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Saturday, 9th February, 2019


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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Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 01:26 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Zarithar in post Pages From The Upcoming Nautical D&D Book!
    I support this. I loved the Saltmarsh series... my favorite aside from the Desert of Desolation series as far as oldschool adventures go. I'm running Desert of Desolation now. This is a great series which would be a fantastic rerelease. Not a "spiritual successor" like some of the other things they've done which references it the way Greta Van Fleet cops Led Zeppelin's sound, but the real deal. There's just so much there, especially in the version that was released as a supermodule in 1987. Fill out the setting and work on the bones that are there, which are really solid. They provide a great sandbox (literally and figuratively!) with the PCs being able to seek out the Star Gems once they've gotten into the story in various orders. I've really played up the fact that the gods have cursed the land and left it, which has presented some notable challenges. I put in some quasi-Nazi halflings excavating things, too, to play up the Indiana Jones feel. Unfortunately I feel the campaign may be fal...

Saturday, 9th February, 2019


Tuesday, 5th February, 2019


Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

  • 02:00 PM - dave2008 quoted Zarithar in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    Cleopatra should also most definitely speak Greek as a descendant of Ptolemy (a Macedonian Greek). Also I was aware of all those other entries and had the same reaction... I just chose to post when it came to this one. So everyone's social media profile(s) are mythological now. Got you! Incase you missed Mike's response - these are also by request.
  • 05:00 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Zarithar in post Mythological Figures: Cleopatra (5E)
    How is Cleopatra a mythological figure though? That's kind of like saying Julius Caesar was a mythological figure. Granted, there are some myths and tall tales which have grown in the telling surrounding her over the centuries, but this is true of most larger than life historical figures, particularly those prior to the Renaissance. IMO she's right on the edge of mythological. There have been some other figures in this series that are like that, such as Boudica, Rasputin, Jeanne d'Arc, and La Maupin.

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


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