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Treppa wrote:
So for some reason people in here have been strenuously hating on my parents' professions, my home town, and my home state. What the heck? This place is so damned negative, it's not fun anymore.

I don't know what your parents' professions are, but: I love Atlanta, and generally consider Georgia (one of) my home states. Also, Orthos, at least, I think, likes GA, too (and maybe Atlanta?). So, you know: it's at least three of us. :D

(Unless you mean Detroit. I only know that one from the Robocop movies. Uh... Robocop is awesome? Oh, and Chicago, at least, is the home of Channel Awesome, so a lot of awesome came out of that. :D)

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Hm. I could only find it Drive Thru and it's only avaible in PDF with the additional purchase of a book. Hm... thanks, though!

Is there a sample of what the character sheets look like?

(I mean, like an image with an obvious huge thing printed over it to prevent stealing, but allow previewing.)

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Tacticslion wrote:
Drow game.
Freehold DM wrote:
Wow. This is nice. And this is coming from someone who hates drow due to Forgotten Realms influence.
Celestial Healer wrote:
I like drow, and your take is really interesting.

Glad you both like it!

One of the ways I can get away with sidestepping the usual issues with magic and fixing everything is actually the Cortex system I'm cribbing from the Firefly game (sorry, Freehold!), which means the codified spells of D&D and PF need not directly apply (although liberal interpretation from them certainly can and should).

Humorously (for me), the main source of inspiration other than "I want to make a drow game" was to google "drow" and start looking at the images Yes: safe search is on. Come on, you guys. Internet! and downloading those that were inspirational in some way whatdidIjustsay?! for future reference.

I found a map from a videogame who's colors inspired the tone of the four worlds, and massively cribbed from every drow source I could, then took one or two steps away from that (or, at least, from my vague memory, thereof).

Anyway, I'm planning on collecting these posts and doing somethign with them now that I've got at least two people who like them, but for now...

entry one

entry two

entry three...

Gods of the Drow:
Gods: these are the gods of the drow people and culture; they represent the powers that the drow folk worship and follow. While certain gods are the center of cultural authority in various places, all the gods are (by necessity) revered to some degree or another, save Mystery and the Great Ice – Mystery is only worshipped by those mages who are reverential in mindset, while the Great Ice is in some areas considered legitimate, in some areas considered heresy, and in some areas considered preeminent (usually replacing another deity in the pantheon). Yoth is the “head” of the pantheon, though she is not necessarily the most culturally revered, locally.

- Beauty: a goddess of allure, beauty, caring, pleasure, and absolute totalitarian authority

- the Great Ice: an underground magical glacier worshiped as an anthropomorphized god(dess?)
and the source of great mystical power

- The Lady of Rings and Masks: a goddess of noted for her eight “rings” (pairs of associations):
assassins and hunting, battle prowess and swordwork, bloodlust and vengeance, chaos
and rebels, dances and songs, lights and surfaces, outcasts and slaves, and thieves and
undeath; each of these represent a facet of drow society and culture, though different
rings mean different things – different societies are “for” or “against” the things in
different rings, each taking scripture to prove their own interpretation.

- Mystery: a (relatively) ‘divine’ concept of magical essence; theorized by some to be a literal
illusion granted effective divinity by worship and funneled magical power that it doles
out to its followers; it is an alien god from somewhere beyond the World

- Worthlessness: a god of change, deception, drow males, immoral action, “icky” things (jellies, oozes,
slimes, etc.), obedience, and subservience; kept chained and tamed by Yoth, as is proper, to prevent
his bestial idiocy from destroying everyone; it is the most often ignored or replaced
deity of the ‘core’ pantheon of the drow religions

- Yoth: a goddess of arachnids and aberrant arachnid-kin creatures, crafts, demons, and fate

- Priestess: any religious devotee who gains power from her goddess

- Spiderkissed: an especially blessed, (at least slightly) insane, and exceptionally potent female;
always visually marked in some way, though sometimes it is “hidden” in strange places;
they are believed to be favored by Yoth; males are “Scorpionstung” but are
exceptionally rare.

- Mockery (Vulkoor): betrayal and bloodshed; combat, dishonor, murder, terror, and treachery;
this is a non-divine but personified concept of service to the Lady of Rings and Masks.
Personified as a scorpion.

- Mul: a naturally-born male; these bestial idiot-savants are the ‘natural’ males of drow kind;
however they are rarely used for any breeding reasons, and are instead treated as a kind
of highly muscled (ugly) slave. There are fewer born every year, and those who do, are
more and more often fiendblooded.

- Fiendblooded: a creature born with fiendish characteristics; often considered a great honor to
the family that has them, though the creatures themselves are often not personally
honored as more than exceptionally rare and valuable slaves. Some similar creatures
born to certain groups are termed Virtueblooded instead and are considered not only
sacred, but benevolent; an occurrence most common among the Great Ice followers.

- Jyfanii: a sacred fluid that is fed to pregnant drow chosen (often by lot) by lot to ensure their
children become males at puberty; it is crafted from various jellies, oozes, slimes, and
poisons carefully balanced with fungi and moss spores with priestess’ powers to become
a transformative elixir

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James Sutter wrote:
I would LOVE to do a Distant Worlds adventure path, and it's really nice to hear this kind of enthusiasm for it. Please keep banging the drum, as we all look to the boards when making these sorts of decisions. :D


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Happy Birthday! That's awesome!

Sharoth wrote:
This is pretty scary if you really think about it.
Aranna wrote:

Cute video. But ultimately wrong. No economy can survive humans being unemployable.

Although we will see the biggest test of this within 5 years when cab drivers are replaced by robots dropping massive numbers into unemployment.

That's the thing, though. There will always be "an economy" and there will humans who are employed... the only question is employed doing what and what the rocky, bumpy road will be met on the way there.

And I think that's more his point. There will come a point at which many are unemployable, but not all, and certainly not at the same time, which is the real issue here. (I based this on the fact that, although it's potentially very frightening, he takes pains to point out that his video is neither an intrinsically scary one, nor that it's a bad trend.) At some point, automation will, in fact, slowly creep into various other tasks, but, as someone in a video I watched very recently pointed out... we're approaching a real, solid physical limit to the size of information (and thus processing) we can accomplish.

The whole automation revolution Grey presupposes there is very much so analogous to the Technological Singularity in my mind: evidenced by a distinct trend that isn't guaranteed to continue, but, if it does, will definitively alter things to the point that they're not really too recognizable from the current way of looking at things.

I wouldn't go so far as to say anyone is wrong... merely that, because we've not seen it happen yet, we can only guess. Time, as they say, will tell.

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He likes cold. He's visiting Cali. :)

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CH liked it, so Imma give you mooooore!

Tacticslion wrote:

Working on the idea for my drow game.

** spoiler omitted **...

Moar Drow:
To clarify, it's a matriarchy because that's the only viable option, in most cases: the fringe cases are too few and too unpredictable to run any kind of society. And they need society working together to live. In all the world, only the hedonistic Jade Empire has the resources to feed everyone (making them an exporter of foods the world over) while the entire Hellgate region is devoted to stopping monstrosities, and the Gray Wastes provide often harsh living, but valuable mineral resources. The Great Ice is... it's own kind of wasteland that is both object of worship (remember the heresies?) and surprisingly generous to those who revere it.

If you've ever read it: yes, I'm stealing several things from Ed Greenwood's otherwise... decent (if eye-rolling fun at the corniness) book, Dark Warrior Rising.

Beyond that, there is a rich cultural tradition of tattoos, all of which are white, to clearly differentiate between drow-made and spiderkissed (not that people could reliably imitate spiderkissed markings anyway).

The one place where males can earn near-equal standing is the Hellgate: the primary entrance-area to and from the Hellscape above and from whence seemingly endless invasions of Hellscape natives pass through. If they have a talent for the arcane (a power too valuable and rare to waste in Hellgate) and they are willing to put it to the service of the drow )and they are: servility, remember?) then they are basically treated like any other free citizen, much to the pearl-clutching horror of... pretty much everything else. Moral repugnance aside, this has created some problems in Hellgate (such as the rise of the worship of the alien god Mystery among the religious arcane there), though it has caused far, far fewer deaths, in-total, than they would have suffered without such permissions.

It's worth noting: most males don't want equality anyway. They are content with the worship of Worthlessness (their patron) and their state of servility. Those who do become full citizens in Hellgate often do so out of a sense of responsibility and duty, rather than ambition. Though those few with ambition can cause great problems...

Omnisexuality is the norm: there is no particular mandate for any sexual behavior other than "at some point produce babies, 'cause we need those, Daggummit" which generally suits most of the populous just fine.

Politics is a thing. There is lots of honor and loyalty everywhere all up in everything. This strong devotion causes problems, however, when it runs counter to other strong devotions. About the only thing you can safely say reliably is that those in the Jade Empire revere the Empress and the goddess Beauty, those in Hellgate revere their sacred duty to the world and Lady of Rings and Masks, those in the gray waste revere their freedom and/or local queen (though these can be misleading), and those from the Great Ice revere it. And, of course, there are always exceptions.

Another thing that keeps happening is the Fiendblooded... but I suppose I'll get to that another time.


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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
The main issue is the crime. Medellin was the world capital, more or less, in the 80s. It's gone down a lot since the druglords got organized and the really bad ones got assassinated, though.

This must be very exciting for you!

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captain yesterday wrote:

Nice thing about having a Beagle, I have a migraine, and the dog curls up under my arm and rests his head on my shoulder.

Between him and the ibuprofen, should have it check any time now. :-)

Here's hoping it feels better soon! Those are terrible! :/

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Working on the idea for my drow game.

I think it's interesting, but I don't know, so it's in a spoiler:
It's interesting; it’s fundamentally different from FR, though obviously taking heavy inspiration from that world. Partially related to the Eberroni drow... but less so to the surface drow, and more like to the underground there.

Effectively, I'm looking for "disturbing attempted benevolence" on their own part - kind of like a rule 63 "good old boys" type deal, where men and women have their 'proper' place... except here, there's more than a little hard evidence of where their place is.

More than that, I've taken some inspiration from the lashunta: the natural-born males are hirsute and hideous. This brings them back closer to their dwarf-like Norse roots, but only for the males. But, notably... those creatures are exceptionally rare, and growing rarer over time.

Instead, to keep their society alive, they've taken to using elixirs on willing (or mandated, often by lot or divine vision) matriarchs who ingest philters that will lead to their currently-unborn children to eventually develop into a full-fledged male (though the final transformation doesn't take place until puberty). The potion (as a byproduct) tends to make males (and pre-males) naturally docile and servile, but usually with lowered intellects and less insight or understanding over-all. They are sent to a Monastery where they are raised and trained until shortly after puberty (and/or until they pass the proper tests). There are various standards and various philosophies of various monasteries – different societies treat men differently.

While there’s a definitive version of a Lolth-like patron, there’s a bit of the Eberron Vulkoor in there as well (though scattered among some of the other gods); beyond that, their pantheon is substantially more diverse, if divided. While the main one is technically the “most important” religion/pantheon wise, the other gods are often “more important” in a cultural fashion to locals. For various reasons, although there are six ‘gods’, only five are ever really worshipped at any given location, and usually it’s four (the other two being considered heresies, differing depending on where you’re from).

While slavery is a thing, it’s (generally, anyway) a kind of “benevolent” slavery – the various semi-sentient monsters that rise from the depths to raid and pillage and devour and the maddened, murderous spawn that descend from the fiery hellscape above the world are treated with at least a moderate amount of respect and mercy: instead of execution, they are captured, tamed, and given as much civilization and decent living as possible; they are kept in check with a combination of food (with some extremely mild non-habit-forming sedatives unique to different species for their personal benefit) and the natural drow mental abilities. Though kept subservient, they are (most usually, and relatively) well-treated and given a substantially superior lifestyle than in their homelands. (At least, that’s how they look at it. This is similar to how males are generally treated.)

Insanity is treated as a kind of divine blessing… because it kind of is. There is a thing called Spiderkissed in which an individual is slightly insane (though the degree varies, and the kind varies) while being heavily marked with unusual tattoos. Though much rarer, males who receive similar ‘blessings’ are called Scorpionstung. There is a delicate balance in honoring these people, and keeping general society safe from them, though, surprisingly, there is a very low “problem” rate in general society.

Anyway, that's just a little of what I've done so far. I'm having fun. Hope you guys can enjoy, too! :D

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Please don't save them all for the last minute! I'm leaving for St. Maarten three days later and need time to give a close look at everything! Remember, the devil's in the details...

I'm certainly not trying! It's a headspace/focus thing. We've been really busy lately and it's been a frustrating thing to stare at a page. Ah, well. Still fun, over-all! And I'm going to try!

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Grr... running out of time/being too distracted to finish. Here's hoping I can...

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Potions. Yes, that's it. >.>

EDIT: Hm. This... actually looks dirtier and more suggestive than I intended. Wow. I'm glad I didn't go all the way through with what I'd originally been thinking.

What I'd originally been thinking:
Saying Elixir of Love. 'Cause, see, they'd been playing around with and wanting to purchase them... okay, no, it's not getting better. I'll... I'll stop.

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Hah! ... hhhhaaaaaahhhh...



... sorry.

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^ Give a round of applause to Mal and the Browncoats, everybody! :D

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Imbicatus wrote:

Dawn of Superfriends

It looks better than the actual movie.

Hah! I used to love those. Can't say they look better, but that was fun: thanks!

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Man, I want NobodysHome and the rest to have more freetime... so I can spend mine reading about what they did with theirs.

... there's... there's nothing wrong with that. Right?


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Nixie wrote:
Your wife plays pathfinder with you?? Lucky!!

I know that I am, at least! I love playing these games with my wife! :D

Captain Zimiri: having a one-on-one campaign is a pretty good idea. It could help her get into roleplaying better, and teach her some of the basic ideas.

One thing to keep in mind, though, above all, is what The Dread Pirate Hurley said, like, right up there:

like, just scroll up wrote:
The first and most important question you're going to have to ask yourself is, "Is this fun, for both of us?" If you find perma-death to be more fun, then go for it.

This concept cannot be undersold in a solo game. If she's not riveted, it's not happening.

Also, be aware, that it will very, very likely be a phenomenally different set of experiences - especially with pacing and side-story interaction - and that engaging in various kinds of role play devices normally unavailable in larger games is also a very solid idea.

For example, romance can be a really awesome thing in such games (no, Internet, I'm not referring to that kind of RP; gutter: mind out-of, etc.*), as can taking the time to build really strong character bonds and emotions with others.

In general, in a solo game, you'll want to vary the difficulty level. It's not as simple as just choosing a lower CR because you've only got one player - some creatures will devastate more powerful but lone players that are push-overs for even lower-leveled groups. Keep that sort of thing in mind when designing things.

(This sort of advice may well be in Ivan's links - I've not yet had the chance to read them, though I look forward to doing so: it sounds awesome!)

Also recall: there's really nothing wrong with giving your wife some assistance. Recall, even in Link's adventures - which are almost entirely solo! - he had lots of help, ranging from fairies restoring his life (heal-bot, hoooooooo~!) to Rito-or-Koroks (allowing him to fly short distances)**, to Epona (and her ranch handlers) to Midna (actively going through each dungeon with him) to even Navi (Aid Another checks: ahoy!). All of these things can enliven the experience, and allow your wife to constantly have someone to talk to or chat with or otherwise have fun with beyond a simple number grind... always important for solo experiences, I've found.

(None of this has been for LoZ-style play, but for Solo play, so do take that in mind, too.)

Here's hoping we here a good report! :D

* That said, should that be a thing that you and your wife enjoy, feel free. Generally speaking, married couples in healthy relationships are awesome and should enjoy exactly what they enjoy! :)

** I might be mis-remembering this. It's... been a while.

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Yeah, we need to know the context. As it is, the only option is Hallow for permanent holiness and Consecrate for (lower-level) temporary holiness. Beyond that... what are you asking about, specifically?

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Matthew Downie wrote:
Scry & Geas strategy: Start casting Geas. Nine minutes and fifty four seconds later, an ally teleports you to where the enemy is.

This is a decent strategy, if permissible. It's questionable because the target may have to be present. Aiming a spell doesn't indicate this, but the Line of Effect entry makes it unclear (to me) if the target needs to be present or not. Still an interesting idea, however, and possibly quite successful.

It does add an extra hour to the casting time, though, and allows a relatively low will save to negate. (Greater Scrying would be better, but that, too, still suddenly allows a will save and spell resistance.)


Covent wrote:
Or use lesser wish --> geas?

This is a good point, but this points more to a flaw with lesser wish (or just wish or miracle) than with geas itself.

... aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it still doesn't hold a candle to simulacrum due to that spell allowing you to get all the spells. :)

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I'm playing the recent Firefly RPG and loving it pretty thoroughly, at present. I highly recommend it.

That said, I've been toying with using the system in a different context: I want to use the same system, pretty much directly, but in the context of a drow-based (or really any fantasy-based) game.

The problem I'm running into is the character sheets: they're a bit too specific, as currently crafted for the Firefly RPG. The changes would all be minor, but important.

Basically, I want to add extra Character Distinctions (possibly just taking up space on the back of the sheet), and replace the B.D.H. Die with an otherwise identical Uncanny Grace Die.

It would also be really cool to grab a Ship Sheet and change it into an Organization Sheet. Effectively, replacing the Engines, Hull, and Systems attributes with Influence, People, and Wealth attributes. The idea is that instead of Ship Class, you have something that you're loyal to, whatever that is:

- House (Business/Extended Family)

- Temple (Possible alternate: Church or Religious Institution)

- Outfit (Military Unit/Smaller Military Force)

- Faction (such as Clan, Political Faction, Greater Military Force, etc.)

- City (Gray Waste, only)*

- Ruler
*This is a campaign-specific thing. I've got a world that's effectively split into four massive regions, one of which is called the "Gray Waste" and is divided into city-states.

These would replace the basic ships classes, and there may be more (I'm willing to hear ideas), but that's what I've come up with at present.

I'd be willing to work with Adobe to just alter the PDFs myself (I highly recommend these gorgeous PDFs, by the way; free at DriveThruRPG), but I really don't know how.

Anyone else have ideas? Anyone just know where I can get "blank" versions of the official things so I could just write stuff in myself? Thanks!

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Grr. Trying to find a generic version of the Firefly RPG version of the cortex system. Basically, I want to add extra Distinctions, and replace the B.D.H. Die with an otherwise identical Uncanny Grace Die.

It would also be really cool to grab a Ship Sheet and change it into an Organization Sheet. Effectively, replacing the Engines, Hull, and Systems attributes with Influence, People, and Wealth attributes.

Hm... this might be better served in the Other Game Systems thread...

EDIT: I did!

Also: man, I must really want them badly!

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captain yesterday wrote:

Lemme know if this works, won't for outside of U.S. probably

otherwise just do a search on youtube for it, i don't have an account so it won't play for me (for some reason youtube has an age restriction on the trailer, and i don't have an account.

Sadly, it does not. Sorry.


TOZ wrote:
My wife's grandmother passed away yesterday. It's turned our plans for the week upside down for the most part. But it looks like she will still be able to make it to Disney next weekend. After this weekend with family, I imagine she'll need it.

I'm so, sorry. Please give her my condolences and empathy. I know exactly how devastating that can be.

Peace and even - hard as it can be to imagine - joy to you both and her whole family during this time.

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R. Tam Sessions

Wow. So good.

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Firefly OST: Reavers

If you have an extended version or on infinite loop, it can be very effective to build tension.

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Treppa wrote:

I think there's a repeated post filter to prevent duplicate postings. You may have run afoul of that. Change the wording more significantly.

** spoiler omitted **

I tried a couple of permutations, but it was late, I was tired, and I definitely had different wording than Sissyl. Ah, well. That's still a good thing to be aware of! Thanks!

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NobodysHome wrote:

Since I know the kids read this:

Voren: The tail
Templari: Already know
Hooken: Already know
Malek: Already know
Irwin: No idea. Checking the Jade Regent artifacts list, but totally open to ideas. PM me!
Athelya: I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to do, but people might have other ideas that I'd welcome
Kwai Chang: I have an idea, but suggestions are welcome

Done. :D

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Two things:

- 1) I think our search engine no longer functions for FAWTL, as this is the post that comes up for me as "newest" when I do a post search.

- 2) I tried several times last night, but it wouldn't let me post*, and I don't know if I did (as the search isn't working), so: Happy Birthday lynora! (Belated, if I haven't already told you, or repeated, if I have.)

* No, seriously, it would not let me post "Happy Birthday!" - for the record, Syssil had just wished you "Happy Birthday, lynora!" (or something very similar) when I first started, and no matter what little changes, I simply couldn't post it. I don't recall if I ever succeeded, or just forgot and eventually went to sleep. Could be related to my phone? I 'unno. :)

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Rysky wrote:
I didn't want to bring this up but I believe I've read before that the reason they're not posting Mengy's alignment is that the developers themselves don't even agree what it should be.

I was trying to intimate this point, above, yeah.

The thing is, though, Mr. Jacob's post above does seem to indicate that he, at least, feels like it will hit print at some point or another.

EDIT: Although, just realizing that the linked post was yesterday means that it is exceptionally unlikely. Whoops.

That said, if it's up to him, I remain semi-confident (alas), that Mengkare would not end up anywhere near the "good" spectrum.

CBDunkerson wrote:

Yes, James Jacobs says over here that they have left it vague (and will likely continue to) because of disagreements on what his alignment should be.

Note: I posted here because the discussion was deemed OT for that thread.

Thanks for the link!

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This is a Documentary! Go figure!
(The sound is... iffy, though. Not sure if that's part of the original, or just this YouTube version of it.)

Of Dice and Men, the talk!

Of Dice and Men is a pretty great book, by the way.

Since we're talking about D&D...

Crossposting for more exposure!

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This is a Documentary! Go figure!
(The sound is... iffy, though. Not sure if that's part of the original, or just this YouTube version of it.)

Of Dice and Men, the talk!

Of Dice and Men is a pretty great book, by the way.

Since we're talking about D&D...

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Ridiculon wrote:
Sigh, missed that. They should make the date tag strobe if it has a year marker other than the current year. Or grow 4 font sizes for every year behind that it is

Eh, it was Shadowtide what brought this beast back - you responded to a thread that popped up. It happens. :)

That said, the OP is quite mistaken: the most OP spell is not this geas spell she so fears, and never has been. That distinction belongs to simulacra.

(Literally no other spell in the book gives you so much power for so little.)

Geas/Quest is powerful, sure, but it's not that powerful, as others have already pointed out, as it has casting limits and wealth limits and is easily blocked.

Aaaaand this has been your needless addition to this conversation!
(It's like I can't help myself.)

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BLloyd607502 wrote:

Personally, I sincerely hope that Mengkare is legit, it's so refreshing to see new interesting takes on LG and Promise seems a perfectly valid one, with a focus on Lawful as well as good.

For alignment Mr Jacobs, maybe he's Mythic 3 resulting in him having the beyond morality ability, which'd let you keep the exact details of how legit he is under wraps for the entire length of an AP and would explain how he can't just prove he's good by having Paladins occasionally wave him through whenever rumors pop up.

This is... a very good idea, as well. I like it!

(An alternate idea that I came up with, was mind blank somehow cursed/embedded into him, which he wasn't able to drop; I really like yours, though, as it has solid in-game mechanics.)

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Nappingbushbaby wrote:


I don't have any questions or comments at this

What is the one question that you want somebody to ask you?


This... is a good question.

Uh... hm.

I'll, uh, have to get back to you on that.

Maneuvermoose wrote:
Apparently, I made a post that was too anime to get any favorites.

Not anymore! That was hilarious!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Because nailing down that region's alignment and thus nailing down the dragon's alignment would more or less be a full-on spoiler. One we don't want to reveal quite yet, but not one like "How did Aroden die" that we'll NEVER reveal.!
Azten wrote:
Anyone else think this is a HUGE spoiler in its own right? If he's a typical Lawful Good gold dragon, why hide it?
Rysky wrote:
It's not stated if he's a typical LG Gold Dragon, which is exactly what James said in the post you quoted.

Azten, while it's a neat concept that has some merit, it doesn't quite hold up as any true evidence on its own.

Rysky, I think you might have missed what Azten was saying... or, perhaps, you were answering it, but in a way that it seems like Azten might interpret differently (which I kind of did until writing this sentence; though I've changed my mind and I now think you're saying what I'm about to).

To (hopefully) facilitate communication, and to answer Azten, I'll simply let state: it is not inherently a spoiler that they hide something, even if that thing would otherwise be typical.

For example:
- Mengkare is feared by some as burning would-be runaways
- Mengkare is associated with eugenics... as are the Nazis...
- Mengkare is strictly anti-religious, similar to the Soviets
- Mengkare is whispered to brutally suppress rebels

... these things could be seen, when taken together, as powerful red flags. But if, in 'reality', Mengkare is a lawful good gold dragon*, and this is known, than it automatically shuts down any possibility of future intrigue-laden campaigns... campaigns filled with, one might say, the "Ultimate Intrigue"**: whether or not a gold dragon of ancient power and might is corrupt, and if so, how and why; and if not... what is causing the darker rumors?

See, the thing is, if Mengkare is evil or even neutral, that's a fine story. But if he is... why hide it? The above rumors indicate that he's evil, and there are plenty of people on the boards who decry his actions as evil - even those that are literally spelled out ahead of time with no trickery involved and that people literally agree to voluntarily.

We know that the rumors are at least partially false, as there are traits and feats that deal with people who are antithetical to the rumors being true. Yet the washed up bodies and other elements definitively cast a dark shadow on the whole deal.

So what gives? I dunno. That's the point.

I'll stick to my own interpretation (that I believe is not loved around the Paizo office, if memory serves, meaning it's unlikely) that Mengkare is still lawful good - not even the teetering kind of lawful good, just straight up lawful good - until I see otherwise... but because they've refused to disclose his actual alignment, I'll just have to wait and see.

* My favorite interpretation, by far.

** Pun very much so intended.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Neither my critter (picklebug) nor my archetypes were picked for Wayfinder either. Not sure they'll be any use (or any interest) to you, Yesterday (or anyone else), but here the archetypes are: the mindkiller and mind assassin (scroll down past the vishkanya stuff).
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
And here's the picklebug.


captain yesterday wrote:
Protuberanssi wrote:
Icyshadow wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I have compiled a list of things Jon Snow knows.
Link didn't work for me D:
So he doesn't actually know anything?
The only thing I know about Jon Snow, is that he doesn't know anything.

Jon Snow.

Know your meme.

Here you go. (Warning: YouTube-version of naughtiness on-screen.)

Spoilers, by the way. (For Game of Thrones.)

baron arem heshvaun wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I have compiled a list of things Jon Snow knows.
Speaking of Snow, remember those crazy random encounters from 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons?

Now, if only this and falling-down-drunk-guy were in a weird short car video together!

(No, not really: this would be a terrible idea.)

Rawr! wrote:
Can I put this on the blog? :)

I can't speak for Amby, but I think it's a great idea!

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Limeylongears wrote:

After all, af at first you don't succ-say-juh, try, try, try again.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Linguistic joke time!


Also, this guy pronounces it somewhere, I think.

(But I do hart me some Treppa's thing. That's hilarious.)

EDIT: Ack! I don't hart it that much! *yanks garments back on!*

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Limeylongears wrote:

A question for Americans.

How do you, personally, pronounce the word 'sage' ?




... or "s-ayj'h" for me.


TriOmegaZero wrote:

Also rather accurate.


Foolishly Patriotic 'Murican wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:

A question for Americans.

How do you, personally, pronounce the word 'sage' ?


Also, also rather accurate. :)

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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:

I am walking around and at work, no longer coughing so hard that it induces vomiting!



Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
My poor wife is home sick. She gave me a kiss in a moment of pity when I was feeling particularly wretched and now suffers for it.


I'll be praying for her. I know that sucks. :/

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We're home! Also, my kids are coming home in less than an hour! Woo~!

... now for the cleaning I ignored to get out of the house on time...

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KingOfAnything wrote:
It's a Long List

"Not quitting while you're ahead." is definitely on my list.

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Traffic sucks. You spend an hour carefully and legally shaving off five minutes or so off of your projected travel time, and spend five minutes watching the projected travel time increase by ten. :/

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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Jacksonville, here I come!
How long you going to be in my neck of the woods?

Sadly, only until riiiiiiiiight... now. I dropped my kids off with my parents* for the weekend! ... so the wife and I can go sleep on someone else's couches. Hm. "Romantic date weekend" seems to have been planned poorly**...

I thought about getting here earlier to have time to see you, but... nope. Kids. Never quite work out on schedule... ;D

* They are staying at a hotel for the weekend.
** It's actually my brother-in-law's house warming party, but it sounded funnier this way.

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Jacksonville, here I come!

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On the road~!
Two hours and a four and one year old! Nothing could possibly go wrong...


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Aranna wrote:
That poor kitty. I wonder how it got so badly hurt?

Yeah. That wound is... large. But very strangely/surprisingly clean for what it is.

captain yesterday wrote:
The Baron has gone feral on the Serengeti Plains.

Hey, now! Just because "lion" doesn't mean "feral"! ... deeeeeespite the fact that my username came from an avatar of a guy in a game that kinda went psycho-evil and turned into a lion-headed hunanoid in order to go on a rampage to kill people... you know what, let's not look into it...

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Healing Proficiency Nat 20

Uh. Wow. That's... I'm impressed the creature was even standing in the first place. O.o

(For the record, said set of images is sweet-but-gory ("sweet" as in "that's so kind/beautiful") so might not be for the squeamish.)

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NobodysHome wrote:

And, since people are talking about fluffiness elsewhere...'s The Fluff...
...and here's Little Miss Hates the World.

What delightful-looking balls of activate-my-allergies they are! :D

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A naked morgue... how awful.

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Orthos! You were noticed by Senpai/MatPat!

(Because you shouted out "TRADITION~!" at their livestream!)

(~1 hour, 8 minutes)

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