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    Today, 05:43 AM
    I'm not part of that audience either and I'm okish with TLJ -enjoyed some of it, but not enough to want to get a copy at full price-. I know a lot about the old extended universe from second hand though -like about Mara Jade, Ben Skywalker, and someone dropping a moon on poor Chowie-. Perhaps I sit more in the middle of this, I can see what bothers many of them, but most of it doesn't bother me,...
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    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    The domain gains an extra skill proficiency at level 1; the 2nd level Channel Divinity lets you force creatures to drop held objects and not fall prone; the 6th level ability is completely different; Divine Strike does psychic damage instead of force, and the flavour of the effect of Order's Wrath at 17th level is made more apparent.
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    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Nitpick: While Pathfinder the Adventure Path came out before 4e (in 2007) Pathfinder the RPG came out in 2009, a year after 4e.
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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Be wary when taking spoken quotes completely literally. If it's off the cuff and not a prepared statement, human error can be a big factor. Yes, he said "when" and not "if". Sure. But given enough time, almost every major setting will see some release as either a hardcover campaign setting or an adventure or a PDF on the DMsGuild. And knowing that, you want to make things easier for...
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    Yesterday, 05:38 PM
    Here's the thing, the FF have also had more bad runs in the comics than good ones. Most writers have little idea what to do with the Fantastic Four. They're hard characters to write and their plots are hard to present. Because they're not super heroes. They're equal parts B-movie monsters that fight other B-movie monsters and a family of scientific explorers. The FF were scientists that...
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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    I think the chain yanking has a LOT to do with people not liking The Last Jedi. It spent a lot of its runtime zigging when everyone expected it to zag. We've been conditioned to expect certain things in these kind of movies over the last, well.... fifty years? Sixty? And this movie flipped the table each time. Suddenly we're out of our comfort zone and unhappy. (And then people complain...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 11:25 PM
    When running 5e for my son, I've dropped proficiency for the optional proficiency die rule from the DMG. So he knows to make Str/Dex/Con/Int/Wis/Cha checks, saves, and attacks. It puts the focus entirely on those six boxes. But sometimes I'll tell him he can add his "proficiency die". It's more math, but he's not looking for "Athletics" or the like on the sheet. (And I'm okay with more math.) ...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 11:20 PM
    I suppose more time has passed since the last bad FF movie than between Amazing Spider-man 2 and Civil War. Still, the FF are hard to get right. And they might work better if introduced in someone else's movie.
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 11:17 PM
    Can you think of a twist they could have done that the fanbase didn't think of in the two years between movies? That would work and not seem crazy forced, overly complicated, or just create more plot hole. Honestly, I think the "no revelation" was the only really surprising thing they could have done. Because I heard it all: Luke's kid, Leia's kid, Obi-Wan's grandkid, Ezra Bridger's kid,...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 10:46 PM
    There's also the mostly completed New Mutants film as well as likely a Deadpool 3 in pre-production. Plus the continual threat of a Gambit movie. Meanwhile, Marvel is charging ahead with Black Panther 2, Eternals, and other projects. I doubt they're really working how to bring in the X-Men and other characters just yet. Let alone with Endgame as the merger hadn't been finalised when it was...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 10:34 PM
    I was expecting Avengers: Forever as the title personally. Because it has ties to comics and kinda has the word "four" in it. But "Endgame" works nicely with Doctor Strange's final line.
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 06:05 AM
    I've described their method of teasing products as a "shotgun" method. There's all kinds of hints and clues just scattered about. There are the real clues that lead to the planned adventures, the clues they threw out because they might do a related adventure in a few years, the clues that are really just referential Easter eggs to past products, and the clues that are really just nothing but...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 05:44 AM
    Maybe they were expanded in a Dragon article. (Or a forum post...) Worked just fine for orcs and hobgoblins and goblins and drow. And humans really. Since NPCs don't use the same statblocks and PCs. There's no reason a PC version has to be identical to the monster. Heck, even in 4e they also did a dryad racial write-up. That would work just fine in 5e. I'm just not a fan of some...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 03:35 AM
    I know what they are. I just donít think they were mentioned in the wilden in PHB3... It takes roughly the same amount of lore to add details to an existing race to make them a PC as it does to make an entirely new race. The stats would be the same either way. The difference is a race that actually has a place in the world and isnít poorly slapped on like an afterthought. ...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 11:47 PM
    But, again, they're not connected to treants. Or wood woads. Or myconids. Or vegepygmies. Or dryads. Or tendriculos. Or volodni. Or twig blights. Or any of the other existing plant monsters. Instead of enriching the existing lore and making an existing part of the world deeper the wilden are just slapped on. They're just there. IIRC, they originally didn't even mention primal spirits in their...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 10:49 PM
    Theyíre just entirely tacked on and unrelated to established lore and the dozens of existing plant monsters and floral humanoids. Theyíre not ďhey this is a humanoid shambling moundĒ or ďan intelligent twigling/ vibe blightĒ. Theyíre just new and out of nowhere. Itíd be simmilar to if they wanted to make a new race of pure good outsiders and didnít even remotely connect them to angels and the...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 10:19 PM
    While things can (and possibly should) vary on a world-by-world basis, I donít think D&D should eliminate any races. That said, killoren/wilden are laaaaame and desperately need to be reimagined and tied to existing plant monsters...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 10:17 PM
    Sure, but at least elves have the mythological origins AND Tolkien. Can you think of any major gnomes in fantasy fiction?
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 06:42 PM
    I canít help but think ďgnomesĒ have sliiiiightly different cultural associations than elves and dwarves: I mean, I love my gnome bard in 3e. But gnomes have always been an oddball race. Thereís a reason they were dumped in 4e at the start.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 06:38 PM
    I'm a bit more particular, having done a couple homebrew settings and really looking into the art of worldbuilding in order to do a blog series (that became a book). It's pretty easy to look at official WotC settings and see awkwardness. Impossible rivers in Greyhawk. The tiny, tiny size of Ansalon in Dragonlance. Peaceful agrarian nations next to expansionist conquerors in the Forgotten...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 04:16 PM
    I am very much shipping that big poly relationship. Esapecially after Rey met Poe. But it wonít happen. Even thought China doesnít give an eff about Star Wars, theyíre still too big of a box office to upset with positive portrayals of homosexuality. Ditto most of Eastern Europe, Russia, and the like.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 06:15 AM
    There are rumors and speculation. Iím uncertain theyíll do three storyline adventures in a row, and the current AL season is running until next August. So maybe another accessory of some kind, another campaign setting, or a compilation adventure. Who knows?
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 06:09 AM
    Not really. Which is a big plus for many, who have been asking for something that isnít about the end of the world...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 05:49 AM
    I was a blank slate when I watched TPM. I wasn't interested in SW at all before that point.Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Ray Park hooked me into SW. ^_^ I'm sorry but you are incorrect, Finn's one and true love is Poe. n_n
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:38 AM
    Really? I would have sworn it was like half an hour at least. At least the reality ensues at the end pays off. Del toro definitively sold it. In fact I kind of like that part of TLJ, the crew constantly screwing up the million to one chances that Han and company routinely could achieve. That makes the original party more special by comparison. Honestly Rey, Rose, Finn and Poe are amateurs.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:28 AM
    The whole Canto Bight bit was maybe 5-10 minutes. It feels much longer than it is.
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:09 AM
    That's probably why I kind of like the Last Jedi, I went out of my way to arrive as a blank state to the movie theater. I avoided trailers, reviews, social networks and youtube channels. I had no pet theories, I just wanted to see how they were going to fix the mess left by the force awakens. Somehow they made everything worse, but the carnage was fun to watch. (Except for the casino scene, that...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 11:59 PM
    Here's my probably unpopular take (Not including Solo, as I couldn't watch it. Star wars movies are supposed to last at least a month in exhibition. How was I to know this time would be different? No holiday Special as I never watched it) First let's start by the middle of the road The enjoyable movies.- Movies I like, that I could watch on a loop. 6 The Eewooks.- Fun light-hearted movie...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 11:50 PM
    That problem wasn't with the film but with the fans. It works just fine in the film: she was counting down the time she was alone, she wanted to go back to Jakku, and she had a vision of being abandoned. That was her arc: learning to live with the fact she had been left on her own and they were never coming back. Which Maz Kanata says outright. At no point does it imply her parents were anyone...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:39 PM
    Do we really need to start bringing up all the complete nonsensical illogic that was in every other Star Wars movie prior?
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:14 PM
    The best argument Iíve heard is that being a Force user requires very little training. The Jedi begins training at such a young age not because they need training in using the Force, but in training to be a Jedi. The training in detachment and general monastic lifestyle. Control over emotions. Restraint. Basically indoctrinating children so they donít fall to the Dark Side.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 10:10 PM
    Which was TFA, and not TLJ. Why? Why can't she just be some nobody? Why did she need some special past? She was abandoned when she was like 5. It's not she would have remembered much had she been Luke's student. What was Obi-Wan before he was a Jedi? Who were Qui-Gon Jinn's parents? We don't know. It doesn't matter.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 06:29 PM
    Iím always surprised by how widespread some of The Last Jedi talking points are despite most being silly. How did Rey know how to fly the Falcon? Same correspondence course Luke took to learn how to fly an X-Wing I imagine. How could she beat Ren without training? We saw her kick two guysí asses on Jakku. Which was more training that farmboy Luke got, who spent an hour training with...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:50 PM
    I also wonder how many times the detractors of The Last Jedi have seen the movie, and if their opinion is based on a single theatre showing...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I love how Zard continually attacks TLJ for making Rey a "Mary Sue" and Phasma a "chump" when Rey was even more perfect in Force Awakens and Phasma was even more of a chump.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:43 PM
    Honestly, I think the only things that are "mandated options" are those in the basic rules: cleric, wizard, fighter, rogue; halfling, dwarf, elf, and human. Everything else is optional.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:39 PM
    Which raises an interesting alternative. What happens if, during the collaborative worldbuilding, when one player says "No orcs. They're overdone." Is it still okay for the player to argue about bringing in a half-orc then? Making an expansive campaign setting is how I "play" the game and engage in the hobby between sessions. It's the DM equivalent of making builds and testing characters....
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:21 AM
    Likely never going to play in Ravnica. But if I were... Raknos. Itís right there in my name and avatar.
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:11 AM
    Shaundakul Ever since he became the patron god of my 2e ranger.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 11:34 PM
    Not really. I just care about having a world that makes sense without having dozens of random humanoid pop up in every single valley, with unsustainably small population numbers. To have species that have a role and place in the world and itís history and actually matter, rather than just being there. Just appearing as some bolted on species lacking culture or relevance. I care about making a...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 11:29 PM
    In my experience, what makes a player care about a character is time played and the memorability of the campaign. Few people strongly care about a character they have never played and is just a concept. So the DM should just acquiesce to whatever demands a player wants? Dragonborn paladins in Middle Earth? Ravnica elephant men in Dark Sun? Free access to any and all 3rd party...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 10:35 PM
    I think there are two big problems with kender. The first is that one of the most beloved characters in Dragonlance was a kender and presented as the archetype, so many people want to just play another Tasselhof. The second is that so few people remember what it's like to be young children. Kender are presented as eternal children with limited knowledge of property ownership. However,...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 08:43 PM
    Unenthusiastic players are a problem. Player singular, less so. But if the DM is unenthusiastic ALL the players are affected. One player drawing a line in the sand over a character concept is saying they value their personal fun more than that of the fun of four other people. Plus, it takes almost no time for a player to think of a new character. I can think of a cool character I want...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 07:04 PM
    Since we're really engaging in analogy here, let's go full rock star. No brown M&Ms!! I think everyone is familiar with the silly rock star riders for concerts. Like the one above. Demands of floral arrangements, sandwiches, or decorations. The funny thing is, those exist for a reason. Concerts have a lot of moving parts: lighting, mikes, wiring, pyrotechnics, stage frames, etc. If set up...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 06:13 PM
    Is the player dying? Like, do they have a terminal illness? If "yes", then, yeah, they should probably be allowed to play a tiefling. If "no", then they can make another PC. There's an infinite number of ideas for characters. I'm sure they can find one that doesn't suck if they think hard enough. Counting one-shots but excluding the pre-gens, I've played maybe twenty characters in...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 05:28 PM
    I have a mini of a winged ape with a chain gun arm... So, I guess I approve of that rule. :cool:
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 04:39 PM
    The best example of restrictions is always Dragonlance. No orcs, no dark elves, no halflings apart from kender. No paladins, no sorcerers prior to a certain date. (There are other examples. Like how Ravenloft is a dark humanocentric world, and having dragonborn running around break the tone. Or Dark Sun, where gnomes and orcs are gone.) Some people hear those restrictions and all they can...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 04:19 PM
    Given in this analogy, everyone has to share all the food brought and each take a bite, I would question why my "friend" would purposely bring tacos to a Bollywood party when they know it won't complement any of the other dishes and everything will just taste weird and off. If they're not going to bow to social graces for a small thing about food, would I want them continuing to interact with...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 06:17 AM
    Sure. The DM should try and find a way to work the concept into the world. But if the DM can't find an easy way that doesn't involve compromising their world, it's up to the player to accept that and move onto the next character concept. After all, if you can't play the character you really want... so what? There'll be other campaigns. Dozens of them. Save the concept. Revisit it later. If...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 04:19 AM
    I donít think Iíve ever seen anyone comment on the emotional range of any other Marvel hero with the possible exception of the Hulk...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 02:35 AM

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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:32 AM
    Always in dispute, the Last Jedi is.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:02 AM
    Banning rulebooks was more necassary in 3e and 4e. There were some trash books. And you were generally better off approving options on a case-by-case basis rather than blanket allowing things. The problem is, you tended to start games when there was limited content and just allowed everything as a table rule. And then, over a year or two, the amount of content jumped, and allowing everything...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 10:44 PM
    Guessing at the plot entirely from this trailer, Danvers dies in a plane crash. The Kree then find her and bring her back to life with an infusion of their blood, and give her super powers to fight in the Kree/Skrull war. The war takes her to a Earth where she meets Nick Fury and rediscovers her humanity and a forgotten life. Which would explain how Nick Fury knows Kree blood can bring people...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 04:55 AM
    Iíd disagree. The 3rd and 6th Doctors were all about the bombast and claiming authority in the situation. But most of the Doctors are a little more subtle. The 13th still reminds most of the 5th, who was the more soft spoken figure. Or the 7th when heís being disarmingly friendly. But recent Doctors have turned it up a bit more as it acknowledges the Doctorís reputation and impact. ...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 09:34 PM
    Poor Manny Both-Hanz gets zero respect...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 09:33 PM
    Well, he was literally supposed to die until they wanted a familiar face in the X-wings and found the actor charming.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 05:38 PM
    Rey was trained to fight and was probably a better fighter on Jakku than Luke ever was. (Where did he learn to fight? Yoda showed him how to lift rocks, not wield a lightsaber.) And she beat an injured Kylo Ren who had been hit by Chewie's bowcaster, that had been shown to be able to send stormtroopers flying. Okay, it's weird how well she flies the Falcon. But then we need to ask how Luke can...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 05:29 PM
    This is, of course, not including Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure or Battle for Endor. Damn that opening 10 minutes of BfE. Holy :):):):)... Or the Clone Wars TV show which included the outright best Star Wars tales, as well as some of the worst. And Rebels, which is just in the middle somewhere.
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 05:23 PM
    1) Empire Strikes Back. It changes everything and shakes up the status quo like no one's business. Leia loves Han. Luke becomes a Jedi. Vader is Luke's father. Force Users can move objects with their mind! Jedi can be ghosts! The rebellion is on the ropes. Han is lost. Luke spends the entire more separated from everyone else. If released now, this movie would be way more polarising than The...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 04:17 AM
    For your own world? Sure. Why not? For established worlds? Less of a fan of eliminating established characters, especially ones that might be beloved favourites.
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 05:07 AM
    Ravenloft is my jam, though. So Iím excited.
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 01:38 AM
    Looks like Ravenloft is back in the docket as well: https://twitter.com/MistTalesDnD/status/1068866200380325888
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    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018, 12:42 AM
    Rules as Written it's odd that kobold tunnels can accommodate humans perfectly and without squeezing, as they occupy the same sized "space". And it's odd that humans can't go sideways down a 2-foot-wide corridor, or even fit through most doors in their house (which are about 2 1/2-feet-wide) without having their speed reduced. Rules in Play this doesn't matter for a second. As each and every...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 11:55 PM
    Assuming that the PC being dead isn't also "solved" by having the party go on a medium-length quest to restore him. Or wait an equal amount of time for a good point to have a replacement character show up. In this age of smartphones and mobile games, being asked to chill for an hour or two isn't the end of the world.
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 04:40 PM
    Beaten to this comment. Ignore...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 04:34 PM
    I imagine the DMG price would get you five shots, with a keg being 100x the price.
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 05:10 AM
    Sounds like a fun guy to me.
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 05:05 AM
    As a non-Magic fan, Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica was always going to have to work to selling me on the setting. I wasn't coming into the product with established affection. However, I am a junkie for neat campaign settings, and every time I read one I end up thinking of two or three campaigns I want to run in that world. WotC has proven me wrong a few times, surprising me with products I was...
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 04:57 AM
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 03:51 AM
    Gamers here have long called out for a return of the classic boxed sets of 2nd Edition, especially for campaign settings and mega adventures. The accepted wisdom is that boxed sets are simply too expensive. That they're cost prohibitive. And yet... Here we have the collector's edition of Art & Arcana, the D&D Art book by Ten Speed Press. And... isn't this a freakin' boxed set?!
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    Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 02:46 AM
    1) A pool of crystal water in a holy site can cleanse the effect, if the party promises to complete a quest for the god. 2) A travelling druid can remove the effect in exchange for gold and the promise of a favour. 3) A myconid colony can use their spores to reactivate his brain, but he will be half-fungi as a result. 4) A lesser restoration might be able to suppress the effects for a...
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 04:55 AM
    More like Mystara, where it was largely assembled from the lore of multiple adventures and a few accessories that gradually grew into a full setting of sorts.
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 04:12 AM
    Can't remember were I read it. Chances are it was in the defunct WotC forums, but I'm not even sure it was there. I swear I'm only repeating what I heard, I'm not making stuff up on purpose.
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 12:07 AM
    I paid $50 for all three core rulebooks in 2003. $100 for 4e in 2008. And $150 in 2014. So having them do an "inflation bump" of the books in a year or two wouldn't be beyond reason. Maybe to to $65 per book. But I imagine the digital price will grow as well.
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 08:11 PM
    I would say that maybe one less adventure every year. I'm more of the opinion that this isn't the case. I think there's way more room for sorcerer magic origins and cleric domains. Now fighter, rogue and wizard, these look more complete so far. I thought the Book of Nine Swords was the salvaging of the first scrapped attempt at fourth edition?
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 03:37 PM
    It should be noted there HAVE been different editions of a Catan: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/266837/review-changes-new-edition
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:22 PM
    The environment isn't wild but actively trying to kill you. It's dangerous and full of horrible monsters and environments. Leaving the city and entering the woods is very dangerous. It's really making the Vale much more like Dark Sun but without the desert.
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:19 PM
    The problem there was trying to invent an entirely new story for classic characters and reimagining the "elves" as basically being aliens rather than doing Simonson's cask of eternal winter story. When you do a tighter adaptation, you can pull the best bits of 2 or 3 stories and throw out the bad bits and really focus on the iconic scenes and moments. Scenes and shots that have become iconic...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 03:57 PM
    Meanwhile, I'd be stunned if they redid the Starter Set. It's still selling well. Better than Tome of Foes or Dragon Heist right now. It only needs to be replaced if it stops selling. Because it's a small, cheap product where they make almost no money with each sale. Selling volume is the only way they recoup the cost.
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 03:52 PM
    Sorry, but no sense. Paizo charges $25 because that's what they can produce a 96-page perfect bound book for and make money. WotC might be able to drop it down a little as they can print more copies. But they'd still be unlikely to get it below $20. Plus, the problem with the Paizo model is lots of people buy the first volume and fewer buy the 6th. Sales decline and decline for each volume in...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:51 AM
    Because hit movies and TV shows have significantly increased the sales of comic books?
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 03:51 AM
    Sure. I can see them doing a couple, with a classic setting in addition to Ravnica. Especially a different one like Dark Sun that has a lot of monsters. But I can't see a third hardcover setting released in 2020.
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 02:12 AM
    I sincerely doubt a setting book each year will do well. Settings appeal to such a smaller fraction of the audience, and are useful for multiple campaigns. Each one is good for two or three years. As a cheap PDF with low production costs and recycled art, maybe. But likely not as hardcover books.
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 12:15 AM
    Keeping up is part of it. A campaign book can last between six months and a year, easily. If you take your time and donít rush, by the time you finish an adventure you might have two I played adventures to choose from. By the time you finish the next, thereís three. Then four. And thatís assuming you donít take a break for homebrew. And if you didnít get into game early, thereís even more....
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 10:45 PM
    The good movie, yes. I think Iron Man 2 or 3 could have used more Armor Wars and Demon In A Bottle. And Thor 2 really needed more Simonson.
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 10:43 PM
    1982 was the peak of 1e. It was doing very well, but not as well as they had forecasted. And 1983 was the beginning of the decline. I donít know about 5e. The current books seem to be doing well on Amazon and sales seem sustained. But growth cannot last forever, so it has to plateau eventually. But even then, when new player acquisition slows down, weíll have a few years of declining but...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 07:58 PM
    Interesting question. I donít think it would have done as well following 2e. Thereís just so many changes to elements like spellcasting, the addition of formal subclasses, and concessions to balance that might not have worked as well if not for 3e prior. Let alone to the WotC of the era, who wanted monthly books.
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 04:21 PM
    Keep in mind this might very, very easily be a perception and sample size issue. Dragon Heist reached #18 on the Amazon books sales chart while Dungeon of the Mad Mage reached #72. Tomb of Annihilation hit 53 but the next highest I can see was Curse of Strahd at #174. And Dragon Heist spawned a wave of best selling products on the DMsGuild. So they're still selling very, very well. And are...
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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 doesnít matter if he is solely responsible for it. He could have turned it down, and he didnít, thus my lack of surprise that he is doing a similar thing with this game. Iím not even opposed to the game. Iím just saying itís 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 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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  • 11:14 PM - ad_hoc quoted Jester David in post There is a lot of stuff out for D&D right now, and sales are doing fine (Amazon)
    Nitpick: While Pathfinder the Adventure Path came out before 4e (in 2007) Pathfinder the RPG came out in 2009, a year after 4e. Fair, and all the more reason why 4e should have done well.
  • 05:05 PM - jonesy quoted Jester David in post X-Men to MCU Merger - wild speculations
    Still, the FF are hard to get right. Why is that, exactly? It's bizarre. Their origin story is really simple, their group dynamic and powers are simple yet can have interesting combinations, and they have one of the best comic villains of all time in Doctor Doom and the rest of their usual villains are great too. How do you mess up the Galactus storyline? And their movies aren't getting better, but worse. I don't understand.
  • 11:38 AM - Imaculata quoted Jester David in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    But... thatís the exact opposite of a surprise. Not entirely. It was a surprise going into the movie. But once the movie started heading slightly in that direction, I was genuinely excited at what they might do. Instead, as stated above, they were just yanking our chains a bit. And that's exactly my problem with all this. It is very easy to "yank the audience's chains", and to have people mistake that for being an unexpected twist. But it takes effort to actually write a satisfying plot. It felt like the movie went out of its way to constantly yank those chains, and then have no satisfying resolution to it. So, informally, just about everyone I know that dislikes this movie has been a fan of the pre-Disney EU. I wasn't, and I like TLJ. I wonder how widespread this is, given that the movie was pretty well received outside of a smallish and loud core of die-hard SW fandom. I consider myself a pretty big Starwars fan. I loved the original trilogy, hated the prequels, loved TFA, and hated Rogue ...

Saturday, 8th December, 2018

  • 10:52 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post X-Men to MCU Merger - wild speculations
    I can see them attempting a new Fantastic Four movie. But that might be hard as there's so much bad will. It'll be okay - they had a series of bad Spider Man films, and that worked out when Marvel got the reins. I think Marvel has, at this point, established that they do good superhero work, and most of the rest... aren't as good. Folks will be willing to give anything Marvel does a chance. They will be *vicious* when Marvel screws one up, but they'll give it a chance.
  • 10:19 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    Right. Agreed. But if the DM changes their view by default, how is that different from allowing everything all the time? The DM needs to be able to say "no". And players need to be able to accept that "no". In practice, I'm a soft sell. I'll allow my players almost anything and make exceptions readily. But I also know my players and we have trust. But as a general rule, I think it's better to assume that "no" and have the default be options and optional. Empower the DM. Because if the baseline is "no" and the DM says "yes" they're a hero while if the baseline is "yes" and the DM says "no" they're a monster. I donít think the DM needa to change their view by default. Itís probably best to not have a default other than ďweíll discuss any conflicts and decide how to proceedĒ. So itís not everything, all the time. And even still, you habe a finite number of players and a finite number of characters. And most of the time, the players will be fine with a character within expectations. So ...
  • 06:16 AM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    Sure, but at least elves have the mythological origins AND Tolkien. Can you think of any major gnomes in fantasy fiction? No, not a one. I think thatís likely because theyíre pretty much interchangeable with dwarves or goblins in mythology. The decision to have them as a separate race in D&D seems pretty odd. I suppose the gnome had its own entry in one of the books Gygax used for inspriation. Iím honestly not a big fan of the D&D gnomes. They seem redundant. But Iíve had players make some gnome characters over the years that Iíve enjoyed.
  • 04:53 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Ridding D&D of All Races - Multiple Choice Poll
    I know what they are. I just donít think they were mentioned in the wilden in PHB3... I wasnít trying to tell you what the Primal spirits are. I was noting that the wilden are written as a manifestation of nature itself. The details of whether the writeup mentioned primal spirits or not is irrelevant. However, I do remember their lore including specific primal spirits, whether that was in the first writeup or not. It takes roughly the same amount of lore to add details to an existing race to make them a PC as it does to make an entirely new race. not at all the point I was making. Making wood woads or myconids PC races would require changing them, not just adding to them. The stats would be the same either way. The difference is a race that actually has a place in the world and isnít poorly slapped on like an afterthought. I donít care what the stats are. This reads like you literally just saw the word ďstatsĒ, assumed what I was talking about, and responded to that. I sai...
  • 03:15 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Ridding D&D of All Races - Multiple Choice Poll
    But, again, they're not connected to treants. Or wood woads. Or myconids. Or vegepygmies. Or dryads. Or tendriculos. Or volodni. Or twig blights. Or any of the other existing plant monsters. Instead of enriching the existing lore and making an existing part of the world deeper the wilden are just slapped on. They're just there. IIRC, they originally didn't even mention primal spirits in their write-up. Primal spirits, nature as a semi-sentient Force with a Will, doesnít matter the specifics, they are presented as the manifestation of natureís will. Theyíre spirit creatures given physical form. The creatures you mention are all very specific in terms of how they behave and what they want. Theyíd require a major overhaul to be a suitable player race. No thanks. Iíd rather have a new race, and one that isnít just ďWood woads with player statsĒ.

Friday, 7th December, 2018

  • 11:32 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Ridding D&D of All Races - Multiple Choice Poll
    Theyíre just entirely tacked on and unrelated to established lore and the dozens of existing plant monsters and floral humanoids. Theyíre not ďhey this is a humanoid shambling moundĒ or ďan intelligent twigling/ vibe blightĒ. Theyíre just new and out of nowhere. Itíd be simmilar to if they wanted to make a new race of pure good outsiders and didnít even remotely connect them to angels and the like. You just described why they're better as they are. WHy would I want playable shambling mounds? They're not connected to shambling mounds. If anything, it'd be playable treants, but even then, manifestation of the primal spirits is more interesting than playable treants, and also not mutually exclusive with it. You can have both side by side. They do different things in terms of narrative.
  • 11:07 PM - oreofox quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    Sure, but at least elves have the mythological origins AND Tolkien. Can you think of any major gnomes in fantasy fiction? David the Gnome! While he looked like those in the image you provided, he wasn't a super silly jokester. Other than that, I can't really think of one outside of D&D games. Though gnomes in mythology were more like what most think of dwarves: miners obsessed with gems and made from dirt and stone (they were the earth equivalent of salamanders when it came to elemental creatures).
  • 10:30 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Ridding D&D of All Races - Multiple Choice Poll
    Counterpoint: we see dumb gnomes because gnomes are, inherently, stupid. I mean, sure, gnomes are vicious little spiteful creatures, like a cross between a badger and your co-workers 5 year old after they've eaten the office candy, but still. Gnomish, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life. Gnome characters got no reason Gnome characters got no reason Gnome characters got no reason To be played They got little hands And little eyes And they walk around Tellin' great big lies They got little noses And tiny little teeth They wear platform shoes On their nasty little feet Well, I don't want no gnome characters Don't want no gnome characters Don't want no gnome characters In D&D. You've confused Gnomes with Dwarves, I fear. Seriously, get rid of dwarfs and harflings and keep gnomes. While things can (and possibly should) vary on a world-by-world basis, I donít think D&D should eliminate any races. That said, killoren/wilden are laaaaame and desperately need to be reimagined and tied t...
  • 09:18 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    I canít help but think ďgnomesĒ have sliiiiightly different cultural associations than elves and dwarves: I mean, I love my gnome bard in 3e. But gnomes have always been an oddball race. Thereís a reason they were dumped in 4e at the start. In my campaign, if you want to play an elf, you either have to live in a tree and make cookies or live in the arctic and make toys. :p
  • 04:09 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    Which raises an interesting alternative. What happens if, during the collaborative worldbuilding, when one player says "No orcs. They're overdone." Is it still okay for the player to argue about bringing in a half-orc then? Well itís collaborative. So thereís a discussion. I would expect it to he more like: - Can we say there are no orcs? Iím tired of orcs. - Oh man....I was kind of planning on playing a half-orc... - Okay...how can we get that to work? Any ideas? I think if we set aside the worst assumptions...that they player is simply being contrary or that the DM is simply being a tyrant...then weíre really looking at the issue. Because if a player is just a contrarian or if the DM is just a control freak, then the issue isnít really about gnomes and settings; itís about someone being a jerk. Making an expansive campaign setting is how I "play" the game and engage in the hobby between sessions. It's the DM equivalent of making builds and testing characters. Lonely fun. ...
  • 12:38 AM - MoonSong quoted Jester David in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    The whole Canto Bight bit was maybe 5-10 minutes. It feels much longer than it is. Really? I would have sworn it was like half an hour at least. At least the reality ensues at the end pays off. Del toro definitively sold it. In fact I kind of like that part of TLJ, the crew constantly screwing up the million to one chances that Han and company routinely could achieve. That makes the original party more special by comparison. Honestly Rey, Rose, Finn and Poe are amateurs.
  • 12:29 AM - Mouseferatu quoted Jester David in post Campaign Settings and DM Strictures, the POLL
    Honestly, I think the only things that are "mandated options" are those in the basic rules: cleric, wizard, fighter, rogue; halfling, dwarf, elf, and human. Everything else is optional. I've both played and run in games where some of those races or some of those classes weren't allowed. Nothing is "mandated," AFAIAC.
  • 12:13 AM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    I imagine they have done meetings and thought about every setting at least once or twice... He name-dropped particular subclasses like they already existed somewhere (specifically limiting the Wizard to the Defiler and Preserver Traditions, for example). Mearls also had the Big Show playing a Half-Giant in the Stream of Many Eyes. Who knows when it might see fruition, but it seems they have done the initial design work for Dark Sun, if not moved over to some level of playtesting.
  • 12:09 AM - MoonSong quoted Jester David in post Rate the Star Wars Movies
    That problem wasn't with the film but with the fans. It works just fine in the film: she was counting down the time she was alone, she wanted to go back to Jakku, and she had a vision of being abandoned. That was her arc: learning to live with the fact she had been left on her own and they were never coming back. Which Maz Kanata says outright. At no point does it imply her parents were anyone special. That was all us. Again, the problem comes from the fans. Not the film. The fans. The expectation that she was somebody was what people read into the movie. Largely because of the parental twist of Empire Strikes Back. People expected them to do the same thing again. Again. Then the sequel came out and didn't cater to the wild theories everyone had been fan waking themselves raw over for a full two years and somehow that made it a bad film.... We set the expectations. It's not the responsibility of the film to pat us on the head, give us a lollipop, and reward us for wildly speculating. ...

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

  • 10:15 PM - Zardnaar quoted Jester David in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    Which was TFA, and not TLJ. Why? Why can't she just be some nobody? Why did she need some special past? She was abandoned when she was like 5. It's not she would have remembered much had she been Luke's student. What was Obi-Wan before he was a Jedi? Who were Qui-Gon Jinn's parents? We don't know. It doesn't matter. 1) Kathleen Kennedy's contract was renewed in late September of this year. They're not sidelining her. 2) J.J. Abrams was hired for Episode IX in mid-September 2017, three months BEFORE The Last Jedi premiered. 3) Rian Johnson remains in charge of overseeing a new trilogy of films, so Lucasarts is happy with his work. Yeah, it was probably a mistake not to have an overall plan for the trilogy before they started. Oh well. It's not like the original trilogy had a plan. Lucas made up a TONNE of stuff as he went along. Obi Wan and Qui-Gon-Jinn were Jedi Masters when they originally appeared. They didn't need to be trained like how it was established Han was already a good pil...
  • 09:23 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    I love how Zard continually attacks TLJ for making Rey a "Mary Sue" and Phasma a "chump" when Rey was even more perfect in Force Awakens and Phasma was even more of a chump. I love Phasma, bc she isn't a chump, she's a self-serving villain. She probably doesn't give a damn about the 1st Order to begin with. THey should have left in the deleted scene where she shoots her own troops because Finn told them about how she sold out the Starkiller in order to have a chance at survival. I love seeing a villain who will sacrifice anyone and anything, for themselves. None of this "everyone is a hero in their own mind" crap. Some villains just don't care about anyone else. Luke got some training, Rey didn't. Kinda like how the USA used truck components in the Sherman tank, if you could drive a Truck you could drive a Sherman almost. He even mentions the T-16 in the movie so you don't need a massive amount of explanation or logic. The OT heroes also got messed up, that is the difference Luke had his hand ch...
  • 07:02 PM - Zardnaar quoted Jester David in post The Problem Of Disney Star Wars
    Iím always surprised by how widespread some of The Last Jedi talking points are despite most being silly. How did Rey know how to fly the Falcon? Same correspondence course Luke took to learn how to fly an X-Wing I imagine. How could she beat Ren without training? We saw her kick two guysí asses on Jakku. Which was more training that farmboy Luke got, who spent an hour training with Ben and a long weekend with Yoda lifting rocks. Also, Ren took a boltcaster shot to the side, and we know those have enough force to knock a stormtrooper flying. Why did it drop Reyís parentage storyline? My response is ďwhat storyline?Ē Her parents arenít even mentioned in TFA. All we know is she was abandoned and the people who did were not coming back. The ďReyís parentsĒ question is pure fan speculation that exists solely because The Empire Strikes Back had a parentage twist. Why does the new film have to mimic the surprising twist of a different trilogy? Isnít that the laziest possible thing they could have...


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Jester David's remixed character sheets
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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