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    Yesterday, 07:20 AM
    I finally caved in and got a smartphone this month as a birthday present for myself. So far, just streaming music I've used 5 gigs in 15 days. Once i figure out video streaming (tried Pluto TV but it was confusing), I imagine I'd use a lot more.
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    Yesterday, 07:15 AM
    Eh, try reading back issues of Galaxy magazine, which was the premiere Sci-Fi mag of the 1950s (available from the Internet Archive), which featured authors like Asimov, Vance, Heinlein, Pohl, Simak, Sheckley, Silverberg, Blish, Sturgeon, etc. I won't say it was immune to that sort of thing, but it was often surprisingly sophisticated
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:40 AM
    The group I played with pretty much stopped around '86 or '87. We were 15-16, had gotten part time jobs, cars, interested in dating girls, and for some reason, golf. Picked it up again in college.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:35 AM
    Is the evidence just that the posts are coming from the same town? Admittedly, it's an obscure town (or at least, I've never heard of it), but still, not exactly a smoking gun
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 01:26 AM
    One of the things I loved about Wizardry was that the manual included a bunch of cartoons by the same guy who did the cartoons in the DMG I think Might & Magic more than The Bard's Tale really took things to the next level. The world was huge and weird.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:01 PM
    I backed an adventure creator. Basically for $1 (then $2) a month, you got an adventure. (Actually stopped because for some reason, he insisted on using the highest res stock art possible, causing his 10-12 page adventures to be 100 megabytes or more, and I just didn't have enough room on my tablet for that.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 10:58 PM
    I literally bought every Infinity Engine game, but I never played more than an hour into any of them because I just couldn't cope with the real time combat. Which is strange, since it wasn't a problem for me in NWN1 or 2 (or its descendants). But those were primarily single character games with NPCs helping, rather than trying to control a whole party at once in real time.
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 08:25 AM
    I think the key difference is that 4e was very well designed, it just was different than what people (including me) apparently wanted.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:57 AM
    I think you're actually looking at it backwards. It's not that Druids are not-allowed to wear metal armor, it's they are allowed to wear non-metal armor. Thematically, Druids shouldn't wear any armor at all. AFAIK, there weren't any reports of them wearing it when the Romans attacked them (and bear in mind, the Celts probably invented chainmail, so presumably they would have had access to it)....
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  • 10:50 PM - grodog mentioned trancejeremy in post [Three Lines Studio] Dave Arneson's True Genius Published
    Doesn't that kind of undercut the whole premise? Sort of an admission that it was Braunstein that started it all? (which in turn evolved from Diplomacy and wargames) I don't think so, trancejeremy, based on my understanding of the history of Braunsteins and the development of the Blackmoor campaign: that is, that Blackmoor employed some of the features of a Braunstein, but also added a number of innovations of Dave's that were not present in Braunsteins, and then wrapped them in the proto-D&D trappings we now recognize so well. That said, I also haven't read Rob's book yet, so I can't speak to his thoughts on the matter either. Allan.

Monday, 16th December, 2013

  • 02:39 PM - Mercurius mentioned trancejeremy in post How about this for 5E Campaign Settings: "Classic Worlds of D&D"
    Dragonlance is an example of a setting that was "ruined" by the metaplot in novels. I didn't read past Legends, but didn't the timeline go another few hundred years with a couple more cycles of cataclysmic events? But the point here--and this is also in response to @Jan van Leyden --would be to present the setting in its most classic form, as a kind of platonic archetype that can be used by DMs as they desire, or simply enjoyed as a beautiful book and enjoyable read. So yeah, @trancejeremy , the key would be to bring in Bruce Heard for Mystara, or Hickman and Weis for Dragonlance, or use divinatory magic to consult with the spirit of E Gary to get the vintage Greyhawk vibe (or just steal liberally from the classic AD&D box set). @Hussar , if I was in charge of developing this product line, I would have the writers create a later chapter, even an extended appendix, that provides an overview of later developments in metaplot, which could be offered as a possible future to explore. But the Greyhawk book itself would be dialed back to before the wars, Dragonlance to the Chronicles period, or at least after Legends, and FR to the graybox period. @Yora , it is similar to 4E, but the key difference is that it wouldn't be updating the setting to 4E, but returning it to its archetypal state and creating the most beautiful product possible. Greyhawk fans have never had a full-blown, high production treatment of their setting. The most recent version, the 3e Living Greyhawk G...

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Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 10:55 AM - Morrus quoted trancejeremy in post RPG Attack Site Closes As Author Outs Himself
    Is the evidence just that the posts are coming from the same town? Admittedly, it's an obscure town (or at least, I've never heard of it), but still, not exactly a smoking gun 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.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 02:46 PM - lowkey13 quoted trancejeremy in post Old Timey CRPGs ... FOR THE WIN!
    One of the things I loved about Wizardry was that the manual included a bunch of cartoons by the same guy who did the cartoons in the DMG I think Might & Magic more than The Bard's Tale really took things to the next level. The world was huge and weird. Oh man .... I'm really reaching into the past here, but you're right. Bard's Tale was fine, but M&M ... now you were cooking with gas! Still, I don't think any game stole as many hours from me as the Ultima series. I may not remember that much from the 80s, but I still remember the infinite boat trick from Ultima 2. :)

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 01:06 PM - Dausuul quoted trancejeremy in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    Thematically, Druids shouldn't wear any armor at all. AFAIK, there weren't any reports of them wearing it when the Romans attacked them (and bear in mind, the Celts probably invented chainmail, so presumably they would have had access to it). There also weren't reports of them turning into dinosaurs. If you want D&D druid lore to line up with actual historical druids... that ship done sailed a long time ago.

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

  • 04:01 PM - billd91 quoted trancejeremy in post "My Pathfinder Spoiler" Glimpses At Pathfinder 2
    Bear in mind, Gary Gygax publicly apologized for including psionics. There's a lot of people who don't like psionics (and have been vocal about it since they were introduced) There was also lots of support for psionics over the years including articles about working with the Deryini series by Katherine Kurtz and, of course, Dark Sun. So, after a point, who really cares what Gygax thought? It was no longer just his game.
  • 11:12 AM - Aldarc quoted trancejeremy in post "My Pathfinder Spoiler" Glimpses At Pathfinder 2
    Bear in mind, Gary Gygax publicly apologized for including psionics. There's a lot of people who don't like psionics (and have been vocal about it since they were introduced)I was under the impression that it was more about how they were implemented rather than psionics per se.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

  • 03:23 PM - Istbor quoted trancejeremy in post Stephen Colbert to Play Mini Adventure with Matt Mercer of Critical Role for Red Nose Day
    I really don't think it's a good idea for someone who is so strongly partisan to attach itself to a charity that is presumably non-partisan. You're going to turn off people from it, even if it's a good cause. (As mentioned "caustic" is a good word for his strain of partisanship) Would people on the other side be happy if say, Rush Limbaugh or Tucker Carlson took part? I'm guessing not. Heck yeah. I would greatly enjoy seeing how he played the game if I discovered today he was an avid D&D player. I don't know about anyone else's tables, but when we play at mine, we aren't in America with modern political hemming and hawing. We're in our world, fighting Orcs along side Elves. So... yeah... who cares who you voted for outside of the game?
  • 03:28 AM - MNblockhead quoted trancejeremy in post Stephen Colbert to Play Mini Adventure with Matt Mercer of Critical Role for Red Nose Day
    I really don't think it's a good idea for someone who is so strongly partisan to attach itself to a charity that is presumably non-partisan. You're going to turn off people from it, even if it's a good cause. (As mentioned "caustic" is a good word for his strain of partisanship) Would people on the other side be happy if say, Rush Limbaugh or Tucker Carlson took part? I'm guessing not. Not a fan of Rush, but YOU BET I'd tune in for a game of D&D that he played in. I bet he'd be great. Ben Shapiro is another person I'd love to see play. They'd bring their large audiences to the event, raise money, and give the hobby greater exposure. I know that we now live in a world where the social-media mob will, well, mob the organizers of any event that dares invite someone with strong opinions. But if you don't like the participants, you can always start your own celebrity game for charity with celebrities you find acceptable. If they create an entertaining event and raise money for a good cause, I'...

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 02:33 AM - Hriston quoted trancejeremy in post Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E
    Seems odd to have OD&D include B/X and BECMI, since both of those came out well after AD&D and aren't particularly close to OD&D, having race as class most notably and somewhat different monsters (no demons for instance) I think it has to do with the Basic line having developed from the original game along a separate trajectory from the Advanced line. Personally, I’d lump Holmes Basic in with OD&D as pretty much a restatement of the original game’s first three levels with only a handful of tacked on innovations. But Moldvay Basic, while it used Holmes as a point of departure, was a new game unto itself. I think “Other” should be repurposed to cover B/X and BECMI.

Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 12:14 AM - lumenbeing quoted trancejeremy in post Bethesda Pulls Promotional Elder Scrolls D&D Module Following Plagiarism Accusations
    What likely happened is that some people at Bethesda were playing D&D for fun and ran those adventures, adapting it to their game. They did that back in the Daggerfall days I know (only AD&D 2e back then). Someone from marketing says "Hey, let's release one of your adventures as a PR gimmick" Whoever was DMing was probably overwhelmed/caught off guard and couldn't come up with a whole new adventure from scratch, so tried to file off the numbers the best he could. I think you nailed it

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 10:58 PM - ParanoydStyle quoted trancejeremy in post Shadowrun Sixth Edition Announced!
    1) This is a huge amount of information to process. 2) Based on a cursory skim, they are doing a GREAT job in terms of this launch. This is a brilliantly coordinated media blitz. Hats off to Jason, Randall, and Loren, and the rest of the CGL team for that. 3) As soon as I saw (on Twitter) that Shadowrun 6E was a thing, my immediate thought was: "Well, they'd have to try pretty hard to frag it up worse than Fifth Edition. I should know, I was one of the people that wrote Fifth Edition." 4) As someone who fought HARD against Limits in 5E when I was on the design team, I feel vindicated to see them being given the boot in the new edition. They were and are a terrible idea. 5) I have no idea how to feel about what they announced on the Matrix rules. It's going to depend entirely on how it's executed. The closest thing I have to insight on that is that I don't think "cyberjack" is a very cool sounding name. I think I'd think that even if it weren't just a lazy portmanteau of datajack and cyberdeck. It's...

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 04:21 PM - DMMike quoted trancejeremy in post There's An Official ALIEN RPG Coming!
    “The Alien saga isn’t about superheroes with superior firepower,” says game director Härenstam. “It’s about placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and testing the endurance of the human spirit against inhuman atrocities and impossible odds . . . Emulating the dramatic arc of an Alien film, these survival challenges promise escalating stakes and fast (often brutal) gameplay where most players aren’t expected to last the night. Their first cinematic scenario, Chariot of the Gods written by sci-fi novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska (Death of the Planet of the Apes), is included in the core manual. More cinematic modules and game expansions are already in production, with direct tie-ins to Fox’s future plans for the franchise slated for 2020 and beyond. Impossible odds? That's when D&D players throw up their hands and say "well why don't you just kill my character then?" I've seen it happen. Heck, I've probably done it. So I'm expecting the game to take a step back from role-playing, a...
  • 11:29 AM - schneeland quoted trancejeremy in post There's An Official ALIEN RPG Coming!
    Tabletop RPGs now have "game modes"? And why would it possibly matter if they finish a scenario in a single session or not? I assume "cinematic mode" will be significantly more deadly. If you don't plan on playing a campaign, your character might get mutilated spectacularly at the end of the session as well :)
  • 10:06 AM - Morrus quoted trancejeremy in post There's An Official ALIEN RPG Coming!
    Tabletop RPGs now have "game modes"? And why would it possibly matter if they finish a scenario in a single session or not? WOIN has Cinematic Mode. It changes a few core rules to create a different style of play.

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Saturday, 20th April, 2019

  • 08:22 AM - MNblockhead quoted trancejeremy in post Anyone else finding their TTRPG spending going down for lack of interest/need?
    I'm the opposite. What I loved so much about the d20 era was all the new people writing stuff, bringing in different ideas. The DIY aspect is what I love most about the OSR and ironically, I find somewhat lacking in 5e, thanks to DM's Guild allowing use of WOTC/D&D IP, rather than forcing people to come up with their own stuff. Sort of like people writing Star Trek or Star Wars fan-fiction, rather than original stories. I skill the d20 boom as I had stopped playing TTRPGs just as 2e came out and didn't start again until 5e. Yet, I have trouble squaring your observations with mine. While the may not be the same glut of material for 5e as there was during the d20 content boom, there is certainly far more than I could ever use. We have streaming shows funding hugely successful Kickstarters for new books. We have many 3rd-party campaign settings. There are many great creators on Patreon, there are some wonderful blogs, YouTube channels, and stuff published on DriveThruRPG. You have people making an...

Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 10:12 PM - Jer quoted trancejeremy in post Why is the shortest lived edition, still one of the most popular?
    So anyway, B/X lasted only 2 years. I reject this premise. As an avid player of what is described as both B/X and BECMI D&D from about 1981 through, well, 3rd edition D&D hitting the stands, I never perceived a real difference in the rules of B/X or BECMI - they were the same game for the levels that they shared in common. Metzner's Basic didn't fundamentally change any of the rules of Moldvay's Basic - it presented them in a different way. Any rule changes that were there were minor and nothing like the difference in editions of AD&D. Metzner's Expert vs. the Moldvay/Cook eXpert set was similar in the minuscule nature of difference between them beyond organization. As far as we were concerned they were the same game and someone coming to the table with either sets of rulebooks would be able to make characters and play. (And the Moldvay/Cook Expert set promised a Companion set in the future - and we always took Metzner's Companion set to be the payoff for that promise, because we didn...
  • 04:17 PM - lowkey13 quoted trancejeremy in post Why is the shortest lived edition, still one of the most popular?
    I am referring to what is called in OSR nomenclature, B/X, basically the version of D&D rules that came in a 1981 Basic Boxed set by Tom Moldvay and Expert Boxed set by Dave Cook and Steve Marsh. It was superseded in 1983 by a new Basic version by Frank Mentzer, with later Expert, Companion, Master, and Immortals boxed sets (and thus dubbed BECMI), which in turn was replaced by the Rules Cyclopedia by Aaron Allston in 1991 (mostly just a compilation of the BECMI rules) and then in 1994 by another basic boxed set, this time called "The Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game" which I think was supported until WOTC killed off D&D, merging the line with AD&D 2e (which only lasted a few years and then we got 3e) So anyway, B/X lasted only 2 years. And by my count, it only got 5 products for it (B3,B4, X1, X2, and X3 — B1 and B2 were written for Holmes D&D). Yet it's arguably the 2nd largest part of the OSR, next to OD&D. So ... there are a few different factors here. First, I have to reject your pr...

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

  • 01:22 AM - WolfhillRPG quoted trancejeremy in post ***NOW AVAILABLE*** - Wolfhill Entertainment - The Sunken Temple of Chloren-Var Adventure Module
    I am curious why, with all the open systems available, you went with a generic format that makes it difficult for anyone to use? It my experience, it's much harder to convert from a supposed system neutral format than one from a different system, at least if I am familiar with that system. And especially as it's a digital product, there's nothing to keep you from releasing multiple versions - say one for 5e, one for PF, one for OSR, one for Savage Worlds, etc Thank you for your insight. Wolfhill Entertainment is centered around being a producer of system agnostic modules. With all the different RPG's on the market, the idea is to provide Game Masters with a guided story which requires less than 20min of prep-work. It is my experience that anyone willing to be a Game Master for any of the systems already has the knowledge of the rules (and usually house rules) and a monster manual, so everything provided in the adventure manual regarding those mechanics are suggestions. At the end of th...

Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 09:21 AM - Hussar quoted trancejeremy in post OGC Wiki?
    I think if anything, the DM's Guild is closer to the d20 System Trademark License. It gives WOTC more control over products, a lot more control than the d20 license did, but also gives more in return than just being able to use a logo and refer to the D&D PHB by name. Yeah, that's probably a good analogy really.

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

  • 05:06 AM - Zardnaar quoted trancejeremy in post Which retroclone/OSR game is closest to AD&D 2E?
    For Gold & Glory (not just Gold & Glory) is the only 2e retroclone. People saying Hackmaster and Adventures Dark and Deep are flat out wrong. FG&G is not the most popular retroclone out there, but does have some excellent quality adventure support from the Merciless Merchants. It also is nice because unlike say OSRIC (the only 1e AD&D retroclone), it's all open content, so you could use it as the basis for other games Though AFAIK, no one has. But basically AD&D is probably the least popular part of the OSR. It's probably 70% OD&D (via S&W), 25% B/X (mostly Labyrinth Lord but also B/X essentials) and 5% the rest And if you are talking about house ruled systems published as new ones, it's 90% Sword & Wizardry (there are dozens of these), 10% other, with only Adventures Dark & Deep being AD&D based (sort of AD&D 1.75) Online it's 1E, S&W and a bit of C&C IIRC.


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