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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    That is phenomenal to hear. I love that there were almost equal numbers of male and female interested - it really is a different world for RPGs these days, for the better. The DMing is likely to be your biggest problem, it always is -- more Marines than Master Chiefs. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    I've been eyeing the Eberron guide for a while now, but the 20 bucks was just outside the range I was comfortable paying for an impulse buy (my chances of running Eberron in the next six months are very slim). In the same vein, I have been eyeing a number of the Artificer class takes to bundle with the Eberron stuff - All the ratings for them are pretty much the same, and I'm hard pressed to buy...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:00 PM
    jonesy started a thread Once Upon a Deadpool
    So, what is this really, you might ask. This is Deadpool 2, recut into a PG-13 christmas movie, with added new scenes and dialogue. They are also giving a portion of the ticket sales to the charity ďFudge Cancer.Ē (That's not the real name of the charity, they actually changed the name to be more PG-13 just for this occasion).
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I often think it's too easy to get into the TARDIS. A TARDIS is supposed to be the most advanced type of ship in the universe, so teleporting onto it shouldn't be easy. I wonder if she gave Kerblam! permissions or something?
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:44 PM
    Awww, darnit... Here I was thinking I was going to escape Black Friday unscathed...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    That episode had very classical feel to it. Why do I keep thinking of HHGttG when I watch this season? The fez delivery bot, how much time would it have taken it to deliver said fez? Its name wouldn't have been Marvin, would it? :p
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:26 PM
    Haven't had the opportunity. During the weekend mayhaps. Fingers crossed.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:13 PM
    This one, plus Holy Diver by Ronnie James Dio. Basically, anything Dio did. :-)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Great list! I agree with you on Forgetful and Spendthrift. You can use skills with any attribute as long as the GM agrees, so intimidation and Disfigured would be a good combo for a strong character. A STR (intimidation) check with the disfigured trait would be a good combo.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Ravnica is joining Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Ravenloft, as a setting available for creators on the Dungeon Master's Guild from today, November 20th. WotC made the following brief announcement last night: "Intrepid DM's Guild creators! Ravnica will be added as a setting on Dungeon Masters Guild tomorrow Nov 20th! (We will be coordinating day-of updates of the Ravnica setting...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    As you may know, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (and, indeed, all the community content sites like DM's Guild) are the exact same website owned by One Bookshelf (OBS), simply viewed through a different skin. The front page of each highlights different products, but the stores are the same store. Now, the "RPGNow" version of the store is being retired. OBS sent out the following email earlier...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    There's another new class over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, this week! Bloodweavers use the primal power coursing through their veins to enhance their own abilities, heal or bolster allies, and debilitate or kill their foes. Many fear them for their control over the substance of life but those that can see past this superstitious dread often find powerful allies. Recently on...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Cyril Pahinui has passed at 68. http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/11/award-winning-hawaii-slack-key-virtuoso-cyril-pahinui-dies-at-68/ Play on, Cyril.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 AM
    Macrobia pulleiaceus.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:28 AM
    Any setup is fine, as long as the participants buy in to it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 PM
    People play for different reasons, of course. For some itís the social activity, and the game is just the conduit for that.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:32 PM
    Social interaction isnít *that* hard. Iím afraid there isnít a rulebook.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 06:06 PM
    Absolutely. I run a fairly hardcore sandbox, and one major playstyle element of that kind of game is that there are things out there that are too dangerous for any but high level characters to attack- and that low-level characters have the option of attacking them.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 06:03 PM
    To each his or her own, I guess. I wouldn't care about race spam in an AL game, but in my home setting, it really matters- because it's my home setting, and it needs to hang together far more than a one-off game I run in a store somewhere.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 09:28 PM
    Nope, still happening to people. The major difference to the beta is that now the game makes you do it yourself: "This application data is corrupt, please delete and redownload the application to the ps4." Over and over again. That IS a bug that causes the game to be deleted. You can duplicate items. There's speed cheats. And during the beta there was a way to deal insta-lethal damage which...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:35 PM
    Quite enjoyed todayís episode. Felt a lot more old school. Workers disappearing, a little less sombre than some episodes have been this year. Nothing new, just a traditional Who episode ó weíve seen cheery polite killer robots like those dozens of times before, but thatís OK.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 06:14 PM
    Fallout 76 is the most accurate depiction of a post apocalyptic world ever. It's messed up, empty, everything falls apart, and the bugs have taken over. There's even a bug that deletes the entire game from your hard drive. Yes, seriously. And apparently much of the code is copy-pasted straight from other Bethesda games as there's at least one bug from Fallout 4 (which can't be patched...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Calm down, please folks. The last thing I expected to see on this site was people shouting at each other about how iTunes works.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:02 AM
    So, this is our prospective menu- subject to change- for Turkeycaust 2018. Iím cooking about half of it. Besides the store-bought fried turkey, any dish with (Guest) beside it is being brought by someone else: Thanksgiving Menu 2018 Cheese Platter/Charcuterie Steamed Turkey Fried Turkey Baked Ham (Guest) Roast Beef (Guest)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:46 AM
    Not too far off! Itís one of those no recipe recipes. As long as I get in the ballpark, itís all good. I get 2 boxes of pasta with high surface areas and no long sloppy bits. This time, 1 rotini and 1 bow tie. After cooking it, I toss it with 3 different diced cheeses (this time, smoked Gouda, smoked gruyere, and colby jack), diced deli roast beef (@1-2lbs), mayo & Greek yogurt in equal...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 11:14 PM
    ...and i just got a call from some of the out-of-towners, announcing theyíre only a few HOURS from getting here. They wonít be staying with us, but they just asked me to make my beef pasta salad to eat this weekend. *SIGH*
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 10:53 PM
    From the player side, I find solo gaming leads to more decision paralysis as I've nobody to bounce ideas off of other than the DM. That said, I also don't have anyone telling me what to do or how to do it.... From the DM side, I find myself constantly wanting to provide ideas and help. Doesn't work well. :) For a one-off - say, when someone's got separated from the party, or when we're...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 10:40 PM
    The Thanksgiving prep grind officially starts today...and my right knee is KILLING me.* Going to have loads of fun, gimp-limpiní through the grocery and standing in the kitchen. * Itís almost like I took an arrow to the knee...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 10:03 PM
    Here for the past two or three months the weather reports have been predicting increasingly colder weather. Not happening. Instead we've had this same mildly warm slightly rainy bit windy thing going on the whole time. It's almost like good old traditional English weather decided to fly over here for a holiday and now it's refusing to go back.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:53 PM
    Sacred Heart - Dio (there's the nucleus of an entire adventure module in that song!) Thunder on the Tundra - Thor (my guess is this song was written about events in a D&D session) Warrior's Return - Nocturnal Rites Burning Down the House - Talking Heads (unintentional theme song for one of our better known early-days blast mages) Ghost of the Heceta Head - Lordi (I did write an adventure...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    Comes back to a point I sort of waved at upthread: the difference between doing the format conversion yourself and having (or expecting) someone else do it for you. I've never used itunes for music and, goddess willing, never will. But the issue there is the same as with the D&D stuff: the conversion is being done by a third party that is neither you the end user nor the original seller; and...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 08:24 PM
    10% waiting for the late guy 25% getting ready to play 15% waiting for somebody to come back from a cigarette break 15% random interruptions while somebody tells an unrelated anecdote 20% combat 15% misc gaming
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 07:48 PM
    Does any other race give an at-will first level spell equivalent? I don't think so, and I think it's overpowered. This is on top of my general objection to race spam (adding race after race, or subrace after subrace, to a setting detracts from that setting's identity, in my judgment).
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 08:50 AM
    My 4Ed starlock belonged to a Dwarven clan that had taken it upon themselves to fight incursions from the Far Realms at every turn. In particular, HE believed in fighting fire with fire. He learned the ways of that path in order to keep the worst of the Far Realms beings at bay. He also multiclassed into psion, for similar reasons. As such, he was a bit on the serious side. ...though he...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 09:30 PM
    Under most circumstances I'd agree, but since we're talking about a random encounter that (if I remember the Martek portion correctly) just pops out of the ground/glass and starts snacking, it should probably be modded in some fashion to avoid a no-win kill-a-character-or-three moment. Now, if it's modded as a "cutscene instance" like Quartz describes, where only major stupidity would get them...
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 09:14 PM
    ADVENTURE 29: NYMPHOMANIA PC Roster: Daleth Stormsea, elf wizard 8 Galen Thorne, human paladin 10 Kaspar Hardstrike, elf monk 10 Orion Nightsky, halfling rogue 9 Syngaard, human fighter 10 Game Session Date: 14 November 2018
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:54 PM
    And the usual suspects show up instantly like bad pennies. Thatís two of the trifecta. One to go. @jimmifett and @Derren, donít post again in this thread, please. Jimmifett, it would be nice if you posted about something else sometimes, but since as far as I can make out the only reason you post in this community is to decry any hint of inclusiveness, it's time for you to leave.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    Plus, multiple tabs (one open to each section you are flipping between) or "previous view", or "split window view." Not to denigrate good old reliable paper (try playing D&D in a power outage with a tablet at 20% power and no battery!) but there are plenty of flippin' tools. (term used non-ironically :))
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 07:52 PM
    Cocaine. Mountains and Mountains of Cocaine, which the party has to use climbing gear and tons of willpower to cross. ;-)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Following an online backlash regarding the content of their recent publications, White Wolf Publishing has just announced some big changes, including the suspension of the Vampire 5th Edition Camarilla and Anarch books, and a restructuring of management. White Wolf's Shams Jorjani made the following announcement about an hour ago: "Hello everyone, My name is Shams Jorjani, VP of...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 05:03 PM
    Is the Purple Worm in this an important encounter plot-wise, or is it a random encounter? I love Desert of Desolation, but I can't remember specifically right now. If it's a random encounter, I might skip it or substitute a smaller version (maybe a 'baby' purple worm or variant species with a -2 to attacks, about 1 dice less damage, (about 3 dice less for the poison tail) and about 125 hp or so?...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 04:57 PM
    There's a creature in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes called the Venom Troll that is a CR7 critter that can be DEVASTATING to even higher-level parties if a particular party is very melee-heavy and not ranged-attack-heavy. Every time the thing is hit with damage, acidic pustules pop and damage all creatures within 5 feet of it with poison damage. A party in melee with it is potentially damaging...
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 03:45 AM
    I am not great with math. But I do know that two is better than one... unless it's worse than one.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 02:02 AM
    I don't really have a position regarding this specific website you're talking about, as I'm not familiar with it. It sounds like it's doing both legal and illegal copying and isn't bothering to figure out which is which, which ain't perhaps the best way of going about things. I am, however, all too familiar with the arguments that get trotted out every time someone talks about copying...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 01:32 AM
    Kim Porter has died. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kim-porter-diddys-ex-girlfriend-mother-3-children-dead-47-223232504.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 12:43 AM
    Iím in Texas- weíre having one of our wettest Fall/Winters EVER.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 07:34 PM
    Box some of it up and send it to California. They could use it.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:31 AM
    Ah, but here's the question: when one buys, say, a book is one purchasing the content or the format? Given various rulings over the years allowing personal-use format conversion of content one already owns (starting with making it legal to make a personal-use cassette tape of a legally-owned record album so you could play it in your car, and going on from there), it seems it's in fact the...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    For the next two weeks, we''re going to try something new. This is an experiment, and there is a reasonable chance that it might not work out. For the next two weeks you may put your promotional/publisher posts in the relevant game forum. So if you have a Kickstarter for a new D&D 5E book, you may put it in the 5E forum instead (that's instead, not as-well-as). If the forums end up being...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:04 AM
    For the same general effect but without gunpowder, use 'tween-decks mounted ballistae with metal tips on the ammunition (or flaming tips, whichever). I have no problem at all imagining Trafalgar-era ships of the line in a D&D setting, only using ballistae instead of cannons. The technology to build the actual ships isn't that much of a jump from the renaissance era, where much of D&D play...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 04:54 AM
    So the owners of my favorite Vietnamese restaurant have opened a second place about 45-60min away, in a different suburb of Dallas than where I live. They named the first place Pho Yen Phi, after a couple of the kids in the family. The new location has a different name, but they used the same methodology. ...resulting in Pho Kim. One of the youngsters pointed out what that sounds like in...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 11:28 PM
    "They claim they are immortal. We must prove they are not." I might just have to get back into Path of Exile after that. ;)
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Yeah, what got me thinking about it is, "what's the difference between, 'never understood what you are saying,' and 'never heard you say it in the first place?' " Recognition of the command sounds like it's key to the magic of the spell.
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:27 PM
    Those are some of my favorite moments as a player - when you and another player are in on the dynamic and it just works. I once met another player at Gencon, first time we had ever spoken, where I played the Greyhawk character Robilar and she played Quij, Robilar's *ahem* faithful orc manservant. I gave her no end of crap, making Quij take trapfinding detail, ordering him into danger first, etc....
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 10:09 PM
    RAW: Sounds like it wouldn't matter. They are affected by the Geas, they take the damage. RAI: Reading the spell more carefully, note that if a creature "does not understand" the spellcaster (know their language), the spell has no effect. This sounds like the target needs to KNOW that they are disobeying the caster. Their very disobedience is what triggers the spell - reinforced by the fact...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:52 PM
    I don't know if this is in similar vein or not, but I used to play with a guy who for some reason, consciously or not, decided to "one-up" every PC I played by playing a PC with the same party role, but with lots of rules-tweaking to make the PC better. It was kind of obvious after a while: (1) I would create a PC, (2) he would get tired of the PC he was playing and retire them, and (3) a new PC...
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 09:39 PM
    Like many other things, dodge is situationally the right call. It is to me most often used when you don't have any effective recourse against a foe for a given round, either because that foe is unattackable for some reason or you are in a terrible position and need to get into better position. The two examples in a game I can think of were: 1) Our party had to cross a hall in a keep in which...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Morrus and Peter are joined this week for an epic-length episode by Rodney Thompson, designer on Star Wars SAGA Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Destiny 2, Dusk City Outlaws, and currently on Kickstarter: Spectaculars. In the news, we have the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and Guildmasterís Guide to Ravnica, financial troubles at John Wick Presents,...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 11:39 AM
    With great power comes great responsibility. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/new-zealand-newspaper-mixes-stan-lee-spike-lee-obituary-174514140.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 11:37 AM
    I donít subscribe to Hulu- or any other channel, for that matter- but... https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/hulu-develop-shows-based-george-233044134.html Hulu, donít screw this up. This SHOULD be ideal for TV. Like Thievesí World, thereís a goodly number of central characters, plus a lot of potential for one-shots & short story arcs.
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  • BOZ's Avatar
    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 12:00 AM
    BOZ replied to Carl Sargent
    This looks like an obit made by his family. Apparently he died a couple of months ago but the family had no contact with him, and since they are just finding out the memorial service will be next month. https://www.funeralzone.co.uk/obituaries/53734?fbclid=IwAR3gRyZ0I3VfnZZvYl-TtDZEO12zznW5chOQ7Gywi4H9p0czD7W1BZYTuw4
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Oh, I see! What we in the hobby like to call "dice"! :D
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Conan posted (re-posted?) this yesterday:
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Monday, 23rd September, 2013

  • 03:58 AM - Challenger RPG mentioned Orius in post How to Teach a GM to be a Player?
    ...r, at some point or other I've forced most of my players to play just about every RPG I can get my hands on. Some of my fellow GMs tend just to prefer D&D. @Sword of Spirit : I totally agree with you. Thanks for the great suggestion about asking the GM what can be done to help out. The next time I'm a player, I think that's a fine thing for me to try out. I'm also a kindred spirit when it comes to problem solving. I also have a pretty hard time sitting quietly when the GM is distracted for what seems like half an hour. On one occasion, I was known to have created and played out a 15 minute subplot with another player while the GM was up to something else. When the GM found out what had happened, the GM wasn't terribly impressed. I still get ridiculed for that, and it was years and years ago. @Luce : Another great idea. Playing a different system sounds like it could work really well. Some players turned GMs have a favorite, but I think it would be something good to try out. @Orius : I tried. :P @Vyvyan Basterd : Kudos on that. I've been called a terrible player on more than one occasion, and sometimes by players who I really respect. I have to admit that I sometimes earn that title. As for attention span, I guess I've also had that problem. In one particular game, I actually became less and less engaged in the game until the point where I stopped reading (an unrelated book) and wandered off. It was actually kind of embarrassing seeing as I'd begged everyone to play, but I just couldn't keep my focus on the game. Throughout the 5 hour session, I was a 0-level farmer the entire game forced to be a servant to a crazy old wizard. Apart from failing miserably at the basest of tasks, I wasn't really allowed to do much. I guess you could say I was spoiled by playing 1st level heroes all the time, and that it was a great role-playing opportunity. However, there wasn't even a single battle in the entire time I was playing (and I'm still 0-level in that game as far ...

Thursday, 6th June, 2013

  • 12:22 PM - pemerton mentioned Orius in post AD&D 2nd vs 3.5
    playing a 2e fighter or cleric or thief is much the same as playing their 3e versionsAgain, this is something on which we have different responses. I find a fighter quite different in 3E for the reasons I mentioned earlier. And I tend to agree with Orius on the cleric and thief.

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Friday, 17th November, 2017

  • 10:59 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Ah, FOX scheduling strikes again! Okay episode this week, never been a fan of these types of episodes though. Crazy Claire was entertaining, as well that scene for all those arachnophobes out there, and LaMarr's clown phobia was funny. Interesting twist at the end. Biggest missed opportunity was whatever holodeck simulation Gordon and LaMarr were about to run, especially after Bortas showed up with a powdered wig and pistol too. I really wanted to see what they were going to run, because Gordon comes up with some pretty zany stuff in there. Just guessing: Burr-Hamilton duel?

Friday, 10th November, 2017

  • 08:53 PM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Yeah, the critics hate it, but the audience seems to like it. Sure, there's a lot that's silly and lowbrow, but it's done a pretty good job of following in Trek's footsteps. I enjoyed it from the start, it's just a fun show to watch. Honestly, it's been too long since there's been any decent space opera like this on TV, people say there's too much dark Sci-Fi and the audience is enjoying this as something fresh. To me a lot of what's on broadcast TV seems to be lots of superhero stuff, and while that's not bad, this show's a great change of pace. Sure, there's a lot of puerile humor, but they've done pretty well with social commentary stuff; the Social Media World episode was the sort of thing you'd see back in the TOS days or the classic Twilight Zone. This week's episode wasn't too bad either, though I found the plot twists to be pretty predictable. It still delivered well. I had a feeling that Lowe's character was kind of manipulating Kelly somehow, and it was pretty funny whe...

Friday, 13th October, 2017

  • 11:47 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    I wonder if McFarlane plays D&D, because someone pulled out one of the dirtiest tricks in the RBDM playbook here. Krill kids? That's just nasty. Always chaotic evil? I thought it was a pretty good episode. Yup, typical Star Trek style moral quandary. I enjoyed it very much. I have to wonder now if the same moral question comes up every time that they engage a Krill ship? And to the resolution: Can you say, "Pop goes the weasel"?

Friday, 6th October, 2017

  • 11:57 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Nightfall was the first thing that came to my mind when they opened that up. And I found the "Boom, bitch!" line to be hilarious. Mostly because I was thinking just how badly out of character that would be for someone like Worf or Tuvok in that situation. Tonight's episode was pretty good too. I think the Mr. Potato Head scene was one of the funnier ones so far. While something like the leg as a response was predictable (it was going to be something hugely inappropriate), it was still funny to me. I thought that the whole thing played out like a TNG episode, barring the comedy relief. Reminded me a bit of the Matt Frewer episode of TNG.

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 01:56 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    It was entertaining enough, had a pretty strong Trek vibe to it. The characters feel more, I dunno, real? than the crew members from the modern Trek series. But then it's got Brannon Braga as one of the producers (is that why we have a holodeck scene in the first episode? :]), and the doctor played Kasidy Yates on DS9, so that just ups the Trek vibe (come to think of it, didn't that head scientist guy play Bashir's dad too?). Those bad guys look like a mis-mash of several "bad guy" Trek species too. I did have one horrible, horrible thought about 10 minutes into the show though. IT'S ON FOX From where I sit Brannon Braga being involved isn't a ringing endorsement either.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016

  • 07:36 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Orius in post Magic Items, and what it says about the editions
    Why is it that the grognard crowd thinks that 3e goes out of its way to cripple the DM? I ran 3e with an iron fist forged in the fires of AD&D, and I never let the players (particularly the rules lawyers) get away with the entitlement mentality. Maybe because it's one of THE most frequent reasons used by people to justify why they like 3e (and especially 4e) because the "DM empowerment/rulings" method from TSR D&D is the devil to them, and 3e and 4e gave the players the ability to do what they want regardless of what the DM wants because it was hard coded right there in the rules. The design of those editions was to intentionally remove as much DM rulings as possible, for better or for worse (depending on a person's preferred playstyle). Seriously, you can't tell me that you've never heard this argument. It's all over the place. Heck, the outcry against 5e when it was revealed that 5e was going back to rulings over rules was palpable and you'd think the D&D community had a collective a...
  • 07:21 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Orius in post Magic Items, and what it says about the editions
    In 1e, magic items very much made up what a character was, and could do. To a certain extent, this was random- you didn't know if your Fighter was going to have a Frostbrand, or a flametongue, or a dancing sword, or a +3 sword, or Blackrazor, .. 5e gives characters so many abilities, and so many choices, that characters play just fine even without a single magic item.In contrast to 1e, I suppose you could say that. Compared to 4e, 3e, and later 2e, though, not so much, no. What 5e does do is remove magic items from the expectation of character growth with level. In 3e & 4e, wealth/level and make/buy made magic items just another tool of character customization (in 4e, one of the less significant ones). In 5e, magic items are back in the hands of the DM, so if your character is Tom of the Flametongue or Dick of the Frostbrand or Harry the puppet of Blackrazor is very much up to the DM. Players can design out their character's choices (including feats, multiclassing, and so on) al...

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016

  • 03:27 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Orius in post Magic Items, and what it says about the editions
    I think 3e isn't so much about requiring magic, but dropping the pretense AD&D had about limiting magic items while publishing modules that were loaded down with them. Most of the games I ran, the players tend to be diligent about searching the dungeon and they have a magic item return much greater than every 1 in 3. It's less Monty Haul on my part than it is not being a dick about things and making searching as inconvenient as possible. If the players take the time to search, I see little reason to jerk them around. I usually don't just strip out stuff I don't want unless I feel it's gratuitous (and this usually tends to be lots of low end +1 stuff that the players don't need and aren't going to use). The idea that 3e requires certain magic items to be effective seems to be a player POV, particularly from the charoping crowd. Early D&D had little in the way of character improvement besides the magic itself, but later editions add more abilities that magic is less necessary for improve...

Wednesday, 4th May, 2016

  • 10:04 PM - Rich Baker quoted Orius in post AMA: Richard Baker, author of lots of stuff!
    I just want to say that the World Builder's Guidebook is one of the best D&D products I ever bought. I've had it for 20 years, and it's gotten some pretty heavy use in all that time, including the hex mapping paper. It's looking downright battered these days, but I got my money's worth out of it, and I've got a bunch of handwritten notes in there that customize or expand on things. Thanks, Orius! I had a lot of fun working on World Builder's. As it turns out I had a good mix of geography and history in my college days, so I was able to make good use of my interests to create random-generation systems that produced somewhat "realistic" results. I used to think of material like that for D&D as "rainy day activities," things you could do with D&D when your friends weren't around. Now there's the internet. Rich
  • 06:50 PM - Ricochet quoted Orius in post AMA: Richard Baker, author of lots of stuff!
    I just want to say that the World Builder's Guidebook is one of the best D&D products I ever bought. I've had it for 20 years, and it's gotten some pretty heavy use in all that time, including the hex mapping paper. It's looking downright battered these days, but I got my money's worth out of it, and I've got a bunch of handwritten notes in there that customize or expand on things. Holy cow, that was a Richard Baker product? Just this evening I was sifting through old notes and maps and found several grids from that book scribbled to pieces by my hand! I still have the book too, and use it at times, though infrequently nowadays. Another wonderful product.

Wednesday, 27th April, 2016


Thursday, 5th November, 2015

  • 04:07 PM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post Dungeons and Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence
    Oh, for the love of.... This is the kind of trash I suppose we can expect from Slate. Hobgoblin holocaust? Let's see, they tend to be evil, they're militant, and they have a murderous hatred for elves. For starters, they're more likely to be dishing it out. And loving goblins? Yeah, my campaign just doesn't have enough goblin sex in it I suppose. So some of it goes back to Tolkien, especially if you're into the mindless hordes of evil. (Tolkien himself wrestled with this, the question of whether orcs had souls and could be redeemed was one of the unresolved issues in his legendarium that led to the Silmarillion being unpublished in his lifetime.) Myself, I don't like the horde model, it's kind of limiting and uncreative. I like the evil races to have deeper motivations, basically they're out there in the more marginal regions, and turn to raiding to survive. But they're not misunderstood; rather than engaging in trade and diplomacy, they'd rather take what they want by force...

Thursday, 22nd October, 2015

  • 09:20 AM - CaptainGemini quoted Orius in post Back to the Future Day: 21 October 2015
    I was going to start a topic titled, "Where's my Freakin' Hoverboard", but it was going to be posted today so it would have the proper date of October 21, 2015. It would have been posted at midnight of course, but then I wasn't sure which time zone to use -- the earliest time zone for 10/21/2015, GMT, my local time (Eastern), or Pacific Time (since Hill Valley is in California), and clearly I was going into overgeek with it. I'll just post what I was going to say here (various observations about things in the movie not limits solely to tech). Here: http://hendohover.com/ Finally, Mr. Fusion. Consider the implications here. It's apparently a small fusion generator that runs on garbage. Our continuing and failed attempts to achieve economical fusion power is based around using hydrogen (specifically deuterium if i'm not mistaken, but I'm not going to get overly picky about isotopes here). Doc Brown fuels this thing up with waste food, which is going to be complex organic molecul...
  • 09:14 AM - delericho quoted Orius in post Back to the Future Day: 21 October 2015
    I was going to start a topic titled, "Where's my Freakin' Hoverboard", but it was going to be posted today so it would have the proper date of October 21, 2015. It would have been posted at midnight of course, but then I wasn't sure which time zone to use -- the earliest time zone for 10/21/2015, GMT, my local time (Eastern), or Pacific Time (since Hill Valley is in California), and clearly I was going into overgeek with it. Surely it should have been 4:29pm Pacific, if you're going to over-geek it? Finally, Mr. Fusion. Consider the implications here. It's apparently a small fusion generator that runs on garbage. Our continuing and failed attempts to achieve economical fusion power is based around using hydrogen (specifically deuterium if i'm not mistaken, but I'm not going to get overly picky about isotopes here). Doc Brown fuels this thing up with waste food, which is going to be complex organic molecules, mostly hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen with traces of other ele...

Sunday, 11th October, 2015

  • 11:05 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Orius in post No longer his circus, no longer his monkeys
    Yes, unfortunately. Since the GOP is more likely to side with my views, I don't like seeing them commit political suicide at the behest of the far right. What they need to do is build up real political support from the center, particulalry from minority voters instead of playing gamews with gerrymandering and voter registration. Without building the party base outside the far right, they're not going to get long-term victories. I think that danger is part of what John McCain percieved in all those decades pre-2008 when he warned his fellow Republicand against excessive entanglement with the religious right. That shows the GOP can be smart, very smart really when they want to, regardless of what liberals think. Few politicians at that level are stupid, regardless of party. Regardless of my opinion of Ted Cruz's ideas, ideology, and implementation of same, he DID graduate from Princeton Univerisity & Harvard Law School- both with honors- and clerked for Justice Rehnquist of the...

Saturday, 10th October, 2015

  • 04:54 PM - Umbran quoted Orius in post No longer his circus, no longer his monkeys
    Gerrymandering at work. Gerrymandering is a major issue, but it does not explain how someone likes their own representative, while thinking poorly of all the rest, regardless of party. You'd imagine rather the opposite, as part of the point of gerrymandering is to focus efforts - there is little campaigning going on in gerrymandered districts, so folks are not fed so strong a line of how good their congressperson is. Gerrymandering generally results in low voter turnout (because, why bother?), which should lead to very little voter investment in their congressional representation. So, I don't think gerrymandering explains the data. Basic and common human psychology, "that *mine* is better than average," I think better explains what's seen. My take is that the GOP coalition from the Reagan era is breaking down. You're talking a little longer term than I am, but I don't disagree. I was speaking of the coalition with the Tea Party. But, I might say that the rise of the Tea ...

Saturday, 26th September, 2015

  • 05:02 AM - AaronOfBarbaria quoted Orius in post What's on the Dungeon Master's Screen?
    I have some pretty strong feelings about the 5th edition DM screen. I've used DM screens for every version of D&D, and I've always had the official version and then decided I could do it better and taped my own tables on the interior of the screen, crammed more info into the space, used a smaller font, and so forth... and was always tinkering with new layouts, different fonts, refinements of the presented information, and so forth, never actually being satisfied with the screen and always having difficulty actually using the screen (it was often easier for me to just remember what page to turn to in the books themselves, especially once I trimmed the font size down to fit 'everything' on the screen). Yet with the 5th edition screen I have only made alteration by way of sticking a couple post-its on it, and with all the art displayed on the screen I didn't even have to cover up one of the tables to fit the post-its. One, on the outer left panel facing a particular player's typical seat ...

Thursday, 17th October, 2013


Tuesday, 15th October, 2013

  • 12:34 PM - Bullgrit quoted Orius in post OotS 924
    Why?The oracle prophecized Belkar's death "before the end of the year." Tarquin's been a fool for the last eight strips. It's undermining the intelligent villian we've all come to love to hate.Well, he's been trying to let Elan show some capability. Tarkin's been holding back a bit for that reason. Bullgrit

Friday, 11th October, 2013

  • 12:49 PM - jaz0nj4ckal quoted Orius in post 2nd Edition AD&D Complete Psionic Handbook Ė Animal Affinity
    That would likely be up to the DM. And I would count the claws and bite as seperate weapons, so a wild talent fighter would have to specialize seperately. Orius - excellent, I took the same route, since it made the most sense - due to the fact that claw/bite are different attack forms.


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