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  1. Zhaleskra

    Is "A Wizard Did It" Acceptable Worldbuiling?

    Well if you add a certain fortune cookie game to “a wizard did it”. 🤪
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    Thinking about Paranoia without playing Paranoia is a thought crime. Thought crimes are treason. Please report to the nearest termination booth. Thank you and have a nice daycycle.
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    Old timers?

    Pretty sure I joined originally in 2000, under a different username.
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    Besides D&D, what are you playing?

    I'm at the point where I've decided D&D and by extension Pathfinder are their own genre and not really "generic fantasy RPG". Not saying I think that's good or bad, just saying I expect people to have certain expectations when it's one of those two.
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    Besides D&D, what are you playing?

    And some people go so far as to call every TTRPG "D&D", even when talking about a game that clearly isn't D&D even if it is being used for pseudo-medieval fantasy. I actually got annoyed with the GURPS group I was once part of when the GM called it D&D to explain it to people asking (we were...
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    Tools & Apps for online RPG conferencing

    One more vote to support pinning/stickying VTT as a hot topic.
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    Recommend A Virtual Tabletop (VTT)

    I’m thinking of either getting Fantasy Grounds’s Ultra Pass or buying Tabletop Simulator.
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    When Pandemic Isn't Just a Game

    I work retail. Some customers are not maintaining appropriate social distance. I understand this is some cultures' "normal". Problem is, we're in a pandemic: stay away from people unless you absolutely need to be near them.
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    Pandemic: How will you continue to enjoy your hobbies?

    Well, I lost track of my Roll20 password, but Tabletop Simulator is an option. Yeah, also lost track of my Fantasy Grounds password.
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    What game mechanics when introduced were absolutely hated?

    "T-shirts! Get your edition war T-shirts here! T-shirts!"
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    Piloting/Driving Combat in RPGs is No Fun!

    I don't think it would be just one person, even if it is just one ship. There'd probably be a communications/navigation person checking the readings for expected locations of the target, and a gunner, at the very least.
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    Piloting/Driving Combat in RPGs is No Fun!

    Depending on what kind of spaceships you're using, there's the possibility of weapon batteries, including synched multi-ship weapon batteries.
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    WTF is "cold iron", and why's it so special?

    Re: Iridium. I think that's what people mean when they're saying "meteoric iron". Either they forgot the word or never knew it in the first place. I think.
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    Consequences of playing "EVIL" races

    Here's what I think will happen: the first few times a PC of an "evil" race encounters the setting appropriate backlash, they'll take it in stride. Probably by the fourth time it happens it won't be fun anymore, for players or GM.
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    Piloting/Driving Combat in RPGs is No Fun!

    This especially becomes a problem with systems that are more focused on the math. I'm supposed to work out the equations before the fight even happens? Speed of the ships, speed of the weapons. I mean sure I can do it, if I know in advance that a fight is going to occur in space, but I don't...
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    The Sort of TTRPGs You Want More (and Less) Of

    Don't they already dominate the Internet? Haven't people wasted time they're supposed to be working to watch cat videos?
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    Consequences of playing "EVIL" races

    I think one thing we may be missing is that not all settings are intended as "kitchen sink" settings. Planescape, Ravenloft, Spelljammer; those are all enabled to be "kitchen sink" settings. There is some argument to be made that Forgotten Realms is as well. That aside, there are two other...
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    What will be your next campaign?

    HARP is the initialism for High Adventure Role Playing, by Iron Crown Enterprises. It's a d100, roll high, death-spiral, very flexible system.
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    What will be your next campaign?

    The PCs will be 1st level as HARP doesn’t have the concept of 0th level. In Media Res can be a great way to start an adventure.
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    What will be your next campaign?

    I don't really have much of a plot thought up yet, but next time I run HARP I want all the PCs to be off the "peasant" professions. Something just happened to your village. Not yesterday. Not even last night. At most 20 minutes ago. What are you going to do about it?