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Monday, 11th June, 2018


Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

  • 11:53 PM - aramis erak quoted mykesfree in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    In Adventure in Middle-earth, which is D&D 5e based, it is called Cultures. Cultures cover Elves of Mirkwood, Men of Bree, and Hobbits of the Shire. Only because it's a port of The One Ring.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018

  • 02:14 AM - Yaarel quoted mykesfree in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    In Adventure in Middle-earth, which is D&D 5e based, it is called Cultures. Cultures cover Elves of Mirkwood, Men of Bree, and Hobbits of the Shire. It seems even the Tolkien estate has steered away from the problematic term ‘race’.

Thursday, 4th January, 2018


Wednesday, 31st May, 2017

  • 03:41 PM - oneshot quoted mykesfree in post STAR TREK ADVENTURES Public Playtest Launches
    Also, the character creation system is fun and easy to do. The random charts were really able to flesh out a character and each character rolled felt very unique. And just to add, because I know it's a turn off to some people, that the random charts are optional and you can instead pick off of the list. There's also another optional chargen system where you just flesh out the basics of the character and add in further details through play, a la Fate.

Thursday, 18th May, 2017

  • 12:26 AM - OB1 quoted mykesfree in post Mike Mearls' AMA Summary
    I am surprised no one mentioned the Glass Jaw Saving Throws. For any stat that is a dump stat, you are better at the saving throw at low levels than at high levels due to the foes that you face. Even if you have a +2 in a non-proficient saving throw, you are stuck with that +2 for 20 levels unless you invest via ability score increases, magic items, or feats. Seems like a flaw in the game that neither 1e, 2e, 3e or 4e had. Your saves always increased a little bit as the character gained levels. For the save or suck spells and effects/traps this flaw is really glaring. I would have like to have asked Mike if this was design as intended or if it was an unintentional byproduct. I see this as a feature, not a flaw. I like that powerful PCs (and monsters) still have weaknesses that they need to work around when preparing to face powerful enemies. And as you say, you can choose to invest in ASIs or feats, can quest for magic items, or, one thing you didn't mention, use teamwork to overcome. I...

Friday, 24th March, 2017

  • 03:40 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted mykesfree in post WotC's Irwin, Tanji, and Crawford on Tales from the Yawning Portal's Art Direction
    Funny a lot of the 5E books reused 4E art. For example on the second page of the 5E Bard Class, it uses artwork from a 4E book on the Fey Wild. Heroes of The Feywild had some of the best art I've seen in a DnD book. One of the best lore books, too. That is a book worth using even out of its intended edition. I feel like it's origin story mini game could easily be adapted to 5e's version of backgrounds, as well. Anyway, my whole group was really disappointed with the 5e core books, in terms of art. Too much reused old art, too much weirdly purportioned halflings, to much forgettable art. And a half elf image that just....wasn't done well. That said, the art since then has been very good!
  • 03:15 PM - SunGold quoted mykesfree in post WotC's Irwin, Tanji, and Crawford on Tales from the Yawning Portal's Art Direction
    Funny a lot of the 5E books reused 4E art. For example on the second page of the 5E Bard Class, it uses artwork from a 4E book on the Fey Wild. I'm not talking about specific pieces of art, but the grander WoW/Wayne Reynolds flavor to the whole edition. Not every piece of art was garbage, but even those that were nice suffered from the unfortunate graphic design and layout.

Tuesday, 8th November, 2016

  • 03:32 PM - Marandahir quoted mykesfree in post New Barbarian Primal Paths in November 7th Unearthed Arcana
    Glad to see 4E's power sources are alive and well. In case you never played 4E, they were: Martial, Arcane, Divine, Primal, Psionic, Elemental, and Shadow. 5e did away with power sources for the most part. We have Arcane and Divine magic, and some aspects of Divine reflect what was called Primal in 4e (Druids, Rangers, Barbarians, Oath of the Ancients Paladins). Elemental and Shadow never worked quite right as specific power sources in 4e, and became tacked on keywords for classes that were otherwise martial, arcane, divine, etc. Psionic is interesting: in 4e, the Ki powers of the Monk were wrapped into Psionic, now Monks are their own thing again, with some thematic overlaps with all three of Psionic, Divine, and Arcane (and with Martial characters, of course). Psionic is now a way of casting spells intuitively by monsters, and all the Psionic classes of 3e and 4e have been wrapped into the Mystic playtest class as various subclasses. This is probably a good thing, though they could create s...
  • 03:25 PM - Parmandur quoted mykesfree in post New Barbarian Primal Paths in November 7th Unearthed Arcana
    Glad to see 4E's power sources are alive and well. In case you never played 4E, they were: Martial, Arcane, Divine, Primal, Psionic, Elemental, and Shadow. Ya know, that's a point: mixing and matching "power sources " though likely not followed in the formulaic 4E way, might be something we see a lot of in the next few months...

Wednesday, 4th May, 2016

  • 05:08 PM - Rich Baker quoted mykesfree in post AMA: Richard Baker, author of lots of stuff!
    Why in the Forgotten Realms are there no Human Empire builders (Like a Barbarossa or a Napoléon Bonaparte) as part of cannon? I understand that it makes the fantasy setting pretty clear cut Good vs Evil, when Orcs, Undead, and Shades try to do it Hi, mykesfree -- You know, I'm not sure that there aren't. Off the top of my head I can think of Gondegal (sp?) the so-called "Lost King of Cormyr", Aencar the Mantled King in the Dalelands, the huge spread of the Zhentarim in the 1350 to 1380 era (not a classic Bonaparte type conquest but noteworthy nonetheless), or the Tuigan Horde story arc from 2nd Edition. Or are you looking for a situation in which the empire-builders are non-evil/ambiguous as opposed to being the bad guys of the story? I suppose my answer would be that there are a limited number of opportunities for RSEs (Realms Shaking Events) so you go with the best, most spectacular ones you can. Rich

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

  • 12:07 AM - Mistwell quoted mykesfree in post WotC's Chris Perkins Talks About... Everything! Upcoming Storylines, Products, Staffing, Other Worlds, & More!
    Concerning the rate of release of titles and there use. I think WotC keeps on forgetting that folks like to read source books and adventures even if they never run or use them. I don't think they're forgetting this. I think it's a conscious effort to support things people actually run with game books, and use novels for stuff people just read. It's an intentional focus on the aspect of the game that people play. Probably because they think it's better for the game overall. What I think it comes down to is this. People like interacting with Table Top D&D. They want to know something more about the game when they are not playing it. There's an app for that. I think bringing back Dungeon and Dragon magazines into their Lore/Adventures/Rules/New Monsters incarnation into a deeper way then its current form would help to satisfy a lot of peoples needs. True

Monday, 23rd November, 2015

  • 10:05 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted mykesfree in post WotC's Chris Perkins Talks About... Everything! Upcoming Storylines, Products, Staffing, Other Worlds, & More!
    Concerning the rate of release of titles and there use. I think WotC keeps on forgetting that folks like to read source books and adventures even if they never run or use them. What I think it comes down to is this. People like interacting with Table Top D&D. They want to know something more about the game when they are not playing it. I think bringing back Dungeon and Dragon magazines into their Lore/Adventures/Rules/New Monsters incarnation into a deeper way then its current form would help to satisfy a lot of peoples needs. But are there enough of those people who will spend the money for those magazines to offset the cost to write, edit and publish said magazines? Based upon what we've heard from almost everyone in the know, the answer is "OH HELL NO!" ;)

Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

  • 04:33 PM - Raunalyn quoted mykesfree in post [UPDATED] RAGE OF DEMONS! New D&D Storyline Features Drizzt, Underdark, & Demon Lords!
    Did anyone see the plot description for the "Out of the Abyss" Module on the WOTC website? I don't think our Dark Elf Ranger will have a prominent role in the RPG version. http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/outoftheabyss http://dnd.wizards.com/sites/default/files/media/styles/product_tabletop_left/public/images/product/DnD_OotA.png?itok=UB12NjZf SYNOPSISDare to descend into the Underdark in this adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game! The Underdark is a subterranean wonderland, a vast and twisted labyrinth where fear reigns. It is the home of horrific monsters that have never seen the light of day. It is here that the dark elf Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzoberranzan, casts a foul spell meant to ignite a magical energy that suffuses the Underdark and tears open portals to the demonic Abyss. What steps through surprises even him, and from that moment on, the insanity that pervades the Underdark escalates and threatens to shake the Forgotten Realm...
  • 04:27 PM - SilverfireSage quoted mykesfree in post [UPDATED] RAGE OF DEMONS! New D&D Storyline Features Drizzt, Underdark, & Demon Lords!
    Did anyone see the plot description for the "Out of the Abyss" Module on the WOTC website? I don't think our Dark Elf Ranger will have a prominent role in the RPG version. wow, it doesn't even mention Drizzt at all, and people are getting so up in arms about it? This sounds exactly like PotA, an adventure that anyone can transport to whatever setting they want. Almost like they've done this before or something.

Sunday, 29th September, 2013

  • 03:34 PM - Gundark quoted mykesfree in post I guess Jon Schindehette out. Bad news for D&D NEXT?
    This got drowned out from page 2, but I'd suspect this has lots to do with it. When I used to work at DC Comics on staff as a Sales and Marketing person, you signed away any ability to freelance in any capacity. Even when I gave a 3 weeks notice to DC and work within the publishing industry, I was shown the door that day. Also the salaries shown are in line with publishing industry standards.

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