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    Today, 08:50 AM
    I’ve seen that problem in my own profile from before the switchover. Edit: amusingly, the Starship Troopers picture I posted- #25 in this thread- is now showing in my activity tab.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Is it really "vanilla"? Sure, it's pseudo-medieval fantasy, but it has dragons you can ride. That was a significant difference from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Tolkien, et al., to me.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:44 AM
    Of course, sometimes what “everybody knows” is wrong or missing a few details. And, IMHO, it’s perfectly fine to alter a critter from its published version to make things more challenging for the players...so the world’s mythologies- and thus, the PCs- can be just as wrong. Take Being Human for example. Mitchell (and all the other vampires) can walk around in broad daylight. And the only...
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    Today, 01:11 AM
    “Pre-5th” would be more accurate. All the other prior editions had such subdivisions. What’s that?
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    Yesterday, 04:31 PM
    Just finished Addleton Heights, a side note is that it name dropped somebody who's in my local Steampunk scene, so I'll have to ask him what that's all about when I see him later this week. Started Sword of Summer by Ric Riordan on recommendation because it's Norsey like my book-in-progress is.
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    Yesterday, 05:18 AM
    Robert Friend has passed. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tuskegee-airman-who-flew-142-wwii-combat-missions-dies-99-n1020751
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 09:20 AM
    Depends on how you define “monster”. Criminal Minds will be airing it’s 15th season this fall. Sure, it’s not supernatural urban fantasy/horror, but MotW is the formula for it and other successful action shows. I’d argue that Kolchack: the Night Stalker (ABC) and Constantine (NBC) were well received, but their Nielsen numbers were low. But those gross numbers are calculated across...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 08:10 AM
    Whaaaaaaaaaat?
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 05:28 AM
    While WoD is definitely the big dog in this subsection of the hobby, it doesn’t really have enough power to truly stifle creative competition. To the contrary, I’d assert that it’s enormous popularity has generated a significant amount of “Not-WoD” yearning for other designers to tap into. The only thing is, “Not-WoDism” is not unified in its desires, so it will be very difficult for...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 03:05 AM
    Well,it's coming back with deleted scenes included along with other surprises. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/19/avengers-endgame-to-be-released-with-more-footage-in-bid-to-top-avatar.html
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 03:03 AM
    Then I would suggest just getting an xbox one without the game.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:25 AM
    Sure...but if the game strives to be all things to all people, you get the kind of RPG that- to some people- suffers from bloat and possibly even imbalances. See D&D.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:31 AM
    I would love to run a game based on something like Imajica, Weaveworld, Great & Secret Show, Neverwhere, Koontz’s Odd Thomas books or any number of modern fantasy/horror works. But few dedicated urban fantasy RPGs would support most of those settings. That doesn’t even get into my own personal ideas... Hence my preference for using a toolbox system.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:15 AM
    TFT had skills, and was pretty clearly a precursor to GURPS.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 06:51 AM
    Elliot Roberts has died. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/obituaries/elliot-roberts-dead.html
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 04:09 AM
    Starbrand?
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 10:55 PM
    Are oyu planning to play F076? It also requires an xbox live sub....
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 10:03 PM
    Like I said, I don’t want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. (Even in that gif, it was terribad.)
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:59 PM
    Another vote for a toolkit RPG system. Cherrypick the elements you like from other games, ditch the rest.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 08:53 PM
    I think this video fits quite snuggly into this thread. :D
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Alright, I finished my inventory and here are the results. Books still missing from my photo: Hammer and the Axe The Covenant of the Forge Destiny Alliances Prisoner of Haven The Players of Gilean Renegade Wizards The Gargoyle King
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:03 PM
    It's been so long since I've opened the boxes that I decided to check what I have here. That's about 100 unique books, so a lot less than I thought. But that's not all of them. For example, I know I have Hammer and the Axe, and The Covenant of the Forge, but can't find them. I have a box or two in storage with more books (most of those are different versions, but the missing novels have to...
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:59 PM
    Find a new dentist or tell them no, you're only coming in for what your insurance pays for, When I changed companies, the new company didn't have dental insurance, so I paid cash to my dentist of nearly 20 years. The next year we got insurance but my dentist wasn't in network. We went to these "other guys" and they did such a hard job on my gums (and my wifes because we both went in at...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:55 AM
    Honestly? I never liked them. And I love 3.5Ed in general.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:53 AM
    I don’t think I want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. Longshot, OTOH...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:13 AM
    I made another video
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:22 AM
    I can’t tell you how many campaigns I’ve designed and run in one system- usually HERO- but that was based in a setting from another game.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:27 PM
    Philippe Cerboneschi (also known as "Zdar") has died: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48701514
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:41 PM
    HERO is very much like that. I don’t recall GURPS being similar in that regard, but it very well could be.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:35 PM
    I’ve never been a fan of GURPS, but I was a member of a group for 3-4 years in which GURPS was one of the major systems played. They even did playtests- I participated in the one for V:tM. For my own convenience, I bought a softcover core rulebook & the martial arts sourcebook.* I got through those years by making my own fun. I found PC concepts that both worked well (enough) in the system,...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 05:50 PM
    Given his delivery of “Your planet?” in The Day The Earth Stood Still, as well as his efforts in Point Break, I Love You To Death, Johnny Mnemonic, the Matrix franchise and the Bill & Ted movies, my first thought was Silver Surfer. Duuuude! Moon Knight is a good fit, as would be Adam Warlock. I could also see him playing Havoc, or one of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme like Doctor...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:15 AM
    Currently have 3 new CDs in my car’s 6 disc changer: Rival Sons’ Feral Roots, Santana’s Africa Speaks, and Gary Clark, Jr.’s This Land, replacing some Al Di Meola, Joe Bonamassa, and Roby Lakatos. Of the three, Clark’s is in some ways the least accessible. He’s trying new stuff, sonically, and some just doesn’t fit his image. And the opening track uses...challenging but appropriate lyrics. ...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:01 AM
    This article squashes some of the rumors, but eventually concludes no real reason has as yet been given. https://screenrant.com/swamp-thing-cancelled-dc-universe-reason-why/
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:17 AM
    I don't know. Don't tell anyone in this thread, but I think I've read fewer than 10 Dragonlance novels--and most of those when I was younger and borrowed them from other people or libraries.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:46 PM
    Genetic anomaly, black ops super soldier AWOL/reject/merc... Just do some Clarkian reskinning of the magic as experimental tech, and you’re golden. Even the dragons could be biotech gone wild.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:42 PM
    I’ll just say that if you’re contemplating GURPS, any toolkit system you feel comfy using should work as well- especially if you have a strong idea for how you want your campaign to run.
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:09 PM
    A novel you might raid for ideas, characters, situations: The Element of Fire by Martha Wells. I rather liked the factions and faction NPCs in the city of Defiance Bay in the game "Pillars of Eternity". Also somewhat in its sequel, Deadfire. A forged invitation risks turning out a bit like a certain scene in "Eyes Wide Shut": the protagonist gets in the door, but is way, way out of his...
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:09 PM
    You don’t see a “Reply with quote” button? Edit: I see- you mean how quoting is interacting with blocking. Apparently, the app doesn’t support blocking. That, FWIW, is not related to the platform shift. If, OTOH, you’re just using the website and you can still see each other despite blocking, that could be a problem that needs reporting in the bug thread in Meta.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 10:58 AM
    DRAMA! Been a bit of event planning whiplash. One of my cousins has been dating a (very nice) German guy for a couple years now, and they recently got engaged. After consultation with an immigration attorney, they decided to move their plan for getting married in September up to July 6-7th. My folks had decided to host July 4th celebrations this year. I was already planning my menu......
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:49 AM
    Or you forge an invitation; though that probably requires borrowing a valid invitation, to copy its layout and style, and to copy the signature on the valid original.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:40 AM
    I was surprised there weren't more. I used to collect the series way back when we had a group playing in the setting. I think I have almost 170 of the books, without counting duplicates or variant editions (like the Annotated Legends, which might be my single favourite book of the bunch). Most of what I'm missing are the young reader books, which I'm not up to date on.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:05 AM
    I played 4E once, and figured, okay, that was worth trying. Hurray for those who enjoy it. To each their own.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:55 PM
    I have no clue about the tax rules on that kind of thing. It can’t hurt, though.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Is it? So much for that game.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:08 AM
    Before you open the spoiler block below, guess how many novels have been written in the Dragonlance setting. Maybe write down a number. This number should not include modules or other works--only book-length stories. Ready? Ok. Click on "Show" to proceed. B-) In the awesome and informative Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, it states that "To date, nearly two hundred novels have used the...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 12:30 AM
    3.X: Feats opening up PC design flexibility, liberalized multiclassing, largely decoupling stats from class, the more intuitive AC system, meaningful skills, the unified D20 mechanic 4Ed: the Warlock
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  • Riley37's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 12:01 AM
    This. As a member of a minority religion, I am painfully aware of what happens when one religion declares its members are "the faithful", and declares all others not worth defending. When you say "the church", do you mean that there is only one church? There are all too many historical examples. In some of those examples, one form of Christianity was on the dominant side, and bad things...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 11:04 PM
    In this case, those two factors - DM engagement, and DM preparation - went hand in hand. He didn't care much, so (a) he neither rehearsed narration nor internalized the content well enough to describe it in his own words and (b) we didn't care either. Unfortunately, the "we didn't care either" extended to details useful for getting through the pretext of investigating our way to a fight scene....
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:06 PM
    :lol: There almost ought to be a news channel that covers serious news seriously...but for the visuals. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48663289
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:02 PM
    Has this gotten sorted yet?
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:01 PM
    And, FWIW, I’m using Safari on an iOS device 99+% of the time here.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:00 PM
    Stop swearing!
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 05:57 PM
    Mohammed Morsi has died. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48668941
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 05:56 PM
    Personally, I like having rules for both. IME, there are just as few masters of social interaction as there are masters of combat in gaming. Having rules for both lets players who aren’t play characters who are.
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 11:59 PM
    That may be exacerbated by diabetes, but that doesn’t sound like diabetes per se. It could be a lot of things. My paternal grandfather, my Mom, my paternal Aunt’s fiancée, and a couple of my friends all have diabetes. I’m prediabetic myself, but so far, haven’t actually gotten the illness. The diabetic neuropathy issues with feet build up over time. It actually sounds more like my...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:23 PM

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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Ditto. I went to a tiny private HS, and in my class of 27, there were 4 “Davids”, 4 “Johns”/“Jons”, and a “John-David”. They were all referred to by last names or initials. Especially JD. And in college, my group included a bunch of “Brians”, only one of whom was black, so he became “Black Brian.” In a different time & place, I hung out with a group hat had several siblings, as well as...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 01:33 PM
    Maybe the literary content, but insofar as the relationship between "literary" and "content" is already a point of contention, I'd rather say that the literary effect or impact was reduced He didn't convey excitement or strong interest in the written text. For his purposes, "it's a generic science fiction orbital station, apply tropes as needed" sufficed, except when zooming in on plot-crucial...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 09:40 AM
    If there’s a non-quasimedieval genre most editions of D&D should handle well, it’s Sword & Planet. Maaaaybe you’d want to reskin magic as magitech; spells as gear. Whatever.
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:14 AM
    I'm green with jealousy. How many of the people at the table had read (some or all of) Iliad, Odyssey, Aenead, or similar works? (Or Mary Renault novels?)
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:01 AM
    Okay, if (a) the quality of form isn't important (b) whether (X in-game phenomena) suggest (Y category of room) (for various X and Y) is what's important (c) the content matters (d) the particular words that are used don't matter (e) the way that they are said doesn't matter but "matters" does not include "whether people wish to engage"
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 08:38 PM
    The combination of Grapple + Shove Prone works fine for me, both cinematically and mechanically.... hmm, except that it doesn't benefit from the grappler going to the mat *with* the target, and perhaps it should.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 06:33 PM
    Interesting point. I'd guess that it also matters how many of the choices are front-loaded. In AD&D you have X choices to make, before you have a playable entry-level character and can make your first action declaration to specific events in the scenario. In 5E D&D you have Y choices to make. Which is greater, X or Y? How many choices does it take to make a PC for Pathfinder, Savage Words, GURPS,...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 05:26 PM
    Most of your post is invisible to some of us. Here’s why, and how to fix it. https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 05:11 AM
    So noted. A game which rates higher on "complexity" isn't necessarily more "the game you want" than a game which rates lower; if you're looking for a game to run with children, the reverse. I'll adjust my usage to metrics. (I will only rate a game on metics, if it's set in ancient Athens.)
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:28 AM
    I made a new video
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:24 AM
    Ah, correction accepted. I'm talking about DDEX 1-10, "Tyranny in Phlan", and not about "Tyranny of Dragons". Thank you.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:19 AM
    I have no opinion on whether that action would add anything to thread; no one has done the action which you just now described, not as you describe it. Ovinomancer made an assertion which I considered untrue, and I challenged that assertion. I made no statement about what Hriston *intended*; I repeated a quote of Hriston's words, *exactly as written*. You can try to "stir the pot" between me...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 03:34 AM
    I ran most of the AL Season 1 adventures, some at a store game and some as a home game. I have read, but not played, "Tyranny of Dragons". Here's my thought: the AL Season 1 adventures can be fun, one by one, but they don't actually tell the DM much about the cult as a whole. They'll name, and stat-block, one cultist, so that the PCs can intercept that cultist and foil that cultist's specific...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 02:52 AM
    Perhaps someone designing this system could produce multiple versions. Version A asks six questions. Version B asks six questions, three of which overlap with Version A. Issue both versions. Have people rate games. See if those ratings are useful to others. Ask those who read the ratings: if your first awareness of a game was its rating, and then you played the game, did your experience of the...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 02:31 AM
    DMG has optional rules for Sanity as a stat, for campaigns with Sanity Loss as a horror mechanic (*cough* Call of Cthulhu *cough*). A bad trip could cause Sanity loss. One of the PCs in my regular group has profiency with alchemy kit and an interest in the mushrooms of the Underdank which includes recreational usage. He's a Light domain cleric, whose go-to offensive action is channel divinity...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 02:17 AM
    I sense the presence of some useful angles on the questions at hand. I also can't sort out the meaning of some of your sentences. I'm amused that I'm having this problem, in a conversation which has gone round and round on form versus content. I want to understand your points. In #2: In how many of those cases, did the GM have a strong track record of success with systems they knew well, then...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Thank you for correcting my brain fart!
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 05:43 PM
    Same!
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 05:42 PM
    That’s odd.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:48 AM
    I have extensive notes on a never-run post-apocalyptic 3.5Ed fantasy campaign, based in part on: Other elements included races altered by the events that created the new world’s realities: a Cyberman/Dalek-like race of Dwarf/Warforged; only 3 kinds of “elf” (loosely described as starry, shadowy, planty); orcs with translucent flesh; a different take on Planetouched, etc. Because...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:37 AM
    Nit-picking: do you mean that AD&D *across the board* was less lethal at high levels, or do you mean that *combat* was less lethal at high levels? If exploration remains lethal at high levels - traps, random diseases, and so forth - while combat drops in lethality, then that might shift the relative proportions of player interest in the three pillars. "If I solve this puzzle, then we can bypass...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:28 AM
    Hello to all the new people!
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:25 AM
    After cooking late last night, I had some of my shortribs late TONIGHT, with my mom and I splitting a rib, the meat spread on pieces of toasted Italian rustic bread. IOW, real fancy SOS. :lol: Tell you want, though: this core recipe is good. The meat was literally fall-off-the-bone tender; the sauce, flavorful. Unanimous winner! https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/red-wine-braised-short-ribs...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 06:41 AM
    Here's my reasoning: Sorcerer 5/Bard 9 has 7th level spell slots, but can only learn spells on the bard list up to 5th level. (The PC can gain benefits according to "when you cast this spell with a larger spell slot".) This, so far, is RAW. He can gaze longingly at Symbol, or any other of the 7th level spells on the Bard list, and think "I have a spell slot big enough for you!" but he can't...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 06:07 AM
    Hey, if you have questions about anyone's assertions about who is or isn't a jerk, then please take them up with Ovinomancer, not with me. That's his topic, not mine. If you want to defend the rigorous factual accuracy of Ovinomancer's assertion "Literally no one in this thread has said otherwise", then good luck with that. I doubt that you'll earn his gratitude; but I've been wrong before. ...
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    If you don't cast spells which use CHA modifier for attack roll nor saving throw DC, if you rely on Booming and/or Green Flame, with Hex to boost damage... and you use a bow when you need ranged attacks, rather than Eldritch Blast... then prioritizing DEX over CHA is viable.
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Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 04:29 PM - Ralif Redhammer mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post A question on some game systems
    Like Dannyalcatraz, I've mostly just played Stormbringer and other Runequest-adjacent games. But I know there are many that think the world of Runequest. As for the Witcher RPG, it's based on the Fuzion system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzion For those of you who have played RuneQuest - how is it? What editions are your favorite? What TTRPG are the Witcher games based off of (I know the character and story are based off of novels)? If you have played this TTRPG, how is it?

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

  • 02:26 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Hi Everybody! (HI DR. NICK!) Now tell Dr. Nick where is the trouble. ...so, @Dannyalcatraz first pointed out a problem in my posts, specifically, this one- https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659985-Why-are-we-okay-with-violence-in-RPGs&p=7618903&viewfull=1#post7618903 Since then, two other commenters have noted the same problem. @pemerton @Manbearcat Q. What is the problem? A. I don't know- I can't see it! Everything looks good to me. But it looks like, from what is in Danny's post- https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659985-Why-are-we-okay-with-violence-in-RPGs&p=7619116&viewfull=1#post7619116 That my "quotes" are disappearing. It seems that pemerton reports it as a text formatting issue. So, I think this is recent? Maybe an "https:" change? And it's not universal ... it looks fine to me. Quotes that I use from someone else seem fine ... I think it might just be a combination of: Using the "quote" feature around text that I paste into the text box, and paste as "plain text formatting" (in order to avoid html issues). But I'd like the Powers Th...

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 08:18 PM - Gradine mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    ...e time raising public accountability for those who might have otherwise given his behavior a pass. "or when we recklessly pursue a moral program of some kind in the wake of such an event" To be clear, the "moral program" in question is "rape = not acceptable". lowkey13 has covered this in better detail, but you are bringing moral relativism to an argument that is mostly centered around sexualized violence. Call both sides equally bad in their extremism is a false equivalence of the dangerous. "People who spring rape scenarios on players and then lie about in an interview with the guy who wrote 'In Defense of Rape' should not be allowed to be in our hobby" is not the moral or extreme equivalent to "LOL great job owning the libs!" and the latter are explicitly counting on well meaning people making that mistake. "I think there is a lot of cruelty being expressed in this thread and people don't see it, because they think they are so correct. Personally I am not a big fan of cruelty." Dannyalcatraz covered this in a point I see you have not responded to yet, in that: Foreseeable repercussions for actions =/= cruelty. I don't really have anything else to add to that.

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Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 12:04 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    You . . . might want to scroll up a bit, and then maybe apologise to DannyAlcatraz. - He was directly discussing accuracy of such throws with HawkDiesel, which is where the possibility of missing a throw would be being discussed. You were the first person to start talking about balls. DannyAlcatraz was discussing caber and hammer throws. Not balls. A ball of equivalent weight would be much harder to throw than a caber or hammer to equivalent distance - even harder than a humanoid. If you’re just going to twist what people say to “win” internet argument points, find someone else. I couldn’t be more bored by such nonsense. You’ve misunderstood my response, actually. The hammer throw is a ball at the end of a chain, and the other major example ITT is a “weight” which is just a heavy ball with a handle. To the other element of the reply in question, he stated to hawk that it is very possible that such objects cannot be thrown accurately. I argued that there is no particular reason to beleive that is true. He replied as if I’d said that people don’t ever mi...

Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 04:04 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    ...My only concern is what fits the tone of the fiction. Throwing somebody up* is vastly different than throwing them horizontally, mitigated proportionally by the weight difference between thrower and throwee. Newton's 3rd law and all. *In the vertical projectile sense, not the regurgitation sense. Realistically, the thrower in a “running start assisted horizontal leap” maneuver would proabably fall prone as part of launching the throwee. Or at least, have to use their movement to not fall prone, which is the same thing in terms of resources. I’m not sure I care enough about simulation to bother with that, but it’s worth noting. However, your first statement is spot on. We don’t make players enumerate what feats of athletic and acrobatic prowess they have practiced, we just sail by that, for all manner of stuff that requires tons of practice and/or training. I’m not gonna worry about how much training something requires irl when determining how to adjudicate it in game. edit: Dannyalcatraz I don’t think that there is any significant chance that a ball can’t be thrown accurately. Balls are aerodynamic. Distance would suffer, but it’s almost certainly possible. As for the idea idea that a single person performing the maneuver in the video might not walk again...come on, man. You’re wildly speculating. More likely, they fall over at worst, and they’d have to have some bigger team members and only throw the smallest members in that manner. Performing that maneuver with someone whose mass is half your own would not be soemthing with a more significant risk of injury than simply lifting heavy things, or running full speed in full gear, which are things I doubt any of us make any sort of issue of in game.
  • 07:53 AM - Hawk Diesel mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    Dannyalcatraz You make some good points regarding the caber toss and the weight throw. But a there are a few pieces I think you might be missing. 1) These movements and competitions are not meant for accuracy, and so good technique does not stress it except to make the throw within the particular inbounds area. Nor are time constraints typically a factor in normal competition. While throws made with such weights with accuracy and/speed would surely suffer in distance, that does not mean that inventive individuals could not develop new throwing techniques that better balance accuracy with distance. 2) These competitions use ideal throwing implements. But the implements do not have any input into the execution of the throw. If we are talking about launching a person, and that person is as practiced at being launched as the thrower is at launching a person, then there may be opportunities and techniques made by both the thrower and throwee that improve distance and accuracy. So long as the throwe...

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 08:30 PM - Satyrn mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post What do you call it when...
    Is there a name for that thing where someone fully quotes a 20 paragraph post, and then types a one line response below it? In this scenario, the response is germane (i.e. not "Me too!"), it's just that the length of the quoted text is completely gratuitous to the point of distracting from the response/discussion. Because most of my responses are one-liners, I'm sure I've been guilty of this. But the alternative, shortening the quote to the single line or paragraph that I'm responding to, gets viewed negatively here, too, and I would not be surprised to discover that @Dannyalcatraz has fielded reports about me doing that.

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Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 10:38 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I have a friend who could be described as having an east-Asian fetish, Japan specifically (Weaboo, I think the term is). I don't think there is a racist bone in her body, and she is highly respectful of Japanese culture. There's more to it than that though. Even Dannyalcatraz, who I believe is black, when asked where is he from, would not be repeatedly questioned when he answered New Orleans. No one else seems to get this blank stare of disbelief as when an Asian American or Asian Canadian states that they are Canadian. Like I said, that video resonates really, really well. It's an ongoing thing and it happens all the time. I mean, sure, people in Canada have asked me where I'm from. But, when I say Toronto, they don't then keep asking. Have you ever had complete strangers question you on your nationality? I've seen it repeatedly. And it only ever seems to happen to people of Asian decent. It really is offensive as hell. If you feel the need to question someone's nationality, remember, that person may very well have been questioned fifteen times previously that week and just might not appreciate the sixteenth time. Again, I don't give a fetid dingo's kidney about your friends. Really, really don't. I'm telling you, in no uncertain terms, ...

Sunday, 10th March, 2019

  • 03:16 PM - Aldarc mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    What solution? I don't believe anyone in this thread has proposed a solution - so what exactly are you saying we should be "wary' of? Dannyalcatraz did propose diversifying our depictions of "evil," such as using glowing eyes, which is something that could not be linked to particular human demographics. So apparently we should be wary of the great harm that would befall our noble hobby should such nefarious solutions ever saw the light of day.
  • 02:49 PM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    ...reasonable one.So imagine that you are introducing a young friend or relative to LotR, and you come to this passage (quoted upthread by Doug McCrae): "Frodo saw a dark ill-kept house behind a thick hedge: the last house in the village. In one of the windows he caught a glimpse of a sallow face with sly, slanting eyes; but it vanished at once. ‘So that’s where that southerner is hiding!’ he thought. ‘He looks more than half like a goblin.’" You wouldn't be any more self-conscious reading that to a child of East or Central Asian background, than to someone who was white? You wouldn't be self-conscious at all? You think it's an unreasonable response to see racist ideas in the notion of sly, slanting eye in a sallow (= yellow/brown) face, which - apparently in virtue of these features, as nothing else is mentioned - looks more than half like a goblin, that is, looks sinister and evil? Btw, this has absolutely nothing to do with academic debates and literary criticism. As Dannyalcatraz already mentioned upthread, this is something that 5 year old children of colour will notice. Nor is it particularly related to offence. Who knows, and who cares, whether or not JRRT intended to give offence - I suspect he didn't much think about that at all. And some people of colour may be offended by this, but others may not be - perhaps they're pretty used to it, and maybe they even find JRRT rather tame compared to other experiences they have had. The point that I (and others) have made is about the meaning that JRRT is conveying, and the tropes used to convey it. These present a certain sort of person as of inherently or naturally sly and evil appearance. It is this idea that is racist, and (in some, perhaps loose, sense) an element of "colonialist propaganda" insofar as it is an element of a larger body of 19th and first half of the 20th century racist ideologies. I have no problem being pinned to actual positions that I express misogyny was brought up in this thread, and ...
  • 10:49 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Dannyalcatraz - once again, I appreciate your strong posts on this topic. Although I am white, many of those to whom I am close are not. These issues around representation and racist tropes affect them every day, in just the ways you describe.
  • 12:31 AM - Aebir-Toril mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I'm sorry Dannyalcatraz I didn't notice that line of Lychee of the Exch.'s post when I XP'd it.

Saturday, 9th March, 2019

  • 03:34 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    A friend of mine, who is Black, discovered a copy of Little Black Sambo at her local library, in the children's section. She spoke to the librarian, and explained how much hurt she had suffered from that book as a child. She told the librarian that she didn't want it removed from the library but wanted it shelved differently, so that a new generation wouldn't accidentally stumble across it and have the experience she did. (The bigger context for this being that, when my friend was a child she was one of the few Black people in her Australian suburb, whereas today there are many.) The librarian saw her point and arranged for it to be so. What I am trying to get at is that the notion that care and respect = censorship is in my view far too narrow. This is what I understand Dannyalcatraz and lowkey13 to be saying also. That's not to say that people of good will can always agree on how to go forward and how to engage with the past and the artefacts that it has left us. This is culture, and politics, and so of course there will be passion and disagreement and sometimes harsh words. Even among the like-minded. What I'm trying to get at is that a response of "censorship" or "loss of creatitivy" or "erasure" is one that more often derials than furthers our human endeavours.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 10:56 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I think the connection between JRRT's orcs and certain stereotypical presentations of "eastern"/Turkic peoples is fairly self-evident. And what Hussar and Dannyalcatraz have said about the pulp origins of contemporary fantasy is likewise pretty evident. Then there are peculiarities that are distinctive to D&D, like Gygax's Monster Manual describing dwarves as brown but nearly all D&D art depicting them as white.
  • 05:03 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Let's be honest here, and I think Dannyalcatraz hits it right off, fantasy as a genre started off pretty deep into racist territory. The grand daddy's of fantasy (and a large amount of science fiction as well) weren't exactly the most tolerant of men. And, yup, I'm saying men, since the writers of spec fiction up until the latter half of the 20th century (and WELL into the latter half) were almost universally men. Whether you want to point to Lovecraft or Howard or Burroughs or a host of others, a lot of the initial ideas for fantasy were pretty heavily grounded in strongly racist and misogynistic tendencies. This isn't a secret. So, it's not really surprising when you can see elements of that in D&D. I mean, sure, Drow are just dark skinned evil elves... in BDSM gear... matriarchal, dark skinned, men hating elves in BDSM gear... :uhoh: :D It's not really a stretch here. IMO, the key is to recognize the origins of these things, don't pretend that they aren't there, but, also, as DannyA mentions, there are things ...

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Sunday, 23rd June, 2019

  • 04:18 PM - DMMike quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The urban fantasy market seems awfully stagnant
    Whaaaaaaaaaat? http://media.tumblr.com/37847ba1fbf9533594524e5e0861e692/tumblr_inline_mi0y2eMnvT1qz4rgp.gif That was my sentiment. I don't think that vampire-unpopularity is a problem though, because Hollywood can pretty easily pop something out and turn that around. I'd pay to see Gary Oldman in Dracula 2. Just sayin'.

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 04:14 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    * I’m no zealot. Certain funky cheeses and Piers Anthony novels are not good. But to dismiss the as categories? NEVER! Funk is fine in music. It isn't like I haven't tried it in cheese. I just find that funk is how food tastes when you shouldn't eat it. As for Piers Anthony - with respect, when was the last time you read any of his work? Upon review... Xanth, Apprentice Adept, Incarnations of Immortality - all badly misogynistic crud. If the guy writes 60 books of crud, the overall categorization seems fitting. If you find a book by him that doesn't make you want to slap him on behalf of your wife/sister/friends, well... I do like blue cheese with buffalo wings. An exception doesn't invalidate the general rule.
  • 04:04 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Keanu in the MCU
    I don’t think I want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. https://thumbs.gfycat.com/NaivePoliteComet-size_restricted.gif Woah ... I know creole.

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 08:23 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is arguably one of the worst movies ever made...the only argument being whether it is actual THE worst.* * IMHO, The Creeping Terror is worse...but not by much. The International Standard Unit of mass is the Kilogram. For length, it is the Meter. Let us take, for sake of argument, that the International Standard Unit of Cinematic Badness is the Zardoz. How many Zardozes are we talking here?
  • 08:20 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    FWIW, I agree Community & Arrested Development were both brilliant. And I had less of a problem with these shows’ depiction of nerd culture than TBBT’s take. But then again, nerd culture wasn’t front & center for either show. I think there's a palpable difference between having some characters be nerds, and having them mostly be nerds. Same thing in Better Off Ted - the nerds are only a part of the cast, and by no means the only ones who get sent up.
  • 07:58 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Dannyalcatraz in post "I'd Never Normally Play This, But . . . ." -- i.e., That One Time You Got Talked Into Going Way Outside Your Comfort Zone
    HERO is very much like that. I don’t recall GURPS being similar in that regard, but it very well could be. I always found them similar of a read, though admittedly I've played neither - only read, and not overly in depth at that. It always reminded me a bit of Alternity with the 'lower is better' approach.
  • 12:45 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Has this gotten sorted yet? Sorta? If I remember to always quote as "plain text" then yes. Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? See.... if I just copy and paste from someone else, it doesn't show up for people running the legacy scheme. I'm not running anything fancy either when I'm doing it- just Win10/Chrome. And it's just cutting and pasting.

Monday, 17th June, 2019


Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 07:21 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    That’s odd. Yeah. I got nothing at this point. I will say that when I do a regular cut and paste from certain comments, the text I paste has a weird semi-border around it which is barely visible. Like this- Strangely, I just use the website. Nothing fancy. Strangely, I just use the website. Nothing fancy. Not sure if there is a difference with putting it in quotes- Strangely, I just use the website. Nothing fancy. Strangely, I just use the website. Nothing fancy. I'll just hop over to legacy view ....
  • 05:22 PM - Nutation quoted Dannyalcatraz in post [JOKE] Paraprosdokians
    And of course, the old classic from Uncle Miltie: “Take my wife...please!” Henny Youngman, the classic one-liner.
  • 12:05 PM - Morrus quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    So you see the image? All I see is the https code and the IMG tags, in brackets. Yep! 107042

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

  • 09:37 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    I’m using the black background. Okay, but WHY are my quotes doing that? :) And why can't I see it in my editing window?
  • 09:07 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    When you quote a post, any quotes embedded within it do not appear within the body of the quoted post. Okay. But what about the whole AC/DC thing going on (Back in Black?).
  • 07:45 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Color formatting is the problem in some way. I can see the quote exists, but the formatting makes it invisible. Not to add to the mystery, but- 1. I use a white background. So I wouldn't see a problem. It appears that Manbearcat (and you, maybe?) use black ones. 2. However ..... what happened when you quoted my post? Shouldn't your quote of my entire post have caused the text to pop back out, at least on my screen? When I saw you quoting me, the quote was gone. Do you know what I'm saying?
  • 07:41 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Color formatting is the problem in some way. I can see the quote exists, but the formatting makes it invisible. The former. my color scheme is default text on black background of that helps (I’m computer incompetent so that is the best I got). Weird. Well, when I go to edit it, it doesn't show as being formatted to a particular color?????
  • 06:54 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Interesting. When I went back to your quote and looked in your post using the .edit feature, I could plainly see the color control had been formatted in, namely “COLOR=#333333”, right after the “QUOTE”. Can you not see that? No. Everything looks absolutely normal to me.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 07:28 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    Your quote is blacked out. Here’s why, and how to fix it. Someone else just told me that my quote is blacked out on a different thread.... I don't see your fix??????
  • 09:23 AM - Tonguez quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    Never played it, seen it, nor heard of it, to the best of my recollection. The devil, as always, is in the details. A simulationist version of it would be extremely difficult to design...and probably enjoy. (But might work just fine as a boardgame.) I dunno, I spent hours playing both Sim Ant and Pandemic. I'd suspect a plant/forest simulator would play similar to pandemic coopting the mycellium networks for love and lemons. 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). Its probably what pushed me more towards playing non-human characters (half orcs, gnomes) in non-combat orientated classes (thief-acrobats, alchemist, clerics) or monk-assassins (strike back at the establishment!!). That said a bit of violent play isnt so bad, especially if put into a justifiable context (killing zombies and soulsuck...
  • 08:27 AM - Riley37 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    Theoretically, someone could do nonviolent RPGs based on being successful stock brokers, venture capitalists, rival art schools, or plants seeking nutrients in a certain strip of land. I've played Fiasco once, at a convention. No fight scenes, no chase scenes. Conflict, but at other levels. I suspect that we actually *could* use the Fiasco rules set for a fun session about rival venture capitalists (some of us cutting more corners than others). IMO a game of plants competing for nutrients - or perhaps exchanging nutrients sometimes, via interconnected root systems - would require difficult role-playing expression for those of us without lived experience as plants; but if we were willing to employ Pixar levels of anthropomorphosis, it could be both engaging and hilarious.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 01:54 PM - billd91 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    To use one offered example, the Central Park 5 were eventually exonerated and awarded a multimillion dollar settlement. And, as I recall, a second one as well as more facts came forward. (OTOH, the person who took out a full page ad in the NYT calling for their execution has never apologized.) Were they made whole? Could they return to their previous normal lives? Of course not. The bell, rung, cannot be unrung. But they were given the apology (most) of society could give them. They are free to find their new normal, if they can. That's partly my point - there's no redress, no proportionality you can extract from the mob. The Central Park 5 were able to obtain some redress because there are mechanisms in place that can allow for that (though even the appellate courts had failed them), specifically, there was some entity they could legitimately sue. We'll see if Frog God Games is successful in the suit they've filed.


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