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What a slick topic!


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Stories like these boggle my mind. I've never had the need or even the urge to ban someone from my games. Lucky, I guess.


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12. 101 ways to argue about optimization vs non-optimization and not say anything new or constructive.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I tried to get my wife and kids to optimize a bit more, she just narrowed her eyes and asked (clearly irritated) "do you want us to play or not?" Needless to say the next time she made a witch and put that 10 in dexterity I kept my mouth shut:-)

You have learned much.


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BigDTBone wrote:
DrDeth wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:

1) I've learned to optimize, mostly because the guys in my group do so, and do so well. So, in order to feel helpful, I do so as well. I can go with the flow, no big. Luckily, most of them are also good DMs, so there's plenty of story to be had as well.

2) We often ask the question "Why would these characters ask your character to join them?" to ill thought out characters.
Adventuring is no joke, so why would people take obvious liabilities with them into danger, if there were no story reason (like being paid to escort someone, etc.) to do so?

I have never seen a PC character that was "an obvious liability". So what if my PC isn't DPR maximized?

And parties all the time get stuck with dudes that steal or lay back or hide or spotlight hog......

I've definitely seen that PC. When you spend 2/3 of every combat saving that guy's bacon; he's a liability.

Tried to do both tower shield fighting and two-weapon fighting.

Would switch up between them both in combat and in feat choices. Was a paladin; so feats weren't exactly a commodity. 12 STR (was ALWAYS heavy encumbered, my oracle actually learned ant haul just for him and then he started carrying more crap and was still heavy encumbered) 10 CON, 12 CHA.

Then he would also intentionally blow charging lanes, jack up flanks (he said that sneak attack was dishonorable, so not only would he not flank but he would actively PREVENT flanks), and get caught in AOEs. Then we would spend the rest of combat healing him or moving him.

Sound more like a player problem that PC. The guy just didn't seem to get it.


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RDM42 wrote:
Again, just because a character is not optimized to the nines, does not make them a liability ...

I believe it's more important for the player to be optimized than the character.


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55. A bunch of murder hobos.


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Randarak wrote:

I love what others call fluff. The time and effort to create such an extensive background to the adventuring world at large appeals to what remains of my sense of wonder. And sometimes, knowing some of those fluffy bits of info help to discover what's going on in an adventure or AP.

Not to mention, what GM running a homebrew doesn't appreciate the occasional "Wow" or "That's so cool" to the fluff filled details that they took such time and effort to create?

As a homebrewer, I couldn't have said it better myself.


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Ya know, there are a few of the problems that get constant thread chatter that occur at my table-late players, not having your next spell readied, having to look up an oft-used rule-but ya know what? We're friends. We overlook these things and have fun instead of griping about them.


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"Hey, have you heard about the new cemetery?"

"Yeah, people are dying to get in there."


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BigDTBone wrote:
Hmmm, archetypes for PrCs. Interesting!

No! Don't do it! It'd be like dividing by zero or putting a bag of holding in a portable hole! Horrible things!

:)


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DrDeth wrote:
I try to just have really cool, semi-personalized loot drops, but when AP's assume you'll have the "Christmas tree" by such and such a level, it gets hard.

I try to do the same.


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DrDeth wrote:
Manwolf wrote:
Confession: So far I really haven't gotten into archetypes. I still like base classes better.
Archetypes replaced those incredibly broken PrC's, which was a great way to go. I knew high level PC's in 3.5 with six PrCs, mostly dips.

Or played by dips.....?


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She was the resident assistant in the dorm where a girl I was interested in lived. I called her and got the girl's number. 4 months later I was dating her, instead.

We've been married 25 years now, but have lived apart for 9. It's a weird relationship, but it works for us.


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I didn't read the Hobbit or the LotR until after I began gaming, but I read the Elric Saga and Shannara, as well as Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs so those were what came to mind as I was first getting into the game back in 1985.


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My wife and I have been married 25 years, but have lived apart 9 years. We still love and care for each other; it's a weird relationship, but it seems to work out.


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I've told this story before, but it fits the stinky gamer trope. I was at a bookstore back in the 3.5 days looking over a book with my son (he was about 10 at the time). These two guys walk up and began talking about D&D, then inquired if I had any spaces in my group. I looked around and my son had disappeared, leaving me to deal with a guy with lice visibly crawling in his beard and a guy who smelled like rotten meat. I diplomatically told them my group had all the people I could handle and then found my son and gave him noogies for running off and leaving me.


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Please take the "serious stuff" to other threads, the LGBT thread, for instance (there is one). This was a fun thread. WAS.


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My guys know I'd laugh and laugh. Then kill all their characters.


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Hasn't this poor dead horse been beaten enough?


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There are hostas growing in my backyard. I didn't plant them, they just came up. I feel like I'm being held.....HOSTAge.


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Brontosaurus is once again recognized as an official genus. I dig that.


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I actually liked the Ben Affleck "Daredevil" movie.


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They can have my Taco Bell food when they pry it from my cold, dead jaws.


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What a cold and sad thing.


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I shun those who don't play PF and only comment to b$@^& about it.


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I'm a semi-spontaneous GM. I have a few notes with encounters and treasure in them and the rest I just leave up to the players. I've learned long ago that you can have Options A,B, and C, but they will always choose Q.


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In high school (30+ years ago) this one guy had a tiny, tiny car that a bunch of us picked up, loaded into the back of a pickup truck, and drove across town and unloaded it at his house. He never knew who did it or how his car got home w/out him.


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I shun the use of the word "stealth" as a verb.


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I think it's a fine book I wasted money on because my players have no interest in it at all.


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Randarak wrote:
bookrat wrote:
Which ones have you never seen?

Well, let's see, just for some examples of arguments/controversies/concepts that I never really experienced or knew about:

Martial characters are weak.
That ANY class is broken.
Player's being outraged by not being able to play a particular character in the GM's game.
DPR=I never played with anybody that took the time to calculate it
People not using experience points
The sheer, unadulterated venom towards paladins
The so-called Stormwind fallacy

Like you, these things never came up in any game conversation I ever had before coming to the forums. I'd never heard of some of these controversies before.


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Tormsskull wrote:

If you're looking to speed game play up, I'd have to throw in a recommendation for 5th edition D&D not using a battle map. Theater of the mind combat took a little while for my group to get used to, but we now regularly get through 3-4 times as much content per session than we did with Pathfinder.

I cut my teeth in the 80s on theater of the mind, and to this day we prefer it over using a battle mat.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Blossom however was awesome!

Shun shun shun!


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Runs about in futility, waving his arms and shunning willy nilly.


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Wistfully remembers a thread about shunning.


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I can't stand the Sammy Hagar years of Van Halen.


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Could we get back to shunning for real reasons, like gaming? This line of conversation will only end in tears or maybe threadlock.


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I'm not as prolific a writer when it comes to putting together encounters and adventures as I used to be, but I still go from a simple idea to three more slightly less complicated to six "HOLY CRAP which do I use next?" games. Then I go through a phase where I couldn't write Orc and Pie w/out help.

I recently had an idea for a game involving "red pearls". What started as a simple "Here, keep these safe for me for a week and I'll pay you 1,000 gold to the now named "Sanguine Pearls" to being an important part of the religious rituals of a tribe of Ettercaps. Then they evolved into a cursed item that if whoever holds them becomes compelled to return to them to the temple or slowly transform into an Ettercap himself. This in turn led to an idea that I've wanted to explore for a long time (a psionic setting based on Green Ronin's old Mindshadows setting). This in turn led to the possibility of the players discovering a portal to a savage inner world populated by Stone Age cultures and dinosaurs. After cleaning up the notes, I realized that a jumble of ideas that loosely hung together has turned into a 3 or 4 adventure campaign arc.

Just enjoy the creative output, no matter how convoluted and expansive it gets. Your own notes can be the best source to mine for more information later.


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In 30 years of GMing I've had one TPK. The party encountered a beholder. The End.


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Back to shunning; I love dungeon crawls.


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I once worked as the manager of a video store and I never watched movies. In the year I worked there I took home 3 videos. I'm just not a huge movie fan and I'm pretty picky about what I watch (not snobby, mind you. I watch some pretty awful movies). But customers and my coworkers alike thought I was really strange for not watching more.


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The Green Tea Gamer wrote:

I wonder if this is the appropriate place to ask this, but is anyone else annoyed when they, as a GM, spend a lot of their personal time preparing for game day, and a player (or four) shows up having done absolutely, positively, diddly squat in the intervening time, especially if they gained enough exp for a level and were supposed to level up between sessions, or go shopping between sessions, or make a major decision between sessions, and now you have to wait while they get all that done during table time?

That annoys the living crap out of me, especially when I'm a GM, but even as a player, I look at the others like, "Dude, that guy works his butt off to let us have fun, and you can't even level up in a week's time, you lazy bastard? Oh, but you had time to post on Facebook about how you were out at the bar until 4am pumping drinks into a skank that walked out with another dude? I hate you."

You just described the three main players in my group. One of them leads a very busy life and I can see where he might not have time sometimes. The other two do not. But I put up with it because we've been friends over 25 years.


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Tormsskull wrote:
  • I think younger players and players that started on 3.x have a much different play style than gamers that started earlier.
  • I greatly agree with this. I think it has a lot to do with the big changes in mechanics from earlier editions.


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    60. You want to add to your jar of random lost dice.


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    I try to suggest to players, especially new players to the group, that certain classes and builds might be more beneficial to them than others based on the setting or the story line I've developed. If they don't follow my advice it's on them, not me.


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    It's my wife's brother.


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    Wait, this isn't a play by post? I was gonna ask to sign up.


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    Randarak wrote:
    I don't like kitsune. I just don't. Nothing you can say or do will change my mind about this.

    I'm right there with ya. And Tengu.


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    Guys, please take the animal cruelty vs when animals attack debate to private messaging or drop it. This isn't the thread for that.


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    Took another look at the Gunslinger. Still don't like it.

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