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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:05 AM
    What Force Awakens did was to negate the heroes' efforts in the original trilogy. What would have been better would be to put in Leia's mouth a short history lesson: the New Republic was strong, vibrant, chased the Empire to the fringes of the galaxy. As the next generation grew up, they knew not oppression or tyranny, turned inwards. They thought peace and prosperity were the natural...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 04:21 AM
    When a Covfefe finds its way to an RPG message board and casts its confusion, the victims also gain the power to involuntarily summon Red Inks.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 07:45 PM
    Oh, relax - you are trying all by yourself to out-think trillions of Galactic citizens (and several dozen IRL authors). The things "nobody has thought of before" would be innovations at the cutting edge of their high technology. Or an event like Steve Jobs being struck by the thunderbolt and conceiving iTunes / iPads. Go back and look at your "I don't want" list, see what would be capable of...
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 07:30 PM
    I saw an article on a Current Events / News site: A man from India who is suing his parents for bringing him into the world. I can post a link if anybody thinks it important.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 04:36 PM
    Create a new NPC (or recycle an existing set of stats) who will meet up with the Rogue and start a conversation "You can't trust anybody, you know. They all turn on you..." This is another former-Redbrand who was part of the betrayal, and wants to sound out the PC to head off a possible dagger in his own back as revenge. The NPC should be able to defeat the Rogue one-on-one but not if the rest...
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 04:29 PM
    Defender 12 Dragon Slayer 15 Flame Tongue 18 + 1 = 19 Because it's cold outside where I live and I want to warm up. Frost Brand 16 Holy Avenger 17 Luck Blade 10 Sun Blade 23 Sword of Sharpness 19 Sword of Wounding 7 Vorpal Sword 13 - 2 = 11 Awesome fight-ending power … but no way to reliably control it or unleash it on the BBEG.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 03:42 PM
    The devil goes someplace he thinks is safe. Or WAS safe. The ancient fortress now has "squatters". (How would the gods of Ancient Egypt - Amon, Set, &c - react to the sprawling city of Cairo right next door to the Pyramids?) The PCs can be led to the area by tracking down a rumor or a wave of rumors. The rumors do not have to have "Devil Lord" written all over them - perhaps his first act...
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 09:25 PM
    A Lynch Mop should have a strangle ability that wipes out your character through Exhaustion levels, rather than doing HP damage to you. A Lynch Mop should also be able to make you Poisoned, since your face is wrapped up in all the dirt and garbage it picked up earlier. Sometimes Lynch Mops give orders to hordes of Broom Stalkers. Soaking-wet Lynch Mops can also drown you.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 09:21 PM
    The Wizard who was working on inventing the magic TV-analog met and was slain by the Joy Behir before he could finish. Chat / gossip shows were never invented. "Give me the Precious!" with authority and real threat. You can't just whack it with a sword, the sword doesn't hurt it in the least.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 09:11 PM
    One possible opening hook is that Sigorney Weaver's child (daughter? I forget) has "ghost radar", knows that spooks were empowered during her conception … and has no idea what to do - or how to feel - about the fact that she is therefore 'special'. As the camera begins showing events, a spook oozes out of the wall and looks around her apartment's living room. The early part of the movie is...
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:03 PM
    For something different from the above, a defender in the room with a tower shield. He cannot be hit from the side it faces, but he can be hit from the other sides. The catch is that nobody can just yell, "Get behind him!" due to the Silence. Also to decorate such a room, listen to The Sound of Silence lyrics for ideas.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Defender 17 Dragon Slayer 17 Flame Tongue 19 Frost Brand 16 Holy Avenger 16 Luck Blade 9 Sun Blade 24 Sword of Sharpness 21 Sword of Life Stealing 2 - 2 = 0 Turnabout is fair play. (But actually Mr. Wilson should get the credit because there was a math error just above him.) Sword of Wounding 10 + 1 = 11 An enemy who falls down a few rounds after my attention is urgently needed...
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:52 PM
    Invent a magic item. In a world where so many monsters hunt at night or live in caves, humans who want to get rid of the dangerous pests have to have thought of something - some gear to accomplish the trick. Of course when word gets out, "These four guys want Visors of Night Sight" you can be sure all the intelligent folk around will mark them as Villain's Enemy Number One (or as "Preferred...
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:44 PM
    Although you want to avoid FR, you can lift city populations out of the 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Change the names, most of the cities have no map, the PCs need never know. "Port city", "trade route nexus", "conqueror's capital", "cultural heritage site", "rebuilt on old ruins" are generic enough concepts that they can be cut-and-pasted into a new setting.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:30 PM
    A failed skill challenge while travelling might cost time. The City Watch will happily check you over and let you in, during the day. Show up in the middle of the night, not so much. They might not be happy to see you the next morning, either, if they think you were loitering around or scouting for a known danger. And if anything bad happens to anybody in town your first day there, you are...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:54 AM
    The Tholian Web (TOS) has Spock and McCoy go through some character development. The two episodes with Kirk's best-known pseudo-moralistic speeches, I do not remember the titles. 1) Two planets are in a computerized war. Kirk breaks the computer. His climactic line "Yes, it's in my heritage, a million bloody generations, but I can decide: I will not kill … today!" 2) The "alternate Earth"...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:45 AM
    Q looks like it could be a juvenile Hutt.
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:40 AM
    Establish that Imperial Star Destroyers are still the biggest most powerful ships around. The new big threat is a shipyard (which is not spherical) for an updated Super Star Destroyer. There is a keel laid, and lots of (plunderable?) ship components in and around the dock when the Heroes arrive. Diversity for the sake of being diverse shows more 'tripping over own shoelaces' than 'creating...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 09:11 PM
    In the original thread on the most recent GB movie, I predicted it would not be as good as the original, based on the cast working together before (or not). My comment disappeared without a trace or reply.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 08:58 PM
    The Pilgrims left England for keeps, and discovered that the young generation - which did not have the same experiences (including persecutions) as their parents - was not producing the same spiritual results. Especially missing were the dramatic 'conversion experiences' which the Pilgrims also used as the test for full membership in the church. The kids had grown up in a society that had only...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 08:42 PM
    Sociological / historical research: He wants to study the earlier cultures that combined to form the original Republic, and how the resulting culture / government expanded to fill most of the Galaxy. He is working from a base hypothesis involving 'cultural drift' and cross-pollination. Some still-distinct modern cultural regions (ex: Hutt Space) are getting their hackles up because the...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 08:27 PM
    Bob Massey ("The Property Man") died yesterday.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Eltab replied to Star Wars Plot?
    The German commerce raiders from both WW1 and WW2 may be inspirational. SMS Emden, a light cruiser, kept itself going for about 3 months cruising around the Indian Ocean, 1914-1915. Two Japanese battlecruisers and a dozen armored cruisers (French, British, Japanese) were involved in the search. One hunter even wirelessed "Emden, where are you?" when the trail went cold. Letting the PCs...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 05:37 PM
    That group needs an AoE, I think. And somebody who can do other than kick down the door. A Wizard if you want to DPR via Fireball &c, or a DEX/CHR Bard with the usual social skills. Somebody is going to have to sweet-talk the Police after the group takes down Mr. Big and all his friends.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 05:30 PM
    Dancing Sword 10 Defender 19 Dragon Slayer 22 + 1 = 23 If you are playing through Dragon Queen / Tiamat. If you are playing through Out of the Abyss, not so much. Flame Tongue 26 Frost Brand 20 Holy Avenger 18 Luck Blade 16 Nine Lives Stealer 11 - 2 = 9 If you are That Guy Who Writes CN On His Character Sheet, you might see this differently. Sun Blade 21 Sword of Sharpness 21
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 05:58 PM
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    You could substitute a "Q-ship" for the Imperial Strike Cruiser. Looks like a freighter to the naked eye, has a bunch of hatches that can pop open and dump a squadron of fighters, also disguised weapon mounts, also a bigger engine. The original design was intended at accompany important freighters (or convoys) and counter-attack pirates who got too ambitious or broke their under-the-table...
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 05:32 PM
    Athas? The bell rings when … - In the presence of Elemental beings or effects. - Bad weather - storms, dust clouds - approaching but just on the horizon - DEFILERS are near. Sounds like "Ask not for whom the Bell tolls, it tolls for thee." - A supply of water is near. Doesn't know about any processing needed or monsters / defenders that guard it, though. - A devil or a demon is near. Use...
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 05:23 PM
    A Ghost or a Banshee - something that talks briefly then screams at you and sends you running (or departs through a solid wall). Hopefully you remember the plot hook or clue or hint afterwards.
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 05:11 PM
    Insert a band under the Party Tree. This band somehow re-appears for Aragorn & Arwen's wedding.
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 02:10 AM
    A weightlifting contest. Some races think picking up a tree is more impressive than picking up an Olympic weightlifter's barbell made of steel. Especially if you have to uproot the tree first. A druid or a spellcaster with Move Earth could cheat. Devious version: conceal yourself and cast on the other team's big strong guy, so HE gets busted for cheating.
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 02:05 AM
    Moon rats (I was introduced to the 3e version). During a new moon, they are ordinary rats. During the day, they are ordinary rats. On the night(s) of the full moon, they grow intelligence and plot against you. If they survive until next month, they pick up where they left off ! They are smart enough to read scrolls and a few can cast low-level spells. Potential use: the last(?) cleric of...
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 01:36 AM
    With something brillig. Personally, I would go armed for hunting bandersnatchi. Frumious bandersnatchi.
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 01:33 AM
    Dancing Sword 15 Defender 17 Dragon Slayer 21 Flame Tongue 22 Frost Brand 21 Holy Avenger 16 Luck Blade 22 Nine Lives Stealer 14 Sun Blade 23 - 2 = 21 Lightsabers belong in That Other Genre. 1M-watt floodlights belong in Yet Another Genre. Sword of Answering 13
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 01:23 AM
    The right Halfling Rogue could end the maneuver on the dragon's back, setting himself up for the next round … :devil:
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 12:05 AM
    Tim Curry as Wormtongue would make the character more sinister, but he does a good job of maintaining a front of innocence. He could preview his Cardinal Richelieu in 3 Musketeers. ("Oh, you've heard all the rumors about me, sire. I lust after the queen, I covet the throne...")
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 04:06 AM
    Question provided as example of confused thought during play. P.S. If I take the "/Rogue" part of the character up to Arcane Trickster, this problem will get WORSE.
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 03:58 AM
    As a DM, I thought the in-game crime was when my group cleared everything out of a dragon's lair except the dragon and decided "We want to fort up in this one room and take a long rest." What, the dragon is not going to notice all his squabbling minions and fawning lieutenant went awfully quiet? As a player, I had a DM who was going to leave the campaign IRL - end of the school year...
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 03:36 AM
    I deliberately wrote my own character sheet in Word (no fancy art to distract) so I could put things like AC, Spell Save DC, Passive Perception in front of me in readable form. I do have problems with Bonus Actions - especially my AL Monk/Rogue who does ALL his cool stuff via Bonus Actions. Can I trade in my Action for an extra Bonus Action? Wait, then neither can chain off the action... ...
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 03:18 AM
    The "Caravan Road Trip" chapter of Hoard of the Dragon Queen would let a new DM create a bunch of connected encounters, instead of running a whole campaign. Spotlight one caravan NPC per week as the lead-in to the adventure du jour. Use imagination to expand the bare-bones plot hooks provided in the book, to create something your own.
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 03:11 AM
    The Sun Monk gets to use his Martial Arts attacks at range almost from L1. It's like having a 'quickshooter smallbow' that never runs out of ammunition. A Shadow Monk can teleport his way from any shadow into any shadow - if the lava lights up the room from below, the whole balcony floor will be in shadow (hint hint). Ancients Paladin gets Misty Step on his spell list, and from your...
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 03:00 AM
    How many languages are written in Roman letters and Arabic numerals? Being unable to read the technical manuals will be more a function of them being written 'too dense to understand' in the first place, rather than language drift during the trip. Webster (of Webster's Dictionary fame) was trying to standardize both spelling and pronunciation, to provide Americans with a common language. He...
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 05:43 AM
    Potion of Giant Strength 11 Potion of Fire Breath 12 - 2 = 10 Liquified halapenos? No thanks. Potion of Gaseous Form 14 + 1 = 15 Still the best choice for a character that likes to stir up trouble for Team Monster Potion of Invisibility 9 Potion of Vitality 13
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 05:37 AM
    Could you make that obelisk a "layer cake" with a post in the middle, spin all the sections randomly, and present it to the players? If they match up the vines to restore the configuration in the photo, something good happens (or something bad - such as the first few hallway traps - is disabled). Or, because Acererak wants you dead, if you get it wrong the vines transform into snakes and try...
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 05:21 AM
    Go Rams, beat the guys who created the phrase "the road to the Super Bowl does not go through New England in the snow" and have been the biggest single obstacle keeping the Colts out of more Super Bowls. Deflate their egos like they deflated their own footballs!
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 05:14 AM
    But if dino-scientists could, maybe this is why humans occasionally found low-production fields?
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 05:00 AM
    Scent chemicals with an eye to making new perfumes. The scientist thinks that studying alien noses and their ranges of sensitivity might grant him insight to create a scent molecule irresistible to humans. He wants something like Chanel No. 5, but he might produce a batch of Troglodyte Stench instead. For fun and giggles, one experimental batch gives him the scent of a juicy hamburger (or...
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 04:52 AM
    Go with the 'hyperdrive improvements'. Do you IRL drive a Model T? If you decide the scientist comes up with something, the prototype gadget is somehow installed in a smuggler's ship. The captain challenges Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon to a race. (The pilot/owner treats it a 'black box') The ship has really good speed, beyond its previous reputation. The gadget is NOT ready for mass...
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 03:59 AM
    Potion of Darwin. Chief ingredient: alcohol.
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 03:56 AM
    Potion of Giant Strength 23 Potion of Fire Breath 18 - 2 = 16 Eat at most IRL sit-down restaurants (ex: Chili's). Why pretend when you can get the real thing? Potion of Gaseous Form 14 + 1 = 15 No thanks on that Vampire offer; the side-effects of doing so are excessive Potion of Heroism 11 Potion of Invisibility 23 Potion of Vitality 21
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 03:44 AM
    The farther we get from Roddenberry's death, the less "like Star Trek" the Trek universe material gets. The fundamental conceit that made TOS work was "What if the better angels of human nature was in the ascendant?" This question is timeless. Undiscovered Country was too obviously trying to make a political analogy and stumbling badly in the process. Final Frontier (IIRC) was written in...
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 03:18 AM
    3e Power of Faerun includes a chapter about claiming a chunk of wilderness and trying to civilize it (with the PCs becoming the local nobles of course). You could work up the area around your 'hearth fantasy' campaign. P.S. I usually design my characters as merchant wannabees, but being the Local Hero sounds interesting too - one of the first RPGs I bought was Gamma World.
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 04:14 AM
    scruffEy Nerfherder
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 04:10 AM
    IF the outbreak happens in a society where civil order is normal. The latest Ebola outbreak (in eastern Congo-formerly-Zaire) is near a city and within range of some armed militia - who raided the hospital, chased all the patients outside, and stole a bunch of the medical supplies. The more mobile patients headed towards the city, seeking protection and help. There is a disaster movie...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:54 AM
    The 4e Underdark supplement - and the discussion of Torog (a half-crazed god of jailors & torturers imprisoned in the place) - might give you some ideas for scenes and thematic material.
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:45 AM
    Tangent: The book Cold War Hot has several short stories, each exploring a different point in history when the USA and USSR could have started shooting at each other. The last story was intended to 'lighten the mood' a bit. A 1980s Soviet invasion of West Germany is defeated by parachuting thousands of quarts of vodka in the path of their infantry.
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:30 AM
    Humans are going to bring human nature along with them for the trip. Both 'fully human' and 'merely human'. Maybe the Age of Sail offers a place to start, to work out how a bunch of people in a confined space are going to get along with each other.
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:23 AM
    High-tech computers may not be coming along for the trip, in all the applications we use them now. OTOH, a few tons of iron ore in the cargo hold means a blacksmith and an architect can create new low-tech parts to cover minimum necessary functionality when the high-tech parts break down and cannot be repaired / replaced. The inside of the generation ship may look more like Titanic than like...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:13 AM
    The pieces of armor the PCs are wearing call out to any other animated armors the group encounters: "Save us, brothers, we've been kidnapped!" I would do this when the group is beginning to talk about needing a Rest but still thinks they can handle 'one more fight'. The 4e Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide had a section on a "kingdom" made of undead / construct tomb guardians, based on the...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 02:05 AM
    Potion of Giant Strength 20 Potion of Fire Breath 21 Potion of Gaseous Form 20 + 1 = 21 chase down that fleeing vampire or sneak through a locked door Potion of Heroism 15 Potion of Invisibility 22 - 2 = 20 This is because somebody dipped my pen in one last week and I've been trying to post in invisible ink! Potion of Invulnerability 10 Potion of Vitality 24
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 01:40 AM
    I liked the fluff in Primal Power. Finally, a barbarian character can be something more than a stereotype.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 03:15 AM
    Invite him over for a session or two. He can help you out with DM Chores the first session, listen in, think out a character that will help the group and fit in. The second session he can play his character. See how it goes. Talk with your core group. If everybody likes him along, invite him back with intent to join. If it goes badly, tell him so privately.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 02:58 AM
    NASA sent up a married couple on one of the last Shuttle flights, and made a point of allocating them some time to be alone together with no other pressing duties. :o Reports on the results of this experiment were of course not made public. Personally, I would not be surprised to find out "Oops, we relaxed and fell asleep" because it was the only break in their busy pre-programmed week long...
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    Sunday, 27th January, 2019, 05:23 AM
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    Tabaxi STR Ranger for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Will go Monster Hunter at L3 (because her player wants to try out the sub-class before editing it into a Demonslayer) Urchin background Favored enemy: aberrations. Favored terrain: urban (I knew the name of the module and saw the beholder on the cover) Streets of the City was born and raised near the only big city on Chult. Wave after wave of...
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    Saturday, 26th January, 2019, 12:36 AM
    "I Wish our group was back outside." Your Wish is granted... You each wake up alone, outdoors, someplace you do not recognize. The group has been scattered to the four winds, each individual in a different land. One or two of the old group (the departing couple) might have been placed somewhere swiftly deadly, such as atop an arctic glacier or a 'castaway in tropical paradise' island that...
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Oil Of Sharpness 12 + 1 = 13 Pour this on a fist-sized hunk of flint and get a fistful of daggers! (I wish...) Potion of Giant Strength 25 Potion of Fire Breath 24 Potion of Gaseous Form 23 Potion of Growth 11 - 2 = 9 I usually have problems with not being able to squeeze into tight spots. Don't make it worse! Potion of Healing 12 Potion of Heroism 24 Potion of Invisibility 20 Potion...
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 04:33 AM
    Khan gave Enterprise several Critical Hits in a row, crippling it - something a genius might accomplish. This added suspense to the situation, because it deprived Kirk of the TV series option to just hide behind his shields and figure out at leisure what to do next. In contrast, the times that a director decides that MASSIVE DAMAGE will show how dangerous the opponent du jour is.
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 04:14 AM
    Re: #2 I would like to see there be some mechanical reason to pick a piercing, slashing, or bludgeoning weapon. (For instance, Skeletons are weak vs Bludgeoning.) Right now, it is almost always "just damage", no matter which weapon you use on your foe.
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 04:11 AM
    Re: #1 If this link works, take a look at what somebody already did for the benefit of EnWorld-ers: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?472766-D-amp-D-Fan-Rewrites-the-5E-Player-s-Handbook-Index
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    Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019, 04:47 AM
    I prefer "attacker rolls". I also prefer "defender wins ties". After a persistent effect is upon you, you can roll to shake it off; that will happen at different times for different victims.
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    Sunday, 20th January, 2019, 11:52 PM
    When the actor who played Q in the 007 movies passed away, I thought it would have been appropriate for Bond to attend his funeral, watch as the casket passed through the chapel and was placed in the hearse, and tell a family member, "I met your uncle at work. He helped me out when I was dealing with difficult clients." -cut to several scenes from older Bond movies "Now try not to break this,...
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    Sunday, 20th January, 2019, 11:44 PM
    Bogle opened up a path with investing that could actually work for a non-professional. Before him, Wall Street was dominated by antics such as the (alas timeless) follies described in the book "But Where Are The Customers' Yachts?" RIP, sir. You allowed millions to avoid poverty in their old age.
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    Sunday, 20th January, 2019, 11:23 PM
    Oil Of Sharpness 17 + 1 = 18 Make with dill pickles and sauerkraut … oops that's Oil of Tartness! Potion of Giant Strength 28 Potion of Fire Breath 23 Potion of Gaseous Form 22 Potion of Growth 21 Potion of Healing 21 Potion of Heroism 23 Potion of Invisibility 21 Potion of Invulnerability 25 Potion of Resistance 15 - 2 = 13 What do you mean, "minus 2 halved gives you minus 1" ?!
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    Sunday, 20th January, 2019, 11:20 PM
    -cue Simon & Garfunkel- Slip slidin' away, slip slidin' away-y-y-y The closer t' your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away -end music-
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    Saturday, 19th January, 2019, 01:23 AM
    +1 DM: You carefully traverse the field heading towards the Gazebo.* Who is looking inside? -show of hands- Those looking inside can see a Soapbox in the middle of the floor. Make a Will Save. If you succeed on the save, you can continue to investigate the Gazebo. If you fail the save, you have an irresistible urge to run over, stand on the soapbox, and deliver yourself of an impromptu...
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Tuesday, 1st January, 2019

  • 09:26 AM - Harzel mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Rods & Staves- STAFF OF THE MAGI WINS!
    ...aff of Striking 16 Staff of the Magi 18 Staff of the Woodlands 20 + 1 = 21 evening up the scores So, hoping that I am not wedging things even further, and so that you all can check my work, here is the result of applying the votes apparently intended, in sequence, to @Maxperson's post. @Maxperson: Rod of Resurrection 11 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 22 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 22 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @CleverNickName Rod of Resurrection 9 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 23 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 22 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @OB1 Rod of Resurrection 9 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 20 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @chrisrtld Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @Ed Laprade Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 17 @Eltab Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 22 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 18 @Quartz Since you downvoted a contestant that had already been eliminated, I thought it best to just leave your votes out and suggest you just revote. @Tallifer Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 20 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 19

Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 06:55 PM - maceo mentioned Eltab in post Request: Help with a fun monster to give to a DM
    Thank you Eltab, aco175, and Quickleaf! Those are all great ideas. The disguise part, the disruption of verbal spells, the Frightful Presence...all great. It gave me the idea reading your ideas of maybe adding a table for the PC to roll on with different results. Thanks again!

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 05:44 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Eltab in post (RG) Rise of the Dracolich: Imani's Tower
    ... for the indignity done to one of their own. They killed the wizard and burned down the place, intent on destroying every foul creation of the wizard. Kalorn fled into dark tunnels under the wizard's tower, and managed to survive due to the guidance of his loyal bat familar, Sooty. This traumatized him and he will not show the leg to anyone else, simply blaming a "war injury" for the limp. The leg however was not just of any random Shadar-Kai but one of their champions, favored by the Raven Queen. The "demon" leg infused him with power, filling him with terrible strength in battle. Kalorn still doesn't know the nature of the leg and so far the Raven Queen hasn't made any demands... He begged, scraped and stole until he was able to get enough equipment to hire himself as a caravan guard, and slowly rebuilt his fortune. Now he is a sword for hire, but is unwilling to lead men into battle. note: this character concept was created with Warpiglet and Eltab in the following thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?648687-Finally-found-a-use-for-Ringnmail-(and-other-silly-character-design-discussion) 5'10", 190 lbs Eyes: grey, blood shot. Skin: grey, 3 day stubble. Hair: grey, often hidden by mail coif. Hollow cheeked and sharp-nosed. A somewhat larger than average man, with a heavy limp. Long blade belted to the hip, dressed in black chain, an old hat over a kettle helm and a tattered black cloak. Kalorn is still bitter and angry about what was done to him and the loss of this company. He loathes the "demon" leg and will not let anyone examine it. He is quick to violence and doesn't hold life in high value, believing that the world is a cruel place where most people suffer. He fears that the leg has corrupted him and turned him to evil (it has not - it only has opened a magical channel to his patron - his rage is based on trauma, not demonic influence). To "spite" the demon leg, he focuses his hatred on what he p...

Monday, 2nd July, 2018

  • 08:55 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Some good thoughts, Eltab. Thanks! On a different note, last session we noticed a flaw with the Zombie Door (Area 21 in the Tomb of the Nine Gods). The default assumption seems to be that a cleric can turn the zombies so that they will run away, thus pulling the door open. However, the expected level range for the tomb is 9-11. A cleric of that level *can't* turn zombies. They can only destroy them. So the only way anyone is going to be opening that door by turning the zombies is if a) they're in the tomb at a much lower level than intended or b) they're a multiclassed character with only a few levels of cleric. Hmm.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 04:49 AM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Eltab in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Nice! Thanks everyone! And yeah, Eltab; that's exactly the kind of thing I'm getting at. It's just two of us playing T1-4, A1-4. C-3, and we'll see, but it's heart is in the geopolitical machinations. Not just politics, but relationships, yet-grand as it all becomes, it all does boil-down to "Soap Opera". Which is fine.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 01:28 AM - Harzel mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Blood War- DEMOGORGON WINS!
    Correction for Eltab's lost vote. Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 22 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 19 Dispater 12 Fierna 15 Fraz-Urb'Luu 1 Geryon 20 Glasya 23 Graz'zt 20 Juiblex 19 Levistus 18 Mammon 22 Mephistopheles 22 Orcus 19 Yeenoghu 16 Zariel 7 Zuggtmoy 20

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 12:44 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Eltab in post DRAGONS, An Alternate Take on a Classic Foe
    ...red than if you were never wearing it," I think that's okay. However, your comment has made me realize I need to figure out how long it'd take a character in damaged armor to pull it off if they chose to. It doesn't seem fair to use the full don and remove times since pieces of it are already hanging in tatters from the character. Persistent Breath Persistent breath has a 10 minute duration because of its intended use. It exists to give the dragon the ability to exercise control over the battlefield. It lets the dragon separate creatures from their allies, and it lets the dragon create zones of harm to punish foes who get too close to it. Dragon Hide bleezy, the ability is a bit of work. I would've preferred something more simple, but I couldn't figure out a simpler mechanic that evoked the feel I was going for: that a dragon's hide is a cloak of destruction, and attacking it with non-magical weapons is like trying to break up a boulder by chopping at it with your sword. Eltab, I agree with you about the damage of the weapon shattering. I'll change that. Dragon Resistance I appreciate the concerns about how this, especially combined with other abilities, really hampers non-magical characters. It's a more than fair concern. However, it also plays into my setting's concept of dragons. If a town without any magical ability is able to defend itself well from (or even defeat) a dragon (especially an adult or ancient one), the dragon isn't tough enough. It's supposed to be a living, breathing terror of wrath and destruction capable of breaking armies underfoot and wrecking castles. It's also noteworthy that my setting isn't exactly low-magic. I don't give out +X items, but magic items with other properties, or items that simply count as being magical, aren't tremendously difficult to come by. By the time a party meets an adult or ancient dragon, they each should have at least one magic weapon (even if none of them grant a +X to hit and damage). Devo...

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

  • 05:29 PM - akr71 mentioned Eltab in post Mythological Figures: King Arthur (5E)
    I had a book of Arthurian stories as a kid that my dad handed down to me. Not a picture book, but a collection of stories. One of the things I remember from that was that Excalibur's scabbard was magical too. While wearing it, he could not be cut (resistance to slashing and piercing damage). I don't recall this from any other story though. Edit: Wikipedia talks about this, so at least I didn't make it up ;) Whether you are a fan of the sword-in-the-stone version or the Lady-of-the-Lake version of how he comes by Excalibur, there is no mention of the scabbard. So, perhaps a gift from Merlin? As @Eltab suggested, I would use the Holy Avenger as a model. We're talking artifact level power here, but it doesn't need to be a full H.A. The bond to the land is important.

Saturday, 26th May, 2018

  • 10:43 AM - AnimeSniper mentioned Eltab in post Magic Weapons
    @Eltab good idea and I just thought what if you had this applied to say a Gauntlet/s that a PC picks up in a second hand armor shop for x-GP and finds out that the fancy filigree /etchings actually alerts them to said monster/creature and deals the +1 to punching... it could be applied to other visible to the wearer parts of their armor

Thursday, 26th April, 2018


Sunday, 1st April, 2018

  • 02:14 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Eltab Nice! :) Very Jurassic Park "where is it?" I picked that up too. Maybe I'm just an outlier from most D&D gamers, but I feel like... and this applies to a lot of how ToA presents info to players (or the lack thereof!).... I feel like Area 13 is alluding to backstory, following a "show don't tell" policy... but that seems to leave the DM filling in a lot of blanks. There was actually a thread on the topic of foreshadowing from last year; while CapnZapp was a bit harsh there, I'm seeing the same flaws in ToA that he did. So, let me get specific about Area 13 in Omu & the King of Feathers... I *think* there's often a tight connection between monsters & environment/treasure in ToA... mostly it's very well designed & playtested... So in Area 13 (Amphitheater) I notice there's a helm of telepathy, an electrum platter with images of Chultan feasting rituals, and an Omuan death mask (a way to memorialize the dead) in Area 13, specifically in rooms under the amphitheater. I'm thinking ...

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

  • 04:46 PM - delericho mentioned Eltab in post Where Do They Get Their Literacy?
    Literacy, or the lack thereof, and languages in general, is one of those areas where I would really like for the game to pay quite a bit more attention... while at the same time finding it to be a huge pain whenever it does. jasper and Eltab basically summed it up: language barriers serve as a roadblock that can all-too-readily prevent the players best able to (or most interested in) getting involved in a scene. And, in cases where the entire party lack the key language, they can completely derail the adventure - much like a riddle the PCs can't (but must) solve, or a secret door they can't (but must) find. (And then, to get round that the game provides a solution in the form of an easily-cast spell, turning an insurmountable roadblock into a trivial speed-bump. I'm not sure that's better.) With languages, I'm inclined to mostly handwave them - assume just about everyone speaks Common and just about everyone is literate... until, very occasionally, you hit a situation where they are not. For instance, the PCs might be teleported half a world away, and so for one adventure they then need to deal with a language barrier. Keep it up just long enough to be interesting... and the moment it's not declare that the PCs have ...

Friday, 16th March, 2018


Tuesday, 20th February, 2018

  • 02:22 PM - Sadras mentioned Eltab in post Combining Tyranny of Dragons; Red Hand of Doom and Storm King's Thunder
    Lol - right robus I was going to say that but saw your edit. Ohhh well, I was just seeing if anyone had done this and what they decided. No worries! Definitely check out those threads mentioned by @Eltab. There was a great idea in one of them (forget which poster) where one of the ritual components required to bring Tiamat from the 9-Hells was the head/blood of a noble enemy = giant king, enter SKT. So the idea is you run SKT alongside the ToD storyline. Do not play the whole AP, let the PCs cherry-pick which missions to go on when they are presented at the Council meetings and have various factions push the characters for differing missions promising money, power, prestige and sex. Let the players/characters 'fight' it out amongst themselves which mission is more important. Sit back and enjoy as DM. The way I'm running that storyline is in that thread, no need to repeat it here.

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 01:11 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Cleric Domains- LIFE DOMAIN WINS!
    Arcana Domain 21 Forge Domain 22 Knowledge Domain 20 Life Domain 13 Light Domain 19 Tempest Domain 16 Trickery Domain 14 - because, Eltab, it really isn't as fun as it ought to be War Domain 19

Saturday, 20th January, 2018


Saturday, 30th December, 2017

  • 09:20 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    ...ers. One of the plot threads will require divine intervention to be accomplished and so I expect them to try and petition the gods at some point. What they will find out is that there is quite a long line (several thousand years) for mortals to request something of the divine. If they were demigods, that would change things. Unfortunately for them, it won't be quite as easy as answering "yes" when they are asked if they are a demigod of some kind. Each PC will need to have credit for accomplishing a task that proves them worthy of the title. I'm not looking for specifics on how to accomplish the task, rather just big, flavorful ideas that have the potential to be handled in many ways. Each should also be tied to a specific Outer Plane. Hoping to get at least 20 potential quests to provide. The list so far... 1. Bring and end to Dionysus' 742 year long drunken celebration with the Bacchae in Arborea 2. Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state. Thanks, @Eltab 3. Steal Acereraks' family jewels from his prison in Carceri. Thanks, @ArchfiendBobbie 4. Collect all of the pine cones in the Vindmere Forest of Arborea. Thanks, @Ganymede81 5. Assist Mahlhevik in parting the Silver Sea so that Sytris and Japheth may visit him once more. 6. End the Wearbear curse sweeping through the Serpent Spine in Ysgard. Thanks, @Landon Guss 7. Help Lily and Adoma reach Nirvana. Thanks @Draegn & @Tormyr 8. Get Sys's boulder to balance atop the highest peak of Shurrock and Dothion. Thanks, jrowland Thanks in advance for the help!
  • 09:16 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    Eltab - I love the rebuild the ecosystem from 10,000 years ago idea, trying to get it down into one simple line that has just a clue or two to get the party started. I'm thinking... Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state.

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

  • 06:14 PM - Dan Chernozub mentioned Eltab in post LMoP - Help us with Party Composition
    Thanks everyone for the input! Defineteky getting an impression that the player asking for a DMgen doesn't want to play anything too complicated. Eltab what do you mean by "Forge Cleric isn't tank-friendly"?

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Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 04:26 AM - Legatus_Legionis quoted Eltab in post Recommend Star Trek for Non Trekkies.
    The two episodes with Kirk's best-known pseudo-moralistic speeches, I do not remember the titles. 1) Two planets are in a computerized war. Kirk breaks the computer. His climactic line "Yes, it's in my heritage, a million bloody generations, but I can decide: I will not kill … today!" That is "A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708414/?ref_=ttep_ep24 Kirk and Spock must save their ship's crew when they are declared all killed in action in a bizarre computer simulated war where the actual deaths must occur to continue. 2) The "alternate Earth" with three tribes of survivors: obviously Russian, Chinese, and Yanks. Kirk says "This is for all the people, not just the rich or the powerful or the nobles, but for everybody! Do you understand?" These three seem to best exhibit my contention that the heart of Trek is the question "What if the better angels of mens' natures were in the ascendant?" That is "THE OMEGA GLORY". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708474/?ref_...

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 07:12 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Eltab in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Diversity for the sake of being diverse shows more 'tripping over own shoelaces' than 'creating better stories' or 'generating higher ticket sales'. Maybe Disney needs to find somebody who can write a compelling story first and then bring in a wide spectrum of actors / actresses to play the parts. In contrast, the Jedi Council in Phantom Menace was diverse without saying anything about it. Mace Windu was the greatest Jedi combat master, his physical characteristics did not matter to that. The Council was all different aliens, the 'baseline unit' of diversity that would be recognizable in-universe. And it worked. There is no such thing as diversity for its own sake. Diversity is for the people being represented. There is no dichotomy between increasing diversity and creating good stories. Period.
  • 04:58 AM - Immortal Sun quoted Eltab in post RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour
    The section you put in quotes sounds like it would be fully appropriate in this case. This is not "denial train" this is "the relationships sound THAT bad to have been in". Professional fact-finders will do better making the judgement (criminal act / civil liability / not actionable) than any of us on an Internet board will. BLAH BLAH BLAH That's all you guys ever sound like. On every forum. Across the entire internet. You're all lock-step on this. It doesn't matter what you username is. It doesn't matter what forum you're posting on. It doesn't matter what subject you like to talk about otherwise. As soon as some accusations come up about some MAN being an abusive, amoral, disgusting piece of human trash no matter how many people come forward, no matter how many other people echo their sentiments, no matter how much proof is thrown in your face it's always the same. "It's the court's decision we can't 'try them in the court of public opinion' how dare you all form opinions...

Saturday, 9th February, 2019

  • 02:22 AM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post Star Wars Plot?
    The German commerce raiders from both WW1 and WW2 may be inspirational. SMS Emden, a light cruiser, kept itself going for about 3 months cruising around the Indian Ocean, 1914-1915. Two Japanese battlecruisers and a dozen armored cruisers (French, British, Japanese) were involved in the search. One hunter even wirelessed "Emden, where are you?" when the trail went cold. Letting the PCs know (via third parties) how much they are bothering the other side can be gratifying. Yeah the Far Orbit adventure has things to let the PCs know how annoyed the Empire was getting when they jack a Nebulon B. Gonna set it 6 months after Endore, SWSE a Strike Cruiser can carry 18 craft. I'll only have a few on board, 1st job is to aquire more TIEs (just normal ones), then gve them some easy missions such as find a convoy and use the TIEs to scan locating cargo and intercepting it.
  • 12:29 AM - Hussar quoted Eltab in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    The Pilgrims left England for keeps, and discovered that the young generation - which did not have the same experiences (including persecutions) as their parents - was not producing the same spiritual results. Especially missing were the dramatic 'conversion experiences' which the Pilgrims also used as the test for full membership in the church. The kids had grown up in a society that had only one church available, and did not have to make a major life decision to join it. I wonder what cultural features a generation ship crew will discover their kids are not impressed with, and what will draw the kids' attention / enthusiasm instead. Well, that's perhaps not the best example. The Pilgrims wouldn't care one whit about the morality of forcing subsequent generations into a given life considering their religious beliefs. After all, the children of Pilgrims are also the chosen and are the only ones going to Heaven. Where you happened to live wasn't really a consideration. But, al...

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

  • 05:21 PM - Gradine quoted Eltab in post Survivor Magic Swords- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
    Sun Blade 23 - 2 = 21 Lightsabers belong in That Other Genre. Fantasy? Dancing Sword 16 - Kevin Bacon is back! In sword form! Defender 17 Dragon Slayer 21 Flame Tongue 22 Frost Brand 21 Holy Avenger 17 Luck Blade 21 Nine Lives Stealer 13 Sun Blade 20 Sword of Answering 9 Should've stayed in Groglandia where they belong Sword of Sharpness 21 Sword of Life Stealing 20 Sword of Vengeance 14 Sword of Wounding 21 Vorpal Sword 17

Monday, 4th February, 2019

  • 11:05 AM - Ryujin quoted Eltab in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    How many languages are written in Roman letters and Arabic numerals? Being unable to read the technical manuals will be more a function of them being written 'too dense to understand' in the first place, rather than language drift during the trip. Webster (of Webster's Dictionary fame) was trying to standardize both spelling and pronunciation, to provide Americans with a common language. He failed at the latter but succeeded at the former. Tangent: One way to provide a body to fill every job would be a caste system, like Hindu India. I don't know if there is a minimum size of society to make that function. And you do get the problem that the inherited position is filled by somebody who doesn't like the job and performs it poorly. Or a simple hierarchical system like military rank. I think that would be more likely.
  • 03:39 AM - Mouseferatu quoted Eltab in post The Fiddly Bits (That Still Get My Newer Players)
    Can I trade in my Action for an extra Bonus Action? Wait, then neither can chain off the action... Not sure if you meant this as an actual question or just an example of the sort of confusion it can cause, but in case you were asking... No, at least not by RAW. You cannot "trade down" an action for a bonus action.

Saturday, 2nd February, 2019

  • 04:28 PM - Quickleaf quoted Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Could you make that obelisk a "layer cake" with a post in the middle, spin all the sections randomly, and present it to the players? If they match up the vines to restore the configuration in the photo, something good happens (or something bad - such as the first few hallway traps - is disabled). Or, because Acererak wants you dead, if you get it wrong the vines transform into snakes and try to bite the PCs - injecting a poison that will mess them up inside the Tomb, such as inflicting enough levels of Exhaustion to cripple their Saving Throws? OTOH if you get the puzzle right, there are fewer snakes to deal with because the vines grow together over matching section boundaries. Thanks, Eltab! I also was thinking along the lines of animating vines...however as I'm leaning on that in other parts of the adventure...I adapted it for a "stone wyrm." Here's the puzzle I ended up with for Sunday's game... https://i.imgur.com/4hAAdHN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/UsKKcnC.jpg The Nsi Nkondi & Tithing Obelisk An overgrown 60-foot-tall stone obelisk rises from where the hilly jungles meet swampy mire of the Nsi Wastes. The western side of the three-sided obelisk is weathered as if by acid rain, and at the base is a blocky carving of a door; the green face of a bald, bearded, horned man is carved into the false door. The other two sides boast macabre bas reliefs of tormented men and lizardfolk worked into the stone, along with an elaborate carving of a 20-foot long multi-legged horned serpent coiling around the obelisk. At the peak, the obelisk ends in a stupa with a horrid little statue of a gaping impish pterodactyl/dilophosaurus hybrid atop. After gathering the “Nsi tithe” from ...
  • 04:24 PM - Janx quoted Eltab in post Extinction Level Events
    But if dino-scientists could, maybe this is why humans occasionally found low-production fields? Look, it's not dino-surgery. Before the dinosaurs lived, for millions of years plants and plankton and wiggly things lived and died in huge mosh pits at the worlds largest rock concert. Shoggoth and Ktulu were the biggest act back then. Old news by the time the dinosaurs came about, of course. I mean who listens to Elder Metal these days? Anywho, a terrible accident happened when the massive stack of Marshall amps fell over, crushing the audience. Nobody cleaned it up, in order to honor their memory. Fast forward to the Jurasik period and they discovered oil! Soon dinosociety was zipping around on scooters and polluting the air with their jacked up monster trucks. The sky got so dark from soot it blocked out the sun. Then it got cooler, and well, you can imagine the rest.

Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

  • 03:50 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post Brainstorming Potential Underworld Campaign
    3e Power of Faerun includes a chapter about claiming a chunk of wilderness and trying to civilize it (with the PCs becoming the local nobles of course). You could work up the area around your 'hearth fantasy' campaign. Ah! A colonization-themed hearth fantasy could really work! Whether they’re pioneering souls or people imprisoned/abandoned on an island, there’s ample, concrete reasons why there’s little or no outside help coming, why no one leaves for the big city, why teamwork is still needed (even by murderhobos), etc., and a neverending source of new threats. I usually design my characters as merchant wannabees... Excellent non-murderhobo backckground, even at the hearth fantasy level. Merchants- even local ones- need resources and things to sell that the citizens aren’t necessarily going to be willing or able to gather on their own. I mean, even the village smith needs ores to smelt. Everyone needs a variety of woods for tools, building materials and as a fuel sour...

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

  • 01:33 PM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted Eltab in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    NASA sent up a married couple on one of the last Shuttle flights, and made a point of allocating them some time to be alone together with no other pressing duties. :o Reports on the results of this experiment were of course not made public. Personally, I would not be surprised to find out "Oops, we relaxed and fell asleep" because it was the only break in their busy pre-programmed week long schedule. Are you a parent? Mustrum "I am not, but I know young parents" Ridcully
  • 05:17 AM - LordEntrails quoted Eltab in post Seeking Ideas for Character who Have Salvaged Animated Armor
    Once you defeat animated armor, doesn't the magic in it dispel? Which is part of the fun of D&D ... making it your own game. :) Yea, the rule of fun! So the PC's had to retreat twice before they finally defeated the animated armors. Then they wanted to loot the pieces and have plate armor. I said, "sure." After all, I knew I could do something with it at a later date (hence this thread). And, why say "No" when I can say "Yes" and have fun with it later :) In a high squeaky voice that sounds like metal on metal: "Save us, brothers, we've been kidnapped!" This is awesome! I will have to do more than this, but this is going to be part of it!
  • 03:22 AM - Zardnaar quoted Eltab in post Extinction Level Events
    Tangent: The book Cold War Hot has several short stories, each exploring a different point in history when the USA and USSR could have started shooting at each other. The last story was intended to 'lighten the mood' a bit. A 1980s Soviet invasion of West Germany is defeated by parachuting thousands of quarts of vodka in the path of their infantry. Germans left behind poisoned alcohol in the closing stages of the war. Not sure how many Soviet troops it killed.

Sunday, 13th January, 2019

  • 08:44 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted Eltab in post Upcoming products will "touch on cultures that don't usually get exposure."
    The 'other Indians' cultures (Native American) could be the base for quality material, also. Aztecs, Inca, Yanomamo, and Sioux / Dakotah cover only a part of the ground available. Native American would certainly qualify as something touched a little (1st edition Deities and Demigods, 3.5 Spirit Shaman), but not a lot, and not recently. However, Native Americans where not known for their seafaring, and I'm pretty sure the culture touched on will tie in with the "ship book" in some way.

Monday, 7th January, 2019

  • 06:37 PM - Aaron L quoted Eltab in post Michael A Stackpole Resigns from GAMA
    A BattleTech novel by Michael introduced me to that game. I came at it the other way, discovering Stackpole's novels after starting to play the game in the late '90s, reading the engrossing history of this fantastic alternate future summarized in the setting material, and after finding out that there were actual novels that followed the lives of the characters and detailed the events mentioned in the sourcebooks, I got a hold of every Stackpole BattleTech novel I could find and devoured them voraciously. I still go back and read them annually, and they never fail to re-spark fond feelings and memories (much like I do with David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean, which I discovered around the same time.) Stackpole's books have always been my favorite BattleTech novels, and I still love Kai Allard Laio and Victor Steiner-Davion. Yes, I'm a firm FedRat. Long Live the Federated Suns!
  • 07:01 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Eltab in post Matt Colville, and Most Tolkien Critics, Are Wrong
    Really. If nothing else, one man's "tightly plotted and well-paced" is another's "rushed and frantic." But, let me include some other relevant thoughts.... Back in the 1980s, people wore acid wash jeans, and mullet haircuts. At the time, they were awesome. Today, we laugh at them. There is no absolute high or low artistic quality to a mullet, or a powdered wig, or a hightop fade. They are all different fashions, and fashions change. Art is a part of culture. And culture changes. And any given piece of art is made within its culture, for a particular audience. Remove it from its culture and it loses impact. You can see this trivially in, say, Shakespeare, in that language change has made most of the puns in his plays absolutely opaque to a modern reader, and students need annotations to understand what is going on. But beyond plain language change, there's a host of tropes and structural conventions that come and go with time. And LotR was written in the 1930s and 40s. How ma...
  • 04:47 AM - Harzel quoted Eltab in post Survivor Rods & Staves- STAFF OF THE MAGI WINS!
    -Insert second verse here; the lyrics escape me, alas- Myrrh I bring, its bitter perfume Breathes a life of gathering gloom Sorrowing, crying, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. Video to this music is the scene from The Nativity Story where the third magi offers his gift. In that movie, I believe what motivated him to show up was receiving a vision that could have been a scene from The Passion of the Christ. Second verse starts something like Frankincense to offer have I. Incense <something> a diety nigh.

Sunday, 6th January, 2019

  • 08:36 AM - flametitan quoted Eltab in post What’s make you feel magical?
    Luke TRYING to pick up the X-wing, and the look on Yoda's face as he watches. At a convention: Doing some ham acting as part of a Persuade / Deception attempt, getting positive reaction from the other players at the table, and rolling a nat 20. In a similar note, when Lukes switches off his targetting computer always had this magical feeling from the faith put into a hokey religion at such a critical junction. In general, that seems to be the common thread of what really "feels" like magic to me. What magic can do is irrelevant. It's about the weight of the situation, and the gravitas given to it. It's about the act of putting absolute trust in a force beyond one's control to set things right, the awe of those who witnessed a literal miracle before their eyes.
  • 03:33 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post Petrified wood
    Some combination of flesh to stone, stone to mud, mud to stone. Two goofball (or drunk?) magicians messing around in a grove trying to counter whatever the other one just did. Close: The remnant of a magical duel between a Wizard and a Druid.


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