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Friday, 16th June, 2017

  • 06:09 AM - Doctor Futurity mentioned Zarithar in post After Action Report On New MexiCon
    Zarithar I moved here in 2005 from Seattle and have found gaming in Albuquerque to be much more robust than I did in Seattle back then....although could be I was able to network with gamers in ABQ better than I did in Seattle? That said, I had no idea New Mexicon was taking off like this, kudos! Now maybe one year it will happen at a time when I can actually try to attend.

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Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 02:53 AM - GreyLord quoted Zarithar in post D&D Endless Quests… in Target, B&N, Amazon, and More!
    So has anyone here read them? I realize that I'm not the target demo... but I've been known to read some YA fantasy from time to time. Are these any good? I got all four when they were released and I have read them. They are not as good as the early Endless quests written by Estes, and not quite as free to do as you wish as some of the other Endless quests, but they aren't terrible either. The are FAR better than the Choose your Own Adventure books. I'd compare them to some of the weaker Endless quest books in the old line. Similar to Spell of the Winter Wizard or Light on Quest Mountain in the level or reading and enjoyability. For positives and negatives... Negatives first... The main problem I have is how contrived some of the situations are. At times it seems entirely arbitrary. You stand here and kill this guy and Demogorgan makes you go crazy. You stand in the same place and hide and Demogorgan laughs at you and you escape. The freedom and logic sometimes don't fol...

Saturday, 10th November, 2018

  • 03:09 PM - MNblockhead quoted Zarithar in post D&D Endless Quests… in Target, B&N, Amazon, and More!
    So has anyone here read them? I realize that I'm not the target demo... but I've been known to read some YA fantasy from time to time. Are these any good? I read the fighter one. I enjoyed it enough to read through the whole thing, including all the variants, in one sitting. It's not great literature, but it is an enjoyable enough read. More important, both my boys (ages 8 and 11) liked it. I'll probably by the rest of the books as stocking stuffers.

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

  • 08:11 AM - Mike Myler quoted Zarithar in post Mythological Figures: Queen Boudica (5E)
    The Roman general bad the upper ground. I read as much in a few spots but it wasn't unanimous--that sounds reasonable though I wonder if it was more advantageous terrain than that. I think awarding her an alignment of neutral good is a problem: slaughtering 70-80 thousand roman civilians and taking no prisoners is too harsh behaviour to qualify for that alignment - specifically, I do not think a leader who supports or tolerates that level of destruction can be considered "good" even if one is fighting for freedom. As far as LG, NG, and CG mean to me, the Good part requires taking prisoners and otherwise demonstrating a capacity for compassion even towards one's enemies once they are defeated. The good cannot commit wholesale slaughter and stay good IMHO. Considering the circumstances and consequences of her leadership, I would say she was just Neutral at best. Aside from my nitpick, good article :) We're on a British website here and it seems the Queen's subjects are fond of her so while ...

Friday, 10th August, 2018

  • 05:55 PM - TwoSix quoted Zarithar in post Conventions All Report Record Attendance
    Should think about including conventions like PAX which also has a pretty large tabletop presence. PAX Unplugged had about 45K turnstile last year, which isn't bad since it was the first one. It's also entirely devoted to tabletop.
  • 05:35 PM - Morrus quoted Zarithar in post Conventions All Report Record Attendance
    Should think about including conventions like PAX which also has a pretty large tabletop presence. I'm just tracking tabletop gaming conventions, and the four main ones at that. Video game and comic book conventions (even those with tabletop presence) dwarf tabletop conventions. Lucca Comics & Games, for example had an attendance of round 500K in 2016. Comic Con has around 200K.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018


Saturday, 28th July, 2018

  • 04:59 PM - claytri quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. Well there is a big difference with playtest methods. WoTC did a full blown test with multiple versions of the rules coming out, and you could see the changes over the course. Paizo tends to use the playttest as a fail safe: The product will probably be the same as the playtest, but if they messed up, then they can pull back and not launch a 4e (which had no playtest).

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018

  • 04:23 AM - Von Ether quoted Zarithar in post D&D's Best Year Ever - But Hasbro's Goal Is For D&D e-Sports
    For clarity... this is a response to the person who posted the cover to Dream Park :cool: Not quite as far off as it seemed when I read this as a 5th grader many years ago. Great book... and very prescient. This might as well be the prequel to Ready Player One. Did you read the sequel? Not quite as good, but was kind of cool because it focused on Inuit mythology and lore rather than the usual fantasy fare. I read them all and yeah, see a lot of parallels to the future of reality TV, professional wrestling, Internet celebs/streaming and ARG. The only thing Dream Park didn't see was the return of nostalgia.

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 06:59 PM - Oofta quoted Zarithar in post D&D's Best Year Ever - But Hasbro's Goal Is For D&D e-Sports
    It's not. But according to some, the sky is falling and "o noes this is teh end of D&D"! Change is bad! Young whippersnapper enjoying our old man's game is bad! Panic! Or is it just people looking for an excuse to trash D&D now that it's "going mainstream lamestream" and so is no longer "cool". To paraphrase Syndrome from The Incredibles, if everyone is a geek then no one is a geek. :hmm:
  • 06:48 PM - lowkey13 quoted Zarithar in post D&D's Best Year Ever - But Hasbro's Goal Is For D&D e-Sports
    It's not. But according to some, the sky is falling and "o noes this is teh end of D&D"! Change is bad! Young whippersnapper enjoying our old man's game is bad! Panic! Not to put to fine a point on it, but I think many people are concerned. Because as soon as Hasbro finds that they need to LEVERAGE the INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY by SYNERGIZING with COLLATERAL IP FOR NEXTGEN by ensuring that PROFITABLE IP ISN'T SILOED in order to BUILD ENGAGEMENT AND EYEBALLS THROUGH GROWTH HACKING via CUSTOMER-CENTRIC approaches, you can see that this PIVOT TO VIDEO is just an expansion of WoTC's CORE COMPETENCIES by Hasbro since the whole TTRPG field is RIPE FOR DISRUPTION. TLDR- the attention of the higher ups isn't always a good thing; I hope things work out, but it's a lot easier to destroy a brand than it is to catapult it into new markets.
  • 06:08 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Zarithar in post D&D's Best Year Ever - But Hasbro's Goal Is For D&D e-Sports
    I'm seeing a lot of "get off my lawn" in this thread. Nice strawman, buddy. As someone who has had many of his favorite pasttimes ruined by the recent e-sports craze, and not because it's "getting more hype" or "it's becoming mainstream," but because games catering to said e-sports craze are eschewing every game design principle that made previous games of their series or kind special, I assure you the backlash to this news is 100% justified.

Sunday, 15th July, 2018

  • 08:34 PM - ccs quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. There's a free PDF. I just find a physical copy easier to use. So.... Either I burn a lot of ink myself/pay to have it printed out & bound, or I spend less & pick up the soft cover at my local shop.

Friday, 6th July, 2018

  • 01:35 PM - ShinHakkaider quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. Maybe next time do a little bit of research and actually know what youre talking about before you post something like this? Paizo did this exact same thing with thier original Pathfinder playtest about a DECADE AGO including making them available as FREE PDF's. They've EXPRESSLY said that they're doing this because when they went around to price how much it would cost to print the playtest (individually) as opposed to doing a mass printing the mass printing would actually come out CHEAPER for thier customers. But hey dont let a little thing like FACTS get in the way of your need to pit Wizards vs Paizo.
  • 12:50 AM - Shasarak quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. You are right, that is terrible to see a company selling something that they are giving away for free. What kind of rubes do Paizo take us for? Now off to see the Egress, some kind of female Eagle I bet!

Thursday, 5th July, 2018

  • 11:57 PM - Kurviak quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. The PDFs are indeed free, so the difference is that paizo offered the printed versions as preorders for people interested on having it as a physical book
  • 11:45 PM - Michael Ramsey quoted Zarithar in post THIS Is The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook!
    The fact that they are selling and marketing hardcover books for a playtest... basically an alpha or beta version of the finished product, is a turn off for me. P.T. Barnum would be proud. WoTC released their playtest for 5e as free PDFs. There's a huge difference here. Paizo is releasing the playtest for free as a PDF. They just made the books for people who want to buy them (they did the same thing with Pathfinder 1e during it's beta run).

Monday, 2nd July, 2018


Friday, 29th June, 2018

  • 02:14 PM - Vanveen quoted Zarithar in post Dragon Reflections #3: Controversy Strikes!
    Just have to add it's pretty hilarious and terrible that one of the female thief level names is an actual, real-life, racial slur. Wonderful.... To clarify, yes, associating thievery with the Romani cultural group IS a slur. As written though, people might think that the *word* "Romani" is a slur, which it isn't. It is of course the preferred term to refer to the European ethnic and cultural group, a term the group's members use to refer to themselves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_the_Romani_people I also know personally that it's official Reuters and Bloomberg usage when making reference to this group. (My brother has covered them for a couple of decades in Eastern Europe.)
  • 07:14 AM - R_Chance quoted Zarithar in post Dragon Reflections #3: Controversy Strikes!
    Just have to add it's pretty hilarious and terrible that one of the female thief level names is an actual, real-life, racial slur. Wonderful.... 40 years ago, it wasn't considered a racial slur. If you said "Romani", no one would have known who you were talking about. The fact that the term is used as a level title for a Thief is telling about the ethnic / cultural prejudices of the day though. I only knew one female gamer between when we started D&D in 1974 and... about 1980. Met several more about then although the hobby was still overwhelmingly male. We never made any adjustments to characteristics, classes etc. It just didn't seem necessary or fair.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 04:54 PM - Pauper quoted Zarithar in post What is the status of Cormyr in 5e?
    I've had Erin Evan's book on my Kindle for a couple of years now... time to give it a read apparently as my current campaign is set in The Stonelands (northern Cormyr). It's a solid read; I'd recommend it. One point for Realms nerds -- I haven't seen anything reversing the destruction of Tilverton by the forces of Shade in 1372 DR. (This was actually a late 3E event, around the time of "War of the Spider Queen", not a 4E event, but given that so much of 4E material is focused around the Shade War in this area, it wouldn't surprise me if a few Realms grognards lump it in as such.) -- Pauper


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