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Recent content by meltdownpass

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    D&D General Can we talk about best practices?

    The only best practice I can think of that is true for all groups and all styles of play is: Ask the players what aspects of the game they liked, and what aspects of the game they didn't like Iteratively try to improve your performance. Repeat asking your players if they felt it was an improvement.
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    The Greatest TV Shows of All Time (Kinda): The Top 10

    Really hard to see Buffy/Angel belonging on this list. Too schlocky and too much filler (even if it's often well-done as far as that goes).
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    Paizo Paizo-Con Stream Write Ups

    Curious to see what they will do with the Gunslinger in PF2E. The PF1E Gunslinger had so many issues it's hard to know where to start. I feel the core issue is trying to give first class treatment to what is essentially a specialized ranged weapon class. Gunslinger would probably work better as...
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    D&D General What’s the most gruesome thing that can befall an adventurer?

    Watching your hard-won magic equipment dissolve under the hideous digestive juices of a rust monster.
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    Pathfinder 1E How "grimdark" is your Golarion?

    Generally I think D&D/Pathfinder doesn't handle it all that well. It's awkward when there is too much emphasis on graphic violence. When my character walks into an area and has to fight a bunch of mooks, and then in the next room there's a pit of dead children, and then fight a demon in the next...
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    D&D 5E Are humanoid mono-cultures being replaced with the Rule of Three?

    Obviously it's impossible to say anything about anything, because to say anything would be reductive and simplifying.
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    D&D 5E Mythological Figures: Leonidas

    Very cool, although I feel like it's a bit unusual seeing a leader of men like Leonidas with a 10 in CHA.
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    Level Up (A5E) Knacks; reorganizing them and make most knacks available to several classes, few to all classes.

    I'm going to have to disagree. Snacks, not knacks, are definitely the best addition to any edition.
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    Cat Advice (very off topic)

    I understand the appeal to authority perfectly fine. The point you're making is that because veterinarians study the biology of animals, that they are therefore authorities on ethical & moral matters. This does not follow. It's certainly worth thinking about these issues and reading wisdom &...
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    Cat Advice (very off topic)

    Realistically this is a moral question which leans heavily on your weighing of highly debateable terms like domesticated and Good. The appeal to authority doesn't bring anything useful to the discussion, and it seems unlikely to resolve philosophical questions that've been around for thousands...
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    D&D 5E Deleting Bonus Actions

    I see no problem with bonus actions conceptually. The question is whether bonus actions are suitable for who the game is targeting. Since my group is full of old school players, we don't see a problem with it. If your target audience is a little newer to TTRPGs or more inclined towards other...
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    Cat Advice (very off topic)

    I have a stray-adoptee and if she doesn't get proper play & exercise she can be very disruptive and destructive. Does yours have an interested in The Outdoors? Mine constantly is poking her head out the window and I started actually putting her on a leash and walking her around outside...
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    Pathfinder 2E Discussing a new PF2 healing paradigm

    This itself seems like a really poor and finicky rule that'd I'd encourage people to ignore. Focus spells aren't powerful enough that additional limitations are needed. I don't think it has anything to do with 5e assumptions, but rather about the mechanics of PF2. My group has learned the hard...
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    Worlds of Design: Is There a Default Sci-Fi Setting?

    More or less, it isn't credible in any future world that has cameras, identifiers on people and things, and has databases, that this type of information won't be made centralized and cross-referenced by the world's power institutions. Once that happens, the genie is out of the bottle. This...
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    Worlds of Design: Is There a Default Sci-Fi Setting?

    Don't want to get too deep in the weeds at risk of derailing the topic, but any kind of sci-fi setting that has even present-day level technology is going to have to grapple with what life looks like in a world of omnipresent surveillance & tracking of virtually all financial activity. Even in...