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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 AM
    At some point there's a very blurry dividing line between 'fail-forward' and what I call 'succeed-backward'. Depending on context, finding a 1000 g.p. ruby instead of 1000 gold coins could fall into any of: full success, succeed-backward, fail-forward, or outright fail. In fairness there's certainly been some support from that quarter for D&D 4e over time, and even in this thread, so it's...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    Ah - you're thinking movie actors where I was thinking live-stage actors; and yes, there is a difference. But portraying a different emotion than what one really feels at the time? That's common to both stage acting and RPGs. If my PC has reason to be mad at someone about something then I'm going to portray it - through my words, expression, and tone - as being mad, never mind how happy...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    It does tons of them every year. You just don't go to see them.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    Ditto the GM, who in presenting the entire setting is merely making suggestions the players may or may not follow up on (in the example, the players/PCs might decide the Southtor seal isn't enough, or if the GM throws in the bit about the love letters, might decide to follow up on that instead...or ignore it; it's their choice). You're concatenating two goals into one here - a specific one...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    And: Actually, this is similar enough to the nature of the Ellcrys in the Shannara novels that I bet it would make for some interesting situations and role-playing.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    1) your post has some formatting in it that renders it nigh-invisible to some. Here’s what probably happened and how to fix it: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial 2) “scaling up“...great unintentional pun! :D
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    I'm really not very knowledgeable about modern archery, but generally maybe you could look at the difference between a musket and a modern rifle, and apply a similar 'upgrade'.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    Well then, I have some great news for you! The 1980s have loads of really awesome movies. You have years of pleasure ahead of you!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    Such a thing pretty much implies the existence of meddling by intelligent beings. (Except, in a fantasy setting, that would be deities, not aliens.)
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  • Mustrum_Ridcully's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:21 PM
    I can't remember anything about the frist movie. Not even sure if I saw it in its entirety, it must be decades ago and I was still a child or teenager at best. But I've seen Archer recently, and someone pointed out this Archer trailer:
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    The PDF(s) will go out to backers the moment the Kickstarter ends tonight, as we do with all all our Kickstarters. So if by “right away” you mean “today” then back the campaign! Otherwise, yeah, there will be a longer wait before you can get the revised version of ATOC or the new book, ATMC.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    Morrus replied to Welcome Thread
    This place has been around for 20 of those years!
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    Gale Force Nine has shared some pictures of the new DM Screen geared at nautical adventures, Of Ships & The Sea. The website says "Pre-Order - Mid June", so I'm not sure if it's available yet.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:25 PM
    The revised version is on Kickstarter right now. Ends in 8 hours. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/a-touch-more-class-9-new-5th-edition-classes
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    I include the GM as a player for these purposes. If even that person is sitting there looking at the game and not able to understand the magic, that person won’t run the game. People have been throwing around quantum mechanics ideas in this thread, so let me join in. There is an observer effect going on. The act of making a system of magic that works in a game invariably makes the magic...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:53 AM
    Well, ignoring the question of when is a comma or semicolon missing or not (since that can be a story telling style decision): - line 9: missing word "as" after word "smiled" - line 17: personally I'd place a second "that" after the single one - line 17: replace "mentaly" with "mentally" - line 18: replace "need" with "needed" as otherwise the sentence has a time frame mixup - third to last...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:30 AM
    Designing a magic system that feels magical may be impossible. Personally, I’ve NEVER seen an RPG magic system that felt numinous, largely because they all have to fit into the RPG system and be understood by the players.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:31 PM
    I still have the original boxed set, plus two of the expansion packs. (And I still use the monster minis from those games in our D&D games today.) I used HeroQuest as the "gateway drug" to introduce my boys - then around 9 and 7 - to the standard fantasy tropes before moving them to AD&D 2E later on. After we ran through the original scenarios for HeroQuest I started designing my own and...
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:06 PM
    I finished The Empty Chair last night - it was so very good: twists and turns abounded throughout the book, to the point where you start to second guess yourself while reading through it at what can be taken at face value and what might be intentionally leading you astray. Jeffery Deaver excels at throwing you curve balls when you least expect it. And it turns out I missed one of his books in...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    So far, 33 confirmed casualties. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/asia/kyoto-animation-fire-intl-hnk/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:47 PM
    How many different kinds of geek ARE there? How many can be symbolized with a smallish icon? I mean, gamers could be represented by a d20, but what about tech geeks? Fans of sci if? CosPlayers? Furries?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:42 PM
    You can...if you do it without a plan, without control, without intellect. OTOH, if you use your mind before attacking the canvas...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:25 PM
    I may be missing something- where do these increased weapon dice come from?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:05 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:56 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:32 PM
    Green Ronin has sent out its Sell Sheets for the new products it will have available at Gen Con -- Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Gamemaster's Guide and Superteam Handbook, Modern Age Threefold setting, and Fantasy Age Campaign Builder's Guide. (Thanks to Egg Embry for the scoop).
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:55 PM
    I think we can decide for ourselves what we find interesting.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:54 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:41 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Lots of people certainly like books. No doubt about that. Lots of people also like PDFs, as evidenced by the DMs Guild (which WotC created); and they also like other digital options, like DDB, FG, and Roll20. It's not a binary choice.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    I was with you all the way to here, but this is where you lose me: acting very much is roleplaying. An actor, pretty much no matter what else might be involved, universally does one thing while on stage or screen: plays a role.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 10:26 AM
    The quote tags in the post I'm replying to here are a bit of a hot mess, so if some quoted bits don't quite make sense it ain't my doing. :) Aye, that I was. Because it's a great big setting out there with lots of stuff in it? Why wouldn't she? And sometimes she'll be right, and sometimes she won't; and the same can be said for the players. The players control the fiction by what they...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 06:49 AM
    Made salads for dinner again. My usual suspects were included: spinach, San Marzanos, carrots, celery, green onion, portobello slices, salami, chicken and ham. My dressing was that vinaigrette I’ve been making with lemon-infused olive oil, Dijon mustard, tarragon (instead of red wine) vinegar, pepper and parsley. What was different? Well, I got some nice broccoli sprouts and radish...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:38 AM
    Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from Doctor Who as a missed opportunity in that regard. While they are made to look like angels, their faces are mostly fairly masculine, while angels are supposed to be androgynous. So in this case, “the point” would be making them more closely resemble what they are emulating. I could also see androgynous androids as being perceived as less...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:32 AM
    Yeah, that’s a good suggestion. Anyone who saw yours and had participated in a prior thread would likely post a link to it!
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:19 AM
    Start your own thread. You'll get more responses that way and not spend time hunting.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 01:58 AM
    Hey, if anyone's interested, Dark Horse just came out with the first issue of a new Orville comic book miniseries today. Apparently there will be four issues in all, comprising two different two-part stories. Check your local comic book shop for details. Johnathan
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:40 AM
    Welcome and good luck!
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:14 PM
    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.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 09:11 PM
    A system I haven't used, but like the sound of, would be to re-roll ALL your Hit Dice every level. If the new total is higher than the old, keep the new one. Otherwise, add 1 + your Con bonus to the old one, and take that.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:45 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Er...in 1e splint-and-shield by RAW gives AC 3, doesn't it? (and by common house rule where shields give 2 AC points, that'd be AC 2). That's going to lower the odds of hitting a bit, and thus the DPR.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:41 PM
    Agreed - it's one of PF's better productions, and largely adaptable to almost any system with a bit of work. Well, this assumes both players and PCs are looking at things first and foremost in terms of DPR and so forth rather than characterization and flavour...which kinda brings up a peeve of mine, that being players who only view their characters in terms of how much damage they can give out...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:25 PM
    Quite right, and most often it will be. My point is simply to say that there's no good reason that it always has to be, hence my example of looking for one thing in the Duke's desk and finding another.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:23 PM
    For any number of reasons, some that you might like and some you might not: - to introduce new or unexpected elements to the fiction (whether pre-authored or generated on the fly) - to give the players (as their PCs) something new or different to think about; or to get them thinking a bit more outside the box - to, in the specific example given, point out there's more than one way to...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 06:36 PM
    Interesting assertion! Let's see... So far so good... Hold on a sec.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:10 PM
    This may be your experience, but it doesn't match mine. One of the first 5e pcs in my game was a dwarf wizard. I don't think this is as universal as you seem to believe.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    You sure can make a muddy mess when you throw every color on the canvas. This can work, sure. Or, as an alternative, explain that you don't allow said race, that it doesn't fit into the setting, and get your players to stay inside the lines. The problem with reflavoring is that it waters down the race's identity, and therefore its role in the world and the flavor of the races and...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Neither. But we’ll be moving into the new platform in the next week or two with luck, so it won’t matter.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:38 PM
    I know review copies have been sent out to various people (ours went to Ben, our Pathfinder columnist) but the reviews are embargoed until Aug 1st. And, of course, there’s the 3PPs, but they’re not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:35 PM
    Well the actual book comes out in 2 weeks; the playtest book is a year out of date. Where did you get it from? Unless you’re a collector, you’re better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:27 AM
    Fair enough. I'm coming from an old-school background where sometimes it's the healer that's down and if you don't get that potion into him half the party are hooped... :)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:15 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Our body-fatigue point system (developed in about 1983) ends up working almost the same. Everyone - even peasants - has body points; for humans these are rolled on a d5 with a Con-based minimum (2 unless your Con is truly awful, 3 if it's pretty good; and a lower roll becomes set to the minimum) and are locked in for life unless some tragedy like losing a limb permanently alters them. Your...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:09 AM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Tony Vargas , to compare apples to apples, what happens if you put up your happy little 1st-level Fighter against its clone (i.e. another Fighter-1 with all numbers exactly the same) in each edition?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 08:02 AM
    If memory serves, I believe IRL that if an unconscious person is put into the correct position to avoid choking it is in fact possible to get a liquid into him-her, as swallowing is a reflexive action much like breathing. Given that, no reason not to allow it in the game. :)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:59 AM
    Er...in my example the PC does achieve what she hoped for: she found incriminating evidence against the Duke. That the evidence didn't take the exact form specified in the action declaration doesn't reduce the success, or turn it into a failure - and that's just my point: a roll of success gives success, but the GM should have some latitude to narrate what form that success takes if something...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:55 AM
    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:54 AM
    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters, Thieves and Assassins. NPC Dwarves were limited to 8th level. All races except Half-Orcs were unlimited as Thieves, who were instead unlimited as Assassins.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:38 AM
    In my current 3.5 campaign, one of the PCs (the gnome) has an uncle who brews potions. He's known for frequently taking shortcuts, which often results in much cheaper potions that have some drastic side effects. One such batch of potions of cure light wounds tasted so nasty you needed to make a successful DC 12 Fortitude save to actually drink it down (failure resulted in balking that round,...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:22 AM
    This. With rare exceptions, the only time pcs loot gear off of monsters is if they want to use it themselves.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:15 AM
    ...except on episodes of "The Bionic Woman," where she was occasionally having to fight the "fembots." Johnathan
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:06 AM
    You might want to check that: dwarves could be Clerics, too. (In addition, when the classes were added, they could be alchemists and psionicists as well.) Also, every race had at least one class in which their progression was unlimited. As I recall, that was Thief for dwarves. (Possibly all races.)
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:04 AM
    the Jester replied to Double Dash
    Absolutely. It makes for some insanely-mobile characters, but I am okay with that.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:41 PM
    Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to stick. Just like “man” became a synonym for humanity, the male-rooted “Android” became the term for human-stimulant artificial life. Nobody seemed to care for a female-rooted version of the term.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:37 PM
    The first or second 5e session I ran, the pcs, including a dragonborn, were performing in a bar, using magic and breath weapons and the like to enhance the bard like a stage show, and they accidentally started a fire, then bailed. The next time they came around that bar, there was a "No Dragonborn Allowed!" sign out front. That bar has banned dragonborn ever since. Also, I use random rumor...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:23 PM
    For the record, here is my write up of gnomes, their place in my world, and how they typically view the other common races.
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:13 PM
    I can't speak for anyone else's campaign, but in mine, yes, it matters. The way other creatures interact with you and perceive you starts with your appearance- and that starts with your race. (It also includes things like how you are dressed, whether you are clean, etc- but all things being equal, if a dwarf and an elf interact with someone and the two of them are both filthy, the elf's filth...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:29 PM
    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The last half of the trip was behind the Iron Curtain- it was still a thing, then- and I ran out of my antiperspirant halfway through the trip. “No biggie.” I thought. I would just go buy some at the hotel store. Problem #1: there were no American brands at all, nor any European brands I knew. All were Eastern European. No roll-ons, either. So I...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:45 PM
    Not quite, in my view. When the roll shows 'success' the GM is bound by that to narrate a successul outcome...of some sort. This successful outcome doesn't (or at least IMO shouldn't) necessarily have to directly match what the player had in mind* as long as the narration reflects an overall success for the PC. My example above, though not the best, tries to show this: the search doesn't...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    We also smell different from Europeans, IME. Americans- of both genders- tend to favor detergents, soaps and perfumes with floral or powdery smells...and sometimes, in unfortunately large amounts. In that context, we almost smell like babies. After living in Europe for just a few months, I was often able to tell when another American had wandered nearby. After a few years, I could...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick, right down to my lantern-jawed illustration thereof. Instead of a mask and antennae, he wore heavy rider goggles and a military style helmet (with “MM” on it), because SAFETY FIRST! He did most of his heroic patrolling while riding a bicycle (with a visibility flag) with cards in the spokes, a la: I even took this scene from issue #1: ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 01:34 PM
    The Diana Jones Awards (named after the remaining piece of the Indiana Jones RPG encased in the trophy) has announced its nominees for 2019. Every year an anonymous group of industry members select a handful of nominees, which are announced at a private event during Gen Con. Last year's winner was the movement of Actual Play. This year's nominees are: Dungeons & Dragons Art &...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    How about Uluru Devil’s Tower The Yosemite “Firefall” Hang Son Doong Cave
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:43 AM
    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade pidgin or constructed language (like Esperanto), the most common primary/secondary language in the world (think Greek, Latin, French, and English, in turn), or a mechanical mesh mash of both.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like... “Furries, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ‘em!”
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:50 PM
    Occasionally a game mechanic jumps out at me, and makes me think "wow!" -- it's not always brand new, and sometimes it builds on something else, or sometimes it's just new to me, but I like it when a simple mechanic catches my eye. Here's a couple of my favourites: D&D's advantage/disadvantage is a really elegant way to replace all those fiddly bonuses. It's one of my favourite things about...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 PM
    Technically true, though the 1e DMG also in various places says - in flowery Gygaxian prose, of course - the much-more-to-the-point Burning Wheel edict you quote below. It also suggests (more than once, I think!) that rule changes be carefully thought through before implementation, wich rather goes against the notion of changing rules on a whim. In general this is fine - 'don't be a dick'...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:02 PM
    The Book of Erotic Fantasy very vaguely - and IMO very badly - waved at this, but that was it as far as I recall (though I'll freely admit that there was probably a lot of d20-era stuff that passed me by and-or never even made it to this market). This was one of my many great disappointments with the BoEF, in fact; that it didn't go much more deeply into fantasy-race inter-breeding, genetics,...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:51 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Per round was everywhere, as most things couldn't be used or done more than once per round anyway...and that hasn't really changed. We've both house-ruled in that some spells can only be cast once a week and added various magical devices that only do their thing once per week or per month (or in one currently-existing case per year, though the item's owner hasn't figured this out yet). ...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:42 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    If one assumes that the party in each game loses few enough hit points per day on average that the characters all survive until tomorrow, then the comparison is valid...except: In 5e you can be at 3 h.p. and lose a boatload of 'em, but you'll only go to 0 whereupon you'll fall over and start making death saves and during that time someone can cure you up. What this means is that any attempted...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:31 PM
    Lanefan replied to OSR Gripes
    Interesting. I always thought this was an ancient house rule adopted before I started playing - never knew it had an official basis. I can think of gobs of per-day things and even a few x-per-hour devices but I can't for the life of me think of anything that recharged after a turn.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:13 PM
    Even though this thread's in 'General RPG', given that historically D&D has represented more or less 80% of the RPG market and player base (and still does) talking primarily about anything else is going to quickly send much of the potential readership off elsewhere. Using other systems for comparison is great. Ignoring the primary system, however, seems a bit foolish. Good question. To...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:53 PM
    This to me is a false premise, in that not all (or even all that many) challenges need only have two clear mutually-exclusive outcomes to still be defined as challenges. Outcomes often run on a scale, with highly-desireable at one end and highly-undesireable at the other and a whole lot of other options in between. Which is fine provided it's done within the framework of the game mechanics. ...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:44 PM
    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so. ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
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  • 03:58 AM - Challenger RPG mentioned Orius in post How to Teach a GM to be a Player?
    ...r, at some point or other I've forced most of my players to play just about every RPG I can get my hands on. Some of my fellow GMs tend just to prefer D&D. @Sword of Spirit : I totally agree with you. Thanks for the great suggestion about asking the GM what can be done to help out. The next time I'm a player, I think that's a fine thing for me to try out. I'm also a kindred spirit when it comes to problem solving. I also have a pretty hard time sitting quietly when the GM is distracted for what seems like half an hour. On one occasion, I was known to have created and played out a 15 minute subplot with another player while the GM was up to something else. When the GM found out what had happened, the GM wasn't terribly impressed. I still get ridiculed for that, and it was years and years ago. @Luce : Another great idea. Playing a different system sounds like it could work really well. Some players turned GMs have a favorite, but I think it would be something good to try out. @Orius : I tried. :P @Vyvyan Basterd : Kudos on that. I've been called a terrible player on more than one occasion, and sometimes by players who I really respect. I have to admit that I sometimes earn that title. As for attention span, I guess I've also had that problem. In one particular game, I actually became less and less engaged in the game until the point where I stopped reading (an unrelated book) and wandered off. It was actually kind of embarrassing seeing as I'd begged everyone to play, but I just couldn't keep my focus on the game. Throughout the 5 hour session, I was a 0-level farmer the entire game forced to be a servant to a crazy old wizard. Apart from failing miserably at the basest of tasks, I wasn't really allowed to do much. I guess you could say I was spoiled by playing 1st level heroes all the time, and that it was a great role-playing opportunity. However, there wasn't even a single battle in the entire time I was playing (and I'm still 0-level in that game as far ...

Thursday, 6th June, 2013

  • 12:22 PM - pemerton mentioned Orius in post AD&D 2nd vs 3.5
    playing a 2e fighter or cleric or thief is much the same as playing their 3e versionsAgain, this is something on which we have different responses. I find a fighter quite different in 3E for the reasons I mentioned earlier. And I tend to agree with Orius on the cleric and thief.

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Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 02:28 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Orius in post TSR's Amazing Accounting Department
    Yeah, TSR had a lot of momentum from D&D, which is probably why it took them a bit over 10 years to finally burn out after Gary left. Yeah, and Gary for all his flaws, seemed to be a fairly savvy businessman. Still, it's a very difficult thing to scale a company up from small to medium sized and, from what I've heard of folks who run companies, one reason it's so hard is that you're always only a few bad decisions away from disaster, especially if your expenses are high, which, evidently, was what happened at '90s TSR. And I'm aware of that bit about WotC -- and I'd add that they've had far fewer stumbles than TSR did during that time. The biggest weak spot they had was during the release of 4e and the big flop over pulling the .pdfs not long afterwards, and even that wasn't anywhere near the idiocies that TSR was doing. I think it's really important not to let hindsight bias creep in. TSR certainly made a number of bad decisions and seemed to have truly messy internal politics, bu...

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

  • 03:27 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Orius in post TSR's Amazing Accounting Department
    The more I read about TSR's history the more I wonder just how it held together as long as it did. A senior professor I knew in grad school had done a good bit of work on the topic of business failures. Especially a company that had a killer product generated by a founder can often last a long time on the momentum started that way, which can cover for a lot of business shenanigans. But yeah, TSR sure did seem to have some real problems along the way until they finally died. It may be hard (and sobering for those of us of a certain age) to realize, but WotC has owned D&D for nearly as long as TSR. TSR went from 1974 to 1997, so 23 years, and WotC has owned it for 22....

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 03:56 PM - TBeholder quoted Orius in post Returning to 2nd Edition
    Core yes. But I'm talking core, and splats, and PO, and that's not even getting into supplements. Well, yes. PO was a fair attempt to sort this mess, but too rushed. And had some otherwise good components made needlessly clunky (Severity rolled separate from damage, Character Points rather than costs in XP). The crusaders handbook and the Viking handbook were phenomenal. I can go on. HR series? Yes, good stuff.

Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 12:48 AM - MNblockhead quoted Orius in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    WARNING SPOILERS - Shouldn't have to state it on this thread (I don't read it until I've seen the newest episode) but since I'm un-commenting parts of a spoiler commented block, I figure I should give a warning up front. I called it last time: Teaching their son that females are inferior is problematic when the kid's got to interact with other species with different values, and it's a shame the episode didn't touch on that. That was a major theme of the episode and this was used as an intro and the conclusion. Not sure how much more they should have done. I think the balance is about right. It is easy to seem a bit ham-fisted about these things. I rolled my eyes at the Dolly Parton stuff, but I think it was both the episode's touch of Seth, and a bit of comic relief. I did initially, but we see this even in earth history. Things that were taken deadly as part of religious dogma become children's stories and stories for kids become cultural touch stones. I've certainly found t...

Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 06:16 PM - Dausuul quoted Orius in post Vecna v Acererak v Larloch? Who's The Most Powerful Lich?
    Don't count out Acererak, his ritual from Return to the Tomb of Horrors involved merging his consciousness with the Negative Energy Plane itself so he could control any undead anywhere in the multiverse whenever he wanted. Any undead here to me means just that -- even guys like Strahd von Zarovich, Lord Soth, Azalin, and yes, Larloch get to be Acererak's puppet if he succeeds. When the PCs finally confront him, he just needs to absorb three more souls to achieve this, which he might very well get from the party. Every lich has an insane scheme to achieve ultimate power. And every lich that shows up in an adventure or novel comes within moments of completing its insane scheme, only to be foiled by adventurers at the last minute. As I said before, Acererak gets style points for having more cool and interesting schemes than most; but, Colonel Xykon's Secret Recipe notwithstanding, style does not translate into actual power. Where power is concerned, you get zero credit for a failed scheme, n...
  • 04:38 PM - Iry quoted Orius in post Vecna v Acererak v Larloch? Who's The Most Powerful Lich?
    Don't count out Acererak, his ritual from Return to the Tomb of Horrors involved merging his consciousness with the Negative Energy Plane itself so he could control any undead anywhere in the multiverse whenever he wanted. Any undead here to me means just that -- even guys like Strahd von Zarovich, Lord Soth, Azalin, and yes, Larloch get to be Acererak's puppet if he succeeds. When the PCs finally confront him, he just needs to absorb three more souls to achieve this, which he might very well get from the party.He never would have succeeded. There were way too many powerful beings who can and would stop him. The only way to reconcile it is to assume the adventurers that beat him were knowingly or unknowingly part of the plan to stop Acererak.

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 06:03 PM - Nutation quoted Orius in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    Actually, the two biggest joke characters on the show were critical here -- the only time it seems Gordon isn't a complete fool is when he's flying something (and speaking of plaid... ;)). There were a few too many long shots that hit their mark for my taste. But, we already know Gordon is likely the best pilot in the Union, so we do have the foundation for two of those crazy attempts. (Or three. Putting a human in a Krill fighter?) The Orville should have been vaporized as soon as Kaylons were no longer in charge. That should have been easily noticed. Leaving aside those quibbles, though, damn they spent a lot of computer power on the final battle mayhem sequence. I particularly liked the image of one Union ship scraping against another. There were other unique shots as well, much more imaginative than "ship takes a bunch of energy hits and blows up".

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Friday, 25th January, 2019

  • 07:19 AM - Nutation quoted Orius in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    I never bought the claim in the Star Trek universe that the Federation had evolved beyond money, and I don't buy it here. (Have we heard of this before on The Orville?) Replicator technology makes most resource shortages disappear, but it's still damned efficient to have a means of tracking the exchange of value. It never occurred to Ed to point out that the stars aren't going to look the same from other worlds, and thus the signs that allegedly rule Regor II don't exist on other worlds. Hell, the planet's other hemisphere probably shouldn't have the same signs. For that matter, the stars don't remain in the same place forever; the Sun doesn't occupy the same place it did in the zodiac when Western astrology was first developed, and this planet has had their system longer. They haven't noticed how the stars move especially with their tracking satellites? But then, they think astrology works instead of being the pseudoscience it actually is, so their methodologies are probably all sus...

Monday, 21st January, 2019

  • 07:03 AM - billd91 quoted Orius in post Magic items in AD&D, making them and getting them.
    Honestly, it should be somewhere in between. I think I prefer 3e's approach, but compared to AD&D it definitely feels overpowered at times. Wands for example, maybe would be better balanced if the number of charges were reduced by a factor of 2-4. In the 2e DMG, base charges for a wand are 1d20+80, but most of the time, found wands only have about a dozen uses (to be fair, the DMG DOES state that found wands will typically have far fewer charges). I'm thinking of just adapting some of 5e's approach to basic magic item creation like potions and scrolls in my 2e game. Wands are a particularly notable example because in 3e, virtually any spell can be put in one - a distinct contrast with 1e/2e where the wands covered a narrow slice of magical spells, often odd utilities that weren't even regular spells or combat. This is why, I think, 1e/2e never really had the same problem with spell casters (mainly wizards) encroaching too far onto other class (mainly rogue) territory. A wizard could ...

Friday, 18th January, 2019

  • 06:26 PM - Nutation quoted Orius in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    Pretty good episode tonight. It was a pretty good take on the Enemy Mine plot. The Space Orcs were an interesting element too. And the B plot with Gordon was handled well too, I'd say maybe even better than Trek usually does. They fooled me - I did not recognize the returning actress (understandably). The final gesture (letting Teleya go) was predictable, but how they got to that point was very good. Gordon was quite in character. Humor should emerge from the natural behavior of the characters, and this is an instance. OTOH, I will not be sorry to see Warburtun's character leave. He was an example of forcing humor to happen.

Thursday, 17th January, 2019

  • 07:57 PM - lowkey13 quoted Orius in post Solo: A Star Wars Story on Netflix
    I liked it. Don't really know why people don't like it besides petty nitpicking. So, I'll give it a shot. Let me start by saying there is some good stuff in here- 1. Alden isn't terrible as Han. 2. Woody is ... fine. Good, even 3. Lando is spectacular, and L3-37 is entertaining. The movie is perfectly cromulent. And that's the first issue. It's ... fine. But completely unnecessary. We have to start with that basic problem; part of the amazing greatness of Star Wars is that there is stuff, just off the screen, that isn't explained, and doesn't need to be. And, to the extent that is filled in later (a la Rogue One) then it needs to be compelling stuff! And Solo isn't awesome, or compelling. It's just kinda there. There are no real stakes (we know Han and Lando will survive, we know about their future relationship) and everything in it ranges from decent to groaningly unnecessary (the original of Han "Solo") to somewhat disturbing and unnecessary (Chewie eating people). Th...

Friday, 4th January, 2019

  • 08:32 PM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    Well, tonight's episode was fairly twisted. Moclans just keep getting weirder and weirder. Maybe it's just me, but there's something about Bortas and Klyden arguing in their deep monotone voices whenever they have marital problems that I find unintentionally hilarious. And I knew as soon as that pizza turned into goop there was a porn virus lurking about. And when the episode wasn't wallowing in juvenile humor, there was that pretty good B-plot about the doomed people on the dying world. It's breathtaking how this show can hit so high and so low in the same episode. Something that occured to me last episode is just how interesting alien designs on this show gets. Sure, Alara goes for the fairly standard rubber forehead, but there's a lot of creativity otherwise. I don't think that it's unintentional ;)

Friday, 17th November, 2017

  • 10:59 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Ah, FOX scheduling strikes again! Okay episode this week, never been a fan of these types of episodes though. Crazy Claire was entertaining, as well that scene for all those arachnophobes out there, and LaMarr's clown phobia was funny. Interesting twist at the end. Biggest missed opportunity was whatever holodeck simulation Gordon and LaMarr were about to run, especially after Bortas showed up with a powdered wig and pistol too. I really wanted to see what they were going to run, because Gordon comes up with some pretty zany stuff in there. Just guessing: Burr-Hamilton duel?

Friday, 10th November, 2017

  • 08:53 PM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Yeah, the critics hate it, but the audience seems to like it. Sure, there's a lot that's silly and lowbrow, but it's done a pretty good job of following in Trek's footsteps. I enjoyed it from the start, it's just a fun show to watch. Honestly, it's been too long since there's been any decent space opera like this on TV, people say there's too much dark Sci-Fi and the audience is enjoying this as something fresh. To me a lot of what's on broadcast TV seems to be lots of superhero stuff, and while that's not bad, this show's a great change of pace. Sure, there's a lot of puerile humor, but they've done pretty well with social commentary stuff; the Social Media World episode was the sort of thing you'd see back in the TOS days or the classic Twilight Zone. This week's episode wasn't too bad either, though I found the plot twists to be pretty predictable. It still delivered well. I had a feeling that Lowe's character was kind of manipulating Kelly somehow, and it was pretty funny whe...

Friday, 13th October, 2017

  • 11:47 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    I wonder if McFarlane plays D&D, because someone pulled out one of the dirtiest tricks in the RBDM playbook here. Krill kids? That's just nasty. Always chaotic evil? I thought it was a pretty good episode. Yup, typical Star Trek style moral quandary. I enjoyed it very much. I have to wonder now if the same moral question comes up every time that they engage a Krill ship? And to the resolution: Can you say, "Pop goes the weasel"?

Friday, 6th October, 2017

  • 11:57 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    Nightfall was the first thing that came to my mind when they opened that up. And I found the "Boom, bitch!" line to be hilarious. Mostly because I was thinking just how badly out of character that would be for someone like Worf or Tuvok in that situation. Tonight's episode was pretty good too. I think the Mr. Potato Head scene was one of the funnier ones so far. While something like the leg as a response was predictable (it was going to be something hugely inappropriate), it was still funny to me. I thought that the whole thing played out like a TNG episode, barring the comedy relief. Reminded me a bit of the Matt Frewer episode of TNG.

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 01:56 AM - Ryujin quoted Orius in post The Orville - Season 1
    It was entertaining enough, had a pretty strong Trek vibe to it. The characters feel more, I dunno, real? than the crew members from the modern Trek series. But then it's got Brannon Braga as one of the producers (is that why we have a holodeck scene in the first episode? :]), and the doctor played Kasidy Yates on DS9, so that just ups the Trek vibe (come to think of it, didn't that head scientist guy play Bashir's dad too?). Those bad guys look like a mis-mash of several "bad guy" Trek species too. I did have one horrible, horrible thought about 10 minutes into the show though. IT'S ON FOX From where I sit Brannon Braga being involved isn't a ringing endorsement either.


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