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3,354 posts (3,379 including aliases). 10 reviews. 3 lists. 1 wishlist. 8 aliases.


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Include me in.


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Oh, I can't remember the exact title, but Poul Anderson once wrote a novelized prose version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. It really got me interested in Mesopotamian archaeology as a kid.


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I believe there is no such thing as a boring race or class, only boring players who can't bring them to life.


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I try to play characters (on the RARE occasions I get to be a player) that take risks and attempt the nigh impossible, despite the frustration it might cause a GM. I do this regardless of what class I play. I'm playing a hero; I want to do heroic things, not just sit in my chair and say "I roll to hit".


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In 3.0 a friend played a cleric who was easily far more compassionate than the rest of the players. After interrogating a lizardman prisoner for hours with no success, they decided to let him consider his future fate (they were going to kill him the next day if he didn't give them the information they wanted) and left him alone.

The Cleric, knowing he'd have no chance of convincing them to let him live, used the Alchemy skill to create a concoction that would calm his nerves and lessen the pain of the torture and execution. He rolled the result, and it was so bad that I ruled it was actually poisonous to him and he then died a horrible, twitching, foaming death. This garnered the character the nicknames of "The Sinister Minister" and the "Pastor of Disaster".


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I sorta see the PCs as superheroes and BBEGs and their henchman as supervillains. In any given locatin in my homebrew, be it isolated hamlet or bustling metropolis, anyone above 5th level is rare. I've always felt that if the world was stuffed full of high level characters the players wouldn't feel as special. That's not to say that there are no high level characters other than them; they're just hard to come by.

So yeah. Superheroes.


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In a 3.5 game where I played a Soulknife, the GM told us the BBEG was holding the distressed damsel over an open pit by one leg. I told the GM what I wanted to do, and my character ran full tilt toward them, leaped over the pit, and used his momentum to knock the girl out of his grasp and into my arms before landing on the other side.


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*bites tongue regarding some of the crappy art in Ultimate Equipment*


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Thanks, everyone!


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In a 3.0 game I DM'd the party monk lassoed a manticore as it made a flying pass over the party and yanked it to the ground where the barbarian raged like a raging thing all over it.


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Dragon78 wrote:
I like the idea of a sasquatch playable race, I hope it's type is monstrous humanoid.

Pathfinder Wookiee?


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I never quite got the idea behind a wishlist for a "next" book when we don't know what's going to be in the "current" book yet.


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If we did in real life what we do in Pathfinder we'd attack a faith we didn't like or approve of and poop on their altars. *tries to shove the train back on track*


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Yeah...you guys would tear my group to shreds... lol.. like I've said before, they're just slow; always have been. Hell, I have one guy that even after all these years I STILL have to remind how to calculate his spells' saving throws.

I think if this were a more casual gaming group (and by that I mean people who aren't such close friends as we are) I'd be pretty hacked off most of the game. But that's just how this group has always been for nearly 3 decades now. I just roll with it. Oh, and there are no cell phones or computers to interrupt play. One of my guys only recently got his first cell phone and it's not a smart phone, so there's no reason to play with it. The other guy keeps his in a tupperware container and doesn't even turn his on unless he plans to use it for "emergencies". And no one in my group brings a computer. Hell, one of them doesn't even own one.


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A vision of hobgoblins performing Swan Lake just blasted through my mind.


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Throw away or leave behind any denominations of money less than $100 bills.


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Kalindlara wrote:
If you need help fine-tuning some encounter or hook, feel free to PM me. Working on "boss tactics" and escape routes is something I spend a lot of time on anyway. ^_^

Thanks! I will!


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I tend to (and it's becoming sort of a cliche' with me, I think) have one or two huge metropolises surrounded by increasingly smaller settlements the farther out one goes from them. Probably not realistic, but that's how they form in my head. The next time I do a new world build I'm really going to try and go with something along the lines of what you're doing.

Though only slightly related to your original question, I limit the number of high powered NPCs in my settings. Once you get past 5th or 6th level their numbers begin to drop off sharply. This isn't to say that the PCs are the most powerful beings in the setting, because they aren't. They have to have high powered encounters and adversaries, but I've always felt populating a world with tons of high powered beings tends to take away the feeling the PCs are special. I try to to have them look at themselves as the "superheroes" of my setting, which is why people who aren't as powerful or as famous as they are seek them out.


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Tyrannosaurus rex had very large olfactory bulbs and olfactory nerves relative to their brain size, the organs responsible for a heightened sense of smell. This suggests that the sense of smell was highly developed, and implies that tyrannosaurs could detect carcasses by scent alone across great distances. The sense of smell in tyrannosaurs may have been comparable to modern vultures, which use scent to track carcasses for scavenging. Research on the olfactory bulbs has shown that Tyrannosaurus rex had the most highly developed sense of smell of 21 sampled non-avian dinosaurs species.


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I used a guillotine like device that instead of using a blade a huge iron fist that crushed their skulls into pulp. They were place on it face up so they could see it coming down on them.


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Benjamin Wenham wrote:

What kind of maps do you need?

How do you play?

I might be able to make some suggestions.

A good place to start would be HERE.

Thanks for the link. I need world maps, specifically certain regions. I have what I want in my head, but it's hard for me to actually draw them out. Dungeon maps are fairly easy, those we do mostly in theater of the mind. But for some gall darned reason they want world maps.


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Cool..thanks, Hama!


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Do you have access to a copy of the 3.5 splatbook "Cityscapes?" There are a few ideas in that.


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thejeff wrote:
Dosgamer wrote:

Yep, 1st ed was all about who got in the final blow and felled the monster. You contributed 50 hp but the thief felled it with his dagger for 4 hp? Thief gets 100% of the xp. People used to haggle over magic items, too, because of the xp they were awarded for receiving them.

I think that was an optional/house rule even back in AD&D.

That may be true, but giving out XP evenly to the whole group wasn't part of the standard rules set, if I recall. If you ganged up on a monster that was distributed evenly to those who contributed. I DM'd where if you did something solo, you got the full experience for it.


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Joe Hex wrote:
Ninjas really were a big thing in the 80's weren't they? I remember being 8-years-old, and my dad let me have throwing stars. Man times have changed- you can't even buy lawn-darts anymore!

I have a set of authentic steel lawn darts! They were given to me by a friend. Great fun with beer.

Japanese influence was actually all over the place with the 80s pop metal scene. Japanese writing on headbands, tshirts, guitar straps, etc. There were some Japanese animated shows on tv, but it wasn't a culture like it is today.


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I'm pretty danged sure the new poison rules are going to be the new thing.


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His hatred will keep me warm at night.


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In our Call of Cthulhu game we were exploring a mausoleum with Irish surnames written on many of the biers. We'd seen an Elder Sign on one of the family crests so one of the players asks if we see any truly "unusual" names.

Another player then says, "You mean like Yog O'Connell?"


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A new edition will see none of my or my group's money. After 30 years of gaming and many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars spent collectively on materials, editions, and other games this is our "retirement" plan.


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A bit of thread necromancy, but this particular subject has been on my mind a lot. I've decided to go ahead and do dinosaurs in my setting, but in a very Peter Jackson "Skull Island" sort of way, using descriptions of the creatures from the beautifully illustrated "World of Kong" book and the dinosaur stats from the Bestiaries (modified as necessary) for the beasts. The island will also be much like Skull Island in that it's covered in jungle and the ruins of a mysterious civilization dot it. Also, if we get to this place in the campaign, it'll be just as deadly as the island was in the movie.


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It's always been something I and my players have done; we show up in a new town we ask for the best place to stay, a bath, and always make sure we know where the privies are, because, you know, comical adventuring mishaps.


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Just throwing in my pair of pennies, a 2.0 would not see me or any of my group spending money on it. We've decided that Pathfinder is the system we'll "retire" on after years of edition upgrades and thousands of dollars spent collectively on books. We'll stick with PF as long as it stays in its current form; it's unlikely, no matter how good a PF2e might be, that we'd switch to it.


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I just want to say I agree with the OP. Like him, it's dice, pencils, and paper. I don't own all the books, but something has been used from each one that I do own.

Also, customer service is exemplary and the staff takes a lot of time out of their day to comment or answer questions that a player may have. So right on, Paizo. Right on.


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Wait..Tacticslion favorites everything? Now I don't feel special anymore.


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.....I am now able to finally (after nearly 15 years) incorporate Green Ronin's psionic setting of Naranjan from "Mindshadows" into my campaign world. Two great things that will go really well together.


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That sounds like the lead in to a great campaign. I hate that some piss head had to go and crap on it like that.


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I love when my pain meds kick in and I get relief from my leg.


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Unnatural 20 wrote:

When my son was just shy of 4 years old, we took him to his first movie in an actual theater, Disney's "Hercules". He was very excited, but we had to wait for show time so we had lunch at the Chili's restaurant next door.

The waitress was very cute and made a big fuss over him (he was a pretty cute kid). He looks at her and says, "I'm going to see my first real movie today, and I'm having lunch with my mom, dad, and my aunt and uncle." Then he lowered his voice to a slightly deeper pitch and goes, "Would you like to go with me?" While she was unable to go, she practically squealed with delight and brought him the biggest ice cream dessert they had. For free.

I don't know why this came up under one of my aliases. But anyway, it was my kid.


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When my son was just shy of 4 years old, we took him to his first movie in an actual theater, Disney's "Hercules". He was very excited, but we had to wait for show time so we had lunch at the Chili's restaurant next door.

The waitress was very cute and made a big fuss over him (he was a pretty cute kid). He looks at her and says, "I'm going to see my first real movie today, and I'm having lunch with my mom, dad, and my aunt and uncle." Then he lowered his voice to a slightly deeper pitch and goes, "Would you like to go with me?" While she was unable to go, she practically squealed with delight and brought him the biggest ice cream dessert they had. For free.


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Randarak wrote:

...that yesterday was my birthday? In other news...

Happy birthday!


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Aberzombie wrote:

Tim Curry was the producers' first choice for the role on the Batman animated series. However, after recording four episodes, his take on the Joker was deemed as too scary for children, and thus the part was given to Mark Hamill.

He also auditioned for the role of Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), but was rejected at audition for being too terrifying. The role instead went to Christopher Lloyd.

While I love Mark Hamill's Joker, I'd like to have heard Curry's voice overs.


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Even is Paizo closed its doors tomorrow my group would still play it.


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Refuse to drink a simple glass of water because it might be poisoned but will practically bathe themselves in a filthy public fountain in case it might be magical.


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Attacks a group of strangely dressed strangers on a street in daylight because they "looked evil".


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

OH! I just remembered:

4. Poison: It actually kills people instead of very rarely kinda annoying them if they're really low-level and rolling pretty bad.

This. So much.


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I have vague memories of drinking sambuca. Vague.


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"Disbelieve illusion! Disbelieve illusion! Aww, hell."


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"Oops."


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Walking into a crowded bar wearing a hooded cloak believing no one will pay attention to them.


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ShallowHammer wrote:
A group of strangely dressed people open a manhole cover, and climb down to explore...

Did this in the 80s on my college campus... strangely dressed? Well, it was the 80s.

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