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    Today, 12:38 PM
    I know review copies have been sent out to various people (ours went to Ben, our Pathfinder columnist) but the reviews are embargoed until Aug 1st. And, of course, there’s the 3PPs, but they’re not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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    Today, 12:35 PM
    Well the actual book comes out in 2 weeks; the playtest book is a year out of date. Where did you get it from? Unless you’re a collector, you’re better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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    Yesterday, 01:34 PM
    The Diana Jones Awards (named after the remaining piece of the Indiana Jones RPG encased in the trophy) has announced its nominees for 2019. Every year an anonymous group of industry members select a handful of nominees, which are announced at a private event during Gen Con. Last year's winner was the movement of Actual Play. This year's nominees are: Dungeons & Dragons Art &...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:50 PM
    Occasionally a game mechanic jumps out at me, and makes me think "wow!" -- it's not always brand new, and sometimes it builds on something else, or sometimes it's just new to me, but I like it when a simple mechanic catches my eye. Here's a couple of my favourites: D&D's advantage/disadvantage is a really elegant way to replace all those fiddly bonuses. It's one of my favourite things about...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Modiphius has announced that the Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook for Star Trek Adventures will be out on July 25th. 11 alien species, new starships, and lots of information about the Federation and worlds of the quadrant, available from their web store very soon. “In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch afteranother, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:49 AM
    We did a skit about that in last week's podcast, with a player suggesting more and more outlandish races, starting with deep gnomes and tieflings, through aaracokra and minotaurs, to mind flayers and dragons, to daleks and Borg Queens, to, eventually, V'ger. The idea of somebody playing V'ger as a PC still cracks me up.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never once seen you post on-topic. :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:17 PM
    abe ray your habit of starting a thread asking a question, and not even acknowledging (let a alone thanking) those who go out of their way to help you is a little rude. It’s been going on for some time. If somebody helps you out, please have the decency to thank them before asking them something for something else. Thanks! :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Morrus started a thread PF2 Are you moving from 5E to PF2?
    (A question for those planning to play PF2; if you’re not, this isn’t really for you - don’t threadcrap, please). So you’re planning on playing PF2. While you are probably coming from PF1, is anybody coming from 5E? Obviously, it’s not a permanent thing; you can play more than one game, try out others, all that stuff. But I was curious whether there’s a demographic out here who feel PF2 is...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Streaming video. Netflix. Podcasts. Audio/video media, basically. I get through several GB/month, and I'm not as bad as some people I know.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:42 PM
    There are only a few days left to back the A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter! Join nearly 2,000 backers with these nine new classes for your 5th Edition games. Remember, we delivery Kickstarters immediately they end, so there won't be any opportunity for pledge managers or late pledges! Here's a look at all the stuff you can get in this epic-sized Kickstarter! Play as the brilliant...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:41 PM
    Modiphius has announced the official Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition Organized Play campaign, with a sign-up form to run games at major conventions, receiving the official adventures before release starting with The Fall of London before Christmas. Other upcoming books: The Fall of London campaign
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:36 PM
    There seems to be a recent, growing trend of people mistaking EN World article comments for the YouTube comments section.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Completely missing the point. Please keep spoilers to threads with warnings so people know to avoid them. I’ll add a spoiler tag to this one for you, but won’t be reading it further.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:01 PM
    Dude. Spoilers. Some of us are interested in seeing this film, even if you aren’t.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:24 PM
    It’s not GURPS. Sorry, zero pointless snark points for you. Thanks, though. ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Well, we’re certainly not American.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:46 PM
    His company website has been taken down. Is the KS still running?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Dude. Please stop telling me I’m going to die.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Is that a death threat? ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:39 PM
    Gosh. Man, you're on fire today!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:28 PM
    It's pitched very much as a sequel rather than a reboot. And I'm not planning on dying any time in the next 40 years, thanks!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:08 PM
    Where did you hear/see that assertion, out of curiosity?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:02 PM
    This is not the forum to discuss anti-vaxxers or other general political topics.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:57 PM
    Oops! It’s formatted separately, so I have to remember to insert it at the end of the PDF each time I update.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:55 AM
    I think it's the screenshot from the blog (now deleted but saved in that Twitter thread) of somebody else's Facebook post which he was mocking, which showed him logged in to his own account in the "reply" box.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:21 AM
    They’ve rebooted Terminator repeatedly. This one gives me more confidence than Salvation or Genysis. We’ll see. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is a waaay bigger draw than a John Conner actor #6.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:31 PM
    A Kickstarter convention?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:11 PM
    He's blocked me pre-emptively on Twitter for some reason. He had his account set to approved followers only, so it's not like I could ever see it, but I guess he's decided he doesn't want to see my tweets either. Never tweeted the guy or mentioned him!
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:43 PM
    I was only asking about players. My question was prompted by that tweet, but it isn't the same question. The question I wanted to ask is the one I posted. :)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:25 AM
    Most people (including third parties) who have access are under an NDA. It comes out in a couple of weeks though! You might be able to find scattered bits from what people remember from recent playtests etc.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:47 AM
    Nope. But they do have to provide product for evaluation.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:59 PM
    A large factor in my supporting a Patreon would be the behaviour of the person running it.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:48 PM
    This has blown up on social media the last couple of days. YourRPGisSh*t, an attack site which attacked game designers, retailers, and publishers, along with nasty screeds against various demographics, turned out to have been run by a publisher. Not one I'm personally familiar with. Geek Native has a more detailed report on the matter. The author outed himself with a screenshot which contained...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Please vote for your favorite publishers, Judges, and product nominees in the 2019 ENnies Awards! Voting is live and runs until 11 PM EST on July 21st. "As a reminder -We follow One Person One Vote! It is very important that the democratic principle of “one person, one vote” be followed. If you have already voted for products and/or judges, then please do not vote for them again....
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Inspired by a question somebody asked on Twitter. My response was that every system feels different and provides a different play experience. You can certainly make most any system do anything, but playing Call of Cthulhu with the Mutants & Masterminds rules is going to feel very different to CoC with the CoC rules. Every game has it's own niche and just needs to serve that niche well. In...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:01 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:04 AM
    That highlights a nuance of the level calc change for monsters: using the same calc, John is actually level 3, not level 1. But yeah, he's super-twinked.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:24 AM
    I was thinking about that very thing earlier today. That’s an artifact of using average rolls rather than the Judge rolling for the monsters. If the Judge rolls, you’d need a monster with 19d6 in its Defense skill (which doesn’t exist) to make it impossible to hit by a starting character. I like the average rolls because it makes play really fast, but you do lose that randomness. One...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 01:35 AM
    I loved (and still do) all the Glen A Larson American TV action shows of the 80s. A-Team, Knight Rider, Airwolf... love ‘em all. In that order. Plus theme tunes; that art seems to have been lost, except for Game of Thrones.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:59 AM
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    Technical issues mean we're delayed for now. We now need to migrate to a new server before trying this again.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:56 PM
    The pro DM discussion has arisen twice a year for the last 20 years at least.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:39 PM
    By the same argument fighting, shooting, and defence are al forms of combat. Any skill list can be pared down indefinitely until you just end up with “skill”, but I do feel those two things are different enough. I wouldn’t want the average orc to charm somebody.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Yeah, if you were racing the dragon or it was chasing you. Flight v Athletics. Phew! You escaped! Appraisal just figure dragons can count their gold hoard, so they can make a check to value stuff.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:51 PM
    New version v1.2 uploaded to add a page on Equipment. Nothing big.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:54 PM
    40d10! Yikes! At that point, I'm using an app.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:10 PM
    50/50 is the chance most people get for most things — it’s the standard difficulty. You have a 50/50 chance to pick a lock, bust down a door, shoot most things, etc.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 12:06 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 02:49 AM
    Nope. Just skills. Fighting, Shooting, Knowledge, Persuasion, etc.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:45 PM
    Think post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with Mutants.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:38 PM
    Simply6 is a fast, light tabletop roleplaying game for 2 or more players which you can play using just six-sided dice. I put this together over the last couple of days in my spare time (based on something I was playing with in the forums a while back) and have uploaded it to DTRPG. It's only about 20-pages long, and will likely be tweaked and updated after I get some feedback.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 10:03 AM
    They aren't. Anybody who has access to the final book die for release in August is. Well, that's just silly, isn't it?
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 05:09 PM
    Morrus replied to We're back!
    The current plan, for anybody following along, is to close the site again on Tuesday for another attempt. The site will be closed for 1-3 days.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 05:07 PM
    As we're imminently moving to the new platform (Xenforo), this bugs thread for vBulletin is about to become redundant, so I'll close it.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 04:47 PM
    It said "Playtest" on the cover. It was very clear what it was. If you were under the impression you were sneakily getting the finished product a year before everybody else, I think that's on you, not Paizo.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Guys, this isn’t a Modiphius product, and it’s not 2d20. We’re not going to hijack it into yet another patented Water Bob 2d20 hate thread. Stay on topic, please. Water Bob, if you want to rant about your personal dislike of 2d20 yet again, start your own thread. Thanks.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 12:33 AM
    Well, OK.
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 09:43 PM
    So this thread had a root in RPGs in that we were talking about WotC’s creative director’s statements. Now we appear to just be talking about gender pronouns and dictionaries, which isn’t on topic for this forum (or even this thread). If you want to talk about Mike Mearls and his tweets and how they relate to the gaming community please feel free. Otherwise, we’ll close it as entirely...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 06:12 PM
    I suspect you’re an outlier.
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 03:07 PM
    Impressively clickbaity headline on that article! What does it mean if Orcus doesn't know he's not aware of some things? I mean, he appears in every setting except if he doesn't! Blimey. I must know!
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 10:54 AM
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    It's not the next logical step due to differences. It's the next logical step because it's structurally similar, making the upgrade the easiest one it could be. Xenforo is made by the people who left vBulletin about a decade ago when it changed ownership, and is the 'spiritual' successor, rather than vBulleitn 5 which is substantially different and not well-regarded. It's also better supported.
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 01:05 AM
    Morrus started a thread We're back!
    Over the last couple of days I've been attempting a migration to Xenforo (the logical upgrade path for this platform). Unfortunately, it failed, and I've rolled it back. I'll try again in a few days. Sorry about the downtime and the anti-climactic result! Hopefully next time will be better. darjr and I have done this a few times on a test server over the last year, with mixed results. It's not...
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 07:25 PM
    Check this out in the meantime: http://circvsmaximvs.boards.net/ The old site is on very old software; while nothing is decided, it may be time to move to something more current.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:48 PM
    You are fundamentally misunderstanding the point.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:09 PM
    Has been for a while now. The only difference is the DMsG replaces the d20 STL, as WOTC figured out how to monetise third party efforts. And many publishers steer shy of that after the last two licenses, and stick to the OGL alone.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 05:07 PM
    That's a mouthful! The first adventure from the Age of Ashes adventure path for Pathfinder 2nd Edition is called Hellknight Hill, and is available for pre-order. "Fires burn atop the ruined citadel on Hellknight Hill, sending plumes of red smoke into the air that could be a call for help. Within the old keep, strange invaders from a distant land, mysterious long-lost ruins, and the...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 01:49 PM
    This is a new column idea I'm experimenting with -- a quick weekly bullet-point roundup of news items. It's basically a copy/paste from RPGnews.com. Let me know in the comments if it's of interest! TaleSpire Is A Massive, Beautiful Building Tool For Your Next Tabletop RPG - TaleSpire is the brainchild of a small team of developers at Bouncyrock, based in Norway. With a background in...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 01:56 AM
    I think you I just agreed with me. In 5 years time you’ll barely remember this playtest.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 12:30 AM
    I am curious whether there is a worrisome demographic to this day composed of people who refuse to play D&D 5E because they didn't like the playtest document back in 2014 or whenever it was. I suspect... the playtest document really won't be a thing anybody remembers in a couple of months' time. But hey, I might be wrong. Those 2014 diehard D&D Next playtest doc haters might still be out there...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 12:05 AM
    They haven't seen it. How do you feel about the D&D Next playtest document back in 2015 or whenever it was?
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 12:04 AM
    The only people who have seen the game are under NDA. I liked some aspect of the playtest rules, and didn't like other things. But I knew it was a playtest, not a ruleset, and included exaggerated examples of things and a very specific set of adventures geared towards stress testing. I'm sure Paizo knew that the playtest process would turn off some people, but would make for a better game,...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 07:12 PM
    Morrus started a thread List of 5E powered RPGs?
    I wanted to put together a little list, as it's a conversation which seems to happen to me a lot! Today's launch of The Spy Game on Kickstarter spurred me to do it. Is there already such a list? I'm talking standalone games (not settings) which use 5E is their core. I tried searching for OGL core rulebooks on DTRPG, but it seems everybody who makes a setting, monster book, or adventure checks...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:48 PM
    Espionage has joined the long list of 5E-powered genres with The Spy Game from Black Cats Gaming, headed up by Sam Web from Modiphius. It describes itself as "... a world of international stealth and intrigue in a modern setting, powered by 5E, from the developer behind Star Trek: Adventures." And it's on Kickstarter! "Delve into a world of spies, assassins, diabolical masterminds and...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 01:26 PM
    They haven’t done it because making video games is expensive and hard, and most companies able to do it have their own IP. Most who avail themselves of the OGL are a fraction of the size of a video game company, and only just manage to raise enough money on Kickstarter to make a book. There are certainly OGL applications, especially mobile ones. So some folks make electronic products and...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 09:06 PM
    Yup, it’s a max range. Spells don’t have increments.
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 07:34 PM
    Note to self: advertise more! https://sites.google.com/site/woinrrd/eras/advancement-level
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Could you not just borrow the Traveller, GURPS, or WOIN ones?
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 05:19 PM
    Don't post again in this thread. You now have four infractions over pretty similar things, so it's clear that isn't working. The mods will discuss this and decide how to proceed now.
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 01:33 PM
    I definitely found it pitched tough. IIRC (it was a few years back!) we had to tone down a lot of the encounters at the time.
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 01:16 PM
    So I'm guessing some kind of glitch with the server clock, but I just posted and it seemed fine. Is it still not letting you post?
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Tuesday, 25th June, 2013

  • 08:28 PM - CAFRedblade mentioned CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    Thanks CharlesRyan, I'll have to point my Local Store to their Canadian Distributor and see if they can get a copy to look at. I'll have my books on the way in August, but I'm curious to see what's changed from the playtest docs to the final system, if any.
  • 04:49 PM - Morrus mentioned CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    In an attempt not to say anything I shouldn't: http://www.numenera.com/game-play/ and http://www.numenera.com/character-creation/ gives a good gameplay summary. I don't want to speak for him, but I think he was asking for peoples' opinions, not links to promotional material. :) @Corrosive , I don't think you're going to get what you're after until after Monte Cook lets the NDA'd people talk about it. I guess a related question, then, is: does anybody know when that will be? It's gone to the printer and will be on sale very soon. Hey, @CharlesRyan , do you have any info on that?

Thursday, 6th June, 2013


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Friday, 27th October, 2017

  • 09:29 AM - TrickyUK quoted CharlesRyan in post Numenera 2: The Kickstarter Is Live!
    Tricky, those are all fair points. But here are a couple of others: • You're after the RPG books only; that's fine. But one of them is a KS exclusive--you won't be able to buy The Trilling Shard. • We ship UK orders from Devon, so shipping won't be that much. • Busiest two days of the campaign are underway now. Who knows what else we might add? It's perfectly OK, of course, if this campaign isn't for you--but I hope you'll give it another look before it ends tomorrow! --Charles I’m definitely intrigued by the final mystery book. Hope that the reveal isn’t timed too late (noting time difference in UK) for me to give 1 final consideration.

Monday, 29th February, 2016

  • 08:05 AM - pemerton quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Is this simply some confusion of the meaning of the term "major screw up"? I - and I think pemerton - interpret the term "screw up" to relate directly to the incompetence of the acting individual. You, it seems, do not? If an unfortunate set of circumstances cause something to go wrong - even disastrously wrong - I don't think of myself as having "screwed up"; I just think of myself as unlucky. Maybe it is because I am English, pemerton is ( think) Australian and you are (I think) American that we have differing assumed meanings for the same phrase?I am Australian, and English is my first language. I take the phrase major screw-up to refer to a situation where a person has screwed something up. (In Australia we would tend to say "stuff up" rather than "screw up" - in Australian English, "screw" is synonymous with "f***", and "screw-up" is therefore a little bit closer to "f***-up" and hence not quite as polite as "stuff up".) And here is Charles Ryan using the phrase in the same way: ...

Sunday, 28th February, 2016

  • 05:34 PM - Imaro quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    My apologies. I took you to be saying that when you said that such a conception of fumbles is overly narrow. No worries, but no... I was saying that many posters in this thread had, IMO, a very narrow concept of what a "fumble" was... this was the part of Monte's essay that I was in agreement with. See, here, you seem to be agreeing with Monte Cook also - because you are just repeating what Charles Ryan has said is the whole point of the blog - that treating nat 1 as a major-screw-up is not a good approach, and is too narrow a conception of what might happen on a (so-called) "fumble". I disagree with your interpretation of what he is saying... that he's saying ALWAYS treating it as a major-screw-up (that is based on the character doing something wrong) is not a good approach. He readily admits that Monte in running his games uses both approaches... see the quotes below... I don't want to put words in Monte's mouth, but let me start by addressing posters that think Monte is advocating that ...

Saturday, 27th February, 2016

  • 04:28 PM - Imaro quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    The point is that this is how Monte Cook is using the term in his blog: the GM actually incorporates some version of the joke into the actual narrative of the game—that is to say, that Bruce’s character said something foolish or untoward If you agree with Monte, Charles and the Cypher rules that a fumble (nat 1) is not necessarily this sort of "major screw-up" then why are you arguing against those who are similarly expressing agreement, and/or who agree with you and Monte that "major screw-up" style fumbles don't make for particularly good RPGing? Ok... just because Monte uses a term such as a "fumble" in a certain way, doesn't mean he is using it correctly (as shown by the different views in this very thread on what a fumble is)... As to what you quoted Charles Ryan posting... EDIT (Emphasis Mine): Don't do that, nowhere in this thread have I claimed that major screw-up style fumbles don't make for particularly good RPGing... oh and by the way... THIS... is that badwrongfun implication I tal...
  • 05:03 AM - pemerton quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Regardless of how you want to characterize it, the truth is that these complications - however plausible - are introduced into the fiction at that moment that action is attempted. <snip> indeed it is the missed bow shot that conjures them into being.This makes no sense. And the first sentence equivocates on the meaning of the word "action" The bow shot is an action that occurs in the fiction, and the missed bow shot is an event that occurs in the fiction. These are, therefore, imaginary, imagined actions and events. They have no actual causal powers - but causal results can be imagined in the fiction, with extrapolation within the fiction being constrained by various imagined causal laws. Such results might typically include the arrow landing on the ground and breaking, or the arrow sticking in a tree next to the intended target, or the arrow hitting an unintended person, etc. I doubt that there is a single Cypher System GM or player who has ever imagined that, within the fiction, the...

Wednesday, 24th February, 2016

  • 06:37 PM - Celebrim quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    I'll put my money where my mouth is: Based on your example, here are ten possible "on a 1" outcomes that are neither character incompetence nor "dragons out of the blue": Sure. Obviously, "dragons out of the blue" was meant as a humorous stand in for some actual likely complication to draw attention to what I thought the problem was. Remember that rainstorm yesterday? Looks like your bowstring got wet--it's snapped. "Weapon breaks" is a pretty traditional fumble. Is failing to maintain your equipment properly something you completely divorce from PC competence. Tell a Marine drill sergeant about that theory. (Speaking of rain) It starts to rain. Everything gets a little bit harder. Well, unless you are fighting a fire elemental... and what exactly does "everything gets a little bit harder" mean? If you slip and fall in the mud, is that something that is completely divorced from PC incompetence? You hit the orc. Unfortunatly, the damage is superficial--but the orc stu...

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016

  • 09:27 PM - Celebrim quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    Hi, all-- Howdy. Thanks for stopping by. Which brings me to the crux of what I think is the disagreement here (or at least 70% of the disagreement): What does the word "fumble" mean? To some people, it means "a result with more than routine negative consequences--something that doesn't just maintain the status quo, but directly increases the challenge for the players." If that's you, you can stop arguing against Monte: You agree with him. You're just using the word "fumble" differently. But I think most people interpret the word "fumble" to mean "a major screw-up." I think you are right about how most people use the word. What I want you to notice is that "a major screw-up" and "something that doesn't just maintain the status quo, but directly increases the challenge for the players" are largely synonymous definitions. When you screw up, it's because you make things worse for yourself. I'm not sure it matters why that happens, per se, as for example we don't as an audience tend...
  • 05:39 PM - Aldarc quoted CharlesRyan in post Monte Cook On Fumble Mechanics
    (By the way, Monte's use of "Bruce" as his example wasn't coincidental. Bruce Cordell's ability to roll many, many 1s in a single game session is unparalleled.)This just makes me want to see Bruce Cordell and Wil Wheaton as players in the same RP campaign.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013

  • 05:07 PM - Mercurius quoted CharlesRyan in post Sell me on Numenera
    Numenera is 416 pages. That's 416 pages of Awesome. So of that 416 pages, how much is directly setting related ("fluff")? How much is indirectly setting related ("flavor") and how much is pure game material ("crunch")? I see there is a worldbook coming out next year, which I'll likely get. But I just want to make sure the book has at least a significant degree of "fluff" and "flavor" and isn't just all "crunch." Thanks.

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