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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    I don't see D&D doing that well in a lot of countries for various reasons. 1. It's an American game. By that I mean you kill stuff and it's kinda violent 2. It's based on European myth, legends and history. 3. Cultural awareness. D&D isn't really a thing in a lot of countries. They won't get references in shows like Stranger Things. Nor will they care. 4. Cultural differences in...
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    2E was designed to be backwards compatible. 2,E characters in 1E adventures will die slightly more often. 2E had killer dungeons and well but they're not as well known as the 1E ones. More people played 1E as well so the 1E adventures are played as lot more. 2E fighters got weapon specialization built in, 1E ones didn't but generally 1E PCs are more powerful than 2E. Objectively...
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    Size modfiers vs large critters longswords deal 1d12, shortswords 1d8
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    That's reasonable.
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    Yesterday, 01:37 PM
    1E adventures were harder. 2E adventures were narrative heavy. Not many were actually good and most of them are in Dungeon.
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    Eric Mona was quick to post wonder if it's marketing.
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    Yesterday, 12:46 PM
    Nah probably buy the PDF if it's cheap like pf1 and see what I think. Not a fan of the 3 action system.
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    Yesterday, 12:43 PM
    Cheap price for collector item, hang onto it.
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    4E the main problem IMHO was the class/role design or the 4E playstyle it enabled. A lot if 4E stuff would work fine in other D&D games.
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    An empty deodorant bottle on a white flag. Or one that's never been opened.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 AM
    1E may be deadlier due to adventure design but if you designed like that in 2E you would be just as dead.
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    Yesterday, 07:45 AM
    Weapon specialization and increased weapon dice. 1d12+2 and 1d8+2. Max damage 24 Round two. Extra attack with longsword. 1d12+2 max damage 38 a round. Two rounds 52 damage. Dart specialists could also put out around 4 or 5:attacks.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:47 AM
    Yeah Lenders are more or less the worst race ever. Never really like DL as a Gameworld and it's a bit meh in terms of novels, way to hit or miss and even in the 90s the main DL novels hadn't aged well IMHO. Krynn needs to be interdicted both in Spelljammer and Planescape. Keep Lenders there.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:32 AM
    New race though, I don't mind people wrecking their own stuff.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:09 AM
    In other circumstances I would have pre-ordered already. I kind of need an alternative where character building is less cumbersome and fiddly than PF, but I want a little more that what 5e gives. I want to like PF2, but I need to see the finalized rules before committing to it.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:45 PM
    Zardnaar replied to Double Dash
    Sure seems fine RAI and RAW.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:41 PM
    Never seen a Dwarf wizard since 3.0. Actually did see more in 2E as some settings had them. Didn't see a lot if wizards in 3E, 50/50 in 5E it seems. Not seeing many fighters either outside that one guy.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:41 PM
    Dragonlance had a unique race and it treated Gnomes as a joke.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:09 PM
    In 5E virtually every new player regardless of ability score generation tends to match up their main racial bonus with their class. This means unless your race has a plus 2 whatever orcare the variant human you will never see a Dwarf Wizard for example. Back in AD&D you had racial restrictions and ability score negatives but you would often see races in classes where they lacked a...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:57 PM
    It's kind of a problem with kitchen sink settings. Let everything in nothing stands out. If you just add a few races or even 1 they stand out more. Kender and Warfirged for example. Gnomes are generally seen as a joke race. I blame Dragonlance.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:33 AM
    It's easy, video streaming and even pop up video adds. I use wireless a lot but sometimes forget to use data. One month my wife and myself used 490 GB. We stream every thing though, plus gaming etc. Downloading a single game off EA access or Xbox gamepads can also be 100GB. Satellite dish also got knocked back in 2011 or so and have had no reception since then. And sometimes we...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:45 AM
    RPGs live and die by their setting. Only D&D can afford to go "setting agnostic" (and that is barely) by virtue of its size and prominence. Without a strong setting a random RPG is but a set of bland mechanics, and if it's fantasy themed, it is just a heartbreaker. For identity purposes World of Darkness is Storyteller, Freedom City is M&M, and Golarion is Pathfinder. Yes, other settings can work...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:32 AM
    I knew you were joking but some lines shouldn't be crossed. Being compared to Highlander 2 is one of them. I would almost retain your services. You could sue yourself.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:28 AM
    That's rough. I don't think we can call it one way or another. That playtest just left such a bad taste though.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 08:54 AM
    Better balanced as well due to lower power curve.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 08:12 AM
    That's why I think a post apocalyptic setting is the way forward. This will be the 7th time travel back assassin thing? Or 6th Salvation had no time travel.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:53 AM
    Hey I'm tempted to start naming NPCs after forum members. I have this Gnome Paladin named L.. erm nevermind.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:54 AM
    He got the door open.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 05:39 AM
    Yeah you big boss is a bit on the east side. Still about ten times better than what I can put together, I don't have the desktop publishing skills. Haven't got around to running it as megadungeons don't seem to be to popular these days. I didn't realise you put it together until after I bought it and saw it in your signature.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:50 AM
    Ideally I would have ability modifiers not affecting skill bonus by themselves, I would rather high ability bonuses helped you have higher proficiency levels faster. Edit: An on topic, this isn't necessarily a judgment of value, what I got from the playtest was that PF2 somehow managed to have the bad parts of 4e without the good stuff. I'm still on the fence on whether to give it some of my...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:43 AM
    Sarcosanct you did a good job with Felk More, printed it out and got it bound up.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:13 AM
    My cool story. We were playing X8 Drums on Fire Mountain. There was a puzzle involving carvings of dancing figures. To open the door you have to reenact the dance sequence and fill in the missing blanks. Missing blank type puzzles were also in 80s game books I played when I was 10 or so. Anyway I printed out the dance sections and gave it to my players. One of them was a bit more...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 01:31 AM
    I don't care if people don't like OSR games. I play 5E as that's what everyone plays. Happy the play OSR and would sign up. Not going to stand on a soapbox and claim it's the greatest thing ever. Don't like it that's fine don't play. My D&D KGB aren't going to turn put a gun to your head and drag you off to the OSR gulag and make you play. It's not for everyone and that's fine.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:47 PM
    Main reason is no Gnome Paladin's dual wielding rapiers. I've run 2E for modern gamers and they've enjoyed it. There's a 16 yo at the FLGS running 5E Planescape. Mechanics not the best, playstyle is still fun.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I never said I wanted the Alchemist gone. All I said was leaving Witches out of core was a bad decision. I only speak for myself in this. The choice to make bards occult made what it means to be occult confusing -seriously, it is a conversation in the Paizo forums-
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:09 PM
    Cheers, wasn't treating it as spoilers as idk how reliable they are and treated it as scuttlebutt.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:04 PM
    Neutral gonna see what the reviews say. Genysis was the only one I didn't see at the theatre. And T1 bit young in 84.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:53 PM
    The young girl is apparently John's replacement and he dies at the start. According to leaks from test screenings could be BS. Robots are not Skynet some new company. If they pull the old variant timeline thing meh, Skynet being replaced could make sense depending on their storytelling. Especially if the Terminators develop free will or can break their programming.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:47 PM
    I was referring more to 2019. The box office is down, quite a few flops. Shaft Hellboy Men in Black Dark Phoenix Just off the top of my head.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:15 PM
    I think it is a glaring omission because: a) The witch is important in Golarion (the most common non-divine caster) and b) the witch is an obvious primary occult caster, by not having it the bard was square pegged into the tradition and as a primary caster at the expense of other stuff. (IMO primal or arcane fitted better for the bard)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:50 PM
    I don't go because I'm not into the MCU. We used to go a lot. The young people aren't going either for these reboots. Sure PR might claim they're aiming movies at everyone but that means you're really targeting no one. A few might be exceptions to that MCU, old Star Wars, Disney animated films in the (90's), Pixar 5+ years ago. MCU is an exception to basically everything. Movies...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:41 PM
    Hey I'm 40, last movie I paid for was erm Detective Pikachu. Don't ask.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:33 PM
    Depends if they're marketing nostalgia but the target audience is younger crowd makes little sense. I think that's why they're getting so many flops lately. They're rebooting 80s and 90s franchises but trying to aim them at the wrong crowds. If you're young most won't care to much about Arnie or Linda so why use them in trailers. Men in Black no Will Smith. Young ones don't have the...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:46 PM
    I designed a rough Warlord chassis, it's a lot of work converting a full 4E class. I would probably covert stuff a little bit different than 4E fans mostly due to ogl/gsl. The Warlock I think can be used as a template for 4E classes tweaking things like hit dice etc as required. I don't think at will attack granting works in 4E but you can design a class better at it than the Battlemaster.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:36 PM
    Producers don't have much to do with the actual movie, that's more the director and the writers. Depends on how hands on he is I suppose but that's more directors job.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:58 AM
    James Cameron has had sod all to do with it from the sounds of it. Mad Max was good.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:59 AM
    Salvation is more average than outright bad. Genesys is outright bad IMHO. One problem is T2 is so damn good anything else is going be meh in comparison. Still think T3 is a lot better than people give it credit for. Enjoyed it a month or so ago. Another problem is it's hard to come up with original Terminator s all the time. I don't think they need to though the Sarah Connor Chronicles...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:43 AM
    Playtest was a mess/awful. Played a lot better than it looked. I think I can see what they were trying to do but I had seen something similar and better with Star Wars Saga. As far as I could see they were going for unified class progression with alternate class features via options. So negative playtest experience plus awful outdated art that kind of looked bad in 2008/9 on 4E and...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:36 AM
    Marginal and even you said it was 1/3rd warlord iirc. Might have been Tony. It's not the only example though. You can build the warlock like a 4E one or 3E one. 4E races are there but optional, so are 4E type feats like sentinel and martial healing. Simple fighter champion, complex one Battlemaster. Throw in the optional rules like short rests being 5 minutes or weapon speeds....
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:13 AM
    It might not be what hardcore 4E players want but concept wise it's not really any other edition. It's only 1/3rd warlord.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:51 AM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    I was talking about 5E. Not clear in my post. Basic things like finding spells, and xp for gp buff exploration pillar.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:46 AM
    I think people took it to literally. A AD&D Druid is a land Druid, the Battlemaster is a 4E concept, a thief is your AD&D one etc.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:30 AM
    Lol what an idiot.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:24 AM
    Linda kicks ass but she hasn't been in much of the franchise. I don't care about John Connor actor 6 I do care about John Connor the character. Lena Headey also did Sarah Connor and did it really well. Lena is awesome though. There's TV show was better than a few of the movies. Summer Glau and Shirley Manson also were cast as Terminators. Rewatched T3 and Salvation recently. T3 I...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:45 AM
    Lightning leash makes sense in a D&D world. In world's where supernatural abilities exist it's no big deal if people use psionics, magic, the force etc. It's an unavoidable mundane effect which is the problem. As I said if you like that sort of thing it's fine but that's why it gets mocked. A flaming sword is no big deal in D&D land.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:16 AM
    Stick that ability on NPCs and start using it on PCs every combat. See if if you have any players left after a month or two. Forced anything in D&D no save doesn't tend to go down well. Minor damage maybe like magic missile.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:13 AM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    Select your spells right low intelligence doesn't matter. Do buffing or use spells that have no saves.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:05 AM
    Come and Get it's effects can also be redonevas magical in nature since in 5E you have a magical fighter. If you want a non magical/psionic version people will continue mocking it as every enemy it gets used on is an idiot. If you like that sort of thing it's fine, but that's why people laugh at it.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:33 AM
    The dreaded word reshoot and negative reactions to test screenings are doing the rounds. Seems to me they made two more big mistakes. 1. Identify your core audience. If you like Terminator you probably like Terminator 2. Your age target demograph is probably 40 to 50 years old. T2 was 1991. 2. Failing to identify what makes Terminator tick. Arnie as the T-800 is a big part of that....
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:01 AM
    4E was functionally out if print by 2011. Still combine that with the start of the 4E phb about the next decade it seems the assumption is 10 years for a D&D edition. Spitting out 3 editions in 7 or 8 years doesn't work as they did 3 editions of Star Wars as well.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:29 PM
    That ship has long sailed, and sank. Nobody survived, and there's nothing left of the shipwreck...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:20 PM
    It all depends on context, it isn't a clear cut black and white issue. In this particular context doesn't matter that badly. But for example, in 5e what's core and what isn't does matter. I still can't have an aasimar divine soul in AL for example, because neither is core! Core matters, some DMs play with core-only. Some groups demand core-only. Core classes/races receive more attention from...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:14 PM
    I created you a 1st level character. Encountered a wight, level 0 sorry you died.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:31 AM
    Zardnaar started a thread OSR 5E Greyhawk
    Campaign Idea MCMLXXVII Party like it's 1977-85. I haven't run anything for over a year due to death in family. Using 1E PHB Racial and alignment restrictions No feats Ability Score Generation
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:35 AM
    IDK if you can get it here. I assume you can. That one time you start missing the olde video store.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:46 AM
    We don't have Hulu. Do they do older movies at all?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:06 AM
    Any streaming platforms have it?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:05 AM
    I remember the theme music but didn't watch/understand Miami Vice.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:54 PM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    You know warlock spells recharge on a short rest? At level 11 you probably get 9 5th level spells a day assuming 2 short rests.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 01:28 PM
    That chart doesn't really do the fighter many favors. 1. It's level 11, big pick up for fighter. What does level 5 to 10 look like. 2. It's the Battlemaster, the most front loaded overall best fighter until level 15 or so. It's a marginal increase in damage at a level a lot of games won't make it to and the Paladin is still better overall because if everything else it's does. The...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:11 PM
    WarGames sounds familiar. Mathew Broderick? Anyone remember D.A.R.Y.L?
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:08 PM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    Plan A drop food. Plan B drop the other person. NPCs surrendering often meant volunteers for trap finding.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:54 AM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    I went back and played old adventures for training basically.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:51 AM
    Already own it, dead tree version on Amazon was $5. Just wondering what you thought of it. The free Adventures are also good.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:45 AM
    I don't like car games as a general rule but Forza is great.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:41 AM
    I'm scared to rewatch any of those shows. I used to love Airwolf, I guess it's terrible now. Movies age better it seems. Wouldn't mind seeing the Quartermann movies again. Just put on Ghost Busters. No Kickboxer on NZ Netflix.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 06:59 AM
    Zardnaar replied to OSR Gripes
    People have different tastes. Don't like it don't play it's fairly simple. If you are somewhat competent it's hard to die in 5E. Throw in whack a mole bonus action healing it gets boring after a while.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 01:57 AM
    Maybe I should start charging lol. Locally DM shortage but there's also a gap age wide. A few oldies like me in late 30s early 40s and a heap college age ( who are mostly broke). Shortage of reliable DMs might be more accurate. Most can't afford a phb. The DM charging is in Seattle or somewhere like that? His clients were Google staff iirc.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 03:43 PM
    It's not red box figures but it's not to far off. Starter set has sold more than every edition except red box and 1E phb. And Keep on the Border Lands. Depending on how many phb sold it's not quite peak D&D but it's close that depending on what metric they are using they could at least make that argument. No one knows exact red box figures but if they can keep up sales they will hit...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 12:10 PM
    The Highlander is action right? Married with Children episode 8. Poor Buck having to eat marshmellows. Still have a soft spot for Lamborghini Contact and MiG 29s.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:27 AM
    Went for utility and there's plenty of melee in the party. Also I missed it/ hadn't planned on level 6. Only now thinking about level 4.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:12 AM
    How are you finding Basic Fantasy?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:07 AM
    Old BSG is kind of terrible. New one had a few decent episodes but tailed off in later seasons. Would like to see Mac Gyver again I was allowed to stay up an extra hour to watch it.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:02 AM
    Old school. If I'm not getting hit with energy drain I'm mostly happy. We haven't been to town so it's a bit absurd to expect easy access to rituals.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 06:31 AM
    I don't mind. New DM wasn't there session one, and only played 4 sessions. He's not going out of his way to screw me over or anything.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:24 AM
    I am level 3. Only have the rituals I started with. LMoP haven't found any yet.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 03:39 AM
    I have a few rituals but not level 5 yet. I'm not primarily focused on healing. Still took Eldritch blast plus agonising blast. Only took the healer feat due to party composition.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 02:49 AM
    Zardnaar started a thread Celestial Warlocks?
    What are people's thoughts on the celestial warlock. I have one and I built it for utility, tome lock, healer feat lots of cantrips, bonus action healing. It's spells are not very exciting but for what I wanted it does very well. Damage is ok hex plus agonising blast. Weak at AoEs relative to the fiend. Generally I like it, probably wouldn't play it again any time soon though.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:14 AM
    Probably more spell slots, more efficient healing spells and tweaking buff spells so there's more than bless and spiritual guardians being used. Right now they have lost the healing much thing to Druids (life clerics might be an exception) and you have things like Celestial Warlock and that healer Druid who are better at bonus action brevival as the in effect get 4 free healing words built in....
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:07 AM
    5E, but getting a hankering for 2E as some of the new players want to try Spelljammer of all things. If you're allowing clones to count you should probably allow Pathfinder to count since it's really a 3.5 clone.
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Monday, 16th June, 2014

  • 05:33 AM - Scrivener of Doom mentioned Zardnaar in post What If? Marketing D&D in Asia
    Zardnaar, Thanks for your reply. In relation to potential and your comment about an absent middle class, most Asian nations actually do have a significant middle class even if it is not as wealthy as say the middle class in Australia, NZ, or some of the European nations (or the US when it had a significant middle class). Sure, the Philippines doesn't really have a middle class - generations of massive corruption a real unemployment rate of around 60% will do that to you - but Singapore certainly does. Anyway, looking at question 1 after a little bit of thought, I wonder if the answer lies in using TTRPGs as a means of teaching English? I know there are a few English teachers in Asia who post here and on RPG.net from time to time who use it with their students. Hopefully one or more of them will contribute their thoughts.

Saturday, 30th November, 2013

  • 10:51 AM - Minigiant mentioned Zardnaar in post Beyond Old and New School - "The Secret That Was Lost"
    @pemerton I more or less agree. I find many people play 4e because it is a high herioc game and/or if is very player informative, two traits with indie origins from the time that came before it. @Mercurius That was the issue with D&D, period. The settings or the mechanics of any edition got in the way for a lot of gamers. Every edition was fixable with houserules but the amount of work varied and was discouraging after a point. Each edition has its own set of tropes, preferences, and D&Disms which favored some playstyles. Many splatbooks contain things created because the base systems don't let ideas invokes by the game don't work in the base system (such as the ranger or assassin). Like pemerton said, 4e was the edition best suited for Excalibur and LotR heroic play. If gave all the tools to play a certain play without relying on the DM to create a rule, making a subsystem, or judging your way. At the same time, it pushed out other styles of play. @Zardnaar I think you missed the point. The point was that the game gave access another playstyle, a more indie, heroic fantasy, player perspective style. The idea was they you roleplayed knowing almost everything your PC could do and were playing a very heroic game. It wasn't stupid, just different. Very different. Just like for decade, the rules for half elves, rangers, charisma, and other things were different than I would have like. When I first encounter them, I did call it "stupid" to purposely print a bad race, force an alignment on a class, or have ability scores that did almost nothing for most PCs. But later I realized it was a different style of play.


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Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

  • 05:41 PM - Herschel quoted Zardnaar in post Beyond Old and New School - "The Secret That Was Lost"
    So much wrong with this post. We couldn't make it past level 7 in 4E before we gave up at the sheer stupidity of the mechanics. Even in BECMI we managed better than that. Maybe the mechanics were not where the problem exists. A whole lot of people seemed to like and use them just fine.
  • 03:16 AM - MerricB quoted Zardnaar in post Exclusive D&D Next Campaign available at Gen Con Only
    Still looks bad though. WoTC has been adamant about the no reprint list for magic and selling something as an exclusive and then selling it later seems a bit dodgy. You know something else? Wizards have been doing cards on the reprint list in digital form for years. The printed product is *still* a GenCon exclusive. And, honestly, I thought they looked bad for making it exclusive.
  • 03:07 AM - Mistwell quoted Zardnaar in post Exclusive D&D Next Campaign available at Gen Con Only
    Still looks bad though. WoTC has been adamant about the no reprint list for magic and selling something as an exclusive and then selling it later seems a bit dodgy. Seems like a majority of people talking about it are happy that WOTC responded to the fans who really wanted this by changing their mind and releasing it. So, maybe it looks bad to the few who wanted it to be exclusive, while simultaneously looking good to the many who wanted it to be available?
  • 01:50 AM - Morrus quoted Zardnaar in post Exclusive D&D Next Campaign available at Gen Con Only
    A lawyer could have fun with that. Mistwell is a lawyer.

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

  • 08:58 PM - DMKastmaria quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    Yeah there is no OSR Pathfinder. DCC did manage to break the top 5 RPG sales in late 2012 (ICV2). Not sure what the largest retroclones are atm but I suspect C&C and DCC are the 2 larger ones. Some 3rd and 4E players seem to have gone OSR as well as I know I am not the only one. Given the strong DIY ethos among OSR DM's and cross-pollination between the clones & TSR era rulesets, the idea of a "dominant" OSR game kinda misses the point of what a lot of people are doing. I own print copies of 9 retro & neo clones and usually run 1e, S&W or my own version of OS D&D, which cribs from multiple sources. All in all, that's not atypical. Hearing DM's saying things like "Well, I'm running S&W right now, but it's so heavily houseruled and mashed up with other sources, that I don't really call it that, anymore," is par for the course.

Sunday, 1st December, 2013

  • 06:37 PM - fjw70 quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    Well some OSR fans do not like 3rd ed but I did not see much negativity towards OSR from the 3rd ed fans as most of them seemed to have played OSR games. This was back in 2001/2002 though 2007/8 caused a mass splintering it seems. Well back in 2001/2002 (for what I understand) there weren't a lot of people playing OSR games. There were some but it seems to have been in isolated groups. So for practical purposes there was one dominate D&D group: 3e. When 4e came around the fracturing that had already begun widened into 3 main groups (OSR, 3.x, and 4e) and 4e started becoming bombarded from all sides and many 4e people lashed back with equal vitriol. So what I am saying is that its not that the 4e people were nastier, but that 4e came out when everyone was getting nastier.
  • 05:44 PM - fjw70 quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    No some of the extreme 3rd ed fans were just as bad. I did lurk on various 4th ed forums for a long time though and they were busy running down pre 4th ed usually 3rd ed. Back in 2001/2002 I do not recall the same hatred shown towards 2nd ed on 3rd ed boards. When I first started getting back into D&D in 2007 (after playing last in 1989) all the edition warring and negativity I saw was coming from OSR fans and was directed at 3.5. So just as people started going back to the older editions 4e was released and the 3.5/OSR rift that was already started (and was very ugly) accelerated and another rift was created with the 4e group and things got even uglier on every side.
  • 03:43 PM - TwoSix quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    I never really got hostility towards older D&D from the 3rd ed players. It kind of spread via the 4vengers on the WoTC site though who generally belittled every other version of D&D that was not 4E. Back in 2001 on the WoTC forums 3rd ed was the new thing but I do not recal a large amount of negativity towards AD&D/BECMI. You really don't like 4e, huh? Not only are we playing a bad game, we're responsible for the community being divisive?

Saturday, 30th November, 2013

  • 10:22 AM - pemerton quoted Zardnaar in post Beyond Old and New School - "The Secret That Was Lost"
    So much wrong with this post. We couldn't make it past level 7 in 4E before we gave up at the sheer stupidity of the mechanics. Even in BECMI we managed better than that. The dissatisfaction with 4e that I read on these boards, at least, most often relates not to its excess of description but rather its lack thereof - eg what is happening when Come and Get It is used, or when an attack does damage on a miss? - and to its indie-style transparency ("player entitlement"). <snip> 4e <snip> restores FitM to many parts of the gameI don't seem to have been wrong at least in the bits I've reposted. Also, how does one play an Excalibur-like game using Moldvay Basic?

Thursday, 28th November, 2013

  • 12:49 AM - TwoSix quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    There are over 20 OSR type clones and retro games now. Oh, there's way more than that. There's a thread on RPG.net where someone is collating links to OSR games, there's over a hundred at this point.
  • 12:12 AM - Jester David quoted Zardnaar in post What Has Caused the OSR Revival?
    The 1st few clones AFAIK started to pop up in the 3.5 era (2004 for Castels and Crusades?) but they seem to have exploded in number over the last 2-3 years. So is the revival an alliance between the grogs who stuck with TSR era players married to an influx of 3rd and even 4th ed players due to the fracturing of the fanbase. Or a number of grogs being larger or better organized than they were a few years ago or something else? I think there are a few factors. First, there are the people who didn't like 4e but wanted something other than 3e (or Pathfinder when it came out). Second, the changes of 4e sparked a bit of nostalgia. As the song goes, you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. After the changes of 4e a lot of fans might have suddenly realized they liked certain mechanics or bits of flavour. Third, there was PF itself showing people it was possible to play D&D without actually playing the latest edition. This helped validate OSR games as a viable option. Fourth, the growth ...

Monday, 25th November, 2013

  • 07:26 AM - Tom Strickland quoted Zardnaar in post What rules would you like to see come back in 5E?
    Yup I think we had a Paladin and his holy avenger crit a fellow party member. My gaming group has an informal, legendary "badge of honor (infamy)" called: belonging to the "Double Ought Club" [as in buckshot] and referring to one party member inadvertently slaying a fellow member by fumbling and then crit'ing with the "00" highest possible result: 1. Threatening a fumble (roll a 1 on d20) 2. Confirming that fumble with a follow-up straight d20 roll which is the penalty to yet another roll: a DC 10 DEX check (so a 1 then 1 is piddly, but a 1 then 20 is bad even at higher levels for agile characters) 3. Rolling on any of several convenient Fumble charts/tables where there is an option to: Roll to hit Friend/Ally (which is different from charts that say you have an automatic critical hit) 4. Threatening a critical hit against that (sometimes randomly determined) party member (even if not adjacent, because, after all, this is some strange twist of fate during the heat of battle) 5. Confirming sai...

Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

  • 03:50 AM - MJS quoted Zardnaar in post What rules would you like to see come back in 5E?
    Not to many AD&D players familiar with Combat and Tactics/Spells and Magic I suppose. Not so much, but crit tables were very common in early days way before 2E. They are fun, but they do run characters through a meat grinder. As adolescents we loved our crits and fumbles. Warhammer fumble, dwarf hits paladin's groin...still funny to this day...

Friday, 22nd November, 2013

  • 09:26 PM - Shemeska quoted Zardnaar in post Anyone know what these are?
    Thanks Shemeska. Good to see you around assuming you are the same Shemeska from the WoTC boards from a long time ago, font of all Planescape knowledge. Are the books worth anything or did I get ripped off at $3 a piece? One and the same. I rarely post on WotC's forums anymore, but I'm still here on Enworld, Paizo's forums, and a few other places. I stand corrected about it being 10 books, not 8, but at $3 a piece, you paid much less than I did to collect the set I have on Ebay. Except for several I still had from when I was a kid, I think I dropped anywhere from $10-$25 (per set of 2 books) for mine.
  • 06:07 AM - Falling Icicle quoted Zardnaar in post What rules would you like to see come back in 5E?
    If D&DN tanks hopefully they realize killing off sacred cows is a bad idea. It was something the 3E team was aware of and Monty talked about it in Dragon. 3e tanked? That's news to me.
  • 05:25 AM - Falling Icicle quoted Zardnaar in post What rules would you like to see come back in 5E?
    Cleric domains/spheres. So there will be some spells that sit in a universal domain/sphere that all Clerics get, but the othere domains/spheres that Clerics do/don't get access to are determined by the god that they worship. I want a Cleric of Pelor and a Cleric of Kord to have more differences than the holy symbol they carry and the domain spells they can cast. They should feel and play differently. +1. Two priests that worship two very different deities should have very different spell lists, not 95% of the same spells plus a few domain spells. Real vancian spell casting and scaling by level spells. I really want this too... I almost can't believe that nearly nobody cares, that the current spellcasting rules aren't as vancian as they used to be. This to me is one of the defining mechanics of D&D, meaning that it's a huge part of the shared experience of playing D&D (for about 34 years) rather than another rules system, but sadly WotC did not include it in the list of defining mechanica...
  • 05:05 AM - Echohawk quoted Zardnaar in post Anyone know what these are?
    Are the books worth anything or did I get ripped off at $3 a piece? Echohawk ought to be able to tell you if they are worth anything. They aren't particularly rare or valuable, but they look like they are in decent shape, so I certainly don't think you got ripped off at $3 each. (I paid a lot more for a couple of mine.) There are actually ten books in the One-on-One series, not eight as Shemeska indicated, but only eight of the ten are AD&D books; the other two (The Fantastic Four vs. Doctor Doom in The Doomsday Device and Daredevil and Kingpin in The King Takes a Dare) are based on Marvel characters, which TSR held the game product licence for at the time. There's a full list of the titles in the series here.

Thursday, 21st November, 2013

  • 08:04 PM - the Jester quoted Zardnaar in post A lesson I hope WotC learns from Paizo (with regards to 5E)
    Technically yes but it was after the WoTC buy out. Ahh, gotcha! I actually never saw that starter set, just ads and pictures. :(
  • 07:57 PM - the Jester quoted Zardnaar in post A lesson I hope WotC learns from Paizo (with regards to 5E)
    WoTC made a good starter set once and it was sold for $10. It was for AD&D though in 1999 and the silver anniversary. Wasn't that TSR?
  • 08:37 AM - Li Shenron quoted Zardnaar in post What rules would you like to see come back in 5E?
    I would really like to see 1E/2E initiative rules come back, complete with rerolled initiative each round, segment casting, time, and weapon speed. This would certainly make for a nice interesting module. If only re-rolled initiative is wanted, it can also be a simple, immediate house rule. Templates. I second this. They should be quite easy to design, the key point is the evaluation of how much they are worth (i.e. how to "pay" for a template, and how much XP/level increase it's worth when applied to a monster). Real vancian spell casting I really want this too... I almost can't believe that nearly nobody cares, that the current spellcasting rules aren't as vancian as they used to be. This to me is one of the defining mechanics of D&D, meaning that it's a huge part of the shared experience of playing D&D (for about 34 years) rather than another rules system, but sadly WotC did not include it in the list of defining mechanical elements, so as a consequence, keeping it in 5e was no...


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