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Barachiel Shina wrote:
We'll also probably see more Curse spells that make it extremely hard to take off or cure with even high level magic.

Curse magic, particularly with the new curse subtype introduced in (IIRC) Ultimate Magic, is definitely an area that's wide open for further development. Much like haunts, or a Linnorm's death curse, there's some good potential for curses and cursing to be a built in motivation for adventure, and thanks to the Witch class and its hexes, there's a lot more room for PCs to get in on the action and for curses to be more than just the plot choo-choo/McGuffin used to spur the PCs into action and set the 'rules' of this particular scenario.

Some sort of infectious curse mechanic (making it function sort of like a disease), or large area affecting curses (dealt via Incantations or similar processes more involved than 'some 5th level d00d cast a spell), could also be useful for adventure-building.

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CBDunkerson wrote:

I'd actually say a better case could be made for Aroden having pursued a 'master race' philosophy than Mengkare. Aroden promoted Azlanti descendants above all others. Mengkare accepts members of all ethnicities, and even some non-humans. Again, Promise strikes me as closer to the American 'melting pot' philosophy than 'master race' thinking.

That said, Mengkare's belief that he can 'fix' humans is both arrogant and foolish. Setting himself up as an autocrat to enforce this impossible vision would eventually lead to either abandoning the inevitably failed project or ever more tyrannical levels of control.

The problem isn't 'master race' thinking (note: Promise continues to accept outsiders) or even controlled breeding (though there are elements of that)... it's the belief that human nature can be re-written.

The fiddly bits I see as problematic is with the base assumption that healthier and likely prettier people, 'better' physically and even intellectually, are necessarily going to be 'better' morally or ethically. It's the old 'if you're ugly/fat/old and wrinkly, you must be evil' fantasy trope, associating physical appearance and / or bad health with a person's morality (or lack thereof), writ large.

It could be intriguing if Mengkare is personally spreading the rumors that he's burning up dissidents and whatnot (since it's literally the stupidest thing he could actually be doing, given his superhuman Int, Wis and Cha scores, amazing magical powers, and skill ranks in stuff like Diplomacy better than any human on the planet), under the assumption that the best thing he can do for humanity is to encourage them to break free from even his own benevolent tyranny and shape their own future as a species, since, like democracy, a moral / ethical future can't be handed to someone by a third party (or, worse, imposed upon those who weren't seeking it), it has to be actively sought out and embraced and fought for by those who will carry it forward.

Mengkare setting himself up as the big villain that humanity has to overcome (he may or may not fake his death or allow himself to be slain, content to move on to the afterlife, having achieved his life's goal, at the big finale, depending on how it plays out) to flourish on it's own terms, free of machinations from Aboleths, 'Azlanti gods of Humanity' or dragons, could be an interesting endgame, and be a way to reconcile a good Mengkare, and the various shadier sounding things reputed to be going on (and questionable base assumptions about 'better people' being as simple as 'healthier prettier smarter people').

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Kryzbyn wrote:

No problem. I still use this RP facet in my games to this day.

I thought it was brilliant.

Dragons Revisited also states that gold dragons police their own (and silver dragons as well) to keep each other from tarnishing or sliding into neutrality or evil behaviors. If that were still canon, then Mengkare, being pretty famous, would have to fight off every other gold dragon on the planet, all coming to 'set him straight.'

Since Hermea isn't littered with the corpses of dozens of other gold dragons, then this probably can't be canon anymore (and gold dragons generally don't give a crap about Mengkare and his 'great experiment'), or, shocking twist, the other gold dragons of Golarion have never been to Earth and have no idea that encouraging voluntary participation in a program to produce healthier children equals 'Nazi' (which, since they've never been to Earth, makes sense, since they'd never have heard of a Nazi), and so aren't rushing over to Hermea to concern troll Mengkare about how frought with purple prose slippery slope peril his plan to help humanity is.

(And, from a dragon perspective, it does seem like a pretty short-sighted and martyr-y/selfless idea, to help *another species* that competes with dragonkind for Golarion's finite resources...)

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Insane KillMaster wrote:
Or make a Blame-Cosmo-O-Thon (blame Cosmo marathon), people paying to blame Cosmo.

Cosmo would only greenlight this game if people paid Cosmo to blame Cosmo. Or paid Cosmo to shift blame to other people. Or just paid Cosmo, perhaps in a futile attempt to propitiate him. He's surprisingly flexible on this point, as long as the spice keeps flowing.

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Incantations already go in that vein, a bit, with bad side-effects that can occur to the casters (and / or surroundings). They seem pretty much perfect for Mythos-style magical workings.

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Ha, a locate city bomb. I love how Rich gloms onto the funky absurdities common to the WotC message boards.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Maybe there will be feats that give any character draconic abilities/traits.

I'm definitely hoping for some options for classes other than bloodragers and sorcerers, such as perhaps some dragon-themed bardic masterpieces, or dragon-centric (sub)Domains, or dragon-themed barbarian rage powers or alchemist discoveries or ninja talents, etc. A 'dragoon' gunslinger Archetype that used some sort of dragon-head-shaped flame-spitting blunderbuss would be too hilarious for words.

But yeah, some feats involving unlocking possible dragonic heritage (or just acquired abilities, not necessarily tied to interspecies boinkage) for classes other than sorcerers/bloodragers could be cool as well, allowing a fighter or wizard or ranger or monk to unleash some dragon-themed coolness/whoopass on occasion.

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Odraude wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Unshocking data point: People with dragon avatars are really into dragons.
What does my avatar say about me?
Oh, I think you know.

Never trust the people with tentacles right there in their avatar.

EvenEspecially the flumphs.

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The scary things from level one are fleeing the scary things from level two. Diseased rats fleeing an ooze-infested flood, for instance, or giant spiders fleeing awakened spider-eaters, or deformed mutated goblins fleeing a troll alchemist who has been experimenting (and snacking) upon them, or whatever. The nasty of one level is thus tied to the nasty of the next level, thematically.

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So it must be Cosmo's fault that I keep getting junk mail flyers about the upcoming election. Ten out of twelve have been, somewhat creepily, for the exact person I was thinking of voting for, and since there are at least three people running from one of the parties, and thirty or so from the other party, I am extremely impressed that the other couple dozen candidates have somehow received my subtle signals that I'm not all that into them and not sent me any information on their positions.

Those other two, 'though, were both dire warnings about what a nightmare the *current* President has been for the country, and had not a single bit of information recommending any alternative candidate, making them, essentially, paid-for advertisements encouraging me *not* to vote for someone who *isn't running for President anyway.*

I mean, it's cool and all, that our political class has enough money to blow that they can counsel me not to do what I can't do anyway, but why not something less quixotic and more entertaining like, 'Don't vote for Kaiser Wilhelm! He's not even American (and also dead)!' or 'Don't eat the moon! It's not really made out of cheese!'

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Rosgakori wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
I won't miss the guy, and I kind of wish she'd had something different to say at his death than 'Oh, I suddenly remembered loving him all those other lifetimes and I never got to tell him!' He was a condescending controlling overbearing ass to her, most of the time, and curmudgeonly me would laugh to hear her say, 'After 206 lifetimes of falling in love with that schmuck and then getting murdered, maybe it's time I have a life all to myself... Catch you on the reboot Carter.'

White Canary seemed, to me, super out of character this episode (not that I don't prefer that to where they could have taken her, retreading Thea's 'came back wrong' arc). She acted more like the Sara who got on the boat with Oliver all those years ago, than the Sara who came back as a League assassin (to say nothing of the Sara who leaped out of a Lazarus Pit!). Apparently, whatever Thea's maladjustment 'murder addiction' thing was after being Lazurus'd didn't affect Sara nearly as much... She came back to party!

Rip's failing to interest me yet, as a character. I suspect that the rest of the team, with the artificially intelligent time-ship, Gideon/Waverider, handling the inevitable time-travel-Treknobabble/rulesposition, would make for a leaner cast.

I blame Guardians of the Galaxy for ruining the 'dead wife and child-as-motivation' trope for me. Rip mentions how Vandal Savage killed his family and all I hear is Rocket saying, 'Boo hoo, my wife and child are dead. Everybody's got dead people! That's no excuse to get everybody else dead, too!'

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New year, new aasimar traits!

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326. The Man Who Fell to Earth Your features are 'uncanny,' as if someone who doesn't really know much about how humans look or are made assembled one from a composite sketch of a thousand random people. Your features are an unattractive blend of male and female characteristics, your teeth are all identical in size and shape, and your voice sounds like multiple people are talking in monotone at the same time. Your features are all identical, from one side to the next, almost too perfect, and yet 'blend' poorly, so that someone looking at your face generally agrees that your nose and your eyes and your mouth and your chin and your forehead don't 'go together.' The sclera, irises and pupils of your eyes are all equally prominent, regardless of the current light level, somewhat creepy unresponsive. Your torso is perhaps a bit too long, with legs and arms of a more different size, as if you were meant to be taller, but never reached full growth (and, from a distance, people tend to assume that you'll be some combination of taller and more attractive, until you are face to face with them, and they find that neither case is true...). Most unusual, your racial daylight is a sickly yellowish color, with oily hints of green and purple, resembling nothing so much as a bruise. It shines directly up, when cast, like a well of bruise-colored light, so much so that it's been joked that they can probably see it on the moon. Indeed, on days when you have not used that ability, you've been known to sleepwalk at night, invoking your unwholesome light and muttering in an indistinct language as it blinks and pulses oddly, as if creating some sinister 'light signal' to entities living in the dark spaces between the stars.

327. Calendar Man Your traditionally golden metallic skin is covered with ornately curved lines etched deeply into the skin, and culminating in at seven sweeping swirl patterns (left bicep, right shoulder, right forearm opposite the wrist, left shoulderblade, navel (you otherwise have no bellybutton), left thigh, right rear calf), each containing a single hard node of tissue resembling a smooth gemstone, each of the seven colors of the rainbow. At different intervals, lights circle around the patterns and end at one of the spirals, resulting in the 'gemstone' lighting up with a bright flash and a sense of shuddering pleasure, varying in intensity based on how long it's been since that 'node' lit up. One lights up once a day, possibly originally at dawn or noon, at the time and place of your birth, but you've travelled since then and it's pretty much a random time spaced 24 hours apart (and it's the least intense, since it happens so frequently), another lights up once a month, originally at midnight of the full moon (but, again, now off-set by your travels), another once per year on the anniversary of the moment you first drew breath (and it also pulses weakly whenever you hold your breath or suffocate, a fact you discovered during a romantic encounter gone strange). You are not sure about the other four, but one 'goes off' whenever you gain (or lose, or retrain) a level of experience, and the indigo stone on your thigh, you have been told by a diviner of some repute is associated with death, and will probably only flare up at the moment of your death. She expressed a clinical interest in seeing that for herself and you promptly fled. Since she's a well-connected person, accustomed to satisfying her every momentary whim, you've found it necessary to flee not only that city, but, for your own safety, that entire continent...

328. Earth Angel Your body is covered with overlapping flat surfaces of earth and stone, overlapping each other and grating like continental plates. Moss grows across your back and the top of your head, and lichen all along the rest of your body, although you keep it scraped free from your face and it naturally stays clear of the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.

329. Serpent Fire Your golden skin is marked with seven exotic characters, perhaps Vudran or Tien in origin, each dark jade in hue. When you sleep, you do so in a meditating pose, and over the course of about ten minutes, the first glyph, located below your bellybutton, lights up. Perhaps ten minutes later, the second glyph lights up, and so on, until about an hour and a half into your 'sleep,' the last glyph, atop your brow, erupts in a green halo of cool flame that illuminates the area with a golden glow around your sleeping form like a torch. The whole effect is said to be quite striking, but you'll never see it, since you have to be asleep for an hour or so before it happens, and it winks out the moment you become conscious. Still, you practice meditation techniques at odd moments, hoping to someday master a form of moving meditation or waking trance that allows you to awaken enough to see this manifestation of your serpent fire.

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Cosmo only shakes the earth when he laughs.

Given how many earthquakes we've been having lately, he's apparently having a good time.

But he moves the stars for no one.

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The Beardinator wrote:
I'm developing an adventure right now about the players being tasked with assassinating Razmir and replacing him with an agent of a newly established mercantile nation. I'm thinking "Divine Commercialism". Wouldn't you buy goods from the merchant nation that is approved buy a god? : ^{ )

The cool thing about Razmir's mask fetish is that the rank and file have no idea who's really behind the masks of their superiors.

They're on their third 'Razmir.'

They got a good thing going on. Why stop just because L. Ron passed away?

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Something that goes a step beyond in dealing with skills, expanding the Unchained options for Skill Unlocks (perhaps even a skill-based class, like a Rogue variant that has greatly increased use of Heal, or Diplomacy, or Handle Animal, instead of Trapfinding and increased options for Disable Device/Perception), and the Occult Adventures options for Occult Skill Unlocks (such as a Heal skill occult unlock that allows for healing or inflicting ability damage, through some sort of chi manipulation or dim mak technique, or a Bluff option to fool a divination spell, or a Linguistics option to momentarily communicate through a 'universal language' to affect someone with a language-dependent spell (or just share a quick message or concept) even though you don't share a language with them).

Skills could totally use some focus. Every other book has new spells, magic items and / or feats, but new applications for skills, and ways to make them more relevant to various roles in the game (such as by empowering non-magical healer options), could be something new and interesting.

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Random pet/animal memories;

My grandmother helped raise big cats for an animal park in the next state over. They'd get them shipped up from breeders in Texas, generally too small to fend for themselves, and having a huge park with hundreds of animals, couldn't really give the kittens the 24/7 attention they needed, and ended up losing over half of them. Grandma freaked at that, and took the next batch (baby lions) home, and gave them that 24/7 attention. 100% lived. Next it was tigers. It was surreal to go visit grandma and see in the big wood box next for firewood next to the wood stove, a mewling pair of baby tigers or whatever, and get assigned the 'chore' of bottle feeding them every hour or so.

As a result of that wonky part of my teenage years, I've been bitten by an adult black panther, jumped on by a mountain lion (who was less tame than I thought, since boneheaded me entered the wrong enclosure...), and had a boisterous playful 25 lb. lion kit hanging by his teeth from my nipple, him having bitten me there when I leaned over to pet him. (That left a mark!) Still, much fun was had, including wrestling/playing with a fully grown jaguar that 'hated men' (raised by women, and only male interaction was with the veterinarian who gave him shots and stuff, of whom he was not a fan...), but considered me an exception and would eat out of my hand. My teenaged 'stupid things I did that could have gotten me killed' stories are less likely to involve cars or drinking than most. :)

Grandma also, in addition to the usual farm animals, had a llama, some miniature horses, and, my favorite, some pot-bellied pigs (which she named, in her usual random manner, after Soviet premiers. My favorite was Krushev.). They were hugely fun. You'd spray them with the hose on a hot day and they'd run around squealing like you were murdering them (always circling back to stay in range). If you stopped, they'd run up to you and grunt, like 'Why'd you stop? Do it again!' until you sprayed them again.

In college, there was a rat, for Learning/Behaviorism class, which my lab partner and I would sneak out and carry around in our sweatshirts (against all the rules). Her name was Wolfgang, and she accidentally figured out that pressing the bar delivers food supernaturally fast, and developed the apparently unique habit of pressing the bar a half dozen times before running over to eat up the half dozen pellets. (Every other rat, at best, would push the bar once, and run over to eat the one pellet, and then, for the smarter ones, run over and push the bar again.) A pair of students whose rat was less of a savant ended up stealing our rat one day to better their own results, and my lab partner and I couldn't figure out why 'Wolfgang' was so skittish and wouldn't come play with us, until the professor checked a number under her tail (which we didn't know about) and said, 'That's because this isn't your rat...' We got our rat back, and some other students might have been kicked from the class... Yikes.

Since then, it's mostly been dogs, although there was a few years where emperor scorpions and tarantulas and whatever were a thing. I was less of a fan than the roommate, since I grew up with the dangerous notion that pets were to be handled and petted and stuff (which was bad enough with big cats, let alone venomous arachnids...). Pets I can't pet or play with just don't connect / feel real to me. Obviously, I'm not a fish guy. :)

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Oh, that first snow. It's freaking New England people, why do you never remember how to drive on snow and end up in ditches every year?

It's Cosmo! His summer vacation is coming to New England and selectively stealing everyone's memories!

The foliage is a side-effect. Nothing in nature is that colorful without it being a warning of some deadly danger...

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CapeCodRPGer wrote:
Winter Solider was the 2nd Captain America movie, not the first one. Winter Soldier was not set during WW2.

Ah, my bad. I did like how Black Widow was very much *not* 'Captain America's girlfriend' in that movie.

Or anyone's romantic focus in the first Avengers movie, for that matter.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
So, you skipped "Fury Road"?

Ooh, good catch, Furiosa and Max had zero romantic subplot!

Hama wrote:
Or Jack Reacher?

Yup, totally skipped that one, so no idea.

Feros wrote:
Or Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Was there a woman with speaking lines other than the woman Natalie Dormer played (who snogged Captain America) and Agent Peggy Carter (who was the romantic interest through the entire movie, complete with gleepy end-conversation about meeting up to go dancing after the war, in between being hit on by Howard Stark and jealous interactions ranging from her shooting at him to see if his shield works, and him totally not understanding what fondue was)?

'Cause I don't remember her, if so.

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I liked Cisco's 'Let's make a panda' T-shirt.

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Hama wrote:
Oh for god's sake can't two men be friends and develop a bromance without everyone screaming GAAAAY? You know straight men exist. And they have friends. And they love each other.

Same complaint, but I'd love to see a hetero man and a hetero woman go through an entire movie as just friends, or equal partners, or maybe even with some sort of mutual respect, without it automatically becoming some sort of inevitable shipping event, where, because one has Tab A and the other has Slot B, it's some sort of biological imperative that they crush on each other and / or interlock naughty bits.

Male / male, female / female, male / female. All of these dynamics can exist *without* turning into romantic pairings. Rey didn't show much interest in Finn, and it might be a funky twist if she's just not all that into him (and it has nothing to do with Finn or Poe maybe being into each other, but everything to do with Rey having more important plans for her life than returning the unasked-for affections of someone who is just a little bit obsessed with her, to the point of following her across the galaxy to 'rescue' her, when she's made it *very* clear in their first meeting that she's not particularly in need of rescuing).

And that's not just a Star Wars thing. Pick pretty much any movie with guys and a girl, and who the girl 'ends up with' seems to be inevitably part of the story, as if, by dint of having girl-parts, she's obliged to share them with at least one of the dudes, because, why on earth would there be a girl in the movie at all, if some dude wasn't going to 'win' her?

Well, any movie where the woman isn't Ellen Ripley. 'Cause she's not having any of that nonsense (and was blessed with a female actor playing a part written for a man). :)

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Bearing in mind that this is a gamist game, and not a simulationist game (like, say, GURPS attempts to be, with opinions differing on how successful it is at that);

Doomed Hero wrote:

5' adjusting is not altered a bit by size.

Totally this. A creatures '5 ft. step' should probably be based on it's Space, so that something with a 10 ft. space could 'step' 10 ft.

Your movement rate also doesn't have much to do with your 'step.' A merfolk with a ground move of 5 ft. and a quickling with a ground move of 120 ft. have the same 5 ft. step.

Poisons are pretty gamist, as well. In the real world, most poisons can take hours to kill you. Many game poisons, even from real world creatures like vipers, 'tick' over 24 to 36 seconds, and if you survive that, it's totally over and done with forever. Diseases go the other direction, and have damage intervals in days, and might linger for weeks before killing even someone with average ability scores (which is accurate for some diseases, but less so for others that can kill in days, or last a lifetime).

Nonabilities and 'creature intelligence.'

Insects and arachnids can communicate, be trained, learn, remember stuff, do math, experience emotions, perform threat displays (use the Intimidate skill) and even create (do Craft skills) and improvise if plan A isn't working. They might not be rocket scientists, but their 'Int score' should be at least 1. Animals having a generic '2' Intelligence score regardless of whether they are the dull lump of a toad, whose clever hunting tactic is 'attempt to eat anything that moves to within 2 inches of my mouth' to a raven or octopus, that can figure out how to open a jar or unlatch a gate, is also wonky. I'd put the toad down there with bugs, at 1, and chimps and dolphins (and ravens and octopi and orca) up around a 5 or even 6.

As for the Con nonability stuck onto trees, objects, etc., my *car* has a Con score. It can certainly be 'critically hit' (in that there are places a bullet can pass through it and not affect it's internal workings and there are places that are more 'vital' to it's function and where damage will lead to failure and 'death'), it can suffer all sorts of blockages and even be 'poisoned' (ye olde sugar in the gas tank trick...). I'm not a fan of objects, trees, robots, (corporeal) undead, etc. not having Con, since they have a physical body that has systems that can be tampered with just like a person or animal. If it was called 'Durability' or just 'Body' instead of 'Constitution' (which term, in itself, doesn't actually require something to be *alive,* merely to be constituted or composed or made up of something), perhaps there would be less knee-jerk attempt to make constructs, etc. have a Nonability in Con.

Hit points, obviously, starting out squiffy, and getting increasingly absurd as one becomes 'higher level' in Commoner or Expert, and becomes increasingly able to jump off a cliff and recover fully in a few weeks.

Which leads to healing. No matter who you are, even being reduced to zero hit points and left 'Dying,' once stabilized most injuries will heal in a week (equal to your HD per day) or less (with bedrest). No non-supernatural injury will have a lingering effect, like give you a limp or leave you paralyzed or disfigured unless it's a specific story element. After being swallowed whole and bathing in the stomach acids of chi-jaluud a purple worm, you'll cut your way free, and recover without any scars.

The Armor Class mechanic, to a lesser extent. A more simulationist attempt might use Armor-as-Damage-Reduction rules.

Still, much of this I think works fine, for a gamist game. I can deal with AC and Hit Points and healing wonkiness, since it's a necessary evil for smooth gameplay. d20 is not and need not ever be GURPS.

The Nonabilities, which end up requiring all sorts of 'this special race / NPC can train vermin anyway' or 'this mind-affecting spell can affect mindless constructs anyway' or 'these undead can be hungry, or need rest, or need their shriveled dead hearts for something anyway,' exceptions-to-the-exceptions which, IMO, is just stacking madness upon madness, are the main rule that I'd prefer to be dragged into an alley and knifed to death.

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Ice mephits can cast magic missile at CL 6 (3d4+3) once / summons, and a summon monster VI can summon 1d4+1 of them. It might require a bunch of them, but I used that tactic (as a Summoner) in a Kingmaker game to fight a group of will o' wisps.

Summon monster VII can summon 1d3 shadow demons, which can cast shadow evocation (to replicate magic missile) at CL 10 (5d4+5) three times per day.

I'm sure there are other options as well, but it depends on whether the target would be affected by fear (erinyes) or charm monster (succubus) or similar spells.

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Woo! Fresh meat!

Er, uh, yes, that's excellent news. Welcome aboard all!

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captain yesterday wrote:
I always say "good morning!" as brightly as possible.

Since I work nights, and have usually just gotten up when I go in at 10 PM, I say 'good morning' regardless of the time. It's always morning somewhere...

I love how nobody ever answers right no matter what you say. Say 'good morning' and they replay 'fine, how are you?' Say 'how you doin?' and they respond 'you too!' All of our auto-respond scripts are out of synch.

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It's Cosmo's fault that I've been sick for two weeks, and that all of the food I've been eating has been flavorless and identifiable only by temperature and texture.

Basically, my gastronomic world has been reduced to two flavors; Hot regret (I paid for this? I spent time cooking this?) and Cold Disappointment (everything I didn't cook).

Also Cosmo's to blame for my screen saver, which turns on the moment I sit down, even if I just sent the dog out and was gone for two minutes, or I did my laundry for an hour. Same difference, screen goes dark the moment I enter the room...

But wait, maybe it's not the screen saver. Maybe it goes dark to hide what Cosmo's been doing on my computer! That explains the 'inspirational' hyena vs. lion videos that keep popping up! Cosmo!

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I watch almost all the comic book shows, but for those that aren't;

Elementary, that other Sherlock Holmes show set in the present day that doesn't have Rumblepatch in it. Angelina's first ex-husband is Sherlock. Lucy Liu is Watson. They also like to drop the bombs, such as Natalie Dormer (yowza!) as Irene Adler and someone else.

Killjoys, sort of B-grade sci-fi goodness. (Not quite as camp as Farscape, Eureka or Warehouse 13, but not as deadly serious as Battlestar Melodramatica or Stargate Universe.) More fun than Dark Matter, IMO, but lacking the immediate 'plot here!' signs and developing a storyline more organically, it seems.

Dark Matter, yet more B-grade sci-fi goodness, with a bigger cast, at least one of which was stolen straight from Firefly (the big untrustworthy guy whose name might as well be Jayne Cobb). Fortunately for the show, almost everyone else is better written and more interesting, and there's a sort of plot railroad built-in to the premise.

Suits, about some lawyers lawyering it up. Most importantly, it's one of the places that Gina Torres landed (other than a small-ish role in Hannibal). Typical USA network show, in that almost everyone is hot, but adult, unlike a WB/CW show, where everyone is hot and early-twenty-something-pretending-to-be-a-teenager, or late-twenty-something-pretending-to-be-their-parents.

Graceland, about some FBI/DEA/etc. living undercover in a house in, I don't even know, LA, Miami? There's a beach. USA uses Miami pretty well (as in Burn Notice), but I think this one is LA... As tends to happen with cop / agent shows, pretty much everyone has broken or bent enough rules by now to be up to their hips in it.

Other USA shows I've watched, such as White Collar and Royal Pains, either have lost it, or never really had it.

Into the Badlands, glorious wuxia badassery. There might be some sort of story going on, but I'm just here for the backflips and decapitations. Very pretty visuals. And unlike other recent-ish earth-in-ruins sort of shows, like Revolution or, uh, the one with Noah-from-ER leading a resistance against aliens, it doesn't look like it's going to last long enough to make me want to murder the brain cells I spent watching the first seasons.

Oh hey, Hannibal, I mentioned above, and also I watch! Food porn, interspersed with serial killer porn and 'tableaus' straight out of Dexter. So, basically, Dexter, as produced and narrated by Gordon Ramsey. It's an acquired taste.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:
What does the feats Painful Blow and Spell Denial do?

I'm going to randomly guess that Painful Blow makes an attack count as continuing damage and forcing a concentration check to cast spell for the next round.

And if it isn't, then that sounds like a cool Feat to write up!

Spell Denial manifests a spectral voice that says, 'D. E. N. I. A. L. Denial.'

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Aranna wrote:
My mother is left handed... or rather she is ambidextrous. Because every time she tried to write with her left hand the teacher would smack it with a ruler. So she learned to write with both.

Kinda the same here. I was left-handed, but nuns with rulers smacked that inclination out of me. Now, living in a much different part of the country, I bang elbows with my (entirely left-handed) family when we get together for Thanksgiving or Easter dinners.

(While it's funner to suggest that the nuns whacked me into right-handedness out of some superstitious rubbish about the left-hand path of the debbil and the 'dex sinister,' the banal truth is more likely that they were too cheap to buy desks and scissors for lefties...)

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
A state doesn't count on my 'visited' list until I've handled certain biological matters in said state. Thus I've been *through* Delaware four times, but I've never *been* there. Same deal with New Jersey.

In my head, I've translated 'handled certain biological materials' as 'laid pipe.'

And with that, your never having 'been' to New Jersey makes even more sense.

:)

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Lemmy wrote:
So the force obeys the law of conservation of ninjutsu... That... Makes is sound incredibly disappointing. :P

It does fit the lore, anyway. The force is generated and sustained by life, according to Yoda, and if there's only a couple people in the universe tapping into it, they should have a bigger 'pool' of power to tap than if there were hundreds of them running around.

Then again, it also would mean that blowing up planets full of life and living creatures would be counterproductive even to a Sith...

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Lashunta, Pashmunta, I want a PC-ayable Formian caste! That'll alien the place up more than 'hot chick with antennae' or 'hairy dude that's not a dwarf.' :)

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captain yesterday wrote:

But where's Xanderghul! And Alaznist!

If Alaznist ever rises, the PCs darned well get to use a Hellfire Plume in the third act!

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Berselius wrote:
Eh, I feel Emma Frost would fit better as a Mesmerist to be honest. I'm just trying to see if the Mesmerist can be given some offensive firepower is all.

Any time I see a bunch of spells (or any class feature, really) gated off to only be available to a single specific class out of a couple dozen, it feels like a lost opportunity to me, and the psychic attack spells feel exactly on-theme for a Mesmerist (more so than Touch Treatment, or even Trick, IMO).

An Archetype that swapped out one of those for the psychic attack/defense mode spells and the ability to undercast them could be a way to go. Spell levels might have to be tinkered with in some cases, the Mesmerist being a six-level caster, but there's plenty of those (Bard, Summoner, etc.) already in the game to use as examples.

And yeah, comic books tend to have some range with their telepaths, with some being more offensive (like Emma Frost or Saturn Queen) and good at the mind-blasting and specialized in mind control, and others being more utility telepaths or generally good at everything, but specifically *not* mind-control/brainwashing experts (like Jean Grey and Saturn Girl). It sort of ranges all over, from Martian Manhunter, who *usually* sticks to utility stunts (since he's got a zillion other powers and doesn't really *need* to use mind control/psi-blasts) to Psylocke (for whom 'I stab you with my brain' is pretty much her signature move).

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Kylo Ren: Look what I got on ebay! My grandfather's helmet! (Non mint condition)

Phasma: Neat! I've been collecting Chromium hull pieces for my armor from there, I've almost got a complete set!

Maz Kanata: I sniped you both on that Lightsaber and Hand auction. I'm keeping the lightsaber, but you can have the hand if you want.

Snoke: Check out my cool throne with built-in hologram generator. It's amazing that it survived the fall from Death Star 2.0 to Endor, but hey, the Force works in mysterious ways...

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Rowe wrote:
I do like the idea of worshipping Aroden, but it'd be a bit odd. He's the god of humanity and he died 150 years ago, so worshiping him while he was still alive wouldn't work for a human.

He represents a pretty seductive philosophy, though, and his history hasn't disappeared completely. It's not unthinkable that someone would try to cling to his worship as a way to reclaim humanity's glory days. Maybe a Chelaxian whose family lost everything in the civil war and prays to Aroden to try and restore it? He believes so fervently that someday Aroden will return and set things to rights, restore his family's name/wealth/etc., that he thinks the arcane magic he's manifesting is in fact divine magic from Aroden.

Alternatively, it could be someone posing as an Arodenite cleric in order to prey on that same desire. Someone performing miracles in his name would be quite sensational, and could draw a lot of worshippers, prestige, even money if he managed to get a church body together and giving tithes. It's not hard to see why that'd be tempting.

A real cleric of Geryon (archdevil of heresy) might find it hilarious to impersonate a cleric of Aroden (or an Empyreal Lord / outsider who served Aroden and is granting spells in his missing master's name), and lead desperate former Arodenites to a LE human-supremacist direction, associating 'lesser' races like elves, dwarves and halflings with whatever sinister forces attempted to (or did) murder their god, to fluff up their own inferior races, and put a stop to the inevitable ascension of humanity over their followers. If it was set in Cheliax, not only would the archdevil find some official support from a bemused church of Asmodeus in tricking/trolling the sad remnants clinging to Arodenite tenets, and some rich local anti-human bigotry (particularly regarding elves, halflings and tieflings) in which to plant their human supremacist views.

Then again, it's also quite possible for Aroden's tenets to go on to become a deity-less philosophy, like the Green Faith or the Laws of Man, the teachings and principles of the 'god of humanity' living on without an active god or church to promote them. The presence of other spellcasters means that a 'church' lacking clerics isn't necessarily going to be lacking in either divine spellcasting (through rangers, adepts and oracles) or healing options (though those and bards, celestial sorcerers, alchemists and witches).

The only thing 'no clerics' means to a church is literally that, no clerics. Just as non-LG churches seem to survive just fine without paladins, a church of Aroden has *tons* of resources to draw upon, even if they have no clerics of Aroden. And thanks to people like Sivanah, Geryon, various Empyreal Lords, etc. it's entirely possible they might even have a few clerics lurking about, either honoring (or distorting, or subverting) Arodenite tenets (and followers)...

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avr wrote:
A lot of the Razmiran Priest stuff is aimed at being a master of divine scrolls and wands. Perhaps the magic in your blood was awakened by an encounter with such, perhaps you're just obsessed with divine relics.

That actually fits well thematically for an Arodenite, since they had to rely on scrolls and wands after their spells began to fail. A version of Razmiran Priest that progressed from ex-Clerics of Aroden could be an interesting way to work that. Having such a class come from bards, sorcerers and / or adepts who used to serve the church of Aroden could also be a tactic, as they 'cross-studied' to try and pick up the slack left behind with the failure of the clerical members of the church.

Sivanah has also been suggested to have meddled in the whole Razmiran deception, and would also be an intriguing source of 'false priests.' Fooling people like that is pretty much her raison d'etre.

Other dead gods could serve as inspiration, with the Razmiri simply having poached an idea had before, by faltering churches of folk like Ydersius or Acavna or whatever.

Even in faking divine favor, Razmir might be doing nothing more than ripping off other people's ideas, as some scholarly researcher into the dwindling faith of Aroden or degenerate cults to Curchanos might discover.

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limsk wrote:

The Archer and the Sorceress

2 Rangers, one of whom is an aged NPC that conveniently passes magical tattoo and matching +5 longbow of Michael Bay (provides audience-pleasing explosions on par with RPG-7 rounds) to our interpid hero before dying and a Sorceress who doesn't have much in way of combat magic unless you consider the very un-PC attire...

Ooh, I loved that bow. Right up there with Hank's bow, from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, for cool 'I want this!' factor.

It was called 'Archer: Fugitive from the Interregnum' or something when I saw it, which I thought was an ambitious word to put in a title, since the crowd I was hanging with had an even chance of knowing what 'Archer' meant, let alone 'Interregnum.'

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Lemmy wrote:
Here's hoping that lightsaber-blocking thing is used by Phasma to make her a real character...

I'd love for her shiny shiny armor to be some sort of expensive experimental stuff that can at least partially mitigate blaster fire (if not lightsabers), to make her that one stormtrooper in the galaxy whose armor actually has some sort of protective value.

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I blame Cosmo that this conversation has me wanting to stat up a ghoulie that gets to go AoOooo!! whenever you provoke it, causing a fear / withering effect.

Some players just want to watch the game burn. All GMs just want to watch the PCs burn...

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Blackvial wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:

She is still stunning.

She was almost as pretty as David Bowie in Labyrinth.

I blame his hair stylist.
no one could ever be as pretty as David Bowie back then

He married supermodel Iman, and I remember thinking, 'They must go through more on hair care products in that house than we spend on electricity...'

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My electrician roommate just worked on something for two hours, and it was only after he cut his finger trying to tighten something and got blood on it that it suddenly started working.

It's Cosmo's fault that it still takes blood sacrifice to make things work, even here in the future!

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thejeff wrote:
But movie stars seems a strange hill to die on. There are a lot of jobs I'm far more concerned about than who gets the big-money Hollywood ticket.
Especially since the location of production is more important economically than the nationality of the actors.

That is a good point. If all three to five of the 'stars' of the show are foreign, but it's set in New York or Los Angeles, then hundreds, if not *thousands* of Americans are going to get employment from that movie.

If every star is American, but it's set in South Africa or Hungary or whatever, then it's not exactly a great win for America, since a few extremely rich Americans got a little bit more extremely rich, but the USA didn't exactly make out on the deal.

So, back to the threat topic of Dr. Strange, and Marvel movies in general, I suppose it's convenient from a 'supporting the USA' point of view that most Marvel characters, regardless of their country of origin, are mostly USA based. (Dr. Strange, for example, starts out with some Tibetan stuff, but primarily operates out of Greenwich Village, New York, and adjacent dimensions...) Purely foreign teams, like Excalibur and Big Hero 6, are less likely to get live-action films.

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The Raven Black wrote:
Erastil (who might be a post-Ragnarok Asgardian, maybe Odin,

That sentence broke my brain. What a whacky cool idea!

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Woo, there's one of those ultra-rare appearances by Reiko!

(Of course, she might be in many other illustrations, just you can't see her...)

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Hitdice wrote:
P Craig Russel puts Ditko to shame when it comes to Doctor Strange, but I guess that's "Anti-Ditto."

Russell's art is fantastical and beautiful, and was very appropriate for Strange. Ditko definitely had some trippy otherworldly vistas, 'though.

I still haven't found whatever artist I was thinking of for the magical special effects. Maybe I'm tripping and it was Dr. Fate or Arion that had the whacky colorful geometric spell effects?

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Lord Snow wrote:
and in his first day using a blaster, too.
but... but.. I thought he was shooting Womp Rats in his spare time every day?

And all those mad skills he must have picked up as a moisture farmer.

I mean, gosh, I wouldn't even know how to feed and care for moisture, and I'd be totally useless when it came time to round moisture up and butcher it. Which parts of moisture are good eating again, and which parts do I leave for the dogs? Is threshing or reaping involved? Any sort of husking or milling to remove moisture's inedible outer portions?

Ah, the moisture comes from *inside the womp rats!*

It all comes together!

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
There are far too many ways to unjustly damn an innocent soul to various lower planes, and far too few ways to fix it.

That's why we send Paladins to Hell.

And also creates the interesting/scandalous option that there might be terribly evil (and forward thinking) folks who have flipped Pharasma the bird and 'unjustly' gotten themselves cozy retirement cottages in Heaven/Elysium/Nirvana...

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Ooh, the village of Blackcove from Shore to the Sea is mentioned! Very cool to see a town developed by Wolfgang and his whacky Kobold Krewe.

And the word 'aver' was used in a sentence. I don't think I've ever seen that word outside of a dictionary. Kudos!

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Aberzombie wrote:
This one is still going, but kind of slow. And, as per usual these days, they are still dragging on this "fight against Set" story. GET ON WITH IT!!!

Seriously, Fate. Come with your best violence. Set is ready.

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I blame Cosmo for giant invisible spiders.

I just was reading The Best of Edmund Hamilton, and he had a story with a giant invisible spider. Before that, I was reading Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart, and *he* had a giant invisible spider.

And now I'm pretty sure I remember reading something by Edgar Rice Burroughs with a giant invisible spider. And something else by Fritz Lieber with a giant invisible spider. And, I may be hallucinating madly, but I think even Lovecraft had a giant invisible spider, in some bizarre attempt at sci-fi set on the planet Venus.

Cosmo! I'm sick and tired of these motherluvin' giant invisible spiders in these motherlovin' pulp sci-fi/fantasy books!

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Gorbacz wrote:
Rob clearly forgot to add a line about how she kicked a puppy after she was done with her family. That would settle the controversy...

She didn't kick it, she just scolded it and withheld affection and made it feel undeserving and bad about itself, and now it's a pathetically eager to please broken husk of a puppy. Just like Asmodeus intended.

As for evil, she's the worst kind of evil, the selfless evil of the brainwashed zealot.

Selfish evil is at least relatable, out for power or money or respect, but she's dispassionate and uncaring. She's barely even human.

And it's kind of cool that the second 'evil iconic' out of the gate already has people questioning what is evil and what is just void of good traits like empathy and compassion. Evil and good should both be complex enough to support a wide range of character types, many widely different from each other (and many with valid reasons to conflict with each other!), and not just Sith-anger-robots and Jedi-control-robots.

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