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Thanks guys.

I repeated the Thread in the appropriate forum; thanks for the link!

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So,... never a card-game guy, strictly D&D(Pathfinder), but played a session or two with some other Paizonians and kinda like it.

Have a couple questions on Homebrew design I'm sure the Lords-of-the-Boards have already hashed out and can tell me about or link me to the right Thread:

1) What are some typical, well play-tested, alternate Class builds? Like, have you guys made alternate Paladins, Wizards, Druids & such, either just Abilitiy Score dice rolls and/or legal cards for the Class' deck?

2) Better, have you guys designed some balanced, well play-tested, "create-your-own-class" rules ... and what are some?

3) Would lengthening your hand from 15 total cards to 20 total cards, and then adding 1 card to your, um, "face up" cards make the game unbalanced -- that is, if you then also added another monster to each "location"(?) deck and maybe another few cards to the "timer"(?) deck that keeps track of the whole session's success/ failure?

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I think the individual monsters seem a bit weak, but then the group I sometimes join is (and I am) very into helping each other out with Blessings & such, making monsters "defeat DC" pretty low compared to what we come up with. (Obviously this depends not only on playing style within the group but also Class selection and group size).

I also really like playing the Paladin but would rather select an Ability-Score array and Deck make-up and such without having it written in stone. Any Homebrew designs out there that, for example, let a Paladin keep an Item Card and take away, for example, an Armor Card -- Or increase his DEX dice while decreasing his WIS dice?

What's out there?

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Cool Thread -- made me go back to my first posts and their Threads, summer of '06, and remember how different everything was before WotC killed D&D and began the Edition Wars.

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So,... never a card-game guy, strictly D&D(Pathfinder), but played a session or two with some other Paizonians and kinda like it.

Have a couple questions on Homebrew design I'm sure the Lords-of-the-Boards have already hashed out and can tell me about or link me to the right Thread:

1) What are some typical, well play-tested, alternate Class builds? Like, have you guys made alternate Paladins, Wizards, Druids & such, either just Abilitiy Score dice rolls and/or legal cards for the Class' deck?

2) Better, have you guys designed some balanced, well play-tested, "create-your-own-class" rules ... and what are some?

3) Would lengthening your hand from 15 total cards to 20 total cards, and then adding 1 card to your, um, "face up" cards make the game unbalanced -- that is, if you then also added another monster to each "location"(?) deck and maybe another few cards to the "timer"(?) deck that keeps track of the whole session's success/ failure?

. . . .

I think the individual monsters seem a bit weak, but then the group I sometimes join is (and I am) very into helping each other out with Blessings & such, making monsters "defeat DC" pretty low compared to what we come up with. (Obviously this depends not only on playing style within the group but also Class selection and group size).

I also really like playing the Paladin but would rather select an Ability-Score array and Deck make-up and such without having it written in stone. Any Homebrew designs out there that, for example, let a Paladin keep an Item Card and take away, for example, an Armor Card -- Or increase his DEX dice while decreasing his WIS dice?

What's out there?

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Varisia

Then Varisia a few more times before
Cheliax,
Absalom,
The WorldWound,
Andoran,
Land of the Linnorm Kings, and
Realm of the Mammoth Lords. In that order.

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Thanks!

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God of food...?

Beory wasn't cool in Greyhawk; she'll not be cool here. We don't need her in Pathfinder.
And let's not get started on how pathetic Chauntea is in FR.

Please, no food god.

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THE SPIRE OF NEX

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Really,

It's pretty obvious (has been for several years) that Mona either will never be able to do this "properly" or just isn't that interested in doing it afterall.

But it's the Undermountain to Waterdeep; the Ptolus megadungeon to Ptolus;... the Castle Grayhawk to Greyhawk.

Mona needs to walk away from it and allow someone slse to do it if he can't. Or just do it himself like he intended back in, what, '07?

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Where in the River Kingdoms is the Emerald Spire?

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I have a twin!?!?!

What great news.

Spoiler:
Now I can do all those heinous crimes and blame the DNA results on the cricket. ;)

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Congrats, Germany fans!

. . . .

And now back to club football:

Arsenal shall rule the world, obviously!

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Morthoron
CG Elf, Kyonin Magus/ Fighter - 8th Lvl Gestalt

"Vampires and Drow of Varisia" Campaign

After the final Stone Giant began to flee, Morthoron, already heavily injured, continued the chase. Normally this would have been no problem except that his partner in front-line fighting, Bellaris the LN Halfling Monk/ Barbarian could not keep up the chase with him, after having exhauseted his rounds of "Quiet-Storm" -- NOT Rage because he's a Monk/Bbn and not just some dumb Bbn! -- and gained the Fatigued condition. By himself cornering the Stone Giant, Morthoron had no chance. Especially with a critical hit that smashed him into oblivion.

DM Note: I allowed Morthoron to use a Badd-Ass Point (I don't give lame Hero points, PCs in my Campaigns are Badd-Asses!) to halve the damage and only be unconscious & bleeding, 2 HP from his CON score, even though Morthoron had used his Badd-Ass point already.

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Morvius Wintrish
LN Tiefling, Chelaxian Alchemist/ Witch - 8th Lvl Gestalt

"Vampires and Drow of Varisia" Campaign
(Homebrew using "Lady of the Mists," Carrion Crown, Second Darkness, and other published adventures -- all taking place in Varisia)

After infiltrating the ruins of Xin Shalast deep in the Kodor Mountains, on their way to The Dark Tower of Cabilar near Xin Shalast (Dungeon #1) the PCs attack a group of Stone Giant Rune-Mages under the command of Mokmurian from Jorgunfist.

After the party tank fell to unconsciousness in melee with the last giant, the giant threw one of his magicalized-boulders at Morvius -- who failed to heal up after the last few rounds of initiative. (The fight progressed over a few non-combat chase sequences across quite a bit of terrain.)

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Judy Bauer wrote:
Any word whether Silva will be back for the third-place game tomorrow? I'd love to see Brazil win back some pride there.

Not me.

And Thiago Silva will be back, like Marc said.

I hope he teams up with Dante -- as much as I am a fan of David Luiz as a person (especially now that he's gone from Chelsea!), he's not the beter Center Back for Brasil along side of Silva. Dante is. Brasil should have started every game with Thiago Silva and Dante at CB and David Luiz (maybe) one of the defensive midfielders.

But I sure hope Nederlands beats Brasil later today.
(despite having 24 hours LESS rest & recovery)

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Pedro Coelho wrote:
Fred and Jo are the worst Brazilian strikers that ever played in a World Cup (that statement is backed up by numbers)

It's also backed up by common sense.

I'm still new to football (4 1/2 years) but I know they are just not good compared to the best players in the world.

Pedro Coelho wrote:

There are teams that are always contenders,...

Brazil is still on that list. As is Italy. As is France. As is Holland (personally, they are the ones I feel are overrated, even if they'll probably kick our asses on Saturday). As is Argentina,

Agreed that Brasil are contenders -- still a great team. Just not as good as (my list) Germany, Spain, France, Argentina, & Holland -- in that order. And it helps that the Cup was IN Brasil for them. But they were never gonna beat Germany -- I predicted back in December that Holland would knock them out in the Round-of-16 -- we'll see what happens in a few hours from now.

Regarding what you say about Holland & Argentina being also overrated, I dunno -- most pundits I have heard have said that they are good but not great, making me disagree with them but I'm just me. Yes Argentina would have to seemingly field 11 strikers to put their 11 best players on the pitch -- but I strongly posit that their midfield is very good and their defense is pretty good. Add to that the best group of strikers in the world BY FAR, I have Argentina as #4 in the wrold -- ON PAPER.

And I have Holland #5 -- with a significant gap between them and Brasil at (from my list) 6th. But like I said -- most pundits don't put them quite that high. ....Anyway, the (somewhat) silly point I was trying to make is thus: If most pundits don't feel Argentina and Holland are super-teams, how can they be overrated?

Pedro Coelho wrote:
I bet my friends that the final would be Germany X Argentina.

Nice!

I had Spain beating Germany
(Even though I have Germany #1 & Spain #2 on my list (Best teams on paper), I hoped Spain would win, cementing them as the greatest squad in the history of the game -- which I still think they are, just too passed their prime.

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I asked for Bob Dylan and you delivered.

"Knockin' on Hellish Doors" for the win!

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*(Back on the Boards after a week away)

Well,... I've been saying it since (actually before) December and the Group draw: Brasil are overrated. They are flat-out not as good as the great teams. Germany would have beaten them even with their best player -- Thiago Silva. (Neymar, like the team as a whole, is grossly overrated.) This squad will be great in a few years when Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Luiz and those defensive-midfielders are a bit more experienced but for now -- no way they could beat Germany.

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Crap, I predicted Nederlands to beat Argentina. Ah well.

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It'll be REAL interesting to see Argentina face Germany, knowing that not only could they win the World Cup -- but do it IN Brasil -- and perhaps most significantly, by defeating the team that Humiliated their grossly overrated arch-rivals in the Semis.

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I hadn't thought about that -- that CRC finished the Cup without losing a game, only on penalties. Wow.

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Everyone ready for an all-Europe Final?!?

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BTW,

Germany will BEAT Brasil

Nederlands will BEAT Argentina (after eliminating CRC)

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David Luiz should win Man-of-the-Year -- what a great humanitarian and good sport he is off and on the pitch.

I'm so glad I don't have to root against him now that he's gone from the Premier League.

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Argentina Question

So let's pretend: Argentina win the World Cup but Messi isn't the main reason. He has a pretty good overall Cup but isn't the Golden Boot.
.... Where then do you rank Messi all time?

How about this -- same situation except that it's Sergio Aguero who IS the hero. Let's say Aguero scores 4 or 5 goals in the next two games and is the main hero for Argentina.
.... Where do you rank Aguero all time?

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Kajehase wrote:

Ah well... The Germans were better.

And no Mertesacker seems to have helped with the defence.

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I think leaving out Mertesacker was a wise decision. (Remember I'm a huge ARSENAL fan.)

Germany played with a back line higher than Delta flies in the sky. If you're gonna do that it is a bad idea to put in a CB (Mert) who can not run the length of the pitch in less than six minutes.

Now, I'm quite proud of this little observation -- remember, I'm an American who's only been following this game for a few years and (except for my first 6 months) have had no one to teach me this stuff. I usually have to watch the games by myself and be completely autodidactic.

What do you guys think? Am I on to something -- great idea to sit Mert if you're gonna use a high line!

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Of course, it SUCKED for me because out of the large number of Arsenal players for the two teams, ONLY Ozil started. I was SOOOOO looking forward to seeing Mert vs Giroud! And Ozil vs Kos! Heck, and maybe even Podolski off the bench.

Ah well.

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aeglos wrote:
It may help to bring young ones into the sport and maybe keep players in the sport after youth

(my bold)

This.

Absolutely this.

Problem is -- we're a LONG way from that. All of our kids play when they are little -- though not at all seriously. (In the US there's a cliche stereotype used called "Soccer Mom" describing ninety-eleventy percent of moms here.)

But NONE, honestly none of our top youth atheletes stick to football. They ALL switch to basketball or American-football.

Honestly, had the Howards and Dempseys and Donovans and Bradleys and Beckermans and Holdens and such played basketball, baseball or American-football, none of them would have even been able to play at the college level -- they're not nearly good enough atheletes. (You've seen our Olympians, right, at the Olympics -- They are not as good sports-wise as our best atheletes. I can name, of the top of my head, two dozen American footballers who could BLOW AWAY Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale in a sprint. Please believe me, I'm not exagerrating. And they're all built like Hulk and are the size of your average Center Back.

Until our best atheletes stick to football we will not get significantly better. I hate that, too. Giuseppi Rossi showed promise at age 11 and his father immediately sent him from New Jersey to Italy. And our players of the immediate future: Diskerud is from Norway. Green and Zelalem are from Germany. Johansson is from Iceland. Heck, our top players now are a mix: Jones from Germany, Bedoya from Spain and Chandler (also) from Germany.

Until our kids stick to it we will stay about where we are.

Incidentally, this is why it's a great idea for Klinsman to try so desperately to get Julian Green and Gedion Zelalem to join USA. Because if they DO live up to their potential, holy cow, we could be a legitimate contender for a semi-final in 2018, or at least a Q-Final.

And who knows, maybe that'll lead to some of our young prodigies to stick to football when they hit High School instead of switching to the more popular American sports.

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GeraintElberion wrote:

Petr Cech is often seen as the best keeper in the British league.

He is very good.

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When I started in '09 it was Van der Sar of Man Utd and, of course, Cech of Chelsea that were miles ahead of everyone else. Pepe Reina too, in third. But Mignolet and Begovic weren't then as good as now so Howard was still in the top 5. Now a few new greats have emerged but Van der Sar & Reina are gone and Petr Cech has lost a step or two. We can't really consider him a top 5 Keeper anymore. Meanwhile, for a year Brad Friedle was causing me problems because he was so great; I remember a few Scottish golfers who came here during their "tour" of big name Golf Courses -- they swore Howard wasn't even the best US Keeper in England. (Friedle was great, yes, but never as good as Howard has been the last 5 or 6 years.)

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Sheesh, I get too busy for a couple days and miss 100 posts.

Old news now but -- Replay should be applied to football and Robben should have been given at least a Yellow Card for simulation.

Of course, considering my prediction that that was the game of the Round that would be a blow out....
I have to admit relief that Holland won.

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So, when I started watching football in the Fall of '09 one of the first things I observed was that Tim Howard was really good. And for four-and-a-half years I would try to convince English fans I'd meet online or in person here in the States that he is easily one of the top 5 Goalies in England. Only to be treated as a "Homer." (In the US, someone who picks their "home team" in debate because they can't see past their emotional screen)

Now maybe they'll all believe me!

Is Hugo Lloris better? Yes.

Are Joe Hart, Simon Mignolet, and Asmir Begovic equal to and maybe better? Yes.

But Tim Howard is still easily one of the top 5 Keepers in England. Sorry David de Gea. (Actually, REALLY not sorry!)

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Well, the US is out and the handful of my fellow Americans who follow this game for a few weeks every four years are gone. We will get a small few more permanent fans, just like we have done the last 4 World Cups -- folks who enjoyed it enough to want to start following Club football and stick to the sport.

But not many. Just like 2010. Just like 2006. Etc.

It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2018. Then we'll have a very experienced, and actually quality defense in front of goal -- PLUS -- Gedion Zelalem, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Aron Johansson, (perhaps) Yedlin, and who knows, maybe even one or two other actually talented players. Bradley as team captain then makes sense. We could potentially do really really well. (And the English shall hold their breaths!) Bot of course that's only if these young guys actually live up to their potential.

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So what will happen in the Round of 16 everybody?...
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Will Holland beat Mexico 7-0?
Or will Holland beat Mexico 8-0?
Or maybe 9-0.
Which one?

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Brasil vs Chile is a tough choice -- I barely predict Chile to win.

Columbia vs Uruguay is also tough -- Uruguay will play furiously. Columbia will win. (My toughest choice this round)

Switzerland will give Argentina everything they can handle but will still lose; Messi shall score a brace, at least.

Belgium will win (god I hope not and we Americans do, at least, have a shot -- unlike Mexico, Nigeria and Algeria -- who will be humiliated in their games.)

Costa Rica will beat Greece. Wait, I mean, England will beat Italy. Wait, I mean ... Are you sure Costa Rica and Greece are playing each other?!?

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Slaunyeh wrote:
What chance the United States shocks Belgium and the world with a win?
Jaelithe wrote:
I'd be more shocked if Belgium won.
Marc Radle wrote:
(Me too)

Wow.

Now I'm shocked.

I do believe that the US has a chance to win. We play together as a team and fight for every minute.

But Belgium has plenty of rest having played, what, 7 or 8 backups in their game 3... And despite having had some problems playing together as a team of incredible individuals, I think they're more likely to get better as a team unit the further they go; they will not stagnate.

And less we forget... Romelu Lukaku... Eden Hazard... Kompany... Fellaini... etc... etc... etc... At every single position. Every. Single. Position. They are much better. Much better. Clint Dempsey is good. He sure as hell ain't Lukaku or Hazard (depending on where Dempsey is played). Michael Bradley is good. Jermaine Jones is solid and having a good Cup. Tim Howard is GREAT. But in every position Belgium is better.

I predicted US to upset the Group in December to advance. I also predicted US in December to lose to Belgium.

Here's hoping I'm wrong!

Go USA!

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And yet Muller isn't considered one of the top 25 players in the world.

For Bayern Munich I still easily put Robben, Ribery, Neuer, Lahm and (soon) Lewandowski all ahead of him. And on the German National team I add Ozil,

But my god he scores in World Cup games, yes?!

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Whew

USA

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The Luis Suarez sanction is correct. For this third offense, it is precisely what is appropriate.

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And Holland...

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Yeah, I'm not too optimistic about "strong" growth in the US; I think, though, that a fan's perspective greatly depends on where in the US one lives. For me, the last 3 cities (2 FL, 1 NC) I've been in have had absolutely NO international football love. Real Madrid vs Atletico a month ago didn't even exist here. Not a single "Irish" Pub or sports bar (I called over 20, all I could find) even knew it was on or what it was. Same with all the other Champions' League games the last few years -- not to mention Premier League games. And no one on ESPN knows anything about football.

But we are growing -- just not very fast.

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Really, Spain are happy they won a game. Against Australia-

How the mighty have fallen. They were pathetic the whole tournament.
Question: Will Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi, Pique, Busquets, Sergio Ramos, Iker Cassilias or any of the other Barca/ Real players ever play for the Spain squad again?
They can't cut it.

It seems as though Mata, Cazorla, Silva, Fabregas & DeGea, and young players I've not learned yet, should be the future of the club. What do the Spain followers say?

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Anyone else excited about Brasil vs Chile?!

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I'm not convinced the Group draws are rigged at all. I revile FIFA as much as the next human with a beating heart and a soul -- but I don't see their motive for fixing the Groups.

They should be far more transparent in, well, in everything (if they should even exist as a governing body at all). But ultimately, the teams have to be rated (so that the A teams are in separate Groups) and you can only fairly rate them on performances. Switzerland isn't 1/100th a team as Germany, France, Argentina, Spain -- even Brasil. But based on their handful of games, they deserved to be one of the 8 "A" teams.

Did FIFA rig it so that France, on paper the 3rd or 4th best team in the world despite stinking up every football pitch they'd been on, humiliating their country and looking like asses since 2010, would be in the same Group as Switzerland so that the Group would have a legitimate contender (cuz the Swiss sure as heck ain't real contenders)?... I don't think so.

And I really don't believe that US and Ghana were matched together on purpose. Or anything else. FIFA, as corrupt, pathetic and soulless as they are, have no motive to do that.

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On USA and football:

For us, until our best atheletes stick with it as kids, instead of leaving it for American football, basketball and baseball, we will not get better and there will be no incentive for fans to learn the game until we have great players playing it.

Right now our best young atheletes, if they even play football, quit by age 14-15 to play American football and basketball and such. Thus MLS sucks, overall talent-wise.

Thus none of the regular sports pundits here know anything or care anything about it. And the 40+ age crowd won't care until Tony Kornheiser and Mike Greenberg and Woody Paige and Mitch Albom and Jim Rome and Mike Wilbon, etc., etc., care enough about it to learn it. Example: Bill Plashke proclaims to be a new Arsenal fan and probably couldn't tell you much more about Arsenal than that the colors are red and Thierry Henry (because he plays in NY now) used to play for Arsenal.

Only a tiny few of us, slowly and not very steadily, are getting into football over here.

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And now we have to root for Portugal to beat Ghana -- yet only by a goal difference that keeps our goal difference ahead of Ghana (not hard)

And we must keep our upcoming loss to Germany close (so we don't lose goal diffeerence vs Ghana & Portugal)

Portugal 2-0 Ghana
Germany 1-0 USA

Those scores look viable and get us through to the Round of 16.

Or maybe we'll be lucky and Germany will just give us a draw -- I mean, "tie." (Ain't language great?)

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Hmmm,

I go to report the event but, when looking at the Scenarios there is not one for the Free RPG Day mod.

Is there more than one way to report?

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So, I'm trying to Report "Risen from the Sands" from Free RPG Day but it isn't on the list of reportable scenarios yet.

Help....

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I am a BIG GH guy.

My Wrath of the Righteous PC is Gestalt Paladin of Iomedae / Inquisitor of Metatron (apocryphal Angel, risen from Enoch in Genesis). Ozil's family name is Winterburn, partly because of Nigel and mostly because as a descendent of a Lord in the Linnorm Lands, "Winterburn" sounded cool. Ozil Winterburn, Viking Paladin / Inquisitor fighting in the Worldwound!

Arsenal rules.

Holy Cow Spain AND England!

Way to go Costa Rica (How 'bout that Joel Campbell!)

Nederlands will beat Brasil in Q-Finals. (Like I said in Dec.)

France, Argentina, Germany -- can't wait for Q-Finals & Semi-Finals!

USA

USA

USA

USA

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Kajehase wrote:

Attacking anyone - opponent, team mate, referee, ball boy, or spectator is an automatic red if the ref sees it.

I think Newcastle had someone do it a number of years ago.

Or was that just another incident where Alan Pardew attacked a player?!

zing

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Portugal vs USA . . . . I think US losing Josy is less than Portugal losing Cristiano, yes!

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Does anyone see a retroactive Red Card for Assou Ekouto coming?

I've never heard of a player getting a Card for attacking his own teammate.
Wow.
Either way -- it's something else for us to add to the Tottenham-hate-chants next year! (Assuming Totty brings him back from loan)

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Columbia is good! That's a heckuva good Group.

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Gruumash is Great.
Hey, my PC in our new Wrath of the Righteous game is named Ozil.

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What all do we know about the current state of the Starstone Cathedral -- NPCs who live there/ go regularly, physical layout/ floor plans, distance between it and the promenade (How wide is that chasm?), etc.

And from what sources do we have published material about the Starstone Cathedral?

Thanks!

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Holy Cow Chile!

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I just read an article, I think on ESPN.com though I'll never be able to find it again, that begged the question of American sports culture hating things like diving -- and most of our athletes' refusal to participate.

In the US our sports culture absolutely reviles diving and other cheesy, bs shenanigans -- and does that actually hurt us in football games?

As an American product of our sports culture I despise what Muller did: pretend Pepe actually hurt him with his itty-bitty baby bump -- but I'm with everyone else that Pepe still can't then kneel down to tell Muller to stop acting like a petty baby and get up, and then give him an itty-bitty head-bump for acting like a baby. The itty-bitty head bump was deserving of the Red Card. But as you also said, it wasn't Zidane (which soooo many other people compared it to).

Either way, Arsenal FC still rules the world.

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Responding to the OP -- on the assumption that you're genuinely interested in the question and not just being snarky --

There are several, meh, "political parties" in literary theory and you're right, at least one of those doesn't care AT ALL what the author's intent may or may not have been. One of my colleagues (years ago) was a very vocal member of that group of critics. One of the first things she would drum into her Undergrads was "Who cares what Shakespeare thought!?"

Other "political parties" have different philosophies or agendas or what have you and when critics publish their own material it's pretty much always pushing their own team's beliefs in the world of publish or perish. You can probably pretty easily find the various schools of literary theory and what they're all about (and who hates whom) on the web somewhere. Maybe Wikipedia is a good place to start.

The political party that the link in the OP sounds like is called "Reader Response Criticism" (creatively enough) but there are plenty of others who dismiss that school as petty mental masturbation. (Although maybe it's all mental masturbation (and maybe that's never petty.))

I personally (back when I was in publish or perish) was a proud New Historicist, arguing the literary day of a "history of ideas" -- basically arguing that it don't matter so much what the author intended (he or she can only create something from the Times in which he or she lived) and maybe even it don't matter so much what the reader gets cuz the reader can only get from the text what his or her own Time & culture can allow.

Anyway, this ain't exactly stuff that casual readers or little undergrads (those not interested in Grad school) would likely care about.

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Wrath of the Righteous claims its first casualty in only our SECOND SESSION!

KANG
CG Tiefling
Barbarian-2
Rogue-2 ....(Gestalt)

WotR

Spoiler:
The PCs are underground after having witnessed The Storm King's attack on Kenebres and, after having made friends with Chief Sull of the Mongrelmen descendants of Crusaders, agree to go kill the traitor Mongrelmen who have pitched in with the Demons.

And in the first fight against the demon-lickers, Kang falls to unconsciousness after a critically vicious hit and on the next round is given a coup de grace in his Chaotic Good, Barbarian-Rogue heart.

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Aranna wrote:
Yes! USA wins vs Ghana. Tense game because Ghana defeated us repeatedly in the past.

I was playing through our second session of Wrath of the Righteous during the game. I had a laptop open and missed half of the session and half of the game.

Man, it was a rough 2nd half -- so much anxiety. When Ghana brought on Essien I thought for sure it was over for US. And then all the sudden Kevin-Prince Boateng comes on and I KNOW he will rip us to shreds. He's so good.

And then Ghana scored in 82 and I thought I'd die of nausea. So close! Plus Ghana looked like another goal would come.

And out of nowhere we scored.
I jumped up and screamed and the other players -- more typical Americans who care essentially nothing for football, and who were busy playing Wrath of the Righteous -- well, let's just say I interrupted our session for a few minutes jumping up and down cheering.

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The Mighty Chocobo wrote:
Germany and USA?! Shouldn't it be Germany + Portugal? I don't think Amurica has a great chance of going through.

You are right, of course -- Portugal is better.

But not so much better that US has no chance -- heck, Portugal & US are not so much better that Ghana didn't have a chance (before the start).

But I picked US -- partly in hope that Stuart Holden could get past his injury and partly because I was confident Jozy would wake up finally in Sunderland after a poor first 3 months (remember I made these picks in Dec.). And, of course, because I thought there was no way Klinsman would be so stupid as to let his personal prejudice against Donovan keep America's best player (outside of Goal) from the squad.

And for Portugal, they struggled to get in the Group stage at all. Nani and Raul Mierreles are both getting older and not playing much -- I figured US had a legitimate shot.

So I picked the upset.

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Pepe's head-butt foul less horrible than the world seems to be screaming. Red Card, I suppose; equal to a Luis Suarez bite or a Zidane head-slam -- not even close.

(and Muller wins the Oscar for best actor falling down for no reason)

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So busy -- haven't been on the Boards.

Great Group games so far -- all round! We can not give enough praise to the Van Persie goal. Messi's was also spectacular.

Anyone remember in Dec when I said Nederlands would beat Brasil in the Round of 16?!?! World Cup Predictions But it looks now as if Spain will beat Brasil in Rd of 16 because Holland will win Group B! (And then Spain will beat Nederlands in the Quarterfinals.)

These were my predictions (I only regret picking Greece over Ivory Coast (tough choice) and didn't actually think Klinsman would be so bone-headed to leave off Donovan.):

A: Brasil & Mexico
B: Spain & Nederlands
C: Columbia & Greece
D: Italy & England
E: France & Switzerland
F: Argentina & BIH
G: Germany & USA
H: Belgium & Russia

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"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"

Like I said -- I LOVE when you guys do these. And I'm a heckuva George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers fan.

But Friday's "One Riddle, One Sphinx, One Mask" was a bit of a stretch.

Still,
KUDOS

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Is the following Mechanic balanced / acceptable?

Inq Archetype:

Replace Solo Tactics & Teamwork Feats with...

Any Feats that give bonuses to Skill checks: Skill Focus, Alertness, Persuasive, Acrobatic, Athletic, Scholar, Deceitful, Stealthy, etc.

So at 3rd Lvl and every 3 levels thereafter you choose a "Skill Bonus" Feat instead of a TW Feat.

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A few differences from my perspective:
(FUN exercise!)

St Cuthbert = Erastil
Zuoken = Irori (kung fu-grip god)
Incabulus = Urgothoa (plague)
Kord = Cayden Cailean (adventerous, lucky, brash -- but this may be more my perspective than general GH canon)
Mayaheine = Iomedae (they are so identical as to be nearly plagiarized)
Tharizdun = Rovagug (hello!)

Were I joining your group I'd have a hard time accepting Zon Kuthon as Gruumsh -- and Yondalla as Abadar & Garl Glittergold as Shelyn. I guess I'm stuck on Race, and that kinda goes with Moradin, too, though I could accept him as Torag.

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True.

There wasn't anything I could add about Magnimarian gang sizes -- the numbers you projected seem okay and I don't think Paizo would publish specifics on something like that (should be the DM's domain, big cities should have lots of room for DM design.)

What caught my eye from the OP was that the PCs went off the rails so you were looking for help with the gangs. And from me, whatever numbers you come up with, use NPCs and combat encounters from Shattered Star.

Ultimately, though, I know how you feel, I often ask specific questions on the Boards and get seemingly crazy-unrelated answers. Good luck.

And there are LOTS of really cool NPCs in SSAP that could make for great gang members/ leaders in Magnimar's underside. So you can stay on SS a bit even if your Players won't.

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