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Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

  • 03:23 PM - Jester David mentioned Zaukrie 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?

Friday, 3rd March, 2017

  • 07:24 PM - Blue mentioned Zaukrie in post What are you reading? [March 2017]
    Zaukrie, I found this chart to be useful for picking a reading order for Discworld.

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Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 05:14 PM - CapnZapp quoted Zaukrie in post "My Pathfinder Spoiler" Glimpses At Pathfinder 2
    I'm guessing the sweet spot for me, complexity wise, lies between 5E and PF2......but I'll be sticking with 5E most likely, and just adding a few things I'd suspect....Myself, I want 3E (or, I'm sure, PF2) complexity for the players and 5E simplicity for me, the DM.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 03:25 PM - smiteworks quoted Zaukrie in post Fantasy Grounds Unity Kickstarter Has Launched
    Thank you for the response. Yes, I'd like to have the DM stuff in one window, and the maps and whatever I want the players to see in another window. Stretching across two monitors is a work around, imo. But, all that other stuff sounds great! If it is the player version of the map, combat tracker and handout images, then you would do that by running a 2nd instance of Fantasy Grounds that is joined to the DM instance as localhost. Whenever you share the image, it will appear on the player instance and that entire player instance can be placed on a connected monitor, TV or projector. The DM would have a different view of this same info on their instance, which may or may not stretch across other displays.

Monday, 6th May, 2019

  • 08:08 PM - smiteworks quoted Zaukrie in post Fantasy Grounds Unity Kickstarter Has Launched
    What does moving to Unity buy me in terms of "modern" technology? Maybe I missed that in the kickstarter page.....for example..... Can I use two monitors effectively? Is it usable across all platforms? If so, how will the interface change so that players can use their phones to manage their characters during battle? thanks, There are lots of things possible in the future, but the initial launch will feature native 64-bit support for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, hosting games without needing to configure your router to allow port forwarding, improved support for new graphic cards and just a better platform for us adding new features -- such as the enhancements we have added to maps and images. For instance, we were able to add support for animated FX layers with relative ease by incorporating a package available on the Unity Asset Store. It is possible to compile to tablet, Playstation, Xbox and Web with Unity, but there are other considerations there that would need to be addressed and pla...

Thursday, 25th April, 2019

Friday, 16th November, 2018

  • 08:46 PM - Dire Bare quoted Zaukrie in post Joining the Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica -- a Review
    Great review, thanks......I just can't decide how I feel about so little setting information being in setting books......I like having a lot of information to use. Frankly, I'm not sure why I'd switch settings to one in a book, when the book didn't tell me much about the setting. I'll have to look at this in the store before deciding. 5th Edition setting books, including the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, The Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron, and the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica are about setting the overall parameters of a setting and giving you the big picture in terms of tone, genre, and feel. They also support the settings mechanically with rules for PCs and extra rules to help maintain the setting. They are not about minute setting detail that often never sees the tabletop and is not really necessary to using the setting. This approach is most certainly different than past approaches, but it seems to be working well for WotC and the (sometimes silent) majority of D&D fans. I get you t...

Sunday, 14th October, 2018

Thursday, 4th October, 2018

  • 06:28 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Zaukrie in post Ravnica Update: Focus on Five Guilds
    Yes, this! As much as I really wanted the new 5e setting to be Spelljammer or Planescape, I am quite pleased that it’s something entirely new and different for D&D. I too am more and more eager. It's nice to have a different kind of place, and not just more of the same. Frankly, this could bring the unknown and fantastic back to a lot of games, where the players seem to know everything that is out there......

Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 09:28 PM - Charles Dunwoody quoted Zaukrie in post The Guildpact and Five Guilds in Dungeons & Dragons Ravnica
    I think this will be a very interesting book.....I just am going to tire of reading (on line) about how the cards and book don't agree, and blah, blah, blah cannon stuff over and over.... I'm curious how Wizards will handle worlds going forward as well. I am really curious what approach they will take to the lore. Like other posters here I think they will set it after the last sets with Jace as the living Guildpact. That way, the guilds can scheme and brawl in the streets with less repercussions. But beyond that I'm not sure what direction they will take with who leads what guild and who some of the major monsters and possible opponents are. Between this and Dragon Heist it is a good time to be a D&D player and see new ideas for D&D 5E!

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

  • 12:48 PM - carrot quoted Zaukrie in post What are you reading, Septembre 2018 edition
    The Runelords. About two thirds of the way through, very much enjoying it so far...... I enjoyed it too, and its a pretty good series... But since David Farland hasn't finished/released book 9 yet (It's been nearly 9 years since book 8 was released) you might want to hold off reading any more.

Friday, 10th August, 2018

  • 05:19 AM - ccs quoted Zaukrie in post Anyone else finding character advancement pretty dull?
    As a DM, I miss options for monsters to choose from in combat, for example.....The game, and it's simplicity has many advantages, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. You're the DM, why don't you give the monsters options?
  • 01:10 AM - ad_hoc quoted Zaukrie in post Anyone else finding character advancement pretty dull?
    Hmmmm.....I don't think it is lights and trumpets and even the joy of picking among options (for that that like that) that some of us's options. As a DM, I miss options for monsters to choose from in combat, for example.....The game, and it's simplicity has many advantages, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. Not pleasing everyone is not a fault. D&D is not a catch all game for everyone. It has goals and achieves those goals. Some aren't going to like those goals and that's fine.

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017

  • 11:05 PM - Blue quoted Zaukrie in post What are you reading? All New / All Improved Dec 2017 Edition.
    I did enjoy the pleistocene cycle when it came out.... My absolute best find ever, and completely accidental. I live close enough to New York City to got here occasionally. I was there for work about 20 years ago, and while walking to their client's office I passed bya sidewalk bookseller who has lots of magazines - a five book hardcover of the Pleistocene Sage in a cardboard set holder. (Last book is a almanac/travel guide/technical appendix.) I ask how much, they say $10. I only had the first, a present from my girlfriend of the time. I fork it over and keep moving, I'm running late to the client. During lunch I finally got a chance to look at it, and while it was far from mint, it was a signed, limited edition (of 50?) edition. WOO!

Tuesday, 26th September, 2017

  • 12:51 AM - Ryujin quoted Zaukrie in post The Orville - Season 1
    Most stories are retelling of other stories at this point. That didn't bother me at all. And the casual way there are two men married, compared to what TNG showed.... Not sure I am allowed to comment on that here or not “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” - Mark Twain It's all in the telling. This was a good story, with the edge softened by humour. Much better than the first two.

Monday, 25th September, 2017

  • 02:30 PM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted Zaukrie in post The Orville - Season 1
    Really enjoyed that episode. Like great TNG. Loved the ending especially Not to be overly nitpicky and critical, but to be overly nitpicky and critical, the most similar TNG episode also had a similar ending. There was an episode where Riker fell in love with a researcher from a species that (supposedly) had no genders, but the researcher in question self-identified as female. The show ends with her getting the standard brainwash treatment to make her feel asexual again. (I'd almost argue that this is more horrifying then the idea of making a sex change on a newborn, as it's alterting an established person's sense of self against her will.) In both shows, it might be however that the person in question will still live a happy life afterwards. To me it feels a bit like a rehash of a 25 year old story, really. (But it has some advantages compared to then - they didn't dare to give the self-identified female an actual androgenous figure, for example, she was clearly a female actress, ...

Sunday, 24th September, 2017

  • 03:18 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Zaukrie in post The Orville - Season 1
    Really enjoyed that episode. Like great TNG. Loved the ending especially Definitely "realistic", as opposed to Hollywood-style wish fulfillment. Extremely gutsy AND well done for a new "comedic" series.

Thursday, 21st September, 2017

  • 09:37 PM - Satyrn quoted Zaukrie in post D&D Reader App Coming This Fall? [UPDATED]
    So, different than Beyond? I don't get that at all. I can't see buying both of those, especially if they keep improving Beyond. I doubt anyone's expecting anyone to buy both, just like I doubt anyone expects someone who's bought Roll20 stuff is going to buy the Fantasy Grounds stuff.
  • 12:55 AM - ddaley quoted Zaukrie in post Tomb of Annihilation Is Here - What Do You Think?
    I am interested... how would this work? Would healing spells magic do less healing? Would healing from magic "wear off?" You could change the curse to apply to all healing magic also. I've been considering that. A slower curse to those raised, but a clear curse to all healing magic.

Thursday, 17th August, 2017

  • 07:37 PM - Mallus quoted Zaukrie in post What are you reading? (August 2017)
    Just finished Preludes and Nocturnes. Darker than what I usually read, but I enjoyed it. Should I continue? The first Sandman collection? "The Dolls House" is next and it's some of the best work Gaiman's done. Prolly my favorite part of Sandman.

Saturday, 29th July, 2017

  • 03:50 AM - cmad1977 quoted Zaukrie in post Discovery Trailer
    I'm with morrus on this. Seems like some people are looking for things not to like, rather than just giving it a shot with an open mind. Like my friends who couldn't just enjoy the LotR movies because the plot wasn't identical. Tom Bombadil!! WHERE WAS TOM BOMBADIL??!? He's canon! CANON!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Tuesday, 25th July, 2017

  • 11:54 PM - Jester David quoted Zaukrie in post Discovery Trailer
    I hope for a way to see this. Not paying money for one show at that price. You can watch the earlier Trek shows at the same time. Marathon the best of TNG or Voyager. Or the '60s Mission Impossible or other classic CBS shows. Or wait until halfway through and binge over a single month. Or buy the inevitable disc (and pay 2x as much). But what do I know? I'm paying waaaay more right now for HBO to watch a single show.

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