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December 12, 1984 (34)
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Chilean olive-oil maker and DM for 22 years. Mostly D&D, 7th Sea, and stuff with steam engines.
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I started roleplaying somewhere between 1995-1996, though I had prior encounters with the stuff through the means of games like Dragon Strike (the one with the creepy VHS full of B-movie actors) and loads of Dragonlance novels from my dad. My first game was AD&D, which I kept playing regularly until 2002. I tried a couple of other games at the time, but AD&D was my favourite by far (I started DMing the stuff almost as soon as I started playing. That's what you get when your friends are all lazy bastards).

2002 coincided with my first year of university. While I still played with my regular life-long group (which is more or less the same group I play with to this day), I was asked to DM D&D 3.5 to a new group of lads I met there. I had no idea how to play the thing and I got the books less than a week before our first game, but despite the initial improvisation and the fact the group I was invited to ended including 12 players, it managed to hook me up enough to stop playing AD&D and switch completely to the new edition.

At the time I also started experimenting with new games. I ran a pretty long 7th Sea campaign between 2004-2007, and thout I don't get to play that game too much anymore, it became my second-favourite behind 3.5. Multiple other games on the background, with stuff like Space 1889 and Ars Magica gaining me over.

I think it was 2009 when I decided to give 4e a chance, but after 5 sessions (and noticing the player's reaction to the system), I rounded the group during pizza break and asked them what they thought; we ended going back to 3.5. A few days later, I ordered the Pathfinder books, just to see what the fuss was all about.

We moved from 3.5 to Pathfinder soon after, and it quickly became our main game, which we still play. I've run three major campaigns using it (one set in Golarion that ran between 2009 and 2011, one in a homemade setting between 2011 and 2013, and our current one set in Planescape).

More recently, I began DMing a D&D 5e campaign about pirates set in Forgotten Realms in early 2015, and the game won me over almost instantly. Though I still have deep love for (and an extensive library of) Pathfinder, I think 5e is the edition that will bring me back to D&D once and for all.
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Wednesday, 9th August, 2017

  • 09:23 PM - Shemeska quoted Cristian Andreu in post Map of the Great Wheel Cosmology
    As for the missing demiplanes: I'm always on the hunt for more information. However, while I cannot recall the Isle of Black Trees (I'll check it out!), I do seem to remember the Clockwork Gap showing up in a Dragon Magazine well into 3e, while the diagram is limited only to AD&D 2e stuff. Though maybe there's an older version that I'm missing! Do you know if it showed up during 2e in any capacity? The Isle of Black Trees showed up in 2e's 'The Eternal Boundary', though little more than a name drop. It got a tiny bit of detail in 3e (in the same article that featured the Clockwork Gap). :)

Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

Thursday, 12th January, 2017

  • 05:27 PM - D_E quoted Cristian Andreu in post Map of the Great Wheel Cosmology
    Ohh, you are correct; it was in Firestorm Peak, not White Plume Mountain. I had my mountain-related D&D modules mixed together. Understandable :) I'm also pretty sure to have read about that somewhere, but when crafting the map I couldn't find the source in any of my Spelljammer or Planescape books (it's probably at the bottom of a single paragraph set in the corner of an art-heavy page purposely made to be missed. I had to read and re-read so much stuff to find details on all those worlds that it's not even funny, but I admit it added to the sort of esoteric mystery behind the cosmology), so I decided to leave it as a nondescript standard earth world until I could confirm it. If anyone remembers where the reference is, I'd be very appreciative. The original reference is either in the Illithiad (the 2e version of the 3.5e Lords of Madness) or the Dawn of the Overmind Spelljammer adventure (also 2e, which Google leads me to believe was the last of a trilogy of adventures alongside the Illithiad ...

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

  • 09:44 PM - D_E quoted Cristian Andreu in post Map of the Great Wheel Cosmology
    As for the Far Realm, when first introduced (in White Plume Mountain, I think?) it was just a weird place on the other side of a portal, and I believe it never got an update into an actual "other place" until the 3e Manual of the Planes, when it became the default source for tentacle magic. Incidentally, the Far Realm in the Gates of Firestorm Peak is indeed called the Far Realm. The adventure also has an 10th level Alienist who draws his power from the Far Realm and is trying to attract the attention of a Far Realm entity to act as his patron, so it's already a major source of tentacle magic, too. The Far Realm featured in that adventure is, as mentioned previously, a distant crystal sphere. However, it is suggested that the important variable is the vast distance (in both space and time) from the players' home sphere to the Far Realm sphere, suggesting that Far Realm-like places can be reached by traveling far enough in any direction, and/or by time-traveling far enough into the past or fut...
  • 05:52 AM - D_E quoted Cristian Andreu in post Map of the Great Wheel Cosmology
    As for the Far Realm, when first introduced (in White Plume Mountain, I think?) it was just a weird place on the other side of a portal, and I believe it never got an update into an actual "other place" until the 3e Manual of the Planes, when it became the default source for tentacle magic. My understanding is that it was introduced in the Gates of Firestorm Peak, where it was a distant crystal sphere (and possibly also a distant time, the Vast Gate is said to be able to bridge any distance through both space and time). The map provided in the 5e DMG has paraelemental planes, but no quasielementals. Getting rid of quasielementals is probably a big part of why they moved the Positive and Negative planes out of the Inner planes in the first place. I think it was probably the other way around. Good clerics have been associated with Positive energy, and evil clerics with Negative energy, since at least 3rd edition. They probably moved the energy planes in order to firm up this Positive == Good, Neg...

Thursday, 14th April, 2016

  • 07:19 PM - Dire Bare quoted Cristian Andreu in post Getting back into Magic: The Gathering after a loooong hiatus
    -"Expeditions" are extremely rare non-basic lands that get printed from time to time and can show up randomly in any booster, regardless of the set. These are always foil and can fetch prices well above 100 USD. I've heard they show up every 200 boosters, but I'm not sure if this is true. Almost. "Zendikar Expeditions" was a set within sets from the last block, Zendikar. They were "mythically" rare lands with a special "Zendikar" border that you could find in the "Battle for Zendikar" and "Oath of the Gatewatch" sets (basically 20 released for each set, 40 total). To my knowledge, previous sets did not have "Expedition" lands, and the current set, "Shadows over Innistrad" also does not have any of these special lands.

Monday, 11th April, 2016

Saturday, 9th April, 2016

  • 03:13 AM - ProphetSword quoted Cristian Andreu in post Getting back into Magic: The Gathering after a loooong hiatus
    -Damage to multiple creatures blocking a single attacker is now assigned by the active player (ie, the attacker), instead of the other way around. Been playing since Alpha. Pretty certain it has always been this way, unless one of the blockers has banding, which gives the defending player the ability to allocate where the damage goes.

Wednesday, 6th April, 2016

  • 04:53 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Cristian Andreu in post [UPDATED] Green Ronin Finds Religion In D&D 5E's BOOK OF THE RIGHTEOUS
    Same, pretty much. Green Ronin's 3e products were among the most solid, rules-wise, and quite creative. Their Psychic's Handbook was one of the few cases that I actually liked psionics rules. Looking forward to seeing this updated to 5e! Though I usually either fully homebrew gods or use the setting-appropriate pantheons, this book might be a very nice addition for those times I want to run something quick and don't feel like making a whole new set of deities. And as a source for stea... inspiring stuff. None of the books I've got from Green Ronin have disappointed, so I'll be certainly backing the KS. As usual, thanks for the heads up, Morrus!
  • 02:25 PM - Water Bob quoted Cristian Andreu in post what is it about 2nd ed that we miss?
    I also miss the page texture and smell. I'm not sure how it was on other printings (I've got the second Spanish printing), but there is something about that paper that I love. Then again, they say smell is the closes route to memory, so perhaps that's what's triggering the nostalgia for me. I spoke to one of the old TSR guys, and he said that they used Dryad dust specially energized by a Succubus, mixed in with the pulp of the paper. They took it out for later editions, kinda like when Coke took the cocaine out of their product.

Monday, 28th March, 2016

  • 03:02 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Cristian Andreu in post Setting Playoffs Finals (round 5)
    That's deep, man. Not was just a quick summary of my feelings. I love Greyhawk because it was what I was introduced to and it was what the game was created with. But it was a hodgepodge of fantasy tropes and concepts lifted from a variety of sources. It wasn't really original in and of itself. All it really did was mash many different ideas together. Planescape took many of the core concepts of Greyhawk and D&D in general and created a setting that was more unique and had a specific feeling of its own.

Friday, 11th March, 2016

  • 04:17 AM - MechaPilot quoted Cristian Andreu in post Ghostbusters (trailer)
    Hmm, not quite sure I liked the trailer. I'm still hopping we'll see something like Melissa McCarthy in Spy in the sense of a fun and unexpected spin, but judging solely by the trailer, it's a movie I'd probably watch on Netflix and skip on the big screen. I also admit to be a bit confused with all the -apparently IC- references to the old movies. I'm sure I've read or heard somewhere this one was supposed to be a reboot instead of a sequel or spin-off. Maybe a second trailer will polish the presentation and make it seem compelling to watch. It is a reboot. Just out of curiosity, what in-character references are you referring to? There is some text at the beginning that refers to the original film being released 30 years ago in the real world, but I haven't seen any in-character references to the original ghostbusters in the trailer for the new film.

Wednesday, 10th February, 2016

Sunday, 7th February, 2016

  • 03:13 PM - Giant2005 quoted Cristian Andreu in post 5e OGL/DMs Guild FAQ from DriveThrough's Scott Holden
    Under the DMs Guild program, you can publish D&D material that either 1.- has no setting or 2.- uses the Forgotten Realms setting. I'm glad you posted this. Until now I was mistakenly under the impression that only option 2 was possible. I have an idea about some content that clearly falls under option 1, so it is quite a relief to hear.

Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

  • 07:33 PM - Jimbro quoted Cristian Andreu in post 1000 Relatable Villain Motivations
    1.- Foreign hordes are invading the land; local chieftain starts attacking neighbours in order to ensure the survival of his people. 2.- Vigilante priest starts murdering corrupt rulers. Knows he is damning his soul because of this, but believes that's a fair price to pay to ensure others don't get to suffer. 3.- Wise king learns that their whimsical god has decided that the next ten thousand souls he receives will be tortured for eternity. Sends out his legions to kill ten thousand people elsewhere in order to fill that quota as fast as he can and thus spare his subjects. 4.- Alchemist accidentally unleashes a brutal plague. Decides to fill the waterways with horrifying parasitic worms that, when embedded in the person, can fight off the worst effects of said plague. 5.- Seer believes he has seen the future; starts kidnapping people he is sure will commit crimes later on. Turns out he's just being manipulated by a devil. 6.- Illithid with amnesia starts eating brains in a desperate att...

Sunday, 17th January, 2016

  • 04:40 AM - Scott DeWar quoted Cristian Andreu in post Unusual Sandwiches
    Nooo! It's the raisins talking! Don't let them inside you!
  • 02:41 AM - Scott DeWar quoted Cristian Andreu in post Unusual Sandwiches
    Hijack, schmijack- discussion of ingredients is fair game. So what is wine palm syrup? Here is what he has sent me via PM: Hey Scott! About wine palm syrup: It's a traditional syrup here in Chile, which we use in all sorts of desserts, but most commonly with fruits, pancakes, and flan (my personal favourite is with bananas). There are other varieties in some parts of Latin America and Spain, but they all differ due to the type of palm used (each one has it's own flavour). Wine palm or Jubaea Chilensis is the one we use, which has a very particular flavour, due to being the only palm that can grow in cold climates. It's made from the boiled sap of the tree. Wine palm syrup is more liquid than maple syrup, behaving sort of like caramel; it has a more earthy flavour as well. It's made in two varieties: Alone and with very tiny coconuts (about the size of a coin) produced by the palm. As with other syrups, it can last for a long time before spoiling, even if opened. If you live in the ...

Friday, 8th January, 2016

  • 02:19 AM - Homicidal_Squirrel quoted Cristian Andreu in post What do you put on a hot-dog?
    A most crucial discussion is what should we put or avoid from putting on a hot-dog. Yogurt seems an impopular choice, for example, but I could be wrong. I mean, once I was offered juice made from clams and apple, so anything could happen. What do you usually put on them? For me, as a proper Chilean, it was to be with mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, generous -perhaps even insultingly so- amounts of mayonnaise, and sauerkraut.That sounds pretty damn good, except for all the mayonnaise. I'm also a fan of the caramelized onion, shoe-string potato, fried-egg, and alioli sauce version, though that's a bit heavier. How about you?I prefer quail eggs instead of the fried egg; though; I will do a fried egg with a burger.

Wednesday, 30th December, 2015

  • 03:08 AM - Elf Witch quoted Cristian Andreu in post Dealing with lame duck characters but he is not because while we value role playing we also value having a PC that makes sense to the world and the group. He is angry and a little bitter and he has made a point of trying to get us to switch to a different system like Hero he really dislikes DnD. The thing is none of the DMs want to run Hero system. I am looking at both Savage Worlds and HARP for my next turn in the DM seat or maybe even 7 Seas but right now we are playing in this DM 3.5 homebrew. He was DMing for awhile but we all hated the game because it was a railroad his story was all that mattered and we lacked any free will at all. What we did make zero difference. We sucked it up trying to learn the Hero system and played for six agonizing months hoping it would get better and we all sighed with relief when his work schedule got to busy to run. I know that I and my roommate who is DMing this game tried to talk to him about the rail roading but he just didn't seem to understand what we were saying. Cristian Andreu in this game we are not for the most part good characters we are all mercenaries we belong to a larger group and we only get paid when we succeed at what we are hired to do plus we work for a man who does not tolerate failure well. We all have characters who have issues mine for example is a disgraced knight set up and betrayed and blamed for the death of the her young noble charge. another is halfling rogue wanted for crimes including murder in another kingdom the murder may have been justified are so we are told and the cleric very chaotic cleric of luck who has huge gambling debts that he is constantly having to come up with money to pay off that and supporting his three mistresses that he is juggling. So it is hard for us to justify a role playing reason to keep taking this character with us on missions she is costing us money and standing in the guild. And my character who does still have some honorable traits left is furious because her not having any useful spells memori...

Tuesday, 29th December, 2015

  • 08:51 AM - The_Silversword quoted Cristian Andreu in post Something you don't see everyday
    I know it feels wrong considering the rarity of the specimen, but the first thing I though (after "Of course it had to be in Japan") was about how it would make some kick ass fried calamari rings. Would have to slice them very thin to get them properly cooked, I think. I was just thinking the same thing.

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Time Wizards! A Game of Time, Wizards, and Time Wizards
Time Wizards! is a free roleplaying about long-bearded fellows with an uncanny power over time -so much that they have become time units themselves!

Using a revolutionary slap-based system, where the shape -and not the number- of your dice matters...
57 -1 1 Thursday, 29th January, 2015, 12:13 AM Thursday, 29th January, 2015, 12:13 AM
Planescape Sheet for Pathfinder
Here's an expansion sheet for the standard Pathfinder Character Sheet (also works with both D&D 3e and D&D 3.5, no conversion required) I've made for my party, which includes some things which I thought would minimize the book-keeping caused by some ...
807 0 1 Tuesday, 27th January, 2015, 09:28 PM Tuesday, 27th January, 2015, 09:28 PM
Metric Conversion Guide for PFRPG
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The following document is intended to assist in the conversion from the Imperial system used in Pathfinder to the Metric system. Tables and quick conversion methods are provided for all relevant rules, with ease of use and consistency as...
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