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Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 03:28 AM - Shasarak quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    I always disliked how 3e put a limit on cantrip use. Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp. Joy! Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about! To be honest I would much rather play a Wizard that conserves his spells and fulls back on his Crossbow then one that can shoot an infinite amount of fire bolts. Because after all Gandalf was not constantly spamming fire attacks. But I understand that you have to adapt to the video game generation.

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

  • 06:42 PM - zztong quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about! Whoa there, fella. Gandalf dual wields a staff and a sword. He's not half bad at it either, because at 4th level his BAB is still tracking reasonably close to a Fighter. Plus, he's only fighting goblins and orcs. You also don't hear Gandalf complaining about Vancian magic because he only needs to cast a juiced up "Light" spell or Summon Eagles, call for a Mount, or use a butterfly as an Animal Messenger about once a day. :)
  • 03:07 PM - Blue quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    I always disliked how 3e put a limit on cantrip use. Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp. Joy! Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about! As a serious question, what are the alternatives? Let's put forth that a caster spending actions casting damage all day and a weapon wielder spending actions to attack all day should average out to be about the same. This is grossly unfair - the caster has a lot more flexibility so should really be lower, but let's take this as the absolute best a caster should be doing. So, if some actions spent by the caster are more powerful than a weapon wielder, then some need to be less powerful. That's the current balance. You can't take away the less powerful without throwing the classes well out of balance. The alternative is to mak...
  • 10:33 AM - CapnZapp quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    I always disliked how 3e put a limit on cantrip use. Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp. Joy! Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about!It gets REALLY problematic if some characters can spew huge amounts of magical fire (acid etc) all day long without ever tiring. It also means low-level spells quickly become obsolete, which is not what you want. I realize feeble stick-poking doesn't feel heroic, but the only way to resolve this is to separate casters into two different groups. Blasters with endless at-will magical damage. Should be treated more like a warrior swinging his axe all day. These classes gain limited or no access to higher levels of magic. Being able to unleash unlimited amounts of fire (acid etc) is treated as significantly better than ordinary axe s...
  • 05:47 AM - Staffan quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    I always disliked how 3e put a limit on cantrip use. Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp. Joy! Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about! Cantrips will still be at-will abilities. This was explained in the blog post about spellcasting: In the playtest, cantrips are spells you can cast at will, but they are no longer level 0. Instead, they automatically heighten to the highest spell level you can currently cast. That means if you're 5th level, your ray of frost is 3rd level and deals more damage, and your light cantrip is better at counteracting magical darkness. They didn't specify how strong cantrips are at their base level or how much they gain from being higher level. So I guess we'll see if we still have low-level wizards spending most of their combats shootin...
  • 05:32 AM - thekittenhugs quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp! Pathfinder actually started (or was an early adopter of) the whole "cantrips = at will" thing that 5e has continued, so I think they will give casters some decent at-will abilities. Though really, the fact that they're keeping Vancian casting with individual spell preparations shows that for every good lesson they learn, there are three others they completely ignore, so they might just keep it as "oh, you get acid splash, enjoy dealing 1d4 damage every round when you're out of spells."
  • 04:01 AM - shidaku quoted Xavian Starsider in post Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class
    I always disliked how 3e put a limit on cantrip use. Looks like Pathfinder is continuing this trend wherein a low level wizard who has cast all his offense spells for the day now gets to be a really bad fighter with lousy attack bonus, lousy damage, lousy ac, and lousy hp. Joy! Swing that quarterstaff, Gandalf. Because stick fighting is what being a wizard is really about! I mean, it's kinda balanced by the fact that they're as powerful as your highest level spell you can cast, but only take up a cantrip slot? But I think that's missing the point of the magic-user being able to do some "always" magic. Because as you say, magic is their thing. It's an easy houserule fix, but really you'd think it'd be packaged in by now.

Tuesday, 15th May, 2018


Monday, 14th May, 2018

  • 08:53 AM - Jhaelen quoted Xavian Starsider in post 12 new monster images revealed from Mordenkainenís Tome of Foes!
    I don't mind the space hippos; very likely because of the Wizardry computer game, given that I never cared for Spelljammer. Or this 3E devil that always looked to me like it was into Disney cosplay. https://78.media.tumblr.com/410694b786312f3d03b0d1c10f7eab26/tumblr_inline_os2ueaKutp1rkapbx_540.jpgThat image always reminded me of the killer clown https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/headhuntershorrorhouse/images/0/0f/Clown_-_Spawn_movie.jpg in the Spawn movie... But it's really all great art! I particularly like the new and enhanced Rutterkin. It almost looks like it's growing a beholder from it's hand...
  • 03:51 AM - Christopher Helton quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces Origins Awards Nominees
    And the winner is...whichever book sold the best because 90% of our voters have never heard of 90%, of the stuff on this list. Maybe we should start a new category called Best...that isn't D&D. The Origins Awards aren't voted on by the public. The jury for each category picks the nominees, and then votes for them.

Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:51 AM - Von Ether quoted Xavian Starsider in post Mythological Figures: Aladdin (5E)
    As for being the "most popular" character from 1,001 Arabian Nights, I disagree and put him at third on the list. He is certainly well known to the modern audience but that is largely due to the Disney movie, which is a lot of fun and a great movie, but we all know Disney has a tenuous attachment to source material. He is as mulch a construct of Arabian Nights as Dopey and Sneezy are created by the brothers Grimm, or Sebastian the Crab was penned by Hans Christian Andersen. I would offer that Sinbad has had a far greater impact than Aladdin has, including the cinematic impact. Aladdin has been in the minds of children for a few decades but Sinbad was delighting them for most of the 20th century. But if you want to count the awareness of the story that Disney has brought to us as being attributed to 1,001 Arabian Nights, then the most popular character, hands down, is the genie. Seeing as how every kid in the 70s and 80s "knew" that phrase "Open Sesame" was what Aladdin said to open his cave of...

Thursday, 10th May, 2018


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Friday, 4th May, 2018

  • 03:18 AM - Wyvern quoted Xavian Starsider in post Mythological Figures: Aladdin (5E)
    As for being the "most popular" character from 1,001 Arabian Nights, I disagree and put him at third on the list. He is certainly well known to the modern audience but that is largely due to the Disney movie... I would offer that Sinbad has had a far greater impact than Aladdin has, including the cinematic impact. Aladdin has been in the minds of children for a few decades but Sinbad was delighting them for most of the 20th century. I think you're mistaken about which character is more popular. The Disney movie undoubtedly raised Aladdin's profile, but I'm certain the story was already well-known even before that. (And the same goes for the story of Ali Baba, whom I'd rate as second most well-known after Aladdin.) For one thing, it's a staple of British pantomime. And while it's probably true that the majority of people over a certain age have at least heard of Sinbad, I doubt that many of them could tell you anything about the actual stories. I've actually read (a version of) the Arabian Nights wh...

Thursday, 3rd May, 2018

  • 11:36 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Xavian Starsider in post Mythological Figures: Aladdin (5E)
    As for being the "most popular" character from 1,001 Arabian Nights, I disagree and put him at third on the list. <snip> I would offer that Sinbad has had a far greater impact than Aladdin has, including the cinematic impact. Aladdin has been in the minds of children for a few decades but Sinbad was delighting them for most of the 20th century. 97076 You are SO right, my friend! I'm way more popular than some street rat from Bukhara! But if you want to count the awareness of the story that Disney has brought to us as being attributed to 1,001 Arabian Nights, then the most popular character, hands down, is the genie. Definitely.

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018

  • 08:07 PM - Mike Myler quoted Xavian Starsider in post Mythological Figures: Aladdin (5E)
    Padded armor? https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/disney/images/e/eb/Aladdin_Pose.png/revision/latest?cb=20170912124813 Is this the male version of the chainmail bikini? :) Ya street rat! As for being the "most popular" character from 1,001 Arabian Nights, I disagree and put him at third on the list. He is certainly well known to the modern audience but that is largely due to the Disney movie, which is a lot of fun and a great movie, but we all know Disney has a tenuous attachment to source material. He is as mulch a construct of Arabian Nights as Dopey and Sneezy are created by the brothers Grimm, or Sebastian the Crab was penned by Hans Christian Andersen. I would offer that Sinbad has had a far greater impact than Aladdin has, including the cinematic impact. Aladdin has been in the minds of children for a few decades but Sinbad was delighting them for most of the 20th century. But if you want to count the awareness of the story that Disney has brought to us as being attributed to 1,001 Arabi...

Sunday, 29th April, 2018


Saturday, 21st April, 2018

  • 03:40 AM - Kobold Boots quoted Xavian Starsider in post Gygax IP To Be Made Available For Video Games
    If that's your experience than great. But I feel that ttrpgs offer many things even the best video games are a long ways off from replicating. In a tabletop campaign your character can have a personal history, goals and ideals that actually matter in the world.I'm video games, you are usually cast as the key player in an epic storyline. But that story isn't personal to you. It was designed without knowledge of what you might bring to the character. Your backstory is in your headcanon only. Your objectives may not be achievable unless your only objectives are those the game designers gave you on a serving platter. I would say that there's no need for the video game to replicate what the tabletop game does. Each has its strengths. TT: Your character can have a history, goals, personalization. Retort: Only if the DM actually spends time on allowing the players to explore it. VG: The story isn't tailored to you. Retort: But at least I don't have a DM screwing it up, and I can still spend time with my ...

Thursday, 19th April, 2018

  • 02:42 AM - happyhermit quoted Xavian Starsider in post Gygax IP To Be Made Available For Video Games
    If EGG were still around, I doubt he would agree with his son's sentiment that pen and paper are a dying art. The digital release of Gygax's IP might prove to be a wonderful way to extend the Gygax legacy. But I think it's clear that Alex is not part of that legacy. Especially by insulting the people most likely to care about the Gygax name. Who does he think the target audience is? Hey! As someone who belongs/belonged to more than a few dying arts/hobbies/subgroups I have to say that I don't think it's "insulting" to say that a hobby is dying, though it can be a bit disheartening at times. In this case though, it seems wildly wrong and out of touch with reality which wouln't be so surprising if coming from someone not connected to gaming in general let alone ttrpgs (or possessing ttrpg IP). It's good to hear that he attended Garycon, if that's true, because I kind of felt uncomfortable reading about the family stuff (the son who doesn't care for ttrpgs and loves video games gets the IP to m...

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018

  • 10:46 PM - Morrus quoted Xavian Starsider in post Gygax IP To Be Made Available For Video Games
    If EGG were still around, I doubt he would agree with his son's sentiment that pen and paper are a dying art. None of us can possibly know what he would think. Letís stick to our own opinions, and not try to represent those who arenít around any more, eh?


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