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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 03:47 PM
    This supplement is a let down. Very little of Ravnica is in it (where are the event of its 10,000 years old history?) and even less of Magic the Gathering is in it. A generic book about generic guilds would have been better. It would be less false representation (this is not really a campain setting and iconic MtG material isn't really present either) and easier to adapt to homebrew settings. ...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 01:32 PM
    I'm reading Circe by Madeline Miller. Si fat I do not see where all the hype comes from. It is good, but not that good.
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    Saturday, 24th November, 2018, 10:59 PM
    It isn't just about where are aliens, but also about when intelligent life evolved. The universe is billions of years old. Intelligent life might have existeded somewhere in the universe before dinosaures walked on Terra and it might happen again after the human race is extinct. We might be alone in the universe right now (might), but de might not be the only intelligent the universe knows.
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Monday, 10th December, 2018

  • 06:34 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I agree. Ravnica's campaign guide is objectivaly bad for a campaign setting, but you know D&D is good. It reminds me of how people defended the quality fo 4e products and we all know how that ended. Case in point. :D Thank you for being willing to be such a clear demonstration Kramodlog. It does make it much easier.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017

  • 01:31 PM - Blue mentioned Kramodlog in post What are you reading? [March 2017]
    Kramodlog wow, those are remarkably similar. Like, what are the odds that was coincidental? Just went to dig a bit and found this: http://io9.gizmodo.com/amazon-pulls-castalia-house-book-for-ripping-off-john-s-1793533638 A choice excerpt: Thereís a reason Beale made a cover that looks exactly like Scalziís, and itís not to ride his coattails. This is all part of Bealeís longstanding feud (or obsession) with Scalzi, who hasnít shied away from criticizing him in the past. Beale has long considered himself Scalziís literary rival, even though theyíre on completely different levels of success. Beale has said and done questionable and offensive things to perpetuate that rivalry, including accusing Scalzi of rape because of a satirical article he wrote in 2012.

Monday, 26th October, 2015


Wednesday, 14th October, 2015

  • 02:33 PM - Sadras mentioned Kramodlog in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    Yes, that would be why I very specifically stated, "...there must at the very least be a full admission of events." Right, I missed that line. "Islamic history", or "history"? I would say the latter. After all, do we refer to the systemic subjugation of Jews in Europe as "Christian History", or just "history"? This isn't hair splitting but rather pointing out a specific inequity in phrasing, that is aimed at supporting a premise. Islamic. I'm referring to situations where Islam played (in some still plays) a major role in the policies utilised and actions of the government or people at the time against Non-Muslims. I know they have their own in-fighting but I was not addressing that part of the discussion with regards to Islamophobia with @goldomark.

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015

  • 11:43 PM - Sadras mentioned Kramodlog in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    @goldomark sadly I had a full reply, but it got lost in the submission. I will answer back when I have time available. But I will address one of your's and @Ryujin's comments: As @Ryujin said, there are lots of Imams and Muslims who spoke on such matters. But as you said to him, there aren't enough for you. There will never be enough for you. Very dramatic. You know the people who are lumping Muslims together don't listen to NPR ;) The Muslims of Turkey need to acknowledge the Armenian Persecution and make reparations. The Muslims of Egypt need to acknowledge the injustices against the Copts and make reparations. The Muslims of Pakistan and Bangladesh need to acknowledge their atrocities against the Hindu and Shieks and make reparations...list goes on, including the 200 or so girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria. At least the memes with the ridiculous Michelle Obama were funny. This is very much similar to how South Africa acknowledged the atrocities under the Apartheid Regime, establi...
  • 11:42 PM - Sadras mentioned Kramodlog in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    double post

Thursday, 3rd September, 2015

  • 09:06 PM - Lhorgrim mentioned Kramodlog in post You can now get a citation for making direct eye contact with a cop
    goldomark, 8 years is incredibly long for a criminal case here. Almost unheard of. I could see a civil case dragging on that long maybe. Here a judge decides bond, and if you make it you're out until trial date. A prosecutor can review the charges and drop them before court if they don't feel it's a good case. Generally officers have immunity if they make a bad arrest, as long as they acted in good faith. I take you in for DUI because you were weaving and had balance issues. I don't smell alcohol but believe you are on prescription meds. You bring a doctor's statement to the prosecutor or to court and show that you have a medical condition that mimics intoxication. Charges are dropped, but the officer isn't charged because the arrest met a reasonableness standard. However, if I stop you and you exhibit no indicators of impaired driving and I arrest you anyway, then I could be charged with false arrest. More likely you would go for a civil payout and try to get the city's insurance t...

Monday, 17th August, 2015

  • 06:33 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Confederate Flag
    Y'know, it's kinda funny. I work in Japan, teaching English and have done so for a long time. I work at the local Nissan factory here in Kyushu, from time to time. Now, Nissan is owned, at least a large part of it is, by Renault, a French company. The CEO of Nissan is French. Yet, all my students study English. Why would that be? You'd think in a French company, where the local workers have never studied French, they'd be pushing French language studies. Could it be because English is the Lingua Franca of business and the rest of the world is spending billions of dollars on English language education? When a French, German and Japanese businessman sit down together, you can pretty much guarantee that they are speaking English. goldomark made a point that speaking English at work is discriminatory. No, it isn't. Everyone has an equal opportunity to learn English and do business. It would be discriminatory if other languages were accepted, but not French. But, that's not the is...
  • 01:01 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Confederate Flag
    Look, goldomark, what I've never understood about the separatist movement is this: What do you expect to gain from a separate Quebec? How do you figure that a separate Quebec will be better off than one within confederation? How will a cash strapped newly-independent Quebec stop the Americans from turning you into a giant theme park?

Friday, 14th August, 2015

  • 03:22 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Confederate Flag
    As I said before, reconciliation not reparation. goldomark's points would carry a lot more water if you didn't have New Brunswick, right next to Quebec, which is a fully integrated, bilingual province with French and English given equal protections and rights. No one complains about New Brunswick being French. And as far as repression or racism goes, Quebec has pretty much everything it ever asked for. It's own police force, it's own legal system (distinct from the rest of Canada), every one of their laws is protected by the Constitution (mostly because a very short time after the Constitution was written in the early 1980's, Quebec invoked the Notwithstanding Clause and made every Quebec law exempt from the Canadian Constitution), there is no barrier to French Canadians getting jobs or education anywhere in Canada, and all of this is paid for in part by the rest of Canada. And, if you want to talk about people making fun of Quebec, umm, what province is exempt from that? Never hea...

Thursday, 13th August, 2015

  • 01:38 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Confederate Flag
    Just to add a point about the hostility between have and have not provinces. goldomark, there's another reason you don't see quite as open hostility towards, say, Eastern Canada or Manitoba as you do with Quebec. Those places aren't actively trying to break up the country every twenty years and then spending the next twenty years stirring the pot so we can spend another couple of years and hundreds of millions of dollars on yet another failed attempt to leave the country. Nor have those parts of Canada seen terrorists laying pipe bombs and murdering politicians. So, there is a bit of history there that does change how Quebec gets viewed. There is some residual hostility from that.
  • 01:20 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Confederate Flag
    Yeah, sorry, that took a left turn. Although the idea of racism and ethnic conflict is still there. Rolling this back around. What is needed isn't reparations necessarily but reconciliation. How do the groups figure out how to come together and work past what happened in the past? And make sure that it isn't continuing in the present. It's August, so, here in Japan, we're obviously talking a lot about the war and the bombs. But, it's a very different conversation. Not a pleasant one to be sure, but not really... hostile. For example, Truman's grandson is in Japan. One thing he gets asked about frequently is if he should apologise for what his grandfather did. His answer was pretty clear; what would be the point of apology? Would it resolve anything? Would it help? Better to spread information about the events, so that both sides can try to learn from the experience and move on. And, from the reaction from the Japanese people, that seems to be the right answer. It's not about...

Thursday, 6th August, 2015

  • 07:37 PM - doctorhook mentioned Kramodlog in post Character Narratives Preview from PRIMEVAL THULE
    For Montreal, yeah that sounds about right.lol Yeah, goldomark's posts made a lot more sense to me once I looked at his/her location. The extra abilities are flavorful, but I think 5E characters are powerful enough as is. The per encounter abilities are definitely 5E, more 4E really.I think it's just the language; "cannot use this ability again until you take a short or long rest" is 5E's "once per encounter". I don't know that I like the mixing of backgrounds and combat abilities--it's way too open to abuse.
  • 06:08 PM - doctorhook mentioned Kramodlog in post Character Narratives Preview from PRIMEVAL THULE
    goldomark @Desalus steeldragons "Thule" sounds weird...but not any weirder than "Krynn" or "Oerth" or "Eberron" to me (and I love Eberron). It's just a strange set of sounds for my English tongue, and I'm not used to it yet. Looks like a cool setting though; I'll kick that starter.

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015

  • 04:33 PM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post So, 5e OGL
    See, I'm not sure if that's fair goldomark. I think that perception is a bit... biased. I look at EN World's Reviews of WOTC's adventures, and I get 19 products. Only three of those 19 are ranked at around 50% approval. Seven are ranked at over 80%. Just about half. Not a bad bunch of reviews really. But, for some reason, people insist that WOTC has such a bad reputation for adventures. I'm not really sure that that's warranted to be honest. It's more that WOTC just, for a long time, was never really interested in producing adventures. But, several seasons of organised play later, I'm thinking they've got their game together.

Friday, 1st May, 2015

  • 07:02 PM - redrick mentioned Kramodlog in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
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  • 04:46 PM - SkidAce mentioned Kramodlog in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    Mistwell and goldomark , please let this thread be... I may agree/disagree with various points, but not here, not again?
  • 12:38 PM - Mercurius mentioned Kramodlog in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    While I'm glad this is out, goldomark has a point. From a cursory scan through the product it reminds me a bit of the "WotC Presents" and the "Dungeon Survival Guide" that came out betwen 3.5 and 4E - more of a product about products than an actual product of content. But here's the other thing: maybe this is fine. D&D really needs a "town crier," a kind of central location for the community to get news and little tid-bits to encourage interest. Maybe Dragon+ can be that. I personally am not thrilled about what I've seen so far - it does seem like more of an advertisement and doesn't have the "warm and fuzzy" feeling that the print mag had, but it is something. But here's the best thing of all: That it is, and that we didn't know about it until it was available to us. That implies that there are more surprises in store, or at least their could be. And that feeling of "could be" is a spark of magic all on its own.

Saturday, 25th April, 2015

  • 03:29 AM - Hussar mentioned Kramodlog in post The Realms WILL Be Updated!
    So, goldomark and Shasarak, in a thread that has nothing to do with cancelled products, your reason for bringing up Mearls' tweet was what?


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Monday, 10th December, 2018

  • 06:34 AM - Hussar quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I agree. Ravnica's campaign guide is objectivaly bad for a campaign setting, but you know D&D is good. It reminds me of how people defended the quality fo 4e products and we all know how that ended. Case in point. :D Thank you for being willing to be such a clear demonstration Kramodlog. It does make it much easier.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018


Thursday, 6th December, 2018

  • 04:10 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    So you do not have the numbers and can't back what you advanced. I can back my position perfectly well. Do you have numbers that show the adventures are not selling well? :)
  • 02:32 PM - chibi graz'zt quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I'm fascinated by how the enthousiasm over new DnD books is low right now (my metric is how few people flock to review them nowadays, and how poorly they are rated), but sales of all DnD products are up 30% each years. I wonder if books aren't the source of revenues they were and DMsguild and other licenses are driving it. D&D has never been more popular, or sold more ;-) I see books reviewed just as regularly as before; I recommend you expand your web searches. New York times just dropped an article about the ever growing popularity of D&D. Yes, the New York Times.
  • 02:06 PM - vincegetorix quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    So not that different from EW, and thus EW reviews are representative. uh...not really. Reddit is the place you go to see character illustrations (mainly anime style) and new DM arguing that a steampunk or post-magic-apocalyptic-no-gods-nor-magic setting is an interesting new concept. Enworld is the place I go when I want to see elderly people arguing for 100 pages on important subjects such as: - Was the font used in Basic Rules better than the one used in an obscure supplement from 2e edition. - The true etymological meaning of a specific term used in a special edition of the fiend folio only available in Djibouti. - Were the eyelashes of Gygax longer on its left eye or the right one. You see, very different. :P
  • 05:17 AM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    Where do you get the numbers? I thought we only got ranks on Amazon. I would suspect the difference between #1 and 5 isn't that big, but #1 and 500 is huge. There are places that analyze what it means: the point is, the 5E books are moving copies. The four year old AP is still selling on Amazon, and I can get it at my local Barnes & Noble or FLGS.
  • 02:30 AM - Prakriti quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    What are they talking about? I can't stand the D&D subreddit. It feels like 90% of the posts are "Look, I drew my character!" while the other 10% are "Look, I commissioned an artist to draw my character!" The mods tried to ban these types of posts at one point, but the users revolted and continued to post them anyways.
  • 02:16 AM - vincegetorix quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    What are they talking about? A lot of new DM and players asking question, often answered by ''your DM sucks'' or ''quit this game''. A lot of talk about hexblade dips. :p Also, a lot of links to short videos that makes arbitrary top 5 ranking of stuff.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

  • 04:31 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    Here is composed of 300,000 posters. Scientific polls do not even reach that sort of representation. Looking at the dates when some accounts were made and how some themes keep coming up in threats (e.g. aligments), I'd say there is a fair share of new people to the game and the hobby here. Granted, the grognard demographics might be more represented, but there are lots of new folk here. Looking at Amazon charts, the core books are the ones who stay high, not the APs (Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage aren't even APs) or supplements. Newbies attracted to the hobby because of streaming seems to drive those sells. Ashame the products that would root them in the community aren't up to par. Streaming might just be a fad like many others, so what will drive sells of 5e once that fad passes? Certainly not the products. Hoard of the Dragon Queen, easily the worst 5E book and over 4 years old at this point, is #518 among all books right now on Amazon. The Amazon numbers are not histori...
  • 02:17 AM - Jester David quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    Here is composed of 300,000 posters. Scientific polls do not even reach that sort of representation. Looking at the dates when some accounts were made and how some themes keep coming up in threats (e.g. aligments), I'd say there is a fair share of new people to the game and the hobby here. Granted, the grognard demographics might be more represented, but there are lots of new folk here. Looking at Amazon charts, the core books are the ones who stay high, not the APs (Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage aren't even APs) or supplements. Newbies attracted to the hobby because of streaming seems to drive those sells. Ashame the products that would root them in the community aren't up to par. Streaming might just be a fad like many others, so what will drive sells of 5e once that fad passes? Certainly not the products. Thatís 300,000 accounts, not posters. And thatís made over the history of the site, not active forumites. It includes a lot of former posters, lurkers, sock puppet accou...
  • 01:25 AM - Morrus quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    Here is composed of 300,000 posters. Scientific polls do not even reach that sort of representation. Looking at the dates when some accounts were made and how some themes keep coming up in threats (e.g. aligments), I'd say there is a fair share of new people to the game and the hobby here. Granted, the grognard demographics might be more represented, but there are lots of new folk here. The demographics are a lot younger than they used to be. And that's just people who have accounts, of course. The *readership* is the important stat (it's a news site, primarily, not a forum) and the are skewing a LOT younger these days.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018

  • 04:46 PM - Jester David quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I'm fascinated by how the enthousiasm over new DnD books is low right now (my metric is how few people flock to review them nowadays, and how poorly they are rated), but sales of all DnD products are up 30% each years. It's almost as if we're not representative of the overall audience. Like as if there were suddenly three times as many D&D players out there right now, most never having played before, and not frequenting the same websites as their parents... I wonder if books aren't the source of revenues they were and DMsguild and other licenses are driving it. DMsGuild is doing okay. So much so that DriveThru RPG needed to add two new metal for their bestsellers: mithral and adamantine. Because there were too many Platinum bestsellers. But even then, Mithral selling products are still only in the 2500 copies sold range. Only 67 have hit that. Meanwhile, 90.73% of products haven't even sold 50 copies. So they're not getting much money from the fans. Even the official PDFs of class produc...
  • 04:43 PM - lluewhyn quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I'm fascinated by how the enthousiasm over new DnD books is low right now (my metric is how few people flock to review them nowadays, and how poorly they are rated), but sales of all DnD products are up 30% each years. I wonder if books aren't the source of revenues they were and DMsguild and other licenses are driving it. I love a lot of the accessories WotC has put out for D&D over the years (I just bought the 0-6 CR Monster Cards last night and are eager to try them out), but I've been mostly unhappy with the official published adventures they've put out. I've found much greater satisfaction with the smaller, cheaper adventures found on these third-party sites.
  • 04:05 PM - jayoungr quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I'm fascinated by how the enthousiasm over new DnD books is low right now (my metric is how few people flock to review them nowadays... The number of reviews is highly likely to increase after the holidays. A lot of people are probably expecting to get these as presents over the next month or so.
  • 03:58 PM - eyeheartawk quoted Kramodlog in post Review Dragon Heist, Mad Mage, and Ravnica!
    I'm fascinated by how the enthousiasm over new DnD books is low right now (my metric is how few people flock to review them nowadays, and how poorly they are rated), but sales of all DnD products are up 30% each years. I wonder if books aren't the source of revenues they were and DMsguild and other licenses are driving it. I think part of that review drought has to do with these particular releases. You've got to figure the enthusiasm for Forgotten Realms products certainly isn't at its zenith given we've already had a bunch of Realms stuff. In the case of Ravnica, I think the number of ratings reflect the general lack of interest in Magic the Gathering among the type of RPG enthusiasts who would rate a book such as this.

Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

  • 07:26 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    From zero settings to a flood? What happened to cannabilization? It is such a weird 180 and contradicts what we were told about the business. And yes, I use to complain about the lack of setting. I'm not complaining about their sudden increase in number in setting books. I'm wondering why the change in strategy. I do complain about the lack of campain setting info in the setting books though. They've said for a couple years that they wanted to do settings, and we're working on new ways to do them in a product I think with Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Way finder's Guide to Eberron, we can triangulate what new setting products moving forwards might look like: genre books that can be mined by homebrewers, as much a deep dive like old school settings.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 03:37 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Dragon+: Q&A with Jeremy Crawford, 10/30/18
    We see more and more of Crawford. Did Mearls get a promotion/demotion/something else? Mearls got a promotion a while back. His new title is Franchise Creative Director, which he described on Twitter as follows: "Mainly a difference of scope - looking at the bigger picture for D&D in terms of new things, still involved in the RPG, but with growing staff Iíll be more strategic (product concepts) than tactical (specific subclasses)." "This is already true for many products. @chrisperkinsDnD drives the annual campaigns, @JeremyECrawford oversees most everything else. To use a product like Voloís as an example - Iíd still guide creative, just would not write two of the monster sections." https://www.sageadvice.eu/2017/12/24/congratulations-to-mike-mearls-now-hes-the-franchise-creative-director/ Do note that the previous hour on the Twitch channel was all Mearls, though.

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 01:01 AM - Morrus quoted Kramodlog in post More Details About RPGSports Emerge
    D&D was never about PvP or speed runs (aside from some exceptions that someone will inevitably bring up). It was about the narrative. So this will not work. They're not just "some exceptions" to be casually dismissed. D&D has had a rich history of competitive and tournament play for 40 years. I've never engaged with it, but I've been aware of it.

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 02:06 AM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post More Details About RPGSports Emerge
    D&D was never about PvP or speed runs (aside from some exceptions that someone will inevitably bring up). It was about the narrative. So this will not work. If by "some exceptions" you mean Arneson and Gygax's original home games...heck, the Cleric Class was born out of PvP concerns in the primeval Blackmoor game.
  • 01:21 AM - pemerton quoted Kramodlog in post More Details About RPGSports Emerge
    D&D was never about PvP or speed runs (aside from some exceptions that someone will inevitably bring up).Well, you said it was inevitable . . . Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan is a tournament module that is almost literally a "speed run" - if you don't make it out of the first level in time you lose! (Because your PC dies.) PvP is a different matter. I don't know of any well-established tradition, other than "my guy can beat your guy" playground-style arguments. Of the various editions of D&D, 3E and 5e seem best suited to PvP.


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