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Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 03:35 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Mark Craddock in post Some Social Aspects of RPGs
    One thing Iíve also had to learn of late, is that just because we are friends and we both like D&D, doesnít mean we should game together. A good friend does not always a good gamer or fit for the table make. One problem I've seen in real life and online is the notion that if I like D&D and you like D&D we can be friends and game together.

Sunday, 30th September, 2018

  • 06:05 AM - Hussar quoted Mark Craddock in post Some Social Aspects of RPGs
    One problem I've seen in real life and online is the notion that if I like D&D and you like D&D we can be friends and game together. This just doesn't always works. We have different expectations and accepted behaviors and perhaps we won't ever be friends and we should never game together. The most freeing realization that I ever came to was that, for me, no gaming is better than bad gaming. I think that this is probably the biggest thing. Gaming together means that you are going to spend a LOT of time with someone. Hours and hours and hours, doing nothing but sitting across a table with someone and talking and rolling dice. Personality conflicts are a huge issue. Unlike, say, team sports where you can probably avoid socializing with a team mate that you might not like too much at least avoid that person enough that you can tolerate them when necessary, an RPG means that you are face to face all the time. Building a group that doesn't have those personality conflicts is a difficult task ...

Friday, 13th July, 2018

  • 10:30 PM - nightspaladin quoted Mark Craddock in post Pathfinder 2 Character Sheet #2: Kyra, Human Cleric
    I get a DnD 4E vibe from the breakdown of the Feats, Powers, and Spells. I don't think it's actually that close, but I still feel it. These previews have really helped me understand it's not the game for me. I appreciate that and hope it helps other find it for them. I'm getting a very 4e vibe to pf2. Fighters with combo attacks, paladins with powers and not spells. Rangers as martial only. Everything defined as a distinct action and action economy a big part of the math. The key wording of everything.... Now that being said... It's awesome. I loved 4e. Really really like 5e as a simple throwback to 2e in ways. But a crunchy tactical game is awesome..
  • 07:46 PM - Jer quoted Mark Craddock in post Pathfinder 2 Character Sheet #2: Kyra, Human Cleric
    I get a DnD 4E vibe from the breakdown of the Feats, Powers, and Spells. I don't think it's actually that close, but I still feel it. I can see what you mean, I think. I don't get much of a 4e vibe at all from the mechanics themselves, but I am kind of getting a "game designers writing for other game designers" vibe from the way things are written up that 4e also gives me. I actually like that vibe - mechanically PF2 is probably not going to be any of my tables' thing because it seems to lean heavily into the resource management game which the players at my main table are just not interested in at all, and it's "not D&D" which is the only thing that the kids I run games for want to play. But it's definitely looking like a system that I want to grok for the mechanical ideas that I might be able to steal.

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018


Friday, 6th July, 2018

  • 09:17 PM - James Gray1 quoted Mark Craddock in post The Witcher RPG to Debut At Gen Con!
    Here are some design diaries https://rtalsoriangames.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/witcher-dev-notes-17-approvals/ A link to a list of most of the design diaries, in case people don't want to sort through the R. Talsorian blog: http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/The_Witcher_Role-Playing_Game

Monday, 7th May, 2018

  • 08:32 PM - Cergorach quoted Mark Craddock in post How Long Before the Digital Dam Breaks?
    If the trend continues, what do you think Amazon will do when they have eliminated their copmetions? They will raise prices. Then the competition in Europe goes to the US... Also with higher prices, there's room for competition on the bottom end of the market. The real power of outfits like Amazon isn't their seemingly bottomless wallet, it's their efficiency in the supply chain. Those automated silos full with goods that robot pickers can pull at 24/7/365 at less space and with more accuracy then any humans could. Your small specialist internet store can't compete with that. D&D is just another huge companies product (WotC => Hasbro). How many niche products are there on Amazon? I would rather finance the company directly with a good discount through KS for example. There are lots of options imho for the market to develop outside of Amazon.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018

  • 09:16 PM - Jester David quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    The article's name is "Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done". The article uses the word "alleges". That's my beef. The article is playing both sides. It's skirting legal necessities, while casting judgement upon Fannon. The article is serving multiple masters. Itís reporting on the news of a figure in gaming being accused. Itís informing he will no longer be published on ENWorld. Itís requesting other victims come forward, for both him and other figures. Itís pointing out how gaming conventions still have work to do in terms of combating harassment. This does make it a bit of a muddle with a conflicted tone. But critiquing the article itself is entirely different than its subject. If you told me you were punched at a con in a conversation, I would most likely believe you. If I read it on the internet, I would only have the fact you presented to me. That is the issue here. Apparently, the goal of this article was to say Fannon's work would no longer appear here ...
  • 08:04 PM - Doug McCrae quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Look at it this way: I run games at my store. If I have a complaint, I investigate it and take quick action. I do not post on my store's FB page or website. I answer any questions from within the community.If you possess information that will help individuals protect themselves from sexual harrassment, don't you have a moral duty not to withhold it?
  • 08:00 PM - Obryn quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Part of the reason we have a real court system is that a second hand conversation or a blog post isn't full proof of a crime. This isn't the court system, and the level of proof required by a criminal court is simply not tenable as a standard for day to day living.
  • 06:12 PM - Jester David quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Accusations. Allegations. All someone needs to do is make the right accusation, and the court of public opinion screams "guilty!" and punishment is handed down. What a clean and efficient form of 'justice.' Think on that. Here is the disconnect for me. You say Fannon has "allegedly" harassed people. But you have, essentially, tried him in the court of public opinion for allegations and banned him from the site. Were his posts, that were merely compilations of his daily blog that popular? Until the situations are sorted out in their appropriate places, didn't this article create bias against Fannon? If multiple unrelated people told you someone had beaten them up at a convention, would you feel the same way? If several individuals told you that someone in the industry had stolen from them at a Con, would you also want that person freely invited back to other Cons? Would you want to attend a Convention with them? If numerous people reported that a individual flagrantly cheated at a gam...
  • 05:23 PM - Cameron Hays quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I think this would be news once the victims achieved whatever recourse they sought. What recourse do you think is available to the victims?
  • 05:11 PM - jimmifett quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Here is the disconnect for me. You say Fannon has "allegedly" harassed people. But you have, essentially, tried him in the court of public opinion for allegations and banned him from the site. Were his posts, that were merely compilations of his daily blog that popular? Until the situations are sorted out in their appropriate places, didn't this article create bias against Fannon? Agreed, allegations are allegations. IMO, this article slips very close to libel. I see no indication that Fannon was actually kicked out of any venue. Morrus is allowed to do as he wishes with contributors, it's his site, but so far this article seems like tar and feathering. Especially when accusers are not identified. That is the high point of false allegations. At least in the good old USA, you have the right to confront your accusers, they don't get to hide behind a shield of anonymity and lob grenades with impunity, so I discount any remarks of theirs outright. I don't know didly squat about Fannon, but I DO know t...
  • 05:06 PM - lyle.spade quoted Mark Craddock in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Here is the disconnect for me. You say Fannon has "allegedly" harassed people. But you have, essentially, tried him in the court of public opinion for allegations and banned him from the site. Were his posts, that were merely compilations of his daily blog that popular? Until the situations are sorted out in their appropriate places, didn't this article create bias against Fannon? The article didn't so much create bias against Fannon - it presented a conviction already decided. The allegations may be entirely true and the perspective put forth in the article could be accurate. Or they could be false and the conclusions, therefore, wrong. Or it could be something in between. I've been the victim of false accusations of misconduct in a professional environment, by an anonymous accuser. Fortunately I worked with and for people who has enough self-discipline and respect for the rule of law (as a spirit and a process), who let the process play out...and the truth came out, eventually. It was a rough f...

Friday, 20th April, 2018


Friday, 6th April, 2018

  • 12:03 AM - Shasarak quoted Mark Craddock in post Bulmahn on Pathfinder 2's Goblin Ancestry
    I find it amusing that Jason say anything can change and Vic says goblins are in. Jason is talking about PF2 and Vic is talking about the Playtest. As in, Goblins are definitely in the playtest but anything can change before PF2.

Monday, 2nd April, 2018

  • 09:13 PM - Ancalagon quoted Mark Craddock in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    It's a game. Do we need it? It works fine for me and my table. I've decided that ENWorld is just trying to stir the pot to get traffic. And it's working. .... but why post a reply then? Shouldn't the proper "move" be to *not post at all*? Seriously speaking, Paizo is doing this, it's why it's now a conversation. EN World didn't pull it out of thin air. Edit... aaaaand isn't your post implying that the OP is somehow "in league" with the website?

Monday, 26th March, 2018

  • 04:40 PM - Yaarel quoted Mark Craddock in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    What they find depends on the level of fantasy and magic in the setting and how deep the historical change-point is. For a "realistic" game, I'd have them meet the Native Americans and I'd research the area to meld reality with adventuring. Perhaps, in 2018, the dominant population would Native American/Viking ethnic blending. Odin's sons might be Thunderbird and Coyote. The Norse already have Ďthunderbirdsí. A jǫtnar eagle embodies dangerous arctic storms sweeping down from the north. An other jǫtnar eagle embodies overcast wind storms. The vikings who settled the Americas originate from Norway. In Norway, Óūinn is practicably irrelevant. řórr that embodies lightning storms is more prominent. Similar to the way that North American Natives understand lightning to be glowing celestial snakes in the claws of the birdlike cloud, the Norse understand lightning to be the tracers of a thrown hammer from the hand of the warriorlike cloud. The Norse associate these lightning st...

Sunday, 25th March, 2018

  • 10:49 AM - pemerton quoted Mark Craddock in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    Are we defending human sacrifice? I understand studying it and seeking to understand their customs and practices, knowledge is power and understanding history is important, but human sacrifice should be something that we can agree is not socially acceptable.Bernard Williams wrote about the "relativism of distance". There is about as much prospect of me jumping to the moon than there is of Aztec-style religious practices being revived; hence there is no real need to take up a moral standpoint towards those practices. In the context of a historico-fantasy RPG, I would find a game in which non-Aztec paladins wage holy war on Aztecs a little too close to apology for my taste. There was recently a thread about Achilles on this board, and while there was some debate about his alignment no one seemd to think it relevant that (among other things) he enslaves women as war booty. In many contexts we ignore or romanticise these features of the histories and cultures that we roleplay. Just as I play RPGs in...


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