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  1. "Roboteers... stand by!"

    "Roboteers... stand by!"
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    I tend to adapt my plot to what the players want...

    I tend to adapt my plot to what the players want to do. If they want to kill the emperor, run with it. Have them gather allies that have the same cause.
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    And here I thought I would be alone in liking...

    And here I thought I would be alone in liking Masters of the Universe. The soundtrack is amazing too, and Frank Langetta is having such a great time as the villain.
  4. I ran a Call of Cthulhu campaign that took place...

    I ran a Call of Cthulhu campaign that took place in Evan's City (Pennsylvania), made famous by Night of the Living Dead. Several locations, such as the cemetery from the movie featured prominently in...
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    Oh absolutely. But I dislike the D&D version....

    Oh absolutely. But I dislike the D&D version. They are like crossbow machineguns.



    I recently got the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment book, (which is an amazing comprehensive book btw) and my...
  6. And those are great, if you paint them yourself....

    And those are great, if you paint them yourself. But I don't like painting miniatures, and I'm also not very good at it. I prefer to have them pre-painted.
    There's been two excellent sets that I...
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    I've got one more: You roll a die to hit, but...

    I've got one more:

    You roll a die to hit, but you don't roll a die to defend, unless it's a saving throw. I've always felt there's a lot of missed opportunity there regarding how dynamic and...
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    1. Dragon Alignments and breathweapons by color....

    1. Dragon Alignments and breathweapons by color. Just because a dragon has a certain color, doesn't mean it isn't evil, and it doesn't mean it spits lightning/poisongas/ice instead of just fire.
    2....
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    PF2 I'm playing 3.5 right now, and we use some PF1...

    I'm playing 3.5 right now, and we use some PF1 content on occasion, simply because it is compatible. I'm curious to see what PF2 is like, and I wonder if elements of it are still compatible with 3.5....
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    They pretty much explored that idea with T3D.

    They pretty much explored that idea with T3D.
  11. I'm planning a series of escaperoom style...

    I'm planning a series of escaperoom style challenges for my players, for which I plan to create cardboard cutouts to illustrate the puzzle. Probably something with steampressure, and turning valves...
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    When T-2 first appeared it absolutely blew the...

    When T-2 first appeared it absolutely blew the original out of the water. The question is if James Cameron's still got it and if he can repeat that trick a second time. It is also a question whether...
  13. I should still try to get my hands on some of...

    I should still try to get my hands on some of those Wizkids dungeon traps. They are perfect for D&D, and I already have several of the other dungeon-deco sets.
  14. That is why I think you should escalate the...

    That is why I think you should escalate the threat the longer the players delay.
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    I'd put some more minions in reserve as backup....

    I'd put some more minions in reserve as backup. This may be a bit too easy for your players. Give yourself the freedom to adjust the difficulty of the encounter on the fly, if it is going too well...
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    I had to roll 16d6 during our last session. What...

    I had to roll 16d6 during our last session. What I tend to do is make pairs of 10's. It makes the counting a bit easier.
  17. ...And then the gargantuan octopus-beholder takes...

    ...And then the gargantuan octopus-beholder takes them all away with one glance. ;)
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    I might be doing an 80's version of my annual...

    I might be doing an 80's version of my annual Horror movie night this year. There's a lot of great horror flicks from the 80's. We could easily fill a whole night with them.
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    I didn't know you played 3rd edition too. ...

    I didn't know you played 3rd edition too.



    Thanks. In fact, this came up again in last night's session. One of my players plays a Druid, and he summoned an Earth Monolyth (which is basically a...
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    That is an interesting take on it. Many of the...

    That is an interesting take on it. Many of the genies in my campaign tend to enjoy watching the weakness and failure of mortals, or being surprised by them and seeing them rise to greatness. Whenever...
  21. My pirate campaign features the occasional mass...

    My pirate campaign features the occasional mass combat situation, and whenever that happens I try to limit the number of dice that I actually need to roll. Instead of rolling for each and every...
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    As a DM I often ask my players to describe their...

    As a DM I often ask my players to describe their own spells. For example, when one of my players casted the Many Jaws spell, I asked him: "What do the jaws look like?". He them described them as...
  23. I think the fact that my players are...

    I think the fact that my players are overpreparing for the boss battle, means that I've done my job as a DM when it comes to setting the scene and establishing a big threat. Now it's all a matter of...
  24. This is kind of related: My players are currently...

    This is kind of related: My players are currently preparing for several days to take on a powerful monster that is lurking at the bottom of a lake. They might not be sleeping right outside the door,...
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    The sorcerer can phrase the wish himself, since...

    The sorcerer can phrase the wish himself, since he is a sorcerer and not a genie. But the wish must start with "I wish...".

    As for progressing it into Wish... don't.



    As a side note, in my...
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    A simple puzzle is one where a door mechanism has...

    A simple puzzle is one where a door mechanism has broken down, and the players must acquire a replacement gear to fix it. They must visit a forge where they must craft one for themselves. A forge is...
  27. I adopted Pathfinder's Mass Combat rules for...

    I adopted Pathfinder's Mass Combat rules for naval combat recently. It certainly helped cut down on a lot of the die rolling.
  28. That barbarian throne is beautiful. I wish had...

    That barbarian throne is beautiful. I wish had something similar for my cannibals.
  29. Several years so far, and still going.

    Several years so far, and still going.
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    I make sure my plot can continue without the big...

    I make sure my plot can continue without the big bad. Sometimes by having multiple villains.

    My players recently killed off the leader of an evil cult of wizards, which I did not expect. But the...
  31. If my players pretend to not know about trolls...

    If my players pretend to not know about trolls and fire, I have the trolls spit fire at them, and then explode.

    ..Just thought I would throw in a less expected answer.
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    I am by no means a 'tough guy', but getting a...

    I am by no means a 'tough guy', but getting a filling from a skilled dentist barely hurts. Skilled being the operative word here. If your dentist knows what he/she's doing, you should be fine. And it...
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    Getting a filling done does not hurt as much as...

    Getting a filling done does not hurt as much as people think. It's not fun, but it beats having to deal with the feeling of a numb jaw long after your visit to the dentist. There's plenty of dentists...
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    People get an anesthetic for a simple filling?...

    People get an anesthetic for a simple filling? Now that's a rip off.
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    How about Keanu as Gambit?

    How about Keanu as Gambit?
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    Never force a villain to escape. The villain only...

    Never force a villain to escape. The villain only escapes if the players let him get away.
    If a module says that a villain escapes, that is a dumb module. Ignore it.
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    I don't think that's a question, that is a...

    I don't think that's a question, that is a request.

    Here is a question Mr Barton:

    I didn't see a whole lot of information about the additional books ('Xeno Files' and 'Settings and...
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    While I'm excited to hear that the old cast is...

    While I'm excited to hear that the old cast is returning (or at least, those that are still alive), my common sense is screaming that this is a bad idea. Maybe it is the Indy 4 syndrome.
  39. 3E: Armor class now makes some sense, this is...

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

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

    What makes a great GM?

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

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

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

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

    "Fanatics make unreliable allies"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I don't think that is true.



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

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

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

    Just beautiful. I want to give more xp!
  79. Thread: Firearms

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    How I handle firearms in my 3.5 pirate campaign,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    You left out the best part:

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

    16th century fantasy pirates, sailing, sandbox

    AKA

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

    106371

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Movies are often rated on their own merits, and not in comparison to other movies in the series.
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