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    Yesterday, 04:48 PM
    NEEDZ MOAR LOGGINS!!!!!!
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
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    Goblin is to Hobgoblin as Clickclick is to Clickbait
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    Yesterday, 03:09 PM
    lowkey13 replied to Is This Odd?
    Such a new problem! Wait a minute .... Dragon Magazine, October .... 1977 ;)
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    Yesterday, 02:50 PM
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 06:34 PM
    Wait ... are you saying I should believe what they say, instead of my own fevered hopes and speculation? DRAT! That takes, like, 95% of the fun out of the internet. :)
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:39 PM
    Not quite (at least, not as introduced). DMG 59 states that ultravision can't be used underground or indoors- basically, it's only useful outdoors at night. My favorite weird ultravision rule is that magic weapon light ruins ultravision. :)
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:34 PM
    It's a question of priorities, isn't it? I mean, I somehow managed to live in tiny urban apartments (and tinier dorm rooms) and had a large number of books. People throughout history have had books ... To me, the amazing thing isn't that people can't fit in the books ... it's putting in their 60" + TV screens. Like I wrote- priorities. Į\_(ツ)_/Į
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:45 PM
    Is the Darkvision / Shadowsight like the old Infravision / Ultravision?
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:41 PM
    So true! I mean, the recent invention of cities and apartments has likely obsoloted the book. Um, wait .... ;)
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:25 PM
    Oh, I love this! Dragonborn: Breath Weapon Dwarf: oof.... Adv/Resist Poison Elf: Charm/ Sleep Resistance Gnome: hangin' out on lawns, all creepy like Half-Elf: Nunchuk Skillz Half-Orc: Eh ... Relentless Endurance Halfling: Stealthy Human: I'd give humans the variant feat to make it humanocentric, but then it would be unbalanced?
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:08 PM
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:46 AM
    Vance is nothing but highfalutin'. We could use a little more of that.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 11:05 PM
    Welcome, and have some XP! :)
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 10:02 PM
    *sigh* When was the PHB published? When was the DMG published? Now, here's what I wrote- "When 1e was released with the PHB, it defaulted to OD&D state generation since the DMG wasn't out." Do you understand what I wrote now? Good.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:15 PM
    I was being ironic with the "weird" comment. It is not at all surprising to me that lethality in D&D has declined over time through the editions. :)
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:11 PM
    Yeah, but no. I don't particularly feel like going through your methodology, but I find most of it suspect and/or incorrect. For example- 1e and 2e both used the same state generation. When 1e was released with the PHB, it defaulted to OD&D state generation since the DMG wasn't out. When the DMG was released, 3d6 was listed as the default with four alternative methods. Here's the pull...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:25 PM
    OD&D > B/X > 1e > 2e > 3e > 5e > 4e Not only is this true in terms of lethality, but it's also ALMOST completely chronological. Weird huh?
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:31 PM
    That is not the rule. It is the zero hit point rule. Here, let me show you- "When any creature is brought to 0 hit points (optionally as low as -3 hit points if from the same blow which brought the total to 0), it is unconscious. In each of the next succeeding rounds 1 additional (negative) point will be lost until -10 is reached and the creature dies." This was a special rule for what...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 05:22 PM
    Is a Druid/Monk, or Drunk for short, pre-destined to be the Way of the Drunken Master? And if so, does the Drunk use only natural fermentation, or are stills allowed?
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:40 PM
    Well, there is likely some correlation, but how much? I mean, let's use an easy example- Is the market of D&D (as defined solely as WoTC product) significantly different between 2014 and 2018? It's just four years, right? So, if WoTC did a survey in 1999, why did they do that? Because they had bought TSR in 1997, and they were about to release 3e in 2000. So there was a very major...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:55 PM
    I'll take your dagger +2, +3 vs. creatures larger than man-sized and RAISE YOU a Sword +1, +4 vs. Reptiles.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:46 PM
    Based on something pemerton wrote, I decided to check out Dying Earth. And I really like the Overarching Rule of Efficacious Blandishment. "The overarching rule of efficacious blandishment states that a character who tries to do something outside the letter of the gameís other rules may do so, provided that the player convinces the GM that this action falls within the spirit of the story. Thus...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:24 PM
    So, there's a couple of ways to look at this. Assuming D&D, you have the following dice: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20. Given the range of hit points for first level, and tradition, the actual range of weapon damage is fairly constricted. In 1e, the range is from a minimum of 1-2 (dart v. large) to a maximum of 18 (3d6, two-handed sword v. large). In 5e, the range is from a minimum of 1...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:36 PM
    I was curious about this last paragraph, as I'm not sure I fully understand this. Or maybe I do, and I disagree? Either way, I was hoping you could explain it. So, various TTRPGs and other RPGs have a closer identification of the player and the character; some might say that this can be either an artifact of the system, or an artifact of the style that one uses the system. Regardless, there is...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:49 PM
    Decanter of Endless Water 24 Deck of Illusions 8 Dimensional Shackles 19 Driftglobe 5 Dust of Disappearance 10 Dust of Dryness 17 Efreeti Bottle 22 Figurine of Wondrous Power 25 Folding Boat 25 Heward's Handy Haversack 22
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:32 PM
    Yes. But donít worry! Iíll take that Warlock to a farm upstate where he can run around with gnomes and Paladins and all sorts of other characters.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:57 PM
    I've never understood the appeal of the spell vicious mockery. I mean, it seems like an autosave to me? The bard casts it, and then the target responds, "I may have disadvantage next attack roll, but you will always be a bard."
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:43 PM
    That's right! When I see a gnome, I think ... "There's a no-class player."
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:24 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    I'm guessing you have a little Stockholm Syndrome? ;) Look, OSR is "high magic" in comparison to, say, WFRPG. But the difference between limited Vancian spellcasting, as you had in OSR, and today's spellcasting, is VAST. And the difference between very few characters having the ability to cast spells, and every .... single ... character ... being able to cast spells (if not as a base class,...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 06:46 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    So, as someone who went from 1e to 5e, I can tell you that there are more than just technical differences! The similarities (such as classes, races, ability scores, etc.) mask a deeper structural difference which becomes more obvious (to me at least) over time. I posted this in the other thread, but the prevalence of magic, alone, is such a huge factor, and the difference between innate...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 06:18 PM
    lowkey13 replied to OSR Gripes
    Yes, but no. I think it depends on your frame of reference? It feels more similar than, perhaps, 3e or 4e. But if you make the jump from OSR to 5e, the differences are stark. The magic alone, not to mention the whack-a-mole combat, is incredibly noticeable. And there is a huge difference between "Zero to Kinda Hero" and "Hero to Hero-er" which is closer to the distinction. Again, to...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 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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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 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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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 02:25 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 2 Figurine of Wondrous Power 26 Folding Boat 24
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 02:57 PM
    Just quoting this again. It needs to be quoted.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 02:52 AM
    Luckily, all my comments come with a money-back guarantee!
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 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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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:34 AM
    I, too, am not a fan of the canolier. Wait for it.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 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
    Decanter of Endless Water 22 Deck of Illusions 13 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 11 Dust of Disappearance 16 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 10 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 12 Figurine of Wondrous Power 21
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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
    Decanter of Endless Water 22 Deck of Illusions 15 Dimensional Shackles 20 Driftglobe 17 Dust of Disappearance 20 Dust of Dryness 17 Dust of Sneezing and Choking 18 Efreeti Bottle 22 Eversmoking Bottle 17 Figurine of Wondrous Power 24
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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
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    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. Itís 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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Friday, 7th September, 2018

  • 08:19 PM - Lanefan mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 13 Carter, Lin 12 Dunsany, Lord 15 Leiber, Fritz 10 Merritt, A. 8 Offutt, Andrew J. 6 Tolkien, J.R.R. 10 Wellman, Manley Wade 10 Williamson, Jack 14 Zelazny, Roger 15 lowkey13 - may I propose that the next one of these vote-downs be much the same as this one except using more recent fantasy authors, with Tolkein included as a comparison point. List might start with something like (and I'll miss some, for sure): Bradley, Eddings, Jordan, Martin, Salvatore, Hickman-Weis, Brooks, Gaiman, Tolkein, Goodkind, Lackey, etc. (this dead brain can't think of many right now)

Thursday, 6th September, 2018

  • 11:03 AM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Having read a bit about the remaining authors in the list whose work I haven't read, I am reluctant to downvote either them or the authors that I have read. Oh, well, as @lowkey13 might observe, no authors will be harmed in the making of this thread, so we must see this through to its bloody conclusion. It is our duty. Burroughs, Edgar Rice 16 Carter, Lin 12 de Camp & Pratt 3 Dunsany, Lord 15 Leiber, Fritz 16 Merritt, A. 12 Offutt, Andrew J. 14 Pratt, Fletcher 10 St. Clair, Margaret 11 Tolkien, J.R.R. 14 Wellman, Manley Wade 14 Williamson, Jack 14 Zelazny, Roger 18

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

  • 01:50 PM - Ristamar mentioned lowkey13 in post What makes D&D, D&D?
    I believe we need to separate the D&D brand from the classic or traditional D&D system, and it sounds like lowkey13 is focusing on system. He touched upon the major cornerstones (hit points, saving throws, classes, ability scores). To that list I would also add some form of a single die roll/opposed roll core mechanic which would encompass armor class and skill resolution. Aside from the classic mechanics, I believe "traditional" D&D empowers the referee with nearly all of the narrative control outside of direct player agency through the actions of their respective PC. This is a notable split from games like Dungeon World which grant players much more narrative control of the world around them. This could certainly change in the future. Even 5e has some player empowering variants, but they're only given very minor lip service as side options in a book that's not meant for players. To that end, I consider Pathfinder and a lot of the OSR variants to be D&D in spirit. The window dressing might be different and some mechanics might be tweaked, but the GM/Player relationship and conversation i...

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

  • 02:28 PM - TwoSix mentioned lowkey13 in post Forum Suddenly Switched How Named Are Displayed?
    I would rather display the XP-title text instead of the green bar. You could also save screen real estate by combining the member subscriber lines. So, for example, my profile squib would be: ---------- |IMAGE| MNBlockhead o |IMAGE| Community Supporter: Copper |IMAGE| Spellbinder (Level 16) ---------- Agreed. If I don't get my daily dose of feeling bad that lowkey13 is higher level than me, I don't really feel like I visited ENWorld.

Sunday, 5th August, 2018

  • 03:31 PM - Blue mentioned lowkey13 in post How would you RP a Gnome Conquest Paladin?
    ...akes pleasure in it, but has an iron conviction that what is right must be done no matter the cost. Now, paladins of conquest seem very Lawful to me, while there are so many gnomish interpretations around that there's no "one right way". I'd go for one of the more craftsman, everything-in-it's-place philosophy, less fey, trickster or chaotic. If you're going rock gnome, one quirk could be to make wind-up toys of people (marching soldiers, twirling ballerinas, etc.) in their spare time and lament that beings in the world can't be as orderly. If you wanted got go more emotional, put out a dislike of the larger races that keep the gnomes in check through their size-ism. But with the medium sized races it's just a basic dislike that can be overcome, getting more intense the larger the race. That last part is to make sure the character can still effectively play with the rest of the party. Oh, and they need a rapier. Nothing is better than a gnome paladin with a rapier, right lowkey13?

Thursday, 26th July, 2018

  • 02:50 PM - OB1 mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor the Good, the Bad, and the Fey- SPRITE WINS!
    Blink Dog 5 Dryad 19 Pixie 20 Satyr 17 Sprite 18 lowkey13 - I've used everything on this list but blink dogs. Granted I've only "used" pixies in that the Satyrs of my campaign like to grind them up and sell them as drugs (ie Pixie Dust).

Friday, 13th July, 2018

  • 11:41 PM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor the Good, the Bad, and the Fey- SPRITE WINS!
    Correction for lowkey13's overwritten vote... Bheur Hag 24 Blink Dog 22 Boggle 23 Dryad 26 Green Hag 23 Korred 20 Meenlock 21 Pixie 27 Satyr 24 Sea Hag 17 Sprite 26 Yeth Hound 16
  • 03:22 AM - Hawk Diesel mentioned lowkey13 in post Multi classing Objections: Rules vs. Fluff?
    ...others. Suddenly a Paladin is no longer about their code, and is transformed into someone born with their powers like a Sorcerer. Same thing with a Fighter. I look at those mechanics, and I can easily reflavor it into a Monk or a Ninja. Sure, fighters use weapons, but a warhammer can be reflavored into brass knuckles and it works the same. And you change it to versatile by the classic move where you bring your interlocked fists down upon an opponent's head. So yea, a multiclass Sorcerer/Paladin may not make sense if you only subscribe to the lore that we associate with those mechanics. But the Paladin levels could easily be explained as an extension of the sorcerer's bloodline based power. Or the Paladin may describe their sorcerery powers as an extension of their will to remain faithful to their oath. Or, it could be a really wiry inventor that wears a power armor suit and uses their gadgets to replicate all the powers of the sorcerer and paladin (especially if it's a gnome, eh lowkey13?).

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

  • 03:29 PM - Aldarc mentioned lowkey13 in post Everybody Cheats?
    Where do you draw the line on DMing for a cheating player?Any notions of the game's "integrity" strikes me as farcical levels of over seriousness here. If these are the sort of things that makes a person stop DMing, then maybe they should not be in the business of DMing to begin with. Out of all the issues to kick someone out of a tabletop gaming group, this one seems kinda miniscule, especially if they are your "friends." If I ever did that, I would think that my priorities in life were wildly out of whack. There are ways to deal with a serial cheater. If they cheat with dice, then you put them in situations where dice can't save them. Give them other dice to use. You don't call for a roll. You provide greater incentives for those who aren't cheating. DMs should not be in the business of playing lawful stupid gnome paladins with their players. No one likes paladins. Just ask lowkey13. So for me this is less about the "cheating," and more about when the person's playing becomes unreasonably disruptive for the group. I don't know where that arbitrary line in the sand is either, because this line tends to vary person to person and group to group. But if I am given the choice between a periodic cheater who gels well with the group and brings a lot of fun to the table and a Grade-A :):):):):):):) who never cheats and admonishes others when they cheat, then I will pick the serial cheater every time. If this serial cheater is being disruptive to the group, then I suspect that there are other issues apart from from the cheating that are at play here, with the cheating simply being a pretext. Cheating takes away the genuineness of the game experience and I'm not going to put work and effort into DMing for a person who would do that to the rest of the players(including me).

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 07:02 PM - OB1 mentioned lowkey13 in post Dropping to 0 HP - Alternate Rule
    ...ore cinematic feel. At this point, Iím definitely changing exhaustion level 6 to be unconscious with the need to make a Death Saving Throw every 6 seconds (or 60 seconds?) if at 0HP and every hour if above 0HP. Exhaustion 7 will then be Death. As for the fidly bits, I think I might just make any action require a Death Saving Throw while at 0 HP and get rid of the dodge reaction mechanic. While I liked the idea that you could focus on defending or escaping while at 0 HP, it maybe feels a bit too gamey. Instead, players will just have to balance the risk of taking dodge or disengage and making a Death Saving Throw vs simply running and potentially getting an opportunity attack against them. As that change makes things a bit more deadly, Iíll think I might add the ability to spend half your level in hit die immediately following a short or long rest to remove 1 level of exhaustion. That should help mitigate against one unlucky encounter leading to a certain death spiral as well. lowkey13 - Death at 0 HP or say -Con HP is something I considered as well and would certainly help with the goal of making combat riskier, but those are still very binary states. Iím looking for something a bit more cinematic and blurry to give room for the PCs to have that last desperate chance to push on when it really counts.
  • 04:46 PM - Oofta mentioned lowkey13 in post Paladin oath transgression thoughts.
    When I hit this, I simply told the PC they had violated their oath and had no special abilities. No spells, no lay on hands, nothing. The gods had withdrawn their support and they were no longer a chosen warrior until they had made proper atonement. I could see going half way on this, when they go to use their ability they need to make a charisma save for example. Depends on how egregious the transgression was. As far as whether or not paladins are particularly powerful, I guess that depends on a lot of factors such as how many combats you have between short rests and other factors. Any spell caster is going to be relatively more powerful if you have a lot of long rests relative to the number of combats. P.S. Ignore lowkey13, he just can't handle the aura of awesomeness that paladins naturally exude. Especially for Sir McStabsalot, Order of the Holy Owl. 98406

Sunday, 10th June, 2018


Friday, 8th June, 2018

  • 05:56 PM - TwoSix mentioned lowkey13 in post The final word on DPR, feats and class balance
    Oh! And thanks for the XP! That put me in 2nd place over Morrus, and behind only Gary Gygax himself, and with less than 5000 posts myself. I win an award!!!! :) Or maybe not lol. What can I say, my entire life is around the validation I get from an internet forum and the opinion of random strangers :P Congrats! I tend to only whore myself out for Laugh points, but not nearly as shamelessly as lowkey13. :)

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 06:31 AM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post DM Best Traits
    I'm going with communication with adapability in second, because the relative importance of all the others depends on what the players are seeking. Communication, on the other hand, is what (maybe, eventually) allows you to determine what the players are seeking, and adaptability is needed to (maybe, eventually) deliver it. In other matters... Also, apparently there are only two people on this forum who have more XP than me (Morrus and Gary Gygax himself), so I'm pimping myself out to catch Morrus. :D I'm kidding of course, I really am curious to see how people view good DM traits lol. 1) lowkey13, ironically the first to respond to your thread, has more XP than you. Did he not mention it because he is gracious or just oblivious? Inquiring minds want to know. 2) I don't believe you're kidding. (Just kidding. :)) 3) *musing to self* So now that he has made an issue of it, do I give Sacrosanct XP because being nearby I may bask in his reflected glory, or do I withhold, hoping to someday catch up and be King of the Neighborhood? Choices, choices...

Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

  • 08:44 PM - Harzel mentioned lowkey13 in post SURVIVOR Supplement Edition--Volo's Guide Wins!
    Incidentally: does "The Magic Encyclopedia (2e)" mean "Encyclopedia Magica"? That is a good and pertinent question. "The Magic Encyclopedia" was published first, and was just a listing with no descriptions. "Encyclopedia Magica" followed a couple of years later and contained descriptions. The difference would certainly affect my votes. lowkey13, which did you intend to include in the list?

Friday, 25th May, 2018

  • 09:12 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned lowkey13 in post Paladins in 5e: a Web DM video
    ... Even a Crown Paladin can consistently be a rebel leader, or just let rebels go because she knows their cause is right, or stand in front of a corrupt or overzealous official/lord/guard/judge/whatever to protect someone from an exaggerated response to a crime. "They committed a crime, and the law must be upheld, but Mercy is the sister of Order, and both exist to serve the good of The People, not your personal resentments. Stand down. The punishment for their crime is not death, and I will not allow you use the law as a weapon against our people." -Your Oath of The Crown Paladin, maybe. I love the part where they talk about seeing orcs and drow and such and seeing a person who has been corrupted by their society or god, who can possibly be saved, and starting there, rather than starting with violence. I love that idea not only for a Redemption, but for Devotion or Ancients as well, or even Crown or Vengeance, though each will express that differently. Anyway, great video! lowkey13 what kind of Paladin are you gonna make, homie? :D
  • 03:36 AM - Shiroiken mentioned lowkey13 in post Dice Rankings - The Poll
    I gotta say, lowkey13, you are cracked. The d12 is BY FAR the worst die in the game! The only people who like it are barbarians and orcs :p For all the love you have for the d20 (which I'll grant, does have a game system based on it), you seem to forget that it's almost as round as the d100. I've seen those suckers roll like a ball, never wanting to stop... I want to love the d4. I really do, but I've stepped on far too many for that. In addition, I feel it's the easiest die to "roll" in a specific way to control the result, due to it's limited edges for bounce. I gotta say that the d6, the old classic, is the superior die. Not only is is common enough that non-gamers understand it, but you can pick them up by the bucket-full. Not to mention that two of them create that magical 2d6 :cool:

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Monday, 1st July, 2019

  • 07:12 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted lowkey13 in post BECMI for 5e?
    Same. I would love to have the option of just playing a dwarf, a tiefling, a gnome, a dragonborn, and so on. Heck, the way 5e is built, I donít even think itíd be that hard to design and balance it to work with the regular system. Now, as to what a BECMI style progression for 5e would look like, what strikes me about those old box sets is how each one changed and expanded the game. The Basic set was all about the dungeon, the Expert set brought in Wilderness adventure, Companion had jousting tournaments and mass combat, Masters had rulership, and Immortals its divinity. Iíd think taking some of the optional rules from the DMG would work to help codify that progression within 5e. With race-as-class, for example.
  • 07:09 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post BECMI for 5e?
    With race-as-class, for example.Race-as-class (and no formal backgrounds, for that matter), seems such a reasonable simplification, I'm still a little disappointed it wasn't used in any sort of Basic product. In the 'advanced' product, it could be revealed that, yeah, your Halfling was, in fact, a Thief with the Criminal background, your Dwarf a Fighter with the Guild Artisan background, and your Elf a Wizard with the Soldier background.
  • 06:05 PM - dave2008 quoted lowkey13 in post BECMI for 5e?
    No. But I would TOTALLY get a B/X. In other words, simplified and separate system. One that is mostly compatible, but different. With race-as-class, for example. Interesting - why the race-as-class love. I never understood that. Of course I don't understand balancing races either so maybe I am a bit warped.
  • 05:22 PM - Ohmyn quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    As I noted at the beginning, no one complaining about the supposed "badly written" rule is providing an effective mechanism to enforce it. You know, anything from "Druid Explodes" to stating that the PHB rules on non-proficient armor should be enforced (PHB, p. 144). It's the usual rules lawyering- trying to find a loophole (it's not CAN NOT, IT'S WILL NOT, SEE?) and instead of fixing it, arguing that it therefore is meaningless. Words, man. What do they even mean? Nobody is providing an effective mechanism to enforce it because that's not the point. Providing a mechanism to enforce is not RAW, and the RAW is what's being discussed. Providing a mechanism in RAW requires a general guideline of enforcement for the DM to follow. If the rules developers wanted a mechanism to enforce it they would have done so like they did in 1E and 3E, which could have been done either in the PHB or in the errata after it was pointed out to them that no such mechanism existed in 5E. If they simply ruled "Druids...
  • 04:20 PM - Fanaelialae quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    There's really a lot here, and I'm trying to think of how to address it. There's a famous saying, "If you sit down at a poker table, and you don't know who the mark is, you're the mark." (Sometimes generalized to, "If you can't spot the sucker, it's you.") It's also used in competitive classes (see, e.g., law school)- "If you don't know who the gunner is, you're the gunner."* I think that these phrases, and common variations of them, go to the issue of self-awareness. We are all the protagonists in our own stories, aren't we? No one thinks that they are a bad rules lawyer- no. We are the good rules guru! We are the individual who the DM ... relies on. Who really knows the rules. Who helpfully points out when there is a rules issue, and only ... reluctantly ... engages in a lengthy disruptive conversation when "the ruling is unfair and hurting the fun at the table." It's not being a rules lawyer ... IT'S ALTRUISM! Really, it's shocking that anyone could possibly have a bad o...
  • 04:05 PM - Oofta quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    I mean, maybe there is an exception- the altruistic, helpful, rules guru that everyone loves having at their table. Much like the person who went home to roll up their Paladin and got the 17 in Charisma and the 18/00 strength, I am sure it happened, somehow, maybe. Hey now. I only had to roll up a few hundred characters to get those numbers. All the rest are farmers or died on their way to the dungeon. Honest! :rant:
  • 03:50 PM - Oofta quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    As I noted at the beginning, no one complaining about the supposed "badly written" rule is providing an effective mechanism to enforce it. You know, anything from "Druid Explodes" to stating that the PHB rules on non-proficient armor should be enforced (PHB, p. 144). It's the usual rules lawyering- trying to find a loophole (it's not CAN NOT, IT'S WILL NOT, SEE?) and instead of fixing it, arguing that it therefore is meaningless. Words, man. What do they even mean? Right. Remember though people have never said anywhere on this thread that a druid would ever wear metal armor, such as plate. Just that they could, if they wanted to and if you think it's not really a rule. Even though it is a rule. And people want their druids in metal armor. But they don't. It's badly implemented because there's not a paragraph justifying it unlike every other rule in the book except for the ones that don't. We can't just leave any consequence up to the DM because that means it's not really a rule. Exc...

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

  • 09:41 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    I think what actually happened is that some of us were discussing "y'all" and how Texas wasn't part of the South ... and then OF COURSE someone from New England had to come in and ruin everything because we weren't talking about New England and something something the Patriots are all just misunderstood something something GOODELL IS THE REAL CHEATER AND BRADY IS THE GOAT something something IM NOT A BANDWAGON FAN, IMA WEAR MY PINK RED SAWKS HAT SINCE 2014 something something yeah, I went to school in New England, that counts right something something you just don't get it, we really are long suffering, I mean, the Celtics didn't even make it to the finals this year blah blah blah LOOK AT ME, DID YOU KNOW WE PLAY SPORTS AND STUFF? YANKEES SUCK. GRONK 4-EVAH! How you like dem apples? You forgot to mention the "BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS!"
  • 06:36 PM - Celebrim quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    I pay $25, cash for the heads of Paladin players, and fund research for a time machine for the sole purpose of traveling back in history and removing the class from the D&D timeline. Some people are like, "Would you kill baby Hitler?" And I'm all like, "Yeah, because he's the reason we have Paladins. Probably." None of that sounds like it would be particularly effective. $25 doesn't buy a lot of assassin, and certainly not one capable of taking on Paladins. Your research into overturning the laws of physics is likely to be poorly funded if not impossible, something further suggested by the size of your bounties on Paladins. And you seem to fail to realize that it's Charlemange you need to go after, and not the megalomaniacs who are trying to grab what he willingly gave away, so even if you get into the time stream I'm skeptical of your ability to actually accomplish anything, not the least of which is that since almost every European is a descendent of Charlemange that any attempt ...
  • 06:13 PM - Xaelvaen quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    I would much rather deal with human imperfection, than the horrible compromises we make chasing a perfect system that will never happen. I have seen the future, and it is 6 hour football games, with instant replay looking for offensive line holding on each and every play. I'm from the Big Blue Nation - Kentucky Basketball is life. I've watched NCAA basketball since I was far too young to remember anything else but basketball. Instant Replays to check the referees' ability to be fair and impartial has been a huge assistance to the game of NCAA basketball, though I agree with the right kind of limitation as you've stated. Flagrant Fouls being able to be reviewed has drastically stopped fouling in the sport by a considerable margin, at least those with animosity behind them, and has barely affected accidental fouls. I would obviously hate to see every play get an instant replay, but even if every referee just gets their call checked once per game, it does create a better pool of referees. A...
  • 05:07 PM - Elfcrusher quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    I went to school in New England, that counts right Only if it was the University of Maine at Orono. (Ok, bonus points if it was UM Presque Isle.) Otherwise you were just another stinkin' tourist. Favorite bumper sticker: "It's called TOURIST SEASON so why can't I shoot them?"
  • 04:49 PM - oreofox quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    I pay $25, cash for the heads of Paladin players, and fund research for a time machine for the sole purpose of traveling back in history and removing the class from the D&D timeline. Some people are like, "Would you kill baby Hitler?" And I'm all like, "Yeah, because he's the reason we have Paladins. Probably." I love paladins. They are my most played class from 3rd, Pathfinder, and 5e. I never got to play one in 2e because I just DMed, and I probably wouldn't have gotten the rolls needed to make one. I'm currently playing one in a 5e game. Paladins = <3 More on topic: I know the thread that spawned this one, and read all 500+ responses (I believe it is up that high now). There is no such thing as a good rules lawyer. To me, there's a difference between someone who knows the rules, and a rules lawyer. I like the moniker "rules guru" and might end up using that. But I see "rules lawyer" similarly to what others have described: Someone who goes against the spirit of the game and tries to poke...

Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 07:51 PM - Celebrim quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    That's a pretty big claim! I'm not doubting your antipathy, mind you. I think you may underestimate my hatred. :) So, let's make some sort of standard. You've undoubtably removed the class from your games. But, as a practical matter you could still play a honorable, righteous, fighter who had protective healing magic in your game right? But I've not only removed the class from my game, I've altered the rules so that you can't even play the concept.
  • 07:23 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Oh, Defcon, you root for the Patriots? Bless your heart! Of course I don't "root" for the Patriots. To "root" for a sports team is to give all your positive energy to that team in the hopes that it will help that team finally succeed. But the Patriots have proven their vast superiority over every other professional football team these past 20 years, and thus my "rooting" for them is completely unnecessary. I just get dragged along in the Patriots wake and take ultimate pleasure in watching every other team and sports fan get run over by them, and I can't help but smile as I look back over my shoulder at all the corpses being left behind. ;)
  • 07:22 PM - Elfcrusher quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    [FONT=Verdana] Maine is just an LL Bean Outlet store surrounded by a sea of hunter's orange. It's basically the South, if southerners said, "You can't there from here." That's what I'm talking about! THAT'S New England. (Except that it's not an outlet, it's the mother ship. Which you would know if you dared to cross the border.) There's an old SNL skit about driving directions in New England. Hilarious. "What's the quickest route from Providence, RI, to Dorchester, MA?" "BZZZZZZ!" "Yes?" "Dorchestah? Why would you want to go theyah?" "That is correct! There is no reason to go to Dorchester!"
  • 06:18 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    I'll give you three of those states. ....Well, all five are more Southern than Texas, but that's not saying much. That's like, "I'm a real New Englander! I'm from Pennsylvania!" Heh... as if any of us who live in these six states really care that we are "New Englanders". The only New England thing that matters to us enough to warrant taking pride in it is the Patriots. Other than that... we just get all lumped together to get our land area up to the size of a normal state. ;)
  • 05:09 PM - Celebrim quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    That is an interesting approach. So, from my perspective, I would rather tear off all of my toenails and fingernails with an ice pick than run the 3e or PF ruleset ... lol. 3e D20 is the best and worst of systems. I can sympathize with both those that love and hate it, as I've certainly spent a lot of time hammering the system into shape. And with that in mind, I run my games with the general idea that, "Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered." Sort of a meta-rule. See, the trouble with having everything specified (or, as you put it, clear and unambiguous) is that I want players to be delighted with their own sense of adventure, and I don't want them to feel that everything must be put there for them to do it. So this gets straight to the heart of it. I'm not going to claim a DM that runs a railroad is the exact analogy for a player that is a rules lawyer, but as it is something else that is usually denigrated and with good reason, and because I think the motives of the two particip...
  • 05:05 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term The same reason "Rules Paladin" would be a negative term... ÖFurther humorous digression, because I've reached that age where hearing one thing will send your mind wandering off into the past: So, I sometimes date myself by mentioning something that happened back on UseNet, now I'm going to carbon-date myself by mentioning something from BBS days. Whatever the offline qwk reader I was using was, it let you define a set of taglines that it would randomly add to your messages. One of mine was "I'm not a Rules Lawyer, I'm a Rules Activist." Yeah, not worth the setup at all, and that was one of my better ones.
  • 04:50 PM - epithet quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Like ... the actual South, or the made-up South (aka Texas)? Because in the actual South, the singular "y'all" occurs. Maybe to the south of the caves of ice, along the banks of the River Alph. There, the people dine on honeydew and call each other, singularly, "y'all." This is due to being drunk on the milk of paradise.
  • 04:42 PM - Gradine quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    I'll give you three of those states. ....Well, all five are more Southern than Texas, but that's not saying much. That's like, "I'm a real New Englander! I'm from Pennsylvania!" Or "I'm from Arizona, that's basically the West Coast!"


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