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Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 01:33 AM - Mike Myler quoted Elf_flambe in post Mythological Figures: Sun Wukong (5E)
    The text is still confusing for Huǒyǎn-Jīnjīng, as well. I'm enjoying this series of articles a lot! Keep up the great work! Fixed! Thank you for pointing that out, following the column, enjoying it, and commenting. :D

Wednesday, 25th April, 2018

  • 04:17 PM - Gradine quoted Elf_flambe in post Amazon Classifies D&D As Health, Fitness, & Dieting Books
    This is almost certainly due to a weirdness in Amazon's categorization algorithms. But then, many druids do live a healthy, natural lifestyle. Can "Volo's Guide to Waterdeep Juice Bars" be far away? Now see, where I grew up the term "Juice Bar" had a very different meaning than its current obvious literal one, and describes the types of establishments I have a much easier time picturing Volo patronizing. He would need to smuggle in his own booze, of course
  • 05:56 AM - Ancalagon quoted Elf_flambe in post Amazon Classifies D&D As Health, Fitness, & Dieting Books
    This is almost certainly due to a weirdness in Amazon's categorization algorithms. But then, many druids do live a healthy, natural lifestyle. Can "Volo's Guide to Waterdeep Juice Bars" be far away? Volo is a shill - he'll write *anything* to make a coin :P

Friday, 20th April, 2018

  • 01:19 PM - darjr quoted Elf_flambe in post Hidden
  • 10:40 AM - pming quoted Elf_flambe in post Mordenkainens starting to show up in the wild?
    Hiya. Wow. Not only do I think these objections are petty, they're also misguided and inaccurate. Just by using a naming pattern for a few books, WotC is dragging the spotlight off of your characters and onto theirs? That is a mighty big inferiority complex you have, then, to be so easily distracted. It's actually just a fun way to present info a little differently than you've seen it presented in 5 or more previous editions. And don't pull out your Grognardier-Than-Thou card on us. I remember waiting anxiously for each of the original three AD&D hardback rulebooks to be released in the late '70s. And I also distinctly remember the Magic User (not "wizard") spell list stuffed full of spells created by characters from Gygax's home campaign -- more Bigby hand spells and Mordenkainen spells (and others I can't think of right now) than you could shake a stick at! ("That Bigby is 10 times the wizard yours will ever be! Look at all the spells he created. He got there before everyone else..." ...

Thursday, 15th February, 2018

  • 05:04 AM - SMHWorlds quoted Elf_flambe in post February DMs Guild Roundup
    Good write-up; these sound interesting. BTW, chuckled at your opening paragraph... Thanks. I am trying to keep things light and entertaining. I read too many Dragon magazines when I was younger.

Saturday, 10th February, 2018

  • 05:50 AM - Shasarak quoted Elf_flambe in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I generally hope for the best for people's projects, but something about this makes my Spider-sense tingle. I'll keep watching... I felt the tingle too which is why I backed as soon as I saw his notification that the kickstarter had begun.
  • 05:46 AM - mattcolville quoted Elf_flambe in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I looked at the campaign this morning, and the book part looks interesting. But also trying to do miniatures (for the first time!) and build a broadcast studio makes the goals seem very scattershot and unfocused. Especially for a first-time Kickstarter creator. I generally hope for the best for people's projects, but something about this makes my Spider-sense tingle. I'll keep watching... Seems a reasonable observation. But we put out literally dozens of books when I was full time at Last Unicorn, then WotC, then Decipher so to me, that is low-risk. And we've already streamed, we have all the gear, we literally just don't have a space anymore. So...folks may not like the stream, but actually doing it is easy. We did it for several sessions WITHOUT a successful kickstarter, just me spending $10k+ on all the gear for a multicamera live TV station. :D It's really the minis that are a risk, we call that out in the video and the KS page. But we have concept artists already working, modellers...
  • 04:53 AM - Wiseblood quoted Elf_flambe in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I looked at the campaign this morning, and the book part looks interesting. But also trying to do miniatures (for the first time!) and build a broadcast studio makes the goals seem very scattershot and unfocused. Especially for a first-time Kickstarter creator. I generally hope for the best for people's projects, but something about this makes my Spider-sense tingle. I'll keep watching... I highly recommend his youtube channel. It covers all kinds of stuff but mostly D&D. See a doctor about the spider-sense though, might be the flu.
  • 04:50 AM - Jester David quoted Elf_flambe in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    I looked at the campaign this morning, and the book part looks interesting. But also trying to do miniatures (for the first time!) and build a broadcast studio makes the goals seem very scattershot and unfocused. Especially for a first-time Kickstarter creator. I generally hope for the best for people's projects, but something about this makes my Spider-sense tingle. I'll keep watching... Paizo did two Kickstarters where they combined video games and RPG book. It's odd but it pulls in money from people who want the book and people who want to support his streaming. And he has a large following. It's in his best interests not to tank his rep with a bad Kickstarter...

Friday, 19th January, 2018

  • 05:35 AM - 5ekyu quoted Elf_flambe in post Critical Role Campaign 2
    Got tired of packing and unpacking, town to town, up and down the dial? Maybe create some turkeys that can actually fly? #OhTheHumanityAnd a Bard named Fever. Sent from my [device_name] using EN World mobile app

Saturday, 11th November, 2017

  • 03:57 AM - Abstruse quoted Elf_flambe in post News Digest: Last Unicorn RPG, D&D Job Posting Hints at Future, Movies and TV and Games, Green Ronin Announcement, and more!
    Happy to hear about The Last Unicorn RPG coming out. Is there any way to confirm that Peter S Beagle will actually profit from this deal? I know there's been wrangling over his works, with (apparently confirmed) diversion of royalties from Mr Beagle by his one-time agent and Mr Beagle's struggle to regain control of his beloved works, especially The Last Unicorn. A very sad story. So I'd be reluctant to support this unless I could be assured royalties were going to the right person. Here's a quote from BJ Hensley from Facebook: "TPeter will absolutely be getting his royalties! We wouldn’t have it any other way!" On a personal note, it would be monumentally stupid to do anything Last Unicorn related right now and not make sure Beagle personally was involved at some level, even if it's just making sure the licensing checks get to him. Anyone who is remotely a fan of Last Unicorn has probably heard the story, so an independent company (who live and die by fan good faith) would be committing suicid...

Thursday, 26th October, 2017

  • 02:37 AM - Elodan quoted Elf_flambe in post Harassment At PaizoCon 2017
    Thank you very much for sharing your perspective and experience. Well said, and I applaud you. I'd heard about the Frog God ad, but hadn't seen it. Thank you for sharing it. Seeing what a company actually does says a lot more about them than just reading their press releases... According to Matt Finch of Frog God Games, the timing of the ad was a messed up coincidence. https://www.froggodgames.com/forum/response-frog-god-games-events-social-media Waiting to see what Paizo and Frog God actually do about this before adding them to my do not buy list, but am so far disappointed by the lack of more forthcoming responses to this.

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017

  • 07:34 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Elf_flambe in post The Original End Goal of Dungeons & Dragons
    The top monk was the Grandmaster of Flowers. The highest-ranking assassin in a city or region was the Grandfather of Assassins. For druids, it was The Great Druid originally, though later (Unearthed Arcana? perhaps later?), that was only the regional head honcho; globally, it was the Grand Druid. Then you could advance through various levels of Hierophant Druid, gaining elemental and plane-traveling abilities. Never heard of anyone getting that far, though. Only the assassins had mandatory to-the-death leveling fights; for druids, lethal fights were optional; for monks, it was strictly non-lethal (I think). Yes, that's right. They added the Hierophant Druid for advancement past there, though in many respects it wasn't with a huge degree of point as you say. A couple of my favorite D&D sessions involved my Druid trying to rise to the title of Druid (only 9 in the region), and then again to Archdruid (only 3 in the region). Cool! Someone actually ran that. That's awesome. I don't recall eve...
  • 07:51 AM - R_Chance quoted Elf_flambe in post The Original End Goal of Dungeons & Dragons
    The top monk was the Grandmaster of Flowers. The highest-ranking assassin in a city or region was the Grandfather of Assassins. For druids, it was The Great Druid originally, though later (Unearthed Arcana? perhaps later?), that was only the regional head honcho; globally, it was the Grand Druid. Then you could advance through various levels of Hierophant Druid, gaining elemental and plane-traveling abilities. Never heard of anyone getting that far, though. Only the assassins had mandatory to-the-death leveling fights; for druids, lethal fights were optional; for monks, it was strictly non-lethal (I think). Pretty much as I recall. In the original (Blackmoor supplement) Monk every level after 6th was limited in number culminating in the 17th level Grand Master of Flowers. I think the limited numbers jumped to 7th level in 1E. Combats were, iirc, to the death between different alignments of Monk (LG, LN, LE), but otherwise not necessarily. If you lived after losing you dropped back down to the m...

Thursday, 21st September, 2017

  • 10:02 PM - M.W. Simmes quoted Elf_flambe in post Where Do They Go For More Food?
    I'm enjoying your series. Keep on asking interesting questions. Something that I'm trying to establish in my campaign is an analogy of the Spice Road. Moving exotic spices from where they are grown/produced to where foods are bland, or where the rich enjoy trying new, expensive flavors, involved an extremely long, dangerous chain of various transportation methods and middle men taking their cut. Empires grew and fell along the Road. Fortunes were made and lost (or stolen). Global exploration was in many ways a byproduct of seeking sea routes to replace the arduous overland journey. Characters can be caravan guards, sea explorers, or mercenaries for one desert city with an oasis trying to wrest lucrative caravan traffic from a nearby rival. Knowledge and strange beliefs also travel alongside the spices and other goods. Forbidden arcana, worship of sinister gods, new weapons and fighting techniques. Invading armies and restless hordes often follow known routes to new territories. Lots of meaty po...

Thursday, 7th September, 2017

  • 01:44 AM - Michael O'Brien quoted Elf_flambe in post Wyrms Footnotes Returns!
    I assume they mean it will appear "semi-annually" (twice a year) instead of "bi-annually" (once every 2 years). But it does sound interesting. Yes, one issue every six months. Issue #16 due in Fall 2017. (nb "bi-annual" and "semi-annual" are the same thing, twice a year. You're thinking of "biennial", every two years.)

Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

  • 09:42 PM - pickin_grinnin quoted Elf_flambe in post Can Hobby Stores Make Their Saving Throw?
    Just out of curiosity, what gaming products are you interested in? You listed most of the major categories, and I'm not sure what's left that would have enough demand to help support a business. Wargaming? (But you listed GW, so that rules out Warhammer.) Non-MtG card games? Star Wars RPG or miniatures games? Small press games of various stripes can be interesting, but demand is usually limited, so is it realistic for a FLGS to carry a deep selection? You may just have eclectic-enough tastes that most stores just can't cater to you economically. They can't be all things to all people, unfortunately. I look for RPGs other that aren't D&D or Pathfinder, selections of paints beyond Citadel, minis that aren't the same ones that everyone else carries, terrain, used books and items, and a lot more. I understand why many game stores don't carry a very deep selection of those things, but there's no reason for me to be their customer if they don't. Outside of occasional trips to that one large game s...

Friday, 28th April, 2017

  • 01:12 PM - Ynas Midgard quoted Elf_flambe in post Expand Your OSR Games With The Not So Funny Animals Of Rabbits & Rangers
    Especially when typing fast, the space bar is your friend. Or rereading what you've written before hitting "submit". Makes the article a lot easier to read. Regarding the actual content, the game seems cute. How old is this game? Uhm, there are no typos in the article; everything is as intended. Constructive feedback would certainly be appreciated, nonetheless. R&R was released last August.

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