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    Today, 02:21 AM
    Always remember never bother saving the bar maid just the princess because greed is good
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Sure but dont you figure it actually didn't require as much skill or art because EL delivered..
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    Yesterday, 03:36 PM
    I have heard DMs say in 4th they can go full out.... also a level +4 encounter is an acceptable encounter in 4e. Th DM has so much control over how dangerous things are by RAW the comparisons fail
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:51 PM
    Rubs off was also used in the same sentence if you are going there
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 03:16 PM
    Noteworthy difference ... you opt in to the extra hd based healing
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:46 PM
    I love Mikes work even the times I disagreed with details the fresh eyes on the game and how it can invoke heroic archetypal characters is right up my alley
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:12 PM
    Sounds like some very similar rule idea.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:01 AM
    Healing Surges the 5e variant rule should be called Second Wind. Ok not a big deal right? nothing to get teary or sniffles over however once you notice that it implements something rarely ever actually used it kind of becomes annoying (SW was kind of a back up thing not the meat of HS use). Second Winds were rarely ever used in my experience unless your party lacked the leader class or were...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:45 AM
    Offhand Commands is going to be a build choice feature or actually just a class feature that has no impact unless you are a beastmaster if you have 1 hand free you may more adeptly command your beast companion, your attacks gain a tier scaling bonus to damage of +2 +3, +4. Inherently Endowed as you level your awesome rubs off on your beast and they gain effective inherent bonuses (equal to...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 12:57 AM
    How about recommended I mean trust your players to be thematic and give them an extra if you want
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:41 PM
    My pedantic complaints are really old and while I can express them I am over the majority of them...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:15 PM
    I might have to build that group as a D&D party
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:45 PM
    Has anyone investigated this.... the idea of "courtly intrigues" has me wondering about whether it might be a flavor of Martial Practices.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:42 PM
    There are very few elements in 4e that have flavor so far knocked down that you cannot shake them up. Dispel Magic and Martial Practices vs Rituals are ones so far I have seen brought up. MP and R are generally fixed by giving MP sufficient support or allowing extremely liberal reflavoring of rituals. So do we create zones with a different flavor we call them areas of influence and allow...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:55 PM
    Yay give me some swordmage please
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:14 PM
    It isny exactly a house rule but my daughter liked the option of turning potential enemies into allies
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:08 PM
    The power if it is working on top of the Battlemaster needs to be different. Come and get it for 5e.Battlemaster
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:10 PM
    Completely a better thread
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:06 PM
    Oh I quite agree about using the secondary as build / design dependent - remember the Fighter is the ultimate tough guy, in 4e they most definitely had builds that made CON their secondary (featured a lot of temporary hit points and bold fearless attacks in 4e it was almost a different rout to striker roll too)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 12:53 PM
    Or a few years back 6 texas rangers hiyo hiyo rode in the sun (The lone ranger) or Walker Texas Ranger. But no I think the Fantasy Ranger Aragorn is likely to be much more broadly associated even with those around the earlier times, the movies were astoundingly popular AND received 17 Academy Awards,
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:13 AM
    Did I mention I think this has a lot of cool stuff in it... regardless of whether it is "the ranger to me"
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:37 AM
    Come and Get it Is not a Lazylord maneuver unless he can make an ally into the bait and trap so it remains a secondary for the style of character likely to use it, and might be a tertiary for the tough guy who really wants as many as possible next to him ;) The problem of compound rolling needs addressed in your design it is a classic one in D&D basically you end up hiding cool effects behind...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:26 AM
    "Promise" === Oath and he didnt break the promise (ie for an all knowing entity he would personally have been seen to have done no wrong and not at all been disobedient, nevertheless it precipitated his fall and he didnt lose his power over a his own act it was not a lie nor an act he performed, but rather the arbitrary ritual condition being broken - however it was brought about by conflict with...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:35 AM
    I do not see them the same at all. The Oath Bound hero had Oaths to Royalty as often as the divine and were often weird and arbitrary ok its not overly consistent with D&Ds paladin but the idea of a fighter who gains power via oath goes back to Cu Culaine and Samson and even the concept of Conflicting Oaths such as culaines totemic vs his hospitality ... like Lancelot's Oaths to King and Queen ...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:21 AM
    Them are hunters and that is obviously Legolas not Aragorn. :)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:42 PM
    Balance your cool as a smallish component of an attack that is still badass like they did on the maneuvers now. But treat them as forgo an attack and do a roll maybe even an easy one to put your eggs (the benefit of 1 of those attacks in a basket with the other subsequent one this latter to be truly balanced may take extra to hit on the combined basket - then tweak to fit) Scanning for...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:03 PM
    I think for most people outside of our circle ranger means movie Aragorn ;)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 08:20 PM
    Garthanos replied to OSR Gripes
    I am DM C which is a little like A in that I am fond of making my own stuff however I like have a game system that creates solid reliable foundations so when I change its bits and pieces, I can predict the results and make fewer errors up front.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:58 PM
    Unless one is doing a Hiawatha (or Steppe Nomad Archer) stunt of the snapshot archer barrage in which case totally its dex.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:34 PM
    Dex the uberstat... if strength can share its stuff let Wis,Int,Cha and occasionally Con steal some of Dex stuff (forethought fast decisive or even instinctive thinking and spirited eagerness sound like a foundation of initiative if you weren't surprised more than reflexes)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:29 PM
    Garthanos replied to OSR Gripes
    Changing the rules was definitely a part of the experience I think renovating the spell casting system seemed to be par for the course unless you were at a convention or just starting out with a newbie DM of course that is an anecdote not data.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:32 PM
    Yeh its a hilarious me too I also like Paladins with old school flavor which I think are prominently on lowkeys negative list
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:24 PM
    I do think might have beens are in there... its potentials lost and never experienced not just putting rosey eyed glasses on some experience you did have. Beyond nostalgia elements however my experience has been that games have been improved in some fundamental ways but things were also lost in the trade. I like the feel of simultaneity of action in 1e yes it was all dm adjudicated with all...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:26 PM
    I think he even said it was a bad idea... :p I know people normally mean the opposite when they say that, but in this case I am thinking it is actually face value LOL
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:20 PM
    I thought I would say I like this much better than the other one which was just dissing although there were informative bits brought out by people on it too.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:18 PM
    I think the groups should be different entirely myself End Balanced weapons like axes and hammers are used very similar 1handed are pretty similar 1handed endbalanced has 2 similarities. Not certain exactly what ones to have but you could have thrusting vs slashing (a lot of weapons have a primary and secondary though many could and would use all three so it was even more how you used a weapon...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 11:55 AM
    That is very nice... I was still thinking a minor action un-related but this is better its like the after effect in that ti can be customized to the specific muli-round action. I like it. And of course given my purview for for martial equity now I am trying to think of something interesting for martial during the initial stages of a multi-part combo.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:52 AM
    I have a character built on battle rager vigor his temporary hit points are a blessing of Baccus he is a priest of Baccus. He imbibes a swig after a successful hit his magic looks like he is very drunk. He is also a ritual caster and the form his comrades succor and other rituals ... look like heavy duty parties.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:10 AM
    Both good now I want to dig through my library
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 03:02 AM
    Now that is brass tacks you got there
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 01:21 AM
    Quite honestly this is the first time I have heard 5e feats balanced things instead of imbalancing.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 01:02 AM
    The thing is that when characters have excessive divergence of frequently used abilities my experience is that it makes the DMs job much much more problematic you end up pampering somebody and playing enemies in bad tactics ways ... it is a lot more work instead of fun. This happens even with beginning characters in old Stormbringer in spite of its interesting elements... The random character...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:37 AM
    I was fine up until book 10 I think it was after that my interest faded.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:35 AM
    And that is basically saying no balance at all in 99 out of a hundred tables ... all the way to first edition.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:42 PM
    I wasn't thinking this would be a part of Martial Power III, but it really works and letting a fighter have fencing support and a grim dark intelligence focused high survival one inspired from history is awesome sauce.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    It is a 4e encounter just a pretty cool one sorry you were asking for dailies and my brain skipped. Note since Charisma is at best a secondary attribute for the fighter or even worse if you want it to be at all effective it is likely Charisma + 2 or 3 even that and/or a proficiency bonus (not sure) especially since you made it a roll for every every taunting - they smashed it together in...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:02 PM
    I made a Peerless tracker martial practice where you can track the enemy and safely follow their path even taking short cuts that work for you instead of them it isn't instant teleport... but the main advantage of teleport isnt necessarily forestalling time passage, its often safe passage. Could add features to offset the Wizardly time thing like a big boost to surprise likelihood for the one...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:01 PM
    That lasting the encounter thought caught my eye. I was thinking a while back 4e had a number of abilities which maybe used against the heroic would be temporary but a lot of them like hamstring would make more sense at least for the rest of the encounter.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:08 PM
    yeh long rests being an hour is kind of weird feeling but the ability to vary rests with few impacts was something in 4e and challenging without over challenging That was commonly suggested on the forums for 4e. you might be able to ritualize some of the rest of the magic.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:22 PM
    This encourages mental secondaries like Wisdom was encouraged in 4e and gives battlemaster even more reason to use charisma as a solid second. Scan for openings might even be a better name it really puts more eggs in the basket if you succeed on the roll and makes it more interesting its not a power enhancement you could probably just make it an additional class feature or if a Feat allow them...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:06 PM
    using ones action surge on an ally would be a daily form of attack granting The idea I had for at-will maneuvers was to spend one of the fighters attacks and a skill or mental stat roll to make the follow up attack have a superiority die. (Then you have at-will of any maneuver you really want not so coincidentally at level 5) also add the mental stat bonus to the results. You are basically...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:02 PM
    I think Mearles actually said it was possible to make it work.. remember when a 4e Warlord does it that is his action fully spent if he had 3 attacks before ... all of those would go into it. The problem is he would need to have a really good reason to want to do that. Because the Battlemaster Chassis is striker so unless it was well outside his reach or the rogue was in a very sweet spot he is...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:36 PM
    Could have been either of us not something i would dispute much It's limited in how much Warlord it can be expected to present by being such a heavy striker. (Wasnt it you I recall who designed on a real class that might work?). The ranger in 4e could leverage feats to allow sacrificing its striker class feature to shore up partially other role support. The BO9S classes had one School which did...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:32 AM
    Battlemaster just feels like an "almost" to me it seems like it had more potential than was actually explored / I remember noticing when i first seen it that they had left out some of the stuff in the playtest that would have given it more pop.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:22 AM
    If might be seen to derive from the Book of Nine Swords classes (Swordsage etc) the maneuver sharing was more complete in that ... the most magical ones maneuvers were directly swappable with other maneuvers.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:08 AM
    My solution to the thread is don't play zeros... start at a slightly higher level then there is less inclination to front load the class; In general I think the first 4 levels were designed to draw out multi-classing as a multi-level resource expenditure and from a character design point of view making level 1 more feature heavy increases class dipping If nothing else its a potential...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:31 AM
    his father was a farmer and a heroic class soldier who used the heron marked blade and was known for never missing with a bow. Just saying that many of those in fiction who are pointed out as starting from zero really really weren't. I would never build them as level 1 - 1e,2e or 5e characters tbh. (less sure about 3e but problaby not there either) I guess that final is my point.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:52 AM
    Born to fullfill a prophecy is another background he has (His palms get brands in the shape of a heron that are the marks of the Dragon Reborn in the prophecies ) He is half Aielman in race. Definitely archery trained starting out at the very beginning and sword use too I may be squashing a few things together he got his first Heron marked blade from Tam (his dad), and he single...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:43 AM
    Yeh found exotic class swordsmanship and heirloom weaponry directly from the man who raised him that is so I repeat incredibly not starting at zero. And being a shepherd is not the foundation of his abilities. In 4e he might have had any number of backgrounds for flavor like shepherd (but flavor is all it is exotic birth story is probably more appropriate) Honestly he was more of a archer ranger...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:20 AM
    Handing out sweet saving throws to your allies and instant spending hd en-mass is pretty cool
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:49 AM
    I think abilities that potentially affect/enable the whole party are meat and drink for a warlord not seeing the Battlemaster really having any of those.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:22 AM
    Oh yes a very sweet trick I think it would involve granting an ally one of your superiority dice oror if there was a daily resource spent you and the ally get one more ... heck it could be even broader effect than that the ally could be situationally able to use any of your maneuvers This yes unfortunately possible
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:12 AM
    There is a Warlords warning shout that enables you to help an ally out of the area of an attack as a reaction. Rather like a perfect saving throw.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:04 AM
    Well you pegged that one.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:54 AM
    Oh and skill challenges (where you could spend a Healing surge as a resource to make the numbers become even more reliable).
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:47 AM
    The Wheel of Time series compared to The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant... To the Sword of Truth series. There is a lot of variation in fantasy fiction.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:22 AM
    Some classic Heroes had damn nasty dark ends Cu Cuhlaine was the archetypal oath bound hero killed because of conflicting oaths brought him down it was a death caught up in his identity not a random event of course but still very grim dark and a character who was very much of heroic scale. Beowulf might be a very dark variety of Warlord (sacrifices minion followers as part of gambits)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:15 AM
    I suspect this isnt doable in 5e Guileful switch
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:04 AM
    If your D&D is a magical world where the fighter or rogue or warlord is intrinsically boringly unable to trick enemies in halfway reliable ways (cause that is all it was originally half way reliable) then I think 5e already does that...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:53 AM
    Yes in making the move after the attack made it more powerful more likely to kill a party after you gave it to every NPC because you are such a sweet person and think your NPCs are precious and cannot be tricked by mere mundanes only godling mages get that. The swordmage could have a lightning leash and explicitly have it target reflexes instead of will. I also like Warlords whose...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:48 AM
    The farm boy luke skywalker was loaded with special talents even stepping off the farm his targeting ability was supernatural beyond anything duplicable by trained soldiers. And our buddy Rand al Thor was trained by a Legendary Swordmaster of a rare and extraordinary style which included mental development and self hypnosis techniques that strengthened his mind and using a heirloom weapon and...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:37 AM
    @Zardnaar Sorry about letting my stress get to me. I do think that realizing the answer to 4e fans is not deciding martial cannot do unlikely things is very important if you are trying to do a 4e quasi clone. And that is all a halfway reliable trick is slightly unlikely its the privilege of advancing your hero AND high level things are not going to be appropriate unless that happens. A...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:35 AM
    Right make it a lightning leash from a mage and you wouldn't blink twice but a very convincing trick and bring on the whine with all the trimmings. Not going to mention they changed it to address whiners and made it an attack against will before the move (a change which made it more powerful according to some Char op folk but is predictable in ad better at dealing damage sort of way)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:25 AM
    Ah you take the NPCs personally dont you... how much does it bother you when they die? The ability is not something easily repeatable and in practice its not likely to be used against the same enemies more than once. In 5e terms its about something you might be able to do once a short rest at 9th level.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:17 AM
    Some peoples idea of what makes something magical is either somewhere out there with the childhood card tricks or simply in the fighters cannot have nice things except damage and more damage category. Oh and should I be bothered by the mocking of those types?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:11 AM
    Yeh no its a combination mocking and trick where enemies see an apparently easy opening for a melee attack and are already damn near on top of you (10 bloody feat) oh my oh my how magical ... sigh
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:06 AM
    Wesley is an example of how heroic fiction often features super versatile characters
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:58 AM
    Garthanos replied to OSR Gripes
    Hmmmm I made up something called martial techniques effectively they were learnable if you could find a teacher and had the karma (sort of money in a different guise your teacher might send you on quest or task like Herakles was sent on to earn or prove your worth and gain the karma - insert more story beyond finding the teacher) for it, but under the hood they were pretty much the effects of...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:48 AM
    That would be reasonable except its a huge module. Show me the tactical AND heroic module for 5e. The latest edition is not feeling particularly heroic. I have mentioned in other threads that in the previous edition someone skilled can advance to a degree that the impossible is doable and with the right choices reliably.(its supported both by skill powers and by core numbers)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:37 AM
    Classic heroes in fiction/legend and myth are often broadly competent I wonder if there is a trope for it. I think getting virtually no advancement in things obviously central to adventuring makes no sense and further doesnt support the heroes of fiction well. Oh and remember wizards can change their specialization over night martial types are comparatively on lock down.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    saving throws have been mentioned but I am thinking even just the strong saving throws Con,Wis,Dex
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:46 AM
    Yeh I like the idea of people noting all the tid-bits and I will include them but honestly that is why anyone can potentially roll for most things. Also tib-bits reveal patterns from which other things can be generalized unless the skill is utterly insane ie you can generally learn from experience.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:32 AM
    And yet, for all of that, there was actually very little blood. I remember quite specifically a scene in which one of the "bloody" killings occurred; a single spot of blood, from a bullet wound, on an otherwise spotless Panama Suit. These days I'll take "Moonbeam City" ;)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:33 PM
    Thats Gilgamesh and his companion you are mixing up... they both do the long distance runner trope though so its a fair mix up.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:26 PM
    LOL because that was where "RANGER" came from silly ;)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:01 PM
    And one where my Aragorn isn't casting spells.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:56 PM
    Like how you cannot use Arcana to roll for sensing magic unless you are trained in it(4e). Alternatively we get the DM having sheets of paper with all that in character offhand knowledge of many characters written down for the special exceptions. Or players doing the same.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:49 PM
    For the fighter already mentioned is come and get it...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:45 PM
    While flukes can happen the d20 variation is the cause of that to happen a lot one system I was working on used progressively smaller die sizes if you wanted to be careful. D12+4, D10+5, D8+6, D6+7, d4+8 for instance as your base roll then add your bonuses. You wont perform worse than someone who is significantly less capable than you. Sort of bunks with classic critical hits though so it...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:30 PM
    I defeated him in World of Warcraft and he is now my pet.
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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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Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

  • 06:58 PM - lowkey13 quoted Ryujin in post Rewatching 80's Stuff
    I find that I have a heard time watching stuff from the '80s these days. Most of it just doesn't age well. The exception would be old action movies that are so kitschy that they have a certain charm, that bridges the gap for me. If I'm watching old stuff, it's generally back to the '50s and '60s. Agreed. The 80s is like the uncanny valley when it comes to nostalgia? I can watch Stark Trek (TOS), and for whatever reason, it feels less dated than TNG. But TNG is Shakespeare (and more late 80s, 90s) compared to the drek that we had in the 80s. Knight Rider? Air Wolf? Great in theory! Terrible to actually have to watch.
  • 12:10 PM - Zardnaar quoted Ryujin in post Rewatching 80's Stuff
    I find that I have a heard time watching stuff from the '80s these days. Most of it just doesn't age well. The exception would be old action movies that are so kitschy that they have a certain charm, that bridges the gap for me. If I'm watching old stuff, it's generally back to the '50s and '60s. The Highlander is action right? Married with Children episode 8. Poor Buck having to eat marshmellows. Still have a soft spot for Lamborghini Contact and MiG 29s.

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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