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Monday, 18th February, 2019


Wednesday, 14th December, 2016

  • 10:04 PM - dragonfriend7738 mentioned Koloth in post Player vs Player PC death
    Koloth The party hasn't been together since level one, and the cleric is the only expressly good aligned character in the party (the rest are varying degrees of neutral.) We're a group of active duty military players, and our schedules make it so that we can't always game together. The fighter (and the ranger) joined the party while I (the cleric) was away from the party due to work. They had about 2-3 months of sporadic gaming without the cleric, (about 2 weeks in game time.) Of the 3 original players, there's just the CN bandit and the cleric left, which is why I'd like to think most of the party would back me, but there's no guarantee. And as I stated earlier, the character is only suspicious because of the lie and the proximity of the corrupting artifact. His CG nature is heavily based on freedom of choice, and so he doesn't use divination spells to pry secrets. He definitely can and will send messages to his church about the events and try to talk to the rest of the party about t...

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

  • 04:40 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned Koloth in post D&D Does Digital Part III: PDFs
    Koloth Good question. I obviously do not have the answer, but as much as I would hope that they would make more money by offering PDFs (thus encouraging them to do so) I don't believe there is any doubt that 5e is a smashing success. I just hope that because they have tasted success that they do not feel a need to produce their material in a digital format is a low priority at the moment.

Monday, 2nd November, 2015

  • 05:06 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned Koloth in post D&D Does Digital Part III: PDFs
    Maybe I should clarify a point: I am personally in support of releasing PDFs first and foremost. I suggest an app as a compromise. We all want PDFs, but the game is coming up on a year and the only PDFs we have available are either ones that someone else has scanned and have been pirated, or ones that we have taken the time to scan ourselves. So if the options presented to me are those, nothing, or an app; I would choose the app every time. delericho See my above response. I agree with you. But we aren't getting that as it stands. So it does appear that right now, Wizards is in fact, doing nothing innovative. Koloth 1.) Absolutely right. The app would have to noninvasive. 2.) Why couldn't the app be set to download to your device like the books I read on Kindle? So what you're saying is the app would have to have few to no permissions and allow you to download the books to your device, not supported through the cloud, and you would be interested? Or is there a third objection? darjr see the above two responses. I think the app is the only clear solution to allowing us to have the information in a 'take with us anywhere' digital format. Any app done would have to be: Downloadable to the device, not based off of a cloud service Available for ipad/iphone, android & windows at launch Nonintrusive Reasonably priced (Either sub based or hard purchase) Well constructed, both in design and functionality

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Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

  • 01:54 AM - Greenstone.Walker quoted Koloth in post Roll20's 4M Accounts Hacked
    What can you do? 1. Don't use passwords that show up on the top 100 most commonly used passwords list. 2. Use more then 8 characters for your password. 3. Ask sites that currently require account name = email address to change. QFT. Also: 4. DO NOT REUSE PASSWORDS! If an attacker gets mickey@disney.com, password abc123, from a hack of roll20.net then they will try that same username and password on Ebay, PayPal, Yahoo, MSN, ....... 5. Do not store any of your credit card details online. It's a hassle having to type it in each time, but that hassle is worth it to stop identity theft.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 05:13 PM - Doctor Futurity quoted Koloth in post RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour
    A Didn't read the 1st link as I avoid Spybook as much as possible. You should, it would help make a more informed comment. I 100% believe Mandy.
  • 04:00 PM - VengerSatanis quoted Koloth in post RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour
    ...d or disrespecting women. Especially, years later. Actual harassment is unwarranted and probably illegal (depending on circumstances). The women accusing Zak S. are revealing their own personal interactions with him. I don't believe the accusers' motivation was to hurt his career. If that were the case, then releasing this a month or two ago when he was seeking funding for his Demon City kickstarter would have been a hundred times more advantageous. Regardless, some of the allegations have been corroborated by Zak S' former partner, Patrick Stuart, here: http://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2019/02/you-should-read-this.html Many in the RPG community/hobby/industry have run afoul of Zak S. (myself included), and I think it's extremely easy for some of us to believe that behavior occurred beyond a shadow of a doubt. Lastly, to not even read the accuser's public statement before commenting because you "avoid Spybook as much as possible". Well... that just doesn't sound very smart, Koloth. It leaves your argument, and your credibility in this matter, looking rather flimsy. VS

Monday, 7th January, 2019

  • 10:45 PM - Umbran quoted Koloth in post Michael A Stackpole Resigns from GAMA
    And having members of a group that enjoy the parliamentary process more then actually getting things done is far too common. Been part of such a group. Seems a common trait among gamer types. Quelle suprise! We refer to certain gamer types a s"rules lawyers" for a reason. You give people who like playing with rules a set of rules, and they will play with them!
  • 10:07 PM - Blue quoted Koloth in post Michael A Stackpole Resigns from GAMA
    And having members of a group that enjoy the parliamentary process more then actually getting things done is far too common. Been part of such a group. Seems a common trait among gamer types. All must bow before my system mastery! :P

Saturday, 29th December, 2018

  • 06:04 PM - LogosKaiMysterion quoted Koloth in post Mearls on RPG Art
    Fast test. Which cover art suggests action and adventure vs a boring reference tome. The cover of Pathfinder V1 Core Rulebook or the cover of D&D V3.5 Players Handbook? (This isn't to deride the Pathfinder cover, just to defend the 3rd edition cover). Third edition still suggests action and adventure, but in a different, subtle way. Familiarity with 3rd edition has bred contempt for it as a "boring reference," but imagine what it was like to see it for the first time in 2000, a time of uncertainty for D&D after the transition to Wizards of the Coast. WotC went for something different than the usual "here's artwork of adventurers," it went with something that looked like an in-game artifact of a fantastic but grounded quasi-medieval world. Those tomes promised of a world of adventure to find such artifacts, a world of epic adventure, intrigue, and combat. And what's more, it had a level of production value and detail that wasn't possible before. The tomes, with their detail, was a micro...
  • 05:56 PM - TheCosmicKid quoted Koloth in post Mearls on RPG Art
    Fast test. Which cover art suggests action and adventure vs a boring reference tome. The cover of Pathfinder V1 Core Rulebook or the cover of D&D V3.5 Players Handbook? Mearls' "bad interaction" rant might well be addressed directly to Wayne Reynolds.
  • 06:31 AM - Olivia George quoted Koloth in post Deleted Posts

Friday, 28th December, 2018

  • 09:42 PM - Shasarak quoted Koloth in post Mearls on RPG Art
    Fast test. Which cover art suggests action and adventure vs a boring reference tome. The cover of Pathfinder V1 Core Rulebook or the cover of D&D V3.5 Players Handbook? Which one suggests opening an exciting arcane tome of knowledge? A locked book bound in monster hide and covered with jewels, who knows what secrets it holds.

Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 05:37 PM - delericho quoted Koloth in post What's the Best Holiday to Game?
    You don't want some young kid's first group gaming experience to be hours of tedious character design followed by running out of time when folks decide it is time to leave. Indeed. For a one-shot, I would recommend that the DM prepare a suitable set of pre-gen PCs for use. If people have their own characters to use, that's fine, but if not they can at least jump straight in with a pre-gen.

Thursday, 8th November, 2018

  • 12:41 AM - pickin_grinnin quoted Koloth in post John Wick Presents Lays Off 7th Sea Staff
    Before all the long knives get drawn, keep in mind that WOTC has a track record for laying off a lot of folks once a product is mature and many of the promised books are out the door. There are a few threads on this forum discussing past WOTC Christmas layoffs. Once a product is mostly complete, produced and shipping, the harsh truth is you either need a new product line to keep folks busy or you don't need the folks. Sounds like this KS got most of the stuff out the door and into backers hands before the layoffs hit. That's why you should hire people on a contract basis for the project. Hiring people and then laying them off isn't necessary.

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 12:55 AM - pemerton quoted Koloth in post More Details About RPGSports Emerge
    For that matter, the miniatures game might make a better fit. None of that pesky role playing to get in the way of slinging fireballs and rending soft underbellies.RPGing isn't funny voices. It's playing the fiction. What's not clear (to me, at least) whether or not playing the fiction will be part of this. It was certainly an important elementin the classic D&D tournaments.

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 08:07 PM - Henry quoted Koloth in post More Details About RPGSports Emerge
    There have been versions of tournament play for RPGs almost as long as RPGs have been around. I played a few of the 'Living X' games during the 3.x period. A different type of play then the normal table top games. I found that unlike most friendly games, players were far less likely to have their characters try to help another character due to the risk to their own. But for those that like it, power to them. If you don't like tournament play, don't play it. If you do, have fun. For that matter, the miniatures game might make a better fit. None of that pesky role playing to get in the way of slinging fireballs and rending soft underbellies. The first A1 "Slave Pits of the Undercity" is still an EXCELLENT module to run at cons, if you just take the 'tournament only' parts and use them, which I've done before a couple of times (once in 4th edition, once in 5th edition). It's just the right length for a four hour session and if you want you can use the scoring system. I've had a...

Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 08:52 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Koloth in post Shootout at the D&D Corral
    A lot of stories both real and fictional seem to repeat. Magnificent Seven vs Seven Samurai. Well in this case the Magnificent Seven was explicitly based on the Seven Samurai... indeed the Japanese title translates essentially to "magnificent seven" as I recall. Of course Seven Samurai is very strongly based on Westerns, which Kurosawa loved. And guns can mix reasonably well in a fantasy setting if proper limits are set. The Mountain Men from early US history had effective guns but a very limited supply of powder and bullets. One of the characters in a Pathfinder game is a gunslinger. Doesn't seem to unbalance things too much. I let people use guns in my game, though I've long liked and allowed a good bit of clockpunk influence so it fits. To really rock and roll you need to invest a lot, which means you're not doing other things. As to guns and melee co-existing: Melee combat was actually quite important as late as World War I. Obviously, if the GM lets a fully equipped and...

Thursday, 27th September, 2018

  • 03:25 AM - (Psi)SeveredHead quoted Koloth in post The Latest Pathfinder 2 Playtest Update Has Dropped!
    The 'Feat Tax' could be a way to enforce a disadvantage on the 'half' races that is paid on character creation. The flavor descriptions in previous versions mention that the halves are often shunned by both pure cultures, especially the Orc variants, yet I have rarely seen that played out in game. The end result is the halves wind up being somewhat better then intended since the shunning and distrust disadvantages rarely show up. I don't agree with trying to balance mechanical advantages with roleplaying, unless you have some kind of meta-currency (hero points, Fate points, etc). I think the half-races are less popular in some (most?) groups because they seem to have less identity. I also usually find half-elves especially to be mechanically weak and flavorless. For Pathfinder I can't even remember the PF1 half-elf's abilities. (I can remember for 4e, being competitive with humans without too much overlap, but the ability score choices really sucked.) Khoravar are that common in Eber...

Monday, 17th September, 2018

  • 02:25 PM - Hussar quoted Koloth in post Dragon Reflections #11 - The Sorcerer Speaks!
    Notice the whole cover. Guessing related to one of the fiction pieces. The little guy has a slave in tow. Presumably to sell to the folks on the wagon. Or he just purchased same and is wrapping up the transaction. At least it isn't just slave girls, the loincloth guy looks to be shackled as well. Wondering if the two gals in the wagon engage in a slightly different business. They don't seem too happy with either the little guy or the critter in tow. Adds to the possibility he just arrived to the wagon rather then is in the process of finishing a transaction. Enjoying the look back. Doubt we would see bare female breasts on a Dragon cover today. That's not two gals on the wagon, unless one of them has a beard. So, no, those are man boobs. :D But, yeah, not really sad that this sort of thing has been left by the wayside. Nothing tells women that they are welcome in the hobby like every depiction of a woman either being a whore or a slave.

Friday, 31st August, 2018

  • 08:17 PM - Jester David quoted Koloth in post WizKids Previews New Mini Sets
    The walls would have been more attractive if they had included Stone and Force and cut the numbers of each to 3. It is a rare situation that would require 6 of one kind. Keep in mind the walls are only 10 feet long. The sample pictures show a row of three. As the spell makes a wall up to 60 feet long, you need all 6 to make that, but the set allows you to adjust the size (or kinda make that ring). -edit- if they sell well, I imagine they'll follow it with walls of stone and iron.

Saturday, 25th August, 2018

  • 08:11 AM - Starfox quoted Koloth in post D&D = American + European Fantasy
    I hope I am wrong but in today's publishing environment in the US, using material from other then European or recent American history is pretty much a no-no... the term Cultural Appropriation came up and was discussed as an evil don't do. Hopefully European publishers have a bit more freedom. This is so sad. As far as I know, the critique of cultural appropriation is part of a broader discussion about how to respectfully live with each other in a multicultural society.... Storytelling often requires villains. But the sign of the times do not allow villains that are not westerners. RPGs actually have a solution to this. If you want to realistically portray a people, you make them demihuman (in the 1E terminology) - elves, dwarfs, humans, halflings. See Paizo's adventure River into Darkness for a blatant example of this. If you want to use the angry outsider model, you make them humanoids (again 1E style) - orcs, goblins gnolls. And you don't say "this is an arab-styl...

Friday, 24th August, 2018

  • 07:28 PM - Flexor the Mighty! quoted Koloth in post Where Do They Get Their Money? Part Two
    Paper documents may have worked well in the real world for the Templars and their customers, but in a D&D type world where fireballs, burning hands and dragon breath are common perils, trusting your net worth to a piece of paper would be a risky business. Aren't held papers and flammables immune to fire spell damage? I would imagine that the well to do would just hire people to hold all their important documents.
  • 03:07 PM - The Fighter-Cricket quoted Koloth in post D&D = American + European Fantasy
    I hope I am wrong but in today's publishing environment in the US, using material from other then European or recent American history is pretty much a no-no. I wound up at a Writer's Convention(the friend that planned the trip thought it was a Fan convention). It was a very interesting experience. In every panel, the term Cultural Appropriation came up and was discussed as an evil don't do. Reinforced by several publishers or publishing company representatives flatly stating they would not publish a story they thought used ideas from non European/American sources unless said use was 'Proper'. I also noticed the CA term quickly came up in the Africa product discussion linked to in the original post. Hopefully European publishers have a bit more freedom. Phew, this topic certainly isn't the easiest to talk about, but I'll try my best. Here it comes: First, I get out some thoughts that I have about the context of the discussion about cultural appropriation. As far as I know...


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