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    Today, 09:14 AM
    Winchester Mystery House
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    Today, 08:43 AM
    Ilha da Queimada Grande (“Snake Island”), Brazil: (I bet this is St. Patrick ‘s fault.)
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    Today, 04:28 AM
    Glass Beach, Hawaii: Glass Beach, California: Glass Beach, Russia See also Florida, Oregon, Bermuda and so forth.
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    Today, 04:21 AM
    IM Power Station Cooling Tower (abandoned) in Charleroi, Belgium.
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    Today, 04:17 AM
    The now abandoned Kelenföld Electric Power Plant in Budapest, Hungary:
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    Today, 04:08 AM
    Late in 3.5Ed, Illithids were said to be from the future, and had traveled back in time to create the conditions that led to their existence. While time travel may not be a power, it could be some form of magitech. See 12 Monkeys, the TV series as a recent for example:
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    The Stone Forest near Kunming, China. The sharp edges of the limestone formations mean it is largely unexplored.
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    As a megafan and frequent* HERO player, I eventually made a spreadsheet for making characters. Much like PC creation itself, it was time consuming to set up, but once created, was a breeze. Definitely a time saver when calculating build point costs. I designed mine to show the costs, which is helpful but not necessary. Alas, the program I used stopped being supported by Microsoft a decade +...
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    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    For my best campaign ever, I set up the gameworld and designed certain adventures that forwarded the main plot, but I also made a “newsletter” that was essentially the in-house newspaper for the agency the PCs were connected to. I printed out a copy to post on our host’s cork board for all to see. In it, the major storylines described the campaign’s biggest news, centered on the main plot and...
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    For true magical home improvement, you need a Fence Oracle.
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    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    I played a couple six month campaigns of Castle Falkenstein and a few one shots. Our GM used cards but modified the system heavily. It made a significant difference.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    César Pelli has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/743764897/c-sar-pelli-renowned-architect-of-skyscrapers-around-the-world-dies-at-92
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    Yesterday, 09:53 AM
    Mitch Petrus has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/19/health/mitch-petrus-nfl-heatstroke/index.html
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    Sheila Dikshit has died. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/india/india-sheila-dikshit-obit-intl/index.html
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    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    One of the guys in my group refs for HS. Same story.
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    Yesterday, 07:30 AM
    Gust of wind will do a great job of cleaning dust, dirt and debris from a hallway.
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    Yesterday, 06:55 AM

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    Yesterday, 06:42 AM
    I don’t play 5Ed, but iI’ll point out that the floor plans for many ancient Greek structures* are available in tour books, etc. Some decades ago, I photocopied the map of the palace at Knossos on Crete onto some grid paper and used that for an adventure. * and others around the world, of course.
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    Yesterday, 12:51 AM
    Animated cleaning equipment?
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    Yesterday, 12:43 AM
    Coober Pedy
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:40 AM
    Welcome and good luck!
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:55 AM
    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    How about Uluru Devil’s Tower The Yosemite “Firefall” Hang Son Doong Cave
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    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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    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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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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    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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    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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 AM
    Wish I had the time...
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 02:12 AM
    Too much D; not enough D.
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    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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    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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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:19 PM

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:49 AM
    What Would Peter Parker Do?
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Admittedly, it hasn't worked yet, but....
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Sunday, 26th March, 2017

  • 04:17 PM - jayoungr mentioned Sammael in post Enhancing "Curse of Strahd" (and DDAL adventures)
    ...It might be useful, I don't know. +1 Guide of Clarity Thoughts from @Rils: I'm also toying with the idea of the Fanes. There are three noted in the text - Yester Hill, Berez, and an un-named circle of menhirs at Old Bonegrinder. The quickest thing in my mind is to equate that last one to Lysaga Hill, tie in the hags, and voila. Specifically looking at the mention of the "leftovers" the hags leave in the circle, lots you can do there with connections to youth, vitality, longevity, etc. As for the other two, just run the areas as-is, but maybe include some sort of cleansing ritual as a special encounter. I'd personally probably have an NPC like VR or Ezmerelda or one of the village priests do the actual ritual, with the PCs either guarding or assisting during the 10-minute cast time. You don't want to lock out one player by making them the caster stuck doing nothing while waves of twig blights/zombies/etc or strange necrotic/elemental/primal phenomena are going on. And finally, @Sammael offered these updated stats for Rictavio: Playing with Rictavio's stats - he really shouldn't be a cleric (as per all prior edition lore). Here's what I have so far (a bit of assassin, a bit of inquisitive): "Rictavio" Medium humanoid (human), LG Armor Class 12 (leather armor) Hit Points 77 (14d8+14) Speed 30 ft. ---- STR 9 (-1) DEX 12 (+1) CON 13(+1) INT 16 (+3) WIS 18 (+4) CHA 16 (+3) ---- Skills Arcana +9, Insight +7, Medicine +7, Perception +7, Religion +6, Sleight of Hand +4 Ear for Deceit (cannot roll less than 15 for Insight), Infiltration Expertise (see rogue class) Senses passive Perception 17 Languages Abyssal, Common, Elvish, Infernal Challenge 5 (1800 XP) <- probably should be higher now ---- Special Equipment: sword cane, monster slayer’s kit, hat of disguise, ring of mind shielding, scroll of raise dead ---- Multiattack: Rictavio makes two sword cane attacks Sword cane: Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6 + 1) bludgeoning dama...

Tuesday, 13th December, 2016

  • 12:37 AM - Charles Rampant mentioned Sammael in post Let's Read: Volo's Monsters
    Yeah, there really isn't much interesting about these guys that I can see. Best I could think of is a colony that was a little closer to the surface, in a cave system. A low-level party thinking they are entering a spider's nest would be unpleasantly surprised by a Choldrith cleric and some Chitines. Having them ambush from above is a solid tactic, maybe if you wanted a more militaristic fight exchange their daggers for shortswords. There is certainly some uses for them, but they definitely are not likely to make my 'must use low level critters' list any time soon. You and @Sammael both make solid suggestions though. Looking back, since we've passed the Beholderkin, but didn't really talk about the prime Beholder, I want to address something. I really love the variant eye rays, especially new choices for their central eye.I've never enjoyed anti-magic and I seriously want to run a beholder with a persistent Mirage Arcane or that Stun effect. Those seem so much more dynamic than taking away any magic the party might be using. Definitely something I'm glad they added in. I didn't want to cover Chapter One, in large part because I had no idea how I'd structure such a thread! The beholder variant options are indeed really cool. I'm also a huge fan of the way that they suggest variant Hag Coven spells, to give different themes. Really nice way to change it up without making things really complex. There's a lot to like about the way that 5e is able to make small and easy changes that feel major in play. That reminds me: I said under Catoblepas that Hags have not...

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Monday, 23rd January, 2017

  • 08:46 AM - Rya.Reisender quoted Sammael in post Why a New D&D Video Game Should Be 16bit/2D
    ToEE was 100% accurate to 3.x rules. It sucked, because PnP rules do not translate well to computer games - instead of immersive gameplay experience, it ended up being boring as hell. What are you saying? ToEE is exactly how a game should be like. It only failed because it was buggy, but there's a fan patch that actually fixes it.

Saturday, 21st January, 2017

  • 10:10 PM - AaronOfBarbaria quoted Sammael in post Why a New D&D Video Game Should Be 16bit/2D
    ToEE was 100% accurate to 3.x rules. It sucked, because PnP rules do not translate well to computer games - instead of immersive gameplay experience, it ended up being boring as hell.I think the issue there was, for me at least, that the player side of the game stuck to the 3.x rules as close as it could, but the DM side of the game (how many monsters of what types you encountered at once) adhered to the actual module rather than adjusting for the 3.x assumptions for encounter design, resulting in a poor experience overall because the difficult of the game was pushed well above that which someone following the 3.x DMG's guidelines for encounter building would have. At least that's how I remember things, it's been a while since playing it, but I distinctly remember the game starting with too many giant frogs and then going immediately into being outnumbered by bandits.
  • 07:20 PM - Gardens & Goblins quoted Sammael in post Why a New D&D Video Game Should Be 16bit/2D
    ToEE was 100% accurate to 3.x rules. It sucked, because PnP rules do not translate well to computer games - instead of immersive gameplay experience, it ended up being boring as hell. That's kind of the crux - folks seem to believe that character sheets, dice, classes, hit points and all that jazz that are parts of pen and paper RPGs require representation within a digital format, otherwise they're not playing an RPG. Especially designers wishing to capture a demographic conveniently boxed and labelled 'D&D players'. Which is understandable. And we need to recognize that these are elements that are required to play a pen and paper rpg (usual exceptions for various systems apply). They are not, however, the game itself. We roll dice to randomly generate a value, which can be used to determine an outcome, be it a save, a hit point value, the chance of being hit by a meteor and so on. Likewise, a character sheet is a handy, low cost method of tracking and remembering various values which...

Thursday, 12th January, 2017

  • 11:03 PM - Celebrim quoted Sammael in post In fact, INSERT RULES HERE was a key part of the 3rd edition, and it means 5th edition is still missing full support for this previous edition.
    EDIT: Celebrim - do share, I'd like to see that monster of a House Rules doc (and use it to scare players). I'd have to think about the legality of sharing it. Plagiarism never was a concern in creating it, and although almost everything I borrowed has been transformed, there are going to be clear sources I'm working from in some cases. I'd hate to get a cease and desist on my own house rules. I've shared bits and pieces of it before on EnWorld, but only content that I was 100% sure I was sole author of. Also, I'm pretty sure I can't copy from or modify the SRD without following a bunch of OGL rules I've never paid attention. Also, I'd really not be pleased to find copies of my rules loose in the wild in the hands of strangers. While I'm thinking about this, I'd say the rules are 50% a blend of the 3.0 and 3.5 SRDs (which his how the project got started) tweaked based on my own playtesting, 25% purely original content to fill gaps in the rules, and 25% content adopted from a varie...
  • 10:26 PM - DaedalusX51 quoted Sammael in post In fact, INSERT RULES HERE was a key part of the 3rd edition, and it means 5th edition is still missing full support for this previous edition.
    A +5 bonus from a stat would be trumped only at 17th level (for non-Expertise skills), which means that the training is less important than natural ability for 85% of a character's adventuring career. Not to mention that the number of official adventures that support play at this level are currently zero, and the number of homebrew campaigns are likewise insignificant. IIRC, only Bards and Rogues get expertise, and only for a limited number of skills, which makes it too limited to consider in the grand scheme of things. I can see how that could feel like an issue as you play. I think in the long run it actually makes a bit of sense. I know people who are pretty good at drawing with no formal training (Ability with no skill training), I also know artists who went to art school that just don't have the ability (Skill training with a poor ability score), and I also know some amazing artists that also have formal training (Ability and skill training). It just seems that you do not like how...
  • 10:07 PM - DaedalusX51 quoted Sammael in post In fact, INSERT RULES HERE was a key part of the 3rd edition, and it means 5th edition is still missing full support for this previous edition.
    My pet peeve, as mentioned many times, are the skills. Skills are woefully underdeveloped in 5E and I was really disappointed with the "stats are king" approach (which, in my book, translates to "natural talent is much more important than learning and training" - something I find to be patently false). I will not use 5E for an extended homebrew campaign until an official skills module is made (my players share this sentiment, they feel too constrained by the current system). I'm just curious by what you mean with "stats are king" in regards to skills. Wouldn't a +5 bonus from you stat be trumped by your +6 or +12 bonus with expertise, which is what is representing your training in said skill? Maybe you're looking at this differently than I.
  • 02:02 AM - Henry quoted Sammael in post How much Forgotten Realms have you used in your games?
    For those who run games in FR, or play in FR games, how much Faerûn have you covered? Creating a poll would be difficult, but perhaps with enough data maybe we can extrapolate what the most popular regions are. I've been running a Dalelands campaign in the Daggerdale area for two years now - with jaunts to the dragonspine mountains, cormanthor/Myth Drannor (set in DR1372, so Myth Drannor is still an exotic hell-hole), and possibly Cormyr before they end it.

Monday, 9th January, 2017

  • 05:43 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted Sammael in post The characters are the players
    We actually voted on each others' stats, no one had anything above a 15 IIRC. The few times that we've done this, we still used the normal stat generation method for whatever game we were playing.

Sunday, 8th January, 2017

  • 11:48 PM - Parmandur quoted Sammael in post How much Forgotten Realms have you used in your games?
    Hm, judging from the responses so far, very few people actually play in FR. I hope WotC knows this :heh: Heh, what I see is that people are using 1E or 3E sources, primarily, to fuel their 5E games, or just going off of what's in the APs. Divided audience, suggests a 5E FRCG would be...problematic...if people using the books are scattered as to era in actual use. Hence the timeline agnostic releases for 5E.
  • 07:36 PM - Li Shenron quoted Sammael in post How much Forgotten Realms have you used in your games?
    For those who run games in FR, or play in FR games, how much Faerûn have you covered? Uhm... I don't strictly run games in FR, but I have used regions and cities (and monsters and deities and NPCs...) from the FR in various homebrew campaigns. At least on the top of my head I remember using the following (in some cases heavily modified): Amn Rashemen Thay Netheril Calimport Chessenta Anauroch Neverwinter Waterdeep Zhentil Keep Menzoberranzan

Friday, 6th January, 2017

  • 06:47 PM - MichaelArkAngel quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Well, as I said, it's my advanced age (37) ;) the very concept of twitch boggles my mind - why the blazes would I want to watch other people play games when I can play them myself? But I know I'm hopelessly out of date. Man if you consider that advanced age, what am I when I turn 48 next Wednesday? (insert your own old fart jokes here)
  • 03:34 PM - ccs quoted Sammael in post How much Forgotten Realms have you used in your games?
    Hm, judging from the responses so far, very few people actually play in FR. I hope WotC knows this :heh: It doesn't matter how many of us PLAY in the FR, just how many books sell. Base Rules book wise - phb/dmg/monster volumes - as long as its fairly generic I don't give a kobolds crap what flavor they use. For me not to buy a rule book it has to focus on something doesn't apply to my game. For ex: I'm sure someday they'll print a Psionics book. But I won't be buying it. Adventures? Pretty much the same opinion. 1st I'm looking for good/interesting adventures. A distant 2nd comes worrying about ease of plugging it into some other setting than what it was initially written for.
  • 03:24 PM - SkidAce quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Well, as I said, it's my advanced age (37) ;) the very concept of twitch boggles my mind - why the blazes would I want to watch other people play games when I can play them myself? But I know I'm hopelessly out of date. I'm 53. Listening to Critical Role while I run is fantastic. Great stories and plenty of ideas.
  • 11:18 AM - wedgeski quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Well, as I said, it's my advanced age (37) ;) the very concept of twitch boggles my mind - why the blazes would I want to watch other people play games when I can play them myself? But I know I'm hopelessly out of date. You're 37 but you're talking as if you're 77! :) I'm well into my 40's and I spend a large portion of my leisure time either watching these things or having them on in background (live D&D is particularly good for the latter). Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm, D&D, even X-Wing battle reports! Not to mention multiple board-game streams. A great way to unwind and chill out, too.
  • 10:58 AM - Delazar quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Well, as I said, it's my advanced age (37) ;) the very concept of twitch boggles my mind - why the blazes would I want to watch other people play games when I can play them myself? But I know I'm hopelessly out of date. Why do ppl watch football on TV instead of playing it themselves? I guess it's the same reason. I'm 38, and a follower of Critical Role. I watch (well, listen to) CR every week, not only because it's enjoyable, but I also learned A LOT about DMing by following Matt.
  • 10:40 AM - happyhermit quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Well, as I said, it's my advanced age (37) ;) the very concept of twitch boggles my mind - why the blazes would I want to watch other people play games when I can play them myself? But I know I'm hopelessly out of date. Is 37 really "advanced" age? What does that even mean, like Advanced D&D? :.-( Anyways, I am very out of date on very many things, but I like podcasts and recently some of these youtube videos (though ironically not Matt Mercer's Critical Role I mentioned), as I listen to them when doing other stuff, like driving.
  • 10:23 AM - happyhermit quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    I have no idea who these people are. In fact, I just googled them and I still have no idea who they are and what warrants their celebrity status. Damn my advanced age. What ever warrants "celebrity status"? Whenever someone mentions a "celebrity" someone says "Who is that?" :) note, I said "and popular figures". They are just people who a lot of other people watch. I could have mentioned many more widely known celebrities such as Vin Diesel (who played a session on camera with Mercer) or whatever, but that's hardly the point. When Matt Mercer sits down to run a D&D session on twitch something like 1 million people will watch, many live plays have several more millions of views on youtube later. The audience on those shows and mediums skews heavily towards under-30, to say the least.
  • 10:05 AM - corwyn77 quoted Sammael in post How much Forgotten Realms have you used in your games?
    Hm, judging from the responses so far, very few people actually play in FR. I hope WotC knows this :heh: I know you're being tongue in cheek, but forumites are a very poor indicator of their market as a whole.
  • 02:34 AM - Curmudjinn quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Interesting. I disagree, because The Wild Goose (AKA The World Serpent Inn) in Arabel is far more likely to serve as a nexus point for adventurers to visit other settings. The problem is that the World Serpent is more of a trap dimension than a useful adventure stop. Similar to the mists of Ravenloft. Once you enter, per the original concept of the inn, you have no idea where you are leaving to. Whereas, the Yawning Portal is a true rest stop before adventuring, being the last bed til Undermountain and Skullport. And you can choose to go anywhere from Skullport.
  • 01:51 AM - Olive quoted Sammael in post Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!
    Book titles aren't trademarked, as far as I know. And honestly, "Tales from the World Serpent Inn" sounds a lot cooler than "Tales from the Yawning Portal." I think titles are copyright, not trademarked - just try self publishing a novel called A Game of Thrones... Edit: actually, I'm mistaken: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/can-you-use-a-book-title-thats-been-used-before. But regardless, a more distinct title is stronger in terms of SEO and identity.


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