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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 02:32 AM
    In the game Iím playing in, the DM capped our hit dice at 10. Some from 11th level on, weíve just been getting our Con mod (plus, in my PCís case, +1 hp/lvl for being a hill dwarf). He says heís done the same for monsters and NPCs. Seems to be working OK.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 08:35 PM
    OverlordOcelot: Iíve got a pool of 6 players, although I generally only get 3-4 of them at any one session. In terms of optimising, Iíd say theyíre pretty average.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:41 PM
    Thanks, MerricB! I was looking at a post on your blog and came up with another option: I could follow the story of the Moonsea seasons and run Season 1 all the way through, then move on to the Tier 2 mods from Season 2, then move on to the Tier 2 and/or 3 mods from Season 3 and maybe some Lost Tales as well. Would that be doable? So many options!
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 07:53 PM
    Thanks for the tips, jayoungr! Iím actually thinking Season 5 might be the best one to start with.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 09:29 AM
    No, the AL rules and restrictions don't appeal to me. I just want to run AL adventures for my home group. The problem is that the optimal levels don't go in an even spread. Season 2 has one adventure with an optimal level of 1, five adventures with an optimal level of 2, four adventures with an optimal level of 3, three adventures with an optimal level of 6, and then three adventures with...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 06:51 AM
    Are there any guidelines for using milestone advancement in AL adventures? I was going to use XP since it's nicely built-in, but I do actually prefer milestone leveling myself. Also, I note on your blog that you've run Season 3 several times now. Do you have any tips on running it as an ongoing campaign? Any issues I should look out for? Do you know if there are any additional resources for...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 02:58 AM
    Hi all, Like jayoungr, I am considering running a DDAL season as an episodic campaign for one of my home groups. Advice Iíve read elsewhere is that most seasonsí adventures can be run in numerical order by tier in order to make a more or less chronological story. I am leaning towards Season 3 (Rage of Demons) for thematic reasons, although the ability to easily mix in adventures from...
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    Saturday, 9th March, 2019, 08:26 PM
    Wow, those are not 'cobbled together'! I'd just like them to open up Greyhawk on, and really every seeing, on the guild.
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    Saturday, 9th March, 2019, 12:55 AM
    Gygax, E or Gygax, L I assume is the Gygax to pair with Mearls, M.
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    Friday, 8th March, 2019, 08:58 PM
    I don't agree, I like Greyhawk, but this comment still made me laugh out loud!
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    Wednesday, 6th March, 2019, 03:29 AM
    OK.
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    Wednesday, 6th March, 2019, 02:18 AM
    Which is why itís so disappointing and frustrating that, despite having asked for feedback from the playtest crew, the devs deemed them all good enough to publish as-is. Slapping a ďthese races may not be balanced; ask your DM for permissionĒ tag on them was such a cop-out.
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    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 04:11 AM
    Who is Dan Dillon again? The name sounds familiar but I can't quite place it ... Congrats to him, though.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 10:18 PM
    Exactly. That whole PC races section in Voloís is a pretty big mess. Given that the draft version and the published version are virtually identical, Iím fairly certain the designers made no attempt to revise/balance those races. It was 5eís first sour note for me (and unfortunately it wasnít the last).
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 04:39 AM
    AC penalty is -6 when you include the -1 for being masterwork. The DnD wiki linked is not very good for getting SRD stuff, as it's a wiki and had non standard stuff added to it by some contributor, like adding mithril to tower shield or excluding darkwood. In the actual SRD neither of these are correct. "Shield, Tower This massive wooden shield..." There is no interpretation, is a wooden...
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    Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, 01:14 AM
    Nah that's not from the SRD, the tower shield is, but it incorrectly lists mithril as being able to be applied to a mostly wooden item Shield from Races of Stone: Shield, tower, steel___75 GP___+4 Shield Bonus___Max dex +2___AC pen -10___Spell fail 50%___100lb ZOMG! so Shield, tower, mithril___1075 GP___+4 Shield Bonus___Max dex +4___AC Pen -6 (incl masterwork)___Spell fail 40%___50lb...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 08:42 AM
    The big problem is average joe gamer can't go to his FLGS or Amazon and buy a brand new book, which is what most people buy, on playing in GH, DL or anywhere but Magic the Gathering. That sucks, so yes they ALL would be good to be updated and in print. As has been mentioned PoD is OK if FLGS, Amazon, etc can sell them too
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 07:22 AM
    According to 5e lore, Ogremoch created gargoyles as a mockery of creatures of elemental air like aarakocra.
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    Sunday, 24th February, 2019, 01:09 AM
    When I look at the thread, itís only 8 pages long and only contains 160 posts.
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    Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, 08:15 PM
    If that is the problem, then you should be able to view the page once someone else posts. You could also try increasing the number of posts per page to reduce the overall page count.
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    Friday, 22nd February, 2019, 07:51 PM
    The first thing that comes to mind is that thereís only one post on that page and itís by a poster that youíve blocked (or who has blocked you).
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    Friday, 22nd February, 2019, 10:48 AM
    I havenít had chance to read it yet but I flicked through it and it looks stunning!
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 11:14 AM
    Iíll second this. Itís driving me nuts!
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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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Friday, 15th March, 2019

  • 06:00 AM - solamon77 quoted mach1.9pants in post Check Out Wayne Reynolds' Pathfinder Bestiary 2 Artwork!
    I'm not a huge fan of Reynolds because of his triangular feet problem. But those are cute kobolds! How could you kill those cuties? Cos you can't kill goblins now! He's alright, but I've always preferred the kind of cover art they used to use back in the AD&D 1e era. Guys like Jeff Easley or Larry Elmore.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019

  • 04:30 AM - seankreynolds quoted mach1.9pants in post Arcana of The Ancients: 5E Sci-Fantasy From Monte Cook Games Launches On KS
    If I don't back this on KS, do I lose any chance of getting it? Or will it find itself to stores eventually? Hello! I work for MCG. Lemme answer your question. The items in our Kickstarters, unless they are marked as "Kickstarter exclusives," almost always end up at our online store and at brick & mortar game stores. But the Kickstarter usually gets you some goodies you won't get elsewhere. Frex, the EXPLORER OF THE ANCIENT PAST backer level gets you the AotA book in print and PDF for $50. At retail, the book in print alone is probably going to be $50, and that doesn't include the PDF. So there's an incentive to back the Kickstarter. For me in NZ, it is sadly not practical to back US based kickstarters, I wait for NobleKnight (who do back kickstarters) or Amazon, due to shipping being prohibitive - NK have really good rates somehow. I'd much rather give the money directly but when a single hardcover can be upto $100 shipping, not going to happen! Monte Cook games is $50. We recently ma...

Saturday, 9th March, 2019


Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 09:28 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted mach1.9pants in post Do you want Greyhawk updated to 5e?
    The big problem is average joe gamer can't go to his FLGS or Amazon and buy a brand new book, which is what most people buy, on playing in GH, DL or anywhere but Magic the Gathering. That sucks, so yes they ALL would be good to be updated and in print. As has been mentioned PoD is OK if FLGS, Amazon, etc can sell them too Why would a brand new gamer want to buy Greyhawk? I can't see why it would be of interest to anyone who hasn't been playing D&D since the 1980s.

Sunday, 13th January, 2019


Thursday, 9th August, 2018

  • 02:09 PM - TwoSix quoted mach1.9pants in post PF2E POLL
    Edit I guess it is the availability of better skill feats which makes the difference? The statement by Paizo didn't make that clear, but I think that's the big difference, and it means someone untrained can at least attempt basic actions like a master can. In PF1 it often became you either almost auto succeeded or auto failed skills, because of the difference trained and untrained was so vast Correct, special uses of skills are gated behind skill feats, other than the trained uses of skills which are detailed in the skill chapter.

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

  • 12:14 PM - Psikerlord# quoted mach1.9pants in post Warhammer FRPG 4th Ed PDF Pre-Order Goes Live on DriveThruRPG!
    It's very old school, I'm just creating a Viking character for Runequest 3, there is maths and stuff OMG! But once you are actually doing it, it's not complex. But explaining, or theory crafting with a white room, is tricky. Best to just make a PC or two, then it's on your sheet rather than in your head. as long as it isnt shadowrun complexity I'll be ok

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 11:31 PM - Psikerlord# quoted mach1.9pants in post Warhammer FRPG 4th Ed PDF Pre-Order Goes Live on DriveThruRPG!
    Yeah if you get the 'pre-order' PDF now from RPGNow, it is downloadable immediately, but it is not the finalised PDF. If you purchase hardcopy from C7 site, you get a link for the the PDF on RPGNow. They're collecting errata and stuff first, which I always like. 100 fans much better than 1 or 2 pro proof readers. Hah, I've not seen this approach to proofreading before. But I kinda like it.
  • 10:28 PM - TwoSix quoted mach1.9pants in post Warhammer FRPG 4th Ed PDF Pre-Order Goes Live on DriveThruRPG!
    I like the random vs XP, I think I first saw it in Hackmaster, but I guess it's been around as an idea. I think you can complete your first career level by accepting the rolls, need another 25 XP to move to the next. Yea, I've been trying that to figure that out. To finish a career, you need 8 skills with 5 advances, 3 characteristics with 5 advances, and 1 talent. You get 5 advances for 8 skills, 5 total characteristic advances, and the talent as part of character creation. So you should need 10 more characteristic advances, so you need 250 XP to get those, and then 100 more to change the career. If you accept all your rolls for race, career, and attributes, you should get 120 XP total, so you're about 1/3 of the way there. If I've missed anything, I'd appreciate it, since the rules are a little complicated.

Thursday, 26th July, 2018

  • 05:41 AM - Philip F Goding quoted mach1.9pants in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    Does anyone know what's in the map pack? Fairly slim on the product info, just card tactical battlemaps? As far as Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica Maps & Miscellany. They mentioned isometric maps of some areas of the city. All I could do is speculate about those being areas of interest in a planet-wide city although since we seem to be looking at adventure hooks for characters starting in one of the ten guilds with missions to accomplish. Some of those areas of interest might include areas specific to those or areas to meet contacts etc. I haven't looked at other map packs to know what is typical, nut whatever we get here is probably going to be similar to what they do for Dragon Heist. Perhaps someone has a better take.

Monday, 23rd July, 2018

  • 02:08 PM - Ancalagon quoted mach1.9pants in post Eberron It Is? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    I hope the other setting book in this years release, in addition to Ravenica, is not Eberron - they appear pretty similar in their techno backgrounds. Still it's better than more FR for variety, but I would certainly prefer a classic DnD setting. What I've read today on Ravenica has a lot of similarities to Eberron, stylistically too. Maybe that's why we're getting two settings, as they can double up on rules/classes/etcI am no expert on either settings, but as far as I know they aren't very similar.

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. Iím 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 ďprintĒ 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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