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Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 12:32 AM - Parmandur quoted Birmy in post Of Ships & The Sea DM Screen & Official Vinyl Sword Coast Map
    Baseless speculation: Since the screen is more generically titled as "Of Ships and the Sea," rather than taking on the name of the book to which it's attached (as has been the case for the other GF9 screens), maybe this indicates it's meant to be used for multiple upcoming themed supplements. The seeming Nine Hells theme of "The Descent" probably nixes that idea, though. Or, alternately, they're seeing if not identifying a product with a specific storyline helps long-term sales. In the Nine Hells Lore You Should Know, Chris Perkins discusses sailing through Hell on the River Styx. Perkins has teased Lantan and other Sword Coast things in upcoming products, too, so maybe the AP storyline will be Planar *and* seafaring.

Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 10:56 PM - robus quoted Birmy in post Of Ships & The Sea DM Screen & Official Vinyl Sword Coast Map
    Baseless speculation: Since the screen is more generically titled as "Of Ships and the Sea," rather than taking on the name of the book to which it's attached (as has been the case for the other GF9 screens), maybe this indicates it's meant to be used for multiple upcoming themed supplements. The seeming Nine Hells theme of "The Descent" probably nixes that idea, though. My guess is that it's a screen that emphasizes the new ship rules and nautical encounter tables. Useful for any sea based campaign as well as the upcoming Saltmarsh publication.

Saturday, 16th March, 2019


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Friday, 22nd June, 2018

  • 05:47 AM - Abstruse quoted Birmy in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    Ah, I understand now! This makes sense. Thanks for the detailed answer. It's why I always try to hang around the comments for a few days at least. There's only so much space in each column, so there's a lot of info I have to leave out (especially background information on licensing). Or there's stuff that's more implied or inferred rather than clearly stated, so it's better suited to a more informal comment than as part of the column (like the above Critical Role speculation).
  • 03:26 AM - Abstruse quoted Birmy in post News Digest: Critical Role Leaving Geek & Sundry, Origins Award Winners, Pathfinder 2nd Ed Previews, and more!
    So is GF9 going in a different direction with their D&D games? This one seems more streamlined and doesn't come in the multiple versions (painted/unpainted) like the last few. There's not a lot of information yet and there are some miniatures in this, but they're less miniatures and more like highly detailed player pawns/meeples that just happen to use the molds for the miniatures. GF9's been doing the more euro and hobbyist style games with the license, while WizKids has been doing the more dungeon-crawl Adventure System ones. And Catalyst Game Labs has a deckbuilder. It makes sense because CGL repurposed the Shadowrun Crossfire game for Dragonfire, GL9 does the accessories so more card-based and strategy-based games work better with their other production, while WizKids is doing the miniature lines so making the big-box dungeon crawl simulator game fits their other production.

Saturday, 16th June, 2018

  • 11:23 PM - Dire Bare quoted Birmy in post It's FREE RPG DAY, So Head To Your Local Game Store Today!
    Can I use this space to vent a little about my Free RPG Day experience? There are a number of stores run poorly in general, and often those stores make Free RPG Day a total fail and disappointment for their customers. If all the store does is purchase a box of swag to hand out, even if they do put up signs, it is a wasted opportunity. Smart stores make it an event. Advertise! Host organized-play games! Have a sale! Smart stores leverage Free RPG Day and make it a profitable and worthwhile event. Your FLGS is run by a fool. One of the stores in my area was the same, they would just get the box of swag, and a know-nothing employee might ask if you want anything when making a purchase. Surprisingly, the manager decided the event "wasn't worth it" and stopped participating. Knuckleheads. Meanwhile, across town, a newer store doesn't leverage Free RPG Day to its fullest extent, but does make a day out of it and draws quite a crowd. The stores get out of this marketing event what they put...

Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

  • 05:38 PM - Jester David quoted Birmy in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    For those who care about such things, there's a product page up now for a Dragon Heist-themed dice set (similar to what they did for Tomb of Annihilation). It comes with a hit point tracker and the standard array of dice, including an extra d20 (which, based on the photo, is huge for some reason). http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/waterdeep-dragon-heist-dice 98032 I love how they took feedback from the past set and included a second d20 for when you have advantage. And a hit point tracker. Sadly, no tin from the looks of things.

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 01:09 AM - Shasarak quoted Birmy in post Pathfinder 2 Playtest Preorders, Podcasts, & "Pathfinder 1.5"
    Me, too. The collector in me was like, "LIMITED HARDCOVER! GO GO GO GO GO!!!" but then the rest of my brain kicked in and said, "Dude: it's a playtest," and I knew I couldn't really justify it to myself. I was going to go for the collecters book and on the other hand that Dragon art looks too good to cover over.

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 05:16 AM - Ancalagon quoted Birmy in post Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!
    It's at turns hilarious and disgusting. So far it breaks down into: 1.) people who just need to read the FAQ, 2.) people threatening to walk if 2e core doesn't include some form of their own pet rule/class/race/preference, 3.) people hugely SHOCKED that this inevitable thing is happening and declaring that all of their old books are just trash! worthless trash! now, 4.) people taking potshots at D&D, and 5.) at least one guy who just likes arguing with the devs no matter what answer they give him. Enter at your own risk. I'll dip my toe into the playtest materials when they come out. I like and respect the system and the setting, so there's no harm in looking into it. My amount of sympathy for the designers has just increased. There is no way to do this without a portion of the players flipping out.

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018


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Sunday, 30th July, 2017

  • 04:24 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Birmy in post Generating Better Character Names
    I had a GM for an old Star Wars campaign who would use the names of NHL players for NPCs. Names like "Teemu Selanne" fit right in. That's a good one. I'll have to remember it!

Friday, 16th June, 2017

  • 05:28 AM - Abstruse quoted Birmy in post Want to Playtest Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5)?
    I hope you just have the whole explanation ready to cut-and-paste when you need it, at this point... Easier to tailor it to the needs of the discussion. If someone's confused over oWoD "coming back", I post something similar to that. If it's about "I thought White Wolf was out of business", I talk more about the company closing and the MMO. If it's about the LARP, I bring up By Night Studios but otherwise leave it out because crap's already confusing enough without adding a third (fifth?) company into the mix.

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

  • 06:03 PM - JeffB quoted Birmy in post New Dragon+ (issue 12)
    Having two different articles about the cat person on the cover (three, actually, if you're counting the editor's letter) is a little strange. probably a favor being called in. i personally felt the whole Cat thing is a waste of space. But it's also clear Dragon+ is nothing like it's predecessors. Amateurs are doing a much better job with blogs and fanzines out there these days when it comes to gaming content.

Monday, 31st October, 2016

  • 05:55 PM - LordEntrails quoted Birmy in post Flying Buffalo's Legacy - Part 2: Tunnels & Trolls
    That stuck out as strange to me, too; I'm surprised an editor didn't question his word choice there, or at least ask Peterson to elaborate.... Editor? Yea, in my experience editors don't do the proofing they used to do, and copyrighters aren't given the time or the impetus to do much commenting either.

Friday, 18th December, 2015


Friday, 21st August, 2015

  • 03:51 PM - Prince Atom quoted Birmy in post Double Digital D&D Delights! GOG.com has new goodies & a new sale!
    How do they handle the copy protection issue? I just got Gateway to the Savage Frontier and in the game folder there's a PDF called Passwords. For that one you had to look up a word in one of the manuals. Presumably for the code-wheel protection there's a similar PDF, but when I was playing Pool of Radiance last year there was 1) a website where you could input the code and get the word; and 2) if you typed STING after the .exe file name at the command prompt it would skip copy protection. That's just for PoR, though, I dunno if there's a bypass for any of the other games, and GOG games run DOSBox in the background. You'd have to edit the config file to put that in.


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