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Cheliax

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Please bear with my rusty English, as it's not my primary language, and trying to express kinda vague, personal concepts is a bit hard.

The last day of september, a friend of mine passed away from cancer. The illness developed mostly without symptoms, and by the time the first ones showed up, it was too late for any attempt of cure or therapy. In a short three months he wore out, leaving a sense of loss that I know no human words can properly describe.
We knew each other since 25 years ago - a veritable lifetime of friendship - and he's been a regular player at my table ever since, every friday night. He was a great chess player, a good connoisseur of fine music, a passable guitar and piano player, a cinema enthusiast, and a superb writer. Way better than professionals.

A couple weeks later I found myself in possession of one manuscript he wrote about 20 years ago, a typewrited 100-pages long adventure. It's a murder mistery based investigation for Call of Cthulhu (our RPG of choice back in the days), that in the text frequently addresses me directly as the GM (Keeper, in the game) to make adjustements or to cover blank elements, as I'd deem most appropriate. Very few cosmic horrors, and a lot of old fashioned hardboiled detective action, Philip Marlowe style; maybe even more akin to the older Fu Manchu novels.
After a feverish reading and a lot of nighttime crying, fueled by copious amounts of single malt, I decided to give the original text to his beloved wife, as a keepsake of his uncanny knack for writing and as a tangible explanation of how I got to know him.
Then I asked her the permission to actually complete the adventure, filling in the blank spots, adjusting the design elements he was not so sure of, and double-checking the game stats. To have it published in print, even if just in a small private run. We cried a lot more.

It's the only thing I can imagine that could give a semblance of... logic, maybe, to what has happened. Again, words fail me.
It may not be the greatest adventure ever, it sure is not a novel or even a novella, but to me it's the greatest legacy I could ever think of. He gave me his idea.

So, now I find myself re-writing the text (I will NOT allow an OCR software lay its soulless gaze on it), making annotations, checking rules and resources, changing bits and adjusting where necessary - the least possible. The prospect of changing too much, or deviating from his original concept is absolutely terrifying to me.
Sometimes, while I'm typing at the keyboard, I feel like he's right beside me. And I cry a lot.

Cheliax

Mathius wrote:

Race: Half orc

All favored class bonuses to Elf Oracle special
1. Racial Heritage (Elf)

I need brain bleach.

Cheliax

Kazaan wrote:

No. Note the exact wording of the ability:

"A half-giant can use weapons designated for a creature one size larger without penalty." So if the half-giant is Medium, he can use weapons designed for Large creatures without penalty; meaning no attack penalty and no changed in effort to wield (longsword is still 1-h, greatsword is still 2-h, etc). But it says nothing for what happens beyond that; for weapons designed for creatures two sizes larger. In effect, they don't "shift" all the categories down by one so a Huge weapon is still treated as a Huge weapon meaning it gets two effort increases and takes -4 attack penalty.

So, whereas an ordinary medium creature could wield a medium longsword as a 1-h, a large longsword as a 2-h with -2 to attack, and a huge longsword is unwieldable, a half-giant wields the medium as a 1-h, the large also as a 1-h with no penalty, but the huge is still unwieldable. So you're still limited to a light huge weapon and still suffer -4 (I'd suggest going with an Aklys if you want this), even as a half-giant.

Yup. Well put.

Cheliax

1 - Erik Mona (Howl of the Carrion King is THE way adventures should be written)
2 - James Jacobs
3 - F. Wesley Schneider
4 - Richard Pett/Brandon Hodge/Mike Shel/Neil Spicer/Nic Logue/Tim Hitchcock/Stephen S. Greer

Cheliax

I usually do some minor changes to any published adventure to tailor-fit it to my setting (even only switching places in the same setting) and to my players's needs - as a large group has very specific requirements.

Sometimes published material needs to be fleshed out in certain areas (which are usually indicated as purposely left out to individual DMs to customize), sometimes certain areas of the material need to be cut and replaced entirely - and very rarely you ask yourself "why? just why?".

Sometimes I need to do some serious work.
I intend to run Second Darkness in the near future, and I've planned a moderate overhaul for issue #1 (flipping the adventure upside down: the PCs are investigating on who's running the Gold Goblin and then doing the sabotage stuff) and some heavy duty fleshing out for issue #6 (which is more a mini-setting, and a bit less cohesive in the adventuring department).
I don't feel particularly guilty in doing so.

Cheliax

yellowdingo wrote:
golem101 wrote:

Right now seems just like a case of malaria. Extra care is taken as the patient comes from a very specific area in which the ebola virus is active, though the maximum incubation period (21 days) is already expired.

Outbreak sounds like a little exaggeration (pardon the pun).

Law of pebbles: if one hits you out of a hundred doesnt mean there is just one.

Sounds nice, but doesn't change the facts: it's not a pebble, cespite the wishful thinking.

Cheliax

Right now seems just like a case of malaria. Extra care is taken as the patient comes from a very specific area in which the ebola virus is active, though the maximum incubation period (21 days) is already expired.

Outbreak sounds like a little exaggeration (pardon the pun).

Cheliax

Variant large area heat metal spell, or alchemic equivalent, to weaken the underlying wood structure and eventually start fires.

Cheliax

And now I have this weird mental image of a shape changed druid-monk in elephant form that wants to do a flurry of blows, and then the urge to orchestrate a TPK.

I need a vacation.

Cheliax

Easily the best feature of the whole internets.

Seriously, it's really great. Now, if only I could bring myself to learn how to use properly the focus feature...

Cheliax

LeesusFreak wrote:

Cavalier (Order of the Sword) 10 / Mammoth Rider 10 / Mounted Fury Barbarian 20

Mastodon mount has the Racer Archetype.

Riding a huge/gargantuan/colossal Mammoth and adding its strength to yours 1.5 times, giving it rage bonuses and bouncing them back to you... Also, the Mastodon's base speed on a charge will be well over 600, so you're now packing a nuclear lance, a stupidly huge reach, and a steed that moves stupidly fast.

You're now an ICBM.

As much as I despise theorycrafting and character builds, this one made me laugh.

Well played, sir.

Cheliax

Re-read the Asaath Vigil Watch supplement last week. Boy, I miss the days.

Gonna bring the setting into my games, right now!

Cheliax

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Awww... I still root for my "early draft" Golarion, with paladins of Asmodeus, human-centric world, and all the rough edges and contradictions that made the setting special.

Less all-around nice guys, more unstoppable hellknights.

Cheliax

Caster (class) level.

Cheliax

Dotted for future reference.

Cheliax

Lakesidefantasy wrote:
Doesn't the Dragon Age system use 3d6?

It does indeed.

A rather different feeling, considering only the basics of attacking and dealing damage - low level monsters are really low but keep their danger level for a while longer, and boss type monsters are deathly scary pretty much forever.

It's not readily comparable to a d20-switched-to-3d6 system due to its inner variants for the magic system, class level abilities, and the stunt points system.

Cheliax

Darksol the Painbringer wrote:

Self-explanatory question.

Say the only way a Paladin could survive was to eat another living being of the same race. Would they do it, or would they sooner sacrifice themselves for that same person to live?

Only if resorting to cannibalism would be clearly and without any doubts in order to survive and thusly defeat a greater evil.

And after that a life of atonement.

Otherwise a paladin would rather choose a martyr's death through starvation, staying true to his/hers code of honor and personal purity, in body, mind and spirit.

Cheliax

Voted.

Cheliax

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Being one of the original... patrons (before being a backer became commonplace) of Sinister Adventures timeframe, and having not folded my pledge, I can't praise enough Louis, Nick, Rich, all the awesome guys who contributed to the effort, and the fine people at Frog God games that made this possible.

Cheliax

+1 for the Scarred Lands setting.

Not a complete setting per se, but I really like Mor Aldenn City of Mages as a "droppable" location.
There's a very interesting bundle at RPGnow, that includes player supplements, monsters, etc.

Cheliax

Green Ronin's "A Song of Ice and Fire RPG" has an extensive social combat mechanic, complete with attacks, defences, and stress (equivalent of wounds) mechanic.

Cheliax

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Super-cool bugbears and drows, but the beauty-model like orcs are a let down.

Cheliax

Same answer from the other thread:

golem101 wrote:

Well, after my disappointment in the D&D Next playtest, I fell for it, downloaded the pdf and read it (thank you tablet!).

It's actually good enough to take the place of the Rules Cyclopedia (maybe not the free pdf, but the hardbacks will surely do), as a medium-low complexity game, it does feel like the D&D I grew up with, and perhaps I'll whip up a game or two using the rules.

It's not a ruleset that entices me to cast aside other - more interesting - games, both less, equally, or more complex.
Were I to use a light rules game, I'd run Cortex Classic. An equally complex game, DragonAGE. A more complex game... the list is too long.

It's nice, it has the right feel, but lacks pretty much everything else that make an RPG interesting.

Let's hope that splatbook apocalypse will not kill it too soon.

Cheliax

Well, after my disappointment in the D&D Next playtest, I fell for it, downloaded the pdf and read it (thank you tablet!).

It's actually good enough to take the place of the Rules Cyclopedia (maybe not the free pdf, but the hardbacks will surely do), as a medium-low complexity game, it does feel like the D&D I grew up with, and perhaps I'll whip up a game or two using the rules.

It's not a ruleset that entices me to cast aside other - more interesting - games, both less, equally, or more complex.
Were I to use a light rules game, I'd run Cortex Classic. An equally complex game, DragonAGE. A more complex game... the list is too long.

It's nice, it has the right feel, but lacks pretty much everything else that make an RPG interesting.

Let's hope that splatbook apocalypse will not kill it too soon.

Cheliax

Irontruth wrote:

Oh, as far as Sci-Fi in D&D...

The cat may already be out of the bag. And written by the guy who invented the game. 34 years ago. It doesn't just have guns, it has blaster rifles.

Doesn't mean you have to like it.

Well, I do, but I also wouldn't (or couldn't) force it on anyone.

Cheliax

Be extra careful with healing necessities and time needed for getting back in action. Try something alchemical to make up with the lack of magic, maybe with some fun after effects.

Same with large groups of bad guys swarming the PCs, as they'll sorely miss crowd control spells.

Take care using monsters that feature really high AC values. These take into consideration magic buffs to be properly dealt with, and relying only on class levels, feats and ability scores could be dangerous, especially at higher (8+) levels.

That said, you'll discover that player ingenuity and creativity will solve most problems, and some "fodder" monsters will take back their nastiness.
A small giant type critter (leveled ogre, hill giant) is no longer just a sack of HPs waiting to be drained, it's a freakin' nightmare.
If played well, a funnier game than the superpowered high fantasy taken as the baseline.

Cheliax

While there are some classes that I avoid, the ones that I play are not chosen based on their relative power/tier/whatever.
Group balance/variety and the mood of the moment are the main factors that weight in.

Cheliax

HPs (for playing characters) is a catch-it-all value that includes fatigue, stress, demoralization, and actual damage.
250 HPs of damage is something quite lethal but not necessarily destructive.

It's strange that a game so much concerned with combat (not just PFRPG, the whole D&D/D20 thingie since the start) it keeps chugging along such grey areas...

Cheliax

Most definitely B.
I like the description of a similar long time sustenance spell in a Nifft the Lean story.

Cheliax

Snorter wrote:

I saw Basic D&D, and wondered "Hmmmm...Moldvay or Mentzer?".

Ain't I the old fart?
LOL

Same here. ;-P

Cheliax

Gorbacz wrote:
Qadira didn't get a 64pg? Zoinks, missed that! So, add that to the list, complete with a liberal splattering of artwork featuring voluptuous tiefling harem girls...

Suli harem girls would fit better...

Cheliax

No interest in DDN, after having followed the open playtest evolution in its various packets.

To be honest I recently moved a bit away from D&D/d20 altogether for fantasy or S&S RPGs, as I found a better fit for my gaming tastes in the Blade of the Iron Throne ruleset.

Cheliax

Hey!!

Cheliax

Hayato Ken wrote:
Note that some people say everything but a horse is an exotic mount.

I myself usually go along that baseline, but then again, the camel and the dromedary are pretty common mounts in real world cultures, and boy! they do ride quite differently than the horse, and use very different saddles and equipment.

In a fantasy world where riding dogs are common (even if only in some cultures/races), the saddle and equipment for riding a wolf should differ very little from the norm. Trained animal, tamed animal, or whatever.

Cheliax

I'd say no. In the fantasy game, riding dogs are considered a common element, and the differences are rather minor.

Cheliax

Manimal wrote:

If I used the term "Toon" rather than PC, what would you say? What arguments would you use for or against it?

Thus far, one of the more convincing arguments I've heard is that using lingo from a different type of game (in this case, MMOs) could cause confusion; however, this particular word doesn't seem all that egregious—most people, even having not played an MMO, could pick up from the surrounding context that "Toon"=PC.

Thoughts?

Honestly I have no real arguments against it. Tabletop lingo (PC, character, etc.) was used since a while ago in most digital RPGs - both single and multiplayer - and now the digital lingo is making its way back to tabletop. The same could be said about calling low level enemies "mobs".

Cross-pollination, feedback influences, whatever you want to call it.

I'm more concerned about talking about PCs/toons only as tanks, DPS, healbots and such, limiting the tabletop experience in equivalents from the digital framework and discarding or not taking in consideration anything else (social interaction, investigation) that doesn't quite compare to combat proficiency.
As in many ways pen&paper RPGs are more varied in mechanics and inner working than the most common MMO games, I find that this kind of equivalences tend to... castrate what could (and should) be a more complex and/or complete gaming experience.

But that's just me.

Cheliax

James Jacobs wrote:
A few of the NPCs will probably utilize some Mythic rules, but the AP is for non-mythic PCs.
James Jacobs wrote:
This adventure path isn't about baby steps. It's about us pushing the boundaries after doing over a dozen other adventure paths, some of which have started to take those baby steps ("Rasputin Must Die") already. The time for baby steps is behind us! :-)

Enthusiasm falling... back on the fence.

Cheliax

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Nic Logue? Will resubscribe. Will do.

Cheliax

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Cheliax only has a Companion AFAIK, not really a book (just like Andoran, Taldor, Qadira, and until a few weeks a go, Osirion).
It deserves a proper Setting book, given its major role in the history, politics, and action of the Inner Sea.

Cheliax

Casmaron/Kelesh hardcover.

Cheliax.

Iobaria.

Dwarven holds, as said by Bunnyboy.

In this order of importante.

Cheliax

Best of luck, Sean and Jodi.

Cheliax

I've had a few human or humanoid fighter BBEGs, but I have to admit they were equipped with artifact-level gear (single piece, obviously), or surrounded by a throve of followers to buff/negate magical one-shots.

Cheliax

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Blakmane wrote:
Perhaps a little devil's advocate, but I sure would be angry if my GM saved classes for special snowflake NPCs and denied them to his PCs. The players are supposed to be the heroes, not the supporting cast.

While I absolutely agree, I also feel compelled to say that they're the heroes because of what they do, not (only) because of what they are.

Important NPCs must be special as much as the playing characters, even exotic or exceedingly rare, and even moreso due to their limited playing time in a show focused on the PCs.

Players requesting to have "all the options" to perform as protagonists is not a valid argument - at least in my book.
Players requesting to shine as protagonists more than NPCs in a given story is perfectly reasonable.

Cheliax

Lamontius wrote:

bare cavalry

:O

Stark naked knights FTW.

Cheliax

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Seen it. Once, then they learned.

Short story, the group charged into melee, crashing headlong into an orc multi-tribal horde.
After a couple of rounds of cleaving and arcane blasting, the warchiefs shouted orders, and the first line of orcs started foaming at the mouth. Then they went in, oblivious of losses, grabbed the wizard and the bard (easiest grapple victims), and brought them away.
The group panicked.
A few hundred yards away, orc shamans started bringing up crude contraptions to ritually slaughter victims on the battlefield, to appease the orcish gods.
The group panicked some more.

The rest of the party went through a lot of hurt, while trying to get their comrades back to safety, harassed by lowly troops and slowed by the occasional elite enemy (orc warchiefs, ogres, an handful of giants), and ran for their lives as soon as possible.

Back at their base camp, they also suffered the indignity of an army officer berating them for risking their lives of most capable warriors and spellcasters just for a few dozen orcs.

tl;dr: split the party. Wreck their strategy.
No battleplan survives contact with the enemy, neither should a lousy one such as six people against a whole army in an open field.

Cheliax

1. Yup. Tabletop RPGs, boardgames, wargames (even that old grognard stuff with hex maps and card counters!!), videogames (mostly puzzle/platforms, RPGs and FPS).

2. Not needed.

3. Not needed. We agreed very early in our relationship that each one had his/her own hobbies and need for space/personal time. Gamers do understand.
Other times we share miniatures to paint, model kits to assemble, manuals to read, etc.

4. At my FLGS, while buying the Tome of Horrors. Ah!

5. She pushes me further, with something along the line of "Oohh, shiny...get it!". Can be hard on the wallet.

6. No spawn.

Cheliax

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Hastur, Hastur, Hastur.

Cheliax

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New desktop!

Cheliax

shadowmage75 wrote:
golem101 wrote:

As far as user interfaces are involved, unifying the desktop and mobile environment is simply stupid. I'm not using my CAD the same way I'm fiddling with my tablet, get over it once and for all.

Head of departments may disagree, but that's because they know jack$#!& about drawing with CAD software for hours on. Try doing that on a mobile touchscreen device, you monkey.

And this is true for a hundred other professional softwares.

I don't disagree that, on your end, you wouldn't want to work CAD all day on a tablet, but perhaps you don't see the bounty it might provide for production. I'm building a comprehensive report that shows use of mobile tech, travelling along with the object (right now it's practically a ream of paperwork) opens up feasibility and communication. Perhaps there's an error in the print? Instead of going to the supervisor, the supervisor calling the engineer, the engineer having to be available, answer the question back downhill to production, a simple real-time message could be sent, the digital print annotated and revised at a later point when the engineer's available at a desktop environment.

As far as homogenizing operating systems, I don't see it too far off simply because we all use the same hardware anyway. Obviously Microsoft thinks they're going to be king of that hill, and I think that's where they're clueless. Apple and Microsoft are literally in operating systems to dumb down computer use for the least capable to do so. The complexity of what computers do, however, is steadily increasing, requiring something more like Linux, where the OS can be modded to support specific operations, appearance, etc.

I do have a tablet, with a couple of CAD apps, which I do use to make annotations, corrections and updates "on the field" (naval engineering).

Do I appreciate the sheer usefulness of the whole thing? Sure I do.

Do I like the CAD interface (precision, usability, responsiveness, etc.)? Nope.

Do I think the two things should look the same on the two very different environments (desktop with keyboard and mouse vs tablet with touchscreen)? Nope, again.

Is the tablet apt to be used for prolonged typing (as in writing lines of code, or just detailed reports), or digital drawing with layers, filters, effects, and a hundred other professional kinds of work? Nope, for the third time.

An handheld, portable device such as a touchscreen tablet is really usful for minor corrections, small and absolutely not complex updates, or even generic sketching a layout of a new work. But it's close to useless for detailed, in depth or long term working (don't get me started on batteries duration).
It's a cool gadget to keep up to date various small thingies, and that's it. End of the line. I need a different tool, with a different environment and user interface to get my job done properly. Having a full options range on the tablet would clutter it to oblivion, while streamlining the one on the desktop (ribbon interface instead of toolbars has already been a nasty step in that direction) would take away the true power of the software at hand.

A single, unified user interface is ANTTDNW (another nice trick that does not work), at least with the current technology.

Cheliax

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As far as user interfaces are involved, unifying the desktop and mobile environment is simply stupid. I'm not using my CAD the same way I'm fiddling with my tablet, get over it once and for all.
Head of departments may disagree, but that's because they know jack$#!& about drawing with CAD software for hours on. Try doing that on a mobile touchscreen device, you monkey.

And this is true for a hundred other professional softwares.

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