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When I played emerald spire 1, there was two dwarves, a half Orc, and three humans. It would have changed nothing for race being core only.
Conversely, the table I ran included one, if not two aasimar, and a wayang.
I think he was commenting on the impact on the player base as a whole.
Knowing something about databases, it seems odd that technology is the constraint here.
After all, we know that all scenarios played prior to the launch of the core campaign are (by definition) not core. So it seems easy to add a bool for "core?" to sessions and default it to false (or even a separate table for "game type" and a reference field to the session record). Then you would simply have to update the reporting code to take the flag into account before the campaign's switch-on date. There aren't even any data integrity issues I can see.
Dunno...seems simple enough.
Hey, congrats on making the top 32 (again) this year. :)
Quite right about Gamin -- in fact, I always though "let's toss this guy's house" was an odd reaction to the beginning of that scenario, but that's another story.
It doesn't seem terribly realistic for someone to "drop" a belt while fleeing, for example. Unless your combats look very different from mine, of course. ;-)
I always thought that forcing the enemy to retreat counted as winning the encounter. And if it doesn't, aren't we right back to encouraging murder-hobo-ism? :P
Alexander Nudd wrote:
Can we get some bestiary's (or just bestiary 1) added so you know we can summon monsters, use our animal companion special abilities (e.g. pounce), wild shape into things etc. etc.
Bestiary 1 is certainly implied, though I too would like to see it made explicit. I'm sure these things will be clear when the updated Guide is released.
John Compton wrote:
In rare circumstances, it is also important to defeat certain NPCs in order to earn the encounter's rewards. In the examples that I can recall, this is because the NPCs are actually walking off with the encounter's (i.e. the site's) treasure.
Hi John; thanks for replying. I don't mean to be pedantic (truly, I don't), but I'm not sure that clears up things for me. Perhaps an example?
At the end of By Way of Bloodcove, the party fights a conjurer. The tactics indicate that he runs away under certain circumstances. Furthermore, given his abilities (abundant step, elemental body -> earth glide), it is highly likely that his escape attempt will be successful. If it is, should the magic item(s) he had equipped (and has now fled with) be crossed off the chronicle?
So if I Core group decides to play an older 7-11 that utilized 5+ non core books what happens? It sounds like the GM still needs to have access to those books to run but the players are SOL.
I'm sorry, but in what sense are they "SOL?" As a Core group, surely they'll know what they signed up for?
So it is. Thank you for refreshing my memory. I suppose that applies even to unique items, such as:
Gamin the Misforged
Michael Brock wrote:
I don't see any reason why you can't start playing today. However, the reporting system will not be updated to report Core games until later this week.
In that case, perhaps being explicit about exactly how GMs are to annotate chronicles to indicate Core Campaign play would be worthwhile (if for consistency's sake, if nothing else)?
Yes and no.
I absolutely agree that you can earn the same amount of gold by employing creative solutions. However, the presence of some items on the chronicle can be impossible to explain when you reason your way through the encounter. Unless, of course, you managed to rob everyone with whom you speak... ;-)
Scott Romanowski wrote:
Re: colored bases. A fellow GM in this area uses Avery color coding dots to get five distinct bases: red, blue, green, yellow and blank. I put two dots to get 16 more.
Hmm...not a bad idea.
I've been stretching those "loom" rubber bands around my bases at the base of the slot. They're readily available in multiple colors, cheap (especially now since the fad seems to have run its course), and best of all they stretch enough to fit on medium, large, and huge bases.
I'd still buy multi-colored bases, though. :)
First, I liked your item; I'm pretty sure I upvoted it at least once. That said, here are some thoughts (bearing in mind that I've never made the top 32, so take my comments with a grain of salt):
Once the shield has absorbed energy in this fashion, the wearer may, as a standard action, release the swallowed energy, causing the shield to vomit forth a gout of flame in a 15' cone. For every five points (or fraction thereof) of fire damage swallowed by the shield, the cone inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage. Targets which succeed at a DC 12 reflex save suffer half damage. The swallowed energy dissipates if not released by the end of the day. A molten belcher remains warm to the touch as long as it holds energy, and though not intelligent per se, some molten belchers have been known to quietly mutter complaints when forced to retain energy for more than a few minutes.
I realized right away that I had blown the cost (damn it!), but any feedback would be appreciated.
I would encourage anyone taking the cull personally not to do so, though I appreciate that is easier said than done. Remember, it isn't personal, nor are we as voters infallible. It's possible you had a wonderful idea that just wasn't expressed in a way that was easily grasped by voters, or that voters may have different criteria than you do (I, for example, don't place as much weight on formatting being exactly correct as some others seem to).
I've even found that my tastes are often drastically different from the judges. Each year there are always a few items in the top 32 that leave me scratching my head. Remember, it isn't personal.
Nope; it's still there (or at least it was when I wrote this). The board software sometimes inserts an extraneous space in long URLs, as it appears to have above.
Sure, I guess. It just seems like a well-intentioned mistake in a world where people walk around with their "I hate you" signs on wouldn't be the top of my list of worries.
For those worried about the effect on salaries: Even if we assume additional education does not result in additional productivity (a very questionable assumption), more education is the closest thing we have to a panacea for a number of otherwise intractable social problems. Quite simply, the more education people have attained, the better choices they make, both in the workplace and outside of it.
To be blunt: As someone who put myself through college, I don't mind a little extra competition in the job market if it helps more people climb off the $h!t heap.
Tony Lindman wrote:
I don't have a link handy, but they have said it isn't entirely clear what changed on their end, and it wasn't a deliberate change.
Yes; use the image extraction feature of Nitro Reader (which is free).
Note they will be extracted with the alpha channel intact (which is what causes the black in some image programs) -- you can simply save them to a format that doesn't support transparency (.jpg, .bmp, etc.) to convert the alpha to white (which is likely what you want).