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    Today, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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    Today, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Leif's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 AM
    Posting is going to be iffy for me for awhile now: Today was my first day of six days of work in a row. I may be able to post some late in the day, if I have any energy left to work on my character, or I may just be totally wiped out from heat and effort. It's like an oven outside here, and the humidity is diabolically high. Hell and Arizona have nothing on Arkansas -- those are dry heats. ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 AM
    Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from Doctor Who as a missed opportunity in that regard. While they are made to look like angels, their faces are mostly fairly masculine, while angels are supposed to be androgynous. So in this case, “the point” would be making them more closely resemble what they are emulating. I could also see androgynous androids as being perceived as less...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 AM
    Welcome and good luck!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:55 AM
    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 AM
    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters, Thieves and Assassins. NPC Dwarves were limited to 8th level. All races except Half-Orcs were unlimited as Thieves, who were instead unlimited as Assassins.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:06 AM
    You might want to check that: dwarves could be Clerics, too. (In addition, when the classes were added, they could be alchemists and psionicists as well.) Also, every race had at least one class in which their progression was unlimited. As I recall, that was Thief for dwarves. (Possibly all races.)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:41 PM
    Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to stick. Just like “man” became a synonym for humanity, the male-rooted “Android” became the term for human-stimulant artificial life. Nobody seemed to care for a female-rooted version of the term.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:53 PM
    I don't know, the chargen just wasn't flowing for me today. I don't know, I just don't know....
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:59 PM
    Devon Shield, Half-Elf Druid / Ranger / Guardian
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:29 PM
    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The last half of the trip was behind the Iron Curtain- it was still a thing, then- and I ran out of my antiperspirant halfway through the trip. “No biggie.” I thought. I would just go buy some at the hotel store. Problem #1: there were no American brands at all, nor any European brands I knew. All were Eastern European. No roll-ons, either. So I...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    We also smell different from Europeans, IME. Americans- of both genders- tend to favor detergents, soaps and perfumes with floral or powdery smells...and sometimes, in unfortunately large amounts. In that context, we almost smell like babies. After living in Europe for just a few months, I was often able to tell when another American had wandered nearby. After a few years, I could...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick, right down to my lantern-jawed illustration thereof. Instead of a mask and antennae, he wore heavy rider goggles and a military style helmet (with “MM” on it), because SAFETY FIRST! He did most of his heroic patrolling while riding a bicycle (with a visibility flag) with cards in the spokes, a la: I even took this scene from issue #1: ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    How about Uluru Devil’s Tower The Yosemite “Firefall” Hang Son Doong Cave
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:43 AM
    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade pidgin or constructed language (like Esperanto), the most common primary/secondary language in the world (think Greek, Latin, French, and English, in turn), or a mechanical mesh mash of both.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like... “Furries, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ‘em!”
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:44 PM
    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so. ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:41 PM
    I remember Shayuri as being one of the best, most reliable posters on ENWorld, so I'd say something has definitely happened. But it may be as simple as a computer problem.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:35 AM
    In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about the Golden Gate Bridge, there is also Japan’s “Suicide Forest”: AOKIGAHARA http://mentalfloss.com/article/73288/15-eerie-things-about-japans-suicide-forest
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 AM
    Wish I had the time...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:16 AM
    Police believe they have found the remains of missing actor, Charles Levin. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/body-missing-actor-charles-levin-213243258.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:05 AM
    I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve played in and run games with very strict species limitations- at least one that was human only. IME: 1) sometimes race matters a great deal, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s very campaign AND player dependent. 2) one thing that always seems to matter is the availability of playing humans. Unless there’s a major setting-specific reason why you...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much passed down from my Dad. IME, there’s a decent grain of truth in the comic, enough that I find the barb amusing. But there WERE also many authors who were clearly more progressive than the era in which the lived.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:50 AM
    Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a major part. While he does have his devices all set to auto-join and routinely signed into the 3 wi-fi networks I mentioned, he was having problems with signal stability on ours. So every once in a while, he’d get booted while using Netflix, etc., and the GB drain would begin... As soon as he mentioned this, I knew exactly what he was talking...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:55 AM
    I appreciate the suggestions. I used to live in Irving. It’s the Dallas suburb just south of Coppell- my current suburb of residence. I’ve lived in the D/FW Metroplex since 1982: I know what’s available in terms of cons (not really interested) and game stores in several of the cities in our 4 counties. Even while gaming in a stable group formed in 1985- which in 1998 essentially merged...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:31 AM
    Well, like I said, part of the reason was communication. I have continued to text & email one guy in particular, but he has been very spotty about responding. I was invited to- and attended- the annual celebratory dinner in Dec/Jan. But that was the last time I saw any of them face to face. The guy in the group that I’ve known since 1985 hasn’t reached out at all. My house phone number...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:35 AM
    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in various games. Some were as simple as rune-carved sticks or staves. Others were as unusual as tattoos or even arrays of beads made of various materials arranged and knotted into various patterns.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:12 AM
    I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**, though I don’t know if he’s set for auto-join. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on his employer’s system. * he is the one who most recently reset the router. ** he set up his mom’s wi-fi, and she doesn’t have a clue as to how to change that.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:11 AM
    I get that...but I’m still at something of a loss, here. We have a pretty good wi-fi system here, and I know he uses it. He has wi-fi at his place of employment. He has wi-fi at his mother’s house. And he’s still gobbling up 2-4x the GB of the other 4 people on the plan. This month, we’ve used a combined 3 of 16GB; he’s at 12 with another couple of days to go.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:19 PM

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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:20 PM
    Emily Hartridge has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/europe/youtuber-emily-hartridge-death/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:38 PM
    I use my mobile devices for many hours a day, but I am usually on Wi-Fi. I am part of a group plan, and I typically use between 1-3GB/mo. One person on the plan uses more data than everyone else combined. How does one chew up data like that?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:34 AM
    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a light source that can’t start a fire is going to be handy when you’re on the water, surrounded by all kinds of flammables. Warding spells against fire would be worth their weight in gold, for that matter. OTOH, Grease could be handy if you WANT to start fires...on someone else’s ship. As I posited elsewhere, an aggressive, expansionist naval...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:21 AM
    After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I haven’t played since...2016? 2017? No significant gaps besides this current dry spell. The why? Well, I sort of had a falling out with my game group of 20 or so years about communication. There were other factors as well, but that was the proverbial straw. I haven’t seen any of them in person since December or January. And for a variety of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:55 AM
    Which reminds me... The Bridge is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge, in particular, its status as the #1 location in the world for suicides. In the context of a V:tM campaign, that could be prime hunting for a vampire of the right type. Not only as a place to hide their kills, but also as a way to feed guilt free on “willing” victims. (If the vampire has an issue with that, of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:49 AM
    What Would Peter Parker Do?
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:48 AM
    The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. Good one to use.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of Knossos, the palace of King Minos of Crete. Years later, I photocopied the map from the tourist material onto graph paper to use as a dungeon. I also look at unusual architecture and locales on the internet for locations, like the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan: Catatumbo Venezuela: Gilroy Gardens:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:44 PM
    Sounds like a memory was made. :) P.S.: wag of the finger at theft. :(
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:27 PM
    See also this thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?557176-Pages-from-the-Royal-Chef-s-Cookbook
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:24 PM
    (Had to be said.)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Have a good time!
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:31 PM
    Thorn is gone? What happened?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:34 PM
    I've done some reading about chargen and so forth, since I have little or no memory of my previous time in the game. I think I want to play a Druid named Devon Shield who quickly became disillusioned with the way that people and other creatures were misusing the natural world. He decided that he couldn't just stand idly by and so became a Ranger. When he attained mythic status, his call was to...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:55 PM
    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of different power levels through adventures. Most of the lower-tier PCs were related to the heavy hitters in some capacity. And we did rotary DMing, too.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:26 PM
    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp Thing from the 1990s) that took all the plant-themed Drift mutations. We were leveling up our characters when the campaign imploded. I had planned on taking the Brew Potion feat. Those potions would have been delivered via tubers grown from his body... And later...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:08 PM
    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas. Every gaming convention I’ve been to- GenCon isn’t one- has been overwhelmingly white and male, demographically. And that’s largely reflected in the game groups I’ve been a member of. Most times, I’m the only minority at the table, save one which was 1/3 each white, asian, and black. (And...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:43 AM
    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage... (All that other stuff is an illusion. ;) )
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:40 AM
    Especially if they try flying by jumping off a cliff or building while flapping their arms really fast.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:29 PM
    Average HP? Gear per the standard PF chart? Never mind, found it.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:54 PM
    Well... https://www.amazon.com/Miami-Vice-Complete-Don-Johnson/dp/B01HSAIP9W/ref=asc_df_B01HSAIP9W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241953397137&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7846823122258067632&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026798&hvtargid=pla-493204952389&psc=1
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:41 AM
    There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of character development in that series. Not just intrinsic, inseparable in some cases. Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” was turned into a script for the show...in which Mr. Frey played a major character. See also: http://mentalfloss.com/article/77272/20-fashionable-facts-about-miami-vice And:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:07 AM
    Well, given that his company had: I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:56 AM
    Neon. Men in pastels. Men not wearing socks. Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up. Guns. Hot cars. Hotter women. A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.* Action.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:31 AM
    Jim Bouton has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/us/jim-bouton-ball-four-author-dies/index.html
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:48 AM
    < I came across this old Playstation 1 game that I had never heard of so I checked it out on Youtube. The game hasn't aged well, but man is the sound design amazing. Even has pretty good voice acting. Anyways, I was listening to this particular track and for the longest time couldn't figure out what it reminded me of, but then it hit me. It's this old thing:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 02:13 AM
    Well, the largest Ammonite fossil on record was over 8’ across, and belonged to the Genus Parapuzosia and would have weighed over 3000lbs when life. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapuzosia_seppenradensis Sooo...three options: Parapuzosia haruspex Parapuzosia medicus Parapuzosia mundus
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 01:31 AM
    This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Hmmm... Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s Second Law, a.k.a. Stugeon’s Revelation. However... Not that those are or should be immune from criticism, but the more I read that sentence, the more I think of...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:19 AM
    I want to clarify my view, based on some of the other responses in this thread. Many of my favorite systems- HERO, 3.X, etc,- are great for simulating a wide variety of settings with little or no tweaking. But sometimes, a system designed for the express purpose of modeling a particular bit of fiction will simply do it better, more immersively. Other RPGs are lean and sleek, with just...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:37 PM
    It has to do with being a representative sample and the bias that self-selection introduces to the data collection process. It won’t have nearly as random a selection of hobby participants as data collected from, say, a list of 1000 people who bought games from a set of websites or a similar number of people selected entering or leaving game stores. In my 42 or so years of personal experience...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:12 PM
    This sentence puzzles me. Because I don’t know your opinion of haggis, I don’t know your opinion of D&D ;)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:07 PM
    Most of the complexity of HERO is in PC creation/advancement, anyway. Once you do that, you can usually play without touching the rulebook more than a few times per session...as a group.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:15 PM
    I play other RPGs to experience something besides the default D&D experiences. Different magic systems, different settings, different genres. Even though D&D was my gateway to the hobby in ‘77 and is still one of my all-time favorites (3.X being my favorite iteration), HERO is my #1. Even staying within other FRPGs, the different mechanics and assumptions drove different play styles and...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 06:56 PM
    I can’t speak to new gamers, but I bet the sentiment against such a move would be strong with veteran D&D players. I know some who get annoyed with the lack of extra attacks in other systems.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 04:19 PM
    I need to know more than that!
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:18 AM
    Parthenocissus sicarius The shelled ancestors & cousins of the unshelled cephalopods are ammonites and nautiloids, respectively. Never heard the “druids of the sea” term, though. Are you talking about something specific from a book or module?
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:59 AM
    Rip Torn has died. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rip-torn-men-black-larry-024010680.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:04 PM
    Is it just me, or would “The Uncanny Valley” be a good name for a robot western?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:23 AM
    FWIW, I don’t use the app.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:15 AM
    There's an app? Sheesh. That's the problem. :D Goes to show how little I've done anything online with a phone. I've just used it for calls and texts.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 12:25 AM
    Those of you viewing Enworld on mobile, are you able to see posts that have received experience? Because I can't see the experience system on my phone at all.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 06:26 PM
    I did check the official source first to see if they were selling them, but when I go to the HBO store I get this message: "HBO has decided to cease operation of the HBO UK, FR, DE, & EU Shops." :hmm:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:04 PM
    Makes sense to me!
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:02 PM
    I get a lot of crafts stuff on Etsy- jewelry and leather goods, mostly. Reasonably priced, too. But I can see how something emulating a copyrighted piece might be off or pricey.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:41 PM
    Getting close to the anniversary with my lady and I thought one of the presents could be Sansa's necklace. You know the one, from the wedding with the dry pie. So I'm looking at all the sites selling them, and none of them get the details right. Like, are they actively trying to avoid a copyright lawsuit, or something? I'm also noticing the same thing is true with Melisandre's necklaces. None of...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:31 PM
    You know what that trainyard reminds me of? The aftermath of this scene:
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Wednesday, 26th November, 2014

  • 02:42 AM - pemerton mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ...ther reason for discussing these dungeon examples is to make the point that this sort of railroading has a long history in D&D play and isn't per se objectionable. And I think Majoru Oakheart has advocated a version of this sort of railroading upthread, with an emphasis on the priority of the GM's conception of what the ingame problem is and what the range of solutions might be. But obviously in some contexts and for some groups this sort of railroading does become a problem. Second, if the GM does allow the players to travel from point A to point B, this is more like a wish spell than calling for a warhorse, in that the players are only acting on the gameworld via their own PC's causal capabiities. So for those who care about the distinction between player influence over content that is mediated via the PC's ingame causal powers, and player infuence over content that is not so mediated, the journey example falls on a different side of the line from the warhorse example. I think MarkCMG, for instance, would regard this as simply an instance of the players exploring the gameworld through their characters. Third, the GM is always free to say, "You arrive at point B. Knock of 3 days rations." There is no obligation to actually create meaningful, play-worthy content. This is a contrast with the paladin case, where the rules oblige the GM to create some content that will support a (short, but real) episode of play. Fourth, even if the GM does create some meaningful content that lies along the players' chosen route between points A and B, the GM has a free hand in choosing what that content is. The players haven't dictated anything about that content except the barest bones of its existence. The paladin case is more detailed than that. Hussar has also made this point upthread.) Fifth, if the GM does choose to create some meaningful content, this is an example of the GM authoring material in response to player desires. It shows that the idea that player desires...
  • 02:05 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ...e the same as a paladin summoning his mount, it would have to go like this: Player: We are going to cut through this forest. DM, you will provide a tailored scenario for our group that is very plausibly resolvable by our group, and, after we finish that scenario, we will arrive at B. To me, that's player authorial control. Simply choosing another option presented in the game world adds nothing to the game world. The players aren't authoring anything. It's no different than a Choose Your Own Adventure story where you are presented with different options. You can choose A or B (or C or D) but, you can't choose to add something to the story that wasn't there before. But, that being said, Sadras, I do fully agree that there are many other forms of proto-player authorial control in early D&D. Totally agree with you on that. I'm just harping on this one, because, for some reason, it keeps being rejected as an example and further, all other examples have been rejected by MarkCMG.

Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

  • 11:17 PM - pemerton mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    ... so far (I've neither played nor read Traveller). The PC shouldn't have any ability to determine the availability of the good they're looking for, so why then is availability tied to PC skill?I had a look at how this skill is handled in MegaTraveller - the text is changed, with similar flavour text but no "player authorship" mechanics (1987, p39): The individual is acquainted with the ways of social subculture (which tend to be simiar everywhere in human societies) and thus is capable of dealing with strangers without alienating them. Close-knit subcultures (for example, some portions of the lower classes, trade groups such as workers, and the underworld) generally reject contact with strangers or unknown elements. Stretwise expertise allows contact for the purposes of obtaining information, hiring persons, purchasing or selling conraband or stolen goods, and other shady or borderline activities. To initiate a gang of smugglers: Difficult This skill works in the way that MarkCMG and billd91 prefer. I think the reason for the original Traveller approach is that the game has no general, binding resolution for social conflict. So instead there is the player-authorship approach. The change in MegaTraveller seems to me consistent with the general trend towards illusionist mechanics in late-80s and 90s mainstream RPGing. A more obscure example of this in my D&D game was when a PC was on the moon in the citadel of Sehanine. She asked if there were any rocket ships available for purchase; I made a random roll (1-3 nope, 4-6 yes) and it turned out two were (I think I rolled a 5). She bought them both after going through some social conflict.A lot of interesting things seem to happen in your game!

Sunday, 2nd November, 2014

  • 01:50 AM - Hussar mentioned Mark in post Character play vs Player play
    I guess my issue with your point MarkCMG is that IMO, it's virtually impossible to play an RPG without invoking some story telling elements. From creating character background, to deciding spell level, all of these are based around creating an interesting story that the players want to play in. The reason you don't find Level IX monsters on Level I of a dungeon is because it would be very bad for the story. The concept of Monty Haul campaigns is based around the idea that characters have to "earn" their rewards and shouldn't be granted before they've earned them. How do they "earn" them? They adventure, thus creating stories. It's the same reason you don't generally give the protagonist powerful items before they've completed the quest for said item. Not much point in a Grail Quest if the Grail is sitting on a shelf in Camelot, after all.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

  • 12:27 AM - Morrus mentioned Mark in post Amazing Places - here's the pictures, post a description!
    I need to thank @Mark CMG for these - he's been posting them on Facebook for months. Someone needed to post them somewhere useful like EN World! As a fun exercise, let's pick photos and post a fantasy description that others might be able to use in their games. I figured this might make an awesome weekly column, but thought I'd see how it went here first.5624756261562625626356264562655626656267562685626956270562715626056259562485624956250562515625256253562545625556256562575625856272

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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 06:08 PM - steenan quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? We typically play 3+GM or 4+GM. But it's not the same group every time - different sets of players for different games. 2.) Do you DM? I often GM, but I'm not the only GM in the group. Currently I play in a campaign my wife runs. 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? Most of the people in our group run games sometimes. I think my wife and me are the GMs most often. 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? In the current campaign: 2 females and 3 males (this includes the GM). 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? There is one game store nearby, but it's not good. I buy games online, in digital formats, and even dice or similar accesories are typically easier to order than to buy locally. 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? We often use published settings, but nearly never published adventures. In the last 10 years, the only adventures I ran that were not mine were some Dogs in the Vineyard to...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 01:06 PM - Mercule quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    It's strange to think I started this thread 15 years ago when you were 20 and until it got resur-muh-rected last Spring it had been dormant for five years. :) Haha. I didn't even see the OP date. The thread just floated to the top and I jumped into the conversation. Also, just to clarify my grognard status, I'm not 35. I've been playing D&D for 35 years. I'll be somewhat coy about my actual age (more privacy than pride), but I'm roughly the same age as the game itself.

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 01:50 AM - Mercule quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? Five players + a GM. 2.) Do you DM? Almost exclusively. 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? Two others have GMed for a meaningful during, at some point. One last ran "Return to Temple of Elemental Evil" when it was fresh. The other was running "Tomb of Annihilation", last I new. I played in the former, which was the last time I actually played until I did a stint in the latter's "Curse of Strahd", last summer. 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? Four males (including me) and two females. 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? Tempest Games 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? Historically, mostly homebrew. I ran a couple of the 5E adventures, though, because they sounded interesting. Just transitioning back to homebrew for 5E. 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 35 years. I'm older than the President's kids, but not by much. 8.) Who taught you to play? A kid ...

Monday, 2nd April, 2018

  • 03:17 AM - Chad Hooper quoted Mark in post Re: Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    Everyone, tell us about your games, please. 1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good game store near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? Answer any or all of the above, please... :) 1. Currently four, started out roughly six months ago with just three. 2. I am the DM. 3. Nobody else has taken a turn as DM yet, but I hope one or more of them does so down the road. 4. 3 guys, 1 gal. I'm the oldest, youngest player is about 27. 5. It's hit or miss in brick and mortar places here since we're playing an older edition. Lots of hunting in thrift shops and used book stores, but mostly online shopping. 6. In the past I've run exclusively homebrew adventures set in my homebrew world. This time I'm running the enormous ca...

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 05:03 PM - FaerieGodfather quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? My main real life group: Myself and 4-6 others. More often than not. When someone else has a campaign they want to run. Slight majority male. Two regular women, one irregular woman. Games Gauntlet in Laramie seems professional and friendly, but they don't carry a lot of stuff I want to buy. Homebrew, always. I don't even use commercial settings, and half the time I'm playtesting a homebrew system. I'm turning 38 this year, which means I have been playing (and GMing) for over 25 years. My former stepfather. It's a wonder I stuck with the game, but I'm glad I did. My main online group: I try to keep the number of players at 6. Currently at 4...

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 07:49 PM - ART! quoted Mark in post Everyone, Tell us about your games, please!
    Everyone, tell us about your games, please. 1.) How many players in your group? 2.) Do you DM? 3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? 4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the group? 5.) Got a good gamestore near you and what is it? 6.) Mainly modules or homebrew stuff? 7.) How long have you been playing and how old are you? 8.) Who taught you to play? 1. 10 people have characters written up for the game, but we usually have 4-6 players show. I never say "no" to a potential player. 2. & 3. I am the "main" GM, but another player got excited, ran a side adventure, and now we are co-GMing our way through the Tyranny of Dragons books: I run three "epsiodes", he runs three, etc. 4. One female player, but she's always there, so about 5:1. I would LOVE to get more female players. 5. Yes. Common Room Games! used to have weekly GM Roundtable meetings there, I've played a few one-shots there, they have a games auction twice a year, and I buy stu...

Sunday, 4th March, 2018

  • 08:25 PM - Blue quoted Mark in post Do RPGs' Wargaming Aspects Overshadow RPing?
    Do RPGs' Wargaming Aspects Overshadow RPing? ONLY correct answer: depends on the system and the game. Sorry, the question is meaningless. Did you mean to ask this in the D&D forum? That at least would have a focus.

Saturday, 4th March, 2017

  • 05:36 AM - Knightfall quoted Mark in post Forked Thread: Does your v.3.5 fan site have the OGL attached to it?
    ...every aspect of the OGL, so I could be wrong. If I had to make my Walk the Road wiki OGL compliant then I'd just delete the damn thing! :mad: It wouldn't be worth my time or effort. I believe the only separate document created by WotC regarding OGC use was essentially an addendum in the form of the conversion policy but that had more to do with utilizing older D&D IP in conjunction with the OGL. As to fan websites, I do not believe that the OGL makes any exception for them in regard to use of OGC and the OGL. However, it is certainly simple enough to add an OGL with a section 15 to any website that simply has the line "[website name here] is copyright [person name here] [year(s)]" then after the "END OF LICENSE" add an OGC declaration (100% except for PI if you wish to be open or more restrictive, perhaps just to specific mechanics, if you wish to hold more control on the material) then a PI (Product Identity) declaration with a list of specific terms that you consider trademark or worth holding back from OGC, like the name of the campaign world, your own name, original names of classes or races or items, etc. It's not that difficult, really. Okay, I'm just wondering if I'm the only one. I'm sure that many of you have your own web sites (and/or wikis) dedicated to D&D v.3.5. So the question is... Does your v.3.5 fan site have the OGL attached to it? If it doesn't, do you worry that WotC might come gunning for your head? If they told to comply or shut down your site, what would you do? Do you think WotC cares about D&D v.3.5 fans since it's no longer the current edition?

Saturday, 5th April, 2014

  • 07:10 PM - herrozerro quoted Mark in post QR codes in books?
    Which is wierd. that the inclusion of something so small could turn someone off so quickly. Wait... *takes a look at the dnd forums* nevermind. Personally I would that that if it were unobtrusive and not required it would hopefully not be rejected.

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