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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Well they are going for dark and gritty, not four color, which means in a Shield series, characters are going to die, with most likely Fitz being next, now that Skye has made him redundant.
Nah...Fitz has perhaps one of the most intriguing arcs on the show right now. Simmons and May though...
I'm guessing you didn't stay tuned for next week's preview showing Simmons in her HYDRA uniform hmmmmm?

Well since I wrote that the morning or so before the episode aired, that would have required psychic abilities, so no I didn't :)


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LazarX wrote:
Well they are going for dark and gritty, not four color, which means in a Shield series, characters are going to die, with most likely Fitz being next, now that Skye has made him redundant.

Nah...Fitz has perhaps one of the most intriguing arcs on the show right now. Simmons and May though...


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Mysterious Monsters Revisited references Arcadia as having a race of half Sasquatch creatures, that I think would probably fill the "wookie-like" race niche

I'd like to see a dino race, but one that gets it's inspirations more from our modern views of dinosaurs. so something that maybe looks like a feathered Troodon or deinonychosaur.


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Rynjin wrote:

Because the dumbs.

Or it was the show's way of keeping equilibrium. It killed her off in fear of Xena taking over the cast.

or maybe that was the intention with the character from day one?

Well They also killed Brad Dourif's character off in one episode, even though previous ones had suggested he might be the big bad.


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Were the bad guys a DC reference? I was sort of confused, because I felt I should know their employer, but didn't.


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I'd consider Farscape and the recent Guardians of the Galaxy to both have strong fantasy elements in them.


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Something that might be interesting, I would like feats or other options to give other classes "low level" psychic powers. it's not an uncommon trope for characters to have a certain psychic trick or specialized skill, but not necessarily to the point where it defines their existence


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why are we having discussion of buying a book in a ongoing series that just has "HAHAHA" written for 300 pages? That...would never happen, because editors and publishers are not idiots

You might as well lead with an example such "What if reading the first sentence summons a Balor that then eats all my family members in front of me".


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Dragon78 wrote:
I wish there were more people, other then myself, that was adding stuff to this wish list.

there is so little information available at this point, it's hard to make a wishlist. Knowing the classes at least opens up options on themes and archetypes you wish them to explore.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:


Yeah, it's not about 'owing' anyone anything. 'Owing' implies something much more formal than preordering a book from B&N or Amazon, IMO.

It's really about cause and effect, as you describe. An author can take however long he needs/wants to write the next sequel, but he risks slipping from his readers' minds. Cause and effect.

I suppose it's great that some readers become Fans -- yes, with a capital F -- they're the ones who gave me the heads-up when the latest Wheel of Time book came out! But I prefer a more Zen attitude toward entertainment, like you: "Oh hey, the next X book/movie/game is out!" I find things much more satisfying this way. :)

Yeah this pretty much.

If I like a book/book series, I invest...anywhere from 7 to 30 dollars (depending on where I purchase and the format) per book, and maybe a long weekend or the equivalent time units spread out over a month.

So I don't really feel that an author owes me much, other than an enjoyable read for what I have already paid for. There is so much fiction out there that its not like I can't find something else to read in the meantime.

That's why I kind of get confused on concepts such as "betrayal" or "owing"? Like...an author taking extra long doesn't even come up on my radar as anything like a betrayal. If the author slept with my wife...now that is betrayal...


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I am glad WoTC and Paizo are both making DnD, and from what I have seen of 5E, they are not trying to compete for the same market. I think that is good for the game, because I don't think one company can cater to the rule's heavy 3E fanbase and the rules lite 1E/2E/5E market, without producing something that caters to neither.


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I wanted to like this series, but practically every character (at least for most of the first half of the season) completely lacks anything that could be remotely considered common sense. Also, there is just sooooooooo much padding.


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For me, the ecology sections (and similar material) is actually what makes the book readable. I find page after page of crunch boring, and I can often find cool ideas for encounters or new ways to use a monster from reading those sections.

A huge reason I was never a fan of the 4E manuals, since they seemed to either convert the ecology to crunch or just dump it completely. Looking forward to browsing a copy (although my next hardcover purchase will be the Monster Codex, so probably won't buy it).


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Yeah I expect Zon-Kuthon isn't actually linked directly to any figure from the Lovecraft Mythos, but probably some other sort of cosmic horror separate from Lovecraft stuff AND separate from something like the Dominion of the Black


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I feel like there are elements of that trope in Warhammer before the LoTR movies, and at least talking to gamers it seems like the trope has been around for a long time...


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The "drunken Scotsman" trope seems to have originated largely from gaming (and maybe literature?). Otherwise, yeah the greedy, bearded mining and craftsman dwarves of fantasy are not too different from folklore.

I will try to post a list of dwarf-like races later today from elsewhere in the world (I have to head to work soon). It is a pretty common trope, although in many cases different cultures have such different ideas behind their dwarves that in Pathfinder tradition they would probably be a different creature entirely.

FYI I tend to like to run them like stereotypical german engineers. I kind of hate the drunken Scotsman trope.


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BobtheSamurai wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

spoiler:

I don't remember that happens, but the AP does assume that Arlee Vorlesh (sp?) become a new demon lord.

There are hints in the AP for something like this, but James Jacobs has said this in itself would be a event worth its own AP


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Basically for everyone who argues their are two many books, there are people who argue that their are not enough (or at least not enough GM options, or not enough PC options)


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The Evil Queen wrote:

You forgot the best part about the Knucker...

The Knuckerholes in which it lives, (seemingly endless water pits/holes) that is which makes the creature interesting.

I can see the knucker look like something like the D&D Kazrith, another creature that lives in water holes, and which was obviously inspired by the Knucker.

none of D&D monsters is unique, they are all stolen and corrupted from Mythology, Lovecraft and fairytales if you just search good enough.

NEVER call an Ettercap, Cloaker, Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Julajimus, Zorbo, Aboleth original, they all got links with myths and stories.

meh...maybe they are convergence in ideas to some extent, but I don't think any of these creatures took inspiration from folklore. Most of the older monsters have a well known history of where they come from.

Also, the Lethifold is almost certain an invention from Harry Potter. So if anything, the Cloaker inspired the Lethifold.


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try looking up the plural form, Flagae. I noticed a lot more links using that term


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thejeff wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Skipping ahead a few years each season actually would be kind of cool

I seriously doubt they will do it, but I can hope.

I mean that is ultimately the underlying problem with the premise of the show. A show set around the Batman mythos, yet chooses arguably the most boring period to follow. I could get doing it before Bruce donned the cowl and was training. I could also see doing a year one type show, about him becoming the batman we are all familar with. Even a retired Batman would be cool. Building an entire show around a 13 year old Bruce? not so much.

Or mostly ignore him and the kids who will become villains one day and focus on Gordon and the cops and the corruption and nastiness of Gotham even before all the masked villains.

It seems they want to shoehorn Bruce though into (most?) episodes

I mean I will be incredibly happy if the episode shifts it's focus to the cops and mob. I just sort of don't expect it to. Than again, pilots often have a different tone than the remainder of the series, so we will have to see.


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richard develyn wrote:

In my opinion what you want to do with the OGL is to encourage 3PPs to publish complimentary products rather than competing ones.

I think Paizo is missing trick with this by not opening up Golarion, and in particular APs, to 3PPs.

It's certainly been done before (Glorantha comes to mind). Paizo could state quite clearly that anything published by 3PPs is not consider canon in exactly the same way that 3PP Pathfinder content is not considered canon.

The advantage, however, would be that 3PPs could publish a whole host of AP-supporting material, in much the same way River Nations was but with greater integration, in order to tailor APs to the various diverse tastes which are found around the community. For example we could have:

Additional side-quests or even major new complimentary adventures
Crib-sheets, charts and other GM aids
Hero-lab content
5 and 6 player conversions
Conversions for pre-pathfinder APs
Updates to APs to bring them in line with the new books
Major overhauls to re-imagine the APs for different play styles (more or less RP, more or less combat, etc).

All of these things would support the sales of APs rather than detract from them.

It seems like a win-win situation to me, and if some 3pp wants to write an adventure where Galactus comes down and devours the whole of Varisia - what does it matter? It wont have happened in the *real* Golarion.

Richard

I would rather they didn't. I want to see more original stuff from 3pp products, or exploitation of niches that that Paizo can't or won't support.

Also, I respect the ability of creators to exercise control of their setting. Like it or not, if you open Golarion up to 3pp, lots of people will start getting confused over what is and isn't official material, or what is and isn't fair game for things like PFS. Also, Paizo might find sections of their setting getting developed before the get to them, and suddenly you get fan wars of which version of which nation they want to use


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Skipping ahead a few years each season actually would be kind of cool

I seriously doubt they will do it, but I can hope.

I mean that is ultimately the underlying problem with the premise of the show. A show set around the Batman mythos, yet chooses arguably the most boring period to follow. I could get doing it before Bruce donned the cowl and was training. I could also see doing a year one type show, about him becoming the batman we are all familar with. Even a retired Batman would be cool. Building an entire show around a 13 year old Bruce? not so much.


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Lord Fyre wrote:
Admittedly, I am not sure how I feel about the new, and darker, tone of the series. :/

That was kind of inevitable with the Winter Soldier events though.


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I do think it's interesting that earlier in the thread, people were arguing that you can't paint all the people who complain about Sarkeesian, GamerGate, what have you as misogynists, because the people behind the death/rape threats are an extreme viewpoint that doesn't reflect gamers

But some of those same people think you can paint all feminists as bad, because of a few perhaps extreme individuals

That's a pretty interesting and informative pattern right there.


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Demon's Revisited went to some dark places.

Overall I would say there isn't one single super dark book, but there is material scattered throughout the setting. And some of the worst things are kind of not immediately evident. I am think the various lists of demigod outsiders, and the lists of their areas of concern


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Yeah, it looks like even if Ward becomes an ally, he is going to be motivated for creepy Skye reasons, not for making amends


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DrDeth wrote:
Arnwyn wrote:

And good luck making a living, dear author, if a certain number of consumers begins to think that way.

I already have, and as James knows, I am both a dedicated reader and reviewer.

I have given up on "streched out" series, such as Emberverse and Wheel of Time. Last GRRM book in the series is making me re-think that, too.

And it's not necessary. James Butcher and James Sutter can both write a interconnected "series" of books , featuring the same characters- but are still able to make most books come to a reasonable climax. (Sure, one of the Dresden books does end on a cliffhanger. One. )

Butcher has a extremely dedicated fan base, and each book sells very well. He doesn't feel a need to lead his fans on & on with the promise of some sort of ending that's like the "light at the end of the tunnel" or "pie in the sky, by & by".

As already mentioned, there are elements of "stretched out series" that just are not really simulated well by stand alone books. Now I have seen more "stand-alone" esq book series with those elements, although even they often run into the occasional hiccups

I mean, I adore the Dresden books, but other than both being "broadly" fantasy, both of them try to accomplish very different things and have very different strengths. Specifically the cast of characters is very different in scope, as is the amount of world building and story immersion.


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Damn...after a series of lackluster season premieres of other shows, AoS really knocked it out of the park

Spoiler-filled Highlights

spoiler:

Looks like we get a lot of big bads this season..and they are starting off with a major villain (Absorbing Man), which is excellent

Oh god poor Fitz. That was the saddest thing ever. And the end scene, when we found out Simmons left him and all we were seeing were his hallucinations? way to make it even worse

I was legitimately shocked that they killed off Lucy Lawless in the first episode (especially after the . Will be curious the direction they take her surviving partner. I could see him as an ally to Coulson or yet another person gunning for him.

Grant was suitably creepy, not to mention a bit crazy. Trying to kill yourself by running into a wall. Yeah...

May and Skye didn't have a whole lot to do, so I hope they get more time next episode.

Also...what was in that box? and what is with the new artifact? part of me wonders if it is the Life Gem (and possibly explaining how the one Hydra agent is still alive from the prologue), but I am not sure they would introduce an infinity stone outside of a movie.


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Okay...found the deviantart reference (which might be considered vaguely NSFW

http://humon.deviantart.com/art/Kaster-439881577


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Is there some sort of (non-legit) source you can provide?

Like...I can't even find a online hit, and this is not even remotely triggering recognition with me.


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Having read over the "GamerGate" issue over the weekend, I agree with Werthead. This is less about "ethics in game reporting" and more about a boyfriend's petty revenge and slut-shaming. I absolutely believe that if a woman posted these same claims about a ex, not only would this never have been blown up, but people would have gone after the poster.


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LazarX wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:

The Arcadians have already been interacting (we presume) with the Linnorm King colonists for five thousand years. That's five thousand.

One presumes that they'll be ready for mere pseudo-USA types after dealing with Vikings for five thousand years.

You mean like the American Indians were? The Andorans will be invading with better magic and better tech, possibly better numbers as well, pretty much the same paralell.

Except that Adam Daigle, who has Arcadia as his pet region, has flat out stated that Arcadia has a comparable power level to Avistan


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yeah....it wasn't bad, but all the beating over the head with batman references did not do the show any favors. Let's concentrate on Gordon and Bullock, and Gotham's corruption. I do not need to see baby batman villains, or nods and winks towards certain character eventually becoming super-villains. That just makes me wonder "Why is this show not about Batman?"


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Dragon78 wrote:

Polymorph spells to change into fey would be nice. Though not exactly related it has been a long time coming for such spells.

Since faeries were really popular during the hey days of spiritualism especially by people such as sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so some fey themed stuff would be nice.

Yeah but Fey are already really established as part of Pathfinder. What would you have involving fey that touches upon occult themes but was distinctive from all the current fey stuff?


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As as a straight white male, I think it's reaching a bit to say that acknowledging the existence of trans/gay/lesbian characters is heavy-handed.

The way people bring up the few examples that are here and there, one would think all we have gotten in the last year for books was Gay Pride Parades of the Inner Sea , the Trans Characters Player Companion , and an AP about legalizing gay marriage in Cheliax.

All we have gotten, as far as I can recall, is one item (which has other uses), the backstory of two iconics (one of which happened in the comics, and the other is essentially web only) and a few NPCs in adventures, whose sexuality generally isn't treated as something special.


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GreyWolfLord wrote:

I'm with those that say the Warlock conversion type PF class isn't here yet.

Dragonriders would be another that someone mentioned.

How about conversions of the OA classes (though some would say they were just reflavored Wizards or clerics) like the Shukenja, Wu-Jen, Sohei, Yakuza, and Bushi?

Based on what little information we have gotten, it sounds like the Kineticist from Occult Adventures might fill the "warlock niche"


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Helcack wrote:
I'd like there to be something to make the rogue viable... Maybe something like masterpieces but called rituals for the rogue that let them use specific spells or create unique effects.

I suspect you should be looking at Pathfinder Unchained, not Occult Adventures, for that particular niche


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ShadowcatX wrote:
If you want to see strong female characters who aren't defined by their relationships with men, check out A Game of Thrones if you haven't already.

Oddly enough my first thought was that there are actually several examples in that series of men defined by women. Jaimie I would argue is heavily defined as by his relationship with Cersei and later Brienne


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Game of thrones is a bit of a weird case. In that it's super-hyped, and the TV show constantly keeps fans reminded of it.

Prior to the show, I loved the books, but didn't notice or mind the wait. Because there are a million of other books to read, so I had plenty to keep my occupied. There also wasn't any looming pressure of the show catching up and all those related issues.

Personally, I think it's a good idea for authors to steadily publish their work at a regular pace

BUT...I don't think an author owes it to me to write a future volume to be published at x date. I think that is a bit of entitlement coming into things. The writing process is different for everyone, and I would rather an author take the extra time to make a good book than get an inferior product.


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Any chance we might get a book of dinosaur folk?


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Yeah...I have to say, of fantasy books written in the last few decades (and thus readily available and familiar to people born after 1980, vanishingly few use Vancian. Either they use something somewhat similar to spell points (Dresden, WoT, etc) or magic is mostly NPC only and either poorly known or the mechanics undescribed (Song of Ice and Fire, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, etc).


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LazarX wrote:
Arashi wrote:
I like what they have made so far, but I want more. Like mechs and starships.
Mechs? what, Annihilator Robots not enough for you? Starships? You've got one whose pieces are the size of cities... what more could you ask for?

I don't see what is wrong with the request. Presumably they want stats/rules for those things because they want to incorporate them into the game


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Auren "Rin" Cloudstrider wrote:

a child may have had less time to train than an adult when you measure lifespans, but a child who starts younger or takes their education more seriously is going to be more powerful than an adult who never took their education seriously. and even then, only the more recent years of experience in ones life matter, because as new skills are learned, old ones are tossed aside and forgotten, and as ones lifestyle changes, so does their body. when my boyfriend was in the third grade, he was pretty small, the size of a first grader, completely untrained at the time, and he beat the snot out of big beefy highly trained school security guards in unarmed combat, i'm talking 6'7" 350 lbs school bouncers were beaten by a boy who wasn't even 60 lbs or wasn't much taller than 4 feet in their own arena. he wasn't even that muscular and was a 0 level schoolboy, beating up 2nd level Rangers with his bare hands. he was practically unphased with 6 or more unconscious school cops.

my boyfriend can lay quite the smackdown and he still can, in fact, decay has made him weaker at it. but how do age penalties make sense when a 60 lbs 8 year old boy can singlehandedly defeat 6 350+ pound highly trained school bouncers with his bare hands without any prior training. without a scratch even?

firstly, we aren't debating that one child can be ahead of one other adult.

That's been covered above.

we are specifically on the subject that the character creation rules are for creating an adult character, and that your boyfriend would have been weaker than his adult self, not his middle aged self, but is prime, 18-24 year old self.

also as to the story of 350 lb school guards?
Fat guys i wouldn't count as "2nd level rangers" by any means.

What school does a 3rd grader go to where it's populated by SIX "highly trained" combat school guards? Xaviers school for gifted youngsters?

Im not buying that story, sorry.

Auren is known for "creative" posts. Personally I would ignore them and assume they are some sort of weird roleplay, rather than anything that is actually real.


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I'll agree that it is far short of what other systems can do for sharing control, but for the D&D family, it's still heads and tails above all the other versions.

Bad DMing, in my experience at least, is mostly due to inexperience and not being able to keep details consistent in your head. 3rd edition provides a major safety net in this regard; few DMs would deliberately setup a span that was flat out impossible, and most would be more likely to look at the chart to see what a good baseline was than just spouting out a number....

I assume that most people who are driven away from a TTRPG are new players, who definitely are not going to have the experience and knowledge base to know if their DM is typical of game DM's, or just really bad. That first impression is what matters more about "growing" the hobby, and its relevant for all rpgs. Yeah, 3E has lots of rules to constrain what a DM can do, but I think it's a bit much to expect a novice player to be able to sort that stuff

With experienced players, odds are they won't stick with a bad DM for long; after all, they know what to expect from a game. The only exception is of course if DM's are locally rare, and they might not have a choice. Although easy to set up games such as 5E might encourage more DMs

Of course, you can argue that while 3E/4E limit somewhat the mischief a bad DM can do, you could also argue that by putting so much power in players hands, it increases the likelyhood that a player will use RAW to break a game and generally create a unwelcome environment for new gamers. So I would probably argue that all things being equal, no game really is better in this area.

I will however accept one exception. I think a rules light system could be very problematic for any sort of organized play environment, like PFS. Not sure really how WoTC will handle the new edition in that regard.


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Simon Legrande wrote:


What makes you believe that women not wanting to be scientists is something that can be overcome? Or did you mean there are barriers to women who want to become scientists but ultimately don't because of said barriers? If the latter, what barriers would you say exist? Are they the same barriers that Marie Curie faced in the 1890s or Shirley Ann Jackson faced in the 1960s?

I can't imagine a single case of any older female telling any younger female that she needs to grow up to be a mommy and nothing else. I'll give you that it may happen, but cases where it does are extreme outliers these days....

The barriers might not be as bad as they were for Marie Curie, but they are there. As someone who was (and hopefully will soon again) involved in Academia, and has a lot of friends are female scientists, I can certainly attest it's a problem.

First, lets consider the academic environment, which is heavily focused on getting tenure, which in turn involves publishing a lot of papers and winning a lot of grants. This often involves 7 day of work a week, and often long evening hours on top of your normal work load. For men, this isn't an issue. A lot of male scientists I know in my field basically postpone starting a family until later in life (which if fine if you have a younger wife...it's not like you can't father children at 50). Alternatively, they have wives not in academia, and so a lot of the family stuff falls on the wife.

Now...what if you are a woman? By the time you land a position, you are probably in your thirties. What if you want to start a family? You can't postpone it another decade...peak child bearing years are likely to occur before tenure. Sure there is maternity leave, but faculty when judging tenure packages don't factor in child rearing. So you are probably going to have less papers and grant than your colleagues that are also up for tenure. Add in that a lot of colleagues often just don't get why you are spending time on this family stuff and not your NSF grant proposal

And all of that is assuming you have considerate spouse that supports your career. A LOT of men still have at least subconscious expectations that the woman in the relationship will still do a lot of the housework and child raising.

Than we get into the whole boy's club that is entrenched into academia, which is a sad reality we don't really like to think about. There are lots of researchers who don't think women should work on certain subjects, or do field work, or have their personal lives evaluated in a way that a man wouldn't.

I started typing out a bunch of anecdotes from my friend, but then realized that even in an anonymous manner I probably should probably not share them. Let's just say I have had friends that were:

forbidden by their male significant others from pursuing certain fellowships/opportunities,

been told they should just get married, and not do research by established researchers,

have been creeped out, hit on, and even sexually assaulted by male colleagues, advisors, and other researchers

Have had projects yanked out and given to male researchers with less senority and experience

Been prohibited from field work, or designated with menial tasks such as camp cook when allowed

Those are just off the top of my head. I am sure if I sat and thought about it more I could think of even more examples.


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It's a question of what makes it good D&D movie, rather than just a good fantasy movie. It may be that the lack of an obvious answer to that and thus the lack of obvious direction to go with the project helped handicap the prior ones.

As a sort of side question, for all the...

How many theatrically released genre movies we have gotten anyway in the last decade that haven't been sequels, reboots, prequels, or adaptations of existing material? I don't know if the lack of success of original fantasy movies really matter when there are so few fantasy or original movies made to begin with


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Indeed...a rules light system has less moving parts, and so is much harder to crank out endless rules supplements. I think 5E HAS to do a slower release schedule than 3E or 4E, If they want the edition to remain viable for the long-term.


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sunshadow21 wrote:

And that approach worries me, a lot. For one, they've tried it twice before, and it has yet to actually work. For whatever reason, the brand doesn't have the cross platform appeal that WotC wants it to have. Second, no matter how insignificant tabletop gaming is, it's still the...

WoTC's major profit earner is not DnD, it's Magic. DnD is just an ancilliary source of income. How much effort should they devote to it? How much effort do you expect Hasbro wants them to devote to it? There are something like...what? 6 designers dedicated to DnD, with the first adventure given to a 3pp to do. How many releases do you think 6 developers could by their itself, which are not simply rehashes of 4E and 3E books?

A slow and steady approach probably is the most viable avenue for them right now.

As for Brand, one really successful movie could more than make up for all of DnD sales in a year. That is at least one avenue Hasbro seems to be interested in pursuing, given their current legal fight with Sweetpea.


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sunshadow21 wrote:
Ffordesoon wrote:
Have you played 5e yet, sunshadow? Honest question.
Haven't had a chance, and frankly, will be very, very picky about the group I choose to do so with. It has a lot of potential to be really good with the right group, and I will wait for the right group to try it; no point in doing anything else. I just don't believe that WotC can afford for everyone to take that approach or worse, try it out with the wrong DM and hate it.

I am confused on how this is any different from any version of the game. A bad DM experience is going to turn you off the game; it doesn't matter what edition you play.

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