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Steve Geddes wrote:
No worries. What was coming across from your post (which I now understand isn't your position) is that you thought people wanted books to be as flexible/updateable as electronic formats. I was just trying to affirm that people just want books that don't NEED to be flexible/updateable regardless of whether there is a free option for doing so.
Steve Geddes wrote:
Steve, I think what you are glossing over with this (and similar) replies is that most of the people you are talking to WANT hardcovers. Full stop. Given their druthers, they would buy the hardcover and love it and never look back. Indeed, many of us did that for 2 - 3 years. But we just got burned too many times. You can't drop $40 on a book to only have editing errors make it difficult to use on day one, then at the exact time that those issues get cleared up a good portion of the book gets functionally changed. In many cases those two overlap. You have an interesting option that isn't clearly written so you avoid using it then when they fix it they rewrite it to be virtually unrecognizable. After the 4th, 5th, 6th time you spend that kind of money you start to feel taken for granted/advantage of. Vic's statement about "no second run if you don't buy the first," really reinforces that feeling of being taken for granted. (Really though, the entire subscription model is centered around literally taking sales for granted, so that probably influenced his attitude here.)
Long story short, people want books, but they want good books that hold up after the first print. We understand the nature of books. You don't have to explain how books are static entities to us. We are saying we wish they would do better on the first go, and that we feel our trust in their QC has been violated too frequently to buy any book from them sight unseen or first run. Trust us, we wish it were different.
Ok, so you need a clean car to do anonymous things in. You don't need security cameras and PI's tracking you by your car. You value your privacy. This is a proposed method to legally (mostly) obtain a totally clean and untraceable (to you) car. Please point out the holes in the plan so they may be corrected! Plan costs approximately $15,000 that we will assume you also got from a clean method. (For this, I'm in favor of breaking $100 bills from your bank at different gas stations around town by buying a pack of gum. Will take a while to accomplish, but if privacy is paramount then it is worth the time.)
This is actually for a modern game I'm running, but the thought experiment is more interesting than the game so I posted it in the off-topic on purpose.
Steve Geddes wrote:
My guess is they want to keep it wrapped up behind an NDA so they can get the benefit of a big reveal at Gencon. They may even strongly favor folks who plan to attend Gencon 2017 so they can run demo tables.
Meh. Thread necros aren't as frowned upon here. Particularly as they added something to the existing discussion rather than asking a new question on the same topic.
I have access to the 3.5 SRD
Old Grognard wrote:
That's not a pole, this is a pole! Craft an 11' pole.
Varun Creed wrote:
TRANSLATION : You must play stereotypes to evade my rancor! I have a zero tolerance policy for characters lacking a staunch drudgery that locks in all their choices based upon MY conception of what is appropriate for them!
Printing lead times don't allow that.
This is actually a big part of the problem. The "lead time" for this errata was three and a half years. So if this really is the case, then they crunched themselves in and it likely affected the quality of the product. As in, "Oh crap! We only have 4 copies left in the warehouse! Better get that errata knocked out this afternoon so we can get the new order in. Where's my list of PFS complaints for UE?"
Not that I think that is literally what happened, but that is what results in the logical extension of your statement. And I do think there is SOME truth in it.
Chess Pwn wrote:
Mark commented that there's apparently too many ways to get little AC bonuses. The ioun stone, this, etc... And while each isn't a problem, getting all of them puts you a good amount ahead of the expected AC curve.
And behind in other places... Why can't player choices matter? They are making this game more boring with every release. Power creep? No, power sink.
Ferious Thune wrote:
See, I read that differently. I see the example as a really good tool for reasonableness that should have tipped the PDT off that the FAQ was bad before they even posted it. If the lesson they learned from that was, "don't give examples cause people freak out," then I feel like they learned the wrong lesson.
Bob Bob Bob wrote:
Spells at the level they use them, to start. It makes no sense that you get bloodline spells a level after you can cast that spell level. Either let them skip prereqs for bloodline feats or replace them with something like the wizard has (feats spellcasters actually use instead of the weird hodgepodge that bloodlines give). But other than that, I don't actually know what would make them better. I can point out problems, but solutions (especially ones without unintended consequences) take a lot more work. The basic problem with sorcerer is that they have literally one real class feature other than spells, bloodline. And it's not a particularly spectacular one.
Move bloodline spells up a full 2 levels. Ie, Instead of getting your 5th level spell at 11th level, they should get it at 9th. Either have it count as a 4th level spell for them, or (better) allow them to use spell slots they would gain from high charisma to cast them a level earlier. Why should bloodline "thematic" spells show up a level later for that bloodline than than some other sorcerer who took it as soon as possible. They should get them earlier. And they still just get them at the same level as a Wizard.
The amount of Murcury in a CFL is about 5mg or for perspective about the same as 290 cans of tuna. It is also about 65x less than concentrations of real concern if ingested. Most of it probably got on your table cloth and your clothes. As for the floor I would just use a wet vac carpet cleaner and call it a day. (Unless you had been looking for an excuse to get new carpet, then go for it.)
Mercury is a teratogen so the pregnant niece is a concern. I think it would be prudent for her to wear shoes in the area and generally not roll around naked on the floor there until you have cleaned it up.
Toss the table cloth and clothes is a good idea.
Just as another perspective setting point, the amount of mercury in the CFL is about 1% that of a mercury thermometer.
Did just that almost 2 years ago. Best gaming decision I ever made. Site went to crap after the reforge and kept getting crappier thereafter. No surprise that it has become a steaming pile where admins are actively opposing the user base. That's what happens when a terrible manager can't figure out why his company is failing, "it must be the customer's fault" or even better in this case, "must be the legacy users fault."
Hrm. Acid spells tend to do less damage because they tend to be conjuration rather than evocation (which this is) and that usually comes with SR: NO, which this doesn't. :( It's a poor trade-off IMHO. I think it would be right in line if it didn't allow for SR.
I have seen gestalt with three players before and what worked well was that the GM assigned the "other" class to everyone at character creation. So it was, play whatever you want and gestalt with ranger." (We were playing Kingmaker) it worked really well because we were all able to play a little bit squishier characters and stretch out a bit with our concepts rather than trying to fill certain roles. Ranger is actually a really good choice no matter what campaign because they have high skill ranks, good class skills, can use a wand of CLW so no healer is needed. The high BAB/HD is a bonus so the party can soak the damage that was meant for 4-6 players. But the ranger is overall a low powered class so you don't have to be to concerned with exploit builds. Plus, Rangers come with built in buddies to help on the battle field.
Lord Fyre wrote:
I'm assuming by "later series" you are referring to Voyager and Enterprise, because TNG (overtly) and DS9 (thematically) had very strong social commentary embedded in their narratives.
Voyager premiered on "The Action Network" aka UPN and so had a different feel across the board, but still had some good attempts to keep the thoughtful commentary present. Particualrly, themes like the repercussions of death, isolation (both personal and communal), the nature of what it means to be human, the strength of axiomic beliefs outside the societies that developed them, etc. They may not have delivered on all of those but they did give it a go.
Enterprise suffered a worse fate but still had stand-out episodes like "Cogenitor," "Similitude," and "The Aenar" made good showings at using Science Fiction to deliver a message. The biggest problem with Enterprise in this regard was that Archer was a notorious flip-flopper and seemed to have ethics which matched his mood.
Arturius Fischer wrote:
Not in the amount of time they gave themselves to do it. The original complaint was one of continuity, not plausibility.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
TOS pretty well borked Cochrane all by themselves. He was the human who invented warp drive and he was from Alpha Centauri. So yeah... anything TNG did with that was an improvement.
If you are hazy on 5 and 6 then you should forget that 5 was a movie that ever got made and accept that trek went directly from 4 to 6. Then you should go out IMMEDIATELY and find a discount-bin DVD of trek 6 and watch it TONIGHT. :)
Not exactly. You pay an extra $5 for the luxury of being allowed to put it in your extradimensional space that you already bought, and never use it outside of that space, and always have to keep it charged.
Aaron Bitman wrote:
Or a Star Trek Captain either.
I just wish they chosen an actress other than Felicity Jones who looks exactly like Daisy Ridley. An actress of color, or one with a different body shape (or both!) would have gone a long way for me. John Green did an interview about 2 years ago talking about the formula that the most-successful young adult novels follow and one of the big points was to have a skinny white girl with brown hair as the protagonist. It seems that isn't lost on blockbuster movies.
Aside from that, the trailer looks amazing. I think this is the Star Wars movie that I wanted TFA to be. I'm glad that franchise is going to dig into the existing story arcs as well as moving forward. I think I will wind up enjoying the "spin-off" movies more than VII-IX.
GM Lamplighter wrote:
I think that because you think, "it's clear" that he is against it, that you are reading hostility that isn't there. Demanding rigor in logic is good for your side as well because you should be aware of flaws in your own arguments.
I second this interpretation as well. You should only get the chance to activate your ready the first time the conditions are met. Which is why carefully worded readied actions are important.
And if we planted huge amounts of evergreen trees everywhere?
Sequestration is a real goal and an alternative that pragmatic scientists are just beginning to explore. We (humans) aren't likely to change our behavior, but it is conceivable that we would try to mitigate the consequences of our behavior. Algae farms are really a stronger option than evergreen trees, for no small part because their membrane sterols can be processed into biofuels and we can there by obtain a renewable diesel source literally from thin air.
Cyanobacteria blooms in the ocean are also likely to produce sizeable reductions in global carbon levels but there are a number of side issues with doing that on purpose.
James Jacobs wrote:
Oh man! You are going to single-handly port and rebalance the 3.5 SRD epic rules for pathfinder?