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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 05:09 AM
    I feel like dealing a coup de grace should work similarly to dealing non-lethal damage, i.e. you need to be up close to do it. That means melee weapons only, not ranged. What I'd allow in this situation is the opportunity for the ranger to land a "stealthy" kill. In other words, if the attack reduces the orc to 0 hp (not an option in this case, but the player doesn't need to know that), then...
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Tuesday, 16th April, 2019

  • 10:01 PM - Hussar mentioned Prakriti in post Sneak Peek At Ghosts of Saltmarsh Maps
    Sure, here: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?604938-I-draw-the-occasional-D-amp-D-map /snip LOL Look at that thread you posted. Virtually every single map in that thread, nearly all of them, are oriented north to the top. Granted there's no compass rose on most of them, but, then again, lacking a compass rose, the presumption is always north to the top because that's the standard way maps are drawn. Anyway, like I said, this has got to be the absolute weirdest conversation I've ever had on En World. Azzy - you have not one, but actually multiple atlases where most of the maps in the atlas are not north to the top? Link please? Because, well, buddy, you found the unicorn. I'm not saying no map is ever done that way. I'm saying it's very, very much an outlier to not do them that way. Prakriti - WTF? Scary/foreign/unusual? Ooookay. I'll note that not a single person here who is so adamant to prove me wrong has taken up my challenge. C'mon, let's see these examples of RPG books where the majority of maps are not north to the top. Should be easy peasy for smart folks like you. You seem to be so sure that north to the top isn't typical or usual, so, let's get those examples rolling in. It's easy to make unsubstantiated claims and whatnot. Time to pee or get off the pot. Give me a SINGLE example of an RPG product where the majority of the maps is not oriented north to the top. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/d3/d38a9ea86a0911c1162382d6d50168753e1dfb0cd3eaabc3d4ae85bfc71ade93.jpg

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019

  • 11:08 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Prakriti in post Critical Role Kickstarter Predition Game: Guess the Funding Outcome (GTFO)
    ...-- Radaceus: $12,345,678.91 FarBeyondC: $12,345,678.90 Morrus: $12,000,000 Mistwell: $11,800,000 Mort: $11,620,000 Zardnaar: $11,354,883 <--- The Winner! Sadras: $11,120,000 SkidAce: $11,000,000 Tazawa: $10,700,000 togashi_joe: $10,250,000 DM Dave1: $10,101,010 MichaelSomething: $10,000,000 Lazybones: $9,750,000 PabloM: $9,500,000 akr71: $9,250,000 rczarnec: $9,250,000 Azzy: $9,000,000 Henry: $8,900,000 mortwatcher: $8,666,000 Lidgar: $8,423,976.73 vincegetorix: $8,360,000 SmokeyCriminal: $8,008,135 AriochQ: $7,777,777 robus: $7,750,000 MarkB: $7,500,000 phantomK9: $6,969,696 TarionzCousin: $6,160,000 ClaytonCross: $6,000,000 ---------Highest-Funded Film Project on Kickstarter (MST3K Kickstarter) $5,764,229----------- MaximusArael020: $5,685,000 Prakriti: $1

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

  • 11:23 PM - Mercurius mentioned Prakriti in post 4.33 Years in: What Now for 5E? (and have we reached "Peak Edition?")
    I believe that 5e is nearing the point (perhaps a year and a half away) when it will reach peak popularity. Furthermore, I think that we will see a fairly dramatic drop in sales after that point. Thereafter, the edition will (I believe) sell at a steadily (but slowly) declining rate until the release of a new edition. Currently, 5e is doing very well. I suspect that any future losses of profit will be caused by dropping numbers of new players. My guesses could be completely inaccurate, but I am glad to be able to share them. Peak and decline is inevitable; the question is, can WotC stimulate later peaks? I would echo what @Prakriti said and say that the movie will impact this trajectory - and possibly stimulate a later peak. WotC has to be thinking about other ways to do the same, because at some point sales will start going down. On the other hand, maybe they find a way to turn D&D into the RPG version of Monopoly or, as someone said, Catan. No peak and valley, just an undulating plateau. 1982 was the peak of 1e. It was doing very well, but not as well as they had forecasted. And 1983 was the beginning of the decline. I don’t know about 5e. The current books seem to be doing well on Amazon and sales seem sustained. But growth cannot last forever, so it has to plateau eventually. But even then, when new player acquisition slows down, we’ll have a few years of declining but still good sales. 5e probably has quite a few good years left. But, I think we’re closer to the middle. I do think we’ve almost hit saturation where we have “enough” I question this idea of saturation and "enough" and have a theory about...

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

  • 11:41 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Dausuul: It's a good of a strategy as any. And XP for showing your calcs! I maintain that my current strategy of culling off the weaker scores quickly is the best strategy for a rapid end because it reduces the number of contestants (N) and therefore concentrates the negative votes (the only votes that really matter) onto fewer and fewer targets. TL;DR: 20N outweighs -X in your formula, so I'm gonna attack that N. Prakriti: I understand that a lot of participants are spite-quitting because they can't handle their darlings getting voted off, but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion. (I mean, Terry Brooks was my darling and I'm still here.)

Saturday, 18th August, 2018

  • 04:55 AM - pukunui mentioned Prakriti in post Need a Short Dungeon for a Ranger's Tomb
    Prakriti: That's awesome! Thank you. Maybe what I'll do is make it so that, if the PCs succeed in dealing with the Zhent mercs, then one or more villagers will reveal the location of Mornbryn's tomb, at which point I'll run your suggestion. LordEntrails: Thanks for the links. Unfortunately, it looks like I can't view the maps without a Fantasy Grounds account. :(

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Thursday, 25th May, 2017

  • 08:58 PM - Quickleaf mentioned Prakriti in post Stream of Annihilation Preview - DINOSAURS!
    Good catch. In that case, I'd suggest Port Nyranzaru, a settlement established by Amn. In the image, we can clearly see ships on the left-hand side (suggesting a port city), and the dress and architecture are somewhat Amnian in nature. Of course, it could also be a settlement that's new to 5E. Either way, I'm sure it's somewhere in Chult. From Greg Tito's tone and focus, it sounds like this might be the beginning to exploring some new setting material :) http://i.imgur.com/vuVCqjV.png And rawr! You called it Prakriti!

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Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

  • 11:20 PM - Hussar mentioned Prakriti in post Unearthed Arcana: Get Better At Skills With These Feats
    Both SkidAce and Prakriti have it right. Advice column. And, it's not so much of a case of I haven't seen it. It's I can't find ANY evidence of it. At all. If expertise was this major deal, you'd think that we'd have seen a few threads over the years complaining about it. But, pretty much nothing. It's passed muster with hardly a whisper. So, granting expertise as a feat shouldn't be an issue. I mean, we're talking about very high level characters who've not only burned one of their very limited feats, but also a couple of ASI's on whatever that feat is for, just so they can reliably do something that isn't all that powerful to begin with. I mean, for most of the lifespan of a PC, we're talking about a +3-4 to a single skill. Umm, yay?
  • 10:10 PM - OB1 mentioned Prakriti in post TftYP - Running Sunless Citadel
    Prakriti - Don't have my DMG nearby, does Slow Natural Healing preclude the use of Hit Die healing during a short rest? I'm actually worried that taking that away might be too much, though I do like the concept of using Hit Die for long rest healing. Might go with my own variant where you have to roll your Hit Die when short resting or long resting outdoors but get the max on your Hit Die if long resting in a safe, comfortable location. Mistwell - So it sounds like it may be plenty deadly enough without to much effort on my part! That's exactly why I'm having everyone come with back-up characters.

Friday, 6th January, 2017

  • 10:36 PM - MechaTarrasque mentioned Prakriti in post Yawning Portal monsters?
    Prakriti's list makes me happy, although I think a few things like the astral deva and the Hyenodon have been absorbed into existing critters (deva and the giant hyena). Still, my players will Grue the day that some of these critters get statted up!

Friday, 2nd December, 2016

  • 03:38 PM - Mercule mentioned Prakriti in post Level 20 How?
    I think I had one campaign in 1E that made it to 20th level. Wait... That's a lie. The PCs were retired at 10th or 11th level, then we came back a couple years later and "advanced" them to 18th level, including making one of the PCs a saint (pre-demigod, from a Dragon article). It was fun, for a short run, but that's about it. In 3E, we made it as far as 15th level before the game system because unwieldy and overly complex. I narrated out the end of the campaign because everyone was starting to drag with the heavy mechanics. For 5E, we're playing LMoP and PotA, but we're extremely beer-and-pretzels because most of the players have kids (heck, one of the players is my kid) and lots of activities that often make scheduling an issue. The group isn't even 10th level, yet. From what I can see, I'll be ready to be done with the party after PotA and not really want to go any higher. I'll second Prakriti on AD&D. I actually liked it that way and appreciated the change in game focus. I don't really care to see what arch-mages can do in a dungeon crawl. I'd rather see the PCs start doing the mentoring and being the deus ex machina for lesser NPCs and/or troupe-style PCs.

Friday, 18th November, 2016

  • 12:53 AM - Prism mentioned Prakriti in post Drizzt' Do Urden
    name them. I'll add to Prakriti's list and include Yvonnel Baenre (25th 2e) and Jarlaxle (18th 2e). Drizzt has always been listed as mid to high teens level (16th usually) whereas some of the other characters are older and more experienced.

Monday, 7th November, 2016

  • 07:04 AM - Duan'duliir mentioned Prakriti in post Volo's Guide to Monsters: General Discussion.
    @TheHobgoblin The only gnome character I've seen was a barbarian. @Prakriti What game balance reasons prevented them from using Intelligence for that? If its not a major problem, I'll houserule that, because it makes sense.

Sunday, 6th November, 2016


Saturday, 29th October, 2016

  • 05:38 PM - AaronOfBarbaria mentioned Prakriti in post What is a Dex save doing?
    I agree with half of what Prakriti has said (the later half, to be specific). In the case of area effects like fireball what a dexterity saving throw is representing is adjusting your body so that you are shielding the lesser protected parts with the more protected parts - such as turning your face away from the directional source of the harmful magic, or (as the shield master feat enhances the ability of) getting your shield between your body and the magic. Much like how in real life if you can quickly huddle into your leather jacket, a gout of flame is likely to cause you less serious injuries than if you hadn't interposed your jacket.

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Thursday, 13th September, 2018

  • 05:49 PM - Reynard quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Ahem... Leo Tolstoy =/= Nikolai Tolstoy Or that other dead Russian, either. ;)
  • 12:28 PM - CapnZapp quoted Prakriti in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist First Impressions
    For me, when it comes to maps, it's a matter of quality over style. I would rather have a good pen-and-ink map than a shoddy full-color one. Luckily, Dyson Logos makes some of the best pen-and-ink maps around.Oh, is it Dyson - that's just as good news as Schley. As long as they stay away from people that think maps are artwork first, information third (like Blando), I'm good! [emoji4]
  • 01:58 AM - Parmandur quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix E (5e) Authors- Ursula K. LeGWINS!
    Oh no. I'm mad at him for starting it. It's trash. :) Yeah, so, having read them by myself, I didn't really notice there was sex in the books. I tend to edit that sort of junk out when reading books. Latter, when discussing the book with other people, I've heard Martin's style described as "one-handed typing." It's gross.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018

  • 05:43 PM - Maxperson quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 14 Dunsany, Lord 11 Leiber, Fritz 13 Tolkien, J.R.R. 7 Williamson, Jack 10 Zelazny, Roger 10 It would be so much easier to double-check vote accuracy if we didn't have to wade through pages of cat-fighting. Just sayin'. :heh: Here. Let me help you out. Burroughs, Edgar Rice 0 Dunsany, Lord 0 Leiber, Fritz 0 Tolkien, J.R.R. 1 beeeellion votes. Williamson, Jack 0 Zelazny, Roger 0

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

  • 09:30 PM - Morrus quoted Prakriti in post In which I attempt a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist photoshoot
    Are there any dungeons? If so, what are they called and what's the general theme? How many rooms are in each dungeon? Also, do the dungeons have boxed text or no? I like dungeons. :) Wow. Homework assignment! I'll have that report on your desk by Monday! Yes, there are some. But I'm not describing them all! :) For certain values of "dungeon" (none are "big"), there are a dozen or more mapped buildings. But the next adventure is the big dungeon adventure.
  • 07:06 PM - Morrus quoted Prakriti in post In which I attempt a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist photoshoot
    How much of the book is adventure and how much is setting guide? Answered that one already. :)

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

  • 05:59 PM - Imaro quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Bellairs, John 19 Brackett, Leigh 4 Brown, Frederic 12 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 23 Carter, Lin 18 de Camp & Pratt 19 Dunsany, Lord 21 Fox, Gardner 19 Howard, R.E. 6 -IMO Overrated and over emphasized when it comes to S&S in general. Lanier, Sterling 18 Leiber, Fritz 23 Merritt, A. 18 Moorcock, Michael 16 -Subverted many of the established tropes of S&S increasing it's range and depth. Norton, Andre 15 Offutt, Andrew J. 16 Pratt, Fletcher 18 St. Clair, Margaret 21 Tolkien, J. R. R. 20 Weinbaum, Stanley 16 Wellman, Manley Wade 16 Williamson, Jack 18 Zelazny, Roger 22

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018


Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

  • 11:39 PM - Reynard quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    This is a list of authors that appeared in Appendix N (Inspirational and Educational Reading) of the 1E DMG. Your beef is with Gary Gygax, not Lowkey. :)I could have sworn Appendix N eas where I first heard of CAS.
  • 08:31 PM - Dausuul quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Lots of axe-grinding so far. I guess it's too much to ask that people focus on downvoting the obscure, no-name also-rans before tackling the big-name authors. We get it, you think super-popular-legendary-iconic-author is over-appreciated. Does that mean that they deserve to fall before Sterling-fricking-Lanier, whose greatest claim to fame is appearing in Appendix N of the AD&D DMG? The way things are going now, we're going to end up with Andrew Offutt, Fletcher Pratt, and Manley Wade Wellman in the final 3, and people are going to wonder WTF happened. :) The fact that some no-name also-ran might emerge victorious because the big names beat each other to a pulp is part of the fun. It rarely happens, but the possibility adds spice to the game. Without tactical voting, irrational vendettas, dogpiling the leader, and people casting "kill" downvotes out of sheer bloodlust, Survivor threads would be very dull indeed.
  • 07:56 PM - Gradine quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Lots of axe-grinding so far. I guess it's too much to ask that people focus on downvoting the obscure, no-name also-rans before tackling the big-name authors. We get it, you think super-popular-legendary-iconic-author is over-appreciated. Does that mean that they deserve to fall before Sterling-fricking-Lanier, whose greatest claim to fame is appearing in Appendix N of the AD&D DMG? The way things are going now, we're going to end up with Andrew Offutt, Fletcher Pratt, and Manley Wade Wellman in the final 3, and people are going to wonder WTF happened. :) Survivor threads have always been more about "least hated" than "most loved"; why else would Birthright and Lankhmar win the Survivor Setting threads?
  • 07:46 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Aw, man, I like Lanier's Hiero's Journey. It's so goofy and bizarre in an un-self-conscious way. And it's pretty much proto-Gamma World. Does that mean that they deserve to fall before Sterling-fricking-Lanier, whose greatest claim to fame is appearing in Appendix N of the AD&D DMG?
  • 07:38 PM - lowkey13 quoted Prakriti in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Lots of axe-grinding so far. I guess it's too much to ask that people focus on downvoting the obscure, no-name also-rans before tackling the big-name authors. We get it, you think super-popular-legendary-iconic-author is over-appreciated. Does that mean that they deserve to fall before Sterling-fricking-Lanier, whose greatest claim to fame is appearing in Appendix N of the AD&D DMG? The way things are going now, we're going to end up with Andrew Offutt, Fletcher Pratt, and Manley Wade Wellman in the final 3, and people are going to wonder WTF happened. :) I think there is something distinctly wrong with August Derleth, whose primary claim to modern fame (IMO) is his horrible, terrible, not good bastardization of Lovecraft (ahem, with Lovecraft) surviving Lovecraft. But that's just me. :)

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018


Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

  • 08:39 AM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted Prakriti in post What's the future of the Forgotten Realms?
    There is already a FR hardcover for 5E: the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. We're not getting another one. That is 5E's FRCG, like it or not. And we might not have even gotten that if the Sword Coast Legends video game had not come out at the same time, seeing as the SCAG was advertised to be as much a primer for that game as it was for 5E.
  • 06:12 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted Prakriti in post What's the future of the Forgotten Realms?
    There is already a FR hardcover for 5E: the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. We're not getting another one. That is 5E's FRCG, like it or not. Until last week, I might have agreed with you. Now we need to wait and see how the Ravnica and (possibly) Eberron hardcovers do. If they prove wildly popular, they may revisit the Realms with a more comprehensive setting guide...

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 03:56 AM - Ancalagon quoted Prakriti in post So I ran a 6-8 encounter day...
    I really think it was a mistake to retain the short rest mechanic from 4E. The older editions functioned so much better without it. I don't know... it adds problems, but it adds to the game too. How would the warlock work? Perhaps the 1/encounter power should have been retained too...

Monday, 23rd July, 2018

  • 06:22 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Prakriti in post So I ran a 6-8 encounter day...
    I really think it was a mistake to retain the short rest mechanic from 4E. The older editions functioned so much better without it. It was changed quite a bit from 4e, which, like 1e, assumed the party would rest for a bit (bind wounds &c) after most every fight (3e also had a sort of short rest, thanks to the impact of Wands of low-level spells like CLW or Lesser Vigor, you could heal everyone up in a few minutes after every fight for a fairly trivial cost in consumables). 5e's 'short' rest is a full hour (to overnight if you use the 'gritty' variant) so you can easily have two or more encounters between short rests. 3.x/PF and earlier, most classes were either all-in on at-will or all-in on daily, with hybrids, like half-casters or multi-class fighter/magic-users & the like, splitting the difference, and coming with issues of their own. In 4e, along with the class designs investing less overall effectiveness in daily resources, it meant the number of encounters/day mainly affected rela...

Sunday, 22nd July, 2018

  • 05:17 AM - ccs quoted Prakriti in post So I ran a 6-8 encounter day...
    I really think it was a mistake to retain the short rest mechanic from 4E. The older editions functioned so much better without it. I agree. I'm a fan of x uses per day.


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