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    Today, 12:27 AM
    I need another few weeks break from you. Sorry!
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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    I could have sworn that was in there! But it's a 2 MP effect.
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    Yesterday, 08:55 AM
    Ok, name 10 90’s blockbusters which made a billion dollars.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 09:15 AM
    It looks exactly like the original!
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 04:05 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:56 PM
    Cubicle 7 has just revealed the cover art (by Johan Grenier) of the new version of The One Ring roleplaying game.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 02:32 PM
    Green Ronin has sent out its Sell Sheets for the new products it will have available at Gen Con -- Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Gamemaster's Guide and Superteam Handbook, Modern Age Threefold setting, and Fantasy Age Campaign Builder's Guide. (Thanks to Egg Embry for the scoop).
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:55 PM
    I think we can decide for ourselves what we find interesting.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:54 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:41 AM
    Back in January I took nominations for the best RPG podcast of 2018, and everybody voted The Adventure Zone (best actual play) and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias (best talk) as the winners. Now I'm doing the same with mobile apps -- what are your favourite RPG mobile apps? Here's how it works: anybody can nominate a mobile app (but you can't nominate your own). Simply post the...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Lots of people certainly like books. No doubt about that. Lots of people also like PDFs, as evidenced by the DMs Guild (which WotC created); and they also like other digital options, like DDB, FG, and Roll20. It's not a binary choice.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:08 PM
    Neither. But we’ll be moving into the new platform in the next week or two with luck, so it won’t matter.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:38 PM
    I know review copies have been sent out to various people (ours went to Ben, our Pathfinder columnist) but the reviews are embargoed until Aug 1st. And, of course, there’s the 3PPs, but they’re not even allowed to tell you who they are until then! :)
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:35 PM
    Well the actual book comes out in 2 weeks; the playtest book is a year out of date. Where did you get it from? Unless you’re a collector, you’re better off waiting for the final rules on Aug 1st.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 01:34 PM
    The Diana Jones Awards (named after the remaining piece of the Indiana Jones RPG encased in the trophy) has announced its nominees for 2019. Every year an anonymous group of industry members select a handful of nominees, which are announced at a private event during Gen Con. Last year's winner was the movement of Actual Play. This year's nominees are: Dungeons & Dragons Art &...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:50 PM
    Occasionally a game mechanic jumps out at me, and makes me think "wow!" -- it's not always brand new, and sometimes it builds on something else, or sometimes it's just new to me, but I like it when a simple mechanic catches my eye. Here's a couple of my favourites: D&D's advantage/disadvantage is a really elegant way to replace all those fiddly bonuses. It's one of my favourite things about...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:18 PM
    Modiphius has announced that the Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook for Star Trek Adventures will be out on July 25th. 11 alien species, new starships, and lots of information about the Federation and worlds of the quadrant, available from their web store very soon. “In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch afteranother, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:49 AM
    We did a skit about that in last week's podcast, with a player suggesting more and more outlandish races, starting with deep gnomes and tieflings, through aaracokra and minotaurs, to mind flayers and dragons, to daleks and Borg Queens, to, eventually, V'ger. The idea of somebody playing V'ger as a PC still cracks me up.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never once seen you post on-topic. :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 08:17 PM
    abe ray your habit of starting a thread asking a question, and not even acknowledging (let a alone thanking) those who go out of their way to help you is a little rude. It’s been going on for some time. If somebody helps you out, please have the decency to thank them before asking them something for something else. Thanks! :)
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Morrus started a thread PF2 Are you moving from 5E to PF2?
    (A question for those planning to play PF2; if you’re not, this isn’t really for you - don’t threadcrap, please). So you’re planning on playing PF2. While you are probably coming from PF1, is anybody coming from 5E? Obviously, it’s not a permanent thing; you can play more than one game, try out others, all that stuff. But I was curious whether there’s a demographic out here who feel PF2 is...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:53 PM
    Streaming video. Netflix. Podcasts. Audio/video media, basically. I get through several GB/month, and I'm not as bad as some people I know.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:42 PM
    There are only a few days left to back the A TOUCH MORE CLASS Kickstarter! Join nearly 2,000 backers with these nine new classes for your 5th Edition games. Remember, we delivery Kickstarters immediately they end, so there won't be any opportunity for pledge managers or late pledges! Here's a look at all the stuff you can get in this epic-sized Kickstarter! Play as the brilliant...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:41 PM
    Modiphius has announced the official Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition Organized Play campaign, with a sign-up form to run games at major conventions, receiving the official adventures before release starting with The Fall of London before Christmas. Other upcoming books: The Fall of London campaign
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:36 PM
    There seems to be a recent, growing trend of people mistaking EN World article comments for the YouTube comments section.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:07 PM
    Completely missing the point. Please keep spoilers to threads with warnings so people know to avoid them. I’ll add a spoiler tag to this one for you, but won’t be reading it further.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:01 PM
    Dude. Spoilers. Some of us are interested in seeing this film, even if you aren’t.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:24 PM
    It’s not GURPS. Sorry, zero pointless snark points for you. Thanks, though. ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:22 PM
    Well, we’re certainly not American.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:46 PM
    His company website has been taken down. Is the KS still running?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Dude. Please stop telling me I’m going to die.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:39 PM
    Is that a death threat? ;)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:39 PM
    Gosh. Man, you're on fire today!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:28 PM
    It's pitched very much as a sequel rather than a reboot. And I'm not planning on dying any time in the next 40 years, thanks!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:08 PM
    Where did you hear/see that assertion, out of curiosity?
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:02 PM
    This is not the forum to discuss anti-vaxxers or other general political topics.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:57 PM
    Oops! It’s formatted separately, so I have to remember to insert it at the end of the PDF each time I update.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 10:55 AM
    I think it's the screenshot from the blog (now deleted but saved in that Twitter thread) of somebody else's Facebook post which he was mocking, which showed him logged in to his own account in the "reply" box.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 02:21 AM
    They’ve rebooted Terminator repeatedly. This one gives me more confidence than Salvation or Genysis. We’ll see. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is a waaay bigger draw than a John Conner actor #6.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:31 PM
    A Kickstarter convention?
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:11 PM
    He's blocked me pre-emptively on Twitter for some reason. He had his account set to approved followers only, so it's not like I could ever see it, but I guess he's decided he doesn't want to see my tweets either. Never tweeted the guy or mentioned him!
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 12:43 PM
    I was only asking about players. My question was prompted by that tweet, but it isn't the same question. The question I wanted to ask is the one I posted. :)
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:25 AM
    Most people (including third parties) who have access are under an NDA. It comes out in a couple of weeks though! You might be able to find scattered bits from what people remember from recent playtests etc.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:47 AM
    Nope. But they do have to provide product for evaluation.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:59 PM
    A large factor in my supporting a Patreon would be the behaviour of the person running it.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:48 PM
    This has blown up on social media the last couple of days. YourRPGisSh*t, an attack site which attacked game designers, retailers, and publishers, along with nasty screeds against various demographics, turned out to have been run by a publisher. Not one I'm personally familiar with. Geek Native has a more detailed report on the matter. The author outed himself with a screenshot which contained...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 05:31 PM
    Please vote for your favorite publishers, Judges, and product nominees in the 2019 ENnies Awards! Voting is live and runs until 11 PM EST on July 21st. "As a reminder -We follow One Person One Vote! It is very important that the democratic principle of “one person, one vote” be followed. If you have already voted for products and/or judges, then please do not vote for them again....
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Inspired by a question somebody asked on Twitter. My response was that every system feels different and provides a different play experience. You can certainly make most any system do anything, but playing Call of Cthulhu with the Mutants & Masterminds rules is going to feel very different to CoC with the CoC rules. Every game has it's own niche and just needs to serve that niche well. In...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:01 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 09:04 AM
    That highlights a nuance of the level calc change for monsters: using the same calc, John is actually level 3, not level 1. But yeah, he's super-twinked.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 03:24 AM
    I was thinking about that very thing earlier today. That’s an artifact of using average rolls rather than the Judge rolling for the monsters. If the Judge rolls, you’d need a monster with 19d6 in its Defense skill (which doesn’t exist) to make it impossible to hit by a starting character. I like the average rolls because it makes play really fast, but you do lose that randomness. One...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 01:35 AM
    I loved (and still do) all the Glen A Larson American TV action shows of the 80s. A-Team, Knight Rider, Airwolf... love ‘em all. In that order. Plus theme tunes; that art seems to have been lost, except for Game of Thrones.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:59 AM
    Morrus replied to We're back!
    Technical issues mean we're delayed for now. We now need to migrate to a new server before trying this again.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:56 PM
    The pro DM discussion has arisen twice a year for the last 20 years at least.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:39 PM
    By the same argument fighting, shooting, and defence are al forms of combat. Any skill list can be pared down indefinitely until you just end up with “skill”, but I do feel those two things are different enough. I wouldn’t want the average orc to charm somebody.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:52 PM
    Yeah, if you were racing the dragon or it was chasing you. Flight v Athletics. Phew! You escaped! Appraisal just figure dragons can count their gold hoard, so they can make a check to value stuff.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 04:51 PM
    New version v1.2 uploaded to add a page on Equipment. Nothing big.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:54 PM
    40d10! Yikes! At that point, I'm using an app.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 01:10 PM
    50/50 is the chance most people get for most things — it’s the standard difficulty. You have a 50/50 chance to pick a lock, bust down a door, shoot most things, etc.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 12:06 PM
    According to WotC, talking to Bloomberg, 40 million people play D&D annually; 9 million watched D&D on Twitch in 2017; and sales increased by 41% in 2017 and 53% in 2018. UPDATE! WotC's PR agency has reached to note that Bloomberg's figure refers to the number of people who have played the game since 1974, not annually! You can find this information and more in this article over on...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 02:49 AM
    Nope. Just skills. Fighting, Shooting, Knowledge, Persuasion, etc.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:45 PM
    Think post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with Mutants.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:38 PM
    Simply6 is a fast, light tabletop roleplaying game for 2 or more players which you can play using just six-sided dice. I put this together over the last couple of days in my spare time (based on something I was playing with in the forums a while back) and have uploaded it to DTRPG. It's only about 20-pages long, and will likely be tweaked and updated after I get some feedback.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 10:03 AM
    They aren't. Anybody who has access to the final book die for release in August is. Well, that's just silly, isn't it?
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 05:09 PM
    Morrus replied to We're back!
    The current plan, for anybody following along, is to close the site again on Tuesday for another attempt. The site will be closed for 1-3 days.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 05:07 PM
    As we're imminently moving to the new platform (Xenforo), this bugs thread for vBulletin is about to become redundant, so I'll close it.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 04:47 PM
    It said "Playtest" on the cover. It was very clear what it was. If you were under the impression you were sneakily getting the finished product a year before everybody else, I think that's on you, not Paizo.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 04:04 PM
    Guys, this isn’t a Modiphius product, and it’s not 2d20. We’re not going to hijack it into yet another patented Water Bob 2d20 hate thread. Stay on topic, please. Water Bob, if you want to rant about your personal dislike of 2d20 yet again, start your own thread. Thanks.
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    Sunday, 7th July, 2019, 12:33 AM
    Well, OK.
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 09:43 PM
    So this thread had a root in RPGs in that we were talking about WotC’s creative director’s statements. Now we appear to just be talking about gender pronouns and dictionaries, which isn’t on topic for this forum (or even this thread). If you want to talk about Mike Mearls and his tweets and how they relate to the gaming community please feel free. Otherwise, we’ll close it as entirely...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 06:12 PM
    I suspect you’re an outlier.
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 03:07 PM
    Impressively clickbaity headline on that article! What does it mean if Orcus doesn't know he's not aware of some things? I mean, he appears in every setting except if he doesn't! Blimey. I must know!
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 10:54 AM
    Morrus replied to We're back!
    It's not the next logical step due to differences. It's the next logical step because it's structurally similar, making the upgrade the easiest one it could be. Xenforo is made by the people who left vBulletin about a decade ago when it changed ownership, and is the 'spiritual' successor, rather than vBulleitn 5 which is substantially different and not well-regarded. It's also better supported.
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Monday, 23rd September, 2013

  • 03:58 AM - Challenger RPG mentioned Phototoxin in post How to Teach a GM to be a Player?
    @amerigoV : Ha ha, I bet there's a pretty good story to that 'never trust an undead' bit. I think the idea about giving the GM some administrative tasks is great. I'll definitely pass that solution on to the DM who gave me the idea for the article. The DM in question has said I'm a royal pain as a player and that's something I can't totally disagree with. However, this idea is excellent. Thanks! @Phototoxin : I'm like that as well in spades. Also, as a GM I like to reward the players who contribute to the 'story' of the game even if they're a little loose with the rules and campaign setting when they do it. I guess that could just be my 'style' of game mastering. You're not alone, anyway. @Neonchameleon : You're bang on with this suggestion. I'm kind of kicking myself for missing this option. I think that's a great idea. I've been meaning to check out 13th Age for a while now anyway, maybe this is a good excuse to take the time to learn the system. I agree with you about the collaborative advantages of world-building, but in the position of the player in those games, I didn't feel it was my right to question the DM shutting my input down. That said, I can't exactly say I'm a basket of roses as a player either. Regardless, it's a great suggestion. Thank you. @Sir Knight : That's pretty cool. I think it would be really neat to game with a few players who'd all had some experience wit...

Tuesday, 14th May, 2013

  • 01:55 AM - Quickleaf mentioned Phototoxin in post How to make D&D more political?
    Phototoxin My words of caution: Do the players want politics and intrigue? I ran a game of D&D which had significant political intrigue. However, only one player really paid enough attention and was invested enough to enjoy and exploit the political side of the game. So I adjusted to a bit more of a rail-road generic fantasy adventure and they enjoyed that much more. :)

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Sunday, 11th March, 2018

  • 05:28 PM - Henry quoted Phototoxin in post Will Pathfinder 2nd Edition Be Based on D&D 5E?
    It's good to have competition, it's also good that it's not massively litigious 'ohmygerd they stole our idea to use d12 as barbarian hit points!! SUE SUE SUE!' As long as no one decides to make their system use a proprietary d23 or something we as customers should benefit. That’s the kind of thing the OGL meant to prevent - so that in addition to more gamers flowing into D&D and back out to other similar games, and back in again (the “rising tide floating all boats”) but also that similar good ideas come to the surface and get re-used. I wish WotC themselves would use it more, but even as it is, a 5e customer would not have too crazy of a time going over to Pathfinder 1e because of all the same touchstones. Now keeping all the different bonuses straight is a different story, but a 20 STR in Pathfinder does mean the same thing as a 20 STR in 5e, and a Barbarian/Rogue multiclass is made the same way (albeit with drastically different means). I do hope the basic concept of advantage sees ...

Thursday, 8th March, 2018


Monday, 22nd January, 2018

  • 05:01 PM - jgsugden quoted Phototoxin in post Rumor: Hasbro is "prepping" to sell Wizards of the Coast in 2021.
    Can we start proper rumours? Like how Morrus is not a human, but a robot powered by an undead hamster in a little wheel where his spleen should be?Please don't joke about this stuff. It is a serious medical condition when it does happen, and if it were to happen to Morrus, he might be tempted to eliminate any of us that know his secret. So obviously fake news.

Saturday, 23rd December, 2017

  • 12:47 PM - Jennifer Fuss quoted Phototoxin in post Here Are Your Official Top 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2018
    Will I'd also want to know why VtM5 would be better/worth getting compared to V20 The rules will get an overhaul to reflect and include more modern design elements. The V20 has been a rather very conservative, sensible adaption and consolidation of the previous editions. Which is why there was some discussion when White Wolf decided to declare the V20 an edition in its own right. In regards to the V5 they did introduce the will to implement a mechanic to track hungriness opposing to bloodpool, implemented Vice/Virtue and composure, work with compulsion and tweaked the mechanics with stuff like critical successes and messy successes. The setting will be overhauled and brought into the year 2018. It will be described in a fashion that should be accessible to beginners and hence start out with the 7 clans from first edition and later on more clans to be added. There will be advancements to the metaplot like a second (secular) inquisition happening as well as modes of play that try to conside...

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

  • 01:52 PM - Wednesday Boy quoted Phototoxin in post Advice on running a noir setting
    The issue with creating situations where there's no great outcomes only less bad ones is that it can be jading for players... It can be harrowing because how do you succeed where the setting/world is stacked against you? Eventually you will fail, and failing is something players don't like! Forget it, Phototoxin. It's Chinatown. I entirely agree with what you noted and I would reiterate what you said about knowing your players. One guy in my group wants his characters to have decisive victories every time and like you pointed out--only "less bad" endings would be jading and frustrating for him. On the other hand, I personally find it more interesting to get put through the wringer and pyrrhic victories can be satisfying for me (provided they involve good storytelling and I don't feel like the whole game was pointless). So knowing your group's tolerance for failure and "less bad" endings will help you push the envelope as needed.
  • 12:34 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Phototoxin in post Here Are Your Official Top 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2018
    Will be interesting to see how VtM balances out against Kult. I've not heard of the latter but a quick scan of their KS makes it look interesting at least and possibly with more angles to explore than VtM. I'd also want to know why VtM5 would be better/worth getting compared to V20It may be worth noting that: a) Kult, more than any RPG ever written, is not something that you should let near children. I'm not even joking - there was a parliamentary motion to actually get it banned in Sweden during the 1990s. It's not just something that requires a strong stomach with gore and the like (although there is that), but it is deliberately transgressional in a religious, emotional and intellectual sense. The setting is based on Judeo-Christian Gnostic beliefs, which means they have adapted real world occult ideas into the game's setting. It's broad mythos is actually a dark mirror reflection of the Cthulhu Mythos, in a way, as rather than suggesting humanity is insignificant - it suggests they are un...

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Monday, 19th May, 2014

  • 09:36 PM - Nellisir quoted Phototoxin in post GSL 4E
    I want to stick these adventures on a/my website for people to enjoy. [quote] Good. [quote]I intend each 'adventure/module/delve/whatever' to consist of the actual PDF, a file with images of the maps and then another file with the monster blocks in it. Is this sensible? Sounds like a lot of files and a lot of hassle. Why can't it be one file? I'm trying to arrange a 2-3 column format (proving more difficult than it sounds!) in word and then convert it to PDF. Are you trying to do a 2 or 3 column format, or a 2 column format on one page and a 3 column format on another page? If you're doing different kinds of columns, you need section breaks. Or set up text boxes the size of your intended columns. That's a bit of a hack, though. The first 3-4 bits form a newbie DMs guide 101 from level 1-3, giving some nice hooks in a generic world. Then there's another set of 1-5 without as much hand-holding. Is a "bit" a module/delve/adventure/whatever? Also what is the best way to produce dungeon maps? ...

Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

  • 12:27 AM - Nellisir quoted Phototoxin in post GSL 4E
    So I'm trying to write up some adventures into a more 'other people' friendly format, with the first few specifically aimed and new DMs. My concern is that under the OGL you can't give page numbers or provide stat blocks for anything that exists (as well as reference/use the special monsters like mind flayers or beholders) So if I write a 'tactical encounter' / combat encounter I can't give page references e.g.; 6 goblin blackblades (MM1pg 55) 1 Aspect of Lolth (MM3 pg 666) nor can I reproduce stat blocks. Is there a practical solution to this or have I totally got the wrong end of the stick? There is no "OGL 4e". Do you mean the GSL?

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

  • 08:18 AM - Mike Myler quoted Phototoxin in post N.O.W. Wishlist!
    Survivial Horror - zombies/whatever a la Resident Evil or whatever Something with a clue system (like gumshoe?) for CSI or murder mystery type games? We've talked about Intrigue rules (which would certainly include something like that!) but development is super early and action takes precedence; N.O.W. will kick teeth out first and if there's time and room, include a means to find them afterward. :D

Thursday, 6th March, 2014

  • 04:22 PM - Dungeoneer quoted Phototoxin in post will 4.0 succeed?
    My current though is to simply pillage the bits I want from 13th Age - escalation dice and so on. 4 is great, gamey enough but not like in 3E and loose enough but not as loose as AD&D. I just hope that character builder will survive in some format. My other slight annoyance at 4E was the constant major rules shift - MM1 monsters weren't balanced properly, (play testing anyone?), then the later rare/uncommon magic item rules and changes there. These should have been figured before release! Better late than never! :p I think in any reasonably complex game system there are going to be some things the devs just don't get right. I'd rather that they have the option to take a mulligan than be forever locked into a ruleset that has issues. For instance, the second batch of 4e monsters were such a HUGE improvement that I won't even use the old ones.

Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

  • 03:48 PM - (Psi)SeveredHead quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    Cyric is insane, how do you even know what to do? I appreciate that lies, strife etc fuel him but other than randomly cause havok or even organisedly cause it WHY do it ? Worship of Cyric makes no sense to me. Loth - seriously a genocidal crazy spider queen demon thing who is racist and xenophobic should have died off ages ago. But her fear based society of 'better than you' drow make sense. But again escaping that fear and tyranny should happen. Most drow are born into her worship. They have no choice. Shar - My favourite deities (mainly for the fact that she opposes the mary sue god aka Mystra) - but it seems like all her followers would just be horrifically depressed and/or nihilistic. Nuke the world - then what? People who have nothing to loose ? Is Shar actually trying to destroy the world? Talos - What lead me to this - he's chaos/anarchy/weather/storm/lightning etc - I can see priests instigating rebellions and smiting things to show strength but also to appease talos ...
  • 03:45 PM - TwoSix quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    Talos - What lead me to this - he's chaos/anarchy/weather/storm/lightning etc - I can see priests instigating rebellions and smiting things to show strength but also to appease talos which is more 'neutral // good' Why would you worship him in any major way? I realise that power is good, but so is fireballs from Lathander! Because NPCs don't powergame their own lives. You worship Talos because you grew up in a barbaric culture, at the mercy of the elements, and the tribe's wise man taught you that making offerings to the Storm Lord would grant you power and protect you from the storms. Lathander? Who's that? To a large extent, Evil gods probably recruit from the cast-offs of society - the outcast, the abused, and the damaged. And, frankly, they're not going to be short on potential recruits - even the benign nations of the FR setting tend to be either monarchies or have a very strong mercantile bent, and in either case this means that there is a fairly small privilidged group and a much...
  • 03:39 PM - delericho quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    I'm trying to get my head around how I'd roleplay an evil cleric. This is more of a hypothetical as I usually DM but it's something which has niggled at me for a while. Aside from Bane who has military/law/organisational aspects and Azmodeus who is similar (though less overt) I can see very few 'evil' deities which could be i) openly worshipped (as opposed to appeased) and ii) would have any rational, sane followers given that good/neutral deities *mechanically* offer the same benefits. But in a world where the local parish priest* can literally cure cancer this has to be taken into account *ok probably a bishop, but still.. It's the motivations - why do these things, especially as wise/semi-intelligent beings? When good or neutral gods give you as good a powers and blessings as evil ones why worship (in a major way) evil ones? To a certain extent, it's probably a good thing that you have a hard time understanding what might motivate a person to Evil. :) However, in an attempt to...
  • 02:19 AM - Storminator quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    I'm trying to get my head around how I'd roleplay an evil cleric. This is more of a hypothetical as I usually DM but it's something which has niggled at me for a while. It's the motivations - why do these things, especially as wise/semi-intelligent beings? When good or neutral gods give you as good a powers and blessings as evil ones why worship (in a major way) evil ones? Because the good and neutral gods have rejected you? They give you zero powers, because they've looked into your heart? Cyric is insane, how do you even know what to do? I appreciate that lies, strife etc fuel him but other than randomly cause havok or even organisedly cause it WHY do it ? EVERYONE worships Cyric. Everyone lies. It's just his priests admit it. Because they're better than everyone else. Loth - seriously a genocidal crazy spider queen demon thing who is racist and xenophobic should have died off ages ago. But her fear based society of 'better than you' drow make sense. But again escaping that fear and tyr...
  • 12:01 AM - Ahnehnois quoted Phototoxin in post RP-ing and Evil Cleric (Faerun)
    But to it's logical conclusion evil is self-defeating. I just don't get the mentality behind such charactersTo its logical conclusion good is also self-defeating. My perspective on these things is that anyone who isn't true neutral (which is to say, a rational person who takes into account everything he can and makes the best decision he can) is deluded, either by someone else or by some internal schism. In the context of evil, that suggests to me a few things. Some evil might be based on prejudice; somehow the cleric has arrived at the belief that certain people are inferior, even though they are not. Perhaps he had a few nonrepresentative experiences in early life and jumped to the wrong conclusion, or maybe the bias was imparted on him by a specific individual or culture in general. Many evil religions I suspect are overtly deceptive. The deity is selling some greater truth that supposedly hold the key to his followers achieving some goal (eternal life, or at least, a good afterlife, ...

Saturday, 1st March, 2014

  • 06:54 PM - ggroy quoted Phototoxin in post What tv shows do you own on Dvd?
    I don't even own a TV just watch on laptop. These days I don't use the standalone dvd player anymore. I usually rip the dvd content to the computer's hard drive, and either watch it on the computer or I connect the computer to the large screen tv (via hdmi from the computer's graphics card). Though I still watch blurays using a standalone bluray player (or PS3), largely because the bluray file sizes are huge and a waste of hard drive space. One bluray movie can eat up 25 to 50 gigabytes of hard drive space very easily. (In contrast a dvd disk only eats up around 8.5 gigabytes or less). Also it takes over 40 minutes to rip a bluray disk's content to the computer, while ripping a dvd only takes around 11-12 minutes. (At least on my computer setup).


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