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Had a player leave rabbit entrails lying on a rock in the sun to attract more game for them to eat. Well, all it attracted were vultures and a hunting party of wemics (lion centaurs) who promptly attacked the party. The rest of the party was all like, "What sort of game were you trying to attract with smelly guts, anyway?"
Apologies for the thread necromancy, but this popped into my head today.
Way back in the early days of 2e, I was playing a wizard who, when the party ran out of rations, went hunting for food. Using Magic Missile, he bagged 2 squirrels and 2 rabbits. The rest of the party was appalled that he used it kill harmless animals, but they ate them, anyway.
Long before the LotR movies, my brother played Dwarves a lot, and they all had Scottish accents. I remember when we saw the movie he was like, "They ripped me off!" lol
As far as replacing other ethnicities with monsters, it doesn't seem to be a problem for my group. In fact, they rather like the idea of the Hobgoblins being the Oriental faction of our setting.
Since I first began playing the game in 1985 I imagined Hobgoblins as being more like Klingons (even slightly resembling them) than anything else. That was the immediate image that came to my mind when my character encountered them for the first time. In my homebrew setting, their kingdoms are the substitute for the Asian themed settings, since the 1e Monster Manual had them dressed in Samurai like armor.
I used to be a radio dj (announcer, if you're not sure of the term). I worked in radio for 10 years. Today I can't even listen to commercial radio, especially pop or "classic rock" radio without hearing the same songs over and over. It drives me crazy. If what I'm hearing on the radio is in my LP collection, I really don't care to hear it.
When I listen to music I listen to to streaming stations, both playing hard rock or heavy metal. One is hairbandheaven.com and the other is Rock Radio 1 on TuneIn.com.
My Self wrote:
So, eBay is the bot, then. Gotcha.
So, I rarely get to be a player, but every few months we play this strange mashup of Vampire: The Masquerade and Call of Cthulhu d20 where I get to sit on the other side of the screen for a few hours.
Well, that game is about to wrap up, so we decided to go back about 20 years and drag out our old DC Heroes stuff to replace it. My rules are a crude photocopy set that is falling apart, so I go a-huntin' on eBay. Sure enough, I find a near mint boxed set for about $15. I put in a bid. Check it the next day, someone's bid another $.50. I respond in kind. I go up to as high as $25 then decide to stop because I'm getting outbid and it didn't cost that much new, as I recall. Then I noticed IMMEDIATELY after I made my bid and it was entered it showed I was outbid by a dollar. So I bid again, just to be sure. Yep, I'm bidding against a bot. And to double check my theory (and I'd have paid this just for the nostalgia) I bid $30. Sure enough, as soon as I bid it says I'm outbid by a dollar.
I. Hate. Bots.
Dire Elf wrote:
The player was very unhappy about this, not because he claimed his remarks were out-of-character, but because he thought if his Diplomacy and Sense Motive skills were high enough he should be able to sway the dragon to a friendly...
Sometimes the rule of Common Sense overrides the Rules as Written (or Intended). I'm totally on the GM's side with this.
That's a small thing to fix. Just because the books says what they look like doesn't mean you have to stick to it. I gave out a Headband of Vast Intellect to a player and described it as a simple silver circlet. As long as it gives the benefits it's designed for there's no reason to stick with the static descriptions in the books.
Yes. I've been doing it for decades.. lol
Many years ago I worked in a pizza restaurant. My very first task was to slice onions. We had this wall mounted device where you placed the onions on a bed of sharp blades arranged in tiny squares, then pulled a lever that pushed the onion through, slicing the whole thing at once. First time I used it a stream of onion juice hit me squarely in the eye. I thought I was going to die.. lol
Yeah, if I have something planned for them to do/encounter/bash it's going to happen, no matter what they do. It may not be in the location or at the instant I want it to, but it's going to happen and they won't know that I moved it to the new location. They just think that's where it was going to take place.
I had an uncle who was a hunter. It is something infrequent here as you need a lot of licenses and tests to get a firearm. I tasted boar thanks to him.
I had boar in a fancy restaurant once. I liked it. I've also eaten ostrich, which wasn't bad. A friend of mine has some bear meat he'll bring me if I want. I'm still trying to decide if I want to try it. He also brings me venison when he has a good hunting year.
I'm the opposite. I've run maybe 5 modules my whole 30+ years of gaming. I have a devil of a time following the script, and improv and being able to instantly respond to when the players go off track is a skill I've developed pretty well. But, there's no wrong way to play the game, so if modules are what you like to run, then run 'em! :)
Up until I was 15 I was a hunter, as are most people who live in the southern US, it seems. I hunted and ate rabbit, squirrel, quail, duck. All of them pretty good. But I decided at 15 that hunting was just too much effort and not enough return, so I quit. Not for ethical reasons, mind you. I was just too lazy.. lol
It's not wasted time. Probably not healthy either but as a person who has suffered from insomnia I'd rather do something productive than rolling in the bed for hours, unable to sleep.
My dogs must have sensed how tired I was. They let me sleep until 11 this morning before we went for our first walk of the day. I'm really glad they did.
I have a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night, and then getting game ideas and working on them. Then I'm up for a lot longer than I mean to. However, I think I've finally finished my house rules compilation. Tomorrow, however, I'll be exhausted. But to quote the immortal band Led Zeppelin, "It's nobody's fault but mine".
I have a player who plays a bard. He's level 14 or 15 (I forget which at the moment) and Mythic Tier 5. But he insists on using his damned wand of Magic Missiles every fight though it's becoming increasingly useless as they fight more and more very powerful foes. He's very good at buffing the party but uses only 2 or 3 low level spells ever (Sound Burst, Flaming Sphere, and Searing Light). He's useless in a fight except for the buffs and he just doesn't get it. And he's been playing RPGs for 30 years.
captain yesterday wrote:
I have a pitbull mix and a Plott hound mix. Both about 75 pounds. One always walks in front pulling (the Plott hound) and the pibble walks behind stopping without warning to sniff at things. And because he's behind me I never see him in time to get a second to prepare for the sudden stop. And they crisscross the leads, too. I know your pain.
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