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    Today, 02:49 AM
    It does use preorder numbers. However that huge drop is because WotC didnít know how popular it was going to be and were caught by surprise and had to emergency print more. That dip is due to lack of supply.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 AM
    So, cheating in your game consists of sneaking Cheerios and bits of carrot back behind the DM's screen when you aren't looking?
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Here is the sales rank graph from Camel camel camel http://camelcamelcamel.com as of today. https://camelcamelcamel.com/Players-Handbook-Dungeons-Dragons-Wizards/product/0786965606?active=sales_rank
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    Most of us use dice of plastic, metal, stone, or wood - insensate materials. What the heck are you using for dice, that they can itch? Hamsters, with numbers painted on, or something?
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    Yesterday, 06:01 PM
    hmm, there seems to be something odd about the math there.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:26 AM
    I think it works. Like Rachel Weiss in The Mummy, crossed with the Hip Hippos from the Animaniacs... but on a Spelljamming vessel.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:34 AM
    The person wielding a primitive musket is throwing a bomb with the same abstract stats as that the DMG says is a fragmentation grenade. Does the Giff stat block say they throw "early 21st century Earth fragmentation grenades"? No? Then it isn't one. The base logic of "is has the same stats, so it *is* the same thing" is flawed in a game of fiction like this. A door with hardness 5 and 20...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:34 PM
    Pretty sure the bug is called ďGoogleĒ.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:32 PM
    Iíd argue that says more about your tactics than it does about the game rules.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 09:07 PM
    Thatís an awesome example of glass half empty! :) It looks like you will want to minimise attacks because attacking directly reduces the amount of movement you get. So combat looks to be a very dynamic affair with everybody running around until they accidentally run into a foe. In other words, both are true. You can do either. Itís what you choose to make of it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 08:46 PM
    Twitter would be good (#woinrpg). Streams are super good; thereís a couple out there. Reviews are great especially if not just on RPGNow. Fan sites and fan content is awesome. Articles are awesome.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 08:12 PM
    Yeah, the price is whatís holding me off. Thatís one expensive PDF!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 07:30 PM
    No. Only those discussion based on "sense" or "realism". And, when the game is neither sensical nor realistic, my point is valid. I mean, think about it - historical accuracy on space hippos? That's a problem? The fact that the DMG calls one renaissance and the other modern matters? If you have an issue of game balance, or other functional aspect of it in the game, my point does not hold....
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 07:21 PM
    Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein isn't the monster. Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is also a monster. Intelligence is knowing that Frankenstein's monster wanted to be called Adam. Trivia is knowing that the monster that Doctor Frankenstein created was never actually given an official name.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 04:45 PM
    Because the way OBS PoD works youíd then have to pay full price for both, whereas most publishers offer the pdf free with the PoD copy.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:52 PM
    Having noodled around with time travel in several games over the years... Time travel plots are great if the audience (in this case players) know a *whole lot* about the setting. Shows like Doctor Who and Timeless, and games like Kevin Kulp's Timewatch are set in something like the "real world" in which all the history the audience/players remember from high school happened. Without that...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:13 PM
    "Wouldn't it make more sense"... More sense? Sense?!? You are talking about a bipedal hippo with opposable thumbs, and erudite speech, known for flying around space on open-decked ships like sailing the ocean while wearing pith helmets and clothing from the Napoleonic to Edwardian eras... And you are worried about how much sense this makes?
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 01:06 PM
    I stumbled across a hiver thread from 2002
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 10:51 AM
    It's another day, and you know what that means? It's time for the third of our six reveals of the Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated playtest characters, courtesy the awesome folks over at Paizo. Today it's the turn of Valeros, the human fighter. A little more straightforward than the previous alchemist and cleric sheets, in this one you can see the shield mechanics which have been mentioned a...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 05:09 AM
    This has nothing to do with liking or not liking. I like RPGs, in general. They are my favorite hobby. But they are a niche activity. Go look at Morrus' thread on The size of the RPG market. The RPG market overall is about $35 million/year. The Hobby game market overall is like $1.2 billion. The Black Panther movie grossed $1.3 billion. RPGs are small frye. I love 'em, but I recognize...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 04:50 AM
    In the OP, we are given the situation where the players are more investigative than the GM is used to. While the GM can avoid building adventures that are outright mysteries, if the players ask probing questions, what do you do? Just say, "That's not important, please don't ask questions"?
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:33 AM
    It does make me go: Hmmmm .. .. .. .. .. on another note, how many hivers have been eating scrolls?
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 03:01 AM
    I once received text messages that were something to the order of: "Its me" "yeah, that 817ch " and I am like:huh??? So I call the number from which the text came from and politely informed whoever answered the phone on the other end about the text, this person sounding like an adult, and she lets me know she will take care of it. I thank her And I never hear from that number again.
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:33 AM
    You know, I get the curiosity. I'm curious, too. But when Rich himself has said that he doesn't think there's enough left of the setting remaining untapped to make it interesting, I'm inclined to think he knows what he's talking about. Remember that only the first place setting was ever developed into anything close to a full-sized rulebook. The others had, at most, a 100-page overview. (And...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:01 AM
    I think you paint it too black and white - that either what 4e fans likes was everything, or completely ignored. There is a middle ground - what they liked mattered, but not enough to have 5e be a clear evolution of the 4e ruleset. In the long analysis, the 4e-style fans are probably not sufficient in number to support the main flagship of the brand, such that the design couldn't cater to them...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 08:54 PM
    Morrus replied to Defense Options
    Ah yes, Here it is: https://www.patreon.com/posts/5801814
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 08:31 PM
    Morrus replied to Defense Options
    Thereís an article on EONS which covers the idea of various stances. I canít remember itís name offhand though!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 05:46 PM
    Technology marches on. People stream instead these days.
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:41 PM
    The Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E previews are continuing to roll in prior to the game's release next month, and this time Cubicle 7 talks a little about the points you can spend to "save your bacon in tricky situations." Fortune, which you gain each day, represents destiny and luck. It can be used for rerolls, bonuses to rolls, and jumping the initiative queue. Fate, which is...
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:30 PM
    The Lost Tales of Myth Drannor is in DMsGuild and Inthinknit has a couple updates. From Twitter https://twitter.com/dnd_advleague/status/1017789383095869440?s=21 My affiliate link http://www.dmsguild.com/product/247140/Lost-Tales-of-Myth-Drannor?affiliate_id=182934
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:08 PM
    The main game I am GMing at the moment is Ashen Stars. Typically not, and here's why: In the parser problem, you have a bunch of pieces, and you have issues trying to figure out how they go together. The point in GUMSHOE investigation where you make spends is *as you gather* the pieces. You don't generally get to retroactively spend the points later to get more information to help...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 02:38 PM
    Yes, but it may still be relevant. We are talking about a niche product that isn't likley to be attractive to everyone in the niche. Especially when advocates probably don't just want a setting book. They want setting support going forward, right? Adventures and things like the Sword Coast Adventurer's guide, no? To make that worthwhile, the setting has to be pretty darned compelling,...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 01:23 PM
    James Ohlen was one of the architects of the 1990s' Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II video games, along with other classic CRPGs. He has been working for BioWare for over 22 years, but now he's leaving to publish D&D adventures with his new company, Arcanum Worlds and their first hardcover sourcebook, the Ancient Greek themed Odyssey of the Dragonlords. He's not alone, either. He's...
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 10:34 AM
    It's time for the second of the six Pathfinder 2nd Edition pregenerated characters I'll be sharing with you over the next few days. Thanks to Paizo, I have here Kyra, the human cleric! I was asked what order I was doing these in -- I'm going through them alphabetically (alchemist, cleric, fighter, etc...) Enjoy! Here's what Paizo's Mark Seifter has to say about Kyra: "Kyra ... has a bunch...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:02 AM
    Well, let's discuss that mechanic more, for a moment. GUMSHOE doesn't have skill checks for Investigative skills. Technically, you don't need to roll any dice to get all the clues you need in a GUMSHOE game. In GUMSHOE, if you have the relevant investigative skill *at all*, you automatically get the base information available for that skill in that scene. No check or spend is required....
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 03:47 AM
    If you are just going to add in a spell or two to fix it, you aren't changing much of anything. If the spell is known, who isn't going to be able to come up with it after a long rest? So, they start the next day down a spell slot? That's the overall effect. That's added danger? Note that the GM has a throttle on how often death saves are made - by controlling the challenge of the fight,...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 07:25 PM
    Aww. And he speaks so highly of you.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 07:18 PM
    Get yourself a Jenga set. Every time there's an AOE, a player must draw a brick. Drawing rotates around the table, so the players cannot always have their best person drawing. If the tower falls before the Tarrasque is dead, the town is effectively destroyed. You may alter the tower height to change the difficulty.
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 05:38 PM
    That's one way to look at it. Another is to consider that the characters live in the world 24/7, and the players do not, and those checks are the mechanical bridge between the two. Before we consider that they are "leaning on a crutch" we should consider the following: 1) We, as GMs, are probably not as great at writing mysteries as we think, 2) We, as GMs, may not be providing proper...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 02:19 PM
    And you've just outed yourself as being willing to insult fellow posters to "win" the argument. That's not acceptable. Please don't post in this thread again.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 10:43 AM
    If you've been following along with the Pathfinder 2nd Edition playtest news, you're in for a treat over the coming days. Paizo has very kindly sent me the character sheets of all six of the playtest characters, and I'll be sharing them with you one at a time over the next week or so! We'll start today with Fumbus the goblin alchemist. But first, before we delve into the first character,...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 09:32 AM
    is there any one one with a crush on seth? does he get pick on by any jocks? what is his fav class? Teach? least fav? Is there a female teacher that has a pity crush on Seth?
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 09:27 AM
    25,112,000,000 miles that is what I have been saying since age 48
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 08:56 AM
    Thanks for the suggestions. So the consensus seems to be that the second game is the bees knees. I notice that Ubisoft is selling an Ezio trilogy with II, Brotherhood and Revelations. Might check that out next. Didn't even know that that existed. Excellent. :D
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 08:27 AM
    And of course, Burlew was already Rich. ... I'll see myself out.
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  • Mouseferatu's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 08:05 AM
    Other than the $10,000 they were each paid for creating their setting bibles, you mean? Winner got $100K. Two and three got $10K. That may not make you rich, but it's not nothing, especially in this industry.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 03:28 AM
    No disrespect to Mr. Berlew, but if his work has already been mined for ideas, I'd rather they held another setting search, and got entirely new ideas than clawing many of Berlew's back from other products.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 11:12 PM
    3xp.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 04:14 PM
    In this episode we cover the latest RPG news including The Witcher, The Expanse, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E's careers, Pathfinder 2nd Edition's new ranger, and more. We also play our favourite game in all the world, and discuss licensed RPGs and how they work. Plus a monster psychiatrist deals with an orc with anger issues. Subscribe on iTunes | Google Play | YouTube | TuneIn | Stitcher...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 03:45 PM
    Elderwood Academy is one of the several companies that have cropped up to sell gamers nice accessories - these folks specialize in wooden dice boxes, dice rolling trays, and dice towers. A couple years ago, for X-mas, my wife got me one of their Hex Chests. It is pretty, but one of their early designs in which the magnets that hold the box closed were glued in place. And the magnets are...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 12:31 PM
    Today's the day! The 2018 ENnies voting booth is NOW OPEN! You have until July 21 at 11:59 EDT to vote for this year's Gen Con EN World RPG Award winners, which will be announced live at the ENNies 2018 Ceremony at the Union Station, Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 3rd at 8:00 PM EDT.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 08:52 AM
    Autocorrect. Should be critical.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 08:13 AM
    Having never played the Assassin's Creed games before, I recently purchased the Birth of a New World trilogy (with Assassin's Creed III, Black Flag, and Liberation HD). Mostly because I saw the trailer for Black Flag. A game where you play a pirate, I thought, sure why not. ACIII was kinda meh, Liberation was ok, but it was Black Flag that I really liked. However, a friend told me that in his...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 03:18 AM
    Intruder alert! RRROOOOOAAAAARRRRR ! ! ! ! ! !
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 02:36 AM
    I don't think you can make general statements that D&D worlds "would have" some particular set of demographics. There is a base question for each world: How many spellcasting clerics are there? That is answered by the GM, not the game rules. Then, once you've answered that question about how many you want, then you can justify why. Simplest answer - the gods don't take just anybody, and...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 11:43 PM
    way cool!!!! David worked until his hands and arms cramped up.
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 11:02 PM
    Blimey. Hmmm. Let me think. I don't quite grok what that core mechanic is, so it's a little tricky, but it's a point system which at certain levels limits your die rolls? In that case, maybe it reduces your max dice pool? Say every time you criticise when spell casting, your max dice pool goes down by 1d6. I assume there's some kind of recovery mechanic for that in 7th Sea?
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:21 PM
    Monte Cook Games has built a very successful publishing company out a a regular series of very successful, smoothly run Kickstarter campaigns. Right on cue, their next one has just been announced... but this time it's not a game. It's a book giving you advice on how to game! Robin D Laws might be the godfather of gaming advice books. Mike Shea (aka Sly Flourish) has also made a name...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 08:42 PM
    Morrus replied to 6e? Why?
    So important, you had to say it twice!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 07:04 PM
    This morning I finished Cathrynne Valente's "Space Opera", which to me reads a lot like Douglas Adams. I recommend reading it, but doing so in short bursts, rather than in one sitting. She has a tendency to use long, rich sentences, almost run-on, and if you aren't really focused on the text, you can start eliding over the content. I expect I'm about to start reading Tad Williams' "The...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 06:35 PM
    Today's article reminds be that WH40K: Wrath & Glory is coming out too. That's an exciting one!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 04:36 PM
    Morrus started a thread Some fun stats!
    Since installing Google Analytics a few years ago my site has had over 150M views by over 21M people. Those numbers stagger me. Well over half a million individual readers each month contributing millions of monthly pageviews. I don't know where they all come from! So far this year we've posted 552 total articles by 37 authors. I myself wrote only 155 of those articles. The columnists are...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 02:56 PM
    Note that setting him up as a vampire is not itself that big a deal. There's lots of vampires around. Not all vampires become rulers of demi-planes, though. This is the part that needs explanation, and is the cross-plane-politically interesting bit. I see two basic options with similar results: 1) Orcus made Stradh a vampire. No big deal. He probably does that kind of things three...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 02:31 PM
    Gen Con approaches! Here's some of the "big" stuff that (may be) coming out! In no particular order... Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4 The Witcher The Expanse Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest Anything else big you're excited about slated for a Gen Con release this year?
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 12:16 PM
    That's weird. I definitely answered this this morning, and my reply has vanished. Anyway, here goes again... Deity portfolios only tell you what secrets you are allowed to choose - they don't give them to you for free. I'm not familiar with 7th Sea magic, but from what you're describing they sound like they would be careers like the Firemage, Necromancer, etc. There aren't any rules for...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:33 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:11 AM
    Today's preview of the upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition is the sorcerer! The sorcerer has had a major redesign, with bloodline becoming even more important than it was in 1st Edition. Now, it determines which of four spell lists you get to use! Bloodlines are chosen at 1st level. Your bloodline then determines whether you use arcane, divine, primal, or occult spells. The demonic...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 05:35 AM
    North of Geoff, South of Ket By the River Javan, wet Living with the stubby gnomes The Valley Elves do make their homes. http://www.tyrinth.com/gateway/writersguild/ELFSONG.TXT
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:42 AM

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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:13 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 10:21 PM
    Fair to whom? Anyway, Aragornís magical abilities were because heís a magic king, not because heís a ranger. I say Aragorn because I mean a wilderness strider, not a divine Dunedain king. I agree he has the latter in his makeup but I was referring to his chosen profession, a ranger.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:57 PM
    It may be time to disengage. Don't get into this:
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:34 PM
    I don't quite understand what you mean. Perhaps if you posted the exploits, it might help? Sounds like it would need a bit of playtesting. I'd be curious to hear what you thought.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:03 PM
    For me, it was probably Strahd, so not super-high. Just wondering how high folks tend to go?
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:49 PM
    Itís pretty much Aragorn.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:27 PM
    I think thatís similar to what I said? You spend an exploit, and your minion gains a dice. But it canít have as many as you.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 08:11 PM
    Oh, come on, dude. Really? If I wrote: "Here is hoping you avoid the other oft-repeated mistake of posting a highly condescending, passive-aggressive, and rude manner that leads to moderators posting in colored text to remind folks that if they cannot discuss things in a polite manner, they should walk away from the discussion." That woudn't put you in a good mood to actually listen to...
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 07:56 PM
    I don't know what that means?
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 05:26 PM
    No. But I reckon an exploit could be used to grade up a creature by one dice pool, as long as it always has a lower MDP than you do.
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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?

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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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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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  • 02:38 PM - Echohawk quoted darjr in post are old Living Greyhawk modules avaiable anywhere?
    Please note I made a distinction from 3rd party publishers. Ah, I understand. I think the only non-5th Edition content available is the WotC/TSR content which was originally on the D&D Classics site, and WotC aren't bound by the DM's Guilde content limitations. But in the case of the Living Greyhawk adventures, I don't think WotC could publish those adventures themselves, because of the rights issues. I'd be very much in favour of them being released, but I'm not optimistic about WotC permitting anyone else to publish non-5th Edition content.
  • 12:18 PM - Echohawk quoted darjr in post are old Living Greyhawk modules avaiable anywhere?
    There is non 5th content. And I remember them saying they would allow non 5th third party content. But I donít recall any. There is? The Content Guidelines seem pretty clear about the current rules: You can use the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons system. You cannot publish content in previous rules systems (OD&D, Basic, AD&D, 2nd Ed, 3rd Ed, 3.5, 4th Ed).
  • 06:53 AM - Echohawk quoted darjr in post are old Living Greyhawk modules avaiable anywhere?
    Someone should start a petition to get these on the dmsguild. And let mearls; know That would be really great, but requires two different WotC policy decisions: 1. Open up the Guild to Greyhawk content (this seems inevitable in time). 2. Allow content which isn't based on the 5th Edition rules on the Guild (this seems much less likely to me).

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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Saturday, 21st April, 2018

  • 09:02 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post Joe Manganielloís article on D&D at NBC News
    Maybe heís one of next seasons Adepts? That would be cool.The wording suggests that he is contributing material to an actual book release. We will certainly find out more in time, but very interesting bit of info.


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