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Sunday, 28th April, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - uzirath mentioned Tonguez in post Good, Evil, Nature, and Druids
    ...r is it more mystical, where a druid who is out of balance is unable to channel the power of nature due to their own imbalanced chi (or whatever)? "Look, you were assigned to protect this forest from harm, excesses and abuse. You chose to implement this by systematically destroying every village within a day's ride of the border. That's... excessive, and not needed for your charge. We asked you to keep them from clear-cutting the trees, and instead you clear-cut them? That's not what we are about here in the Druid's Conclave..." This implies that the druid hierarchy can strip members of their powers, like being excommunicated. It can be managed if you have druids representing specific aspects of nature, rather than *all* of nature at once. A druid focused on storms can rip the crap out of human towns, so long as they are being all stormy about it. If they do it by poison... well, again, they are going out of their bailiwick. This is an interesting idea, similar to what Tonguez added a few posts further on: A Shark Druid might be a fierce and blood-frenzied eater of humanoids, a Rot Druid might have a mission of encouraging disease and decay, they would be antagonistic to humanoids but in their own minds they arent evil. I'm intrigued by the idea that any given druid might specialize in a particular aspect of nature. That could create fun options in the game world. As a random aside, I've been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with my kids and, serendipitously, we just saw "The Swamp" (S2:E4) which features a water bending tribe in a swamp that had some druidic aspects.

Sunday, 10th February, 2019

  • 04:47 PM - Jacob Lewis mentioned Tonguez in post Anatomy of a Skill Challenge
    AbdulAlhazred and Tonguez Both of you suggested some excellent ideas! It goes to show there is more than one way to design these. I certainly could have elaborated mine for such an epic event, but probably not at the time. It was our first skill challenge with a lot of new players, and we were (or I was) still figuring out the best way to execute it within a PbP format. If I were designing a similar scenario today with more time, I'd most likely develop something more complex along the lines suggested. ;) so last question - what was the follow up consequence of getting the towns folk out and holding the square against the goblins? Hmm... I thought I had a simple answer for this, but after giving it some thought, I realize there was a lot more going on. The towns folk did not occupy the battle map, only in the abstract "theater of the mind". This was simulated by a combination of narrative description from myself as well as the players, and imposing a -2 penalty for all ranged and area attacks until the ...

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

  • 05:43 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Tonguez in post Preferences regarding "save to resist" vs. "roll to hit" mechanics?
    Active player acts. Bob wants to hit you with a sword? Bob rolls. Joe wants to question your motives, Joe rolls Sense Motive/Insight/other. If the do-er rolls, then yes. That fits. However, Tonguez said "It comes down to player agency does it not? Thus Players do all the rolls." If I'm reading that right, that means a "player always rolls" model. Therefore, if a player does something against another player, the "player always rolls" model would seem to dictate that both players individually and exclusively get to be the one to roll to determine success. That's part of why I like the more consistent "the one who acts rolls" method of having the do-er roll for success or failure; no fiddly exceptions or layering of subsystems.

Saturday, 5th May, 2018

  • 03:02 PM - OB1 mentioned Tonguez in post Avenger's Infinity War *Spoiler* Discussion
    ...n for trailers, credits, & the post credit scene. (then add some more time for the staff to clean up for the next showing) Most of the movie going audience don't want to sit through something that long. The theatres absolutely don't want that length of movie. Because that greatly limits how many showings per day they can schedule. Less showings = less tickets sold = less food sold. Long shows = less $. B) Everything crammed into 2.5hrs? I guarantee you'd be complaining you saw a crappy movie. C) Pt1 & Pt2 released simultaneously or back to back? That won't work. D) Not make this story? Or any other long term story that takes several/many movies to set the stage for? Edit: Oh, BTW. Nothing is forcing you to see A:IW - or any other movie you think is incomplete - right when it comes out. You've known for a year or two that it was initially called A:IW pt1.... So wait until just before Pt2 hits the theatres, watch Pt1, then go watch the 2nd part. Not sure about Tonguez but what I want is a complete story inside a larger story. Kind of like an adventure that tells a complete story while still being part of a larger campaign. And while you can leave things unresolved, at the end of the adventure, that piece should still have it's own satisfying beginning, middle and end. AIW tries to do this by making Thanos the protagonist of the story, but because his motives are compromised by his insanity, instead of getting an anti-hero that you empathize with even while abhorring their actions (see The Godfather, Wolf of Wall Street, Empire Strikes Back, Dexter), you end up in this weird space where to see things from Thanos' point of view you actually have to think he was RIGHT in killing half the Universe's population as if the idea weren't both completely illogical, insane and evil. I have no doubt that the creators of AIW wanted people to empathize with Thanos in the same way people do with Darth Vader or Don Corleone, but those movies earn that...

Thursday, 5th April, 2018

  • 11:26 AM - Coroc mentioned Tonguez in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Sword of Spirit XP for your ideas on the solamnic Knights, with roses just being additional fluff that would be a solution. I think what Tonguez meant was that Birthright is basically a vanilla Fantasy Setting, nothing like eberron, ravenloft or darksun.

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017


Monday, 27th February, 2017

  • 08:00 AM - Knightfall mentioned Tonguez in post EN World City Project: Geography
    ATTN: The Grey Dwarf, Lalato, Conaill, Krug, Jolly Giant, wizardoftheplains, Shadowdancer, David Argall, Buttercup, Tallow, Wippit Guud, Tonguez, jdavis, GladiusNP, fusangite, KnidVermicious. I don't know how many of you are around any more, but I figured I'd put up these mentions in case any of you wanted the larger print screen version of the map. Cheers! KF

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Friday, 4th March, 2016

  • 04:25 PM - Scott DeWar mentioned Tonguez in post [Thread Game] D&D Monsters A-Z
    @Tonguez, I am very reluctant to give away my secret google-fu. Oh well, its all in fun! Monster finder the web addy as de in the name, so I think that is German. Somebody in Germany has a very well set up sight with pick on almost every monster. Raiment 75164 it gives a bit of information such as cr, hd, alignment, plane of existence type and subtype. then it says what book it is found in Ie: LMo is libris mortus then you click on the name of the monster and it has a link to a jpeg and links to where to buy the book. easy cheesy peasy!

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Tonguez in post Warlord Name Poll
    ...; @Orlax ; @Otterscrubber ; @Pandamonium87 ; @Paraxis ; @PaulO. ; @Pauln6 ; @Pauper ; @payn; @pemerton ; @peterka99 ;@ Pickles III ; @Pickles JG ; @pkt77242 ; @pming ; @pogre; @PopeYodaI ; @Prickly ; @procproc ; @Psikerlord ; @Psikerlord# ; @(Psi)SeveredHead; @Quickleaf ; @Raith5 ; @raleel ; @Ralif Redhammer ; @Raloc ; @Ranes ; @RangerWickett; @Ratskinner ; @redrick ; @Rejuvenator ; @Remathilis ; @Ristamar ; @RolenArcher; @Roland55 ; @RPG_Tweaker ; @Rune ; @Rygar ; @Sacrosanct ; @Saelorn ; @Saeviomagy; @sailor-Moon ; @SailorNash ; @Saplatt ; @Satyrn ; @Shades of Eternity ; @shadowmane; @sheadunne ; @Shasarak ; @shidaku ; @shintashi ; @Shiroiken ; @SigmaOne ; @sleypy; @sleypy01 ; @SpiderMonkey ; @Staccat0 ; @Staffan ; @steeldragons ; @steenan @STeveC ; @strider13x ; @Strider1973 ; @Sword of Spirit ; @Talmek ; @TerraDave; @TheCosmicKid ; @The_Gneech ; @TheHobgoblin ; @The Human Target ; @the Jester; @The Mirrorball Man ; @The Myopic Sniper ; @ThirdWizard ; @Tia Nadiezja ; @Tinker-TDC; @Tonguez ; @Tony Vargas ; @Tormyr ; @TrippyHippy ; @tsadkiel ; @tuxgeo ; @twigglythe Gnome ; @TwoSix ; @Uchawi ; @Ulorian ; @UnadvisedGoose445 ; @UngeheuerLich; @Us ; @Valmarius ; @Warbringer ; @was ; @wedgeski ; @Wednesday Boy ; @Wik ; @WillDoyle ; @Winterthorn ; @Wuzzard ; @Xeviat ; @Yaarel ; @Yunru ; @Zalabim ; @Zansy; @Zardnaar ; @Zeuel ; @ZickZak ; @ZombieRoboNinja ; @ZzarkLinux

Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

  • 01:43 PM - Wednesday Boy mentioned Tonguez in post Do Otyughs literally eat... (dung)???
    Someone here at EN World has a wonderful example of a typical conversation with an otyugh in their signature. I'm sorry I can't remember who it is. @Tonguez had the quote from @IcyCool. It cracked me up every time I saw it, so I saved it. Originally Posted by IcyCool Man, given the average Int of an Otyugh, I can just see the boss monologue now... PCs: "Before we fight, why don't you tell us your master plan?" Otyugh: "I like poop." PCs: "Umm, what?" Otyugh: "Do you have poop?"

Monday, 20th October, 2014

  • 03:25 AM - Hand of Evil mentioned Tonguez in post These are not Michael Jackson's rats...
    Agree with Tonguez they are only indicators of human habitation, if they have it, so do the humans around them. Sorry, New York, you're doomed! I remember reading an article a long time ago, call The Rat the Lapdog of the Devil, what a rat can do, is scary amazing.

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Sunday, 16th June, 2019

  • 09:12 PM - Ancalagon quoted Tonguez in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    I did a similar Alt Earth but in mine was set in the 1700s and started back in 1648 when Oliver Cromwell first came up against a Fey-Pact Warlock in Wales. Although driven back, Cromwell survived the encounter and turned to Divine Providence for aid. Seeking the aid of the Scottish Witch Finders they soon discover that they have better defence against the fey and this helps them to push back into Wales. However before they can continue on to rebels of Cornwall the lost land of Lyonnes rises up from the sea opening portals to the Feywild and creating a land bridge across the English Channel. With the portals open all kinds of Fey and giants return, to claim Lyonnes some expanding into Ireland which Cromwell is thus unable to subdue and others heading to other parts of the world. The Lord Protector squirms as Old Shuck once more terrorizes the moors and goblins infest the sewers of Manchester, he thus looks to Belgium and the other Low Countries to form a broader Protestant alliance against ...
  • 07:09 AM - Maxperson quoted Tonguez in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    Objectively speaking alignment is Dumb Well, words on a page have an IQ of 0. That's pretty darn stupid.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 02:44 PM - Celebrim quoted Tonguez in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    Anyway as a indigenous minority in a former British colony, I've always been acutely aware of the 'problem of DnDs' fantasy foundations essentially being the glory of Europe and Empire over the 'savage other' (ie Orcs, goblins). Certainly if I also had that background, I think I'd see why that would be your first pass understanding of the structure of D&D, but the fantasy foundations of D&D go back to a time well before Europe was a mighty colonizing power, to a time when on the contrary Europe was one of the world's cultural and technological backwaters and more often than not, it was being colonized by foreign nations (Huns, Turks, Moors, etc.). D&D's fantasy and folk roots don't start in the 18th or 19th century. Trolls and goblins and elves and dwarves and the like didn't come out of Europe's colonial experience, but out of its dim dark prehistory. The fantasy roots of goblins and trolls and the like aren't Europeans driving out indigenous groups in the Age of Exploration, but the...

Monday, 10th June, 2019

  • 02:04 PM - Blue quoted Tonguez in post Fighter subclasses for every ability score
    Cha - definitely Gladiator/Swashbuckler - a highly performative class that uses panache and style to gain an advantage, dazzling and distracting their adversary, taunting their opponent to make wild strikes or rash move I like your thematics. Can you suggest some CHR-focused mechanics that would support it? Wis/Int I'm not sure how you separate this two states in a fighter as both require the character to observe the opponent and make tactical decisions on where and how to move/defend/hit for advantage. Whether thats a sniper, waiting patiently to get the aimed shot or if its a melee tactician, who moves at exactly the right position, or is able to trigger a desired reaction. I struggled with a strong concept for WIS. Are these so close that maybe it should be a single subclass that can trigger of INT or WIS for it's features?
  • 04:21 AM - Xeviat quoted Tonguez in post Fighter subclasses for every ability score
    Cha - definitely Gladiator/Swashbuckler - a highly performative class that uses panache and style to gain an advantage, dazzling and distracting their adversary, taunting their opponent to make wild strikes or rash move. I think this could fit in with a hero or champion type of character too. This is the kind of person who would be inspiring their allies and demoralizing their enemies.

Sunday, 9th June, 2019

  • 05:12 PM - Umbran quoted Tonguez in post I need quotes!
    If a machine, a Terminator can learn the value of human life, then maybe so can we - Sarah Connor Sarah Connor was always such an optimist.

Friday, 31st May, 2019

  • 02:54 PM - ART! quoted Tonguez in post How do you get to GURPS?
    Judging from the way the players whose designs involved some kind of shtick that involved multiple attacks- the speedster’s superfast punches or striking multiple foes; the guy with the super-gun that could go full auto, etc.- they didn’t care if the math for the actual damage worked out the same, they really hated the way M&M modeled that style of attack. The journey was just as important as the destination. (I agreed, FWIW.) I've been running Masks for a group that's used to more "traditional" RPGs, on the heels of running and playing weekly D&D 5E for 2 years with them, and they are really frustrated with certain aspects of it - particularly the narrative approach to combat. Sometimes, you just want to flex your super-muscles and punch somebody through a building, but you want to earn it by having character who the mechanics say in black-and-white that you can, indeed, punch a guy through a building. Not knocking Masks at all - it's a beautiful thing. So, yeah - there's a real...

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 09:50 PM - Dioltach quoted Tonguez in post Classic British television shows
    [QUOTE=Dioltach;7606109] "As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there, He wasn't there again today, I wish I wish he'd stay away" - Sapphires quotes that in "Man With Out a Face" which is still one of the most disturbingly creepy stories ever told on TV and still gives me nightmares some 40 years after I first saw it For me, it was the series about a house where time portals opened up whenever someone sang a nursery rhyme. So with Ring-a-ring-a-roses it led to the Great Plague, and so on. The one scene that still gives me the willies was with two Civil War soldiers carrying a coffin down a flight of stairs, to whispered chants of "Upstairs and downstairs, upstairs and downstairs". Like you said, disturbing and creepy.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 01:04 PM - Maxperson quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash It doesn't need that long of a leash, and if you have to go into video game mode to watch a T.V. show, that show has failed. It's not a video game.
  • 12:52 PM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash I guess the length of the leash is where disagreement occurs. For me a departure of what has previously been presented causes the biggest issue.
  • 12:04 PM - Imaculata quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    When I saw the scorpions used by Euron to slay the dragon I was reminded of video games like Spartan Total War where they are essentially reskinned Modern Ackacks, so my brain switched in to video game logic for the episode. So although a departure from how the show has previously presented, it is no less plausible than the idea of a woman riding a dragon being able to dodge those same ballista bolts. Fantasy worlds do need their own internal consistency but plausibility needs to be given a very long leash They also need to be consistent. We have been shown how accurate or inaccurate the Scorpion is three or four times in the show (one of which was the episode before). And it is always as accurate as the plot requires at that time, which means not consistent at all.
  • 09:16 AM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Read that sentence again slowly and realise you are discussing DRAGONS I do not understand this line of argument which gets repeated in this and other threads. Just because a supernatural creature exists in the story doesn't mean the rest of reality/believability within the show needs to become unhinged.
  • 04:00 AM - Maxperson quoted Tonguez in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Read that sentence again slowly and realise you are discussing DRAGONS That's not even relevant. When you have a fantasy show, the additional fantasy elements like dragons and magic are accepted as making sense for the genre. The same cannot be said for mundane items that correspond to the real world. Just because a show has dragons, does not mean that someone is going to just accept that a normal arrow fired from a normal bow can make several right turns in the air on the way to the target. Your argument is specious at best.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019


Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 10:04 PM - lowkey13 quoted Tonguez in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    I agree that was impressive, especially when you hear that Taika Waititi actually turned down Cate Blanchett appearing because she didnt have a vampire credit to back her up - I suppose it shows just how much influence a Marvel Movie and a fun personality gives you in Hollywood. I did like the council scene, but for some reason my favourite scene was the Colin v Evie 'fight', that made me giggle That was excellent, but I have had experiences with various local government commissions and councils, and everything about that was so absolutely perfect. I fully believe that not only does Colin exist, but that he regularly attends local government functions with stacks of index cards and a desire to feed off of me.
  • 09:35 PM - lowkey13 quoted Tonguez in post Broadcast TV- Renewals, Cancellations
    yeah, I've stopped watching the CW shows too - so hopefully something else will pop up to offer a bit more interest. At least Agents of Shield is something I hear that What they Do in Shadows has a season 2 Yep, that's confirmed. WHICH IS AWESOME!* I don't think that there's a comprehensive list of non-broadcast shows and renewals, which is unfortunate. *Seriously- how did they pull off the guest stars for that last episode? Even so, nothing will ever be as funny, to me, as the City Council meeting episode. So perfect.

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 03:31 AM - Eltab quoted Tonguez in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler has announced that “changes” will be made to the forthcoming movie based on the video game after the trailer premiere was met with blistering criticism. After watching Dr. Robotnik take less than 30 seconds to violate the maxims from If I Was The Evil Overlord - particularly 'I will not treat my subordinates or underlings with such disrespect and contempt that they WANT to betray me and/or help my enemies' - we can confidently predict that he will fail spectacularly due to sabotage and non-compliance from within his organization.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

  • 02:52 AM - Zardnaar quoted Tonguez in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    I fear that might have you even more disappointed This movie may have worked 20 years when Sonic was at his height, but now??? Well it might be a good movie in its own right (not holding my breath). Not that fanatic about Sonic really, I like it but back in the day I didn't think it was the greatest thing ever. Kept the Megadrive more for Phantasy Star.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 01:03 PM - carrot quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    well considering that Tony figured out time travel in half an hour after finishing the dinner dishes, theres really no reason why Thanos couldnt figure out that all he needs is a mobius strip too Thanos had access to Nebula's knowledge of the Mobius strip via 2014 Nebula's implant.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 11:04 PM - Istbor quoted Tonguez in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    well considering that Tony figured out time travel in half an hour after finishing the dinner dishes, theres really no reason why Thanos couldnt figure out that all he needs is a mobius strip too Yeah. That is basically where I am at as well. Just wasn't shown on screen. I can understand how that could cause some confusion. Thanos had the juice and the bracelet. Reverse engineer that stuff and you have everything that is really needed to get to the 'Prime' dimension.


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