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    Today, 05:06 AM
    That certainly wasn't in the movie. And sounds pretty tortured, as I don't think we see Spock ever use such a device on screen. It sounds like writers realizing they had introduced things that would give fans apoplexy, and screwing on a solution in a novelization or comic book after the fact and claiming that makes it better. And, thankfully, Trek has always been incredibly loose with its...
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    Today, 04:43 AM
    That's not really a logical paradox - that's merely the typical memory-discontinuity found in anyone involved with time travel. It is not so much a paradox as a trope. I'm talking about outright Grandfather Paradox stuff, where the actions taken during time travel make the action of time travel outright impossible. Yes. And it is fun to do so. Please don't try to stop us, for we...
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    Yowza. How long did it take to get all that done?
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    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    War of the Burning Sky #1: The Scouring of Gate Pass City under siege, PCs must get some important info then escape the city with it.
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    I did think that the Sarah Connor Chronicles ended a season too soon. It was at its best right when they ended it.
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    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    The events of ST: Into Darkness contain some evidence that this is, in fact, the case - Khan has access to technology that does not work in the prime timeline, even in the Voyager era - transporter action across interstellar distances. Khan couldn't produce that in the Prime timeline, nor could the Klingons. Nero, who is from the Prime timeline, didn't have that tech. So, where did this come...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    Yeah, Iíd never read a 40-page document prior to a game. A page or two is OK (I use the ďOne-SheetĒ format), and even then make sure itís not dense with backstory and makes the major points concisely and clearly. Let me learn about the world during play.
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    Yesterday, 03:25 PM
    How are you doing, Aeson? Did those guys wander off?
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    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    Yeah, the only reason the wildlings were coming south was the undead menace. They've adapted to the environment quite well. Their resentment for the wall came mostly from being treated like savages for things that happened a long long time ago (nevermind the Thenn's).
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    Yesterday, 03:07 PM
    Hm... Perhaps. Some possibilities... 1) Note that the time travel in this case is accomplished through means different from every other time travel seen in the Trek Universe. It actually hints at some things in real science, in that for some kinds of black hole, the math suggests that you can go in, and get out of the black hole into another universe. This may be what happens in the...
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    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    Not all things that fall into "narrative techniques" (as I'd define them, at least) are about communication style. It isn't all word choice and funny voices. As an example, if your players get stuck, and start getting frustrated or bored, do you let them sit there, or do you as a GM do something to get some action or decision making to happen? Giving some nudge to get *something* to happen...
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    Yesterday, 01:47 PM
    Thatís how Kickstarters work. You get a rush at the start, one at the end, and a long flat bit in the middle. A Kickstarter campaign has a ďUĒ shape.
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    Yesterday, 01:49 AM
    Because the world needs yet another port of Bunnies and Burrows?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:49 AM
    Yawn. Anybody who comes at us with Popper's Paradox is nearly 75 years too late, I'm afraid. F for originality. For clarity, we do not tolerate intolerance and won't be persuaded to do so with linguistic tricks.
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    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    I am too much the optimist, I am afraid. I'd hope you'd learn to leave your issues at the door. Our policies clearly state, "We do not subscribe to the argument that tolerance means that we need to tolerate intolerance or that inclusivity means that we need to include non-inclusiveness." Your argument here isn't new, and it isn't constructive. Good bye.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    It was in last weekís column. I know, because that meant it also featured in last weekís podcast!
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    Yesterday, 12:05 AM
    We already have two long threads on this, so I'll close this one. :) http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659557-That-Full-D-amp-D-Renault-Commercial-Is-Here-And-It-Features-Tiamat-And-Venger! http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659378-See-Live-Action-D-amp-D-Cartoon-Characters-In-This-Car-Commercial
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 11:08 PM
    Just re-read that story to check. First, it isn't, "they realize." It is Grey Mouser pontificating that the world is a bubble, with Fafhr basically telling him he's full of it and making things up. And it isn't that the stars are cities, and the waterspouts support planets. Mouser says that they are in a bubble - mostly ocean with the continents they know adrift on the inside of it. When...
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 09:05 PM
    Wait a minute. They have magic enough to build a "magical Dyson sphere"... a magical structure that engulfs an entire star, but need to study magic? This idea hangs together much better if the Sphere itself is not magical at all. Tech aliens may need to study magic. Magic aliens, not so much. Also, if you haven't, go read Larry Niven's novel Ringworld. It doesn't bother with an entire...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 08:57 PM
    I think you are incorrect on both counts. Where, for example, did you find that Nehwon is such a world?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 08:14 PM
    That would not help, no. Folks, right now we have a nasty bug which means moving threads is a problem. Itís being worked on.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 06:18 PM
    I had not read the book, but I wasn't "taken off guard" either. I'd heard some about it before play, and had what I thought was a good briefing from the GM. I had an idea of what I was doing, and wasn't put off by the idea. But in actual play, it just didn't do it for me.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 06:04 PM
    Itís completely up to the publisher whatís printed on the cover.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 04:24 PM
    I am guessing not, though I cannot be sure, of course. It sounds a whole lot like the actress Gin Torres (Zoe, from Firefly). But it perhaps more likely someone who is a series regular.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 03:14 PM
    Sorry, even I only have one of those! Thereís PoD versions on DTRPG though!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 09:34 AM
    But how would you have night time inside a hollow sphere?
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 09:25 AM
    Which bit do you feel is the bad customer service?
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 09:24 AM
    Do what, now? Game of Thrones?
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 05:53 AM
    That is one of the best questions of our times. Region locks make no sense at all to begin with, and the fact that most of the time you can't even see if there is one when you are not the target is stupid. And another thing is when they lock a video on Youtube for whatever reason, and you can't even see what they are blocking.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 05:38 AM
    I've tried that. Everything is either too small or too large on my phone. But if you're referring to the comment you got for the Picard trailer, I thought the main problem was that the link you used is blocked in some areas (I can't view the link at all, it just says 'content unavailable').
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 04:03 AM
    OK folks! This experiment is over! Back to normal!
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 03:53 AM
    I do enjoy this hyper focus on whatís important!
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 03:44 AM
    There are stories that depend on you to dislike the main character. For example, in The Girl on the Train, the main character is purposefully written to be unlikable. The reasons for this are plot spoilers, but suffice to say that the main character begins as an unreliable narrator, who comes to realize herself that she is an unreliable narrator. In the movie they made her Emily Blunt, which...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 02:17 AM
    trappedslider I've meant to say this before, but please do make at least a minimal effort to format your posts to make them legible to other people. Five words followed by a URL without even a linebreak doesn't even qualify as a sentence, and screws up on some devices. This isn't Twitter.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 02:14 AM
    No, it sounds like it's a show about a man not in Starfleet. Man, that's an odd takeaway!
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 01:54 AM
    Wanna share your findings? Or are you just taunting us? ;)
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 01:49 AM
    You could choose your own publishing strategy, of course. If it were me, Iíd be more focused and specific. Iíd go single one-shot skirmish encounters with a range of parameters. Iíd look at some of FFGs Star Wars skirmish stuff.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 01:32 AM
    Turning it into a ďdungeon delveĒ system is the way to go. One-session tactical modules.
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 12:47 AM
    You just described the OSR movement! Except that quite often, they do find an audience.
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 12:13 AM
    Morrus replied to [4e] OSR Clone
    Edition wars havenít been a thing for years. Language like ďh4terĒ is only used by those still trying to hang on to them. Please do not use terminology like that here again. Thanks.
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    Saturday, 25th May, 2019, 12:08 AM
    Morrus replied to [4e] OSR Clone
    Not if you want to build an enduring standalone brand of your own. Depends on your long term plans, I guess.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 10:05 PM
    Short term you make more money off a D&D or PF supplement. Long term, a core rulebook is a better investment.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 09:25 PM
    Fine. Parchment uses sheepskin. Papyrus needs papyrus plants. Whatever you are using - if you expect lots of books to be burned, those books must be printed on something! Whatever they are printed on must be made in major quantities. Again - whatever you are using, you still need a lot of it to produce enough books for book burning like what is being discussed here. Whatever those...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 07:42 PM
    Iím not familiar with either programme. I am sure they are both excellent.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 06:54 PM
    If you're going to UK Games Expo in Birmingham next week, here's where you'll find the EN World & EN Publishing stand. We'll have Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD books, plus the only 30 copies of Luna-1 in existence (first come first served!) -- come by and talk to us about EN World, 2000 AD, WOIN, D&D, our podcast, or anything else!
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:35 PM
    Only if your world also has the printing press, or magical equivalent, such that books are mass-produced*. Go try to write out an entire book longhand, legibly - at a quality that someone would actually want to buy. It is very time-intensive, and requires significant skill. If that's the way books are made, they remain expensive and rare, and mass burning an unlikely occurrence. ...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:15 PM
    Dogs in the Vineyard. I found the drawn out and extremely metagame conflict resolution squashed any and all dramatic tension from play.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 03:44 PM
    Beware short definitions. They tend to miss meeting. There is a connotation to "status quo" beyond that - the status quo is the existing state of affairs and that has been the state for some significant time. The status quo is the current state that is relatively stable or static, and has not been changing much. You do not refer to the status quo of a highly dynamic situation in which the...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 02:49 PM
    Archtypically, for a game like D&D, we buy (or write) a setting book, and then we have to assemble (or purchase) an adventure which takes particular elements of the setting, and places them in a current situation the PCs have to deal with. When we say "the setting is the situation" is to say we haven't bothered writing a whole darned book of setting, and then plucked elements out of it to make...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 02:39 PM
    A devil's den probably has the devil's home theater, the devil's sofa and mini-fridge, and the devil's ottoman.
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 11:08 AM
    No, I didnít forget. I wrote exactly what I meant to write. :)
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 05:01 AM
    There's any number of works of sci-fi that include longer-life. However, it may not be the best source of plot points. "We all live longer now," isn't much of a story-driver in and of itself. And, in terms of visual media, it doesn't generate that much that is interesting to *see* on the screen. You get more mileage out of things that imply conflicts - like "the rich live long and better...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:43 AM
    Chills
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:35 AM
    I see IP violation all over the place! The punishment should be an entire season of this! Stat!
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 12:04 AM
    Matthew Mercer (DM of Critical Role) and Stephen Colbert (host of The Colbert Report) played a game of D&D for Red Nose Day (the longstanding Comic Relief telethon event). It's just the two of them, one-on-one, in a 45-minute adventure! Red Nose Day is a longstanding British institution which traditionally takes place in March, founded in 1985, and raises funds for children in...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 11:33 PM
    I thought the trailer looked great right up until the silly plane bit at the end. Did I see two Jumbo Jets crashing in slow motion with somebody sanding on top of one of them? Urgh.
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 11:31 PM
    You mean post-T1. T1 introduced the T800. T2 introduce the T1000.
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 10:33 PM
    There were already two different human-like terminators in the very first movie. ;)
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 10:22 PM
    1. I was confused and thought that they'd cast the same woman who is starring in the new Batwoman, but then I checked imdb and that's the actress who played Mindy Park (satellite control) in The Martian. 2. The cgi looks like plastic, especially the terminators. The rocket effect is superb, but the terminator that gets hit looks really bad right before it happens. I know it's visible only half...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 09:21 PM
    The goals of play can be found with the following question - why are the *players* bothering to play. The mechanics are there to help the players attain the goals of play. For some, really interesting tactical wargaming may be a goal for play. For another, it may be emotional social roleplaying, and so on. Everyone has their reasons to sit at the table. XP, in and of themselves, are...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 09:11 PM
    Well, if you don't do anything towards the goals, or even take on challenging issues, you don't get XP. Burning down a house is something anyone can do, and takes no special effort - oil, toches, whoomph! Done. Why should they get a reward for that? You aren't *entitled* to XP - calling this punitive is kind of like saying that, if you don't work, your employer is being "punitive" for not...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Broadly - have it result in action in which the PCs are at a clear disadvantage, but no so much of a disadvantage that they automatically lose.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 07:42 PM
    We think this is fixed now (thanks to darjr). Please let us know if it happens again.
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  • 10:10 AM - Dannyalcatraz mentioned darjr in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Morrus Umbran darjr I think I may have discovered the trigger for the posts disappearing: every one I know of that got blacked out was reported.
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    Morrus Umbran darjr As I noted above, Iíve personally encountered two blacked out posts by spammers (whom I subsequently banned). The text wasnít merely color matched to the back, because the reported text didnít show even when I quoted it to check. What had been there was simply gone. Something odd is going on.

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

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  • 12:13 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post HOURLY RPG news !
    That was a thing to wake up to! I got it a whole bunch, too. I've disabled the newsletter software for now until darjr gets chance to look at it. That seems to have stopped them coming for me -- could you guys confirm they've now stopped coming hourly?

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 08:45 AM - MNblockhead quoted darjr in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Iíd vote for no more rules. Yea. Well, your wallet is your vote. I'm really liking what Matt Coleville is doing with Stronghold & Followers and his mass combat rules, but I'm interested in seeing what WotC will do with mass combat. I've been impressed with how well WotC has designed rules expansions in Xanathar's and Ghosts of Saltmarsh. They are simple, use existing mechanics in sensible ways, and capture the spirit of 5e well. I've been using Ronny Hart's Nautical Adventure rules since soon after 5e came out. But I just received my copy of Ghosts of Saltmarsh in the mail and I've decided to switch to the official rules. They just fit the 5e system so nicely and give enough tactical crunch to scratch that itch without trying to create a complicated wargame subsystem. After one quick reading I feel that I have a good idea of how to run ship travel and combat and I think with minimal explanation, my players would be able to play using these rules with nothing more than their ship's stat ...
  • 06:33 AM - John R Davis quoted darjr in post Another Look at the D&D Essentials Kit
    I roll in the open but still use a DM screen. Keep it folded on the table for quick reference. Yep. Use mine as a GM flat for ref etc. Roll in open . This kit looks like a must buy for me

Saturday, 18th May, 2019


Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 03:52 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post New boxed set
    Dyson Logos posted this! A hint? https://twitter.com/dysonlogos/status/1125973010576551936?s=21 106316 Mearls ran a Star Frontiers 5E game last year at some Cons. Maybe this is what he has been doing for the past few months...

Monday, 6th May, 2019

  • 09:30 AM - aramis erak quoted darjr in post Shadowrun Sixth Edition Announced!
    Iíve never heard of Anarchy! And the Valiant system is one Iíve always wanted to try! Having used the Cue system in the CosPat version... It's rules light but roll-heavy, albeit not bad. Comparable to the old GW Judge Dredd... Calling it the "Cue System" is a serious bit of a dodge... Cues have no mechanical power in CosPat (nor what I've seen of Valiant Universe), but good use of cues is good reason to (but utterly unneeded for) reward with a plot point as "good narration." It's also a "Weak GM" type game; the GM isn't authorized to be final arbiter, as GMing is rotational. The scenario-driven play has some repeatability, as the resolution of a scene from initial to penultimate varies, but always ends either by TPK or progress to the next scene. Writing adventures is easy... frame mission with 2-5 paragraphs. Frame scenes (3-6 for an evening's play); for each, write 1 to 3 paragraphs of descriptive setup "readme text," set a goal, use fail-forward mode to ensure it gets don...
  • 05:46 AM - trancejeremy quoted darjr in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    I know I'm probably going to make a fool of myself. But here is a prediction. PF2 will sell really well at first. But then tail off rapidly. Paizo will do more and more 5e stuff and eventually tail off PF2 product altogether. The computer game and their universal stuff and their licenses with the likes of WizKids will sustain them but eventually they'll have to decide to allocate work to a PF2 product or a 5e one and the 5e one will win. I'm probably wrong. In retrospect, I wonder if it would have made more sense for Paizo to make PF2 5e based, something like Adventures in Middle Earth, with Pathfinder classes added to the traditional ones. I just don't see how PF2 pleases either 3e or 5e fans, only Paizo fans, and they'd buy anything from them.

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 04:59 PM - Jester David quoted darjr in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Paizo could have done a 5e without hitching their ride to WOTC.They just had to follow their original playbook. Take the 5e stuff released under OGL and do their own rulebook. Release pf1.0 books for a while after and then transition to their new book.Imagine a 5e pathfinder society?5e is under the OGL and has an SRD.To me the surprise move WAS pf2e. I still donít quite understand it. There's two big reasons for that. The first is they want to retain most of their audience. They're hoping a large percentage of their fans will switch from Pathfinder 1 to Pathfinder 2. And the best way to do that is by keeping Pathfinder 2 very similar to Pathfinder 1. Which seems fairly reasonable. The audience for a potential 5.5 edition is largely theoretical. You're not marketing to your actual consumers, and hoping to sway people away from another game. Now, there probably IS a large audience of established gamers who want something that's more like 5e but has more character complexity and rules options...

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 04:05 PM - 3catcircus quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    Seriously, look at dmsguild. Especially the things designed just for this. Like the AL and CCC mods. I've looked at them. I'm not loving the CCC, DDAL or DDEX mods - these are part of an organized play system and are tied together in some fashion. I'm really looking for standalone mods that *I* can tie together however I see fit, that are really short like the old 32-page TSR mods, but that have enough info to make it easy for a DM to run. Nothing out there seems to fit what I want. They are either super elaborate, too detailed in the wrong areas, or so tied to specific locales that I'd have to do a bunch of work to make them flow properly - which takes time that I don't have... Given that I have tons of old product anyway, I see no need to buy any new stuff right now.

Friday, 26th April, 2019

  • 02:47 PM - Deathbird quoted darjr in post Resource upload not working?
    client_max_body_size 45m The above was added to the sites-available/enworld config file so it'll survive any 'updates' to config. So the new nginx has it's own option overriding the php one. Sigh. Should be fixed. Please test. Running mine own test. Works perfectly now. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

  • 06:59 PM - Flexor the Mighty! quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    GaryCon is a blast! Itís also growing fast. I wouldnít be surprised if they put a cap on attendance. Also GameHoleCon is awesome and is one of the big three or four bucket list cons in my humble opinion. I think the edition treadmill fatigue hits a lot of folks. Which makes 5es continued blockbuster growth even more amazing. There is a limit on tickets, so its already capped. Its nearly max capacity for the venue based on what I saw this year. A lot of fun, and I have a room for next year but I'm not sure I'll be going. its a lot of money when its all said and done and that could go to another good trip.
  • 03:06 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    Looking forward to it! And yeah, the hotel blocks sold out super-fast. Still managed to get a good on-site room, though. GaryCon is a blast! Itís also growing fast. I wouldnít be surprised if they put a cap on attendance.

Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019

  • 04:58 PM - Aldarc quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    ... or with enough level in monk, or just plain enough hp. A high level barbarian can easily survive 20d6 dmg... With spells, expertise and stat increase , high level PCs can hit pretty high DCs. A shadow monk rogue multi class can have + 27 to stealth. A high level fighter can easily defeat most giants, an epic feat of martial prowess a first level fighter never could.I think that you are being a bit disingenuous to suggest that these are equivalent scales or scopes of fantasy, particularly in regards to mechanical support provided. Similar, but not identical. Hopefully you can at least recognize that the fantasy power level of 3e/Pathfinder extends beyond what is normal in 5e. As I suggested earlier, I think that Pathfinder 1/2 is oriented towards a "higher" epic fantasy than 5e, perhaps even more along the lines of "mythic" or "legendary." What wakedown said. In fact I worry about the influence of AL in D&D. So happy things like Critical Role and the current designers the...
  • 01:46 PM - CapnZapp quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. The problem is thinking yourself as a competitor to WotC. If you instead consider yourself as building upon WotC's success, offering expansions where WotC won't go... Well, that's the spot where I can see a Paizo that keeps from falling off the radar. Note: not literally making 5e modules. I still believe they need their own ruleset. Just a ruleset that a) is palatable to 5e customers b) avoids ignoring the development lessons of the last decade, and shows an understanding of today's design fashion That is, very much not the impenetrable playtest.

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 05:23 PM - Aldarc quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. At least I donít think anything listed so far as options has a real chance. But then maybe their goalposts are not where a lot of folks goalposts seem to be. IF they want to create a game they can be proud of and satisfy enough of a Pathfinder brand fan base, maybe thatís enough for them? If so then Iím shure itíll be a success.Paizo is probably using the same goalposts that spurred their initial development of Pathfinder: the survival of Paizo as a company. Pathfinder was intended as a stopgap measure to procure their company's survival in the absence of Dragon & Dungeon magazines. The success of Pathfinder was somewhat unexpected for them. I don't think that they are under any delusions about replicating the success of Pathfinder 1 because the market environment has changed. Even more tldr: Why would I be interested in yet another soon-to-fade-into-obscurity fantasy game that tries to be li...

Sunday, 31st March, 2019

  • 02:06 AM - Zardnaar quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. At least I donít think anything listed so far as options has a real chance. But then maybe their goalposts are not where a lot of folks goalposts seem to be. IF they want to create a game they can be proud of and satisfy enough of a Pathfinder brand fan base, maybe thatís enough for them? If so then Iím shure itíll be a success. This I don't see PF being number 1 anymore. Peak Pathfinder was only about 20% of 5E they can probably do alright on a lower figure. Even half of peak Pathfinder would be around 10 times the size of an OSR publisher. If they keep what they have and appeal to 5% or 10% of the 5E players to buy in they would be fine. Personally I'll need a preview or something like the 5E basic rules to buy in.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

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


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