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Don't fret if the party splits.


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My mother in law passed away at 3:43 am this morning. I love that I had the privilege of being her son in law for over 25 years.


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Leave. That. Game.


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edduardco wrote:

Post 20 levels, although Mythic have its uses, sometimes feel too alien, almost like playing a different game, while Epic was a proper continuation if a bit flawed.

Another one for me is Deities, gods should have stats IMO.

I'm actually a fan of the "Non Statted Deities". In my Homebrew they are simply unable to be defeated by a PC. I see no need to stat them, as the players will not encounter them. Now I do stat "aspects" of the deities, lesser mortal versions that can be fought but doesn't affect the deity in anyway.


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There are some terrible stories on this thread. I'm surprised there was no public execution of some of the DMs. The worst I have is from my first campaign starting back in 1985. The DM ran his own PCs as part of the party, always giving them full XP and shares of the treasure. I didn't really know any better at the time, so I didn't think anything of it, just thinking that's how the game was played.


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Grognardy Dangerfield wrote:
Dalindra wrote:
He was also the kind of GM who described the environment saying "you walk around a plain. Ask me all you want". So we have to ask him if there were trees, houses, ruins, etc. If we didn't ask him if there was a house in front of us, all we knew was that we had hit an invisible wall. And we had to ask him specifically if there was a house in front of us. Asking him if there was something there was "too lazy".
I love these guys.....I read about a group that spent like 4 sessions trying to get through a maze. When the party finally made it the GM triumphantly announces, "the walls were only 3ft high and you could have simply stepped over them if you had asked about their height...." :)

Blood. There would have been blood.


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I was born at the very end of the post WWII Baby Boom (1963). I'm 53 years old and the older I get the more to the left I lean, which is just the opposite of most of the people I personally know in my age group. Maybe it's having been born in Kennedy's shadow or something.


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We were fighting a vampire magus in a recent game and she was kicking our butts. She was described as wearing a fine lady's clothing, looking like someone from the late 1700's on Earth. Dave, playing the party Sorcerer just quietly says, "So she's Stone Cold Jane Austin".


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I prefer PF over 3.0 and 3.5 all the way. I enjoyed 3.5, but I like PF much, much better.


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Mohrlex the Reborn wrote:

Now you're coming for our young ones too! Such evil creatures you are!

How has this derailed to ways of ending my people?

Why do you hate us so much? Is it because of our pretty smile?

The dragon started it.


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I love that we got snow today here in central Arkansas. I love snow and with the changes in climate we rarely ever get any anymore.


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Had a player who was the only one with a conscience during an early 3.0 game. He was playing the cleric, and after discovering that a couple members of the party were going to kill their lizard man captive by torture the next day, he decided to concoct something to dull the prisoner's senses so it wouldn't be quite so horrific on him. I rolled the Alchemy check behind the screen and told him to go ahead and give it to him. The lizard man immediately went into convulsions and died. I rolled a 1 on the check and it was a pretty high DC, so he failed miserably. After that he earned the nicknames "The Sinister Minister" and "The Pastor of Disaster" by the rest of the party.


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That, good sir, looks amazing!


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I have to totally agree with Scythia. You can lay out options A, B, and C, but I guarantee you half the time they'll take Option Q. Be prepared. Don't be afraid to move an encounter accommodate their offbeat thinking (unless it absolutely has to take place in a certain place and time, in which a little railroading might be necessary).

Be prepared. An inventive and intelligent group of players is like herding fish.


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Tease.


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Sounds like you did the right thing. I've had similar things happen. I try to not hang the world saving on just one or two characters, though. I try to include all of them equally. It's not always easy, though.

And I have one of those players who remembers EVERYTHING from games 20 years ago to the most recent ones. It's me who has trouble remembering things from one session to the next, even though I try to take notes but being the GM and running the game it's hard to do both.

But it sounds like you pulled it off, so kudos!


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I don't mind playing the wizard. I'll play anything the group needs. Yeah, the bookkeeping gets a little tedious sometimes, but I just love to play.


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I laughed more than I should have at that.


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Chessex doesn't update it's catalog online and the one they sent me via pdf was from 2014, so I have no idea what they have to offer. If you could find a link to the Ghostly Glow ones and send it to me I'd greatly appreciate it!

EDIT: I found them! I must have them all!


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Kileanna wrote:

Since we've started playing at my home my group feels like visiting their grannies' home! I always have homemade cookies and spongecakes and I love cooking the dinner for them. I'm often like "Eat some more, come on!", "Don't you like it? Do you want me to cook something else?"

I don't know if I'm GMing my players or I'm only feeding them! xD

I wish I gamed at your house! LOL


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An elephant sized rhino that was at least as fast as a horse. One of my favorite extinct megafauna beasts.


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Don't be afraid to improvise if the rules get in the way.


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I love watching the little bird sitting on my window sill and pecking at the seeds I place there.


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DrDeth wrote:
Nice friendly and happy thread!

I have faith someone will knock it over at some point.


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Chengar Qordath wrote:
miscdebris wrote:
Let's not to roll vs role playing here, ok? There are thousands of threads on thousands of boards about that very subject.
I'm pretty sure DrDeth can't go for a single day without making a post where he rants about the evils of those filthy badwrongfun having powergamers, and how he wishes he could force them all to have DrDeth approved GoodRightFun.

I call BS. Show me where he's "ranted" about his method of play over those of others. He has a different philosophy, I have a different philosophy, you do, so does everyone else on the bloody boards. He's merely offered opinions--his opinions and they are not "rants". No one is attacking powergamers. This has been a surprisingly civil thread, given the topic. Calling out and attacking someone by name is poor gamesmanship simply because you disagree with them.

You want to know a powergamer, meet me. I loathe point buy, have for decades rolled 4d6 drop the lowest with rerolls of 1s and 2s and have recently switched to 1d10 +8 as my preferred method for my players to create characters. Heroes should have heroic stats, in my opinion, and leave the crappy rolls to the NPC classes and certain NPC characters the players interact with. But do I condemn those who don't do things my way for having badwrongfun? Not once have I ever done that that I can recall, and if I have done that, let me apologize now.

But to reiterate, I've not seen a single attack on powergamers in this thread, and no accusations of "wrongbadfun". I may actually have made the most contentious post on this whole thread. But don't accuse someone of something they didn't do.


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Incidentally, I once met Chris Brochu when he lectured when Sue the T Rex toured America. During the Q&A, which was in a packed auditorium, no one asked any questions except for the occasional kid. None of the adults did. Except me. I bet I asked over a dozen questions. I know he got a little tired of just me but he realized I was extremely interested in what he had to say. His specialty is crocodiliforms, and actually got into a discussion about them them after the lecture. He asked me if I was a paleontologist myself because I knew so much already about what he was talking about, and I told him, "No, just a nerd." He laughed and then went into the Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch. We both had a huge laugh over that and he said nerdism should be a class for paleontology.


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Happy Holidays to all my family and all my friends; near, far, and on the boards.

God bless us, everyone.


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I once spent a good deal of two consecutive combat sessions complaining I couldn't seem to roll higher than a 12 on any attack roll before realizing I was in fact using a d12 instead of a d20. So I no longer take my pain meds during game sessions.


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Yeah, the forums are great for helping out a player with questions and advice (as long as they can stay on track..lol). I love that about PF.


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I complained last night on FB that I had not had any fruitcake this Christmas season and I couldn't get out and get any because I was down with the flu. Within minutes a friend showed up out of the blue with a fruitcake for me. I know some really great people.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Cal,

I live in West Virgina and all I'm getting is either 47 or 50 and rain....

Bleh. Even if we don't get a white Christmas it should at least be cold!


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Kileanna wrote:

I have settings that have been going on for more tan 10 years. I try to make new stories fit into the World that we have been developing with former campaigns so everything is related at a point and old stories are often mentioned.

I'm so attached to this personalized settings that I sometimes lose interest in GMing a story if I cannot make it fit.

I have a similar outlook. My homebrew world started in 1991 and it's continued to be built upon during adventure after adventure. The current campaign is set in a different part of the world than where it's always been traditionally placed, but it's still the same world and the parts are all connected in some way or another.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Snow. Snow. SNOW! SNOW!!!!!

So much this. I live in central Arkansas and they're forecasting a high of 70 and rain.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:
John Mechalas wrote:
I will find any excuse to make a spreadsheet.

All my Pathfinder character sheets now are spreadsheets. Once you program in all the math, it becomes really easy to figure modifiers on the fly, you can just set the "Rage" field to "TRUE" and it will automatically tell you everything you need to know about your raging self.

For a game with this much math, it makes things so much easier.

Of course there are those of us who find making spreadsheets the same as trying to translate the Linear A language of the Etruscans.


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Aberzombie wrote:
I love my Christmas gift to myself, and look forward to unwrapping it.

So what is it? Huh? Huh?


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I've been wondering how you've been, DQ. I hope you're doing well.

Happy Holidays!


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quibblemuch wrote:
Rysky wrote:
That's who I would have picked.
Fun fact: During Ragnar's seven missing years, he was getting clean at Betty Fjord.

Bravo.


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I remember going through reams of graph paper making dungeons, but that's as close as we ever got to using grids back in the day.


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Jiggy wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Sometimes it bugs me that PF and other RPGs are treated as exercises in mathematics, rather than just outlets to have fun. DPR, action economy, etc... I just skip threads about those. In fact, I don't even know what what action economy is and I don't want to know.

With respect, DungeonmasterCal, that's like saying that musicians are treating music wrong by getting hung up on chords and melodies and harmonies instead of just using music as an outlet to have fun or express themselves. "I don't even know what notes are and I don't want to know."

I mean, it's totally great if you're able to have fun by mashing randomly on the piano keys or flailing your sticks against the drums or whatever. That's totally cool. But there's a meaningful difference between what's produced in those untrained pseudo jam-sessions and what's produced by someone who put in a lot of work to understand how music actually works. To minimize that difference, and especially to reverse it by suggesting that the more proficient musician must have lost sight of the whole point of music; is extremely rude and belittling.

Now, again, do whatever's fun for you. There's nothing wrong with doing the RPG equivalent of randomly tickling the strings of a guitar. If that puts a smile on your face, then go for it. Just please don't suggest that doing so is somehow superior or more in line with the true purpose of music gaming than when those of us who have learned the inner workings of the medium want to "talk shop" about the structures and mechanics and practical theories that go into it.

Thanks.

I don't think I suggested my way was superior. It if came across as such I apologize. There really isn't a right or wrong way to have fun, it's just that the way we do it works best for us and has for 30 years. Applying theory crafting to it and a slide rule... lol... just takes the fun away for me.


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quibblemuch wrote:
When I'm prepping as GM, I often play this NSFW song on loop.

Somehow I knew what song it was going to be before I even clicked on the link.


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TheAlicornSage wrote:
Hey, I'd like to see them all. I'm working on something myself, and I'd like to see as much as ypu're willing jot down.

I don't hate classes, but I'd prefer just a 2e Skills and Powers approach to building a PC. Just have a really large book containing all feats, skills, spells, abilities, etc to date and a point system to buy them with, with each type of ability costing a certain amount of points. You could start your campaign by allowing characters to have set amounts of points (like Mutants and Masterminds) and then use those points to build whatever you want. Yeah, that's the biggest change I'd make.


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Aberzombie wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Yeah, but he was great on the song "Black Water".
Damnit, man! Now I'm going to have that absolutely awesome song stuck in my head for the rest of the day!!

Aaaaaand you're welcome! LOL


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Just this week, my boss was explaining to me that only the Michael McDonald-era Doobies music was any good. It was all I could do not to go off, but since I wasn't hired to teach music appreciation, I kept my response to a brief, polite disagreement.

I would've had to have thrown him in the trunk of a car and left him in the woods for a couple of days.


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Yeah, but he was great on the song "Black Water".


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Sissyl wrote:
So, did the player become smarter? Do you have more of them? I have been told I am a decent sushi cook myself. I could make gyoza if you prefer...

Yep, his character did. He plays the party psionicist (takes the place of the mage in our party). And I've never had gyoza, but I'd be willing to negotiate an item for it... lol


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My players, after 30 years, don't seem to grasp the fact that they can run away if things go awry. Or at least they don't until they're too beat down to have any chance of winning, then they run. Then after they heal up they demand to go back for revenge. Sometimes the same cycle repeats itself as they go up in level. Sometimes they forget the bad guy goes up in level, too. I have some really intelligent friends, but the Wisdom scores can be a little low.


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I love that I finished all my Christmas shopping in one afternoon online.


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I once gave a player a Tome of Clear Thought +2 in exchange for free sushi. Yes, I can be bought.


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You might look at the boons the offer. That would add a little something to it.

Commoner Boons

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