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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 AM
    Perhaps. I recall that conversation, and probably weighed in on the “not gonna pay for it” side. Still, it IS a skill. And not everyone can develop it. Maybe it took time for the hobby to grow big enough that the % of hobbyist GMs was too small to support the number of players looking for games. OTOH, I have never seen a listing requesting or advertising a pro GM.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    The TRAPPIST-1 star system A system of 7 planets orbiting a dwarf star, many capable of potentially harboring life. One scientist studying this system realized that the planets orbits were stable despite their proximity to each other because their gravitational fields were resonating with each other. With this in mind, he sped their orbits up by orders of magnitude so that each planet’s...
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Today, 03:35 AM
    We've always played "let the dice fall where they may" campaigns, so if a PC ends up dying he's dead until the rest of the party can do something about it. In my previous campaign, I set it up such that each player had two PCs and they decided each adventure which one they were sending on that session's mission; this resulted in everyone having a "spare PC" available in the case of PC death. ...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 AM
    You might like reading House of Leaves before writing that adventure!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Robert Morgenthau has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/744147819/as-manhattan-da-morgenthau-pursued-drug-dealers-and-crooked-banks-alike
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 AM
    Chris Kraft has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/509400570/chris-kraft-one-of-the-architects-of-the-u-s-space-program-dies-at-95
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    frasina92 Your post is virtually invisible to some. Here’s why, and how to fix it. https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 AM
    The BTW, some of those silos have been made into pools. With a good water filtration system, I could see a silo home with its own freshwater lake stocked with edible fish...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 AM
    Exactly. 4e thus gives formal terms to previously-informal variances within a group of monsters - you might have the 6 ordinary ogres with 40 h.p. each, the shaman ogre with 45 h.p. and spell use, and the chieftain with 80 h.p. that fought as a higher HD/higher level foe. My argument is that any mechanic that turns the 40 h.p. ogres into 1 h.p. ogres is intentionally not being true to...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 AM
    Art Neville has died. https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/keith_spera/article_4059d432-ac9f-11e9-9615-9f5f01d9ebd6.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 AM
    Chinese Ghost Cities
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    Today, 12:36 AM
    Ciudad Real Central Airport
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Abandoned/Zombie Shopping Malls (Lots or similar places abound, with vids on YouTube.)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 AM
    Around here it's known going in that the game is inevitably at some point(s) going to make the PCs miserable, with death being but one means of achieving such. Like Sacrosanct above, though, I'll bend the reality simulator a bit in order to get a replacement PC in if needed: if someone fails a resurrection roll, or if the corpse cannot be recovered, or if the PC and-or party are simply too...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 AM
    This is the answer, right here. Use actual casting times instead of action-reaction, and rule that any spell of equal or lower casting time to the counterspell cannot be countered (because you don't have time to get the counterspell away before the original spell resolves); and this very neatly means a counterspell cannot itself be countered...and nor can some other very fast spells e.g....
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Ah, I've figured it out! The way your proclamation that "Hollywood doesn't really do new movies" works in your head is that Hollywood = Disney's 4-5 blockbusters each year, and all of the other 500 movies each year are not by Disney and therefore aren't Hollywood. Ergo, Hollywood doesn't do new movies any more. The No True Scotsman fallacy needs to be renamed, because, man, you not only...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    +1. It makes for a very frustrating conversation when No True Scotsman is constantly invoked to move the goalposts every time someone points out a factual inaccuracy.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    Yeah, I’m digging it & sigging it!
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    Depending on context, it sure could be: if blue-skinned people are shunned by society in that setting the player now has to figure out how to play this character as an outcast, which may or may not be a huge departure from how it was played before. side note In my own game I ruled quite some years ago that having no soul has no real mechanical implications while you're alive (other than...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 AM
    Er...are you referring here to the specific example I gave* or asking an in-general question? * - in my example my actions had nothing to do with putting them at risk; the challenge came later when I learned they were at risk and had to choose between family and duty. Givan as a) my PC's family are in theory all NPCs, and b) NPCs are completely under the control of the GM, then obviously...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 AM
    Thus, a completely 'gamist' (real-world term use, not forge-world) construct rather than an attempt to model anything; which seems silly when the original idea behind hit points was to reflect - and yes, to some extent model - the amount of trauma one could withstand...along with, as you point out below, how much luck one might have going at the time, be it for or against. So far this is more...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 AM
    It hasn't moved. The name of the parent forum was simply changed from Pathfinder, Older Editions, & Variants to Pathfinder & Starfinder -- quite a while ago!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Winchester Mystery House
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    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    Ilha da Queimada Grande (“Snake Island”), Brazil: (I bet this is St. Patrick ‘s fault.)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:28 AM
    Glass Beach, Hawaii: Glass Beach, California: Glass Beach, Russia See also Florida, Oregon, Bermuda and so forth.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:21 AM
    IM Power Station Cooling Tower (abandoned) in Charleroi, Belgium.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 AM
    The now abandoned Kelenföld Electric Power Plant in Budapest, Hungary:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 AM
    Late in 3.5Ed, Illithids were said to be from the future, and had traveled back in time to create the conditions that led to their existence. While time travel may not be a power, it could be some form of magitech. See 12 Monkeys, the TV series as a recent for example:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:07 AM
    The Stone Forest near Kunming, China. The sharp edges of the limestone formations mean it is largely unexplored.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I've moved Zardnaar's movie stats topic to its own thread so this one can talk about Top Gun.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 11:18 PM
    As a megafan and frequent* HERO player, I eventually made a spreadsheet for making characters. Much like PC creation itself, it was time consuming to set up, but once created, was a breeze. Definitely a time saver when calculating build point costs. I designed mine to show the costs, which is helpful but not necessary. Alas, the program I used stopped being supported by Microsoft a decade +...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:47 PM
    For my best campaign ever, I set up the gameworld and designed certain adventures that forwarded the main plot, but I also made a “newsletter” that was essentially the in-house newspaper for the agency the PCs were connected to. I printed out a copy to post on our host’s cork board for all to see. In it, the major storylines described the campaign’s biggest news, centered on the main plot and...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:34 PM
    For true magical home improvement, you need a Fence Oracle.
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 05:23 PM
    I played a couple six month campaigns of Castle Falkenstein and a few one shots. Our GM used cards but modified the system heavily. It made a significant difference.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 01:50 PM
    It looks like the class feature is only granting those specific spells as available to the PC - that is, the PC doesn't automatically learn them but they are now available for them to learn. If they have "access" to a spell of a higher level than they can cast, then that's just a deferred benefit, something they can take advantage of later on, just not right now. However, bear in mind that if...
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  • Mustrum_Ridcully's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 01:33 PM
    We actually see Borg children in the first episode we encounter the Borg. They were in some kind of maturation chamber, IIRC, and already had implants. A theory I've seen about her is that she's actually Lal, though I don't know why or how people get that idea. Maybe she's actually a young Borg Queen? Maybe she is the Borg Queen, and it's time travel with predestination paradox and all. (I...
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 01:29 PM
    Well, shoot. There goes another one. Johnathan
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  • Mustrum_Ridcully's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 01:17 PM
    Well, what movies are block busters and what movies are not seems to say more about the audience for movies than about what Hollywood is doing, I think. Hollywood prefers to make movies that get audience. But not all movies have to be block buster to be successful. It is kinda amazing that there is even a way to spend a hundred million dollar budget on a movie and be financially successful....
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 10:07 AM
    César Pelli has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/743764897/c-sar-pelli-renowned-architect-of-skyscrapers-around-the-world-dies-at-92
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:53 AM
    Mitch Petrus has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/19/health/mitch-petrus-nfl-heatstroke/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:51 AM
    Sheila Dikshit has died. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/india/india-sheila-dikshit-obit-intl/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 09:31 AM
    One of the guys in my group refs for HS. Same story.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 07:30 AM
    Gust of wind will do a great job of cleaning dust, dirt and debris from a hallway.
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 06:55 AM

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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 06:42 AM
    I don’t play 5Ed, but iI’ll point out that the floor plans for many ancient Greek structures* are available in tour books, etc. Some decades ago, I photocopied the map of the palace at Knossos on Crete onto some grid paper and used that for an adventure. * and others around the world, of course.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 02:10 AM
    Yeah, we frequently use a smaller-scaled mini to represent a larger-sized creature - we just put it on a larger base so you can see how many squares it takes up. Also, "Raper Bones" is an interesting typo. Johnathan
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:51 AM
    Animated cleaning equipment?
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    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:43 AM
    Coober Pedy
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:26 AM
    Patrick Stewart sounds older than he does currently in real life, and Spiner has been de-aged. Interesting! Reports also say Riker is in it. I knew he directed some of it, but apparently he’s actually in it. I hope there isn’t too much focus on the Romulan stuff. With Nemesis, and the Abrahms Trek reboot, I’m kinda bored of what wasn’t a very interesting plot thread in the first place. I’m...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:14 AM
    Except that you do. Oh, god. I can’t say that yet again to another pithy non-sequitur. I really am out this time before my brain freezes.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Sunday, 21st July, 2019, 12:01 AM
    I really don't understand what your point is, and it seems to change with each post. My interest in the conversation (such that it was) has expired as it's gong nowhere interesting, but I'll reiterate that if you want to see original movies, there are tons of them every year, and they're awesome and available to you. If your requirement for them is that they have to be blockbusters, then I guess...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 11:34 PM
    Again, why does it matter to you that films be blockbusters? There are lots of non-blockbuster films every year. They are great. Go watch 'em. They're still making them, plenty. There's no "fault" to assign. Nothing is wrong. Blockbusters are there, small films are there. Watch either, or both, or whatever.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:57 PM
    What's with your obsession with blockbusters? Does a film only count if it's a blockbuster? So? Go see them if you think you'll like them. You're not an investor. If your requirement to see a film is (a) it be original, and (b) it must be a blockbuster then you're only hurting yourself. Otherwise -- go see the films. They're there.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:24 PM
    Thanks for that, though there's some as would debate those claims. :) In part that's because the first bit of something you encounter is what tends to stick in the memory, no matter how much comes after or how good it may be. I've read Wheel of Time from stem to stern and while I remember some specific scenes I mostly couldn't tell you whether they're from Book 1 or Book 9 or Book 6 -...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 10:11 PM
    No, I'm saying just the opposite: that the GM has to abide by the rolls in principle; and then pointing out that doing so carries a risk of making things too easy and thus making the game less enjoyable. See below... In 1e or similar systems the presence or absence of a secret door is determined by what's on the GM's map long before anyone searches for it...thus searching where there isn't...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 09:56 PM
    Exactly! Hallelujah, we agree! :) It's a proposal to change the fiction, and the dice will then determine the outcome - pretty binary, in this case - you either climb it or you don't. The complications arise when other more general goals, or corollary specific goals that may or may not conflict, get thrown in to the same declaration e.g. I (try to) climb the wall and kill the guard...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 09:41 PM
    Empirically? Perhaps, but I'd posit true empiric analysis can only really ceom from someone outside the hobby. Those inside it have largely lost objectivity (whether we like to admit it or not) in favour of what we know/like/prefer. Nothing wrong with this, of course, but we - all of us - have to admit it; and further have to admit that down-calling someone else's viewpoint as "subjective"...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 09:31 PM
    If you're looking for a fully-game-mechanical means of generating or forcing such conflict then no, you won't find it. But that in no way means the system doesn't or can't support it. In 1e that connection can be put on the line via story elements introduced by the GM (most often), by the PC's own player (less common), or by another player/PC (rare, but I've seen it happen). Example. It'd...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 09:16 PM
    To save us from yet another hit-points-and-what-they-mean debate, I'll throw in just this: realism. In real life each of us has a certain threshold of physical damage or trauma we can withstand before our body shuts down and we die. And, though we don't numeritically measure it by hit points, the general concept is the same. If, for example, I go out this afternoon and get hit by someone...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:57 PM
    Levels ain't no straightjacket, laddie! :) My current campaign is well over ten years in now, and the highest-level PCs are 10th. There's a small chance one of 'em - maybe even two! - might make 11th by year's end. It'll hit 800 sessions early next month unless something goes very much adrift. How's this possible? Running multiple parties side-along in game-world time but sequentially in...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:36 PM
    There's people out there who don't do this?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:26 PM
    Depends how fine-tuned you want to get with it. The 3e idea of templates might hold water here: tactical templates (say, a forced-move template or a marking template or a minion template or whatever) that you could then apply to whichever monsters you like and in whatever combination you like; without having to go in and change the write-up for every monster in the various MMs which, without...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:19 PM
    What we were told and-or led to believe in the pre-playtest and early-playtest days were three things: 1. 5e would be 'modular', the intent being to limit or even eliminate knock-on effects to other modules when making changes to one 2. 5e would be designed with kitbashers in mind, such that a DM could - with more or less effort - massage the game into what she actually wanted to run 3. With...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 04:27 PM
    Zardnaar does. :) In other news, this film comes out on my birthday next year, and I'm gonna go see it, because the first one really is a guilty pleasure for me.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 03:37 PM
    I could have sworn that was in there! But it's a 2 MP effect.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 09:49 AM
    Tonight’s creation was a garlic sausage sandwich with sautéed onions and radish sprouts on toasted rosemary olive oil bread. Condiments were simple, just mayo and yellow mustard. Sides were moondrop grapes, carrots, Comte cheese, and pitted castelvetrano olives.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:51 AM
    As Charlaquin says, the bigger question is what happened to the idea of modularity in general?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 08:46 AM
    Which version of D&D are you running? And what level are the PCs? If it's 0-1-2e then the simple encounters, particularly at low level, shouldn't take long at all (though for the love of your sanity avoid RAW 1e initiative like the plague!); and for some of them you might not even need a detailed map. At about 4th level or below in 1e I can usually get through several simple encounters in a...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 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
    Saturday, 20th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 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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  • 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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