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    Yesterday, 06:16 PM
    Finished reading Howard and DeCampís Conan the Adventurer. Iíve mixed feelings on it. But I find myself still being drawn back to REHís writing. I also finished reading Time Life Books Enchanted Worldís Dragons volume. A great collection of folklore and legend, gorgeously illustrated. Now Iím onto Radiant, by Karina Sumner-Smith, and Moorcockís The Dragon in the Sword, with itís unfortunate...
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    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    Cosigned on both of those. As much as I love Tolkien, the rules just got in the way and it ended up feeling like just a weird, complicated D&D, rather than the world of Middle-Earth. By the time Rifts came along, I was already souring on the Palladium system. It didnít take much from that to push me over the edge. For me, the most recent game that comes to mind is the Agon RPG. Character...
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    Same. She looks awesome and tough as nails. I really hope this movie breaks the Terminator franchise slump.
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    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    Maybe. From what I understand, part of the reason Benioff and Weiss got the job was that they correctly guessed Jon's true parentage when they first met with GRRM. I see no reason why they would've changed that for the show. If that's the case either Griff is a third Targaryen or a false claimant, neither of which the story really needed at this point with an already sprawling, geographically...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 04:46 PM
    Honestly, Young Griff I actively don't want to hear more about. The whole addition of that plot got my goat, as all I could see was one more thread that GRRM would have to struggle with. Lady Stoneheart on the other hand has the potential to dramatically change the story. It's a massive revenge arc that I think readers have been waiting to see how it unspools; what happens to Jaime Lannister...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 08:01 PM
    For me, The Gamers live shows are a must. Rib-achingly funny. And if you can get into a game with the creator, thatís often a lot of fun. Insoles for your shoes or boots make a difference. Thereís a lot of walking involved, and it really helps to have a bit more cushioning and/or support. Hand sanitizer is a must. I have two rules for cons: every time you pass a hand sanitizer dispenser,...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 03:33 PM
    I have read each of the books multiple times. Still can't say that I'm burning up at the thought of knowing what happens with Skahaz Shavepate.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 07:36 PM
    Finished reading Weis and Hickman's Dragon Wing. Honestly, it held up a lot better than I had expected. I can remember, almost 20 years ago, being displeased with the treatment of the Gegs. But today I can appreciate them going with a different take on dwarves. I've been in the mood for some Appendix N reading, so next up is R.E. Howard's Conan the Adventurer.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:28 PM
    "if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI" Okay, some of them I do remember, but still, I can't say I'm burning up at the thought of learning their fates. "How about this? Iíll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:25 PM
    Same. Even a simple +1 longsword becomes that much cooler when you describe it as being made from a single bone and that you hear whispers when you draw it. Even if it doesn't have a mechanical effect, it comes to life that much more vividly in the player's head.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:13 PM
    I'd love to see them explore the more remote sections detailed in A History of Ice and Fire, like Asshai. And the Dance of Dragons would make for a great, if expensive, tale.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:07 PM
    Nice! The only same player I've had for about that long is my twin brother, because we're stuck with each other.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 08:02 PM
    We did a re-watch prior to the final season, and yeah, there's tons of "that person's dead, that's person's dead. All these people are dead." I know it'll never happen, but I'd love to see the original pilot. Supposedly it didn't work at all, and had a different actress playing Daenerys.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 06:32 PM
    And that's one of the main things I appreciate about the ending and this season - we didn't get entirely what we expected. I certainly would've lost the betting pool on Bran becoming king. The ending worked for me. Bittersweet, sad, and hopeful at the same time. And really, it's probably the only ending we're going to get for the book series. And I donít think itís as happy-ish as it might...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Nice. And that it's for charity, too! After it came out that Colbert, for all his unabashed nerdery, hadn't played in long years, I kinda figured it was only a matter of time before he showed up on one of these things.
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 06:55 PM
    I don't know that we're too far apart. I'm fine with multiclassing to get a mechanical benefit because it fits your vision of the character. It's the difference between playing a holy knight of the god of magic that you realize as a paladin/sorcerer vs. playing a grim vengance-knight where you take levels of sorcerer just to fuel your Divine Smite slots and for the CON save. I'm also big on...
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 03:29 PM
    So when crafting Jillian's personality, I really ran with the halfling's Fearless racial ability - Jillian just didn't have fear. Didn't mean he rushed into things - he was canny and would try and come at things from the best angle, but he never had a doubt they'd win. Amusingly he had the lowest HP and AC in the group, and twice he went from full to unconcious with non-crit attacks against...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:11 PM
    From what I understand RP has done some pretty good jobs acting in other movies. The fact that friends don't let friends Twilight is besides the point.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:00 PM
    For me, multiclassing is a great tool for building a concept that falls between some classes. I've seen multiclassing to two and even three done quite well. On the other hand, I've seen multiclassing being used to cherry pick advantages from various classes - those can fall flat with even just 2 if you're doing it for mechanics instead of for a concept. "My paladin is going to take a level...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 05:48 PM
    Perhaps drawn cards do not immediately reappear. Perhaps they do in 10 years. So there's a reason to lock decks up - keep them for use at a later point, especially as you start to know what cards are in the deck. This avoids the repetition, gives a reason for guarding them but not carrying them with you, can fuel plot hooks liek a temple of a god of luck being known to have a particularly...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 05:02 PM
    Blue started a thread End of campaign salute
    Last night was bittersweet. A rousing conclusion of a D&D campaign, with two of our long-time nemesisses (nemesi? nemessen?) working together to overtake the kingdom we have spent so much of the campaign trying to restore, surrounded by fighting armies of orcs and our displaced barbarian friends. What started as the likely-mad man who claimed to be the King of Pal, a nation no one in...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:01 PM
    I read it and came to 100% the opposite conclusion than you. This is a subclass that will support how I want to play it. Want to be DEX based, it can do that, use my limited slots on arcane weapon, and be a crossbow-wielding hunk. But Arcane Weapon takes concentration, which locks you out of a bunch of options. Want to be INT based, it can do that. Don't need slots, cast scaling,...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:58 PM
    Iím taking a wait-and-see approach. A friend of mine posted a link to this old article, chronicling the reaction to news of Michael Keatonís casting: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-07-03-ca-8663-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3mHY0z1XcjWB8PG_XHM-DGVoUTgjmMJocy-jS8fiGcQeDrCYWBMzv1X8Q And then I'm reminded of the furor over Tom Cruise' casting as Lestat, and he knocked that one out of...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:46 PM
    Player crunch sells books. You don't have to worry about going out to your players to deny it - I believe this will be embedded in the Eberron sourcebook they are selling, not a general expansion like XGtE. (As a side note, I'm actually happy with the XGtE subclasses I've seen hit the table in the games I play. I don't want to derail this, I personally had more problems with the races in...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:04 PM
    A related question about advancement systems - how fast for skills you're not so good at? For example, say we have a character that is advanced via whatever method the system uses. Level in a D&D-type game, etc. They want to start using a new skill. Or just do - the hacker finds herself in more and more social forums trying to drum up support for their cause and while she wasn't designed...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 04:25 PM
    I have to admit that I'd be tempted to go base human, pop all of those 14s to 15 (and the 15 to 16) and then as I hit ASIs use nifty half-feats to bring them up to 16s. (Since you mentioned variant human I'm assuming you're using feats.) Talking out-loud: Your highest is INT. However, almost all of the others can get up to the +3 modifier range if picking a +2 ability race. not sure how...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:57 PM
    Thanks! I try to focus on people having fun (including myself). But it's also a continual work in progress, and I'm always trying to learn new tricks.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:12 PM
    I haven't gone over the changes in detail, specifically the new subclasses but also looking for other changes since February. The XGtE spells was a good add. I think they updated the Infusion list which is somethign I wanted, but I need to compare. I still don't like the turrets from the Artillerist. They don't scale, becoming less important than a cantrip. They are in that in-between...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 01:42 PM
    I'm in a game with a Swords Bard and she's awesome. Defensive Flourish is her go-to when there's several foes abotu, and she just gets in there and foes either waste their time missing her as she steadily cuts them down, or runs off to elsewhere in the combat triggering opportunity attacks.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:44 PM
    I think it was one of the Critical Role folks that said their trick to NPCs was the Seven Dwarves method. Pick one of the seven dwarves (dopey, sneezy, grumpy, etcÖ) and then decide whether your voice is pitched low, neutral, or high. Boom, instant NPC with a distinctive voice. I dig the idea of letting each PC pick their theme song. That could get quite fun!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:19 PM
    If you're against a single opponent, without reach, and you need to move - then it's decent. Though it's not "free", it costs one of your bardic inspiration dice. Often Defensive Flourish can grant you a good enough AC against multiple attacks that mathematically it's superior (as in it saves more damage over it's length statistically) than avoiding a single attack of opportunity that may or...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:10 PM
    What about making it narrative? Any time the character succeeds at a meaningful and important* task they may instead fail and improve the skill. * Defining & measuring "meaningful" and "important" are left as an exercise for someone smarter than I.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 07:35 PM
    As a DM and a player, I tend to focus a lot on voices. To me, how a character speaks is the key to cracking their personality. At my home games, I always have music going. Generally itís some sort of dark ambient, symphonic metal, or soundtrack (videogame and movie). Iíve really been keying into improvisation more and more of late. My two biggest tools are a fantasy-themed card deck (either...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 03:33 PM
    Maybe there was some sort of non-compete clause in their original Dragon/Dungeon magazine contract? Or maybe they were already putting out so much content that a magazine seemed superfluous? As I do in every thread that mentions Dragon magazine, I'll say that it's a shame that Dragon magazine is no longer a printed product. I mean, I read Dragon+ now and then, but I never get excited over...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 12:37 PM
    They scale slightly (HPs with level and INT mod for other things), with the only real level-based bonus is being able to summon a second turret once a day at 14th. (And activate them both with the same bonus action). So yeah, I'm with you - they barely scale.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 11:56 PM
    Yes, and so what? Nova-ing isn't inherently bad. As a matter of fact, it's a feature of daily resource usage vs. a more spread at-will (or somewhat spread short rest). So it looks like it is something intentional from them designers. Let's not move the goalpost. The question is about replacing removed mechanical ways to help avoid 15 minute adventuring days.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:46 PM
    This. It's possible to enjoy something and still be critical of it. There are parts of Game of Thrones that I think could be done better, but I still love the show. Hatewatching only feeds fandom toxicity.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 03:24 PM
    As much as it would be awesome to see the last two books come out quickly once the series came out, I donít think thatís likely. His last two books took, what 11 years to write, and heís only gotten slower since then. Besides, I doubt Bantam Books would be okay with this, considering how overdue The Winds of Winter is. Maybe if HBO dumped a giant pile of money in front of themÖ
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 02:35 AM
    Everyone else posting was doing it in 2014. At the very least, mention Undertaker Sheep, jodyjohnson and Olaf the Stout so that they know to read this five year old post about your request. (The others haven't logged in in 2019.)
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:17 PM
    The final season of Roseanne, when it was revealed that the last few seasons had been a dream/story Roseanne wrote, and that Dan had died of a heart attack.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:01 PM
    Bards get this as well. So, make it the norm. But don't forget what the druids get out of this - perhaps they require no expansion of civilization into natural areas, so they can't build more farms -and now with population increasing they require the druids just to avoid starvation. Sure, so some. Others would likely rather do it in unspoiled areas rather than crops meant to be...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:23 PM
    While I think the writing and pace these last two seasons has undercut some of the story and characters, I loved how this season has subverted all expectations. Daenerys isnít a liberator, but a vengeful conqueror. For all Tyrionís vaunted intellect, his plan fails. Jon just spends this episode being horrified. Neither Arya nor Jaime kills Cersei. Cleganebowl was about the only thing that I...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:03 PM
    For stuff that's influenced me, I'd go with Tolkien's unfinished works. The stuff he didn't finish really transforms the experience of his finished writings. As far as stuff I'm in the process of creating, as a musician, I think no song is ever truly finished. It's just when it's ready to be recorded. Gaming-wise, Iíd go with one of my last 3e campaign. It ended on a cliffhanger with the...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:56 PM
    Finished reading Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. For the most part, it was quite good. Only two or three essays were too dry or too wackadoodle. It covered all the major bases Ė heavy metal, D&D, serial killers, Geraldo, satanic ritual abuse, and so on. Heck, there was even an image of D&D-Wheaties cereal tie-in hologram. I didnít know that was a thing! Next up is a...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:50 PM
    If I could give two laughs for this, I would!
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:34 PM
    Great googly moogly! Knowing that you have a movie focusing on you coming up that you have no idea what your character will be like, but needing to portray that character accurately in a different movie filming first, showing second, that will have a huge audience. Ugh, I do not envy Brie Larson. This does explain why they kept down the numebr of character interaction scenes. Not...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:24 PM
    I'd be hesitant to do this. One of the cooler bardic abilities is Magical Secrets, which allows picking spells off of other lists. But that's a class feature, and not a minor one. So I'd suggest that a balanced way to do it would have to swap out a class feature in order to do this. Maybe swap out Destroy Undead (not particularly thunder/lightning) and grant a lightning/thunder spell known...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:14 PM
    This is mischaracterizing my question. We're not looking for a 100% solution -- that's a different thing. There are mechanics that help reduce 15 minute adventuring days. Having cantrips that allow a caster to contribute *meaningfully* without using a slot is one of them. Havign a large number of slots (vs. effectively reducing the number of slots by consolidating to fewer high level slots). ...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:03 AM
    Replacement for the /rule part/ solution that he removed - cantrips which can be done at-will. There is also the DM and adventure parts of avaoidign 15 minute adventuring days. He removed a mechanical fix, so I was looking for a mechanical replacement for it. Not a hand wave to put more on the DM. Calling it "One True Pace" really sounds like "this is the only way to play". I'm not...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 06:29 PM
    From our playtests, the case wasn't "slightly" worse, it was much more pronounced. But either way, cantrips were a mechanical safety value designed to deal with this exact problem (as well as others). So it looks like the proposal is both (a) worsening problem (regardless if it's "slightly" or "much" and (b) removing the design safety to deal with this. Taking that and putting it on the...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Actual experience of several people on this thread (myself included) is that many players don't have the mindset to conserve points, and in reality will instead push for a 15 minute adventuring day. So, assuming Novaing will happen if allowed, how would you adjust the proposal to provide a hard stop instead of a soft stop to that?
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 07:23 PM
    Just search the web. People have been doing this since not long after 5e came out. And back then there was no dmsguild so it was all free.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 05:22 PM
    We playtested it as a few different level points. We found that it strongly encouraged casting higher level spells - basically novaing all the time. better action economy, kill foes quicker, etc. But because of that casters ran out quickly and advocated for 15 minute adventuring days. If there was some adventure reason they couldn't take a long rest then instead ended up using mostly cantrips...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 12:32 AM
    No extra rolling, but loads more fiddliness and math. In the two games I'm in there are at least one person per game that needs to be coached through the math for every roll, even when it's written on their character sheet. This spell now gives three different cases that are not obvious to that type of player: I don't have a proficiency, so I need to add +3. I have proficiency, but it's...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 09:49 PM
    So in addition to the wrist-breaking six-volumes-in-one, I also have a ebook I'm reading. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky is a retelling, or rather a re-imagining, of Peter Pan. I'm not far into it, but so far I am very much enjoying the narration style, one that almost chats with the reader. I have never read the original Peter Pan, but I can easily believe it was (or should have been) written...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 03:44 PM
    Bonk? I will also raise my hand that I've never had a gaming group fall apart for such a reason, either. No, it's mostly been mundane stuff, though certainly not always drama-free. As for the issue at hand, itís pretty darn gross. Yet another predatory YouTube/Twitch streamer.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 03:25 PM
    Upvote to Daniel Horne. His artwork is absolutely masterful. Downvote goes to, well, it's time to end this WAR. Daniel Horne -- 22 Keith Parkinson -- 22 Jeff Easley -- 21 Larry Elmore -- 21 Clyde Caldwell -- 17 Erol Otus -- 16 Wayne Reynolds -- 0 Todd Lockwood -- 20
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 02:02 PM
    In my game, anything that's a feature of your character (class feature, result of a spell, etc.) are 100% under your control. (And when I'm a player, I expect the same - that's part of my character, and I am absolute authority on is how my character acts (baring spells, etc.).) Anything else (NPCs, trained/befriended animals, etc.) are under the DM's control - who may cede it to the player's...
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 02:34 AM
    Barbarians don't have enough rages to have it up the majority of combat at low levels. Planning on say one rage and one warlock-slot driven combat per short rest works out to extend them.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 03:27 PM
    These days, maybe? In the old days, I know a lot of us just muddled through it, oftentimes ignoring a bunch of the rules until the game became at least somewhat playable.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 03:09 PM
    Going to give Parkinson some love this time. An artist that died way too early, his works were astonishingly detailed and technically skilled. Downvote goes to Emmanuel. The Fiend Folio cover is a classic, and while it's gloriously weird, it's a static piece that doesn't hold up to the others. Daniel Horne -- 21 Keith Parkinson -- 22 Jeff Easley -- 20 Larry Elmore -- 23-2 = 21 Clyde...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 09:55 PM
    Warlord.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 08:16 PM
    Though I think itís more about how the character is played than anything, I went with the Paladin. Theyíre strong in combat, charismatic, and have that aura. Valor Bard Iíd put at a close second to the paladin, but in my experience, they donít have the staying and melee power. Most of the Battlemaster Fighters Iíve seen at the table focus more on themselves with their maneuvers and are rarely...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 07:59 PM
    Folks, I just realized a startling, nay, glaring omission in the list! There's no "Jack Fred!" I have to say, I'm utterly hypnotized by the position of the guy's head on the right:
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 07:52 PM
    Maybe we can get Matt Mercer, Jeremy Crawford, Holly Conrad, Satine Phoenix, Chris Perkins, and a bunch of other famous DMs to do a rendition of "We are the World" as a fundraiser?
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:42 PM
    The original Manual of the Planes is such a wonderful cover. It's so strange and evocative, a call to adventure. Up to Easley, for similar reasons. Down to Wayne Reynolds. I don't mind the spikey-cartoony bits so much, but his art seems like it's either too filled with characters like a fantasy art Dagwood sandwich, or just a person screaming with their mouth open, with no background details....
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:37 PM
    I hope that the Adventurers League rules will still allow for it to be set in Greyhawk Ė Iíve been planning on running this with my AL group after Tomb of Annihilation. But Iíve think that I am destined to disappointment. I mean, I love the Forgotten Realms and all, but Iíve been feeling a Greyhawk itch of late.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:34 PM
    Great googly moogly. Really nice rolls so you can ignose ASIs for feats, plus one of the balance points of multiclassing removed. That can be a killer "warrior". I'd be really tempted to go for pact of the blade as well because you can use CHR with your pact weapon regardless of category (it's split onto the next page in XGtE) and eventually taking GWM - big weapons do more on crits even...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:23 PM
    Tchaikovsky's thing for spiders means I generally shy away from his books. Spiderlight was enough of that. I've only read the first Corum book. Really need to dive deeper into that series. It's hard to go wrong with The Eternal Champion.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:31 AM
    Though as a bit of a continuity bobble - why didn't she lose to Thanos as well? Where was she? End of Ragnarok she was on that singular ship with Thor, Heimdeil, Loki and the rest. Which is destroyed in Infinity War. But here's Valkyrie as well as Korg and Miek. But yeah, she stepped up in the 5 years.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:23 AM
    Dammit, being reasonable. What type of warped internet debate is that? ;) Okay, I see your point. And you're right, people will try to Ready anything. As you as you have reasonable players (and I find they are the most fun to run with), it works out fine.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 08:28 PM
    I was talking to my wife (always smarter than I) about Thor's end. To her, it was like growing up in a small town and then getting out to see the world. Even if you were the mayor's kid and a shoe in to be mayor yourself one day, maybe you aren't happy with just that small town any more. Even if it's a pretty spectacular small town.
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 07:03 PM
    I picked up cheap a several inch thick softcover that's six or so novels that are the complete Jill Kismet series by Lilith Stormcrow. Not sure who has the more pretentious name. I'm fairly early in the book. Somewhat standard urban fantasy - quite powerful but emotionally scarred protagonist facing off something that scares everyone else. The prose is a bit florid, perhaps even shading...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 06:57 PM
    "Worst" case of not knowing the rules in terms of impacting play speed was trying to have one player run another player's paragon 4e character when they were out. The misunderstandings, retcons because "oh, that's how it works", and time spent were ridiculous. This happened on a regular basis in one game, where the character was still there (and needed) regardless if the player could make it. ...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 06:37 PM
    This is a textbook example of a design fail. Think of the non-combat pillars of play. Some classes are better at accomplishing tasks using mundane abilities. They have skill enhancers like expertise and possibly other class features to make them good at it. Some classes are better at accomplishing tasks using magic. They have enormous flexibility, enough that they could step on the...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 06:28 PM
    Here's how it looks like it differs from base 5e. 1. Bounded accuracy takes a big hit at higher levels. This is the to hit/DC portion of this. This will make foes very easy to hit / affect because AC and non-proficient saves don't get proficiency. At my table I'd want to balance that out ... but probably by not doing it instead of introducing an offsetting mechanic. 2. Expertise is a...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 04:25 PM
    Starting with Larry Elmore, for the Red Box and countless other inspiring pieces of art. Downvote to Clyde Caldwell for making Margaret Weis cry by drawing Goldmoon without pants. Daniel Horne--20 Keith Parkinson--20 Jeff Easley--20 Larry Elmore--22 Clyde Caldwell--18 Erol Otus--20 Wayne Reynolds--18 Todd Lockwood--20
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 03:31 PM
    Finished reading Stephen Lawheadís In the Hall of the Dragon King. It wasnít very good, Iím afraid. Itís appears to be his first attempt at writing a fantasy novel, and it shows. Everything is just so ham-handed and blatantly telegraphed in advance. Next up is Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, a collection of essays on the subject.
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 03:24 PM
    ďHey Jaime, Bron is coming up the North Road in 2 hours and 12 minutes with a crossbow toÖactually, Iíve no idea what heís coming up here to do or why. I don't think he does, either.Ē But seriously, my take on Branís powers is that with the ability to see all of time, itís like trying to sift through sand to see something specific. Also, maybe since thereís some sort of tie to the weirwoods,...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 03:15 AM
    Just to share, the line from my youngest daughter on the car ride home was "I'm not sure I like that NoobSlayer69 existing is now canon for the MCU." :) You mean like they already did to Cap in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Where there was the running gag about his gawd-awful PSAs for students that he was decades out of touch with? All of the MCU movies have humor. Look at how many times...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 02:47 AM
    As a minor he would have had to have his parent or legal guardian sign them, and Aunt May doesn't seem to know he's Spidey. So it seems pretty clear he couldn't have signed them / had them signed on his behalf.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 09:11 PM
    The stacking rules are in the DMG errata. Basically, unless they have the exact same name they stack. So +2 arrows and a +1 bow will give you +3 to attack and damage.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 04:34 PM
    Hah, I guess I do. Though, one should never underestimate the overconfidence of some PCs.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 03:50 PM
    It almost sounds like it could be an Expert Set to go with the Basic one. Which would essentially bifurcate the D&D product line at this point, which seems an unlikely choice. Maybe itís just a general play-aid boxed set, with stuff like condition cards, dice, some random tables, and probably an adventure.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 03:43 PM
    If they go to the Well of Dragons, all is not lost. But I think it does possibly create some damage to the narrative - why wait for the Cult to finish their plans, when they can just assault it now? In my campaign I played the Well of Dragon's location as a mystery that wasn't unraveled until they were able to take one of the higher officials of the Cult prisoner in the final act. You could...
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 03:36 PM
    My wife and I were shouting at Jon for just walking away from Ghost. But I imagine that it probably wouldíve been more expensive to have a real person interact with a CGI wolf, so they did it that way to cut costs. I actually liked this episode quite a bit. To me, it got back to the feel of the earlier seasons, with Daenerys having been moving towards a more morally questionable stance, and...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 07:16 PM
    I'm good with this - as long as it's consistant. Actually, I'm more than good with extending out Concentration. I used Concentration for non-casting some back in 3.0 and 3.5, but with the granularity of skill ranks really the only ones who bothered to be good at it were casters so things like keeping up a counter-chant the PCs had been taught to an evil ritual while fighting had mechanical...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 07:05 PM
    If what the characters in the film described was the complete truth, then I disagree to a point. Of course, it's time travel so there's probably no objective truth. What I got was that there was one timeline and every time time travel caused a change then it caused a split and there was the original timeline and the new timeline. Who know how many times this has already happened in the past,...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 06:49 PM
    I agree, just want to add. Until the moment that Nebula's memories sync'd, that was "the timeline". But as soon as it did it created an alternate timeline that wasn't the past that the Avengers were on. So Thanos came from that alternate timeline exactly as you say - it just was a recently diverged timeline. But still not the Avengers past any more.
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 06:41 PM
    Okay, thoughts as I read through, then I'll pull them together at the end. Like the art at the beginning, but the red outline on "It Came From the Shadow Realm..." doesn't work well. Printable adventure - I'd make sure my color art is still readable in B&W. And as many have ink-jet printers perhaps use thinker fonts if over art, if the "It Came From The Shadow Realms..." is an indication....
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Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 08:51 AM - Sadras mentioned Ralif Redhammer in post D&D storylines for a movie?
    Agree with @Ralif Redhammer's and @Hussar's suggestions Curse of the Azure Bonds or the Baldur's Gate storyline would be a perfect fit. The War of the Lance story I feel is much too big in scope as a first feature.

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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Friday, 24th May, 2019

  • 07:49 AM - Maxperson quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    Honestly, Young Griff I actively don't want to hear more about. The whole addition of that plot got my goat, as all I could see was one more thread that GRRM would have to struggle with. I care, because he's Aegon. Cutting the Young Griff out of the show is what I believe caused them to make Jon into Aegon. I don't think he is Aegon in the books, and he may not even be Lyanna's child. The Young Griff storyline plays into Jon's story and how it differs from the show, so I'm interested to see where it goes. Lady Stoneheart on the other hand has the potential to dramatically change the story. It's a massive revenge arc that I think readers have been waiting to see how it unspools; what happens to Jaime Lannister if Brienne, since Brienne is presumably leading him to her? Yeah. So much is so very different in the books than in the show.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

  • 01:42 PM - Maxperson quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    I have read each of the books multiple times. Still can't say that I'm burning up at the thought of knowing what happens with Skahaz Shavepate. On the other hand I really want to know about Lady Stoneheart, the Young Griff and some others. I also want to know about Jon Snow, Daenereys, Sansa(okay, not Sansa), Arya, and all of the other main characters. The show deviated so drastically, even before it went past the books, that nothing that has happened can be trusted when it comes to what is really supposed to happen to the characters.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 02:31 AM - Gladius Legis quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    "if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI" 106615 Okay, some of them I do remember, but still, I can't say I'm burning up at the thought of learning their fates. A lot of book readers know right away who most of those characters are and happen to care. The omission of Lady Stoneheart was VERY controversial among book readers around the time of Season 5. The lack of Arianne Martell and Darkstar were just two of the many reasons the show version of Dorne fell flat on its face. And Jeyne Poole's storyline going to Sansa in the show was one of the worst parts of Season 5 other than Dorne. I'll give you Penny, though. She's not only superfluous, she's terrible.

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 10:50 PM - dostami quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Going with one of the OED's definitions of literary: "Concerned with depicting or representing a story or other literary work; that refers or relates to a text; that creates a complex or finely crafted narrative like that of a work of literature." Gaming can be literary, based on that particular definition. We draw influences from a variety of sources, after all. Two of the published AD&D modules are inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll. Many years ago, I ran a campaign that was pretty much Hamlet. Not in quality, mind you, I'd never go that far. But the plot was directly taken from Hamlet, albeit with an evil wizard and whatnot. And we can absolutely have a "finely crafted narrative" in gaming. The difference is that that narrative creates itself collaboratively, as we play, rather than being written out. I absolutely agree with this! As a writer and a long time game master or Dungeon Master as it was once called, I can tell you it makes all difference in the world in the gamer's experience and...
  • 07:09 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    And that's one of the main things I appreciate about the ending and this season - we didn't get entirely what we expected. I certainly would've lost the betting pool on Bran becoming king. The ending worked for me. Bittersweet, sad, and hopeful at the same time. And really, it's probably the only ending we're going to get for the book series. And I donít think itís as happy-ish as it might seem at first glance. Dorne has always chafed at being part of the Seven Kingdoms Ė seeing the Northís example, I think theyíll secede from the Six Kingdoms. I doubt the idea of an elected monarch will last Ė all itíll take is someone with the power and clout to make their heir a ruler. As for Arya, in the history books GRRM wrote, other people have decided to go sailing to the westÖit never goes well. I was really hoping that, as Jon "Not Dead Yet" Snow went into the wilderness with his assorted friends, followers, wolf, and Tormund "Got Milk" Giantsbane to star in his new reality show- Jon Snow's Snow ...

Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 07:33 PM - Parmandur quoted Ralif Redhammer in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    That would be a seriously crazy set-up. I'm super-excited at the prospect of seeing more of the Nine Hells detailed out for 5e and some extraplanar travelling. As for the leaked Rick & Morty-themed D&D starter set, I'm a little perplexed. That seems like it's coming too close on the heels of the Stranger Things starter set, to the point that it might be hard to get people excited about buying a third one. I doubt WotC expects many folks to buy multiple intro products.
  • 07:32 PM - Jer quoted Ralif Redhammer in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    As for the leaked Rick & Morty-themed D&D starter set, I'm a little perplexed. That seems like it's coming too close on the heels of the Stranger Things starter set, to the point that it might be hard to get people excited about buying a third one. It kind of depends on how they view the purpose of these Start Sets. Are they for us, the folks who buy D&D stuff, or are they for fans of the brand they're tying in with and any sales to us are incidental? I suspect the latter. It's like the bazillion themed Monopoly sets that they put out - is "Game of Thrones" Monopoly for fans of Game of Thrones or for Monopoly collectors? I'm pretty sure it's the former, and the sales they get from Monopoly collectors are gravy. I would assume it's the same for these kinds of sets. (As an aside - I just discovered while looking for a suitably crazy Monopoly example that Warhammer 40K Monopoly exists. I can't decide if that's amazing, stupid, amazingly stupid or stupidly amazing...)
  • 07:23 PM - Abstruse quoted Ralif Redhammer in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    As for the leaked Rick & Morty-themed D&D starter set, I'm a little perplexed. That seems like it's coming too close on the heels of the Stranger Things starter set, to the point that it might be hard to get people excited about buying a third one. These are targeted more at mainstream audiences than existing fans. The sort of people who saw D&D on Stranger Things or Rick and Morty or whatever other shows they may license with (I would've thought Big Bang Theory but that just ended its run) and are curious about it and hey, here's a version based on the thing I'm already a fan of on the shelves of Insert-Big-Box-Store-Name-Here.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 09:59 PM - Blue quoted Ralif Redhammer in post The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"
    I'm reminded of the old Dragon magazine article "Whaddaya Mean, Jack the Samurai?!" I feel bad if anyone out there has a character named Ember Ravenshadow. I'm ready a series of books right now where the author's name (well, pseudonym most likely) is Lillith Stormcrow. Does that count?
  • 02:50 PM - Umbran quoted Ralif Redhammer in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    I dig the idea of letting each PC pick their theme song. That could get quite fun! There's also an aspect of this where you get your portrayal of your character validated. For example, for a Mage: The Ascension game back in the day, I had actually chosen some music in my own mind - the character was very much the kind of person to put himself between danger and anyone vulnerable, and not leaving until the danger was handled. So, one of my character's theme songs, in my own head, was Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". I didn't discuss this with anyone else. We played several sessions, and then someone suggested we do the mixtape thing. And, what song gets suggested for my character by two different people? Petty's, "I Won't Back Down." I figure I was getting the point across :)

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 11:48 PM - pogre quoted Ralif Redhammer in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    As a DM and a player, I tend to focus a lot on voices. To me, how a character speaks is the key to cracking their personality. At my home games, I always have music going. Generally itís some sort of dark ambient, symphonic metal, or soundtrack (videogame and movie). Iíve really been keying into improvisation more and more of late. My two biggest tools are a fantasy-themed card deck (either Pathfinderís Harrow or D&Dís Tarokka Decks) and a d20 campaign coin. When I need to come up with something on the fly, pulling a card really helps inspire me. And when a player has an idea, like ďhey, is there a wine merchant on this street?Ē I like to then flip the coin Ė 1, there is not, 20, there is! One of the players at my table is an amazing doodler while we play. After a session is done, his character sheet has miraculously sprouted all sorts of awesome drawings of his character or stuff from the session. Me, I canít draw to save my life! I do paint minis for use when Iím a player and that DM uses m...
  • 09:34 PM - Umbran quoted Ralif Redhammer in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    As a DM and a player, I tend to focus a lot on voices. To me, how a character speaks is the key to cracking their personality. Also note - a change in voice can also be key in allowing yoru players to know without having to ask whether it is the NPC speaking, or the GM speaking. So you can have: Evil Wizard: "And now, I shall disintegrate you all!" GM: Roll for initiative. and not Evil Wizard: "And now, I shall disintegrate you all! Roll for initiative!" The difference is between a combat starting smoothly, and the gnome PC trying to strike up a dice game with the villain in the middle of a tense scene. :p Also note that there's much you can do with voice other than an accent. You can change pitch. You can change speed. You can change word choice. You can be harsh or smooth, and so on. Iíve never done any sort of cosplay at a session, but have occasionally thought of having a dress-up session, with extra rewards for people that do so. Costuming for a tabletop game usual...

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 11:27 PM - Zardnaar quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    This. It's possible to enjoy something and still be critical of it. There are parts of Game of Thrones that I think could be done better, but I still love the show. Hatewatching only feeds fandom toxicity. Quality didn't fall off a cliff until this season mostly from the 3rd episode. By then you have 3 episode left after watching for 8 years so may as well finish it The difference is even the casuals are wtf. YouTube is overwhelmingly negative BBC gave the episode 2/5 and workmates also don't like it. Episode 1 was typical first episode, 2 was really good and then bleah.
  • 08:36 PM - ddaley quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Eye of the Beholder: D&D Art Documentary Now Playing
    I backed this on Kickstarter, and have watched it twice now. As far as Iím concerned, this is a must-watch for any D&D fan. Itís an amazing document of both old and new D&D art and artists. The stories they tell are fascinating and funny. I backed this as well. I have watched it in its entirety 3 times and have watched bits and pieces in addition to that. They did a great job with this. Glad I backed it.
  • 02:54 AM - Maxperson quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    (as evidenced by GRRM still being stuck). I read an article today that the actor who played Ser Baristan Selmy said that Martin was finished with both book 6 and 7, but had a deal with HBO not to release them until after the series was over. I have no idea if that's true or not, but it's a very interesting thing for him to say.

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 06:20 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    The final season of Roseanne, when it was revealed that the last few seasons had been a dream/story Roseanne wrote, and that Dan had died of a heart attack. Yep! Pretty much anytime this has been done, it sucks. See also, Dallas and Bobby Ewing (what a shower!). Exception- the Newhart finale. That was the one (and ONLY) time the whole "it was all a dream" actually worked.
  • 04:35 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ralif Redhammer in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Itís not perfect, but honestly, ending a series with this much going on isnít easy (as evidenced by GRRM still being stuck). There are bound to be some rough edges. But the top TV show is one with dragons and undead and magic swords, and thatís still pretty darn incredible. The top TV show is Game of Thrones. The top movie (by far) is Avengers. .... we won. ;)

Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 10:23 PM - TarionzCousin quoted Ralif Redhammer in post Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"
    With Rhaegal dead and Ghost staying far to the north, I suspect the series is slowly moving towards the death of magic in Westeros. The White Walkers are gone. Both red priests are dead. Iím betting on Jon dying for good by the end, along with Drogon. Qyburn and The Mountain, too.That's quite a few characters dying in only two episodes. Oh, wait: what show is this again? :hmm:

Friday, 10th May, 2019


Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 02:36 AM - Nellisir quoted Ralif Redhammer in post What are you Reading? Mentatiferous May 2019 edition
    Tchaikovsky's thing for spiders means I generally shy away from his books. Spiderlight was enough of that. Is that a thing for him? It was an interesting twist and I liked it. The book just wasn't extraordinary. Solid B material. I've only read the first Corum book. Really need to dive deeper into that series. It's hard to go wrong with The Eternal Champion. Well, Book 4 just showed up, so I'll get to finish that run pretty soon. :)


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