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  1. Signed - Lance Duncan A change.org petition...

    Signed - Lance Duncan

    A change.org petition probably would be more appropriate.
  2. Have played in game with 14 players, and DMed 11....

    Have played in game with 14 players, and DMed 11.

    I don't find it extremely difficult, just pay attention to what's going on at the table. Having said that though, my desired table size would be 5...
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    When I said it would be easy I didn't mean that...

    When I said it would be easy I didn't mean that it would be physically easy for them to do, but that it's easy to see a solution that based medieval tech that might be somewhat comparable to modern...
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    I finally got around to formalizing my final...

    I finally got around to formalizing my final thoughts on this topic in this blog post.
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    Thanks for all the replies! I've looked at...

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I've looked at some of the discussions that have already taken place here and in other places, but they don't really provide what I'm looking for. I'm looking at...
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    Castles in a D&D/Fantasy setting

    I've been working on developing a castle or fortress that would be able to defend against common threats in fantasy world. Right now I'm trying to make sure I haven't forgotten anything that might...
  7. Thread: BECMI Sheets

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    BECMI Sheets

    I have just uploaded BECMI Sheets to the downloads area.

    Character Sheets for BECMI. There is one for a each class and a generic sheet.

    You can find the file here in the downloads section. ...
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    School is over, and I presented my senior thesis...

    School is over, and I presented my senior thesis on Monday. I've updated the web app, it now has all the different locations in Karameikos. I uploaded the paper to my blog and also a poster map,...
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    So I've updated the web map with all the...

    So I've updated the web map with all the settlements, I should be putting a post up detaining the process sometime tomorrow. I have the symbols for castles and keeps ready, I just need to update the...
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    Finally finished the DEM. From it I was able to...

    Finally finished the DEM. From it I was able to generate a Hillshade and then I layered the DEM over that with a 35% transparancy and equal interval color classification.
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    I've updated the map. There are markers with...

    I've updated the map. There are markers with popups for a few locations now. please check it out and let me know what you think. Keep in mind that it is a work in progress, I could still use input on...
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    The web map...

    The web map is up. right now it is just a basemap composed of a few different replica maps created by Thorf. I wrote a blog post explaining the process.
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    Web map of Mystara

    I am making a web app for Mystara as a final Project for my Geography degree at CSUN. As part of my project I am sending out a survey about the the usefulness of the karameikos map that appeared in...
  14. Alternity was published by tsr

    Alternity was published by tsr
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    Mentzer basic set Castle in DM manual B1- in...

    Mentzer basic set Castle in DM manual
    B1- in search of unknown
    B2- keep on borderlands
    B3- palace of silver princess
    B6- veiled society
    X1- isle of dread
    XL1- quest for the heartstone
    CM2-...
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    The damage is different because the weapon is...

    The damage is different because the weapon is different. The giants are using weapons both sized and designed for them. Damage of human weapons shows the same phenomenon. A two handed sword may look...
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    Damage isn't necessarily assigned by HD or even...

    Damage isn't necessarily assigned by HD or even Dungeon lvl, but by common sense or practicality. Damage is assign by attack/weapon type. This is most apparent among the low levels humanoids. The...
  18. Doesn't the SRD3 already have a name? d20SRD? The...

    Doesn't the SRD3 already have a name? d20SRD? The website is d20SRD.org
  19. Thread: Rolling Dice

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    Rolling Dice

    I was rereading moldvay basic and came across an interesting line on page B4 under How to Use the Dice, "the best way to 'throw' or roll a 4-sided die is to spin it and toss it straight up."

    I...
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    Have you read the books? So much changed in the...

    Have you read the books? So much changed in the movie, that half of this doesn't apply.
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    CSUN game (northridge CA)

    I recently started attending CSUN and was hoping to start a game on or near campus. I'm willing to GM or join a current group. I'll be happy to play pretty much anything. I have experience with all...
  22. You're right, there isn't a big contrast between...

    You're right, there isn't a big contrast between the two methods. The contrast is in the mindset. When I have no explicit abilities on my character sheet that will benefit in a situation, I think...
  23. That is exactly what I meant. They have to pursue...

    That is exactly what I meant. They have to pursue options in the fiction/gameworld that will solve their problem; not resorting to an out of character "what are my skills? Or what is the best way to...
  24. That's not how it works. The things they do to...

    That's not how it works. The things they do to gain bonuses are, as already stated, things that make sense "in the fiction." A player may try to convince an NPC to buy a pie, but if the NPC doesn't...
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    That picture is ingenious! You know if you go...

    That picture is ingenious!

    You know if you go D/M/Y then april 31st(31/4/15) also works.
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    Hexographer is good. But I would also recommend...

    Hexographer is good.
    But I would also recommend rpgmanager.net, it is not just a hex mapper, but also a campaign manager. You can personalize things such as weather, random encounters, a calendar,...
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    just uploaded the pdf, made some slight changes

    just uploaded the pdf, made some slight changes
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    yes, I'm in the process of converting several...

    yes, I'm in the process of converting several character sheets(not just 3.5) from an image to word/pdf, I just finished the 5e pdf. I will probably complete the 3.5 pdf sometime next week.
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    Old School 3e Character

    I have just uploaded Old School 3e Character to the downloads area.

    Third Edition character sheet styled after the old character sheets in the basic set

    You can find the file here in the...
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    Old School 5e Character

    I have just uploaded Old School 5e Character to the downloads area.

    Fifth Edition character sheet styled after the old character sheets in the basic set

    You can find the file here in the...
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    In making my own game I attempted to use a method...

    In making my own game I attempted to use a method that increased skill level based in game usage. That proved to be extremely complicated, so I still use xp. In my game xp represents the things we...
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    I've never seen one, but I think a related and...

    I've never seen one, but I think a related and more important question is: has anyone ever played a serious immortal campaign?
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    I haven't actually used 2e psionics, but from...

    I haven't actually used 2e psionics, but from what I understand its a completely new magic system. So you should be able to import the whole thing without any issue. Most things from AD&D can be...
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    They always show up in the game at some point....

    They always show up in the game at some point. Sometimes they are intelligent, sometimes they are actually giant sized, sometimes they are just a pet or just eating bamboo in the forest. It's become...
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    GIANT PANDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GIANT PANDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This 10th, plus levelsthatwereletters. ...

    This



    10th, plus levelsthatwereletters.

    who needs to play past 10th anyway?
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    I agree, but then there is the debate of is that...

    I agree, but then there is the debate of is that actually a map? which definition of map are you using? could that simply be a painting of san francisco from a viewpoint across the bay? I believe I...
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    This answers the question of: is the map useful? ...

    This answers the question of: is the map useful?
    For you it conveys information at a faster rate than descriptive text.
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    I wasn't trying to claim they did, only that they...

    I wasn't trying to claim they did, only that they were used for navigation primarily(excluding weird pseudo religious world maps).
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    ok, what specifically? Is it just that it is...

    ok, what specifically? Is it just that it is shown as a village more than a town, is it the place names, is it the shrine of luck, is it the ruined manor? The images of the buildings and artwork...
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    ok, this does seem to be true, but after looking...

    ok, this does seem to be true, but after looking up what sense of place signifies on several sites, I don't see any map contributing to sense of place. Sense of place seems more to result from a...
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    Which map gives more of a sense of the place of...

    Which map gives more of a sense of the place of san francisco among the world and which is only useful for navigation?
    62294

    62295

    All maps have a purpose, the first map allow a user to...
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    How is a visual representation not artistic? ...

    How is a visual representation not artistic?



    I was talking about the map providing a "sense of place"

    If I am in a city, say San Francisco, and I want a "sense" of the place, meaning where...
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    true, but then how do they get lost? in the real...

    true, but then how do they get lost? in the real world it is easy to get lost when following directions, whether those include street names or land marks. in an rpg someone gives you directions and...
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    it is not what the village actually looks like,...

    it is not what the village actually looks like, it is an artist's rendering, else why are there colorful rooftops, why is it so easy to differentiate the road and non road, why is the grass so...
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    the point that buildings were labeled, but roads...

    the point that buildings were labeled, but roads were not was to illustrate the inefficacy of the map. you are right in that it is easy to locate the buildings without a road map, which brings us to...
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    from a cartographic point of view: pros ...

    from a cartographic point of view:
    pros
    - leader lines to locations is more useful than numbers and a legend
    - title is easily noticeable, but doesn't hog space
    -...
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    "To take an action in combat, the mule needs its...

    "To take an action in combat, the mule needs its master to
    take an equivalent action to command it to do so"

    Pure Awesome!
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    in addition to what has already been mentioned,...

    in addition to what has already been mentioned, the war rafts of Kron is water based adventure. the majority of the module occurs underwater and there are some expansion rules for underwater...
  50. In my games, alignment refers to the viewpoint of...

    In my games, alignment refers to the viewpoint of the character. I don't have it refer to good or evil, as that can be subjective, instead I only include Lawful, neutral, and chaotic. Not in that the...
  51. like others have noted, I think the player angst...

    like others have noted, I think the player angst can arise more from the setting than from the rules. In the past when I DMed BECMI sometimes a player would try to be a monk and I wouldn't allow it,...
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    This thread contains a poll. most of my games are completely homebrew. I...

    most of my games are completely homebrew. I have/do run modules as is just for fun sometimes or when introducing a new group to dnd. I also use them for inspiration in my own campaigns sometimes,...
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    Not to put down your game, but I think he is...

    Not to put down your game, but I think he is doing this campaign specifically to try out those systems.

    I don't have any experience actually using those systems, I've just read a lot of stuff...
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    as mentioned previously, really emphasize their...

    as mentioned previously, really emphasize their special abilities. each undead has its own. we used to play with zombies that were filled with maggots and if the zombie touched you, then the maggots...
  55. not sure how well it sets up for red hand of...

    not sure how well it sets up for red hand of doom, but b10 is a longer basic adventure, start at level 1, end between 5 and ten depending choices of the pcs.
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    b- if one member of the group sees you and points...

    b- if one member of the group sees you and points you out, then they don't need to make a perception check to see you, they see you because they know where to look.
    c- no, if you have to leave the...
  57. I have run b2 a few times and played it many...

    I have run b2 a few times and played it many more, and each time was a blast. Granted each time we played it it was tweaked to a greater or lesser extent, so it was never really the same adventure....
  58. I agree that a major part of the problem is...

    I agree that a major part of the problem is moving through allied spaces, but also looking at the image, the position of the fighter is not the most advantageous.
    the purpose of a choke point is to...
  59. in my group we haven't really made use of that...

    in my group we haven't really made use of that rule yet because we don't use any kind of grid/visuals so a lot of details get skipped over. However as a GM I wouldn't do that or let the players...
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    This thread contains a poll. that's the difference, combat abilities are...

    that's the difference, combat abilities are specifically spelled out, a wizard or a thief can still fight, just not well. first aid is the most basic application of medical knowledge, not something...
  61. keep on the borderlands- it was in the playtest...

    keep on the borderlands- it was in the playtest packets(or at least eh caves of chaos were), check out dndclassics.com(there are two free pdf adventures for 4e there), I just use old modules, and...
  62. yes, to an extent, it's really up to you. would...

    yes, to an extent, it's really up to you. would they be transported to real world middle ages, where they would be some kind of witch, or would they be transported to real world modern day, where...
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    This thread contains a poll. I think it depends on his roleplaying, and on...

    I think it depends on his roleplaying, and on plot. If you didn't intend for that character to die, then leave it up to the player. if they roleplay a really good prayer, then don't even roll to...
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    i played in a historical campaign a few years ago...

    i played in a historical campaign a few years ago set around 1000 ad. my character was a viking, another was an irish gaelic who collected shrunken heads, and i don't remember the other characters....
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    just because a certain class doesn't wear as much...

    just because a certain class doesn't wear as much armor, doesn't mean their ac should increase with level. light armor lets you use all of the dex bonus, which in some cases can make up for not...
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    I don't think it would be a good idea to have AC...

    I don't think it would be a good idea to have AC increase with level. remember AC stands for armor class. the AC is based primarily on the armor, not on the level of the character. granted there may...
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    I played it once years ago. i remeber it being...

    I played it once years ago. i remeber it being really simple, but still enjoyable. it wasn't super exciting for us and so we've just never gone back to it.
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    I use something similar in my homebrew game. i...

    I use something similar in my homebrew game. i use what i call counts or segments. each action takes a number of segments depending on how fast the action is. a normal action is 4 segments, a quick...
  69. since when is a taking a non combat cantrip vs a...

    since when is a taking a non combat cantrip vs a combat cantrip "suboptimal". why is it less "effective" to follow a character concept instead of maxing out combat abilities. roleplaying is supposed...
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    I haven't actually had a chance to play it yet,...

    I haven't actually had a chance to play it yet, but just from looking at the rules i don't agree with the OP. it seems the only thing that makes spellcasters more complicated would be their spell...
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    if you want the aliens to be different, don't...

    if you want the aliens to be different, don't follow classic examples. most aliens and fantasy races that characters interact with are humanoid in form. they are ussually vertebrates with arms, legs,...
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    there is a program called rpg manager that allows...

    there is a program called rpg manager that allows you to make hex or square maps with names of each tile and a place to write a description. it also allows you to put character stats in a charsheet...
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    Campaign Journals

    When I play any rpg I always keep a record of what happens. I know several other people who also do this, i.e. my sister keeps a character journal from the pov of her character. My records are never...
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    I have played two characters before, i even...

    I have played two characters before, i even played three characters simultaneously once. i found that if you are decent at multitasking you can keep track of everything each character does...
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    you could try Alternity. its a scifi game that...

    you could try Alternity. its a scifi game that was developed by tsr just before they were bought by wizards. its old, and there's not much support for it, but its fun and can handle all the things...
  76. lots of good suggestions already given. if you...

    lots of good suggestions already given. if you want more structured modules, i would say look at some of the b series modules. they are designed for beginner play and most of the creatures should be...
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    probably my favorite module, i don't even...

    probably my favorite module, i don't even remember all the times i have played it, and whether we finished or not it was always fun. that may have to do with the the fact that my dad-the dm- likes to...
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    double post

    double post
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    right now, i am really interested in what dnd...

    right now, i am really interested in what dnd next is trying to do, but at the same time i don't have money to spend on a hobby. i already have all the books for becmi, and find that good enough if i...
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    This thread contains a poll. i'm a sucker for history too, and nowhere in...

    i'm a sucker for history too, and nowhere in history do you hear of a guy who is anything like the dnd bard. the least common aspect of the bard is the fighting ability. they shouldn't have any more...
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    no, it is not that everyone else gets bonuses, it...

    no, it is not that everyone else gets bonuses, it is the fact that you now need bonuses to function normally. The ability score was used for situations that hadn't been planned for. you want to jump...
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    Some of those ideas have been done in other...

    Some of those ideas have been done in other modules, they would just need to fixed up for the new edition. i've played in games with dragons at 3rd level with the help of the town and without. most...
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    in the past i have played in games with an...

    in the past i have played in games with an appointed leader. they were usually chosen because of their high charisma score. in the past few years though we don't usually have a leader, and every one...
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    i would if it weren't so expensive. i really want...

    i would if it weren't so expensive. i really want to get the blackmoor and greyhawk books though, if nothing else
  85. There is a completely different feel for monsters...

    There is a completely different feel for monsters now than back then. I remember when i was younger we would not know what a monster was or how to defeat it, unless it was common like orcs, goblins,...
  86. yeah, we play every saturday starting at...

    yeah, we play every saturday starting at 10ish(am) if we have enough people there on time. we wont be having a game this saturday because my sister is getting married. e-mail me at...
  87. Hi, my name is Lance, in citrus heights. I have...

    Hi, my name is Lance, in citrus heights. I have just restarted an old campaign after being gone for a couple years and would be happy to have you come! we are currently playing a homebrew game i made...
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