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    When I say "Scorched Earth" what do you think of?

    Pretty much exactly this. Usually used in the context of a military retreat from an enemy in a war. Often (but not always) the earth being scorched actually belongs to the homeland of the side retreating.
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    Pathfinder 1E What's broken or needs vast system knowledge?

    In general, Pathfinder is significantly more balanced than 3.5 and rewards system mastery less. Many (not all) of the most egregious problems in 3.5 have been fixed. Paizo has consciously tried to avoid power creep. All of that said, power creep most certainly HAS occurred. If you want to...
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    Playtesting in Detail

    I actually found this part of the article the most interesting. And potentially disturbing. Building a product plan really shouldn't be the most challenging and exciting part of the business for the customer advocate. Its also interesting to see the misuse of Agile :-). Nice to see one buzz...
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    D&D 5E Have you moved on yet? Has Wizard's handled this properly?

    I'm not sure how true that is, actually. If you look at discussions of 13th Age or Hillfolk (2 games that have been announced and playtested but aren't quite available yet) the overall feeling is overwhelmingly positive. And my memory of the Pathfinder open playtests was that most people were...
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    D&D 5E Have you moved on yet? Has Wizard's handled this properly?

    Some people had lists of things that were necessary before they'd even consider switching back. I don't remember anybody saying that their lists were sufficient for them to switch back. And, of course, those lists were all different and frequently contradictory. 6 years ago the D&D brand was...
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    Kickstarter Fantasy maps kickstarter

    I haven't noticed anybody else mention this kickstarter. I have no association with these guys, I just like maps and hope this succeeds :-)
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    So that's it for 4th edition I guess?

    Uh, no. Copyright exists for a reason. Authors deserve to get paid for their work. Or do you think that Rowling shouldn't be paid for the words that she put down on paper in a certain order? Now, there are some massive issues with the way that copyright law currently works. But that doesn't...
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    Pathfinder 1E Pathfinder Society Question

    I haven't a clue what the answer to your question is. I suggest that you take it to the paizo forum specifically designed to answer questions of this sort. You're much more likely to get a quick answer there
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    Ethical DM Dilemma in Shackled City - Spoiler

    You should absolutely go with your instincts and change things up where you think appropriate. Adventure Paths work much better as a structure on which to build than as a straight jacket. Feel free to change anything and everything. Never having played that particular AP I have no specific...
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    So that's it for 4th edition I guess?

    An unfortunate fact of life is that companies (not just Hasbro) very often promise that they will support things for ever and ever (especially when they announce new products competing with their old products) but later cut support anyway. Its not even necessarily dishonesty. At the time the...
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    D&D 5E October Playtest: Yay or Nay?

    I don't think that "spoiled" is the right word. I've played lots of different versions of D&D. Right now my favourite version is Pathfinder. One of the (many) things that I LIKE about Pathfinder is the fact that wizards get free use cantrips that are actually of minor use in combat. At low...
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    D&D 5E The Return of the HealBot

    One of my favourite changes in Pathfinder is the addition of channel energy to the clerics standard bag of tricks (for those who don't know what this means, clerics get a fair bit of healing from a different pool than their spells). This lets clerics be significantly more fun. Their primary...
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    D&D 5E October Playtest: Yay or Nay?

    In a thread asking about whether people are happy or unhappy with the playtesting progress it seems rather silly to insult people who have a different opinion of the process than you do. I agree with the criticism that far too much is changing every iteration and that there is no obvious...
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    D&D 5E Isn't "Disciplined" Useless?

    At least this silly ability is only in the playtest. WOTC pretty routinely made insansely bad powers. And often argued at length that they were, in fact, quite balanced. The archetypical example from 4th ed is the Ranger Twin Strike ability vs whatever the heck that stupid one that added +2 was...
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    Pathfinder 1E Our 1st Pathfinder campaign, and we could use some help.

    I'd suggest starting with one of the Paizo Adventure Paths. Pick an adventure path that takes your fancy. All of them have hooks to bring in characters. If that doesn't take your fancy, I highly recommend the Paizo book Players Guide to Varisia...
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    Must have book per edition

    Absolutely no must have books from any edition. I've got many books from various editions sitting on my shelves and I virtually never consult any books except those for the edition that I'm currently running or playing (Pathfinder, right now). If I don't consult them even when I own them they...
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    d20 Modern: The Avengers Challenge!

    I know its not really answering your challenge but Mutants and Masterminds is going to do an insanely better job of this. Almost as if its a d20 based system intended to portray super heros as opposed to portraying faux medieval adventurers. D20 just doesn't have the granularity to do supers...
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    D&D 5E Legends and Lore October 22nd

    I guess I'll have to wait a long while to see if Wizards deliver on that promise. At the risk of sounding cynical I admit that I have great doubt that they'll be able to pull that off. Certainly there is NOTHING in the playtest material that I've seen so far that indicates that this is even a...
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    D&D 5E Legends and Lore October 22nd

    To quibble with your quibble. some attempt was very definitely made to somewhat balance the rogue and the druid. Pathfinder was constrained by its base (3.5) but attempts were definitely made to improve balance. The rogue was buffed, the druid nerfed. The end result is certainly more balanced...
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    D&D 5E Legends and Lore October 22nd

    So far, I'm not actually seeing much concern with intra group (PC) balance. Its certainly far less balanced than 4th edition was (while not being my cup of tea, 4th edition was very, very well balanced. At least at first when I was playing it). I tihnk that this is going to be insanely...