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    Today, 12:17 AM
    Do you get any British TV from the last 30 years?
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    That's an early Black Mirror episode.
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    They should have totally had him look again at the phone and see that photo there. Paradox fun for all the family!
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Nah, you havenít actually uploaded the file. :)
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    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    Various DMsG authors can be found in the credits of recent hardcovers. DotMM contains several, for example.
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    Yup. Especially if youíre paying writers, artists etc. a fair wage. Per book, the printing cost is very low.
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    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    An event might take place in round 4. Maybe a new wave of IRCís arrives or the bridge collapses.
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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, 10:17 AM
    I think Iíd make it more than that. Speed 32 is really fast.
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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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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 09:55 PM
    Yes, now, are you going to claim that someone actually took the MLB rulebook, and specifically cut that down to the game your 5-year-old plays? Because I would be dubious of that proposition. If not, then this example is not really relevant. I submit that the rules of baseball in general are pretty simple, and that the MLB has branched from that and produces Advanced Edition Baseball for...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 08:04 PM
    This is 5e. Alignment is not a game mechanical concept. It is presented as a suggestion/guideline for play, and nothing more.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 07:58 PM
    Insofar as we don't actually have the data, and no realistic way to gather it properly, no. We actually have rulebooks that don't depend on gathering data from statistically relevant samples of people. Define "mass published". I think saying *EVERY* one has *THOUSANDS* of pages of material is nowhere near accurate - either a poorly considered statement, or unreasonable levels of...
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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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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 02:46 PM
    I think uphread I did get into the difference between complicated and complex. A mechanical watch has dozens of very specifically formed moving parts - it is complicated. What it does is tell the time, which is not complex. Three bodies moving under their mutual gravitational attraction is super-easy to specify. It is not a complicated system. Their resulting orbits, however area complex and...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 02:29 PM
    That isn't the best. Many years ago now, Jason Carter (who played the ranger, Marcus) once, rather drunk on the dance floor at a convention referred to a woman on the dance floor as a "dominatrix" (intending it as a compliment). Dr. Demento was the DJ, and he just happened to start Tom Lehrer's "Masochism Tango" at that moment. It was a little surreal.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:06 PM
    Just another couple pf days before this goes away, folks. I see we have 101 downloads now. Looking forward to the other 98 folks' comments! :)
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 12:47 PM
    Until Game of Thrones returns, this and Gotham are the two shows I really look forward to. I watch Discovery at the very first opportunity every Friday. I appreciate shorter seasons as thereís less filler, but sometimes I wish a show could be longer.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 07:26 AM
    Inspired by some stuff Cam Banks was tweeting last night. Just for fun, how would you make each of the Dragonlance heroes (a) at the start of the Chronicles and (b) at the peak of their powers? Hereís what Cam suggested: https://twitter.com/boymonster/status/1108514046565703680?s=20 Iíd make them all 5th level to start with. You _could_ start the classic War of the Lance story with 1st...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 07:16 AM
    If you were a Hollywood producer and gig had access to D&Dís entire catalogue of novels and adventures since 1974, and you had to pick one novel (or novel series) or adventure (or adventure path) to get the movie treatment... ... what do you pick?
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:39 AM
    The OP opened the question more broadly than that: "Also note that it doesn't matter if the PCs start at 3rd or 13th. " I'm noting that it may matter what the levels and level ranges are, for some rewards. In some cases you may be handing them less of a reward, and more of a plot complication, depending on the situation.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:23 AM
    Emergent behavior emerges. It is the the whole having behavior not found in any of the particular parts. The thing that emerges is not necessarily complicated or simple - so long as it is unexpected from just looking at the individual parts.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:19 AM
    Well, if you take it that way, we fundamentally cannot measure the complexity of a game except for a particular table, and then only after the entire campaign is completed, and we know what rules did get used, both official and house-rules. At that point, there's not much more to say, because this isn't practical or constructive. Moreoever, I don't buy it. It seems perfectly fair to me to...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 01:10 AM
    There isn't anywhere to watch Blake's 7, though, which stinks. I have several times been tempted to buy the DVD set.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 11:24 PM
    Why would you have any faith absent any information about the director, actors, plot, or anything else? Thereís nothing to have faith in yet.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 10:07 PM
    I still find it quicker to refer to a book I know well than to use an app or PDF.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 09:55 PM
    And, in addition, please don't insult people.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 07:56 PM
    More malleable? Dude, I can take a sheet of paper, and write anything I want on it, in any way. How is an electronic form going to be more malleable than that? I don't know how many players are *introduced* to the game through electronic tools, and I would like to know how you come to that assessment. What evidence do you have for this?
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 07:49 PM
    Well, they can't be *completely* dead. Section 31 first appears in DS9. So, they survive in some sense at least long enough to try to recruit Dr. Bashir.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 06:58 PM
    According to Screenrant, Paramount's (Summer 2021) Dungeons & Dragons movie is about to begin casting. There's a few tidbits to be gleaned from the article: Paramount is looking at A-listers for the male lead The new draft of the script is by Michael Gillio
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 06:52 PM
    I've only heard of about half of those...
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 06:50 PM
    SOTH NEVER WENT TO RAVENLOFT! I will maintain that until my dying day (though I will admit Lowder's books were a fun read... but in my head-canon it never happened!)
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 06:42 PM
    Loke Battlemats just tweeted a couple of pictures of their Giant Book of Battlemaps combined with the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD token set.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:27 PM
    And Anson Mount starring Pike Enterprise with Spock aboard. It would be so good! Basically it would be TOS, but with modern filming. Yeah, I would absolutely pay money for that.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:24 PM
    Ah yes; please ignore Page XX references. Those are placeholders awaiting the final final edit (even minor edits can change page numbers).
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:11 PM
    Important question: when will Spock shave off his beard? Since Anson Mount is only contracted for one year, I'm guessing Pike leaves at the end of this season. That'll be a shame, as I really like him. He's more Kirk than Kirk! What are your current prevailing theories? What's (who is) the Red Angel? Is Section 31 dead now? Their HQ is basically a tomb. I assume they have a few ships out...
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:06 PM
    I've started a thread for those who want to talk about what's happening in the show. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?658029-Star-Trek-Discovery-(Fan)-Thread&p=7581224#post7581224
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:04 PM
    You seem to forget that a major issue with complexity is the time it takes to resolve actions. Even if I am not the one initiating a grapple, any time anything in the game grapples, I have to sit around waiting for the grapple to be resolved. In this way, a player's game experience is linked to the complexity of all rules used at the table, not just the ones they personally use.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:03 PM
    This is designated a thread, so you can use the other thread to talk about how much you hate Discovery. This thread is for fans who want to take about what's happening in the show.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 04:01 PM
    These things are the few occasions I wish I had Excel! OpenOffice always seems to struggle with dynamic Excel sheets and the like.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 03:59 PM
    Remember that, in 1e, how strongholds came only as the character got significant amounts of game-mechanical power? Trying to take their power was a risk, because they were powerful enough to personally clean the clocks of people who tried to take it away from them. And, typically, characters who were kings and rulers were high level NPCs, not schlubs. As a GM, you can have a low-level...
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 02:58 PM
    This is not broadly answerable. Each player has their own desires, and not everyone will feel engaged by the same set of rewards. YOu need to ask or otherwise know your players to really answer the question for your table. But, let us liken this to... giving gifts to adults. Adults are not usually in a state where they actually need (or even have room in their homes) for a lot of *stuff*. ...
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 02:57 PM
    Pathfinder designer F. Wesley Schneider has just started a new job as an editor for Dungeons & Dragons! He worked at Paizo from 2003, starting as assistant editor on Dragon magazine, became editor-in Chief, and left in 2017. Schneider announced his new position on Twitter, and lists "Editor for Dungeons & Dragons" in his Twitter bio.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 01:06 PM
    Oh, god, here we go again. Does it ever stop? Iím think Iím just going to bow out of discussing this show and enjoy it quietly.
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 01:00 PM
    Have you checked out the stronghold building section of OLD?
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 07:56 PM
    The death of print may have been exaggerated. While big box bookstores are in a decline, independent bookstores have grown about 35% in the past decade, and traditional ebook sales have slacked off some 10%+ in the past couple of years. There's a mixture of reasons for both, but we are left with the fact that the expected ordained death of print... just hasn't materialized. Sure, I do most...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 06:07 PM
    Thereís plenty of money to be made selling print products. On their scale, thatís a LOT of money. Just look how many of the things theyíre still shifting years into the edition.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:09 PM
    I don't really know what they were pushing hard prior to its release. DIdn't see much promotion. Sorry; not much help!
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 04:08 PM
    I don't know what "traditional Star Trek" is? every show has bene very different. I love Discovery, and my favourite Star Trek is the TOS movies II-IV trilogy, if that helps. The main problem with the show is avoiding the hatewatchers.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 01:16 PM
    Well that was weird.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 01:02 PM
    None of those things affect me. Like I said, ďas far as Iím concernedĒ. :)
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 12:12 PM
    Iím gonna miss Pike next year.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 11:10 AM
    Itís not a question of just flipping a switch. PoD needs different files to the onscreen PDF. Itís actually quite a bit of extra work and reformatting, followed by an approval process at DTFPGís end, and then ordering and paying for a proof. If they plan to change it at all, theyíd have to do that all over again each time.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 10:02 PM
    If Keith Baker wrote it, itís official as far as Iím concerned.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 06:43 PM
    There's a range of different campaign management tools available; some free, some not so. RPG Encounters is a free web app designed to work with and sync between all your devices. I hadn't heard of it before, but the creator sent me a hand-written letter to tell me about it, so I could hardly not take a look! The app currently works with four game systems: D&D 5E, Savage Worlds, Stars...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 06:33 PM
    You can, yes.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:23 PM
    True, though I expect you'll find there's some aspects that are, while not ubiquitous, are very common. There are styles that exist through large swaths of the gaming community that most of us an recognize. The argument arises because media consumption sets expectations. And if you have your expectations set by behavior that actually has different goals than the folks at your table, that's a...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:18 PM
    Keith Baker, Eberron's original creator, and other authors have teamed up for a new 164-page PDF Eberron supplement, following up on last year's Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron. It's available for $14.95 on the DM's Guild. Along with Eberron's creator Keith Baker, this supplement features writers Ruty Rutenberg, Greg Marks, Shawn Merwin, and Derek Nekritz, It contains new archetypes...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:10 PM
    Keith Baker, Eberron's original creator, and other authors have teamed up for a new 164-page PDF Eberron supplement, following up on last year's Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron. It's available for $14.95 on the DM's Guild. Along with Eberron's creator Keith Baker, this supplement features writers Ruty Rutenberg, Greg Marks, Shawn Merwin, and Derek Nekritz, It contains new archetypes...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:01 PM
    Thanks Steven! Super useful - exactly what I was hoping for. :)
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 11:49 AM
    Forbes has done a few D&D articles over the last few years. If you google ďForbes D&DĒ youíll find loads of them. This hobby is mainstream now!
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 04:03 AM
    or a child needed to get to a hospital quick from the doctor's office
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:16 AM
    That chopper looks to have the markings of a children's hospital on the side. That does not bode well.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:47 AM
    Itís almost like he said that...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:55 PM
    Folks, you can decide what you like, but donít accept work at 1c/w.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:02 PM
    no on the dice, but I heard that Cthulhu had to make a sanity check when he encountered Chuck Norris
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 10:44 PM
    There was a time, way back when, that the group I played with did declarations. But, that was back in 1e, and quite frankly, too many times for both PC and NPC that led to nonsensical dud actions. Most games these days don't have declaration like that as part of their design these days.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 10:13 PM
    Itís a different game, but my WOIN system allows for REP (reputation) to be awarded as a reward.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 09:59 PM
    I would not advise any new writer to accept less than 3c/w. And thatís really basement rate pay. Accepting less than that normalises it. Editing is a separate job, paid similarly per word. And yes, payment upon acceptance is appropriate. Good call on that! :)
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 09:02 PM
    Just build a large starship without engines?
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:57 PM
    After a long illness, Larry DiTillio passed on March 16th at the age of 76. There's a good chance that DiTillio was a part of your childhood or your later geeky years and not even know it. While gamers will remember him as the writer for the Origins award-winning Masks of Nyarlathotep or T&T's The Isle of Darksmoke, he also wrote for Fat Albert, two He-Man shows, She-Ra (which he created), Beast...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:51 PM
    Well thatís for you to decide. I can tell you what I did ó I supported the d20 STL and the GSL for about 15 years give or take, but I went with the plain OGL this time around. Third time lucky. But whatís right for me isnít necessarily whatís right for anybody else. Also, I use tools like Kickstarter and Patreon.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:02 PM
    No, I think there are some techniques and acting practices that these professionals have and use that do not exist at most tables. Saying there's no fundamental difference here is kind of like saying that there's no fundamental difference between what comes out of a good restaurant kitchen, and what comes out of the kitchen of a bachelor grad student. Different ingredients, different...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:51 PM
    If you publish on DMsG, you grant a perpetual license to others, including WotC, to use your work. Artwork, I believe, is excepted. While this doesnít transfer the copyright, you are also prevented from publishing the work elsewhere. In addition, you pay 50% royalties. In exchange, you get access to some of WotCís settings and other IP, including art assets. If you want to publish in the...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:53 AM
    I have just uploaded O.L.D. v1.2 Playtest Version to the downloads area. This is the near-final version of OLD v1.2. It's here for proofreading purposes. Please take a look and report any errata in below. In particular, we're looking for legacy v1.1 references, but also any other errors you might spot. There are many changes throughout, including but not limited to: Some races have changed,...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 01:54 AM
    The GM should always be free to say that something doesnít apply. That said, think of it like comic books - people die all the time only to come back later. The only limit is a (semi) plausible reason. For the other question, itís not really the number of exploits which makes something powerful. It how they combine. A thousand abilities gives a PC lots of versatility throughout any encounters...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:44 AM
    Iíve played a lot of D&D games with a lot of different groups. They were all different. I have no idea what the real D&D experience is supposed to be.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:38 AM
    One cent a word?
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:19 AM
    Itís a trivial enough thing that itís not worth worrying about unless itís really bothering you. Sometimes being right is the least important thing at hand.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:33 PM
    Well, OK. I think he was just asking for some volunteer DMs. :)
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Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 04:48 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Of Balrogs & Ents: Warhammer ďMass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying GameĒ
    This one has a bit of history. My first ever tabletop RPG. I lost it years ago, but a few years back my friend darjr gave me a copy of it, and itís been a treasure since. Note the 1983 references to Balrogs - it wasnít just D&D that had hobbits and ents and stuff early on! I love that itís a ďmass combat fantasy roleplaying gameĒ. 105084 105085 105086 105087 105088

Friday, 4th January, 2019


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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 12:13 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post HOURLY RPG news !
    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?

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 09:27 PM - Lanefan mentioned darjr in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    But before we go much further into the details, remember that this is a multi-national discussion, run from Canada, and the rulings of courts in the USA are not everyone's context. Nitpick: unless Southampton somehow recently underwent a very significant relocation, this is actually run from the UK. Which does raise an interesting question: it'd be interesting to see a breakdown of what countries ENWorlders are from. It's pretty obvious the large majority are from the US, but after that...? darjr , got any stats on this? And it's relevant not just for quasi-political discussions like this. In quite a few gaming discussions recently I've been noticing* significant trends by area or region, one example being that tables in the UK seem to use minis/grids much less than tables in North America. * - though this may simply be a badly-failed perception and-or interpretation check on my part... :) Lanefan

Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:47 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it isnít too long. I wonít be able to respond to messages or emails for now. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Dannyalcatraz are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, AngusA for publishing stuff, Christopher Helton for articles stuff. For news scoops, please use the ENW news address: news@enworldnews to be sure the columnists will see it! Thanks guys.

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018


Friday, 30th March, 2018

  • 08:57 PM - Quickleaf mentioned darjr in post Printing maps - how to do this affordably & with minimum headache?
    Thanks for the tip darjr! I always assumed large format printers were in the $1000-$4000 range (like what MNblockhead uses) and too big for the cottage I rent, but I'll have to check out my options on ebay and craigslist more closely if some sell for just $100. While I appreciate how convenient a screen + VTT setup is, I'm not the one hosting games, the place I rent probably isn't well-suited, and that's a larger investment of time and money than I'm looking for right now. Maybe down the road. So I looked over this one map, counting the squares... http://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/dragon/TOA_Level1UN.jpg ...and *think* printing it at 1-square = 1" scale would meant printing it on a 36" (3 ft) high x 54" (4.5 ft) wide sheet. Unfortunately, exceeding 48" (4 ft) dramatically bumps up the prince on the various online printing shops I'm looking at (www.vivyx.com and www.vistaprint.com) and also gets unwieldy for the table we play at (my largest wet-erase mat is 34.5" x 48", and that *barely* fits). S...

Monday, 12th March, 2018

  • 11:46 PM - Mistwell mentioned darjr in post Mike Mearls Happy Fun Hour: The Warlord
    What do you like about the Warlord? (And, for clarity, first, what do you mean by 'the Warlord?' the 4e Class? the general concept? John Carter? Travis Morgan? a specific Afghani Kahn? ... Terry Scott Szopinski?) I really liked the 4e class. I don't think it translates great in all respects to 5e but some core features can. I just prefer it as a subclass of one of: Fighter, Paladin, or Bard. I don't really think it brings enough to the table for a full class, for me at least. I can see why others do want a full class, but was trying to work towards outlining a subclass that some meaningful portion of Warlord fans might like. darjr earlier had asked if there was a 3rd party Warlord people liked, and I mentioned that on DMs Guild there did seem to be one, and it was a Fighter subclass. And that's when Ehren when on the attack, all irked that I wanted something different than he wanted. Which is not the first time he's done that here.

Sunday, 25th February, 2018

  • 02:06 AM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Page Links in List of Threads are Gone in New Design
    I assume the answer is yes, but have you also done some analysis of the database workload and performance? A good analyst can do great things with partitioning, indexes, and table-specific tuning. Your assumption is correct. You can thank darjr for some wonderful work behind the scenes.

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Sunday, 18th June, 2017

  • 07:05 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post What's Next For D&D? Live From Origins - D&D Beyond
    Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% excited about DDB, I just found this a little more than annoying. Yeah, to repeat darjr... why? WotC has produced several written pronunciation guides over the years (one written by Frank Mentzer). Why is having a professional voice actor read them a problem?

Saturday, 3rd June, 2017


Friday, 2nd June, 2017

  • 04:40 PM - DEFCON 1 mentioned darjr in post Encounter Roleplay interview of Chris Perkins on the eve of Stream of Annihilation
    It's a trick answer? darjr might be saying it's a "trick answer" because we're probably all thinking of the "new reboot" style APs that we get in the fall... whereas there's a good chance that the next book in the spring of 2018 will just be another Yawning Portal type book, in which any one of those modules could be reprinted. So seeing the "Isle of Dread" come back for example would not be nearly as interesting if its just reprinted in the spring book of old modules than it'd be if there was a whole new storyline based around the premise of Isle of Dread (without it actually being an IoD adventure.)

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Thursday, 13th April, 2017

  • 06:06 PM - DEFCON 1 mentioned darjr in post Mike Mearls interview - states that they may be getting off of the 2 AP/year train.
    An argument you disagree with isn't objectively "flawed",e specially when you are arguing with strawmans instead of the true opinions of people. It is an objective fact that none of us play in the official canon timeline of the Forgotten Realms, because none of what happens in our campaigns actually appears as part of the history going forward. The timeline will never have what happens in our campaigns in their timeline. Now you can claim that this is a [overdone cliche] -- er, I'm sorry-- I meant "strawman"... and will say "I'm not arguing this!"... and that's fine. If this isn't what you are arguing, then my making the comment shouldn't matter to you in the least. IF you'd have said "don't spend your time on a book I'm not interested in", I'd be cool with that. Every one of us want books we're interested in. But please, don't try to show your personal taste as some objectively true philosophy of what should and shouldn't be done! As darjr pointed out, I did in fact do what you requested-- I stated my personal opinion that a 5E campaign setting book is a waste of WotC's time, energy, and money. And my reason for it was because it did not solve the issue what it certainly seemed to me to be the reason to make it, given by those that wanted it-- --they needed to know what was current in the timeline in order to play in the timeline. (Which *is* a flawed argument, because as I pointed out above, it is an objective fact that none of us actually play in the official timeline.) Now... if this is in fact NOT the reason any of you on the pro-side for a 5E FRCS are giving as to why WotC should make said book... then I have misunderstood your reasoning. Perhaps none of you actually HAVE a reason to give why WotC should make the book. I admit that is entirely possible. You might just want the book because you want what you want... but have no good explanation or reasoning as to why WotC should listen to your request. ...


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Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

  • 04:15 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    Those code names are not completely obscure. There is a relationship. The more estimable the offender, the greater the torment. ~Voltaire Yeah, but I haven't seen anybody make the connection before the actual product announcement in 5 years. They are good at making obscure references that deflect. Though if I had to guess, urbane and philosophical suggests Planescape. But we are already talking Planescape, so hello confirmation bias. :)
  • 07:15 AM - Staffan quoted darjr in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    Does Voltaire ring any bells? Well, he's in this video (lyrics somewhat NSFW)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N_RO-jL-90
  • 06:14 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted darjr in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    Does Voltaire ring any bells? Hmm, Voltaire was an 18th century French philosopher, well known for his novel Candide and his quote that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.. Candide, with some fantasy tweaks, could make for an interesting basis for a campaign, but I doubt they would build a whole setting around it! I've always thought that the main areas of the Greyhawk setting were loosely based on the era that the Holy Roman Empire was decaying - an empire in name (the Great Kingdom), but all the counties, duchies, kingdoms, and city states are all now de facto independent. But again, that's a stretch. Going back to Planescape though - perhaps it's a reference to the famous "philosophers with clubs" quote that describes the Factions?

Friday, 15th March, 2019

  • 10:26 PM - Birmy quoted darjr in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    @Birmy See this if you didnít. Join us!!!! https://www.facebook.com/647634643/posts/10157392160854644?sfns=mo Ah, I see, my old foe, Facebook! No wonder I didn't know. I seem to remember Omaha being well-represented at last year's GHC (hell, you and I probably interacted at some point). I'm all signed up now (again), at any rate.
  • 10:06 PM - Birmy quoted darjr in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    Iím going and running. Who else is going? Want to do a meetup? Want to be among the first to run official content in this setting? I wish I knew what it is. I DMed AL at last year's Gamehole Con, but this is the first I'm hearing about this. Should I have gotten an email?

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

  • 08:28 PM - lkj quoted darjr in post DnD Beyond is having quite a sale
    They have said it would. But it seems I have needed to download them a few times. Iím not entirely clear why, sometimes it was an app update. Though I realize now that was the Beta Actually, the app is still in beta. I'm not sure why they don't make that clearer in the app description. But they are clear about it on their boards and in their developer updates. I have speculated it has to do with being in the app store and the play store. Maybe they technically aren't allowed to have a fully available app that is in beta mode or something? I don't know. AD

Monday, 25th February, 2019

  • 02:33 PM - Doc_Klueless quoted darjr in post DnD Beyond is having quite a sale
    I LOVE D&D Beyond.Me, too. I do worry about losing access, especially with their current owners. However I'm getting a ton of use out of it.I've downloaded all the content into my Kindle with their app. So I'm wondering if it'll stay on the off chance that DND Beyond goes down. Hrm.

Friday, 1st February, 2019

  • 05:59 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted darjr in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    Lots and lots. Not gonna lie, I don't want to count them. I was actually surprised to find that I had that many hard copy books. Most of them fit on a 7ft x 4ft bookcase, so it didn't seem like that many. I'm tempted to see how many electronic RPG books I have, but I'm slightly scared to know the number. It would definitely be a lot more than the number of hard copy books I have.

Sunday, 16th December, 2018

  • 07:02 PM - MwaO quoted darjr in post Get WotC 4e's Online Character Builder to work or get a sub
    I'm floored that they keep this going. I might have to try it just to see. Can new accounts be made? How much does it cost? Yes, new accounts can be made and the link is in the first post. It costs about $75/year or $10/month. The $10/month subscription for a month lets you download every single Dragon/Dungeon magazine from 4e, so that's a great value for a month if for no other reason.

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Saturday, 10th November, 2018

  • 05:08 AM - Turgenev quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dungeon Of The Mad Mage Preview Roundup!
    I love these maps! There are 23 more in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage book. Speaking of the same map style, every Friday I put up a new freebie map (with a commercial option as well) on my website: http://paratime.ca/friday.html

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 01:35 AM - Warmaster Horus quoted darjr in post [AL] Are Season 8's New Rules an Improvement?
    I love the changes, in large part because I can really just run along and not railroad the players, I could do that before but these rules help me do that. I have to agree with this. Moving from xp to advancement points is a good thing for AL. I think it's a powerful tool in enabling the DM and players to explore many kinds of resolutions to a scenario beyond fighting.

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 06:59 PM - ad_hoc quoted darjr in post WotC President Chris Cocks Talks Magic and D&D
    Could be, but I think the number of players at conventions is a smaller part of the number that want to go. So large player numbers swells the ranks of convention goers, AL included. I also think that itís significant that the other big conventions D&D ďgoes toĒ have a large AL turnout, like winter fantasy and origins. But I do suspect AL is a fraction of the larger player base. I wish I knew how much. Maybe WoTC does? Yeah, it's hard to talk about without numbers. We know about conventions. Gen Con is 60 000. Most of those aren't playing D&D there. The active 5e player count in NA is 12-15 million. If I had to make a guess it would be that AL includes 3-5% of the 5e player base. But then, I don't have the numbers.
  • 03:30 AM - ad_hoc quoted darjr in post WotC President Chris Cocks Talks Magic and D&D
    Donít know the numbers but AL matters. The largest collection of AL games in a single weekend is happening at GameHoleCon and look at the guest list. https://www.gameholecon.com/guests We should make a distinction between advertising and player counts. Conventions provide what I think would be some cheap advertising. As far as player base though, they don't matter. If every player stopped playing at conventions the dip in the player base would not be significant enough to be noticed. Similarly, I bet a dip in the popularity of AL (if there is such a thing) has such a minuscule impact on the player base (and growth of) to not matter.

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 04:50 PM - TerraDave quoted darjr in post WotC President Chris Cocks Talks Magic and D&D
    Itís also core book sales. The PHB is STILL in the top 100 of ALL books sold on Amazon. You know I know that! They have held high, but is that growth? I guess there could be overall sales growth on Amazon... But since you brought it up MM 173 DMG 193 XGtE 411 MToF 788 DM Screen 706 VGtM 1052 AND Art & Arcana 85 Art & Arcana Dílx 164 Dragon Heist 619 Its core books, but not just core books.

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