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January 25, 1980 (38)
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Columnist for ENWorld. Owner and producer of Gamer's Tavern Media.
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Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 03:26 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    WotC was very clear about what hour of what day the new book would be announced and made no further promises. This entire event was set up to disseminate infirmation. Does being press make you believe you are entitled to more information sooner than the rest of us? Or course WotC teased you the way they did. You basically asked if the final day was worth warching. Were they supposed to say 'No? " You know, given that Abstruse busts his ass for this site--hunting down stories, collating information, and writing it all up every week, plus trying to stay on top of big stories like this one--and given that WotC won't allow ENWorld access to advance info due to leaks that weren't ENWorld's fault, while still giving advanced access to other sites that have leaked info early--I think you can back the hell off and just say "Thank you for trying, I'm sorry your time was wasted."

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018


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Saturday, 28th October, 2017

  • 07:42 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: PaizoCon Harassment, Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated, WizKids and Warhammer 40K, Fantasy Flight Interactive, and more!
    Could you maybe steer clear of the controversial news that your not 100% sure about. Recently the F-up with the Tom Vassel business and now with the Bill Web stuff. Stick with rehashing press releases, because investigative journalism isn't your best feat (or as powerful as it was in 3rd Edition ;-)... I am not Abstruse, but I know him outside of his position as a columnist here at ENWorld, and I can 100% assure you that he will never, ever stop posting about, or calling people out for, sexual harassment, abuse, or assault in the industry. He will report what he's learned, and he will correct as new information comes to him, as he should. But stop reporting it? Never. Nor should he.

Thursday, 24th August, 2017

  • 04:50 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: Gen Con, ENnies, Diana Jones, Star Wars, Starfinder, and more!
    ...n June. Spiel des Jahres is a closed selection process for the jurors, but their names and identities are publicly known. As for what criteria they use. Ah, basically anything that they want. After several sentences, they come down and say this; The precise interpretation of ‘excellence in gaming’ is left to the discretion of the individual judges I mean, "industry insiders patting each other on the back" is pretty much the definition of an award regardless of the medium the award is for. This may often be true. But not all awards are this. Some are popularity contests open to the public. But credibility is not something an awards group can just grant themselves. And it is near impossible when they are secretive in both who they are and how they make their selection(s). If they were credible, then other sources besides themselves would actually cite them as credible. Where are those links? (So far, this question which is probably the most important has simple been ignored.) @Abstruse, note these questions or comments of mine are not meant to question your article. It is straight forward news (and I appreciate it, including this topic and others). I'm just trying to understand what the credibility of the DJA is.

Saturday, 12th July, 2014

  • 04:01 AM - pemerton mentioned Abstruse in post Will there be a 4.75 a la Pathfinder?
    I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "as an item" as that is not a phrase I'm familiar with as a legal term of art.It's not a legal term of art. "As a good offered for sale" is not really a legal term of art either, but would do as a synonym for "as an item". Restricting myself to federal law, trade dress is protected by §43(a) of the Lanham Act. (15 USC §1125 see also Two Pesos, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc., 505 US 763)I think there are going to be complexities in comparing trade dress of a restaurant (or other commercial service provision, like M:tG online mentioned upthread by Abstruse) and trademarks and trade dress of goods. For instance, if a book or magazine is sold solely in shrink wrap, then it seems to me that that must suggest limitations on the extent to which material that appears only on the interior of the book can constitute trade dress or trademarks belonging to the publisher. At a certain point, such material cannot play a role in consumers distinguishing the goods of one producer from those of another, competing, producer. Or, from the point of view of a potentially infringing trader, at a certain point material that appears only within the interior of a book has not been "used in commerce", which is the statutory phrase that triggers liability. Here's an example: A 3PP makes a new monster: A 1 Eyed, 1 Horned Purple People Eater. They use the mechanics from MMIII to create the monsters stats, and they use the same colors and layout as monsters from MMMIII. While it's my position that (if it's protected at all) it's protected by trade dress a...

Saturday, 31st August, 2013

  • 06:41 AM - Morrus mentioned Abstruse in post Long interview with Cordell & Schwalb
    Conducted by Abstruse. There's a lot to get your teeth into in that interview; it's unusually candid and non PR-y for WotC. Great read. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63941 I'm surprised about how frankly they spoke about 4E. Equal parts good and bad. It's the sort of interview that is likely to reignite the edition wars, though. Plus lots of tidbits on the D&D Next playtest approach.

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Friday, 29th June, 2018

  • 07:01 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Roll20 Gets Big Update, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    If it's not for you...well, despite what some people seem to think, the Edition Police won't be kicking down your door to confiscate your old rulebooks. Not to mention, it being a playtest, there's a good chance that if enough people don't like "thing A", then it won't wind up in the final product anyway. So not only is it worth checking the Playtest Rulebook before judging anything, it's worth taking a look at the actual edition when it comes out. Being concerned about it or disinterested based on the blog-posts is fine, but giving up on it entirely seems a bit... premature. (Not that I'm suggesting anyone is actually doing that, but some people appear to be threatening it.)
  • 04:05 AM - vpuigdoller quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Roll20 Gets Big Update, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    I'm not sure if that's a feature yet or not, but it's definitely something you should contact them about to add if it's not currently a feature. Just make sure to be polite when asking and explaining what you want and why you'd like it. Thanks! Yah will indeed contact them and ask nicely. As it is now you either share your entire compendium or not is just an on/off switch.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018


Friday, 22nd June, 2018

  • 09:14 PM - neuronphaser quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    The short version is I don't promote people who are toxic elements of the community, particularly those that promote ideas like One True Way/"You're Playing Wrong", displays discriminatory attitudes, and harass designers on social media. But It's your money and your choice if you want to support it because you enjoy his writing. For me, I can't look past the fact I had to block him on Twitter for being a jerk to other people in the industry. I didn't know about that! Thanks for the info. I'll look into it: I do my best not to support toxic people, but I know some people get labeled unfairly based on an online persona or a misunderstanding. If you have any links to the problems you mention, don't hesitate to share them, but don't feel like you have to spend the time on that either; I can do my own research!
  • 08:45 PM - neuronphaser quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    No. It's really not worth checking out. For a wide variety of reasons. Can I ask why? I've enjoyed some of their articles though I don't care for the overly verbose lead-ins. Is there something I should watch out for, as someone who was considering backing it but hasn't hopped off the fence about it?
  • 05:44 AM - Birmy quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    There's not a lot of information yet and there are some miniatures in this, but they're less miniatures and more like highly detailed player pawns/meeples that just happen to use the molds for the miniatures. GF9's been doing the more euro and hobbyist style games with the license, while WizKids has been doing the more dungeon-crawl Adventure System ones. And Catalyst Game Labs has a deckbuilder. It makes sense because CGL repurposed the Shadowrun Crossfire game for Dragonfire, GL9 does the accessories so more card-based and strategy-based games work better with their other production, while WizKids is doing the miniature lines so making the big-box dungeon crawl simulator game fits their other production. Ah, I understand now! This makes sense. Thanks for the detailed answer.

Thursday, 21st June, 2018

  • 07:20 PM - Jester David quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    I would have written that "Legendary has asked Eric Campbell....... to end SoT in favor of IP they can own and exploit." I doubt Eric wanted to stop the Star Trek show as, if you watch it, it is a dream come true for Eric and the cast to be playing Starfleet. Yeah. The story is ending, but they only started to make real progress to resolution recently, and could easily have started a second storyline. Critical Role had a half-dozen different storylines of varying lengths. They could have played Trek for years and were so excited to start. I was super surprised when they made the announcement. I don’t know if Eric was asked. But it makes sense that they’d want a new show they have more ownership of. It's also possible they had a limited cross-promotional deal going with Modiphius that's run out. I don't see any RPG company outside WotC, Paizo, or maybe FFG having the money to throw at a media company to advertise their game, but it's possible they could've piggy-backed on the Modiphiu...
  • 04:21 PM - Jester David quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    This is pure educated guess, but they'll probably focus on RPG content and try to build a "new" Critical Role. RPGs are easier to shoot than board games because you don't have to focus on the table as often, which is a pain to light and shoot on a budget. It's also more character and story focused and offers more opportunities for merch (especially if the game itself isn't licensed - you can't do Star Trek or Star Wars characters on tshirts, but Generic Fantasy or Generic Sci-Fi you can). However, I doubt they'll try to compete on Thursdays. Their new push will be a different night of the week. Thursdays will probably be more board games, video games, or they may try to bring back the Magic: The Gathering show they tried to do I think twice now. But trying to go head-to-head with Critical Role for the RPG audience isn't worth the cost of the power for studio lights at the scale their production operates at. And ever so coincidentally, Erc Campbell of Shiekd of Tomorrow (the Star Trek RPG] and f...
  • 03:53 PM - Jester David quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    I doubt that would change in the near future. Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel is pretty much the House that Critical Role Built. They're doing very well for a multihost multishow variety Twitch channel and have a very strong fanbase, but their numbers skyrocket every Thursday. Their viewer numbers jump from several hundred or a couple thousand to tens of thousands. They're not going to let go of that until they absolutely have to, even if it means hosting via the Twitch system rather than multicasting. But, of course, let's forward ahead a year. To when CR is doing its own Twitch channel and has its own exclusive content that isn't shared with G&S and the fans are ending their subscription to G&S to get the exclusive critrole.com content. Which they learn of because during the show itself they advertise and plug the new content regularly, advertising during breaks. And, of course, G&S isn't making as much money from merch and advertisers like DnDBeyond and Backblaze are giving funds to CR ins...

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 05:44 AM - Shasarak quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Diana Jones Shortlist, Free RPG Day, L5R Release Information, EN World Podcast Launched, Cyberpunk 2077 Revealed, and more!
    I know, they look intimidating, but the mechanics are similar to the FFG Star Wars and you get used to them faster than you think. I had to laugh at Morrus's podcast where they said that they played six months of Star Wars and just let the one guy interpret the dice rolls. You can check out the beta PDF while it's still available and see if it's something you're interested in. And if the mechanics aren't for you, the book will still have plenty of setting and lore information you can use to update your previous edition books or to translate it into another system. I know that is why I am tempted. Looks like nothing up at Book Depository yet though.
  • 05:04 AM - Traveller quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Diana Jones Shortlist, Free RPG Day, L5R Release Information, EN World Podcast Launched, Cyberpunk 2077 Revealed, and more!
    Echoes my feelings. But it's also Kobold Press, Troll Lord Games, Gamehole Publishing, and I think a couple of others. There's also a feature on all Humble Bundles if you scroll down that lets you adjust how much of your purchase price goes to the publisher, to Humble, to the charity, and (if it's an affiliate link) to the affiliate. If it really echoes your feeling, it should have been published here... The other companies should have shied away from joining them. Otherwise what's the point of all those editorials?

Friday, 8th June, 2018

  • 06:13 AM - Shasarak quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: New D&D Product Announcements, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Skill System Previewed, New Products from FFG and Green Ronin, and more!
    Well I have good news! They've started selling deluxe boxed sets with maps, miniatures, handouts, custom DM screens, and more for modules including Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage along with other published campaigns! The bad news is they're $400-500 each... It looks from the website that, starting next year, they'll be releasing more stripped-down versions with a lower price point because... ...I'm going to be honest here, if you've got $500 laying around burning a hole in your pocket that much, I've got a buttload of miniatures and DM screens I can throw in a box for you... Thanks for the link. I must admit that when I wanted a boxed set that I did not expect miniatures, dm screen and coins/badges. Maybe the stripped down version would be more what I expect.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018


Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 04:29 AM - Xavian Starsider quoted Abstruse in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    A lot of things pointing to Spelljammer (and possibly Planescape) for 2019. Mearls and Crawford tweeting about psionics, the githyanki in the artwork for the Waterdeep books, Perkins flat out saying that Halaster having a spelljammer ship (though that one I take with a grain of salt because the stuff Perkins was tweeting last night, he was one tweet shy of proclaiming that Drizzt is actually twenty puppies wearing a drow suit). My guess is 2019 being a Spelljammer/Planescape combo multiverse setting to open up to other settings that couldn't be "inserted" into FR the way Ravenloft was, with all the rules for planar travel and Sigil profiled as a sort of port city.. I believe Perkins said Halastar has a spelljammer helm, not a spelljammer. But I agree with the potential for 2019. Note that Volo's guide harmonized with Tomb of Annihilation while they have already stated ,Xanathar's guide harmonizes with Dragon Heist. So it seems reasonable to think that Mordy's guide with all its high l...
  • 01:36 AM - Remathilis quoted Abstruse in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    The downside is not being able to present an "official" version of the setting first. After the Curse of Strahd, they made Ravenloft available in the DM's Guild. It made sure that the material used in DM's Guild for 5e rules for things like how the Mists and the Dark Powers work are consistent. You'd want something similar for other settings as well, so you know you'll have the same rules for how spelljammer ships or dragonmarks or regency powers or whatever work, so you're not having to relearn whatever homebrew conversion this author did that are wildly different than what this author made up. Moreover, I think they want to set the tone of each setting before the fans run wild on it. Some fans of Dark Sun prefer the 2e version (complete with uber ability scores and scant race/class options) while others favor the more 4e style of reflavoring PHB options rather than reinventing everything. I think WotC would like to get a word in on that before letting the fans go wild. Sigh, still wait...

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018



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