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Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

  • 05:04 PM - drnate29 mentioned Rygar in post Can Hobby Stores Make Their Saving Throw?
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  • 05:01 PM - drnate29 mentioned Rygar in post Can Hobby Stores Make Their Saving Throw?
    Fully agree with Coreyartus...I joked with my friends about starting an RPG-themed nursing home in 20 years. The path forward for gaming stores is absolutely to promote community and provide a comfortable space to play with related services. Private rooms (so you aren't having to talk over near-by tables), strong Wi-Fi and food service would be great and I'd think do-able ideas. I'm not a MtG or Pokémon player, so I can't really speak to that, but I'd agree with Rygar that your FLGS will very likely fold if it tries to survive on product sales.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017

  • 11:32 AM - pemerton mentioned Rygar in post Consequence and Reward in RPGs
    ...s) the training will be 1500 per level being trained into each time (so here it's 3K + 4.5K + 6K + 7.5K = 21K) and if there's any penalties for poor roleplay etc. then a multiplier hits the training costs for that level on a x2 to x4 scale based on the DM's judgement.You are using the wrong levels: as per DMG p 86, "The level of the aspiring character should be computed at current (not to be gained) level." Hence Hussar's figure of 15,000 is correct, assuming a "roleplay" factor of 1: 1+2+3+4 = 10, x 1500 = 15,000 gp. Ghost Tower is also bizarre - it has some very game-first elements within it and some other elements that could really work well in any dungeon. It was written as a tournament module and though it wasn't really converted that well for open play I sure had a blast (and so did the players) when I ran it a few years back. Good times!I didn't say it was a bad module. My point was only that it is a counterexample (one of several) to the "game"/"world" dichotomy drawn by Rygar. the Dragonlance modules that Hussar has already referred to belong to the 1st ed AD&D era.They're of that era in real-world time, but they're more of the 2e era in design and expected play/DM style.This seems like the worst sort of projection of the present onto the past! At the time the DL modules were written there was no 2nd ed or "2nd ed era". They were written, and published, and played, under the 1st ed rules, years before 2nd ed was written and published. They are an important part of the evidence for what constituted 1st ed AD&D play, and they show that dungeon crawling in the classic mode was only one component of the full range of play. lewpuls himself recognised the breadth of playstyles right back in his White Dwarf columns from the late 70s and early 80s. He had (and still seems to have) strong views about his preferred way to play, but he never made the mistake of thinking that it was the only way to play D&D/RPGs.

Sunday, 30th April, 2017

  • 06:58 AM - Hussar mentioned Rygar in post The Dilemma of the Simple RPG
    Heh, I agree Rygar. I think both Paizo (first) and now WotC have proven that there is certainly money to be made in adventures. That we don't really need the endless splat churn that we saw for many, many years. Heck, considering that three years after its release (about), the 5e PHB is sitting at number 33 O.O on Amazon in Books. Not in niche, but in all books. That's AMAZING. It really does look like WotC has hit the magic bullet this time around.

Tuesday, 12th April, 2016

  • 12:32 AM - I'm A Banana mentioned Rygar in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    What does one have to do with the other? If you have a con policy of "accusation is essentially expulsion," you reduce the risk of sexual assault, and you also apparently get some stuff like Rygar pointed out (assuming, as I generally do, that those people aren't just lying to get attention and push an agenda). Why can't we say and wear what we want but ALSO not let rape or any physical assault happen...what if the rapes says the right words...then it's ok for your daughter to get raped since he didn't say something wrong first? Because the world's not a perfect place. Innocent people get hurt. Sometimes, we can choose which innocent people and how hurt, but until people stop being awful, innocent people will always get hurt.

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Rygar in post Warlord Name Poll
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Sunday, 27th July, 2014

  • 03:12 PM - doctorhook mentioned Rygar in post Given WotC plans with the RPG will 5e always be the #1 seller?
    ...erything go through the way "they" want it. You don't just go and buy a company and then let it do it's own thing. That's not how it works. Mother company doesn't sit back and wait for the cash to flow. They have a list of everything that is going on and they will have their eyes on everything. Remember, they supply the money so they want to know how it's spent and what the plan is to get that money back and then some. It never just "stops there". This will be doubled due to what happened with 4th edition.Obviously yes, Hasbro oversees WotC operations to ensure that brands are being fully capitalized upon. It's very likely that WotC's new "expand the brand" approach to D&D came at Hasbro's urging (since it's very similar to what Hasbro has done with other brands). I agree with Morrus that it's highly unlikely that Hasbro currently gives more than the slightest thought about the creative direction of D&D. Back on topic: Your original comment was a response to my response to Rygar. Since you disagree with me, are you agreeing with Rygar that 5E is unlikely to succeed because of WotC's corporate structure? You've mentioned your education in finance, so I can't imagine you find his assessment any less ridiculous than I do. But, as I wrote in another thread, Paizo will be happy with growth, regardless of whether that means being #1 or #2 (or any other number for that matter).Certainly Paizo will be happy with growth. Unfortunately the paradox of success is that it's difficult to keep becoming more successful when you're already the most successful. More importantly, I believe that the Pathfinder brand specifically is facing some very serious weaknesses and threats (5E, market saturation, and a fickle customer base) that are likely to burst the PF bubble before it has room to grow again. If Paizo is fast, smart, and lucky, I could still be proven wrong. But D&D isn't just about the RPG. So getting hung up on the details of the RPG would be a waste of time s...

Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

  • 06:58 AM - Blackwarder mentioned Rygar in post The implications of Basic 5E: An adventure-based approach?
    Rygar is completely right, and a smart guy to boot since I've been saying the same thing for a year now and the mark of a smart person is someone who agree with me :p With the last week and a half of excitement the prospect of a WotC sponsored store is more viable , the question is how they are going to do this, if it were only a digital store than it's an easy answer, but what about physical products? Warder

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Friday, 19th October, 2018

  • 02:12 AM - Henry quoted Rygar in post DnD Sports Changes Name To RPG Sports
    Does it? How big is the player base of D&D? We could use the rather questionable 9 million number WOTC batted around awhile ago. What percentage of that is going to spend time watching someone else roll dice and pencil in numbers on a piece of paper? Keep in mind, this is the same thing as asking what percentage of people would be interested in watching a Magic the Gathering game. Which based on their more recent tournament (Worlds I think?) was 19,000 people* (Out of a player base of reportedly 20-30 million). So we can theorize that what we're looking at is a viewer rate of about what? 6,500 to 9,000? I don't think I'd call that either a draw or an audience. Going into other RPG's, Pathfinder ends up a percentage of D&D, and everything else is going to number in the hundreds of people at best since their market penetration is really small. I suspect we'll find that its popularity is embarrassingly small, and after 2-3 events we never hear about it again. In addition to...
  • 12:43 AM - Morrus quoted Rygar in post DnD Sports Changes Name To RPG Sports
    Does it? How big is the player base of D&D? We could use the rather questionable 9 million number WOTC batted around awhile ago. The number you refer to was 15M in North America.

Saturday, 18th August, 2018

  • 01:22 AM - neuronphaser quoted Rygar in post SJG's The Fantasy Trip Opens To 3rd-Party Creators
    Isn't that the article where WOTC went on and on about how successful and popular a set of 10 authors were, and then when you looked at their products you found that the majority of them had only a few works, and a fair number of the works they were promoting were rated mediocre? Any time WOTC says *anything* I would argue it's worth a healthy dose of analysis and research. I can't think of any statement from WOTC regarding popularity in years that wasn't easily found to be less than truthful. Fair enough. Here's my additional knowledge beyond that article: *my personal sales #s *those of about a dozen out of the top several dozen sellers on the Guild (that I've seen with my own eyes) *I work in eCommerce *I'm currently working on an eCommerce project surrounding the hobby games industry With no marketing and no layout skills whatsoever I've sold over 4,000 units of my top 2 titles, a few thousand total of my less popular titles, and have made over $6k. That's NOT including Wiz...

Saturday, 11th August, 2018

  • 08:21 PM - ccs quoted Rygar in post Conventions All Report Record Attendance
    It all comes down to one simple truth. You cannot be a political activism vehicle and a mass market product. You have to be one or the other. Have you been to GenCon? Trust me, it's a mass market product.
  • 08:09 PM - Nagol quoted Rygar in post Conventions All Report Record Attendance
    There's a number of factors that have potential to effect GenCon next year... 1. MaRo's push into far left politics and his using Magic the Gathering as a vehicle. This carries strong risk of alienating a huge percentage of their customer base, and since Mtg is a product whose success depends on customer base size, since it can't be played without a minimum number of people in many events, it has a lot of potential to cause the product to largely crash. 2. The high probability that said push will carry over to D&D, same company so it's reasonable to assume that we'll soon see D&D become a vehicle. Anita's involvement with the board gaming side is a good example. 3. The events this year at GenCon with an alleged assault of a youtuber by a left wing political activist will make some unknown number of people rethink whether or not they want to attend, especially if no action is taken to redress the issue. GenCon didn't help itself by trying to ignore the whole thing either. All ...
  • 06:53 PM - zedturtle quoted Rygar in post Conventions All Report Record Attendance
    < snip > You're absolutely right. Gen Con's message of inclusivity is becoming stronger and more clear: I had lots more players this year who were women, non-binary, identified as somewhere along the LGBTQ+ spectrum and/or were people of color. And you know what? It was awesome! I always have a great team running games, but it's especially awesome when you get to include folks who might, at one time, thought gaming wasn't for them because of some noise they heard on the internet.

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 03:43 AM - Mercurius quoted Rygar in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    Honestly, I *strongly* doubt we'll see Innistrad mixed with Ravenloft. I suspect Magic the Gathering is tipping off a cliff, if it hasn't already, and WOTC will no longer have any major money generator. If we're lucky, D&D will be sold to Paizo. Most likely, Hasbro will put it in a valut and try to use it as a vehicle for TV shows or movies. To quote Luke Skywalker, "What kind of talk is that?" Seriously though, you do realize that D&D is doing great financially?
  • 03:26 AM - Remathilis quoted Rygar in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    Honestly, I *strongly* doubt we'll see Innistrad mixed with Ravenloft. I suspect Magic the Gathering is tipping off a cliff, if it hasn't already, and WOTC will no longer have any major money generator. If we're lucky, D&D will be sold to Paizo. Most likely, Hasbro will put it in a valut and try to use it as a vehicle for TV shows or movies. I think this paragraph is so wrong and short-sighted that it hurts.
  • 02:08 AM - TheCosmicKid quoted Rygar in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    We don't know if it's flatlined yet or if it's worsening, but either way drops of as much as 30%-35% year over year is a really good sign that you shouldn't be using it as a basis for other products. I agree completely. Thus, the fact that they are using it as a basis for other products causes me to wonder if these rumors of 35% drops may not be entirely accurate.
  • 01:15 AM - Greatwyrm quoted Rygar in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    I suspect Magic the Gathering is tipping off a cliff, if it hasn't already, and WOTC will no longer have any major money generator. Well, according to Hasbro's 2018Q2 financial report, MtG is growing. Just searching for the word "magic" takes me to three references to revenue for MtG growing (up 14% in one reference). https://investor.hasbro.com/news-releases/news-release-details/hasbro-reports-second-quarter-2018-financial-results

Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 12:50 PM - Morrus quoted Rygar in post I am troubled by the closing of responses to the News Digest by Abstruse
    No disagreement there. The disagreements are... 1. The site owner frequently claims "No politics" but then hosts political content on a regular basis. 2. The site owner frequently claims "No politics" but means "No Centrist or Conservative politics" as threads will be permitted to go hundreds of posts of left wing rhetoric and dogma without a single warning, ban, or lock. But one or two conservative/centrist statements and you're banned from the thread/forum, and the thread will get locked. 3. The site owner frequently claims that the goal of the site is inclusiveness, but then demonstrates otherwise when #2 happens, and when a portion of the users demonstrate extreme hostility towards everyone who isn't in the left wing politics camp without any moderation at all. In short, the problem isn't that Morrus can run the site the way he chooses, the problem is that he makes claims to have certain policies and then holds only a portion of the community to the policies. If he actually held to ...
  • 09:00 AM - CapnZapp quoted Rygar in post I am troubled by the closing of responses to the News Digest by Abstruse
    No disagreement there. The disagreements are... 1. The site owner frequently claims "No politics" but then hosts political content on a regular basis. 2. The site owner frequently claims "No politics" but means "No Centrist or Conservative politics" as threads will be permitted to go hundreds of posts of left wing rhetoric and dogma without a single warning, ban, or lock. But one or two conservative/centrist statements and you're banned from the thread/forum, and the thread will get locked. 3. The site owner frequently claims that the goal of the site is inclusiveness, but then demonstrates otherwise when #2 happens, and when a portion of the users demonstrate extreme hostility towards everyone who isn't in the left wing politics camp without any moderation at all. In short, the problem isn't that Morrus can run the site the way he chooses, the problem is that he makes claims to have certain policies and then holds only a portion of the community to the policies. If he actually held to ...
  • 07:51 AM - Riley37 quoted Rygar in post I am troubled by the closing of responses to the News Digest by Abstruse
    .... Perhaps you might benefit from reading some conservative essays with the idea that the owner of property - whether that property is land, or a ship, or territory in cyberspace - decides what to do with that property. (Whether the government can sometimes intervene, is a question with many answers, depending on whether it's a republican government, an authoritarian government, or something else.) Morrus is the owner. You are not. Hunh. I looked at "Find latest posts". It looks like you're here to do three things: 1. complain about left wing bias and exclusion of centrists 2. make "get woke go broke" arguments 3. every now and then, as a distant third to 1. and 2., you discuss games. "Green Ronin is gone. They've just based their future on a political statement and in doing so, just tossed out the majority of their market. Anyone who is conservative is now gone, most males are gone, anyone who is deeply religious is now gone. For what? A meaningless political statement." - Rygar, a year ago. Meanwhile, only last month, Correia and his fans discussed how to harass Green Ronin at cons. "So your call, are we going to eliminate harassment or microaggressions? Do you have a business plan for how conventions and RPG's survive after eliminating at least 50% of its consumers?" - Rygar, in Harassment "Conventions and game shops are going to all belly up this year, because eliminating everyone but certain subsets of left wing politics isn't going to leave enough people to continue, but we can do that." - Rygar, in Harassment "Comics sales tanked after going this route, I've seen figures as high as a 91% drop touted..." - Rygar, in Race thread "The problem there is that beyond some relative simple and common rules, harassment policies generally end up being trivial to exploit for gain or a legal liability. Since a lot of harassment uses a very loose definition of the term which gives advantage to the accuser, widespread implementation of these policies can a...

Friday, 25th May, 2018

  • 10:45 PM - Umbran quoted Rygar in post I am troubled by the closing of responses to the News Digest by Abstruse
    That seems to me to be a very targeted and political decision. In the sense that it is intended for forward some agenda related to government? Not in the slightest. I am not of the opinion that what happens on this website has any impact on real politics. I am approaching it in terms of keeping the site operating smoothly. Why is the list of criticisms for left wing politics banned on this site, but not a single solitary criticism of center or conservative politics banned? Because, ultimately, it isn't actually about politics. It is about people being safe when engaging in our shared fandoms. I would strongly recommend renaming the site to "LWWord" or something along those lines to make it clear the content here is politically driven... Let us have a reality check on this. The current incarnation of the boards has some 7,172,000+ posts on it. The thread in question has rather shy of 1400 posts. In that sense, that thread is about two hundredths of one percent ...

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

  • 12:46 AM - Kobold Boots quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Basically, this whole thread? Because it went that direction dozens of pages ago and we're well into the point where left wing political activists are doing their level best to out-enlighten the last poster. It doesn't help that the modding is the worst of the activist trolling, they shut down the comments on the actual article because the conversation wasn't going the way they wanted it to, but let it go here because they're getting the response they wanted since this thread is pretty much just left wing activists now. If the mods actually wanted to prevent the discussion from being held, they'd have shut this thread down two days ago, so we can be pretty certain that they want a very specific set of comments. Regardless, I'll be banned shortly, because the goal of this site is to remove all centrist and conservatives from even being around gaming and only allow RPG themed left wing politics. It may or may not be the entire thread. Like I said previously, when I see a thread s...

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

  • 12:29 PM - Morrus quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Probably didn't help when left wing activists started deriding posters if they didn't fall in line, and the mods (predictably) didn't censor any of them. But post an acronym used commonly for left wing activists and they'll ban you in less than a page... You know better than to challenge moderation in-thread. Don't post in this thread again, please.

Monday, 7th May, 2018

  • 08:33 AM - Riley37 quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    So your call, are we going to eliminate harassment or microaggressions? Do you have a business plan for how conventions and RPG's survive after eliminating at least 50% of its consumers? Oh, Rygar. I find your lack of faith in capitalism disturbing. You're ignoring free market solutions. For example, if Company Alpha held conventions on a "boys will be boys" basis, while Company Beta held conventions on a "zero tolerance for misbehavior" basis, then the market could sort out the relative demand. You could go to AlphaCon. You can say whatever you want, right up to the limit of the law, to any charming young woman in a Princess Daphne outfit; or perhaps just beyond the limit of the law, if a cop isn't around to enforce it. Eltab can encourage her to respond with physical violence. S'mon could talk to her cleavage. JackTheRabbit can run a game in which no one can tell which player is running which character, and by the end, no one's even sure that he's the DM. Prosfilaes can run an alternate history game in which the PCs crush the riot at the Bastille and thus avert the French Revolution, preventing many subsequent executions of aristocrats on charges of ideological impurity. (Al...
  • 07:36 AM - Hussar quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    You're right, that point did sail over someone's head. There's an ocean of difference between stopping harassment, and fulfilling the politics of a subset of a political group. If you want conventions to be guided by politics, then sure, those lists are perfectly fine. In fact, those lists are quite frankly frighteningly short by the standards of the political groups that advocate them. Conventions and game shops are going to all belly up this year, because eliminating everyone but certain subsets of left wing politics isn't going to leave enough people to continue, but we can do that. OTOH, if we want to eliminate harassment, as defined by law, that's something achievable since the legal definitions are legal definitions because they're widely agreed upon. So your call, are we going to eliminate harassment or microaggressions? Do you have a business plan for how conventions and RPG's survive after eliminating at least 50% of its consumers? Wow. There's missing the point, a...
  • 02:22 AM - Afrodyte quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    You're right, that point did sail over someone's head. There's an ocean of difference between stopping harassment, and fulfilling the politics of a subset of a political group. If you want conventions to be guided by politics, then sure, those lists are perfectly fine. In fact, those lists are quite frankly frighteningly short by the standards of the political groups that advocate them. Conventions and game shops are going to all belly up this year, because eliminating everyone but certain subsets of left wing politics isn't going to leave enough people to continue, but we can do that. OTOH, if we want to eliminate harassment, as defined by law, that's something achievable since the legal definitions are legal definitions because they're widely agreed upon. So your call, are we going to eliminate harassment or microaggressions? Do you have a business plan for how conventions and RPG's survive after eliminating at least 50% of its consumers? Can I have your legal name, addres...
  • 02:15 AM - Particle_Man quoted Rygar in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    You're right, that point did sail over someone's head. There's an ocean of difference between stopping harassment, and fulfilling the politics of a subset of a political group. If you want conventions to be guided by politics, then sure, those lists are perfectly fine. In fact, those lists are quite frankly frighteningly short by the standards of the political groups that advocate them. Conventions and game shops are going to all belly up this year, because eliminating everyone but certain subsets of left wing politics isn't going to leave enough people to continue, but we can do that. OTOH, if we want to eliminate harassment, as defined by law, that's something achievable since the legal definitions are legal definitions because they're widely agreed upon. So your call, are we going to eliminate harassment or microaggressions? Do you have a business plan for how conventions and RPG's survive after eliminating at least 50% of its consumers? Sure, it is the one where women co...


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