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    Today, 01:09 AM
    In other circumstances I would have pre-ordered already. I kind of need an alternative where character building is less cumbersome and fiddly than PF, but I want a little more that what 5e gives. I want to like PF2, but I need to see the finalized rules before committing to it.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    As a GM I pretty much stick with the RAW. As a player and GM I prefer 3.5/PF 1 so I'm used to the AOOs from both those games. But I can see from a design point of view of getting rid of the number of AOOs in 3.5e/PF1 to make the game simpler like moving towards 5E's approach.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:00 PM
    The fighter to my knowledge (and select monsters) are the only ones that get attacks of opportunity as a "feature/ability"
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:45 AM
    RPGs live and die by their setting. Only D&D can afford to go "setting agnostic" (and that is barely) by virtue of its size and prominence. Without a strong setting a random RPG is but a set of bland mechanics, and if it's fantasy themed, it is just a heartbreaker. For identity purposes World of Darkness is Storyteller, Freedom City is M&M, and Golarion is Pathfinder. Yes, other settings can work...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:50 AM
    Ideally I would have ability modifiers not affecting skill bonus by themselves, I would rather high ability bonuses helped you have higher proficiency levels faster. Edit: An on topic, this isn't necessarily a judgment of value, what I got from the playtest was that PF2 somehow managed to have the bad parts of 4e without the good stuff. I'm still on the fence on whether to give it some of my...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I never said I wanted the Alchemist gone. All I said was leaving Witches out of core was a bad decision. I only speak for myself in this. The choice to make bards occult made what it means to be occult confusing -seriously, it is a conversation in the Paizo forums-
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:15 PM
    I think it is a glaring omission because: a) The witch is important in Golarion (the most common non-divine caster) and b) the witch is an obvious primary occult caster, by not having it the bard was square pegged into the tradition and as a primary caster at the expense of other stuff. (IMO primal or arcane fitted better for the bard)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:38 PM
    qstor replied to OSR Gripes
    The fun for me is playing a "stripped" down PC without all the bells and whistles of 5e/PF/d20. I started with 1e so I'm actually more partial to OSRIC than LL and S&W but I'm been playing DCC with a friend of mine lately and that's fun too.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:36 PM
    I've played it twice. It plays simpler than PF1. Attacks of opportunity are pretty much gone. I made one PC and I didn't care for the PC creation process. The "class" feat choices seemed similar to 4e powers to me. I'd prefer the PF1 approach of feats which ALL PCs can chose from. Resonance is going away which most of my friends are happy about.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:29 PM
    That ship has long sailed, and sank. Nobody survived, and there's nothing left of the shipwreck...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:20 PM
    It all depends on context, it isn't a clear cut black and white issue. In this particular context doesn't matter that badly. But for example, in 5e what's core and what isn't does matter. I still can't have an aasimar divine soul in AL for example, because neither is core! Core matters, some DMs play with core-only. Some groups demand core-only. Core classes/races receive more attention from...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:09 PM
    This is an exceeding tricky book to evaluate. The audience for this book is the narrow group that plays D&D but also enjoys the Penny Arcade live games. Iím uncertain how it will be received by D&D fans who arenít Acquisitions Incorporated fans: even as someone who has watched the live games but not the C-Team games there was a lot of references I didnít get. Like the new race. And because...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:01 PM
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    If you need to cheat, it means you have a paper-thin case. Which means you aren't very good at finding loopholes. I stand my ground cheating= munchkin and not a rules lawyer. That's why you go for the most ironclad case you can build. In fact, many times these interpretations end up being validated one way or another. And if the DM is convinced am I really imposing my own interpretation? How...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 12:57 AM
    I'm a self-professed Rules Lawyer. It's there - ok used to be - in my signature. I'm a rules lawyering drama queen... I don't consider being a Rules Lawyer something negative, just one way to play. What many posters here have an actual problem is not with rules lawyerism is with munchkinism. A rules lawyer finds loopholes and exploits, however annoying that might be. What a rules lawyer...
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 09:01 PM
    I've lost count of how many bots it has attracted. I've reported quite a few, I bet Umbran dreams me.
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Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

  • 05:15 PM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Dungeon of the Mad Mage Delayed By One Week!
    Have there been a discussion on the topic of selling maps separately and charging nearly $25 for them already? I think these are additional high quality maps. I believe the book still contains the maps it normally would. Also, as Jester David mentioned, it is something Paizo apparently does regularly - so it must be a good idea! ;)

Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 05:20 PM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Ravnica Table of Contents & More
    "Ummm.... Magic the Gathering is repeatedly mentioned in the sample page we have, linked in the first post. And Magic the Gathering is mentioned on the cover. Itís mentioned before D&D on the back cover. And the name of the product on Amazon is: ďDungeons & Dragons Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica / D&D/Magic: The Gathering Adventure Book and Campaign SettingĒ Arguing it is a Ravnica book and not a MtG book feels like arguing a Dragonlance product isnít a D&D product. Itís not a MtG card game product but it is very much part of the same brand" Yep, as I mention in my response to Jester David (who made the same points you did, in fact did you copy his post or am I suffering from deja vue here), I made a mistake here. I just looked at the front cover and there is nothing about MtG there. I still think that is significant.

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Friday, 5th October, 2018

  • 08:56 AM - clearstream mentioned Jester David in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    ...us relative to each other hasn't changed. In other words, they ran the race, got to the finish line, but neither could claim victory over the other. For RAW, we're working literally so pedantic is called for. Say A and B get 15, C 12, D 11. You are saying that A and B crossing the line in equal first place is remaining the same as before the contest. That's a stretch, and the approach taken requires a house rule for cross-compares. That is why I said with "approximately equal justice" above. It's no more of a stretch - no more of a house rule - to say that the generality of the DM decides the DC includes that the DM might decide the DC based on other creatures check. Pragmatically, that works equally well. @pemerton I find myself not disliking your approach, but not seeing it as less a house rule or more justified than the alternative approach. Certainly I think finishing a race in any place does a poor job of remaining the same, unless all finishers tied! That said, I agree with @Jester David who suggests this is perhaps simply poor choice of words. When looking at RAW of course, choice of words is what we have and we can't make guesses about designer foibles. For RAI, sure. In the end, I don't think it matters who claims the high-ground because the case of multiple competitors is not clearly covered by the rules at all. Just the same as how far is further than your usual jump distance. Instead, they've acknowledged diversity of needs and provided tools good enough for a DM to apply on the fly. I think that's what Mearls is getting at and why he is happy about their approach to 5th. I don't think he means ignore those tools (a possible implication), rather I think he means apply them as you need to, to resolve situations at your table.

Saturday, 22nd September, 2018


Wednesday, 19th September, 2018


Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 09:39 PM - Parmandur mentioned Jester David in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    ...we see how much it actually is making for Hasbro. Anyways, I tracked down the source of the information people were thinking about, and found out what it's all about. I'm happy to let you guys go on with your party now that I know what all of it is really about. On your link thing though...I really have no idea what you are talking about or referring to. Most of the links that I see and things posted are on how the books are selling on Amazon, not the Hasbro stock reports. Right now they are up 2 from when I last mentioned them (they were at 105 around at that time, currently at this point they are 107.62 high right now). I don't think I'm going against your numbers anymore now that I know the REASON why they probably are advertising it like they are with those numbers and an actual plausible explanation of where they got those numbers in the first place. Mistwell (who, IIRC, is both a Hasbro stockholder and a lawyer) is referring to your post, #133, which quotes Jester David in post #130, wherein can be found three links providing details of the Hasbro CEO discussing D&D in a stockholder facing context: that is, not a marketing context, but an actionable stockholder communication. The local paper article is interesting because it provides a solid number, but it is in line with what Hasbro has communicated to stockholders.

Thursday, 13th September, 2018

  • 05:00 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned Jester David in post New Survey
    It's interesting that one of the questions is "Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG?" -- I assume this survey is meant for a much wider audience, then. Yikes, it's a long one! I really had to reread that question a few times to make sure it actually was asking what it seemed to be asking. Especially since it was the 4th question after questions about settings, races, and classes. I mean, why else would I be taking this survey? LOL Good stuff overall, though. Who doesn't love some freebies thrown in with purchase they were going to make anyway? Thanks for posting it Jester David!

Thursday, 6th September, 2018

  • 05:32 AM - LordEntrails mentioned Jester David in post Season 8 Changes (Adventurers League)
    AL players could number quite a bit more than you think. The DM group on Facebook has nearly 14,000 members. Could be. Let's see. 9 million players. If 1/5 of those is a DM that's 1.8 million DM's and 14k of 1.8m is 0.8% of DM's belong to the AL Facebook group. Even if 1/10 are DMs, then that's 900k DM's and that would be 1.5% So yea, Jester David 's estimate of 5% seems reasonable.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

  • 03:04 AM - ClaytonCross mentioned Jester David in post Revised Ranger update
    @Jester David "Why not just make more subclasses? It takes largely the same amount of design time and playtesting time, only the net result is more total options." I actually agree that an alternate pet ranger sub-class might be better than a revised ranger. The idea of making subclass "Pack Leader" that makes the companion job specific with multiple companions instead of higher health, that you could resurrect in ritual after every fight would be away to go... bit brutal imagery wise watching your pack die one at time every fight but a different feel for the similar job. Another subclass alternate, "Great Beast Acolyte" for those who want to have the build I wrote before but also want the companion to be the primary source of damage, being that its more powerful than your ranger it makes since that your actually serving the animal not the other way around, but you play as you paying tribute to the Great Beast it fights "for you" in thanks for your humble service... kind of like having a cat as...

Monday, 27th August, 2018

  • 09:41 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Jester David in post Revised Ranger update
    Yeah, thatís when you have to differentiate between a wild animal and a characterís pet (read monster vs PC asset); the two wonít follow the same rules. This would not be the first and only asymmetrical element of 5e actually. ębut thatís completely meta, why would a beast play differently once it has a PC master !?! Ľ you would say. Youíd be right, it is very metagame-y, but no less than the present Animal Companion rules to be honest. Iím not trying to backtrack what WotC has published; all Iím saying is that if this had been the rule from the beginning, then the PHB beastmaster would appear like an improvement on the base rule. Thatís the only point Iím trying to convey. And it is a fair point, I just see it as the ship having already sailed. When I first read your comment I thought you were talking about adding it back in as a new rule, which I think we agree wouldn't go over well. Jester David, I'm going to respond to things out of order. First, this assumes you can ďfixĒ the bottom classes mechanically. Itís likely the story and flavour of the classes be as much issue, if not more of an issue. Also, whatís the advantage of encouraging people to play the bottom most played classes? All that does is shuffle those classes up and other classes down. There are now new least played classes. Thereís no such thing as perfect balance. D&D doesnít need to be like an MMO that is continually shifting and being tweaked. Ok, so if there are no mechanical fixes for them, but there are for the Beastmaster, does it then make sense why we are focused on the beastmaster instead of whichever classes are the "lowest" ? Especially since from your reply, you have no idea what those classes are or why they may be lower. So to answer your question again about "why are we focused on this class instead of the lowest ranked ones" because this class has mechanical problems that we...

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

  • 06:16 PM - Sadras mentioned Jester David in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and the old splintering the fan base chestnut...
    And i am going to repeat this just because I want to be clear: all I am suggesting isn't likely is that an average DM with an average level of setting mastery could convincingly adapt an adventure deeply rooted in the Realms to one similarly rooted in a setting with a different strong flavor such as Dark Sun or Eberron ON THE FLY. Adapting modules to different settings requires experience. As for on the fly - even @Jester David who first mentioned that phrase in this thread included a little planning in the sentence with said phrase. EDIT: I guess it comes down to the level of detail one prefers or planning one requires to run a game.
  • 04:38 PM - Coroc mentioned Jester David in post How do you resolve Dragonlances Defiling etc.? See poll which settings... so you must have a solution!
    Thanks Jester David , now I got the whole thing formatted it just will not work from my work PC. How could Dragonlances be handled? Here is what I think: Lance 1d12 for mounted combat For footmen it would rather be 1d10 like a spear or polearm They are artefact grade weapons so they should absolutely be +3 Versus dragons draconians etc they should do double or triple damage, maybe double for the footman version and triple for mounted. So 2d12 or 3d12, How doe you think that might work, if e.g. introduced in your campaign

Thursday, 16th August, 2018

  • 03:48 AM - Hussar mentioned Jester David in post Patrick Stewart in new Star Trek show
    But, Jester David, you have to realize we're coming from very different directions. I LIKED Discovery. I thought the story telling was strong, the characters were very interesting and it was a fresh take on the Trek universe. Sure, they dropped lots of Easter Eggs. Well, that's a bit of a no brainer, first Trek in, what, 15 years after Enterprise was ... less than universally loved. :D And, let's not forget that they are looking for a larger, much larger audience than just North America. They aren't gearing the show for people like you or me who've been Trek fans for far too many years. They are trying to capture a broader, and much more mixed audience since they are shopping the show out on both the CBS stream and Netflix. Which means that for the first time ever, not only is Trek trying to compete in North America, it's trying to compete world wide. Which is going to have some impact on the writing and how the show plays out. Did they do all sorts of bad things to canon? Sure. I...

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

  • 05:40 PM - Cyber-Dave mentioned Jester David in post Dark Sun Giant PC Race (Built as a Medium Creature)... thoughts?
    @Jester David Thank you! I needed feedback of that sort. The ribbon abilities are ribbons. I'm aware. they are just there, for the most part, to appropriately flavour the race. I like your idea for giant's endurance. I also like your idea for giant's strength. The speed is to allow a medium half-giant to, with a move, be able to reach the same square as a large half-giant. The large half-giant only has a move speed of 30 feet, but because it fills up a 10-by-10 foot space, it ends up reaching up to 35 squares away (if counting from the farthest rather than the closest square it occupies). I agree that a player will probably not be able to remember all aspects of the personality... I figured, "who cares." By giving them all of the traits, bonds, flaws, and ideals, the player could try and emulate any given aspect when an approriate situation inspired the player. Since those rules are only used to inspire role-playing and occasionally grant inspiriation by DM feat, I figured it doesn't matter much on...

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018

  • 12:35 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Jester David in post Why I feel so abysmally let down by the "Ravnica" news...
    That's because you've taken secondhand information and fan speculation as being what WotC actually said. It's not. First, they said "hardcore" fans, not "long-term." Second, the "two surprises" that hardcore fans would love were not said to be the same thing as the two campaign settings that were planned. See this post here, where Jester David assembled the actual interview quotes: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?652080-So-is-that-it-(re-the-setting-announcements)&p=7468133&viewfull=1#post7468133

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 02:51 PM - Ovinomancer mentioned Jester David in post What is the essence of 4E?
    ...ng on the fix for proof of a problem. 4e is a dead system, no amount of criticism, even if it were valid will help it improve. 5e encounter guidelines are more complicated to use than 3e or 4e and produce less dependable results. It has had twice as long to fix them but no effort has been made. Perhaps you should get your own house in order before criticising the past state of another. It seems clear you are a very determined 5e booster and are trying to tar Pathfinder 2e with the same brush as 4e. That also looks like the objective of the thread starter. It's pointless 5e has clinched it's success, it has the D&D name and has returned to the D&D traditions, it didn't need to be as good as Pathfinder to beat Pathfinder in the market. It just needed to be half as bad as AD&D. Pathfinder 2e does need to be better than Pathfinder and it already looks to be on track. It will also be much better than 5e. Not by design or necessity just by default.Well. You've certainly proved Jester David right.

Monday, 25th June, 2018

  • 03:32 PM - dave2008 mentioned Jester David in post Monsters - older edition more challenging?
    Yes, many people have. In addition to @Jester David 's suggestion if DM'sGuild, there are several threads on these forums that can help. Some provide revised stats, or suggested revsions, or templates, or just advice on how to use terrain and tactics. Here is my thread that you might find useful: 5e Hardcore Monster Manual I haven't updated it in a while, but I hope to get back to it soon. There are also lots of interesting homebrew monsters on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnearthedArcana/ I highly recommend the monster-a-day project. It has been going for over a year and has close 350 monsters now.


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Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 11:04 PM - Abstruse quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    True. But then why would said audience care about a new book written about a setting from an edition they never played? Why do they care? WotC updates settings for the old fans, because the new fans have zero attachment to the worlds. The world of Critical Role and the Tal'dorei Campaign Setting are ten times as appealing as Eberron or Planescape to the new fans. Actually, you said it. Critical Role. And Relics and Rarities and all the other big streamers and celebrity D&D players. The people on those shows talk about the old settings in interviews and on social media, driving up interest for them for new fans who've never had a chance to experience them. New fans who aren't as interested at digging up 35 year old Dragonlance modules but really wants to see what Krynn's all about after Joe Manganiello talks about it.
  • 09:28 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Stewart did said they wanted to use Curse of Strahd as the template for future settings, with an adventure as part of the setting. The fewer racial and class and monster options that are added, the longer the adventure will be. An adventure will almost certainly be the centerpiece of the book. The catch is, they don't need to do a book on Sigil. That book already exists. If doing Planescape, they need to add something beyond just the fluff. As fluff is edition neutral. Mechanical faction details and rules for reputation in that city are something that isn't featured in a 2e book. They don't seem interested in doing the giant books of setting lore like they did in 2e and 3e. WotC appears to have solved for setting sbooks for 5E in Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica: 5E applicable crunch for players, DM aids, and a ton of monsters. Basically, a PHB add-on, a MM add-on, and a DMG add-on. That was the impression Stewart gave when talking about the reception of that book, at any rate.
  • 09:25 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Reporting things from Spoilers & Swag without a link is always dubious to me. It always turns things into a game of Telephone. Posters here have a loooong history of hearing things they want to hear. If that is the third hardcover, then it will revealed be the end of con video around the concert (like Dungeon of the Mad Mage was), wrapping up the event at 7 PST. They've mentioned it will be just before Game of Thrones. Which is a little anticlimactic as it means we know about it, but get no real information beyond a couple minute video. Take it for what it is worth, per Reddit at the time: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/330660672?t=01h01m58s 1 hour 2 minutes in, as a part of his Spoilers and Swag show, Nathan Stewart "announced" in a way that doesn't reveal any real details that there will be a new D&D setting book. Here's what he said in the stream: "Next year for our annual releases I can confirm there will be a setting book. A new setting book. A book that we have not created that ...
  • 08:35 PM - bedir than quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    The catch is, they don't need to do a book on Sigil. That book already exists. If doing Planescape, they need to add something beyond just the fluff. As fluff is edition neutral. Mechanical faction details and rules for reputation in that city are something that isn't featured in a 2e book. They don't seem interested in doing the giant books of setting lore like they did in 2e and 3e. A majority of players don't know the Guild exists. A vast majority of players never experienced 2e. Just like they didn't need to release Curse of Strahd because the i-series exists; they don't need to do any new setting book. They'll do new setting books because the audience has expanded so rapidly that old content is essentially meaningless.
  • 08:29 PM - Abstruse quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    The catch is, they don't need to do a book on Sigil. That book already exists. True, but by the same logic, we didn't need a book on Waterdeep. Or Chult or Barovia or Eberron or... People still want setting books because they want to see how they're updated to the new edition and the current timeline. They want not just what already exists but to see it updated. And there's also a LOT of people playing today who weren't even born when the first Planescape boxed set came out. They might not be interested in reading a book older than they are written for an edition they never played written in a style that's not remotely close to the current style RPG books are written in.
  • 05:54 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    A Print-on-demand book is still a book. This time last year he talked about two setting books, and one of those was Eberron. Possibly, though the context on Spoilers & Swag was answering a question on whether Ravnica was a success from WotC point of view: the answer was yes, and they were going to do it again with a new setting this year. The November hardcover "slot" is a setting book, the question is which, and when they will talk about it.
  • 05:43 PM - gyor quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Lots of thoughts, one post: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus The Blood War, baby. A fun focus for an adventure. And devils were the easy bet for a story, as one of the few villain types that hadn't been featured. I was expecting a pirate adventure initially, as Ghosts of the Saltmarsh is underwater but doesn't feature a lot of sailing to justify the giant ship mini. But devils were my second guess, as I've been waiting for this since Out of the Abyss/ Rage of Demons.) And it ties nicely into Tome of Foes. (I imagine a Gith adventure is also on their agenda. 2020 maybe?) A Hell adventure sounds cool, but focusing on the first layer of Hell is sadly limited. I'd love a grand tour of all of Hell with full stat blocks of all 9 non-god archdevils. That way the book would still be useful for people wanting to do Hellish adventures but who are uninterested in the story WotC is presenting. I'm uncertain how I feel about focusing on vehicular raiders and big fiendish war machines. That's ve...
  • 05:03 PM - Parmandur quoted Jester David in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Lots of thoughts, one post: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus The Blood War, baby. A fun focus for an adventure. And devils were the easy bet for a story, as one of the few villain types that hadn't been featured. I was expecting a pirate adventure initially, as Ghosts of the Saltmarsh is underwater but doesn't feature a lot of sailing to justify the giant ship mini. But devils were my second guess, as I've been waiting for this since Out of the Abyss/ Rage of Demons.) And it ties nicely into Tome of Foes. (I imagine a Gith adventure is also on their agenda. 2020 maybe?) A Hell adventure sounds cool, but focusing on the first layer of Hell is sadly limited. I'd love a grand tour of all of Hell with full stat blocks of all 9 non-god archdevils. That way the book would still be useful for people wanting to do Hellish adventures but who are uninterested in the story WotC is presenting. I'm uncertain how I feel about focusing on vehicular raiders and big fiendish war machines. That's ve...

Sunday, 12th May, 2019

  • 09:14 PM - jonesy quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Only just saw the movie yesterday (it was awesome), and I haven't had a chance to read through everything here yet, so apologies if someone already mentioned this. Captain Marvel was underused. Okay, this makes sense as they were filming her movie at the same time, so she was likely pretty busy. And they didn't have a clear idea of her character. In their interview on Ellen Brie and Scarlett mentioned that when Brie was shooting her scenes for Endgame they hadn't even started with the Captain Marvel movie (didn't even have a script), so Brie had no idea at all what the character was going to be like. She basically went into Endgame blind. (They talk about it at 4:35 in that video.)

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 09:06 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Just lobbing his responsibility to the strong female in his life so he can be an irresponsible man-child. He barely gave Valkyrie a choice. Plus... how is she better suited to lead? She's just as much a warrior as he is (and has as much of a drinking problem). Itís established early in the movie that she has been leading New Asgard for 5 years, already, and we see no signs of her drinking in the film.
  • 07:12 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Itís a Marvel film. No, it isn't. It is a *SONY* film. While they list is as "in association with Marvel" it isn't like Sony is bound to things that happen in the MCU, or vice versa. Marvel's creative control over what Sony does in its movies (including, say, the Venom films) is limited. Sony and Marvel have a special deal around having Spider-Man in the MCU, but that deal doesn't cover the rest of the Marvel content Sony has movie rights to. The regular comic Marvel Universe is Earth-616. Spider-Verse is Earth-1610. The MCU is Earth-199999. The X-Men films are on Earth-10005. The 2002 Spider-man is from Earth-96283 Um, not quite. Earth-1610 is the universe of the Ultimates line of Marvel comics. It is the first place we see Miles Morales. It has also been destroyed, and the Miles Morales of that universe has moved to Earth-616. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse focuses its action on what is referred to as Earth-TRN700. The "TRN" stands for "Temporary Reality Number", and is ...
  • 05:49 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    If heís off fighting and saving lives, and thereís a big galactic wide threat, why would he stay out? If Earth is in danger, why wouldnít be Bifrost from across the galaxy to help? Carol Danvers already answered this question. It is a big universe, and there are thousands of planets that don't have Earth's Mightiest Heroes to defend it. They establish that Earth is not unique in needing support from super-powered beings. The MCU has chosen the position that there's action happening off camera, which is the same as the comics - not every hero or villain appears in the pages of a comic every month. We don't see all of them all the time. Sometimes, they are out of the frame, but we can assume they are not just sitting doing nothing. Thor is 1500 years old - he's had a ton of adventures we have never seen, and we should not assume we see all the ones to come in the future.
  • 05:40 PM - Umbran quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Then why did they wrap up every other character (with the exception of Hawkeye who is getting a TV series). Winter Soldier and Falcon get a series. Vision (who is dead!) and Wanda get a series. Loki gets a series. There's talk of a "What If...?" series that could touch on any character. Seems to me lots of characters are getting some form of follow-on or further storytelling. Why not pass on the hammer like they did with the shield? Business wise, though Hemsworth has become terribly expensive, he hasn't publicly expressed a desire to be done with it nearly as much, so maybe they'll use him again, maybe not? In a narrative sense, Captain America and Thor play different roles. Cap is more of a symbol to people than Thor is. Didn't you listen to Falcon? He mused that he had problems considering a world that didn't have Captain America. Cap said, in essence, "You don't have to." Nobody is having a problem imagining the world without Thor - he's spent far more of his time off E...
  • 05:40 AM - MNblockhead quoted Jester David in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Gut feeling. Personal anecdotal evidence. I think people are reaching saturation. I need maybe one good monster book. I think one more subclass book is needed. Maybe the psion. And I have more adventures that I need. After that, thereís little they can publish to improvise my game. Meanwhile, I think most of the people who would play and are interested and been exposed already. New player acquisition is going to slow down. Plus, 2017 was a huge year and 2018 was even better. Can 2019 be even better? Or just the same as things plateau? If 2018 was the peak, then 2019 will be close to what 2017 was. And 2017 was a huge year. And since 2014 was a string year too, 2022 will still be decent sales. And the game could go to 2024 before they really need to have a new edition. And thatís assuming the decline is as sharp as the rise. It will likely be slower. I think we have not yet hit the peak. D&D as a brand has barely been tapped in terms of a mainstream audience. If the Critical Role cartoon gets ...
  • 03:15 AM - Blue quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    [Thor] has to threaten twelve year olds playing video games. Just to share, the line from my youngest daughter on the car ride home was "I'm not sure I like that NoobSlayer69 existing is now canon for the MCU." :) Would that work for Cap? Iron Man. Can you imagine if they had decided to just make fun of Captain America continually for the entire movie? You mean like they already did to Cap in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Where there was the running gag about his gawd-awful PSAs for students that he was decades out of touch with? All of the MCU movies have humor. Look at how many times things have gone humorously wrong for Tony, in his own Ironman films or in various Avengers. Thor has been the butt of jokes in his own shows, often because of his brother Loki, who hate gnomish paladins with rapiers .. wait, wrong Loki. *ahem* But Ragnarok came and put Thor in that role again and again ... and it worked. Even Hulk outsmarted him with the shocking door field, plus Grandmaster, Valkyrie, and the...
  • 02:47 AM - Blue quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Probably. It was probably a requirement of him joining Team Stark. Presumably he just didn't need permission to do things like stop muggers and ATM thieves. Citizen arrest type stuff. It's a weakness of the MCU that we never got a full examination of what the Sokovia Accords actually limited. And never got to see if they succeeded or failed. As a minor he would have had to have his parent or legal guardian sign them, and Aunt May doesn't seem to know he's Spidey. So it seems pretty clear he couldn't have signed them / had them signed on his behalf.
  • 01:16 AM - ccs quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    They all have Earths. https://fanlore.org/wiki/List_of_Marvel_Universes Right. The Marvel Cinematic MULTIverse is a big place. So if you're willing to call all this {crap} cannon for the MCU line of movies, what's your beef with Thor just flying away & maybe not ever being used again? And likely with no explanation of why he wouldn't come running back when the poop hits the fan for avengers 8 or such. Like I said earlier, maybe he's just far far away atm. (you know, 4 universes aware & down the rabbit hole by about 3 divergent timelines - and busy. Could take a moment to get back....)
  • 12:57 AM - ccs quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    And then he got another hammer. Which was also BS. Because they have no idea what to do with Thor... Would you prefer that he accidently summoned his Ultimates style hammer or Bill's Stormbreaker? Vs having a giant Tyrion make it? Or maybe you'd prefer his dumb looking axe from recent years of the comics?
  • 12:54 AM - MarkB quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    And then he got another hammer. Which was also BS. Because they have no idea what to do with Thor... Yeah, that I'll grant you is a failing of the Avengers movies - they feel free to ignore any elements of the standalone movies that take the cast away from their standard depictions. Most jarring in Age of Ultron where they essentially ignore the whole "I gave up all my suits" bit in Iron Man 3 in favour of Tony building an entire army of robot suits in addition to building more suits for himself.
  • 12:42 AM - ccs quoted Jester David in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Itís a Marvel film. They are a ďcanonĒ for Marvel and all part of the same multiverse. The regular comic Marvel Universe is Earth-616. Spider-Verse is Earth-1610. The MCU is Earth-199999. The X-Men films are on Earth-10005. The 2002 Spider-man is from Earth-96283 Do you also count: The Captain America serial (from the 40s) The '67 Spiderman cartoon Spiderman & his Amazing friends from the '80s The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, & Spiderman live actions from the 70s/80s. The 90s Captain America movie. The assorted Marvel animated series from the 90's+ (XM, Spidy, FF etc) David Hasslehoffs Nick Fury, Dolph Lungrens Punisher, Gen X The Blade series. Ben Afflecks Daredevil 2 more Punisher movies Nick Cage's Ghost Rider movies Ang Lee's Hulk The Sony Fantastic Four movies (FF, FF:RotSS & that reboot) Venom Legion Whatever I might've missed.... The Netflix series (yes, I know these + SHIELD & Agent Carter are in the MCUverse - but if you can accept that none of these guys (espe...


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Jester David's remixed character sheets
Tweaked versions of the official sheets.

I made the sheets landscape, with some other changes inspired by the circular design from the playtest.
There are regular character sheets, spell sheets, and an alternate spell sheet with fewer spell levels ...
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