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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 08:56 PM
    They more or less did just that, via the DMs Guild’s predecessor, D&D Classics. Since we’re talking about wish fulfilment in this thread, I personally would like to see Chris Perkins revive his Valoreign campaign. The whole Feywild-destroying Night of Wild Magic, with its table of random power-ups, was a cool concept. I briefly toyed with my own adaptation of it, but neither it nor the...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 10:11 PM
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 11:17 AM
    A brief update: I've got a new player, which brings the total up to six. However, I don't expect to have more than 3-5 of them present at any given session. The new guy is playing an eladrin champion fighter named Erethas. I gave him a few options for introducing the new PC to the group, and he went with the "trapped for centuries in a magical carving" option. I had the carving magically...
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 09:10 AM
    I also argued in my playtest feedback that ceremony should have just been a magic ritual - perhaps even a downtime activity - rather than a spell. But it would appear they really wanted it to be a spell.
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 09:09 AM
    pukunui replied to Dark Sun
    You ran it for us using 3.5. That was just before we switched over to the 5e playtest. IIRC you used a bunch of adventures that weren't actually set in Dark Sun and just converted them over (like that one with the crashed flying city).
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 08:55 AM
    Some good thoughts, Eltab. Thanks! On a different note, last session we noticed a flaw with the Zombie Door (Area 21 in the Tomb of the Nine Gods). The default assumption seems to be that a cleric can turn the zombies so that they will run away, thus pulling the door open. However, the expected level range for the tomb is 9-11. A cleric of that level *can't* turn zombies. They can only...
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    Sunday, 1st July, 2018, 08:25 AM
    Quick question: In Withers' journal excerpt (handout 22), there is this line: "The All-Seeing is blind to its existence, and the Mother of Illusions looks past it! Sweet irony." I'm guessing that the "All-Seeing" is the god Savras, and from what I've been able to find out, the "Mother of Illusions" might be the goddess Leira. But I'm not really sure why her "looking past" the atropal would be...
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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 02:48 AM
    And you can always skew the money to humble bundle to the charity. It's a charity bundle.
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    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 05:19 AM
    Backer Number 1, w00t!
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 10:30 PM
    Maybe it was harking back to old school and you had to roll under? ;) Me to, we played our first campaign, without a DM, of BECMI using a d6 re rolling 5 and 6s. Must be a kiwi thing. So coming from Fighting Fantasy game books (including the paired books set you could co-op), and having the choose your own adventure style demo in the Basic Box Set, my mate and I didn't really figure out what...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 08:27 PM
    For the most part, they have not had too difficult a time with the puzzles. A few have stumped them, and I did allow for Investigation and/or offered some hints, but for the most part they’ve managed quite well. It remains to be seen how well they’ll handle Acererak’s clues.
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 06:23 AM
    Interestingly enough, it didn't really get all that deadly until the group reached Omu. Technically they have both cheated death twice. Elvraema technically died at the very start of the campaign. She was the first to descend into the ravine in The Sunless Citadel. I rolled Stealth for the giant rats on the landing and all of them beat her passive Perception, so they surprised her. I rolled...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 05:39 AM
    Saving Throws are Saving Throws, not Ability Checks so NO Initiative is YES however: "Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in the initiative order. "
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 03:48 AM
    Awesome! Thank you for letting me know! Sometimes they feel like a bit of a chore, but knowing that people are enjoying reading them makes it all worth it. In case you hadn’t noticed, we had a near TPK in Omu. We did a sort of reboot, jumping about a month forward in-game and skipping over level 8 so we could go straight into the tomb itself with the PCs at level 9. We are supposed to be...
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Saturday, 11th February, 2017

  • 10:48 PM - Leatherhead mentioned mach1.9pants in post How to balance combat when 2 characters are average and one is extremely overpowered?
    Here is his Character sheet. Let me know if there is anything you can't read and I'll try and translate it for you. I am assuming you rolled for stats? At least, I hope you did. Firstly: Don't let him apply expertise on his attack rolls or armor. 5e has very tight math for attacking, and such a thing will totally break it. Secondly: Crossbow Expert only lets you make a single bonus action attack with a hand crossbow if you are using a one-handed weapon (which can also be the same hand-crossbow, it's annoying and complicated). However, this "Eagle Crossbow" Looks to be a +1 Heavy Crossbow, which is a heavy two-handed weapon. There are a slew of problems with this: He can't use the bonus action to attack. I am assuming he is dual wielding to get three attacks, which is flat out impossible with ranged weapons of any kind, even throwing daggers. A Halfing can't even hold a Heavy Crossbow without suffering from Disadvantage when attacking. Unless he isn't a halfling, which means he ca...

Friday, 7th August, 2015

  • 05:05 PM - Rich Baker mentioned mach1.9pants in post Character Narratives Preview from PRIMEVAL THULE
    mach1.9pants -- Hi, Mach. You've done a good job of reminding me that not every table plays like my table plays. We'll take another look at the wording on those narrative powers; easy enough to say "once per hour" instead of "once per encounter." We definitely want you to feel like a Golden Sea Corsair several times a day, which is why we want a strong ability tied to the narrative that comes up frequently in fights. And we're deliberately pushing the boundaries a bit, because it's a low-magic setting and PCs might be looking to make up for a dearth of items with a little help from their narratives. Even so, once per hour would do that. Thank you for pointing this out to me. I am always happy to hear from people who care about what we're doing! Rich Baker Sasquatch Game Studio They are 100% NOT the functionally the same thing. That is a complete error in the way 5E works IMO. 4E yes, 5E no way at all. I played an online game (as a Paladin) last night, we had 5 encounters and not one Short R...

Thursday, 17th July, 2014

  • 07:35 PM - Echohawk mentioned mach1.9pants in post Spreading XP around
    There's an unfortunate tendency for folks to form cliques that consistently give each other XP repeatedly. While I sincerely appreciate mach1.9pants 's kind words, I'm not terribly fussed about XP. However, I am now interested in how to go about joining one of the above-mentioned cliques. They sound like they could be fun, and I'm clearly missing out! Is there some sort of application form? :p

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

  • 01:57 PM - Ruin Explorer mentioned mach1.9pants in post Interview with Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter about their 5E adventures.
    ...g, RPGs would be a bigger hobby today. It's all conjecture, though, either way. Speaking from personal experience, I can say that the main reason I am a good DM is that I was taught by a good DM (and a female DM, at that, in 1989), who impressed upon me something that the DM advice of the period generally didn't - that the DM wasn't god, and the goal was for everyone to have fun. She also left me with an awesome hand-written adventure (that she never had time to finish running) that stood as a good template for adventures in general (a non-dungeon, to boot - I didn't run any conventional dungeon-type adventure for a year or so into my D&D career). Later I read really good DM advice, but I also read a lot of really rotten stuff before that. Even Gary himself gave out absolutely appalling advice (and advice that contradicted how he ran his home campaign, eyewitnesses say!) in books like his Role-Playing Mastery book (what a horrible book - even at 14 I knew it was horrible). mach1.9pants - Re: staring at the sheet - this was a problem even back in 2E, for some players who had a enough spells/magic items that they began to think the solution to any given problem was on the sheet. Strangely, it wasn't a problem for my 4E group at all, prior to Paragon tier - but at higher levels, when you get truly overwhelming amount of items and powers, it begins to become more of one. Actually there was one player who always had the problem (not a regular, sadly), my brother - who in 2E and 3E always played Wizards (and thus always relied on "what's on my sheet, how can I use it?" to solve problems) - he had real difficulties engaging with 4E - everyone else, including IT people, lawyers, bankers, etc. was fine. I'm finding the solution post-Paragon is more exciting combat environments - gets them thinking outside the powers box very quickly.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2013

  • 10:41 PM - darjr mentioned mach1.9pants in post Is it time for a Printed copy of the playtest?
    GX.Sigma Looks like those folks would print and ship it for less than $20. Sabathius42 the 400+ pages includes multiple copies and DM stuff, though I could do without printing that. mach1.9pants the lulu option always seemed like a pain, but that's probably just my perception, I'll check it out.

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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

  • 08:42 PM - pukunui quoted mach1.9pants in post Core Rules Alternative Cover Gift Set
    Thus the three hour drive :( Maybe I can get them sent up.Try Vagabond or King of Cards. I’m pretty sure both of them have been getting the special covers in, and both are happy to ship stuff around the country. Gateway Games in Tauranga is another option.
  • 10:17 AM - pukunui quoted mach1.9pants in post Core Rules Alternative Cover Gift Set
    I'm not sure we actually have any FLGS left in the country! Cards stores, warhammer stores but no actual rpg stores, some will sell DnD but certainly not special editions. So either online or drive 3 hours for me, that's if I can get them to stock it! Unlikely to even make it to NZThe shops here in Auckland sell the special edition covers.
  • 06:30 AM - MNblockhead quoted mach1.9pants in post Core Rules Alternative Cover Gift Set
    And DnD Beyond its a lot better than PDFs, although usable on less devices DnD Beyond can be used on any browser. I've used it on my Windows laptop, iMAC desktop, an iPad, an iPhone, and on my TV with the Amazon File TV Silk browser. There are far more devices I can access DnD beyond on than I could with a PDF. But, for OFFLINE use, it is true, I can only access the material offline using my iPhone.

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

  • 10:56 PM - rknop quoted mach1.9pants in post Core Rules Alternative Cover Gift Set
    And DnD Beyond its a lot better than PDFs, although usable on less devices It offers things PDFs do not, but it doesn't fill the need that PDFs fill. It's a proprietary service to which you subscribe, and that require you to be online. A PDF would be a book, in electronic format, that you can read on whatever device you want. What's more, as with the physical book, you buy it, and then you have it; no need to pay for a regular subscription on top of what you've paid to get the book in the first place. The existence of D&D Beyond does nothing to reduce the need for PDFs. It's a whole different thing.
  • 08:55 PM - Jester David quoted mach1.9pants in post Core Rules Alternative Cover Gift Set
    And DnD Beyond its a lot better than PDFs, although usable on less devices If you pull up a chapter on your desktop PC you can “print” as a PDF, saving a Beyond file. Nice and quick.

Saturday, 7th July, 2018

  • 03:32 PM - Jester David quoted mach1.9pants in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    Not where I live in NZ, it won't be cheaper! I believe Lightningsource has NZ distributors. Presumably it would at least be comparable to having the physical book shipped from Paizo, if not still cheaper as the book would be half the price...

Friday, 6th July, 2018

  • 01:47 PM - Jester David quoted mach1.9pants in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    Yeah and it is often cheaper/more efficient to get them to print the test than me do it myself. Actually... if you go black-and-white, a print-on-demand copy will probably be cheaper than the physical copy they're selling. And you'll probably feel more free to mark up the book with feedback...
  • 01:33 AM - Jer quoted mach1.9pants in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    Yeah and it is often cheaper/more efficient to get them to print the test than me do it myself. Vs WotC, this is a pick of a product you can already order and due out soon-ish. WotC's teasers are for something far in the future - totally different things. Long range teasers are a thing every industry does, Paizo does hints about upcoming APs that the astute can pick up, without naming them. No difference in teasing style at all. How dare you bring nuance into an edition war!

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Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

  • 11:55 AM - Ath-kethin quoted mach1.9pants in post Special Edition D&D Art Book
    So that's the special edition of this? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399580948/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 As far as I can tell, yes. Which is interesting, because the two products aren't even in the same league. I wonder if all the loose goodies in the deluxe are shown as photos in the standard, or what. This is definitely a different situation that the normal "Deluxe" FLGS covers of other products, where the inside is the same.
  • 05:22 AM - Irennan quoted mach1.9pants in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    I like the idea of the adventure, and having a bit of City System in there as well. But Waterdeep: Dragon Heist? Awful name, we're stealing a dragon? A Dragon also is a Waterdhavian gold coin. You're stealing a treasure, therefore... gods, the puns.

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

  • 08:59 AM - Tormyr quoted mach1.9pants in post [WotBS] 5ed. still a thing?
    Tormyr are you going PoD with these, by any chance? They are in the approval process. :) I was told that it takes a week or two if everything goes well.

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018

  • 09:04 PM - aramis erak quoted mach1.9pants in post Get Ready To Pre-Order Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying Fourth Edition!
    Not much of a reveal, sadly http://cubicle7.co.uk/wfrp-fourth-edition-warhammer-fest-round-up/ One VERY important tidbit: The Age of Sigmar Roleplaying Game will have its own game system. We haven’t set the release date yet, the game is in development, and we are all very excited about the new edition of Age of Sigmar! This implies VERY strongly that they won't be readily interoperable.

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 07:55 PM - Tony Vargas quoted mach1.9pants in post A Small Glance at PF2's Equip & Armour
    I'm sure it's part of PF2's "Make Weapons Great Again" approach. But I agree."Make Weapons Great Again" sounds cool, except, in the context of D&D, for the "Again" - how 'bout "Finally?" ;P As long as you're adding the same level-based bonus to both attack rolls and AC (as in D&D 4E, for example), that minor +2 bonus from having a shield will remain relevant and meaningful indefinitely.In PF2 you add your level plus proficiency (-2 if not proficient) to both attack and AC, so yes. Interestingly, 5e didn't do that, while 4e & 13A did. So, hey, one way PF2 is /not/ turning into 5e. Slightly reassuring.
  • 01:58 AM - Sunseeker quoted mach1.9pants in post A Small Glance at PF2's Equip & Armour
    WoW? Diablo had sockets a decade before - grumble, old man noises ;) To be fair, both WoW and Diablo are made by Blizzard.

Sunday, 6th May, 2018

  • 10:19 PM - Saelorn quoted mach1.9pants in post A Small Glance at PF2's Equip & Armour
    In PF2 you add your level plus proficiency (-2 if not proficient) to both attack and AC, so yes.That part is balanced, which is great (assuming there's no longer any such thing as a necklace or ring that increases your AC). The worrisome part is, as mentioned upthread, weapon qualities range from -1 to +3 (according to the previous article) while armor potency goes up to at least +4 (according to this article). And we still haven't seen what magic weapons look like; which means either magic weapons will have their own bonuses to hit, and attack bonuses will outpace AC bonuses (again); or the bonus to hit is covered by the weapon quality, in which case AC comes out slightly ahead over time. Or maybe the bonus from weapon quality doesn't stack with the magical bonus to hit. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Friday, 4th May, 2018

  • 08:52 PM - darkbard quoted mach1.9pants in post Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of - Detailed Review from a GM and Player
    Oriental maybe a loaded racist term in the USA, due to how it was used there in previous times. It is not so in the UK, where the op is from, nor NZ where I am from. I have lots of Asian friends, that is the term themselves here I have many British friends (many made from my time living in Asia), and this is simply not true. They consider it a racist term, a legacy of British imperialism which sparked the (fraught) cultural movement of orientalism.


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