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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:42 PM
    No. I mean- not really. There are two "basics" to start with- there is the Holmes Basic and there is Basic. Holmes Basic is kinda sorta what you're talking about- a re-write of OD&D; it was written knowing that AD&D was going to be released, and it was an introduction for players to D&D. So it served a number of different purposes; a streamlining of the multiple different OD&D rules, an...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 06:35 PM
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 05:48 PM
    I mean ... they aren't just heavy, but seriously unwieldy!
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:46 PM
    I've run the Goodman Games conversion of B1/B2. Review is here- https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?655877-Into-the-Borderlands-On-Running-an-Updated-Classic I generally run B/X and 1e modules. As a rule of thumb, you're good running modules from 1979-1984; anything after that tends to be very variable in quality. Particular recommendations include: A series (slavers) Very...
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 05:57 PM
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 04:48 PM
    NEEDZ MOAR LOGGINS!!!!!!
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 03:21 PM
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    Goblin is to Hobgoblin as Clickclick is to Clickbait
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 03:09 PM
    lowkey13 replied to Is This Odd?
    Such a new problem! Wait a minute .... Dragon Magazine, October .... 1977 ;)
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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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 game’s 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 don’t worry! I’ll 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
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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, 21st November, 2018

  • 06:36 PM - Oofta mentioned lowkey13 in post What Does the Game Need Now?
    I don't use published adventures so I don't need those, although if I did I'd like to see more "exotic" settings other than just pseudo-medieval Europe or slightly-advanced-sort-of-steam-punk western civilization with magic (aka Eberron and from what I understand Ravnica) as lowkey13 mentioned. Maybe a world where all PCs are gnomish paladins? Since I use my own campaign world, I'd like to see more world building tools like 5ekyu mentioned. Everything from guidelines to city building, guilds to potential military operations and mass combat. Throw in some castle building guidelines and what kind of NPCs you might need to run the castle (and cost guidelines). Kind of a broad topic for DMs that want to do things other than churn through BBEGs and to give something for PCs to spend money on. Right now if my PCs want to establish a keep or run the thieves guild I'm just guessing at costs and structures that might be needed.

Saturday, 17th November, 2018


Monday, 12th November, 2018

  • 03:21 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post What's the point of gold?
    "That sort of thing doesn't cut it for me as a player or DM. I feel that choices should be made with roleplaying in mind first, and mechanics second. " I prefer for both to serve as valid decision making points and to not clash. Yeah. That's why I said roleplaying first, and mechanics second, which indicates that both are valid for decision making, but one has priority over the other. Not clashing is also a big issue for me, which is why I used the example that I did. ASIDE I rememer AD&D having DMG charts on jewels, art, etc as tressure from way back. Clearly, no inherent bonuses to painting vs gp but that level of definition added some sense of setting vs sense of commerce. I like that feel. Going back to what lowkey13 has been saying. I still use those charts. And the dungeon dressing charts. I use Central Casting Dungeons sometimes when I build dungeons. There are lots of resources out there from days gone by that are still very helpful to DMs.

Friday, 9th November, 2018

  • 05:56 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post What's the point of gold?
    ...actions. Everything was “what do you do over this four weeks while the other guy is raising his cows?” Never went back to that group (although there were other reasons for that). Yeah. That's not really my cup of tea, either. And that’s totally reasonable. But if you acknowledge that this is enough of a problem to some people that they would have more fun playing a different game, then how is it so hard to accept that “money is not useful” is a legitimate critique, at least for people with certain playstyle preferences, even if it isn’t a problem for you and your players? There isn't a rule in the game(or lack of one) that isn't a problem for some number of people. You can't please everyone, nor should you try. As for the "money is not useful" critique, it's because it's presented as a general issue, which it isn't. If a majority of people find money to be useful in 5e, then it doesn't really qualify as a general issue. For the people who do find it to be an issue, lowkey13 is right. Past products are a wealth of information and help. I STILL use the Encyclopedia Magica and probably always will. I go back to my 2e stuff for lore all the time. Personally, I've found official magic item pricing to be horrible, so I've had to come up with my own prices for things since 3e came out, and the magic item pricing in Xanthar's hasn't changed that, though the rest of the magic item purchasing rules in Xanthar's seem solid to me. It’s a pretty well-known psychological phenomenon that too much creative freedom actually stifles creativity. When your options are “absolutely anything,” people become overwhelmed and can’t filter the unlimited options down enough to make a decision. Restrictions and guidelines actually foster creativity. Obviously there’s a limit to how far that can go before those limitations start getting in the way of the creativity they are meant to spark, which is why I did not suggest trying to codify every possible benefit of every single t...
  • 04:50 AM - Elfcrusher mentioned lowkey13 in post Does 5e need its own, original TOMB OF HORRORS?
    You should kickstart it, lowkey13. I'd back it. Get input from Bawylie, though. And the angry GM.

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

  • 07:36 PM - TaranTheWanderer mentioned lowkey13 in post Aging and Immortality and does it Matter?
    ...s a kid." For another, it explains why people are willing to delve into lichdom and vampirism and other forbidden powers to try and escape the advance of age. (Though the existence of the clone spell undercuts this argument a bit, at least as far as liches are concerned.) Finally, it explains why the world is not crammed with ancient mighty heroes. While I see your point, I don't buy this, personally. Elves live for 800+ years. And, in fact, the common trope for elves is they are reclusive and have very few civilizations that are often hidden or remote. And I think it would be cool if a PC said, "Hey, I have a vague memory of coming here as a kid...it was 300 years ago! Which, of course, is perfectly legitimate for an elf or a dwarf. I think it would be just as cool as an immortal human who was there 1000 years ago, if it fit the character's back-story. I do get the argument, "because it doesn't fit the setting" but I see many situations where it fits the setting. lowkey13 RE: "So, the question is ... does it matter, or is it just "fluff." Not exactly. I'm more curious why developers of all editions of D&D find it necessary to make a point of telling players that 'these powers don't actually extend your natural age.' As someone already pointed out, extended age is a powerful story-telling device. Why make a point to tell players that only high level PCs have access to this device. Why can't a 5th level character have a powerful story? Obviously, it's always up to whoever is running the game but having the designers try to dictate your story tool-box is interesting - especially for something that has no actual mechanical advantage. And why only give that story device to a specific class. *Note: ...I'm just curious on people's views and the discussion.

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 10:03 PM - Maxperson mentioned lowkey13 in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    Hey, I'm not arguing anything. It's just my life's mission to point out this fact repeatedly when discussing gods in 5e. Well, it's more like one of my life's continuing side quests. My life's mission is to top the Laughs columns. I'm almost there. I'm topping the Laughs Given by quite a wide margin over Tony Vargas and I'm closing in on him for Laughs Received. Once I catch him, its just TwoSix and . . . . . . lowkey13. Sigh That one's gonna take a while. There. Helped you out a bit. lowkey13 is going to be the tough one. He's pretty darn funny.
  • 09:59 PM - Satyrn mentioned lowkey13 in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    Except nobody is arguing that the DM can't change the fluff. :) Hey, I'm not arguing anything. It's just my life's mission to point out this fact repeatedly when discussing gods in 5e. Well, it's more like one of my life's continuing side quests. My life's mission is to top the Laughs columns. I'm almost there. I'm topping the Laughs Given by quite a wide margin over Tony Vargas and I'm closing in on him for Laughs Received. Once I catch him, its just TwoSix and . . . . . . lowkey13. Sigh That one's gonna take a while.
  • 04:18 AM - Elfcrusher mentioned lowkey13 in post 5E's "Missed Opportunities?"
    I feel like a few minor tweaks could fix things, and I'm hoping 6E includes them. So....let's pivot this discussion to what those few minor things would be. Unfortunately every time this discussion starts, people start tossing out pretty major rewrites to the game. But here's my wish list: 1) Make archery a little bit less effective, perhaps by making it harder to shoot into a melee, and/or suffering opportunity attacks when using it next to enemies. I'd love to see a tilt back toward melee, and more stabby rogues. 2) Find ways to avoid cookie cutter stats and the race to 20. I would also include in that a way to let us take more feats without feeling like we are making a sub-optimal choice. Feats are fun, but ASIs are almost always mechanically better than feats (except for a couple of OP feats that, as a result, are way too common) so it feels like a choice trap. Variant human consequently feels like another choice trap for those of us who love feats. (c.f. @lowkey13's thread about ASIs, which at the moment I'm having trouble finding). 3) Make all the stats more important to all classes, making everybody a bit more MAD. E.g., Dex builds should get more benefit from Str, and Str builds should get more benefit from Dex. Etc. Everybody using their primary stat as their attack modifier is just...lame. It's all become so vanilla and undifferentiated. As it is now we might as well have 3 stats and call them "Primary Stat", "Dump Stat", and "Constitution". 4) Shift some of the abilities from base class to sub-class, creating more design space in the base classes, and design more abilities that give choices (e.g. Totem Warrior choices, Metamagic selections, Expertise, etc.) to create a bit more variability. 5) Tweak the weapons list a little. Make whips light, for one. Also make spears better. Martial and 1d8/1d10 Versatile would be good, but I also like "as a bonus action as part of the Attack action, extend your reach by 5'" and both at once ...

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Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

  • 04:18 PM - mortwatcher mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Halloween 2018 5e Undead- Wraith WINS!
    Alhoon 20 Allip 17 Banshee 22 Beholder Zombie 20 Bodak 20 Bone Naga 20 Boneclaw 20 Crawling Claw 20 Death Knight 20 Death Tyrant 20 Deathlock 20 Demilich 20 Dracolich 20 Eidolon 20 Flameskull 20 Ghast 20 Ghost 20 Ghoul 20 Gnoll (Witherling) 20 Lich 22 Mind Flayer Lich 20 Minotaur skeleton 21 - Always a classic Mummy 20 Mummy Lord 20 Nightwalker 20 Ogre Zombie 20 Poltergeist 17 Revenant 20 Shadow 20 Skeleton 20 Skull Lord 20 Spawn of Kyuss 21 Specter 20 Sword Wraith 17 Vampire 21 Vampire Spawn 20 Vampiric Mist 20 Warhorse Skeleton 20 Wight 20 Will-o’-wisp 11 Wraith 20 Zombie 17 REPEAT- DOWNVOTES ARE THREE IN THIS THREAD. Each undead starts with 20 points and you vote for one undead you like which gets 1 point and an undead you dislike which loses 2 points ;) fix that OP lowkey13 or skeleton will find you and will steal your candy
  • 02:35 PM - akr71 mentioned lowkey13 in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    lowkey13 something Paladin-y maybe? Given that it is October, something Halloween themed? We've done classic monsters and low level fodder monsters. Has there been an undead survivor?

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

  • 10:41 PM - Elfcrusher mentioned lowkey13 in post Let's invent some +1 Feats
    In lowkey13's thread about ASI's, one of the solutions discussed is to only allow Feats, which is something I've always wanted to try. But it occurs to me that in the absence of ASIs we might want more feats, especially those that give +1 to a single attribute. Let's invent some. Rules: one feat per post. My first one: Acrobat +1 Dexterity You can use Dexterity in place of Strength for jumping. You can use Acrobatics in place of Athletics for climbing.

Thursday, 27th September, 2018

  • 03:24 AM - Shiroiken mentioned lowkey13 in post When a Paladin is Mounted
    Just don't tell @lowkey13...he'll just see it as a plot to make more paladins.I actually figured it was lowkey13 discussing taxidermy ;)
  • 12:45 AM - pming mentioned lowkey13 in post The Only Thing I Don't Like About 5e! (Hint- ASIs)
    Hiya! Right on board with you...mostly.. lowkey13. I think for my next game I may just have to sub-in the stat advancement method as found in Hackmaster 4th Edition (the "old version" that uses 1e/2e as the base). In short, each stat has a %, like Strength did in 1e. Each class gets a set d# to add to that % based on each stat (so a Fighter gets to add 1d20% to his Strength %, and the Magic-User gets to add 1d20% to his Intelligence stat; The Fighter gets 1d4% to his Intelligence, and the MU 1d4% to his Strength). The bonus for a stat is a d20 for the classes most important 'prime requisite', down to d4 for the least. Once a stat goes over 100, you add a point to the actual Stat and subtract 100 from the %. Rinse, repeat. The HM4 is gained every level, btw. I'd probably just treat ASI bonus levels as just getting two extra dice for whatever stats they want (e.g., at BEST a character could roll 3d20 for their main stat, for example). Biggest problem is going to be the ASI's that Fighters get seemingly 'all the time'. Kinda saw that ...
  • 12:05 AM - Lanefan mentioned lowkey13 in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    lowkey13 pemerton - to clarify: the idea of porting 1e clerical undead turning into 5e isn't something I was actually thinking of doing (nor the reverse, for that matter), it was just an example of a possible hypothetical kitbash one could try with 5e when asking how well it could withstand such major changes in general. That said, from your assorted replies it in fact sounds doable - just need to stretch the table out to cover a greater level range such that the target numbers for something like a 12th-level cleric in 1e become the numbers for a 20th-level in 5e. (for my own game I've already stretched it the other way, to cover more possible gradations of undead to account for there being so many more options than when the table was first designed)

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

  • 06:33 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned lowkey13 in post Mearls On D&D's Design Premises/Goals
    ...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And there you have it. I'm so sorry- you were around in the 1980s. Clearly, you know what you are talking about. All the rest of us should just know our place, and bow before our better. I'm so sorry, and I will endeavor to learn words better so that I can fully comprehend how well you understand all those things I clearly do not. Okay. Let's put this in perspective: 1. Someone ask me a question about 1E 2. I respond to that person 3. You jump in doing personal attacks claiming I was not around in the 80's, do not know OSR and bunch of other nonsense 4. I state (factually) I was around in the 80's and did play OSR games. 5. You again attack and claim I am lecturing whatever when I just responded to you You make up statements or at the very least intentionally misinterpret and misrepresent statements and attack items never said. You sir are a troll. I don't feed trolls. I am done arguing with you. I will respond to Lanfan if he responds. Nevermind him, man. @lowkey13 just thinks he's better than everyone on this forum what with all his fancy words and logical arguments and grasp of facts. EDIT: dang, checking out the XP and Laugh Statistics makes me realize @lowkey13 is better than everyone. :p
  • 03:25 AM - TwoSix mentioned lowkey13 in post When a Paladin is Mounted
    Gotta say, that thread title is somewhat...ambiguous. Just don't tell lowkey13...he'll just see it as a plot to make more paladins.


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Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

  • 06:37 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post [poll] Which classes should be core
    Six choices? What is this, the cereal section of the supermarket? Four choices is probably two choices too many.You can vote for fewer. If we're talking redundancy, certainly and option. Maybe: One martial. One Arcane. One Divine. One Psionic. Maybe, one Nature (if you consider it separate from divine).
  • 06:03 PM - Sacrosanct quoted lowkey13 in post [poll] Which classes should be core
    Six choices? What is this, the cereal section of the supermarket? Four choices is probably two choices too many. well, I already know which one you're not choosing, so...
  • 04:06 PM - Elfcrusher quoted lowkey13 in post Players choose what their PCs do . . .
    Player: Ima Paladin. DM: You feel bad. Not so objectionable now, is it? Sounds to me like you're trying to impose your own preferences on the rest of us. If you don't like paladins you don't have to play one. If one is in your group you could just refluff it in your head as a Dwarf Fighter-Cleric dual-wielding very well-balanced battleaxes with pointy spikes on the ends. You absurd ragequitting jerk. EDIT: Sorry, trying to spitefully impose your preferences.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 10:58 PM - TwoSix quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    Aha! But what about the RAW Pescatarian Druid, "Bruce, Destroyer of Sashimi" I'd play that subclass. Has a solid hook.
  • 10:00 PM - Ohmyn quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I'm sorry, I thought you were the OP. You know, the whole, "Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented" Implement it better. If you want to play the RAW, then Druids don't wear metal armor. If you want the Druids to wear metal armor, allow me to quote Sage Advice: "If you feel strongly about your druid breaking the taboo and donning metal, talk to your DM. ... If you want to depart from your class’s story, your DM has the final say on how far you can go and still be considered a member of the class." See? If you don't like the rule, ask your DM change it. And if you think it isn't a rule, as has already been pointed out to you as well, then just try doing this at an AL-standard table, or at a convention. Good luck with your rules lawyering! First off, I don't see how saying that the rule is poorly implemented means I need to provide a fix. If they wanted it to be impossible, there's a million and one ways that the rules developer could have changed it, and they shouldn't need ...
  • 09:05 PM - Tonguez quoted lowkey13 in post Legion, Season 3
    Due to other obligations, I didn't see the episode last night. Well, that's not true. I made it to the opening scene (zebra plane) and then had to do other things. Hopefully, I will post tomorrow about Episode 2. Can't wait! Also? Can't believe it's the final season. :( Now that Disney has unified the Marvel Universe, I don't think we are going to see much more like this .... and let's face it, it's not like the CW is going to be pushing this for the DC Universe. "Next of the CW, Supergirl and a bunch of Beautiful People(tm) find that their egos melt away into the astral plane as they begin to question the nature of reality!" to be fair we don't get much of this kind of story telling anywhere on TV, its not just Disney The Legion character is somewhat unique in that aspect of his disassociation from reality
  • 08:37 PM - lyle.spade quoted lowkey13 in post The Spy Game is a 5E-Powered Espionage RPG
    Espionage? Spies? https://i.imgur.com/rBRZhnj.gif They better have rules for skeet surfing...
  • 07:40 PM - Lanefan quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    NO! You cannot make me look at that thread again. If you stare at that thread long enough, that thread stares back at you.That's Druidic magic for you... :)
  • 06:59 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    Aha! But what about the RAW Pescatarian Druid, "Bruce, Destroyer of Sashimi"Fish-scale armor, I guess. Oh, or shark-skin leather: tough, and hard an anyone trying to grapple you bare-handed.
  • 06:50 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    1. It is impossible to be more fanatical than a vegan druid; and I figured RAW implied VEGAN, or you die of trichinosis. 2. Can a RAW druid wear cheese armor; andNo, that's exploiting animals. A RAW/VEGAN Druids could make armor from their own hair & nail clippings, that's about it. 3. If a RAW druid eats meat, does s/he explode?Metaphorically.
  • 06:39 PM - Sacrosanct quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    Gah. I completely agree with you. This is the thing I don't understand, at all. The fetishization of RAW. D&D was always a DIY, "rules are guidelines, not commands" game. You would mix and match official product, semi-official product, 3PP, and homebrew. It was all good. I can certainly appreciate wanting more from WoTC- after all, now that I am older (OLD!) and do not have infinite amounts of time, I can't just create my own psionics systems from scratch like I used to. But the heart of D&D always was a beating punk aesthetic. ...and now? People just wanna be sedated. Just look at that horrible Druid thread. “RAW druids can wear metal armor if they want!” “No, the rules actually say they can’t/won’t depending on edition. If you want that, talk with your DM and change it.” “No! EVERYONE can have their Druid wear it, and if you refuse, you’re a tyrant DM stealing my player agency!” It’s not that DnD is against changing rules to fit your table. It’s when people...
  • 06:29 PM - Tony Vargas quoted lowkey13 in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    This is the thing I don't understand, at all. The fetishization of RAW. D&D was always a DIY, "rules are guidelines, not commands" game. You would mix and match official product, semi-official product, 3PP, and homebrew.RaW was very much a thing in the 3.x era (and, I suppose, still is, over on the PF side of the hobby). And it's not hard to understand why. 3e adopted a design philosophy from M:tG, rewarding mastery of the system. Mastering the system, which was intentionally complex and even deceptive was not a casual undertaking, acquiring system mastery constituted sunk costs. So if DMs were /constantly changing the rules on you/ they were essentially taking away all that effort. Thus, the insistence on RaW, ideally, or, if you had to house rule, defining house rules at the start of the campaign, and sticking to them even after the players had found ways of exploiting them. Yes, it seems pretty awful from an old-school perspective. But it was an incentive built into 3e, precis...
  • 04:11 PM - CleverNickName quoted lowkey13 in post Survivor Magic Items (Misc. A-C)- BAG OF TRICKS WINS!
    Friggin' bag of holding? WHAT IS YOUR STRANGE ... um... HOLD ON PEOPLE?For me, it's the most iconic item on the list. You mention a "bag of holding," everyone immediately knows you're making a D&D reference.
  • 02:21 PM - Hussar quoted lowkey13 in post Is Pathfinder 2 Paizo's 4E?
    Citation needed. ;) Well, it's good that you're back to the fold! But, honestly, as someone who skipped 2e, 3e, AND 4e as being "not D&D enough" and came back to 5e ... I have to say that this is in the eye of the beholder. If it's close enough for you to 4e, AWESOME! It's close enough to 1e for me. ....I think that might have been the point. Now, when I say it's close to 4e, I'm talking about the mechanics. 2 step resource recovery, a multitude of preroll mechanics, virtually all classes being built around a suite of special abilities (typically spells for most of the classes). Very little niche protection. Overnight HP recovery and virtually unkillable PC's. And that's just off the top of my head. When you say it's close to 1e, what are you looking at? Mechanically, it's a completely different game. So, what is the 1e DNA you're identifying with in 5e?
  • 09:16 AM - dave2008 quoted lowkey13 in post BECMI for 5e?
    Here's the thing, I mean, 5e is already pretty basic. It's nice to have some starter kits, but there's no reason to split the rules like that. What if by splitting up the rules, the later boxes added options and complexity? I was trying to suggest that by adding feats in one box, multiclassing in another, and mass combat in yet another. You could also add a "tactical module" in another and stongholds and henchmen in another.
  • 09:08 AM - dave2008 quoted lowkey13 in post BECMI for 5e?
    I wouldn't call it love. It's just the first thing that came to mind. The problem with what you have for BECMI is that it's just 5e, broken up. Here's the thing, I mean, 5e is already pretty basic. It's nice to have some starter kits, but there's no reason to split the rules like that. ...however, if you had different rules (like the difference between AD&D and B/X) that would totally be worth getting! I don't think WoTC would ever do that today (why split the player base? why mess with success?) but a new "B/X" would be pretty awesome! Got it. I was also interested in the idea of gate keeping the rules by only releasing some at a time. How would that affect play? I'm not sure it would, but it might.
  • 08:37 AM - Horwath quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    Instant replay (VAR) is the death of sport. And once it gets its toe in .... it just gets worse and worse. VAR is THE BEST thing in sports as there is still large corruption for many sports. The "mistakes" by referees, intentional or not, have ruined the reputation of many sports. on topic, as a rule lawyer myself, I can say that is can be a very bad thing as it can halt the game to a dead stop when rule lawyer and DM get into a debate on the rule and rule lawyer is correct :D
  • 03:19 AM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why Rules Lawyering Is a Negative Term
    1. Ruling. 2. Brief objection (if any) is made. 3. Play moves on. If necessary, further comments after game. That's how I do it as both a player and a DM, with one slight modification. If it's a very important situation, I will allow a 3a second brief argument if they can explain it in a different way that might make a difference. If one, or occasionally two brief explanations don't do it, play moves on and we can discuss it later.
  • 02:58 AM - Maxperson quoted lowkey13 in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    @Maxperson For example, you seem to forget the things pointed out to you when you refer back to 1e, everything from the basics (like how proficiency worked) to the more advanced, like how the rule/fluff mechanics worked together. Once again, we will use the MU as an example. Why can't a MU wear armor? Because- "Furthermore, they can wear no armor and have few weapons they can use, for martial training is so foreign to magic-use as to make the two almost mutually exclusive." That's right- MUs can't wear armor because they lack .... martial training. So, what happens if you have dual-classed, human F/MU? "The character may mix functions freely and still gain experience, although restrictions regarding armor, shield, and/or weapon apply with regard to operations particular to one or both classes. ... [Using the example of a fighter/magic user,] furthermore, the character can now carry (but not wear) armor and weapons not normally usable by magic-users, and resort to their use if the need ar...

Monday, 1st July, 2019

  • 09:38 PM - epithet quoted lowkey13 in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    But ... do you? Do you really die on the hill of grammatical purity, or ... just in certain instances? I mean, there are debates among "grammarians" that persist today about ending sentences with prepositions. Or use of passive voice. Or split infinitives (TO BOLDLY GO!). It's not enough to say that a word might be a little confusing; see, for example, the prevalence of contronyms in English (cleave, sanction, garnish). There isn't a standard for pronouns that never changes; I can't remember the last time I heard thine, but physician- heal thyself. So it's unclear what, exactly, you are arguing for? Or against? Well, it's clear what you are arguing against, but ... why? When, in the history of ever, has adherence to outdated prescriptive rules won out over freedom and dignity? You realize that you're John Lithgow, and the world is Keven Bacon, and YOU CAN'T KEEP US FROM DANCING!* :) *Dancing ... ON YOUR LAWN. No, I do not die on the hill of grammatical purity, even in "certain inst...


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