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Saturday, 20th June, 2015

  • 05:34 AM - Rune mentioned MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    MartyW: I think perhaps you are confused about the actual purpose of the Basic D&D PDFs. They are not intended as compilations of official suplimental content. Basic is intended to: 1: be an uncluttered entry point into the game, 2: be a set of rules that enable players to use published adventures without the core books, 3: and provide a baseline to serve as the core of the game. The things you want compiled into Basic D&D would detract from two of those three goals, because their suplimental nature directly negates them. I can understand your desire to have all of that information compiled, but expecting it to be compiled into the Basic PDFs wouldn't work (and won't happen).

Friday, 6th June, 2014

  • 04:05 AM - SkidAce mentioned MartyW in post Starter Set Contents Teaser
    You weren't there, so you don't really don't have a basis of opinion on what we were playing. Theater of the Mind does not preclude the use of graph paper map sketches and lead minis (yes, they were LEAD back in my day). Theater of the Mind means that you describe your actions and movement thought the use of words, not by counting squares and moving your pawn. We didn't do map-based actions/movement. AD&D groups back then would just place our lead avatars on the table with descriptions like "Well, you are over here [marks on the paper] and Fy-Tor is about 20 feet away over here... and the monster [places lego mini-fig] is standing about here near this stalagmite... [draws on paper]..." The minis and drawings were to provide illustrative clarity, not tactical play. I agree with MartyW.

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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 08:02 PM - lyracian quoted MartyW in post Another Look at the D&D Essentials Kit
    I wrote a bit more about it here [EDIT: It was confirmed by Adam Bradford the other day on Twitter.] With a code to get it online and a discount for the PHB I may pick this up! I have the physical PHB but an online one for reference would be so much easier (depends what the discount is)

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 10:52 PM - Whizbang Dustyboots quoted MartyW in post Another Look at the D&D Essentials Kit
    By the way, for everyone else, there is nothing that says this box set will replace the Starter Set. For months now, it's been increasingly hard to find from online retailers, unless they've packaged it with other stuff to sell it at a big mark-up.

Friday, 15th February, 2019

  • 04:02 PM - Parmandur quoted MartyW in post New "Stranger Things" D&D Starter Set Announced
    Breaking news: Possibly set in Greyhawk? https://ragingowlbear.blogspot.com/2019/02/dnd-5e-stranger-things-starter-set-in.html Stan! wrote this?? Nice. Might be premature to say it is Greyhawk, since they were playing with the boxed Basic set.
  • 12:50 PM - BMaC quoted MartyW in post New "Stranger Things" D&D Starter Set Announced
    Breaking news: Possibly set in Greyhawk? https://ragingowlbear.blogspot.com/2019/02/dnd-5e-stranger-things-starter-set-in.html Thanks for posting! *conflicted feelings about this product intensify*

Friday, 7th September, 2018

  • 04:42 PM - Scary quoted MartyW in post Keep on the Shadowfell vs Reavers of Harkenwold
    I am coming into this conversation way late, so I apologize for that, but I had to comment on Reavers of Harkenwold. D&D I love Reavers of Harkenwold. It's on of my all time favorites next to the Village of Hommlet. I never ran Keep on the Shadowfell because I could see from the first reading it was going to be an utterly boring dungeon-crawl grindfest. Reavers of Harkenwold is almost exactly the opposite. It's a lot more like a Choose Your Own Adventure. You come into the first scenario to get you hooked into the plot, but after that, there are several choices. I'm not going to spoil it, but the first book is wide open. You can hit the various mini-modules in different orders. You can turn almost turn it into a sandbox (which I did). You can let the players wander around the Duchy. You can let them jump in with the rebellion right away, or stay to the sidelines until they make an enemy of the Iron Circle. What started out as a level 2-4 adventure, I turned into a multi-month low level c...

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Saturday, 28th November, 2015

  • 09:49 PM - JohnRTroy quoted MartyW in post [UPDATED AGAIN] Gary Gygax's Widow & TSR Settle Trademark Dispute
    Shame on Gail. They were at least doing something in gaming that contributes to the family name and legacy. She's just... I don't know what she's doing because she is basically preventing anyone from reprinting any of Gary's work from the post-TSR era. To be fair on this though. Gary's "legacy" doesn't depend on any of Gary's descendants including Gail. The Legacy of Gary is that he co-created D&D and was the driving force behind Greyhawk and a lot of stuff we love. And coverage of that legacy is done by biographies and game historians--sheesh, he has a very large entry on Wikipedia and has had things in science named after him. The little IP that Gary left to Gail has is probably never going to be that relevant in the large scheme of things--LA ran for a decade and it might not be worth reprinting since it wasn't a high seller, and Castle Zagyg was unfinished and was a troubled project, and Gary just died too soon. I would love to see it published someday, but I don't think the l...

Saturday, 20th June, 2015

  • 10:16 AM - Ashran quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Because it's the right thing to do for the consumer? If I'm playing those campaigns with Basic, wouldn't it be easier to house all the monsters together instead of spread across 3 to 4 PDFs? Wouldn't it be better to have all the spells together instead of spread across 3 or 4 PDFs? Nothing prevents you from making your own pdfs and compile from them (as long as you don't sell them afterwards). There are several ways to do just that (be it actually building up your pdfs with ad hoc software) or using mergers... It's time consuming I'll give you that. Btw, the do it yourself seems to be the motto of this edition. I don't personnaly mind, and in fact like it, but it seems lazy from their part. Want a new background, do it yourself, want a new sub class, again do it yourself. We even have advices for balancing all that. It gives back the power to the user, but leave little to do to the original creator of the game. So there is pro and against arguments on that.

Friday, 19th June, 2015

  • 10:12 PM - vandaexpress quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Except that those people will never download the app. If I'm not well-informed about D&D, I'm not going to know that there's a "Dragon+" app that has anything to do with D&D. Which means, the ONLY people who are downloading this app are people who already know about these things because they visit the Wizards.com site and hit social media related to D&D topics. So the target audience is apparently a group of people who will never download the app. That makes absolutely no sense... which, now that I think about it, is fairly typical of WotC's digital strategy. This guy gets it.
  • 06:44 PM - Rune quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Ahh... now I see why. The edits were so minor that it barely deserves mention. The most recent version of the Basic rules merely incorporates errata, it is not meant to be an overhaul. Hey Wizards -- How about adding the spells from HotDQ/RoT/Elemental Evil player PDFs? How about adding in the monsters too? Seriously, what are you guys doing over there all day? And why would they? Those are all campaign-specific supplements. Basic D&D is intended to be an uncluttered set of rules that can be used in place of the PH, MM, and DMG.
  • 04:11 PM - Agamon quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Anyway, as I was saying, in a perfect world, the content would be available in an HTML5 container that would have defined CSS templates for the differing formats. People on a computer could view and print it like a nicely laid out PDF. People on a mobile device could view the content without all the difficulty normally associated with viewing PDFs on small screens. . Personally, I like the split. The right format for the right content. With digital content, providers aren't limited to "everything between two covers" format that was easier to do with dead tree mags. No more finding a magazine (or a pdf, or an app) and leafing through trying to find an article to use in the game. Just a folder with UA articles that are easy to find and use. And the app works for what it is, some light reading on the phone during downtime.
  • 08:15 AM - Olaf the Stout quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Well, #$%* me with a sharp spoon. Wizards went an updated the Basic PDF rules this week. AND IT WASN'T EVEN MENTIONED IN DRAGON+... What the hell is wrong with their social media team that this wasn't all over the Dragon+ feed? Instead we get pictures of "Snowball". (sigh) EDIT: Ahh... now I see why. The edits were so minor that it barely deserves mention. Hey Wizards -- How about adding the spells from HotDQ/RoT/Elemental Evil player PDFs? How about adding in the monsters too? Seriously, what are you guys doing over there all day? Jury duty! ;):D
  • 04:44 AM - Mistwell quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    I wasn't defending the accusation. I was merely pointing out... Why, if you're not defending his point? What is the point of your reply? Astroturfing is not just paying a 3rd party for reputation management. It can also be an employee posting incognito. Which makes your prior response nonsensical...as it was purely about 3rd parties and how in those situations there is no negative bashing of competitors...but if it's an actual employee, then it would exactly as easily be an actual employee of the competitor. Particularly in a small niche industry like this one where one of the two companies involved (the one accused of astroturfing) has literally about a dozen total employees who are so swamped they can barely produce content once ONE guy goes on jury duty. Seriously, this whole discussion is ridiculous. Go ahead and take the last word in the position you're not defending for reasons of clarifying something that nobody was confused about.
  • 04:23 AM - Kramodlog quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Except that those people will never download the app. If I'm not well-informed about D&D, I'm not going to know that there's a "Dragon+" app that has anything to do with D&D. Which means, the ONLY people who are downloading this app are people who already know about these things because they visit the Wizards.com site and hit social media related to D&D topics. So the target audience is apparently a group of people who will never download the app. That makes absolutely no sense... which, now that I think about it, is fairly typical of WotC's digital strategy. (Those damn) Kids these days are always on their fancy smart phones, downloading all sort of stuff from what they call the interwebz. I've heard some of them get virtual comics and never saw one made of paper! Shear blasphemy! I swear, back in my day to get info on D&D we had to walk ten miles barefoot to get to the gaming store to get some info on up coming products.
  • 04:09 AM - Mistwell quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    Positive astroturfing is a very commonly paid practice for a business. Reputation.com isn't the only big league player in this industry (just the most well known). It's a multi-billion dollar industry because large companies (even one like Hasbro) do use these methods. Unless you are a politician, negative astroturfing is almost unheard of. It only occurs during political campaigns when you get Super PACs working against a candidate. It's not worth the money to try to tarnish a competitor's business, but it is often worth the money to try to polish your own business image online (depending on the product). Again, I'm not saying there was any of that going on here at all. I'm just following the logic trail of the original poster. Except both competitors are known to read and post here, so all that general information isn't really applicable to this specific issue. He's not saying some third party was paid to post positive stuff, he is saying a WOTC employee who reads these boards pos...

Thursday, 18th June, 2015

  • 11:42 PM - Agamon quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    If that were actually the case, the app would be waaaaay better than it is. I'd love to see articles like Arcana Unearthed show up in the "magazine" Though I think they could maybe improve the content somewhat, I personally wouldn't care for this. I wouldn't want gaming material tucked away inside a cumbersome app. I hope they stick to fluffy read-and-done articles.
  • 11:35 PM - Mistwell quoted MartyW in post DRAGON+ Now Available For Ratings
    He wasn't harping on the person for having a low post count. He was making the assumption that the low post count (in addition to the inferred cheerleading) might be evidence of astroturfing (like a Reputation.com poster or WotC employee). I don't agree that it was astroturfing, but the critique was not about the number of posts. If that is the logic...then why would we trust his post given it's subject to the same criticism? Couldn't he be presumed to work for a competitor and have a vested interest in bashing Wizards? Mind you, I think the logic is deeply flawed - but if you accept it at face value, then he's the last person that should be making that comment.

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

  • 12:26 AM - Hussar quoted MartyW in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    Don't move the goal posts of the debate just because you were mistaken. One poster said essentially, "Hey, why only Andriod and iOS and not the web?" and you guys have repeatedly used "It will be on the web! See? It says so right here!" But you are not correct based on the tweet posted (https://twitter.com/Wizards_DnD/status/593899258538897408). Whether you can run an Android app on Windows or a iOS app on a Mac through some emulator is not relevant to the point being debated, because the original poster was asking "Why isn't it available on the web?" It isn't and won't be unless Wizards changes their minds based on user feedback. Nope. No one has said it will be on the web. What has been said is that you can read the articles on your desktop if you like. It most likely won't be on the web. CaptnZapp is the one who said he was "forced" to use a smart phone. That's not true since you can read apps on a desktop. You're the one who insisted (and even blogged) th...

Monday, 4th May, 2015

  • 07:38 PM - lkj quoted MartyW in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    Don't move the goal posts of the debate just because you were mistaken. One poster said essentially, "Hey, why only Andriod and iOS and not the web?" and you guys have repeatedly used "It will be on the web! See? It says so right here!" But you are not correct based on the tweet posted (https://twitter.com/Wizards_DnD/status/593899258538897408). Whether you can run an Android app on Windows or a iOS app on a Mac through some emulator is not relevant to the point being debated, because the original poster was asking "Why isn't it available on the web?" It isn't and won't be unless Wizards changes their minds based on user feedback. I'm not interested in getting involved in the debate. But it should be said that it doesn't appear (to me) that they are saying they've decided not to do it and have to be convinced otherwise. Rather they are considering ways to do it and haven't settled on their final plan in that regard. (So could be 'all', 'none', or 'some') AD
  • 05:47 PM - Hussar quoted MartyW in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    You may need to polish up on your American English, Russ. :D But, again, YOU CAN USE ANDROID APPS ON WINDOWS. Good grief, it's been repeated at least four times in this thread. Look, if someone heard about these Dragon+ apps, and didn't have a smart phone (presuming the Android App has been released - if that turns out to be vapourware, then fair enough, criticise all you like) and wanted to see them, what would they do? Would they immediately throw up their hands and say, "Well, crap, I don't have an iPhone or an Android, so, I guess I'm SOL"? Or would they do a TEN SECOND google search and find the answer? I had no idea about the reader thing. Honest I didn't. I happened to see it when I clicked your links. But, if I was using Chrome, meaning that I'm at least somewhat Internet savvy, wouldn't you immediately do a google search for "How do I read Dragon+ articles on a desktop machine"? Or, "How do I read an app on Windows"? Which will bring you to this thread and the answe...


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