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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 02:09 PM
    Based on what I've seen at Enworld ... aren't they always? :)
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:50 PM
    Uh huh. Let's see- You realize we are at the nine-year anniversary of his announcement that he's already finished the first chapters of the book (late spring, 2010)? He originally promised it in 2014- this was in 2012. Two years after telling us he already had pages. And what about conventions? Well, he tends to skip them, like in 2015, when he passed on ComicCon (SD, of course)...
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 01:38 PM
    Ioun Stone 20 Medallion of Thoughts 14 Necklace of Adaptation 21 Necklace of Fireballs 6 Necklace of Prayer Beads 19 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 16 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 19 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Ioun Stone 18 Medallion of Thoughts 16 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 8 Necklace of Prayer Beads 19 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 18 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 20 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 11:06 PM
    Are you sure that’s the challenge you want to issue? I am totally up for it. I better warn you, though, these things escalate quickly. Really can kick up a notch. Last time I killed a guy with a trident.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 01:41 PM
    Thank you for checking this out, and finding out the cause! :)
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 01:36 PM
    Ioun Stone 18 Medallion of Thoughts 16 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 12 Necklace of Prayer Beads 19 Pearl of Power 20 Periapt of Health 18 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 20 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 01:35 PM
    I agree, except the digital part. :) I have no problem (as I stated) with the current way they are doing things. The main observation that I have is this- It is fine to have setting- or AP-specific information in the setting or module. For example, if they have a Dark Sun release, it would be great to have the DS information in that release, and not in a splat book. It is also fine to...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 09:59 PM
    So I've seen this twice recently- post that have completely disappeared. No text, no nothing, but the post is still there (in other words, you can see the post, just no text in it). Here are two examples- User acpitz 1 Post #50, today, in thread about gender differences in stats-...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 09:47 PM
    Agreed re: Into the Borderlands (Goodman Games, conversation of B1 and B2). My quick review- http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?655877-Into-the-Borderlands-On-Running-an-Updated-Classic Basically, they did a great job! It's all the door kicking goodness for starter levels, BUT be aware that some parts did not age quite as well (such as the whole "kill the women and children"...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 09:27 PM
    "I voted for 1E, because I bought 1E books to use with 5E and have enjoyed them more than my experience with 2E, 3.x or 4E." I voted for 1E, because it's the best thing, ever, and other than the puzzling inclusion of Paladins, remains the platonic ideal of games, to which all other RPGs are but shadows on the wall, lacking tables. There. I knew what you meant. :)
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 08:27 PM
    Yep. I'm really curious to see what they do for the 50th. They have to do something, right? Too good of an opportunity to not do something amazing, right?
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 08:02 PM
    Well, no! I hope my intent was clear- I generally am supportive of the release policy. I am just pointing out that the drawback is that you end up with a lot of individual rules scattered across different books, and, to a certain extent, that can be an issue down the road. To me, it's not so much an issue when it comes to "setting-specific" rules (this is how it works in GH, this is how it...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 05:04 PM
    So, I am largely supportive of the WoTC release cycle so far (do not over-saturate the market with content), and method (not putting too much crunch out, and mixing stuff around), but that said..... At some point, there is a concern that you're going to have too many rules spread out between books, as opposed to within a single source.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 04:09 PM
    Lies. You have no pages. The definition of chutzpah is to announce a book sequel when your can't even write pages for the book in order to write the sequel. I REFUSE TO BE THE CHARLIE BROWN TO YOUR LUCY!
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 03:35 PM
    Eh- this tangent is so much more interesting, tbh. I have mixed emotions about this. The more I think about it, and the more I see, the less I think there is a single, correct approach. I do know that good teachers make all the difference (but, you know, duh- and that's sort of life, what makes a good teacher?). The thing is- different kids respond differently to different styles. And some...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 02:44 PM
    This is a fairly common rule of thumb to teach children in America in terms of writing; I know that they do in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade (for the most part). The reason is that when children are learning to write, many of them ... don't want to write. And they aren't writing long, complex sentences with lots of adjectives, adverbs, and clauses; instead, it's a chore to get them to write...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 02:34 PM
    But is that really life? Is that worth living? Of all the Monk subclasses, I prefer The Way of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really amazing and laid-back valley. The Way of Cool has a passing-out test for initiates at the third level. The third level monk is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo, which of these is the most stylish thing...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 02:09 PM
    OTOH, there are many people that disagree with you, and given that it's a point of contention, perhaps it is not the best example. In fact, it might be a good example of why, with certain fanbases, you can't subvert expectations successfully, because those fanbases have unrealistic demands and expectations.* The only subversion they will allow in what has been established is what they already...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 01:51 PM
    I think the question is - can you be a Keanu Reeves fan and not have seen John Wick? It's like saying, "I'm a huge Sarah Michelle Gellar fan. What? Buffy the what slayer? No, never heard of it." Bonus round- Is Keanu Reeves the best action star of our generation, or of all generations?
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 01:37 PM
    Ioun Stone 20 Medallion of Thoughts 18 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 14 Necklace of Prayer Beads 18 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 18 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 20 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 12:30 PM
    It is even worse. And don’t call me Shirley. ✈️
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 10:08 PM
    I didn't have to mine your posts, man. I have a memory- it's not like it's hard to remember the last time this happened (thread was pulled out, etc.). It's unfortunate that you don't see the irony in your post, perhaps next time it will be your ox (again). Anyway, I am done. Please do not respond again.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 09:55 PM
    Does this sound familiar? .... It should- that's you.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 09:06 PM
    One last time- That's the OP. This isn't about the DM regaling a captive playerbase with funny voices. This is about devaluing the efforts of players and DMs, whether it's in creating terrain, making illustrations of their characters, or engaging each other in a creative enterprise with quality.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 08:36 PM
    Well, if I told you that: 1. He used a horse as a weapon; and 2. He used a book to absolutely MURDER an NBA player (learning- it puts the FUN in FUNDAMENTAL!); and 3. These were not, ever, remotely, the coolest or craziest parts of the movie; AND 4. You still had two hours to go ...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 07:52 PM
    Also? Brief plot synopsis of John Wick 3: Parabellum. 1. Someone messes with John Wick. 2. Should that person have messed with John Wick? 3. No. That person should not, in fact, have messed with John Wick.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 07:44 PM
    Welp, I would say yes. IMO, I think it's similar to Heath Ledger (to use an example many people are familiar with). If you only knew him from, saym 10 Things I Hate About You, then you probably thought, "Why are they casting this guy as the Joker?" OTOH, if you had been following him since then (Brokeback, Lords of Dogtown, The Order) you realized he was doing more serious roles, and...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 04:06 PM
    You ever see the movie Memento? Yeah, that. Good luck with the tattoos.
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 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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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 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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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 01:39 PM - jasper mentioned lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    I agree with lowkey13 about spreading the books. I use a 33 inch 8 pocket luggage to haul my stuff. Another "core" book and I going have just start carry the basics of what I running that night. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K0863Q6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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


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Friday, 24th May, 2019

  • 06:36 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post [4e] OSR Clone
    Based on what I've seen at Enworld ... aren't they [Warlords] always? :) Nothing escalates a thread to edition war defcon1 like the prospect of someone, somewhere, someday possibly being allowed to play an official 5e D&D Warlord, even if there's only a remote hypothetical possibility that it might not suck. Heck, Warlord discussion needed their own hazardous thread containment forum, here, for a while, so virulent was the reaction against even discussing such a possibility. ::shrug:: The net effect that they're also keeping it out of any OGL (and thus in "carefully guarded IP?"), though, seems odd. It must be a coincidence: there's no reason to want to keep something as generic as "Warlord" out of the open-source-wilds, when so many much more distinctive things, like the afore-mentioned Dragonborn and Tieflings, have been released.
  • 04:27 PM - Gradine quoted lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Jewelry (PART II)- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
    Periapt of Proof Against Poison 19 PPP? Yeah, you know me. Are you Moriarty from BBC's Sherlock? 106645
  • 02:28 PM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    He has no pages. Until the book is published, there are no pages. ::gasp:: He's a Pageless Man?!?

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019


Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 08:22 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted lowkey13 in post Greyhawk is the official setting for Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    It is even worse. And don’t call me Shirley. ✈️ Ya know, I don't think there is a single reference, meme, or other such little cultural artifact, in existence that I am more tired of than that one. Especially in text medium, wherein it just makes no sense at all. That totally fun and not at all buzzkilling aside...aside, those articles are great!
  • 11:57 AM - gyor quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Yep. I'm really curious to see what they do for the 50th. They have to do something, right? Too good of an opportunity to not do something amazing, right? When is the 50Th?
  • 09:00 AM - MNblockhead quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    This may shock you, but there remain some of us that steadfastly refuse to use D&D Beyond and/or have an inordinate love of books. I buy both. I love the physical books because they are beautiful and I like to sit without electronics sometime and page through a book. I like D&D Beyond because I can have my entire D&D library in my pocket in an easy to read, easy to search format, cross-linked, and off line. I am very much likely the current thematic, modular format. Just got Ghosts of Saltmarsh and it is such a great value for me. Same great quality as most of the other 5e books. LOTS of adventure content that can be plopped into any campaign or one as one shots, like Tales From the Yawning Portal, but more fluff to tie them together and run them as as a campaign. Like the other adventure books you have your campaign/adventure specific creatures and magic items at the back. The nautical rules are very well done. You don't need to use them. You can stick with what is in the DMG. These ju...

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 11:46 PM - Boscogn quoted lowkey13 in post John Wick 3- Should You See It?
    Bonus round- Is Keanu Reeves the best action star of our generation, or of all generations? All generations.
  • 10:17 PM - Sacrosanct 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? ;) They said "dark seducer" not "dork seducer." ;) I suppose this whole topic begs the question, "if you're going give stat limits based on sex, does that mean halflings max out at 5 strength (since they are the size of a toddler human). Way back in the mid 80s, Kim Mohan was using realism to defend the strength limit for women, and got lambasted for it. 35 years ago. I would like to think we've progressed since the 80s to where this wouldn't even be a discussion topic, but some times I look around in the country and it seems like a lot of people want to go back to the 50s.
  • 09:49 PM - Parmandur quoted lowkey13 in post Best old-school dungeon crawl for 5e?
    Agreed re: Into the Borderlands (Goodman Games, conversation of B1 and B2). My quick review- http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?655877-Into-the-Borderlands-On-Running-an-Updated-Classic Basically, they did a great job! It's all the door kicking goodness for starter levels, BUT be aware that some parts did not age quite as well (such as the whole "kill the women and children" thing). Given the great job they did, I expect that Isle of Dread will also be excellent (redo of X2- see http://goodman-games.com/store/product/original-adventures-reincarnated-2-the-isle-of-dread/ ) Yeah, the Isle of Dread book is good, too. Similarly they, uh, didn't adjust some aspects that haven't aged well.
  • 08:18 PM - Parmandur quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Well, no! I hope my intent was clear- I generally am supportive of the release policy. I am just pointing out that the drawback is that you end up with a lot of individual rules scattered across different books, and, to a certain extent, that can be an issue down the road. To me, it's not so much an issue when it comes to "setting-specific" rules (this is how it works in GH, this is how it works in FR) or in character options (because that's pretty self-contained), but moreso when in the instant example; I don't think, for example, that naval and mass combat rules should be split across multiple books. Well, as pointed out above, people are completists, and whether it's a 50th anniversary "6e" or "5.5e" or Rules Cyclopedia, I wouldn't be surprised (or unhappy) if they combine the various rules into a more streamlined set. Yeah, I'd buy that, and I'm guessing other people would as well. Not to mention - if you use your books a lot, you probably wouldn't mind getting a new copy onc...
  • 06:24 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    So, I am largely supportive of the WoTC release cycle so far (do not over-saturate the market with content), and method (not putting too much crunch out, and mixing stuff around), but that said..... At some point, there is a concern that you're going to have too many rules spread out between books, as opposed to within a single source. Yeah, but what's the other option? NOT put out any more rules? At some point, the consumer needs to decide for themself what it is they need to play their game. Do they need vehicle rules? Do they not? If they do, is expecting them to buy a new book that has them included in it really too much to ask? And what's the other option... do a reprint of game mechanics in 3 years time that binds just all the new game rules from the previous books into one volume? Who's going to buy that? Especially considering that if a person needed one of the rule sets from one of the books for their game, they're not going to just delay their game waiting for the co...
  • 05:46 PM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post How To Subvert Expectations (Correctly) 101
    OTOH, there are many people that disagree with you, and given that it's a point of contention, perhaps it is not the best example. In fact, it might be a good example of why, with certain fanbases, you can't subvert expectations successfully, because those fanbases have unrealistic demands and expectations.* More specifically, when you are talking about a large fanbase, they aren't one, "the fanbase". They are a loose aggregation of different subgroups, who get different things out of the works. Each one will allow for different subversions of expectations, and often there isn't much overlap - a subversion that works for one subgroup becomes the hill another will die on. It becomes a game of, "...you can't please all of the people all of the time." Marry that with how pretty much all the fan subgroups feel entitled to have the exact form they want, and it gets ugly.
  • 05:34 PM - dave2008 quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    So, I am largely supportive of the WoTC release cycle so far (do not over-saturate the market with content), and method (not putting too much crunch out, and mixing stuff around), but that said..... At some point, there is a concern that you're going to have too many rules spread out between books, as opposed to within a single source. 5e Rules Cyclopedia?
  • 05:11 PM - Parmandur quoted lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    So, I am largely supportive of the WoTC release cycle so far (do not over-saturate the market with content), and method (not putting too much crunch out, and mixing stuff around), but that said..... At some point, there is a concern that you're going to have too many rules spread out between books, as opposed to within a single source. I think if we ever see a 6E, it will be more of a reorganization, with rules from latter books baked into the core three.
  • 03:12 PM - uzirath quoted lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Can I pick up on your example (bolded by me to call it out) and a possible risk in play? Not to denigrate the example, but to try to connect it into how I'm thinking about things. Yes. Always! It seems to me that it is possible that the GM might narrate the koblds' drool and bloodshot eyes, hoping and intending to evoke a particular response and engagement from the players, only instead to trigger responses about the kobolds having had a hard night out, being stone/hungover, etc. (Similar to Hussar's reference, I think upthread, to players making d*ck jokes.) Sure. And, depending on the nature of the fiction, I might let that be... the kobolds will be remembered as hungover dogmen. (Indeed, it may be that the bloodshot eyes were meant to indicate that they were tired or drugged or hungover.) If I felt that it was a misunderstanding that wouldn't likely happen within the fiction, then I would gently provide additional detail: "Hmm, there's something more ominous about it than your typi...
  • 02:18 PM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    As endings go - it ended! Valar Showghulis!
  • 07:38 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted lowkey13 in post Greyhawk is the official setting for Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    You may think this is impossible, but the articles are even worse than the one sentence description. You mean, “Even better”, surely!
  • 03:33 AM - mosaic 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 love that book! Haven't re-read it recently, either, but I recall it having a rather deep theological proposition - that Hell functioned much like Purgatory, that those in Hell had the ability to leave at any time... once they recognized, accepted and repented for their sins. But those in Hell were even more attached to their sins than those in Purgatory. I don't believe in Christianity or Hell, myself, but I thought it offered a pretty decent answer to the question of how a god who is supposedly all-good, all-loving and all-forgiving could send someone to an eternity of punishment and torture. Inferno's answer - he doesn't, people send themselves, and when they are ready to see that, they can leave, even from Hell itself. Again, not personally a believer, but I thought that was pretty deep for a sci-fi/fantasy book.
  • 12:20 AM - Bedrockgames quoted lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    I didn't have to mine your posts, man. I have a memory- it's not like it's hard to remember the last time this happened (thread was pulled out, etc.). It's unfortunate that you don't see the irony in your post, perhaps next time it will be your ox (again). Anyway, I am done. Please do not respond again. I feel I should respond to defend myself. I can understand you think I am wrong about Pemerton in this instance. It is possible I am. What bothers me is questioning my sincerity: assuming I felt one way because he disagreed with me, then another when we were in agreement. What also bothers me is the level of hostility I am getting hit dimply thinking he is making a sensible point. EDIT: also I wasn’t happy with my own behavior in the thread in question.


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