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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 11:34 PM
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 11:12 PM
    Myths and legends: Greek/Roman myths of the mortal heroes (because gods are overrated and have too much plot armor), Biblical history and semi-history. I'm not familiar enough with India- and China- based myths, but there are likely some good stories to build a plot around.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 10:53 PM
    The Truenaming rules from 3e. The concept of Truenaming is aweome, but putting several additional layers of die rolls in between you and the desired result, meant it was not going to work very often.
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 02:01 AM
    Does this post have an XP from me? (This is a test, to see if the bug is fixed.)
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 01:34 AM
    At the outset of the war, the two sides' armies meet in bloody clashes which turn into stalemates of exhaustion. As both governments train a wave of new recruits, they also put out feelers to parties of adventurers to undertake missions which might help tilt the balance. This puts a natural framework around the campaign - after an in-game year, the recruits will be ready for combat, and the...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 01:17 AM
    Nightmares* of Athas … * behold the pun
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    Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, 11:26 PM
    Lost Mines of Phandelver to start. There are a variety of situations in it, and you can find what your group likes to do. From there, pick another adventure - such as Storm King's Thunder or Princes of the Apocalypse - that you can drop in and out of the main plot as player interest determines. By the time you are mostly finished with those, you should be able to write your own plot and/or...
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    Sunday, 26th May, 2019, 12:50 AM
    The conclusion of Game of Thrones, and the visible drop in quality as the TV series outran the printed novels, suggest that Hollywood scriptwriters need to get out of their bubble and have some new, breath-of-fresh-air experiences to reinfuse their creativity. Fortunately, there is Bollywood and Nollywood and the Japanese anime studios and European theaters, to go observe and ask questions. And...
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    Sunday, 26th May, 2019, 12:25 AM
    As part of the equivalent of 'the Vandals sacked Rome' in the game world, set fire to the city's library. Somebody else spent hundreds of years accumulating all those texts. The educated classes will remember your name (not fondly) for generations thereafter. Of course you can only do this once, but it will powerfully make a point.
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    Sunday, 26th May, 2019, 12:17 AM
    If I were in a D&D campaign world and a high-enough level Wizard that burning my spellbook would be a way to cripple me, I would want to cast a variant of Explosive Runes on it - when damaged / burnt, it instead of exploding it releases a bound devil (for variety a celestial or similar - or a native inhabitant of 'pure law' Mechanus) with orders to track down whoever lit the flame, Investigate to...
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Was player and then DM for HotDQ/Tiamat.
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TftYP Forest Gnome Bounty Hunter Rogue(AT)4 / Cleric(Trickery)5

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Tuesday, 1st January, 2019

  • 09:26 AM - Harzel mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Rods & Staves- STAFF OF THE MAGI WINS!
    ...aff of Striking 16 Staff of the Magi 18 Staff of the Woodlands 20 + 1 = 21 evening up the scores So, hoping that I am not wedging things even further, and so that you all can check my work, here is the result of applying the votes apparently intended, in sequence, to @Maxperson's post. @Maxperson: Rod of Resurrection 11 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 22 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 22 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @CleverNickName Rod of Resurrection 9 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 23 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 22 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @OB1 Rod of Resurrection 9 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 20 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @chrisrtld Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 14 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 19 @Ed Laprade Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 24 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 17 @Eltab Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 22 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 18 @Quartz Since you downvoted a contestant that had already been eliminated, I thought it best to just leave your votes out and suggest you just revote. @Tallifer Rod of Resurrection 7 Staff of Healing 15 Staff of Power 20 Staff of Striking 17 Staff of the Magi 21 Staff of the Woodlands 19

Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 06:55 PM - maceo mentioned Eltab in post Request: Help with a fun monster to give to a DM
    Thank you Eltab, aco175, and Quickleaf! Those are all great ideas. The disguise part, the disruption of verbal spells, the Frightful Presence...all great. It gave me the idea reading your ideas of maybe adding a table for the PC to roll on with different results. Thanks again!

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 05:44 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Eltab in post (RG) Rise of the Dracolich: Imani's Tower
    ...or the indignity done to one of their own. They killed the wizard and burned down the place, intent on destroying every foul creation of the wizard. Kalorn fled into dark tunnels under the wizard's tower, and managed to survive due to the guidance of his loyal bat familar, Sooty. This traumatized him and he will not show the leg to anyone else, simply blaming a "war injury" for the limp. The leg however was not just of any random Shadar-Kai but one of their champions, favored by the Raven Queen. The "demon" leg infused him with power, filling him with terrible strength in battle. Kalorn still doesn't know the nature of the leg and so far the Raven Queen hasn't made any demands... He begged, scraped and stole until he was able to get enough equipment to hire himself as a caravan guard, and slowly rebuilt his fortune. Now he is a sword for hire, but is unwilling to lead men into battle. note: this character concept was created with Warpiglet and Eltab in the following thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?648687-Finally-found-a-use-for-Ringnmail-(and-other-silly-character-design-discussion) 5'10", 190 lbs Eyes: grey, blood shot. Skin: grey, 3 day stubble. Hair: grey, often hidden by mail coif. Hollow cheeked and sharp-nosed. A somewhat larger than average man, with a heavy limp. Long blade belted to the hip, dressed in black chain, an old hat over a kettle helm and a tattered black cloak. Kalorn is still bitter and angry about what was done to him and the loss of this company. He loathes the "demon" leg and will not let anyone examine it. He is quick to violence and doesn't hold life in high value, believing that the world is a cruel place where most people suffer. He fears that the leg has corrupted him and turned him to evil (it has not - it only has opened a magical channel to his patron - his rage is based on trauma, not demonic influence). To "spite" the demon leg, he focuses his hatred on what he p...

Monday, 2nd July, 2018

  • 08:55 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Some good thoughts, Eltab. Thanks! On a different note, last session we noticed a flaw with the Zombie Door (Area 21 in the Tomb of the Nine Gods). The default assumption seems to be that a cleric can turn the zombies so that they will run away, thus pulling the door open. However, the expected level range for the tomb is 9-11. A cleric of that level *can't* turn zombies. They can only destroy them. So the only way anyone is going to be opening that door by turning the zombies is if a) they're in the tomb at a much lower level than intended or b) they're a multiclassed character with only a few levels of cleric. Hmm.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018

  • 04:49 AM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Eltab in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Nice! Thanks everyone! And yeah, Eltab; that's exactly the kind of thing I'm getting at. It's just two of us playing T1-4, A1-4. C-3, and we'll see, but it's heart is in the geopolitical machinations. Not just politics, but relationships, yet-grand as it all becomes, it all does boil-down to "Soap Opera". Which is fine.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 01:28 AM - Harzel mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Blood War- DEMOGORGON WINS!
    Correction for Eltab's lost vote. Asmodeus 22 Baalzebul 22 Baphomet 20 Demogorgon 19 Dispater 12 Fierna 15 Fraz-Urb'Luu 1 Geryon 20 Glasya 23 Graz'zt 20 Juiblex 19 Levistus 18 Mammon 22 Mephistopheles 22 Orcus 19 Yeenoghu 16 Zariel 7 Zuggtmoy 20

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 12:44 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Eltab in post DRAGONS, An Alternate Take on a Classic Foe
    ...red than if you were never wearing it," I think that's okay. However, your comment has made me realize I need to figure out how long it'd take a character in damaged armor to pull it off if they chose to. It doesn't seem fair to use the full don and remove times since pieces of it are already hanging in tatters from the character. Persistent Breath Persistent breath has a 10 minute duration because of its intended use. It exists to give the dragon the ability to exercise control over the battlefield. It lets the dragon separate creatures from their allies, and it lets the dragon create zones of harm to punish foes who get too close to it. Dragon Hide bleezy, the ability is a bit of work. I would've preferred something more simple, but I couldn't figure out a simpler mechanic that evoked the feel I was going for: that a dragon's hide is a cloak of destruction, and attacking it with non-magical weapons is like trying to break up a boulder by chopping at it with your sword. Eltab, I agree with you about the damage of the weapon shattering. I'll change that. Dragon Resistance I appreciate the concerns about how this, especially combined with other abilities, really hampers non-magical characters. It's a more than fair concern. However, it also plays into my setting's concept of dragons. If a town without any magical ability is able to defend itself well from (or even defeat) a dragon (especially an adult or ancient one), the dragon isn't tough enough. It's supposed to be a living, breathing terror of wrath and destruction capable of breaking armies underfoot and wrecking castles. It's also noteworthy that my setting isn't exactly low-magic. I don't give out +X items, but magic items with other properties, or items that simply count as being magical, aren't tremendously difficult to come by. By the time a party meets an adult or ancient dragon, they each should have at least one magic weapon (even if none of them grant a +X to hit and damage). Devo...

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018

  • 05:29 PM - akr71 mentioned Eltab in post Mythological Figures: King Arthur (5E)
    I had a book of Arthurian stories as a kid that my dad handed down to me. Not a picture book, but a collection of stories. One of the things I remember from that was that Excalibur's scabbard was magical too. While wearing it, he could not be cut (resistance to slashing and piercing damage). I don't recall this from any other story though. Edit: Wikipedia talks about this, so at least I didn't make it up ;) Whether you are a fan of the sword-in-the-stone version or the Lady-of-the-Lake version of how he comes by Excalibur, there is no mention of the scabbard. So, perhaps a gift from Merlin? As @Eltab suggested, I would use the Holy Avenger as a model. We're talking artifact level power here, but it doesn't need to be a full H.A. The bond to the land is important.

Saturday, 26th May, 2018

  • 10:43 AM - AnimeSniper mentioned Eltab in post Magic Weapons
    @Eltab good idea and I just thought what if you had this applied to say a Gauntlet/s that a PC picks up in a second hand armor shop for x-GP and finds out that the fancy filigree /etchings actually alerts them to said monster/creature and deals the +1 to punching... it could be applied to other visible to the wearer parts of their armor

Thursday, 26th April, 2018


Sunday, 1st April, 2018

  • 02:14 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Eltab in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Eltab Nice! :) Very Jurassic Park "where is it?" I picked that up too. Maybe I'm just an outlier from most D&D gamers, but I feel like... and this applies to a lot of how ToA presents info to players (or the lack thereof!).... I feel like Area 13 is alluding to backstory, following a "show don't tell" policy... but that seems to leave the DM filling in a lot of blanks. There was actually a thread on the topic of foreshadowing from last year; while CapnZapp was a bit harsh there, I'm seeing the same flaws in ToA that he did. So, let me get specific about Area 13 in Omu & the King of Feathers... I *think* there's often a tight connection between monsters & environment/treasure in ToA... mostly it's very well designed & playtested... So in Area 13 (Amphitheater) I notice there's a helm of telepathy, an electrum platter with images of Chultan feasting rituals, and an Omuan death mask (a way to memorialize the dead) in Area 13, specifically in rooms under the amphitheater. I'm thinking ...

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

  • 04:46 PM - delericho mentioned Eltab in post Where Do They Get Their Literacy?
    Literacy, or the lack thereof, and languages in general, is one of those areas where I would really like for the game to pay quite a bit more attention... while at the same time finding it to be a huge pain whenever it does. jasper and Eltab basically summed it up: language barriers serve as a roadblock that can all-too-readily prevent the players best able to (or most interested in) getting involved in a scene. And, in cases where the entire party lack the key language, they can completely derail the adventure - much like a riddle the PCs can't (but must) solve, or a secret door they can't (but must) find. (And then, to get round that the game provides a solution in the form of an easily-cast spell, turning an insurmountable roadblock into a trivial speed-bump. I'm not sure that's better.) With languages, I'm inclined to mostly handwave them - assume just about everyone speaks Common and just about everyone is literate... until, very occasionally, you hit a situation where they are not. For instance, the PCs might be teleported half a world away, and so for one adventure they then need to deal with a language barrier. Keep it up just long enough to be interesting... and the moment it's not declare that the PCs have ...

Friday, 16th March, 2018


Tuesday, 20th February, 2018

  • 02:22 PM - Sadras mentioned Eltab in post Combining Tyranny of Dragons; Red Hand of Doom and Storm King's Thunder
    Lol - right robus I was going to say that but saw your edit. Ohhh well, I was just seeing if anyone had done this and what they decided. No worries! Definitely check out those threads mentioned by @Eltab. There was a great idea in one of them (forget which poster) where one of the ritual components required to bring Tiamat from the 9-Hells was the head/blood of a noble enemy = giant king, enter SKT. So the idea is you run SKT alongside the ToD storyline. Do not play the whole AP, let the PCs cherry-pick which missions to go on when they are presented at the Council meetings and have various factions push the characters for differing missions promising money, power, prestige and sex. Let the players/characters 'fight' it out amongst themselves which mission is more important. Sit back and enjoy as DM. The way I'm running that storyline is in that thread, no need to repeat it here.

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 01:11 AM - pukunui mentioned Eltab in post Survivor Cleric Domains- LIFE DOMAIN WINS!
    Arcana Domain 21 Forge Domain 22 Knowledge Domain 20 Life Domain 13 Light Domain 19 Tempest Domain 16 Trickery Domain 14 - because, Eltab, it really isn't as fun as it ought to be War Domain 19

Saturday, 20th January, 2018


Saturday, 30th December, 2017

  • 09:20 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    ...ers. One of the plot threads will require divine intervention to be accomplished and so I expect them to try and petition the gods at some point. What they will find out is that there is quite a long line (several thousand years) for mortals to request something of the divine. If they were demigods, that would change things. Unfortunately for them, it won't be quite as easy as answering "yes" when they are asked if they are a demigod of some kind. Each PC will need to have credit for accomplishing a task that proves them worthy of the title. I'm not looking for specifics on how to accomplish the task, rather just big, flavorful ideas that have the potential to be handled in many ways. Each should also be tied to a specific Outer Plane. Hoping to get at least 20 potential quests to provide. The list so far... 1. Bring and end to Dionysus' 742 year long drunken celebration with the Bacchae in Arborea 2. Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state. Thanks, @Eltab 3. Steal Acereraks' family jewels from his prison in Carceri. Thanks, @ArchfiendBobbie 4. Collect all of the pine cones in the Vindmere Forest of Arborea. Thanks, @Ganymede81 5. Assist Mahlhevik in parting the Silver Sea so that Sytris and Japheth may visit him once more. 6. End the Wearbear curse sweeping through the Serpent Spine in Ysgard. Thanks, @Landon Guss 7. Help Lily and Adoma reach Nirvana. Thanks @Draegn & @Tormyr 8. Get Sys's boulder to balance atop the highest peak of Shurrock and Dothion. Thanks, jrowland Thanks in advance for the help!
  • 09:16 PM - OB1 mentioned Eltab in post Need suggestions for epic tasks worthy of a demigod
    Eltab - I love the rebuild the ecosystem from 10,000 years ago idea, trying to get it down into one simple line that has just a clue or two to get the party started. I'm thinking... Return Gan's glade in the Beastlands to it's natural state.

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

  • 06:14 PM - Dan Chernozub mentioned Eltab in post LMoP - Help us with Party Composition
    Thanks everyone for the input! Defineteky getting an impression that the player asking for a DMgen doesn't want to play anything too complicated. Eltab what do you mean by "Forge Cleric isn't tank-friendly"?

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Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 04:36 PM - DMMike quoted Eltab in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    The Truenaming rules from 3e. The concept of Truenaming is aweome, but putting several additional layers of die rolls in between you and the desired result, meant it was not going to work very often. I feel obligated to defend Truenaming since I mentioned using Tome of Magic earlier... Not sure where you're getting the "additional layers of die rolls," unless you're referring to the requirement to make a Truespeak roll, which isn't any different from a fighter making an attack roll. The tricky part about Truenaming was the DC increasing by twice your opponent's CR. As far as I could tell, that required your truenamer to be min-maxed in order to be effective against any higher-level opponents. I played a Truenamer in 3.5 once. The system is utterly broken (in a bad way) but it was still really awesome in concept. Ugh. Do we need a new thread for this? I just think that the PbtA system is terrible and has done terrible things to the hobby. I think its legacy of "success wi...

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 05:13 PM - Gradine quoted Eltab in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    The Truenaming rules from 3e. The concept of Truenaming is aweome, but putting several additional layers of die rolls in between you and the desired result, meant it was not going to work very often. I played a Truenamer in 3.5 once. The system is utterly broken (in a bad way) but it was still really awesome in concept.

Sunday, 9th June, 2019

  • 02:05 AM - Maxperson quoted Eltab in post Upgraded to https! Please report bugs!
    Does this post have an XP from me? (This is a test, to see if the bug is fixed.) Yeah. They seem to have fixed the exp bug and quoting bug. I'm not positive about the edit bug since I haven't edited a post yet, but I imagine that one is fixed, too.

Monday, 27th May, 2019

  • 02:43 AM - Azzy quoted Eltab in post The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"
    My new PC is named 'Phred'. I have his powers and stats and proficiencies done. I still need to get his equipment nailed down ... and come up with a real name. From what I've heard, there a few lists in the back of Xanathar's that may be of use to you.... ;)

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 05:20 PM - Istbor quoted Eltab in post Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #1 (2019)
    After watching Dr. Robotnik take less than 30 seconds to violate the maxims from If I Was The Evil Overlord - particularly 'I will not treat my subordinates or underlings with such disrespect and contempt that they WANT to betray me and/or help my enemies' - we can confidently predict that he will fail spectacularly due to sabotage and non-compliance from within his organization. He was always kind of a jerk though. Plus who needs loyalty when you can change everything into a brainwashed cyborg? Well. That is the gist from the game and cartoon at least. Hard to say what the movie's spin will be.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 02:18 AM - Y31HSA quoted Eltab in post A link to the past
    Some of the puzzles require Link to stand on a specific spot to get an effect. A party can stand on two spots to trigger the effect, or have one person trigger it while the others try to guide whatever happens. For instance, a sliding boulder could be pushed off its initial straight-line course to hit the wall (rather than block the doorway across the room). If your players start to figure it out, you could place some obvious "looks like a booby-trap to me" items around the dungeons, that do not exist in the original game. I like it, already finished hyrule castle and there's a specific puzzle there thst requires the character to pull one of 2 levers, one opens the door the other releases the snakes, I've made the room bigger by mirroring it and adding in 2 extra switches. Rather than habe a specific switch open the door I'll roll for it when they enter the room.... Depending on how much health they have remaining since its the last room in the dungeon.

Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 10:22 PM - Legatus_Legionis quoted Eltab in post Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
    New Sith power: Survive Infinite Falls. For Palpatine, the exploding reactor was just a push so he was falling in another direction. Correct! Robot Chicken has this, and here is the proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAKXK_aLeA < HA Ha ha > Gotta love Robot Chicken!

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019

  • 03:02 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Eltab in post Eat This, It's Good for You!
    My Ashes of Athas (4e) druid was supposed to be a paragon of wilderness survival, but I managed to roll a 1 when I tried to turn a defeated poisonous monster into Survival Rations. This is the guy I’m seeing in my mind... https://static.spin.com/files/130322-bowie-10.jpg

Thursday, 21st March, 2019

  • 02:56 AM - Hussar quoted Eltab in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    :devil: Must … resist … urge … to deliver ... dissertation … contrasting … Gold Standard currency … with paper money … and … bore audience … describing inflation ! :-S Sorry, even adjusted for inflation, Avatar still beats out Episode IV according to IMDB.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


Monday, 18th March, 2019

  • 04:04 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Eltab in post Who in the World is James M. Ward?
    If I'm thinking of the right logo, that is the Shatter font. Also looking forward to hearing more from Mr. Ward! Gamma World (first edition, "lightning bolt"-style name on the map) was the first RPG I bought with my own money, 1980 or 81.

Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 10:57 PM - Deset Gled quoted Eltab in post Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)
    I saw an article in the local newspaper about "Momo Challenge coming back on social media; nobody knows why". The kids / teens I asked about it could not explain what the Momo Challenge is. They did think the picture was creepy and would encourage them to turn the page, not read whatever was written with it. It seems that this is a meta-rumor: a rumor about rumors that are supposed to be circulating out there. It's a meta-rumor ... for now. Inevitably, someone is going to realize that there's a buzz about Momo, and attempt to make a viral video about it. Then, that video will be used as proof of the rumors. It's a viscous cycle, and one that I find absolutely fascinating.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 07:46 PM - wingsandsword quoted Eltab in post Looking up heraldry, sources? Information?
    OTOH, it might be associated with the Gospel-writer Mark. Is the rest of the verse printed off to the left of the photo? Yes. The bottom left hand of the window is the arms of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. Then there's the text of Mark 16:15 across the entire lower part of the window, and then the unknown coat of arms. Apparently from looking around, in heraldry a lion is sometimes associated with St. Mark, so that's possible that there's some tie, but given that the whole 3 gold lions on a red field is also associated with the British Royal Family (and it's part of a Church that's in the Anglican Communion) I do suspect the lions are more likely indicative that the bearer of the arms had some tie to them, but the correlation can't be discounted. I searched the arms of every King of England, however, it doesn't match for the Royal Arms of any King of England, Scotland, or the United Kingdom.

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019

  • 09:08 PM - ccs quoted Eltab in post Why do people still play older editions of D&D? Are they superior to the current one?
    I can play Dark Sun in 4e. But not 5e - yet; psionics rules (and eventually a Dark Sun Campaign Setting book) are still under construction. I got the 4e DSCS for Christmas. Therefore I am creating a 4e DS campaign. If/when 5e gets everything together, I can convert over. If I wanted to lay out some money, I could play DS in 3e or 2e. If I also wanted to do a lot of conversion work I could play DS in 1e or BASIC. If you can run DS in BASIC, then you can certainly run it in 5e.

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 09:23 PM - Umbran quoted Eltab in post No Politics
    A more robust staff would be able to keep track of what is said... We have had more staff at various times. Right now, day-to-day, there isn't enough work for a notably larger staff. Most times, the place is quiet, and there is an infrequent spike when a thread starts with, or diverges into, one of a small number of rather predictable topics. With volunteers, if there's usually nothing for them to do, they wander off and find other uses for their time, and then they aren't available when you need them. Morrus has added to the staff several times over the years, and this pattern repeats.
  • 07:40 PM - Morrus quoted Eltab in post No Politics
    Is there a way to apply for a job as Moderator? What are the qualifications? The main qualification is not wanting the job. It's a horrible job.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 09:37 PM - jasper quoted Eltab in post Converting Grimtooth over to 5e
    "Not stars - skulls! SKULLS! My traps are deadly, not just pretty decorations in a dungeon!" - Grimtooth Shut old fart. I had not looked at your books this century. Deadly. Deadly boring!

Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 04:26 AM - Legatus_Legionis quoted Eltab in post Recommend Star Trek for Non Trekkies.
    The two episodes with Kirk's best-known pseudo-moralistic speeches, I do not remember the titles. 1) Two planets are in a computerized war. Kirk breaks the computer. His climactic line "Yes, it's in my heritage, a million bloody generations, but I can decide: I will not kill … today!" That is "A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708414/?ref_=ttep_ep24 Kirk and Spock must save their ship's crew when they are declared all killed in action in a bizarre computer simulated war where the actual deaths must occur to continue. 2) The "alternate Earth" with three tribes of survivors: obviously Russian, Chinese, and Yanks. Kirk says "This is for all the people, not just the rich or the powerful or the nobles, but for everybody! Do you understand?" These three seem to best exhibit my contention that the heart of Trek is the question "What if the better angels of mens' natures were in the ascendant?" That is "THE OMEGA GLORY". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708474/?ref_...

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 07:12 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Eltab in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Diversity for the sake of being diverse shows more 'tripping over own shoelaces' than 'creating better stories' or 'generating higher ticket sales'. Maybe Disney needs to find somebody who can write a compelling story first and then bring in a wide spectrum of actors / actresses to play the parts. In contrast, the Jedi Council in Phantom Menace was diverse without saying anything about it. Mace Windu was the greatest Jedi combat master, his physical characteristics did not matter to that. The Council was all different aliens, the 'baseline unit' of diversity that would be recognizable in-universe. And it worked. There is no such thing as diversity for its own sake. Diversity is for the people being represented. There is no dichotomy between increasing diversity and creating good stories. Period.
  • 04:58 AM - Immortal Sun quoted Eltab in post RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour
    The section you put in quotes sounds like it would be fully appropriate in this case. This is not "denial train" this is "the relationships sound THAT bad to have been in". Professional fact-finders will do better making the judgement (criminal act / civil liability / not actionable) than any of us on an Internet board will. BLAH BLAH BLAH That's all you guys ever sound like. On every forum. Across the entire internet. You're all lock-step on this. It doesn't matter what you username is. It doesn't matter what forum you're posting on. It doesn't matter what subject you like to talk about otherwise. As soon as some accusations come up about some MAN being an abusive, amoral, disgusting piece of human trash no matter how many people come forward, no matter how many other people echo their sentiments, no matter how much proof is thrown in your face it's always the same. "It's the court's decision we can't 'try them in the court of public opinion' how dare you all form opinions...


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