequels as a price for getting that series. Clone Wars cartoon + RoTS makes a better "trilogy" IMHO.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018

  • 03:07 PM - Zardnaar quoted delericho in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    I actually thought that was one of the better moves in tLJ - it was something I really didn't expect, and so thought was pretty cool. However, this: Is a major problem. Writing the middle chapter of a trilogy without knowing where the story is going is a boneheaded move. In fairness, Carrie's death wasn't something they could really have planned for. Also, just because Luke is dead doesn't mean we've seen the last of him. (Actually, the same is true of Snoke, too. Just because we haven't seen any evil Force ghosts yet doesn't mean they can't happen.) Not much character development though. Hell there was arguably more in Rogue One than TFA+ TLJ. Look at the OT, Luke was a scrub level 1 or 2, got trained leveled up, went to Death star, leveled up and then fought the Battle of Yavin, leveled up (lvl 4 or 5), roll credits. Got a bit cocky in ESB and had his ass handed to him. Rey untrained, flies the Falcon like a boss, defeats a trained dark Jedi (trained by Luke and Sn...

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Thursday, 29th November, 2018

  • 12:23 PM - clearstream quoted delericho in post 4.33 Years in: What Now for 5E? (and have we reached "Peak Edition?")
    It was a bit of a surprise to me, but apparently the 3/3.5 approach didn't work well - the 3.5e books apparently sold about half as well as their 3e predecessors. And although the game did go on for another 5 years, it was 5 years of long, slow decline. Basically, if they did a new version that was effectively a 5.5e (that is, the same foundation with a lot of changes in the periphery), they'd be better off calling it 6e than anything else. The name isn't so important, for me. The important part is keeping what is hale, and renovating only what is rotten. I suppose we also don't know the counterfactual. Would 3e with no update have continued to do even half the numbers? Could 4e even have been designed prior to Book of Nine Swords... in 2006?! The community seems strongest when it coheres around a universally accepted D&D rule set.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

  • 04:58 PM - Parmandur quoted delericho in post Has WotC saturated the published adventure market or are the two latest adventures not very popular?
    If they really have hit their stated target of 100k units per book, then all the 5e books are amongst the best-selling D&D products of all time. Prior to 5e there were only a very few non-core rulebook products to reach that threshold (something like half a dozen of the 1st Ed, BECMI, or older adventures). Of course, it depends how long you make your list of best-selling products - top-10, top-25, top-100? :) The big announcement I keep waiting for is that the 5e PHB has become the best selling PHB of any edition. Granted, estimates for the number sold by 1st Ed vary, but they're probably around 1.5M copies. So if the 5e PHB were to hit a sufficiently high number (2M?) I would expect they'd feel confident to declare a winner - and I'd expect them to shout that one loudly. Actually, they might not trumpet that specifically, they play their hand close to their chest these days: it may already have done so, even.
  • 04:20 PM - robus quoted delericho in post Has WotC saturated the published adventure market or are the two latest adventures not very popular?
    Sure. I was agreeing that it would be nice, not necessarily that it's likely to happen. :) What blows my mind is that they didn't produce a starter set for the M:tG Ravnica folks. You want to invite in a new group of players and you just provide a big-ass book (that also requires purchasing 3 other books) in order to get your game on? (Yes there are the free basic rules if you're savvy enough to find them) So it looks like 4 books in total for people wanting to try out this game... But a starter set with a Ravnica specific adventure (and a cool set of dice [with 2 d20s! ;) ] seems like a no brainer to me. Have James Wyatt produce it in his copious spare time :P
  • 03:57 PM - Jester David quoted delericho in post Has WotC saturated the published adventure market or are the two latest adventures not very popular?
    I will be stunned if WotC ever again do a book that is not a full-colour hardback or costs less than $50. (Note: I do mean specifically a book, not a boxed set, PDF, or whatever else. :) ) Agreed. I think the best approach would be to revise the Starter Set - release LMoP onto DM's Guild and do a new boxed set with the new adventure. Again, I can't see them releasing such an adventure as a standalone (since it would be softcover, and less than $50). Alternately, I could see them doing another book like "Tales of the Yawning Portal" - perhaps filled with new, rather than converted, adventures. Meanwhile, I'd be stunned if they redid the Starter Set. It's still selling well. Better than Tome of Foes or Dragon Heist right now. It only needs to be replaced if it stops selling. Because it's a small, cheap product where they make almost no money with each sale. Selling volume is the only way they recoup the cost.
  • 02:09 AM - ccs quoted delericho in post 4.33 Years in: What Now for 5E? (and have we reached "Peak Edition?")
    I find the release of the new Gift Set to be highly symbolic. Each previous edition has had some sort of new set of core rulebooks - be it just new cover art (1st ed), an entirely new layout (2nd), or a rules revision (3.5e, Essentials). And in every case it has seemed that the edition has then been marching towards its end - there have still been some significant books to come, but the new edition has been just over the horizon. In which case, the new edition might be 2022, or thereabouts. That's when behind the scenes tinkering will begin in earnest. 2023 6e will be announced. Probably with some kind of play test as that's good PR. 2024 6e will launch with great hoopla to celebrate D&Ds 50th anniversary. Changes will be akin to 1e --> 2e. Not enough to invalidate peoples 5e stuff, but enough to encourage picking up the new edition.

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

  • 04:17 PM - robus quoted delericho in post Has WotC saturated the published adventure market or are the two latest adventures not very popular?
    Adventure writing is very hard. Writing an adventure that is also of sufficient mass appeal to sell 100,000 units and both reads well and plays well and does so in the format of a 256-page book is much harder still. Also, writing a set of adventure design guidelines is a different challenge again... I guess so, and I guess I need to stop buying them and being disappointed each time. So I think I'm done with Dragon Heist; as others have mentioned I have more adventures in queue than I can probably ever run...

Monday, 26th November, 2018

  • 05:06 PM - Aldarc quoted delericho in post Ridding Elves and Half-Elves of Darkvision
    Personally, I would give Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Tieflings low-light vision, give Elves advantage on Perception checks, and eliminate darkvision entirely. But that's just me. :)I appreciate more elegant solutions like this.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018

  • 11:34 PM - Umbran quoted delericho in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    the vast majority of the intelligent life that's out there will be completely incomprehensible to us; People say that, but I'm not sure it has a good basis. If it has a physical form, and can master technology of the form that can cross interstellar distances, that implies a vast array of experiences similar to our own. Shared experiences are the basis for communication. Our fiction is loaded with cases where communication is difficult or impossible, and if we manage to communicate, that's distinctly not the interesting part of the story, so it gets glossed over. But, these are fictions, which by nature focuses challenges, because challenges are interesting, and create drama, which sells books.


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