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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 02:21 PM
    I like the release of actual sales figures for the Starter Set. 126,000 in North America in 2014 (from the July release); 306,000 in North America in 2018. I wonder what we can extrapolate from that!
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 02:03 PM
    For a unashamedly British take on urban fantasy, perhaps look at Liminal (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/267203/Liminal, with a quick-start here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/258103/Liminal-Quickstart). It has some setting assumptions built loosely into the character concepts, but seems flexible enough to reflect a range of supernatural/urban fantasy ideas. It's being distributed...
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Thursday, 11th July, 2019


Monday, 18th January, 2016

  • 04:50 AM - mach1.9pants mentioned pedr in post FGG Kickstarter The Blight Richard Pett's Crooked City
    pedr the books will be sent in a flat rate box, I am pretty sure. All my FGG stuff has been to me in NZ. $65 for a medium box, $85 for a large (not sure if The Blight will be contained by a medium box) to the UK according to the USPS calculator. And we've hit 120k+ so the books will all be signed, just over an hour to go.

Monday, 27th July, 2015

  • 02:57 AM - Jester David mentioned pedr in post [post-Sword Coast announcement] Speculation about WotC's product release schedule
    what was Cam Banks AP called, if you can tell me? Thanks I'm not sure if there was an overall name aside from "An Age of Mortals Campaign" but the adventures are Key of Destiny, Spectre of Sorrows, and Price of Courage. As pedr says, it didn't have a firm name beyond "Age of Mortals" campaign. There was Key of Destiny by Christopher Coyle, and then Specter of Sorrows and Price of Courage by Cam Banks. WotC even extended the licence for Dragonlance with MWP by a few months to let them release this book (and another couple planned books). Which I always thought was super classy. Like they did with Paizo so they could finish their AP series. While these adventures were softcover and black-and-white, much of the rest of the Dragonlance line was full colour and hardcover. While MWP is mostly doing FATE now, they could probably be pushed into 5e.

Thursday, 23rd July, 2015

  • 11:03 PM - pemerton mentioned pedr in post Who Makes WotC's Adventures?
    I agree with pedr on WotC communications: they have been pretty upfront about their publishing strategy, and their broader D&D strategy, and they seem to be implementing it. (Limited rules releases, FR-themed adventures, D&D video games, etc). And I agree with Maggan, Mistwell, Celtavian and occam on the writing thing: this is no different from the sort of freelancing that practically all RPG publishers have relied on for the whole history of the hobby. If freelance authorship counts as outsourcing then TSR was outsourcing with such classic modules as Pharaoh, Ravenloft and White Plume Mountain.

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

  • 10:34 PM - jodyjohnson mentioned pedr in post Sage Advice: The Rules of Spellcasting
    The subsequent Twitter exchange: https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/580147816669917186 Jeremy Crawford JeremyECrawford Follow Alphastream I hope groups use the rule only if they like the texture it gives spellcasting. If it gets in the way of the action, change it. 6:23 PM - 23 Mar 2015 Jeremy Crawford&#8207 JeremyECrawford·22h22 hours ago pedr Components mostly reinforce the in-world feel of classic D&D spellcasting: exotic, esoteric, and sometimes inconvenient. Pete Griffith&#8207 pedr·22h22 hours ago JeremyECrawford That makes sense. It's a good set of rules for that, even if it creates some odd complexities in play Jeremy Crawford&#8207 JeremyECrawford·22h22 hours ago Munchkinen It's, indeed, mostly for players. Many use V, S, M as a tool for describing the weird in and outs of spells.

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

  • 08:55 AM - MadBeard mentioned pedr in post DnD 5ed Auto-calculating Fillable Character Sheet based on Dragon's Lair Design
    Other than that, tested the sheet with Foxit Reader 7.0 (the latest), works just fine. I just checked if sheet is working in newest version of Foxit. Like I said before and is noted in Quick_Start_v1.xx.pdf, in Foxit sheet is NOT WORKING properly. For example in Foxit Unarmored defence for barbarian and monk is not working so please use acrobat reader. I think that Foxit interpret javascript little different than in acrobat, but I'm not sure. Or maybe syntax is little different. I dont' know. I can't find anything on internet on that subject.

Saturday, 12th April, 2014

  • 01:26 PM - Morrus mentioned pedr in post Dragonlance Lives
    I'm interested in the context to which Dragonlance was brought up during the PAX East seminar, if someone present could clarify? pedr pretty much described it a couple of posts up. There wasn't a lot to it from what I'm told.

Monday, 24th June, 2013

  • 12:42 AM - Morrus mentioned pedr in post My 13th Age Report
    While at UK Games Expo, I got to play a session of 13th Age (kindly run for me by Peter Griffith, who you may know as @pedr). We filmed the event, so at some point you'll be able to see a short video featuring some highlights, factoids, and brief interview pieces. But that aside, here's how it went. Bear in mind I had never seen so much as glimpse inside 13th Age before, other than the occasional interview or promotional piece. So I didn't know what to expect. And this was a two-hour session, with one hour prep/chagen and one hour play. What I got was D&D. In a good way. 13th Age is D&D as much as any other edition or variant is. It feels like it sits somewhere between 3rd and 4th edition in style, but less complex than either. The first hour was character generation. Well, pre-gen modification. I chose the wizard pre-gen, which was basically a 1st level D&D wizard with ability scores and a familiar selection of spells, and had to make the following decisions: 1) One Unique Thing. I had to decide on a thing that set my character apart. I went with "has a pack of dogs" (which ended up pulling us in a ...

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Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

  • 03:43 PM - Zardnaar quoted pedr in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    I like the release of actual sales figures for the Starter Set. 126,000 in North America in 2014 (from the July release); 306,000 in North America in 2018. I wonder what we can extrapolate from that! It's not red box figures but it's not to far off. Starter set has sold more than every edition except red box and 1E phb. And Keep on the Border Lands. Depending on how many phb sold it's not quite peak D&D but it's close that depending on what metric they are using they could at least make that argument. No one knows exact red box figures but if they can keep up sales they will hit lower estimates of the red box this year. I still don't think they have hit 1983 numbers but technically that was two editions of D&D which is the Golden age so it's plausible 5E has outsold all the other D&D's. We would need phb numbers but they seem fairly close to B/X plus 1E numbers. They're basically duplicating 81 to 83 or coming very close but without phb numbers can't really say 100%. I...

Sunday, 11th February, 2018

  • 05:04 PM - Morrus quoted pedr in post Are We Looking At A New RPG Kickstarter Record?
    For smaller projects, local print on demand makes sense - but the per-unit cost is considerably more than printing thousands of books in one offset process in the US (or China). That’s what we do. It works OK, and the cost isn’t bad on the individual scale and saves a ton in shipping and hassle.

Friday, 29th April, 2016

  • 08:26 PM - nerfherder quoted pedr in post PDF reader on MS Surface Pro 4?
    I'm running Drawboard 5.0.10.0 and (as examples) the Numenera core book and The Strange Bestiary show their creator-added bookmarks in the Bookmarks top-tab on the Search sidebar. I guess there may be different ways for creators to add bookmarks, and some don't display in Drawboard, though. Thank you, thank you, thank you - I didn't spot the bookmarks was under search. That's done the trick :)

Thursday, 28th April, 2016

  • 01:18 PM - nerfherder quoted pedr in post PDF reader on MS Surface Pro 4?
    I think Drawboard does all three. Bookmarks are on one of the left-hand buttons (the search one?) with a second click on the small tab bar that appears at the top of the sidebar. I thought that too, but it only appears for new bookmarks that you add using Drawboard. I tried opening some PDFs that I knew had bookmarks created by the author, but they didn't show in Drawboard.

Friday, 8th April, 2016

  • 06:48 PM - jamesjhaeck quoted pedr in post The Return of Volo; Plus An Official D&D Coloring Book
    I don't think it'll be a Volo's Guide in the same way as the old series. The "Ology" series of books are, I guess, aimed at pre-teens with an interest in monstrous/fantasy stories. Here's Amazon's page for the first Dragonology book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragonology-The-Complete-Book-Dragons-Ology-Series/dp/1840115033 Though let it be said that I loved the Dragonology and Wizardology books when I was a pre-teen. I may not have been a D&D player without them, let alone becoming my group's DM, let alone writing RPG material. So Dungeonology seems like a great move, in my opinion.

Monday, 14th March, 2016

  • 12:34 PM - wedgeski quoted pedr in post New Show From WOTC - Dice, Camera, Action!
    By default (I think) Twitch broadcasts are available to rewatch on demand from the Past Broadcasts link on a streamer's profile page. The streamer can delete them (and, perhaps, limit access to paying subscribers etc) but I've been able to watch most WotC videos between broadcast and them being uploaded to YouTube. It's often harder or not possible from some mobile devices, though - using a full computer will likely be easier. Some channels put previous broadcasts behind a pay-wall but WotC's have always been available after the fact on Twitch, at least for a couple of months.

Friday, 15th January, 2016

  • 10:56 PM - Benji quoted pedr in post Adventurers League Adventures Now Available To All
    For $3? Seriously? -- Pauper If you buy every one though, it's likely to be similar in cost to the same as an adventure path (once you add it all up). Which is nice and glossy. 1) Oftentimes it is a player's bridge to a larger community, where they can make contact and interact with a larger pool of players that they may potentially decide to play with on their own. 2) Playing in a common space with other people can provide an underlying thrill of community. That is why many people go to conventions. Playing with other geeks is different than playing with your bros at home. 3) Playing in a designated space in-store provides a sense much like seeing a sporting event in person rather than seeing a game on television. Yes, there are pros and cons, but, TV didn't kill spectator sports and being able to play at home probably won't squelch the experience of playing with other groups around you in a store or a convention. 4) The unique and fundamental trait of any Organize...

Sunday, 25th October, 2015

  • 07:37 PM - Morrus quoted pedr in post A Quick Look At EN World's Demographics
    I don't entirely understand Google's analytics, but is the information Google's guesses as to age, gender, etc (based on aggregates of what people of particular ages, genders, income groups etc tend to search for and view on the web) rather than accurate information about each web user? In which case there may be under-guessing of the number of female visitors, if (as is likely) Google uses interest in tabletop hobby games as evidence that a particular web user is male. Here's the documentation on Analytics data: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2799357 It's an estimate based on anonymized samples and user behaviour. It's not 100% reliable, and yes - you could be right in that Google "profiles" visitors to tabletop RPG sites as male, skewing the data. It's the best data we have, though.

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2015

  • 01:47 AM - Alzrius quoted pedr in post DTRPG's latest controversy
    There are some extracts from the book at Tracy Hurley's blog (various posts) which indicate that the characterisation that the book is only a list of very terrible adversaries doesn't fully describe the extent to which the product appears to be written in such a way as to push as many buttons as possible. That's playing very fast and loose with the truth. I've read Tracy's blog, and I have a copy of the book, and her presentation of what's in there is highly slanted. Considering her role in the whole Consultantgate fiasco, I'm honestly not that surprised. For example, the idea that this book "pushes as many buttons as possible," that's true only to the extent that it's making these characters as heinous and morally repugnant as it possibly can, which makes sense considering that they're supposed to be the worst of the worst. From what I've seen, it's definitely a troll product in the sense that choices were made to make a product which was offensive and exclusionary: http://www.sa...

Saturday, 1st August, 2015

  • 03:30 AM - JeffB quoted pedr in post gencon news- been waiting for this
    Here's Design Mechanism's statement: http://designmechanism.freeforums.org/chaosium-design-mechanism-and-runequest-statement-t1220.html I don't understand enough of the relationships between these games to really get the nuances! This is good news. Thanks for the FYI !! And yeah , it's complicated. The first Mongoose RQ (RQ4) was a mess. MRQ2 (RQ5) was an improvement and had promise but dropped the ball in some areas, and was pretty incomplete. Then the two guys who wrote MRQ2 started TDM, and came out with RQ6...IMO, overburdened with subsystems and complication as they tried to really put thier own stamp on the RQ name. They later released a "essentials" stripped down version of RQ6, which was an improvement. Now it seems we will see a system that is more akin to their "essentials" product, written with Glorantha in mind, which is how RQ was orginally published by Chaosium back in 1978...a FRPG specifically designed for Glorantha, not the "generic" system it became in 1984 ...
  • 02:26 AM - aramis erak quoted pedr in post gencon news- been waiting for this
    Here's Design Mechanism's statement: http://designmechanism.freeforums.org/chaosium-design-mechanism-and-runequest-statement-t1220.html I don't understand enough of the relationships between these games to really get the nuances! Simply put: They're sticking with the Mongoose (unlicensed pseudoclone) variant of BRP for Glorantha, publishing it as "RuneQuest" (and the fans will likely call it RQ7) The differences in combat are subtle. In Character gen, more noticeable differences. The differences between BRP and RQ6 are akin to those between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder... stuff from one is easily used in the other. Extending the analogy, RQ3 would be akin to D&D 3.5...

Friday, 31st July, 2015

  • 01:06 AM - JeffB quoted pedr in post gencon news- been waiting for this
    Christopher Helton was tweeting from their announcement and had this conversation on Twitter: Thanks for that Info! :) I haven't been happy with RQ6. MRQ2 was flawed, but on the right track. Hoping third time is the charm for Nash & Whitaker.

Tuesday, 28th July, 2015

  • 12:28 PM - Ryujin quoted pedr in post statue of baphomet in detroit - discuss civily
    Surely the point here is that the state was pretending that a public display of the Ten Commandments was art and not an endorsement of a particular religion so this sculpture was created to challenge that mischaracterisation by seeking to install more "art" which would appear to a reasonable viewer as being the endorsement of a different religion. The creators of this sculpture almost certainly wish that the situation never arose, and that Oklahoma hadn't installed a Ten Commandments sculpture at the State Capitol, and hadn't used misleading rhetoric to attempt to justify it. If Oklahoma had admitted that it was a religious display, the legal opposition would have been simpler, but by seeking to defend it as non-religious - as something in a monument park paid for by a private donor - they opened the way for the proposal for alternative monuments. Ironically Oklahoma lost the challenge to the constitutionality of the monument at the State Supreme Court, so the Baphomet sculptors fou...

Monday, 27th July, 2015

  • 09:42 PM - Morrus quoted pedr in post what are the xp awards for (on this enworld forum ) ?
    Do you think it would be possible to tie the XP system into Tapatalk? Some forums allow you to "thank" a post using Tapatalk, but there doesn't seem to be that option when reading ENWorld on it. You'd have to ask Tapatalk! I've no involvement with that company whatsoever, other than being one of millions of people who have downloaded their app.
  • 02:57 AM - Jester David quoted pedr in post [post-Sword Coast announcement] Speculation about WotC's product release schedule
    what was Cam Banks AP called, if you can tell me? Thanks I'm not sure if there was an overall name aside from "An Age of Mortals Campaign" but the adventures are Key of Destiny, Spectre of Sorrows, and Price of Courage. As pedr says, it didn't have a firm name beyond "Age of Mortals" campaign. There was Key of Destiny by Christopher Coyle, and then Specter of Sorrows and Price of Courage by Cam Banks. WotC even extended the licence for Dragonlance with MWP by a few months to let them release this book (and another couple planned books). Which I always thought was super classy. Like they did with Paizo so they could finish their AP series. While these adventures were softcover and black-and-white, much of the rest of the Dragonlance line was full colour and hardcover. While MWP is mostly doing FATE now, they could probably be pushed into 5e.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015

  • 06:25 AM - mach1.9pants quoted pedr in post TITANSGRAVE Setting At The Printer
    I don't know what distribution deals are in place for game stores in NZ but Green Ronin distribute to UK stores and my FLGS was able to offer the $5 PDF when I pre-ordered the Dragon Age book. So it could be worth asking a local store or emailing/tweeting Green Ronin to see if that would help. All overseas postage from the U.S. is stupidly expensive so buying local makes sense! Hahaha Role Playing Games Stores... in NZ! :.-( Sadly a thing of the past, maybe a handful left and hours driving away from me! Even if I drove there and/or got them to post it to me, it is still more expensive than Amazon due to their shipping and tax costs.

Tuesday, 7th July, 2015

  • 11:56 AM - Sage Genesis quoted pedr in post Changing saving throws to 4e style DC's - can someone walk me through an example?
    Players make all the rolls is one of the variants in an Unearthed Arcana article: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/variant-rules You could just use the saving throw part, and leave monsters rolling to hit an AC with physical attacks, I'm sure. Important Notice: the math in the UA article is wrong. Quick example. A level 1 caster with a 16 casting stat has a save DC of (8+2+3) 13. Let's say there's a critter with a +2 save bonus, so it's a perfect 50-50 chance whether it saves or not. Under the UA version, the caster would have a +5 bonus and would roll against DC 13. He can do that on a roll of 8, and all of a sudden the monster's chances of "saving" successfully is only 35%. In order for the system to work properly with the same odds as before the DC needs to be (14+save bonus) instead of (11+save bonus).

Thursday, 18th June, 2015

  • 02:38 AM - Scott DeWar quoted pedr in post Wherein we ask each other dialect questions we don't quite understand
    No, "to rubbish" is basically to criticise - to say why something is rubbish. "Watch out for John: he was rubbishing your ideas in last week's staff meeting." Some prestigious private secondary schools and Oxford and Cambridge take student sport seriously (there's an old saying that gentlemen went to Oxford to get a First [class degree, i.e. the highest grade available], a wife, or a Blue" where a Blue is the honour awarded to those who represent the university in the major sports, with rowing and rugby being significant enough for the matches against Cambridge to be televised.) Apart from that, there's very little attention paid to inter-institution sport, except by those who participate, even if the competitors are very good - and in some sports, of course, someone can be representing their country at 14 or 15. Traditionally Wednesday afternoons are left free of classes at universities, though, so there is travel time for inter-university sport, and that makes Wednesday night particula...

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