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Wednesday, 26th June, 2019

  • 10:06 PM - Ristamar mentioned kenmarable in post Attacking defenseless NPCs
    To be perfectly fair, I'm sure that it works fine at your table, and that's the most that anyone can ask out of any house rule (or ruling). I would even expect that your ruling might change, depending on the players at the table and how they react to your rules, but that variable is beyond the scope of this sort of thread. Or, to quote kenmarable from the Prologue to Third Edition thread, "Balancing as a DM and balancing as a game designer are entirely different things."

Monday, 8th April, 2019

  • 11:20 AM - CleverNickName mentioned kenmarable in post Critical Role's Kickstarter Breaks $1,000,000 In About An Hour!
    They know what they are doing. If they say they don't have the time/resources/energy to do more, they know far better than we do.This. Matt, Travis, Sam, and others have said, repeatedly, that they won't add more stretch goals to the Kickstarter. They didn't say why, but I bet kenmarable hit the nail on the head. Instead, they said they will put any additional money pledged into improving the animation, adding more fight scenes, possibly adding digital effects in post-production. And that's the right call. They should be focusing on delivering the promised product--not making more promises.

Thursday, 21st September, 2017


Friday, 24th March, 2017

  • 06:27 PM - Farrem mentioned kenmarable in post Brazilian D&D Translators Fall Out Over Translation Rights
    @kenmarable, you got the general idea. @Morrus it's not a cancelation at will, in brazilian law you can cancel a contrat if one of the parts is misrepresenting themselves (an that is the case, all the plans and all the documents that Fire on Board presented to get the contract included assets from all the other companies). Seriously look at the medium article: More damning yet is an English-language document in which the four FMR members make a joint presentation of their credentials for the licence. “We present to Hasbro–Wizards of the Coast the Companies that will be involved in the licensing partnership,” it reads." (https://medium.com/@t.mcgrenery/why-brazilians-are-boycotting-dungeons-dragons-3fa37ce4d8a3#.6wi85o6fb) And right after this they just tell that the other companies withdrawn? The problem if WotC or GF9 do not intervene is that this is going to court, the judge will stop any publishing until the judgement (and that alone may take years, maybe 2 to 5 years). Not only this, ...

Thursday, 11th September, 2014

  • 11:24 PM - Quickleaf mentioned kenmarable in post Planescape: Fantasy Taken to the Edge (5e conversion)
    jabelincoln kenmarable I agree that the following rules should just be ignored outright: Priest spell level loss by how far they are from their deity's home plane. Weapon enchantment loss by how far from plane of construction. Also I would keep the unique effects of each plane as described in the original Planescape books. Very little tweaking is needed to make these work in 5e.  That leaves the more complex question of spells which required planar pathways in 2e. Traditionally, the Inner Planes are cut off from the Astral Plane (and thus the Outer Planes) while the Outer Planes are cut off from the Ethereal (and thus the Inner Planes). These spells generally came in four types: Spells requiring access to the Astral. Spells requiring access to the Ethereal. "Dual" Spells potentially requiring access to either/or the Astral and Ethereal. Spells creating extradimensional spaces (which don't work on the Astral). Here's a list of those spells. Spells with 5e versions/equivalents are in ...

Wednesday, 30th July, 2014

  • 02:36 PM - Quickleaf mentioned kenmarable in post Planescape: Fantasy Taken to the Edge (5e conversion)
    kenmarable Cool to hear from you! I remember when you used to manage Planewalker. Definitely check out Kamikaze Midget 's excellent faction conversion just down the house rules page, there's a link to his site. Really solid conversion of the spirit of each faction as backgrounds. My model was to have a group of faction backgrounds and a group of non-faction plant backgrounds (e.g. Chant-Broker, Blood War Mercenary, etc) for those players who just aren't joiners or don't grok the factions. And then each faction has one feat clustering abilities from Factols Manifesto & 3e for those who want greate attention on their faction beliefs / powers. The premise is that since belief is the main theme of Planescspe then factions should be woven into the heart of the game because they represent what character's believe. I agree that belief needs to be woven into the fabric of the rules for a Planescape game, and factions need to have some presence, but I'm not sure you need factions as background......

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Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

  • 03:07 PM - Aldarc quoted kenmarable in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    Just for sake of accuracy, I'm pretty sure the World Tree Cosmology was introduced in 3e. Prior to that it was assumed the Great Wheel was the only cosmology.Not too familiar with FR prior to 3e, so that may be the case. (So all campaign settings are really Planescape! :) Ha! There is no Forgotten Realms - only Planescape, berk!) Of course, many of us just see it as one big metaphysical soup that different people divide up differently. In fact, when it comes to the Great Wheel arrangement of that metaphysical soup, I blame the modrons.Your Planescape-slanted explanation kinda rubs me the wrong way, especially when it comes to Eberron's cosmology. We don't need some sort of grand unifying explanation as to why the cosmologies are different anymore than trying to explain Star Wars' concept of the Force into Star Trek. It strips a lot of the individual charm out of settings, again imposing Planescape norms on other settings. As I said earlier, I personally don't see what makes Greyhawk uni...

Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 10:19 PM - gyor quoted kenmarable in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    The wording is all a little vague - especially broken into separate quotes in the article. For one thing, the number of things is a bit vague from "a couple settings" and "two surprises this summer" but possibly a (third?) different surprise they are announcing in July?? Also, nowhere does he state that any of these will be hardcover releases or physical products of any sort. Given the way the publishing industry works, I'd say a hardcover, or even any printed book, this summer has Zero chance of coming out. Another hardcover at the end of the year also seems unlikely at this point but that's still being debated to death elsewhere so I won't get into that. :) Since no retailers or distributors are showing signs of other physical releases especially this summer, I'd presume Planeshift/EEPC style PDF releases. Not to mention that earlier this year Nathan Stewart said they had exciting plans for DMs Guild this year. So some PDF releases on DMs Guild as introductions to the settings in 5e (and ...

Sunday, 20th May, 2018

  • 02:41 AM - Sadras quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I don't see why inviting him is required to address his actions/involvement in the Sad Puppy debacle. It isn't, but I don't believe his involvement/actions in the Sad Puppy debacle is a strong enough reason to dis-invite him. Origins is a gaming con, and he is both a game designer and owner of a property with new games coming out next year. Furthermore he just won an award for miniatures painting. Not everything is about books. It just doesn't feel right to want to ban this person from all life because of Sad Puppies. We can agree to disagree on this point. :) After all, (to get back closer to this thread's topic) we don't usually need to invite sexual harassers to a Q&A in order to address why sexual harassment is bad. As I mentioned above, it is a gaming con. EDIT: Also, bizarrely, I feel the need to point out that sexual harassment is a crime. Well, if he says he's not sexist, racist, or homo/transphobic, then I'm sure there's no problem! *eye roll* Should you have evidence that r...

Monday, 14th May, 2018

  • 03:30 AM - Annie Bulloch quoted kenmarable in post EN World's Critical Role Roundup 012: How Caleb Spent His Summer Vacation
    As for the lack of recognition, the two wizards did have their backs to the party while looking out the window until Beau and Yasha approached them. Also, I didn't notice at the time, but I saw it shared on Tumblr, but when Trent's name is dropped just watch Liam. He freezes in mid reach just staring for 20 seconds or more. Yeah, in the screencap I included above, he made A Face and held it. I wasn't focused on him at the time, but of course I went back and looked later. And you're right, Matt said specifically they had their backs to the room, looking out the window.

Friday, 11th May, 2018

  • 03:43 PM - Eltab quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Once I caught up on the thread I'm still a ways behind you ... Plus, most people wouldn't consider themselves a potential harasser and so might filter out "Don't do this" messages, but most people might consider themselves potential victims or witnesses, and therefore are more likely to read messages aimed at them in that context, which still builds an awareness that can influence their own behavior. I don't know how to put enough +1's on this. The nonsense aimed at people who are not modern hip and 'with it' as being automatically guilty of every possible crime and perversion known to Man, is a self-inflicted stumbling-block to making the progress that is desired. Rev. MLK made progress on a social change issue even after he was laid in his grave because he opened a path for each individual to improve themselves, rather than pounding on people for their sins - real or accused. Show / tell the people who want to help when a problem develops before them, how to help. Watch the amount...

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

  • 04:13 PM - S'mon quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I believe some examples are necessary. In addition to helping potential harassers avoid the edge cases, especially with gross pick-up culture out there, one reason not often mentioned is to help inform the victims. Since sexual harassment has not been taken very seriously for so long, there are many instances of someone feeling harassed but doubting whether those in charge would agree. So at a convention, an incident might occur that isn't as blatant as groping, but the person feels harassed and the convention would consider it harassment, however, without the convention stating that as an example, the victim might reasonably be skeptical and not report it. The history of society and our industry in particular isn't real stellar in creating confidence in victims that they will be taken seriously unless a case is blatantly egregious (and sometimes even then it still hasn't been taken seriously!). Plus add in being a witness to a situation like that, and there can be even more doubt about whethe...

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 04:30 AM - Riley37 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    To echo someone else earlier, what is your goal with this? Is it a snarky attack or just an attempt at some humor? Don’t know about others, but I’m confused. Thank you for asking! IMO, asking is often better than jumping to conclusions, at least when the poster has elsewhere made substantial arguments in good faith. DannyAlcatraz asked what we could do, to reduce harassment, and what price we would pay. I laid out a comprehensive working model, Alphacon vs. Betacon, for how cons can discourage harassment, and what I would pay to attend such a con, rather than the Status Quo. If that didn't tell you what team I'm on, then I don't know what will. I'm making the point, snarkily, that this conversation isn't an isolated thing, off in the corner of our culture; I'm pointing out that harassment also is in the headlines. The 2016 USA election was, among other things, a national referendum on whether "grab her by the pussy" is a deal-breaker, for entrusting an individual with a position of powe...
  • 03:52 AM - Riley37 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Prepare as I cast Wall of Text! Alas, the action economy is not in your favor. Casting Wall of Text takes you an action; in some game systems, a Complex Action. Casting Derail, however, is a Reaction; trivially easy, by comparison. In practice, Wall of Text is mainly useful on willing targets, and is very difficult to impose on foes.
  • 02:54 AM - Umbran quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    This is great! My main request for expansion would be in having more of it addressing the potential victims: - clarifying how confidential reports are (or are not), - being absolutely clear on who among the convention organizers decides what action is appropriate (ideally it should be a group and NOT an individual), - whether and how someone filing a report are notified of the con's response, as well as - whether there are appeal processes or not (for both accusers and accused who feel their concerns were not adequately addressed). - Lastly, there is the massive can of worms of pre-emptive banning for behavior outside of the con is possible and under what circumstances. That's something cons should have a clear policy on before it comes up, because it will eventually come up especially as the backlog of unreported issues are finally reported because they are somewhat more likely to be take seriously now. A couple of thoughts - They do have to keep it short, or there ...

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 07:06 PM - Gradine quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Just check with your boss and/or Significant Other before doing those searches! :) In all seriousness, I agree. Since that community has to deal with these issues, I'm sure they have spent a lot more time than others on it. However, since I am posting this from work, I will NOT volunteer to research that and report back what useful information they have. :) Would it help if researching the anti-harassment policies of the BDSM community would not at all be out of place for my Significant Other's actual job?
  • 06:52 PM - Gradine quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I do agree that it largely is in the eye of the beholder, but I'm not quite ready to throw that baby out with the bathwater yet. (Although, admittedly, that's a stupid use of that analogy because are you *ever* ready to throw a baby out with the bathwater?? :) Anyway!) I think a policy that clearly lists certain behaviors as examples and is clear that it's not an exhaustive list would be far more useful and productive than leaving it in the opinion of the victim. For one thing, there's the usual points raised about putting too much power in the victim's hands then to accuse about whatever they want blah blah, but a more reasonable worry I see if it also puts too much responsibility on the victim. There have been many conventions that took the aspect of "what does the victim want" too far, and put an undue burden on the victim rather than taking on the responsibility themselves. So, in my opinion, a convention making a clear list (but also noting it's not exhaustive and there is an aspect o...
  • 05:59 PM - Gradine quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    So how specifically can we make conventions safer? Maybe people need something to respond to, so how about this: Gen Con's harassment policy is inadequate because it (at least) fails to include: - A definition of harassment. - Information on how staff will respond to reports of harassment. Strong statements are good (and their's is decently strong, so points for that) but not enough. If there is confusion about what Gen Con staff will consider harassment as well as having no transparency of what the process will entail ahead of time, people may be reluctant to report some instances of harassment. So Gen Con should be clearer about what constitutes harassment (but making sure it's not limited to only those things since people like finding loopholes) as well as explaining how harassment reports will be handled including who (with names) will investigate the report and confidentiality of the reporter. Agree? Disagree? The latter bullet point is great and I think necessary. The fo...
  • 05:52 PM - Fergurg quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    There's been some good discussion, but that signal has been buried in a lot of noise and distractions on however many pages this thread has been (I'm not sure the exact number because quite a few from my block list showed up especially early on as they usually do). So, we're gamers and gamers like rules. So how about these ground rules to avoid distractions as much as possible. Prepare as I cast Wall of Text! This should be fun. 1) The current status quo is that there is a lot of sexual harassment at conventions in the gaming community. (Online harassment is another massive problem, but let's focus on conventions and maybe smaller gatherings like store events first. Online harassment may be more difficult to address and some of us might learn a few things working through conventions first.) We'll cover this later, but a lot of this discussion needs to first detail what is and is not sexual harassment before determining how much there is, even with the vague amount of "a lot". 2) It is not 1...

Monday, 7th May, 2018

  • 05:31 PM - Afrodyte quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Afrodyte's actually one of the names I recognized from past threads that I've learned from. She has also said productive things about her experiences in this thread, but (unsurprisingly) people just focus on her "trolling" "attacks" on men. But if she's too intemperate for you to listen to, then I guess that's that, and I'll stop trying to defend her. I'm not intemperate. I'm uppity.
  • 04:40 PM - lowkey13 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Maybe it's a snarky way of repeating the words of the "bad guys" on the "wrong side of this", but maybe she has a point and after years of women being ignored, that's a way to be heard. No. First, it wasn't two times, it was five times. She did it to S'mon. Who was trying to engage in reasopnable conversation, and immediately took it to be a nonironic personal attack, "calling me a potential harasser." She did it to prosfilaes. She also insulted him by saying, "Are you sure you're not just being hysterical and blowing innocent comment out of proportion?" She did it to Rygar. (Okay, I can't really argue with that one.) She did it to Advilaar. She did it to Jasper. And followed it up with the same mocking insult. Look, that's not cool. Period. You don't get to excuse bad behavior just because you it comes from "your side." I'd love to see some productive conversation rather than attacks; is it possible I missed it? Did she offer it up? At this point, I don't know. I made sure to listen...
  • 04:39 PM - Sadras quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    How is wanting to avoid someone "automatically equating them to a villain/harasser"? You misunderstood, I did not equate those. Afrodyte has stated previously that if Morrus feels that what she is doing should stop, then upon being notified of his choice as the moderator, Then she will respect his request as the moderator. Yes and the only difference between Morrus and lowkey13 is the authority one has over the other in the site, the request would be the same from both and yet only the one would be seen as not on her side and supporting the structures that continue to harass women.
  • 04:02 PM - lowkey13 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Furthermore, (she seems perfectly capable of defending myself, but since her reasonable replies about how she feels are "trolling you", I'll speak up), she only claimed she wanted to avoid certain people. How is wanting to avoid someone accusing them of actually being a harasser? Explain that logical leap to me, because I'm not seeing it. If you want to avoid someone, we have a feature here- it's called "ignore." If you don't want to avoid someone, you then request their name, address, social security number, photo, etc., explaining that you need to do this in order to be safe. Since this is all on-line, the clear implication is that you believe that the words of this person = harasser or someone who sexually assaults. If the person takes issue with this, you mock them by saying, "You seem upset. Are you sure you're not just being hysterical and blowing innocent comments out of proportion?" Did I miss anything? Is that how you avoid people?
  • 03:57 PM - lowkey13 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    I'm sorry, I'm going to need a serious citation needed on this one, because it does not match any reality I have ever experienced or read about. Every community that I am a part of is having this exact same conversation about sexual harassment at their conventions and trade shows to address the exact same problems. The only ones who aren't having the conversation are the ones in denial. On this- I think that there may be a tendency to tar with too big a brush when it comes to what people know, and don't know. Which is why rhetoric, for example, matters. I would think that any time you see a troll like 1% Biker, I would hope that even hard-core misogynists (?) might think to themselves, "Hey, do I really want to be associated with that?" Hence the whole, "Wait, are we the baddies?" But it's the same on our "side" (whatever that might be- equal rights, dignity, safety, etc. shouldn't be a "side"). If people are trolling, or accusing everyone (implicitly or explicitly) or being harassers...
  • 03:34 PM - lowkey13 quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Ok, I can see repeating that question as possibly being trolling (or you could see it as a look into the unrelenting caution women have to constantly be thinking about - tomato, tomahto). That being said, what in the heck was any of her well-stated reply trolling you???? "Yet, I find it interesting that my fairly benign statements showing that I don't automatically trust every self-proclaimed good dude are getting more heat than some of the deeply unsettling things several posters have been saying in the past 15 pages I've been participating on this thread. If you really think that an exaggerated demonstration of the daily precautions I have to take to avoid harassment and assault is unfairly blaming poor, innocent men who are just trying to have a discussion, you haven't been paying attention to what several women and men have been saying on this thread, and you are not on my side (whatever being on my side supposedly means), and it all of it sustains and supports the structural dynamic...
  • 03:14 PM - Advilaar quoted kenmarable in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Did you read my post? Conventions that don't have room parties still have harassment. Conventions with sensible dress codes still have harassment. It is NOT because of room parties and lack of dress codes that harassment happens. It is from men being harassers. Alright, let's back up. Sexual harassment isn't just the vile Harvey Weinstein's of the world. The "predators" you mention. Yes, they exist, and need to be stopped. But do you think that's the extent of the problem? Eliminate the predators and women will feel safe? (Or as you say "the predators must seek better hunting grounds. Let those people deal with it." which I won't even touch because thinking that someone else being harassed or assaulted rather than you is an actual solution to the problem is some cold-hearted, unproductive thinking.) Anyway, do you think these predators are the extent of the problem? Sorry, but they aren't. The majority of sexual harassment, the overwhelming majority that women like RedJenOSU...


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