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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    Why did you feel it necessary to post this? Is there something compelling you to re-instigate old flame wars? :erm:
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 03:10 AM
    I can't find the old post by chao and I that went very in-depth into Blades, unfortunately. I'm sure a solid effort to search should find it. I'm currently running a very intermittent Wild West hack of Blades rifted off of Red Dead Redemption (after considering a Space hack) retrofitting the Duskvol map and refluffing all of the gangs/power players therein. I'd be glad to run DW for you...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:25 PM
    On (1), one way to systematize it would be to mechanically gate every spell that is cast by an Intelligence (Arcana), Wisdom (Religion), Charisma (Perform), maybe Constitution (Endurance). Depending on how itís subsequently systematized, there could be a few different emergent properties. One approach could be a success letís you cast the spell normally, a success with a cost/Complication...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 05:30 AM
    Agreed with everything above and that (b) is most certainly the lynchpin. The only thing I'll add is that you forgot to add the savant-level memory component required to assimilate an (dare-I-say genre-defying?) overwhelming curriculum of precise arcane formulae (surely in ancient, nigh-impossible-to-articulate, tongues) and spit them out with absolute precision and reproducibility under the...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:50 AM
    You don't think the below are HUGE PARTS OF THE PUZZLE in the majority of D&D: a) the designers CHOSE (it didn't have to be done this way...plenty of systems don't...and they play VERY differently for it) to have a ridiculous number of codified spell effects covering an absurdly large number of broad, significantly gamestate-changing supernatural abilities ("I can expressly accomplish a, b, c,...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:29 AM
    What is on the table is how "player-facing" (or codified/explicit) prospects for martial action declarations vs "GM-mediated" prospects for action declaration affect the table. Personally, my sense is it affects the table as follows: 1) In "player-facing" systems, players who play martial characters KNOW FOR CERTAIN (before play ever begins) that (a) their conception of their martial...
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  • steenan's Avatar
    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    We typically play 3+GM or 4+GM. But it's not the same group every time - different sets of players for different games. I often GM, but I'm not the only GM in the group. Currently I play in a campaign my wife runs. Most of the people in our group run games sometimes. I think my wife and me are the GMs most often. In the current campaign: 2 females and 3 males (this includes the GM).
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 05:17 AM
    Players only love you when they're playing; say DMs they will come and they will go.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 10:17 PM
    Wouldn't this also exclude the possibility of "bad players" before the game as well? :p
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 26th October, 2018, 04:14 PM
    From my own limited understanding, I was under the impression that rolling attack rolls and damage rolls simultaneously was a fairly common practice in AL.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 26th October, 2018, 11:35 AM
    It depends on when and where we are talking about. I disagree, but this merely brings us around full circle, with you repeating the same false talking point as before. You have shown no effort in listening or understanding my position. It's as if you have no interest in actually conversing in good faith, which is certainly frustrating to encounter from you. :erm:
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 10:55 PM
    No, Lanefan.
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 07:58 PM
    Seems a bit harsh for rogues, but maybe there is something that I am missing.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 04:32 PM
    Nevertheless, as one would reasonably argue, I don't think that any historian or political scientist would define the powers of an absolute monarchy in such an oblique and tertiary way. If you are privilege to such a definition, then I would be keen to hear it. However, defining this as a "key part" is vacuous under scrutiny. The (in)ability for people to leave is not unique to monarchies,...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    Though I understand that you are arguing that a GM's power requires a governing consent, I don't think that the absolute power of monarchs, for example, is measured by the (in)ability for its people to leave. It's almost as if this is actually the problemic issue(s) that I have been talking about all along. ;)
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:49 PM
    My issue is not with the term - a rose by any other name - but the nature and culture of authority surrounding the role. If I say that I'm allergic to dogs,* but then you suggest that I refer to it as der Hund, that does nothing to address the allergy issue. You are quibbling about the term. I'm concerned about my allergy.* * For the record, I am not allergic to dogs. And also they're all...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 12:51 PM
    Perhaps not as telling as your choice to put a misconstrued strawman argument into my mouth. :erm: I had certainly not intended that my remarks would have devolved into a derailed discussion of the "title" used to describe the DM or accusations of tyranny. I did not call anyone a despot nor were my comments meant to serve as slander. For analogic purposes, I said that even if supreme...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 07:14 AM
    "Absolute power" is also negative, but that did not stop you from describing how you envision the role. But as I said before, you can rename it to "autocrat" or something else less derogatory if you like. But that's again missing the forest for the trees. You are not being called names. I am talking about my position regarding the authority, privileges, and culture surrounding the DM role....
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 05:41 AM
    I had in mind the so-called "enlightened absolutism" of the 18th century. Warring and power struggles aside, the enlightened despots were fairly-benign absolute monarchs who largely wielded unrivaled power for what they believed was the greater good of their country and people. Hence my word choice. I do think that "enlightened despot" applies to how many DMs here would describe their role and...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 02:45 PM
    I know you dislike the Warlord, but do you really want to start this debate again? Because them be fightin' words. ;)
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 02:40 PM
    Attach it to Inspiration?
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 02:36 PM
    It need not be abuse. I have reason distrust it when I see people in this thread feel threatened by the DM having less authority or by players expressing desire to have some semblance of authority beyond their character. I have reason to distrust it when DMs express hostile territorial behaviors regarding their role. I have reason to distrust it when DMs condescendingly speak of their players and...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 09:13 AM
    And yet I suspect that many of us are also primarily the DMs as well. So maybe it is not the DM we distrust, but, rather, the culture of attitudes and privileges surrounding and imparted into the role.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 10:40 PM
    I would also consider importing a modified version of the Dungeon Worlds Bonds system. Bonds are principally about the relationships between the PC and other PCs, though also possibly NPCs, generally determined by class/playbook. Though it rewards XP, it does not seem unfeasible to have it provide Inspiration. But one could then stipulate that Inspiration is used to assist another player...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 11:47 AM
    Then don't play using Backgrounding? :erm: So why create so much fuss about something that has zero impact on how you will continue to play your game?
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 10:01 AM
    It was an error on my part to use terminology that loaded. Angry DM talks about this is in his own article complaining about Inspiration. There is not really a mechanical or in-fiction connection between how one earns and spends Inspiration. In contrast, in Fate a PC gains fate points (FPs) through two means: Refresh and Compels. Refresh is the amount re-gained at the start of every session....
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 02:23 AM
    On this, I would say that AD&D 2e actually suffers from too many various forms of discrete action resolution (2 of which you've mentioned above) rather than a dearth of them. Accordingly, it does (naturally), suffer from a unified framework of action resolution. Simultaneously, (alluding to my post above), it suffers from a dearth of all the things I mentioned above that would lend coherency,...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 11:12 PM
    And do we also wind up with message boards choked with hyperbolic unrealistic examples like these? No thx.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 10:47 PM
    IME, most players don't care and see it as a non-issue.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 10:40 PM
    Then you misunderstand me and talk past me.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 09:53 PM
    You know what? Inspiration is fine. Inspiration is perfect. I apologize for bothering to voice a contrary opinion.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 08:12 PM
    Not quite, but not important enough to press. For starters, decouple Inspiration from Backgrounds. It seems like other factors such as class, race, nation, should be potential sources of Inspiration. Also decouple Inspiration from subjective notions of "good roleplaying." The parameters for "good roleplay" are too ambiguous and contentious for my tastes. I also dislike how Inspiration can be...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 06:55 PM
    Alright, lots of things I want to address here. I'm not going to quote anyone's particular text here, but it will relate to each participants' (thus far) posts. 1) Fail Forward (FF) vs Success With Complications/At a Cost (SWC) These are two different GMing techniques or components of a ruleset. I'm going to use Dungeon World and D&D 4e to untangle them. Dungeon World The 7-9 move...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 03:21 PM
    You did it. You got it. You spent it. You did it again. You await for the DM to provide you the reward. They do not give it to you. You may be doing it too much, and the DM may not want to keep giving you Inspiration for doing the thing, as you fish the DM for more Advantage. IMO, this is why I view Inspiration as a poorly designed Skinner Box mechanic.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    And if you don't get your reward from the DM for playing in that certain way?
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:34 PM
    This feels more like playing the DM and less like playing the character. :erm:
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 02:04 PM
    I have had this debate regarding Inspiration elsewhere. It's telling that there is an undercurrent tone of "Inspiration is fine, but here is how to fix it" that runs here and in the original thread that spawned this one. There seems to be a consensus that it needs revision to work properly. Money is advantage in my pocket, but my laundry demonstrates to me that sometimes you perpetually...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 05:38 PM
    The 5e basic set has Fail Forward embedded in its GMing section on noncombat action resolution in the same way that 13th Age does. Given that 5e draws some inspiration from 13th Age, the easiest thing to do is just follow 13th Age advice for 5e noncombat action resolution failure: This is a skill that must be honed by GMs but most times it begins with a Yoda lesson; "you must...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 09:59 AM
    That's not a class option anymore than saying that player characters of the barbarian class can like cities changes a class option. The flavor text creates expectations for the range of possible play that one may encounter in a campaign, but it does not dictate that a cleric will, should, or must encounter all such divinities in a given campaign to validate the flavor text. It is that some...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 12:28 AM
    Just like in Eberron. ;) The PHB is effectively saying that on a farm you may encounter farm animals such as cows, sheep, and chickens. It is non-comprehensive because farms vary depending upon the needs of the proprietor. Farms come in different styles with a variety of different farm animals. Eberron is a farm that has sheep and chickens. But your argument is fundamentally saying that since...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Pelor is not listed in the 3.0 Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting book, and therefore playing a Pelor cleric in Forgotten Realms would be a change to the cleric class as per Maxperson. :p Also the 3.0 PHB flavor text for the cleric establishes that most humans follow Pelor. If most do not follow Pelor, then the Forgotten Realms changes the cleric class because fluff are rules. :p
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 10:23 PM
    Lol. This is far-fetched, even for you. I never said the bold. I said that its deities falls within the range of possible flavors that PHB discusses. You cannot play a cleric of Pelor in Forgotten Realms, so clearly Forgotten Realms has changed the cleric class. This is of the same nonsensical level, Max. Your argument is farcical and silly. It's difficult to believe that you mean it in...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 05:17 PM
    Congratulations, you just quoted text that supports how Eberron's clerics and deities fall within the "gamut" of flavor text that the 3e cleric supports. That does not mean that a campaign must have these other varieties and that not encountering them changes the cleric. It means that depending on your campaign (and deities therein), the nature of deities will vary. I'm glad that I can help you...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 08:59 AM
    Are you suffering from a case of the Mandela Effect? It does match the 3e cleric as written, both fluff and mechanics. I don't think you are accurately remembering the 3e cleric as it was written. It gave a wide berth to a variety of clerics, deities, and playstyles. And Eberron did certainly not change the cleric class. :confused: Wouldn't that still make them options and not default...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 11:43 PM
    Are you confusing "options" for different styles of play with "default assumptions"? Also, isn't Faith and Avatars just about Forgotten Realms?
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 10:28 PM
    True, but meta-knowledge almost invariably exists. Players may know the GM. The players may know the setting. I disagree. But if the player of a cleric whose primary contribution to the setting is a deity and a dwarf clan is the most knowledgeable person of the GM's setting, then something is probably wrong with the GM. ;) And I still think that you are engaging in gross hyperbole. ...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 02:46 PM
    I believe you are applying an incredibly restricted view of past editions to win an argument rather than to accurately describe these games. As you are limited to saying that "it changes the god/cleric relationship," which is wholly subjective and requires an exceptionally narrow reading of the texts that ignores where what you say is not true, then it's clear that it Eberron does not actually...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 10:35 AM
    Respectfully, Morrus, that is not my intent here.
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 09:49 AM
    Except it didn't. So this inhibition appears self-imposed by yourself. This may stem from the undercurrent of "play-to-win" approaches that seem to run through your games rather than "play-to-roleplay." If you are actually roleplaying in first-person in this world, as you have claimed as your preference, then why would you be metagaming unless you are playing to win some sort of board game? ...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 09:12 AM
    Gorgon-excrement. The only fact is that you have failed in demonstrating that Eberron has changed the cleric class, leaving you only asserting that it did. You made the assertion that it changes the cleric class. It is not my place to disprove anything. Now prove your position that it does change the cleric class. What this says is that the cleric class changed between editions, which is...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 08:12 AM
    It does not, and you have failed to demonstrate how it is. That just makes you both wrong and foolish.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 07:57 AM
    It doesn't. It has followed the rules for clerics in every pertinent edition : 3-5e.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 08:05 PM
    Except the class has not been altered, and you would be hard-pressed to demonstrate by any reasonable standards that it has. At first glance, on a very fundamental level, one offers a narrative check against a much greater power, while the other expands that greater power while weakening the weaker power.
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 02:34 PM
    Wow. Never thought of it that way. And given the prominence of "themepark MMOs," that may also explain my general disdain of "themepark worldbuilding and adventures." If we were playing Eberron, how is playing a cleric of a backgrounded Balinor different from playing a cleric of Balinor? Eberron effectively backgrounds its pantheon of deities such that the focus can be on the ground-eye view...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 10:47 AM
    This seems unreasonably hyperbolic; you are creating an artificial crisis. This is hardly the problem you are fabricating here. Let's consider another case that does not involve deities. I create a character with a backstory pertaining to my family clan that I have also invented. A new player joins the game or a PC dies and a player re-rolls a new character. Having heard about my character's...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 03:53 PM
    I'm inclined to think that it's both, or certaintly not an either/or scenario. Discussion has been largely focused on exploring the boundaries, implications, and preferences around how Backgrounding was presented and GM/player issues related to that mechanic. Reading this, I wonder if you may be talking from different senses or understandings about "hands off" or "hands on" regarding...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 03:16 PM
    Actually I think you need to go back and review the thread... It's not "plain and simple" really. The discussion thus far has been incredibly fluid about what the boundaries may be. Some have taken an incredibly hard stance either way, even when depicting the opposing position, about what the discussed boundaries of the backgrounding a deity actually entail, while many other posts attest to a...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 10:06 AM
    Your definition seems to include at least one bit of "things I dislike." :p This too.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 09:48 AM
    I'm speaking less in terms of ownership but more in terms of membership and participation. And also consider how often players use pronominal possession to discuss games they play in. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, just recall some of the back catalogs of our disagreements. I don't think that anyone is advocating anything too extreme, so I think this is less of an issue than one...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 08:51 AM
    This backgrounding process is done in conjunction with the DM. It's negotiating the social contract of in-game play. If I communicated this in my direct discussions with you, then you would potentially have a point here. But as I did not in my description and examples, your entire "one man theater" schtick comes across as a grossly inaccurate farce. This presumption does not strike me as...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 09:58 PM
    I mostly agree with you here, but my point earlier was that a DM and player can have multiple readings or expectations for what clerical play will entail even if they work with a preexisting setting pantheon. This is not being run from a 1e perspective. This is largely left open for the cleric in 5e. It only states that you pray or meditate when you desire to change your spells. It does not...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 05:46 PM
    The rules do not prohibit this playstyle either so an appeal to the inherent state of D&D is a nonissue, if not a non-sequitor argument. I am less concerned about imposing notions of D&D's inherent state and more about play in praxis. And when one looks at how D&D is played on online streaming games (e.g., Critical Role) or around tables, the notion of an inherent state of D&D falls flat on its...
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    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 03:58 PM
    Do you have a better one then? I would say the greater danger that players fear is that the DM needlessly kills off these sort of characters for their own sake of sensationalized drama.* But I have seen and heard this royally backfire against self-assured DM in ways that have been disasterous for the desired attempts of the DM. The DM thought they were being clever and creating good drama for...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 01:29 PM
    You are mistunderstanding what construes an assumption. It's not an assumption to raise the possibility that the DM and player may not be on the same page regarding the PC's deity/patron/oath when initiating play and that this can only become obvious later into play. An actual error of assumption in this case would be assuming that the DM and player are on the same page when play begins. And my...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 04:29 PM
    Okay, cool. I likewise promise that I will show a similar willingness to listen in good faith. More or less. It may not be a case of not exploring hierarchical conflict, but a matter of which ones. A warlock player, for example, may not necessarily want a foreground exploration of their pact. They may be more interested in exploring the hierarchical conflict between themselves and their...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 03:33 PM
    I unsurprisingly disagree, and in no small part due to how you are just perpetuating your prescriptive flavor text fallacy here. You have not communicated well or demonstrated how the DM's enjoyment would be negatively impacted in a meaningful way. You have only stated the obvious: the DM would have less control over certain aspects of the player character and one less NPC. What has been lost...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 02:17 PM
    That clarification does little to better your argument. So the DM would enjoy the game less if they did not have the power to murder the character's family? The DM would enjoy the game less if they could not steal/destroy/sabotage a character's motorcycle? The DM would enjoy the game less if they left a character's deity/patron/cultus untouched as a foreground story element? How does this DM...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 02:03 PM
    Let's start with this little piece of rudeness. Regardless of what you may feel, my argument against your comparison is not being made on my part for the sake of argument. I am approaching this topic in good faith. This does, however, reveal about your lack of good faith when approaching mine. I genuinely have issues of disagreement with what you wrote, namely in recognizing differences in how...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 11:31 AM
    This illustrates the problem of media. These examples are not from cooperative tabletop games; these are stories driven by authors or writing teams. Tyrion is not a player character, as he does not have a player. George R. R. Martin authors the voice and agency of the character, and other characters that he chooses to include, while also facilitating the surrounding drama of the narrative. ...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 09:40 AM
    "The Age of Entitlement," when people dare to challenge the DM's own entitlement issues.
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 09:17 AM
    I see the point you are trying to make here, but I don't agree with it. The decision-making is still present for the player even post-character creation. The social contract is still in-effect. And both the player and DM can renegotiate that through and outside play. The player may have chosen a deity at character creation. But they may have done so under the impression (whether through their...
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Monday, 12th November, 2018

  • 07:53 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    I keep saying that this is a problem with 3e/4e/PF and you keep focusing on 4e, trying to turn this into a ďvs 4e Edition warĒ. But this isnít 2008 and I have zero interest in that kind of discussion...I don't have any views about 3E. I've played only a very small amount of it, and as a design I think it has a number of well-known problems. The most interesting thing to be about 3E is that if you apply a level-bonus to AC but call it "natural armour" then many RPGers will regard that as a simulation even though it is just a label with no meaning in the fiction whatsoever (ie the best possible magic armour is +5 plate for around +14 AC, while there are natural armour bonuses in the 30s - what is "natural armour" that is so much better than what the best smith can possibly forge?). Mutatis mutandis for many other aspects of 3E. I agree with Hussar (from past threads, not this one) that PC build in 4e owes quite a bit to 3E. But encounter build/design and action resolution in 4e is wildly different from 3E - very much to the benefit of 4e!

Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 07:08 AM - Sadras mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    @pemerton and in part @Hussar You have pushed for the merits of a defined skill table at various levels and/or mentioned 5e DM's giving varying DCs on skill checks as issues of the game. I'm wondering if you have the same contempt, because it can only be described as contempt after so many posts, with TotM. Let us face it TotM can produce some varied results, not all DMs will have the exact same picture in their mind and certainly players will have different ones. I'm wondering if you are consistent in your contempt for unsurety across the board or if you're just cherry-picking?
  • 04:43 AM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    ...hat the examples that I have in mind as illustrating what 4e permits, and as thereby marking the difference between the systems (eg 15h level fighters cutting down phalanxes of hobgoblins (statted as swarms), the forge scene, etc) are properly not feasible in 5e (because even a 15th level fighter should be threatened if surrounded by 20 hobgoblins, should most likely have his/her hands burn off if shoved into a forge, etc). I don't care whether or not anyone else wants to play a game in which 15th level fighters are capable in that sort of way. I'm simply explaining why the 4e framework makes stuff possible - encourages it, even - which the 5e framework does not. I want that stuff even if no one else does. To put it even more bluntly - I'm not trying to show that 5e players are irrational. I'm rebutting the suggestion that 4e does not offer anything different from 5e. It obviously does, and this thread has only underlined that fact. Which is why I was replying specifically to Hussar who seems to want a different conversation than you do.

Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

  • 06:21 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    I don't give my wife special treatment, her character has the same risk and rewards as anyone else. She wouldn't want it any other way, nor would I when she'd DMing. However, I'm realistic in that as much as I like my players they could get a job out of state (or I could) tomorrow. I know my wife is going to be in my campaign for the long haul. So yes, her vote on what the next campaign is going to be and whether we allow option ___ has more weight than others. This brings up another interesting axis on Hussar 's objective player over DM stance... What if the DM is more committed to playing than the player? If I have a player who hates horror games but is often late or cancels often enough to be noticeable (but we still enjoy playing with him in a casual sense)... should their preference still be held in higher regard than mine as the DM who shows up to every session? Should their preferences hold as much weight as everyone else's in the group? This is why I don't like this blanket... "Not catering to a player" = "Bad DM" rhetoric. Way to many factors to make that a blanket statement.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 01:04 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    Now, that being said, I would say that there are differently levels of justification for things. I don't want X because I don't like X and I'm the DM so, what I say goes, is a pretty darn weak argument. If that's the best justification you can come up with, well, at that point, I'm of a mind that I'll just suck it up and let the player have their way because it means that the player will be more invested in the game. I'll address the direct response to me a little later but I did want to touch on this... Does this work in reverse? If a player's justification is that I don't want to play X because I don't like X and we agreed to only play games everyone liked so what I say goes do you as a DM consider that an equally weak argument? Is there a point where the player should just suck it up and let the DM have their way? If so what is it. This is what I'm trying to figure out with you Hussar, because while I get where you're coming from in a general sense I am also getting the impression that compromise from your point of view is the DM always conceding to the players. Now if that;s the case just state it as opposed to claiming compromise when the player never has to. It's similar to the question I asked previously... if you always concede to the player at what point do they actually need to be open minded or adaptable?

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 01:05 PM - jasper mentioned Hussar in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Hussar Every Dining out hussar votes steak, steak, steak, steak, steak, steak,. Some times Fried shrimp with steak. The rest of us vote on variety. Sooner or later Hussar is going lose the vote. So he has to learn to got along with reasonable demands. Or hit Steak and Shake alone this Taco Tuesday. Sorry If I told the group the Convoy/Train/Plane leaves at 1600 hrs 2 times before the event, 2 times in the ride to the event. 2 times at the event. And at 1545 I tell you to be ready, you turn and run away deeper in the con. You are the one with problem. So Matt Mercer must allow me to use my Vulcan with wolverine claws, phaser, and magical missile or he is a bad DM. Got it.

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 03:11 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...sagree with you, I do also think refusing to play in a game that everyone in your (presumably stable and long-standing) social group wants to play is a bit gauche. Unless the game or campaign concept is bringing up some kind of psychological issue, the fun of hanging with your social group should trump the relative negative feeling towards the game as a whole. I think they key here isn't the DM's pet campaign or the player for whom the particular system is a bÍte noire, but the other players in the group. If they're ambivalent about the DM's concept, better for the DM to make a change. If they're enthusiastic, though, the player with the problem may have to be the one to change their attitude. Granted, this probably points more to the importance of saving strong aesthetic considerations for the internet, and not bringing them into casual social encounters. Nobody wants to hear your "TLJ ruined Star Wars" diatribe at the office Christmas party. :) This is pretty much where Hussar 's blanket "Bad DM" characterization of this falls flat for me. There seems to be this sentiment that the DM is supposed to be extraordinarily flexible, accommodating, not really own anything, cater to players, etc. But I don't see this line of thinking ever reflected back towards players (admittedly by some though not all posters in this thread). As a player if I'm not feeling what the DM has suggested but the rest of the group is cool with it... why would I force him to change it and why is he a bad DM if he doesn't cater to me specifically? If I have that big of a problem with it (to the point that I refuse to play) why am I not being held to the same standard of... friendship, camaraderie and social enjoyment should trump your lpersonal wants... that apparently DM's should be held to?

Monday, 29th October, 2018

  • 06:05 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    There is a difference in arguments between, "X is true, because Y is an authority" and "X is true, because of X, Y, and Z reasons", even if those reasons are from various authorities. One is a fallacy, and the other is not.In the abstract, sure. But here is Hussar's argument: X is true because I believe X, I'm an English teacher, and therefore I would know. And here is your argument: X is true because I read it in a book, and the book is right because the people who wrote it would know. Those arguments are both appeals to authority. Fallacies are fallacies. Period. If you engage in one it doesn't automatically make you wrong or right, but it does make the argument logically invalid.Maxperson, every argument I have ever seen you run is logically invalid. (I have never seen you make an argument in mathematics or logic.) Practally every argument every human being has ever made in the history of humanity is logically invalid. The argument that If you jump off the roof of a bulding, you will fall is logically invalid. That doesn't make it a bad argument; it just means that it is defeasible by contrary emprical evidence. That an argument is not logically valid doesn't make it a bad one. That my best reason to believe X is that someone w...
  • 01:32 AM - Maxperson mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ... the status of Paris as the capital of France are authorities is enough to prove my point! There is a difference in arguments between, "X is true, because Y is an authority" and "X is true, because of X, Y, and Z reasons", even if those reasons are from various authorities. One is a fallacy, and the other is not. I'm not an attorney. I'm an academic lawyer. And yes, authorities can be wrong. That's why argument from authority is defeasible. But as I already posted, practically every bit of inference you engage in is defeasible. For a good discussion of what bits of your "knowledge" you would have to erase if you resolved to accept only non-defeasible inference I recommend Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy. Short answer: practically all of it. Fallacies are fallacies. Period. If you engage in one it doesn't automatically make you wrong or right, but it does make the argument logically invalid. All of these things you are mentioning are irrelevant to whether or not @Hussar made an Appeal to Authority as his only response to my argument. Not only was it an Appeal to Authority, but his next response was an Ad Hominem attack. If he really is an English teacher, he should know better.
  • 12:15 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...hematics, and stuff that happens every day outside your hometown. If you argument hinges on nothing more than "that's what folks say" (with presumably your choice of folks being credible) the whole of your argument boils down to their credibility.]"What foks say" is largely the opposite of authority (unless you're talking about stuff that happened at the shopping centre down the street). The key being this - is there evidence other than the perceived authority?Evidence available to whom? What's the evidence that New York was settled before the 18th century? Other than a book (= the dreaded "authority"!) But the key part is A2A can be reasonable- if the source is credible and supported by evidence.An argument that can be reasonable is not a logical fallacy. It's not even an informal fallacy. As Wikipedia notes, it's defeasible. Given that basically every argument anyone ever runs outside of mathematics is defeasible, that's not a very telling blow against it. As far as Hussar's claim is concerned, two things: (1) Either Hussar's an English teacher, or has been working hard to maintain the online facade of being an English teacher for over a decade. Given that there's little reason for someone to do the latter, and given that his reports about English teaching and challengs of cross-cultural education have always seemed coherent enough to me, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. (2) I'm not an English teacher - I'm an academic lawyer and philosopher - and I know that Hussar is 100% correct when he says that Maxperson is 100% wrong to say that " 'On a hit, roll damage' is equal to 'On a miss, don't roll damage.' It's just the way language works." The instruction that, on a hit, one must roll damage, doesn't forbid anyone from rolling damage on a miss. It probably implies that "On a miss, you don't need to roll damage" but the absence of an obligation isn't the same thing as being forbidden - the absence of an obligation is consistent wit...

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 03:15 PM - Maxperson mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ENWorld is the only forum I know where "appeal to authority" is treated as a fallacy rather than good evidence! Why would a fallacy not be treated as a fallacy? Also, @Hussar claimed to be an English teacher, but that he immediately engaged in an Appeal to Authority in his post, and then in the following post engaged in an Ad Hominem attack, causes me to doubt that claim. An English teacher should know better. I've never been to France or spoken to a French government official. How do I know France's capital is Paris? I learned it from an authority! Fallacious me! The fallacy would be if you presented as your only proof that France's capitol is Paris, that an authority said so. If you engaged other arguments, such as maps, news sources, a french citizen you spoke with, and so on, it would not be an Appeal to Authority to also mention that a geography teacher taught that to you. Edit: Authorities can also be wrong. As an attorney, you should be well aware of that fact, since your profession engages in dueling experts on a regular basis, where you have authorities making opposing claims on important parts of the case. They both can't be right, and it'...

Thursday, 25th October, 2018


Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 11:51 PM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    And do we also wind up with message boards choked with hyperbolic unrealistic examples like these? No thx.Right. If one reads Hussar's post, or the text of the game he posted, T-Rexes walking unnoticed through town has nothing to do with it.

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 08:15 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post Shootout at the D&D Corral
    Hussar, absolutely. I've never lived in a non-settler colony country, but I've been a tourist in Egypt, in Morocco, in Zanzibar, in Palestine and Israel. And I have run an interesting campaign set in a fantasy version of feudal Japan!

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

  • 09:02 AM - Sadras mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    @Hussar, I think the background idea has some merit. At session 0 most of what comes up is - selecting a setting, cosmology, level of magic, the difficulty, playable races/classes, published material allowed, house rules, genre...etc. What hardly or never comes up (at least at my table) is what each player perhaps likes least. It would be a good way for the DM to gauge what would be most enjoyable at the table by backgrounding some of these story components Whether I'd agree to background something as pivotal as a Warlock's patron would largely depend primarily on my knowledge of the player and his/her maturity level, length of the campaign and the overall campaign story.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

  • 03:57 PM - Aldarc mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...t the GM wasn't hands off regarding the deity... he created history, setting, icons, etc. about the deity. that's not hands off that's very much hands on. You were hands off about a very specific aspect of the deity but this is more akin to collaboration (which many posters including myself are ok with to an extent) as opposed to the deity being backgrounded by the player so that the DM must be hands off. You can't argue these things are part of a players concept and not be touched when it comes to the father example but then claim they are irrelevant in this one.Reading this, I wonder if you may be talking from different senses or understandings about "hands off" or "hands on" regarding Backgrounded elements, and this may be leading to some of the all-around confusion or disagreement. But based upon most discussion from the various positions, it would seem that most agree that player/DM cooperation for establishing characters and their anchor into the world is good and healthy. Hussar, to save a bit of time with hunting for a needle in a haystack, what was the name again of the RPG you mentioned that had this Background mechanic? It may be helpful to examine how the mechanic or rule is worded. It could help us all re-focus our efforts in this thread.
  • 03:34 PM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    I am responding to the thread as I read it. To me it seemed very clear in a range of posts that the technical device of "backgrounding" that Hussar mentioned was just an instance of, or useful expostiroy proxy for, a broader range of considerations about how fiction is established, handled etc. I feel that my discussion with Sadras is operating under that understanding and while obviously we have different views about what makes for good GMing I don't think there are any conceptual or terminological confusions affecting our discussion. (Maybe Sadras will correct me on that!) The argument about whether "backgrounding" prevents consequences was premised not on the fact that it is "not a focus of play" (as per Imaro's post just upthread) but on the fact that "the DM is hands off about it" (from the same post). I have posted an example in which the GM was hands off about the demands of allegiance - ie the players decided this - but in which consequences most definitely ensued. That is sufficient to refeute the claims made. If soemone now wants to say that all the action really is not in regard to the GM being hands off but rather t...

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

  • 06:10 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...ead my example of having the warlock make a side trip to the Old Man of the Woods as the party goes through the forest.What's the point of that, from a gameplay perspective, in circumstances where the player has already flagged that s/he is not interested in this sort of stuff? And how could it be that a GM can't enjoy the game unless it includes this - does that mean s/he always insists that at least one player play a feypact warlock? I get what your saying. I was in a game once where we were playing pirates. The problem? The DM started us without a boat and not even near the water. Several sessions later and we never did mange to get a boat for the pirates campaign. However, there's a world of difference between having your bike stolen, and running out of gas and being inconvenienced. Jumping to the horrible DM example that almost never actually happens, doesn't give you a win in the discussion.Well, the threat of the bike being stolen was the actual example given from Hussar's actual play. But let's take running out of petrol. What does that add to the game? Do you keep track of how much leather is left on the soles of PCs' shoes? You might think that that is a snide question, but it's intended literally. In real life, shoes wear out - I know this from the experience of wearing them out by running in them. But I've never played in a RPG where this "consequence" is kept track of, and where the players therefore risk having their PC suddenly inconvenienced by a hole in his/her shoe. The bigger point is that, in RPGing, we "background" stuff - as in, disregard it and/or take it for granted - all the time. If a player has said that s/he wants to treat his/her PC's motorcycle in this way, what reason does a GM have for doing otherwise?
  • 02:05 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ... player to adapt to the table if you wish to play.I think there are two cases. If it's a case that the game is already about X, and the player asks to join in - a new player to an existing group, a pick-up game, or whatever - then the player is forewarned. But if (as in the examples that have been discussed) the X is something that only comes into the game because it's an element of the new player's PC - a motorcycle, dear old dad, the Lord of Battle as divine patron, etc - then I stand by my view. The game was proceeding swimmingly without the GM having anything to say about the Lord of Battle, so why does that have to change? What is wrong with a game where Vlad's motorcycle never gets stolen? In one game, the pcs can start as humans, in another as older vamps hundreds of years old with established territories. In one game, they can be members of a well structured principality. In another scrambling for survival on the run in a chaotic region.And do you think that the game Hussar was describing, where the player just wanted his PC's bike to be an element of character colour that didn't get stolen, was a game of hard-knock scarbbling for survival on the run in a chaotic region?
  • 12:31 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...umably if no one described his/her PC's motorcycle the issue wouldn't even come up - certainly in the few V:tM sessions I've played the mode of transport didn't seem to matter.) That may be a somewhat more extreme example than wanting to keep a motorcycle free and pristine from any and all interference or wanting to take a huge pet dinosaur into any densely packed urban environment, but it's the same sort of topic.No it's not. Wanting to have a motorcycle that doesn't get stolen isn't a game style thing at all. Wanting to have a warlock whose patron doesn't hose him/her isn't a game style thing at all. If the player never mentioned the motorcycle, the game woud progress identically but with no cycle theft. Mutatis mutandis if the player played a fighter rather than a warlock. As far as the ranger's animal companion is concerned, you are the only poster to mention taking a huge dinosaur into a densely packed urban environment - which is an actual contradiction in the fiction. Hussar suggested that the ranger's bear not cause any headaches or issues when left hanging around the fringes of the village, or something along those lines. The bottom line: I think GMs who want to micromanage their players' colour and backstory for PCs are bad GMs full stop. And those who want to micromanage the actual fiction that unfolds in the game - so that a good chunk, or even most, of the players' play experience becomes finding out what the GM has decided the fiction shall become - are GMs whose games I will avoid or walk from. (As per my three examples in my first post in this thread.)


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Monday, 12th November, 2018

  • 03:34 PM - Aldarc quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Oh, hey, I get that. 5e is FAR more accessibly written. And it comes paired with really excellent adventures that take advantage of the best parts of the system. 4e's biggest failure was in how it was presented. Skill Challenges are a fantastic idea, but, the first 4e DMG didn't present them that way at all. Rituals were a fantastic idea that never really went anywhere. I'm now curious how 4e would fare if it was given a revamp or rewrite that properly/more naturally communicated its design principles. Though it would still be lipstick on a pig for some, it seems like it would be an "ah ha!" moment for others. The closest we may have to that end is likely 13th Age, which is not purely 4e or 3e, but certainly has a degree of familiarity for both. So, for some, the notion that you'd use the skill system and a "fightery" character to produce magical effects makes intuitive sense. These are fantasy heroes and legendary ones at that. Of course they can wrestle death. Of course they ca...
  • 11:00 AM - Lanefan quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Has nothing to do with bad DMing or railroading or anything else. It's just not going to happen. Imagine that conversation at the table. The fighter players says, "Ok, Bob's character just died, so, I'm going to travel to the underworld and get him back." Yeah, that's going to fly at any table. :erm: There isn't a chance in hell that any DM is going to let that go.Don't be so quick to judge, sir. :) In a previous campaign of mine something similar actually happened: a PC died and couldn't be revived by conventional means, so another character - a non-caster! - decided she was going to find a way to get into Niflheim and somehow retrieve the soul from Hel. She did her research and found a means of getting there - a long journey on this world followed by a walk through a very dangerous tunnel to a planar gate through which you had to in some combination fight and bribe your way through, then very likely another long journey once in Niflheim. She rounded up a party and off they w...
  • 05:26 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Hussar in post Worlds of Design: What Makes an RPG a Tabletop Hobby RPG?
    AFAIK, you have this backward. They played the adventures then wrote the story. The tropes, like wizards getting tired, were a way to try to get around the derivative nature of Vancian casting. Funnily enough, in Raistlin's D&D stats, his Con was average. The whole "Sick Raistlin" thing was from how the player played the character. As is usually the case, the player basically ignored the character sheet. :D I haven't seen Raistlin's stats in a long time. That's pretty amusing, though. I don't think I had it backwards, but may have said it in a confusing way. Dragonlance started as a D&D setting and they added the stories. Vancian casting really doesn't describe well in fiction. I've read Vance and mages don't actually cast all that many spells so it's hard to tell how it affects them. It's been a while since I read it, though, so I con'd recall how consistent Vance is.
  • 03:39 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    It's just not going to happen. What will actually happen is that the player will say, "I want to wrestle Death" and the DM will say, "You got a magic item for that? No? Sorry, you can't." Just thinking about this point a little. Can you force the DM into doing anything? Maybe. Your Magic User gets the spell Fireball and then, by coincidence, all of a sudden no two enemies are ever positioned close enough together to hit more then 2 or 3 at a time. Wotc releases a book that has Gnomes and Monks and then, by coincidence, all of a sudden all the Gnomes and Monks get eaten by the DM Grudge Monster. Frankly it would be easier to just get a good DM then trying to rules lawyer a bad DM into throwing some crumbs.
  • 02:36 AM - Garthanos quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    What will actually happen is that the player will say, "I want to wrestle Death" and the DM will say, "You got a magic item for that? No? Sorry, you can't." Sadly true. I mentioned the PC having a personal theme about seeing death? and presenting the combat medic as him fending off a shadowy figure nobody else sees. The idea being if this is part of the story directional for that character. In other words it provides the set up. Something I think about wrt a downed hero is the problem of Party Death Spiral... the party action economy takes a hit essentially a way for the Dead hero to take part by using a inspiration almost like they are currently a disembodied lazylord beconning from the other heroes parties memories as flashbacks, some he gives extra attacks to and its like they are raging over his death and other lazylord effects. It might give a player something to do at least for a bit when his character is dead maybe even till the end of this immediate sub arc.
  • 12:59 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Your assumption here is that every DM would go ahead and create an adventure where you go and wrestle death instead of just looking at the player and saying, "No." Which, IME, is FAR more likely. No, my assumption is that sounds like a cool idea how can we narratively tie that into the story. Then the immediate push back from you that I get is that "you dont want to faff about" actually doing it. In contrast the feedback from Garthanos is that it would be perfect. The acquistion of rituals and practices both in 4e are in story like magic items and the first time you do it I think yes that binding it up in a quest is perfect The knights travel into the other world and recover the Grail is one version of this. So what is it? Do you want to do Epic stuff or do you just want to say that you do Epic stuff. Very, very few DM's IME are going to just drop whatever adventure they've got prepared, and create an entire new adventure which means traveling into some sort of Hell, fighting ...
  • 12:32 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    And, here again, THIS is the problem. The cleric spends some money and a spell slot and poof, problem solved. The fighter wants to do the same thing, and now he has to spend an entire adventure faffing about. THIS is the problem? You have a chance to do something truly epic by wrassling Death into returning your dead friend to life and the problem is that you actually have to play it out rather then making an Athletics check and spending 1000gp so you dont have to "faff about"? What I am hearing is that you want your character to "do" epic things with the proviso that you do not have to actually do epic things, just say that you have done them. Is that more or less correct? presumably one where the dead PC's player is warming the pines. My fake answer to this is, that he should have played a better game so his loser character did not die then. My actual answer to this is, that it is a complicated topic that probably should at least be mentioned in session 0 so that Pla...

Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 11:55 PM - Parmandur quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Wow. You had a terrible 4e DM. Yeah, probably: but, innspite of having a robust tool set for DMs, that seems to have been relatively common as an experience. I know from personal experience that any idiot can run 5E without the game breaking, because I've done it.
  • 03:17 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Hussar in post Worlds of Design: What Makes an RPG a Tabletop Hobby RPG?
    Now that's a new one. Never heard that before. Not sure what other game it would be grounded on considering they were playing in the late 70's. Some of the classic modules are clearly directly inspired by novels or stories. The most notable example of this is G1: Steading of the Hill Giant King, which is very clearly based on the first de Camp and Pratt Incompleat Enchanter novel. The claim though (responding to my post about Raistlin) was that Dragonlance was originally played in a different game, not D&D. At least from the Wikipedia entry, Dragonlance was conceived by Tracy and Laura Hickman on their way to Lake Geneva for a job interview in 1982. I would not be surprised if the "Raistlin being tired when he got low on spells" trope was RP fluff that whoever played Raistlin in the original games put on combined with the fact that Raistlin's Con was fairly low. Certainly it's the kind of thing that Tolkien had had Gandalf say in LotR so it makes sense that it was a way to RP. But it...
  • 04:27 AM - Imaro quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Really? Because that's not the conversation I was having. My point is, of the four PC's at the table, two are bounded by bounded accuracy to either potentially succeed or fail depending on DM fiat while the other two (i.e. magic using classed PC's) get to ignore the DM and declare success whenever they feel like it. And somehow that's not a problem. I'm not sure how it isn't a problem. Tradition maybe? But, that's the fundamental issue right there and it's wound in with the bounded accuracy rules. Why should a high level character be challenged by a low level skill check? The magic using characters aren't and never have been. I mean, a 20th level champion fighter can NEVER push a giant. Ever. Not without some sort of size increasing magic anyway. On his own? Not a chance. But, a 3rd level Way of the Open Hand monk spends a ki point and poof, that same giant flies back 15 feet. There's a save, sure, but, that 3rd level monk can do it. Why do fighters never get anything ...
  • 03:26 AM - Parmandur quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Which is fine to a point. Unfortunately, the whole resource management issue goes out the window at higher levels which is, I thought, what we were talking about. See, the 1st level fighter and the 15th level fighter don't have too different chances of success of throwing that rope. 20%, 30% difference by and large? Meanwhile, that 15th level wizard has so many spell slots that burning a low level one, or, simply using some ritual is such a trivial expenditure that it isn't really a resource management issue at all. Let's be honest here, how often is a 15th level caster going to blow his or her full load out of spells in a single day? That's one hell of a lot of destruction. :D And, heck, you keep insisting on levitate. Why? I can mage hand the rope 30 feet and hook the grapple, silently and successfully every single time. Doesn't even cost me a resource. What I would like to see is high level fighters be able to have a sort of free form power which lets them do amazing physic...
  • 03:15 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Which is fine to a point. Unfortunately, the whole resource management issue goes out the window at higher levels which is, I thought, what we were talking about. See, the 1st level fighter and the 15th level fighter don't have too different chances of success of throwing that rope. 20%, 30% difference by and large? Meanwhile, that 15th level wizard has so many spell slots that burning a low level one, or, simply using some ritual is such a trivial expenditure that it isn't really a resource management issue at all. Let's be honest here, how often is a 15th level caster going to blow his or her full load out of spells in a single day? That's one hell of a lot of destruction. :D And, heck, you keep insisting on levitate. Why? I can mage hand the rope 30 feet and hook the grapple, silently and successfully every single time. Doesn't even cost me a resource. If you want to talk about high level play, then by 15th level my Fighter has all sorts of items that bypass all those norma...
  • 02:58 AM - Garthanos quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    I feel a great disturbance in the snark. :D Tony Vargas isn't around so much.
  • 01:49 AM - dragoner quoted Hussar in post Worlds of Design: Fantasy vs. Sci-Fi Part 1
    Not sure I agree with this. Doctor Who is SF but certainly not a plausible world. Yes, England, is entirely not a plausible place; whoever thought up that should be drummed out of the BBC. ;)
  • 01:43 AM - Parmandur quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Really? Because that's not the conversation I was having. My point is, of the four PC's at the table, two are bounded by bounded accuracy to either potentially succeed or fail depending on DM fiat while the other two (i.e. magic using classed PC's) get to ignore the DM and declare success whenever they feel like it. And somehow that's not a problem. I'm not sure how it isn't a problem. Tradition maybe? But, that's the fundamental issue right there and it's wound in with the bounded accuracy rules. Why should a high level character be challenged by a low level skill check? The magic using characters aren't and never have been. I mean, a 20th level champion fighter can NEVER push a giant. Ever. Not without some sort of size increasing magic anyway. On his own? Not a chance. But, a 3rd level Way of the Open Hand monk spends a ki point and poof, that same giant flies back 15 feet. There's a save, sure, but, that 3rd level monk can do it. Why do fighters never get anything ...
  • 01:25 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    On and on and on. It's frankly baffling to me why this isn't a bigger issue for people. People just shrug and go, "Well, it's magic, so it's okay." Buh? It's okay that half the players get to play a different game than the other half? Seriously? I always thought that the Player gets to choose what she wants to play when she chooses her character class. If you think that your Fighter should be Ki punching Giants off cliffs then yes I can see that there is a problem between character concept and execution at the table.
  • 01:22 AM - pemerton quoted Hussar in post Worlds of Design: Fantasy vs. Sci-Fi Part 1
    Not sure I agree with this. Doctor Who is SF but certainly not a plausible world.Nor is the world of Dune.
  • 01:16 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Nope, not all day long. That 5e fighter with a 15 strength (that was the example) cannot jump 20 feet EVER. Not unless the DM says so. And, what is the DC in 5e? How, as a player, do I judge the difficulty of that jump without consulting the DM? Answer is, I can't. The DC is entirely in the hands of the DM. And as ten different DM's and you'll get eleven different DC's because it's all about DM empowerment. And, AGAIN, totally missing the point. If the caster can do something without needing to ask the DM, why can't the non-caster EVER do the same thing? My 20th level Champion fighter regenerates, but has no idea whether or not he can clear a Strength+1 distance by jumping until I get the approval of the DM. I am not unsympathetic to your complaint. It would be good to have good clear rules that gave every DM (and Player) the same idea of what was possible and on the other hand it just does not seem possible to get everyone to agree. In the Conan story 'The Tower of the E...
  • 01:14 AM - Garthanos quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Really? Because that's not the conversation I was having. My point is, of the four PC's at the table, two are bounded by bounded accuracy to either potentially succeed or fail depending on DM fiat while the other two (i.e. magic using classed PC's) get to ignore the DM and declare success whenever they feel like it. And somehow that's not a problem. I'm not sure how it isn't a problem. Tradition maybe? But, that's the fundamental issue right there and it's wound in with the bounded accuracy rules. Why should a high level character be challenged by a low level skill check? The magic using characters aren't and never have been. Because handwave handwave... it's his game world the dm can set trivial difficulties for high level martial types to do awesome stuff or just let them do it by asking see see see. If he wants to and will magically balance the classes with the awesome advice in the DMG he needs no other tools but that and the reason it's not implemented except as vaguery is t...

Saturday, 10th November, 2018

  • 11:19 AM - Garthanos quoted Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Only if you squint REALLY hard. How many casters in JRRT can blow a spell every six seconds all day long? While the PHB does have a nice selection of Martial Powers classes, you have to chuck out about 80% of the game in order to do any genre very well. The fact that Gandalf - the archetypical fantasy wizard - isn't even a wizard in your example speaks volumes. Well the primary wizard feature i want for Gandalf is the cantrips ;) and 4e just cordoned that off too much (should be accessible with a feat like the psionic ones), He was divine magic based in the stories though... so Invoker is a better fit and Inorder to make him a sword swinger I went with hybrid Avenger (another divine archetype), in Early D*D that mount of his called for Paladin multi. He actually killed goblins in flashes of light that sound like lightning in the Hobbit before the one ring was discovered to be awakening (so I ended up building him as hybrid avenger and Invoker... he could choose to still do t...


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