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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    I’ve seen that problem in my own profile from before the switchover. Edit: amusingly, the Starship Troopers picture I posted- #25 in this thread- is now showing in my activity tab.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Is it really "vanilla"? Sure, it's pseudo-medieval fantasy, but it has dragons you can ride. That was a significant difference from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Tolkien, et al., to me.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:44 AM
    Of course, sometimes what “everybody knows” is wrong or missing a few details. And, IMHO, it’s perfectly fine to alter a critter from its published version to make things more challenging for the players...so the world’s mythologies- and thus, the PCs- can be just as wrong. Take Being Human for example. Mitchell (and all the other vampires) can walk around in broad daylight. And the only...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    “Pre-5th” would be more accurate. All the other prior editions had such subdivisions. What’s that?
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    ADVENTURE 63: NIGHTWINGS PC Roster: Binkadink Dundernoggin, gnome fighter 17 Darrien, half-elf ranger 17 Finoula Cloudshadow, elf ranger 17 Gilbert Fung, human wizard 17 Hagan, half-orc sorcerer 17 NPC Roster: Malrin Ivenheart, elf druid 11 MARCI, humanoid construct
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    We've got lots of awesome stuff for mutants in Cursed Earth, upcoming! The psyker would take the Mutant race with the psionic mutation. This is a cool origin, though! It's very focused just around getting extra (or saving) PP though.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 AM
    Robert Friend has passed. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tuskegee-airman-who-flew-142-wwii-combat-missions-dies-99-n1020751
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 01:16 PM
    ADVENTURE 49: BRAIN TRAUMA PC Roster: Daleth Stormsea, elf wizard 14 Galen Thorne, human paladin 15 Kaspar Hardstrike, elf monk 15 Orion Nightsky, halfling rogue 14 Syngaard, human fighter 15 Game Session Date: 19 June 2019
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:43 PM
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 09:20 AM
    Depends on how you define “monster”. Criminal Minds will be airing it’s 15th season this fall. Sure, it’s not supernatural urban fantasy/horror, but MotW is the formula for it and other successful action shows. I’d argue that Kolchack: the Night Stalker (ABC) and Constantine (NBC) were well received, but their Nielsen numbers were low. But those gross numbers are calculated across...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 08:10 AM
    Whaaaaaaaaaat?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 05:28 AM
    While WoD is definitely the big dog in this subsection of the hobby, it doesn’t really have enough power to truly stifle creative competition. To the contrary, I’d assert that it’s enormous popularity has generated a significant amount of “Not-WoD” yearning for other designers to tap into. The only thing is, “Not-WoDism” is not unified in its desires, so it will be very difficult for...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 08:39 PM
    Seriously? Somebody held you down and drilled into your tooth against your will? Medical procedures without consent are criminal acts. If what you are saying is true, you’ve been seriously assaulted by somebody who should be in prison. I don't really know what to say. You have dentists holding you down and torturing you against your will, dentists fraudulently forcing you to undertake...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:59 PM
    Dentists aren’t usually on the NHS, and we rarely have dental insurance. My dentist is private and I pay for everything. $80 sounds quite reasonable.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Zardnaar watched Marathon Man’s torture scene and thought “I can do that!” In other news, I have never heard of a dentist who would do a filling without a local anaesthetic.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:25 AM
    Sure...but if the game strives to be all things to all people, you get the kind of RPG that- to some people- suffers from bloat and possibly even imbalances. See D&D.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 11:16 AM
    Sounds to me like your insurance is the problem, not the dentist.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 10:45 AM
    5d6 monsters vs 7d6 players are trivial. The match total assumes the MDPs are roughly equal.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:31 AM
    I would love to run a game based on something like Imajica, Weaveworld, Great & Secret Show, Neverwhere, Koontz’s Odd Thomas books or any number of modern fantasy/horror works. But few dedicated urban fantasy RPGs would support most of those settings. That doesn’t even get into my own personal ideas... Hence my preference for using a toolbox system.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:15 AM
    TFT had skills, and was pretty clearly a precursor to GURPS.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 06:51 AM
    Elliot Roberts has died. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/obituaries/elliot-roberts-dead.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 04:09 AM
    Starbrand?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 10:03 PM
    Like I said, I don’t want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. (Even in that gif, it was terribad.)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 09:59 PM
    Another vote for a toolkit RPG system. Cherrypick the elements you like from other games, ditch the rest.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 08:53 PM
    I think this video fits quite snuggly into this thread. :D
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 08:27 PM
    In theory, yes. In practice, not so much: after about 1978 did anyone anywhere run a D&D campaign (or nigh any other RPG campaign, for that matter) without using at least one published module? Yeah, didn't think there were all that many. :) Which means, there's a whole lot of DMs - and, by extension, players - who cut their teeth on the published modules and were thus informed on a few...
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:22 PM
    What are you referring to? AFAIK they haven't changed a thing about it, and it's functionally superior to earlier edition versions of the spell.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Alright, I finished my inventory and here are the results. Books still missing from my photo: Hammer and the Axe The Covenant of the Forge Destiny Alliances Prisoner of Haven The Players of Gilean Renegade Wizards The Gargoyle King
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  • the Jester's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:57 PM
    That's a great example of poor adventure design. Never unfairly rob the pcs of a well-earned victory. Contrived "he gets away no matter what" stuff is great for a novel, but D&D is a game.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:03 PM
    It's been so long since I've opened the boxes that I decided to check what I have here. That's about 100 unique books, so a lot less than I thought. But that's not all of them. For example, I know I have Hammer and the Axe, and The Covenant of the Forge, but can't find them. I have a box or two in storage with more books (most of those are different versions, but the missing novels have to...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:48 PM
    IANAD, but periodontal maintenance probably means you have gum disease, which can be halted/held at bay by ongoing maintenance but the damage can't be reversed. Those 20 years without visiting a dentist is probably when that set in.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:55 AM
    Honestly? I never liked them. And I love 3.5Ed in general.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:53 AM
    I don’t think I want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. Longshot, OTOH...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:07 AM
    ICv2 has a gallery of miniatures from Descent into Avernus, as well as the upcoming DM Screen. The minis include Zariel, Mad Maggie, Sylvira Savikas, Mahadi (a Rakshasa), Thavius Kreeg, Little Lulu and Slobberchop, Lucille, as well as Joe Manganiello's character, Arkhan the Cruel. Click here for the full gallery.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:22 AM
    I can’t tell you how many campaigns I’ve designed and run in one system- usually HERO- but that was based in a setting from another game.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:30 AM
    Unless you're using a 3e-like set of criticals cards with add-on effects; or unless your game has a specific-to-firearms rule that provokes some sort of save-or-suck (or die) if more than x points of damage (e.g. natural 5-6 on d6) is done by a single shot; or any other mechanic that allows you-as-DM to sometimes bypass h.p. Agreed, but as it's so trivially easy to houserule in some tweaks to...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:22 AM
    Not in my game, they won't. Demonspawn are, after all, still demonspawn...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:15 AM
    Actually that would be the first place I'd look to see how the base game is intended to be played! As in, OK - the DMG says "this", now let's see if the official published modules agree with it; because while the DMG can say what it wants the modules are where the rubber's gonna meet the road.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:11 AM
    I remember those statues - the first time I ran B10 the whuppin' those things laid on the party turned them back, and they never got that far again.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:27 PM
    Philippe Cerboneschi (also known as "Zdar") has died: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48701514
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:14 PM
    Blackadder is second only to Fawlty Towers. There is literally nothing even close to being as funny as those two things.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:41 PM
    HERO is very much like that. I don’t recall GURPS being similar in that regard, but it very well could be.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 07:35 PM
    I’ve never been a fan of GURPS, but I was a member of a group for 3-4 years in which GURPS was one of the major systems played. They even did playtests- I participated in the one for V:tM. For my own convenience, I bought a softcover core rulebook & the martial arts sourcebook.* I got through those years by making my own fun. I found PC concepts that both worked well (enough) in the system,...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 05:50 PM
    Given his delivery of “Your planet?” in The Day The Earth Stood Still, as well as his efforts in Point Break, I Love You To Death, Johnny Mnemonic, the Matrix franchise and the Bill & Ted movies, my first thought was Silver Surfer. Duuuude! Moon Knight is a good fit, as would be Adam Warlock. I could also see him playing Havoc, or one of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme like Doctor...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 05:30 PM
    This September, Nightfall Games will be launching a Kickstarter for the 2nd Edition of the 1993 British RPG SLA Industries, where the titular corporation rules over a dystopian world. "SLA Industries is a role-playing game of urban horror, set in The World of Progress; a vast world of ruin and decay. At the very heart of this world lies Mort City, a false beacon of hope upon an...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:15 AM
    Currently have 3 new CDs in my car’s 6 disc changer: Rival Sons’ Feral Roots, Santana’s Africa Speaks, and Gary Clark, Jr.’s This Land, replacing some Al Di Meola, Joe Bonamassa, and Roby Lakatos. Of the three, Clark’s is in some ways the least accessible. He’s trying new stuff, sonically, and some just doesn’t fit his image. And the opening track uses...challenging but appropriate lyrics. ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:01 AM
    This article squashes some of the rumors, but eventually concludes no real reason has as yet been given. https://screenrant.com/swamp-thing-cancelled-dc-universe-reason-why/
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 06:18 AM
    Only in a game where you can reasonably expect your character to survive that long. I'd hazard a guess that you're basing these statements on some 3e/PF experience, as that was the edition where this kind of thinking was (sadly) in vogue. Long-term play in 0e-1e (and maybe even early-version 2e) doesn't really have these kind of considerations, with the glaring exception of the as-written 1e...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:28 AM
    It's a little-known fact about umber hulks that when they're not busy eating adventurers, many of them are secretly wildlife conservationists...
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:17 AM
    I don't know. Don't tell anyone in this thread, but I think I've read fewer than 10 Dragonlance novels--and most of those when I was younger and borrowed them from other people or libraries.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 04:11 AM
    Pretty much - Braunstein is often cited as the first RPG but it's more accurate to say it's a more direct predecessor to LARPs than to TTRPGs; and it took Dave Arneson (who learned via Braunstein) to jump from the Braunstein stepping-stone to the tabletop.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 12:00 AM
    Probably not in a Dredd campaign. Magic fits in with a bunch of other worlds of 2000ad but Dredd is more sci-fi. Maybe if they were psionic artifacts instead?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:46 PM
    Genetic anomaly, black ops super soldier AWOL/reject/merc... Just do some Clarkian reskinning of the magic as experimental tech, and you’re golden. Even the dragons could be biotech gone wild.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:42 PM
    I’ll just say that if you’re contemplating GURPS, any toolkit system you feel comfy using should work as well- especially if you have a strong idea for how you want your campaign to run.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:42 PM
    No. I was definitely a geek, and hung around with my geek friends, but there was no bullying. I get that other people have different experiences.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:09 PM
    You don’t see a “Reply with quote” button? Edit: I see- you mean how quoting is interacting with blocking. Apparently, the app doesn’t support blocking. That, FWIW, is not related to the platform shift. If, OTOH, you’re just using the website and you can still see each other despite blocking, that could be a problem that needs reporting in the bug thread in Meta.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 03:52 PM
    Liminal is a new RPG by Paul Mitchener, just launched by Modiphius. It deals with "the boundary between the modern day United Kingdom and the Hidden World- the world of secret societies of magicians, a police division investigating Fortean crimes, fae courts, werewolf gangs, and haunted places where the walls between worlds are thin." UPDATE: The core book appears to have already sold out. ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 03:42 PM
    Two new miniature sets are now available from Modiphius, for use with their Star Trek Adventures RPG. These are the Original Series Landing Party, and the Iconic Villains sets. These are 32mm scale, unpainted resin miniatures. This set contains one male officer and one female officer of the Andorian, Denobulan, Tellarite, and Vulcan species, as well as two male humanoid miniatures. ...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:10 AM
    At the moment they’re in PDF but we do have print plans.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:09 AM
    These books are already written. :)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 10:58 AM
    DRAMA! Been a bit of event planning whiplash. One of my cousins has been dating a (very nice) German guy for a couple years now, and they recently got engaged. After consultation with an immigration attorney, they decided to move their plan for getting married in September up to July 6-7th. My folks had decided to host July 4th celebrations this year. I was already planning my menu......
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 08:08 AM
    3-6 players can easily play 6-10 PCs - nothing limits them to one each... :)
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  • Henry's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 05:17 AM
    I think part of the broad brush with which early D&D is painted is due to historical distance, but also because Gygax and other TSR authors (such as the infamous Roger Moore “Tucker’s Kobolds” story) talked about these early tendencies and how they were prevalent, and how we shouldn’t do them; therefore, just like a historian who reads partial historical records and draws conclusions without...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 04:40 AM
    I was surprised there weren't more. I used to collect the series way back when we had a group playing in the setting. I think I have almost 170 of the books, without counting duplicates or variant editions (like the Annotated Legends, which might be my single favourite book of the bunch). Most of what I'm missing are the young reader books, which I'm not up to date on.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 01:01 AM
    Yeah, a swarm of wraiths could really mess up your day. In fairness, 1e did generally assume a larger party size: parties of 6-9 PCs were commonplace. Most 0e-1e modules were written with this kind of party size in mind - check their intro notes and you'll see. It wasn't until 3e that the party of 4 PCs became the standard.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 12:18 AM
    TBBT is a sitcom. Sitcoms are generally the same, just the characters change. There have been sitcoms featuring wartime medics, upper class toffs, pretty people in New York, and everything in between. The characters are always the butt of the joke. This time it was scientists. The fact that geeks finding scientists in the same mainstream sitcoms as everybody else gets them upset kinda...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 08:42 PM
    Hello poster, all right? I’ve moved this to the promotions forum for you.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:58 PM
    Beast-tamers, gunfighters, tinkerers, savants, and more! The Kickstarter for A TOUCH MORE CLASS has now launched! This brand new book includes nine new class for your 5E game, and the Kickstarter also includes the original book, A TOUCH OF CLASS, which contains seven original classes! In 2017 we produced A TOUCH OF CLASS, a softcover book containing seven new classes for your 5th Edition...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:32 PM
    Well, OK then.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:11 PM
    They do that for two reasons: 1) it’s more visible on the store shelf 2) you can put your own stuff in it too
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:55 PM
    I have no clue about the tax rules on that kind of thing. It can’t hurt, though.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Is it? So much for that game.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 03:36 PM
    Beast-tamers, gunfighters, tinkerers, savants, and more! The Kickstarter for A TOUCH MORE CLASS has now launched! This brand new book includes nine new class for your 5E game, and the Kickstarter also includes the original book, A TOUCH OF CLASS, which contains seven original classes! In 2017 we produced A TOUCH OF CLASS, a softcover book containing seven new classes for your 5th Edition...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 10:15 AM
    If they won initiative. But if they lost they'd be eating a 92-point blast of fire (46-point on a made save), with potential subsequent item losses on failing the initial save, when the dragon breathed on them before they got to act. Chances are that'd turn the 6-9 character party into a 3-7 character party, with each of the remaining characters down a bunch of h.p. and possibly down some...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 10:00 AM
    And that's what makes them great!
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 09:43 AM
    And IMO the game works even better if some of those things are modified to be perhaps a bit less simplified and-or a bit more realistic. Ease of recovery is trivially simple to alter. Armour actually works not too badly as is. The turn-based system can be made much less rigid simply by rerolling initiative each round (and allowing ties). Adding a wound-vitality or body-fatigue system to HP...
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 04:08 AM
    Before you open the spoiler block below, guess how many novels have been written in the Dragonlance setting. Maybe write down a number. This number should not include modules or other works--only book-length stories. Ready? Ok. Click on "Show" to proceed. B-) In the awesome and informative Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, it states that "To date, nearly two hundred novels have used the...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 12:30 AM
    3.X: Feats opening up PC design flexibility, liberalized multiclassing, largely decoupling stats from class, the more intuitive AC system, meaningful skills, the unified D20 mechanic 4Ed: the Warlock
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 11:56 PM
    There's one thing rather notably missing from any of the above write-up, which would if included end up slowing play considerably: social interaction; either between PCs and-or between PCs and NPCs. This is where a huge majority of characterization and character development occurs, to the point where if you intentionally strip it out you haven't got much R left in the RPG. Also, what happens...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 09:48 PM
    Do they?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 08:54 PM
    Wiki threads.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:06 PM
    :lol: There almost ought to be a news channel that covers serious news seriously...but for the visuals. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48663289
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Monday, 23rd September, 2013

  • 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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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.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016

  • 07:36 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Orius in post Magic Items, and what it says about the editions
    Why is it that the grognard crowd thinks that 3e goes out of its way to cripple the DM? I ran 3e with an iron fist forged in the fires of AD&D, and I never let the players (particularly the rules lawyers) get away with the entitlement mentality. Maybe because it's one of THE most frequent reasons used by people to justify why they like 3e (and especially 4e) because the "DM empowerment/rulings" method from TSR D&D is the devil to them, and 3e and 4e gave the players the ability to do what they want regardless of what the DM wants because it was hard coded right there in the rules. The design of those editions was to intentionally remove as much DM rulings as possible, for better or for worse (depending on a person's preferred playstyle). Seriously, you can't tell me that you've never heard this argument. It's all over the place. Heck, the outcry against 5e when it was revealed that 5e was going back to rulings over rules was palpable and you'd think the D&D community had a collective a...
  • 07:21 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Orius in post Magic Items, and what it says about the editions
    In 1e, magic items very much made up what a character was, and could do. To a certain extent, this was random- you didn't know if your Fighter was going to have a Frostbrand, or a flametongue, or a dancing sword, or a +3 sword, or Blackrazor, .. 5e gives characters so many abilities, and so many choices, that characters play just fine even without a single magic item.In contrast to 1e, I suppose you could say that. Compared to 4e, 3e, and later 2e, though, not so much, no. What 5e does do is remove magic items from the expectation of character growth with level. In 3e & 4e, wealth/level and make/buy made magic items just another tool of character customization (in 4e, one of the less significant ones). In 5e, magic items are back in the hands of the DM, so if your character is Tom of the Flametongue or Dick of the Frostbrand or Harry the puppet of Blackrazor is very much up to the DM. Players can design out their character's choices (including feats, multiclassing, and so on) al...


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