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I half suspect that Nick gave Murphy one of the Coins (maybe Deirdre's) because of the dream Harry had and what his subconscious tells him later.
I also have been thinking for a long time now that Mac's the original Merlin.
Best line in the book: "You are a genuine Greek god. You're the Lord of the Underworld. And...you named your dog Spot?"
The driving habits of their owner sure are fiendish.
You could consider leaving out part 4. It reads like it's a very good adventure. It just doesn't fit well into the AP.
My group's just finished What Lies In Dust and I will not send them into the Spiral. Rather, I'll skip to Mother of Flies. I made Ilnerik the shadow leader of the Council by holding Eccardian hostage (and making him a vampire called Jair) and using his sister as a socialite to bring him the city's leaders so that he can dominate them. The PCs don't know about the whole conspiracy yet, anyway.
The downside is of course that you'll have to adjust the encounters to fit a lower level party.
Liz Courts wrote:
If it comes with blaring bagpipes, it's a Highlander Burial.
It's not about gender. It's about the ability to distinguish between the real world and a fantasy world's fantasy.
Again: Cheliax is a nation governed by devil worshippers. The play was written by one even before House Thrune took the crown, so you can assume he was a fundamentalist. And Hell is a misogynist place. (Hell, not necessarily Cheliax.)
It was your task to alleviate some of your player's problems with the play and switch some of the roles' genders, which you could have done on the spot without problem.
Ilsandra is an Erynies. A fallen angel that has been "impaled upon the loftiest tower spikes of Dis and left to be flensed by the vicious winds and fed upon by the city's revolting avian hosts for 150 years" (Princes of Darkness, p.28). She likes pain. She likes Larazod's ability to withstand pain. She's a devil first and a woman second (and remember, Erynies are elite warriors).
The whole affair is supposed to come of as distasteful, especially for good aligned characters. Yes, Thesing is a smarmy dick (he gets his comeuppance later in the AP). IIRC, The director has nothing against women, he's just choleric.
It seems that you and your player's blew the whole thing out of proportion.
Truer words have never been spoken.
As Mechlibur said, Asmodeus doesn't like women very much (he calls them the "second gender" according the Book of the Damned I). Cheliax is a bit better, since the country's motto is "Hell serves us" and they have a queen. The play's older than the country, though.
As for the play:
1. There is the concept of the "trouser role", where women played men's roles on stage. (I had two female characters in the play, one of them played Larazod. The player's a woman, too.)
2. You could have switched genders of a few of the play's characters, including Ilsandra's. There are humanoid looking male devils.
3. Ilsandra is an Erynies. A fallen angel. They are the worst. Do you know what is done to them in hell to change them into devils?
As for railroading: It's a published adventure. You have to expect a certain amount of it.
Aspasia de Malagant wrote:
This "politically acceptable jargon" is called "being polite and respectful in discourse with your fellow citizens/board members".
Aspasia de Malagant wrote:
Well, instead of raging futilely against the machine, you could've gone ahead and rewrote your post trying to avoid phrasing that could be misconstrued.
He's to old for that s+~%?
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Well, at least it wasn't a dragon laser.
That is brilliant! Consider it stolen.
Forgotten Realms and Dark Sun keep them separate. In various games where both were available we kept them separate and didn't have any problems. For us it just wasn't a problem.
Forgotten Realms did something in between, which I consider the best solution.
Another difference between magic and psionics to consider is that psionics do not have illusion or necromancy.
Liz Courts wrote:
Well, Arthur needed that damn sword to be successful, so he couldn't have been that good a fighter anyway.
But yeah, I would like to watch something like that as well. Also, a good movie about Boudica.
Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
I want to thank you as well. It was fun, and the result is a much needed pick-me-up after a couple of really crappy months.
I also learned a lot, among other things that my English grammar is apparently better than my German. :/
Excuse me, but who's doing that?
Actually, the problem with any western society (to varying degrees) is that people always look for the fault in others instead of thinking about what they could have done wrong first.
Might have been Regis, too, or Regis instead of Wulfgar. I didn't read the book, only a summary.
They tried Golden Goal and Silver Goal. It was terribly unpopular. Also, the strain put on the players would simply be irresponsible. Many of them have muscular problems after 120 minutes already.
tony gent wrote:
They are called pancakes. Don't ask me why, but everyone else does it wrong.
Pyrrhic Victory wrote:
Actually, while the Frenchman volunteered to die first (because of course he did), the German WOULD TAKE OVER THE PLANE!
I don't know what got into me there. Sorry. I mean the German would quickly convince the other two that they'd have to jump instead of him.
Also, demons just want to have fun.
As Kirth wrote, Bushmills is pretty good (although, to quote McNulty, it's protestant whiskey ;) ).
I'm not a fan of Jameson, either. Sometimes, it tastes like something died in it.
Tyrconnell Single Malt is decent.
The famous Tullamore Dew is very nice, especially the slightly stronger (and a bit more expensive) Black Label.
My favourite is Greenore Single Grain, though.
Next on my list are Green Spot and Redbreast, when I can afford them. I'd really like to try a Midleton Very Rare at some time in the future, but at prices over 100€ a bottle, that's not going to happen anytime soon.
Not to disparage the almighty Shemeska, but TSR only needed one book.