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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 07:45 PM
    Or light Domain Cleric
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 07:41 PM
    Part of the reason for so much space is that boxes are also often standard sizes regardless of product. It's a way to save production costs.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 10:05 PM
    So apparently they're combining the various support accessories for the hardcovers that have been previously sold separately into a single box. Makes sense.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 05:09 AM
    I could see that. Except what constitutes a "proper" setting treatment? The format of that has varied over the years. As does the answer to the question of what level of content to include; does the product give a broad overview of the high-level aspects of a setting, or does it deal with the close-in aspects of the day-to-day NPCs? Or does it do both by having multiple products, with regional...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:37 AM
    One thing to remember when figuring out which setting, if any, will get a boxed set: they have very thorough data that has shown time and again that about 55% of games are actually homebrew, though only about half of those are strict rejections of existing settings, while the remainder are just "will use whatever fits" looser ones. Coupled with the 35% using some form of the Realms, there's a...
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Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

  • 10:12 AM - aramis erak quoted Mournblade94 in post Hidden
  • 02:18 AM - Panda-s1 quoted Mournblade94 in post RPGs Finally Get Some Credit in Defining a Galaxy: A Review
    For some reason, people get very sensitive towards fans that recognize the Last Jedi as a bad Star Wars film. I mean for starters it doesn't help they're so insecure as to necro a 3 week old thread because someone disagrees with them. but also the arguments against TLJ feel inane at best. I don't even want to touch the absolute garbage arguments (though I will say the video saying "diversity ruined star wars" that YouTube keeps suggesting can :):):):) right off). beyond that a lot of the arguments feel like either people weren't paying attention, or just can't accept certain plot points. it also doesn't help that your average fan who hates TLJ feels the need to crap on it at every opportunity. like I'm not the biggest fan of RotJ but I still enjoy it. After 1985 Star Wars pretty much disappeared from toy aisles. In 1987 I can't remember seeing any Star Wars products on the shelves other than WEG's role playing game. Some of our younger readers here might not remember a time when Star Wars...

Sunday, 23rd June, 2019

  • 10:29 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    It's all fair enough. I recognize I sound like a grumpy old man. I'm 46 years old, so more than likely I'm reacting to this as evidence the products are being made for younger gamers and I'm aging out of WOTC target audience. Such is life. I'm nearly 49, and I found it a good read, and it's full of ideas and mechanics (the new race, the party roles, headquarters/staff progression, most of the backgrounds, and the spells with minor adjustments) I can easily use even in a serious campaign. I'm only part of the way through the adventure, but if you wanted to play it dead seriously, it looks like would take no more adjustment than a typical campaign to do so. The book being funny (sometimes side-splittingly so) was merely an added bonus. Also, it's a one-off exception. It was going to be a 3rd-party book, and WotC took on the publishing as an extra slot above and beyond what they were already planning to publish this year.
  • 10:17 PM - bedir than quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    It's all fair enough. I recognize I sound like a grumpy old man. I'm 46 years old, so more than likely I'm reacting to this as evidence the products are being made for younger gamers and I'm aging out of WOTC target audience. Such is life. It isn't a WotC book. It is the first of more than a dozen Realms based 5e books that takes the heavy comedic tone. They still aren't forcing anyone to play this style of game. It's not part of AL.

Saturday, 22nd June, 2019

  • 08:54 AM - Radaceus quoted Mournblade94 in post Faerie Fire too powerful
    Or light Domain Cleric fair catch, I suppose even the Eldritch Knight, or perhaps Arcane trickster could take it as an off school spell... not that they'd have a lick of a chance with a high DC unless they have some very nice chargen
  • 07:03 AM - DMZ2112 quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    comedy =/= fun Spoken like someone whose handle is 'Mournblade.' :) Just a little good-natured ribbing. Your point is understood, if not agreed with.
  • 04:53 AM - Azzy quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    They may not want me to care about it, but I certainly do. Fortunately for WOTC people are more concerned about the world of Critical Role than Forgotten Realms then. They can now afford to make the realms a pale shadow of what it was because Realms fandom has become a niche. The true success of D&D is going to the streamers so most people are exposed to the realms now in the joke AI form. Oh, please. The FR still get way more attention than ANY other settting, so your grousing just comes off as petulant to those that are fans of those other settings. Secondly, there are more Realms products than AI, so your doomsday prediction doesn't hold water. Also, the Realms aren't sacrosanct. P.S. You have no room to talk about joke products until the Realms gets it own version of the Castle Greyhawk module.

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 07:47 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    If you're not a fan of the realms I could see why you wouldn't need one. But for the fans its a shame a proper campaign guide hasnt been released. The best we got was a regional guide like used to come out every month which at least was quality. Now we get a parody guide. And if you ARE a far of the Realms, you probably already have information about whatever locale you might want to run a game in, and thus a new product is unnecessary. Do you really need WotC to write up eight new paragraphs about Turmish rather than just use the eight paragraphs they wrote about Turmish previously? Or really just write your own dozens pages about Turmish yourself, seeing as how you weren't going to get enough info about it in any "new" guide to run a campaign there anyway? :)

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 07:40 PM - Inchoroi quoted Mournblade94 in post Paizo Update: Pathfinder 2E Core and Bestiary in Regular and Deluxe Editions
    Things have to move on, but I wonder how this will fare now that they moved on from being the last official d20 game. Im not switchng but I have plenty of material to work with for Pathfinder, and I will still be buying their digest size games. But With 5e being so good, I am not sure the 2e pathfinder is the best move. It will be interesting to see. As a 5e DM, I unfortunately still buy a lot of the PF books, because the majority of the adventures, setting material, and especially campaigns are very good. As my current campaign is coming to a close, I pitched Rise of the Runelords-Shattered Star-Return of the Runelords (as a huge 3x 1-20 thing), Mummy's Mask, or Skull & Shackles for my next campaign. The overwhelming response was: "Yes." I have an extensive list of books that I have to buy now, though.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 08:30 PM - Istbor quoted Mournblade94 in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    Sure. I'm not sure if your saying im'm contradicting myself. Just out of a whole bunch of stem at work I am the only one who is interested in anything gaming, or genre literature related. Nope. I am not saying that. Only that we can't generalize. Especially a group as big as all STEM people.
  • 08:08 PM - Istbor quoted Mournblade94 in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    I also work with STEM people. I am a STEM person. Not one of my colleagues gets excited about Star Wars or Marvel. Video Games are not a concept they can get their head around. Dungeons and Dragons is weird for them. And yet here you are. On EN World. Posting under the name Mournblade.
  • 07:06 PM - Parmandur quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    Ok. I just looked up the book and I did indeed read it. I remember the name I just had no idea the character was AI. Hopefully they stay as unidentifiable as that. In anycase, I mentioned to my players while running the last part of Out of the Abyss I'd probably change the timeline back to around 1375 DR. This pretty much solidifies that decision. The realms has moved to be something else from the lore heavy days. Its a marketing experiment now I guess. The lore books have been pretty weak since SCAG, so I might as well just switch it back. Sure, whatever floats your boat.
  • 05:26 PM - Parmandur quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    It is exactly what you said above. It makes no sense. It is anachronistic in that it does not in any way fit in with the society established in FR. I have no problem with this as a standalone. But Perkins recently tweeted that this is now a canon direction for the realms. That we will see AI characters possibly appear in Novels. Aurora's Whole Realms catalog wasn't suddenly referenced as the primary mode of transport. It didn't appear in any of the novels I read (It might have in some I didn't) and I've read alot. This is Anachronistic, not in a time sense, but in a theme sense. AI characters have already appeared, in novels written by Ed Greenwood. This has been canonical FR for a long time now.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 05:17 PM - SkidAce quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    ...I wish this was not in the Realms. It should have been its own thing. This is a third party publisher and should have used their own world. Hopefully this is not the flavor of Forgotten Realms to come. Regardless of whether you are pro or con on this book, I suspect NOBODY really thinks this is the flavor of the FR to come. Nothing to worry about IMO.
  • 04:46 PM - Parmandur quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    Really? We are reading very different Salvatore then. Comic relief is not parody. A spiked Dwarven Berserker is not Barbarian Style with corporate tags. I have to question how well you know the realms if you think it is a parody. Parody, not necessarily: but AI isn't strictly parody, either, it's camp. The FR is high camp. Always was.
  • 04:34 PM - Parmandur quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    There is a huge difference between Salvatores Comic relief and parody of D&D Rules like Barbarian Style and incontinence stance. This is a hard pass. I wish this was not in the Realms. It should have been its own thing. This is a third party publisher and should have used their own world. Hopefully this is not the flavor of Forgotten Realms to come. I ma familiar enough with Salvatore to say that no, this fits. Forget going forwards, this has been the flavor of the Forgotten Realms for yeeeeeeaaaars.

Monday, 17th June, 2019

  • 05:37 PM - Kurotowa quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions Inc Book Art From Aviv Or
    But up until now, we didn't get quite as niche a book as Acquisitions. AI isn't a proper WotC book. The writers weren't WotC devs. There was no Unearthed Arcana testing for its material. It doesn't occupy one of the normal WotC release slots. It's a third-party book that, for reasons we aren't privy to, worked out a joint publishing deal with WotC to slap on official branding and go out through WotC distribution channels. You know how the new Spider-Man movies are effectively made by Marvel Studios but are still technically Sony films for purposes of promotion and distribution? This is like that, but in reverse. Joint publishing deals are hardly unheard of, they're just not very common in the RPG industry.
  • 05:02 PM - Kurotowa quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions Inc Book Art From Aviv Or
    We used to get source material every month. Now they have limited resources so source books come out three times a year. That's a business choice, not a resource lack. When WotC was putting out monthly source books they were full of poorly designed crap and flooded the market leading to poor overall sales. Better three books a year when they're well done and I have use for all of them than monthly releases of over specialized environment books like Sandstorm and "Who asked for this?" books like Magic of Incarnum.

Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 04:08 AM - bedir than quoted Mournblade94 in post Acquisitions Inc Book Art From Aviv Or
    Im not so sure. Between Dungeon Mayhem, Rick and Morty, and this, it looks like things are getting a little too meta. I can't get immersed in the silliness. A card game for tweens, a starter set for comic book fans, and a setting book for fans of a comic-geek website versus EVERY OTHER THING WotC is putting out for D&D

Saturday, 30th April, 2016

  • 05:25 PM - DM Howard quoted Mournblade94 in post The Jilted Quill - DMs Guild Reviews - Updated on Mondays
    Hi Bravesteel, I sent you a complimentary copy of Brewing in Faerun with the brewing background. Any review and criticism would be welcome. I appreciate your time! Many thanks! Hi Mournblade94! I sent you a PM back. I look forward to reviewing it! For others, I am taking review requests, in preparation for restarting this weekly review after we are all settled into our house.


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