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Are powers required to have Extras and Flaws?


It's a combo of my name and what I do.


My first PC was one that someone didn't show up to play, so they asked me to sit in. This was in 1985. I had no idea what to do, but somehow caught on and ended up leading the party. The other two players were a chain smoking misogynist with anger issues and the other was an obsessive compulsive who washed his face every 5 minutes like clockwork. He was also a 15 year old college freshman and his dad, who wore different costumes all the time, lived on campus with him. I'm still friends with the DM to this day. I have no idea what happened to the other two.


I'm a really heavy guy so short hair on my makes me look like a pinhead.


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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.


I'm a 51 year old fatbeard with a ponytail that hangs down to the middle of my back. My hair is starting to thin noticeably, however, so I'm on the verge of getting it cut very short.


David M Mallon wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
When he was a teenager, Anthony Edwards studied ballet with his childhood friend Eric Stoltz in Santa Barbara, California, so that "they could meet girls."
A friend of mine did this in college.
Did it work?

Indeed it did.


Aberzombie wrote:
When he was a teenager, Anthony Edwards studied ballet with his childhood friend Eric Stoltz in Santa Barbara, California, so that "they could meet girls."

A friend of mine did this in college.


"Black No. 1" by Type O Negative.


Diggin' it.


Simon Legrande wrote:
This is starting to sound like "dang puzzles gettin in da way of mah killin stuff".

There's always the "The Riddle of Steel" for that.


Shunning? Anyone remember shunning? This used to be such a fun thread.


Very, very cool.


Yeah, I never tell them why I'm doing it. They were terrified the mantis was retreating from something worse.


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


I sometimes treat encounters with animals and certain other creatures as "realistic". If the creature is clearly losing the fight it will retreat. The players have the option of pursuing if they want, but with an average party size of 3 players I find it's sometimes easier to give them this break.

It recently happened in a game with a creature called a deadly mantis, a colossal praying mantis. With only 4 players that session, the mantis was clearly going to win the fight, and I needed all 4 players to complete the adventure. So after doing nearly 80% of the creature's hitpoints in damage to it, it fled the fight. Maybe that makes me a wimpy GM, but I did it for the sake of the story.

I also allow Hero Points.


"Broadway is My Beat", an old radio detective serial.


7. 101 You CAN'T put in a Bag of Holding.


I have a couple of guys who used to play with me (their schedules rarely permit them to do so anymore) and they're extremely competitive. They both look at RPGs as something to win and do their best to shut out other players sometimes, particularly this one guy. I've talked to them about it in the past, and that may be another reason they don't play as much anymore.


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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.


I'd just treat 'em like clubs.


87. A row of yearbooks from wizard school.


Nicos wrote:

I think you should mention the original source of your list OP (assuming you were not the one that wrote that list in the first place)

http://www.ragingswan.com/20-things-to-find-in-a-wizards-laboratory/

I referenced that in my first post on the thread, too.


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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.


There was a 1e Dragon Magazine article about falling that calculated it like this:

10 ft - 1d6
20 ft - 3d6
30 ft - 6d6
40 ft - 12d6
50 ft and over 20d6

I think this was done to simulate the acceleration in falling.


35. A dapper collection of pointy hats.


22. A list compiled by Creighton Broadhurst listing those very 20 things found in a wizard's lab.

23. A hungry, abandoned familiar.


If I can swing it and hit something with it, it's a weapon.


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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.


Class disparities, OP vs UP, etc are all non issues for us.


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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.


I use the rules when they apply. I also apply common sense when needed. I do what it takes to make a game exciting and fun.


"Lite" pdf are less graphics intensive and use less ink if you want to print them.


"Where's Johann?"

"He's resting and decomposing his thoughts."


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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.


Jacob Saltband wrote:
Have you checked out Kendle Unlimited? There are some good older books available sometimes.

I haven't yet; isn't it a subscription service? That would keep me from using it at this point in my financial status.


Aberzombie wrote:
Why you should never kiss a crab: Idiotic moment a game with a crustacean goes painfully wrong

Doesn't look like he's from Florida....


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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.....?


Jacob Saltband wrote:

These are some of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books I've read...

Series
Barsoom 11 books
Tarzan 24 books
Pellucidar 7 books
Venus 5 books
Caspak 3 books
Moon 3 books
Mucker 3books

Stand Lone Novels
Beyond the Farthest Star
The Lost Continent
The Monster Men
The Cave Girl
The Eternal Lovers
The Lad and the Lion
The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County
I am a Barbarian
The Outlaw of Torn
The Mad King
Pirate Blood

That was just in the late 70's to early 80's

So many of those I've not read. My little small town library growing up had all the Pellucidar books, most of the Tarzan, and a scattering of the others. I just recently purchased the Pellucidar and Tarzan collections for my Kindle and will soon revisit the Center of the Earth.


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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.


Set wrote:
keeps their RPG stuff on a Kindle. :)

I use a Kindle only to show pictures of things I have a hard time describing, which isn't much.

I pushed my budget to its limit today by finding the M&M DC Adventures book at a pretty good price on eBay. My gaming purchasing is done once Occult Adventures comes out. Ultimate Intrigue and the Occult Bestiary will just have to go on the Christmas list.


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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.


Set wrote:

I prefer M&M 2nd edition.

3rd edition made it slightly harder / more expensive to create skill-based characters, such as Batman, which seems, IMO, counter-intuitive (since those characters rarely operate at the same power level as powers based characters). It also increased the number of attributes, which I'm not sure was needed. (Indeed, if I was going to design away from the six attributes of d20, I'd be more inclined to have *less* attributes, like GURPS' four attributes, than add more, such as with Storyteller's nine attributes.)

I knee-jerk reacted against 2nd edition, when the game moved on from 1st edition, not really seeing it as necessary, at the time, but within a few months I had come around and found it a great improvement.

It's been a lot longer, and I still haven't 'come around' to preferring 3rd edition. I think it was, and this is a credit to its designer, pretty much already as good as it gets, for what it was built to do, by 2nd edition. (And given the various games like Hero or GURPS who are on 4th or 5th editions, that's pretty amazing!)

Thank you for the input, Set. I'll have both versions now for my son and his friends to choose from. Whichever I don't use I can resell, I think.


Barathos wrote:
I got the hardcover version of the 3e hero's handbook off Amazon not too long ago for less than $45 USD

I won an ebay auction yesterday and got a softcover brand new for 11.75 usd. Was pretty jazzed about it.


BigNorseWolf wrote:
thejeff wrote:
I'm just wondering what "food years" are.
a kind of tire

Bravo, sir. Bravo. Best pun in days.


Or, as has been said before, order some dice online if you don't have an FLGS anywhere. There are some great ideas here, but so much is just either reinventing the wheel. And if someone is math challenged like me some of the solutions would just make me not want to play at all.

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