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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 09:32 PM
    There are quite a lot of places where the reliance on saves rather than attacks make a difference. For example, it makes the Lucky feat significantly less useful for casters, as is Inspiration (bardic or otherwise). The Wild Mage's Tides of Chaos loses quite a lot of oomph on account of very few spells using attack rolls. That's just part of how the game works, unlike 4e where almost all...
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 09:16 PM
    Yes. It happened. Matt Mercer went to New York to play some D&D with Stephen Colbert for Red Nose Day, a charity thing for ending child poverty. Stephen seems to have enjoyed it.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 10:29 PM
    That's what made me go for D&D Beyond.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 05:35 PM
    I believe the poll is missing the best thing to do with magic items: adding new abilities. Things like ring of the ram, boots of levitation, or claws of the umber hulk.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 08:53 PM
    I always figured that that was just a matter of convenience. That is, casting chromatic orb requires that you have a diamond of so-and-so many carats on-hand, and a diamond of so-and-so many carats happens to cost 50 gp. That's a lot more convenient than having the spell specify the quality/size of the stone and then having to look up how much that would cost in a different section of the rules.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:43 PM
    The former, I think. As I understand it, Paizo operated as a separate company from Wizards from the start, and published the magazines under a license from Wizards. They did not publish the magazines for Wizards. So they inherited the original subscriber list when they took over publishing the magazines, but after that they maintained it on their own.
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 12:45 AM
    If I felt guidance was out of hand, I'd change it to something like this: Guidance Divination cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 10 minutes You touch one willing creature. Once before the spell ends, the target can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to one ability check of its choice. It can roll the die before or after making the ability check. The...
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    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 04:17 PM
    Here's the thing. By the very nature of such things, sexual harassment is very hard to prove. It usually happens when the perpetrator and victim are alone, which means it turns into a he-said-she-said thing. And that means there's reasonable doubt, which in turn means it's almost impossible to convict someone of it. But I'm not a court of law. I can still believe in one of the parties over the...
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    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 08:45 PM
    For those who like Rokugan, you do know that there's a new Legend of the Five Rings RPG out, right? It's very much not like D&D (or the old Legend of the Five Rings), but it probably works better for the setting in question than 5e does.
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 09:57 PM
    Actually, come to think of it... Princes of the Apocalypse has plenty of "priests" who aren't clerics (or cleric-like NPCs). Each of the elemental cults have their own priests (Howling Hatred Priest, Black Earth Priest, and so on), and they all have stat blocks that look a lot like sorcerers - Charisma-based casting, spells mostly taken from the sorcerer list, and such. The cult leaders aren't...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 10:14 PM
    I see your point from a principled perspective. However, years of playing/running 3e and Pathfinder taught me that this principle is, well, not a particularly useful one. See, there are a couple of big differences between PCs and NPCs. 1. PCs are usually being played week after week for months on end, for hours at a time. An NPC involved in combat is lucky to survive five rounds. 2. PCs...
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    Thursday, 2nd May, 2019, 09:58 PM
    My impression is that the people in most D&D settings are not exactly polytheistic... rather, are monolatrous. Or even individually monolatrous, which is not generally something we've seen much in our world. That is, a polytheistic culture would worship many deities more or less equally, as the situation calls for (but maintaining some default level of propitiation for all of them just in case...
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Well, in WoW it's the other way around. The Draenei are what remains of the Eredar after most of them decided that this Sargeras fella sounded like a swell guy and became demons.
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 01:00 AM
    Eberron explicitly had clerics of forces and philosophies. The Blood of Vol is a philosophy based around the concept of the Divinity Within - every living being has a spark of divinity within, and by nurturing this spark you can overcome mortality. But this is hard for mortal creatures, and the gods are bastards for cursing mortals with short lives so they don't have the time to do this. The...
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    Friday, 26th April, 2019, 10:00 PM
    What Len said. The relevant rules text is: "A spell's effect expands in straight lines from the point of origin. If no unblocked straight line extends from the point of origin to a location within the area of effect, that location isn't included in the spell's area. To block one of these imaginary lines, an obstruction must provide total cover, as explained in chapter 9." 3e differentiated...
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    Friday, 26th April, 2019, 06:59 PM
    Monte Cook Games has Gods of the Fall as a setting for the Cypher System. In that setting, the realm of the gods fell to Earth (well, not our Earth, but still) which killed all the gods off and has caused a lot of trouble since in the form of various curses and monsters and stuff. But now, 42 years later, some beings have gotten divine sparks and are on the path to become proper gods. Of course,...
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Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 11:00 AM - pemerton mentioned Staffan in post Why the hate for complexity?
    Staffan's post made me think about Rolemaster: 1. Declare attack/defence split. 2. Declare target. 3. Roll d100. 4. Add attack portion of the split declared at 1. 5. Subtract target defence. 6. Cross reference on chart to determine hits taken and crit delivered. 7. Roll crit. 8. Cross reference on chart to determine consequence of crit. 9. Determine total hits delivered (from 6 and 8). 10. Apply hits taken and other crit effects to target. This can get to twelve steps if more than one crit table has to be consulted (which can happen with some RM attack forms).

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 12:52 AM - Hussar mentioned Staffan in post Sneak attacking undead and constructs seems wrong
    There was the whole dividing XP between classes thing that meant that multiclass characters advanved real slooow. As Staffan said, you were generally only a level behind, and, depending on what classes you had, you might not even be that. IIRC, the XP for a 10th level fighter made me something like a F8/MU9/Thief10. Hrm, give up two levels of fighter for 19 levels in other classes? Yeah, not really a trade off. :D Funnily enough though, we always played that MU could never use armor. So that fighter/MU was still unarmored. At least, that's how I remember us playing. Maybe that was a 2e thing though? It's been FAR too long since I played 1e.

Saturday, 28th July, 2018


Thursday, 31st August, 2017

  • 09:06 AM - Coroc mentioned Staffan in post Xanathar hint from Crawford?
    Staffan Aldarc Oh now i see the prob, i was in good belief the sorc could get something by converting the level 4 and 5 slots to get more level 3 castings and cherrypicked fireball for its damage and ae potential, but it does not make any sense to use the level 4 slots for that purpose, because you would get less than the 5 sp needed for that new level 3 slot and even with level 5 you would just be on par and better of casting the fireball as a higher level slot. And i see another prob with converting the lower level slots to get 5 sp for a new 3rd level slot, it requires a bonus action and can get really fiddly midcombat. Your sorc PC is constantly confronted with numerical problems. That is maybe an issue which should be fixed somehow for real. But let us see if i was so wrong if we take another example by using level 10 sorcerer and level 5 spells. Asuming you could somehow convert your lower level slots in a meaningful order to always ach...

Saturday, 8th July, 2017

  • 03:42 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Staffan in post Short rest house rule
    Staffan I don't see any problem with this house rule at all. If it makes your game work better, go for it. My only question is about the difficulty with taking an hour long short rest to begin with. Why are these so hard to come by? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about limiting where and how often my PCs can rest, but I do generally allow them options. So I ask out of curiosity to better understand your need for a house rule.
  • 03:32 PM - Kobold Stew mentioned Staffan in post Short rest house rule
    I think you unfairly drills down on specifics here. ... Why? Because I feel focusing on the 5 to 15 minute difference misses the point. I apologize to Staffan if I seem unfair. I see the core of the proposal that each of the first three rests takes an (increasingly longer) different amount of time. The DMG raises the possibility of 5-minute rests (DMG 267), and says that two a day is about right (DMG 84). The house rule helps to enforce that design constraint, and suggests that the players won't police themselves (i.e. that short-short rests will be abused). If the OP doesn't like hour-rests, shorter ones are fine. What I do not see is what is gained by distinguishing between 5 minutes and 15 minutes for a short rest in most games.

Friday, 7th July, 2017

  • 01:29 AM - hawkeyefan mentioned Staffan in post Mearls on other settings
    ...pective. For every person on the internet complaining about how a setting got ruined, you have ten more who are happy with the setting, and then another ten who don't like the changes, but they just do what they want without worrying about what's "canon". And, then there's this: But, what about changes in that timeline that ran contrary to the themes and character of the setting? Adding druids to Dark Sun came pretty late in the run and was a major change. Dragonlance as another example was massively changed over the course of its run. What constitutes the "themes and character" of that setting? So on and so forth. No matter what WotC does, they are going to get it wrong, at least according to a number of fans. Who are then going to make things unbearable for the rest of us while they take up their torches and pitchforks. I'm sorry, but, I just watched how "reasonable" setting fans are for the past six or so years. I have zero faith. Druids were there from the jump, as Staffan already said. And Dark Sun is actually a good example of a setting that made too many changes. The characters in the Prism Pentad novels pretty much dealt with all the major storylines and faced many of the major villains, going so far as to kill some of the Sorcerer Kings and even the Dragon. Which is fine for the novels. But then the Revised Edition had to run with those changes and re-establish the setting after the novels. And a large chunk of it was garbage. The solution is not to complain about it, although I don't blame people for complaining. But it's not a solution. The solution is to do what you want with the setting.

Wednesday, 7th June, 2017


Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

  • 12:02 PM - dave2008 mentioned Staffan in post Points of Light setting and current cross-over strategy: Round peg in the square hole.
    Just thought I would post this because reading the whole thing is important than just a snippet. Also, as Staffan mentioned: “For Duty and Diety,” pg 57 “The Marketplace appears as nothing more than a huge, sprawling bazaar. It stretches for miles in every direction, with tents and stalls making impromptu roadways through the realm. Gambling halls, drinking tents, and hucksters of all varieties mix here indiscriminately. It’s a place of splendor, but it’s also very, very confusing to a newcomer. The Marketplace Eternal is actually home to four gods of wealth and trade; Waukeen of Toril, Shinare of Krynn, Zilchus of Oerth, and Sera of Aebrynis have pooled their resources to make their realm larger than each of them might have managed alone. Each power maintains his or her own quarter of the realm. Waukeen’s quarter is called the House of Barter, and she eagerly leads the PCs to a wide, busy landing in this portion of the realm. As the group appears, a hush falls over the assembled beings here as they realize who walks among them once more” Emphasis mine
  • 01:22 AM - LordEntrails mentioned Staffan in post New Digital Games Studio announced by the president of Wizards of the Coast
    I said it before, I have meant no hostility, in what I have posted before and what I'm posting now. @Morrus, I also have no problems with books, I thought my exchange with @darjr around post #98 of this thread made that clear. @Staffan, I see no point in discussing theft as a legitimate business option. A consideration, yes, an option, no. @Charles Rampant, I'm not bent out of shape. I'm amused. As Myrddin points out, most of what you ask for is already available. As I pointed out earlier, I find it amusing that people continually make the same complaints yet refuse to acknowledge that options other than what they have envisioned are available. Or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe your ideas of a companion app are something new and revolutionary, but what has been described in this thread fails to describe something new and revolutionary in my understanding. I find discussions on ENWorld interesting. One aspect of that is that people seem to assume hostility here rather than interest or critical consideration.

Sunday, 15th January, 2017

  • 01:03 PM - dave2008 mentioned Staffan in post Points of Light setting and current cross-over strategy: Round peg in the square hole.
    First of all you need to watch you call a troll. I haven't called you any names so try and have a bit more class and don't call me any. I have reported you as well. Secondly: This has already been touched on and I have already explained what this all means in detail so I'm not sure why you are repeating it. No you haven't - at least not in this thread. I may not be familiar with every piece of FR lore, but I have read every page of this thread. In post #44 You said: 1) "homedrew disclaimer" for the Ed Greenwood quote - fine. Pretty weak, but fine. 2) You claimed Ed Greenwood did not support the multiverse with no citation 3) "None of the official products mention anything about Oerth, Krynn, Darksun, or Mystara." Yet @ Jester David and Staffan provide evidence to the contrary - you did not react to that. You also said, "The only thing we have is an older Dragon mag article about Elminster having a get together with Mord and Dalamar and that wasn't even written by Ed Greenwood" Again Jester David provided supporting evidence by Ed Greenwood and you have not addressed that. As expected, when presented evidence contrary to your opinion you ignore it. 4) Not really relevant.
  • 03:46 AM - dave2008 mentioned Staffan in post Points of Light setting and current cross-over strategy: Round peg in the square hole.
    Wow Jester David and Staffan that is one of the best troll beat downs by evidence I have ever seen. The question is, did you remember to use fire? Now I guess we will see what kind of person Corpsetaker is in how he/she responds to your evidence.
  • 01:54 AM - AaronOfBarbaria mentioned Staffan in post Points of Light setting and current cross-over strategy: Round peg in the square hole.
    Thanks for those references Staffan, I couldn't remember where I had seen them and was worried I might have made them up in my own campaigns (which have always embraced the multi-verse approach).

Friday, 22nd January, 2016

  • 09:48 AM - delericho mentioned Staffan in post Could Paizo go 5e?
    As far as I can tell, there are no domains in the SRD that weren't present in the PHB; I don't know what FRCS domains you are thinking of. I was thinking of the ones Staffan linked to. You're right, however, that those come from "Deities & Demigods" (some of them, such as Madness (RttToEE) and Scalykind (FRCS), don't originate there, but that's the book where they're all gathered). Not that it matters... The point is still that fundamentally the development of 3.5 remained closed, and Wizards produced a phenomenal amount of content for the game that was never added to the SRD or quietly Opened like UA. Sure, I agree with that. As always, though, it's worth noting that WotC were never under any obligation to add anything to the SRD. It's really good that Paizo see significant value in open gaming, and I'll list that as one of their strengths, but that doesn't imply that I'll necessarily criticise WotC for coming to a different conclusion.

Sunday, 27th December, 2015


Monday, 16th November, 2015

  • 09:47 PM - pukunui mentioned Staffan in post Forgotten Realms Deities
    hawkeyefan: Yeah, I guess. I think maybe Gond's just on my mind at the moment because the PCs in my Tyranny of Dragons campaign have been running around Baldur's Gate for the past few sessions, and he plays a fairly important role in society there - and there *is* actual evidence of technological progress in that city, since its port, at least, has definitely gone through a bit of an industrial revolution, what with its steam-powered cranes that run on rails and the like. Staffan: Yeah. I asked the same question over at Candlekeep, and someone else pointed out that the Realms had been going in a slightly more technologically-advanced direction under TSR, but it seems that WotC put a stop to that starting with 3e. And yes, Gond is the described as being the god of craftsmen and such, not just invention, but the way he's described in the SCAG seems to put the emphasis back on the latter. For example: "Anyone who is crafting something might say a prayer to Gond to guide the work, but folk know that Gond smiles most brightly upon new inventions that others find useful." It goes on to talk about how Gond's priests "keep journals in which they record ideas, inventions, and innovations discovered in their travels, and take great delight in meeting fellow priests and sharing their finds ... Wandering priests turn their journals over to the resident scribes at such temples, who then record the priests' observations for posterity and the benefit of all." This all m...

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Staffan in post Warlord Name Poll
    ...ihari Lord ; @Mistwell ; @MoogleEmpMog ; @Mon @MonkeezOnFire ; @MoonSong(Kaiilurker) ; @MostlyDm ; @Mouseferatu ; @MoutonRustique; @Nemesis Destiny ; @neobolts ; @Neonchameleon ; @Nifft ; @nightspaladin ; @nomotog; @n00bdragon ; @Obryn ; @Ohillion ; @oknazevad ; @Olgar Shiverstone ; @Orlax ; @Otterscrubber ; @Pandamonium87 ; @Paraxis ; @PaulO. ; @Pauln6 ; @Pauper ; @payn; @pemerton ; @peterka99 ;@ Pickles III ; @Pickles JG ; @pkt77242 ; @pming ; @pogre; @PopeYodaI ; @Prickly ; @procproc ; @Psikerlord ; @Psikerlord# ; @(Psi)SeveredHead; @Quickleaf ; @Raith5 ; @raleel ; @Ralif Redhammer ; @Raloc ; @Ranes ; @RangerWickett; @Ratskinner ; @redrick ; @Rejuvenator ; @Remathilis ; @Ristamar ; @RolenArcher; @Roland55 ; @RPG_Tweaker ; @Rune ; @Rygar ; @Sacrosanct ; @Saelorn ; @Saeviomagy; @sailor-Moon ; @SailorNash ; @Saplatt ; @Satyrn ; @Shades of Eternity ; @shadowmane; @sheadunne ; @Shasarak ; @shidaku ; @shintashi ; @Shiroiken ; @SigmaOne ; @sleypy; @sleypy01 ; @SpiderMonkey ; @Staccat0 ; @Staffan ; @steeldragons ; @steenan @STeveC ; @strider13x ; @Strider1973 ; @Sword of Spirit ; @Talmek ; @TerraDave; @TheCosmicKid ; @The_Gneech ; @TheHobgoblin ; @The Human Target ; @the Jester; @The Mirrorball Man ; @The Myopic Sniper ; @ThirdWizard ; @Tia Nadiezja ; @Tinker-TDC; @Tonguez ; @Tony Vargas ; @Tormyr ; @TrippyHippy ; @tsadkiel ; @tuxgeo ; @twigglythe Gnome ; @TwoSix ; @Uchawi ; @Ulorian ; @UnadvisedGoose445 ; @UngeheuerLich; @Us ; @Valmarius ; @Warbringer ; @was ; @wedgeski ; @Wednesday Boy ; @Wik ; @WillDoyle ; @Winterthorn ; @Wuzzard ; @Xeviat ; @Yaarel ; @Yunru ; @Zalabim ; @Zansy; @Zardnaar ; @Zeuel ; @ZickZak ; @ZombieRoboNinja ; @ZzarkLinux

Monday, 27th July, 2015

  • 08:32 PM - steeldragons mentioned Staffan in post What is/should be the Ranger's "thing"?
    Well, nothing I can find in UA says anything bout it. There is the "expanded giant class list" which adds in goblinoid/"giant class" critters from FF and MM2. So, in addition to the [correct] quote from Staffan, UA adds: cyclopskin, dune stalker, flind, gibberling, grimlock, meazel, norker, ogrillon, quaggoth, tasloi, and xvarts. Nothing about DMs adding things beyond this list, though.

Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

  • 03:39 AM - pemerton mentioned Staffan in post Proficiencies don't make the class. Do they?
    ...he major aspect is that they made the ranger unique and gave it mechanics. <snip> To me, the first thing you do when you make a class after creating its story and background is design its 1st, 2nd, and 5th level class features. You define the first few class features that the class uses all the time that others cant and the first upgrade of that.Sure, but I don't think it's reasonable to expect people who want WotC to design them an artificer class to have to either drop that request, or design the class themselves! It wasn't fans of the ranger as a separate class who designed the 5e ranger, after all: WotC did. All existing 5e classes have earned their place because they have more than proficiencies and spell lists to differentiate them. It's not much to ask that any proposed artificer/psion/warlord/whatnot has that, too. no one's proposing anything about what those unique class features should be(@Minigiant has a few ideas). There have been a lot of ideas posted. Staffan seems to me to have given the most detail, using bard as a model for the class design. You seem not to have responded to those posts. People have mostly given reasons why the artificer is not a wizard: no spell book, different spell list, different HD, different proficiencies, different class features (eg infusing items). ThirdWizard gave a pretty comprehensive list upthread. Given that 5e doesn't support "refluffing", and given that 5e sub-classes are additive but not subtractive, these are good reasons to think that the artificer is not a wizard subclass. The claim to be a bard sub-class is cleary stronger, but Remathilis and others have made a flavour-based case against this; and in 5e flavour is integral ("refluffing" is not part of the game). What would the class actually look like? That's for WotC to say, just as, knowing that fans wanted a ranger that wasn't just a fighter with Archery or TWF prof plus some nature profs, they provided a ranger that was its own thing. ...

Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

  • 03:12 AM - doctorhook mentioned Staffan in post Advantage when two allies are in melee with the same enemy?
    Thanks for the feedback, gang! I obviously was confused, and I think Staffan and CapnZapp were exactly correct: there was a rogue in the first party I DM'd for 5E, and I think I mistakenly translated the rules for sneak attack onto the rules for advantage. I appreciate the input.


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Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

  • 07:36 PM - Parmandur quoted Staffan in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Yeah, putting the psion in Dark Sun makes perfect sense. My "mind mage" sorcerer suggestion was meant more as a stopgap. You could make one or two decent psions that way, which might be enough for an Eberron campaign, but there's not enough depth there for a psi-heavy setting like Dark Sun. Mearls made a number of subclasses to portion off Psionic material, based on the design I think they would be published with the full Psion though: https://thinkdm.org/hfh/psychic-warrior-fighter/ https://thinkdm.org/hfh/soul-knife-monk/ https://thinkdm.org/hfh/mentalist-wizard/
  • 07:44 AM - FlyingChihuahua quoted Staffan in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Since psionics is not a central feature of Eberron (at least not of campaigns that take place in Khorvaire), a simple option would be to make a Mind Mage sorcerer. I don't think there's enough depth in the sorcerer class to cover psionics in a psionics-heavy setting like Dark Sun, but it should work well enough for having the occasional dude with weird mental powers. I feel like if they do Psionics (at that feels like a given at this point, but hey, WotC headquarters could explode before they get it out) they're gonna bundle Dark Sun with it, like they're doing with the Artificer and Eberron.
  • 06:11 AM - Henry quoted Staffan in post Why Did Paizo Never Make A Pathfinder/Starfinder Magazine?
    The former, I think. As I understand it, Paizo operated as a separate company from Wizards from the start, and published the magazines under a license from Wizards. They did not publish the magazines for Wizards. So they inherited the original subscriber list when they took over publishing the magazines, but after that they maintained it on their own. Yeah, the reason WotC gave up the magazine publishing in the first place was a desire to divest it completely, so they sold all that to Paizo along with the licensing contract. As to why Paizo didn’t continue a magazine, it was already not a great money-maker for them to produce in that format (paper costs, subscription prices, etc.) they already had the vending web site by the time the license was being pulled, so just continuing to produce a magazine with the same form factor and no official D&D license, as far as Paizo knew, was business suicide. So as Russ said, perfect storm of subscriber lists, vendor site, writing staff, and the burgeo...

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 05:56 AM - Yaarel quoted Staffan in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    I think we take away very different things from Eberron. I don't see it as a particularly urban setting. Yes, Sharn gets quite a bit of attention (particularly in the Wayfarer's Guide), but so does Waterdeep in the Forgotten Realms. But other than that, there's lots of wilderness to explore and adventure in - the Shadow Marches, the Eldeen Reaches, and Q'Barra are all largely untamed wildernesses, and Valenar and the Talenta Plains are both dominated by nomads. Even the settled nations have large portions of wilderness and rural areas in them. And beyond Khorvaire, the entire continent of Xen'drik is there for wilderness exploration. Neither would I call Eberron a setting where psionics and elementalism are in the foreground. Eberron has some spectacular features based on bound elementals, with the Lightning Rail being the foremost one. But other than that, it's mostly a curiosity. And regarding psionics, I would call it a setting that has a place for psionics if you want it, but it's not a f...

Monday, 20th May, 2019


Saturday, 18th May, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - Ash Mantle quoted Staffan in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    A thought occured to me. if the title is Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, that suggests that there's a sequel coming too. Just like last year, we had Waterdeep: Dragon Heist followed by Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. If the possibility of redemption is open to everyone, or even possibly everything (and since cities on the material plane can be physically dragged into Hell), what if the second titled adventure is called Baldur's Gate Rises?

Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 09:54 PM - Abstruse quoted Staffan in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Last year, Dungeon of the Mad Mage was announced during the closing chat. Basically, the designers sitting around talking about the weekend and finishing with "Oh, and we also have this coming in November." Oh trust me. I remember that vividly...
  • 08:44 PM - Abstruse quoted Staffan in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    A thought occured to me. if the title is Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, that suggests that there's a sequel coming too. Just like last year, we had Waterdeep: Dragon Heist followed by Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. It's possible, but there's no other listings that I've been able to dig up. I can't remember if there were any other placeholder listings with the Waterdeep books or if that just got posted later. I guess we'll find out in a few hours.
  • 12:43 AM - R_Chance quoted Staffan in post New Tariffs On RPGs Printed In China
    A related but slightly different use of tariffs would be as compensation for "unfair competition." For example, the EU has stricter laws regarding treatment of farm animals than the US. This means that raising animals for food is more expensive in the EU. It would be totally fair for the EU to levy tariffs on meat imported from the US to compensate for this - and it makes little sense for the EU to say "We don't condone animals being treated this way, but we'll buy your meat anyway." That's a fairly standard reasoning for using tariffs. Worker safety costs have come up as well in tariffs.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 09:23 PM - Jer quoted Staffan in post Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory Now To Be Produced By... Cubicle 7!
    I was getting a little concerned about this, thinking it's been a long while, particularly with the W&G stuff going on. But then I went and checked the Kickstarter page and saw: The announced delivery date of the physical material was supposed to be May 2019, so it's not behind schedule, and According to posts in the comments section there, they are in the process of packing it. So they appear to be on schedule. That is good to hear - I should have thought to look through the comments myself (I've just been looking at the updates and didn't think to look at the comments).
  • 06:46 PM - Jer quoted Staffan in post Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory Now To Be Produced By... Cubicle 7!
    This is not really filling me with confidence about the upcoming Aysle kickstarter. Ulisses really needs to get their stuff into gear and do some explaining. Aysle kickstarter? I'm getting more and more concerned about fulfillment on the Nile kickstarter - which is done except for the printing and shipping of physical products.

Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 05:21 PM - Psyzhran2357 quoted Staffan in post Dice Camera Action intro video for next season, insight to the next hardback?
    ITT: people who don't realize that beyond-a-reasonable-doubt only applies to criminal cases, and for good reason. Ourentire world would grind to a halt overnight if everything suddenly had to be ruthlessly cross-examined and scrutinized for the tiniest detail. Hell, civil cases use balance of probabilities 50+1 to determine whether or not the plaintiff has to cough up the dough. So yeah, choke on your "proof", or shove it up your :):):):):):):). Take your pick. Here's the thing. By the very nature of such things, sexual harassment is very hard to prove. It usually happens when the perpetrator and victim are alone, which means it turns into a he-said-she-said thing. And that means there's reasonable doubt, which in turn means it's almost impossible to convict someone of it. But I'm not a court of law. I can still believe in one of the parties over the other without overwhelming proof. I can definitely do that when there are multiple accusations. And I can then choose not to associate wit...

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 08:31 AM - The Hierophant quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by comparison. Return of the King was released in 2003, 16 years ago. Whatever effect they were going to have on D&D's popularity should have hit with 3e. That’s sort of my point, but I disagree with your conclusion. The ten year old who saw Return of the King in 2003 is 26 now and is right in the age group that seems to be picking up 5e. And lots of children/teenagers wouldn’t have seen it then, they’d have seen it on DVD or TV later. So the 20-35 age group would have been at that age and I think it would have influenced them. I think a stranger things is too recent. It’s D&D is helpful to 5e but it’s really just a homage to ET.
  • 03:44 AM - MNblockhead quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by comparison. Return of the King was released in 2003, 16 years ago. Whatever effect they were going to have on D&D's popularity should have hit with 3e. Exactly. Those kids who grew up in a world where fantasy movies were blockbuster, Oscar-winning movies grew up to be today's millennial streaming their games on Youtube and Twitch. I don't think you can point to one watershed moment. There has been a cultural shift. My generation of geeks from the 80s are now running companies, hosting TV shows, and fueling 80s-nostalgia shows like Stranger Things. The generation after us took our hobbies main stream and into their adulthood. My kids are growing up never having known a world where comic super heroes, computer games, fantasy, scifi, and cos play were not mainstream.

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 11:04 PM - Morrus quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by comparison. Return of the King was released in 2003, 16 years ago. Whatever effect they were going to have on D&D's popularity should have hit with 3e. I think he has a point in that they were early examples of the mainstreaming of geek culture. It grew from then, but that's when geek culture started to feel like it was mainstream. The effects, of course, knocked on over years.
  • 11:00 PM - Parmandur quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by comparison. Return of the King was released in 2003, 16 years ago. Whatever effect they were going to have on D&D's popularity should have hit with 3e. So, it came out when today's high school and college students were little kids, taking in pop culture. And it just grew from there.

Monday, 6th May, 2019

  • 11:33 PM - Mistwell quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Stranger Things certainly helped, though. If nothing else, by bringing awareness of the game to a more mainstream audience, and showing it in a positive light. Now, that probably wouldn't have done much if 5e wasn't a damn good game to begin with, but I find it hard to believe that Stranger Things wasn't more than a blip on the radar. I am sure it helped somewhat since the episodes started to air, but given D&D 5e had already been out for more than 2 years prior to the first D&D episode of Stranger Things, and was CRUSHING IT in all sales indicators (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, NYT Best Seller list, online platforms games played, ICv2 rankings of game store sales, Hasbro CEO official financial report mention, statement from WOTC 5e designers it had sold more than 3e and 4 combined, number of core book reprints including a couple reprints issued suddenly as store stocks went unexpectedly dry, etc..) before that first D&D episode of Stranger Things, I think it's just patently false to claim ...
  • 11:32 PM - Parmandur quoted Staffan in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Stranger Things certainly helped, though. If nothing else, by bringing awareness of the game to a more mainstream audience, and showing it in a positive light. Now, that probably wouldn't have done much if 5e wasn't a damn good game to begin with, but I find it hard to believe that Stranger Things wasn't more than a blip on the radar. Certainly helped, but 5E was already the bestseller by that time


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Bardificer - An Eberron-style Artificer based on the Bard class
Like many others, I was not happy with the artificer-as-wizard-tradition offered by Wizards of the Coast, because I thought it was too far off what the Eberron artificer was in 3e. So I made my own, based on the Bard class. Many of the class features...
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