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    Monday, 22nd July, 2019, 08:39 PM
    ccs replied to Disintegrations
    So why are you bothering to worry about how to give the players character back? Experienced players playing poorly deserve what happens to them.
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    Monday, 22nd July, 2019, 08:30 PM
    I've never had a player (any edition) ever use Counterspell.
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    Monday, 22nd July, 2019, 10:15 AM
    Well yeah. The thread, though having some flawed criteria for what constitutes bad, is about stuff you like. The SW Holiday Special: 1) Isn't a movie. It's a TV show. 2) Unlike P9, it brings zero amount of entertainment for its awfulness. You can laugh & marvel at P9. The SWHS? Nope. Hobgoblins. Hmm. Never heard of it. The (cess)pool of bad movies is vast & deep though, so I'm sure...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 07:20 PM
    Christmas 1980-'82 we played Basic, then added Expert. Sometime in '82 we began blending in AD&D. In '83 we'd moved to almost completely AD&D rules & using assorted B/E modules. Now & then we'd play a "Basic" game (meaning B/E). 1984 - the Companion set arrives. We play a bit of it with our long standing Basic characters. We use some of it's kingdom/army rules in our AD&D games. 1985...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:58 AM
    Hey, I'm just pointing out that your standards of bad don't make much sense. Especially your obsession with how much $ a movie makes. I mean if you actually want to know a bad movie I like I'll point you to Plan 9 from Outer Space. It's the gold standard of bad acting, bad writing, bad plot, & bad technical. Or the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie by Roger Corman. (Terrible, but...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:24 AM
    As we took turns DMing we found that this was impractical....
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 08:08 AM
    So you don't really want to know what bad movies I like. You want ones that fit one, or both, of 2 arbitrary criteria (critics opinions - wich don't phase me at all, & $). Ok, here's 3. *Hamlet (1996, Kenneth Branagh) Critics liked it. IMDB says it cost 18M & it's US take was a bit shy of 4.5M. I don't know what it's global take ended up being, but I seriously doubt it made $. The...
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 05:37 AM
    It's like they took D&D and made a movie out of it....
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:34 PM
    ccs replied to Muppets?
    Pretty much the same way I'd create any other NPC/monster. I'd decide what I wanted a particular Muppet to add to or do in an encounter & assign it the stats/abilities to do that. In the case of the Muppets though I'd also do my homework (I.E. watch a bunch of Muppet episodes/movies) to get their personalities, quirks etc right.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:24 PM
    Not sure what your dilemma is. I'd mount them on the bases they fit best on & simply run them with the stats as printed. The only mechanical change might be how many figures could be placed around them in combat.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:29 AM
    Or you just do it yourself.
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:23 AM
    Your main problem is that you're writing/running the wrong type of adventure for your particular group. But you're compounding it by wasting time on stuff that doesn't much matter - drawing maps that are more than just crude sketches, rolling initiatives. If it's not a vital encounter just describe the area ToTM style, give the PCs the initiative (or roll group init), etc
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    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:05 AM
    Frozen. If that's not "original" enough (it is inspired by a HCA tale afterall) then Zootopia. BTW, a quick Wiki search also says that as of this July the $500M+ club only has 206 members. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest-grossing_films (I couldn't find a concise list, but I also don't care enough to keep looking)
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:38 AM
    2006 here in the real world.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:10 PM
    Have you factored in wether or not helmets were worn in 1e?
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:15 AM
    Would you like me to quote my 1e PHB or will you just concede that you're wrong? Except for those Ability Score bonuses.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:16 AM
    ccs replied to Looting Monsters?
    Why would I stop the players from having their characters loot things? Of course we also play with a vague nod to encumbrance.... we don't track it - unless it starts getting ridiculous. Then we'll do the rules & math. But until then? If it seems reasonable, go for it. Carry all the battered junk you like around. Now at some point this will become a transport problem for you to solve....
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:30 AM
    Things like that I rule on a case by case basis. I mean, I can picture The Rock grabbing someone, hauling them along, & punching a bad guy.... (in fact I bet I'll see it - or something more ridiculous - in a few weeks when Hobbs & Shaw hits the theatre. :) So maybe I'd call for a grapple or str check to lift/haul the other PCs. Or maybe an athletics check to determine how far they get. ...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 02:14 AM
    You're right. On top of being more interesting it's often flat out better. Hmm, let me see; I could invest 4-8 levels to get a +2 on what I can already do quite well.... Or I could pick up two completely new abilities & have more options (both mechanically & RP wise)....
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:36 AM
    Actually that changed when UA came along in 1e. Some race/class combos were still blocked, but for those not it depended upon your subrace & stats.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:19 AM
    Yeah, so? What's you're point? It's a fact, most new players tend to gravitate towards the easy/obvious choices. Always have, always will. Some of this is because of the math, some because of tropes & clichés. As they lv up as players, then they start branching out. That's when you begin to see dwarven wizards etc. Zard, it was AD&D. You didn't get bonuses unless you had 15+ in...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 03:45 AM
    The correct answer is: NO.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Go ahead, roll up a Drow in a game I DM.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:10 PM
    I suspect that the orcs penchant for eating the elves dramatically reduces the odds of this crossbreed mix.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:12 AM
    Some of mine: *6 second combat rounds. I've solved this by stating that in games I run, round length varies by plot. In games I play in? I just don't worry about it. *Ability score bonuses starting at 12 & progressing up to +5. I greatly prefer the older range from 1e, where things (generally) capped out at stat 18/+3 bonus. **Crit hits. I HATE crits. More, I hate that only...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:32 AM
    Ask me again in about a year. :) Honestly it's way too early to tell. 1) I haven't been keeping up to date on the play test. I figured I'd just pick up the finished product & judge it then rather than worry about it's evolution. 2) My 5e circle is pretty oblivious to PF2s approach. 2 of them vaguely know about it. The group as a whole though I think could be persuaded to give it a try....
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:43 AM
    Depends upon the campaign, the DM, & the player behind any given character. Sometimes it'll be a resounding YES. Other times? Completely irrelevant. For ex; Right now I'm in 2 games that're 100% pure dungeon crawl. In the 1st, a PF game, there's zero story beyond trying to overcome each lvs theme/tricks/traps etc & finding the next stairway down. What races/classes are played matters only...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:49 PM
    There's more mystery in an imperfect system like 1e. There is more variability in power. Rolling hit points and abilities was exciting! I had a barbarian with 6 12s for hit point rolls...lottery odds! And it became part of his character... i think as as an adult (not a kid) the danger of missed saving throws and the game's deadliness are high stakes excitement. but I must say...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:37 AM
    The most recent book burning was when the Wild Mage accidently fire-balled the party incinerating our Wizards spell book because the DM thought it'd be a great idea to use the old 1e Item Saving Throws. There were considerable curses invoked.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:30 AM
    1-10.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:25 AM
    The closest I've ever been to having quit D&D/RPGs was mid '99-mid 2006. It was a combination of the RPG groups I'd been part of largely dispersing, work, & my gaming interests shifting ever more towards miniature wargaming. During that period the only time I ever played RPGs were Th/Fr/Sat at GenCon each year. (so I've never really quit:)) Mid-late 2006 a couple of us from the college...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:35 AM
    :rolling_eyes: You're only talking about 1984 USA, not the Dark Ages or some Points of Light D&D setting. Cars, roads, telephones (and phone books) existed. The JCPenny & Sears catalogues were readily available. Specialty catalogues as well (Dad had quite the collection for car parts as his hobby was restoring a '65 Mustang). Yes, it took more work than an Amazon click, but you could get...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:34 AM
    That should so be a faction/place in a less-than-serious game.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:41 AM
    Well, if you played it "correctly", as in how the book described the game, each of you were supposed to create a mage + at least one of the supporting non-mage characters. And then 1 person played their mage, the rest the custos, & 1 person DMd (forget what they called it) for an adventure. Then a new adventure & the roles rotated with someone else playing a mage, yadada yadda yadda. So...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:23 AM
    You don't have it, or it's not available in NZ? Might also try NBC.com. I know it's there, but you've got to subscribe (pay) to get MV. (shrugs) Their blurb says thousands of movies, TV shows.... So I assume they've got something. But as I don't have a subscription I couldn't tell you how old/what.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:05 AM
    Of the time? Pfft. 80's, 90's, 2k+, pre-80's, 100 years from now, whatever... This is normal life. This is how it goes. You start finding other interests (or responsibilities) & some things get shelved/discarded/scaled back to make room for the new. I guarantee you that right now there are teens drifting away from D&D as they discover girls/boys, cars, drugs, sports or whatever else. Maybe...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 08:25 AM
    I think it's on Hulu. At least here in the US. I have no idea if Hulu differs based on country.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:56 PM
    It's honestly a really short answer: Variety. Right now though, RPG-wise, I'm kinda stuck in a rut of 5e & PF. (so 2 flavors of D&D). It's an enjoyable rut, but a rut none the less..... And on the miniature wargaming front it's virtually all WWII. So guess what's not at all on my schedule for GenCon in a few weeks?
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:08 AM
    ?? You're parents never introduced you to a TRS-80 & accessories I take it.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 06:56 AM
    They'll be fine.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 09:34 PM
    Elvish, Draconic, & then it's an even split between everything else.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 10:14 AM
    Movies more so than TV. The most recent 80's TV I watched was Greatest American Hero & the 1st couple seasons of Star Trek NG
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 10:13 AM
    I'll settle for just a Monster Manual II that compiles all of the monsters who's stats are scattered across the adventures to date.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 09:11 AM
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    Monk (maybe fighter) of course - Cowabunga!
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 09:31 AM
    Well, by now you can probably guess what Ihave o say about this.... But it needs said again anyways. A: Because regardless of the advantages, Muti-Classing to bard/Sorc/or Wizard or whatever might not be the best way to represent the character I'm envisioning. Personally I think that's a very compelling mechanical reason to remain single classed. Don't get me wrong, my characters are...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 05:45 AM
    What I find funny is that you apparently created an EnWorld account just to argue about druids wearing metal armor. 74 of your 75 posts to date have been in this thread. I suppose that's a blessing though as you aren't going on elsewhere about something or other.... Btw, if you're going to keep on about 1e druids? Then I think you should apply your talents to the fact that 1e never codified...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 04:57 AM
    Compilations of monsters & short, TSR era style adventures. Same thing I'd give WoTC $ for if they'd make 'em.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 04:51 AM
    And then 30 years later the process repeated with the 5e PHB. Ahh, the nostalgia....
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 04:35 AM
    I think it really depends upon what 1/2 of the book you're using & what side of the screen you were sitting on. :) Barbarians breaking loot, Drow as PCs, weapon specialization/double spec, Chevaliers, changes to paladins & rangers.... :( Thief-acrobats were a wash - and to date the only PHB/UA class option I've NEVER seen played. Expanding the PC race/class options though, that was...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 03:03 AM
    Cool, something to look forward to in Oct. Movie-wise.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 02:55 AM
    So you're wanting to play PF disguised as 5e....:) Just hand out 5e ASIs every 3 character lvs, & a 5e feat every 4 class lvs just like now. Keep the 5e fighter ASI/Feat bonus. Keep the 5e bonus feat for variant humans. Oh, and stop fretting about balance. Just do it old-school style & apply your changes to actual play. Keep what works/proves most fun, tweak or discard what doesn't &...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 10:40 PM
    I'd limit thread necromancy to being a prestige option for those who orinally started the thread, others who've attained 20th lv +, subscribers. & of course those of Moderator + status. Threads would auto-lock after 3 months of inactivity. After that point you could view them, but unless you're of the proper lv/status you couldn't disturb thier rest. Of course you could always petition...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:42 PM
    To date all of the 5e games I've run, save one, have lasted 12-15 months (we play weekly, 4/4.5 hr sessions, occasionally missing a week.) So about 60 sessions or so. The short one only lasted 6 sessions before RL scheduling problems tore it apart. Every 5e game I've played in , save one, has lasted 4-6 months. Again, generally weekly sessions, occasionally missing a week. The long game...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:31 AM
    Hmm. 5 years & 10 printings of the PHB you say? And yet the book STILL tells you that Druids will not wear mettle armor. But doesn't elaborate on it. They've even changed the wording on a few things due to errata in later prints.... So it's not like they're locked into never actually altering the sacred texts. And yet that bit about mettle armor is still there, right in the PHB. The...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 12:44 AM
    Of course they could! Their choices were leather & wooden shields. If they did their AC improved. :) The questions that we did have to answer concerning Druids & armor were for studded leather & padded. Especially padded. We eventually decided upon yes to both of those. Though for padded armor it's only ever been a point of discussion as I've never seen a PC - of any sort - ever choose...
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I've never found a game - RPG, miniatures, or board game I wasn't willing to try.
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I've been a gamer - RPGs, minis, board games, etc since I opened my Basic D&D set on Christmas day 1980.

Currently playing games in NE Ohio (USA)

I love toys & games. All types.
I'm lucky. I got to be a toy salesman for the best toy store in the world (You've probably heard our song ;)) for many many years - until we went out of business in 2018. :(
It wasn't the $, the benefits, the job positions/challenge, or even at times my co-workers, that made doing that every day worthwhile. It was sharing that love of toys by helping as many people as possible (toddler - 65yr Hot wheel collector, clueless parent, confused grandparent, etc) get whatever toy brought them or theirs joy.

My order of preference D&D wise goes:
1e, 5e, PF/3x, 2e, BECMI.

I gave 4e a 2 year shot.
I determined I didn't like it.
I don't bear the few remaining 4e fans any actual ill will, but I'm also not above poking them - because it's funny to hear them yowl.
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Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 06:58 PM - Lanefan mentioned ccs in post Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E
    1e. ccs hits many of my reasons for this in a post upthread. This puts the rest far better than I could: I also prefer niche protection, and have a healthy disdain for “every class should be good at every aspect.” design philosophy. I view D&D like a team, where various classes play off weaknesses and strengths of others, like sports teams are now. Not where every player is as good in every aspect as every other player.Thanks for saving me the typing. :)

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019

  • 02:08 AM - aco175 mentioned ccs in post "House" Rules
    I used to play with critical misses and we had a chart like we did for critical hits. We got away from it with 4e and 5e because it added more complexity and seemed to slow things down. I like ccs said about a simple idea of just monsters having advantage to hit you if you roll a 1. It is easy to play and understand. It does not allow for things like bows breaking or magic item blows up, but makes it streamlined. One point to think about is how halflings re-roll 1s and how they would never fumble in 5e.

Thursday, 14th February, 2019

  • 12:27 PM - Sadras mentioned ccs in post Blocked list blues - help?
    ccs is correct. Well it's their loss, they lose out on all the work you've done on the 5e hardcore monsters.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018

  • 01:38 PM - Ovinomancer mentioned ccs in post Skills used by players on other players.
    ...ere's a contradiction in the statements and I'd curious as to what causes it. Maybe it'll make him change his mind, or maybe it'll provide a new avenue for discussion, or maybe it won't. If I don't ask, only the latter is sure to obtain. What he does at his table isn't going to effect you and I think this thread has done a lot to show that both sides are right,neither side 100% but enough that we can understand that yeah people are viewing things differently and that's ok. Neither side is engaging in bad or hurtful game play, it's just a difference of opinion in a rpg that aims to have much of it left up to the players and DM. Oh, goodness, someone has forgotten their on a discussion forum. Of course it won't affect my table -- or will it? Because, in that 3 year old thread that was linked a few pages ago about NPCs using skills against PCs, I was on your side of the argument. Go read it, you'll see. I made a lot of the same arguments you and Ratskinner are making (and ccs). But, starting in that thread, and in a few more where I got mad at iserith (I've accused him of trolling, too, much to my future embarrassment), I started looking at how I run games, what I was doing, and realized that a lot of my dissatisfaction was how I was running -- what luggage I was bringing with me. I've changed my style since then, sought out a few good non-D&D games to sample different concepts altogether, and fashioned a different playstyle that's much more iserith and Bawylie that my old one. So, yeah, maybe this is the start of a change and maybe it isn't, but whether or not it affects my table right now, this is still a discussion forum where we talk about pretending to be elves. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the argument that we forget that we are all on the same side. We love rpg's! There are few enough of us out there lets agree to disagree and still hold each other in a positive light. You told us what you would do, how you feel about it...

Sunday, 4th November, 2018

  • 08:28 PM - CleverNickName mentioned ccs in post Survivor Magic Rings- Feather Falling FLOATS TO VICTORY!
    Elemental Command 24 Evasion 18 Feather Falling 25 Free Action 27 Invisibility 19 Jumping 8 Mind Shielding 20 Protection 13 Ram 27 Regeneration 17 Resistance 20 Shooting Stars 32 Spell Storing 24 Spell Turning 23 Telekinesis 20 Three Wishes 13 Water Walking 19 Sorry about that, ccs. I couldn't make up my mind. You were right the first time.

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 11:03 AM - Johannes Dolch mentioned ccs in post Please help me decide on a Paladin Build for Curse of Strahd
    ...ves is great. Stack it with bless and you as a paladin with 14 wis are looking at +12 + 1d4 wisdom save at level 10. That really helps a lot. Mechanically that is awesome. But since my Character is Chaotic Good "Evil must be destroyed and i am the one who does it", going into Hexblade would really be too far into "please DM, i know it makes zero sense for a good paladin to suddenly make a pact with a mysterious, dark entity from an evil realm and start cursing people. But please, please let me cheese this game." -Territory for me to justify it for the sake of metagaming power. But it is a great concept should i ever start a new character that has a different alignment. And in that sense it certainly has more than enough fodder for a dramatic character. In fact in terms of pure power this is kinda what i am looking for but i can't justify this specifically, purely based on alignment. If somebody has something like that without the irreconcilable moral divide that would be awesome. @ccs: That seems like a narrow view. Playing a Paladin for me doesn't come from how many levels I have in this and that. A Paladin for me is a melee Combatant with magical powers. This one specifically is alignment good but you could very well conceive of an evil paladin (e.g. Oathbreaker) who would happily make deals with evil entities for the sake of personal gain. If I would completely abandon melee combat in favor of casting then I would agree with you, that that is not a paladin. But a Hexblade is most certainly a great evil paladin build.

Thursday, 6th September, 2018


Monday, 13th August, 2018

  • 09:07 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [IC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Playtest Party#2 Chapter#1
    This is the PF2 playtest adventure "Doomsday Dawn" in character thread for party #2. Link to RG (char gen info is here) Link to OOC tglassy: Coralin Pagebinder, Male Elven/Budding Osirenologist/Bard 1 VLAD the Destroyer: Bixby Buckhollow, Halfling Mind Quake Survivor Druid 1 & Bucky, a small honey badger [-]EarlyBird: Noboru, male human(half-orc), Pathfinder Hopeful, Barbarian 1[/-] [-]ccs[/-]: Elkhorn, Male Dwarf/Warrior/Fighter 1 Taken over by Tailspinner Shayuri: Triessa Elrich, Half Elf Wizard 1 Charlotte of Oz: Alan Oake, Human/Pathfinder Hopeful/Paladin 1 In the year 4707 AR (11 years ago, shortly before the Rise of the Runelords), in the Varisian city of Magnimar, at around 9 or 10 am, a messenger finds you and hands you a sealed envelope. When he remains, he says he was asked to find out if will be attending. You promptly open the envelope. It is an invitation from Lady Keleri Deverin, a local scholar and aristocrat. You became acquainted with her some time ago and she occasionally meets with you to discuss mutual interests. In the invitation, she reminds you of the times you told her you were hoping your life would involve more adventure and that she might have the job to kick off that new part of your life. No other details, other than lunch being served at 1 pm are listed. The messenger who delivered the invitation waits for you to ...

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

  • 09:58 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    ccs Equipment: TBD - 9sp worth Armor: chainmail (80) heavy steel shield (20) long sword (10), clan dagger (25), hand xbow (25) 10 bolts (2) That's 162 sp I'm thinking it's weird to pay extra for a dagger you received as part of your coming of age rite. But I don't want to randomly house rule it.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

  • 06:52 PM - jmucchiello mentioned ccs in post [OOC] JM's "Doomsday Dawn" Pathfinder 2 Playtest Adventure. (Closed)
    Okay, the three of you are ready. We have nothing ready from ccs and an open spot. I may have overestimated the desire to do this playtest here. I'm wondering if I should pull GreenKarl out of party#1 and just go with two groups of 4 players. I can only put so many "really"s into the thread title. So if you can recruit some more people without being annoying, please do so. Thoughts?

Friday, 27th July, 2018

  • 07:40 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned ccs in post Sage Advice: Plane and world hopping (includes how Eberron and Ravnica fit in D&D cosmology)
    ...lity, and the reasons the crew of the Enterprise doesn't come down and correct them is because doing so violates the right of those civilizations to learn about the truth for themselves. However, it breeds a sense of superiority doesn't it? Anyone visiting that planet from space knows that these people have no idea what is actually going on, and therefore they are somewhat lessened in comparison. We have that already. We have the idea that planescape scholars scoff at people stuck in one plane, because they don't know the "real story". And we can scoff at them, because the planescape people don't realize they are all characters in our made up stories to entertain ourselves (multiverse theories being what they are, all multiverses are connected with all other multiverses, and an infinite array of potential truths). But we don't need any of it. We don't need to explain how it is all connected and what is all looks like when you zoom all the way out. We can just as easily (as ccs points out) just use the planeshift spell, or a macguffin, and get the result of going from point A to point B. That's the bigger thing for me personally, these settings answer questions I don't need answers to. Other people want them and other people find the neccessary to their enjoyment of the game. Great, go nuts, but I don't need flying ships through explosive magic stuff between galaxy sized crystals that are grains of sand to explain how some guy one time went from Oerth to Earth and shook hands with Stan Lee. The characters aren't going to meet Stan Lee in my game, because it would detract from the story I am telling at the time. And someone telling me that despite my dislike they are already connected anyways.... doesn't matter. I don't care how long they've been connected, how many times they've been connected, or how important it is they are connected. It is never going to come up, my players aren't interested.

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 03:29 AM - cbwjm mentioned ccs in post How would you balance this modification to spellcasters?
    Like ccs, I'd just change it, run with it, and then sort things out later once I've done some playtesting. As an aside, this rule could lead to the party wanting more short rests, especially as they won't be fully recharged after a long rest but then almost every other class will be recharging on a short rest so it might work out fine.

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 06:41 AM - Coroc mentioned ccs in post Playing Tieflings
    ccs #30 i do not have a Problem at all and i totally understood what you wanted to express, it is just that for me (eventually being no native english speaker) the term traditional in conjunction with Body parts sounds terribly funny, i don't know how to explain maybe like e.g. if you describe a RL human having traditional big feet or a traditional long nose.

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 09:59 AM - Coroc mentioned ccs in post Playing Tieflings
    ccs whew "traditional small devil horns " and "tipped with traditional arrowhead shape" so there is a traditional shape of extra Body parts for tieflings, you never stop learning :) (Traditional pointy ears and traditional cats eyes anyone?)

Friday, 27th April, 2018

  • 08:44 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned ccs in post What happens to the "suboptimal?"
    ...ne remembers that PC that always succeeded and always did well because it wasn't challenging. We remember when the PC who has challenges overcame the challenge (either through luck, or creative play) to win the day. Flaws and weaknesses are what accentuates the strengths and heroic actions. Yes to this. Playing the way the hive mind wants ("must max your main stat!", "only use certain race/class combos!", "don't take spells that are red or brown on the interweb lists!", etc) results in a less memorable experience, IMO. Which is kind of missing the point of the fun of playing. Suddenly everything is very samey and mechanical and about "winning" with very little flavor. It's the heroic failures and unlikely victories that make for the grand stories we tell years from now. No group will wax poetic (or want to listen to the hyper-optimizing player who remembers) about the UA Revised Ranger Wood Elf who single-handedly wiped out the low level humanoids in that one combat. I'll take @ccs's Halfling Barbarian or @Ath-kethin's grappling VHuman Warlock or @Warpiglet's Hobgoblin Celestial Warlock in a party any day.

Thursday, 12th April, 2018

  • 05:25 AM - Unwise mentioned ccs in post What kaiju was the rust monster based off of?
    Ah well done @ccs ! I was just thinking to myself "gee I hope not finding this little plastic toy does not become an itch in my brain that leads me to spend way too long googling it". Then I saw your post, you saved me! <edit> It is a weird world we live in, that people presumably on the other side of the planet from each other still remember the same little plastic crappy toy from their childhoods. Weirder still is the fact that the internet has pictures of that and we can search for it and find it. Even stranger is that a bunch of grown adults are spending time searching for and reminiscing over something so obscure :)

Thursday, 15th March, 2018

  • 07:32 PM - EarlyBird mentioned ccs in post EB's Second Darkness w/RoleMaster rules (plz ignore prefix) - Recruitment (need a Burglar) haha
    OK gang let's go with Second Darkness, I'm liking the read so far and the potential for some fun RPing. Finn will defiantly be a member of the Order of Cyphers so that fits nicely. Group so far: hero4hire - Jerrod human alchemist Yavanthol - Finn human magus johnathonhawke - ?? human fighter Skarsgard - ?? human ?? Hoping for one more? ccs maybe? All I need from the players is their background/concept (please list fave weapons and tactics), and if you all can get a copy of Second Darkness Player's Guide and specifically pick a campaign trait for your character. I will be giving everyone a list of the basics you will have to start the game, DB, OB, equipment, spells, and special abilities. Won't be much think of this as if we were trying this in RL you would only have an index card size list of numbers and things your character can do. That info I'll have everyone copy past into the RG before we get started.

Sunday, 24th December, 2017


Saturday, 18th November, 2017

  • 10:08 PM - DMMike mentioned ccs in post Fifth Edition.....Why?
    ...r they turned the Forgotten Realms into. Then I bought the 5th Edition players handbook, It seemed to actually streamline the 4th Edition and make it less a tabletop MMO while bringing back the simplicity of the old school blue and red boxes. However what drove me to ignore the rule set was that fundamental lack of variability that 3rd Edition actually offered. It seems like I'm pretty much stuck in the class I began the game in and I can either choose a mediocre stat bonus where I used to be able to alter the standard progression path by taking a feat, and the stat bonus would come later which demonstrated a focus in a differing area of my character's priority. So, why should I play 5th Edition? It eliminated the wonderful options a player could take his character and even it's weak multiclassing can't portray the most famous characters of our favorite DnD novel characters. I mean, stat out Elminster the way he should be in 5th Ed, or even Mirt the Merciless. To elaborate on ccs's response: buying 5th edition keeps the D&D team in business, and putting out more official D&D content. #notWotC But with all the complaints, maybe the thread header should be: Savage Worlds...Why? Hackmaster...Why? GURPS...Why? Fantasy AGE...Why? (Choose Any Free D&D Clone)...Why...


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Monday, 22nd July, 2019

  • 08:50 PM - jayoungr quoted ccs in post Disintegrations
    So why are you bothering to worry about how to give the players character back? Experienced players playing poorly deserve what happens to them. Because I don't believe in PC permadeath unless the player is ready to retire the character. Having the PC come back changed and/or having to wait out the rest of the campaign before being able to play the character again is "punishment" (consequence) enough, IMHO.
  • 01:23 PM - trappedslider quoted ccs in post Bad Movies You Liked
    Hobgoblins. Hmm. Never heard of it. The (cess)pool of bad movies is vast & deep though, so I'm sure there's all sorts of stuff I've somehow missed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0fhewrzBRM I'm sorry.....the only way i've seen this movie was MST3K and it came close driving them insane
  • 08:20 AM - trappedslider quoted ccs in post Bad Movies You Liked
    Hey, I'm just pointing out that your standards of bad don't make much sense. Especially your obsession with how much $ a movie makes. I mean if you actually want to know a bad movie I like I'll point you to Plan 9 from Outer Space. It's the gold standard of bad acting, bad writing, bad plot, & bad technical. Or the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie by Roger Corman. (Terrible, but oddly still better than the most recent FF effort) I'm also entertained by a great amount of the 70s-80s sci-fi shlock (again, thank God for Roger Corman! :)) that I can stream via Amazon. Well worth my Prime membership fee! oh you said that you like nvm you left out the Star Wars Holiday special https://xkcd.com/653/ and Hobgoblins.....*shudders*

Sunday, 21st July, 2019

  • 08:16 AM - Zardnaar quoted ccs in post Bad Movies You Liked
    So you don't really want to know what bad movies I like. You want ones that fit one, or both, of 2 arbitrary criteria (critics opinions - wich don't phase me at all, & $). Ok, here's 3. *Hamlet (1996, Kenneth Branagh) Critics liked it. IMDB says it cost 18M & it's US take was a bit shy of 4.5M. I don't know what it's global take ended up being, but I seriously doubt it made $. The un-cut version (wich is the only cut you should be watching as this was meant to be an unabridged version put on screen) clocks at 4h & some minutes. And theatres HATE eating up that much screen time for something that'll draw so few viewers. And if you're not a Shakespeare fan I bet you don't want to sit through even the "short" cut of this (2.5 hrs).... So obviously it was a failure, right? Wrong. It's purpose seems to be Award season bait + a continuation of Branaghs love of the Bards work. I don't think it was even a concern if it made a dime. Award wise it won 9/24 it was nominated for (...

Saturday, 20th July, 2019

  • 03:24 PM - Garthanos quoted ccs in post So whatever happened to the Tactics Variant/Module or Whatever
    Or you just do it yourself. One of the appeals of the previous edition was it was very easy to DM...
  • 08:45 AM - Zardnaar quoted ccs in post Zardnaar's thread about movie stats
    Frozen. If that's not "original" enough (it is inspired by a HCA tale afterall) then Zootopia. BTW, a quick Wiki search also says that as of this July the $500M+ club only has 206 members. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest-grossing_films (I couldn't find a concise list, but I also don't care enough to keep looking) As I said there's a few. Not many though. Birthday Turkish dinner+ few APAs and Efes so have a good night. Bellydancer weeee

Friday, 19th July, 2019

  • 07:44 AM - Zardnaar quoted ccs in post Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer
    2006 here in the real world. Still could be good if it's worked into the story. They break some out of storage, fly some old Iranian ones, or other US allies/former allies. F22s and F35s wouldn't feel right. Potential underdog angle if they're up against new Sukhois or other American planes.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

  • 09:14 PM - the Jester quoted ccs in post 2e, the most lethal edition?
    Have you factored in wether or not helmets were worn in 1e? You know, I've long thought that helmets should work like shields, offering a bonus to AC on top of that offered by armor- maybe +1 for a coif or +2 for a great helm. Possibly at the cost of disadvantage on Perception checks. [/digression]
  • 07:52 PM - GreenTengu quoted ccs in post Shoe Horning the Races by Class?
    .... In absolutely none of your "counterpoints" did you at all remotely offer a single shred of evidence that it was better, easier or that you came closer to having as effective of a character taking a non-favored race/class combination in the previous editions than it is in the current edition. All your offered was that you were much more willing to play a character who was just had a generally worse chance of passing 95% of the rolls they would make during the game session when you were younger. But apparently you have a huge problem with it now. If you were willing to play a statistically worse character who would perform 10-20+% worse at everything they did as part of their class back then but now you feel compelled to make the most optimized possible character-- that's you who changed, not a matter of the rules changing. The changes to the rules have in fact made it so that the gap between the worse race/class combination and the best race/class-- outside of using a few badly des...
  • 03:02 PM - Blue quoted ccs in post Shoe Horning the Races by Class?
    You're right. On top of being more interesting it's often flat out better. Hmm, let me see; I could invest 4-8 levels to get a +2 on what I can already do quite well.... Or I could pick up two completely new abilities & have more options (both mechanically & RP wise).... Yeah, it's very build and table dependent what is "better", and even there "better" is usually defined within a limited number of pillars of play (such as just combat). I really do pick both myself. My last two characters that leveled up were one feat and one was +2 CHR (for a bard, looking for more Bardic Inspiration uses as well as the other benefits).
  • 10:13 AM - 5ekyu quoted ccs in post Shoe Horning the Races by Class?
    Would you like me to quote my 1e PHB or will you just concede that you're wrong? Except for those Ability Score bonuses. Oh please. Assuming you've not rolled poorly, there's enough ways to gain +s in 3x/PF to make any race decent at any of the classes. I know because I've spent the last 12.5 years doing it. And if a character is non-viable to you because you're missing another +2 to a die roll? Then I'm afraid that you're just not a very good player.... Well, your casting stat does effect the Save DCs of your spells. Though it'd be nice if it still gave bonus spells & affected max spell lvs. Ah, but there were so many feats you could surely find something useful. :) I know I did. Again, I've been doing it for these past 12.5 years.... And I've done it mostly with rolled stats. So sometimes I started golden, many times fair to middling, sometimes....well you end up with my special needs 1/2ling Garth. See, there's billions (figure of speech) of ways to make a viable c...
  • 02:38 AM - FrogReaver quoted ccs in post All Aboard the Figher Express
    Things like that I rule on a case by case basis. I mean, I can picture The Rock grabbing someone, hauling them along, & punching a bad guy.... (in fact I bet I'll see it - or something more ridiculous - in a few weeks when Hobbs & Shaw hits the theatre. :) So maybe I'd call for a grapple or str check to lift/haul the other PCs. Or maybe an athletics check to determine how far they get. Maybe disadvantage on the attack? I don't know. Like I said, I'd rule it on a case by case basis depending upon the scene. Well, I guess by rule every PC is the rock as they all can grapple a willing ally
  • 02:37 AM - Jer quoted ccs in post Shoe Horning the Races by Class?
    Actually that changed when UA came along in 1e. Some race/class combos were still blocked, but for those not it depended upon your subrace & stats. That makes sense. By the time UA came out I was out of the AD&D group and running my own B/X campaign (moving will do that - had to build a new group).

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019

  • 09:21 PM - Celebrim quoted ccs in post What are your Pedantic Complaints about D&D?
    I suspect that the orcs penchant for eating the elves dramatically reduces the odds of this crossbreed mix. In my homebrew, Orcs (well, goblins) eat elves precisely because the crossbreed mix doesn't work and elves can't be enslaved. They are a very practical people and want to put everything in their environment to work. Food is the best usage an elf can be put to.

Monday, 15th July, 2019

  • 04:01 PM - Sacrosanct quoted ccs in post Portrayal of D&D in Stranger Things 3 -some spoilers
    Gee Sacrosanct, you mom was mean. My mom show me three times how to thread her Singer. Then as long as I didn't use her good scissors, I could sew what I wanted. (still kicking myself for giving her knee operated Singer to charity). Let see Fall of 1982 Ft Devens Mass, specialty store had some costumes, PX had some fabric. 1984 Ft Ord Calif. Late 1984 West Berlin PX had fabric. And as soon as I learn to use my wife scanner in 20 not so easy steps, I will post my lousy costumes from the era. PS Your experience means jack compared to others experience. I'm not just giving my experience. I posted photos of the award winning costumes at LA CON from 1984. Nice try though. I am however, anxiously awaiting to see your photos of costumes from kids from the 80s that were modern day movie quality.
  • 03:43 PM - Sacrosanct quoted ccs in post Portrayal of D&D in Stranger Things 3 -some spoilers
    :rolling_eyes: You're only talking about 1984 USA, not the Dark Ages or some Points of Light D&D setting. Cars, roads, telephones (and phone books) existed. The JCPenny & Sears catalogues were readily available. Specialty catalogues as well (Dad had quite the collection for car parts as his hobby was restoring a '65 Mustang). Yes, it took more work than an Amazon click, but you could get what you didn't have. And you could also get it faster than 6-8 weeks (UPS & FedEx existed).... Also in small town American you had Fabric shop which sold costume patterns. You also had Grannys who ONLY HAD SINGER sewing machines who could be talked into sewing stuff for teenagers. DAMN Sacrosanct makes 1984 sound like 1884. I'm pretty sure at this point neither of you remember what it was like in 1984. Saying you had to mail in orders and wait weeks for delivery isn't trying to make the 80s seem like the 1880s, it was the reality. You didn't have nearly as many shops that sold things...

Saturday, 13th July, 2019

  • 07:46 PM - aramis erak quoted ccs in post Why do you play games other than D&D?
    Well, if you played it "correctly", as in how the book described the game, each of you were supposed to create a mage + at least one of the supporting non-mage characters. And then 1 person played their mage, the rest the custos, & 1 person DMd (forget what they called it) for an adventure. Then a new adventure & the roles rotated with someone else playing a mage, yadada yadda yadda. So everyone DM'd, everyone got a turn as their mage, & everyone played custos. It was a pretty neat idea. I never actually saw it happen.I have... When it works, it's great. When someone has managed to garner no clue about the setting tropes and throws a D&D type adventure in.... not so much. We voted one adventure off the campaign. It does require a bit of paradigm shifting, because you never know which characters you're going to get to play... In a 6 month long campaign, I had a stretch of 3 weeks where neither my Magus nor Custos characters were suitable... so I wound up playing grogs. And not ...
  • 07:53 AM - Zardnaar quoted ccs in post OSR ... Feel the Love! Why People Like The Old School
    That should so be a faction/place in a less-than-serious game. Hey I'm tempted to start naming NPCs after forum members. I have this Gnome Paladin named L.. erm nevermind.

Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 08:55 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted ccs in post Why do you play games other than D&D?
    Well, if you played it "correctly", as in how the book described the game, each of you were supposed to create a mage + at least one of the supporting non-mage characters. And then 1 person played their mage, the rest the custos, & 1 person DMd (forget what they called it) for an adventure. Then a new adventure & the roles rotated with someone else playing a mage, yadada yadda yadda. So everyone DM'd, everyone got a turn as their mage, & everyone played custos. It was a pretty neat idea. I never actually saw it happen. No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of different power levels through adventures. Most of the lower-tier PCs were related to the heavy hitters in some capacity. And we did rotary DMing, too.
  • 03:46 PM - Jer quoted ccs in post Why do you play games other than D&D?
    Well, if you played it "correctly", as in how the book described the game, each of you were supposed to create a mage + at least one of the supporting non-mage characters. And then 1 person played their mage, the rest the custos, & 1 person DMd (forget what they called it) for an adventure. Then a new adventure & the roles rotated with someone else playing a mage, yadada yadda yadda. So everyone DM'd, everyone got a turn as their mage, & everyone played custos. It was a pretty neat idea. I never actually saw it happen. Troupe style play! Yes - that's almost how we played Ars in college. Almost because it was more often the case that we'd have more than one of the wizards in the group and we each had multiple henchmen that we could choose from. (I actually enjoyed playing my henchmen characters more because, well, I was an Ars newb and didn't know the magic system inside and out like some of the others did, but I sure could play the heck out of the comedy sidekick character.)


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