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    Today, 07:10 AM
    As others have said, the official release date is not until tomorrow. They work from the official release date and not the early preview date game stores get the book.
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    Today, 02:32 AM
    It is tricky, as Spider-man doesnít seem to be aging in real time. So time might not be passing identically. Comic book time is kicking in.
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    Or maybe a bot latched onto my post and replaced most of the words with synonyms from a thesaurus to include a link to a manga scanlation site?
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 10:55 PM
    I was initially unimpressed by Dungeon of the Mad Mage. While the dungeon was big, it seemed to lack the inventive traps of the Tomb of Annihilation and the driving story of Acererakís soul monger plan. Fewer things stood out, in part because of the maps and art. While flipping through the book, there was less to catch my eye and pull be to read a level or section. Once I moved beyond my...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 10:51 PM
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 07:36 PM
    Iím sorry, but my job here isnít to agree with you. You started a thread that argued a purple worm would be a TPK (true) and wasnít as deadly in 1e (false). I just donít think itís a big deal. It wasnít a big deal in 1e. And it isnít now. But you seem to have zero interest in actually having a discussion and just want someone to agree with you that purple worms are death machines and the...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 03:19 AM
    No one said anything like that. But it was certainly implied. Because all you could see was that the "monster that has more HP than the party put together". Everything you mention in the above is completely and totally irrelevant IF the monster decides not to attack and the PCs do not decide to attack. As the DM it is up to YOU to decide how the monster acts and responds. That's not "DM fiat"...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 10:05 PM
    I donít mind high CR random encounters. Keeps me on my toes as a GM, and encourages improvisation. And itís more open ended, rather than being a set encounter, which tend to be more obviously non-combat.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 09:00 PM
    I think someone forgot the maximum hit point line, as it's a mechanic in the fluff text. Really, the point of having averages is to give DMs a range and flexibility with numbers. So if they need a tougher monster, they can choose to roll or go with 75% rather than 50% without "cheating" and adding extra Hit Dice. But the demilich works against that. I just hope the "undead nature" line also...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:56 PM
    Here's the thing: not every encounter should be a fair fight. I'll repeat. Not every "encounter" should be a perfectly balanced encounter designed so that the PCs have a 90% chance of victory. It's good to have the occasional fight where the party has to spend ALL their resources just to survive, even if not win. Where the win condition is just escaping or distracting the opponent rather...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:06 PM
    Monster Manual: http://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/Mm-Errata.pdf DMG: http://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/DMG-Errata.pdf
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 01:32 AM
    Theyíre just not giving things away. That doesnít mean theyíre not ďfriendly.Ē Art is expensive. Theyíre a buisness explicitly out to make money. By selling the art a second time to those who are interested, they have more money to spend getting even more maps. (But the interactive map packs for the APs are given free to anyone who subscribes to the line.) WotC leaves it up to the artist...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 10:42 PM
    Even Paizo charges for those now. And you can buy them from the artists.
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:33 PM
    The didnít advertise that it was going to be black-and-white line art. Thereís no sample art or maps on the product page, nor a description of the size of the maps: http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/waterdeep-dungeon-mad-mage-0 You need to go to the Amazon page for that: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0786966653 (And those images werenít always there.) But even...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 08:03 PM
    It can go either way. There's examples of both in the book. But it would make more sense...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 07:38 PM
    It goes beyond that. Everything WootC does has consequences in attitudes. When the favored soul and the storm magic sorc came out, many DMs openned to homebrew and o make concessions for the sake of a character. Then hings died out a bit, but then when the Storm Magic was modified for publication DMs received a message "The favored soul is overpowered" and "the sorcerer is perfect" some even...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 02:03 AM
    A bit of an observation, the edition war was between 3e and 4e players, yet somehow the grognards won? I think lowkey is up to something. Not exactly correct, but partially right for the wrong reasons at least. I mean I think that WotC is in the best position to give us a good quality list and stuff to make gold worth it, in the same way I think they can give us a good warlord. However...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 01:37 AM
    I considered having them use Intelligence instead of Dexterity. Or something like Investigation/ Perception checks. Instead, I opted to give them the choice of adding or subtracting Int, which gives them more of a range, and lets them decide where they want to act. Which adds a quick decision element that feels tactical. I do like the idea of adding a new fighting style! It's also be a...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:35 AM
    Does lend some credence to the ďpirateĒ AP idea, especially with the big ship mini incoming...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:26 AM
    Witnessing history. Kinda like every other story from the first Doctor, really... Or, the episode where Rose has to watch he father die. Only without her being stupid and trying to break time. Really, thereís no shortage of episodes where the Doctor has to ďfixĒ time from previously unknown alien intervention. Like Fires or Pompei. The difference here is the ďtwistĒ that there isnít an evil...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:46 PM
    Threaddddd Necromancy!!! Okay, finishing up a revision I'm making of the Tactician I started seven or eight months back. When I started designing this, I had the following concepts in mind: 1) Do what the concept should do. I wanted to think about what a "warlord" type character would do and make that. I didn't want to limit it to "just what it did in 4e" but what you might expect a smart,...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 05:35 PM
    The logic is the numbers don't go up for the sake of just having bigger numbers. 3e and 4e both had the fighter's AC go up and up while monster accuracy went up and up to match. So the fighter was still getting hit just as often in a fight at level 20 as at level 1. The disadvantage was if you wanted to, say, have the 10th level party fight a dragon with a dozen kobold servitors, you...
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 04:52 PM
    Being trained to fight and being good at it are two very different things. Let alone having teachers willing to push you, and engaging in battle often enough to develop & maintain skill. (After all, I was trained in a bunch of sports during my youth... that doesn't mean I'm any good at them.) Even then, most noblemen weren't in as much danger in the field and films represent. They tend to act...
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 07:25 AM
    Perhaps... five more seasons. And maybe a movie.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 03:19 AM
    1) I tend to use more complexity where possible. Old School is nice, but we stopped doing some things that way for a good reason. I like full statblocks in my products, but not necessarily in line during the adventure. Flipping to the back for an appendix is fine. Or just have a reference to the MM. Using an existing monster buy adding a trait or tweaking the numbers is also fine. 2) As much...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 02:37 AM
    I donít think itís possible. The original Tomb of Horrors was popular/ infamous because it was frequently played. And it was frequently played because there were so few other adventures. There were less than a dozen other modules. Everyone wa playing the same few modules. Now, even though thereís fewer full adventures, thereís updates of all the old modules and the Adventurerís League plus...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 01:28 AM
    Noble statblock. Why would the king be higher CR? It's not like they do any fighting. Or... engage in much activity of any kind.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 12:36 AM
    Medium to high in terms of classes. Medium to high in terms of magic items by default treasure. But a DM can knock it down to low by reducing treasure.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 08:23 PM
    I love Kalamar and wrote a scenario for the 3.x living campaign. I was hoping they'd do a 5e book for it.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Stuff like this and the druid and monk's longevity is mostly flavour. It's there for the DM when making NPCs or feels magical and cool for the player. And in most cases, there are other benefits gained at that level. Even the monk also gains a ki point, is immune to painful magical aging from ghosts, and no longer needs to eat or drink. It's a 14th level ability because it feels high level....
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 04:31 AM
    But isn't that still something external not internal?
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 01:08 AM
    I'm reluctant to watch the show, I've liked Sabrina for a long time. And I don't mean just the Sitcom, I used to watch the cartoons as a kid-and I don't mean the Disney and postDisney ones-. To me Sabrina is meant to be this cutesy and lighthearted thing; I'm not ready to see it as scary and chilling black humor. Also I'm not a fan of the devil pact in the new adaptation, I liked that witch just...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:46 PM
    The difference bewteeen a Heroic martial character and an Epic martial character is the difference between Year One Batman and the Morrison JLA Batman. Theyíre still Batman and defined by their mortality and human limits. They still cannot and should not be able to do anything superhuman. Giving a fighter (or warlord or rogue) magical powers and abilities that seem beyond mortal is like giving...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:30 PM
    Edition wars are an old message board thing. And one localized to the small communities with people who played 4e and still have strong feelings about it. Remember that the audience engaging in D&D is 4x larger than it was during 4e, and many of those are new players. They canít Edition war as they know nothing of 4e. Mearls was asked a question and answered.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 06:09 AM
    Normally I use the ENWorld reviews when I evaluate and rate a product. This doesn't seem as appropriate when I'm reviewing four books at once, basically judging the entire product line. As is the case with the Dungeons & Dragons/ Endless Quest books. I recently read through all four (more or less; it's hard to be complete) and wrote-up my thoughts. My review of the Endless Quest books is...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    I use a ďtactical advantageĒ rule. When flanking or doing something else strategic that should confer a bonus (higher ground, target is in uneven terrain) that confers tactical advantage, which is a +1 bonus to attack rolls. Like regular advantage, multiple instances or tactical advantage donít stack. It encourages tactical play, but is less potent than regular advantage, .
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 03:55 PM
    I'm conflicted with this... I prefer errata being corrections and clarifications only. Tweaks when something is being misunderstood based on a poor word choice or unclear rule. So adjusting contagion is likely a good move. This is a step beyond, being additions to the subclass. But... The "Dodge" addition is pretty minor. It's pretty easy to handle that being added in games. It's not...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 03:31 PM
    ... To get the books to the printers in time for November, they had to begin and finish the errata process loooong before the Survey was released in on October 8th, let alone before it finished and they had all the data.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:58 PM
    High level does not equate with being magical. Fighters don't necessarily become less martial as they gain levels. And I'd like to see a page number for your DMG citation that improved fighter saving throws and hit points are the result of becoming supernaturally imbued.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:13 AM
    I donít see there as a difference. Each informs the other. When you start doing supernatural stuff like thatÖ youíre not really martial anymore. Thatís like giving Batman super strength. If that works just fine for other gamesÖ why do you need a bunch of codified powers for D&D?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 03:45 AM
    Look harder. Every RPG ever has to deal with actions not covered by the rules. And in the absence of rules, DMs arbitrate based on acceptable realism. Typically cinematic. The "does this feel real?" test. Asking "would seeing a character do this in a movie break my immersion or seem implausible?" If someone asks if their character can do something, it's DMing 101 to think "is this physically...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 02:52 AM
    After many delay of games and slow progress through the dungeon, the Atropal was finally encountered. Reaction Video:
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 06:30 PM
    Which works currently with less gold and if the pace of adventuring slows. If the characters take zero downtime and lurch from adventure to adventure they pay no downtime. If they have a few months off between major adventures, then downtime expenses accumulate. Such as.... Such as.... For the fighter, that is a goddamn treadmill. Chainmail then breastplate then plate then full...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 04:57 AM
    Thatís a pretty vague idea. Just seems like it would add a tax on playing the game at higher levels. Pay to do what you used to be able to do for free. Especially for casters. At best itís just add a treadmill to gear. Alternative, just stop pretending that limiting gold is some kind of hardship. If you want less goldÖ give less gold. Itís ridiculously simple and is actually less work...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 03:39 AM
    Then what do you want? You havenít said. You want something that mechanically benefits the characters for spending gold, offers meaningful choices, adds resource management to gold, but isnít a magic item shop. Such as... what? Can you point to a game that does this? DMG page 135.
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 01:50 AM
    Not having exhaustion from not eating is pretty significant. Right. But that level of metagame is not something that needs to be in the base game. Or the game at all. Going through a list of thirty or forty magic items to buy the one that is most optimal for your character. Yaaaawn. That's needless busywork that gets in the way of actually playing. And it just makes magic items boring AF...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 12:23 AM
    Literally ALL tracking of gold is "monotonous bookeeping". You don't get to dismiss food and taxes and upkeep as being "Bills and Bankruptcy" and then whine that gold means nothing. It's nothing because you just made it nothing. It's all numbers that are measured in the thousands making it ten or even a hundred times more nitpicking than encumbrance. 5e drops it as optionally relevant...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 08:39 PM
    Why not? Rations and meals are in the PHB. As are inn stays and lifestyle costs. Why wouldnít the local lord or king collect taxes on treasure hordes? The first known taxís date to the Old Kingdom of Egyptís 1st Dynasty roughly 5000 years ago.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 07:08 PM
    Yeah, I imagine we really look at that from very different perspectives. After years of running 3.5e then 4e then Pathfinder, I was really reluctant to allow improvisation from martial characters. Because there were feats and utility powers that did similar things, and short of memorising all the current powers, it was easier to just say "no". And it often meant that the latest splatbook could...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 05:24 PM
    The people who donít care, wonít care if its new or canon. So why not stick to established lore? (Plus, describing people who enjoy canon as ďlore obsessivesĒ is derrogatory and unnecessary. Just because someone enjoys something you donít doesnít make them ďobsessiveĒ.) And itís actually much, much easier to build something based on an estimating world or update something than have to...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:58 PM
    And yet there's no shortage of people who enjoy doing so. And one of the best reasons to buy new books is for their attempts to reconcile the lore. To have the work of a professional writer who did their research laying down what is canon and what is no longer canon. Which is great... if the players know what to expect. You're playing in a Ravnica adventure. The DM knows how they...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:40 PM
    If 5e ever brings back Epic Destinies as a form of high level advancement (such as packages of boons) then "Planewalker" would be an excellent one.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:37 PM
    I'm always amused by these threads. I've never once heard anyone complain about there's no reason for money because there's now way to buy something that makes you empirically better at your job. "What's the point of winning the lottery if it can't increase my chances of winning a fight against muggers?"
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:17 PM
    Agreed. There's no shortage of interesting ways to do "encounter" powers without actually saying "once per encounter". Yeah. Something like that could easily be handled by just saying "once an enemy has seen you use this maneuver/exploit they cannot be targeted by it". Honestly, that's pretty elegant. I might have to incorporate that into some of my 5e design. I dunno. They seem...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 11:42 AM
    What creates confusion is when one book says "King Zog the Mighty was king of Cormyr in 1254 DR" and another book states "Bloglov the Stupid was king of Cormyr in 1254 DR". Because then the DM has to reconcile to contradictory facts because a writer couldn't be bothered to do their research. Canon is what is used to keep things consistent between editions and writers so they're not just making...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:42 PM
    Are they the same? No. Just five seconds or googling shows that Magic the Gathering has its own Hell, Abyss, Demons, Devils, and other cosmological elements that are very different from those in D&D. And Iím sure many other ceatures are very different as well. Iím the past Iíve compared it to this: Where for one comic both take place in the same world and everyone handwaves away all...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:30 PM
    Well, they did something. Have people shut up about it?
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:28 PM
    Dragon Heist and then Curse of Strahd with Trollskull Manor taken by th Mists and placed halfway between Valaki and Barovia,
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 10:49 PM
    Question: if itís that quick and easy then solve then why did they have to do anything?
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 04:53 AM
    Sure. The needless symetry of all classes having the exact same number of powers, recharge, and format of powers bugged me. Give martials more At-will and spellcasters more and Dailies. Do things like have spellcasters "recharge" Encounter powers by doing a 1 minute ritual instead of a short rest, or martials being able to boost the damage of powers once a day rather than having entirely...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 10:55 PM

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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 05:05 PM
    No, it is a punishment, because otherwise those souls would go to the plane they are aligned with. The whole wall is an extortion racket from the FR deities to suck every last ounce of power from the inhabitants of the Realms.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 04:33 AM
    That was a solid episode. I loved the gradual and realistic radicalization of an otherwise normal person. And showing how the last three years of dramatic season finales would have affected the common folk...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:30 AM
    I like most of the Marvel Netflix shows. Agents or SHIELD has been pretty solid the last few years. Really, since the second half of season one. And Iíd bet the first half holds up better when you know whatís coming... But I want to shout out Legends of Tomorrow. I want most of the CW/ Arrowverse shows and those are... okay. But LoT is stupid and ridiculous and glorious. The first season...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:02 PM
    I liked the episode. Much like how the Rosa Parks episode felt like a 1st Doctor throwback where the challenge was surviving the past, this felt very much like a 70s Pertwee episode. It was almost a homage to The Green Death.
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 10:40 PM
    I work backwards. I don't particularly care for potential player's politics. And any politics will be window dressing to the campaign/plot. I mean I'm a luddite with a particular disdain of A.I., but you'd be hard pressed to ever find a campaign that is about seizing the means of production and topple down the evil robot overlords...
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 03:40 PM
    It's a great idea for a product. So much so I had been working on something very similar myself. Now it might just end up dumped as I can't complete with that.... :(
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Mine arrived yesterday. Very excited.
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 11:11 PM
    Doctor Who Where a white supremacist trying to derail the civil rights movement isn't "evil" enough. ;)
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 03:21 AM
    Rosa Parks. I was uneasy about this one. I expected the usual Who formula of an alien being coincidently doing things around a historical person, who is likely influenced by the Doctor and/of companions to do their notable historic deed. Instead, we got a much more traditional time travel story about preventing tampering, while also addressing racism. That was a great and highly...
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    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 11:09 PM
    I bought giant 3.5cm d20s that I pass out to mark Inspiration. The physician prop can help, and they can roll that d20 when spending their Inspiration. For Ravenloft, I also did some homebrew rules that added another aspect to Inspiration. An early draft is here: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?358971-Ravenloft-Dark-Shadows The final attempt ended up in this DMsGuild product:...
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    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 07:20 AM
    I agree. That's the kind of small errata that would work just fine. It "fixes" things without rewriting rules and is arguably something that could have been done all along. Hopefully they'll also add a line that gives the animal companion extra Hit Dice each level too. I don't want errata as patches and disguised rule updates. I don't want errata to become a stealth 5.5 Edition. But small...
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    Sunday, 21st October, 2018, 03:16 AM
    Perhaps However this is the internet. We are in an American site owned by an English gentleman with posters from all over the globe and that is this site alone. If you were to find my stuff in the wild you'd never know a thing about myself including my frame of reference. Maybe I just don't want to antagonize either side and just share things that come from the heart and reflect...
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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 wonít quote it due to lebgth, but Iíll 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 donít mean this as a statement of quality...there can be impressive art and there can be uminpressive art. But thatís 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 thatís no more true than just about any other media. And I would say that Vampire: The Masquerade is firmly in the adult area. I donít think that the content in question was against some kind of rule or expectation on the part of the reader. I don...

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

  • 12:24 PM - DQDesign mentioned Jester David in post Unearthed Arcana: of ships and the sea
    Really? I mean, really? Look, you obviously have some axe to grind. So, please start a discussion thread about it and leave those of us that want to discuss the topic of this thread to do so in peace. Jester David started complaining about the absence of the artificer in this UA, not me. I just followed the path. You should read the threads you post in before tagging other users legitimate opinions as 'crap'. once you'll be polite you'll be left in peace.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 09:47 PM - DQDesign mentioned Jester David in post Unearthed Arcana: of ships and the sea
    I am sure they are happy making informed decisions based on previous results. that doesn't sound like a plan, at least not like a detailed one. my position is more akin the one of Jester David , maybe they have a loose plan for a year, with the difference that I believe that on some topics/issues they are very late and stumbling. not on everything, just on something.
  • 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. Itís mentioned before D&D on the back cover. And the name of the product on Amazon is: ďDungeons & Dragons Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica / D&D/Magic: The Gathering Adventure Book and Campaign SettingĒ Arguing it is a Ravnica book and not a MtG book feels like arguing a Dragonlance product isnít a D&D product. Itís 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.

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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.

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Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 09:39 PM - Parmandur mentioned Jester David in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    ...we see how much it actually is making for Hasbro. Anyways, I tracked down the source of the information people were thinking about, and found out what it's all about. I'm happy to let you guys go on with your party now that I know what all of it is really about. On your link thing though...I really have no idea what you are talking about or referring to. Most of the links that I see and things posted are on how the books are selling on Amazon, not the Hasbro stock reports. Right now they are up 2 from when I last mentioned them (they were at 105 around at that time, currently at this point they are 107.62 high right now). I don't think I'm going against your numbers anymore now that I know the REASON why they probably are advertising it like they are with those numbers and an actual plausible explanation of where they got those numbers in the first place. Mistwell (who, IIRC, is both a Hasbro stockholder and a lawyer) is referring to your post, #133, which quotes Jester David in post #130, wherein can be found three links providing details of the Hasbro CEO discussing D&D in a stockholder facing context: that is, not a marketing context, but an actionable stockholder communication. The local paper article is interesting because it provides a solid number, but it is in line with what Hasbro has communicated to stockholders.

Thursday, 13th September, 2018

  • 05:00 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned Jester David in post New Survey
    It's interesting that one of the questions is "Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG?" -- I assume this survey is meant for a much wider audience, then. Yikes, it's a long one! I really had to reread that question a few times to make sure it actually was asking what it seemed to be asking. Especially since it was the 4th question after questions about settings, races, and classes. I mean, why else would I be taking this survey? LOL Good stuff overall, though. Who doesn't love some freebies thrown in with purchase they were going to make anyway? Thanks for posting it Jester David!

Thursday, 6th September, 2018

  • 05:32 AM - LordEntrails mentioned Jester David in post Season 8 Changes (Adventurers League)
    AL players could number quite a bit more than you think. The DM group on Facebook has nearly 14,000 members. Could be. Let's see. 9 million players. If 1/5 of those is a DM that's 1.8 million DM's and 14k of 1.8m is 0.8% of DM's belong to the AL Facebook group. Even if 1/10 are DMs, then that's 900k DM's and that would be 1.5% So yea, Jester David 's estimate of 5% seems reasonable.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

  • 03:04 AM - ClaytonCross mentioned Jester David in post Revised Ranger update
    @Jester David "Why not just make more subclasses? It takes largely the same amount of design time and playtesting time, only the net result is more total options." I actually agree that an alternate pet ranger sub-class might be better than a revised ranger. The idea of making subclass "Pack Leader" that makes the companion job specific with multiple companions instead of higher health, that you could resurrect in ritual after every fight would be away to go... bit brutal imagery wise watching your pack die one at time every fight but a different feel for the similar job. Another subclass alternate, "Great Beast Acolyte" for those who want to have the build I wrote before but also want the companion to be the primary source of damage, being that its more powerful than your ranger it makes since that your actually serving the animal not the other way around, but you play as you paying tribute to the Great Beast it fights "for you" in thanks for your humble service... kind of like having a cat as...

Monday, 27th August, 2018

  • 09:41 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Jester David in post Revised Ranger update
    Yeah, thatís when you have to differentiate between a wild animal and a characterís pet (read monster vs PC asset); the two wonít follow the same rules. This would not be the first and only asymmetrical element of 5e actually. ębut thatís completely meta, why would a beast play differently once it has a PC master !?! Ľ you would say. Youíd be right, it is very metagame-y, but no less than the present Animal Companion rules to be honest. Iím not trying to backtrack what WotC has published; all Iím saying is that if this had been the rule from the beginning, then the PHB beastmaster would appear like an improvement on the base rule. Thatís the only point Iím trying to convey. And it is a fair point, I just see it as the ship having already sailed. When I first read your comment I thought you were talking about adding it back in as a new rule, which I think we agree wouldn't go over well. Jester David, I'm going to respond to things out of order. First, this assumes you can ďfixĒ the bottom classes mechanically. Itís likely the story and flavour of the classes be as much issue, if not more of an issue. Also, whatís the advantage of encouraging people to play the bottom most played classes? All that does is shuffle those classes up and other classes down. There are now new least played classes. Thereís no such thing as perfect balance. D&D doesnít need to be like an MMO that is continually shifting and being tweaked. Ok, so if there are no mechanical fixes for them, but there are for the Beastmaster, does it then make sense why we are focused on the beastmaster instead of whichever classes are the "lowest" ? Especially since from your reply, you have no idea what those classes are or why they may be lower. So to answer your question again about "why are we focused on this class instead of the lowest ranked ones" because this class has mechanical problems that we...

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

  • 06:16 PM - Sadras mentioned Jester David in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and the old splintering the fan base chestnut...
    And i am going to repeat this just because I want to be clear: all I am suggesting isn't likely is that an average DM with an average level of setting mastery could convincingly adapt an adventure deeply rooted in the Realms to one similarly rooted in a setting with a different strong flavor such as Dark Sun or Eberron ON THE FLY. Adapting modules to different settings requires experience. As for on the fly - even @Jester David who first mentioned that phrase in this thread included a little planning in the sentence with said phrase. EDIT: I guess it comes down to the level of detail one prefers or planning one requires to run a game.


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Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 09:47 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Clue has a narrative. There is the murder of Mister Body and several suspects. Is it art? And while I think one could easily argue a performance of D&D and other roleplaying games would qualify as "art", do the rulebooks governing play benefit from that. Is a book on ballet or the technical aspects of theatre craft also art? First, thank you for the reasoned and interesting discussion. Second, Tim Curry is great in Clue! :p As for the board game....I don't know if I'd say it's a work of art. There is art involved....graphic design and layout and game design. Those seem to be artistic endeavors to me. But is a board game itself art? I'm not sure. I don't think I'd ever expect to see a Clue board hanging on someone's living room wall. But when it comes to an RPG book, very often the book includes fiction in addition to the technical aspects of play. I consider crafting of fiction to be art, so in most cases, I would consider such books to be art. Creative writing versus technical ...

Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 04:53 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Fair enough. Do you think this particular passage of this particular book for this particular game was an artistic expression? (But for the sake of argument... if a roleplaying game is a work of art, would a game of football be art too? How about chess? Poker? Or is it just their rulebooks?) Do I think it was an artistic expression? It's a fictitious version of the real world, which I think falls into that category, sure. As for football or chess, these games don't really involve fiction, so they differ from many RPG products in that sense, but still the design of each game is probably an artistic expression. And I'd argue that playing each can be considered performance art of some kind. Agreed. Vampire the Masquerade is very firmly "adult". While D&D is much more PG. But that doesn't mean anything goes in VtM. That doesn't mean they can present anything and everything in the book and not have to worry about upsetting people. Earlier I questioned what the reaction would ...
  • 10:09 AM - Sadras quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Or, the best one, what would the reaction be if White Wolf had put out a book that said Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was really the result of a rogue vampire pack, and the shooter was a cover? Because like the Chechnya one, that also accidentally overlaps with claims that the story presented by the western media is not the truth and is really propaganda. This is a good and interesting issue you raise. I suppose this is a major dilemma when playing a game of Vampire, i.e. how real or close to home will the individual table allow itself to get. Except in this issue it is the publishers and not each one's individual table that makes this decision. For instance, horrified as I am about the continuous slaughter of children in schools, I would not be surprised if a Storyteller unaffected by that nightmare brought it into game and said it was an Anarchist agenda or secretly a powerful rogue Malkavian with the purpose of the table to hunt or expose the perpetrator. Now if the publisher includes that co...
  • 04:12 AM - D1Tremere quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    True. However, there ARE standards for where said are can be placed and people have a right to not see art they do not want to. You have every right to make whatever art you want, but you cannot force someone to consume that art without their consent. If people expect your art to be one thing, and you instead do something else, you cannot get upset when they protest and complain. If I arrange to perform ballet in front of an audience in an elementary school, I can't do Naked Swan Lake and then defend that as "art" when the police get called for indecent exposure. I tend to agree with you in general, but there are a few specifics I would argue. Most art throughout history, including those considered classical national treasures today, were the result of commissions. That makes your definition for the line between art and commercialism fall differently then those generally accepted, but I still agree with you that art and product have differences, yet they can also be the same thing. In t...

Sunday, 18th November, 2018

  • 11:17 PM - gyor quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Jesus wept! What the heck is going on at White Wolf?! Okay, I read (and reviewed) the core rulebook and found some of the online controversy had been overblown. But their reaction to concerns online had still been extremely lacklustre. One would assume that they'd spend a little extra time looking at future products and really thinking about what they were adding to their books to avoid causing more drama and concerns. That something this big slipped through shows a staggering lack of oversight. Plus, one of the big moves in 2nd Edition Revised was purposely not attributing any human tragedies to vampires and other supernatural beings. So that the Holocaust and second world war were not the result of vampire schemes. A big deal was made in New York by Night that White Wolf was NOT going to make 9/11 a vampire's plot. But making the ongoing purges and tensions currently occurring in a real world location the result of vampiric machinations is very much the same thing. It's not okay just becaus...
  • 07:33 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    103171 Plus, if the best and only defence you can make about something was that it was not illegal to say it, that's probably not a statement worth defending. (Also... the first amendment is an American law. It doesn't apply here.) Lastly, this was a corporate created product. The people who made it were employees working for money. It wasn't some artistic endeavour created by an individual, but something created on a word assembly line. The people who paid for its creation and manufacture have every right to withdraw it as not being up to their standards. Because it was their product. If the writers really have something deep and artistic to say... they still have every right to put out their own product that is all about Vampires in Chechnya. They can release Chechnya By Night for the Storyteller's Vault.I thionk you might want to consider looking over the arguments you have been presenting here and consider that what you have been arguing here is an authoritarian argument. That being th...
  • 10:05 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    In college I had a friend who thought the Britney Spears Crosroads film was a masterpiece and the best film of that year. You can find depth in anything. But that doesn't mean it was intended. (And, seriously... vampires representing a muderous regime is the shallowest symbolism imaginable. Uwe Boll level filmmaking.)Evidently, you can dismiss everything in a shallow way too, but your perspective doesnít trump mine. And even if it was intentional, that doesn't mean you get a free pass to offend. Again, making art doesnít let you freely use and capitalize on the arrest and torture of innocent people. Actually we do get a free pass to offend other people, with words, in a free society. The Chechnyan government think that LGBT people donít get the freedom to offend them by their existance - and that is why they oppress them. Itís the basis of authoritarianism. You are literally arguing against freedom of expression in exactly the same way. People don't have a right to not be offended. They...
  • 06:45 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    All of which are historical. It has the value of time and no one still alive being affected. As @Dannyalcatraz says, what would the response be if they claimed the ICE camps were the result of vampires? The attacks and lynchings of Black Lives Matters activists? Or, the best one, what would the reaction be if White Wolf had put out a book that said Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was really the result of a rogue vampire pack, and the shooter was a cover? Because like the Chechnya one, that also accidentally overlaps with claims that the story presented by the western media is not the truth and is really propaganda. Gorram that one has punch to it. ďItís not crisis actors and false flags, itís that Obama is a ghoul and the shooting was really a vampire attack!Ē Would be...very bad. It would appear that all the more noisy hysterics from ppl that don't take part in a given side interest, fuming and shouting, have done in something else that was harming no one, similar to gluten. Is there a scri...
  • 05:07 AM - Gladius Legis quoted Jester David in post Official D&D Errata Updated (Nov 2018)
    But itís a buff because it makes it actually do something for two rounds. To enemies who aren't immune to poison. They should've stated that Contagion causes disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls explicitly, instead of actually giving the poison condition. Then it affects everyone it used to affect. And creatures immune to the poisoned condition should be immune to disease. According to what? Certainly not the rules of D&D, where poison and disease are two separate game elements.
  • 04:47 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    The vampires in Chechnya donít represent anything. Theyíre not an allegory for AIDS or homosexuality or communism or McCarthy. The Chechnyan government has maintaining that the western media is committing propaganda against them and making false claims. Having a Western RPG company slander their leader bolsters their claims that the West is lying about their country and leader.The vampires in Chechnya represent a murderous regime. Itís an obvious and clear allegory. The Chechnyan government has now used the fact of White Wolf not publishing as evidence it was all propaganda against them. Go and read my earlier report from a Russian correspondent on this thread. White Wolf removing the text is basically doing his job for him. Moreover, itís not slander to suggest their leader is a monster, when he IS a monster. He is persecuting the LGBT community with torture and murder. That makes him evil in my book, and well suited to the allegory used. Whether he is offended or not by a written tex...
  • 02:50 AM - 5ekyu quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    What do vampires represent in the Vampire the Masquerade core rulebook? What examples of symbolism are in the book? Now, a campaign, sure. A chronicle or adventure or session can absolutely have depth and layers. But thatís not what weíre discussing.Funny, I thought the Chechnya text was in a setting book, note the rule book? I thought I had just referenced a setting book, not a core rulebook. I had always seen vampires as presented in the core books in 1e znd again in 5e as the manifestation of the duality of man - the internal war between good and evil in all of us made manifest eith quite obvious parallels between the various clans and human vices. That's not even thinly veiled in those books. But you know what... we wont agree I have stated my position and I am done with this no-win bear trap of a discussion. You have the floor, enjoy.
  • 02:31 AM - 5ekyu quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Weíre talking about a RPG book. Literary techniques for horror donít apply to the same degree as a movie or novel. The vampires in Chechnya donít represent anything. Theyíre not an allegory for AIDS or homosexuality or communism or McCarthy. As I said in another post, this would be like a VtM book attributing Sandy Hook to a vampire in blood frenzy. This isnít to say you couldn't do a horror story like that. Or a story where vampirism is being uses as a metaphor for guns and gun violence. But a Vampire RPG book attributing a human horror to vampires is just minimizing a human horror. Thereís no allegory here. Thereís no metaphor. No layers. No subtext. None of those excuses apply. Please check then. The Chechnyan government has maintaining that the western media is committing propaganda against them and making false claims. Having a Western RPG company slander their leader bolsters their claims that the West is lying about their country and leader."Literary techniques for horror donít ...
  • 02:06 AM - 5ekyu quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Which feels a lot like defending it... There a huge gulf between something like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and this, as the former does use metaphor and analogy to shield itself. There's a separation. It's another to imply that it's not humans committing a very real horror and instead attribute it to a supernatural monster. Especially when it feeds into and effectively supports the local denial of said atrocity. Chechnya has dismissed claims that it is quietly purging LGBTQ individuals, andólike Russia itselfómaintains there simply are no homosexuals in the nation. And it has argued that claims that it has been disappearing such individuals are merely western propaganda. And then this game comes and outright says that disappearances are really the result of the leader feeding his enemies to vampires. It's not a good take... At the risk of getting political, I'll bring this closer to home. Imagine if instead of Chechnya, this had instead referred to the ICE detention camps. Saying these ...
  • 01:57 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    All of which are historical. It has the value of time and no one still alive being affected. As Dannyalcatraz says, what would the response be if they claimed the ICE camps were the result of vampires? The attacks and lynchings of Black Lives Matters activists? Or, the best one, what would the reaction be if White Wolf had put out a book that said Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was really the result of a rogue vampire pack, and the shooter was a cover? Because like the Chechnya one, that also accidentally overlaps with claims that the story presented by the western media is not the truth and is really propaganda.Silence of the Lambs wasn't particularly 'historical' when it was written - serial killers were still a thing. Survivors were still alive when they started making Vietnam movies. One could cite The Lord of the Rings as a big fantasy metaphor for World War 2, when it was written, and 'The Two Towers' movie was seen by quite a few people in the aftermath of 9/11 as having some allegor...

Saturday, 17th November, 2018

  • 11:13 PM - Saelorn quoted Jester David in post Official D&D Errata Updated (Nov 2018)
    Double check the MM errata: Global Damage Resistances/Immunities. Throughout the book, instancesof ďnonmagical weaponsĒ in Damage Resistances/Immunitiesentries have been replaced with ďnonmagical attacks.Ē Neat! Did they define what constitutes as an attack, though? It was clear before, when things were immune to weapons. Now, I'm not so sure.
  • 10:57 PM - 5ekyu quoted Jester David in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Jesus wept! What the heck is going on at White Wolf?! Okay, I read (and reviewed) the core rulebook and found some of the online controversy had been overblown. But their reaction to concerns online had still been extremely lacklustre. One would assume that they'd spend a little extra time looking at future products and really thinking about what they were adding to their books to avoid causing more drama and concerns. That something this big slipped through shows a staggering lack of oversight. Plus, one of the big moves in 2nd Edition Revised was purposely not attributing any human tragedies to vampires and other supernatural beings. So that the Holocaust and second world war were not the result of vampire schemes. A big deal was made in New York by Night that White Wolf was NOT going to make 9/11 a vampire's plot. But making the ongoing purges and tensions currently occurring in a real world location the result of vampiric machinations is very much the same thing. It's not okay just because th...
  • 09:12 PM - Satyrn quoted Jester David in post 5th level characters vs a purple worm
    It's good to have the occasional fight where the party has to spend ALL their resources just to survive, even if not win. Where the win condition is just escaping or distracting the opponent rather than beating it over the head. Where the party has to react and think creatively rather than just attacking. Or even turn to diplomacy. "Hey Mr. Purple Worm, if you don't eat us, I'll talk to my friend - he's the Prince of Cormyr - about making you a Purple Dragon Knight."
  • 08:29 PM - Garthanos quoted Jester David in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    I think Essentials was much more Bill Slavicsek. It was his baby. Mearls and Rodney Thompson still worked under Slavicsek then. And the failure of Essentials was what led to Slavicsek leaving the company. Well maybe it failed in context of the demands placed on it. I thought Mearls was fairly in charge then, hmmm. The process of gradually firing all the primary developers I do not think helped later development but since there was some very creative and explorative work post essentials. This isn't entirely an absolute. Plus, the focus on basic attacks was very, very much a response to fan feedback. (or non-fan feedback and an attempt to see if more could be pulled in) I have noticed that it would have been possible to give pertinent classes an enhanceable fighter strike or warlocks bolt that isn't massively different but isolate it mechanically but I admit that is 20/20 hindsight. Hey are we actually on topic?
  • 07:55 PM - Garthanos quoted Jester David in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Mike Mearls also took jabs at the Warlord claiming they shouted lopped off body parts on... The assertion that Mearles hated or didnt understand the big picture of 4e is based on some of his faux pas. Thatís a pretty authoritative statement regarding an offhand comment being spoken during a live podcast recording, that was in response to Crawford comparing the warlord to William Wallace in Braveheart. Oh note I said the assertion was based on... I wasn't saying that it was even mostly true (nor that that comment shouldn't have rationally been taken as a joke poking fun at the people who do not get HP, which Mearles in one of those videos described as narrative staying power). In other words it actually might have been meant utterly the opposite of what it was taken to mean by people under barrage. As for him not getting the system at a broad level I think it's entirely possible to be one of the indians and not get bigger picture elements I felt essentials missed on several counts for instan...
  • 07:31 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    Thatís a pretty authoritative statement regarding an offhand comment being spoken during a live podcast recording, that was in response to Crawford comparing the warlord to William Wallace in Braveheart. Also... Mearls was there for the entirety of 4e. From itís early days as Orcus to Essentials to its end. He was literally hired by WotC to work on 4e. I think he had a pretty good idea of its big picture, as well as itís inspirations and design goals. He just wasnít in charge, so his ideas were overruled by the lead developer. It wasnít his edition in the same way 5e is. Hence the question of what he would have done. Based on what he has said on the topic, his "own" edition would be maybe a bit in between, really. With dice pooling mechanics.


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Tweaked versions of the official sheets.

I made the sheets landscape, with some other changes inspired by the circular design from the playtest.
There are regular character sheets, spell sheets, and an alternate spell sheet with fewer spell levels ...
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