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    Today, 03:31 AM
    TAKE MY MONEY. TAKE IT NOW! DO IT.
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    Damn you, take your +1, and get that song out of my head.
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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    Naw. Real D&D playerz (tm) come in hard. Mercy is a French word of thanks, not something you extend to UA-lovers.
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    The polearms were pretty cool. Useless, but cool, in the best High-Gygaxian fashion. You know what else is better than the unarmed combat rules in the 1e DMG? A root canal. That's right- because NOTHING WAS WORSE.
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    You're not a lying liar- you're just a dilettante! That's right- poser. Real D&D playerz (tm) got UA when it came out, only to see it reverse-M&M (melt in our hands). I have heard reports of people that purchased later printings of UA, after it was already well established that the book was a dumpster fire .... But you, Danny? Doth not Danny bootless kneel? Et tu Danny?
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    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    That's because the Monster Manual says that "o kill a troll, the monster must be burned or immersed in acid, any separate pieces being treated in the same fashion or they create a whole again in 3-18 melee rounds." It never says that you can use "fire" or "flame" ANYWHERE IN THE DESCRIPTION! By the powers of RAW and RAI, and because I once saw a copy of a monster manual, I demand you stop...
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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    You are so much nicer than I am. When I saw someone with a copy of UA under their arm, I wouldn't roll my eyes. I would punch that dirty Paladin-lover square in the face. There are some things you can tolerate in polite society; Unearthed Arcana is not one of those things.
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    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    Actually, I'll go further, by analogy. Imagine 1e was Dexter. You know, the TV Show. So the original books (MM, PHB, DMG, D&D, FF) were the first two seasons of Dexter. Monster Manual 2 was season 3. I mean, it's fine. Whatever. Jimmy Smits EGG has to get paid. Oriental Adventures was Season 4. A glimpse into an exciting world of possibilities! Shocking! Different! Maybe there is A...
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    I got nothing! The closest I get when I look around is that it was an Arneson class, and that Kask tried to "sage" it (make in an NPC), but was "overruled" (don't know by whom). BUT ... I can't seem to find any sourcing from the various Blackmoor veterans that there ever was an Assassin class in those campaigns? It really looks like it sprung up in the Blackmoor Supplement? And no one, that...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Oh, jeez. I didn't want to. I mean ... I read what Enevhar Aldarion wrote, and I was like ... why? Why add to the list? Isn't the hatred of UA, much like the anitpathy toward Paladins, something that is simply globally accepted? It's like someone asking, "I mean, I know walking up to old women you don't know and punching them in the face is frowned upon, but can someone explain why?" ...
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    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    I'm just quoting this, because it brought me joy. ;)
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    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    Counterpoint- The only ACTOR who could play Keanu Reeves is Nic Cage. You're welcome!
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    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    Yep. I don't begrudge anyone their like (or love) of the Ranger, or their various permutations* over the years, it's just not my scene, and I have difficulty holding on to the essence of "Ranger-ness." *Except the pet classes. Whether it's a Beastmaster, or a Summoner, or a Necromancer ... do not like.
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    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    So .... the bolded part is, fundamentally, why I don't much like the Ranger. Not hate, as in Paladin, more like ... why? Look, we have the ol' original Ranger, Aragorn (OD&D via periodical, 1e). And then we have various permutations after that to make it make sense. Archer? Dual wielder? Drizzt? Pet wrangler?
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    BAM! This is why I love this place. Seriously, I'm like, "It was 2000, and it was an anime ..." And you're all like, "Escaflowne." I swear, the people here .... y'all are the best. :)
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    Is Pathfinder 2 the 2016 Ghostbusters Reboot, or is the original Pathfinder more of a colonialist narrative, like the original Star Wars trilogy? Discuss!
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    Counterpoint- Moldvay/Cook B/X is the best D&D for simplistic, fun, not-much-effort D&D.
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    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    Wait a day. I guarantee you that there will be sillier arguments .... (looking .... sees "Is PF2 Paizo's 4e" ....) Never mind. You didn't have to wait.
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    Yesterday, 03:44 PM
    Oh, wait ... Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's attempt to de-Snyder PF? I want the Snyder cut of PF2!
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    Is Rey Disney's attempt to create the Warlord class within Star Wars?
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    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    This belongs in the pure, unadultered, AWESOME forums. Ima get my asbestos suit and my popcorn ready, because I can't imagine a better firestarter. ;)
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    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    But that's not what the rules state. Let's start with the origin, which so many people ignore. EW, p. 2. "Druids are able to employ the following sorts of weapons: Daggers, sickle or crescent-shapedswords, spears, slings, and oil. They may wear armor of leather, and use wooden shields. Theymay not use metallic armor." I then direct your attention to PHB p. 19: Class Tale II: Armor and...
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    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    No, as already gone through, all of us understood the rule perfectly well- Druids don't wear metal armor. So your experience is the same as all of the other dumb olds. Good. I mean- that's why DMs didn't have to iron out an agreement, no more than they would have to with Fighter and the hit points. "But I want d20 hp per level. MAH PLAYA AGENCY! STOP RAILROADING ME!" Carry on.
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    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    FYI- uh, what? I posted another thread seeking input from the olds who had played in the 70s and 80s, and not a single one of us stupid olds who don't understand rules agrees with you. I mean, let's be fair- there are rules, and there are rules, in OD&D and AD&D; I tend to think of them as Venn Diagrams in terms of play. IOW, there are three general categories of rules- A. Those...
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    Yesterday, 01:20 PM
    While I don't agree with your hypothesis in general (as much as I enjoy it), I do agree that the smugness capacity of Paladins is unaccountably infinite. Some of just like to watch the gnomes burn.
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    Yesterday, 01:16 PM
    So, anyone have ideas on the Assassin?
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    Yesterday, 01:15 PM
    Alchemy Jug 21 Bag of Holding 22 Bag of Tricks 24 Broom of Flying 20 Carpet of Flying 21 That's not my bag, baby!
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    Yesterday, 02:38 AM
    I’m saying that I remember a certain other interminable thread about druids and rules; perhaps featuring more disintegration. And this seems as fruitful, albeit with the added bonus of someone calling all the old players stupid and incapable of understanding the rules. So, there’s that!
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    Yesterday, 02:19 AM
    You do you. You can’t cure .... um, wrong.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 AM
    The capacity for hatred is infinite. in the long run, the arc of history bends toward antipathy.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 09:09 PM
    It's weird, isn't it, that someone can say that the people who actually experienced something had no idea what they were doing. So ... I guess I have to go with gaslighting at this point? Seriously, you get that you're basically saying that all of us Olds were just too stupid to understand the game we were playing, right? It's pretty amazing that we can even get our truckz out on these here...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 09:05 PM
    ONE FILM IS NOT ENOUGH FOR KEANU!
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 09:05 PM
    Because sometimes, I suck at posting. :)
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 09:01 PM
    Good. I don't want them banned. I want them dead. Terminated. With extreme prejudice.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:56 PM
    Well, the thing is, it's a lot closer to all the other "lore" rules in OD&D/1e. Why can't monks use flaming oil? Why can't clerics use edged weapons? Why do Druids use scimitars????? Why do any three classes have an armor type between NONE and ANY - Thief, Assassin, and Druid (leather)? Why do thieves get swords, so long as they aren't bastard of two-handed? Why can assassins use any...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:39 PM
    Oh .... yeah. Hmmmm.... I'm not old- it's just the new stuff that sucks, right? Right? ... Get off my lawn!
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:34 PM
    I very much would like that card!
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:31 PM
    So, again, without prying, I think at least part (but not all) of the divide is when you were exposed to the rules. I did a separate thread checking other people and their experience with "lore" rules (clerics can't/won't use edged weapons, monks can't/won't use oil, druids can't/won't use metal armor) from OD&D/1e, and the experience was the same- that's just the way it was. To the...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Sure. First-hand account, third party account? I mean, I know that Gygax was a huge fan of Fritz, and we have the Nehwon mythos and all that (not to mention Appendix N, references in other books, and so on), so it's completely credible- just hard, especially given that this wasn't a Gygax class. TBH, I have some doubts about the amount of credibility w/r/t to the whole Cugel and Shadowjack...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 08:01 PM
    Gah. I was actually looking at p.4 when I wrote that, and so you can imagine where that error came from! No- always looking for some. BUT ... that's only part of it. As I explain lower-
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 07:43 PM
    What you describe as "DM Fiat" is what I would say is "A Player Following the Rules." And not only is there a printed rule in actual rulebooks, but there is a further explanation that this is the way it is, UNLESS your DM allows it. So .... yeah. I mean, I get that people love to argue, and I understand that younger gamers unused to the history of the game are unfamiliar with how rules...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 07:37 PM
    Well, let's look at this from the standpoint of where it was introduced, right? HISTORY! So we have the OD&D Thief. p.4 Might and Magic- here, we see the ability to read languages and read magical writings. So we know it traces back to there. Okay, how about the Great Plains Article that preceded it? Well, it's the same, except no chance of failure! That was added, so the chance of...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 07:14 PM
    Let's be quite clear. If you want to wear metal armor, under RAW or RAI, as a Druid, you need to get permission from the DM. Period. There is no reasonable dispute about that. Now, if you want to use Dexterity as the spellcasting stat for your Magic User, you also need DM's permission. Period. ...are you understanding this.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 07:10 PM
    There are no Paladins. As is well know, and cannot be reasonably disputed, Gygax began to insert "Paladin" into his books as a test- much like makers of atlases and maps would insert fake towns to see if anyone would try and copy them, Gygax would insert Paladins into his books to see if anyone was stupid enough to copy that class. Gygax was very protective of his creation! Unfortunately,...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 07:03 PM
    Actually, yeah. It's not that I disagree with you necessarily, it's that I don't know that I've ever seen it. I mean, for the Thief, we have the Aero Games evidence (which is pretty strong). And then, when Gygax talks about it, he discusses Vance and Zelazny AFAIK.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:42 PM
    I love the Lieber, but I have some trouble tracking down specific Mouser references! AFAICT, it's mostly the Aero Games model, with some Zelazny (Jack of Shadows / Shadowjack) and Vance (Cugel the Clever), but I don't doubt that Lieber may have some influence- just don't have a cite or way to verify.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:36 PM
    Just pointing out the following things- (1) Apparently, it doesn't matter what anyone says. AL or otherwise. (2) As has been repeatedly pointed out to you, following is the relevant text from the Sage Advice Compendium: A druid typically wears leather, studded leather, or hide armor, and if a druid comes across scale mail made of a material other than metal, the druid might wear it. If...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:22 PM
    So, my understanding on this one is that you started with Sir Fang (the Vampire) in the Blackmoor / Arneson campaign And from that, you need to balance this uber-powerful Vampire. So you get a a Vampire Hunter modeled after the Peter Cushing / Hammer films- that's the whole turn undead, holy water, cure disease and wounds etc. This "vampire hunter" became the Priest Class. This Priest...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:04 PM
    Bonus fun fact! The Sage was supposed to a PC class in the Blackmoor supplement (OD&D). Instead, we have a long and detailed sage NPC specialist (pp. 50-51). WHY? Arneson had a Sage Class, and it was in the manuscript. Kask edited to be an NPC. So, yeah, it almost was an Original Class! :)
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:33 PM
    Dunno- I'm hoping I can learn something. ESPECIALLY about the Assassin. It wasn't until I put up the list like this that I realized the mystery that is the Assassin. Art imitating life imitating art?
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Maybe the monk & oil example wasn't the best one to use for the three! Man, no love for the Kung Fu fighter! ;)
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:21 PM
    Wait- you're for it? I'm against it. What are we talking about?
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:20 PM
    Well, just like there's a fine line between clever and stupid, there can be a fine line between awesome and creepy. A fair amount of anime crosses that line for me. Well, I'm 13 episodes in, and IIRC things are about to get a lot more awesome. So, there's that. What's killing me right now is that, TBH, I don't watch almost any anime, but I did watch a bootleg anime that a...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:04 PM
    Alchemy Jug 26 Bag of Holding 22 Bag of Tricks 26 Broom of Flying 21 Carpet of Flying 22 My nemesis.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 04:54 PM
    None of that was quite as weird as the tangent on RAILROADING ... but that was so bizarre that I couldn't even. Player: I want to play a Wizard. DM: Great! Player: And my spellcasting stat will be Dexterity. DM: Um, so ... can we talk about ...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Hola! So, one of the things I like to look into is the history of the game. And I'm always curious about the current state of research and/or received wisdom about the classes in D&D- where they came from, how we have the archetypes that we have, and so on. So I thought I'd start a post for people, if they want to, to discuss the history of classes in D&D. I'm concentrating on the origin of...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 02:59 PM
    Yeah, I don't know that I've ever seen the origin of that one; it's so weird and hyper-specific it has to come from somewhere. Maybe from an episode of Kung Fu in the 70s?
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 02:58 PM
    Yeah, it is a typo! DOH! Corrected.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 02:57 PM
    You are incorrect on this. I already went through this for the PHB. As I am guessing you missed this, I will repeat my prior post- So, how do we know this? Let's read the rules in pari materia.
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 11:15 PM
    Really? It would appear that you don’t understand the argument made by anyone else. I mean- how many posts, and you still don’t seem to grok that people don’t agree with you. That said, if you’re correct then it is completely legal in all AL games. Is it? Should be simple enough to find out. Instead of continually asserting something others disagree with.
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:56 PM
    Citation please. So, are you saying that you played at the time, but you played the wrong way? Or ...maybe not? PS- Given I know my experience, but love to know other people's, I started a separate thread to gauge actual play: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?660258-1e-and-OD-amp-D-How-did-you-handle-Druids-and-Armor-Clerics-and-Edge-Weapons
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:53 PM
    So, a different thread about druids and metallic armor in 5e has repeatedly referenced the way Druids were in OD&D / 1e, and how there wasn't really a rule about classes and so on so forth. Anyway, with the usual caveat of "Everyone played AD&D/OD&D" in a different way, I was looking to do a thread to see how people actually played OD&D and AD&D from 1976 - April 1985.* So here's the...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:18 PM
    By the way, the actual Gygaxian method of handling the Plate-wearing druid, or the two-handed sword-weilding cleric, is DMG p. 110. Here- Some players will find more enjoyment in spoiling a game than in playing it, and this ruins the fun for the rest of the participants, so it must be prevented. Those who enjoy being loud and argumentative, those who pout or act in a childish manner when...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:00 PM
    You are just making stuff up now. I assume you played OD&D and 1e, correct? So you understand that while people played in all sorts of different ways, the mindset was completely different back then? I understand you have repeatedly ignored the whole class/lore issue, but ... c'mon. Are you going to be seriously arguing that you understand how Clerics used edged weapons in OD&D and 1e so...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 09:00 PM
    So, if you haven't noticed, thought I'd share- Neon Genesis Evangelion is out on Netflix. It wasn't previously available. If you aren't familiar with it, then, well, you probably aren't too familiar with anime, but if you're looking for an entry point... eh, this isn't it. ;)
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 08:18 PM
    No. What you mean is the Weapon Proficiency Table on p. 36. So go through this, assuming some knowledge of 1e: Let's use the Druid as an example: You start with a number of proficiencies, for a Druid, 2. That means you get to choose 2 of your allowed weapons - for a Druid, you can choose between club, dagger, dart, hammer, scimitar, sling, spear, and staff. A total of eight (8)...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 07:59 PM
    I hear what you're saying, and I understand your point; that said, you should consider the following two issues in tandem: 1. When you say you are "anti-elitism" (as opposed to anti-intellectual?), this is similar to a battle that many of us fought when we were young. Quite frankly, I am perfectly happy to have read my books and been all nerdy; there is something distinctly disturbing, to me,...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 06:04 PM
    Well, maybe. But notice how you and others describe the "not your style." Previously, it was described as funny voices. Now, it's-
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 05:44 PM
    Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 30 Bag of Tricks 25 Broom of Flying 23 Carpet of Flying 24 Cube of Force 2 It's bigger on the inside is a line from Dr. Who, not a great magic item.
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 05:37 PM
    So, there's this. And also, this- Paul Farquhar Let's examine the history a little, first. Druids are probably the most poorly-understood class in terms of history. Let's start with the actual text (Eldritch Wizardry, Supp. 3, OD&D) where the Druid first crossed over from monster to PC.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:32 PM
    Completely agree. Well ... mostly agree. I think that, like a lot of Sage Advice, it's poorly considered. Even the Sage Advice in the compendium which tends to be less stupid than most SA. I could start by saying that I don't care that much about "balance," but the real issue for balance is the whole Moon / Land Druid thing; I don't think that they really paid much attention to that. ...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:27 PM
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:26 PM
    Post #229 Alchemy Jug 29 Bag of Holding 30 Bag of Tricks 27 Broom of Flying 26 Carpet of Flying 28 Cube of Force 20​ Cubic Gate 13
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:19 PM
    Are you every curious why people may not view your analysis of rules as overly credible? So, let's just review this. Here is EXACTLY what I wrote that you quoted: "2. Sage advice is just RAI." So, just so we are clear, we all know that RAI is not the Italian TV Broadcaster, but instead means Rules As Interpreted.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 08:25 PM
    1. The rules do say that. Period. 2. Sage advice is just RAI. So best case scenario, you're still wrong. And you're not reading the RAI correctly (which says you have to ask the DM, just like any other house rule). Bad cherrypicking is still cherrypicking. Good luck!
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 07:11 PM
    Let's see- Druid:Class Features:Proficiencies: "Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids willnot wear armor or use shields made of metal)" P. 65, PHB Seem like a not rule to me! Wait, let's look at the MULTICLASSING PROFICIENCIES GAINED!
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:03 PM
    Fair enough. Talk to the DM about your 'shroom dude. :) (By the way, the whole lore/mechanics thing? That was kinda sorta the joke from the first post on, when the OP said that this NEVER EVER happened in any prior edition of D&D, when, in fact, this was the case for most of D&D's history.)
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:46 PM
    Not to be too obvious, but: Why is it that there are, largely, two groups of people in this debate. The first sees the druid restriction, understands it for what it is, and are like, "Okay, cool, if other people disagree with it, then they can just houserule it." The second attempts to make various arguments that UNLESS the rule is perfect, then THE RULE DOESN'T APPLY. Now, notice how...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Woah ... I know creole.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:55 PM
    There are two types of people in this world: (1) People that play Paladins; (2) people that do not rage, rage against the dying of the smite; and (3) the innumerate.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:42 PM
    By RAW they are not, however, Druids. So, they can't. Let's see how silly this semantic game can be with rules lawyers. C'mon, it's fun for the whole table! It says that a Knight's retainer "will not" follow me into a dangerous area, like a Dungeon. (PHB 136). But it doesn't say that they will EXPLODE. Therefore, they follow me into the dungeon. It says that if a Paladin violates...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 02:57 PM
    So, I won't comment on your other thread (so as not to derail it), but I would note the following as general comments: 1. While I have not played the game, I have read Vance extensively, including The Dying Earth. As a kid, I loved this series (APPENDIX N!), with the whole baroque language and wordplay (kind of like a starter set to Oscar Wilde) and some black comedy with the wit ... but I...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:49 PM
    Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 25 Bag of Tricks 29 Broom of Flying 27 Carpet of Flying 27 Crystal Ball 4 Cube of Force 19 Cubic Gate 19 I WILL FIGHT AGAINST THE TYRANNY OF HOLDING!
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:19 PM
    So, I know some of us (me, at least) are having some fun. But, to be serious for a second- A lot of this will depend on communication and presentation. There are very few DMs that I know that enjoy or look forward to a player presenting a "list of grievances" or lengthy explanations as to why core mechanics do not apply their special character. In many campaigns (such as mine), that player...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:01 PM
    I recommend adding a third rule. List of Grievances > /dev/null
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:56 PM
    I just make it easy on players. Player: "I wanna play a druid." DM: "Ok." Player: "I wanna play a druid that can wear plate." DM: "Um, no?"
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:24 PM
    "You know that cereal? Grapenuts? .... so, about the casting of Stoneskin ...."
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:15 PM
    With a real druid, you're lucky if they even wear clothes. "Radagast! Put the sack back on. We don't need to see your shillelagh and goodberries."
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:03 PM
    Woah, now! If someone is going to harangue me over my choices, I at least want them to have the courage of their convictions.* I don't want someone moaning about my yummy al pastor taco if they are drinking a milkshake. They need to be sickly and dairy-free.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:00 PM
    I think you're missing the joke? The first 25 years was OD&D, AD&D, B/X, BECMI, and 2e. I think your opinion of those editions ... is probably a little different than those of just about everyone else. If you are stating that there was never any removal of player agency (MAN, THAT TERM IS THE GOOD STUFF!), then I have some a Gygaxian Ethereal Mummy to sell you, cheap.
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Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 09:10 PM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Items (Misc. A-C)- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
    lowkey13 A major retcon occurred between #229 and #230. There are now a bunch of votes on top of that. Not sure how you want to fix since a bunch of the newer votes were for/against Crystal Ball, which was eliminated at #225. Alchemy Jug 29 Bag of Holding 29+1=30 Bag of Tricks 27 Broom of Flying 26 Carpet of Flying 28 Cube of Force 20​ Cubic Gate 15-2=13 Alchemy Jug 28 Bag of Holding 26 Bag of Tricks 29 Broom of Flying 27 Carpet of Flying 27 Crystal Ball 5 Cube of Force 19 Cubic Gate 19

Monday, 17th June, 2019

  • 11:30 PM - Imaro mentioned lowkey13 in post Should I play 4e?
    ... rather read me some Forgotten Realms than say the Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, or Catcher in the Rye. Does this mean forgotten realms is of an equal or higher quality than a literary classic because I enjoyed it more? LOL no. Not even a little bit. And if I tried to claim as such, I would be (rightly) mocked because it is just clearly not so. So when Tony claims "4e was as good a game as D&D ever managed to be"...coming back with 'But not as many people liked it!' is meaningless and doesn't address the point. Now, I mean, he doesn't really back up his claim with anything and its fine if you disagree. But the metric of 'How many people enjoyed/did not enjoy this' does not belong in a discussion about quality. Does it have a place in a discussion about 'What can we sell to make more money?' Absolutely. But thats not Tony's claim. 5e is a more profitable edition. Hands down. But that is not indicative of quality of the product. I don't see where, in the post you were responding to, that lowkey13 made a statement concerning qualitative judgement, if anything he seemed to be responding to this part of the sentence he emphasized.... ... and if you weren't too deeply wedded to the flaws of past editions, it was hard to dislike. where it does seem to be implying if not outright stating that the product isn't to blame for it's failure or consumers disliking... a flaw in the consumer is. If anything I've seen Tony Vargas make continuous statements around qualitative judgement concerning 4e and other editions without backing it up in any way. Which I guess is why I see this particular call out as kind of odd.

Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 12:56 AM - pemerton mentioned lowkey13 in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    I use the traditional colour scheme (white post text, orange button text, on black background). In the post I mentioned in the "literary endeavour" thread there are two quote blocks. The first I can read. The second is, for me, an empty quote block. When I highlight it the text appears. I assume that the text has COLOR tags around it that are making it black. In the past when posters have had this issue I believe it's been because they're preparing posts in Word or some similar formatting-rich environment, and then when they copy-and-paste into the message board editor the formatting tags are carried along with the text. lowkey13, I can't recall if this is a recurrent feature of your posts or not. In the case of the particular post I commented on it was the particluar context of the phrase "My last post", which I realised I'd probably misinterpreted, that made the invisible quote salient to me. Maybe you've had invisible quotes in the past too but I haven't commented on them because it hasn't seemed to matter in that context. So anyway, after writing the above I went back through the thread and found post 409 on May 21st (my time). It has 3 quoteblocks. One is fully visible to me. One is fully invisible to me (unless I hightlight text). One is invisible except for the last six words. So I don't think this has anything to do with https. I would guess it's to do with the environment where you are writing/editing your posts.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

  • 11:15 AM - pemerton mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    So why are you replying to my four-word (and a link) post, rather than replying directly to the 400-word post? Perhaps because I said the same thing, but more elegantly, and you hope to elicit further elegant responses, by engaging with me rather than with the anti-paladin?Having just re-read lowkey13's post, I think I may have misread - by "my last post" perhaps he mean "my previous post" (the next bit of the post itself is not legible for me because of some text formatting issue, but maybe it's a quote of a previous post?). I feel that reinforces my view that meta-comments (ie on the quality and formal properties of poster's posts, as opposed to what they're actually saying) is generally unproductive. by engaging with me rather than with the anti-paladinWhen I play a FRPG I nearly always play a paladin (or similar archetype). Presumably that's more evidence of something-or-other.
  • 10:07 AM - pemerton mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    No narration! Only framing!The post you quoted is nearly 400 words, has two footnotes and an edit, and references Hemingway and Henry Miller. I'm not sure there's much profit in critiquing posting styles or trying to diagnose irony. lowkey13 has (by my count) 7 posts since posting "My last post". Is that irony? An atypical use of the word last? (Maybe we should debate the meaning of the word last, or even post - my count of posts doesn't XP/laugh clicks - for several hundred posts.) Or is it just a change of mind and someone saying stuff that they feel like saying?

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

  • 10:59 PM - darkbard mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    lowkey13, to a much greater extent than you might imagine, I largely agree with much of your recent postings here, but because of your sarcastic and antagonistic style, I have lost any desire to engage your substance right now.
  • 07:24 PM - Satyrn mentioned lowkey13 in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    If we were all Americans, here, I could just say "because we're a violent society." Instead, for my flip, sarcastic, cynical answere I'm going to have to go all ST:tNG, and say " because we are an egregiously violent species." (And, you don't get to complain about flip, joking answered to serious questions.) Excellent! Since lowkey13 doesn't get to complain, that lets me go to the front of the line with my complaint. My Complaint: you're stealing my schtick! Please Schtop.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 08:18 PM - Gradine mentioned lowkey13 in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    ...sion knew him for at least a decade. Made him a face of the con by making him a Room Captain (this point being exactly why some people might not have felt safe going to the con organizer). Predators rely on "good ol' boy" networks to keep their dirty laundry private so they can keep being predators. That's the accountability piece. As for safety, well, I am sure there are cons where Kevin Rolfe will be more than welcome to run his games still. Are the people who would be most traumatized by his "shocking" content going to give pause to joining his games when they see his name on the listing, now? Public awareness makes people safe by giving them the information they need to avoid being traumatized by bad actors, while at the same time raising public accountability for those who might have otherwise given his behavior a pass. "or when we recklessly pursue a moral program of some kind in the wake of such an event" To be clear, the "moral program" in question is "rape = not acceptable". lowkey13 has covered this in better detail, but you are bringing moral relativism to an argument that is mostly centered around sexualized violence. Call both sides equally bad in their extremism is a false equivalence of the dangerous. "People who spring rape scenarios on players and then lie about in an interview with the guy who wrote 'In Defense of Rape' should not be allowed to be in our hobby" is not the moral or extreme equivalent to "LOL great job owning the libs!" and the latter are explicitly counting on well meaning people making that mistake. "I think there is a lot of cruelty being expressed in this thread and people don't see it, because they think they are so correct. Personally I am not a big fan of cruelty." Dannyalcatraz covered this in a point I see you have not responded to yet, in that: Foreseeable repercussions for actions =/= cruelty. I don't really have anything else to add to that.
  • 08:07 PM - Manbearcat mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    lowkey13 I think you’re more or less saying what I said in my initial post in this thread: Framing and understanding of dramatic device (arc composition and pacing, tropes) are fundamentally tethered. Insofar as they are (and they are), if one wants to fold “understanding and deftness in deployment of dramatic device” into “literary”, then we’re going to have a (self-imposed imo) communication impasse. My take on the lead post is the distinction being drawn is with respect to specific skill in word usage (exposition and elocution or oratory skills broadly...or scripting and then speaking). Again, that is on the hierarchy, but, IMO, much lower down than conflict/situation framing is (which, again, includes what I wrote above).

Monday, 10th June, 2019

  • 06:12 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    lowkey13 My answer on the first page was in response to the thread title and little else. Upon spending more time to read and absorb the OP and some follow up posts, I clarified my stance. I believe that post is on page 2, perhaps 3. I think a lot of the confusion is really to be attributed to people not looking beyond the title. And I understand why....I did it myself...but it’s just a headline in that sense. I agree that clarity has been needed at times, but trying to pin the problems of this thread on one thing seems limited. I think we can all do better. We can grant benefit of the doubt instead of assuming the worst, we can address each other individually rather than trying to lump everyone into one camp or the other, we can clarify or offer a different phrase when needed. I’ve enjoyed a good deal of the discussion at times, and found what others are saying to be interesting and worthwhile....but there’s also been a good deal of nonsense that’s taken up space.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019

  • 09:23 PM - CleverNickName mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Jewelry (PART II)- SCARAB OF PROTECTION WINS!
    OK fair enough. So...why don't you like Ioun Stones then? Some give you powers like "You don't need to eat or drink while this clear spindle orbits your head." and "You are fluent in one additional language while this pulsating bit of red jeweled crystal orbits your head. The DM chooses the language bestowed by the stone."The two examples you give are my favorite Ioun Stones. If we were voting for them individually, the Stone of Sustenance would be my hands-down favorite. ( lowkey13 : That would be a pretty fun Survivor contest, now that I think about it: Survivor Specifics: Ioun Stones, Feather Tokens, and Figurines of Wondrous Power!) My beef with the Ioun Stones in this survey is that of the 13 Stones listed in the DMG, 10 of them are just statboosters. Since the bad considerably outnumber the good IMO, the category gets my downvote.

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

  • 03:47 AM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Words I learned today: "diegetic". That's quite a useful word for discussion of the IC/OOC distinction. There's a scene in "High Anxiety" in which ominous music plays, and the main characters (all in a car, on a coastal highway) tense up and look around. A bus comes the other way; the bus passengers are all musicians, an orchestra, playing the ominous music. Hmm. I would have used diuretic. lowkey13 clearly has better wordcraft than I do. :(

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 03:40 PM - darkbard mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Bold emphasis mine. I agree with you, but here is the rub, pemerton does not as per his OP. He does not even make that concession that someone could engage in a literary endeavour for their RPGing. This is the issue lowkey13 has been highlighting for a while. You are correct that lowkey13 keeps asserting this. But you are both wrong in your characterization of pemerton's position. Many times now he has articulated that all things being equal, literary presentation can improve the quality of a game, but that caveat requires that the core activity of TRPGing be not in the presentation itself but in the invitation to meaningful engagement of the situation on the part of the PCs, that at its heart the issue is not performance but framing situations that invite protagonism. I'm sure pemerton will correct me if I have inadvertendly mischaracterized his position.
  • 03:13 PM - Sadras mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    And I think this is fine. If you find the game to be a literary endeavor in this way, and if you are a GM in the style of Matt Mercer, then that is what you should do. I am not saying it can't be these things. All I am saying is it does not have to be these things. Matt Mercer's style of GMing isn't the only way, or the best way: it is just one way to it. Bold emphasis mine. I agree with you, but here is the rub, pemerton does not as per his OP. He does not even make that concession that someone could engage in a literary endeavour for their RPGing. This is the issue lowkey13 has been highlighting for a while.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 01:39 PM - jasper mentioned lowkey13 in post Mike Mearls interview re: Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    I agree with lowkey13 about spreading the books. I use a 33 inch 8 pocket luggage to haul my stuff. Another "core" book and I going have just start carry the basics of what I running that night. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K0863Q6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 07:20 PM - Draegn mentioned lowkey13 in post What is missing in 5E that you had in other editions?
    lowkey13 Do the tables you miss include the roll a d12 for a date chart? Is this what dual rapier wielding gnome paladins have to do?
  • 06:54 PM - DMMike mentioned lowkey13 in post GMs are an endangered species!
    I don't think there was ever any risk to DMs, but yes, (5E is) a return to DM-centric mechanics, that put more of the pretend 'power' on the DM side of the DM/Player dynamic. It's harder to DM than 4e was (though still arguably easier than 3.x), and requires a different style of DMing. The Player v DM would, a most be 'emulated' - that is, the DM would have to set some bounds for himself to 'let the players win.' PvP would be fine, but would really /need/ a DM supervising it. I'd actually like to see 6E pick up where 4E left off, where some other games currently are, and make the GM role more mechanical - putting more narration in the hands of the players. I would expect it to go well with today's Burger King have-it-your-way players. And with a nod to "game modes," it could either leash or unleash the more creative (gonzo) players. Paizo would probably like that too. (Does Pathfinder have "GMs" or "DMs?") Regarding an earlier comment from lowkey13 - that there are no good DMs (snark noted) - what are today's games doing to make GMing easier, and thus, allowing the GM population to flourish? Not in terms of enabling PCs to co-GM, but having a clear GM role that isn't intimidating.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 12:54 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    I come from the land of busting chops. This isn’t busting chops. This is the territory of being insulting. And most people don’t take bring insulted sitting down. Except not. I know for a fact that all I'm doing is having some fun, and not even all of it has to do with you at all, and what does is just ribbing. No insults at all. If you are feeling insulted, then you are seeing insult where there isn't any. Satyrn is one of the nicest people here, so I'm certain that she is also just having some fun with a bit of ribbing. lowkey13 I'm not as certain about, but he has a similar humor to mine, so I think he is probably doing the same as Satyrn and I.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 01:08 AM - pemerton mentioned lowkey13 in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    pemerton has pretty strongly argued that presentation is not very important and that content is all that really matters. That the scenario regardless of how that scenario is communicated to the players is the most important thing at the table. I have used the words "literary" and "performance" in what I hope are reasonably clear senses. Theatre (typically) involves both. Salon repartee with Oscar Wilde or Dorothy Parker involves both. Conversation with friends typically invovles neither. I've also said - repeatedly, although lowkey13 may not have read those posts - that everything else being equal a mellifluous GM can be a good thing. But obviously much of the time everything is not equal. For example, pre-scripting which is often a precondition of literary quality in word-choice and a precondition for rehearsal of presentation, is at odds with the back-and-forth, the invitation-and-response, that I think is at the heart of RPGing. To frame invitation-and-response as scenario is harmless enough provided not too much weight is put on the latter. But obviously if, by scenario, one is talking about something pre-scripted and rehearsed, then that's not what I'm talking about. If a scenario doesn't speak to the players and engage their interest, and generate an emotional response in them, then my advice to the GM would always be work on your stuff. I would not be suggesting choose a different soundtrack. I’d argue that presentation is equally important and you prove my point. A dm who presents information one ...


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Thursday, 27th June, 2019

  • 05:47 AM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    But that's not what the rules state. Let's start with the origin, which so many people ignore. EW, p. 2. "Druids are able to employ the following sorts of weapons: Daggers, sickle or crescent-shapedswords, spears, slings, and oil. They may wear armor of leather, and use wooden shields. Theymay not use metallic armor." I then direct your attention to PHB p. 19: Class Tale II: Armor and Weapons Permitted Monks can't use oil, for example. Can you identify the negative impact for it if you don't follow it? Nope? Thought so. Druids are allowed leather armor and a wooden shield. That's it. Leather, wooden shield. That's what you get as a druid. All of that is just repeating the same one line over and over and over. Druid's can't wear metal armor. Repeating something doesn't make it more true. Once you boil it down, there is one line that says, "Druid's can't wear metal armor." and one line that says, "Metal armor spoils their magical powers." The druid section gives a restriction, and t...
  • 04:51 AM - ccs quoted lowkey13 in post [1e and OD&D] How did you handle Druids and Armor? Clerics and Edge Weapons?
    If you looked at the book, the binding fell apart. That's right- the book itself would fall apart if you viewed it. It's like a Schrodinger's book; it both lived and didn't live while it was unread, but the second you began to read it, IT DIED! And then 30 years later the process repeated with the 5e PHB. Ahh, the nostalgia....
  • 04:35 AM - ccs quoted lowkey13 in post [1e and OD&D] How did you handle Druids and Armor? Clerics and Edge Weapons?
    There are some things you can tolerate in polite society; Unearthed Arcana is not one of those things. I think it really depends upon what 1/2 of the book you're using & what side of the screen you were sitting on. :) Barbarians breaking loot, Drow as PCs, weapon specialization/double spec, Chevaliers, changes to paladins & rangers.... :( Thief-acrobats were a wash - and to date the only PHB/UA class option I've NEVER seen played. Expanding the PC race/class options though, that was good. Except for that bit about allowing Drow.... The back 1/2 of the book though was gold. We got much fun out of the additional magic items & spells. And we finally had pictures for all the &**% pole-arms!
  • 03:53 AM - Voadam quoted lowkey13 in post [1e and OD&D] How did you handle Druids and Armor? Clerics and Edge Weapons?
    So, a different thread about druids and metallic armor in 5e has repeatedly referenced the way Druids were in OD&D / 1e, and how there wasn't really a rule about classes and so on so forth. Anyway, with the usual caveat of "Everyone played AD&D/OD&D" in a different way, I was looking to do a thread to see how people actually played OD&D and AD&D from 1976 - April 1985.* So here's the questions to answer, along with my answers, in the following parts: 1. Could Druids wear metallic armor? If they did, what happened? 2. Could Clerics wield edged weapons? If they did, what happened? 3. Could Monks use flaming oil? If they did, what happened? Actual AD&D play from 81-85. It never came up except in the technical sense of multiclassed clerics who used weapons with no problem (and whatever the odd god specific exceptions from the Greyhawk boxed set allowed). Nobody tried to violate the class restrictions in the games I was in so the issue of what would happen never neede...
  • 02:07 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted lowkey13 in post [1e and OD&D] How did you handle Druids and Armor? Clerics and Edge Weapons?
    Naw. Real D&D playerz (tm) come in hard. https://i.imgur.com/x3jFTW3.gif Mercy is a French word of thanks, not something you extend to UA-lovers. *pffft* I have crayon-colored dice older than you. My Deities & Demigods has Lovecraftian and Melnibonean characters in it. I played a Drow Ranger/Druid/Magic-User @5 years before Drizz’t was ever published. In the late 1970s, I would travel 1-2 hours to bigger cities* just to get new modules & minis because the stores where I was didn’t have the latest stuff. * OK, my parents did the driving
  • 01:45 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted lowkey13 in post Keanu in the MCU
    Counterpoint- The only ACTOR who could play Keanu Reeves is Nic Cage. You're welcome! Have to disagree. Dustin Hoffman could do it. Dustin Hoffman could play Nic Cage playing Keanu Reeves.

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019

  • 11:15 PM - 5ekyu quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    That's because the Monster Manual says that "[t]o kill a troll, the monster must be burned or immersed in acid, any separate pieces being treated in the same fashion or they create a whole again in 3-18 melee rounds." It never says that you can use "fire" or "flame" ANYWHERE IN THE DESCRIPTION! By the powers of RAW and RAI, and because I once saw a copy of a monster manual, I demand you stop railroading me into using fire on trolls. Because burned doesn't mean fire, it clearly means, um, freezer burns. Nothing worse than tyrants trying to end my player agency!!!!!Also, it says the monster, not the troll.... so obviously, every time I burn a monster a troll is killed.
  • 09:00 PM - Ohmyn quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    But that's not what the rules state. I then direct your attention to PHB p. 19: Class Tale II: Armor and Weapons Permitted Monks can't use oil, for example. Can you identify the negative impact for it if you don't follow it? Nope? Thought so. Yes, I can. The DMG has rules about what happens when a player displays behavior that goes against the character of their class. Monks can't use oil, so a Monk that chooses to do so anyway will be punished for their deviation from their expected gameplay. Even in the example that I was "corrected" on earlier in this thread, Clerics can be unfaithful to their deity, and that's actually another explicit example listed in that section of the DMG. Being unfaithful to a deity in AD&D does NOT automatically remove their spellcasting, as I was also "corrected" on. They prepare all level 1-4 spells without the need of a deity, as the magic comes from personal prayer and meditation. It's only 5th level and higher spells that the Cleric need to request from thei...
  • 08:40 PM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post [1e and OD&D] How did you handle Druids and Armor? Clerics and Edge Weapons?
    Et tu Danny? The lowkey doth protest too much, methinks. :p
  • 07:31 PM - Sacrosanct quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    That's because the Monster Manual says that "[t]o kill a troll, the monster must be burned or immersed in acid, any separate pieces being treated in the same fashion or they create a whole again in 3-18 melee rounds." It never says that you can use "fire" or "flame" ANYWHERE IN THE DESCRIPTION! By the powers of RAW and RAI, and because I once saw a copy of a monster manual, I demand you stop railroading me into using fire on trolls. Because burned doesn't mean fire, it clearly means, um, freezer burns. Nothing worse than tyrants trying to end my player agency!!!!! Don’t you see? Clearly “burned” means to suffer from being the butt of a wicked joke. “Yo mama so fat, she has to use a boomerang to put on her belt!” “Way to go Bob, you killed the troll for good! Sick burn!”
  • 06:55 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post On the Origins of Classes (1e, OD&D)
    So, anyone have ideas on the Assassin?Stealth? Disguise? Death attacks? Sounds like a ninja. Leather armor & shield? ...no idea. Ninjas hadn't quite become pop culture icons in the 70s, I don't think. And the iconic assassin of that & the preceding decades, if you even remembered he was supposed to be one, would've been James Bond. Maybe Bronson as the Mechanic. ...I'm probably missing something. Did Nehwon have an Assassins' Guild? I seem to recall they had Beggars' and Thieves' Guilds. The eponymous Assassins, btw, hid daggers in scrolls so they could stabbed nobles in the guise of petitioners. Not much help there.
  • 06:34 PM - Xeviat quoted lowkey13 in post What is the Ranger to you?
    So .... the bolded part is, fundamentally, why I don't much like the Ranger. Not hate, as in Paladin, more like ... why? Look, we have the ol' original Ranger, Aragorn (OD&D via periodical, 1e). And then we have various permutations after that to make it make sense. Archer? Dual wielder? Drizzt? Pet wrangler? None of that really makes sense, to me, and so other than the name, I don't much care for any archetype. I guess, if I had to, I'd keep with an outdoors-y theme (Ranger is to Fighter as Druid is to Cleric) and perhaps a more special forces/commando type feel. Oh, and the ability to use crystal balls. Because reasons. I think this comes up a lot with the more specific story focused classes, like the Bard, druid, paladin, and ranger. These aren't as "archetypical" as the core four (cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard). The ranger just seems like it has been through more changes than others.
  • 04:30 PM - Mallus quoted lowkey13 in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    Is Pathfinder 2 the 2016 Ghostbusters Reboot, or is the original Pathfinder more of a colonialist narrative, like the original Star Wars trilogy? Glad I edited my original post. TNT is far too stable. And whatever happened to the strikethrough tag??
  • 04:24 PM - Istbor quoted lowkey13 in post Random Anime Announcement!
    Well, I'm 13 episodes in, and IIRC things are about to get a lot more awesome. So, there's that. What's killing me right now is that, TBH, I don't watch almost any anime, but I did watch a bootleg anime that a co-worker had in ... oh ... I want to say 2000 ... and it was so good. And it did have mecha (of course) but I can't recall the other details. It's been driving me bonkers ever since I started watching this. Hmm. There are a lot of Mecha anime. Could you be thinking of one of the many Gundam incarnations? That would fit in around that time. Escaflowne as well. Those Mecha have capes. It's hard to not find a giant robotic combat suit with a cape, as cool. Vandred is pretty cool, and featured a literal gender war. Blue Gender? That had some mecha. Hmmm... Not sure what else would fit that time frame and be a really good Mecha style anime.
  • 03:28 PM - Tyler Do'Urden quoted lowkey13 in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    This belongs in the pure, unadultered, AWESOME forums. Ima get my asbestos suit and my popcorn ready, because I can't imagine a better firestarter. ;) "Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 'The Last Jedi'?" There. Did you one better. :)
  • 03:22 PM - TwoSix quoted lowkey13 in post On the Origins of Classes (1e, OD&D)
    So, anyone have ideas on the Assassin? Have you looked behind you?
  • 02:08 PM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    So your experience is the same as all of the other dumb olds. Good. I mean- that's why DMs didn't have to iron out an agreement, no more than they would have to with Fighter and the hit points. Were I running 1e now, though, I would allow it and just have it spoil their magical powers like the rules indicate.
  • 01:45 PM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    FYI- uh, what? I posted another thread seeking input from the old who had played in the 70s and 80s, and not a single one of us stupid olds who don't understand rules agrees with you. Wait. Seriously? Every last one of them sat down at session 0 and hashed out that druids have to be played X way with no deviation? Because that's what I just said I never saw. When we were young, back during 1e, we superficially stopped at the word "can't" and didn't go any further, so we never tried to put on metal armor. Now that I'm older and I understand that the portion of druids that says "(metallic armor spoils their magical powers)" means that the must be able to physically put on the armor, I get that it's not an absolute restriction like we thought it was back in the day. People get older and wiser(not saying you're stupid ;) ) A. Fighters get d10 hp. Clerics don't use edged weapons (they use the weapons specified in Character Class Table II). B. Item saving throws, character training for lev...
  • 03:28 AM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I’m saying that I remember a certain other interminable thread about druids and rules; perhaps featuring more disintegration. And it turns out that I was exactly right! ;) And this seems as fruitful, albeit with the added bonus of someone calling all the old players stupid and incapable of understanding the rules. I hadn't gotten to that point in the thread when you posted this, so I didn't understand it then. :(
  • 02:29 AM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    You do you. You can’t cure .... um, wrong. Are you saying that story = rules?


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