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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 AM
    Let's see . . . who should be King? Bran: How about me? I've got a good personal story. Tyrion: Look, you wee sh**, you can see the future, knew Daenerys was going to burn thousands of innocents, and didn't say a thing. You're practically an accomplice! You're the last person I'd ever trust. I regret ever giving you that saddle, you ingrate!
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 AM
    Number of faces worn by Arya? Zero. Number of political schemes enacted by Sansa: maaaybe one if "telling Tyrion the truth" counts as a scheme. Number of useful things Bran learned with his visions: maaaybe one, if "the Night King wants to kill me, not that he doesn't want to kill everyone else too" counts as useful.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    The North decides to be its own kingdom. Yara: Wait, that's a f***ing option? We tried seceding thirty years ago and y'all flipped out and took my brother as a hostage.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 AM
    Hm, I bet the Dothraki will rape and pillage when they learn Daenerys is dead. Quick, do that thing we do when we don't know how to write a scene. *cuts to several weeks later for Tyrion's trial*
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 AM
    One of my players recently brought this up to me. "Lacks the ability to learn" is a tough one- does it remember what is in a book that it reads, for instance? I'm inclined to say yes, but haven't had to actually rule on it yet, so I am still mulling it over.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    He's done both bad and good performances before and after Twilight. I think he's one of those actors who only brings to the table what the script contains. Good writing, good. Bad writing, bad.
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM

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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:53 PM
    I voted 1e, but 3.5 is a close second. Probably followed by OD&D (in this context), then 4e, then 2e.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:35 PM
    It's been over a year since I wrapped up the original release of the steampunk adventure path ZEITGEIST: The Gears of Revolution, and since then I have devoted my creative energies to running a 20-month campaign and writing a novel. But now I want to produce and sell something new, so I'm curious which of these ideas would be most popular. Four options. 1. ZEITGEIST: Steel Wind - A...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 05:41 PM
    In 5e we intentionally changed it so yes, if you have two attacks you can fire and reload and fire again. But the next round you have to use a bonus action to relax before firing once. Guns in 4e were better than they are in 5e, sure to how attack powers would let you use multiple dice.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:32 PM
    Yikes. That cyborg girl came really close to losing a finger there.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:29 PM
    Why did you say that name !? Seriously though, he might be ok. If they come up with a good script. :p
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 07:48 PM
    'Accidentally'. No, but my dad took up smoking while in the Air Force simply so he would be allowed more break time, and got the nickname "Nicotine Nock."
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 10:25 PM
    I ran a campaign for four paladin PCs, called Smite Evil. I had a few posts about it over on reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/Pathfinder_RPG/comments/8oo9vk/biggest_golarion_landmark_youve_destroyed_in_your/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Pathfinder_RPG/comments/8tp0dm/unexpected_spell_interaction_with_a_custom/ ...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:27 AM
    Um, who cut their hand off?
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 03:55 AM
    I've never seen Bleach. Honestly, I think I might have cribbed the name from the old OLD setting Daemonforge, which was the original reason for the website EN World, back when it was just a partner site to Eric Noah's 3rd Edition News & Rumors Site. Around 2001 or '02 we created our own setting (hence the name, EN World), and one of the conceits was that dead souls couldn't make it to the...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:11 PM
    You wouldn't use Beshela; you'd use She Who Writhes. I don't have a list written up right now, but off the top of my head, the fey titans, Ashima-Shimtu, maybe a dead dragon tyrant, Gidim, maybe Egal the Shimmering, Hewanharimau (I think I'm spelling that right), etc etc. Heck, let Leska be a patron if your group played War of the Burning Sky.
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  • ScuroNotte's Avatar
    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:21 PM
    The reasons we keep Sorcery Points and Spell Points systems separate are We already kept them separate, but when the question was posed to Crawford, he wrote the intended use was for them to be separate. Sorcery Points can no longer be used for creating spell slots when using Spell Points. And spell slots cannot create Sorcery Points. Sorcery Points are only used for Metamagic and...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 10:05 PM
    George R. R. Martin Wanted More 'Game of Thrones'
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:50 PM
    Edit: meant to post this in the What Are You Listening To? thread. They released it two days ago. :D
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 01:17 PM
    One episode left. It's been a crazy ride. Whatever else I might think about how things have been going at least it's been entertaining. What I would like to happen: - Throne room. Dany orders Drogon to kill Tyrion for treason. Jon Snow does nothing. - Tyrion reveals his real father was a Targaryen, Drogon refuses to act. - Dany orders Grey Worm to kill Tyrion. Jon Snow does nothing. -...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:26 PM
    Ugh. On the one hand, why would he make that up? On the other, who told him that? We've been burned far too many times by GRRM himself regarding book releases. I'm wary of believing anything about asoiaf until it happens. :hmm: That was surprisingly good. Even after all the seasons, all the actor swaps for Gregor, and all the hype placed upon it.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 05:13 PM
    No, not at all- but he might well be the most powerful member of his class that is in the sole surviving city in my setting. In fact, there is a 20th level pc cleric who is the self-declared "High Priest of Fandelose" (the city), who is absolutely the most powerful and high level person in the city. That's okay. That's just fine. He earned those twenty levels. Again, that high level...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:02 PM
    I have an idea on how to explain Drogon's dominance this episode. Euron only managed to get three scorpions constructed and their crews trained. The ones that killed Rhaegal. The rest of the scorpions were literal cardboard cutouts. Dany figured it out because she is also a cardboard cutout this season.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:34 AM
    Here is a show of atletisism.. athlethesisi.. athlathlethism.. he go fast:
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:07 AM
    I wouldn't really say that they had special gifts (beyond their training), but they were doing crazy martial arts moves in the fight scenes. Running on walls. Making ridiculously high jump kicks and stuff. Thanks for reminding me about Space: Above and Beyond. That show had one of the best plot twists when they find out why the aliens were attacking them.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:56 AM
    It feels like there's 5 episodes of plot development missing from in between episodes three and five. Did I really just see northmen killing unarmed soldiers and civilians just because Grey Worm went crazy? Like, were those former Bolton men, or what? Jon was right there and they just go in and slaughter people without even waiting for his command? What?
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 10:06 PM
    I don't know if anyone remembers this (or even saw it), but there was a television show called Freedom that aired back in 2000. 20 episodes that were haphazardly put together about a group of resistance fighters who are trying to fight back against a coup in the USA. I remember the show having a really small budget and that totally showing, but I really enjoyed it. It only aired once here, and...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:34 PM
    3e had runestaffs, which were for sorcerers. Each one added a few thematically linked spells to the sorcerer's list of spells known. You could use that as a starting point.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:29 PM
    Well, in my setting, if you want a 3rd level spell cast for you, you probably need a pc to do it- there just aren't many npc spellcasters out there. But my setting is atypical and includes probably a dozen or more players and around 30 pcs that coexist, mostly in and around the same city. (...cuz it's the last city to exist.) As for plant growth, the likelihood of druids working to help...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:14 PM
    Only just saw the movie yesterday (it was awesome), and I haven't had a chance to read through everything here yet, so apologies if someone already mentioned this. In their interview on Ellen Brie and Scarlett mentioned that when Brie was shooting her scenes for Endgame they hadn't even started with the Captain Marvel movie (didn't even have a script), so Brie had no idea at all what the...
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  • ScuroNotte's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 03:26 AM
    Agree 110%
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  • ScuroNotte's Avatar
    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 03:04 AM
    Use it for our Sorcerer as opposed to spell slots. Has been working very well. It is kept separate from the Sorcery Points. Has not out shined the other spell caster.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Saturday, 11th May, 2019, 05:50 PM
    Still not as complicated as the book versions of Game of Thrones.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:39 PM
    IMDb is listing Harry Lloyd (aka Viserys Targaryen) as playing Charles Xavier on the final season.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 10:02 PM
    Oh boy.. Kit Harington was doing an interview on PopBuzz when he was asked to describe the season finale with one word and he blurts out "disappointing". He then quickly tried to take it back by saying epic instead, but his tone of voice didn't change. Then Entertainment Tonight tried asking Emilia Clarke if she was happy with how things ended. She chuckles in a very uncomfortable and...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 04:16 AM
    I mean, I don't watch it, so even now I haven't; I've just heard about it in this thread. And honestly, if "I heard it online" is the equivalent of actually seeing something happen, heck, I have seen it all. Under that definition, I've seen murder, suicide, sexual abuse, justice win out, injustice triumph, the world end, aliens invade, conspiracies that control just about everything, and on...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 10th May, 2019, 03:15 AM
    *raises hand*
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 09:26 AM
    Trippy as ever. Is that finally (a young) Professor X at 0:48? The first season of the show was great and while the second took a long time to really get itself off the ground the finale was amazing. Hoping that the third has learned its lessons from what worked and what didn't. Here's a kind of series recap by a fan:
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Thursday, 9th May, 2019, 06:13 AM
    I like this development. Very eerie.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 11:29 PM
    Aha! I thought so. :D The strangest thing about them is that they've been doing music since 1994-96 (different names in the beginning), but as far as I can tell they've never been on a movie soundtrack.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 11:00 PM
    You've never heard them before? Duuuuude:
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 08:42 AM
    To continue on this line of thought: In the books the trees were supposed to be windows that the Old Gods looked through to see what was happening in the world. That's why marriage ceremonies in the North took place beside them. Greenseers like Bran used that same method to see things. I don't remember exactly, but I think it wasn't like a exact window analogy, but more like they could see the...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 05:56 PM
    The new scorpions are far more powerful than I initially thought. Having watched the sea scene again it looks like Tyrion's ship wasn't even being targeted. It was anchored behind the ship with Grey Worm, and it looks to be getting hit through the other ship. That's a railgun.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Ouch.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Thanks for the update!
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, 07:43 AM
    No death. What's the worst that could happen. I'm going to write-in The Ragman as mayor.
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    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 06:03 PM
    She knows he is the nominal leader of the North. And she should know from rumours and spies that there are divided loyalties among their people as to who's really in charge? We know that they have spies in the north as Qyburn knew really fast about the army of the dead heading towards Winterfell.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 04:18 PM
    In the words of my father: "You know the real reason why Arya said no to Gendry is because she's all about the reality of the situation. Dany can't make him a lord. She's always assuming things are true before they are. She's not the queen, and it's possible she never will be."
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 02:47 PM
    Divide and conquer? If either Jon or Dany dies, the other becomes stronger as most of the disputes between their sides evaporate.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 01:40 PM
    There's a general problem on the show with the incredible accuracy of bows overall. Last episode we got a scene where Arya shooting a wight threatening Sandor was treated as an amazing shot. But was it really? Jamie's archers were able to hit a flying dragon. Theon was shooting ravens out of the air at the Twins. Ramsay just generally. All of those are elite archers, but have we actually seen...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 12:46 PM
    That scene made the least sense of everything this season. After all that Jon and Ghost went through that is what the show leaves us with?
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 12:11 PM
    Bronn did use one all by himself, and re-armed it rather quickly. The ones used against Dany's fleet do have whole teams using them. I just realized that I accidentally said that Ghost was with Robb. Shame. :p
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 6th May, 2019, 10:57 AM
    Ambushed by Euron "I Am The Storm" Greyjoy: - Balon (So sorry, but you are not the storm. Fly away now.) - Yara at the Kingsmoot. (So sorry, but you are not the queen of the Ironborn. Run away now.) - Yara and her fleet. (Say hello to The Storm, niece. RIP the Sandsnakes.) - Theon with her fleet. (If Theon had been a full Ironborn he'd have worn full battle armor, and wouldn't have...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 04:26 PM
    Now before we switch our focus for a bit, it's time to talk about the elephant in the room- or, perhaps, the room in the elephant. If an elephant is a house. Which is to say, we're talking about the aforementioned rental house. Now, to be perfectly frank, neither my notes nor my memory recall exactly when it is that Hungus, David daVoi, Dzedz, Mad Max, and the rest (but primarily Hungus)...
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    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 12:00 PM
    The Landlady is Rey's mother, confirmed?
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 02:09 AM
    Amulet of Health 21 Amulet of the Planes 28 Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location 21+1=22 Bead of Force 20 Bracers of Archery 15 Bracers of Defense 21 Brooch of Shielding 21 Circlet of Blasting 11 Elemental Gem 10 Eyes of Charming 4
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Sunday, 5th May, 2019, 01:20 AM
    Around the time that I graduated from there this little show began to air: Edit: and to those perceptive amongst you, yes indeed it is 3 am here, and I am having trouble sleeping. But it is sunday so that's fine.
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 11:47 PM
    If guesses were tresses there'd be all those messes on mornings with all that bed hair.
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 11:34 PM
    I guess. *shrug* I'm just living in such a super different world now that I'm not even sure if I could relate to meeting myself from back then. It's almost like somewhere along the line I turned into my dad (and he says that too).
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 11:00 PM
    On friday I got a card (like an actual card in my mailbox, not an email or anything) for what basically amounts to an invitation to a high school reunion (lukio, I think that's high school level, probably). Is it bad that I feel no compulsion to actually go there? It was two decades ago. I don't even remember any of those people. I need to really work my memory to get any faces to mind. The...
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    Saturday, 4th May, 2019, 10:34 PM

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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 10:15 PM
    They do lose their attack, though, and merely readying in the first place loses you any extra attacks. Using a readied action also precludes using an opportunity attack. So there's definitely an opportunity cost there.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 06:57 PM
    For the first couple of years of 5e, I didn't realize that readying a spell cost a slot or concentration. It didn't come up much, but when it did, things worked out fine. I have since house ruled away the "spend the slot even if you don't cast the spell" part of the rules, and haven't found it to be a problem.
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 10:13 AM
    Earlier this week on reddit they linked to a news article by the cinematographer defending the lighting choices with basically "I know the episode wasn't too dark because I shot it" (the Business Insider site they link to is loaded with pop-up nonsense). Well, now someone there mapped out the avarage colour of each frame for the episode. Spoilers, it's pretty damn dark. :p
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 02:20 AM
    This is, on its face, nonsense. DM-as-impartial-arbiter is something that goes back to the very beginning of the game, yet early DMs built worlds, set challenges, etc. I'd say that you're doing two things in this passage here- arguing that your playstyle is the valid playstyle, and trying to shoe horn a square peg (your vision of what 'impartial' means) into a round hole (actual game play under...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 11:55 PM
    Ooh, there is in this post an idea I wish I'd had myself. You said you're in adventure 8 now? I don't want to spoil anything.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 09:37 PM
    Is, or can, a choose your own adventure book be what you consider"literary"? What about classic text adventures?
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 06:04 AM
    It can kinda work if you have a villain who uses magic to mind control an army or something, and killing him frees the people.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 09:45 PM
    It's a semantic debate. Did 'white people' split off from 'black people', or vice versa? Nah, neither is true. There were ancient humans, and they sorta descended into a lot of groups with different facial features.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, 03:29 PM
    IIRC early editions were explicit that teleportation effects worked via the Astral Plane. Unfortunately, I have neither my 1e DMG nor my 1e MotP here to confirm that.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 11:18 PM
    My only quibble is I would have liked them to call in Captain Marvel to do the unsnapping, so that her role in the movie is greater, and to give her a chance to be part of the team grieving Natasha, whom she seemed to have at least a bit of a rapport with in the teleconference scene. Then due to the snap, she is out of commission for the first part of the fight against Thanos's army, but gets to...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 10:34 PM
    A GM friend of mine ran a short campaign that was basically "Flee the undead horde and find a place to hide." He'd implemented a key house rule to increase the horror. When you reached zero, instead of falling unconscious, you got 2 levels of fatigue. For that hit and every time you were hit after that, you made a Con save equal to the damage, and if you failed you gained another level of...
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 09:55 PM
    The Night King had this mystery behind him: "What's his deal? What motivates him? What will he do if he wins?" I assumed they'd reveal something that would surprise us. But apparently he was just an evil ice robot, with no depth and no point.
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    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 09:46 PM
    They got this episode completely wrong, in my opinion. No one in the whole episode made a decision. There was no character growth or emotional fall-out, except maybe for Jorah's death. The tactics of the heroes were moronic. The staging of the action was inconsistent, with undead appearing at one moment unlimited and insurmountable, and then shortly thereafter sparse and under control. The...
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  • steeldragons's Avatar
    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 06:35 PM
    Indeed. It is quite common throughout history/mythology/religion/legend. My understnding of this thread/original post was you wanted to hear how people handled their druids and nature in their games. As mentioned, there are many personifications of bits n' pieces of "Nature"...the god of the Sun, god of the Hunt/forests/"wild untamed Nature" , the god of the mountain/stone/ earth, the goddess...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 03:34 PM
    They were already stretched thin on everything, including time. I don't think there was more they could have done. And the dothraki were supposed to be invincible on an open field. That's what everyone said, and I think they really would believe that.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 29th April, 2019, 01:25 PM
    It was a massacre, but a surprisingly mild massacre for the main cast. I expected way more characters lost. I'd say that Melisandre, Arya and Theon were the MVP trio of the episode. Only three episodes left. Me sad.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 09:40 PM
    Do you have a citation for that? Because right now, without such a cite, I don't think that what you say here is correct. It's your reading of the way damage works, but not everyone is going to share your reading. I'm not saying you're wrong to see it that way, but you're kind of out of line insisting that it's the One True Way that damage works. It simply isn't and never has been.
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    Sunday, 28th April, 2019, 04:09 AM
    Druids are the keepers, guardians, watchers, and advocates of the Natural world, its knowledge, power, and secrets. They are the setting's first priests...an ages-long series of initiates of a singular order originating from descendants of the Green Tribe of Men, one of original Five Tribes of Men who befriended elfkind and learned/were taught the first mysteries and secrets of "nature" magic. ...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 04:26 PM
    On the DM's side, absolutely; it's easy for me to fix things that prove broken and rebalance, or ultimately rewrite or stop using stuff that is out of whack. On the player's side- it really depends. No TPP are allowed in without a thorough review, and many things (e.g. spells and magic items) aren't simply available to pcs even if I allow them in the game. To use a non-PH spell, a pc has to...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Has anyone suggested a cadaver collector yet?
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 04:16 PM
    My strong- STRONG- recommendation is to never try to use anything from that wiki in play. It's awful, almost universally; the mechanics are pretty much always broken as presented. If one of my players brings something from the dndwiki to me, I reject it out of hand. Experience has shown me that it is basically never worth the effort required to fix things from it, and I am more inclined to custom...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 04:09 PM
    That's a good argument, but hardly "irrefutable". Bear in mind that damage can be psychic. It's pretty easy to argue that 1 point of psychic damage won't draws blood. In addition, a shark gets advantage on creatures that don't even have blood, so long as they are below maximum hps. A damaged water elemental? Advantage. A damaged stone golem? Advantage. A damaged skeleton? Advantage. ...
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 07:37 AM
    In this week's episode of Strange Math: Sort of bad movie + sort of good game = fantastic soundtrack. How the heck does that work?
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 06:54 AM
    Yikes. So characters being affected by events and then resolving to try to save the day anyway just ain't your brand of heroism, huh?
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    Saturday, 27th April, 2019, 02:26 AM
    We do? Since when? I'd need a cite on this, and even with one, I find it a dubious assertion. Since 1e and before, the distinction between hit points and actual wounds has been clearly drawn.
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Friday, 14th September, 2018

  • 03:16 AM - Rune mentioned steeldragons in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Perhaps some former contestants, judges, and/or alternates from the last few tournaments might want to get in on the fun? Leopold LongGoneWrier LucasC Lwaxy MortalPlague PnPgamer Radiating Gnome Slit518 steeldragons UselessTriviaMan Waylander the Slayer Wicht Wik Yaztromo

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018

  • 03:21 PM - lowkey13 mentioned steeldragons in post Fluff, Rules, and the Cleric/Warlock Multiclass (WITH POLL!)
    You're absolutely right, sir. The landscapers have done a wonderful job with the sod, and I will remove myself promptly so as not to cause unsightly divots. Well, I wouldn't have put it like steeldragons but I think there is a divide in viewpoints. If I can put it in this way- Some people view fluff as important, in some ways. The flavor is baked into the class. It is part of the "world." Others view the fluff as unimportant; the rules are all that matter. Combine that with different views of what a class means in D&D. Some people have a more formal conception of the class, whereas others view "class" as just a constellation of abilities. This gets even more muddied when it comes to muticlassing; for the second group, multiclassing allows those people to pick and choose abilities between classes in order to create a concept (a gestalt) of what they really want; others view multiclassing more like the old way; that it is moving from one "career" to another, or, perhaps, advancing slowly down two lines (the archetypal F/MU). I don't think that there's a wrong way to play, but they are different approaches. For me, the idea that a Cleric would Multiclass with Warlock i...

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018


Friday, 16th February, 2018

  • 10:11 PM - CleverNickName mentioned steeldragons in post Survivor Cleric Domains- LIFE DOMAIN WINS!
    Arcana Domain 19 Death Domain 11 Forge Domain 20 Grave Domain 3 - 2 = 1 Knowledge Domain 21 Life Domain 20 Light Domain 19 Tempest Domain 18 + 1 = 19 (Nice try, rczarnec). This is the obvious choice for clerics of Zeus, too. Trickery Domain 16 War Domain 21

Monday, 12th February, 2018

  • 07:34 PM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post Sorcerer spell chains
    ...nalyze the aura of one creature you see. You learn its current hit point total and all its immunities, resistances, and vulnerabilities. Read Moods (2 psi). As a bonus action, you learn a one-word summary of the emotional state of up to six creatures you can see, such as happy, confused, afraid, or violent. View Aura (3 psi; conc., 1 hr.). As an action, you study one creature’s aura. Until your concentration ends, while you can see the target, you learn if it’s under the effect of any magical or psionic effects, its current hit point total, and its basic emotional state. While this effect lasts, you have advantage on Wisdom (Insight) and Charisma checks you make against it. Perceive the Unseen (5 psi; conc., 1 min.). As a bonus action, you gain the ability to see auras even of invisible or hidden creatures. Until your concentration ends, you can see all creatures, including hidden and invisible ones, regardless of lighting conditions. ...I could easily see adding a version of steeldragons "see magic" into the mix of Aura Sight.

Sunday, 31st December, 2017

  • 11:02 PM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post Preview of the Witch Class I am working on
    Great insights steeldragons As always :) If you interpret "witch" as "crafter of magic", what differentiates a witch from an artificer? My view of witchcraft/witchery is probably biased as I've met several contemporary "witches" and read about historical Italian witchcraft (Stregheria)... but I've always seen witchcraft as a sort of mystery cult focused on initiation into secrets. It's the secret knowledge aspect of witchcraft that most stands out to me as a basis from which to form a game-definition of a "witch" that is distinct from an artificer / druid / sorcerer / warlock / wizard. While I've never gone the distance of making it into a class, in my homebrew campaign world which goes by the epithet "Witching Grounds", I've really played up that secret knowledge witch concept in a couple ways on the DM's side... Witches often know True Names of otherworldly beings and can summon/control/banish them. Witches can sense possession and other forms of magical control of others. Witches know ancient ...

Thursday, 7th December, 2017

  • 06:48 PM - Rune mentioned steeldragons in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Perhaps some former contestants, judges, and/or alternates from the last few tournaments might want to get in on the fun? GuardianLurker Imhotepthewise Iron Sky Leopold LongGoneWrier LucasC Lwaxy MortalPlague PnPgamer Radiating Gnome Slit518 steeldragons UselessTriviaMan Waylander the Slayer Wicht Wik

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Monday, 14th August, 2017

  • 08:45 AM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post A Class Thread By Any Other Name...
    steeldragons I've advocated a similar approach for a while, calling for more fighter & rogue subclasses. My ideal for the PHB would have been something like: Bard 2 Barbarian 2 Cleric 7 Druid 2 Fighter 6 Monk 2 Ranger 2 Rogue 6 Sorcerer 2 Warlock 2 Wizard 8 = 41, close to PHB just with different distribution. Then I'd expand on Bard, Barbarian, Druid, Ranger', Sorcerer, and Warlock options is supplemental hardbacks. One wild thought: what if there was no need for a "general default" fighter, wizard, or what have you? For example, there could be a generic rule - maybe in the customization chapter (alongside multiclassing & feats) - about forgoing choosing a subclass in favor of getting bonus feats / proficiencies / saving throws / known spells / certain class features (e.g. Fighting styles or Eldritch invocations). If there were just a bit more feats supporting casters, I think this could work very nicely. EDIT: Here are my thoughts on how I'd ideally tweak the classes: Read Languages for ro...

Sunday, 2nd July, 2017

  • 09:52 PM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    ...); HP 38; Spd 30; Senses 15; Lang common, ignan, jhatab’enar; Resist fire; Saves Str +0, Dex +1, Con +1, Int +6, Wis +5, Cha +0; #Att 1 fire bolt +6 (120 ft), 2d10 fire; dagger +4 (5 ft), 3 (1d4+1) piercing; Special geased; Spells (save DC 14, attack +6) cantrips control flames (EE), fire bolt, light, mage hand; 1st (4) burning hands, detect magic, mage armor; 2nd (3) flaming sphere, scorching ray, suggestion; 3rd (3) dispel magic, fireball, haste; 4th (1) wall of fire; CR 6 (2,300 XP); p. #. And in a third guard room I have... Mamluk of the Imperishable (2). Medium humanoid LN; AC 15 (17 with shield); HP 19; Spd 30; Senses 13; Lang common, ignan; Resist fire; Saves Str +2, Dex +1, Con +2, Int +0, Wis +1, Cha +0; #Att 1 longbow +3 (150/600 ft), 5 (1d8+1) piercing and 3 (1d6) fire; longsword +4 (5 ft), 6 (1d8+2) slashing; Special pack tactics, solidarity; CR 1 (200 XP); p. #. And that's not even including the area descriptions! I have to question Lanefan steeldragons are "short form" stats really a good idea across the board? Or only for very specific types of small "fun house/monster menagerie" dungeons?
  • 08:39 PM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    ...An open arch is inscribed with Ignan runes: Death begins in water and ends in fire. It leads to a cool quiet semicircular chamber 15’ (4.5 m) in diameter. At the center is an 8’ (2.5 m) diameter circular well accessed via four pointed arches arranged in the cardinal directions. A winch-operated chain hangs down the middle, connected to a bucket. A narrow 6” (15 cm) brick ledge spirals along the inside of the well. On the upper level… The well is 60’ (18 m) deep before reaching water, with four pointed archways at about midway and four more archways at the bottom. On the main level… The well is 30’ deep before reaching water, with four pointed archways at the bottom. The well’s shaft continues up for another 30’ (9 m) where there are four more archways at the top. On the lower level… This is the base of the well, with a bucket floating on the cold dark water. The well’s shaft extends 60’ (18 m) up, with four pointed archways at about midway and four more archways at the top. steeldragons Terrific reply :) Well, preferably, you could use a reference to the original page, as Lanefan suggested, ideally if they're in the same spread. I personally, wouldn't mind referencing the original page number if there are several of the same creature...but then you're defeating the purpose of "ease of use/having it there in front of you on the page you need it." Obviously, if there is a difference/change in the creature (beyond just hit points), if it's wearing different armor or using a magical two-handed sword with special abilities instead of a glaive or whatever, then it gets its own block again. But, I suppose, if it appears four times in four different spreads, then yeah...kinda stuck/you should print it again. But saying "this is getting to be too much, so I'll shunt all of this other stuff, from EVERY room, and put it elsewhere in its own section" doesn't really solve the problem, does it? It's still page count. It's still material -which now the DM must be flipping b...
  • 05:48 AM - Quickleaf mentioned steeldragons in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    Lanefan steeldragons So, if I were taking the Oni (ogre mage), what would its abbreviated stats look like? Something like this? Oni: Large giant; AC 16; HP 110; Saves Str +4, Dex +3, Con +6, Int +2, Wis +4, Cha +5; #Att 2 glaive, +7 (10 ft or 5 ft in Medium size), 2d10+4 slashing (or 1d10+4 in Medium size); senses 14 (darkvision 60 ft); change shape, magic weapons, regeneration (10); innate spells (at will – darkness, invisibility, 1/day –charm person, cone of cold, gaseous form, sleep; CR 7 (2,900 XP); Monster Manual. And then if an Oni appears elsewhere in the adventure 4 times, you repeat that abbreviated stat block each of those 4 times? What about much more complex monsters? Things like Archmages or Beholders? What about rooms where who is in the room changes significantly based on different times of day, ceremonial circumstances, etc?

Saturday, 3rd June, 2017

  • 07:58 PM - Lanefan mentioned steeldragons in post Survivor Classic Modules: THE SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH WINS!
    Think I incorporated all of the changes since rczarnec. Posts 247 to 248 crossed the streams. Anyone is welcome to double check my corrections. But think this is where we are. [EDIT: Dammit! Too slow. Maxperson's additions included below. I'll do my own in a separate post.] A1-A4 Scourge of the Slave Lords 4 B2 The Keep on the Borderlands 21 C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan 22 EX1-EX2 Dungeonland/Magic Mirror 7 G1-G3 Against the Giants 10 I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City 21 I2 Tomb of the Lizard King 11 I3-I5 Desert of Desolation 25 L1 The Secret of Bone Hill 15 S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth 25 T1 Village of Hommlet 21 U1-U3 Saltmarsh Series 19 WG4 Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun 21 X1 Isle of Dread 23 X2 Castle Amber 22 steeldragons I think you've given EX1-2 some extra points. In post 247 (the last accurate one, I think) it had 13 points. It then got downvoted in posts 248, 250 and 251 with no mitigating upvotes, so should currently be sitting on 4 points after post 258. Will fix with my own vote, next post.

Monday, 29th May, 2017

  • 07:26 PM - Kobold Stew mentioned steeldragons in post Survivor Classic Modules: THE SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH WINS!
    [note: steeldragons dropped B1 by 2 and not 3, but it's a wash since ccs killed it anyways. No corrections needed.] A1-A4 Scourge of the Slave Lords 19 B2 The Keep on the Borderlands 22 B4 The Lost City 11 C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan 22 C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness 17 D1-D3 Drow 13 EX1-EX2 Dungeonland/Magic Mirror 20 G1-G3 Against the Giants 21 I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City 25 I2 Tomb of the Lizard King 17 I3-I5 Desert of Desolation 26 L1 The Secret of Bone Hill 8 L2 The Assassin's Knot 6 Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits 15 S2 White Plume Mountain 21 S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks 11 S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth 27 T1 Village of Hommlet 25 U1-U3 Saltmarsh Series 22 UK2 Sentinel 15 WG4 Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun 22 X1 Isle of Dread 20 X2 Castle Amber 19 So many of these modules are excellent. In thinking about what to vote for, it really has brought back a flood of memories, of modules played, replayed, or only thought about.

Saturday, 6th May, 2017

  • 12:13 AM - MoonSong mentioned steeldragons in post So long and thanks for all the fish!
    ...ular "they", for instance. My understanding is that this is uncontroversial in non-American English-speaking countries, but in America the singular they became another political hill to die upon because we'll do that crap with just about anything. I remember about a decade or so ago when light bulbs became this huge, divisive political flashpoint. We're a pretty ridiculous people. :p That said, English grammar is mostly a melting pot of ever-changing guesswork where there are more exceptions than "rules", no matter where you live and speak the language. It's enough to make one wonder why some folks get so bent out of shape over those so-called "rules". Since this thread is all over the place anyways I will just point out that the "singular they" works very well, and I often find it a positive to have conversations without knowing genders. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they Wait a little plz. I'm aware of singular they, and I prefer descriptivism. I just commented on steeldragons using "he/she". If we were using a different language we either would quickly know Thedip's gender from the way he talks or wouldn't need to know it at all. You know, because of speech patterns or gendered adjectives and nouns.

Sunday, 19th March, 2017

  • 12:19 AM - Hussar mentioned steeldragons in post 5e Warlord Demand Poll
    This is an example I was talking about, when I said that you keep saying things and accusing others of untrue things. "My campaign to banish the warlord"? The only thread I created on the topic (and the last thread I created period), was this one from 2 weeks ago. I'm arguing in favor of including the Warlord class in that thread. So I'm going to ask you nicely. Please stop accusing me of doing things I've not only not done, but are actually the opposite of my actual position. Dude, I'm totally sorry. I got your user name mixed up with steeldragons. Totally my bad.

Monday, 6th March, 2017

  • 09:42 PM - OB1 mentioned steeldragons in post Prestige Classes?
    I don't know. I don't mind the UA's first attempt. I don't think it really worked the way they wanted. But it had potential. I WOULD probably reclassify them by a different name than "Prestige Class" since that has some baggage and, apparently, bad feeling that comes with it. I'd like the concept of prestige class/paragon path to be something new. Archetypes already covers the idea of classes mix-mash or super-specialization. I'd use PrC to give some level to some things that dont have level progression in the game: races and background. ex: someone with the guild artisan background could take the Guimaster PrC to increase the background feature and gain new features related to his increasing status within the guild. A dwarf could take the First-born of Moradin PrC to increase his dwarf-ness, like immunity to poison, shape earth cantrip or precious metal-sense. I'd add paths for things like lycanthropy and vampires curses or the like as well. steeldragons how about Story Class or Quest Class as a new name? IE. Sometimes a character's adventures lead them to encounter new forks in the road that can change the path of their career. Below are rules for a unique kind of class specifically for players to use with the optional multi-classing rules. Quest Classes are only 4-5 levels long and have prerequisites that can only be met via adventuring. Again, I'd be fine if WotC just provided some official guidelines for creating and leave the specifics to the DMs table, though I would welcome inspiration in the form of some of these as well.

Saturday, 18th February, 2017

  • 04:34 PM - FrogReaver mentioned steeldragons in post Inquisitor (Cleric/Paladin Hybrid)
    steeldragons While it's convention in 5e to have classes have multiple subclasses, there's nothing in the design that says a class is required to. It's also not required anywhere for a class to have a subclass at all. So an Inquisitor class doesn't need either.

Wednesday, 19th October, 2016

  • 09:38 PM - bedir than mentioned steeldragons in post Is a Half-Caster -but still Magical- Cleric too different?
    steeldragons I enjoy the thought of Clerics/Warlocks and maybe Paladins being built on a short rest Invocation(y) mechanic with Wizards/Druids and maybe Bards/Rangers/Sorcerers on the long rest. It not only offers variety but can be explained though the lore. C/W contact a higher power for their gifts. W/D use their understanding of the world to change it.


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Monday, 29th April, 2019

  • 02:53 AM - Umbran quoted steeldragons in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    You keep asking bout Nature like it has its own sentience..rather than being the conglomeration of the energies and materials of the physical setting: life, death, the elements, the sun/moon/stars, the trees/stone/streams, animals, plants, weather. No, Nature would not "care." Though as mentioned, a druid could not be [a.k.a. pursue/promote/advocate for] "evil" and remain a druid/retain their druidic powers. Nature does not "care." Nature simply "is." If nature does not care, then why does alignment enter into it? Why does an "evil" druid lose their powers? Are not "good" and "evil" just two more parts of the Grand Scheme of Things? Why does nature differentiate if it does not care? In a game where there's no mechanical impact of alignment (so, you cannot magically detect good or evil) *how* does Nature differentiate those who have gone astray if there is no sentience of any kind to it to judge?

Sunday, 28th April, 2019

  • 08:18 PM - uzirath quoted steeldragons in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    Back in AD&D 2nd I had a cleric who was convinced that there was an absolute morality because no matter the position of the deity, spells like Know Alignment and Detect Evil would always return the same. Back in the day, I remember bashing my head against the alignment system on so many occasions, both as player and DM. We used to rename Detect Evil "Permission to Murder." Moral ambiguity is at the heart of so much drama. It was a radical day when we realized at some point in high school that we could dump the whole thing without breaking the game. You keep asking bout Nature like it has its own sentience..rather than being the conglomeration of the energies and materials of the physical setting: life, death, the elements, the sun/moon/stars, the trees/stone/streams, animals, plants, weather. Well, yes, that's one way of imagining nature. I didn't want to preclude the possibility of a personified nature, which is relatively common in mythology, folklore, and RPG settings (the Greek Gaia c...

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019

  • 04:57 PM - Aaron L quoted steeldragons in post Jon Peterson Shares Aronson's Original OD&D Illusionist
    If only he could spell "invisible." ;) One need only look at the 1e Magic-user class level titles to know the answer to that is a hearty "yes." hahaha 3rd level? "Enchanter." 7th level? "Necromancer." Conjurer and Evoker are both in there. "Spellbinder," I think was one. Magician. Warlock. So, yeah. "Take a magical word referring to a magical thing and we'll just stick that in." Defining the school, and then further "flavors" of arcane magic and types of magical practice is really a 2e and significantly more 3+e thing. Point taken, but even in 1E the spells were grouped into Schools of Magic which were listed at the top of the spell description, and most of the names of the Schools made some kind of sense by either the traditional meaning of the terms, or at least some kind of symbolic connection... all except Invocation/Evocation. It's not a big thing, and doesn't actually mean anything in the long run. But ever since I started playing D&D when I was 14 and I understood what the n...

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Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

  • 07:50 PM - Celebrim quoted steeldragons in post Revised and rebalanced dragons for 1e AD&D
    I'm very much looking forward to your descriptive write ups on the metallics. Really great (and huuuuuge amount of) work. The metallic write ups are nearing completion. I'm asking for feedback a bit early because I'm less happy with them than the chromatics, and in particular I think the Brass write up is inspired but I'm much less enthusiastic about the other ones. A bit of background, I've never actually used a metallic dragon in game, and I've not really been happy with how metallics played out in settings where I was the player, or with any of the lore I'd seen built around them (mechanically or in its write up). I've just never seen the point of them - why do we need good dragons and what role would they have in a story where the PC's are protagonists? (I've often speculated that the good dragons were actually intended to be the oriental dragons in a lose way, before becoming their own thing when oriental dragons were considered more closely.) In fact, my lack of use for metalli...

Friday, 31st August, 2018

  • 02:49 PM - lowkey13 quoted steeldragons in post What makes D&D, D&D?
    EDIT TO ADD: The separation of magics/spells between MUs and Cles....and thus carrying over/through the game in all incarnations, whatever the titles/names for them. Other systems use different magical organizations...either teased out into every possible different facet/contingency or different magics based on magical practices, to the all lumped together (a la some neo-pagan/modern day idea) of "all magic is magic" with spells divided by ethical or moral intent, i.e. "white/grey/black" magic, or other thematic groupings ("blue" magic for the air, "red" magic for dealing damage/blood/war, "green" magic for nature/plants, etc...) and different character classes/concepts use whatever "color" of magic best suits their individual flavor. But all of that has blossomed and branched and interwoven over the decades all began from the simple idea that a "wizardy guy" has/used different magic [different spell list] from a "priestly guy" and nary the twain shall meet...though nowadays they meet, maybe, a ...

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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

  • 04:27 PM - TwoSix quoted steeldragons in post Pathfinder 2 Character Sheet #6: Ezren, Human Wizard
    This was my first thought. Might work out...but, realistically/in play, how often are you taking 4 or less HP of physical damage? Seems like a "Shield Block" is going to be a limited DR/absorbed hp, but will "shatter" every time. A cantrip for +1 AC, plus the ability to be used as 4 extra hit points roughly once a battle, seems pretty decent to me. Plus the fact we don't know how it scales.

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Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 11:02 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted steeldragons in post Yugoloths: Do They Have an Identity Beyond the Blood War?
    I thought "the Blood War" was a 3.5 or 4e fabrication. I don't remember ever hearing the term or about it from the AD&D days. The Blood War was a 2e invention. It definitely played a big role in the 2e Planescape line.
  • 08:39 PM - vincegetorix quoted steeldragons in post Yugoloths: Do They Have an Identity Beyond the Blood War?
    I thought "the Blood War" was a 3.5 or 4e fabrication. I don't remember ever hearing the term or about it from the AD&D days. Devils, Demons, and Daemons in 1e were simply embodiments of their respective flavor [Lawful/Neutral/Chaotic] of evil. Though Daemons as a mercenary kind of fighters/traders/double-dealers between and/or for both devils and demons has been a niche of theirs from the get go. I'm not even sure there's Blood War going on in 4e. IIRC, in the Dawn War cosmology, the Demons were originally the Angels/Devils (Angels served good Gods, Devil served evil Gods but were still lawful servants of divine dominions in the Astral Sea) of Tharizdun that fell in the when the other gods decided to throw Tharizdun's Dominion at the bottom of the Elemental Chaos, thus creating the endless Abysses. That's why in 4e Demons are considered Elemental creatures and Angels/Devils were Immortals. Since there's no easy way to travel from the Astral Sea to the Elemental Chaos, I doubt there was an op...
  • 06:25 PM - Mouseferatu quoted steeldragons in post Fey in 5e DnD
    ...to the dazzling shining might and transcendent powers of -what are somewhat mistakenly referred to as- the "Gemstone Dragons." You've actually come up with a story that might incline me to include gemstone dragons in a campaign. Kudos; that is not an easy task, given how I normally feel about them.

Friday, 11th May, 2018

  • 03:29 AM - cbwjm quoted steeldragons in post Splitting cleric's subclass into domain and archetype
    It may or may not be appropriate...but there's a degree to which one must put up their hands and say "let the players, be players." Does it make sense to have a "mystic" archetype of the god of war, whose abilities grant weapon proficiencies and weapon attack/damage bonuses? No. Probably not. But if that's what the archetype says and a player still says, "I wanna be a mystic of the war god! Here's what I'm thinkin'..." Then, <shrug> it's for them to work it out and find they either love it or, perhaps, mixing diametrically opposed options in game, just because they are there, is not always a great idea. As the designer there's only so much you can do about that...and it'sa weight, I personally, tend to shrug off as much as possible. I create and develop the options that I think are cool...some of them go together great! Some of them /can/ work. Some of them are not at all intended to go together...but if a player wants to, who am I? In my own homebrew system, my classes follow something simil...

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

  • 11:19 AM - cbwjm quoted steeldragons in post Splitting cleric's subclass into domain and archetype
    I'm not sure on the implementation, but I love the concept! This is what could/should have been the Cleric's breakdown from the get go...and let it be [have been] the precedent setter for why/how other classes could have the same structure (as opposed to Warlocks just being this odd anomaly). You pick a domain at 1st, then an archetype("subclass": Crusader, Mystic, etc...) at 3rd. Warlocks: Pick a pact (analogous to the domain of a deity, the warlock has a pact with a patron...who that patron is is fluff) at 1st, then an archetype ("Binder, Cultist," whatever else...) at 3rd. Bards? Pick a college (valor, lore, etc...) at 1st, then an archetype (minstrel, chronicler, judiciar, etc...) at 3rd. ...maybe, even, Rangers: Pick a "lodge" (use a beast companion, study more magic, get more stealthy/speed/movement, etc...) at 1st, then an archetype (hunter, defender, slayer, etc...) at 3rd. Early days yet, I'm still working through it but thought posting the work I had done may bring in ...

Sunday, 6th May, 2018

  • 02:41 PM - Laurefindel quoted steeldragons in post Shadow Magic Arcane Tradition (updated)
    It's a decent write up. My concern is the 6th level ability might be a bit OPed. (Snip) It seems like adding "dim light" to advantage your spells is...to borrow from Elmer Fudd, "too wittle, too wate." Iwould propose, as this is the"shadow caster" not the "darkness caster" that dim light be added to the 2nd level feature.(snip) What's a Cleric's channel or Paladin's aura these days? Make it the same as that...(snip) do whatever some other mages' or classes' 10th level features do. Thanks for the advice, duly noted. Yeah, I felt I was chickening out ont the 2nd level ability, but when homebrewing i try to err on the not-too-powerful side when I have a doubt. Yet I often fail at that too... As for the 6th level ability, advantage on poison saves and resistance to poison damage typically go hand in hand, at least in stat blocks of monsters and in the dwarf racial ability.

Thursday, 3rd May, 2018



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