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    I think at some point though, these things became...

    I think at some point though, these things became popular culture and ceased being "geekdom".

    For instance, at work, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't like super-hero movies and...
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    That's neat, but kinda an odd choice of systems....

    That's neat, but kinda an odd choice of systems. How many people who played back in the day are now playing Pathfinder? And how many people who play Pathfinder are still playing Pathfinder 1?
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    That's actually the thing that people get wrong....

    That's actually the thing that people get wrong. Killing orcs in D&D (at least early versions) was not really worth much XP. An orc was worth 15 xp. A fighter would have to kill 134 of them to reach...
  4. That's interesting, given how recently China...

    That's interesting, given how recently China destroyed a batch of CoC books that were just printed in China, not meant for its consumption.
  5. He was actually also a boxer (or rather,...

    He was actually also a boxer (or rather, primarily a boxer), as it's mentioned in numerous stories (including the 2nd novel, where he runs into a boxer he boxed against). His "baritsu" skills were...
  6. The great job they did with the Witcher RPG gives...

    The great job they did with the Witcher RPG gives me great hope that this will be as good as Cyberpunk 2020

    And not really directly related, but a few days ago there was a very cyberpunk-esque...
  7. Eh. I think the best thing about B/X is that it's...

    Eh. I think the best thing about B/X is that it's not AD&D. It was deliberately designed not to be AD&D (as it came out 4 years after AD&D did). Adding AD&D stuff to it seems to go completely...
  8. You're right - it's actually worse than useless -...

    You're right - it's actually worse than useless - it's dangerous. The first rule of writing d20 stuff back in the day was to put away your books and work only from the SRD, otherwise you might...
  9. Bear in mind, Gary Gygax publicly apologized for...

    Bear in mind, Gary Gygax publicly apologized for including psionics. There's a lot of people who don't like psionics (and have been vocal about it since they were introduced)
  10. But is there going to a system reference document...

    But is there going to a system reference document for 3rd parties? Paizo had the "Pathfinder Reference Document" or PRD which just had the open content from their books, but they killed that off in...
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    I hope they add a stretch goal to have John Astin...

    I hope they add a stretch goal to have John Astin (aka Gomez Addams and his sort of father) write something.
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    This is actually not even a change. It's the same...

    This is actually not even a change. It's the same exact math, just stated a different way. (And TSR actually came up with Ascending AC as well, but they called attack bonus THAC when they used it in...
  13. This is absolutely amazing.

    This is absolutely amazing.
  14. I really don't think it's a good idea for someone...

    I really don't think it's a good idea for someone who is so strongly partisan to attach itself to a charity that is presumably non-partisan. You're going to turn off people from it, even if it's a...
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    This thread contains a poll. Seems odd to have OD&D include B/X and BECMI,...

    Seems odd to have OD&D include B/X and BECMI, since both of those came out well after AD&D and aren't particularly close to OD&D, having race as class most notably and somewhat different monsters (no...
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    If failure improved your skills, I would be one...

    If failure improved your skills, I would be one of the skilled persons on the planet.

    I never really liked how CoC/BRP did it. The idea (where you check each skill that was used in an adventure...
  17. Do we know if they even hired a writer? As I said...

    Do we know if they even hired a writer? As I said in another thread, my guess is they probably coerced a tester or something into doing it
  18. What likely happened is that some people at...

    What likely happened is that some people at Bethesda were playing D&D for fun and ran those adventures, adapting it to their game. They did that back in the Daggerfall days I know (only AD&D 2e back...
  19. T5 seemed to me, to be just a much more complex...

    T5 seemed to me, to be just a much more complex version of T4

    (I had no problems with TNE, other than the setting. It was basically just GDW's house rules at the time, which they had used in...
  20. In retrospect, I wonder if it would have made...

    In retrospect, I wonder if it would have made more sense for Paizo to make PF2 5e based, something like Adventures in Middle Earth, with Pathfinder classes added to the traditional ones. I just don't...
  21. Seems like it's sending a mixed message. ...

    Seems like it's sending a mixed message. Re-releasing their best (or most popular) adventure path for PF2, but at the same time hedging their bets by trying to sell 5e players a monster book (for...
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    I was a huge, huge, huge 1e to 3e fan. 4e lost me...

    I was a huge, huge, huge 1e to 3e fan. 4e lost me and 5e turned me off as it was a bloated 4e (so it seemed to me). While this seems like a step in the right direction, I'm not sure...
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    This thread contains a poll. I would argue that none of these things are for...

    I would argue that none of these things are for geeks anymore, but are mainstream. At work, I have to listen to this one guy drone on and on about the NBA and NFL, but in between he drones on and on...
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    Tabletop RPGs now have "game modes"? And why...

    Tabletop RPGs now have "game modes"? And why would it possibly matter if they finish a scenario in a single session or not?
  25. Merlin was a tiefling. Supposedly the son of an...

    Merlin was a tiefling. Supposedly the son of an incubus.
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    There's not a lot of Hackmaster talk here on...

    There's not a lot of Hackmaster talk here on ENWorld...and this sub-forum has now been re-named for Pathfinder/Starfinder, so
  27. I'm the opposite. What I loved so much about the...

    I'm the opposite. What I loved so much about the d20 era was all the new people writing stuff, bringing in different ideas. The DIY aspect is what I love most about the OSR and ironically, I find...
  28. Very nice. Much too rich for my blood, but as a...

    Very nice. Much too rich for my blood, but as a fan of DC when it came out, it's nice to see it getting such a quality makeover/re-release.
  29. Why is the shortest lived edition, still one of the most popular?

    I am referring to what is called in OSR nomenclature, B/X, basically the version of D&D rules that came in a 1981 Basic Boxed set by Tom Moldvay and Expert Boxed set by Dave Cook and Steve Marsh.
    ...
  30. I think in some novels, you can see the influence...

    I think in some novels, you can see the influence of the rules system. For instance, some of the Pathfinder novels have an alchemist as the main character, which has some pretty unique class...
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    PF2 Personally, I would not want a PF2e, so much as a...

    Personally, I would not want a PF2e, so much as a Pathfinder Light. I would like to see a Pathfinder more akin to older editions D&D. While 5e does hearken back in some ways, it radically changes...
  32. I'm a bit surprised that anyone would have to...

    I'm a bit surprised that anyone would have to look up the name, she was such a huge contributor to gaming in the early days.
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    It depends on what you mean by canonical. Gary...

    It depends on what you mean by canonical. Gary Gygax actually blew up the setting in one of his post TSR Gord the Rogue Novels (Come Endless Darkness)

    But really, he never really meant it to be a...
  34. I am curious why, with all the open systems...

    I am curious why, with all the open systems available, you went with a generic format that makes it difficult for anyone to use? It my experience, it's much harder to convert from a supposed system...
  35. I don't think it's resentment, they just feel...

    I don't think it's resentment, they just feel that supporting 5e would damage the Pathfinder brand in the long term. Especially now, when they are trying to launch PF2. Why would anyone buy that if...
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    I played V&V back in the day, but I think it's...

    I played V&V back in the day, but I think it's popularity was quickly usurped by Champions and Marvel Super-Heroes, both of which I played more.

    There's something of an urban gaming legend about...
  37. Thread: OGC Wiki?

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    I think if anything, the DM's Guild is closer to...

    I think if anything, the DM's Guild is closer to the d20 System Trademark License. It gives WOTC more control over products, a lot more control than the d20 license did, but also gives more in return...
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    I think people are kinda overlooking that it was...

    I think people are kinda overlooking that it was a module written for beginners (and children) when the hobby was new and even fantasy was fairly new as a popular genre.

    Look at the cover of the...
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    Probably the most annoying thing (at least in...

    Probably the most annoying thing (at least in video game) is that now characters in games always have to dance after winning. It drives me crazy in the two recent Forza games.
  40. For Gold & Glory (not just Gold & Glory) is the...

    For Gold & Glory (not just Gold & Glory) is the only 2e retroclone. People saying Hackmaster and Adventures Dark and Deep are flat out wrong.

    FG&G is not the most popular retroclone out there, but...
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    I was kinda hoping this was an April Fool's post....

    I was kinda hoping this was an April Fool's post. I am really not a fan of his work and hope he doesn't negatively affect Chaosium (which I am a fan of)
  42. I also think the public perception of vampires...

    I also think the public perception of vampires have changed since it was first released. They used to be edgy and cool. Now thanks to twilight and a million other vampire romance novels, they are...
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    I don't think there really can be anachronisms if...

    I don't think there really can be anachronisms if it's a different world. I mean, while some technology is obviously built on earlier stuff (like you probably wouldn't have jet airplanes without...
  44. Yeah, the level titles were something seemingly...

    Yeah, the level titles were something seemingly taken from a thesaurus.

    In Chainmail, it was Seer, Magician, Warlock, Sorcerer, Wizard

    In OD&D, it was Medium, Seer, Conjurer, Theurgist,...
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    I was waiting to get my truck fixed today, and at...

    I was waiting to get my truck fixed today, and at the auto shop an old lady was telling a relative to make sure he keeps his kids away from Youtube because of Momo

    I didn't say anything because I...
  46. I think I remember you posting this at another...

    I think I remember you posting this at another site.

    But basically I think you're missing a few things. Firstly, a lot of stuff is not taken from mythology directly, but from popular fiction or...
  47. I dunno. Traveller was always vastly unsuited for...

    I dunno. Traveller was always vastly unsuited for Star Wars. In one of their early supplements, they published the stats for Luke Skywalker (as "Young Farmboy" and it basically was "Pilot — 2)
    ...
  48. Sure. I mean, 3rd party material gave us the...

    Sure. I mean, 3rd party material gave us the Thief, the Ranger, and the Bard, which stuck. The Illusionist and Anti-Paladin which didn't but sometimes show up.
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    Yeah. To me, basically it's "What if a hollywood...

    Yeah. To me, basically it's "What if a hollywood figure had enough pull to turn his Star Trek fan-fiction (compete with turning himself into the captain) into a TV show". And yet the result has been...
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    Length of the barrel also plays a big factor. ...

    Length of the barrel also plays a big factor. There are a number of rifles that are chambered for larger pistol ammo (.357 and .45 LC) and they have a good deal more velocity when shot from one of...
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    I think Terry Brooks would be a reboot of Tolkien

    I think Terry Brooks would be a reboot of Tolkien
  52. Gandalf - Peter Cushing Saruman - Andrew...

    Gandalf - Peter Cushing
    Saruman - Andrew Robinson (mostly a character actor, but really good at being sinister)
    Aragorn - Kevin Costner
    Boromir - Bill Paxton
    Legolas - Kyle MacLachlan ...
  53. I think it's just "Wu", which means like shaman...

    I think it's just "Wu", which means like shaman or witch or wizard, or possibly "Wu Shen", shen apparently being something like a (nature) spirit.
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    1) Limits? No. But I do use the UA class...

    1) Limits? No. But I do use the UA class restrictions
    2) The Barbarian is allowed, but no one uses it
    3) 20th+ characters get semi-retired, only used on special occasions
    4) No weapon class...
  55. While fun, the thing with critical hits/fumbles...

    While fun, the thing with critical hits/fumbles is that player characters are going to be on the receiving end of more of them in the long run (since they are the ones in every combat) and with the...
  56. The OGL was originally a way for WOTC to deal...

    The OGL was originally a way for WOTC to deal with two things they saw as potential issues with their new third edition.

    Firstly, they viewed things like adventures as products that didn't sell...
  57. "Monty/Montie Haul" was apparently Jim Ward's...

    "Monty/Montie Haul" was apparently Jim Ward's tongue in cheek nickname for Gary Gygax as DM. Mr. Ward had a column in early issues of Dragon detailing some of the early adventures, some of which are...
  58. LotFP is very nihilistic. There are literally...

    LotFP is very nihilistic. There are literally scenarios where the universe ends if the DM rolls something on an encounter table. And many screw the players for making the obvious or heroic choice....
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    Woops, missed this months ago. But since this...

    Woops, missed this months ago. But since this thread is bumped, it is Dean Spencer. He is really one of the best stock art artists, but his license is one use only
    ...
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    Do you really need them? I mean, doesn't seem to...

    Do you really need them? I mean, doesn't seem to hinder hockey players.
  61. There was an episode of Babylon 5 that had...

    There was an episode of Babylon 5 that had Garibaldi come across a hidden floor. It was full of debris and strange dolls, one of which talked to him and shot him with a dart and it turns out it was...
  62. I'm somewhat skeptical that Chaosium can support...

    I'm somewhat skeptical that Chaosium can support it properly. Maybe they've gotten better in the last few years, but so much support for Call of Cthulhu was either handed off to fans (via the...
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    While it's largely forgotten today, in the 1960s...

    While it's largely forgotten today, in the 1960s and 1970s there was a series of extremely popular young adult books called the Chronicles of Prydain.

    It featured what I think is the ironic bard,...
  64. 1e used coins as well. But really, back in...

    1e used coins as well.

    But really, back in the 1970s, there really wasn't a lot of data about weapons. Remember, this sort of thing was extremely niche. You couldn't order swords over the...
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    I am skeptical that prisons would exist in a...

    I am skeptical that prisons would exist in a fantasy world. More likely you'd have some sort of physical punishment - losing an ear, limb, eye, etc, depending on the crime, or just executed. ...
  66. What I find fascinating about the current love...

    What I find fascinating about the current love for The Expanse IP, is that it's literally something out of the 1950s Sci-Fi mags. The more serious stories. Belters vs Mars vs Earth.

    You even sort...
  67. I had something like this in my game, only the...

    I had something like this in my game, only the whole tower blew up, not just the top floor. Only thing surviving was his dungeon, which sort of reflected his descent into madness

    The first floor...
  68. People climbing without gloves always bothers me,...

    People climbing without gloves always bothers me, though not as much as people using ropes (especially sliding down them) without gloves.

    Also, very strange right hand. Looks like her thumb is on...
  69. It's funny though, when I was a kid, my friends...

    It's funny though, when I was a kid, my friends and I actually introduced dice to playing with toy guns, because otherwise it always devolved into "I hit you", "No you didn't"
  70. This thread contains a poll. So much on that list are retreads - either new...

    So much on that list are retreads - either new versions of old games, new games based on IP that already had games, or deluxe versions.

    With that said, the one I'm looking forward to is pretty...
  71. Even then though, it was essentially optional....

    Even then though, it was essentially optional. You can just choose to have it be a career ending injury forcing an early exit after only 2 years of the term.

    Anyway, one of the most puzzling...
  72. In Star Trek, the smaller ships like Voyager and...

    In Star Trek, the smaller ships like Voyager and that Bird of Prey from the movies would land on a planet sometimes.

    But they probably shouldn't. Planets are dirty. Space is pretty clean. You'd...
  73. I've always found it distasteful when...

    I've always found it distasteful when supernatural explanations are given to horrors created solely by humanity itself. Because it is minimizing things by blaming it on something not real, and not...
  74. I would hope there is a limit to how much a...

    I would hope there is a limit to how much a person can bump their thread without anyone else posting. And how they are bumped. (See the Frog God posts here for an example of what is really annoying)
  75. If you read the intro to Return to the Tomb of...

    If you read the intro to Return to the Tomb of Horrors, EGG was chagrined that people actually found ToH fairly easy in play, both in his own game and at tournaments.
  76. This gets said a lot, but Star Trek is almost...

    This gets said a lot, but Star Trek is almost literally The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (which from from '64 to '68) in space, and shares very little in common with Wagon Train.
  77. It looks like B/X D&D, except it has "Lawful...

    It looks like B/X D&D, except it has "Lawful Good" in the alignment (whereas it just used Chaotic-Lawful-Neutral) and the xp total is 6,500, which is 4th level for Clerics (though that would be in...
  78. Well, in a sense. As I lean libertarian, I am...

    Well, in a sense. As I lean libertarian, I am perfectly okay with groups of armed people killing others in self defense and not calling them "murder hobos", because I believe there is a difference...
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    I really don't understand why this is...

    I really don't understand why this is controversial. Competitive D&D has literally existed from almost the beginning. Maybe not the 1-2 years of it's early life, but in the mid 70s.

    It's like all...
  80. Eh, I think BECMI (and B/X) should be separate...

    Eh, I think BECMI (and B/X) should be separate from AD&D. While they may have added Orcus and Demogorgon, they weren't the AD&D Orcus and Demogorgon and were very minor players compared to Nyx or...
  81. There were a few Indiana Jones RPGs. I liked the...

    There were a few Indiana Jones RPGs. I liked the final one from WEG, which adapted the D6 system to it. The old marvel Indiana Jones comic book was pretty good.

    But really, one of the best...
  82. Of course, the thing is, the Alchemist usually...

    Of course, the thing is, the Alchemist usually got someone gullible to pay for it.
  83. This is actually one of those things that I...

    This is actually one of those things that I wonder about Pathfinder and Adventure Paths in general...what do the PCs in them do after finishing the adventure path. Just retire? In this case, if the...
  84. So basically they are giving up on the OGL (and...

    So basically they are giving up on the OGL (and supporting 3rd parties) and letting a fan site handle it? I mean, I realize they hadn't updated the official PRD in ages and ages, but at least it was...
  85. It's funny, he's written 3 of my favorite novels...

    It's funny, he's written 3 of my favorite novels - King of the Grey, Frostwing, and The Janus Mask (first two modern fantasy, the second pseudo-historical) and yet all that apparently has been...
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    Steep learning curve? It's a pretty simple...

    Steep learning curve? It's a pretty simple system, the original incarnation of it was like a 20 page book in the Cyberpunk boxed set.
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    PF2 To me this makes no sense, because thieves came...

    To me this makes no sense, because thieves came into existence in what, 1975? And came about almost immediately as a reaction of players who wanted a character who could do thief like stuff, which...
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    Demons are probably not the best gauge of power...

    Demons are probably not the best gauge of power in 1e, as they were essentially ported over from OD&D, despite AD&D characters being much tougher (at least fighters, with more hit points and...
  89. Apparently there are (or were) two different...

    Apparently there are (or were) two different Wiecks and the one heading Nocturnal was Stewart, who apparently passed away last summer, and his widow now owns the company and Stephan is now acting as...
  90. A few years ago I read an interesting book called...

    A few years ago I read an interesting book called "Sky People" by Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, which was written by an American Indian woman who traveled throughout Central America collecting stories about...
  91. Realistically, the differences between 0e through...

    Realistically, the differences between 0e through 2e (including basic) were details about the classes. In the latter days of 2e, there were compilations of spells and magic items from all the...
  92. Supposedly Stephen Wieck and his Nocturnal Media...

    Supposedly Stephen Wieck and his Nocturnal Media picked up the license but that was 2 years ago and nothing, so I'm guessing it's dead.
    ...
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    Isn't 16 GB of ram kinda a huge amount? Most...

    Isn't 16 GB of ram kinda a huge amount? Most newish games need 8 and recommend 12. But requiring 16?



    I would actually be more interested in this if that were the case. It would fit the...
  94. I just hope he has a lot of money saved up. Or...

    I just hope he has a lot of money saved up. Or uses Kickstarter.
  95. Honestly, if anything, I think NWPs should have...

    Honestly, if anything, I think NWPs should have been d100% like thief skills

    You actually saw this in the Buck Rogers RPG< which was basically 2e in space. Basically you had skill % plus related...
  96. I am a fan of TFT, but I am kinda suspicious...

    I am a fan of TFT, but I am kinda suspicious about his newly rediscovered love of the game. Seems like he just wants to run another huge kickstarter like Ogre.

    Which is certainly his right, after...
  97. Before Warhammer they imported games from the US...

    Before Warhammer they imported games from the US and sold them. Then they became the official distributor for TSR in the UK and have very close relations with TSR, but then they started publishing...
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    Half-Orcs and Half-Elves are literally a legacy...

    Half-Orcs and Half-Elves are literally a legacy of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (though half-elves do appear in mythology and I think at least one king in Scandinavia was supposedly a half-elf).
    ...
  99. Just some random observations Things like this...

    Just some random observations

    Things like this really aren't witch hunts, because witches (no offense to Prof. Murray) didn't actually exist. Whereas men harassing women do exist

    The burden of...
  100. The problem with adventures written for LotFP is...

    The problem with adventures written for LotFP is that because the game basically has a flat attack progression, monsters tend to have a very small range of ACs, basically from unarmored (12 in LotFP...
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