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    While I'm excited to hear that the old cast is...

    While I'm excited to hear that the old cast is returning (or at least, those that are still alive), my common sense is screaming that this is a bad idea. Maybe it is the Indy 4 syndrome.
  2. 3E: Armor class now makes some sense, this is...

    3E: Armor class now makes some sense, this is what made me accept 3rd edition.
  3. I would steer the plot towards a peace treaty,...

    I would steer the plot towards a peace treaty, where one group tries to assasinate the other. The best location for that would be a multi-story building, like a theater or a government building. I...
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    What makes a great GM? 1. A great GM is able...

    What makes a great GM?

    1. A great GM is able to improvize on the spot, even when the players go off the beaten path, or do something completely unexpected.
    2. A great DM allows his players to...
  5. Not only that, but fighting and killing monsters...

    Not only that, but fighting and killing monsters can be very light hearted and fun. Where as rape is never any of those two things, not even when it is fictionalized.

    Wether torture belongs in a...
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    Quick question, if you already own the original...

    Quick question, if you already own the original Betrayal at House on the Hill (as I do), how much added value is there in buying the legacy version?
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    "Fanatics make unreliable allies" -Garret,...

    "Fanatics make unreliable allies"

    -Garret, from the game Thief the Dark project
  8. I've ran multiple adult campaigns in my life,...

    I've ran multiple adult campaigns in my life, some of which included sexual (consensual) content. But I would never dare to run any such campaign at a con with random people, and I would always...
  9. And for this reason session 0's were invented....

    And for this reason session 0's were invented. Discuss which themes and topics may come up in your campaign before you start subjecting your players to it. If for example you run a horror campaign,...
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    Keep in mind that Sherlock Holmes is a very good...

    Keep in mind that Sherlock Holmes is a very good boxer, according to the books. He should have some skill in unarmed combat.
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    This definitely has my interest. If only for the...

    This definitely has my interest. If only for the additional books. I can always use some extra locations and monsters for sci fi. However, I can't justify spending money on this right now, given my...
  12. I can't let undead threads rest either... Last...

    I can't let undead threads rest either...

    Last session one of my players traveled deep into the fey-wild, into an area that I had not prepared, because I had not anticipated this action. I winged...
  13. Butt-kicking for goodness!

    Butt-kicking for goodness!
  14. I have great experiences with Hero Forge, but...

    I have great experiences with Hero Forge, but this seems way too expensive.
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    I played a bit of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars...

    I played a bit of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars RPG (d6) and Battletech (forgot which edition)... all with the same dreadful DM, making me never want to play those systems again. I realize that is...
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    I hand out a map (of either the region, the...

    I hand out a map (of either the region, the current location or both), and perhaps a list of homebrew equipment when the players pick their starting equipment. Everything else is not needed for them...
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    I enjoy the character interactions between my own...

    I enjoy the character interactions between my own player-character and my party members, and I love tabletop combat, and resolving narrative plots/obstacles.
  18. All you need is to be interesting on the very...

    All you need is to be interesting on the very first page, and then people will keep reading. It helps if the main character is relatable, but an exciting opening is far more important.
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    I occasionally use a random table to determine...

    I occasionally use a random table to determine what species of tree is in an area, but I've never rolled to determine how many trees... just make it up.
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    I already use knowledge local for this sort of...

    I already use knowledge local for this sort of stuff.
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    This reminds me of a Lucky Coin I have in my...

    This reminds me of a Lucky Coin I have in my campaign. Only it doesn't grants advantage or disadvantage, it just always lands with the same face up. Excellent magical item for cheating at gambling.
  22. I think the trick to a good story twist, is set...

    I think the trick to a good story twist, is set up, and pay off.

    You need to give the characters enough motivation to justify the twist. This is why the final season of Game of Thrones fell flat...
  23. I want this to be good so much... but this...

    I want this to be good so much... but this trailer... doesn't look very good.
  24. In 3rd edition I love the expansion books that...

    In 3rd edition I love the expansion books that focus on a specific climate. There's Sandstorm for desert adventures, Frostburn for arctic adventures, and of course Stormwrack for sea adventures...
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    Well, as far as we know... she was.

    Well, as far as we know... she was.
  26. Why is this not a liveaction tv show yet?

    Why is this not a liveaction tv show yet?
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    I started off my long running pirate campaign...

    I started off my long running pirate campaign with two players in a jail tower, and two other players climbing the tower to free them. I wanted the campaign to start with action right away, and with...
  28. Thread: Firearms

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    I've actually used the idea of smoke build up in...

    I've actually used the idea of smoke build up in a couple of battles in my pirate campaign. The players had been exchanging fire with the crew of another pirate ship for a few rounds, and I described...
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    I'm looking forward to it.

    I'm looking forward to it.
  30. Thread: Firearms

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    5 rounds of reloading is a bit harsh for 3.5,...

    5 rounds of reloading is a bit harsh for 3.5, which is why I made it only 1 round of reloading. It may not be realistic, but I think it is more fun to play that way.
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    All of these details I like. The fact that the...

    All of these details I like. The fact that the previous movie didn't follow up on the Knights of Ren was a big flaw in my view.
  32. I doubt D&D's contribution to HBO will be judged...

    I doubt D&D's contribution to HBO will be judged based on just the last season. They have had so much success with this show, that I don't think they care that the last season under performs. I think...
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    Also, Renly believes that Stannis in an...

    Also, Renly believes that Stannis in an unlikeable king. He may have the stronger claim, but not that many people want him as their king.
  34. I'm pretty sure you are incorrect. HBO is...

    I'm pretty sure you are incorrect. HBO is unlikely to share our sentiments about those two. Game of Thrones was HBO's pride and joy for years. It was pretty much the only reason to have an HBO...
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    I recently acquired Myst 3 Exile for the PS2 at a...

    I recently acquired Myst 3 Exile for the PS2 at a sale. I'm replaying it now. Ah, nostalgia and frustrating puzzles.
  36. Don't give them ideas for a new show.

    Don't give them ideas for a new show.
  37. Considering how much the show went downhill the...

    Considering how much the show went downhill the last two seasons, I think another series might be a terrible idea.
  38. I watched this last episode in a packed movie...

    I watched this last episode in a packed movie theater. It was disappointing, but not as disappointing as I expected it to be. There were a few enjoyable moments, plus some stellar acting from...
  39. Thread: Firearms

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    I don't think that is true. Of course. But...

    I don't think that is true.



    Of course. But the players have plenty of access to healing and protection of all kinds. Deadlier combat simply means the players will have to play differently, and...
  40. Thread: Firearms

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    The reason I disagree with you, is because I feel...

    The reason I disagree with you, is because I feel firearms should be the first and obvious choice for the players, and melee should be their backup weapons. As I said, I run a pirate campaign, and if...
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    Just beautiful. I want to give more xp!

    Just beautiful. I want to give more xp!
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    How I handle firearms in my 3.5 pirate campaign,...

    How I handle firearms in my 3.5 pirate campaign, is to make them clearly better than regular D&D weapons. They do more damage, can fire multiple shots, and do triple damage on a crit. They can also...
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    This thread contains a poll. Yeah, both actors were heavily criticised. People...

    Yeah, both actors were heavily criticised. People were furious about Ledger playing the joker... but turns out he might be one of the best Joker's of all time (second only to Mark Hamill in my...
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    This thread contains a poll. Well, I still play 3.5, so my answer is obvious.

    Well, I still play 3.5, so my answer is obvious.
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    Yeah, when I watched the first episode for the...

    Yeah, when I watched the first episode for the first time, I wasn't convinced that it would become as good as it ultimately would. If it weren't for the cliffhanger ending, I might not have kept...
  46. Usually what I do to get the creative juices...

    Usually what I do to get the creative juices flowing, is to imagine my world as Disneyland. Every location should be unique and interesting, as should every character. Its kind of like going sight...
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    It's a shame Solo was such a flop, because it was...

    It's a shame Solo was such a flop, because it was a pretty entertaining movie.
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    Oh, almost guaranteed. But I think George RR...

    Oh, almost guaranteed. But I think George RR Martin will make the transition a bit more smooth, character motivated and logical, instead of the abrupt character assassination that we got this...
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    They also need to be consistent. We have been...

    They also need to be consistent. We have been shown how accurate or inaccurate the Scorpion is three or four times in the show (one of which was the episode before). And it is always as accurate as...
  50. I came across that one when looking for a good...

    I came across that one when looking for a good representation of a kraken in my pirate campaign. While it is a fantastic looking miniature, it is also large enough as to make me wonder if it still...
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    Ramsay's book counter part is every bit as evil...

    Ramsay's book counter part is every bit as evil as the one on the show. But some of his acts were switched from a character not featured on the show, to one that is; Sansa.
    The show indeed...
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    If there is anything to be learned here, it is...

    If there is anything to be learned here, it is how important George RR Martin's writing was to the success of the show... without that backbone, the show stumbles towards the finish line in a hurry.
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    This episode was one giant character...

    This episode was one giant character assassination. I know that they were trying to build up to Dany's madness, but they had not built it up to the point where killing thousands of innocent...
  54. I would expect cargo to be a hazard. Imagine a...

    I would expect cargo to be a hazard. Imagine a big crane lifting heavy crates that the bad guys can swing towards the players, or use to drop the cargo on their heads.

    Also, I would expect the bad...
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    You left out the best part: Most of Rackham's...

    You left out the best part:

    Most of Rackham's pirates put up little resistance as many of them were too drunk to fight. However, Read and Bonny fought fiercely and managed to hold off Barnet's...
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    16th century fantasy pirates, sailing, sandbox ...

    16th century fantasy pirates, sailing, sandbox

    AKA

    The monster's CR is what now?!
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    106371 Well, there goes the thread...

    106371

    Well, there goes the thread...
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    Yeti's! Make it a crypt with an ice/snow theme.

    Yeti's! Make it a crypt with an ice/snow theme.
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    The entire trailer makes it look like this was...

    The entire trailer makes it look like this was conceived in the 90's. Complete with Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise.
  60. Originally in the books, Bran was able to see...

    Originally in the books, Bran was able to see through the faces of the weirdwood trees. That was how he was able to see his father during the events of the first book. I don't think there is a...
  61. I try to keep a few loose ends on purpose, that...

    I try to keep a few loose ends on purpose, that can then later be filled in when I have a good idea. This allows me to adapt the main plot to what the players are doing.

    For example, I have a...
  62. A ballista can have a huge range, but there's no...

    A ballista can have a huge range, but there's no way they would be that accurate against a moving target at that distance, and that you'd be able to fire them before Dany spotting that entire fleet....
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    Movies are often rated on their own merits, and...

    Movies are often rated on their own merits, and not in comparison to other movies in the series.
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    I greatly enjoyed the movie. It is great to see...

    I greatly enjoyed the movie. It is great to see all the characters deal with the aftermath of Infinity War, and reunited with characters from previous flicks. I also enjoyed fat Thor, and happy they...
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    I'm wondering who the target audience is then....

    I'm wondering who the target audience is then. Certainly not people who like Sonic.
  66. Filthy casuals! :p

    Filthy casuals! :p
  67. I've been running the same campaign for many...

    I've been running the same campaign for many years now, so I think I have quite some experience with setting up plots and plot twists that have to withstand many months before they are actually...
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    I'm currently running an encounter for my pirate...

    I'm currently running an encounter for my pirate campaign that is a ton of fun. The players are trying to access a temple on the bottom of a lake. However, a hybrid between a Beholder and a giant...
  69. She could have just straight up told her that she...

    She could have just straight up told her that she is going to kill the Night King. Why bother talking in mysteries at this point?
    Okay, I get that they're keeping it a surprise for us as an...
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    This entire trailer looks like a YouTube parody....

    This entire trailer looks like a YouTube parody. It could be fascinating to watch just how bad it is. Mark my words, this could be even worse than that Super Mario Bros movie.
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    I think one of my favourite encounters to run for...

    I think one of my favourite encounters to run for my players, was one inside a large treasure vault. A giant metal serpent (an automaton) guarded the treasure, and attacked anyone that laid their...
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    Oh god! The Gangsta's Paradise music, the design...

    Oh god! The Gangsta's Paradise music, the design of Sonic... and I think I literally heard a couple of the jokes flatline...

    This is going to be a glorious trainwreck!
  73. As brought up earlier, I would have loved to see...

    As brought up earlier, I would have loved to see some of the other characters face off against the other White Walkers (several of our heroes have valerian steel swords after all). The way it was...
  74. I take no issue with a DM narrating the thoughts...

    I take no issue with a DM narrating the thoughts of his PC's, as long as it is part of the descriptive process, and the DM is not playing the players' characters for them. So, saying a smell in the...
  75. I'd really rather see a giant squid mini, because...

    I'd really rather see a giant squid mini, because this thing just has an ugly design. The tentacles could be useful though, but again is this the best design they could come up with?
  76. I enjoyed the episode, but the battle tactics...

    I enjoyed the episode, but the battle tactics were very poor. You'd think given how much they already knew about the Whitewalkers, that they'd focus on taking them out. But apart from having Bran in...
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    While I am a big alien(s) fan, I worry that the...

    While I am a big alien(s) fan, I worry that the universe of the movies isn't really diverse and large enough for an RPG.
  78. Simply stating that you attack, is stating an...

    Simply stating that you attack, is stating an approach is it not?

    In my campaigns the combat basically looks like this:

    The player states what they want to do, or what they are attempting to...
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    I am loving the Expanse, and am looking forward...

    I am loving the Expanse, and am looking forward to the new season.
    I have not finished watching Altered Carbon yet. It is really good, but also very dark and depressing (as cyberpunk should be).
  80. And he has a flying dragon.

    And he has a flying dragon.
  81. Sarevok ! I remember him from the videogame. This...

    Sarevok ! I remember him from the videogame. This feels so weird, and I feel so old now. :D
  82. Maybe the Nightking will claim Cersei as his ice...

    Maybe the Nightking will claim Cersei as his ice queen, and they'll go on a very long honeymoon back beyond the remains of the wall.

    Seriously though, if next episode the attack is on King's...
  83. If a check is an auto-fail or an auto-succeed, I...

    If a check is an auto-fail or an auto-succeed, I always disregard the die result. If I say no roll is required, then this requirement doesn't suddenly change because a player decided to roll anyway.
  84. I read that as "Wall of the Banshees", and had a...

    I read that as "Wall of the Banshees", and had a terrifying mental image for a minute. :D
  85. I kinda like this angle. It is probably...

    I kinda like this angle. It is probably incorrect, since they set up the battle at Winterfell so clearly this episode... but it would make for a fantastic turn of events. In Dany's vision, didn't see...
  86. For this I use the rule: Don't introduce a...

    For this I use the rule: Don't introduce a villain, unless you are willing to have him die that very moment. I have two big bads in my campaign, neither of which have directly confronted the players...
  87. I love what the show does with his character, and...

    I love what the show does with his character, and I love the actor that portrays him. He really is a delight to watch.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNQs6bRw8L8
  88. Come to think of it, the next episode could be...

    Come to think of it, the next episode could be the episode when we lose a lot of characters. If there's anything to learn from Game of Thrones, it's that it doesn't follow the traditional fantasy...
  89. I've got to say, I enjoyed this episode a lot...

    I've got to say, I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the previous. The dialogue is sharp and witty, and Lyanna Mormont in armor, hell yeah!
    Also, that scene between Jamie and Brienne was perfect....
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    I use a rare type of fantasy wood in my campaign...

    I use a rare type of fantasy wood in my campaign called Witch-wood. It is dark, flexible, only found in tropical regions, and only on specific islands. It is often used as a component for crafting...
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    "Gents... take a walk!"

    "Gents... take a walk!"
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    Perhaps creating such a construct requires a rare...

    Perhaps creating such a construct requires a rare metal only found in meteorites, but a dragon is guarding a crater left by such an object like a precious treasure.

    Or perhaps a personal object...
  93. That's a shame. Allowing players to one-shot your...

    That's a shame. Allowing players to one-shot your big bad is pretty important in my opinion. Sometimes even a boss can get unlucky on his crucial roll, and that can make for a very memorable moment....
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    I'm rewatching Buffy with a friend who has never...

    I'm rewatching Buffy with a friend who has never seen it before.
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    I own this game, but the novelty wears off fast....

    I own this game, but the novelty wears off fast. I'd almost say the expansion is a required purchase.
  96. I love "save or die" effects, but I use them...

    I love "save or die" effects, but I use them sparingly, and only for high level parties. It's a great way to put some fear into the players when they are about to face a big bad, provided you first...
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    "Size matters not. Judge me by your size do you?"

    "Size matters not. Judge me by your size do you?"
  98. The way I interpret this, is that dragons have...

    The way I interpret this, is that dragons have very accute senses, and are always on the look out for intruders. They don't need a reason to be trying to detect intruders, they are just always on...
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    Am I alone in thinking that this trailer wasn't...

    Am I alone in thinking that this trailer wasn't very exciting? There weren't a whole lot of surprises in it. Almost everyone expected Lando to return, and the emperor has returned before in expanded...
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    PF2 All I care to see in a second edition of...

    All I care to see in a second edition of Pathfinder, is it being compatible with PF1, and smoothing out some of the wrinkles. I don't want a completely new system, and certainly not one that is like...
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