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Qadira

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I'm sure it would, but on the other hand I'm not going to force myself to watch something I don't really like. I guess it's a Marmite thing - you either like it or you don't. I'll give the next episode a go (on iPlayer) and see what I think.

That said, I think the main issue, on reflection, is the format of 50 minute episodes, so a story has to crammed into about half the time that a story under the 4 25 minute episodes format old serial format provided. It all seems very rushed, people run around a lot, and then there's a rushed, implausible climactic scene, and then at the end there's a bit cod-heavy emotion about something or other (this time the regeneration, but someone always has a moan about something). It's all over before you'd half-way through a old serial.

Not, of course, that old Who was always great - the later stuff was famously duff and even during the classic period they had plenty of less memorable stories (which unreliable memory tends to edit out). But at least there was time to develop the story a bit more.

I can't be the only one who remembers the old Who here - is there anyone else who has a view on this?

Qadira

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OK, you guys are more up on the new Doctor stuff while I'm not, being more a fan in the old days. I've watched the odd episode, typically the specials, but I sat down with the wife to watch the first Capaldi. So, please answer me this:

- who was the lesbian lizard? There was no attempt to explain this to the casual watcher.
- why was she hanging with a Sontaran, and why was he nice(-ish) and played for laughs (which was the death knell, incidentally, of the old series)?
- how come none of the locals were freaked out by two obvious aliens walking around among them?
- why is it OK by the Doctor (or his companion, anyway) to hang with said lesbian lizard when it is implied she eats people, even if they are nasty people? What's with the glib, "shrugging" morality? I know it's intended to be entertainment on a Saturday night but they managed to cover a bigger moral compass than this with cardboard sets and monsters made of bubblewrap in a twenty-five minute episode.
- why does it feel like an episode of Sherlock - same sort of style, dialogue? Wait, I actually know the answer to that one.

I have never understood the appeal of the new Doctor Who. Can someone explain it to me? There was a moral and philosphical core - more or less - in the old days whereas now the whole thing seems to be padded out with mawkish sentimental whining. I really want to like it - it's Doctor Who, for Christ's sake - but it just seems to me to be boring, trivial and a bit dumb.

And please, how many times have they been to Victorian London?

What aren't I getting (this is a serious enquiry, not a trolling)?

That said, I thought Capaldi was good.

Qadira

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Yeah, character death is a funny one. It is pretty rare in my games (probably also a factor of playng 4e) but it does occasionally happen. Generally, it is a bit of a downer but can serve as a useful reminder to the players to be a bit more careful. But my experience is that players don't like it and doesn't add much to a game. On the other hand, it's always a risk and if the dice don't play out the way you want, it'll happen sometimes, and it's salutory for the players to be reminded of that too.

Just a query though - my understanding is that you get three death saving throws before you die, not one. Is this a houserule of yours, or had the PC already used two up? I've had plenty of PCs reduced to below 0hp in my game - happens a lot - but multiple death saving throws have generally saved them. If I gave them just one, death would be a lot more frequent in my games.

Qadira

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In the end we didn't go to Scarborough fair, but we did go to the Sainsbury's there.

Qadira

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I'll see if I can pick up some parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme while there.

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No, it's Scarborough this time.

Qadira

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I'm on holiday after today - see you all Monday after next.

Qadira

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I'm on holiday after today - see you all Monday after next.

Qadira

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I'm on holiday after today - see you all Monday after next.

Qadira

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I'm on holiday after today - see you all Monday after next.

Qadira

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That is probably the reason it's disastrous. Be brave.

I'll be honest, I don't get the impression that Greeks really know how to manage businesses very well, based on the experiences you describe.

Qadira

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Just to let everyone know I am, yet again, going on holiday - this time for a week - from Saturday 23rd August. Again, I am very unlikely to have internet access.

Qadira

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Just to let everyone know I am, yet again, going on holiday - this time for a week - from Saturday 23rd August. Again, I am very unlikely to have internet access.

Qadira

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Just to let everyone know I am, yet again, going on holiday - this time for a week - from Saturday 23rd August. Again, I am very unlikely to have internet access.

Qadira

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Just to let everyone know I am, yet again, going on holiday - this time for a week - from Saturday 23rd August. Again, I am very unlikely to have internet access.

Qadira

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Hi guys, I am back but I've got a few things work-wise to do. Should be back on imminently.

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Hi guys, I am back but I've got a few things work-wise to do. Should be back on imminently.

Qadira

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Hi guys, I am back but I've got a few things work-wise to do. Should be back on imminently.

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Hi guys, I am back but I've got a few things work-wise to do. Should be back on imminently.

Qadira

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As a comment, it is good roleplaying for Will to object to undead. But we need to be careful that this doesn't shut Wultram down from playing his character. While summoning undead is only part of his repertoire, I think it might be better to come to more of an accomodation.

Qadira

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No probs - it's just a perennial subject these days, in this game and others. A lot of people don't like xp but I prefer to use it - if nothing else, I'd probably be over-generous otherwise.

Qadira

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Sadly, the DM isn't going to tell you when, so you'd better track your xp. That is the only determinant. We've had this conversation before - I will not track xp for you.

Qadira

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Anyway, best wishes for sprog no. 3 and your Mrs.

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Try and see if they can induce her on the 24th or 25th so hopefully you can get back to uninterrupted posting by the time I get back, yeah?

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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No worries - I'll be on holiday from 24th July to the 10th August and almost certainly will not be posting in that period, for much the same reasons.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

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Eh, we've been playing this campaign for about five years, pretty much from the time 4e came out. It's been good, but I think we'd be quite grateful when it ends. Characters from level 1 to 30 - we can say we've done it, we might not bother again.

Qadira

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Biarritz, or near there, anyway.

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Well, it'll happen. The issue is when. But (and some advance warning) I'll be on holiday for two weeks from the end of next week and, even if I wanted, there's no way my wife would tolerate me Skyping in from France. So it'll be August or (more likely) September.

Qadira

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Actually, there may be another agenda going here. None of the players really could be bothered to run a game, so thay asked the OP. Funnily enough they then found a reason to leave that game and very quickly "found" another DM. It could simply be they had, ahead of time, unexpectedly gained a choice of two DMs and actually preferred the second DM anyway. Not a reflection on the OP, possibly a bit of dishonesty on the part of the other players, and possibly explains their willingness to simply dump the OP's game and go off with the other DM. I don't know, but they found another DM with surprising speed.

I also get what you say about relative poverty. This game can be expensive - though it doesn't have to be with just the core rules. You can get a perfectly decent game with core rules - for a while, that's all there was - so refusing to play with just core rules seems silly. (It's when DM's (and players) want to do stuff outside the core rules that I get uncomfortable, simply from a balance perspective.) Even getting to thebgame can be expensive - fares, petrol and so on are not free. A player of mine has effectively had to drop out for that reason.

Whatever, I'm basically with LazarX above. No one comes out of this smelling of roses from an interpersonal perspective. It's all a bit unfortunate, best forgotten and put behind one.

Qadira

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Somewhat disappointingly, looks like that game has now been postponed due to a drop-out.

Qadira

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Ha! I got the date wrong, and spent all day in my garrett preparing for a game that isnm't going to happen until this coming Sunday. The wife was not impressed.

Qadira

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Good luck!

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I've downloaded it and saved it to my computer, but I don't really like reading stuff online (and it's in portrait, unlike the online magazines, making it harder to read on a landscape monitor) and I don't fancy printing a load of pages given the cost of toner these days. I was also tired at the end of the day when I looked at it and didn't have the mental capacity to take it in. But what I did see seemed quite pared down compared to 4e. But, in general, I'm kinda with Ithers on this one - I've really got to be motivated to learn a new system, especially as I game already in two in the shape of PF and 4e. If I end up playing it will probably come down to whether my real life guys want to - which is possibly unlikely, given that we have invested in 4e.

Qadira

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Until he/she left, Safier was maintaining a fairly comprehensive xp check, so if you refer to that as a starter.

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OK - directed at the group. You need to take notes, especially of treaure and xp. A lot of you are assuming someone else is doing it, and they aren't - that includes me. From now on, if you lose it, it's gone - I'll assumed you gambled it away. The game is getting too long to spend time trawling through for treasure someone should have noted at the time.

Qadira

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Eh, I thought the epic finale was last weekend, and spent the whole of Saturday preparing for Sunday. Turns out I was out by two weeks, and I only found out when I sent out a confirmatory email Saturday evening. When I told the wife, it merely confirmed her views on my mental incompetence. Still, I'm very well prepared now for next weekend.

Qadira

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Not around much this weekend.

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Not around much this weekend.

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Not around much this weekend.

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Actually, I won't be around much either this weekend.

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Sorry to hear it.

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That link doesn't seem to work.

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The Tilman and Shipton book (actually two books in one volume, each written by one of them) is written by the blokes doing the climbing, so it's a very first hand account. It's all very "the sun never sets on the British Empire", stiff upper lip sort of stuff, but charming and very evocative.

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