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    Today, 10:07 PM
    It is still a science fiction show on Fox. They are in constant danger of being cancelled. They probably didn't want to end on a cliffhanger...
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    Today, 06:53 AM
    It will be interesting to see if they keep Isaac or not, or if the Kaylons become a longer lasting threat. The “big bad” even, with the Krill being a reluctant ally. Or hard reset button. Who knows.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 06:42 AM
    I continue to be stunned that they haven’t done conversions to 5e. That should be a simple thing, as the writing is done and the art is paid for, you just need to pay for the conversion and re-layout making it a fraction of the original cost while also potentially appealing to an audience many times larger than the original printing...
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 06:37 AM
    It’s certainly a potential problem for Paizo. Pathfinder 1 has certainly run its course. Heck, it ran its course like four years ago. There’s waaaaay more content than we need. But people still haven’t used the material they have: which was one of the reasons people were reluctant to upgrade from 3e to 4e. The sunk cost fallacy pushes people away from upgrading. Meanwhile, the response to...
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 08:18 PM
    They’re having him secretly murdered?? It’s a symbol that WotC doesn’t want to support or advertise such a person. It doesn’t change anything but is a gesture of support for the victims and an acknowledgement of their mistakes. He’s been cast out of the gaming community. He is being shown the door and told he is no longer welcome. He is uninvited to the party. Stripping him of a prime...
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 08:03 PM
    In Trek we know, since they had entire books devoted to the in-world science. I can pull out my Next Generation Technical Manual and tell you the exact power output of the Enterprise-D's Warp Reactor. Orville… less so. But the show seems much more interested in the characters than delving that deep into the pseudo-physics rabbit hole. But it stands to reason "infinite power" is likely a key...
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 06:20 AM
    Yup. Pretty much. Heck, the second Facebook post is pretty much superfluous. You just need one. The criteria is: a) Accusation from a victim b) History of abuse rather than a one-time incident What else would I need? Written affidavits? Salacious photos? Incriminating video? The battered body of his wife, beaten to death?
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 06:08 AM
    FOUR allegations reported over TWO Facebook posts, with one collaborating and confirming the other, presenting a long-term habitual abuse rather than a single incident.
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 05:59 AM
    Depends entirely on the severity and nature of the accusation and general standing of the individual in the community. The bar is "enough that RPGNow no longer wants to support that person and help them make money". Do people feel "icky" supporting that person and no longer want to buy their products? If yes, then pull them. Really, I think anything that would qualify as a "felony" is...
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 05:54 AM
    It's called "off-duty conduct". Depending on local/ state laws, if an employee's behaviour harms the company's reputation or product they can (and absolutely will) fire you. That's literally how workplace drug testing works. Don't believe me? Try it. Go to the HR department at your work and ask them if you were featured in the local paper for a domestic disturbance where you were reported...
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 05:44 AM
    Yes. But that is a good example of the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_against_men#Criticism
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 05:38 AM
    "Mere allegations" assumes that the FOUR people who have spoken up against Zak are liars and all part of some shadowy organized and coordinated conspiracy-campaign that exists solely smear Zak. Again, one of the people speaking out was Zak's longtime partner, who was also frequently used as a shield. And who alleges physical and psychological abuse: ...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 08:04 PM
    90%??For out of combat, rogues get Expertise and Reliable Talent—which can be useful in combat, depending on positioning and terrain—and Thieves' Cant. Everything else is only useful in combat. 9 of their 12 class features are solely combat focused. The class is 75% dedicated to combat. Now, if you want an entirely combat focused subclass, that's trickier, as by design the 9th and 13th level...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 06:33 PM
    I keep struggling to find ways of offering useful suggestions, but the ideas just aren't meshing. The idea of making a rogue just to boost it's already formidable damage is just a weak source of inspiration. A Strength rogue is interesting, but does run afoul into barbarian multiclassing territory. And, really, there's very little stopping you from making a Strength rogue already. You can...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 07:38 AM
    Just pointing out that a “DPR” rogue that just boosts damage is like a “tank fighter” that just boosts AC or a controller wizard that stuns without saving throws. It does the job but imbalances the game. Removing the skills to boost damage is a imbalanced trade. You’re giving up exploration powers for more combat power. Powers shouldn’t cross pillars. You wouldn’t trade a ribbon power for...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:25 AM
    I'd be very reluctant to make a rogue that does more damage per round than an assassin. The rogue doesn't suffer in the damage department, and existing optimised builds using the thief and assassin (or swashbuckler) can already hold their own with any class. The rogue simply doesn't need to do *more* damage, especially not reliably and regularly. That's ignoring the fact the story and narrative...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 03:19 AM
    Back on topic, I’m still enjoying this season. Mostly simply relationship episodes, which I rather enjoy. Entire episodes focusing on the crew is fun. But they also had neat social commentary episodes, and the awesome one with the hidden Krill. I’ve quite been enjoying the series.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 03:09 AM
    I’ve thought about this at length, and while writing for a Trek RPG blog. It’s actually kinda simple and comes down to warp engines and transporters. Warp reactors generate enough power to warp space. Which also means a reactor the size of a small strip mall can power the Eastern United States. There’s a riddiculous amount of power available. And when every city can have one you have an...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 02:29 AM
    Getting back to the original question… Star Wars, what would I have done differently? Well, for starters, in Episode VII, I would have done a little worldbuilding. Specifically how large the First Order is, how large the Republic is, the fact the Resistance is really that tiny, etc. Also, I probably would have avoided a big spherical planet destroying weapon that can be blown up by a fighter...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 01:10 AM
    This is it. The rest might make you old or a traditionalist or just someone who plays in meat space. But when you prefer and older edition to a modern one, you become a grognard.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 12:59 AM
    https://www.geeknative.com/64554/roll20-hacked-4-million-records-at-risk/ http://blog.roll20.net/post/182811484420/roll20-security-breach As of yet, Roll20 has not sent out e-mails to its users, nor actively notified them beyond posting the blog. While your passwords should be secure, it is a good idea to change them right now.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 12:55 AM
    This is literally the assassin. Auto-critical when you act first, doubling sneak dice, and at high levels the ability to death strike.
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 07:44 PM

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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 06:47 PM
    It's not nearly as hard as you make it. Heck, after Empire it looked like Star Wars 3 would be all about saving Han and a big rescue mission. Instead, they resolved that whole plot arc in like 15 minutes and then moved on, pretty much dropping most of the seeds sown by THE BEST Star Wars movie in favour of recycling the plot of Star Wars 1. There's no shortage of directions they can go. ...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 05:26 PM
    This was ALWAYS going to happen. There was no way around it. To have a sequel you need conflict and drama. You need a problem to be solved. An enemy. The galaxy needs to be in danger.That inherently means the heroes had to fail. The Empire need to come back. There's no way around it beyond pulling a brand new unseen enemy out of your ass and forcing it into the world. And that almost never works...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 03:13 AM
    ???The term dates back to fanfiction from 1973. And was satirising unrealistic characters, which was a trope even then. But characters that fit the key traits of being a Gary/Mary sue are hundreds of years old. You can find examples in Victorian fiction from the 1850s.
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 02:55 AM
    Which is an excuse. It's a justification forgive them for stuff you're considering a deal breaker for Rey. Despite the fact the reason they were competent has 0% to do with the prophecy and 100% to do with them being protagonists. Look, just be honest with yourself. You clearly have a serious hang-up with Rey. The sooner you admit why you have a problem with her the sooner you can get on with...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 02:32 AM
    Funny how you skipped Ventress. Rey was a good pilot for the exact same reason Luke was a good pilot. And Anakin. And Flash Gordon for that reason. Because they were all larger than life mythic heroes.
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 01:56 AM
    Of course. She’s a larger than life mythic hero. They can always do everything.
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 12:52 AM
    Isn’t the simpler explanation that Luke was a crap student? Yoda says as much. He’s powerful but unfocused. And while there was years between movies, there’s no implication that Luke spent any time training. And we never see Luke learn or be trained in the mind trick. Even as a kid, when watching Return of the Jed, I felt Luke becoming a Jedi happened pretty fast and he’d barely spent any...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 12:28 AM
    Luke’s training in fighting was shooting large rodents on his farm and lifting rocks in a swamp. Rey’s training in fighting was twelve years of constantly defending herself and her claim from scavengers and scoundrels. And she was far from unbeatable. She was owned by Snoak. And couldn’t pull a lightsaber away from Kylo Ren. Whether or not she could take Ren in a fair fight, one where his...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 12:12 AM
    Luke was moving lightsabers after getting ONE lesson on using the Force, and that was related to blocking blaster shots.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 03:59 PM
    Matt Smith is in the credits in IMdb. He may have left the film. Keri Russel is, but we don't even know the name of her character of if she's playing a human and not a mo-capped alien. And she would have been 16 when Daisy Ridley was born. Where are you getting this information? You might want to stop reading rumour sites, especially ones that seem to be run by people with a TLJ bias. It's...
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 05:25 AM
    Are we talking about the same Star Wars where they weasel out of how he told Luke his father was dead? “Yeah... that may have seemed like a ridiculous contradiction... but really I meant he was dead to me.” They pulled a major plot twist out of their ass with no idea how to reconcile it with the first movie.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 12:13 AM
    New Ghostbusters movie staring teens with attitude taking over for the original Ghostbusters? So...
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 07:57 PM
    I'd expand the fandom to other activities. There's a lot of "toxic fandom" in sports as well. And there's no shortage of toxic music fans/ band groupies. The takeaway is that people are jerks. Fandom in general pushes people to that, because to be a fan of something intrinsically means you are passionate about that. And passion is an intense emotion that is inherently illogical. Passion...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 08:32 PM
    I have learned from experience to never EVER watch videos by Star Wars fans about TLJ. Don't kid yourself. Rose is unpopular because she is a woman of colour. John Boyega was in every scene of that sideplot and no one harassed him off Twitter with uncountable death threats. That sideplot, which was all of 12 minutes and thus just 10% of the runtime, is actually pretty essential to the...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:51 PM
    You SAY that but look at your points from the first thread: Now, 1a, 2a, 1b, 4b, and 5b are unrelated to TLJ. Because TFA started the terrible world building, had very purposeful diversity, and JJ Abrams was allowed to do whatever he wanted. And while Abrams mapped out a trilogy very loosely, he never gave it to LucasFilms or shared it with Johnson; it was basically his head-canon. And...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:20 PM
    I'm enjoying this season a lot more than the first. The premier was rocky. But Pike was amazing and it seemed to go out of its way to address complaints people had with the series: acknowledging the different uniforms, a focus on saving lives and morality, and giving the bridge crew names. It did suffer from over use of CGI. This show has a budget and really, really wants you to know. The...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 05:36 AM
    Richard E Grant will now have been on Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars.
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 05:02 AM
    I did a blog recommending episodes for purposes of Star Trek Adventures https://continuingmissionsta.com/2018/01/17/introduction-to-star-trek-part-4/ There’s also a good list of the best TNG here: https://medium.com/maxistentialism-blog/star-trek-the-next-generation-in-40-hours-c4a6762cbd3 And the best DS9 here:...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:52 AM
    http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=11006
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 10:08 PM
    we're looking for people for our Tuesday Pathfinder group.
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 05:12 AM
    There was another reason, but many people just didn't care or notice. Themes and backgrounds. Maybe your players characterized their sorcerers like wizards unless noted, but the sorcerer class isn't bound by the wizard's thematic limits. All wizards are brainy/scholarly by default and by necessity. That is the thematic core of the class, regardless of their backstory they all have to have space...
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 04:57 AM
    Line by line. 1)I'd say low level truly means low level (1-3), but a wizard doesn't need to prepare all of them at the same time, just at the right time. 2)The difference is two spells prepared more than spells known, at first. In general the average difference is about 5 more spells prepared than spells known 3) Tasha's -like all name spells in core- is not in the sorcerer list. 4) I...
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Saturday, 16th February, 2019

  • 06:22 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Jester David in post Variants/Subclass for a DPR Rogue
    Thurmas that’s an interesting idea. While I like that rogues play differently than any other class, that isn’t a bad idea way to give a very simple change that brings the rogue to where many players want them. @Jester David btw, the assassin is still a mostly exploration and interaction focused subclass. The point with the subclasses is to have 1 or more option for the rogue that adds nothing to those pillars beyond what’s in the base class. The assassin does not do that much damage in most sessions, it certainly isn’t reliable. In doing comparable damage to other damage focused options. A rogue that gives up some skill monkeying to reach the top tier in combat efficacy isn’t unreasonable.

Friday, 21st December, 2018

  • 10:58 PM - Hawk Diesel mentioned Jester David in post Mike Mearl's Rogue Acrobat
    Jester David Aerial Artistry as you wrote it is much better, but still a bit clunky. How about this? Aerial Artistry When you adopt this archetype at 3rd level you gain the ability to move with incredible speed, precision, and power, letting few obstacles prevent you from reaching your destination. Climbing no linger costs you extra movement. Additionally, you gain a fly speed equal to your walking speed. When using your movement to fly, you can fly no more than 15ft. When you end your flight or reach a distance of 15ft, you must land on a solid surface, such as a creature or the ground, otherwise your movement ends and you fall. Regardless of your total movement speed, you can attempt to fly with this feature no more than twice per turn. I assume the next tier is then worded to allow this feature not just with a base move action, but also using dash and/or extra movement speed granted by race or class features. Personally, I would not put a limit on the number of "steps." Aerial Mastery...

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

  • 08:11 PM - Mercurius mentioned Jester David in post Has WotC saturated the published adventure market or are the two latest adventures not very popular?
    What Jester David said. Let's not confuse outspoken forumites with the sum total of D&D fans. I honestly don't get the complaints waged on Mad Mage - that it is a series of disconnected dungeon crawls, which can be used as a group or separately. What a great resource to have! You can A) Play the entire thing, as written, B) slot a level into your homebrew campaign as needed, C) Use it as a "Let's take a break from our usual campaign and dungeon-crawl for a session," or D) use it as fun bathroom reading. Etc. What I really see happening is variations on "WotC is not publishing exactly what I want, so I'm going to be grumpy about it." The problem is, this is inevitable. As for 4 books a year being too much...really? That's one book every three months. I don't think 4 books a year is an issue, but maybe they need to try to spread them out more evenly rather than having nothing for almost the first five months of the year, then a book, then nothing for a few months, then 3 books in a few months ti...
  • 06:17 AM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Nentir Vale Coming to Dungeons and Dragons
    They didn't change anything from the original Advent module: more of a back-to-basics reboot, and returning to the original authorial vision. OK, so the story I was familiar with and that Jester David described came from a later supplement / adventure?

Monday, 26th November, 2018

  • 02:40 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Jester David in post Nentir Vale Coming to Dungeons and Dragons
    Jester David my point, again, is that it doesn’t matter if he is solely responsible for it. He could have turned it down, and he didn’t, thus my lack of surprise that he is doing a similar thing with this game. I’m not even opposed to the game. I’m just saying it’s reasonable to voice mixed feelings about it.

Sunday, 25th November, 2018

  • 08:51 PM - Satyrn mentioned Jester David in post Maybe my expectation was off - Dungeon of the mad mage doesnt use the full maps for undermountain....
    Not quite. I have only looked at detail on the first level, and it has taken locations from the poster map, but has cut out a lot of the rooms and halls in between them. For instance, the Dry Well and Hall of Many Pillars is as previously detailed. But the 'cross' room with the curved hallway north of it has a bunch of rooms such as the Water Shrine between it and the Dry Well that are not drawn in the new maps. Aye. Looking at Jester David's overlay I can see what you're talking about. That just makes it even more awesomely expansive if I wanted to use the original map, while still having a solid cohesive fleshed out dungeon level with the work done for me if I just use the book.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018


Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 09:09 AM - Sadras mentioned Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    I have not read the entire thread and neither have I looked at the link @Jester David kindly posted on the first page but I intend to. From my own personal experience with Vampire - which was a casual player, and it has been a while, I loved how the designers incorporated RL history into the Vampire mythos with some being human machinations and others being vampire plots and dark designs. I thought that was creative and never for one second imagined any maliciousness from their side. I bought the 13 dark ages novel books and enjoyed how they weaved human and vampire politics of the time with the Fall of Constantinople and the Dream sought by the vampire Michael (I think it was) and his followers/friends. Vampire mythos has very much always accepted the LGBT, the entire process of creating progeny and falling in love with them (same sex or not) is a common troupe for the Masquerade. Furthermore you have these powerful supernatural beings that are ages old with their own moral compass, that could easily be out-dated and viewed as prejudiced today but that is the setti...
  • 05:57 AM - hawkeyefan mentioned Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Jester David That was a long an thoughtful post. I won’t quote it due to lebgth, but I’ll try and address the main points. In my opinion, yes, commissioned works are art. Works produced with the intention of making money are art. I don’t mean this as a statement of quality...there can be impressive art and there can be uminpressive art. But that’s subjective. And roleplayong games are also works of art, I would say. Especially for the purposes of how they are considered and critiqued. As for your points about the target audience, yes of course work intended for children will have different standards than those intended solely for adults. I disagree with you that RPGs in general have some shared expectation of their target audience. I think that’s no more true than just about any other media. And I would say that Vampire: The Masquerade is firmly in the adult area. I don’t think that the content in question was against some kind of rule or expectation on the part of the reader. I don...

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 04:14 PM - mykesfree mentioned Jester David in post Plumbing the Depths of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage -- A Review
    While I have not ran W: DMM, from reading the book, it seems like a DM could run it as an episodic TV show. Each level seems like it could be short enough for a single 4 hr session and besides Halaster each level has very little to do with one another. So far each Dungeon has bad guys to beat via combat, but also contains many, many Role-Play oppertunities. Also in my opinion each Undermountain level, seems so modular that it could be used as stand alone dungeons for easy plug n play. Jester David Looking forward to your reveiw on 5MWD.

Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 04:41 AM - pemerton mentioned Jester David in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    the only place I see it harped on as a major problem is on forums like this and it's usually by a handful of 4e fans who are trying to convince others to be outraged enough about it to actually care as much as they seem to. The way that it came up in this thread was that a poster - Jester David, I think - said that the 4e system (of codified powers, codified DCs, etc) inhibited player choice. I disagreed. Nothing in the intervenig 500 or so posts has changed my mind, because all the 5e posters seem to take the view that the examples that I have in mind as illustrating what 4e permits, and as thereby marking the difference between the systems (eg 15h level fighters cutting down phalanxes of hobgoblins (statted as swarms), the forge scene, etc) are properly not feasible in 5e (because even a 15th level fighter should be threatened if surrounded by 20 hobgoblins, should most likely have his/her hands burn off if shoved into a forge, etc). I don't care whether or not anyone else wants to play a game in which 15th level fighters are capable in that sort of way. I'm simply explaining why the 4e framework makes stuff possible - encourages it, even - which the 5e framework does not. I want that stuff even if no one else does. To put it even more bluntly - I'm not trying to s...

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 05:15 PM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Delayed By One Week!
    Have there been a discussion on the topic of selling maps separately and charging nearly $25 for them already? I think these are additional high quality maps. I believe the book still contains the maps it normally would. Also, as Jester David mentioned, it is something Paizo apparently does regularly - so it must be a good idea! ;)

Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 05:20 PM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    "Ummm.... Magic the Gathering is repeatedly mentioned in the sample page we have, linked in the first post. And Magic the Gathering is mentioned on the cover. It’s mentioned before D&D on the back cover. And the name of the product on Amazon is: “Dungeons & Dragons Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica / D&D/Magic: The Gathering Adventure Book and Campaign Setting” Arguing it is a Ravnica book and not a MtG book feels like arguing a Dragonlance product isn’t a D&D product. It’s not a MtG card game product but it is very much part of the same brand" Yep, as I mention in my response to Jester David (who made the same points you did, in fact did you copy his post or am I suffering from deja vue here), I made a mistake here. I just looked at the front cover and there is nothing about MtG there. I still think that is significant.

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018


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Friday, 5th October, 2018

  • 08:56 AM - clearstream mentioned Jester David in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    ...us relative to each other hasn't changed. In other words, they ran the race, got to the finish line, but neither could claim victory over the other. For RAW, we're working literally so pedantic is called for. Say A and B get 15, C 12, D 11. You are saying that A and B crossing the line in equal first place is remaining the same as before the contest. That's a stretch, and the approach taken requires a house rule for cross-compares. That is why I said with "approximately equal justice" above. It's no more of a stretch - no more of a house rule - to say that the generality of the DM decides the DC includes that the DM might decide the DC based on other creatures check. Pragmatically, that works equally well. @pemerton I find myself not disliking your approach, but not seeing it as less a house rule or more justified than the alternative approach. Certainly I think finishing a race in any place does a poor job of remaining the same, unless all finishers tied! That said, I agree with @Jester David who suggests this is perhaps simply poor choice of words. When looking at RAW of course, choice of words is what we have and we can't make guesses about designer foibles. For RAI, sure. In the end, I don't think it matters who claims the high-ground because the case of multiple competitors is not clearly covered by the rules at all. Just the same as how far is further than your usual jump distance. Instead, they've acknowledged diversity of needs and provided tools good enough for a DM to apply on the fly. I think that's what Mearls is getting at and why he is happy about their approach to 5th. I don't think he means ignore those tools (a possible implication), rather I think he means apply them as you need to, to resolve situations at your table.

Saturday, 22nd September, 2018



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Saturday, 23rd February, 2019

  • 02:53 PM - gyor quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    SCAG is fine. It was a decent player’s guide to the Realms with a smattering of new content and introduction to the gods. It did exactly what you expected based on the name and did it well. My comments now mirror my comments when I first reviewed the book: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?467832-Sword-Coast-Adventurer-s-Guide/page2&p=6750399&viewfull=1#post6750399 It’s only “flaw” just that it wasn’t the “giant book of unnecessary amounts of splat” people expected after 3e and 4e player centric books. The problem wasn’t SCAG, but the expectations of the fans. Honestly, I think SCAG is a better and more solid product than XGtE and its endless pages of random names and magic item tables that should have been PDFs. And it’s certainly better than MToF, which was an unfocused mess. The giant splatbooks of options didn’t help 3e last a long time or make the game more fun at the table. Or 3.5e. Or 4e. Or Pathfinder. They don’t make the game easier for new players. I don’t see doing ...
  • 10:29 AM - pukunui quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    Honestly, I think SCAG is a better and more solid product than XGtE and its endless pages of random names and magic item tables that should have been PDFs. And it’s certainly better than MToF, which was an unfocused mess.This. I want to see more products like SCAG and fewer like XGtE and MToF. Unfortunately, it seems like that's just not going to happen. :(

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 02:29 AM - Rabulias quoted Jester David in post Hidden
  • 01:18 AM - gyor quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    FR could use an update as the current state of the world is a decade out of date, during which time there were several wars and a major Realmshaking event. The current status quo of large regions of the world is unknown. Meanwhile, virtually every other setting is identical to how it was last published. I like settings, but opening up every setting in a short period is probably a bad idea. Any chance of those "gems" getting noticed would be lost under the waves of content. We got TWO new settings last year, bringing the total number of supported settings to four. Which is more official support than we got in 4e and 1e, and matches what we got during 3e. And it's pretty likely we'll see more on the Guild sooner rather than later. The catch is the overwhelming majority of players run homebrew worlds. The Realms is the most popular non-homebrew world, but only just. The market for classic settings is small. I was responding to a comment that WotC should add more settings to the DMsGu...
  • 12:36 AM - guachi quoted Jester David in post Here Are The Most Popular D&D Feats (War Caster Leads The Pack!)
    I love how Actor is more popular than Polearm mastery An overabundance of Charisma based character classes who might take advantage of such a feat. Combine that with martial feats that are equal to PAM in usefulness.
  • 12:26 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    Yeah, SCAG does only have 11 new subclasses vs the 28 in XGtE. That does have twice as many. But still hardly the smorgasbord of options people are used to from 3e. Just so I wasn't going totally on memory I pulled it out to look. SCAG was pretty darn thin, literally and figuratively: It had essentially nothing for several classes (Bards, Druids, Monks, Rangers just got a bit of fluff), nine archetypes, a few cantrips but no other spells, and some backgrounds. It's page count (159) shows that, too, though it was $10 cheaper than most releases, so there is that. I think had they released XGtE in 2015 instead of SCAG there would have still be as much complaining. That may be but it doesn't change that SCAG was a weak release. IMO, Volo's is the one that should have come out a year or eighteen months later. Well, it is what it is, but WotC's release schedule was definitely not to many people's liking, not just the reflexive whine brigade.

Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 11:45 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    It felt like they were only doing APs, but they always did something else every year. Hmmm, I think a lot of it was just how thin SCAG was in terms of content other than Realms fluff, so it was essentially two full years before a decent non-AP release happened.
  • 11:12 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    I was responding to a comment that WotC should add more settings to the DMsGuild made by someone who just minutes earlier had slammed the quality of the Guild. Which begged the question: if the DMsGuild is so inferiour to the official content, why add more settings to the Guild? Oh yeah, going one way and then the other a few posts later isn't too consistent. But the difference between "official" and "third party" and "Guild content" for campaign settings is extra fuzzy. Because you don't have balance issues with lore. Flavour and world backgrounds doesn't require playtesting. The difference between WotC releasing a campaign setting for the Guild or using Midgard by Kobold Press or Tal'Dorie by Green Ronin is much more cosmetic. Yes, I'd agree with regards to lore. Most of my comments were directed at player-facing content, which I think has to be held to a much higher standard than things that are really only for the DM to use. It's less that they weren't releasing content (they we...
  • 08:53 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    Why would you want that when:If the DMsGuild is so terrible and full of content that nobody really uses, why do you care if Greyhawk is on there or not? I think there's a big divide between what WotC releases officially and what's third party content, though the divide is more important when it comes to player content compared with DM content. I'm not saying everything WotC releases is perfect. Lord knows I think they have made some bad calls even on things in the PHB, and would like a 5.5 to clean a good bit up, but that's not a good argument for here. However, there's a certain level of "this is official" that helps keep things in check and overall helps constrain or at least focus choices. DMsGuild, because of its "anyone can submit" model, has a LOT of material. There's some very good stuff there but there's a lot of really not good stuff, too. Then there's OGL material that's elsewhere. It's confusing and hard to wade through it all. But, as I said, I draw a pretty big line between ...
  • 08:17 PM - oreofox quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    Why would you want that when: If the DMsGuild is so terrible and full of content that nobody really uses, why do you care if Greyhawk is on there or not?Plus... having seen what people are doing with Ravenloft and Eberron, there's not a lot of setting expansion going on. How is the setting going to be supported by being on the DMsGuild more than it is right now? What do you need to play Greyhawk in 5e that you don't already have? Yes, the dmsguild is rather terrible. I admit that. It's rather close to dandwiki with some of the content people put on there. But there have been some really good gems. Has been that way since they opened it up in 2016 (I put my first product up on there nearly 3 years ago to the date). Not many people I come across use the fan-made stuff. Opening more settings would give the chance of some gems popping up based in those settings. Also, what do you need to play Forgotten Realms in 5e that wasn't already available from the past 30-40 years? Why focus on Greyhawk, a...
  • 05:09 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    Why would you want that when:If the DMsGuild is so terrible and full of content that nobody really uses, why do you care if Greyhawk is on there or not?Plus... having seen what people are doing with Ravenloft and Eberron, there's not a lot of setting expansion going on. How is the setting going to be supported by being on the DMsGuild more than it is right now? What do you need to play Greyhawk in 5e that you don't already have? I have the old Greyhawk boxed set in PDF, and there is literally nothing I cannot use in a 5E game in that set. Even the random tables can be used as is, more or less.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

  • 09:47 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    In Trek we know, since they had entire books devoted to the in-world science. I can pull out my Next Generation Technical Manual and tell you the exact power output of the Enterprise-D's Warp Reactor. Yeah, I have a copy of that, and could look it up if I wanted. That book was written by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda - who are great guys, excellent with artistic design, but not physicists or engineers. That number is nice for the book, but I do not believe it was considered for its overall ramifications and implications to the society and economics at large. I wouldn't hold them to that, if I were you. It isn't fair to them. Or, if you want, I can go look it up, and run some numbers on it. What do you figure the chances are that it is either far too large or small to make sense? The catch being, you need the "currency" for big transactions. But those are irregular. The small, daily stuff is free. You don't need it for daily life, and so there's no reason to amass currency. And on...
  • 09:27 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post Hidden
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  • 08:43 PM - Shasarak quoted Jester David in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Yup. Pretty much. Heck, the second Facebook post is pretty much superfluous. You just need one. The criteria is: a) Accusation from a victim b) History of abuse rather than a one-time incident What else would I need? Written affidavits? Salacious photos? Incriminating video? The battered body of his wife, beaten to death? There was a period of time where you only needed one accusation to get a Mob riled up enough to go out and Lynch some poor fool. Maybe they did not even bother to wear their hoods. It is really interesting to see someone look back on those times as the good old days.
  • 07:41 PM - Nutation quoted Jester David in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    I’ve thought about this at length, and while writing for a Trek RPG blog. It’s actually kinda simple and comes down to warp engines and transporters. ... Free food, free water, free goods, etc. At that point, why do people need to go to work? Would you keep going to some crap job if everything you need is free? Now this is still the mid-2160s. Now fast forward 100 years. At that point money has cases to be important. It can’t buy anything of value and many people don’t have any. Some things will always be scarce - prime real estate, original art, honorific titles. Even now, I can get free water, paper, flu shots, and various other goods that have a marginal cost to the provider of nearly zero. But, money is now and probably will be the most efficient way to distribute scarcities, assuming that individual differences in preference are to be respected. On a small scale, barter or trading favors works. Across the whole Union, not really.
  • 06:11 AM - John Lynch2 quoted Jester David in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    FOUR allegations reported over TWO Facebook posts, with one collaborating and confirming the other, presenting a long-term habitual abuse rather than a single incident.That's your criteria? Any allegation of abuse/sexual assault must be reported over TWO Facebook posts, with one collaborating and confirming the other, presenting a long-term habitual abuse rather than a single incident? That seems very oddly specific. Or you're misreading my posts as me trying to defend Zak S. I'll repeat it again in case you missed it: I wasn't surprised by these allegations. I don't see many people claiming they were surprised. Why are these industry leaders pretending they were surprised?
  • 05:52 AM - Shasarak quoted Jester David in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Yes. But that is a good example of the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_against_men#Criticism It is so bad that men get prosecuted 96% of the time which means that women escape prosecution 95% of the time. Which really does explain why Dannyalcatraz does not see anything.
  • 05:49 AM - John Lynch2 quoted Jester David in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    But let's play the numbers game. According to the FBI 2% of sexual assault accusations are false. Meanwhile, only 34.8% of rapes are reported. (That would be 2% of that 34.8%). That means 65.2% of rapes are unreported, in large part because women are discouraged from naming names and afraid they will not be believed. So how many accusations do you think should be aired before they should have their credits removed from all works and their products removed from RPGNow?
  • 05:47 AM - Immortal Sun quoted Jester David in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Yes. But that is a good example of the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_against_men#Criticism Oh look, Shasarak is back in a thread about the "reputations of men", where all he will do is lie, dodge, evade and eventually block anyone who calls him out for being the troll he is. Why am I not surprised?


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I made the sheets landscape, with some other changes inspired by the circular design from the playtest.
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