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    Today, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    It does tons of them every year. You just don't go to see them.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    Call him a "horcrux" and nobody'd blink an eye.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    This place has been around for 20 of those years!
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    The real mystery of life is why anyone thought this needed a sequel.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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    Yesterday, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:43 AM
    This f***ing delights me.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Modiphius has announced that the Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook for Star Trek Adventures will be out on July 25th. 11 alien species, new starships, and lots of information about the Federation and worlds of the quadrant, available from their web store very soon. “In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch afteranother, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:49 AM
    We did a skit about that in last week's podcast, with a player suggesting more and more outlandish races, starting with deep gnomes and tieflings, through aaracokra and minotaurs, to mind flayers and dragons, to daleks and Borg Queens, to, eventually, V'ger. The idea of somebody playing V'ger as a PC still cracks me up.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:50 AM
    You also get into some interesting sticky wicket scenarios with that one. That means with a 2nd level spell a cleric can effectively "trap souls" for long periods of time. Which depending on your cosmology could be very problematic.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:11 AM
    Both of you decided to continue a personal dispute despite the warning. Time for both of you to take a walk - find another thread where you're not going to engage in personal sniping. Don't post in this one any further. Despite how clear this case is, one or both of you will likely disagree and want to argue with me. Take it to PM, please, and leave the thread alone. Anyone else?
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:30 AM
    In the past year I wrapped up a PF campaign, but also played a 5E campaign and two FFG Legend of the Five Rings campaigns. So it's less "switching game systems" as "trying the hip new thing to see how we like it."
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:43 PM
    I see several signs of people getting snippy, personal, and being far more interested in being right than exploring ideas. Folks are looking dug in, defending positions rather than thinking about whether the other guy has a point. That's a good sign that the thread's about done. Keep it respectful, keep it constructive, or find another topic, folks.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:35 PM
    The moment when you have to say, "To not understand and agree with me, you are either doing bad thing A, or bad thing B," is the moment you should step back, and consider that this means you must be flawless. Are you flawless? No? Then bad things on the other guy's part are *not* the only option. Maybe, just maybe, there's another basis for the misunderstanding. Until you are more...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never once seen you post on-topic. :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:17 PM
    abe ray your habit of starting a thread asking a question, and not even acknowledging (let a alone thanking) those who go out of their way to help you is a little rude. It’s been going on for some time. If somebody helps you out, please have the decency to thank them before asking them something for something else. Thanks! :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Morrus started a thread PF2 Are you moving from 5E to PF2?
    (A question for those planning to play PF2; if you’re not, this isn’t really for you - don’t threadcrap, please). So you’re planning on playing PF2. While you are probably coming from PF1, is anybody coming from 5E? Obviously, it’s not a permanent thing; you can play more than one game, try out others, all that stuff. But I was curious whether there’s a demographic out here who feel PF2 is...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Streaming video. Netflix. Podcasts. Audio/video media, basically. I get through several GB/month, and I'm not as bad as some people I know.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:26 PM
    I'm trying out a concept. A half-elf who failed to become a blade singer. Ostracized from his community, he eventually became a solider and eventually a squad leader. So I'm playing a frontline fighter with a lot of skills, some inspirational benefits to his groups, and some magics to include in his swordplay. I'm going as a broad generalist, so 16 cha and 16 dex, with a 12 con. I've decided...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:18 PM
    To me, the fact that Raise Dead provides a very specific note about magical diseases still impacting....I would say magical effects like the HP drain still apply, and so a greater restoration would be the way to go.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:18 PM
    My group is facing a very powerful boss, and is looking for various ways to lower enemy saving throws. Currently we know of the following methods: 1) Heightened Spell metamagic 2) Bane 3) Bestow Curse Are there any other class ability, spells, magic items, etc that can lower a person's saving throw?
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Gentle Repose extends the duration for spells like raise dead. Revivify is similar to those spells, but does have a few differences. Do you allow the same effect to occur on that spell?
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:42 PM
    There are only a few days left to back the A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter! Join nearly 2,000 backers with these nine new classes for your 5th Edition games. Remember, we delivery Kickstarters immediately they end, so there won't be any opportunity for pledge managers or late pledges! Here's a look at all the stuff you can get in this epic-sized Kickstarter! Play as the brilliant...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:41 PM
    Modiphius has announced the official Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition Organized Play campaign, with a sign-up form to run games at major conventions, receiving the official adventures before release starting with The Fall of London before Christmas. Other upcoming books: The Fall of London campaign
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:52 AM
    A constant theme of balance discussions is what levels you are discussing them. Many things have different balance perspective depending on what levels you consider them. But even though dnd has levels 1-20, its common knowledge that the majority of games don't play the full level range. There are many a group that will never play a 20th level character, and so balance discussions at that...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:52 AM
    Umbran replied to Science in D&D
    Yes. I agree. That's exactly the point. But when you tell them the speed of light, or how gravity scales, you are telling them how the fantasy universe works! They don't have to assume it when you tell them. I meant that a GM shouldn't use the language of real-world physics to express how real-world physics doesn't work. Because when the GM says these things, they are Truth. And players...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:28 AM
    I also recommend ensuring the monster has a ranged ability or some high movement ability, else it can be too easy to corral sometimes
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:04 PM
    Umbran replied to Science in D&D
    As a physicist, my advice: don't go there. One of the big points we get to when we look at the fundamental constants is not just that "Hey, the physical constants are exactly what they are", but "Hey, if the physical constants change even a small bit, life (and even matter) as we know it ceases to exist." This is one answer to the question of "Why is the Universe exactly the way it is?"...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:17 AM
    Folks, There comes a time when folks no longer willing to budge or learn from each other butt heads, and can move forward no further. However, humans are built to not give up, so the head-butting can go on for some time. I can make it so neither one of you has to give up. You probably don't want me to do that. But if you do, by all means, continue in this same manner. I will take that...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 AM
    It is late, but let me see if I can construct one... I will use example presented before - the chaste knight is offered Excalibur in exchange for their chastity. We can call this... "The Maiden and the Sword". On the face of this, it is just a hard question - and only hard in the sense of our having put a stake in the ground in claiming the character was chaste, and we often dislike being...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 05:48 AM
    I tend to agree. "Need" is an absolute, and there are few absolutes that actually hold for us. Mechanics may make it easier to make such challenges, and/or make them eaiser for players to accept. "Fidelity" has two connotations. One is "strict adherence" - this is like a "high-fidelity recording". I don't think that's the sense meant here. The sense intended here is probably...
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Thursday, 9th August, 2018

  • 12:09 PM - SigmaOne mentioned Morrus in post Adventures in Middle Earth magic - does it work?
    Thanks to Morrus and BookBarbarian for the comments. I'll have to read the AiME books, and see how I feel... see whether I think low-magic can be done in 5e at all. High magic certainly does seem baked in by default, and that may be quite difficult to overcome for people who want "D&D". If it is as much about expectations as anything else, perhaps that is manageable. Otherwise, perhaps I'll look into TOR. I've learned from experience with Cypher System that getting a group into a whole new ruleset can be a lot more work than I may want to deal with, so I'd prefer 5e AiME if possible.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

  • 02:16 PM - SigmaOne mentioned Morrus in post Adventures in Middle Earth magic - does it work?
    I just posted an in depth blog post on this topic: http://dicehaven.com/middle-earth/things-learned/ TLDR version: I love Adventures in Middle-earth but it does require a different approach to structuring game sessions and play. Very satisfying though! Thanks for this blog post! I picked up the Adventures in Middle-Earth Player's Guide and Loremaster book this weekend at Gencon on a whim, mostly because I want a strong low-magic setting and that seems impossible using the player's handbook (without disappointing nearly every player at the table). This seems to do that well, with a number of other neat systems. My friends loved the Journey system in The One Ring. (I do think he liked some of the mechanics in TOR better, but I'm definitely set on 5e for a few reasons.) Anyway, I greatly appreciate the post you linked. Morrus, did you ever get around to trying out Adventures in Middle Earth? If so, any comments on the experience?

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Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 02:18 AM - Lanefan mentioned Morrus in post Help for someone clueless about D&D before AD&D 1st Edition?
    Hi. I am only familiar with D&D as far back as AD&D 1st Edition and would very much like to learn about what the game was like before that - Races, Classes, Monsters, Cosmology, etc. Is there anything like a timeline listing when things appeared in the game? I seem to recall Morrus at one time had a pretty impressive timeline chart showing what was released when through all of D&D's history up to that time, but I'm not sure where he's hidden it or even if it's still on this site.

Friday, 27th July, 2018

  • 03:57 AM - DMMike mentioned Morrus in post What’s The Greatest D&D Video Game?
    I've always felt that the Final Fantasy style of putting the PCs on one side and the monsters on the other, which was explicitly inspired by American football of all things, is a great reflection of the type of abstract combat that a lot of lazy DMs implement instead of actually tracking positions when using Theater of the Mind. That might well be, but I see the Final Fantasy screen as a division of the game table more than the battlefield. I really hope that FF players didn't see a 50-yard-line down the middle of their screens while fighting, despite the resemblance. Really? It's still more than the sorcerer gets. It's probably not fair, but I was comparing wizards to wizards. Maybe sorcerers don't need a lot of spells, but I was spoiled by D&D's wizards - limited only by the size of their spellbooks. For what it's worth, Morrus, I listened to the first half-hour of the podcast leading up to the end of this post, but still haven't heard about the Greatest D&D Video Game ever. Are there any plans to post podcast timestamps on the Podbean site?

Monday, 23rd July, 2018

  • 08:28 PM - M3woods mentioned Morrus in post It's the official WOIN character builder!
    Coding that information wouldn’t be too hard. What would be hard is all the data entry. It would take days of work to enter all the text of all the exploits etc. I haven’t even added the OLD, NOW, and 2000AD careers yet.Hey, Morrus, what does the php spreadsheet look like? I have a lot of the racial, career, and exploit data typed into an excel spreadsheet. Would you be able to use that easily?
  • 04:33 PM - Emerikol mentioned Morrus in post What are you doing / what hooked you about WOIN?
    Morrus Actually something just hit me. With your approach a person with six dice will have a higher chance of a critical failure than a person with five dice. Maybe a number of ones on two fewer dice than the total with an absolute minimum of two dice. This makes high dice pools almost impossible to critically fail but maybe that is okay for now. Your way isn't the end of the world. I like thinking about the probabiliities etc... Thanks again for the info.
  • 02:02 PM - Maelish mentioned Morrus in post Who knows PHP?
    @Morrus Will you post a link to your completed tool? I do PHP as well, this is a tool of mine. I'm sure you'll recognize this Fantasy Coin Calculator from an old Dragon Magazine article. Which brings up a question of my own, have there been any newer articles like Coins in a Coffer? I wouldn't mind adding a new feature or two.

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

  • 11:12 PM - Adamant mentioned Morrus in post A Collection of D&D Class Build Guides - the Wiki Thread
    It's going to have to be Morrus, my changes aren't sticking. Morrus, just checking in case you haven't noticed this needs attention, please add http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?593300-Guide-How-to-Win-Fights-and-Intimidate-People-(Another-Barbarian-Primer)&highlight=barbarian to the op. No one else has been able to make it stick. Last time it was brought up was when you weren't here.

Monday, 9th July, 2018

  • 05:33 PM - Tormyr mentioned Morrus in post War of the Burning Sky 5E #2: The Indomitable Fire Forest of Innenotdar
    How long till we should see the POD on Drivethru? It took 16 days for chapter 1. Start looking for it in about 2 weeks. That includes the time for the proof copy to be printed and sent to @Morrus for approval. EDIT: Ninja'd by @Morrus with a better explanation. Figures. :D And welcome to the boards, Benathalis. Have some xp.
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Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

  • 04:31 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Morrus in post Cubicle 7 forums to close due to EU data law
    Well this is ... peculiar... http://forums.cubicle7.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11706 This new regulation, GDPR - some data protection thing - is apparently so onerous to meet that they feel forced to close their forum. Juuuust as the 4rth edition of warhammer was about to be released too... Morrus, could this impact EN world somehow?


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Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 04:45 AM - Henry quoted Morrus in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    TBBT is a sitcom. Sitcoms are generally the same, just the characters change. There have been sitcoms featuring wartime medics, upper class toffs, pretty people in New York, and everything in between. The characters are always the butt of the joke. This time it was scientists. The fact that geeks finding scientists in the same mainstream sitcoms as everybody else gets them upset kinda reinforces the “otherness” of them. Why shouldn’t geeks be in the same mainstream sitcoms as everybody else? I don’t see middle class British dentists getting upset because of a sitcom. I’ve never understood the triggering nature of TBBT with some individuals; I self-identify as a geek/nerd and have in public for close to twenty years now; my love of computing, comic books, RPGs, and pop sci-if has never been in question even when old CEOs and CFOs in business suits would poke fun at me while prattling about their weekend golf games, the RBIs of Pete Rose or A-Rod, and how the blacktop and tight turns...
  • 03:24 AM - Umbran quoted Morrus in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    I don’t see middle class British dentists getting upset because of a sitcom. There are differences, though. The issue at hand isn't that they are "scientists". It is that they are people matching geek stereotypes. They aren't the butt of the jokes for being scientists - they are being the butt of jokes because of their stereotypical behaviors - behaviors for which geeks have traditionally already been made fun of for having. You are taking a subculture that has been traditionally marginalized, and making fun of the things for which they were marginalized.
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  • 12:13 AM - polyhedral man quoted Morrus in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    What he was probably thinking is defending himself intelligently from someone accusing him of being racist. You might dislike the phrase "geek blackphace", i must admit it's not to my taste either, but that's not a valid reason to ban the user from the thread in my opinion. The other one is an example of how vicious and unfair a baseless allegation can be.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 05:32 PM - Draegn quoted Morrus in post New survey from WotC about boxed sets
    They do that for two reasons: 1) it’s more visible on the store shelf 2) you can put your own stuff in it too From a psychological point of view, a box that is not full can cause people to feel they are not getting their money's worth. To this end one local shop will not stock box sets, for, the books out sell the boxes. A box set has to be special ordered. From the point of view of one's wallet, a larger box weighs more and thus shipping costs are increased. I rather have my shelves be neat and tidy, unlike my brothers's whose shelving looks like a jenga game.
  • 02:07 AM - Dire Bare quoted Morrus in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    Do they? Some do, like Matthias! Well Oscar Wilde did at least. But he was quite fond of parody. Not quite. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." - Oscar Wilde

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Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 06:28 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Morrus in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    In my experience Chaotic Neutral is the evilest evil but your DM said you weren't allowed to be evil. I usually ban it in my games, as well as evil, unless I'm deliberately accommodating evil characters. I've rarely ever seen the "evil" side of CN, and only ever from players that were disruptive no matter what they played. The CN characters I've seen have tended to just be motivated by people and what they want in life, without directly thinking or caring much about broad morality or cosmic scales. Not surprise. CB is flexible morality. You wanna be good, but still able to kill that dude you do not like. Sometimes it's that. Usually it's a morality that is based on something like "hurting people for selfish reasons is bad, as has to be opposed", rather than "XYZ specific actions are Evil". That is, violence isn't good or evil, the results of violence are good or evil. If the result of me killing the dragon is that it stops killing villagers because they can't afford to bring it as many co...
  • 02:12 PM - Maxperson quoted Morrus in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    The plan is to upgrade from vBulletin to Xenforo, which is an entirely different software. No, there is no ETA. Okay. Thanks for the update!
  • 02:07 PM - Maxperson quoted Morrus in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    We simply upgraded the sever to https. Are there any plans to address them?
  • 01:15 AM - Charlaquin quoted Morrus in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    i misspoke. I meant to say Chaotic Neutral. Ahh, I see. Yeah, that’s probably the most likely non-evil alignment to get banned, but I think DMs disallowing CN is still fairly uncommon.
  • 12:08 AM - Charlaquin quoted Morrus in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    In my experience Chaotic Evil is the evilest evil but your DM said you weren't allowed to be evil. I usually ban it in my games, as well as evil, unless I'm deliberately accommodating evil characters. Hence why I said it’s the alignment least likely for the DM to allow.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

  • 05:05 PM - Len quoted Morrus in post New WOIN errata?
    Simple. They aren't in any rush! OK then, my character has spent a lot of time prancing around the forest & singing. :D

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 11:24 PM - Staffan quoted Morrus in post Jonathan Tweet: Prologue to Third Edition
    But you can’t write rules under the assumption that people will ignore them. This reminds me of one of the things I like best about 13th Age: the Designer Notes. The game is full of sidebars where Jonathan and/or Rob say things like "This bit works like this because of X. If you change it, consider Y."
  • 10:05 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Morrus in post Jonathan Tweet: Prologue to Third Edition
    But you can’t write rules under the assumption that people will ignore them. Porque năo?
  • 09:44 PM - Bacon Bits quoted Morrus in post Let's Talk About THAC0
    And now it’s my turn! What is an /s? https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=%2Fs A fairly widespread indicator of sarcasm in text. I've mostly seen it on Reddit, but I've also seen it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I suppose traditional forums usually use ;), though. Either way, a concession to Poe's Law is usually a good idea. I my case, I just skipped a middle section of the thread. I read the first 20 or so posts originally, and when I returned I read from my response (linked above) onwards. In what I read has really said the math was "hard" or "easy", but nobody really explained why. So I assumed you were serious.
  • 09:41 PM - Parmandur quoted Morrus in post Jonathan Tweet: Prologue to Third Edition
    But you can’t write rules under the assumption that people will ignore them. But given the nature of RPG, that is one of the safest design assumptions possible. Baked right into Rule Zero, innit?
  • 09:32 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Morrus in post What would be some good metics to evaluate RPG rules/systems?
    It's not like a car. It's much more subjective and much more of an art. You can directly and objectively measure a car's horsepower or weight, but you can't do that with an RPG. I probably shouldn't have used the word "metric" because it suggests something objective, whereas I'm imagining a value that's subjective, and/or maybe an aggregate/consensus value. But I do think think there are things that can be evaluated this way, such as the examples I gave. Or maybe it's sort of a correspondence analysis, where you would say the game in question has these features like games A, B, and C, and these other features like games D, and E, but this other feature like game F. I don't think anything can substitute for actually trying the thing. All the graphs in the world won't give you a sense of how you feel when you play the game. The same could be said for driving cars and visiting houses. And yet time is finite.



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26-page unofficial fan created manual of new Federation ships for the FASA Star Trek Tactical Combat Simulator system. Inculdes Excelsior Mk. II-IV and Constellation class cruiser.
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MegaTraveller Character Sheets (Rebellion/Imperium Versions)
Two-page character sheets for use with MegaTraveller. You can paste your character's portrait in by clicking on the blank. I think these were made by Mad Irishman.
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Traveller (Imperium) Character Sheets
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TSR Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheet (1980)
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Elements of Magic Spell Sheet
For use with EN Publishing's Element of Magic book for D&D 3.5.
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ENP Ultimate Character Portfolio
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Locations
Aaaar, me hearties! Quickly roll up a pirate ship! A quick and simple two-part generator. This is a...
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Mundane Treasure Generator

Treasure/Items
Mundane (non-magical) treasure: trade goods, objects d'art, etc. Whether your treasure hoard contai...
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Technobabble Generator

Babble
Star Trek style technobabble, ready for insertion into your sci-fi games! From auxiliary baryon cap...
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Fantasy Library Generator

Treasure/Items
Generate a library of fantasy magical and non-magical books and tomes! Until you've read Nori the Da...