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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 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.
  • 07:44 AM - Dannyalcatraz mentioned darjr in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Morrus Umbran darjr As I noted above, I’ve personally encountered two blacked out posts by spammers (whom I subsequently banned). The text wasn’t merely color matched to the back, because the reported text didn’t show even when I quoted it to check. What had been there was simply gone. Something odd is going on.

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Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 04:48 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Of Balrogs & Ents: Warhammer “Mass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying Game”
    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 it’s been a treasure since. Note the 1983 references to Balrogs - it wasn’t just D&D that had hobbits and ents and stuff early on! I love that it’s a “mass combat fantasy roleplaying game”. 105084 105085 105086 105087 105088

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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

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

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

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

Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:47 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it 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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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 08:45 AM - MNblockhead quoted darjr in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    I’d 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

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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!
    I’ve never heard of Anarchy! And the Valiant system is one I’ve 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 don’t 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! It’s also growing fast. I wouldn’t 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! It’s also growing fast. I wouldn’t 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 isn’t 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 isn’t anything Paizo could do. At least I don’t 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 that’s enough for them? If so then I’m shure it’ll 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 isn’t anything Paizo could do. At least I don’t 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 that’s enough for them? If so then I’m shure it’ll 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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