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Wednesday, 4th April, 2018


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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Tuesday, 17th April, 2018

  • 01:33 PM - talien quoted Rygar in post Meet the Real James Halliday
    Another article with a lot of research problems. 1. He didn't write the first CRPGs, The Dungeon was the first in 1974 or 1975 2. He didn't invent MMORPG's. Neverwinter Nights on AOL, and several others, predated Ultima Online by years. 3. Tile graphics were introduced in 1976 in Sega's Blockade arcade game 4. He didn't create Avatars based on personality tests, you chose classes, and there was no actual roleplaying. The questions were basically "Pick one of these three virtues" not a personality test. 5. You didn't test players ethics, you had a set of specific actions you had to take. There was no real roleplaying, so you didn't make ethical choices. Additionally the "Ethics" consisted of "Give coins to a beggar?" or "Don't bother chasing fleeing monsters?" or "Don't flee battles?". Not like it was any real ethical choice. 6. It wasn't free form interactive conversations, it was keyword driven responses. 7. Considering that Atari games only came in boxes, I think it's safe to ...
  • 08:01 AM - Jhaelen quoted Rygar in post Meet the Real James Halliday
    5. You didn't test players ethics, you had a set of specific actions you had to take. There was no real roleplaying, so you didn't make ethical choices. Additionally the "Ethics" consisted of "Give coins to a beggar?" or "Don't bother chasing fleeing monsters?" or "Don't flee battles?". Not like it was any real ethical choice.I can mostly agree with your other points, but this is not how I recall it. In Ultima IV your task was to become the embodiment of eight virtues, thus becoming the 'Avatar'. This was far from easy since you often had to make choices that were in accordance with one of your virtues but conflicted with another. It's also patently wrong that there was 'no real roleplaying'. In fact there's hardly any CRPG on the market that features better roleplaying. Most modern CRPGs reduce 'roleplaying' to multiple choice dialogs. Ultima however, as you correctly pointed out, allowed you to talk about whatever topics you wanted by entering keywords. And 'real ethical choices'?...

Sunday, 8th April, 2018

  • 01:46 PM - Riley37 quoted Rygar in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    -Video games that went this route underperformed or outright crashed. Mass Effect Andromedae had a very strong left wing push and it underperformed... Well, if Paizo tanks because all their customers DEMAND the word RACE, then WotC will pick up the market share. If not WotC, then Palladium or someone else. Worst case, Breitbart will get into the TRPG market and publish FATAL 2020, and you'll still be able to buy a game with your preferred vocabulary. But yeah, you've clearly established why fantasy movies with what the leftists call "representation", such as "Wonder Woman" and "Black Panther", always fail at the box office. When will Hollywood learn from the failures of "Princess Mononoke" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"? Counter-example, though: The Call of Duty series has sold over 250 million copies, with gross revenue over US$15 billion. That's a very left-leaning game - it started as a WWII game, and there is absolutely *nothing* more Leftist than defeating the Third Reich. Tha...

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018

  • 10:55 AM - Aldarc quoted Rygar in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    I think it's also worth noting... So before we go this route, I think it's *really* important to show that there is a market and that the market is at least as big if not bigger than the current one. RPG's cannot survive the drop in sales those other markets experienced. If there is a market that wants to play RPG's but refuses to play them until we put into place all of the language changes and other changes spoken about here the past few weeks then it's worth discussing next steps. But if there isn't hard factual numbers then I don't see a reason to veer off course into territory where numerous other markets have consistently experienced underperformance (at best) and risk RPG's dying out completely.Everything you listed had bigger problems, issues, and contexts worth discussing than the shallow "things got bad when they catered to SJWs" line implicit here. Consider, for example, in the case of Marvel comics, which has received a lot of flack about this recently. Their sales were dec...
  • 05:03 AM - Arilyn quoted Rygar in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    I think it's also worth noting... -Comics sales tanked after going this route, I've seen figures as high as a 91% drop touted, and we know Marvel has definitively noted sales dropped as well as shop owners being so upset that they confronted Marvel. -Video games that went this route underperformed or outright crashed. Mass Effect Andromedae had a very strong left wing push and it underperformed, Sunset reportedly only sold a few thousand units, and just these past couple weeks Water Tastes Like Wine sold only 4,000 units as of a few days ago. -Ghostbusters severely underperformed, as did Wrinkle In Time. -Sensate ended up cancelled after two seasons, 24 Legacy after one season, amongst others. -Magic the Gathering sales are reportedly down significantly after going this route as well. So before we go this route, I think it's *really* important to show that there is a market and that the market is at least as big if not bigger than the current one. RPG's cannot survive the...

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 12:09 AM - Gradine quoted Rygar in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    Did it? It's trivial for a group of political activists to create a wide range of shill accounts to make it look like 1 person is 10 people, or 100 people, or 1000 people. It's also trivial to drive it with AI, especially on limited text platforms like Twitter, or to utilize bot networks to produce a scripted response that mimics thousands or tens of thousands of people. It's also trivial to skew things to make herd mentality and group think turn to outrage. Purposefully leaving out information to make something meaningless sound outrageous for example. The average person isn't going to research something their cousin said on Facebook, they're going to believe it and post it for their 200 friends, who'll repeat the process without researching it. Leveraging that, you can outrage large groups of people who'll never take the 30 seconds to get the 2/3 of the story that was left out to make it sound like some heinous event. So I'm not convinced that Social Media has done anything oth...

Saturday, 31st March, 2018


Thursday, 15th March, 2018

  • 12:29 AM - Morrus quoted Rygar in post Is Spelljammer Coming To D&D 5E?
    So IMO we don't really have a reliable metric for WOTC's claims, and given their past history of playing fast and loose with these kinds of statements, I think a more direct and clear statement is needed to demonstrate the claim they're making. Well, they’re not making them to us. We’re just eavesdropping at a trade show and hearing a tiny part of the story. Any potential partner or investor (well, not the latter - Hasbro isn’t looking for investors at GAMA) will have a much more detailed conversation with WotC before doing any basic diligence. Who knows? But they ain’t gonna prove anything to us. So, we believe them, or don’t believe them, and carry on talking nonsense regardless. It’s not like the numbers have any real meaning or relevance to us anyway. If they’d said 5M or 12M, it’s still just “lots” unless you’re selling D&D books.

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

  • 05:40 PM - Kobold Boots quoted Rygar in post Is Spelljammer Coming To D&D 5E?
    I need some hard numbers on this. I'm struggling to believe that in the 80's it was so popular that there were cartoons, toys, and the books were everywhere and video games. Today it is selling better with almost no market presence outside of a very small number of books. Then in the 3rd edition era it was popular enough to spawn a movie (Which may be happening now to be fair). I suspect strongly that they're playing fast and loose with their metrics, I suspect that they're comparing non-inflation adjusted revenue to a sub-set of 80's products to get "Best ever!". Internet>80's media marketing.
  • 12:04 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Rygar in post Is Spelljammer Coming To D&D 5E?
    I need some hard numbers on this. I'm struggling to believe that in the 80's it was so popular that there were cartoons, toys, and the books were everywhere and video games. Today it is selling better with almost no market presence outside of a very small number of books. Then in the 3rd edition era it was popular enough to spawn a movie (Which may be happening now to be fair). I suspect strongly that they're playing fast and loose with their metrics, I suspect that they're comparing non-inflation adjusted revenue to a sub-set of 80's products to get "Best ever!". I understand your skepticism, but think of it this way: In the 80's, you watched the cartoon and thought "This is cool, I like D&D." What did you do? Look in the Yellow Pages for a hobby store near you. Hope there is one. Hope it has a copy. NOW, you watch minor celebrities play D&D on TWITCH. What do you do? You order it on Amazon. Done. I think they probably can easily make the "Fastest Selling Product in History" claim. ...

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 11:40 PM - neuronphaser quoted Rygar in post Is Spelljammer Coming To D&D 5E?
    I need some hard numbers on this. I'm struggling to believe that in the 80's it was so popular that there were cartoons, toys, and the books were everywhere and video games. Today it is selling better with almost no market presence outside of a very small number of books. Then in the 3rd edition era it was popular enough to spawn a movie (Which may be happening now to be fair). I suspect strongly that they're playing fast and loose with their metrics, I suspect that they're comparing non-inflation adjusted revenue to a sub-set of 80's products to get "Best ever!". Here are some hard numbers. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3655627.stm So, in 2004 it was about 3 million people playing per month in the US. According to this seminar, "8.6 million Americans have played D&D in the last 12 months" and "9 million users watching D&D on Twitch." I'm sure you won't find harder numbers than this, given how surveys are done and how "users" are measured.

Saturday, 10th March, 2018

  • 01:33 AM - transtemporal quoted Rygar in post What's The Latest On The D&D Movie?
    We now have some solid information. Garth at DarkHorizions is rarely wrong. I don't think there's any doubt it's moving forward. http://www.darkhorizons.com/nightwing-helmer-joins-dungeons-dragons/ I don't doubt that he's correct but these announcements don't necessarily mean anything. The studios do them 2 years out just to gauge the interest in the property. Around about the time you see the director and the actors together in promotional photos and giving interviews is when to take notice.

Thursday, 8th March, 2018

  • 01:17 AM - Gradine quoted Rygar in post When Fantasy Meets Africa
    To be clear, are you asserting that no one should be allowed to write anything unless they are specifically a member of the target race and culture? To what degree does this go? Is the earlier Harry Potter example disallowed? As an American, can I write a story set in Berlin? Am I allowed to write a story set in California if I'm from a different state? Can I write a story about the French if I'm British? Am I allowed to write stories that include redheads if I'm blonde? The answer to all of these questions is, of course yes, but you knew that, because that was the point of these strawmen arguments. We've been speaking in generals, but sure, let's get to specifics. If you are American, yes, you can write a story about a frenchman. If you are white in America, no, you should probably not write a story about being black in America. If I have to explain the difference to you, you probably haven't been reading this thread very critically. But what the hell, while I'm here. There a...
  • 01:14 AM - Charlaquin quoted Rygar in post The Pathfinder 2 Barometer! Vote your initial hot take!
    Point of clarification, they did not cultivate a fandom based on aversion to change, they cultivated a fandom that felt that 4th edition D&D was a horrible product for a variety of well known reasons. I'm not interested in getting into an edition battle here. Suffice to say, I disagree with your assessment of 4e and do not appreciate you suggesting it was "a horrible product for a variety of known reasons." It was a product that many enjoyed, and many did not, for a variety of reasons that have been discussed to death at this point. Either way, Paizo cultivated a fandom based on aversion to 4e, and now that 4e is no longer its main competitor, it is seeking to adapt. But it must recognize that it must be careful in its adaptation, because a not insignificant portion of their fanbase supports them because they want to keep playing D&D 3.5.

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 09:24 PM - LordEntrails quoted Rygar in post What's The Latest On The D&D Movie?
    We now have some solid information. Garth at DarkHorizions is rarely wrong. I don't think there's any doubt it's moving forward. http://www.darkhorizons.com/nightwing-helmer-joins-dungeons-dragons/ A TINY bit of solid information. Chris McKay ... is in negotiations to direct Which means he's as likely not to direct as he is to direct it. The Tracking Board indicates the film is ‘years down the line Which given the 2021 release date we already knew. But thanks for the link, everything else is this thread is speculation and dreams.

Monday, 26th February, 2018

  • 12:59 AM - Lanefan quoted Rygar in post So what exactly is the root cause of the D&D rules' staying power?
    1. Familiarity - Pretty much all of video gaming is built on the D&D foundation. It's easy to get into because most people have already experienced its rules in some form. Its setting is also very accessible since it is a relatively unspecialized fantasy world until you get into settings. If you try playing Numenera you have to learn everything from the ground up, if you play generic D&D then all you need to know is what you've seen/read in various media your whole life. That, and generic D&D is flexible enough to be able to mirror whichever fantasy setting(s) from other media you're familiar with, at least enough to maintain the familiarity long enough to get you started. Middle Earth? No problem. Westeros? Piece of cake. Shannara? Colour it done. And so on... 2. Roleplaying - D&D makes roleplaying completely optional and largely unnecessary. If true (and I don't agree that it is), I see this as a crash-inducing bug rather than any sort of feature. Many alternative syste...

Thursday, 15th February, 2018

  • 06:14 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Rygar in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I think that's a little bit of a stretch. Right now there's 6,864 backers. Or 0.002% of the US population. That's vanishlngly small, not massive. In fact, it's just 2.2% of the first month of sales for 3rd edition. If anything, this is confirmation that streaming is inconsequential. Only if you really, really want it to “confirm” that. The new campaign debut of Critical Role had roughly 100k viewers on twitch, plus all the people watching on Alpha and YouTube live, and the people who don’t watch until the weekend or whatever. The pre-orders for the campaign book the put out last year ran out in a couple days, and the entire first printing ran out too quickly for me to get a copy. Streaming is inarguably consequential.

Saturday, 10th February, 2018

  • 07:17 PM - TwoSix quoted Rygar in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I have to ask, what's the motivation here? Why is this product being treated differently than other products were during their kickstarter runs? Numenera didn't get this kind of fanfare when it was up. It's also triple the pledge amount Numenera 2 was at the same point in time. 700K+ in the first two days means it's on track to easily make 2 million plus. Edit: Plus, this Kickstarter encapsulates a few different narratives that have been floating around, like the obvious popularity of 5e, and the importance of streamers and video content creators to that popularity. The fact that the 1st million plus 5e Kickstarter was created by a streamer is meaningful.
  • 07:14 PM - Seramus quoted Rygar in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I have to ask, what's the motivation here? Why is this product being treated differently than other products were during their kickstarter runs? Numenera didn't get this kind of fanfare when it was up.Matt Colville has a (relatively speaking) massive online following that Monte Cooke does not. While that does mean it was more of an accomplishment for Monte Cooke than this is for Matt Colville, I personally find Matt to be a rock solid and insightful entertainer while Cooke is much more controversial.
  • 06:34 PM - Morrus quoted Rygar in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    Ummm... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/montecookgames/numenera-2-discovery-and-destiny I have to ask, what's the motivation here? Why is this product being treated differently than other products were during their kickstarter runs? Numenera didn't get this kind of fanfare when it was up. It's exciting! <i>Numenera</i> got plenty of fanfare; but this is eclipsing that by an order of magnitude. It's mind boggling; I'm utterly fascinated.


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