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    Today, 01:06 AM
    Trek is known for having only one item of each colour.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    I felt it underlined weíll that they didnít care about human notions of aesthetics. Unlike thes pebble they put around the pillars of their buildings, that is. They looked nice.
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    We've had a few different errors reported with image uploads of various kinds. Right now we're working on an upgrade to a new platform, which will fix everything.
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    That sounds like the most likely explanation.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    As written, yes it does. I would agree as a GM that it makes more sense to limit it to physical attacks though.
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    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    The legal answer to your question: there's no way to legally distribute it without infringing on IP laws, unless you have permission from the IP holder.
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    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    You could try making the actual ship battle a narrative background element while the PCs themselves do something important in the battle. Maybe they have to board the enemy ship and get something while the cannonballs rain down and enemy sailors battle them in the lower decks.
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    Now THAT'S more like it! Fantastic episode. Can't wait for the second half!
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    Yesterday, 06:17 PM
    You can grab the 28-page Player's Guide for the greek-inspired Odyssey of the Dragonlords campaign setting for D&D 5E for free. Odyssey of the Dragonlords is an epic fantasy campaign for the fifth edition of the worldís greatest roleplaying game. The Playerís Guide is a 28-page companion booklet that will provide you with everything you need to begin your career as a prospective hero in...
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    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    I suppose they could buy them like an exploit. Multiple free traits would be quite a power boost though.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    I hope itís on Netflix like Discover is.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 07:46 PM
    It's time for some more D&D Beyond stats! This time we take a look at the most popular feats! War Caster, Tough, Lucky, and Sharpshooter lead the pack. We recently looked at stats for adventures, classes by tier, subclasses, and multi class combinations. The last time DDB looked at this, the number of characters using feats was lower than it is now. Once feats come in properly at levels...
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 07:36 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just unveiled John Grenier's cover art for the upcoming Age of Sigmar RPG, coming later this year. "On the cover itself, you can see a band of heroes from across the Mortal Realms facing down the forces of Chaos and the undead legions of Nagash, the Lord of Death. Our group of heroes is made up of a valiant Knight-Questor of the Stormcast Eternals, a devoted Excelsior...
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 05:03 PM
    Morrus replied to No Politics
    I think itís quite simple. Opposition of harassment and abuse in our little community is not politics, and I oppose any attempts to paint them as such.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 11:58 AM
    This doesn't appear to be a thread about the RPG industry any more, so I think it's done.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 01:05 AM
    Magic in WOIN is much more low-magic than the super-high magic of D&D. If you wanted to replicate D&D's magical prevalence and availability, you'd need to reduce the MP cost of magic in general across the board.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 12:45 AM
    EN World (and I) are not connected to the ENnies any more, and I don't have any insight into what they'll decide. I do know they announced that something was forthcoming.
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    Thursday, 21st February, 2019, 12:34 AM
    Following up from the D&D 5E hints included in recent Numenera shipments to customers, Monte Cook Games has just announced its new project coming to Kickstarter in March: a 5E-compatible sci-fantasy setting which allows you to play in settings like the Barrier Peaks or Numenera! Here's the full press release:
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 03:55 PM
    There are no official plans for either that we know of. If there are any plans, WotC hasnít said anything.
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 02:40 PM
    The most popular RPG livestream in the world, Critical Role, announced last year that they were leaving Geek & Sundry and going it ahead independently. They announced today that this change takes place on Thursday, February 21st. Here's the announcement in full. "Bidet, Critters! We have a few important updates to share with you regarding Critical Role and Talks Machina. After a...
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 09:13 PM
    WotC, Gen Con, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess have all officially responded to the recent abuse accusations related to RPG writer Zak S. Wizards of the CoastWotC's initial response was tweeted by D&D franchise creative director Mike Mearls: "Iíve gotten a lot of questions recently about D&Dís relationship with a certain playtester and I wanted to make sure our stance was clear to...
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 06:45 PM
    All that said, I was just looking at OLD v1.2., and based on this feedback that ability has now changed. Here's a preview: Acid Blood. Ogres have acidic blood. In addition to gaining an additional 5 SOAK (acid), melee attackers which cause more than 10 slashing or piercing damage in a single blow take 1d6 acid damage from the blood splash. This acid damage seeps through armor, which does not...
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 04:08 PM
    Morrus started a thread Bugs & upgrades
    In the background we've been working on an upgrade from vBulletin to Xenforo for a while now. We don't have an ETA. As far as the current live site goes, that means that non-essential bugs will probably not get our focus, as they'll be redundant on the new platform anyway. For more about Xenforo, take a look here: https://xenforo.com/community/
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 04:04 PM
    There's a thread on this just 6 threads below this one. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?653829-Non-existent-Reputation-comment
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 12:13 PM
    The acid blood isn't meant to be a strong combat ability. If an ogre was dealing significant amounts of damage to foes every time it was hit, it would be very overpowered. It'll hurt maybe a peasant, but not a hero. Mooks are vulnerable to such things as they die with one hit.
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 12:10 PM
    I allow my players to optionally change their traits for others they qualify for when they get a new grade.
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    Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, 10:54 AM
    That's a new one. So the article is being reproduced where a comment should be?
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    Monday, 18th February, 2019, 09:40 PM
    Donít challenge moderators. Donít post in this thread again, please.
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    Monday, 18th February, 2019, 11:37 AM
    *Please* just give it a rest. This crusade of yours is starting to make this forum less pleasant for other.
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    Monday, 18th February, 2019, 06:32 AM
    When a player kills a foe, I often ask ďhow do you kill it?Ē and let them describe the killing blow however they like. Decapitation doesnít come up as often as youíd think!
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 10:19 PM
    There was a conflict? I didnít even release there *was* a conflict or that there was any fault to assign. Itís certainly one of the strangest conversations Iíve had recently! Ah well!
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 08:51 PM
    Thatís probably just my rubbishy screenshotting abilities.
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 08:44 PM
    That certainly wasnít my takeaway from what you were saying! Thanks for letting me know. Iíll see if I can figure out whatís wrong.
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 06:59 PM
    It's time for my next One Page Adventure! This one is called Winterheart. A nobles' daughter has been kidnapped by a cruel elven warlord. Her latent ice magic is causing a great winter to fall across the land, field by her despair. Can the PCs rescue CHRYSSA from SANGELLION KEEP? An adventure all on one page, inspired by the original EN5ider adventure by Esper. If you like these, please do...
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 04:03 PM
    Theyíre two entirely different things. One offers some little forum perks, the other offers weekly D&D articles and adventures. You can choose whichever you prefer.
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 03:13 PM
    After 2018's successful quartet of D&D Endless Quest books from Matt Forbeck, two more have popped up on Amazon with September release dates: Escape from Castle Ravenloft, and The Mad Mage's Academy. Welcome to the Forgotten Realms Endless Quest books, where you don't just read a fantastic tale. You become the hero -- and choose your own fate.You have entered the mist-shrouded realm of...
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 12:59 PM
    This was posted by Walrock Homebrew on Twitter. "Though the Opportunity rover has gone on to robot heaven, it can live on in your game. Here's a fairly-accurate statblock for our rover friend, and a nearly plausible reason for it to exist!"
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 11:40 AM
    D&D Beyond has released yet more stats! We've already seen the most common adventures, classes by tier, and subclasses. This time it's a look at popular multiclass combinations! They use "active characters" which are those not deleted or suspended, and which there is "some reasonable sense that maybe they're played". There was a LOT of data whizzing by very fast in the Twitch stream, so here it...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 09:45 PM
    Thatís about the same as +/-1d6.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:39 PM
    Well, so did everybody. That's why they kept calling them "Klingons".
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:38 PM
    If you're posting just to further an agenda, rather than to contribute to a discussion, please find some outlet other than this forum for it.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:16 PM
    Technically, before. But I don't think it will break anything if you want to play it as after.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 05:09 PM
    Iím afraid not. That rather defeats the purpose of the feature.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 03:18 PM
    Hi Odwin! I don't give ETAs, I'm afraid. But it's soon. :)
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 01:31 PM
    The Witcher RPG, which launched in 2018, will have a 24-page "Easy Mode" booklet on Free RPG Day on June 15th. This year, R. Talsorian Games will be providing The Witcher Tabletop Roleplaying Game: Easy Mode as a give-away for Free RPG Day. This 24-page booklet introduces players to the Interlock system with a simplified version of the rules and comes with pregenerated characters and...
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 01:19 AM
    The leading virtual tabletop, with over 4 million accounts, has been hacked. Roll20 was one of many victims in a major hack back in December 2018. No financial details were included. Here is there current statement: "Earlier today (2/14), Roll20 was named in a report as one of several victims of an attack by cybercriminals. While we can confirm a breach did occur, we are currently...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 06:20 PM
    This iconic Dragonlance illustration by Larry Elmore was the subject of a post by the artist this week, as he talks about things behind the scenes! Elmore: "I think you guys will like this one!! One day I got an assignment at TSR to do a painting and I had only ten days to do it in....and it had ten characters in the painting, i nearly panicked!!! I called downstairs to my wife, Betty and...
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    Friday, 15th February, 2019, 01:18 PM
    It was good, but wasn't the last episode a romance plot? And this one was essentially two simultaneous romance plots (with a murder mystery added in). I'm hoping for some action next week!
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 09:47 PM
    Iím really sorry, but I honesty donít understand the question. Iím not trying to be awkward. All damage soaks, unless the exploit or whatever specifically says otherwise. I honestly canít think of any other way to phrase it! The default is that damage soaks. Anything that doesnít is an exception to the rule.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 06:04 PM
    Morrus replied to WOIN and Roll20
    I know the people who stream Sector 49, Crash City, Warped etc have character sheets but I donít know if theyíre publicly available.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 06:02 PM
    Not all of them. But 4 is Hunan adult average and 12 is human Olympic/genius/peak performance level.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 01:21 PM
    Yeah, that means they blocked you, not vice versa.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 07:34 PM
    Morrus replied to Max dice pools
    1. Yep. 2. Also lost. An attack is just an attribute check. 3. Health isnít an attribute check, so no. Defenses, however, are (averaged) attribute checks.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 10:49 AM
    Half of those are specifically technology-related, which is interesting. I wonder if that's the issue?
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:45 PM
    Morrus replied to Appalling
    Yes, I absolutely believe Mandy, Jennifer, and Hannah. I tried to report the news as best as I could. Given the way we've covered such issues in the past, and how clear I try to make my stance on these things, it didn't occur to me that anybody would think otherwise (my fault - I should have said so up front), but for clarity: yes, of course I do. I believe they've been though a horrible...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Same rules as starting a new TV show. Learn as they go. A big infodump at the beginning isn't likely to stick. And if they ever ask a question of that nature, generally give them the answer. In other words, you can assume the characters know, and can access that info as needed, but the players can learn it as they play.
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:05 PM
    The way I see it, big critters are likely to have higher VITAL but lower RANGED. So it's easy to *hit* a brontosaurus, but it isn't easy to knock it down or push it! I could see an argument for disarm, and as a GM I'd probably allow it.
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 10:45 PM
    When theyíre done. Lots of proofreading going on right now. :)
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 09:59 PM
    To inflict a condition youíre attacking your targetís sturdiness. Is he knocked prone, or does he just take it?
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 07:36 PM
    The main problem with them was that the initial stages were far too weak, the later stages were rarely reached, and they could be far too hard to shake off. The new system is simpler, but more effective, I feel.
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 06:52 PM
    According to the official Monte Cook Game's Twitter account, recent customer shipments come with a surprise -- handwriten 5e notes on torn Numenera pages. "Some very mysterious notes are being found in a few MCG shipments... We're sure we wouldn't have the faintest idea what those scrawlings might mean. PAY NO ATTENTION." At least one of the mods, Alpha Dean, on the unofficial Cypher...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 06:13 PM
    That night be one of the most impressive thread necros I've ever seen, Flexor the Mighty! 16 years!
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:24 PM
    Yep, NEW and NOW are both v1.2 there.
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 09:47 PM
    The cadet career says it starts at 5. Other careers which donít say that start at 0 as normal.
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 09:21 PM
    Like I said, damage always soaks unless something says it doesn't. If the exploit in question doesn't say that it doesn't soak, then it soaks. :)
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Both are correct! Cadets start at age 5. 5+13=18! :)
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 11:30 AM
    RPG writer Zak S (aka Zak Smith, Zak Sabbath) has been accused by multiple women of abusive behaviour in a public Facebook post by his ex-partner, and two other women. Photo from Wikipedia Zak Smith appeared in the video series I Hit It With My Axe, and is known for the Playing D&D With Porn Stars blog. He has also written several RPG books, most recently for Lamentations of the Flame...
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 10:33 AM
    Damage always soaks unless something says otherwise.
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 01:09 AM
    Yup. Itís friggin tiresome.
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 12:10 AM
    Drop the gatekeeping crap right now, n00b.
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 10:47 PM
    You keep taking about things you ďhaveĒ to do. What you mean is things you ďwantĒ to do.
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 10:12 PM
    While nothing is perfectly representative, I would say their 9 million characters might be more representative than your three gaming groups. I expect DDB takes your stars with a grain of salt. ;) I find it bizarre that in 2019 we still have to say ďanecdotes are not dataĒ. Their data isnít perfect, of course. But itís not an anecdote.
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 09:50 PM
    And that's bad because...? Somebody's wrong on the internet?
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 09:03 PM
    Well that explains how the prebuilt NPCs wee built, which I believe was one of your questions. :)
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 08:14 PM
    We donít need data at all. Sometimes they share stuff as a conversation point. And itís fun to talk about. But we donít need it. Itís just an excuse for us all to flap our lips
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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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