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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:
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.
James Jacobs wrote:
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?
I found the vampires to be a little bit original, at least.
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!
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 . . .
Marc Radle wrote:
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.
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?
James Jacobs wrote:
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. :)
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. :)
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.
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 don't disagree with anything you've said, but finally being portrayed with nuance and displaying the full range of humanity depends on the ability of the artist(s) doing the portrayal as much as the audience's acceptance of whoever's being portrayed.
Hell, don't ask me, I'm still waiting for a rom-com where a girl meets a guy who who acts the way guys always do in rom-coms, and by the end of the movie she realizes that she's not living through a series of Hollywood meet cutes, she's just dating a f**king a**hole. That is, the relationship dysfunction described in 50 Shades sounds about par for the course.
I certainly won't argue with you there! :)
In sandbox games, world building is based on PC action rather than static plot development. You end up laying the train tracks 10 feet in front of the engine at full speed, but the plot's reactive, which I like, whichever side of the GM screen I'm sitting on.
What's weird about D&D 5E (Yes, I play it, feel free to throw rotten tomatoes at me, but you'll have to join the line at the back, and it's pretty long) is that the advantage/disadvantage mechanic has changed the entire fudging vs cheating dynamic at my table.
Yes, Aubrey, that was as much to you as TarkXT. /wink
On the subject of fudging (not cheating, it's a different thing) is there anyone in this thread who thinks that players should be allowed to fudge rolls? I've always seen it as solely a GM choice, and it's pretty important to my enjoyment as a player that I don't know what happens behind the screen.
As for essential conceits of RPGs, how about the idea that all the world's problems can be solved by defeating a BBEG in his evil lair? Omigod, how I wish it was that simple! :P
Vic, I'm not asking for any moral judgements or anything, but seeing as there's no public licensing document, stuff like Fifth Edition Foes (Tome of Horrors 5E conversion, sort of) must be working outside the licensing agreement, right?
'Cause I still think you could produce a 5E compatible stat-block under the OGL, I just don't want to be the guy who has to prove it in court, y'know?
Taking warning from RPG Superstar mishaps in the past, I wouldn't publish your submission anywhere before submitting to the contest, Lora. That comes close to putting your signature in the monster stat block, and it could give the appearance of favoritism if the wrong person saw it.
Not that the appearance would be true, but that's the sort of thing Kobold Press has to avoid in this interconnected media platform day and age.
I mean, if you ask me if a monster more like a hippopotamus than a polar bear appeals to me, I'll answer, but I don't see how such general advice could be very helpful, y'know?
I'm enjoying the The Balkan Trilogy (The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City and Friends and Heroes) by Olivia Manning. British civilian young marrieds living in Rumania on the eve of war? I'm there! I'm only 2/3 of the way through the first book, but the writing's entertaining enough that I plan on checking out the follow up wherein they flee to Egypt, The Levant Trilogy.
I'm not saying I don't like books where people skin each other, those just aren't the only kind of book I read.
There's been a ton of discussion about psionics and their necessity to Dark Sun, too, on WotC's boards, not that we've seen Dark Sun yet. Given that the Artificer was a wizard subclass (oops, that should be tradition at this point) I won't be at all surprised if Psion is too, and half the customer base's heads explode.
Then again, this very UA says "once such rules become available" about psionics, so who the hell knows, right?
What interests me most is the v1 at the end of the pdf download.
As for the whole UA monthly column, I LOVE of WotC produced free/open access content for the rest of us to tinker with as we see fit. Here's hoping we get Spelljammer! And, y'know, everyone else's favorites too, but after Spelljammer. :P
Mecha, I'm honestly curious about my questions to follow, not being snarky, and I don't want to derail the thread, so feel free to reply by PM. If you're more comfortable answering here in front of everyone, that's cool too.
In an earlier post you talk about the basic structure of gender categories consisting of biological sex, gendered social roles and masculine/feminine presentation. Did you intentionally list those in order of precedence, or is that something I'm inferring? That is, biological sex is a physical fact, and pretty easily defined, whereas feminine/masculine presentation depends pretty directly on gendered social roles, and seems to me to be entirely a cultural construct.
Both get to decide, Sis. That's what voidier is there for.
So if most manspreaders are men with a lack of common courtesy, that makes it not a gendered issue because...?
If you're calling it "manspreading," you've defined it as gendered issue, just as much as if I focused solely on women with overlarge pocketbooks on public transport and called it "pursespreading."
Discourteous people have taken up more than their fair share of space on public transportation, since the invention of public transportation, and the answer to that has always been to say, "Hey, it's crowded today, is that seat taken?"
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Oh fer crying out loud, Doodles, based on the bibliography? You two oughtta get married after one visit like Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner! (Look, at least you've got literary compatibility, right?)
I dunno about that BNW, I've played with as many women as the rest of the dudes here (looks creepier than I meant now that I can read it all at once) and I never worried constantly about offending anyone, I just said "Sorry" on the rare occasions when I did.
On the other hand, that's exactly how I treat dudes too, so don't ask me.
Sometimes being welcoming doesn't look the way you think it would. I used to run sessions at the apartment of an all but married couple, the dude of whom played while the chick looked on and offered thoughts in general and advice in specific to the players. Eventually I said, "Look, Janine (not her name) if you want to be this involved, you're gonna have to roll up a character, okay?!"
So she did.
I was sort of scolding her when I made the offer, but she took me up on it and turned out to be a great player. We haven't kept in touch, but I hope she still games.
Pell Grants (or any grants at all, I guess) are given to individuals. It's not a systematic solution, but that doesn't mean they don't work, it just means they weren't designed with the College Industrial Loan Complex (or whatever the hell you want to call it) in mind.
Edit: Y'know, we're talking about affordable education here, and suddenly all I can remember is the time a friend of mind was saying he couldn't afford a certain university and I was all, "My God man, just apply for financial aid, you'll get it!"
I can't think of a single school I've attended where I haven't been on scholarship, but I don't know if that's because I'm smart, or just good at working the system.