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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.

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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.

Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 09:14 AM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    But there is still other non-guild affiliated people and stuff on Ravinica. I also want to learn about them too. That makes for a rich and diverse setting. It also increases the books useful life. Council of Wyrms didn't last more than two sessions. I absolutely agree. The beastiary and Kenko's Way and the parts on the guildless will hopefully help with that. I hope to learn about Sewer Goblins, and the Cult of Yore, the Angel of Serenity, and more.

Thursday, 25th October, 2018

  • 07:25 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    As he can in Shadowrun. There are enough empty spaces in the established SR cities to make things up, not to mention many cities which are not detailed at all. Same goes for corporations etc. And still, Shadowrun is so much more than just the Big 10. And especially newcomers are much better served with descriptions of how people work and live and how cities etc. look like than just with an description of the Megas. How does it help a new player to envision the Shadowrun world when he has a list of all Wuxing subsidiaries? Not that Ravnica will even get into this level of detail. Of the 6 pages of content each guild gets 2-3 will likely be rules. Add an art piece and the actual information you get for the guild will be rather small. So I really wonder if the content of this book will enable you in any way to paint a detailed and immersive picture of Ravnica. Backgrounds are not rule intensive, crunch wise you can pack them in. There will be a lot of tables in here, but those go to help b...
  • 05:59 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    Thinking on this for a couple days, it occurred to me that this book is apparently 180-odd pages of lore and stuff prior to a giant section of monsters. Which is pretty comparable to the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron. If you added a comparable number of monsters to that book, you'd end up with a book almost the exact same size. They're very comparable in the amount of pages. Which makes it interesting to compare what they assign pages to. So... comparing pages. Intro. The base information of the setting. GGtR has 5-pages of introduction. WGtE has 16-pages of introduction Winner: Eberron. Characters. Character options and advice on making characters. GGtR has 18-pages. Six new races and two subclasses while detailing two other PHB races. WGtE has 30-pages that add four races but details the role of every PHB race. Winner: Hard to say... Eberron goes into much more detail, but GGtG has more content. Leaning to Eberron for explaining how gnomes fit vs just assuming people won't play variant r...
  • 04:40 PM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    And we see guilds take much of the space. Not the world. The products I mentioned had more variety of content in them. The Guilds shape that entire world and most things in it. These are more then just Guilds, they are world spanning organizations that run the government, many institutions, how huge areas the territory, they all have their school, soldiers, monsters and so on.
  • 03:02 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    Why buy a book if you have to invent your setting anyway? Might as well use homebrew settings for cheaper. For the Guilds, and the material around them. If I run it, I'd probably use the Tenth District anyways: 20 pages is more than adequate for a campaign, especially with loads of tables to help make stuff up. But I'm in this for the playable Medium Centaurs and Loxodon.
  • 10:16 AM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    I've seen what a setting can realistically have at its first forey. It can be a huge amounts like Forgotten Realms' Old Grey Box or Eberron's original campaign setting or Ravenloft's campaign box. Ravnica's containt ain't there. Not by a long shot. We haven't actually read the book, only the ToC.

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 02:08 AM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    Always revolt. Never surrender. Choose your battles wisely and have realistic expectations.
  • 01:24 AM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    I have a pretty good idea of what they are. They are the entire setting of Ravnica in that D&D supplement. It will get old fast. As Jester pointed out, there use to be a setting called Council of Wyrms where you played dragons. You could play it it for long Same for the 3e setting Ghostwalk. You could play the dead soul of your character. They are one trick ponies that do not can be fun at first, but become boring real fast. There also was the Planescape setting. The planes and Sigil had factions which is another word ofr guilds. Factions quickly became part of the background of our adventures rather than the main feature. What saved Planescape was the dept of the setting. It had other stuff to offer than factions. With out that dept, the setting would be as forgotten as Birthright. I played and/or DMed in all those settings (except Birthright). Gimmicks get old fast. Dept is what is needed to make a players and DMs reach for that book more than once. Even once you feel like the Setti...
  • 12:39 AM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    That is even less sensical. It like buying the Old Grey Box and having only Suzail described. That's basically my problem with the book. It doesn't really feel like a full setting that takes advantage of its ecumopolis premise, in favour of focusing solely on how the guilds interact. Now, I get why the guilds are a big deal to people. In the card game, the guilds are the main way of interacting with the setting, being the archetypes you build your deck around. For a CCG, strong, clear archetypes are going to be what makes the game interesting, and the world those archetypes exist in is mostly window dressing. The issue, however, is that what makes for a good CCG setting doesn't necessarily translate into making a good rpg setting on a 1:1 basis. Even if everyone in the setting is sorting hatted out into one of these factions, the faction they belong to will still only be one small element of their character. The world the factions and characters inhabit should instead take the forefront. ...

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 10:33 PM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    That is even less sensical. It like buying the Old Grey Box and having only Suzail described. The funny thing is that I already used Ravnica's parts in previous campaigns. I had a necromancer grow hallucinogenic mushrooms on zombies in the sewers of a city. That was the Golgari Swarm influence. In a village I had a ghost council of the village's founders run things. That des the Orzhov Syndicate influence. I also had an ecumenopolis (In ruins) as a moon that orbited a gas giant with many habitable moons. Granted that was more Narnia inspired. The point is, Ravnica is old(-ish) and I already used its parts. So use some of the monsters and NPCs, or use a different aspect of the guild as inspiration, they are very broad. One idea, maybe a village has temple dedicated to a rogue Deathpact Angel, who has trained an order of clerics to serve her and worship and help create new Deathpact Angels. And it seems evil at first, but maybe she eliminated a threat to the village, and ...
  • 07:30 PM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    That is even less sensical. It like buying the Old Grey Box and having only Suzail described. Thats not how it works. The Guilds are a part of the worlds Lore. There are only 10 of them. And they determine nearly everything. You are pretty much complaining about something you have no idea about. I think the idea is that maybe they should have expanded the setting beyond the capital region, and maybe explored more locations and cultures. If you read the novels the guilds are the dominate force and the world government of the plane, but most people are still guileless, and the guilds don't control everything, there are organizations outside the guilds, religions, and cultures that predate the guildpact. And there have been revolts against the guilds. And guilds were even dissolved for a time. Its like the government departments, they determine an aweful lot, from infosteuxture, to schools, hospitals, the military, even in some cases religion (like in Iran). But no where doe...
  • 07:21 PM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    That is even less sensical. It like buying the Old Grey Box and having only Suzail described. I think the 10th district is bigger then Suzail, but your point is well taken. MtG settings are more Settingettes as someone mentioned, then full settings. In fact 5e really doesn't do full Campaign Setting Guides anymore, even FR didn't get one. Honestly I don't know what to tell you. I'm getting it for the races, the subclasses, and the Beastiary, although I will enjoy the Guilds sections as well and the 10th district Map. Still it's impossible to fully gage the value of a book by it's ToC, I made that sort of mistake with the SCAG. I don't think it is a setting I would use all the time, maybe once in a while, or as crossover in other campaigns, unlike FR where the options are endless.
  • 07:14 PM - MonsterEnvy quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    It isn't a book for anyone needs. In previous iterations of the game it wouldn't have been well recieved. But now people are starved for content, and will accepte anything. Even those who say they do not need content cause they can make it up (why buy it if you can come up with guilds yourself? ). Thats not how it works. The Guilds are a part of the worlds Lore. There are only 10 of them. And they determine nearly everything. You are pretty much complaining about something you have no idea about.
  • 07:09 PM - gyor quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    They won't. Settings get one book now. I'd be surprised it get even one AP. Sadly true. It's a great edition whose one weakness is a huge lack of ambition so it never reaches it's potential.
  • 02:17 PM - Parmandur quoted Kramodlog in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    The book has 24 pages on tge world. Considering there might be email maps and art there will not be many locations. They spend 24 pages on the main megacity District. The Guilds, which they spend huge amounts of space on, are the world for narrative purposes. But, hey, different stroke for different folks: this may not be the book for you.


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