View Profile: Gradine - Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG News
Tab Content
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    I get the point you're trying to make here, and I know a lot of this is largely a personal preference thing, but I have to ask how one can consider "player has input on whether their character is permanently dead or not" to be at odds with "player agency". Like, there's an argument to made that a PC's actions should have real consequences, but "death" is but one of great many consequences, and...
    48 replies | 1330 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    They got you covered.
    48 replies | 1330 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    My last 3.5 character was a dwarven transmuter who hulked out (Enlarge) and waded into melee. Not the most efficient or optimized character by far but fun as hell. 5e ironically makes that character both easier (+2 Con/+2 Str! Free equipment proficiencies! Shame about shields though) and harder (Concentration; only have one buff spell active at a time) to run. On balance I think 5e build wins;...
    51 replies | 11499 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:14 PM
    I tend to design campaigns that are somewhat serious, but my players are all friends and very silly so it often descends into the goofy very quickly. In a recent session of HotDQ the party band did an "Enthralling Performance" dance (which she pantomimed irl; this was even timed) while Cyanwrath was trying to goad one of the PC's into another one-on-one duel. Both berserkers failed their save,...
    48 replies | 1330 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:24 PM
    Cape of the Mountebank 17 Cloak of Arachnidia 12 Cloak of the Bat 10 Cloak of Displacement 25 Cloak of the Manta Ray 15 Mantle of Spell Resistance 12 Robe of the Archmagi 24 Robe of Eyes 15 Robe of Stars 33 Robe of Useful Items 13
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    Beard the :):):):) on, gentle belt (nsfw language in link)
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 09:24 PM
    Belt of Dwarvenkind 3 Belt of Giant Strength 5 Cape of the Mountebank 18 Cloak of Arachnidia 15 Cloak of the Bat 17 Cloak of Displacement 25 Cloak of Elvenkind 9 Cloak of the Manta Ray 15 Mantle of Spell Resistance 16 Robe of the Archmagi 27
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 04:51 PM
    Belt of Dwarvenkind 7 - You know what, this is an amusing little item, and far more interesting than some other items on the list. I mean, I don't see the Mantle of Spell Resistance helping you grow a more luxurious beard. Belt of Giant Strength 7 - This, however, is a snooze-fest. Cape of the Mountebank 18 Cloak of Arachnidia 13 Cloak of the Bat 19 Cloak of Displacement 25 Cloak of...
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 05:33 PM
    @mortwatcher's votes got skipped Belt of Dwarvenkind 9 Belt of Giant Strength 7 Cape of the Mountebank 18 Cloak of Arachnidia 17 Cloak of the Bat 19 Cloak of Displacement 25 Cloak of Elvenkind 17 Cloak of Invisibility 3
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    1 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:21 PM
    Belt of Dwarvenkind 14 Belt of Giant Strength 10 Cape of the Mountebank 20 Cloak of Arachnidia 18 Cloak of the Bat 21 Cloak of Displacement 23 Cloak of Elvenkind 18 Cloak of Invisibility 10 Cloak of the Manta Ray 16 Mantle of Spell Resistance 20
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 07:13 PM
    Wouldn't the Barbarian be more "Belty McNumbersGoDown"? :p
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:24 PM
    I guess people are fighting a lot of fiends and undead, eh?
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:23 PM
    Belt of Dwarvenkind 15 Belt of Giant Strength 15 - Time for Belty McNumbersGoUp to meet the same fate. Cape of the Mountebank 20 Cloak of Arachnidia 17 Cloak of the Bat 20 Cloak of Displacement 22 Cloak of Elvenkind 19 Cloak of Invisibility 17 Cloak of the Manta Ray 17 - Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Mantle of Spell Resistance 20
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 10:03 PM
    Belt of Dwarvenkind 19 Belt of Giant Strength 20 Cape of the Mountebank 20 Cloak of Arachnidia 20 Cloak of the Bat 20 Cloak of Displacement 22 Cloak of Elvenkind 21 Cloak of Invisibility 20 Cloak of the Manta Ray 15 - I don't really get why people always gangpile some of the more interesting options available. Cloak of Protection 12 - Especially not when Blandy McNumbersGoUp is sitting...
    181 replies | 2678 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:11 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 5 Mace of Disruption 8
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:04 AM
    I’ll give you a hint; nobody in the history of anything, EVER, has used that term to refer to “just” an eye shape.
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    4 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:28 PM
    CW: Racial slurs I'm not sure how one can make the argument that redskin is clearly an unacceptable racial slur but slant-eyed somehow isn't. This isn't apples to oranges; this is, at most, red delicious* to granny smith**; they're both apples and they're both awful. You keep making the argument that you don't believe JRRT intended that passage to be racist, but (a) nobody's arguing that he...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    3 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:44 PM
    I would argue that it is still the case that Critical Role needs D&D more than D&D needs Critical Role. There's a reason they switched to D&D from PF in the first place as soon as they started streaming. D&D gives them the bigger built in audience. They would only stand to lose patronage if they went rogue with a homebrew system. It's not as hard as it used to be, but it still takes a lot of...
    102 replies | 3402 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:34 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 12 - "Nobody tosses a dwarf." Mace of Disruption 15 - aka Mace of Undead Slaying :yawn:
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:21 PM
    I'm a few days late here, but can I introduce you to Eberron? Note that in Eberron there are always-evil creatures, but they are entirely immortal and/or supernatural/extraplanar in nature (undead, fiends, celestials, aberrations, etc.). But this is only because they technically lack the free will afforded mortal races (including monstrous races, such as medusas, harpies, etc.) Note that...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    2 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 04:44 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 18 Hammer of Thunderbolts 17 Mace of Disruption 15 Didn't we weed out the other "<foo> slayer" weapons a long time ago?
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 05:54 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 23 Hammer of Thunderbolts 17 Mace of Disruption 19 Mace of Smiting 4
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 04:44 PM
    I think the comparison is apt though. Ravenloft has many of the prominent features you'd find in survival horror video games: *Closed Circle - Escape is either impossible or very non-trivial, and figuring out how to escape can be as difficult as the escaping. *Limited Resources - Survival horror games rely on limiting your resources (ammo, healing items, etc.) to amp up the suspense and dread;...
    25 replies | 658 view(s)
    1 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 08:27 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 27 Hammer of Thunderbolts 20 Mace of Disruption 21 Mace of Smiting 10
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th March, 2019, 03:15 AM
    Dwarven Thrower 26 Hammer of Thunderbolts 22 Mace of Disruption 22 Mace of Smiting 15 Oathbow 6
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Friday, 8th March, 2019, 06:14 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 26 Hammer of Thunderbolts 26 Mace of Disruption 21 Mace of Smiting 23 Oathbow 14
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Friday, 8th March, 2019, 01:41 AM
    Dwarven Thrower 26 Hammer of Thunderbolts 26 Javelin of Lightning 1 Mace of Disruption 23 Mace of Smiting 29 Oathbow 18
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 10:57 PM
    One caveat to this is that it is very, very easy to fall into the trap of excusing attitudes or beliefs as being just a "product of the culture" or that "everyone was like that back then." This erases large swaths of people who may or may not have been "ahead of their time" but were/are certainly fighting for justice and raising a stink about it, regardless of their numbers or overall impact. ...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    1 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 08:56 PM
    I'm going to act as if your use of this word is not as dismissive and condescending as it comes across. It's not cherry-picking, it's using examples to make a point. And, apologies to the cultural differences between the U.S. and France, but globalism was a thing. You don't think the French weren't reading Ellison or Hurtson? Or that Americans weren't reading Barthes? Or that the French...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 08:24 PM
    I disagree, or else most people would refer to the "intentionally fallacy" rather than the "death of the author" when referring to the concept. This is unarguably not the case. That is not what I meant and you know it. But the fact that Ellison's work was lauded in many circles (including winning the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction, over such works as Hemingway's The Old Man and the...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 08:01 PM
    Barthes may not have proposed it, but he certainly popularized it. The fact that he is so often credited for that suggests that while those ideas may been percolating for a while, they did not become the predominant social position of literary critics until at least l'Morte. It may or may not be worth pointing out that Ellison's Invisible Man predates The Verbal Icon by two years. Again,...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 07:18 PM
    Oh goody, it's time to talk about the "Death of the Author" :hmm: I'm of two minds on this, but ultimately I think that the concept of the "Death or the Author" is pretty rubbish. First, we need to separate it from a related but adjacent context: the idea of "intent vs. impact" (though we'll get back to that in a bit). People tend to quote Barthes et. al. in those arguments, but what Barthes...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    4 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 12:33 AM
    Dwarven Thrower 25 Hammer of Thunderbolts 29 Javelin of Lightning 10 Mace of Disruption 25 Mace of Smiting 30 Oathbow 20
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 6th March, 2019, 03:31 AM
    Eh. It can? I wouldn't argue that it generally doesn't; I'm not fond of always-evil sentient humanoids as a concept, but "faceless, human(oid) goons" is a storytelling trope for a reason, many reasons really. While I find an uncritical approach to mowing down actual living, thinking creatures troubling; I wouldn't go so far as accuse the trope as generally leading to more negative attitudes about...
    624 replies | 15138 view(s)
    1 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 06:09 PM
    Dwarven Thrower 27 Giant Slayer 15 Hammer of Thunderbolts 28 Javelin of Lightning 17 Mace of Disruption 24 Mace of Smiting 28 Oathbow 20
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019, 12:55 AM
    Dwarven Thrower 26 Giant Slayer 20 Hammer of Thunderbolts 28 Javelin of Lightning 17 Mace of Disruption 27 Mace of Smiting 28 Oathbow 23
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 05:19 PM
    Berserker Axe 14 Dagger of Venom 4 I'm kind of surprised at the hate for this... unlike quite a few of these entries, the Dagger of Venom is a classic. Dwarven Thrower 33 Giant Slayer 24 Didn't we already get rid of the arrows of slaying? What's a less versatile version of the same doing on the positive side of 20? Hammer of Thunderbolts 31 Javelin of Lightning 21 Mace of Disruption 27...
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 06:03 PM
    I have maybe two-and-a-half hours in which to play, every other week, with a group of up to seven players at a time. We can get a heck of a lot more done in that time with a rules-light system than we can with something more complex. The proliferation of rules-light games are a godsend for tables like mine. We wouldn't be able to play RPGs otherwise. They might not always have the longevity...
    171 replies | 7102 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 05:42 PM
    Berserker Axe 16 - There are only so many Clerks references I can make in a family setting Dagger of Venom 8 Dwarven Thrower 34 Giant Slayer 23 Hammer of Thunderbolts 29 Javelin of Lightning 21 Mace of Disruption 31 Mace of Smiting 22 Mace of Terror 18 Oathbow 28
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 06:54 PM
    From what I understand of Groghawk, wouldn't a detailed hardcover setting book kind of go against the idea of the setting altogether? Like, it was the original Points of Light setting. I kind of got the sense that that, apart from the overall tone, was what really set it apart from FR, which is very much not an undiscovered world of mysteries.
    142 replies | 4775 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Arrow of Slaying 0 Everybody knows that hippies hate Slayer Berserker Axe 19 For when the love that you have is like a truck Dagger of Venom 12 Dwarven Thrower 31 Giant Slayer 23 Hammer of Thunderbolts 28 Javelin of Lightning 21 Mace of Disruption 29 Mace of Smiting 20 Mace of Terror 18
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 11:29 PM
    You're not going to tell me the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise any time soon, are you? Because I know where that path leads and I'd really rather not be on Samuel L. Jackson's bad side.
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
  • Gradine's Avatar
    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 11:13 PM
    :( It wasn't the Scimitar of Speed's fault that lowkey doesn't understand swords :( Arrow of Slaying 4 Berserker Axe 18 Dagger of Venom 15 Dwarven Thrower 31 Giant Slayer 22 Hammer of Thunderbolts 25 Javelin of Lightning 21 Mace of Disruption 33
    334 replies | 7324 view(s)
    0 XP
No More Results
About Gradine

Basic Information

Age
33
About Gradine
Location:
Arcata, CA
Disable sharing sidebar?:
No

Statistics


Total Posts
Total Posts
2,042
Posts Per Day
0.49
Last Post
How serious is your d&d? Today 01:08 AM

Currency

Gold Pieces
4
General Information
Last Activity
Today 02:58 AM
Join Date
Sunday, 11th November, 2007
Product Reviews & Ratings
Reviews Written
1
Page 1 of 7 1234567 LastLast

Monday, 25th March, 2019


Sunday, 24th March, 2019


Saturday, 23rd March, 2019


Thursday, 21st March, 2019


Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


Tuesday, 19th March, 2019


Monday, 18th March, 2019


Friday, 15th March, 2019


Thursday, 14th March, 2019



Page 1 of 7 1234567 LastLast
Page 1 of 7 1234567 LastLast

Sunday, 6th January, 2019

  • 05:20 PM - SkidAce mentioned Gradine in post Missing Community Supporter and Silver Subscriber under name.
    I looked closer at my display name etc today and noticed that it does not list me as a silver subscriber nor a community supporter. I would have assumed it was part of the flux of display changes that have occurred, but then I noticed other people (such as Gradine) still have their info listed. Its understood on my part that the badges are bugged, so no worries there. From what I understand, my name font is supposed to be silver also...:D

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 10:43 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Thanks very much! I'm thrilled that Carriage Court won through. In the last few years, the competition has become harder. The word count on the first round makes it a true test. Increasing the elements through the rounds has made a challenging task that much more difficult. Competing in the past has made me a stronger writer, and a stronger DM. It's made me question things in a more critical light, to ask why a certain element needs to be this thing and not this other thing. And I can see, by the caliber of entries put forth by my competition, that I'm not the only one who's become better through past competition. Iron DM is always a test, and I'm pleased to have risen to the occasion this year. I feel like these adventures are some of my best work. Gradine, Writ In Blood was an evocative, fascinating adventure. The whole theme throughout was delightfully dark, with a full-fledged haunted realm for the PCs to explore. When I first read it, I wasn't sure which way the judges would go; I think yours is much stronger than mine in a few specific areas, including on some of the elements. I think the judgements, even though they all fell my way, were close in each case. I look forward to squaring off against you next year. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune, thank you all for the tremendous amount of work you've put in judging these entries. I have never been a judge for this competition; I find the very idea of it daunting and intriguing in equal measure. I don't envy you some of the choices you had to make, there were truly some fantastic entries in this competition. But I'll thank all of you for the hard work and dedication to make this happen. I won't talk any more about my process. I think I've prattled on enough in the last few ...
  • 05:53 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Gradine and MortalPlague, a formatting error cut out a substantial part of the ending of my judgement (beginning at the first message tag). That has now been rectified.
  • 05:50 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post Judgement for the 2018 IRON DM Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    At last, the finale. Gradine’s “Ravenloft: Writ in Blood” vs. MortalPlague’s “The Culling of Carriage Court.” Both are rich and creepy. Both also are laden with backstory. “Blood” is a bit more so than “Court,” though – to the point that, at times, it reads more like a short story than an adventure scenario for a roleplaying game. This is unfortunate, because the setting that the entry provides is very interesting. But so much happens before the PCs arrive, it seems like there isn’t that much left for them to do. Now, there actually is a lot left for them to do, but it seems like it’s less than what’s going on in the backstory. I can’t help but think that there has to be a more efficient way to get that information across. Enough of that, though. Let’s look at what the adventures do offer. Adventures in Meat Pies, Volume 1 “Court” gives us a presumptive hook that is at best unsatisfying and at worst inadequate. It’s got good flavor (so to speak), but it feels blunt and leading. Worse, it requires...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 06:57 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Congratulations, @MortalPlague! Your adventure was, as always, excellent. I'll get you next time! @Gradine, thank you. It's always a pleasure to compete with you. I'm sure this won't be the last, and I look forward to it. As always, the finish of this competition leaves me chomping at the bit to get involved again. I also have a couple of friends who might like to jump in for next round, and I've promised to furnish them with the link to the contest. I don't believe either of them are current ENWorld members, but that's a deficiency easily fixed. Iron DM is not an easy thing to win consistently. I've competed five years in this competition. I've won twice, but I've been knocked out in the first round three times. It's really a feast or famine thing for me. On the topic of the ingredients, these were certainly a challenge to work with. I started by examining the Pie Wagon. It had to be important that the thing was mobile, and it had to be a food that couldn't be anything but pie. What's significant about pie? You fill it with something. And what's more sinister, more October a...

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 03:06 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, my judgment is up.
  • 03:03 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    ... of which is pretty rad. One question that gets added though; if the Empire found Shugo such a useful tool for killing fey, why would they put his control unit right next to their abandoned prison? Like parking an Apache next to a maximum security prison. Also, that the fey want to be entertained above all else seems a bit odd. Most things in prison seek freedom above all else. Maybe that lack of seemingly-obvious prioritization is why they lost the war. Literary Pass, Comparison: I think MortalPlague's writing was more active and compelling, yet Carriage also raised far more questions. Writ in Blood's setting was evocative while Carriage's was fairly generic. That said, I had to read up on Ravenloft and reread Writ in Blood to get sufficient context to not find it bewildering. I'm tilting slightly in favor of Carriage here. GM Pass, Writ in Blood: There's no clear hook to bring the PCs onboard here. I know it says "intrepid investigators" will jump into solving the crime, but Gradine must have a much more selfless and self-motivated group of players than most of the ones I've played with. It seems like as a GM my primary way of hooking the PCs is by ensuring that nothing else interesting is happening to be sure the PCs care about a missing persons case after they've just suffered a planar abduction. Breaking it into scenes: Hook(players hopefully decide to investigate) → Investigation (PCs tracking the pie wagon) → Confrontation (Pan-ya confesses) → Taneka's reveal (PCs exposited and asked to determine what the Beast is) → Meet Qi'lin → Resolution (Let Qi'lin do his thing OR tell Ooma to move on) A few problems here, the first being with the hook that I mentioned previously. Second, I'm not sure how to get players to the pie wagon without seemingly leading them by the nose to it. Sure it is strange that none of the 150 missing people came from Atakakune, but I'm not sure how I, as GM, would help the find the wagon, then convince the...

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 04:35 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Well... that was a wild one. Gradine, your adventure is excellent. I really like your take on the Iron Law. I think we both made good use of that element, but in entirely different ways. Your Deadly Ink is fascinating; to use the corruption of Ravenloft to change a recipe is inspired, sir. Speaking of the recipe... I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that we both took the cannibal route with the Pie Wagon. :p Your unicorn's fur turning red with blood is an excellent Ravenloft touch. On the topic of my own adventure, I had an early draft set in a forest. The Swan stood at a crossroads with an obelisk marking an ancient necromancer's tomb nobody knew about. The tomb had an ancient guardian; Shugo. And the pie wagon was driven by a halfling who was a necromancer who required Elsie's strength to break into the tomb. I feel like shifting the setting to a town and adding the fey element tied things together nicely. One of my big challenges writing this was to organize the information. At times, I had a se...

Saturday, 27th October, 2018


Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 12:00 AM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    Gradine and MortalPlague, you have 48 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please limit your entry to a title, a list of the ingredients used and 2000 additional words. The judges will be using WordCounter.net to check your entry’s count. Please include your list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Entries that are between 1 and 59 minutes late will have their word-limits reduced to 1800. Later entries that are at less than 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1400. Entries that are at least 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1000. In addition, entries that are at least 2 days late may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge with consent from the match's opposing competitor. Entries that exceed their word-limits will be considered to end once they reach that limit;...

Thursday, 25th October, 2018


Wednesday, 24th October, 2018


Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 10:59 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, if you are both available for it, please confirm and we will post your ingredients at around 5:00 PM Eastern Thursday.
  • 06:30 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Monster Types- DRAGON WINS!
    Gradine: My head cannon says that dragons hoard treasure because they serve a draconic god of wealth, and that with enough treasure they can buy immortality. I wouldn't say that they are "played out," but more often than not I think they are played badly. And I think that the pallete swapping is a feature, not a bug...once I created a dragon that breathed swarms of beetles instead of fire. You're right about the informed consent, though. And they are even more racist than elves and more xenophobic than beholders. So they aren't perfect. But that makes them all the more fun to slay! :D

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 05:47 AM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    So. Scheduling. I'm working straight through till Thursday. My best time to start would be around 5 or 6 pm on Thursday (October 25th) , taking me into my day off. How about you, @Gradine?
  • 01:21 AM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, and now Rune: Thank you for the feedback (and judgment) on my entry! I can't speak for all of the competitors, but feedback and commentary like this are why I compete in the Iron DM contest in the first place. Most of my work as a DM is done in a vacuum, with little encouragement or feedback. Except from my players, and they usually only give me feedback when they are mad at me. I guess that's helpful too. My response to Iron Sky's Judgment Thank you for the kind words! I'm an engineer, and--well, let's just say that we aren't known for our writing ability. I truly appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I am my own worst critic, though. After I posted my entry, I re-read it dozens of times and found all sorts of things that I should have changed to tighten the entry up. First, I would have made it clear that this adventure is intended to be played by children. The light-hearted tone and silly names hinted at it, but I probably c...
  • 12:53 AM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post Judgement for Round 2, Match 2: Gradine vs. CleverNickName
    The two adventures in this match are vastly different in tone, style, and presentation. One is tightly constructed, fairly polished, and slyly humorous. The other is...not. But it has other strengths: namely, an underlying complexity that results in a rich scenario and detailed NPCs with developed motivations. It also appears to have used more ingredients well-integrated, but a deeper analysis may yet reveal otherwise. We’ll get to that. Gradine’s “The Twisted Court” (“Twisted”) is dense. It is peppered with little errors that would likely have been removed with one more editing/proofreading pass. These are things like consistently using “excoriated” instead of “exiled” or “excommunicated,” (which would make more sense in context) or labeling something a hippogriff and then describing the features of a griffon (we will definitely get back to that one). These errors exasperate the lack of focus that is the risk inherent in using a sand-boxy presentation of NPCs, motivations, locations, and associated dangers instead of a more explicitly presented adventure. The adventure elements are present, but get buried among what is otherwise indistinguishable from background information. And the names! I know this is the setting (a setting I like, by the way), but there are an awful lot of D-names and apostrophes, which, given the previously mentioned issues, just make reading the piece harder. Incorporating some bullet-points ...

Friday, 19th October, 2018

  • 05:39 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Monster Types- DRAGON WINS!
    h/t @Gradine This thread is inspired by the prior threads on the iconic monsters, best cannon fodder, and so on. Most importantly, it was suggested in the past thread and it's fast to do (I HAVE A LIFE ... well, sometimes). That's right- we are going to find out what type of monster is the awesomest the old fashioned way- with a Survivor Thread! This is a list of monster types from 5e, culled from the sources as described below. IMPORTANT NOTE- DOWNVOTES ARE 2 IN THIS THREAD. REPEAT- DOWNVOTES ARE TWO IN THIS THREAD. Each type starts with 20 points and you vote for one type you like which gets 1 point and a type you dislike which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote- first, because we don't want to be here all year. Second, because. Upvotes are in green, downvotes are in in red (unless you are on your phone, and are unable to, in which case please indicate your votes some other way). Copy and paste the previous posters vote and change ...
  • 02:58 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and CleverNickName, your judgment is up.
  • 02:55 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post Round 2, Match 2
    ...hk, and has a whip tongue (which gives it a swallow attack to stand in for hungry). ♦ Burning Rain: I reread the whole thing to find this and I think it must by the volcanic eruption that would happen should the PCs trigger the explosion. I don't know if I'm just being dense or am stuck or what, but I'm still not sure how the PCs fit into all of this so don't even how to make a sentence involving them. Hopefully other judges won't have the same block I do and will get it. It really may be just some personal foible of mine that is making me not get it. Ingredients Pass, Comparison: While The Cake of Kings' ingredients aren't perfect, they all are all essential to the adventure: the PCs interact with, fight, or collect them – or all three! In The Twisted Court the ingredients seem looser and most are optional. Since I'm too dense too understand the key path to the adventure, I just can't tell what the essential parts are. This has got to be a frustrating judgment for you Gradine since I know you put a ton of work into it and I just can't seem to figure it out. Conclusion I won't belabor the point any further as it's pretty obvious where I fall here. Maybe I just developed a personal bias against The Twisted Court in those first paragraphs or maybe never having more than 45 minutes to scrape together at a time to work on it is just creating a block. The Cake of Kings is great; solid writing, clear tone, and some truly challenging and fun encounters. The final boss is a bit of a let down after the excellence before it and it seems a touch light on content, but all in all well done. Gradine, sorry; read fail. CleverNickName has my vote for finalist. Final Note: I had word counter still open and this judgment is a shade over 3000 words...


Page 1 of 7 1234567 LastLast
No results to display...
Page 1 of 47 1234567891011 ... LastLast

Sunday, 24th March, 2019

  • 05:07 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted Gradine in post Sneak Peek At Ghosts of Saltmarsh Maps
    I, at least, will be putting Saltmarsh in Q'Barra. At least that's the plan; I'll admit to have less familiarity with the modules myself, but I expect there will be plenty of room for expansion and re-flavoring. If nothing else, Q'Barra puts the action much closer to the actual pirates.When I was sketching out a Saltmarsh and Isle of Dread game for Eberron several years ago (which I didn't end up running), I also used one of the Q'barra towns as the Saltmarsh replacement. At this point if I wait on Goodman, I could use both of those 5E conversions plus throw in Tomb of Annihilation locations into the Q'barran jungle and really make a campaign of it.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 11:28 PM - Harzel quoted Gradine in post Survivor Magic Clothing Part 1- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
    Few things are more depressing to me than a belt that helps you grow a better beard (among other less impressive if not more practical benefits) is losing out to a belt that does little else but boost your strength stat. That seems fair. I shall join in your righteous (if doomed) quest. Belt of Dwarvenkind 4 Belt of Giant Strength 3 Cape of the Mountebank 18 Cloak of Arachnidia 15 Cloak of the Bat 17 Cloak of Displacement 25 Cloak of Elvenkind 9 Cloak of the Manta Ray 15 Mantle of Spell Resistance 16 Robe of the Archmagi 27 Robe of Eyes 14 Robe of Stars 30 Robe of Useful Items 17

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019


Thursday, 14th March, 2019

  • 12:43 AM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    CW: Racial slurs I'm not sure how one can make the argument that redskin is clearly an unacceptable racial slur but slant-eyed somehow isn't. This isn't apples to oranges; this is, at most, red delicious* to granny smith**; they're both apples and they're both awful. You keep making the argument that you don't believe JRRT intended that passage to be racist, but (a) nobody's arguing that he did and (b) he very clearly leaned on a number of all-to-common racialized tropes at the time to flesh out the description of his "irredeemably evil" creatures. That is, at best, an indifferent perpetuation of actually harmful stereotypes. The intention here isn't really all that relevant; the impact is what is. We can argue all we want about the extent of that impact; I'm not sure that I'd go quite as far as others have on either the historical impact nor the modern legacy of the same, but I'll add my voice to those saying "it's not clear that the was actually drawing on real-world racial tropes" in ...

Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 04:52 PM - GlassJaw quoted Gradine in post Dragon Heist as a prologue for Ravenloft?
    I think the comparison is apt though. Ravenloft has many of the prominent features you'd find in survival horror video games: *Closed Circle - Escape is either impossible or very non-trivial, and figuring out how to escape can be as difficult as the escaping. *Limited Resources - Survival horror games rely on limiting your resources (ammo, healing items, etc.) to amp up the suspense and dread; Ravenloft is similarly resource-starved. *Hostile Environment - Nearly everything is trying to kill you, and the things that aren't are incredibly unsettling and/or untrustworthy. *Combat De-Emphasized - Ravenloft tends to feed murderhobo parties into the meatgrinder. This can vary more or less depending on adventure, DM, or location, but typically the monsters are more powerful than the party and they have to use their wits more than their brawn to resolve situations. This. "Survival horror" is about the mood and emotion that is evoked. It's about constant fighting and hacking through swarms of ...

Thursday, 7th March, 2019

  • 11:17 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    One caveat to this is that it is very, very easy to fall into the trap of excusing attitudes or beliefs as being just a "product of the culture" or that "everyone was like that back then." This erases large swaths of people who may or may not have been "ahead of their time" but were/are certainly fighting for justice and raising a stink about it, regardless of their numbers or overall impact. Context is, of course, always important, but it's important not to shy away from or give a free pass to individuals for holding harmful beliefs or engaging in harmful behaviors. I understand that. But I also think what the writer actually believes does matter. Of course context is important. You shouldn't strip out context either. I just think there is an emerging lack of worldliness around this, where people can't seem to handle media that comes from perspectives that are out of step with our present culture. I am not saying folks need to accept all the messaging. It just reminds me of the the way for...
  • 08:39 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I disagree, or else most people would refer to the "intentionally fallacy" rather than the "death of the author" when referring to the concept. This is unarguably not the case. I guess it depends on what class of people you hang out with? *shrug* Intentional fallacy works because you can use it to refer to multiple media for criticism. But hey, you do your thing. That is not what I meant and you know it. But the fact that Ellison's work was lauded in many circles (including winning the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction, over such works as Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Steinbeck's East of Eden) had to have stuck in the craw of many influential literary critics of the time. And Ellison just happens to be the most historically recognizable examples; Zora Neale Hurston's career began in the 1920's, nor that any of these authors had any great deal of cultural capital within the larger field of literary criticism, nor were they some monolithic block that had a singular vision to...
  • 08:13 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Barthes may not have proposed it, but he certainly popularized it. The fact that he is so often credited for that suggests that while those ideas may been percolating for a while, they did not become the predominant social position of literary critics until at least l'Morte. Um .... okay, not going to agree on that. The big work is not Barthes, it's the Intentional Fallacy (1954). Barthes' work is one of many, after that, that take remove the authors' intention out of the work. It may or may not be worth pointing out that Ellison's Invisible Man predates The Verbal Icon by two years. I ... okay. Look, I could point out that the publication of the cohesive work is different than the dissemination of the individual pieces (during the 40s) but that's not the point. I don't know how to respond when someone says that the publication of the Invisible Man means that POC had run of the intellectual sphere. It's like, "Hey, remember Viriginia Woolf? Women RULE the literary fi...
  • 07:42 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Oh goody, it's time to talk about the "Death of the Author" :hmm: I'm of two minds on this, but ultimately I think that the concept of the "Death or the Author" is pretty rubbish. First, we need to separate it from a related but adjacent context: the idea of "intent vs. impact" (though we'll get back to that in a bit). People tend to quote Barthes et. al. in those arguments, but what Barthes is talking about isn't that. The "Death of the Author", as Barthes argues, is very specifically related to literary (though it can extrapolated to all creative endeavors) criticism that says we shouldn't take what the author's stated intent or biographical information into account when conducting criticism of the work itself; that we should focus on the "text" solely. That this argument didn't really start to pick up steam until women and artists of color were starting to gain prominence and credibility in artistic and literary circles is, I'm sure, merely a coincidence. I really don't want to get into t...

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 07:35 AM - billd91 quoted Gradine in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Eh. It can? I wouldn't argue that it generally doesn't; I'm not fond of always-evil sentient humanoids as a concept, but "faceless, human(oid) goons" is a storytelling trope for a reason, many reasons really. While I find an uncritical approach to mowing down actual living, thinking creatures troubling; I wouldn't go so far as accuse the trope as generally leading to more negative attitudes about race/nationality/culture, let alone more negative actual outcomes (namely, actual violence). We generally know that Orcs are Orcs and not, say, stand-ins for a real-world group. I'm not too bothered by having a stock pool of bad guys to pull from - particularly when dealing with creatures like orcs. One thing I've always liked about orcs and their literary origin with Tolkien is they derive from elves. Evil can't create very well - just copy or corrupt. Trolls were a bad copy of ents, orcs were corrupted elves. These evil races are dark mirrors or doppelgangers of the decent folk in the stories. ...

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019

  • 09:39 PM - Celebrim quoted Gradine in post Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)
    ...but sometimes bad actors are bad actors, regardless of the past trauma that might explain, though not excuse, their behavior. I think in this case its fairer to say that a small collection of bad actors lead astray the group, than it is that the group pressured her to view the situation this way. The fault lies with the group only on its willingness to be so easily led and be credible of extraordinary claims. I don't know if I can go much further down this line, since I'd start getting really religious here and not merely mentioning it in passing. There is a point of her behavior that I would have expected other religious people to recognize as a warning sign, which sadly when it is not recognized as a warning sign invariably leads to 'Occult Scares' if not checked quickly by someone in authority. That's about as close as I can hit the point here, but as a (different) general point more widely applicable to the board, it's very easy for groups to be led astray by in-group memb...
  • 08:17 PM - Celebrim quoted Gradine in post Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)
    Oh boy, where to begin... At this point, things would get technical, but I see no pressing need to go there. On topic, I don't think Patricia Pulling is quite as innocent as you make her out to be here - worthy as thinking the best of her might be. I did extensive research on this for a college paper, and she's definitely involved in the falsification of the evidence herself. I don't think she was disingenuous, but I don't think she was simply bereaved either.

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 07:13 PM - Eltab quoted Gradine in post No Politics
    When it only takes a few well-meaning responses to intentionally derailing posts to shut a thread down, how do we continue the conversation? I think EnWorld is short-staffed for moderators (I have seen 2 plus the owner). A more robust staff would be able to keep track of what is said (over multiple threads) that starts mutual Fireball contests, and let staff know to rebuke such posts / posters when they appear. Right now moderators show up when the column of smoke becomes visible, alerting them to the problem. Is there a way to apply for a job as Moderator? What are the qualifications?
  • 02:02 AM - Ristamar quoted Gradine in post Artificer UA has been released!
    I don't really see the Artillerist as a pet class; I don't really understand why that's the connection being made to it. I mean, it's not like flaming sphere or call lightning are considered pets, or the Circle of the Shepherd's Spirit Totems, which I see as closer analogues than the Beastmaster or even the Alchemist (whose homonculi strike me more as familiars than pets in any case). For the most part I really like this class. I'll echo that the summon turret ability is a little too on-the-nose video-gamey for my liking, but playing that archetype wouldn't feel like playing a pet class to me. Reminds me a bit of Roland from Borderlands.

Monday, 25th February, 2019

  • 11:38 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Survivor Magic Weapons- MACE OF DISRUPTION WINS!
    You're not going to tell me the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise any time soon, are you? Because I know where that path leads and I'd really rather not be on Samuel L. Jackson's bad side. Oh, Gradine, don't you see? Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
  • 11:22 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Survivor Magic Weapons- MACE OF DISRUPTION WINS!
    :( It wasn't the Scimitar of Speed's fault that lowkey doesn't understand swords :( I don't need to understand swords. The scimitar of speed is beaten. It is useless to resist. Don't let yourself be destroyed as the Weapon + Something was. There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Gradine, you do not yet realize the importance of your votes. You've only begun to discover the power of survivor threads. Join me, and I will complete your training. If only you knew the power of .... KATANA.

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 01:28 AM - Remathilis quoted Gradine in post Artificer UA to be released in February
    Makes sense; the initials line up, and the tone of his feedback response on this item certainly tracks.Yeah, that's probably him. The good news is out of the 32 products on his page, none of them mildly interest me. (And after reading that response to the reviewer, I wouldn't buy from him even if he isn't DQ Design. Yikes.) Thank you both!

Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 09:21 AM - pemerton quoted Gradine in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    There’s a common refrain throughout this whole debacle about how the warning signs about Zak were always there, or how people have been calling him out on this crap for years. If that’s true, and I have no reason to believe it isn’t, why did it take until now for the gaming community as a whole to do something about it? What more could have been done? I’m not sure the answer is anything at this point, and I’m growing more and more confident that’s not the right question. Part of the reason these threads get bogged down in is constantly rehashing the past. So instead I wonder; where do we go from here? How do we do more than simply react to bad behavior, but instead actively prevent it? This is a community driven hobby; I refuse to believe that we lack any kind of social power. But how to harness it in a way that’s productive and constructive, rather than simply reactive and retributive (not that such actions are not also important and effective) is what I’ve been mulling over today. I ...
  • 08:31 AM - Celebrim quoted Gradine in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Here’s where I’m at. There’s a common refrain throughout this whole debacle about how the warning signs about Zak were always there, or how people have been calling him out on this crap for years. If that’s true, and I have no reason to believe it isn’t, why did it take until now for the gaming community as a whole to do something about it? What more could have been done? Now that is a good set of questions. And I really wish that if we were going to have another one of these debacles that it would have started there. I don't know the answer, because I don't have an insiders perspective. I can imagine two possible theories, but I don't know which one is true. a) Umbran's missing stairs theory. This seems to apply to several much bigger industry figures than Zak as well, although Zak's behavior seems to have been notably worse and more abusive than anything I'd heard of so far (until this other scandal I just learned about broke, but I'm still researching that one). In that mode...

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019



Page 1 of 47 1234567891011 ... LastLast

Gradine's Downloads

  Filename Total Downloads Rating Files Uploaded Last Updated

Most Recent Favorite Generators/Tables

View All Favorites