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    4 out of 5 rating for Ghosts of Saltmarsh

    This book is what Tales From the Yawning Portal should have been. Itís not just random adventures slapped together but a series that is connected, both thematically and potentially as a campaign. And...
  2. I don't deserve this. ENWorld has just become a...

    I don't deserve this.
    ENWorld has just become a site I visit to argue and become frustrated. And I think this is the straw.
    So yes, I think I will.
  3. ha... ha... If I get a hardcopy of the...

    ha... ha...

    If I get a hardcopy of the physical book, I won't be happy. As half of that book will be reprinting something else. I'll have paid $80 for the book. Even if I get it at Amazon on a...
  4. They've fixed some typos. What changes have...

    They've fixed some typos.
    What changes have they made to the races and dragon marks?
  5. 70% isn't significant?

    70% isn't significant?
  6. Got it. Mearls lied to us when he said it was...

    Got it.
    Mearls lied to us when he said it was "theoretical".
    Lied. To. Our. Faces.


    Also, the "Some things, like the artificer, races, and basic world info" covers the first 120-pages of...
  7. Will it though? Will it really? Or will it...

    Will it though?
    Will it really?

    Or will it just have a comparable amount of world lore and just include an introductory adventure and some monsters rather than the section on Sharn?
    ...
  8. My reaction was probably similar to a few...

    My reaction was probably similar to a few thousand other people: well, I sure wasted $20 on the DMsGuild.

    As I said elsewhere, I'm disappointed by this.
    We already have Eberron. We could already...
  9. Citation please. Races only. Subclasses...

    Citation please.


    Races only.
    Subclasses were tested far earlier.

    I'd feel better if I liked the current iteration of the artificer. It has a lot of things I dislike.


    Yes. They released...
  10. Just disappointing as we don't get anything new....

    Just disappointing as we don't get anything new. No new races. No new setting on the Guild. Nothing that we didn't already have before...
    They got us to PAY for playtest material with the promise...
  11. Literally nothing. Announced and then they faded...

    Literally nothing. Announced and then they faded to black.
  12. So... they're going with the ONE non-FR classic...

    So... they're going with the ONE non-FR classic setting people already have all the 5e D&D rules for and people paid $20 for just last year rather than literally any other setting.

    That's super...
  13. Here: https://youtu.be/LmEel4spCRc?t=3574 So...

    Here: https://youtu.be/LmEel4spCRc?t=3574


    So either he was mistaken in November when he said there would be a setting book or he was mistaken in January.
    It's very possible they had planned to...
  14. Thanks. And Steward immediately describes...

    Thanks.
    And Steward immediately describes Ravnica as "one of the best selling adventures on DnDBeyond". ;)

    He then says he doesn't know if he'll do any more settings "this year" because they...
  15. Twitch sez: "Sorry. Unless youíve got a time...

    Twitch sez: "Sorry. Unless youíve got a time machine, that content is unavailable."

    But the quote does sound pretty definitive. But, again, he could be referring to a PDF. I'm not willing to put...
  16. Stewart did said they wanted to use Curse of...

    Stewart did said they wanted to use Curse of Strahd as the template for future settings, with an adventure as part of the setting. The fewer racial and class and monster options that are added, the...
  17. Reporting things from Spoilers & Swag without a...

    Reporting things from Spoilers & Swag without a link is always dubious to me. It always turns things into a game of Telephone. Posters here have a loooong history of hearing things they want to hear....
  18. A Print-on-demand book is still a book. This time...

    A Print-on-demand book is still a book. This time last year he talked about two setting books, and one of those was Eberron.


    They also mentioned a gazetteer for the city like Waterdeep received....
  19. Lots of thoughts, one post: Baldur's Gate:...

    Lots of thoughts, one post:

    Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
    The Blood War, baby. A fun focus for an adventure. And devils were the easy bet for a story, as one of the few villain types that...
  20. Using powerful divination magic, I have peered...

    Using powerful divination magic, I have peered ahead into the future to see what the announcement on Sunday will be:


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D65YtjYV4AAkMsv.jpg
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    They all have Earths. ...

    They all have Earths.
    https://fanlore.org/wiki/List_of_Marvel_Universes
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    Fine. :):):):) it. Iím wrong not to like what...

    Fine. :):):):) it. Iím wrong not to like what they did with Thor.
    Letís all laugh at fat people. Ha ha, youíre all lazy, clumsy fat chumps. Gamers are useless cowards. Itís cool that they made a...
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    And then he got another hammer. Which was also...

    And then he got another hammer. Which was also BS.
    Because they have no idea what to do with Thor...
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    Itís a Marvel film. They are a ďcanonĒ for Marvel...

    Itís a Marvel film. They are a ďcanonĒ for Marvel and all part of the same multiverse.

    The regular comic Marvel Universe is Earth-616. Spider-Verse is Earth-1610. The MCU is Earth-199999. The...
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    Which is why I also had him giving up the hammer....

    Which is why I also had him giving up the hammer.

    Besides... not running off to fight and staying behind to rule would be the point or his growth. Having him change from Thor 1 to now and be more...
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    If the story never goes to New Asgard, thereís a...

    If the story never goes to New Asgard, thereís a good reasons why heís not involved. Especially if he gives up the hammer.

    If heís off fighting and saving lives, and thereís a big galactic wide...
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    Then why would we never see him doing what he...

    Then why would we never see him doing what he does?
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    Then why did they wrap up every other character...

    Then why did they wrap up every other character (with the exception of Hawkeye who is getting a TV series). Why not pass on the hammer like they did with the shield?

    If Thor is never in another...
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    I don't want to crap on anyone's lifestyle or...

    I don't want to crap on anyone's lifestyle or choices. Or imply there's only one route to find yourself. But we've seen Thor be the king of Asgard before in the source material, and he's often done a...
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    Yeah. But then there was a SEQUEL. I'm not...

    Yeah. But then there was a SEQUEL.


    I'm not saying it would be easy. But it's also not impossible.
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    Only when thereís no sequels. Yeah.... Iím...

    Only when thereís no sequels.


    Yeah.... Iím pretty sure the con artist who started as a fake hero is scamming Fury.

    You can guess the story pretty easily. Spider-man doesnít want to be the...
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    My problem with the presentation of Thor is...

    My problem with the presentation of Thor is actually largely divorced from his character arc.
    To make my point, let's change one small detail: he's not fat, he's completely drunk.

    Rocket and...
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    But even with the big universe out there, Captain...

    But even with the big universe out there, Captain Marvel still made it back in time for the big final fight.
    If there's a big galaxy threatening problem, you have to wonder why Thor isn't helping. ...
  34. Sure. But after two seasons of Stranger Things...

    Sure. But after two seasons of Stranger Things and the appearances on Big Bang Theory plus the phenomena that is Critical Role over the last two years... where are all these nerds that want to play...
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    Which is rolling back his past character arcs....

    Which is rolling back his past character arcs. And, hey, he's a prince: they seldom get to be who they are expected to be.


    The catch is, that doesn't work for the MCU. Because then you have to...
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    Probably. It was probably a requirement of him...

    Probably. It was probably a requirement of him joining Team Stark.
    Presumably he just didn't need permission to do things like stop muggers and ATM thieves. Citizen arrest type stuff.

    It's a...
  37. By "reprint" I mean "hardcover collection &...

    By "reprint" I mean "hardcover collection & revision". No AP was simply reprinted.
  38. That seems reasonable. But as the game starts...

    That seems reasonable.
    But as the game starts its slow wind down, the first products to see the effects will be 3rd Party stuff, as people will still be more likely to buy official books.

    But,...
  39. Gonna nitpick here. The first volumes of the AP...

    Gonna nitpick here. The first volumes of the AP went out of print in 2013. I snatched up one of the last few copies of the AP back then. It and Skull & Shackles were the APs that went OOP...
  40. Gut feeling. Personal anecdotal evidence. I...

    Gut feeling.
    Personal anecdotal evidence.
    I think people are reaching saturation. I need maybe one good monster book. I think one more subclass book is needed. Maybe the psion. And I have more...
  41. ??? Did you read the presss release? The...

    ???
    Did you read the presss release? The collected edition IS Pathfinder. Just Pathfinder 2. (Because itís coming out a year after PF2ís launch.)

    The 5e component isnít the AP, just a Bestiary...
  42. If the only thing stopping you from running an AP...

    If the only thing stopping you from running an AP is having a physical copy, send the PDFs to a print shop. Get a black-and-White coil bound copy that you can use AND WRITE ON. Hilight, not notes,...
  43. I donít want to make too many predictions......

    I donít want to make too many predictions...
    What I think will happen is marred very much by my innate bitter cynicism and my desire to see Paizo flourish.

    I think Pathfinder 2 will do okay, but...
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    Well, Hawkeye was retired already. So he returns...

    Well, Hawkeye was retired already. So he returns to retirement with his family and has an "end". Back to retirement really. (Although, they're talking about a mini-series on Disney+ to pass the...
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    Endgame... So many thoughts. I wept openly...

    Endgame...

    So many thoughts.

    I wept openly after "Avengers Assemble". I'd wanted that line in the movies for ages and felt a little slighted we didn't get it in Age of Ultron. But, man, this...
  46. I doubt I'll watch season 3 of Discovery. I...

    I doubt I'll watch season 3 of Discovery.
    I gave it two chances. And while it improved in a lot of ways on season 2, the writers just don't seem to know their Star Trek and the plotting and...
  47. Watched the finale. Because I need to "finish"...

    Watched the finale. Because I need to "finish" things.

    I was amused by Philippa Georgiou's defeat of Control. Because I've been repeatedly referring to her as "Space Hitler" this whole season....
  48. There's two big reasons for that. The first...

    There's two big reasons for that.

    The first is they want to retain most of their audience. They're hoping a large percentage of their fans will switch from Pathfinder 1 to Pathfinder 2. And the...
  49. I think it was Zardnaar that pointed out Paizo's...

    I think it was Zardnaar that pointed out Paizo's profits around their peak in 2013 was around 12.7 million (growing from $4.4 million in 2009) with said RPG market being 15 million.But that includes...
  50. Paizoís fans are loyal, but they also listen and...

    Paizoís fans are loyal, but they also listen and engage with the company.
    If Paizoís staff is honest and comes out and says ďwe donít support Edition wars, because weíre all gamers, and these...
  51. I discussed this a lot in a thread in the...

    I discussed this a lot in a thread in the Pathfinder sub forum, where I was discussing 5e conversions and monsters books for Pathfinder.

    I loved the idea, as Pathfinderís APs are significantly...
  52. Plus all the NPCs. And likely anything from...

    Plus all the NPCs. And likely anything from Bestiary 2 or Tomb or Horrors Complete that were included.
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    PF2 Well, that's the funky thing. At no point did...

    Well, that's the funky thing. At no point did WotC purposely stop listening to their fans. During the late days of 3e, WotC just fell into the habit of listening to the forums and believing that the...
  54. Of course they shouldnít use fifty years old...

    Of course they shouldnít use fifty years old sets!!!

    But that doesnít mean the design aesthetic shouldnít be similar. Which later episodes of Discovery seem to do quite well, updating the classic...
  55. PF2 I am curious enough to keep watching. But after...

    I am curious enough to keep watching. But after the set-up and combat, the third episode really needs to focus on the cast getting to know each other: names being exchanged and intraparty dynamics...
  56. Itís probably telling that following the big...

    Itís probably telling that following the big explosive season finale and huge status quo change... what most people are calling for is a Pikerprise series.
  57. You're right. DS9 wins. The first four...

    You're right. DS9 wins.

    The first four episodes of DS9 are amazing. Emissary is the best pilot of any Star Trek show, setting up the conflicts and personalities of all the cast. You walk out of...
  58. For me there are a couple different reasons. ...

    For me there are a couple different reasons.

    One, is that I write a lot of stuff for a Star Trek Adventures fansite (https://continuingmissionsta.com/) and keeping up with Star Trek is part of...
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  60. Looks like it will be in the future for a while:...

    Looks like it will be in the future for a while:
    https://io9.gizmodo.com/alex-kurtzman-talks-the-motivation-behind-that-moment-i-1834190233

    Still, what will they do when they donít have nostalgia...
  61. PF2 Tried the show. It felt a little awkward. I...

    Tried the show. It felt a little awkward.

    I think part of the issue is the absence of any party dynamics.
    We're introduced to the characters in little separate episodes, but that's funky being...
  62. Probably for a bit. It's frustrating that...

    Probably for a bit.
    It's frustrating that they're doing a Star Trek series but seem wholly uninterested in actually making it a Star Trek series.

    It feels like advertising a television show as...
  63. The quotation marks around "fans" and implying...

    The quotation marks around "fans" and implying that we're not fans because we like continuity is an unnecessarily provocative statement. That's just a gauntlet throw down.
    Why not just insult my...
  64. Catching up. Just watched Red Angel. Some good...

    Catching up. Just watched Red Angel.

    Some good moments. Nice scenes. Spock had some great lines.

    But HOLY EFF were there some plot holes.
    The big one was the idea that they needed to keep...
  65. I'll take your word for it... No sillier...

    I'll take your word for it...


    No sillier than "Jedi".
    It just feels silly because it's unfamiliar.


    I was exaggerating with the "100,000 years" line. But it was 25,000 years. With...
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    PF2 Iíll probably check out the PDF for review...

    Iíll probably check out the PDF for review purposes and will cross my fingers that the game is something I want to play.

    It would have been doable to tweak the rules between the playtest.
    ...
  67. I like the idea of something else taking over....

    I like the idea of something else taking over. RotJ was neat, and them returning was cool when they were this mythical unknown. But the prequels really showed the flaws of the Jedi Order. Their...
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    Okay, the text on the next episode sez: The...

    Okay, the text on the next episode sez:


    The Orville Season 2 Episode 14: "The Road Not Taken"

    The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision. (air date: April 25,...
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    We donít know.... It is telling that the ship...

    We donít know....
    It is telling that the ship faded to white without seeing what happened when she went back.

    So the next episode could be status quo everything normal. Or it could be an...
  70. Still havenít gotten back in. But heard about the...

    Still havenít gotten back in. But heard about the finale.
    So... the Discovery is 900 years in the future?

    Do you think theyíll get background their ďpresentĒ?
    Or do you think itís an excuse...
  71. Not really... Rewatching the ďbest ofĒ DS9...

    Not really...

    Rewatching the ďbest ofĒ DS9 right now. Based on this siteís recommendations:
    https://medium.com/maxistentialism-blog/star-trek-deep-space-nine-in-82-5-hours-10acde591fd2

    In the...
  72. Way back on Day One I said: I was wrong...

    Way back on Day One I said:



    I was wrong about the surge following the shows, but I was really close with the final guess.
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    No. She takes her long hair and ties locks from...

    No.
    She takes her long hair and ties locks from either side of her face together under her chin. And then draws on a moustache.
  74. Rian Johnson is off doing his own trilogy. I...

    Rian Johnson is off doing his own trilogy. I imagine it will be largely unrelated.


    I donít disagree. And if it was just the mask I wouldnít mind.
    But they didnít even let Rey customize her...
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    Look at the responses to this tweet:...

    Look at the responses to this tweet:
    https://twitter.com/wizards_dnd/status/1097904200401354752

    People don't want an apology. They want him investigated. They want him fired. They're not going to...
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    They ARE D&D players....

    They ARE D&D players. https://www.girlsgutsgloryrpg.com/ They're just cosplayers who like dressing up when they do it.
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    I don't disagree. And I was one of the people...

    I don't disagree. And I was one of the people shouting and @-ing Mearls to actually apologize.

    Which I regret now, as that contributed to him leaving Twitter (and likely dropping from the Heroes...
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    I was brigaded on Twitter once. It made me...

    I was brigaded on Twitter once. It made me suicidal and drive me from gaming for months.
    Other people have killed themselves over online bullying.

    Hopefully heíll be fine. But it is a serious...
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    You're misremembering. The community only...

    You're misremembering.
    The community only pointed out the asshats AFTER 5e was published. It was because of the credits that the community members contacted Mearls. It was noticed after the Basic...
  80. No. That's why I was disappointed he was back as...

    No. That's why I was disappointed he was back as director. But I was hopeful he'd try harder and bring his A-game.
    InsteadÖ
    Rey rebuilds the destroyed lightsaber exactly like it was.
    And Kylo is...
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    Who? Okay, mistakes were made. WotC dun goofed...

    Who?

    Okay, mistakes were made. WotC dun goofed when they has notorious trolls and asshats Zak S and the RPG Pundit involved in testing the game. That was a failure of researching people and doing...
  82. Ugh. I was there until the laugh. We donít...

    Ugh.

    I was there until the laugh. We donít need Palpatine back. He adds nothing. His story is over.
    This is going to be more Abrams nostalgia-as-a-crutch BS...

    Iím still going to see this in...
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    I'm still loving this show. It's nice to have a...

    I'm still loving this show.
    It's nice to have a show unafraid to do a big two-part event story that adds a dangerous new foes and shakes the accepted status quo. And also smaller shows focusing on...
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    Funny thing, he DID apologize. To one of the...

    Funny thing, he DID apologize. To one of the affected people. In person. And had a long conversation.

    We just didnít see it because it was a personal apology to the person called out and affected...
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    PF2 That tracks with several of Bulhmanís interviews...

    That tracks with several of Bulhmanís interviews on Know Direction. They favoured backwards compatibility whenever possible.
    The Pathfinder RPG wasnít published so much to ďfixĒ the rules as provide...
  86. This may be true now. When 5E launched and WotC...

    This may be true now.
    When 5E launched and WotC has its slow release schedule, there was lots of room. And companies like Green Ronin and Kobold Press have been quick to fill the gaps.
    But the...
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    PF2 Yeah, I wrote that summary on the playtest and...

    Yeah, I wrote that summary on the playtest and then just walked away from the process, not really paying attention. Because they went pretty much in the opposite direction I wanted...

    Resonance...
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    PF2 I briefly included my thoughts in my preview of...

    I briefly included my thoughts in my preview of PF2: http://www.5mwd.com/archives/4964

    Quoting that:

    Before I started reading the Pathfinder 2 rulebook, I thought about what I wanted the game...
  89. Thanks. I can't find an ICv2 breakdown of the...

    Thanks.

    I can't find an ICv2 breakdown of the RPG market at that time (2012). The best I can locate are 2013, 2014 and 2015:...
  90. True. But.... if enough of the fans want...

    True.
    But....
    if enough of the fans want something, then that's probably something the companies should make. That the question of conversion comes up even on non-Paizo focused forums every six...
  91. That's nice.How is my armchair management wrong?...

    That's nice.How is my armchair management wrong? If it's wrong then how about actually pointing out the error rather than resulting to an ad hominem comment?
  92. That didn't feel like a mildly amusing poke. That...

    That didn't feel like a mildly amusing poke. That felt like I was being baited.
  93. But don't take my word for it. Let's actually...

    But don't take my word for it.
    Let's actually look at the numbers.

    Someone was converting Rise of the Runelords to 5e:...
  94. So instead of actually responding to my question...

    So instead of actually responding to my question and offering a counterargument, you just have condescending and insulting sarcasm? C'mon Morrus, you're better than that.Yeah, I'm not a business...
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    Havenít seen the episode but seen pictures. And...

    Havenít seen the episode but seen pictures. And that bridge is amazing.

    Thatís how you do an update of TOS. Itís sleek and modern and looks high tech, but retains the aesthetic and general...
  96. I just pulled a number from my head as an...

    I just pulled a number from my head as an example. $5 per book or $20 for everything sounds reasonable...What they could do is task people to update the APs and then compile the monsters from those...
  97. What? That sales of their Pathfinder Core...

    What? That sales of their Pathfinder Core Rulebook would suffer?
    I don't buy that. It seems like a stretch.

    That implies that people are buying and playing Pathfinder rather than 5e because they...
  98. I have immense respect for them both as well. I...

    I have immense respect for them both as well. I can't even count the number of "Auntie Lisa Story Hour"s I've listened to.

    But you read the forums here. How many people have been GAGGING for more...
  99. No. Iím saying they should have done limited...

    No.
    Iím saying they should have done limited products to take advantage of D&D having itís best year ever (for the third year in a row) to cheaply produce some high interest books to sustain the...
  100. They're also human, and humans do silly...

    They're also human, and humans do silly things.Thirteen years ago, WotC almost killed their business by taking away Dragon magazine. They barely recovered but a year later WotC hit them again by...
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