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    Today, 11:45 AM
    As the title says. This is a 50 minute documentary on Netflix. Basically they recreate a knights armor, test it vs contemporary gunfire and then make a elaborate set as worn by the nobility in late 16th Century England which was the twilight of ye olde Knight in Shining Armor. This has sort of been an interest to me since I was young and specifically in D&D since the mid 90s and the 2E...
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    Today, 09:41 AM
    I thought the context of my first post was fine at least as I understood it. Is there anything misleading or wrong with the following " There is a lack of variety and originality in big Hollywood productions". That's basically what I meant/was aiming at. Do I really need to put IMHO on everything you post on a forum unless you're quoting someone? I provided links to what I was...
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    Today, 08:12 AM
    Damn knew about some of them, only used the RC and Emirates of Ylaruam in the 90's. It's all I had.
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    Today, 07:57 AM
    Horror doesn't need a massive budget but it's never gonna be massive as by default you're excluding kids. Personally I find horror hard as I don't find them scary which kind if defeats the purpose of the genre. I plan on watching IT soon, looks good though. Scariest movie I ever saw was Aliens but I was very young 8 or 9. I don't actually care if a movie makes money or not, the studios...
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    Today, 06:08 AM
    Yep back in the day I never really figured out how many to award and I didn't have many 2E adventures for comparison. I have more now but most are not good. If you know what you're doing or where and how to find the rules you need 2Es great. For example if you wanted a narrative heavy D&D game 2E could do that. Do for gold is optional as well iirc. I think the idea with 2Evwas a...
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    Today, 05:10 AM
    1E only gives xp in the dmg for gold and monsters. 2E added story do and various optional rules by class. Non fighters specialisation was splat book in 2E. Combat and Tactics allowed it but then fighters got the Grand Master chain.
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    Today, 05:03 AM
    2E Grand Master tops it.
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    Today, 04:14 AM
    Anyone else seen Freddy Got Fingered? Critics mauled it but if you liked American Pie it might be for you.
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    Today, 03:48 AM
    Generally the smaller independent studios. Also never claimed the larger studios don't make smaller movies. What part of lack of variety at the top of the heap is so hard to understand? It's the blockbusters that the majority of the box office comes from. Blockbusters being any movie that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars (and makes bank). Wannabe blockbusters have a large...
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    I only found that out a few years ago. People seem to like the movie though. Maybe David Bowie in tights isn't for everyone. It's one of my favorite movies of all time.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    Because people are just not picking after I gave said multiple times I wasn't referring to Indy type movies, provided links to 6 studios make up over 85% of last year's box office. I used Disney as an example because they make up around 25% of the market by themselves. Look at top ten lists they are heavily dominated by sequels/IP. 9/10 or 10/10 last year. A lot if the smaller...
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    If you're talking about personal finances RoI is important. Hollywood cares about the big bucks and overall income. Do you think share prices are going to go up or down based on RoI or overall dollar amount? Never said you couldn't make money on smaller movies but things like Blair Witch Project are few and far between. . It's also impossible to predict what smaller movies blow up with...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Personal observation/anecdote.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Yeah it was the best of the players option books. Tested a few rules in it such as weapon abilities, fighter Grand Master rules, siege weapons, critical hit tables, new armor and weapons, fire arm rules.
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    Yesterday, 03:35 PM
    Perception and Stealth are the 5E super skills. Sailors, Urchins and the other background that grants stealth are popular.
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    Blockbuster is just financially great popular movie, even if it was made for cheap. If you're dropping $150 million+ and then marketing on top of that you're hoping for a blockbuster. A lot of flops this year, Dumbo, Men In Black, Hellboy, Shaft. Price doesn't mean quality but a budget helps for some genres. In my OP I thought the context was clear, perhaps not. My main...
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    I enjoyed Krull, haven't seen it for years though. It hadn't aged well in the 90s.
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    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    Didn't happen often I think it was using Combat and Tactics and some optional rules. Also happened in B/X there was artwork in the RC with polearms being used. I think the idea for a 6 person party was 2 fighters, two clerics, thief mage and a lot of adventures were for 6 to 8. Once I think we had a Paladin with 6 or 7 henchmen although they normally only traveled with 1 or 2. You...
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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    That was me and yes we used AD&D pokearms in formation more than once. Henchmen.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Just a more complex fighter with several ways to take it. Live feed from the gunman.
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    Yesterday, 05:03 AM
    Probably for you a variant human with sentinel feat plus Battlemaster Fighter. At level 4 take Polearm Master if you want to double down on the striker thing Healer If you want to double down on the leader thing The feat that grants bm dice if you want more warlord
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    Yesterday, 03:53 AM
    It's arbitrary and maybe even who bribed who.
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    Yesterday, 03:50 AM
    Some games I play are banned in chiina because it's set in the 30s with China fractured and independent Tibet.
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    Yesterday, 02:32 AM
    Communist party sees it as stupid superstition for old peasants that leave fruit in the fields for luck and food out for Hungary Ghosts. Throw in a side helping of reverence for ancestors. They want to be seen as a modern industrial nation. They're a bit touchy. No religious freedom either see Falun Gong or the Catholic Church or Xinjiang. My old lecturer was over there in the 80s and he...
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    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    Shackled City is set in a caldera iirc.
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    Yesterday, 12:57 AM
    The set encounter design thing is a big drawback of modern D&D. Combined with the hit point attrition model it causes various issues.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 AM
    But the reverse is not true, beyond some exceptions like -El gran juego de la Oca- Spaniard content doesn't fare too well in Hispanic America -because the lexicon and register is just too different-. On the other hand dubs and productions made in the Bogota-Buenos Aires-Caracas-Mexico-Miami-Santiago circle freely move between both continents and gain widespread recognition. Spain's Spanish is...
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    Yesterday, 12:08 AM
    No idea, makes sense.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 10:58 PM
    Except the example provided was a successful small movie most don't break 100 million. The studios would seem to want big franchises they can milk. Do you think Disney cares about 20 small movies or the latest Star Wars or MCU movie. I'll see if I can find the figures but iirc Disney alone is some stupidly high % of the box office last year ...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 10:48 PM
    It was mostly a joke, Firefly and Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles were on Fox.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 10:40 PM
    19 years of doing it wrong. I think the 45 damage didn't specify 3.0 or 3..5 and I remember Ed great aces as well. Also remembered falchion s which were 3.5 iirc. Still less chance than dying to a bee sting and those suckers are in a few B/X low level adventures. Death from massive damage in 2E would be rare as 50 damage was difficult to inflict outside of dragon breath weapon maybe a...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    In think you can get a free month trial for Hulu. We looked into it today but I wasn't paying to much attention.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 03:05 PM
    I'll try and find some articles. Cheap movies still get made sub 30 million, and you have big budget ones but there's not to many in the middle. If you use special effects even practical ones it's gonna cost big money. They don't generally spend big money promoting the cheaper ones except for potential Oscar bait.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 02:52 PM
    Reminds me that my dog used to think dice were candy and he wanted some...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:57 AM
    I said it's a possibility. I don't know how it's gonna go but the circumstances are completely different. For example we don't know Paizos financial position. If PF2 tanks plan B might be a 5E satellite. If they go down that path though they're probably the next Kobold Press.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:35 AM
    It's not really stated but I assume you can copy from other spellbooks and larger cities might have a wizards guild or library you can pay to copy spells from.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:29 AM
    Ah ok we played it wrong. We either carried it over from 3.0 or got it wrong in 3.0 as well.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:21 AM
    The clones have been around for 15 odd years give or take. He might not have been talking about them or it may be a B/X and AD&D mashup.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:16 AM
    It's fine basically post whatever. Its just things like Transformers that made a boat load of money but aren't really good as such.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 07:50 AM
    I could be wrong it's what I remember. There's clones of B/X that separate race and class. There was some boxed sets after the RC but afaik the differences are fairly minor. The game has evolved via third party. This is a little gem. https://www.basicfantasy.org/downloads.html The new stuff isn't by TSR/WotC.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 07:46 AM
    From memory you only need to roll 1 12. Whatever you roll plus modifiers is multiplied by 3.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 07:17 AM
    Orc with greataxe was how I read it.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 06:28 AM
    Rules Cyclopedia is essentially its final form. The last BECMI product came out 1994 iic and the line was canceled 1996 iirc.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 05:44 AM
    MoonSong replied to Muppets?
    Curious, my fantasy world has a race of muppets. I haven't gotten to actually stat them up. but what I have so far is they are medium critters, with 30' speed, bonus to charisma and dexterity, penalty to constitution, and they have the ability to turn a critical hit into a normal hit, but they lose a limb until it can be reattached. In extreme cases they can survive as only a head.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 05:27 AM
    Spanish is kind of a special case. Unlike Italian(76% of native speakers are in Italy), French(60% of n.S. Are in France), Russian (96% of native speakers are from Russia), and German (78% of n.S. Are in Germany) only like 9% of native speakers of Spanish are from Spain. In contrast, a third of the native speakers are from North America and a half of native speakers are from South America, yet...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 03:48 AM
    The odds of thatvirc dealing 45 damage is stupidly low. 1 in 20 for the threat, then confirm it then roll a 12. It's about one in a thousand chance give or take. 1E and BECMI had giant bees, a lot higher chance to kill you at low level.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 03:42 AM
    Is that the 1987 one? I liked that one as a kid, no eternia seems odd in retrospect.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 02:51 AM
    It won't be Paizos 4E. If it flops it will be for a different reason, it's possible there's nothing Paizo can do to compete at least at the levels they want.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 02:41 AM
    No surprise good sci fi doesn't do well on Fox.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 01:14 AM
    I specifically said several posts ago I was referring to big budget stuff because that's where the money is, some genres you can't really do low budget at least very well, and it's also what the studios care about. Everyone else made a big deal over it even when I specifically said u don't care about little indie films that win awards at Cannes and the public at large doesn't care about them...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:23 AM
    No you don't there's not much variety in blockbusters, I provided a link to the 90s and now. Big budget movies are now mostly super hero/MCU/sequals. Some movies are just going to cost more money to make and original movies like that are rare now. Consider action genre. Mad Max was good but wasn't original. A lot if small movies you don't even know they exist due to marketing. ...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:11 AM
    Didn't lose money but was expected to make a lot more. Probably one with an average to meh IMDb rating. No blockbusters or movies generally regarded as good/successful. Flops that are good are fine, flop being movies that lost money. Another one. Dune (1984). Critically panned on release, I kinda like it. It's not great.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:09 AM
    Variety is good and you don't really get that now.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:58 PM
    Yes but the story issnt pushed that hard so the plot is fairly easy to ignore. It doesn't really turn up until the 4th module or so. You can also ignore the domain building aspect.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:43 PM
    Special effects don't make a movie but every now and then you get a movie like T2 with special effects plus storyline and a lot of movies like that are no longer made.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:37 PM
    Zardnaar started a thread Bad Movies You Liked
    Bad being movies that flopped, underperformed at the box office or were critically panned like most of the Transformers franchise. My 3. Labyrinth This movie was a flop back in the 80s but I loved it. I was something like 8 and this movie has since become a cult classic. Still it cost a lot to make and I think I fell in love with Jennifer Connolley. 2. God's of Egypt Watched this...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:29 PM
    I'll watch almost anything, it's not me though it's the Hollywood Studios that care about the blockbusters. It's why we don't get new blockbusters I posted the top 40 from the 90s and only 8 were sequels. It's not entirely the studios fault they're there to make money, if the audiences aren't watching new IPs en masse.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:49 PM
    Except a lot of small movies also fail to hit 100 million. Even fewer become blockbusters but every now and then you get a Blair Witch. It's also the way movies are funded. If you're an investor you probably want to go with an established franchises. The big box office hitsvalsi make up a stupidly high % of the yearly box office, not a lot of smaller movies. M CU alone is crazy let alone...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:35 PM
    Most 80s movies are a guilty pleasure now. It's my birthday today, was kinda planning on taking my niece to the Lion King but travel plans didn't happen
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 05:20 PM
    Let me check... ok that is not what I had in mind. Doesn't look like a viable alternative to me. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, it looks interesting in its own right, just not a substitute. I kind of expected a more serious effort to have surfaced by now.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:31 PM
    On the semantics side, Spanish needs more information to convey a message than English does. For example if you have to translate "I'm bad at studying and I could use your help." Which of the six possible constructs -each one with different meaning- should you use? You need a lot of contextual information to decide. That is more work than many translators bother to do. Some would only take the...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 01:41 PM
    5E version of Combat and Tactics perhaps.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 12:13 PM
    I think you can make a fixed 3.5 drawing in a bit of ISR/2E concepts to fix it. PF2 seems to have doubled down on the complexity. My idea of a fixed 3.X game would be Star Wars Saga Edition with overhauled math.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 12:07 PM
    The 1st two Kingmaker adventures are quite good, it breaks down a bit after that. Stolen Lands for pt 1 the other one I can't recall off the top of my head. They're also easy to convert to D&D.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:49 AM
    It's there in the class design and optional rules in the DMG. I think the fanatics took things a bit to literally. They said fans of 1E to 4E could play together not that it would be 1E to 4E.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:45 AM
    I like the Quests of Doom ones at least the first 3 from Frog God Games. Some if them are hexcrawls, tagline 1E feel, 5E rules.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:47 AM
    No 40 is The Mummy, 400 million 20 years ago cost 80 million. https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?release_date=1990,1999&title_type=feature&sort=boxoffice_gross_us,desc 8 were sequals. 400 million in 1999 is 600 now. So 32 movies original getting 600 million plus. Google Fu gave me this. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:32 AM
    Virtually none you would have to adjust for inflation. T2 comes close. 500 million bin 1991 is about 900 now. I also gave the 500 million mark which is roughly the break even point on a modern blockbuster. Solo for example lost money on 400 million. Blockbusters being movies in the 150 to 200 million range plus marketing costs. Movies cost more to make, more to market and post...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:45 AM
    As I said there's a few. Not many though. Birthday Turkish dinner+ few APAs and Efes so have a good night. Bellydancer weeee
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 06:16 AM
    Not really the article was explaining why howwood doesn't do new blockbusters and there were only something like 6 or 8 new movies outside if superhero movies that did well. Compare with the 90s where you had lots of movies that were blockbusters and originals. I wasn't really talking about Indy movies no one really cares about that win an award at Cannes or something and then make 100...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 05:04 AM
    No parties are similar size. I met a bit if power creep into the game to make up for it. Weapon rules in the RC, or DM allowed UA for 1st Ed, Fighters Handbook 2E. OSR adventures often have NPCs to rescue often with things like "if equipped NPC may serve as henchmen".
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:35 AM
    Fighters are very good in OSR games. OD&D mentions party sizes of 20, 6 to 8 PCs plus Henchmen also allows for a lot more bodies. The expectation does seem to skew towards more bodies.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:15 AM
    More info. https://i.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/114387030/top-gun-2-everything-we-know-about-maverick-after-tom-cruise-drops-first-trailer Practical effects, real planes, Jennifer Connolly.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 03:07 AM
    Those are all Indy type movies. There's not a lot being made between 50 to 100 million and the big movies production costs are exceeding the cost of making all those movies you listed. There's only been a few big budget success movies in the last decade or so outside of the MCU/DC. Inception got 800 million and iirc that was the biggest one. In 2010. Also remember the studios only get...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 01:59 AM
    Party sizes were larger they often thought you would have a second rank of pikemen behind the Frontline. And you would bait people into 10' wide passages. I don't think many people okay 2E RAW phb only doing 1E adventures. If you do yeah it's harder than 1E.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 01:24 AM
    It has a gay character and gay propaganda is illegal in Russia. What counts as gay propaganda is entirely arbitrary so idk if it would be banned or whatever. Some parts of South America are also really rough outside of urban centers so while not illegal might have limited appeal. Varys by country and areas in the individual country. I play with some online. Very different cultural values...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 01:07 AM
    Speaking of this, wasn't there a PF1 clone of some sort in the works? I heard something about it in passing, but never got any details.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 12:57 AM
    I have another theory, Spanish translations require more work, some other languages don't. For other languages you can easily take the plain text in English and just straight translate it without paying too much attention to context. So the result is either a trainwreck that mixes/ignores gender/closeness/person or is more expensive. Many times this is done in Spain for videogames by people who...
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:36 PM
    I should have rephrased it to ones that make lots of money. That's what the Studios want is that next billion dollar franchise. There's only a few like a handful that have been blockbusters (outside the MCU). Breakeven point for big budget movies these days is around 500 million maybe 400. So are new movies being made. Yes. Are they big blockbusters no. And that's what the studios...
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:29 PM
    There early adventures were tourney modules because people wanted to buy them. The idea was you would design your own. Modules that came later like X1,I6, B5, B10, Even Temple of Elemental evil stood out because they were different in tone to the older adventures.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 11:15 PM
    F-18s make sense. A lot of airframes in use by the USA and Russia are based on decade old designs. They hit a plateau years ago similar to passenger jets. It's what they put on them. The older planes are a lot cheaper to build. F-15E has never been shot down apparently. Most of the new Russian jets are updates of Soviet planes.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 10:58 PM
    Hollywood doesn't really do new movies.
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 10:56 PM
    80s was better for movies than 90s. First half of 90s were good second half meh summer blockbusters.
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    So I went into my flgs and picked up a premium copy of Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Had a chat with the owner. Anyway a young fella came in and he got called over and got told "don't do what you did the other night". I assumed he had made some inappropriate comment, or done something stupid. He didn't know what he did. Anyway it turned out he looked at his copy of the MM in the middle of a...
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    Just wondering if anyone else like this show. It's on Netflix. Season one was great, season 2still good. Spanish show with English dubbing. It's a very clever. Oceans 11 type show but better.
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Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 08:13 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    Which is one reason the Warlord doesn't work as an archetype, to 5e Fighter is too deeply committed to all-DPR, all the time. Off on a basic level, IMHO. If you can't think of high-level abilities a class should have, you don't have a handle on the class, yet, and you won't create a viable class, but another LF to be overshadowed by all the Qw's in 5e. It seems to me, the Fighter is a great chassis for the Knight/Warlord. The Fighter has so much ‘uncluttered’ design space. Because the Fighter base design space guarantees excellent damage dealing, the design space for the archetype can focus exclusively group enhancement capabilities. @Zardnaar, @Garthanos, I found it easy to translate Come and Get It, into a 5e format and sensibility. It is also an example of how there is little difference between 4e Encounters and 4e Dailies. Taunting Strike // Barrier Attack 3 Worldly Mind, Intimidation // Action Target: foes in close Versus: your Charisma versus each foes Charisma Hit: Barrier: each foe moves into melee Target: foes in melee Attack: your per-turn attack You taunt your foes, goading them to come attack you. When they reach you, you bust out to punish each of them. Each hostile in close range (30 feet) who can see or hear you must make a Charisma defense, or as a reaction move toward you, adjacent within melee range (5 feet) if able. Then you make one per-turn attack (such as using a weapon or a cantrip) against each hostile in melee. [Compare 4e Come and Get It PH1]

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 03:22 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    Zardnaar The 4e defaults to ‘attacker always rolls’. Yet it included variant possibilities. For example, ‘players always roll’. In other words, when players attack, they roll against a defense. But when monsters attack, the attack is a fixed number and the players make saves against it. So, it is easy to just leave ‘attack’ and ‘defense’ as raw bonus numbers. If rolling, add d20. But if needing a static number, then ‘Take 10’.
  • 02:49 PM - DEFCON 1 mentioned Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    All right... if you're going to make an alternate 5E then just say that. Or if you want to make a personalized 4E variant then just say that. But if that's the case, then you have no need to worry about the D&D SRDs or the OGL. Do whatever you want with no expectation of publishing or publicizing it and keep it for yourself (which it looks like you, Zardnaar have already been doing, which is great.) But my presumption is that if you are coming onto EN World to work with other posters to combine to create a "4E clone" together (and not just your own personal hack)... then you actually have a desire to make it a more universal and faithful port that is OGL compliant and thus able to be "published" like so many OSR games are. And if that's the case, you cannot start the process by introducing all your own rule hacks to get rid of personal bugaboos. Because your personal bugaboos are not going to be other people's, and thus this game you are trying to make will already write off 98% of the people you are hoping to get involved and/or play it. If you want to clone 4E, start with 4E. Write up the 4E Player's Handbook 1 (all the races, classes, themes etc.) in SRD OGL form so that you know you are compliant to begin with and you actually have a base game foundation to use and publish. Once you've done that... then start talking with oth...
  • 01:53 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    @Zardnaar, @DEFCON 1, @Charlaquin It is worth having balanced abilities. Rather than the eight abilities, it is possible to have four abilities. • Strength • Dexterity • Intelligence • Charisma In this four ability setup: • Strength includes hit points. • Dexterity handles jumping and climbing. • Intelligence includes the five senses. • Charisma includes willpower and empathy. In this way: • ‘Strength’ equals exactly 4e Fortitude • ‘Dexterity’ equals 4e Reflex • ‘Intelligence’ equals 4e Perception • ‘Charisma’ equals 4e Will So, for example, it is possible for the 4e clone to talk about the ‘Strength ability’ and the ‘Strength defense’.
  • 04:10 AM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    Zardnaar I started a new thread as a ‘wiki thread’ that anybody can edit. This allows multiple people to contribute to the clone, so not all of the burden is on one person. Have a look at the thread and add and change it freely. enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?659990-Open-4e-Style&p=7619019#post7619019

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 04:59 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    @Zardnaar, I basically like these half-feats. The main issues are: Flavor-neutral mechanics Avoid baking setting flavor into the mechanics. Rely more on ‘flavor text boxes’ for flavor. Especially avoid terms like ‘gods’ within the actual mechanics themselves. Defenses In 4e, there are no such things as ‘saves’. Instead, the attacker always rolls. The defender has ‘defenses’. Ideally, the redundant defenses AC and Reflex consolidate into one defense. Meanwhile Perception becomes a formal defense, since 4e refers to ‘passive perception’ highly frequently. • AC/Reflex defense • Fortitude defense • Will defense • Perception defense Consolidate micro-bonuses 5e has the right idea of eliminating and reducing most bonuses, while allowing the DM to use ‘advantage’ on the fly to represent a situational bonus. Untyped bonuses must cease to exist. The list of bonus types needs to be few and impossible to stack. • Ability bonus type (Strength, Intelligence, etcetera) • Proficiency bonus typ...

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

  • 05:25 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    Regarding multiclassing. A discussion with Zardnaar in an other thread helped me be more open to multiclassing, even including limited-level ‘prestige classes’. A 4e ‘Paragon Path’ is exactly a prestige class that is suitable for levels 13 to 20 (or whatever). As long as a Path focuses on being alternative features, rather than strictly superior to a base class, then it seems useful. Many class features that are shared between several classes might work better as a Study Course (levels 1-4). Meanwhile the class itself is chosen at the Heroic tier. Thus there are four different types of classes, depending on tiers. Student Course (levels 1-4), Heroic Class (levels 5-12), Paragon Path (levels 13-20), or Epic Destiny (levels 21-24). Here a ‘base class’ means a full track of advancement, including a Study Course, Heroic Class, Paragon Path, and Epic Destiny. But it is no problem for a player to diverge and customize by picking a different Course or Path.
  • 05:02 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    @Tony Vargas, @Zardnaar 5e long rest grants complete healing PLUS hitdice. What if a long rest only gives hitdice? Thus someone who is fresh (unbloodied) can spend hitdice in the form of second-winds. But someone who is injured or exhausted must spend the hitdice immediately to recover, thus is more vulnerable to further damage from future battles. @Tony Vargas, @Garthanos, and others Personally, I love the 5e proficiency bonus, and feel it more than adequately addresses the 4e half-level bonus. Student Tier Levels 1-4 (Proficiency +2) Heroic Tier Levels 5-12 (Proficiency +3, +4) Paragon Tier Levels 13-20 (Proficiency +5, +6) Epic Tier Levels 21-24 (Proficiency +7, also allows ability scores to improve beyond 20) Moreover the Epic Tier can come with an Epic Destiny, becoming ‘Immortal’ by various methods. 5e feats include certain ones that are a ‘half feat’ plus a +1 ability score improvement. It is easy to equate smaller 5e feats as one or two half feats. I consider 4 skill proficiencies to be ...

Saturday, 1st June, 2019

  • 07:24 PM - Aldarc mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    While the goal is to reverse-engineer 4e, the clone is also an opportunity to finetune the system. To improve it for certain sensibilities if there is enough agreement. Here are suggestions that interest me.FYI, your suggestions do not interest me in the slightest. I would personally like to see a 4E-esque game that reduced the level spread to 10. Much in the spirit of what Zardnaar has been saying, I don't think that it's a coincidence that so many fantasy heartbreakers have designed their classes around 10 levels instead of 20. It's easier to condense the leveling experience so that you can do much of the same with less levels.

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 08:08 AM - Hussar mentioned Zardnaar in post Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E
    My question then is why did 4E only last four years, and why were so many of its innovations stripped from 5E? Did WotC put out content at an unsustainable pace, did they cave due to vocal 4E detractors, etc? The Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons comic series even skipped talking about 4E, with Morty questioning why and Rick replying with "we don't talk about fourth edition". This after the comic criticized both 1E (too deadly) and 3E (wizards dominate). Well, the fact that it was still only getting played by about a third of gamers pretty much doomed 4e. As far as why we "don't talk about fourth edition", well, there's a very good reason for that. One only has to peruse the forums from about 2008-2010 to see why we don't talk about fourth edition. It was impossible to talk about without it turning into a giant edition war wank. /edit to add Heck, see Zardnaar and his discussion with Immortal Sun for why we don't talk about 4e. Imagine it was like that for every single thread, every single day, for three or four YEARS and that's what it was like to talk about 4e.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

  • 11:22 AM - Aldarc mentioned Zardnaar in post How To Clone 4E Using 5E Rules
    Why would you want to do this? The point of 5e is that it's not 4e.His intent was clear. 4e has a more restricted license for developing potential content whereas 5e does not. So if one wants to expand content for something more 4e like (or an evolution thereof), then 5e would potentially serve as a better chassis due to its less restricted license. So how would one do that. If you wouldn't, then that's fine. Zardnaar, I would also look at the d20 3.X license as well, especially given how 13th Age was developed.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 04:58 AM - Maxperson mentioned Zardnaar in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    That they are dancing is more about content than description. The thing that makes the scene more interesting is that the kobolds are dancing for some reason, not how the GM describes the dance It's not, or at least it's not entirely content. Dancing is a description of what the kobolds are doing up on the hill. Dancing is also content. This brings me back(again) to the point I made pages ago. Both qualitative description AND content are both necessary to make an interesting scene. One without the other is going to be dull. Also not sure why my posts keep including that quote I think it has something to do with multiquoting. Zardnaar was driving Morrus crazy with it in a thread recently. Maybe one of them could help you figure out how to stop quoting it.

Friday, 10th May, 2019

  • 05:05 PM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post What is the most powerful spell?
    Zardnaar, Stalker0 Based on popular demand, Guidance 0 ranks as the best cantrip. So, people would rather have the Guidance cantrip than have the Eldritch Blast cantrip. (Really?)

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 04:51 PM - OlegRu mentioned Zardnaar in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    Yes! Heck that's a story all by itself! So you *call* yourself a skald, and you even have the entertainer background (BTW, SUPER IMPORTANT: If you are new to 5e, be sure to read the background chapter! It's not just roleplaying fluff, half your skills can come from your background. It's like a mini-class!). You know how to heal, you know how to fight (pact of the blade maybe?), you know how to sing... but you have a secret. You really didn't have that *spark* that distinguishes great bards (ie the one with bardic magic) from others. Until one day, you met that mysterious teacher... Thanks for the replies @Paul Farquhar @Zardnaar and @Ancalagon, and all due respect, but I really want to stick to playing a bard and just interested in having him be an archer so that he can deal some attack damage/and survive combat because he's further from the worst monsters. Things like Paladin, Warlock wouldn't match his backstory or the way I want to RP him.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 02:57 AM - OlegRu mentioned Zardnaar in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    So from reading all of the replies, here are my follow-up ideas/questions for you guys - @Zardnaar, @TwoSix, @Mistwell, @Tony Vargas, @Treantmonklvl20 I'll format this to go by topic: Is there something you'd recommend outside an archer bard that would fit my char's style (maybe some simple-type multiclass I mentioned in the OP or something else)? Also, is a ranged bard preferable to keep him safer due to lower defense/HP and for spell concentration? Ability Scores: Cool so I'll probably take the STR10 DEX16 CON12 INT10 WIS12 CHA16 then. (I care about strength as I'd like to have decent athletics score and wisdom, again, for the skills) Although, I'm a bit worried regarding the CON - I've seen a lot of talk that it's important - for concentration I think? So in order to avoid issues casting, I should equip just a sword if I'm not using ranged at the moment, not the shield? (and keep shield around just in case, but I'm not sure when I'd use it) For armor, yeah I don't want penalties to stealth as I'd like my char to be able to sneak around in the wilderness camouflaged or ...

Saturday, 4th May, 2019


Monday, 22nd April, 2019

  • 03:38 PM - Elfcrusher mentioned Zardnaar in post WotC hiring software developer
    Not really. Yes, things take more time when something goes wrong, but Hofstadter's Law is less about things going wrong, and m ore about how poorly humans estimate. Basically, even if everything goes well, your estimate of completion date will still be wrong. And in case @Zardnaar missed the subtlety (and the joke) of Hofstadter's Law: it's recursive. Even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law, you are underestimating, no matter how many times you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

Friday, 19th April, 2019

  • 09:35 PM - Mercurius mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    @Zardnaar, I empathize with some of your issues with TLJ and don't think questioning whether Rey is a Mary Sue or not is inherently sexist, but I think you are going a bit overboard in trying to line her up with Luke and compare them in every detail. No matter what way you look at it, their "Mary Sueness" is similar. The only thing that bothered me about Rey's Mary Sueness in TFA was how she could hang with Kylo Ren in a lightsabre duel. I know he was injured, but it still seemed a bit absurd and definitely damaged my suspension of disbelief. But overall she wasn't really any more Mary Sueish than Luke. If she was, it wasn't by much - and not worth getting upset about. The Mary Sue is a female version of wish fulfillment. Luke, and superheroes in general, are male versions of wish fulfillment. I don't know why female wish fulfillment would be any worse, except insofar as TFA felt like fan fiction and the Mary Sue is derived from fan fiction. The more obvious difference is that it is generall...
  • 04:56 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar The data you’re citing is all about the fanbase prior to The Force Awakens being released. Based on that, it’s not surprising to find out that the “average fan” was someone who grew up on the original movies. But that doesn’t mean that’s who the movie IS or SHOULD BE aimed at. The goal is to reach a new generation of fans. To get viewers interested enough that they continue to enjoy the films and merchandise for decades. Now, there’s no reason that the films cannot appeal to both a new audience and the traditional audience. I’d argue that these films do exactly that. But there’s a clear “passing the torch” element in these new films that seems to bother some fans. Imagine if the episodes had been released chronologically. I would expect many fans would have lost their minds when Obi-Wan was killed off to start the second trilogy and pass the torch to a new hero. The criticisms of Luke would have been very similar to those of Rey...with one significant difference. People ...
  • 04:44 PM - Radaceus mentioned Zardnaar in post Critical Role Kickstarter Predition Game: Guess the Funding Outcome (GTFO)
    ah...so close! congrats Zardnaar!


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Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019

  • 02:29 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Zardnaar in post Secrets of the Shining Knight. Full Plate Armor
    As the title says. This is a 50 minute documentary on Netflix. Basically they recreate a knights armor, test it vs contemporary gunfire and then make a elaborate set as worn by the nobility in late 16th Century England which was the twilight of ye olde Knight in Shining Armor. This has sort of been an interest to me since I was young and specifically in D&D since the mid 90s and the 2E Fighters Handbook. In 5E tool proficiency and downtime could be used to make your own set. In 2E the players down times made their own masterwork weapons and armor using 3E terms. Turns out our ancestors were a bit more clever than the dumbass medieval bumpkin stereotype. Anyway some things from the documentary. Water powered bellows and hammer for forging via waterwheels. Mass production pre industrialization Common Soldier Breastplate. 1/16 of an inch. Can be penetrated by contemporary gun. Nobles Full plate. 1/16th on the sides, 4 times thicker in the middle. Folded steel kinda like a katana. L...
  • 09:13 AM - Morrus quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    Because people are just not picking after I gave said multiple times I wasn't referring to Indy type movies, provided links to 6 studios make up over 85% of last year's box office. 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.
  • 07:14 AM - trappedslider quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    Generally the smaller independent studios. Also never claimed the larger studios don't make smaller movies. What part of lack of variety at the top of the heap is so hard to understand?. Step 1: I should have rephrased it to ones that make lots of money. Step 2 was me posting the fact that all three of those new IPs all made money. Step 3: Those are all Indy type movies. When they are not indy type movies. EDIT:And it's a fact that historically, Horror has always preformed well with New IPs (more or less),maybe not billion dollars like you want,but clearly enough for the studios to keep paying for them to be made. And let's be honest straight up horror movies will never hit the billion dollar spot right out of the gate if ever. But to dismiss a whole selection of films as not money makers because they don't hit the "B" is well just arrogant and makes me think you agree with the following statement with "a society that is hit-driven, and makes way and room for only those films that are...
  • 06:05 AM - billd91 quoted Zardnaar in post 2e, the most lethal edition?
    1E only gives xp in the dmg for gold and monsters. 2E added story do and various optional rules by class. And demoted gold to an optional rule. Characters leveled a lot more slowly as a result unless the story awards were set pretty high.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019

  • 10:38 PM - Morrus quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    This year Disney is doing Dumbo, Aladdin, Lion King, and Rise of Skywalker plus they had almost 3 billion from Avengers and another billion from Captain Marvel. I don't think they care to much about smaller movies. 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 exemplify it, you epitomize it! :) The conversation is basically thus: Z: Hollywood doesn't really do new movies. Everyone: Yes they do. Look, here's 500 new movies. Z: Yeah but Hollywood doesn't do new movies which are blockbusters any more. Everyone: Errr.... what? Z: Look at these 5 blockbuster movies Disney did this year. Everyone: Yes, but look at these other 500 new movies which came o...
  • 09:41 PM - Sword of Spirit quoted Zardnaar in post "The Future of D&D is International" (Inverse article)
    The officially atheistic materialist Party takes a dim view of deviation from Maoist doctrine, though it's not exactly 1979 over there. Communist party sees it as stupid superstition for old peasants that leave fruit in the fields for luck and food out for Hungary Ghosts. Throw in a side helping of reverence for ancestors. They want to be seen as a modern industrial nation. They're a bit touchy. No religious freedom either see Falun Gong or the Catholic Church or Xinjiang. My old lecturer was over there in the 80s and he said there's all sorts of things you can trip up on. For example he used red ink and that was a no no. Only Chairman Mao used red ink. I thought it might be that, but it just seems pretty arbitrary given all the fantasy stuff they produce nowadays.
  • 05:55 PM - Umbran quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    If you're dropping $150 million+ and then marketing on top of that you're hoping for a blockbuster. As if anyone who ever made a movie wasn't hoping that it would be massively popular and financially successful? My main disagreement was the idea you can make more money with smaller movies. Ones break 100 million. Again - if you are trying to make money on the box office alone, "break $100 million" isn't actually the issue. The ratio of return to investment is the issue. Let us look at the most profitable movies of all time, shall we? http://mentalfloss.com/article/68552/20-most-profitable-movies-all-time-based-return-investment Paranormal Activity (2007)- 19,749 percent return on investment The Devil Inside (2012)- 3632 percent ROI Peter Pan (1953) - 3394% ROI Grease (1978) - 2969% ROI God's Not Dead (2014) - 2627% ROI Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - 2471% ROI Insidious (2011) - 2139% ROI Young Frankenstein (1974) - 1954% ROI It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - 180...
  • 05:31 PM - Parmandur quoted Zardnaar in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    Perception and Stealth are the 5E super skills. Sailors, Urchins and the other background that grants stealth are popular. I've never observed this at all, do we have data (such as from D&D Beyond) to back that up?
  • 05:19 PM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Show me how to build a defender....
    Can't remember if there were rules for phalanxs I think the fighters handbook or combat and tactics had it. Combat and Tactics looks to have been extensive material.
  • 03:05 PM - Umbran quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    I specifically said several posts ago I was referring to big budget stuff because that's where the money is, some genres you can't really do low budget at least very well, and it's also what the studios care about. Really? You know that Hollywood puts out something like 500 to 600 movies every year? (cite: statista.com) How are they creatively bankrupt when they are making hundreds of movies that aren't sequels and such? If they don't care about anything but blockbusters... why make the other 500+ movies? Did anyone actually bother with the links I provided earlier comparing 90s movies with the big hits mist of which are in the last 20 odd years. There's only a few original ones there. Your original statement was, and I quote: "Hollywood doesn't really do new movies." This is demonstrably false. The shift to "blockbusters" amounts to a moving of goalposts. I don't know that anyone's been really satisfied by the justification for that move. I think there's also a bit ...
  • 12:14 PM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Show me how to build a defender....
    That was me and yes we used AD&D pokearms in formation more than once. Henchmen. I do not think I remember seeing more than 1 or 2 henchmen ever it demonstrates how different experiences can be.
  • 11:13 AM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Show me how to build a defender....
    Just a more complex fighter with several ways to take it. The 2e Fighter *(Warrior Lord) definitely included the 4e Warlord in its banner (at least flavor wise).
  • 08:55 AM - CapnZapp quoted Zardnaar in post PF2 and the adventure day
    The set encounter design thing is a big drawback of modern D&D. Combined with the hit point attrition model it causes various issues.This is a comment that just makes the status quo out to be some goddamn god-given natural constant. It might appear sage and wise but I find it adds nothing to the discussion.
  • 07:30 AM - Hussar quoted Zardnaar in post 2e, the most lethal edition?
    The odds of thatvirc dealing 45 damage is stupidly low. 1 in 20 for the threat, then confirm it then roll a 12. It's about one in a thousand chance give or take. 1E and BECMI had giant bees, a lot higher chance to kill you at low level. Couple of points. 1. I did actually state 3e, not 3.5, so, great axes were the stat block. 2. You needed to have about 12-14 encounters (at par level) per level to gain a level. Meaning a 3 orc encounter was a CR 1 encounter - standard encounter for a 1st level party. Presume 2 rounds of combat and that's 6 attacks/encounter. Multiply by 12 and that's now 72 attacks per level. Suddenly that spike damage of 28 (ish) on the mean, which instantly kills every 1st level character, isn't all that rare. 3. Missing the point. Sure you could add in giant bees. Fair enough. But, not every encounter featured giant bees. Some did, and they would be deadly, but, some didn't. I mean, look at Keep on the Borderlands - a couple of hundred encount...
  • 05:57 AM - FrogReaver quoted Zardnaar in post Show me how to build a defender....
    Probably for you a variant human with sentinel feat plus Battlemaster Fighter. At level 4 take Polearm Master if you want to double down on the striker thing Healer If you want to double down on the leader thing The feat that grants bm dice if you want more warlord Inspiring leader if you have say 14 charisma or higher and you want a slightly different leader. Either plus one AC fighting style or duelist if you go sword and board. Are you trying to make a 4e style defender or a 4e style leader?

Sunday, 21st July, 2019

  • 11:45 PM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post 2e, the most lethal edition?
    Death from massive damage in 2E would be rare as 50 damage was difficult to inflict outside of dragon breath weapon maybe a high level thief backstab I heard this was a patch for someone leaping off of cliffs/tall towers with impunity
  • 09:14 PM - Umbran quoted Zardnaar in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    No surprise good sci fi doesn't do well on Fox. If we take the statement as largely true, the issue wasn't how well the show was doing, but production schedule. They were looking at not having new episodes until late 2020 - a year and more from now, which is a hard sell for Fox.
  • 09:06 PM - Umbran quoted Zardnaar in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    Except a lot of small movies also fail to hit 100 million. Even fewer become blockbusters but every now and then you get a Blair Witch. Yes. But "blockbuster" isn't relevant. You don't have to bust the block. You just have to outperform your production costs. Which means, you need to make *gasp* a good movie! It's also the way movies are funded. If you're an investor you probably want to go with an established franchises. This is an assertion without support. Show the logic - what can you tell us about how movies are funded? How does that lead to investors wanting to go with established franchises? "The way movies are funded," is not a magical black box you can reach into and pull out investor desires. The big box office hitsvalsi make up a stupidly high % of the yearly box office, not a lot of smaller movies. M CU alone is crazy let alone Disney overall. As already seen in the math - if all you care about is getting box office return on your production cost, single...
  • 03:59 PM - billd91 quoted Zardnaar in post 2e, the most lethal edition?
    Ah ok we played it wrong. We either carried it over from 3.0 or got it wrong in 3.0 as well. You got it wrong in 3.0 as well. But that orc's stat block in 3.0 did include the great axe (for 1d12+3). On a crit, he was extremely unlikely to roll 45 points of damage. However, on a crit, he does a mean of 28.5 points of damage. That's why he was revamped for 3.5 to use a falchion. He crits a bit more often, but with a much less extreme spike.
  • 09:05 AM - CapnZapp quoted Zardnaar in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    It won't be Paizos 4E. If it flops it will be for a different reason, it's possible there's nothing Paizo can do to compete at least at the levels they want.Though it would be interesting if you give your thoughts on the ideas of myself and others, instead of coming across as having decided ahead of time "nothing can be done"...?


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