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    Today, 04:09 AM
    It generally doesnt in 4e but they didnt lock down out of turn actions
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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    you forgot the quotes "meaningful" .... because who rolled highest initiative is to me not very meaningful
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    When you have 3,724 feats Still using Trumpish math is not impressive.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:21 PM
    Not convinced that it worked.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 07:00 PM
    And it's getting a second season. https://www.geek.com/television/love-death-robots-animated-adult-series-renewed-for-season-2-by-netflix-1791293/
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:31 PM
    A recent thread about Healer being too strong and Durable being too weak has me wanting to bump this thread for more breadth.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:24 PM
    Giving more is almost always better than Nerfing ... The flavors of those are obviously the same.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:14 PM
    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...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 11:18 AM
    Bad is different than trap though... trap is where something seems like it might be alright or has very compelling flavor AND is poor. Overly powerful is a form of Bad feat just as not so useful ones... arguably the overly powerful ones were often call feat taxes in 4e. and were often considered somewhat obvious 5e feat resources are arguably more expensive I am thinking what do they ...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 11:09 AM
    Really I have seen Umbrum warning people in the last several days.... and it must be "impossible" someone has had more than one account ?
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:19 AM
    Many of a themes effects were just power swaps.... not power upgrades but they might be represented in 5e as a type of 5e feat. Paragon paths might be a 5e feat as would Epic Destiny. Not sure if the 5e feat will convey them well. But they might be built that way.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:52 AM
    The character class descriptions were for me quite evocative
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:47 AM
    I love that Elfcrusher still gets to have fun with his e-war...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:45 AM
    I had an idea of using checks to enable maneuvers you forfeit an attack from your attack action to effectively have another superiority die for your next attack..... basically with the die as a damage boost on the next action its putting all your eggs in one basket with interesting effect being one of them. The skill check might not even be a hard one (or if it was add the WIS or INT or CHA also...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:37 AM
    I found the game didnt do justice to Vances flavor but reading Vance helped D&D feel a little better it was still the part of the system most often hacked back then. Not ironically my favorite edition people often think removed Vancian is actually functionally closer in terms of use frequency to Vance and makes flavor completely adjustable. Also pretty sure I remember Vance also described in...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 09:41 PM
    I hope the Raptors win. Damned road closures for the "Jurassic Park" viewing parties are adding up to 40 minutes to my commute, so I want it to be over as soon as possible.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:28 PM
    If we were literally doing the holmes scene let him combine maneuvers better in some fashion the success of one feeding into the next
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:03 PM

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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 12:32 PM
    The cosmology, very clearly and cleanly adaptable but also closer out of the box to classic fantasy, the fae wild in particular is gorgeously presented. So many things though interact with the rules without being direct I could say getting to finally play characters able to do the job your archetype was described as doing all the way back in 1e or fulfilling the archetype profile described in...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:36 AM
    I couldn't decide if this was Wisdom or Intelligence secondary... decided intelligence as its so much about predicting and analysing but could be either.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:33 AM
    Wis as being steady perceptive it reacts more but does so by being aware and it might take longer on its attack for some benefit? I think of Int as being quick predictive thinking instead of reacting to an already occurring situation but it is highly analytical and preplanning too hmmmmm . So yeah there may be difficulty differentiating them in anything but a flavor fashion.. I was...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:19 AM
    Fun idea all around!!!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:17 AM
    And he uses it in combat for? I mean in 4e the answer would be quick thinking predictive defenses that avoid attacks including a significant 1/3 of saving throws (core combat elements) And this thread has been largely pointing out ways to give even more.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 05:52 AM
    I do agree the higher levels are much more sane than in other versions of the game and with better balance. The paragon paths and epic destinies also allow player influence and investment in the story.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 04:06 AM
    I never understood this one - We have done that in many versions of D&D why did it magically become impossible ... because combat was actually interesting instead of beating on bags of boring hit points? A good skill challenge chase scene could be in your sequence there ;)
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 03:45 AM
    I definitely like that 5e made a dex based fighter a standard thing although in 4e I would use a Rogue (lots of dangerous ripostes etc) or Ranger class for that. Still bet your fighter has Int as a justified dump stat.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 03:41 AM
    Not sure how that relates to an Int encouraged fighter? Unless you think it could be readily reflavored in some fashion? I am actually thinking justifying a decent secondary Intelligence is the target . And having it feel like the highly defended analytical kind of scary Thibault fencer. Where analysis of battlefield pattern and steadfast discipline is seen as key perhaps more than nimble...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:10 AM
    A rogue bloodying enemies ought to be fairly frequent
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:06 AM
    The Shadowy Rogue build gets a fair share of powers with Int riders and feats too. I made this one a big fan of Corellion with some feat selections and took Swashbuckler and some others to emphasize fencing instead of assassin options. A background that gave him history skill. ====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ====== Adiah, level 12 Deva, Rogue, Rakish...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 11:48 PM
    Using that technique is one of the features of my 5e hacks... things like a Battle Ready class feature for fighters (to give them decent initiative even if they want a mental stat as secondary and strength as primary)
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 08:05 PM
    Freeing up the flavor is perhaps the goal, ie my character uses predictive intellect and quick thinking for initiative.... his uses perceptual acuteness... and she physically reacts faster. Heroes play to their strengths. 4e did say divorce the mechanics from flavor as long as the mechanics work flavor is yours.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:45 PM
    That is a wicked amount of bonus might undermine almost completely focus fire temptations
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:38 PM
    4e achieved closer to balanced stats I think (and it may have been a subtle goal not fully achieved) , yes Dex was a bit super but by enabling other attributes to steal from it... it became less of a super stat. Intelligence allowed fast predictive thinking to do many defensive things that Dexterity normally did. Wisdom was easy to supplant initiative and so on. (since 4e had mini-feats in...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:22 PM
    Note this does not necessarily take complex mechanics either... if you weren't attacked last round you gain a bonus this round (could be bonus damage if that is easier and you are playing to the bounded accuracy gods - note this would reward both surprise and initiative situations too)
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 03:37 PM
    I keep prodding him to fully develop HoML but I also hand him ideas that have him rewriting things every time he turns around so its partly my fault.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 12:25 AM
    And raise the dead at 8th... has always made me feel all the D&D deadliness was undermined
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:38 PM
    Yeh the Ease of DMing 4e is one of those hard to over emphasize things. They did have some really good and interesting guidelines in the DMG and DMG2 (the latter is my second favorite D&D Book)
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:26 PM
    Did not realize you weren't aware that hit points started higher but didnt progress at anything like the rate they did in AD&D or even in 3e or 5e. (some people just fail to notice it especially while complaining 4e is about superheros and no other edition had anything like that. ) 10th or 11th level is call Paragon level in 4e and yeh if you took a paragon path that would be the time you...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:16 PM
    I was being a bit facetious about other damage sources but basically using them as a measure is highly erratic and if you compare a superhero to a super villain attacks of course you do not see any advancement and the superhero is just the same as the joe blow? right? He must not really be a superhero. Hence it does not make sense to measure the advancement in terms of those. Hard to...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:06 PM
    Um ... are you kidding? In 1e - if you have starting hit points at 5 which is normal for a guardsman then at 12th level and that becomes 58 you are approx 11 times as robust as you began. IN 4e - if you have starting hit points of 22 and this is normal for a standard guardsman but the at 12th level that becomes 82 you are only approx 4 times as robust as you began.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 07:51 PM
    How else CAN you compare it? ALSO lets compare advancement... The AD&D fighter you mention is 11 or more times as hard to kill as he was when he started at level 1. You never reach 11 times as hardy in 4e.... and only ever reaching twice after a significant number of levels.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 07:15 PM
    Unless you were a spell caster... The fighting mans hit points were actually pretty darn super heroic.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:14 AM
    If I get reasonable details I will start a new thread - I remember there was a feat that contributed and his subclass or oath? and they were 3 levels higher.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 06:12 AM
    I said what I meant.... keeping optimizations from creating things like instant party death spirals (per the anecdote), is to keep things from becoming not fun, it's not praying to a non D&D god or whatever there are very real values involved. I have been putting some thought into techniques to fight party death spiral effects even when there isn't party ability disparity, and which also...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 06:02 AM
    I prefer solid foundations for modding with instead of having to shore it up before building off of it.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 03:58 AM
    My son seemed to be able to accidentally optimize a Paladin for his first character enough to defeat enemies which were designed for a full party several levels higher by himself ... which either defeats the fun of optimizing or just seems mildly like they reduced the character balance significantly from 4e. (or designed for a full party 3 levels higher doesn't mean the same thing when you can...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 01:09 AM
    Making the game mechanics so optimization has only a limited impact seems important for the sake of fun doesnt it?
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:56 AM
    which for me means it has responses just like a mind a simple one that can be tricked even easier. Those with fewer self preservation instincts can be covered by describing hit points / defenses differently (ie not as responsive maneuvering but rather as regen or similar) etc. yes they likely thought of skeletons or magically grabbing trees or the like as possessed by daemons/spirits and...
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:37 PM
    Not the first time I've been caught like that. I blame lack of sleep. ... and a general inability to keep up with pop culture, on my part.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:07 PM
    DOH! (Again)
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 03:04 PM
    Analyze the concept of mindless creature? even a puppet has something pulling its strings ... is it programmed behavior how smart is the program, anything with motivations/goals or is controlled by something with those has something like a mind. Anything that wants to eat/kill and not die/continue and recognize threats and barriers to those can be tricked. I just do not understand the meaning...
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Oh no I just think if one wanted a way to reduce the dominance of focus fire... that kind of thing might help.
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 10:19 PM
    Then they got an upgrade in essentials ville.
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 10:08 PM
    Battle Ready might also be a Warlord ability
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 09:53 PM
    Heck even ignoring hp oddities, attacks against an enemy tend to disrupt their attacks against you... ie you might have better effective armor class against any enemy you are attacking. So someone making broad sweeping attacks with a chance of hitting multiple enemies would be better defended from those enemies too. Basically enemies not threatened have a significant advantage. So you want...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 09:37 PM
    Almost thinking for a good defender it needs something for its armor perhaps gaining this as an armor option w ...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 09:28 PM
    An idea first considered with a 5e context Battle Ready (new class feature - in 4e delete Wary Fighter - add Instinctive Fighter for CON initiative) Many combatants are forced to react to a situation for the Fighter it really is just part of the plan and often at the forefront of their thoughts a fighter may use any mental stat for initiative Intelligence / Wisdom / Charisma instead of...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 09:19 PM
    OK a couple of thoughts one was expanding Combat Agility to allow you to shift to exploit opportunity attacks options if they are in Dex Mod range not just if they are adjacent. And the other is a preemptive knock down if they do it while adjacent... the latter is weird I made it based on Int so the prediction and quick thinking get in the picture but perhaps it needs to be the damage mod...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 09:11 PM
    Yeah its not about being overpowered "exactly" there arent a bunch of things that explicitly induce surprise and I just think we need to be aware that it restricts what might be the broadest strategic option from being in the DM arsenal. And it might have been why its initial incarnation in 4e wasn't such huge thing. Players could likely gain surprise via other strategic choices I already...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Although the using intellect in place of Wisdom for powers seems like it might work mechanically in a broad sort of way... without as much baggage as Dex. Conceptually its a bit like predictive mental precision replacing perception
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Yeh but I am thinking those are mostly geared for tempest builds two weapon requirements .... or maybe brawler? and have grapples around them? (well that is one handed of a sorts) Yes I was thinking the one handed emphasis ... could be a good addition but I am thinking we may need new powers not just adopting the dex ones.
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 04:59 PM
    I never did as the useless thief of AD&D was my introduction to that archetype. Rogues are now fully fight worthy and so I can shift based on that... AND It is possible to do a smart rogue in 4e and it generally comes off as ninja like (shadowy rogue) I would say that is stylistic rather different than a fencing master with unusually high survivability ;) and a measure of cold calculating...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 04:36 PM
    Perhaps have Combat Accuity instead of Combat Agility? but looking at Dex powers they do not seem too prevalent do you have a nice high dex fighter build this converts? (Rangers yes) The tempest fighter being two weaponed may be somewhat problematic (though I guess the maine gauche and rapier fits)
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 03:49 PM
    Someone was complaining that modern D&D undermines Strategic choices entirely and the advancing ease of preventing surprise seemed symptomatic of it. A warlord in 4e could get the party so it fairly reliably had initiative over the bad guys every encounter... if surprise was still an option this could allow one to up the conflict difficulty due to situational factors fairly easily. Rituals being...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 03:36 PM
    Definitely some interesting thoughts there +1s are probably not much needed in most contexts but there seems to be a call for +1 per tier type bonuses. (a bonus that is always on seems a different thing... situational ones of +2 could be minimum) The thing I thought about 20 / 20 hindsight wise for 4e was making all powers "feats" a normal spell is a ritual and you can know it and spend...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 01:37 PM
    yeh I like that concept really would have been better even even without adjusting the feat scale.
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 06:25 AM
    only if well and thoroughly done I think it has potential...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 02:07 AM
    And you know my opinion of making the Monk a psionic class too... for anyone else I think making "the martial artist" class not martial was idiotic and undermined the premise of martial pushing the boundaries heck I think the entire idea of it being a source has monk written on it. Sure trying to come up with details I hadnt thought of swapping out Dex but yes it does make sense for the...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 08:40 PM
    Swordmages did THAT better ;) Their magic is part of their swordplay integrated with their magic not something pasted on where your magic is just like everyone else's and a selection of spells not even unique to your class. My swordmage dances through complex martial steps and weapon slices then throws his blade and it shatters in in a flurry of shards cutting the enemy to ribbons then...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 07:04 PM
    5e is a million miles from doing anything like this... 4e tends to shunt smart fighter to being a Warlord or maybe a reflavored Swordmage (which is very much still an option) but i think there is a case for making it functional for a Intelligent Fighter/Defender. In 4e out of the box you can build a Str / Wizdom / Int Fighter ... the int is important for keeping light ac/reflex defenses up...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 03:25 PM
    Nyah the original might have been a night druid though... this one was a blood Wright manipulating both blood and leaking her vampiric needs to the party
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 12:34 PM
    Ryujin replied to THE SWAMP THING
    It's a funding thing, apparently. The State of North Carolina was supposed to put up thirty-something million in tax rebates for the production, whose total budget for the season was around $80M. During production The State said, "Whoops! Paperwork error. Here's $14M instead." That's one story. Another is that the production expected the same support for the series as they got for the pilot...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 10:48 AM
    4e is a very Team Oriented Edition and the Warlord is a very adaptable class which very much highlights it. I like how roles work to create a very team play system and I like how ability interactions key off of each other... (very like the source which inspired Arneson the US military four man fire team) .
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 10:30 AM
    Can be done fairly well usually as source is more meta flavor AND its really the powers you reflavor I turned a hybrid divine character (both divine) into a blood manipulating vampire
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:40 AM
    So in 4e we have an Inherent Bonuses rule 5e has since the beginning talked the talk of magic item bonuses being "not needed" is that actually true and How?
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:25 AM
    Though that isnt where I am thinking about too much... i am concerned how much is +3 added to non-proficient activity Intimidate or Deception use for my Chosen one I have using in my example. I guess it does make her as able as someone with basic proficiency in say Heroic from the default rules. Which hmmmm .
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:19 AM
    That is a very interesting concept by the way... the choices path that creates is intriguing not certain yet on the levels but... the concept is rather cool. So the idea is that each tier choice is its own well class for that level range?
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 12:01 AM
    Oh no you now wont get to read as much that ones arrogant self serving lies and ignorant expletive of your choice Interestingly people quote them anyway so we are not immune
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:50 PM
    The number of things this comes into in 4e was pretty extensive too....
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:41 PM
    I dont it is exactly what I have been complaining ie about 5e having no accounting for general confidence, competence and actual bread of experience. When I was a kid I learned bursty and a lot in a given area but over time I have learned that the experience of my life all contributes to confidence, competence and general adaptability which I can bring to the table even when the field isn't...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:34 PM
    Martial effects can have key words many have fear for instance. (though the bard was initially entirely arcane they introduced the skald and really its always been a very mixed class) There has also discussion that the Intimidate combat use (which for its most intense incapacitating effects requires a bloodied enemy) could in general have been replaced by something like that with a fear key...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:19 PM
    General Proficiency which affects all d20 checks? (what about AC)?
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:15 PM
    You mean grant a general proficiency bonus -- not tied just to things you are explicitly proficient in?
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 01:24 PM
    I thought an idea Tony had was interesting One didnt make minions / standards / elites perse... The situation of outlevelling enemies allowed you to take unusually risky moves with minions you could easily generate 4x damage with extreme variants of your moves
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 06:54 AM
    Like this?? 1-4 student + 0 5-10 heroic +1 11 - 15 paragon +2 16- 20 epic +3 That is actually far closer to what i was thinking than I thought you were. Not sure its enough though really.
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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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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
  • 01:33 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Ryujin in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    Some North Americans are familiar with Red Dwarf. A few of us were unfortunate enough to have seen the two separate attempts at Americanizing the series (one of which had Jane Leeves as Holly). Somehow missed that.


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