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    Today, 07:04 AM
    I want to make this. Inter-war era noir-ish.
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    Today, 06:47 AM
    I’m with you. I had a game a long while back where one of my players grabbed an enemy NPC with a knife to the throat and demanded the NPC order their goons to surrender. I ruled the NPC did not do that and the player cut the NPC’s throat - for 1d4 damage. Ineffective. Dumb. The wrong call completely. And a complete wet blanket on the game. That stuck with me and I’ve since adopted a...
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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    I don't know whether it is because I am older, or due to the current social climate, but I no longer enjoy Harem animes. I used to enjoy them as quite funny, but now... There are probably still some that wouldn't make me feel creepy. Like... I still enjoy Teacher Please! (Don't expect me to remember the Japanese name, Onagi?) Ones like the 7 Deadly Sins though... it was good at the start but...
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    Yesterday, 05:33 AM
    I want to look at a couple things on a modified rest schedule. Among those are pace, travel, and rising/falling action. If the group has few encounters between long rests, I prefer those encounters to be of hard or harder difficulty. If the group has many encounters per long rest, I prefer to mix it up with a variety of difficulties. Personally, I’m a fan of the idea that a rest in...
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    Or see “Percussive Questioning” in the Player’s Fistbook.
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:36 PM
    While I agree that “examination” is a sufficient approach, I’ve never yet had a player try to beat the ground with a club to force a confession out of it. I’m trying to write a joke response about Internet forums and beating dead horses, but you can all just presume it’s funny. —————- But in response to the OP - I would not ask for a check if the character had training in Nature. Some...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 07:59 PM
    I have long since outlived to tough guy, the pain isn't that bad, mentality. And I have yet to see a D&D campaign that I would prolong a visit to the hospital for. Especially after a car hit me. Only go with a 6 month cycle if 4 is too much. I can afford it and my insurance covers it, but I still feel like that often is just too much. I think some of this is dependent on the dentist and...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:31 PM
    My only beef with 2016 movie, was that they didn't continue with the story. This new announcement fills me with some hope, but not a ton.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 07:07 AM
    Get the core 4 right first. Then move into 4 other classes by power source. Divine, Arcane, Martial, Primal, Psionic.
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 11:05 PM
    Elfquest. Let’s see that done the way it was meant to be done.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:32 PM
    Remind me not to turn into a Mindflayer any time soon.
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 09:26 PM
    Istbor replied to I need quotes!
    I think Nothing More put it pretty well. "We all get lost some times, trying to find what we're looking for."
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 08:43 PM
    I’d advise you not to play it, since you’re asking.
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 03:49 PM
    That sounds correct Blue
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 03:45 PM
    Well it certainly has a decent looking cast.
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    Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 04:15 PM
    Oh? There is a book? Hmm. Didn't know. I thought the show was quite enjoyable. I especially liked the Hell hound, as well as the interaction between Aziraphale and Crowley to be pretty interesting.
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    Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 03:13 PM
    So. Discussed this with a colleague who is a huge MtG nerd. (I have played a little, and still retain my old White/Red Soldier deck) Couldn't decide if this will be targeted for a wider/younger audience or not. I think not. Especially after reading a couple articles, but he is not convinced. Thoughts?
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 10:28 PM
    At my table, The world exists for the players. Because it is their sandbox, it must be a space in which they can play, explore, create, and destroy. That doesn’t mean things are static but for player involvement. But it does mean that the majority of my design focuses on things in their proximity more than things outside that area. This holds true even for established, well-trod settings....
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 05:15 PM
    Okay. Now that it is out. I am excited.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 04:08 PM
    I like it. And frankly, I enjoy my Mages when they want to be larger-than-life. Greedy, power-hungry, and narcissistic are fun. Plus easy to find hooks for and give meaningful conflicts.
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 05:24 PM
    I guess their jokes just don't get a rise out of the old dwarf anymore.
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 05:19 PM
    It is going to be a relatively small number of adventurers depending on the events, location, and cultural atmosphere. However, I like to know the numbers behind the scenes as it were. To remain consistent in my own campaign world. It may not seem like much for some, but I know it is something my players would notice. And call out to me, either at the table or after. So example. My players...
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    Wednesday, 29th May, 2019, 04:26 PM
    I would say 3.0/3.5 So long as I don't have to DM it again. *Shivers* I do enjoy it as a player still. It feeds me lust for building odd and powerful characters.
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    Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, 05:08 PM
    Hmmm. I haven't seen any of them yet though.
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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

  • 06:04 PM - iserith mentioned Istbor in post Critical Role Episode #26 - spoilers!
    Sure they can. The player can close their eyes and gain the Blinded condition. At any time they can impose a negative effect on themselves. The player can describe the character as closing his or her eyes. The DM then applies the appropriate rules to that action, as necessary. So why can't a player declare "I'm terrified of spiders and suffers from acute arachnophobia. I'm making myself frightened of the drider."? Why do they need to ask "DM may I?" to hinder themselves. Is any DM really going to argue? The DM saying "No, you are NOT frightened" is so much worse... Per the rules, a player can declare being terrified of spiders and having arachnophobia. A player cannot say the character is Frightened in a mechanical sense. My assertion is that this is the DM's role and the burden of proof for that assertion is satisfied in my view by pointing to the rules of the game. Now, if you or @Istbor want to allow players to decide the mechanical effects of their actions, nobody is stopping you. I'm just saying that's not what the rules say and it's likely why someone like @robus would find what he saw on Critical Role strange (in addition to it not being telegraphed). I would find it strange, too, and said as much. Personally, I would advise a player against this. A player-imposed hindrance to a character is a hindrance to the entire team to varying degrees. It messes at some level with the difficulty of the challenge. I would instead encourage the player to write an appropriate personal characteristic (personality traits, ideal, bond, flaw) for the character regarding his or her fears, portray it accordingly with no mechanical hindrance, then take Inspiration for doing so. This encourages the behavior rather than discourages it via a disincentive.

Friday, 16th June, 2017

  • 11:51 AM - Charles Rampant mentioned Istbor in post Help with 19th level boss fight
    ...ry round, not least because the player crits at least once per turn. Weakest defences in the party at AC17, but has over 200 hp. Don't let anyone tell you that the 5th edition treasure tables don't give out magic items - they absolutely do, just only after level 9. As you can see, the party have a crazy number of items, and across the board have good AC, magical damage, great movement options, and lots of utility. The last time they felt in real danger of a TPK was around level 5, I guess. Though last week they did have to use a Bead of Force to imprison themselves in order to survive the calamitous detonation of the Fortress of Three Sorrows, also in the Githyanki city. The Room You can see a map of this floor of the dungeon here. (There are another two maps associated with this dungeon, albeit much smaller.) One thing holding me back from some of Quickleaf's excellent ideas is that this is room 7 of a 60 room dungeon, including the crypts and Duthka'gith creation labs. As asked by Istbor, the players do not know where the Phylactery is, but will need to clear the rest of the dungeon to do so. They entered the dungeon via a teleport from rooms 1 to 2, and have cleared rooms 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12 so far. There is an unhallow effect in play, which you can see on page 3 of this document, which I wrote to update the rules of the dungeon.

Saturday, 5th November, 2016

  • 08:48 PM - QuietBrowser mentioned Istbor in post 5e Homebrew Setting: Malebolge, Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
    Thank you both for taking the time to weigh in on this. Quartz: I appreciate the suggestion, but, personally, I'd use the various "elementalist origins" for sorcerers to represent characters with that kind of power. Easier than trying to work out how to make Druids work without Wild Shape. On a different topic while I hope that (@Chaosmancer and Istbor return to continue discussing kobolds/others take up the discussion in their absence)... whilst Malebolge is definitely a world where lots of things can try to kill you, do folks think it'd be a good idea for me to go over my 4e/Pathfinder/5e material and start drafting up a list of monsters that I, personally, would see fitting into the setting? Sort of an official monster manual for Malebolge?

Friday, 6th May, 2016

  • 05:52 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Istbor in post Warlock One of the More Complicated 5E classes?
    If a player wants to play Legolas, but ends up with Larry the Cable Guy because they didn't fully grasp the complex intricacies of how a class works in actual play, and it makes them unhappy? Then that character is "bad". Maybe not to you, but in this case what you think has nothing to do with it. I think that this (and what Istbor says) are really important. Let me relate an anecdote. I was sitting in a nice modern restaurant (trendy, etc.). And at the other table, a group of people were talking about how much they loved sushi, and Japanese food, and going on and trying to impress each other with their culinary knowledge. Anyway, at one point, one of them remarked, "Yeah, what have the French ever done for cooking?" In a non-ironic way. Anyway, that stuck with me- both because of the complete absurdity of it, and because it's become a catchphrase for my friends. What's the point? That different people have different preferences. The danger comes when you try to argue that your preferences are universal - just because you really like sashimi, it doesn't necessarily follow that- 1) Everyone loves sashimi; and 2) The French have never contributed to food culture. It's a myopia we all share, but we should try to mitigate. I think, as Istbor posits, that this is a disconnect between different styles. It's tri...

Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

  • 07:08 PM - pming mentioned Istbor in post Prestige Classes
    Hiya! Istbor, I can see what you are saying. I guess the old saying is in effect here: "I may not know what I like, but I do know what I don't like". ;) I get that 5e is a class-based system, and PrC's being "classes" (its in the name) is kind of locked into that overall system. But what I'd like to see with PrC's isn't so much 'classes', more than 'choices'. I'd like them to offer different choices for a character, mechanically speaking, and not just simply adding-on to the character. I want a PrC to be the defining aspect of the character...not just another set of abilities he/she has. I want the phrase "She is a 17th level Death Touched Warrior" to have instant meaning in game-terms...giving a overall 'package' of what the character can do, can't do and stands for (outlook on life, preferences for combat, social leaning, etc). I don't want the inclusion of a PrC to have the instant meaning of "Oh, so you can do necromantic damage when you hit. Got it". To me, the later is exactly what happens...

Friday, 23rd October, 2015

  • 10:44 PM - Noctem mentioned Istbor in post Ravenloft / The Black Company Campaign Idea!
    ...because those who have power have retained control over bastions of power (like large cities) and the like. So for them it's going ok, but for everone else it's a living hell. Plant life exists but not like it does in other settings. The elves who live in the last remaining forests have plants, those in the cities have plants, but outside of those areas plant life is struggling outside of corn which is one of the main foods for people to grow. Most of the open land within several miles of the cities has been planted with corn year after year. I'm still working on fleshing everything out in the OP and I'm totally open to any further details you want to share about Ravenloft and making it more pronounced. You mentioned gothic settings and the like, I was thinking of having the main cities be like that so that the players who get there for the first time have a sort of culture shock when seeing the way people dress, the way they live, the structures, etc.. So please do share :) Istbor I am really interested in that book however it's listed as 70~ american and I just don't have the cash to spend on it right now (I live in Canada). If you have any details about how you converted things to 5e or want to discuss the book for example, maybe some of the magic mechanics just to see what they are like, let me know :) Otherwise I will be using the stuff from 5e dnd. And yeah I love TBC as well and I figured Ravenloft could offer an interesting setting for mixed campaign.
  • 10:26 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned Istbor in post Out of the Abyss PC Races
    Totally agree with a lot of the suggestions given here; specifically Istbor and itcomeswithamap Basically, the point of a setting like this one is that it can be a unique experience. Sell them on it if you believe you can deliver something memorable. The underdark, especially if foreign to both player and characters, can be that change of pace that will get your group's juices going. So just be honest with them. "Guys I really think this can be amazing and am afraid that a bunch of characters that are familiar with the setting might take away some of the fun. But ultimately play what you want."

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Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

  • 07:05 PM - Deset Gled quoted Istbor in post Random Anime Announcement!
    I don't know whether it is because I am older... It definitely makes me feel old to have "older anime" to be stuff that I remember being "new anime". You know the biggest downside of Evangelion being released on Netfix? I can't put it on the shelf next to my VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-rays of Evangelion.
  • 05:20 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post Random Anime Announcement!
    I don't know whether it is because I am older, or due to the current social climate, but I no longer enjoy Harem animes. I used to enjoy them as quite funny, but now... There are probably still some that wouldn't make me feel creepy. Like... I still enjoy Teacher Please! (Don't expect me to remember the Japanese name, Onagi?) Ones like the 7 Deadly Sins though... it was good at the start but looking at it now, that main character is kind of... too grabby for me, you know? No matter how kind or just he might be, that weirdness doesn't wash out. Well, just like there's a fine line between clever and stupid, there can be a fine line between awesome and creepy. A fair amount of anime crosses that line for me. Anyhow, sorry about the tangent there, I enjoy Evangelion so I will no doubt be adding it to my list. Well, I'm 13 episodes in, and IIRC things are about to get a lot more awesome. So, there's that. What's killing me right now is that, TBH, I don't watch almost any anime, but I d...

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 10:10 PM - dragoner quoted Istbor in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    In any way, really. I'll quote you again. And I'll stand by it, as a group we aren't more geeky than any other.
  • 09:21 PM - dragoner quoted Istbor in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    I am a STEM person and everyone I work with are STEM people. I would not generalize that group of academic and industry fields in such a way. In what way?
  • 08:56 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Istbor in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    Nope. I am not saying that. Only that we can't generalize. Especially a group as big as all STEM people. No group is uniform; monolithic...and that’s a good thing.
  • 08:15 PM - Mournblade94 quoted Istbor in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    And yet here you are. On EN World. Posting under the name Mournblade. Sure. I'm not sure if your saying im'm contradicting myself. Just out of a whole bunch of stem at work I am the only one who is interested in anything gaming, or genre literature related.
  • 08:00 PM - Mournblade94 quoted Istbor in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    I am a STEM person and everyone I work with are STEM people. I would not generalize that group of academic and industry fields in such a way. I certainly wouldn't say STEM people as a rule are anything, other than STEM people. For my personal experience, I am into geeky stuff. *cough* Posting on EN World *cough* My colleagues run the gamut on geeky or nerdiness. Some aren't geeky at all, so are probably entirely too geeky :p. Has it been a cool and wild ride, with all of these huge media events that directly play to our interests? Totally. I only fear for some sort of dry spell. I'm still holding out some hope for that D&D movie, heh. I also work with STEM people. I am a STEM person. Not one of my colleagues gets excited about Star Wars or Marvel. Video Games are not a concept they can get their head around. Dungeons and Dragons is weird for them.

Thursday, 6th June, 2019

  • 10:43 PM - MarkB quoted Istbor in post Baldur's Gate 3 Announcement Trailer
    Remind me not to turn into a Mindflayer any time soon. Here, I've enchanted this friendly mollusc to whisper a reminder to you on a regular basis. Just set him down next to your ear canal and he'll take care of you. https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/forgottenrealms/images/3/37/Ceremorphosis-volo.png/revision/latest?cb=20161208162034
  • 05:38 PM - Parmandur quoted Istbor in post Magic the Gathering Animated Series
    So. Discussed this with a colleague who is a huge MtG nerd. (I have played a little, and still retain my old White/Red Soldier deck) Couldn't decide if this will be targeted for a wider/younger audience or not. I think not. Especially after reading a couple articles, but he is not convinced. Thoughts? I think they are definitely aiming at a family audience: not Pokemon levels, but Avatar The Last Airbender, Clone Wars or Spiderverse. That's the audience they market the game to.

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019


Tuesday, 4th June, 2019

  • 05:09 PM - Deset Gled quoted Istbor in post Some Good Omens appear...
    Oh? There is a book? Hmm. Didn't know. I have to admit the book is one of those things where I just don't get it. It's an okay book. Nothing wrong with it. This is not a BadWrongFun rant or a YourFavoriteBandSucks posts. It was more or less a popcorn book for me. Especially compared to some of the other much better works from Pratchet and Gaiman. But I found out after I read it that a LOT of people really love the book. It's on a lot of recommended reading lists and is consistently rated very highly. It makes me wonder if there was something big I missed when I read it. One thing I will give Good Omens credit for is that the story feels like it will translate well to a movie/TV. The plot should flow well, and a lot of the interesting bits should work well visually. Much more so than many other works by Gaiman or Pratchet. And the previews looked interesting. This series will probably go on my list behind season 3 of True Detective.

Saturday, 25th May, 2019

  • 06:27 AM - MNblockhead quoted Istbor in post Watch Critical Role's Matt Mercer Play D&D With TV's Stephen Colbert!
    I enjoyed his Veteran-like paranoia and curiosity of his surroundings. When that came out, I started grinning from ear to ear. It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of the gargoyles (thinking it might be a living creature) and having it break off and fall, he halved the danger of the arcane trap when crossing the bridge.

Friday, 24th May, 2019

  • 07:45 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Istbor in post Watch Critical Role's Matt Mercer Play D&D With TV's Stephen Colbert!
    I enjoyed his Veteran-like paranoia and curiosity of his surroundings. When that came out, I started grinning from ear to ear. Yeah, if people want to know how D&D was played back in the day, this is a good example, with his devotion to examining everything in pedantic detail and assuming there were traps everywhere :D

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019


Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 07:44 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post "I'm BATMAN!" - Robert Pattison
    Ah. Does he have the chops then? I have seen exactly zero of what he has been in. Welp, I would say yes. IMO, I think it's similar to Heath Ledger (to use an example many people are familiar with). If you only knew him from, saym 10 Things I Hate About You, then you probably thought, "Why are they casting this guy as the Joker?" OTOH, if you had been following him since then (Brokeback, Lords of Dogtown, The Order) you realized he was doing more serious roles, and doing them well. FWIW, Pattinson has ALSO been cast in the next Nolan movie. (of course, even a good actor doesn't guarantee a good movie; Reynolds is wonderfully charming and a great Deadpool, but Green Lantern was still terrible)
  • 06:05 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post "I'm BATMAN!" - Robert Pattison
    But who is he? I seriously don't know. He is most famous as the main character in the Twilight films. He has since starred in many other films, including some Cronenberg films (such as Metropolis), the Lost City of Z, and High Life.

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 07:31 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Oooo, is this where we get to list off how much media we've consumed in an effort to see which of us is the superior nerd? Hard pass. If you think it was that bad, for you, then fine by me. I will argue that objectively, there are worse. Well I invented television! So there! And my daddy can beat up your daddy!!!
  • 05:35 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    Oooo, is this where we get to list off how much media we've consumed in an effort to see which of us is the superior nerd? Hard pass. If you think it was that bad, for you, then fine by me. I will argue that objectively, there are worse.And I will argue objectively that you are wrong.
  • 04:41 PM - Gladius Legis quoted Istbor in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    You must not watch that much Television then. I've watched far more than you, I bet. I can't think of another episode of anything that had so much stupid, illogical stuff going on, I'll say that much.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 04:49 PM - lowkey13 quoted Istbor in post Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"
    That is an age old trope is all. Hero or villain too emotional to think clearly. That not necessarily how humans work. Your body pumping you full of chemicals in a fight or flight situation doesn't make you an idiot. So true. I mean, I don't need a fight-or-flight situation to be an idiot; it comes all natural-like.


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