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2,202 posts (2,223 including aliases). 8 reviews. 3 lists. 1 wishlist. 6 aliases.


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Introduced me to RPGs. Now I'm poor.


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I found some EARLY 1e modules in mint condition that I didn't even know I had. A lot of this stuff came from a friend who would prowl flea markets and think, "Cal would like this" and then by it. I've never used the vast bulk of it. I even have a small box of pewter miniatures that have never been painted and are still in the foam holding material. Hell, they may be actual lead.


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Go here.

Weapons and Armor: A +2 What, Sir? (Part 1 of 2)


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I've also been a roadie for local bands (ie bands that never got beyond the bar stage). We made out own lighting system out of coffee cans, 200 watt bulbs, and automobile light switches. And I made it RAWK!


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Maybe thats' why she was the last one. They all stank on ice when it came to fighting.....


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Face it. She was just an excuse to rotoscope another naked model and play a kick ass Black Sabbath song.


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Why are you so awesome? I just tallied up $50 of your stuff and then sat and stared as the moth in my wallet mocked me with its tinny laughter. I gotta say, you guys make some of the greatest books of lists out there. Absolutely terrific! **now to roll the dogs for cash**


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robert best 549 wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
robert best 549 wrote:
I can't remember the page I got this from but it is an excelent rendition from what I can tell.
That is a really good work up! Thanks!!

Agreed though in the movie I question her skill as a actual combatant. She repeatedly gets whooped, and saved by her chickendactl. The whole the reincarnation thing is actually a really well thought out thing for the Taarakian race though.

edit: I personally would never allow a player to play this race, but I could see it as a prime enemy in a evil campaign or as a NPC that is story centric.

I wasn't going to allow her as a PC race, but as an NPC (if I ever used her at all. I saw HM recently and it just sparked the idea). The idea was that the PCs had to step in when the people summoning the Taarakian failed to successfully do so, for whatever reason. Perhaps there are no more reincarnation phases, or maybe she gets bad cell reception. Or she's through being cool. Of find out where she is and let her know she's needed. Or something. But the PCs have to be the ones to take her job and save the day.


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It's a heavy book. Hit him with it until he caves.


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My players told me recently I buy too many books for us to use in our games, given how little we get together these days. "Feh!" I shouted. "Feh on your 'too many books'!"

Yeah, I'm buying this. I've waited too long for this book. It must be mine.


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For an insane moment earlier tonight I thought about taking up home canning. Then the meds kicked in. Whew.


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Michael Dorn wrote:
If its not an April Fools, I think Pathfinder just jumped the shark and will lose me.

But...but...you're Worf! Better "wheapons", right?


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Let me start by saying I, nor is anyone else commenting here, a "whiner". But hopefully the community of depression victims on the boards can find help from each other (I get inspiration from folks here) and inform others what we go through.

Now, having said that, I've finally managed to pull myself out of bed after 3 days. I made Kool-Aid. Before that it was water and cheese sandwiches because I just couldn't bring myself to make the effort. This is the longest stretch I've been awake since Saturday. Maybe I'm coming out of the pit for awhile. I might even put bread on the sandwich next!


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Reading and transcribing from handwritten notes the history of the church my ex wife's family helped found in the 1920s.


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I've not played many, despite my urging my players to do so. I've had to make them NPCs mostly. I did play a Soulknife from Dreamscarred Press a few years back that I really, really loved.


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Another summer I worked in a video arcade. In 1983.


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My 20 year old son is playing a 7th level Stalker in one my campaigns. He's convinced the character is broken because it's an organic murder machine. He took on two trolls by himself and practically made pudding out of them. I personally don't think it's broken; just darned good class design.


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We have game night tonight and I just finished updating my character and cleaning house for the group. That helped a bit!


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Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Do yourself and your loved ones a favor seek help. There is no shame in seeing a psychiatrist. I did and now I feel a whole lot better. Good luck to you

I've been seeing therapists for 6 years now. While not a perfect panacea, I think I'm a bit better off for it. I also take a battery of meds which help, but usually just barely.

I do what I can to keep myself occupied, but it's often very hard. I have a hard time concentrating now so reading or game planning can be really difficult. I have a friend who writes and records his own music and I've been helping with the mixing on that, so that gives me something to do for the moment.

Thanks for the encouragement and advice, everyone!


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I've been playing with most of my group since 1986. Players miss games for various reasons, games get cancelled, rescheduled, cut short, players change characters mid-campaign, etc. We're in it for the fellowship and laughs. The merest mention of a "contract" would shut this party down like a firehose to a candle. Not to mention the MMA fighter in the crew would beat me up in an alley somewhere.


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Derek Vande Brake wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
It's entirely possible for a DM to run his on PC fairly. I've seen it done. I've (hopefully) done it in the past. But for me it's just too much to keep up with, what with everything else going on in a typical game session.
Please feel free to share some of those characters and what was done with them!

In most cases they were there as support characters, offering healing, advice, or an extra sword arm if things turned sour. I was always careful to let the actual players shine brighter than my DMPC, though I did reward him alongside the others at the end of the adventure. My one main rule was I wouldn't take any of the magic items I'd placed in the dungeons unless they were unwanted by the rest of the party, and I tried to never place those kinds around.

I used to play a paladin in a mostly good party that was always making pretty poor decisions regarding the types of people they would associate with and it was his job to keep them on track and focused on the adventures. He was my way of giving them clues and such, and for the most part they never seemed to catch on to that.. LOL.

Another was a very early 1e all evil campaign in which I ran my Anti-Paladin as the DMPC. His role was overseer to a bunch of aspiring clerics and warriors for Set (the evil deity in our games) and to make sure they toed the line and punish them for their failures. And I never held back with the punishments, even killing one player's character in front of the others to make a point.

Those are the two best examples that come to mind.


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It's entirely possible for a DM to run his on PC fairly. I've seen it done. I've (hopefully) done it in the past. But for me it's just too much to keep up with, what with everything else going on in a typical game session.


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Seeing the look on a player's face at the end of a year long story arc when an old lover she had spurned who had sacrificed his life for her in the past returned to offer his love again. Her shock at learning he'd allowed himself to be turned into a wight to live and love her forever, never giving up his attempts to sway her to be together with him brought her to tears. Then she realized he meant for her to stay joined in unholy matrimony and had to kill him herself when the rest of the players became trapped in another room unable to help her.


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Barry White records and a bottle of Night Train.

Seriously, though, off camera. One of my guys wanted me to really go into detail about a night his character was having with a prostitute and I finally offered him $20 to go down the street from the FLGS where they hung out on the corner if he needed to know that badly. He shut up about it, then.


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Rod from the Cat Goddess? Holy cow... that's exactly what I need for my homebrew Egyptian based game because the PC's are protecting a young girl destined to become the avatar of Bast! Gaaaah! I gotta have this!


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215 pounds less heavy.


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I don't find any absurd, though some are poorly conceived or unnecessary in my book. I don't like the chase rules, so I made my own. I don't see a need for both To Hit and AC AND CMB and CMD. There are a great many things players should be able to do without having to take feats for them. And some things should be more skill based than feat based.


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The major religion in my homebrew is called the Church of the 10,000 Prophets. This setting is hundreds of years in the past of my original setting, where this evolved into something similar yet quite different. But that's neither here nor there.

The Romans had a god of door hinges. The Egyptians had gods of perfume, sacred oils, and sandals. Everything, no matter how great or minor, had a deity or at least patron overseeing it. I've loosely based my current religious system on the saints of the Catholic Church, and I hope I don't offend any Catholics here or in my circle of friends by doing this. Each saint (though with some overlap) oversees a different aspect of life and faith, though ultimately all answer to God. In my system there is no overseeing One, so the Anointed or Blessed (as they are called) often squabble and war with one another or in factions.

The long and short of it is, I suppose, that you can have as many as you deem necessary to impart both a religious uniqueness to your setting and be able to meet the needs of the PCs and players.


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I'd like to take a moment to thank Dreamscarred Press for their great products and the Paizo community in general for the support 3rd party publishers. Also, my fortunes have taken a turn for the better and I'm now able to get my own copy of "Ultimate Psionics". So come on, backorder faery! Hustle up!


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NO! I can't believe it! This is out now in hardcover? When did I miss the announcement? And curse the world for my having to live on a very small fixed income! Curse it, I say! Egads, I want this book!


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Anymore, I hold back a bit as a DM because we get together so infrequently. I'd rather they keep their same characters through a series of adventures rather than rolling one up every new session. Now back in the early days I ran meat grinder dungeons, but we were playing 2 and 3 times a week, then.


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Schwartz the Lawless, an antipaladin that was the first character I ever created (my first character was a hand me down). I rolled straight up 18/00 STR and and his height (also rolled randomly) was 7 feet. He had white hair, black glassteel armor, and an in intelligent, evil sword whose name meant "End of the World". After "Spaceballs came out, the name "Schwartz" became the butt of endless jokes, but I named him that because "Schwartz" is from the German word for "black" and I was a big fan of WASP at the time (well, still am, really).

I had many grand, epic adventures in the service of Set, eventually rising to high priest and his hand on our world until eventually ascending to demi-godhood at the end of his run. Sadly, I lost all my old character sheets years ago, so I no longer have him in "physical form". But the memories live on.


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Hama wrote:
Humans are awesome bad guys.

Yes. Yes, we are.


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If I had my way it'd be Humans only.


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"Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future."


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MagusJanus wrote:

This was an Eberron campaign, using a few DM additions.

DM: As your airship emerges from the clouds, standing erect before you is...

Me: Aw crap! Titan, right?

Fighter: At least it's not the Tarrasque again!

Me: I said I was sorry!

Cleric: We'll fight about how often Mr. Wizard dooms the world later... I'm ready to start buffing.

Fighter: I grab my bow...

Rogue: I'll pilot the airship!

Me: Spells ready!

Cleric: Okay, we'll start by...

DM: It's a lighthouse.

Awkward silence.

Rogue: RAMMING SPEED!

This is as though you lifted it directly from the type of game sessions we sometimes have. Not the scenario itself, but the just the sort of things my players would say before I tell them the hound with glittering eyes they are preparing to obliterate is merely an ornate statue. The real hound with glittering eyes is standing behind them.


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Yes! A new Rogue product! It will be mine!


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Dwight Yoakum's Greatest Hits.


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I'm not interested in sex in my games in the least, and try to discourage any graphic descriptions thereof. Someone once asked me why and I told them, "I've had sex. I've never killed a dragon. I'd rather roll dice and pretend to do that than to roll dice to have sex with someone in my DM's head."


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Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.


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I think that we owe a big round of applause to our newest, bestest buddy, and big toe... Sergeant Hulka.


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Pan wrote:
I dont like gaming at the FLGS. Even now that they added beer and wine (expensive but hey its available).

Where on this good earth is this wonderful place?


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Let me start by saying math is hard. So I'm not much good at what is "over powered", "under powered", or "juuust right". I'm kind of a intuitive sort of player and DM. And my intuition tells me you've got a really good thing going here. It's a great looking document with a good layout, easy to read descriptions, and some knockout artwork (some professional 3PP's could take a hint from this).

All in all I'll be sneaking bits and pieces of this into my games. Thanks for all your hard work!


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The original "Elric" saga by Michael Moorcock could be made into an epic miniseries for the right cable network.


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"No, we're not homosexual, but we are willing to learn."


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"Let's make that wiener kid sing his song! Wanna?"

From the movie "Straight to Hell".

Karl's Disco Wiener Haven


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Everything I can find on Youtube from the metal band In This Moment.


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Dreamscarred Press, how do I love thee? I cannot count the ways!


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It doesn't bother me or anyone else in my group one whit if someone touches someone else's dice. Never has. I never understood that particular taboo.


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My GM pet peeve is when one of the players happily announces he'll GM a campaign to give me a break and let me be a player for awhile (I'm always the DM. For almost 30 years). Then they run two games and decide to stop.

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