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D&D 3.5E - Currently playing through the Shackled City Adventure Path
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Saturday, 1st June, 2019


Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 02:35 AM - Blue mentioned Olaf the Stout in post We've lost the DM Experience by Chris Perkins
    Hello. I saw in an old AMA that you had found most of Chris Perkins' The DM Experience, excluding Ice Capades. Could you help me get closer to my own complete collection? I have all of them except Ice Capades, The Circus is in Town, and Real Complicated. Any of these you can help me find will be greatly appreciated. Cheers! Everyone else posting was doing it in 2014. At the very least, mention Undertaker Sheep, jodyjohnson and Olaf the Stout so that they know to read this five year old post about your request. (The others haven't logged in in 2019.)

Thursday, 10th November, 2016


Monday, 24th February, 2014

  • 03:22 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Olaf the Stout in post GM's, what info do you want to know about the PCs? Players, what info do you like to determine about your PCs?
    Olaf the Stout I always want more information than they give me ;) I think there must be a whole generation of gamers out there with some form of DM-PTSD or something. Currently I'm trying the "figure out your background in play" approach. So character details are an emergent play thing with my current group of very sparsely described PCs. When it comes up, or during a bit of downtime I might ask a question of one or two players. When they sit down at the next interlude I might have them do some lifepath rolling to account for their past five years, reflecting conversations around the feast table. (They began the campaign with new level 11 PCs, so there's obviously lots of unfolded story gaps) When we start a new adventure I will ask them to choose from a list of character hooks (or come at me with their own). Would have liked to have a PC relationships thing, but there was a big change in the players (4 dropped, 3 joined), so we are still adjusting to that.

Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

  • 02:51 PM - Grogg of the North mentioned Olaf the Stout in post How to deal with GM burn-out?
    Olaf the Stout I suffer from burn out too. It's actually been one of the biggest obstacles for me when I DM. I've found that if I'm not DMing every week, the little breaks between sessions are enough to let my batteries recharge. The last campaign I ran went every other week. It also helped that when I wasn't DMing that one of my players was running a game too. So if one of us wasn't able to run the other would. Great for those times when the creative juices weren't flowing. Something that worked for me is having a "Standard list of Spells". When I'm prepping spell casters, there's a standard list that I use for most of the NPCs. Some spots are open for minor customization but it greatly cuts down on prep time with most of the work already done. Plus I don't have to worry about what all the spells do if I have a bunch of them recycled. Lastly, get a confidant from the other side of the DM screen. Someone you know that won't meta-game. Talk with them about your thoughts for upcoming ...

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Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 12:53 AM - Mercador quoted Olaf the Stout in post Paizo's Kingmaker Crowdfunding Campaign Extended
    Not weird. I completely understand. They are ready to move on, but you're not. Games are an emotional buy-in sometimes - especially when you buy a lot of the same edition from the same company. If you still love the current edition, you don't want to leave unless there is a better option. We'll see if PF2 is one. (I don't think it will be, but maybe I'll be surprised.) I'm not sure in this case there will be as many along for the ride to PF2 as there was for PF1. PF1 was better than the current D&D (4E) by a wide margin for a lot of people. I'm not sure PF2 will hold that same advantage over D&D 5E. Ending PF1 provides an opportunity for some to return to the D&D fold. (At a time when D&D is seriously kicking butt!) Thanks, I feel less weird now :) Yeah, I don't feel PF2 either but I hope that I'm wrong.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 11:20 PM - Mercador quoted Olaf the Stout in post Paizo's Kingmaker Crowdfunding Campaign Extended
    They’re moving to a new edition. I thought that was clear. :) Why would it violate your trust in Paizo? Is coming out with material to support the new edition something untrustworthy? But I don't want to :'( Not sure why though, I guess it's all the books I have, like I feel betrayed, it's weird I know.
  • 08:48 PM - Mercador quoted Olaf the Stout in post Paizo's Kingmaker Crowdfunding Campaign Extended
    Because it’s very existence is a PF2 promotion. I guess I'm really not the target audience then. Doing that is just alienate my trust in Paizo. Supporting PF1 with a hardcover release just as you're about to release PF2 seems like a bad idea. Plus Kingmaker was originally released as a PF1 adventure path, so it's available for the PF1 rules currently if people want it. I'm pretty sure that the RotR and CotCT were originally released for 3.5E and then released as a hardcover compilation updated to PF1 rules. There's something I don't get; in French, there's several adventure paths in hardcover format, not just the first two. As far as I know, the French market is way under the numbers of the English one, it can't be that hard to print 6 adventures paths and put it in a hardcover book..?

Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 02:19 PM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Only 900 backers so far, which is less than I would have expected. It's not a terribly excellent deal, financially, and it could he that the natural audience (Pathfinder players) all ready have the original AP and don't want a PF2 version.
  • 05:27 AM - kenmarable quoted Olaf the Stout in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    She makes many good points. In addition to being forced to buy the AP in order to have the chance to buy the Bestiary, there were several red flags she pointed out that made me wary of backing this one. That said, she also sounds very salty. Does anyone know what led to her no longer working for Paizo? I don't recall specifics (and most of it, of course, wasn't real public), but the general impression seemed to be the "employee spoke up about harassment and workplace culture issues and gets fired" vs "employee is not a good fit and does not work with our customers well" sort of two sides that seems unfortunately common (especially it seems with women in male-dominated industries, but that's my editorializing). Reading between the lines, as well as reading accounts of many other former employees, I 100% believe her version. More specifically, it seems to be a cultural view at Paizo that the customers are always right even when they are harassing and abusing the employees. It's telling that s...

Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 08:08 PM - Voadam quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    I still need to go through and catalogue my PDF collection. I'm thinking that will dwarf my hard copy collection. Not quite as large as yours though. Looking at just your 5E list, I'm amazed you have so many PDFs for that alone! PDF bundles suck me in too. I own several Humble Bundle and Bundle of Holding RPG bundles that I've barely even had a chance to flick through, let alone read. Legendary Games has their 20-for-$20 bundles (I'm using The Murmuring Fountain and some of their Gothic Tomes from these bundles in my 5e Carrion Crown game I'm running right now), Cubicle 7 and Ponyfinder were from Bundles of Holding, and Humble Bundles provided Frog God, Kobold Press, Total Party Kill, and Troll Lord, while Fat Goblin puts out their own fantastic bundles as did a bunch of DM's Guild specials. I keep my eye out regularly for ones that interest me and pounce. There are also a lot of free and PWYW titles.
  • 12:50 PM - Nytmare quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    Your RPG collection is pretty decent, but that board game collection is ginormous! How the heck do you store that many board games? Shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves, and a couple of piles on the floor, and another shelf full of stuff I never plan on playing again (but can't bring myself to get rid of) upstairs in a closet. This last year I finally hit the breaking point in the new game room (hence the piles) and I have to start planning the upgrade from the old set of industrial storage shelves I had been using to the full floor to ceiling, corner to corner shelves I'd been planning on making.

Friday, 8th February, 2019

  • 04:42 AM - Travis Henry quoted Olaf the Stout in post 90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels
    You lost a player at 1st level due to complexity? What the heck were they playing that made things too complicated, because at 1st level your options aren’t much beyond move and/or hit for most characters. 2nd and 3rd levels are where more options get added in (which I’m guessing was completely intentional by the designers). 5 personality traits a long list of equipment 18-some skills big list of Proficiencies the three character powers (Second Wind, Fighting Style, and Position of Privilege) have long descriptions the long text on the back of the sheet describing Humans, Fighters, and Background. I know many ENWorlders may roll their eyes - but really, it's quite a lot of info. It's an info dump. And yeah, I figure there are tips for managing the info, but still... D&D is very complex, even at first level. She's not a gamer gearhead - she's an artist. She liked some aspects of the game, but the crunch and sheer detail was too much. At the same time, me and the other fellow were learning the rules...

Thursday, 7th February, 2019


Wednesday, 6th February, 2019

  • 05:34 AM - Retreater quoted Olaf the Stout in post It's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
    Was TMNT a Palladium release? IDW are actually Kickstarting a TMNT board game at the moment. So very tempted, but the price point is fairly high - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idwgames/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-adventures-city-fall/description Yes. It is OOP but lives on in the spiritual successor, After the Bomb.

Monday, 4th February, 2019

  • 06:32 PM - Doc_Klueless quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    How does one cull their PDF stuff? Apart from a few PDFs that I've bought from now defunct companies, the rest I could delete from my computer and re-download from my account at a later date without any issue.I have sooooo many PDFs of so many RPGs that I don't even know where I got them all. I'm sure some of them (a lot even?) are pirated PDFs that I got to see if I'd like a game before buying it and then never deleted it/them. In fact, my PDF collection got so large that I was having troubles finding things and/or having multiple copies of a PDF because I forgot I had it and/or where it was at. So I spent a weekend going through the Terabyte storage I have just deleting things. It didn't actually change things physically, but it made me feel better somehow.
  • 04:18 PM - pogre quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    How many painted minis do you have in your collection? I think I’ve seen you paint over 100 minis in the time I’ve been following your painted minis thread. Well, keep in mind I have been collecting and painting miniatures since the mid-1980s. I do not have an exact number, but it's in the thousands of miniatures I have personally painted. Probably 70% of those are fantasy related with the rest being historicals (mostly Dark Ages).
  • 04:11 PM - johndesmarais quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    I do not look forward to ever having to move my collection. I can only imagine how many separate boxes I'd have to spread the books across. I've actually been looking forward to this move. I'm still finding more boxes of RPG stuff in my attic as I've never had enough shelf space to have it all accessible at once - but in the new house my office has floor to ceiling book shelves covering two walls and more shelf space in a weird little side room attached to the office. I'm pretty excited to get it all shelved where I get to it.

Friday, 1st February, 2019

  • 07:19 AM - ccs quoted Olaf the Stout in post How Many RPG Books Do You Own?
    So I've got a 4ft wide bookshelf that fits about 65 hardcover books roughly PHB size. So 64ft is 16 times that amount. So that would be 1,040 books! Hm. That sounds high. Maybe if all the miniature war-gaming books/editions of were included in that # - but no, they take up their own dedicated bookshelf. Anyways, the RPG stuff takes up about 15.5 shelves (I've still got enough space to last until 6e I figure :)) split between 4 bookshelves. Might have to measure my shelves.... It'll still be a large #.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 04:52 PM - Morrus quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News – Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more. I backed 2 previous Nord Games Kickstarters and this trap book is definitely something I'd be interested in, yet I had no idea about it until I saw this Kickstarter. Surely a quick update post in their previous Kickstarters would be a good way to let their previous backers know about a new Kickstarter they are running. Similarly, there have been Frog God Games Kickstarters I've nearly missed out on backing because they didn't post an update about them in their previous Kickstarters (or did so when there was only a few days left to back). It seems like they are potentially missing out on backers that would very likely be interested in their product. You can follow a creator on Kickstarter, and will be notified whenever they launch a new project.

Saturday, 12th January, 2019

  • 07:51 AM - MNblockhead quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News – Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more.... They do. But I mercilessly unsubscribe and filter that stuff out to keep my inbox manageable. The two best sources of new KS projects are these articles on EnWorld and Kickstarter's algorithms (recommendation on new projects based on my prior backed projects). If you back a project, KS will highlight new projects by the creator of the previously backed project. Also, most creators will post notices of new projects on the "updates" board of their prior projects, which you will also get in your e-mail if you've set your Kickstarter preferences to receive them.

Thursday, 10th January, 2019

  • 03:27 PM - Egg Embry quoted Olaf the Stout in post RPG Crowdfunding News – Era: Lyres, Treacherous Traps, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, The Fantasy Trip Adventures, and more
    Companies need to advertise their Kickstarters to previous backers more. I backed 2 previous Nord Games Kickstarters and this trap book is definitely something I'd be interested in, yet I had no idea about it until I saw this Kickstarter. Surely a quick update post in their previous Kickstarters would be a good way to let their previous backers know about a new Kickstarter they are running. Similarly, there have been Frog God Games Kickstarters I've nearly missed out on backing because they didn't post an update about them in their previous Kickstarters (or did so when there was only a few days left to back). It seems like they are potentially missing out on backers that would very likely be interested in their product. Olaf the Stout - Speaking strictly as a fan, I agree that publishers could mine their pool of prior backers, it's a logical and, in many cases, a welcome advertising tactic, especially when offering like products. That said, I joined several crowdfunding campaigns that over use that option so I become notification numb to their alerts. As a journalist, I'll keep your question in mind as I talk to crowdfunding publishers in the future. :-) Thanks, Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer If you're a publisher that would like to share an RPG-related job opportunity in a future article or discuss your RPG crowdfunding project, please contact me here.

Saturday, 5th January, 2019

  • 05:40 PM - Michael Dean quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Your anecdotal experience doesn't mean anything. Popularity doesn't mean anything either. The Transformers films were popular, but are objectively terrible. The irony of this statement is amusing. Please point us to this definitive objective standard you keep referencing. Until then, I'll just keep assuming that you don't understand the difference between subjective and objective.

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

  • 03:15 PM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Yep, I can see how it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste, but in no way does that make it objectively bad. We don’t know exact sales figures, but multiple books in the Amazon top 50, years after their initial release says that it is at least going reasonably well. As for reviews, the first AP probably got the worst reviews, and even those were mixed, rather than completely bad. The rest of the APs seem to have been well received by most reviewers. Part of the negatives from those reviews was to do with rules issues, which was a result of them writing the adventures at the same time as the 5E rules were being developed. I enjoyed HotDQ, but it is quite a weak book. If it had been given a few more months polish, and been one book with RoT, it could have been massively improved. They didn't need it so early, with the masterpiece of Lost Mines already in place as an intro module. But for being the biggest publishing misstep in five years, it's not too shabby.
  • 06:32 AM - Parmandur quoted Olaf the Stout in post Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year
    Ah, so my anecdotal experience doesn't mean anything, but your 'objective' opinion without any actual facts to back it up (i.e. anecdotal experience) does. Gotcha. The most "objective" measurea I can think of are reviews and sales. Both have been solid for the whole edition. A good case can be made that WotC is producing objectively good books, but I see little reason that an "objectively bad" case can stand. "Not to my tastes" sure.


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