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Friday, 21st August, 2015

  • 06:01 PM - Scrivener of Doom mentioned Barantor in post Atoms versus Electrons: eBooks and Roleplaying Games (Part 1)
    I never thought I would say/type this, but I've become an electrons-guy for almost all of my reading. Like you, Barantor, buying a smaller tablet - a Google Nexus - was the catalyst for basically switching over (practically) all my reading to ebooks. RPGs really started me on this track when I started filling out the missing bits of my FR collection with the first batch of PDFs some 15 or so years ago and the realisation, "Wow, I can search these!" I still enjoy a real book, but they simply cannot compete with the convenience of being able to read anywhere and also when the lights are off. Also, living in a Third World country where electricity can be unreliable, it's nice to know that even if I cannot charge the Nexus, I've still got a solid 4 hours I can read it at night.

Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

  • 08:52 PM - pukunui mentioned Barantor in post Lost Mine - Wyvern Tor
    wedgeski: That's one of the reasons I particularly like the idea of having the PCs meet a lone orc who isn't interested in fighting. If they can get him talking, they can find out what to expect. So did both you and Barantor just make up the terrain as you went along?

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Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 07:51 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Barantor in post Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items
    Ring Mail has been said to be mostly for NPCS, I believe by either Mearls or Crawford, not really for PCs to use as it's pretty crap. I think they really missed an opportunity with not having a clear mundane gear upgrade path, with starting gear generally being the worse options. They hint at it with Splint Mail and Plate but really should have done the same thing with some of the better weapons and other armor, making the mundane but definitely much nicer weapons cost a lot. Saving for better gear is a HUGE motivator for many players and opportunity for people to savor at lower to medium levels. Using the cost differential from Ring to Chain to Splint to Plate as a guide, I think you could easily have some of the better weapons cost similarly. For example, have Rapiers, Longbows, Greatswords, etc., cost like 500 gold or more. That preserves the utility of the cheaper weapons for a while and gives the PCs a reason to get treasure. It can even be built into the campaign world, nicely,...

Sunday, 10th February, 2019

Saturday, 9th February, 2019

  • 04:18 PM - Parmandur quoted Barantor in post Humans, Fighters, and Life Domain Most Popular On D&D Beyond
    I wonder how skewed the subclass information is seeing as Basic D&D is free and the champion, thief, life and evocation subclasses are in Basic? I do find it interesting that half elf and tiefling are more popular than elves. The Evocation School still comes in well below several paid subclasses, but it probably influences the data. The Half-Elf and Tiefling are more popualr than any given Elf Subrace, but the Elf combined numbers are more than anybody except Humans by a fair bit. In general, also note that these are the cleaned up numbers for Active characters, which corrects for and weeds out test PCs.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

  • 04:53 PM - Caliburn101 quoted Barantor in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    I'm a Greyhawk fan, so I hope they jump back into many of the devs old favorite. There is still a good fanbase that loves the setting and it would be interesting to see it brought into a more unified whole, hopefully with Iuz still dominating a whole area. I would like to see this too. But I am pretty certain it will be Dark Sun.

Thursday, 11th October, 2018

Saturday, 28th July, 2018

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 02:07 PM - Li Shenron quoted Barantor in post UA: Giant Soul Sorcerer
    Sorcerers should habe light armor proficiency and spear proficiency like in 3e. Spear proficiency would probably change very little, so adding it would have definitely been ok. Even having full simple weapon proficiencies like Warlock wouldn't really change much. The armor proficiency is a bit different. In my opinion the Sorcerer was designed (again) with the Wizard as a starting point, and in fact it has the same weapons & armor proficiencies. The Warlock has a slight bent on combat, hence the light armor and simple weapon prof, but also notice that both Wizard and Sorcerer have Mage Armor while Warlock does not. This is actually a problem for the Sorcerer, because Mage Armor is a long-duration spell that in most cases requires one spell slot to cover the whole day (and this cost is identical to both classes), but it actually also 'costs' one spell known, and that's a much bigger cost for the Sorcerer that the Wizard. In fact, the PHB Dragon Sorcerer offers a natural armor bonus, tha...

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

  • 03:51 PM - SkidAce quoted Barantor in post UA: Order Domain Cleric.
    My only thought is if this is a Law domain basically, wouldn't it have some abilities to counteract chaotic things? To me it screams more warlord and less cleric. See, I think (hope?) it was designated as "Order" instead of "Law" (as Law vs Chaos) on purpose.

Sunday, 8th April, 2018

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018

  • 01:19 AM - guachi quoted Barantor in post It's Time To Pre-Order Your Copy Of Into The Borderlands
    It's a collectors piece, plain and simple. This isn't a collector's piece, though. What is a collector's piece is the actual module B2 Keep on the Borderlands. And there are LOT of copies of this module. It's not very hard to find. I got my copy for $7.50 shipped in late 2014. If you have enough money to buy this, you have enough money to buy the actual module.
  • 12:26 AM - Jester David quoted Barantor in post It's Time To Pre-Order Your Copy Of Into The Borderlands
    It's a collectors piece, plain and simple. I'm buying it because I want all the art in a book I can enjoy and I don't have the old originals (thanks mom :( ). You can get a print-on-demand copy of both. Both $5 but currently on sale for just under $4. They're often not hard to find used. You can get an original copy of KotB of $20: In Search of the Unknown is pricer: But you could probably find a cheaper one if you wait. I see lots on eBay.

Friday, 20th October, 2017

Thursday, 19th October, 2017

  • 06:38 PM - Abstruse quoted Barantor in post News Digest: Empyrea Canceled, New Stranger Things Game, Warhammer 40K Comics, and more!
    It's a pity, I want Greyhawk to be modernized, but with all these old ding-dongs associated with it I don't think it will ever happen. Wizards of the Coast has been wishy-washy about new campaign settings, but I know Mike Mearls really wants to do something with Greyhawk. Dragonlance and Eberron may be higher priorities from a company standpoint, but I'm pretty sure Mearls would rather do Greyhawk.

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017

  • 04:51 PM - Von Ether quoted Barantor in post Delving Into Worlds Of Dungeon Fantasy With GURPS
    This is a more "dungeon bash/crawl" setup with lots of powers. The characters end up feeling like 7-9 level D&D 5E characters, which is what I think they were going for. You can easily limit the points and still use the templates they provide for the classes though. This plays out of the box more like "epic fantasy dungeon crawl" than your normal low level starting PCs. I enjoy the box and with some tinkering and additions from other sourcebooks I could make up exactly what I want. Fair enough. I was just wondering if the base line had changed over the years. I can see how that could have happened as more and more advantages get added to the menu.

Sunday, 1st October, 2017

  • 11:57 AM - Morrus quoted Barantor in post Hidden
  • 08:17 AM - Jeff Albertson quoted Barantor in post Hidden
  • 06:14 AM - CapnZapp quoted Barantor in post Pre-Order DLC comes to D&D with D&D Beyond and Xanathar's Guide to Everything pre-order
    It's stuff like this that is moving me away from 5E. Then you are very close to 5e, seeing how this is the first and only instance of "stuff like this", yes? Sent from my C6603 using EN World mobile app
  • 05:23 AM - dropbear8mybaby quoted Barantor in post Pre-Order DLC comes to D&D with D&D Beyond and Xanathar's Guide to Everything pre-order
    This can only be bad for the game. Public homebrew is bad for the game? What? It's public homebrew content which means it's only accessible through the Homebrew content interface on DDB. Having a problem with that is like saying that all and every homebrew content anywhere is somehow bad for the game. It's stuff like this that is moving me away from 5E. Bye-bye. No-one will miss you. It's basically just third party crap. And? What's bad about that? It's a minor incentive to purchase before it comes out. How is that a bad thing other than "you don't like it"? I don't think people will be wanting the Critical Role Campaign Guide to be AL legal or consider it core, and this is basically the same thing. It's not core and not useable in AL so again, what's the problem with it? Wow. That sure makes it worth paying for the same content a third time. What has that got to do with anything? If you don't like the product, why do you feel the need to comment on it? What effect does thi...
  • 02:28 AM - SkidAce quoted Barantor in post Pre-Order DLC comes to D&D with D&D Beyond and Xanathar's Guide to Everything pre-order
    It's stuff like this that is moving me away from 5E. I loathe and really dont like this kind of thing, but it will not influence my love of 5e's elegant system.

Friday, 21st July, 2017

  • 03:35 AM - SkidAce quoted Barantor in post Delve into Critical Role's campaign setting with co-writer James Haeck!
    It all depends on the adventures released after, if there are any. Many first time DMs might buy this book and think they can use it but then if there aren't any adventures set in it they will have to adapt normal 5E adventures, which are already set in FR. Or write their own adventures. I think that is one of the GREAT things about Critical Role introducing d&d to a new set of players. It is emphasizing the create your own story style of play. I welcome hordes of new players with that idea in their heads.

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