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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Without a doubt. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to demean Stoker or his rightfully enduring work of horror. I'm just trying to note exactly the ease of confusion that you note here, that historical etymology is a very inexact science and that it's especially easy for an outsider to make mistakes. I grew up in Jamaica and there is a similar confusion in the vernacular 'Petwa' between moth...
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    Monday, 14th January, 2019, 09:37 PM
    I've said this before, but the world needs another gaming system "like I need another hole in my head" (to paraphrase the song). There is I think at this point excessive interest in writing a rules set or wholesale revising a rules set to the degree that your product is now incompatible with prior rules sets. I think the 5e designers were correct to try to set the expectation that this would...
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    Friday, 11th January, 2019, 08:51 PM
    All that is probably true and I don't claim to be a scholar of languages, but "unburnt" doesn't sound like "vampire" in any of the languages you just mentioned, and my understanding has always been 'vampire' comes from the Old Slavonic term 'opiri' meaning 'witch' since it was believed that a witch that died would become a vampire. But, I'd be interested in reading any scholarship that indicates...
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    Friday, 11th January, 2019, 07:55 PM
    Your etymology sounds suspect. I've not wanted to really deal with vampires because the historical vampire is so very different of a creature from the Brom Stoker inspired sexual horror that has come to dominate our imagination. The historical Romanian terror was a disease spirit, and not the creature of rape and lust we've invented as more emblematic of our times. Also, the exact details...
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    Thursday, 10th January, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Well, I think I answered that, but I still insist the problem is that 3.5 has no concept of balance whatsoever. Not only is chargen/advancement utterly broken because charop/system mastery plays an excessive role in character prowess and intuitive builds are under powered, but 3.5 rebalanced the game based on the assumption that parties would use charop and rejiggered monsters to higher CR and...
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    Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Ok, I think the theory crafting in the above is pretty decent. I need to run some math to figure out what the actual results for a typical town of say 3000 persons would be annually, based on expected numbers of deaths and the percent that would be violent or involve suffering, alignment demographics, and so forth. My sense is that the number of undead in a town performing due diligence would...
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    Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, 04:05 PM
    That wouldn't be too hard. Undead Test: Roll 3d6. On an 18+, they turn undead. Modifiers -1 Proper Burial -1 Good Aligned -1 Died Without Suffering -1 Died Obtaining their Goals -1 Originally, corpse or ground was Hallowed (see note below)
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    Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, 04:14 AM
    I believe the CR's on elementals are wrong, which is a big part of the problem with what you describe. Huge Air Elementals are listed at CR 7, but they have perfect fly speed, DR 5/-, 16 HD, 136 hit points, and two +19 to hit attacks. They don't hit that hard, but they are definitely still relevant against 15th level characters because 16HD, etc. They are probably closer to CR 9 IMO. ...
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    Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, 04:09 PM
    On the subject of acquiring magic items, my experiences differ in a lot of ways from the original author. First, my experience is that beginning at around 8th level, it would take about a year of weekly play to gain a level. The original poster asserts that he reached "10th to 15th level" in about a year and managed to do this despite not acquiring many magic items. I find it hard to believe...
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    Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, 08:11 AM
    Yes, but if you begin to treat them as mechanics questions, that is to say, if you begin to speculate on the 'physics' of the world that allows it to operate as it is known to do, you can make some really interesting discoveries about how small differences in the mythos creates really big differences in the culture of the world. For example... All of this is true, but since in the game...
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    Monday, 7th January, 2019, 09:18 PM
    Well, I'll concur with all the concurring voices. In 1e and 2e AD&D, the barriers to making magic items were so high that most groups never made even a single item. The barriers to making potions and scrolls were less high, but they imposed a fairly high burden in preparation and play on the DM to lead the players toward the conclusion that they could make potions, scrolls, and the like. ...
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    Monday, 7th January, 2019, 03:41 PM
    I guess in theory that could happen, but it would be a truly sacred place indeed, and I've never considered placing anything like that in the world. More likely, with just mortal levels of intervention, you just end up with spontaneously consecrated or hallowed ground. And equivalently level of necromantic taint would just animate bodies as zombies, but would kill living beings that entered...
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    Friday, 4th January, 2019, 03:12 AM
    Pretty low. Proper burial prevents it 100% of the time. If you put a body in properly consecrated ground ('Hallow') and or use the appropriate divine invocation the body ('Lay to Rest') will never become undead spontaneously and cannot be animated by evil magic. In fact, this is one of the major duties of the clergy in most towns. Unfortunately, if you are using invocations to keep...
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    Thursday, 3rd January, 2019, 07:29 PM
    I had heard really great things about Masks, so I bought a pdf copy of it intending it to be the basis of my campaign. I was so disappointed with it, that I kept putting off playing it, and never ended up actually using it. It certainly isn't scary, and while I considered running it as a more Pulp action adventure, if you are going to do that then IMO the CoC sanity rules actually get in...
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    Thursday, 3rd January, 2019, 05:49 PM
    Ok, that's seems like a self-evident observation, but to put it plainly like that is clarifying and like many observations that are self-evident when you hear them being able to state them with clarity requires more understanding than one might think. Yes, the reason cosmic horror was deeply effecting to HPL is that discoveries in math and science undermined his faith in things he cared deeply...
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    Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019, 03:59 AM
    I think you say a lot that is true and which indicates you are quite experienced with horror themed games. And while I can see merit in the position you outline here, it does also I think speak to the problem I'm addressing, which is, is cosmic horror really something the modern reader can relate to? Your suggestion that cosmic horror and the mythos be abandoned as unfathomable and therefore...
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    Monday, 31st December, 2018, 06:21 PM
    This is actually a really interesting question. Never having ran an artic campaign, it never came up before for me. The very simple answer is that it happens every 24 hours whether the players can keep track of time or not. Certainly in the case of something like a wizard's spells, the idea seems to be that the wizard needs a certain amount of mental rest. 1e AD&D even experimented...
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    Monday, 31st December, 2018, 06:10 PM
    Law versus Chaos question. Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one, or do the needs of the few or the one outweigh the needs of the many? Is the big picture just made up of a bunch of small pictures, and those ignoring the small picture is the same as ignoring the big picture, or do you have to look at the big picture and realize that for the sake of the big picture...
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    Monday, 31st December, 2018, 06:01 PM
    From what I've seen of LotFP adventures, they are basically someone who read 'Tomb of Horrors' and really dug the "if you touch something you die" aspect of the dungeons and so they heavily punish player interaction with the environment. But the assumption that they make that players have particular perverse motivations and that knowing that if they touch something and interact with it,...
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Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017

  • 04:28 PM - JediSoth quoted Brooding Paladin in post Starfinder's A Resounding Success! Sells Out On First Day of Gen Con
    I feel like it was pretty short-sighted on Paizo's part not to have more product there. I mean, I'm sure they were glad of the sell-out, but what a missed opportunity to sell even more! And when it was gone, there was a gaping hole in their area. There had been plenty of anticipatory buzz around the product, so it seemed to me they could have predicted better. But what do I know? Polaris benefited from the absence, though, as they manage to sell out as well, despite having virtually no interest on Thursday. They sold more copies of Starfinder in 6 hours than any other single product over the entire 4 days of Gen Con combined. I'm not sure how they could have anticipated that.

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