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    Today, 12:11 AM
    The sixth adventure in the War of the Burning Sky adventure path is here! A 5E fantasy adventure for 11th-level characters. In search of the Torch of the Burning Sky, the heroes set out for Sindaire and Castle Korstull, the canyon fortress where Emperor Drakus Coaltongue was slain. Witness the mighty and terrible face of war in a world of magic!A critically acclaimed high fantasy...
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    The Origins Award winners are in, and Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition takes the roleplaying game award, with WotC's Mordenkainenís Tome of Foes winning the RPG supplement category. The full list of winners: Game of the Year: Root (Leder Games) Board Game: Root (Leder Games)
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 10:18 PM
    DO YOU NEED TO SHOUT?
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Tough crowd. It was OK.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 03:34 PM
    Morrus started a thread Secret Faces of Velsburg
    Secret Faces of Velsburg. While traveling through the wilderness the adventurers come across a small hamlet plagued by a recent rash or murders committed by 'The Ghost'. The longer the party stay in Velsburg however, the quicker they realize that the supposedly bloodthirsty spirit preying upon the settlement is not the remote village's only mystery. In this sidequest to save Velsburg the PCs are...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:46 PM
    Sounds like Eric Noah's old April Fools joke from back in 2002. http://www.enworld.org/ericnoah/aprilfools2002/april02.html
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:09 PM
    The plan is to upgrade from vBulletin to Xenforo, which is an entirely different software. No, there is no ETA.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:03 PM
    Really. Both of you. @Riley, ordering people not to reply to you is not how to handle a disagreement. Either politely disagree, or use the block function. @Immortal Sun, calling people names is DEFINITELY NOT how to handle a disagreement. I will also add -- if you report a post, and then immediately respond to it with namecalling or insults, we are *not* going to look favourably on it. ...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 12:05 PM
    Yep!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 11:12 PM
    D&D Beyond has provided yet another of it's data dumps of 12 million characters -- this time telling us character alignments are most popular in D&D. Chaotic Good wins, followed by my least favourite as a DM, Chaotic Neutral. Chaotic Evil is the least popular. The developer does say that this does not count the percentage of characters with no alignment selected. You can see the...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 09:31 PM
    I can see it.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:57 PM
    Paizo has just released the landscape GM screen art for its upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition GM Screen. "Protect your important notes and die rolls from prying player eyes with the Pathfinder GM Screen! This beautiful 4-panel landscape-style screen features stunning artwork from Ekaterina Burmak on the player's side, and a huge number of charts and tables on the GM side to speed up play...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 04:14 PM
    Simple. They aren't in any rush!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:02 PM
    Not as written, no. But itís your game!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 11:28 AM
    The Swedish 1990's-set sequel to Tales From The Loop is now available from Modiphius. Based on the paintings of Simon StŚlenhag which portray a "retro futuristic suburbia", Things from the Flood takes the 1980s kids and makes them 1990s teens. Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:01 PM
    For something to currently be in the public domain it needs to have been created somewhere round the 1920s or before. The Black Company wonít be public domain for about 60 years yet.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 11:55 AM
    It's D&D, Pathfinder, AND WOIN! :D
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:53 PM
    I work better deadpan.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:04 PM
    But you canít write rules under the assumption that people will ignore them.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:50 PM
    And now itís my turn! What is an /s?
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:17 PM
    Yep. That was the joke. It was a significant part of lots of peoplesí posts. :)
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 07:49 PM
    The A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter is less than a week away -- it launches next Tuesday -- and the amount of content you can pick up is growing! Not only can you also get the original A TOUCH OF CLASS, the new A TOUCH MORE CLASS, but you can also get THE MASTERCLASS CODEX which compiles them both in a beautiful hardcover, along with much more! This Kickstarter allows you to pickup some...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 06:52 PM
    Oh man, thereís loads of them!
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:04 PM
    It's not like a car. It's much more subjective and much more of an art. You can directly and objectively measure a car's horsepower or weight, but you can't do that with an RPG. I don't think anything can substitute for actually trying the thing. All the graphs in the world won't give you a sense of how you feel when you play the game.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:52 PM
    Heists are always fun to play. Heck, ex-D&D designer Rodney Thompson built a whole game around them. Now, the San Jenaro Co-Op is bringing 25 heists in a hardcover book to Kickstarter! The book is system-neutral, and includes different genres -- sci-fi, fantasy, and so on. You get a detailed map, information on guards and traps, and so on. Here's the fluff text: "Heists are some of the...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:35 PM
    The official Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual D&D book has snuck up on us, and is releasing in the next week or so. Artist Aviv Or has shown off some of the artwork she did for the book on Twitter. "I started with designing Positions - a character's role in the company on top of their standard D&D class - as iconic characters. Like the Cartographer, who's about discovering places...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:00 AM
    We simply upgraded the sever to https.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 01:29 AM
    Completely inappropriate. Iím afraid youíll need to find some other community. Goodbye.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 09:06 PM
    It hasnít proved to be a problem in any of my games.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 01:02 PM
    Those of you who are fans of Richard A Knaak's Dragonlance novels, The Legend of Huma and Kaz the Minotaur, may already be familiar with his Rex Draconis novel series. Now you can grab a free 15-page D&D NPC collection from this world! "Rex Draconis RPG brings D&D novelist legend Richard A. Knaak's brand new high fantasy series, the Rex Draconis Saga, to the tabletop. Using the D&D 5th...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Enthusiasm. While a GM invested in the game theyíre running canít guarantee a good game, a GM not invested in it does guarantee a bad game. Our group is always happy to play any game or system which somebody is excited about running. Because the system takes a back seat to that.
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 10:05 PM
    Woosh. :) Itís a joke.
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Wow?
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 01:12 PM
    I'm currently finding quote works with a double click, but not a single click. Can anybody confirm?
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 01:11 PM
    Just got this after posting a notice at the top of the screen: "400 Bad Request The plain HTTP request was sent to HTTPS port nginx"
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 12:41 PM
    Dang, thatís a grade 78 character minimum!
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 12:26 AM
    Nobody gets to stay young. Some of us fake it as best we can.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:23 PM
    I always make sure Iím holding the product before the Kickstarter launches, so I know I just need to commission the print run and ship out the books straight away. Anyway, here it is! http://www.enworld.org/atouchmoreclass/
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:14 PM
    To be fair, nobody has carefully explained to me that subtraction is really hard yet.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:04 PM
    Can we keep this just to bug reports, please, folks? darjr needs to be able to spot the new issues easily. Thanks!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 07:22 PM
    See, I saw that and thought ďWhacko!Ē
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 07:17 PM
    Ok. Next question: how do you pronounce Waco (Texas)?
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 06:22 PM
    Finished. Liked it a lot! Though it felt like it ended halfway through the last episode and there were about 40 endings after that. Very LotR!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 03:19 PM
    At a guess, something is being blocked by the new certificate. Something with a technical sounding name like Java or Ajax or something, which controls a bunch of functions.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:58 PM
    I have absolutely no idea. Not something I've ever done before. I didn't even know there was a "paste from word" button.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:56 PM
    Yes, the bugs go away on the non https URL.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:43 AM
    We're collating bugs from last night's upgrade in this thread: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659894-Upgraded-to-https!-Please-report-bugs! If you could post this there, that would be awesome. Thanks. :)
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:52 AM
    Morrus replied to Board Upgrade?
    It's proving... obstinate. We've had to start again a dozen times on a dev server. No ETA yet.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:50 AM
    darjr upgraded the server to https last night. Please report any bugs!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:30 AM
    We switched over to https last night. I wonder if itís connected? darjr
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:58 PM
    But the thing Iím not clear on.... which is harder, addition or subtraction? Could somebody please just tell me!
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:49 PM
    You get 10 points minus the number of people who have said that! :D
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:48 PM
    Yep, 1.2.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:41 PM
    Sure. I wasnít setting myself a challenge.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:30 PM
    And yet I stand by my assertion. It is not as complex (or, indeed, confusing) as itís reputation.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:07 PM
    The old errata is all in v1.2 of the books, so itís redundant now. The GSG is the latest version of those races, so they take precedence.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:42 PM
    Not as much as 3E did.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:01 PM
    Thatís not my experience.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 07:07 PM
    I hope another dozen people explain to me that addition is easier than subtraction! :) Nevertheless, I still maintain my position that THAC0 is not as complex as itís reputation would lead you to believe, whether or not addition is easier than subtraction.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:34 PM
    It's not that it had more value than the current one. Nobody's claimed that. It's just that it's not as complex as it has a reputation for. That's all. :)
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:18 PM
    I woudn't know. I'm not French. You decide! :)
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:09 PM
    The latter. The former sounds like too much work! Thackoh.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:46 PM
    Morrus started a thread Let's Talk About THAC0
    I feel like THAC0 gets a bad rap. It's the precursor to 3E's Base Attack Bonus, and came after 1E's attack matrices. It's actually super simple. The important thing to remember is that it's the exact same math, but in reverse. In 3E-5E, you roll d20 and add a bonus in order to beat the target's AC. In 1E-2E, you roll d20 in order to beat THAC0 minus AC. So instead of adding a number to...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:25 PM
    Morrus replied to Organizations
    There are organization design rules... I guess it just needs monetary costs attached!
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 02:51 PM
    Absolutely. Folks, let's not get into a discussion on real life torture, please.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 02:15 PM
    It is?
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:58 PM
    UK Games Expo and Origins Game Fair often leap-frog each other each time they have a new convention, both battling for the #3 spot on the list of the world's largest tabletop gaming conventions (after Gen Con and Essen Spiel). UK Games Expo is up 18% in attendance this year over 2018's figures, maintaining the #3 spot for two years running! You can see last year's figures here. UKGE has...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:54 AM
    The 3E launch was definitely the most exciting D&D edition launch. The couple of years before that were the first launch that took place in the Internet era, and all the scoops and speculation were such fun. That magic was never recaptured ó I suspect it could only happen once. The second and third time arenít the same.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 02:00 AM
    Typo. Should be 8 (3d6).
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 09:37 PM
    Completely inappropriate. This poster is leaving us. Folks, please do not respond to those posts.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 09:14 PM
    I was really pleased with it!
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:02 PM
    The story of Third Edition D&D starts, perhaps, with Peter Adkison reading 2nd Edition AD&D (1989) and being sorely disappointed. For one thing, he felt the new system left several underlying problems in place, so players didnít get much benefit from the effort it took to switch to a new system. For another, 2nd Ed stripped away all the charm and character of 1st Ed. No more half-orcs, arcane...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 05:43 PM
    At UK Games Expo last weekend, we ran about 15 one-hour demonstrations of our Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG. There were three of us doing the demos - myself, Andy Peregrine, and Al Bell. Each of us had our own little scenario. I ran either four or five sessions in total. Our setup was a small round table at our booth with five chairs, a GM screen, and a bunch of pregenerated...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 05:27 PM
    Morrus started a thread GMing At A Convention
    At UK Games Expo last weekend, we ran about 15 one-hour demonstrations of our Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG. There were three of us doing the demos - myself, Andy Peregrine, and Al Bell. Each of us had our own little scenario. I ran either four or five sessions in total. Our setup was a small round table at our booth with five chairs, a GM screen, and a bunch of pregenerated...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 03:53 PM
    While I am aware that blaming the victim is common in certain segments these days, weíre not going to do it here. Donít post again in this thread, please.
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Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 07:25 PM - Tony Semana mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The short strokes would appear to be that there is no necessity for completing any of the seven missions and the DM is not directed to make the players do so. While Mad Zagyg's comments on the lethality of approaching the first section of HotDQ are valid -- in the sense that you should NOT have your players do this, there is no contrary requirement that they should do so that is presented in the adventure text. The PCs can and should refuse -- and the DM may ease off as well if they are not able to do so. In that regard, I think Tony's comments are correct, (though perhaps a little more forceful that was needed in terms of their advocacy!) End Result: It's all good folks. Just want to say point taken, I apologize to Mad Zagyg for the heavy-handed wording of my last reply. I've already XP'ed Steel_Wind for his consistently thoughtful replies, but wanted to say on-thread that I've enjoyed his perspective in contrasting this early 5E offering to his experience with PF APs as a 'hardcore PF guy'.

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

  • 04:22 AM - Tony Semana mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Generally, I think that an AP -- any AP -- benefits from experienced GMs making changes as are required for their particular group. I recommend it often. That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. Given Steel_Wind's experience was actually positive, his DM is obviously an experienced DM as he's mentioned. So, what would be very informative is how much intervention he/she Steel_Wind's DM) felt was required based on this definition of a good AP. In short, whether the DM felt ToD as written really is as bad as the negative opinions in this thread.

Monday, 18th August, 2014

  • 06:34 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Steel_Wind To focus on the issue of bringing in newer younger players, of which price is certainly an aspect... I know you only skimmed the book since you're playing thru the advenure, but did you get a sense from the book or your DM how user-friendly Hoard of the Dragon Queen is for new players? Are there sidebars for new DMs or DM pointers for potential sticking spots? Do the sections of the adventure that involve mystery discuss certain spells that can dramatically impact the pacing? That sort of thing. Thanks for posting your experience too!
  • 01:44 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Steel_Wind To set the record straight about pricing... Cost of 5e Adventure Path = $60 (Hoard of the Dragon Queen $30 + Rise of Tiamat $30) Cost of PF Adventure Path = $96 (Six adventures at $16 each thanks to 30% off cover with Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscription) Cost of 5e Baseline Rules = $150 (PHB $50 + MM $50 + DMG $50) Cost of PF Baseline Rules = $90 (Core Rulebook $50 + Bestiary $40) Cost of 5e Rules + Adventure Path = $210 Cost of PF Rules + Adventure Path = $186 In all probability a roughly $24 difference, and that gap closes if a PF DM doesn't have a subscription or a 5e DM gets by without the DMG and just uses DM rules in the Basic PDF.

Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

  • 06:03 PM - Kinak mentioned Steel_Wind in post Best adventure path for 1st level?
    Steel_Wind is way ahead of me. Value per dollar, Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition blows basically every other adventure out of the water. Some Adventure Paths were produced before the Pathfinder RPG (Second Darkness, for example), so you may have to do some conversion... or not. It's basically compatible, so your group likely won't notice. If you're just running the first, the Second Darkness suggestion is solid. Worldwound Incursion is pretty cool for that too. Cheers! Kinak

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Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 06:20 PM - Alzrius quoted Steel_Wind in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    Pathfinder has a great example of the problem. I expect most people here are familiar with their splatbooks. Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Campaign, and Ultimate Intrigue. All the focused non-theme PC splatbooks have "Ultimate" in the name. And, for a while, they were planning on releasing Ultimate Race. They changed it to Advanced Race Guide for reasons that should be pretty obvious. I mean, who would want to see the ads Google Analytics would throw out of you searched for "Ultimate Race" a few times. The books Amazon would suggest if you ordered from that site. Is it a book you would feel comfortable requesting from a library? If you were the head of a chain book store, would you order & stock a book called "Ultimate Race"? A minor correction: although it doesn't cite its sources, Steel_Wind's preview of the Advanced Race Guide states: So why wasnít the Advanced Race Guide called ďUltimate RacesĒ? Well, it turns out that was originally supposed to be the name and it was announced at PaizoCon 2011 under that title. Unfortunately, a little slip of the tongue during the announcement and ďUltimate RacesĒ sounded a whole lot like ďUltimate RacistĒ. That easily repeated faux pas was all it took to persuade Erik Mona and Co. that perhaps that wasnít the best possible title for a book after all. The title of the book was promptly renamed to the Advanced Race Guide ("ARG"). So to be fair, the original name was always going to be plural, and it was changed due to an unfortunate homophone.

Tuesday, 4th October, 2016

  • 02:03 PM - Ilbranteloth quoted Steel_Wind in post Is Chaotic evil more evil than Lawful evil?
    I simply do not agree with these views. Vandalism is NOT CE. It might be to you, but to liken a misdemeanor property crime with CHAOTIC EVIL is applying an analytical framework we simply do not agree with. Simlarly, embezzling isn't evil. It's selfish. Its wrongful and clearly unlawful. But EVIL? I think when you present a continuum of "evil" that ranges from spray painting graffitti to theft, ritualistic serial murder and the holocaust, your aperture needs significantly more focus. This is clearly a point of departure. You and I do not agree on this matter and what appears self-evident to you seems clearly wrong-headed to me. Actually, this is a good point. Now that the comparison is made, I would consider vandalism and embezzling chaotic neutral acts. They aren't good, but they aren't inherently evil either. They are certainly self-serving and unlawful. Thanks for that. It clarifies a bunch.

Saturday, 5th December, 2015

  • 12:07 PM - the_redbeard quoted Steel_Wind in post What Virtual Tabletop Software options exist?
    My preferred VTT - and I have tried them all -- is far and away d20Pro. It has the best support and mapping options. It's power uses are deep, without the installation problems that Maptool has. Its robust support for Pathfinder and (later this month) Syrinscape also makes it a winner. It used best in conjunction with Herolab. d20Pro costs money. It's not free. You get what you pay for. And yet it still doesn't do lighting and vision. Maptool has done that for years. Many of the issues with Maptool, like installation, are now solved with Mote (it's one file.) Here is maptool in 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecgV9aKS3ZI And sift (new kickstarter of mote, now for mobile devices, video is less well produced though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHNYPfkmqBA Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/740970397/sandstorm-virtual-tabletop-services

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

  • 11:23 PM - Starfox quoted Steel_Wind in post What Made You Switch To Pathfinder?
    If you have no interest in playing APs and your interest is in home brewed play, then other concerns may predominate in your decision tree. But if APs are something you enjoy playing in, running and reading, then your choice was really no choice at all. While I strongly agree with your post, just FYI I have converted numerous Pathfinder APs and adventures to my homebrew. But homebrews don't really count in discussions like this.
  • 11:59 AM - Echohawk quoted Steel_Wind in post Is This The World Record For Most Official RPG Monsters?
    There are now 100 issues of Pathfinder Adventure Path. Each PF AP has eight pages of bestiary material. That's before we touch 61 modules and another 230 PFS Scenarios, which typically have 2-4 pages more of monsters in a module and 2 more in a PFS Scenario, each. And that tips the scales. I don't believe it does tip the scales. The summary you quoted compared only the core monster books for each system. If you want to count all of the supplementary Pathfinder material, then you need also need to do the same for 2nd Edition. There were smaller monster supplements in almost all of the 2nd Edition boxed sets, and monster pages in many accessories and adventures. The "reprint" factor was also lower in 2nd Edition, with really only the Annuals being recycled monsters. Most of the Pathfinder AP and module monsters get reprinted in the Bestiaries. I'm not persuaded that Pathfinder has 2nd Edition beat yet in monster count. The same can be said for world setting / adventure material at this poin...
  • 11:15 AM - Ezequielramone quoted Steel_Wind in post Changes in rules since debut?
    Note: Hero Points have always been an optional system and while many groups do use them, it is still a solid minority of players who do so. Sometimes, we can project our own group or region's play preferences on the broader mass of players. I assure you, however, that the use of Hero Points during play by a group is the exception and not the rule. It is never assumed to be in use during development. Oh, I didn't see that way. You could be right. Where I live not much people enjoy the pleasure of roleplaying, so I have not much idea how other people plays, and I pretty much stick with the same players. We are using the background skills, that don't require any modification, you only gain 2 skill point extra each level to use it in background skill (existent skills that are not used in adventuring). Also we use the new system for creating magic items. It is much fun that the normal system. Both are optional rules from the Unchained.

Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

  • 12:46 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: WotC & Kobold Press Team Up for the Inaugural Campaign Arc of D&D 5th Edition!
    Yes it's blurry - frankly a little blurred on both, but worse on the p.71 illustration. The clearer version of the same graphic can be seen on p. 6 of the Encounters .PDF. Looking more carefully at the printed version, the artwork throughout looks pretty blurry. I'm not sure what the issue is here, whether low res versions of these graphics all made it into the final PDF sent to the printer, or just a very poor printer. If you look at the Encounters PDF version, the graphics all pop more and are far more crisp. So something either got screwed up in terms of the dpi of the graphics sent to the printer, or the printer sucked. If you compare one of Jard Blando's maps in HotDQ to any issue in a Paizo AP where Blando has done the maps (Carrion Crown AP, say) something is clearly very wrong in the HotDQ map art. The original artwork is good, but the printing is not up to snuff. Just got my copy and my map on p71 does not seem to be blurry at all. So maybe there were some printing issues ...

Friday, 22nd August, 2014

  • 07:46 PM - GX.Sigma quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Uhm...what? No, not that I recall. Admittedly it's been a while, but I think you are recalling some other adventure. Ah, my mistake. Red Hand was the one with all the taxidermist humanoids; Expedition to the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk was the one with all the invisible librarian beholders.
  • 12:55 AM - Hussar quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    I must dissent from this view. If a customer is not in possession of that information, I expect that WotC is not in possession of all those "facts" either. Still, for whatever reason(s), they have decided to not do it. We might fairly observe that: Paizo sells .PDFs of their hardcovers for $9.99 Paizo otherwise bundles PDFs for all subscription products with a subscription; and Paizo makes all of their core rules and rules expansions available online via the PRD. Despite these heretical practices, Paizo seems to be selling a lot of print product -- and PDFs, too. I think the major differences at play here are: Different corporate cultures between WotC and Paizo; Different relations with their retailers. /snip [/I] I'd add to this, the point that Paizo is selling a LOT of titles. They have a much, much greater release schedule. Which does mean that you can afford to have titles that don't sell as well - a little bit of profit from a lot of books is th...

Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 09:17 PM - Echohawk quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    I must dissent from this view. If a customer is not in possession of that information, I expect that WotC is not in possession of all those "facts" either. I agree with you. WotC can't know for sure what the impact of releasing/not releasing PDFs will be. But WotC probably have a lot more information to work with than we do, so I think it's a carefully considered decision, rather than a knee-jerk reaction to piracy concerns. I think the major differences at play here are: Different corporate cultures between WotC and Paizo; Different relations with their retailers. I'd add "different fundamental sales model" to that list. A lot of Paizo's product (print and PDF) is sold on a subscription basis directly to the public via the Paizo web site. I think your analysis of the difference in the relationships WotC and Paizo have with game stores is very interesting. I was not aware that FLGS viewed Paizo as a direct competitor to that extent, but it makes sense that they would take that...
  • 09:03 PM - sunshadow21 quoted Steel_Wind in post Where are the PDFs?
    In this regard, there are more than a few hobby games retailers which increasingly view Paizo not as a partner but as a direct competitor. Those retailers do not like not being able to sell Paizo PDFs to their customers and very much resent that perk that Paizo provides gamers who buy directly from Paizo. The business relationship retailers have with Paizo has evolved over time, but I think it is fair that what was not always seen as a big deal is becoming an increasingly sore point with many retailers as time has marched on and product lines have expanded. That's an interesting point, and one that will definitely be interesting to see evolve over time. So far, I think that a challenge over PDF sales has been largely balanced by a very active organized play system that gets players into to the stores, but I can definitely see how it could become a major point of contention in those places where Paizo has been unable to offer anything as a counterbalance. Your point about WotC relying on Magic ...
  • 07:25 PM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The short strokes would appear to be that there is no necessity for completing any of the seven missions and the DM is not directed to make the players do so. While Mad Zagyg's comments on the lethality of approaching the first section of HotDQ are valid -- in the sense that you should NOT have your players do this, there is no contrary requirement that they should do so that is presented in the adventure text. The PCs can and should refuse -- and the DM may ease off as well if they are not able to do so. In that regard, I think Tony's comments are correct, (though perhaps a little more forceful that was needed in terms of their advocacy!) End Result: It's all good folks. Just want to say point taken, I apologize to Mad Zagyg for the heavy-handed wording of my last reply. I've already XP'ed Steel_Wind for his consistently thoughtful replies, but wanted to say on-thread that I've enjoyed his perspective in contrasting this early 5E offering to his experience with PF APs as a 'hardcore PF guy'.

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

  • 03:51 PM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Well, ok. So that's that then. *nods* I think the issue arises due to the timing requirements that a whole shopping list of encounters be completed without the benefit of a long rest or leveling, as Mad Zagyg noted in his post here: My main gripe with Hoard of the Dragon Queen is that it seems VERY obvious to me that it was written specifically for D&D Encounters and/or Adventurer's League play. After all, the first three episodes of the adventure are pretty much verbatim as they appear in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen Encounters PDF. Why is this obvious? Well, if you run the adventure as written, and your players are trying to complete all the missions that the adventure throws at them in Episode 1, it seems extremely likely that they will fail, and probably TPK (as my group did). When you play D&D Encounters at your FLGS, characters come fully refreshed to every session, as tables can change from week to week. His identification of the underlying "refresh" of PC resources that happens due ...
  • 03:36 PM - carmachu quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The point to take away is not that you cannot save money off of the retail price of these books by buying online. Of course you can. You can also save on the price of Pathfinder in the same (or similar) manner. That is assuming you have a credit card or way of paying for these products online. Not everybody does and it limits your market. Go to walmart. Sign up for a walmart prepaid visa card. For $3, you can load any amount of money onto the card, and it acts just like a visa card for online transactions. I know, I had to get one to pick up some paizo items 3 years back or so- who only take credit cards and not paypal.
  • 06:05 AM - jbear quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    The point to take away is not that you cannot save money off of the retail price of these books by buying online. Of course you can. You can also save on the price of Pathfinder in the same (or similar) manner. That is assuming you have a credit card or way of paying for these products online. Not everybody does and it limits your market. It may not be the case in the US or Canada, but in New Zealand for example you can get a visa bank card which is not a credit card for example, but which can be used to make online purchases from your bank account as long as you account has money in it. It's true, I'm not 20 and a struggling student anymore. But if I was and I did not have the banking system that I have in my country that made online purchase accessible to anyone with a bank account, I would still find a way to pay the online price and not the in store price somehow i.e. parents fronting up and making the purchase and then paying them back. Having said that, after looking online for the P...
  • 04:19 AM - Tony Semana quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Generally, I think that an AP -- any AP -- benefits from experienced GMs making changes as are required for their particular group. I recommend it often. That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. Given Steel_Wind's experience was actually positive, his DM is obviously an experienced DM as he's mentioned. So, what would be very informative is how much intervention he/she Steel_Wind's DM) felt was required based on this definition of a good AP. In short, whether the DM felt ToD as written really is as bad as the negative opinions in this thread.
  • 04:00 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    That said, a well designed AP should not require intervention to be playable and enjoyable. It should merely benefit from it. There is much that can be said about the relative strengths of AP vs ad libbed sandbox settings, but I was referring to "commercial success" in the quote you mentioned. While I appreciate that many players (including yours) have different preferences, I think the market has indicated that the Pathfinder AP approach is the more commercially successful of the two in recent years. To be clear, I'm only asking about the commercial success of story-driven APs, and how this success is affected by the level of detail provided/vs. what is left for the GM to fill in. (Leaving completely aside the question of plot-free sandboxes.) It's not completely clear to me that Paizo has struck the most profitable balance between detail (good) and linearity (bad), based simply on my own play experiences, and my excitement levels as I read the APs. However, it's likely you know something a...
  • 12:26 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    If the Tyranny of Dragons AP ends up being merely a base upon which a DM must start, but not a solid foundation that a DM can just run out of the box with a high degree of confidence, it's not going to be as successful a product line as it would otherwise be. I would be interested in hearing why you believe this. Anecdotally, most of my players are strongly disinclined toward pathfinder APs because they are too scripted. While they all appreciate the production values, they usually get antsy and resentful of the heavy-handed tactics necessary to pull them forward along the story arc, and in order to get them to play wotc's adventures at all I had to persuade them that these were a totally different beast than the pathfinder APs. I don't think what you're saying is wrong, necessarily, but it doesn't strike me as self-evidently true either. Why is a consistent, relatively DM-independent experience necessary for adventure lines to be most successful?

Tuesday, 19th August, 2014

  • 08:19 PM - Haffrung quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    If the Tyranny of Dragons AP ends up being merely a base upon which a DM must start, but not a solid foundation that a DM can just run out of the box with a high degree of confidence, it's not going to be as successful a product line as it would otherwise be. While Adventure Path style linear adventures with heavily plotted stories and ready-made cut scenes may be a popular adventure model, I don't know that it's the only approach WotC needs to take to find a loyal audience. Some players on old-school sites, where 5E is being very well-received, are already slamming HotDQ for being too scripted. There is a market out there for setting-based adventures where the story is left to the DM or generated organically in play. So does WotC hew closely to the popular AP adventure format? Or do they take the same approach they've taken to the 5E system itself and try to find a middle ground between story and sandbox, or at least provide some setting-based adventures as options?

Monday, 18th August, 2014

  • 11:03 PM - GX.Sigma quoted Steel_Wind in post Hoard of the Dragon Queen: As it Turns out, it's Pretty Good (so far)
    Please appreciate that I come to this as someone who played in the session -- not as someone who ran it. The DM has about 30+ years experience as a DM, makes up a LOT of things up on the fly and spends a lot of time differentiating the context in which combats occur and in adding the flourishes which could make a real difference in how I received those combat encounters. What I am trying to say is that I enjoyed it a lot -- but I can't say for sure that I enjoyed what was on the page -- or maybe I just enjoyed the flourishes he added to it. I'm not able to confirm that with you either way. I can say that we initially: investigated some mysterious deaths, ascribed to a disease and then later investigated to be poisoning; fought some kobolds and cultists in the forest who were attacking some women who were fleeing Greenest; this may be an entirely made up encounter - I just don't know. There was a fair bit of roleplaying and moral choices which transpired out of this combat by reason ...


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