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    It's almost depressing writing out this list: ...

    It's almost depressing writing out this list:

    Alpha Omega
    Eclipse Phase
    SW Saga Edition
    WHFRP2
    D&D4E
    Ars Magica 4th
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    Another one for Mutant & Masterminds. ...

    Another one for Mutant & Masterminds.

    Diaspora/SotC has also been on my radar for awhile. And to round out FATE games I won't play, I guess you can add the Dresden Files RPG. I know I won't buy...
  3. Nothing with D&D, but apparently every player in...

    Nothing with D&D, but apparently every player in any group I've played in (past and present) must have shared the same bad DM. All of them universally, and decicively shoot me down anytime I suggest...
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    Thanks for reposting, Matti. I loved your stuff,...

    Thanks for reposting, Matti. I loved your stuff, but had lost the links to your site after an upgrade had wiped out my bookmarks (no lectures on backing up, please). Awesome to see you're still...
  5. VirtuaWin (http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/) -...

    VirtuaWin - Allows me to set up multiple virtual desktops available at a keystroke so my main screen isn't cluttered (a free Win XP version of the Spaces program someone mentioned above)

    GridMove...
  6. Brilliant! ... though I think I woulda complained...

    Brilliant! ... though I think I woulda complained about the Jester's gear too. It's not a Planescape campaign, after all.
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    This thread contains a poll. I always try to keep an in character journal when...

    I always try to keep an in character journal when I'm a player for a campaign. While I write them in "story-hour" fashion, I do make it a point to write out tactics (successful and unsuccessful),...
  8. Thread: iPad

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    It's definitely a nice piece of equipment. And I...

    It's definitely a nice piece of equipment. And I really wanted to love it. I've been waiting for a quality, affordable tablet since 1987. I thought the day had finally come when I could pick up the...
  9. I give out 2 action points per player per game....

    I give out 2 action points per player per game. With them, they can reroll dice (boring), add to dice rolls (also boring), emulate feats (little more interesting), or pull off a thematically...
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    I assumed Tsukiko and the guy being munched on...

    I assumed Tsukiko and the guy being munched on [by the undead created by Tsukiko].
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    This thread contains a poll. We've been playing the 3E version since May of...

    We've been playing the 3E version since May of '08. My group is about midway through the sixth adventure now. I'm going to try and speed up the pacing a bit. One of my resolutions was to finish the...
  12. ... and the processing plants are run by old...

    ... and the processing plants are run by old halflings set atop leather armored muls, eh? Who runs Bartertown?
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    This is one of those instances where you've gotta...

    This is one of those instances where you've gotta decide how much and what kind of verisimilitude you want to create.

    IMO, a "normal" response to someone going around fully armed and armored in...
  14. Thread: Making Maps

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    It depends on what kind of map you are trying to...

    It depends on what kind of map you are trying to make.

    Maptool is geared to be the platform you'd use to host an online game. In terms of the maps it creates, it is not a stricly CAD program, or...
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    A few more I've used in the past that haven't...

    A few more I've used in the past that haven't been mentioned yet:

    Pen & Paper Art Gallery
    Elfwood - Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, FanArt & Stories
    Fantasy art 3D wallpaper free desktop...
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    @Jhaelen Apparently the German influence in...

    @Jhaelen Apparently the German influence in Wisconsin extends beyond beer, brats and polka into word pronunciation as well ;). Pronouncing "Ragesia" any other way seems ... off.
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    Councilman Menash (Adventure 1) and Simeon...

    Councilman Menash (Adventure 1) and Simeon (Adventure 3) immediately spring to mind. There aren't a lot of characters in the Fire Forest (2nd adventure) that could have contact w/ said organization....
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    Gotchya. You mentioned that you might set up an...

    Gotchya. You mentioned that you might set up an adventure in/through Shahalesti. Wasn't sure how far out of the way you thought they might go.



    Ah, I should have checked the 4E version before I...
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    Practically speaking, depending on the route they...

    Practically speaking, depending on the route they take, you will need to make sure the party somehow acquires/comes in contact with the something like the Tidereaver's Tear (Adventure 3) before they...
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    We're over a year and a half into the (3.x)...

    We're over a year and a half into the (3.x) campaign, and the party has just now started the sixth adventure. Typically, we're at the level in our group where campaigns gets a bit stale, or people...
  21. In all my years of gaming, I've never had a...

    In all my years of gaming, I've never had a player like the Warrior. I count myself fortunate, because dealing one would cause all kinds of a) ulcers or b) jail time.

    I'm loving the story,...
  22. As long as they're short, I'd rather watch a...

    As long as they're short, I'd rather watch a video than read a wall of text. Done well, I'd make the leap to reading a pitch to find out more info. Done poorly, I'd never give the product a second...
  23. That was awesome (though agreed, the rock song at...

    That was awesome (though agreed, the rock song at the end was ... out of place?)! I know my buddies will get a kick out of that. Personally, I'll be interested to see how many of the elements they...
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    The biggest one was in our first 3E campaign. Our...

    The biggest one was in our first 3E campaign. Our group had spent about a month together, jointly creating a home brew campaign. We created the primary campaign region, detailed cities and race...
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    Wow. So I bought the three core 3.5 books, two...

    Wow. So I bought the three core 3.5 books, two supplements, and 5 PDFs for a total of $150. On average, we play 3.5 hours 32 weeks a year and have been playing for 8 years. A little over a solid...
  26. That is interesting, especially if the psychology...

    That is interesting, especially if the psychology is valid. I wonder whether this concept gets to the heart of the "Old school feel".

    Is "Old school" really the lack [or a lessened degree] of...
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    I'm sure you probably looked at it, but Maptools...

    I'm sure you probably looked at it, but Maptools is the VTT I've settled on (RPTools - Home). Requires java, but I don't consider that a "hoop" since I had it installed well before I started w/...
  28. Except for some of the information on campaign...

    Except for some of the information on campaign power groups, the Players Guide honestly does a better job of selling the campaign to the players, IMO. I don't think there is anything so damaging in...
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    Going to join the chorus on the first set of...

    Going to join the chorus on the first set of questions: it's just magic. Neither my players nor myself have really questioned the polymorphic spells.

    As for the others,

    Animate Dead: No real...
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    I guess my first exposure was the D&D cartoon as...

    I guess my first exposure was the D&D cartoon as well. But I don't think I realized D&D was an actual game at the time.

    Then I got a computer in the late 80s and started in on the old goldbox SSI...
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    Ah, alrighty. I didn't realize that was one of...

    Ah, alrighty. I didn't realize that was one of the hot topics round here (yea yea, bad, horribly overused pun). Anyway, thanks for that. I'll go ahead and come up with my ruling then.
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    Wall of Fire and Movement

    If a creature moves along the primary AoE for a Wall of Fire (i.e. the 2d6+Level portion of the effect), should damage rolled for each square of movement, or just the first square?

    For the...
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    This thread contains a poll. If say, just for fun, that you werethe co-owner...

    If say, just for fun, that you werethe co-owner of a company who acquired the rights to Tact-Tiles, then you, sir, are brilliant.

    As one who never had the pleasure of owning the originals, the...
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    This thread contains a poll. As a DM, I'd want to game on the Ultimate Table....

    As a DM, I'd want to game on the Ultimate Table. The DM station has much more usable space, and personally I like the aesthetics. But overall I think the Sultan is a bit more practical for a group....
  35. @Rechan: Putting a little pressure on the goliath...

    @Rechan: Putting a little pressure on the goliath is a good idea. Always a good thing to have the players squirm a little, even if there is no intent to call them on their lies. And I like the idea...
  36. This thread contains a poll. All other things being equal (same level, equally...

    All other things being equal (same level, equally pious, equally devoted), I'd probably give deference to the paladin. Paladin's sacrifice a bit more, and I'd reward that sacrifice.

    Alternatively,...
  37. Looking for a few, good ideas (Adventure help)

    Hey all, I'm hoping you all can help me with a bit of GMs block I'm having.

    One of my players, a tiefling spellthief, decided to surreptitiously threaten a not-so-honest merchant in the town they...
  38. This thread contains a poll. I voted for "playing in and prefer plot-driven...

    I voted for "playing in and prefer plot-driven games".

    However, that's really because it's all I've been exposed to. Character-driven games demand a specific skill-set from the DM that I haven't...
  39. At the beginning of our campaign, one of my...

    At the beginning of our campaign, one of my players stated they wanted to be a cleric of Athena. I hadn't really given much thought to the campaign pantheon, and really just assumed I'd be using the...
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    This thread contains a poll. Still playing 3.5, haven't tried 4E yet (though...

    Still playing 3.5, haven't tried 4E yet (though I've read it). Nothing specific against 4E. We started the WotBS campaign a couple months before 4E came out, we're only midway through the third...
  41. Hi, my name is Slander and I'm a warcrack addict....

    Hi, my name is Slander and I'm a warcrack addict. My last login date was October 16th, 2006.

    I actually got my fill of WoW before I even hit 60; I think I was 52 when I stopped. Admittedly, I...
  42. Schools of Thought: High magic (FR) V....

    Schools of Thought:

    High magic (FR) V. **Medium Magic (GH, 1e) V. Low magic (Conan) settings

    Home made settings V. **Give me a base setting I’ll do the rest (1e Greyhawk) V. Give me a detailed...
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    Damn, shoulda recognized "Anthraxus" as a...

    Damn, shoulda recognized "Anthraxus" as a Gygaxian name. 15/16 aint' bad though.
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    For whatever reason, my dice have a horrible...

    For whatever reason, my dice have a horrible tendancy of losing their ink, sometimes within 3-4 weeks of purchase. Chessex, Gamescience, Crystal Caste ... none survive my (apparently) corrosive...
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    If you are using an Exotic Ranged weapon (such as...

    If you are using an Exotic Ranged weapon (such as the Greatbow), the Exotic Weapon Master PrC from CW has Close Quarters Ranged Combat. Never found anything else (and rightly so, IMO).
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    This thread contains a poll. I order pretty much exclusively from the...

    I order pretty much exclusively from the interweb, but I try and go with the dedicated rpg/hobby retailers rather than Amazon or the like.
  47. This thread contains a poll. I think it is overrated by people on the...

    I think it is overrated by people on the internet. Overall, I think it's just about right.
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    This thread contains a poll. Combat. Story definitely is important. I...

    Combat.

    Story definitely is important. I wouldn't want to play DnD if it was just a series of combat encounters.

    But DnD is our group's choice of game because of the way it facilitates fantasy...
  49. There's nothing like a good Paranoia Zap game!...

    There's nothing like a good Paranoia Zap game! Best thing to remember in my opinion ... $#!% always rolls downhill in Paranoia. And since players generally start out at the bottom of the hill,...
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    This thread contains a poll. Not a serious game, no. Back in high-school,...

    Not a serious game, no.

    Back in high-school, shot way up in the 30's after defeating a Tarasque with Toothpicks of Slaying. But all of the serious campaigns in any edition tended to putter out...
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    This thread contains a poll. In terms of the core 3, expanding the breadth of...

    In terms of the core 3, expanding the breadth of available content makes more sense to me than expanding the depth of existing content. Since we're talking about a class-based system, I prefer...
  52. Forked Thread: Tell me about your D&D group

    Forked from: Tell me about your D&D group



    Apologize for the thread necro, but I was curious to see what became of this. I know the results were going to be used for a story in some...
  53. This thread contains a poll. If that was the only game in town, sure I'd play,...

    If that was the only game in town, sure I'd play, and I'd probably have fun playing too. But as fond as my memories of playing a Cavalier are, 1E will never be on my preferred game list.
  54. Thread: d20srd down?

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    Yeah, it's been painfully slow for me as well....

    Yeah, it's been painfully slow for me as well. System Reference Document v3.5 still seems to be working though.
  55. This thread contains a poll. I make a couple mistakes each session that the...

    I make a couple mistakes each session that the players catch, which mostly involve misremembering seldom used rules. I make plenty of other mistakes based on the way I planned to run the adventure,...
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    The Prince of Persia games (SoT, WW, TT) have...

    The Prince of Persia games (SoT, WW, TT) have some good, heavy tracks injected with a bit of middle eastern flair.

    If you like Corvus Corax, Cultus Ferox might also work. They inject a more modern...
  57. This thread contains a poll. 10. Under normal circumstances, I should be...

    10.

    Under normal circumstances, I should be able to perform such a task well all of the time (take 10). Under duress, I would expect to make a mistake or two before I get it right.

    For...
  58. Primarily a 3.x game, but we rotate in Call of...

    Primarily a 3.x game, but we rotate in Call of Cthulhu (5th ed), Deadlands (Revised), or Alternity every few months. I keep trying to bring Mutants & Masterminds into the mix, but my entire group has...
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    1.) How many players in your group? 6 + the DM ...

    1.) How many players in your group? 6 + the DM

    2.) Do you DM? Yup

    3.) Do other people in the group DM, and how many? Of the seven, 5 have DMed

    4.) What's the Male/Female composition of the...
  60. Forked Thread: Are Targets defined by intent or the effect?

    Forked from: "Can't finish its action..."

    As I was debating this thread, I realized I needed an answer to a more fundamental question before I could continue. Is the Target(s) of an attack...
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    Correct. The choice of the point of origin...

    Correct. The choice of the point of origin defines the selected targets. The choice in the example included the paladin. That choice satisfied the mark requirements.

    Edit I do see what you are...
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    But now your separating the power (making a...

    But now your separating the power (making a [burst] attack) from the action. I don't like that. The action being interrupted is making the attack. The only thing Interrupt does is prevent the action...
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    Incorrect. In the same way you choose a target of...

    Incorrect. In the same way you choose a target of a melee attack before making the attack, you choose the target(s) of a burst attack before making the attack. By your example, the choice of targets...
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    Nope. The paladin was a target edit: of the...

    Nope. The paladin was a target edit: of the action. That the power was unable to be resolved [because of the interrupt] doesn't change that.
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    Reliable: If you miss when using a reliable...

    Reliable: If you miss when using a reliable power, you don’t expend the use of that power.

    It's regrettable that it wasn't phrased "Reliable: You only expend the use of that power when your attack...
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    I think divorcing the use of the power from the...

    I think divorcing the use of the power from the action it requires would overly complicate things (not that 4E has to be simple). Using a power is the action. In the grand tradition of the rules...
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    "Interrupt: An immediate interrupt lets you jump...

    "Interrupt: An immediate interrupt lets you jump
    in when a certain trigger condition arises, acting
    before the trigger resolves. If an interrupt invalidates
    a triggering action, that action is...
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    Why is accepting the gospel truth of the 4E...

    Why is accepting the gospel truth of the 4E developers any different/worse than accepting the gospel truth of the previous editions' developers? Using your example, why was everyone OK accepting that...
  69. The core framework ensures that your character...

    The core framework ensures that your character will fill a useful and meaningful role in combat without trying to hard. This is valuable when you are trying to generate a positive first impression on...
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    That mob of beggar kids that surrounds and...

    That mob of beggar kids that surrounds and distracts you in big cities while one of them runs off with your coin purse ... Thiefling Swarm.

    I don't think you missed anything. Don't know that it is...
  71. This thread contains a poll. I started a WotBS campaign at the end of April....

    I started a WotBS campaign at the end of April. This Thursday, we'll be starting the second adventure. I have a feeling we'll be playing 3.5 till the end of '09 unless I get burnt out before then.
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    You looking for Amber?...

    You looking for Amber? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_Diceless_Roleplaying_Game
  73. It's not really complex. The only real change is...

    It's not really complex. The only real change is that instead of PCs triggering a failure, it is the Skill Challenge that can trigger a failure (by "attacking" the PCs). Otherwise, it's by-the-book...
  74. I like the idea of having the Skill Challenge...

    I like the idea of having the Skill Challenge "attack" the PCs as it were. The only issue I see is that the current structure makes free flow narration a little more difficult, especially in...
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    This is a rough mock-up, but I think it gets the...

    This is a rough mock-up, but I think it gets the general feel of the trap w/o too much complexity. The trap in the movie was really a two stage trap.

    First stage was a simple false floor trap. The...
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    Has there been any other confirmation of the last...

    Has there been any other confirmation of the last comment from that post? :


    "WOTC has let us retailers know that the launch of 4E is aimed at veteran gamers.

    New players will be targeted in a...
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    This thread contains a poll. I'm actually looking forward to the Fighter. Pure...

    I'm actually looking forward to the Fighter. Pure Fighter too ... no multiclassing this time around. The 3E fighter was used more as a utility class to round out a character concept (at least in our...
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    Well damn, after mistaking the 3.5 Epic article...

    Well damn, after mistaking the 3.5 Epic article for the 4E one, the actual 4E article was kind of a let down. If the actual implementation is something along the line of the 3.5 article, I'll be...
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    n/m

    n/m
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    Yellow trenchcoat? Check. Arquebus? Check....

    Yellow trenchcoat? Check.
    Arquebus? Check.
    Bandolier? Check.
    Ya get that thing I sent ya? Check.

    Gotta be the Giff. Hippos in space ... how can you go wrong?
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    The aurumvorax. Nothin says loving like 500 lb,...

    The aurumvorax. Nothin says loving like 500 lb, eight-legged, pissed off weasel. That, and it was my first character's animal companion. Good memories.
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    After service pack 1 errata is released, and...

    After service pack 1 errata is released, and after the first round of splatbooks covering all PHB1 core classes is released.
  83. Thread: DDI vs WoW

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    Bradford has a negative opinion of adapting...

    Bradford has a negative opinion of adapting gameplay mechanics from MMORPGs. I don't. His use of "ape" throughout the whole rant pretty much shows his bias. Good game design is good game design. If...
  84. This thread contains a poll. I'd definitely prefer an open-ish system. I like...

    I'd definitely prefer an open-ish system. I like the adventure and monster books from third parties. But as far as rules go, our group tends to remain with core products only.

    Edit: So I voted...
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    I hear Stephen Colbert is shopping the rights to...

    I hear Stephen Colbert is shopping the rights to EN World so he'll have a better chance of getting his 4E books early.
  86. Stephen Colbert is America's Paladin, Defender of...

    Stephen Colbert is America's Paladin, Defender of the Truth, Champion of the One True (Republican) Way. Didn't you get the memo? :)

    http://www.enworld.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=32665&stc=1
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    Minions might be a good way of reflecting a...

    Minions might be a good way of reflecting a Hydra-like creature. The extra heads are all 'minions'. Until you destroy all of the heads (each a single hit), you can't really do any damage the hydra...
  88. Thread: Oots 538 is up

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    Shthunk ... elegant brilliance. :lol:

    Shthunk ... elegant brilliance. :lol:
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    Taking a shot: Fey Pact: When you reduce an...

    Taking a shot:

    Fey Pact: When you reduce an enemy under your Warlock's Curse to 0 hit points or fewer, you can teleport 3 squares as a free action.

    Warlock Curse: Once per turn as a ??? action,...
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    Even better. So characters are going to have a...

    Even better. So characters are going to have a reserve HP pool of 2 - 4 times their total HP, on top of any non-surge healing Leaders can provide. Man, that's a lot, and a lot in a good way.
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    It looks like the healing surge value is 1/2 the...

    It looks like the healing surge value is 1/2 the Fortitude Defense (round up?).

    Warlocks look to have 6 + Con surges per day, and Fighters have 9 + Con surges per day.
  92. Started playing with 2E in 1992. Happily moved...

    Started playing with 2E in 1992.

    Happily moved to 3E in 2001.

    Will likely move to 4E sometime in 2009.
  93. Not so much a game as a game style. I thought...

    Not so much a game as a game style.

    I thought I'd like to play PbPs. Being able to play every day and the opportunity to explore a character more in depth than generally happens at my tables...
  94. I would second the wiki idea for convenience. ...

    I would second the wiki idea for convenience.

    Also, I would recommend checking out the Player's Guide for the War of the Burning Sky (it's free). It is a good template for presenting a world from...
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    This thread contains a poll. Voted No. I've mostly relinquished the DM seat...

    Voted No. I've mostly relinquished the DM seat and have enjoyed my time as a player. Except for a one-shot Alternity game, I haven't sat in the DM chair for 2-3 years.

    Which, on a side note, is...
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    This thread contains a poll. Kill it, for reasons similar to TwinBahamut. The...

    Kill it, for reasons similar to TwinBahamut. The system needs to change in such a way that UMD simply isn't needed.
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    If the maneuver wasn't presented in an official...

    If the maneuver wasn't presented in an official monster manual, and instead your DM came up with a similar maneuver for Bugbears, Giants, Humans, what-have-you, would you still cry foul? Is it in bad...
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    Modern expectations of fair treatment of...

    Modern expectations of fair treatment of prisoners only goes back about 200-300 years. Prior to that, death or slavery was the norm. The Greeks allowed other Greek prisoners to live to avoid the...
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    There are a lot of aspects to consider. I don't...

    There are a lot of aspects to consider. I don't think anything like Geneva rules should have any bearing on this decision except in the most progressive (read modern) of societies. Prisoners of war...
  100. Thread: Problem Player

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    Plan A) Communicate. Talk to superstar, the GM,...

    Plan A) Communicate. Talk to superstar, the GM, or both ... let them know the current dynamic makes you feel marginalized. You need to be careful to ensure your communication comes across as honest...
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