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What's your DM like?
I run low level games, and therefore a Core Dwarf fighter is going to be quite good, cause there is nothing to compare him to. If you play with a high level crowd, or a 3PP crowd, or even a PFS crowd things change...

When ever you start thinking about anthropology and cultural interaction, Golarin, FR, and Middle Earth are impossible. That's why it is called fantasy...So please don't argue if Iron Gods is realistic...

-Honestly, nuclear weapons (tactical and otherwise) is hardly a thread for RPG advice. As for your opinions/facts I think we could derail this thread faster than Crisco on a frog....
-That said, I dislike the idea that certain divine classes are immune to isn't fallout.

Oh Sweet Mother of God, somebody wants to fight...
...on a serious note, the ability to play low level, low magic games is why I like the game. As a friend told me, you want to kill a god, play exalted...

Torbyne wrote:
All kinds of military vehicles have chemical, biological and radiological defenses (CBR) and continue to be built with them. It's not like the potential for exposure to these things has lessened since the cold war.

Not to be a jerk, but I'd argue the chance for nuclear war has lessened since 1950, or 1980. Is it still real? Yeah, but I think mad men did a good job of showing the sheer insanity of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

radiation is simple exposure, so the blood thing isn't really an issue...
...I remember reading there were anti-nuclear T-72's that were designed to operate in a radioactive area, but the crew couldn't leave the vehicle. Man it's good that cold war ended.

Unless the lasers create a black hole and turn the planet inside out...
...Next AP theoretical physics: the attack of the atom smasher!

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Realistic fire arms, will be followed by realistic dragons, and finally realistic clerics, who don't cast spells, have funny haircuts, and have ranks in speak dead language.

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Knowledge is a must, since gnosticism is obsessed with secret knowledge

Aren't centaurs actually smaller than that they usually look humans in the eye, while a horse towers over most humans...I remember looking a small horse (quarter horse) almost in the eye, and the farmer commented that I was a big dude...6'4".
-Also since centaurs are always chasing human women, how big can they be, really?

An interesting fact about Khmer, it is a non-tonal language in an area where tonal languages are the norm...Stuck between Thai and Vietnamese.

You know as I DM almost 100% of the time, I both agree and disagree with Hama.
-I have had far, far too many players who are uterly into the kill monsters, buy sword, level up, kill monster style of play
-I would prefer to run mature, complex, dark gothic fantasy.
-BUT at the end of the day, I enjoy making my players happy. If the players are happy, I'm usually happy.
-On another note, how often do you get to play? Why not demand a rotation, where the players DM so that they can see how hard it is, and they will appreciate you more. If they refuse, yeah, get another group.

For English teachers and military deployed!
I'm going to be running a game on roll20, which I have done before with some good success.
The link to the game is below...Times are slightly flexible.

link to game

-And this is why I run p6 worlds...I will happily play higher levels, but the reality warping spells of 8th and 9th level in particular make a logical argument difficult. One 18th level mage would be more powerful by a factor of a thousand, than any person who has ever lived on earth, or ever will live. I mean let's face it, Alexander the Great and Napoleon could be easily built as high CHA Fighter Experts of level 5-6.
-99%of humanity would worship a level 18th magic user as a god. He has power over life and death, and can make food out of thin air...

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-I'd sugest you do some research on Language families. Your classification by 'sound' isn't really how languages work...for example you argue Druidic is Gaelic,and Dwarven is "Irish", but both languages are Celtic Languages and thus related, and why the hell would Giants speak Hebrew? Giants and Dwarves are generally considered to have overlapping cultures and shared vocabulary...
-Also Fantasy languages don't always have exact earth versions. Elvish is a mixture of Welsh, Finnish, and Old English, meaning you have Germanic, Uralic, and Celtic mixed together.

I blame protestants. No really, as the USA is a protestant country, and not a Catholic country, the concept of the 'gospel of prosperity' and the Weber thesis are both widely accepted as true. Throw in the anti-intellectualism "if you are so smart why aren't you rich" and you have a contempt for the poor as a group
-Let's face it, even if some crack-head is spending food stamps on cheese puffs, I wouldn't want to be him anyway. His life sucks as I see it, and if buying his kid a candy bar is the only nice thing he is going to do all week, do I really want to be the guy stopping him?
-This is one of the issues with socialism vs Catholic Charity, namely "The poor will always be with us". It is more important to provide such services as food and education so that at least a minority can improve their life. Of course the vast majority of poor people will be stuck in poverty, but this is human nature and not society.
-In fact it takes technological revolutions, as well sharp rise in demand coupled with low population to create wealth. That's why the US did so well after WW2.
-Also let's look at China, it is certainly true that the dramatic standard in living has raised 600,000,000 people out of poverty. But the pollution, horrible inequality, and forced abortions aren't really something I'd consider a role model for another country...

From personal experience...a half litre of vodka with a full meal will give me a bad headache and sour stomach 12 hours later...but I forgot to drink water...

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I take a -10 on CHA skills myself...

There will be blood II
even less blood...

google and dropbox are bad...they hurt the feelings of glorious chinese leader...
...And have ruined many an attempt to use roll20 on my part.

Spiritual weapon is a great spell for a are a healer with a vicious little magic holy sword.

Torture...hmmm...I could hurt you and maybe know if you are lying...or use detect evil, detect thoughts, charm, or one of a hundred under skill/spells that are more likely to work...

Here in China the games are on at midnight, 3 am and 6 am...Which is pretty horrible for any normal person.

Well...they did it...
of course they all had potions of protection from evil, which saved them from the mind control elements.

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My brother is mildly mentally retarded or delayed how ever people want to say it. So he'd be in this range
-Learned to read, but though 14, reads at a second grade level. Think Little Critter books etc.
-Difficulty following two step directions
-Small vocabulary.
-Easily amused by repetitive acts, like watching a monkey climb a ladder and jump off
-Normal, or even above normal physical ability, played gold and baseball to an average, or above average level.
-No difficulty in normal activities, dressing, eating, etc
-Poor self awareness, "I'm upset but I don't know why"
-Will believe anything he sees on TV.
-(Personally I hate this term delayed, since it implies he will be there someday, like a delayed won't)

He could make really good art forgery.

I don't have a dishwasher, just a live in girlfriend...
...sexistbut I used to rinse them in America if the meal was sticky like spaghetti. Dry food, like french fries and a burger, no.

-So the campaign is over, after several months. I will be moving to another city and was planning this all along.
-So the party will go against the temple of the Cult of Nod, and fight through the three guardians to reach the final boss.
They are the Shadow Guardian (a Derro Vampire Rogue)
The flame guardian ( A burning skeleton Red Dragon skeleton)
and the Door Keeper ( a hill giant armed with a scythe and full plate armor)
-After this they will go against an advanced Aboleth with 150 hp.
-They are three level 5 characters all armed with both +1 weapons and +1 armor, and will have potions to help them against the enemies (resist fire). In addition a NPC oracle of life with a CMW wand and channel 3d6 healing is part of the party. There is Paladin and the smite evil will be deadly on the undead.
-My question is how to end on a good note. Secondly, how can I make them feel like they have saved the day...lastly, I expect a character to die on the final boss. Aboleths are tough and clever foes, and this is his home turf.

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I'm sorry I used your dice
They were so shinny and clean
I know you were saving them for Mummy's Mask
They were so tempting I just couldn't help myself

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Mark Thomas 66 wrote:
shallowsoul wrote:

Cure Light Wounds.

I could then claim to be the second coming from the Lord Almighty and basically rule the planet.

The End.

You'd become a cult leader, whether you wanted to or not, who was either assassinated, or more likely, purportedly assassinated while dropped in a hole at some black government facility and studied for the source of your healing abilities while being tortured and continually wounded to test their limits.

oh look the plot of another x-men movie.

I prefer half-orcs, Dwarves, and Gnomes...which I'm not in real life.

has anybody noticed that modern western society is hyper-sexual and we are talking about band-aids on whales here?
-Only 50 years ago if you had said that it was normal for people to wear fur suits while 'doing it' you'd have been considered seriously insane, or an utter liar...
-So come on everybody, although everybody has made some valid points, unless you are arguing for a complete and radical change in society as a whole, which isn't going to happen overnight, the premise of the thread is silly.

I got a job that is in my favorite city in China Harbin, and will be moving there in two months. It has taken me almost five years to get a job in that city...

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I'm either unlucky or lucky enough to never have run for a group that has wanted "romance". If it ever happened perhaps it would be an issue. But the beauty of any female NPC is mostly window dressing wasted on my group of orc-killers.

I like erotica and I like RPG's but I see no need for the two to overlap. I like fine dining and burger king too, but I don't want French fries at Elisilev's or Escargot at Pizza hut.

-First, I've been drinking
-I've lived in Asia for almost 7 years now, and before that hung out in Russia for another year. I'm almost 30. I speak Russian badly, Chinese worse, and am American (A merkin as you'd funny Brits say when you're taking the piss)
-I'm convinced that the government of this country which is famous for its Pandas is not only insane but evil incarnate. I teach students whose parents have enough money to bribe their way into Harvard but who lack the English skills to understand the fine moral arguments of "Beauty and the Beast"
-The men and women over 40, who remember certain events of 19--89 in private tell me of their horror of the young people in this country. "They only care about cars houses and money."
-The country considers Japan to be a military threat to East Asia but has fought more border wars than any country in modern time.
-It bankrolls North Korea
-It doesn't allow Muslims under 18 to attend Mosque
-It has a Noble Peace PRize winner in Prison
-It doesn't recognize self-defense as a legal principle. Recently an Australian man was attacked INSIDE HIS HOME in front of his CHINESE WIFE and he broke a man's arm. He was deported after a prison sentence
-Its fishing fleets violate all rules on fishing...and poach turtles
-It consumes Ivory, shark fins, turtle shell and other endangered species
-It intentionally sleep deprives students and makes them spend 2 weeks marching around screaming slogans while wearing military uniforms, but doesn't teach them to shoot.
-It has stolen Russian and American military secrets (see Kaspersky Spear Attacks) and the recent case in the USA
-It refuses to abide by the UNCLOS saying that it doesn't apply to China, which is a member OF THE UN and a security council member.
-It has the second largest economy in the world...and people bend over backward to deal with it.
-Look what ever the US did to you (Chile, Iraq, South Korea) you can not imagine the horror of a world where China has the power to control life and death. They kill their own people. The students here think Japan has nuclear weapons, and that North Korea is a "Strong Country". Somethins is wrong here.
-I don't care where you are from, but this is Munich. The world must stop it now before somebody gets hurt. I don't know how this is done...but on the anniversary I wanted to make a point.
-Forgive but never forget...

My girlfriend who isn't a native English speaker gets mad when I say "I want to lay down"
She says It is LIE down
Oddly she has trouble with such phrases as "Why is it wrong to run people over with a tank?"

If I don't have a rogue in the party...traps are pretty DAMN obvious.

You should talk to your DM...Do you want to play a large race with all the rules benefits and disadvantages that entails? Or is this flavor text description?
-I played a 7'2" character and the DM didn't really care, especially as he would often cast enlarge person on himself and be a true 10 feet tall in combat.

LazarX wrote:
sunbeam wrote:

IAlthough I find it curious as to why he doesn't blame "Parochialism and prejudice" for the classic empires of Africa and Islamic culture in general for their stone cold ignorance of European culture.

Because it was the Europeans who managed to remain ignorant DESPITE voyaging to Africa in the age of exploration. If Africans had managed to sail up the Danube in canoes before the Euros invaded the Dark Continent, you'd have a point.

As far as Islamic culture goes, Up to the time of the ReConquest, they were considerably MORE informed, more scientifically advanced, and more importantly more tolerant than their European natures. They gave patronage, shelter, tolerance and fellowship to Jewish philosophers and clergy when the Christians were stoning or otherwise ostracizing them.

Well PC self-loathing quote of the week award goes to...

...put seriously the collapse of Islamic intellectualism and the end of the golden age of Islam is a sad sad thing. The west would have likely lost Aristotle as we know it, if not for Islamic scribes. Why modern day Muslim countries continue to shun their intellectual traditions is a topic for another day. for Africa. come on...they didn't have steel in the 19th century...something that the Japanese had figured out a thousand years earlier.

Here is my real world DC history
DC 5
Russia is a large country, between Asia and Europe, and was ruled by absolute kings called tzars and then became Communist from 1917 to 1990-1991
DC 10
Russia was modernized by two powerful rules, called Peter the Great (17th century) and Kathreine (Ekatrainia) who tried to import foreign culture, especially German and French.
DC 15
Russia was founded by a mixture of both local Slavic speaking people and Norse explorers and settlers. In particular is Kiev in Modern day Ukraine, Kievian Rus was often at odds with the ancient city of Novgorod.
DC 20
Ivan the terrible defeated the various Mongols and Tartars who had enslaved Rus during the period of Mongol expansion into Europe proper.
DC 25
Although Pushkin is a Romantic poet, he is considered a classic in his country, as prior to Pushkin there was little non-historic or non-religious use of written Russian.
DC 30
During the 19th century there was great debate between the 'zapadni' those who favored a western rational view of things and democratic modernization and the 'slavonophilov' who favored a pan-slavic Eastern Orthodox Christianity and absolute monarchy.
DC 35
The city of Harbin was developed by Russians in the late 19th and early 20th century as rail center in north east China. Later after the Russian Civil War Harbin became a center for White Russian refugees who fled the chaos on the early days of the USSR.
DC 40
Although modern Russia is an energy superpower, famous for it's export of natural gas, Russia was an agricultural powerhouse in the 19th century producing much of the grain exported to the United Kingdom and Central Europe. The so called Russian Imperial Stout (Porter) was in reality brewed in England and exported to Russia who found the high alcohol content refreshing...

As somebody with a mentally handicapped sibling, the fact that some people just stop mentally maturing is fascinating, but horrifying. Elves...ugh...At the same time, wouldn't this mean Elves physically grow slower?

I DM amd bad guys always attack the highest AC characters first...well almost always. I know, I'm silly.

-The problem has been pointed out by several economists. We live in a world where labor intensive low paying jobs can not be outsourced, but neither will they pay a living the same time STEM type jobs still exist and pay handsome. What does not exist, in the west, is the middle class manufacturing jobs, in the numbers it once did.
-China, where I live, is crowded with workers who migrate from rural poor areas (and I mean POOR less than $200 a month salaries) to work in death traps making your mobile phones and other goods for 4-5000RMB a month ($800). Considering the utter hell they live, if the Chinese weren't culturally obsessed with money, and paying for their children and parents at the same time, they'd all stay in the country.
-In addition, the military option, although fine for the individual is largely insane, the US in NOT North Korea, and requiring individuals to go through the army simply gives us a bloated military.

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I think I've never played, only been a DM...

Mine had a slate around his neck...he could write.

There illegal...other than that...who knows?

I have a low INT 8 high knolwedge religion Monk, who is familiar with all the ways of punching undead, without knowing how to read very well.
-So "That is a Hecuva, it's a skeleton that just won't die, no matter what you hit it with...unless you have silver weapons..."

-I'd vote for Putin over who ever is running for president next...will it be another republican flip-floper or a democrat who feels for the poor while sitting on a million dollars with an Ivy league post-grad degree...

You know, since women in the nude getting hit on by swans is accepted as great art, are comic book characters really a problem?

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