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  1. lowkey13

    4E Where was 4e headed before it was canned?

    Perhaps my group just lacks the leisure time that you have to devote to individualized and lengthy resolution of downtime during group session. I am envious. That said: 1) I would still use the same system even if I had more time; but 2) I would let you roll some dice if you wanted to. I'd...
  2. lowkey13

    4E Where was 4e headed before it was canned?

    I couldn't think of a nicer way to say, "Um, so I answered a question you asked me about my honest opinion regarding something, and apparently you are now saying that my own opinion that you just solicited isn't in accord with the OP, which we haven't been discussing for hundreds of posts ...
  3. lowkey13

    4E Where was 4e headed before it was canned?

    But yes, to make this abundantly clear, it is odd to me that someone would use multiple contested rolls (and failure) from a quintessential downtime activity as an example of how "freeform" their game is. As I have stated before, it took me a while (coming from D&D) to appreciate and grok Amber...
  4. lowkey13

    4E Where was 4e headed before it was canned?

    You were talking about the future direction of 4e if it hadn’t been canned?
  5. lowkey13

    4E Where was 4e headed before it was canned?

    Um, awesome? It is nice that you make incorrect assumptions about how we play; but if you, as a player, demand that everyone else spin their wheels so that you can be the solo protagonist of your own story, our group probably isn’t the right place for you.
  6. lowkey13

    What is the essence of D&D

    And yet, despite there being nothing special about D&D, none of the other games you have mentioned is much more than a rounding error compared to "D&D" (as defined by its editions and spinoffs, such as retroclones and PF). At some point, given that this has now gone on for decades, and the only...
  7. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    I agree. Personally, I have run Gygax-ian XP systems (wherein there is a large group of rotating players, and each player has a large number of PCs, and there is a constant mix-and-match approach, and only XP works). I have run "standard level" (everyone levels at the same time) and "milestone...
  8. lowkey13

    What is the essence of D&D

    What? You think you are going to get an argument from me that UA wasn't hot trash, and that anything past 1984 doesn't count for 1e? Are you going to try and tell me that Paladins are bad or something too?
  9. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    Maybe! But let me throw this idea out to you- A. Combat is unfun, and we aren't getting XP. B. .... so let's add an XP system, which leads to .... C. Combat is unfun, but we get XP, so now we will spend time doing unfun stuff because we have to. Maybe it's just me, but I sense a .... problem...
  10. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    Oh, I agree. Sounds like the fights are tedious! But maybe the problem is the combats, and not the XP system?
  11. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    Sometimes? It really depends on the social milieu and the individuals, doesn't it; people are neither perfectly rational actors that respond to incentives and disincentives like machines coldly calculating the utility, nor are they Pavlovian dogs that will salivate immediately upon the ringing...
  12. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    Interesting- could you elaborate on this? It has been my experience that regardless of the system (milestone leveling, group XP, individual XP, modified XP systems, and so on) that D&D players tend to focus on combat, and that, if anything, it is often hard to get them to enjoy the other...
  13. lowkey13

    XP for Absent Players

    Fun.
  14. lowkey13

    Why does She-Ra get a hyphen, and Catra doesn't? WHY?!?!

    Why does She-Ra get a hyphen, and Catra doesn't? WHY?!?!
  15. lowkey13

    Eberron: Rising from the Last War Coming For D&D In November

    I prefer the madness to the long intervals of horrible sanity that I must endure.
  16. lowkey13

    Greyhawk setting material

    Oh, I know! The Scarlet Brotherhood is one of those ur-Greyhawkian elements, in that it perfectly encapsulates a lot of what (some) people love about the setting. Here- 1. Humano-centric? Check! I mean, Human (Suel) Nazi Monks preaching racial supremacy? 2. A little gonzo? What part of Nazi...
  17. lowkey13

    Greyhawk setting material

    Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?
  18. lowkey13

    What is the essence of D&D

    Every Gnomish Paladin created kills another Aleena.
  19. lowkey13

    What is the essence of D&D

    Well, I did try to make this apparent in the OP. You know, where I wrote, "So I had a comment a while back discussing how the greatest strength of D&D, the very reason why D&D is the "Big Tent" RPG, is because it is a continuing dialogue between the past and the future; that "D&D" (construed as...
  20. lowkey13

    What is the essence of D&D

    I agree- but I'm trying to understand something a wee bit different. This goes to the idea of why "D&D" (however defined) is, and has remained, a "Big Tent" game. To me, it is eternally fascinating to read through some of the comments on enworld, and to see that wildly disparate approaches...
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