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Logan1138 wrote:
Does anyone know what the deal is with Destructive Wave? It is listed as a 5th level evocation spell but is not on any class's spell list unless you count the Tempest Domain spells granted at 9th level. I wonder if this spell is really intended to only be available to that one specific cleric domain.

Destructive Smite is listed as a 5th level Paladin spell, but lacks a spell description. I assume they renamed it to avoid confusion with the class ability, but whoever proofread the class lists didn't get the memo. On the other hand, Banishing Smite is called that in both places, so don't ask me.


Winterfall was tough to watch, but for those last 5 minutes, I was all "Jeyne Poole had it worse in the books!"
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I'm not saying that made it a fun viewing experience or anything.


I think you mean progenitors, and it's spelled Humaniti. :P


Solomani? That dude's a SolSec agent, it's obvious!

I just stumbled onto this thread and I think it's awesome; dotting for future reference.


LazarX wrote:
Dragonchess Player wrote:
Personally, I think it says more about Mr. Verhoeven's baggage than anything else; especially with his interpretation of Heinlein (who was very much a champion of individual liberties) as "fascist."
That's dangerously simplistic. I really doubt that you'll find that many people who don't "champion" individual liberty. But that's just buzz talk. Heinlein is complicated case to judge. In the same vein "fascist" is a frequently misapplied term. In many of his later books, Heinlein is far from a fan of social safety net programs, despite the fact that he himself went through a period that he was only able to put food on the table because of them. That's not surprising.. the dehumanizing way many of our programs are enacted, and the outright hatred that America has towards it's poor, leave many folks who recover out of that status, reluctant to identify with it.

LazarX, Dragonchess Player, please have this this conversation in the Gamer Life fora, movies or books, your choice. :)


Oh, right, Open Design; I still call them "Kobold Quarterly" half of the time. :P


thejeff wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:


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4E is not under the OGL.

There are OGL 4E products.

What do you mean not under the OGL? What would be different if it were "under the OGL"?

There are OGL 4E products? Examples?

They may have used the 3.x OGL'd content + uncopyrightable rules hack I described. They likely have to dance around a lot of names and language that wasn't in 3.x.

If it was under the OGL, someone could put the system up on the web, like the various third party srd sites do. There's a great deal more flexibility in what you can do with it, but to an extent bugleyman's right when he keeps saying the cat's out of the bag.

Kobold Press released PF and 4e versions of Courts of the Shadow Fey. In the PF version only the new monsters are listed as open game content, and I haven't seen the 4e version, but I assume that counts as an OGL 4e product. I think Goodman Games may have had a bunch of 4e adventures published using the OGL rather than the GSL, but don't quote me on that.


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Maybe I didn't say so in a simple vocabulary, but I think it's better for RPGs in the long run if D&D is recognizable brand-name. (Even when published by such corporate jerks as Hasbro!)

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It's cool, I reside in Rhode Island.


I don't really think D&D even can have downfall at this point; D&D might be no more popular than cribbage in the next century, but at least D&D has named the genre, if you see what I mean. Let me say, I'd love to see a world where the public recognized "polyhedral dice games" the same way they do "card games," but at this point I feel like it's D&D vs "Things Normal People Do."


James Jacobs wrote:
Hazrond wrote:
Out of all the countries in golarion, which one is most likely to have an australian sounding accent? For science of course. ;)

Maaaaybe Sargava?

Not gonna say Sarusan, since even though we've said before that's kinda our Australia analogue... nailing down the accent suggests there's humans there who know Common, and I'm not sure that's the case...

Do you ever feel like level-based, skill-rank progression is a less than functional way to handle language comprehension? I know I do! (It's not a rules question exactly, but I will never forget the first time I read the Speak Language entry in the 3.0 PHB and wondered, "How is fluency a skill rather than a feat?")


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I feel like there's a very quiet genre joke in the placement of the Tinkertown Municipal Waste Disposal Facility over a lava chasm, and the composition of Crystal's death being so similar to Gollum's.

I would have loved to see Crystal and Thog wander off into the sunset to populate the world with a generation of tertiary colored stock villains, but I guess that's just not in the cards.


Orfamay Quest wrote:
No, I'm trying to say that the degree of religious belief that does not allow you to understand the idea of a fictitious deity is not a form of fervor, but a form of psychosis.

I think that degree of religious belief is far more popular (and I use that word advisedly) here in the US than in the rest of the first world. Not to put you on the spot, but can I enquire as to your nation of origin?


Orfamay Quest wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Orf, don't go there, that's sacrilege and paganism in one sentence, they'll burn you at the stake.
I literally don't understand what you just wrote. If you're suggesting that religious fanaticism causes you to deny the existence of things like Ovid's Metamorphoses, when I can head into any college bookstore and pick up a copy in Greek and in English,.... then, again, you're confusing fervor with psychosis.

I was thinking of Snorri Sturluson, who recorded a bunch of Norse epics including the Prose Edda, first put forward the hypothesis of Euhemerism, and was murdered in a cellar for all his accomplishments.

New ideas are usually branded as both paganism and heresy by the extant religious powers, and that's the kind of behavior that gets you burnt at the stake. Were you actually doing that when you mentioned Christianity and Homer in the same sentence? No, but I've been watching a lot of Wolf Hall lately, so people being burned at the stake for doing completely reasonable things is on my mind lately.

I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, but it sounds like you're saying more US citizens are psychotic than fervent; I don't necessarily disagree.

EDIT: Full disclosure, I'm a US citizen, born and bred.


Orf, don't go there, that's sacrilege and paganism in one sentence, they'll burn you at the stake.


thejeff wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Jeff, have you read Lord of Light by Zelazny?
One of my favorites. The concept is loosely inspired by that.

I thought you probably had. It's funny how many late 20th century books you can find where a pre-industrial POV interprets post-industrial experience/artifacts as divine. The only one I can think of that goes in the opposite direction is Picnic in Paradise by Joanna Russ.

If you haven't read it, the narrator is a bronze age, Lankhmar-style thief type who accidentally gets included in the Trans-Temporal-Agency's biosphere sample, and is very unimpressed by the barbarians who live in the future. It's one of those books that isn't even 200 pages, but you feel like a different person once you've finished it.

Good Heavens, never mind playing D&D, if I'm an atheist, am I allowed to read "Lean Times in Lankhmar" and laugh my ass off 'cause it's so hilarious? If not, I'm gonna have to read nothing but Ayn Rand, and that sounds like a bit of a bummer. :(


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Jeff, have you read Lord of Light by Zelazny?


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But how can you play a game with dragons in it? You're a zoologist! :P


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houstonderek wrote:
Stuff about an aging customer demographic and realistic expectations.

Do you think WotC is looking ahead to the 50th anniversary at this point? I sort of feel like they must be, and sometimes think that they made such a fuss about the release of 5e in tandem with the fortieth anniversary to set D&D up as the slow and steady, reliable elder statesman of RPGs in 10 years time. Their multi-platform approach certainly seems to be slanted towards growing the brand name recognition rather than total RPG market domination.

Or, what do I know, maybe in 2018 they'll say, "Great news, nerds, we're releasing a new edition every 3 years, so open up those wallets!"


Remember Gygax's description of the khopesh in UA? Where he said it was like a sword with a D (no crossbar) on top, and Egyptian, historically speaking, but totally meant for Druids with all that history, so now it's a Druid weapon? And you were like, "I play D&D all the time, and I have no idea what Gary Gygax is even trying to describe," cause you were only 12 years old ?

I do too, but grognards never accepted the optional UA material to begin with.


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Okay, so I disagree with people on both sides of the issue; no surprise there.


To hell with everything, let's just nominate Picnic on Paradise as the single best science fiction novel ever.


Well, John, that's the whole issue right there, isn't it? If your book didn't win the Hugo last year, and you think it's a better idea to start a voting campaign than write a new book, that's very indicative of the quality of your writing, wouldn't you say?

Edit: I'm sorry if that came out in an adversarial tone of voice, I'm trying to agree with you. :)


thejeff wrote:
Yeah, I was interested in the "Wereworld poet" too.

Autocorrect, man, just, autocorrect; what are you gonna do about it?


Mikaze wrote:
Hitdice wrote:

I find junk like this very, very disappointing; I can't see a downside of having more diverse writers, or more literary writing win awards within the genre. Speaking as a white dude, I always enjoyed fantasy and science fiction for the diversity of the authors, and the literary quality of the writing. Sure, sometimes that was Philip Jose Farmer's hallucinogenic were world poet, but sometimes it was Kindred by Octavia Butler. Then again, if the field is getting diverse enough that the dudes feel a need to DO SOMETHING, that might actually be a net positive, provided they're not successful.

Yeesh, remember when the biggest controversy about the Hugo Awards was how they invented the category of Best Other Format so the prose novels wouldn't have to compete with Watchmen?

Could have sworn it was the Midsummer Night's Eve issue of Sandman that stirred up that drama, but that may have been another award. I can totally see Watchmen causing the same arguments though. :)

That was the World Fantasy Award, I think. He won Best Short Story for a comic book, and they, like, immediately changed the charter (or whatever) to make comics ineligible. As far as I know, Gaiman's the only writer to win a prose award for a comic book, flat out. Okay, fine, look, I'm pretty sure Spiegelman won the Pulitzer for Maus for political cartooning, not literature, cause they already had a cartooning category, but honestly, I'd love to be wrong on that one. I think the world would be a better place if the Pulitzers had a comic book award.

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Also, that bit of my quote that says "were world poet," that should read "werewolf porn." Look, I'm not saying it wasn't an educational experience, just maybe you don't want to leave an 11 year old alone with a bookshelf, it'll give 'em ideas! :P


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I find junk like this very, very disappointing; I can't see a downside of having more diverse writers, or more literary writing win awards within the genre. Speaking as a white dude, I always enjoyed fantasy and science fiction for the diversity of the authors, and the literary quality of the writing. Sure, sometimes that was Philip Jose Farmer's hallucinogenic were world poet, but sometimes it was Kindred by Octavia Butler. Then again, if the field is getting diverse enough that the dudes feel a need to DO SOMETHING, that might actually be a net positive, provided they're not successful.

Yeesh, remember when the biggest controversy about the Hugo Awards was how they invented the category of Best Other Format so the prose novels wouldn't have to compete with Watchmen?


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Adjule wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Yeah, as I said - it's obviously not the same as a PDF of the core books (or an online database equivalent). I was a little puzzled at the suggestion it was a different game. I can understand that perspective without sharing it, I was just checking there wasnt some difference in the same way the PF Beginner Box is actually a different, simpler game than the PF Core rules.
Yeah, they are the exact same game, minus quite a few options.

I won't say that the Elemental Evil Player's companion is rife with options, but I was glad to see that the few it offers are just as compatible with Basic as they are with the PHB. That is, I'm glad the Player's Companion doesn't require the PHB. (Yes, I realize there are spells list for classes that aren't contained in Basic, but you get my point.)


Remember Role Aids {tm}? That junk right there was Grognard all the way dude!
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I have no opinion on who is or is not a Grognard, but do appreciate house rules; take that as you will.


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As I have opined before on this very thread, Haley has obviously maxed her Diplomacy. Like, obviously!!1!


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What's funny is, the first time I picked up one of her comics, her art felt really familiar, but it wasn't till I saw some wolves she'd drawn that I realized, "ZOMG, the Vargr from Challenge Magazine!"


jemstone wrote:
Bluenose wrote:
That was the one with the centaurs and the tarot deck in character creation. Very nice art, too.
That's the one!

Jem, I remember talking about Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld with you about a million years ago, but I suppose this question should be to Blue for mentioning the art: Are you aware that Donna Barr, who illustrated Lace & Steel, has been drawing comics for years and years? Like, in two different millennia at this point. Here's a link to her blog.


James Jacobs wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Do you ever find that the creativity required by a job in the RPG industry detracts from the enjoyment of your daydreams? As in, dreaming about a Snoutbear is entertaining, but there are too many roadblocks to just statting it up on your blog for the fun of it?
I don't feel that it detracts from my daydreams. I just think that a "snoutbear" is a kinda silly creature, even if it WAS kinda scary in the dream. If I'm gonna stat up a monster, I want to respect and the game and NOT do a jokey thing that kinda makes fun of the world. Humor in an RPG is fine if it's in-world humor, but metahumor starts to get too close in my opinion to the game designer making fun of the game he's working on. And by extension, making fun of the customer who enjoys the game.

Not to press the point, but that bit I put in bold reads "respect it and the game"? I'm not quite sure how to read the sentence, I guess.


Well, Quark, that's the thing: I will gladly avail myself of pornography for the sake of entertainment, but would never, ever enter into it as a career. Make of that what you will.


James Jacobs wrote:
Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
Any chance we'll see that nightmare bear with the "stalked snout" in a Bestiary? How about as a unique one-off monster in a module?
Unlikely... but my dream spawned monsters do show up a fair amount in print. The stalked snout bear is pretty boring overall, though. It's just a bear that has a long reaching bite.

Having read some threads on this very site, I think it's pretty obvious that a bear with reach might break the game! :P

Do you ever find that the creativity required by a job in the RPG industry detracts from the enjoyment of your daydreams? As in, dreaming about a Snoutbear is entertaining, but there are too many roadblocks to just statting it up on your blog for the fun of it?


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I found the vampires to be a little bit original, at least.

Spoiler:
I seem to remember some sort of "Xanadu" (the poem, not the movie) crossover; And I liked the bit where one of the humans asked about taking the dark communion or whatever and becoming a vampire, and the sympathetic vamp was all, "Dude, it's just not even a possibility, sorry to disappoint you," while the unsympathetic vamp was like, "Sure, but you'll have eat human flesh first, and maybe you'll want to cook it for sanitary reasons, HAHAHA, OMIGOD THAT'S HILARIOUS!"

Twilight it ain't, and it's a better book for that.

Speaking of early GRRM, anyone here read "The Monkey Treatment"? That's the fun one!


Aberzombie wrote:
Kurt Russell was originally cast to play the cursed heroic knight Navarre in Ladyhawke (1985), while Rutger Hauer, who played the part of Navarre in the film, was the original choice to play the evil captain, even though Hauer had no interest in the part and was actually more interested in the part of the hero Navarre. When Russell dropped out of the project, Hauer took the role.

If only he'd replaced the music editor . . .


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Good heavens, Freehold; I feel like I just heard Gandhi endorse the use of violence!


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Sad news :(


Marc Radle wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
I cannot understand how anyone can, with a straight face, say D&D doesnt have a strong brand in the wider non-gamer communtiy. It's pretty much the definition of a strong, persistent brand - it invented an industry and is still going strong thirty/forty years later despite all the evolutions of gaming culture in that time. How well the RPG does is a tiny component of that - no matter how excited we get about where advantage/disadvantage sits on the 'dumbed down to brilliant' scale or what we personally think is an ideal rate of sourcebook production.
Yeah. If D&D is a weak brand, then Pathfinder is a g#*!+!n non-existent brand. To the average non-gamer, if D&D is Coke, Pathfinder is NOT Pepsi, it's Leninade.

Prefer Vimto, TYVM. And before you ask, no I'm not one of those johnnies-come-lately who started drinking it when they read A Small Killing by Moore and Zarate. My parents used to by for me at Job Lot when I was a tyke!

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Yes, I have played the Elfquest RPG, why do you ask?

Not only did we play the Elfquest RPG, I still have on my shelf right now :)

I'm not sure what exactly it says about D&D as a strong brand, but Elfquest is the only D100 system I've played aside from CoC, and I was playing D&D before I before I read the comic. Nothing against Runequest, but if the plan was to ensnare the dozens and dozens of Elfquest fans who also played RPGs, it didn't work on me.


Kthulhu wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
I cannot understand how anyone can, with a straight face, say D&D doesnt have a strong brand in the wider non-gamer communtiy. It's pretty much the definition of a strong, persistent brand - it invented an industry and is still going strong thirty/forty years later despite all the evolutions of gaming culture in that time. How well the RPG does is a tiny component of that - no matter how excited we get about where advantage/disadvantage sits on the 'dumbed down to brilliant' scale or what we personally think is an ideal rate of sourcebook production.
Yeah. If D&D is a weak brand, then Pathfinder is a g#*!+!n non-existent brand. To the average non-gamer, if D&D is Coke, Pathfinder is NOT Pepsi, it's Leninade.

Prefer Vimto, TYVM. And before you ask, no I'm not one of those johnnies-come-lately who started drinking it when they read A Small Killing by Moore and Zarate. My parents used to by for me at Job Lot when I was a tyke!

. . .

Yes, I have played the Elfquest RPG, why do you ask?


James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What's a good way to present the idea that there's room in the world of gaming for everyone and a company taking risks by being inclusive in their content isn't going to damage the industry as a whole? You know, since you guys at Paizo are living proof of it?
Ummm... the way we're doing it already and have been for the past decade is the best way I can think of to present that idea. I don't think Paizo's damaged the industry at all.

Wouldn't you say that the 5e PHB mentioning LBGT characters in the character customization chapter is evidence that Paizo has had beneficial effect on the industry?

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Look, I know it's a leading question, but this is the Ask James Jacobs Anything thread, so I had phrase it as a question instead of just congratulating you on getting there the first. :)


Maybe whether or not a huge shift is coming depends on whether or not we push even harder to get women into the hard sciences, you see?


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Golden Child, in which Tywin Lannister, um, I mean Charles Dance played the villain? To hell with everything, let's just go full Game of Thrones!

Seriously though, Mikaze, have you ever seen the BBC adaption of the Raj Quartet? The DVD miniseries is titled The Jewel in the Crown, and I think you might just enjoy the hell out of it. :)


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Hey Kobold, If you include emoticons, we'll know if you're being ironic about the thread title. :)


BigNorseWolf wrote:
So can high school history texts sue the producers of "The Patriot" for copying their fiction?

That's pretty much why the case was dismissed.


thejeff wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Weird but true (or maybe just truly weird) the authors of a previous book tried to sue Brown for plagiarism, while claiming their book was factual. If they'd won, wouldn't that set the legal precedent that all fiction was plagiarism?

No? Why would it?

If I rip off somebody's plot line and characters that's plagiarism. If I rip off their pet conspiracy theory, that's still plagiarism.
The legal precedents for that have been set long ago. Technically, it's not plagiarism, it's copyright violation.

What legal precedent do you think would be set?

It would allow people who write nonfiction to sue people who publish fiction which refers to real world facts. The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail weren't claiming that Brown had published any of their work under his name, they were claiming that writing a factual account entitled them to profits from a work of fiction.


Weird but true (or maybe just truly weird) the authors of a previous book tried to sue Brown for plagiarism, while claiming their book was factual. If they'd won, wouldn't that set the legal precedent that all fiction was plagiarism?


"Concentration, up to X rnd/min/hr/whatever" would have cost too much? I think one more word per card is well worth the clarity! :P


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I'll tell you one thing the the Shakespeare derail made me realize: I whole-heartedly support 50 Shades being described as Tragedy. Seriously, if the author had said, "It's about a woman who confuses her enjoyment of BDSM sex with an emotionally abusive relationship," I'd respect the hell out of her.

As is, I feel the same way I did when everyone was yammering on about how The Da Vinci Code was a once in a life time book, and, flipping through it in a bookstore, I found it to be a completely typical pot-boiler.


I haven't yet stumbled across Teacher Man. Good read?


I haven't read Angela's Ashes in a good many years, but i think there's a joke about that in there somewhere. Full disclosure, I might be thinking of 'Tis.

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