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    Today, 02:53 PM
    I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms.
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    Today, 02:15 PM
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.
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    Today, 02:05 PM
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller.
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    Today, 12:07 PM
    Doesn't solidify until experienced? I've not heard that one.
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    Today, 11:27 AM
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. But all of it's the past for the Doctor, so every alien stopped is altering history.
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In donít think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. Itís you as a gamer.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotCís goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:19 AM
    Iíve seen you randomly bring up your personal politics in the form of MRAs in two threads (that Iíve noticed) in the last couple of days. Not sure why. Please donít do that. This isnít the place.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Wow! That's quite impressive! Are the career paths completely random generated?
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 01:20 PM
    That is going to be awesome. Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    D&D books are a lot like buses. You wait ages for one, and then suddenly two are released on the same day! Anyway, today's the day that Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage hit game stores, so this is your reminder to head on down to your friendly (or not so friendly) local (or not so local) game store and grab your copies! They'll hit Amazon and other stores on...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:38 AM
    In this week's episode, Morrus and Peter are joined by guests Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor to talk about their roleplaying game Spire and the sourcebook currently on Kickstarter, Strata. In the news, we have more previews of Dungeon of the Mad Mage, more details on RPGSports, a statement from Wizards of the Coastís president on the state of Dungeons & Dragons, a tease of a new setting, a new...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Rodney Thompson. You may remember him from such games as Star Wars Saga Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition, and Dusk City Outlaws (to name just a few). He's back with a new superhero RPG, Spectaculars, and he's been kind enough to send me along an exclusive preview of the game! I backed Dusk City Outlaws on Kickstarter, and was super-pleased when it arrived....
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you! :)
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 02:45 PM
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Instructions are in first post. :)
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    I make that 14 DEFENSE. 3d6 is 11. 4d6 is 14. SOAK and DEFENCE are two different things. DEFENCE is how hard it is to hit you. SOAK is how much damage your armour lets you ignore.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:07 PM
    The theme of the campaign is industry vs magic. I feel that removing either of those things pretty much guts the campaign.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:41 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:31 PM
    It should be on DTRPG and RPGNow soon too!
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 01:57 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 12:50 PM
    At 150m households worldwide, I donít think Netflix counts as a limited audience any more. In the last few years itís grown into one of the most watched media outlets on the planet. Give it another few years, I reckon it will dwarf even the largest regular networks.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:52 AM
    As the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage closes in (Friday!), here's a quick roundup of all the previews which have snuck out of WotC HQ over the last few weeks! Take a peek at these images from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, as featured on Fantasy Grounds. There is the start of level 19 from Waterdeep: DotMM. It involves a crashed Spelljammer, where the crew is...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:51 PM
    Even if you were supposed to roll it, how did you manage to roll 48 on 6d6?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:17 PM
    Yikes. No, you don't roll it. Your SPEED is 6: 3(d6) + 2(d6) + 1(d6). it's the *size* of your dice pool, not a roll of your dice pool. Your CLIMB is 3 (half your SPEED without the running added on, rounded up).
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 08:19 PM
    That shouldn't be there. It's an old mechanic which didn't make it into the final version of the WOIN rules. I'll note it as errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:34 PM
    It means write it down, yep. The exploit itself will tell you about any usage restrictions, if there are any. Hmm. Where does it say that? That looks like a minor errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 01:18 PM
    I wasnít a fan of this episode. The monster reminded me of the Slitheen, and the self destruct unit you can just pick up and chuck out the window seemed rather pointless. It was basically ... serviceable filler, I guess.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 12:35 PM
    The conspiracy continues in Flint's dark underbelly. Now at the kingís command it is time for the Royal Homeland Constabulary to rip this threat from its shadowy womb beneath the haunted mountain named Cauldron Hill and thrust it into the light of day. While they pursue that mission, two other forces are at work in Flint: a cult of dwarven assassins who want to disrupt a peace summit,...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    Silverhair, might I suggest you invest a little more into these marketing threads than just a url and list of numbers? I canít imagine youíre getting much benefit from these?
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:32 PM
    I'm pretty sure torturing people is the *end* of the road to evil, not the start. The start is, like, shoplifting or something. I can't think of much worse you can do to an individual than torture them.
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 02:02 PM
    Thatís what an evil person would say!
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 01:22 AM
    Yeah, these arenít legal documents to be poured over for exact semantic meaning.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart, while speaking on a Twitch stream, said "Next year for our annual releases I can confirm there will be a setting book... A new setting book. A book that we have not created that is for a D&D setting." No real details yet, other than denying that it will be Spelljammer. We don't know what it is, but we do know it's not Spelljammer! So far WotC has based most...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:40 PM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart, while speaking on a Twitch stream, said "Next year for our annual releases I can confirm there will be a setting book... A new setting book. A book that we have not created that is for a D&D setting." No real details yet, other than denying that it will be Spelljammer. We don't know what it is, but we do know it's not Spelljammer! So far WotC has based most...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:36 PM
    My wild guess would be another MtG book, based on what they've been saying recently.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Nope! It's just descriptive.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 06:20 PM
    I shouldn't think it would be confusing. Happens with superhero stuff all the time.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 03:11 PM
    An adventurerís background doesnít need to end when they begin the adventuring life. The skills learned in an adventurerís past can grow and develop into lifelong skills throughout their adventuring career. This set of 13 feats over on EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, uses the 13 core backgrounds as prerequisites and represents the advancement and integration of their old skills with their new...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:36 AM
    Yep, me too this time.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:35 AM
    If you want to comment on the moderation policies of another forum, it's best you do it there, not here. Thread closed.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:03 AM
    darjr looks like itís related to the mail system.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 08:10 PM
    Man, I love custard creams! Totally the best biscuit. (No custard involved).
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 06:23 PM
    I think we'd need to see the error message. Not something I've seen.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 03:25 PM
    Towards the end of every year, we all vote on the ten most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the following year. It's been a tradition for a few years now. Here's last year's 10 most anticipated games, the winner being Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017). And...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 03:09 PM
    Towards the end of every year, we all vote on the ten most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the following year. It's been a tradition for a few years now. Here's last year's 10 most anticipated games, the winner being Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017). And...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 12:35 PM
    Yeah, I didnít get one an hour ago, so I think thatís stopped it. Sorry about that. I imagine when the US wakes up in a few hours, Iím going to get a lot of emails!
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 12:13 PM
    That was a thing to wake up to! I got it a whole bunch, too. I've disabled the newsletter software for now until darjr gets chance to look at it. That seems to have stopped them coming for me -- could you guys confirm they've now stopped coming hourly?
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 05:10 PM
    This week on Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk, Morrus and Peter count down the Top 11 Best Horror Tabletop RPGs as voted on by the readers of EN World. In the news, weíve got two new Dungeon of the Mad Mage previews, the final total on the Judge Dredd & the Worlds of 2000 AD Kickstarter, Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest updates, the sale of tabletop gaming giant Asmodee, a rash of thefts at...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:57 PM
    Gotham is my favourite. Followed by Daredevil, then Supergirl, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist got much better this year. Arrow once was, then I went off it for a few years, but it's picked up again.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:31 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Named NPCs will appear in the adventures in which they are introduced. The Robot Wars had Call-Me-Kenneth, for example. There's 40 years of named characters (that's a LOT!), and we'll get to them all in chronological order. Anderson, for example, doesn't appear until the Judge Death storyline which starts in Prog #149. :) There are some lesser named perps mentioned in the various short Further...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:21 AM
    Goes up every Wednesday.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 10:44 PM
    The careers youíve taken show exactly what your Judge has done every year of their life. No secret tours! If you want a Judge with a few years working under their belt, youíd have to make a higher grade character and give them one or two grades in some of the Judge careers. You can totally start a campaign at grade 6 or 7 if you want to start with experienced judges.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 07:07 PM
    The DEFENSE scores actually were opposed checks at one point in the playtest process. They got changed to static average rolls because opposed checks slowed down combat too much. Instead, the system kinda does the same thing with the critical system (i.e. if you roll three sixes you get an extra effect). Swapping out damage dice for attack dice already benefits the more accurate combatant, but...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:40 PM
    A bit later, we'll delve into much more detail regarding Psi Judges.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:39 PM
    Morrus replied to Helmets!
    I always think helmets! deserve an exclamation mark! :) Not every object does extra stuff at higher quality levels. A high quality compass still just points north, for example. But it will be a more valuable object. And if a check using the object is required (admittedly that's harder to imagine with a helmet than, say, a lockpick) then the equipment quality bonus applies to the dice pool.
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I'm a novelist and gaming grandee. Ex-Brand Manager for D&D at WotC, ex-designer and editor at WotC, and past work at Last Unicorn, Pinnacle, and Chameleon Eclectic. Plus a ton of freelance work for a variety of games. My recent novel, The Mason of New Orleans, follows the excitement of a modern gamer who ends up in 12th Century Europe. Drop by my web site at http://www.charlesmryan.com or gimme a follow on Twitter at charlesmryan.
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Tuesday, 25th June, 2013

  • 08:28 PM - CAFRedblade mentioned CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    Thanks CharlesRyan, I'll have to point my Local Store to their Canadian Distributor and see if they can get a copy to look at. I'll have my books on the way in August, but I'm curious to see what's changed from the playtest docs to the final system, if any.
  • 04:49 PM - Morrus mentioned CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    In an attempt not to say anything I shouldn't: http://www.numenera.com/game-play/ and http://www.numenera.com/character-creation/ gives a good gameplay summary. I don't want to speak for him, but I think he was asking for peoples' opinions, not links to promotional material. :) @Corrosive , I don't think you're going to get what you're after until after Monte Cook lets the NDA'd people talk about it. I guess a related question, then, is: does anybody know when that will be? It's gone to the printer and will be on sale very soon. Hey, @CharlesRyan , do you have any info on that?

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Friday, 27th October, 2017

  • 09:29 AM - Tricky110974 quoted CharlesRyan in post Numenera 2: The Kickstarter Is Live!
    Tricky, those are all fair points. But here are a couple of others: ē You're after the RPG books only; that's fine. But one of them is a KS exclusive--you won't be able to buy The Trilling Shard. ē We ship UK orders from Devon, so shipping won't be that much. ē Busiest two days of the campaign are underway now. Who knows what else we might add? It's perfectly OK, of course, if this campaign isn't for you--but I hope you'll give it another look before it ends tomorrow! --Charles Iím definitely intrigued by the final mystery book. Hope that the reveal isnít timed too late (noting time difference in UK) for me to give 1 final consideration.

Monday, 29th February, 2016

  • 08:05 AM - pemerton quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Is this simply some confusion of the meaning of the term "major screw up"? I - and I think pemerton - interpret the term "screw up" to relate directly to the incompetence of the acting individual. You, it seems, do not? If an unfortunate set of circumstances cause something to go wrong - even disastrously wrong - I don't think of myself as having "screwed up"; I just think of myself as unlucky. Maybe it is because I am English, pemerton is ( think) Australian and you are (I think) American that we have differing assumed meanings for the same phrase?I am Australian, and English is my first language. I take the phrase major screw-up to refer to a situation where a person has screwed something up. (In Australia we would tend to say "stuff up" rather than "screw up" - in Australian English, "screw" is synonymous with "f***", and "screw-up" is therefore a little bit closer to "f***-up" and hence not quite as polite as "stuff up".) And here is Charles Ryan using the phrase in the same way: ...

Sunday, 28th February, 2016

  • 05:34 PM - Imaro quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    My apologies. I took you to be saying that when you said that such a conception of fumbles is overly narrow. No worries, but no... I was saying that many posters in this thread had, IMO, a very narrow concept of what a "fumble" was... this was the part of Monte's essay that I was in agreement with. See, here, you seem to be agreeing with Monte Cook also - because you are just repeating what Charles Ryan has said is the whole point of the blog - that treating nat 1 as a major-screw-up is not a good approach, and is too narrow a conception of what might happen on a (so-called) "fumble". I disagree with your interpretation of what he is saying... that he's saying ALWAYS treating it as a major-screw-up (that is based on the character doing something wrong) is not a good approach. He readily admits that Monte in running his games uses both approaches... see the quotes below... I don't want to put words in Monte's mouth, but let me start by addressing posters that think Monte is advocating that ...

Saturday, 27th February, 2016

  • 04:28 PM - Imaro quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    The point is that this is how Monte Cook is using the term in his blog: the GM actually incorporates some version of the joke into the actual narrative of the gameóthat is to say, that Bruceís character said something foolish or untoward If you agree with Monte, Charles and the Cypher rules that a fumble (nat 1) is not necessarily this sort of "major screw-up" then why are you arguing against those who are similarly expressing agreement, and/or who agree with you and Monte that "major screw-up" style fumbles don't make for particularly good RPGing? Ok... just because Monte uses a term such as a "fumble" in a certain way, doesn't mean he is using it correctly (as shown by the different views in this very thread on what a fumble is)... As to what you quoted Charles Ryan posting... EDIT (Emphasis Mine): Don't do that, nowhere in this thread have I claimed that major screw-up style fumbles don't make for particularly good RPGing... oh and by the way... THIS... is that badwrongfun implication I tal...
  • 05:03 AM - pemerton quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Regardless of how you want to characterize it, the truth is that these complications - however plausible - are introduced into the fiction at that moment that action is attempted. <snip> indeed it is the missed bow shot that conjures them into being.This makes no sense. And the first sentence equivocates on the meaning of the word "action" The bow shot is an action that occurs in the fiction, and the missed bow shot is an event that occurs in the fiction. These are, therefore, imaginary, imagined actions and events. They have no actual causal powers - but causal results can be imagined in the fiction, with extrapolation within the fiction being constrained by various imagined causal laws. Such results might typically include the arrow landing on the ground and breaking, or the arrow sticking in a tree next to the intended target, or the arrow hitting an unintended person, etc. I doubt that there is a single Cypher System GM or player who has ever imagined that, within the fiction, the...

Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

  • 06:37 PM - Celebrim quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    I'll put my money where my mouth is: Based on your example, here are ten possible "on a 1" outcomes that are neither character incompetence nor "dragons out of the blue": Sure. Obviously, "dragons out of the blue" was meant as a humorous stand in for some actual likely complication to draw attention to what I thought the problem was. Remember that rainstorm yesterday? Looks like your bowstring got wet--it's snapped. "Weapon breaks" is a pretty traditional fumble. Is failing to maintain your equipment properly something you completely divorce from PC competence. Tell a Marine drill sergeant about that theory. (Speaking of rain) It starts to rain. Everything gets a little bit harder. Well, unless you are fighting a fire elemental... and what exactly does "everything gets a little bit harder" mean? If you slip and fall in the mud, is that something that is completely divorced from PC incompetence? You hit the orc. Unfortunatly, the damage is superficial--but the orc stu...

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

  • 09:27 PM - Celebrim quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Hi, all-- Howdy. Thanks for stopping by. Which brings me to the crux of what I think is the disagreement here (or at least 70% of the disagreement): What does the word "fumble" mean? To some people, it means "a result with more than routine negative consequences--something that doesn't just maintain the status quo, but directly increases the challenge for the players." If that's you, you can stop arguing against Monte: You agree with him. You're just using the word "fumble" differently. But I think most people interpret the word "fumble" to mean "a major screw-up." I think you are right about how most people use the word. What I want you to notice is that "a major screw-up" and "something that doesn't just maintain the status quo, but directly increases the challenge for the players" are largely synonymous definitions. When you screw up, it's because you make things worse for yourself. I'm not sure it matters why that happens, per se, as for example we don't as an audience tend...
  • 05:39 PM - Aldarc quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    (By the way, Monte's use of "Bruce" as his example wasn't coincidental. Bruce Cordell's ability to roll many, many 1s in a single game session is unparalleled.)This just makes me want to see Bruce Cordell and Wil Wheaton as players in the same RP campaign.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013

  • 05:07 PM - Mercurius quoted CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    Numenera is 416 pages. That's 416 pages of Awesome. So of that 416 pages, how much is directly setting related ("fluff")? How much is indirectly setting related ("flavor") and how much is pure game material ("crunch")? I see there is a worldbook coming out next year, which I'll likely get. But I just want to make sure the book has at least a significant degree of "fluff" and "flavor" and isn't just all "crunch." Thanks.

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