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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 isn’t too long. I won’t 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.)

Saturday, 27th May, 2017


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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Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

  • 04:11 PM - jhilahd quoted darjr in post "DnDSports": Competitive Play With Prizes
    I started playing in 1980. My very first game I was DM. And I remember competitive play, in fact some of my very first adventures had instructions for doing just that. But you were judged(usually) based on the amount of time it took you to complete the dungeon, what tasks you fulfilled/didn't fulfill(i.e. puzzles and traps). This seems more like a dungeon crawl with PVP elements not like the old school tournament modules where you competed to move on to the next chapter of the adventure. If it's that way, it'll start to incur the dread meta builds akin to alot of MOBA games. Where you only play this healer because X, and only take this spell because of Y. Forget narrative play. I don't know. Not sounding too great at the moment. But what do I know. Heck, I ran a game for the RPGA back in the early 90's where only 2 of the 6 man team I DM'd through the module provided made it on to the next round. And they had a blast, but it was limited RP and the end result was a group vote on p...

Friday, 21st September, 2018

  • 10:20 PM - LordEntrails quoted darjr in post …Wait till you see Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (Spelljammer?)
    This makes it look like this is more of an adventure through Undermountain rather than a complete guidebook on it (which I didn't think could be done in a single book anyway). This makes me a bit less excited about it, honestly. Still excited, but less so. I guess I'll have to collate all the previous material myself to have a complete conversion of the entire Undermountain. Yes, DotMM won't be exhaustive. A single book can't detail it. It's in the neighborhood of 4000-6000 unique locations. Even at 4 rooms per page that's over 1000 pages. This looks very promising and I can't wait to read thru it. @machineelf Maybe they offer a map of the Undermountain level and a short adventure to run in it? Nope. They will offer partial maps of all 23 levels. According to comments on the SoME, they will be leaving much of each level unmapped. Well, Undermountain is 8 or 9 main levels, and multiple sub-levels. It's HUGE. I thought they had made the claim that this book would cover all of the levels...

Sunday, 16th September, 2018


Saturday, 15th September, 2018

  • 02:36 AM - Oofta quoted darjr in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    Back to real data. Is that allowed? I thought this thread was about random tidbits of information posited as facts with just a hint corporate malfeasance. :confused: But it is good that Waterdeep mod is selling well, I'd be curious to see what Ravnica does. Of the two, I'm looking forward to playing/running the former because it sounds like a solid city espionage campaign that I can adopt to my own campaign world. The latter? Meh. Feels more like a chance to cash in on MTG, but I'll still check out the reviews.

Friday, 14th September, 2018

  • 10:02 PM - GreyLord quoted darjr in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    Again with the “trust me but I won’t tell you why” baloney. What is it about Nathan? You’ve already called him a criminal and a lier. I bet if you state exactly why, you’d kill your already flagging credibility. ???? I haven't responded to you because I don't care about your accusations typically. I really don't care what you have to say in regards to those acusations, you haven't said anything useful to me at all thus far. I would like to say though, that I have not called him a criminal OR a liar once I learned that he was the source of all your information. I do NOT consider him as such. I have NEVER CLAIMED such. Please do not claim I stated things that I have NOT stated. I think what he said MAY have been misinterpreted by many here, and he was talking something entirely different then what people assume when he was talking about players (meaning he was not talking about active players). What I DID say is that I'm going to wait and see what comes out on the repor...

Thursday, 13th September, 2018


Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

  • 03:48 PM - Sir Brennen quoted darjr in post The Fantasy Trip (TFT) Kickstarter is live!
    Note I think some of these are drawn by our very own Dyson Logos! Yep, the two premium playmats are done by Dyson. Great for showing off the Wizard and Melee games at conventions or game stores, or to just impress your regular gaming group.

Monday, 10th September, 2018

  • 09:50 PM - GlassJaw quoted darjr in post Tell me about AL Adventures
    I have my issues with season 4, and it isn't what you might think. However there are some of the VERY best AL adventures in season 4. Also, imho, some of the very worst. Can you point me to a good rundown of AL season 4? Or provide some more details on your thoughts? I'm very interested in pros and cons, things to watch out for, etc.
  • 03:05 PM - jasper quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    101256 Ok, where did you get the pdf, etc to print that? Also anyone have the pdf for dm and players map from the pull out.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018

  • 10:11 PM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    Huh, Dragon Heist as a sort of Phandelver option? Well that’s cool. Yeah, I was going to say this would make a great replacement for Lost Mines of Phandelver to use as an intro adventure, including for new players.
  • 06:29 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    Huh, Dragon Heist as a sort of Phandelver option? Well that’s cool. Other APs have had 1-5 material, but usually in a rush or saying "maybe start here after Lost Mines." But Dragon Heist is perfectly positioned to serve as an intro as well. More options.
  • 06:30 AM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    I love Dyson Logos map style. Especially printed out to one inc scale it is very nice. Aesthetics and utility with maps are a bit of a spectrum. It seems that I always see a lot of folks complaining about the beautiful Schley maps for previous books, maybe WotC is just responding to feedback.
  • 06:29 AM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    It occurred to me that waterdeep and the AL mods that go with it could be a part of the big gaps in several of the adventures released so far. For instance in the first two the players could spend some side time in waterdeep. Or in Storm Kings. Or Elemental Princes. That's really kinda neat. Oh, definitely: I could see starting with Dragon Heist, and transitioning to the back half of Hoard of the Dragon Queen, skipping the intro chapters and the caravan entirely...

Monday, 27th August, 2018


Friday, 24th August, 2018

  • 11:38 PM - LordEntrails quoted darjr in post Do You Play in AL?
    There's no "I wish" option. Would love if there was AL in Germany but there ain't :( This down below folks. You can play AL at home, you can play it online (at least on Fantasy Grounds, I assume Roll20 too), you can play it anywhere and everywhere. It was opened to non store play a while ago. I know several groups that play at home or other public or private or semi private places

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018


Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 11:03 PM - gyor quoted darjr in post Season 8 Changes (Adventurers League)
    And now season 8 will have an Eberron living campaign! https://twitter.com/onnatryx/status/1024376477012254720?s=21 I think this news deserves it's own thread.
  • 05:32 PM - TerraDave quoted darjr in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    RPGS: Are you sure it isn't both? Icv2 doesn’t talk to online retailers, though some of the brick and mortar sell online. I’d guess those are no where near amazon numbers. Those brick and mortar on sales are probably a tiny fraction of amazon numbers, but that’s just a guess. So it turns out those numbers include kickstarter, they may also include specialty online retailers. They may, may also include places like toystores, which are tracked for other games (ie pockemon). Kickstarter may account for a few million each year, though that seems to have been the case for a while now, some of the biggest RPG kickstarters were back in 2015 and 2016. Specialty online retail is probably important for smaller RPGs that you may not be able to get otherwise. I do wonder if they are able to track things like the starter set sold through Walmart. I don't think it includes Amazon or booksellers.

Monday, 30th July, 2018

  • 03:16 PM - Oofta quoted darjr in post Season 8 Changes (Adventurers League)
    Make suggestions, they are listening. Also not announcements are due. I think Fai Chen’s and dm rewards are changing a lot. It's a question of who to make suggestions to. The admin Greg Marks (Skerrit) suggested over in twitter thread I linked to before suggested calling customer support because their direction was coming from WOTC corporate. In fact, he was the one who suggested that you use treasure points to buy then sell heavy armor for gold. I think there are always going to be goofy things about a living campaign, it's kind of inevitable because we're using published mods instead of mods written specifically for AL. But a loophole that everyone can exploit but that you only know about if you happen to read the right thread is odd. It would be better if they just said "you can exchange ___ treasure points to get ___ GP for your PC", but apparently their hands are tied.


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