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    Today, 05:42 PM
    Morrus replied to What the Hell?
    Is it set in the 70s or in the future?
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    Today, 11:57 AM
    So did Bran basically plan all this from the start?
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    Buying a book from them doesn’t make them your slave forevermore. They’re allowed to make new things. This is not a betrayal. :)
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    They’re moving to a new edition. I thought that was clear. :)
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    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    I started a new campaign on top of the last one by having the group meet in a tavern where a bard was signing about the great heroes of old (the last campaign). The new campaign took place 2 generations after the original and the kingdom had fallen into trouble once again but this time from undead or demons- I forgot. I remember that the players who had the original PCs thought it was fitting...
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    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    A lot may depend on the DM and how much he lets you use the powers. If you are in dungeons all the time, disguise self may be ok to make yourself look like a orc or something to help scout, but in a city, the spell becomes more powerful in getting in places and getting away from being seen in places. Some other stuff may be a bit more DM dependent, like shape water. I may not allow it to...
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    Yesterday, 06:07 PM
    I hope it is not something more marginal like Balder's Gate minis to tie-in or limited edition cover for something. I would like something a bit exciting that I will want to buy over some stuff I can use and may be ok to run.
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    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    Welcome to this free 12-page preview of A Touch More Class, the upcoming sequel to EN Publishing's bestselling A Touch of Class. This preview contains 12 pages of the full 101-page book and includes the Savant, which is just one of the nine new character classes included in the full book. This book will be launching on Kickstarter very soon! Download the 12-page preview from DTRPG...
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    Yesterday, 03:28 AM
    Printed modules that cost only a few bucks and I did not mind writing in. Weapon leveling to +10 and item creation rules 4e monster rules multi-classing that worked well and did not make me feel like the PC is falling behind
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    Yesterday, 02:57 AM
    I grew up on 1st and 2nd edition, but 3rd changed things in a great new way. Maybe it was the timing or 3rd party publishing, but it struck a cord of being new and fresh again. I liked 4e fine and did not have any big problems with it, but 3e allowed me to make certain characters I wanted to play. Although 4e was easier for me to DM when I could just make powers for bad guys and just say that...
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    Yesterday, 01:21 AM
    Taking 5E out of the equation, what’s your favourite D&D edition — and why? I spent the longest time with 2E, but the launch which excited me most was 3E. I think I’d vote 2E, but it’s close. For poll purposes, OD&D includes everything and overlapping before 1E, including BECMI, etc. Even Chainmail, if that’s anybody’s vote.
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    Yesterday, 01:16 AM
    I *never* give release dates. But these errata have been collated and are in layout.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:58 PM
    Morrus replied to Firearms
    I dunno. I saw a “large knife wound” on Game of Thrones. It made Ned Stark’s head fall off.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:56 PM
    All we know is what’s on that crowdfunding page. We’re just reading the same page you are. :)
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:36 PM
    At this point, it sounds like you know it better than me. :)
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:24 PM
    The page itself clarifies it better than I could. But amongst several other things it includes both a PF2 edition of Kingmaker and a 5E Bestiary.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:55 PM
    Place your bets! What will it be?
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 08:21 PM
    Morrus started a thread Game of Thrones s1e1
    ‪Watched the first ever ep of Game of Thrones again today, first time in 8(?) years. So... (a) everybody looks so young (b) the lower budget shows (c) it feels like a 1980s BBC show and (d) you’re gonna die, & you’re gonna die, & you’re gonna die, & you there are also gonna die. ‬ Lots of dead men walking. The pacing is much much slower than I’m used to from that show (and I’m not just...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 02:09 PM
    Quickstarters are a big thing these days, and typically it doesn’t greatly affect the funding total. The sense of urgency adds incentive. In fact, the opposite is often true — long Kickstarters can do worse; 40 day Kickstarters do worse than 30 day ones, for example.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:16 PM
    I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Keaton and Ledger were both highly derided choices until they proved to be excellent. Actors act!
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Paizo's Kingmaker 10th Anniversary crowdfunding campaign, which is taking place on Game On Tabletop, has been extended until June 4th. They sent out the following email this morning! "When we first launched the Kingmaker 10th Anniversary campaign on Game On Tabletop, we heard from Pathfinder players worldwide wondering why the campaign was only two weeks. For some, the campaign timing...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 10:28 PM
    eBay for me again then, I guess.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:50 PM
    Is that your favourite phrase?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:10 PM
    Yup. I guess they were under an embargo.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:46 PM
    It doesn’t say one way or the other about how these things will be released.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 03:17 PM
    Major Cubicle 7 announcements seem to be coming in hourly at the moment. If it's not Age of Sigmar, or Warhammer 40K Wrath and Glory, it's.... a 2nd edition of their 2011 Tolkien role-playing game, The One Ring! And this one has "Lord of the Rings" in the title! The new game will be called The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, and is set 25 years after the defeat of...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 12:00 PM
    I’m struggling with all the Arrowverse superhero shows right now. Flash has lost its sense of fun, Arrow is boring, Legends is just slapstick. Supergirl is currently the best of them.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 11:26 AM
    The Amazon sales rankings suggest otherwise.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 11:11 AM
    Not as written they don’t, no. Hi-Ex rounds and electricity damage are the best ways to fight robots.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 10:09 AM
    A Brazilian commercial for a new Renault car has used some iconic imagery from the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series, depicting the characters of Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Shiela the Thief, and Bobby the Barbarian with real actors. Scroll down for the actual commercial.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 08:39 PM
    The World of Greyhawk is a collection humano-centric faux-Medieval European civilizations surrounded and beset by fantastic creatures, magic, and ancient dungeons. It is the blueprint on which many a subsequent published campaign was built or it was spurned in attempt to do something "different." Truth is, Greyhawk has had many incarnations and authors in its publication history. Each brought...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 08:37 PM
    You could go with either of them, I feel that 5th level you start to not need them and have more spells that let you overcome things. I would go with disguise self, more so if you are in a bar to blend in. Maybe make it a bit of RP and not tell the others you are a snakefolk and surprise things later on.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:17 PM
    OK.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:00 PM
    Yeah, but “reprint” can’t.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 05:55 PM
    Yes, it’s a reprinting, not a new book.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Admidst all the mystery of what happened to Ulisses North America's Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory, we finally have an answer! Cubicle 7, who currently produce Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4E and are developing Soulbound, the new Age of Sigmar RPG, are now taking over! I just got the following email from C7: Cubicle 7 Entertainment to publish Warhammer 40,000 Roleplaying Games Workshop is...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:28 PM
    Well, it's more that goblins and smallfolk make goblin and smallfolk sized swords rather than using small human swords.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:17 PM
    EN Publishing will be at UK Games Expo this year (May 31st-June 2nd) on Stand 2-T1. We will have all our Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD products available to buy, we’re running 1-hour demos, and we also we’ll have an exclusive small print run of the next book, LUNA-1! We literally only have 30 of these printed for the expo (there will be many more printed later, don’t worry!) so it’s...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 01:12 PM
    What's the name of your D&D character? The folks at D&D Beyond have released some more stats, and this time they're sharing the top 15 D&D player character names. What these stats appear to tell us is that many people call their character "Bob", and even more seems to just use their class name, such as "Cleric" or "Bard". Lots of people seems to name their characters after Game of...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Yeah, sure, I'll publish it!
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 11:50 AM
    A couple of weeks ago, we noticed that Warhammer 40,000 Wrath & Glory was no longer listed on publisher Ulisses North America's website. At that time, it was still available on DriveThruRPG, but it seems that that is no longer the case. Not only that, but the game has now appeared on Studio 2 Publishing's website! The last update we had was that Ulisses was "just negotiating with Games...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 09:39 AM
    Cubicle 7 have revealed a few pieces of information regarding their upcoming Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RPG. It has an official name: 'Soulbound', but also a release delay until Spring 2020. The official title, Soulbound, was revealed at Warhammer Fest. Details were also announced of the Soulbound Starter Set, which has some fantastic cover art by Johan Grenier (below). The starter set...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 08:58 AM
    Yeah. You don’t leave sandwiches when you have a pie. You just have a pie.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 02:27 AM
    I had a simple rule in 3e where a crit allowed you to make another attack and a fumble made you skip one attack. It worked and was easy to play, but seemed to lack the big number of crits some of the characters had.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 11:38 PM
    If you are starting at 1st level, and you should, the number of bad guys in the group can kill the PCs rather quickly. You only need 2-3 things like bandits or goblins to make a good fight. You could have something where goblins attacked the bandits and stole the treasure the PCs are after. The PCs encounter one bandit that ran away and was heading back to town. The PCs can use some skills...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 11:09 PM
    This was the massively fortuitous advantage they had — the whole subscription base of Dragon and Dungeon magazine who wanted to keep playing 3.x. And why Pathfinder can’t be repeated, even if the other circumstances were to somehow repeat themselves.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:15 PM
    One can reasonably assume that XP is only gained during the course of an adventure. Otherwise it’s not really a game.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:53 PM
    Morrus replied to Firearms
    It’s about as realistic as anything in D&D combat is.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:47 PM
    That’s what I meant to say.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:23 PM
    Inspired by CoC and similar systems. I haven’t thought it all the way through yet. It’s very similar to the way CoC does it. Percentile system. Everything is a skill. You improve with failure. Every time you fail a skill check, the skill improves by 1%. Technically they can go over 100% (modifiers might bring it down). Hmmm. Definitely easy to abuse though. Find lots of easy tasks and...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:03 PM
    Well, they do adventure path subscriptions, which is essentially their replacement for Dungeon. IIRC it was originally even the same subscriber list which got transferred over automatically.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 01:46 PM
    He is American. That aside, he’s masking a naughty word. It’s not “chutes”, it’s something similar-sounding.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 12:38 PM
    The Fatebender is another of the nine new classes for your 5E games coming soon in A TOUCH MORE CLASS! Including the mascot, jinx, and weaver subclasses, the fatebender is able to manipulate fate's tapestry, altering probability itself. Follow the link to be notified when the Kickstarter launches!
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:19 AM
    I don't quite understand what you said. But yes, it's better for starting characters than for experienced ones (like some of the exploits which give you free starting kit, etc.) The main benefit is that nobody can take it off you. It's basically free starting equipment (like the OLD Grand Elf's free musket, for example), which can't be removed from the Android.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 10:17 AM
    If you want to make undersized weapons do -1d6 damage, go for it! It's your game! :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:32 PM
    I think you’d be surprised at the sheer number of people with personal stakes in this. And no, people weren’t asking Mearls to go back in time and not have enabled him. They were asking for a decent apology. It’s important who the representatives of the flagship game in our hobby choose to associate with, and who they choose not to. It sends a message. And, unfortunately, it’s been the...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:03 PM
    Sure. Provide a detailed economical analysis then. We’ll wait. :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 07:44 PM
    Yes. I said exactly that. :)
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 06:29 PM
    I think you just answered your own question! :) You can use a weapon one handed if it is your size or smaller. Yes, weapon synthesis is a free action, so you'd have to choose between them.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 06:02 PM
    The latest usage stats for Fantasy Grounds are in... and D&D is up again in the latest updated stats from Quarter 1 of 2018 through to Quarter 1 of 2019, rising to a whopping 69% of the market since the stats from Q1 2018! Pathfinder drops from 12% last year to 9% (possibly due to the edition change coming soon), and Savage Worlds drops nearly 2%. Ruleset
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:41 PM
    Eye of the Beholder, a documentary about the art of Dungeons & Dragons, has hit streaming services including iTunes and Amazon Video. "EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting new documentary that explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play. The movie profiles D&D artists – both past and...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:31 PM
    ICv2 is reporting on new tariffs on imports to the USA from China, which include various categories of items including toys, comics, and games... including tabletop RPGs. The tariffs are up to 25%. Many game companies print RPG books in China, so this will affect them. The New York Times reports on it in more depth. So, here's a simple breakdown of it as I understand it -- while...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:21 PM
    Giant crabs can cause a distraction without giving away the bad guys. This summons the PCs plus guards from the city after a few rounds. You can also have bystanders see something later on for the PCs to follow if they fail to notice anything while the fight is going on. This lets them question the locals and discover information that becomes useful to continue the mission.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Bethesda has issued an apology for plagiarising D&D adventure The Black Road by Paige Leitman and Ben Heisler. Well, not an actual apology, just a brief explanation. "We have pulled a previously shared ESO tabletop RPG adventure while we investigate the source. Thank you to those who reached out with concerns. Thanks again to everyone who highlighted the issue of alleged plagiarism...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:27 PM
    I cannot determine the strength of the encounter without seeing how much your dragons are different from normal ones. You have more breath weapons that the PCs cannot protect against and looks like a higher AC from being more dexterous, but 3 wizards should be able to take them down unless you have some lair actions. Hirelings most likely will run away or have a couple shoot arrows rather...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:44 PM
    I recently went to a convention and one of the DMs played TotM over grid. There was a lot of asking questions about distance and where the monsters were in relation to the others. Some of the actions I thought was a bit unfair like trying to circle a monster to get to another PC and the DM had an attack of opportunity when I thought there was room to get around. I would think you need to be...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:20 PM
    She’s the Big Bad of the whole series. Not Cersei or the Night King. We’ve been watching her slowly become that over the years. It’s rushed a bit at the end here, but I’ve been expecting it for ages.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 12:32 PM
    So it turns out that it just takes one dragon to win everything. Dany could have flown to Westeros at any time in the last few years with just one of her three dragons and burned Kings Landing to the ground, and anywhere else she wanted to. All that political chess, all those armies, the Dothraki, the North, the Unsullied, none of it mattered in the end. Just one dragon beats everything. It’s...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 12:28 PM
    Many TV watchers, too. Dany has been becoming more despotic for years. She does not brook disagreement.
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:56 PM
    The best way to add spells is to have a quest for the cleric. There is no reason why special priests of thunder god cannot have a lightning spell. I would not just give lightning bolt, but something similar and personal to the cleric. Make the spell something to be wanted,but not overpowered that it becomes the spell used all the time. You could make a 3rd level spell that deals 1/2 what a...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:46 PM
    I'm kind of in the same boat. I started collecting FR back in the 80s and then got into making my own settings and never got into Greyhawk. 5e has me default back to FR with the boxed set and just expanding some things from there.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 10:53 PM
    I’m not going to be up at 2am Saturday morning! But I’ll catch up later, hopefully. You’ll probably know before I do. :)
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 10:31 PM
    Westeros is not even vaguely like medieval England. If also has a very rough 1000-year band tech level which ranges from pre-Roman Britons to the Renaissance, as do it’s many varied social/political themes. So I’m not really on board with an argument which requires me to pick one specific aspect of “medieval England” and claim that Westeros not adopting that is a failure of the show. I’d...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 09:05 PM
    Personally, it’s the previews of the announcements of the announcements which excite me most.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 05:54 PM
    Jeez. Thread closed. We literally just closed a thread on this exact topic ... for this exact reason.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 04:54 PM
    I'm not sure my games have enough dragons that I need/want to change them from the more normal types. There are some that the PCs can find if they go looking and maybe once or twice a campaign they end up encountering one. I cannot remember the last time there was a good dragon around that interacted with the PCs.
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Core Rulebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pathfinder-Core-Rulebook-Jason-Bulmahn/dp/1640781684/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Paizo&qid=1557580239&s=gateway&sr=8-8 Core Rulebook (special edition) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pathfinder-Core-Rulebook-Special-P2/dp/1640781692/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Paizo&qid=1557580239&s=gateway&sr=8-7 Bestiary (special edition)...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 01:57 PM
    Let's not get drunk and post political rants on EN World at 2.30am, hmmm?
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 12:19 PM
    The only reason I haven’t backed yet is that I’m unfamiliar with the crowdfunding site being used. But I’m sure I will before the end.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:14 PM
    Talk about D&D, not modern politics, please, folks.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:12 PM
    It’s Westeros. It’s not medieval England. She would pride herself on whatever the writers say she prides herself on in that fictional culture.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 09:31 PM
    That’s exactly how WotC produced several hardcovers. Still counts!
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 06:58 PM
    I’m not sure I understand the criticism. Just because we didn’t discover something until the 1700s doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. If dragons were real, nature wouldn’t limit their species only to to things humans had discovered.
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 01:04 AM
    They're the original online trolls
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    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 12:57 AM
    I thought it was a great intro with just some bits of each subject and personal thoughts on experience. Best part was the link on Reddit to find local players.
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 09:42 PM
    Could they use the stones to bring Stark back?
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    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 09:11 PM
    And illegal if that’s true.
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Friday, 31st January, 2014

  • 11:44 AM - D'karr mentioned Matt James in post Monument of the Ancients
    The James Brothers (Brian R. and Matt James, not Frank and Jesse) wrote Monument of the Ancients, a D&D 4th Edition adventure located in the area around Phlan. With a DDI subscription you can get it from Dungeon 170. Though not a conversion of Ruins of Adventure, this might give you more inspiration. It is for Paragon Level Characters (13th Level) but some of the ideas could be usable at any level. Good Luck.

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Saturday, 8th August, 2015

  • 12:34 AM - Coredump quoted Matt James in post Baldman Games & WotC On All Access Issues At Gen Con
    Dave Christ (Baldman) is one of the best guys in the industry. Which is good to know. But it doesn't mean he is any good at organizing and running events. Nor does it mean he is any good at "hiring" people that are good at organizing and running events.

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

  • 04:54 PM - Astrosicebear quoted Matt James in post Kobold Press: Can They Take On The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting?
    I would love to work for Wolfgang again, and get the whole FR freelance crew back together and working on it :) The question that remains: Can a FR Campaign book generate enough interested (re: profit) for it to be sanctioned? As for seeing similar content: that's going to happen. Continuity is important to many, many fans of the Forgotten Realms. Facts have to be researched and validated. That doesn't always happen, unfortunately. It's no different than the (sadly, now dead) Extended Universe in Star Wars. That said, putting a new twist on old facts is where the real creativity is generated. There are many ways to do this, one of which WotC and Ed have acknowledged: the Unreliable Narrator. Matt, I didnt mean to insinuate that a Setting Sourcebook wasnt 'work'. It most certainly is. More of what I meant was that that continuity is vital to keeping the setting familiar. And with recent attempts at the realms with things like the Sundering and Spellplague, we see that massive change...

Monday, 24th November, 2014

  • 01:23 AM - Morrus quoted Matt James in post D&D Tools Website Closed
    I think many people would be surprised to know that WotC is under no requirement to submit a C&D letter to anyone. A company can file suit and have the courts sort it out. It is what it is, but WotC has an obligation, legally, to defend their IP. If they don't, the IP weakens. I never used that site, but if it was storing their IP, it makes sense for him to take his site down. Matt, I don't think anybody thinks a C&D is non-voluntary. Defence of trademarks, though, can take many forms. A C&D is one choice. Not the most friendly one, but it's a choice. It's also totally OK to just talk to somebody. A C&D, in diplomacy terms, is the worst way to open communications.

Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

  • 12:33 AM - Zaruthustran quoted Matt James in post Using a shield as an 'improvised weapon' while retaining the AC bonus
    The Dual Wielder feat cannot be used with a Shield because strictly speaking a Shield is not a "melee weapon": it simply does not appear on the Weapons table. Trying to go the "improvised weapon" route doesn't work either: improvised weapons are, by definition, objects that are either "similar to a weapon" or which "bears no resemblance to a weapon." Improvised Weapons are explicitly not weapons. They're objects, used as weapons. Fortunately, houserules can save the day. or work with the player for some kind of trade-off; such as losing proficiency in something else, and filling it with some kind of Weapon Proficiency: Shield. In 5E, there's already a proficiency for Shields. As long as we're talking houseruling, it'd make sense to allow that proficiency to include using a shield as a weapon, and thereby allow adding proficiency bonus to attacks made with a shield. So make the shield a 1d4 Blunt weapon with the Heavy property when wielded by someone with Proficiency. Just stick ...

Friday, 17th October, 2014


Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

  • 07:14 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Matt James in post D&D Unboxing Starter Set Video is on Youtube
    I am wondering if Second Wind would be more thematic if you could one use it when Bloodied (at half hit points or less). I like the thought there, but it only changes the issue a bit. Rather than healing up to full, the character just heals up to half. And if Cybit 's indication that this is more than just the Fighter is anything to go on, it won't solve the underlying issue. Still, I like the way you're thinking better than I like the "if you want to ruin your game go right ahead" perspective on it. Some tweaks to the ability might just be enough of a solution. Making it regained on an extended rest rather than a short rest seems like a simple way to fix it to me, and could be applied to all similar abilities. It sounds like those that have a significant problem with this don't have that same dynamic. If you and your group finds a significant issue with one mechanic, is it really beyond everyone to change the way it works and move on? Do you not play the game to solve problems, kil...
  • 02:33 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Matt James in post D&D Unboxing Starter Set Video is on Youtube
    Only if you're really low level, where 3d10 (avg 10.5) + 3x level is enough to heal you up to full. In one hour, a 10th level Fighter (per the video) might instead spend 10d10 (avg 35) + 10x Con mod. Sure, but what level does the Starter Set begin at? What level are we introducing new folks to D&D at? "It's only kind of a problem for your first real exposure to the game" kind of makes it a bigger problem to me! :) DM Fiat. This is a return to the kind of D&D that requires that a DM has a keen and critical eye around rules and group preferences for the adjudication of situations like that is being argued on the cleric thread. There is no right answer except what each individual DM gives after careful consideration for the tastes of the DM and the players. As always: you could say the same thing about FATAL. It works, it's probably what most DMs will do, but it's a legit flub. In terms of colour, you can narrate whatever makes sense for any given situation. It makes se...

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

  • 02:08 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Matt James in post Initial D&D Next Releases Showing Up on Barnes & Noble Website
    I don't think Wizards could do right by anyone it seems. People want to hate Wizards, regardless of validity. This will be the last edition that WotC produces with the brand, if I had to guess. It very well could be the last edition for a long time--if so, I won't necessarily see that as a bad thing! Not as long as they continue to support it. Their strategy of relying on transmedia campaigns to monetize their new setting releases does look promising, to me. I guess I'm sort of a D&D optimist, in that I feel the brand has been badly mismanaged for at least twenty years running. And in that sense, I think it's punching well below its weight in the entertainment marketplace, and is therefore ripe for a turnaround. But I guess we'll see...
  • 01:12 AM - Morrus quoted Matt James in post Initial D&D Next Releases Showing Up on Barnes & Noble Website
    I don't think Wizards could do right by anyone it seems. People want to hate Wizards, regardless of validity. This will be the last edition that WotC produces with the brand, if I had to guess. I wouldn't worry, Matt. It'll sell just fine.

Thursday, 18th July, 2013


Wednesday, 20th March, 2013

  • 05:27 PM - Fiddleback quoted Matt James in post Do Not Pass Go
    eh... You're hyper-focusing on playtesting, so I'll focus on that. I would argue that you have to know what you're testing against. Games are subjective. You can't just tell people to test their game and it will be fun. What are you testing? What is the design goal of your game? Playtesting doesn't fix anything unless you know what you intend for your end-state. Also designing a good game is a process built on many more pillars than playtesting. You are correct. An organized and focused playtest, against a predetermined goal with particular objectives in mind is the way to go. Just slapping it down on the table and saying "Here. Play this." isn't going to do you any favors. You'll never discover, for instance, that in phase 5 of turn 6, late in the game, with 3 players, one of whom is pursuing a turtle strategy while another is going full out production, the game stops working altogether and locks up. You have to test for specific things and "we've played it a bunch of times and everyone...

Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

  • 01:56 PM - Li Shenron quoted Matt James in post New playtest packet available.
    The Barbarian was playtested at Winter Fantasy and was really powerful. I expect it will be toned down a bit. They can start by removing the totally unneded "martial damage bonus". From every class, while they're at it.

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