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    Today, 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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    Today, 12:51 PM
    Eric Mona was quick to post wonder if it's marketing.
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    Today, 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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    Today, 12:43 PM
    Cheap price for collector item, hang onto it.
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    Today, 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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    Today, 12:19 PM
    An empty deodorant bottle on a white flag. Or one that's never been opened.
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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 06:32 AM
    New race though, I don't mind people wrecking their own stuff.
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    Yesterday, 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, 8th July, 2019, 12:49 PM
    Not a massive fan of horrors but 80's did that genre well. Scariest 80's movie for me was Aliens.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 09:02 AM
    I do as well but it's more 90s sci fi or atm Justified.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 08:11 AM
    Zardnaar started a thread Rewatching 80's Stuff
    Has anyone recently rewatched anything from the 80s? We recently picked up Amazon Prime in addition to Netflix and I rewatch The Highlander. I enjoyed this movie years ago probably watched it in the early 90s so haven't seen it since at least Highlander 3. It's a big ad for Queen music. It was a bit cheesy and corny. Even had a 80s training montage. Still they had a bit of character...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:30 AM
    None, have more than enough splat to last to 6E. Maybe shorter adventures or compilations of shorter adventures like the old Dungeon magazine.
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Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 09:43 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Zardnaar in post Critical Role Kickstarter Predition Game: Guess the Funding Outcome (GTFO)
    And Tazawa takes the lead! There's only 10 hours remaining, and most online prediction tools are telling us that Mort and Zardnaar are in the best position to win. (My spreadsheet, on the other hand, is stubbornly suggesting either Mistwell or Morrus for the win.) Critters are crazy, though...we likely won't know for sure until after tonight's show.
  • 03:45 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar If you clicked the Multi-Quote button on any posts, they will often remain selected and then be quoted in any future replies. You may have to go to the actual post, and deselect the Multi-Quote buttons on those posts. No 100% sure that's what's happening for you, but I've had that issue at times in the past, so that may be it.
  • 11:06 AM - Morrus mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar you're still constantly quoting my post. Another one, and I'm going to block you just to stop the notifications. Please sort out whatever the issue is with your phone.
  • 05:11 AM - pukunui mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar: How do you feel about the inconsistent travel times in the various Star Wars movies? Are you able to handwave them away with the whole “speed of plot” thing? If so, can you not also handwave away inconsistent training times as a “speed of plot” thing? Audiences have shorter attention spans these days. Ain’t nobody got time for training montages anymore! As for the chain quoting, you were advised upthread to clear your cache and close all ENWorld windows on your phone. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to just manually edit out the extraneous quoted posts.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 08:14 PM - Morrus mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar you’re still doing it. Please stop repeatedly quoting my post.
  • 05:47 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Honestly, I think when it comes to the films only, very little is codified to the extent that many seem to think. Most of it is left pretty vague. We see examples of all kinds of things, but I don't know if we need or should accept these examples as being applicable in all instances. I mean, Zardnaar says to look at what the movies show us....and I did exactly that in my breakdown above, and I came away with a very different conclusion than he does. And all that really means is that there's no one correct interpretation. You can mix and match different examples from the films and draw just about any conclusion you'd like. I think the only objective conclusion that we can draw is that we aren't given enough information to accurately state that the Force always works this way or that way, and there are never any exceptions. I do think that all the extended universe stuff is a big stumbling block for many people. All the old comics and novels and video games. They want all that stuff to "matter", and the fact that it "doesn't matter" is irksome. So they tend to be more resistant to the new material by default.
  • 02:29 PM - Maxperson mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    So now we've finally established that it *isn't* the case that lifting a rock is a higher level ability ability than aiming that torpedo, we can lay the Rey 'Mary Sue' nonsense to rest, since we've clearly and definitively now established that Luke and Anakin were just the same. Well, no. It isn't stated that lifting a rock is a higher level ability in the movies, but that doesn't mean that we have established that it isn't. We've just established that the movie doesn't specify. You're reaching a conclusion that isn't any more supported by the movies than Zardnaar's. What we do know is that Luke struggled for quite a while to learn to use his powers in Empire, and even in Return of the Jedi he wasn't able to match Vader until he also tapped the dark side. Anakin took years to learn his. Rey without any significant time or training is able to match a dark side user, which is far superior to Luke or Anakin.
  • 12:57 PM - pukunui mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    I’ve already pointed this out in Zardnaar’s last TLJ rant thread, but the only justification Rey needs for being “better” is that the Force is now awake. When the Force is awake, Force users don’t require as much training. Clearly the Force was asleep for a long time prior to Rey coming along. (It probably got bored watching a thousand generations of Jedi do the same stuff over and over again ...) As for Anakin, Yoda himself said the prophecy could have been misread. Yes, his midichlorians were off the charts, but maybe Rey’s are even more so. We don’t know since Luke didn’t bother to take a blood sample while Rey was with him. ;)

Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 04:35 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Zardnaar in post Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi argument
    Zardnaar feel free to start more Star Wars threads, but I’m not interested in arguing with diatribes about how terrible you think TLJ is. Most polls and twitter threads and such I’ve seen show more people putting LTJ in their top 3 than at the bottom and the only metric by which it “underperformed” is “compared to TFA”. By every other possible metric it hit it out of the park. And no, they don’t have to give in to fans. Fans don’t own franchises.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

  • 06:29 AM - Yaarel mentioned Zardnaar in post Think I Have Finally Figured Out How To Fix 3.5 (it took a decade)
    @Zardnaar. Huh. 1. I agree that (meaningful) player options are a good thing. But everything else you listed in your ‘good’ column is actually in my bad column. 2. Prestige classes I hate 3e prestige classes. The idea that players are required to take something worthless at low levels, in order to later gain something overpowered high levels, breaks the game in both directions. Eventually prestige classes and its power creep killed 3e. The fact that prestige classes required bad mechanics made it impossible to fix the bad mechanics of 3e. So so many stupid mechanics (like worthless skills) clogged up and petrified the 3e gaming system. Relatedly, the amount of system mastery required to benefit from overpoweredness prevented casual gamers from playing the game competently. The idea of sucking at low levels so that you can be cheesily overpowered at high levels, was a sacred cow (in the spirit of the 1e magic user class) that I am glad 4e and even 5e killed. Hopefully forever. 3. Weapons a...

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  • 02:14 AM - Hussar mentioned Zardnaar in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    The game is the source material, not any particular novel. The original D&D movie failed because it had no respect for D&D. No. The original D&D movie failed because it was total and utter crap. Poor acting, bad story, and Jeremy Irons chewing his way through every scene. It failed because it was a bad movie. Zardnaar, I'll see your 4e D&D and raise you two Blade Runner movies. Because the original Blade Runner, other than sharing some names, is most certainly NOT Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

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  • 02:39 PM - Morrus quoted Zardnaar in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    You still need a good story as well. Gosh. Man, you're on fire today!
  • 02:39 PM - Jer quoted Zardnaar in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    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. If you just looked at prior history in 2000, 10 years seems about right. The core of AD&D 1e came out over 3 years, but regardless of which year you pick (77-79) there was a roughly 10 year span until 2e was released in 1989. Then 3e was released in 2000 (though IMO that timing had as much to do with TSR's corporate struggles as it did for a "natural" span between editions). Looking at it from 2000, expecting a new release to drop roughly 10-11 years later because that was how long 1e and 2e both lasted seems reasonable. One thing about the 3.x run for D&D is that it set up some bad expectations about publication schedules. 3.0 was barely 3 years old when 3.5 was released. 3.5 lasted 5 more years before 4e was released....
  • 02:25 PM - lowkey13 quoted Zardnaar in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    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. Arnie's getting old now though. What's the other recurring thread through the Terminator movies plus TV shows? It's John Connor, and they killed him off. Oops. To many reboots are starting to fail, Aladdin did alright but box office is down across the board this year. A big problem with reboots is often the original actor helped carry the movie. Reboots can be done well such as IT and Alladin did well but the rest seem to be flops. If the age target demographic is 40 to 50 years old, then the movie has already flopped. I obviously can't speak to every place, but I know that locally, the teens will go see m...
  • 02:02 PM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    I don't think at will attack granting works in 4E but you can design a class better at it than the Battlemaster. I think Mearles actually said it was possible to make it work.. remember when a 4e Warlord does it that is his action fully spent if he had 3 attacks before ... all of those would go into it. The problem is he would need to have a really good reason to want to do that. Because the Battlemaster Chassis is striker so unless it was well outside his reach or the rogue was in a very sweet spot he is better off using those 3 himself if he could limit the quality of the attack granted like the 4e basic attack was (before essentials) spreading it to all his nearby allies then becomes an option.
  • 01:36 PM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    Marginal and even you said it was 1/3rd warlord iirc. Might have been Tony. Could have been either of us not something i would dispute much It's limited in how much Warlord it can be expected to present by being such a heavy striker. (Wasnt it you I recall who designed on a real class that might work?). The ranger in 4e could leverage feats to allow sacrificing its striker class feature to shore up partially other role support. The BO9S classes had one School which did Warlord type things too. I think the Battlemaster name actually implies the Warlord element well. If their was more follow through on (sacrificing the BM extra attacks selectively for more frequent maneuvers) that would be more follow through and having Adroit/Skillful Superiority Feat might be just the thing to do that. I think the Battlemaster also needs a set of Intellect based maneuvers so you can pick your flavor of Warlord. AND it needs a Fighting style that says Warlord. I am actually one of those who likes and thinks t...
  • 01:20 PM - trappedslider quoted Zardnaar in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    James Cameron has had sod all to do with it from the sounds of it. Mad Max was good. it looks like Cameron's producing and has had a hand in the story, with Tim Miller directing it,whose directorial debut was Deadpool. The film's writing credits, as recognized by the Writers Guild of America are screenplay by David S. Goyer & Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray; story by James Cameron & Charles H. Eglee & Josh Friedman and Goyer & Rhodes.
  • 11:21 AM - Aldarc quoted Zardnaar in post Pathfinder Second Edition: I hear it's bad - Why Bad, How Bad?
    I really think that not making Witches core was a mistake. I'm still completely in wait and see mode. I like some of the stuff in PF2, but a lot of stuff rubs me the wrong way, it feels rigid and clinic like 4e, but without core competency to go with it. Nothing I couldn't get used to, but I need to see how they handle my favorite class first to see if it is worth it.Not everything would make the cut, and it seems that Paizo wanted to keep it simpler (and reduce the page count) by going Old PHB Classes + 1 New Class. The Witch was a popular class according to Paizo, but the Alchemist gives Paizo the excuse to make alchemy rules less of an afterthought. I am also inclined to regard the Alchemist as being more unique conceptually from the Witch in terms of what it adds to the other PHB classes. One month out from launch what's out there in terms of sneak peeks?There was a scavenger hunt from PaizoCon where every attendant received a snippet of information about the final form of PF2. YouTube...
  • 07:22 AM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    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. If might be seen to derive from the Book of Nine Swords classes (Swordsage etc) the maneuver sharing was more complete in that ... the most magical ones maneuvers were directly swappable with other maneuvers.
  • 06:04 AM - Charlaquin quoted Zardnaar in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    the Battlemaster is a 4E concept No.
  • 04:46 AM - Lanefan quoted Zardnaar in post OSR Gripes
    Select your spells right low intelligence doesn't matter. Do buffing or use spells that have no saves.This assumes one can select the spells that end up in one's book. In 1e you could pick a few spells (or have them rolled random) when starting out at 1st level, but after that it was all based on what you could find (via loot) or buy or swap with other PC MUs...and you had to roll to learn each one, with low intelligence making this roll more difficult.
  • 02:53 AM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    It's an unavoidable mundane effect which is the problem. Yes in making the move after the attack made it more powerful more likely to kill a party after you gave it to every NPC because you are such a sweet person and think your NPCs are precious and cannot be tricked by mere mundanes only godling mages get that. The swordmage could have a lightning leash and explicitly have it target reflexes instead of will. I also like Warlords whose inspiration enables the heroes to recover hit points in a way that they do not go away and leave the subject dying afterwards. I even like that it is a surgical choice.
  • 02:25 AM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    Stick that ability on NPCs and start using it on PCs every combat. Ah you take the NPCs personally dont you... how much does it bother you when they die? The ability is not something easily repeatable and in practice its not likely to be used against the same enemies more than once. In 5e terms its about something you might be able to do once a short rest at 9th level.
  • 02:11 AM - Garthanos quoted Zardnaar in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    If you want a non magical/psionic version people will continue mocking it as every enemy it gets used on is an idiot. Yeh no its a combination mocking and trick where enemies see an apparently easy opening for a melee attack and are already damn near on top of you (10 bloody feat) oh my oh my how magical ... sigh

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 03:49 PM - Parmandur quoted Zardnaar in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    They didn't sustain sales for three years, 1983 was the peak with big increases 81 to 83 and a 30%drop 1984. Most estimate put it in the 1million to 1.5 million range. No one really knows 100%. Record keeping was not a TSR strong suit...
  • 10:23 AM - ccs quoted Zardnaar in post Rewatching 80's Stuff
    We don't have Hulu. You don't have it, or it's not available in NZ? Might also try NBC.com. I know it's there, but you've got to subscribe (pay) to get MV. Do they do older movies at all? (shrugs) Their blurb says thousands of movies, TV shows.... So I assume they've got something. But as I don't have a subscription I couldn't tell you how old/what.
  • 08:25 AM - ccs quoted Zardnaar in post Rewatching 80's Stuff
    Any streaming platforms have it? I think it's on Hulu. At least here in the US. I have no idea if Hulu differs based on country.
  • 06:57 AM - Morfiedev quoted Zardnaar in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    It's not red box figures but it's not to far off. Not even close, sorry. Tim Kask asked Jim Ward in 2011: Frank's Red Box set was selling 100K copies per quarter, just in the US. Both the German and the Japanese editions of the Red Box matched those numbers for several years, plus the other 8 or 9 language editions were also being sold at that time. There are significant numbers of Europeans that see Frank as the father of role-playing because it was his name on the game they learned to play. (He clarified that at this year's RopeCon in Finland.) So, if we assume those numbers for just three years, that means 1.2 million US, 1.2 million Japan and Germany, and then all of the rest will probably account for another 500 or 600K. That makes roughly 3 million just for those three years.
  • 06:56 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Zardnaar in post Rewatching 80's Stuff
    I remember the theme music but didn't watch/understand Miami Vice. Neon. Men in pastels. Men not wearing socks. Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up. Guns. Hot cars. Hotter women. A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.* Action. It was like a Patrick Nagel painting come to life. https://media.mutualart.com/Images/2018_09/10/12/120319988/0e9bbecf-0809-4c0f-9fbf-a60e4c1adec4_570.Jpeg * surprisingly, NOT Duran Duran
  • 06:44 AM - Scrivener of Doom quoted Zardnaar in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    This attitude is pernicious and wrong. The main reason that players don't want to DM is because they don't find DMing to be fun. Us weirdos who like to run the game, coming up with dozens of characters and plots, losing hundreds of battles, and generally having to play second fiddle to the "stars" of the game are the strange ones. It's like the difference between being an actor and a director - neither one is lazier than the other, they each get fulfillment from different parts of the creative process. (snip) Pernicious, eh? Players are fundamentally lazier than DMs. There is far less work to do as a player. There are fewer responsibilities, especially between sessions. Nevertheless, they're still a necessary component of the game and thus have value. (And as a DM-for-life, I'm glad they're lazy. :) ) As for the director and actor analogy, being a director means being responsible for the performance of *everybody* involved in the film; being an actor means being responsible for your own p...
  • 02:00 AM - Tony Vargas quoted Zardnaar in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    Encounter design and pacing are way easier in the OSR games as well.The classic games they imitate didn't even /have/ encounter design, so that's... odd. Not that encounter design guidelines in 5e are simple, intuitive, or, well, work, but they /exist/. 5E makes things a bit harder along with hit point inflation and damage inflation.New players don't notice 'inflation' /relative to past eds/.


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