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    Today, 04:19 AM
    You can get the access to the content you already own, you can get access to content you own in a printed version in a digital version for free. And that seems to be your complaint. So, again, you think all the hard work should have been done for free. And, it wasn't a snarky comment, it was a very real, serious, and genuine comment. Pointing out that you are expecting to get something that...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    Thanks, I didn't want to do the math to answer this :)
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    Yesterday, 04:22 PM
    Waterdeep Heist Chapter 5 If you are going to railroad, bring a bigger train. AP 3 TP 3 Downtime 5. People remember you get 1 renown every 4 AP, so check your previous sessions. APL 4. PC Killed 1 Monsters Killed 121 Villains Captured 5 Villains Escaped 4 Magic Item Unlocked Ring of Mind Shielding. My group was having a pot luck dinner at the store (thanks Visions), so I rushed some stuff,...
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    Feather Falling 16 Free Action 18 Invisibility 13 +1 = 14 It will be in the last place I look. Shooting Stars 14 Spell Storing 8 Spell Turning 15 Telekinesis 6 -2 = 4 push off mate.
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    Yesterday, 04:53 AM
    I did not stat them out as an NPC. If I did, it would be 1hp and AC 12. Stats maybe around 6's except for a Dex of ~14? No real attack... Here's what I wrote (Note yet updated with Satyrn's ideas; Bookworms Bookworms are akin to a highly contagious disease for books and parchment and are greatly feared by wizards and sages. The worms are about 1/4 inch long and much smaller in diameter. They...
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    Yesterday, 12:27 AM
    Consider a VTT. It's not the same as in person, but it will let you play. IMO, the versatility and benefits far outweigh not being able to play :)
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    Yesterday, 12:25 AM
    Yea that works. Thanks :) What I've said (and is from the 2E version) is that they prefer arcane books/parchment to non-magical. For reference, I've said minutes because when an infested item is opened, they visible jump up to 10 feet. So players should know they are infected, and just have to get rid of them before too much damage is done. All that said, I think the way you've laid it...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:52 PM
    Hey, it would be nice if someone could get a discount for buying the content in a second format. But any means to accomplish that is rife with overhead costs and people falsifying the system as well. (But lets not get into that discussion!) But also remember, when I buy all the WotC product in Fantasy Grounds, I'm not paying for a conversion, I'm paying for the content. Because I've never...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 05:55 PM
    That's akin to putting in the spells from your ook yourself. The point is that you have to upload/import it yourself, you don't get the iTunes "version" itself.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 10:08 PM
    True Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 09:52 PM
    But color doesn't make a map too busy. Color used correctly makes a map more informative. And easier to copy... again, depending upon your source and your copier, color doesn't impact that either. Now, color copies are more expensive, so I understand that. But they are color! You don't like color! Besides, those are just reprints of poster/battlemaps I already have :) You might even be...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 09:45 PM
    Controlled distribution is not my preferred solution. A moral and ethical society is. But that's not something that can be regulated, it can only be educated. *lol* you're funny. What possible solution is there that provides a superior experience that will not quickly be circumvented? DRM? Yea, that doesn't work, that will soon be broken, just like trying to enforce copyright actions. You...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:06 PM
    I appreciate the warning. The ad copy is deceptive. IMO, mainly because the maps in DoMM only detail about 15% of what has previously been detailed for the Undermountain, I don't see how anyone can claim that is the "bulk". I will say I'm not surprised by what you describe. I have mixed feelings about it though because I'm working on releasing my own versions of the maps ;p I've been so...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 05:52 PM
    So, in today's world where just about anyone can convert a printed product to a digital product either for free (using a civic source like a library) or purchasing a multi-function printer for less than $100 how do you 'provide sufficient incentive for creators to create' without controlling distribution of said product and/or their format conversions?
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 02:28 PM
    DOH! Yes I did. If the map maker is getting a % cut of each sale, he needs to kiss the marketing person. One, I assumed since it was still August 6, 2018, the pictures were not the final product . Two, here is the ad copy 'Hundreds of years ago, long before Waterdeep was built, Halaster Blackcloak carved a vast dungeon beneath Mount Waterdeep and stocked it with all manner of creatures from...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 02:17 PM
    Feather Falling 20 Free Action 20 +1 = 21 Frreeeee bird! Invisibility 15 -2 = 13 where is it. I just saw it here a moment ago. Shooting Stars 19 Spell Storing 16 Spell Turning 18 Telekinesis 17
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 03:50 AM
    Thanks to both of you. The reason I'm wondering is because I'm putting some bookworms into the Ultimate Undermountain. I want to give some reasonable guidance to the DMs on how if the bookworms getting into a spellbook, how quickly they destroy the spells within. Unless someone comes up with something else, I'll go with the 1 page per spell level.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 03:47 AM
    I'm not saying that is a technical violation and therefore also an ethical transgression. I'm saying it's an ethical transgression and a legal transgression. Well said. And I will say the whole, "you can't prove you were harmed or lost sales" so you can't prove it's wrong. So many things wrong with that philosophy to me. But not worth getting into. Yes. Agreed. And I see things very...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 09:41 PM
    In previous editions, spells in a spellbook took 1 page for each level of the spell. I can't find anything in 5E that indicates this. I do find that a spellbook contains 100 pages. And the cost to transcribe and copy spells, but not how many pages they take. Anyone know a source/reference? Is is still 1 page per level and cantrips take no pages?
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 09:36 PM
    You and Elf keep harping on this. I have repeatedly said that converting something you own the rights for to another format for your own use is not illegal or immoral. What I have always been talking about is the illegal distribution of copyright protection. Continuing down this line is ignoring the issue and throwing FUD into the discussion. One could argue that IF the website it was...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 02:16 PM
    Elemental Command 3 -2 = 1 Boy I say Boy. Don't blow smoke. Don't get me fired up. And it all water under the bridge when this one takes a dirt nap. Feather Falling 18 Free Action 23 Invisibility 14 Shooting Stars 21 +1 = 22 stars are bright. Spell Storing 20 Spell Turning 20 Telekinesis 19
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 02:14 PM
    I PAID $19.42 FOR PHOTOCOPIES! Well not really. The maps are double side and laminated so your soft drink will not damage them. True fact. The maps are in black, white and looks to brown. I just did a side by side compare with Map 26 and it the same size as the book. Appendix B the Runes deck and Appendix C the Secrets deck do have some nice cover art on the backside of the cards. SAVE YOUR...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 07:13 AM
    Well, seems we have different definitions of 'theft' and neither is going to be convinced by the other. So no point in continuing that discussion. Yes, and more than I feel that you are reading and comprehending what I am writing. But no point in discussing that either. So you believe in situational ethics. So do I, just not nearly as much as you do. Agreed. But I thought we had...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 07:28 PM
    So as long as you don't do the stealing/infringement, you are ok with the use of it? So why don't you (or do you?) download all your RPG content from various websites? They are all available and since you wouldn't be doing anything wrong (only the person hosting the infringing content is) you would be morally justified. It sounds to me though like you do purchase at least some of what you use....
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 04:17 PM
    Reduce some of the dc by 5 due to the foot wear. Reduce some of the cold weather effects. Others keep the same by the dragon make it extra difficult. add. Crampons reduce movement by 10 feet. If you dash, run, etc you get no benefit from them.
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 02:25 PM
    Be pushed is not a willing movement it is forced movement, the monster is being neighborly by letting lunch choose. Who ever else next needs to spend 5 feet of movement to leave the square and back out of the way. Now as an EVIL DM. I would drop 10 by 10 block of stone 5 feet behind the wizard. Then everyone is getting jelly!
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Elemental Command 13- 2 = 11 They were a sucky band of the 70s. Feather Falling 19 Free Action 21 Invisibility 20 Shooting Stars 20 +1 = You better wish on that star! said Mick M. Spell Storing 22 Spell Turning 23 Telekinesis 21
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 04:33 AM
    And I'll just ignore the insults, even though I disagree with your premise. I would disagree that only the spell lists benefit significantly from being formatted in a way other than on paper (and I'm sure the users of HeroLabs and PC Gen would agree with me). But I am interested in your argument that justification for theft is dependent upon utility. I mean theft for survival is one thing,...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 10:26 PM
    Yep, time a day. Have a friend who used to live in SoCal and if she wanted to get to the office at 9am, she had to leave by 7:10am. But if she left at 6am she would get there by 6:45 at the latest. I was teaching a class near LAX once. Talking to the students (all from an aerospace company) they all told me if they left at 4pm, when the plant closed, it took them 45 minutes to get onto the...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:33 PM
    Well, as has already been pointed out by others, the PHB is not needed to play the game, and not only for those that purchase the game, but for those that do not purchase the PHB the grimoire adds utility to the game, and reduces the need (significantly) to purchase the PHB. It's simple, with a site that "just" reorganizes the spells (and includes all the copyrighted text as well) being...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 01:58 PM
    Elemental Command 17 Feather Falling 21 -2 = 19 free fall is best when the leaves turn red with the adventurers blood Free Action 26 Invisibility 21 Shooting Stars 22 Spell Storing 23 Spell Turning 26 +1 = 27 turn around baby Telekinesis 23
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:25 AM
    Funny how such a simple word, 'theft' is prone to be considered the language of rabid zealot. Taking a ten cent pack of gum from a convenience store is theft, yet I doubt using the word in such a way would be considered the language of rabid zealot. Interesting how using the word for such a low monetary harm is ok, but using it in a way that might indicate many orders of magnitude more in loss is...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:19 AM
    "A little bit" of theft is not ok. And its actually against the posted rules of this website, though one of the longest and most active threads on this forums is all about this type of theft and actually was given XP by the owner of this site, so yea, it doesn't surprise me that this attitude is prevalent here. Funny thing is, this owner is actually an RPG publisher, perhaps he doesn't think...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 04:32 PM
    DDAL 08-03 Dock Ward Double Cross Second Play through. AP 2 TP 2 Downtime 5 days. Play time 90 minutes Pc Killed 1 Monsters Killed 112 Villains Captured 5 Villains Escaped 4 I had the same players with one pc swap out Yaar was replaced by Geth and the group was an average. The pcs all got engraved gold leaf invitations to me a Mr. Morlin in the lavender room of Trollskull manor. It appears...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 04:07 PM
    DDAL 08-04 A Wrinkle in the Weave AP 3 TP 3 Downtime 5 days Pc Killed 1 Monsters Killed 109 Villains Captured 5 Villains Escaped 4 4 hours completed in 1 hour 50 minutes. I had a weak party. Three first level, Tiny a third level assassin and Three dots a mute Eldritch Knight who was the most talking mute I have ever met. I told the group to think about Quantum Leap tv show. I also told...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 03:31 PM
    Elemental Command 18 Feather Falling 22 Free Action 23 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 4 Ram 10 Regeneration 2 -2 = -0 no more regenerations. Turn in your blue box. Shooting Stars 25 +1 = 26 When you wish upon a star Spell Storing 21 Spell Turning 25
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 03:50 AM
    Things like this is what I find really annoying. Theft and piracy pretending to be something other than stealing from others and lowering the value of RPG authors efforts.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:09 AM
    No, cuz what happens when a new sub-class comes out that has spells? You going to say, sorry, that spell from the PHB doesn't have 'new sub-class' listed so it can't use the spell? No, spell lists are the way to go.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 07:46 PM
    Waterdeep Heist Chapter 4 Part 2 of 2 AP 3 TP Downtime 3 days 2 Pm Tarsahk 10 to 8 AM Tarsahk 12 4 hours before Rick has to leave town. PC Killed 1 Monsters Killed 107 Villains Captured 13 Villains Escaped 4 I had four players Joseph Bard 5, NOx Wizard 6, Aukan Barbarian 5 and Yaar Druid 1. Average group but still over powered. After getting out their quick sentencing from destroying low...
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 06:41 PM
    Elemental Command 22 Feather Falling 22 Free Action 22 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 14 Ram 14 -2 = 12 just to get some one goat Regeneration 11 +1 = 12 I feel happy Shooting Stars 27 Spell Storing 24 Spell Turning 25
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 12:07 AM
    I don't even know why most of those would be a problem for a DM... Schedules - I'm the DM, I say when I'm going to run my game. Either it fits in your schedule or not, but there are so many players will just pick up someone else if 'you' can't make it. Venue - Maybe, but game stores, bookstores, libraries, civic facilities and there is always your home. System - I'm the DM, I decide. Style...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:57 PM
    *LOL* Nice take away!
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 05:15 PM
    jasper replied to Forge of Fury
    You just have to come with a reason they need to go to Waterdeep.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    Elemental Command 19 Evasion 5 -2 = 3 Don't wait on the translation Quit evading the question! Feather Falling 23 Free Action 24 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 17 Ram 16 Regeneration 13 +1 = 14 I not sick Resistance 12 Shooting Stars 23
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 08:09 AM
    So here are a bunch of previews from the Fantasy Grounds version of DoMM. (Just downloaded it half an hour ago). Some of the maps that have been discussed elsewhere; The index; A selection of the monsters we will find within;
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 01:29 AM
    I'll chime in with the others here, why do they need a stat block? And why why should they be powerful combatants? And, stat them as NPC with special abilities. Why should they have lots of hit points? They are not adventurers. Why are they "better" than a noble? Because they wield political power? Because they were born into their role? Do you imagine Queen Elizabeth to be 20th level? Do...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:45 PM
    7 sheets of paper are included in the module with strange writing symbols etc. Players are assign sheets at random. Players have 2 minutes to fold the sheet into an animal with which show the answer to puzzle. Failure means PC takes 76 force damage.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:42 PM
    6 a 20 by 10 hallway. Once the first pc passes the halfway point players with a passive perception score of 22 notice the walls are starting to close in. They gain advantage on a dex save. DC 22 Dex Take 76 blunt damage half if saved.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:38 PM
    A dead horse, humorously painted with the sign no hitting on it. If attack it explodes doing 50 pts of damage. Dex DC 20 for have damage. All within 60 feet make a DC 25 Con save. Taking 2 levels of exhaustion on a fail. 1 on a save.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:54 PM
    Elemental Command 20 Evasion 11 Feather Falling 21 Free Action 25 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 18 Ram 17 Regeneration 14 +1 = 15 I GETTING BETTER Resistance 14 Shooting Stars 26
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 02:07 PM
    Elemental Command 21 Evasion 16 Feather Falling 23 Free Action 24 Invisibility 24 Mind Shielding 20 Ram 21 -2 = 19 this always get my goat Regeneration 19 +1 = 20 talking about my generation! Resistance 18 Shooting Stars 27
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 01:34 AM
    Nonsense? Maybe to you. Play how you want. But the default assumption in 5E is that NPCs do not have PC levels. Lots of people like that. Play how you want, but please don't insult or belittle those who chose to play differently than you.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 11:00 PM
    Only if their are magic shops or magic services for sale. If not, and if NPC don't have PC classes, then clone and wish spells are incredibly rare, and probably can't be bought, even by the wealthy.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 06:15 PM
    I don't use towers, but if I did; - collapsible so I can carry and/or store it easily - if it were castle-like, I might use it as a display trinket - not loud, I hate loud dice cups and towers, it should have enough padding/sound deadening so you can just hear the rolls - thematically appropriate, in shape and/or etching - quick, not too many levels or diverts that it take more than an...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 06:06 PM
    No it doesn't matter. Because PC's either die or level out of the game before they get that old. And NPC's are whatever the DM says they are. So, no, it doesn't matter, unless you choose to make it.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 04:27 PM
    If I was going to homebrew, I would include a max age chart. I have one written. I would also change how ghost and banshee work. Example a banshee would age a human 10-40 years but 100-400 years. Would I allow a human with a immortality background No! Would I let a pc human try for immortality yes.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 01:44 PM
    Elemental Command 23 Evasion 16 Feather Falling 26 Free Action 25 Invisibility 21 Mind Shielding 20 Ram 23 Regeneration 18 +1 = 19 I am getting better! Resistance 18 Shooting Stars 30
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    Evasion 16 Feather Falling 26 Free Action 24 Invisibility 20 Mind Shielding 20 Protection 10 -2 = 8 I don't need protection Ram 23 Regeneration 16 +1 = 17 I am regenerating. Resistance 18 Shooting Stars 32
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 03:27 AM
    Thanks :)
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 02:58 AM
    What do you want it to be? You table, your rules. Me, we use the 5/10 diagonal as well. And when a square is difficult it costs double, so moving into a difficult terrain square costs 10 or 20, depending. My table, my rules :) EDIT: Err, well, in 4E it didn't double, it just added an extra 5ft so it would be 10/15. But I don't remember what I do of the 2...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:07 PM
    So anyone care to give me a sanity check on the challenge rating of this creature I made? Thanks!
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 07:33 PM
    Zapp, It seems to me that the only system that would make you happy is one that is detailed and accurate to a level that just isn't even possible. Take a look at any of the major economic models and formulas used in the real-world. Every single one of them has flaws, problems, and situations that just don't work. Now try and make a set of formulas for a fantasy world that already has huge...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 05:24 PM
    No. Clicky Boom. BOOM. Pours gas on the poll and lights on fire. Flushes the ashes down the drain.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 01:57 PM
    Thanks for the updated cartoon. Back in 3E I told people to use Jackie Chan adventures as good start to play with kids.
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 01:51 PM
    Animal Influence 8 Djinni Summoning 13 Elemental Command 25 Evasion 20 Feather Falling 22 Free Action 23 Invisibility 19 Jumping 22 -2 = 20 this jumped the shark long ago. Mind Shielding 20 Protection 18
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 05:06 PM
    Correct Mistwell. Also no cash is awarded during play. And Dms can not switch out cash for magic as rewards/payment for doing the quest. I voted a mixed bag. I wished they kept the cash. Maybe if they cut in half it would be better. Right now my players are not happy when comes to other seasons modules.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 04:45 PM
    Just before the big boom, have one of the dead people, or witness be one of the customers. Move the big boom to the front door of TrollSkull Manor.
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 01:30 PM
    Animal Influence 16 Djinni Summoning 14 +1 = 15 I dream of Jeanne with light brown hair (rest of sentence is censored) Elemental Command 23 Evasion 20 Feather Falling 21 Free Action 22 Invisibility 19 Jumping 21 Mind Shielding 21 Protection 19
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 03:26 PM
    DOWNVOTES ARE TWO. Animal Influence 20 Djinni Summoning 18 Elemental Command 20 Evasion 20 Feather Falling 20 Free Action 20 Invisibility 18 Jumping 20
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 08:36 PM
    Just pound the hobbit's face into the trap until one or the other is broken.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:11 PM
    Suspensions. Attacking a PC with OUT both consent of Player and Dm. DM's whim like hostile behavior to higher ranking faction member, crimes against faction members. Penalty PC level/2 = number adventure/chapters benefit is unavailable. Short term suspension 1 chapter/adventure some citizen narced on you in waterdeep, guilty of crime, Dm's whim.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:06 PM
    Ok here it is. Rank... renown rank.. level... item 1...0-1..1...potion of healing 2...2-9..3rd... up to 100gp of A piece of equipment in phb 3...10-19...8th,,, inspiration. 4...20-29...13th... superior healing or elixir of health 5...30+...18th... vechicle with non combat crew
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 03:21 PM
    CCC-Tarot-01-07 Seat of Ruler Session PC Killed 1 Monsters Killed 89 Villains Captured 12 Villains Escaped 4 Candy Corn 4 Treasure Points 4 Advancement Points 4 Renown 1 Downtime 10 I had a 7 person table which was a strong group. For a hook, all the pcs had been naughty in Waterdeep and their sentence was to solve the problem in Thentia. The group decides to take on the Keilo (2B) and Joanna...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 01:04 PM
    Dragon 16 Fly up my worthies Elemental 1 -2 = -1 You will not rock my world Giant 10 Monstrosity 4 Undead 8
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 07:27 PM
    I hate love springs. But I would say yes.
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 01:43 PM
    Aberration 3 -2 = 1 You don't scare me you freak Dragon 21 +1 = 22 dragons arise and eat your adventures with relish and side dish a kelp salad. Elemental 10 Giant 11 Monstrosity 12 Undead 11
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 07:49 PM
    Aberration 10 Dragon 23 +1 = 24 I love dragons Elemental 12 Fey 8 Fiend 4-2 = 2 to the devil with these gus. Giant 17 Monstrosity 20 Undead 13
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    Saturday, 27th October, 2018, 07:42 PM
    Waterdeep Heist Chapter 4 Part 1 Session AP 4 TP 4 Candy Corn 4 Renown 1 Downtime Ė 10 that negative 10. PC Killed 0 Monsters Killed 76 Villains Captured 12 Villains Escape 4 APL 5 strong group with 5 players. Bonus all the pcs were owners of Trollskull Manor. THE LAW SUCKS The group decide to meet with a MS Istrid Horn a beardless dwarf in the City of Dead. It seems Horn needed a resting...
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:34 PM
    Down are 2 Aberration 10 Celestial 7 -2 = 5 oh my gawd are these lame Construct 6 Dragon 36 +1 = 37 Elemental 18 Fey 19 Fiend 8 Giant 22 Monstrosity 25
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:33 PM
    gee if only some author, designer, writer, editor or person in charge of creating 5e wrote that down in put in the Player Handbook under perception before the PHB was sent to the printers. Ok. Due to JC have changed how I do PP. It is on for what maybe able to damage you. Or if I need to speed up the encounter.
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    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 01:08 PM
    The first time they break out the Lazy Loser Legalease, I say no. Then. Yes I totally ignore them.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 09:26 PM
    Tortle Package lets you play a turtle From Mordenkainenís Tome of Foes Lets you play. Page 61 Eladrin Elf subrace. Page 62 Sea Elf subrace. Page 81 Duergar dwarf subrace. Page 96 Githyanki or Githzerai race. Page 113 Deep Gnome. VOL Voloís Guide to Monsters lets you play some more races. Sword coast adventure guide has some clasess. Xanathar has some classes.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 09:19 PM
    050 How to roll dice. 050 What are these strangely shaped dice. 100 Which end should of the weapon goes into the monster. 100 What is a spell caster. 200 What is a good build for a tank. 400. Lego or D4 what causes more damage when stepped on in the dark. Remember games EnROLLment closes Nov 9th
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 06:40 PM
    Also note that an active roll result normally has a 'floor' value equal to your passive perception. So, if detecting a seam in the wall (where a secret door is) requires a DC 15 passive Perception, and your player is actively checking and therefore they roll a 2 (+5) for a total of 7, but their passive is 15, then they detect it anyway.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 01:34 PM
    "why yes yes dungeon master. I would love to roll damage die twice. " Jasper droned.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 01:26 PM
    Aberration 13 Beast 6 -2 = 4 Don't be blue. Celestial 13 Construct 12 Dragon 37 Dragon Fly Up in the sky Elemental 20 Fey 18 Fiend 13 Giant 20 Monstrosity 28
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 10:06 PM
    This is only true if DPR is your only/primary concern. If you regularly require skill checks to overcome adversity, then it's easy to setup situations where you might need both Dex and Str, especially if you add complicated terrain to the combats.
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 01:50 PM
    Downvotes are 2 Aberration 16 Beast 12 Celestial 15 Construct 16 Dragon 34 Dragons Fly UP HIGH Elemental 20 Fey 20 Fiend 15 Giant 20
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 03:43 AM
    I don't know, you'll have to look at your legal contract with your credit card company. Or you know, call them and ask :) And of course, next time don't wait six years. I mean at what point did you give up on getting the product? 6 months? Given them a call then.
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Friday, 28th September, 2018

  • 09:31 PM - Dannyalcatraz mentioned LordEntrails in post Roll20 users; are my impressions right or wrong on this
    Been saying for more than a decade that, in the Social Media Age, how a company handles customer complaints and service are more important than ever. And I keep getting proven right. When I started playing D&D, a complaint like that might have been seen by the company and a couple dozen people. Now, as pointed out by LordEntrails, itís international news. And as Gradine insightfully adds, thereís a bunch going on in the world that- in the past- would have buried this story even if it had gotten mainstream media notice. Iíve seen companies in some of my other hobbies take serious hits to their bottom lines or even go out of business for mishandled complaints that went viral without Newsweek broadcasting it.

Saturday, 18th August, 2018

  • 04:55 AM - pukunui mentioned LordEntrails in post Need a Short Dungeon for a Ranger's Tomb
    Prakriti: That's awesome! Thank you. Maybe what I'll do is make it so that, if the PCs succeed in dealing with the Zhent mercs, then one or more villagers will reveal the location of Mornbryn's tomb, at which point I'll run your suggestion. LordEntrails: Thanks for the links. Unfortunately, it looks like I can't view the maps without a Fantasy Grounds account. :(

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Sunday, 11th March, 2018

  • 07:51 AM - FrogReaver mentioned LordEntrails in post The Monetization of D&D Play
    LordEntrails I got bored. Man, don't you see, this is exactly the problem. If you have a buddy willing to DM, why not support the poor guy now that he's investing so much time and money, and all you do is show up with your character on a sweat-stained sheet without knowing any of your own spells. That the DM enjoys preparing (which is true) is a weak argument against not helping him out in any way. Players are entitled and lazy.

Saturday, 21st October, 2017

  • 03:09 PM - canucksaram mentioned LordEntrails in post More details
    @LordEntrails I find D&D's regular XP system to be too much accounting. This system is meant to be simpler in that XP points accumulate from categories similar to video game "achievements." I am looking for new XP awards to add to the ones I already have. New "'achievements," as it were. At the beginning of each session the players recount the events of the last session and hand out XP collectively, helping each other remember who did what. The DM listens and has veto power over awards that seem gratuitous. As for how the XP system works, well: To advance to the next level takes (new level squared) in XP (and in my home game a period of downtime is also required). Going from Level 1 to Level 2 takes 4 XP. Going to Level 3 takes another 9 XP. Going to Level 4 takes another 16 XP. And so on. One of the drains on XP is that it can be traded in for Inspiration. This can be done a number of times per session equal to your character's Proficiency Bonus, with 1 XP buying you 1 Inspiration. Rolepla...

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017

  • 06:31 AM - Jester David mentioned LordEntrails in post WotC Names 10 "Adepts" On Their DMs Guild Store
    This. I know Paizo regularly cultivates new talent via their RPG Superstar series. Was hoping Adept was that but it ends up being people who are already doing well...? I'm with LordEntrails that this would work well as a two step process. The first step is get the program and the icon recognized. Raise awareness. And focusing on people who can spread the world - such as via Organized Play, podcasts, and the Maze Arcana stream(s). Then, for the following Storyline, they can do a greater mix of DMsGuild others and other creatives... As a Cypher creator, I'm more interested to see if other companies will follow this Guild example. Five companies started when DTRPG opened the program up and now it's eight. Vampire is the big one IMHO. A few others have opened their rules (Cortex) but that's little more than an OGL. Cypher picked an odd setting, not going with a central one. 7th Sea seems to be the only one letting their core setting be open. I wouldn't mind more settings and rules being open. I spent much of July designing homebrew for Star Trek Adventures and just giving it away, earning nothing but praise and the thanks of my fellow gamers. Pfft. Like I can spend that o...

Monday, 31st July, 2017

  • 11:00 AM - transtemporal mentioned LordEntrails in post Boss Fight Help
    What LordEntrails said. If the spell said "affects enemies" I'd let it affect all the drones without having to identify them but this says you must "designate creatures you can see" so I reckon you have to specifically select who gets affected and who doesn't. Having said that, I'd let the cleric make an intelligence check to correctly identify who's who as an action.

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Thursday, 20th July, 2017

  • 03:11 AM - Quickleaf mentioned LordEntrails in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    LordEntrails Lanefan Sounds like, even though you have varying answers, you're coming at the question from a "verisimilitude" paradigm: What belongs in this dungeon? I'm also curious about the role such rooms have at the table, during actual play. For example, do they just feel like wasted word count, at best offering the PCs a "break" from the other fantastic elements of the dungeon? Or do they have some other purpose in your games that makes such banal spaces desirable for ACTUAL PLAY purposes? Why does it matter to the players? One D&D trope Ė and this is evident in the adventure I referenced earlier, Blood and Fire by Paul Baichtal in Dungeon #63 Ė†is a secret entry through the cellars/cistern/latrine. So, if using a cellar/cistern/latrine in that way, it has an effect for actual play: giving the players another choice of entry points into the dungeon. http://i.imgur.com/Qny57fo.png One thing I've encountered in my own games is when I start laying on the fantastic elements thick an...

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

  • 11:26 PM - Quickleaf mentioned LordEntrails in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    I'll share my thoughts on your adventure LordEntrails and also the one you mentioned ArwensDaughter once I get a chance to read them. On a related note, someone was surprised when I mentioned that DMs Guild now offers print-on-demand. Wanting to gauge the quality and what's possible for their pod service, I just received a print copy of the Elemental Evil Player's Companion. Btw it's not just WOTC products that are pod on DMs Guild, a smattering of smaller publisher/individual offerings too. About 26-28 pages (which makes me guess the usual 8/16/32 page "reams" limitation is not a factor). Sturdy glossy soft cover, nice clear full-cover heavyweight pages with no bleeding. Staple bound, feels sturdy enough, but it's really cheap binding. From this product, doesn't seem like it's possible (given the way DMs Guild is doing this through whoever fulfills their pod orders) to do "pull-out maps" or anything that would detach from the binding easily. I took a few pictures to share... Sturdy for a softcover, good feel http://i.imgur.com/5mmPhm...

Monday, 3rd July, 2017

  • 11:23 AM - Lanefan mentioned LordEntrails in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    ...ne Ė but (I think) it reads more clearly. My immediate response on seeing that is you could save a bunch of page count and get much more info in a single two-page spread by both slashing the font size in the main and boxed text (you're using 11, I'd go 9) and finding a non-serif typeface like what you've used for the monster stat blocks. The headers can be whatever. Another way to save some space is instead of actually putting boxes around the boxed text, just highlight it or italicize it or make it a different colour. Is the adventure in question going to be available purely through PDF format? I would expect that's the case, but I figure it's best to confirm. Going on that assumption, I think you should consider setting aside formats and methods established by print media. So, linking to relevant info throughout the PDF is better than an index.In case it matters, everything I'm saying here is based on print only. If it's not on paper, I don't want it. :) That said, LordEntrails suggested upthread that DMs who run sandbox/open world campaigns aren't the target for most published adventures. I've several bookshelves here that would like to respectfully disagree with that opinion. :) Lan-"the game world is the sandbox; the adventure modules are the toys in it"-efan

Wednesday, 5th April, 2017

  • 11:31 PM - darjr mentioned LordEntrails in post Mike Mearls interview - states that they may be getting off of the 2 AP/year train.
    LordEntrails posted this in another thread. Free AAW adventure. Note they also have FG conversions, but not sure if they have a free one, https://adventureaweek.com/subscribe/free-adventure/ Here's a free is a free ENsid5r, https://www.patreon.com/posts/into-feywild-100-6755905 Read more: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?528110-Amazon-PHB-has-new-competition-and-Tales-from-the-Yawning-Portal/page5#ixzz4dPuls9aP

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Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

  • 02:51 AM - Quickleaf mentioned LordEntrails in post New Creature Critique - Dagonspawn
    LordEntrails I think you're on the right track now. I would cut the Hardened Shell trait entirely because it's superfluous. Just like whatever resistances / condition immunities in the normal place for the monster (like you've done), and then under Abyssal Tentacles note how the tentacles are damaged differently.

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016

  • 05:01 AM - MoonSong mentioned LordEntrails in post Post a character, get a Pic.
    Part 2 Xeviat Luminescent 78048 @Wedenesday Boy Luska 78049 alienux Nuno 78050 LordEntrails Unnamed Barbarian 78051 mellored Aaracockra Warlock Assassin 78052 The Grassy Gnoll Shiver 78053 M3woods S'parrod 78054 Plaguescarred Thunka 78055 Gwarok unnamed Warlock 78056

Thursday, 29th September, 2016

  • 03:16 AM - Irennan mentioned LordEntrails in post New D&D product listed on Amazon
    LordEntrails As I said, I don't believe that removing a character *automatically* makes a setting poorer, it depends on what that character is to the setting, and what they brings to the table, and how and why the character is removed. When you make a drastic change to a setting, you need to think if it makes the setting richer, and if it adds more than (or at least equal to) what it took away, and if makes the setting lose some iconic feature. Differently from a novel (which GoT mainly is, although it was also used as a game setting) a world setting isn't a story already told, but it's a sandbox where people place their stories. It's good for it to evolve, but not at the price of its defining traits. I wouldn't have been turned away from 4e FR if they just--say--removed Elminster, Drizzt, Halaster and Storm. However they took away characters (like gods, as many of them in the FR are essentially character) and organizations as a whole that define whole pieces of the setting, and for a lot of thos...

Saturday, 14th November, 2015

  • 07:08 AM - leonardoraele mentioned LordEntrails in post Do you find Fantasy Grounds just too much of an investment?
    LordEntrails Thank you for the answer. The coolest feature of roll20 is the Dynamic Light that you described. Really, I and my players love it. But it is a paid feature. Although roll20 does have the Fog of War feature (free), in which the GM manually reveals the map in parts, just like you described FG does. Roll20 works fine for free, really. Dynamic Light is the main reason you would want to pay the subscription. As all the campaign content is hosted in the cloud, storage is another issue. Your campaign can last for months using a free account, but depending on how much maps, handouts, etc. you upload, you eventually will have to pay a subscription to allow more storage space. About creating maps, roll20 offers map creating tools you can use to build maps. However, the tool ins't much refined and there are very few resources to use. Although it works (I have created a lot of maps using it), you will most likely want to create your maps using a third party app and upload it to roll20 anyw...

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Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 05:52 AM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Yea, the disconnect is that you don't get it. And your next sentence is... You can upload all your your content from your purchased books to DDB just like you can upload your CDs to iTunes. Somebody around here doesn't get it.

Sunday, 18th November, 2018

  • 04:28 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Hey, it would be nice if someone could get a discount for buying the content in a second format. But any means to accomplish that is rife with overhead costs and people falsifying the system as well. (But lets not get into that discussion!) But also remember, when I buy all the WotC product in Fantasy Grounds, I'm not paying for a conversion, I'm paying for the content. Because I've never bought the hard copy books. So, listing them as paying for the conversions is not necessarily true either. It just depends on each person's situation. Youíre also paying to have the content in the very useful index and cross reference system provided by DDB. But you also get a new copy of the books, just not a physical one. IMO, itís more valuable than the physical books, which is why I got the legendary bundle, for others itís not.
  • 01:06 AM - not-so-newguy quoted LordEntrails in post Spellbooks, Spells, and the Number of Pages
    Thanks to both of you. The reason I'm wondering is because I'm putting some bookworms into the Ultimate Undermountain. I want to give some reasonable guidance to the DMs on how if the bookworms getting into a spellbook, how quickly they destroy the spells within. Unless someone comes up with something else, I'll go with the 1 page per spell level. Do you have stats for the bookworm? Just curious, it might be useful for me at some point.

Saturday, 17th November, 2018

  • 11:24 PM - Satyrn quoted LordEntrails in post Spellbooks, Spells, and the Number of Pages
    Thanks to both of you. The reason I'm wondering is because I'm putting some bookworms into the Ultimate Undermountain. I want to give some reasonable guidance to the DMs on how if the bookworms getting into a spellbook, how quickly they destroy the spells within. Unless someone comes up with something else, I'll go with the 1 page per spell level. I don't know what pace you have in mind, whether it's minutes, hours or days you're thinking of, so I'm just gonna talk in hours (and you can sub in minutes or days as you prefer). Would it work if you went more abstract, and said the worms fed on a spell for a number of hours equal to the spell level, then moved onto the next spell? You could even allow it down by saying it took a number of hours equal to the spell's level for the worm to destroy the spell, and an additional, equal amount of feeding time for the worm to devour the remnants before moving on to the next spell. This kinda changes the "book worm" into a "spell eater" which might not wo...

Friday, 16th November, 2018

  • 11:29 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Controlled distribution is not my preferred solution. A moral and ethical society is. But that's not something that can be regulated, it can only be educated. *lol* you're funny. What possible solution is there that provides a superior experience that will not quickly be circumvented? DRM? Yea, that doesn't work, that will soon be broken, just like trying to enforce copyright actions. You think people aren't already illegally distributing DDB content? They are. They are also circumventing the restrictions placed on resources like Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds. LOL, I'm neither angry nor seething. But thanks for worrying about my stress level. Or were you implying I'm rabid like you said earlier in the thread? And therefore trying to imply my views are somehow less valuable than your own? I was picking up an angry, strident tone from your previous posts. Guess I mis-read that. Apologies. This always cracks me up. So the folks who have put in all the effort to create the DDB site and have to s...
  • 10:08 PM - jasper quoted LordEntrails in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Maps and Miscellany Review aka Rip Off.
    But color doesn't make a map too busy. Color used correctly makes a map more informative. And easier to copy... again, depending upon your source and your copier, color doesn't impact that either. Now, color copies are more expensive, so I understand that. But they are color! You don't like color! Besides, those are just reprints of poster/battlemaps I already have :) You might even be able to find them on eBay for less :) True Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative repeat Color used correctly makes a map more informative ...
  • 10:07 PM - Parmandur quoted LordEntrails in post Official D&D Errata Updated (Nov 2018)
    Note sure it does, as pointed out by another, but it does go to show me that Sage Advice is not infallible and is not RAW, it's just advice. I doubt they go out of their way to inform their partners, they don't with FG. So I'd be surprised if DDB was updated yet. Give them a little time. No, Beyond has the Errata included already.
  • 09:56 PM - Parmandur quoted LordEntrails in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Maps and Miscellany Review aka Rip Off.
    But color doesn't make a map too busy. Color used correctly makes a map more informative. And easier to copy... again, depending upon your source and your copier, color doesn't impact that either. Now, color copies are more expensive, so I understand that. But they are color! You don't like color! Besides, those are just reprints of poster/battlemaps I already have :) You might even be able to find them on eBay for less :) Oh, I have no plans to buy it. Just saw it.
  • 06:45 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    So, in today's world where just about anyone can convert a printed product to a digital product either for free (using a civic source like a library) or purchasing a multi-function printer for less than $100 how do you 'provide sufficient incentive for creators to create' without controlling distribution of said product and/or their format conversions? I'll ask you a related question: in today's world where you can do all those things, how do you "control distribution" if that's your preferred solution? You can't. You can play whack-a-mole with infringers, but you can't win that game. For a while in the early 2000's the music industry (and the movie industry, who saw the writing on the wall) thought the solution was going to be DRM (digital rights management). They were looking for silver bullet technology that would allow them to exert complete control over their content. That approach had two interrelated problems: 1) The more barriers you put in front of consumers, the more ince...
  • 06:15 PM - Parmandur quoted LordEntrails in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Maps and Miscellany Review aka Rip Off.
    I appreciate the warning. The ad copy is deceptive. IMO, mainly because the maps in DoMM only detail about 15% of what has previously been detailed for the Undermountain, I don't see how anyone can claim that is the "bulk". I will say I'm not surprised by what you describe. I have mixed feelings about it though because I'm working on releasing my own versions of the maps ;p I've been so disappointed (much for the same reasons as you) with their recent maps that I've started a project to create and sell on the DMsGuild full color maps for Undermountain that also fully map all the levels and not just the portions that the DoMM maps portray. I don't think that black & white or two-color maps are inherently more functional that multi or full-color maps are. It's all about the cartographer and the style they portray. What is it about color maps that you find less functional? Too busy: my preference is for the old blue scale maps, very easy to use and get the lay of the land without anythin...

Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 10:38 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    You and Elf keep harping on this. I have repeatedly said that converting something you own the rights for to another format for your own use is not illegal or immoral. What I have always been talking about is the illegal distribution of copyright protection. Continuing down this line is ignoring the issue and throwing FUD into the discussion. One could argue that IF the website it was intended to be used by those that legally own all of the stolen content. But it makes no such claim. But making those products in whole or part available to those who do not legally own the content is illegal. That is the issue I have been opposed to and which you and Elf continue to defend trying to muddy the discussion by implying that only legal owners of the content are the intended recipients of the content. The only other issue related to this that I find of interest is that posting links to such information on this forum is against the rules, yet the moderators do not enforce that rule even w...
  • 09:58 PM - Azzy quoted LordEntrails in post Spellbooks, Spells, and the Number of Pages
    In previous editions, spells in a spellbook took 1 page for each level of the spell. I can't find anything in 5E that indicates this. I do find that a spellbook contains 100 pages. And the cost to transcribe and copy spells, but not how many pages they take. Anyone know a source/reference? Is is still 1 page per level and cantrips take no pages? I don't think there are rules for that anymore, so you can use the older method if you wish or just assume that a wizard has enough room in their spellbook to accomodate them.
  • 11:31 AM - Lanefan quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Because you did not purchase the content. You purchased the content in a specific format. If you wanted that content in a different format then you should have purchased it in a different format. And just because the file type for the format that you want is not available is not, imo, sufficient to justify theft in that specific file type. Ah, but here's the question: when one buys, say, a book is one purchasing the content or the format? Given various rulings over the years allowing personal-use format conversion of content one already owns (starting with making it legal to make a personal-use cassette tape of a legally-owned record album so you could play it in your car, and going on from there), it seems it's in fact the content that one is purchasing. And if that's the case, and one already legally owns the content in one format, how is it 'stealing' to convert it for your own use to another format which may sometimes be more useful? For example, I own just about all the 1e material th...

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

  • 07:47 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    So as long as you don't do the stealing/infringement, you are ok with the use of it? So why don't you (or do you?) download all your RPG content from various websites? They are all available and since you wouldn't be doing anything wrong (only the person hosting the infringing content is) you would be morally justified. Interesting. You are being a bit sanctimonious about morality/ethics, and yet you seem skeptical that some of us may choose to act ethically even when nobody's watching and there's no impact on anybody's sales. It sounds to me though like you do purchase at least some of what you use. So, why purchase any if you believe you can download PDF copies of it all morally anyway... I actually use lots of those other resources (subclasses, monsters, etc.) AND I purchase the books. I also download PDFs of other games, in order to see what they are like (sort of like flipping through a book in a bookstore.) If I like them (whether or not I will get around to playing them) I buy them. ...
  • 05:23 AM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    And I'll just ignore the insults, even though I disagree with your premise. Note that I am not insulting you personally; just the nature of one of the arguments you are using. I would disagree that only the spell lists benefit significantly from being formatted in a way other than on paper (and I'm sure the users of HeroLabs and PC Gen would agree with me). That's a fair point: character generators do provide significant utility beyond just easy reference. I also think that character generators cross the line of providing too much of the content: a (complete) character generator does make it less likely that somebody would buy the book. Likewise if WotC published a book of just spells, and nothing but spells, I would begin to have serious reservations about the grimoire. But I am interested in your argument that justification for theft is dependent upon utility. I mean theft for survival is one thing, but for utility? Interesting. Remember that you are the one calling unlicensed viewing o...

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 10:46 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    It's simple, with a site that "just" reorganizes the spells (and includes all the copyrighted text as well) being acceptable, would not a site that "just" reorganizes all the races fall in the same category? And if that is ok, then why not classes? Now you have all the spells, races and classes from not just the PHB, but from every product produced by WotC in another format for free. Given what WotC already provides for free, i.e. all the rules to play the game, the only thing you are arguing should not be distributed for free is the fluff. Ah, the Parade of Horribles argument. I'm betting that when certain politicians use that rhetorical device you facepalm and wonder how their supporters can fall for that. Question: do you ever drive even slightly over the speed limit, and tell yourself it's ok because it's "just a mile or two". Well, by applying your argument a mile or two might be 3 miles, which might be 4 miles, etc. And because ample research shows that speeding costs lives, aren't you ...
  • 07:51 PM - BookBarbarian quoted LordEntrails in post How do you stat out rulers such as kings and queens in your games?
    Do you imagine Queen Elizabeth to be 20th level? Do you imagine her to have more hit points and a better attack bonus than the queen's guard at the gate to the palace? But, she probably has a few special traits like 'royal decree' and 'unflappable decorum'. I wonder what Queen Victoria's We are Not Amused ability would look like. Immune to Tasha's Hideous Laughter for one thing.
  • 06:39 PM - Elfcrusher quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    Side story: I myself have digital product for sale online. They also happen to be available for free and without my permission on various websites. How could I possible ever prove those sites are taking sales away from me? And even if they are not, are you really arguing that they are not doing anything morally wrong? And, is that really the world wish to live in? Yes, the owner of the grimoire is publishing, without permission, a subset of WotC books. Technical violation. No, doing so does not mean that the PHB isn't still needed to play the game. (Feel free to cross out pairs of negatives in that sentence...) If you don't see the difference...morally...between offering a digital product so that people don't have to buy the legal version, and offering a convenient reorganization of a subset of that product, in such a way that it does not eliminate the need for the full product and in fact increases the utility of that product...then I'm not really sure we should bother discussing this.
  • 06:26 PM - Henry quoted LordEntrails in post How do you stat out rulers such as kings and queens in your games?
    Do you imagine Queen Elizabeth to be 20th level? Do you imagine her to have more hit points and a better attack bonus than the queen's guard at the gate to the palace? But, she probably has a few special traits like 'royal decree' and 'unflappable decorum'. Add to that Equestrian, Auto Mechanic (roughly Tech Level 7 in GURPS speak), and Certified Lunatic Wartime Driver. ;-)
  • 03:50 AM - the Jester quoted LordEntrails in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    No, cuz what happens when a new sub-class comes out that has spells? You going to say, sorry, that spell from the PHB doesn't have 'new sub-class' listed so it can't use the spell? Subclasses either cast from a given class' list (e.g. eldritch knight casts from the wizard list), use the list of their parent class (e.g. wizard subclasses) or offer access to a few extra spells that are listed in the subclass itself (e.g. cleric domain spells), so I don't really know what you think is going to happen here. Labeling the classes that, by default, have access to a given spell is a no-brainer to me.


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