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    Today, 03:03 AM
    Why? In my experience the best games always involve conversations with the DM.
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    Yesterday, 02:50 PM
    Your best investment will be a copy of the DMG. Read though the magic item section & note whatever items stile your fancy. These might not directly compliment your characters theme. For ex; One of my favorite items is The Apparatus of Kwalish. This thing doesn't "fit" any character that I've ever made 38 years of play. But that wouldn't stop me from gleefully using one....
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    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 04:56 PM
    Given that my favorite edition is 1e, I'll give you one guess as to my preferences.... :) Mostly I dislike setting DC #s for things. So roll under systems suite me just fine. And I continue to use them here in PF/5e.
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    Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 05:54 AM
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    Several of my characters: 14th lv 1e fighter (human, male, Roman citizen). I played this guy for a good # of years in a fantasy Roman Empire campaign. The game opened with him & the other PCs as members of one of the Legions & about to muster out - as soon as this one last campaign against the (??? I'd have to check my notes) wrapped up. Just for the heck of it, when selecting...
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    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 11:45 PM
    I almost always give my monsters 75% - max hp. Why? Because I want a turn or three to play as well. Otherwise, what's the point? Of course I'll also do things like add terrain, adjust ACs, weapons used, add more monsters, etc as I see fit. Sometimes I'll even go old school & actually roll the HPs.... I've also done things such as determine a set # of minimum rounds for some foes. The...
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    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 10:52 PM
    We (myself/brother/cousin/+ friend) started with the Basic boxed set over Xmas vacation of 1980. Our only real stumbling block was that we spent the 1st several months looking for someplace that sold "the board". We found dice. And miniatures. And modules. And 1e hardbacks.... But no board. Eventually we found a helpful hobby shop where the guy behind the counter explained that the map...
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    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 06:03 PM
    I had a street preaching prophet (cleric actually) that had performance. I thought it appropriate that he could hold others attention and maybe if DM is generous "persuade" by virtue of a good sermon/performance. I think that is reasonable. I also utilized the by popular demand feature in order to be invited to stay and have a room if performances drew crowds. There is a lot of wiggle...
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    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 05:10 PM
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    I'll say this, learning about how Zapp's games run is a fascinating glimpse into a totally alien style of play.... Fortunately it's a style of play the majority of gamers don't actually experience in the real world.
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    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 08:20 AM
    Eladrin 24 High Elf 29 Wood elf 40
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    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 08:43 PM
    I'll keep this in mind if I ever find myself on a mountaineering team. It was none of the above in the case of our barbarian & my 1/2lings mis-adventures with a phantom feast. The rest of the party were only about 60'-90' away from us. We very often spread out a bit if just generally searching rather than standing all clumped up in one spot & relying upon whomever has the highest...
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    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 06:13 PM
    Avariel 12 - I don't really need flying elves for anything. Drow 5 - on the other hand these guys make for great badguys... Eladrin 23 High Elf 29 Sea Elf 11 Wood Elf 30
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    Thursday, 14th June, 2018, 07:16 AM
    Yes. Yes. And yes. It can provide you whatever you care to put into it. Just like any other edition. As for PF2? Don't write it off just yet. Get the playtest book. And even if you dislike what you see? Make sure to check back in another year to see how the final product actually turns out.
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Avariel 20 Drow 16 Eladrin 21 Grugach 10 High Elf 25 Sea Elf 16 Shadar-Kai 13 Wood Elf 25
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 02:36 PM
    If this is an example of a "broken" power, then; A) 4e is just a Poo game to start with, B) your specific game is poo. Possibly both, but definitely at least one of those. I'll assume you think it's broken because of it being a great way to sweep away those 1/low hp minions? So, if your players are taking powers like this for that reason, then the DM needs to get the message. And that...
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 01:49 AM
    I'd say "Allow, but infrequently." In our Sunday (PF) game, we only have 3 players right now. So in the current campaign 1 guy is running an NPC who's been with the group almost from the start. Another just recently took the Leadership feat & so now has a 9th lv cleric cohort. The 3rd guy just isn't comfortable playing more than 1 character at these lvs at a time. Sometimes, dependent upon...
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    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 11:42 PM
    Yes, but not from anything game related. Last Sunday I shared this depressing picture with the group: :( That's my bike section at Toys-R-Us #9211 as of 9June18. Of all the sections* in my store that's been my favorite. I've spent many many years making a lot of people happy via that section. Last Saturday I had to clear & tear it down as TRU is in the final stages of going out of...
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 04:50 AM
    Of course there was no warning.
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 04:40 AM
    Of course there was no warning.
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 06:18 PM
    And by Thief you actually meant Cleric. Because anything a Thief could acomplish via poo %s anyone else could pretty much duplicate with player creativity. Or a round or two extra of combat if your thinking of backstab. But if you want any magical healing....
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 03:45 AM
    You should definitely distribute this 1st, let the players read it over, then the next session ask each player to explain why their character is participating & see what kind of party has formed. Oh, and of course some spellcheck etc.
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 11:30 PM
    Frankly I would not do it. Like you say, then great weapon fighter do less. If you were concerned you could do something to add damage in a smaller measure... But again this is for those concerned with dpr balance which is not a priority for me
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 06:23 PM
    I really think this is RAI. There is little to no value with a strict interpretation here unless it's an AL game (as was mentioned). I think I will plan for them being available from the start...
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 04:45 PM
    We have some similar ideas apparently! Great minds? But in seriousness there are some differences in recommendations too. Another simple one would be to see weapon choices as nearly equivalent and simply give GWM bonus damage/ability to any weapon combo if the damage difference bothers you. That is VERY parsimonious.
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 01:27 PM
    The most recent example of one of my characters getting loot - hurt was last summer. At least 3 times (!) In our CoS game. 1st, my character Bree is an 11 yr old 1/2ling child. She's a fey, chainlock, who's patron is an ancient psuedo-dragon. 2nd) So she's 110% insatiably curious, near fearless/doesn't stop to consider consequences, & has a direct mandate to bring loot back to her patron...
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    Friday, 8th June, 2018, 08:09 PM
    My pleasure and congrats! It is fitting as you are one of my favorite posters. Its OK to be excited about thumbs up from a stranger...it balances out all the times we get mad at them on a forum! :) Like some others even a few I do not always agree with (some on this thread) I appreciate well thought out posts that make me evaluate my game in new ways.
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    Friday, 8th June, 2018, 05:28 PM
    Without muscle, how many groups would run around a dungeon? I think what was said earlier has some truth. DPR is the only thing that perspective is particularity focused on without taking into account how it is done.
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    Friday, 8th June, 2018, 04:51 PM
    The first part that I quoted here was in response to the OP. I think you are correct that this is a good summary of the OP position. Secondly, the rest of this post is really good analysis. It is actually fair. Bottom line is that if certain spellcasters want to, they can dish as much damage as a fighter and switch tactics later if they want. Sans feats, a fighter can serve as muscle to...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 09:00 PM
    You make some good points. I will address one in particular and suggest another consideration. Yes, I am particularly talking about cantrips that are upcast since this was referenced in the OP. IF we do not use them and the fighter uses at-will attacks instead of big punch spells or whatever, what is the rub? The main complaint is that the sorcerer can do what featless fighter can do all...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 07:08 PM
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    Yes, thanks, I know about it. And 3 other takes on the Hut + my own scratch built one. My wish though isn't for a Dancing Hut model, but for a specific version of it. Refer back to the picture to see what I want. So until they make that one, it'll remain on the wish list.
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 06:33 PM
    OK. If we take this analysis at face value we are hearing that AC and hit points matter. Maybe not as much in combat as DPR, but they matter. Let me throw this out there. What about DISADVANTAGE?! Many of the spells that "force" fighters to take feats to keep up will be at disadvantage to hit. If you do not take feats as a caster, isn't THIS a balancing factor? In 1e you would be...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 04:57 PM
    Frankly, the sort of fantasy and swords and sorcery my group is interested in does little to explore gender identity or sexuality. I believe if we make assumptions we are generally defaulting to typical depictions of fantasy characters in areas we don't actively have interest in. To the point, none of the group is really invested in hashing out sexual attractions or gender identity of...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 04:00 PM
    It is interesting to read some of the different takes on this thread. It would be interesting to know how some posters would summarize the OP position in three or four lines. It seems clear to me. I generally disagree with the position while respecting the desire for every sort of character to have an impact. Of note, the group is really the thing with DM as a lead. A DM could say that...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 12:58 AM
    Perhaps it was not directly stated. However, much of the OP is saying it is extremely important. I just looked again.
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 11:42 PM
    ccs replied to Most Needed Minis
    The mini I want is the Dancing Hut as depicted in Paizos Reign of Winter AP But they don't make this exact model. I also want this from the mid-late '80s: It's the Dwarven Juggernaught, a steam driven tank for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, 1e or maybe 2e. That it's waaay expensive now days is not the hurdle. No, the hurdle is that I simply don't trust the Ebayers not to be selling me a...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 08:00 PM
    Mike: thanks for the quick response. However, I am hung up on the term "learn." In all contexts I have seen this used, it referred to spells beyond those "known" at first level... EDIT: I reread the section on spells known and see what you mean. Thanks!
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 07:43 PM
    The rules state that Divine Soul sorcerers can learn cleric spells and cantrips when they get a new spell or replace one of the sorcerer's spells. My question: does this mean you cannot select a cleric spell at first level aside from your affinity spell (e.g. evil, good, law, chaos)? Thanks for any insight!
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 07:27 PM
    I want to respectfully agree with this. Nothing against OP's playstyle. I enjoy a number of strategy games. Some are asymmetrical some are scenario driven but frequently we want balance. This is not universally true though. We often have had fun with Axis and Allies or War of the Ring with asymmetry in forces. I am all in for immersion and challenge. I think it is very telling that...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 06:37 PM
    Everything said here. I replied with quote to reinforce how right I think this post is... Especially the solutions and their simplicity...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 04:07 PM
    This is on target. It is very convenient to forget that in the absence of warcaster and (for some classes) resilient-con, a spell caster would not want to be in melee. This also means that they are not up armored without multiclassing, may use shield spells more (in absence of always up casting) and so forth. I still believe fighters have a niche and an ability that matters (AC, HP,...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 04:09 AM
    All good thoughts. The fact that there is a debate at all is a good sign. Let's get really concrete. Let us say level 11 fighter and sorcerer is the comparison. No feats--I assume. 20 in main attributes...comparing at will damage vs at will plus resources for sorcerer. Fighter does 2d6+5 times three. Sorcerer (dragon? Fire?) does 3d10+5. If we start burning spell points, we...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 02:45 AM
    Let's not move the goalposts :) A fighter can also mulriclass and if you use all your spells to upcast at will damage you don't have a lot of spells left. Let's stick with fighter and sorcerer level 5 or 8 or something...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 02:11 AM
    OK. Yes we are all white room theorizing. But if the sorcerer uses all of their resources to do close to what a fighter does for five encounters, and the fighter has more HP and better AC and slightly does more damage, I am not seeing the problem. Sounds fairly "balanced" for those demanding such. (Shrug). Just had not been a proble for us to date.
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 01:46 AM
    This is a well thought out and reasoned post. I have one quibble that is significant however. If we are fighting imaginary monsters, so it goes, how can we expect reality to be represented? The fact that we mostly have normal assumptions about gravity or use swords instead of spoons as weapons speaks volumes. In a what-if world, we assume people-with exceptions-breathe air, people fall...
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    Wednesday, 6th June, 2018, 01:13 AM
    And.... their still not a thing in my game.
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 09:10 PM
    The perk of being the DM is that you can use/add/delete/change anything & everything. :) So yes, if any of this doesn't suite you for whatever reason? Make whatever alterations you need.
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 06:43 PM
    Worse movies than that've been made though.....
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 03:47 PM
    I think there is value in having some choices be less powerful. Granted this is a fantasy game, but how many individuals on a battlefield ran around throwing daggers? Correct, probably none. Many knights had a dagger for finishing a kill. A rogue doing sneak attack damage is another matter and rules increase damage in this case substantially. At a certain point it becomes absurd. Why...
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 05:04 AM
    Hmm. If her hiding in a suitcase & not eating/drinking or interacting with the party is the best you can come up with.... Then your right, you do need our help. Some ideas: 1) The child is disguised/mistaken as a 1/2ling. Not the worst idea, but as a 1/2ling is only about 3' tall that'd be an awfully small 8-13 yr old human. 2) The PC could be the child of the jungle guide the other...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 09:08 PM
    Well, despite a combo of Enlarge & Reduce Person effects on us, she was still a Storm Giant princess, and I was a 1/2elf Ranger.
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 05:57 PM
    Grappling rules.
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 10:30 AM
    Not initially you didn't. You conveniently left out the part about Dexter being covered in scales/being a dragonborn. Given the discussion about the gender swapping/sex changing elves going on elsewhere I mistook you as playing an elf. When you later added the fact that you have scales someone guessed Yuan-Ti & you got all coy about that not being a PHB race. Dexter being a dragonborn is...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 09:25 AM
    4/11 of my most recent characters. 2 male: * (5e) My 1/2elf ranger in SKT - Had a fling with an NPC fm human mage in a town they were defending. Then, while working the diplomacy angle, charmed (non-magic) one of the Storm Giant princesses & they found new uses for enlarge/reduce person spells. And then on a gambling boat he & our fm human cleric (fellow PC) had way too much to drink,...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 07:08 AM
    Oh a few reasons.... 1) I don't buy the lead actor as Han Solo. I've seen him in other stuff & not been impressed. When they announced they'd cast him in the role I knew to adjust any expectations way down. 2) Other than R1, I've not been impressed with either EP7 or EP8. EP7? I vividly remember seeing a better version of this movie back in '77.... EP8? So this is what a Taun Tauns'...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 06:12 AM
    Here's my opinion of Solo: I was entertained - in a generic sci-fi action movie kind of way. That's not a ringing endorsement as I've watched equally/more entraining shlock via my Amazon Prime act. The sad thing is that I've also watched worse SW movies than this.... All you're really getting here is a good Lando performance by Donald Glover, a fairly uninspired heist/double cross...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 05:52 AM
    You'll be perfectly fine playing a Moon Druid
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 05:42 AM
    So you envision selling me a new set of core books every 12-18 months? Me wasting a lot of printer ink printing & re-printing shifting rules? Or am I supposed to use an App (presumably one I have to pay to keep updating)? Whatever you're envisioning? No thanks. If I want to play AD&D I'll walk over to my shelf & pull out the real thing: & sometimes:
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 04:15 AM
    Nope. No long rest, sex changing, elves in my games. Nor will this be mentioned until a player brings it up. You want to play a shape shifter? See if I'll let you play a changeling or a doppelganger. Now I might incorporate the change if an elf PC is revived from the dead. Probably with some sort of increased likelihood based upon how long they've been dead. If the % comes up & the...
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 11:58 PM
    Uh...but we like our game. As an aside is all of this about the inclusion of optional rules (hint, hint)?
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 08:01 PM
    No disrespect to the OP...at all. But emergent play is really illuminating in this regard. When you use spells or sneak past a threat you do not need to fight, you see the value of other abilities vis a vis MOAR damage. I am not discounting martial or damage prowess but think thI OP is overlooking other factors. Sometimes it is better to fly, disguise self, sneak, pick a lock or disappear...
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 06:59 PM
    Is forcecage ever better than 70 damage? Yes. Do SMART enemies refuse to be bags of static hit points? Yes. It's really meant to be a team game where people are good at things, not necessarily the exact same things.
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 06:54 PM
    I don't plan to write it into my campaign and do not think anyone in the campaign would ask for it. The same can probably be said for a campaign I play in. If someone wants it it's fine. They could say their character is exceptionally close to corellon or whatever. It just doesn't scream cool to me but then neither do gnomes or bards and I would not ban them.
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 02:26 AM
    I play the game to solve problems, make decisions, create characters/stories, experience drama/humor/excitement watch events unfold and to socialize. None of these are predicated on perfect balance in all endeavors. I am fine with some feats classes and skills being better in particular ways.
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 01:49 AM
    Those sound mutually exclusive. Isn't that interesting? I genuinely disliked 4e. Does that mean that was the wrong way to have fun? Many would disagree. Or 8 people...but you get the point. The tenor of the OP is saying this 5e is so lopsided as to be "not fun." I disagree on the "not fun" portion. It seems to be a value statement. I don't like the metric. I am OK with Bob the...
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 01:02 AM
    I guess I am wondering how I could have played this game for decades without realizing how poor my taste is. I feel ashamed. I spent a sizable portion of my youth playing AD&D which was really poorly balanced. And now? We rediscover our youthful adventures with AD&D and all we have to show for it is ostensibly poor taste, hours of fun, tales fondly recounted, high fives and some of the most...
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    Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, 09:48 PM
    CapnZapp, check your calendar. You're either a bit late or a lot early for April Fools.
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    Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, 05:33 AM
    What if I make a character of the same gender as mine with those exact traits?
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    Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, 05:23 AM
    Well, you'll get a lot less crap playing an alien....
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    Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, 05:13 AM
    What? The older the player gets the more real life XP they have to draw on & this somehow helps them? Shocking!
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 05:29 PM
    I have. 2 sessions ago our bard walked out an open window - 10k feet directly above the pyramid we were raiding (1e module I3: Pharoh). She thought the trick to reaching the floating funeral barge, anchored to a small cloud, was the walk of faith bit from Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. Unlike Indy, she did NOT test this idea with a handful of gravel. Just walked straight out the window. ...
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 04:48 PM
    Why don't you just contact his relatives & ask?
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 06:07 AM
    3 of my favorites, that almost always appear in games I run: The Apparatus of Kwalish (sp?) The Horn of Vallhalla Longsword +2 - Nope, I don't know why. It's not a power thing. Or a special rules thing. It wasn't the 1st magic item I ever found/read. But for as long as I've played these games a +2 Longsword has sparked in my imagination more so than all other weapons. Not the +1s, not +3s....
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 05:20 AM
    Just checking.... You do realize that the people you're arguing against either just don't get that, or don't care what you're saying, (possibly both) right? Ok, now back to beating on the poor dead equine.
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    Thursday, 31st May, 2018, 09:44 PM
    we used to deal with this the old fashioned way. "Kovar draws his sword and glares menacingly." And so it goes around the table. The last time it happened it went full PvP. But come on! If a character is TRULY disruptive and violates tons of norms, what self respecting warrior would allow them to do that to the group enterprise? We did a beat down of two characters for this. In...
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    Thursday, 31st May, 2018, 03:16 PM
    Yeah--and I think all of those things are important on the front end as well. For example, I love backgrounds and such. They are not worthless by any means. However, I have found that all characters have a background (which helps me get immersed when I play at least) but they do not all end up as shining stars among heroes. Many characters don't get talked about after a campaign is over...a...
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 10:39 PM
    I would clarify in my experience gimmicks don't last, but they can sometimes add to things if they are not simply annoying. In the case I mentioned earlier, I had a puritan sort of clerical feel with a character that used odd language and had creepy appearance (for a warlock who was deceived by a fallen angel and thought he was spreading good). It worked. People got a kick out of it. More...
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 08:39 PM
    Sounds like you need https://www.heroforge.com/ ! No more excuses!
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 07:46 PM
    I firmly believe that there is an interaction between what you put on paper and what happens in the game. You might be pretty vanilla on paper and have something cool happen over the course of campaigns. You can also sketch out the bones of who you want to be and have that emerge in play. Or, you can see your bones are less interesting than your experience in play. Either way I do not...
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 02:25 PM
    Unfortunately this is largely true. However, my most memorable character had an interesting appearance, odd speech pattern (think King James bible thees and thous) and while giving sermons ostensibly from a place of good (he was actually a weird warlock tricked by a fallen angel). His story, accent and looks COMBINED with in game happenings. In another instance I had a fat red bearded...
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 01:42 PM
    Oh, we thoroughly "tested" it way back when. It's not an issue of it not making sense, especially concerning multiple foes. It just proved too fiddly. Within any given combat it'd get taken into account unevenly. By both DMs & players. You know, busy rolling dice, accounting for various effects, interspersed BS, whatever. And then you realize you forgot to account for the facing...
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 12:39 PM
    Given the weird names, weird spellings, & weird(er) pronunciations I've witnessed RL humans saddling their children with over the past 20 years I'd not automatically assume Boris was male. Though this would always be the default image that'd spring to my minds-eye when I heard the characters name: After that there'd be a quick mental correction of course....
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 10:12 AM
    If after a year of play I, the player, have no idea that Boris the Green is an elf or what sex/gender they are then you've failed. Unless you were intentionally trying to conceal these facts not just from the characters, but also from the players....
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 09:40 AM
    Wouldn't your darkness also hinder your teammates? It's all fine & good to make yourself nigh invulnerable, but if your doing so begins to negatively effect the other players (or forces them to consider warlock dips for their own devil site)....
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 09:32 AM
    For non-AL, have you considered making it a Warforged? There's one WF sub-race(?) that grants +1AC
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 04:10 PM
    I quit tracking facing sometime back in the early '80s with 1e. It just never added enough to the game to be worth it in my experiences. I can't imagine wasting the effort to track it here in 2018/5e would produce any better result. So as a DM, no, I will not use this option. Not even if the players request it. As a player? If the DM wants to use this, fine.
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 11:39 PM
    The biggest issue is when something becomes a standard assumption. Some few elves are like corellon? Guarantee not a person in my group would choose the option. However, it's a select few or so I hear. That is easily ignored or accepted. Dwarves in your setting are 7 feet tall and hate conflict? That is going to get push back. Options are fine by my warrior prince sometimes turns into a...
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 05:03 PM
    "I am male and am comfortable with cross gender characters" This, I guess.... I mean I've been DMing since I was 11 (IE; for along time). Playing characters other than male comes with the job. Personally, most of the characters I've played as a Player have been male. Of the last 11 characters (played over the last 6 years/7 campaigns (PF & 5e) there's 7 males, 3 females, & 1...
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 06:25 AM
    ccs replied to d20 vs 2d20
    Yes, there's something really important that you're overlooking: The fact that most of the people who've ever played, & will ever play, this game DON"T CARE about this "problem" you perceive. For them, rolling 2d20 to get the same result (success/failure) 1d20 would yield would be pointless. Rolling 1d20 might not be the perfect answer math-wise, but it's a nice simple solution that works for...
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 03:58 AM
    Stat blocks minus any RP details make a poor guide in an RPG.
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 07:27 PM
    Just so I am clear...it seemed from the reactions of some posters across sites that the lore is ALL elves can change and do change sex. Is that the case or is it just some who are so "blessed" have the ability? For me the distinction would be the difference between allowing and having it part of my world or an ignored tidbit.
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    Friday, 25th May, 2018, 05:13 PM
    Well.... As it turns out, it was really only a flesh wound & he got better the next morning after a long rest.
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Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 06:32 PM - Sunseeker mentioned ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    I wasn't here to answer the question back in the day, and I suspect anyone on this forum should know where my answer lies. I would say 75% of my characters are female. I do not typically enjoy "power fantasy" gaming. As a writer, self-inserting is one of those dirty things that I make an overt effort to avoid in almost all situations. Sure, every character has "a little bit of me" in it, that's bound to happen, but my preference for gaming is not "Me, but stronger, faster and in every way better than I am IRL!". So that tends to skew my decision making into playing female characters. I'm also almost never human. So I don't really care what anyone else plays. And as ccs mentions, when I DM I get to play everyone. Gay, straight, aberration, male, female, robot. I've only ever run into one player(I don't know his orientation) who wanted to make a BFD about his cross-dressing character. We don't play with him anymore. Minor pet peeve: I make an effort, both as DM and as player to at least learn all the other players names and sexes. It annoys me when other people can't be assed to do the same and it makes role-play jarring.

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 03:29 AM - cbwjm mentioned ccs in post How would you balance this modification to spellcasters?
    Like ccs, I'd just change it, run with it, and then sort things out later once I've done some playtesting. As an aside, this rule could lead to the party wanting more short rests, especially as they won't be fully recharged after a long rest but then almost every other class will be recharging on a short rest so it might work out fine.

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 06:41 AM - Coroc mentioned ccs in post Playing Tieflings
    ccs #30 i do not have a Problem at all and i totally understood what you wanted to express, it is just that for me (eventually being no native english speaker) the term traditional in conjunction with Body parts sounds terribly funny, i don't know how to explain maybe like e.g. if you describe a RL human having traditional big feet or a traditional long nose.

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 09:59 AM - Coroc mentioned ccs in post Playing Tieflings
    ccs whew "traditional small devil horns " and "tipped with traditional arrowhead shape" so there is a traditional shape of extra Body parts for tieflings, you never stop learning :) (Traditional pointy ears and traditional cats eyes anyone?)

Friday, 27th April, 2018

  • 08:44 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned ccs in post What happens to the "suboptimal?"
    ...ne remembers that PC that always succeeded and always did well because it wasn't challenging. We remember when the PC who has challenges overcame the challenge (either through luck, or creative play) to win the day. Flaws and weaknesses are what accentuates the strengths and heroic actions. Yes to this. Playing the way the hive mind wants ("must max your main stat!", "only use certain race/class combos!", "don't take spells that are red or brown on the interweb lists!", etc) results in a less memorable experience, IMO. Which is kind of missing the point of the fun of playing. Suddenly everything is very samey and mechanical and about "winning" with very little flavor. It's the heroic failures and unlikely victories that make for the grand stories we tell years from now. No group will wax poetic (or want to listen to the hyper-optimizing player who remembers) about the UA Revised Ranger Wood Elf who single-handedly wiped out the low level humanoids in that one combat. I'll take @ccs's Halfling Barbarian or @Ath-kethin's grappling VHuman Warlock or @Warpiglet's Hobgoblin Celestial Warlock in a party any day.

Thursday, 12th April, 2018

  • 05:25 AM - Unwise mentioned ccs in post What kaiju was the rust monster based off of?
    Ah well done @ccs ! I was just thinking to myself "gee I hope not finding this little plastic toy does not become an itch in my brain that leads me to spend way too long googling it". Then I saw your post, you saved me! <edit> It is a weird world we live in, that people presumably on the other side of the planet from each other still remember the same little plastic crappy toy from their childhoods. Weirder still is the fact that the internet has pictures of that and we can search for it and find it. Even stranger is that a bunch of grown adults are spending time searching for and reminiscing over something so obscure :)

Thursday, 15th March, 2018

  • 07:32 PM - EarlyBird mentioned ccs in post EB's Second Darkness w/RoleMaster rules (plz ignore prefix) - Recruitment (need a Burglar) haha
    OK gang let's go with Second Darkness, I'm liking the read so far and the potential for some fun RPing. Finn will defiantly be a member of the Order of Cyphers so that fits nicely. Group so far: hero4hire - Jerrod human alchemist Yavanthol - Finn human magus johnathonhawke - ?? human fighter Skarsgard - ?? human ?? Hoping for one more? ccs maybe? All I need from the players is their background/concept (please list fave weapons and tactics), and if you all can get a copy of Second Darkness Player's Guide and specifically pick a campaign trait for your character. I will be giving everyone a list of the basics you will have to start the game, DB, OB, equipment, spells, and special abilities. Won't be much think of this as if we were trying this in RL you would only have an index card size list of numbers and things your character can do. That info I'll have everyone copy past into the RG before we get started.

Sunday, 24th December, 2017


Saturday, 18th November, 2017

  • 10:08 PM - DMMike mentioned ccs in post Fifth Edition.....Why?
    ...r they turned the Forgotten Realms into. Then I bought the 5th Edition players handbook, It seemed to actually streamline the 4th Edition and make it less a tabletop MMO while bringing back the simplicity of the old school blue and red boxes. However what drove me to ignore the rule set was that fundamental lack of variability that 3rd Edition actually offered. It seems like I'm pretty much stuck in the class I began the game in and I can either choose a mediocre stat bonus where I used to be able to alter the standard progression path by taking a feat, and the stat bonus would come later which demonstrated a focus in a differing area of my character's priority. So, why should I play 5th Edition? It eliminated the wonderful options a player could take his character and even it's weak multiclassing can't portray the most famous characters of our favorite DnD novel characters. I mean, stat out Elminster the way he should be in 5th Ed, or even Mirt the Merciless. To elaborate on ccs's response: buying 5th edition keeps the D&D team in business, and putting out more official D&D content. #notWotC But with all the complaints, maybe the thread header should be: Savage Worlds...Why? Hackmaster...Why? GURPS...Why? Fantasy AGE...Why? (Choose Any Free D&D Clone)...Why...

Thursday, 16th November, 2017

  • 09:24 AM - scottaroberts mentioned ccs in post Xanathar's, Wizards, and FLGSes Charging For Playspace
    ...d expecting to stay there for five to eight hours. People like that aren't looking for an amazing *retail* experience, they're looking for an amazing *play* experience--and charging for that is not, in my opinion, unethical. Dannyalcatraz and shidaku: There are in fact stores that make money entirely from hosting games. There are a few models for it, including the cafe model. I expect they will grow. My model right now is not profitable under normal circumstances, but that's because I'm only open two days a week for other reasons. The expanded model for when that's possible involves leveraging Meetup groups on non-RPG days, for boardgame nights; hosting game design & other merit badge projects for scouts; catering to teens and children who want to learn D&D via charging for lessons (yes there is a market, and it's one where parents know how much it costs to host a kid for hours), and a bunch more things. Mirtek: Exactly correct. My FLGS made its money on CCGs and minis. ccs: 1) I stay in business because I have another revenue stream from something else. 2) I give DMs free sessions, one for each session they run; I also give out free sessions for other volunteer services and work. 3) I could lower my stock--but then I would lose all those initial sales to Amazon. Which, ultimately, it's just better to tell people to buy on Amazon. 4) (and this also applies to a later comment by Dannyalcatraz): My point is that (a) the industry should definitely change to a charging-for-games model post haste. There should be no "free" playspace outside of a library. Mandatory purchases, cafe services, and other things can also suffice. I simply don't understand why there is such pushback: you don't balk at paying for bowling, miniature golf, billiards, target shooting, batting cages, and the like; and what you're paying for are the tools to do the thing with and the space. Why are FLGS so incredibly different? There's not much money in the people who only play ...

Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

  • 08:23 PM - akr71 mentioned ccs in post Converting Monsters - which addition is easier to convert from?
    ccs I am planning on converting modules (or at least chunks of). We're in the midst of a campaign, but I'm beginning to plan the next one and I want to take a crack at a sandbox style campaign. Everything we've done so far has felt very much like its been on rails - however, they were new players and I had not played or DM'd in a couple decades (at least). Time to take the rails away and see how they do! They're interested in the concept too. So, I've chosen a start location. Now I'm mining my old AD&D modules and gotten my hands on some old Dragon & Dungeon magazines so I can seed the local area and not so local area with potential adventures and hooks. They'll get to choose which ones to go after with the understanding that the things that they pass on are not frozen in time waiting for their return. I've got some time before I have to worry a whole lot about converting, but I will have to get on it. Adventure Lookup had me looking at some 3e & 4e stuff which had me wondering ...
  • 07:20 AM - Wulffolk mentioned ccs in post Solution to ASI Problem
    ccs and Stalker0 You both make excellent points. The 6 encounters per day is that standard by which the system was written, which is why so much of the system needs adjusting to encourage a less combat heavy game, for those of us that prefer it. And I also agree that all of us have gone through phases of min/max due to the influence of the rules, and we all hopefully grow through patience and experience as players and DM's.

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017

  • 06:27 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post Leif's First 5E Homebrew Out-Of-Character Thread
    Now we just need ccs and DM Aesh to post their characters and join the "fun." And then get all the PCs together. They might not know the story has started. I only happened to notice a day late myself. ccs DMAesh Oh, and Fiftheach and Lee are still waiting for the curtain to move aside and show us what's behind it in the Temple to Oghma.

Thursday, 21st September, 2017

  • 06:06 PM - Morrus mentioned ccs in post Pros and Cons: HASCON
    You guys are right; ccs, there are better ways to express your disagreement than to attack our columnists with your best serving of dripping sarcasm. I think people are starting to think they're posting comments on YouTube or somewhere.

Sunday, 27th August, 2017

  • 03:28 PM - WilliamCQ mentioned ccs in post Conflict? Belt of Fire Giant Strength & Belt of Dwarvenkind
    ccs my question involve 2 specific items, the items mentioned in the thread title. Also the last paragraph of the OP mention the exact question; another way to look at it is: Is there a decent portion of AL GMs that would allow the 2 items to be attuned at the same time (by the same PC).

Monday, 31st July, 2017

  • 09:18 PM - DMAesh mentioned ccs in post New 5E Game
    ccs, Sorry, I know. I will behave. :) We have a warlock, what are you thinking of making?

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

  • 04:32 AM - Charwoman Gene mentioned ccs in post Lost Mine of Phandelver - CG
    Evelyn can identify the horses as belonging to Gundren Rockseeker and Sildar Hallwinter. The saddlebags have been looted. Nearby lies an empty leather map case. Brother Lantern, you see two small humanoids in the edge of the forest to the west. Salazar, you see three small humanoids at the edge of the forest to the east. Everyone hears a loud snapping branch noise followed by a curse in the goblin tongue. Anyone who hasn't rolled Perception, roll perception DC 7. If you fail, you miss the first round of combat due to surprise. ccs Let me know if Roy's placement doesn't suit you. Roll Initiative, if you get 16 or higher, you may post your round one actions, otherwise you will go after the goblins. GOBLIN Small humanoid (goblinoid), neutral evil Armor Class 15 (leather armor, shield) Hit Points 7 (2d6) Speed 30 ft. STR 8 (-1) DEX 14 (+2) CON 10 (+0) INT 10 (+0) WIS 8 (-1) CHA 8 (-1) Skills Stealth +6 Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9 Languages Common, Goblin Challenge 1/4 (50 XP) Nimble Escape. The goblin can take the Disengage or Hide action as a bonus action on each of its turns. ACTIONS Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (ld6 + 2) slashing damage. Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 80 ft./320 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage. Goblins are black-hearted, gather in overwhelming numbers, and crave power, which they abuse. 85586

Monday, 26th June, 2017


Monday, 29th May, 2017

  • 07:26 PM - Kobold Stew mentioned ccs in post Survivor Classic Modules: THE SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH WINS!
    [note: steeldragons dropped B1 by 2 and not 3, but it's a wash since ccs killed it anyways. No corrections needed.] A1-A4 Scourge of the Slave Lords 19 B2 The Keep on the Borderlands 22 B4 The Lost City 11 C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan 22 C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness 17 D1-D3 Drow 13 EX1-EX2 Dungeonland/Magic Mirror 20 G1-G3 Against the Giants 21 I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City 25 I2 Tomb of the Lizard King 17 I3-I5 Desert of Desolation 26 L1 The Secret of Bone Hill 8 L2 The Assassin's Knot 6 Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits 15 S2 White Plume Mountain 21 S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks 11 S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth 27 T1 Village of Hommlet 25 U1-U3 Saltmarsh Series 22 UK2 Sentinel 15 WG4 Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun 22 X1 Isle of Dread 20 X2 Castle Amber 19 So many of these modules are excellent. In thinking about what to vote for, it really has brought back a flood of memories, of modules played, replayed, or only thought about.


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Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 07:51 PM - smbakeresq quoted ccs in post Equipments & Magic Items to seek for as a Tempest Cleric
    Your best investment will be a copy of the DMG. Read though the magic item section & note whatever items stile your fancy. These might not directly compliment your characters theme. For ex; One of my favorite items is The Apparatus of Kwalish. This thing doesn't "fit" any character that I've ever made 38 years of play. But that wouldn't stop me from gleefully using one.... You can find one in the Age of Worms adventure path and a few other adventures. You can then sail the Nyr Dyv and loot the shipwrecks. Alchemy Jug is great also if you ever need 2 gallons of mayonnaise.

Monday, 18th June, 2018

  • 05:12 PM - vivsavage quoted ccs in post Pre-3e mechanics vs d20 system mechanics
    Given that my favorite edition is 1e, I'll give you one guess as to my preferences.... :) Mostly I dislike setting DC #s for things. So roll under systems suite me just fine. And I continue to use them here in PF/5e. Do you roll under ability scores?
  • 12:54 PM - Blue quoted ccs in post Balancing D&D
    I'll say this, learning about how Zapp's games run is a fascinating glimpse into a totally alien style of play.... Fortunately it's a style of play the majority of gamers don't actually experience in the real world. While he doesn't describe my table, I have seen plenty of it, especially at the AL games at my FLGS. We shouldn't try to be gatekeepers, dismissing other's style or games as not part of regular play.

Friday, 15th June, 2018

  • 08:01 PM - Kobold Boots quoted ccs in post Balancing D&D
    I'll say this, learning about how Zapp's games run is a fascinating glimpse into a totally alien style of play.... Fortunately it's a style of play the majority of gamers don't actually experience in the real world. There are plenty of DMs that start a campaign by looking at the major systems of the game being used, then running stats modeling on those systems to find constraints or problem areas... everyone raise your hands.. (looks around.. the only thing surrounding me in the cornfield is corn and silence.. maybe Zapp.) Guess there aren't many that do that after all.. but I'm one of em. So I'm fine with hearing this stuff. But I think the word of advice that I give to anyone who does this is .. 1. Keep it to yourself. Never let your players know you do this unless one of them wants to learn to DM, then share if appropriate. That's not to say that it's not appropriate to share here. It is. I just think that if my table ever knew the depths of my OCD when gaming t...

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 05:03 PM - TheWayofPie quoted ccs in post How Would you Fix Broken Power: Beguiling Strands
    If this is an example of a "broken" power, then; A) 4e is just a Poo game to start with, B) your specific game is poo. Possibly both, but definitely at least one of those. I'll assume you think it's broken because of it being a great way to sweep away those 1/low hp minions? So, if your players are taking powers like this for that reason, then the DM needs to get the message. And that message is.... Stop wasting your players time with low hp minions. No one feels heroic when all it takes to kill the monsters is a single point or two of damage. So try improving the game your running instead of nerfing powers like this & making dealing with minions even more of a pointless slog than it already is. You are contradicting yourself. These monsters die in 1 hit. How is that a slog? Your heros are so powerful they can wipe out these foes with 1 blow. How is that not heroic? Anyway, I don't think the power is broken. It's just that most of the other at-will options for wizards are...
  • 03:10 PM - Garthanos quoted ccs in post How Would you Fix Broken Power: Beguiling Strands
    So, if your players are taking powers like this for that reason We don't currently play with Essentials... I want to make essentials on the board and I do not trust the Essentials designers.

Sunday, 10th June, 2018

  • 09:46 PM - Riley37 quoted ccs in post Fishermen, Fish, and Bait (read: "GMs, Players, and Gold")
    As I was about to investigate it, one of the other characters, looking into a room at the end of the hall opened its door. After announcing "Is everyone ready for me to open this door", and waiting for every other party member to say yes or give a thumbs-up? Or did the door-opener skip that step? With explosives: "Fire in the hole!" On a golf course: "Fore!" Mountaineering: "On Belay? Belay ON! Climbing? Climb on!" D&D: "Ready for door?"

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 02:25 PM - Maialideth quoted ccs in post Most Needed Minis
    The mini I want is the Dancing Hut as depicted in Paizos Reign of Winter AP 98198 But they don't make this exact model. I also want this from the mid-late '80s: 98199 It's the Dwarven Juggernaught, a steam driven tank for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, 1e or maybe 2e. That it's waaay expensive now days is not the hurdle. No, the hurdle is that I simply don't trust the Ebayers not to be selling me a poorly re-cast one. Reaper Minis are releasing a Baba Yaga's Dancing Hut "mini" for their Bones line next year. It was part of the last kickstarter. 98208 Personally, I'd like to see halflings that aren't rogues... halfling barbarian or bard or monk. And because we're currently playing Curse of Strahd, I could use a giant goat.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

  • 04:03 PM - Eltab quoted ccs in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    3) Don't get me wrong, I believe there's entertaining pre-EP4 Han Solo stories to be told. His entry into being a space smuggler. How he joined up with such a loyal Wookie partner. Him winning the Falcon. The Kessel Run. The job he botched sometime just prior to us meeting him in EP4. And others... ...such as - Star Wars: Scoundrels, which I referenced above. Includes Lando and works with their I-mostly-trust-you-but-sometimes... relationship. Set between Ep 4 and 5 but that could be changed to pre-Ep4 without messing up the story. - Han Solo at Star's End (the other two books of the early Han Solo Trilogy were not as good, alas) Unfortunately, Star Wars is more action-based, so 'How Chewie came to be so loyal to Han' isn't going to make 'a good Star Wars movie'. It's something that has to happen in the background.
  • 11:02 AM - evileeyore quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    Why is does it seem like this is an actual issue now with things like gender bending elves? If it was groovy back then, then, why are people questioning it now? There was no "Ideological Purity" requirement then being shoved done people's throats. You'll find people are more comfortable swallowing things at their own pace, rather when they are being force fed it. No. The presumption is that your character is the same gender as you because you are the one portraying the character. That's a terrible presumption. I'm not gonna to ask the strawman nonsense questions of "so then everyone at your table is playing a human with poor combat skills then". I mean I will, but only by presumption. If your elf behaves exactly like your human character then why are you playing an elf? Depends on the system... but at first blush for the inherent racial benes, duh. Or because I enjoy playing elves like the stuck up egotistical jackholes they are, and no one does egotistical as well ...

Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 09:12 PM - Riley37 quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    Not initially you didn't. You conveniently left out the part about Dexter being covered in scales/being a dragonborn. *sigh* Here's what I first said about Dexter: For over a year I played a half-elf bard who was not, anatomically, binary male nor female, going by PHB p. 121. Dexter never objected to people using "he"; Dexter was used to humans using that pronoun for anyone whose chest didn't bulge, and Dexter wasn't gonna argue the pronoun usage of any language other than Elvish. Half-elf was literally the first descriptor I mentioned, on EN World, for Dexter. Another player also ran a half-elf bard PC, in that party, and I hope that we played them with enough personality that players could describe differences in their motivations and temperaments. If you're confused, perhaps that's because you're too emotional on this topic, to read what I actually write. Earlier in the thread, I described another character, Boris, in terms of *behaviors*, as factors which establish personality r...
  • 08:06 PM - Riley37 quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    Grappling rules. "Tell me more, tell me more, did she put up a fight?" Discussion of gender sometimes reveals who stands on which side of the gap between "it's all about consent" versus subdual and conquest (whether resistance is real, or whether it's a flimsy pretext for deniability). Here's where I stand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9eHdb2bR9g

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 02:02 AM - Yaztromo quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    What? The older the player gets the more real life XP they have to draw on & this somehow helps them? Shocking! You are confusing GMs and players. They are not necessarily the same things and sometimes, as the GM ages, the players perhaps not, as you don't GM all your life for the same persons.

Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

  • 09:39 AM - Lylandra quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    What if I make a character of the same gender as mine with those exact traits? Good question! To be honest, I've never seen someone playing a male character who was playing a sexy doll that was clearly meant as imaginary turn-on first and foremost. Or who was solely portraying toxic stereotypes. I guess I'd have a harder time spotting these stereotypes as well. Now I guess I'd find them obnoxious, but slightly less troubling. Because 1) there is a difference whether you are playing a character matching your own characteristic and 2) unless the player is homosexual, the character is most likely not created and played to be an imaginary sexy doll *for the player* but rather as an opportunity to heavily flirt around with NPCs or other PCs. One is more objectifying than the other.
  • 05:19 AM - redrick quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    What? The older the player gets the more real life XP they have to draw on & this somehow helps them? Shocking! My experience is that millennials feel very comfortable role playing characters whose gender does not match their own, and seem to navigate the "challenge" or lack thereof quite well.

Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

  • 11:04 AM - Lanefan quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    If the BBEG makes his big speech, and every other player at the table can guess what my character will say in response, then I have played a consistent *personality*. If, at the same time, each player draws a significantly different *illustration* of my character, though, I am 100% fine with that outcome. "But you never established via role-play that Boris has green eyes!" Yeah, live with it, buddy. I sometimes solve this by digging around online and finding a piece of artwork that at least vaguely resembles the look I have in mind for a character, and have it available to show people if asked. Let's say we've been playing at the same table for a year, and you've noticed these things: My character habitually defends the helpless, cures the sick and heals the injured, and sometimes accepts the hospitality of a commoner whom my character has rescued or healed. Whenever we're at a tavern, someone says "Hey, that's Boris the Green! I know a song about you!", and I say "Yeah, I'll have a dr...
  • 10:40 AM - Riley37 quoted ccs in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    If after a year of play I, the player, have no idea that Boris the Green is an elf or what sex/gender they are then you've failed. I have failed at your goals, and at Hussar's goals. I have not failed at my goals. I'm fine with a player saying "My character looks at Boris. What do I see?" Race should be obvious. Sex, with that race and heavy armor, not so obvious.* Hussar wants to know (and be reminded as needed) my character's race and gender, without looking, just from my character's words and decisions. That's not what I want. Fortunately, we're not at the same table! * The character sheet has blank fields for SKIN EYES HAIR. Considering Boris's race, I answered NO YES NO, respectively; Boris has eyes, but scales are neither hair nor skin.

Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 11:08 PM - CM quoted ccs in post Elminster's Guide to Deities and Avatars
    Stat blocks minus any RP details make a poor guide in an RPG. There are copious amounts of materials available online and in FR sourcebooks already, so IMO a summary, which while helpful, would be a secondary concern.

Sunday, 27th May, 2018

  • 07:24 PM - Morrus quoted ccs in post d20 vs 2d20
    Yes, there's something really important that you're overlooking: The fact that most of the people who've ever played, & will ever play, this game DON"T CARE about this "problem" you perceive. Do you feel better for that?
  • 05:33 PM - jmucchiello quoted ccs in post d20 vs 2d20
    Yes, there's something really important that you're overlooking: The fact that most of the people who've ever played, & will ever play, this game DON"T CARE about this "problem" you perceive. Thank you for being so positive. The first sentence of my post says "There is no right answer." I know most people don't care. Most of those people never heard of ENWorld and would never even consider posting here. But those of us who are here are the kinds of people who MIGHT CARE. And thus, those are the people I'm posting to. So thank you for contributing whatever you think you did to the DISCUSSION.


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