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    New on EN5ider, the 5E Patreon. Gemini are warriors that evade, confound, and attack by creating dangerous magical multiples of themselves or copying a foe's techniques. A brand new character class for your 5th Edition games! By Mike Myler; illustrated by Indi Martin.
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    We have a thread already on this. Closing this one. Feel free to repost in the existing thread.
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    I donít agree with the inane, semantic argument that tolerance means we have to tolerate intolerance. I even put that in the site rules. Donít post in this thread again, please.
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    Itís not an officialness ranking system. WotC sells books to the customer. Sometimes a third party will also sell books to the customer. There isnít really a first or second party in common parlance; a third party publisher is a third party to the relationship between IP owner and customer. Itís just a colloquialism.
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    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 06:16 PM
    My fictional gravity shield stops your fictional gravity beam. Turns out itís not hard to conceive. ;)
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    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 01:01 AM
    They have to stay within the area. This isn't clear enough in the current book, but the v1.2 update will make it clearer with double cost for lasting effects outside the area. A MAG score of 16 is epic enough to allow an all-day invisibility.
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    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 12:47 AM
    He's Hans Gruber, rather than the Joker.
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    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 12:36 AM
    It's abilities aren't related to its goals. It's an anti-dragon gauntlet with no anti-dragon abilities. It's a suicide gauntlet.
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    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 12:30 AM
    I don't know what that means. I watched a film. I didn't expect anything, and I haven't read the comics.
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    Friday, 18th May, 2018, 10:12 PM
    Weíre not missing it. The movie is. Thatís not a thing in this film.
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    Friday, 18th May, 2018, 09:59 PM
    Agreed. Heís not portrayed as mad, or called ďthe mad TitanĒ. I donít know the comics, but the movie does not display an irrational protagonist (and he is this movieís protagonist).
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    Friday, 18th May, 2018, 05:59 PM
    The iconic bike of the Judges, the Lawmaster motorbike is a formidable piece of equipment. Armed with the Cyclops Laser and bike cannon it provides a Judge with enough firepower to deal with almost any situation. The bikeís computer allows it to run independently, so it can be used as a decoy or even to tackle perps head on while its rider can concentrate on other tasks. Check out this preview...
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    Friday, 18th May, 2018, 11:31 AM
    Attacks arenít automatic successes against unaware targets, only helpless ones. If the target is not willing, an attack roll is required in all four cases.
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    Wednesday, 16th May, 2018, 12:12 AM
    Thanks guys. My flying visit home is over ó heading back up there again. Iíll be away for a bit. Donít break anything!
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    Tuesday, 15th May, 2018, 08:11 PM
    There are both devil and demon archfiends in the book.
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    Tuesday, 15th May, 2018, 05:18 PM
    Yeah, so you try to equal the MDP total without having any individual foes more than two MDP higher. So for your party, throw 25 MDP at them is a fairly easy encounter, as long as you don't have any single foes which will stomp them. A leader 2 MDP higher can work. So a leader at 7 MDP and four others at 5 MDP.
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 11:27 PM
    Give people time to read the thing! :D
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 10:35 PM
    Over the weekend, Paizo posted two new Pathfinder 2nd Edition blogs. The first looks at backgrounds, with three examples (Blacksmith, Street Urchin, Pathfinder Hopeful); and the second looks at monsters and the way they are built in the new edition of the game. Monsters! The Bestiary has over 250 monsters. New signature abilities to differentiate things like bear owls and tigers. Tiger now...
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 10:08 PM
    Earlier today I answered ten questions about Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. I have some spare time right now -- so I'll answer another ten questions. First ten questions, one question each, don't ask me to list reams of content or locate a single keyword in a 250-page book I just got, and remember this isn't an essay assignment. Below is a handy-dandy summary of the answers to the previous set of...
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 09:58 PM
    Yep, OLD will have the same system as NEW in its 1.2 update. You can freely use the NEW system now, as it will be the same.
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 07:25 PM
    1. Hang on for the 1.2 update of OLD -- there's some minor tweaks coming. 2. Anyone who moves to attack you; doesn't require the exploit be used.
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 05:21 PM
    A many of you know, I am only back in town for a day from my leave of absence, so I'm doing a big flurry of catch-up work. I found the below waiting for me when I got home today. I will answer 10 questions about the book (for now at least) as my time is *very* limited right now. Pick your questions wisely! Maybe more later, depending on a lot of things. Ask your questions in the...
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 05:11 PM
    That's 3 questions. I don't have much longer! :)
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 05:00 PM
    They don't mention physical appearance, no.
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 04:58 PM
    There's a bunch of Tielfing subraces, each linked to a Lord of the Nine Hells. And discussion on diabolical cults, personality traits/ideals/bonds/flaws. The whole first 30 pages or so deals with demons, devils, etc. I'm not immediately seeing Aasimar anywhere, but that doesn't mean they're not mentioned.
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 04:37 PM
    This is what I see as I page though (bear in mind I've literally just got the book, so might miss something): Elf subraces -- eladrin, sea elf, shadar kai Dwarf subraces -- duergar Gith race, plus subraces -- githyanki, githzerai Gnome subraces -- deep gnome Tiefling subraces -- Asmodeus, Baalzebul, Dispater, Fierna, Glasya, Levistus, Mammon, Mephitopheloes, Zariel Deep Gnome feat --...
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 04:14 PM
    A many of you know, I am only back in town for a day from my leave of absence, so I'm doing a big flurry of catch-up work. I found the below waiting for me when I got home today. I will answer 10 questions about the book (for now at least) as my time is *very* limited right now. Pick your questions wisely! Maybe more later, depending on a lot of things. Ask your questions in the...
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    Monday, 14th May, 2018, 02:56 PM
    Thank you, guys. That's very kind. I'm back home for one day, so I'll try to catch up on as much work as I can before heading back up to Bristol.
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    Saturday, 12th May, 2018, 10:58 AM
    Hi guys, So a quick update. I wonít be around for a while. My mum died suddenly on Thursday morning, and Iím up in Bristol with my dad and brothers. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Danny are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, Angus for publishing stuff, Chris Helton for articles stuff. (edit Iím adding those contact details to the first...
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    Thursday, 10th May, 2018, 10:33 PM
    Morrus started a thread Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it isnít too long. I wonít be able to respond to messages or emails for now. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Dannyalcatraz are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, AngusA for publishing stuff, Christopher...
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    Thursday, 10th May, 2018, 01:02 PM
    Morrus replied to Purchased Gold
    Sorry, 97mg! I wasn't actively monitoring this thread. I only saw this comment because somebody kindly messaged me. If you need my attention, it helps to tag me. Could you resend your email? I can't find one which references gold or gp in the last few weeks. Thanks!
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 05:24 PM
    I published a supplement about Trappist. Each planet populated, all developing within sight of one another (although not reach).
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 05:15 PM
    In any group activity, it's everybody's equal responsibility to ensure everybody else is having fun. Nobody's an employee in this situation. I'd certainly agree that people have responsibility for themselves, too. To an extent, that responsibility is not so much "ensure everybody is having fun" but more "ensure you are not ruining anybody's fun". "Equal" doesn't mean "a lot" or "a burden";...
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 04:50 PM
    I'm not sure an individual review would have much effect on anything anyway - most people who read reviews read *lots* of reviews (though it depends on the product -- for an electronic product such as a TV or a laptop, people research them in great detail; for a book, not so much). Only an avalanche of bad reviews would really have a notable effect. Each review contributes to the overall buzz,...
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 04:43 PM
    I took that and ran with it. This is all the *named* stars (I decided that would be my filter - if it had been given an actual name, I'd include it). Ignore the setting specific info on top of it, but the stars are all accurate.
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 04:01 PM
    There's the opposite line of thinking, though. If you start a conversation with some friends about X, and the conversation naturally drifts to Y, rebuking them and demanding they stay on topic is unusual behaviour. That's just how conversations work; people don't own them. The idea of the + threads is that CapnZapp wants to be able to change that dynamic and say "I own this conversation, and I...
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 12:08 PM
    As I indicated, I do not feel the same way. That's certainly how one typically rolls for initiative. :)
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 10:55 AM
    Any game. For example, I really like the Numenera sheet -- I'm a sucker for an arty sheet.
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 12:03 AM
    Sure. There are always exceptions to everything, and I'm sure a game could be so bad that there's no point playing it. But it stands as a generally good guideline.
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 09:19 PM
    Superpowers (or mutations) can be found in NOW, and 2000 AD also has mutants.
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 04:58 PM
    Reviewing is difficult; I can't do it well (which is one reason why I don't write reviews) and to really review something a reviewer needs to spend time with it. That makes reviewing quite a time-sink -- especially if you have to spend time with something you don't like. That's why a lot of reviews tend to be 'recommendations' -- it's a lot easier to spend time with something you like than with...
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 02:14 PM
    That sort of thing is quite hard to come by. Fantasy maps are super common, but modern and future ones not so much. I've been buying all the Starfinder flip-mats. They're not perfect for portraying Mega-City One, but they're the best option I can find right now. I'm keeping my eyes open though. Also, some of the Heroclix maps are quite useful. Warlord Games has the license for 2000 AD...
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 02:11 PM
    They're not really a thing (yet) as only one person uses them; they could potential organically turn into the "semi-official" (i.e. polite) option of people used them, but that wouldn't be a "rule" as such.
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 10:39 AM
    It was a long bank holiday weekend here in the UK, and I sent most of it in the (rare) sun eating BBQ; there were two big Pathfinder 2 blog posts which went up in the meantime. The first dealt with armour and shields; the other was our first look at the new Paladin class! Armor now affects Touch AC; each has a different bonus for AD and TAC.
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    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 12:04 AM
    We've got a big preview of the upcoming Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD tabletop roleplaying game today! Take a look at the official character sheet! The core rulebook will contain versions for Judges and for other characters. This is the Judge sheet; the sheet for Perps and Civilians is slightly different. SaveSave
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 11:13 PM
    New on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon! Ezekial is a minotaur gifted (or maybe cursed) with intelligence and cunning beyond that of most of his kin. Ezekial is the leader of a small band of thieves who are on a crime spree stealing priceless artifacts and rare tomes of knowledge. This article describes Ezekial, his goals and personality, a description of his band of thieves, and lists possible...
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 09:07 PM
    Indeed. A healthy skepticism of important things. Applying that energy to something as inconsequential as this is the opposite of ďimportantĒ.
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 05:49 PM
    It doesnít say theyíre free. It says theyíre on the path to it. While it is a highly contentious and topical subject, an individualís user data has very little value to a non-criminal. Like a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a cent. Itís pretty close to free! This stuff only has real value when itís in enormous quantities.
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 05:09 PM
    Morrus replied to Making a camp
    We finished that campaign. This is more inspired by it.
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 02:14 PM
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    Equipment, or lack thereof, could give advantage or disadvantage. Iím not sure how youíd determine whether a party was adequately equipped without getting micro-managey about gear. And if the gear is easy to come by, then they would have advantage all the time. I guess gear would be the norm, no average or disadvantage. No gear for disadvantage, superbly equipped for advantage.
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 01:08 PM
    Morrus started a thread Making a camp
    On this bank holiday Monday, as I light the BBQ again, Iím musing about D&D rules. I want to make a sort of rule where when a party camps down in the wilderness for a long test they make some kind of group check as they all contribute to the camp, and the result in some way determines how good the long rest was. Maybe even a really good roll means everybody wakes with inspiration, and a...
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 12:44 AM
    Of course they didnít survey Seattle. What a silly thing to say.
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    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 12:37 AM
    To clarify, Iíve never hosted a con.
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    Sunday, 6th May, 2018, 12:17 PM
    Yep!
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 10:57 PM
    D&D *did* go away. Like properly. Stopped being published. Lots of people kept playing it, nonetheless. Then WotC bought TSR and announced 3E, and this website was born. The OGL means that D&D canít go away ever again. Whatever happens, some iteration of D&D will always be possible.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 10:09 PM
    Do they only work when Thor turns up? I thought the implication was that there were loads of giant dwarves forging stuff and an active star, but Thanos killed them all last week and turned off the forge. They didnít all just hang around for millennia waiting for Thor did they?
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 09:24 PM
    The rules about those terms may be (relatively) new, but the ones about arguing with moderators and posting in threads youíve been asked not to are 20 years old. I know youíre aware of them.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 09:12 PM
    Welcome back. Probably should have checked the rules before trotting out derogatory terms like ďsocial justice warriorĒ and ďvirtue signallingĒ. Donít post in the thread again, please.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 09:07 PM
    A lot of those people are from elsewhere and have joined just to comment on this thread. They arenít representative of this community, I promise. The community is awesome (with a handful of exceptions!) and I promise any event I hosted would have a strong anti-harassment policy.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 08:56 PM
    Eh? I published the article. What leads you to believe I would not believe you if you said you were harassed at an event I hosted? I was rather hoping I was giving the exact opposite impression. For the record, you would be believed.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 07:13 PM
    I think thatís what the first Avengers film was called here in the UK. To avoid confusion with the Avengers stuff in the 60s.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 07:10 PM
    I wonder why everybody doesnít have Mjolnir+ level artifacts. According to giant Tyrion, it only takes a few minutes and one guy to make one when the forge is running.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 06:48 PM
    Requiring victims to be action heroes is a bit much.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 04:22 PM
    I always figured a good way to do it would be to ask ďhave you ever rolled a d20?Ē on a popular cereal packet. Although youíd need to know it was a representative brand of cereal!
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 03:58 PM
    I donít know how much effect that would have. Itís not like superhero RPGs are the biggest names right now.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 10:21 AM
    There was a new Car Wars released not too long ago (IIRC). I wonder what that has in terms of maps. Modern and future maps are much harder to come by that fantasy maps. I try to to grab them when I find them even if I donít have an immediate use for them.
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    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 10:12 AM
    Nonsense! Looking at my gaming group, I can tell you with absolute certainty that 0% of D&D players are American!
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    Friday, 4th May, 2018, 06:35 PM
    Empire Strikes Back did that too. I think thereís room for long form storytelling in the movies.
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    Friday, 4th May, 2018, 10:53 AM
    Sarcastic responses to moderation are not acceptable. Please do not post in this thread again. If you feel any posts have broken the rules, please use the report post button.
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    Friday, 4th May, 2018, 10:20 AM
    Unacceptable. Do not call people names.
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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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