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Sexy Burlesque Gamer Girls and the Bagram Gaming Community!!

Multiple updates at The Action Point including hot girls who love to play with dicebags!

http:www.theactionpoint.wordpress.com

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GUMSHOE + Mouse Guard for your 4E Game!!

Making your PCs' lives hell one Encounter at a time.

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Murdering Your NPCs
RPG Blog Carnival March 2011

Tips and Tricks to make your PCs cry like your girlfriend at a Chick Flick.

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John Travolta is the Embodiment of EVIL.

Three Movies, Three Villains, Three Prefect Examples of Alignments

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Hye Roler wrote:
Banesfinger wrote:
skrondo wrote:
Berhagen and Banesfinger...it would be cool if you can pass your AT files to put in mine.

I'm not sure if it is against this forum's rules to leave e-mail addresses in a post?

If not, skrondo, z28camero90, (and anyone else) just mention your e-mail address in this thread and I'll e-mail you my conversion.

I have:
- MS Word Document 1: a quick blurb on 4e races & gods, using skill challenges for exploring, and 4e conversion of the random encounter table.

- MS Word Document 2: conversion of encounter areas.

By far, the most difficult conversions have been the fairie races (e.g. Nixies, Grigs, etc) as 4e doesn't seem to have ANY monsters that remotely resemble these (yet...).

Hey there...I'd be very interested in your work. Much thanks! Yahoo Mail account. Hyefam

Any documents y'all have accrued, I'd love to see them. I'm getting pumped about the same thing. Gmail account is theactionpoint.

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Randomish Encounters for 4th Edition

Revealing your campaign world one die roll at a time.

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[http://wp.me/pRa8r-4l]D&D IN THE DESERT!![/url]

Help me run D&D Encounters here at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan!!

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Can Essentials and 4E Be Used Side-By-Side?

A quick question and community inquiry on the topic of the week.

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Reducing the Suck

Two Quick Houserules for your 4E game.

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Applying Theory: The Onion of Doom, Part II

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers for your 4E Game!!

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Applying Theory: Star Wars and the Onion of Doom

George Lucas is a friggin genius. It's really a damn shame he can't write dialogue to save his left testicle.

There, I said it. Moving on.

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Tales of Brittanis Story Hour: Shadows Rising

Come check out where the rubber meets the road: my Google Wave game posted up in narrative format!

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Turn Your Characters into Movie Stars!

Putting the CINEMA in "Cinematic Gaming!!"

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Applying Theory: GIMP-y Professional Maps

Professional grade maps, custom for your campaign in no time flat!

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Applying Theory: Perils of Prophecy

Write earth-shattering, mind-boggling prophecy for your campaign in less time than it takes to cook dinner!

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Well that's certainly better than many of the alternatives at least. :)

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Did he suddenly drop off the face of the planet? Haven't seen anything from him in a good long time. The Carrion Crown AP announcement made me start thinking about him again-- he'd be a perfect writer for it. If he'd not, ya know, dead or something...

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New at The Action Point: Teaching the Game [August RPG Blog Carnival]

Learn 5 ways you can make your game better by bringing someone new to the table!

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Tales of Brittanis Teaser Video

A "Movie Preview" style video I made for my players in the upcoming Google Wave game.

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Cartographer's Guild= Made of Awesome

Using an awesome online community to finally get my homebrew world mapped like it appears in my head.

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The Elusive "Perfect Game"

Tips and tricks for encouraging more awesome in your game.

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This is a short compilation video, and it's the first in a series that I'm going to try and use to get my players to pay attention to the setting's history. This is the world I'm going to be running Kingmaker in here shortly.

Video History of Brittanis, Part I

If you happen to like it, check out the link to my blog under the Youtube video.

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ditto on that .pdf. theactionpoint (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Replacing Alignment Part 2 & In-Game Astrology

Character Values in-play, Astrological charts for your PCs and bonus feats!

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New at The Action Point: Replacing Alignment with Character Values!

Kicking yet another Sacred Cow in the jubblies, just to see how it jumps.

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I'm interested as well in that .pdf.

theactionpoint at gmail

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Don't Be A Dick Episode 2: Setting Party Expectations

Wherein I discuss sex, violence, religion, and everything else NOT to talk about in your game!

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The more I think of it, the more I really, REALLY like the concept behind the "gang war" scenario. It could be really powerful if the PCs know not just one, but BOTH of the would-be Guildmasters and end up in the middle of that conflict.

Kingmaker is the first AP since Age of Worms to really get my juices flowing in this way... thinking really long-term and foreshadowing stuff way ahead of time. I'm only 2 issues in and I'm thinking this could be my favorite AP so far.

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Something inspired by Kingmaker I felt like blogging about. I really like this concept.

Old Adventurers

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New Post up at The Action Point!

Old Adventurers

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New at The Action Point:
Parallel Design-- Choose Your Own Psionic Nazi Slaver Dwarves

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New at The Action Point:

Six Tropes, Under the Gods, Indivisible...

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Blazej wrote:
But, to be fair, the core 3.5 rules have a total of five sentences about the Duergar (other than their bonuses and abilities they have from their race). I don't believe it would have be in the best interest (if one is only going to use that many sentences) to use one to describe what happened to their race long ago.

That's kind of what I'm saying. The core 3.X duergar as written have precious little written about them and that is my only influence as I don't have any of the Realms stuff. This really is a case study in parallel design. And that is really kinda fascinating to me.

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I'm not an FR player. Haven't been since 2nd Edition. Never read any of that stuff... it's setting-specific source material for a world I'm not interested in. The core 3.5 rules don't have anything about duergar slavery by mind flayers in them.

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Davi The Eccentric wrote:

Fixed link to new blog entry.

Anyway, if you want info on the duergar, I'd say look in the first 3.5 Monster Manual and the Expanded Psionics Handbook.

EDIT: Just read the article. Wow. That guy really is a dick.

Just read the info on duergar in both 3.5 MM1 and XPH. I'm not seeing the references that Cartigan is mentioning. Am I just missing it? Really, the description of my Iron Dwarves bears little resemblance to the duergar, especially as the XPH puts them out. Do they have some psionic abilities? yes. But it appears the personalities are *drastically* different, with XPH being pretty much standoffish and mine being expansionistic zealots. And I can't find the illithid slavery reference anywhere.

Maybe he's thinking of the githyanki/githzerai?

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Cartigan wrote:
Raevhen wrote:

I really don't see an issue with Iron Dwarves/Duergar. Would there have been so much drama if he would have just re-skinned the fluff? For example, I like the mechanics of the Kalashtar race but have no use for the fluff, so I re-imaged them to better fit my homebrew setting. The short version says: Psionically attuned albinos who have a racial vampiric heritage. Would you call foul on me as well?

Except the Duergar havn't really been reimagined at all

The only differences are minor - reason for leaving the surface was being greedy miners instead of outcasts or whatever reason there was (though later, they end up becoming shunned ANYWAY), they were enslaved by Aboleths instead of Illithids, and they ended up taking over the Dwarves. Which could easily be retconned in between 3.5 and 4 anyway due to the time span and the whole world-upside-down happenings anyway.

Dwarves from the surface relocate to the Underdark and are enslaved by local psionic race and given psionic powers.
That is the Duergar.

The post I wrote showed my train of thought rather clearly. I guess I came to some similar design decisions as the folks who worked on the gray dwarves. Parallel design strikes again. Can you cite some of the sources for the duergar you're talking about? If they're that close already I might as well mine them for ideas.

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New At The Action Point!! Wil Wheaton Said it Best...Don't Be A Dick!

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New At The Action Point! Sandbox Path--The Tarrasque, Elder Evils, and more Psionic Nazi Slaver Dwarves!

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http://theactionpoint.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/psionic-nazi-slaver-dwarves- yes-really/

I'm really excited about this concept and wanted to share it with the world.

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PSIONIC NAZI SLAVER DWARVES!

http://theactionpoint.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/psionic-nazi-slaver-dwarves- yes-really/

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New Post up at The Action Point-- "Action Points as Roleplaying XP Rewards"

@Davi-- thanks for the link. My messageboard-fu is lacking thus far.

@ Jeremy--I'm writing a new post for the site, but I have a response coming to you. Thanks for such an awesome, erudite opinion.

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http://theactionpoint.wordpress.com/

I'm a published Freelance RPG writer for the now-defunct Iron Kingdoms d20 RPG; I'm a combat veteran of 2 tours in Iraq and (so far) 5+ years in the US Army. I'm a gamer and Game Master of 19+ years. I've found that my military experience as well as running games for military folks has shaped my views of RPGs, and GMing in general, over the past 5+ years.

This blog is my way of getting my ideas and words out there to people who might want or need a fresh way to look at gaming, or to provide tools and good advice to new or experienced GMs. I hope you enjoy. I think it's going to be a fun ride. --Jason

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If you're going to run H1, I cannot recommend this site any more highly--

Keep On the Shadowfell Remix
http://www.thealexandrian.net/creations/keep-shadowfell/kots-remix.html

it's AWESOME. Turns KotS into its own fully-fleshed mini-campaign.

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You could go an entirely different route, as well. You could easily create a sub-criminal based off of the Arkona family's influence in Old Korvosa and go with an NPC the players have never heard of at all.

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Agreed. Royal purple w/gold lettering. Royal blue perhaps as well.

And the crown for the high number is kinda a given, I think. I'd definitely buy them.

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I am more excited about this AP than I have been since Pathfinder started waaaay back with RotRL. Positively squee-ing myself in anticipation.

And you ain't helping, Ms. Sillvari. [grin]

[sits and waits for the next installment]

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P.H. Dungeon wrote:
Now there is more team min maxing- ie. figuring out how to combine powers in effective tactical ways, and a lot of this experimentation goes on during combat (though not in a slow down the game bad way), as opposed to during character creation. The PCs also don't spend time buffing and prepping for fights the way they did in 3E, and this is a change I really like.

For me, this is *incredibly* true. I run two games out here in Iraq, for the second tour in a row, and my players run the complete gamut of casual<--->min-maxer, and in 3rd edition with our erratic play schedule working around missions and the like, made it so that some players had a lot of fun and some... just didnt, because the min-maxers stole the spotlight rather often.

In 4E, this doesnt happen. Even the min-maxer (tricked out teleporting eladrin ranger/rogue) has his efforts curtailed by the inherent balance of the rules, but not so much that he feels stifled.

The *rest* of the party, now that they are not outshone so easily, have stepped up and suddenly the "emergent tactics" have become the players' favorite part-- mixing and matching abilities and powers to set each other up for some ridiculously complex but incredibly powerful combos (feats that allow extra uses of Hunter's Quarry and Sneak Attack and Warlock's Curse with an action point, when combined with TWO Warlords of different builds, are positively sick) is their favorite thing to do. And let me tell you-- a group of six soldiers (in real life) who are used to working together already can come up with some seriously amazing tactics.

And the best thing is-- EVERYBODY, even me as the GM, is LOVING the game. Every time.

I dont care what edition you play-- that's a win.

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Sorry to interrupt.

I've been reading through the PbP, and you all have an incredible group. Do you mind sharing exactly how you're facilitating the game (other than the forums, of course)? Which programs the DM uses to make his maps, character software, etc? You seem to have a great setup and I'd like to emulate it.

Regards,

daysoftheking
writing from Mosul, Iraq

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I think I just SQUEE'd myself.

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I think that "3 Faces of Evil" from the Age of Worms AP is an excellent example of an adventure written with the PCs' entrance into the complex as a triggering event. IMO, that is the best example I have ever read of an event-based adventure disguised as a location-based.

That is the VERY rare exception, however. For the vast majority, I agree with yellowdingo.

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