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Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 05:33 PM - R_J_K75 quoted Gorath99 in post The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]
    I figured as much. :) But it's fun to try and make these things work. Cool idea to put it in Spelljammer! Biggest challenge with doing a Dark Sun game would be to come up with rules for psionics, so I think Id do a Spelljammer game instead. Since Im currently running an Undermountain campaign that wouldnt be too hard. Considering none of my current players have ever played it before I just might do that if I decide to run any of those adventures. It would be fun to see the look on their faces when they realize where they are.
  • 03:43 PM - R_J_K75 quoted Gorath99 in post The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]
    Not knowing any of the adventures listed, here's my attempt. :) Don't use the Sea of Silt, but instead the Last Sea. Have a Mind Lord go rogue to explain anything in the adventures that wouldn't normally make sense in Dark Sun. I was half joking when I posted that, but I had thought about the Last Sea afterwards and actually seems like a fun idea. Also considered putting it in Spelljammer, either in Wild Space or the Phlogiston. With a little creative thinking anythings possible.

Thursday, 21st February, 2019


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Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

  • 12:57 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Gorath99 in post D&D = American + European Fantasy
    It certainly helped to popularize it, but it wasn't the first. From what I understand, Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions from 1953 already featured a dwarf with a Scottish accent. Dragonlance's Flint Fireforge and Salvatore's Bruenor Battlehammer also predate Warcraft. I've got a copy of 3H3L next to me. I'm not sure Hugi's Scottish, specifically, though, but he does speak in a patois reminiscent of it as written down. However, so does nearly every other human character, including Alianora the Swanmay. Flint and Bruenor... been too long since I read those to recall how they're written and I don't have copies. They're clearly "earthy father figure" stereotypes, though, so that can fit. I suspect it was kind of building as a possible option for "dwarf speech" and then Warcraft pushed it over the edge, but that's just a guess. Unfortunately now it's become a really tired cliche.

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

  • 04:09 PM - Morrus quoted Gorath99 in post There's A Freeport Video Game Coming!
    With an announcement like that, if that voice doesn't belong to Matt Mercer, they're going to disappoint a lot a people. So Mercer confirmed? :p Or Wil Wheaton, maybe? I’d say those are the two best bets.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 05:23 PM - Bitbrain quoted Gorath99 in post New Campaign Setting Hint Is Eberron?
    Voila! :D 99183 'Fraid it's probably just the 3E Eberron Campaign Setting book. Is it a cropped image then? Because it seems to me that the font on his computer screen is larger than the 3.5 Book

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 03:02 PM - quoted Gorath99 in post Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!
    Isn't it just because of pricing? Some stores in my area charge literally twice the price you can get books for online. If anything, I'm surprised they sell any copies at all. Maybe? They can barely keep 5E books on the shelves. Xanathar's sold out within the first couple days here (5 or so copies) and so did his second shipment (again like 5 books). I prefer to buy things in the store even for the increased cost than online. Because I like having stores in business.

Monday, 5th March, 2018

  • 10:56 PM - Dire Bare quoted Gorath99 in post When Fantasy Meets Africa
    Even Europe is not safe from this. How often do we get a decent medieval fantasy Greece, Switzerland, or Lithuania? If the Irish and Welsh are represented at all, they are generally lumped together into a single archetype. Ditto for the numerous and varied states in the Holy Roman Empire; the Italian states; the Iberian states; all of Eastern Europe; all of the Nordic people (as Vikings); etc. Not to say that these regions have it as bad as places outside of Europe when it comes to representation. But it's a general tendency. The further a culture/people is removed from medieval England, the more likely that it gets lumped together with other cultures. I think you're absolutely right about it being helpful to have more than one of each stereotypical culture, by the way. My first thought when I heard complaints of Chult being a mish-mash of African influences, was, "Hey, the Realms at-large, and most D&D campaigns, are a mish-mash of European influences, that's how D&D works!" But th...
  • 05:21 PM - Celebrim quoted Gorath99 in post When Fantasy Meets Africa
    Even Europe is not safe from this. Europe probably 'suffers' more from it than Africa. Relatively few authors try to make a 'realistic' Europe with a one to one correspondence between the nations on the fantasy maps and a real world culture or nation. Instead, the European quasi-medieval nations on the map are almost always a hodge-podge of ideas drawing from as diverse sources as Ancient Greece and Dickensonian England and are imagined not to the end of portraying any sort of realism, but serving whatever purpose they have in the story or setting - such as for example being the "bad guy nation" or "the wealthy nations" or "the scrappy wilderness nation". The fantasy European nations are rarely more than tropes, and while some of them might be deliberate anachronisms or pastiches - such as "the Vikings" - even then the author feels little need to make them absolutely like the real thing. For one thing, it's not like "the Vikings" were a single nation or culture. Quite the opposite, t...

Wednesday, 28th February, 2018


Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

  • 01:31 AM - Slit518 quoted Gorath99 in post The Journey To...North America, Part One
    Sounds a lot like the Sun Dance to me. Could that be what you're thinking of? Perhaps that was the name of it. It was many years ago when I took that class, and that could be why I couldn't find anything on it, because I had the wrong name. Thanks for finding that!

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