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meatrace wrote:
Hama wrote:

Doctor Who is not fantasy. It's science fiction.

I'm a Whovian, but seriusly.

OK, so, my bona fides is that I have about 70% of the extant original series material on DVD, and ALL of the new series on Blu-Ray. I'd kind of consider myself an expert on Who lore.

In the past there have been stories that were more sci-fi, but it was always a pretty light touch. Especially in the new series, there's a lot more fantasy than there is actual science fiction. Like, ok there's space...and...well that's about it. Fantasy travels to other worlds, gives us magic, constructs elaborate mythologies. Sci-Fi informs us how it would work with science (something Who never EVER really does) and usually has some moralistic tone about how these concepts affect, or could affect, our lives.

It's about as SF as Narnia.

However, it is decidedly not a traditional medieval magical fantasy series.

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Hey, congrats!

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How do I know I'm a good GM? People keep telling me that I am. People keep asking me to run games for them.
I put their fun in front of my own fun.
I am the "If my players have fun, I have fun" type of guy. I enjoy seeing them enjoy themselves.

Maybe I was unclear. He didn't tell just me that I was boring and annoying him. He told that to ALL OF US.

I don't mind chill and laugh games. Especially when people are up front about it. But when the game is a frustrating tedium of NOTHING EVER GOING IN OUR FAVOR, you don't really have fun.

Also I can compartmentalize. When I'm playing, I'm playing. Also since we are not using any kind of familiar ruleset, I just wanna have fun. And I'm not having any fun.

Oh yeah, I may be arrogant, but I think I deserve to be.

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Bruno2 wrote:

Lets get a few facts in...What age group are we talking here? What sort of actual GM/Player experience are we talking? Time frame do we play every night.week.month? Yes it all comes into play.

I can't really slap you on the back of the head and shout harden the Heck up your acting like a bunch of school kids if in fact your 12.

I would advise, GM Rotation as a standard action anyway, its gets fresh blood in/out of the hot seat. I would make the hard decision and just say your a crap DM cause your allways being a dick and not playing well.

Also how many people are playing? Had he been drinking?

I currently run 2 Groups (AD&D1E & PF) with a combo of New players & Vets, aged round the 30-45 oldies that said we have had players do one off as a test who have been in the 25-35. I would run a session every F/N Most of the players are friends family and or from contacts in the game store.

Age group? Anywhere from 22 to 30. I'm 27.

I have almost 15 years of GMing experience.
Every weekend.
GM rotation here is a no no. Nobody wants to play several fragmented games.

So, I told everyone that I will be bowing out of the game. I wished them fun times.

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MattR1986 wrote:

Ordinarily, I would say it's rude to just leave with the obvious attitude of "this isn't fun, you're a s***y DM so I'm out". Unless the DM or someone made a hostile environment that made you feel really uncomfortable to be in, sticking it out is the right thing to do. That being said, him insulting you and telling you that you're boring and annoying when he's already a PitA could have been the final straw to really justify people just walking out.

I don't know the context of how he said it and in Serbian, things could be lost in translation to get the gist of the situation.

He pretty much said that we were annoying him (because we were going off the rails which pretty much were only in his head) and that we were boring as well.

I nearly lost it then and there and punched him, mostly out of sheer frustration.

I'll be starting a new game, and inviting all the players who play in his, sans his brother and him, to it.

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Yeah.

Today's session was the breaking point for me.

Aside from thwarting our every effort to accomplish something meaningful, and not even giving our very disparate group of characters something even resembling a common goal, he did for me three unfotgivable GM mistakes.
- He told us we were boring him.
- He told us that we were annoying.
- He pulled the I'm the GM, what I say goes thing because he obviously cannot explain why a fully VTOL utility droid can only hover a foot above ground.

So yeah, I'm done. I sat out the rest of the session because rage quitting is lame and immature, an will be annoucing my retirement from the game on our facebook discussion.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Did anyone else appreciate the irony of the 'barbershop chair elevator'?

Captain? Please explain.

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what.

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Spoiler:
I'm sure Strucker will assume control pretty quickly

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Iron man for me. All the way.

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I know, I know, but

HOW FREAKING COOL THIS WOULD BE!!!!!

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Doctor Who is not fantasy. It's science fiction.

I'm a Whovian, but seriusly.

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Oh yeah. I am really hyped. And thankfully, Singer can deliver.

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Oooh, i loved the episode. It's been really good. Also

Spoiler:
Graviton

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Chaotic Good

Break bad rules, do what feels right, teach people to stand up for themselves.

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Oh come ON. I was so looking forward to this! DAMN.

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Ktulhu wrote:
When do we get some Gemma Simmons fanservice?!?!?

Her every moment of screentime is fanservice.

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It won't help. Aside from becoming mainstream, which I don't mind, most zombie titles coming out are ridiculously stupid.

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Seriously, I am sick and tired of them making zombie games. I have gotten so over saturated with something that I genuinely loved and cared about, that I cannot even look at anything that has zombies in it.

Time for something else to get systematically overused.

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Movie gravity failed every test. It was one giant fail from start to end

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Who gives a damn about racial distribution anyway? All I care for is a good story an good acting. And, surprisingly, we've been getting a lot of that in the past few episodes.

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Several Stargate Atlantis movies at that.

I miss McKay, Sheppard and Zelenka.

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They do, just not at my table.

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Let's not even start about organ harvesting...

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Rynjin wrote:
Hama wrote:

What I would love to see is this.

CSI but in Ankh Morpork with the watch. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. And they could have feature films between seasons.

Your wish has been (well, will be) granted.

I'm jumping up and down around the room right now.

I don't remember being so happy recently.

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No, except that you knew the end ([sarcasm] because we didn't know the end already[/sarcasm])

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It was amazing. It all falls into place so well.

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Saw it. Mind got blown. Action was amazing. I noted that there were no slo-mo shots. I loved that. Story was good. Acting was great. Characters got developed.

Should have had more Coby Smulders.

Spoiler:
I loved the after the credits scene. Both of them. I think I squeed when I heard Strucker's name. And I wasn't the only one who did

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The writers did. Probably he was programmed to activate?

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What I would love to see is this.

CSI but in Ankh Morpork with the watch. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. And they could have feature films between seasons.

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Not according to the interview.

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Spoiler:
A possibility. Zola is the clairvoyant. He's coming to the show?

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They are very good rough approximations. Very.

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Tels wrote:

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I'm excited for this, is anyone else? I mean, you get to play as Claptrap... AWESOME!!!

Damn I misread that you get to kill claptrap. Over and over and over again, with more and more ridiculously destructive weaponry.

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Norman...

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Watched the episode Turn Turn Tunr

mind==blown.

I LOVED IT. SO GOOD.

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Jacob Saltband wrote:

What I'm trying to decide on is if I should just take the weight 'as is' or take a % off for non metal parts of armor.

I'm looking to do a price by weight for special materials such as mithril and adamantine since (to me) the costs are kind of arbitrary.

i.e. an adamantine dagger which weights 1 lb costs +3000 gp while the greatsword which weights 8 lbs also costs +3000 gp. Also a mithril chain shirt which weights 25 lbs (before mithril) costs +1000 gp but any non-armor items cost 500 gp per pound.

Kind of arbitrary, so was looking for something a little less arbitrary.

I posted a question in the Suggestion/Houserules/Hoomebrew forum asking if anyone has been looking into something similar (special materials costs by weight) but have gotten no response.

As far as armor is concerned, a very small part of weight goes to non-metal parts, so there you can disregard it.

Consider the extra price on special material weapons something like a masterwork component. It costs the same for each weapon. No matter it's size or complexity.
No need to needlessly complicate things.
But, you can always go with common sense and reduce the price based on the size of the weapon.

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Ivan Rûski wrote:

Being a former smoker myself (well, a for 3 weeks now anyways...we'll see if it sticks), I will say that needing a smoke every hour is ridiculous. Every couple of hours, no big deal, as someone will almost always need to go to the bathroom at that point anyways.

As for those who say "no smokers because they stink", isn't that a bit petty? It sounds like something kids on a playground would say: " we don't wanna play with you because you stink."
Rynjin, I understand your reasoning with having a smoke allergy, and find it perfectly valid and reasonable.

It's not petty. It's the same reason that personal hygiene is mandatory at our table. I will not sit, for hours, with someone who stinks. It is unpleasant.

Also, I have a very acute sense of smell. I can smell minute traces of tobacco smoke. On clothes, on hair.
One of the worst things, that bother me to no end is when I am using public transport, and someone who was just smoking on the stop comes in and sits close to me. I spend the rest of the ride gagging.
My Ex was a smoker, and she quit because of me. But sometimes, she would light up with her friends.
I knew every time she did. Even if it was hours after, and she's had a pack of eucalyptus flavored gum.

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The kind of series I would love to see would have to have an enormous SFX budget.

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Well I never...

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A Commander Shepard level badass mostly.

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I didn't see anything lock worthy...

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What I meant was that I would like to play a FPS whose protagonist is someone from a country invaded by the U.S. Just no more 'brown' shooters. Aside from being completely sick and tired of desert terrain, I cannot comprehend the mind of a religious fundamentalist.

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All the time, never in the games were run by myself, bu by other people. Not difficult when the U.S. is considered a villain in by a nice chunk of my countrymen.
We actually played a game where the U.S. invaded Europe to "save" it from Russia. We played a squad of saboteurs that traveled throughout Europe, librrating and fighting a guerilla war. It was a fun game.
Would like to play a FPS with americans as villains. Kinda got tired of killing nazis, russians, terrotist. It gets boring.

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MattR1986 wrote:

I'm not sure why I read into this thread that he was new. My mistake. Is he rusty? Has he always been like this?

I would keep pushing his rails next game. If he doesn't. Get better talk to thee players at the end of the game and collectively tell him that his game isn't right for the group. You're going to rotate DMs.

He actually tends to treat tabletop games as single player when he is playing. That should say everything you need to know.

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There are rails (and I'm pretty happy to follow them because, story), then there are RAILS.

Also, I never said that he's new. He's been GMing for years. Still sucks a lot.

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Well, the session is over.
It went nearly as predicted.
Aside from arriving an hour late, the GM railroaded us something fierce. One of the players actually almost had a hysteric fit, because he screwed up every single one of our attempts to resolve a situation that didn't fit what he wanted us to do.
It was more interesting, however, because we all shared the spotlight, as we were all in the same space at all times.
The setting ended with a cliffhanger, so we agreed to give him another chance, mainly because we're interested with what comes next. However, we are all very frustrated with his skill as a GM. So I believe that the next session is his last session as our GM unless he takes advice I've penned him in an E-mail to heart. I also sent him several links to great GM-ing advice on the internet, mainly Alexandrian and some other good GMs.
If he can get over his ego, he might read some of those. They might help.

I'm not hopeful.

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Well there's a lot more, but well.

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I have. Doesn't help. Welp, next session starts in several hours, I'll be reporting on the outcome.

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We actually never use it. We generally use threats of fornication with their mothers or suggestions that they copulate wit hedgehogs.
Serbian is a beautiful language for swear chains.

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