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    Yesterday, 05:38 AM
    I'll put my $ on "Indeterminate".
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    Yesterday, 05:29 AM
    You say that now.... But you know what? That's been said after each of the Prequel Episodes. And then again after TFA. In each case this belief has been dashed. :(
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    Yesterday, 05:22 AM
    ?? You're arguing Star Wars physics (of wich there are none), on a website dedicated to a game about elves & dwarves & s** where dragons flying is a thing....
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    Thursday, 18th April, 2019, 10:13 PM
    Sure, I could do that. But all it's going to tell me is finer details of it's imbalance (wich isn't terribly important to me). I already know, thanks to decades of direct observation, that it's slightly off.
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    Thursday, 18th April, 2019, 05:55 AM
    I've been using my original little pale grey d20 for nearly 39 years now. I'm certain it rolls higher than average. Oh it rolls every other # as well. But in general, if you wanted to improve your odds of rolling high, that's the one you should pick out of my dice bag. It knows it's job is to kill monsters & make Saves. :) Likewise I've got this crappy orange d20 that rolls so poorly...
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    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 08:55 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Zardnaar View Post Compared to Disney Wars he was. It's more Michael Bey less Lucas. Bigger explosions, bigger ships, more force powers, less plot, less character development. I did. And then I watched Episodes VII & VIII. :(
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    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 08:50 PM
    That's the key right there. YOUR opinion. Conveniently the film never goes into detail as to how exactly Luke "Used the Force" to make this nigh impossible shot. So we're both right. You saw Luke improve his aim. I saw him guide those torpedoes into making a hard right angle.... As for your game term of blowing a Force Point.... It's like the HP = Meat/Not-meat debate in D&D. What's...
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    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 07:31 PM
    Riiiight, sure he didn't. Those torpedoes just naturally hung that hard right angle into the vent.
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    Wednesday, 17th April, 2019, 04:06 AM
    Yeah, except for: * Vader force choking Admiral Motti. * "These aren't the droids you're looking for ~" * The speed Obi-Wan wields that lightsaber in the cantina scene. Talk about the Quickdraw feat.... * Luke sensing the training balls shot & being able to block it. * Obi-Wan sensing the death of Alderan. *Obi-Wan being able to sense Vaders' presence. * Vader sensing Obi-Wans' presence....
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    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019, 09:48 PM
    I don't know. But for that bit of my Moldvay BASIC book about everything being changeable that I quote all the time? I just saved a copy as a file in my system. When I need it, just a few clicks &.... :)
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    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019, 05:04 AM
    Hmm. I don't think there's enough of a trade off in having a 20Dex/20Con to justify dumping your Int, Wis, & Cha all to 6.... Seems like the fast track to being one of those martial type players who sit there doing nothing in non-combat situations.
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    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019, 04:43 AM
    Same as it was prior to TFA. Episodes IV-VI - space opera story of good vs evil with of course good triumphant. Episodes I-III - the origin story of Darth Vader. Just clumsy story telling. Sure, we the viewers (mostly) know she's a Skywalker (or whatever). But part of the current story is watching Rey discover that. Unfortunately it's just not being presented well.
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    Monday, 15th April, 2019, 07:05 PM
    Well, if the games your playing in are majority combat, and your choosing a rogue but wanting it to do a warrior types job? Then I'd argue that your doing it wrong. You don't need to change the whole system to fix that, just how you play. A) Pick a class that fits the game you find yourself in. B) Have a discussion with your DM about what type of game you want.
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    Monday, 15th April, 2019, 05:20 AM
    I'm going to go with "No" on that one. It has provided me with all sorts of bitz that I've incorporated into my games though.
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    Monday, 15th April, 2019, 05:05 AM
    I'd have to throw in with the Jawas. Afterall, based upon what I've seen in TFA & TLJ of the other options it's dumb & dumber in space - without any of the humor(?).
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    Sunday, 14th April, 2019, 08:27 PM
    The logo of course. :)
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    Sunday, 14th April, 2019, 06:25 AM
    Something easily compatible with all of our PF1e stuff. If that doesn't come to pass then it'd better be a far & above improvement over PF1e or I know the group I play with won't switch. And even if it is it'll still be a year + before we'd switch as we're only nearing 3rd lv in our current campaign. At the rate we go we'll only be 5th lv come launch. So only mid way through book two of the...
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    Saturday, 13th April, 2019, 07:38 PM
    Not at all. I've never had a player use counterspell.
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    Saturday, 13th April, 2019, 11:22 AM
    ccs replied to D&D Guide
    1) That's pretty weak as far as guides go. You give a gloss over of the base classes & vaguely touch upon their subclasses/abilities. 2) While I fully agree that Warlocks are great, beyond EB focused spam, they are not user friendly for less experienced players. Based upon almost every (5e) warlock I've ever seen played, t's very easy to make a muddled mess & get frustrated by that tiny...
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    Thursday, 11th April, 2019, 06:21 PM
    For my 1/2ling warlock I chose Expeditious Retreat. Bree will run away from things - giant plant monsters, wild boars, werewolves, wraiths(?), vampire spawn.... It also lets her keep up with faster party members if it's a group retreat. On occasion it's been used to get into a position to better aid teammates. And then there's misc humorous uses - like when she used it to out run the...
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    Wednesday, 10th April, 2019, 08:08 AM
    Most times I just mark off however much damage the players told me. Sometimes I'll describe a blow. A lot of the time (unless I forget) I'll let players know if the targets been reduced to 10 or less HP. I don't bother debating wether a HP represents "meat point/not-meat point" - it'll represent whichever fits the story best art the moment. This approach seems to have been working fine...
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    Sunday, 7th April, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Heck yeah! I've used this at least 6 times (+ a few more as pick up games at cons etc over the years - it's a simple adventure, I don't even need the module with me). And I'm about to use (some of) it again in a few weeks. :) The 1st time or two (definitely the 1st) back in the '80s I'm sure I ran it straight up. Since then I've continuously tweaked & expanded it. Other than just being...
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    Sunday, 7th April, 2019, 08:02 PM
    My answer remains the same as way back in post #2 - 3 hill giants. Or, in this case 3 punk frost giants.
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    Sunday, 7th April, 2019, 08:38 AM
    Well, 3 targets is probably more challenging than 2.... More over wich type of giant best fits the story/area? Use that.
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    Sunday, 7th April, 2019, 04:14 AM
    If I can't claim dice, then it'd have to be my red gaming bag I got at GenCon back in '01/'02(? It doesn't have a year on the patch). I've used it multiple times per week since the day I bought it. 17+ years of continuous use is a lot of use.... Odds are if I'm gaming it's with me.
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    Saturday, 6th April, 2019, 07:40 AM
    With one exception I'll go every wich way, including random, when making a character. Sometimes it'll be concept 1st, (This is how my warlock got translated into PF as a Summoner - Here's what I want to do, how can I realize that in PF??? I am quite pleased with the result:) Sometimes it'll be mechanics based, (honestly this is how my 5e warlock began. I wanted to give this new not-EB...
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 11:44 PM
    Very good point on proficiency. However, I don't think +2 on four favored weapons is worse than +1 to one ability score from a mechanical standpoint either. But no big issue. I would take the feat in some situations and you might not. It's AOK! I think the half feats are a good value for anyone wanting more melee focus for a spell caster
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 08:03 PM
    I think the point is that for half an ASI a warlock (nonblade) or someone else can now swing a sword. They might like the imagery, a higher damage die(dice) or the ability to claim more magic weapons that get found. Some don't like to "dip" for many reasons including roleplay ones or even as is most likely the case here, delaying spell progression. It is not overwhelmingly powerful sure,...
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 01:43 PM
    2e Chronomancer. I know of roughly a dozen people (myself included) who own a copy but zero who've ever actually used any part of it. Interesting/odd read, but really needs stuff be written to encorperate it.
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 12:28 PM
    How underpowered would upgraded armor and four weapon proficiencies be? I would say that is a lot of mechanical advantage for a feat and where it applies, good flavor. Well this already exisits. As a variant human take an armor feat if needed at first and wepaon master at 4th. You give up a single ASI for weapons and armor. I see nothing wrong with this feat at all. Half feats are just...
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    Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019, 09:13 AM
    Do you know what his stats/lvs were? If so, then just make 5e Calizornia a multi-class Ftr/Wizard & adjust his stats via any ASIs as appropriate. As for how he wields a GS one handed? Easy - magic. So he wasn't able to have his arm replaced because it was a cursed sword that took it? Well he's had many years to both enchant his current GS & practice. So his greatsword, in his hand, is...
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    Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019, 02:34 AM
    Probably looking up rules. When I'm in improv mode I'm just making S*** up, so you get what you get....
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    Sunday, 31st March, 2019, 04:04 AM
    ccs replied to Et tu d20?
    About a month ago I had a 40k game where my dice (d6s) simply quit working. They wouldn't roll hits, the few hits they did make they then wouldn't roll to wound, & they wouldn't roll anything resembling a save. Unfortunately that's about the only 3 things dice are required to do in that game.... That night when I got home I pulled out the drill, a 1/16th bit, a length of 1/16 brass rod &...
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    Sunday, 31st March, 2019, 03:47 AM
    Trial & error.
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    Saturday, 30th March, 2019, 08:53 PM
    ccs replied to Race Adjustments
    Well, when you're the DM that's pretty easy to fix. You say you've got people who want to play ____ for RP reasons? Then lean into that & run stuff where their RP choices matter & are rewarded. Do that & you'll see dwarf wizards etc. But if you continue to run stuff in a style that only rewards mechanics & guess what type of characters you'll keep seeing.... As a player? SHOW the others...
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    Saturday, 30th March, 2019, 07:43 AM
    ccs replied to Awkward Characters
    I have a 1/2ling barbarian character who's not really any good at fighting (from a training PoV). She's effective & dangerous, but not actually skilled. She doesn't fight/rage because she likes to, but rather because she's scared to death. When not raging I intentionally roll with disadvantage. And I don't have her willingly enter rage. Instead, every combat round past the 1st I roll an...
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    Saturday, 30th March, 2019, 02:41 AM
    Sure, if you think you can do the job, why not? The worst that'll happen is they'll hire someone else - wich they'll surely do if you don't apply.
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    Friday, 29th March, 2019, 10:46 AM
    ccs replied to The story is done.
    Yes, a number of times. In fact here in a few weeks it'll be time to retire two of my favorite characters in years. Their current story will have simply reached a good stopping point.
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    Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, 07:52 AM
    ccs replied to "House" Rules
    Halflings could still fumble by rolling a 1 on that 2nd die.
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    Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, 01:51 AM
    ccs replied to Powdered water?
    Sure, why not?
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    Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, 01:41 AM
    DM > the rules. This is a truth every DM needs to embrace. So embrace it. Change whatever you will. and as mentioned you'll want to consider how this'll effect certain spells/items/maybe a few class features. But first, here, read this. It's from the Moldvay edition of the D&D Basic set from '81. It's as good as advice today as it was back then. "While the material in this booklet is...
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    Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, 08:05 AM
    ccs replied to Getar of blasting
    Same as for a Horn of Blasting I'd imagine.
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    Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, 08:01 AM
    ccs replied to "House" Rules
    And what bit of core math is handing out bonus damage 5% of the time? 1 always misses, but a 20 always hits AND does extra damage. I'm sorry, that's just rewarding you for no reason as you've the exact same odds of rolling any # on that d20 (and if you don't you're likely cheating). Nope, sorry, in games I run you get a choice: No crits of any variety, good or bad. OR 1s always miss &...
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    Tuesday, 26th March, 2019, 07:33 AM
    ccs replied to "House" Rules
    100% agree. If you all want extra damage on top of always hitting when you roll a 20 (something that isn't anymore likely that rolling any other # on your d20 {or shouldn't be}), you should be fine with some kind of extra ill effect for rolling a 1. Of course the debate comes in deciding what that ill effect is.... I think most of you over do it with having trained warriors throwing their...
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    Monday, 25th March, 2019, 08:29 PM
    Hard & gritty beer and pretzels.
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 05:13 AM
    Setting. Why: Because the world doesn't know or care what lv you are. I make a list, think about why this encounter would be occurring in this area, & write a sentence or three to go with it. Sometimes I note wether or not it's time of day dependent.
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I've never found a game - RPG, miniatures, or board game I wasn't willing to try.
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I've been a gamer - RPGs, minis, board games, etc since I opened my Basic D&D set on Christmas day 1980.

Currently playing games in NE Ohio (USA)

I love toys & games. All types.
I'm lucky. I got to be a toy salesman for the best toy store in the world (You've probably heard our song ;)) for many many years - until we went out of business in 2018. :(
It wasn't the $, the benefits, the job positions/challenge, or even at times my co-workers, that made doing that every day worthwhile. It was sharing that love of toys by helping as many people as possible (toddler - 65yr Hot wheel collector, clueless parent, confused grandparent, etc) get whatever toy brought them or theirs joy.

My order of preference D&D wise goes:
1e, 5e, PF/3x, 2e, BECMI.

I gave 4e a 2 year shot.
I determined I didn't like it.
I don't bear the few remaining 4e fans any actual ill will, but I'm also not above poking them - because it's funny to hear them yowl.
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.Psionics do not exist in games I run - because I simply don't like them.
.This is NOT the Adventure League, Encounters, or whatever WoTC calls their organized play system.
.Drow characters are discouraged.
.Lethality is high.

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Wednesday, 27th March, 2019

  • 02:08 AM - aco175 mentioned ccs in post "House" Rules
    I used to play with critical misses and we had a chart like we did for critical hits. We got away from it with 4e and 5e because it added more complexity and seemed to slow things down. I like ccs said about a simple idea of just monsters having advantage to hit you if you roll a 1. It is easy to play and understand. It does not allow for things like bows breaking or magic item blows up, but makes it streamlined. One point to think about is how halflings re-roll 1s and how they would never fumble in 5e.

Thursday, 14th February, 2019

  • 12:27 PM - Sadras mentioned ccs in post Blocked list blues - help?
    ccs is correct. Well it's their loss, they lose out on all the work you've done on the 5e hardcore monsters.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018

  • 01:38 PM - Ovinomancer mentioned ccs in post Skills used by players on other players.
    ...ere's a contradiction in the statements and I'd curious as to what causes it. Maybe it'll make him change his mind, or maybe it'll provide a new avenue for discussion, or maybe it won't. If I don't ask, only the latter is sure to obtain. What he does at his table isn't going to effect you and I think this thread has done a lot to show that both sides are right,neither side 100% but enough that we can understand that yeah people are viewing things differently and that's ok. Neither side is engaging in bad or hurtful game play, it's just a difference of opinion in a rpg that aims to have much of it left up to the players and DM. Oh, goodness, someone has forgotten their on a discussion forum. Of course it won't affect my table -- or will it? Because, in that 3 year old thread that was linked a few pages ago about NPCs using skills against PCs, I was on your side of the argument. Go read it, you'll see. I made a lot of the same arguments you and Ratskinner are making (and ccs). But, starting in that thread, and in a few more where I got mad at iserith (I've accused him of trolling, too, much to my future embarrassment), I started looking at how I run games, what I was doing, and realized that a lot of my dissatisfaction was how I was running -- what luggage I was bringing with me. I've changed my style since then, sought out a few good non-D&D games to sample different concepts altogether, and fashioned a different playstyle that's much more iserith and Bawylie that my old one. So, yeah, maybe this is the start of a change and maybe it isn't, but whether or not it affects my table right now, this is still a discussion forum where we talk about pretending to be elves. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the argument that we forget that we are all on the same side. We love rpg's! There are few enough of us out there lets agree to disagree and still hold each other in a positive light. You told us what you would do, how you feel about it...

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 08:28 PM - CleverNickName mentioned ccs in post Survivor Magic Rings- Feather Falling FLOATS TO VICTORY!
    Elemental Command 24 Evasion 18 Feather Falling 25 Free Action 27 Invisibility 19 Jumping 8 Mind Shielding 20 Protection 13 Ram 27 Regeneration 17 Resistance 20 Shooting Stars 32 Spell Storing 24 Spell Turning 23 Telekinesis 20 Three Wishes 13 Water Walking 19 Sorry about that, ccs. I couldn't make up my mind. You were right the first time.

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 11:03 AM - Johannes Dolch mentioned ccs in post Please help me decide on a Paladin Build for Curse of Strahd
    ...ves is great. Stack it with bless and you as a paladin with 14 wis are looking at +12 + 1d4 wisdom save at level 10. That really helps a lot. Mechanically that is awesome. But since my Character is Chaotic Good "Evil must be destroyed and i am the one who does it", going into Hexblade would really be too far into "please DM, i know it makes zero sense for a good paladin to suddenly make a pact with a mysterious, dark entity from an evil realm and start cursing people. But please, please let me cheese this game." -Territory for me to justify it for the sake of metagaming power. But it is a great concept should i ever start a new character that has a different alignment. And in that sense it certainly has more than enough fodder for a dramatic character. In fact in terms of pure power this is kinda what i am looking for but i can't justify this specifically, purely based on alignment. If somebody has something like that without the irreconcilable moral divide that would be awesome. @ccs: That seems like a narrow view. Playing a Paladin for me doesn't come from how many levels I have in this and that. A Paladin for me is a melee Combatant with magical powers. This one specifically is alignment good but you could very well conceive of an evil paladin (e.g. Oathbreaker) who would happily make deals with evil entities for the sake of personal gain. If I would completely abandon melee combat in favor of casting then I would agree with you, that that is not a paladin. But a Hexblade is most certainly a great evil paladin build.

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Monday, 13th August, 2018

  • 09:07 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [IC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Playtest Party#2 Chapter#1
    This is the PF2 playtest adventure "Doomsday Dawn" in character thread for party #2. Link to RG (char gen info is here) Link to OOC tglassy: Coralin Pagebinder, Male Elven/Budding Osirenologist/Bard 1 VLAD the Destroyer: Bixby Buckhollow, Halfling Mind Quake Survivor Druid 1 & Bucky, a small honey badger [-]EarlyBird: Noboru, male human(half-orc), Pathfinder Hopeful, Barbarian 1[/-] [-]ccs[/-]: Elkhorn, Male Dwarf/Warrior/Fighter 1 Taken over by Tailspinner Shayuri: Triessa Elrich, Half Elf Wizard 1 Charlotte of Oz: Alan Oake, Human/Pathfinder Hopeful/Paladin 1 In the year 4707 AR (11 years ago, shortly before the Rise of the Runelords), in the Varisian city of Magnimar, at around 9 or 10 am, a messenger finds you and hands you a sealed envelope. When he remains, he says he was asked to find out if will be attending. You promptly open the envelope. It is an invitation from Lady Keleri Deverin, a local scholar and aristocrat. You became acquainted with her some time ago and she occasionally meets with you to discuss mutual interests. In the invitation, she reminds you of the times you told her you were hoping your life would involve more adventure and that she might have the job to kick off that new part of your life. No other details, other than lunch being served at 1 pm are listed. The messenger who delivered the invitation waits for you to ...

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

  • 09:58 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    ccs Equipment: TBD - 9sp worth Armor: chainmail (80) heavy steel shield (20) long sword (10), clan dagger (25), hand xbow (25) 10 bolts (2) That's 162 sp I'm thinking it's weird to pay extra for a dagger you received as part of your coming of age rite. But I don't want to randomly house rule it.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

  • 06:52 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    Okay, the three of you are ready. We have nothing ready from ccs and an open spot. I may have overestimated the desire to do this playtest here. I'm wondering if I should pull GreenKarl out of party#1 and just go with two groups of 4 players. I can only put so many "really"s into the thread title. So if you can recruit some more people without being annoying, please do so. Thoughts?

Friday, 27th July, 2018

  • 07:40 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned ccs in post Sage Advice: Plane and world hopping (includes how Eberron and Ravnica fit in D&D cosmology)
    ...lity, and the reasons the crew of the Enterprise doesn't come down and correct them is because doing so violates the right of those civilizations to learn about the truth for themselves. However, it breeds a sense of superiority doesn't it? Anyone visiting that planet from space knows that these people have no idea what is actually going on, and therefore they are somewhat lessened in comparison. We have that already. We have the idea that planescape scholars scoff at people stuck in one plane, because they don't know the "real story". And we can scoff at them, because the planescape people don't realize they are all characters in our made up stories to entertain ourselves (multiverse theories being what they are, all multiverses are connected with all other multiverses, and an infinite array of potential truths). But we don't need any of it. We don't need to explain how it is all connected and what is all looks like when you zoom all the way out. We can just as easily (as ccs points out) just use the planeshift spell, or a macguffin, and get the result of going from point A to point B. That's the bigger thing for me personally, these settings answer questions I don't need answers to. Other people want them and other people find the neccessary to their enjoyment of the game. Great, go nuts, but I don't need flying ships through explosive magic stuff between galaxy sized crystals that are grains of sand to explain how some guy one time went from Oerth to Earth and shook hands with Stan Lee. The characters aren't going to meet Stan Lee in my game, because it would detract from the story I am telling at the time. And someone telling me that despite my dislike they are already connected anyways.... doesn't matter. I don't care how long they've been connected, how many times they've been connected, or how important it is they are connected. It is never going to come up, my players aren't interested.

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 ...


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Friday, 19th April, 2019

  • 10:11 PM - Mercurius quoted ccs in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    ?? You're arguing Star Wars physics (of wich there are none), on a website dedicated to a game about elves & dwarves & s** where dragons flying is a thing.... Actually, I'm not - I'm doing the exact opposite, pointing out that Star Wars is fantasy and only needs to make sense within the context of its own world.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 07:23 PM - GreyLord quoted ccs in post If you were in the Star Wars universe which side would you pick?
    I'd have to throw in with the Jawas. Afterall, based upon what I've seen in TFA & TLJ of the other options it's dumb & dumber in space - without any of the humor(?). Yep. With how they stink in military strategy, I'd form my own group and actually have competent military commanders. With just a few of those in charge we could probably defeat ALL the other factions with just a few fighters, much less starships. No need to choose either or any of the factions, heck, the bounty hunter guild (if there is one) probably should be ruling the galaxy with how stupid the factions have acted so far, at least portrayed in the movies. Keeping all your fleet around one planet? Dumb. We could take over the rest of the galaxy using criminals with that type of stupidity. Not able to comprehend 3 dimensional space and do a pincer movement to capture or destroy three enemy ship? Dumb. With tactical minds like that we could use the same criminals to basically shoot from all directions a...
  • 04:36 PM - Umbran quoted ccs in post How much do you care about "balanced" dice?
    I've been using my original little pale grey d20 for nearly 39 years now. I'm certain it rolls higher than average. You can test it, if you have the courage. Roll 100 times (or more, if you like), and do a little math. https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/70802/how-can-i-test-whether-a-die-is-fair Note before you try this that having one's preferred narrative contradicted sometimes has adverse results. You may decide to live with your perception, rather than the harsh light of statistical analysis.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 07:33 PM - Zardnaar quoted ccs in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Riiiight, sure he didn't. Those torpedoes just naturally hung that hard right angle into the vent. Missiles in SW can be guided just like IRL. Hell in the 90's they could put a missile down an air vent (1991). The implication was though he turned his targeting computer off and used the force to aim it. That is pretty much the implication IMHO. In RPG terms he blew a force point.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019

  • 05:16 AM - Charlaquin quoted ccs in post Guide: D&D (5e) How to Build a Barbarian for Combat
    Hmm. I don't think there's enough of a trade off in having a 20Dex/20Con to justify dumping your Int, Wis, & Cha all to 6.... Seems like the fast track to being one of those martial type players who sit there doing nothing in non-combat situations. Not to mention the fact that 8 is the lowest you can dump to with point buy.

Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 09:04 PM - FaerieGodfather quoted ccs in post What Would You Want from PF2?
    Well, if the games your playing in are majority combat, and your choosing a rogue but wanting it to do a warrior types job? Then I'd argue that your doing it wrong. So you want one of the most iconic D&D classes to be worthless for most of the game because you think players should know better than to play it? Of all of the D&D design philosophies I've encountered, that's certainly one of them.
  • 07:43 PM - chunkosauruswrex quoted ccs in post What Would You Want from PF2?
    Well, if the games your playing in are majority combat, and your choosing a rogue but wanting it to do a warrior types job? Then I'd argue that your doing it wrong. You don't need to change the whole system to fix that, just how you play. A) Pick a class that fits the game you find yourself in. B) Have a discussion with your DM about what type of game you want. No one is asking the rogue to go blow for blow with the fighter. What they are asking is for the rogue to be relevant in combat, or if you focus on a build with a lot less utility then to equal in combat.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

  • 10:47 PM - DMZ2112 quoted ccs in post D&D Products That Were Never Used By Anyone?
    2e Chronomancer. Used it extensively, character and setting rules both. Since I used them under 5 times. 1E Dungeoneer and Wilderness survival guides. Used them. The DSG taught me how to make isometric maps, and that a pickaxe does 1d20 damage. Why wouldn't you use it?! My 3e Oriental Adventures book is pristine. I bought it, read it, never, ever used it, nor, do I hear anyone really talking about how they did either. Used it. Sold it. Regretted it. Bought a used copy at a premium. Epic Level Handbook? Did anyone actually use this? Oh, gods, don't I wish. I was forced into playing in ELH campaigns so many times in the D&D3.5 era. Took a shaky game and made it actively bad. I still have the World Builders Handbook and Dungeon Builders Handbook, but only read parts of them. Used them. ...Still use them, actually -- I have PDFs of the forms. 1. The Celtic and Roman historical splatbooks for 2e. Not super rare but i've never known anyone to own them. I owned the Roma...

Monday, 8th April, 2019

  • 07:16 PM - Deiscent quoted ccs in post D&D Products That Were Never Used By Anyone?
    2e Chronomancer. I know of roughly a dozen people (myself included) who own a copy but zero who've ever actually used any part of it. Interesting/odd read, but really needs stuff be written to encorperate it. I fell in love with this book, and it ignited something in me about the concepts of time etc. that have held over for +20 years! This and the Complete Book of Necromancers! But your right of course, I had a GM tease me that he'd let me use the Chronomancer stuff, but that fell through. But every edition I look for a way to make one nonetheless.

Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 03:27 PM - the Jester quoted ccs in post D&D Products That Were Never Used By Anyone?
    2e Chronomancer. I know of roughly a dozen people (myself included) who own a copy but zero who've ever actually used any part of it. Interesting/odd read, but really needs stuff be written to encorperate it. I played a chronomancer! A hadozee, no less! Since I used them under 5 times. 1E Dungeoneer and Wilderness survival guides. IF they would be one work, I would have no problem with but. MONEY GRAB! I used them extensively.

Saturday, 30th March, 2019

  • 02:46 AM - Slit518 quoted ccs in post Should I apply for the D&D 5e Community Manager position?
    Sure, if you think you can do the job, why not? The worst that'll happen is they'll hire someone else - wich they'll surely do if you don't apply. The worst that will happen is I will get hired, and not be able to do the job and be a huge embarrassment to myself. But, I have experience, so what am I worried about if I did get it?

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019

  • 07:42 PM - Satyrn quoted ccs in post Chinese Government Burns Cthulhu RPG Print Run
    And the lesson here is: If your going to print something concerning China, don't have it printed in China. Yeah. When I saw the thread title, I said to myself, "well that doesn't surprise me." Then, to see the book was about Shanghai . . . Surely the writers of a book about China should know enough about China not to print the book in China.
  • 01:13 PM - aco175 quoted ccs in post "House" Rules
    Halflings could still fumble by rolling a 1 on that 2nd die. We used to have rolling 1 a second time be a breakage. Mostly it was your magical sword, but a staff of power broke and exploded once, killing both the mage and the BBEG. It was a great night of RP, except for the mage player who was a bit upset.

Monday, 25th March, 2019


Friday, 15th March, 2019

  • 11:01 PM - BoxCrayonTales quoted ccs in post Mind if I pedantically complain that monster manuals butcher myth/folklore/fairytale?
    D&D is a game about killing monsters, so if the monsters don't already to conform to that role, then they either need to be changed to fit or omitted from the game. Other games are not about killing monsters, so if you really want to give the creatures a fair shake, then you'd be better off dealing with them there. If you really want an accurate take on the wendigo (for example), then you shouldn't look for it in a game that assumes every problem can be fixed with a sword.I’ve always been frustrated by the inordinate focus on violence in RPGs. Plenty of fantasy stories resolved encounters with non-violent solutions. I’m not suggesting adding mental/social hit points or using a genuinely universal task resolution mechanic a la Risus, but I wish the rules had offered XP for any method of conflict resolution. Well, if we're going to be pedants here, no, it is not creatively bankrupt to re-imagine monsters as something different from their lore. However, taking my pedant hat off and...

Thursday, 14th March, 2019

  • 01:20 PM - vanquish3000 quoted ccs in post Long time DM, first time player. Need help choosing a race and "DNA" ability scores.
    75% Human/25% elf - sounds like a human to me. But the person you should really be asking is your DM. How you arrived at your characters ability scores - this is definitely something you need to discuss with your DM. They might well have some specific method(s) already in place.... Likewise with your characters NPC lineage etc - your character should fit the world your DM is running 1st Please vote in the poll, my DM was one of my players, so he knows these NPCs and thrust my judgment. His group is at second tier level 5 characters so my character will be level 5 when done but I was told to make a level 0 character. He is making a prologue for my PC were he is train by the other 5 PCs. My PC's grandparents scores are from the NPCs in the MM. Took the average of the grandparents scores rounded down to get the parents scores. Then got the average of the parents scores rounded down to get the PCs scores. Hope that make sense? Just saw how this looks on a phone , really sorry.

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019

  • 12:44 PM - Riley37 quoted ccs in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Sorry, I think I've missed something. Yes. Yes, you have.
  • 12:38 PM - Hussar quoted ccs in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Sorry, I think I've missed something. Why would you having black hair IRL prevent you from playing a Tolkien elf? If it's in a game? Well, I doubt many of us have ever matched most of our characters descriptions.... If you're talking about as an actor? Dude, we have hair dye, wigs, & CGI for that. So, you see absolutely no issue with the fact that I'd have to dye my hair to be considered "good" in a Tolkien universe? That without changing my appearance, there is no way I could be considered part of the best "good" race? Really, you think that's not an issue? Heh, I remember when that awful D&D movie came out and the elf was black and this was actually an issue. So, it's not like this is ancient history.
  • 12:32 PM - Sadras quoted ccs in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Sorry, I think I've missed something. Why would you having black hair IRL prevent you from playing a Tolkien elf? If it's in a game? Well, I doubt many of us have ever matched most of our characters descriptions.... If you're talking about as an actor? Dude, we have hair dye, wigs, & CGI for that. I believe this is an example of the fine tooth comb Bedrockgames has been referring to.


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