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90 posts. Alias of Kirth Gersen.


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thejeff wrote:
Honestly, most of the Vance I've read is the same way.

Yeah, I don't know you, either!

Choosing height and weight is a symptom of rampant player entitlement. You can't let those special snowflake players choose stuff like that, or they always end up with something totally inappropriate to your campaign world, and will destroy the game that you worked so hard to create for them. Why do they need to run a tall person when tall people obviously do not exist in your setting? Not only is it totally unrealistic, it ruins the storyline you want to run about them being rejected by all the girls because of their lack of height -- this is important because the angstyness of your setting demands it.

And besides, if you let them just CHOOSE stuff like height, you have to allow them to choose everything, like race -- so allowing them to pick height and weight inevitably results in a kitchen sink campaign full of cybernetic half-dragon catgirl space marines. That might be fine for some people, but I refuse to run something like that and I value my setting far too highly to allow it.

So when I have a player who rudely shows up with something like 6'7" written on their character sheet, I calmly but firmly explain that they're free to pick any height between 5'9" and 6'1" (the campaign restriction range), and if they don't like that, they know where the door is.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I'm fond of Second American Revolution, myself.

I'm fond of Second Breakfast, myself.

Jacob Saltband wrote:
What I dont understand is why do 'you' care if some likes to play a rogue? If the group is having fun, how does that effect 'you' who are not even in the group/state/counrty?

What do 'you' care if my little cousin gets traded from his Pee Wee Little League team to your favorite major league baseball team, to pitch in the World Series? If your favorite player is the catcher, he's still catching, so it shouldn't matter at all who's pitching, right?

The fact that it's a team game is exactly why people care that the rogue is presented as being equal to a bard or investigator, but is actually worse at everything.

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yronimos wrote:
"...she just kicks ass!"

For real! I mean, look at that stupid "d'Artagnan" character. Got nothing going for him except being a swordsman. What does he do when Dumas the DM gives him a social encounter? He challenges the NPC to a duel. So Dumas tries again, and he does it again. And Dumas tries again and he does it again! Stupid player never got the hint! And to think the campaign went on for like five volumes!

Orfamay Quest wrote:

I'd just like to address this claim specifically.

Here's the global temperature graph. Notice the numbers for the 1930s? Notice the numbers for the early 21st century?
If "another" did point that out, "another" is either misunderstanding, misinformed, or outright lying.

But... emails! Therefore, your graph is false propaganda, right?

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Irontruth wrote:

Just a reminder, scientists can now directly measure how much CO2 is impacting temperature.

I think the importance of this fact has been overlooked.

Naw, the article contains "science" and hence is automatically wrong because conspiracy theory.

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Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
I don't like giving out my government name in situations I don't need to give it, but if the name they ask for has to be my government name, I need to know that, so I know which name to give, thanks

"So, you admit to using an alias? I believe you must be a terrorist. Come with us, please."

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I feel almost ashamed to admit that I've temporarily stopped including "trans" NPCs ever since it became the flavor-of-the-week on the boards. Some kind of Driz'zt clone syndrome at work there, maybe. I'll include them normally, but stubbornly refuse to do it in order to be one of the "cool kids."

MrConradTheDuck wrote:


Chemlak wrote:
Second, don't let anyone else tell you how to drink Scotch. If you like it over ice and drowned in Coke, that's fine.

Er, to quibble, I'd say that's fine if you drink it alone and not when other people might smell it. Scotch and Coke?! That's like saying "You want a bite of cooked carrots mashed into chocolate milk?" No one is going to thank you for sharing.

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666bender, did you notice that everyone else in the thread is posting in sentences, and that your posts are in bursts of microbytes? It kind of reminds me of my grandmother, who would sometimes sit there and interject Spanish into everyone else's English conversation, just because she knew half of them wouldn't pay attention.

I'm not saying it's wrong, just that your points would reach more people by following their lead.

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Damn, there's a lot of blue hors d'oevres in this thread...

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I just ban everything. Including players. Everything is much purer to my personal vision that way.

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MrRetsej wrote:
Go ahead and whine about it being suboptimal. Many people do and will. But opening character concepts up without having to cringe every time you roll a d4 is priceless to those players that want to roleplay over rollplay.

Oooh, good, Stormwind Fallacy, badwrongfun, and condescention, all in one post!

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Kydeem de'Morcaine wrote:
Going to the opposite silly extreme does not invalidate someone's preference of something somewhere in the middle.

"Squatting in between those on the side of reason and evidence and those worshipping superstition and myth is not a better place. It just means you’re halfway to crazy town." --P.Z. Myers

So, is Zoobie the 1,977th sock puppet of Driver the 325th Successful Troll?

Lamontius wrote:
The terms comes from some old d&d thing, some race that inherently mixed weapons and magic.


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"This adventure can only be completed if someone climbs this rope for 24 hours straight, while someone else stands and full attacks all day, and no one uses any spells to bypass these sorts of insanely contrived scenarios. Rogues and fighters are awesome!"

I know, lithium's a total scam, right? It's not like it helps with bipolar disorder -- oh, wait, there's no such thing, right? Hahahah.

houstonderek wrote:
If I can't sample whatever hoppy IPA the DM is offering that day, I just don't want to game.

Hipster. You probably like PBR, too!

TOZ wrote:
And when he says 'houstonderek, TOZ, and I' he means 'that TOZ guy showed up to a couple games and had fun'. :)

Modesty -- from YOU of all people? What's the world coming to?

Seriously, though, your insatiable interest in what makes a good game had as much influence on the rules as all of Derek's grognarding. (Also, it should have been, "Houstonderek, TOZ, myself, et al.," because Jess Door's systems mastery and incisive reasoning had a lot of influence, too; and Frank Trollman's various rants during the PF Beta playtesting, some of which finally sank in; and Psychicmachinery pointing out "you've kicked the wizard enough, it's time to ease up on the poor guy!"; and so on.)

Wait -- you disagree with a factual observation? Uh, okay, definitely best I be gone.

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I think this thread is coming along excellent.

Thin Skinned wrote:
Grand Anthraxus

Hey! This is the "demon lord" thread; the "daemon lord" one is next door!

[Vomits copiously]

What, no one's citing "Internet Porn"? Quagmire would never speak to you guys again.

When a PC tries to use Acrobatics to move through a threatened space, and the roll succeeds, I would totally rule that the PC actually did a standing high jump instead, because that's also a function of Acrobatics, and it's far more realistic than moving through a threatened area when someone is clearly looking to kill you. So the PC jumps in the air, lands, and takes an axe to the face.


Another thread where half the people say that the DM's job is to run the game according to the rules as fairly as possible, and the other half say that, yeah, that's maybe true to a small extent, but really the DM's primary job is to always make sure those horrible, conniving, entitled players are put in their places.

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Raith Shadar wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
I regularly end game days with resources unused.

Same here. Even at high levels.

When I challenge a party I don't try to make them run out of resources, I try to challenge the best resources they have.

If you're forcing fewer than 14 encounters a day and/or not providing infinite free healing for fighters, you're obviously a Bad GM(TM)!

Adamantine Dragon wrote:
Isn't that ironic?

Naw... just ignorant.

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Wow. The thread devolved into an Alanis Morissette song.

Orfamay Quest wrote:
Do you know the difference between a country and a person?

Corporations are people!

MrSin wrote:
That's always the goal right?

Fool! The goal is to win at teh Interwebz!!!

I might have misunderestimated this one.

... and speaking of races, what exactly ARE you, anyway?

Rim Cairntracker wrote:
I rather liked your character sheets.

Right on!

Ha! At least I got killed by a named bad guy!

Sheraviel wrote:
What? You didn't like my custom Excel sheets? :P I see how it is.

Yeah, we game characters don't get any appreciation from this idiot. He made me get killed off screen, and dropped the word in the form of a newspaper clipping quoted on the boards! How demeaning is that!

What's with the ridiculous cartoon duck on her shield? Is that a joke or something?

(Hangs head in shame) Da "Z" is 'cuz I so dumb. Some orc kids got As in class. Some got Ds or Fs. I got Z.

And then they blast-ganged me in jail in Kirth Gersen's home game, so I'm dead anyway.

Gruumash . wrote:
After all I am an Orc god.

Infidel! Gruumsh is an orc god. You're just misspelled. And have a weird dot after a space, that makes no sense.

So, yeah, I got a question -- are you just awesome in every other way, but not awesome at spelling?

Some sissy half-orc man with rich woman earring and peasant woman headscarf? Methinks there be some unresolved class and gender issues!

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Unless you're a dirty minmaxing munchin DPR Schroedinger roll-player, playing a Commoner is just fine. My commoner always contributes to the party. He carries extra supplies from 1st level through 20th level, and he can do it all day long. When there are monsters to kill, he has barbarians and fighters and wizards in the party to do that. When there are other situations to handle, he has casters to deal with those, too. Because it's a TEAM game.

All these threads about "fixing the Commoner" are making me angry, because the Commoner is just fine, and those people are all theorycrafting or else just playing wrong. Their GM should fix whatever "problems" they claim to be experiencing, because I don't see them. And we all know that tinkering with the rules to try and fix them will inevitably bring about 4e.

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Half-orc walk into magic shop, say, "Me want wand of flame strike with 5 charges."
Magic shop counterboy say, "No, only 50, 50, or 34."
Half orc take wand with 34, shoot counterboy with it 29 times. "This one have 5 left. Me take."

Xexyz wrote:
But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about your belief that the GM has an obligation to sacrifice her/his fun to accomodate a single player.

"Oh, woe is me, someone wants to play their own idea for their own character, instead of mine! Now all of my fun is RUINED RUINED RUINED! Because I can only have fun if everyone does exactly what I tell them, like the good little slave robots they're supposed to be!"

If even considering permitting a non-standard race results in the inevitable destruction of all of your fun, I'd say your idea of "fun" is restrictive enough that you're maybe better off not playing with others at all, much less DMing them.

Say the bad guy crosses the street to go murder some kids. The paladin can't find a crosswalk, so he jaywalks in pursuit. He has knowingly and willingly broken a law and committed a chaotic act. Does the DM take away all his powers? I say yes. Or does "has to be lawful" just mean you write it on the sheet, but ignore it when convenient?

"Black Leaf!!!"

Grimgamer wrote:
The only rolls a player should make are to hits, damage and of course saves directed from outside the party.

Yeah, and not using the purple, red, or blue dice! Only the green ones. And don't let them make decisions, either, or else they get uppity. If players don't get to make decisions, they can't metagame! In fact, they shouldn't even be talking. A good DM will just type up the entire adventure in advance and hand out the transcripts; then the players can sit there quitely and read them, and you'll have no problems with them that way.

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