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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:38 AM
    Dude. In the 80s, very few middle-school girls DID participate in D&D. And having 2 of the boys prioritize "girl problems" over D&D is very realistic. It isn't "Stranger Things" job to portray D&D, or anything, in a positive light, although I feel they have throughout all 3 seasons. You are taking this way out of proportion. D&D isn't getting "bad press" from Stranger Things at all,...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:37 AM
    That is hilarious. Live by the sword, die by the sword. I'd boycott the guy, but his stuff wasn't on my radar anyway.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:24 AM
    Dude, you are beyond overthinking it. The way D&D is portrayed in Season 3 is ACCURATE. The kids are growing up and are suddenly aware of things other than D&D (girls). That's how many of us "lost" players starting in middle school, player gets himself a girlfriend and "poof" he's gone, at least until he gets dumped. Here's an article that hits the nail on the head. ...
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I teach middle-school Earth science, and I'm still relatively new at it. So, consequently, I don't have a lot of free time for gaming. I do squeeze in some gaming when I can, and I would be interested in playing almost any game, especially D&D (any edition) and Pathfinder. I also play Magic (poorly) and W40K (Space Marines). I'm also involved in local community theatre, and enjoy hanging out with other mature, educated, and mellow gamers. If you have a serious hate-on for any edition of D&D, then don't bother inviting me into your group, haters tire me.
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Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

  • 03:23 PM - Jester David mentioned Dire Bare in post Kobold Press's Margreve Kickstarter
    Wow, ninjaed. Didn't see they added PDFs over the weekend. But did get the newsletter that mentioned PDFs being added. I'm backer 755 now, because I said I wasn't because they didn't have PDFs. CrimsonCarcharodon, 77IM, Slighted, Matthan, Azhmodai, Rl'Halsinor, Pravus, Dire Bare, Paragon Lost, Zaukrie, Ghost2020? Did you see? Have you got your pledge in yet?

Thursday, 16th November, 2017

  • 09:24 AM - scottaroberts mentioned Dire Bare in post Xanathar's, Wizards, and FLGSes Charging For Playspace
    ...ity: you know, and I know, that you could get that product 40% cheaper. In essence you're donating money to me. It feels as if I am ripping people off or depending entirely on their goodwill and, well, businesses don't really succeed if they're relying on people to realize they should *not* take the bargain offered elsewhere. shidaku: I don't really expect people who can host at home to pay for space. The frequency of purchase of D&D accessories, and their price points, does not make enough money to keep a space afloat in and of itself (although in a larger store, cross-gaming customers can buy enough regularly to keep up the space). DMMike: The gaming cafe model is an excellent one--but it's also much more expensive to set up, run, etc...and the best use of such a space's appeal is not to draw an RPG crowd at all; if I were to do it, it'd be pretty much all boardgames and directed towards a dating/youth market looking for something different to do. But that's just me. Dire Bare: I love hearing about successful stores, but I'll point a few things out: first, you're in Idaho; rural areas and the midwest (due to a lack of competition for entertainment dollars) tend to do quite a lot better than places in more urban areas from my knowledge. Second, they make their money from CCGs and minis games primarily. Third, you just said they lost your business because the employees screwed up--a problem that Amazon does not have. Lastly, you *have to* "care whether they're freeloaders", though many FLGS don't. With the exception of the minority who strive to buy MSRP, RPGers essentially have a large contingent of folks who do the equivalent of showing up to a restaurant or bar with their own food and drink, while occasionally buying an appetizer and expecting to stay there for five to eight hours. People like that aren't looking for an amazing *retail* experience, they're looking for an amazing *play* experience--and charging for that is not, in my opinion, unethical. ...

Wednesday, 30th December, 2015

  • 05:21 AM - Hussar mentioned Dire Bare in post [Forgotten Realms] The Wall of the Faithless
    ...qSin See, that's the fundamental breakdown. You are insisting that the Wall must be interpreted as evil. I'm saying that I have no problems whatsoever with a religion that punishes the faithless. Your claims to the contrary ignore one very important fact - when people within those particular cultures you named repudiate the faith of their people, then they don't get to go to whatever heaven that culture claims. Someone who ignores Ma'at and is from that culture, is judged and doesn't get to go to Egyptian heaven. At some point, when can the DM just turn to the player and say, "Get with the program"? Dragon lance as a setting is not about deeply nuanced moral issues. It's black hats and white hats straight up heroic fantasy. It's frustrating as hell to have one or two players who insist on playing a different game than everyone else at the table. Everyone else is playing heroic fantasy but, there's that guy who's trying to change the game to something else. Which Dire Bare answers your question about why I've got such a problem with this. Trying to ignore the level of faith that is important in the setting because it didn't exist in the original boxed set ignores tons and tons of setting material. Good grief, how many gods are there in Forgotten Realms? How many of the factions in FR are directly tied to the gods? Harpers spring to mind. Good grief, Drizz't stories are all about Drow society which is a theocracy. Removing religion from the Drow and what are they? Kinda funny looking elves with a leather fetish? One of the best video games for FR was Baldur's Gate where you actually play the offspring of a god. It's not like faith takes a far backseat in FR. It's right front and centre. Me, I'd rather play a setting for what the setting has to offer rather than try to rewrite the setting to suit my tastes.

Tuesday, 10th November, 2015

  • 04:18 AM - Hussar mentioned Dire Bare in post D&D Does Digital Part IV: Online Communities
    Yeah, Dire Bare, I'd say that if you put the corporate decision making processes of WOTC/Hasbro side by side with TSR, WOTC/Hasbro comes out looking an awful lot better, at least in comparison. Heck, no matter how bad WOTC/Hasbro has been, they still haven't gone bankrupt. And, after the massive downsizing at the beginning of 5e, it appears that the staff has been growing again.

Saturday, 10th October, 2015

  • 09:59 PM - TheCosmicKid mentioned Dire Bare in post 5e's new gender policy - is it attracting new players?
    If you want to have a setting where all of these fantasy elements openly exist and nothing else about culture is the same... that can be internally consistent, but you've already got something majorly unrealistic. I think it can handle a few female guards. Unlike elves, women actually exist.I said some groups use the game to "play out the myths and legends of past cultures". As Dire Bare pointed out, "realism" in the context of this conversation means something different than complete historical accuracy; it means maintaining the suspension of disbelief. The goal here is to be "realistic" with respect to the myths and legends, not to the actual history. The players aren't looking to jump into the actual Dark Ages -- they're looking to jump into the literary world of Sigurd or King Arthur. Just as the players in The Dresden Files aren't looking to jump into the real world -- they're looking to jump into, well, The Dresden Files. And in these worlds, both elves and women (and even elf women!) actually exist. Maybe some examples from contemporary fantasy would help illustrate what I'm talking about. Good example: J.R.R. Tolkien. His Rohirrim are Anglo-Saxons, institutionalized sexism and all, because he wanted to let his imagination loose in the world of Anglo-Saxon literature, and a world where women warriors are as normal as men would not look much like that...

Friday, 21st November, 2014

  • 02:46 AM - pemerton mentioned Dire Bare in post DMG Preview: The Multiverse
    Well, it's not properly a torus - but if you imagine the inside of a bicycle tire, with the "sky" where the open part is, you get a city that's got no end in one direction but has walls on the sides.If it's actually the inside of a tyre, than I agree with Dire Bare - describing it as a ring (especially if the edges of the ring have walls) seems like a very minor difference of little practical significance. But the picture someone posted upthread looked like a literal torus to me. Or is that picture not canonical?

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Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 04:05 PM - Umbran quoted Dire Bare in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    I've been subjected to geek-shaming, and love TBBT. Hell, the characters on the show deal with bullying issues, sometime for laughs, sometimes for feels. Nobody is saying that everyone who has experienced shaming does or should react the same way. Just that having had the experience is perhaps sufficient to have issues with TBBT. Don't remember which, but a previous poster in the thread suggested geek-shaming is a lesser problem than others . . . . there is no competition on which type of traumatic experience is "worse" and whatever trauma we each have endured in our lives was impactful to us, unchanged by potentially "worse" things we could have experienced. You are right, in that it isn't a contest. But, as a cis-het-white-dude, I do not want to come anywhere near the suggestion that my geek experience is somehow of a kind with the sexism/misogyny, racism, or homophobia (and other-phobias) out there. Someone else may have been subject to pressures as bad for being a geek, but I ma...

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

  • 05:41 PM - Gradine quoted Dire Bare in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    Really? That sucks. Too much of that crap going on these days. It literally boiled down to two things: a) Minsc makes a dumb joke about "ethics in adventuring" that ended up getting patched out anyway b) There was a trans character That was all it took for the trolls to ascend from their pits to review bomb it into oblivion. It's otherwise a perfectly serviceable mid-quel with some awkwardly heavy foreshadowing of events that will now never come

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 08:08 AM - Greg K quoted Dire Bare in post Stargate RPG Powered By 5E Announced from Wyvern Gaming
    I disagree that D&D 5E is a bad fit. The main reason is accessibility, more folks are likely to try and play the game if they already know the rules. But, the main characters of the movie and TV show can definitely be seen as archetypes or classes. Jack - Soldier Teal'c - Warrior Daniel & Samantha - Scientist . Accessibility as a measure of success is great if one only cares on a monetary level (and, possibly, only initially as that). Without major changes to 5e, it will still fail to truly capture the characters and the series for the same that the the AEG's version which was the many of the D&Disms in the mechanics that remained despite the changes in the AEG version. Many of those same D&Dism that remiained still exist in 5e

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 11:28 PM - Mercador quoted Dire Bare in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    Release is currently scheduled for November 2019, this year! It has been announced that BG3 will be available when Google Stadia launches, which is where I'm getting the November date from. Yeah, that was I heard also but after the PC conference yesterday, it became clear that it won't be the case.

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

  • 06:39 PM - Morrus quoted Dire Bare in post Uneasy Partnerships
    Meh. Kickstarter is definitely part of the environment now, but I doubt it has as large of an impact as many folks assume. You'd be surprised. Kickstarter is a noticeable percentage of the entire industry outside D&D.
  • 06:21 PM - practicalm quoted Dire Bare in post Uneasy Partnerships
    Meh. Kickstarter is definitely part of the environment now, but I doubt it has as large of an impact as many folks assume. Many of the games kickstarted on the site would not exist otherwise, and many of the kickstarters have retailer pledge levels to get those games onto retailer shelves. If I were a retailer, I wouldn't worry about Kickstarter (or other crowdfunding sites) because it's simply not possible to compete with them in any meaningful way. I would also watch the tabletop games section of Kickstarter to see if I want to risk a pledge to get some of those games on my store shelves. There is a lot of money going through the Kickstarter ecosystem and the two stores that I've talked to say business has seen a decrease. This may mostly be board games but when profit margins are thin, the reduced revenue has a large impact to the bottom line.

Saturday, 1st June, 2019

  • 04:49 PM - practicalm quoted Dire Bare in post Uneasy Partnerships
    If my FLGS started to charge for using the play area, that would probably cause me to stop patronizing them and shift to purchasing games online. Smart LGS's offer FREE, clean, well-ventilated play areas, and also run lots of community events in those spaces (the events don't have to be free). This is what they can offer that online retailers cannot, this is what gets me as a customer. People say that and then do something different. Every game store has to deal with a different business model for their location (rent and traffic vary). The Los Angeles area rent is too high to allow for a large part of your space to be free play space. Kickstarter is hurting the retail stores as well. Too many of my game purchases have been through Kickstarter compared to my retail purchases.

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

  • 07:54 PM - eyeheartawk quoted Dire Bare in post RPG Crowdfunding News: Good Society, Four Perilous Journeys, ORPHEUS, UltraModern5, and more
    I know what you are saying, but Kickstarter has become a big part of a lot of companies business models. Dwarven Forge, Reaper, and many others have been able to really expand their ranges with regular kickstarters. Kickstarter accurately gauges interest in a product and reduces financial risk (if you know what you are doing). It makes a lot of sense that it has become an integral part of many business plans in the hobby. Sure. Though, I would argue that after 40+ Kickstarters interest would have been sufficiently gauged. And the risk isn't reduced, just re-distributed to you and I. If a company doesn't bring a normal product to market, I can't buy it and I'm not out anything. If a company can't fulfill their KS I'm out my pledge. Nothing against game companies using Kickstarter intrinsically for new lines, projects that would normally be beyond their scope etc. After publishing your 25th module or whatever, I feel it's gone beyond that. Feels, I don't know, gauche? How is a "normal" busin...
  • 02:57 PM - Elon Tusk quoted Dire Bare in post Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, off to a good start
    What if he does it just because he thinks it makes for an interesting plot twist? If the DM is the kind who likes to "punish" his players then that's a problem, but (as with metagaming) it's easier to stop playing with people who aren't fun than it is to try to prescribe/proscribe certain actions that we think correlate to certain motivations. It seems like instances of punitive motivations are pretty clear... As the DM, I know what is in the house, but if my PCs pull a stupid move like that, I'm definitely inventing consequences regardless of what is actually in the house. Punitively? Yeah, a little bit, try to teach them to think things through before taking action. At a minimum, I'd put the body of an innocent townsperson in the rubble, killed by the PC's actions.

Friday, 24th May, 2019

  • 08:27 PM - MonsterEnvy quoted Dire Bare in post Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, off to a good start
    As far as I see it, burning down the house is another way of saying I don't want to do this adventure. When the task at hand is to investigate what it's in the house and you don't know what's inside it. Burning it down is counterproductive. To me it's the equivalent of asking to play a board game, then after set up flipping the table, and saying you still want to play. My question is, do the heroes know anything about what or who might be in the house? If they don't, burning it down is a very stupid idea. They could be killing innocents, losing vital information, and/or destroying valuables they might want to acquire. As the DM, I know what is in the house, but if my PCs pull a stupid move like that, I'm definitely inventing consequences regardless of what is actually in the house. Punitively? Yeah, a little bit, try to teach them to think things through before taking action. At a minimum, I'd put the body of an innocent townsperson in the rubble, killed by the PC's actions. While not to...

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 09:17 PM - DMZ2112 quoted Dire Bare in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    I think you and I live on different planets. You’ll get no argument from me on that point. "Spin engine"?!?! Jeesh. I'm not really sure what you are saying here, but Ravnica is not original to D&D. FFS. For years, WotC said no original settings for D&D5 until the old settings had been addressed. Then, Ravnica. Who doesn’t know Ravnica is an M:TG thing? The setting book we just got adapts Ravnica to D&D, which, is awesome. Our respective planets don’t share a definition of awesome, apparently.
  • 08:43 PM - Staffan quoted Dire Bare in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Why did WotC choose to go with somebody else's favorite setting and not mine? WHY GOD WHY!!! Clearly, they should have known that MY favorite setting is the only choice that matters! What's wrong with them!?! Clearly, the correct choice should have been committing to a three-volume update of the Jakandor setting.
  • 01:58 PM - DMZ2112 quoted Dire Bare in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Um, what? Releasing a mini version of the setting last year that they even said was the precursor of a hardcover, having Adventure League games based in the setting, and in just the past few months multiple playtest versions of a class deeply tied to the setting isn’t really blatantly broadcasting their intentions? I’m not sure any way to be more obvious until they actually announced the product! And yet, until yesterday morning, it was going to be either Planescape or Greyhawk. I even heard some Spelljammer expectations, because of the "clear link" from Saltmarsh's nautical content. I guess I could have been clearer with my criticism, but I thought the tinfoil hat reference was plain enough. What I was trying to say is that despite what a large portion of the community seems to believe, WotC doesn't drop hints. They tell us what they are going to do, and then they do it, while certain employees muddy the water to keep the hype level high. Huh? Where do you get that WotC misleads ...

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 05:21 PM - Tazawa quoted Dire Bare in post See Live Action D&D Cartoon Characters In This Car Commercial
    Heh, no. While it would be cool, that's not what is happening. Nothing more than a very cool Brazilian car commercial. With the additional footage seen in Bedir Than's link, we might get a series of commercials, or maybe even a long-form commercial, but not an actual movie. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's unlikely Renault even has the license from . . . well, however holds the rights to the cartoon. I bet none of the commercials or footage mentions "D&D" or any of the kids names. Although, since I don't speak Brazilian, I can't be sure. Sigh. Unfortunately I think you are right. I read a bunch of translated Brazilian nerd websites and it appears that this was a one off for Renault in Brazil. They probably do have a license. They did a Hulk themed commercial in 2017 that used the same CGI as the Marvel movies. Hopefully whoever handled the licensing takes notice of what a good job they did and tries to build on it. 🤞🏻

Friday, 17th May, 2019


Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 05:58 PM - J. H. Frank quoted Dire Bare in post Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory Now To Be Produced By... Cubicle 7!
    I'm a little confused over these comments. If you already purchased the core book, you won't have to do so again. They are not putting out a new or different edition, just including errata and minor revisions. It's the same game. Revised can mean anything from “incorporates errata” to “entirely new edition the game.” And given the chilly reception the original, rushed version of the book received, there’s very little reason to assume it will only be minor changes. Especially since “only incorporates errata” would not even deserve a mention, and they made sure to be clear that revisions are taking place.

Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 05:23 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Dire Bare in post F. Wesley Schneider Is D&D's New Editor
    To express your dislike of something, there is no need for hyperbolic exaggeration and claims that something is completely worthless and/or universally disliked when this is demonstrably untrue. Well then "demonstrate" that what I said is untrue? Oh, wait, you can't. But I can point you in the direction of Paizo's own forum, where nearly every thread on PF2's playtest was negative. Or Reddit, where discussions on PF2 were again largely negative. That I agree with nearly every complaint fielded is beside the point. All you have to say is, "Hey, I don't care for that, I'm sticking with PF1!", although probably not on a thread about WotC's new hire as really, it's irrelevant to the thread topic. It's quite relevant. F.W.S. left Paizo in 2017, which was most likely at the early stages of PF2 development at worst and maybe even before it entirely. That he wasn't greatly involved in what is shaping up to be a bad system over at Paizo, makes me relieved for the future of D&D now that he's at WOTC. ...
  • 05:35 AM - Gladius Legis quoted Dire Bare in post F. Wesley Schneider Is D&D's New Editor
    Dumpster fire? Hyperbole much? No, because it's 100% accurate. Not just because of my own displeasure with the PF2 playtest, but the practically universal negative response to it.

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