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  1. I include the GM as a player for these purposes. ...

    I include the GM as a player for these purposes. If even that person is sitting there looking at the game and not able to understand the magic, that person won’t run the game.

    People have been...
  2. Designing a magic system that feels magical may...

    Designing a magic system that feels magical may be impossible. Personally, I’ve NEVER seen an RPG magic system that felt numinous, largely because they all have to fit into the RPG system and be...
  3. Arson Fire at Kyoto Animation Studio

    So far, 33 confirmed casualties.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/asia/kyoto-animation-fire-intl-hnk/index.html
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    How many different kinds of geek ARE there? How...

    How many different kinds of geek ARE there? How many can be symbolized with a smallish icon?

    I mean, gamers could be represented by a d20, but what about tech geeks? Fans of sci if? CosPlayers?...
  5. You can...if you do it without a plan, without...

    You can...if you do it without a plan, without control, without intellect.

    OTOH, if you use your mind before attacking the canvas......
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    http://i.imgur.com/NZBSXa3.jpg Made salads for...

    http://i.imgur.com/NZBSXa3.jpg

    Made salads for dinner again. My usual suspects were included: spinach, San Marzanos, carrots, celery, green onion, portobello slices, salami, chicken and ham.
    ...
  7. Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from...

    Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from Doctor Who as a missed opportunity in that regard. While they are made to look like angels, their faces are mostly fairly masculine, while angels are...
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    Yeah, that’s a good suggestion. Anyone who saw...

    Yeah, that’s a good suggestion. Anyone who saw yours and had participated in a prior thread would likely post a link to it!
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    Welcome and good luck!

    Welcome and good luck!
  10. Even that term was more an exception than a rule,...

    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters,...

    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters, Thieves and Assassins. NPC Dwarves were limited to 8th level. All races except Half-Orcs were unlimited as Thieves, who were instead unlimited as...
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    You might want to check that: dwarves could be...

    You might want to check that: dwarves could be Clerics, too. (In addition, when the classes were added, they could be alchemists and psionicists as well.)

    Also, every race had at least one class...
  13. Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to...

    Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to stick. Just like “man” became a synonym for humanity, the male-rooted “Android” became the term for human-stimulant artificial life. Nobody seemed...
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    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The...

    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The last half of the trip was behind the Iron Curtain- it was still a thing, then- and I ran out of my antiperspirant halfway through the trip. “No...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9aM_dT5VMI ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9aM_dT5VMI



    We also smell different from Europeans, IME. Americans- of both genders- tend to favor detergents, soaps and perfumes with floral or powdery...
  16. He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick,...

    He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick, right down to my lantern-jawed illustration thereof. Instead of a mask and antennae, he wore heavy rider goggles and a military style helmet (with...
  17. How about Uluru...

    How about Uluru
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/image/8310648-3x2-700x467.jpg

    Devil’s Tower...
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    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade...

    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade pidgin or constructed language (like Esperanto), the most common primary/secondary language in the world (think Greek, Latin, French, and English, in...
  19. Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like......

    Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like...
    “Furries, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ‘em!”
  20. Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:

    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
  21. See also Spelljammer.

    See also Spelljammer.
  22. I do not recall having done so, but I have played...

    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so.

    ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
  23. In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about...

    In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about the Golden Gate Bridge, there is also Japan’s “Suicide Forest”:

    AOKIGAHARA...
  24. Wish I had the time...

    Wish I had the time...
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    Police believe they have found the remains of...

    Police believe they have found the remains of missing actor, Charles Levin.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/body-missing-actor-charles-levin-213243258.html
  26. I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve...

    I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve played in and run games with very strict species limitations- at least one that was human only.

    IME:

    1) sometimes race matters a great deal,...
  27. I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much...

    I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much passed down from my Dad. IME, there’s a decent grain of truth in the comic, enough that I find the barb amusing. But there WERE also many authors who...
  28. Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a...

    Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a major part.

    While he does have his devices all set to auto-join and routinely signed into the 3 wi-fi networks I mentioned, he was having problems...
  29. I appreciate the suggestions. I used to live...

    I appreciate the suggestions.

    I used to live in Irving. It’s the Dallas suburb just south of Coppell- my current suburb of residence.

    I’ve lived in the D/FW Metroplex since 1982: I know what’s...
  30. Well, like I said, part of the reason was...

    Well, like I said, part of the reason was communication. I have continued to text & email one guy in particular, but he has been very spotty about responding. I was invited to- and attended- the...
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    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in...

    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in various games. Some were as simple as rune-carved sticks or staves. Others were as unusual as tattoos or even arrays of beads made of various...
  32. I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**,...

    I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**, though I don’t know if he’s set for auto-join. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on his employer’s system.



    * he is the one who most recently reset...
  33. I get that...but I’m still at something of a...

    I get that...but I’m still at something of a loss, here.

    We have a pretty good wi-fi system here, and I know he uses it. He has wi-fi at his place of employment. He has wi-fi at his mother’s...
  34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPtMgsN8Tpo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPtMgsN8Tpo
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    Emily Hartridge has died....

    Emily Hartridge has died.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/europe/youtuber-emily-hartridge-death/index.html
  36. Mobile Device Data Plans Vs “Power Users”

    I use my mobile devices for many hours a day, but I am usually on Wi-Fi. I am part of a group plan, and I typically use between 1-3GB/mo.

    One person on the plan uses more data than everyone else...
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    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a...

    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a light source that can’t start a fire is going to be handy when you’re on the water, surrounded by all kinds of flammables. Warding spells against fire...
  38. After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I...

    After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I haven’t played since...2016? 2017? No significant gaps besides this current dry spell.

    The why? Well, I sort of had a falling out with my game group...
  39. Which reminds me......

    Which reminds me...
    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2006/10/27/arts/27brid.650.jpg
    The Bridge is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge, in particular, its status as the #1 location in the...
  40. What Would Peter Parker Do?

    What Would Peter Parker Do?
  41. The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. ...

    The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. Good one to use.
  42. When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of...

    When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of Knossos, the palace of King Minos of Crete. Years later, I photocopied the map from the tourist material onto graph paper to use as a dungeon.

    I also...
  43. Sounds like a memory was made. :) P.S.: wag...

    Sounds like a memory was made. :)


    P.S.: wag of the finger at theft. :(
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    See also this thread:...

    See also this thread:
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?557176-Pages-from-the-Royal-Chef-s-Cookbook
  45. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5v8pl3CqI1r4tlx...

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5v8pl3CqI1r4tlx4o1_r1_250.gif

    (Had to be said.)
  46. Have a good time!

    Have a good time!
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    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest...

    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of...
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    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp...

    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp Thing from the 1990s) that took all the plant-themed Drift mutations. We were leveling up our characters when the campaign imploded. I had planned...
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    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is...

    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas.

    Every gaming convention I’ve been to- GenCon isn’t one- has been overwhelmingly white and...
  50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg

    One of the funniest scenes from that show.
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    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage... (All...

    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage...

    (All that other stuff is an illusion. ;) )
  52. Especially if they try flying by jumping off a...

    Especially if they try flying by jumping off a cliff or building while flapping their arms really fast.
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    Well......

    Well......
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    There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of...

    There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of character development in that series.


    Not just intrinsic, inseparable in some cases. Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” was turned into a script for...
  55. Well, given that his company had: I’m...

    Well, given that his company had:


    I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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    Neon. Men in pastels. Men not wearing socks....

    Neon.
    Men in pastels.
    Men not wearing socks.
    Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up.
    Guns.
    Hot cars.
    Hotter women.
    A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.*
    Action.
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    Jim Bouton has died....

    Jim Bouton has died.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/us/jim-bouton-ball-four-author-dies/index.html
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    Well, the largest Ammonite fossil on record was...

    Well, the largest Ammonite fossil on record was over 8’ across, and belonged to the Genus Parapuzosia and would have weighed over 3000lbs when life....
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    This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s. ...

    This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qZOmcMwpgM
  60. Hmmm... Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s...

    Hmmm...


    Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s Second Law, a.k.a. Stugeon’s Revelation. However...



    Not that those are or should be immune from criticism, but the more I read that sentence,...
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    I want to clarify my view, based on some of the...

    I want to clarify my view, based on some of the other responses in this thread.

    Many of my favorite systems- HERO, 3.X, etc,- are great for simulating a wide variety of settings with little or no...
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    It has to do with being a representative sample...

    It has to do with being a representative sample and the bias that self-selection introduces to the data collection process. It won’t have nearly as random a selection of hobby participants as data...
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    This sentence puzzles me. Because I don’t know...

    This sentence puzzles me. Because I don’t know your opinion of haggis, I don’t know your opinion of D&D ;)
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    Most of the complexity of HERO is in PC...

    Most of the complexity of HERO is in PC creation/advancement, anyway. Once you do that, you can usually play without touching the rulebook more than a few times per session...as a group.
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    I play other RPGs to experience something besides...

    I play other RPGs to experience something besides the default D&D experiences. Different magic systems, different settings, different genres.

    Even though D&D was my gateway to the hobby in ‘77...
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    I can’t speak to new gamers, but I bet the...

    I can’t speak to new gamers, but I bet the sentiment against such a move would be strong with veteran D&D players. I know some who get annoyed with the lack of extra attacks in other systems.
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    I need to know more than that!

    I need to know more than that!
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    Parthenocissus sicarius The shelled...

    Parthenocissus sicarius



    The shelled ancestors & cousins of the unshelled cephalopods are ammonites and nautiloids, respectively. Never heard the “druids of the sea” term, though.

    Are you...
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    Rip Torn has died. ...

    Rip Torn has died.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rip-torn-men-black-larry-024010680.html
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    Is it just me, or would “The Uncanny Valley” be a...

    Is it just me, or would “The Uncanny Valley” be a good name for a robot western?
  71. FWIW, I don’t use the app.

    FWIW, I don’t use the app.
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    Makes sense to me!

    Makes sense to me!
  73. I get a lot of crafts stuff on Etsy- jewelry and...

    I get a lot of crafts stuff on Etsy- jewelry and leather goods, mostly. Reasonably priced, too.

    But I can see how something emulating a copyrighted piece might be off or pricey.
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    Yep! That’s several pages different for me! ...

    Yep! That’s several pages different for me!


    Given this:

    Elementum medeisimpuritia superior
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    I watch reruns all the time...well...often. ...

    I watch reruns all the time...well...often. Movies, TV shows, both.
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    I’m not seeing it. ENWorld may be displaying...

    I’m not seeing it. ENWorld may be displaying differently on our respective devices. Get the post #.
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    Can you find it?

    Can you find it?
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    Have we done mudmen yet? If not, tell me about...

    Have we done mudmen yet? If not, tell me about those.
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    The body of Florijana Ismaili has been found....

    The body of Florijana Ismaili has been found.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/03/football/swiss-footballer-italy-found-intl-scli-spt/index.html
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    Depends on the game, campaign, character and...

    Depends on the game, campaign, character and group. Sometimes I don’t bother thinking about it because it won’t matter to anyone.

    Other times I really get into it, and all of the magic a PC has...
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    Draco scopulum

    Draco scopulum
  82. “there is something very, very skewed about your...

    “there is something very, very skewed about your lifestyle”
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    Well, a straight translation of garden gnome...

    Well, a straight translation of garden gnome would be Gnomus hortus.
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    If they can live in any kind of water, yes. But...

    If they can live in any kind of water, yes. But if they’re exclusive to flowing fresh water, then “fluvius” for the species name. If they can be found in lakes and ponds, then “lacus” or “lacuna”...
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    Draco praefoveo

    Draco praefoveo
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    David Gordon Johnson has died....

    David Gordon Johnson has died.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/21/us/missing-automotive-writer-trnd/index.html
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    Chris Cline has died....

    Chris Cline has died.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/05/us/billionaire-chris-cline-dies-bahamas/index.html
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    George Edmondson Jr. has died....

    George Edmondson Jr. has died.
    https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/27121155/florida-famous-cheerleader-mr-two-bits-dies
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    Frank Meza has been found dead....

    Frank Meza has been found dead.
    https://abc7.com/sports/70-year-old-disqualified-la-marathon-runner-found-dead/5379340/
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    ...which would make niads Feia spirituaquus

    ...which would make niads Feia spirituaquus
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    For dryads, then: Feia spirituquercus

    For dryads, then: Feia spirituquercus
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    Khalid Al Qasimi has died....

    Khalid Al Qasimi has died.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/middleeast/khalid-al-qasimi-death-gbr-intl/index.html
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    If you saw me in person... Warning: evoked...

    If you saw me in person...
    Warning: evoked disturbing image

    http://i.imgur.com/H4h7BIs.jpg
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    Take a quick look and get back to me. This,...

    Take a quick look and get back to me.

    This, BTW, is part of why I suggested you make a post aggregating all the ones done. Keeps us from reinventing the wheel.

    Edit: a couple of posts above...
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    I forget- did we do dryads?

    I forget- did we do dryads?
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    Y’all crack me up! (FWIW, that’s the...

    Y’all crack me up!






    (FWIW, that’s the plural “me”...’cause I’m fat.)
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    Arcanopistrus psiteuthis Malus canceri ...

    Arcanopistrus psiteuthis


    Malus canceri

    Can you tell me more?


    Quercus Carnivora
  98. Three lefts sets you up for a right hook.

    Three lefts sets you up for a right hook.
  99. https://memegenerator.net/img/instances/28495491.j...

    https://memegenerator.net/img/instances/28495491.jpg
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    Keep yukkin’ it up, and we’ll launch another wave...

    Keep yukkin’ it up, and we’ll launch another wave of culture bombs at you. Dallas, Baywatch, NFL/MLB games, Jersey Shore, the Dumb & Dumber franchise*...you think that’s all we got?






    *...
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