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Started with the blue box back in the day, then moved to AD&D (1e). Dabbled a bit in 2e then stopped playing for many years, but started back up with Pathfinder. Now enjoying 5e.
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Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

  • 09:34 PM - feldrol mentioned Gecko85 in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    Gecko85 : With one click you apply fog of war everywhere on the map. Then to remove it, you draw a rectangle or a freeform. Reynard : To see if this product is for you, sign on for an adventure at FGCon later this month. It is free and you will be able to play as a player. You will see how the programm runs for players.
  • 08:16 PM - feldrol mentioned Gecko85 in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    Gecko85 Fantasy Grounds does not have dynamic lighting. It has a fog of war the DM remove by hand. Just to try a clarification here. Fantasy Grounds is a Virtual TableTop software. I bought it 10 years ago when I moved away from my group and have been using it once a week since then to play at distance. It allows you to share maps with the players. The players have their character sheet in the software. It has a combat tracker that is very good, and allows quick fights. What I like in this software: A character drag and drop his attack from his character sheet on a monster token on the map. The software rolls the dice and tell you if it is a hit or a miss. He can then drag and drop the damages on the token and the software will roll the damage and decrease the monster hp automatically. Player can make characteristics or skill check with double clicks, ... What this D&D5 licence will change for me (I am running Hotdq): Before, I had to prepare the stats for NPCs, monsters, find tokens, ...

Sunday, 1st March, 2015

  • 04:12 PM - DMMike mentioned Gecko85 in post Advantage / Disadvantage in 5e
    ... an average of +9.5, which is better than +5. Did you mean the average benefit is never greater than +5? fjw70 made me ask myself: does advantage's advantage depend on sequence of rolls? Can advantage be said to grant a benefit if both rolls are made at the same time? My method assumed that the rolls did not depend on order, and that advantage was always increasing the result of the lower roll to the higher roll. Question 1: why is this incorrect? Now if I say order is important, that advantage always follows a normal roll, this means that the second roll is worthless if it is equal to or lower than the first. In this case, advantage has granted no advantage at all. This will significantly lower the average bonus, but it also seems to state that almost half of the time (get this): advantage negates itself. Actually, over half the time, since equal results on the dice are effectively no advantage, too. The average benefit from this method is: 3.325. Question(s) 2: So is @Gecko85 right (3.325), and advantage usually isn't advantage at all? Or am I right (6.65), and advantage is always advantageous? What's another possibility?

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Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

  • 07:35 PM - Riley quoted Gecko85 in post The Day Has Come! It's An OGL! And A Store To Buy & Sell D&D 5E Products!
    Looks great!... maybe. But the organization of the store might be a problem, as every product seems to list 'Dungeon Masters Guild' as the publisher, rather than the people who actually wrote it. For example, I notice that 'Savage Heroes' by Kobold Press is available for purchase: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/170686/Savage-Heroes--New-Races-and-Backgrounds?src=hottest_filtered&filters=45469 73084 I have enough experience with Kobold Press to trust that the product should almost certainly meet a baseline level of competence - and might even be great! However, the phrase 'Kobold Press' only seems to appear in an image, and the author names (Rich Howard, Rodrigo García Carmona, Dan Dillon) mean nothing to me. I've only spotted the product because I saw that logo in the cover thumbnail. I'm not sure how I would ever come across this product when the store is full of self-published products. Likewise, if not for Twitter I wouldn't have immediately known this was by Matt Mer...

Sunday, 23rd August, 2015

  • 05:26 PM - MG.0 quoted Gecko85 in post Can thrown weapons be used for sneak attack damage?
    The creators of 5e, including Crawford, explicitly state the rules are guidelines and the DM can modify as necessary. D&D has always been about guidelines, not rules. Even if the designers decide from on high that a rule is inviolable, I can always tell them to take a flying leap. Like every edition of every RPG before it and every one to follow, the official rules are a mixture of brilliant, mediocre, and insanely stupid. Pick and choose what you like, and alter it as you see fit. It really is that simple. Anyone who thinks otherwise would probably be happier playing a videogame or some silly card game. D&D will never be quantized like Magic: The Gathering, or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, no matter what the gods of marketing desire.

Saturday, 30th May, 2015

  • 02:06 AM - Magistus71 quoted Gecko85 in post Get Sick: Six New Diseases
    Ok, got it. The link in the comments works. I hadn't looked there because I saw the post a couple days ago, and the followup that you were having issues with the upload, so I just assumed it had now been squared away. Thanks. Same here, but all is good.

Friday, 29th May, 2015

  • 10:40 PM - Morrus quoted Gecko85 in post Get Sick: Six New Diseases
    This is downloading as a zero byte file for me...Tried 3 times. Read the description and/or the comments. The direct link is there.

Friday, 1st May, 2015

  • 12:51 AM - Klaus quoted Gecko85 in post [UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App
    Ok, finished the first issue. The articles are short but well written, and there's a comic at the end (just like the old Dragon mag!) Two of the articles were written from the perspective of a player character. For example, there's an article written by a ranger that's like a travel guide to the Desarim Valley. It's like an excerpt from a Lonely Planet guide. Here are a couple small samples: http://imgur.com/a/0lcwE Does it have art credits? Android-using inquiring minds want to know. :)

Thursday, 30th April, 2015


Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

  • 08:45 PM - RSKennan quoted Gecko85 in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    Thanks for your write-up. I'm most excited about the prospect of not having to build the published adventures manually, like I do in Roll20. It took me many hours to build-out Lost Mines. I would gladly have paid $19.99 to have it done for me. I'm hoping they get Princes of the Apocalypse done soon, as that's likely what I'm running next. Like I said in a previous post, we would use it at a live table as our map, rather than playing online. So, all the combat stuff, while cool, is something we wouldn't use. (I have played fully online, including a full online playthrough of Lost Mines, so if I do that again it sounds like FG will be a nice way to go.) One thing you can do live, as a GM is track the combat from the NPC side using FG. You can roll enemy attacks against multiple foes with one click, and track PC HP and conditions that way. Your call of course. One thing I did forget in my last post- Fantasy Grounds is a *lot* prettier. :D
  • 08:32 PM - jshauber quoted Gecko85 in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    Ah, ok. I suppose that would be OK. Is it easy to remove the fog of war? I do like dynamic lighting, but I hate having to build it on every map by hand... The fog of war in FG is a mask that covers the entire map. as the players move the GM simply unmasks the portions the players can now see. You can either do it as a box or you can hold control and drag the mouse to custom unmask areas.
  • 08:25 PM - Torgaard quoted Gecko85 in post FANTASY GROUNDS Virtual Tabletop's D&D License!
    Ok, can someone who uses FG answer this for me? We currently use Roll20 for our IRL game, to display the maps (with dynamic lighting). One person connects via laptop and moves the tokens to open up new parts of the map. All combat is done on the "real" tabletop. So, with FG, if you go with the free version, can you load in a module and run it in demo mode to do what we're currently doing with Roll20? I'm looking at the license comparison on this page, but it's not completely clear: http://www.fantasygrounds.com/buyFG/ One of the guys from SmiteWorks can confirm this (or answer it better), but I believe you can do just that. The demo mode had a demo module last time I used it (couple years back), thought I don't know that there was a 5E demo module. There was a 4E demo module (I think). But you don't necessarily need a full on module. You can just whip up a character, make a monster (and maybe duplicate it a few times), slap a map in the "Images" folder, put a grid down, and off ya go!...

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Monday, 2nd March, 2015

  • 07:03 PM - billd91 quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not advocating anyone obtaining a PDF **of something they don't legally own**. That is the difference. You choose to use a narrower definition, and that's fine. Unfortunately, the laws were written long before there was even such a thing as digital distribution, and they're in dire need to revamping. It doesn't matter if that person owns the material they're getting a PDF of from another source. That source has no legal right to distribute the PDFs they made. Period. That's the point of copyright - the right to produce and distribute the intellectual property is held exclusively by the copyright holder so that they can benefit from the work they invested in it. All other duplication and distribution is illegal unless specifically done by agreement with that copyright holder with very limited exceptions. And getting the whole work from someone else who does not have an arrangement to do so from the copyright holder, even if you own a copy in one...
  • 06:57 PM - Tormyr quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    Technically you may be right, just as technically it was illegal to record an album you owned on vinyl to cassette so you you could listen to it in the car back in the day. Obviously the person with the vinyl should be playing that in the car and not using some evil, illegal, piracy embracing cassette tape. What? Speed bump? Noooooooooo!!!!
  • 05:56 PM - Kikuras quoted Gecko85 in post Daggers, Knives, and Darts...... Are there no Knives in 5E....?!?!?!
    I read his "wrong" response to mean, it's not the answer he was hoping for... That's what I thought as well, but then the comment about the designers getting their details wrong makes me think he's just grumpy that things aren't crunchy enough, which I can understand... I'm just not sure we need yet another hating thread. I'm trying to keep my hatred of 5e to myself! :D
  • 05:53 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    Wow, talk about completely missing the point. None of your examples even remotely apply. I *own* the books. I paid money for them. They're currently in my backpack. witch means you can use them, you can even make a back up for personal use... you can not pirate *Where in this context it means shareing or using a sharing site to download a copy someon other then you bought* what is the difference...
  • 05:52 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not advocating anyone obtaining a PDF **of something they don't legally own**. That is the difference. LMAO, no dude. Whether or not you own a physical copy of something does not matter one bit on whether or not you can go get another format from other people--ie. distribution. It doesn't matter if you own a hard copy or not. If you're advocating someone to go get a digital copy of something from someone who is committing piracy, you are advocating piracy. It's literally that simple. I own dozens of AD&D modules. I cannot just go out and get all the pdf versions for free from some Joe Blow. That would be piracy. Your opinion doesn't matter. It certainly doesn't change the definition of things.
  • 05:51 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    So, again, you can interpret fair use however you want. I'm going to interpret on the side of sanity. Using a PDF copy for personal non-commercial use of a hard copy book that I legally own is, to me (and some courts) most certainly not piracy. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not advocating anyone obtaining a PDF **of something they don't legally own**. That is the difference. You choose to use a narrower definition, and that's fine. Unfortunately, the laws were written long before there was even such a thing as digital distribution, and they're in dire need to revamping. yes you inturpt it as OK to break the law... that is the problem... you even know you are doing it. You know that it is illegal (if not wrong, although I do fall on the thingking it's wrong side) so at the very least you are suggesting illegal action what laws DO you follow?
  • 05:47 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Gecko85 in post Can someone please explain to me why there are still no PDFs for 5e core books?
    Who said anything about piracy? Certainly not me. We have different interpretations of fair use (as do the courts). I own all three physical copies. I choose to interpret fair use to say I can format shift. I also choose to see no difference between scanning it myself or having someone else do it for me, as long as it's for personal use. this is exactly what I mean... you don't like a law so you try to justify breaking it... then claim not to be breaking the law, then claim when you tell others to do so that isn't what you said... lets take another law and try that... I rob a house... Who said anything about Robbery? Certainly not me. We have different interpretations of ownership (as do the courts). I choose to interpret ownership to mean who needs it more I needed that flat screen TV and DVD player more.. I also choose to see no difference between buying it myself or having someone else do it for me, as long as it's for personal use... wait what about killing someone? Wh...


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