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    Today, 09:13 AM
    Read up on the No True Scotsman fallacy; that will explain why you're having such a hard time in this conversation, and why people are finding it a frustrating experience trying to talk with you.
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Ah, I've figured it out! The way your proclamation that "Hollywood doesn't really do new movies" works in your head is that Hollywood = Disney's 4-5 blockbusters each year, and all of the other 500 movies each year are not by Disney and therefore aren't Hollywood. Ergo, Hollywood doesn't do new movies any more. The No True Scotsman fallacy needs to be renamed, because, man, you not only...
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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    +1. It makes for a very frustrating conversation when No True Scotsman is constantly invoked to move the goalposts every time someone points out a factual inaccuracy.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 AM
    It hasn't moved. The name of the parent forum was simply changed from Pathfinder, Older Editions, & Variants to Pathfinder & Starfinder -- quite a while ago!
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    Yesterday, 08:32 AM
    Personally I try to avoid time travel. How has the group taken to it?
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I've moved Zardnaar's movie stats topic to its own thread so this one can talk about Top Gun.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:26 AM
    Patrick Stewart sounds older than he does currently in real life, and Spiner has been de-aged. Interesting! Reports also say Riker is in it. I knew he directed some of it, but apparently he’s actually in it. I hope there isn’t too much focus on the Romulan stuff. With Nemesis, and the Abrahms Trek reboot, I’m kinda bored of what wasn’t a very interesting plot thread in the first place. I’m...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:14 AM
    Except that you do. Oh, god. I can’t say that yet again to another pithy non-sequitur. I really am out this time before my brain freezes.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:01 AM
    I really don't understand what your point is, and it seems to change with each post. My interest in the conversation (such that it was) has expired as it's gong nowhere interesting, but I'll reiterate that if you want to see original movies, there are tons of them every year, and they're awesome and available to you. If your requirement for them is that they have to be blockbusters, then I guess...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:34 PM
    Again, why does it matter to you that films be blockbusters? There are lots of non-blockbuster films every year. They are great. Go watch 'em. They're still making them, plenty. There's no "fault" to assign. Nothing is wrong. Blockbusters are there, small films are there. Watch either, or both, or whatever.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:57 PM
    What's with your obsession with blockbusters? Does a film only count if it's a blockbuster? So? Go see them if you think you'll like them. You're not an investor. If your requirement to see a film is (a) it be original, and (b) it must be a blockbuster then you're only hurting yourself. Otherwise -- go see the films. They're there.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:27 PM
    Zardnaar does. :) In other news, this film comes out on my birthday next year, and I'm gonna go see it, because the first one really is a guilty pleasure for me.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 03:37 PM
    I could have sworn that was in there! But it's a 2 MP effect.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:26 PM
    It does tons of them every year. You just don't go to see them.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 06:28 PM
    I'm really not very knowledgeable about modern archery, but generally maybe you could look at the difference between a musket and a modern rifle, and apply a similar 'upgrade'.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Well then, I have some great news for you! The 1980s have loads of really awesome movies. You have years of pleasure ahead of you!
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 04:10 PM
    The PDF(s) will go out to backers the moment the Kickstarter ends tonight, as we do with all all our Kickstarters. So if by “right away” you mean “today” then back the campaign! Otherwise, yeah, there will be a longer wait before you can get the revised version of ATOC or the new book, ATMC.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    This place has been around for 20 of those years!
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 03:18 PM
    Gale Force Nine has shared some pictures of the new DM Screen geared at nautical adventures, Of Ships & The Sea. The website says "Pre-Order - Mid June", so I'm not sure if it's available yet.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 02:25 PM
    The revised version is on Kickstarter right now. Ends in 8 hours. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/a-touch-more-class-9-new-5th-edition-classes
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:55 PM
    I think we can decide for ourselves what we find interesting.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 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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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Neither. But we’ll be moving into the new platform in the next week or two with luck, so it won’t 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, there’s the 3PPs, but they’re not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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    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 you’re a collector, you’re better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:43 AM
    This f***ing delights me.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 04:36 PM
    As others have said, part of the issues you raise are due to simple mechanical need. You need, barring interesting special scenarios/circumstances, for the characters to be able to communicate with most of the things they encounter...and "civilized" peoples/nations (presumably with hundreds of years of history) need to interact. So, "Common" trade tongue is an easy way to do that supplemented...
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    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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Modiphius has announced that the Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook for Star Trek Adventures will be out on July 25th. 11 alien species, new starships, and lots of information about the Federation and worlds of the quadrant, available from their web store very soon. “In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch afteranother, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:49 AM
    We did a skit about that in last week's podcast, with a player suggesting more and more outlandish races, starting with deep gnomes and tieflings, through aaracokra and minotaurs, to mind flayers and dragons, to daleks and Borg Queens, to, eventually, V'ger. The idea of somebody playing V'ger as a PC still cracks me up.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:30 AM
    In the past year I wrapped up a PF campaign, but also played a 5E campaign and two FFG Legend of the Five Rings campaigns. So it's less "switching game systems" as "trying the hip new thing to see how we like it."
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never once seen you post on-topic. :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:17 PM
    abe ray your habit of starting a thread asking a question, and not even acknowledging (let a alone thanking) those who go out of their way to help you is a little rude. It’s been going on for some time. If somebody helps you out, please have the decency to thank them before asking them something for something else. Thanks! :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Morrus started a thread PF2 Are you moving from 5E to PF2?
    (A question for those planning to play PF2; if you’re not, this isn’t really for you - don’t threadcrap, please). So you’re planning on playing PF2. While you are probably coming from PF1, is anybody coming from 5E? Obviously, it’s not a permanent thing; you can play more than one game, try out others, all that stuff. But I was curious whether there’s a demographic out here who feel PF2 is...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Streaming video. Netflix. Podcasts. Audio/video media, basically. I get through several GB/month, and I'm not as bad as some people I know.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:42 PM
    There are only a few days left to back the A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter! Join nearly 2,000 backers with these nine new classes for your 5th Edition games. Remember, we delivery Kickstarters immediately they end, so there won't be any opportunity for pledge managers or late pledges! Here's a look at all the stuff you can get in this epic-sized Kickstarter! Play as the brilliant...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:41 PM
    Modiphius has announced the official Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition Organized Play campaign, with a sign-up form to run games at major conventions, receiving the official adventures before release starting with The Fall of London before Christmas. Other upcoming books: The Fall of London campaign
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:36 PM
    There seems to be a recent, growing trend of people mistaking EN World article comments for the YouTube comments section.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Completely missing the point. Please keep spoilers to threads with warnings so people know to avoid them. I’ll add a spoiler tag to this one for you, but won’t be reading it further.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:01 PM
    Dude. Spoilers. Some of us are interested in seeing this film, even if you aren’t.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:24 PM
    It’s not GURPS. Sorry, zero pointless snark points for you. Thanks, though. ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Well, we’re certainly not American.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:46 PM
    His company website has been taken down. Is the KS still running?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:11 PM
    15. Leap overboard but have the evil pirate god blast you airborne with a surging wave of sea spray so you can strike a flying enemy. 16. Order your fellow pirates to yell yarr, then grasp that sound and spin it into a harpoon of thunder which you can hurl. 17. Conjure a shark to thrash someone who fell overboard, using a little shark shaped voodoo doll. 18. Intone the dread name of...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Dude. Please stop telling me I’m going to die.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Is that a death threat? ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:39 PM
    Gosh. Man, you're on fire today!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:28 PM
    It's pitched very much as a sequel rather than a reboot. And I'm not planning on dying any time in the next 40 years, thanks!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:08 PM
    Where did you hear/see that assertion, out of curiosity?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:02 PM
    This is not the forum to discuss anti-vaxxers or other general political topics.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:57 PM
    Oops! It’s formatted separately, so I have to remember to insert it at the end of the PDF each time I update.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:55 AM
    I think it's the screenshot from the blog (now deleted but saved in that Twitter thread) of somebody else's Facebook post which he was mocking, which showed him logged in to his own account in the "reply" box.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:21 AM
    They’ve rebooted Terminator repeatedly. This one gives me more confidence than Salvation or Genysis. We’ll see. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is a waaay bigger draw than a John Conner actor #6.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:36 AM
    KS is the postal code for the state of Kansas, wherein Wichita resides.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:31 PM
    A Kickstarter convention?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:33 PM
    The . . . like, metaphysical explanation I think I had in my head was that in the New World Order you can teleport anywhere you've been, and since the box is tied to Risuri's land due to its connection to the Fey Titans, Heid basically thought really hard at it, until he believed that he *was* the box, and he-as-box willed him-as-box-self to teleport back to Risur, because it was the only way to...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:21 PM
    My friend Erik Carl has organized the TsunamiCon Gaming Convention in Wichita, KS for the past five years, and he's running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for venue costs for this year's con, which runs from October 18 - 20. There isn't the hugest RPG scene in Kansas, and TsunamiCon is a great way to keep the hobby in the public awareness, and to connect roleplayers who might not have the same...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:11 PM
    He's blocked me pre-emptively on Twitter for some reason. He had his account set to approved followers only, so it's not like I could ever see it, but I guess he's decided he doesn't want to see my tweets either. Never tweeted the guy or mentioned him!
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:43 PM
    I was only asking about players. My question was prompted by that tweet, but it isn't the same question. The question I wanted to ask is the one I posted. :)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:25 AM
    Most people (including third parties) who have access are under an NDA. It comes out in a couple of weeks though! You might be able to find scattered bits from what people remember from recent playtests etc.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:47 AM
    Nope. But they do have to provide product for evaluation.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:12 AM
    Specifically, I recall people got some pictures of a copy of the book, such that they were able to mostly transcribe the Alchemist class. Where is that stuff?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:08 AM
    Obviously high level combat in D&D and PF takes forever, especially with a ton of foes. How's it go with your group, which is using . . . Savage Worlds? Fate? I lose track of which GM is doing what.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:59 PM
    A large factor in my supporting a Patreon would be the behaviour of the person running it.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:48 PM
    This has blown up on social media the last couple of days. YourRPGisSh*t, an attack site which attacked game designers, retailers, and publishers, along with nasty screeds against various demographics, turned out to have been run by a publisher. Not one I'm personally familiar with. Geek Native has a more detailed report on the matter. The author outed himself with a screenshot which contained...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Please vote for your favorite publishers, Judges, and product nominees in the 2019 ENnies Awards! Voting is live and runs until 11 PM EST on July 21st. "As a reminder -We follow One Person One Vote! It is very important that the democratic principle of “one person, one vote” be followed. If you have already voted for products and/or judges, then please do not vote for them again....
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Inspired by a question somebody asked on Twitter. My response was that every system feels different and provides a different play experience. You can certainly make most any system do anything, but playing Call of Cthulhu with the Mutants & Masterminds rules is going to feel very different to CoC with the CoC rules. Every game has it's own niche and just needs to serve that niche well. In...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:01 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:04 AM
    That highlights a nuance of the level calc change for monsters: using the same calc, John is actually level 3, not level 1. But yeah, he's super-twinked.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:24 AM
    I was thinking about that very thing earlier today. That’s an artifact of using average rolls rather than the Judge rolling for the monsters. If the Judge rolls, you’d need a monster with 19d6 in its Defense skill (which doesn’t exist) to make it impossible to hit by a starting character. I like the average rolls because it makes play really fast, but you do lose that randomness. One...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 01:35 AM
    I loved (and still do) all the Glen A Larson American TV action shows of the 80s. A-Team, Knight Rider, Airwolf... love ‘em all. In that order. Plus theme tunes; that art seems to have been lost, except for Game of Thrones.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:59 AM
    Morrus replied to We're back!
    Technical issues mean we're delayed for now. We now need to migrate to a new server before trying this again.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:56 PM
    The pro DM discussion has arisen twice a year for the last 20 years at least.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:39 PM
    By the same argument fighting, shooting, and defence are al forms of combat. Any skill list can be pared down indefinitely until you just end up with “skill”, but I do feel those two things are different enough. I wouldn’t want the average orc to charm somebody.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Yeah, if you were racing the dragon or it was chasing you. Flight v Athletics. Phew! You escaped! Appraisal just figure dragons can count their gold hoard, so they can make a check to value stuff.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:51 PM
    New version v1.2 uploaded to add a page on Equipment. Nothing big.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:54 PM
    40d10! Yikes! At that point, I'm using an app.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:10 PM
    50/50 is the chance most people get for most things — it’s the standard difficulty. You have a 50/50 chance to pick a lock, bust down a door, shoot most things, etc.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 12:06 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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I'm the creator of ZEITGEIST: The Gears of Revolution adventure path. I write, yo.
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Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

  • 05:39 PM - gideonpepys mentioned RangerWickett in post Session 30, Part One - Raiders of the Lost Arc
    ...to ellicit further input from our illustrious Adventure Path Director, if possible. Needless to say, I was not expecting Leon to make a date with Benedict Pemberton. I have all sorts of ideas about how to play that out, but wondered what you think Pemberton would do, bearing in mind that in my campaign he hates the Ob more than he hates the PCs (but that they did thwart him in adventure 6, so they're hardly best of friends). If it helps, I don't really need Pemberton to show up on Odiem as I intend to have Ottavia Sacerdote disrupt that memory event instead. My initial thought was to have Pemberton play his cards close to his chest, and try to pump the PCs for information, while simultaneously revealing that Macbannin used him as 'back up' during Schism - plugged his head in and told him everything, just in case the PCs didn't make it. (To explain how he managed to figure things out even though his duplicant was exposed.) I'd be very grateful for any additional ideas, please, @RangerWickett.

Saturday, 4th November, 2017

  • 10:37 PM - gideonpepys mentioned RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    ...ent death throes had subsided they saw two small, bright, white flames lingering where the demons had fallen. Cautiously and curiously, Leon approached and found he could cup the cold flames in his hands. Bringing them together caused the vision to vanish, and they found themselves in a bare stone room with a washing basin and clean robes fitted perfectly for them. The fog at the doorway had vanished. They took some time to rest and heal up. Korrigan using his hurtloam-infused hands to soothe their burns. As this was easiest if they stripped off their armour, they decided to don the robes and bathe in the washing basin. The water blushed with dirt and blood from their hands and faces, but clarified almost at once. Uru took full advantage and, wearing only his bespoke robe, clambered into the basin and washed his entire body thoroughly. Despite the magically purified water, no one else used the bowl after that. End of Session Bit of advice for our next session, please, RangerWickett. I'm not sure I understand the Lance of Triegenes map properly - or if I do understand it, how it works tactically in the final battle of the adventure and the Vision of the Near Future. Is the whole central section 'covered'? If so, how high is the chamber? Is the entire central section - the black section - solid? How high does it go? How tall is the 'lance'? In the Vision encounter, it describes a shadowy figure in the centre of the chamber. If the middle is solid, where is the centre, or do you just mean inside? Are the Tragedies supposed to fly in and out of the chamber through the walls? In the final encounter, how does Borne affect the combat? Only on the outer platforms? Or can he attack PCs in the central chamber? In short, I don't get how the set-up of the map - as I am interpreting it - is supposed to work. PS. That's a real weakness of mine generally - and probably why I need to beef up most encounters!

Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

  • 05:51 AM - Wulffolk mentioned RangerWickett in post Dilemmas and decisions - an experiment in melee combat choices
    RangerWickett I think I would prefer Stances a little more than what you had initially posted. However, I had begun a thread a short time ago exploring the possibility of damage dice being based on the Hit Dice of a particular Class, and the weapons having specific riders that could be applied as tactical choices. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?590882-5e-Weapon-Damage-Option Maybe a combination of Stances with weapon riders would offer a decent level of tactical choices without too much complexity. I like your intent, and completely agree that D&D needs more tactical choices to make combat interesting.

Thursday, 26th October, 2017


Tuesday, 24th October, 2017

  • 02:34 PM - Tormyr mentioned RangerWickett in post Hardcore 5E World Ideas
    ...earth, the dead zones could be spread all over, with some being larger if more than one god was detonated in the area. The gods could have exploded when the divine gate was sealed by the mortals, cutting them off from the celestial plane and the source of their power. One of the long running plots could be that the remaining celestials are angry and working on reopening the diving gate to reclaim dominion over the world. With that kind of story line, there is all kinds of opportunities to make things topsy-turvy. Clerics could be drawing power through cracks in the sealed Celestial Gate or from the dead gods. Warlocks could have mysterious patrons (who are actually celestials) that have them helping the celestial's plans in subtle ways. Devils could have been cursed by the celestials and driven underground while secretly keeping the celestials' plans in check. There are lots of cool options with the key conceit of your setting. Another option for reducing healing would be to use RangerWickett 's idea for reduced natural healing and remove ability modifiers from the amount of healing gained from spells. At some point, if it becomes too hard, the PCs can find an artifact that allows healing to be at full power.

Saturday, 14th October, 2017

  • 01:58 AM - Tormyr mentioned RangerWickett in post Lylandra's War of the Burning Sky continued
    When I was working on my 5e Age of Worms conversion, I very quickly realized that milestone leveling was going to be the only way to go as the XP went off the rails by chapter 2. I get the fun of handing out bonus bits of XP and seeing the progress toward the next level. Looking back, for the times when there was something extra the party did that the original text said should be awarded XP, I think I should have handed out inspiration to the participating party members or something similar. RangerWickett, in hindsight, do you think the 4e version should have not had extra content and used milestone leveling instead to keep the adventure pacing similar / the same as the 3.5 version?

Friday, 6th October, 2017

  • 01:48 PM - Coroc mentioned RangerWickett in post How to GM a huge ruin?
    RangerWickett ah i just saw your latest posting with that fixed diverss big map. The biggest problem for you is: What if the PCs run astray? Do you have creative sideroutes then? Endless winged random Encounters can get quite boring in such a case. Concerning my previous post, there is a second solution whic basically does the same: This works best if your planned encounters are not to much dependant on battlefield geomtrics or surroundings, namely just plan for different Locations for them to be possible and wedge them in no matter what route the Party takes.
  • 01:41 PM - Coroc mentioned RangerWickett in post How to GM a huge ruin?
    RangerWickett If it is, for RL time reasons or whatever, hard for you to create a big dungeon Scene with all Details then do a quasi sandbox trick. Create modules with areas of interest and apply them in an order that serves the over all adventure best. E.G. the temple hidden within the ruins does not have to be in an exact location. Asuming the temle houses the end boss and players approach this area of the ruins first and ruin all your careful preparation, just place another encounter there and introduce the temple at another location within the dungeon. Use some generic structures for the access routes, be a bit creative on that and it is easyer than you think. do not Forget to add dead ends pit falls and cave ins to get the authentic ruins feeling.

Sunday, 27th August, 2017

  • 04:30 AM - doctorhook mentioned RangerWickett in post 2017 Class Satisfaction Survey Results
    ...e same revelation: Sorcerers should be doing the thing Wizards cant learn, that Warlocks cant bargain for. Shadow magic, Rune magic, Chaos Magic with its own list of spell with specific riders depending of your origin.I love what you're putting down here. You know what I would have liked to see with the sorcerer? A true channeler of magic that is unique from a wizard. Either one of two ways: 1. Runes. Years ago I wrote a game where rune magic was one where each magical affect had a rune associated with it, and you as the caster would "draw" these runes as you cast in a combination that you wanted. for example, you could combine a gust, fire, and explosion rune to replicate something like a fireball. Each rune had a power level to it, and you were limited to a max potential power level depending on skill (level). So a novice rune caster couldn't go around blowing everything up.I promise that I will buy an "Elements of Magic" product for 5E the very day I become aware that RangerWickett has written and published such a thing. (Especially if it looks a lot like a D&D-ified/simplified version of the O.L.D. magic system; that's my dream product!) I've always kind of felt, even from 3rd Edition, that Warlocks did the 'innate magic' thing better than sorcerers did. Seriously, just reflavor your Otherworldly Patron as a Bloodline and boom, you basically have a really neat template for a sorceror. Someone who has innate magic powers, and some limited spellcasting that refreshes faster than a book-mage. I agree you'd need to work pretty seriously on the invocation list. And possibly have quite a number of unique invocations available only to specific bloodlines to make sure that each bloodline had fun toys no one could steal, and a unique theme or flavor. Then make Metamagic a feat or something. Like, each type of metamagic is a feat, and you get a limited number of points per day (each additional metamagic feat increases that number by a small amount) or maybe just...

Friday, 25th August, 2017

  • 02:08 PM - Celebrim mentioned RangerWickett in post Help me populate the nobles of an imperial capital in decline
    RangerWickett: Yeah, yeah, laugh it up. ;) You are probably experiencing the same sort of problem I have when I ask for help brainstorming on EnWorld: either crickets, or the 'help' you get is of absolutely no use to you. I could probably help more if you talked more about exactly what you needed. If you want decadent twisted nobles for the court of Stavian III, I could probably go along in the above vein for another 40 or so entries. But what do you really need? Patrons who paladins can follow with little moral qualms? Inspiring mentors or leiges with a cause for the party to champion? Nobles foils and patrons whose decadence is perhaps dialed down a bit, or should I go further over the top and create some snarling puppy chewing villains? More ties to canonical issues or less ties?

Saturday, 29th July, 2017

  • 12:54 AM - BobertoEnFuego mentioned RangerWickett in post Pathfinder at high levels?
    It is funny to hear that RangerWickett is playing in an Iron Gods campaign. I am currently running a mash-up of Zeitgeist/Iron Gods AP. I was originally supposed to be just running Iron Gods. Then I got my hands on the first few adventures of Zeigeist and I couldn't resist. However, I couldn't disappoint my players who were expecting robots and lasers, so I smashed the two together. Had to change a bit of the lore/characters, but the campaigns merge surprisingly well! For example, there is still strife between those who welcome industry/new technology and those who keep to the old ways (e.g. the town of Iadenveigh). Or how the rulers of Numeria are a bunch of mages (Technic League)/barbarians (Black Soverign) and danor is fairly magicless and full of guns. These two combinations do not mix well which could easily lead to power struggles.

Sunday, 9th July, 2017


Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

  • 07:27 PM - SanjMerchant mentioned RangerWickett in post ZEITGEIST 5E
    By the way RangerWickett , if one of us as a spitball idea for something, are there legal concerns about sharing it here? Because I know that can be a thing with, say, fanfiction. But on the other hand this idea is burning a hole in... what's the mind's equivalent of a pocket?

Friday, 16th June, 2017

  • 11:15 AM - gideonpepys mentioned RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    My work here is done! It certainly is! It is a huge strength of the campaign that the 'villains' have good intentions. In fairness, Uru's comment was more of a wisecrack than a philosophical comment. But to my surprise, Korrigan's player (out of character in an email exchange) asked the others if any of them had considered switching sides. I know Xambria's player - very much in-character - is fascinated by the Ob's archaeological discoveries and has asked several of the others if they would consider, at the very least, not interfering with what the Ob has planned if the convocation goes the right way. But Leon, Matunaaga and Korrigan (in-character, so far) have all said they fear that the risks are too great. What do you think about the fourth murder idea, @RangerWickett? (Scratch that last question, I found the info on ending the ritual!)

Thursday, 1st June, 2017

  • 06:02 AM - Tormyr mentioned RangerWickett in post Question about running Bonds of Forced Faith
    Thanks, RangerWickett. As for anyone else who is working on the conversion to 5e, I have some questions: So I quickly loaded everything into roll20 for my Tuesday night game, and I noticed there were a lot of...interesting...features on the pre-generated character sheets. I was wondering if these were just special features for just Bonds of Forced Faith, the normal portions of race and class features are missing from the OGL, if they are upcoming character options, or if they are an artifact of converting from Pathfinder (or a bit of all 4). Some things that stuck out: * Amielle has Engineering skill proficiency * Amielle has a special version of fire retaliation called Wrathful Smite rather than the innate casting that Tieflings get * Lorcan's Rites of rulership adds +5 to a bunch of skills rather than advantage * Tomas has a special version of key that allows him to make ranged attacks with his fists or heal someone * Harkover Lee's Handheld Flame is less effective than firebolt. * Lorcan's +to hit and...

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017

  • 03:01 PM - SanjMerchant mentioned RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    Again, I can't take credit for that. 'Liberating vulgarity' is one of his powers. Coupled with his 'snarky' description, I went for a very strong, nasal, irritating Scouse accent. I may have already said this, but I loved the idea of Rush and Merton when they were encountered tangentially in adventure #1. Couldn't wait to play them. I'm glad to say that the regular dramatic 'beats' each of them is provided with, along with a few additons of my own (like Rush's challenge to Rumdoom and Merton's communion with the seagulls on Isla Dolas Focas) meant that they resonated with my players in exactly the way I wanted them to. They hated Rush, and sympathised somewhat with Merton. Until session 12 that is! Well, I guess that particular hat-tip goes to RangerWickett, then! It's a great trait, makes him stand out against so much of the cast who have various reasons for being more polished: politicians, nobles, what are functionally FBI/Interpol agents, over-educated doctors and their kids, etc. I'm curious to find out if Rush actually dropped Tinker in the lava or somehow managed to swap him for his duplicant to trick the RHC into abandoning the mission. (Given that "Tinker dies" is the second best outcome for everyone except Tinker.) Sent from my SM-G900V using EN World mobile app

Sunday, 7th May, 2017

  • 05:38 PM - MoonSong mentioned RangerWickett in post This is a directory of posters who think the sorcerer needs fixing
    ... and keep track of each other. I used to be alone like a mad Cassandra way back during the open playtest when I predicted that Neo-Vancian would mean balance problems for sorcerers, but over time I've noticed there is more and more posters who think the class could use a little help and recently that number has exploded. Just a beg, please, please pretty please with sugar on top, if you think the sorcerer class is not underpowered, or doesn't lack options, or overall doesn't need adjustment. (Or worse you don't want a sorcerer class at all), please refrain from posting here or being confrontational if you can't help it. This thread doesn't seek to prove a point or disprove yours. It just wants to be a hub for like-minded players and DMs to make acquaintance of each other. Double so for newcomers to the forum. The Directory so far. If you want to be included (or removed), edit this post to add or remove your name (and only your name, no vandalism plz). @Tony Vargas, @Hawk Diesel, @RangerWickett, @dco @Gwarok, @LapBandit @Sword of Spirit, @Gradine, @gyor, @Xeviat, @Yunru, @Jago, @flametitan, @Ketser, @cbwjm, @Immoralkickass @ScuroNotte , @Irda Ranger @dropbear8mybaby, Ilbranteloth Gradine's treatise on the sorcerer A brief(?) treatise on the plight of Sorcerer The fundamental problem with the Sorcerer in 5e is that the reason the class was created in the first place was to create a mechanical distinction that no longer exists in 5e. 4e solved the problem by creating a new mechanical distinction, but that no longer exists in 5e either. See, the 3rd edition Sorcerer was basically worse than the Wizard in all but a handful of ways (more spells per day being the big one, also they had slightly better weapon proficiencies and were more fun at parties). In exchange they had slower spell progression and no bonus feats, because WotC overestimated the power of spontaneous casting Monte Cooke hated sorcerers reasons. Pretty much everyone agreed that simply on the basis of the slowe...

Sunday, 30th April, 2017

  • 05:28 AM - gideonpepys mentioned RangerWickett in post Korrigan's Debriefing - The Missing Update
    ...assination). Many days later she appeared on the deck of Corta Nariz' ship - when it was travelling to Seobriga for the rallies detailed above - and granted permission for Beran ships to sail throughout the Cold Claw and Avery Seas unmolested by sea monsters, on condition that no further attacks were made against Risur. (The attack on Manhill having already taken place.) Shortly afterwards, Cavallo De Guerra agreed to pay for his half of the Selestala Railway, which effectively won you the challenge. (He also agreed to grant access to his grandson, whom Von Recklinghausen was then able to cure.) Beshela's appearance here inspires (or explains) her appearance in my next post, a change to the running order of the published adventures that just seemed to make more sense, as all the players were present. Korrigan did not have time to make the visit to Duchess Ethelyn of Shale before returning to Seobriga. Now I just need to think of a juicy piece of information she could give him! @RangerWickett - any ideas? 4) Nigel Price-Hill is sore about the treatment of Campion, his nephew, and wants an explanation as to why he was held against his will. Korrigan apologises for the unfortunate misunderstanding and explains that once Gupta and Campion came to his attention and he learned the information about their mission and the assault upon their first arrival in Ber, it became clear that immediate action was essential and not a minute could be lost. Unfortunately Campion was suffering from an injury at the time and while his qualities as an agent were not under doubt the team had to go into action without him leaving him in the care of trusted people. Afterwards the events were moving very fast but Campion's safe return to Risur was arranged as soon as possible. If pressed why Campion was returned to Risur rather than allowed to join the team's operations in Ber, Korrigan politely explains that it is nothing personal but his team has extensive training and experience in acting as one...

Wednesday, 12th April, 2017


Sunday, 9th April, 2017

  • 03:34 PM - SanjMerchant mentioned RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    ...all ideas on messing with teleportation: They simply replicate Duchess Ethelyn's trick, causing Aodhan to get left behind if Harkover tries to teleport him out of dodge. They lock Aodhan into the Bleak Gate. As a result, if he manages to flee, he's still trapped in the Bleak Gate.* They'd prefer the certainty of him verifiably dead (hence the "no kill like overkill" approach), but they'll accept "trapped in the Bleak Gate," where there's good odds he won't be able to get back to the mortal world in time, and not terrible odds "he'll die of something or other in there anyway." They block teleportation into or out of the kill zone outright. Agents have spent months laying in a golden ring into the ground around the palace, leaving a small opening. When the trap is sprung, somebody drops a small piece of gold into place, closing the circle. As you said, some super fancy trick involving a redirect. The king teleports out and finds himself in an even nastier kill box. And, as @RangerWickett said, remember that Aodhan is the primary target, not the PCs. So the Ob just throws speedbumps in front of the players (especially anyone who can heal) while concentrating the rest of their fire on Aodhan. Absolute worst case for the Ob, they just go for depleting HP faster than the PCs can restore it. Of course, all of this is assuming Aodhan even decides to abandon the civilians, but it's worth preparing for, in case a PC persuades him that, by leaving, he'll draw fire away from said civilians. But as a first resort, just don't have that idea occur to him without prompting. *If that happens, you could even pay it off by having him turn up again in Adventure 12. (OK, I'll shut up now.)


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Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 10:05 AM - gideonpepys quoted RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    I like this development. Very eerie. Thanks. A nice example of necessity being the mother of invention. Well, sort of. I had the idea for this, or for something similar, but couldn't see how I could get it to play out with a full complement of players. Then circumstances threw up the following: Korrigan's player was out for two weeks (so he wasn't with the main party); then everyone but Korrigan's player was unable to make the next session (which would ordinarily cause me to cancel). Et voila - the perfect opportunity to develop this plot-line before adventure #12.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019


Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 03:07 PM - Umbran quoted RangerWickett in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Saw the movie last night... Those of you who have a problem with the Thor "joke" are having a problem with a decent (for the genre and setting) depiction of how trauma impacts people. It is in part played for the joke (because, apparently, alcoholism is funny to people), but his descent into that and depression are entirely appropriate. And, to be honest, if you didn't turn from laughing at him to feeling some pity for him... Well, maybe that's on the film, and maybe it is on some of our culture's views on alcoholism and grief. But I can't quite reconcile how that works for Old Steve Rogers. I mean it's possible there has always been a Steve Rogers that came back at some point to reunite with Agent Carter (clearly after the events of the series), and that's our old Steve Rogers now. But that suggests that travel into the past doesn't always end up with an alternate timeline. But how would the time travel mechanism "know" which option to pick? No, you got it. The thing we need to reali...
  • 01:41 AM - Blue quoted RangerWickett in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    My only quibble is I would have liked them to call in Captain Marvel to do the unsnapping, so that her role in the movie is greater, and to give her a chance to be part of the team grieving Natasha, whom she seemed to have at least a bit of a rapport with in the teleconference scene. Then due to the snap, she is out of commission for the first part of the fight against Thanos's army, but gets to have a big hero moment bursting out of the ground. This would have been cool, though since her power is from one of the stones in the first place I wonder how it would have affected her. But yeah, that makes sense. I think she wasn't there just so they could have the dramatic entrance. They were expert and whipsawing our emotions up and down throughout the movie and that fight scene. Also, I wanted Hulk to be holding up the debris to protect people, and instead of looking panicked, he should have glowered and said something about how Thanos just made him angry. Then let him smash a bit, but do smart ...

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 10:25 AM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted RangerWickett in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 3
    The Night King had this mystery behind him: "What's his deal? What motivates him? What will he do if he wins?" I assumed they'd reveal something that would surprise us. But apparently he was just an evil ice robot, with no depth and no point. The novels are the "Song of Fire and Ice"... But the TV show is "Game of Thrones". Maybe that is something the two diverge deliberately, in the novels, the fight agaist the Night King might be the final battle. But maybe not. I don't remember anything from the novels about the Night King, and should we not have learned much more by now about him? I think he might just remain a more or less abstract enemy and the real things are always the human characters - characters that we can actually relate to.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 06:38 PM - SanjMerchant quoted RangerWickett in post Trying To Understand Eladrin and Elves in this Setting
    Often in older D&D the rules differentiated between 'wood elves' and 'high elves.' Wood elves did all the archery and druid stuff, and high elves did the wizardry. Legolas would have been a wood elf. Galadriel would have been a high elf. (And then they added in sea elves and dark elves and so on.) When 4th edition D&D came out, instead of having elf subraces with different stats, Wizards of the Coast just made two different races - elves were basically all wood elves, and eladrin were basically all high elves. Meanwhile, Pathfinder came out, and they only had one elf race. We published ZEITGEIST for 4e and PF, and since I started working on it for 4e, I made used elves and eladrin. Elves are mostly native to Risur, the Yerasol Archipelago, and the lands north of Drakr. Eladrin are specifically the people who were in Elfaivar, back before it collapsed five centuries ago, and their descendants. There are no doubt small settlements of both groups scattered around the world. Originall...
  • 02:20 PM - Maxperson quoted RangerWickett in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Let me explain how the ending with Cap isn't a paradox. You only split off a new timeline if you change what you know. So Loki escaping? New timeline. Sending Nebula into the future and then bringing your army? New timeline. Rocket stabs Jane with a syringe? Slightly new timeline. But Captain America never knew who Peggy Carter married, and she dutifully kept it secret from the recently thawed Steve Rogers. So when he went back and reunited with her, that changed nothing. Thus, it's the same timeline. Yes, Captain America staying can be explained without creating a new timeline, however... You forgot Nebula killing the Nebula of the past, thereby ending her own existence(except it didn't somehow) new timeline. Killing Thanos off before he ever used the stones in Infinity War new timeline. Killing Thanos off before he ever killed Gamora(that should have brought her back since Thanos never sacrificed her) new timeline. And let's not forget that the old Nebula didn't have any more Py...

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 01:48 PM - Kramodlog quoted RangerWickett in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Yikes. So characters being affected by events and then resolving to try to save the day anyway just ain't your brand of heroism, huh? Forced emotions do not reach me. Black Widow and Hawkeye were tertiary characters at best. Their deaths (well ultimately Widow's) was meaningless and only made the film longer. And the film is full of those types of boring forced moments. A terrible end to a great series.

Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 09:06 PM - Eltab quoted RangerWickett in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    Look, clearly Palpatine survived the fall into the reactor, and then survived the Death Star explosion, and then survived the fall into Endor's gravity well, and has just been chilling out waiting for somebody to come pick him up. New Sith power: Survive Infinite Falls. For Palpatine, the exploding reactor was just a push so he was falling in another direction.
  • 06:39 PM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted RangerWickett in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    Look, clearly Palpatine survived the fall into the reactor, and then survived the Death Star explosion, and then survived the fall into Endor's gravity well, and has just been chilling out waiting for somebody to come pick him up. I think he was obviously doing nothing there. "Damn, this Sith thing is totally not working. I got almost killed by my pupil, and my beautiful Peace Moon lies in ruins. I think it's probably best if the Sith die out and we forget this whole nonsense. It will never work." And for a few decades, he was just fine walking through the debris, occasionally scaring a random Ewok that dared to venture into the wreck. One day, when Palpatine is just watching across the Superlaser into the forest, some guy appears behind him. Palpatine turns around. It's Kylo Ren (well, he doesn't know that, because he has closed himself from the force, but the audience knows), holding out Darth Vader's old helmet, as if it was some kind of gift. Palpatine takes it, and throws it behind him. "Wha...

Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 08:54 AM - gideonpepys quoted RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    Remind me your party's opinion of Ashima-Shimtu? I think that would count as a major spoiler. Let's just say it's mixed. (Uru in particular bears a grudge for her 'gift' of the bottled quasit Tokoloshe, who left him to die in the Bleak Gate on Cauldron Hill; Quratulain was trapped in sea-ice by Ashima-Shimtu for about 500 years - albeit at Nicodemus' request.)

Monday, 8th April, 2019


Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 09:09 PM - gideonpepys quoted RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    I think of the several groups who've gotten this far, yours had the best scenes with Komanov. Maybe it was the personal connection - making Rumdoom's friends part of her cult way back when, and having her steal the Stone of Not. Also, having to shift the venue from Bhad Ryzhavdut to Mirsk shook things up a bit and raised the stakes. I really enjoyed this part of the adventure. After the labyrinthine marathon of Ursalina, this really did feel like a nice, simple, frosty breath of fresh air. So, how ARE you planning to kill Rumdoom? DM fiat. Heart attack on the toilet perhaps. Just before the final showdown. "Sorry, but you'll have to stat up a new character."

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019


Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 08:13 PM - Lylandra quoted RangerWickett in post Tizbiz Zeitgeist Campaign
    I do not get the reference. It is a bit obscure: In the tales of Mahabharata, the skilled archer and prince Arjuna participates in a competition to marry Draupadi who is said to be a princess born from fire. The last test requires the champions to shoot a fish through the eye by only looking at its reflection. So not really a ricochet, but kind of equivalent. He manages to win the competition (which is totally what she wanted and why she even had that archery test in the first place), but Arjuna's mother royally screws up their relationship so that Draupadi has to marry Arjuna and all of his four brothers in the end. So pretty suitable for being transferred into an elfaivaran legend :)

Saturday, 30th March, 2019

  • 05:37 PM - Oldtimer quoted RangerWickett in post Two strange details in adventure one
    The trap doesn't automatically reset. So now they can take their time trying combinations? Oh I see, it's one of those cheap IKEA traps. :D I suppose it makes sense then. Thanks, Ryan.
  • 01:16 PM - Oldtimer quoted RangerWickett in post Two strange details in adventure one
    Oldtimer, it's been 12 years. I don't remember what the imp offers to do or how the door was supposed to work. Sorry. I appreciate that it's been quite a while, Ryan. But any wisdom you can dig up would be helpful. But um, sure, I guess it could be read as "Hi, I'm an imp. Need some help. Gimme the case, and I'll open that door for you." If the party says, "Thanks. There's this riddle we can't solve. Tell us the answer and you'll get the case," the imp will do that. If they just say, "Thanks. Open the door for us and you'll get the case," the imp will get a kid. Maybe I'm just being dense, but I don't see how that last option solves anything. The kid presses the buttons in the wrong order and gets poisoned. Then what? The door is still locked, right?

Saturday, 23rd March, 2019

  • 06:25 PM - gideonpepys quoted RangerWickett in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    I really dig that philosophical treatise. Yes, it was a fun, flavourful player-driven extension of the narrative. Korrigan has been working on this in the background for a long time - since his days courting journalists and politicos in Flint, but more pointedly since Sentacore came on board. It was nice to see it all come to fruition.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 11:23 PM - Traycor quoted RangerWickett in post D&D storylines for a movie?
    Honestly, R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard hits a lot of the right beats. Big melee, evil wizard, a dragon, a sorta dungeon in the crystal towers. Lots of franchise opportunity. Just make sure to handle the drow deftly so you don't get accused of racism. Drow should be handled as they usually are in paintings... purple skin. It looks flesh toned, it can be seen visually, and just like drow themselves it doesn't match any human ethnicity. Dark blue could work as well, but a dark shade of purple would look more like it has blood running through it. The white hair and red eyes help too, since they clearly don't look like any existing people.


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ZEITGEIST Hero Lab files for Pathfinder, adventures 1 to 5
For groups playing the Pathfinder version of the adventure path ZEITGEIST: The Gears of Revolution, by E.N. Publishing. These Hero Lab files cover the Player's Guide and first five adventures.

Note to GMs: If you're using the Act One compilation,...
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Sapiens: Sci-fi Homebrew 4E Rules
Inspired by the flavor of Eclipse Phase and the familiarity of 4e, I sought to make a 4e-inspired ruleset to handle sci-fi. Here's my first stab, the result of a week or so of fiddling.

My goal is to capture action from settings like Aliens and Ha...
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