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  1. RedShirtNo5.1

    The Infamous Doublebear

    The doublebear was in Monster Manual *2.
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    My Attempt to Define RPG's - RPG's aren't actually Games

    First, I don't think this is true. There are RPGs that have a single pre-constructed scenario and no rules for how to make other scenarios. I haven't played it, but my understanding is that Lady Blackbird is an example of this. Second, how does this differ from tabletop wargaming? There...
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    Wait, is THAT how that works?!

    It wasn't until the great dragon-turtle hunt began. True story.
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    Wait, is THAT how that works?!

    Treasure Type U "1 of each magic" means one roll of each category of magic item. Not one of each magic item listed in the DMG.
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    I assert that if a player's declared action does not succeed, because of the results of a randomization mechanic, then the player does not have control over his/her PC's actions.
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    Worst Purchase Ever?

    I think I've got three contenders. 3e Deities and Demigods. Ugh. I remember really liking the art, but thinking, "why am I getting this?" And regretting it 5 minutes later. At least in 1e Dieties and Demigods the stat blocks were short. And at least epic level handbook had some interesting...
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    Pathfinder 2E Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!

    Erik, can you expand on what the design goals are for the new edition? I see various specific rule changes, but I'm not getting a vision on what "best version" means.
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    I think Pemerton's reply to me is a categorical denial that he uses pre-authored material for framing. Maybe he takes the position that any content generated in response to player input isn't pre-authored? Like if the player says "my character has a grudge against dragons" and the GM then...
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    Yeah, color me confused. I assume that when you pull out your old Greyhawk material and tell them they are in Hardby, you are reading notes to generate the framing. Maybe you disagree that they are notes because someone else authored them? Maybe you disagree because the party being in Hardby...
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    Notes Improvised In response to player actions Gygaxian - read notes in response to player actions ? - improvise in response to player actions Before player actions ? - read notes in order to provide frame Pemerton? - improvise in order to provide frame
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    Pemerton says that in Gygaxian play, a significant goal of play is for players to make action declaration statements to trigger the GM to read stuff from his/her notes. I say that in Pemertonian play, a significant goal of play is for the GM to read stuff from his/her notes to trigger the...
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    What is *worldbuilding* for?

    Pemerton, let me see if I can rephrase this. Unless the results are constrained by pre-existing shared fictional positioning, the results of action declaration statements by the players should be determined by a rule set that permits success (and presumably failure) and not constrained by the...
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    D&D 5E RAW: Spell attack rolls modifiers stack?

    I certainly think that threadcrapping is possible when disagreeing with the premise of a thread. For example, if someone asks for advice on how to build a fighter, then being told to play a wizard instead is pretty clearly threadcrapping. RAW discussions were common in 3e (and Caliban who...
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    D&D 5E Come out and put yourself on the Gygax scale!

    D3, but definitely not Q1.
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    D&D 5E Is there beef between Mearls and Cook?

    Monte commented about his problems when returning to WotC here. Plus as DEFCON 1 said right at the beginning of the thread, the full-time contract probably would have required any RPG-related IP that Cook came up with be assigned to WotC. I suspect Numenera was already on his mind, and that...
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    D&D 5E Help me grok mega-dungeons

    I will give an example of play from Thursday night. -The party read about a sage from the "Invisible College" who was hiring "adventures of highest caliber" for an expedition. They tried to find the college to inquire about being hired, but discovered that not only is this wizard's academy...
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    D&D 5E Help me grok mega-dungeons

    @Lanefan Thanks. A discussion on how to classify these and what else can be included deserves it's own thread. To focus this on the Mouse's question, if I were to pick three products to look at to see what a megadungeon can offer, I would say Caverns of Thracia, Rappan Athuk, and probably...
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    D&D 5E Help me grok mega-dungeons

    Dungeon Edition Size What I've heard/read Anomalous Subsurface Environment OSR Mega Gonzo paranoia/scifi inspired “dungeon.” Barrowmaze OSR Big Lots of undead. Castle Blackmoor 0e/3e? Mega? Dave Arneson's dungeon. Castle Greyhawk/Castle Zagyg 0e/C&C Mega Gygax's personal dungeon, which...
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    D&D 5E Help me grok mega-dungeons

    Test - full list below.