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Thursday, 26th July, 2018


Monday, 23rd July, 2018

  • 06:02 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted Xavian Starsider in post Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    Why? They haven't even done a campaign setting for the Realms. You know why? Because we have campaign guides for it and so many others already. The fluff is just as fluffy as before. If they are going to do a setting guide, why not give us something we don't have 2-4 previous versions of? That's true for Eberron, and to a point Greyhawk, but for the Realms, the fluff's been torn apart, aged, and put back together in a form we're not quite sure of since the last time we saw it (and twice for all those from the last time we saw it in detail).

Monday, 9th July, 2018


Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 05:35 PM - Jer quoted Xavian Starsider in post RPG Crowdfunding News 102: Irongate, Vault of K’Horror, The Eye of the Cyclops, Dragonscales, The Host, Tip-Top Taverns, Dark Designs, Critical Role Miniatures, Easy Read Large Print Dice
    I'm just wondering if this is the start of a trend where the Critical Role brand will eclipse the D&D brand. Lot's of brands eclipse the D&D brand. It's a big name, but not that big. But D&D is still here. That said - Critical Role is raising D&D's profile right now. In ways that the Hasbro people themselves have been at a loss to do. So this is one of those "rising tide lifts all boats" scenarios - even if most of the viewers of CR think of D&D as "that game they play on Critical Role", it still means that they know what D&D is and have thoughts about it, which can lead to them becoming players down the road.
  • 11:44 AM - AngusA quoted Xavian Starsider in post RPG Crowdfunding News 102: Irongate, Vault of K’Horror, The Eye of the Cyclops, Dragonscales, The Host, Tip-Top Taverns, Dark Designs, Critical Role Miniatures, Easy Read Large Print Dice
    I'm just wondering if this is the start of a trend where the Critical Role brand will eclipse the D&D brand. But it's fine. If people like them, they like them. And they are great looking minis. Enjoy them if it's what you want. I was only curious if I am alone in feeling this way and it seems I am. I'd certainly argue that many Streamers now have a higher profile than pretty much any RPG designer or writer out there currently. We don't seem to have had as many 'celebrity' designers in the last few years as we did back in the 80's and 90's when designer name recognition certainly seemed to be much higher. We certainly have the Mike Mearls and Monte Cook's, but many of the authors and designers of the games we buy and play go largely unrecognised, much in the same way that scriptwriters often do for film/tv and composers and lyricists do on many records. We recognise the actor, director or singer. With the rise Twitch and other social media, streaming channels and programs we're seeing the 'presenters'...
  • 06:05 AM - Dire Bare quoted Xavian Starsider in post RPG Crowdfunding News 102: Irongate, Vault of K’Horror, The Eye of the Cyclops, Dragonscales, The Host, Tip-Top Taverns, Dark Designs, Critical Role Miniatures, Easy Read Large Print Dice
    Critical Role miniatures? They look like nice sculpts and all but it looks like a blatant cash grab to me. I m finding myself a bit offended that D&D miniatures can't just be D&D miniatures, that they have to tie into a twitch/YouTube stream to get attention. Am I overreacting or does supporting this kickstarter send a message to the manufacturers that they should just license and monetize other peoples characters for us to play with? Whats next? A new starter with the Vox Machina characters as pregens? Back in the 1980s surge, were players clamoring to be Hank, Bobby, Presto and Uni? Offended? Blatant cash grab? Yes, you are overreacting. Jeebus! Fans of Critical Role might just love to have RPG miniatures of their favorite characters. The minis also work well for PCs and NPCs in any fantasy game, just like all "named" miniatures from the past, of which there have been many (including official minis of Hank, Bobby, Presto, Uni and the gang). And somehow, magically, Steamforged Games producing t...
  • 05:34 AM - dave2008 quoted Xavian Starsider in post RPG Crowdfunding News 102: Irongate, Vault of K’Horror, The Eye of the Cyclops, Dragonscales, The Host, Tip-Top Taverns, Dark Designs, Critical Role Miniatures, Easy Read Large Print Dice
    Critical Role miniatures? They look like nice sculpts and all but it looks like a blatant cash grab to me. Yes, and there is nothing wrong with that. D&D and RPGs in general are blatant cash grabs. I m finding myself a bit offended that D&D miniatures can't just be D&D miniatures, that they have to tie into a twitch/YouTube stream to get attention. There are miniatures that are not tied to twitch/youtube, so it appears you may be too easily offended as what you stated is just not the case. Am I overreacting or does supporting this kickstarter send a message to the manufacturers that they should just license and monetize other peoples characters for us to play with? Whats next? A new starter with the Vox Machina characters as pregens? No idea. Back in the 1980s surge, were players clamoring to be Hank, Bobby, Presto and Uni? Yes, we just didn't have the internet back then. Personally I had several of the D&D toys (including Tiamat and Warduke) that tied into the show.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 06:01 PM - dave2008 quoted Xavian Starsider in post Mythological Figures: Thor Odinson (5E)
    This was a redhead in the original myths. Marvel comics made him blonde As for whether he should be statted as a pc, I'm pretty sure he was statted up in the 3rd edition Deities & Demigods. You could look that up and convert to 5E if you prefer. He is in the 1e Deities and Demigods as well. But I think the OP knows that.

Sunday, 10th June, 2018

  • 06:05 PM - mellored quoted Xavian Starsider in post Skill Feats In Pathfinder 2
    If I started having characters swimming like fish, surviving the vacuum of space unprotected, and stealing plate mail off the guards wearing them, I think I would hit that world with an asteroid and start over. I understand the desire to be awesome and epic at high levels but these are like serious biological mutations. This is some X-Men level bs. If PCs are going to start doing this, they should start looking like mutants and stop passing for humans and elves. In fantasy terms, they would be demigods. Transforming into fish, teleporting to other dimensions, and mind controlling someone so they give you their armor have always been apart of D&D. And there's even a spell for calling down meteors So I'm not sure why it's suddenly crazy when a rogue can do some of these things instead of only the bard/cleric/druid/warlock/wizard/etc... doing it. But you can just rename "legendary feat" to "magical feat" if it makes you feel better.

Saturday, 9th June, 2018

  • 01:26 PM - Michael O'Brien quoted Xavian Starsider in post Masks of Nyarlathotep Radio Drama and Gamer Prop Set Announced!
    Yes I have been looking over the 4th edition version of Masks but want to get The 7e pdf (if they release it in time!) Now I really want the props box too. I don't suppose it will have anything for the new chapter set in Peru though? The HPLHS prop set is based on the coming 7th ed version of Masks, which includes the new Peru chapter. So there will be Peruvian props. Cheers MOB - Chaosium Inc.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 02:41 AM - Connorsrpg quoted Xavian Starsider in post RPG Crowdfunding News 099: Spectacular Settlements, Part-Time Gods, Acute Paranoia, Agents of Concordia. Helheim Unbound, The Curse of Roslof Keep, High Pass Chronicles, RPG Dice Potion Bag and Fantasy Dice Potion Flask
    I like the idea of the Spectacular Settlements book but have to admit the stretch goals are giving me trepidation about the final quality. For two reasons. First if the stretch goals are all met, we are looking at eight examples of each of the eight settlement types. Stretch goals are adding more to the ones planned. Should they? Are we just now adding the ones they were cut for not being as good/interesting as the others? Are we putting the rejects back in? Or worse yet, banging out more just to meet the quota? Secondly, 24 of these 64 settlements are going to be designed by high end backers? Should I feel good that nearly half the examples in the book come from any random Joe with a few Benjamins to burn while the rejects round out the rest? Quantity is not always the best thing to offer. There IS a point of diminishing returns. Don't cross it. Your examples chapter will only be as good as its worst examples. Personally I think the book should offer just three really good examples of...

Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 04:47 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted Xavian Starsider in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    I believe Perkins said Halastar has a spelljammer helm, not a spelljammer. But I agree with the potential for 2019. Note that Volo's guide harmonized with Tomb of Annihilation while they have already stated ,Xanathar's guide harmonizes with Dragon Heist. So it seems reasonable to think that Mordy's guide with all its high level outsiders and giff may be paving the way for the next stop on the tour. I think it's less likely to be Spelljammer or Planescape in name than it is to be a plane-hopping adventure with good coverage of Sigil and elements of both SJ and PS. Enough that fans can build off of it. All we need is the tone, some building blocks and a good example of how they fit together. That is becoming the pattern, isn't it? The rules/monster book hints at what will be released 18 months or so down the line. Volo's had dinosaurs, yuan-ti, vegepygmies, and so on, all hinting at ToA; Xanathar's by virtue of its name alone (as well as such things as downtime rules) hints at these Waterdeep boo...
  • 04:43 AM - Abstruse quoted Xavian Starsider in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    I think it's less likely to be Spelljammer or Planescape in name than it is to be a plane-hopping adventure with good coverage of Sigil and elements of both SJ and PS. Enough that fans can build off of it. All we need is the tone, some building blocks and a good example of how they fit together. That's what I mean when I talk about campaign settings, the same way I treat Curse of Strahd as the "Ravenloft 5e" book. It seems to be how they're approaching all their releases since the DMG has rules for pretty much anything you need aside from a few very specific cases. It's a good way to encourage sales and expose people to new stuff: It's not just a campaign setting book, it's not just a rules splatbook, it's not just an adventure, it's all of these things. And it consolidates releases so instead of releasing 2-3 books every month or two so you have to pay $400-700 a year to keep your library up, you only need to pay $100-150 each year and you've got every book released.

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 03:33 PM - DQDesign quoted Xavian Starsider in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    It's a shame how many people fail to look beyond the title on these books. These books are tool kits. It may say Waterdeep and Undermountain but what they really are is resources for sprawling urban adventures or labyrinthine dungeons full of traps and riddles. Any campaign in any world that has large cities and/or deadly labyrinths can benefit. In fact, nearly every adventure has provided tools for different types of campaigns. 5e products aren't going to go out of their way to produce setting books. Why should they? Mystara has setting books. Go download one off drive thru rpg. The fluff is the same. But while they may not do a Mystara book, they might still give you everything you need to run Mystara. We are DMs. They don't need to hold our hands. We can connect the dots. It is a shame that people do not understand that I'm complaining about having settings locked on DMsGuildfor development and that having "toolkit books" (what?!?) does not allow anyone to develop books set in Mystara or Eb...
  • 03:31 PM - werecorpse quoted Xavian Starsider in post Second Dungeons & Dragons Product for Fall 2018: Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
    It's a shame how many people fail to look beyond the title on these books. These books are tool kits. It may say Waterdeep and Undermountain but what they really are is resources for sprawling urban adventures or labyrinthine dungeons full of traps and riddles. Any campaign in any world that has large cities and/or deadly labyrinths can benefit. In fact, nearly every adventure has provided tools for different types of campaigns. 5e products aren't going to go out of their way to produce setting books. Why should they? Mystara has setting books. Go download one off drive thru rpg. The fluff is the same. But while they may not do a Mystara book, they might still give you everything you need to run Mystara. We are DMs. They don't need to hold our hands. We can connect the dots. I agree. I mean seriously a city adventure chasing a pot of gold in a big independent city linked to a nearby dungeon created by a long missing mad arch mage. Hmmm I reckon I could port that across to a certain large Free c...
  • 03:26 AM - Mouseferatu quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    WotC was very clear about what hour of what day the new book would be announced and made no further promises. This entire event was set up to disseminate infirmation. Does being press make you believe you are entitled to more information sooner than the rest of us? Or course WotC teased you the way they did. You basically asked if the final day was worth warching. Were they supposed to say 'No? " You know, given that Abstruse busts his ass for this site--hunting down stories, collating information, and writing it all up every week, plus trying to stay on top of big stories like this one--and given that WotC won't allow ENWorld access to advance info due to leaks that weren't ENWorld's fault, while still giving advanced access to other sites that have leaked info early--I think you can back the hell off and just say "Thank you for trying, I'm sorry your time was wasted."
  • 02:54 AM - kenmarable quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    Oh forgive me. I forgot you were the only person watching the stream capable of sharing the news I am sure the news might have taken at least five minutes more to appear had you not shared it. :P Wow, lay that sarcasm on a little thicker, eh?
  • 02:44 AM - kenmarable quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    Okay fine. I concede your point. But there were thousands of us watching this stream for our own enjoyment. So it rubs me a little wrong to see you complaining that WotC was refusing to give you inside information and failed to deliver on something you hypothesized. WotC was very clear about what hour of what day the new book would be announced and made no further promises. This entire event was set up to disseminate infirmation. Does being press make you believe you are entitled to more information sooner than the rest of us? Or course WotC teased you the way they did. You basically asked if the final day was worth warching. Were they supposed to say 'No? " WotC also was clear that they told press before the stream about Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. So, yes, a member of the press should expect more information sooner than the rest of us because that’s exactly what they did just yesterday. The issue is probably that they didn’t consider EN World to be a real press venue, not that they didn’t want t...
  • 02:38 AM - Abstruse quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    Were they supposed to say 'No? " Yes. They should have. That's pretty standard if you're doing product announcements to let the press know when those announcements are so they can properly cover them and allocate resources appropriately. So if it's a staff reporter, the news outlet isn't wasting that reporter's salary having them sit around doing nothing or, for freelancers, so they're not spending all day they could be working on paying work losing out on that work because if they don't have news to write about, they don't get paid. I promise you that none of the game companies at E3 are going to make companies sit around for eight hours saying "Maybe we'll have an announcement, maybe we won't, who knows? LOL" Even Devolver Digital only does that for an hour...
  • 02:20 AM - Abstruse quoted Xavian Starsider in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    Oh forgive me. I forgot you were the only person watching the stream capable of sharing the news I am sure the news might have taken at least five minutes more to appear had you not shared it. :P Considering I'm the only news writer for EN World that was available today to cover this...no, it wouldn't have been up until Monday if I didn't cover it.


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