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From the Sept 26 - Oct 2 issue of TV Guide, p.33:

"...when Earth-2's Harrison Wells and daughter Jessie will reappear [is hush-hush], but with DC Comics baddies Mirror Master, Godspeed, Savitar and Dr. Alchemy all lined up to cause trouble this season..."


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Just read that Godspeed is one of the speedsters coming to Flash (TV show) this season. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he'll be revealed as Tom Felton's CCPD character.


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thejeff wrote:
One of the very early Batman villains. Showed up in Detective Comics #38

Fixed it for comic history.

pre-Crisis version: Yes, recurring villain in the 40's. I think the character disappeared for several decades, reappearing in the 70's.

A 70's storyline has Strange running a private hospital for Gotham's elite, where he turns them into monsters. Bruce Wayne checked in to be treated for burns received as Batman, and Strange discovered his identity at that point. He then tried to auction that information to Gotham's top villains. That didn't work out like he planned.

post-Crisis Strange was first brought in to help a police task force capture Batman, he once again figured out Batman's identity, and he at some point he sets up a lab to turn longtime inmates of Arkham Asylum into monster men.


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137ben wrote:


What is the rainbow-bat-man thing a reference to? Or was it invented for this issue and not something from an actual pre-flashpoint comic?

Actual thing from one issue of Detective in the late '50s. That story got [b]a nod and a wink in the Brave and the Bold cartoon as well.


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Two weapon rend, ive not considered this until now. I'm trying to con one of my party members into joining my ratfolk cult, but we shall see. Hes pretty hung up on being an archer.

Is he under the impression that ratfolk can't be archers? :)

No, I get it: flanking requires a melee attack.

As soon as he picks up Snap Shot, which I assume he'd planned on already if he wants to focus on a ranged weapon, he threatens squares within 5'. Your GM may have to decide whether that should satisfy the conditions for flanking.


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If you can team with another ratfolk character, you'll have a racial ability that allows you to occupy the same square, and count as flanking with each other when you do. Flanking being one of the conditions that allows you to sneak attack, obviously.

I recently played a ratfolk DEX-based TWF ranger, teamed with my wife's ratfolk rogue. We got a lot of mileage out of the racial swarming ability. She mostly relied on her Sharpclaw natural attacks + SA damage; her tailblade didn't get a lot of play. We took Outflank and Precise Strike as teamwork feats. I eventually picked up Two-Weapon Rend, which is great.


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Imbicatus wrote:
An astonishingly boring character they insisted on dressing up as Deathstroke was the main villain in Arrow season 2 as well.

Fixed it for...okay, me.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Whether or not Doc Manhattan is working with him isn't clear. I do think though Ozzy has the Comedian working with him. Or else Rorschach.

Rorschach meets The [Vic Sage] Question. In a staring contest.


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jemstone wrote:
I hadn't cribbed to the idea of Mr. Oz being Ozymandias, but given that for all his power, Doctor Manhattan is not a very long-term planner, it would make sense if they were working together.

On the basis of no evidence whatsoever, I had assumed Oz was working against Dr. Manhattan, in order to undo/mitigate/at least explain some of the damage caused by Big Blue's reality remix.

Then again, that doesn't sound much like Adrian Veidt...


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I'm not reading many of the Rebirth titles, and have yet to see Mr. Oz anywhere. But Ozymandius was never that much of a team player. Isn't it more likely he has others working for him rather than with him? I mean, unless he's got Bubastis with him.


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thejeff wrote:
I'm not sure why it would suggest anything about distance in light years. You travel from Golarion to Earth by the Hut's magic without any noticeable time lapse.

Took me a while to relocate this post. Nothing official here, but it's the source of my bringing up light years.


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There is no reason to assume that the activities of the Great Old Ones and their servitors on Golarion in any way mirror those on Earth.

Also, I don't think Reign of Winter proves the current year on Golarion matches 1921 A.D. on Earth, but more likely suggests a distance in light years between Golarion and Earth. More than one thread discussed this without reaching a definite conclusion.

Then again, I have a vague (and quite possibly false) memory of James Jacobs or one of the other developers stating that Golarion and Earth were in separate galaxies, so who knows?


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Thanks for the US link. Script/dialogue wasn't bad (to be expected with Ben Edlund writing), but...

I found the Tick as cast...underwhelming, in terms of both physical presence and most of his oratory. The patterning on his costume off-putting; made me think he was dressed in a giant rubber bathmat. Fighting style? Decidedly un-dynamic.

The Terror just looked ridiculous.

The alarm clock/wakeup/"crime lab" scene was a nice callback to the cartoon series.

I probably don't want to see any more.


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Kalindlara wrote:
I did my darnedest to kill my players and never got a single kill.

There are some that would say that makes you a bad GM on two counts. :)

(Three if you count trying to kill your actual players rather than their characters.)


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Kalindlara wrote:
** Ashes At Dawn **

That was in fact tempting, and we had a tentative plan to do just that as a post-AP action. But we couldn't be sure that we'd get the information we needed in that way, and it seemed highly risky given how little we knew about their strengths and resources.

We suffered a number of PC deaths as it was; it's hard to believe we'd have done better taking on even more opponents.

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** Shadows of Gallowspire **

What the---? Motherfu-- @#&!!%$^#%


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Kalindlara wrote:
Damon: just so you're aware, there are multiple things in your post that don't line up with the AP as printed.

Such as? Looking back at my post, I'm only aware of these deviations:

- staff of life, which I said was planted by the GM as extra treasure

- NPC item crafting, which I noted was something the GM did

- Mythic Tier, which perhaps I wasn't clear about: we knew it wasn't in the AP, but it was an attempt to slow the rate of dying

- combo group of spectres and greater shadows, which was a miscalculation on the GM's part: he rolled twice on the random encounter table because he thought either one of those would be too easy for a 14th L group.

Pretty sure I can cite references for everything else.

@Gorbacz That GM had been part of our core gaming group for over 13 years, but after that TPK he quit the group and cut off all contact. My wife is still in the group but flatly refuses to ever play Pathfinder again. A third member won't completely rule out the possibility of playing Pathfinder again at some point years down the road, but swears he will never run or play in another Pathfinder AP. For the moment we're reduced to board/card games and Ars Magica.

@Purplemonkeydishwasher PuppyMonkeyBaby to you, too. :)


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Damon Griffin wrote:
Perhaps copies are being rounded up and destroyed to protect the gaming public? That AP was toxic. It ended Pathfinder for our group, and cost us a group member and friend who'd gamed with us for over a decade.
Really? How so? Does it pit PC against PC? Feel free to reply via PM if you're worried about spoilers in the thread. Thanks!

I've discussed parts of it in the Carrion Crown Obituaries thread. One of the "buttons" Carrion Crown and Serpent's Skull both pushed for our group was the need to ally with evil NPCs to make progress. Neither all the players nor all the PCs were Lawful Good, but in any given campaign our players tend to skew pretty strongly toward Never Evil.

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Imagine that in the same tone you might hear "Never Trump" or "Never Hillary", depending on your political preference.

In Carrion Crown, we had 6 PCs including a Cleric of Pharasma and a Ranger with undead as a favored enemy; plus another PC with a LG cohort. You can imagine how pleased we were at the prospect of doing favors for vampires.

A much smaller, but similarly annoying bit earlier on, put us in a situation where we'd taken an NPC up on an offer to visit his master's home, and while exploring the place it became clear that the PCs were expected to loot the furnishings of the host's home in order to keep up any semblance of wealth by level. That's not us, so we ended up even poorer than PCs in this AP normally are, and that's saying something.

Things started to go downhill for us near the end of Book Three. Our GM had less experience behind the screen than some of us, but wasn't a complete newbie. He'd played in two Pathfinder APs before running this one, and had DM'd us in multiple D&D games before (2.0 and 3.0) All the players had decades of RPG experience each. Each of the three players was running two PCs, and we had one cohort and an animal companion in the mix as well, so we were a strong party.

Despite all this, and notwithstanding the different experiences other groups have had, we began getting our asses kicked regularly starting at Feldgrau. At this point I should mention that our group tends to invest themselves in their characters, so if and when they die, the response is always to try to raise/resurrect that character rather than shrug and roll up a new one.

We suffered PC deaths at Feldgrau, Thrushmoor, Illmarsh, under Tern Rocks, en route of Caliphas, inside of Caliphas, outside of Caliphas, and at Renchurch: twenty-three (23) deaths in all, not counting the TPK on the lower level of Renchurch that broke it for everyone. That figure does include the cohort but not the animal companions; the Ranger lost three of them along the way, not counting the one he had during the TPK.

Our GM was bending over backward to supply us with the diamond dust and large diamonds needed to keep us alive and sans negative levels. He even planted a staff of life as extra treasure at one point. But we had to use it so often that one of the two clerics in the party never got her full daily spell allotment, because she had to devote a slot every day toward recharging the staff.

Our Rogue managed to avoid being killed until we reached Caliphas in Book Five. At that point, she was killed and raised in three consecutive weekly game sessions.

Obviously, having a larger than expected party in an AP with unusually low treasure did work against us, making it hard to upgrade equipment. Our GM helped where he could here as well, with a grateful Church of Pharasma in Caliphas arranging for some item crafting to be done by NPCs at half the usual cost.

By the end of Book Five we had even taken on a Mythic Tier in hopes that would make us more survivable, but no matter what we did, we just kept getting overwhelmed. The random encounters around Renchurch are more deadly than some planned encounters should be. We had a 14th L Cleric of Pharasma on watch one night with another PC. Not surprisingly she failed a Perception check against a pair of greater shadows, so they got a surprise round. Both hit, one backed up a crit, and before she could even cry out, she was dead: drained from 19 STR to 0 in the surprise round. The three spectres with them were totally superfluous.

The invisible werewolf lich with a wand of dimension door was a huge pain in the ass. We had to kill him twice. The invisible vampire sorcerer spamming fireballs at us while we were swarmed by ghosts and shadows wasn't a lot of fun either.

The only times we had PC vs. PC situations were when PCs fell to ghosts or greater shadows and had to be destroyed by their allies a couple of rounds later.

All in all it was not a good experience.


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Did New 52 Superman fight Doomsday and survive, or was there no encounter with Doomsday in New 52?


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Damon,

Yes that's basically right. There's some other stuff about how Nu-52 created an all new set of basically EVERYONE, including the Flash but not quite. So there's that. But otherwise you're pretty much where everyone else is, Superman wise.

Okay, so the Other Superman I referred to: he's the New 52 version, who IIRC first appeared in jeans and a t-shirt, but later graduated to the high-collar uniform that all New 52 heroes seemed to prefer. He's younger, less of a Boy Scout, and was romantically involved with Wonder Woman rather than Lois Lane.

He's the one who was outed to the world by Lois Lane; the one who used a "solar flare" ability no previous treatment of Superman had ever had, and burned out his powers for a while. He was killed by Doomsday. Based on his own personal experience, Pre-52 Superdad feels like this will be temporary...but the Kryptonian regeneration matrix is inconveniently missing from the Fortress of Solitude, so New 52 Superman will likely have to stay dead.

If this is correct so far, I think I only need to sort out the third Clark Kent, and I gather that hasn't been explained yet. Where has he been seen?


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Young actors playing JSA members, old actors doing Infinity, Inc. roles?

"It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"
-- Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes


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I think Hawkman's continuity issues predate the first Crisis, so it's hardly surprising if he's currently a mess. Hawkman, Powergirl and Supergirl/Matrix/Earth Angel..don't even try to make sense of them.

I was hoping to get Superman straight in my head because he's central to the DCU. I have for all practical purposes read no DC titles for over 8 years now (somewhere along the way I read Flashpoint as a collected GN at the library, but my regular buying stopped after Final Crisis), so I knew it wouldn't be easy.

I've never followed all titles in the DCU, and am reluctant to jump into the deep end of the pool this time. There's just way too many I don't care about.

Spoiler:

May very well follow
Batman
The Flash
Green Lanterns
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
Justice League
Titans

Would like to, but only if I can sort the Supermen out
Action Comics
Superman
Superwoman
Trinity

Could get pulled in, possibly, but have read none yet
Batgirl
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Detective Comics
Justice League of America
Wonder Woman

No interest whatsoever
Aquaman
All-Star Batman
Batman Beyond
Blue Beetle
Cyborg
Deathstroke
Green Arrow
Harley Quinn
The Hellblazer
Nightwing
New Super-Man
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Suicide Squad
Supergirl
Super Sons
Teen Titans

So, let me see if I have at least one Superman straight:

- the Superman that Doomsday killed in Death of Superman back in '92 -- on what I still thought of at the time as Earth-1, even though it was six years post-Crisis -- woke up later, eventually married Lois Lane and had a son;

- that Superman ceased to have existed (as far as the "main" comic universe was concerned) when Flashpoint/New 52 hit, but he was pulled back by Telos to participate in the Convergence;

-post-Convergence he ended up on the new or newly altered "main" comic Earth along with another Superman. (Let's leave aside for the moment who that Other Superman is.)

-since that Other Superman seemed to have things under control, married Superdad goes into hiding and enjoys his family.

-at some point that Other Superman gets himself killed, in a way that bestows powers on Lana Lang, and on a Lois Lane not married to the Superdad.

-Superdad steps up to become this world's Superman. Batman and Wonder Woman, at least, aren't 100% sure about this familiar-yet-unfamiliar Superman.

So far so good?


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@Thomas Seitz My brain still hurts, but thanks.

@jemstone Good to know about the Earth One titles.


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I'm buying small amounts of Rebirth, and mostly enjoying it, but also finding it confusing. I did that to myself.

Disclaimer: I'm one of those guys. You know, the ones who b&+&# about every reboot/retcon/relaunch DC has done over the past 20 years or so, and who isn't 100% sure that even Crisis On Infinite Earths was a good idea after all.

Cue the obligatory complaints about past reboots:

Spoiler:

1986: Crisis on Infinite Earths. I enjoyed the heck out of this while I was reading it, even though I'd never had any trouble with the multiverse and didn't see the need to collapse it in on itself. I did take issue with a couple of characters being killed off, and I really hated that the "rules" established by Crisis began to be ignored almost immediately afterward.
As an aside, John Byrne retcons Sumerman's origin this year.

1994: Zero Hour. Sigh. They said Crisis was going to fix everything, but it all just got worse. I had no confidence the "fix" would be any better this time. Sadly, I was right.

1999: The Kingdom Hypertime! The ultimate cop-out. DC gives up trying to fix anything ever again, and gives themselves a blanket excuse for all continuity errors, past, present and future.

In 2003, Birthright replaces John Byrne's Man of Steel as Superman's official origin.

2005-2010: The Legion of Legions. I didn't even try to follow this. Three separate versions of the LSH existed in different branches of the timeline and all could interact with the main DC timeline. That's f*cked up.
In 2009, Superman: Secret Origin replaces Birthright as Superman's official origin.
In 2010, i]Superman: Earth One[/i] replaces Superman: Secret Origin as Superman's official origin.

2006: Infinite Crisis starts not with a bang, but with a punch. Superboy Prime is punching reality in the gut, generating waves of continuity-altering energy?!? My God, they really can't help themselves, can they? So, the infinite multiverse is back?

2007: 52/One Year Later No, it's not. We now have an easy-to-manage finite multiverse, where the main DC action takes place on New Earth. AKA Earth-1. AKA Earth-0.

2008: Final Crisis. If only.

2011: Flashpoint throws everything into a blender again, and regurgitates...

2011-2012: The New 52 It was at this point DC lost me entirely. I was a victim of retcon fatigue. To many multiverse-wide reimaginings, too frequently. New 52 titles are released, cancelled, replaced and renumbered over the course of six waves.

2013: The New 52, Second Phase Waves 7 through 9 of titles coming and going. Also, Future's End. Out of nostalgia I briefly tried Earth-2 and World's Finest but was greatly disappointed by them.

2015: Convergence Almost as dumb as Superboy punching reality. Telos, an avatar of Braniac, collects 50 "domes" representing a rather arbitrary sampling of alternate universes, dimensions, timelines, and points along a single timeline and tells the heroes to fight each other for existence. So they do.

I bought and read the nine issues of Convergence out of morbid curiosity. I didn't read any of the side issues, and hadn't read Earth 2: World's End and New 52: Futures End, so that didn't help me with the details of WTF was going on. I was pretty thoroughly lost regarding the fallout from Convergence. The New 52 branding would stop, but its continuity would remain? The finite 52-universe multiverse is infinite again? Crisis On Infinite Earths never happened?

So not having a good idea where the DC multiverse/timeline was at this point, I didn't have a good idea of what to expect from Rebirth, only a vague impression that this was DC saying "Okay, that whole New 52 thing was a bad idea, we're going back to an earlier restore point. But, um, it totally wasn't our fault. Dr. Manhattan did it."

So far the only Rebirth titles I've read are:


  • Batman (was curious about Gotham and Gotham Girl)
  • Justice League
  • Superwoman
  • Titans
  • Flash
  • Green Lanterns
  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
  • and the first issue of Superman

I am totally at sea regarding everything going on with Superman. Lex Luthor is Superman now? Three Supermen, two Clark Kents? Are there two Lois Lanes? Is superkid Jonathon Kent's mom the same Lois that outed Clark as Superman to the world? (A, not The) Superman recently fought (a, not the) Doomsday and was killed. Another Superman (from an alternate Earth, who's had personal experience with post-Doomsday resurrection) steps up to replace the dead guy...but isn't that temporary, given that he expects the recently deceased Supes to get better?

Justice League isn't hard to follow so far, except for the bit where they aren't sure they can trust Superman because he's not the Superman from their universe.

I'm missing a lot of backstory in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. The entire Corps got lost? Most of them were killed outside the universe? Sinestro has a daughter?

Superwoman...wait, I thought Doomsday killed Superman. Now we're saying he blew up and irradiated Lois (one of them, anyway) and Lana with super energy?

Flash/Titans Wally West (Caucasian edition) is not only aware that a cosmically powered being (that he doesn't know is Dr. Manhattan) removed slices of time to create the New 52, he says he has the sense that it's going to happen again. Is DC announcing the next reboot/retcon/relaunch already? Are we getting Afterbirth in 2017-2018?

Oh, also: I've seen a couple of references to Mr. Oz, who I understand is Ozymandias, but I haven't seen him anywhere. Where has he appeared and what's his agenda?


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Perhaps copies are being rounded up and destroyed to protect the gaming public? That AP was toxic. It ended Pathfinder for our group, and cost us a group member and friend who'd gamed with us for over a decade.


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Boxing glove arrow.


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Technically, age 14 (1975), D&D white box. But that was only one game.

After that, age 18 (1978), AD&D 1st Ed.


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Why are there elephants, and why are they oversized?


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Treasure comes from all the TPKs in Adventure Paths.


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I remember the Penance Stare. Maybe I did read some of the Ketch issues after all?


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SLJ is in every movie. It's a rule.


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Full disclosure, I am one of those comics grognards who frequently opines that "<civilian identity> is the one true <superhero identity>" but in this case I have no idea who Ketch and Reyes are. Johnny Blaze is the only Ghost Rider I ever read in comics. (Well, him and the Old West version, aka Night Rider aka Phantom Rider.)

Off to Google them...

...okay, "ghost of my dead uncle the serial killer?" That is seriously lame. Also not crazy about the switch from bike to car.


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If you look at Trade Goods, you can see what silver, gold and platinum are worth by the pound.

A "bar" is whatever size you want to make it, so decide whether you want to carry 1 pound bars, 5 pound bars or whatever.

Not sure why your player thinks this will be more convenient, as the weight and volume are the same either way. You might be able to pack bars more closely into a chest than coins, and thus save space within the chest even though the total volume of metal is the same...but if you pack the bars so closely you can't get your fingers between them, it's harder to get them back out.


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What happens?

Well, the djinn gets to interpret anything left as ambiguous, and it wasn't specified that wishes never have been granted, so first off, he doesn't apply the effect to the past.

Second, he reasons that even through the granting has yet to be performed, the wish itself was made in the past -- the past being any point earlier than "right this second."

If the effect of the wish doesn't apply to the past, including the immediate past when the wish was made, then the wish can be granted without violating its own provisions. In practical terms, then, the wish has become "No wishes after this one will be granted."

Next comes the fact that any wish is limited in power and scope; you can't just wish the universe out of existence. The djinn decides that if perception is reality, the current wish can cover not granting any future wish that this individual could ever become aware of. (The logic there is admittedly shaky at best, but at this point the djinn can either make every effort to accommodate the person, or just say "Nope, can't do it" -- and what fun is that?)

Okay, there are any number of sources of wishes in the world, and not only can our djinn not prevent those wishes from being granted, he can't control the spread of information from all those possible sources. So his only alternative is to keep the information from reaching this person.

So to wrap it all up, the djinn summons a daemon, who kills the person making the wish and consumes his soul, destroying it utterly.


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The outfit could be worse, but I'm going to have to echo those who feel it's...disappointing, at best...and that the topless cowl is part of the aesthetic problem. It's unnecessary for someone with close cropped hair, and that makes it stick out like a sore thumb. What about Wally's hair or scalp said to Cisco "it must be free?"


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MannyGoblin wrote:
Dunk and Egg has the biggest chance of becoming a prequel series.

What gives you the impression that anything has any chance of becoming a prequel series? Where have you heard a prequel series being discussed?


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darth_borehd wrote:
I need an RPG based on the Zootopia universe.

Shard RPG


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Krensky wrote:
She builds her own suit in her dorm room which is what gets Tony's attention. She's also not the first teenager to do so.

Haven't read the story where she appears, and have to wonder: no matter how smart she is, where does she (or any other teenagers you allude to) get the resources to build Iron Man armor in her dorm room? She can't exactly scrounge microcircuitry, fuel and other such items from the recycling bins on campus.


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Mavrickindigo wrote:
When in 4606 did Aroden die?

The day the music died.

Long, long time ago. I can still remember...


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EileenProphetofIstus wrote:
Other than showing a Flight Ring, have they done anything with Legion yet on this series?

Nope.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
I also want people to see that these things DO sell out and that they should get them before they do. ;-)

Yeah, I got that. You just seemed...really vested. :)


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Geez, Marco. PM me if you want to actually want to buy any of this. :)


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Depending on your character classes, it might be worth having your friend take the Additional Traits feat in order to pick up swarming. It's a BIG help for Rogues, since they get to Sneak Attack whenever flanking, and count as flanking when swarming.


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Perhaps they can bypass the super strong metal door by:
- breaking the stone wall around it;
- destroying the door's hinges with acid, and prying it open against the lock;
- using a 1st level break spell to break the lock;
-purchasing rusting powder (60gp, and risky)

Spoiler:
If you apply a dose of rusting powder to a metal lock or trap as part of using the Disable Device skill, you gain a +5 alchemical bonus to open the lock or disable the trap, but there is a 75% chance that the mechanism is destroyed and cannot be used afterward. If the check fails, the mechanism is destroyed. A destroyed lock cannot be unlocked (but still counts as locked for the purpose opening the locked object).


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There are keys later on. Once the party has those, they can come back to the property room.


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TheRusty1 wrote:

I'm expecting an ugly, ugly AP.

No divine caster, no social skills to speak of. Two (Tiefling and Slayer) are on the cusp of being evil. I'm expecting villagers with torches and pitchforks by week 3.

Ugly, but blessedly short for that group. The "nearly evil" part wouldn't be a serious impediment if someone else could be the party "face", but parts of this AP are rather dependent on Diplomacy and all of it will keep a divine healer (or two, in our case) quite busy.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

NoooOOOOOOoooooo.. why? CCGI eating too much budget?

Partly. Battles and dragons are expensive visuals, and more of both are coming.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The Twelfth Doctor accidentally makes someone immortal in Earth's Middle Ages. As her brain is still that of a mere Human, she comes up with the problem of memory limits early on. She tries some strategies to retain her memories, then ultimately realizes that she's only going to keep the ones worth keeping and forget the ones that don't matter.... like her original name. (She ultimately just calls herself... "Me".)

Since that character was played by Maisie Williams, it was amusing that A Girl had no name. :)


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Even though this is merely a thought experiment, the question is what I'd do IRL, so my religion is a factor. But we'll bypass all that and assume than an angel of the Lord appears unto me and says "Fear not, for behold, I bring...a really weird but totally legit offer."

If my wife is still alive, then I decline; in the unlikely event she has predeceased me, then...

The next question that would need to be settled would be the question of how to replace my phylactery should it be destroyed. Craft Wondrous Item is all well and good, but where am I going to get 120,000gp worth of precious materials -- what's the fantasy-to-real-life exchange rate, anyway?

Assuming I could be satisfied on that point, I think the next thing to decide would be arcane or divine lich? Divine, probably. Arcane casters have to deal with spellbooks and don't have access to all spell on the arcane spell list(s). Do liches retain domain spells/powers from their former existence? If so I'd have to work out what domains/subdomains apply to the Christian Trinity.

Divine spells I'd use routinely:

Spoiler:

air bubble, for when I go swimming
ant haul
aura sight
create water
detect poison
discern lies
endure elements; because my 110-yr-old house isn't climate controlled
endure elements, communal
find the path
heal
light
lighten object
locate object
make whole
mending
purify food & drink
read weather
scrying
share language
silence
status
tongues
wind walk
word of recall

And these at need, which would be more or less the reason for taking this on:

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admonishing ray, for self-defense
ant haul, communal
breath of life
burning disarm, for the occasional gunman
cure light/moderate/serious/critical wounds
deathwatch
delay pain
delay poison
diagnose disease
hold person
life bubble
make whole, greater
neutralize poison
remove blindness/deafness
remove disease
remove sickness
resist energy
resist energy, communal
share language, communal
speak with dead
tongues, communal
water breathing
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Arcane spells I'd use routinely:

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air bubble
alarm
ant haul
breeze
clairaudience/clairvoyance
comprehend languages
control vermin
darkvision
detect thoughts
dimension door
endure elements
endure elements, communal
floating disc
light
lighten object
locate object
mage hand
magic missile, for pest control
make whole
mending
prestidigitation
scrying
share language
teleport
telepathic bond
tongues
unseen servant

And at need:

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admonishing ray
ant haul, communal
burning disarm
delay pain
disintegrate
echolocation
fly
guards and wards
hold person
invisibility
life bubble
lighten object, mass
move earth
overland flight
permanency*
protection from energy
protection from energy, communal
resist energy
resist energy, communal
seek thoughts
share language, communal
shrink item
urban step
vanish
water breathing
web

*again, would need to know the fantasy-to-real-life exchange rate.

Clearly, I could do a lot more good for a lot more people with the divine spell set. I would miss things like prestidigitation, unseen servant, magic missile, fly, dimension door, and teleport, though.


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@Rakshasa: We keep a campaign journal that is decently detailed regarding most encounters. I'll look up that one and see how we handled it. I do remember it wasn't one of the more difficult ones for us.

@MannyGoblin I'll have to ask around at comic shops I don't usually go to. My FLCS and FLGS are the same shop, and they don't carry used comics. I know of Mile High Comics and mycomicshop.com online but as I mentioned, it will be a chore to sort through and grade, so finding a place in town would be much better. If I could be fairly sure they'd take whole boxes, it might be worth it to drive them up to San Marcos (40 miles) or Austin (70 miles) to either of two shops that I know carry used back issues. We've played CoC but not under Gumshoe, and we've played 5E but only as far as the introductory adventure. 5E is certainly one option going forward; we have many of those.

@Sundakan: If you were thinking my wife overreacted by calmly, with no hysterics, refusing to ever play this system again, I strongly disagree. If you think I overreacted by deciding to dump all my Pathfinder material, that's a perfectly reasonable viewpoint (with with I happen to disagree, obviously.) But last night our GM* topped us both by quitting the gaming group he's been part of for 16 years, unsubscribing from the group's messageboard, and declaring he'll have no further contact with us.

*I say "our GM", but all four of us have run campaigns in turn. Three of us have GM'd Pathfinder AP's, all of us have run D&D campaigns, some of us have run Harn, Champions, Call of Cthulhu and others.

@Zhangar: My FLGS doesn't carry used gaming material, but there may be other shops in town that do. If not, Noble Knight Games has worked for me before. As far as Pathfinder, mistakes were made on both sides of the screen, and if Ryan made it hard for us in some places, he went out of his way to help us in others. That pendulum seemed to have a wide arc sometimes. (But no, he's not bipolar.)

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