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  1. TheAlkaizer

    D&D General D&D doesn't need Evil

    Well, yes, these are all morally reprehensible things to do. But you have to put things into context, not that I'm excusing these things. There's a reason we don't (at least in my part of the world) judge premeditated the same way we do crimes of passion. Or that we don't judge children the...
  2. TheAlkaizer

    D&D General D&D doesn't need Evil

    And to me, it doesn't. Jaime Lannister is a tragic character. To me, he's very far from what I'd consider evil. But that's the issue that's already been raised in this thread. Evil is a very subjective concept. It ties into complex topics like ethics and morals. So saying that something is...
  3. TheAlkaizer

    D&D General D&D doesn't need Evil

    Well, it's an interesting case. Because I know that my love for Game of Thrones is mostly because of its gray characters. Characters that do bad things, yet are shown to be doing it for reasons that makes sense for them. People that have good hearts, but do terrible things as they deem them...
  4. TheAlkaizer

    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    I don't think they're really unpopular. Most interactions I had with orcs while playing D&D was with some version of the chaotic evil orcs. Personally, I don't have an issue with a specie being considered chaotic evil, because I take for granted that there's some groups that splinters off it...
  5. TheAlkaizer

    How do you keep your GM notes?

    Entirely true. To be entirely honest, the act of preparation itself and writing up my summary is more important the result. I end up skimming large portions of my notes for sessions because I wrote them not even twenty four hours before, and I have a really good memory. It's more useful when my...
  6. TheAlkaizer

    How do you keep your GM notes?

    When I DM, I have a small notepad to take notes, scribble and for all my output. For my input (my prep), I have my laptop in front of me. I use a software called Notion. I already use it for work, and it's great at organizing notes in databases and formatted pages. It really complements my type...
  7. TheAlkaizer

    D&D 5E How many encounters per day is YOUR average?

    My DMing style has few encounters, but my players know to take them seriously. I voted for less than 1. Because we don't get combat encounters all sessions, and when they do happen, it'll be one big encounter, or maybe two at most. I tend to put a ton of effort in my encounters. The enemies...
  8. TheAlkaizer

    Rules FAQ How Many Spells Can You Cast in a Round in D&D 5E?

    On your turn, yes, it make sense. Just to be clear, here's a few scenarios. You can do the following: I use my action to cast Cure Wounds. My opponent casts Counterspell. I use my reaction to cast Counterspell against his Counterspell. You cannot do the following: I use my bonus action to...
  9. TheAlkaizer

    Rules FAQ How Many Spells Can You Cast in a Round in D&D 5E?

    I'm pretty sure it's the opposite. If we put aside feats and other shenanigans, just a basic caster... On your turn (not once per round), you can cast either: An full spell with your action (let's say Cure Wounds). A cantrip with your action, and a full spell with your bonus action. In...
  10. TheAlkaizer

    Do you sell your books?

    I have never sold any of my books. I did lose track of my 3E books when I moved away, I think my mother might have sold or trashed them. But aside from that, I'm keeping every book I own.
  11. TheAlkaizer

    Adapting generic TTRPG rulesets (notably Genesys)

    So, what's your go-to generic system right now? What do you play with your players?
  12. TheAlkaizer

    Adapting generic TTRPG rulesets (notably Genesys)

    Worth it for the DM I guess. As I said, without too much thought, I fail to see how a generic system could do as well/better what systems designed for a very specific type of experience. So, I guess that the appeal is the fact that you can quickly adapt such a ruleset and reuse the same rules...
  13. TheAlkaizer

    Adapting generic TTRPG rulesets (notably Genesys)

    Would you say it's easier/faster for you to adapt a sourcebook and the rules of HERO as opposed to learning a new system?
  14. TheAlkaizer

    Adapting generic TTRPG rulesets (notably Genesys)

    So, I'm continuing the TTRPG expedition that I began after the start of the pandemic. I've invested a good amount of money and time in the past two years to explore different systems: Zweihander, Symbaroum, Forbidden Lands, Vampire the Masquerade, Lancer, etc. One type of product that I haven't...
  15. TheAlkaizer

    RPG Print News – Cubicle 7, Arc Dream Publishing, and More

    I bought the Adventures Collection for Symbaroum. It came out right when I took interest in the first adventures of their multi-module campaign.
  16. TheAlkaizer

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    Jeff's statement was very weak. Erik's one, at least for me, makes sense. It's very obvious no matter the truth that he showed a poor judgment in putting such symbols on display, but I honestly have weirder stuff on my shelves, I just wouldn't put it on display at the office or slip it into a...
  17. TheAlkaizer

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    OK, I'll try and shift the thread in another direction to promote discussion. I've got a question. Most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the recent events with Activision-Blizzard. When discussing the topic with colleagues, I hypothesized that Blizzard was one of the few company that...
  18. TheAlkaizer

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    I had to stop myself multiple times to ask if Paizo finally had made it in the green list. :ROFLMAO:
  19. TheAlkaizer

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    I did not say any of these things. Listen, I don't think we'll go anywhere with this discussion. You're taking this way further than it ought to. Some people said it was hard to follow some 150 posts on twitter split in like five different threads. The point was raised that maybe this isn't the...
  20. TheAlkaizer

    Paizo Jessica Price (ex Paizo employee) spills the beans

    True. She's an employee at ArenaNet, her profile says so. And she goes talking about the reality of narrative writing for MMORPGs. I'd quality her tone both as informative (for her readers) and a bit of a rant (it's not an easy job). So far so true. First thing, the some dude is a media...
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