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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 AM
    Tony Vargas normally whatever fighter I am building I want to think of how they deal with 2 enemies in basic attacks. (cleave,dual strike, slash and pommel) Cleave is good for a two handed weapon use... Dual strike is better for pretty much everything else but if you arent building up your off hand weapon at low levels where at wills are mostly used a Brawler might take slash and pommel but...
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    The one i found treats them as single class but I think that the idea of having three classes might be in some ways better. Not sure I am ready to purchase it though. I both like and do not like, how the Battlemaster maneuvers are available beyond the boundaries of its class. But I think if other classes were designed around mixing and matching too that might make all the difference. It is...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    There are quite a few powers and feats in support of the Str/wisdom and Str/con and Str/Dex builds I think we need a lot of these Str/Int ones actually.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:42 PM
    This one may be more in the descriptor for controlling enemies tangents of attack so its named it to invoke Thibaults
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:35 PM
    Wow tell us how you really feel ;) To be honest on topic I didnt get to play the Tome of Battle characters. I have read it and was impressed both by the presented flavor and willingness to actually try and fix issues for martial style classes and the terminology well rocked. The battlemaster falls short sure and eldritch knight does even worse.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    In the damage dealing category I like the skill connection akin to the ones requiring Endurance training not sure this is quite right (even though Healing is Wisdom in D&D land - Surgery seems Dex or Int).
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    NPCs usually get a defeated condition instead of dying. Only important distinction once in a while and you might specify it on the creature. A swarm which is defeated is like a defeated army they are scattered or in retreat depending on the quality of leadership) and maybe a diplomacy or intimidate might force them back together in a manner similar to a heal check.
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    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    In 4e the Swarm is coordinating with one another and have attributes appropriately boosted so as to be a challenge for their effective combined level but that probably isn't good enough for non-combat arenas maybe for instance you will want more detail like an additional bonus on skilled actions that allow multiple characters to work on them such as using strength to lift something big with lots...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    Sounds too inflexible 4e has examples but I would have like to have seen more. I think the idea actually needs more development.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:17 AM
    I actively support the use of these mechanics both for roleplaying sensibility and mechanic ease. I do have to engage differing descriptions of defeat may decide different body counts depending on personalities of the group but hey that is fun and allows you to characterize the hoards differently.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:38 AM
    Not sure parkour is the kind of ability i see as necessarily requiring a skill roll. I mean I see hero class parkour as climbing speed virtually unimpaired and overcoming speed impairment due to terrain.
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  • Ryujin's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 03:35 PM
    From the commentary on Nerdist News it sounds like those additional scenes are just getting tacked on the end, as stingers. They aren't dropping them into the appropriate parts of the movie.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 04:12 AM
    You could play test the blue blazes out of it... and see if that inspires refinements.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 03:10 AM
    i like this thinking its nice if you can do context overlap... how much value should that skill check be in combat?
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 02:04 AM
    So what options were leveraged in 4e to expand Martial further (Martial Practices could be on that list but were not fully developed)
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 01:25 AM
    Oh right very excellent tools. I still hack on the Character builder via CBLoader
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 01:21 AM
    One example I found http://blog.kittenhugs.com/2015/07/martial-adept.html
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 01:11 AM
    Not certain why you are asking... If a series of skill uses and each and every make or break the sequence that isn't a skill challenge they need to contribute not be barriers, if the skill uses are largely easy that isn't a skill challenge etc. Non-simplistic usually collaborative skill use where a composite failure results in a broad shift in the story in a direction that the players had not...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:12 AM
    In another thread about traditional D&D vs 4e style @Manbearcat brought an example to the table where the fighter took over ie manhandled a tank into using it against the enemy OK it was basically an element I brought in... the point was to show that 4e had assumptions of competence and tools for accomplishing the extraordinary for non-magical characters at higher levels that were lacking in...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:56 PM
    I like it for being a way to make sure everyone gets to contribute in combat mechanically as often and climatically as others and in a way that syncs up with narrative with roles differentiating broadly how you contribute. Yup good design tool.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 06:10 PM
    A couple of sources for this idea... one is Princess Bride LOL
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Did I mention this thread is one of the reasons I want them to get the error fixed for moving threads.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 06:03 PM
    Note you can level gate usage of a maneuver by saying it takes forgoing 2 attacks from your attack action.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 05:58 PM
    I did indeed think of Action surge after typing the above
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 05:43 PM
    Indeed I think my idea was minions are great but all the monster roles are a very useful tool. I also think potential swarm size is underestimated. A tight phalanx containing a century of men might be 12x12 and quite appropriate to have 5 of those against a party in paragon. A group of soldiers might have both lose and tight formation training. (change their size) ... it might actually take...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 05:18 PM
    Sure kind of but then the 4e fighter also had a daily in there. I think mayhaps the fighter needs more superiority dice to do the multi-dice cost trick. Or another resource like heroic surge to do daily class maneuvers with.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Did you try out swarms? Swarms are the real go to for mass combat... a swarm/squad of 10 fight to the death fanatics may be 1 elite enemy or 10 minions but that elite enemy might also be 100 normal soldiers in a tighter 8x8 formation with a leader who has them retreat after it becomes obvious they are out matched or perhaps it is a disorganized mob whose fighting style costs them more lives...
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  • Ryujin's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 02:01 AM
    He's in his mid-fifties now, so I think he'd qualify to play Corsair.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 01:32 AM
    I do not get the sense of magic.... in this at all :) though science was a philosophy and chemistrity an evolution of alchemy so there is that.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 01:17 AM
    Perhaps refine those?
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:13 PM
    Another quote that reinforces the Intelligence foundation "The mind of the period Spaniard was also educated in matters of science.In various schools and universities, they learned about the philosophies of the ancient Romans and Greeks from the Marannos (Converted Jews).Matters of mathematics and geometry were taught by the Mariscos " From another source. "It was the belief of both...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:11 PM
    Your circle and their circle are both involved. https://www.martinez-destreza.com/articles/demystification-spanish-school-part-ii The definitions of Box you gave are pretty new ( the reference to a container seems older ) the name pugilist and similar from Greek era is based on fist. But according to my source/sources I think either my father or my martial arts teacher I think they...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:01 PM
    I think that is worth emphasizing control of space and distance around you and your adversaries seems a feature of this style (another reason this feels like a 4e fighter not a rogue). I am thinking it kind of relates to why boxing is called boxing. Perhaps forcing a blade lock that "grabs" an enemy may be good it captures them and forces them to remain within your "circle".
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  • Ryujin's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Sure, until Jack-Ja.... I mean Franklin comes along. When the parody gets it right but the original continually fails, you've got a problem.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:23 AM
    Admittedly breaking a swarm is less about killing the whole membership and it should be described rather differently
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:01 AM
    Is it cheating to say in 4e the 11th level fighter could handle a level 13 or 14 swarm containing 100 typical guard class soldiers but that it would play more interestingly? Than the drudge work?
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:10 AM
    That seems much more straightforward than the level 1 Feature of the Savant as it isnt worrying about which type of armor they are wearing - I will say thumbs up. Something I have been noticing that it is appropriate to do bonus damage keeps it a secondary attribute and it makes it a bit stikery but that is ok but I do want ot emphasize controlling the space around them ... a bit of...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:37 PM
    Hence why I don't find myself coming up with good solutions for those. Getting more surges means not only having that staying power in combat but also an extra amount of effort you can apply to skill challenge use of a skill or to a martial practice. It could be seen as fuel for ALL the other skills and not really needing other skill related value. 5e Con keeps on keeping on for giving more...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:32 PM
    Rogue had an at-will that let you shift INT distance and basically disappear the Shadowy Rogue might even be THE batman rogue build instead of the Ninja as I have been calling it. That was a fully functional build if you wanted an Intelligent Secondary type. I posted a loose example but now that I think about it instead of building a fencer flavor I need to make it batman with shuriken. I...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:21 PM
    They'll spam you just like they said they would They'll spam you when you're trying to go home And they'll spam you when you're there all alone But I would not feel so all alone Everybody must get spammed
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:55 PM
    Compare to Wisdom however which got way too much AND strength and con got only 1 a piece. While I would still change Dungeoneering to Engineering and make it intelligence based - that wouldn't help anything else. Arcana as a skill feels like its "just for magical types" subjectively I suppose it makes 3 feel like 2. But is a component of multi-classing (or making a hero who senses and...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 02:01 PM
    Yes that is less of an issue in 4e, potentially at least for saves and armor class using quick predictive thinking (Int) is enabled for those in a solid way. Some I have seen advocate bringing back Fort/Ref/Wil for 5e instead of having mostly unused saves. Perhaps they could allow initiative based on intelligence. While in 4e the foundation of value "in combat" is covered, they could have...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 11:18 AM
    Much better possibility than I thought actually (but it binds a lot of flavor things things like spell casting and a pet into the class too); The savant is closer but has a bad bad thing it takes all the way to level 6 before getting Brains over Brawn. (making it fundamentally Mad for basic functions ie attacking up until that point err oops)
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:43 AM
    And a custom encounter power for the The Intelligent Fighter I considered making it against Reflexes.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 03:33 AM
    Everybody must get spammed...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 03:30 AM
    The idea was rather popular during the play testing if I recall. Another cost that we see in 5e is forgoing an attack ie conglomerating an attack it could take 2 of your attacks. You proabably do not do anything but this on your turn... without an action surge or something (maybe ok at really high level to do another attack) I would estimate you shouldn't be able to do it till 5e level 8...
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:40 PM
    Their design philosophy seems to be a game of mother may I See I can fail too.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 09:11 PM
    Ah good call I noticed it first in the Players Handbook never saw any of the supplements but it was very evocative even the bits in the PHB. When the PHB mentions Belisarius it makes my face light up.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 08:49 PM
    YES the number of fighters is not even interesting to me
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 08:30 PM
    Yup
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 01:15 PM
    failed that one. 4e was a bit conservative perhaps. Even some a cool move like "Come and get it" was such a short range that its pretty realistic. OK how about that for a challenge... do Come and Get it in 5e.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 01:08 PM
    The fighter finally having the ability to actually defend could probably be mentioned (I know its in roles but this and warlord are two archetypes which were never mechanically fulfilled til 4e). However for me its pretty much mechanically everything with the above being just the iceberg tip and its almost easier to mention things I didn't like
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 12:57 PM
    The significantly static hitpoints and potentially bursty damage reminds me of RuneQuest but with the bursts somewhat more under player choice rather fixes the problems it had with not feeling heroic.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 10:13 AM
    Four people hit by gunfire near the celebration. Two separate stabbings at the Eaton Centre (a shopping mall, some distance away from the celebrations), and apparently more gunfire in the same area I mentioned previously, where there was a shooting exactly a week before.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 06:01 AM
    You could add generic stances to enable the fighting desparately... etc.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 05:59 AM
    IT was in some ways better but it was lost completely when 3e came out and it has been gone ever since. We are now moving chess pieces in turn and hoping interlacing out of turn actions will remind us of simultaneous action. Basically I have considered how to actually bring that simultaneous resolution back while allowing interesting choices -- a form of 5 pointed star roshambo might be a nice...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 12:36 AM
    Arguably Battle==War Master==Lord It just doesn't quite do the job The maneuvers just cannot be used often enough and most lack tactician feel le intelligence driven / affecting whole party for ex and the fighter lacks an appropriate warlordy fighting style. I think it is silly to worry about it becoming a vehicle for the warlord its rather meant to be.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 10:13 AM
    A subjective feel : Battle Ready makes creating a fighter feel slightly different like a tax on something a fighter should just have has been lifted. It also acknowledges that initiative can involve deciding/thinking and agressing faster which may be more reliable than reacting faster.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 10:05 AM
    Arguably in 4e a Dex Fighter til Slayer came out was basically a Ranger/Rogue Roleplaying baggage ensued. (although very flexible baggage) with honorable mention to certain builds which have it secondary. I said "justified" dump stat. EVEN if you forego control, abilities that work in one arena are enhancing the other as well. Statistically your attributes are more broadly valuable by...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:48 AM
    The following shows the XML for loading the Battle Ready class feature in to the offline Character Builder. And yup it works ;) it also takes a modification of the base class. <RulesElement name ="Battle Ready" type="Class Feature" internal-id="ID_LAD_CLASS_FEATURE_BR1234" source="Martial Power III" revision-date="6/16/2019" > <Flavor>Most people react to the onset of a fight for you it...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:23 PM
    I was considering some of this kind of flexibility Modify Eldritch Knight Arcane Weaponmastery at level 3 when you chose this subclass you have begun to integrate you spellcraft with your weapon use for purposes of attack and magic. Choose one mental attribute this attribute as your spell casting attribute. This attribute becomes the basis of your attack roll and a penalty to saving throws...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:15 PM
    Establishing expectations has a value I suppose even if you have to use the R word.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:36 PM
    LOL Martial Maneuvers
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:33 PM
    Very much this
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:00 PM
    Another ingredient to the mix which I didnt mention because it wasnt important at level 1 the Swordmage class had plenty of teleportation/blink magics Alex had a short range teleport attack once a day at level one but if he makes it to level 20 will have Omnipresent Assault where he blinks around the battlefield as a Ghostblade and launches an attack against every enemy in sight (no range limit...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 05:47 AM
    Okay So far Is this what we have From Eldritch Knight 3 Levels definitely has components which were basically just flavor in 4e - Weapon Bond to be specific. Savant: Smart Defense. 1 Level While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC. In addition, while wearing light armor if you have one hand free, you gain a bonus to AC equal to your Intelligence modifier (up to a maximum no...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:54 AM
    That definitely has the magical defender angle in there.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:53 AM
    Examined this closer and wow.... that is definitely the right direction
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:19 AM
    Ah thanks yes flavor is definitely more important in that regards.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:17 AM
    I find it kind of weird that mage armor is Dex bound.... The battlemaster certainly has some cool bits to it. Their abilities aren't actually at will either. The white lotus riposte works somewhat better when you do not have so completely awesome armor but I really liked the idea of fire and force and lightning from my previous attacks bursting back at those who managed to hit Alek.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:03 AM
    It is kind of a work around but for functionality sake and not exactly the right flavor, but Dex it would need to be I like that you gave level recommendations that deserves a thumbs up in itself.. it seems weird to go level 4 without getting that level 5 extra attack though.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:53 AM
    Or perhaps its is a single arrow that returns to your bow knock or quiver after doing its deed. How common to make these things seem flavor oriented ie game world flavor. It might be very rare to the game world of course but all archer oriented heros have one variant or another ;)
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:47 AM
    I do not see Iron Defender working for this character so much... but its Battle ReadyWhen you reach 3rd level, your combat training and your experiments with magic and have paid off in two ways: You gain proficiency with martial weapons. When you attack with a magic weapon, you can use your Intelligence modifier, instead of Strength or Dexterity, for the attack and damage rolls.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:10 AM
    Since I really like the flavor of Inspiring Leader how does it stack up in peoples opinions I have heard its borderline broken
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:40 AM
    The opposite of Green Flame Blade in 4e interestingly and yes it was one of his abilities. Green Flame blade could affect any number of enemies adjacent to the one you hit though I called it splash damage. Swordburst is another one of his favorites for clearing out adjacent minions and the like. I kind of like flavoring that one as more martial like a whirling dervish attack. That part...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:20 AM
    This speaks to the value of not forcing the choice
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:17 AM
    Someone called 5e feats more like Themes in 4e it made me blink a bit not mechanically similar at all but in context of what you just said I think is more about their story value, themes had a lot of story value (and somewhat like Paragon paths and Epic Destinies)
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:11 AM
    Not something I have read but that does count as homebrew to be honest. Though using level dipping style multi-classing is actually almost like the cost in some ways of 4e feats.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:05 AM
    Bladesinger has some ingredients the bladesong helps gets defense based on intelligence. (but might not be defender class without a fighting style to help maybe) Indeed I think the Paladin Smite ability is something i have heard suggested. I was suspecting a custom feat might be required basically a translation of Intelligent Blademaster - in 4e it was kind of a low impact feat and feats...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 10:48 PM
    His name is Alek Cor'Daren (Shielding Aegis - an effective Defender - with some good multi-enemy effectiveness) He had a feat which allowed even his basic attacks (opportunity attacks and granted ones and the like to be based on Intelligence). This feat was part of his origin story and part of what made the character feel special so if necessary I can see how it might take a bit of home brew...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:45 PM
    A lot of feel and flavor is influenced by rules sometimes however it seems the opposite is true. The explicit sources and roles in 4e were really almost entirely flavor in most ways ... however roles guided class and power design (ie they were a design paradigm not actually rules and they weren't hard fast determinants) and sources once in a blue moon actually acted as prerequisites.(but this...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 07:23 PM
    I see something you need to integrate with powers. You need a method to allow a big cool method to defeat the big bad without it being a fluke of chance -- we have a method already it's the nature of powers. Conversely a power might be useable against an enemy or set of enemies you out class without expending a power slot. @AbdulAlhazred
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 05:15 PM
    Runequest (Stormbringer) was how I figured out no D&D ever was trying for simulating anything but heroic fantasy RQ had vivid combat that made you involved in attacks and defenses the advancement system was very oriented, where any attack might kill or disable in a stroke but your character never felt heroic. Gygax made an argument against critical hits which explains it. He said that Conan...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 04:27 PM
    Allow insight checks or similar to figure out what the capability of the adversaries are maybe add that effect into certain utility powers.
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 04:09 AM
    It generally doesnt in 4e but they didnt lock down out of turn actions
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 03:47 AM
    The warlord whose primary context is often for team work is very off turn as well to me the highly limited off turn action basically undermines that. I do like 5e movement system its pretty sweet.
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 02:49 AM
    I feel it makes the artificiality of turn based combat more obvious to me... in 1e action was planned but simultaneous. (relying on the DM to merge them)
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 04:00 PM
    They had in my opinion the best flavor text / class descriptions of any edition it's not my favorite edition but I can appreciate things from multiple ones. I think I can say terminology is separate from mechanics but what the hell In 3.5e I remember reading the Book of 9 Swords and finding the terminology was evocative Stances / Strikes and Martial Disciplines / Maneuvers (4e lost a lot...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 11:14 AM
    you forgot the quotes "meaningful" .... because who rolled highest initiative is to me not very meaningful
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 01:34 AM
    Fast and Anti-climactic do just as much. Fast can also be just boring with mostly bags of hit points Fast is also anti-interesting choices for players.
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Monday, 21st May, 2018

  • 07:35 PM - OB1 mentioned Ryujin in post Avenger's Infinity War *Spoiler* Discussion
    Ryujin thatís exactly the problem! Instead of two complete stories with a cliffhanger, we are getting two non stories that might become one story when watched together. Umbran - a story is about a character who wants something and has to overcome one or many obstacles to achieve it by making choices that affect the outcome. Thanos wants something and faces obstacles (driving the plot), but his choices are rendered meaningless due to his madness. tomBitonti - two points here, culling works because itís highly controlled, with the decision on how much to cull based on the particular needs of each population and itís resources. Second, animals need to be culled because they donít have the human capability of reason to find solutions to the problems facing them. Rational beings understand you canít snap your fingers and make everything happy ever after. Problems have solutions and there will always be new problems to solve.

Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

  • 06:59 PM - Deuce Traveler mentioned Ryujin in post "Bright" on NetFlix (Spoilers)
    Ryujin , yeah I never watched Kindred, but I heard it was more of a mafia crime drama then horror or sci-fi. The Midnight campaign setting also had a low budget movie made that wasn't highly regarded. The second D&D movie was alright despite being made for cable, and it is better than its much high-budget predecessor, but it isn't good. These add to my original point, that there doesn't seem to be much out there for successful films based upon RPGs. Bright comes out looking good. So does the first Underworld.

Thursday, 21st December, 2017

  • 01:02 AM - pukunui mentioned Ryujin in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    Ryujin: I was referring to his conclusion that the article stated that those with negative opinions don't exist. *That* is hyperbole, especially given that the article's author states on several occasions that he is not trying to invalidate legitimately negative opinions. He is merely trying to show that the overall audience rating of the movie might actually be higher than the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest.

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Tuesday, 29th December, 2015

  • 04:41 PM - Mallus mentioned Ryujin in post Fury over Black Hermione Granger
    Are you speaking of the people that objected that caused the article in the OP in the first place or those that have made their comments in this thread? I can understand those that caused the article, but I think it's another thing entirely to say this applies to the people in this thread. Oops... let me clarify: I wasn't speaking about people in this thread. I meant the folks in the article. Also, Ryujin has it right. The article & the "furor" are just clickbait. Manufactured controversy, or, more accurately, a teeny-tiny bit of real and insignificant controversy blown up to drive page views and fuel the sort of tweets that drive the current culture-war-as-sport online. I still don't like the change though. :D That's totally fair. I should probably say I like remakes and reinterpretations. Any story or character worth telling once is worth telling again in a different way, while exploring different things. My favorite version of King Lear has samurai in it, my favorite version of The Tempest is set on Altair IV. I'm totally cool with the next Bond being black, or queer, or female. Or in 20 years being a lesbian of color (though she'll probably always have to be from the UK -- I have my limits). Don't get me wrong, I like canon well enough. I'm a lifelong Trekkie enamored of the idea Federation universe being a real thing; a real future history. But in the end it's all fiction...

Monday, 2nd November, 2015

  • 02:45 PM - Mercurius mentioned Ryujin in post So I finally saw the Fantastic Four...
    @Ryujin, just because a sexy nerdgirl says something doesn't make it so ;). Seriously though, I did finally watch her review and basically agree. The biggest problem is after "one year later" and the insertion of a big blockbuster style monster fight onto what was more of what was a pretty good if flawed Ang Leeish approach to the Fantastic Four. If the first part had continued it could have been a pretty good film, but given the totality of it I think it becomes "OK." But here's the thing: it is not nearly as bad as people say, which is mainly based upon nerdrage and disappointment. I think if people were able to approach the movie more impartially and without expectations, it would rank higher than the lower tier comic movies like Catwoman, Batman & Robin, Spawn, Superman IV, Ghost Rider, Elektra, etc...it is better than all of those, in my opinion. It is more along the lines of films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Batman Forever, Amazing Spiderman 2, the earlier Fantastic Four movies, Hulk...

Wednesday, 14th October, 2015

  • 02:53 PM - Kramodlog mentioned Ryujin in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    Wow, you will stretch and pick at anything to argue with me. I'm flattered. LOL. Where did you get so many straws from? It isn't always about you, princess. It was a response to Ryujin's post. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?466530-Christian-Persecution-vs-Persecuted-Christians/page27&p=6730733&viewfull=1#post6730733

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015

  • 11:43 PM - Sadras mentioned Ryujin in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    @goldomark sadly I had a full reply, but it got lost in the submission. I will answer back when I have time available. But I will address one of your's and @Ryujin's comments: As @Ryujin said, there are lots of Imams and Muslims who spoke on such matters. But as you said to him, there aren't enough for you. There will never be enough for you. Very dramatic. You know the people who are lumping Muslims together don't listen to NPR ;) The Muslims of Turkey need to acknowledge the Armenian Persecution and make reparations. The Muslims of Egypt need to acknowledge the injustices against the Copts and make reparations. The Muslims of Pakistan and Bangladesh need to acknowledge their atrocities against the Hindu and Shieks and make reparations...list goes on, including the 200 or so girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria. At least the memes with the ridiculous Michelle Obama were funny. This is very much similar to how South Africa acknowledged the atrocities under the Apartheid Regime, established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and began making reparations, as in post Nazi Germany...etc. Feel free to keep on enjoying your handful of Im...
  • 11:42 PM - Sadras mentioned Ryujin in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
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  • 04:58 PM - Kramodlog mentioned Ryujin in post Christian Persecution vs Persecuted Christians
    ...ecause you moved away from it. You might want to ask the Arabs of Palestine how they felt when the Jews started settling in now, Israel. Do you consider that Western countries are being colonized by Muslims? You mentioned I was generalising about said Muslim world but then never provided any information that I was inaccurate after several posts.I need to prove that Muslims countries apply Islamic principales differently and that their are differences in interpretation of the Qur'an depending on which branch of Islam we are talking about? Really? Christianity has through various religious figureheads like the Pope and other religious leaders spoken about its wrongdoings and apologised. That is a fact! In fact the Pope even apologised to the Christian Orthodox Church for the Schism. Please can you point me to a large body of the Islam world that has accepted the Armenian Plight, The Copts of Egypt, The Zoroastrians Persecution, The atrocities in the Hindu Kush valley....As Ryujin said, there are lots of Imams and Muslims who spoke on such matters. But as you said to him, there aren't enough for you. There will never be enough for you. One could have easily laughed at the Palestinian 'Jewophobes' in 1935-1945 in Palestine, saying that their fears were irrational. Hindsight. So, if you compare Europe to Palestine, is it because you believe Muslims are organized in the colonisation of Europe, like Jews were organized in the colonization of Palestine? Do you think that entire European Governments exaggerate the influence of Islam in their countries by altering the immigration policies? You do know it is really in an attempt to preserve their culture and heritage.Unlike you, I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories. I'm not sure what is that "entire European Governments" you are talking about, but I do know that it is some politicians and political parties that exagerate the influence of Islam in Europe. Islamophobia pays. As for manipulating immigratio...

Tuesday, 25th August, 2015

  • 06:29 AM - Scorpio616 mentioned Ryujin in post "I choose you, .22!"
    ..or in this case, a 12 gauge and an AR-15 being brought into a Pokemon tournament. https://games.yahoo.com/news/boston-police-thwart-possible-shooting-pokemon-game-competition-235530158.htmlThe guns were not on them. Ryujin A responsible gun owner in this day and age really needs to be familiar with the various states laws when traveling cross country. Massachusetts is really fussy about how one carries their legally owned guns in a vehicle. These two sound like they either were planning something, or they are just really stupid, don't get how unfunny their 'jokes' are the authorities and failed to grasp just how seriously authorities would take the situation as presented. Janezic said the lanky Norton, today wearing a camouflage style T-shirt and black and lime-green shorts, had recently been blocked from an online Pokemon forum and allegedly said of the moderator who refused to let him back in, ďOh, OK, thatís fine. I will just shoot him Friday, thanks.Ē 69922

Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

  • 03:10 PM - DMMike mentioned Ryujin in post Why do Crossbows Suck?
    Because the crossbow got banned in real life for being way over-powered... "...as well as slings and bows..." Looks like that was just early gun-control. Goes to my point on prevalence of crossbows though: crossbows, being easy to use and produce, made gun control necessary (in some eyes). Cheers to Ryujin for the video. The end of the video really made it worthwhile.

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Monday, 24th June, 2019

  • 06:09 PM - MarkB quoted Ryujin in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    From the commentary on Nerdist News it sounds like those additional scenes are just getting tacked on the end, as stingers. They aren't dropping them into the appropriate parts of the movie. Makes sense. That way they can still release the original version on Blu-ray / streaming, and then sell the Special Definitive Edition later, with all the deleted scenes added back in.

Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 03:34 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ryujin in post NBA 2019 Championship
    I would have to leave for work as soon as I got home from work? I'm in the downtown core and drive down to the lakeshore, past Scotiabank Arena, to get out of town at the end of the day. 401 is well to the north. Aaaaaaand, now there's been a shooting right in front of the university where I work. That's half a block north of where the unofficial celebrations had started and where the celebrations will be taking place on Monday, in Yonge-Dundas Square. You've won a basketball championship, AND you have a shooting? Welcome to the US, Toronto!

Monday, 10th June, 2019

  • 06:31 PM - billd91 quoted Ryujin in post IN REMEMBRANCE--2019 AD
    Gene Wilder is reported to have died as the result of complications of Alzheimer's :( https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37248049?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR1SGvo7_DzAzDFheYi7T-gqVvoo1zSKLhLQQwvtad2JxgMKNhlEyg4GUxE Psst. Check the date on that article.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019

  • 03:19 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ryujin in post John Wick 3- Should You See It?
    OK, finally saw it. As much plot as an '80 Schwarzenegger movie, but with far better fight choreography. Switched my brain off and enjoyed it very much. Plot is just an impediment to John Wick's awesomeness, in much the same way that scenery is an impediment to Nic Cage's teeth.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019

  • 07:02 PM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted Ryujin in post STAR TREK: PICARD Official Trailer
    Given the way things ended, Data would be unlikely. Nah, the novel or comics and the game already have found ways for Data to return. He basically takes over B4 thanks to B4 having gotten his... data transfer.

Saturday, 25th May, 2019

  • 12:07 AM - MarkB quoted Ryujin in post The future of SF, life extension, and other "surprise technologies"
    The problem is that science fiction always shoots for the highest expression of a given technology rather than two factors that truly determine what gets created; ubiquity and marketability. Communications technology is ubiquitous. Personal, relatively inexpensive communication is marketable. What is in general use never remotely approaches the *possible* technologies. It's a lot easier to predict a particular technology than it is to consider and explore all the secondary ramifications of that technology. Plus, in many cases, that isn't even the goal. For many science fiction works, the objective is to examine the modern condition through the lens of a different setting, and introducing too many new factors is not merely irrelevant, it's detrimental and distracting. In a lot of stories, particularly short stories, the ideal is to introduce only one major new element, leaving everything else largely as-is, in order to focus upon how that single element would influence and change us.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 02:34 AM - Nellisir quoted Ryujin in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    The merging of the two might have been a bit of fan service to comic readers who remember "Smart Hulk." Oh, yeah, totally. I don't MIND that they were merged. I just don't think it was handled all that well. And most of the smart Hulk incarnations (I think there's a "Professor Hulk", and Joe Fixit, and the Maestro, and...others?) took on aspects of Hulk's personality. I didn't really see that. It was Hulk body and Banner mind. Potent, but...man. It would've been great to see Banner get really really angry. :) I suspect Ruffalo has fun with the Hulk and he might turn up a few more times.

Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019

  • 12:31 AM - Zardnaar quoted Ryujin in post Star Trek Discovery not getting any better I fear.
    That would be "Battlestar Galactica" and "Galactica 1980." The original was very much a creature of its time and the esthetic shows it. Remember, this was the end of the disco era and that doesn't age well. It was pretty great at the time. FOr sure I liked it as a kid but don't remember much until I rewatched it around 2008. Of Galactica 1980 I remember flying bikes and super jumps, that is about it.

Monday, 22nd April, 2019

  • 10:07 PM - Zardnaar quoted Ryujin in post Star Trek Discovery not getting any better I fear.
    If you're talking about the 2005 BSG reboot series then it had four seasons, not one. The BSG reboot spin-off prequel series, "Caprica", had only one season. No the original BSG, it had 1 season and a follow up season with different characters and a different setting. It wasn't good, rewatched it a few years back.

Friday, 19th April, 2019

  • 01:33 AM - CapnZapp quoted Ryujin in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    The cast change is really the only thing that occasionally jars me. The original actress brought a life to her character that her replacement lacks, IMHO. It feels like there's a hole in the cast.Not to mention she's boringly competent with no real weakness. (Attraction to Moclans doesn't count) To be fair, there might be an ep centered on her that attempts to rectify this.

Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 10:43 PM - CapnZapp quoted Ryujin in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    It has been watered down a fair bit from season 1, but I recall an awful lot of complaints about its tenor.Yes the critical premiere reviews were scathing. The change in direction is consistent with what one would do to please those critics. Trouble is, the audience liked what was there. They don't seem to like what the critics made the show into.

Sunday, 7th April, 2019

  • 05:16 AM - Deset Gled quoted Ryujin in post Joker Teaser Trailer
    After Leto's horrible take on The Joker I think that having someone like Phoenix play him could be a balm for the soul. To give credit where credit is due, I actually thought Jared Leto did a really good job as an actor in that role. It was the way the character was written/conceived/directed in Suicide Squad was absolutely terrible. Leto did an impressive job considering what he was given.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019

  • 07:59 PM - Umbran quoted Ryujin in post What do you call it when...
    And a useful tactic is to remove references to your own post, clump together all of the responses from the Fisker (at which point they will generally look like disconnected nonsense), and then respond to that whole. Because, of course, when someone does a thing that you feel removes meaning, the proper response is to... reply in kind! The "I" in internet actually stands for "eye for an eye" don'cha know! And we wonder why we can't have nice things. :/

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 05:46 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Ryujin in post The Twilight Zone (2019 version)
    "Producer" generally translates to "guy who put money up to make the show." "Executive Producer" can mean either "guy who put up the most money", or "guy we paid to use his name." While true to some extent, it is still a business risk to attach his name to the product this way.

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019

  • 11:45 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Ryujin in post Deadly Class - SyFy channel
    *Potential* formidable assassins, which isn't the same thing as warriors. The one who is their best fighter generally gets her ass handed to her by either multiple opponents, people who have already graduated from the same school, or actual mature warriors. They're screw-ups because they're half-baked. Spoiler: The headmaster of the school sent her to guard his family and seemed to believe she would be sufficient to protect them from very dangerous assassins (he was expecting the Guild), but she was busy ignoring him and getting beat up by random hillbillies.

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Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 08:01 PM - Zardnaar quoted Ryujin in post Star Trek Discovery not getting any better I fear.
    Yeah, I skipped the last few seasons of "X-Files" and didn't bother with the second of the new seasons. "Lost" was also one of the shows that suffered from this. By the third episode I already thought that I had figured out what was going on (proved to be right at the end of the series) and, with all of the crap going on circling, but not actually touching on that premise, I tired and stopped watching early in the second season. I gave up at the end of season 1 of lost. Star of season 3 for Prison Break. Some shows are really only good for a season or 2.
  • 02:24 AM - Hussar quoted Ryujin in post Star Trek Discovery not getting any better I fear.
    Perhaps the same reason that people fee the need to post positively about a programme in a thread that was clearly and decidedly negative about it ;) Fair enough. :D


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