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Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

  • 09:33 PM - Parmandur quoted Cergorach in post Flipping the Table: Did Removing Miniatures Save D&D?
    While 3(.5)E didn't require miniatures, it was the most popular edition since the 80s. 5E still needs a lot of sales to catch up to that. But as the results of the 2000 research indicate, around half the people use miniatures, going either way exclusively excludes half your player base. But blaming minis for the 4E failure is far too shortsighted, 4E had more problems then that. We quite often used minis in combat, especially when I was DM I would often get some impressive looking minis to the table. But sometimes using minis on a grid wasn't what was required of the scene, so we could work without. Our group liked using minis since Basic D&D (boxed sets with poster maps for minis) and AD&D 2E, it had for many fond memories of games that lead to D&D for them (HeroQuest)... I found 4E a very strong technical game, but it utterly lacked in style (motivation to play), something 2E, 3E, Pathfinder and 5E has more then enough of. If anything, the combat was designed for a group like mine, but it com...

Monday, 28th May, 2018


Friday, 11th May, 2018

  • 03:29 PM - Vanveen quoted Cergorach in post How Long Before the Digital Dam Breaks?
    Around 24 years ago I bought a nice little cheap B/W laser printer from Texas Instruments, that thing was near indestructible! After years of fateful service the fuser was damaged and due to TI no longer producing printers, a replacement part was unfindable. At the time I went looking for a replacement printer of the same size, functionality, pricing, etc. Nothing! Even now, I'm hard pressed to find something in that price range (after inflation) and that form factor. In the last 25 years Laser print technology hasn't gotten any better and is essentially still the same. The only reason that 3D printing has changed so much is due to the expiration of patents in 2006 and Open Source projects running wild with it and a few pioneers in the field driving hobbyist prices down. Kickstarter and Alibaba also have a huge impact. But honestly, I know how the average joe is with 2D printers (morons), that's not really going to change with 3D printers. I think that 25 years you mentioned is more like "We'll...

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 05:32 AM - pogre quoted Cergorach in post How Long Before the Digital Dam Breaks?
    Making a 3D print is not like making a printout of a page or even a book. Most affordable printers also require skill to use that people who haven't used one before don't really understand. This is not a Star Trek matter assembler! A 3D print requires: - A 3D printer - A 3D file - Material - Power - TIME A 3D printer rangers from the $100 to the $1,000,000+, then there are different types of printing that have pros/cons and purposes. The 'cheapest' are FDM printers, those have a printhead and deposit material like some sort of inkjet printer. There's a limit on how fine the details are and you're often stuck with visible layer lines. These might be appropriate for some types of terrain, but not human sized 25-35mm models. Still, you get what you pay for, a $100 model often won't perform as well as a highend $3500 model. Personally I'm buying am Original Prusa I3 MK3, that's a $749 kit (plus shipping), a kit that requires assembly. Assembled that printer costs $999. This is one of t...

Monday, 7th May, 2018

  • 11:28 PM - Over the Hill Gamer quoted Cergorach in post How Long Before the Digital Dam Breaks?
    The Zweihander pdf goes for $9.99 on DTRPG. That's a fair price for a pdf. DTRPG charges 30% for it's services, so that's $7 for the publisher. What do you expect that normally a print publisher get's for it's book? They sell it for 45% (or less) of MSRP to a distributor, add to that cost of printing, storage, shipping, etc. Unless your a large player, your not getting that much for your work. Look at some of the older formula's in the forum's publishing section for what's expected. Sure, there's a lot of garbage (but one man's garbage is another one's treasure), but so was there during the D20 glut in printed form. Paizo's policy of asking only $9.99 for their core books in pdf is an awesome move, it's low enough that everyone is willing to pick it up at that price if they are even moderately interested in playing it. And while they might earn less per item sold, how many more pdfs will get sold then physical books? To be specific, the last I looked was when Zweihander was on sale for ...
  • 08:29 PM - Jester David quoted Cergorach in post How Long Before the Digital Dam Breaks?
    Cheap comics have impacted my purchasing. I tend to wait for Marvel to have sales on Amazon and snag e-TPBs for a buck or two apiece. Why read new comics when there’s so many classics I haven’t read. Working through the Claremont X-men and New Mutants at the moment. This is impacting my gaming consumption, as cheap PDFs on DMsGuild are nice. And print-on-deman pretty much means I can get a cheap and like new copy of so many classic hard-to-find products. As for 3D printers... That's so much misinformation! Making a 3D print is not like making a printout of a page or even a book. Most affordable printers also require skill to use that people who haven't used one before don't really understand. This is not a Star Trek matter assembler! The catch is 3D are still relatively new. Under a decade for cheap commercial ones. Give it another decade, especially as the technology grows and buisness savvy people realize they can operate 3D printer marts and just rent out access to printers. Twenty-f...

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 12:46 AM - Kramodlog quoted Cergorach in post Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!
    Well, if you did not depend on just Icv2 lists and Amazon ratings and could actually get sales figures for WotC D&D vs Paizo Pathfinder en Starfinder... Paizo does a TON of direct sales, WotC does very, very little. ICv2 only does FLGS and doesn't ask for hard numbers, just gut feeling... And seeing how many fanboys are actually running FLGS, it's such an undependable chart! Yeah. Paizo's CEO, Lisa Stevens, knew before ICv2 released the info that PF had out sold D&D as early as 2009 if I remember correctly. She had a blog post about it that I'm way to lazy to search cause it won't mean anything anyway. And I was a bit jesting in my original post. StarDungeons and StarDragons?

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 05:52 AM - Mike Myler quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    ...rder to achieve. So we embraced it, put it where it can't get ignored, and then encourage adventurer's to whomp the remaining rogue colonial generals while going about their business. :) Utilizing existing mythology and folklore. This is something we should be doing. Myths carry a metric ton of cultural information and they persist because they have great value on a number of levels. My main thrust here is more about suspension of disbelief though--one of the best ways to bridge the gap between the believable and the impossible (which a fantasy tabletop RPG does all the time) is to have some basis in the real world. I don't honestly think that most people believe in Sun Wukong, but incorporating that character into a setting still creates this connection between what you're doing and reality which in turns makes the game feel more real. I'm all for being original and you should be original, but that doesn't prohibit also building on existing real world folklore. In my opinion, Cergorach is right that we don't really want/need accurate cultural representation. What I think people are usually far more interested in but mislabel as "accuracy" is respectful cultural representation. For one thing, when you are obviously inspired by real life cultures like in the OA books (or Tomb of Annihilation), but throw those cultures into a blender with a bunch of other junk and pour that slurry into a book - that's certainly not the best way to do it. Related to that is something that is often more subtle (although sometimes it's outright blatant like again with ToA and that line from Gary), is that these books are often written specifically from the outside about this other exotic place. So, with the Forgotten Realms for example, there’s this feeling of the “real” FR being over here, and then these other cultures are over there – Maztica, Kara Tur, Chult, Zakhara, etc. Your core D&D characters can go over there to visit these exotic, different people. Why do these cultures have t...
  • 05:33 AM - Doctor Futurity quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    Doctor Futurity: We're talking about OA, a WotC product. Then we're talking about replacing OA with a very specific setting that will have a very small interested audience, so low sales numbers. So that's not something WotC is interested in. And possibly a lot of Indies either, because they also need to pay the bills. Now, you could produce a small book, with high quality illustration, layout, editing and writing. But it would either price itself out of the market OR it wouldn't pay for itself, and especially indies can't operate that way. You could source cheap illustration, layout, editing and writing, but that often shows low quality and low appeal... I'm curious how well this 11 page GR product sold on East Asia ($3.95): https://greenroninstore.com/collections/atlas-of-earth-prime/products/atlas-of-earth-prime-east-asia-pdf Now people have done better and will certainly will do better again, but to date those haven't been that successful. Those are passion projects. Often not benefiting f...

Monday, 12th March, 2018

  • 10:00 PM - Doctor Futurity quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    Yeah, everyone, but the publisher who makes it... Imagine how many copies of Oriental Adventures WotC would sell and how many of a specific Korean based setting of the same size... Yeah, that's why generic books sell much better, a larger audience. Remember that WotC worked on a Wuxia book? They had to give it away and it still didn't reach as large an audience as OA... How many high volume Asian based RPGs and or settings are there, not many. One is L5R and that is a well loved target of the people that wield the 'orientalism' katana.... Most are either a single book or a very small range of low volume items. Welcome to RPG publishing in the modern era. I'm not sure if you're arguing a point (which we all agree on) or think it's relevant, but yeah, I happen to thing that the cottage industry of indie, OSR and small press would handle this quite well, and even relish it. So I agree, except I think that's a good thing and your post reads like you might not think so. But if such a sourcebook ca...
  • 07:23 PM - Morrus quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    Instead of authors raving against things that are wrong with RPG products, why not show them how it's done? What by writing a book? Maybe I will write a regionally themed book for WOIN at some point, but the slate is pretty full right now.
  • 07:19 PM - Doctor Futurity quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    When you quote a movie, quote it correctly! So that everyone can bake in it's glorious contrariety... ;-) Morrus: The article isn't discussing ANY particular culture, that would be great content! But your doing now what we all don't like saying that Africa or the Orient is a culture, it isn't. It's a collection of cultures. Instead of authors raving against things that are wrong with RPG products, why not show them how it's done? Imagine if for a moment we all agree that the Oriental Adventures book should go the way of the dodo. Now imagine an elaborate campaign setting based entirely on Korean folklore, mythology and focused through a mytho-historical lens. Or imagine a fantasy setting that is based entirely on contemporary Chinese interests in how to interpret the fantastical (which is often centered on historical recreation with an emphasis on the reality of the mythic elements). We have a lot of range here to create highly nuanced and very focused settings that draw from very spe...
  • 03:15 PM - kenmarable quoted Cergorach in post Do We Still Need "Oriental Adventures"?
    Al-Quadim was never about real Arabic culture, it's about the stories we were told/shown/read in the west. I think this hits one of the nails that I was rambling about on the head. Sure, that may have been ok when I was a kid, but this is the 21st century where the world is far more interconnected and these games have matured with that to be no longer aimed at just a very narrow and specific demographic (and even that demographic has matured to have broader interests). Now they can be inspired by the stories people in the Middle East tell themselves, and people in Japan tell themselves, and so on. Rather than Western (and often specifically American) stories about them, many are far more interested in learning about the stories various people told about their own past. Yeah, it's all make believe and far from accurate, but relying only on classic American tropes about other cultures at this point is, at the very least, lazy writing.

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 09:44 PM - Shasarak quoted Cergorach in post Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!
    Anyone who says 15+ years of D&D 3E, didn't actually make the whole ride. Everything 3.0 went out the window after 3.5 was released. While Pathfinder made conversions possible to and from 3.5, it was eventually so much work that everyone shelved out serious money for 3.5 to PF versions of the product they already owned in 3.5. I suspect that many will do the same for PF2. As someone who has been on the whole ride, I am not going to say you are wrong and on the other hand it was years of 3.5 before we noticed that my DM was still using the 3.0 Monster Manual.
  • 02:23 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Cergorach in post Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!
    10 years per edition, I'll take that! I've also got more confidence in Paizo then in WotC when releasing a new Edition. D&D 4E was mechanically strong, but very iffy fluff wise imho. When Dragon/Dungeon stopped and WotC made a mess of it online, Paizo stepped up with their Adventure Path line. They did with Pathfinder what we all wanted 4E to be, they still filled their World with more and more content that was both fluffy and mechanically challenging. Now we're almost 10 years down the line, D&D 5E showed up strong. Pathfinder isn't bad by a long shot, but it could do with a makeover. It's build on a 45 year old base, that get's revised every couple of years. It's imho a good indication of what Paizo can do when their 'branch' ages a lot better then the main 'branch'... I do hope that they keep the 'feel' for Pathfinder. I think an Alchemist is interesting as a default character option, but a Goblin isn't going to fit most people's visions of a party... And while 'optional', it gives a di...

Monday, 26th February, 2018

  • 01:47 PM - Morrus quoted Cergorach in post Talking Gaming With Satine Phoenix, Part One
    People feeling sexy, empowered and comfortable with themselves is always a positive... BUT most of the RPG community certainly doesn't feel that way and certainly don't look like that! And when I read of a name like Satine Phoenix I think that must surely be a... And guess what... The same reaction would have happened if it was a male with the handle like Jaxx Hefty Hammer... Just how is the average female (playing RPGs) going to identify with a model/actress/stripper/pornstar? Just how many guys are identifying with Vin Diesel just because he's a good looking actor playing D&D? They are welcomed because good looking succesful people can also be nerds at their core. Just how many 'average' looking people are there on the Geek & Sundry shows? Are there any ugly people on there? Now compare that to the faces of the visitors at cons like GenCon... It's a business that is pulling on certain 'strings' with it's fan base and it certainly NOT identifying with the people on the shows... While the pho...

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 05:58 AM - pogre quoted Cergorach in post Miniature Display and Storage
    For mass storage I use KR Multicase carton boxes with blue foam. I love these and have a couple. If I was hauling my miniatures around I would buy a bunch too.

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

  • 01:23 PM - Morrus quoted Cergorach in post A Change Is Coming...
    No offense Morrus, I love what you did with ENWorld, but not all writers and publishers are created equal. ENWorld publishing has always operated a niche within a niche. But can your work compete with a Green Ronin, a Monte Cook, Onyx Path or even a Mongoose Publishing? Not at all. But it doesn’t have to. Why do you ask? And yep, those are (some of) the professional publishers of product to which I was alluding. I'm perfectly aware I'm near the bottom of the totem pole, but I'm also perfectly OK with that. I’m not really sure what your point was. You wanted to be sure to tell me I run a very small publishing house? Point made, I guess. A bit random, but it’s a true fact. Still doesn’t mean there have no professional 3rd party splat books since 2nd edition, though. :)


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