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    Today, 08:36 PM
    There's people out there who don't do this?
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    Today, 08:26 PM
    Depends how fine-tuned you want to get with it. The 3e idea of templates might hold water here: tactical templates (say, a forced-move template or a marking template or a minion template or whatever) that you could then apply to whichever monsters you like and in whatever combination you like; without having to go in and change the write-up for every monster in the various MMs which, without...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 PM
    What we were told and-or led to believe in the pre-playtest and early-playtest days were three things: 1. 5e would be 'modular', the intent being to limit or even eliminate knock-on effects to other modules when making changes to one 2. 5e would be designed with kitbashers in mind, such that a DM could - with more or less effort - massage the game into what she actually wanted to run 3. With...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    I could have sworn that was in there! But it's a 2 MP effect.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:51 AM
    As Charlaquin says, the bigger question is what happened to the idea of modularity in general?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 AM
    Which version of D&D are you running? And what level are the PCs? If it's 0-1-2e then the simple encounters, particularly at low level, shouldn't take long at all (though for the love of your sanity avoid RAW 1e initiative like the plague!); and for some of them you might not even need a detailed map. At about 4th level or below in 1e I can usually get through several simple encounters in a...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 AM
    At some point there's a very blurry dividing line between 'fail-forward' and what I call 'succeed-backward'. Depending on context, finding a 1000 g.p. ruby instead of 1000 gold coins could fall into any of: full success, succeed-backward, fail-forward, or outright fail. In fairness there's certainly been some support from that quarter for D&D 4e over time, and even in this thread, so it's...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    Ah - you're thinking movie actors where I was thinking live-stage actors; and yes, there is a difference. But portraying a different emotion than what one really feels at the time? That's common to both stage acting and RPGs. If my PC has reason to be mad at someone about something then I'm going to portray it - through my words, expression, and tone - as being mad, never mind how happy...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    It does tons of them every year. You just don't go to see them.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    Ditto the GM, who in presenting the entire setting is merely making suggestions the players may or may not follow up on (in the example, the players/PCs might decide the Southtor seal isn't enough, or if the GM throws in the bit about the love letters, might decide to follow up on that instead...or ignore it; it's their choice). You're concatenating two goals into one here - a specific one...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    This place has been around for 20 of those years!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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    Yesterday, 01:53 AM
    Well, ignoring the question of when is a comma or semicolon missing or not (since that can be a story telling style decision): - line 9: missing word "as" after word "smiled" - line 17: personally I'd place a second "that" after the single one - line 17: replace "mentaly" with "mentally" - line 18: replace "need" with "needed" as otherwise the sentence has a time frame mixup - third to last...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    I was with you all the way to here, but this is where you lose me: acting very much is roleplaying. An actor, pretty much no matter what else might be involved, universally does one thing while on stage or screen: plays a role.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:26 AM
    The quote tags in the post I'm replying to here are a bit of a hot mess, so if some quoted bits don't quite make sense it ain't my doing. :) Aye, that I was. Because it's a great big setting out there with lots of stuff in it? Why wouldn't she? And sometimes she'll be right, and sometimes she won't; and the same can be said for the players. The players control the fiction by what they...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:33 AM
    In Tahiti it looks like. Just saw a video that floats the idea that Fury died in Winter Soldier, and that activated some stand-in plan for his Skrull buddy to take over. Extra evidence is that when Fury says he can't eat bread that's not been cut in half, there's movie footage of him doing just that, thus, he was a SKrull at that time.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:45 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Er...in 1e splint-and-shield by RAW gives AC 3, doesn't it? (and by common house rule where shields give 2 AC points, that'd be AC 2). That's going to lower the odds of hitting a bit, and thus the DPR.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Agreed - it's one of PF's better productions, and largely adaptable to almost any system with a bit of work. Well, this assumes both players and PCs are looking at things first and foremost in terms of DPR and so forth rather than characterization and flavour...which kinda brings up a peeve of mine, that being players who only view their characters in terms of how much damage they can give out...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:25 PM
    Quite right, and most often it will be. My point is simply to say that there's no good reason that it always has to be, hence my example of looking for one thing in the Duke's desk and finding another.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:23 PM
    For any number of reasons, some that you might like and some you might not: - to introduce new or unexpected elements to the fiction (whether pre-authored or generated on the fly) - to give the players (as their PCs) something new or different to think about; or to get them thinking a bit more outside the box - to, in the specific example given, point out there's more than one way to...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:27 AM
    Fair enough. I'm coming from an old-school background where sometimes it's the healer that's down and if you don't get that potion into him half the party are hooped... :)
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:15 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Our body-fatigue point system (developed in about 1983) ends up working almost the same. Everyone - even peasants - has body points; for humans these are rolled on a d5 with a Con-based minimum (2 unless your Con is truly awful, 3 if it's pretty good; and a lower roll becomes set to the minimum) and are locked in for life unless some tragedy like losing a limb permanently alters them. Your...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:09 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Tony Vargas , to compare apples to apples, what happens if you put up your happy little 1st-level Fighter against its clone (i.e. another Fighter-1 with all numbers exactly the same) in each edition?
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:02 AM
    If memory serves, I believe IRL that if an unconscious person is put into the correct position to avoid choking it is in fact possible to get a liquid into him-her, as swallowing is a reflexive action much like breathing. Given that, no reason not to allow it in the game. :)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:59 AM
    Er...in my example the PC does achieve what she hoped for: she found incriminating evidence against the Duke. That the evidence didn't take the exact form specified in the action declaration doesn't reduce the success, or turn it into a failure - and that's just my point: a roll of success gives success, but the GM should have some latitude to narrate what form that success takes if something...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:43 AM
    This f***ing delights me.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:45 PM
    Not quite, in my view. When the roll shows 'success' the GM is bound by that to narrate a successul outcome...of some sort. This successful outcome doesn't (or at least IMO shouldn't) necessarily have to directly match what the player had in mind* as long as the narration reflects an overall success for the PC. My example above, though not the best, tries to show this: the search doesn't...
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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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 PM
    Technically true, though the 1e DMG also in various places says - in flowery Gygaxian prose, of course - the much-more-to-the-point Burning Wheel edict you quote below. It also suggests (more than once, I think!) that rule changes be carefully thought through before implementation, wich rather goes against the notion of changing rules on a whim. In general this is fine - 'don't be a dick'...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:02 PM
    The Book of Erotic Fantasy very vaguely - and IMO very badly - waved at this, but that was it as far as I recall (though I'll freely admit that there was probably a lot of d20-era stuff that passed me by and-or never even made it to this market). This was one of my many great disappointments with the BoEF, in fact; that it didn't go much more deeply into fantasy-race inter-breeding, genetics,...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:51 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Per round was everywhere, as most things couldn't be used or done more than once per round anyway...and that hasn't really changed. We've both house-ruled in that some spells can only be cast once a week and added various magical devices that only do their thing once per week or per month (or in one currently-existing case per year, though the item's owner hasn't figured this out yet). ...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:42 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    If one assumes that the party in each game loses few enough hit points per day on average that the characters all survive until tomorrow, then the comparison is valid...except: In 5e you can be at 3 h.p. and lose a boatload of 'em, but you'll only go to 0 whereupon you'll fall over and start making death saves and during that time someone can cure you up. What this means is that any attempted...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:31 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Interesting. I always thought this was an ancient house rule adopted before I started playing - never knew it had an official basis. I can think of gobs of per-day things and even a few x-per-hour devices but I can't for the life of me think of anything that recharged after a turn.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:13 PM
    Even though this thread's in 'General RPG', given that historically D&D has represented more or less 80% of the RPG market and player base (and still does) talking primarily about anything else is going to quickly send much of the potential readership off elsewhere. Using other systems for comparison is great. Ignoring the primary system, however, seems a bit foolish. Good question. To...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:53 PM
    This to me is a false premise, in that not all (or even all that many) challenges need only have two clear mutually-exclusive outcomes to still be defined as challenges. Outcomes often run on a scale, with highly-desireable at one end and highly-undesireable at the other and a whole lot of other options in between. Which is fine provided it's done within the framework of the game mechanics. ...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:11 PM
    This leads into a whole other field of study, should one be so inclined, and that's to go through the Monster Manual, find all the cross-breed races (e.g. Tabaxi is part human, part cat), and then from there figure out what can in theory breed with what and-or have what in its bloodlines. Can, for example, a half-orc breed with a half-elf and produce an offspring that is genetically 1/4 elf, 1/4...
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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, 01:41 PM
    We enjoyed it. However, one confusing point came up. Why are the Skrulls doing Nick's job while Nick does a Skrull's job?
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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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:03 AM
    Somewhat surprised to see more than one mention here of non-LG Paladins being a pet peeve, where my biggest gripe with them up until recently was the opposite: that they could only be LG. Reason this was a problem was that their rigid codes etc. very much restricted what alignments/classes/character types other players could hope to play. With Paladins having more than one alignment option, a...
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  • RangerWickett's Avatar
    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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:52 PM
    To answer a few of those: 2. Because once the eggs hatch the feeding-the-young process might be largely mammalian. Nothing says Gith biology has to have anything to do with our own... :) 3. Same way electric eels in the real world do it, or a close variant. 1 and 4, though... :) As for mine:
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:39 PM
    See below... Agreed with the second part of the above quote - speeding up combat can make a big difference. But the first bit I'd take some issue with. Sure, at campaign start the players/PCs might be presented with five objectives...but is that all they're allowed? What happens if they find (or invent) a 6th and a 7th? I'll try to dream up an example here - forgive me if it's not the...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:12 PM
    To save quoting a bunch of recent posts and replying line by line, I'll just sum up with this: The title of the thread - "Players choose what their PCs do" - almost sums the whole thing up before we start. Put it instead as "Barring external pressures e.g. magic or game mechanics, players always choose what their PCs (attempt to) do and always choose what/how their PC thinks and-or feels"...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never once seen you post on-topic. :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:36 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    If 5e had really lived up to the degree of modularity promised during design and playtest it might actually have been nicely on its way to being just the system you posit is impossible: a functionally complete system that'll keep GM B happy but fully modular and kit-bashable such that GM A can mold it into the game she wants to run without too many unforeseen knock-ons. But, that modularity...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:28 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    To make 5e play the least bit old-school you'd have to change some rules too, so it goes both ways. There's many examples, but I'll just start and end with resting and recovery rules...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:25 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    And then far too often take all that information and somehow use it to make the wrong decision, often for reasons external to the actual process (in RPG design, it might be furthering of an idea just because it's yours even though objectively it's not the best; in the corporate world it might be choosing an objectively lesser design because it's more profitable...that sort of thing). Question...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:59 AM
    However - and this seems to be getting ignored here - in choosing which side you win on you're also choosing which side you lose on (which, to reverse your words above, also means you cannot succeed this challenge); and in the RPG sense it's most likely the chosen loss that'll have the consequences attached. And yet again I ask you: does every challenge have to be a binary succeed-fail affair?...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:36 PM
    There seems to be a recent, growing trend of people mistaking EN World article comments for the YouTube comments section.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Completely missing the point. Please keep spoilers to threads with warnings so people know to avoid them. 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, 06:20 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    In any era players pretty much always had agency over their own characters - or should have (more on this below) - which is fine. As time has gone on, however, players have slowly been given more agency over and access to things and rules beyond their characters - which is not fine. That said, a part of player agency over their characters is being allowed to play what you-as-player want...
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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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  • Morrus's Avatar
    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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About Mary_Crowell
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Gamer (the note-taker), Songwriter, and blues/jazz pianist, GM
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Mary Crowell is a singer/songwriter and piano teacher who loves playing Dungeons & Dragons on both sides of the GM's screen. She is the note taker for two different campaigns (D&D 3.5) set in Mystara. she also runs a campaign set in her world of MUSE, where the deities can be voted in or out by an editorial board of 9 muses who decide if the stories in their world are 'interesting enough.'

Mary often performs her own music and accompanies other musicians on their music at science fiction and filk conventions on piano and occasionally clarinet. (She also teaches yoga.)
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Tuesday, 13th December, 2016

  • 11:55 PM - Scott DeWar quoted Mary_Crowell in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    this needs to be here: I wrote a song back in 2009 about my favorite D&D spell and put it on my album Acolytes of the Machine. About a year ago, I started making a variety of silly music videos with the help of local gamer friends and online and convention friends who sent me clips of them and their friends as wizards or zombies or villains (depending on the video.) At long last, I got to make M is for Magic Missile. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG-LIhOZI9A --Mary Crowell

Wednesday, 1st May, 2013

  • 08:58 PM - Roland55 quoted Mary_Crowell in post The REBUILDING EN WORLD Kickstarter Project
    Ooh ooh ooh! Pitiful Badge. WANT! And yes, never underestimate the badge rewards. I have had adult piano students who acted dismissively toward stickers at first only to be very quick to remind me that they earned a sticker on that last song as I'm about to move on to the next stage of the lesson. "Wait! I get a sticker!" I love stickers and badges and ribbons--I'm a magpie swag-collector. *grins* I KNEW IT!!

Thursday, 28th March, 2013

  • 12:32 AM - Mark CMG quoted Mary_Crowell in post Badges
    Also, to Mark CMG on the subscriptions: I have the impression that a gold subscription encompasses the silver and copper too. You don't pay separately for all three. Thanks! That makes sense then. :)

Thursday, 7th March, 2013


Saturday, 2nd March, 2013

  • 12:09 AM - Janx quoted Mary_Crowell in post Common RPG Stereotypes
    True. What's really upsetting for me is that I have had to remind myself that this NPC is just as likely to be female as male while preparing a session. The good thing is that it's been pretty easy to get in the habit of making the assumption of a 50/50 population once I realized I was buying into the standard fantasy stereotype of almost every character being male. Janx makes a good point that the DM could just roll a 50/50 chance while creating the NPC. One could vary it even more and add a probability for there being gender neutral NPCs. The topic has strayed abit, but we're still talking stereotypes. I think we all have the old medieval stereotype of "men" running around and doing stuff in our head. it's like a default answer. Bu many of us want to run a world where sexism or whatever-ism didn't really happen, where women AND men ran about doing various things in equal measure (except for having babies, and reaching stuff on the tall shelf). So, in making our next PC, we just accidenta...

Friday, 22nd February, 2013

  • 10:32 PM - ggeilman quoted Mary_Crowell in post What's your favourite alignment?
    *grins* Maybe they just can't get organized enough to come over here and vote. SQUIRREL! Lol! Yeah they are usually the ones I can never get to show up to meetings either!
  • 07:22 PM - Umbran quoted Mary_Crowell in post Who's more glamourous - movie or music stars?
    I don't think that 'glamourous' is necessarily defined by wanting to be near the person/entity in question. Dictionary.com defines it as " charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, especially in a mysterious or magical way." or secondarily "full of excitement, adventure, and unusual activity" Merriam-webster.com goes with "Excitingly attractive." Yes. And what does "attractive" mean? Gravity is an attractive force, and it... pulls things together! Or did I slip into Bizzaro World again, such that "attractive" means "makes me want to run away from" or "makes me want to paint him blue" or something?

Thursday, 14th February, 2013


Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

  • 05:15 PM - Holy Bovine quoted Mary_Crowell in post The REBUILDING EN WORLD Kickstarter Project
    So, is there a way right now one can indicate one wants specific bolt ons, or is that all going to be handled in the questionaire after the Kickstarter is done on Valentine's Day? --Mary who wants a set of dice, a black 20 sider, and a tee shirt and has upped her pledge accordingly The survey sent out at the end of the KS will take care of all of this. I wouldn't worry about it.

Sunday, 20th January, 2013

  • 03:42 AM - RangerWickett quoted Mary_Crowell in post The REBUILDING EN WORLD Kickstarter Project
    Looking forward to a GENCON game with you! "£75.00 - GENCON GAMER II! GENCON GAMER! You will invited to an exclusive one-shot game at GenCon to be DMd/GMd by Ryan "Rangerwickett" N..." And to those who have mentioned it, how does one find out where one is in the order of backers on the Kickstarter site? (I'm on the fourth page of backers.) The pounds/dollars thing didn't phase me. It's usually pretty easy to find ways to give sites my money. :) Hiya! I guess I'll need to talk with you and at least 2 other folks about what kind of game to do. What do you normally play, and what do you have an interest in?
  • 02:24 AM - Thanee quoted Mary_Crowell in post The REBUILDING EN WORLD Kickstarter Project
    And to those who have mentioned it, how does one find out where one is in the order of backers on the Kickstarter site? I think that list is pretty random, really. :) Bye Thanee

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