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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    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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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 05:06 PM
    But for now, a list of things wrong with the Disney Star Wars movies: 1. The Force Awakes - very derivative of the original Star Wars. 2. The Last Jedi - Canto Bight sequence needs punching up or trimming. Done!
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:57 PM
    I refused to take the bait the other night, but that's probably because I was drinking tea. Maybe I'll crack open the cask strength bourbon I bought for the holidays tonight!
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 04:54 PM
    My appreciation for TFA has gone down (a bit), too, but for the opposite reason. I think The Last Jedi is a much better movie, for a number of reasons, so TFA loses out in comparison. TFA still has it's 'instantly likable characters' thing going for it, and a thrilling pace, so credit where credit's due to Abrams and the cast. My concern is the final movie will waste time and energy answering...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 04:14 AM
    From best to worst, without commentary (for now): 1. Star Wars 2. The Last Jedi 3. The Empire Strikes Back 4. The Force Awakens/Return of the Jedi (tie) 5. Rogue One 6. Solo (this isn't a bad movie) 7. Revenge of the Sith (neither is this - closer to it, though) 8. Attack of the Clones
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 11:03 AM
    Thatís 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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