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    Today, 05:31 PM
    It funded in 9 minutes!
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    Today, 05:00 PM
    It's finally here -- the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Kickstarter has launched! Head on over to Kickstarter to back it now! Click on the image to back the Kickstarter!
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    Today, 01:21 PM
    Not really an issue for us. Most of us have to drive to game anyway, but if not it's not really been a problem. That said, I do find smokers walking out for ciggies every half hour quite frustrating.
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    Today, 10:31 AM
    Along with the start of The Mirrored Moon, the fourth of the seven playtest scenarios which make up Doomsday Dawn, Paizo has released Pathfinder Playtest Update 1.3, which includes numerous changes plus a big update to the multiclass archetypes. Playtest UpdateToday also marks the release of Update 1.3, which delivers a number of substantive changes to the game, including a revision to...
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    Yesterday, 01:58 PM
    Indeed. Settings are kinda not the focus now -- it's stories. And each story might be in a setting (e.g. Ravenloft), but the focus is that storyline rather than the setting. At least in the broader sense -- Waterdeep is still Waterdeep, but it's a city adventure which doesn't require the surrounding Forgotten Realms to work.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Can you believe it's TOMORROW?
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    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    New on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon! Whatever form their training takes, all lodestars possess a fractured soul. To keep themselves from unraveling into madness they must train and hone their skills, becoming masters of both body and mind. The Lodestar class uses lodestones, magical spheres which orbit the lodestar, and which can attack, defend, and more. By Andrew Engelbrite; illustrated by...
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    Yesterday, 12:43 AM
    This is pretty old news, and related to a comment by a designer about sexism in the community. Letís not regurgitate that yet again; itís in a enough threads. re. The FR ó sure, valid discussion, if old. Thereís also Ravenloft, and soon Ravnica, plus Eberron for DMsG publishers. I think itís time to accept that from a consolidation of multiple brands into one strong brand POV, FR is D&D now....
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    Yesterday, 12:30 AM
    Donít tell me. Iím having fun inventing this and donít want to plagiarise.
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    Yesterday, 12:13 AM

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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Starting a potential list of skills. I'm thinking a finite simple list as that keeps the game simple. These names are more concept descriptions rather than final skill names. The big ones: Fighting Magic/Psionics* (starts at 0d6) --- The rest: Stealth/Thievery Bluffing/Charm/Charisma Athletics/Climbing/Swimming/Running
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 11:30 PM
    I like the splitting dice pool thing. I think exchanging a die of attack for a die of damage would work. Similar to how my own WOIN already works. Sacrifice accuracy for damage. I'm inlined to agree the "get six d4s" solution is a bit clumsy. That's probably not the right solution. Magic, I guess, starts at 0d6 rather than 3d6. That fixes that!
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 11:06 PM
    The Ďaverage person on the streetí would find all RPGs heavy. Compared to other RPGs, 5E is mid-light. And itís waaaaay lighter than a lot of boardgames. Not sure what ďin my experienceĒ means. Are you saying youíve surveyed average people in the street and asked them to rate the heaviness of 5E compared to other tabletop RPGs? Thatís awfully industrious of you! :)
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 10:50 PM
    5E is a light-mid system. Indeed, Mearls describes it above as a storytelling system (which I think in general terminology implies itís a bit lighter than it is). 3.x/Pathfinder is a mid-heavy system, Hero is a heavy system. Of all the things 5E is, itís not a heavy system. Thatís why itís so popular with streamers. Iíve spoken to loads of streamers who switched from Pathfinder to 5E because...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 05:52 PM
    I'm trying to decide whether to have a list of skills or an open-ended keyword system. I also need to work out how something like dragon breath or a fireball or a bomb work, which would be area attacks. I'm thinking: FIGHTING EFFECTSInstead of adding d6 to Fighting you can instead add an effect. Effects include: Area. For each die, the attack targets an additional foe. You can add...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 04:47 PM
    Yup. Dragon 6d6 vs Bob's 3d6. Maybe next level, Bob decides to put another d6 in, say, bravery. Or resolve. Or something similar. As for what happens -- not too sure yet. I think there needs to be a single "condition" which can be described in different ways. -1d6 is a good idea (it could be fear, or a curse, or an injury, or whatever). I'm thinking something along the lines of D&D's...
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    Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, 01:39 PM

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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 11:30 PM

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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 07:35 PM
    Calm down. Yes, us third party pubs are doing fine. But itís not the d20 boom, or even close to it, in terms of volume of third party publishers. And thatís not a problem, either way.
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 07:32 PM
    Donít forget EN Publishing! https://www.patreon.com/ensider
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 07:28 PM
    I suspect that would make combat long and tedious as people rolled over and over looking for sixes.
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    Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 04:23 PM
    Just whiling away an hour or two before I appear on a podcast. So here's my initial idea, which I'm calling QUICKD6. Or maybe QUICK SIX. That sounds better. CORE MECHANICTo do anything you roll 3d6. On a 10 you succeed (unless it's opposed against another creature, in which case both roll 3d6 and the highest wins). Situational modifiers can add or remove a dice, as can awesome or poor...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 10:14 PM
    Iím inclined to agree. For me, options speak to replayability.
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 07:04 PM
    In a longish Twitter thread a week or so ago, D&D designer Mike Mearls talked about D&D and its overall design goals, and how that changed from previous editions. It covers the "who" of who D&D 5E is designed for, the styles of play it encourages, and more. When designing a game, consider the personality traits and behaviors the game encourages in its player. Then ask yourself if you...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 02:51 PM
    Just 4 days to go. The antici....pation is mounting! https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 12:46 PM
    Back in 2007, the very first pathfinder adventure path, Rise of the Runelords, launched Paizo's adventure path line. Paizo has just announced a new campaign, Return of the Runelords, featuring six adventures running from levels 1-20 for Pathfinder 1st Edition! Paizo's press release dropped in my inbox this morning. "The all-powerful Runelords, near-immortal wizards who ruled...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 12:36 PM
    In a longish Twitter thread a week or so ago, D&D designer Mike Mearls talked about D&D and its overall design goals, and how that changed from previous editions. It covers the "who" of who D&D 5E is designed for, the styles of play it encourages, and more. When designing a game, consider the personality traits and behaviors the game encourages in its player. Then ask yourself if you...
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 12:29 PM
    And my playtest flip mats have arrived! Woohoo!
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 12:27 PM
    Sure. Session zero. It's fun.
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    Friday, 21st September, 2018, 11:46 AM
    At the link in the post you just quoted. ;)
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 11:26 PM
    That was fun. Ran the first half of the Ashen Osseum. I think weíre doing poisons wrong. Those giant centipede were almost a TPK. Lots and lots and lots of keyword looking up. I feel like this book needs a dictionary. Weapons which can be lethal or deadly or fatal or killy. OK, I made up the last one. We enjoyed it overall. Once we get over the learning curve itíll be better - I would...
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 07:22 PM
    With a mere 5 days to go until the Kickstarter launches on Tuesday, 25th September, there's been plenty of publicity around the web! Here's a quick summary of the various previews and interviews that have taken place. Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD is nearly here! Vampifan's WOIN Blog kicked off the previews with an exclusive look at the core rulebook! Our friends over at...
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 06:04 PM
    Yup. Autocorrect. Thanks! Weíve done character creation, luckily, so we dive straight in tonight.
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 03:39 PM
    How were your experiences? Anything to watch out for? Lots of backstory at the start of this one. I feel like I'm cramming for a history exam! Luckily, the chances of Jason Bulmahn showing up and testing me are slim.
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 02:50 PM
    Another day closer... https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 01:20 PM
    Sure. And I explained what it was. All working as intended! :)
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 01:00 PM
    Y'know, I think there might be, but I can't think offhand how. I know that sometimes when I edit a post I see the raw become and sometimes I don't. I can't think what I do different though.
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 12:58 PM
    I know; I put it there. But your powers of observation do you credit. :) I'm just trying something. Ignore it for now.
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    Thursday, 20th September, 2018, 11:53 AM
    Didn't see this thread, but I did see a bunch of duplicated threads the other day and deleted them. That was probably this.
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    Wednesday, 19th September, 2018, 08:54 PM
    DM-of-Doom Wacksteven joins Morrus and Peter in the podcast studio to talk all about live streaming tabletop RPGs on Twitch, and the challenges involved in putting on a successful show. In the news we cover D&D's big survey, Pathfinder's new System Reference Document, a return to the Barrier Peaks, and more. Plus our favourite game in all the world, and Malach the Maleficent's musical debut! ...
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    Wednesday, 19th September, 2018, 06:58 PM
    I still have The Art of the Dragonlance saga. Such a gorgeous book. So many memories.
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    Wednesday, 19th September, 2018, 06:33 PM
    Oh. Dammit.
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    Wednesday, 19th September, 2018, 05:17 PM
    You can now pre-order this gorgeous-looking 448-page D&D art book. It contains art from the entire history of Dungeons & Dragons, dating back 40 years, and includes over 700 art pieces, from sketches and concepts through to finished art. Pre-ordering gets you a bonus art print. The above is by Keith Parkinson, and is from the 1985 Dragonlance Calendar. I think my favourite Dragonlance...
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    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 06:09 PM
    That definitely needs to be a book down the road.
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    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 12:02 PM
    These magical quills and parchments over on TRAILseeker for the Pathfinder RPG include the bloodhound quill, inkwell of eternal rest, quill of perfect recollection, page of infinite obsession, and the pen of cunning compulsion. By Charlie Brooks; illustrated by Xanditz.
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    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 11:47 AM
    Last month, EN5ider introduced the new Mahout class, a beast-mastering specialist. This month we expand on that class with new regimens to add to the Animalist found in the basic article. The Monstrous regimen has more in common with fearsome monstrosities than with those of their own kind, and the Oddball regimen has bizarre and strange pets like gelatinous cubes and cloakers. Also within are...
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    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 11:21 AM
    Blimey, Jhaelen. Are you OK? Do you not feel that response is overly hostile? As a long term member, I assumed some familiarity and felt it appropriate to joke with you a little. Clearly a mistake. Noted.
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    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 05:53 AM
    Oh, Amazon Prime is worldwide. As for Hulu, I have no way of knowing what might originally have been on a Hulu, never having seen one (or a CBS, or any of the local services you have over there), but Iíve seen Handmaidís Tale available (though I havenít watched it), and Star Trek Discovery is on Netflix the next day. Other stuff like Game of Thrones etc. shows up on a Sky channel, usually the...
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 10:34 PM
    Honestly, I've never really thought about it. I don't really categorise my settings.
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 07:39 PM
    D&D will always have a special place in my heart. It's the game I've played most in my life, and I can't imagine ever not playing it. It's its own genre. I play a variety of RPGs -- I was in a 2-year Call of Cthulhu game not that long ago, and I'm going to start the Pathfinder playtest this week. Sometimes I like to revisit old favourites from the 1980s, and sometimes I like to try the new...
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 06:31 PM
    Each career just gives you 4 attribute points, 2 skill points, 1 exploit. Itís pretty quick. But yeah, youíd need to buy the book to make a character, or use the online character builder. Each consecutive die costs more, yes. Itís an expanding scale. Offhand I canít think of any charts you need during play. Your character sheet has your dice pools right there. Maybe the critical...
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 05:35 PM
    Pretty sure it did back when it happened about 9 months ago.
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 02:16 PM
    Most of those (Hulu, CBS, etc.) aren't available here. It all ends up in Netflix over here. We have SkyQ though, and the BBC iPlayer is free.
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    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 11:02 AM
    Morrus replied to Subsciption
    Patreon doesnít interact with vbulletin on any level.
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    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 07:30 PM
    Morrus replied to Subsciption
    Yea it is - sorry, I was confused because you referred to Patreon in your post. Subscribing here is only by PayPal, Iím afraid. I donít process payments/cards myself.
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    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 06:55 PM
    Morrus replied to Subsciption
    If youíre referring to one of the Patreons, Patreon accepts a variety of payment methods.
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    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 03:36 PM
    Morrus replied to New Survey
    Guys, itís not an ideology. Letís tone down the passive aggressive stuff, eh?
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    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 12:34 AM
    But quickly ó Flanking and crossfire are not the same thing and are treated separately. If you move after attacking, youíre no longer crossfiring. Last action. You are still firing into melee if you are the one in melee.
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    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 12:27 AM
    Yikes. I count 9 questions there! I promise to answer them, but it might take a day or so! :)
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    Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 08:43 PM
    Youíve come to the right place! EN Publishingís own WOIN system is pretty much exactly what you just described! www.woinrpg.com
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 03:46 PM
    You might find SPACE FIGHT! of interest. https://www.rpgnow.com/product/238469/WOIN-SPACE-FIGHT-Playtest It's a playtest of a standalone starship skirmish game using the WOIN rules.
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 02:34 PM
    Maybe they're very shy, Or in prison. Or blind. Or allergic to electronic devices. Or speak 12 languages but not English.
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 01:56 PM
    The third adventure in the War of the Burning Sky adventure path for DnD 5th Edition is here! Freed from the flames of Innenotdar, the heroes reach the small seaside village of Seaquen and the magic academy of Lyceum. But Seaquen is no safe have: there are spies, refugees, and a fleet of hostile ships to contend with, to say nothing of an oncoming hurricane that may not be entirely natural. ...
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 10:23 AM
    Yikes. Thatís very different to the 45K mentioned earlier!
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 12:07 AM
    Paizo has just announced that the official home of the Pathfinder and Starfinder System Reference Documents (SRDs) will be moving to Archives of Nethys. "Paizo is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Blake Davis and the Archives of Nethys to serve as the official home of the Pathfinder and Starfinder System Reference Documents! The URLs published in Paizo products will now...
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    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 07:08 PM
    That's not a site function, it's a browser function. I get it on Facebook and places from time to time.
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    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 06:30 PM
    Asking for a friend...
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    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 02:49 PM
    Morrus replied to New Survey
    It's interesting that one of the questions is "Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG?" -- I assume this survey is meant for a much wider audience, then. Yikes, it's a long one!
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    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 02:47 PM
    Morrus replied to New Survey
    It's a different environment. Back then there were tons of news and rumours about the upcoming game to collate. In the run-up to 4E, 5E, Pathfinder 2, I did the same, and I'm sure I will for 6E if/when it ever happens. But in the middle of an edition's cycle, especially one with far fewer releases, there's just less news to talk about. At least in terms of official 5E product releases. Even so,...
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    Wednesday, 12th September, 2018, 04:16 PM
    It's another week, and that means another episode of Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk! This week, Morrus and Peter take a look at the latest D&D adventure from WotC, and page through the book in an audio unboxing. Plus the latest news, Things from the Flood, the new Drizzt novel, Timeless, and more. Malach the Maleficent returns, and we play our favourite game in all the world. Subscribe...
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    Wednesday, 12th September, 2018, 01:20 AM
    Page 126, at the bottom.
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    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 04:34 PM
    While Curse of Strahd holds a special place in my heart, Waterdeep Dragon Heist comes in a worthy second place. Less a heist, and more a race to find hidden treasure, it's full of useful aids, handouts, pronunciation guides, and flowcharts to help the DM run the game. An urban setting is a welcome change, and one I'd love to see more of.
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    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 11:50 AM
    You'll need to be a bit more specific about "unable to grant XP"? My initial guess is you're sitting too far away from your computer. If you move closer, you will be able to reach the mouse and grant XP. But that's just an initial guess based on the limited information available! :) tl;dr -- what exactly is the issue you're experiencing?
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    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 10:24 AM
    Yes, it's natural SOAK.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 08:56 PM
    Ah, there's Mike Mearls.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 08:48 PM
    Morrus started a thread Spot the cameos!
    Matt Mercer isn't the only person to cameo in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist! According to Claudio Pozas: "Streets of Waterdeep", from @Wizards_DnD 's Dragon Heist! Including cameos by @JeremyECrawford, @ChrisPerkinsDnD, @winkybix, @cccakesss and @gregbilsland (who was my first producer when I started writing D&D)." (Print available from his web store) He also says "@mikemearls was supposed...
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 07:24 PM
    I don't have any way to merge accounts, I'm afraid. Sorry! You'll just have to choose which one you want to use.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 06:48 PM
    You can only ever use one skill at a time. He would have to choose between his dodging and shields skill.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 06:45 PM
    Well I guess it must be the other common meaning of the word then.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 06:16 PM
    Of course. Itís just a weapon attack at that point. Resolved the same way as a sword is (but its a shield).
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 05:58 PM
    Shield quality has no direct effect on DEFENSE. It can form part of your dice pool like any other equipment can; it uses the shields skill, and that dice pool is capped as normal.
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Last year, Tales From The Loop -- "roleplaying in the 80s that never was" -- burst onto the scene, brought to us by Swedish publisher Fria Ligan, and based on the sci-fi art of Simon StŚlenhag. This year, a sequel is coming: Things From The Flood! Things From The Flood is another of StŚlenhag art books, and will be a new standalone expansion to Tales. It's coming to Kickstarter next...
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    Monday, 10th September, 2018, 12:00 AM
    Or supra-genius enemies. It's a great way to run a mega-intelligent foe which has insight and perception beyond normal people.
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    Sunday, 9th September, 2018, 11:05 PM
    "In this video I talk about the economics of Fantasy Tabletop RPGs, looking at what they try to do to create a specific play experience and how they can go wrong, with a few ideas of ways that you might try and fix the problem."
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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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