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    Only read the title, eh?
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    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 09:05 PM
    If necessary, yes. Sometimes it's fun for heroes to wade through foes, too, though.
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    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 02:55 PM
    Today is Free RPG Day! Free RPG Day was created in 2007, and enables gamers to play and pick up free tabletop roleplaying games at local game stores from publishers such as Paizo, Atlas Games, Steve Jackson Games, Goodman Games, Monte Cook Games, and more! want to find a participating retailer near you? Use this handy tool here! The list of participating publishers is: Atlas Games...
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    Saturday, 16th June, 2018, 10:38 AM
    Paizo gives us a glimpse at how conditions work in the upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition (which is now just a few weeks away from its Gen Con playtest launch!). Acclerated X -- increases speed by X Hampered X -- decreases speed by X
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    Friday, 15th June, 2018, 08:15 PM
    Why does your bear need a mug?
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 05:59 PM
    It's here! In our pilot episode, we stumble around trying to find our feet, and somehow our sound engineer Darryl manages to find some useable content and turn it into a podcast! In this episode we discuss what caught our eyes this week, Morrus has a go on Pathfinder 2nd Edition at UK Games Expo, we play our world famous game "Guess what this Kickstarter is about by just hearing the title and...
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 12:49 PM
    Its a hallmark of many interesting stories.
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 11:20 AM
    The Orr Group - the company behind the popular Roll20 virtual tabletop - has just released its Quarter 1 2018 user stats. D&D has increased its share yet again, with a 3% increase, with Pathfinder dropping by about 2%. Starfinder holds steady in 11th places and there's a big bump for Call of Cthulhu. The Q1 report was a bit late, so the Q2 report will be coming very soon, too. Here's...
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 11:08 AM
    Iím sure I heard it read that it was the Borg who found it. It went through a wormhole or something.
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    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 08:40 PM
    Coffee Talk is like Coffee Talk but more insufferable?
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    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 04:48 PM
    Completely unnecessary. Don't call people names, and if you want to block somebody, don't announce it.
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    Tuesday, 12th June, 2018, 04:36 PM
    Coming soon to your favourite audio device is a new podcast all about the latest tabletop roleplaying game news! It won't necessarily be accurate, or informative, or even competent, but we will try to have fun! Join Morrus and Peter Coffey each week. You might learn something. But you probably won't. We've already recorded the pilot episode, which is being edited right now! Subscribe...
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 08:40 PM
    Stop gatekeeping, please. You donít get to decide whoís a real fan and who isnít.
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 11:55 AM
    I get asked this most every day, so a sticky thread seems appropriate. I'll continue to edit this thread as things occur to me. Things To Remember WOIN is a tactical game. It assumes that you and the monsters will be using tactics. Using tactics can make a weak opponent decimate a powerful one. This means using cover, crossfires, aims, feints, LUC dice, higher ground, exploits, exchanging...
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 11:36 AM
    Setting up our... "studio".
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 11:15 AM
    Check the thread right below this one. I answered that question just yesterday (for somebody who had the exact opposite problem!) Max dice pool and grade arenít directly comparable. You compare max dice pool with max dice pool.
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 10:38 AM
    The best tool for creating monsters is the WOIN Monster Creator: http://www.enworld.org/forum/dnd_view_block.php?id=2032 That'll give you your baseline stats, and then all you need to do is invent some exploits, and tweak any values you want to.
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 09:26 AM
    Over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition patreon, the thirteen new minor magical items in this article from writer Robert Lashley include the inspiring pahu, smelly stone, midnight pearls, messenger ant, and more, making it easy to add a bit of flavourful magic to your 5E games without unbalancing the campaign. Illustrated by Xanditz. SaveSave
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 09:04 PM

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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 06:26 PM
    Armor SOAK and natural SOAK donít stack with each other though. You use the highest. His armor SOAK is 7, or 9 with the helmet. His natural SOAK is 6. Youíd use the armor SOAK as itís higher.
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 06:22 PM
    I find the suggestion that what you can see on the screen isnít whatís happening fairly tenuous. Thereís nothing to suggest that the movie is suddenly switching into an odd ďthis is a representational graphic for the audienceís informational purposes only and does not represent the actual sightĒ mode. The more likely explanation is that itís just a weird inconsistency in the film. Ah,...
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 04:46 PM
    Whatís his SOAK?
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 03:10 PM
    Well that depends on the genre, surely? James Bond doesnít sound plausible, but we accept his expertise at everything. We are talking about heroic fantasy here, not a realism simulator. PCs are James Bond.
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 09:47 AM
    The game is not designed to require certain amounts of equipment at certain grades. That said, 10K for a starting mission seems very excessive. I'd have gone maybe 1,000 total at the highest end, probably less. But it depends on the feel of the game you're after. Remember that higher quality gear gets a lot more expensive, but they shouldn't be thinking about that at starting grades. Later,...
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 01:20 AM
    You can see them all over it. And Kirkís cabin certainly has one.
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 01:19 AM
    The picture shows the range. Itís pretty close!
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    Sunday, 10th June, 2018, 12:26 AM
    Morrus started a thread Wrath of Khan questions
    Best Trek film. But I digress. Answer me these questions three. 1) Sensors are inoperable due to the Mutara Nebula. They donít know where each other are. Why not Just look out the window? Clearly sensors are worse at "sensing" than basic eyesight is. Look! There they are! 2) Why does a Vulcan funeral feature an English song played by Scottish bagpipes? 3) And isn't it a bit harsh...
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 07:03 PM
    Now in softcover!
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    Friday, 8th June, 2018, 09:39 AM
    In a topical subject, given the recent release of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, Jon Peterson has posted the original 13th-level version of Mordenkainen by Gary Gygax in 1974, along with some other historical iterations of the character, which was Gygax's PC for many years. Check out his blog post for more, including the 16th-level 1980 Blume version which Gygax decried back in 2003. ...
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Greater Firebolt merely increases the damage of your Firebolt. It's not a separate action.
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    Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 12:39 PM
    Thanks guys. My mumís funeral is tomorrow (Friday), so Iím out of town again. I should be back on Monday and things will hopefully settle down a bit.
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 11:34 PM
    In a topical subject, given the recent release of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, Jon Peterson has posted the original 13th-level version of Mordenkainen by Gary Gygax in 1974, along with some other historical iterations of the character, which was Gygax's PC for many years. Check out his blog post for more, including the 16th-level 1980 Blume version which Gygax decried back in 2003. ...
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 10:52 PM
    Morrus replied to WOIN GM Screen
    That looks awesome!
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 09:42 PM
    Iím starting the v1.2 update of OLD. It would help immensely to have multiple pairs of eyes scoring the book for places where the updates are needed. If you help out, Iíll make sure you get a credit in the book. Please post any needed updates here, along with the page number. Then Iíll compile the list and send it off for layout. Hopefully we can do this super quick! I suspect the two...
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 08:28 PM
    I can't comment on the ease of the Shadowrun system, but you can certainly mimic the setting perfectly.
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Well, OK then. :)
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 01:46 PM
    Play a bunch of perps organising a heist, or civilians trying to survive a block war. Or a special task force of Judges during the Robot Wars. Perhaps play some uplifted chimp gangsters, or some renegade robots. Or a group of mutant raiders (complete with wacky mutations), or just a group living and surviving in the Cursed Earth. Itís not all about the Judges!
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 10:09 AM
    We have a BIG preview for you today! The first 8 pages of the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD core rulebook, which comprises the Introduction chapter of the game! You can download it as a PDF by clicking on the image below to jump straight to the official website! Remember, the best way to get updates is to sign up to the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD mailing list. We ONLY...
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    Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, 09:39 AM
    It's another Tuesday, which means another look at the previous night's Pathfinder 2nd Edition preview! There's only a couple of month to go until the full playtest rules are released (I have the hardcover on pre-order). Until then, Paizo continue with their twice-weekly glimpses into the ruleset - and this time we look at skills! 17 base skills down from 35.
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 07:57 PM
    The third season of Warped, the official What's OLD is NEW (WOIN) livestream, launched this past weekend. The first season was a Traveller/Firefly type setting; the second was a Battlestar Galactica/Colonists type thing; and this new third season is a silly, comedic, Orville-esque setting aboard an exploration starship! Warning: mature language from the start! Captain Braxton McQuaid...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 07:12 PM
    Morrus replied to WOIN GM Screen
    What does the DTRPG screen holder do? That's pretty much the determining factor, as I imagine most will buy the cards with the holder.
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 05:14 PM
    OK.
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 10:01 AM
    This past weekend I was at UK Games Expo in Birmingham. The main reason for my visit was to try out this newfangled Pathfinder 2 thing... and I'm glad I did! Here's my report! The Paizo stand UK Games Expo seemed to me to be much larger than it was last year. Two trade halls teeming with people on a hot, muggy afternoon with little to no air conditioning made for an uncomfortable...
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    Monday, 4th June, 2018, 09:49 AM
    Two new items over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon! The first is the initial article in a new series of "plug-in" events; similar to our plug-in locations series of small villages and other locations, Over The Next Hill, these are events which you can insert seamlessly into your 5E game. We start with a Royal Wedding! The second is the next part of the ZEITGEIST adventure path - this 30-page...
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 08:02 PM
    Thatís not what he said. People are allowed to not like things you like. The sarcasm is not necessary. Itís OK when people like different things to you.
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    Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, 07:33 PM
    Click "Add to Favourites".
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 11:42 AM
    Create - thatís the value of the enhancement, not the total cost of the spell. Thatís a little unclear. Iíll clarify that in 1.2. Teleport - yeah, youíre essentially granting the ability to teleport to the targets. Iíll add a Ďteleport otherí to 1.2.
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 09:20 AM
    The troubled production, plus I couldnít see any reason why we needed Soloís backstory. One thing that bugs me about prequels is that characters are originally introduced in exactly the way the original writer or director wanted, with the amount of information required to get the effect they wanted. Han Solo was a cypher deliberately (as was Boba Fett, but the less said about that the...
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    Thursday, 31st May, 2018, 08:38 PM
    He didnít die. He has robotic legs now.
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    Thursday, 31st May, 2018, 07:34 PM
    That is pretty much itís purpose.
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 06:30 PM
    It doesnít automatically replenish. Most people take the 5 minutes at the start of the day.
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    Wednesday, 30th May, 2018, 12:47 AM
    The skill requirement waiver is being folded into Cinematic Mode. Yes, 20gc. They are priced about the same as basic weapons. No, the MP works with the skill/secret it says. Yes, all spells are 1 action.
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 05:46 PM
    Itís a $20 book. Thereís a $10 discount on it right now for exactly that reason! Wonít be there for long though!
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 05:28 PM
    Morrus replied to Pet Shenanigans
    Sheís fine. Dog defender! He hates the cat, but if anybody else messes with her...
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 12:39 PM
    They are universal exploits, yes.
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 10:09 AM
    Right, I'm away again! Tomorrow I'll be up with my dad arranging the funeral until the end of the week, then at UK Games Expo for the weekend. Back on Monday. If you need anything, use the above contacts!
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 09:26 AM
    Morrus replied to Hidden?
    I don't know which post it is, but I can see a post in that thread where he quoted you yesterday.
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    Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, 12:03 AM
    I know nothing of the comparative size of each franchise, and Iím a big Trek fan, but I feel like Star Wars is much, much bigger than Star Trek. A new Star Wars movie is a much bigger event than a new Star Trek movie (though that may well change once they start churning them out). Thereís definitely ,ore Star Wars toys in general than Trek. Is there a Lego Enterprise? Youíre right in thatís...
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 09:05 PM
    Nah, that was Roddenberryís pitch for Star Trek.
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 07:29 PM
    Morrus started a thread Pet Shenanigans
    Two enormous aggressive crows were attacking our cat earlier in the back garden. Not sure if it was a territorial thing. She wasnít winning, either. Let the dog out there though. That put an end to it.
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 07:07 PM
    Well Firefly is very heavily influenced by Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon.
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 02:48 PM
    Redownload it! Youíll know you have the right file if the character sheet is at the end.
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 12:50 PM
    Your repeated attempts to discredit inclusiveness and anti-harassment policies as politics are getting a bit tiresome. I need you to stop doing that. I want to be clear. Iím not interested in political opinions; I donít care who you voted for in your country; I am trying to maintain an inclusive community which doesnít make women, people of colour, and other groups which are frequently...
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 07:46 PM
    I canít help feeling that if fun requires that much effort, there are probably other problems going in. Hanging out with your friends doing a thing you all enjoy pretty much makes its own fun.
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 07:24 PM
    Morrus replied to d20 vs 2d20
    Do you feel better for that?
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 05:42 PM
    4% of Facebookís global revenue doesnít means nothing to it. Itís stock value plummets for much smaller fluctuations. It hits big multinationals hard. The major global megacorps arenít dismissing it as ďblusterĒ. It was announced two years ago. Itís not a new thing, despite the last minute panic. Itís not bluster; it will be enforced if companies operate within the EU. The EU has always...
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 05:04 PM
    Itís 4% global revenue or 20m Euros, whichever is higher. Thereís no cap. Note thatís the max penalty, not a mandatory penalty.
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 04:46 PM
    He said it because the Tolkien estate was going after him for his use of ďhobbitsĒ, ďentsĒ, and ďbalrogsĒ, amongst others, which all needed up being renamed. It was a pseudo-legal defence he played out in the editorial pages of Dragon Magazine, not a statement of fact.
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 04:11 PM
    Oh, the comics are still plenty satirical. I am now thinking about ďJude DreddĒ! :)
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 11:45 AM
    For a sci-fi campaign you're probably better with d20 Future than d20 Modern.
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 11:39 AM
    There's some artillery weaponry and mounted cannons and machine guns in NOW. I'd model it off one of them. I'm not super clear from the image what that is, but it looks a bit gatling-gun-esque? Similar things in NOW off the top of my head you could model it off: WWII weapons: Bren light machine gun Browning M1911 machine gun Vickers machine gun Vehicle weapons:
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    Sunday, 27th May, 2018, 11:33 AM
    Nope. Natural SOAK and armor SOAK don't stack. You use whichever is higher. Natural SOAK is the thick hide, iron skin, street tough for a total of 8. Armor SOAK is the chainmail, helm for a total of 12 (with a total of -5 MELEE/RANGED DEFENSE, +2 MENTAL DEFENSE, -2d6 to INT checks).
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 11:54 PM
    WOIN isnít a setting. Itís a toolkit ruleset for creating your own setting. The WOIN-powered Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD will be the first major setting for WOIN, though it will be presented as a stand-alone game.
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 11:43 PM
    A 5E system of WOIN is not on the way. I donít even know what that would be!
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 11:11 PM
    If only there was a setting or three coming! :)
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 10:44 PM
    In that case, youíll love the dozen or so martial arts careers and the section on Bond-style gadgets!
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 10:10 PM
    Yup, it has a whole section of Western firearms and stuff. It covers late 1800s through to the near future. Though mounts are in O.L.D.
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 06:30 PM
    Morrus replied to WOIN GM Screen
    That sounds pretty cool. I'd buy it with the holder in a shot!
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Monday, 23rd September, 2013

  • 03:58 AM - Challenger RPG mentioned Phototoxin in post How to Teach a GM to be a Player?
    @amerigoV : Ha ha, I bet there's a pretty good story to that 'never trust an undead' bit. I think the idea about giving the GM some administrative tasks is great. I'll definitely pass that solution on to the DM who gave me the idea for the article. The DM in question has said I'm a royal pain as a player and that's something I can't totally disagree with. However, this idea is excellent. Thanks! @Phototoxin : I'm like that as well in spades. Also, as a GM I like to reward the players who contribute to the 'story' of the game even if they're a little loose with the rules and campaign setting when they do it. I guess that could just be my 'style' of game mastering. You're not alone, anyway. @Neonchameleon : You're bang on with this suggestion. I'm kind of kicking myself for missing this option. I think that's a great idea. I've been meaning to check out 13th Age for a while now anyway, maybe this is a good excuse to take the time to learn the system. I agree with you about the collaborative advantages of world-building, but in the position of the player in those games, I didn't feel it was my right to question the DM shutting my input down. That said, I can't exactly say I'm a basket of roses as a player either. Regardless, it's a great suggestion. Thank you. @Sir Knight : That's pretty cool. I think it would be really neat to game with a few players who'd all had some experience wit...

Tuesday, 14th May, 2013

  • 01:55 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Phototoxin in post How to make D&D more political?
    Phototoxin My words of caution: Do the players want politics and intrigue? I ran a game of D&D which had significant political intrigue. However, only one player really paid enough attention and was invested enough to enjoy and exploit the political side of the game. So I adjusted to a bit more of a rail-road generic fantasy adventure and they enjoyed that much more. :)

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Sunday, 11th March, 2018

  • 05:28 PM - Henry quoted Phototoxin in post Will Pathfinder 2nd Edition Be Based on D&D 5E?
    It's good to have competition, it's also good that it's not massively litigious 'ohmygerd they stole our idea to use d12 as barbarian hit points!! SUE SUE SUE!' As long as no one decides to make their system use a proprietary d23 or something we as customers should benefit. Thatís the kind of thing the OGL meant to prevent - so that in addition to more gamers flowing into D&D and back out to other similar games, and back in again (the ďrising tide floating all boatsĒ) but also that similar good ideas come to the surface and get re-used. I wish WotC themselves would use it more, but even as it is, a 5e customer would not have too crazy of a time going over to Pathfinder 1e because of all the same touchstones. Now keeping all the different bonuses straight is a different story, but a 20 STR in Pathfinder does mean the same thing as a 20 STR in 5e, and a Barbarian/Rogue multiclass is made the same way (albeit with drastically different means). I do hope the basic concept of advantage sees ...

Thursday, 8th March, 2018


Monday, 22nd January, 2018

  • 05:01 PM - jgsugden quoted Phototoxin in post Rumor: Hasbro is "prepping" to sell Wizards of the Coast in 2021.
    Can we start proper rumours? Like how Morrus is not a human, but a robot powered by an undead hamster in a little wheel where his spleen should be?Please don't joke about this stuff. It is a serious medical condition when it does happen, and if it were to happen to Morrus, he might be tempted to eliminate any of us that know his secret. So obviously fake news.

Saturday, 23rd December, 2017

  • 12:47 PM - Jennifer Fuss quoted Phototoxin in post Here Are Your Official Top 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2018
    Will I'd also want to know why VtM5 would be better/worth getting compared to V20 The rules will get an overhaul to reflect and include more modern design elements. The V20 has been a rather very conservative, sensible adaption and consolidation of the previous editions. Which is why there was some discussion when White Wolf decided to declare the V20 an edition in its own right. In regards to the V5 they did introduce the will to implement a mechanic to track hungriness opposing to bloodpool, implemented Vice/Virtue and composure, work with compulsion and tweaked the mechanics with stuff like critical successes and messy successes. The setting will be overhauled and brought into the year 2018. It will be described in a fashion that should be accessible to beginners and hence start out with the 7 clans from first edition and later on more clans to be added. There will be advancements to the metaplot like a second (secular) inquisition happening as well as modes of play that try to conside...

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

  • 01:52 PM - Wednesday Boy quoted Phototoxin in post Advice on running a noir setting
    The issue with creating situations where there's no great outcomes only less bad ones is that it can be jading for players... It can be harrowing because how do you succeed where the setting/world is stacked against you? Eventually you will fail, and failing is something players don't like! Forget it, Phototoxin. It's Chinatown. I entirely agree with what you noted and I would reiterate what you said about knowing your players. One guy in my group wants his characters to have decisive victories every time and like you pointed out--only "less bad" endings would be jading and frustrating for him. On the other hand, I personally find it more interesting to get put through the wringer and pyrrhic victories can be satisfying for me (provided they involve good storytelling and I don't feel like the whole game was pointless). So knowing your group's tolerance for failure and "less bad" endings will help you push the envelope as needed.
  • 12:34 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Phototoxin in post Here Are Your Official Top 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2018
    Will be interesting to see how VtM balances out against Kult. I've not heard of the latter but a quick scan of their KS makes it look interesting at least and possibly with more angles to explore than VtM. I'd also want to know why VtM5 would be better/worth getting compared to V20It may be worth noting that: a) Kult, more than any RPG ever written, is not something that you should let near children. I'm not even joking - there was a parliamentary motion to actually get it banned in Sweden during the 1990s. It's not just something that requires a strong stomach with gore and the like (although there is that), but it is deliberately transgressional in a religious, emotional and intellectual sense. The setting is based on Judeo-Christian Gnostic beliefs, which means they have adapted real world occult ideas into the game's setting. It's broad mythos is actually a dark mirror reflection of the Cthulhu Mythos, in a way, as rather than suggesting humanity is insignificant - it suggests they are un...

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Monday, 19th May, 2014

  • 09:36 PM - Nellisir quoted Phototoxin in post GSL 4E
    I want to stick these adventures on a/my website for people to enjoy. [quote] Good. [quote]I intend each 'adventure/module/delve/whatever' to consist of the actual PDF, a file with images of the maps and then another file with the monster blocks in it. Is this sensible? Sounds like a lot of files and a lot of hassle. Why can't it be one file? I'm trying to arrange a 2-3 column format (proving more difficult than it sounds!) in word and then convert it to PDF. Are you trying to do a 2 or 3 column format, or a 2 column format on one page and a 3 column format on another page? If you're doing different kinds of columns, you need section breaks. Or set up text boxes the size of your intended columns. That's a bit of a hack, though. The first 3-4 bits form a newbie DMs guide 101 from level 1-3, giving some nice hooks in a generic world. Then there's another set of 1-5 without as much hand-holding. Is a "bit" a module/delve/adventure/whatever? Also what is the best way to produce dungeon maps? ...

Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

  • 12:27 AM - Nellisir quoted Phototoxin in post GSL 4E
    So I'm trying to write up some adventures into a more 'other people' friendly format, with the first few specifically aimed and new DMs. My concern is that under the OGL you can't give page numbers or provide stat blocks for anything that exists (as well as reference/use the special monsters like mind flayers or beholders) So if I write a 'tactical encounter' / combat encounter I can't give page references e.g.; 6 goblin blackblades (MM1pg 55) 1 Aspect of Lolth (MM3 pg 666) nor can I reproduce stat blocks. Is there a practical solution to this or have I totally got the wrong end of the stick? There is no "OGL 4e". Do you mean the GSL?

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

  • 08:18 AM - Mike Myler quoted Phototoxin in post N.O.W. Wishlist!
    Survivial Horror - zombies/whatever a la Resident Evil or whatever Something with a clue system (like gumshoe?) for CSI or murder mystery type games? We've talked about Intrigue rules (which would certainly include something like that!) but development is super early and action takes precedence; N.O.W. will kick teeth out first and if there's time and room, include a means to find them afterward. :D

Thursday, 6th March, 2014

  • 04:22 PM - Dungeoneer quoted Phototoxin in post will 4.0 succeed?
    My current though is to simply pillage the bits I want from 13th Age - escalation dice and so on. 4 is great, gamey enough but not like in 3E and loose enough but not as loose as AD&D. I just hope that character builder will survive in some format. My other slight annoyance at 4E was the constant major rules shift - MM1 monsters weren't balanced properly, (play testing anyone?), then the later rare/uncommon magic item rules and changes there. These should have been figured before release! Better late than never! :p I think in any reasonably complex game system there are going to be some things the devs just don't get right. I'd rather that they have the option to take a mulligan than be forever locked into a ruleset that has issues. For instance, the second batch of 4e monsters were such a HUGE improvement that I won't even use the old ones.

Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

  • 03:48 PM - (Psi)SeveredHead quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    Cyric is insane, how do you even know what to do? I appreciate that lies, strife etc fuel him but other than randomly cause havok or even organisedly cause it WHY do it ? Worship of Cyric makes no sense to me. Loth - seriously a genocidal crazy spider queen demon thing who is racist and xenophobic should have died off ages ago. But her fear based society of 'better than you' drow make sense. But again escaping that fear and tyranny should happen. Most drow are born into her worship. They have no choice. Shar - My favourite deities (mainly for the fact that she opposes the mary sue god aka Mystra) - but it seems like all her followers would just be horrifically depressed and/or nihilistic. Nuke the world - then what? People who have nothing to loose ? Is Shar actually trying to destroy the world? Talos - What lead me to this - he's chaos/anarchy/weather/storm/lightning etc - I can see priests instigating rebellions and smiting things to show strength but also to appease talos ...
  • 03:45 PM - TwoSix quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    Talos - What lead me to this - he's chaos/anarchy/weather/storm/lightning etc - I can see priests instigating rebellions and smiting things to show strength but also to appease talos which is more 'neutral // good' Why would you worship him in any major way? I realise that power is good, but so is fireballs from Lathander! Because NPCs don't powergame their own lives. You worship Talos because you grew up in a barbaric culture, at the mercy of the elements, and the tribe's wise man taught you that making offerings to the Storm Lord would grant you power and protect you from the storms. Lathander? Who's that? To a large extent, Evil gods probably recruit from the cast-offs of society - the outcast, the abused, and the damaged. And, frankly, they're not going to be short on potential recruits - even the benign nations of the FR setting tend to be either monarchies or have a very strong mercantile bent, and in either case this means that there is a fairly small privilidged group and a much...
  • 03:39 PM - delericho quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    I'm trying to get my head around how I'd roleplay an evil cleric. This is more of a hypothetical as I usually DM but it's something which has niggled at me for a while. Aside from Bane who has military/law/organisational aspects and Azmodeus who is similar (though less overt) I can see very few 'evil' deities which could be i) openly worshipped (as opposed to appeased) and ii) would have any rational, sane followers given that good/neutral deities *mechanically* offer the same benefits. But in a world where the local parish priest* can literally cure cancer this has to be taken into account *ok probably a bishop, but still.. It's the motivations - why do these things, especially as wise/semi-intelligent beings? When good or neutral gods give you as good a powers and blessings as evil ones why worship (in a major way) evil ones? To a certain extent, it's probably a good thing that you have a hard time understanding what might motivate a person to Evil. :) However, in an attempt to...
  • 02:19 AM - Storminator quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    I'm trying to get my head around how I'd roleplay an evil cleric. This is more of a hypothetical as I usually DM but it's something which has niggled at me for a while. It's the motivations - why do these things, especially as wise/semi-intelligent beings? When good or neutral gods give you as good a powers and blessings as evil ones why worship (in a major way) evil ones? Because the good and neutral gods have rejected you? They give you zero powers, because they've looked into your heart? Cyric is insane, how do you even know what to do? I appreciate that lies, strife etc fuel him but other than randomly cause havok or even organisedly cause it WHY do it ? EVERYONE worships Cyric. Everyone lies. It's just his priests admit it. Because they're better than everyone else. Loth - seriously a genocidal crazy spider queen demon thing who is racist and xenophobic should have died off ages ago. But her fear based society of 'better than you' drow make sense. But again escaping that fear and tyr...
  • 12:01 AM - Ahnehnois quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    But to it's logical conclusion evil is self-defeating. I just don't get the mentality behind such charactersTo its logical conclusion good is also self-defeating. My perspective on these things is that anyone who isn't true neutral (which is to say, a rational person who takes into account everything he can and makes the best decision he can) is deluded, either by someone else or by some internal schism. In the context of evil, that suggests to me a few things. Some evil might be based on prejudice; somehow the cleric has arrived at the belief that certain people are inferior, even though they are not. Perhaps he had a few nonrepresentative experiences in early life and jumped to the wrong conclusion, or maybe the bias was imparted on him by a specific individual or culture in general. Many evil religions I suspect are overtly deceptive. The deity is selling some greater truth that supposedly hold the key to his followers achieving some goal (eternal life, or at least, a good afterlife, ...

Saturday, 1st March, 2014

  • 06:54 PM - ggroy quoted Phototoxin in post What tv shows do you own on Dvd?
    I don't even own a TV just watch on laptop. These days I don't use the standalone dvd player anymore. I usually rip the dvd content to the computer's hard drive, and either watch it on the computer or I connect the computer to the large screen tv (via hdmi from the computer's graphics card). Though I still watch blurays using a standalone bluray player (or PS3), largely because the bluray file sizes are huge and a waste of hard drive space. One bluray movie can eat up 25 to 50 gigabytes of hard drive space very easily. (In contrast a dvd disk only eats up around 8.5 gigabytes or less). Also it takes over 40 minutes to rip a bluray disk's content to the computer, while ripping a dvd only takes around 11-12 minutes. (At least on my computer setup).


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