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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler. 7,077 posts (7,188 including aliases). 79 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 16 aliases.


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nkerklaan wrote:
Okay, marriage-themed items are officially a trend.

I've seen a couple.

(Boo! Hiss!)

Now I'm really going to bed...

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memorax wrote:
Then again I'm a fan of Rifts...

I think they have a topical cream for that. ;-)

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Logan1138 wrote:

Hmmm...I'm an "older player" (age 42, began playing D&D in 1981) and I prefer the simplicity of 5E to 3.X/PF. 5E is closer to B/X and 1E in terms of options and complexity which is what I prefer. It still has a LOT of "new" stuff I don't like (spammable cantrips and non-magical healing are two examples) but I still would actually be willing to play it. I will not play 3.X/PF/4E.

I'd be willing to bet that there is a large group of players like myself (late 30's and older) who prefer 5E's simpler game to the complex "building game" of 3.X/PF/4E.

I'm also 42, playing since '83, and I couldn't agree more.

I used to believe more complexity meant a superior system.

I got better. ;-)

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No, we aren't. Next question.

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Going tonight. My expectations are tepid overall, but any well-crafted fantasy movie gets my money thrown at it. :)

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thejeff wrote:
It also ties in nicely to the "It's the black people's fault" theme. If it's not because they're criminals, it's because they must just be jerks to cops more often.

If they don't enjoy being shot to death, maybe they should trying being a little less black. /s

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David Bowles wrote:

I don't think I ever said 5th is "wrong", just gutted, simplistic, and more arbitrary vs formulaic. People have made it very clear that they like the simplicity, whereas I like formulas.

I personally think they could have done a much better job of dropping some clunky things, but not stripping it down as much as they did. For example, I love buffs, and what they did with them, to me, is horrible. They could have thrown players like me a bone, but they didn't. Full-on gutting mode.

Maybe try referring to things that don't match you preferences using language other than "gutted" and "simplistic?" I dunno. :P

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Lilith wrote:
Gotta give it up for Korvosa, although that would be smashed into the ground if there was an Absalom hardcover.

This really seems like a thing that needs to happen.

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I've said this before, but I think it bears repeating: I believe most police officers are good people doing a very tough job. It's just that, when an officer does take things too far, it's in everyone's best interest for that officer to be held accountable. Right now, there seems to be zero accountability...and that's a problem.

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Irontruth wrote:
Don't forget, if they bleed on you after you've beaten them, you can charge them with destruction of government property.

Darn tootin!

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Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Cop breaks woman's eye socket while she is handcuffed in the back of his car, not charged. So apparently, even after you have restrained the suspect you can beat them on video and be found not at fault for anything.
Maybe she broke her own eye socket.

Yeah! Or maybe the police officer's precognition allowed him to see that the woman was one day going to be "a felon," so busting her up was justified!

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Charlie D. wrote:

I am done arguing with faceless people on the internet. Many of you deal too much in emotion and not enough in concrete fact. I will leave you to it.

I leave with this. Police officers are in the overwhelming number of cases the men and women following and enforcing the law. Criminals are always men and women breaking it.

Hmmm...you seem to be suggesting that police only ever interact with criminals. Someone should tell the courts.

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Charlie D. wrote:
If a criminal is fleeing, shoot to kill.

I should hope not.

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Police officers die in the line of duty, therefore all police shootings are justified?

Good luck with that one.

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Because (some among) US police appear to believe that there is no problem that can't be solved by shooting/beating/killing the nearest dark-skinned person.

It's a tiny minority, to be sure, but until law enforcement as a whole gets over this "thin blue line" crap, it isn't going away.

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Nicos wrote:
HAve youe ver read the water balloon thread?. The game have options purposely designed to be the best and options purposely designed to be inferior.

Yeah, but wasn't that another SKR "gem?"

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So..once again, 5E sucks because it isn't Pathfinder. Or 3E. Or something.

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Low magic. Looks like we need to burn feats on item creation feats. Yippie...

As opposed to never having a reason to select those feats, ever, 'cause Magic Mart? :P

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Sissyl wrote:
If you completely isolate the plasma, you get a baseball bat.

And yet I'd still buy one. :P

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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
It was a recent Article.

Oh snap. ;-)

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Kryzbyn wrote:

I liked the new ST movies.

I will probably like the new SW movies.

I don't get the GRAWR.

IMO Into Darkness tried to pilfer emotional impact it hadn't earned from Wrath of Khan and suffered greatly for it.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:

Are the rest of you on the ship as well?

If so, it looks like I'll have a nice amount of movies to watch.

Do Trilogies count as one movie if we so wish?

If they don't...the movies would be...

1. All 6 Star Wars movies
2. All 4 Indiana Jones movies.

And...I'm done.

Silly wolf...there are only 3 Indian Jones movies. ;)

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Vod Canockers wrote:
Overall, but since you know the outcome of the previous draw your instant odds keep changing.

The odds do not change; only your insight does.

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Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
The fact that America is generally a good place to live, work and invest suggests it is probably a lot more lawful than that. Real chaos would be somewhere like Somalia.

So...LE then? ;-)

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I prefer the 5th edition rules to the Pathfinder rules, yet I'm sticking with Pathfinder for other reasons. I doubt I'm the only one.

At worst, Paizo takes a hit and scales back releases somewhat (which might be a good thing).

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David Bowles wrote:
If 5th ed does kill Pathfinder, I can just go back to my "no rpg" phase if necessary. There's always Starcraft.

I don't think "killing" Pathfinder is even a possibility. In a world where C&C, 13th Age, and Numenera (and countless others) are all commercially viable, I think 5E and Pathfinder can co-exist. :)

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Building monsters-as-PCs is a misguided -- and ultimately doomed -- attempt at verisimilitude. Especially when you constantly have to break the rules via huge "natural armor" or "racial" bonuses just to get the numbers where you want them anyway.

No thanks...I have better things to do with my prep time than triple-check some monster's swim skill modifier. :P

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The cross-guard on the weapon as pictured is either pointless (light saber blades don't slide) or useless (they do slide, but oops! gap).

Now that I have made this observation, I'm off to commit ritual suicide in protest.

P.S. The gap could have easily been avoided if the "cross-guard" parts fired in toward (but not quite touching) the main blade and extended past it on either side.

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Completely impractical.

Still hoping JJ doesn't blow it like he did with Star Trek into Darkness.

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Your opinion is wrong, and my opinion is right, because reasons.

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LazarX wrote:
Vod Canockers wrote:
The United States for about 30 seconds after the Constitution was ratified. Then the political fighting started...

Surely you jest. There was political infighting from the first meeting of the Colonial Congress in what... 1773? The first attempt to seal the deal was the Articles of Confederation, where each state pretty much ran it's affairs as almost a separate country. It's utter failure led to the necessity of a Constitution.

Even the Constitution as originally enacted, contained concessions to slavery as Virginia successfully pushed for it's slaves to be counted for representation, while simultaneously denying their citizenship and basic rights. Whereas New Jersey was pushing for equal representation from each state. The compromise was to create the two houses of Congress as they are today. This would not solve a growing economic tension between the Northern and Southern states, which would culminate in a bloody civil war decades later.

Hush. You're damaging the narrative.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Boyscouts/cubscouts

Unless you happen to be gay/atheist. ;-)

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Some people seem to believe that actual, true color blindness is a thing (it isn't), and that white privilege is therefore an illusion (again, it isn't), or even that so much as acknowledging white privilege is itself inherently racist simply because it involves acknowledging that different races exist (no, seriously).

The bottom line: White people such as myself have very little credibility when it comes to truly understanding the black experience in America, but it doesn't take a genius to see that that experience differs from my own...and generally not in a good way. I think we white people should mostly just let black people tell us about their experience, and take them at their word. Right now, they seem to be saying that they're tired of getting shot by the police. Maybe, just maybe, that's because they're tired of getting shot by the police, as opposed to the "they're all criminals" narrative being offered?

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5E sorcerers have meta magic.

But ultimately, what does it matter? If someone doesn't like 5E, they don't like 5E. There is no "wrong" answer when it comes to preferences (Miracle Whip excepted -- that's just wrong).

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Diffan wrote:
Except for the severe lack of skills for the Fighter and the bad save (who requires Strength saving throws?!) it's probably one of the most powerful classes (damage wise) in the game.

Not many things do, but I think an argument for things like Web could be made...especially if the initial Dexterity save failed.

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I thought 5E's change to Knock was inspired.

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
This opens the coordinator up to arguments and bad blood over table seating. Banning replay for no credit avoids that. Do the benefits of replay outweigh the downsides?

It seems to me that the campaign documentation could simply state that those playing for credit always take precedence over those who aren't. No rational person will blame the coordinator for something he or she has no control over.

...wait, I think I see the problem. ;-)

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Cheapy wrote:
Bows are the most popular ranged combat style out there...

IMO that's at least partially because it was already -- and by far -- the most effective ranged combat style out there. YMMV.

For an upcoming home campaign our group is going to make the long bow exotic. Not only will that help make the crossbow and short bow more appealing, we think it better reflects reality.

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David Bowles wrote:
I dislike the lack of dynamic range of 5th edition greatly. Getting rid of all the "+1's" makes 5th ed combat pretty boring to me. Also, clerics got eviscerated. No thanks. I honestly prefer 4th ed to 5th ed. At least 4th ed was a good tactical combat game. 5th ed feels like a time warp to 1988, and I've already burned out on 2nd ed.

I respectfully suggest that you may not remember 2nd edition all that well. ;-)

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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Personally, I'm totally fine with the replay rules as they exist. However, I'm not nearly as active as some people. I have a friend, for example, who has something like seven scenarios he hasn't played in total.

One change I would like to suggest in support of those avid players is to allow free replaying for no credit. To me that seems to remove the incentive for folks who just want a chronicle while keeping things as open as possible for people who just want to play. After all, isn't that the point?

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I just grabbed a booster at the FLGS:

10 Firepelt Cougar
13 Lamashtu Thug #2
14 Shifty Noble
27 Forest Drake

An overall solid entry in the line. If you regularly buy these minis, then you won't be disappointed by this set. Definitely much better rarity and general figure choices than the last set, but there remains some room for improvement (why two boggards? The world really needs a 2nd wolf much more than it needed that second boggard). Good sculpts, generally good paint jobs (the exception being my shifty noble, who is completely faceless). The cost per figure remains relatively high, but in fairness I think that's just the price point needed to sustain the line. To warrant five stars at this price, however, I believe a set needs to be packed full of figures with a very high utility. This one is close, but not there yet.

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What's my excuse? Someone asked Manson out before I did. ;-)

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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I hereby petition for a campaign in which all PCs are goblins. :)

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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Perry Snow wrote:
Sigh! There you go again... treating me seriously.

Nah, I knew you weren't truly serious, and that Paizo has no desire to split the player base with multiple rules systems. Although I'd seriously play such a thing.

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TOZ wrote:
Wild speculation is always entertaining. :)

I'm calling it now -- they're adding PFS hardcore mode. Anything that happens to the character happens to the player. Solves GM shortages overnight!!! :P

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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John Compton wrote:
I can see how the cannibalism trap could be distasteful for some groups...

*groan*

I see what you did there.

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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Perry Snow wrote:
I'm going to be the dissenting voice here. I'm waiting for someone to just say 'Screw it' to this Gordian knot of a mess of PFS and then say 'Let's start over... from the ground up'.

I wouldn't expect that unless/until there is an edition change. Just my opinion. of course.

** Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka bugleyman

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Victor Zajic wrote:

It would help immensly with problems getting GM volunteers if Full Statblock(of relevant stats, skills they aren't going to possible used don't need included) for every single monster in a scenario were published. PFS is the only living campaign I've ever played in that doesn't have full statblocks of every monster in each adventure, and it's also the only living campaign I've ever played that there is a problem getting judges to volunteer. Rewards can help bribe judges into volunteering, but nothing will help more than removing obstacles to judging, and lack for monster full stat blocks is a big obstacle.

It would increase game quality too. All the time I spend prepping the monsters for a scenario (which is the vast majority of the couple hours I spend prepping for running a game) I could instead spend on getting to know the scenario better and think about ways to provide a better experience for the players.

It would also greatly assist situations where a GM is forced to run something with mimimal prep time. I realize that in PFS games in the areas where the Paizo Staff live are very well organized and this isn't a problem. But it is a very different situation for a large chunk of your players. Sometimes only 4 people show up to an event, and 1 person has already played what you prepped. Sometimes a judge is a no-show at an event and you have to scramble for a replacement. Sometimes someone could be really familiar with a scenario and able to run it with little prep, if only all the material they needed to run it was presented in the scenario itself.

I understand that word count is important, and even if I don't quite understand why, you seem like you are trying to shorten the length of scenarios. If the word count freed up could go towards complete monster stat blocks, it would be greatly appriciated, and immensely helpful. Especially for monsters that aren't in the Beastiary 1, if you have to exclude some statblocks.

All stat blocks, all the time would be fantastic. But allow me to invoke the cliche about not letting the perfect become the enemy of the good. ;-)

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All good news, but...

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  • Provide an appendix that includes the full Bestiary and NPC Codex pages referenced in the adventure as well as an un-tagged copy of any custom maps that appear in the scenario.
  • Cap the number of required GM resources at four books per scenario (including the Core Rulebook). This should be relatively easy if the Bestiary pages are already included in the back of the adventure, as in most cases approximately half of the books referenced are Bestiaries.
  • Include full stat blocks for creatures modified by the advanced, giant, or young simple templates. The exception to this would be modifications that appear in the "Scaling Encounter XYZ" sidebars. For example, if the adventure says that there should be an advanced otyugh, the full stats for an advanced otyugh will be there and ready to go. If the scaling notes say that a four-person group should instead face a young otyugh, those stats would not appear. This should at least cover the essential modifications and reduce the amount of on-the-fly adjustment that a GM needs to do.
  • Limit the number of rules subsystems in scenarios. Subsystems aren't going away entirely, but we need to avoid relying on subsystems and simply save them for the times that they'll have the greatest impact. Should an especially large subsystem such as mass combat appear in a scenario again for whatever reason, it would be advertised on the product page. Simple point-tracking mechanics that only the GM sees (for example, keeping track of how many clues the PCs uncover) are likely to show up a little less often but are still a useful tool.

...are particularly welcome. Great update!

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Krensky wrote:
You're just a few IRS forms away from being a SuperPAC.

More forms? Why do you hate the 1st amendment?

Seriously though, I'm actually several million dollars short of being a SuperPAC. :P

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