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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 08:54 PM
    Yeah. I smirked at that as well. Suddenly the Scorpions behaved as you'd expect them to. All in all though, I was pretty happy with the way the episode went. Made for some awesome Dragoning.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:53 PM
    Oooo, is this where we get to list off how much media we've consumed in an effort to see which of us is the superior nerd? Hard pass. If you think it was that bad, for you, then fine by me. I will argue that objectively, there are worse.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:36 PM
    I mean, Tyrion is the Hand of the Queen to killed Cersei. So... he kind of killed her... maybe that was all the prophecy was. Or maybe the showrunners don't care about that bit, while the books if they ever come out, will go more into that.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:04 PM
    You must not watch that much Television then.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 03:21 PM
    In certain establishments or with certain friends I may still order Whiskey like Matt.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 02:50 PM
    I've been thinking of watching the show myself. Loved Snuff Box. I think my all time favorite is Matt helping a lady with her dog until he discovers she has a boyfriend. XD While a little immature now maybe, that struck me at just the right age when I was single looking for someone.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 02:32 PM
    That is an age old trope is all. Hero or villain too emotional to think clearly. That's not necessarily how humans work. Your body pumping you full of chemicals in a fight or flight situation doesn't make you an idiot.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 09:31 PM
    I recall the rock jutting up, and yeah, that is hardly an excuse. What is more, Danny then does a straight dive into these boats instead of winging around that rock to their rears and burning them out. What, are they going to aim through their own sails and rigging? They certainly aren't going to turn all of those ships around before that dragon could fly around behind them. Sigh...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 07:18 PM
    Do tell Morrus.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 05:20 PM
    He was always kind of a jerk though. Plus who needs loyalty when you can change everything into a brainwashed cyborg? Well. That is the gist from the game and cartoon at least. Hard to say what the movie's spin will be.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 05:10 PM
    While I agree with Morus that there has always be a cold ruthlessness to Danny, we are just seeing it expressed more often. They are certainly setting her up to become more villainous or to lose her $**! and have to be dealt with. I don't know that Varys will feel any burn. That guy is good at getting out ahead of a bad time. I don't really blame him for not knowing about that Iron fleet...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Yeah. Even I feel they are slipping. Those scorpions are as strong as the writer's needed them to be, and I guess they need to try to push Danny to the edge to do something for some sort of suspense and confrontational drama llama. Ugh.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 04:56 PM
    I guess you already know how all the movies and arcs go. So I will just end my bit with: Yeah. Sometimes you have to find out who or what you are not, to discover who you are. Seems like Thor is doing that. He is not a King, prince or no. Seems like he is okay with that now, finally. Maybe they will change it all back, who knows.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 04:14 PM
    I think we did see character growth. I think the disconnect is that it what is expected is linear. Instead what I see happening is Thor trying to fit into this role he was told and expected to fit into. And as his mother tell him, is that he should be who he is, and not what he is expected to be. Maybe, what he is, is just a rogue warrior out there trying to right wrongs. He's an adventurer....
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 09:44 PM
    Nope. Also, not sure what you were all smoking at the time, but I love me some of that old terrible Super Mario Bros.!
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 07:44 PM
    I think this has to be chalked up to the medium through which it was presented. I think if we were to have the same arc as in the books, it would be spelled out rather than the show runners trying to get gasps of surprise from the audience. But otherwise yeah. I would have flat out told her. I have been burned by too many DnD players missing my no so subtle clues, to leave something important...
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 04:13 PM
    They use as many as I give them! For real though, I don't know. I checked once per long rest, but that isn't accurate. As others have stated, it is situational. I never can tell when they are going to use them or go all hard core and fight through the pain. It can also depend on how common they are in the game world. In mine, while temples and alchemists can make them, you don't always...
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 02:57 PM
    There were other people with blue eyes she has killed. The trigger for the eureka moment in the last episode is actually a changing in the order the Red witch lists the colors. Here we see her list blue eyes last, and with some significant looks added for effect. So it isn't a huge leap that a horde of blue-eyed zombies' leader, with the same eye color, is targeted.
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 11:11 PM
    Yeah. I think summing it up in Too easy or voila, done is over simplifying what was sacrificed. Those were whole armies being chewed up, spat out, and then raised back up to kill what remained of their once-allies. The impact was there, as well as the stakes. Kill the necromancer and defeat his thralls in one fell stab.
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 11:04 PM
    Yeah. That is basically where I am at as well. Just wasn't shown on screen. I can understand how that could cause some confusion. Thanos had the juice and the bracelet. Reverse engineer that stuff and you have everything that is really needed to get to the 'Prime' dimension.
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 05:31 PM
    I am not hating Jim in this.
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 05:15 PM
    True. It wasn't explained well. One could argue that being a super alien warlord allowed him to study the substance use his advanced tech and probable army of techs to engineer more. That would be my first guess. I don't know what the in cannon reason is though.
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    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 05:07 PM
    While I have been re-watching the older seasons to just... look for minor details and refresh the oldest bits in my mind, I come to realize something. It is really kind of dumb, especially at this point to expect perfect and sometimes even common sense tactics from this fantasy show. While it is true that there are some battles or sides that use good tactics, most don't seem to. It is...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 11:26 PM
    I do wonder how basically skeletons were able to punch their way through stone tombs. I think the whole crypt thing was unnecessary. I didn't see anyone of note die to them. Much better if they started pounding and howling/snarling, which scared the people down there into making a foolish decision to run out into the keep's yard or unbar the door. Maybe then there would have been some tension and...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 03:58 PM
    *shrug* I liked beer gut Thor. One because, oh look the events of the past actually affected someone, and here are the results. The other is because I'm sure it totally miffed some people who couldn't wait to get another look at those pecks and abs. Heh. Otherwise, it was enjoyable. I could have probably done without the time travel myself, but really, what else could they do once Thanos...
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 07:09 PM
    I don't think that is really a prophecy, just her kind of telling Danny off.
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 06:05 PM
    I mean, there are limits to how well a creature can fire an arrow. If two creatures are both proficient with the same weapon (training), and both have somewhat comparable physical capabilities, (ability scores) then yeah, a guy who is trained with a bow and been shooting it for one year, probably isn't going to look like a scrub compared to a guy who is trained and been firing a bow for 8...
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    Thursday, 25th April, 2019, 03:19 AM
    I have a problem understanding this. How do you challenge a PC? It can’t think, it can’t act, it can’t do anything other than what the player says it does. It’s like a User Interface but it isn’t itself the User. It’s always the player behind the avatar that has to think and act. What am I missing?
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 11:39 PM
    Look at this guy advocating self-examination. Yeah, right! Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 11:29 PM
    The problem with reading the rules and imagining the game play, de novo, is the same problem with reading sheet music and imagining the song in your head. Very few people can really do that. So it’s natural that people reach for the nearest possible experience to inform their current doings. That said, I’m chalking this up to a longstanding disagreement on whether system matters. It kind...
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Any of them, huh? Oh well.
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    Wednesday, 24th April, 2019, 12:13 AM
    FWIW, your last two sentences cut into the overall credibility of your argument here.
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    Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019, 08:46 PM
    And that makes it better? I mean okay. If they just control the media then that's cool. Nothing evil or corrupt to see here folks, they said so! As Badwolf said, its in the name of the organization. Rebel Alliance. An alliance of rebel factions and cells. I am kind of surprised anyone from America could get that confused given that we had actual rebellions in our past. They were not called...
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    Monday, 22nd April, 2019, 05:09 PM
    Tormund tackle-hugging Jon was probably one of my favorite spots. I agree that the fire-side stuff was well done as well.
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    Monday, 22nd April, 2019, 04:42 PM
    It is an interesting thought, but Luke had shut himself off from the Force according to the movie. Wouldn't that tip the scales to the Dark then? Or is a Force user who shuts themselves off from the force still able to effect any balance there?
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    Monday, 22nd April, 2019, 07:22 AM
    I mentioned monks upthread. I don’t currently have any in the group, but if I did, Unarmored Defense would provide an AC boost but not count as armored (a monk would still be vulnerable to damage). That being said, the monk kit comes with some very good ways to avoid damage. Ki for using dodge as a bonus action, catching projectiles, additional mobility and evasion. A monk adventurer, like any...
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 10:31 PM
    Yeah I think this is the sort of thing you set to the needs of the game and the tastes of the players. Proficiency bonus might work, but depending on how vicious your monsters are or how heroic your game is, you may be better off with level instead. Incidentally, how heroic are we talking here? For gear: I hear what you’re saying about the quality of gear, and it makes sense. I mean, losing a...
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 09:28 PM
    Ok so my players are currently level 6. They’ve been playing with these “lethality” rules since last August. We’ve seen fewer than 10 broken weapons and fewer than 6 broken armors. See, when I changed the rules, the players changed their behavior. They take calculated risks when attacking and defending and try to set up as many successful called shots as they can. There’s much less HP attrition...
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 09:17 PM
    I don’t have any monks in my current games but if I did, they would be vulnerable to damage while not wearing armor, even with unarmored defense. They’ve got quite a bit of tools in their kits to handle that, though. And of course this is my house rule and you might very reasonably rule differently. I like the breaking of weapons and armor, that includes magic weapons and armor, because that...
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    Sunday, 21st April, 2019, 04:56 AM
    Why not use the existing exhaustion progress?
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 09:28 PM
    Here’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s been working beautifully at my table. •When you are not wearing armor, you are vulnerable to damage. •Critical hits scored against the target do normal damage but break it’s armor (in the case of targets with thick hide, like a dragon, critical hits do double damage instead). •Attack rolls that result in a natural 1 break the attacker’s weapon. •An...
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 08:53 PM
    Maybe that is Rey's rare Jedi trait or ability. To learn powers as she is introduced to them, or glean them off of other force users? I mean, I don't recall every Jedi being able to perform Battle Meditation in KotoR. That kind of opens the door for rare gifts from the force that manifest into singular abilities. Or in other words... She's a space wizard, deal with it.
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 06:41 PM
    I feel attacked.
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 05:16 PM
    This was my fault for trying to use an example. Dang. Alright, we seem to have missed a key component. The two adventurers both tried to do exactly the same thing (get think king to loan the vanguard for the dance competition) in exactly the same way (by pointing out how much goodwill the vanguard would earn among the common people). I judged that thing hard (because the king doesn’t care too...
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 05:28 AM
    Alright. I only recognize a few of those names and I don’t watch the streams. But I suppose the streaming draws the most eyes.
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 04:34 AM
    What’s a high profile DM?
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 03:30 AM
    Yes but my way is better ;-)
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 02:57 AM
    Yeah, insulting the king doesn’t go over well no matter what your charisma is. Let’s take 2 adventurers. One with Cha 20 and Persuasion and one with Cha 10. Both wish to convince the king to lend them a vanguard for use in a dance competition in the slums. The king feels this is a terrible use of trained soldiers. Both adventurers decide they will attempt to persuade the king to lend the...
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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

  • 06:04 PM - iserith mentioned Istbor in post Critical Role Episode #26 - spoilers!
    Sure they can. The player can close their eyes and gain the Blinded condition. At any time they can impose a negative effect on themselves. The player can describe the character as closing his or her eyes. The DM then applies the appropriate rules to that action, as necessary. So why can't a player declare "I'm terrified of spiders and suffers from acute arachnophobia. I'm making myself frightened of the drider."? Why do they need to ask "DM may I?" to hinder themselves. Is any DM really going to argue? The DM saying "No, you are NOT frightened" is so much worse... Per the rules, a player can declare being terrified of spiders and having arachnophobia. A player cannot say the character is Frightened in a mechanical sense. My assertion is that this is the DM's role and the burden of proof for that assertion is satisfied in my view by pointing to the rules of the game. Now, if you or @Istbor want to allow players to decide the mechanical effects of their actions, nobody is stopping you. I'm just saying that's not what the rules say and it's likely why someone like @robus would find what he saw on Critical Role strange (in addition to it not being telegraphed). I would find it strange, too, and said as much. Personally, I would advise a player against this. A player-imposed hindrance to a character is a hindrance to the entire team to varying degrees. It messes at some level with the difficulty of the challenge. I would instead encourage the player to write an appropriate personal characteristic (personality traits, ideal, bond, flaw) for the character regarding his or her fears, portray it accordingly with no mechanical hindrance, then take Inspiration for doing so. This encourages the behavior rather than discourages it via a disincentive.

Friday, 16th June, 2017

  • 11:51 AM - Charles Rampant mentioned Istbor in post Help with 19th level boss fight
    ...ry round, not least because the player crits at least once per turn. Weakest defences in the party at AC17, but has over 200 hp. Don't let anyone tell you that the 5th edition treasure tables don't give out magic items - they absolutely do, just only after level 9. As you can see, the party have a crazy number of items, and across the board have good AC, magical damage, great movement options, and lots of utility. The last time they felt in real danger of a TPK was around level 5, I guess. Though last week they did have to use a Bead of Force to imprison themselves in order to survive the calamitous detonation of the Fortress of Three Sorrows, also in the Githyanki city. The Room You can see a map of this floor of the dungeon here. (There are another two maps associated with this dungeon, albeit much smaller.) One thing holding me back from some of Quickleaf's excellent ideas is that this is room 7 of a 60 room dungeon, including the crypts and Duthka'gith creation labs. As asked by Istbor, the players do not know where the Phylactery is, but will need to clear the rest of the dungeon to do so. They entered the dungeon via a teleport from rooms 1 to 2, and have cleared rooms 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12 so far. There is an unhallow effect in play, which you can see on page 3 of this document, which I wrote to update the rules of the dungeon.

Saturday, 5th November, 2016

  • 08:48 PM - QuietBrowser mentioned Istbor in post 5e Homebrew Setting: Malebolge, Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
    Thank you both for taking the time to weigh in on this. Quartz: I appreciate the suggestion, but, personally, I'd use the various "elementalist origins" for sorcerers to represent characters with that kind of power. Easier than trying to work out how to make Druids work without Wild Shape. On a different topic while I hope that (@Chaosmancer and Istbor return to continue discussing kobolds/others take up the discussion in their absence)... whilst Malebolge is definitely a world where lots of things can try to kill you, do folks think it'd be a good idea for me to go over my 4e/Pathfinder/5e material and start drafting up a list of monsters that I, personally, would see fitting into the setting? Sort of an official monster manual for Malebolge?

Friday, 6th May, 2016

  • 05:52 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Istbor in post Warlock One of the More Complicated 5E classes?
    If a player wants to play Legolas, but ends up with Larry the Cable Guy because they didn't fully grasp the complex intricacies of how a class works in actual play, and it makes them unhappy? Then that character is "bad". Maybe not to you, but in this case what you think has nothing to do with it. I think that this (and what Istbor says) are really important. Let me relate an anecdote. I was sitting in a nice modern restaurant (trendy, etc.). And at the other table, a group of people were talking about how much they loved sushi, and Japanese food, and going on and trying to impress each other with their culinary knowledge. Anyway, at one point, one of them remarked, "Yeah, what have the French ever done for cooking?" In a non-ironic way. Anyway, that stuck with me- both because of the complete absurdity of it, and because it's become a catchphrase for my friends. What's the point? That different people have different preferences. The danger comes when you try to argue that your preferences are universal - just because you really like sashimi, it doesn't necessarily follow that- 1) Everyone loves sashimi; and 2) The French have never contributed to food culture. It's a myopia we all share, but we should try to mitigate. I think, as Istbor posits, that this is a disconnect between different styles. It's tri...

Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

  • 07:08 PM - pming mentioned Istbor in post Prestige Classes
    Hiya! Istbor, I can see what you are saying. I guess the old saying is in effect here: "I may not know what I like, but I do know what I don't like". ;) I get that 5e is a class-based system, and PrC's being "classes" (its in the name) is kind of locked into that overall system. But what I'd like to see with PrC's isn't so much 'classes', more than 'choices'. I'd like them to offer different choices for a character, mechanically speaking, and not just simply adding-on to the character. I want a PrC to be the defining aspect of the character...not just another set of abilities he/she has. I want the phrase "She is a 17th level Death Touched Warrior" to have instant meaning in game-terms...giving a overall 'package' of what the character can do, can't do and stands for (outlook on life, preferences for combat, social leaning, etc). I don't want the inclusion of a PrC to have the instant meaning of "Oh, so you can do necromantic damage when you hit. Got it". To me, the later is exactly what happens...

Friday, 23rd October, 2015

  • 10:44 PM - Noctem mentioned Istbor in post Ravenloft / The Black Company Campaign Idea!
    ...because those who have power have retained control over bastions of power (like large cities) and the like. So for them it's going ok, but for everone else it's a living hell. Plant life exists but not like it does in other settings. The elves who live in the last remaining forests have plants, those in the cities have plants, but outside of those areas plant life is struggling outside of corn which is one of the main foods for people to grow. Most of the open land within several miles of the cities has been planted with corn year after year. I'm still working on fleshing everything out in the OP and I'm totally open to any further details you want to share about Ravenloft and making it more pronounced. You mentioned gothic settings and the like, I was thinking of having the main cities be like that so that the players who get there for the first time have a sort of culture shock when seeing the way people dress, the way they live, the structures, etc.. So please do share :) Istbor I am really interested in that book however it's listed as 70~ american and I just don't have the cash to spend on it right now (I live in Canada). If you have any details about how you converted things to 5e or want to discuss the book for example, maybe some of the magic mechanics just to see what they are like, let me know :) Otherwise I will be using the stuff from 5e dnd. And yeah I love TBC as well and I figured Ravenloft could offer an interesting setting for mixed campaign.
  • 10:26 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned Istbor in post Out of the Abyss PC Races
    Totally agree with a lot of the suggestions given here; specifically Istbor and itcomeswithamap Basically, the point of a setting like this one is that it can be a unique experience. Sell them on it if you believe you can deliver something memorable. The underdark, especially if foreign to both player and characters, can be that change of pace that will get your group's juices going. So just be honest with them. "Guys I really think this can be amazing and am afraid that a bunch of characters that are familiar with the setting might take away some of the fun. But ultimately play what you want."

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Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 07:31 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Oooo, is this where we get to list off how much media we've consumed in an effort to see which of us is the superior nerd? Hard pass. If you think it was that bad, for you, then fine by me. I will argue that objectively, there are worse. Well I invented television! So there! And my daddy can beat up your daddy!!!
  • 05:35 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Oooo, is this where we get to list off how much media we've consumed in an effort to see which of us is the superior nerd? Hard pass. If you think it was that bad, for you, then fine by me. I will argue that objectively, there are worse.And I will argue objectively that you are wrong.
  • 04:41 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    You must not watch that much Television then. I've watched far more than you, I bet. I can't think of another episode of anything that had so much stupid, illogical stuff going on, I'll say that much.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 04:49 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"
    That is an age old trope is all. Hero or villain too emotional to think clearly. That not necessarily how humans work. Your body pumping you full of chemicals in a fight or flight situation doesn't make you an idiot. So true. I mean, I don't need a fight-or-flight situation to be an idiot; it comes all natural-like.
  • 03:14 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post What We Do In The Shadows
    I've been thinking of watching the show myself. Loved Snuff Box. I think my all time favorite is Matt helping a lady with her dog until he discovers she has a boyfriend. XD While a little immature now maybe, that struck me at just the right age when I was single looking for someone. Every now and then, I'll be doing something random ... and that theme song will start playing in my head .... ;)
  • 07:40 AM - pukunui quoted Istbor in post Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"
    I don't know that Varys will feel any burn. That guy is good at getting out ahead of a bad time.But remember that Melisandre told him they would both die in Westeros. What is more, Danny then does a straight dive into these boats instead of winging around that rock to their rears and burning them out. What, are they going to aim through their own sails and rigging? They certainly aren't going to turn all of those ships around before that dragon could fly around behind them. She'd just witnessed Rhaegal die. I don't think she'd have been in the right frame of mind to think that tactically.

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 07:52 PM - MarkB quoted Istbor in post Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"
    I don't know that Varys will feel any burn. That guy is good at getting out ahead of a bad time. I don't really blame him for not knowing about that Iron fleet ambush. I do blame the army in general for having not scouted at all and wonder how Danny didn't see a fleet of ships on such a nice clear day. They were tucked round the side of the island. Which is no excuse - Dany's forces should have sent at least a fast ship or two to scout the place for occupying forces before the entire fleet dropped anchor.

Monday, 6th May, 2019

  • 04:37 PM - Jester David quoted Istbor in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    I think we did see character growth. I think the disconnect is that it what is expected is linear. Instead what I see happening is Thor trying to fit into this role he was told and expected to fit into. And as his mother tell him, is that he should be who he is, and not what he is expected to be. Which is rolling back his past character arcs. And, hey, he's a prince: they seldom get to be who they are expected to be. Maybe, what he is, is just a rogue warrior out there trying to right wrongs. He's an adventurer. He now maybe realizes this. So he leaves Valkyrie as the leader of the Asgardians, not abandoning them. The catch is, that doesn't work for the MCU. Because then you have to wonder why Thor doesn't come back and help. Because he's a rogue warrior out there trying to right wrongs. So why isn't he helping when the inevitable Avengers 5 happens? Instead, he needs to have his "end" in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. Which feels weird, as that should be about the Guardians a...

Thursday, 2nd May, 2019

  • 11:43 AM - Imaculata quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 3
    There were other people with blue eyes she has killed. The trigger for the eureka moment in the last episode is actually a changing in the order the Red witch lists the colors. Here we see her list blue eyes last, and with some significant looks added for effect. So it isn't a huge leap that a horde of blue-eyed zombies' leader, with the same eye color, is targeted. She could have just straight up told her that she is going to kill the Night King. Why bother talking in mysteries at this point? Okay, I get that they're keeping it a surprise for us as an audience. But in the context of the story, it makes little sense to be so vague about it.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 08:29 PM - Tonguez quoted Istbor in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    True. It wasn't explained well. One could argue that being a super alien warlord allowed him to study the substance use his advanced tech and probable army of techs to engineer more. That would be my first guess. I don't know what the in cannon reason is though. well considering that Tony figured out time travel in half an hour after finishing the dinner dishes, theres really no reason why Thanos couldnt figure out that all he needs is a mobius strip too

Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 08:03 PM - dnd4vr quoted Istbor in post Crafting Items - Expert Craftsman vs Adventurers
    And if the enemy had got the jump on you it would be nastier - but you had them massively outclassed and only 18 vs 8. The GM should try 18 Veterans vs your PC group if they want to be nasty! :D But 13 orcs & 5 orogs vs 4 5th level, or 8th level, PCs can be a serious challenge, depending on AoE opportunities. I find the all-Barbarian parties I used to see have a much tougher time than a classic-4 group. Overall I enjoy the swinginess of 5e combat; it encourages players to take fights seriously. Not really. The only situation it would have been remotely challenging really is if the jumped us at night when some of the battlers were unarmored. Even then, the number of HP the characters had would make up for it. And the DM didn't want to be nasty, he wanted to use lower CR creatures in number to try this "bounded accuracy lets mooks be effective, yada yada yada." I mean, there are limits to how well a creature can fire an arrow. If two creatures are both proficient with the same wea...
  • 06:33 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Istbor in post Crafting Items - Expert Craftsman vs Adventurers
    A good shot is going to be a good shot whether that person is lvl 1 or lvl 19. The difference in level or experience, IS that the 19 can do that same shot over and over and over and over again, while the 1 will not be anywhere near as consistent.True, you see that in the Olympics, for instance. Though d20 checks under BA don't really provide that distinction, either. Last night we had an encounter with 13 orcs and 5 orogs. Our party has one 6th, 4 5th's, and 3 "veteran" NPCs. A fireball wiped out 10 orcs, slow affects most orogs, and the battle was a route even though we were outnumbered over 2-1. This should be a deadly encounter, but with the surprise element it was reduced to easy... … After the slow spell, I wanted to cast web, but couldn't because of the concentration mechanic. Then I thought of maybe using bless on the NPCs, but again, can't because of concentrating on slow. The concentration mechanic nerfs casters SO badly. Basically, you cast one concentration spell and then a...

Monday, 22nd April, 2019

  • 05:18 PM - GreyLord quoted Istbor in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    It is an interesting thought, but Luke had shut himself off from the Force according to the movie. Wouldn't that tip the scales to the Dark then? Or is a Force user who shuts themselves off from the force still able to effect any balance there? The movie wasn't really clear about it, but in Snoke's Throneroom he talks about balance. He states basically that as darkness rises, light rises up to meet it. In addition, he talks that as his apprentice grows in power, his equal on the light side would also grow. Snoke came into existence probably when Luke Skywalker already was around. Even if Luke cuts himself off from the Force, Snoke already was around. Snoke thus is the master. However, as Luke had several apprentices, Snoke did not, but it balanced itself out in that he was able to turn some weak apprentices. As they grew in power, especially Kylo, one would need to rise to balance out that equation. This would be Rey and their equality in ability is shown in the Throne room a...

Friday, 19th April, 2019


Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 09:41 PM - Mercurius quoted Istbor in post 'The Mandalorian' Footage
    Lol. Oh Carl Weathers. Do you think he gives the Mandalorian any tips on making cheap soups? I'm sure he'd be happy to lend a hand... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MiFHZ-VpcU

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 08:34 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Istbor in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    ANH from the time Luke met Ben to the end of the film was about a day, at which point he then blew up a Death Star without a targeting computer. Anakin won a pod race and then blew up a Federation control ship as a 9 year old having had no training ever at all. But the girl's the problem, because she lifted up a rock, eh? When rock lifting is a training thing! That Yoda throws shade at Luke for not being able to immediately do better at, and it is clear that Luke's problem is not believing he can do it. He limits himself. Rey has other issues. The Last Jedi was by far the worst of all the SW films. It promised so much and delivered less than zero. It ignored swathes of material from TWA (ANH clone). I've see many many more people put it in their top three than put it at the bottom of their list of SW movies. If you can use ships with hyperspace drives to take out capital ships, why hasn't the rebellion/resistance been using that tactic since forever. Ridiculous. Still having a capita...

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019

  • 05:08 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Istbor in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    I feel like part of this new story is of the Jedi learning that their old ways of training were flawed. That this more loose form and self-discovery is a better more natural way. That is at least something I have gleaned from the movies at least. And also, why? Why is the audience expected to take the word of Kylo Ren as Gospel? Who cares if he said they were nobodies. Why does he have to be telling the truth there? Not even the good guys in Star Wars like to tell the naked truth, and we are expecting a villain to. One who's specific goal at the time is to try and convince Rey into joining him. I totally expect that Kylo could be either lying, or maybe doesn't even know the truth himself. I certainly wouldn't feel some sense of betrayal if they came out and said Rey has ties to the Skywalkers. It's pretty laughable in fact to feel hurt over something like this. First prove to me that Kylo knows all, and it telling the truth to Rey about her heritage. Then we can talk about Retcons...
  • 03:21 PM - Umbran quoted Istbor in post Black Hole Image - livestreamed discussion from MIT on April 12th
    Well aside from the somber effects such discussions can have on the Human psyche... It is somber because we have an over-inflated view of our role in the Universe. When we get a bit of humility, it ceases to be so depressing, and reverts to wonderment.
  • 02:33 AM - Maxperson quoted Istbor in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    *Shrug* I have spoken with many, many people, all of whom liked the movie despite the reasons in the above rant. None of whom had a problem with Rey. So then we have the same experience. Rey is not the issue.

Monday, 15th April, 2019



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