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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    Ah thanks! Doesn't look like anyone's submitted a character yet. Might I be the first? Palpitations.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 AM
    Okay, are we importing our existing characters directly, or making new ones?
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 01:02 AM
    No worries. What happened last week?
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    Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, 12:48 AM
    That's a bit simplistic though. Because the resource free option is almost always less damaging than the resource. Direct damage 1st level spells outdamage cantrips at all but the very, very highest levels and, even then, it's not like 1st level and 2nd level resources are limited to direct damage. But, even just comparing direct damage, the resource expense nearly always results in dealing...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 06:00 PM
    Holidays are always a rough time for gaming, to be sure.
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 02:46 PM
    But, we're not talking about 1d6 are we? A Burning Hands does 9d6 damage pretty easily. Certainly 6d6 virtually guaranteed. Yup, there's save for half, but, fare enough, many cantrips can outright fail. You have to be 17th level before you can deal even remotely equivalent damage. The fact that I've been dealing that kind of damage for the last 16 levels kinda makes up for things. For...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:56 AM
    Hah! I mean Silhouette. Too many characters, man. And too little sleep.
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:46 AM
    Whisper does a little book-hitting, using Mysticism: Ah yeah, she's still got it.
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:26 AM
    Yeah, I remember being interested in that for Whisper too! But of course I didn't write it down, lol...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:13 AM
    I question the OP's basic premise actually. The basic premise is that cantrips become more damaging than 1st and 2nd level spells. So, in play, we're likely limited to cantrips doing 3d10 for the most part, no? Very high level play doesn't come up all that often, so, for the sake of argument, let's ignore it. 1st level wizard spell damage: Burning Hands 3d6 to multiple targets...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 11:48 PM
    That looks like great fun Morrus. Cool beans. Just as a thought though, would it not be easier to make the map mostly the full size of the page and then include the text of the encounters right in the rooms? Would seem like a more efficient use of space. And, just a nitpick, you forgot to label area 1 - the Entrance.
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:51 AM
    Juno crouched behind the desk, muttering profanities to herself. The opposition was seriously equipped...a high threat response team or something close to it. She ejected the clip from her Ares pistol and grabbed one of the spares, marked with a little light grey tab of color. Slapping that in, she leaned just a hair over the top to get eyes on the targets. No fancy shooting now...she had to make...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:41 AM
    Thorn whirls, her chains seeming almost to coil around her fluidly...narrowly missing her as they stay in constant motion...and slashes at the remaining demon with great enthusiasm! ...it's a tricky thing though, and perhaps she's become a little too eager in her lust for killing these monsters. The chains slam down on the pews to either side of the demon, leaving it untouched! Chain...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:36 AM
    Aranel clears her throat, having heard enough. When she spoke there was an air of finality to it, though she had no real jurisdiction here. "You will be taken alive. Imprisoned, but treated civilly. The truth of this matter will be investigated and discovered, the crimes enumerated, and judgment fairly passed and executed." She holds her hands out and closes her eyes in a moment of...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:19 AM
    Perception and Stealth in that order: 1d20+5 17 1d20+4 7 As the crew made their escape, they saw the dragon-blooded woman Shayuri waving at the frantically as she ran to catch up from a block over. It was good fortune she spotted them after being separated in the fog, but stealth was well and truly out the window in her haste to rejoin the companions. "Ah there you all are! I thought I'd...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 05:10 AM
    "Are you not afraid that if you offer us shelter, you will incur the wrath of these dead souls?" Icosa inquires. "To what purpose are you offering assistance"
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 07:55 AM
    (OOC - Kinda...been having a heckuva a time finding time, and then I had to relearn Pathfinder 2 from scratch, and the playtest PDF is laid out in a nonsensical way...lol...ANYWAY!) Triessa yelps as the giant bug stings her foot, and she stomps at it frantically while jumping back to get clear. With a wave of her hand and a muttered incantation, her dagger levitates from the sheathe at her...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 01:52 AM
    "All right then, keep up. We have a lot of reading to do...far more than we have time to spend doing it," Silhouette urges.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 01:39 AM
    On seeing the Princess turn the tables on the Baron, Kitsune whoops and adds her own laser beam to the mix, trying to nail him from the other side in a pincer move! She then skedaddles to the closest cover she can find, trying to get back out of sight! Not wanting to get that magic turned on her, no way. atk, base DC23 + multi...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 01:00 AM
    Tisi chose to remain silent, unobtrusively slipping out of sight around the corner while he's distracted by more gregarious people...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:05 AM
    I totally feel ya. I got put into a whole new category of job duties, and it's kind of cool and kind of scary and really time consuming...and then holidays. If it looks like this is going to happen again, I'll probably have to drop...but I won't disappear without a word. I can say that much.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:04 AM
    Thanks for checking back in. Get better, ya heah? :)
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:03 AM
    Vaguely alive, if struggling with time to post. If it keeps being an issue I'll bow out while I still have any dignity, rather than stay quiet this long without a word again. Many apologies, all.
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:02 AM
    I can relate. I cannot believe how hard it's been to find the time. Very sorry to all my GMs. It's very possible I will need to make cuts soon, even though it breaks my heart to do it.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 11:03 AM
    That’s not true. Bacteria as a species, heck most plants as a species are far far more successful than any vertebrate.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 07:23 AM
    Oh, well that sucks. Wonder if this is a Disney thing. They're going to bring all the Marvel titles together under the new Disney pay service, maybe?
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 03:11 AM
    I'm not sure you can draw the parallel to film though. Film died because digital cameras became ubiquitous. And MUCH higher quality and easier to use. To the point where it's virtually impossible to distinguish a digital picture from a film one. The human eye just isn't good enough. But paper still has HUGE uses. While the push towards paperless offices has been ongoing for a decade or...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 12:52 AM
    Heh. Oh yeah, it does come down to different experiences. :D I mean, for me, a fighter with an 18 Str and 16 Dex, say, was pretty much par for the course. Wouldn't even bat an eye at seeing that. So, again, that's AC:0 without magic and easily achievable by 2nd or 3rd level. And, as far as modules go, it really depends. Quasqueton did a fantastic analysis of classic modules:...
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    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    But... but... but... maps are COOL. :D The nice thing about using a map+text is that you can cram a LOT of information into a visual representation. I've always thought that most modules under use their maps quite honestly. Why don't adventure maps put the contents of each area right on the map? Add in a couple of more maps to represent movement and you can create a very dynamic adventure...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 08:34 AM
    I'm just starting this. A really cool adventure for embedding the group into a setting. And, it's going to be a springboard for DotMM, so, I'm going to drop all sorts of hints and goodies. So far, haven't gotten much further than planning out renovating Trollskull manor. There's some fantastic stuff over on Reddit on this, so, I'm going to ... erm... use that for inspiration (ie steal...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 08:29 AM
    Funnily enough, back in 1e whenever we got wishes, we just saved them for resurrections. We knew that the DM wouldn't monkey paw a wish like that and it was just a great "get out of jail free" card. I haven't given out wishes in a game in so long it's ridiculous. Kinda like dragons. I haven't dropped one of those into an adventure in FAR too long.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 08:01 AM
    Well, there's a boatload of examples at the One Page Dungeon Contest: This was last year's winner.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 07:52 AM
    I dunno. Negative AC's at fairly low levels wasn't all that hard to achieve. Plate, shield and a decent DEX got you to -1 or -2 and you could do that by 2nd or 3rd level pretty easily. +1 plate and +1 shields were pretty common magic items in many modules, so, that gets you to -3 or -4 pretty easily. Tap in some other goodies, like, say, Vault of the Drow or Queen of the Demonweb Pits for...
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 06:43 AM
    There's another point to remember as well - the growth of the market. We'll have to see what 2018 brings, but, year on year, 5e has been explosively growing the RPG market. Honestly, I'm not sure if D&D has ever seen this degree of sustained growth before. Boom and bust? Sure. But, we're not seeing any evidence of bust yet. Just very strong growth. It's certainly a healthier business cycle...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:27 AM
    I'm just starting to run Dragon Heist, and, yeah, I can see why some people wouldn't like it. It's much more of an adventure outline than an adventure path. It's VERY open ended with a bajillion NPC's and it does hand a great deal of work off to the DM to bring it to the table. This is not something you can just sit down and play. Plus, since a lot of it is very sandboxy, it's a style...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:13 AM
    Sorry, that last post got away from me a bit, but, I just have one more thought. Something to think about with the 3e/3.5 era is that 4.33 years into that, we had what, a dozen or more 3pp publishers banging out d20 games that directly competed with D&D. Mutants and Masterminds, Blue Rose, and so on. The 3pp weren't working with WotC, particularly, because everyone was burying their OGC...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 04:09 AM
    I'm just starting a new campaign with Dragon Heist. Now, for a bit of background, this is the first official D&D adventure path I've run since... errr... Savage Tides back in the tail end of 3e. Wow, it's been that long. And, something that REALLY slapped me in the face is how different things look now than then. WotC's AP's aren't really just AP's anymore. They are a core book for an...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 01:32 AM
    "Doubtful. If only there were a library around here somewhere," Silhouette said with an amused glint in her eye. "That said, having such a vessel under our control answers any number of questions that previously had no good reply. It would be worth our time to find it."
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 11:13 PM
    Sorry, holiday stuffs. Back online now so I'll get back to it.
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 05:59 AM
    Is that a city with a maze behind it? That would be cool to expand on.
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 05:41 AM
    Doctor Who has trod that ground more than a few times. Scenes from different parts of history that are pretty ... colorful? I guess that's a word. :D 17th century? Not terribly unheard of. Europeans had been in North America by a century by then. Trade with India and China had been pretty well established. It wouldn't exactly be something you'd see every day, but, not unheard of either....
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 08:19 AM
    Chess actually tells you EXACTLY what you can move. You cannot make a move that is not prescribed by the rules, full stop. In play, 100% of your moves are prescribed by the mechanics. In an RPG, I could say that the Duke gives me his horse, depending on the fiction that has been established in play. It is possible. Although, fair enough, probably unlikely. :D And, note, you are...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 01:18 AM
    Hragh, sorry Getting a little eaten up. Is swapping ammo an action? Need to look up the rules.
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 04:34 AM
    I'd point out that you folks had repeatedly told me that there is no difference between RPG's and other games during the setup phase. None whatsoever. So, things like what your class can do and what equipment you have, is all part of the set up phase and is the same as other games. But, and maybe I wasn't clear here, I was speaking about RPG's during play. If we accept that everything that...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 04:38 AM
    Personally, I don't see any point in differentiating "story telling games" from RPG's since story telling games ARE RPG's. And Sim City, while you have a great deal of freedom, is very prescriptive. You can only build what the game lets you build. You may not build anything else. Other than what the game permits me to do, there is nothing else I can do in the game.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 05:08 AM
    I'd point out though that your fighter can certainly try to cast spells. He'll just fail. :D But, there's nothing stopping him from trying. ((And, I'm sorry that your 4e DM was so poor, but, that's another story)) Being able to try something does not guarantee success. But, in a non-RPG, you cannot try at all. There's no way to do anything other than the prescribed actions in board games...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 03:06 AM
    A while ago, I tried to take a stab at differentiating RPG's from other games. The reception of my ideas was... mixed :D. Ok, fair enough. Critics of my idea made some very valid points and I can see now where I went wrong, although, to be perfectly honest, I do think that there is some validity in the idea that RPG's are differentiated from other games by the fact that RPG's require the group...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:20 AM
    Even that being the case, the attack bonuses monsters have shouldn't dramatically outstrip the defenses characters can have, I'd think. That's exactly the wrong way to balance missing bells and whistles. Bells and whistles don't matter in combat encounters, which is what most 'monsters' are statted for. That'd be like saying, "You get a bonus on checks to convince merchants to give you good...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 12:56 AM
    I'm a little lost in init, we didn't start a new round yet, yeah? Don't want to hold people up waiting for my turn again.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:48 AM
    Right, so...as an illustration: LORANYS XP n/a LG Medium humanoid (human) Init +9; Senses Perception +19 Aura good (5 ft., DC 17) DEFENSE HP 185 EAC 23; KAC 25
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:27 AM
    A little late to perform acts of darkest threadcromancy, but I figured I'd check in and see how things were going, QL. :) Hope you're ok.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:16 AM
    Alright. Is there a Rogues Gallery for this game? Not seeing the link, and I'm not sure if we ever rebuilt it after the board died. I'm looking at some stats for NPCs though, and seriously starting to think I must have made some mistakes on my sheet... Nevermind! http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?488626-Realmsian-Dragonstar-The-Battle-of-Toril-Rogues-Gallery With more of a...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 07:48 AM
    You think that Hansel and Gretal was perceived as a factual retelling of an event? Or Cinderella? Or the 1001 Nights?
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:41 AM
    I...thought we were fighting centipedes. I think I missed something, lol... Oh, this is the other group, isn't it?!
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 04:46 AM
    SHould we start making new characters already?
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 04:15 PM
    "A great deal of the power of the invasion comes in the form of something called a 'divine sphere,'" Silhouette mentions casually. "They brought it with them. It seems to be a conduit of some kind for the outsider gods. It is, of course, well protected...as any vulnerability would be. It does remain a vulnerability though, if we can find a way to exploit it." She shrugs. "The stark reality...
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  • 01:21 AM - quoted MurderHobo1 in post Boy, that escalated quickly...
    Then kill the impatient player. "Sorry, you just stepped on a trap that doesn't activate until the second person steps on it. You fall down a very long pit into deep water. Are you wearing plate? Yeah, you sink. Sorry you're out of range of Player C's levitate spell. You're beginning to drown. Yeah, it'll take 5 mins to take off your armor. You're dead. Spend the rest of the game session rerolling a new toon and we'll figure out when we can get you back into the game. Maybe it'll be at the end of this one or maybe it'll be a couple of sessions." There's ways of handling it. That's a dickish one. There's less dickish one's like "Dude. Chill out. He's stealthing. It's his job. Let him do it." If the guy is still a douche, delay his next level one or two sessions after everyone else and ask, "Get it yet?" If a player can wait 5 minutes for his turn in combat, he can wait 2 minutes for someone to stealth. Anything else is rationalization or justification. IMO. I did this la...

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