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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 PM
    This to me is a false premise, in that not all (or even all that many) challenges need only have two clear mutually-exclusive outcomes to still be defined as challenges. Outcomes often run on a scale, with highly-desireable at one end and highly-undesireable at the other and a whole lot of other options in between. Which is fine provided it's done within the framework of the game mechanics. ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 PM
    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so. ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:11 PM
    This leads into a whole other field of study, should one be so inclined, and that's to go through the Monster Manual, find all the cross-breed races (e.g. Tabaxi is part human, part cat), and then from there figure out what can in theory breed with what and-or have what in its bloodlines. Can, for example, a half-orc breed with a half-elf and produce an offspring that is genetically 1/4 elf, 1/4...
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    I went to see her again yesterday. She was feeling better. The had to do an angioplasty and put in a shunt. They are putting in a second one today during her dialysis treatment. It's been a tough time for her over the last decade. She had to have one leg amputated and her other leg now has an infection on her heel that isn't getting better. My other aunt is certain she'll have to have another...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 11:03 AM
    Somewhat surprised to see more than one mention here of non-LG Paladins being a pet peeve, where my biggest gripe with them up until recently was the opposite: that they could only be LG. Reason this was a problem was that their rigid codes etc. very much restricted what alignments/classes/character types other players could hope to play. With Paladins having more than one alignment option, a...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 10:35 AM
    In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about the Golden Gate Bridge, there is also Japan’s “Suicide Forest”: AOKIGAHARA http://mentalfloss.com/article/73288/15-eerie-things-about-japans-suicide-forest
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    Today, 09:45 AM
    who wants to be a beta reader for me?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 AM
    Police believe they have found the remains of missing actor, Charles Levin. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/body-missing-actor-charles-levin-213243258.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 09:05 AM
    I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve played in and run games with very strict species limitations- at least one that was human only. IME: 1) sometimes race matters a great deal, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s very campaign AND player dependent. 2) one thing that always seems to matter is the availability of playing humans. Unless there’s a major setting-specific reason why you...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 AM
    I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much passed down from my Dad. IME, there’s a decent grain of truth in the comic, enough that I find the barb amusing. But there WERE also many authors who were clearly more progressive than the era in which the lived.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a major part. While he does have his devices all set to auto-join and routinely signed into the 3 wi-fi networks I mentioned, he was having problems with signal stability on ours. So every once in a while, he’d get booted while using Netflix, etc., and the GB drain would begin... As soon as he mentioned this, I knew exactly what he was talking...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 AM
    I appreciate the suggestions. I used to live in Irving. It’s the Dallas suburb just south of Coppell- my current suburb of residence. I’ve lived in the D/FW Metroplex since 1982: I know what’s available in terms of cons (not really interested) and game stores in several of the cities in our 4 counties. Even while gaming in a stable group formed in 1985- which in 1998 essentially merged...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 AM
    Well, like I said, part of the reason was communication. I have continued to text & email one guy in particular, but he has been very spotty about responding. I was invited to- and attended- the annual celebratory dinner in Dec/Jan. But that was the last time I saw any of them face to face. The guy in the group that I’ve known since 1985 hasn’t reached out at all. My house phone number...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 03:35 AM
    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in various games. Some were as simple as rune-carved sticks or staves. Others were as unusual as tattoos or even arrays of beads made of various materials arranged and knotted into various patterns.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 AM
    Too much D; not enough D.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**, though I don’t know if he’s set for auto-join. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on his employer’s system. * he is the one who most recently reset the router. ** he set up his mom’s wi-fi, and she doesn’t have a clue as to how to change that.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    I get that...but I’m still at something of a loss, here. We have a pretty good wi-fi system here, and I know he uses it. He has wi-fi at his place of employment. He has wi-fi at his mother’s house. And he’s still gobbling up 2-4x the GB of the other 4 people on the plan. This month, we’ve used a combined 3 of 16GB; he’s at 12 with another couple of days to go.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    To answer a few of those: 2. Because once the eggs hatch the feeding-the-young process might be largely mammalian. Nothing says Gith biology has to have anything to do with our own... :) 3. Same way electric eels in the real world do it, or a close variant. 1 and 4, though... :) As for mine:
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    See below... Agreed with the second part of the above quote - speeding up combat can make a big difference. But the first bit I'd take some issue with. Sure, at campaign start the players/PCs might be presented with five objectives...but is that all they're allowed? What happens if they find (or invent) a 6th and a 7th? I'll try to dream up an example here - forgive me if it's not the...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    To save quoting a bunch of recent posts and replying line by line, I'll just sum up with this: The title of the thread - "Players choose what their PCs do" - almost sums the whole thing up before we start. Put it instead as "Barring external pressures e.g. magic or game mechanics, players always choose what their PCs (attempt to) do and always choose what/how their PC thinks and-or feels"...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Emily Hartridge has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/europe/youtuber-emily-hartridge-death/index.html
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    DARKSUN: THE ELEMENTS OF EVIL SEGMENT 038 “TYR WITHOUT THE MUL & KREEN” 07/11/19 SEASON: FRIEND’S VENGEANCE YEAR 24 MONTH: THE KINGS DAY: 01 KA: 190 With a heavy heart, Yaesha gets the cargo into the walls of Tyr and to the Tsalaxa compound. “You have two nights. On the third we leave. There is a mid-year festival happening. Enjoy it but be careful.”
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:38 PM
    I use my mobile devices for many hours a day, but I am usually on Wi-Fi. I am part of a group plan, and I typically use between 1-3GB/mo. One person on the plan uses more data than everyone else combined. How does one chew up data like that?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 AM
    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a light source that can’t start a fire is going to be handy when you’re on the water, surrounded by all kinds of flammables. Warding spells against fire would be worth their weight in gold, for that matter. OTOH, Grease could be handy if you WANT to start fires...on someone else’s ship. As I posited elsewhere, an aggressive, expansionist naval...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I haven’t played since...2016? 2017? No significant gaps besides this current dry spell. The why? Well, I sort of had a falling out with my game group of 20 or so years about communication. There were other factors as well, but that was the proverbial straw. I haven’t seen any of them in person since December or January. And for a variety of...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    If 5e had really lived up to the degree of modularity promised during design and playtest it might actually have been nicely on its way to being just the system you posit is impossible: a functionally complete system that'll keep GM B happy but fully modular and kit-bashable such that GM A can mold it into the game she wants to run without too many unforeseen knock-ons. But, that modularity...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    To make 5e play the least bit old-school you'd have to change some rules too, so it goes both ways. There's many examples, but I'll just start and end with resting and recovery rules...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    And then far too often take all that information and somehow use it to make the wrong decision, often for reasons external to the actual process (in RPG design, it might be furthering of an idea just because it's yours even though objectively it's not the best; in the corporate world it might be choosing an objectively lesser design because it's more profitable...that sort of thing). Question...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    However - and this seems to be getting ignored here - in choosing which side you win on you're also choosing which side you lose on (which, to reverse your words above, also means you cannot succeed this challenge); and in the RPG sense it's most likely the chosen loss that'll have the consequences attached. And yet again I ask you: does every challenge have to be a binary succeed-fail affair?...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 AM
    Which reminds me... The Bridge is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge, in particular, its status as the #1 location in the world for suicides. In the context of a V:tM campaign, that could be prime hunting for a vampire of the right type. Not only as a place to hide their kills, but also as a way to feed guilt free on “willing” victims. (If the vampire has an issue with that, of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 AM
    What Would Peter Parker Do?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:48 AM
    The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. Good one to use.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of Knossos, the palace of King Minos of Crete. Years later, I photocopied the map from the tourist material onto graph paper to use as a dungeon. I also look at unusual architecture and locales on the internet for locations, like the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan: Catatumbo Venezuela: Gilroy Gardens:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:44 PM
    Sounds like a memory was made. :) P.S.: wag of the finger at theft. :(
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:27 PM
    See also this thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?557176-Pages-from-the-Royal-Chef-s-Cookbook
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:24 PM
    (Had to be said.)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Have a good time!
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:25 AM
    Its been over 30 years and I won't drop names but this the crazy stuff I had. I was officially the town constable by 10 minutes. (call came at 12:10 am). Met up with the other senior constable at person's house. There was a report of a man prowling in the back yard. This was. 5'6 guy muttering to himself about the Vietnam War. He wasn't responding to use so the senior officer had me...
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:13 AM
    From what I have read and seen I fear this may flop with the attempt to make it better. Ignoring T3+ is a strong point but they are drawing from 3+ for ideas. Bothers me. Time will tell
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:09 AM
    DARKSUN: THE ELEMENTS OF EVIL SEGMENT 037 “THE HARSH LANDS OF ATHAS” 07/11/19 SEASON: FRIEND’S VENGEANCE YEAR 24 MONTH: THE NOMAD DAY: 27 KA: 190 Drak has tied up the young thri-kreen so to safely carry him. Unseen by either Drak or Koe the young kreen awakens and chews free. Koe spots him trying to get free. “No.” Declares Koe and he back hands the kreen putting him out once more.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:29 PM
    There is no 5E section any more; there is only Zul/Dungeons & Dragons. B-)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:55 PM
    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of different power levels through adventures. Most of the lower-tier PCs were related to the heavy hitters in some capacity. And we did rotary DMing, too.
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:07 PM
    DARKSUN: THE ELEMENTS OF EVIL SEGMENT 036 “CLUTCH vs CLUTCH” 07/11/19 SEASON: FRIEND’S VENGEANCE YEAR 24 MONTH: THE NOMAD DAY: 27 KA: 190 It is early in the day (9am) and already the sun is blazing and the temperature is rising over 90. Koe and Olan are thinking about their recent visits with Lilapaul. Choro is thinking about the pictures in the book and the little Olan was able to...
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:42 PM
    I'm not sure when the next post will be. I just got the news that my aunt had a heart attack and is in the hospital here in Edmonton. :(
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:26 PM
    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp Thing from the 1990s) that took all the plant-themed Drift mutations. We were leveling up our characters when the campaign imploded. I had planned on taking the Brew Potion feat. Those potions would have been delivered via tubers grown from his body... And later...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:08 PM
    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas. Every gaming convention I’ve been to- GenCon isn’t one- has been overwhelmingly white and male, demographically. And that’s largely reflected in the game groups I’ve been a member of. Most times, I’m the only minority at the table, save one which was 1/3 each white, asian, and black. (And...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:20 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    In any era players pretty much always had agency over their own characters - or should have (more on this below) - which is fine. As time has gone on, however, players have slowly been given more agency over and access to things and rules beyond their characters - which is not fine. That said, a part of player agency over their characters is being allowed to play what you-as-player want...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:28 PM
    my newest video
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:20 PM
    it looks like Cameron's producing and has had a hand in the story, with Tim Miller directing it,whose directorial debut was Deadpool. The film's writing credits, as recognized by the Writers Guild of America are screenplay by David S. Goyer & Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray; story by James Cameron & Charles H. Eglee & Josh Friedman and Goyer & Rhodes.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Admittedly, it hasn't worked yet, but....
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:32 AM
    Along with Hamilton,we also have Arnold back as well and here's the Premise 27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:43 AM
    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage... (All that other stuff is an illusion. ;) )
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:40 AM
    Especially if they try flying by jumping off a cliff or building while flapping their arms really fast.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:09 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    No, sadly, it's highly relevant: someone who cheats at char-gen is much more likely to cheat at other times. Best to nip it in the bud right from square one and have done with it. Hardly the first time I've been in the minority... :)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:04 AM
    Why does it have to be limited to a binary pass-fail outcome, is my question. Having the goals of getting the piece of pumpkin pie and getting the piece of apple pie leads to at least four possible outcomes: 1. You get both. 2. You get apple but not pumpkin. 3. You get pumpkin but not apple. 4. You get neither. And this is ignoring any nuances and-or repercussions arising from any...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:46 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    This assumes one can select the spells that end up in one's book. In 1e you could pick a few spells (or have them rolled random) when starting out at 1st level, but after that it was all based on what you could find (via loot) or buy or swap with other PC MUs...and you had to roll to learn each one, with low intelligence making this roll more difficult.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:43 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    We don't start brand new groups very often but we're always reshuffling the lineups within the parties that are out there. Yeah, sometimes a character visualizes better than it plays - I've had several of these over time, and I either retire them or get them killed off once I realize that whatever I had in mind just ain't gonna work. The flip side, though, is when a character that really...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:39 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    And people love it! That is, if the eagerness with which any Deck of Many Things is greeted is anything to go by.
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:25 AM
    Its what MCU is trying for. But the super intelligent , rich superhero would be Reed. But you are correct that they are giving that "vibe" to him.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:55 AM
    Wait, that’s an interesting idea. What ideas or rules unique to PF2 does anyone see a D&D implementing or appropriating? Anyone?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:53 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Not necessarily - I've had parties take their dead back to some major temple in town and pay for a raise way way WAY before they were anywhere near 9th level. :) That said, getting access to raise in the field is very much a tipping point for long-term character survivability. Yes, but your example was of someone with Con 17, which is a high-90's resurrection chance.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:48 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Over the years I've had many wishes cast in my games and of those I can only remember one that was specifically cast to improve a stat...and even then only after a fashion: the character wished he was psionic. But I've never had a problem with devices, tomes, etc. showing up that increase stats. It feels much more like an in-fiction reward for adventuring than any sort of auto-increment...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:40 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Rolled on the table in full view of everyone else? I'll guess not. It goes beyond that - in old school much more so than new, there's always the underlying threat (or promise?) that some effect from some random table or randomly-generated device somewhere might completely change your character: alignment change, stat change, race or class change, etc. Put another way, there's an overall...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:27 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Er...only if it had a penalty due to a very low Con score. An 11th level Fighter in 1e as written would have 9d10+6 h.p. The average on a d10 roll is 5.5; 9 of those gives 49 (rounding down) + 6 for a total of 55 h.p. And just how many Fighters made it all the way to 11th without dying once or twice? Remember, in 1e every revival ocst you a Con point...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:29 PM
    Levelling 1st to max in 10-12 sessions would mean level-ups about twice per session, thus your players would spend half of each session bookkeeping and rewriting their character sheets. That, and such a campaign would have to be on a pretty hard railroad to prevent players from (oh the horror!) deciding to veer off-story and maybe explore the setting a bit deeper...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:21 PM
    Given a decent level of immersion there shouldn't be all that much difference between the two. Not all tests are strictly pass-fail. Sometimes all options lead to varying degrees of failure and-or success e.g. choosing the lesser of two (or more) evils. The questing knight, for example. Forget Excalibur for a moment, and let's just say he's on a quest to retrieve a McGuffin. (let's for...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:55 PM
    AFAIC all of those are fair play - I've had effects crop up in my games over the years that have done all these things. One easy example of a forced change to character concept is a forced alignment change e.g. from a Helm of Opposite Alignment. But that's both mechanical and forced. I think the type of challenge being brought up here is less (or not at all) mechanical or mechanics-based....
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    Yes, and IMO that's an outright glaring error in how 4e handles these things. Put another way, it dredges up the old glass-cannon monster design issue from 1e and dials it up to 11. Why in the name of sweet bejeebers would a designer take a known problem and intentionally make it worse? Not bizarre at all. I'm saying it's mkstaken because to make that system work one has to make a...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:52 PM
    That’s too bad. I really liked the band.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:54 PM
    Well... https://www.amazon.com/Miami-Vice-Complete-Don-Johnson/dp/B01HSAIP9W/ref=asc_df_B01HSAIP9W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241953397137&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7846823122258067632&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026798&hvtargid=pla-493204952389&psc=1
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    I dunno if this thread covers it, but one of the reasons I liked PF1 was it’s broad compatibility with 3.5 and 3.0. Not only adventures and monsters but even splatbooks and classes. In fact it was MORE important at the time. I looked at other games but it was among the best for backwards compatibility. PF2 in the playtest was far from that kind of ideal, as far as I could tell. And I haven’t...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:41 AM
    There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of character development in that series. Not just intrinsic, inseparable in some cases. Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” was turned into a script for the show...in which Mr. Frey played a major character. See also: http://mentalfloss.com/article/77272/20-fashionable-facts-about-miami-vice And:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:07 AM
    Well, given that his company had: I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:56 AM
    Neon. Men in pastels. Men not wearing socks. Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up. Guns. Hot cars. Hotter women. A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.* Action.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:31 AM
    Jim Bouton has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/us/jim-bouton-ball-four-author-dies/index.html
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:05 AM
    Correct: they are not the same. The latter describes an action, the former tries to tie a result to it. The key word there is IF, which remains undetermined until-unless game mechanics resolve. After that happens and it's determined that the wink succeeded in melting her heart then yes, you can bundle action and result together. Which means describing the result before this point is...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:54 AM
    And by that we can reasonably extrapolate that for game purposes a cave troll has lots of hit points and-or a high Con score. Each reflects the other. Just as you can't say a creature described as being particularly tough (relative to other creatures) in the fiction doesn't have lots of hit points, you can't say a creature with lots of hit points (relative to other creatures) isn't tough. ...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:48 AM
    < I came across this old Playstation 1 game that I had never heard of so I checked it out on Youtube. The game hasn't aged well, but man is the sound design amazing. Even has pretty good voice acting. Anyways, I was listening to this particular track and for the longest time couldn't figure out what it reminded me of, but then it hit me. It's this old thing:
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:10 AM
    "Special: Heroic" or "Special: Short Bus"? They're always lurking around corners. Don't they have something else to do, someplace else to be?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 03:49 AM
    Ideally, it looks like this:
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 03:38 AM
    Aha. The classic "my animal companion checks for traps" maneuver. Bonus: can be used after said companion is dead, too--provided the corpse is still somewhat intact.* Quote from a campaign I ran: "We throw the dead goat onto the suspect square (of the dungeon). Is there enough blood left in the corpse to run out (and outline that square)?" *This may not, in fact, be a Lawful Good...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 02:13 AM
    Well, the largest Ammonite fossil on record was over 8’ across, and belonged to the Genus Parapuzosia and would have weighed over 3000lbs when life. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapuzosia_seppenradensis Sooo...three options: Parapuzosia haruspex Parapuzosia medicus Parapuzosia mundus
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 01:31 AM
    This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:40 AM
    (chart snipped to save space) The chart says how many events were offered but doesn't say how many of them sold out, or got cancelled due to not enough interest. It's a decent guide to who was willing to run what type of game but not so useful in gauging player interest. 2003 was my first GenCon and I'll freely admit to not remembering much of it (I ran on about 8 hours total sleep over 4+...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Hmmm... Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s Second Law, a.k.a. Stugeon’s Revelation. However... Not that those are or should be immune from criticism, but the more I read that sentence, the more I think of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:19 AM
    I want to clarify my view, based on some of the other responses in this thread. Many of my favorite systems- HERO, 3.X, etc,- are great for simulating a wide variety of settings with little or no tweaking. But sometimes, a system designed for the express purpose of modeling a particular bit of fiction will simply do it better, more immersively. Other RPGs are lean and sleek, with just...
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  • 03:11 PM - Blue mentioned jonesy in post Anyone playing Harebrained Schemes Battletech?
    Hey jonesy, this new one is turn-based and close to the tabletop conceptionally. It's great fun. If you're also looking for a real-time driving-my-mech experience, MechWarrior Online is free-to-play with both skirmishes and objective-based battles, usually 3 lances per side, each with a human piloting a single mech video-game style. (So 12 vs. 12 people.) Actually, the new HBS Battletech licensed the mech models from Piranha, the maker of MechWarrior Online and they've cross-promoted each other - they scratch different itches, they don't compete just compliment.

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  • 02:39 AM - dragoner quoted jonesy in post What are you listening to?
    Wow, nostalgia trip. Years ago as me and dad were driving somewhere this song came on the radio. Dad: "Who is that girl singing? Sounds familiar." Me: "Kylie Minogue." Dad: "No, seriously. I know I know her from something. Really famous singer." Me: "It's Kylie Minogue." Dad: "No, she used to be on television when she was younger. Several shows." Me: "Yes, we are still talking about the same person. It's Kylie Minogue." Dad: "Fine, be that way. I'm asking your mother when we get back. She'll remember." Me: "I know she will. Kylie Minogue is a favourite of hers." That is funny. haha I was in Prague visiting friends and "can't get you outta my head" was playing everywhere (games, clubs) until I couldn't get it outta my head. Earworm warning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPwtJ89jes4

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 05:30 PM - Azzy quoted jonesy in post Dragonlance Novels - How Many Are There?
    Alright, I finished my inventory and here are the results. Books still missing from my photo: So, without counting the young reader novels, I still get to 150+ unique books in the series. I mean this in the most positive and friendly way, but... You're a geek. :D

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 03:00 AM - trappedslider quoted jonesy in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Umm, let's see now. What I said was that Bethesda brought nothing new to the table. Fallout 76 isn't new, and we already knew there's going to be a steady supply of stuff coming for it, E3 or not. Ghostwire isn't made by Bethesda. Neither is Deathloop. Doom Eternal we already knew about (theres's been gameplay videos posted of it for months by players), and they already made the "story trailer" joke the last time. Wolfenstein Youngblood had a story trailer two months ago. Wolfenstein Cyberpilot 11 months ago. Elder Scrolls Blades for the Switch? The only new part about that is the Switch. The game itself has already been playable for months. Scalebreaker and Moons of Elsweyr are expansions for two more or less old games that already have been getting a steady supply of new expansions. We already knew that, just not what they were going to be called. I suppose Rage 2 getting an expansion already is somewhat noteworthy. And sure, Commander Keen is brand new. But is anyone actually excit...

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 09:24 PM - trappedslider quoted jonesy in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Is the E3 happening now the worst one ever? I've never been so bored watching the coverage. Like, EA somehow managed to bring in a Star Wars game that really does look pretty good and make me not excited for it. Bethesda's entire thing was them patting themselves on the back without having anything new on the table. I didn't catch EA,but I watched Beth's and well..did we watch the same thing? They apologized in a round about way about F076's launch, announced a ton of new content for it, then the other studios under Beth's portfolio announced a number of new games. https://kotaku.com/everything-bethesda-announced-at-e3-2019-1835362095

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  • 07:16 PM - Remus Lupin quoted jonesy in post Baldur's Gate 3 Announcement Trailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI4v6hC_rjM I really like Larian's sense of humour. :) I like WotC's sense of humor: "Faithful to D&D Lore" -- Some of us still remember the Spellplague.

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  • 07:44 PM - Len quoted jonesy in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    I'm on Opera and I get an "Insecure Content" warning when I open the website, which isn't supposed to occur when the site is in https. That warning should be specific to http-sites. And yes, I have checked that I'm on the https version when the warning occurs. Firefox has a warning icon that says "Parts of this page are not secure (such as images)." And looking at the page source code shows some http: URLs for images & stuff. That's probably why Opera is giving that warning.
  • 12:34 PM - Ryujin quoted jonesy in post THE SWAMP THING
    I'm seeing reports that despite critical acclaim the show has just been cancelled. Am confused. It's a funding thing, apparently. The State of North Carolina was supposed to put up thirty-something million in tax rebates for the production, whose total budget for the season was around $80M. During production The State said, "Whoops! Paperwork error. Here's $14M instead." That's one story. Another is that the production expected the same support for the series as they got for the pilot episode, which wasn't the case. Either way the production became to expensive to sustain at that quality.

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  • 05:44 AM - trappedslider quoted jonesy in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    I've tried that. Everything is either too small or too large on my phone. But if you're referring to the comment you got for the Picard trailer, I thought the main problem was that the link you used is blocked in some areas (I can't view the link at all, it just says 'content unavailable'). That's honestly not my fault I used the silly embed button and how was I supposed to know it was region locked?

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  • 04:09 PM - lowkey13 quoted jonesy in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    George has written an update regarding the last episode: http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/20/an-ending/ Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. Lies. You have no pages. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING. The definition of chutzpah is to announce a book sequel when your can't even write pages for the book in order to write the sequel. I REFUSE TO BE THE CHARLIE BROWN TO YOUR LUCY! .... How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet. Well, someone has to kick that football. Might as well be me!
  • 03:28 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted jonesy in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    "if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI" 106615 Okay, some of them I do remember, but still, I can't say I'm burning up at the thought of learning their fates. "How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet." Sure, but first you have to write it... George has written an update regarding the last episode: http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/20/an-ending/

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 08:16 PM - mortwatcher quoted jonesy in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 6---THE END
    Another thing about lost continuity. I know they never mentioned it on the show, but it's possible that the Unsullied are sailing to their doom. The Isle of Naath is home to butterflies which spread a plague to anyone who wasn't born there. That's the reason they are 'peaceful people' as Missandei said. They don't need to defend themselves. Outsiders who go there die. https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Naath yep, they are basically committing mass suicide with how this season went, it kinda makes sense that is doesn't make any sense


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