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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    The lowkey doth protest too much, methinks. :p
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:46 PM
    What happened to continuing? If you need an infusion of new blood, I can always make a new character.
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    It had fewer vendors than last year.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    Early on there were two - DEFENSE, and MENTAL DEFENSE. Then there were three - MELEE, RANGED, and MENTAL, and so it meant MELEE and RANGED. Now there are four, but it still means MELEE and RANGED. It's a little historical remnant which could probably be done away with.
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    Yesterday, 06:19 PM
    I dunno if we have to worry about it being "paramount" in general. This is not about character advancement, or about classes, or about particular powers, or even a feat. We are talking, honestly, about a very basic setup - getting the drop on the opponent, and being able to attack before they realize you are there. A very basic tactic, used throughout history. The logic being used to...
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    Yesterday, 06:02 PM
    It's a good question, and something which completely slipped through playtesting! I would, on reflection, say that immunity overrides vulnerability, so you'd end up immune to both.
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    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    Um, where I come from, "consequentialism" is the philosophic position that the morality of actions are judged by their consequences, and I'm pretty sure that's not what you mean here. If, "basic consequentialism" to you mean, "things act like in the real world," I'm just going to have to say that I don't think we can make general statements. And, if I'm playing Clark Kent? The only...
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    Yesterday, 03:54 PM
    For once, I largely agree with Celebrim - not just on this, but on the entire post. I have some additional thoughts I'll add. In a game theory sense, the stakes are known, but probabilistic. It is like playing a hand of blackjack for the right to make a spin on a roulette wheel. You don't know the exact outcome, but you can totally work out the expected return on the bet. I...
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    Origins Game Fair has reported 20,000 unique attendees this year, which is an increase of 11% on last year. Last month, UK Games Expo reported an increase of 18% to 25,704 unique attendees. Turnstile was up 1% to 71,237. This cements UKGE and Origins as the #3 and #4 largest tabletop gaming conventions in the world respectively for the second year in a row. Convention Unique Attendees...
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    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    Alternatively, we say that the game rules define the role you are playing in that context, and you are defining "lick of sense" by reference to a world outside the fictional one you're playing in... and *that* doesn't make a whole lot of sense. "Roleplaying," is not generally, "rules do not apply, do what you want, so long as it sounds good." Role playing is informed and shaped by...
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    Yesterday, 01:31 PM
    What else would they be hoping for? That it fails?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:21 AM
    I can understand why you feel differently. However, I think you might be allowing "realism" to override several points (most already made, but I'll reiterate): For one thing - this orc is on guard. It isn't that he's actually helpless - tied up or unconscious. He is bored, but not insensate. He can still hear the twang of the bow in the distance, is still able to move, roll with the impact...
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    Yesterday, 02:21 AM
    Our group described Mage: The Ascension as the best game when in the right hands, and the absolute worst game when in the wrong hands. Given that FATE has The Dresden Files right there for you to manipulate to your whims, yeah, that'd be a good alternative.
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    Yesterday, 02:12 AM
    The capacity for hatred is aleph-null. The capacity for gnomes to make your hatred look pompous is at least aleph-one. The capacity for paladins to look down their noses at your self-centered antipathies is somewhere around aleph-fifteen. I'd argue that the arc of history bends toward apathy, but I don't care enough to bother.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:53 AM
    It is an attack. The attacker is unseen by the target, so the attack is rolled with advantage. The PC is attacking with surprise. The character gets to apply whatever benefits are within their power (like, Sneak Attack, if they have that ability). But there's no "perfect shot - instant kill". If you can't pull together enough hit points of damage... well, that shot wasn't as perfect as you...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:55 PM
    My group uses a similar biweekly format (twice a month). My first campaign with them was Deadlands, and ran... 5 years and one month. We took a bit of a palate cleanser with (what for us is) a short arc that lasted 6 months with Atomic Robo. The following campaign has been Ashen Stars, and has been running for... just about 3.5 years now? It is heading into some plotlines that the group...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:21 PM
    yes, we sure know about that bug. what troubles me is the room next to the rooks labeled eggs. I don't think those are chicken eggs.
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:17 PM
    Wow, I am glad (?) for you.
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 10:49 PM
    Greetings, Human. I am the officially unofficial EnWorld welcome bot. if you have questions, I can answer them or route your conciseness to the right admin bot. -David.bot
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 10:43 PM
    how hard did you get slapped?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:43 PM
    It doesnít stack with any any other SOAK.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Um, no. I was responding directly to what DM Mike said. In the first bit we are agreeing (and I am merely elucidating with an example). In the second, I am directly responding to how he says he plays. So, really, you are 100% dead wrong - I am having a discussion with someone that seems to me 100% grounded in our play experiences. Please don't come to me 100% dead wrong, proclaiming...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 04:24 PM
    None tried it - we took it that this was a religious stricture, and doing so was roughly equivalent to a Paladin violating their alignment/code restrictions - they'd lose their powers, and have to find a way to atone. I think we assumed that clerics and druids who fell became fighters with d8s for hit points, which kinda sucked, so nobody risked it. One exception was made: Old-style bards,...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 04:03 PM
    Yah. If a 15 year old city kid decides to play a ranger, you shouldn't expect the *player* to know proper approaches to how to acquire food or shelter, or follow tracks. The game very explicitly works to help you play characters who know and do things you, the player, cannot. Expecting player understanding of the character's domains of knowledge is not fair. People are so......
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 02:37 PM
    You would replace stupid vitriolic edition wars with a similar screed against the entire line as a whole? That is not an improvement. We get it. You don't like WoD. That's been made abundantly clear. Now what? Having gotten that across... what's the goal? What do you want to get out of this thread?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 12:22 PM
    Yup!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 03:25 AM
    In cases where the character needs to take a physical action, yes. In cases like this, where what's called for is largely happening in the character's head, the result is apt to be ambiguous. If we are too picky about naming approaches, we risk the, "Well, *how* do you search the room? What *exactly* do you look at?" that was a hallmark of previous editions, and more recently replaced with...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 01:39 AM
    Thread closed, as game is no longer open to join.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:33 PM
    We've got lots of awesome stuff for mutants in Cursed Earth, upcoming! The psyker would take the Mutant race with the psionic mutation. This is a cool origin, though! It's very focused just around getting extra (or saving) PP though.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 09:54 PM
    It isn't like this is a modern forensics game, where the PC can choose to take pictures of image processing, or take samples to the lab for analysis for approaches. Nor are players likely to be forensic scientists, or even people who actually have the skills in question, that would be able to name approaches would actually be fruitful. This is, honestly, a major problem with the "goal and...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 06:56 PM
    There's this large swath of territory between, "this has no impact" and "the game depends on". Maybe we can consider what happens in that in-between, rather than driving to extreme strawmen used to assign "failure" to a GM, hey what?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 06:11 PM
    Moral superiority of the adventurers, sure. It is only "colonial" if said adventurers move in and take over the place. Settling down is not in the Murder Hobo Manifesto - they are typically raiders, rather than colonizers.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 03:58 PM
    The urban element is a major trope of the genre from its roots in fiction. Saying "urban is merely a setting" is like saying for Space Opera "laser/blaster guns are merely another weapon". Yes, you can play a Space Opera game without laser guns blasting away, but they are so common in the fiction as to be ubiquitous, and it is probably fair to build you game with the assumption that such things...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 03:52 PM
    It seems the OP wants that. It isn't part of Urban Fantasy in and of itself.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 03:16 PM
    Hey, Bobble, flinging insults may go okay on other platforms, but it isn't acceptable around here. We expect you to treat your fellow posters with a modicum of respect that is missing in this post. Please bring your discourse up a notch or two. If you have any questions, please take them to private message or e-mail with a member of the moderating staff. Thanks.
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:43 PM
    so the tooth fairy is the high master general of the dental Illuminati?
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:43 PM
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:40 PM
    I don't question something you lost a long time ago.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:26 PM
    did you notice the dwarf in panel 7 at the far right drooling there?
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:25 PM
    yeah, but they still can't take the sky from me.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:15 PM
    did you notice the dwarf in panel 7 at the far right drooling there? oops, wrong thread.
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:13 PM
    He sounds like he needs a visit from the state medical board.
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:09 PM
    when I was 10, I had 6 fillings without Novocain. I also walked in to the ER in 2011 at the age of 48 with full on septic shock that had the docs put me in an induced coma for 6 weeks. one filling is noting on the pain scale now days.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 08:39 PM
    Seriously? Somebody held you down and drilled into your tooth against your will? Medical procedures without consent are criminal acts. If what you are saying is true, youíve been seriously assaulted by somebody who should be in prison. I don't really know what to say. You have dentists holding you down and torturing you against your will, dentists fraudulently forcing you to undertake...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:59 PM
    Dentists arenít usually on the NHS, and we rarely have dental insurance. My dentist is private and I pay for everything. $80 sounds quite reasonable.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Zardnaar watched Marathon Manís torture scene and thought ďI can do that!Ē In other news, I have never heard of a dentist who would do a filling without a local anaesthetic.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:16 AM
    Sounds to me like your insurance is the problem, not the dentist.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 10:45 AM
    5d6 monsters vs 7d6 players are trivial. The match total assumes the MDPs are roughly equal.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 02:49 AM
    Okay, there's a fundamental logical issue here. You spend a long post complaining about how WoD is fixed in one particular version of the supernatural, and then when someone points out that one corner of it isn't like that... that it can manage many different kinds of supernatural, you say it doesn't fit your fairly narrow image of what these supernatural people should be! Pick a complaint...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 08:53 PM
    I think this video fits quite snuggly into this thread. :D
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Alright, I finished my inventory and here are the results. Books still missing from my photo: Hammer and the Axe The Covenant of the Forge Destiny Alliances Prisoner of Haven The Players of Gilean Renegade Wizards The Gargoyle King
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:39 PM
    The mage helping the bandit captain escape *is* the hint about what they are dealing with. You may want to telegraph offensive capabilities that are beyond level appropriate - save-or-die, or "this is a huge ancient dragon, not some punk hatchling". But I don't think you need to telegraph that an enemy has a well-considered escape plan, which doesn't harm the PCs. An escaped villain is one...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:03 PM
    It's been so long since I've opened the boxes that I decided to check what I have here. That's about 100 unique books, so a lot less than I thought. But that's not all of them. For example, I know I have Hammer and the Axe, and The Covenant of the Forge, but can't find them. I have a box or two in storage with more books (most of those are different versions, but the missing novels have to...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:48 PM
    IANAD, but periodontal maintenance probably means you have gum disease, which can be halted/held at bay by ongoing maintenance but the damage can't be reversed. Those 20 years without visiting a dentist is probably when that set in.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:07 AM
    ICv2 has a gallery of miniatures from Descent into Avernus, as well as the upcoming DM Screen. The minis include Zariel, Mad Maggie, Sylvira Savikas, Mahadi (a Rakshasa), Thavius Kreeg, Little Lulu and Slobberchop, Lucille, as well as Joe Manganiello's character, Arkhan the Cruel. Click here for the full gallery.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:23 PM
    I have played a lot of Shadowrun in my day. And I'd say.. go either 2nd edition or 5th. Do not bother with 3 or 4. If you want a bit of retro-future - what the past thought future technology would be like, go with 2nd. If you want a game that does a nod to understanding wireless technology, go with 5th, but be ready for people to be so paranoid that they won't use the technology in question,...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:54 PM
    Which would make it two or three times better than the previous FF movies, so... win? We would have the point that it is more a family of siblings/peers, rather than strict parent/child, so it can be a little different.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 05:53 PM
    I don't doubt that Kamala Kahn/Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl will hit the big screen eventually. I am not sure I see what about their dynamic doesn't work. It isn't like the personality types in question are rare today, or anything.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:20 PM
    Well, families are still a thing, right? So, the Fantastic Four still works, today. The problem with FF movies has not been that "they don't work". It has been that Fox does not, at its core, understand superheroes, at least of the Marvel variety. They have fundamentally missed what is most important to the superhero properties they touch. For the Fantastic Four, that is about family. ...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:01 PM
    Dude. We have only a few rules around here - one of them being that you can't go around blatantly insulting people or questioning their personal character over a difference of opinion about game rules. Or maybe you are trying to be funny? If so... folks can't tell. Either way - you should stick to being respectful.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 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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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 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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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 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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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 02:35 PM
    FrogReaver, let us be clear: EN World does not have a strong concept of thread ownership. It isn't really *your* thread. You don't get editorial power. You don't get to say who posts in it, or what they say. Mistwell, that said, you could do to learn to limit how much you lay a wet blanket on other people's ideas. You made a suggestion for a change in direction. That suggestion was...
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:18 AM
    He must be swamped with work or on vacation.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:10 AM
    At the moment theyíre in PDF but we do have print plans.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:09 AM
    These books are already written. :)
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:40 AM
    I was surprised there weren't more. I used to collect the series way back when we had a group playing in the setting. I think I have almost 170 of the books, without counting duplicates or variant editions (like the Annotated Legends, which might be my single favourite book of the bunch). Most of what I'm missing are the young reader books, which I'm not up to date on.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 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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  • 10:10 AM - Dannyalcatraz mentioned darjr in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Morrus Umbran darjr I think I may have discovered the trigger for the posts disappearing: every one I know of that got blacked out was reported.
  • 07:44 AM - Dannyalcatraz mentioned darjr in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Morrus Umbran darjr As I noted above, Iíve personally encountered two blacked out posts by spammers (whom I subsequently banned). The text wasnít merely color matched to the back, because the reported text didnít show even when I quoted it to check. What had been there was simply gone. Something odd is going on.

Thursday, 25th April, 2019


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Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 04:48 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post Of Balrogs & Ents: Warhammer ďMass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying GameĒ
    This one has a bit of history. My first ever tabletop RPG. I lost it years ago, but a few years back my friend darjr gave me a copy of it, and itís been a treasure since. Note the 1983 references to Balrogs - it wasnít just D&D that had hobbits and ents and stuff early on! I love that itís a ďmass combat fantasy roleplaying gameĒ. 105084 105085 105086 105087 105088

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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 12:13 PM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post HOURLY RPG news !
    That was a thing to wake up to! I got it a whole bunch, too. I've disabled the newsletter software for now until darjr gets chance to look at it. That seems to have stopped them coming for me -- could you guys confirm they've now stopped coming hourly?


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Friday, 7th June, 2019

  • 01:56 PM - Morrus quoted darjr in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    Iíve left the non https site up as well. Please try that if you need or can. Also note if you can if the bug goes away in the non https version of the site.Yes, the bugs go away on the non https URL.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 08:45 AM - MNblockhead quoted darjr in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Iíd vote for no more rules. Yea. Well, your wallet is your vote. I'm really liking what Matt Coleville is doing with Stronghold & Followers and his mass combat rules, but I'm interested in seeing what WotC will do with mass combat. I've been impressed with how well WotC has designed rules expansions in Xanathar's and Ghosts of Saltmarsh. They are simple, use existing mechanics in sensible ways, and capture the spirit of 5e well. I've been using Ronny Hart's Nautical Adventure rules since soon after 5e came out. But I just received my copy of Ghosts of Saltmarsh in the mail and I've decided to switch to the official rules. They just fit the 5e system so nicely and give enough tactical crunch to scratch that itch without trying to create a complicated wargame subsystem. After one quick reading I feel that I have a good idea of how to run ship travel and combat and I think with minimal explanation, my players would be able to play using these rules with nothing more than their ship's stat ...
  • 06:33 AM - John R Davis quoted darjr in post Another Look at the D&D Essentials Kit
    I roll in the open but still use a DM screen. Keep it folded on the table for quick reference. Yep. Use mine as a GM flat for ref etc. Roll in open . This kit looks like a must buy for me

Saturday, 18th May, 2019


Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 03:52 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post New boxed set
    Dyson Logos posted this! A hint? https://twitter.com/dysonlogos/status/1125973010576551936?s=21 106316 Mearls ran a Star Frontiers 5E game last year at some Cons. Maybe this is what he has been doing for the past few months...

Monday, 6th May, 2019

  • 09:30 AM - aramis erak quoted darjr in post Shadowrun Sixth Edition Announced!
    Iíve never heard of Anarchy! And the Valiant system is one Iíve always wanted to try! Having used the Cue system in the CosPat version... It's rules light but roll-heavy, albeit not bad. Comparable to the old GW Judge Dredd... Calling it the "Cue System" is a serious bit of a dodge... Cues have no mechanical power in CosPat (nor what I've seen of Valiant Universe), but good use of cues is good reason to (but utterly unneeded for) reward with a plot point as "good narration." It's also a "Weak GM" type game; the GM isn't authorized to be final arbiter, as GMing is rotational. The scenario-driven play has some repeatability, as the resolution of a scene from initial to penultimate varies, but always ends either by TPK or progress to the next scene. Writing adventures is easy... frame mission with 2-5 paragraphs. Frame scenes (3-6 for an evening's play); for each, write 1 to 3 paragraphs of descriptive setup "readme text," set a goal, use fail-forward mode to ensure it gets don...
  • 05:46 AM - trancejeremy quoted darjr in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    I know I'm probably going to make a fool of myself. But here is a prediction. PF2 will sell really well at first. But then tail off rapidly. Paizo will do more and more 5e stuff and eventually tail off PF2 product altogether. The computer game and their universal stuff and their licenses with the likes of WizKids will sustain them but eventually they'll have to decide to allocate work to a PF2 product or a 5e one and the 5e one will win. I'm probably wrong. In retrospect, I wonder if it would have made more sense for Paizo to make PF2 5e based, something like Adventures in Middle Earth, with Pathfinder classes added to the traditional ones. I just don't see how PF2 pleases either 3e or 5e fans, only Paizo fans, and they'd buy anything from them.

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 04:59 PM - Jester David quoted darjr in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    Paizo could have done a 5e without hitching their ride to WOTC.They just had to follow their original playbook. Take the 5e stuff released under OGL and do their own rulebook. Release pf1.0 books for a while after and then transition to their new book.Imagine a 5e pathfinder society?5e is under the OGL and has an SRD.To me the surprise move WAS pf2e. I still donít quite understand it. There's two big reasons for that. The first is they want to retain most of their audience. They're hoping a large percentage of their fans will switch from Pathfinder 1 to Pathfinder 2. And the best way to do that is by keeping Pathfinder 2 very similar to Pathfinder 1. Which seems fairly reasonable. The audience for a potential 5.5 edition is largely theoretical. You're not marketing to your actual consumers, and hoping to sway people away from another game. Now, there probably IS a large audience of established gamers who want something that's more like 5e but has more character complexity and rules options...

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 04:05 PM - 3catcircus quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    Seriously, look at dmsguild. Especially the things designed just for this. Like the AL and CCC mods. I've looked at them. I'm not loving the CCC, DDAL or DDEX mods - these are part of an organized play system and are tied together in some fashion. I'm really looking for standalone mods that *I* can tie together however I see fit, that are really short like the old 32-page TSR mods, but that have enough info to make it easy for a DM to run. Nothing out there seems to fit what I want. They are either super elaborate, too detailed in the wrong areas, or so tied to specific locales that I'd have to do a bunch of work to make them flow properly - which takes time that I don't have... Given that I have tons of old product anyway, I see no need to buy any new stuff right now.

Friday, 26th April, 2019

  • 02:47 PM - Deathbird quoted darjr in post Resource upload not working?
    client_max_body_size 45m The above was added to the sites-available/enworld config file so it'll survive any 'updates' to config. So the new nginx has it's own option overriding the php one. Sigh. Should be fixed. Please test. Running mine own test. Works perfectly now. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

  • 06:59 PM - Flexor the Mighty! quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    GaryCon is a blast! Itís also growing fast. I wouldnít be surprised if they put a cap on attendance. Also GameHoleCon is awesome and is one of the big three or four bucket list cons in my humble opinion. I think the edition treadmill fatigue hits a lot of folks. Which makes 5es continued blockbuster growth even more amazing. There is a limit on tickets, so its already capped. Its nearly max capacity for the venue based on what I saw this year. A lot of fun, and I have a room for next year but I'm not sure I'll be going. its a lot of money when its all said and done and that could go to another good trip.
  • 03:06 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted darjr in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    Looking forward to it! And yeah, the hotel blocks sold out super-fast. Still managed to get a good on-site room, though. GaryCon is a blast! Itís also growing fast. I wouldnít be surprised if they put a cap on attendance.

Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019

  • 04:58 PM - Aldarc quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    ... or with enough level in monk, or just plain enough hp. A high level barbarian can easily survive 20d6 dmg... With spells, expertise and stat increase , high level PCs can hit pretty high DCs. A shadow monk rogue multi class can have + 27 to stealth. A high level fighter can easily defeat most giants, an epic feat of martial prowess a first level fighter never could.I think that you are being a bit disingenuous to suggest that these are equivalent scales or scopes of fantasy, particularly in regards to mechanical support provided. Similar, but not identical. Hopefully you can at least recognize that the fantasy power level of 3e/Pathfinder extends beyond what is normal in 5e. As I suggested earlier, I think that Pathfinder 1/2 is oriented towards a "higher" epic fantasy than 5e, perhaps even more along the lines of "mythic" or "legendary." What wakedown said. In fact I worry about the influence of AL in D&D. So happy things like Critical Role and the current designers the...
  • 01:46 PM - CapnZapp quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. The problem is thinking yourself as a competitor to WotC. If you instead consider yourself as building upon WotC's success, offering expansions where WotC won't go... Well, that's the spot where I can see a Paizo that keeps from falling off the radar. Note: not literally making 5e modules. I still believe they need their own ruleset. Just a ruleset that a) is palatable to 5e customers b) avoids ignoring the development lessons of the last decade, and shows an understanding of today's design fashion That is, very much not the impenetrable playtest.

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 05:23 PM - Aldarc quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. At least I donít think anything listed so far as options has a real chance. But then maybe their goalposts are not where a lot of folks goalposts seem to be. IF they want to create a game they can be proud of and satisfy enough of a Pathfinder brand fan base, maybe thatís enough for them? If so then Iím shure itíll be a success.Paizo is probably using the same goalposts that spurred their initial development of Pathfinder: the survival of Paizo as a company. Pathfinder was intended as a stopgap measure to procure their company's survival in the absence of Dragon & Dungeon magazines. The success of Pathfinder was somewhat unexpected for them. I don't think that they are under any delusions about replicating the success of Pathfinder 1 because the market environment has changed. Even more tldr: Why would I be interested in yet another soon-to-fade-into-obscurity fantasy game that tries to be li...

Sunday, 31st March, 2019

  • 02:06 AM - Zardnaar quoted darjr in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    In the face of a popular and good enough version of D&D there isnít anything Paizo could do. At least I donít think anything listed so far as options has a real chance. But then maybe their goalposts are not where a lot of folks goalposts seem to be. IF they want to create a game they can be proud of and satisfy enough of a Pathfinder brand fan base, maybe thatís enough for them? If so then Iím shure itíll be a success. This I don't see PF being number 1 anymore. Peak Pathfinder was only about 20% of 5E they can probably do alright on a lower figure. Even half of peak Pathfinder would be around 10 times the size of an OSR publisher. If they keep what they have and appeal to 5% or 10% of the 5E players to buy in they would be fine. Personally I'll need a preview or something like the 5E basic rules to buy in.

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