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  1. Slaying a deity is pure high-level AD&D 1e play....

    Slaying a deity is pure high-level AD&D 1e play. I think I had a barbarian that defeated Ares at some point. Because Deities & Demigods/ Legends & Lore was just an extra Monster Manual, right?
  2. In my gaming group, clerics stuck to blunt...

    In my gaming group, clerics stuck to blunt weapons in the old days, maces and hammers. Pretty sure we considered morningstars to be verboten as well.

    Only one person played a monk back then, and...
  3. My BECMI campaign had a few characters hit...

    My BECMI campaign had a few characters hit Immortal status, but I don’t really remember much of the actual sessions. I think I cribbed/copied a fair bit from Dragonlance, complete with Fizban showing...
  4. Yeah, the presence of this at Target is a big...

    Yeah, the presence of this at Target is a big step in market visibility, potentially. If successful, it opens the door to further promotions. One begins to see visions of a Dungeons and Dragons...
  5. This sounds pretty darn cool. When I was all of...

    This sounds pretty darn cool. When I was all of nine years old and getting into D&D, having a one-DM, one-player adventure model would’ve been great. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a twin, and while...
  6. I finished Swanwick’s “The Iron Dragon’s...

    I finished Swanwick’s “The Iron Dragon’s Daughter.” It was okay. It started off really spectacular, with this industrial-urban fantasy set-up. But somewhere around the middle, it started to meander,...
  7. Though Origins’ dealers room felt more crowded,...

    Though Origins’ dealers room felt more crowded, with more booths, the halls didn’t feel as crowded. Maybe it’s just that the new pre-registration/registration area was better-organized, but based on...
  8. I also suspect that Demon Lords might be involved...

    I also suspect that Demon Lords might be involved in Descent into Avernus. The Dwarven Forge miniature diorama at D&D Live had a prominent Demogorgon mini on it, too. Granted, it might have just...
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    Can't argue there. They're both capable of being...

    Can't argue there. They're both capable of being witty and laugh-so-hard-you-cry funny. "The Germans" is possibly the funniest television episode in existence.
  10. I’d also include the Dragonlance Legends trilogy....

    I’d also include the Dragonlance Legends trilogy. And heck, I’d even say that it’s the stronger work for the smaller cast of characters.

    The Dragonlance series is a comfort food read, absolutely....
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    As a 90s Goth, no matter how bad Keanu Reeves’...

    As a 90s Goth, no matter how bad Keanu Reeves’ accent was in it, I will always love that movie. And to be fair, Harker generally seems to get the short end of the stick (stake?) in the other...
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    I heard some speculation on Keanu being eyed for...

    I heard some speculation on Keanu being eyed for Doctor Doom. Personally, I think Christoph Waltz would be pretty awesome in the role. But regardless of who they cast, they need someone who can act...
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    If you asked Young Ralif about the future of pop...

    If you asked Young Ralif about the future of pop culture, he might have predicted a second Star Wars trilogy, but certainly not a third. Never in a million years would he have guessed that a major...
  14. Read the D&D 4e books, swore I wouldn’t play it....

    Read the D&D 4e books, swore I wouldn’t play it. Ended up playing it, then DMing a campaign that lasted years. I still stand by my original assessment, but hey, it’s what my friends wanted to play. ...
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    Like Dannyalcatraz, I've mostly just played...

    Like Dannyalcatraz, I've mostly just played Stormbringer and other Runequest-adjacent games. But I know there are many that think the world of Runequest.

    As for the Witcher RPG, it's based on the...
  16. And I wonder how many of those that played...

    And I wonder how many of those that played anti-paladins actually abided by the cowardice rules they were subject to...
  17. With you on this. I will never play a paladin...

    With you on this. I will never play a paladin that isn’t LG. Murderhobo paladins are like nails on a chalkboard for me.

    As for other fluff, I don’t miss too much. Maybe bearded dwarven women?
  18. Finished Klages' Passing Strange. An elegant...

    Finished Klages' Passing Strange. An elegant tale, with just enough light fantasy and pulp magazine references to keep it genre.

    Now it's Michael Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter.
  19. I can read without my glasses, but some of the...

    I can read without my glasses, but some of the tiny fonts used are just maddening – it’s like, publisher, you do know humans are supposed to be able to read this and enjoy themselves, right?
    ...
  20. As much as I respect groups that have kept the...

    As much as I respect groups that have kept the same campaign going for multiple decades, I think that that’s not always a good thing. This struck me particularly with the other ongoing group in...
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    There are lots of things that go into making a...

    There are lots of things that go into making a great GM, a lot of which has already been mentioned here. I’ll say that a great GM is one that works to lift the PCs up while also challenging them just...
  22. This sounds like it’ll be an interesting read....

    This sounds like it’ll be an interesting read. The West End Games Star Wars RPG existed at an interesting time, perhaps unique to all the other Star Wars RPGs that have come since.

    Back when I...
  23. What, you mean you don’t refer to PCs as...

    What, you mean you don’t refer to PCs as “grabbers,” “polers,” “crossers,” and “gwimmers?”
  24. I just want to point out that the next listable...

    I just want to point out that the next listable after that one that comes up for me is "9 Different Ways To Say “Stupid.”"

    Metagaming is a form of cheating, but I think it boils down to how you...
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    The “that I’ve never played” part definitely...

    The “that I’ve never played” part definitely winnows the list down a lot. I’m going to go with Titansgrave. Sure, I keep meaning to run it, but have yet to get around to it. Maybe next campaign… I...
  26. The only time I can remember seeing torture used...

    The only time I can remember seeing torture used by a PC in-game was at an AL game at a con that I was playing in, by a paladin that essentially waterboarded a defeated foe. I know paladins don’t...
  27. Finished up Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. It really...

    Finished up Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. It really is a deep dive and gives some wonderful insights into his works and the history of Middle-earth.

    Now I’m onto Passing Strange, a novella by Emily...
  28. On the converse, my gaming group back then was...

    On the converse, my gaming group back then was pretty oblivious to any disgruntlement over the removal of demons, devils, half-orcs, and assassins. We were young enough that we just thought it was...
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    Nice! I can totally picture that as panels from...

    Nice! I can totally picture that as panels from the Judge Dredd comic.

    The only time I’ve run a game at a con was totally by accident. The GM no-showed for the event and since I knew the game...
  30. Somehow, this whole incident just gets more and...

    Somehow, this whole incident just gets more and more sordid.
  31. My recollection is that there are a few, but most...

    My recollection is that there are a few, but most of them are mid-to-high CR.
  32. Okay, so I really don't buy that YouTube...

    Okay, so I really don't buy that YouTube alternate account of events. It's the channel of James Desborough, whom a brief Google search shows to be exactly the sort of person you'd expect to come to...
  33. I have not. I can't say the whole Lad Culture...

    I have not. I can't say the whole Lad Culture genre does much for me.
  34. Ewww. Not sure I buy that account, either,...

    Ewww.

    Not sure I buy that account, either, but saying "no, they were just covered in poo; it was supposed to be funny" isn't a great defense. That's not mature content, that's immature content!
    ...
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    3e is worth giving a shot – it lived on for years...

    3e is worth giving a shot – it lived on for years after its demise in Pathfinder, after all. But ff you’re going through older editions, I’d put OD&D, BECMI, 1e, and 2e ahead of all the others, for...
  36. Honestly, I just heard of X-Cards about a week or...

    Honestly, I just heard of X-Cards about a week or two ago on the Behold Her podcast. But the idea is something I've been thinking about ever since.
  37. I’m not a Magic player, but this is still pretty...

    I’m not a Magic player, but this is still pretty exciting. Bardel looks to have done work on The Dragon Prince, Bob’s Burgers, Teen Titans Go!, and Rick & Morty, amongst other things.
  38. I fear that’s a part of it. Like, I couldn’t...

    I fear that’s a part of it. Like, I couldn’t imagine having the chutzpah to show up to a con game table that was 50% women and play a pole dancer-bard, complete with a miniature to match (true story,...
  39. All three of these products are ones I regularly...

    All three of these products are ones I regularly use in my campaigns. Kobold Press knows their monsters, that's for sure. And Arcanis has some really cool magic items.
  40. I would concur with starting with Prince of...

    I would concur with starting with Prince of Thorns. Jorg Ancrath is a great and vicious character.
  41. What are you Reading? Jejune June 2019 edition

    New month, new thread!

    I just finished Sumner-Smith's Radiant. The worldbuilding got a little muddled now and then, but the story and conclusion were great.

    Next up is a re-read of Tolkien's...
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    Same – if I make a mistake with a ruling I’ll...

    Same – if I make a mistake with a ruling I’ll totally cop to it next session. Sometimes I’ll even tell the group “this is my ruling right now, but I will do some research and provide an authoritative...
  43. Same. I loved those games. Heck, I still have my...

    Same. I loved those games. Heck, I still have my PS2, and from time to time think about hooking it back up to play through them.
  44. Yeah, I’m glad these sorts of luxury products...

    Yeah, I’m glad these sorts of luxury products (see also Beadle & Grimm's, of which I did splurge on the silver Saltmarsh release) exist, even if I can't really justify that expense most of the time....
  45. Hands down, my answer to these sorts of questions...

    Hands down, my answer to these sorts of questions will always be a new Manual of the Planes. Sure, I've got, what, three of those already. But I could always use another.

    Another one I wouldn't...
  46. "If you thought The Human Centipede was shocking,...

    "If you thought The Human Centipede was shocking, get ready for The Human Dice Tray!"
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    We used the death at -10 rule in 2e. Psionics...

    We used the death at -10 rule in 2e.

    Psionics were absolutely a mess in 2e, but I got lucky in that the only player interested in them never abused the system.

    I will always have a soft spot...
  48. Cool; I've got this sitting on my Kindle, waiting...

    Cool; I've got this sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I loved Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy.
  49. Never had a copy of Deities & Demigods. We...

    Never had a copy of Deities & Demigods. We borrowed a copy from the library back in the day (oddly being one of the only D&D hardcovers they had that wasn't marked as missing, likely stolen, other...
  50. That series opens up more and more with each...

    That series opens up more and more with each successive re-read.
  51. For me, that first page hook is pretty important....

    For me, that first page hook is pretty important. So much of my decision to purchase one book over another is based on that opening salvo, whether buying at a brick and mortar shop or on Amazon.
    ...
  52. If you dig Doctor Strange, I’d recommend The...

    If you dig Doctor Strange, I’d recommend The Doctor Strange Epic Collection. It covers his earliest appearances and comics, and is a blast of Stan Lee/ Steve Ditko goodness.
  53. Generally, I tell my players that they are not...

    Generally, I tell my players that they are not allowed to roll dice against other PCs. No attacks, no persuasion or deception rolls, etc. If a PC wants to do something like throw another PC into a...
  54. Finished reading Howard and DeCamp’s Conan the...

    Finished reading Howard and DeCamp’s Conan the Adventurer. I’ve mixed feelings on it. But I find myself still being drawn back to REH’s writing.

    I also finished reading Time Life Books Enchanted...
  55. Yeah, I thought so, too! It's practically like...

    Yeah, I thought so, too! It's practically like she stepped right off the cover of The Rise of Tiamat.
  56. Cosigned on both of those. As much as I love...

    Cosigned on both of those. As much as I love Tolkien, the rules just got in the way and it ended up feeling like just a weird, complicated D&D, rather than the world of Middle-Earth.

    By the time...
  57. Same. She looks awesome and tough as nails. I...

    Same. She looks awesome and tough as nails. I really hope this movie breaks the Terminator franchise slump.
  58. Maybe. From what I understand, part of the reason...

    Maybe. From what I understand, part of the reason Benioff and Weiss got the job was that they correctly guessed Jon's true parentage when they first met with GRRM. I see no reason why they would've...
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    The crafting rules are totally right out of the...

    The crafting rules are totally right out of the videogame, too.

    My impression is that it would work better as a mini-campaign, too. We did a year-long play of an asymmetrical RPG (The Dresden...
  60. Honestly, Young Griff I actively don't want to...

    Honestly, Young Griff I actively don't want to hear more about. The whole addition of that plot got my goat, as all I could see was one more thread that GRRM would have to struggle with.

    Lady...
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    For me, The Gamers live shows are a must....

    For me, The Gamers live shows are a must. Rib-achingly funny. And if you can get into a game with the creator, that’s often a lot of fun.

    Insoles for your shoes or boots make a difference. There’s...
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    Engaging in some minor necromancy – I just picked...

    Engaging in some minor necromancy – I just picked up the Witcher RPG yesterday. While it’s a little more fiddly than I would normally like, it’s less so than I expected, and less complicated the...
  63. I have read each of the books multiple times....

    I have read each of the books multiple times. Still can't say that I'm burning up at the thought of knowing what happens with Skahaz Shavepate.
  64. Finished reading Weis and Hickman's Dragon Wing....

    Finished reading Weis and Hickman's Dragon Wing. Honestly, it held up a lot better than I had expected.

    I can remember, almost 20 years ago, being displeased with the treatment of the Gegs. But...
  65. "if nothing else, the readers will learn what...

    "if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant,...
  66. This thread contains a poll. Same. Even a simple +1 longsword becomes that...

    Same. Even a simple +1 longsword becomes that much cooler when you describe it as being made from a single bone and that you hear whispers when you draw it. Even if it doesn't have a mechanical...
  67. I'd love to see them explore the more remote...

    I'd love to see them explore the more remote sections detailed in A History of Ice and Fire, like Asshai. And the Dance of Dragons would make for a great, if expensive, tale.
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    Nice! The only same player I've had for about...

    Nice! The only same player I've had for about that long is my twin brother, because we're stuck with each other.
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    We did a re-watch prior to the final season, and...

    We did a re-watch prior to the final season, and yeah, there's tons of "that person's dead, that's person's dead. All these people are dead."

    I know it'll never happen, but I'd love to see the...
  70. And that's one of the main things I appreciate...

    And that's one of the main things I appreciate about the ending and this season - we didn't get entirely what we expected. I certainly would've lost the betting pool on Bran becoming king.

    The...
  71. Stupid Awesome is right! My brother and, when we...

    Stupid Awesome is right! My brother and, when we heard about these things, both started grinning like goons (we had both had a few drinks at that point, since we had made the stream event into a...
  72. Nice. And that it's for charity, too! After it...

    Nice. And that it's for charity, too!

    After it came out that Colbert, for all his unabashed nerdery, hadn't played in long years, I kinda figured it was only a matter of time before he showed up...
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    This thread contains a poll. I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. A friend of...

    I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. A friend of mine posted a link to this old article, chronicling the reaction to news of Michael Keaton’s casting:
    ...
  74. "Go directly to hell, heretic; do not pass go, do...

    "Go directly to hell, heretic; do not pass go, do not collect $200"
  75. That would be a seriously crazy set-up. I'm...

    That would be a seriously crazy set-up. I'm super-excited at the prospect of seeing more of the Nine Hells detailed out for 5e and some extraplanar travelling.

    As for the leaked Rick &...
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    I'd add Vampire: The Masquerade to the list. Say...

    I'd add Vampire: The Masquerade to the list. Say what you want about it's current sorry state, but for my group, it really changed how we thought about our characters and brought them to life.
    ...
  77. Troll scared me as a kid, I'll admit. But upon a...

    Troll scared me as a kid, I'll admit. But upon a recent re-watch, it's held up better than I would've thought for a Charles Band cheapie.

    Anyway, yeah, that's a pretty cool car commercial. Not...
  78. Heh, close enough! Back in the old Goth scene...

    Heh, close enough!

    Back in the old Goth scene days, pseudonyms very much like that one were everywhere. Heck, there are still some friends that refer to me by my old stage name now and then.
  79. I'm reminded of the old Dragon magazine article...

    I'm reminded of the old Dragon magazine article "Whaddaya Mean, Jack the Samurai?!"

    I feel bad if anyone out there has a character named Ember Ravenshadow.
  80. Thanks! I try to focus on people having fun...

    Thanks! I try to focus on people having fun (including myself). But it's also a continual work in progress, and I'm always trying to learn new tricks.
  81. I think it was one of the Critical Role folks...

    I think it was one of the Critical Role folks that said their trick to NPCs was the Seven Dwarves method. Pick one of the seven dwarves (dopey, sneezy, grumpy, etc…) and then decide whether your...
  82. As a DM and a player, I tend to focus a lot on...

    As a DM and a player, I tend to focus a lot on voices. To me, how a character speaks is the key to cracking their personality.

    At my home games, I always have music going. Generally it’s some sort...
  83. They talk a lot about Parkinson, and interview...

    They talk a lot about Parkinson, and interview his son a fair bit.

    His was a sad loss, to be sure.
  84. Maybe there was some sort of non-compete clause...

    Maybe there was some sort of non-compete clause in their original Dragon/Dungeon magazine contract?

    Or maybe they were already putting out so much content that a magazine seemed superfluous?

    As...
  85. I backed this on Kickstarter, and have watched it...

    I backed this on Kickstarter, and have watched it twice now. As far as I’m concerned, this is a must-watch for any D&D fan. It’s an amazing document of both old and new D&D art and artists. The...
  86. This. It's possible to enjoy something and still...

    This. It's possible to enjoy something and still be critical of it. There are parts of Game of Thrones that I think could be done better, but I still love the show.

    Hatewatching only feeds fandom...
  87. As much as it would be awesome to see the last...

    As much as it would be awesome to see the last two books come out quickly once the series came out, I don’t think that’s likely. His last two books took, what 11 years to write, and he’s only gotten...
  88. The final season of Roseanne, when it was...

    The final season of Roseanne, when it was revealed that the last few seasons had been a dream/story Roseanne wrote, and that Dan had died of a heart attack.
  89. While I think the writing and pace these last two...

    While I think the writing and pace these last two seasons has undercut some of the story and characters, I loved how this season has subverted all expectations. Daenerys isn’t a liberator, but a...
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    For stuff that's influenced me, I'd go with...

    For stuff that's influenced me, I'd go with Tolkien's unfinished works. The stuff he didn't finish really transforms the experience of his finished writings.

    As far as stuff I'm in the process of...
  91. Finished reading Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural...

    Finished reading Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. For the most part, it was quite good. Only two or three essays were too dry or too wackadoodle. It covered all the major bases –...
  92. If I could give two laughs for this, I would!

    If I could give two laughs for this, I would!
  93. I'm hoping it looks better in person, but yeah, I...

    I'm hoping it looks better in person, but yeah, I haven't been feeling the latest special covers so much.
  94. Bonk? 106372 I will also raise my hand that...

    Bonk?

    106372

    I will also raise my hand that I've never had a gaming group fall apart for such a reason, either. No, it's mostly been mundane stuff, though certainly not always drama-free.

    As...
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    Upvote to Daniel Horne. His artwork is absolutely...

    Upvote to Daniel Horne. His artwork is absolutely masterful. Downvote goes to, well, it's time to end this WAR.

    Daniel Horne -- 22
    Keith Parkinson -- 22
    Jeff Easley -- 21
    Larry Elmore -- 21...
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    These days, maybe? In the old days, I know a lot...

    These days, maybe? In the old days, I know a lot of us just muddled through it, oftentimes ignoring a bunch of the rules until the game became at least somewhat playable.
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    Going to give Parkinson some love this time. An...

    Going to give Parkinson some love this time. An artist that died way too early, his works were astonishingly detailed and technically skilled.

    Downvote goes to Emmanuel. The Fiend Folio cover is a...
  98. This thread contains a poll. Though I think it’s more about how the character...

    Though I think it’s more about how the character is played than anything, I went with the Paladin. They’re strong in combat, charismatic, and have that aura. Valor Bard I’d put at a close second to...
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    Folks, I just realized a startling, nay, glaring...

    Folks, I just realized a startling, nay, glaring omission in the list! There's no "Jack Fred!"

    I have to say, I'm utterly hypnotized by the position of the guy's head on the right:

    106333
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    Maybe we can get Matt Mercer, Jeremy Crawford,...

    Maybe we can get Matt Mercer, Jeremy Crawford, Holly Conrad, Satine Phoenix, Chris Perkins, and a bunch of other famous DMs to do a rendition of "We are the World" as a fundraiser?
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