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    Today, 03:59 PM
    It's definitely one of the better ones, but really across the board subclass capstones are pretty good. And it's not without precedent - compare an Oath of the Ancients Paladin. At 7th level they have two 10' radius auras, one that grants +CHR to all saves (not just against magic) and one that gives Resistance to all magic damage. And they increase in size at later levels. At least the...
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    Today, 03:47 PM
    "If you roll really well you can do better picking a race for features instead of ability score synergies" is just a truism. It's literally true for any class.
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    For all that are comparing it to the Battlemaster Fighter, remember that this is gated by Raging. So it is already limited in the number of encounters per day that it can be used.
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    Today, 03:42 PM
    I am going to comment as I read thru, and then pull it together at the end. I specifically did not read anyone else's comments so that I come at it without preconceived notions. If I don't mention something someone else said don't take that as disagreement with them, but rather that they might be more observant than I was. First point - your subject says Fighter archetype, may want to change...
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    Today, 02:46 PM
    We have skills to notice things hidden and to put together clues, I'm unsure why a skill to read someone's emotions are bad. Characters can be more (or less) skilled at reading others just like they can be more or less skilled at noticing a pickpocket.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    At Q23 or R23?
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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    EDIT: Whoops, someone necro'd this thread so I'm replying to something from 2014. +1 to spell attack rolls, DCs, INT skills (which the wizard is likely the only one good at), initiative and subclass features is not marginal when taken together. So for the first 11 levels (where the majority of play happens) the dwarf is behind, and then they have to spend part of their 12th level ASI. ...
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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Considering that the majority of actual games don't hit 12th (see the D&D Beyond breakdown from last month), that means in your average game the dwarf will never catch up to a +INT race in terms of their primary casting ability. Note that in addition to Spell Attacks and DCs, greater INT helps with a number of skills that the wizard is the nly one that is likely to be good at, and is used in...
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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Mathematically, you have introduced a much greater variance. You are heading in the opposite direction of your stated goal. This is because the variance isn't about the number, it's about the boolean pass/fail nature of it. It doesn't matter if you succeed by 1 or succeed by 8. Only if you pass or fail. Therefore, the only variance you are actually looking at is the one right under the...
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    Yesterday, 05:48 AM
    Swithun bursts through the line of zombies causing a lot of damage to the female one, which is still standing. Thateous continues to breathe. Valdral sheds light on the zombies. Perin sends a bolt at one of the zombies but misses. Surina rushes forward and strikes the female zombie. The zombie collapses. Zadolix follows Swithun through the line of zombies as Surina dispatches the middle one....
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 07:38 PM
    The order of the death save is unimportant here. I think Justin wants to know if the healing happens before he "acts" or after. If it happens before, he doesn't need a death saving throw, he has 11 HP. It also sounds like TallIan is saying, you can act this round if you want. But I'm not sure.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 03:03 PM
    Agreed to a point. Even something generic like "I'm going to move and attack a goblin" can be pretty loose when there's lots of goblins, but restraining when there is only one and monsters of other types. Yet once you get to the non-rigidness of "I'm going to move if needed and attack a foe", you've diluted it down to the point that there is little reason to declare. Back in AD&D when we...
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 01:47 PM
    When you get one action every 15-20 minutes because of the speed of combat, then losing an action is the most heinous thing. It's long stretches of boredom, which is the most critical lose condition of any game.
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 01:34 PM
    Conflicts of timing are resolved with contested Dexterity checks ... that's d20 + Dexterity and compare, with the higher goes first? It sounds like modern initiative is the same mechanic, just made more efficient. It does differ in force splitting movement. Not sure that's a plus. It also requires declaration of actions. There's a active thread about that right now which has a lot of...
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 01:26 PM
    I like where your mind is going, but with the opportunity cost of not getting Archery or Two-Weapon fighting styles, I think that even if all you fight are your favored enemy this would be an output drop in tier 1 at least, possibly tier 2. When you factor in what fraction of your opponents are your favored enemy it makes it fall even further behind and may leave it behind in higher tiers as...
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 01:19 PM
    My two-weapon fighting Paladin concept begs to differ. Restricting fighting styles from classes already exists. This one is at an interesting intersection of class feature and fighting style though because it only boosts with ranger levels. Good to get it from being cherry picked with multiclassing, but still.
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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 02:16 AM
    Surina can make it to R22, right in front of the 3 zombies if she wishes, ArwensDaughter
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 06:16 PM
    Waiting on Surina and Perin.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 03:58 PM
    I enjoyed it. Yes, some seemed like they were "Woo, what can we do with NSFW!" (*cough*Rift*cough*) in terms of nudity, sex, or violence, but my favorites were the ones that just told a good story without being fettered. My favorites were Three Robots, Suits, and Sonny's Edge, in that order. The black comedy of Three Robots I don't see anyone else commenting on yet, for me that was a...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 04:54 AM
    I don't see any evidence to support your theory. At the scale of D&D, print is profitable. There was no noticeable dip in sale of core books when the digital products came out later. Since these are core books, outside a few replacements it 's mostly new players. And they are still buying them at the rate they were before the digital products. In other words, the digital products had no real...
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    Wednesday, 20th March, 2019, 01:09 AM
    In case you are wondering. I do most of the tables column first in a single row because otherwise there are large gaps between the rows. So the saving throws, for example have each column listed vertically before moving on to the next column.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:56 AM
    Movement in the scrub is considered rough terrain, 2x movement cost. You can move P20, O21 and flank H2 with Setis instead of Siobahn. And of course Family issues take precedence over this stuff.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 03:43 AM
    Moradin is traditional. Clangeddin Silverbeard is another traditional dwarf deity. CS worshipers tend to use Battleaxe though. I'll go with Moradin if you haven't really gone deep into the pantheons of the game world. The best cleric book of 2nd is the Forgotten Realms book: Faiths and Avatars. Even the kits are relatively "safe". (Relatively :) )
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 03:23 AM
    Light falls upon the sallow faces of the mockeries of life, their faces frozen in a rictus of pain and fear as they menace Swithun.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 11:04 PM
    They both hit. The undead woman is still standing though there are hoof prints on her face. :) Make a Strength (athletics) check with advantage to see if you can get past her. DC is . EDIT: so Swithun probably is in R24. Who's next?
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 10:57 PM
    Yeah. I didn't catch that. Frankly, I was expecting you to dry gulch him. :) In any case, make a death save.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 08:13 PM
    Back up, occupying Q23, R23, and S23 and three humanoid undead. Do you attack one of them or try to rush past them taking opportunity attacks? Behind Perin is the crazy villager with a knife except he now has one of the kobold shortswords.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 07:36 PM
    Like your concept, going to talk through how I'd do it. (1dHD + Con)*lvl is as if you spent your full HD every single time. It's too much. Hmm, the schedule you have laid out seems to support 3 short rests per day - at least that number can be taking in less time then the 2 hours worth of short rests as suggested in a "standard" D&D day. This actually seems a bit of a boost for the...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 07:25 PM
    Perin moves to X23. I'm going to assume Valdral moves up to W21 on this turn since I doubt he wants to be in front. Swithun hears movement within the torture chamber and we are now at the top of the round again. Everett's body is not visible to anyone. It is nearly pitch dark in the tunnel with bright sunlight behind you and dim distant torch light ahead of you. Top of the round.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:44 PM
    It's been so long since i've played Classic Traveller. Is character advancement mostly through money spent and time, or is it done with soem meta-currency like XP? If it's the latter, it seems like this is a way to permanently improve your character outside the normal methods of advancement, and as such some level of uncertainty can be an interesting balance point.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 05:28 PM
    At my table, Acrobatics is used defensively (grapples, etc) more than Athletics. Just because only a minority of characters have a STR higher than DEX. Many tasks can be described and are valid with their athletics or acrobatics. Tumbling down a slope (acrobatics) vs. climbing down it (athletics). Handsprings across a number of small gaps instead of jump checks. Yes, there are some that...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 04:23 PM
    U21, I assume?
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:45 AM
    Swithun turns the corner and sees in the dim light an thin, too thin woman dragging Everett further into room. He rushes forward and throws a javelin at the lizardman, striking true. The woman is obviously not among the living. She drops Everett and starts toward Swithun. Swithun ducks back into the corridor. The lizardman (probably) curses in Draconian. The sound of metal hinges can be heard. ...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 03:01 AM
    Eldritch Knight gets more from melee in my personal opinion. I'd go battlemaster, and stay fighter until 6th or 8th - the extra ASI/feats will make sure to get you to a 20 DEX and have both Crossbow Expert and Sharpshooter. Plus you have Extra attack. 11th gets you yet another attack. Alternately, Ranger for other bonuses. Especially if you use UA and can get Favored Enemy bonus...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:24 AM
    waiting on Setis and Janivel Shayuri Charlotte of Oz
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:22 AM
    Above ground, the men from the cart rush over to the main cage and get it open. Several men help Perin corral the wolves into the kennels over the course of the next minute or so. Several of them move a couple sick folk over to the cart while others gather food and water from the kitchen. The lock for the cart is locked around one of the bars so the cage cannot be locked shut.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 02:16 AM
    The lizardman turns and his spell releases. A sickening green ray of energy lances out from his hand and strikes you down. "Be a dear and clean that up, woman," he says. As Everett falls he sees the cage holding the woman open and the mockery of life within steps out toward him. Ray attack: 1d20+6 17 2d8 16 Make a Constitution saving throw to see if you get the Poisoned condition. That should...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:09 AM
    With the exception of one system, I haven't used declaration this millennium. Back with AD&D 2nd I seem to remember declaring for casting because any damage for the round caused the spell to be lost. The one exception was a system that had a phased system where your action decided your initiative (which phase you go in). My experience is that declarations slowed down play - combats took...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:06 AM
    "Hmm. Thanks for that," the torturer says. "L'drak was an idiot. After I'm done with you, I'll be able to step my work. Now who is going to remove the female?" Let's have Everett and the Lizardman make initiative checks because he's about to cast a spell. And I'm sure you're going to do so as well. Number to beat: Edit: Ewww
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 08:08 PM
    "Arcana, you say? Excellent," the torturer says pausing in his cutting and looking up in thought. He may have glanced toward Everett but doesn't seem to notice. "I'll check out this new creature this afternoon. Still, remove the female. Tell L'drak, I will be up in a few moments to see this arcanist." He resumes the design he was carving into Dennet's chest. Yes, I just named the cousin...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:38 PM
    Perin, the wolf accepts the meat but he doesn't feel like he's friendly. Swithun slips away while the wolf is eating.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 06:37 PM
    @Thateous, then roll a Charisma (deception) check.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Is this a deception attempt? Or do you just want him to face you?
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 02:05 PM
    J. Michael Straczynski has reported on his Facebook page that Larry Ditillio has passed https://www.facebook.com/officialjmspage/
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:29 PM
    Zadolix unhooks the look holding the cart cage door closed. The man with the knife in the cage says, "Give me the keys. I'll open the main paddock lock. Your friend is going to die in the pit without your help." Zadolix thanks the man and moves toward the pit. (Z moves to Q29.) The prisoners are not chained at all. Freeing them just requires opening the cage doors and there is only one set of...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Character is done except for a backstory. All the die rolls are in the Build Data spoiler block at the bottom. Dorana Helgart Race: Female Dwarf Alignment: Neutral Good Height: 4' 1" Weight: 120#
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:24 AM
    I'm pretty much in agreement here. There definitely are wrong ways to do it, just like there are wrong ways to do almost anything on the DM side of the screen. There needs to be balance with times it's not a detriment and times when it's a positive. As I've mentioned several times, I often use default racial tensions before the characters have started to make a name for themselves, something...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:06 AM
    And I honestly support that. Make the game you want to run, adjust your setting to support your vision. I'm 100% with that. The only place I could have problems with that is if a DM waited until after character creation to share their vision of the races, so a player's concept of their character is out of sync with how the DM wants them in the setting. But reading about your games there...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 04:51 AM
    jmucchiello started a discussion red in group JM
    Name: Dorana Helgart Alignment: Neutral Good Race: Female Dwarf Effective Class: Fighter-1/Cleric-1 Patron Deity: Height: 4' 1" Weight: 120# Eyes: Green Hair: Auburn Age: 55Surprise: Normal Movement: 6"
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 03:43 AM
    Wolf 1 continues to eat food near the kitchen. Wolf 2 is looking at Perin expectantly. Thateous still has an action and possibly a bonus action. Everyone else is up for round 13.
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 03:32 AM
    Something up ahead smells like human feces and decay. As you are approaching the right turn in the tunnel, the guttural voice asks, in Draconic, "Has the trouble been taken care of? I hope some survived for my experiments." You look into the room. Two torches sputter on the far side of the room leaving you in shadow. There are four narrow cages on the side walls. One is unoccupied. The other...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 11:03 PM
    As Everett procedes into the darkness, the passageway curves sharply to the right up ahead. A faint glow of flickering torchlight comes from there. (Make a stealth check and a perception check. Thateous)
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 09:00 PM
    Before or after racial adjustment? Oh, and is Tome of Magic in play?
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 08:58 PM
    What deities are we using? I'm in a cleric/fighter mood.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:32 PM
    The game is a rolE playing game before it's a rolL playing game. Trying to say "these tensions that are designed into the races don't really exist because these mechanics are roughly balanced against each other" is a false argument. A DM is free to change their setting so there isn't racial tensions, or limit choices to races that don't have them. Run a cosmopolitan world, I'm all for it. ...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:16 PM
    Stealing from 13th Age, I'd do a player montage. Tell the players that they are going to get captured, and spend 10 minutes going around the table where each player gives a short narrative about how they were kicking ass but were ultimately overwhelmed/bad luck/bad choice, or whatever gets them captured. Gives them a chance to showcase how they envision their character, give an introduction...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 05:04 PM
    I started using average damage for monsters all the time to speed things up last campaign and I'm a convert. Players only have to deal with a single foe and, let's be honest, like rolling dice so I leave them to do so. EDIT: With some feats and fighting styles that allow re-rolls I would definitely not reduce those to just "math adjustments". The success stories of turning lousy rolls into...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:56 PM
    The wizard has low HPs, but I am wary about bring it up too often by actually attacking him. If a player picks something, it has benefits and detriments. If they pick a goblin, it has advantage in certain situations, and disadvantage in others. Unless they picked a goblin solely because of the game mechanics associated with it and don't actually want to play being a goblin. Now, it could...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:44 PM
    "With all that means" means "with everything". As opposed to picking and choosing the parts of a race they want and and ignoring any part they don't. If a DM is using standard races but doing rather different social spins on them, that should be explained prior to the players picking races. At which point "with all that means" is picking among the DM's options - perfectly good. A DM doesn't...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:21 AM
    5e with bounded accuracy took out a lot of the other parts of survivability, replacing it all with HP growth. Both for PCs and monsters. Regardless of the validity of the point, changing this goes against one of the intentional design decisions. It can change, but will have ripple effects. That's not a discouragement - just realize that that change will requiring layers of tweaking, and...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:20 AM
    I did tell the DM I wanted it. I picked a race - with all that means - as opposed to just a collection of game mechanics. I choose not to assume that my players are just min-maxing by default. I instead credit them that their choice was intentional.
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 04:09 AM
    Of course I hit characters with appropriate reactions. Be it fear, wonder, adulation, surprise, etc. And, when the characters are unknowns, then yes it can be mistrust if their race is disliked by the populous of wherever they are, just like it could be distrust of an open adherent of a different religious mythos or fear of an obvious arcane caster to some. If a player choose Drow or...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 03:43 AM
    Just found out that Suicide Squad is being directed by James Gunn. That increased my interest in it a great deal. It's moved from "meh/nah to probably".
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 10:42 PM
    I've got the other way - I have a player with a chromatic Dragonborn who explicitly feared - sort of an anti-folk-hero - in his back story. And a drow that the player wants to experience "what that means". In this case if I gloss over it I'm stealing player agency and nullifying part of what they want about their characters.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 10:39 PM
    Do you disallow players from picking Drow unless everyone is feared/monstrous? Or just make all NPCs accepting of them?
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:17 PM
    A new player made a mistake, and you're sure it's not intentional? And taking it away now would impact an already existing character the new player has been having fun with for a while? Let them keep it instead of messing around with an already established character. Point it out to them so they know for the future. If they offer to remove it, kudos on them, but don't take it away.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:00 AM
    The players are clearly signaling where their current interest is. Forcing them to do something else would be contra-fun. I'm sure part of this is that we're wired to protect children. So regardless of "he's not in immediate danger", this is the most important thing to them. Just the idea of a child forcibly kept from his family is causing the child harm - no wonder they see this as urgent....
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 11:26 PM
    Not Arcata.... U'Tempei. :)
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:34 PM
    Aquaman got my money because the wife wanted to see it. She has no issues telling me Jason Momoa is hunky. Don't think Shazam has got the same thing going for it. :)
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:30 PM
    The DM may trust your judgement, but I think your judgement may be more focused on NPCs than creating a PC. I don't say that maliciously, but the math of the game for PCs really assumes you have range of ability scores that don't max out at a +1 modifier because you'll be outside bounded accuracy. Assuming the rest of the group used standard array, point buy, or rolled I don't think you'll be...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:20 PM
    I'm a big fan of the voice actors, but this is not for me. I've given it a try several times, did not latch on. Correlated, I can't stand podcasts. They don't go at the right speed to keep my attention. And I have lousy ears and speeding them up often makes me miss words here and there. My mind wanders off to think about other things. Spoken word / conversation speed is ridiculously slow...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 08:37 PM
    U'Tempei draws her rapier and swoops down (to T9) on the orc in the water slashing at him twice and then firing a bolt from her handcrossbow using sharpshooter at him. rapier atk1 dmg rapier atk2 dmg xbow atk1 dmg (bonus action, xbow expert. If he has cover from the river, sharpshooter ignores it) (If that kills the orc, she continues flying to P9.) Passive Perception: 12 Passive...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:38 PM
    This is actually a point I always try to do and my players have been very enthusiastic about - always include other senses besides sight. Great verisimilitude.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:11 PM
    I haven't watched any of them except WW and Aquaman. I don't know if I'm not the target audience for this, or if I am very much the target audience - moviegoer who was turned off by grimdark Supes but like their new direction. Shazam I have mild hopes for, but was never one of my faves so probably won't see. My *guess* is that the teaser is playing up the comedy but there are serious parts...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:19 PM
    Agreed, the DM is the interface between the world the characters live in and the players. The players should get at the very least anything obvious. The goal would be for the characters to get everything their Passive Perception would let them know, though with a complex area they may need a bit to take it all in so defaulting back to just the obvious works.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 06:11 AM
    Still not sure what I'm doing but here are some rolls: rolls: 7#1d6 4 1 6 4 4 6 2 Hmm, 2 18s, 2 8s, a 9 and a 10. :) Could be, depends on race.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:22 AM
    I don't mind if they squeeze off the occasional fart joke and I prefer dry humor.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:22 AM
    According to Stephen Buonocore, who has posted this news to Facebook, Brian "Big Mac" Mccarthy has passed. https://www.facebook.com/brian.mccarthy.73157203
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 10:38 PM
    At what levels? Tier 1 & 2 we don't see anyone reaching those ACs. Breaking 20 is uncommon (1-2 from a party of 5). Or are you including temporary bonuses like Shield or giving up an action for Total Defense? Because yeah, it can climb that high for an attack or a round with a corresponding opportunity cost (spell slot, action, reaction, etc.) "Pretty easy" I would expect to be like 4...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 05:01 PM
    Setis stands up and speaks a word of power causing them to become a large cat. They then bite into the hyenadon who howls in pain and perhps some fear at the sudden appearance of an apex predator. Antony also casts a spell. Missiles of force fly true into the hyenadon. Siobahn regains her feet and draws her shortsword. She attack the hyena who had knocked her down, her attack striking true....
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 04:23 PM
    Waiting on Perin to weigh in on this before Everett disappears completely into the pit. TallIan
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:01 PM
    Well, there is no clearly defined middle 3 of 4 dice. Bottom 3 (what you expected) and top 3 (what it gave you) are both equally valid. Looking around, Anydice seems to figure out "middle" in descending order. So when it's unclear (where the number of dice on the top and bottom don't match) it will pick the higher option.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:22 AM
    You don't have to assign the dice in order like that. You have 6 abilities with 8s in them and you have seven numbers you can add to them. You can put three dice into strength and none into charisma and dexterity if you want. Mix and match however you like.
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 07:38 PM
    You seem to be using two spell slots an encounter. I wouldn't assume a short rest after every encounter at all. On the other hand, Hex starts lasting an hour and increases to 8 hours with a 3rd level slot and 24 hours with a 5th level slot. So if you can maintain concentration Hex can already be up for you without the need for a slot. GWM isn't going to be usable until 3rd level earliest -...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:18 PM
    Swashbuckler to be able to move out of their attack range an position yourself to trigger Sentinel on their action?
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 06:06 PM
    I build my worlds as "Internally Consistent". They often differ strongly from the "real world", in that I want them to give a specific feel much like an author will design their setting with the plot in mind. I find settings like FR are often just "put fantasy tropes into a faux-Earth setting" as opposed to creating a setting that fundamentally differs from the real world. My last setting...
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    Tuesday, 12th March, 2019, 05:06 PM
    Finished up the 13th Age campaign I ran for four and a half years, so right now I'm just playing. I'm in a serious homebrew custom designed for us, highly narrative post-apocalyptic non-time-linear fantasy using tarot cards as randomizers and not focusing on combat-as-the-main-challenge. (For instance, one character wanted to slaughter everyone at a party. The GM just said yes and then had...
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 08:56 PM
    This is 2e. A charsheet is just 6 ability scores, some weapon and non-weapon proficiencies, and equipment. You can through in some THAC0s and saving throws I suppose. Oh, and thief's skills if you are a thief, spells if you are a spellcaster.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 08:53 PM
    Zadolix is no longer a PC and like Earlybird's Keth before him, I plan for him to lead the villagers to safety to get him out of the story. As for Fitz' question, that's up to you. You could wait an hour for a short rest, although that will not do anything for Everett.
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Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 09:45 PM - Mistwell mentioned jmucchiello in post Tough Truths About the Game Industry
    ...g up much greater than inflation? I remember getting into the Star Wars WEG RPG in the mid 90's, and most books cost about $20. When 3e came out an I got serious about D&D, I think the core books were still $20 each. I recently bought the 5e books and paid about $35 for them. Going by a quick online inflation calculator, that seems pretty on par with inflation. And the new RPG books I'm buying are much higher quality (color, glossy, more pages) than the books I was buying in the 90s. I don't. The data I saw was the price of novel paperbacks going up massively. Publishers said at the time print cost had increased and print cost were the bulk fo the costs. Then when they started putting out electronic copies of those same novesl at the same (or similar) price just a few years later, they said it was because the costs were nearly identical. Which was absurd given what they had said earlier about a sizable portion being in the print cost. The real reason appears to have been, as jmucchiello mentioned, not annoying the distributors of print books, and because they could.

Monday, 28th January, 2019

  • 07:19 PM - VLAD the Destroyer mentioned jmucchiello in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    jmucchiello Migration is done and should now have time to post again. Just a heads up I modified my character. I changed out my Monastic Weaponry for Stunning Fist. I miss read the monk weapons and thought they were all finesse weapons. I would need to re-work my character to much to take advantage of the feat. So I swapped it out for a feat I can use more. If this is a problem let em know and I'll change it back.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

  • 04:42 PM - Azurewraith mentioned jmucchiello in post [IC] The Odd Job
    The knife did technically affect you. In fact make me a int check regarding the event now you have had time to mull it over jmucchiello

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 11:44 PM - Radaceus mentioned jmucchiello in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    I assume this, sans an epilogue, is the end of the party#1 playtest? I will probably bow out of PbP now, I have a lot on my plate currently. This being the last I was involved in. The others were all run by @EarlyBird, I hope nothing serious became of him, I was really looking forward to the 'living' campaign of Keep on the Borderland...it was a great idea ( 1E feel with 5E rules) But I digress, Thank you for the opportunity to playtest this, you did a great job GMing it for us! jmucchiello I doubt I will play PF2 over D&D(5E), it just didn't grab my attention my critique of PF2: ~The guide is all over the place, and needs to be better laid out ( dont tell me to 'see pg etc etc' and then tell me to ' refer to page etc etc') ~To many variables involved in the actions ( crit fail/crit success normal fail/normal success), it's cumbersome,(reminds me of THAC0 and having to look up the chart every time and check my weapon type versus the Armor type and then the modifier...) ~Action Economy for melee versus arcana caster feels weighted, a melee class making 3 attacks to an arcane casters 1(ish) spell, coupled with the melee's (I'm looking at you rogue/ranger) additional feats and tricks, puts the spellcaster back in the squishy back of the party role of 1E days. ~stabilizing/healing...Gritty realism mode? that's all I can think of from this short test. but its possible some of the above has been adressed already ( I have not read any of the updates since the playtest bundl...

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 03:38 PM - Neurotic mentioned jmucchiello in post IC - Tideruler: The Fall of Laholt
    Moss rushes forward right behind the monk girl. But he doesn't strike at the horse-creature, he barely reaches its knees anyhow. Instead, he launches himself upwards and meets the gaze of the beast for the barest of moments. The gem embedded in his forehead shines for a moment and the mount shakes its head as if affected by something. It glares balefully at the diminutive opponent, but there is no other effect visible. jmucchiello Nightmare AC: 22 (13/17) Also, you passed nightmare smoke for which you should roll saves? Or two, three? Move: U12 Acrobatics to avoid Nightmare or riders OA: 1D20+15 = [17]+15 = 32 - if not needed (not sure about the lance reach) I'll need it next round Save vs Smoke: 1D20+16 = [14]+16 = 30 - SAFE Standard: medusa mask daily power, petrify! Nighmare save vs petrification Fort DC 15: 1D20+8 = [19]+8 = 27 - RESISTED OOC: I rolled really high this round both for myself and the enemy :)

Monday, 29th October, 2018

  • 01:37 PM - jasper mentioned jmucchiello in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Oh you beautiful wonderful bas…. Person OP. “Appropriate Thematics” is a beautiful word. It is a better than “It is the DM’s world. You don’t have to play in it”. If I would homebrew a campaign (I do Adventure League), for Appropriate Thematics I would ban: Feats, just because I want to see how the game would run without them. No Underdark races as PCs. I would like to keep the Underdark as evil place to visit; not one you go home to for your family reunion. Partial ban on Volo’s Monster. You come up with a great backstory. But you will be occasionally at disadvantage on something. Why because Grandma just got ran over by goblin in a goat cart. So I a coward Panda-s1. No I would start right out banning stuff because as jmucchiello said, I been burned by OFFICIAL MATERIAL before. Had Bob loan be the “Complete Copy of Paladins” for a week. I missed the big thing. I asked Bob, “Anything crazy or over powered in this paladin? “ And Bob replied, “No” First COMBAT ON THE FIRST LEVEL WITH HIS LEVEL ONE PALADIN OUT COMES a HOLEY AVENGER. Then Bob whined and half the table whined when I banned it. Sorry CapnZapp for decades in various games I been meeting players who say it is Official you must allow it. I have not discovered where this line of thought comes from.
  • 05:10 AM - Archon Basileus mentioned jmucchiello in post IC - Tideruler: The Fall of Laholt
    ...ollowed west, moments before. Seven knights, clad in black and riding fiery nightmares, cry out as they reach the floor, riding at full speed against the heroes! Behind them, the Drow run from the alesian forces, ignoring the recent arrivals. Heroes and knights are alone in the fields, each group facing the other. Fiery weapons are brandished by the attackers. At the far left and far right of their lines, a horn is blown and a banner flies proudly. Jousting lances risen, they're soon to be brought down against the heroes, should they allow. The nightmares barely touch the floor, making the charge eerily silent. They could leap upwards in flight at any moment! "YOU! YOU ARE THE ONES WE HOPED FOR! YOU ARE WORTHY OF OUR PROWESS! FACE US, SO VICTORY IN HONORED COMBAT GRANTS GLORY TO THE VICTOR!" - cries the knight in the center. MAP UPDATED https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l8d4JfuERBlwxOyxyeHt2aMphSnGFqDDH64Exv6yQ88/edit @Neurotic @KahlessNestor @Charlotte of Oz @MetaVoid @Kaodi @jmucchiello Shayuri

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Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

  • 09:18 AM - pemerton mentioned jmucchiello in post Do you enjoy playing roleplaying games in which you have no clue about the rules?
    ...he players at the table. That's their sole and crucial function. Mechanics can take multiple forms (I think this point goes back to Jonathan Tweet in Everway): Drama resolution relies on asserted statements without reference to listed attributes or quantitative elements. Karma resolution relies on referring to listed attributes or quantitative elements without a random element. Fortune resolution relies on utilizing a random device of some kind, usually delimited by quantitative scores of some kind. If playing without knowledge of the mechanics means lots of "drama" resolution - ie when I say what my PC does, then most of the time that just happens in the fiction - then it's fine although potentially a bit unexciting (the situations have to be pretty evocatively set out by the GM so that it's fun to engage with them knowing how that engaging is all I need to do to have things happen). If I'm meant to be learning the fiction, like the magic system described by Blue and jmucchiello, the GM had better provide me with the chance to learn! If playing without knowledge of the mechanics means lots of "fortune" resolution but only the GM knows what is going on - only the GM can call for a check, interpret a check, etc - then it's really a form of GM fiat resolution - the mechanics are imposing pretty minimal constraint under these circumstances - with the players along for the ride. The GM better be a good storyteller! Playing with heavily GM-mediated "karma" resolution makes me think of Amber diceless - I've never played it myself but that is how it looked when I saw others playing it.

Monday, 10th September, 2018

  • 04:28 PM - Blue mentioned jmucchiello in post Do you enjoy playing roleplaying games in which you have no clue about the rules?
    I can enjoy playing without knowing the rules, but that's not my default. Way back when I had a great experience with this, run by jmucchiello. We knew nothing about anything, and all played young people from a backwater village, just coming of age and needing to go into the wider world. He ran a homebrew system, though part way through he (after talking to us) revamped the freeform magic system because we were getting the hang of it way too fast. I remember being thrilled at being able to make a rope harness and levitate it (since we knew the magic words for, I think rope and telekinesis plus some power booster words), but nothing that would allow us to fly ourselves. I'd have a couple of caveats to playing not knowing the rules, on top of the foundation of trust in your DM to be both fair and consistent. First, it must be that none of the players know the rules and we're all learning them just from interaction with the world. Some people knowing the rules and me not just makes me feel stupid. Second, we know the genre (at least to a degree). For example, assuming everything is gritty and death is cheap when the DM i...

Saturday, 1st September, 2018

  • 02:49 PM - GreenKarl mentioned jmucchiello in post MnM3 Centropolis (Re-bot)
    Question jmucchiello when you say Defensive Stance I am not sure that 'term' exists in MnM3? Did you mean Defensive Attack (both a maneuver and an advantage). Sorry I might have missed it because I don't realize what you were saying.

Friday, 10th August, 2018

  • 04:22 PM - hero4hire mentioned jmucchiello in post [Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures] Freedomverse Issue #1 "Black & White"
    Meanwhile at Freedom Hall... http://calubrecht.us/mutantsAndMasterminds/freedomHallExterior.png The group of Freedom Leaguers convene at the Hall's Old Monitor Room https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/youngjustice/images/4/4d/The_Team_in_the_Hall_of_Justice_library.png The group ponders their next move in the in their investigation when an announcement of an incoming Teleportal is broadcast. https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/youngjustice/images/2/22/Zeta-Beam.png jmucchiello Mr. Amazing has arrived with orders from Pseudo to help the away team.

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Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 08:05 PM - EarlyBird mentioned jmucchiello in post EB's KotB: (Group 1) Courage of the Lions
    98623 First IC for the group that is going Bulette hunting. It will stay the thread for all IC games even though the adventures and assignments even the players may change. Still working out the kinks as to how I want all this to go, so bear with me a few months (years?). Party to start: @Skarsgard @Charwoman Gene @TallIan @tglassy @jmucchiello LINKS:General OOC The Lion's Den - IC And the RG Let's get started, shall we.

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

  • 03:42 AM - TallIan mentioned jmucchiello in post Keep on the Borderlands - OOC (Filled UP)
    jmucchiello this post; Rorik watched the new comer arrive, did he know her? He certainly couldn't remember her name, but perhaps she was some other nobleman's trophy wife. Hegreet Kordo Vos, they appeared to be old friends. "Lindrel?" Kordo calls out. "You are just in time." Rorik watched the two greet like old friends. Lindrel? Still didn't ring any bells. Well they would have time later to discuss their respective histories.... was meant as an opening to have our characters know each other - but its come across as rather sexist. I didn't really want it to, but oh well. I wasn't sure how tied you were to the idea of being somewhere no one knew you, so I left it as vague as possible.

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Friday, 30th March, 2018

  • 11:17 AM - Neurotic mentioned jmucchiello in post Dark Fairytale IC
    "Maybe just run from obligations? Or abusive master, not that I think you are, master Aldan, just an option. Or from forced apprenticeship? Not that they want to run from the city, just from this particular career?" jmucchiello, Searinox Nagharha, VLAD the Destroyer

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 08:20 PM - Archon Basileus mentioned jmucchiello in post IC - Tideruler: The Fall of Laholt
    ... "I'd say it's not the case... Surely those affected might be the ones closely related to that dreadful castle" - a second one speaks her mind. "I heard that all the afflicted were, at one point or another, in the presence of the priestess" - her glance is filled with despise, and targets Aranel first. "Oh, please..." - a third one begins. "You only say that out of hate for the priestess... Solely because..." - a cursing look from the second one and the third one swallowed her words. "Well, who's to know what caused this... I heard the human lords cursed the castle... The bowels of that monstrosity are now festering with disease and decay... All because of their demise when we entered this place" "Who's to know anything..." - the first one starts over. "If there's a curse, it affects those too lazy or too lenient to compromise. It might be a curse, but spoken by the mouth of our dead youth, the elfic beauty sacrificed in the stone..." MetaVoid Neurotic Shayuri KahlessNestor jmucchiello
  • 08:06 PM - Archon Basileus mentioned jmucchiello in post INTEREST/RECRUIT - TIDERULER - THE FALL OF LAHOLT (HIGH-LEVEL CHARS)
    Yup! Go ahead, write yourself in, man! I'll give you the line and join soon after. Sorry for the delay. I had a few last issues to get sorted out. But we're at full speed now! Neurotic Shayuri MetaVoid jmucchiello KahlessNestor


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Saturday, 23rd March, 2019

  • 08:22 PM - TallIan quoted jmucchiello in post [IC] JM's A Bit of Trouble
    At Q23 or R23?] Whichever one looks more injured. Otherwise R23
  • 02:27 PM - Oofta quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    If people can put the childish insults aside for a minute, it's pointless to stat talking about a "good" movie unless you first define what you mean by "good". In addition it's also pretty pointless to make any kind of judgement about a movie that isn't even being filmed yet. In addition, when people say things like this I don't think money affects quality directly: they are orthogonal. when I believe they really mean I don't think money affects quality directly: they are orthogonal for my personal enjoyment of the movie. it doesn't help.
  • 11:20 AM - Hussar quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    Now I'm arrogant because I like different things. That's rich. We live in different worlds, I guess. No, it's arrogance to presume that your tastes in any way, shape or form connote quality. You can like whatever you like, that's groovy. But, pretending that the things you like somehow mean that whatever you like is "good" is not. But, yeah, if you're just going to pull out single lines and not actually engage in anything like a discussion, we're done here. Feel free to have the last word.
  • 03:24 AM - ArwensDaughter quoted jmucchiello in post [IC] JM's A Bit of Trouble
    Surina can make it to R22, right in front of the 3 zombies if she wishes, ArwensDaughter Sorry; busy couple of days. Sounds good. Surina will take a swing at one of the zombies, to put them out of their misery, and to clear her way forward. Longsword attack vs. zombi: 1d20+5 15 longsword damage: 1d8+3 8
  • 02:04 AM - Hussar quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    "Hold up?" I can only express opinions that "Hold Up"? WTF and give me break. There is no f---ing burden of proof on anything said when one is not claiming some form of universal truth. I said "expensive and good are orthogonal in movies". I didn't say "it is a stone cold fact that expensive and good are orthogonal in movies and anyone who disagrees is an idiot." Because those two statements are different? You are flatly stating that expensive and good are orthogonal without any actual evidence and in the face of numerous counter examples. And, apparently, your definition of "good" is "movies I like". Well, I'm not you. I reject movies you like as being good because I don't like them. So, your movies are bad because I don't like them. Not exactly the most productive of conversations is it? Not so fast. According Hussar, good is objective, not subjective. No, no, no. Good is objective. And since Rotten Tomatoes gave it a critics score of 79% (aka Fresh) and 86% of people...

Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 04:27 PM - Parmandur quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    "Hold up?" I can only express opinions that "Hold Up"? WTF and give me break. There is no f---ing burden of proof on anything said when one is not claiming some form of universal truth. I said "expensive and good are orthogonal in movies". I didn't say "it is a stone cold fact that expensive and good are orthogonal in movies and anyone who disagrees is an idiot." Not so fast. According Hussar, good is objective, not subjective. No, no, no. Good is objective. And since Rotten Tomatoes gave it a critics score of 79% (aka Fresh) and 86% of people liked it (giving it 3.5 stars or better), Pirates of the Caribbean is a GOOD film. Your opinion is unimportant. The critics and the people have spoken. PotC is objectively a GOOD film. There can be no dissension. Have I learned my lesson? The objective value of aesthetics is an interesting question, though outside the scope of this forum I would say. However, saying that there is a higher proportion of high quality movies among low budget flicks vers...
  • 03:57 PM - Corone quoted jmucchiello in post Tough Truths About the Game Industry
    It shouldn't take extra work. If the printed book is going to have a table of contents and an index, the page numbers should be generated automatically. The TOC is generated by heading styles. And the index is generated by going through the text and tagging key words. Then you tell the publishing software to generate the index. Having the PDF turn the ToC and Index into hot links is just a checkbox you check when generating the index/ToC. Now, there are other PDF features that would not take extra time, such as "printer friendly" copies of the PDF. But bookmarks? Not really. I'm not as computer savvy as I should be on the actual specifics of what needs to be done to pdfs. I'm sure all the things you mention are as straightforward as you say, and your point that many of these can be done as part of the usual publishing process is well made. But as we increase the needs and demands for what we expect of pdfs this may well increase. Probably not that much these days, I've yet to see a company tak...
  • 08:39 AM - Hussar quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    Or I'm more critical of movies than other people are. I don't know why that isn't acceptable. I dislike most movies. I'm an outlier. I'm well aware of this. Regardless of your "objective" data. In my experience, movies I like vs movies I don't rarely is production cost a factor. So, we're back to "I like it, therefore it's good". While that's great for you and all, it doesn't really help anyone else. So, if your notion of good only really means, "stuff I like", then blanket statements about the cost of movies vs their quality don't really hold up at all do they?
  • 02:51 AM - Mistwell quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    "Objective data?" How can I give objective data about the subjective concept "good movie"? Oh, that's pretty easy actually. We now have tons of critic and audience aggregators out there, like Rotten Tomatoes. You could chart cost of product vs audience and critical reaction and find there are more inexpensive movies rated as "good" than expensive movies rated as "good" for example. Hint - they've done that, and your theory does not hold up to examination like that.

Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 11:23 PM - Oofta quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    "Objective data?" How can I give objective data about the subjective concept "good movie"? Please. I'm stating and have always been stating an opinion. If you disagree with my opinion. That's your prerogative. I don't think money affects quality directly: they are orthogonal. You disagree. So be it. Actually I think what people are saying is that the vast majority of people disagree with you and have proven it where it matters: with their time and pocketbook. Don't get me wrong, there are many examples of big budget movies that were total flops. But there are more successes (maybe not mega-super-break-records successes, but still successes) than flops. Are there good low budget movies as well? Sure. But there are tons of low budget movies that are complete and total dreck. Stating that you don't like most big budget movies is fine. Saying that big budgets always mean bad movies is demonstrably false for the majority of people.
  • 08:23 PM - Mistwell quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    There are plenty of movies with big budgets and great talents that are not good movies. Money affecting quality is an illusion. What makes a good movie is desire. You can't pay for desire. Let me put it this way. There are far more cheap good movies than expensive good movies. How does that work given your "odds". EDIT: When I say more above I mean "the ratio of good to bad". IOW, the ratio of good:bad movies is greater in cheap movies than the ratio in expensive movies. Look when I said averages I meant averages. When I said it's not a hard and fast rule I meant that too. OF COURSE you can cherry pick opposite examples, that's what it means to have averages and not a hard and fast rule. But ON AVERAGE movies which get assigned bigger money tend to be better than movies that do not. Indeed, movies that do not you usually don't even see...they end up not even making it to a movie theater, and if they do they get a short run and are frequently forgotten. Bigger budgets tend to get you bett...
  • 08:12 PM - Mistwell quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    I don't accept this at all. Money does not determine the quality of the movie. It never does. You don't have to accept anything, but generally speaking money is BECAUSE the quality is there on some level prior to dedicating money to it. You have no idea how many scripts are submitted, analyzed, tested, spec'ed, etc. before it gets to the point where it's assigned big money. There are in fact quality controls in place. They're not perfect, but they're decent.
  • 07:31 PM - crazy_cat quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    A-lister Male lead says to me "Not an ensemble cast" and thus not a "party of adventurers" style show. And thus less like D&D than it should be. Baldurs Gate (1): Child of Candlekeep. Female lead (the 'child' exiled from Candlekeep). Vin Diesel as Minsc. Inset 2-4 other favourite BG party members to round out ensemble cast. Cover the first half of BG - leaves space for sequels. Cameo for Drizzt who you meet out in the wilds - potential for a spin off! Release to massive critical acclaim. Sit back and watch money flood in! I'm available for consultancy gigs if Hollywood needs me :)
  • 06:45 PM - Parmandur quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    There are plenty of movies with big budgets and great talents that are not good movies. Money affecting quality is an illusion. What makes a good movie is desire. You can't pay for desire. Let me put it this way. There are far more cheap good movies than expensive good movies. How does that work given your "odds". EDIT: When I say more above I mean "the ratio of good to bad". IOW, the ratio of good:bad movies is greater in cheap movies than the ratio in expensive movies. Source as to there being "more cheap good movies than expensive good movies"? By what metrics? I'd say, strictly speaking, the percentage of good to bad is probably similar, though expensive failures tend to be more interesting due to literally more artistic manhours being put into them. The Peter Jackson Hobbit movies are hot garbage, but have more redeeming qualities than "Yor, the Hunter from the Future" for example. It's all a crap shoot, but money buys manhours from talent. And as machines such as Marvel show, talent...
  • 03:16 PM - Parmandur quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    I don't accept this at all. Money does not determine the quality of the movie. It never does. Money brings in more talent. More talent increases the odds of quality results. There is a certain orthogonal quality (quirky indie hit versus Transformers can happen), but it is a complex relationship.
  • 02:57 PM - TallIan quoted jmucchiello in post Checking Interest in a PbP Game
    In case you are wondering. I do most of the tables column first in a single row because otherwise there are large gaps between the rows. So the saving throws, for example have each column listed vertically before moving on to the next column. I have a post from you bookmarked on how to make tables :D But stealing is so much faster :P
  • 04:53 AM - Mistwell quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    "Top grossing movie" and "good movie" are orthogonal. There are many good movies that make no money and lots of money making movies that suck. On average, movies which have a lot of money invested tend to be better than the same style of movie without money invested. For example, the difference between a romantic comedy with a lot of money behind it and one with little money behind it is usually a pretty big difference (the former can get you Rebel Wilson as the lead and the later will end up on Lifetime television). It's not a hard and fast rule, but it does hold pretty well as an average.
  • 04:45 AM - Mistwell quoted jmucchiello in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    A-lister Male lead says to me "Not an ensemble cast" and thus not a "party of adventurers" style show. And thus less like D&D than it should be. Lots of leads are in ensemble casts. For example, Jumanji. Or Lady Hawk. It's a pretty common device to emphasize one character as a perspective for a larger portion of an ensemble movie.

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