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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 AM
    Well as others as illustrating, it's difficult to build the traditional MMO tank/defender role in 5E. There isn't a simple "grab aggro" mechanic. But another way to be a "defender" is make a character that can soak a ton of damage, incredibly difficult to kill, and can offer some control to the battlefield. The halfling sword & board barbarian is one of those characters: AC: It's not too hard...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    Animated cleaning equipment?
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Coober Pedy
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    Stout halfling sword & board bear totem barbarian with the Shield Master feat.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 AM
    Tonight’s creation was a garlic sausage sandwich with sautéed onions and radish sprouts on toasted rosemary olive oil bread. Condiments were simple, just mayo and yellow mustard. Sides were moondrop grapes, carrots, Comte cheese, and pitted castelvetrano olives.
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:59 AM
    I haven't run Ghosts of Saltmarsh but I've done some brainstorming on a possible campaign. While I like "Sinister Secret", I don't really like "Danger" or "Final Enemy". The entire Danger module can basically be a single role-playing encounter, and The Final Enemy is a huge dungeon stocked with enemies that the players are supposed to avoid entirely. Stealth-based missions don't play very well...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:54 PM
    And: Actually, this is similar enough to the nature of the Ellcrys in the Shannara novels that I bet it would make for some interesting situations and role-playing.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    1) your post has some formatting in it that renders it nigh-invisible to some. Here’s what probably happened and how to fix it: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial 2) “scaling up“...great unintentional pun! :D
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Such a thing pretty much implies the existence of meddling by intelligent beings. (Except, in a fantasy setting, that would be deities, not aliens.)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:57 AM
    I include the GM as a player for these purposes. If even that person is sitting there looking at the game and not able to understand the magic, that person won’t run the game. People have been throwing around quantum mechanics ideas in this thread, so let me join in. There is an observer effect going on. The act of making a system of magic that works in a game invariably makes the magic...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:53 AM
    Well, ignoring the question of when is a comma or semicolon missing or not (since that can be a story telling style decision): - line 9: missing word "as" after word "smiled" - line 17: personally I'd place a second "that" after the single one - line 17: replace "mentaly" with "mentally" - line 18: replace "need" with "needed" as otherwise the sentence has a time frame mixup - third to last...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:30 AM
    Designing a magic system that feels magical may be impossible. Personally, I’ve NEVER seen an RPG magic system that felt numinous, largely because they all have to fit into the RPG system and be understood by the players.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    So far, 33 confirmed casualties. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/asia/kyoto-animation-fire-intl-hnk/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:47 PM
    How many different kinds of geek ARE there? How many can be symbolized with a smallish icon? I mean, gamers could be represented by a d20, but what about tech geeks? Fans of sci if? CosPlayers? Furries?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:42 PM
    You can...if you do it without a plan, without control, without intellect. OTOH, if you use your mind before attacking the canvas...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 06:49 AM
    Made salads for dinner again. My usual suspects were included: spinach, San Marzanos, carrots, celery, green onion, portobello slices, salami, chicken and ham. My dressing was that vinaigrette I’ve been making with lemon-infused olive oil, Dijon mustard, tarragon (instead of red wine) vinegar, pepper and parsley. What was different? Well, I got some nice broccoli sprouts and radish...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:38 AM
    Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from Doctor Who as a missed opportunity in that regard. While they are made to look like angels, their faces are mostly fairly masculine, while angels are supposed to be androgynous. So in this case, “the point” would be making them more closely resemble what they are emulating. I could also see androgynous androids as being perceived as less...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:32 AM
    Yeah, that’s a good suggestion. Anyone who saw yours and had participated in a prior thread would likely post a link to it!
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:19 AM
    Start your own thread. You'll get more responses that way and not spend time hunting.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:40 AM
    Welcome and good luck!
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:02 PM
    This has not been my experience. I've seen two things: 1. New players want to make the character they want, regardless of optimization, or 2. Experienced players realize that the stat bonuses have a minor effect on overall power and make the character they want. Sure, optimization sometimes comes into play (which I'm ok with) but "fixing" it is a solution looking for problem. That said,...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:55 AM
    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:54 AM
    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters, Thieves and Assassins. NPC Dwarves were limited to 8th level. All races except Half-Orcs were unlimited as Thieves, who were instead unlimited as Assassins.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:06 AM
    You might want to check that: dwarves could be Clerics, too. (In addition, when the classes were added, they could be alchemists and psionicists as well.) Also, every race had at least one class in which their progression was unlimited. As I recall, that was Thief for dwarves. (Possibly all races.)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:41 PM
    Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to stick. Just like “man” became a synonym for humanity, the male-rooted “Android” became the term for human-stimulant artificial life. Nobody seemed to care for a female-rooted version of the term.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:29 PM
    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The last half of the trip was behind the Iron Curtain- it was still a thing, then- and I ran out of my antiperspirant halfway through the trip. “No biggie.” I thought. I would just go buy some at the hotel store. Problem #1: there were no American brands at all, nor any European brands I knew. All were Eastern European. No roll-ons, either. So I...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    We also smell different from Europeans, IME. Americans- of both genders- tend to favor detergents, soaps and perfumes with floral or powdery smells...and sometimes, in unfortunately large amounts. In that context, we almost smell like babies. After living in Europe for just a few months, I was often able to tell when another American had wandered nearby. After a few years, I could...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick, right down to my lantern-jawed illustration thereof. Instead of a mask and antennae, he wore heavy rider goggles and a military style helmet (with “MM” on it), because SAFETY FIRST! He did most of his heroic patrolling while riding a bicycle (with a visibility flag) with cards in the spokes, a la: I even took this scene from issue #1: ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    How about Uluru Devil’s Tower The Yosemite “Firefall” Hang Son Doong Cave
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:43 AM
    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade pidgin or constructed language (like Esperanto), the most common primary/secondary language in the world (think Greek, Latin, French, and English, in turn), or a mechanical mesh mash of both.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like... “Furries, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ‘em!”
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:44 PM
    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so. ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:35 AM
    In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about the Golden Gate Bridge, there is also Japan’s “Suicide Forest”: AOKIGAHARA http://mentalfloss.com/article/73288/15-eerie-things-about-japans-suicide-forest
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 AM
    Wish I had the time...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:16 AM
    Police believe they have found the remains of missing actor, Charles Levin. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/body-missing-actor-charles-levin-213243258.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:05 AM
    I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve played in and run games with very strict species limitations- at least one that was human only. IME: 1) sometimes race matters a great deal, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s very campaign AND player dependent. 2) one thing that always seems to matter is the availability of playing humans. Unless there’s a major setting-specific reason why you...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much passed down from my Dad. IME, there’s a decent grain of truth in the comic, enough that I find the barb amusing. But there WERE also many authors who were clearly more progressive than the era in which the lived.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:50 AM
    Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a major part. While he does have his devices all set to auto-join and routinely signed into the 3 wi-fi networks I mentioned, he was having problems with signal stability on ours. So every once in a while, he’d get booted while using Netflix, etc., and the GB drain would begin... As soon as he mentioned this, I knew exactly what he was talking...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:55 AM
    I appreciate the suggestions. I used to live in Irving. It’s the Dallas suburb just south of Coppell- my current suburb of residence. I’ve lived in the D/FW Metroplex since 1982: I know what’s available in terms of cons (not really interested) and game stores in several of the cities in our 4 counties. Even while gaming in a stable group formed in 1985- which in 1998 essentially merged...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:31 AM
    Well, like I said, part of the reason was communication. I have continued to text & email one guy in particular, but he has been very spotty about responding. I was invited to- and attended- the annual celebratory dinner in Dec/Jan. But that was the last time I saw any of them face to face. The guy in the group that I’ve known since 1985 hasn’t reached out at all. My house phone number...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:35 AM
    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in various games. Some were as simple as rune-carved sticks or staves. Others were as unusual as tattoos or even arrays of beads made of various materials arranged and knotted into various patterns.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 02:12 AM
    Too much D; not enough D.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:12 AM
    I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**, though I don’t know if he’s set for auto-join. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on his employer’s system. * he is the one who most recently reset the router. ** he set up his mom’s wi-fi, and she doesn’t have a clue as to how to change that.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:11 AM
    I get that...but I’m still at something of a loss, here. We have a pretty good wi-fi system here, and I know he uses it. He has wi-fi at his place of employment. He has wi-fi at his mother’s house. And he’s still gobbling up 2-4x the GB of the other 4 people on the plan. This month, we’ve used a combined 3 of 16GB; he’s at 12 with another couple of days to go.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:19 PM

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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:20 PM
    Emily Hartridge has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/europe/youtuber-emily-hartridge-death/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:38 PM
    I use my mobile devices for many hours a day, but I am usually on Wi-Fi. I am part of a group plan, and I typically use between 1-3GB/mo. One person on the plan uses more data than everyone else combined. How does one chew up data like that?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:34 AM
    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a light source that can’t start a fire is going to be handy when you’re on the water, surrounded by all kinds of flammables. Warding spells against fire would be worth their weight in gold, for that matter. OTOH, Grease could be handy if you WANT to start fires...on someone else’s ship. As I posited elsewhere, an aggressive, expansionist naval...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:21 AM
    After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I haven’t played since...2016? 2017? No significant gaps besides this current dry spell. The why? Well, I sort of had a falling out with my game group of 20 or so years about communication. There were other factors as well, but that was the proverbial straw. I haven’t seen any of them in person since December or January. And for a variety of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:55 AM
    Which reminds me... The Bridge is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge, in particular, its status as the #1 location in the world for suicides. In the context of a V:tM campaign, that could be prime hunting for a vampire of the right type. Not only as a place to hide their kills, but also as a way to feed guilt free on “willing” victims. (If the vampire has an issue with that, of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:49 AM
    What Would Peter Parker Do?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:48 AM
    The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. Good one to use.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of Knossos, the palace of King Minos of Crete. Years later, I photocopied the map from the tourist material onto graph paper to use as a dungeon. I also look at unusual architecture and locales on the internet for locations, like the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan: Catatumbo Venezuela: Gilroy Gardens:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:44 PM
    Sounds like a memory was made. :) P.S.: wag of the finger at theft. :(
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:27 PM
    See also this thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?557176-Pages-from-the-Royal-Chef-s-Cookbook
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:24 PM
    (Had to be said.)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Have a good time!
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    uh, like, Wow!!
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:29 PM
    There is no 5E section any more; there is only Zul/Dungeons & Dragons. B-)
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:14 PM
    You take care of real life. I will still be here.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:55 PM
    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of different power levels through adventures. Most of the lower-tier PCs were related to the heavy hitters in some capacity. And we did rotary DMing, too.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:26 PM
    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp Thing from the 1990s) that took all the plant-themed Drift mutations. We were leveling up our characters when the campaign imploded. I had planned on taking the Brew Potion feat. Those potions would have been delivered via tubers grown from his body... And later...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:08 PM
    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas. Every gaming convention I’ve been to- GenCon isn’t one- has been overwhelmingly white and male, demographically. And that’s largely reflected in the game groups I’ve been a member of. Most times, I’m the only minority at the table, save one which was 1/3 each white, asian, and black. (And...
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Admittedly, it hasn't worked yet, but....
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:43 AM
    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage... (All that other stuff is an illusion. ;) )
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:40 AM
    Especially if they try flying by jumping off a cliff or building while flapping their arms really fast.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:54 PM
    Well... https://www.amazon.com/Miami-Vice-Complete-Don-Johnson/dp/B01HSAIP9W/ref=asc_df_B01HSAIP9W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241953397137&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7846823122258067632&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026798&hvtargid=pla-493204952389&psc=1
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:41 AM
    There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of character development in that series. Not just intrinsic, inseparable in some cases. Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” was turned into a script for the show...in which Mr. Frey played a major character. See also: http://mentalfloss.com/article/77272/20-fashionable-facts-about-miami-vice And:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:07 AM
    Well, given that his company had: I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:56 AM
    Neon. Men in pastels. Men not wearing socks. Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up. Guns. Hot cars. Hotter women. A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.* Action.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:31 AM
    Jim Bouton has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/us/jim-bouton-ball-four-author-dies/index.html
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:48 AM
    < I came across this old Playstation 1 game that I had never heard of so I checked it out on Youtube. The game hasn't aged well, but man is the sound design amazing. Even has pretty good voice acting. Anyways, I was listening to this particular track and for the longest time couldn't figure out what it reminded me of, but then it hit me. It's this old thing:
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:10 AM
    "Special: Heroic" or "Special: Short Bus"? They're always lurking around corners. Don't they have something else to do, someplace else to be?
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 03:49 AM
    Ideally, it looks like this:
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 03:38 AM
    Aha. The classic "my animal companion checks for traps" maneuver. Bonus: can be used after said companion is dead, too--provided the corpse is still somewhat intact.* Quote from a campaign I ran: "We throw the dead goat onto the suspect square (of the dungeon). Is there enough blood left in the corpse to run out (and outline that square)?" *This may not, in fact, be a Lawful Good...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 02:13 AM
    Well, the largest Ammonite fossil on record was over 8’ across, and belonged to the Genus Parapuzosia and would have weighed over 3000lbs when life. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapuzosia_seppenradensis Sooo...three options: Parapuzosia haruspex Parapuzosia medicus Parapuzosia mundus
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 01:31 AM
    This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Hmmm... Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s Second Law, a.k.a. Stugeon’s Revelation. However... Not that those are or should be immune from criticism, but the more I read that sentence, the more I think of...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:19 AM
    I want to clarify my view, based on some of the other responses in this thread. Many of my favorite systems- HERO, 3.X, etc,- are great for simulating a wide variety of settings with little or no tweaking. But sometimes, a system designed for the express purpose of modeling a particular bit of fiction will simply do it better, more immersively. Other RPGs are lean and sleek, with just...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:37 PM
    It has to do with being a representative sample and the bias that self-selection introduces to the data collection process. It won’t have nearly as random a selection of hobby participants as data collected from, say, a list of 1000 people who bought games from a set of websites or a similar number of people selected entering or leaving game stores. In my 42 or so years of personal experience...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:12 PM
    This sentence puzzles me. Because I don’t know your opinion of haggis, I don’t know your opinion of D&D ;)
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:07 PM
    Most of the complexity of HERO is in PC creation/advancement, anyway. Once you do that, you can usually play without touching the rulebook more than a few times per session...as a group.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:15 PM
    I play other RPGs to experience something besides the default D&D experiences. Different magic systems, different settings, different genres. Even though D&D was my gateway to the hobby in ‘77 and is still one of my all-time favorites (3.X being my favorite iteration), HERO is my #1. Even staying within other FRPGs, the different mechanics and assumptions drove different play styles and...
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Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 05:53 AM - pukunui mentioned TarionzCousin in post Dragonlance Novels - How Many Are There?
    TarionzCousin: I would not have guessed that many! But then I stopped reading D&D novels sometime in the late 90s, I think. I've read most, if not all, of the older Dragonlance novels but none of the newer ones. PabloM: Interesting perspective. I have long held the opposite belief: that Krynn is a great world for novels but not that great to play in (partly because it feels too small).

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 05:34 PM - CleverNickName mentioned TarionzCousin in post Critical Role Kickstarter Predition Game: Guess the Funding Outcome (GTFO)
    ...000 Aebir-Toril: $13,224,376.89 Satyrn: $13,000,000 Yardiff: $12,456,145 -----------Highest-Funded Game Project on Kickstarter (Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5) $12,393,139-------- Radaceus: $12,345,678.91 FarBeyondC: $12,345,678.90 Morrus: $12,000,000 Mistwell: $11,800,000 Mort: $11,620,000 Zardnaar: $11,354,883 <--- The Winner! Sadras: $11,120,000 SkidAce: $11,000,000 Tazawa: $10,700,000 togashi_joe: $10,250,000 DM Dave1: $10,101,010 MichaelSomething: $10,000,000 Lazybones: $9,750,000 PabloM: $9,500,000 akr71: $9,250,000 rczarnec: $9,250,000 Azzy: $9,000,000 Henry: $8,900,000 mortwatcher: $8,666,000 Lidgar: $8,423,976.73 vincegetorix: $8,360,000 SmokeyCriminal: $8,008,135 AriochQ: $7,777,777 robus: $7,750,000 MarkB: $7,500,000 phantomK9: $6,969,696 TarionzCousin: $6,160,000 ClaytonCross: $6,000,000 ---------Highest-Funded Film Project on Kickstarter (MST3K Kickstarter) $5,764,229----------- MaximusArael020: $5,685,000 Prakriti: $1

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

  • 05:59 AM - MNblockhead mentioned TarionzCousin in post What "backdoors" did wizards built into the spells named after them?
    TarionzCousin made a joke in the thread on Leomunds Tiny Hut in response to the question of whether someone could scry through the hut: Quote Originally Posted by @Stalker0 Does Leomund's Tiny Hut block Scrying? I would say it blocks magical scrying for everyone except Leomund; he built in a secret back door that only he knows how to use. I thought that concept could provide some humorous or even terrifying encounters. What other back-doors and safeguards might wizards place into their spells, to prevent those spells from being used against them? Abi-Dalzim’s Horrid Wilting While I could find nothing that states this famed Greyhawk necromancer and elementalist ever became a lich. I would make sense. As a lich, he would be immune from the effects of this spell. Aganazzar’s Scorcher The renowned Forgotten Realms wizard of The Covenant and founder of Neverwinter's School of Wizardry, was killed by the Red Wizards of Thay. But in your campaign, that needn't be the case. Perhaps the line of fir...

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

  • 11:56 PM - Rolenet mentioned TarionzCousin in post Disarming in 4E
    ...enalties to give out. Only MM1 and MM2, and even then barely, used actual weapons/stats. With MM3, you'd have to use some fudge as MoutonRustique suggests: weakened, or maybe -2 atk (as an improvised weapon), or both. Then you can use the Holy Page 42, or simply state that it's a normal attack because a -2 to attack is comparable to an at-will effect, and you're not dealing damage. The other thing is: if the weapon is on the ground, it's either nothing for the monster to pick it back up, or if they manage somehow to carry it away, then well the PC might well start doing this each and every time there's a weapon involved. In that case, make sure that the next Ogre is twice as angry and deadly *without* the flail... So the better solution is probably, again, MoutonRustique's skill challenge version. (But then it may be that I like the nickname). Make the Ogre REALLY FEARSOME with his flail, and make it clear to the players that they have to get rid of it or be mashed into pulp. So, TarionzCousin, clearly you are now enthralled by the prospect of gathering your party from 7 years ago and re running that encounter?

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

  • 12:43 PM - fed_44 mentioned TarionzCousin in post Fed_44 Art!
    TarionzCousin: Prego! My pleasure Don't undervalue yourself. Typical rates, poor though they often are, are much higher than that, as they should be. $15 should not even cover a quarter-page b/w illo, let alone a full-colour one. You can totally charge more than $15. :) I know it's a really low rate, but in the last period I'm triyng to use watercolor for my illustration and I would like to do some experience with those illustrations, so I'm asking a lower rate than usual. Consider it as sales offer!!!! :)

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Monday, 12th January, 2015

  • 06:54 PM - DMZ2112 mentioned TarionzCousin in post 15 Roleplaying Game Predictions for 2015
    In 2006, TarionzCousin, that was a joke. Today, it would sell like the world was ending and God's grace was reserved for 7th-level lawful friendly pegasus pony royal guards. (Thank you, http://mlp.wikia.com)

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Friday, 6th December, 2013

  • 05:16 PM - DMZ2112 mentioned TarionzCousin in post Astral Sea and/or Astral Plane
    One of the things 4E got right, in my opinion, was the Astral Sea and the planar structure as a whole - really liked it and prefer it over the Great Wheel as it is more open-ended and incorporates some nice Spelljammer-esque goodness. Check out The Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral Sea for more. I agree that the overall D&D4 characterization of the Astral Sea is probably the best treatment of the Astral Plane throughout all of the D&D canon, but it is a little high level*. If you're looking for more detail, @TarionzCousin, you might also check out the AD&D2 A Guide to the Astral Plane. It was the comprehensive work on the subject until The Plane Above. EDIT: * By which I mean it is a 10,000-foot view, not that it is intended for epic tier.

Tuesday, 25th June, 2013

  • 04:30 AM - Tequila Sunrise mentioned TarionzCousin in post Reinventing the [Great] Wheel
    Just for fun, I've been converting Planescape to my own personal image of perfection, and next on my to-do list is the alignment exemplars! I am a fanboy of original PS, but not of all the details. I'd like to narrow the exemplars down to nine races that are more thought-through than the canon races, which are mostly the result of D&D's haphazard "We made some stuff up we thought was cool" creative process. For example, I want three distinctly thematic Evil races instead of 5 (6?) Evil races that can largely be summed up as "Menageries of ugly* anthropomorphic creatures that are sometimes fiery." (I like 4e's elemental-demons, so I'm reserving "Oh, and it deals energy damage" for them.) So I'm making up my own stuff that I think's cool, and I could use your help! I'm hoping that @Quickleaf, @TarionzCousin, @Shemeska, and other PS fans will stop by to comment. ;) Here's my strategy: The exemplars of each alignment pole (NE, NG, CN, LN) have a shtick. Evil exemplars have disease/curses, Lawful exemplars have metallic flesh-enhancement (modron-ish), Chaotic exemplars have shapeshifting, and Good exemplars have...I dunno, I haven't worked that one out yet. Any ideas? Then, the exemplars of each alignment blend (CG, CE, LG, LE) combine the shticks of their 'parent' races. For example, shapeshifting (C) + curse (E) = were-beast (CE)! * Seriously, why are the evil ones always ugly, unless there's an ugly pimp on some lower plane ordering them about? Evil is selfish, it wants to be beautiful!

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Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 06:47 AM - Horwath quoted TarionzCousin in post Things your table should do, but doesn't do- The Fun v. Efficiency Thread
    Aha. The classic "my animal companion checks for traps" maneuver. Bonus: can be used after said companion is dead, too--provided the corpse is still somewhat intact.* Quote from a campaign I ran: "We throw the dead goat onto the suspect square (of the dungeon). Is there enough blood left in the corpse to run out (and outline that square)?" *This may not, in fact, be a Lawful Good act. :angel: Last time I played a barbarian I was main trapmaster. I just tied a 20ft rope around goblin or similar small creature and threw it down the hall and pull it towards myself. Repeat. Sometimes, they were still alive just unconcise and cleric used heal skill on them every dozen or so throws. You know, for that smart traps that require living trigger.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 08:36 AM - S'mon quoted TarionzCousin in post 5e recommended 2.5 sessions/level rate
    We level 2.5 times per session and finish entire campaigns in weeks! #Aaaaaaaaaagggghhh!!! http://www.circvsmaximvs.com/forum/images/smilies/hypersplode.gif He he. Actually, after 35 years of D&D I've only recently appreciated that it's possible and easy to deliberately vary the advancement rate to suit the intended campaign. The extreme case is my Princes of the Apocalypse game where the group are old friends from previous games & their spouses & children, we only get to play once a month and levelling every 1-2 sessions works great for that, going 1-20 will still be 2.5 years which I find is a great duration for a focused campaign. My Primeval Thule game playing weekly & levelling every 2-3 sessions gives something closest to what seems to be the intended 5e experience, like 3e going from 1-20 in a year, which is faster than I've ever done before but seems to work with the high fantasy swords & sorcery tone - start fighting rats in the sewers, end battling Great Old Ones and mighty armies.

Thursday, 27th June, 2019

  • 07:01 AM - digitalelf quoted TarionzCousin in post Returning to 2nd Edition
    I was a player in a two PC Dark Sun campaign with psionics. The other guy rolled 00 and got psionics. He also had an 18/99 Strength AND was wealthy. It was still fun. /tangent Just a minor nitpick... Unless your DM was playing it his own way (nothing wrong with that :D), no roll for psionics was necessary in Dark Sun as everyone is at the very least, a "Wild Talent": Dark Sun is a world of powerful psionics. Every player character has at least one psionic talent, as do many of the non-player characters and monsters. A thorough understanding of The Complete Psionics Handbook is required for full enjoyment of any DARK SUN™ campaign. Also, DS did not use percentile dice for "exceptional" STR... Since the default range was 5 - 20 (4d4+4 being the default rolling method) all characters were "exceptional" by regular D&D standards. Just sayin' :p

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019

  • 02:48 PM - PabloM quoted TarionzCousin in post Dragonlance Novels - How Many Are There?
    Is it really "vanilla"? Sure, it's pseudo-medieval fantasy, but it has dragons you can ride. That was a significant difference from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Tolkien, et al., to me. True that, but I think that while dragon riders are a typical Dragonlance feature, they are not exclusive to the setting.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019


Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 09:21 PM - Nebulous quoted TarionzCousin in post Monsters Disguised as Cute Things
    I've never seen players as terrified as my entire group was by a "completely innocent looking/harmless" eight year old girl loose in the lower levels of a dungeon. Yeah, I did that, two little kids holding hands and wandering around the sewers, it scared the crap out of the PCs. Good thing too, they were polymorphed demons of some kind.
  • 07:50 PM - Saelorn quoted TarionzCousin in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    What game(s) are playable, in your opinion? Because I am interested in games that aren't too complex or that involve narrative control. Retro Clones?Retro clones are generally inoffensive. Pathfinder is surprisingly playable, as long as you keep it to the first book. The AGE system isn't too bad on either count. White Wolf can get pretty narrative-y in places, but I think you can play Street Fighter without too many problems. I'm sure that there are plenty more, but they're increasingly difficult to find amongst all of the others.
  • 03:20 AM - Elfcrusher quoted TarionzCousin in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    Human Occupied Landfill, aka HoL. "Although HoL is playable, it was meant as a satire of RPGs. The pages of the books are written by hand, and the authors freely take stabs at other popular role-playing games, particularly Vampire: The Masquerade and Dungeons & Dragons, and those who play them." --Wikipedia HERETIC!!! Ok, so I never actually played it, either. But it was one of the few treasured tomes I kept when I thought I was quitting RPGs (ha!) and gave away almost my whole library.
  • 01:49 AM - Scottius quoted TarionzCousin in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    Human Occupied Landfill, aka HoL. "Although HoL is playable, it was meant as a satire of RPGs. The pages of the books are written by hand, and the authors freely take stabs at other popular role-playing games, particularly Vampire: The Masquerade and Dungeons & Dragons, and those who play them." --Wikipedia My copy of HOL still sits proudly on one of my dedicated rpg bookshelves. I actually did run a one off with it one time several years back. My players really gelled with the style of humor that game presented.

Sunday, 2nd June, 2019

  • 08:42 AM - Riley37 quoted TarionzCousin in post Picking 2 out of 264 spells
    This sounds like a D&D Informercial. It's a reference to a flowchart of engineering problems. If it moves, and it should, good. If it does not move, and it should not move, good. If it moves, and it should not, then apply duct tape. If it should move, and it does not move, then apply WD-40. For example, if you have a spool of duct tape, but it doesn't unroll smoothly, apply WD-40. If you have a leaky can of WD-40, cover the leak with a patch of duct tape.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 04:12 AM - robus quoted TarionzCousin in post Brainstorming TotM
    I think the problem with "Theater of the Mind" is that everyone involved has their own unique and completely separate mind. Every TotM combat I've ever played out (about 4 dozen) has had people "misunderstanding" exactly what the DM meant in one way or another. It's caused frustration and problems. Perhaps a third of the time the DM ended up drawing something to explain the situation after a question or three. I think this might be a failure of a DM narrating the results of the action. With TotM (as Iserith noted above) narration is key. The DM has to keep telling the story of the battle and reminding the players of their situation. It also requires the players to pay attention. Nothing worse for a DM to hear, after a clear narration of the players current situation, “err what’s my situation?”

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Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 02:51 AM - Bacon Bits quoted TarionzCousin in post How rare is this weapon in our campaign?
    Since 2E, I believe. And Initiative was rolled every round on d10's. Ah, yes, the same edition that says someone with a dagger has better initiative than someone with a polearm. Because if there's one thing a dagger lets you do against someone with a halberd, it's attack them first. What's reach?

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Saturday, 20th April, 2019

  • 04:54 AM - Azzy quoted TarionzCousin in post Amazon Has A D&D Page
    This settles it: the Satanic Panic is now officially over. :angel: Nah, the fundies just found other targets.
  • 03:50 AM - robus quoted TarionzCousin in post Amazon Has A D&D Page
    This settles it: the Satanic Panic is now officially over. :angel: Or has Satan finally won?! (robus looks for his pearls that need clutching right about now....!)


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