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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 3,120 posts (3,137 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Yeah if you are on a budget that sounds great Muad'Dib but I don't consider battle mats to be expensive. I do fully support beer and bourbon however.

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Hi, Welcome.

XP, just say no.


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Ah a classic. Pass the salt please!


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3 pages and still talking about supers.....might I recommend a snack?


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What is this.....I don't even......You monster!

:p


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Ashiel wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Because it's horrible that men like to look at nekkid women?
Some of my girl friends and I talk about sex and swap porn. Which of us is more of a monster?

Need to hear more to be able to make a decision.

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Baby Daddies

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Bioboygamer wrote:

Finally, and I save this one for last for a reason, is that one of the players annoys the heck out of me. He only ever uses cantrips, even against incredibly powerful enemies, and after I made the mistake of allowing him to make his own spell, he uses it almost exclusively. Annoyingly enough, it does more damage than any other cantrip, and apparently creates magical snow that can be eaten to regain 2 HP, but only once per day per character. He points out his 2 HP of healing incessantly, constantly argues that the cold spell should freeze or slow the enemy, and his idea of roleplaying is to talk in an awful indian accent. He has almost no interest in doing anything himself in combat, placing more focus on his monkey familiar than his character who's backstory was directly ripped from a book series that the player had talked to me about at the time. His character's name is literally "Gandalf" wit one letter changed, he refuses to use an actual paper character sheet rather than fumbling with a PDF file that takes 3 minutes to load whenever he goes from one page to another, he seems to fail to grasp the concept of "Just because this creature shares a name with a creature from Harry Potter, it does not mean that they are the same creature", and he repeats things 7 or 8 times, even after people have told him that they understand or that they heard him the first time.

So why don't I kick him out?
Well, the thing is, I honestly don't think that he does any of it deliberately. Everyone in the group, myself included, has some form of...well, let's just say "problems with socialization". So, I honestly can't be judgemental, since he's not doing these things to be a jerk, and I don't know whether he just doesn't know better, or if it's a behavioral thing. Not only that, but we barely have enough people for the group as it is, and I can't afford to lose anyone. Besides, I invited him personally, and even if I find him disruptive, I don't know if the other players feel the same. So, one way or another, I can't kick him out. I honestly like having him around in the group, but he just gets on my nerves. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could deal with this?

Try to focus on the best parts of the game as you can. If you come across sore points in your sessions try and avoid them or limit them to maximize your fun and avoid unfun pitfalls. You may have to go through some growing pains to figure out how to do this. Keep in mind that you want to make things better so focus on that and don't let the bad drag you down.

Sometimes we love our friends as much for their faults as we do their strengths. Since y'all are new to this I think you need to give him a chance. I would recommend discussing things in as positive a way as possible. I would be sure to tell him that his slow loading PDF is lagging the game and ask him to print a copy. Also, I recommend thinking of positive ways to mention to him that repeating himself over and over is not necessary.

Now the bad news, there may reach a point he bothers everyone to the point there is no changing the behavior. That means there is no fun for the rest of you. Sometimes your best friends make the worst gamers. There may be a point you just have to ask him to leave for sake of everyone else or yourself. I hope you can work things out though and it doesn't come to this.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Pan wrote:
How can you not like IPA?

Overly-glib answer: I'm not a trendy hipster.

But, no, seriously, I don't mind the style as it used to be -- Yard's IPA is a great example of one I actually enjoy. It's got a lot of hops, but it would still be a very good beer if you took them away. What I despise is the more recent trend of "hop blasting" to the point where there's no attempt at balance and the hop-water "beer" just tastes like some over-eager kid brewer is trying to win a bet.

Ah ok yeah I can certainly see that. There is also a trend on right now to turn every style of beer into an IPA. I have seen Rye-PA, White-PA, Red-PA, etc. I don't mind the style at all but things have gotten to ridiculous proportions. Now that you mention it I have been shying away from IPAs at the pubs a bit since its difficult to find a decently balanced one.

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Bards....All Bards.

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Maybe online ads for YouTube?

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Its gotten ridiculous when it comes to overhead bags. people bring the hugest heaviest small bags they can pack. Then fight for overhead spots. I used to get stuck at the back of the plane then I have to sit and wait for Granny Smith to get her bag down and wheel it out. After granny smith its Cheapo McPacks everything and his borderline rule breaking bags with his family.

I have had a lot of luck going up to the desk and telling them I'll check my bag if they wave the fee and move me to the front. Works more often than not. So many people bring so many bags they always need folks to check theirs.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:


Bigger problems with people who take up all the luggage space for carry ons......

don't even get me started on carry on baggage and overheads.

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The guards room full of hammocks the PCs use to sleep for the night is a great place to have a hidden mimic. Freaked one of my players out so bad his PC would destroy every hamock he came across the rest of the campaign.

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On a related note, I had to tell some jerk at a show to turn off his damn spotlight while recording the show on his phone on Monday night. Seriously the thing lit up like a fog lamp was super annoying. He was kind enough to refrain after being asked nicely to stop by about 15+ people around him.

Seriously at a live venue this seems to be the latest thing. Recording 13 seconds of your favorite band. Does it ever come out more than a silhouette of a man playing guitar and sound like snap crakcle and pop?

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Its illegal to make cell blockers to carry around personally, but going to the movies may be worth the risk.

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I'd say im a simple dude too then......

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Homebrew and bourbon mostly. On occasion we get pizza or chinese food.

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Thats some imagination there I guess.

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How about the answer to every situation is ultraviloence guy? You know the type that goes into a tavern and if a patron bumps him he draws his weapon and runs him through. Just walks around looking for fights at the slightest provocation and always overacts to the situation. Good times....not really but you catch my drift.

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Experience points best to ditch them and keep progression under the hood. YMMV.

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Carrion Hill and Wake of the watcher would team up nicely. I also really enjoyed souls of smugglers shiv which if you are going for a sandbox feel is my vote for number 1. Bonus since the rest of serpent skull is not very good.

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I had not been doing any TTRPG for several years after my hooplehead friends wore me out. I was playing MMOs at the time and it wasnt very satisfying. To spare myself the headache of playing with my friends again, I decided to try out meetup and PFS. Good choice met some cool people and got back into TTRPG where I belong.

After awhile I met some good folks and we decided to try out an AP. First I heard of them but I was down. CotCT was my first foray into the adventure paths. It was too bad our CotCT bombed out and had to make some readjustment. Got back into it with Kingmaker. Finished Kingmaker and moved into Serpent Skull. Serpent skull fell apart because of GM burnout. I am stepping in soon and running Mummy Mask.

Since starting my first group I got tagged for a second group. I ran Carrion Crown from start to finish 2.5 years. Now I have rotated out and am playing in Jade Regent. When JR completes I'll be taking over again for Iron Gods.

I think the thing that hooked us was having a nice campaign outline. The APs ending around level 14 was a feature becasue we dont like high level play much. The players guides are much appreciated since they really help with chargen.

My AP journey so far.

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I want Pannekoeken!

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I wrote this long thing up about why I prefer gritty lower level games but it got gobbled :( Basically I cant relate to high powered beings and prefer closer to life PCs. I read stories like Game of Thrones and Pillars of Earth and wish I was playing a character in that type of story. I read lord of the rings and comics and they are a nice light hearted fantasy escape but dont engage me. YMMV.

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Sometimes your best friends make the worst players. Prepare to eject problem player. If he is a good friend he will get over it.

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Magic items are not really all that interesting or special in PF/3E. I tend to just give up on story elements of items and just let the PCs buy what they want. I focus my energy on the plot and NPCs and the adventure. I found its just too much work for too little payout.

The one thing thats got me itching to try out 5E is the seperation of magic items from the system that sounds lovely!

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TTRPG community is too small to sustain several games that cater to vastly different playstyles. So every discussion is a fight to the death to get the game tailored specifically to personal tastes for one camp or the next.

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I think there are more ways to have fun with this than suprise love childs and giving PCs VD. How about PCs wander into an unknown town. Rico Suave the fighter does his usual routine and goes looking for tail at the tavern. Rico flirts with a local gal (lets call her sarah) and takes her to the inn for the night.

Flash forward the PCs are invited to the Mayor/Baron/some rich well to do's place for diner/ball/adventure request. While there, sarah is also there, but is really (lets say Shayla) the well to do's daugther/wife/what have you. The other PCs can get a chance to recongize shayla as sarah from the tavern (perception/sense motive) but Rico definitely knows its her. You can take it from here.

This to me seems like a lot more fun. Especially, since curing dieases is so easy. You can do alot better than filth taint fever.

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No need PF is backwards compatible you already have the warlock.

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Well forgettable realms is the core setting they are running with so your ultimate favorite already got brought.

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Personally if I wanted weird west I'd be playing Deadlands.

This. I use PF for fantasy and if I feel like a different genre I tend to use different systems. My experience leads me to believe D&D/PF is not a one size fits all system. Of course you can try and lots of people suceed but for me I like variety and prefer it over smashing PF/D&D into every mold. YMMV.

If I do restrict a class its usually because I find it to be problematic mechanically at the table. The list is pretty small.

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Eventually folks will catch wind of some guy running around with corpses all the time and send a paladin after him I would think.

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Thats not how I interpret apearance. Its not pure physical attractiveness otherwise you wouldnt be scared of cthulhu you'd want to hump him. It's about how the individual carries themself. Through your appearance you are more noticable and therefore can effect those around you better because of it. You could have a scarred face pirate captain who is fugly but he uses his ugliness to intimidate people thus explaining his Cha bonus. If your body is changed through various means, you would adapt the way in which you use your charisma bonus not become more/less ugly.

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Come sit, and listen awhile

One evening as the moons came up and the temple fire was burning
Down the path came a murderhobo hiking and he said boys I'm not turning
I'm headin for a realm that's far away beside the crystal fountains
so join the party and we'll go and see the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains there's a land that's fair and bright
Where the XP grows on bushes and you sleep out every night
Where the laws are all empty and you would kill the sheriff anyway
On the swords and the boards and the barmaid hoards
Where hostages get saved after we been paid
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains all the guards have wooden legs
And the monsters all have rubber teeth and the barkeeps handover their kegs
The farmer's barns are full of loot, if they say no feel free to slay
Oh, I'm not bound to go where there ain't no gold
where those townsfolk should have killed us the truth be told
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains you never worry about locks
and if folks are home you just run them through there’s no time for talks
the paladins have to tip their helms and all the lawful good are blind
If the party knew I’d kill them too
bury the dead without their gear is the thing to do
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, dungeons are made of tin
And you can walk right out again as soon as you are in
so I'm a goin to stay where you flay all day
Where they hung the jerk that invented role-play
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

I'll see you all next Monty Haul in the Big Rock Candy Mountains

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Kenjishinomouri wrote:

WE NEED EBERRON, DRAGONLANCE, FORGOTTEN REALMS, GHOSTWALK, RAVENLOFT.....

Who is we? Do you have a turd in your pocket?

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Burping quietly away next to me is the porter I put down this weekend. In a few weeks it will be time to add the American oak medium toast cubes soaked in Eagle Rare bourbon. This baby is probably about 6 months from the table but when its ready its divine.

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This didn't happen to me but a close friend of mine. He was starting up a new game and advertised for it since he needed a few players to round out the party. He sends out a detailed email explaining chargen, the AP he was using, a couple of his house rules, and a few things he bans from his games.

One of the join ups sends a forwarded response asking questions about everything covered in the email. "What stat generation? Which AP are we going for?" /facepalm Then he begins to describe his characters background story and it was like 1500 words im not kidding. It was all kinds of weird things like, "dancing bear trainer, canoe maker, and ginseng smuggler." Thats just the things I remember. We had a good laugh about how the character would be like 900 years old to have all these experiences.

The he got down to mechanics and was like "I'm thinking ranger then into sorc, and then gunslinger for my first three levels. I am thinking witch for level 4. "Oh my race is human but I have orc blood too so im a human and half-orc." I told my friend to uninvite this guy asap! He was a trooper though and considered his enthusiasm as a good thing.

Fast forward about a dozen sessions and they finally had a falling out. Guy actively worked to derail every plot. When the party faced a difficult situation or foe, guy just wanted to quit the quest and just farm beets and raise chickens. He was finally asked to leave.


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Kids, really, its fine as long as you use point buy.

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Calybos1 wrote:

I hear that many viewers were shocked and offended by the presence of--brace for it--kissing being depicted on the show. "Grossly sexual and unsuitable for family viewing" was one typical complaint.

'Cuz, y'know, cooties.

Oh you should have heard them when Captain Jack was on the show.


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Shhhhhhhh just play you fools!!!!

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I dont use XP anymore and am not a big fan of differing levels in the party. That said, this is probably close to end of being able to have a PC start at level 1 otherwise they are probably going to get wiped out right from the start. Adventuring around with that handicap often is going to be super annoying. Is this how it will be going forward or is this a one time arrangment?

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For me the AP is an adventure campaign outline. I just dont have the time and energy to plan a full blown campaign. I do make my own edits and changes as I feel neccesary. Its nice to have a skeleton to work with. My players love them too becuase APs have a theme and the players guide allows them to buy into the adventure. I rotate duties so I only purchase APs I plan to run at somepoint. I dont want to spoil them if I end up a player.

So far the APs are great but none of them have been perfect. I dont have an out of the box mindset when I purchase an AP. I fully expect to have to do a little work to make it right for me and mine. The APs are excellent reading material and the bestiaries make them useful even after you have run them for future ideas.

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Bill Dunn wrote:

I think 5e will compete pretty strongly with PF simply for the fact that it is D&D. That brand means a lot. Just look at the edition wars - what's that all about? At it's most fundamental level, It's about being D&D players. Why else would people go to such effort to criticize 4e or backlash against those criticisms? Why else would people cling to their favorite sacred cows/sacred cow hamburger? It's because they want to be D&D players (or still be D&D players) and have the currently supported edition be an edition they can identify themselves as D&D players with.

That's going to be pretty stiff competition.

The real reason is that D&D was the one game that rules them all. Its the most popular game out there with the most support. The difference bewteen D&D and other games could fill the grand canyon. Now some folks like variety or are willing to put forth the effort to play a less popular game and make up for lack of support. Though really the D&D path has so much less resistance its remarkable. So the fight is on to make D&D each persons ideal TTRPG so they get both the access to a pool of avilable and willing players and on going support. Paizo shook this up a bit but its still a tiny market so the fight rages on. This round I believe will be all about support. Can 5E bring the adventures and rule support? If so I think it will compete well. If they dont it will taper off. Im hoping it raises the bar and paizo matches them toe for toe. Having one king in the industry is no good, IMO.

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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Under A Bleeding Sun wrote:
I will say, I know several people who won't come to the boards anymore, though it had nothing to do with the playtest. Its because they perceive (whether right or wrong is another discussion) that many people on these boards are jerks.
I don't know how many potential customers gave up on PF due to play test civility, or lack thereof, but I do know that other 3.x forums like ENworld, GitP, and Brilliant Gameologists have quite a bit of negative PF sentiment. "The so-called 'play test' was a brilliant free-PR stunt" and "PF is just different enough to be a pain in the ass, but not different enough to be worth buying" are a couple of the milder criticisms I've seen.

Playtests must be rough on companies. I have seen these same criticisms levied at WOTC with 5E.

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