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    Today, 11:20 AM
    In that case you currently have two accounts on each store, as thereís actually only one store. Both logins will work, whichever you go to.
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    Today, 11:19 AM
    Itís just how they brand/market the two skins. Same store though.
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    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I often think it's too easy to get into the TARDIS. A TARDIS is supposed to be the most advanced type of ship in the universe, so teleporting onto it shouldn't be easy. I wonder if she gave Kerblam! permissions or something?
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Great list! I agree with you on Forgetful and Spendthrift. You can use skills with any attribute as long as the GM agrees, so intimidation and Disfigured would be a good combo for a strong character. A STR (intimidation) check with the disfigured trait would be a good combo.
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Ravnica is joining Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Ravenloft, as a setting available for creators on the Dungeon Master's Guild from today, November 20th. WotC made the following brief announcement last night: "Intrepid DM's Guild creators! Ravnica will be added as a setting on Dungeon Masters Guild tomorrow Nov 20th! (We will be coordinating day-of updates of the Ravnica setting...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    As you may know, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (and, indeed, all the community content sites like DM's Guild) are the exact same website owned by One Bookshelf (OBS), simply viewed through a different skin. The front page of each highlights different products, but the stores are the same store. Now, the "RPGNow" version of the store is being retired. OBS sent out the following email earlier...
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    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    There's another new class over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, this week! Bloodweavers use the primal power coursing through their veins to enhance their own abilities, heal or bolster allies, and debilitate or kill their foes. Many fear them for their control over the substance of life but those that can see past this superstitious dread often find powerful allies. Recently on...
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    Yesterday, 12:28 AM
    Any setup is fine, as long as the participants buy in to it.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 PM
    People play for different reasons, of course. For some itís the social activity, and the game is just the conduit for that.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:32 PM
    Social interaction isnít *that* hard. Iím afraid there isnít a rulebook.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:35 PM
    Quite enjoyed todayís episode. Felt a lot more old school. Workers disappearing, a little less sombre than some episodes have been this year. Nothing new, just a traditional Who episode ó weíve seen cheery polite killer robots like those dozens of times before, but thatís OK.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Calm down, please folks. The last thing I expected to see on this site was people shouting at each other about how iTunes works.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 08:24 PM
    10% waiting for the late guy 25% getting ready to play 15% waiting for somebody to come back from a cigarette break 15% random interruptions while somebody tells an unrelated anecdote 20% combat 15% misc gaming
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:54 PM
    And the usual suspects show up instantly like bad pennies. Thatís two of the trifecta. One to go. @jimmifett and @Derren, donít post again in this thread, please. Jimmifett, it would be nice if you posted about something else sometimes, but since as far as I can make out the only reason you post in this community is to decry any hint of inclusiveness, it's time for you to leave.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Following an online backlash regarding the content of their recent publications, White Wolf Publishing has just announced some big changes, including the suspension of the Vampire 5th Edition Camarilla and Anarch books, and a restructuring of management. White Wolf's Shams Jorjani made the following announcement about an hour ago: "Hello everyone, My name is Shams Jorjani, VP of...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    For the next two weeks, we''re going to try something new. This is an experiment, and there is a reasonable chance that it might not work out. For the next two weeks you may put your promotional/publisher posts in the relevant game forum. So if you have a Kickstarter for a new D&D 5E book, you may put it in the 5E forum instead (that's instead, not as-well-as). If the forums end up being...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Morrus and Peter are joined this week for an epic-length episode by Rodney Thompson, designer on Star Wars SAGA Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Destiny 2, Dusk City Outlaws, and currently on Kickstarter: Spectaculars. In the news, we have the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and Guildmasterís Guide to Ravnica, financial troubles at John Wick Presents,...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Oh, I see! What we in the hobby like to call "dice"! :D
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Doesn't solidify until experienced? I've not heard that one.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. But all of it's the past for the Doctor, so every alien stopped is altering history.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In donít think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. Itís you as a gamer.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotCís goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:19 AM
    Iíve seen you randomly bring up your personal politics in the form of MRAs in two threads (that Iíve noticed) in the last couple of days. Not sure why. Please donít do that. This isnít the place.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Wow! That's quite impressive! Are the career paths completely random generated?
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 01:20 PM
    That is going to be awesome. Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    D&D books are a lot like buses. You wait ages for one, and then suddenly two are released on the same day! Anyway, today's the day that Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage hit game stores, so this is your reminder to head on down to your friendly (or not so friendly) local (or not so local) game store and grab your copies! They'll hit Amazon and other stores on...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:38 AM
    In this week's episode, Morrus and Peter are joined by guests Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor to talk about their roleplaying game Spire and the sourcebook currently on Kickstarter, Strata. In the news, we have more previews of Dungeon of the Mad Mage, more details on RPGSports, a statement from Wizards of the Coastís president on the state of Dungeons & Dragons, a tease of a new setting, a new...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Rodney Thompson. You may remember him from such games as Star Wars Saga Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition, and Dusk City Outlaws (to name just a few). He's back with a new superhero RPG, Spectaculars, and he's been kind enough to send me along an exclusive preview of the game! I backed Dusk City Outlaws on Kickstarter, and was super-pleased when it arrived....
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you! :)
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 02:45 PM
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Instructions are in first post. :)
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 08:23 PM
    I love Kalamar and wrote a scenario for the 3.x living campaign. I was hoping they'd do a 5e book for it.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    I make that 14 DEFENSE. 3d6 is 11. 4d6 is 14. SOAK and DEFENCE are two different things. DEFENCE is how hard it is to hit you. SOAK is how much damage your armour lets you ignore.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:07 PM
    The theme of the campaign is industry vs magic. I feel that removing either of those things pretty much guts the campaign.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:41 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:31 PM
    It should be on DTRPG and RPGNow soon too!
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 01:57 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 12:50 PM
    At 150m households worldwide, I donít think Netflix counts as a limited audience any more. In the last few years itís grown into one of the most watched media outlets on the planet. Give it another few years, I reckon it will dwarf even the largest regular networks.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:52 AM
    As the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage closes in (Friday!), here's a quick roundup of all the previews which have snuck out of WotC HQ over the last few weeks! Take a peek at these images from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, as featured on Fantasy Grounds. There is the start of level 19 from Waterdeep: DotMM. It involves a crashed Spelljammer, where the crew is...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:51 PM
    Even if you were supposed to roll it, how did you manage to roll 48 on 6d6?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:17 PM
    Yikes. No, you don't roll it. Your SPEED is 6: 3(d6) + 2(d6) + 1(d6). it's the *size* of your dice pool, not a roll of your dice pool. Your CLIMB is 3 (half your SPEED without the running added on, rounded up).
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 08:19 PM
    That shouldn't be there. It's an old mechanic which didn't make it into the final version of the WOIN rules. I'll note it as errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:34 PM
    It means write it down, yep. The exploit itself will tell you about any usage restrictions, if there are any. Hmm. Where does it say that? That looks like a minor errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 01:18 PM
    I wasnít a fan of this episode. The monster reminded me of the Slitheen, and the self destruct unit you can just pick up and chuck out the window seemed rather pointless. It was basically ... serviceable filler, I guess.
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Friday, 27th September, 2013

  • 05:20 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted Gaming Tonic in post I guess Jon Schindehette out. Bad news for D&D NEXT?
    When Jon says "Additionally, I’m looking for a position that allows me to pursue some of my other passions unfettered" that is what I take from the statement and other things I have read from other people who have left the team. Creative types might want several outlets to express their creativity and not have Hasbro lay claim to all that they do. This has been the explanation of Monte and Stan! for why they left, and I would imagine Cordell's as well (although I do not remember hearing him say that specifically.) I imagine this must be a Hasbro-mandated rule when it comes to working there full-time... and it's a bitter pill to swallow if you are not willing to plunge head first into the "D&D all the time!" body of water. Fortunately for WotC, there is no shortage of people who are probably willing to jump down that rabbit hole to work on D&D, and thus they can replace those folks with cheaper and more single-minded alternatives.

Monday, 17th June, 2013

  • 02:02 PM - Neonchameleon quoted Gaming Tonic in post [Warlords] Should D&D be tied to D&D Worlds?
    I guess I just don't see the statement "we're doing different HP modules for different styles of game, such as a module to get people up to full HP faster, and a module to play in a low or no-magic game, and some other HP modules, too" as the opposite direction of the playtest packet. Whereas I see the direction of the playtest packet as "Non-casters get even less useful stuff than they did in 3.X". A dex 20 thief specialised in balancing literally needs 20 or more on 1d20+1d6 to walk a tightrope. I can't remember if it's this packet or last that made knocking the cotting pin out of a wagon a DC 15 check but there was certainly a DC 15 sabotage a wagon issue. The fighter literally gains no new potential abilities after level 11. And what's considered a powerful feat (+1 to a stat) might be really useful to a caster but does almost nothing to help a non-caster at managing their weaknesses. For all these reasons and more I expect almost nothing to make non-casters like the warlord cool -after all th...
  • 02:07 AM - I'm A Banana quoted Gaming Tonic in post [Warlords] Should D&D be tied to D&D Worlds?
    I...have no reason to believe from any of that different options will not be supported. WotC and the design team are well aware of what the warlord, and similar non cleric refresher characters meant to a group in 4E. They have provided a bit of knowledge here and there and I don't want to say too much about any of that for various reasons but the time of low fantasy, non healing D&D is going to arrive in a little bit because hard working people sought the feedback of game loving players and put it all together the best they could to make as many people happy as possible. Good to hear. That works against the whole "if there's no warlord class, then WotC is abandoning non-magical healing / 4e fans / martial characters / etc." narrative, and so pretty much matches what I expect. It'd be nice to see the proof in the pudding, there, so that it's not just "trust us!", but that lines up with what I imagine. So if this is right, the OP has little to fear. Even without a warlord class, WotC has no inte...

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Saturday, 4th May, 2013

  • 11:40 AM - Morrus quoted Gaming Tonic in post Ranking Superhero Movies: EN World's Top Ten!
    I can keep you busy adding super hero movies if you want but I hate to create work for you. Consider Kick Ass, Dr. Strange 1978, The Phantom, The Shadow, Green Hornet, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield 1989 (David Hasselhoff), Condorman 1981, Sky High, Steel, Meteor Man. I have seen them all, good, bad, ugly, sequel. A list of worst movie may really get people talking about the bad ones. Btw, I actuallly liked the Phantom Movie, and Rocketeer. I'm only familiar with a couple of those - Kick Ass, Green Hornet, the Hasslehoff SHIELD movie (to my regret), and I think I remember the Rocketeer.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2013

  • 05:38 AM - Celebrim quoted Gaming Tonic in post How would you RP this character?
    I am more concerned for whoever is running this game and the other players. A character with such a low rating in Charisma will be a hindrance almost all the time, not just to himself but to the party. His low Charisma should cause such a distraction that eventually a large amount of the game should focus upon it. This will cause this one character to suck up so much of the story time that the other characters might not get their fair share of time in the spotlight. Add on that the character is a Chaotic Neutral drunk and the problem is increased enormously. Most of that attention will not be in a way that advances the story in a way that the DM and the other players intended, or much at all. All of this is quite possibly true, and thing that a new DM should be aware of. There are several possibilities though: a) All the players at the table are of the Thespian inclination, and so there is little they relish more than a bunch of melodramatic play. Everyone else at the table has a characte...
  • 04:03 AM - killem2 quoted Gaming Tonic in post How would you RP this character?
    I am more concerned for whoever is running this game and the other players. A character with such a low rating in Charisma will be a hindrance almost all the time, not just to himself but to the party. His low Charisma should cause such a distraction that eventually a large amount of the game should focus upon it. This will cause this one character to suck up so much of the story time that the other characters might not get their fair share of time in the spotlight. Add on that the character is a Chaotic Neutral drunk and the problem is increased enormously. Most of that attention will not be in a way that advances the story in a way that the DM and the other players intended, or much at all. When characters like this are introduced in a game I am running or especially playing in, I question why I wouldn't just go find a swordarm, mage, priest, etc., that was much less flawed to accompany on the group on their missions? Oh because the character is controlled by another player. Well that a...

Monday, 29th April, 2013


Sunday, 28th April, 2013

  • 07:26 PM - Umbran quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    The number cruncher type gamer couldn't get a leg up like he could in some systems. Well, what would such a gamer *expect* coming into a superheroes game? What's the #1 big thing about bog-standard superhero comics? DEATH IS RARE. Permanent death even more rare. The point of supers stories isn't to ask the question, "Will the hero win?" Instead, the question is, "How will the hero win, and at what cost?" Number crunching so that your hero wins quickly and easily kind of misses the point, then, because the answer is, "Quickly and easily, and at little cost." Supers is a genre where the aim of building a hero for outright effectiveness is apt to be less rewarding than building a hero for dynamically interesting action.
  • 11:40 AM - fireinthedust quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    Yeah, as a GM I loved it. Really simple to make characters, and generally made sense for comic books. Not a simulation of the characters, but of the genre. Very true. I found the char gen rules were fine. Some of the more complicated powers (iron man's multi-missles, hulk's emotional damage = strength) I struggled to keep track of, but otherwise it was fine. I've chimed in before: the event structure wasn't my cup of tea. I get the feeling it was a mandate from Marvel, but the Civil War ticket was so old by then. I still believe it might have said something to do with the lack of Alpha Flight material, and I am not even Canadian. Yeah I'm Canadian but I can't seem to get into the series. It's Canadian heroes as told by either Americans or by Canadians trying to sell the CBC version of Canada. "look, it's a native guy who's magical and wears buckskins". Meh. Then replaced by Omega Flight, not bad, but led by USAgent?! Ouch.

Friday, 26th April, 2013

  • 02:20 PM - VictorC quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    ... I think that the story arc angle and the game being designed for players to play established and pregenerated Marvel characters is where they guessed wrong. Most players I have ever played any RPG with groan at the thought of a pregen character. Gamers are a creative bunch and want to create their characters. There were character creation rules but they were really light on explanation and that might have been a stumbling block for other gamers. While I can't speak for everyone, these are the reasons I wasn't a fan. To be fair, the story arc thing didn't bother me all that much. It's not that they weren't railroads (they were), but I rarely use published adventures anyway. The character/character creation thing was a serious problem for me. I need real character creation rules, not make/pick a catch phrase and arbitrarily assign a die type. Additionally, the entire system regarding experience points and milestones. Not my cup of tea. But I have to assume they, to a degree, saw this coming...
  • 04:23 AM - Greg K quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    Johnny The one and only!
  • 03:49 AM - Jester David quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    Johnny I was always a Danny fan, as I got into the character in the 90s. He started a standard 90s grim-and-gritty but his refusal to kill differentiated him nicely.
  • 03:23 AM - Umbran quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    The license for the Marvel Universe is pricey and the sales didn't justify renewing it. I think that the story arc angle and the game being designed for players to play established and pregenerated Marvel characters is where they guessed wrong. That's pretty much, what I meant, yeah. Most players I have ever played any RPG with groan at the thought of a pregen character. I wouldn't go that far. I mean, at every gameday we hold, pretty much every character is pregen. I've seen several different campaigns start with pregen characters and take off without problem. The issue isn't with pregen - I think the issue is with characters you cannot "make your own".
  • 03:18 AM - Jester David quoted Gaming Tonic in post [MHR] Marvel RPG Discontinued, PDF sales ending next week
    I think that the story arc angle and the game being designed for players to play established and pregenerated Marvel characters is where they guessed wrong. Most players I have ever played any RPG with groan at the thought of a pregen character. Gamers are a creative bunch and want to create their characters. There were character creation rules but they were really light on explanation and that might have been a stumbling block for other gamers. Agreed. My players balked at the idea of pregens. And there were precious few random powers. You needed to design mechanics from scratch to make characters which required knowledge of the system and some competency and comfort in game design. They partially fixed this with a PDF random character generator, but there was still a limited number of powers. They were also handed a huge movie to use as cross-promotion and absolutely failed to capitalize. They should have had a movie PDF with all those characters and related villains and some other big Aven...

Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

  • 07:35 PM - epochrpg quoted Gaming Tonic in post My Barbarian Ninja
    I like seeing that the versatility to combine options so far is working well in this edition. This is not the typical build and has some advantages but also leaves a few things on the table because of the mechanics, Rage and Deflect for example. If you are okay with it than I say game on. Some people will sit and calculate this damage over that damage as in two handed weapon vs. two weapon but I think deciding on what works for the "character" is the way to go and that is usually how I make my characters. If we always just build for the toughest combination then variety quickly falls off. Well, actually, it all has to do with "reskinning" the action. One way of describing the effect of her rage, or 'battle trance' is that she is AUTOMATICALLY deflecting all the attacks (which is why she takes half damage from them) since Deflect is just some damage reduction anyway (which uses a Reaction, which you can't do because you're raging; but you also could say you can't deflect something twice, and...

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