I disagree, because its a GAME. It's not real combat or a life threatening endeavor. Regardless of how many "man hours" you've put into leveling your imaginary persona the goal is for everyone to sit at the table and have fun playing the GAME. If one of my guys deploys and has no clue what he's doing or which end the bullets come out of, THATS putting your allies in danger. If a player at my table is rocking a fighter in padded armor and wielding a cudgel then the rest of us have to be that much smarter and luckier to survive. All part of being a "hero" playing a GAME for FUN.
Well as it happens I'm part of a select minority that is not allowed to join the military because we practice extremely dangerous fighting arts that only WE can do. We're basically too dangerous for the military.....One time, on a city bus, I wrecked a guy.
(bonus points if you recall that thread)
Freehold DM wrote:
I want to shun you, set, for not liking archetypes but I'm with him on alternate class abilities SOOOOOOOOOO MUUUUUUUUCH I'm willing to let it slide. Also love giff and spelljammer, butmourn the loss of the scarred lands, so tthat's balanced. Bur I note you did not mention Werewolf the apocalypse in your white wolf hug. Therefore I'm going to only s you instead of shun.
Bigots who try to justify why they're bigots.
Bigots who pretend otherwise.
"Intellectuals" that label military members as mindless drones.
My fellow military members that think they're Captain America.
Armchair generals and conspiracy theorists that think they have the slightest clue what the CIA/FBI/NSA/SOCOM is actually doing or planning.
Trendy movie goers that have fallen into the "hate every genre movie that comes out" syndrome that cropped up somewhere around 2002. You whined about a lack of comic book/sci fi/fantasy movies forever and now they exist.
The one that always comes to mind (because my current group, running 3 years strong from the fallout of the DM in question), is the DM we had that continuosly paused combat and the narrative to check his computer based notes. Thats what we thought at the time. We finally figured out he was pausing the game to PVP WITH HIS DAOC CHARACTER.
I genuinely find the Golarion dieties lacking. I miss the FR gods.
My first DM experience was with basic in 1991....and I gave out magical armor very reminiscent of the 'Predator'.
I base my characters off metal/rock songs. Its like I have visions when I'm listening to music and the characters just appear in my head.
I'm a military Forward Air Controller.
I love fighters and rogues, and no, I don’t multiclass or use archetypes.
I HATE dinosaurs, unusual races as PC's (catfolk, Kenku, etc.), Eberonn, and Steampunk.
I loathed Rise of the Runelords. The pace and plot threads worked terribly in my opinion and I hope
Karzoug drops a meteor on Sandpoint and/or it gets pulled into the mists. Insert Domain Lord Bruthazmus.
The following classes are banned when I DM: Gunslingers, Summoners, Ninja, and Samurai. If the latter two were being used in a different thematic flavor (like a desert shadow cultist, or elven devotee of the sword for example) that’s fine. What actually happens is the table having to listen to your horrendous anime "accent". Double NO for Ninja aspirants who don’t know who Sho Kosugi is.
Paladins will always be Lawful Good to me, and should be played as if they were the epitome of military officer. If this engenders confusion, watch Band of Brothers for details, particularly for Captain Winters.
Looks like things are off to a great start, and I'm surprised by how much work has been done already.
As some of my biggest concerns are character appearance and animation, I only have two big observations: The armor looks great, and I'm glad it looks like armor and not a bodysuit with massive NFL shoulders. Secondly, I couldnt see the dwarf avatar very well, and am concerned the dwarves will be relegated to fat little men that run like they have a rash.
Please, no little fat men with rashes...
So we're back to bashing the Pathfinder rogue because its a thief and not a stabby machine from Azeroth. The only difference between a Fighter and Samurai is the dogmatic code the Bushi paid lip service to. Sure, in Pathfinder they can be "magical karate warriors" if you want them to be, but in actuality you're talking about an asian themed fighter with ranks in poetry, banzai pruning, and bullying the peasantry.
If the production company sets out to make a D&D movie that focuses on the game itself you're looking at financial failure. A niche movie that a few hundred implacable grognards will cheer at is a bad move. The movie needs a comprehensible story, relatable characters, and the allure of ancient vistas, combat, and special effects. Take that for what its worth, but the people who actually make the movie are going to be constrained within those boundaries if they want a successful franchise. That's not to say they should cop out and make "the worst movie ever", but the target audience CAN NOT be D&D players. Your average movie goer that loves sci fi, fantasy and action is where the money will be. They key is finding a balance between a movie like Iron Man and Kingdom of Heaven. (IMO)
Ironic how we've advanced to the point that we (gamers/nerds/whatever) are upset at negative portrayals of us, but anyone who doesn't fit the stereotype is OK to make fun of. For instance a poster on these forums referring to Vin Diesel as a mindless action star. Someone who plays D&D and has successfully written/directed/starred in two films showcased at Cannes is not what I'd describe as mindless.
We want the media and our peers to stop viewing us negatively, but anyone attractive, fit, with social skills is worthy of our derision.
I'm 36, and I enjoy holding hands and windy walks. Also crossfit..
Reading Elric, the Hobbit, the Belgariad/Mallorean, and Lankhmar books incited a riot in my brain that demanded D&D. Started with 1st edition even though 2nd was out (while in Rabbinical school). Played all versions. Became obsessed with the oWoD as a fresh boot in the Chair Force.
Now my ADD is so bad that my love for a good story and character detail loses out to my need for rolling initiative roughly half the time.
While I've gravitated between grognard and new school for years now,I'd never go back to pre 3rd edition.
My first thought is to ask if you're party is a group of friends or a gaggle of competitive strangers bent on mercenary wealth and fame. An adventuring group should be friends, or at a minimum "brothers in arms". If someone in my group is a tool and I'm the designated medic, or even just someone capable of healing, I should still be healing them. IC, you're braving dangers together and putting your lives in each others hands.
Otherwise you're pretending to be angry adolescents wandering the wilds with sharp sticks.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
NKorea has China backing it, 100%. Thats makes a huge difference. Plus, NKorea has nothing the US wants. That also makes a difference, sadly.
I think Mahmoud is a politician, and like all politicians is full of bluster. Going Nuclear will just give them global leverage that they've been seriously wanting. He can say what he wants but he isnt going to nuke Israel unless he's backed by the other big global fish that dont give a fig about Israel: Russia and China.
IMO Israel attacking would be a mistake because it would just give validation to their opponents. If it actually happened, Israel would kick Irans teeth in, and Iranian citizens would suffer terribly for having bad leadership (on both sides).
Things I ban/avoid when I GM (D&D):
Firearms of any kind. The gunslinger concept is borderline special needs to me.
Multiclassing for bonuses. If it doesnt fit into whats happening to you RIGHT NOW in the story I cant allow it. "Im taking a level of Barbarian so I can rage now". No you're not, move along.
RP'ng Sexual encounters. Not just no but hell no. The game table isnt a therapy group for your inability to "close escro".
"Insta-win" spells like Baleful Polymorph.
The Annis Hag. We'll never get those 30 mins of gametime back after giggling over the Anus Hag.
Not the most innovative way to suicide the party, but it worked: The pc's teleported into a castle held by Zhentarim commanders, who were equal in level and number to the party (5x10th). They did no scouting, no divination, nothing. With listen checks they confirmed the location of the command room where the staff was planning. With no pre-combat spells or tactics they just decided to have the fighter kick the door down and charge in while they "backed her up" (against her protests). She charges into the room, right between two of the prepared commanders (a Blackguard and a rogue/assassin). She's evicerated in one round, the party screams like 10yr olds and frantically try to teleport away while soiling themselves.
I felt bad because the party pressured her into charging in and she was too new at the game to feel confident protesting. She's had a grudge against that group ever since.
+1 to this. One of my additional duties is to serve as a Victims Advocate for victims of sexual assault on base. I've never seen a fantasy book tackle this the "right" way, and the victims reaction afterwards is never on point with reality, which makes me think the writer did zero research and simply dug into their bag of tricks to get a reaction.
One can also say that Pathfinder plays lie a video game as much as an rpg. If some insist on using the 4E = MMO reference.
I'm sorry, I have to call BS on this. If Pathfinder plays like a video game at all, its because most RPG's and MMOs base a lot of their tropes on established "D&D-ism's". Pathfinder is emblematic of much of what makes D&D special. I understand you have a knee jerk reaction to people here talking smack about 4th, but seriously, that dog will not hunt.
"His name is Robert Paulson"
"His name is Robert Paulson"
"His name is Robert Paulson"
FWIW (coming from an 18 year Rabbinical student turned U.S. "warmonger")
The question of "why" with regards to the religious aspect and obvious hypocritical viewpoint can easily be answered with two words: tradition and survival. A lot of the Christian dogma regarding homosexuality, divorce, etc. stems from the rules set forth by ancient Jews (my people) in order to maintain a level of cultural stability and sustained tribal propogation. Some of those rules made sense back then, for whatever reason, and due to tradition remain the same. These rules and biases having naturally transfered over to the Christian religion, are now grounded in whats considered the "moral fiber" of the West. At some point logic was used to come up with these rules, then bastardized, then attributed to Gods will. Whatever. Its like the age old argument we have with our Rabbis:
-"Why cant we mix dairy and meat? Why cant we eat pork?"
At any rate, I find it ironic that this mentality about homosexuality (and womens rights, divorce, etc) is derided and condemned by modern Jews (NON orthodox), and you'll find that any Reform Temple is welcome to the LBGT community. In fact my last Rabbi was a woman, and her brother was a post-op transgender.
Male, 35. I enjoy windy walks and holding hands...er..
I've been playing since age 10, and have gone through Basic, 1st Ed. 2nd Ed., 3.0, 3.5, 4th, and Pathfinder. Although between 94' and 2001 I playmed more White Wolf than D&D.
Last Sunday I hit 18yrs as a USAF Ground Forward Air Controller. My gaming group is 50% active or retired military and 50% male (6 of us).