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    Yesterday, 11:49 AM
    Oh absolutely. But I dislike the D&D version. They are like crossbow machineguns. I recently got the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment book, (which is an amazing comprehensive book btw) and my eyes almost shot fire when I read the description of Studded Leather Armor. It was so dumb. How do they keep getting this wrong? Is anyone going to correct this at any point? "An improved form of...
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    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    And those are great, if you paint them yourself. But I don't like painting miniatures, and I'm also not very good at it. I prefer to have them pre-painted. There's been two excellent sets that I recently acquired: Dungeon of the Mad Mage has some awesome laboratory props, and there's an amazing Pathfinder cemetery set as well.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:59 AM
    I've got one more: You roll a die to hit, but you don't roll a die to defend, unless it's a saving throw. I've always felt there's a lot of missed opportunity there regarding how dynamic and strategic D&D's combat could be. It would probably also become way more complicated, but it just feels like something is missing.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:55 AM
    1. Dragon Alignments and breathweapons by color. Just because a dragon has a certain color, doesn't mean it isn't evil, and it doesn't mean it spits lightning/poisongas/ice instead of just fire. 2. Automatic Crossbows. Get that nonsense out of here. 3. Studded Leather Armor. What do the studs even do? 4. Elves and orcs. Yawn! 5. Classes that have boring new abilities (filler) at higher...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:48 AM
    I'm playing 3.5 right now, and we use some PF1 content on occasion, simply because it is compatible. I'm curious to see what PF2 is like, and I wonder if elements of it are still compatible with 3.5. If it's not compatible, but still better, I might give it a spin.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:42 AM
    They pretty much explored that idea with T3D.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:50 AM
    I'm planning a series of escaperoom style challenges for my players, for which I plan to create cardboard cutouts to illustrate the puzzle. Probably something with steampressure, and turning valves to lower and raise the pressure. The central theme is that the players will be tested at their knowledge of the tenets of a group of monks, before being allowed access to the inner sanctum of the...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:46 AM
    When T-2 first appeared it absolutely blew the original out of the water. The question is if James Cameron's still got it and if he can repeat that trick a second time. It is also a question whether the much older core cast can still carry the film. I hope Cameron is wise enough not to start a project like this, unless he has a really good script and action that makes T2 pale in comparison... but...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:48 AM
    I should still try to get my hands on some of those Wizkids dungeon traps. They are perfect for D&D, and I already have several of the other dungeon-deco sets.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:46 AM
    That is why I think you should escalate the threat the longer the players delay.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:54 AM
    I'd put some more minions in reserve as backup. This may be a bit too easy for your players. Give yourself the freedom to adjust the difficulty of the encounter on the fly, if it is going too well for them. Also, have you thought about a way to prevent the players from doggypiling on top of the villain? Perhaps that helpful npc could also be turned against them, if the vampire dominates him? That...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:48 AM
    I had to roll 16d6 during our last session. What I tend to do is make pairs of 10's. It makes the counting a bit easier.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:47 AM
    ...And then the gargantuan octopus-beholder takes them all away with one glance. ;)
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:50 AM
    I might be doing an 80's version of my annual Horror movie night this year. There's a lot of great horror flicks from the 80's. We could easily fill a whole night with them.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:39 AM
    I didn't know you played 3rd edition too. Thanks. In fact, this came up again in last night's session. One of my players plays a Druid, and he summoned an Earth Monolyth (which is basically a gargantuan elemental). I asked him to describe what it looks like, and he described it as a gigantic stone wolf. See, I would never have thought of that myself, but it gave a lot of extra flavor to...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 07:55 AM
    That is an interesting take on it. Many of the genies in my campaign tend to enjoy watching the weakness and failure of mortals, or being surprised by them and seeing them rise to greatness. Whenever a person makes a wish, their wish needs to come from somewhere. Wish for a castle, and someone else loses their castle... and they might come looking for it. And it is the impulse of wishing for...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 07:46 AM
    My pirate campaign features the occasional mass combat situation, and whenever that happens I try to limit the number of dice that I actually need to roll. Instead of rolling for each and every individual, I often describe the scene as just a massive battle going on around the players, and I tell them that the only fights we'll play out at the table are those between them and enemies that are...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 07:39 AM
    As a DM I often ask my players to describe their own spells. For example, when one of my players casted the Many Jaws spell, I asked him: "What do the jaws look like?". He them described them as looking like piranhas flying through the air. I then also asked him: "And are you summoning it from a nearby source of water?", and he described them as being summoned from a nearby river. In my...
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 12:03 PM
    I think the fact that my players are overpreparing for the boss battle, means that I've done my job as a DM when it comes to setting the scene and establishing a big threat. Now it's all a matter of escalating each day they delay the inevitable, and see how they respond to the consequences of their choices.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 11:53 AM
    This is kind of related: My players are currently preparing for several days to take on a powerful monster that is lurking at the bottom of a lake. They might not be sleeping right outside the door, but they might as well be, because it is very similar. The players are taking their merry time to set a trap for the beast, bring in extra weapons and supplies, etc. So what I decided to do is have...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 11:40 AM
    The sorcerer can phrase the wish himself, since he is a sorcerer and not a genie. But the wish must start with "I wish...". As for progressing it into Wish... don't. As a side note, in my homebrew campaign setting genie's can grant wishes for themselves, and do it all the time. They can live in luxury, and granting wishes for others tends to be a service that they provide to mortals on...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 11:48 AM
    A simple puzzle is one where a door mechanism has broken down, and the players must acquire a replacement gear to fix it. They must visit a forge where they must craft one for themselves. A forge is also a great place for a battle.
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 01:03 PM
    I adopted Pathfinder's Mass Combat rules for naval combat recently. It certainly helped cut down on a lot of the die rolling.
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 11:15 AM
    That barbarian throne is beautiful. I wish had something similar for my cannibals.
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 11:15 AM
    Several years so far, and still going.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 11:57 AM
    I make sure my plot can continue without the big bad. Sometimes by having multiple villains. My players recently killed off the leader of an evil cult of wizards, which I did not expect. But the other heads of the cult still escaped, so this is actually an interesting situation. Who will now take leadership of the cult, and how do the other members feel about that? Will one of the cult members...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:52 AM
    If my players pretend to not know about trolls and fire, I have the trolls spit fire at them, and then explode. ..Just thought I would throw in a less expected answer.
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:49 AM
    I am by no means a 'tough guy', but getting a filling from a skilled dentist barely hurts. Skilled being the operative word here. If your dentist knows what he/she's doing, you should be fine. And it saves money too.
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 11:55 AM
    Getting a filling done does not hurt as much as people think. It's not fun, but it beats having to deal with the feeling of a numb jaw long after your visit to the dentist. There's plenty of dentists that will do a filling in the Netherlands without an anaesthetic, but these days they always offer to give you one. I tend to decline. When I grew up none of the dentists gave you one for a simple...
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:06 AM
    People get an anesthetic for a simple filling? Now that's a rip off.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:46 AM
    How about Keanu as Gambit?
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:40 AM
    Never force a villain to escape. The villain only escapes if the players let him get away. If a module says that a villain escapes, that is a dumb module. Ignore it.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 01:07 AM
    I still enjoy rereading the Chronicles trilogy every so often. I have found, though, that the prose can be very clunky and is not conducive to reading out loud the way, say, Pratchett’s Discworld novels are.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 11:41 AM
    While I'm excited to hear that the old cast is returning (or at least, those that are still alive), my common sense is screaming that this is a bad idea. Maybe it is the Indy 4 syndrome.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 11:39 AM
    3E: Armor class now makes some sense, this is what made me accept 3rd edition.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:52 AM
    TarionzCousin: I would not have guessed that many! But then I stopped reading D&D novels sometime in the late 90s, I think. I've read most, if not all, of the older Dragonlance novels but none of the newer ones. PabloM: Interesting perspective. I have long held the opposite belief: that Krynn is a great world for novels but not that great to play in (partly because it feels too small).
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Saturday, 5th December, 2015

  • 01:15 AM - Phantarch mentioned AaronOfBarbaria in post Oath of Vengeance Paladin?
    some good ol' blue and orange morality (which I am purposely not linking so that if anyone find their way into a trope-spiral though time it is of their own doing, and not because I put a primed productivity-nuke in their hands). Curse you, AaronOfBarbaria. Curse you!

Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

  • 02:20 AM - ddaley mentioned AaronOfBarbaria in post Kickstarter: Gemstone Dice
    Look great - coming down to the wire on if it gets funded. Yeah... $2k to go in 25 hours. AaronOfBarbaria, we usually roll in a box, but the dice sometimes pop out and fall onto our tile floor. So, yeah, I worry a bit about that. But, my kids want these for x-mas. So, here's to hoping that we make the goal.

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015

  • 03:09 AM - TheCosmicKid mentioned AaronOfBarbaria in post XP Chart and High-level NPCs
    ...er difficulty" table even more than I am doing today and set things up so that if you start harvesting e.g. a kobold tribe for XP, the kobolds will proactively kill you and maybe levy a legal complaint with the local government in the process. "Adventurers" would be disreputable folks who are attracted to trouble spots like flies to manure so they have the opportunity to "justifiably" take lives and harvest XP. For a standard academic wizard, it's easier and safer to putter about at 3rd level for a number of years (perhaps gradually accumulating 100 XP a month from research) than to involve one's self in the world of black ops and fast XP.I always took it for granted that this is the way the D&D world works. I mean, "harvesting a kobold tribe for XP"? Who does that? XP is not a concept that exists in-universe, and only a crazy person would willingly venture any nearer than he must to a tribe of devious little flesh-eating psychopaths. For heaven's sake, he could be killed! Like @AaronOfBarbaria said, PCs are exceptional. I don't even think we have to wave our hands and invoke some out-of-game "They're the protagonists" reason that they're special -- they're special because they're leading vastly more action-packed and dangerous lives than 99% of the characters in the world. Voluntarily! (Usually.) That's what experience points and PC class levels represent, in my mind: the most intense on-the-job "training" humanly possible. NPCs, like those we find in the back of the Monster Manual, don't have many class features because they haven't had to master so many tricks so quickly just to survive. They may, however, have a lot of hit dice just because they've been doing whatever they've been doing for a long time. You're not born an 8-HD Knight. Separation of "these are the rules so that playing the game is fun" and "this is how the world works" is very, very important to me.Ideally, the rules would accurately model how the world works. I do want the numbers on the page t...

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015

  • 11:59 AM - Evenglare mentioned AaronOfBarbaria in post Who wrote these CRs?
    AaronOfBarbaria "CR isn't a crutch, and it doesn't stop working when used as intended - and since teaching a DM how to "be good" isn't actually a thing where you can just tell someone how to do it, they have to be given a general idea how to do it (which CR actually helps provide) and then be left to find their style and what works for their group (which CR stays conveniently out of the way of)." This is completely untrue. CR is meaningless, it's why this whole thread exists in the first place! If it was working as intended there wouldn't be 11 pages of people describing how their parties can destroy monsters at much higher levels. You say earlier that I said it was meaningless and then I described what the CR does. Yeah.. that's not a contradiction. If the CR isn't doing what it needs to be doing it's meaningless. It doesn't make it automatically a meaningful tool if it doesn't even gauge the party level correctly. Let's say you want to need to hammer something into the wall, and then I gave them ...

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Friday, 30th March, 2018

  • 02:40 PM - ClaytonCross quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post Guidance Cleric cantrip is really dumb
    Goblinoid? Are you trying to call someone a troll and mistakenly believe that to be a type of goblinoid? They are giants. Also, accusing people of being sock-puppet accounts just because they happen to agree while disagreeing with you is terribly uncouth. I literally said I was joking. I was trying to be funny and light hearted between people who have been debating to lower tensions. I thought the goblinoid thing would be funnier than giant because being accurate might make it a more serious post and I was kind of expecting a return jab from one of them on that regard.. ...As usual my communications skills fail me it seems. I would blame it on lose of connotation in typing but I am told I am not funny in person ether. To be clear I doubt anyone would take the time to sock-puppet on a D&D forum. I could be wrong but we are talking about a game. If anyone is offended by my bad hummer even with the disclaimer... I do apologize. Does that count as a ClaytonCross? Mistwell? Fog Reaver? I am sure one...
  • 06:17 AM - pogre quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post DM Shortage?
    That could be part of it. To me it just seems like folks are more willing to join a campaign when they feel they have a clear indication of what they can expect. Makes sense - particularly when you are playing with mostly new folks.

Monday, 26th March, 2018

  • 05:29 PM - iserith quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post Guidance Cleric cantrip is really dumb
    There is nothing about it being used in out-of-combat situations that stops it from being the difference between a long duration concentration spell lasting into a second encounter or not. True, I've just never seen that come up. It seems like mostly a non-concern to me.
  • 05:23 PM - iserith quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post Guidance Cleric cantrip is really dumb
    It's a concentration spell, so that's a downside. Since it's mostly cast in out-of-combat situations, it's not much of one in my view. Not that there needs to be a downside. I just don't think that is much of a limitation.

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

  • 06:54 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Two. Storm King's Thunder also uses a different "formula". Because some of the elements are optional (or mutually exclusive, depending on how you run it?). OMFG I can't believe you are so determined to prove yourself right on this. I'm done.
  • 06:01 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    That's a really weird way to count. Named for the assumed hub of a tavern in Waterdeep (albeit not giving more info about Waterdeep without going to other sources), Oakhurst - 0 towns. That should be your sign that the straw you are clutching at is reaching it's tensile strength limit.... Dude, it's really quite easy. Repeat after me: "Ok, I guess there's one adventure that breaks their formula, and maybe it did appeal to a different audience from the Adventure Paths. My gut feel, though, is that they wouldn't grow their market by producing two separate lines of adventures, each designed to appeal to a different user profile." I couldn't possibly argue with that.
  • 03:02 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Things I did claim: Tales from the Yawning Portal is a "something for everyone" styled product. That claim was explicit. And ridiculous in the larger context. Yawning Portal is a bunch of dungeon crawls, with no continuity between them, almost no setting or background, ~0 towns, ~0 NPCs, ~0 exploration, ~0 social interaction, etc. So "something for everyone" could only mean "...among those who are interested in old-school, stand-alone, decontextualized dungeon crawls." By that measure a box with a variety of blacksmithing tongs has "something for everyone". Someone being interested in one adventure, but not the others, is not necessarily an indication that books of an approach other than "something for everyone" would do well in the current market. That one was implied. Curse of Strahd is in a similar position to Tales from the Yawning Portal, as it is the sole adventure some people are interested in out of those published by WotC for 5th edition. And if I were personally asked...

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

  • 10:51 PM - quandaratic quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post Passive Investigation?
    The travel activity rules show that Passive Perception is not quite "always on". It does definitely say that characters doing other things don't get to use their passive perception, while traveling. Crawford also suggested, in the podcast, that it makes total sense that stealth might automatically succeed against passive perception, for a character whose attention is focused on a particular thing. ...and it does make sense. It just might depend on that thing. I'd suggest that the activities while traveling section mentions it as an override to the general rule, because specific beats general.
  • 10:24 PM - Tony Vargas quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    The adventure compilation book in question is literally a "something for everyone" book - not a book that is for a specific sub-set of "people who want to buy adventures." All those adventures were call-backs to classics, tough, and TotYP did come out after fans had been asking for more old-school, smaller, modules (adventures), more in the soft-bound, fold-out-map vein. Instead, we got another hardcover, of such adventures, bundled. My guess is that the only thing TotYP really clearly conveyed is that WotC's supply chain doesn't deliver itty bitty soft-bound modules in a sufficiently profitable way. ...or is Curse of Strahd being interesting to people not interested in the rest of the adventures on offer also a similar piece of evidence? Oh come on. Pretend we are singing "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same..." are you REALLY not going to pick Yawning Portal from amongst the adventure books? Are you seriously claiming that all the books are equa...
  • 09:07 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    The adventure compilation book in question is literally a "something for everyone" book (that's why it includes adventures with a variety of styles, advice on fitting them into numerous campaign settings, and also has word-count dedicated to using the book as a long-form campaign instead of just as a collection of unrelated adventures) - not a book that is for a specific sub-set of "people who want to buy adventures." ...or is Curse of Strahd being interesting to people not interested in the rest of the adventures on offer also a similar piece of evidence? Oh come on. Pretend we are singing "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same..." are you REALLY not going to pick Yawning Portal from amongst the adventure books? Are you seriously claiming that all the books are equally different from each other, and that therefore Yawning Portal is not an outlier?
  • 01:31 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Double post.
  • 01:24 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Thank you, Elfcrusher, for clarifying for me what it is that I think and what my reasoning is - I thought I knew since, well, it is mine after all, but it certainly is nice of you to come and tell me what I think. You can go ahead and keep having both sides of the discussion all to yourself, since you clearly would rather tell me what I am saying than listen to it. How dramatic. "According to your logic..." is not telling you what you think. It's positing an implication or extension of an argument you used. But, just in case you actually did want someone besides you involved in the discussion: I didn't realize 5th edition's product strategy was WotC's "first hit." Looked to me like they did things differently and settled on the current methodology after things were not going the way they wanted them to. Companies should expand their product line when either doing so is a risk that the company can likely absorb and market information suggests could prove profitable (read: when the r...
  • 01:53 AM - Lanefan quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post How much do your trust the advice of others?
    Those are not the only possible reasons for campaigns to only last half a year. If the original intent was that it would go longer, what others are there? Also, your implication that anyone that runs a campaign that is only six months long isn't a "good DM" is insulting and ridiculous - a story is not inherently better just because it has more words in it, and a campaign is not inherently better just because it takes more hours to play through.A "campaign" intended to only last a few months going in isn't by my definition a campaign at all, just an extended one-off.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

  • 08:30 PM - Satyrn quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Thank you, Elfcrusher, for clarifying for me what it is that I think and what my reasoning is - I thought I knew since, well, it is mine after all, but it certainly is nice of you to come and tell me what I think. Oh, hey. If you appreciate him telling you what you think, you'll find what I'm about to tell you is fantastically awesome. You think you oughtta wire a couple grand into my PayPal. :cool:
  • 08:03 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    Actually, my logic translated to Toyota would be that they shouldn't greatly expand the number of different models of car they currently offer. No, because they would still be selling just the Corolla (or whatever car it was that was their first hit.) No. What I am actually assuming is that, given WotC reports the current model is doing well for them and that they've chosen it over methods more matching to what you've asked for, that the number of people that currently feel the books coming out aren't for them is smaller than the number of people that would feel that way if each book weren't trying to include something for everyone. I will admit it sounds cocky to not provide the evidence myself - but I was skipping that part of the conversation because I assumed that you, with your clearly regular visitation of a gaming news website, would already have all of the evidence I could provide (specifically, all the various times that WotC representatives have talked about how well 5th edition is doing...
  • 05:41 PM - Gradine quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post How much do your trust the advice of others?
    Your humorous jab doesn't make sense. The topic of the thread is "how much do you trust the advice of others?" and us amateur guitarists are engaging in a conversation about why a particular common thing that accompanies the advice of others, the statement of their experience in exceptionally vague terms, is an indicator that less trust should be given to said advice. It's entirely on topic. At the risk of spoiling the joke by explaining it, I would say that there's a difference between the letter of the topic (the thread title, as you quote) and the spirit of it (where the focus was, primarily on the appropriateness of CharOp advice for new players). Or maybe I was just feeling exceptionally cheeky this morning.
  • 03:57 PM - Elfcrusher quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    If they did that, they'd either have to be less successful as a business by having significantly higher costs without significantly higher income (by hiring enough people to perform at the current pace and level of quality, but not raising sales by the same factor because people would still be only buying the book that is "for them" enough to justify the purchase, so any book "not for them" goes unpurchased), be less successful as a business by splitting the current number of man-hours into more pieces and thus inherently reducing the time spent on each project which would impact quality, or be less successful as a business by putting out products at the current pace and with the current quality - but with each being so focused on a particular "who they're for" group that others don't buy it, thus making some potential purchasers more likely to lose interest or get frustrated because literal years could pass by design before a product comes out that has anything they are interested in included. By th...
  • 05:16 AM - MNblockhead quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post "Are the Authors of the Dungeon & Dragons Hardcover Adventures Blind to the Plight of DMs?"
    If they did that, they'd either have to be less successful as a business by having significantly higher costs without significantly higher income (by hiring enough people to perform at the current pace and level of quality, but not raising sales by the same factor because people would still be only buying the book that is "for them" enough to justify the purchase, so any book "not for them" goes unpurchased), be less successful as a business by splitting the current number of man-hours into more pieces and thus inherently reducing the time spent on each project which would impact quality, or be less successful as a business by putting out products at the current pace and with the current quality - but with each being so focused on a particular "who they're for" group that others don't buy it, thus making some potential purchasers more likely to lose interest or get frustrated because literal years could pass by design before a product comes out that has anything they are interested in included. Exc...
  • 03:11 AM - Maxperson quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post How much do your trust the advice of others?
    Yeah, I'm gonna just say "Nah, that's wrong Max." and here is why: You have just established that I'm not allowed to say "I've played guitar for 25 years" because I've had breaks that are long enough - according to you, not to me - to count as stopping and then starting up again some time later. So everyone who says "I've been running D&D for 30 years" has to mean they have run at least 1 session literally every day of that 30 years if they are objectively meaning something different than "I've been running D&D off and on for 30 years." Because there isn't, and there won't ever be, an agreed upon interval between D&D sessions that is the maximum allowed while not counting as having quit playing and then re-started later. It is up to the person whether they have quit (which means they intend not to do the thing any more) or are just waiting for the next opportunity. For example, I have quit smoking - I'm not just currently out of cigarettes. The difference between those two states being my int...
  • 03:10 AM - quandaratic quoted AaronOfBarbaria in post Passive Investigation?
    The second is to go an look at the travel activities rules. Specifically the part where they say if you are doing something other than keeping an eye out for threats, that your passive perception doesn't get used to determine if the party gets ambushed - which clearly shows the game stating a passive check is gained by the character doing something specific, rather than by deliberately not doing that thing. That's a good argument, and I accept it. I still have a problem, though, with the Players Handbook's very definition of a passive check, which pretty clearly sets up 2 distinct narrative situations in which to use the mechanic. The first is the shortcut for repeated checks. I'm still looking for a better explanation of the second. And the last is that the "ghost of Gygax" has no bearing at all upon what is or isn't the way the 5th edition text describes something It's just a joke. I'll be done, at this point, too.


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