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    Makes sense. That way they can still release the...

    Makes sense. That way they can still release the original version on Blu-ray / streaming, and then sell the Special Definitive Edition later, with all the deleted scenes added back in.
  2. Thanks. XCOM is actually what specifically comes...

    Thanks. XCOM is actually what specifically comes to mind for me. It's been a back-burner project for me for some time to make an XCOM based campaign, but I've never found a nice system to use, with...
  3. Now that you mention it, while I've seen injury...

    Now that you mention it, while I've seen injury and death handled differently in a variety of systems, I can't think of any I've played that specifically support and encourage tactical ranged combat...
  4. I'd probably go with some basic boost to AC for...

    I'd probably go with some basic boost to AC for moving, and the standard bonuses for cover, and then have provision for different builds to specialise further in either evasive movement or hunkering...
  5. Rather than Rangers having a Favoured Terrain,...

    Rather than Rangers having a Favoured Terrain, I'd prefer to see some form of terrain attunement - at the start of the day they can attune to the environment they're in, gaining bonuses and insights,...
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    I'm replaying it because of this thread. :)

    I'm replaying it because of this thread. :)
  7. Thread: Keanu in the MCU

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    Ironically, if they successfully made a Fantastic...

    Ironically, if they successfully made a Fantastic Four movie that built upon the family dynamics, it would probably feel like an Incredibles knock-off.
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    As borrowing from other classes isn't an issue,...

    As borrowing from other classes isn't an issue, I'd look at importing some of the Arcane Archer's features. I was going to play an Arcane Archer in a recent campaign and wound up just going...
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    And then there are Changelings, if they choose to...

    And then there are Changelings, if they choose to bring in some Eberron flavour.
  10. Yeah, but increased from what? Denim shirts don't...

    Yeah, but increased from what? Denim shirts don't provide much in the way of Armour Class.
  11. One thing I'd do with a Western adaptation of D&D...

    One thing I'd do with a Western adaptation of D&D would be to drastically increase the way that cover modifies Armour Class. Essentially, anyone not in cover would have the AC you'd expect an...
  12. If both sides are using ranged weapons, then...

    If both sides are using ranged weapons, then neither side is trying to get close. Instead, they're firing at each other from positions of cover in an extended ranged battle. Which is exactly like any...
  13. It's important in the sense that, if you want to...

    It's important in the sense that, if you want to adapt 5e to a genre where minions are expected, it has the tools for the job - and those tools aren't even crude or rudimentary.
  14. D&D 5e handles it just fine, even with pretty...

    D&D 5e handles it just fine, even with pretty much standard encounter design. The whole point of Bounded Accuracy is that it keeps opponents of varied levels relevant in a fight - you can easily...
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    Still, you don't know what the target looks like,...

    Still, you don't know what the target looks like, only its location and probably its rough mass. Line up a perfect headshot on what you assume to be an unarmoured human wizard, and it'll be a clean...
  16. Not very realistic for that specific sort of...

    Not very realistic for that specific sort of duel, I agree. But in an RPG where I'm hoping to be playing the same character for more than a session or two, I'd prefer that to having the outcome...
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    Tremorsense lets you know where a creature is,...

    Tremorsense lets you know where a creature is, but it doesn't specifically say that it overcomes the Blinded condition, or the effects of obscured terrain. As a DM ruling, I'm not sure that I'd...
  18. And there are plenty of genres which D&D's...

    And there are plenty of genres which D&D's approach is suited to, and which have guns in them.
  19. The "D&D doesn't do guns well" comment that I...

    The "D&D doesn't do guns well" comment that I originally responded to was in reference to using D&D in a Space Opera setting, not a Wild West one. Space Opera isn't too far removed from high fantasy...
  20. In which case it makes just as much of a mockery...

    In which case it makes just as much of a mockery out of the lethality of swords, or axes, or bows, as any one of those will kill you in a single solid hit. Even in the real world far more people...
  21. They don't handle guns very well if they're...

    They don't handle guns very well if they're bolted on top of existing medieval weapons, and treated as something different and special. But if you just take the stats of standard slings and crossbows...
  22. I've run that. There was a sadly-unsuccessful...

    I've run that. There was a sadly-unsuccessful Kickstarter project called Code::2050, and I used their basic SRD to run a 12-session campaign at our club. It worked really well.
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    There's also the fact that it's coming out 19...

    There's also the fact that it's coming out 19 years after Baldur's Gate 2. Making it a direct sequel that relied heavily upon familiarity with the previous installments would make it pretty...
  24. It may be browser dependent, but clicking on the...

    It may be browser dependent, but clicking on the hashtagged post number in the very top right of the post (or right-clicking and copying the URL) should get you a link that jumps straight to the post.
  25. To be absolutely completely fair, the players'...

    To be absolutely completely fair, the players' description was in post #242. Post #213 was a reply by Hussar, and post #214 was the original link to John Dodd's blog, and contained no excerpts.
  26. Here's what I don't get. You can somehow hold in...

    Here's what I don't get. You can somehow hold in your head the position that people talking about someone having to stop running public games at conventions is a cruelty that you need to speak out...
  27. First, some traumas are a lot more commonplace...

    First, some traumas are a lot more commonplace than others. Second, you don't need to have experienced rape in order to find it highly disturbing when someone describes it happening to a character...
  28. What hallmarks, exactly? For attention seekers,...

    What hallmarks, exactly? For attention seekers, the people who raised the issue have been remarkably reticent - which is partially why it took awhile for the full story to emerge. A couple of posts...
  29. Having run a game using a cyberpunk reskinning of...

    Having run a game using a cyberpunk reskinning of 5e, it's more than adaptable enough to work for a setting like this. You can achieve a surprisingly effective degree of genre-shift just using some...
  30. Sorry, but I just can't parse this reply. It...

    Sorry, but I just can't parse this reply. It feels like it's missing some words. Can you clarify?
  31. Wouldn't it bother you that your "in the moment"...

    Wouldn't it bother you that your "in the moment" solution would leave them free to be just as cruel again, when you're not looking?
  32. So, when you have clear evidence of somebody...

    So, when you have clear evidence of somebody behaving cruelly towards others, how would you proceed in resolving that situation?
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    Teleporting is hardly restricted in the Divinity...

    Teleporting is hardly restricted in the Divinity games - both short and long range teleportation are not merely accommodated, they're positively encouraged, and feature heavily in both combat and...
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    They're from Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus.

    They're from Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus.
  35. It's a start, but it's hardly a reliable...

    It's a start, but it's hardly a reliable indicator of reformed behaviour. And "But he apologised!" would be a poor excuse for the organisers to fall back on if he was allowed into another con and...
  36. Well, first of all, does it really deny that...

    Well, first of all, does it really deny that possibility? We're not talking about banning this individual from DMing, only banning him from doing so during certain periodical public events. He can do...
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    Heh, the game might end up being a sequel to some...

    Heh, the game might end up being a sequel to some of the plotlines in Planescape Torment if that happens. :)
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    The relevance of what?

    The relevance of what?
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    Divinity Original Sin 2 had a pretty...

    Divinity Original Sin 2 had a pretty sophisticated campaign builder and GMed campaign mode, so there is at least hope for that.
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    Here, I've enchanted this friendly mollusc to...

    Here, I've enchanted this friendly mollusc to whisper a reminder to you on a regular basis. Just set him down next to your ear canal and he'll take care of you.
    ...
  41. Right, because raising a complaint in a crowded...

    Right, because raising a complaint in a crowded room within a few feet of the person you're complaining about wouldn't be socially awkward or uncomfortable at all.
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    Divinity Original Sin 2 allows you to control up...

    Divinity Original Sin 2 allows you to control up to four characters as I recall. If you're playing co-op, you can choose who gets to control which characters other than each person's main character....
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    There are ways to handle that. The players in...

    There are ways to handle that. The players in Critical Role did so quite neatly in a recent episode, by using Disguise Self to take on the guise of the corpse's former allies before casting the...
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    I suspect that it will more likely be a case of...

    I suspect that it will more likely be a case of reversing the event in question rather than preventing it. But we will see.

    This seems like a winning tactic for WotC - I haven't played through...
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    In my experience, interrogations in D&D are far...

    In my experience, interrogations in D&D are far more likely to involve mind-influencing spells than torture. Forcing someone to want to tell you their secrets is more effective than forcing them to...
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    Hmm, so I could just say "okay" and then never...

    Hmm, so I could just say "okay" and then never read this thread again...

    Yeah, that works. Go for it!
  47. If we start setting a minimum bar of social...

    If we start setting a minimum bar of social maturity for new tabletop RPG players, the hobby won't last long.
  48. I dislike the concept of the M-Card as it feels...

    I dislike the concept of the M-Card as it feels like a challenge rather than a safety feature. It's saying "are you edgy and adult enough to play at my table?"

    And then if a player who wasn't...
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    Yep - I love it. For me, it did the whole "urban...

    Yep - I love it. For me, it did the whole "urban divinity" thing better than most of its contemporaries. I'll take it over American Gods any day.
  50. That part wasn't on the sign-up sheet. From the...

    That part wasn't on the sign-up sheet. From the description on the sheet, it could just as easily have been "summer camp for monsters", and as mentioned by other posters, a "mature content" warning...
  51. But they did also have a good implementation of...

    But they did also have a good implementation of the ruleset and plenty of character options, and those things made the good story a lot more fun to play through. It's not one or the other - you need...
  52. I've actually found myself in a game not too...

    I've actually found myself in a game not too far-removed from this at a convention. The scenario was vaguely described on the sign-up sheet as a "monster camp" scenario, though it did specify the...
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    I was going to ration it out to an episode or two...

    I was going to ration it out to an episode or two a day, but I've ended up binge-watching it all between last night and today. An excellent adaptation that manages to capture pretty much all the...
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    Amazon UK are offering a one-week Prime trial...

    Amazon UK are offering a one-week Prime trial subscription for 99p. Should be plenty of time to get through the series.
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    That always carries the inherent risk of making...

    That always carries the inherent risk of making the players more angry at the DM than the BBEG.
  56. Well, Minsc is also back. Here's hoping he's a...

    Well, Minsc is also back. Here's hoping he's a playable character.

    And the reward levels in a videogame don't have to conform to the standard tabletop levels. For one thing, they can easily do...
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    That's fine to some extent, but there's also the...

    That's fine to some extent, but there's also the factor that people will often play con games in order to try out a new or obscure system and see whether it's for them. If they then buy the system...
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    Kinda sucks to B B4, I guess.

    Kinda sucks to B B4, I guess.
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    The more significant issue is that he sacrificed...

    The more significant issue is that he sacrificed his life during his last on-screen appearance.
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    Or Lore. Or B4.

    Or Lore. Or B4.
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    Was that an autocorrect of Tabasco, or is there...

    Was that an autocorrect of Tabasco, or is there such a thing as Tobacco Sauce?
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    In terms of checking whether a creature suspects...

    In terms of checking whether a creature suspects you of being disguised, I'd play it as a Charisma (Deception) check opposed by other peoples' passive Wisdom (Insight) checks. Anyone who doesn't know...
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    Lack of any real information? The trailer doesn't...

    Lack of any real information? The trailer doesn't really give us much clue what the series is actually going to be like. At this point it could be anything from an action packed retrospective...
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    They'll do in a pinch, but ketchup is considered...

    They'll do in a pinch, but ketchup is considered ideal.
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    It was in the movie. In the first movie Spock...

    It was in the movie. In the first movie Spock explains to Scotty that the transporter formula he's using is one that he will invent in the future. He doesn't specify when, but as you pointed out,...
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    That is explained in-universe. Scotty eventually...

    That is explained in-universe. Scotty eventually manages to create a transporter equation that will allow transporters to be used across vast distances, and in/out of warp drive. This was in the far...
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    It might be necessary for the "studying magic in...

    It might be necessary for the "studying magic in isolation" aspect. After all, the side-effect of keeping all of the star's output inside is that you keep everything else out.
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    I like that one. It is, as you say, the simplest...

    I like that one. It is, as you say, the simplest and neatest solution.


    That one doesn't really work. The Spock and Nero in this universe are orphans from the other timeline. Nothing their...
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    That does seem likely, especially given the...

    That does seem likely, especially given the echoed "but then, the unthinkable happened" line.

    The tricky part there is that Star Trek's portrayal of altered timelines has always been that it...
  70. They'll probably do a Batman vs Superman, and sub...

    They'll probably do a Batman vs Superman, and sub in a bigger, badder threat at the end for them to tag-team.
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    Think about how that actually feels in practice -...

    Think about how that actually feels in practice - someone grabbing your arm, and you trying to pull away or twist in their grip. You don't only know the sensation of their hand on your arm - you also...
  72. It's a lot easier to predict a particular...

    It's a lot easier to predict a particular technology than it is to consider and explore all the secondary ramifications of that technology.

    Plus, in many cases, that isn't even the goal. For many...
  73. Generally, anything that can give you an...

    Generally, anything that can give you an emotional connection to the character. A bit of geeky humour, so that you know they share some of your interests. A moment of self-deprecation to show that...
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    Wow, this is one persistent thread - Necro'd back...

    Wow, this is one persistent thread - Necro'd back from the dead twice over.



    That's certainly a valid interpretation, but it also makes the spell a bit weird. If it were really the case,...
  75. Robert Heinlein's 1954 novel The Star Beast...

    Robert Heinlein's 1954 novel The Star Beast features a teenager owning a clamshell-design mobile phone with GPS-style location tracking. Not quite a smartphone, but still a remarkably good...
  76. As shown in T3, combining liquid metal with a...

    As shown in T3, combining liquid metal with a mechanical body allows you to keep some flexibility while also bringing weapons to the party. And it looks like this new model gets the best of both...
  77. And these days people have genre expectations...

    And these days people have genre expectations based upon tropes established in Game of Thrones. I wonder whether he considers that a success or an irony. Did he break the wheel, or merely forge some...
  78. This thread contains a poll. I voted for mechanical bonus because I want to...

    I voted for mechanical bonus because I want to feel like the item is actually being of use to me, but with that said, I'd far rather have something I can use creatively than something that just...
  79. And if you don't visit Riedra you may never see a...

    And if you don't visit Riedra you may never see a Kalashtar (that you know of). And psionics aren't otherwise commonplace in Khorvaire.


    Warforged are constructs, but not elemental constructs....
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    I don't think I'd want to formalise it too much....

    I don't think I'd want to formalise it too much. There are some dungeons I've run where the place is active and social, and anyone unfriendly to the locals would have a very hard time resting...
  81. I'm not sure I'd classify Eberron as being that...

    I'm not sure I'd classify Eberron as being that highly urban. Certainly, there's support for urban campaigns, and the Wayfinder's Guide focused a lot on Sharn, but the setting as a whole has vast...
  82. But you already got that covered by buying the...

    But you already got that covered by buying the PDF in the first place, thus telling the market that settings in general and Eberron in particular were in demand - which leads directly to this...
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    Better still: Tell them you want to do this. Just...

    Better still: Tell them you want to do this. Just because you're not liking the standard combat experience, that doesn't mean your players are bored of it, or eager to try something else.
  84. So if it's fuelled by souls, does it have an...

    So if it's fuelled by souls, does it have an infernal combustion engine?
  85. Thread: Capturing Souls

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    It's a little outside the fairytale realm, but...

    It's a little outside the fairytale realm, but Alhoons (undead Mind Flayers from Volo's Guide To Monsters) grant themselves discount-Lich status through a ritual in which three Mind Flayer arcanists...
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    How is it possible to answer that without...

    How is it possible to answer that without context? The answer will vary wildly depending upon the character, the setting, the general situation, and their already-chosen spell selections.

    Are they...
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    Hmm.

    Hmm.
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    And ascribing real-world consequences to their...

    And ascribing real-world consequences to their opinions about fictional people.
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    Hex imposes disadvantage on ability checks, not...

    Hex imposes disadvantage on ability checks, not saving throws. Its combat utility is mostly in impeding Dexterity (Stealth) checks for sneaky opponents, or Strength (Athletics) checks for grabby...
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    Bear in mind that this is a work of fiction. It's...

    Bear in mind that this is a work of fiction. It's not just us who aren't the ones getting murdered - literally nobody is.
  91. The first thing I can think of is that they're...

    The first thing I can think of is that they're going to be going through every e-mail and memo involved in the ordering, production and distribution of this product, just in case there's anything in...
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    Did anyone?

    Did anyone?
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    The opening credits will be interesting next...

    The opening credits will be interesting next week. That poor King's Landing model's going to be totally trashed.
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    Every single Scorpion crew in the bay and on the...

    Every single Scorpion crew in the bay and on the walls was ready and waiting for an attack. And while Dany was diving at any one cluster, the rest had all the time in the world to line up their...
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    So, basically, at some point Dany snuck into the...

    So, basically, at some point Dany snuck into the Iron Fleet and stole all their plot armour. Suddenly the Scorpions go from being turn-on-a-dime railguns that can snipe a dragon out of the air in...
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    Would it really be any weaker than what we got?...

    Would it really be any weaker than what we got? Anakin's clingy, one-sided love and desperate fear of abandonment isn't exactly a great motivation for a villain. Having him be truly in love with...
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    That isn't what I was saying. I simply meant that...

    That isn't what I was saying. I simply meant that revealing actual horrific details about Black Widow's past for her to feel monstrous about runs the risk of leaving us, the audience, agreeing with...
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    I'll put it this way. I always knew Darth Vader...

    I'll put it this way. I always knew Darth Vader was a villain in the Star Wars trilogy, but I still fully bought into his redemption arc in Return of the Jedi.

    And then I retroactively unforgave...
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    Perhaps they chose to go with that precisely...

    Perhaps they chose to go with that precisely because it's a completely forgivable 'sin' in the eyes of the audience, whereas some of the crimes you allude to would have left many audience members...
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    You make it sound like that's important for some...

    You make it sound like that's important for some reason.
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