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    Today, 07:09 PM
    I was really hoping that, as Jon "Not Dead Yet" Snow went into the wilderness with his assorted friends, followers, wolf, and Tormund "Got Milk" Giantsbane to star in his new reality show- Jon Snow's Snow Show - GO! .... that the camera would fade to black, and then .... we would see it come back to Jon Snow's face, lying in the snow (of course), dying after being attacked by the Night's...
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    Today, 06:32 PM
    Very briefly- You understand that evoking emotion will have some similar, and some different, aspects depending on the medium, correct? So, for example, a horror book, a horror movie, and a horror story told around the campfire will have some techniques that are similar, and some that are different. But no one would (should?) say that a horror movie doesn't use presentation, just because...
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    Today, 06:10 PM
    .... and .... what if you are playing a game other than D&D? What if you are playing, say, Call of Cthulhu (Horror)? What if you are playing Paranoia (Humor)? What if you are playing Amber? Why do you think that the quality of your narration, and the improv qualities your questioning has, aren't an issue of presentation? Do you believe that interactive media can't be art? Do you think...
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    Today, 06:05 PM
    He is most famous as the main character in the Twilight films. He has since starred in many other films, including some Cronenberg films (such as Metropolis), the Lost City of Z, and High Life.
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    Today, 06:02 PM
    At a certain point, we are engaged in a circular conversation. "So, what is literary?" "Um, quality?" "Okay, so how do you know quality ...." And that brings us all around to the original issue- which is to say, there are many individuals for whom quality matters when it comes to RPGs- in other words, they look to the quality of the presentation in the adventures they run, the...
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    Today, 05:00 PM
    One more time- Hemingway has one style. Nabokov has a different style. One is sparse and clean. One isn't. Both are (for lack of a better phrase) "literary."
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    You ever see the movie Memento? Yeah, that. Good luck with the tattoos.
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    Well, he survived because no one saw him kill Dany, so no one knew he did! I mean, it's not like her body was there, and only Drogon saw him enter. .... so, wait, how did he get arrested? He must have told Grey Worm! All guilty and stuff. .... so, why didn't Grey Worm kill him? .... because no one knew he did it! I mean ....
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    Today, 03:49 PM
    Hmmmm.... I didn't think that was possible! I'd say that this is closer in spirit to 2 than 1, simply because it is bigger.
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    I'm a little surprised by the poll results (caution- small sample!). He's been doing a lot of really good work. I think it's probably the Twilight memories people have; but he close to a Joaquin Phoenix-type than a pop idol.
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    Today, 03:36 PM
    I can understand that there are people that didn't love it; however, I cannot understand how people didn't love it. It was a feast of the senses (HA! but seriously- it was gorgeous) that combines some great action with a positive, "Everyone needs to love each other" message that we don't get enough in media, unfortunately. :) (If only all problems could be solved with a better attitude...
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    Today, 03:28 PM
    So, following is the John Wick 3 "Should I see It" Decision Tree: 1. Did you see John Wick? If yes, go to 3. If no, go to 2. 2. Why haven't you seen it? It's so very awesome. Go see it now, and then go to 1. 3. Yeah! You saw John Wick 2, too, didn't you. Man, good times. Okay, so if you've already seen John Wick 3, go to 4. If not, go to 5.
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    Today, 02:26 PM
    Fauda is amazing. Love it- but you should mention is (and Money Heist) aren't scifi/fantasy. ;) 3% agree with you on both counts; first season was amazing, second season was ... good. Sense8, btw, had a wrapup episode/movie on Netflix. It's very ... well, it's very Sense8. If that makes sense. If you like the show, you should watch it.
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    As endings go - it ended! To quote the most inarguable wisdom ever uttered in any work of great profundity- "Everything ends badly- otherwise it wouldn't end." Anyway, I'm looking forward to watching the spinoff series with Arya's gap year. She's all like, "Y'all enjoy your thrones and stuff. Ima go to Europe!"
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    Today, 02:19 PM
    Daniel Horne -- 16 Keith Parkinson -- 19 Jeff Easley -- 19 Larry Elmore -- 6 Clyde Caldwell -- 17 David Trampier -- 22 Otus ONE BEEELEEEEON.
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    Today, 02:11 PM
    Yeah. I was totally rooting for that! Anything involving proof. ;) Congratulations to my multiplanar friend. Anyway, new second half posted- http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659442-Survivor-Magic-Jewelry-(PART-II)-THERE-CAN-BE-ONLY-ONE!
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    Today, 02:09 PM
    Ioun Stone 20 Medallion of Thoughts 20 Necklace of Adaptation 20 Necklace of Fireballs 18 Necklace of Prayer Beads 20 Pearl of Power 20 Periapt of Health 20 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 20 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Today, 02:08 PM
    This thread is inspired by the prior threads on the iconic monsters, best cannon fodder, and so on. Most importantly, while I can't make a list of magic item prices, at least we resolve which magic items are the BEST! That's right- we are going to find out what magic jewelry is the greatest! Yeah, that's right. Talismans and bracers and amulets.... OH MY! Because there were so many, it had to...
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Amulet of the Planes 10 Brooch of Shielding 2 Gem of Seeing 1
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:05 PM
    Did you? Seriously, because it was a clearly infringing work (HA! FAIR USE MY POSTERIOR!) it was easy, but look a little closer- Uniform with gold shirt Cowl Neck w/ Insignia Triangular Medals on uni A Spacedock with a similar appearance Ship designs (speaking of generic ships) Use of terms (stardates) Warp Drive Transporters
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:58 PM
    One of these things is not like the others .... I get not wanting to watch Batfleck, but you didn't watch the last Nolan movie? I mean, it was good. Not the Dark Knight, but still pretty good. (As for the other two, I saw them both. I honestly couldn't tell you about either villain, other than ... um, CGI? And I did watch the long, director's cut, Batman v. Superman, which was perfectly...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:33 PM
    Agreed. I teach 6th-9th graders to play in my area, and they regularly form their own groups in 5e.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:29 PM
    Yes, but DS9 and B5 are like McDonalds and Burger King. This is more like McDonalds and McDowell's (Coming to America). That said, I am quite sure that the attorneys looked over the helpful list that was used in the Axanar suit, and did not use anything from that list Paramount used.* All in all, it's pretty impressive. I mean, I even love how they have other famous actors in remote...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:14 PM
    For some reason, I read that wrong the first time, and I thought you were saying that you were using a hand puppet for the Hand of Vecna. I don't know if I am relieved, or intrigued.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:10 PM
    So, apparently Robert Pattison will be downing the cowl as Batman in the DCEU. Like, THE Batman, not just a one-off. Continuing in the line of intriguing choices (see also, Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker). I've come around on him since seeing him in Cosmopolis (Cronenberg). What do y'all think?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:31 PM
    Could he BE any more desperate for love?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:24 PM
    You know, I should use my notoriety for good! ..... HA HA! No.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:21 PM
    Not sure how I'd feel about running into Slraem and Drofwarc. Are they evil NPCs, or a Philly Soul Band, with one singer and one guitar player with a killer 'stache?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:19 PM
    That at least I didn't go with Chandler?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:13 PM
    Moar tablez. I mean, why should I have to pick a government for a country when I can roll percentile dice? Magocracy FTW! Also? More made up words. Those are good too.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:08 PM
    Or male fans who want to play a dark seducer! Hey. How YOU doin'? .... that's how it works, right? ;)
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 06:58 PM
    In the midst of the word DMMike was trying to say, In the midst of his laughter and glee, The Good DMs softly and suddenly vanished away— For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Oh, that's not nice! Cockroaches serve a purpose.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 04:12 PM
    Amulet of Health 5 Amulet of the Planes 7 Bracers of Archery 6 Bracers of Defense 6 Brooch of Shielding 7 Gem of Seeing 6 Fan of symmetry.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:56 PM
    Tell me more, tell me more! (Did you get very far?) Tell me more, tell me more! (Does you fighter have a scar?)
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 04:26 PM
    Daniel Horne -- 22 Keith Parkinson -- 23 Jeff Easley -- 22 Larry Elmore -- 13 Clyde Caldwell -- 21 Todd Lockwood -- 15 David Trampier -- 19
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 04:00 PM
    Am I praising him, or insulting him? I don't even know any more!!!!!! What I do know about Euron "Night at the Roxbury" Greyjoy is that I still remember his shining moment- Well, it sure was nice to meet you... Jamie. You've got a little crush on your sister, don't you Jamie? Well, that's gonna make this hard to hear. See, later I'm gonna take little Cersei back to my ship. Show her...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:09 PM
    That was pemerton's point (not met with universal acclaim) that caused him to create this thread. (emphasis supplied). This has been explained to you several times. This is what we disagreed with (the definition of "literary" to mean the use of presentation to evoke emotion). Here is the OP, with emphasis added- Now, do you see how this post flowed from the first; this isn't about the...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:43 PM
    Ach! I thought I was quoting him! Sorry- Umbran care to expand on the battle tunes? It makes me think of- 1. Batters in Baseball (and/or relievers). 2. Wrestlers entering an arena.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:40 PM
    When I watch Jaws, I root for the shark. COME AT ME!
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:38 PM
    Amulet of Health 6 Amulet of the Planes 7 Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location 5 Bracers of Archery 9 Bracers of Defense 9 Brooch of Shielding 9 Gem of Seeing 8 A > B > G.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:37 PM
    Characters have battle tunes? Hmmm..... tell me more!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:09 PM
    Wow! It's the comments in this thread that remind my why I love this place so much. :) I've already got a bunch of ideas to try!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 07:18 PM
    NOBODY EXPECTS THE EUROTRASH INQUISITION! Oh, Euron, you off-brand Jack Sparrow, I will miss you.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:48 PM
    (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) YEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:36 PM
    I've heard about this; honestly, I haven't really used "mood music" since, um, Pyromania in 1983 (shut up! times were different). How do you choose the music? What kind? Okay- I've hear of people getting rid of the DM screen for transparency (so everyone sees the die rolls, etc.), but I've never heard of this before. Can you paint me a word picture of why body language helps?
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:32 PM
    To quote Keanu Reeves .... Woah. That's really impressive!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:05 PM
    That's awesome! See, that's what I love to hear; your style is completely different than mine (I'm ToTM, lower prep) but when I read about how you do it, and how enthusiastic you are .... man, that sounds fun! (PS- you know, if you ever feel like sharing pics of the terrain and minis ... I won't complain!)
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 03:27 PM
    The best elevator pitch for Greyhawk yet? Greyhawk- at least you won't have pages of Forgotten Realms people squabbling with you about how to run your campaign the right way.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 03:17 PM
    I mean, say what you want about tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos. (Is this really a necessary disclaimer? ;) )
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 03:10 PM
    Hola! So a recent thread has gotten me thinking, "Self, how do DMs and players ... do it today? You know, it?" Because here, in my stately pleasure palace, I am far removed from the daily hubbub of mainstream TTRPG activity. So I was wondering how different DMs and different players express themselves in TTRPGs, and thought I'd create a thread where people might be able to share the way that...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 02:44 PM
    My momma taught me three things- "Better to shut yer mouth and have 'em think yer ignorant than remove all doubt by openin' that pie hole." "No matter how bad you feel on the inside, boy, you smile so girls like you and invite you to parties." "Get momma her whisky and cigs." Pretty sure one of those applies here. Anyway, I was going to remind you that you never dealt with, inter...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 02:32 PM
    As one comedian to another, this joke killed! :) (I know, it's a typo, but maybe your Freudian slip is showing!)
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 02:21 PM
    Amulet of Health 7 Amulet of the Planes 8 Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location 8 Bead of Force 4 Bracers of Archery 11 Bracers of Defense 11 Brooch of Shielding 11 Gem of Seeing 12 'Tis better to be unseen, and unheard.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:21 AM
    Down the street you can hear pemerton scream "You're a disgrace" as he slams the door in our confused face and now he stands outside and all of enworld start to gossip and drool Pemerton cries "Oh lowkey, you must be mad- what happened to the sweet posts you and me had?" as he switches definitions and he poses and starts a scene But his words are just for framing, 'cuz evoking emotion...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 10:48 PM
    Did you? I already told you my position, in my first response to you, to make it things abundantly clear what was going on in the thread since you just entered- "*To a certain extent, you have the issue of terms, as well, as in, "What does "literary" mean?" Which is why I keep going back to the reason that this thread was created; specifically, that the OP did not believe that narration or...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 10:33 PM
    How about the effect on population of readily available health care via magic? I mean, diseases, poison, wounds, and even death are easily dispatched with. How about weather forecasting with Druidcraft- that's a cantrip, 24 hours ... I mean, a network of druids plus communication = damn good weather forecasting. Would it be worth it for some city to set up Wizards on line-of-sight 120'...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 10:21 PM
    I guess I'm just not used to people who repeatedly say they don't understand something despite multiple explanations, refuse to educate themselves about the topic because there's a lot of words, and then characterize all the people they disagree with as "playstyle activists." Wait- no, that's not quite true. I am very familiar with that whole thing outside of TTRPGs, but really, this is...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 09:46 PM
    Not only can I, I will! Of course, it might also be that you are reading things into it that aren't there. Remember how you had NO IDEA what this thread was about, because you didn't read the whole thing? And now you are insisting that not only do you know what the thread is about, but, apparently, much to the surprise of the actual people who have been participating in it ... it's all...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 09:43 PM
    On the other hand, if you happen to be allergic to peanut butter .... you will be really, really done if you don't say anything and just eat it because you're all polite and stuff. I mean, sure, talking about stuff is fun! A lot more fun than, say, attempting to ascertain the lag effects of monetary and fiscal policy in a medieval economy vis-a-vis statistical modelling, or, for that matter,...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 07:37 PM
    I thought half was about jokes? The other half was about beating a horse. Probably, if not definitely, dead. We should whack it a few more times- you never know!
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 05:41 PM
    um ...... a playstyle agenda? ..... Today’s comment thread is the product of forum denizens, which is the product of a roleplaying culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called playstyle agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some performance activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to improv comedy. Let me be clear that I...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Yes, but also no? I think that the only good way to approach this was already stated by Li Shenron - "I do nothing, because I do not play an economy simulation game, I play a game of adventures." Which is true. Let me use an analogy- we all enjoy science fiction, right? (This should be the audience for that comment!) Well, if you've read a lot of scifi, and historical scifi, or even real...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:44 PM
    Pretty sure that is a typo. GRRM meant to say, "I have not even begun book 6." Then he starting uncontrollably sobbing, and screaming, "WHERE ARE THE PAGES? WHY, GOD, WHY?"
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:38 PM
    So, again, this isn't about funny voices. Look, some people prefer Lovecraft. Some people prefer Hemingway. Both of them have a "style" even if they are quite different. Just because you prefer a certain type of delivery, does not mean that there is an absence of delivery, or "presentation"*, in the style your prefer. Whether it's an economy of language, or the pacing, or the phrasing, or...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 03:01 PM
    Amulet of Health 9 Amulet of the Planes 11 Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location 11 Bead of Force 6 Bracers of Archery 11 Bracers of Defense 9 Brooch of Shielding 11 Gem of Brightness 5 Gem of Seeing 13
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 02:18 PM
    So, a few things. First, I resent the comment that this is the most wrong I have ever been on this forum. I pride myself not just on my wrongness, but on the magnitude of my wrongosity. You, sir, take that back. Even assuming, arguendo, that this is wrong, this is not even in the top half of wrong comments I have made. I aspire to, and achieve, a higher level of complete and total...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:04 PM
    That was excellent, but I have had experiences with various local government commissions and councils, and everything about that was so absolutely perfect. I fully believe that not only does Colin exist, but that he regularly attends local government functions with stacks of index cards and a desire to feed off of me.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:54 PM
    Well, to recap- You said that this is the worst episode of television, ever. I disagree. This isn't the worst episode of any series of TV, ever. That's pretty basic- I mean, I'd expect it to win some awards for costume design, special effects etc. if nothing else. There are WHOLE SERIES of television that I can't even stand to watch. It's not the worst episode of this season (IMO). That...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:35 PM
    Yep, that's confirmed. WHICH IS AWESOME!* I don't think that there's a comprehensive list of non-broadcast shows and renewals, which is unfortunate. *Seriously- how did they pull off the guest stars for that last episode? Even so, nothing will ever be as funny, to me, as the City Council meeting episode. So perfect.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:23 PM
    So, here's where I would disagree with you. Prior to the last two seasons, the strength of this show has been the intricate plotting and the characters; the growth of the characters and the developments in the plot have felt earned. Even something "shocking" (say, the Red Wedding or Ned Stark at the end of S1) is not shocking in terms of the character or the developments, but was only shocking...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 08:49 PM
    So, a quick link to this ongoing list of broadcast TV shows and their status re: cancellation or renewal- https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/5/13/18514243/cancelled-tv-shows-2019-renewed-canceled Highlights/Lowlights for the nerds among us: Cancelled/Series Finales: Gotham iZombie Supernatural (this was still on?)
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 08:31 PM
    Greyhawk Elevator Pitches: 1. What if the Forgotten Realms ... didn't suck? 2. It's like Conan and the Gray Mouser ... in Wisconsin! 3. The stupider the names, the better the setting. 4. Valley Elves > Valley Girls. Like, gag me with Murlynd's spoon
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 07:51 PM
    Well, I would say that the biggest issue is the bizarre and self-inflicted limitation of having two seasons with a combined 13 episodes to wrap up the story. Look- the books as a blueprint were amazing for plot, but there was a LOT of heavy lifting in translating it to the screen- those scripts didn't write themselves. The writing, for the most part (as well as the acting) is still great; the...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 07:08 PM
    I vary; some days I look at the various threads arguing about increasing minutiae and offering up hypotheticals (no, really, what if the players DEMAND that they smell something and the DM INSISTS that there isn't a smell ... then was the fart dealt, or just smelt?) and I think, "Eh, please, make it stop. Make the stupidity stop." Other days, I'm all, "Yeah, that's the good stuff. I want that...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:51 PM
    Based on my understanding of the history of this thread, and what spawned it, I believe the OP was using "literary" to mean "having a marked style intended to create a particular emotional effect" in order to argue that RPGs do not create "particular emotional effects" through the narration/performance of the DM or players. But, again, I'm increasingly of the opinion that most of the debates...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:20 PM
    Yep! Pretty much anytime this has been done, it sucks. See also, Dallas and Bobby Ewing (what a shower!). Exception- the Newhart finale. That was the one (and ONLY) time the whole "it was all a dream" actually worked.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:16 PM
    Hey- if you think this is the worst episode of TELEVISION ever (let alone that this is an OBJECTIVELY true statement), then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. Because you might not have liked it, but it's not even the worst episode of GoT, let alone the worst episode of television, ever. But then again, other people's opinions are like crying babies on an airplane- they are really...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:54 PM
    Well, given that you just stated that anyone that disagrees with you is "objectively" wrong, I think you're right - nothing anyone says will change your mind. ;) Of course, anyone else will probably look at your assertions, quietly shake their heads, and turn away ... perhaps while remarking on the death of irony, or somesuch. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:25 PM
    I mean, it's not great, and it certainly isn't (IMO) the best it's been, but I don't get some of the hate. Well, actually, I do. I think that so many people are so very very invested in the show, that any ending would disappoint- after all, the ending on the screen cannot possibly compete with the possibilities people have imagined. (Yes, I think that there have been flaws this season...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:02 PM
    1. Season finale of Dexter. (I'm a lumberjack!) 2. Season 8 of Dexter. 3. Actually, anything after season 4. 4. True Blood, final season. 5. Heroes; season finale (S1) and everything after.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:35 PM
    The top TV show is Game of Thrones. The top movie (by far) is Avengers. .... we won. ;)
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:33 PM
    *shiver* You know, whenever "canon" and "D&D" come up in a conversation, it just never seems to go well.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:05 PM
    You may think this is impossible, but the articles are even worse than the one sentence description.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:23 PM
    Yep. Sounds like a Russian Con, alright. If GRRM had pages, he couldn't keep his trap shut about it. And someone is saying that he has finished TWO books? Face it- he will die without pages*, and someone will have to ghostwrite the last books, and no one will ever know the true ending.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:17 PM
    Just pointing out that if we had been using this definition from the beginning (literary as pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature .... which is kind of tautological, but still), then I don't think there would have been any debate. The written portions of RPGs can be literature, and the played portions cannot be, by definition. Seems...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:10 PM
    First rule of DM Club: Good games are the result of the DM, bad games are the result of the players. Second rule of DM Club: See the first rule. Okay, now that we have that cleared up .... I think, like most things, it is a matter of preference. I happen to disagree with your premise (that 5e is "optimized" for grid combat)- in the same way that, say, 1e or OD&D or B/X or BECMI were...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:45 PM
    Amulet of Health 10 Amulet of the Planes 14 Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location 13 Bead of Force 8 Bracers of Archery 12 Bracers of Defense 13 Brooch of Shielding 10 Gem of Brightness 8 Gem of Seeing 14
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 04:04 PM
    No, I am not outraged; you seem to selectively quote my posts and miss my point; this may indicate that you don't actually understand what I am saying. But to make this clear, again: Your opinions are fine. I think that you often have a habit of universalizing your experiences, as we see in this thread; it is not enough to say that you enjoy a certain style of game, or even to recommend...
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Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 07:20 PM - Draegn mentioned lowkey13 in post What is missing in 5E that you had in other editions?
    lowkey13 Do the tables you miss include the roll a d12 for a date chart? Is this what dual rapier wielding gnome paladins have to do?
  • 06:54 PM - DMMike mentioned lowkey13 in post GMs are an endangered species!
    I don't think there was ever any risk to DMs, but yes, (5E is) a return to DM-centric mechanics, that put more of the pretend 'power' on the DM side of the DM/Player dynamic. It's harder to DM than 4e was (though still arguably easier than 3.x), and requires a different style of DMing. The Player v DM would, a most be 'emulated' - that is, the DM would have to set some bounds for himself to 'let the players win.' PvP would be fine, but would really /need/ a DM supervising it. I'd actually like to see 6E pick up where 4E left off, where some other games currently are, and make the GM role more mechanical - putting more narration in the hands of the players. I would expect it to go well with today's Burger King have-it-your-way players. And with a nod to "game modes," it could either leash or unleash the more creative (gonzo) players. Paizo would probably like that too. (Does Pathfinder have "GMs" or "DMs?") Regarding an earlier comment from lowkey13 - that there are no good DMs (snark noted) - what are today's games doing to make GMing easier, and thus, allowing the GM population to flourish? Not in terms of enabling PCs to co-GM, but having a clear GM role that isn't intimidating.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 12:54 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    I come from the land of busting chops. This isn’t busting chops. This is the territory of being insulting. And most people don’t take bring insulted sitting down. Except not. I know for a fact that all I'm doing is having some fun, and not even all of it has to do with you at all, and what does is just ribbing. No insults at all. If you are feeling insulted, then you are seeing insult where there isn't any. Satyrn is one of the nicest people here, so I'm certain that she is also just having some fun with a bit of ribbing. lowkey13 I'm not as certain about, but he has a similar humor to mine, so I think he is probably doing the same as Satyrn and I.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 01:08 AM - pemerton mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    pemerton has pretty strongly argued that presentation is not very important and that content is all that really matters. That the scenario regardless of how that scenario is communicated to the players is the most important thing at the table. I have used the words "literary" and "performance" in what I hope are reasonably clear senses. Theatre (typically) involves both. Salon repartee with Oscar Wilde or Dorothy Parker involves both. Conversation with friends typically invovles neither. I've also said - repeatedly, although lowkey13 may not have read those posts - that everything else being equal a mellifluous GM can be a good thing. But obviously much of the time everything is not equal. For example, pre-scripting which is often a precondition of literary quality in word-choice and a precondition for rehearsal of presentation, is at odds with the back-and-forth, the invitation-and-response, that I think is at the heart of RPGing. To frame invitation-and-response as scenario is harmless enough provided not too much weight is put on the latter. But obviously if, by scenario, one is talking about something pre-scripted and rehearsed, then that's not what I'm talking about. If a scenario doesn't speak to the players and engage their interest, and generate an emotional response in them, then my advice to the GM would always be work on your stuff. I would not be suggesting choose a different soundtrack. I’d argue that presentation is equally important and you prove my point. A dm who presents information one ...

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 02:12 AM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Jewelry (PART I)- AMULET OF THE PLANES WINS!
    I don't know what the heck is going on. I open the page, click "Last" (and I make sure that the post I am looking at is, indeed, the last in the thread and not simply the last one I've read), copy it to clipboard, paste it into a new message, and then make my vote. Then I come back the next day and there are a handful of posts between the one I copied and the one I voted from. A squad of rapier-wielding Gnome Paladins made lowkey13 do it.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019


Sunday, 28th April, 2019

  • 03:26 AM - AbdulAlhazred mentioned lowkey13 in post A GMing telling the players about the gameworld is not like real life
    ...ing reality in an imagined space, and if they can recognize reality when they "see" it, they can recognize shifts in it. It can't really be quantified for the reasons I've given, but they can tell if something is becoming more or less realistic. But, if you read the posts earlier discussing the way BitD introduces an element into the game via its architecture and mechanics which could be seen as more realistic, but where that realism is in terms of 'authenticity of the narrated outcome' vs 'authenticity of the process' (which Lanefan argued for) then you must know that at least these two deeply differing sorts of realism exist, and yet not everyone seems to recognize them, or consider them to be effective at increasing authenticity. It is really just not as simple as 'subsystem X which arbitrates injection of element Y into the game, where element Y exists in the real world is the definition of realism and everyone recognizes that'. Where that true, then your criticisms, or those of lowkey13 etc. would all be super accurate, but they're not because there really truly is no one single agreement about this. Ovinomancer cares about reality of outcomes, but Lanefan cares about process (and I assume he would say that outcomes take care of themselves to some degree).

Friday, 26th April, 2019

  • 10:43 PM - Oofta mentioned lowkey13 in post Game: creative solutions to common obstacles.
    Ooh! Can I play? Task: Introduce lowkey13 to Sir McStabsalot and convince them of the awesomness of Sir McStabsalot, gnomish paladin, order of the owl Strength(intimidation): Pick up lowkey by his neck and squeeze until he sees the error of his ways and gurgles out the truth. Failure: He passes out and you toss him aside because anyone who cannot understand the glory that is dual rapier wielding holiness is not worthy. Wait, was there supposed to be a downside to this? Dexterity (sleight of hand): Replace all of his character sheets with Sir McStabsalot's. After actually playing the awesomest PC ever he will see the error of his ways. Failure: He continues to play his sad, pathetic non-paladin lame excuses for characters. Constitution: Let lowkey smell the sweet, sweet scent of glory that will be his if he accepts Sir McStabsalot Failure: Driven mad by the beauty of the smell of glory, lowkey begins to make endless posts about the glory of gnomish paladins. He even photoshops an image. Intelligence (arcana...
  • 07:17 PM - Draegn mentioned lowkey13 in post Game: creative solutions to common obstacles.
    ...e gnome takes damages when the twisted blades fall back and hit him. Constitution: The gnome paladin is squeezed and stuffed up a rain gutter. He has to hold his breath long enough to crawl up to the balcony. Failure: He transpires and the gutter overflows during the next storm. There is water damage to the property's roof. Pay 100 gp to have it fixed. Intelligence: Someone smacks the gnome and tells him to go get a ladder. Failure: the gnome brings back a cup. Wisdom: Some recognize that the wisteria is strong enough to climb upon to reach the balcony. Failure: the gnome becomes entangled and self strangles himself. Charisma: The cute half elven thief seduces/charms the guards to let her in the main door, for, she is terrified of the ugly little rat faced gnome thing. The guards to impress her give chase to the gnome thus allowing the thief to let in her other adventuring comrades. Failure: the gnome does not run fast enough and is mulched by the guards. This is the lowkey13 approach. :lol:
  • 01:40 AM - Ovinomancer mentioned lowkey13 in post A GMing telling the players about the gameworld is not like real life
    ...so do, but that it was entirely lacking as a definition. I made this clear in my second response -- you just moved the pea, you didn't successfully define "realism" as a useful term. And, again, I'm under no duty to engage with what you think is the point of your post, especially when I was engaging with it's premise. I had an issue that needed discussion before we even get to what you say is your main point -- ie, the definition of "realism" that you use in your main point. 4. You then chose to say, oh, that definition? Well, whatever. It's bad. Here- let me quote this, because I think it's pretty funny: You say this, though. Explicitly. Right afterwards. Here's the quote: So, for example, in AD&D (1e), the inclusion of item saving throws (p. 80) makes the game slightly more realistic, as it would make the game more closely mirror something that happens in real life (the possible destruction of items from effects). This is exactly what I paraphrased. I mean, come on, lowkey13, we can all scroll up to older posts. Woah! So at this point, I have to go a little meta, since it has become increasingly clear that you're not actually reading what I write, but just trying to find things to argue with. How do I know this? Because I already addressed it in my very long post. Wait, what? Yes, I didn't go there because it's premised on your definition of "realism," a definition, you'll recall, is just punting the essential ambiguity down the line and replacing it with an empty wrapper. Discussion of "realism" not being perfect is rather empty when the definition is still ambiguous. And, for what it's worth, complete realism would be a 100% mirroring of the real world according to your given definition, so then moving to "but realism isn't perfection" is rather scattered and contradictory of yourself. I didn't go there because I was more interested in resolving the premise issue rather than hash out reasons for self-contradiction further down the line. ...

Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 03:58 PM - Aldarc mentioned lowkey13 in post A GMing telling the players about the gameworld is not like real life
    Dude, it's just an analogy. Right? If you keep seeing yourself, that's on you.An analogy where you compare us to bullies. So save your "dude" for someone else. There is no "keep seeing yourself" here, lowkey13. You insinuate that the people who liked Ovinomancer's post (i.e., me included) are living in bubbles and then accusing everyone in this thread of lining up to dunk on Max which is not necessarily true for those involved.
  • 05:48 AM - AbdulAlhazred mentioned lowkey13 in post A GMing telling the players about the gameworld is not like real life
    ...ience comes out correctly. Likewise, D&D PC generation rules tend to ensure that the players, especially at low levels, will have access to more and more potent magic than their adversaries. Would it be "more realistic" for 1st level D&D fighters to have the same sort of armour as the orcish warriors and town militia that make up their world? Maybe, but I've rarely seen that particular brand of realism advocated for. This isn't true, though. Nothing in the 5e rules precludes a GM narrating a scene in which NPC A fights NPC B and NPC A's sword breaks. In some circumstances, a GM is probably also entitled to narrate that a PC's sword breaks. It's true that the combat resolution procedures don't produce broken swords, but it's clear in the 5e rules that those are not the only method the game permits to generate fiction about swords. Right, these are key points. Systems like the 1e Disease system, or encounter tables and such, are not meant to produce realism. Gygax flat out says (as lowkey13 IIRC stated a couple pages back) that D&D isn't trying to be realistic. Its trying to be a fun game. The disease table may create what I called a more authentic experience. Likewise the city encounter table can produce a more genre-appropriate, and thus I would label 'authentic' experience. Neither of these is realistic in any sense I'm aware of, and probably the disease system is less realistic, by the measure of "close to what might happen in a real life situation similar to that found in the game" in terms of disease. RPGs produce game experiences, fun and entertaining activities for the players in which they can imagine things happening to them which are largely, to be perfectly blunt, utterly unrealistic. Clearly this is very well understood, as there's a famous cartoon in the 1e DMG, https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/014/245/769/fa594583c6e00ee6f8f024c31f9e8cb0_original.jpg?w=1024&h=576&fit=fill&bg=000000&v=1477345517&auto=format&q=92& The joke was obviously that nobody would ...

Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019

  • 03:25 PM - Sadras mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    When I play a RPG I am not going to experience fear because of the referee's narration. That's a response appropriate to a book or film, perhaps, but not a RPG. I think your quote bolded by @lowkey13 is quite interesting. I remember some Dungeon articles back in the day provided advice on various methods for GM narration to inspire gothic horror and a sense of unease in the players for horror-themed campaigns. In that sense, I see the importance of form being on par with the content. @Lanefan touched on this in his post upthread. Sometimes DMs impose a distinct tone using sentence structure, music and props to evoke a certain mood. In those instances I would say the GM narration is very much a literary endeavour.

Friday, 19th April, 2019

  • 12:02 AM - MNblockhead mentioned lowkey13 in post How much do you care about "balanced" dice?
    I suppose it is statistically possible that someone will roll low their entire lives. I'm too uneducated, unintelligent, and unmotivated to do the maths on this. Certainly there are some games where I just feel cursed. I've had several session runs, over 32 hours of game play where I consistently rolled low. Even after switching dice. With and without dice towers. Even when trying computer-generated numbers. It is hard for the human mind to not get superstitious about this. Next time this happens, I'm going to try the Crom prayer that lowkey13 posted above. May be a bit disconcerting for my players however. Seems a bit improper for the DM to say that prayer.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 06:16 PM - LordEntrails mentioned lowkey13 in post To boxed text or not to boxed text
    I was responding to the particular point that you made in your post. I thought it was an interesting point, I have different thoughts on that particular cultural/TTRPGing value than you do, so I figured I'd contribute those thoughts. Let me just say that I hope I did not come across as dismissive of your story. I don't mean to, I just don't see that it really is on topic. I think lowkey13 replies pretty well about the topic and staying on it etc, I'll leave his response as the desired ... response *G*
  • 05:29 PM - Blue mentioned lowkey13 in post New Books? Thoughts, Ideas, Advice
    lowkey13 , I've enjoyed and been entertained by your posts for years. If you'll cover shipping I'll send you the books. I've been keeping them for sentimental reasons but having them be used to play again is a great excuse to get them out of the house. Or at least my wife would say so. 105942 The Deities & Demigods is not the first printing with Cthulu mythos and a few others. I also have Manual of the Planes, Unearthed Arcana, and both Survival Guides (Wilderness & Dungeoneer's). I'm not likely to keep them without the core books, so they are yours if you want the extra weight. I'm in the US, not sure where "The Stately Pleasure Dome of Xanadu" from your profile is. :) International shipping might be more expensive than PoD. PM me if you are interested.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019


Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 07:06 PM - Blue mentioned lowkey13 in post why paladins (smite) are powerful: action economy efficiency
    It is rumored if you say Paladin three times, you can summon certain forum members, similar to the situations like Bloody Mary or Candyman.... Gnome Paladin with a rapier Gnome Paladin with a rapier Gnome Paladin with - @#&*#&*NO CARRIER *Blue has been slain by lowkey13.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

  • 08:31 PM - Satyrn mentioned lowkey13 in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    But I kind of like the idea of commoner classes from previous editions, a novice cook is level 1 a master chef is level 10, a chef that is unbelievably gifted talented and experienced is level 20. I grew to hate those classes. I feel like I let their very existence trick me into forgetting that D&D is a game about adventurers having adventures, and I spent far too much time and effort treating D&D as a world simulation instead of an adventure game. I hate those classes with the passion of a thousand @lowkey13s

Monday, 1st April, 2019



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Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 06:20 PM - Bedrockgames quoted lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    .... and .... what if you are playing a game other than D&D? What if you are playing, say, Call of Cthulhu (Horror)? What if you are playing Paranoia (Humor)? What if you are playing Amber? Why do you think that the quality of your narration, and the improv qualities your questioning has, aren't an issue of presentation? Do you believe that interactive media can't be art? Do you think that it is impossible for a videogame to be literary? For that matter, why do you think it is appropriate to remove conversations or interaction from the realm of the evocative and literary? ...Finally, why do you think that your style (we will call it Hemmingway-esque) is both devoid of presentation, and also the default standard that other people play to in other RPGs? EDIT- In case you aren't picking up on it, I do disagree with you. But, for the sake of argument, a person could say that, for example, "literary" isn't a core component of books .... because no one is forcing a book ...
  • 05:51 PM - MechaTarrasque quoted lowkey13 in post What the Hell?
    My recollection (remember- I read this a LONG time ago, when I was much younger) is that the protagonist died in the present time, but it was set some time in the future (due to waiting, like you tend to do in the afterlife)- that said, the characters were almost all fictional or people from history; I can't recall anyone that was alive at the time I read it that was said to have died. EDIT- OH! So, I looked it up on Wikipedia; apparently, there was a "sequel" in 2010, and that referred to Sagan. I know nothing about that. Sorry, that was the one I was thinking about. I read the two one right after the other.
  • 05:50 PM - Bedrockgames quoted lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    (You understand that some of us don't appreciate comments like, oh, that "genre" stuff isn't literary, or that there is some "hack" quality to it- I thought this was ended no later than the 1950s, man, at least with Cahiers Du Cinema (Hitchcock?) and our ability to understand that literary quality isn't confined to high art, and that today's low art is tomorrow's high art. I mean- that's they type of comment used to keep the preferences of nerds like us in the shadows for so long. It's terrible that we see it parroted here. I read primary genre stuff these days. While some genre works rise to the level of literature, there is also a lot of schlock. Just being a genre trope doesn't make it part of a literary endeavor, just as if I write a pulp novel about sexy vampires solving murder mysteries in Detroit, that doesn't mean it is literature. It certainly could be. If I were talented enough to elevate that premise and execute it well. But it also could be, and most likely is, just going to a ...
  • 05:42 PM - Morrus quoted lowkey13 in post What the Hell?
    ???? The book was published in the 70s? Not sure how he could have been dead then? Is it set in the 70s or in the future?
  • 05:34 PM - MechaTarrasque quoted lowkey13 in post What the Hell?
    I remember reading Niven and Pournelle's Inferno (Sci Fi retelling of Dante) when I was much younger; I haven't touched it since then. I doubt it has aged very well, but I do have fond memories of it. As for the original (wonderful), it's a truism that everyone loves and remembers Inferno to the exclusion of the other two (Purgatorio, Paradiso). As Milton could tell you- good is boring. ;) You aren't supposed to bring that book up. Reminding anyone of the Inconvenient Truth that Carl Sagan (one of the people in Hell) was involved with the anti-Global Cooling Movement can get you labeled a climate change denier, since GC has been 1984'd to be a minor group that couldn't possibly be associated with one of the world's most well-known scientists. Of course, this being a thread about Hell, it is appropriate that GC was purported to be caused by all the sulfur being released by fossil fuels.....
  • 04:09 PM - Mort quoted lowkey13 in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    Well, he survived because no one saw him kill Dany, so no one knew he did! I mean, it's not like her body was there, and only Drogon saw him enter. .... so, wait, how did he get arrested? He must have told Grey Worm! All guilty and stuff. .... so, why didn't Grey Worm kill him? .... because no one knew he did it! I mean .... Eh, something something MAGIC! John is so ludicrously " truth and honor above all else,"that frankly, I'd have been less surprised if he'd stabbed himself after the incident. That would have worked (at least on that front) for me.
  • 03:17 PM - Mallus quoted lowkey13 in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    Sense8, btw, had a wrapup episode/movie on Netflix. It's very ... well, it's very Sense8. If that makes sense. If you like the show, you should watch it. The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called Sense8. (At least I hope it does, because I liked Sense8 and it's kinda-semi-sorta-spiritual prequel, Cloud Altas)

Saturday, 18th May, 2019

  • 06:11 AM - Riley37 quoted lowkey13 in post Why are tieflings so popular? How did they manage to outcompete all the other wacky races to win their place in mainstream D&D?
    I was born with a deep-seated antipathy for Paladins.... ...only Paladins can truly feed hate. Sounds a LOT like you're a Paladin with an Oath of Vengeance. If you can mystically sense their presence, and if you can do magical extra damage against them, then that's definitely what you are.
  • 05:05 AM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    Did you? Seriously, because it was a clearly infringing work (HA! FAIR USE MY POSTERIOR!) it was easy, but look a little closer- Uniform with gold shirt Cowl Neck w/ Insignia Triangular Medals on uni All with images that showed how very, very similar to the original the Axanar use was. I mean, really, anyone looking at it can see that they're intended to be the same. A Spacedock with a similar appearance More than "similar". Ship designs (speaking of generic ships) There are no "generic" ships on the list that I can see. There are very specifically Federation, Klingon, and Vulcan ships, following visual designs set in canon Trek sources. Use of terms (stardates) Warp Drive Transporters Phasers All specific terms made up for Trek. Of course you can't use 'em. The Orville even avoids using a mechanism similar to a transporter - they get everywhere via shuttle. Ray guns and FTL drives are all over the fiction, no problem there.
  • 04:30 AM - Quickleaf quoted lowkey13 in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    For some reason, I read that wrong the first time, and I thought you were saying that you were using a hand puppet for the Hand of Vecna. I don't know if I am relieved, or intrigued. Hah. That would have been brilliant. :) No, this was Vecna telepathically contacting a PC who was carrying the Hand in her backpack but hadn't yet realized its true nature. I kind of was channeling my inner Dave Arneson – at least I've heard stories he'd DM behind a full-body DM screen. My intention was to model a disembodied voice which the player couldn't attempt to "discern if it's telling the truth or not" (i.e. no Insight check was possible). The player caught on right away, so I guess it worked!

Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 09:32 PM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post "I'm BATMAN!" - Robert Pattison
    One of these things is not like the others .... I get not wanting to watch Batfleck, but you didn't watch the last Nolan movie? Nope. I didn't see much point. I liked Dark Knight, but honestly, Batman isn't the character that makes that movie interesting. And Bane has never really struck me as compelling. Neither the titular character nor the villain were draws, so I didn't bother.
  • 09:29 PM - jonesy quoted lowkey13 in post "I'm BATMAN!" - Robert Pattison
    Robert Pattison Why did you say that name !? Seriously though, he might be ok. If they come up with a good script. :p
  • 08:58 PM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    Y That said, I am quite sure that the attorneys looked over the helpful list that was used in the Axanar suit, and did not use anything from that list Paramount used.* Have you looked at that list? It isn't like, "You have things that vaguely resemble Vulcans." It is, "You have things specifically called Vulcans, that look and act the same, have the same culture, and *have the same personal names* as character in copyrighted materials." Axanar was not people making something broadly inspired by Trek, or an homage. They were making Trek fanfic in movie form, with *explicit* reference to things in the copyrighted works. Avoiding things on that list is *easy*.
  • 08:10 PM - Quickleaf quoted lowkey13 in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    I am looking for examples of play (DMing, playing as a player) in D&D (hence, the D&D thread- please restrict this to D&D so we have a common frame of reference) that you think are enhanced by presentation, performance, or style. This can be anything- whether it's in the verbal component (using voices, diction, expressive language, facial expressions), the written component (pre-writing descriptions for certain things, using illustrations or drawing characters or rooms or your favorite sword), or other things (wearing period clothes, making real terrain battles, painting miniatures, collecting and rolling certain dice, and other stuff that I'm too dumb and old to think of). So I'm throwing it out there- what do y'all do for presentation, performance, and/or style that works for you as a player and/or DM? Do you have any tips that have worked for you? I guess I am guilty of all the above? I do voices, diction, expressive language, facial expressions, and body language as needed. For ...
  • 07:26 PM - Satyrn quoted lowkey13 in post If there's one game where stat differences are justified, what game would that be?
    That at least I didn't go with Chandler? Hey now. Chandler landed a babe who turned down a billionaire.
  • 07:11 PM - Gradine quoted lowkey13 in post If there's one game where stat differences are justified, what game would that be?
    Or male fans who want to play a dark seducer! Hey. How YOU doin'? .... that's how it works, right? ;) I'd really stop and take stock of what it says about you that you went looking a "dark seducer" and your first stop was Joey from Friends. :p
  • 06:02 PM - Mort quoted lowkey13 in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Am I praising him, or insulting him? I don't even know any more!!!!!! The funniest name for Euron I've seen so far: The drunken cockroach of Westeros.
  • 03:14 PM - jasper quoted lowkey13 in post On Presentation, Performance, and Style- Players and DMs
    Characters have battle tunes? Hmmm..... tell me more! Grease the musical cast. Dungeon lovin' had me a blast Dungeon lovin' happened so fast I met a magel crazy for me Met a zombie cute as can be Adventuring days driftin' away To ah, oh, those adventuring nights
  • 12:30 AM - pemerton quoted lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    The objection has been to the OP basically claiming color is not in fact a core (distinct??? this isn't really clear either IMO) component of roleplaying games That's actually not what the OP says. Colour, obviously, is fundamental to heaps of RPGing. (Maybe not some classic dungeoncrawling.) I don't think the word "colour" appears in the OP. The OP does say RPGing requires narration: GMs describe situations - that narration and description will involve colour. My claim is about the focus of, and foundation of, emotional engagement in RPGing. As the OP says, What matters to me is that the players feel the significance of the situations the GM describes - that they feel the pull to action, and the threats of inaction. That is, that the situation engage and motivate the players as players, not as an audience to a performance. Doesn't that depend on what the letter is about? And if that impedes clarity... how can you not worry about those things? I don't know where you see clarity comin...

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