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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Ergo, the game of 1e, in practice, was more lethal. You just said it had higher kill rates. Done. You effectively just said, "This analysis gives me result A. Therefore, I must do another analysis that gets me a different result." That's not solid reasoning. Games are not cleanly separable from their playstyles. Trying to level set outside of the playstyle introduces a bias -...
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    I have some issues with Celebrim's analysis, in large part because I disagree with his positions about science - as a physicist, I gotta tell you, quantum tunneling isn't terribly mysterious. It is a basic, and calculable thing. That being said, I have to note that there are actually two forms of magic that are getting conflated: 1) The magic of myth and folklore 2) The day-to-day...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    I think, if you ask "Which edition was most lethal?" that really asks - what percentage of characters did each edition actually kill? It has nothing to do with whether a 2e fighter could beat a 1e fighter, or otherwise comparing their stats to each other. It asks what power level characters were, *with respect to the challenges they were given*. Unfortunately, the real numbers are lost...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    As many as there are things to like. BBQ Geek? Yep. Beer geek? Sure. Fiber arts geek? You bet!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    I did say it was in jest. But, if you want to be a bit more pedantic about it - not all games give the GM a whole lot of space to choose when/what they can veto. And not all GMs are experienced, and know when to veto. And if the GM thinks they always know all implications of things at the time they are decided, and make a good choice on what to veto every time, they are kidding themselves. ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:32 PM
    Green Ronin has sent out its Sell Sheets for the new products it will have available at Gen Con -- Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Gamemaster's Guide and Superteam Handbook, Modern Age Threefold setting, and Fantasy Age Campaign Builder's Guide. (Thanks to Egg Embry for the scoop).
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    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    I think we can decide for ourselves what we find interesting.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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    Yesterday, 11:37 AM
    Lots of people certainly like books. No doubt about that. Lots of people also like PDFs, as evidenced by the DMs Guild (which WotC created); and they also like other digital options, like DDB, FG, and Roll20. It's not a binary choice.
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    Yesterday, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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    Yesterday, 04:13 AM
    Posting is going to be iffy for me for awhile now: Today was my first day of six days of work in a row. I may be able to post some late in the day, if I have any energy left to work on my character, or I may just be totally wiped out from heat and effort. It's like an oven outside here, and the humidity is diabolically high. Hell and Arizona have nothing on Arkansas -- those are dry heats. ...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:38 PM
    I think that while a system in and of itself cannot produce such authenticity, it can certainly get in the way of it. It can also likely encourage it - setting the players up in a good way to have such, to invite it. Bluebeard's Bride (from Magpie Games), and Ten Candles (from Calvalry Games) come to mind in that sense - games designed to enable players to "have all the feels" as the...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:12 PM
    Not at all (he said, taking the rhetorical bait). Remember the wargame root. In a wargame, you don't have characters, you have *units*. You only care about the survival of a unit in terms of its tactical value in the wargame scenario - you expect units to die, and you just move on. The old rules are not far from that. As time goes on, the game evolves away from that, to having a different...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:59 PM
    Broadly, that would depend upon what other parts of the fiction have already been determined. Sometimes what the players ask for can become THE solution, and sometimes that would not be consistent with things already set in place. I am often for not determining details unless/until you need them, specifically so you can flex for such things, but even if you only set any given detail at the...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:33 PM
    I strongly recommend you re-read The Rules. Specifically, the section about keeping things civil. Ridiculing people is a good way to get yourself removed from a conversation. Use of profanity, also, is a good way to get yourself removed from the discussion. In general, we expect you to treat people with a modicum of respect, even if you disagree with them. If you aren't up for that,...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:21 PM
    There was a trade language at the time that was based in Italian (mostly northern dialects) with a whole lot of loan words from other languages. This pidgin, sometimes otherwise called "Mediterranean Lingua Franca" or Sabir, was what they were referring to, rather than Latin.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:07 PM
    I think 3e may be the most deadly edition. I mean, in terms of, say, if it fell on you from out of a tree, the sheer mass of the published materials would crush you. 2e had a lot too, but much of it was softcover, which hurts less.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:01 PM
    I say, slightly in jest, "I search the Duke's desk for a huge ancient red dragon...." Less in jest, I ask - what are we more interested in seeing - the players getting exactly what they ask for, or the players getting what they overall want? Because they are not omniscient, and what they ask for may not actually be what they wanted, needed, or could best use. There is a demonstrable...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Neither. But weíll be moving into the new platform in the next week or two with luck, so it wonít matter.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 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, thereís the 3PPs, but theyíre not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 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 youíre a collector, youíre better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:53 PM
    I don't know, the chargen just wasn't flowing for me today. I don't know, I just don't know....
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:59 PM
    Devon Shield, Half-Elf Druid / Ranger / Guardian
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Your analysis has too many assumptions to be useful to me, but thank you for trying.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Yes, well, then you really should have paid attention to your better judgement. Let me help you: Don't post again in this thread. Everyone else - treat each other with respect. If you can't, it is time to take a break.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:55 PM
    The last game I ran, I did have the common problem - the rogue, with better Initiative, similar AC, and high damage from sneak attack, left the party paladin feeling a tad... unimportant in combat. Next D&D game I run, I may simply remove the Dex modifier from damage from Finesse. I am not sure it needs whole fighting styles and such to then make up for it.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Yeah, but I think you're treating the discussion as if folks are choosing their wordign along strict logical lines, when that behavior is not terribly common. "Any DM (OSR or not)..." may not be strictly true. Though, it may be - they may *see* the logic, but reject it. But whatever the case, in spending your time refuting the strict statement, you miss the actual point that perhaps lots...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 03:51 PM
    Well, it isn't like the pantheon and cultural structure are cleanly separable. The gods support particular social structures. And, in our fantasy worlds, the gods have a say in things - if a god gives spell power to elvish worshippers/clerics, and does not give power to non-elves, that's going to reinforce religion being a racial characteristic. Um... we have the phrase lingua franca...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:41 PM
    What part of "particularly on a success" didn't connect for you? Your response to that is to note that the failure case is always infinite, so there's no narrowing at all? Really?
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:19 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    Or, the also not-uncommon "start at 3rd level". Note that "a half-dozen people before you suggested X" does not actually mean that those half-dozen are representative. Using posts here for that is like using self-selected poll data - it does not represent what portion of people actually feel that way, as much as how strongly this small number of people feel about the point.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:03 PM
    You didn't go with "The Tick"?!? There's a missed opportunity for you.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:28 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    With respect, this doesn't tell us anything until you also do a measure of how fast PCs are expected to *lose* hit points. If AD&D monsters generally did less damage, or an AD&D party dealt with far fewer monsters in a day, yes, it could be moot.
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:58 PM
    I am not sure that this is somehow more true of gnomes than it is of, say, elves, with all the sub-races that have been out there. And, heavens forfend you can't summarize *an entire race of people* in a neat little stereotype! The horror!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:41 PM
    It matters to my play experience. It probably impacts the choices I make in play. So, by that measure, it makes a difference in the campaign. Also, as a GM, I take the player choices to be indicative of things they want to see. If you play a gnome, we're probably going to see a lot more gnome culture and social role in the game than if nobody chose to play a gnome. That probably means...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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. ďIn 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, 03:41 PM
    I remember Shayuri as being one of the best, most reliable posters on ENWorld, so I'd say something has definitely happened. But it may be as simple as a computer problem.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:11 AM
    Both of you decided to continue a personal dispute despite the warning. Time for both of you to take a walk - find another thread where you're not going to engage in personal sniping. Don't post in this one any further. Despite how clear this case is, one or both of you will likely disagree and want to argue with me. Take it to PM, please, and leave the thread alone. Anyone else?
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:43 PM
    I see several signs of people getting snippy, personal, and being far more interested in being right than exploring ideas. Folks are looking dug in, defending positions rather than thinking about whether the other guy has a point. That's a good sign that the thread's about done. Keep it respectful, keep it constructive, or find another topic, folks.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:35 PM
    The moment when you have to say, "To not understand and agree with me, you are either doing bad thing A, or bad thing B," is the moment you should step back, and consider that this means you must be flawless. Are you flawless? No? Then bad things on the other guy's part are *not* the only option. Maybe, just maybe, there's another basis for the misunderstanding. Until you are more...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    Iím pretty sure Iíve 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. Itís 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 youíre not, this isnít really for you - donít threadcrap, please). So youíre planning on playing PF2. While you are probably coming from PF1, is anybody coming from 5E? Obviously, itís not a permanent thing; you can play more than one game, try out others, all that stuff. But I was curious whether thereís 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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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:52 AM
    Umbran replied to Science in D&D
    Yes. I agree. That's exactly the point. But when you tell them the speed of light, or how gravity scales, you are telling them how the fantasy universe works! They don't have to assume it when you tell them. I meant that a GM shouldn't use the language of real-world physics to express how real-world physics doesn't work. Because when the GM says these things, they are Truth. And players...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:04 PM
    Umbran replied to Science in D&D
    As a physicist, my advice: don't go there. One of the big points we get to when we look at the fundamental constants is not just that "Hey, the physical constants are exactly what they are", but "Hey, if the physical constants change even a small bit, life (and even matter) as we know it ceases to exist." This is one answer to the question of "Why is the Universe exactly the way it is?"...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:31 PM
    Thorn is gone? What happened?
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    uh, like, Wow!!
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:17 AM
    Folks, There comes a time when folks no longer willing to budge or learn from each other butt heads, and can move forward no further. However, humans are built to not give up, so the head-butting can go on for some time. I can make it so neither one of you has to give up. You probably don't want me to do that. But if you do, by all means, continue in this same manner. I will take that...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 AM
    It is late, but let me see if I can construct one... I will use example presented before - the chaste knight is offered Excalibur in exchange for their chastity. We can call this... "The Maiden and the Sword". On the face of this, it is just a hard question - and only hard in the sense of our having put a stake in the ground in claiming the character was chaste, and we often dislike being...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 05:48 AM
    I tend to agree. "Need" is an absolute, and there are few absolutes that actually hold for us. Mechanics may make it easier to make such challenges, and/or make them eaiser for players to accept. "Fidelity" has two connotations. One is "strict adherence" - this is like a "high-fidelity recording". I don't think that's the sense meant here. The sense intended here is probably...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 04:15 AM
    That's because you are again swapping between different kinds of "challenge" willy-nilly. We typically talk about "challenge the player" and "challenge the character" in a rather game-centered* manner. If I had you a sudoku puzzle to solve, with no reference to the mechanics your character uses, I am challenging you, the player. If I give a strictly constructed skill challenge (make skill...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 01:33 AM
    Folks, If you are going to publicly admit that you're intentionally being jerks, you don't leave moderators a lot of wiggle room. Continue down that path, and you are unlikely to enjoy the result. There's this thing, called "being a reasonable, mature person". Try it out.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:14 PM
    You take care of real life. I will still be here.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Completely missing the point. Please keep spoilers to threads with warnings so people know to avoid them. Iíll add a spoiler tag to this one for you, but wonít 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 arenít.
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  • Leif's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:34 PM
    I've done some reading about chargen and so forth, since I have little or no memory of my previous time in the game. I think I want to play a Druid named Devon Shield who quickly became disillusioned with the way that people and other creatures were misusing the natural world. He decided that he couldn't just stand idly by and so became a Ranger. When he attained mythic status, his call was to...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:24 PM
    Itís not GURPS. Sorry, zero pointless snark points for you. Thanks, though. ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Well, weíre 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, 05:58 PM
    Umbran replied to OSR Gripes
    ďYou lot {humans} would rather watch someone suffer untold horrors than watch them enjoy so much as a cool drink if you donít have two of your own, and yours have cherries in them as well as more ice and little paper umbrellas, and even then most of you would still prefer to take theirs and have three. This is not the behavior of a sentient race.Ē -Space Opera, Catherynne Valente
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:48 PM
    Will it make it better if we tell you that you'll take your nemesis with you when you go? "Goguenar Gorecannon's Seventh Unkillable Fact: Dying happens to everyone, even stars. Even the stuff between the stars. But if you believe in yourself and achieve your goals, you can die so hard that no one will ever forget you, and thatís almost as good as not dying at all. Well, it isnít, really, it...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Dude. Please stop telling me Iím going to die.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Is that a death threat? ;)
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:24 PM
    There are almost no original IPs... in movies. In print (novels and comic books, for example) there's loads of new stuff. It is far, far cheaper to produce a novel or comic book run than it is to produce a movie, so it will often make far more sense to take something that's at least been tried out in the public arena before you spend $75 million and more on a movie.
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  • 01:08 AM - Morrus mentioned darjr in post 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 an easy upgrade!

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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.

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  • 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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  • 07:27 PM - Parmandur quoted darjr in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    Wait, thatís an interesting idea. What ideas or rules unique to PF2 does anyone see a D&D implementing or appropriating? Anyone? Just about the only thing I found of value in the playtest, was the system for multuclassing, including the equivalent to Prestige Class/Kits. I could see a similar system being built into 5E easily enough, basically locking a character into a Feat chain that replaces all the ASIs with cross-Class abilities.

Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 11:44 PM - Saelorn quoted darjr in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    Wait, thatís an interesting idea. What ideas or rules unique to PF2 does anyone see a D&D implementing or appropriating? Anyone?I don't know that PF2 really has any unique rules. The action economy is very reminiscent of old Shadowrun (and I'm sure many other systems), and the everything-as-feats approach has been done to death in countless heartbreakers throughout the last two decades.
  • 12:49 PM - zztong quoted darjr in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    Wait, thatís an interesting idea. What ideas or rules unique to PF2 does anyone see a D&D implementing or appropriating? I could see a future system drawing on the three-action approach for some inspiration.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 05:29 PM - MoonSong quoted darjr in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    I dunno if this thread covers it, but one of the reasons I liked PF1 was itís broad compatibility with 3.5 and 3.0. Not only adventures and monsters but even splatbooks and classes. In fact it was MORE important at the time. I looked at other games but it was among the best for backwards compatibility. PF2 in the playtest was far from that kind of ideal, as far as I could tell. And I havenít really seen anything fixing that. That ship has long sailed, and sank. Nobody survived, and there's nothing left of the shipwreck...

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

  • 10:45 PM - Tony Vargas quoted darjr in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    Ha! A veiled edition jab!Note to self: find thicker veils. Iíd say that 5e is MUCH easier to pick up and run, itís certainly far more forgiving to a DM, imho.Experiences differ, of course. 5e is familiar to returning players, and if you have a mixed group of experienced, returning, and new players the new players get plenty of help learning the D&D Way. 5e does Empower the DM, which means you /can/ just brazen it out, running off the cuff. Whether you find that 'easy' - I do...well, I find it fun & it comes naturally, but it requires a level of energy I don't have at the moment - but I've known a lot more GMs and players-who-won't GM who balk at the very idea.

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  • 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

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  • 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...


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