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    Today, 05:49 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    No. And it doesn't just seem that way, it is that way. Once you move past the difficulty of generalizing about B/X and AD&D, you are still left with the fairly mundane observation that: 1. Hit points are more scarce; and 2. Healing is more scarce; and 3. Death, including perma-death is more likely. (No whack-a-mole, more ways to die other than hit points, system shock, etc.)
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    Today, 03:06 PM
    A Role Playing Game, to contain an accurate detail of all the subdivisions of which its rules might describe the complexities of the world, and of all the means by which those rules may be carried into execution, would partake of the prolixity of a legal code, and could scarcely be embraced by the human mind. It would probably never be understood by the public. The nature of a table top...
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    Today, 02:25 PM
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 25 Deck of Illusions 9 Dimensional Shackles 19 Driftglobe 7 Dust of Disappearance 12 Dust of Dryness 17 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 4-2=0 ?????? Figurine of Wondrous Power 25+1=26 Folding Boat 24
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    Yesterday, 03:49 PM
    The only thing better than watching JW3 two times, is watching it FOREVER, IN AN INFINITE LOOP! You thought I was going to say three times, didn't you?
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    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    Just quoting this again. It needs to be quoted.
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    Yesterday, 02:54 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 24 Deck of Illusions 10 Dimensional Shackles 21 Driftglobe 7 Dust of Disappearance 14 Dust of Dryness 16 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 5 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 10 Figurine of Wondrous Power 25
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    Yesterday, 02:52 AM
    Luckily, all my comments come with a money-back guarantee!
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    Yesterday, 02:18 AM
    See, e.g. https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/columnists/erica-marcus/rapeseed-oil-and-canola-explained-1.10475075
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    Yesterday, 01:34 AM
    I, too, am not a fan of the canolier. Wait for it.
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    Yesterday, 01:04 AM
    There's definitely something fishy about it.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:06 PM
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:47 PM
    I wouldn't say that the modern APs are trash; but I would say that the period from 1979 - 1984 is about as rich as can be, where you have everything from X2 (Amber) to S3 (Barrier Peaks) to the EX series (Wonderland) to Ravenloft and the Desert of Desolation (the I Series) to DL1 (which, regardless of how you felt about the rest of the series, was groundbreaking).
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:39 AM
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:46 PM
    Be just and if you can't be just be arbitrary.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 02:32 PM
    Wait until you see my list of favorite ice cream flavors! Mmmmm..... Lobster ice cream in Bar Harbor.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:50 AM
    Silence like a cantaloupe
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:10 PM
    5e PALADINS! Eff me! I mean, say what you will about the tenets of the Old School LG Paladins, at least it's an ethos.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:06 PM
    If you liked 2e, you should try it again first. That said, I am probably not the person to ask; while you are correct in stating that 2e is "similar enough" to OSR and B/X and 1e, I am one of the few people that would say that UA (in 1e) and everything 2e is just too ... modern. ;) If you're looking for stripped down, I'd give B/X a look.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:25 PM
    Smash the control images, smash the control machines.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:08 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    You know how Americans are, Umbran. They all love to travel, and then they only want to meet other Americans and talk about how hard it is to get a decent hamburger.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:05 PM
    Heh. So, I don't think it's JUST nostalgia. I listed the reasons I enjoy it, above, but I'd add two things- 1. Familiarity. Yes, it breeds contempt! But if you're going to be running or playing a system, it helps to play something that has worn a groove into you (in a good way?). Kind of like a pair of jeans that you've worn a long time, if you've played these systems, they just fit. It's...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:23 PM
    Okay! You will live forever! ....
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:10 PM
    Heh. Actually, it's pretty sound advice! (At least in America! Seriously, so many people think they will never die, and so many people fail to understand both how easy a simple will is, and how obnoxious the intestate laws can be.)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:09 PM
    So ... based on another thread, I had to ask myself, "Self, why do people go back and play OSR, retroclones, B/X, and 1e? I mean, given the sheer number of posts stating that these rules are objectively trash, people would have to be crazy AND stupid to play them, right?" Well, unfortunately, I am both crazy and stupid, loving both 1e and B/X, and having recently started a 1e campaign for...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:52 PM
    My wife and I used to go to the movies a lot, too. Do you know what happened? We got older. Weird, huh? And now, my wife doesn't go to the movies ever (almost ever, I should say) because she prefers art films which are just as good on the large TV screen at home, and cheaper. Whereas I will still go with the kids- but not nearly as often, and I don't go NEARLY as much as the oldest kid...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:42 PM
    Really? Are you trying to say that, in general, good movies do better? I am truly shocked. Or maybe it's because you're less likely to go to the theater? You realize that you are literally one of those "Get off my lawn" people that the demographics show, and it's either a chicken or egg thing? Why don't the olds go to the movies?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:39 PM
    Well, just pointing out that- 1. We had Terminator and T2. 2. Then we had the sequel, T3. How'd that go? 3. Then we had the Cameron-approved sequel, Salvation. How'd that go? 4. Then we had a reboot, that wasn't a reboot, Genisys. How's that go?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:25 PM
    If the age target demographic is 40 to 50 years old, then the movie has already flopped. I obviously can't speak to every place, but I know that locally, the teens will go see movies ... multiple times. It's an opportunity for them to get together and hangout. And they enjoy watching movies multiple times as well. If you're wondering why there are so many horror and superhero movies, there...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:12 PM
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:15 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    *shrug* It's not like I spam a thread for pages telling you about how 4e was really played, because my cousin once told me, and therefore it now exists as an immutable law that cannot be reasonably questioned. ....and that's a ruleset that was more uniformly applied than OD&D / 1e / B/X. But hey, maybe I should. It sounds like fun!
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:12 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    To me, the more interesting thing about the Thief class (and we just had this conversation when I did the origin of classes thread a few weeks ago, not to mention this has popped up every three-four months) is that the original Aero Hobbies thief didn't use tables, but rather used the abilities as if they were spells (MU). There is a source for it (Daniel Wagner) that I am too lazy to come up...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:58 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    I mean, in fairness, it's more of a, "Woah, you just don't get it." But sure, that works too. Of course, I think what you're missing is that I wasn't trying to contradict you. It's this surprisingly simple-to-grasp point that multiple people have expressed to you, but you keep missing. Here, let me show you: A: Chocolate ice cream is the best. Everyone eats chocolate ice cream....
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 06:47 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Pointing this out again, although others have already done so. You are on a forum. A forum where, among other things, we have people that write columns sharing their experience writing the books from back in the day (h/t James Ward). Where we have the archived words of EGG. And where we have, for better or worse, various Grognards milling about who played and DM'd these games. Not cousins....
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:53 PM
    lowkey13 replied to Monk Tortle
    If you drop the character in a blender, do you make Monk Tortle Soup? AC doesn't stack. As already stated, use whatever gives you the higher AC.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:35 PM
    To me, it's not the hate that's surprising and disheartening. It's always been there. It's that people are so comfortable expressing it in public. I find that shocking, and fairly new.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:28 PM
    I hear you. Heck, if someone told ME that they were getting together with their GURPS Group, I would probably think they were discussing their STD-support group before doing a double-take.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:23 PM
    So, I don't actually disagree with you, but when I read what you wrote, I had the following thought- when you appear to criticize someone for making "value judgments about the choices they do make," I have to contrast that with your approach. I find it hard to square your criticism with the following description of escalating consequences. I mean ... how does one adjudicate "escalating...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 02:46 PM
    Oh man .... I'm really reaching into the past here, but you're right. Bard's Tale was fine, but M&M ... now you were cooking with gas! Still, I don't think any game stole as many hours from me as the Ultima series. I may not remember that much from the 80s, but I still remember the infinite boat trick from Ultima 2. :)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 02:43 PM
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:37 PM
    So I wanted to tie this into some bigger point about RPGs in general, but ... meh. Too much effort. Instead, I just wanted to post a thread so people could discuss, if they chose to, some of the wonderful CRPGs that really kick-started the genre. What am I thinking about? Well, here we go! 1. Wizardry O.M.G. This is the ultimate in old school CRPGs, isn't it? Sure, it's a shameless...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:28 PM
    I feel like ... there might be some larger point that could be drawn out here. I'm just not going to make it.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:25 PM
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:16 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    This all may be true, but have you ever considered the other side? You know, that the other person is a brain in a jar, and we are all nothing but shadows on a wall and therefore have no authentic experiences? I mean ... have you ever been to the dark side of the moon? Do you even lift, brah?
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:30 PM
    .....do you have a kickstarter for this one act play? Maybe a "Waiting for Godot, the Human Warlock?" Or would it by more of a "Rosenogre and Guildenogre Are Dead." ..... Take all of my money.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:20 PM
    I know! That's really unlike us. ;)
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:33 PM
    Well, here's a counterpoint- you're a cynical and grouchy old man. :) But I will offer a competing view, full of hope! D&D has succeeded not because people are stupid, and not because of path dependency, but for a multitude of reasons that feed into one another. But I think that what you have to start with is that D&D scratches some sort of itch, and it does it well; moreover, it does it...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:15 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    So, the bolded part is what interests me. One of the big differences, IMO, between classic OSR/1e style play and today's play (basically from 2.5e on, but especially with 3e on) is the emphasis on Chargen. I often think that a character isn't made interesting and unique in OSR in creation; it's only through play that the character becomes interesting and unique. I can create a 1e or...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 06:43 PM
    So .... I disagree with pretty much everything you wrote. :) Look, I get the whole, "Old man yells at clouds" aspect of this debate- I'm right there with you. But far too often, people look at these types of things and, to paraphrase the old joke, say, "Sure, D&D might be the preferred RPG in fact, but surely it shouldn't be in theory." There certainly wasn't a dearth of RPGs at the...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:38 PM
    To answer the question, well, it depends on the timeframe! Back in the day, D&D was always the "main game" that my group would play. But we often take extended breaks to play games for one-shots, or short periods of time, or even a few years, just to enjoy something different. Now? I pretty much play D&D (5e campaign, 1e campaign, about to try a little B/X again) and the occasional one-shot...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:13 PM
    Is the question strange? If you include PF as part of the greater D&D family (a reasonably supposition), then you will usually see that more than 80% of all games and players are playing "D&D," with no other RPG getting any real noticeable push. Everything is niche compared to D&D/PF. So, yeah, I'd certainly say that D&D is the default for TTRPGs. (Even moreso when you people who...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:30 PM
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 02:47 PM
    That's great- and it makes me so very happy when people take the time out to get responses from the sources about how certain things came about. I mean, Tieflings may not be my cup of tea, but a LOT of people really like them, and doing this type of research helps the whole community! :) I hope you keep it up and do some more research into Planescape. I'm sure there are a lot of fascinating...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:57 AM
    If you ever want to visually show someone the difference between the 70s and 80s, show them Rambo 1 and Rambo 2 back-to-back. They were both released in the 80s, but they couldn't be more different. One is Carter, the other is Regan.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:54 AM
    lowkey13 replied to We're back!
    So .... Tuesday has come and gone. (Looks around) Hmmm.....
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 11:52 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Oh yeah. Now I remember. (You're not missing anything, @Sacrosanct ... but c'mon, where is the bitchin' Camaro joke?) Anyway, there is something fundamentally odd, to me, with those who argue against OSR and/or retroclones as solely the product of nostalgia as if there is some sort of objective measure of RPGs that they fail. The resurgence of OSR and retroclones was, in part, driven by...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 11:13 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Your suspicion is incorrect. I like my cars like my RPGs. Old and gorgeous. Preferences are an interesting, and personal, thing. It’s usually not helpful to assume others share yours. ;)
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 10:24 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Sure! Maybe to you. I mean, one person might say, "Why would you ever drive that terrible 1964 Jaguar E-Type? How could you keep your 1992 Audi 80 Coupe? Those don't even have real cupholders!" And to which I might reasonably respond, "Eh, some people like the bells and whistles of modernity, and I will not begrudge them their touchscreen entertainment systems and their ability to survive...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 10:07 PM
    Well, I mean, sure. But just because something feels good, doesn't mean you should do it. Because otherwise, I'd be all naked driving a scooter and eating a tub of raw cookie dough. The very nature of civilization depends on keeping up some small level of appearances, man! It's why you don't order a drink with an umbrella.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 10:05 PM
    Anyway, I should also say that ThePlanarDM did some excellent work, especially in getting responses from the individuals involved. It's always great to see someone putting in the legwork instead of just speculating!
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:58 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn Is OSR just a secret machination of the Great Old Ones? If you play a retroclone long enough, will you hear scratching behind the walls? What otherworldly colour shall descend and inhabit your d8?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:10 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Yeah, I think you're not approaching this from the correct perspective. If you're long-steeped in 2e and later editions, OSR is going to be a shock. But this isn't about bonuses. This isn't about designing great characters. It's about playing. Full stop. So relax and enjoy it. If you want, you can go full reckless and let the dice be your god, a la what pogre suggested. Worse thing...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:01 PM
    More unfair maligning? I mean, I can't even be bothered to insult Tieflings. It's too easy- like mocking Druids. Why bother? Sure, I could say, "Tieflings, when you can't even be bothered to hide your love of Hot Topic," but that would be mean, right?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:33 PM
    Having been inspired by another thread, I'd have to ask- If my DM tells me that "She blinded you with science," is that acceptable, or an unconscionable affront to player agency? But what if my DM was Thomas Dolby? SCIENCE! ....but what if my DM was 1980s Kelly LeBrock?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 06:58 PM
    Agreed. The 80s is like the uncanny valley when it comes to nostalgia? I can watch Stark Trek (TOS), and for whatever reason, it feels less dated than TNG. But TNG is Shakespeare (and more late 80s, 90s) compared to the drek that we had in the 80s. Knight Rider? Air Wolf? Great in theory! Terrible to actually have to watch.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 06:54 PM
    Tieflings are gnomes, without the street cred.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 02:49 PM
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 09:05 PM
    I do not like the enforced Wizard-centric pessimism of Thieves' Cant. In my campaigns, Thieves CAN, oh yes they do! Down with Magocracy! Do not accept the hegemony of Merlin and Chomsky! Thieves can do it, yes they can, if thieves can't do it, NO ONE CAN.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 08:33 PM
    lowkey13 replied to We're back!
    Oh noes! Well, hopefully this one goes better! Good luck. :)
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 07:28 PM
    Well, since by the power of maths and logic you are a self-proclaimed 3e lover, then you must know all about the skill system required to take a shower.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 07:22 PM
    That means ... 3e. 5e + 1e = 6e/2 = 3e. You know, math.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 07:16 PM
    So, since the great enworld Board Co-Mingling, I've been seeing a lot of cross-talk about various editions, and I naturally thought to myself, "Self, why do you talk to yourself like this?" And then, after that I began to wonder what editions people were actually playing today (as opposed to arguing about because, hey, we are on the internet), and so I thought I'd put up a poll. Now, for...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 06:47 PM
    So, this is a pretty good topic! I have some thoughts on this that I've been meaning to share ... {checks OP} {checks OP again} I don't know what's worse- necromancy, or creeping senility. Maybe a combination of the two? Cleetus the Decaying: "Hey everyone, we should raise an army of the dead!"
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:19 PM
    Some people just hate fun. The things you own end up owning you- embrace a little chaos.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:29 PM
    So did I! But it makes for an interesting entry into the SUPER CHAMPIONS round.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:17 PM
    Daern's Instant Fortress 11 Decanter of Endless Water 20 Deck of Illusions 17 Deck of Many Things 4 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 20 Dust of Disappearance 21 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 20 Efreeti Bottle 21
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Woah. Bag of tricks won! That's quite a treat! (ugh ... LONG weekend)
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:50 PM
    Daern's Instant Fortress 20 Decanter of Endless Water 18 Deck of Illusions 20 Deck of Many Things 20 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 20 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 20 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 20 Efreeti Bottle 21
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:49 PM
    This thread is inspired by the prior threads on the iconic monsters, best cannon fodder, and so on. Most importantly, while I can't make a list of magic item prices, at least we resolve which magic items are the BEST! That's right- we are going to find out what magic miscellaneous item is the greatest! Yeah, that's right. Wells and instruments and jugs .... OH MY! Because there were so many,...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:49 PM
    Hey- I had to post the next one because I wasn't sure this would end, and I'm unclear how much more posting I will do before the July 4 weekend commences (and, of course, I may be spectacularly absent for a few days!). D-H is posted, and I'll try and update. If not, see y'all Monday!
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:39 PM
    I won't vote for fewer, but I will vote for less, both as a protest against prescriptivism, and in solidarity with the sign at the express lane of my local supermarket. Y'all.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:37 PM
    Also? Second episode was really good. But I wanted to give a shout out to two performances. Aubrey Plaza was, as usual, amazing, and the Mad Hatter scene (as the Breakfast Queen, natch) was both gratuitous and necessary. But I give ALL OF THE STARZ for this episode to Cary. Bill Irwin did such an amazing job during the "escape" that I assumed it was editing, or CGI, or CGI editing, or...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Clerics? Clerics are for posers and hipsters. You take your Cleric, and Sir Fang, and get yourself and your beard and your fancy coffee and apple computer and artisanal pencils back to Park Slope. We rock it Chainmail-style here.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:09 PM
    A druid wearing plate armor? . . . . . . . /explodes
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:01 PM
    Six choices? What is this, the cereal section of the supermarket? Four choices is probably two choices too many.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 04:16 PM
    If you're not going to do something spitefully, why bother doing it at all? I tell you, it's like my mom always told me, "Lowkey, if you can't be a part of the solution, be a part of the problem. With extra spite."
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 03:42 PM
    Kinda sorta? I mean, we don't get much, but we do get it. Mr. Robot immediately comes to mind. True Detective. Hannibal. Banshee. Okay, maybe not. But that was wicked cool, and no one watched it.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 03:38 PM
    I loved the first season. Watched it with subtitles. I've heard the dubbing is bad, but I never watch dubs, because ... well, other than a very few exceptions, it sucks. Haven't watched the second season yet; watching the Kingdom (Korean historical zombies) right now .
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 03:35 PM
    Player: Ima Paladin. DM: You feel bad. Not so objectionable now, is it?
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Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 07:53 PM - Ralif Redhammer mentioned lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    ...’m of a similar mind. I’m more inclined to just play the original games these days instead of the retroclones. The exception is DCC RPG, which, while a retroclone, has enough new rules and style to make it its own thing. Now, as for why I enjoy OSR play… The ease of character generation and levelling up is definitely a nice change of pace. There is something delightful to the fear-ridden exploration part of the game. Going into the dungeon is a lot like being dared by your friends to run up and touch the door of Old Man Mordenkainen’s house. One thing I’m not as much a fan of is that direction choices frequently boiled down to random selection – it wasn’t until you came to a room or chamber that things got exciting, generally. As much as I was amazed when 3e blew them away, I did love the niche protection of race-as-class and class restrictions. It meant that you played a dwarf because you thought dwarves were cool, not because they were the optimal choice for a class. And, sorry lowkey13, but one thing I dearly love about the old days is that all paladins had to be Lawful Good. For /my/self, I have to admit that when I'm in the mood to paleo-game, as I call it, retroclones don't cut it. I want the real thing. I pull out my faded 1st Edition Gamma World rulebook and run a crazy game of random mutants mucking about with random artifacts.

Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 01:24 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    ...to push the boundaries. I think our fundamental disagreement is where those boundaries lie. I disagree that the soft rules(guidelines) that involve in-game behavior are immutable. If a druid had a valid reason for putting on metal armor, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest as a DM, and as a player I'd be pissed if a DM was so inflexible as to deny what is a reasonable(not rules lawyer or find loophole) action. Thus in the case of lawyer-style arguments regarding precise RAW language, for me it's the spirit of the rule that matters, NOT technicalities over preciseness of wording. So, you're in the wrong place for that. :p As was pointed out to you in this thread, these sorts of discussions happen in the forum environment all the time. We are after all discussing what RAW means, so of course the meaning of the wording is going to come up. We all have different takes on what rules mean, even to the the point of going opposite of clearly worded instruction. In the thread that lowkey13 referred to yesterday about druids and disintegrate, I had people swearing that druids never hit 0 hit points in wildshape so as to avoid being wrong about the wildshaped druid triggering the dusting effect. This was despite very, VERY clear language that said that the wildshaped druid turns back to normal form when he hits 0 hit points. At least this conversation is about language that's more vague or optional.

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019


Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 09:10 PM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Items (Misc. A-C)- BAG OF TRICKS WINS!
    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

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Monday, 15th July, 2019

  • 05:53 PM - dave2008 quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    So, what do y'all think? Interesting, thank you for sharing! I still really like 5e- I mostly run it in an OSR fashion, using 1e modules, but there are a few things I just can't replicate. I do feel like it would be fairly easily to replicate most of what you like in 5e (not that you need to too). Here are my thoughts: 1. Chargen: No sure about this one, but I guess you could only reveal the class features in 5 level increments. That would at least prevent the planning out of the whole character. 2. Magic Itmes: I agree with you here, but if you take care of some of these other ones (see #8) it comes back naturally. 3. Rules, lack thereof: I feel the same about 5e rules as 1e rules, you can use them if you want them, but you don't have to. I actually think this is a D&D thing and doesn't really change from edition to edition, so I don't get this one personally. 4. Class Niche Protection: Restrict classes to one archtype and don't allow multi-classing as needed. I think that pretty...
  • 02:17 PM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post What are your Pedantic Complaints about D&D?
    Luckily, all my comments come with a money-back guarantee! Fine. I want my $0 back, and I'm charging 100% interest daily.
  • 04:26 AM - dnd4vr quoted lowkey13 in post What are your Pedantic Complaints about D&D?
    Luckily, all my comments come with a money-back guarantee! https://media0.giphy.com/media/d7mMzaGDYkz4ZBziP6/giphy.gif Wonderful, now I am in the mood to watch Gladiator! I haven't seen it in a decade. Thanks a lot. :p Of course, it brings back memories of the Fighter Tactics house-rules we made up, like Aggression (before 3E Cleave), Finesse, and Stunning Blow, which we got idea for from the movie LOL. Funny how so many house-rules ended up showing up in later editions. Hmm... :hmm:
  • 02:47 AM - dnd4vr quoted lowkey13 in post What are your Pedantic Complaints about D&D?
    There's definitely something fishy about it. Oy.... really? I don't know whether to "boo" or "hiss". j/k :D
  • 02:06 AM - SkidAce quoted lowkey13 in post What are your Pedantic Complaints about D&D?
    I, too, am not a fan of the canolier. Wait for it. /waiting /doesn't get it... /waiting

Saturday, 13th July, 2019

  • 08:47 PM - aramis erak quoted lowkey13 in post RPG Attack Site Closes As Author Outs Himself
    To me, it's not the hate that's surprising and disheartening. It's always been there. It's that people are so comfortable expressing it in public. I find that shocking, and fairly new. https://i.imgur.com/4NVPovL.gif Fairly new? Hardly. People actually acting as if it is offensive, that's the new thing. I spent several years as the only white boy in a black neighborhood. Hate was open. It was the 1970s... KKK members wore clan emblems openly, even in Alaska, on their day to day. Various "Respond to hate with hate" groups were present - mostly formed in the 60's. Many unions were strongly ethnic. The N word (for African AMericans) wasn't censored on TV. Nor the K word (vs jews), S (for Mexicanos), D (for lesbians), F (for gay males), but the other F word (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge) was
  • 04:00 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
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Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 10:47 PM - Zardnaar quoted lowkey13 in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    My wife and I used to go to the movies a lot, too. Do you know what happened? We got older. Weird, huh? And now, my wife doesn't go to the movies ever (almost ever, I should say) because she prefers art films which are just as good on the large TV screen at home, and cheaper. Whereas I will still go with the kids- but not nearly as often, and I don't go NEARLY as much as the oldest kid who goes on his own all the time with the other kids from his class. Says who? I mean, it depends on how you define reboot, right? There are almost no original IPs, so ... let's look at 2018. Of the top 20 (20!) movies (Domestic US), 3 were original IP- Bohemian Rhapsody #10 (Jukebox Biopic) A Quiet Place #16 (Horror, the one genre that can consistently do decently with new IP) Crazy Rich Asians #17 (RomCom!) The rest were- Marvel Cinematic Universe (including Sony Spiderman and Fox Mutants)- Nos. 1, 2, 6, 9, 13, 15 DC Universe #5 Star Wars Universe #12 Potterverse #20 ...
  • 10:45 PM - Mistwell 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? Discuss! Pathfinder 2 is Highlander 2.
  • 10:26 PM - reelo quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    So ... based on another thread, I had to ask myself, "Self, why do people go back and play OSR, retroclones, B/X, and 1e? I mean, given the sheer number of posts stating that these rules are objectively trash, people would have to be crazy AND stupid to play them, right?" Well, unfortunately, I am both crazy and stupid, loving both 1e and B/X, and having recently started a 1e campaign for teens and beginning to dabble in a B/X campaign. So I thought I'd start a new thread and explore some of the reasons why I love the old school rules and movement, and perhaps get some feedback from others hopefully without ... well, extraneous clutter. :) So let's start with my non-exhaustive, non-ordered list of why I went back to playing these rules (I still play 5e as well): 1. Chargen. I understand that there are many people who enjoy chargen as its own mini-game. That love to plot out their characters and their choices from level 1 to 20. That enjoy the session 0 / day of creating the characters as mu...
  • 08:39 PM - Xaelvaen quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    If you liked 2e, you should try it again first. That said, I am probably not the person to ask; while you are correct in stating that 2e is "similar enough" to OSR and B/X and 1e, I am one of the few people that would say that UA (in 1e) and everything 2e is just too ... modern. ;) If you're looking for stripped down, I'd give B/X a look. Somewhat recently, I ran a game of 2E at the FLGS when a few of the new-to-D&D players heard myself and another grognard talking about it. I find it still quite enjoyable, for both the nostalgia of a time when I wasn't the DM and my highschool buddy's father was, and for the (contrary to your post) incredibly robust character creation (I admit the blasphemy, I loved the Character Class Point Buy options that came later in the edition). As for finding anything post UA (1e) and 2e too 'modern', that's cool - we all love what we love. Upon your suggestion, I'll give them a fresh shot - we've been looking for something 'interesting and unusual' for a special...
  • 07:17 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
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  • 06:45 PM - Xaelvaen quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    Look, I think that actual nostalgia (from the old pejorative definition) requires you to have experienced it. It doesn't mean it's right- in fact, it usually isn't. Because nostalgia is by definition wrong, since you are selectively remembering the good parts, and forgetting the bad parts. Just devil's advocate here - Nostalgia's definition does involve personal experience, but there's a great deal of work in the psychology field on this very topic, and there's no definitive answer - too many contradictory inputs. Wistfulness and Yearning are often related - and there's a Portuguese word (Saudade) which is basically pseudo-nostalgia, and C.S. Lewis used sehnsucht of course. So, many people feel 'nostalgia' for things that aren't their personal memories, and in English, for lack of a better word, it just has to fit. There's one study relating it to music, in fact - pretty interesting stuff. Myself, I use nostalgia for that feeling as well, though I know full well the classic definition isn'...
  • 06:12 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    You don't need to see my identification...
  • 05:52 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    *ahem* mimimimimimi /ME/… let's do this... TRIGGER WARNING: I'm going to use the dreaded N(ostalgia) word. I'm only using it because it applies to me, and how I feel about revisiting the classic games I played decades ago. And, since I am applying it to myself, I hope it's clear I'm using it in a positive sense (yes, there are some). So ... based on another thread, I had to ask myself, "Self, why do people go back and play OSR, retroclones, B/X, and 1e? (still funny, btw) For /my/self, I have to admit that when I'm in the mood to paleo-game, as I like call it, retroclones aren't what immediately call to me. I just pull out my faded 1st Edition Gamma World rulebook and run a crazy game of random mutants mucking about with random artifacts. Of course, when that urge first hit me it was c2000, the d20 phenom set me itching to play the classic games, and there weren't a lot of re-boots yet. OSR wasn't a thing, the re-boot of Gamma World they eventual came up with was horribly dis...
  • 05:12 PM - Morrus quoted lowkey13 in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    Heh. Actually, it's pretty sound advice! (At least in America! Seriously, so many people think they will never die, and so many people fail to understand both how easy a simple will is, and how obnoxious the intestate laws can be.) Dude. Please stop telling me I’m going to die.
  • 04:24 PM - Umbran quoted lowkey13 in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    There are almost no original IPs... There are almost no original IPs... in movies. In print (novels and comic books, for example) there's loads of new stuff. It is far, far cheaper to produce a novel or comic book run than it is to produce a movie, so it will often make far more sense to take something that's at least been tried out in the public arena before you spend $75 million and more on a movie.
  • 02:33 PM - Zardnaar quoted lowkey13 in post New Terminator Going to Flop? [spoilers]
    If the age target demographic is 40 to 50 years old, then the movie has already flopped. I obviously can't speak to every place, but I know that locally, the teens will go see movies ... multiple times. It's an opportunity for them to get together and hangout. And they enjoy watching movies multiple times as well. If you're wondering why there are so many horror and superhero movies, there you go. It's not that movies can't succeed at all with a more sophisticated audience, but to have a true blockbuster, you need to attract a younger crowd. (This is also borne out by statistics; in fact, 40 - 50 is the worst demographic .... even worse than than 50-59 and 60+ which includes more retirees, and leaves out the three best demos; 25-39, 18-24, and 12-17; to give you a better idea, in the last year I have stats, those three demos are the only ones that purchase tickets and go to movies as a higher percentage than they exist as a demographic in the population). In addition, if you are...


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