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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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Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 03:55 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Zarithar in post F. Wesley Schneider Is D&D's New Editor
    Way to be completely dismissive of his accomplishments, background, and professional skills based on his appearance. Totally unnecessary. Were you trying to create drama or provoke negative reactions? If so, congrats I guess? I think we all know that there is a real issue with lack of diversity in the RPG world in general. I think we also all know that WotC has done a pretty good job in making their company diverse with key jobs, so I agree with you, and the comment like his/hers above is unwarranted. I think it's a bit of a conundrum. Our hobby is overwhelmingly white male. Better in recent years, but historically very much white male dominant. So if you open a job opening that requires years of experience and accomplishment in this hobby, the candidates are going to be overwhelmingly white male. That doesn't mean there aren't non-white male candidates out there, but they are going to make up a very tiny % of applicants (and WoTC has hired non cis white male people in key areas). Bec...

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019


Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 06:33 AM - billd91 quoted Zarithar in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    Unpopular opinion: Paizo should release a 5e version of Golarion and some of the associated APs. None of the people in the three gaming groups I am a part of are even remotely interested in PF2, and yes... several of us did play PF extensively for a couple of years. As others have said, Golarion is a great fantasy setting. Paizo was once a 3rd party publisher for D&D... why can't they return to that in some fashion? It may be a fairly popular opinion around the fanbase of 5e, but I doubt it's a popular opinion around Paizo. The last time they were too closely aligned with D&D, WotC almost killed them with the 4e project (not renewing the magazine licenses and then releasing a fairly hostile 3pp license). I don't think Lisa is going to put the company in the same position again if she can help it.

Saturday, 9th March, 2019

  • 11:40 AM - pogre quoted Zarithar in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    Unpopular opinion: Paizo should release a 5e version of Golarion and some of the associated APs. None of the people in the three gaming groups I am a part of are even remotely interested in PF2, and yes... several of us did play PF extensively for a couple of years. As others have said, Golarion is a great fantasy setting. Paizo was once a 3rd party publisher for D&D... why can't they return to that in some fashion? I imagine the answer to why is pretty complex. I wish they would because I like their adventures and I like 5e. I ran PF a few years ago to specifically run a Runelords campaign. I won't do that again. I'm not quite willing to run 3.X again to just enjoy an adventure path.

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 02:36 AM - Ash Mantle quoted Zarithar in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    Unpopular opinion: Paizo should release a 5e version of Golarion and some of the associated APs. None of the people in the three gaming groups I am a part of are even remotely interested in PF2, and yes... several of us did play PF extensively for a couple of years. As others have said, Golarion is a great fantasy setting. Paizo was once a 3rd party publisher for D&D... why can't they return to that in some fashion? I don't think that's an unpopular opinion, I think that'll be excellent for a lot of gaming groups (mine included)! It'll be awesome if Paizo could concurrently release 5e conversions of their past products, and present and future products. However, as a caveat, Paizo would need to understand the mechanics, assumptions and reasoning behind 5e and Paizo's handle on mechanics has always been really up in the air. I love their writing and lore, especially when their lore was full of that pulp goodness, and more horror- and darker-themed, but their mechanics has always been disappo...

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019

  • 12:26 PM - Morrus quoted Zarithar in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    Unpopular opinion: Paizo should release a 5e version of Golarion and some of the associated APs. None of the people in the three gaming groups I am a part of are even remotely interested in PF2, and yes... several of us did play PF extensively for a couple of years. As others have said, Golarion is a great fantasy setting. Paizo was once a 3rd party publisher for D&D... why can't they return to that in some fashion? I hope not. I love D&D and I love Pathfinder, and I love lots of other games. I would rather see a variety of games, not everything being D&D (like happened in the d20 System days).
  • 10:26 AM - M.T. Black quoted Zarithar in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    Unpopular opinion: Paizo should release a 5e version of Golarion and some of the associated APs. None of the people in the three gaming groups I am a part of are even remotely interested in PF2, and yes... several of us did play PF extensively for a couple of years. As others have said, Golarion is a great fantasy setting. Paizo was once a 3rd party publisher for D&D... why can't they return to that in some fashion? I would never have guessed that Monte Cook would publish a 5e version of Numenera, and that is happening now (kinda). I wouldn't discount Paizo doing a 5e Golarion one day - it will really depend on how PF2 sells.

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


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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.


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