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    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I often think it's too easy to get into the TARDIS. A TARDIS is supposed to be the most advanced type of ship in the universe, so teleporting onto it shouldn't be easy. I wonder if she gave Kerblam! permissions or something?
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Great list! I agree with you on Forgetful and Spendthrift. You can use skills with any attribute as long as the GM agrees, so intimidation and Disfigured would be a good combo for a strong character. A STR (intimidation) check with the disfigured trait would be a good combo.
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Ravnica is joining Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Ravenloft, as a setting available for creators on the Dungeon Master's Guild from today, November 20th. WotC made the following brief announcement last night: "Intrepid DM's Guild creators! Ravnica will be added as a setting on Dungeon Masters Guild tomorrow Nov 20th! (We will be coordinating day-of updates of the Ravnica setting...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    As you may know, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (and, indeed, all the community content sites like DM's Guild) are the exact same website owned by One Bookshelf (OBS), simply viewed through a different skin. The front page of each highlights different products, but the stores are the same store. Now, the "RPGNow" version of the store is being retired. OBS sent out the following email earlier...
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    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    There's another new class over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, this week! Bloodweavers use the primal power coursing through their veins to enhance their own abilities, heal or bolster allies, and debilitate or kill their foes. Many fear them for their control over the substance of life but those that can see past this superstitious dread often find powerful allies. Recently on...
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    Yesterday, 12:28 AM
    Any setup is fine, as long as the participants buy in to it.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 PM
    People play for different reasons, of course. For some itís the social activity, and the game is just the conduit for that.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:32 PM
    Social interaction isnít *that* hard. Iím afraid there isnít a rulebook.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:35 PM
    Quite enjoyed todayís episode. Felt a lot more old school. Workers disappearing, a little less sombre than some episodes have been this year. Nothing new, just a traditional Who episode ó weíve seen cheery polite killer robots like those dozens of times before, but thatís OK.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Calm down, please folks. The last thing I expected to see on this site was people shouting at each other about how iTunes works.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 08:24 PM
    10% waiting for the late guy 25% getting ready to play 15% waiting for somebody to come back from a cigarette break 15% random interruptions while somebody tells an unrelated anecdote 20% combat 15% misc gaming
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:54 PM
    And the usual suspects show up instantly like bad pennies. Thatís two of the trifecta. One to go. @jimmifett and @Derren, donít post again in this thread, please. Jimmifett, it would be nice if you posted about something else sometimes, but since as far as I can make out the only reason you post in this community is to decry any hint of inclusiveness, it's time for you to leave.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Following an online backlash regarding the content of their recent publications, White Wolf Publishing has just announced some big changes, including the suspension of the Vampire 5th Edition Camarilla and Anarch books, and a restructuring of management. White Wolf's Shams Jorjani made the following announcement about an hour ago: "Hello everyone, My name is Shams Jorjani, VP of...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    For the next two weeks, we''re going to try something new. This is an experiment, and there is a reasonable chance that it might not work out. For the next two weeks you may put your promotional/publisher posts in the relevant game forum. So if you have a Kickstarter for a new D&D 5E book, you may put it in the 5E forum instead (that's instead, not as-well-as). If the forums end up being...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Morrus and Peter are joined this week for an epic-length episode by Rodney Thompson, designer on Star Wars SAGA Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Destiny 2, Dusk City Outlaws, and currently on Kickstarter: Spectaculars. In the news, we have the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and Guildmasterís Guide to Ravnica, financial troubles at John Wick Presents,...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Oh, I see! What we in the hobby like to call "dice"! :D
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Doesn't solidify until experienced? I've not heard that one.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. But all of it's the past for the Doctor, so every alien stopped is altering history.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In donít think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. Itís you as a gamer.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotCís goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:19 AM
    Iíve seen you randomly bring up your personal politics in the form of MRAs in two threads (that Iíve noticed) in the last couple of days. Not sure why. Please donít do that. This isnít the place.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Wow! That's quite impressive! Are the career paths completely random generated?
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 01:20 PM
    That is going to be awesome. Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    D&D books are a lot like buses. You wait ages for one, and then suddenly two are released on the same day! Anyway, today's the day that Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage hit game stores, so this is your reminder to head on down to your friendly (or not so friendly) local (or not so local) game store and grab your copies! They'll hit Amazon and other stores on...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:38 AM
    In this week's episode, Morrus and Peter are joined by guests Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor to talk about their roleplaying game Spire and the sourcebook currently on Kickstarter, Strata. In the news, we have more previews of Dungeon of the Mad Mage, more details on RPGSports, a statement from Wizards of the Coastís president on the state of Dungeons & Dragons, a tease of a new setting, a new...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Rodney Thompson. You may remember him from such games as Star Wars Saga Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition, and Dusk City Outlaws (to name just a few). He's back with a new superhero RPG, Spectaculars, and he's been kind enough to send me along an exclusive preview of the game! I backed Dusk City Outlaws on Kickstarter, and was super-pleased when it arrived....
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you! :)
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 02:45 PM
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Instructions are in first post. :)
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    I make that 14 DEFENSE. 3d6 is 11. 4d6 is 14. SOAK and DEFENCE are two different things. DEFENCE is how hard it is to hit you. SOAK is how much damage your armour lets you ignore.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 09:07 PM
    The theme of the campaign is industry vs magic. I feel that removing either of those things pretty much guts the campaign.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    Mearls answered this question on Twitter, describing at length how the D&D 4th edition he wanted to make differed from the one which was actually published back in 2008. "Hard to answer, because the 4e I wanted to do and the 4e we ended up publishing were different on a fundamental level. I wanted classes to have different power acquisition schedules, and more thematic ties between...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:41 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 02:31 PM
    It should be on DTRPG and RPGNow soon too!
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 01:57 PM
    A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties. The company had some sad news to share in a Kickstarter update to backers...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 12:50 PM
    At 150m households worldwide, I donít think Netflix counts as a limited audience any more. In the last few years itís grown into one of the most watched media outlets on the planet. Give it another few years, I reckon it will dwarf even the largest regular networks.
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:52 AM
    As the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage closes in (Friday!), here's a quick roundup of all the previews which have snuck out of WotC HQ over the last few weeks! Take a peek at these images from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, as featured on Fantasy Grounds. There is the start of level 19 from Waterdeep: DotMM. It involves a crashed Spelljammer, where the crew is...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:51 PM
    Even if you were supposed to roll it, how did you manage to roll 48 on 6d6?
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 11:17 PM
    Yikes. No, you don't roll it. Your SPEED is 6: 3(d6) + 2(d6) + 1(d6). it's the *size* of your dice pool, not a roll of your dice pool. Your CLIMB is 3 (half your SPEED without the running added on, rounded up).
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 08:19 PM
    That shouldn't be there. It's an old mechanic which didn't make it into the final version of the WOIN rules. I'll note it as errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 05:34 PM
    It means write it down, yep. The exploit itself will tell you about any usage restrictions, if there are any. Hmm. Where does it say that? That looks like a minor errata.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 01:18 PM
    I wasnít a fan of this episode. The monster reminded me of the Slitheen, and the self destruct unit you can just pick up and chuck out the window seemed rather pointless. It was basically ... serviceable filler, I guess.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 12:35 PM
    The conspiracy continues in Flint's dark underbelly. Now at the kingís command it is time for the Royal Homeland Constabulary to rip this threat from its shadowy womb beneath the haunted mountain named Cauldron Hill and thrust it into the light of day. While they pursue that mission, two other forces are at work in Flint: a cult of dwarven assassins who want to disrupt a peace summit,...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    Silverhair, might I suggest you invest a little more into these marketing threads than just a url and list of numbers? I canít imagine youíre getting much benefit from these?
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 09:32 PM
    I'm pretty sure torturing people is the *end* of the road to evil, not the start. The start is, like, shoplifting or something. I can't think of much worse you can do to an individual than torture them.
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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 ...

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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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