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    I won't buy into that delusion. Also, 4E made...

    I won't buy into that delusion.

    Also, 4E made a profit. A handy one at that. It just ran its course.

    Being number 2 in a field of 40K + ain't bad.

    Plus, it was essentially competing with...
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    Only me. But we'd all seen the old Harryhouse...

    Only me. But we'd all seen the old Harryhouse films...
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    I disagree quite strongly with this. As do its...

    I disagree quite strongly with this. As do its thousands of fans.

    It plays well. Playtesting provided for a game that runs smoothly, provided you don't fight the system.

    It just doesn't feel at...
  4. L5R 5th Very flexible character advancement....

    L5R 5th

    Very flexible character advancement.
    Powerful but subtle behavior shaping via the honor system... at least when the player cares about the benefits honor has (or the drawbacks a lack of...
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    I've run RQ3 as a generic bronze-age fantasy....

    I've run RQ3 as a generic bronze-age fantasy. Works really well for that. I never got into Glorantha until Hero Wars came out.

    System is solid, combat deadly. CHaracter gen in 3E is background...
  6. As a player, I prefer short narration followed by...

    As a player, I prefer short narration followed by interactive for additional details.

    As a GM, I try to be more evocative than descriptive, when practical, which reduces the needed amount of...
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    Based upon 1st read, and no play, yes, it's a bit...

    Based upon 1st read, and no play, yes, it's a bit crunchier than 2nd Core...

    The combat mechanics look like they should internalize relatively easily, and speed up, but it's going to slog until...
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    lets the players collaborate in building the...

    lets the players collaborate in building the story, rather than simply slotting them into his story.

    Ensures everyone gets screen time
    ensures everyone has a chance to contribute. (which isn't...
  9. My players generally seem to think I'm one of the...

    My players generally seem to think I'm one of the good ones...

    ... and AL does put some serious limits on, but that's not what discouraged me.

    Why I quit:
    1 - having to pay for the adventures...
  10. There are games where rape is part of the...

    There are games where rape is part of the setting, but not a dominant factor in play.

    Hell, the namesake family in Pendragon... Arthur is the product of rape by deception (via Merlin's illusion);...
  11. And, at the time, Mike was very candid about the...

    And, at the time, Mike was very candid about the issue on RTG's forum. Major disappointment, but it happens.

    I never even heard of Mekton Zero until this thread....
  12. While there are those who like to push...

    While there are those who like to push buttons....

    The putz at that table is well past "unacceptable"...

    You don't spring loss of character control on players.
    You don't use sexual content...
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    For a man who you seem to think sucked, he...

    For a man who you seem to think sucked, he spawned an IP that's 8 decades old, still selling the original stories, plus additional stories written with the originator's permission, and then, after...
  14. On the tariff impact... 50˘ to the publisher...

    On the tariff impact...

    50˘ to the publisher adds about $1.00 to the distributor, and @$2.00 to the retailer. And that adds $4 to $5 (due to pricing patterns) to the customer. Everyone needs to...
  15. Rolemaster front-loads most of the complexity,...

    Rolemaster front-loads most of the complexity, and automating the tables makes it play MUCH MUCH faster. In a way, that makes VTT a superior platform to the home table for it. If fully set up, it...
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    With good players, yes, setting can be...

    With good players, yes, setting can be established in play. Some games rely upon that mode: John Wick's Houses of the Blooded and Blood and Honor do so writ large. One doesn't roll for success, but...
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    WotC also has super high standards, and that's...

    WotC also has super high standards, and that's not starting rate, but established rate. (The job I applied for was for less. I didn't get it, but did get to second round... and told to reapply later.)
  18. DTRPG has had to takedown items from time to...

    DTRPG has had to takedown items from time to time.

    THey pulled down ALL the D&D stuff I'd bought when 4E launched. It reappeared last year.

    Publishers can pull product at either level (no...
  19. The same engine is used for Mutant Year Zero...

    The same engine is used for Mutant Year Zero...
  20. Technically, Modiphius didn't; Gale Force 9 did....

    Technically, Modiphius didn't; Gale Force 9 did. It's being done under GF9's license which includes RPG and Board Games.

    Still, yeah, looking forward to it, and to the new Dune movie.

    I am...
  21. Had a player who couldn't figure out how to track...

    Had a player who couldn't figure out how to track how many spell slots she had for her cleric. 4 different people had explained it - and failed to teach her.

    So, I made a sheet for her...

    "All...
  22. So y'all know...on T5.1, if you bought T5.0,...

    So y'all know...on T5.1, if you bought T5.0, T5.01, or T5.09 from Marc (via FFE's website, or the prior KS) or on DTRPG, and have not heard from Marc Miller, you should drop him an email... so he can...
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    Actually, you do see it... drop the word "mini"...

    Actually, you do see it... drop the word "mini" from your searches and you're likely to find plenty. And not a few RPGers are using cardboard tokens (traditionally called counters, but tokens, pogs,...
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    That triggers the following thoughts (I'm not...

    That triggers the following thoughts (I'm not challenging your statement; I'm riffing off of it because it made me think...)

    RPGs can be played entirely without the performance aspect, entirely in...
  25. You want one to be glued on; the other either a...

    You want one to be glued on; the other either a screw-cap (the female portion glues on) or an unglued cap.

    If using a screw-cap, you also get high water resistance.
  26. MNblockhead A growing sector of gamers are...

    MNblockhead
    A growing sector of gamers are playing in public spaces without access to power, big screens, projectors, etc. Tablets suck for map display.

    Printing things out is likely to remain...
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    For me... The presentation of the game needs to...

    For me...
    The presentation of the game needs to be good enough to convey clearly the rules.
    The rules need to be good enough that they don't inhibit good story from evolving.
    The GM (usually me,...
  28. Several subsystems are mini-games in their own...

    Several subsystems are mini-games in their own right.

    As with older editions...

    Character generation is a minigame. it can be played solo.
    Trade and Commerce can be run solo, if the player is...
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    Having used the Cue system in the CosPat...

    Having used the Cue system in the CosPat version... It's rules light but roll-heavy, albeit not bad. Comparable to the old GW Judge Dredd...

    Calling it the "Cue System" is a serious bit of a...
  30. That's actually been pretty well standard...

    That's actually been pretty well standard throughout the industry; excepting generic or genre-only games, and D&D, most everything else from major publishers starts with some intro-fluff these days....
  31. Digital is worthless when you game away from your...

    Digital is worthless when you game away from your electronics. It's also totally lame for trying to display a map for use with minis, unless you have a dedicated display table (either using rear...
  32. Rebrand it, and it should do reasonably well. I'm...

    Rebrand it, and it should do reasonably well. I'm really surprised it hasn't been retrocloned yet... It gets a significant amount of play on Roll20: 8.8% of Roll20 players played it in Q1 2018; right...
  33. This thread contains a poll. I have written several. None of any consequence....

    I have written several. None of any consequence.

    I have web-released several. I've gotten one person respond that they played it... and I know a dozen or more have read it.

    I have not published...
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    it is axiomatic to a pedant: a book is never...

    it is axiomatic to a pedant: a book is never cinematic, a movie never literary. Not in the strict definition of the terms.

    I'm a strong bit of a pedant, but not that strict; that said, many of the...
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    2E was way too far mechanically out there for me....

    2E was way too far mechanically out there for me. And I like Blood & Honor....

    The dice mechanic is really not my style.

    I found most of the 2E books unreadable as laid out... fortunately, I...
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    Literary in the sense of "relating to books".......

    Literary in the sense of "relating to books"....

    Many aspects of RPGs are, to me, Literary - writing the rules and adventures technically are literary endeavors. So is reading them.

    But play?...
  37. Missing from the Poll: Part of a competition ...

    Missing from the Poll:
    Part of a competition
    codifying one's houserules into a standalone. (Especially popular in the OSR)
    OCD
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    The player agreed to the stakes; it was pivotal...

    The player agreed to the stakes; it was pivotal either way...

    That's an important consideration: stakes setting enhances the utility of limited rounds games.
  39. More likely for those using older editions. ...

    More likely for those using older editions. Editions 1-3 were variable TN by difficulty.
  40. The overwhelming dross of the d20 bubble really...

    The overwhelming dross of the d20 bubble really curbed me of a lot of spending.

    I'm loathe to buy unless I love the franchise already, or really trust the designer. Or can skim it before buying....
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    Attacking a highly skilled fighter in GURPS is a...

    Attacking a highly skilled fighter in GURPS is a stupid move if you're alone... even if you're a highly skilled fighter.

    His 1 parry per round is likely to hurt, bad.
    Using 3E numbers (because...
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    Not always. If the district has rules about...

    Not always. If the district has rules about games...

    I worked for a school district for 15 years...
    they banned CCGs, anything looking like a CCG, wargames, anything looking like a weapon...
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    Places that may be willing to take donated games:...

    Places that may be willing to take donated games:
    Local YMCA - if family friendly
    Local schools - ibid.
    Local Senior Center. (Corvallis, OR: the Senior Center hosts a weekly boardgame day. Good...
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    Jonathon Tweet: No experience with it in VTM...

    Jonathon Tweet:
    No experience with it in VTM (haven't run it since the 90's).
    I've seen reductions in other games, tho'.

    Burning Wheel has a pretty nifty one-roll resolution option. If it's not...
  45. For me, I care enough to comment on dice I think...

    For me, I care enough to comment on dice I think are loaded, but not enough to balance test. I have, on occasion, run a chi˛ test on them - and almost every time I was concerned enough to do so, the ...
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    Quite. It retains 2E's basic check and...

    Quite.

    It retains 2E's basic check and character gen mechanics, but goes with 1E for most of the other mechanics.

    It's worth noting that the mechanical lineage goes
    WFB 1E → WFRP 1E → ...
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    first time - Star Frontiers, then on to Classic...

    first time - Star Frontiers, then on to Classic Traveller

    second time - FASA STRPG.

    Third time: T20 Traveller's Handbook (D20 Traveller) in playtest

    Fourth time WFRP 2E playtest. Got kicked...
  48. This thread contains a poll. I've only had a few "generally toxic" players....

    I've only had a few "generally toxic" players. Let's see... I can think of 4. Out of several hundred players. I've rejected another dozen or so before play.

    I've had players whose playstyle didn't...
  49. This thread contains a poll. I hate play by post. I've tried. Repeatedly. I...

    I hate play by post. I've tried. Repeatedly. I just cannot handle the slow, nor the lack of interactivity.

    Play by text chat is doable, but problematic. I've got trigger finger in all 8 fingers....
  50. This thread contains a poll. Technically, 2300 AD is second edition Mongoose...

    Technically, 2300 AD is second edition Mongoose 2300 AD; it's the 5th iteration of the 2300 Setting...
    1st was "Traveller 2300" by GDW
    2nd was "2300 AD" by GDW
    3rd was "2320 AD" by QLI
    4th was...
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    I've skimmed it. I dislike the career changes....

    I've skimmed it.

    I dislike the career changes. Combat looks workable.

    The art's both a little clean and a little off what I expected.
  52. This thread contains a poll. I have, and have rejected it as impractical. The...

    I have, and have rejected it as impractical. The ones I can afford suck, and the ones I can't afford won't run on my hardware, anyway.

    There is no substitute for a FTF private game.

    I love...
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    No, that's not new for John. His design skills...

    No, that's not new for John. His design skills are at Brilliant or better...
    ...his rules-writing skills have sucked from day 1. As in, he writes games that work well, but doesn't write them in a...
  54. This thread contains a poll. My biggest problem is a venue. Life in the burbs...

    My biggest problem is a venue. Life in the burbs was bad enough - but having moved to the countryside, the idea of getting people out here is laughable.
  55. This thread contains a poll. I'm usually the GM. I prefer gift certs or...

    I'm usually the GM.

    I prefer gift certs or rules on my wish lists.
    I don't mind at all suitable RPG related garments.
  56. This thread contains a poll. I'm too busy running to play much. And then, when...

    I'm too busy running to play much. And then, when I do get to play, most of the time, the GM has left me wondering why I bothered to show up.
  57. I recall reading that the game which the novels...

    I recall reading that the game which the novels were grounded in wasn't D&D/AD&D... the D&D modules were ported from the other game.
  58. No. The point of RPGs in general is to have an...

    No. The point of RPGs in general is to have an interesting story emerge that's fun for all involved. When players go out of their way to make the GM's job harder, they literally are sucking the fun...
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    Not just you, Morrus. I find that, in prepping...

    Not just you, Morrus.

    I find that, in prepping for such, I take notes. And then keep those notes handy.
  60. Technically, the PLAYER is required to bring the...

    Technically, the PLAYER is required to bring the +1 book with them.

    1 book, generally, someone has brought it, even if player X who needs it has it not. The GM is only required to have the PHB and...
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    That and "No trading sex for modifiers"...

    That and "No trading sex for modifiers"...
  62. the lettuce is the baseline sustenance... 4...

    the lettuce is the baseline sustenance... 4 points per minute maximum intake is 2×(level +1) in 10 minutes.
    EP/10 min by food sources:
    Grass 0.1
    Clover 0.2
    Berries or mushrooms: 0.3
    Lettuce 4...
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    Genesys - at least if willing to buy the dice or...

    Genesys - at least if willing to buy the dice or die-roller.
    Same system as FFG Star Wars. No provisions for for gridded/miniatures type combat.

    d6 Fantasy. Simple in concept, room to make it...
  64. Mongoose Traveller is FAR below GURPS Vehicles or...

    Mongoose Traveller is FAR below GURPS Vehicles or Traveller: The New Era's Fire Fusion and Steel, or the T4 version of it (with even more details).

    CORPS VDS is simpler that TNE/T4 FF&S, but has...
  65. I love the back cover's advert for The Fantasy...

    I love the back cover's advert for The Fantasy Trip...
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    8 should be "Argumentative. having made a case,...

    8 should be "Argumentative. having made a case, and been ruled against, continuing to argue the case."
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    For home games, pretty much what Umbran notes...

    For home games, pretty much what Umbran notes above.

    For public games, I try to run as close to RAW as practical.

    For league play - only what's allowed by league rules. Disliking the league...
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    If I'm running a published adventure in a public...

    If I'm running a published adventure in a public venue as part of organized play, "No." Because the limits of organized play include not making major changes, and swapping out the spiders is likely...
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    Nothing that rose to any level of offensive to a...

    Nothing that rose to any level of offensive to a reasonable person. Including no one else in earshot. Simply put, and this is several years gone by, the person was abusing the rules of AL in an...
  70. My preference is static in presentation, but...

    My preference is static in presentation, but clearly not going to remain such. A stable snapshot, with suggestions for how it might go — multiple suggestions in different directions — so that it can...
  71. No. I hate it with great passion. I'm too...

    No. I hate it with great passion. I'm too pedantic and rules-minded.
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    pemerton - while not exactly the same, I have...

    pemerton -
    while not exactly the same, I have had players object in league play about being triggered by other players' dialogue. Interrupting them, in order to demand the scene end. Essentially,...
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    Paizo has been very verbal about being pro-LGBT,...

    Paizo has been very verbal about being pro-LGBT, and pro-racial-inclusivity. At least since 2013. I have no idea if the link is still good, but the podcast where a paizo staffer notes their...
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    When I've had that kind of issue, the usual...

    When I've had that kind of issue, the usual solution was to punt the offended player. Why? because it's always been one player repeatedly complaining about 2-3 others, no one else sharing the...
  75. Ones that have important mechanical effect: ...

    Ones that have important mechanical effect:
    armor failure - some single piece of armor (usually one of: a lame on the gauntlets; an elbow cop or knee cop, or one of the adjacent lames; a shoulder...
  76. Finding reliable players.

    Finding reliable players.
  77. The price jump still leaves it below D&D and PF...

    The price jump still leaves it below D&D and PF dead tree.

    D&D PHB, MSRP $49.95. While that's a playable ruleset... it lacks NPC stats for non-monsters.

    Pathfinder 2 PLAYTEST MSRP $44.95.
    ...
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    As a GM, my job is Present challenges to the...

    As a GM, my job is
    Present challenges to the characters that they can overcome.
    Fairly use the agreed upon ruleset
    ensure everyone gets some "screen time"
    make certain there's a real chance...
  79. Hasbro seems to have figured out that, if you...

    Hasbro seems to have figured out that, if you don't release the back catalog in PDF, the pirates will.

    (Some of the chatter on 4chan and 7chan is a hoot... some along the lines of "It's only $2......
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    I actually used the names of brands of Vacuum...

    I actually used the names of brands of Vacuum Cleaners for the names of the goblin tribes in my last homebrew D&D campaign. Kirby, Dyson, 'oover, Black Decker, rainbow...

    My players never...
  81. People also often don't do proper analysis of the...

    People also often don't do proper analysis of the data. For example, the Police shootings data. The 1990 or 1991 report by DoJ (My roommate at the time ordered a copy) was analyzed and found that...
  82. I think people underestimate the impact of melee...

    I think people underestimate the impact of melee wounds.

    Blunt trauma hurts later, often in hours, not immediately, assuming it doesn't cause you to pass out from internal bleeding beforehand....
  83. Interesting idea.

    Interesting idea.
  84. DEAD WRONG. Quite literally, some of the best...

    DEAD WRONG.

    Quite literally, some of the best campaigns start without a scenario.

    Especially given the mechanics in AD&D, where dungeons can be created on the fly, and random encounter tables...
  85. It makes me think "Saturday morning cartoons,"...

    It makes me think "Saturday morning cartoons," MLP, and "Josie & the Pussycats."

    I'm not certain that's what you're going for... if it is... well, I've a group of teens willing to try almost...
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    Admirable... but, if you find inspiration but...

    Admirable... but, if you find inspiration but mechanics you don't find usable, it may be worthwhile to do something better.

    And, just as a bit of slightly off topic- the Band GWAR had a minis...
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    TLDR: Yes, but it's totally not a useful product....

    TLDR: Yes, but it's totally not a useful product.

    The vid is amusing.

    Glass can be cast, including obsidian, but it's tricky, needs special tools and methods, and the guy in the video shows...
  88. "this is going to alienate some of my audience......

    "this is going to alienate some of my audience... but I don't care! What's your highest level character?"

    Awesome quote.
  89. Warhammer - cheesy as it is - is alive, well, and...

    Warhammer - cheesy as it is - is alive, well, and making stupidly high profits via high-priced minis and regular rules churn and player-turnover.

    It's a wargame of the minis variety.

    Likewise,...
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    For me... No interest in Savage Worlds, and...

    For me...
    No interest in Savage Worlds, and limited interest in FTL's species in a Roleplaying context.

    Only clicked into the thread by accident; but since I'm here...

    If I were motivated to...
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    Starchildren: Velvet Generation is focused upon...

    Starchildren: Velvet Generation is focused upon rock bands (and alien fans thereof) in an era where rock has been banned.
  92. Several "board games" directly use a narrative,...

    Several "board games" directly use a narrative, including Hobbit Tales, Once Upon a Time, Aye, Dark Overlord. They lack the character ownership aspect.

    Many others play in what can easily be...
  93. Has it? I don't think so. I mean, there are a lot...

    Has it? I don't think so. I mean, there are a lot of people reinventing OE D&D, and other 1st gen games, cleaning up a few inconsistencies (like which direction is better on the dice), and making...
  94. My name appears in the credits for d20 Traveller...

    My name appears in the credits for d20 Traveller rules... T20 Traveller's Handbook.

    It's got some quirks, like it was playtested with half the XP rate given... so high-level play is not as well...
  95. Gygax's article was the opening salvo in a pretty...

    Gygax's article was the opening salvo in a pretty public feud between the two...

    I'll note that when I was corresponding with Mr. Arneson, he was careful to say nothing overtly negative about...
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    While not D&D, Classic Traveller Book 4:...

    While not D&D, Classic Traveller Book 4: Mercenary is an excellent coverage of unit organization of the 1970's and 1980's. Mechwarrior 2nd Edition has the Mercenary's Handbook (1E), which is equally...
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    Depends upon style of play. Storygamer, no...

    Depends upon style of play.

    Storygamer, no difficulty levels: Apocalypse World (I found the rules impenetrable until I read a few other, more intelligible, versions of the engine. Not my cuppa,...
  98. And yet, fundamentally, it's a fairly simple set...

    And yet, fundamentally, it's a fairly simple set of mechanics... lots of tables for character gen, but straightforward in play. (Frustratingly so, for many.)

    It's one of several games that come...
  99. Phil, how do you manage to get any work done with...

    Phil, how do you manage to get any work done with all your social media presence?

    :confused:
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    A free reroll for their birthday, usable in the...

    A free reroll for their birthday, usable in the following session. No questions asked, go ahead and reroll once.

    Feed me: one trivial retcon or reroll in following session.
    Feed the group: An...
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