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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 3,478 posts (3,528 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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memorax wrote:

Even the APS. After a point how many pre-made adventures does one need or want to spend the money on before deciding to make ones won. Even for a novive after running a few APS. One should be able to make ones encounters imo.

Can only speak for myself but I could buy APs forever. While I still do a ton of custom work when running an AP, having them is a big time saver and source of inspiration for me. I dont need rule splats so a PF 2E will never be due. Though clearly I'm not like everyone else.

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Screw splats I'm here for the adventure paths. As long as Paizo keeps those rolling I'm game.

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15. Imma try something new I read about on the Paizo forums....

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ryric wrote:
knightnday wrote:

Grindgrrind. "I'm leaving forever and ever" posts followed by a wall of text of why everyone will be sorry and was wrong.

Edited to add: The sad thing is this isn't even the first instance I ran across this morning. It is common across on-line games and other boards I frequent, or even in offline games (although I have been lucky enough not to have it happen recently).

Someone decides they are leaving and cannot just leave quietly; they have to make a POINT. Even if that point will be taken down by mods, there seems to be some need to let it all out. At an online game this morning that resulted in a huge post about why each of the administrators of the game and several of the players were just wrong, wrong, wrong.

The offline versions usually require slamming doors, squealing tires and a general sense that the individual wants someone to come out after them saying "no! not you! come back!"

If you are going to leave the forums, any forums, just go. Quietly, with some of your dignity intact. Railing at the Powers That Be or those sorry %$^#$^# won't get much more than some deleted posts and confusion for those that come in later. Rarely is anyone, offline or on, going to chase you down.

Drama for drama's sake just makes people tired.

This happens all the time on some MMO forums I frequent. The usual response to the giant wall of text is a sarcastic "can I have your stuff" by several posters, maybe with a "bye."

Sometimes I miss the old DDO forum "Hi, Welcome."

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Rhedyn wrote:
LazarX wrote:
There's competition only in the sense that most fans think that in order to love something you've gotta hate on everything else that's competing for the niche.
I do wonder if they actually compete for the same niche in any other sense than both require time to do?

For a long time there was only one big dog in the TTRPG fight. Sure there are many games but their support is pale in comparison of D&D. Just look at all the threads that try and force D&D to be an any setting or any time period system. Its because any day of the week you can get people lined up to join a D&D game. Try a Mad Max themed game using some lesser popular system and you will have to scour your local scene or rely on the internet to get a game going. TTRPG is just not that huge a deal and cant support a variety of real popular titles.

Now couple that with a change in traditional gamneplay with some new innovations and suddenly you have a division. These are basically the E.wars and they facilitate the huge hate mentioned above. Its not just a system you don't prefer, its a fight for the dominate system in a sea where there is only one whale. So yeah the time required to play is a factor but its only one in a series of variables.

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I recommend looking into Haunting of Harrowstone the first adventure book for Carrion Crown. Its not exactly what you want but it will supply a lot of ideas for you to mine for your own game.

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captain yesterday wrote:
You see it a lot on the AP boards with supposed "plot holes" funniest part is when it starts out insulting the writers, like they're gonna wanna help after being called a stupid a*~%*#*

I think the APs are often loaded with plot opportunities but I have never insulted the writers because of that. If anything people are often critical of the process in how they are designed and produced. Though I agree when people insult the person involved that's bad form.


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wraithstrike wrote:

I just got reminded of another meme. People who go on rants about things, as if they were common board truths, when the rant is very inaccurate.

Examples: The policy of healing should not happen in combat... is taken as "Don't heal in combat ever".

Example: You should take power attack was changed to "You must always take power attack even if you are using TWF with a rogue".

Orly? What might have brought that up?

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The name is awesome and I can put on my Slayer Vinyl at home during combat!

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Scythia wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:


I haven't liked any of the D&D movies, myself.
I never said I liked them in particular but the D&D made for TV movies are better than the theatrical release IMO.

I understand what you're saying.

To me it's just a "choose between amputation of your left hand or right" type thing. I might prefer one to the other, but I prefer neither much more. :P

Like playing pick your favorite Uwe Bol movie. :)

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Scythia wrote:


I haven't liked any of the D&D movies, myself.

I never said I liked them in particular but the D&D made for TV movies are better than the theatrical release IMO.

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Scythia wrote:

Found this thread while searching for something, and I'm reviving it to add a movie that fits.

Dredd

The first Judge Dredd movie was awful (Rob Schneider... enough said), but the remake/reboot is surprisingly decent. One of the best parts of Dredd is that (unlike Stallone in the first one), Karl Urban is playing Dredd, not himself. He actually keeps the helmet on for most of the movie, something most comics hero actors can't do.

Now thats how you necro a thread in style!

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I agree about mad max.

Empire strikes back is a popular choice.

Robocop II works for me.

Terminator II also fits the bill.

My controversial pick is Conan the destroyer. I think it works well as a representation of the classic D&D adventure party.

Speaking of D&D, the movie was so bad the made for TV sequels are better.

In Daniel craig era james bond lots of people dog quantum of solace but i enjoy it more than casino royale.

Nolans Dark Knight I felt was as good if not better than Begins. Though I think dark knight rises is pretty boring.

Thats what I got right now.

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Did they ever try to use sense motive on the leader? Did you ever just give them a freebie sense motive to realize things are not on the up and up? If its super important to the game that they dont go in the cave you probably need more roadblocks and hints to going in. Otherwise if this is how the vegepgymies lure and kill their prey then let it happen.

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TarkXT wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Artemis Moonstar wrote:
Also, sex isn't just for behind closed doors anymore. Look at all the porn, and actual Gen-con sized+ conventions for porn and toys ('marital aids'). About the only reason I can think of for the most basic level of wanting to do it behind closed doors is so that someone else doesn't try and join in (as I suspect it was in ancient times of caves and tents).

..........

That... was something I could have happily gone my entire life without knowing existed.

*headdesk*

That's enough internet for today.

You don't just strip down and have a casual orgy with strangers on the bus?

What a boring life you must lead.

Im so tired of orgies myself.... I game to get away from real life.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

Oh, and talking about realism...even subjective realism given that magic exists...in a world where giant energy breathing lizards the size of multi-story apartment complexes are capable of sustaining flight speeds four times as fast as an eagle with wings that wouldn't support their weight even if their bodies were hollow...in an antimagic field, I might add, so the "because magic" argument doesn't even work.

That's always good for a laugh. Yeah, me reloading four times in six seconds is a stretch, though, so we need to houserule the gunslinger to make it "realistic", but the giant insect with an exoskeleton so heavy it would crush itself under it's own weight is just fine.

Yeah, arguing realism definitely has a place on this thread.

Yeah right you should be able to shoot a thousand times a round because dragon flight.

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Sissyl wrote:
It isn't their hotness I mind. It is their gangrenous personalities, backed up by unmotivated reasoning like "since charisma is the average of appearance and personality, and I dumped it to 7, I can get away with a -4 in personality if I take an 18 appearance". Then they behave like s+%$ and try to claim that they are just playing their character.

Oh yeah that's annoying. The old "I have a 7 cha therefore I have to burp and fart at every dinner table and I'm dirty and eat with my hands. I also shout at people and am a total dick as a person." I could certainly do without that ever again.


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I cant blame folks for finding cookies to be an inferior snack though!


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People who post about pt. buy being cookie cutter grind ma gears.

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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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Folks like to talk shop. Some are going to be hyper-competitive about it. I don't have much Con experience but i'm happy to say that the local FLGS societies here in the Twin cities have folks who seem to get along very well. I have seen folks who are dead set on story and RP sit down at tables with folks who only care about combat and mechanics and get along swimmingly. Occasionally, you get a few overzealous types like rules lawyers or hyper-optimizers but it usually resolves itself once everyone has a feel for each others playstyle.

I did see a thread once about a poster asking if PFS players would have a problem sitting at the table with his 2 monk/ 2 cleric. I was surprised to see a number of "not a chance" postings in the thread. It was then I realized there is a belief or attitude that in order to make it in PFS you need to be hyper-optimized. You cant count on the other players to help you succeed at the table and it is a duty to be viable. Given that that ideology exist for some folks there are bound to be hyper-competitive players. I don't think that's a particularly good stance to have but I am encouraged by the cooperative nature of my local scene.

Now I have very little Con experience so take this with a grain of salt but, I think Cons tend to attract the hard core gamer. Obviously not everyone will be hyper-competitive but you will have some in attendance. On top of that many folks don't know each other so the urge to "show your stuff" will often be on display. I think those are just elements your going to have to anticipate when attending a Con. So to answer your question, I don't think gamers are becoming more competitive in general, just in certain context and groups.


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countchocula wrote:

only if he does not share the $$$

cause sharing is caring

Sharing is caring....snacks anyone?


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I'll be back in one year to let you know.


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No, not my style.

spoiler:
However once I had the PCs come across a spyhole in a wall in a catacombs. There was a softly spoken voice that kept saying three....three...three...

When one of the PCs took a look in the spy hole they were poked in the eye. After which the softly spoken voice started saying four.....four.....four


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munch munch munch

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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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Here are my questions, answer any however you wish:

1) What are your party (and its members if they differ) comfortable with killing?
Anything if its in self defense. Typically our parties dont make a habit out of looking for fights. However, sometimes we play characters a little more comfortable with killing than others. Most of the time we do our homework and save killing for those who deserve it.

2) What do they not like killing?
Interesting NPCs, children, innocent beings......

3) What does the DM (or you if you are the DM) really not like being killed, what will they come down upon?
Probably children and graphic torture but we never seem to push that envelop.

4) What makes a murderhobo for you?
A merc or opportunist that will kill whatever stands in their way for profit or petty reasons and not feel the slightest put put about it.

5) Does ruthlessly killing the villains/bad folk without negotiating make one a murderhobo in your opinion?
No. Typically I think a murderhobo kills indiscriminately without any remorse or pause of both villains and innocents.

6) Do you think the violent escapism in pathfinder/dnd is a bad thing, i.e. finding almost any excuse to fight and kill, roll those attack and damage die and see your enemies driven before you?
I do not.

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Calling all beer and board game lovers! A friend has been working on his own game for some time. He just put up his KS so check it out.
Brewin' USA

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Players who bring crap beer like Natty ice or keystone to the gaming session. Tired of that sh!@.


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My table is popcore only
Ban list:
pretzels
potato chips
candy
cookies

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My MM players chose The Dune Vipers.


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Boy this GM vs. player segment is starting to feel longer than the LOTR trilogy! Better make a run to the store for more snackage!

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chbgraphicarts wrote:
Pan wrote:
tony gent wrote:

I'm not against options they can add a great deal I don't like options just for the sake of it

I would prefer a few less options that are well thought out a throughly play tested and less open to abuse which less face it does happen probably more often then we would admit
I also find it amazing at how often players are playing unusual or strange race and or class combinations mainly for the advantages that they get in game

Sounds like 5E is the game for you.

I'm sure in time 5E will prove to be just as exploitable as everything.

Well he can enjoy 5E now, and then start a bloat thread when 5E gets there.


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Zelda Marie Jacobs-Donovan wrote:
I made popcorn if anyone wants some.

Right over here.

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Published adventures. I think it was a combo of not coming up with it myself and fear of going off the page. Once I realized I could use published adventures as an outline and make it my own way I got over it.

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The APs are designed for 4 players using a 15 point buy. With that said, I do not think any of the APs are good for solo play out of the box. A savvy GM could make some adjustments or changes and make it work. I'd expect a bumpy road on the solo run.

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Enevhar Aldarion wrote:

Ah, these mid-season breaks are killing me! lol

As for Beth's death, if you watched interviews with her or the show runners after the episode, it was summed up pretty well. Going by my memory here, rather than hunting down the actual interviews, but basically the character of Beth had finally realized she could be strong and look out for herself, so that storyline had come to an end and it was her time to die. Also, I think her death prevented a betrayal/sneak attack by Dawn. The shot that killed Beth was way too soon after the stabbing for Dawn to not have already had her gun drawn, using Beth to block the view of this from Rick and crew. If not for Beth's death and the moment stunning people long enough for Dawn to be put down, that scene could easily have been written as a bloodbath instead.

I don't buy that. Seriously with all the tension that hallway would have turned into the damn O.K. Corral after Dawn fired her weapon. I didn't have a problem with Beth dying, but I felt that scene was just poorly written.

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Get a 5th player. I find 5 to be the magic number. If one player cant make it the game goes on. This is probably the best solution because you can keep your friend in the game but it wont slow you down. If the player cant make it then you play without them. If they are in it for the camaraderie they wont mind you playing without them. If they are in it for the story it ought to convince them to commit more.

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Kids in the hall; Brain Candy

Irontruth wrote:
People still "channel surf"?

Yeah I still have cable for NFL and the EX loved the movie channels. When I come home from drinking I enjoy the random factor.

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I like combat as war and resource attrition in my fantasy/D&D game. 4E worked against these things most of the time putting it at odds with my personal gaming preference for fantasy/D&D. Though as a system I think it looks pretty good to go.

I think 4E style would be a natural fit for a Mass Effect game. If I wasn't so lazy and I had a lot more time, I'd re-skin 4E to Mass Effect. "Bloodied" becomes "shields down" and "healing surges" become "meta-gel application". I think the hard-coded roles would work wonderfully for the Mass Effect classes like solider(defender/leader), biotic(controller/striker), and engineer(controller/striker).

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I'd like the Dominion expansion to fleet captains please!

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Ill make a case for myself liking tech/science separate from magic. My gaming group tends to rotate games. We play Call of Cthulhu, D&D/PF, Traveller,etc. When we switch between systems we are looking for a particular experience. When I want science and space I plat Traveller. When I wat mysticism and horror I play call of cthulhu. When I want fantasy I play PF. I like each system being specific so that when we rotate the games feel different and fresh. I understand this is completely subjective.

Now where I think folks often butt heads is when it comes to system rotators and system exclusive folk. Some people have one system and one game so that one needs to be kitchen sink so they can mod it to fit any story. As a rotator I simply dont need this or desire it. I can see where many folks want a swiss army system though and know why its desirable for them. I wont neglect the guy that simply wants a magic-science mishmash either that's perfectly valid too.

I have a system for science and a system for fantasy. I like keeping them clean of one another so that the feel is kept contained. Completely subjective but thats how I am livin.

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These folks sound like sandbox isnt their thing. You are probably going to have to be proactive and bring the adventure to them.


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44 pt buy is now suicide territory?

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Looks cool, but also looks like it should get its wielder killed. Not upset about it tho.

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^This.

Sometimes your best friends make the worst gamers. Save the friendship ditch the game.

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captain yesterday wrote:
i like the picture of the halfling in the player's handbook, makes me laugh every time i see it at the bookstore:-)

Yeap, I laugh too as I toss the book on the shelf and pass on buying it.

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Sorry to hear that. GM still not listening to your woes?

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If its true and there is no modularity at all in 5E DMG I'll be bummed. Though you are going a bit far with this anger and rage.

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Aunt may solo movie? lol

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