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    Yesterday, 04:43 PM
    I finished Uncompromising Honor, the last (*cough*right*cough*) Honor Harrington book, though not the end of the Honorverse. I regularly felt annoyed as they gave large amount of time to characters developed in non-Honor books in the universe that I was expected to both know and care about already. This book did not stand on it's own at all. And for all that, it left out plenty of core HH...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:20 PM
    I've mentioned before that I let the players hand it out, and that takes care fo remembering it. But if you are looking for a modification suggestion, use it more like compels in FATE. Keep a list of flaws and bonds (only), and not just reward them when the player intentionally triggers them, but also when something in-character but not-the-brightest comes up make it known you have it ready....
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    I have to agree here - I see too many players with the mentality that if an ability score doesn't improve their class features it's not worthwhile. But that ignores that skills can easily be based off an ability score and that for all of the pillars of the game outside of combat, skills are the biggest mechanical aspect. (Spells are #2.) Right now I'm playing an urban investigator paladin...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    You are 100% correct. With the first printings of the PHB, Unarmed Strikes were on the weapon charts, and WERE considered weapons. Then the errata came, and they are no longer. In other words, this supports what I am saying.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 09:26 PM
    Except that Improvised Weapon rules are what are listed under the Weapon section of the PHB. It's pretty clear that Improvised Weapons are a subset of Weapons as per the PHB layout.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 09:23 PM
    I believe the OP is talking about using a shield as an Improvised Weapon (PHB 147-148) and attacking with it using two-weapon fighting (PHB 195). Though since it's unlikely a shield would be counted as a light weapon it would require the Dual Wielder feat (PHB 169). All of that looks like it's by the rules.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:36 PM
    In a related question, if I was planning on using a shield as an Improvised Weapon this turn I wouldn't add the Dueling fighting style to my main weapon.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:52 AM
    I too love that feeling. Though as they say, sometime you have to make you own luck. Back when (AD&D 2nd) I had a long running character with the largest size bag of holding. I outfitted it over many levels with unwanted items, misc treasure, and with plenty of mundane but odd items. I had a full sheet (from my dot matrix printer, old school) of the things in it. And they came up at the...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:21 AM
    Just let the players give it out, with that if they do it without good reason you'll shut it down. Just advise them once per character per session is what you are looking for as a guideline. We use poker chips. No longer on the DMs plate, and players will be on the lookout to give out something that helps the group.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th October, 2018, 02:15 AM
    If you need a 20, you have a 5% normally, and a 5% + 95%*5% = 9.75%. Slightly less than a +1. If you need a 2 you have a 95% to succeed normally, and 95% + 5% * 95% = 99.75%, agains slightly less than +1. This is the minimum. If you need an 11, you have a 50% normally, and a 50% + 50% * 50% = 75% with advantage. That's the equivalent of +5. This is the maximum. Your +/-6 to +/-7 is...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 08:53 PM
    As long as it's not treasure whores.
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 08:34 PM
    1. Backgrounds are about half of your skills, and a flavor bonus you cant''get elsewhere. Really, I want to play a criminally minded sorcerer, I can - I can get my contacts and skills and such. A noble? Sure. They allow so much character customization without needing to multiclass. 2. Inspirations is supposed to be given out by the DM. Since you said you ran, I'm having problems that it...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 06:18 PM
    Upvote to Dragons Ė theyíre in the name, after all. Downvote to Beasts. Have fun with the ranger trying to make friends with every one of those you throw at them, probably while everyone else is trying to kill it. DOWNVOTES ARE 2 Aberration 22 Beast 18 Celestial 20 Construct 20 Dragon 22 Elemental 20
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 04:40 PM
    I was pulling for the Skellington, but Wraith is fine by me. Tolkien wins again, technically, since Wraiths were originally Nazgul. ;)
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 02:50 PM
    If by "too scared" you mean "too scared they will have a repeat of the same massive customer backlash they had when they did that for 4e", then I'm glad that they learned that lesson and we don't have to go through it again. Seriously, older printings of books became actively misleading unless festooned with separate errata sheets all over. The only thing that kept it from being even worse...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 02:45 PM
    A few months after the PHB came out someone came up with a real index for it. Just print it out and shove it in the back of your PHB. It was more comprehensive as well. I don't have the file anymore to look at a name, but I'm pretty confident Sage Google will be able to find it.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 02:33 PM
    Diffident, perhaps a bit self-effacing or risk adverse, except when calling the storms or preaching. Then they are full of thunder and lightning, channeling their god in full-on mode, full of power, spit and vinegar. Goes from a warm spring drizzle to an unexpected thunderstorm themselves.
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 09:35 PM
    I actually quite like the skeleton. Growing up, skeletons showed up again and again on Dragon magazine covers. Easleyís artwork made them fearsome and gnarly. Theyíre low-level workhorses, and can fit into almost any adventure with little work. And Harryhausenís skeleton battles remain movie magic history. As for the mummy, sure, Karloffís Frankenstein is awesome, but The Mummy is another...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 03:10 PM
    The lowly, dependable Skeleton gets my upvote. Ghouls get my grudge downvote. DOWNVOTES ARE THREE Ghoul 2 Skeleton 16 Wight 14 Wraith 10
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 03:05 PM
    Ended up using the Tombstone Golem Liars Night wandering monster encounter last night. Heck, they were already going to the City of the Dead. It ended up being a lot of fun, though sadly the Tombstone Golem didnít get to crit anyone (on a crit it turns the targetís hair permanently white).
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 03:16 AM
    You are comparing it to the target creature's AC. Not the target creature's armor's base AC or anything else. That's the only AC it can affect. It doesn't target armor, it targets a creature. That's their AC - not part of their AC but we'll add a shield later, or just the base AC of their armor, or AC without cover, or anything like that. If the DM says, "what's your AC" - that's your...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 09:52 PM
    Look, narratively I don't like the spell. I think they were trying to come up with something that could ignore any oddity from wild shape (high dex, natural armor, what have you) and ended up with a weird, off off spell. I agree it makes no sense fictionally. If you want to change what the spell does, go for it. But that's not what my answer was about. You said the spell wasn't simple -...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:38 PM
    We all filter our perceptions, so that will impact us in some ways. Hard to separate. In one of my previous campaigns was very shades-of-grey. Orcs in particular were a big part of that - there were seven tribes of yurt-dwelling nomadic orcs up in the Northern Steppes, each with their own tribal philosophies, as well as sea raider slaver orcs that lived in an archipelago. The group ended up...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:22 PM
    Yunru has been saying everything I would say, and doing it better + faster. I just wanted to unpack that last bit: How does hitting 0 interact with Hex? The same way any other creature dropping to 0 would - the warlock now has the option to spend a bonus action and change the target. They don't have to. Same if a non-wildshape PC was dropped unconscious and then healed - the warlock is...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:14 PM
    A bit of clarification - you mention only the triggers to get it, but "always on" also seems to imply it would apply to more than one attack per round. What is your intention there? Assuming it's still only a single attack a round, it's a decent buff to the rogue. Perhaps the simplest would just be to say "once per turn you do this extra damage". That gives a bonus of no conditions, but...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:02 PM
    Not just caster friendly, but CALCULATION friendly with wild shape. No need to worry about how a beast get's it's AC. If it's lower than 16, it becomes 16. Easy.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 05:00 PM
    People who don't believe it's done that way because it's doesn't match their expectations because of other AC calculations.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:56 PM
    Of course you can apply cover to your AC. And then you compare your AC to 16, and if it's lower you increase it to 16. The order of operations is: 1. Do all AC calculations. Armor, dex, shield, spells, cover, etc. 2. While barkskin is up if the results of step 1 are less than 16 then use 16 instead.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:52 PM
    Barkskin doesn't grant an AC, just Say you AC would be 13 without barkskin. You cast barkskin, it's now 16. With yours your AC is 16. Okay. You pick up a shield. With barkskin, you base AC is now 15, so is raised to 16. With yours, it becomes 18. You gain a +2 cover bonus to AC from one target. With barkskin, your 15 becomes a 17 against that target, 16 against everyone else. ...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:36 PM
    It does. You calculate your AC. Then you compare and adjust if you are less than 16. If you change your AC, they you calculate and adjust if less than 16. If you change you AC AGAIN, you do it AGAIN. For the duration. It doesn't have an AC to modify - it just changes your AC to 16 if, after all AC calculations are done, it's less than 16. And it keeps doing it for the duration of the...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:31 PM
    Barkskin does not give you a 16 AC, set at the casting. It just makes it 16 if it would be lower. So there is no "barkskin + shield" calculation that can ever be made because barkskin isn't armor. Just a "armor + dex + shield < 16" calculation to have it overwrite your AC. Same if some monster had a debuff that reduced your DEX by 10 points - it wouldn't come off the barkskin AC, just the...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 04:19 PM
    Drain blood not years. DOWNVOTES ARE 3 Ghost 6 Ghoul 11 Revenant 10 Shadow 10 Skeleton 18 Vampire 6
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 12:56 AM
    I'll even give you a 15% reduction. Of the non-magical B/P/S damage you take at 20th level. Say it keeps you up for one extra hit. Maybe 1/3 of the time you would have dropped that would keep you up for an extra action, other times you'll still drop before your action. The rest of the time it basically means nothing - either you're down anyway or it's fractional less to heal. How many...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 12:41 AM
    I'm always up for new spells. Thanks for putting these up! Detect Maleficence looks like an outgrowth of Detect Good and Evil. Additional things that can be detected, at a higher level. Looks good. Combat Clarity (and the Mass version) look like the type of spell that in normal play seem like they are well balanced, but are part of power-combos. Even the Fighter (Samurai) can only grant...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 12:23 AM
    We're not looking for over 20-30 average attack, we are looking for attacks in the 20-30 attack range. So the fact that there aren't many above that range isn't really of import to the discussion. The multiattack was on the giants. At CR 8 and above, giants already are in the 20-30 average damage per attack range, AND they have multiattack with those attacks. So multiattack is not "making...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Giants start multi-attacking in the 20-30 average range at CR 8 (Frost) and all the ones up with higher CR also do 20-30. Bunch of demons: Balor (CR 19) & Goristro (CT 17) & wow, Nalfeshnee exceed that with 32 average at CR 13. Dinosaurs too: Triceratops (CR *5*) does 24 average. T-Rex at CR *8* is allt he way up to 33 average bite. I just did a quick skim of categories of bruiser type...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 06:59 PM
    Finished Barrowcliffe's The Elfish Gene. It was funny and entertaining, but his continued assertions that there's just something wrong with playing D&D, just ring hollow. He gets close to seeing that it was more his own awkwardness and toxic masculinity at work, but then backpedals swiftly. And in an age with people like Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and more espousing their love of the...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:54 PM
    To me there is a difference between a lie and and a falsehood. Lies have an intent to deceive. I wouldn't have the ring ties into any "cosmic truth", just what the speaker believes is the truth. Simply for game balance reasons. Otherwise you can just have the ring-bearer spout every conspiracy theory and alternate explanation and instead hear the literal truth of what's going on come out. ...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I see from other comments that the party was fully rested when they went into this. In that case, this is the working-as-designed result of the mechanics. Now, escaping afterwards with everyone alerted and blowing a lot of their resources may be more of a challenge. I'd suggest combining several other encounters in waves as they rush to the sounds of combat.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:43 PM
    This makes sense. Knowing they are there, having the spell prepped ahead so they pop their head out and use their reaction to cast. Same thing as an invisible character stabbing with a dagger. While the attack makes them visible, but they still have advantage for that attack. Same here.
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:41 PM
    Upvote to the Vampire Ė Iíll agree with Gradine, the list of proper villain monsters has grown scanty. Thereís a reason Strahd keeps coming back, edition after edition. Downvote to the Spectre. One of my favorite superheroes was a The Spectre. Not a sign of a green cloak here. DOWNVOTES ARE THREE Banshee 15 Ghost 13 Ghoul 16 Revenant 15
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:38 PM
    Picking a favorite Studio Ghibli flick is always a tough task for me. But Iím totally fine with The Hobbit winning. It was a favorite as a kid, with a suitably worn VHS tape. Still enjoy it to this day (albeit on DVD). Heck, Topcraft, even had animators that would go on to form Studio Ghibli.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:38 PM
    Thanks. I had heard about that months ago, I thought there was a newer change from the tone of the OP.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:36 PM
    Ditch Resilent (DEX) for Resilient (WIS). Dex sabves are just damage, and you've got HPs. WIS turns you against your party or locks you down. Which then means you could use one of those remaining ASI to boost back up your DEX if you're that worried about Init and saves. And your WIS if it's now odd, or just DEX with a different half-feat. Lucky will save your posterior. Use it to turn a...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 04:21 PM
    So what's the new ruling on timing? I don't follow twitter.
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 04:41 PM
    Iíve been in a similar situation, with a large party that can really alpha-strike a BBEG. The tricks Iíve come up with: 1- Put an encounter right before the BBEG. Not a super-hard one, but one to whittle down their resources; then, have the BBEG show up immediately. 2- Increase BBEG HP/AC/Saves. 3- As mentioned earlier in the thread, customize their lair to have all sorts of things the BBEG...
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    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 04:30 PM
    Upvote for the Lich Ė I keep meaning to get the 1e MM artwork as a tattoo. Downvote to the Ghost. As a DM, I donít like using them Ė I donít believe in using a monster if youíre not prepared to pull the trigger, and I am not with their aging attack. Downvotes are worth 3 Banshee 20 Ghost 21 Ghoul 23 Lich 9 Mummy 1 Mummy Lord 2
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 03:54 PM
    Since I play in home games that aren't part of AL and don't follow the PHB+1 rule, I can tell you there's no "killer combos" out there. Sure, it helps keep possible combo power creep in check, but a big part of it is keeping the barrier to entry to new players as low as possible since AL is the most accessible form for them.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Monday, 15th October, 2018, 01:42 PM
    You have a very direct approach that I'd like to use as an example. I want to start with: I agree with you. And then continue with afterwards with: How do we improve on the mechanics of a skill challenge to make it more in-line with our other sub-system that we do allow to decide life and death. --- Combat is going away from the whole RP / skills approach to a mechanically heavy...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th October, 2018, 07:16 PM
    Blue started a thread Levelable dragon character
    So my daughters have been wanting me to introduce D&D to them and we made characters but haven't played yet, and then they got my niece and nephew involved. Youngest is 12, all are bright, and they get the rules. However, my nephew's creativity makes him really want to play a young dragon instead of a humanoid. He's already come up with a backstory. Also, he's not familiar with the D&D lore...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 09:31 PM
    Compared to the "Holiday Layoffs" that went on for many years at Wizards this is indeed welcome news.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 09:24 PM
    Judge much? One group I played with was among the best roleplayers I knew, were very creative, and had spent so much time playing that system mastery was second nature and every character was well optimized both individually and with what helped the party much. Or an alternate example - I recently joined an existing group, and I gave a lot of thought to what the group already had and what...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 09:19 PM
    This breaks own with a lot of utility spells. Charm Person could prevent a CR 1/4 fight - or a battle with a bunch of high CR creatures. But a sequence of Persuasion and Insight checks could have the same result. Fly could get one person past a 40' fall - or a 500' fall. Or allow someone to anchor a rope to get the whole party past the same. Or allow the barbarian to get into melee with...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 07:24 PM
    Nylanfs, it could also be that someone you quoted (or merely up-chain?) to your comment has blocked you after you posted, so you can no longer see your own comment.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 01:13 AM
    My guess is that the DM isn't pushing 6-8 encounters a day. Or at least 4. Because thoses are the symptoms I see for that. Yes, a party of 10th level should be able to smoke a 200HP foe in a round if they focus fire and have full resources. If you want attrition battles, you need to have a good number of them per day. Let me unpack "attrition" - there are plenty of ways to have encounter...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 12:14 AM
    The countdown was a fixed, but the party didn't know it. They could have spent actions to figure it out, used those on escaping. As for motivation, part of it was how close the characters had been. But the other part is that the sorcerer's player thought it was a fantastic martyr death that made a great story and a fitting end for his character arc, while the rogue's player was earlier in...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 09:09 PM
    "Skill" Challenges are great things. Formally defined skill challenges are the antithesis of creativity. Plus 4e style skill challenges by definition artificially exclude anything that isn't a skill - often a "success" can be had through consuming a resource (a spell slot, a one potion, etc.) at the least. And there are time when a "no roll needed" activity also can provide a success - either...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 08:50 PM
    As much as I have fond memories of playing The Storyteller system back in the day, that sentence pretty much defines Mark Rein-Hagenís oeuvre.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 08:11 PM
    That's my worry. My wife is willing to put down a book that doesn't grab her - and she does that often enough with Kindle Unlimited. Hmmm.
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 06:57 PM
    Looking at the collection, while it does have some heavyweights (Tolkien, Rowling, P.K. Dick, Butler) that you likely already have, the only up-and-coming star I recognized was Charlie Holmberg. The rest looked more along the lines of literary shovelware. I could be wrong and uncharitable in that assessment, and oneís mileage may certainly vary.
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    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 06:43 PM
    I like Skill Challenges quite a bit. I experimented with porting 4eís directly, but ultimately decided to do them as chained 5e group checks. For example: The party has to run through a trapped room. I might start with a perception/investigation/arcana check to spot the magic runes. Success/Failure on that would in turn lead to an athletics/acrobatics check to not get sucked into the...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 04:43 PM
    Anyone have any experience with the SF & Fantasy collection for Kindle Unlimited? My wife has it, but she devours urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels like there is no tomorrow, but I'm wondering how it is in the SF/Fantasy category for someone who already has a large library of books so would be looking at it for more new releases / lesser known authors.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 04:17 PM
    True but irrelevant in this particular case. Let me give an example elsewhere. Say you had up Hex, which adds +d6 necrotic damage whenever you hit the target with an attack. That extra damage does not care if you hit with an attack with the Attack action, with the Cast a Spell action to attack with Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade, or with a reaction to make an Opportunity Attack. Or even...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 03:51 PM
    Quick question to all the people who prefer to start at level 3 (or 5): Is this a personal preference, where you are fine with others starting at 1st, or do you think the game is weakened (even if just as an opportunity cost) by having that option for other tables? In other word, do you think it brings value even if not for you, or would you eliminate it for everyone if you could?
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Friday, 12th October, 2018, 03:36 PM
    Upvote back to the Lich. Downvote back to the stinky Ghast. DOWNVOTES = 3 Banshee 18 Demilich 22 Dracolich 14 Ghast 15 Ghost 22 Ghoul 24
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 07:15 PM
    It's an interesting point that what you said is very true in D&D but other systems have different takes on it. D&D everyone is expected to contribute in combat - my guess is it's the most wall time per campaign spent on any mechanical subsystem of the game so they want everyone to be able to contribute and have spotlight. Some other systems either deprioritize combat, make it quick to resolve. ...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 07:11 PM
    I agree that a character built only around combat is a "trap option". Unfortunately, I think a character built to be able to do everything is also a trap option. Because D&D is a cooperative, team-based game. And unfortunately combat is designed around all characters contributing synergistically, many of the other pillars of the game are not, and have little mechanical benefit from more then...
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 05:34 PM
    If D&D full sessions were applicable to some sort of monte-carlo repeated testing, I'd say that it wouldn't be to track resources saved - since as you point out there are no rewards for ending up with unused resources - but rather to determine the number of times that there was a resource outage during an adventuring day. For example, damage taken is unimportant, but actions lost to being...
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 03:46 PM
    Yeah, thereís a world of difference between data and information. Information is data with context. At my one table, thereís a PC with a really high damage output. Yet, heís also one of the two PCs most likely to botch a social challenge for the group. What looks like a star PC from the one side, doesnít look so hot when you add the other. I guess you could calculate # of combat encounters...
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 03:31 PM
    Upvote to the Dracolich. For gamers of a certain age, that Spellfire cover is iconic (even if the contents donít quite hold up over time). Downvote to the poor Boneclaw. Maybe Iíll use it next sessionÖ DOWNVOTES = 3 Banshee 25 Boneclaw -2 - Finished it! Death Knight 10 Demilich 24 Dracolich 23 Flameskull 8
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 03:21 PM
    And gave up on a History of the Plague in London. Thereís a reason why the introduction spends so much time slagging Defoeís writing! Currently giving Barrowcliffeís The Elfish Gene a try. I have some misgivings about it, but it was only $3 for the Kindle.
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    Thursday, 11th October, 2018, 01:46 AM
    I did start with mentioning that there were a bunch partial solution, but I was interested in a good one. :) Gumshoe is used for space opera (Ashen Stars), modern occult terrorists (The Esoterrorists), mutant police procedurals (Mutant City Blues), vampire spy thriller (Night's Black Agents) as well as others. I'm sure it can focus on action if you want it to.
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 11:05 PM
    Read the surprisingly short Flowers of Vashnoi novella that was the new entry into the Vorkosigan Saga. Ekaterin is a character I greatly enjoy, but this had a lot less laugh-out-loud and less misty-eyed times then usual. I started readign the new Honor Harrington book. So far it's a bunch of disconnected scenes with different characters in each. A very few of which I recognize, some of...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 10:30 PM
    This reminds me of setting goals / KPIs for my employees. HR keeps on about measurable goals - but oft times what you want to encourage and reward aren't measurable in terms of here's an objective number. If I have one guy who's always dependable, will work the hours needed, and will stay with a problem with the tensity of a bulldog, what's the objective measurement I can put in vs. the guy who...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 10:14 PM
    I was just in a thread where people were strongly defending "level 0" rules for 5e, for playing before you start your classes. The idea that you don't have your class until 3rd was laughable to them - you have your class, you just don't have a specialization. I think that 1st is a great place to have. It allows those who want to run true zero-to-hero arc, instead of characters being already...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 10:09 PM
    Just if you're going to do it with Spirit of the Century, update it to Fate Core, which is the newest / most streamlined. And the best organized. It should be minor changes, but major benefits. There's also Young Centurions (teen-aged pulp heroes of the 1910s) and Shadow of the Century (1980s), already using with Fate Core. There's a product Strange Tales of the Century with an appendix...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 09:26 PM
    I guess that proves that Undead truly are the coolest monsters.
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 07:16 PM
    Iíd agree that the discussion is a little more difficult to quantify. In part, because it relies on player creativity rather that character strength. But that sort of creativity, Iíd hazard, has more power to shape the course of the game. In a recent game, the use of a disguise kit enabled the PCs to get the drop on some bank robbers. Sure, a highly optimized character might have been able to...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 07:08 PM
    Skull Lord sounds like a band name, now that I think about it...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 06:56 PM
    Finished up Okoraforís Who Fears Death. Woof, was that a powerful read. Hard at times, but really good. Also finished Machenís The Great God Pan. It was fine. Eerie, but with a drifting quality that seemed unfinished rather than ominous. Now Iím starting Daniel Defoeís History of the Plague in London, a 17th century account of the plague. Havenít gotten beyond the introduction, which has...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 04:48 PM
    Ah, a difference in definition. Spotlight time is times when you get to act cool and amazing, when you stand out - have the spotlight on you. If one character is the focus of the session with everything revolving around them, they had the spotlight. The fact that wall time was spent on other characters isn't really an issue. Since we're talking about time in combat, let me give a combat...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 04:28 PM
    I'm also interested in the answer to this question. There are some partial answers out there. Gumshoe seems like it might be a good fit, customizing for archeology just like it was customized for Trail of Cthulhu. Actually, any Cthulhu RPG has investigation and lost secrets baked into the core. It just also has insanity and things-man-was-not-meant-to-know as major themes. So it could...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 03:55 PM
    This is a tough one. I've played as myself before (in a GURPS time-hopping game), and that me got rather messed up in the head (had to kill someone). But never has a player tried to insert me into a game when I was DMing. I have to admit, I'd probably sidestep the whole issue by making my disappearance be my unsolved death, that leads the group to a campaign arc level plot going on. So "me"...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 03:46 PM
    Upvote goes to the Lich, this time for the illustration in the 1e MM. Still one of my favorites. Downvote goes to the Minotaur Skeleton. Nothing personal, but itís already on the ropes. DOWNVOTES ARE 3 Banshee 23 Bone Naga 8 Boneclaw 15 Death Knight 16
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 03:19 PM
    Timde to take a turn =/= spotlight. Otherwise every ill-prepared caster player who needs to look up three spells would be the "main spotlight character". I am all for working out ways to support the player's concept of the character, such as a summoner, while keeping game-play fast. In earlier editions I've required characters to have cheat-sheets for summons so there wasn't looking up (and...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 03:08 PM
    I can't help you with most of these since they are AL specific - which are effectively club rules that are lain on top of D&D rules but are not part of them. I can say I've never seen that interpretation of Detect Magic before, and it's directly contradictory to what's in the PHB.
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 02:40 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't every single reprinting since Wizards acquired the brand included any official errata? Mind you not all books had official errata nor reprintings, especially in the book-a-month 3.x and 4e days, but the core books and many of the others certainly did. I wouldn't really call "continuing to do things as we have always done them" biting the bullet. Now,...
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    Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, 02:32 PM
    Agreed, but I can understand why they want something they can graph. It's easily consumable and discussable, from designers to managers up the chain outside of D&D. The amount of time to read thousands of responses per subclass would pull the design team away from anything else for a prohibitive amount of time, and what they come away with would be highly subjective. The problem is that...
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    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 06:55 PM
    Issue #0 contains an adventure with comics illustrating scenes relevant to it. But also some interesting pregens, and an essay waxing poetic on The Mimic. I thought issue #0 had great ideas, and the art was charming, but some of the execution couldíve been better.
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    Tuesday, 9th October, 2018, 04:27 PM
    About 3/4 of the way through Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, the Nth book in the Vorkosigan Saga. What's next is challenging. I have a novella (novelette?) on the Vorkosigan Saga I've never read (Lois McMaster Bujold has often not written chronologically). Since I'm hot on that series, that has a lot of pull. But I also just picked up the next (last?!) Honor Harrington book. It arrived...
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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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  • 11:11 PM - 5ekyu quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Doh! Killed my party with a skill challenge
    As much as I have fond memories of playing The Storyteller system back in the day, that sentence pretty much defines Mark Rein-Hagenís oeuvre.I loved our VtM games, but we knew then it was in spite of the math.
  • 08:11 PM - Blue quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you reading, obsessive October 2018 edition
    Looking at the collection, while it does have some heavyweights (Tolkien, Rowling, P.K. Dick, Butler) that you likely already have, the only up-and-coming star I recognized was Charlie Holmberg. The rest looked more along the lines of literary shovelware. I could be wrong and uncharitable in that assessment, and oneís mileage may certainly vary. That's my worry. My wife is willing to put down a book that doesn't grab her - and she does that often enough with Kindle Unlimited. Hmmm.

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

  • 09:11 PM - CleverNickName quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Halloween 2018 5e Undead- Wraith WINS!
    Skull Lord sounds like a band name, now that I think about it...Well hell, turns out that nearly everything on this list really is a band name. Banshee, Deathknight, Demilich, Ghast, Ghost, Ghoul, Lich, Mummy, Nightwalker, Revenant, Shadow, Skeleton, Skull Lord (sort of), Spectre, Vampire, Wight, Wraith...the only ones that aren't (according to Vault) are Dracolich, Flameskull, Mummy Lord, and Spawn of Kyuss.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

  • 11:58 PM - dave2008 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos Returns to 5E D&D
    As much as I wouldn't mind having some Cosmic Horror beasties to pillage for D&D campaigns, looking at that track record, I think I'll most likely pass on this Kickstarter. Since it is fully funded, the only benefit in backing it now is that you get the PDF in about 2 weeks. Since that is all I want, I backed. It is also good to note the this isn't a completely new book. It is a 5e version of a PF book, with some new material as well. So I doesn't seem to risky to me.

Saturday, 6th October, 2018

  • 09:11 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Some Social Aspects of RPGs
    One thing Iíve also had to learn of late, is that just because we are friends and we both like D&D, doesnít mean we should game together. A good friend does not always a good gamer or fit for the table make. This is 100% true. I can think of several examples from my own experience.
  • 06:44 AM - Lanefan quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Drinking Problem
    On my list of Ralif-approved nerdy cocktails -The Severus Snape -The Draco Malfoy (essentially a dirty martini with pickle juice instead of olive, but itís so good) -Blackbeardís Ghost -Dragonís Breath -The Cersei Lannister -The Necromancer -Dwarven Swamp Whiskey -The Hobbit -Hades -The Promised Prince -The Zombie (I have my favorite recipes, though there are over a dozen different takes on this one) -The Wizard -The Weathered Axe -The Gauntlet (from the Witcher III; itís supposed to be equal parts White Gull and Vodka; I had to make this one up myself, but itís a good one, if I do say so) Doesn't count without recipes...just sayin'...

Friday, 5th October, 2018

  • 06:58 PM - RobertBrus quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Puppeteers versus roleplayers
    These sorts of players do tend to hate there being consequences for their actions, Iíve found. They like when stuff happens as a result, but not when itís a net negative. Derailing the adventure to get chased by the city guard? By their book, awesome! Getting captured by the city guard and fined or imprisoned, then thatís not fair! In my experience, most of these players have already chosen CN as their alignment, and will use that as a deflector for any alignment concerns. No, when I think about the players that acted like a bunch of cartoons doing stuff ďfor the lulz,Ē none of them are at my tables anymore. Because if thatís not the kind of game youíre running, then (not to sound to pessimistic), thereís always going to be a serious disconnect in tone that will damage the fun of the table. Now, donít get me wrong, this isnít about the PCs doing something unexpected, or coming up with a crazy solution. Itís about the characters that ultimately have no existence other than as an extension of the p...
  • 05:13 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Burning Questions: How Do You Deal With Ludicrous Players?
    Not saying D&D canít be funny, because heck yeah it is. On this note, we ran a Galavant inspired campaign after the first season (link included in case people weren't aware of it). It's a musical tv series set in a fantasy genre that absolutely cracked us up. No one was allowed to play an actual 'Bard' in that we were all musically inclined and occasionally had to belt out into song (as was the nature of the world), even the baddies did it too - a truly hilarious campaign I will treasure for ages to come.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018

  • 08:53 PM - 5ekyu quoted Ralif Redhammer in post 5e GMs - Why or Why Not Wandering Treasure?
    This is a great idea. Iíve had ďwandering treasureĒ thatís been used for adventure hooks, but Iíve never thought to tie stuff to the PCsí backstories. Will definitely try to work this into some of my sessions and preparations. On the whole, yes, I am will insert unexpected (by me) treasure into the adventure if the PCs search an area and roll decently. I will generally roll on a trinkets table (whether itís the one in the PHB or in the whimsical Table Fables volumes). If Iím stymied, I might say ďYou find an object made of silver, about the size of your hand; what is it?Ē Thanks and you should not the ddit i added after my first post and before your to that specific statement... 1 - I always have some "gimmicks" on hand for each PC - items that can be dropped that tie in with the character in some way - backstory, background, class and race are the basic four and i try to have four gimmicks for each character on hand. Whenever it seems good to toss something in - including on a strong roll...

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

  • 08:09 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    No, I donít think Iím confusing anything. You specifically asked for ďstrong iconic female heroes in fantasy literature,Ē in chronological order. This is a list of characters that are, strong, female, mostly heroic (admittedly, Belit doesnít count as heroic, being a pirate), and exist within fantasy literature. And in chronological order. I stand by this list. Not saying Eilonwy isnít awesome, though. Because, undoubtedly, she is. How strong is Alice again? Like what does she bench? :p
  • 06:18 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Let's see, off the top of my head: 20s and Prior: Alice (Alice in Wonderland) Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) 30s: Jirel of Joiry Mary Poppins Belit Red Sonya 40s: Pippi Longstocking 50s: Eowyn, Galadriel (Lord of the Rings) Lucy and Susan Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) 60s: Lessa (Dragonriders of Pern) Meg (A Wrinkle in Time) If you include folklore and comics, the list grows exponentially. You seem to be confusing "strong tough take no crap independent beat any man heroine" with "protagonist" in many of your examples. Just because a female character was a protagonist, doesn't mean they were the former. Many of your examples were just main characters or secondary bit characters who only had a plot twist role to fill (like Eoywn). About the only ones were Chronicles of Narna and Red Sonja. How many fantasy stories are there with a male protagonist as the big tough independent didn't need anyone else hero by comparison? so yeah, I stand by my statement that he was ah...
  • 09:25 AM - aramis erak quoted Ralif Redhammer in post 8 deadly sins of a player
    Iíd think Lust can unfortunately be just ďLust.Ē Thou shalt not creep out thine DM with thine flirtations with NPCs. That and "No trading sex for modifiers"...

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

  • 09:54 PM - Dioltach quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Absolutely. Still, that ending in The High King... when Eilonwy has to give up her magic at the end, so that she can marry Taran, that made me so mad, and still does. It gets a bit glossed over compared with what Taran chooses to sacrifice. That said, besides her bauble Eilonwy barely uses any magic throughout the series, and the ease with which she gives it up highlights how she always thought of it more of a burden than a blessing. By the way, I'm not trying to dispute Eilonwy's strength as a heroine. She's on a par with Princess Leia for being cleverer, faster to react and more sensible to necessity than her male companions. She's probably also at least part of the reason why I'm married to a redhead.
  • 09:02 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Absolutely. Still, that ending in The High King... when Eilonwy has to give up her magic at the end, so that she can marry Taran, that made me so mad, and still does. Sacrifices were big in the series. It's part of what made it so memorable to me.
  • 07:09 PM - David Brideau quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Burning Questions: How Do You Deal With Ludicrous Players?
    In my experience, most of these players have already chosen CN as their alignment, and will use that as a deflector for any alignment concerns. That happened in my game recently. My response was to tell everyone in my current game and future games I DM that I'm house-ruling that Alignment is out. I forgot how much I hated Alignment until my player reminded me. It's a delicate balance, bringing up consequences that brings real risk for the player, and not be so punitive about it that they don't come back for more.
  • 06:43 PM - Gradine quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    ďIt would be a shame if you were killed. I should be very sorry. I know I wouldn't like it to happen to me.Ē Eilonwy is the best princess.

Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 08:35 PM - Blue quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you reading, obsessive October 2018 edition
    Just finished reading Sir Terryís I Shall Wear Midnight. A beautiful read, with a bit more of the melancholy in it. Still funny and sharp as can be, though, donít get me wrong. Now Iím re-reading Robert Asprinís Another Fine Myth. Longtime favorite, but I havenít read it in ages. I just finished Wintersmith, so I shall Wear Midnight is up next. It's sitting about three feat from me right now. Asprin's Myth series I liked when they were coming out, but after many rereads they have lost their sheen. The jokes and twists are too well known to still amuse. Still, I have reread them several times. In addition to Sir Terry, I'm still on my LMB Vorkosigan Saga kick. I finished Komarr and am more than halfway through A Civil Campaign. I've notice that it often feels like there are a number of book plus later written sequels that make up the series. Barrayar written five years and 11 books after Shards of Honor, but definitely a sequel. Mirror Dance 8 books later than Brother in Arms. Well, Komarr ...
  • 04:07 PM - Eltab quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Drinking Problem
    I will say that sometimes, when gaming at home, I look like Iím drinking more than I am. Iíll disappear into the kitchen and come back with a tall tiki mug. But really, itís something like iced mint tea with lavender simple syrup and a splash of bitters. My HS Biology teacher explained one way to avoid hangovers: drink one can of beer early in the evening. The rest of the evening, refill it with water. If you drink more water than you drank beer, you will be fine in the morning. For reasons he never explained, he refused to offer that advice during class time. :p
  • 03:46 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Drinking Problem
    Moonshine, real moonshine, is dangerous stuff. The stuff I had at the in-laws Thanksgiving the one year, well, one taste was enough. I knew more than that and Iíd be in trouble. And it was frightfully smooth. I will say that sometimes, when gaming at home, I look like Iím drinking more than I am. Iíll disappear into the kitchen and come back with a tall tiki mug. But really, itís something like iced mint tea with lavender simple syrup and a splash of bitters. Right? I grew up in a Kentucky mountain town and I avoid the stuff as best as I can (moonshine), though I had it enough earlier on to know I don't want it now. As far as tea and spirits, I've not once ever tried that - now you've got me curious.


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