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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    Something else to consider. You gave the lich plane shift. Do you intend to use it? You have this planned as the final fight, but if he's got plane shift, he should try to use it to escape, unless you have a good plot reason that he wouldn't do that.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 AM
    The minions help out a bit I agree. Especially that life drain, that is a scary power to start the party with, as that will effect the party for the rest of the fight (I approve!). On the howl, the problem here is....dropping the party to 0 hp doesn't really do anything mechanics wise. The chance of this actually causing a player death is almost non-existant. What you could do is add an...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    So I don’t know your parties level but I’ll assume pretty high stats. 1) phase 1 - complete cake walk. The lich has low ac and hp for that level, and no real defensive spells. He might last a round. 2) phase 2 - now we are talking. The engine gives him much needed durability. I think the d wave is overkill, what i would do instead is an antimagic wave that dispels the party’s buff. That...
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    I had a long talk with my group about the concerns I had with counterspell, even noting to my players that “I will knock out your spells with this if we Lee it in”. They have decided to keep it. I will say the range does factor in if you are smart about it, and I’ve had bad guys pull back out of counterspell range to use effects. So far it’s working, there are times when I still wonder if I...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Ah, I've figured it out! The way your proclamation that "Hollywood doesn't really do new movies" works in your head is that Hollywood = Disney's 4-5 blockbusters each year, and all of the other 500 movies each year are not by Disney and therefore aren't Hollywood. Ergo, Hollywood doesn't do new movies any more. The No True Scotsman fallacy needs to be renamed, because, man, you not only...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Research and gather opinions before *running* my homebrew adventures? That would be more work than my content is worth, to be honest. Plus, my homebrew is designed for the half-dozen or so people at my table. Unless I am going to a person specifically chosen to match my players' preferences, outside opinions are, statistically, apt to be misleading. Publishing is another matter...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Well, Labyrinth is estimated as having a $25 million dollar production budget, but made about $13 million at the box office. That's... not good financial performance.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    Well, you say more than one thing - if you want more focus in your answers, keep your presentation more focused :) I think giving the Borg a face was inevitable. If you don't give them a face, they are, as I already noted, a force of nature. Characters don't interact *personally* with nature. So, dramatically speaking, the force of nature only allows you to play with the interactions you...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:55 PM
    As if anyone who ever made a movie wasn't hoping that it would be massively popular and financially successful? Again - if you are trying to make money on the box office alone, "break $100 million" isn't actually the issue. The ratio of return to investment is the issue. Let us look at the most profitable movies of all time, shall we? ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    +1. It makes for a very frustrating conversation when No True Scotsman is constantly invoked to move the goalposts every time someone points out a factual inaccuracy.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    I'm taking it, for now, that this will be a slightly different take on the Thor storyline... because we had verified in Endgame that Thor Odinson is still worthy.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:27 PM
    There is a huge difference between, "the implacable threat itself is interesting" and "the implacable threat makes for an interesting story and action by the protagonists".
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Truly implacable threats aren't interesting. If they are truly implacable, they kill your protagonists and win and the story ends An antagonist isn't interesting if you cannot understand it. A human must be able to grasp the antagonist's motivations and plans, or the antagonist is a force of nature - and the antagonist in a natural disaster film isn't the interesting part. Once you can...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Really? You know that Hollywood puts out something like 500 to 600 movies every year? (cite: statista.com) How are they creatively bankrupt when they are making hundreds of movies that aren't sequels and such? If they don't care about anything but blockbusters... why make the other 500+ movies? Your original statement was, and I quote: "Hollywood doesn't really do new movies." This...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 AM
    It hasn't moved. The name of the parent forum was simply changed from Pathfinder, Older Editions, & Variants to Pathfinder & Starfinder -- quite a while ago!
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:32 AM
    Personally I try to avoid time travel. How has the group taken to it?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I've moved Zardnaar's movie stats topic to its own thread so this one can talk about Top Gun.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:14 PM
    If we take the statement as largely true, the issue wasn't how well the show was doing, but production schedule. They were looking at not having new episodes until late 2020 - a year and more from now, which is a hard sell for Fox.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:06 PM
    Yes. But "blockbuster" isn't relevant. You don't have to bust the block. You just have to outperform your production costs. Which means, you need to make *gasp* a good movie! This is an assertion without support. Show the logic - what can you tell us about how movies are funded? How does that lead to investors wanting to go with established franchises? "The way movies are...
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  • Queenie's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:29 AM
    OOC: Sorry guys, you dropped us a long time ago! In other news we do have our own real life mini Barbarian to contend with lol He keeps us on our toes most days, I need some kind of epic level spells to deal with him :) Glad you are having fun!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:26 AM
    Patrick Stewart sounds older than he does currently in real life, and Spiner has been de-aged. Interesting! Reports also say Riker is in it. I knew he directed some of it, but apparently he’s actually in it. I hope there isn’t too much focus on the Romulan stuff. With Nemesis, and the Abrahms Trek reboot, I’m kinda bored of what wasn’t a very interesting plot thread in the first place. I’m...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:14 AM
    Except that you do. Oh, god. I can’t say that yet again to another pithy non-sequitur. I really am out this time before my brain freezes.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:01 AM
    I really don't understand what your point is, and it seems to change with each post. My interest in the conversation (such that it was) has expired as it's gong nowhere interesting, but I'll reiterate that if you want to see original movies, there are tons of them every year, and they're awesome and available to you. If your requirement for them is that they have to be blockbusters, then I guess...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:34 PM
    Again, why does it matter to you that films be blockbusters? There are lots of non-blockbuster films every year. They are great. Go watch 'em. They're still making them, plenty. There's no "fault" to assign. Nothing is wrong. Blockbusters are there, small films are there. Watch either, or both, or whatever.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:57 PM
    What's with your obsession with blockbusters? Does a film only count if it's a blockbuster? So? Go see them if you think you'll like them. You're not an investor. If your requirement to see a film is (a) it be original, and (b) it must be a blockbuster then you're only hurting yourself. Otherwise -- go see the films. They're there.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:27 PM
    Zardnaar does. :) In other news, this film comes out on my birthday next year, and I'm gonna go see it, because the first one really is a guilty pleasure for me.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:23 PM
    Who cares about "big"? What you want is a high gross-to-production ratio. If I gross $122 million on an investment of $9 million, I've gotten a 13x return on my investment! I could make 36 of these small movies for the cost of one Avengers: Endgame, and gross about $4.4 Billion overall. If my Endgame tanks, I lose it all. If half my small budget movies tank, I still walk away with a couple...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:10 PM
    Small edit and a reskinning of a succubus will probably do the trick.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 03:37 PM
    I could have sworn that was in there! But it's a 2 MP effect.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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  • kronos182's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 07:11 AM
    At the moment.. Vulture is done (and posted) as well as several armours and weapons. I've got the wraith, dropship and valkyrie started.. i was debating on the goliath as either a vehicle or mech.. Zerg I've posted Zergling, drone, baneling, hydralisk, infested terran template, larva, stats for Zerg Creep and modifiers for some of the older broods. No protoss yet.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:26 PM
    It does tons of them every year. You just don't go to see them.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:18 PM
    10d6 damage, basically a fireball every round to one creature. Honestly seems fine to me...it will be fun for minor engagements but a 17th level wizard has way bigger guns for “real fights”. I say enjoy
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 08:23 PM
    Venetian and Genoese dialects, yeah. Significant amounts of Catalan and Occitan as well. And then loan words from pretty much everything on the Mediterranean Sea, as you'd expect for a trade pidgin.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 08:19 PM
    Call him a "horcrux" and nobody'd blink an eye.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:31 PM
    Consider - the archetype of "magical school" is kind of a Harry Potter thing. Traditionally, wizards have worked like tradesmen - with a Master-apprentice relationship. There is no need for a school. This does not mean you can't ban wizards - just that "there is no school" does not stand up to scrutiny as a justification.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 06:28 PM
    I'm really not very knowledgeable about modern archery, but generally maybe you could look at the difference between a musket and a modern rifle, and apply a similar 'upgrade'.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Well then, I have some great news for you! The 1980s have loads of really awesome movies. You have years of pleasure ahead of you!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 04:10 PM
    The PDF(s) will go out to backers the moment the Kickstarter ends tonight, as we do with all all our Kickstarters. So if by “right away” you mean “today” then back the campaign! Otherwise, yeah, there will be a longer wait before you can get the revised version of ATOC or the new book, ATMC.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    This place has been around for 20 of those years!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 03:59 PM
    I think that's the issue right there. "System" and "numinous" are at cross purposes. I have had RPG moments that have felt numinous, but they have typically had little to do with "system", and more to do with atmosphere and immersion.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 03:18 PM
    Gale Force Nine has shared some pictures of the new DM Screen geared at nautical adventures, Of Ships & The Sea. The website says "Pre-Order - Mid June", so I'm not sure if it's available yet.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 02:55 PM
    The real mystery of life is why anyone thought this needed a sequel.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 02:48 PM
    The key is numbers. 20 creatures with bows are likely to be a threat, even crappy ones, do to the ability to focus fire. You can use mob rules to cut down the rolling if you prefer.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 02:25 PM
    The revised version is on Kickstarter right now. Ends in 8 hours. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/a-touch-more-class-9-new-5th-edition-classes
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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  • kronos182's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 06:55 AM
    Don't have the Queen yet.. There's still a lot of Zerg I need to do. I was going to get about 4 or 5 more Terran things done before switching back to Zerg. So many good Zerg to do.. Plus I have some Zerg surprises..
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 09:22 PM
    Ergo, the game of 1e, in practice, was more lethal. You just said it had higher kill rates. Done. You effectively just said, "This analysis gives me result A. Therefore, I must do another analysis that gets me a different result." That's not solid reasoning. Games are not cleanly separable from their playstyles. Trying to level set outside of the playstyle introduces a bias -...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 08:53 PM
    I have some issues with Celebrim's analysis, in large part because I disagree with his positions about science - as a physicist, I gotta tell you, quantum tunneling isn't terribly mysterious. It is a basic, and calculable thing. That being said, I have to note that there are actually two forms of magic that are getting conflated: 1) The magic of myth and folklore 2) The day-to-day...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    I think, if you ask "Which edition was most lethal?" that really asks - what percentage of characters did each edition actually kill? It has nothing to do with whether a 2e fighter could beat a 1e fighter, or otherwise comparing their stats to each other. It asks what power level characters were, *with respect to the challenges they were given*. Unfortunately, the real numbers are lost...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 08:10 PM
    As many as there are things to like. BBQ Geek? Yep. Beer geek? Sure. Fiber arts geek? You bet!
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  • kronos182's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:45 PM
    I'm actually working on getting more Starcraft stuff done.. send me your ideas and and I'll see what I can do stat wise.. also reminds me I need to do some more more modern Star Trek stuff, but first also have to do a few older Klingon and Romulan stuff as well
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:30 PM
    I did say it was in jest. But, if you want to be a bit more pedantic about it - not all games give the GM a whole lot of space to choose when/what they can veto. And not all GMs are experienced, and know when to veto. And if the GM thinks they always know all implications of things at the time they are decided, and make a good choice on what to veto every time, they are kidding themselves. ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:05 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:56 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:32 PM
    Green Ronin has sent out its Sell Sheets for the new products it will have available at Gen Con -- Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Gamemaster's Guide and Superteam Handbook, Modern Age Threefold setting, and Fantasy Age Campaign Builder's Guide. (Thanks to Egg Embry for the scoop).
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:55 PM
    I think we can decide for ourselves what we find interesting.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:54 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:41 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Lots of people certainly like books. No doubt about that. Lots of people also like PDFs, as evidenced by the DMs Guild (which WotC created); and they also like other digital options, like DDB, FG, and Roll20. It's not a binary choice.
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  • Stalker0's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:39 AM
    So my group had such an epic battle yesterday that I just had to write about it. Let me tell you a tale of a near certain TPK that went in a very different direction. This is also a tale of why CRs and encounter difficulty assessment is almost worthless by mid levels Background My 9th level party are members of Taranya, the most powerful city in the multiverse. If you have ever seen...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:38 PM
    I think that while a system in and of itself cannot produce such authenticity, it can certainly get in the way of it. It can also likely encourage it - setting the players up in a good way to have such, to invite it. Bluebeard's Bride (from Magpie Games), and Ten Candles (from Calvalry Games) come to mind in that sense - games designed to enable players to "have all the feels" as the...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:12 PM
    Not at all (he said, taking the rhetorical bait). Remember the wargame root. In a wargame, you don't have characters, you have *units*. You only care about the survival of a unit in terms of its tactical value in the wargame scenario - you expect units to die, and you just move on. The old rules are not far from that. As time goes on, the game evolves away from that, to having a different...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:59 PM
    Broadly, that would depend upon what other parts of the fiction have already been determined. Sometimes what the players ask for can become THE solution, and sometimes that would not be consistent with things already set in place. I am often for not determining details unless/until you need them, specifically so you can flex for such things, but even if you only set any given detail at the...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:33 PM
    I strongly recommend you re-read The Rules. Specifically, the section about keeping things civil. Ridiculing people is a good way to get yourself removed from a conversation. Use of profanity, also, is a good way to get yourself removed from the discussion. In general, we expect you to treat people with a modicum of respect, even if you disagree with them. If you aren't up for that,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:21 PM
    There was a trade language at the time that was based in Italian (mostly northern dialects) with a whole lot of loan words from other languages. This pidgin, sometimes otherwise called "Mediterranean Lingua Franca" or Sabir, was what they were referring to, rather than Latin.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:07 PM
    I think 3e may be the most deadly edition. I mean, in terms of, say, if it fell on you from out of a tree, the sheer mass of the published materials would crush you. 2e had a lot too, but much of it was softcover, which hurts less.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:01 PM
    I say, slightly in jest, "I search the Duke's desk for a huge ancient red dragon...." Less in jest, I ask - what are we more interested in seeing - the players getting exactly what they ask for, or the players getting what they overall want? Because they are not omniscient, and what they ask for may not actually be what they wanted, needed, or could best use. There is a demonstrable...
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  • Jonathan Tweet's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:42 PM
    How does a pre-industrial society hang together with super-powerful individuals and groups wandering the land at will, especially as these people rocket up in personal power in just a few years?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Neither. But we’ll be moving into the new platform in the next week or two with luck, so it won’t matter.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:38 PM
    I know review copies have been sent out to various people (ours went to Ben, our Pathfinder columnist) but the reviews are embargoed until Aug 1st. And, of course, there’s the 3PPs, but they’re not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:35 PM
    Well the actual book comes out in 2 weeks; the playtest book is a year out of date. Where did you get it from? Unless you’re a collector, you’re better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:43 AM
    This f***ing delights me.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Your analysis has too many assumptions to be useful to me, but thank you for trying.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Yes, well, then you really should have paid attention to your better judgement. Let me help you: Don't post again in this thread. Everyone else - treat each other with respect. If you can't, it is time to take a break.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:55 PM
    The last game I ran, I did have the common problem - the rogue, with better Initiative, similar AC, and high damage from sneak attack, left the party paladin feeling a tad... unimportant in combat. Next D&D game I run, I may simply remove the Dex modifier from damage from Finesse. I am not sure it needs whole fighting styles and such to then make up for it.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Yeah, but I think you're treating the discussion as if folks are choosing their wordign along strict logical lines, when that behavior is not terribly common. "Any DM (OSR or not)..." may not be strictly true. Though, it may be - they may *see* the logic, but reject it. But whatever the case, in spending your time refuting the strict statement, you miss the actual point that perhaps lots...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 03:51 PM
    Well, it isn't like the pantheon and cultural structure are cleanly separable. The gods support particular social structures. And, in our fantasy worlds, the gods have a say in things - if a god gives spell power to elvish worshippers/clerics, and does not give power to non-elves, that's going to reinforce religion being a racial characteristic. Um... we have the phrase lingua franca...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:41 PM
    What part of "particularly on a success" didn't connect for you? Your response to that is to note that the failure case is always infinite, so there's no narrowing at all? Really?
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:19 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Or, the also not-uncommon "start at 3rd level". Note that "a half-dozen people before you suggested X" does not actually mean that those half-dozen are representative. Using posts here for that is like using self-selected poll data - it does not represent what portion of people actually feel that way, as much as how strongly this small number of people feel about the point.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:03 PM
    You didn't go with "The Tick"?!? There's a missed opportunity for you.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 01:34 PM
    The Diana Jones Awards (named after the remaining piece of the Indiana Jones RPG encased in the trophy) has announced its nominees for 2019. Every year an anonymous group of industry members select a handful of nominees, which are announced at a private event during Gen Con. Last year's winner was the movement of Actual Play. This year's nominees are: Dungeons & Dragons Art &...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:50 PM
    Occasionally a game mechanic jumps out at me, and makes me think "wow!" -- it's not always brand new, and sometimes it builds on something else, or sometimes it's just new to me, but I like it when a simple mechanic catches my eye. Here's a couple of my favourites: D&D's advantage/disadvantage is a really elegant way to replace all those fiddly bonuses. It's one of my favourite things about...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:28 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    With respect, this doesn't tell us anything until you also do a measure of how fast PCs are expected to *lose* hit points. If AD&D monsters generally did less damage, or an AD&D party dealt with far fewer monsters in a day, yes, it could be moot.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:58 PM
    I am not sure that this is somehow more true of gnomes than it is of, say, elves, with all the sub-races that have been out there. And, heavens forfend you can't summarize *an entire race of people* in a neat little stereotype! The horror!
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:41 PM
    It matters to my play experience. It probably impacts the choices I make in play. So, by that measure, it makes a difference in the campaign. Also, as a GM, I take the player choices to be indicative of things they want to see. If you play a gnome, we're probably going to see a lot more gnome culture and social role in the game than if nobody chose to play a gnome. That probably means...
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Thursday, 24th August, 2017

  • 07:01 AM - discosoc mentioned Morrus in post Search attempt results in strange errors
    @Morrus needs to increase the PHP memory limit to something larger than 128M as a test, just to make sure it's not something simple. The error I'm reproducing, however, is over a value smaller than the current limit, so I'll troubleshoot some more.

Thursday, 10th August, 2017

  • 12:13 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Morrus in post What resources do you track in play?
    Morrus I was tracking renown/reputation in our Night Below / Out of the Abyss mashup campaign. Not exactly a resource, but here's an example of what I did with my own adaptation of the Renown rules from the DMG/PHB: Renown (Cairngorm’s Hollow) Renown 1: PCs get offers of free services, sporadic free room & board, occasional offers of marriage, or small gifts like a few chickens or a goat. Renown 2: PCs get consistent free room & board, preferential treatment by guards who overlook minor infractions, and access to special quests from Lady Nydaridien. (land deed, Calrow Ruins). Renown 3: PCs treated as villagers and brought in on village ritual practices and voting, free modest lifestyle in village, Lady Nydaridien gives free use of horses in livery stables. Renown 4: PCs receive discounts on special purchases, and are afforded the same level of respect as village elders and Lady Nydaridien herself, gain access to dryad Wyra’s spellcasting service and special downtime activity involving...

Tuesday, 8th August, 2017

  • 06:47 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Morrus in post WotC Names 10 "Adepts" On Their DMs Guild Store
    So, back to the topic at hand (Sorry Morrus, replied before I saw your post to move on. I was quite ... put out about the comment I quoted and posted on to read all the replies before replying myself.). I do agree with the previous comment that I don't see how this helps build community. It might help give confidence to new people as to how to find good content, but I'm still not sure about that. IMO, good reviews and ratings, and perhaps a few trustworthy bloggers doing detailed reviews might actually help much more than this. But, at least it's something. Kudos to WotC to adapting and trying new things. They've been doing much more of this (trying new things) since the inception of 5E, and the pace is only quickening.

Sunday, 6th August, 2017

  • 05:00 PM - Ath-kethin mentioned Morrus in post How long have you been gaming?
    My starting point was the tabletop boardgame HeroQuest, back in 1990 or '91. Then my mom bought me a copy of ICE's Middle Earth Roleplaying Game around '92 and I couldn't make heads or tails of it. In '93 my friend bought a copy of Earthdawn, and from that point I was hooked. A year and a half later I was introduced to D&D (or more specifically, AD&D 2nd Edition) and that was that. @Morrus: I've been teaching my 3-1/2 year old the basics, moving in through the old D&D cartoon and the new Tales of Equestria game (and HeroQuest), so newbies exist. It will just be a while until he can spell well enough to join ENWorld.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017

  • 11:29 PM - lyle.spade mentioned Morrus in post Star Trek Adventures: Now that the full rules are out, what do you think?
    Heh, I like it, but I have no idea what the recipe for virtual gunpowder would be. Also, does that make @Morrus a Metron? @Morrus is an Organian, for sure. As for virtual gunpowder, you might want to try remodulating the transmogrifiers that govern the recplicator database. Or remove the field dampers on an EMH emitter and beam the stuff out of the holodeck. Both of those have worked for me in the past.
  • 08:55 PM - oneshot mentioned Morrus in post Star Trek Adventures: Now that the full rules are out, what do you think?
    Okay, everyone - here's what to do. Make sure your speakers are on and open this link in another tab. Go ahead. It's nothing creepy and it's safe for work. Once you've got that going - do it! - come back here. Cool. You're back. Now imagine the scene, folks: oneshot and aramis erak on Cestus III, squaring off against one another as the Metrons look on...or, in this case, as the rest of us watch them spar over dice mechanics. I'll bring the pink and green space marshmallows (ala' the buffet in Journey to Babel) and we'll see who wins the dice mechanic stats championship grudge match. Heh, I like it, but I have no idea what the recipe for virtual gunpowder would be. Also, does that make Morrus a Metron?

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

  • 01:02 PM - Giorgicus mentioned Morrus in post Take Your First Look At The Upcoming ALTERNITY RPG!
    Kickstarter Update #17 @Morrus, Is it ok to post Alternity KS updates on this thread? I couldn't find a better place, and I did not want to start a whole new thread just for this, just checking if its ok with you, as its your thread. :)

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Friday, 23rd June, 2017

  • 01:11 AM - Flips mentioned Morrus in post Combat Questions
    Morrus: that is fantastic. Thanks. One last thing (I hope), are there any rules about grappling or is it just multiple str/agi vs. str/agi checks?

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017

  • 05:43 AM - Flips mentioned Morrus in post Combat Questions
    Thank you all with your replies. We just thought that a mirror match would give us a "balanced" fight between two sets of combatants. I guess you are right, I had thought that Selena was more of a blaster than she really is, and seeing the retooled version give a good example of how a more "blaster" focused character would look. Although I agree with IvyMike about the adage, damage is one way that people tend to compare magical power. Morrus: I know it isn't trying to be D&D, but I know that this system is meant to be quite flexible to be able to work in many different settings. If we were trying to more accurately replace the higher magic setting, other than increasing the MP slightly, do you have any suggestions about how to rescale the damage progression? Thanks again so much. Everyone's answers have been very helpful.

Thursday, 15th June, 2017

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Sunday, 11th June, 2017

  • 10:44 AM - Lanefan mentioned Morrus in post How to use a WIKI THREAD
    For Morrus or anyone who deals with such things: In case it matters, it seems that editing the initial post in a wiki thread does not bounce the thread to the top of the thread list (by timestamp order) the same way adding a new post does. The risk here is that some wiki threads that may be often edited and-or referred to but not often posted to (e.g. the Convention List wiki in general RPG discussion) risk falling off the first page - and thus being forgotten or missed by casual or infrequent visitors - unless they are stickied. Lanefan

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Thursday, 1st June, 2017

  • 04:12 PM - DMMike mentioned Morrus in post What system would you use for gritty fantasy?
    Morrus, have you checked out ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG yet? It ticks off all of the major themes of a grim, gritty game. It even has a 35 page morally grey adventure in the core book, if you want something that can be ran quickly without a lot of preparation required. Dang. He beat me to it. I'd recommend Modos 2, which I'm trying to get into the ENWorld downloads section this month. Because: - Characters are quick to make - about as long as this post. So creation-to-play time is minimized. - Character durability runs in the teens to twenties, while the average two-handed weapon does d10 damage. - PCs have options when they run out of health. Wounds, scars, and disease are among them. So is death. - Light rules and short character sheets mean that the GM doesn't spend a lot of time turning pages, so there's less prep investment in a short campaign. - Each PC has a free-form "flaw," which can make things gritty right off the bat. Notes to Morrus: I'm assuming "gritty" m...

Wednesday, 31st May, 2017

  • 01:39 AM - Mercurius mentioned Morrus in post Mike Mearls “…it’s now obvious how to live without Bonus Actions”' And 6th Edition When Players Ask For It!
    I really wouldn't worry about a new edition coming out anytime soon, and I don't think anything's "in the air" (naught Morrus). BUT...while I haven't worked in game design, I imagine that as soon as you publish a new edition, you start a new folder called "Ideas for the Next Edition," and that over three plus years, things start adding up. So if you're Mearls, of course you're thinking about the next edition, at least on the back burner. But there are a lot of steps between here and there, like the alleged Unearthed Arcana book, for one. I could see something like: 2014: 5E core rules 2017/18: first expansion - planes/psionics/odds and ends 2021/22: second expansion - epic play 2024: 50th Anniversary Edition

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  • 10:30 PM - Parmandur quoted Morrus in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    eBay for me again then, I guess. Well, it says that it will come out other places latter.
  • 09:25 PM - gyor quoted Morrus in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    Is that your favourite phrase? Far from it, normally I don't say that honestly, it's rescent development.
  • 07:12 PM - Parmandur quoted Morrus in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Yup. I guess they were under an embargo. They kept the date embargo, but likely somebody missed the "after 5 PM" or whatever part of the memo.
  • 06:30 PM - Celebrim quoted Morrus in post Thinking about an advancement system
    Inspired by CoC and similar systems. I haven’t thought it all the way through yet. It’s very similar to the way CoC does it. Percentile system. Everything is a skill. You improve with failure. Every time you fail a skill check, the skill improves by 1%. Technically they can go over 100% (modifiers might bring it down). Hmmm. Definitely easy to abuse though. Find lots of easy tasks and repeat. Though I guess you’d stop failing them, so your score would remain static. I've always liked the CoC system in that it "made sense" that what the player would get better in would be what they practiced doing, and it had built in balance that the better you were the harder it was to advance. Mouse Guard does something similar where to advance you must accumulate a certain number of successes and failures. And that probably makes even more sense. But over the years I've gotten away from always caring about what made sense. Right now I mostly care whether the math works. And for an...
  • 06:26 PM - Dire Bare quoted Morrus in post See Live Action D&D Cartoon Characters In This Car Commercial
    Or even Portugese! ;) Well, sure! Ah, I didn't want to assume the language wasn't a native (indigenous) language, um, so I went with Brazilian? Yeah!
  • 03:53 PM - Ryujin quoted Morrus in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    I’m struggling with all the Arrowverse superhero shows right now. Flash has lost its sense of fun, Arrow is boring, Legends is just slapstick. Supergirl is currently the best of them. The crossover shows, in an attempt to force viewers to watch the shows that they weren't currently also watching, had the affect on me of making me drop the lot. Unfortunately it seems that amazon has dropped "The Tick", which I was enjoying.
  • 03:42 PM - damned quoted Morrus in post Fantasy Grounds Usage Stats Through Q1 2019: D&D Up, Pathfinder Down
    The Amazon sales rankings suggest otherwise. Or they suggest what these stats also suggest and that is the market is growing. 5E is without any doubt the best selling D&D variant and D&D has almost always been the best selling RPG (bar that period during 4E that we dont talk about in polite company). I have shelves and shelves of dead tree RPG books. But I have even more digital RPG content. And I buy digital RPG content at more than 10:1 ratio to physical books these days. I havent stopped buying physical RPG books but Im far more selective about the physical ones that I do buy.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 09:45 PM - J. H. Frank quoted Morrus in post Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory Now To Be Produced By... Cubicle 7!
    OK. https://i.imgur.com/IRIIU87.jpg "Some updates and tweaks" to the system doesn't sound like a simple reprint incorporating the errata to me but, as you so eloquently put it, OK. EDIT: omgosh that's huge, is there a way to shrink it to a normal human level?
  • 06:16 PM - J. H. Frank quoted Morrus in post Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory Now To Be Produced By... Cubicle 7!
    Yeah, but “reprint” can’t. GW just released a new Chaos codex that is an exact copy of the first one, just with an extra signature of pages worked in holding entirely new pages stolen from a different, newer supplement. It was absolutely a “revised reprint” or “expanded reprint” or even just a “reprint.” This prescriptivist thing where people are acting like they can divine the exact plan from two words with variable meanings is remarkable. My only position is that I am assuming the worst because that is what I expect from Wrath & Glory now.
  • 05:58 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Morrus in post The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"
    What's the name of your D&D character? The folks at D&D Beyond have released some more stats, and this time they're sharing the top 15 D&D player character names. What these stats appear to tell us is that many people call their character "Bob", Wellp, I guess that finally puts all those D&D Beyond stats into perspective.
  • 05:41 PM - GreyLord quoted Morrus in post Meet Us At UK Games Expo!
    EN Publishing will be at UK Games Expo this year (March 31st-June 2nd) on Stand 2-T1. We will have all our Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD products available to buy, we’re running 1-hour demos, and we also we’ll have an exclusive small print run of the next book, LUNA-1! We literally only have 30 of these printed for the expo (there will be many more printed later, don’t worry!) so it’s strictly first come first served. Please do stop by and say hello Heads up...I believe that is May 31st-June 2nd that you will be there. Good Luck and hope many stop by to see you!
  • 05:22 PM - Joshua Randall quoted Morrus in post Why Did Paizo Never Make A Pathfinder/Starfinder Magazine?
    This was the massively fortuitous advantage they had — the whole subscription base of Dragon and Dungeon magazineYes. Getting the client list is hugely valuable, and it's pretty shocking Wizards was willing to give that up. Somebody negotiated a very good deal for Paizo, either in the original negotiations when they started publishing Dragon / Dungeon magazines, or in the negotiations when they stopped publishing those.
  • 05:10 PM - MechaPilot quoted Morrus in post The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"
    What's the name of your D&D character? As I suspect is true for most players, I have a few characters in different games at the moment: Drea (a darve, i.e. alternate version of drow, assassin played in a modern game that mixes d20 modern and 5e). Velishra (a tiefling wizard who ascended to actual demonhood) Evedra (a human utility wizard who's mute because her tongue was cut out). Mallucia (an asimaar light cleric who gets her powers from her belief in herself as a nacent hellgoddess) What these stats appear to tell us is that nearly 10% of people call their character "Bob", and about 12% seems to just use their class name, such as "Cleric" or "Bard". Lots of people seems to name their characters after Game of Thrones' Varys, but spell it differently, and lots like "dark" names like Ash, Raven, Ember, and Shadow. Lilith is also a dark name. IIRC, it means night in Hebrew. The name is also probably related to Lilitu, the Sumerian goddess of night. And, it has a place in th...
  • 04:31 PM - LordEntrails quoted Morrus in post The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"
    What these stats appear to tell us is that nearly 10% of people call their character "Bob", Uh really? I mean that would indicate that their are only something like 12,810 characters built on DDB. Is that in agreement with data on things like feats etc? 12k seems exceptionally low given all the talk of how big/used/important DDB is.
  • 03:49 PM - ddaley quoted Morrus in post Ghosts of Saltmarsh: A Review
    It's not. It's a dungeon crawl with a spot of diplomacy at the end when the PCs figure out the twist. That sounds promising.. thanks. I am still pretty excited about this book. Looking forward to next week. It'll be character creation time!

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 10:33 PM - Saelorn quoted Morrus in post Thinking about an advancement system
    One can reasonably assume that XP is only gained during the course of an adventure. Otherwise it’s not really a game.So the adventure "starts", and then everyone spends a month in their basement to max out all of their skills. This sort of system has been done many times in the past, and this is always a sticking point. The optimal path of advancement is to avoid adventure as much as possible. You would need some sort of caveat in order to keep everyone moving forward, instead of just grinding, and that's not an easy passage to phrase. If the rules are clear and precise, then they can be gamed. If the rules are too vague, then they can be misinterpreted.
  • 09:26 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Morrus in post Ghosts of Saltmarsh: A Review
    If it's the same as the original, the PCs think the Lizardfolk are the bad guys. It's only after they start to raid their lair they (might) realise they're the good guys, and they're refugees from a Sahuagin attack. They're trying to build an alliance with Locathah and Merfolk to fight back, and humans aren't even on their radar. If the PCs have killed too many of them before figuring this out, the original adventure has the Chieftain charge them 10gp per body as compensation. Always seemed a bit harsh to me. In The Final Enemy, the battle at the end happens offscreen in the original. Sounds like that's the major change (one for the better -- that was always anticlimactic). I figured the plot would be the same. I was wondering more how the text expects the DM to resolve the challenges, vis-a-vis the debate(s) we've been having about how tasks are handled in 5e.
  • 08:44 PM - Satyrn quoted Morrus in post Thinking about an advancement system
    Inspired by CoC and similar systems. I haven’t thought it all the way through yet. It’s very similar to the way CoC does it. Percentile system. Everything is a skill. You improve with failure. Every time you fail a skill check, the skill improves by 1%. Technically they can go over 100% (modifiers might bring it down). Hmmm. Definitely easy to abuse though. Find lots of easy tasks and repeat. Though I guess you’d stop failing them, so your score would remain static. So you'd find lots of hard tasks, instead. (And that's what they'd have been doing from the start, since they were trying to fail). But then, this creates a story where the character is constantly trying to test his limit, which could work out well.
  • 05:31 PM - amethal quoted Morrus in post Why Did Paizo Never Make A Pathfinder/Starfinder Magazine?
    Well, they do adventure path subscriptions, which is essentially their replacement for Dungeon. IIRC it was originally even the same subscriber list which got transferred over automatically.As I recall, they had subscribers but no magazine, so they pretty much had to transfer the subscribers over, or at least give the option to them (I have an idea they may have offered refunds as well - I'm not sure because I had cancelled my subscription by that point, because distribution issues meant my FLGS got theirs weeks before I did, and sometimes mine never arrived at all). Some of the things Lisa Stevens wrote about the print magazine business, in the USA at least, made me wonder why anybody ever went into it. (It might have been in one or more of the Paizo "year in review" articles on their website.) They found it hard enough with a well established brand like Dragon; they clearly had zero appetite for trying it with a new publication.
  • 03:13 PM - jasper quoted Morrus in post YouGov D&D Alignment Survey - how many Britons identify as Chaotic Evil?
    He is American. That aside, he’s masking a naughty word. It’s not “chutes”, it’s something similar-sounding. jasper thinks . jasper thunks on it. And finally jasper finally gets its. Jasper is slow.


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The character generation process from FASA's 1980s Star Trek RPG summarized.
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Savage Worlds d20 Conversion
The conversion document for converting d20-based (D&D 3.x, Pathfinder) materials to Savage Worlds.
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ZEITGEIST Intro Document
Two-page Quick Intro PDF (this is for the GM/DM only).
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ZEITGEIST Player Primer Handout (D&D 4th Edition)
Player Primer Handout (give this to your players). This is the D&D 4E version.
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ZEITGEIST Player Primer Handout (Pathfinder)
Player Primer Handout (give this to your players). This is the PATHFINDER version.
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TO SLAY A DRAGON NPC Booklet
Download and print this booklet of NPCs from Hengistbury.
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Daughters of Lear
The winning RPG from the EN World 1-week $1000 RPG creation contest.
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War of the Burning Sky free intro pack for D&D 4th Edition
The Campaign Guide includes a full overview of the saga and is meant only for GMs/DMs. The Player’s Guide is designed for players, and contains background information and character options. The FREE Player’s Guide contains information for your player...
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War of the Burning Sky free intro pack for D&D 3.5
The Campaign Guide includes a full overview of the saga and is meant only for GMs/DMs. The Player’s Guide is designed for players, and contains background information and character options. The FREE Player’s Guide contains information for your player...
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