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RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 7 Season Dedicated Voter, 9 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 3,940 posts (4,052 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 8 aliases.


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Hmm I was enthralled with my options early in the game with Eve. Scanning in deep space and hoping not to get caught was a blast. Then doing it in worm holes got even better. The constant threat was so exciting. Eventually, I got better and better and the threat dissipated. I moved on to working in a corp. later on into crafting. At the point of doing excel spreadsheets in my free time I decided to stop Eve and MMOs altogether. Ill always look back fondly though its the only one that held my attention. I ran DDO for a long time but that was due to great friends more than the game.

Back on topic, I still like my Birthright idea. Also, the mentioned killing lowbies doesnt net much reward so the focus is on the big fish. Id give it a whirl if i wasnt in a kick ass BR campaign right now :)

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Heya folks Tea Source is redesigning their website. The good tea folks are offering free shipping on all orders until end of tomorrow 1/21, Sorry for the short notice but get y'all some tea!

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Thats a lot of missed perception rolls....

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
On a mostly unrelated note, I always thought Darth Vader getting into his little spaceship to help shoot stuff was silly as hell. Even as a kid. It kind of made him seem a lot less menacing to me.

I had the opposite reaction. When the x-wing pilots are like "hey the batteries stopped firing what gives?" Then vader is like, "watch my back i'll take care of this myself" then proceeds to down fighters like nobodies business. /badass

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My heart is in the basement, my weekends at an all time low....

Just finished ten hours of Bowie. Blackstar is haunting...


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Back in my day, if you had to make an edit you had to use white out. We called it manual correct. No respect I tell ya...

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Tea source! I recently tried citrus frost and it comes with little marshmallows so you dont need sweetner!

Oh by the way, this was my x-mas gift from the GF.

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Dolph Lundgrens The punisher

Why its bad? Ultra-violent 80's action flick with all that comes with it. Very dated.

Why I like it? One of very few Punisher attempts that feels right. Classic 80's action flick with all that entails.

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Too much witwicky and not enough robot fighting

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In the OP there is mention that the media "hates" Trump and I believe the exact opposite is true. The media love to sensationalize and Trump does all the work for them. Seriously, think of any other person you believe the media to focus on negatively for a moment. Most stories require a real stretch to be spun negatively, often taking quotes out of context to do so. Not with Trumpy, they can pretty much print whatever he says and it gets tons of views. The best part is he doubles down on a lot of terrible quotes making the stories all that much more sweeter. Say what you will about Trumpy but the guy is one hell of a circus ringleader.

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Jack Reacher

Why it's bad? A police procedural meets action flick. Television is packed with Jack Reacher-ish programming. Jack Reacher described differently than Tom Cruise in source material. Everyone on the planet hates Tom Cruise.

Why I like it? I am a sucker for detectives, sheriffs, and secret agents. Some of my favorite childhood memories are watching Westerns, James Bond, and Columbo films with my Gran. Jack Reacher had elements of all of these but was down to earth. There were no super powers, impossible stunts, or cheesy effects. Just an interesting mystery and some extraordinary events. Tom Cruise was baller in it to.

Special note#1 I cant stand the mission impossible movies. Super boring and repetitive to me.

Special note#2 I get that in the books Jack Reacher is really a black guy bigger than Micheal Clark Duncan was, and twice as smart as Sherlock Holmes, but I didnt read it; so I dont care.

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The Cube

Why its bad? Incredibly ham fisted acting plus borders on torture porn.

Why I like it? The mystique of both the cube and the characters amnesia is incredibly interesting. Also, wondering what the next death trap rooms contraption will be is tantalizing; Such a guilty pleasure! Sequels are not as good though.

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I will start by saying I only read about half the thread. Hoping for a few folks to sound off for me about my experience. The GF and I watched the first two episodes and I guess there must be something wrong with me. I thought it was a really boring pile of cliches. I dont read comics so ill admit I didnt know what to expect from JJ. The only thing we found really interesting was Killgrave.

With that said, should I just forget about this show at this point since its clearly not making an impression? Does it get better? Is there enough Killgrave to make continuing worth it? Not looking for spoilers just some advice based on my experience so far.

Thanks folks.

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The Blood of Heroes a.k.a salute to the jugger

why it's bad? Have you ever heard of it? I am guessing you havent. Its not a great budget and its pretty dated.

Why it's good? Well I was into post apocalypse films before post apocalypse films were cool. Its got Rutger Hauer and any film is instantly better with Rutger in it. Also, a young post gomer pile Vincent
D'onofrio. There is even an actual sport ongoing created from the film called Jugger.

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My advice is ditch the books and go digital it will save space and weight. That way an over one shoulder bag is perfect. Unlike Iron Truth, I'm going to advise some more economical choices like this or that. Though the bags IT recommends are great if you got the budget.

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Plum wine is delicious, but adding plum to any type of beer sounds unappealing.

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I was hoping for Dillahunt. Should be fine I guess.

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You mean you dont just bring screaming babies to the theater or toddlers to R rated films? What is this....I dont even...

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I want to see Captain Nog.

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Krensky wrote:


CBS really should just suck it up and sign on with the Hulu partnership or Amazon.

Yeap, this is the only way i'm seeing the new series. Not paying for CBS, certainly not for a single program.

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I really appreciate the trailer being visually pleasing without giving me the cliff notes on the films plot. I wasnt terribly interested, and neither was my GF, before, but the trailer looked good enough to give this a go. Probably not immediately but soon after release.

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whew good thing im exclusively loose leaf!

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The Green Tea Gamer wrote:

Having playtested my Savage Worlds Fallout conversion a couple times, I got a couple of my friends to agree to a real game.

My first attempt at GMing a pure sandbox. I'm quite looking forward to it.

Hope your sandbox works out. I ran what I thought would be an awesome Traveller sandbox a year ago, but the players ran from every single plot hook. They kept flying towards empty space to avoid getting caught up in anything. Avoiding adventure and trying to pay off their ship with legitimate trading...../facepalm

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What about 5E do they like? Might make thinking about these changes easier.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
World's most interesting Pan wrote:
I dont always use sauce on my BBQ, but when I do, I use my clone recipe for Open Pit.
Ever since I found out about you juggling...what was it, five women?...this is exactly the appropriate alias for how I picture you, Pan.

I dont always date multiple women, but when I do, its at least five.

spoiler:
I am happy to report I have narrowed the field to a single steady girlfriend. She won by a wide margin after we had been seeing eachother for a few weeks and wanted to do something special for my B-day. She made a home cooked meal and got a copy of Tom Waits Rain Dogs on vinyl I mentioned looking for. (Not a cheap record!) In the morning, we had Earl Grey white tip and carrot cake she made from scratch. She not only won the GF role, but won GF of the year award in one fell swoop!


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I dont always use sauce on my BBQ, but when I do, I use my clone recipe for Open Pit.

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My brother and father will never forget or forgive me for dragging them to HH nearly 25 years ago. Yeah its that bad.

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Just bottled a nice Irish Red Ale and have nothing but empty carboys staring back at me. Time to get some mead and brew going for sure!

Picked up some Old Speckled Hen for gaming tonight!

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Some poor choices of wording on my part. I meant solely D&D/PF and not other RPGs for this discussion. By modern I meant 3.x/4E. 5E is interesting because I think it does a better job of any of the recent iterations of bridging old/new school playstyles. My observations are of course mine, and not objective arguments, but generalizations. Even without being objectively correct, I think there is an interesting discussion to be had if anyone cares to engage in such without having to be right.

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In the past XP was gained by collecting gold. Parties had the same focus storywise as they do today, but there was much less emphasis on combat and killing things. You could be just as successful bypassing a fight if possible. In fact, it was more optimal to do so. A typical adventure was more balanced between puzzles, obstacles, traps, and eventually an encounter. Each class would shine through with their own strength based on the particular challenge. PCs had to use their limited resources in a game of attrition to complete their goals successfully.

Newer design has moved XP to NPC/monsters themselves, which in a sense put a bounty on their head. Combat has always been a part of the game, but now daily and constant combats are the norm. Many classes received additional resources and powers to make up for this. Good examples are Paizo "point pools", 4E AEDU, 3.5 wands/scrolls in a can, etc. Resources have become levied towards combats and is reflected in recent designs.

One thing id like to mention is I dont see some huge dividing line. Folks played the game differently back in the day because they lacked the decades of experience and modern game design innovations we take for granted today. I do think design choices have a big influence on the outcome on playstyles. However, I have met brand new players I would describe as having old school sensibilities. I also know a few O.G.s who would say, "old school? Been there, and I am never going back!" Both styles have equal merit and are only a matter of preference to me. YMMV.

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Old school: Designed around the adventure.

New School: Designed around the encounter/combat.

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I dont think its a clean up as much as it is a give up. It takes a lot of effort to maintain welcoming, interesting, and constructive forum communities. WOTC right now seems to be streamlinging D&D into an efficient brand machine. In those cases a dialogue isnt that important with your customer base. They can still get the word out via social media but dont have to worry about conversations and lingering "toxic" communities. If they need feedback they will send out surveys and such. Essentially, WOTC just decided its not important to maintain a vibrate forum community and use other tools instead.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Oh! You wanna make a Fantasy Football person really angry have them explain it then when they're done say "so it's like dungeons and dragons except not as fun" had a guy threaten to kick my ass once for saying it :-D

I believe it. I actually started FF because I couldnt find anyone to play D&D with. True story. They all thought D&D was super nerdy and lame but this FF thing was interesting and manly. I do fondly recall making lineup changes via phone with the commish and long sessions in the john on monday looking over boxsocres in the paper. It wasnt until I was an adult I would find a gaming group.


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Too late. no respect I tell ya!


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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:

Old school- being traumatised by the grapple table

New school - Nope, still too traumatised to look at grapple rules

Ze game stays the same!

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captain yesterday wrote:
Captain Yesterday fun fact: I have never been to Olive Garden.

You're not missing anything.

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The only time I think extensive research is necessary is if you are making an actual reenactment simulation of one of our existing cultures. I am pretty forgiving when somebody is making up a fantasy culture for an RPG. I might not be the best person to ask though, folks seem to get offended by all kinds of things I dont even notice. The only blatantly offensive RPG material I can think of is F.A.T.A.L.

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Murdoch? Oh sh!# there goes the planet.

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Umbral Reaver wrote:
I started this thread expecting to immediately derail the very thing it has led to, by posting a video of sphynx kittens.

Yeap, them sphynx kittens are fugly.


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Hercules, The Kevin Sorbo 1 wrote:
Scythia wrote:
Perpdepog wrote:

I confess that I read over three hundred posts in this thread before skipping to the end to avoid waking up the house with my constant chuckling.

Also, I have something else to confess.

I am not a psylon.

Must construct additional psylons.
I'm a Psylon.

Actually I'm the psylon.

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I think its important to recognize that an old school playstyle isnt married to early game design. If you were to compare a recent OSR product with original D&D I think you would see the advancement. Those crappy game design limitations gave way to innovation and modern gaming. There is still some great inspiration from that early era no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Like the movie Cube but with monsters too.

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Old school to me means gaming playstyles and sensibilities of earlier editions of the game. Over the years and editions the game has evolved and game element focuses have changed for both designers and players. I think there are certainly queues that will help indicate if a person leans towards old school style or not.

Highly lethal games (save or die is A-ok)
Dungeon crawling survival focus
Combat as war
Rulings over rules

I believe 5E to be a pendulum swing back in the direction of many old school sensibilities. The interesting thing is how they reconcile those sensibilities with modern design and tastes. The game is still evolving and eventually the pendulum wing swing again towards a more combat as sport rudimentary rule system. Though along the way you really cant completely separate old from New.


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Kalindlara wrote:
thorin001 wrote:
Why do people think that this is okay to do with skill checks? You would not be okay with it if it was for attack rolls or saves.

One of my GMs actually does a lot of this. I just spam save-or-die effects.

I'd leave, but that would just result in another night spent at home alone...

Sounds reasonable.....

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Try it before you drop it. If you feel out of your element then Id suggest you bring that up at the session end. Personally, I never dive into campaigns with strangers and do some screening for playstyle before engaging. Typically one shots or PFS scenarios combined with meetup.com type evenings. Food for thought for next time. I hope things work out for you.

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I dont have an issue with modifying the DC as player or GM as long as it is situational and used sparingly. If it was becoming a pattern of shutting down a particular PCs talent, I'd probably speak up about it. Respectfully and constructively of course.

These types of things should be discussed as a group. The GM could be unaware of the impact or the PC might have stumbled onto something that makes the game a bit trivial. If a GM insists on ramping up challenges or shutting down talents frequently without good reason as a playstyle, I may excuse myself from their game. If a player insists on becoming a hyper specialized hammer and treat every game challenge as a nail, I'll choose not game with them. Ultimately, it comes down to playstyle, and I dont have time for folks who are inflexible.

Some folks might want a straight up RAW interpretation of the game and thats A-ok too. I would advise you to be aware that folks might differ on the subject and you may have to find some common ground. Usually folks can work it out and get back to the fun but occasionally the grounds too far to cover. Dont get upset, dont get incendiary, just be real about it.


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I dont worry too much about what stats mean. I keep them under the hood and they serve only mechanical purposes. I let my players roleplay however they see fit without forcing my idea of pretty/ugly or smart/stupid on them. Obviously, I would call foul if somebody tried play a genius with low Int and expected actual genius results in gameplay. Fortunately for me, my players have never tried such shenanigans so it has never come up.

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Milo v3 wrote:


Why would simply being immortal change someone core identity so completely?

I think this is the heart of the issue right here. Some may see becoming a lich as simply gaining an undead template and an evil alignment. Perhaps im too hung up on much of the write ups, but I see it as fundamentally changing the individual on a core level. At the point of becoming a lich there is a transformation, a severing from mortal being. A lich no longer has hunger, fear, or passion. A lich is basically an echo of the person they were and as time goes by less and less of their humanity will remain. Ultimately, a lich will become nothing more than a collector of tangible elements like rudimentary power. Anything that mattered before transformation will become unimportant and inconsequential to a lich. All that drove a lich previously, has been imprisoned with their soul as cost of immortality. Clearly my take on things influenced by gaming material and literature I have read. So no not memory loss or damage, but loss of empathy and emotional destruction.

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Other peoples addiction is pretty much why I do not have a cell phone smart or otherwise. I find not giving the people I'm with my full attention to be extremely rude. Though modern mores make it A-ok for folks to be on their phones everywhere and at all times, so this is sadly now a thing.

My group typically uses tablets for rules lookup and digital char-sheets. Everyone gets quite into the game. Sure we have moments where one person has the spotlight, but I never felt 80% downtime. Perhaps its because we are older (30's and 50's) and don't relate as well to millennials that we dont experience phone-out at the table. I'm not sure how one goes about combating it.

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Sometimes you cant be on the same page because you are in different books. Over the years I have learned well that getting on the same page is the goal. However, sometimes that goal cant be met or isnt worth the effort for either player(s).

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