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Finally finished Ennemy Within. The Volonteer was Juan "Crash" Delago. my sqad leader and sole survivor of the tutorial mission (and of the original four after Pixie's death).

Ironically, it is the Uber Ethrereal's mind control attempt on my gene-modified heavy that spelled his death (can't recall the name, but one that deals damage to the mind controller). Live by your sword, fall by your sword...

All and all, I really enjoyed that game. I'm glad I resisted reading all the guides and spoliers on internet, and save-cheat my way through (except a few mission in the beginning), that made the game very "real" as I was evolving with my operative, with few twists and nasty surprises (like Site Recon in Newfoundland, for which I now realise how unprepared and underquiped I was)

It's funny how you get attached to your operatives; I don't recall feeling the same with the orininal game. I'm starting a second wave game now, but I have the feeling my first crew will always be the one I'll remember.

commander out.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Laurefindel wrote:

Aaaaah, the aliens are invading my base! MY BASE!

And I only have three of my guys, plus two xcom guards with basic rifles. S*$$, there are mutons all over the freaking place, and chryssalids too. Not sure how we're supposed to get out of this one!!!

[edit] ok, got reinforcement, major Barnes to the rescue with two more troopers!

are they killing your dudes?

Things started to look really grim. I was flanked from both sides in the map room, with three cyberdisks and their drones on one side and berserkers on the other. My heavy just barely survived the berserker's assault, and the rest got bombarded by cyberdisks' grenades, wounding most of my soldiers and killing one of the base staff member. Then a door opens, and I'm thinking "alright, this is the end"...

But it wasn't an enemy, it was my best healer support coming as reinforcement! Her combat drug smoke grenade shielded my troops just long enough to wipe the cyberdisks and berserkers without further casualties.

The rest of the fight wasn't exactly a walk in the park, with some of my troops mind-controlled and my over-confident assault basically melee-ing with mechtoids, but nothing as nerve-racking as the map-room fight. While the infirmary will be crowded for a while, that X-COM base guard was the only casualty. What a fun mission!

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Aaaaah, the aliens are invading my base! MY BASE!

And I only have three of my guys, plus two xcom guards with basic rifles. S&*!, there are mutons all over the freaking place, and chryssalids too. Not sure how we're supposed to get out of this one!!!

[edit] ok, got reinforcement, major Barnes to the rescue with two more troopers!

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nerco-ing this tread because I got the game for my son this Christmas. Had a day off today and tried the game myself. Having played a bit of the original game and Terror from the Deep, I was treading on familiar grounds...

Game started good, a bit of save-cheatging but not overly so. I was about to loose North America when a well timed terror mission allowed me to keep panic under control. New satellites where their way, things where good...

Then a pair of mutons appeared behind my squad when my assault revealed their location while dashing. Crap. Overwatch failed to connect, and two lucky crits take both my snipers out dead-cold. No time to mourn, show must go on.

Then I get a council mission to Newfoundland Canada. If you played it you probably know which one I mean. Some of my best friends are from Newfoundland, so of course I accept. I even take Canadian rookie Barnes (who I decided was a Newfie) with us on the field for our first mission without sniper back-up.

wow, I was in for a ride worthy of Aliens/chryssalids extravaganza! I had never encountered more than two (on that Terror mission), and now they are spawning at a rate of 1-3 per round! And I have to cross their nest AND make it back to evac ?!? With more of them bursting out of sharks all over the place when I'm racing back ?!? Damned, lost two more experienced soldiers that day, my two assaults, and I considered myself lucky I didn't lose more. Barnes made it back however, but I fear she will never be the same...

Now i'm out of snipers AND assaults... oh wait! Barnes has taken "Double Down"'s fallen shotgun and filled-in the role!

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may Itchy die of a thousand horrible deaths by his hands.

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I love Tolkien-style pseudo-europeano-centric games. I also love anime fantasy games. What I don't like is awkward clash of genres within a game.

I prefer games with strong (and relatively narrow) themes. Mostly, I enjoy games centered on the characters. If a DM is skilled enough to make multiple genres mix without the wonky awkwardness, there are no limits to what the characters can be (and where their inspiration come from).

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In regards to Rey and lightsaber

Her lack of mastery shows, especially earlier in the combat. She often tries to poke with the lightsaber, only to be easily deflected by Kilo Ren. She looses ground to an already wounded adversary and seem to be trying several ways to get around him. We know she is a good fighter, Kilo Ren is handicapped by his wound (from a weapon that otherwise blows three stormtroopers in one shot) and well, the force needs to awake at one point I guess.

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MeanDM wrote:
Laurefindel wrote:

I'm really digging the new FFG's Star Wars RPG series (Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion and Force and Destiny)

Does that use a unique system, or D20 rules?

Original system using custom dice (with no numbers). Chris Mortika's link has it all.

TL:DR version: You build a dice pool according to your Abilities (stats) and skill. You declare your intended action, roll the dice then narrate how you succeeded or failed based on the result. Unlike most RPGs, the outcome is not binary. You can succeed but with a threat (something bad), fail but with advantage, succeed the roll with a despair (which typically trigger an opponent or environmental reaction etc. Its a very narrative game.

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Chris Mortika wrote:
MeanDM wrote:
Does that use a unique system, or D20 rules?

Original system. Here's an ad page.

I would like someone more familiar with the three games ("edge of Empire" "Age of Rebellion" "Force and Destiny") to explain the differences between the games. I own one of them. Do I have to buy the other two? Are they compatible?

It's the same game packaged in different themes

All use the exact same rules and character creation toolkit, but with different careers and specializations each introducing slightly different abilities. The main difference is the obligation/duty/morality concepts (which should be seen as "flaws" for the characters, but rather opportunity to tie in with the story)

obligation (used in Edge of the Empire) is your relation with the galaxy's underworld (with great ships comes great debts)

duty (used in Age of Rebellion) is your relation with the rebellion (with great ranking comes great responsibilities)

morality (used in Force and Destiny) is your relation toward good and evil (with great powers comes great moral conflict)

The games are completely compatible, but you don't have to buy the two other books. About 80% is repetition of the same rules and guidelines. The remaining 20% is mainly about careers and specs, a few ships and equipment, a few adversaries and background information.

Force and Destiny introduces Jedi-like careers and specs, combine the force powers introduced in Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion plus a few more. I've heard quite a few people (including myself) purchasing F&D in addition to either EotE or AoR.

Our present game has two F&D character and one EotE in a cat-and-mouse game between us, gangsters and imperial inquisitors.

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JoelF847 wrote:
On a different note, what was up with Chewie's bowcaster being so badass?

In Edge of the Empire's (FFG's Star Wars RPG) language, it got fully modded.

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I like unexpected sequels because it forces the film makers to ponder on the consequences of the previous movie. How is humanity now that it has alien tech, knows about alien existence (and threat), that nations had to work together to overcome these invaders. How did the world cope with the destruction of every capital city and the inevitable wastelands?

There's matter for an excellent film with that alone. Unfortunately, this will probably be hand-waved for more explosions and destruction...

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Mark Norfolk wrote:

Regardless of of what I think of not-so-true-blue Rupe, not having those strient chords at the start seems wrong somehow.



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Werthead wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
We also see the female pilot Jessika Pava.

Played by Jessica Henwick who was in GAME OF THRONES last year. Unusual for a STAR WARS actor to be playing a character with the same name.

Should we guess the plot?










"I've got a bad feeling about this."








Will the fanfare play now that Disney owns the franchise?

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Tacticslion wrote:
People dying in the original series:(...) Boba Fett (...)

I refuse to believe that boba fett is dead :)

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Obi Wan does die in ANH. I'm pretty sure that if ANH had been filmed after the prequel trilogy people would have screamed for his death...

Similarly, Qui Gon kicks the bucket in Phantom Menace. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the main characters is killed in Force Awakens.

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This one is about rolling stats: Everyone rolls a "4d6 drop lowest" series, including the GM.

Then every player is allowed to pick one of the rolled series and assign it in the order they want. Multiple players can pick the same series. Villains and NPCs will be create using these stats as well.

This way everyone gets to roll, no one is stuck with crappy stats while the lucky guy sits on its awesome series.

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SmiloDan wrote:
I miss Planescape.

Me too. I also I miss DiTerlizzi...

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I actually love the Realms. I don't mind that there are high level NPCs. The setting embraces the fact that D&D is a game ranging from level 1 to 20 (or more since FR acknowledges epic levels).

I like that some NPCs can remain mentors, or nemesis (sometimes both!), even for high level characters. PCs are only as trivialized as much as the DM let them.Perhaps the Realms are more easily abused by ego-maniacal DMs however; I could see that happening.

[edit] 5e and its bounded accuracy helps in that regards; a single 20th level characters can no longer single-handedly wipe all the monsters of an area, and hiring low-level PCs and raising armies seem to have a purpose again.[/edit]

The game can be played on so many levels (no pun intended), there is more than enough room for heroes to coexists without stepping on each other toes.

What I don't care about is the canonization of novels and that is usually discarded in my games, or at the most, vaguely echoed. Regardless of the setting, be it Forgotten Realms, Star Wars or Middle Earth, it's hard to have players follow the footsteps of Luke Skywalker or Frodo Baggins without feeling like playing second violin. A good DM finds its action further away from the main flag characters.

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While I can appreciate a DM who has sunk a lot of time and energy writing details and making sure the setting makes sense, I can also appreciate DMs who put their energy in other aspects of the games, finding props, building maquettes and models, drawing characters and locales, acting life-like NPCs, using their storytelling skills etc. to keep me immersed in their universe.

Writing connections and details is one way to keep your players immersed (and the one I usually go for myself). Even if the players don't seem to "care" it is something they notice, it allows them to get a good feel of the world and be part of a living, believable universe.

But other DMs have proven to me that it isn't the only way. Some have played the "rule of cool" well enough to make me forget about all the loose ends and far-fetched elements of a setting.

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Mark Hoover wrote:
How do you folks feel about a setting when you're a player?

I want the setting to captivate me, I want to be pleased with its aesthetics and feel that I can get easily immersed in this universe.

Blatant lack of cohesion, coherence or common sense can snap me out of immersion and ruin the setting for me, but I can take a certain amount of realistically disbelieving "facts" in exchange for cool and immersive "facts". Whatever the basic premises, it needs enough internal cohesion for me to be able to extrapolate on the setting.

I other words, not everything needs to be explained (or be explainable) but it needs to make enough sense to keep me immersed. It's a fine balance between the unnecessarily realistic and the too-much-gonzo, but I find that with age, I became more tolerant to lack of realism.


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A setting needs to be something the players can relate to, in some way. "Realism", verisimilitude and "making sense" are things we can easily relate to because that's our reality, but they are not the only things that can hook players to a setting.

Star Wars is one of my favourite fantasy/sci-fi settings, but it rapidly falls apart when you try to make sense out of it. That's because its aesthetics compensates for its lack logical coherence with what we know of astronomy.

So a fantasy world does not need to make sense, but suspension of disbelieve only goes so far and the setting needs something else to keep players (and DMs) interested.

I don't know the setting you're talking about, but if you're like me, the only way you can forgive its lack of "realistic feel" is to find the things that really set it apart from other settings and focus on that.

I hope this makes sense (pun intended)


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Blue_Drake wrote:

Time is a bit of an issue, my group is all 40+ in age and we only meet once a week, and I consider us very lucky to be able to do so! I know many groups struggle to get regular sessions going.

I think for me as GM the different systems would keep it fresh, but I'm not sure my players would enjoy it. I'll talk to them about it and see how they feel. Hearing your opinions has helped.

I would suggest to start with two, alternating from week to week, while keeping the third RPG on the back burner. There will be a time where a campaign reaches a conclusion, or the group decides that one game is not as thrilling/interesting/easy enough, then give the third option a try.

I'm in a similar situation and as I'm approaching 40 myself, I have only so much time/energy I can dedicate to RPG. We're currently playing two games and I like that dynamic, but I feel like a third game would dilute the immersion too much.

Also, are you planning on DMing both/all three games?


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Minor HP rule (made to "humanise" high level characters and diminish reliance on magical healing)

Instead of representing connecting blows, Hit Points represent tiring parries, narrow escapes, minor injuries, favourable environment, dumb luck and other “close calls”.

  • Calculate your 50% hp mark (rounded down). That’s your weary threshold. Mark it somewhere convenient. When your hp drop below this mark, you’re weary. This has no mechanical effect other than allowing you to complain about feeling weak.

  • You gain an amount of hp equal to your weary threshold with a 15-minute rest. Good night of sleep restores you to full hp. Cure spells and magical healing function as RaW. But even scratches can prove to be deadly; poisons and disease also function as RaW.

  • There’s a new condition in the game: wounded. You acquire this condition upon receiving a critical hit, failing a saving throw causing damage or running out of hp. Nonlethal damage never cause a character to become wounded. When you’re wounded, you CAN’T regenerate hp past your weary threshold until the condition is removed.

  • The wounded condition is removed after receiving a successful Heal (long-term care) check, or by receiving magical healing. If the character is dying, it MUST be brought back to positive hp with a successful Heal (treat deadly wounds) check before long term care can be attempted. A seriously injured character may take several days to treat as per Heal skill rules.

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    Whether a book is well or poorly written is not necessarily relevant for the making of a movie. The general plot is what the scenarist are after. If the story's good, then it has potential for a great movie.

    I'm glad that they are doing something in a published setting and not some generic fantasy world. Now it can bare the name (or subtitle) of D&D.


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    Darklord Morius wrote:
    My campaign idea is a typical fantasy setting but with animals instead of humans, dwarves and elves...

    This reminds me of my homebrewed setting with no humans, elves, dwarves and other typical PC races

    Always wanted to play it, never found an occasion to...

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    Always wanted to make a LEGO rpg game. Make your hero(es), everything WYSIWYG with stats for the different minifig accessories. DM spends two days building the next battle map...

    I'd be cool, but hello $$$

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    LazarX wrote:

    If you want to research go for it...

    That's the idea, but your first response to the OP sounded like "don't bother, it's not going to work".

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    LazarX wrote:
    I would suggest that for these purposes, game play considerations are far more important things to consider than historical accuracy.

    But one can take clues from historical observation, usually to keep to the genre. Things like "peasant house didn't have a chimney but an open fire at the center of their house" or "high medieval castles didn't have a dedicated dining room" can help to set the right atmosphere. Research shouldn't be discouraged even if gameplay can sometimes take precedence.

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    Zombieneighbours wrote:
    Does anyone have a good source for the physical dimensions of various medieveal buildings?

    It varied depending on period and whether the house was in town or in the countryside. Village houses were pretty small and rectangular, dirt floor, one level sometimes with beds in the loft (something like 12' x 20'). Out-buildings where used for shops, farms animals etc.

    Farms in some region they where bigger and housed extended families, including the pigs, goats and other farm animals. With time they got quite big with many attached out-buildings.

    Town houses of the low middle age were much bigger, three to five stories high with shape matching the existent streets. Most public buildings where long and narrow to allow more natural light. Town houses were narrow and not very deep, like 20' x 20'.

    You should have a look at the Encyclopedie Medievale from Violet le Duc if you can find it (I believe it was translated in English). Also, renaissance buildings where very similar to those of the low middle age, at least for the private buildings, and it is easier to find source about that era.

    Unfortunately, most sources will cite examples of public buildings, castles and cathedrals; its hard to find info about the common-folk housing.

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    Running a campaign with my son and one of his friend.

    At age 11, they start to be able to synergyse their abilities and use basic strategies. While the maths of 3e/Pathfinder were not above their grade level, all those perksy +1 here and -2 there were dragging things down. 5e fixes that.

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    BigDTBone wrote:
    Yes, both "because dragons" and "because realism," are actually cover-ups for "because I don't like it."

    Both can also be "because that's the genre and/or setting I propose for this game"

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    SmiloDan wrote:
    Each fills a really fun niche! :-D

    That I agree with

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    SmiloDan wrote:
    I totally agree with Tormsskull. 5th Edition is great for casual games and gamers, but if you really like customizing and optimizing your characters, Pathfinder is better because it's more complex.

    That sounds like casual gamers can't customize and optimize, and that hard-core gamers cannot enjoy a simpler game engine :(

    I personally consider myself more than a casual gamer, and 5e appeals to me on many levels. 5e may be a less complex game, but it isn't a less complete one. It is not as much of a character deck-building type of game however.

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    Scythia wrote:
    RDM42 wrote:

    "Because dragons"

    The false idea that because one fantastic element exists, therefore all fantastic elements must exist and no attempt at realism or verisimilitude whatsoever should be made.

    The problem with this as a fallacy is that the person declaring the fallacy is insisting that their judgement of where to draw the line separating fantasy from realism is the only judgement that counts.

    In other words, it isn't a fallacy so much as a difference in opinion.

    I disagree, it is a fallacy.

    Even if everything can exist in a make-believe fantasy world, it does not mean that everything needs to or should be included.

    Some settings have a narrower focus/scope/fantasy elements than others, and that should be respected. A setting can include dragons but not [insert fantasy element], or the other way around.

    Although this can come in conflict with the realism fallacy or the aesthetics fallacy, "Because Dragons" is a fallacy in its own.

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    I'd like to see Paizo move in a different direction than WotC's 5e.

    Embrace the character deckbuilding aspect of the game. Allow sweet combos to exist. Don't shy away from magic items or even the magic Christmas tree effect, just be clear in how they are part of the game.

    However, I'd like to see game symmetry go away. What is complex for the players shouldn't have to be for the GM; PCs and NPCs/monster don't need to follow the same rules. Complex games are cool for the players, but the GM needs a break...

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    I wouldn't call 5th ed a rule-lite game and a campaign can use the rule extensively. It is lighter than 3e and more streamlined than AD&D, but it has an average level of "cruchy-ness" by modern standards. Actually, it is 3e/pathfinder that was/is particularly rule-heavy.

    But it isn't a character deck-building game anymore, and I understand that many players miss that.

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    While it is not unanimously acclaimed, I much enjoy the skill system despite my initial doubts.

    I like that in a pinch, skills can substitute (or be substituted by) attack rolls or saving throws.

    I like that the system is clean and simple enough to make combination on the fly without bogging the game down (Constitution Athletics, why not!)

    I like that the "proficient" tag can mean more than just a bonus on the check, perhaps assuming automatic success or allowing a check where others aren't.

    I like tools and kit proficiency (although I wonder if Medicine shouldn't have been made into a healer's kit proficiency instead) for their open-handed-ness (?)

    In other words, I like that the skill system is simple and versatile enough to handle houserules, campaign-specific subsystems and on-the-fly ruling quite well.

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    Petty Alchemy wrote:
    My understanding from another forum is that in general, the game expects a day that goes 2 encounters, short rest, 2 encounters, short rest, 2 encounters, long rest to allow all classes to shine, but I'm finding it hard to design more than 2-3 encounters a day (just to pack that many baddies into a single day).

    My only "problem" has been about that; you really need to relentlessly send waves of encounters every day to get through a character's resources and even if you do, it will be fresh as a rose the next day (with half its hit Dice).

    There's the slow healing variant, but its going to the extreme opposite where resources are way too precious. I'd be most comfortable somewhere in between.

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    Lorathorn wrote:
    ... Many make claims that the current edition makes map use unimportant...

    5e make maps non-essential, not unimportant. If you love maps, it will work great with them. If you don't, the game still works great. Everybody wins.

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    I know I'm not in majority, but I really Love Chronicles of Riddick, which is kind of a sequel.

    Empire Strikes Back. Most sequels reuse the same music or variations of. The musical themes of Star Wars really come into their own in Empire, a rare feat in any sequel.

    Shrek II. One of the only sequel that really holds to its original IMO (along with Aliens)

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Temple of Doom is a good sequel, but Last Crusade is magnificent.

    oh, and Army of Darkness, if we can consider it a sequel to Evil Dead.

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    Toy Story II, and III for that matter

    Back to the Future II and III aren't quite as good as I, but they are really good sequels nonetheless

    Aliens of course. It has been stated, but it's worth repeating.

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    Beastmaster is not broken, at least not in a "vacuum". Its abilities work well as a set of abilities and as an extension of the character.

    But coming from 3.5 - or even observing how summoned creatures work - the animal seems rather devoid of a life of its own, which I would say "feels" wrong rather than being broken.

    I would have been happier with a concentration mechanics, whereas the beastmaster "casts" its beast into action and then requires concentration to keep it active.

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    Dire Elf wrote:
    Laurefindel would probably think my sheets look dull, but I want to be able to find information on it easily.

    Dull but clear trumps pretty but unusable.

    But I do expect more than just clear from RPG companies with established graphic design departments.

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    What grids my gears is when you have to defend the premise of your thread. For example...

    Thread: Need Advice with Potatoes

    OP: I've got these potatoes. Should I boil and mash them, or cut them and fry them in oil?

    Answer #1: Why are you using potatoes; carrots are so much better anyway.

    Answer #2: Raw keeps potatoes abstract, and that's the way it should be.

    Answer #3: You're playing in a game with DRAGONS and MAGIC! Why are you bothering with potatoes!

    ... and then you spend your energy defending the premise of potatoes, knowing that you'll never get even close to know whether to mash or fry them.


    [edit] Oh crud, I just notice there are four pages of posts I haven't read. This probably came up before...

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    Here's the updated version.

    Feel free to report mistakes, and your comments are welcome.

    I started a new thread here for the 3rd draft, but for the sake of those who dotted this one, here it is in full:

    The Knight-Errant
    The paladin’s code is a hard one to withhold. It demands no less than a lifetime of absolute dedication and doesn’t allows for the slightest excess of conduct. Those who manage to live by this code are remarkable heroes indeed, but not all succeed. Those who fail to live-up to these standards lose their honor, the confidence of their order, the favors of their gods and their faith in themselves. When a paladin falls, the very foundations of their soul shatter. Some quest for atonement, some others retire in disgrace. A few even give-in to their heart’s dark desires and forever turn to evil…

    Then there are those who refuse to yield despite their tarnished honor. Picking up their fallen weapons, they do not abandon their allies, their faith and their cause. These are the knights-errant, paladins no more but great heroes still.

    Role: The Knight-errant is a warrior first and foremost. He is both defensively and offensively strong, buoyed by the strength of his convictions. Ex-paladins are the most likely candidate to multiclass as knights-errant as special advantages are granted to them when taking levels in this class. However, this class is also apt to fit other classes (or character concepts) with a defined alignment, code of conduct, order or any other requirement of honor that was broken or somehow violated. Hence it may also include ex-cavaliers, ex-clerics, ex-monks and others. It is also possible for a character to start as a knight-errant from 1st level if this class fits the character’s concept.

    Alignment: Knights-errant are often Lawful for the requirements of fidelity make it hard for non-lawful characters to embrace this class. That does not preclude such however, and the class faces no alignment restriction.
    Hit Die: d10
    Class Skills: Craft (Int), Climb (Str), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (nobility), Knowledge (religion), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Survival and Swim (Str).
    Skill ranks at each level: 2 + Int bonus.
    BAB: good
    Fort: good
    Ref: poor
    Will: good
    Spells: none

    level 1: Acceptance of fate, oath, taboo, zeal 1/day
    level 2: Oath ability
    level 3: Inner strength
    level 4: zeal 2/day
    level 5: Bonus feat
    level 6: Inner strength
    level 7: zeal 3/day
    level 8: Oath ability
    level 9: Inner strength
    level 10: zeal 4/day
    level 11: Bonus feat
    level 12: Inner strength
    level 13: zeal 5/day
    level 14: Inspiring presence
    level 15: Oath ability
    level 16: zeal 6/day
    level 17: Bonus feat
    level 18: intimidating presence
    level 19: zeal 7/day
    level 20: Redemption

    Class Features
    All of the following are class features for the Knight-Errant class.

    Weapon and Armour Proficiency: The knight-errant is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor (heavy, medium, and light), and with shields (except tower shields).

    Acceptance of Fate (Ex): Once he has accepted his failure, the fallen paladin trades in all his ex-paladin levels for knight-errant levels on a 1-to-1 basis. Unlike the swift and traumatic transformation of the antipaladin, the passage form ex-paladin to knight-errant is a slow process taking weeks, sometimes months to occur.

    Paladins choosing to become knights-errant cannot regain lost paladin abilities via an atonement spell, nor can they exchange ex-paladin levels for antipaladin levels; the knight-errant has relented any former glory to atone or bargain for darker powers. It is in the acceptance of his fate that the knight-errant finds the strength to carry on.

    Oath (Ex): Upon taking his first level in this class, the knight-errant swears the oath that will guide his actions for the rest of his adventuring days. Unlike the paladin’s strict code of conduct, the knight-errant’s oath is a broad directive without specific edicts, granting the knight-errant a number of special abilities.

    Taboo (Ex): With each oath comes a taboo; a self-imposed condition that the knight-errant undertakes to remember and respect his oath. At first level, the knight-errant must select one of the following taboos. If the knight-errant violates his taboo in any way, he loses all benefits of his oath for 24 hours.

    Anonymity (Su): The knight-errant removes his coat of arms, changes his appearance and abandons his former name to sever himself from the person he once was. Leaving his past behind, the knight-errant seeks redemption without fame or distinction. This self-denial makes the knight-errant hard to read via magical means. The effect of this taboo is identical to an amulet of mind shielding.

    Asceticism (Su): The knight-errant swears off all pleasures of the flesh such as fine food, alcohol and lovers. This contemplation teaches mental resilience. The knight-errant is immune to sleep and charm spells.

    Charity (Su): The knight-errant will not refuse any requests for aid or alms. He must divest himself of any wealth not immediately needed, giving it to those that do. The knight-errant must give 25% of his personal wealth or downtime between adventures. In doing so, the knight-errant keeps his conscience strong and clean, gaining one extra daily use of his inner strength ability.

    Exile (Ex): The knight-errant leaves his past behind – literally – by leaving his homeland and living the life of a vagabond, never to settle permanently in any country or organization. In his wanderings, the knight-errant learns from many cultures, gaining the ability to communicate with any humanoid creature. However, the accent and mannerism of the knight-errant always betrays him as a foreigner.

    Forsworn Weapons (Su): The knight-errant has forsworn the use of any martial and exotic weapons, instead vowing to use only simplistic tools to defend himself and attacks his foes. The following list constitutes the only weapons allowed to the knight-errant: club, hatchet, quarterstaff, dagger and sling, in addition to any improvised weapons he may come across. This narrow focus allows the knight errant to channel his inner self, gaining the ability to cast greater magic weapon on his own weapons once per day as a cleric of his level.

    In addition, the knight-errant treats all these weapons as a single group for the purpose of weapon specific feats such as weapon focus or improved critical. Upon acquiring this taboo, a knight-errant automatically re-trains any weapon related feat to fit this group of weapons.

    Forsworn Armour (Ex): The knight-errant has forsworn the use of armor of any sort (but may still use shields and other protective magic items). This has given him insights he would not have had otherwise. When unarmored and unencumbered, the knight-errant adds his Wisdom bonus (if any) to his AC and his CMD. In addition, a knight-errant gains a +1 bonus to AC and CMD at 4th level. This bonus increases by 1 for every four knight-errant levels thereafter, up to a maximum of +5 at 20th level.

    Forsworn Mount (Ex): The knight-errant has sworn to go without mount, cart or carriage. This has improved the knight-errant’s stride and endurance. Add +10 feet to the knight-errant base speed. In addition, the knight-errant is gains a +4 morale bonus on Fortitude saving throws when performing a forced march.

    Zeal (Ex): Once per day, a knight-errant can declare that he is fighting for the fulfillment of his oath. Bolstered by his convictions, the knight-errant’s melee attacks deal extra damage equal to his level. This ability remains in effect for a number of rounds equal to the knight-errant’s Charisma modifier and affect all attacks against any number of opponents until the duration expires. The knight-errant can use this ability once per day at 1st level, plus one additional time per day for every three levels beyond 1st, to a maximum of seven times per day at 19th level.

    The knight-errant gains additional benefits with this ability based on his sworn oath, as indicated below.

    Inner Strength (Su): Starting at 3rd level, the knight-errant can draw on his reserves of inner strength to shrug off a condition that weakens his abilities. The knight-errant can remove one condition at 3rd level as specified by his oath, plus one additional condition every three levels beyond 3rd, to a maximum of four specific conditions at 12th level. The knight-errant can use this ability a number of times per day equal to his Charisma modifier (minimum 1).

    Oath Ability (Ex or Su): Upon reaching 2nd, 8th and 15th level, the knight-errant gains new abilities based on the oath that he has vowed.

    Bonus Feat (Ex): At 6th level, and at every six levels thereafter, a knight-errant gains a bonus feat in addition to those gained from normal advancement. These bonus feats must be selected from those listed as combat feats. The knight-errant must meet the prerequisites of these bonus feats.

    Inspiring Presence (Ex): Upon reaching 14th level, the knight-errant has proven that one can fall and rise again, inspiring his friends’ to greatness. As long as the knight-errant is conscious and visible, all allies within 60 feet receive a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against fear. In addition, allies within 60 feet receive a +2 morale bonus on attack and damage rolls made as part of a charge.

    Intimidating Presence (Ex): Upon reaching 18th level, the knight-errant’s inspiring presence improves further, striking doubt and fear in his foes. Following a charge led by the knight-errant, all enemies within 60 feet receive a -2 penalty on all attack rolls until the knight-errant’s next round. This ability is a fear effect.

    Redemption (Su): At 20th level, the knight-errant has finally redeemed his past actions and may seek atonement for his fall from grace. While the knight-errant cannot regain his paladin levels this way, he may ignore his taboo’s limitations while conserving its benefits. Reunited with his patron deity, the knight-errant gains DR 10/evil and immunity to all compulsion spells and effects.

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    The following oaths represent the most common sworn vows by knights-errant.

    Upon taking this oath, the knight-errant swears to protect the innocents, the weak and those who are in distress. This oath is popular among paladins who fell by choosing between two evils, usually to the detriment of friends or innocents who lost their lives in the process. The knight-errant may not have lived up the code as a paladin, but never again will he let down his friends and those who count on his sword and shield for protection.

    Oath of Protection:

    Zeal (Ex): A protector knight-errant is stalwart in his defense. Whenever a protector knight-errant declares his zeal, he receives a bonus to his armor class equal to his Charisma modifier in addition to the bonus to damage granted by this ability.

    Inner Strength (Su): The protector knight-errant can rely on his reserves of strength to stay alert and ready to protect his friends and wards. When using this ability, the knight-errant automatically recovers from the sickened condition.

      At 6th level, the protector knight-errant can also cure the diseased condition.
      At 9th level, the protector knight-errant can also cure the nauseated condition.
      At 12th level, the protector knight-errant can also cure the blinded and deafened conditions.

    Oath Abilities: A knight-errant who pledge to the oath of protection gains the following abilities as he increases in levels.

    Zealous Shielding (Ex): Starting from 2nd level, a protector knight-errant may extend its bonus to armor class provided by its zeal ability to an adjacent ally. Upon reaching 11th level, the knight-errant may protect two adjacent allies this way. This bonus last for as long as the knight-errant’s zeal ability is in effect.

    Mobile Sentinel (Ex): Upon reaching 8th level, a protector knight-errant may take a 5-foot step to intercept an opponent moving toward an ally. This may put the knight-errant in a position to make an attack of opportunity or intercept the straight line between a charging foe and its target. When a protector knight-errant intercepts a charge this way, he becomes the new target of the attack.
    The protector knight-errant can use this ability once per round.

    Redirect Blow (Ex): At 15th level, a protector knight-errant can make an attack of opportunity to redirect upon himself a blow aimed at an adjacent target. The protector knight-errant thus becomes the new target of the attack and may receive damage. This ability must be declared before the attack roll is made. The attack is made against the knight-errant’s AC and defenses, even if the creature could not normally reach or attack the knight-errant. The knight-errant loses any cover or concealment bonuses when redirecting the attack. Attacks that do not use an attack roll cannot be redirected this way.

    Upon taking this oath, the knight-errant swears to undertake a quest for some cause, ideal, item, or person. Regardless of the object of the quest, it is a representation of an idyllic concept that can never truly be achieved, even if the quest starts with a realistic goal. This oath is popular among ex-paladins whose fall was caused by their own pride or other personal flaw. Through these quests, the knight-errant hopes to regain much of his former glory and purity.

    Oath of Quest:

    Zeal (Ex): A questing knight-errant is both focused and strong willed. Whenever a knight-errant declares his zeal, he receives a bonus to all his saving throws equal to his Charisma bonus in addition to the bonus to damage granted by this ability.

    Inner Strength (Su): The questing knight-errant can focus on the object of his quest to gather inner strength when he feels weakened. When using this ability, the knight-errant automatically recovers from the fatigued condition.

      At 6th level, the questing knight-errant can also cure the dazed condition.
      At 9th level, the questing knight-errant can also cure the exhausted condition.
      At 12th level, the questing knight-errant can also cure the stunned condition.

    Oath Abilities: A knight-errant who pledge to this oath gains the following abilities as he increases in level.

    Healing (Su): At 2nd level, the knight-errant can surrounded himself with a healing light, gaining fast healing 1 whenever he declares his zeal. This causes the knight-errant to heal 1 point of damage each round as long as he is alive and his zeal ability is in effect. The amount of healing increases by 1 point for every three knight-errant levels he possesses.

    Divine Bond (Sp): Upon reaching 8th level, the questing knight-errant reunites with his bonded weapon or mount during one of its quests (or forms a bond if he had never made one before). This ability is otherwise identical to the 5th level paladin’s ability of the same name. The exact figures of this ability are calculated retroactively from 5th level.

    Purity of Body: Upon reaching 15th level, the knight-errant gains immunity to all diseases (including supernatural and magical diseases) and poisons of all kind.

    Upon taking this oath, the knight-errant swears to take revenge on those he deems responsible for his fall. This oath is frequently taken by ex-paladins who lost their paladinhood through the manipulations and treacheries of others. Knights-errant who swear this oath are often driven by a slow-burning bitterness, allowing them to track down these individuals, foiling their plans, and confronting their emissaries. As with the oath of quest, this oath usually evolves into a perpetual fight against similar deceitful organizations and societies, long after the initial perpetrators have been brought down by the knight-errant.

    Oath of Retribution:

    Zeal (Ex): An avenger knight-errant is determined to bring his enemies down. Whenever a knight-errant declares his zeal, he receives a bonus to his attack rolls equal to his Charisma modifier in addition to the bonus to damage granted by this ability.

    Inner Strength (Su): The avenger knight-errant can rely on his resolve to overcome moments of weakness. When using this ability, the knight-errant automatically recovers from the shaken condition.

      At 6th level, the avenger knight-errant can also cure the staggered condition.
      At 9th level, the avenger knight-errant can also cure the frightened condition.
      At 12th level, the avenger knight-errant can also cure the paralysed condition.

    Oath Abilities:[/i] A knight-errant who pledge to this oath gains the following abilities as he increases in level.

    [b]Sworn Enemy (Ex): From 2nd level, the knight-errant declares a specific group of people or creatures as his sworn enemy in accordance to the subjects of his oath. This is a much narrower category than a ranger’s favored enemy. Possible sworn enemies include nationalities, ethnicities, groups, tribes and organizations within a given subtype of humanoid creatures (evil human cultists for example). Possible sworn enemies also include evil outsiders, evil dragons and undead. Against these enemies, the avenger knight-errant gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks against the selected group. Likewise, he gets a +2 bonus on weapon attack and damage rolls against them. An avenger knight-errant may make Knowledge skill checks untrained when attempting to identify these creatures.

    Zealous Smite (Ex): Upon reaching 8th level, the avenger knight-errant’s zeal ability improves when targeted against his sworn enemy. When the knight-errant declares his zeal against such creature, the bonus to damage on the first successful attack increases to 2 points of damage per level the knight-errant possesses and automatically bypasses any DR the creature might possess. In addition, while zealous smite is in effect, the knight-errant gains a deflection bonus equal to his Charisma modifier (if any) to his AC against attacks made by the target(s) of the zealous smite.

    Grim Determination (Ex): Upon reaching 15th level, the avenger knight-errant becomes so focused and determined that he becomes immune to all mind-affecting spells as long as his zeal ability is in effect.

    Upon taking this oath, the knight-errant swears to withhold the tenets of his faith above any other cause. The knight-errant’s may have lost its honor, but he has not forsaken his god, goddess or celestial patron. This oath is popular amongst ex-paladin who felt torn between their code and their religious doctrines, knowing that unhampered faith will allow them to succeed where they have failed before. Many such knights-errant multiclass as clerics or inquisitors.

    Oath of Piety:

    Zeal (Ex): Stalwart in his faith, a pious knight-errant knows that his soul is well guarded. Whenever a knight-errant declares his zeal, he becomes immune to charm and fear spells and effects for as long as the ability is in effect.

    Inner Strength (Su): The pious knight-errant can channel the might of his god or goddess to help himself. Firm in his religious belief, the pious knight-errant can cure three conditions at 3rd level, and three more every three levels thereafter.

      At 3rd level, the pious knight-errant can cure the fatigued, shaken, and sickened conditions.
      At 6th level, the pious knight-errant can also cure the dazed, diseased and staggered conditions.
      At 9th level, the pious knight-errant can also cure the exhausted, frightened and nauseated conditions.
      At 12th level, the pious knight-errant can also cure the blinded/deafened, paralyzed and stunned conditions.

    Oath Abilities: A knight-errant who pledge to this oath gains the following abilities as he increases in level.

    Enduring Faith (Su): From 2nd level, a pious knight-errant gains the ability to cast orisons (0-level spells) from the cleric spell list. A pious knight-errant can prepare three orisons per day. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again

    At 4th level, the pious knight-errant’s divine magic improves further, gaining the ability to cast spells like a paladin of its level.
    A pious knight-errant must choose and prepare his spells in advance.
    To prepare or cast a spell, a pious knight-errant must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a pious knight-errant’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the pious knight-errant’s Charisma modifier.

    Like other spellcasters, a pious knight-errant can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is identical to that of a paladin. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score (see Table: Ability Modifiers and Bonus Spells). When Table: Paladin indicates that the paladin gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level, the pious knight-errant gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled to based on his Charisma score for that spell level.

    A pious knight-errant must spend 1 hour each day in quiet prayer and meditation to regain his daily allotment of spells. A pious knight-errant may prepare and cast any spell on the paladin spell list, provided that he can cast spells of that level, but he must choose which spells to prepare during his daily meditation.

    At 4th level and higher, the pious knight-errant’s caster level is equal to his pious knight-errant level – 3.

    Channel Positive Energy (Su): When a pious knight-errant reaches 8th level, he gains the supernatural ability to channel positive energy like a cleric. A knight-errant can use this ability a number of times per day equal to his charisma modifier and uses his knight-errant level as his effective cleric level when channeling positive energy. This is a Charisma-based ability.

    Inspire Inner Strength (Su): Upon reaching 15th level, the pious knight-errant can whisper inspiring words of determination to an afflicted ally. This ability allows the pious knight-errant to use his inner strength ability on an ally within 5 feet as a standard action.

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    The knight-errant is a 20-level alternate base class allowing a fallen paladin character to exchange her ex-paladin level for knight-errant levels on a 1-to-1 basis. While similar to the 3e D&D’s blackguard and the Pathfinder RPG’s antipaladin in this regard, the knight-errant is not meant to create a villain; this class attempts to create a tragic hero with a troubled soul on a life-long quest for redemption, serenity or peace.

    This class assumes that the gaming group is comfortable with the idea that a paladin may fall and still progress as a player character of comparable strength . This class was created with the purpose of offering a middle ground between complete atonement, and total abandon to the forces of evil.

    Credits go to Dabbler for the original design of the class. The original idea of this class was discussed in this thread.

    Since there will probably be some minor alterations, the link to the most up-to-date google doc is here.



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    well hello there post monster, have seen you in a while!

    MMCJawa wrote:

    As a fan of the Horror genre, I find Alien to be the best film of the genre. It may seem predictable now, but really it invented a lot of the horror tropes we see commonly in genre films, especially the "haunted house in space" trope, as well as reinventing horror aesthetics and monster design.

    I tend to think Aliens is not only over-rated but would have probably worked better as a unrelated movie. It was "lets make a vietnam war movie in space!". I don't think its a bad movie, but I said over-rated.

    Agree on the first part, but I truly believe that Aliens was just as influential for the sci-fi thriller genre as Alien was to space horror. So many tropes take their origin in Aliens, and I'd say its one of the success of the Halo series (replace Ripley with Masterchief and you have the UNSC, down to ship aesthetics and Apone/Johnson sergeant).

    I give as much credits to Aliens as I do to Alien - and by that I mean that I consider both movies as masterworks of their own (sub)genre.

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    Alien Resurrection was actually quite popular in my circle of friends, probably because it felt so much like a RPG party of player characters. Where Aliens felt like a troop of Imperial Guards from the Warhammer 40 000 setting, Alien Resurrection was Space Hulk meets Necromunda (this movie actually inspired a Necromunda RPG campaign now that I'm thinking of it. fun times!)

    The feel of Alien Resurrection was different for sure, but so was Alien 3 compared to Aliens, which itself had a different feel from Alien, so it didn't bother us much.

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    Dragon78 wrote:
    In fact if they at least left Newt alive then we could have a new trilogy with a different main character.


    Newt as the new (adult) protagonist backed-up by "uncle" Hicks would have been the perfect way to update the franchise without straying far from the previous Alien lore.

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