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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:10 PM
    Whatever you find - or create - will have to be compliant with the host store's policy on being a good guest (or customer). It's tough to provide helpful suggestions without knowing more about the parameters of the problem. If the FLGS (or 'Con) in question is already a welcoming establishment, they have done the work of screening for you. If you haven't done so already, speak with the store...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 12:11 AM
    Eltab replied to Firearms
    As an alternative: the guards from one town in Out of the Abyss use a special-construction light crossbow which contains a small magazine of bolts. Do same with a hand crossbow to get a six-shooter pistol.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:52 AM
    Among other things, there is a 3e Undead made of the skin of a (formerly-)living victim. It blows through the air like a kite or piece of paper and tries to land on a new victim. If it successfully kills the victim, two kites blow away, leaving behind a body with no skin on it. The PC can realize there is a problem if you let him find the body of the previous victim down in the crypt before...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 03:31 AM
    After watching Dr. Robotnik take less than 30 seconds to violate the maxims from If I Was The Evil Overlord - particularly 'I will not treat my subordinates or underlings with such disrespect and contempt that they WANT to betray me and/or help my enemies' - we can confidently predict that he will fail spectacularly due to sabotage and non-compliance from within his organization.
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 01:17 AM
    And when you look through it, you can read / understand musical notation. Even stuff written in foreign languages or using unfamiliar notation.
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 01:07 AM
    A toddler Tabaxi ought to be an option.
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 01:02 AM
    For a twist, Hoard of the Dragon Queen Chapter 3 features three dragon eggs. Have one / several hatch just before the PCs get down into where they are kept. Multiple baby dragons for your L3 characters to face.
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 03:28 AM
    For a church camp, I wrote up a "Beat Up Goliath" scenario using the Testament sourcebook and played it as 'an intro to D&D'. The players were 4th-5th graders. Best wishes to you (and the students). Hope they have fun !
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 01:57 AM
    Some of the puzzles require Link to stand on a specific spot to get an effect. A party can stand on two spots to trigger the effect, or have one person trigger it while the others try to guide whatever happens. For instance, a sliding boulder could be pushed off its initial straight-line course to hit the wall (rather than block the doorway across the room). If your players start to figure...
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    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 01:44 AM
    Genetic experiment, attempting to get Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in "real life". But the technician was not as thinks as he smart he was and got something unexpected !
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 02:44 AM
    Welcome (back) to EnWorld !
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Was player and then DM for HotDQ/Tiamat.
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Hoping to revive and finish Tiamat ... someday.
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Was player and then DM for HotDQ/Tiamat.
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AL Wood Elf Outlander Monk3/Rogue1
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PotA Wood Elf Outlander Rogue(AT)4/Ranger2
TftYP Forest Gnome Bounty Hunter Rogue(AT)4 / Cleric(Trickery)5

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Forest Gnome "Buggy" Wizard (fluff: every spell has an insect involved somehow)
Tiefling Bard "Truenamer"

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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
    ...or 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"?

Saturday, 25th November, 2017



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Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 05:20 PM - Istbor quoted Eltab in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    After watching Dr. Robotnik take less than 30 seconds to violate the maxims from If I Was The Evil Overlord - particularly 'I will not treat my subordinates or underlings with such disrespect and contempt that they WANT to betray me and/or help my enemies' - we can confidently predict that he will fail spectacularly due to sabotage and non-compliance from within his organization. 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.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 02:18 AM - Y31HSA quoted Eltab in post A link to the past
    Some of the puzzles require Link to stand on a specific spot to get an effect. A party can stand on two spots to trigger the effect, or have one person trigger it while the others try to guide whatever happens. For instance, a sliding boulder could be pushed off its initial straight-line course to hit the wall (rather than block the doorway across the room). If your players start to figure it out, you could place some obvious "looks like a booby-trap to me" items around the dungeons, that do not exist in the original game. I like it, already finished hyrule castle and there's a specific puzzle there thst requires the character to pull one of 2 levers, one opens the door the other releases the snakes, I've made the room bigger by mirroring it and adding in 2 extra switches. Rather than habe a specific switch open the door I'll roll for it when they enter the room.... Depending on how much health they have remaining since its the last room in the dungeon.

Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 10:22 PM - Legatus_Legionis quoted Eltab in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    New Sith power: Survive Infinite Falls. For Palpatine, the exploding reactor was just a push so he was falling in another direction. Correct! Robot Chicken has this, and here is the proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAKXK_aLeA < HA Ha ha > Gotta love Robot Chicken!

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019

  • 03:02 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post Eat This, It's Good for You!
    My Ashes of Athas (4e) druid was supposed to be a paragon of wilderness survival, but I managed to roll a 1 when I tried to turn a defeated poisonous monster into Survival Rations. This is the guy I’m seeing in my mind... https://static.spin.com/files/130322-bowie-10.jpg

Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 02:56 AM - Hussar quoted Eltab in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    :devil: Must … resist … urge … to deliver ... dissertation … contrasting … Gold Standard currency … with paper money … and … bore audience … describing inflation ! :-S Sorry, even adjusted for inflation, Avatar still beats out Episode IV according to IMDB.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


Monday, 18th March, 2019

  • 04:04 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Eltab in post Who in the World is James M. Ward?
    If I'm thinking of the right logo, that is the Shatter font. Also looking forward to hearing more from Mr. Ward! Gamma World (first edition, "lightning bolt"-style name on the map) was the first RPG I bought with my own money, 1980 or 81.

Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 10:57 PM - Deset Gled quoted Eltab in post Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)
    I saw an article in the local newspaper about "Momo Challenge coming back on social media; nobody knows why". The kids / teens I asked about it could not explain what the Momo Challenge is. They did think the picture was creepy and would encourage them to turn the page, not read whatever was written with it. It seems that this is a meta-rumor: a rumor about rumors that are supposed to be circulating out there. It's a meta-rumor ... for now. Inevitably, someone is going to realize that there's a buzz about Momo, and attempt to make a viral video about it. Then, that video will be used as proof of the rumors. It's a viscous cycle, and one that I find absolutely fascinating.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 07:46 PM - wingsandsword quoted Eltab in post Looking up heraldry, sources? Information?
    OTOH, it might be associated with the Gospel-writer Mark. Is the rest of the verse printed off to the left of the photo? Yes. The bottom left hand of the window is the arms of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. Then there's the text of Mark 16:15 across the entire lower part of the window, and then the unknown coat of arms. Apparently from looking around, in heraldry a lion is sometimes associated with St. Mark, so that's possible that there's some tie, but given that the whole 3 gold lions on a red field is also associated with the British Royal Family (and it's part of a Church that's in the Anglican Communion) I do suspect the lions are more likely indicative that the bearer of the arms had some tie to them, but the correlation can't be discounted. I searched the arms of every King of England, however, it doesn't match for the Royal Arms of any King of England, Scotland, or the United Kingdom.

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019

  • 09:08 PM - ccs quoted Eltab in post Why do people still play older editions of D&D? Are they superior to the current one?
    I can play Dark Sun in 4e. But not 5e - yet; psionics rules (and eventually a Dark Sun Campaign Setting book) are still under construction. I got the 4e DSCS for Christmas. Therefore I am creating a 4e DS campaign. If/when 5e gets everything together, I can convert over. If I wanted to lay out some money, I could play DS in 3e or 2e. If I also wanted to do a lot of conversion work I could play DS in 1e or BASIC. If you can run DS in BASIC, then you can certainly run it in 5e.

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 09:23 PM - Umbran quoted Eltab in post No Politics
    A more robust staff would be able to keep track of what is said... We have had more staff at various times. Right now, day-to-day, there isn't enough work for a notably larger staff. Most times, the place is quiet, and there is an infrequent spike when a thread starts with, or diverges into, one of a small number of rather predictable topics. With volunteers, if there's usually nothing for them to do, they wander off and find other uses for their time, and then they aren't available when you need them. Morrus has added to the staff several times over the years, and this pattern repeats.
  • 07:40 PM - Morrus quoted Eltab in post No Politics
    Is there a way to apply for a job as Moderator? What are the qualifications? The main qualification is not wanting the job. It's a horrible job.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 09:37 PM - jasper quoted Eltab in post Converting Grimtooth over to 5e
    "Not stars - skulls! SKULLS! My traps are deadly, not just pretty decorations in a dungeon!" - Grimtooth Shut old fart. I had not looked at your books this century. Deadly. Deadly boring!

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- FROST BRAND CHILLS THE COMPETITION!
    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.


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