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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    Oh, this is simple - to get information that is relevant to the present. I mean, you can do this with a postcognition spell too, but if you are there, and can interact, but nothing will change, you can probably get more information. Imagine you are tasked with catching a murderer. Go back in time to the last known murder, watch, and *tada!* you get to see who did it. Come back to the...
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    I'm moving into the next phase of my transformation from Lawyer to Grocery Clerk -- I'm in the process of Petitioning the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Practice to change my status as an attorney from Active to Inactive. There is no joy in Mudville.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Heh! Lately, I've been more of a Sleepy. Thanksh for the vote of confidensh. *HIC*
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    In our first 'real' episode we take a look at the two upcoming official D&D adventures - Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and Dungeon of the Mad Mage. We cover the weekly RPG news, including the Diana Jones Award nominees and the Origins Award winners, play our favourite game in all the world, "Guess The Kickstarter From Just The Title", talk a little about Free RPG Day, answer your GM Advice queries,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    To me, the essence of 4e is really the structure of character powers, and the universal application of that structure to *all* characters.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    To be clear - nobody has ever done this, so what happens when you do it is fiction, and we get to choose. For example, Mr. Bowman, above, says that if you travel in time, you *cannot* end in a state that removes the reason you traveled back in time. That's *his* restriction. He feels that's the appropriate logic. But that's a choice for metaphysics in his world. It isn't the most common...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    With respect, I don't get at all what you are saying here. In Dread, success is not inevitable. Neither is failure. In that, I'm deviating form your OP, which posits that we consider that success is inevitable. In Dread, the inevitable thing is the fall of the tower. Death happens when the tower falls. Death does not postpone the fall - the player does not say, "rather than pull this...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:35 PM
    Yes, you need a fairly decent LOG score to get honours on a bachelor degree. Those builder exploits aren't so much designed for creating a science scanner, as being in a locked cell and using parts of the bed and the light fixture tome a crude communicator (30) or maybe a melee weapon like an axe, sword, etc. It would take a very skilled person to make a blaster out of the light fixture, but...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    I agree with Morrus - if the another discussion thread is really very recent, we might merge the two. But in general, do what you want. I will note that not all recognition of duplication or necromancy are chastisements. If you come in and say, "I am interested in Giant Chickens!" pointing you to a recent thread on Giant Chickens is giving you information. It may get you at much of what...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 AM
    Pain. Possibly death. Have you ever played Dread? It works on the premise of delaying the inevitable - but the inevitable thing isn't success, but dramatic failure. In Dread you have a tower of Jenga blocks. If you need to determine if something is successful, rather than roll a die, you pull a block and put it on top, just like you were playing Jenga. If the tower falls, bad things...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:50 AM
    That's right, Radaceus, I fumbled on rolling the die. I wonder what the fumbble effect is .. .. .. .. ..
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 10:51 PM
    naw, he'd be swilling whiskey
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    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 10:48 PM
    looks like itts working now
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 08:15 PM
    In the latest Pathfinder 2nd Edition news, we get a look at the monk! This is quite a long entry, with details on class features, class feats, fighting styles, and ki.
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    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 06:57 PM
    There's a Disneyland in Paris??? Will wonders never cease? Is their "Grumpy" a wine-swilling, horny little dude, or is that "Happy?"
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 05:27 PM
    No, only the hardcovers are v1.2.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 03:37 PM
    Here's my thought on the topic: it's like entering a room and starting a conversation with some folks, and then having a third person walk up to you all and demand that you stop having that conversation because *they* had that conversation with somebody yesterday. If somebody is having a conversation you've already had, or are bored of, or whatever, then just move on and have a different...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 09:47 AM
    Zardnaar, I am very sorry for you.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 09:41 AM
    Expanding the Gemini character class (from EN5ider #207), Mike Myler presents two new Balances - the Atavist, who is divided between the past and future; and the Equalist, consumed by the pursuit of balance. Illustrated by Indi Martin. Available only on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 08:27 AM
    Youíve pretty much nailed it - as a keyword system, if it makes sense, the itís valid. But the GM gets a veto, of course. Re. the second question, you have to do the career steps in order - attributes, skills, then exploit. The doubling up rule only applies to the second step.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 04:39 AM
    My players. I'll be honest - I am not enamored of my campaign ideas. They are serviceable, but nobody would look at them and go, "OMG! That's the coolest thing ever!" To be honest, I don't really *want* to create such a beast, because a super-duper-cool campaign idea is... like an NPC that is higher level than the PCs. It outshines the PCs. It structures the game, and confines the PCs to...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 01:22 AM
    Hmm. It's a tough call, as I enjoy creating items specifically for a given player or campaign. I think one of the most impactful was a wand that randomly granted a benefit--maybe the spell was cast at a higher level, or there was a penalty to the save, or whatever--but one of the random options was that it could wind up functioning as a wand of wonder. And I didn't limit myself to the table in...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th June, 2018, 12:16 AM
    Never having played the BG games (yeah, I know), what was the difference?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 09:02 PM
    Harsh.
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    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 08:03 PM
    Only read the title, eh?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 03:37 AM
    That's the most obvious. The *easiest* would probably be sabotage. Say, to go back well before this trip, and sabotage the drive shaft or some other part, so that the ship needs to be in dry dock or falls dead in the water on its way. Or, in the present you find a copy of the ship's orders, and you forge new ones, that send it elsewhere. Or... one of any number of things that are well within...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 02:37 AM
    Whereas I preferred it when the two of them were just a high-powered Duke of Hell and a high-powered demon lord, and neither were proper deities. (And yes, I know it's kind of splitting hairs, since some Dukes and demon lords were effectively gods, but still.) But then, I also preferred Tiamat, Bahamut, and Vecna as ancient, powerful, and mythic beings but not remotely gods. I think it makes...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 03:35 PM
    So, basically, if you dare to travel in time, your world will suck forever. Time travel is a trap, allowed by the GM, but which no player would ever want to do - and players cannot know the trap, because the information gets lost in timeline revisions and the attendant memory changes. Similarly, they cannot leave the trap, because the information on what they changed gets lost, so they cannot...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 03:25 PM
    Another approach is to let it be easy... but not let it be easy to get desired (or even good) consequences. For example, if Lincoln doesn't die, he doesn't become a martyr. It is by no means a sure thing that the process of putting the nation back together again goes well under Lincoln. Similar for Kennedy. What if, alive, he massively screws something up in relations with the Russians? ...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 12:00 PM
    Greetings lurker-Vanik.Welcome to the warmth of En-World, please come in from the cold of nether-space and enjoy milk and cake on the table in the corner. Sincerely, the automated welcome bot of En World.
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 10:12 AM
    Let's not pretend that elementary school kids haven't already received enormous amounts of cultural conditioning where gender is concerned. Every well-meaning relative who buys pink and frilly clothes for girls vs. little sports jerseys for boys; every cartoon modeled toward one or the other; every commercial for toys; the existence of gender-specific toys; every comment from passing adults...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 03:37 AM
    "Yeah, it was when I realized the dwarf was so dense he was generating his own measurable gravity that I realize something might be a bit off..."
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 10:01 PM
    Oh, here's another that I've mentioned before. I had no idea how numbered maps worked. So when I tried to run a one-on-one game with a friend, using Keep on the Borderlands, I just gave him the map as a flavorful handout and had him encounter every area in the module in numerical order. Then I couldn't figure out why we both got bored with it. :o (Also I couldn't fathom why "glaive" was listed...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 09:59 PM
    I know a lot of us got into D&D--whatever edition--when we were pretty young. And I know that many of us, as kids, pretty foolishly misunderstood some fundamental aspect of the game. ;) I cut my teeth on the Red Box, which only had Lawful, Neutral, and Chaotic as alignments. So when I switched over to Advanced D&D, with its nine alignments, I somehow got it into my head that they were all a...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 09:05 PM
    If necessary, yes. Sometimes it's fun for heroes to wade through foes, too, though.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 02:55 PM
    Today is Free RPG Day! Free RPG Day was created in 2007, and enables gamers to play and pick up free tabletop roleplaying games at local game stores from publishers such as Paizo, Atlas Games, Steve Jackson Games, Goodman Games, Monte Cook Games, and more! want to find a participating retailer near you? Use this handy tool here! The list of participating publishers is: Atlas Games...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 02:23 PM
    There was a 2e series - "Complete Book of {Species}" that did have deities for each of the races in question. Note that Dragonborn and Tieflings did not exist at that time, so they didn't get books, and new deities for them come from somewhere else
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 11:58 AM
    Now that the second season has aired I do have to say that unfortunately only the later part of the season matches the first season in quality and content. The finale was pretty damn good, but it sure took a long and windy road to get there. It's obviously set for a third season, which is being made, and I hope that they keep the quality they've now reached instead of walking backwards again...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 10:38 AM
    Paizo gives us a glimpse at how conditions work in the upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition (which is now just a few weeks away from its Gen Con playtest launch!). Acclerated X -- increases speed by X Hampered X -- decreases speed by X
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 09:21 AM
    She mops the floor with either of them. But then, her CR is 4 higher than theirs. It takes a little bit longer than it otherwise might, due to their damage resistances/immunities, but barring an incredible stroke of luck, or some truly unwise decisions on her part, it's pretty close to a sure thing.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 04:39 AM
    Um, note that this is not factually correct. Rock-Paper-Scissors is a perfectly balanced game. It does happen to be exceedingly dull, such that we don't play it as a game, but use it as a randomization method, but the point is still made. Tic-Tac-Toe is a playable game, and perfectly balanced. It is also a solved game, such that no matter who starts, the game can *always* be forced into...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 04:03 AM
    Folks, Two people just got private moderation notes because they are getting rather heated. Whatever else is going on, remember that your are talking about pretending to be elves. People can certainly have opinions about how to pretend to be elves, but the activity is an entertainment, and not worth treating your fellow human beings badly over. We have enough problems in the real world that...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 09:46 PM
    You'd prefer he drank straight from the keg? You know if you do that, you aren't getting that keg back, right?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 09:44 PM
    Ha! If anyone has a time machine, it is gnomes. Good luck with that.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 08:15 PM
    Why does your bear need a mug?
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 08:04 PM
    While these are both true, there are two problems: 1) This isn't something that a lot of newer players know, and 2) Demogorgon being at a disadvantage (let alone not being superior) in a straight stat block match-up is a change from previous editions and existing lore. So I understand why it bothers some people, even if it's surmountable with relative ease. Heck, it bothers me, even...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 07:59 PM
    Well. That's... certainly a hole in my logic, and something I shouldn't have missed. Argle. I mean, Demogorgon isn't burning legendary actions on his gaze if Orcus is looking away that round, obviously, so he's getting another attack in, but... You're absolutely right that at those bonuses, advantage and disadvantage become pretty unimportant.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 01:35 PM
    ] The key there is *fighting in formation*. If you want to have a phalanx of halfling halberders, where each one has a variant of the Protection fighitng style, I thnk that would be awesome to behold. But, large, tight formatins are not the hallmark of adventuring parties - and te rules are optimized for adventurers. Wielding a super-long weapon when standing alone does seem like a career...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 09:21 AM
    So, I agree that Demogorgon's stat block is a bit weak for the Prince of Demons. (I'm particularly irked that he doesn't get two turns in a round, like he used to in some prior editions.) And the whole "summon 500 hp of undead once/day" thing throws everything out of whack. However, if Demogorgon can deal with those undead--perhaps with a horde of his own--things aren't so heavily weighted...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 03:50 AM
    Holy. Crap. Caliban, that's better and more interesting to me than the vast majority of published setting cosmologies. I want to see this in a book at some point, and there's every chance I may steal it wholesale for a home campaign at some point.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 03:02 AM
    The Stone slab is very nearly vertical, so close that you would need mason's tools to prove that it is not. No unusual or non-natural features are on the slab itself or the ground before it, other than some jumbled tacks that are too confused to follow. They head in no other particular direction, other than to the slab. Following them in the other direction is not possible after a very short...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 10:09 PM
    For immersion, I'll grant that. But for suspension of disbelief? Dude, the Monster Manual represents more violations of physical and biological reality than it has paragraphs of text. Dragonborn do not exist. You cannot wiggle your fingers and say a few words and make a 30' ball of fire leap form your hands. No GM is so good as to get you past that. You have to set aside how the real and...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 09:55 PM
    :eek: Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 07:22 PM
    So, thinking about this - suspension of disbelief is the willful setting aside of one's critical faculties. A decision to not think about a thing too hard, to overlook inconsistencies and plot holes, and a desire to be generally credulous about a thing. When I watch Star Trek, and I just overlook the fact that FTL travel is not possible, that's suspension of disbelief. I'd like to separate...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 05:56 PM
    Unless you are playing in a cyberpunk game, in which case this is totally okay! :)
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 06:29 AM
    Oh, it's all connected, absolutely. And hormones play a big part of it. My point, however, was that it's not all societal/cultural, or upbringing, or chromosomal, and certainly not all based on genitalia. That there are real, proven, scientific reasons for gender dysphoria and other potential* aspects of trans identity. *(I say "potential" because dysphoria, while exceedingly common, is not...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 11:59 PM
    We are talking about getting results similar to the show in an RPG - so we should then talk about the game-representations we can use for things. Well, if you can't think in new ways and directions, that'll get in your way here. My answer becomes, "if you think about your game differently, you can get these results." Well, perhaps we have different ideas of what Borg adaptability...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 09:00 PM
    People in military organizations typically use standard issue gear in the field, for several good reasons. In addition, it is already just about the best out there - narrative details vary, but in effect it doesn't matter too much if it is a Starfleet phaser, a Klingon (or Romulan, or Cardassian) disruptor. The target is usually down in one shot - dead or stunned, your choice. What's to...
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 08:04 PM
    There is a biological component to most aspects of identity, gender included. But it's in the brain, not the body. They've recently done tests--I forget precisely which tests, so I won't make a guess and risk obscuring my actual point--which show that the brains of trans individuals tend to work/behave much more like the gender with which they identify than the one they were assigned at birth....
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 05:59 PM
    It's here! In our pilot episode, we stumble around trying to find our feet, and somehow our sound engineer Darryl manages to find some useable content and turn it into a podcast! In this episode we discuss what caught our eyes this week, Morrus has a go on Pathfinder 2nd Edition at UK Games Expo, we play our world famous game "Guess what this Kickstarter is about by just hearing the title and...
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 03:04 PM
    Not quite sure what roll(s) to ask for. For now, let's go at it in a more narrative fashion. Just describe what your characters do, and we'll go from there. Be as specific as you can in describing the actions taken. No hinges are evident from this side of the door, obviously.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 12:49 PM
    Its a hallmark of many interesting stories.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 12:05 PM
    A machine culture, not specified as the Borg. I suspect the Borg suggestion is fan imaginings, wanting to tie everything up under a neat bow of known boxes.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 11:20 AM
    The Orr Group - the company behind the popular Roll20 virtual tabletop - has just released its Quarter 1 2018 user stats. D&D has increased its share yet again, with a 3% increase, with Pathfinder dropping by about 2%. Starfinder holds steady in 11th places and there's a big bump for Call of Cthulhu. The Q1 report was a bit late, so the Q2 report will be coming very soon, too. Here's...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 11:08 AM
    Iím sure I heard it read that it was the Borg who found it. It went through a wormhole or something.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 06:06 AM
    A Chronomancer may be able to travel through time, but that doesn't mean they don't have a home place and time at which they can usually be found. They can go out, travel in time to do something, and then return home. Time travel is their day job. Well, Kevin Kulp's Timewatch game has a mechanic for this, a variation of the Preparedness rules used in other GUMSHOE games. "Okay folks,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 05:46 AM
    In my current 5e game, I have two 13-year-olds for whom it is their first game, and I'd probably ask they not have multiple characters at one time. In general... this has not been a common thing at tables I run or play at for... 20 years or more? We did this back playing 1e. But since I went to college, this practice largely died away in my circles. Nobody would *ask* to run multiple...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 05:36 AM
    Trek characters don't generally accumulate loot, because material wealth is not meaningful in the context of their world. There's no need to buy anything most of the time. We should note that innovatiosn and discoveries are often forgotten between D&D adventures, too. A great many of the innovative applications of abilities a D&D player may come up with are one-shot solutions to one-shot...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 03:42 AM
    Reading this post, I will summarize - I think you are conflating "system" with "adventure". I think a great many systems will produce Trek-like play, if you feed it a Trek-like adventure. Note that I said that the players *didn't recognize* the scenario. They were not "all in" in that sense. From their point of view, they were playing teh adventure du jour. It played out like Trek,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 02:54 AM
    Remind us to stick you in the game with time travelling gnomes!
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 02:52 AM
    If I recall correctly, they are searching for each other, and they both know they searching for each other. Under those conditions, you don't head off in a straight line (that's an escape move). They are both generally circling and searching around their last known location, hoping to bump into each other.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 02:47 AM
    V'ger is not an impossible convergence. Voyager is *found* by a race/entity far more advanced than the Federation, which implies long-range sensors far more advanced than the Federation's. And then it is *sent* back to its origin. When there's a nigh godlike technological race out looking for stuff, no luck or convergence is required.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 12:01 AM
    I once made an entire table cry while playing a Call of Cthulhu one-shot game. The party realized that someone would have to be sacrificed to maintain safety of an entire town. I was playing a UU priest who made a compelling argument that she should be the one to go. My goodbyes to my wife brought tears to everyone. And then they buried me under a tree...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 09:38 PM
    You may be conflating/confusing the mechanic and resulting narrative. The mechanic gives a benefit. But, the overall check *may still fail*. That place where the guy helping made it worse is *within* that chance of failure. You can narrate it as "the two of you just aren't enough" or as "you almost had it, and then clueless here reversed the polarity of the neutron flow, and it gets...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 08:40 PM
    Coffee Talk is like Coffee Talk but more insufferable?
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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. ...

Tuesday, 11th April, 2017


Friday, 3rd February, 2017

  • 01:59 PM - Scott DeWar mentioned darjr in post Some notes on Spam Control & New Users
    From the Android ENWorld app I've noticed that a bunch of obvious spam had made the "trending" and seem to remain despite being removed. Any way to fix this? Lets add a mention to , um, GOT IT! Umbran, or should I have contacted darjr? Sent from my Nexus 6 using EN World mobile app Probably. For tech stuff, you generally want darjr or Morrus. Ok, let's do that then: darjr or Morrus.? Can this be a problem?

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

  • 01:22 AM - LordEntrails mentioned darjr in post New Digital Games Studio announced by the president of Wizards of the Coast
    I said it before, I have meant no hostility, in what I have posted before and what I'm posting now. @Morrus, I also have no problems with books, I thought my exchange with @darjr around post #98 of this thread made that clear. @Staffan, I see no point in discussing theft as a legitimate business option. A consideration, yes, an option, no. @Charles Rampant, I'm not bent out of shape. I'm amused. As Myrddin points out, most of what you ask for is already available. As I pointed out earlier, I find it amusing that people continually make the same complaints yet refuse to acknowledge that options other than what they have envisioned are available. Or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe your ideas of a companion app are something new and revolutionary, but what has been described in this thread fails to describe something new and revolutionary in my understanding. I find discussions on ENWorld interesting. One aspect of that is that people seem to assume hostility here rather than interest or critical consideration.

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Friday, 8th June, 2018

  • 09:46 AM - Bagpuss quoted darjr in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    Here are the top 10 geo for an unspecified time frame. 98212 I compared these with actual population of the countries. USA 0.043% Canada 0.054% UK 0.028% Australia 0.04% New Zealand 0.038% The percentages are small and significantly smaller for non English speaking ones, as you would expect. For example Brazil is 0.003% Wonder why the UK is so much smaller? From my personal accadotal experience, the UK doesn't seem to be as focused on D&D as the USA appears to be. Many RPG Cons I've seen in the UK have no D&D run at all for example, is that the same in the US?

Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 02:27 AM - vincegetorix quoted darjr in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    And there is a new sticker set! Anything new in it? https://twitter.com/charlie_l_hall/status/995041788741201921?s=21 97416 ďItís pronounced GIFF not GIFFĒ 97417 Is there a way to get those sticker sets or are they restricted to specifics stores or conventions? My players would like to receive a little sticker if they do well on game night.
  • 12:56 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted darjr in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    And there is a new sticker set! Anything new in it? Yep, the Archdevil Titivilus (who is Dispater's right-hand devil), and that apparently enhanced Neogi. The clockwork creatures we knew about, although I don't think we've seen the two pictured here (the Stone Defender, and the frog one in the upper corner). The Spring Eladrin hasn't been mentioned specifically before, but is hardly a surprise; and the Phoenix hadn't technically been confirmed, although Mearls had jokingly all but stated it would be in the book (he said they would take it out of the book, and the next day it would be right back in and the office mysteriously burned around it).

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018

  • 04:19 PM - Imaculata quoted darjr in post D&D To Introduce Loot Boxes
    Maybe it means there needs to be a ENWorld crate?:) It would probably just be filled with long rants about sandbox campaigns and world building.

Monday, 30th April, 2018


Friday, 27th April, 2018

  • 12:14 AM - ehren37 quoted darjr in post Sibriex stats and art!
    Do you really consider exploiting what you know about the PCs to be completely wrong? I mean arenít you already adjusting things based on their level? I mean it shouldnít be a contest and a DM shouldnít try to win, but a smart bad guy would try and figure out things and case the players, through Sherlock like intellect sometimes. I canít do that, but as DM we can simulate that, because we already know things. What level do you assume this is solo for? Higher than 13 or so heís probably not boss fight but a lackey. Still I do say he needs support. Probably exhausted drained PCs at the end of the day and terrain and even lackeys. There's a huge gulf between what you CAN do roleplaying a smart, evil enemy, and what you SHOULD do. For example, the PC's in my campaign are enemies with a sect of Norgorber (god of murder/secrets). No one is vigilant at all times. Should I just state "hey, during your downtime, you were ambushed by 6 assassins while alone and killed"? We could play it out, ...

Wednesday, 25th April, 2018

  • 08:17 PM - The Big BZ quoted darjr in post DDAL Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes material?
    When they initially come out the WPN stores get them first. I donít know if the AL admins can get them for you but I suspect not. I do know that the email they are sent with insists that each store that runs it must get it via this process, at least until itís released from other sources. When the stores I run for get it Iíll probably post about it at ENWorld Great, thanks a lot
  • 07:58 PM - ehren37 quoted darjr in post Sibriex stats and art!
    But you are. You know all their strengths and weaknesses and dreams and nightmares and plans. Is this really such a problem? I guess so. For me it isnít really. And the feedback I get lately is all the many tpks. Especially in Tomb. Heís not meant to be the tetherball set, throw those in, around and in front of him. Without it coming across as petty, metagaming or cheating? Yeah. You get a pretty slim margin of error on something like Strahd. He dies when the party connects with him. If they had included narrative rules that reversed the party's plans, negated their actions etc (basically a free form wish) sure. But much like that 66hp Lolth in Queen of the Demonweb Pits, all that goes out the window the moment someone has a readied action or beats your initiative. Basically I run any major encounter on "hand wavium" and hope my party doesnt notice or care.
  • 07:43 PM - The Big BZ quoted darjr in post DDAL Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes material?
    There was a release event mod for xanathars and Volos. From the grapevine there may be one for Mordenkainens. This is what Iím after: A. Does anyone know anything more about the release? B. Can anyone remember how those releases functioned?
  • 07:18 PM - ehren37 quoted darjr in post Sibriex stats and art!
    Yea, that was a simple bug hunt. After all, they fell like flies. Meat for the grinder. How many space marines survived? The bug hunt meant it was an irritating series of hit and run fights. Which arent fun, but more or less what 5E monster design points toward. Plus it's not like I'm magically smarter than 5 of my friends combined after I've been mentally drained from running all night just because the monster has a 20 in it's Int stat block.

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

  • 06:27 PM - CapnZapp quoted darjr in post Hidden
  • 05:31 PM - Dausuul quoted darjr in post Sibriex stats and art!
    Emiís Sibriex from the dome of foes was posted by Mr Stewart! Two obyriths enter! One obyrith leaves! Two obyriths enter! One obyrith leaves!
  • 09:27 AM - CapnZapp quoted darjr in post Sibriex stats and art!
    Hi, I'm Sibriex, I'm super intelligent, run me so.Sigh. Yet another "designers don't need to make monsters beefy, all they need to do is up their INT which makes it totally okay to offload the entire task of making the monster work onto the DM" No. Just no. A high INT is no magic wand that excuses anemic monster design elsewhere. The stats is what makes its CR. If high-level heroes rip through the monster in a single round that CR should be relatively low. End of story.

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Friday, 20th April, 2018

  • 11:48 PM - Erechel quoted darjr in post Archdevil Moloch (Mordenkainen's tome of foes preview from Dragon+)
    Erechel I donít think CR is supposed to work that way. Matched to level. 96676That is an unearthed arcana. It wasn't the premise of the DMG. A level 20 creature would have to be an even fight for a level 20 group of four. I know that it is actually an easy fight (the XP doesn't match the Average level fight) but a level 21 should be at least difficult. If not, why bother with CR?
  • 06:14 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted darjr in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    Roll20 has it for preorder and there is some info. I donít know if any of it is new. https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/compendiumexpansion/4/mordenkainens-tome-of-foesThe "over 230 new monsters" is new, we had assumed only 100 or so from the previous "dozens of monsters" in the blurbs. That's a significantly larger than expected amount of stat blocks!
  • 03:37 AM - dave2008 quoted darjr in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    OK folks just stop it, please. Will do!


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