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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Dude, I just wrote a long, long post about Swamp Thing and Abby (Same sex relationship? Swamp Thing wasn't even a mammal at that point!) but cancelled it when I realized it was DC, not Marvel. I miss the multi-isssue/series character development arcs I used to stumble across in comics. When I was reading the comic in which Northstar came out in battle with an AIDS crisis motivated super villain, I flashed back to every single issue of Alpha Flight I have ever read and, as straight guy, was all, "Surprising? Actually it explains a lot."
I have no problem with Phoenix making Iceman reconcile his own homosexuality by means of telepathic surgery, it just sounds more like the beginning of a Dark Phoenix reboot than a story of Iceman's self actualization, you know?
Okay, the Leshy from Tome of Beasts is open of those UNIQUE CASES where the hit dice far, far out pace the CR of monster. Like, alot. Also, the Leshy's at will abilities are spells of various levels, not cantrips, so yeesh, don't ask me.
If I had to reverse engineer it, I'd say that the proficiency bonus and the CR are obviously 1st level, but the hit dice and innate magic are just screwy. If it's a first level party, have mercy, if its a fifth level party, just totally own them with a CR 1 monster.
Look, Drejk, at least this illustration of the Leshy looks like an actual wild man of the forest, okay? As often as not, the art is picture of a ambulatory plant like a Treant or a Shambling Mound, and I, who knows very, very little about Russian folklore am all, "That's not what a Leshy looks like, their feet are suppose to walk backwards." :)
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
I hope he's not, pillbug, I sincerely hope not. You see Last Week Tonight this week?
Edit: Look, apparently I linked a truncated clip, but just keep searching Youtube till you get get the entire thing, it's hilarious. :)
Sorry, I got over-excited by Scott Betts linked transcript and omitted my thesis statement; whenever Trump gives a minority outreach speech, he gives it in a town with a high population of low income minority residents, but he always gives it to an audience of middle class white people who live in the suburbs surrounding the local center of urban blight. That junk bums me out.
The thing is (I haven't read more than the Cox News abbreviated version, forgive me any errors) Trump gave a minority outreach speech today in New Hampshire. I was all, "Well, that's the state you want to give it in, not, y'know, Arizona or any other state even slightly south of New-Frakkin-Hampshire."
Actually, now that you mention it, cantrips scale to character level for mutliclass characters and the Magic Initiate feat, so I think caster level is just the wrong terminology to use with 5e, like negative hit points.
I mean I'm still to pig-headed to admit I was wrong about the HD thing, but that's my problem.
Nice catch with the Innate Spellcasting, I'd missed that one this early in the morning. However, the spell level of your example matches neither the HD or CR, so I'm sticking with "all over the place." :P
Design question: do you think monsters at the upper end of the scale (proficiency +7 to +9, CR 21 to 30) should get higher caster level effects?
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
What a pity you aren't going to vote against her, Doodles.
And in something that will probably come up in Trump's commentary soon, the FBI found another 14,900 documents from Clinton not previously disclosed as part of the email probe.
The headline doesn't agree with the body of the article. The headline says "another," but the article doesn't mention any email that weren't reviewed during the FBI investigation. Not that I'm arguing with you, Red. I guess I'm pointing out to Doodles that while a two-time pulitzer finalist* wrote the article, it sure wasn't one who wrote the headline.
*Doesn't that make him a two-time loser, though? You know why the US gets more olympic medals than any other country? 'Cause we count the silvers and the bronzes and, like, every other nation on earth just counts the golds, 'cause second and third aren't wins.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Well, Orf, given that you're willing to go on record with an honest evaluation of your phone service provider, I respect your integrity more than I do Trump's. You're assuming I was talking about much, much more than I was when I said the debt holders were more damning than the amount of debt. I mean, I don't think Trump has displayed the maturity required to put US national interests ahead of his own (granted, incorporated) financial interests, but that's a separate issue from his lack of honesty with his voter base.
It reveals his hypocrisy. If he said, "I've had business dealings with both China and Goldman Sachs and believe that those sort financial deals result in both domestic prosperity and international stability," I'd have absolutely nothing to say, but it seems to me he's just pandering to his audience of choice by bad mouthing his business partners.
What's more damning in Trumps case is who holds the debt than the amount held. You can shout Crooked Hillary all you want, but when your corporation owes millions to Goldman Sachs, it sorta surpasses the hundreds of thousands they paid her for a speech. When your corporation owes millions the First Bank of China and you continually vilify China as an economic enemy of the US, that's no better.
It could even be a mundane proposition; so long as the ship is still floating (HP damage), enough of the crew remains alive to perform lair actions; not that it has to be a pirate ship, or there has to be more than one lair action per round, either. Back to the thread title, I think the secret of a low level legendary encounter is limiting the number of legendary actions per round by tier. Hope that makes sense.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I just don't understand why you think doing all that means you shouldn't vote. It's not an either/or situation, is it?
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Doodles, considering you've gone to the effort of organizing a protest, are you going to vote against him in the election?
Maybe there's no record of how many she's had killed, since she deleted the emails. JUST SAYIN'.
I had heard the connection between Yanukovych and Manfort mentioned in passing on NPR, but didn't dare mention it here for fear of undermining my own scorn for conspiracy theorists. Thank you!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
And, even after you don't find anything, you can still fill the news cycle with nonsense about how damning the contents must be, because they're being kept so secret that you can't find anything.
Guy Humual wrote:
Well, It's totally weird in such a way that you can't really measure it, much like Obama's race. I'm absolutely sure there are people who didn't vote for Obama because of his race, but I'm also absolutely sure that they could just say it was his lack of experience, and there's just no way to pole for what's actually held in the chambers of the human heart. I don't think there were a significant number of people who poled as Obama supporters because they didn't want to appear racist and then voted against him in the election. I think Clinton is in the same position; I'm sure there are a lot of people who don't want to see a woman as president, but if poled they can just blame it on her trustworthiness or whatever.
Lena Dunham said before I ever did, but I do find very telling sign of the gender divide in politics is that, during the primary, Clinton was continually required to manage her media image because she had a likability problem, whereas Trump really did assure a debate audience that his penis was of adequate size, and Sanders ranted about financial inequities while waving his arms around. Being inoffensive just wasn't an expectation for either of them the way it was for her.
Edit: Speaking from the opposite side, I had many, many problems with Palin, and I can say with absolute certainty that her being a woman wasn't one of them, so who the hell knows, right?
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
Yea, I'm still not voting for her, nice try.
The thing is Conservatiles (look, whatever, I call Doodlebug Anklebiter "Doodles," and I had to come up with something in a hurry) I don't think you absolutely have to vote for Clinton to prove that you have a brain in your head. I just don't understand why a person with a brain in their head would vote for Trump.
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
Hmm, not feelin' up for Trump, but I'm sure as Hell not voting for Hillary. Odd election for me.
Y'know, I work with a guy in your position. The other day, when there were no tables in the restaurant, he was talking about how he can't vote for Trump so it's either Stein or Johnson, but he's not sure which one. Without thinking I said, "Why would you have a hard time choosing a third party candidate, they're both a lost cause." Followed by: "Sorry man, it's easy for me, I'm just gonna vote for Hillary 'cause I like her."
The way he looked at me, if a couple of teenagers on their first date hadn't walked in right then, I would have ended up wearing the entire salad bar.
Stars Without Number. It's OGL, class based (standard 3 classes) and sandbox. Think of an OGL Traveller. Starships, etc. There are a number of supplements, free material and another related game called Otherdust (think a gritty nanite based Gammaworld). It's very well done.
Not to pick nits, but SWN isn't actually OGL. I was very surprised to find that nothing in there is open content. It's a good system, and Kevin Crawford is a reasonable guy, but you have to get his permission to publish 3pp. (It's so similar to B/X D&D that it's a pretty moot point, but what can I tell you, I'm anal retentive.)
I've been getting my OSR sic-fi fix from White Star and The White Star Companion lately. There's a lot of 3pp out there, but with just those two books you can play a jedi knight, fighting alongside a borg, fighting alongside a transformer.
See, I don't disagree with anything you've written here, but I've got a problem when "parsing that closely" means trying to find a coherent narrative. Seriously, the switch between "nothing you can do" and "the Second Amendment people, maybe there is" happened between two consecutive sentences. There isn't even enough space to quote those two sentences out of context. No, he didn't actually tell anyone to assassinate Clinton, but presidential election oratory should be set to a higher bar than not legally actionable as a threat on the opposing party candidate's life.
Kinda, sorta, BNW; kinda, sorta calling on your armed and crazy supporters to assassinate the other candidate for you.
TBH, I'm much more in TheJeff's camp that Trump speaks without thinking, but that doesn't make an attempt on Clinton's life by a SAP nut job any less likely. I also don't think talking about something 2 days after it happens make me hung up. If, on the other hand, you want to say that I'm "hung up" on the way he Trump felt a need to assure a primary debate audience that his penis was of perfectly adequate size even though everyone says his hands are small, I guess that's fair; I'm still pretty surprised that was the one time he didn't use the word Yuge!
If Trump brought enough nuance to the table to explain to the SAPs (my new favorite acronym!) that their vote for a congressional candidate is a more effective weapon than the firearm protected by the Second Amendment, or to explain that Daesh gained power in the vacuum left in the middle east by the draw down of forces during the Obama presidency, I wouldn't be flat out scared of him becoming president. I might even reflect that he was acting more presidential than I gave him credit for.
I don't appear to be in any danger of having to make that concession.