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    Today, 08:14 PM
    Blackadder is second only to Fawlty Towers. There is literally nothing even close to being as funny as those two things.
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    Today, 05:30 PM
    This September, Nightfall Games will be launching a Kickstarter for the 2nd Edition of the 1993 British RPG SLA Industries, where the titular corporation rules over a dystopian world. "SLA Industries is a role-playing game of urban horror, set in The World of Progress; a vast world of ruin and decay. At the very heart of this world lies Mort City, a false beacon of hope upon an...
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    Probably not in a Dredd campaign. Magic fits in with a bunch of other worlds of 2000ad but Dredd is more sci-fi. Maybe if they were psionic artifacts instead?
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    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    No. I was definitely a geek, and hung around with my geek friends, but there was no bullying. I get that other people have different experiences.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Liminal is a new RPG by Paul Mitchener, just launched by Modiphius. It deals with "the boundary between the modern day United Kingdom and the Hidden World- the world of secret societies of magicians, a police division investigating Fortean crimes, fae courts, werewolf gangs, and haunted places where the walls between worlds are thin." UPDATE: The core book appears to have already sold out. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    Two new miniature sets are now available from Modiphius, for use with their Star Trek Adventures RPG. These are the Original Series Landing Party, and the Iconic Villains sets. These are 32mm scale, unpainted resin miniatures. This set contains one male officer and one female officer of the Andorian, Denobulan, Tellarite, and Vulcan species, as well as two male humanoid miniatures. ...
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    Yesterday, 11:10 AM
    At the moment theyíre in PDF but we do have print plans.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 AM
    These books are already written. :)
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    Yesterday, 12:18 AM
    TBBT is a sitcom. Sitcoms are generally the same, just the characters change. There have been sitcoms featuring wartime medics, upper class toffs, pretty people in New York, and everything in between. The characters are always the butt of the joke. This time it was scientists. The fact that geeks finding scientists in the same mainstream sitcoms as everybody else gets them upset kinda...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 08:42 PM
    Hello poster, all right? Iíve moved this to the promotions forum for you.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:58 PM
    Beast-tamers, gunfighters, tinkerers, savants, and more! The Kickstarter for A TOUCH MORE CLASS has now launched! This brand new book includes nine new class for your 5E game, and the Kickstarter also includes the original book, A TOUCH OF CLASS, which contains seven original classes! In 2017 we produced A TOUCH OF CLASS, a softcover book containing seven new classes for your 5th Edition...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:32 PM
    Well, OK then.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:11 PM
    They do that for two reasons: 1) itís more visible on the store shelf 2) you can put your own stuff in it too
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 03:36 PM
    Beast-tamers, gunfighters, tinkerers, savants, and more! The Kickstarter for A TOUCH MORE CLASS has now launched! This brand new book includes nine new class for your 5E game, and the Kickstarter also includes the original book, A TOUCH OF CLASS, which contains seven original classes! In 2017 we produced A TOUCH OF CLASS, a softcover book containing seven new classes for your 5th Edition...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 09:48 PM
    Do they?
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 08:54 PM
    Wiki threads.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:35 PM
    Morrus replied to Armour skill?
    Off the top of my head I can't remember page numbers, but small or light = 2, medium = 3, large or heavy = 5.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:44 PM
    Morrus replied to Hand Bombs
    Two rolls. One to determine where it lands, the other to attack all in the resultant burst.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:43 PM
    Morrus replied to Armour skill?
    No, thatís the opposite of what I just said. :) It literally just does what it says in that paragraph ó to benefit from higher quality equipment, you need an appropriate skill. You canít benefit from an exceptional quality pistol without enough ranks in pistols. Same with armour.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:24 PM
    Morrus replied to Armour skill?
    It's used exactly the way you quoted, from page 23. Lets you benefit from higher quality armour.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:22 PM
    You roll the damage as normal and divide by two. There's no stun charge limit.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 11:11 AM
    Morrus replied to Hand Bombs
    See Burst attacks on page 99. Area attacks use a single attack roll (in this case AGI (throwing) or similar) vs VITAL DEFENSE of all targets, and a single damage roll. Otherwise it is resolved just like any other attack roll.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:11 AM
    The sixth adventure in the War of the Burning Sky adventure path is here! A 5E fantasy adventure for 11th-level characters. In search of the Torch of the Burning Sky, the heroes set out for Sindaire and Castle Korstull, the canyon fortress where Emperor Drakus Coaltongue was slain. Witness the mighty and terrible face of war in a world of magic!A critically acclaimed high fantasy...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 10:56 PM
    The Origins Award winners are in, and Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition takes the roleplaying game award, with WotC's Mordenkainenís Tome of Foes winning the RPG supplement category. The full list of winners: Game of the Year: Root (Leder Games) Board Game: Root (Leder Games)
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 10:18 PM
    DO YOU NEED TO SHOUT?
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Tough crowd. It was OK.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 03:34 PM
    Morrus started a thread Secret Faces of Velsburg
    Secret Faces of Velsburg. While traveling through the wilderness the adventurers come across a small hamlet plagued by a recent rash or murders committed by 'The Ghost'. The longer the party stay in Velsburg however, the quicker they realize that the supposedly bloodthirsty spirit preying upon the settlement is not the remote village's only mystery. In this sidequest to save Velsburg the PCs are...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:46 PM
    Sounds like Eric Noah's old April Fools joke from back in 2002. http://www.enworld.org/ericnoah/aprilfools2002/april02.html
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 02:09 PM
    The plan is to upgrade from vBulletin to Xenforo, which is an entirely different software. No, there is no ETA.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 01:03 PM
    Really. Both of you. @Riley, ordering people not to reply to you is not how to handle a disagreement. Either politely disagree, or use the block function. @Immortal Sun, calling people names is DEFINITELY NOT how to handle a disagreement. I will also add -- if you report a post, and then immediately respond to it with namecalling or insults, we are *not* going to look favourably on it. ...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 12:05 PM
    Yep!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 11:12 PM
    D&D Beyond has provided yet another of it's data dumps of 12 million characters -- this time telling us character alignments are most popular in D&D. Chaotic Good wins, followed by my least favourite as a DM, Chaotic Neutral. Chaotic Evil is the least popular. The developer does say that this does not count the percentage of characters with no alignment selected. You can see the...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 09:31 PM
    I can see it.
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 07:57 PM
    Paizo has just released the landscape GM screen art for its upcoming Pathfinder 2nd Edition GM Screen. "Protect your important notes and die rolls from prying player eyes with the Pathfinder GM Screen! This beautiful 4-panel landscape-style screen features stunning artwork from Ekaterina Burmak on the player's side, and a huge number of charts and tables on the GM side to speed up play...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 04:14 PM
    Simple. They aren't in any rush!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 02:02 PM
    Not as written, no. But itís your game!
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 11:28 AM
    The Swedish 1990's-set sequel to Tales From The Loop is now available from Modiphius. Based on the paintings of Simon StŚlenhag which portray a "retro futuristic suburbia", Things from the Flood takes the 1980s kids and makes them 1990s teens. Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:01 PM
    For something to currently be in the public domain it needs to have been created somewhere round the 1920s or before. The Black Company wonít be public domain for about 60 years yet.
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 11:55 AM
    It's D&D, Pathfinder, AND WOIN! :D
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:53 PM
    I work better deadpan.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:04 PM
    But you canít write rules under the assumption that people will ignore them.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:50 PM
    And now itís my turn! What is an /s?
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:17 PM
    Yep. That was the joke. It was a significant part of lots of peoplesí posts. :)
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 07:49 PM
    The A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter is less than a week away -- it launches next Tuesday -- and the amount of content you can pick up is growing! Not only can you also get the original A TOUCH OF CLASS, the new A TOUCH MORE CLASS, but you can also get THE MASTERCLASS CODEX which compiles them both in a beautiful hardcover, along with much more! This Kickstarter allows you to pickup some...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 06:52 PM
    Oh man, thereís loads of them!
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:04 PM
    It's not like a car. It's much more subjective and much more of an art. You can directly and objectively measure a car's horsepower or weight, but you can't do that with an RPG. I don't think anything can substitute for actually trying the thing. All the graphs in the world won't give you a sense of how you feel when you play the game.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:52 PM
    Heists are always fun to play. Heck, ex-D&D designer Rodney Thompson built a whole game around them. Now, the San Jenaro Co-Op is bringing 25 heists in a hardcover book to Kickstarter! The book is system-neutral, and includes different genres -- sci-fi, fantasy, and so on. You get a detailed map, information on guards and traps, and so on. Here's the fluff text: "Heists are some of the...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:35 PM
    The official Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual D&D book has snuck up on us, and is releasing in the next week or so. Artist Aviv Or has shown off some of the artwork she did for the book on Twitter. "I started with designing Positions - a character's role in the company on top of their standard D&D class - as iconic characters. Like the Cartographer, who's about discovering places...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 11:00 AM
    We simply upgraded the sever to https.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 01:29 AM
    Completely inappropriate. Iím afraid youíll need to find some other community. Goodbye.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 09:06 PM
    It hasnít proved to be a problem in any of my games.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 01:02 PM
    Those of you who are fans of Richard A Knaak's Dragonlance novels, The Legend of Huma and Kaz the Minotaur, may already be familiar with his Rex Draconis novel series. Now you can grab a free 15-page D&D NPC collection from this world! "Rex Draconis RPG brings D&D novelist legend Richard A. Knaak's brand new high fantasy series, the Rex Draconis Saga, to the tabletop. Using the D&D 5th...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Enthusiasm. While a GM invested in the game theyíre running canít guarantee a good game, a GM not invested in it does guarantee a bad game. Our group is always happy to play any game or system which somebody is excited about running. Because the system takes a back seat to that.
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 10:05 PM
    Woosh. :) Itís a joke.
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Wow?
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 01:12 PM
    I'm currently finding quote works with a double click, but not a single click. Can anybody confirm?
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 01:11 PM
    Just got this after posting a notice at the top of the screen: "400 Bad Request The plain HTTP request was sent to HTTPS port nginx"
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 12:41 PM
    Dang, thatís a grade 78 character minimum!
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 12:26 AM
    Nobody gets to stay young. Some of us fake it as best we can.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:23 PM
    I always make sure Iím holding the product before the Kickstarter launches, so I know I just need to commission the print run and ship out the books straight away. Anyway, here it is! http://www.enworld.org/atouchmoreclass/
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:14 PM
    To be fair, nobody has carefully explained to me that subtraction is really hard yet.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:04 PM
    Can we keep this just to bug reports, please, folks? darjr needs to be able to spot the new issues easily. Thanks!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 07:22 PM
    See, I saw that and thought ďWhacko!Ē
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 07:17 PM
    Ok. Next question: how do you pronounce Waco (Texas)?
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 06:22 PM
    Finished. Liked it a lot! Though it felt like it ended halfway through the last episode and there were about 40 endings after that. Very LotR!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 03:19 PM
    At a guess, something is being blocked by the new certificate. Something with a technical sounding name like Java or Ajax or something, which controls a bunch of functions.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:58 PM
    I have absolutely no idea. Not something I've ever done before. I didn't even know there was a "paste from word" button.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:56 PM
    Yes, the bugs go away on the non https URL.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:43 AM
    We're collating bugs from last night's upgrade in this thread: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659894-Upgraded-to-https!-Please-report-bugs! If you could post this there, that would be awesome. Thanks. :)
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:52 AM
    Morrus replied to Board Upgrade?
    It's proving... obstinate. We've had to start again a dozen times on a dev server. No ETA yet.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:50 AM
    darjr upgraded the server to https last night. Please report any bugs!
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 10:30 AM
    We switched over to https last night. I wonder if itís connected? darjr
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:58 PM
    But the thing Iím not clear on.... which is harder, addition or subtraction? Could somebody please just tell me!
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:49 PM
    You get 10 points minus the number of people who have said that! :D
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:48 PM
    Yep, 1.2.
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I'm a novelist and gaming grandee. Ex-Brand Manager for D&D at WotC, ex-designer and editor at WotC, and past work at Last Unicorn, Pinnacle, and Chameleon Eclectic. Plus a ton of freelance work for a variety of games. My recent novel, The Mason of New Orleans, follows the excitement of a modern gamer who ends up in 12th Century Europe. Drop by my web site at http://www.charlesmryan.com or gimme a follow on Twitter at charlesmryan.
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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?

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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: ē 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. ē We ship UK orders from Devon, so shipping won't be that much. ē 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 Iím definitely intrigued by the final mystery book. Hope that the reveal isnít 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 gameóthat is to say, that Bruceís 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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