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Saturday, 29th August, 2015

  • 06:44 AM - Scorpio616 mentioned chibi graz'zt in post ORCUS! EXCLUSIVE! ESCAPIST!
    chibi graz'zt Maybe if they stopped trying to make Graz'zt look Bishounen he'd get more respect. Hs 1E illo might not be classically handsome, but it could have been taken in this direction rather than fumbles WOTC had in 3E and after. After seeing how much a creampuff a Balor is on another thread, i'm not impressed with the AC nor the damage he does. I have a feeling this guy is going to need some uplift (like an uparmored humvee going thru MSR Charlie in Fallujah) else get cake walked by a party of 12 level PCs. I mean, looks tough, but so did the Balor on first glance.If we are talking armor, he could sure use a locked gauntlet. Though the Lair Actions can make a notable difference*. The 500 HP of undead will make a pretty big difference, though technically, those are worth their own XP. *And looks like the Lair actions need Errata as Power Word Kill doesn't grant a save.

Sunday, 19th April, 2015

  • 03:45 PM - Mercurius mentioned chibi graz'zt in post D&D classic settings or new worlds to explore?
    ...m TSR: Forgotten Realms (1987*), Spelljammer (1989), Dark Sun (1991), Planescape (1994), Birthright (1995) and probably others in-between. (*I realize that the FR goes back much further, but it was first published as a setting in 1987). Anyhow, I don't expect that we'll ever see a similar Golden Age of Settings. Some folks think there's a direct causal relationship between this focus on settings and the demise of TSR; I don't think it is so clear, that TSR fell apart more through mis-handling as a business, not in terms of creative output. But that's another story. But regardless, it is unlikely that we'll see that sort of thing again. That said, what we might see--and what WotC has been implying--is that if 2E was the Golden Age of Settings, then 5E could be the Golden Age of Stories. If this is the case, then recycling old IP might not be a bad thing, as long as that recycling is more of a re-freshing than a regurgitation. But back to these two seemingly opposing views, I think @chibi graz'zt makes a good point, that "wow factor" is often indicative of trendiness, or novelty, as opposed to deeper archetypal resonance, which is, in my opinion, a necessary ingredient to something becoming a "classic." All consumer domains follow this basic pattern: Tons of new ideas come out, but only some of them "stick" and become lasting successes, and only some of those become true classics. Or think in terms of literature - how many novels are published each year, and how few of them having lasting success, let alone become classics. Now of course not every new idea needs to become a classic and there's no way to plan for it. In fact, I would argue that if you try to create a classic you're doomed to fail, because your creation will likely be too synthetic, could involve pandering, etc. Anyhow, I see two extremes: One is the endless generation of new product and ideas, what we could call the "shotgun approach." In a way the early years of the OGL were like this, even though post of it...

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Saturday, 8th December, 2018


Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 02:42 PM - Lord_Blacksteel quoted chibi graz'zt in post News Digest: Pathfinder Playtest Update, More Hints of Spelljammer, D&D Design Theory Discussed, and more!
    why the :):):):) would anyone buy play test rules?!?!?!? I used to feel the same way, especially back when Pathfinder 1st edition did the same thing. After that it's really not a surprise to see it for their second edition but this time you can buy special faux-leather cover editions as well as the normal version. There is a PDF available so there are options, but it's still an interesting trend. In between these two Fantasy Flight did the same thing for all 3 of their Star Wars RPGs and there was not a PDF option, so if you wanted to try the beta you had to buy the books. Another interesting point - people sell these on eBay pretty regularly. I suppose it's for the collector/completionist but you would think someone that interested would have picked it up the first time. They're not selling for $100 but they're not going for $1 either so there is some level of interest even years after they have been replaced. I know in the 90's the idea of paying to beta-test would have been (and was) laughe...

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Sunday, 19th August, 2018

  • 02:32 PM - Morrus quoted chibi graz'zt in post Gail Gygax Sued By Movie Producer
    This poor woman sounds paranoid, delusional... the fact that her own children have estranged from her says a lot. Theyre not her children. I dont know them (I know some folks here do; Ive met Gail and Gary a few times, but not Luke or Ernie) and Im sure plenty of people here could elaborate, but I suspect therein lies the problem.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018


Thursday, 1st March, 2018

  • 11:31 PM - Abstruse quoted chibi graz'zt in post News Digest: D&D Movie News, Paizo and Roll20 Partnership, Palladium Loses Robotech, and more!
    Here is my hope that the D&D movie will be animated; it is really the only medium I can see that can have wide appeal and success. It could even re-launch a D&D cartoon, (similar to Star Wars Rebels) that can have appeal to young kids and that can make them interested in the hobby. Why Wizards has not invested in a D&D cartoon is completely beyond me; this could be it! They want a tentpole franchise, a Lord of the Rings that has more source material and flexibility to draw from. Which is also why my guess is you'll probably not see direct adaptations of Dragonlance, Drizzt, Elminster, or any of the other novels. Remember, we're still on the "Cinematic Shared Universe" trend where they want to shoehorn anything they can into a shared universe, and D&D lends itself better to that than some of the other attempts. Also, Hasbro DID invest in a cartoon once recently. The Dragonlance cartoon. They got a pretty big cast too, including Keifer Sutherland for Raistlin who did an amazing job. It's a shame it ...
  • 07:25 PM - Barantor quoted chibi graz'zt in post News Digest: D&D Movie News, Paizo and Roll20 Partnership, Palladium Loses Robotech, and more!
    Here is my hope that the D&D movie will be animated; it is really the only medium I can see that can have wide appeal and success. It could even re-launch a D&D cartoon, (similar to Star Wars Rebels) that can have appeal to young kids and that can make them interested in the hobby. Why Wizards has not invested in a D&D cartoon is completely beyond me; this could be it! Part of me would love to see it have production values similar to the Netflix: Castlevania series of anime/animated mini series. Short stories might do better than the long plot that was the D&D cartoon though.

Sunday, 25th February, 2018

  • 09:04 PM - Cergorach quoted chibi graz'zt in post Talking Gaming With Satine Phoenix, Part One
    She brings the sexy back into D&D, we need more sexy in D&D ;-) Met her at Origins, she is a great ambassador for D&D and table top gaming, particularly empowering for female and gender questioning players. Do we really... http://www.candlekeep.com/images/gallery/azure.jpg #chainmailbikini People feeling sexy, empowered and comfortable with themselves is always a positive... BUT most of the RPG community certainly doesn't feel that way and certainly don't look like that! And when I read of a name like Satine Phoenix I think that must surely be a... And guess what... The same reaction would have happened if it was a male with the handle like Jaxx Hefty Hammer... Just how is the average female (playing RPGs) going to identify with a model/actress/stripper/pornstar? Just how many guys are identifying with Vin Diesel just because he's a good looking actor playing D&D? They are welcomed because good looking succesful people can also be nerds at their core. Just how many 'average' lookin...

Saturday, 17th February, 2018

  • 09:28 PM - Nostalgia Ward quoted chibi graz'zt in post Looking At Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated
    "Dry erase boards. Flip mats. Graph paper. Lego. Theater of the Mind. All of these are valid, tried-and-true methods of tracking movement/combat in Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs." No 3D Dwarvenforge tiles? That's what I prefer and use ;-) #dwarvenforge Hey, I should do a shout-out to Dwarven Forge! They're amazing...I've just never had much of a set. :D

Friday, 16th February, 2018


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Wednesday, 24th January, 2018

  • 12:21 PM - CapnZapp quoted chibi graz'zt in post Spells cast at higher level slots
    Can any spell be cast at higher level slot or only those that specify an effect at higher level? All spells. The only reason to upcast a spell with no higher effect is for dispel/counter purposes. For example, an adventure game effect might say "You need to cast remove curse or similar at least at 6th level to unlock the [mcguffin]". Then the very fact you cast your spell using your 6th level slot has value, despite it not being detailed anywhere in the PHB. Sent from my C6603 using EN World mobile app

Saturday, 20th January, 2018

  • 10:08 PM - MGibster quoted chibi graz'zt in post News Digest: Background Checks for WPN Volunteers and Store Employees, New D&D 5e Release Details, Gen Con Details, and more!
    I don't; not funny at all; and I predict it not going to "blow up massively". A business, any business, that caters to gamers, and children are gamers, SHOULD be doing background checks on their employees; this is not a WotC thing, this is the law. I don't believe there is a law requiring small retail outlets to run background checks on their employees in any of the 50 states. And while your local friendly game store might include minors as part of their customer base I can't really say I've ever seen one that catered to children. Retail employees are not typically in positions of authority over minors in the same way teachers, medical personnel, or coaches might be. Im actually really thankful to WotC for taking the step to make their WPN stores safe. If a store is irresponsible enough to hire an employee with a sex offender conviction thats on the store, not Wizards. That's a valid point. It's going to cost less than $50 to run a background check on an employee, and, even if not req...
  • 08:29 PM - quoted chibi graz'zt in post News Digest: Background Checks for WPN Volunteers and Store Employees, New D&D 5e Release Details, Gen Con Details, and more!
    I don't; not funny at all; and I predict it not going to "blow up massively". A business, any business, that caters to gamers, and children are gamers, SHOULD be doing background checks on their employees; this is not a WotC thing, this is the law. Im actually really thankful to WotC for taking the step to make their WPN stores safe. If a store is irresponsible enough to hire an employee with a sex offender conviction thats on the store, not Wizards. Oh please don't give me that "think of the children!" argument to emotion. You know exactly what the problem is here and you know darn well I'm not complaining about background checks. I'm complaining about who's doing them and who you're required to give your personal info to. NOBODY is complaining about background checks.


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