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1,509 posts. Alias of Francois MICHEL.


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Taldor

I had the invisble bug once, and then log off/log in did the trick.

Pretty fun game so far.

Taldor

It's been solved since though. I retried and it worked.
Very annoying though.

Taldor

Dear Paizo,

I want to order the content of my shopping card, but somehow, an error message is displayed very briefly, and I am sent back to the checkout page with no clear explanation.

Help me please :)

Taldor

FTAGHN !

Taldor

Ah and how about now ?

Taldor

The black raven wrote:
brvheart wrote:
Stereofm wrote:

I think Pathfinder is already overpowered for Pathfinder, so ToB is definitely no go :)

No seriously gimme

** spoiler omitted **

Best,

Stereofm, you really should check out Rappan Athuk and Slumbering Tsar from Frog God Games. Guaranteed to increase the body count!

Check out this thread:

Slumbering Tsar.

I am one of SFM's players. And I can guarantee to you that we are playing on a rather relaxed mode optimization-wise.

Putting over-the-top threats in front of us will inevitably lead to an arms race where we optimize to the max. The game will become a mere game of numbers and rolls with VERY little opportunity for roleplay and fun.

The game needs more non-combat scenes and goals. And the monsters should have some nice tricks that go outside the usual constraints of the system without making an optimized (but not that much) PC useless or an easy kill. We need more surprises and out-of-the-box thinking in combat encounters rather than uberpowerful enemies.

Some examples I enjoyed confronting and conquering :

- monster goes through walls as if they do not exist
- enemy steals your actions and uses them to act several times each round

I think the key, whether in combat or non-combat scenes, is to encourage players' creativity.

And we don't agree on this one.

There should be danger and the threat of losing, at least some of the time. And no the DM should NOT have to rework everything in the adventure so that happens. This is not what happens currently. Recently, I almost soloed a module with my "weak" by your standards build for Eldric with just the help of a cleric that healed me. I finished the end boss alone in three rounds. Should it not tell you something ?

Offering better options for the players to customize their characters is fine, but this is also exactly where the arms race is. The arms race IS there. So if you do not offer a higher challenge in the adventures while allowing every option available to the players, the game becomes a cakewalk. And I don't believe in restricting players choice too much.

I believe you will understand my point of view soon when you master Jade Regent and see for yourself.

Taldor

I think Pathfinder is already overpowered for Pathfinder, so ToB is definitely no go :)

No seriously gimme

Spoiler:
DEADLIER Adventures !!!
I want a Hard mode. Like now ! No more mr Nice guy !
I have experienced players who are way too comfy with the rules loopholes.

The PCs are not the problem. the opposition IS.

Best,

Taldor

Ok, so available when ?

Taldor

I like the premises. Keep talking.

Taldor

I accept some amount of risk when I finance kickstarters. The one for torn Armor for instance, I can partly forgive. Because a blunder was made and an explanation offered.

I will take what I can from this one and move on from the creator, that's it.

Taldor

I IS BATMAN !!!!

Taldor

HEy !

ONE DAY LEFT ! Get IT NOW, NOW NOW !!!

No seriously, it looks cool, and well on its way.

Taldor

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I agree : not enough Romance potential (regardless of gender).
Also : too many missions (fight scenes), vs not enough roleplay / negotiation / Trade / Romance opportunities.

Taldor

I have just bought the book, and I wonder why you have chosen to include the church of the One True God along with lovecraft-like cults ?

The choice seems risky, and ... why ?

Taldor

Still, it's not a huge selling point for me. So anyone a bit father in Thief ?

Taldor

I have only played the first Assassin's Creed II game, and not the others yet. I don't remember QTE's in the first one. If there were some, then they were good enough that I forgot them, or else they come later in the series.

I have definitely to try the second game, but first, I am going to advance more in skyrim.

Taldor

Scott Betts wrote:


It sounds like your complaint, then, isn't necessarily with the idea of QTEs (which really just boil down to interactive cinematic sequences) but rather with the poor implementation of QTEs we see in many titles. Are there any examples of games you've played that contained QTE-like sequences that you enjoyed?

That sounds reasonable, and I could agree with that, but no I don't recall any game with a good QTE. If you know one, ask me, that might change my mind.

Taldor

Yeah mostly, you get a prompt at a very counterintuitive moment, that usually makes no sense at all, and by the time it is displayed on screen, it is too late, you die horribly, and have to reload the game, waste ten minutes, and learn the sequence by rote in order to hope winning.

And then, that's the good part, usually, they are bug-ridden too.

No, thanks. Give me back my cutscenes.

Taldor

Scott Betts wrote:
Stereofm wrote:
No QTE = Good. I will probably nuy it after all.

I really don't understand this. Literally the only practical effect that removing QTEs had on the game was making cutscenes that were previously interactive non-interactive.

That's a good thing?

Yes.

I have found that I don't like games with QTEs, and that however the rest of the game may be good or not, QTEs ruin the enjoyment of the game for me after a short while.

Past examples that were ruined for me : Dead Space 2 and 3, Tomb raider.

So now QTEs = no buy.

Taldor

No QTE = Good. I will probably nuy it after all.

Taldor

And the QTEs ? Are they as annoying as initially described ?

Taldor

Galt, Taldor and the Aquatic Elves.

Taldor

i wish all the Best to Sean, and look forward to reading his ideas in books again soon.

Taldor

I think I will wait for the minis to be commercially available before I buy any of them.

Taldor

Yeah, and about print ?

Taldor

Yes.
But you did not manage to buy before I bought it myself.

Mwahahahaha ?

Taldor

bought

Taldor

I liked the adventure, there were some good ideas, and it seemed like the danger factor was at last a bit better than usually, but I have one gripe : not enough art.

Taldor

Depends on the campaign, but I always ask for a backstory. All of my players but one comply.

Taldor

London Grammar and the Temper Trap

Taldor

I used to live in Scotland some gosh ... 17 years back, and they already wanted it. While I wish them all the best, I am far from certain that it would really work economically.

More luck to all my friends there anyways.

Taldor *

Hey sorry for the delay.
I'll talk about it to ,D; the owner. I'm sure we can do something.

Taldor

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I don't find it so much more horribly broken than I what I see when I dare to peek at the official rule forums here... the HORROR ! the HORROR !

Taldor

I bought several from their shop, and am very pleased.
Did not know they were sold here.

Taldor

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I like cheesecake, and I don't see why it should not be here, unless we go for an all-realistic approach, where swords are the correct size, dagger wounds actually kill you, armor is actually funtional, wounds are handled realistically, combat is actually deadly, and magic has realist outcomes (nil effect).

In short, no prudeness in my Fantasy.

Taldor

My optimized PCs after an initial surprise, where they underestimated the opposition, and some initial bad planning, easily crushed everything in their path, with barely a sweat.

Except with the Dragon, they had trouble with him, until it failed a suggestion check.

Taldor

Someone close recently said to me that she has not ever met someone who was not at least part of a ....... at times, yet you have to keep the good parts and forget the rest.

So you should have a discussion with your old time friend, outside of game, with probably a few beers, get a good laugh, and move on.

best,

Taldor

Rite Publishing wrote:

Part 1

The Road to Revolution: The Campaign (PFRPG) PDF

I am sure there is a printer version, I forgot where though.

It was available as POD from lulu at some point.

I second this is really a great campaign

Taldor

Also, you may want to know that French RPG products are usually very innovating, with lots of good ideas, but tend to fall way too often in the narrativist trap (very directive adventures), so they often require more work from the DM. We'll see for this one.

Taldor

French translation of D&D/Pathfinder have a long tradition of being horrible. I hear less bad things about Black Books than for any of the previous ones, but I guess that's always a risk.

On the plus side, bad translations motivated me to learn English, way back. So it's not entirely a bad thing :)

Taldor

Hi,
So I have nothing to do with this project, but I figured a few of you might be interested : Black book Editions (the French Pathfinder translator) is having a kind-of crowdfunding for a new Pathfinder world.

Here it is :
Broken World

It looks promising, but is unlikely to be translated.

Taldor

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Sometimes, real life is worse than RPG scenarii.
Runelord Karzoug must be proud of them.

Taldor

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I think the moderators are doing fine.
I also think some of the posters are not doing as much effort as they should to keep the discussions friendly, and quite a few should review their behaviour, and reread their posts before posting.

Taldor

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Cool. I want it then. Please let me know when print is ready

Taldor

Will there be a POD version ?

Taldor

My point exactly : you can't please everyone, but you should not avoid issues : you should show things as they are, without insisting unduly, and let heroes (PCs) solve the problem.

So far, I think Paizo is doing fairly well, but I'd rather more spice.

Taldor

To me I think a lot of the posters are projecting their emotions, and often bad gaming past experiences due to jerk DMs.

My view is that to have satisfaction in eliminating your enemies, you need them to be antagonistic and evil (by your view).

When you are new to the game, an orc is a wonderful thing to slay. After ten, er twenty, er thirty, er ... ? years of gaming, the orc needs to be something really evil/unpleasant/bad to bother fighting it.

Generic fantasy settings get boring. Fast. How many times have I saved the world already ? A good enemy is some guy you can hate, guilt-free.

And that's why I am annoyed by sanitized reprensentations of our world, or of any fantasy world.

YMMV, and so on

Taldor

I am very sorry to hear this.

Taldor

This is an interesting question.

My answer : it is interesting to give the modern answer to a world that mirrors old time values.

I will dare the slavery question : I hold slavery as extreme evil.
Many medieval cultures did not.

I think fighting against worldwide cultural evil is all the more virtuous than fighting against localised sanitised evil.

I'll try to say it some other way : in game design way, it is much better if a lot of the gaming world seems evil (ancient/medieval/alien/other) to us modern gamers, as it will create more opportunities to shine and show the game world the "right" (ours) way through our PCs.

There is no much glory, IMO, in fighting a sanitized world with "not quite good" guys, when you could be fighting EVVVIILLLLLL !!!!! guys.

And no demons and devils don't count : they get old pretty fast, while eveil NPCs don't.

YMMV, friendly advice and all that, of course.

I'd rather to have scenarii and APs with more human (-like) level baddies, and less extra-planar/save the world/save the convenient pocket plane/whatever ... because I would relate more to them.

best,

Taldor *

Hi, there are quite a few games going on at La carte Chance.
Not all DMs are equally good at English, but I'm fairly sure we can arrange something.

What would be your dates ?

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