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    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 21 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 5 - 'Cause tonight we're gonna party and the party don't stop Dust of Disappearance 4 Dust of Dryness 16 Efreeti Bottle 23 Figurine of Wondrous Power 22 - Hand dog or face cat? Folding Boat 23 Heward's Handy Haversack 21 Horn of Valhalla 25
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:53 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 22 Deck of Illusions 9 Dimensional Shackles 19 Driftglobe 4 - Also makes a great disco ball! Dust of Disappearance 8 Dust of Dryness 15 Efreeti Bottle 22 Figurine of Wondrous Power 25 - Mostly makes a great paperweight! Folding Boat 26 Heward's Handy Haversack 22
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:26 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 25 Deck of Illusions 9 Dimensional Shackles 19 Driftglobe 6 - A true will o' the wisp Dust of Disappearance 10 Dust of Dryness 17 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 1 Figurine of Wondrous Power 24 - A true... look it's just an animal Folding Boat 27
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:32 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 24 Deck of Illusions 10 Dimensional Shackles 21 Driftglobe 7 Dust of Disappearance 14 Dust of Dryness 16 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 3 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 10 Figurine of Wondrous Power 24
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:47 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 24 Deck of Illusions 11 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 13 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 12 - Also known as... dust! Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 15 Figurine of Wondrous Power 18 - A statue with all the powers of... an animal!
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Larian's games have really great turn-based combat, not sure why anyone would want them to fix what isn't broken.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 21 Deck of Illusions 15 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 14 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 18 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 15 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 16 Figurine of Wondrous Power 21
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 04:55 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 22 Deck of Illusions 15 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 15 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 18 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 17 Figurine of Wondrous Power 23
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 07:41 PM
    Daern's Instant Fortress 9 Decanter of Endless Water 18 Deck of Illusions 17 Deck of Many Things 1 - The only way to win is not to play. Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 18 Dust of Disappearance 21 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 20 Efreeti Bottle 21
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 08:09 PM
    o_O I wonder if doesn't count you as a "voter" until you've finished selecting all 6?
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 08:06 PM
    Daern's Instant Fortress 20 Decanter of Endless Water 18 Deck of Illusions 20 Deck of Many Things 16 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 20 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 20 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 20 Efreeti Bottle 21
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:22 PM
    What, Thief but no Mage?
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:22 PM
    Alchemy Jug 5 Bag of Tricks 4 The top two we deserved.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:21 PM
    Sometimes when I come to a long thread that I'm not totally invested in, I'll skip a couple of pages at a time. I can't imagine what that experience would be like in this thread. For anyone coming to this late, I made this handy flow-chart for how the conversations in this thread have developed:
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:03 PM
    Nailing it down to six choices had a pretty big influence on my vote, actually. Beyond the "core four" (fighter, rogue, cleric, wizard), I would include, in a game with eight classes: barbarian, bard, druid, warlock (thinking: 5e's neo-vancian casting obsoletes the sorcerer's niche, rangers never had one to begin with, the paladin's niche is tough to justify in a game with easy multiclassing, and...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 04:49 PM
    Alchemy Jug 10 Bag of Holding 3 Bag of Tricks 7 Carpet of Flying 3
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 09:50 PM
    GEE, YOU THINK?
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 09:49 PM
    That's an awfully presumptuous stance to take. In case anyone was wondering, getting mis-gendered hurts. A lot. I cannot even begin to explain how much it sucks to have a sense of self that is still so commonly unaccepted and denied in the world. Until and unless you can experience that I would highly recommend avoiding making presumptions on how one ought to react to situations the impact...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 08:06 PM
    As soon as I saw the thread title I was like "someone's going to say 'playing HotDQ'" and this thread sure didn't disappoint! HotDQ is great for new players but pretty terrible for new DMs because it does take quite a bit of tweaking; there's generally too many combat encounters, and it'll either grind your players into paste or bore them to death depending on where you are (Greenest vs...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 04:53 PM
    Alchemy Jug 13 Bag of Holding 8 Bag of Tricks 9 Carpet of Flying 7
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 07:05 PM
    Yeah, it's important to note that acceptance of singular they is both an issue of respect AND also grammatically correct. To the extent that there's no actual reason to resist it from a grammatical perspective. Which only calls into question why some people still do.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 06:10 PM
    Alchemy Jug 17 Bag of Holding 11 Bag of Tricks 10 Carpet of Flying 13
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 10:13 PM
    Oh you sweet summer child, this isn't even in the ballpark.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 10:02 PM
    Once again, basically all of the major academic and journalistic style guides at this point give the singular "they" the a-ok. Did you know you can also start a sentence with a preposition?
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 06:29 PM
    Also the chowder?
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 04:42 PM
    Or "I'm from Arizona, that's basically the West Coast!"
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 04:41 PM
    Thanks! ;)
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 04:35 PM
    Alchemy Jug 20 Bag of Holding 10 Bag of Tricks 17 Broom of Flying 8 Carpet of Flying 17
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 04:30 PM
    Nice, deflecting and shutting the argument down on your own terms! I hope you enjoy continuing to yell at clouds. 1) I am definitely entitled to choose my own pronouns. 2) You are definitely entitled to your own attitude. 3) I am entitled to call you out on that attitude if it is, in fact, as insulting as it definitely appears to be
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 06:41 AM
    Interesting that you site none of these "authoritative" sources. Meanwhile, Miriam-Webster, Oxford English Dictionary, Grammarly, the Associated Press, the Chicago Style Guide, and the MLA and APA Style Guides all support the singular they as grammatically correct. I don't doubt that you can find some source here or there that still stubbornly opposes the notion, but the idea that there is...
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 01:53 AM
    <sigh> https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they https://public.oed.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-singular-they/ https://www.grammarly.com/blog/use-the-singular-they/ I could go on, but I believe the point is made. Singular "they" is in no way grammatically incorrect. There is literally no reason to die on this particular hill.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 12:13 AM
    The people Mearls was talking about, in his "gatekeeping" tweet, the "oppressors", are the people who are using the activity of controlling (and definitely limiting) access to RPGs to target people from specific demographics.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 12:06 AM
    To be fair, I think the thing they were asking for evidence for was the "Mearls doxxed accusers to Zak S" trope, which is oft-repeated but less backed-up (to the extent that I couldn't find anyone who claims to be a victim of said doxxing, which would at least be a start). The truth, in this case, seemed to be more an inadvertent naming, which, given the things Zak S was being accused of and was...
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 12:02 AM
    They repeatedly publicly defended him when multiple people tried to tell them what an awful toxic person and harasser he was, and then, as if that wasn't enough, Mearls specifically was caught bad-mouthing and insulting said accusers behind their backs. You don't think that warrants, at bear minimum, a "We're sorry?" Maybe a "We should have listened, and we will do a better job of that in the...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 11:50 PM
    This is the evidence most people point to when making that claim, which is, admittedly, not exactly a smoking gun. The truth seems to be less "Mearls forwarded people's complaints to Zak" and more "Mearls inadvertently name-dropped two critics to a man who is notorious for launching harassment campaigns against his critics" at least as far as the evidence lies, which is definitely not the same...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 10:31 PM
    Also, I want to clear up some other misconceptions here maybe? 1) The thing that most people are upset with Mearls about here isn't the "firing gatekeepers" thing. Rather, people were upset by the fact that when noted vile garbage person Zak Smith was brought on to consult playtest consult for D&D 5e Mearls repeatedly stood up for and defended Zak. Then insulted the people who claimed to have...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 10:08 PM
    1) I appreciate your willingness to accept and use a person's pronouns despite your personal misgivings. Seriously. That's a pretty big step up from a lot of human beings who would refuse out of some principle (either entirely misplaced or deliberately harmful), including on this very board. As someone who uses they/them pronouns, I do want to say thank you. 2) That said, yeah, literally...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 07:47 PM
    Meh, it's pretty muted at this point. 50 responses to a day-old tweet is not a really a "wave". The post's overall ratio is solid. Look, Mearls spent his time in the doghouse, and they're not gonna fire the guy who shepherded their most successful version of the game ever. It'd be nice if anybody admitted to at least learning a lesson from this whole debacle, but I'm sure the lawyers would...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 07:30 PM
    Alchemy Jug 21 Bag of Holding 14 Bag of Tricks 20 Broom of Flying 12 Carpet of Flying 18
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 11:00 PM
    I always got the sense that the Perfect D&D Edition (According to ENWorld) was essentially: *5e Mechanics *4e Lore *Modules from the 80's
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 04:59 PM
    Alchemy Jug 21 Bag of Holding 16 - A magic item that only exists to allow players to ignore an obnoxious game mechanic... which you could just ignore anyway. Bag of Tricks 22 Broom of Flying 22 - Why would you not want to be a witch? Carpet of Flying 21
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:24 PM
    Alchemy Jug 24 Bag of Holding 21 Bag of Tricks 26 Broom of Flying 22 Carpet of Flying 22
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 06:01 PM
    Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 28 Bag of Tricks 25 Broom of Flying 24 Carpet of Flying 24 Cube of Force 2
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:29 PM
    Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 27 Bag of Tricks 27 Broom of Flying 27 Carpet of Flying 26 Cube of Force 19 Cubic Gate 15
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:17 PM
    "Lacks an agreed upon identity" is basically the title of the history of the Ranger class in D&D ever since it tried to grow beyond "be Aragorn." Especially since the few themes people can agree upon are key to the identity of the Ranger are not restricted by class anymore. Anyone can track. Anyone can be good with animals. Anyone can be really good at surviving in nature. Anyone can dual-wield....
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 06:09 PM
    Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 27 Bag of Tricks 28 Broom of Flying 26 Carpet of Flying 27 Crystal Ball 5 Cube of Force 19 Cubic Gate 19
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:42 PM
    Alchemy Jug 29 Bag of Holding 25 - No DM Ever: I'm going to heavily enforce encumbrance rules. Here's a magic item that lets you ignore encumbrance. Bag of Tricks 27 Broom of Flying 26 - Why wouldn't you want to be a witch? Carpet of Flying 27 Crystal Ball 10 Crystal Ball of Telepathy 10 Cube of Force 22 Cubic Gate 22
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 01:47 AM
    The tricky part of Numenera is... well, the Numenera. The game isn't balanced to allow the characters to survive on their own talents. You're supposed to be constantly using the Numenera that you're supposed to be tripping over. The problem with this is that there are two potential fail points; the GM failing to provide enough Numenera or the players not being willing to use them often enough....
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Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 03:10 PM - Aldarc mentioned Gradine in post Numenera: Third Time Wasn't the Charm
    ...through combat. It's sometimes best to sneak around, negotiate, or use your cyphers to circumvent challenges. I think that this becomes clearer with the newest edition of Numenera where they now added (essentially) a charismatic type, an engineering type, and a salvaging-explorer type. None of which are stellar at combat. Most of these are oriented towards building-up a community so their combat utility is questionable. But I do think that the newer edition edges them closer to their original design goal about creating a game oriented towards buildign a future in the colossal shadow of the past. What am I missing? Does anyone love this system? Do others dislike it? Why?I enjoy the system, but I do not necessarily love it. It's incredibly easy for me to run a game of Numenera with little prep time. I guess that you are probably missing the cypher use aspect. These are big ticket items that you should be using and finding at a fairly regular pace. But this is GM-dependent, much as Gradine says.

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

  • 08:48 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Magic Jewelry (PART II)- SCARAB OF PROTECTION WINS!
    Pearl of Power 6 Scarab of Protection 7 Neither of these is particularly exciting, but at least the scarab is a bit more interesting than "do the thing you already do, just one more time" Arghhh. There seems to be a huge messup here. Okay. We have post #293 @Ed Laparde Pearl of Power 8 +1 = 9 Scarab of Protection 10 -2 = 8 Then post #294 (THIS SEEMS TO BE ERROR NUMBER 1) @Adamant Pearl of Power 8+1=9 Scarab of Protection 10-2=8 Then post #295 @OB1 Pearl of Power 9-2=7 Scarab of Protection 8+1=9 Then post #296 (ME) Pearl of Power 5 Scarab of Protection 10 Then post #298 (ERROR #2?) @chrisrtld Pearl of Power 8 Scarab of Protection 6 Then post #299 @Gradine Pearl of Power 6 Scarab of Protection 7 Now- The original error prior to #298 should have been Power +1, Scarab -2. So if chrisrtld was upvoting power, and donwvoting scarab, the votes would be Power +2, Scarab -4 from 296. Or: Power 7 Scarab 6 And 299 would be Power 5, Scarab 7. Make sense? Anyone want to chime in? Pearl of Power 5 Scarab of Protection 7 CORRECTED.

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  • 02:04 AM - pemerton mentioned Gradine in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Gradine, I'm having trouble following you because you seem to be making an assumption about what is informing my OP which does not hold good. If you're not making that assumption, then I'm still confused about what you're saying but am also confused about why I'm confused! In a post-OP post somewhere upthread I think I mentioned classic dungeoncrawling along the lines of Gygax's PHB (which is what I understand you to mean by OSR-type play). As I said in that post, I don't think that play of that sort is a literary endeavour, because it's not an artistic endeavour at all. In respect of the goals and outlook of play (though not all the methods), it's closer to a wargame. But that wasn't what I had in mind in my OP. In my OP I'm talking about play that (if one can speak relatively broadly) would be the sort of play involved in a PbtA game. Though, as I've said, my actual PbtA play exerpience is modest, I'm pretty familiar with character-driven, largely "no myth" play based aroudn the core d...

Sunday, 6th January, 2019

  • 05:20 PM - SkidAce mentioned Gradine in post Missing Community Supporter and Silver Subscriber under name.
    I looked closer at my display name etc today and noticed that it does not list me as a silver subscriber nor a community supporter. I would have assumed it was part of the flux of display changes that have occurred, but then I noticed other people (such as Gradine) still have their info listed. Its understood on my part that the badges are bugged, so no worries there. From what I understand, my name font is supposed to be silver also...:D

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 10:43 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Thanks very much! I'm thrilled that Carriage Court won through. In the last few years, the competition has become harder. The word count on the first round makes it a true test. Increasing the elements through the rounds has made a challenging task that much more difficult. Competing in the past has made me a stronger writer, and a stronger DM. It's made me question things in a more critical light, to ask why a certain element needs to be this thing and not this other thing. And I can see, by the caliber of entries put forth by my competition, that I'm not the only one who's become better through past competition. Iron DM is always a test, and I'm pleased to have risen to the occasion this year. I feel like these adventures are some of my best work. Gradine, Writ In Blood was an evocative, fascinating adventure. The whole theme throughout was delightfully dark, with a full-fledged haunted realm for the PCs to explore. When I first read it, I wasn't sure which way the judges would go; I think yours is much stronger than mine in a few specific areas, including on some of the elements. I think the judgements, even though they all fell my way, were close in each case. I look forward to squaring off against you next year. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune, thank you all for the tremendous amount of work you've put in judging these entries. I have never been a judge for this competition; I find the very idea of it daunting and intriguing in equal measure. I don't envy you some of the choices you had to make, there were truly some fantastic entries in this competition. But I'll thank all of you for the hard work and dedication to make this happen. I won't talk any more about my process. I think I've prattled on enough in the last few ...
  • 05:53 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Gradine and MortalPlague, a formatting error cut out a substantial part of the ending of my judgement (beginning at the first message tag). That has now been rectified.
  • 05:50 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post Judgement for the 2018 IRON DM Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    At last, the finale. Gradine’s “Ravenloft: Writ in Blood” vs. MortalPlague’s “The Culling of Carriage Court.” Both are rich and creepy. Both also are laden with backstory. “Blood” is a bit more so than “Court,” though – to the point that, at times, it reads more like a short story than an adventure scenario for a roleplaying game. This is unfortunate, because the setting that the entry provides is very interesting. But so much happens before the PCs arrive, it seems like there isn’t that much left for them to do. Now, there actually is a lot left for them to do, but it seems like it’s less than what’s going on in the backstory. I can’t help but think that there has to be a more efficient way to get that information across. Enough of that, though. Let’s look at what the adventures do offer. Adventures in Meat Pies, Volume 1 “Court” gives us a presumptive hook that is at best unsatisfying and at worst inadequate. It’s got good flavor (so to speak), but it feels blunt and leading. Worse, it requires...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 06:57 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Congratulations, @MortalPlague! Your adventure was, as always, excellent. I'll get you next time! @Gradine, thank you. It's always a pleasure to compete with you. I'm sure this won't be the last, and I look forward to it. As always, the finish of this competition leaves me chomping at the bit to get involved again. I also have a couple of friends who might like to jump in for next round, and I've promised to furnish them with the link to the contest. I don't believe either of them are current ENWorld members, but that's a deficiency easily fixed. Iron DM is not an easy thing to win consistently. I've competed five years in this competition. I've won twice, but I've been knocked out in the first round three times. It's really a feast or famine thing for me. On the topic of the ingredients, these were certainly a challenge to work with. I started by examining the Pie Wagon. It had to be important that the thing was mobile, and it had to be a food that couldn't be anything but pie. What's significant about pie? You fill it with something. And what's more sinister, more October a...

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 03:06 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, my judgment is up.
  • 03:03 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    ... of which is pretty rad. One question that gets added though; if the Empire found Shugo such a useful tool for killing fey, why would they put his control unit right next to their abandoned prison? Like parking an Apache next to a maximum security prison. Also, that the fey want to be entertained above all else seems a bit odd. Most things in prison seek freedom above all else. Maybe that lack of seemingly-obvious prioritization is why they lost the war. Literary Pass, Comparison: I think MortalPlague's writing was more active and compelling, yet Carriage also raised far more questions. Writ in Blood's setting was evocative while Carriage's was fairly generic. That said, I had to read up on Ravenloft and reread Writ in Blood to get sufficient context to not find it bewildering. I'm tilting slightly in favor of Carriage here. GM Pass, Writ in Blood: There's no clear hook to bring the PCs onboard here. I know it says "intrepid investigators" will jump into solving the crime, but Gradine must have a much more selfless and self-motivated group of players than most of the ones I've played with. It seems like as a GM my primary way of hooking the PCs is by ensuring that nothing else interesting is happening to be sure the PCs care about a missing persons case after they've just suffered a planar abduction. Breaking it into scenes: Hook(players hopefully decide to investigate) → Investigation (PCs tracking the pie wagon) → Confrontation (Pan-ya confesses) → Taneka's reveal (PCs exposited and asked to determine what the Beast is) → Meet Qi'lin → Resolution (Let Qi'lin do his thing OR tell Ooma to move on) A few problems here, the first being with the hook that I mentioned previously. Second, I'm not sure how to get players to the pie wagon without seemingly leading them by the nose to it. Sure it is strange that none of the 150 missing people came from Atakakune, but I'm not sure how I, as GM, would help the find the wagon, then convince the...

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 04:35 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Well... that was a wild one. Gradine, your adventure is excellent. I really like your take on the Iron Law. I think we both made good use of that element, but in entirely different ways. Your Deadly Ink is fascinating; to use the corruption of Ravenloft to change a recipe is inspired, sir. Speaking of the recipe... I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that we both took the cannibal route with the Pie Wagon. :p Your unicorn's fur turning red with blood is an excellent Ravenloft touch. On the topic of my own adventure, I had an early draft set in a forest. The Swan stood at a crossroads with an obelisk marking an ancient necromancer's tomb nobody knew about. The tomb had an ancient guardian; Shugo. And the pie wagon was driven by a halfling who was a necromancer who required Elsie's strength to break into the tomb. I feel like shifting the setting to a town and adding the fey element tied things together nicely. One of my big challenges writing this was to organize the information. At times, I had a se...

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Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 12:00 AM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    Gradine and MortalPlague, you have 48 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please limit your entry to a title, a list of the ingredients used and 2000 additional words. The judges will be using WordCounter.net to check your entry’s count. Please include your list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Entries that are between 1 and 59 minutes late will have their word-limits reduced to 1800. Later entries that are at less than 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1400. Entries that are at least 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1000. In addition, entries that are at least 2 days late may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge with consent from the match's opposing competitor. Entries that exceed their word-limits will be considered to end once they reach that limit;...

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Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 10:59 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, if you are both available for it, please confirm and we will post your ingredients at around 5:00 PM Eastern Thursday.
  • 06:30 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Monster Types- DRAGON WINS!
    Gradine: My head cannon says that dragons hoard treasure because they serve a draconic god of wealth, and that with enough treasure they can buy immortality. I wouldn't say that they are "played out," but more often than not I think they are played badly. And I think that the pallete swapping is a feature, not a bug...once I created a dragon that breathed swarms of beetles instead of fire. You're right about the informed consent, though. And they are even more racist than elves and more xenophobic than beholders. So they aren't perfect. But that makes them all the more fun to slay! :D

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 05:47 AM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    So. Scheduling. I'm working straight through till Thursday. My best time to start would be around 5 or 6 pm on Thursday (October 25th) , taking me into my day off. How about you, @Gradine?
  • 01:21 AM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, and now Rune: Thank you for the feedback (and judgment) on my entry! I can't speak for all of the competitors, but feedback and commentary like this are why I compete in the Iron DM contest in the first place. Most of my work as a DM is done in a vacuum, with little encouragement or feedback. Except from my players, and they usually only give me feedback when they are mad at me. I guess that's helpful too. My response to Iron Sky's Judgment Thank you for the kind words! I'm an engineer, and--well, let's just say that we aren't known for our writing ability. I truly appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I am my own worst critic, though. After I posted my entry, I re-read it dozens of times and found all sorts of things that I should have changed to tighten the entry up. First, I would have made it clear that this adventure is intended to be played by children. The light-hearted tone and silly names hinted at it, but I probably c...


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Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

  • 08:14 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Gradine in post [poll] Which classes should be core
    o_O I wonder if doesn't count you as a "voter" until you've finished selecting all 6? So if - as people doubtless are - you only vote for the Big 4, you votes are counted, but you aren't counted as a voter?
  • 07:34 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Sometimes when I come to a long thread that I'm not totally invested in, I'll skip a couple of pages at a time. I can't imagine what that experience would be like in this thread. As an aside, with these recent discussions regarding plural pronouns and singular antecedents, I just wanted to call out your sig. I made a comment a few days ago about when I walked into a bike shop in Portland and one of the employees had their nametag as "they/their". It helped me tremendously. It's reasonable for people to use gender pronouns based on what stereotypical gender a person appears as (after all, 99% of the time it's matching). But it's also reasonable to not want to offend anyone who doesn't identify as a stereotypical gender, and giving me the head's up about what you prefer to be called helps me from making a mistake. So I greatly appreciate that. Thank you. I admit I get hung up on grammar a bit (as a writer who works with editors, and as a professional in a corporate climate I sort o...
  • 06:29 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Sometimes when I come to a long thread that I'm not totally invested in, I'll skip a couple of pages at a time. I can't imagine what that experience would be like in this thread. For anyone coming to this late, I made this handy flow-chart for how the conversations in this thread have developed: 107398 That clears things up nicely. Thanks!
  • 06:28 PM - Remathilis quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Sometimes when I come to a long thread that I'm not totally invested in, I'll skip a couple of pages at a time. I can't imagine what that experience would be like in this thread. For anyone coming to this late, I made this handy flow-chart for how the conversations in this thread have developed: 107398Nonsense. It's a thread about firing Mearls for inserting gender-neutral "y'all's" into Pathfinder 2e.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 05:07 PM - gyor quoted Gradine in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    The bit about "first party technology" just means that they're using their own home-built engine to build the game rather than a pre-existing one, I think. It's not a comment on the perspective. I'm not so sure, just based on how they talk about Parties in interviews so far, I think they have something planned.

Monday, 1st July, 2019

  • 08:41 PM - epithet quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Yeah, it's important to note that acceptance of singular they is both an issue of respect AND also grammatically correct. To the extent that there's no actual reason to resist it from a grammatical perspective. Which only calls into question why some people still do. It is neither. It has nothing to do with respect, which is earned and should not be assumed. You're confusing respect with courtesy, which is the reason to address a person in the manner requested. I can call you what you want to be called and have no respect at all for you, just as easily as I can respect your accomplishments without doing what you ask me to do. Let's be clear--I'm not "resisting" anything. Even if I were in a position to change people's minds, or if more than a handful of people actually cared one way or another about my opinion, this isn't a thing worth a high level of engagement. "They" and "them" are plural, but if you want to be called by plural pronouns it's not the end of the world. I'm just not going t...
  • 06:35 PM - Paul Farquhar quoted Gradine in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    The bit about "first party technology" just means that they're using their own home-built engine to build the game rather than a pre-existing one, I think. It's not a comment on the perspective. But - but - I was looking forward to my Eye of the Beholder remake!

Sunday, 30th June, 2019

  • 07:33 PM - Morrus quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Yeah, it's important to note that acceptance of singular they is both an issue of respect AND also grammatically correct. To the extent that there's no actual reason to resist it from a grammatical perspective. Which only calls into question why some people still do. Exactly. Arguing against the human condition because it bothers you *grammatically* does not say good things about you or your priorities.

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

  • 01:51 AM - SkidAce quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Did you know you can also start a sentence with a preposition? Madness...
  • 01:48 AM - Hussar quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Once again, basically all of the major academic and journalistic style guides at this point give the singular "they" the a-ok. Did you know you can also start a sentence with a preposition? You've always been able to start a sentence with a preposition. It's ending sentences with prepositions that people refer to. :D

Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 10:10 PM - Azzy quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Did you know you can also start a sentence with a preposition? Of course.
  • 06:42 PM - billd91 quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Also the chowder? As long as that chowder isn't the tomato-based one that's a legacy of Portuguese cooking... that they blame Manhattan for despite it being native to New England as well.
  • 04:37 PM - epithet quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    ... In any case, having fun clutching your pearls over the sheer existential dread that comes from a word in the English language having more than one possible interpretation, I guess. You're hilarious.
  • 03:53 PM - epithet quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Interesting that you site none of these "authoritative" sources. Meanwhile, Miriam-Webster, Oxford English Dictionary, Grammarly, the Associated Press, the Chicago Style Guide, and the MLA and APA Style Guides all support the singular they as grammatically correct. I don't doubt that you can find some source here or there that still stubbornly opposes the notion, but the idea that there is anything less than near-consensus on the grammatical correctneas of the singular they is factually wrong. You are wrong. On another note, justice/oppression/politics have a tremendous impact on language all the time. This should be painfully obvious, at least to anyone living in the US. Just think about what kinds of terms were considered appropriate to refer to certain kinds of people fifty years ago, and how well many of those would play today. Also, quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of your condescension and patronizing attitude regarding my personal preference in pronouns. There is a lot les...
  • 02:17 PM - gyor quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    The people Mearls was talking about, in his "gatekeeping" tweet, the "oppressors", are the people who are using the activity of controlling (and definitely limiting) access to RPGs to target people from specific demographics. No one was gatekeeping, it was just a silly tweet. Move on people.
  • 06:04 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    <sigh> https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they https://public.oed.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-singular-they/ https://www.grammarly.com/blog/use-the-singular-they/ I could go on, but I believe the point is made. Singular "they" is in no way grammatically incorrect. There is literally no reason to die on this particular hill. Someone will still feel that they must... :p
  • 05:35 AM - epithet quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    <sigh> https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they https://public.oed.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-singular-they/ https://www.grammarly.com/blog/use-the-singular-they/ I could go on, but I believe the point is made. Singular "they" is in no way grammatically incorrect. There is literally no reason to die on this particular hill. A quick search provided a number of authoritative pronouncements for and against. The problem with most of them is that these blog posts are making semantic arguments in support of a position on the subject of the "singular they" which the author has already embraced because of politics or a depth of feeling on an issue of gender, rather than taking a dispassionate look at the issue of confusing singular and plural pronouns. So, yeah... "singular they" is grammatically incorrect in the sense that the word is plural. I'm not the word police--you can use it however you feel like using it, and I'll either understand what you mean or I won't, a...
  • 01:14 AM - epithet quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    ... literally everyone else has covered this, but the singular use of "they" always was and has always been "correct", in plain language if in nothing else. And not just for an individual whose gender is either undetermined or deliberately non-binary; one of the quoted examples here shows Shakespeare using it immediately following the use of singular "man". It's just a thing that always happened. ... Look, you can call yourself whatever you want to, and as long as I'm informed about what you want to be called I'll try to go along with it out of basic courtesy, but the strictly singular use of "they" is incorrect. Shakespeare made any number of grammatical errors, some intentionally and other because among his many works, many errors are inevitable. Sometimes people misspeak, and some bad grammar, no matter how commonplace, remains bad grammar. The bottom line from my perspective is that we need a plural pronoun. There are circumstances where it is really important to distinguish between "that...
  • 12:28 AM - Keldryn quoted Gradine in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    I always got the sense that the Perfect D&D Edition (According to ENWorld) was essentially: *5e Mechanics *4e Lore *Modules from the 80's Yes please. :)
  • 12:24 AM - Azzy quoted Gradine in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    To be fair, I think the thing they were asking for evidence for was the "Mearls doxxed accusers to Zak S" trope, which is oft-repeated but less backed-up (to the extent that I couldn't find anyone who claims to be a victim of said doxxing, which would at least be a start). The truth, in this case, seemed to be more an inadvertent naming, which, given the things Zak S was being accused of and was frankly well-known for before this whole thing even started, was something Mearls should have never done in the first place. Ah, my bad. Apologies to Dausuul, then.


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