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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    As a DM, I have absolutely asked to see paperwork from players when there was something that didnít seem right to me. As a player, I've had to show certs to people to show that my character was kosher (to be fair, an undead barbarian isn't a common thing in AL play). The honor system works pretty well, but if thereís ever a question, having that paperwork can absolutely help you out. The...
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    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Early D&D was filled with weird and wild crossovers, like Murlyndís six-shooters, the whole of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks; heck, the DMG had rules for conversions between Boot Hill, Gamma World, and Gangbusters (I could be wrong on that last one). That being said, the world and game being played need to have the internal consistency and flexibility to handle that sort of thing. Putting a...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 06:31 PM
    Wizard of the Pigeons is done. It's a tale that could be read in different ways, but I think works best as a tale of magic and trauma. It's one of those books that makes magic feel magical. If you read it in such a way that magic exists, that is. Next up is Herbert's Dune Messiah. Been afraid to follow up on the first book, for fear of the series being a let-down.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 08:10 PM
    What a bummer! My party of five 9-13 level folks spent almost two hours fighting him. I was surprised that no PCs were killed in the process, but by the end, a few of them had to switch to defensive/healing actions to stay alive. I donít mind it if luck and/or strategy give PCs an easy win now and then, but for beings like Demogorgon, Tiamat, Acererak and the like, I feel like they should be a...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 07:36 PM
    Like your concept, going to talk through how I'd do it. (1dHD + Con)*lvl is as if you spent your full HD every single time. It's too much. Hmm, the schedule you have laid out seems to support 3 short rests per day - at least that number can be taking in less time then the 2 hours worth of short rests as suggested in a "standard" D&D day. This actually seems a bit of a boost for the...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:44 PM
    It's been so long since i've played Classic Traveller. Is character advancement mostly through money spent and time, or is it done with soem meta-currency like XP? If it's the latter, it seems like this is a way to permanently improve your character outside the normal methods of advancement, and as such some level of uncertainty can be an interesting balance point.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:28 PM
    At my table, Acrobatics is used defensively (grapples, etc) more than Athletics. Just because only a minority of characters have a STR higher than DEX. Many tasks can be described and are valid with their athletics or acrobatics. Tumbling down a slope (acrobatics) vs. climbing down it (athletics). Handsprings across a number of small gaps instead of jump checks. Yes, there are some that...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:54 PM
    In larger metropolitan areas I go with that way of thinking, generally. I donít want spend an adventure on how much a particular character race is hated and mistrusted. In smaller towns and rural areas, there might be some friction, but I tend to keep it minimal. In a world of magic, whatís one more bit of strangeness? Though, I might make social checks a little more difficult for them. If...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:27 PM
    In the aforementioned Out of the Abyss, Zuggtmoy was a dread foe that nearly took out the PCs. The fight with a weakened Demogorgon took longer, but they were better-prepared and had a solid plan for that, so it wasn't as close a battle. I will agree, demon lords should have some back-up and additional allies. When a larger or higher level party can focus fire on a single target, that has to...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:01 AM
    Eldritch Knight gets more from melee in my personal opinion. I'd go battlemaster, and stay fighter until 6th or 8th - the extra ASI/feats will make sure to get you to a 20 DEX and have both Crossbow Expert and Sharpshooter. Plus you have Extra attack. 11th gets you yet another attack. Alternately, Ranger for other bonuses. Especially if you use UA and can get Favored Enemy bonus...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:09 AM
    With the exception of one system, I haven't used declaration this millennium. Back with AD&D 2nd I seem to remember declaring for casting because any damage for the round caused the spell to be lost. The one exception was a system that had a phased system where your action decided your initiative (which phase you go in). My experience is that declarations slowed down play - combats took...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:24 AM
    I'm pretty much in agreement here. There definitely are wrong ways to do it, just like there are wrong ways to do almost anything on the DM side of the screen. There needs to be balance with times it's not a detriment and times when it's a positive. As I've mentioned several times, I often use default racial tensions before the characters have started to make a name for themselves, something...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:06 AM
    And I honestly support that. Make the game you want to run, adjust your setting to support your vision. I'm 100% with that. The only place I could have problems with that is if a DM waited until after character creation to share their vision of the races, so a player's concept of their character is out of sync with how the DM wants them in the setting. But reading about your games there...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:32 PM
    The game is a rolE playing game before it's a rolL playing game. Trying to say "these tensions that are designed into the races don't really exist because these mechanics are roughly balanced against each other" is a false argument. A DM is free to change their setting so there isn't racial tensions, or limit choices to races that don't have them. Run a cosmopolitan world, I'm all for it. ...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:16 PM
    Stealing from 13th Age, I'd do a player montage. Tell the players that they are going to get captured, and spend 10 minutes going around the table where each player gives a short narrative about how they were kicking ass but were ultimately overwhelmed/bad luck/bad choice, or whatever gets them captured. Gives them a chance to showcase how they envision their character, give an introduction...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:04 PM
    I started using average damage for monsters all the time to speed things up last campaign and I'm a convert. Players only have to deal with a single foe and, let's be honest, like rolling dice so I leave them to do so. EDIT: With some feats and fighting styles that allow re-rolls I would definitely not reduce those to just "math adjustments". The success stories of turning lousy rolls into...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:56 PM
    The wizard has low HPs, but I am wary about bring it up too often by actually attacking him. If a player picks something, it has benefits and detriments. If they pick a goblin, it has advantage in certain situations, and disadvantage in others. Unless they picked a goblin solely because of the game mechanics associated with it and don't actually want to play being a goblin. Now, it could...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:44 PM
    "With all that means" means "with everything". As opposed to picking and choosing the parts of a race they want and and ignoring any part they don't. If a DM is using standard races but doing rather different social spins on them, that should be explained prior to the players picking races. At which point "with all that means" is picking among the DM's options - perfectly good. A DM doesn't...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:21 AM
    5e with bounded accuracy took out a lot of the other parts of survivability, replacing it all with HP growth. Both for PCs and monsters. Regardless of the validity of the point, changing this goes against one of the intentional design decisions. It can change, but will have ripple effects. That's not a discouragement - just realize that that change will requiring layers of tweaking, and...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:20 AM
    I did tell the DM I wanted it. I picked a race - with all that means - as opposed to just a collection of game mechanics. I choose not to assume that my players are just min-maxing by default. I instead credit them that their choice was intentional.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:09 AM
    Of course I hit characters with appropriate reactions. Be it fear, wonder, adulation, surprise, etc. And, when the characters are unknowns, then yes it can be mistrust if their race is disliked by the populous of wherever they are, just like it could be distrust of an open adherent of a different religious mythos or fear of an obvious arcane caster to some. If a player choose Drow or...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 03:43 AM
    Just found out that Suicide Squad is being directed by James Gunn. That increased my interest in it a great deal. It's moved from "meh/nah to probably".
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 10:42 PM
    I've got the other way - I have a player with a chromatic Dragonborn who explicitly feared - sort of an anti-folk-hero - in his back story. And a drow that the player wants to experience "what that means". In this case if I gloss over it I'm stealing player agency and nullifying part of what they want about their characters.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 10:39 PM
    Do you disallow players from picking Drow unless everyone is feared/monstrous? Or just make all NPCs accepting of them?
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:17 PM
    A new player made a mistake, and you're sure it's not intentional? And taking it away now would impact an already existing character the new player has been having fun with for a while? Let them keep it instead of messing around with an already established character. Point it out to them so they know for the future. If they offer to remove it, kudos on them, but don't take it away.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:00 AM
    The players are clearly signaling where their current interest is. Forcing them to do something else would be contra-fun. I'm sure part of this is that we're wired to protect children. So regardless of "he's not in immediate danger", this is the most important thing to them. Just the idea of a child forcibly kept from his family is causing the child harm - no wonder they see this as urgent....
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:34 PM
    Aquaman got my money because the wife wanted to see it. She has no issues telling me Jason Momoa is hunky. Don't think Shazam has got the same thing going for it. :)
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:30 PM
    The DM may trust your judgement, but I think your judgement may be more focused on NPCs than creating a PC. I don't say that maliciously, but the math of the game for PCs really assumes you have range of ability scores that don't max out at a +1 modifier because you'll be outside bounded accuracy. Assuming the rest of the group used standard array, point buy, or rolled I don't think you'll be...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:20 PM
    I'm a big fan of the voice actors, but this is not for me. I've given it a try several times, did not latch on. Correlated, I can't stand podcasts. They don't go at the right speed to keep my attention. And I have lousy ears and speeding them up often makes me miss words here and there. My mind wanders off to think about other things. Spoken word / conversation speed is ridiculously slow...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:38 PM
    This is actually a point I always try to do and my players have been very enthusiastic about - always include other senses besides sight. Great verisimilitude.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:20 PM
    I say go with #3. They've clearly latched onto this as the hook that most interests them. And heck, you can always loop them back to their original city - maybe the kid needs to be returned there, or has some other reason to go there. And of course, then there are the political ramifications of their actions to play out. As for killing the kid, maybe that should be on the table as a...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:11 PM
    I haven't watched any of them except WW and Aquaman. I don't know if I'm not the target audience for this, or if I am very much the target audience - moviegoer who was turned off by grimdark Supes but like their new direction. Shazam I have mild hopes for, but was never one of my faves so probably won't see. My *guess* is that the teaser is playing up the comedy but there are serious parts...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:19 PM
    Agreed, the DM is the interface between the world the characters live in and the players. The players should get at the very least anything obvious. The goal would be for the characters to get everything their Passive Perception would let them know, though with a complex area they may need a bit to take it all in so defaulting back to just the obvious works.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:38 PM
    At what levels? Tier 1 & 2 we don't see anyone reaching those ACs. Breaking 20 is uncommon (1-2 from a party of 5). Or are you including temporary bonuses like Shield or giving up an action for Total Defense? Because yeah, it can climb that high for an attack or a round with a corresponding opportunity cost (spell slot, action, reaction, etc.) "Pretty easy" I would expect to be like 4...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 03:51 PM
    A Tal'Dorei Player's Guide, that I could see happening more than anything else. The Campaign Setting they put out had some player options, and I could see them building and expanding on it. But, that being said, I'm not sure that's a good idea. Some of the design choices in it, like enabling dual concentration, I did not care for. I think the strength of Critical Role and Matt Mercer isn't...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:01 PM
    Well, there is no clearly defined middle 3 of 4 dice. Bottom 3 (what you expected) and top 3 (what it gave you) are both equally valid. Looking around, Anydice seems to figure out "middle" in descending order. So when it's unclear (where the number of dice on the top and bottom don't match) it will pick the higher option.
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 07:38 PM
    You seem to be using two spell slots an encounter. I wouldn't assume a short rest after every encounter at all. On the other hand, Hex starts lasting an hour and increases to 8 hours with a 3rd level slot and 24 hours with a 5th level slot. So if you can maintain concentration Hex can already be up for you without the need for a slot. GWM isn't going to be usable until 3rd level earliest -...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:59 PM
    Finished reading Janet Morrisí Beyond Sanctuary and Iíve got mixed feelings on the book. On the one hand, some of the language recalls Gene Wolfeís Book of the New Sun. The book is inclusive, with its Sacred Band partners. The scope opens up vastly from the contained Thieves World short stories. The grim and morally grey Thieves World will always have a place in my heart. But, thereís...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:18 PM
    Swashbuckler to be able to move out of their attack range an position yourself to trigger Sentinel on their action?
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:06 PM
    I build my worlds as "Internally Consistent". They often differ strongly from the "real world", in that I want them to give a specific feel much like an author will design their setting with the plot in mind. I find settings like FR are often just "put fantasy tropes into a faux-Earth setting" as opposed to creating a setting that fundamentally differs from the real world. My last setting...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 05:06 PM
    Finished up the 13th Age campaign I ran for four and a half years, so right now I'm just playing. I'm in a serious homebrew custom designed for us, highly narrative post-apocalyptic non-time-linear fantasy using tarot cards as randomizers and not focusing on combat-as-the-main-challenge. (For instance, one character wanted to slaughter everyone at a party. The GM just said yes and then had...
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 07:27 PM
    That would have been masterwork quality drop in there, but alas it was at best a typo (think-o) and at worst a Freudian slip. Because I did want to submit.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 07:24 PM
    Good trailers mislead instead of reveal. One guess is that yes, they are starting with the focus on Billy Batson beign 15 - but just so they can show the arc of his hero journey with a huge change from where he starts to where he ends up. Not saying it's the case - the trailer could be all the best parts of the movie. I've seen those. But I wouldn't write it off as just gags.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 04:13 PM
    Went to see it with my wife this weekend. We both really enjoyed it. It doesnít crack my top 5 Marvel movie list, but definitely the top 10. Brie Larsonís performance was absolutely awesome and empowering. Also, perhaps the best use of a No Doubt song in a movie. Samuel L. Jacksonís de-aging was pretty darn perfect. It was easy to forget that you were watching a digitally altered being on...
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 03:44 PM
    Thieves World is a mixed bag, absolutely, but for me itís foundational fantasy reading. Hanse was my brotherís favorite character. He ended up with most of the books we had, rather than split up the set. This one, I still held onto, and have been idly picking them up again on my own. Wait a minute...did you mean to say writing them?!
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 02:58 AM
    rgoodbb, I have similar issues in being much better at running long campaigns then episodic one-shots. I asked the question before, maybe you can get something from that thread as well: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?608978-Advice-for-one-shots Another I saw along the same lines: ...
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 03:26 PM
    Just got back from a business trip for a workshop in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. I'm in northern US and appreciated the difference from shoveling snow. Now, not as much reading as I thought - it was long days in the workshop and then nights with colleagues I work with but rarely am on the same continent with. But still got some reading in. Read "All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries" by...
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    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 03:12 PM
    Oh gods, Thieves World. Part of me remembers inconsistant writing, soem Mary Sue like characters, and a multitude of shared-world sins. But part of me remembers how I would be so excited when a new book came out and all the fun I had writing them. Trying to remember the name of my favorite character, but I will freely admit that I liked Hanse Shadowspawn. Sadly, in more of my clean-outs...
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    Friday, 8th March, 2019, 06:05 PM
    As much as I would love to see an official 5e Greyhawk setting, this. Like, most of the AL people I game with, just want to play D&D. They might have one setting or another that they really like, but most are just more attached to the game. The setting could be Brooklyn, and they'd still be excited to play D&D. New Jersey, on the other hand...maybe not... ;)
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 08:36 PM
    In general, I find that people forget about protection regardless of tier. But, at higher levels, Iíve seen it stave off blows that wouldíve taken a PC out. And, when paired with a single foe and a barbarian using reckless attack, that can make for some good synergy. When the player remembers to use it, that is.
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    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Castles & Crusades or Labyrinth Lord would definitely be an easy transition from Pathfinder, I'd think. Between the two, I think C&C has enough options to not be a complete switch-up from Pathfinder, while still having a quick-to-understand and play rules system.
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    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 04:21 PM
    Finished up Liavek. It was quick, sharp read. Looking forward to diving into the rest of the series. But it put Thieves World on my mind and now I'm re-reading Janet Morris' Beyond Sanctuary. Haven't read this in ages; grim, god-haunted Tempus was my favorite of the Thieves World dramatis personae.
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    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Sometimes. Iíll gleefully include third party monsters and magic items, but when it comes to character options, I tend to be somewhat circumspect. In fact, I donít think Iíve allowed a single third party character option since the 3e days, when there was just so much unbalanced stuff out there (cough, Mongoose, cough...).
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 07:51 PM
    Finished up "This is Not A Game" and onto the next in the series, "Deep State". More satisfying then I remember from the first time around.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 07:48 PM
    We really enjoyed it as a action-drama-comedy about a disfunctional family with delightfully quirky characters. Trying to judge it as a "superhero" show seems like trying to say that "set in space" is a genre, or all anime are cartoons and therefore are for young kids. Yes, the setting was powers, and that was an important part fo the show, but it wasn't "about" power except for the McGuffin,...
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 05:23 PM
    This is to get an idea of what they can do without weapons. To give a bench-line for comparing to Arcane Weapon, Arcane Armament, and Infusion, perhaps even investing in Crossbow Expert, martial weapons, Booming Blade/Green Flame Blade cantrips, etc. Alchemist Native at-will potential damage per round (assuming ASIs to INT) Will be reduced by: saves (cantrip), misses (homunculus), switching...
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 04:21 PM
    Nice, it looks like that's in book 3. So far, I'm digging the series, so I'm sure I'll get there eventually. But yeah, the authors list is just insane: Gene Wolfe, Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb, Charles, De Lint, Charles Saunders, Patricia Wrede, Jane Yolen, and more!
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 03:00 PM
    There is absolutely no such rule. The actual general rule is the exact opposite - everything stacks. There is a exception where you are applying two bonuses of the same name you take the more powerful instead of stacking. This was originally only for spells, listed in the PHB, but it was made into a general rule and is now in the DMG Errata. Here's the rule:
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 02:42 PM
    Since I explicitly was talking about calling for a Concentration check, I am unsure how you can both say that there are methods that require a concentration check and then admit that there aren't. After this I wasn't really getting your gist - you talked about the caster trying to bluff or distract, when I was talking solely about damage not interrupting a casting, so I don't know how that...
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 04:42 AM
    I'd like to point out that there should probably be a Tier 3 - the very few trap options. Basically Monk (Four Elements) and Ranger (Beastmaster). Though to be pendantic, I think anyone coming from 3.x will have a conception about how far apart tiers are that is untrue in 5e, with 5e being a lot closer. If we were trying to calibrate so that a 3.5 player could directly compare, we should...
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 04:30 AM
    During casting, there is ONLY a concentration check for multi round casting. There is absolutely no other "damage interrupts CASTING" mechanic in 5e. Only spells longer than an action require concentration to cast. So this whole thing is pretty moot. EDIT: There's the "Ready a spell", but even there you cast and hold it - it's not a concentration check for the casting, it's for holding ...
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 04:23 AM
    Just an a honorable mention, if your DM allows UA material, the Tunnel Fighter Fighting style from Unearthed †Arcana: Light, †Dark, Underdark! (Oct 2016) has amazing synergy. You take a bonus action during your turn to enter a defensive stance, and it allows you to make Opportunity Attacks without using your reaction. It also allows you to use your reaction to make a melee attack against a...
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    Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, 04:16 AM
    It seems you'd either want a very high AC to discourage people from attacking you and the Sentinel feat, or a low AC and/or Reckless plus the Battlemaster Riposte maneuver.
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    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 10:09 PM
    Near the end of "This Is Not A Game" by Walter Jon Williams. I've read it before and it was acceptable WJW (which is still a pretty high bar), I'm enjoying it more this time around. It seems there are more Dagmar Shaw books - I don't remember the end from the first time if it was set up as a series or he just added other books on.
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    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 09:59 PM
    As a quick point of order - you need to have a 13 WIS to multiclass, and many DMs require that from your natural scores. Do you either already ahve the 13, or is your DM okay letting you multiclass with the item?
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    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 09:57 PM
    Agreed, as long as that attack is of the allowed types (acid or poison), it should add. Good catch.
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    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 09:54 PM
    Reckless Attack can only be done on your turn. "When you make your first attack on your turn..." So it isn't granting advantage on any Sentinel attacks.
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 10:50 PM
    I'm torn how to rate the turret. The damage never scales, so while it seems like it's potent it soon gets reduced to a spiritual weapon-type category - nice extra damage but nothing amazing. Except for the gobs of temporary HPs it can give out (assuming foes are attacking multiple members of the party so they aren't wasted). Heck, just spending a 1st level spell to bring out the Defender...
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 10:43 PM
    You know, with a dip for the Archery fighting style, the Artificer makes a pretty good Hand Crossbow expert as a way to stretch it's limited spell slots and feature uses. Their Arcane Weapon spell grants Hex/Hunter's Mark like bonus damage but without the need to spend a bonus action to move it. They effectively get Extra Attack, with the option of Infusing their own weapon if they don't find a...
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 04:57 PM
    That just about covers most of it. Were I to characterize the Jerk DM, it would be a DM that does not take into account or care whether their players are having fun or not.
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 04:13 PM
    Well, that was a fast February. Finished reading Kingís The Running Man. It was decent, filled with an overwhelming sense of rage and disgust. Some of the language is a bit rough, and Iím not sure if the racism and homophobia is supposed to part of the story, or just unfortunate casual usage for the time. Next up is the first Liavek collection. Considering how much I loved Thieves World back...
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    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 03:59 PM
    You can get a bunch of pulp tales free. Bram Stoker's stuff is free. Lord Dunsany's Fifty One Tales is free, and quite good. Charlie Holmberg's The Paper Magician is only $2, and I found it quite charming. The Eye of Argon is $3, and dare I say it, worth every penny. In the future, I'd recommend getting on The Portalist's mailing list. They send daily deals of cheap fantasy and sci-fi eBooks....
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    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 03:41 PM
    So I'm traveling for work soon, which gives me lots of time to read. While traveling I usually only bring one paperback (already from my TBD pile) and load up on ebooks on my kindle. My ebook library isn't all that large and I've read the three major series on it recently, so I'm looking to stock up. So, can you suggest to me cheap kindle books? Well, legal free from elsewhere is also...
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    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 12:02 AM
    I have to give it some thought to come up with good suggestions, but I had to say: Man this sounds like a great campaign to be in!
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 09:18 PM
    Respectfully, I'm not sure I would. Riddle of Steel (a Conan-expy RPG) was lauded about the realism of the combat - and was upfront that three okay combatants vs. a mighty hero would end on the side of numbers. Getting ganged up was very realistic - and therefore deadly. I like slaying dragons and wading through hordes of goblins. My hobby is an escape, it needs only be to realistic enough...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 09:07 PM
    Definitely dug it. Still hoping for a proper 5e Greyhawk release, but really, most of the tools are there already. It sounds like they've got a good grasp of "how is this world different from the Forgotten Realms?" Which, to me, in any fantasy setting, is the important question these days (though I would add "and Middle-Earth" to that as well). I think they've sussed out the grit, the moral...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 07:44 PM
    I miss very much the time in which we were 7~10 persons at the table meeting weekly, taking turns to DM/GM and playing multiple stories simultaneously. We had some epic campaigns. Those days are long gone and it has been hard for me get the 2 players I have now. Neither of them is interested in GM and it is clear that I am the most invested in the game. We meet rarely and time is always very...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 04:03 PM
    Pretty much that. After work, making dinner, walking the dog, and whatnot, I only have so much time left at night. When I was a kid, I had the time to learn and play systems like Battletech, Shadowrun, Palladium, Megatraveller and the like. The trend back then, too, was definitely towards more complicated game systems. Now, I much prefer simpler games. Itís not that I hate complicated...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 02:07 PM
    There are a few different parts to "complexity". You bring up AD&D 2nd Ed. It had a profusion of different ways to resolve issues, separate subsystems for so many different things, all that had to be looked up (or ignored, like weapon against armor types). Moving to a unified mechanic removes a load of complexity and speeds the game without watering down the system or removing choice at all....
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 01:04 PM
    I picked "No". I would have been happy to see Greyhawk as the default setting. Happier then then overused FR. But Greyhawk doesn't need a mechanical update to 5e while other settings would, so there is a real opportunity cost in whatever setting Greyhawk would displace.
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Already put together my comments on the monk in an earlier post, will reiterate here. Stunning Strike is single target at no range. Yes, with an attack action you may be able to trigger it more than once a round if you have sufficient melee targets and you roll a lot of hits and spending more resources doesn't make it multi-target. It requires both a successful to hit roll and has a save. ...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 03:57 AM
    Sorry, but considering that the only lower level spells that grant stun without concentration are but a single level less with huge limitations on them, I don't find that to be a true statement. With guaranteed one round of stun so it can't be blocked by a legendary save, giving all of your allies an action, it's a very useful spell against a single more powerful opponent the like BBEG of an...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 02:28 AM
    That's a decent example of only 2 level difference. You know, I can see 2 as the lower end. Bestow Curse also is 3rd level with concentration, but upcast to 5th level doesn't need it anymore. So let's go 2-3 levels above. So the debuff power of a 1st level debuff with concentration would be around a 3rd-4th level spell. So a 3rd level non-concentration spells might be like Tasha's...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:30 AM
    5e is very, VERY sparse on non-concentration debuffs. It's an intentional part of the design philosophy. To make one, assume that's worth about 3-4 spell levels of change right there. So If you want something like hypnotic pattern (3rd) without concentration, it's probably 6th to 7th level. You can not have stun (serious debuff), area of effect, and 3rd level any more then you could have...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:03 AM
    Interesting - I didn't take this as D&D / Wizards vs. 3rd party in the slightest. I just assumed he posted in the 5e forum because he leads talking about his other posts, which were here. If this thread is supposed to be just about 5e, then much of what I was talking about is out of scope. Though it does fit with the "knobs and dials" that 5e was teased with prior to the D&D Next playtest....
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    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 11:36 PM
    After so many books with Miles' frantically silver-tonguing it, Ivan is an interesting change of pace. Especially if you've picked up from the earlier books that Ivan's public persona is a bit of a facade, or at least not all there is to him.
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    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 11:25 PM
    Hi Oofta - I agree (and even mention) that the market may not be large enough to support a niche. For a small market, having one that has the wide appeal is good. That's a different thing than saying any particular player will prefer a balanced compromise over a niche. When you're just looking at rules, not at publishing rules, different players enjoy different things. Almost a truism. So...
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    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 09:35 PM
    Thanks for the warning. H. Rider Haggard's influence lasted quite a while, and not all of it is for the best. I mean, heck, we're still dealing with the noble savage and other colonialist tropes today.
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Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 09:20 PM - Xaelvaen mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Drinking Problem
    Thank you, Ralif Redhammer - I'll have to try one of those soon - probably the Hot Buttered Rum (gold rum variant); I've always preferred gold to dark there, sounds like it'd go better with lemon anyway, for my tastes.

Friday, 7th September, 2018

  • 09:06 PM - Parmandur mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    It's a great idea- I try to have the starting list be something "objective," or, at least, someone else's list (like this was). That way, people aren't caught up in a dispute as to what should, and shouldn't, be on the list. If y'all want to brainstorm some way to: a. Have a list of more recent authors (no repeats); and b. Have it be something that won't be argued over (the list is the list); then I'm always game! I agree with Ralif Redhammer above, using the 5E PHB Appendix E with the Appendix N authors removed would be fun. Appendix E is both a better, and yet more uneven list, methinks.

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 10:11 PM - Grogg of the North mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post The Sandbox and the Railroad
    I think the bigger component of Sandbox vs Railroad is "Know your players". I've been on rails were everyone at the table had a wonderful time. The DM wanted us to do X and X was what we were going to do anyway. I've been in a sandbox (litter box?) were the DM expected us to just go do something and the players were begging for more structure. A railroad isn't inherently bad. A sandbox will not make a bad campaign instantly better. I find my preferred style as a DM and as a player is similar to what Ralif Redhammer said. I try to end each adventure with the question "What do you do next" and that gives the DM a prompt to plan the next adventure. In the end, neither style is better than the other. D&D is about having fun. And if you and your group is having fun playing in the sand or riding the rails, then who cares. :)

Monday, 5th March, 2018

  • 10:33 PM - robus mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Napoleon's Army with Magic and Air Support and More
    I'd also check out the Temeraire novel series which features dragons as aerial warships and describes many interesting combat scenarios: His Majesty's Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire by Naomi Novik Link: http://a.co/0KHHv0g Edit: And now I see Ralif Redhammer already noted this :)

Monday, 17th April, 2017

  • 05:46 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post I need help with my Kobold filled Dungeon!
    Listen to Ralif Redhammer. Don't just put in traps because. They should be there for a reason, and the kobolds that live there have to live with the traps. That means they can't get in the way of daily life. If they do or would get in the way of daily life, then they would be bypassed, disabled or circumvented by the kobolds themselves. Paths through/around the tripwire and pressure plates would become so regular detecting them would be trivial. As for Tucker's Kobolds... read it for inspiration, but I would never suggest someone actually setup play that way. It's... well, goes back to the days of adversarial DMing and IMO really isn't the best way to create an adventure that players enjoy.

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017


Monday, 20th February, 2017

  • 06:28 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Name My Axe
    I like Ralif Redhammer 's suggestions. But you can also go with any name. The name does not have to be related to what it does. It could be named after a hero or king who wielded it. It could be sentient and have it's own name. Talos, Graken, Fury, Greybeard, White Blade, Dumarion, Stonewall...

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017

  • 03:23 AM - Chris633 mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Help me build Urban Fantasy NYC
    ...e day. I also just like the idea of the Queen being a professor at NYU. I like the idea of half-demons running Hell's Kitchen. They would also run many of the vices in the city. I like the idea of NYC sitting on a nexus of magical ley lines and thus drawing creatures of magic to the city. Not all humans can be in the dark. Some know what is going on. I feel like the mayor has to know and I am going to have a secret unit of Secret Service agents who also work to keep knowledge of the supernatural hidden (think Warehouse 13). I love the concept of Sorcerer Corporations down on Wall Street. Magic could soooo easily be used for personal gain and profit. I feel like I can also use fey to fill in lots of random and weird things in the city. Central Park! The possibilities are endless here. Thanks @NMBlockhead for the ideas there. MichaelSomething - That book looks awesome! Even if I don't use it for this, I LOVE detailed city books like that. It is now on my must buy list. Ralif Redhammer - St. Mark's and CBGB's! Brilliant. What is Mother? That's one I'm not familiar with. I'll blame it on being from NY.. lol..

Thursday, 5th January, 2017

  • 09:39 PM - Grogg of the North mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Have you ever played a pacifist character?
    Igwilly, I think that the murder hobo term comes from the fact that some players are more focused on the mechanics and combat than anything else. Their PCs go from dungeon to dungeon killing and looting only to do it again and again. The kind of PCs that have more GP value in their clothing than the entire kingdom's treasury but don't have two coppers to rub together to afford a night at the sleaziest inn in town. The kind of PCs that cannot even remember the name of the king that sent them off on their quest in the first place and think Monty Haul is their best friend. Ralif Redhammer I proposed a healer that suffered from hemophobia as a character. It was shot down pretty quick.

Sunday, 4th December, 2016

  • 01:46 AM - pemerton mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Control is the Root of All Gaming Issues?
    ...e, rather than a game-related one. Sometimes there are players who want to play the game, but they have social issues which manifest in the game. I think RPGing probably attracts more than the human statistical norm for this sort of person. Eg they have a tendency to attack or trick other PCs. This is the same person who, in a wargame, always breaks alliances even if it hurts his/her own position. I don't think there is any game-related solution to this either. Then we get to issues that arise from how the game is run - stuff that tends to get described as viking hat GMing, railroading, player entitlement, etc. I think a lot of this stuff results from a combination of (i) a lack of clarity as to what the players are meant to be contributing to the game, relative to what the GM is contributing, and (ii) poor rules, or inadequate procedures/techniques more generally (not all of these are spelled out expressly as rules). I think that this last category is the sort of stuff that Ralif Redhammer is describing as about "control". Communication is one way of solving these issues: different people want different things from RPGing (both in general, and in any particualr campaign/session/moment). I happen to like The Forge's way of describing these differences, but no doubt there are other ways of thinking about the same basic point. As well as communication, though - ie getting clear on who is hoping for what - there is then actually the need to reach agreement (and I don't think there is any distinct magic for RPGing in this respect, any more than working out which film to go to or where to meet up for lunch). And once agreement has been reached, there is then the need to actually give effect to it. This can require both GMs and players learning how to do stuff. At this stage of things, there's no substitute for practice.

Saturday, 12th December, 2015

  • 03:58 AM - DMMike mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post MMOTRPG - Can it be done better?
    kalil: any MMO with a recharging healing power has healing surges. The reference, though, was to D&D 4e's attempt at taking MMORPGs to the tabletop. And I'm saying: great idea! MMORPGs have a lot of appeal. Now, I have yet to see the RP side of any MMORPG, but I hope that's just because I'm a n00b to the games. Ralif Redhammer: VRPGs can go a long way toward assisting imagination. What I want to know is: can we take some of the benefits of being Internet-linked with other players, and bring that to our tabletops? Here's another example: Post your PCs' equipment lists online. So when the thief in your party goes to filch something, or breaks into someone's house, the GM has not only the equipment list of things to choose from, but the character who will be out for revenge as well. Just imagine the excitement (for lack of a better term) when one of your PCs discovers one of his valuable items missing! And there's a "real," "live" PC out there who is trying to get away with it. If nothing else, it's a good system for creating a recurring rivalry.

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post Warlord Name Poll
    ...@JeffB ; @Jester Canuck ; @jgsugden ; @jodyjohnson; @Joe Liker ; @JohnLynch ; @Johnny3D3D ; @KarinsDad ; @kerbarian ; @kerleth ; @Kinak; @KingsRule77 ; @Kirfalas ; @Kobold Stew ; @koga305 ; @Lanefan ; @Lanliss ; @Leatherhead; @Libramarian ; @Li Shenron ; @LuisCarlos17f ; @lowkey13 ; @Manbearcat ; @MarkB; @MechaPilot ; @Mecheon ; @mellored ; @Mephista ; @Mercule ; @MG.0 ; @MichaelSomething; @Miladoon ; @Minigiant ; @Mishihari Lord ; @Mistwell ; @MoogleEmpMog ; @Mon @MonkeezOnFire ; @MoonSong(Kaiilurker) ; @MostlyDm ; @Mouseferatu ; @MoutonRustique; @Nemesis Destiny ; @neobolts ; @Neonchameleon ; @Nifft ; @nightspaladin ; @nomotog; @n00bdragon ; @Obryn ; @Ohillion ; @oknazevad ; @Olgar Shiverstone ; @Orlax ; @Otterscrubber ; @Pandamonium87 ; @Paraxis ; @PaulO. ; @Pauln6 ; @Pauper ; @payn; @pemerton ; @peterka99 ;@ Pickles III ; @Pickles JG ; @pkt77242 ; @pming ; @pogre; @PopeYodaI ; @Prickly ; @procproc ; @Psikerlord ; @Psikerlord# ; @(Psi)SeveredHead; @Quickleaf ; @Raith5 ; @raleel ; @Ralif Redhammer ; @Raloc ; @Ranes ; @RangerWickett; @Ratskinner ; @redrick ; @Rejuvenator ; @Remathilis ; @Ristamar ; @RolenArcher; @Roland55 ; @RPG_Tweaker ; @Rune ; @Rygar ; @Sacrosanct ; @Saelorn ; @Saeviomagy; @sailor-Moon ; @SailorNash ; @Saplatt ; @Satyrn ; @Shades of Eternity ; @shadowmane; @sheadunne ; @Shasarak ; @shidaku ; @shintashi ; @Shiroiken ; @SigmaOne ; @sleypy; @sleypy01 ; @SpiderMonkey ; @Staccat0 ; @Staffan ; @steeldragons ; @steenan @STeveC ; @strider13x ; @Strider1973 ; @Sword of Spirit ; @Talmek ; @TerraDave; @TheCosmicKid ; @The_Gneech ; @TheHobgoblin ; @The Human Target ; @the Jester; @The Mirrorball Man ; @The Myopic Sniper ; @ThirdWizard ; @Tia Nadiezja ; @Tinker-TDC; @Tonguez ; @Tony Vargas ; @Tormyr ; @TrippyHippy ; @tsadkiel ; @tuxgeo ; @twigglythe Gnome ; @TwoSix ; @Uchawi ; @Ulorian ; @UnadvisedGoose445 ; @UngeheuerLich; @Us ; @Valmarius ; @Warbringer ; @was ; @wedgeski ; @Wednesday Boy ; @Wik ; @WillDoyle ; @Winterthorn ; @Wuzzard ; @Xeviat ; @Yaarel ; @Yunru ; @Zalab...

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Wednesday, 13th March, 2019

  • 04:43 AM - Whizbang Dustyboots quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Goodman Games' Next Reincarnation Is Expedition To The Barrier Peaks
    I doubt weíll see the Slavers series, since the 1e versions already got a deluxe reprint a few years ago. So did S1 and S2, both of which are in Yawning Portal. But the premium reprint of Dungeons of Dread came out in 2013, two editions of Dungeons & Dragons ago. I don't think that means much at this point. Goodman Games seems to be leaning in on the earlier classics. Maybe the next one will be a Forgotten The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth / Temple of Tharizdun pairing? That'd be a great pairing, but I don't know that it would appeal to the fans as much as these first three choices have. (Which is likely also why Silver Princess wasn't chosen.) All three they've picked so far are easily among the most popular old school adventures.

Monday, 11th March, 2019


Sunday, 10th March, 2019

  • 03:12 PM - Blue quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you Reading? Magnanimous March 2019 edition
    Finished up Liavek. It was quick, sharp read. Looking forward to diving into the rest of the series. But it put Thieves World on my mind and now I'm re-reading Janet Morris' Beyond Sanctuary. Haven't read this in ages; grim, god-haunted Tempus was my favorite of the Thieves World dramatis personae. Oh gods, Thieves World. Part of me remembers inconsistant writing, soem Mary Sue like characters, and a multitude of shared-world sins. But part of me remembers how I would be so excited when a new book came out and all the fun I had writing them. Trying to remember the name of my favorite character, but I will freely admit that I liked Hanse Shadowspawn. Sadly, in more of my clean-outs where I brought bags of books to friends and told them to take that series went away.
  • 05:37 AM - Madmaxneo quoted Ralif Redhammer in post The Witcher "Easy Mode" Will Be Free On Free RPG Day
    Cool. I'm curious about the game, but from the accounts I've heard, it's a little too rules-heavy for my tastes. Something streamlined and simplified would be fun. I have heard nothing about this game cause it seems the only thing people play in my area are either 5e or Pathfinder... I try to run all kinds of RPGs but it is difficult to get people interested at times. I personally love more crunch in a game and I have played tons of RPGs. So from your comment I may have to check out this system now.

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 03:45 AM - Aaron L quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Jon Peterson Shares Aronson's Original OD&D Illusionist
    Neat! One of my brother's earliest AD&D PCs was an Illusionist. Color Bomb, a hyped-up version of Color Spray, never made it to official release, if I recall correctly. I was going to comment on Color Bomb; I've never heard of it before and was wondering what it could do. It sounded awesome, and an upgraded Color Spray type spell sounds cool. At first thought it brought to mind an area effect Chromatic Orb. I've had a Gnomish Fighter/Illusionist character gestating in my mind for a few years now, just waiting for the next 1st Edition campaign I get to play.

Thursday, 7th March, 2019

  • 04:44 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)
    I have a copy of The Devil's Web: Who Is Stalking Your Children For Satan?, by Patricia Pulling. I'd say that title alone is enough of an indicator of her beliefs. You can get it pretty cheaply online, and it's a fascinating, sometimes funny and sometimes scary, window into the Satanic Panic. But one can't talk about the Satanic Panic and crusade against D&D without mentioning Dr. Thomas Radecki. He used "science" to back his claims that D&D was harmful, testifying in court to such. He would later have his medical license revoked multiple times, and end up currently serving jail time for prescribing opioids in exchange for sex. Radecki was one of the worst, but there were a lot of bad actors. The trouble with a panic (a moral panic for example) isn't the bad actors like Radecki or Pulling*, it's that people get swept along in the fear and many of them lose their critical faculties to stop and think, "Woah, this isn't reasonable." *There are always bad actors willing to push falsehoo...

Monday, 4th March, 2019

  • 02:03 PM - Fauchard1520 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Role-Players vs. Actors
    What I donít care for is people that just say ďI roll a 17 persuasion at them.Ē Like, seriously, give me something to work with as a DM. That's about where I come down as well. You can only riff off of straight die-rolls for so long. As a GM, or even as another player in the scene, it is so important to have a vivid mental image of what's going on!

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019

  • 02:09 AM - Richards quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you Reading? Magnanimous March 2019 edition
    Next up is the first Liavek collection. Considering how much I loved Thieves World back then, Iím a bit surprised I didnít come across this 80s shared world anthology series sooner.Ooh, I don't remember which collection it's in, but Alan Moore's "A Hypothetical Lizard" is in one of those Liavek books. That was a great story, one I remember in detail today despite having read it literally decades ago. Johnathan

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019


Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

  • 08:38 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post It's a Good Thing D&D Isn't a Toy
    ... I think Marlon Wayansí performance has aged better than the rest I don't think that those words have ever been combined before in that order in the history of the world. ;) But yeah, that movie was just a perfect storm of terrible, useful for your own personal MST3K viewing party and not much else.
  • 08:26 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you Reading? Froody February 2019 edition
    Mark Twain is always good. Haven't gotten to Haggard's writing, but I've got a few books of his I picked up here and there. One of these days... One thing that I found surprising about Haggard's work (I read King Solomon's Mines a month or so ago) was how affected I was by the casual mention of elephant murder. I mean, I don't know any elephants personally, and I was aware of the reputation of the Allan Quatermain character as the 'great hunter' or whatever, but the first time I read a scene of serious elephant murder, I got super mad about it. Also, there is the South African version of the word that is used to describe black people, as well as a bunch of 'noble savage' bs, which is unfortunate. The stories are still good, but that is something to be prepared for.
  • 07:16 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you Reading? Froody February 2019 edition
    Finished Sir Terryís Thud! A good one, definitely. Now, Iím reading the first Stephen King book I will have ever read, The Running Man. The Running Man, along with Roadwork and Rage and one other title that I can't think of offhand (the ones written under the Richard Bachman psuedonym) have quite a different feel to King's other books. Not bad, but not that distinctly King flavor (which, of course, you are unfamiliar with anyway so...) Anyway, The Running Man is fun times in the "oh, those poor people." sort of way that all of the Bachman Books are (The Long Walk, that is the other one). I have just started Mark Twain's Roughing It and am finishing up H Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain.

Monday, 25th February, 2019

  • 06:35 PM - billd91 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post It's a Good Thing D&D Isn't a Toy
    I know I bought my copy of the Red Box and a bunch of other D&D books at toy stores when I was a kid. While D&D isnít a toy as traditionally defined, it holds a place in the Toy Hall of Fame, and itís super-easy to make toys from it. The weird monsters just call for it. Just look at the old LJN line, which had Grell, Roper, and Carrion Crawler bendy toys. One thing Iíd also like to point out is that the collapse of two of the dedicated toy sellers can be traced in part to one company, Bain Capital. They did the same to KayBee Toys years earlier. https://nypost.com/2017/09/21/bain-capital-has-now-plunged-two-toy-retailers-into-bankruptcy/ It should be spelled Bane Capital. And it should be ripped to shreds and buried very, very deeply.

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 12:45 AM - MNblockhead quoted Ralif Redhammer in post How Did I Become a Grognard?
    By my (grey-specked) beard, indeed! But don't forget the 1d4 HP! Though, to be fair, even back then I would've allowed the poor soul that rolled a 1 for HP to re-roll. My monocle fell. Sir, I thought you were a reputable member of our club!

Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 06:02 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post How Did I Become a Grognard?
    By my (grey-specked) beard, indeed! But don't forget the 1d4 HP! Though, to be fair, even back then I would've allowed the poor soul that rolled a 1 for HP to re-roll. Really? I would've just told them to be an illusionist, so that they could complete the feeling of learned helplessness. You are absolutely right, that it is more than just the rules set, but a conglomeration of place and time. Itís about how we struggled through the rules sometimes (or often), about the books and movies and art and videogames that were consumed at the same time. For the record, though, I don't consider myself a Grognard, despite my share of old-school credentials. I'll always have a soft spot for old-school play, though, that's for sure. C'mon. It's liberating to let your Grognard flag fly, to set free your baddest grumpiest self. It's time to stop shedding a tear for Aleena, and learn to embrace your inner Bargle.
  • 04:16 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post How Did I Become a Grognard?
    I totally share your flabbergastation (not sure thatís a word, but Iím going with it), and would say that a grognard, at the latest, began with 1e. BuuuutttÖ. There will come a time (not in my lifetime, for obvious reasons), that there are no more of those folks. And a grognard would indeed be someone that started with 2e, maybe even 3e. Either that, or the term will just completely die out alongside the people. No. I refuse to believe that. The fires of my hatred for whatever the whippersnappers are up to will keep me alive. I will be a revenant, forever haunting their games, telling them that they haven't ever really played D&D unless they've suffered through a first level Magic User with robes, a dagger, a single spell. AND IT WAS AWESOME AND WE LOVED IT! NOW SAVE VERSUS DEATH LIKE GOD AND GYGAX INTENDED (but I repeat myself)!!!!! Though, that does beg the question, is someone that began gaming with, say, Labyrinth Lord, entitled to the mantle of grognard? No. Hear me now and believe me...

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 05:42 PM - Fauchard1520 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Video Game Dungeons
    Many years ago, I did play in games run by a DM/GM that everything was lifted from pop culture. Weíd adventure through something from the Curse of the Azure Bonds PC game, something from the Shannara series, Robocop 2, and so on. We had fun, but after a while it got old. That's my fear. I think this sort of technique is great for a one-shot or a single specialty session in a longer campaign. If it becomes the whole game though.... Like you said, I could imagine that getting old in a hurry.

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019

  • 10:37 PM - Ratskinner quoted Ralif Redhammer in post How Did I Become a Grognard?
    That all sounds more like a Luddite than a Grognard.;) I generally prefer using hardcopy to digital resources at the table, but donít terribly object to other people doing so. That being said, Iíve yet to see someone with a PDF look something up faster than a person with the books. I think the defining feature of a Grognard is the belief that gaming was qualitatively better in older editions, leading to not playing the current edition. I agree. I would also add a fierce (almost thoughtless, at times) resistance to any criticism or examination of traditional mechanics and the adoption of new ones. There also seems to be a good dose of One True Wayism in grognardery, to the point of refusing to even acknowledge the existence of other playstyles or playgoals.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 08:55 PM - quoted Ralif Redhammer in post RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour
    There's a line I saw in Reddit that struck me: "downplaying crummy things that our favorite creators have done is how Zak has survived in the industry so long." I'm still considering what to do with the Zak S stuff I've got on my shelves. I don't know that I can use it anymore, without feeling like whatever I create using it is tainted. As for his Ennies, he wouldnít be the first person to have been stripped of an award for stuff heís done. Far larger awards have been taken away from people for their words and actions. Thanks for your detailed answer. I understand how you feel; itís hard for me to get enjoyment out of a creators work if they have done something very evil, especially if they are unrepentant. I donít think itís easy to separate it.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019



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