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    Today, 08:28 AM
    NIN Pretty Hate Machine has found its way back up to the fore.
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    Today, 05:43 AM
    Another “britcom” I love: Posh Nosh. Cracks me up every time. Huge fan of Lenny Henry’s Chef, too. I’ve also seen a few episodes of Whites, but it hasn’t quite grabbed me. One of the costars Darren John Boyd of Spy and the original Dirk Gently’s Holostic Detective Agency- both good. Which of course reminds me of the Hitchhiker ‘s Guide series (loved it). And right now, I’m eagerly...
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Band name! Also, this was in the back of my head from the first puff:
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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    Sydney Aiello has committed suicide. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article228280289.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Quasi elemental portals to the plane of ice would make for great icehouses. Continual light/flame spells on posts make the Lamplighter’s Guild virtually obsolete, though they might survive if people don’t want light pollution. If so, then they’d go about shuttering or opening the lanterns. Mending & cleaning cantrips would make for a tidier world, especially if tied to cheap magic “wands”....
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    Yesterday, 06:16 PM
    Let’s talk waste management: A Sphere of Annihilation works great for waste disposal...until someone unauthorized gets ahold of it. An army of otyughs could be happy as employees of the city as sewage workers. An Elemental firepit as an incinerator, perhaps? Maybe even ventilated to the quasi-Elemental plane of smoke?
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    Yesterday, 05:47 PM
    That is a deal you do not tarry around!
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    It isn’t so much tha magic holds off the industrial revolution, it’s how magic would be used as a tool within it. And, of course, what would be the unintended consequences of using it that way? There are many magical ways to power things via magic that, AFAIK, violate the laws of thermodynamics. You could, for instance run a water mill with the outflow of one (or more) Everful Bottle. Of...
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    Yesterday, 12:44 PM
    That there is some serious binge watching!
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    Yesterday, 11:28 AM
    The game is available for preorder on Gog.com Brian Mitsoda and Chris Avellone are part of the development team. There's talk that some people have been let in to play the demo of the game, and that everything is more polished than in the trailer, and they're still working to improve it.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    You noticed that, did you? Uh ohhhh...
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    Yesterday, 07:20 AM
    And given the general theme of af a group being pursued by relentless enemies, this could be mined for a sequence or two, as well...
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    Yesterday, 05:32 AM
    Dallas’ PBS has been one of the most UK-centric (as well as shows from other former colonies) channels in the USA. They were among the first to air Monty Python’s Holy Grail in the USA. Besides all those and the ones I mentioned already, we’ve been treated to dozens of shows on that channel alone: Are You Being Served Only Fools and Horses Open All Hours Still Open All Hours Keeping Up...
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    Yesterday, 05:11 AM
    “WTF” = “Wireless Telephone Facility” :lol: That would take a LOT, given their physiology.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 AM
    Isn't that true of a fiery crossbow, boots of flying and dust of choking and sneezing? If we are talking about finding rare and/or ancient tech (which the post clearly is) what difference does it make?
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:02 AM
    Just out of curiosity, assuming you use random encounters as a DM, do you tend toward encounters that are "level appropriate" or ones that are "setting appropriate?" That is, do you determine the encounter based on what level the PCs are, or some predetermined list or understanding of what might live in the area regardless of whether the PCs walk through at first or fifteenth level? I tend...
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  • Orius's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:38 AM
    Pretty good episode tonight. Nice balance of drama and humor. Tuvok! Gordon channeled a bit of Barclay here. I thought Greg seemed a lot like him, which is probably why he hit it off with Laura. They should have given a copy of that simulation to ite museum or wherever they were dropping off the artifacts. And the B plot was Seth cutting loose again. Our Moclans do something crazy...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:12 AM
    A show based on a movie I’ve never seen is premiering soon on FX. I’m thinking both are up my alley. Movie: TV Show:
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    Yesterday, 03:05 AM
    It was probably a combination of Finnish head games and a Russian cautionary tale, but it has enough of that grain (alcohol) of truth...
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    Yesterday, 02:41 AM
    On the one hand it sounds like an exaggeration, but on the other it doesn't sound impossible either. I remember one gold winning team came back home so drunk they had trouble getting off their plane. A Finnish news site had video of it (I want to say 8 years ago?). :p
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    Yesterday, 02:07 AM
    A plague of supernatural winged, metallic serpent constructs is invading a small demiplane reknown for its lush greenery- its idyllic environs making it a place valued to beings of all kinds as a sacred neutral ground. The snakes are ruining all of that, and various factions are accusing each other of being behind the incursion. The party is approached by a frustrated Demigod, Dubh Patrick,...
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    Yesterday, 02:02 AM
    A plague of supernatural winged, metallic serpent constructs is invading a small demiplane reknown for its lush greenery- its idyllic environs making it a place valued to beings of all kinds as a sacred neutral ground. The snakes are ruining all of that, and various factions are accusing each other of being behind the incursion. The party is approached by a frustrated Demigod, Dubh Patrick,...
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    Yesterday, 01:42 AM
    From what I have been told, the real drinking champs are the Finns. When I was on a tour of Russia, I was told about how the Russians and Finnish Olympic teams were partying in a hotel bar. At some point, the Russians left. The next day, the Russians went back to the bar and found the Finns there. “YoU beat us back here?” One Russian asked. “We haven’t left yet.” replied the Finn...
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 10:18 PM
    That's a very long thread. Is it about optimization, because that's not what I am interested in.
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 08:35 PM
    I think it's about reinforcing a particular view of fantasy that came into sharp focus in the 70s and early 80s. The inspiration for D&D might have been the weird fiction of the pulp era through the psychedelic fantasy of the 60s, but by the time D&D went "viral" traditional fantasy by way of Tolkien was in vogue. You had all kinds of imitators from Brooks to Eddings and then TSR added their own...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 05:26 PM
    “Playback on other websites has been disabled by video owner”, so not just you.
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 05:11 PM
    My Dragon heist campaign is just about wrapped up -- and boy has it been a weird ride -- and one of the other GMs is running a new campaign in a homebrew world. I decided I wanted to play a wizard PC, someone obsessed with uncovering magical secrets and finding ancient spells. The thing is there doesn't seem to be much in the way of interesting non combat magic in 5E. I am hoping to find a good...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 04:54 PM
    Usually there's something off with Batman cosplays, but I have to say they've found a really good looking bat for their music video. :D Edit: huh, Nerdist is blocked? It says you need to go to Youtube to see it? Or is it just me?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 11:06 AM
    OK, strongly leaning towards the eco-activist hedge wizards calling themselves: The Esoteric Naturistic Thaumaturgic Society This quasi-Druidic organization could have been operational through a goodly chunk of recorded human history, echoing the longevity of JRRT’s Ents. Using the core of this: The ENTS use modern biochemistry mixed with their form of magic to create some new plant...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 06:39 AM
    Tonight’s experiment: smoked sausage, salami, Swiss and spinach on sourdough. I predict there will be much...
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 03:49 AM
    This thread has been very helpful in thinking about what the things are in the game that bug me and potential solutions for those things, so thank you all. One thing I sort of came to while discussing it with a friend is that the big problem for me is the pace of PC capability and complexity increase and how that impacts verisimilitude, world building and adventure design as a coherent thing....
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 03:02 AM
    Yeeks!
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:44 AM
    I just looked them up on a site that discusses them, and even goes so far as providing super grainy clips with degraded audio. I’m sure those who saw them back in the day would call that an improvement.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:42 AM
    With Tommy Lee as her President of Vice!
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:33 AM
    Somehow missed that.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 12:37 AM
    I like the punk riders of Rohan. And why didn’t I think of this 1986 classic sooner?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 12:13 AM
    Part of your post is formatted to dark print; virtually invisible to ENWorlders using the dark back. Here’s why it may have happened and how to fix it. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 09:54 PM
    Friend, I believe you have misfired with this post. You might want to clarify a bit.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 05:43 PM
    That bears comsideration.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 10:40 AM
    I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Never watched Humans, but am quite familiar with a fair number of other UK genre fiction shows. Besides Doctor Who and Red Dwarf, local PBS, SyFy and other channels have aired Torchwood, Blake’s 7, Apparitions, Sea of Souls, Strange, Survivors, Demons, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, The Fades , Primeval and goodness knows how many others.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 09:16 AM
    The organization’s name needs work. Eternally Numinous Terran Soldiers Esoteric Naturistic Thaumaturgic Society
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:56 AM
    I meant as in Homoserpens hydra
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 12:01 AM
    ...”hydra”?
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 11:45 PM
    I’m talking more in terms of thematically fitting, not location. Ents- massive magical sentient creatures who have been around from time immemorial don’t fit too well within the parameters of the campaign setting. I mean, even in wuxia films, with all of their mystic and fantastical tropes, you don’t see all that many fantasy creatures. A thought...what if there was a metaphorical tip if...
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 09:17 PM
    I detect a hint of whimsy!
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 07:16 PM
    Reynard started a thread Show Me Your Villains
    I am interested to see what sort of unique monsters and NPCs people have developed to vex their players, particularly versus higher level PCs. What nasty suprises did you build into their stat blocks? What sorts of schemes did they get up to? What were their lairs like?
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Andre Williams has died. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/andre-williams-rap-godfather-dead-809901/
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:55 PM
    I was having this discussion with a friend earlier today, and a couple things came up. There is a lot I do like about D&D, first of all. I like the mechanics in general and the structure of play at the moment. I don't think issues of steep leveling and the way the game changes because of it are insurmountable, especially given that not ever iteration of D&D has suffered from these problems to the...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 04:34 PM
    An Area 51 themed “something” makes sense. An alien Bombadil... Wish I thought of it- thanks! Oof...I just remembered that Alien came out in 1979. The xenomorphs don’t really fit the style of the setting, but they’re so damned iconic. Maybe...they could be the threat in the Tron-inspired Moria set piece. “Bugs”/“Glitches” perhaps?
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 07:42 AM
    Alan Krueger has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/business/alan-krueger/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 07:27 AM
    Is there any way to shoehorn beings like Tom Bombadil or the Ents into such a campaign? Cybernetic Nazgul and wuxia mages are one thing, but ancient beings/creations that rival or surpass Sauron in power while being distinctly different from him in the context of this campaign are problematic. If Sauron is a proto-AI spy satellite system in this setting, what else from that era of human...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:50 AM
    Hmmm... You could use homoserpens as the species name, partnered with whatever it was we came up with earlier for magically created creatures. Or you could use Homoserpens as a genus name, with subtypes with their own species names, like “major” for the purebloods, “nefas” for the abominations, and “hybrida” for the half-bloods.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:36 AM
    Going with “wrack” as it was used: ruina is latin for fall, destruction, downfall, ruination, overthrow A Sea wrack dragon would be: Draco mare-ruina A Forest wrack dragon would be: Draco silva-ruina A Magma wrack dragon would be: Draco igneus-ruina
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 10:38 PM
    I went with All PDFs to start since I am inclined to spend the $160 for All In if a couple more decent sized books unlock.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 07:05 PM
    I liked the results I got with the Newcastle braise. It’s almost...buttery? Nobody is going to complain that it’s too salty. I actually added a shake of garlic salt to both it and the cabbage at the table. But I think I preferred the Kirin and Shiner versions more. They had a bit more character. I also think I need to continue experimenting. Guinness has to be tried, if nothing else. I...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 06:02 PM
    To Help Anyone Needing Other Services Right??? ;)
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:48 PM
    Bernie Tormé has died. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-gillan-and-ozzy-osbourne-guitarist-bernie-torme-dead-at-66/
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:03 PM
    Wait, does this mean I have to hate it now? Or just make sure everyone knows I was into before it was cool?
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 08:30 AM
    I just discovered the 80s Music Choice channel on my cable system...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 08:27 AM
    Welcome to ENWorld, everyone!
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 04:55 AM
    Best possible spin: someone at the doctor’s office needed something from Wal-Mart stat! Ideally, vitamin gummi bears.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 04:39 AM
    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Dinner is served:
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 01:23 AM
    Kevin is super creative, but his mechanics are terrible. I used HERO to run a RIFTS csmpaign once for a group that had recently played RIFTS. They preferred the HERO version. :D
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:32 AM
    I am inclined to agree that professional actors playing D&D for an audience is a significantly different approach than most tables take toward the game. It doesn't mean they aren't really playing, or that the players aren't really feeling things (I've done some equity theater and acting IS feeling IMO) but it's still different. Perhaps a good analogy is the difference between amateur Greco Roman...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:12 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions! I actually have several of those and HERO is my favorite system, bar none. The problem lies with my current gaming group: not enough fans of the genre. And I have no desire to find a MEW group at this time. (That may change.)
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 10:44 PM
    Oh, for sure. And in my reasonably large pool of potential players (thank goodness for Virtual Tabletops!) there are definitely those that will not be interested. But I am getting old enough where I realize I have to run games I like first and foremost.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 09:57 PM
    Reynard started a thread Awards other than XP
    In another thread, I sort of landed on the idea that the one thing I don't like about D&D in general and 5E in particular is how leveling changes the game and forces the game world to change along with the PCs. I don't want to rehash that argument. Rather, let's assume for the sake of this discussion that I make the following rule for my next long term campaign: Characters will start at third...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:21 PM
    Thanks. So for a generic adventure that does not use WotC IP, normal OGL publishing is probably preferable, especially if I care about maintaining rights?
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:36 PM
    I am a writer an designer who has created material for Savage Worlds, Starfinder and other games. i am considering trying my hand at self publishing through DMs Guild but I wanted to get an idea of how it works and what makes it a better option than, say, publishing via the SRD through DTRPG. First of all, how are rights maintained? If I create something and sell it through DMs Guild, do I own...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 02:05 PM
    J. Michael Straczynski has reported on his Facebook page that Larry Ditillio has passed https://www.facebook.com/officialjmspage/
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:17 AM
    Draco bitumino
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:15 AM
    Then “superrex”, “ultima” or “superior” would work.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 02:24 AM
    Not bad, but the Aral Sea was really just beginning to seriously shrink in 1989. But I’m sure there are some other good wastelands to be found in the USSR in that time period. Maybe a strip mine, a leveled mountain, toxic waste site...or maybe a weapons testing area being phased out due to the talks resulting in 1987’s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 02:18 AM
    Polyoculus with Mega, Super or Ultra either alone or in front of -rex sounds like the right track. Or, depending, possibly after Pseudo. How do they relate to the original beholders? Cousins? Mutant rulers? Mutant outcasts?
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  • Reynard's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:45 PM
    So I am trying to figure out the best math. For sure I want the main book and the monster book in both print and PDF. Assuming I am ambivalent about anything else (which may not be the case but since you can change your pledge later let's assume for the sake of argument) what makes the most sense pledge and add on wise?
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:33 PM
    No 3 stooges SFX. :(
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 10:03 PM
    Imane Fadil has died. https://news.yahoo.com/italy-probes-mystery-death-berlusconi-sex-trial-witness-113853179.html
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 07:55 PM
    The more I think about it and read responses in this thread, the more I think the appropriate solutions are a) start at and design he world around a level I prefer (say, 4th), and b) make leveling happen very slowly over long periods of both in game and real world time. Now, could I get buy in from players for such a thing? "We're starting at 4th level. You guys should make 6th about this time...
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Wednesday, 26th November, 2014

  • 02:42 AM - pemerton mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ...ther reason for discussing these dungeon examples is to make the point that this sort of railroading has a long history in D&D play and isn't per se objectionable. And I think Majoru Oakheart has advocated a version of this sort of railroading upthread, with an emphasis on the priority of the GM's conception of what the ingame problem is and what the range of solutions might be. But obviously in some contexts and for some groups this sort of railroading does become a problem. Second, if the GM does allow the players to travel from point A to point B, this is more like a wish spell than calling for a warhorse, in that the players are only acting on the gameworld via their own PC's causal capabiities. So for those who care about the distinction between player influence over content that is mediated via the PC's ingame causal powers, and player infuence over content that is not so mediated, the journey example falls on a different side of the line from the warhorse example. I think MarkCMG, for instance, would regard this as simply an instance of the players exploring the gameworld through their characters. Third, the GM is always free to say, "You arrive at point B. Knock of 3 days rations." There is no obligation to actually create meaningful, play-worthy content. This is a contrast with the paladin case, where the rules oblige the GM to create some content that will support a (short, but real) episode of play. Fourth, even if the GM does create some meaningful content that lies along the players' chosen route between points A and B, the GM has a free hand in choosing what that content is. The players haven't dictated anything about that content except the barest bones of its existence. The paladin case is more detailed than that. Hussar has also made this point upthread.) Fifth, if the GM does choose to create some meaningful content, this is an example of the GM authoring material in response to player desires. It shows that the idea that player desires...
  • 02:05 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ...e the same as a paladin summoning his mount, it would have to go like this: Player: We are going to cut through this forest. DM, you will provide a tailored scenario for our group that is very plausibly resolvable by our group, and, after we finish that scenario, we will arrive at B. To me, that's player authorial control. Simply choosing another option presented in the game world adds nothing to the game world. The players aren't authoring anything. It's no different than a Choose Your Own Adventure story where you are presented with different options. You can choose A or B (or C or D) but, you can't choose to add something to the story that wasn't there before. But, that being said, Sadras, I do fully agree that there are many other forms of proto-player authorial control in early D&D. Totally agree with you on that. I'm just harping on this one, because, for some reason, it keeps being rejected as an example and further, all other examples have been rejected by MarkCMG.

Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

  • 11:17 PM - pemerton mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ... so far (I've neither played nor read Traveller). The PC shouldn't have any ability to determine the availability of the good they're looking for, so why then is availability tied to PC skill?I had a look at how this skill is handled in MegaTraveller - the text is changed, with similar flavour text but no "player authorship" mechanics (1987, p39): The individual is acquainted with the ways of social subculture (which tend to be simiar everywhere in human societies) and thus is capable of dealing with strangers without alienating them. Close-knit subcultures (for example, some portions of the lower classes, trade groups such as workers, and the underworld) generally reject contact with strangers or unknown elements. Stretwise expertise allows contact for the purposes of obtaining information, hiring persons, purchasing or selling conraband or stolen goods, and other shady or borderline activities. To initiate a gang of smugglers: Difficult This skill works in the way that MarkCMG and billd91 prefer. I think the reason for the original Traveller approach is that the game has no general, binding resolution for social conflict. So instead there is the player-authorship approach. The change in MegaTraveller seems to me consistent with the general trend towards illusionist mechanics in late-80s and 90s mainstream RPGing. A more obscure example of this in my D&D game was when a PC was on the moon in the citadel of Sehanine. She asked if there were any rocket ships available for purchase; I made a random roll (1-3 nope, 4-6 yes) and it turned out two were (I think I rolled a 5). She bought them both after going through some social conflict.A lot of interesting things seem to happen in your game!

Sunday, 2nd November, 2014

  • 01:50 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    I guess my issue with your point MarkCMG is that IMO, it's virtually impossible to play an RPG without invoking some story telling elements. From creating character background, to deciding spell level, all of these are based around creating an interesting story that the players want to play in. The reason you don't find Level IX monsters on Level I of a dungeon is because it would be very bad for the story. The concept of Monty Haul campaigns is based around the idea that characters have to "earn" their rewards and shouldn't be granted before they've earned them. How do they "earn" them? They adventure, thus creating stories. It's the same reason you don't generally give the protagonist powerful items before they've completed the quest for said item. Not much point in a Grail Quest if the Grail is sitting on a shelf in Camelot, after all.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

  • 12:27 AM - Morrus mentioned Mark in post Amazing Places - here's the pictures, post a description!
    I need to thank @Mark CMG for these - he's been posting them on Facebook for months. Someone needed to post them somewhere useful like EN World! As a fun exercise, let's pick photos and post a fantasy description that others might be able to use in their games. I figured this might make an awesome weekly column, but thought I'd see how it went here first.5624756261562625626356264562655626656267562685626956270562715626056259562485624956250562515625256253562545625556256562575625856272

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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 06:08 PM - steenan quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? We typically play 3+GM or 4+GM. But it's not the same group every time - different sets of players for different games. 2.) Do you DM? I often GM, but I'm not the only GM in the group. Currently I play in a campaign my wife runs. 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? Most of the people in our group run games sometimes. I think my wife and me are the GMs most often. 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? In the current campaign: 2 females and 3 males (this includes the GM). 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? There is one game store nearby, but it's not good. I buy games online, in digital formats, and even dice or similar accesories are typically easier to order than to buy locally. 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? We often use published settings, but nearly never published adventures. In the last 10 years, the only adventures I ran that were not mine were some Dogs in the Vineyard to...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 01:06 PM - Mercule quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    It's strange to think I started this thread 15 years ago when you were 20 and until it got resur-muh-rected last Spring it had been dormant for five years. :) Haha. I didn't even see the OP date. The thread just floated to the top and I jumped into the conversation. Also, just to clarify my grognard status, I'm not 35. I've been playing D&D for 35 years. I'll be somewhat coy about my actual age (more privacy than pride), but I'm roughly the same age as the game itself.

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 01:50 AM - Mercule quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? Five players + a GM. 2.) Do you DM? Almost exclusively. 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? Two others have GMed for a meaningful during, at some point. One last ran "Return to Temple of Elemental Evil" when it was fresh. The other was running "Tomb of Annihilation", last I new. I played in the former, which was the last time I actually played until I did a stint in the latter's "Curse of Strahd", last summer. 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? Four males (including me) and two females. 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? Tempest Games 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? Historically, mostly homebrew. I ran a couple of the 5E adventures, though, because they sounded interesting. Just transitioning back to homebrew for 5E. 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 35 years. I'm older than the President's kids, but not by much. 8.) Who taught you to play? A kid ...

Monday, 2nd April, 2018

  • 03:17 AM - Chad Hooper quoted Mark in post Re: Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    Everyone, tell us about your games, please. 1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good game store near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? Answer any or all of the above, please... :) 1. Currently four, started out roughly six months ago with just three. 2. I am the DM. 3. Nobody else has taken a turn as DM yet, but I hope one or more of them does so down the road. 4. 3 guys, 1 gal. I'm the oldest, youngest player is about 27. 5. It's hit or miss in brick and mortar places here since we're playing an older edition. Lots of hunting in thrift shops and used book stores, but mostly online shopping. 6. In the past I've run exclusively homebrew adventures set in my homebrew world. This time I'm running the enormous ca...

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 05:03 PM - FaerieGodfather quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? My main real life group: Myself and 4-6 others. More often than not. When someone else has a campaign they want to run. Slight majority male. Two regular women, one irregular woman. Games Gauntlet in Laramie seems professional and friendly, but they don't carry a lot of stuff I want to buy. Homebrew, always. I don't even use commercial settings, and half the time I'm playtesting a homebrew system. I'm turning 38 this year, which means I have been playing (and GMing) for over 25 years. My former stepfather. It's a wonder I stuck with the game, but I'm glad I did. My main online group: I try to keep the number of players at 6. Currently at 4...

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 07:49 PM - ART! quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    Everyone, tell us about your games, please. 1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? 1. 10 people have characters written up for the game, but we usually have 4-6 players show. I never say "no" to a potential player. 2. & 3. I am the "main" GM, but another player got excited, ran a side adventure, and now we are co-GMing our way through the Tyranny of Dragons books: I run three "epsiodes", he runs three, etc. 4. One female player, but she's always there, so about 5:1. I would LOVE to get more female players. 5. Yes. Common Room Games! used to have weekly GM Roundtable meetings there, I've played a few one-shots there, they have a games auction twice a year, and I buy stu...

Sunday, 4th March, 2018

  • 08:25 PM - Blue quoted Mark in post Do RPGs' Wargaming Aspects Overshadow RPing?
    Do RPGs' Wargaming Aspects Overshadow RPing? ONLY correct answer: depends on the system and the game. Sorry, the question is meaningless. Did you mean to ask this in the D&D forum? That at least would have a focus.

Saturday, 4th March, 2017

  • 05:36 AM - Knightfall quoted Mark in post Forked Thread: Does your v.3.5 fan site have the OGL attached to it?
    ...every aspect of the OGL, so I could be wrong. If I had to make my Walk the Road wiki OGL compliant then I'd just delete the damn thing! :mad: It wouldn't be worth my time or effort. I believe the only separate document created by WotC regarding OGC use was essentially an addendum in the form of the conversion policy but that had more to do with utilizing older D&D IP in conjunction with the OGL. As to fan websites, I do not believe that the OGL makes any exception for them in regard to use of OGC and the OGL. However, it is certainly simple enough to add an OGL with a section 15 to any website that simply has the line "[website name here] is copyright [person name here] [year(s)]" then after the "END OF LICENSE" add an OGC declaration (100% except for PI if you wish to be open or more restrictive, perhaps just to specific mechanics, if you wish to hold more control on the material) then a PI (Product Identity) declaration with a list of specific terms that you consider trademark or worth holding back from OGC, like the name of the campaign world, your own name, original names of classes or races or items, etc. It's not that difficult, really. Okay, I'm just wondering if I'm the only one. I'm sure that many of you have your own web sites (and/or wikis) dedicated to D&D v.3.5. So the question is... Does your v.3.5 fan site have the OGL attached to it? If it doesn't, do you worry that WotC might come gunning for your head? If they told to comply or shut down your site, what would you do? Do you think WotC cares about D&D v.3.5 fans since it's no longer the current edition?

Saturday, 5th April, 2014

  • 07:10 PM - herrozerro quoted Mark in post QR codes in books?
    Which is wierd. that the inclusion of something so small could turn someone off so quickly. Wait... *takes a look at the dnd forums* nevermind. Personally I would that that if it were unobtrusive and not required it would hopefully not be rejected.

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