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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    There are four. Saltmarsh Acquisitions Inc Eberron Avernus
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    I was watching early GoT and a lot of the Winterfell stuff really reminded me of Robin of Sherwood.
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    Am I right in saying that you have to buy something on Amazon to rate it? And the street date was yesterday? Iím betting these people havenít even read it yet!
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    Yesterday, 11:08 AM
    I always love the idea of 3D terrain, but transporting it and setting it up always puts me off the idea. It looks lovely, and Iím sure it really adds to the game, but the logistics of it!
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    Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    Huh. Now that IS odd. What on Earth could cause that all of a sudden? The software hasnít changed recently. Iím away until tomorrow night, but we might have to disable the post report button if itís suddenly doing that. The software technically shouldnít even *allow* a blank post, or one with less than (I think 3?) characters.
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    What is this about, acpitz 1? You appear to be a new member who has decided to start insulting us. Something up?
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    That's not how I would interpret 5-stars.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 AM
    Definitely no Arya sequel: https://www.comicbookmovie.com/tv/hbo/game_of_thrones/game-of-thrones-wont-be-getting-a-sequel-series-maisie-williams-comments-on-aryas-fate-spoilers-a168497
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    Yesterday, 10:38 AM
    Presumably west of Westeros is Americos? Westeros is - kinda - Great Britain (GRRM has even said the Wall is Hadrian's Wall, and he came up with it while visiting there). Essos is kinda continental Europe and Asia. Sothoryos we don't know much about, but I'd guess it has things in common with the African continent. So that leaves the ocean to the West, over which are GRRM's version of the...
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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Well, presumably 1 star and 5 stars are equal extremes, unless you don't agree with them. It's a binary world these days - things are either the best thing ever or the worst thing ever.
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    Yesterday, 04:42 AM
    Steven Creech has passed. https://www.hshfuneralhome.com/notices/Steven-Creech https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-steve-creech-author-and-game-designer#/
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 11:56 PM
    Hmm. Question: why does Renly think he has a claim? Stannis does (in fact heís the rightful heir), and Joffrey does via deception, but where does Renleyía claim come from? (I say all this knowing that it doesnít matter because at the end is a dragon).
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 10:45 PM
    Iím not sure how both you and capnZapp are continuing to reply to me, but I have had you both blocked for a while. I would like to clarify that circumventing the privacy features on this forum, whether itís me or anybody else, will get you permanently banned. We take the privacy controls seriously.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 06:07 PM
    Just finished s1. At the end of the first season Dany burns her captured midwife slave alive for failing her. ďYou will . But I donít want your screams. I only want your life.Ē She was full of vengeance from the start.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 05:06 PM
    Iíll move this to the promotions forum for you. Good luck with the Kickstarter!
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:50 PM
    Here's a closer look at the upcoming D&D Essentials Kit. D&D Essentials Kit (September 3rd; June 24th in the US) Boxed Set Everything you need to create characters and play the new adventures in this introduction to the worldís greatest roleplaying game. Dungeons & Dragons is a cooperative storytelling game that harnesses your imagination and invites you to explore a fantastic world...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:33 PM
    Oh, he was there, then?
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 12:58 AM
    No zombies, please! Donít mind a deep history series, but the zombies were always the part of GoT I was least interested in. Walking Dead is tedious enough! Arya in her own on a brand new continent could be fun, though thatís a totally new show basically, with just the one character to link it to the rest.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 05:42 PM
    Morrus replied to What the Hell?
    Is it set in the 70s or in the future?
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 11:57 AM
    So did Bran basically plan all this from the start?
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 11:23 PM
    Buying a book from them doesnít make them your slave forevermore. Theyíre allowed to make new things. This is not a betrayal. :)
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 09:09 PM
    Theyíre moving to a new edition. I thought that was clear. :)
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 12:59 PM
    Welcome to this free 12-page preview of A Touch More Class, the upcoming sequel to EN Publishing's bestselling A Touch of Class. This preview contains 12 pages of the full 101-page book and includes the Savant, which is just one of the nine new character classes included in the full book. This book will be launching on Kickstarter very soon! Download the 12-page preview from DTRPG...
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 01:21 AM
    Taking 5E out of the equation, whatís your favourite D&D edition ó and why? I spent the longest time with 2E, but the launch which excited me most was 3E. I think Iíd vote 2E, but itís close. For poll purposes, OD&D includes everything and overlapping before 1E, including BECMI, etc. Even Chainmail, if thatís anybodyís vote.
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 01:16 AM
    I *never* give release dates. But these errata have been collated and are in layout.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:58 PM
    Morrus replied to Firearms
    I dunno. I saw a ďlarge knife woundĒ on Game of Thrones. It made Ned Starkís head fall off.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:56 PM
    All we know is whatís on that crowdfunding page. Weíre just reading the same page you are. :)
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:36 PM
    At this point, it sounds like you know it better than me. :)
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:24 PM
    The page itself clarifies it better than I could. But amongst several other things it includes both a PF2 edition of Kingmaker and a 5E Bestiary.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:55 PM
    Place your bets! What will it be?
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:21 PM
    Morrus started a thread Game of Thrones s1e1
    ‪Watched the first ever ep of Game of Thrones again today, first time in 8(?) years. So... (a) everybody looks so young (b) the lower budget shows (c) it feels like a 1980s BBC show and (d) youíre gonna die, & youíre gonna die, & youíre gonna die, & you there are also gonna die. ‬ Lots of dead men walking. The pacing is much much slower than Iím used to from that show (and Iím not just...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 02:09 PM
    Quickstarters are a big thing these days, and typically it doesnít greatly affect the funding total. The sense of urgency adds incentive. In fact, the opposite is often true ó long Kickstarters can do worse; 40 day Kickstarters do worse than 30 day ones, for example.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:16 PM
    Iíll give it the benefit of the doubt. Keaton and Ledger were both highly derided choices until they proved to be excellent. Actors act!
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Paizo's Kingmaker 10th Anniversary crowdfunding campaign, which is taking place on Game On Tabletop, has been extended until June 4th. They sent out the following email this morning! "When we first launched the Kingmaker 10th Anniversary campaign on Game On Tabletop, we heard from Pathfinder players worldwide wondering why the campaign was only two weeks. For some, the campaign timing...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 10:28 PM
    eBay for me again then, I guess.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:50 PM
    Is that your favourite phrase?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:10 PM
    Yup. I guess they were under an embargo.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:46 PM
    It doesnít say one way or the other about how these things will be released.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:17 PM
    Major Cubicle 7 announcements seem to be coming in hourly at the moment. If it's not Age of Sigmar, or Warhammer 40K Wrath and Glory, it's.... a 2nd edition of their 2011 Tolkien role-playing game, The One Ring! And this one has "Lord of the Rings" in the title! The new game will be called The One Ring Ė The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, and is set 25 years after the defeat of...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 12:00 PM
    Iím struggling with all the Arrowverse superhero shows right now. Flash has lost its sense of fun, Arrow is boring, Legends is just slapstick. Supergirl is currently the best of them.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 11:26 AM
    The Amazon sales rankings suggest otherwise.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 11:11 AM
    Not as written they donít, no. Hi-Ex rounds and electricity damage are the best ways to fight robots.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 10:09 AM
    A Brazilian commercial for a new Renault car has used some iconic imagery from the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series, depicting the characters of Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Shiela the Thief, and Bobby the Barbarian with real actors. Scroll down for the actual commercial.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:17 PM
    OK.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:00 PM
    Yeah, but ďreprintĒ canít.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 05:55 PM
    Yes, itís a reprinting, not a new book.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Admidst all the mystery of what happened to Ulisses North America's Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory, we finally have an answer! Cubicle 7, who currently produce Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E and are developing Soulbound, the new Age of Sigmar RPG, are now taking over! I just got the following email from C7: Cubicle 7 Entertainment to publish Warhammer 40,000 Roleplaying Games Workshop is...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:28 PM
    Well, it's more that goblins and smallfolk make goblin and smallfolk sized swords rather than using small human swords.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:17 PM
    EN Publishing will be at UK Games Expo this year (May 31st-June 2nd) on Stand 2-T1. We will have all our Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD products available to buy, weíre running 1-hour demos, and we also weíll have an exclusive small print run of the next book, LUNA-1! We literally only have 30 of these printed for the expo (there will be many more printed later, donít worry!) so itís...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 01:12 PM
    What's the name of your D&D character? The folks at D&D Beyond have released some more stats, and this time they're sharing the top 15 D&D player character names. What these stats appear to tell us is that many people call their character "Bob", and even more seems to just use their class name, such as "Cleric" or "Bard". Lots of people seems to name their characters after Game of...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Yeah, sure, I'll publish it!
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 11:50 AM
    A couple of weeks ago, we noticed that Warhammer 40,000 Wrath & Glory was no longer listed on publisher Ulisses North America's website. At that time, it was still available on DriveThruRPG, but it seems that that is no longer the case. Not only that, but the game has now appeared on Studio 2 Publishing's website! The last update we had was that Ulisses was "just negotiating with Games...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 09:39 AM
    Cubicle 7 have revealed a few pieces of information regarding their upcoming Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RPG. It has an official name: 'Soulbound', but also a release delay until Spring 2020. The official title, Soulbound, was revealed at Warhammer Fest. Details were also announced of the Soulbound Starter Set, which has some fantastic cover art by Johan Grenier (below). The starter set...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 08:58 AM
    Yeah. You donít leave sandwiches when you have a pie. You just have a pie.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 11:09 PM
    This was the massively fortuitous advantage they had ó the whole subscription base of Dragon and Dungeon magazine who wanted to keep playing 3.x. And why Pathfinder canít be repeated, even if the other circumstances were to somehow repeat themselves.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:15 PM
    One can reasonably assume that XP is only gained during the course of an adventure. Otherwise itís not really a game.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:53 PM
    Morrus replied to Firearms
    Itís about as realistic as anything in D&D combat is.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:47 PM
    Thatís what I meant to say.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:23 PM
    Inspired by CoC and similar systems. I havenít thought it all the way through yet. Itís very similar to the way CoC does it. Percentile system. Everything is a skill. You improve with failure. Every time you fail a skill check, the skill improves by 1%. Technically they can go over 100% (modifiers might bring it down). Hmmm. Definitely easy to abuse though. Find lots of easy tasks and...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:03 PM
    Well, they do adventure path subscriptions, which is essentially their replacement for Dungeon. IIRC it was originally even the same subscriber list which got transferred over automatically.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:46 PM
    He is American. That aside, heís masking a naughty word. Itís not ďchutesĒ, itís something similar-sounding.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 12:38 PM
    The Fatebender is another of the nine new classes for your 5E games coming soon in A TOUCH MORE CLASS! Including the mascot, jinx, and weaver subclasses, the fatebender is able to manipulate fate's tapestry, altering probability itself. Follow the link to be notified when the Kickstarter launches!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:19 AM
    I don't quite understand what you said. But yes, it's better for starting characters than for experienced ones (like some of the exploits which give you free starting kit, etc.) The main benefit is that nobody can take it off you. It's basically free starting equipment (like the OLD Grand Elf's free musket, for example), which can't be removed from the Android.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:17 AM
    If you want to make undersized weapons do -1d6 damage, go for it! It's your game! :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:32 PM
    I think youíd be surprised at the sheer number of people with personal stakes in this. And no, people werenít asking Mearls to go back in time and not have enabled him. They were asking for a decent apology. Itís important who the representatives of the flagship game in our hobby choose to associate with, and who they choose not to. It sends a message. And, unfortunately, itís been the...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:03 PM
    Sure. Provide a detailed economical analysis then. Weíll wait. :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 07:44 PM
    Yes. I said exactly that. :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 06:29 PM
    I think you just answered your own question! :) You can use a weapon one handed if it is your size or smaller. Yes, weapon synthesis is a free action, so you'd have to choose between them.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 06:02 PM
    The latest usage stats for Fantasy Grounds are in... and D&D is up again in the latest updated stats from Quarter 1 of 2018 through to Quarter 1 of 2019, rising to a whopping 69% of the market since the stats from Q1 2018! Pathfinder drops from 12% last year to 9% (possibly due to the edition change coming soon), and Savage Worlds drops nearly 2%. Ruleset
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:41 PM
    Eye of the Beholder, a documentary about the art of Dungeons & Dragons, has hit streaming services including iTunes and Amazon Video. "EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting new documentary that explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play. The movie profiles D&D artists Ė both past and...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:31 PM
    ICv2 is reporting on new tariffs on imports to the USA from China, which include various categories of items including toys, comics, and games... including tabletop RPGs. The tariffs are up to 25%. Many game companies print RPG books in China, so this will affect them. The New York Times reports on it in more depth. So, here's a simple breakdown of it as I understand it -- while...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Bethesda has issued an apology for plagiarising D&D adventure The Black Road by Paige Leitman and Ben Heisler. Well, not an actual apology, just a brief explanation. "We have pulled a previously shared ESO tabletop RPG adventure while we investigate the source. Thank you to those who reached out with concerns. Thanks again to everyone who highlighted the issue of alleged plagiarism...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:20 PM
    Sheís the Big Bad of the whole series. Not Cersei or the Night King. Weíve been watching her slowly become that over the years. Itís rushed a bit at the end here, but Iíve been expecting it for ages.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 12:32 PM
    So it turns out that it just takes one dragon to win everything. Dany could have flown to Westeros at any time in the last few years with just one of her three dragons and burned Kings Landing to the ground, and anywhere else she wanted to. All that political chess, all those armies, the Dothraki, the North, the Unsullied, none of it mattered in the end. Just one dragon beats everything. Itís...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 12:28 PM
    Many TV watchers, too. Dany has been becoming more despotic for years. She does not brook disagreement.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 10:53 PM
    Iím not going to be up at 2am Saturday morning! But Iíll catch up later, hopefully. Youíll probably know before I do. :)
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 10:31 PM
    Westeros is not even vaguely like medieval England. If also has a very rough 1000-year band tech level which ranges from pre-Roman Britons to the Renaissance, as do itís many varied social/political themes. So Iím not really on board with an argument which requires me to pick one specific aspect of ďmedieval EnglandĒ and claim that Westeros not adopting that is a failure of the show. Iíd...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 09:05 PM
    Personally, itís the previews of the announcements of the announcements which excite me most.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 05:54 PM
    Jeez. Thread closed. We literally just closed a thread on this exact topic ... for this exact reason.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Core Rulebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pathfinder-Core-Rulebook-Jason-Bulmahn/dp/1640781684/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Paizo&qid=1557580239&s=gateway&sr=8-8 Core Rulebook (special edition) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pathfinder-Core-Rulebook-Special-P2/dp/1640781692/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Paizo&qid=1557580239&s=gateway&sr=8-7 Bestiary (special edition)...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 01:57 PM
    Let's not get drunk and post political rants on EN World at 2.30am, hmmm?
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 12:19 PM
    The only reason I havenít backed yet is that Iím unfamiliar with the crowdfunding site being used. But Iím sure I will before the end.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:14 PM
    Talk about D&D, not modern politics, please, folks.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:12 PM
    Itís Westeros. Itís not medieval England. She would pride herself on whatever the writers say she prides herself on in that fictional culture.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 09:31 PM
    Thatís exactly how WotC produced several hardcovers. Still counts!
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 06:58 PM
    Iím not sure I understand the criticism. Just because we didnít discover something until the 1700s doesnít mean it didnít exist. If dragons were real, nature wouldnít limit their species only to to things humans had discovered.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 09:42 PM
    Could they use the stones to bring Stark back?
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Monday, 27th March, 2017

  • 05:28 AM - RangerWickett mentioned Klaus in post What does your group look like (version 2)?
    Nifty photoshopping. My current party is a pair of eldritch knights (one android, one human), a tiefling favored soul cowboy, and a blacksmith monk wearing a spacesuit. I once commissioned Klaus to illustrate a party we played in Red Hand of Doom. These were the four core PCs - Jehosophat (the fire genasi who was oh so fat), Hibiscus (the elf duskblade), Achaea (the human knight), and Grim (the human ranger on his horse). 82744

Saturday, 19th March, 2016

  • 05:49 AM - DEFCON 1 mentioned Klaus in post Curse of Strahd spoiler-filled general discussion
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  • 05:48 AM - DEFCON 1 mentioned Klaus in post Curse of Strahd spoiler-filled general discussion
    .... As the ruins of Lysaga Hill are on the road from the Village of Barovia to the Castle... it will introduce the concept of the Barovian Witches early, as well as indicate there is Lysaga out there. I think I might also re-introduce the three fanes of Barovia... the three unhallowed landmarks that need to be cleansed in order to help weaken Strahd. I'm afraid that since I intend on doing a live tarokka reading that I might very well get like five areas that are all in the village or in the castle proper, thus reducing the reason for the group to venture west past the castle to find Vallaki, Kresk and all the other locations. But if I move some of the fanes... like change the fane at the Vistani camp at the Tser Pool to the werewolf caves, and the Lysaga Hill fane to the Ruins of Berez... and then make mention of them in the Tome of Strahd... it'll help sending them out throughout the land. I also am thinking of re-introducing a few things from the Fair Barovia adventure that Klaus did for 4E. I really like the Ba'al Verzi assassins guild, and think having a few breadcrumbs for them might be a cool hook-- especially since I intend on putting character creation on a long leash... meaning that if a player wanted to be a Rogue and then be an Assassin, they'd need to find a trainer/method to learn the trade. So dropping hints of the Ba'al Verzi might inspire a PC or two. Plus... I also like the idea of Leo Dilysnia perhaps finding his way back to undeath and remain a thorn in Strahd's side, rather than just be a pile of bones in Wachterhaus. Also add in the ideas of a new Dukkar on the hunt for the Vistani, plus adding in the location of the Monastery of the White Sun somewhere along the road heading towards the Ruins of Berez would give potential Monk players a location to learn/get trained/gain influence. By combining info from Curse, Expedition, Fair, plus a handful of other modules that have a distinct Ravenloft flair. I'm definitely incorporating A Rhyme...

Friday, 18th March, 2016

  • 07:02 AM - I'm A Banana mentioned Klaus in post Dusk elf stats?
    I blame Klaus . In a Dungeon adventure cited as inspiration for the adventure, he put a group of dusk elves in the forests near Vallaki. Kasimir and his sister are basically ripped right from that adventure, so he'd probably be the person to ask. :) The elves themselves were introduced in 4e in a Dragon article by Robert Schwalb, and in the presumed setting there they were eladrin who refused to take Corellon's side in the war against the drow and, when his anger turned on them for that, they were protected by Sehanine (who, I guess, wasn't as angry at the Drow as Corellon was?). They're now all emotionally dead and suspicious and kind of emo about not being eladrin anymore. In the fiction, I suppose Barovia was one of the places they fled to in the war against the Drow, and then they just hung out there until Strahd came along. Mechanically, they were an attempt to do something a little experimental in 4e - make subraces based on feats (4e did Vistani the same way, actually...). As a dusk...

Friday, 4th March, 2016

  • 08:10 PM - DEFCON 1 mentioned Klaus in post CURSE OF STRAHD Is Out Today (In Some Stores)
    The thing I find most intriguing about the book is that it uses Lysaga as an actual entity in the adventure, but yet doesn't include the Lysaga Hill Ruins as a location... despite being quite prominent in both Expedition To Castle Ravenloft and Klaus's Fair Barovia article for Dungeon (both of which are listed as sources of inspiration in the front of the Curse of Strahd book.) As that location is perhaps the closest "adventure site" to the Village of Barovia, I might go ahead and add it back in as a locale, especially considering I'm going to start my campaign at level 1 and don't want to just use Death House as the single leveller to get the players to 3. Perhaps the coven that is used there in EtCR might be a suitable addition to the adventure for my lower level players (to get them out of the village proper but before making the long trek past Lake Zarovich where the rest of the locales can be found.)

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015

  • 10:00 PM - Staffan mentioned Klaus in post So, 5e OGL
    ...e, such as editing, layout, ordering artwork and maps, etc. The impression I was under (and I admit that it's just an impression) was that WotC was contracting other companies - rather than individual freelancers - so that they could have them do a lot more than that; that WotC was basically having those companies handle everything involved with the writing, development, production, etc. Princes of the Apocalypse lists the following under Sasquatch Game Studio: Lead Designer Designers Editors Interior illustrators Cartographers Typesetter And the following under Wizards of the Coast: D&D Lead Designers Story Lead Managing Editor Producer Additional Design Art Directors Cover Illustrator Graphic Designers Proofreading Project Management Production Services Brand and Marketing Playtesters I recognize many of the names on the Sasquatch side as being sub-freelancers - for example, I'm fairly certain that Ed Greenwood is not employed by Sasquatch, and neither is Klaus. I'm also a bit uncertain as to why the Art Director is listed under Wizards and the illustrators under Sasquatch - my impression was that the AD is responsible for deciding what illustrations there should be, and the illustrators are responsible for actually drawing those pieces so in my mind, they should be on the same line of the divide.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

  • 04:06 PM - steeldragons mentioned Klaus in post Second 5th Edition Survey! Plus Results of the First Survey: The Ranger Gets Some Attention!
    That last concept seems bigger than Eberron's techno-tinker, but still, "part of a team" and "I like robots" don't seem like much of a distinction... Agreed. The thing here, Klaus, is...I'm reminded of that Star Trek quote, "Just because we can do a thing doesn't mean we should." I suppose we have 3e to "thank" for showing that pretty much any/every concept any/everyone can some up with can be turned into/"deserves" a class, no matter how minor/meaningless the distinction. And, as we all know, that way lies bloated madness. CAN the artificer (or a "Pet Class", as another discussion here is pursuing) be a stand alone class with various minor tweaks to flavor and ability making its own subclasses? Sure. Should it be? ...Looking at it through my understanding and interpretation of the [apparent] 5e design space, the answer there is "No." You have the "chassis" of flavor and ability already in the Wizard [and I'll add that I am perfectly happy with seeing the artificer presented this way]. The artificer doesn't do anything that is foreign to/outside that "class umbrella." Craft items, essentially. Learn and apply formulae (artificer's are not "innate ma...

Sunday, 1st February, 2015


Friday, 12th December, 2014

  • 01:45 PM - Giltonio_Santos mentioned Klaus in post What's the origin of the Nightmare?
    I thought about that too, @Klaus! Looking at the D&D description of a Nightmare and trying to find mythological equivalents, I saw the headless mule as the closest thing I could find (but without a head, of course :D).

Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

  • 03:03 PM - Morrus mentioned Klaus in post I'll make my own Fifth Edition.
    I think you'd need to be more clear about what "corporate embedded" artists are, in your mind. I don't think the folks who did art on the PHB, for example, are permanent employees of WotC, or Hasbro, or the like. So, not really "embedded" in a meaningful sense. Hey, Klaus, you did art for 5E! Are you corporate embedded?

Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

  • 03:17 PM - Thaumaturge mentioned Klaus in post A Bit More on Subclasses from the Escapist
    I'm now both happy and sad. One of my favorite things in an edition is character building. And Klaus and gyor (with help from Mouseferatu) have made my first character for me. Thanks guys. :confused: :erm: :D Thaumaturge.

Monday, 28th July, 2014

  • 11:45 AM - Ruin Explorer mentioned Klaus in post 5th Edition: How to Make My DM Cry
    ... to some panicked ranting I have seen online, simply get gauntlets of ogre power. That should do the trick. :p Magic items in general do look like the big area for making DMs cry. That and rolled stats, because everything people have said here about over-optimized PCs causing a problem is also true of PCs who happen to have stats entirely out-of-whack with the rest of the group. If 4/5 players have barely a 15 among them, and one PC doesn't have a stat below 14, bounded accuracy is going to ensure Captain Goodrolls will be pretty unbalanced. With magic items, I suspect we'll just go back the "Lol ur a bad DM 4 giving them that..."-type advice of the 2E era, which is pretty unhelpful, but there you go. Plenty of ways to "break" 2E with innocuous-seeming magic items. Gauntlets of Ogre Power don't break the game, but they do mean a PC with zero investment in STR suddenly becomes +1 less good at STR stuff than the guy with 20 STR. Not game-breaking, but definitely an issue. Klaus - Optimization has never meant that outside of rants (like the one Shawn Merwin was backpedalling on recently), so it's not much of a reversion. Normal optimization and min-maxing always have and always will be synonymous. Breaking the game is breaking the game, not optimization. Also, note that a lot of stuff people call "broken" does not, in any way, actually break the game. PF has an amazing example of this where there's a book of supposedly impossibly overpowered feats. Only here's the thing - the vast majority of the ones for non-casters are absolutely not overpowered. They absolutely do not "break the game". They merely mean that non-casters can do somewhat better damage, and certainly more damage than expected. So, let's keep "break the game" stuff to actual "game-breaking", with examples of how it happened, for real, in a real game, rather than broad assertions and high-handed claims. Most "game-breaking" charop doesn't happen in reality, it happens on forums, because DMs...

Thursday, 24th July, 2014

  • 01:31 PM - samursus mentioned Klaus in post D&D Spellbook Cards Preview
    These actually look pretty nifty. Beats the heck out of putting stuff together with MS Publisher from pdfs. BTW Beautiful artwork Klaus! Now if the price is right... :)

Monday, 21st July, 2014

  • 11:24 PM - ppaladin123 mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    Warlock. I don't know what's going on with warlock magic, but it certainly looks like it'll be more...complicated...than we've seen with the wizard or cleric. Good thing I like warlocks. My first thought was literally, "Whoa, @Klaus drew that? I've gotta give this guy's stuff another look. That may be a bit of a backhanded compliment, but it's the truth. At any rate, I was seriously impressed. It is a nice piece. I think, and I mean this in the best possible way, that Klaus has gotten better over the years that I've seen his stuff posted here. And I imagine that the kind of money that comes with a commission from wizards for a core product allows an artist to sit down and really work on a piece for a while. That lets us see what he is capable of and it is clearly a lot.
  • 07:40 PM - doctorhook mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    ... people like country music? :p Yeah I agree, it's a trivial sentence. Stuff like that is annoying, like someone saying " Well it may or may not ....". Of course it may or may not, WTF other possible choice could there be!? Its a sentence people say to act as though they are contributing to the conversation but clearly have no meaningful input.Chill, Winston. I'm pretty sure he was being deliberately noncommittal for comedic effect. Mordenkainen's Sword: This one gets a resounding "meh" out of me, which is actually pretty good considering I normally can't stand WAR's artwork. It's not bad, but it doesn't do anything for me either.I don't mind WAR and I don't mind this piece. That said, he definitely got overused (especially in 3.5E Eberron) so I can understand why folks are sick of him. Is that why they dumped him onto Pathfinder? Cloudkill: Doesn't really fire me up, but it's pretty well done. The cloud looks more like an explosion though.My first thought was literally, "Whoa, @Klaus drew that? I've gotta give this guy's stuff another look. That may be a bit of a backhanded compliment, but it's the truth. At any rate, I was seriously impressed. High Elf Wizard: Ooh, that's a really nice piece. I think this is the first blond-haired yuan-ti I've seen. But why is there a slippered foot hanging off the snake tail when I scroll down?looool. The image is well done, but what the hell is she doing? Why is she standing that way? Is this Fischer guy the same one who used to sign his pics with the little fishbone and who drew that goofy blackguard pic that got replaced between 3E and 3.5E? (Note the replacement artwork: much evil-er.) Okay, I can't actually find an image of that awful blackguard picture from 3E, but if you've got a 3E DMG, look for the drawing of the lazy, overweight cosplayer holding a skull.
  • 05:14 PM - DMZ2112 mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    Aside from Klaus' bugbears, who look great, this selection doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. Most of it is technically sound, but it is so /flat/. Where are the glistening scales, the shining fur, the glint of chainmail? Where's the /light/? The color? The detail and sharpness? This is all so muddy! - Contrast that red dragon with these red dragons. - WAR's owl is nice, and it doesn't even have its beak open, but I still can't get over the blatant asymmetry of the sword itself, right in the focal point of the image. I could do better with crayon. Contrast these swords. - That elven city looks like Ralph McQuarrie just /lifted/ it straight out of one of John Howe's notebooks; it's evocative, but it's not a finished piece of artwork. It's quality halfway point to a movie set or matte painting. Contrast these locations. - If the elven wizardess is what we have to look forward to in terms of female art, I'll take my chainmail bikinis back, thanks. Easily in the running for the ugliest ...
  • 03:27 PM - kettite mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    Well, I just had an art-gasm. Great stuff all around; I am a huge fan of the concept/design art collections for movies (like the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars trilogy various art books) and that wood elf village seems straight from one (which makes sense considering what Klaus wrote). I'll just leave the book open and stare at the picture for a while and let my imagination run wild as I did when I was a child. Congrats to Klaus for the beautiful artwork and the accomplishment of getting published. Really superb stuff. I'm very excited to get the book in four short weeks!
  • 02:44 PM - Ruin Explorer mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    Woah. Let this post serve as my requisite "whine about how goofy tieflings look" post, and we can move on to the other stuff. ;) ALSO! Klaus . Holy smokes, dude. Wicked piece. Elf City - Generic but bitchin'. Good stuff random Chinese concept artists! (I assume) EDIT - Apparently not! Good job Thom Tenery! Red Dragon vs PCs - Ooooh jesus that Tiefling's tail... he's practically a kangaroo... I argh... Seriously ruins the picture for me. Not a great picture start with, though. Mordenkainen's Sword - I swear I've seen this before. Regardless, it's boring WAR at his most boring with a sub-dungeonpunk (not edgy enough to reach even the heights of actual dungeonpunk!) sorta-colourful-but-not really MOR button-wizard with ridiculous accoutrements in an XXXXXTREEEEMEMEMEME pose casting an XXXTRREEMEMEMEME spell. Cannot roll eyes hard enough. YMMV. I do like the Owl though. Almost saves the piece. Almost. Cloudkill - It kind of sucks that Klaus did this because the fact that it is the best piece will make it look like we are sucking up to him :p , but yeah, it's the best piece here and definitely very cool. Love it ...
  • 02:06 PM - I'm A Banana mentioned Klaus in post Lots Of Art (and some Warlock stuff)
    Woah. Let this post serve as my requisite "whine about how goofy tieflings look" post, and we can move on to the other stuff. ;) ALSO! Klaus . Holy smokes, dude. Wicked piece.

Friday, 4th July, 2014

  • 04:21 AM - pemerton mentioned Klaus in post Blog Post by Robert J. Schwalb
    Klaus and others: I think it's one thing to say "I enjoyed 2nd ed AD&D more than 3E or 4e." Even to say "And that's because I found the 2nd ed play more creative." But the post says: Clever play now occurs in isolation. The player earns the greatest reward not from having a good idea at the table or thinking to look behind the wardrobe and finding a magic item, but from the discovery of a winning combination of mechanics . . . The prize for being the best player goes not to the creative mind, the cunning tactician, the burgeoning actor, but to the best mathematician. That is not just talking about personal preferences and experiences. It's talking about other people, and generating implications about their roleplaying. It's not surprising that people who think it's an unfair description of their roleplaying are going to post comments - particularly when the remark comes from a prominent and respected designer.


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Friday, 11th May, 2018


Saturday, 5th March, 2016

  • 12:11 PM - CapnZapp quoted Klaus in post Just checking: Hordebreaker Ranger
    I'm guessing it's 1d6+Dex from hand crossbow, plus 1d6 to the target of a Hunter's Mark spell. Assuming all attacks hit, and Dex is maxed at 20, the character in the OP deals an average of 33 (11 + 11 + 11) to the main target, and 8 to the second target. With an attack bonus maxing at +13 to hit (+5 Dex, +6 prof, +2 Archery). Yes, Hunter's Mark. Again sorry. The +2 from Archery makes Sharpshooter even better than Great Weapon Mastery by the way, since it's effectively only -3/+10 rather than -5/+10. God knows what the designers were thinking...

Tuesday, 1st March, 2016

  • 10:43 AM - spectacle quoted Klaus in post Self Publishing: What's An Artist Worth?
    Just be sure the license of the stock art you purchase allows for that kind of intervention (most don't). That's just plain wrong. Stock art wouldn't be of much use for anyone if you weren't allowed to modify it to fit in your product.

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

  • 09:25 PM - Greg K quoted Klaus in post Self Publishing: What's An Artist Worth?
    But all of these numbers are examples of how to reach what consists a "fair" rate. Your teacher's suggestion of not working for less than US$10/hour is a good rule-of-thumb. That was nearly 20 years. $15-20/hr is probably a living wage these days,. However, the US now requires health insurance (or be fined) and freelancers need to factor in material costs and periods of no work (as do painters, plumbers, electricians, and mechanics). So, probably, the minimum should be $25-40/hr depending upon where one lives (maybe more). The $25-$40 above is also before sales tax. I am not a lawyer or accountant, but I have been told that in many US states, art work changing hands of ownership is subject to sales tax unless the purchase is for reproduction rights only (meaning the publisher only has use for a limited time and purpose and the artist maintains ownership and can sell the work again at a later time). Again, I am not a lawyer or accoutant, but a tax preparer told me that if I didn't c...

Monday, 4th January, 2016

  • 10:28 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted Klaus in post New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits
    Now THAT is an idea I can get fully behind. I was a fan of an early version of SD where the character could spend an action reassessing the battle, and recover 1 SD. Getting SDs from different actions (say, begin with 1, and build up your SD as you go) would be a very interesting notion! The Battlemaster begins with 3 (or 5, or 7) and recovers with rest. A Scout begins with 1, and gains 1 through movement (max 3, 5 or 7), while a Cavalier begins with 1, and gains 1 when facing a single enemy, or when charging a mounted opponent, etc (max 3, 5 or 7). Must still to be easy to track, though. Maybe "earn and expend"? Were it to be this way... the "earn and expend" format for Scouts and Cavaliers to gain and use SD... I definitely would then think you'd need to make sure the non-Maneuvers they spend them on are not comparatively so powerful to the ones the BM gets to have. Because (for example) I'd have to believe the Scout would earn (and then expend) SD from each of their movements per comb...
  • 10:10 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Klaus in post New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits
    Not that it would be wrong to have them as Maneuvers. But if you start having Maneuvers that got nothing to do with combat, why still calling it a BATTLEmaster? I'm personally inclined to believe that things that give a fighter more noncombat options tend to be positive additions - under that criteria, I don't see much reason to limit "use SD dice to enhance a skill" to particular subclasses and not allow a BM to get it. With relation to the Cavalier and Scout specifically, the FIRST ability of each is not combat-related, although it can be used in combat if needed. So it sounds better to me they are unique to these subclasses Yeah, I wouldn't propose those become manuevers, but by themselves, they aren't really enough to make a subclass feel distinct. Supported by better mechanics, maybe; or given to a feat, almost definitely. Now THAT is an idea I can get fully behind. I was a fan of an early version of SD where the character could spend an action reassessing the battle, ...
  • 08:44 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Klaus in post New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits
    The extra actions are big part of lots of classes, of varying origins (from bonus action spells to expending spells to convert points, to additional attacks from a Fighting Style, to more effects). But the Battlemaster's Superiority Dice arose as the most different, uniquely-5e aspect of the Fighter, something that arose from the first alpha playtest and remained until the final product. It is a new mechanic (as opposed to extra attacks, which were in previous editions, to one degree or another), and it managed to incorporate 4e's martial exploits into a new ruleset, without them feeling too similar to spells (thus avoiding the "all classes play the same" criticism 4e suffered). They're not an aspect of the Fighter, though, they're just an aspect of the Battle Master, and they're not an aspect of any other martial subclass. And now that we have it, I think a fighter subclass that wants to use SD needs to figure out how it is NOT a Battle Master. I'm not sure these do it. Their SD o...
  • 08:16 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Klaus in post New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits
    There's room for lots of types of BMs! I've had more than a few myself over the years. :) That's part of why the Scout and the Cavalier are having problems here I think! :) Everyone else who uses the BM manuevers is saying, in some way, "your BM CAN'T be this." Expanding the BM manuever suite is saying instead "BMs are a flexible subclass that lots of different characters can be." Not *everyone*, but the Superiority Dice is possibly the most iconic expression of "martial" power in this edition. I don't know that I'd totally agree with that. It's one subclass. I know spellcasting is pretty ubiquitous in 5e, but SD doesn't seem any more part and parcel of "martial power" in 5e than the Champion's improved crits or the assassin's Assassinate. From where I'm sitting, "action economy" is where martial classes dominate - through Extra Attacks, through Action Surge, through "bonus action actions" (from the monk and the rogue), characters that don't use spells tend to fit bigger ef...
  • 07:37 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Klaus in post New Year Unearthed Arcana Brings Back Those Old 2E Kits
    Y'know, I *like* that the Cavalier and Scout aren't 100% different from the Battlemaster. They're a play at a "fixed maneuver list" battlemaster, as it were: less flexibility, but going deeper into a given archetype. I'd prefer more novel mechanical expressions of these ideas. Let the BM be the BM. Not everyone should be a BM.

Sunday, 20th December, 2015

  • 09:21 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Klaus in post Star Wars Spoilers Thread [Spoilers]
    She doesn't need to learn it from a wookiee, she could have been taught by someone else, like Max Von Sydow's character (whose voice we hear when we get the flashback of young Rey being left on Jakku). If she is Luke's daughter, and the Empire (and later the First Order) was actively hunting him, it'd make sense for him to leave her in the care of a trusted ally, with no knowledge of her real heritage, trusting that the Force would bring them together at some point. Hadn't thought of that. GOod point! I personally find that new is not a very major selling point, in and of itself. I think of it this way - we've each had many meals in our lives, many dishes. You've had lasagna before, you'll have it again. There's nothing *new* in lasagna. But, when someone hands you are really good plate of lasagna, that can be an excellent meal. Also, Star Wars has always been a cyclical epic saga. The story of how the new generation takes the torch from the old is going to have call backs to the story...

Wednesday, 25th November, 2015

  • 12:13 AM - Minigiant quoted Klaus in post 5th edition Ranger: Why does every class have to have it's own schtick?
    You'd still be free to choose whichever weapon you want, and the Fighting Style you want. These would just be additional benefits. I could just say that green dragons deal poison damage, but instead I'll say that Rangers are wilderness warriors, and there are hundreds of poisonous creatures out there. Not to mention bad water, poisonous plants, etc. All still apply, and this would be an *option* to the spellcasting ranger. Consider it a complexity dial: you can take the easy, pre-selected package, or go with the full, choose-your-own-spells version. More options than (pick one from each column): - Spellcasting or spell-less? - Two-weapon, Duelist, Defense or Archery? - Hunter (Colossus Slayer, Horde Breaker, Dragon Hunter) or Beastmaster? That's 2 x 4 x 4 = 32 options. It works as a prepackaged version. For a more customizable version. The better way for a martial ranger is to pick one of the more subtle spells of each level in the rangers repertoire an...

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

  • 07:19 PM - Minigiant quoted Klaus in post 5th edition Ranger: Why does every class have to have it's own schtick?
    Hunter's Mark is closer to Hunter's Quarry in mechanics (assign it to a single opponent), and is available to all Rangers, while only the Colossus Slayer feature offers the extra damage we've come to associate with Favored Enemy. They're both there to fill the same space, but with different "opportunity" costs (a spell, or a feature). Getting at-will Hunter's Mark at level 2, advantage/resistance to poison at level 5 (= Protection from Poison), an "area" attack with bow/crossbow at level 9 (= Conjure Barrage), immunity to difficult terrain and movement-reducing spells (= Freedom of Movement) at level 13, and "two ranged attacks with bonus action" stance (= Swift Quiver) at level 17, is enough to fill out a "spell-less" Ranger's repertoire. And this can be summed up in a single sidebar. But half the rangers I saw in play or post were melee. And some were dragon hunters, they don't need poison resist. They need fear and Fire resist. Then there was the desert striders, the wild riders, ...
  • 06:37 PM - AaronOfBarbaria quoted Klaus in post 5th edition Ranger: Why does every class have to have it's own schtick?
    Hunter's Mark is there to fill up the space left from 1e/2e's bonus against giant-kind/evil humanoids, 3e's Favored Enemy, and 4e's Hunter's Quarry.I think that the Hunter's Prey feature is what is meant to cover those, and the hunter's mark spell is just gravy.

Monday, 23rd November, 2015

  • 12:09 PM - Minigiant quoted Klaus in post 5th edition Ranger: Why does every class have to have it's own schtick?
    I prefer the cunning like a fox robin. I do believe the the most recent robin I saw was the Nobel no magic variant was in 2010 by ridley Scott with Russ crowe No, I am not kidding. In many stories Robin was a noble and fought in the Crusades. He returns to find his family land stolen by Prince John. So at the start he is a fighter. Notice that I also said that I would create a subclass or multiclass him ( if I multiclass him it would be as a rogue or I might do a swashbuckler figher subclass). His fighting skill and how much he loses depends on the version you use as your source. Now, if I go with the versions where is not a noble and never fought in the Crusade, yeah, rogue all the way! Are you kidding? Rogue. All the way. Robin Hood stories are not about surviving the harsh wilderness or winning fights -- Sherwood comes across as almost ridiculously hospitable and he actually tends to lose fights. They're all about tricking the authorities and stealing stuff. While no...

Friday, 11th September, 2015


Tuesday, 21st July, 2015

  • 07:56 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Klaus in post The Legacy of the Fighter in 5 to 10 years
    Re: the generic feel of the fighter mentioned upthread, I think that's intentional as well, because unlike all the other classes that are pretty specialized archetypes, the fighter has to cover much more. Everything from the mercenary, to the soldier, to the brawler, to the samurai, to the knight, to the archer, etc etcYep, the fighter has more arechetypes to cover than any other class, and less to do it with. Arguably, the majority of heroic characters from fantasy, myth & legend, don't cast spells or have a lot of other supernatural abilities. 5e handles them with the Berserker (pretty specific), Rogue (the less prevalent 'trickster' sort of hero), or Fighter. D&D has two fighter archetypes, the hard-hitting Champion, and slightly nuanced hard-hitting Battlemaster, to cover all of them, with a lot of attacks/round, Second Wind, a handful of minor class features, and 18 maneuvers to try to cover all of 'em. So, yeah, necessarily pretty generic. If you look at the last three ed...

Monday, 20th July, 2015

  • 04:56 PM - Jester David quoted Klaus in post New WotC Layoffs?
    Only to a point. You'd be surprised at how much work WotC does even before outsourced studios enter the process. And the WotC art directors work throughout the process, guiding the outsourced studios and their artists. I'm sure they do. Especially with Sasquatch Games. But is it three people's worth of work? And once they get the look down and build style guides, it's easier. And, arguably, a lot of it could be done freelance. That's office space costs and benefit payments that go to profits.
  • 02:38 AM - Mistwell quoted Klaus in post The Legacy of the Fighter in 5 to 10 years
    But the self-healing can also be used outside of combat, adding that to the hp recovered by spending Hit Dice. Meh. And? It's still a paltry amount. At even mid levels, much less high levels, it's a rounding error.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015



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