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The Sideromancer wrote:
The thing with castles is they're built based on assumptions about the kind of attacks they're going to face. For example, many castles aren't set up to deal with cavalry landing on their roof, which would be a real concern in a fantasy world.

Kind of depends on the set up of the fantasy set-up though. Their doesn't seem to be much in the way of organized airborne troops for most of the Inner sea, so "normal" castle might be sufficient, outside of areas near the Worldwound and a few other specific circumstances.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Hmm I'm going to go ahead and say shouldn't the mechanic have an alternate options where they don't get the robot companion? (like how druid and ranger can choose something besides their animal companion)

IIRC...it was mentioned that the mechanic had the option of getting a robot buddy, or an AI that "lived" in his head (or probably the implants in his head).

I imagine though there will be archetypes that swap out the companion for other options.


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Read through the recommended reading appendix that was published with the ?1st edition? DnD game, to get a good grounding on where some of the staples of DnD come from.


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After Ultimate Intrigue, which heavily dealt courtly/espionage/urban adventure themes, the most obvious hole that needs to be filled is Ultimate Survival, which focuses on campaigns set within wildernesses.

Could cover various "natury" archetypes, maybe some new classes (a full bab dedicated shapeshifter or Tarzanesque feral person would work well with this theme), expanded item/spell/feat options for outdoorsy campaigns, environmental rules, and advice on running exploration or wilderness survival games.


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James Jacobs wrote:
GM_Beernorg wrote:
The T-Rex has excellent taste in movies :)
Does that change when I point out I adore C.H.U.D.?

For some of us that just confirms you have excellent taste :P


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Pathfinder Tome of Beasts

Dwarves of Midgard

New Path Compendium 2, with maybe more archetypes and such using some of the newer Pathfinder books options, and overall just more variation

Midgard Gods


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I don't think a Trump presidency will end the world. I do think he will potentially set our country back and put us back in a recession we are only now crawling out of. I also think he will leave behind even worse messes than those G.W. Bush left when he entered office. I'd rather break the recent cycle of a Republican president breaking things and the democrats having to clean it up.


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Dragon78 wrote:

Well Fafnheir is a creature from myth so there is a chance he would get a reprint.

Yeah Set, something along that line is what I would be looking for.

Nidhogg could work.

Fafnir is from myth...Fafnheir is spelled differently and has a different origin, and seems more a nod. So they might not want to print him


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The Raven Black wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
No. I think it was in this thread above, somewhere, but I hope for a Clinton victory because, I think, when she disappoints all her rad-lib, lesser-evil voters, it will lead to a further radicalization of the fast-food strikers, police abolitionists, Native American water defenders, etc., I've been running with and give us on the Far Left a chance to grow at least as big as we were in the sixties.

Actually, I think that if she wins, this possible Far Left growth will only make Democrats weaker against a reinvigorated Republican Party that will rise form the ashes of Trump's defeat.

No Far Left electoral victory in view. Ever

This pretty much.

Although I am not sure if 2020 will see much improvement/rebuilding from the current Trump. The current hardcore Red states are pretty locked into their current politics and voter base, that any major shift or change in direction might not go over well in the base. Trumps a low point for the party but I am not convinced they have reached bottom, or more importantly the party and voter base as a whole has.


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David M Mallon wrote:
In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, there are eleven "monsters" (enemy creatures) which are considered "Product Identity" by publisher Wizards Of The Coast, and are not covered under the Open Gaming License, nor are they present in any non-proprietary System Reference Document (i.e. d20SRD.org). This list includes the beholder, gauth (beholder-kin), carrion crawler, displacer beast, githyanki, githzerai, kuo-toa, mind flayer, slaad, umber hulk, and the yuan-ti.

Plus...pretty much anything in any later monster manual and most other books, with the exception of the Psionic and epic books and whatever made it into Tome of Horrors.


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I interpret that as "we have to take their ( their referencing minorities) guns away"


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

No. I think it was in this thread above, somewhere, but I hope for a Clinton victory because, I think, when she disappoints all her rad-lib, lesser-evil voters, it will lead to a further radicalization of the fast-food strikers, police abolitionists, Native American water defenders, etc., I've been running with and give us on the Far Left a chance to grow at least as big as we were in the sixties.

But I still hate her and I ain't voting for her.

Actually, come to think of it, I blame Bernie for all this shiznit. If he hadn't run and churned up all these social-democratic Democrat voters, I wouldn't have to run around handing out Jill Stein bumper stickers and could just make "Voting is for ninnies! For workers revolution!" posts like I did in 2012.

So are you hoping that the Democrat party in response will shift more to the left, or that the left leaning third parties could pick up those disgruntled folks?

Because I could see the former but don't see the latter happening.


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based on pop culture, I would guess Moth, Wasp, Roach, Mantis, and Spider would be the most likely Entothrope variations. Although I could see them skipping Spiders since we already have Araneas and Jorogumos, so the "shape-shifting" spider niche is pretty crowded already


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For the rest:

Dragonkin: Personally I have moved the Mharoti Empire to Triaxus, since that world is all about Dragons and it makes more sense for a humanoid dragon to to act as servitors to the various ruling dragons. You could also just put the empire in Casmaron, or have dragonkin hang around the Tian kingdoms.

Gearforged: ancient survivors of the Azlanti?

Jinnborn: I dunno..seems thematically similar to the Suli, so probably just replace that race with this if you like them more.

Shadow Fey: makes sense to have them be a race native to the Shadow Plane. Maybe make Fetchlings there slaves (replacing the neglected Nilhoi)?

Tosculi: Southern Garund. In fact IIRC the hardcover campaign setting even references strange hive like structures in the region.

Trollkin: I would probably treat them similar to how the CS treats Changelings, etc. Just make them pop up in small batches in areas with lots of trolls and similar creatures. Or again Southern Garund.

Were-lions: Again Southern Garund, although I would probably give them a different name if I was treating them as a race.


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Axial wrote:


Darakhul, an undead race of quasi-ghouls. Can pass as human.

Dragonkin, a race of humanoid draconic creatures who are a race unto themselves and hold several dragon-like abilities.

Gearforged constructs made of clockwork and powered by a gem that contains the soul of a mortal being.

Jinnborn, an exotic race of blue-skinned, janni-descended beings who have choose an elemental focus.

Shadow Fey strange and enigmatic humanoid fey who hail from the Plane of Shadow.

Tosculi wasp-like, vermin-esque humanoids who dwell in hives under the direction of their queens, but some break free from the hivemind.

Trollkin{/b] the product of unfortunate couplings between humanoids and trolls, ogres, and other creatures. Their name is a catch-all. They possess a tight-knit, tribal culture and are believed to propagate curses.

[b]Werelions a race of leonine, lycanthropic humanoids who can shift between normal, half-lion, or full lion. Comes in natural or afflicted flavors.

I have yet to get the book sadly, and a couple of these I am less knowledgeable about than others..BUT

Darakhul: I know the least about these, other than that they are "civilized" ghouls. So I would either put them in Nemret Noktoria and reflavor them for that city, or maybe just stick them in the Darklands under Iobaria, if you wanted to keep the flavor intact. I would probably have them as "trueborn" ghouls to contrast their flavor with regular pathfinder ghouls. So Darakhul would be the result of Ghouls/Darakhul procreating, but regular ghouls would be those turned by bite or curse.

...and I have to go and get my annual car inspection, so more later.


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Campbell sounds like someone who would be pretty cool with seeing his creations re-used. From what I have heard Lumley is a bit more protective.


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As someone who is very literally writing a grant to fund scientific research today (YAY PROCRASTINATION), I am not sure you really understand how the scientific process works in regards funding and such.

If scientists were manipulating data to oversell/fake anthropogenic climate change, I can almost certainly guarantee that some other scientist would post a rebuttal. You are just not going to get the majority of the world's climate scientists to agree on ANYTHING, since tearing down the result of other studies is a great way to ensure that your own research is published. Consensus (which is effectively what is going on in climate research) is actually worse for funding situation. If climate scientists really want to ensure future funding they would actually not come to a consensus, because arguing over the most basic questions is a lot more publishable. As is, many of the arguments in the literature of late are more about fine-tuning model parameters or seeing how the models respond or accurately replicate events in geologic record.

Furthermore, NSF and related US funding agencies (and other countries like Australia and the UK I believe have similar problems) have been increasingly getting their funding cut. Grant money is far from easy to get. Its incredibly time consuming with often minimal chances of getting funding, even if you get perfect scores on the evaluation criteria (current funding level is less than 1 in 4 proposals). Often grants have to be submitted 2 to three times, with a 6 month turn around time. And that funding mostly goes to the school via overhead or for funding research expenses. Scientists are not lined their pockets with grant money.

IF you want to look for profit-motivated entities, look to the oil industry, which is a goliath in potential funding versus NSF and other bodies. If researchers were interested in getting sweet funding for their research/labs, they wouldn't be pitching a climate change narrative that says fossil fuels lead to a warming environment. They would be saying the exact opposite and sucking up to Big Oil for research money.


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Given that the overwhelming majority of the people supporting that tax code law are Republicans, my guess is that they are hoping to use it to just screw up the taxes, and not create a more fair code. A lot of tea party folks actually look upon the all the budget hold ups and extensions as something positive. They DON'T want government to work.


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well we have had devil heavy APs and demon heavy APs. So I would really like and AP where Daemons are the big bad.


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Just to show that this problem of gate-keeping isn't confined to gaming, here is a pretty good article about it in birding (which actually references gaming)

Field Glass Ceiling

I think you will note a lot of common complaints. Although personally the "creepy flirting" thing seems less common from what I see, but that is probably because of differences in age demographics between gaming/birding


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Ithaqua is a Derleth contribution and IIRC one of the specially permitted Chaosium monsters for this AP. If he has been mentioned before it almost certainly was only in the Wake of the Watcher or whatever the title of the Carrion Crown volume that had a similar Chaosium IP rich bestiary.


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yeah I think the "paying no taxes" would maybe not hurt him as much as us on the left likes to think

If I were to make a guess:

The taxes show that Trump is by far not nearly as rich as he claims, which Trump may fear will hurt long term business goals

And/or

The documents provide a lot of angles that investigative journals can/will follow up on, which might show some outright illegal activities that could result in severe business and legal consequences.

It would take a truly amazing scandal to shake his base, but his base isn't powerful enough if he loses the election to protect him from legal fallout from anything that gets revealed from his tax documents. The republican party might be going along with him now but will happily throw him under the bus once his usefulness is over.


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Given how little Trump cares about what he says and how little it seems to be influencing his run, you know there has to be some pretty damning material in those tax returns to be so stubbornly resistant to releasing him.


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I would also add to TheJeff's statement that a most of the BLM movement protests have been peaceful, as well as other efforts using the courts and social media. The media is just more likely to report a riot than a peaceful sit in or protest.


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mechaPoet wrote:

To expand on my admittedly cheeky responses from earlier:

'Gamer' is a weird term to identify with, since there seem to be very few hobbies that have a commonly known similar word. 'Hobbyists' is too broad to be applied to any specific community, and I don't think I've ever heard anyone claim it as a full identity, rather than just a descriptor. 'Film buff' is closer, but again acts more as a descriptor for a person rather than a type of person. Somehow, 'gamer' became something that a person can align their identity with rather than just a description.

A 'gamer' is someone who plays games, but the amount of contention in gaming communities over who is or isn't a (real) gamer makes it clear that it has powerful connotations. Chris already touched on this, so I'm not going to go much deeper into this topic since she's already made it clear that those contentious discussions are not welcome on these boards. I'm not interested in having those discussions, just reiterating that they exist and pointing to their existence as a cause and/or symptom of the gamer identity.

Gamer as a label doesn't seem that weird to me because I think most hobby groups develop some handle for themselves, as well as certain lingo, that may be unknown or obscure to those people outside the hobby.

I personally don't consider myself a gamer because the most complex game I have played in the last few years is probably tetris, and video games have just never been a big deal for me. However I do consider myself a birder, that is someone who into birdwatching and bird identification. To a much lesser extent I am a herper...which is someone who does the same but for reptiles and amphibians. I would hazard that almost all people who are outside of these hobbies and not in an adjacent or related hobby probably would have no clue what those things are.

Interestingly, while there is no "gamer-girl" equivalent label in birding, you do get some of the same problems cropping up in how male birders see women birders; Competitive birding has long been dominated by men, and female birders tend to thought of more along the lines of suffering wives or retired grandmas watching their bird feeders. Many men assume that women birders are less experienced, automatically assume rare birds they report are misidentified, and otherwise talk down to them.


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thejeff wrote:
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:

I'm guessing the odds are now about 50/50 that Trump will be "too busy" to do any more debates.

You're up next, Pence, and you only look smart compared to Trump.

We'll see. Doing more debates will likely hurt him, but so will dropping the debates. Beyond the practical concerns, it's all about the ego - can he admit how badly he did by dropping out?

The vice-presidential debate will likely be more traditional and not nearly so much of a blow-out. It also matters far, far less.

It will be interesting to see if this shifts the polls. I suspect it will, but not dramatically. Stopping Clinton's apparent decline and starting a slow rise seems most likely to me. At least until something else dramatic happens.

If he doesn't do the debates, he will just claim as proof that the debates are rigged against him and he would rather spend the time talking to voters. Or argue for some new venue with an overly friendly moderator, and when Clinton won't change the schedule use that as grounds to criticize her


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Worst case scenarios for climate change still put us below peak PETM levels back in the Eocene. Granted that is a pretty alien environment (Crocs above the arctic circle, giant snakes, dwarfing of mammal lineages due to heat, etc), but also pretty far removed from the conditions on Venus.

Here's the thing. we don't need to replicate Venus to cause massive disruption and the fall of our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. We don't even need to get close.

I...never said we did? I just don't think hyperbole is the way to go, because then people double check the hyperbole and realize it's false, and think that obviously anything less than runaway Venus greenhouse is perfectly fine.


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Part of me does wonder...what percentage of viewers were basically hardcore Clinton/Trump supporters, and how many were casuals who could flip between the two.

I mean all my friends and colleagues watched...but there was no way in hell any of us would ever vote for Trump. My suspicion is that, moreso than normal, people were tuning in to see there favorite spar with their nemesis, than out of any need to be convinced.


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I think Hillary did a pretty awesome job, but if you measure winning/losing in poll results post debate I am not sure Hillary gained that much.

Although I am pretty sure Trump didn't gain anything out of the debate at all.


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Raven Moon wrote:

Hillary is just talking in circles. She says one thing then contradicts it. Now she does this in a very general and vague way. I just dont trust anything she says. She really does not care if American lives are lost "What difference at this point does it make" (paraphrased of course). It makes a huge difference. She has spent a career in obfuscation and subterfuge and I just dont trust her. She has yet to present any policy and only presses the vote in a poor way. This vote for me because he is bad, is a piss poor reason. She really does not have much to hold her up based on her record. I see her as little more than a failure being pushed as a quasi Manchurian candidate.

Just my .02 worth. You dont have to agree with me and you dont even have to like it. But you do have to respect my right to say it.

Personally I dont like to see real world politics in my gaming. Gaming is my escape and distraction from real world issues, I dont need the arguments where I go to relax. I cant stop anyone from expressing an opinion here but I can ask to keep it to a minimum. Make the debates elsewhere please.

Thank you for your time
Raven

Well...it's a thread on the presidential debate...if you don't like to mix politics with gaming just don't click on the thread


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Holt took a bit to warm up but did a good job

Clinton kicked ass..to the point that I kind of doubt there will be future debates. Trump started off kind of calm but got rattled pretty quickly and went to crazy town.


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the amount of cheering for Trump from my current home county makes me a sad panda


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did Trump just say "in your president things"


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Trump has the best temperment


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now the moderator is debating Trump


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Also I hear his ten year old is good at computer???


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Oh god he talked about taking the oil...


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the real question is how many swing state voters feel the same way.


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lolz Trump talking about terrible disrespect of a candidate during a debate.


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Trumps says nothing about racial healing


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"no you are wrong Lester Holt"


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stop and frisk and deporting illegals will certainly heal the racial divide...


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I hear our airports are like a third world country????


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"That makes me smart" uh no that makes you an word that would be bleeped out


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flashbacks to the day after Matt Lauer's grilling in his moderation appearance?


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Can Lester Holt just tase Trump everytime he talks over Clinton...


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thejeff wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
That is a very red outfit
Good to get the comment on the woman's clothes out of the way early.

To be fair I would have the same comment on Trump outfit if he walked on stage in a red suit...


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I hear Clinton has been fighting Isis her entire adult life...?


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so far Lester is a pretty crappy moderator


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