I had intended to give this one a miss since the characters were possibly the most boring in the MCU. Yes, even more so than Hawkeye. However,t he girl wanted to give it a try and we were pleasantly surprised, mostly because of the retro feel that brought back childhood memories of watching reruns of things like Bewitched. The cringe humor did not go over so well, and it remains to be seen if they can pull this off. I'll keep watching for a bit, at least.
That's what the saving throws are for. Failure is when you do whatever the enchanter tells you to within the limits of the spell until it wears off on its own or Protagonist-chan
you/your players routinely kill any dominated PCs?
Yeah, you have a player problem. Many people find any loss of control or freedom to be intolerable, others just shrug and get on with the game. Have a proper discussion with your players about this issue before your next session and clear the air and come to a communal decision. If they are not inherently against it but just super argumentative and require a thick document in legalese to force them to do as they are told, slap them about the head and say the magic enforces the spirit of the command.
Mostly OK here. I have one player who tends to go for stupid interpretations of any orders given, like "kill my friends? my sorcerer picks up a rock instead of using spells" and I continually have to remind him that domination doesn't include loss of brain cells or any knowledge about the world or people ("dude, you know everyone is protected against fire, no casting Fireball").
Other than that they are all pretty good about such things. Some may need a reminder about the difference between charms and compulsions, but they go along with it. The Will saves in this party are high enough and we have two paladins so enchantments that make it through are rare enough it's hardly a problem even in the worst case.
Dullest season in quite some time. I'm sort of watching the spider-girl isekai, and I will probably give the girls in weird land a try when I remember its name, but other than that nothing has piqued my interest and I have run out of older things I want to watch. Right now I'm giving "Occult Academy" a try, but it's borderline. I could rewatch something, but I don't really feel like that.
This is just a roundabout way of saying I would like suggestions about what to watch. I'm willing to give pretty much anything a try, in an attempt to broaden my horizons. Generally I don't like the shounen battle stuff (with two exceptions) or sports anime so unless you have something in that you feel will change my mind on that, maybe leave those out of a list.
Freeport is a modern classic, which has a PF edition and some decent adventures published for it.
You can go old school and dig up a copy of Lankhmar or City-state of the Invincible Overload. for 1e.
For setting specific cities there are a few for SSS's Scarred Lands setting (3.0), like "Hollowfaust - City of necromancers" and "Sharn - City of the Mithral Golem". You should be able to adapt them fairly easily.
Scott Wilhelm wrote:
Are you saying that people can't have opinions about things they didn't create? Or that GMs can't have accurate understanding of a product they didn't have a hand in making?
If talking doesn't work, scrap it and start something else. If the players are determined to ignore the rails there's no point in trying to lure or force them back on. It will be better for everyone if there is a clean slate with a clearly defined goal and desires from all parties to avoid this sort of unpleasantness in the future.
My game has been well beyond WBL for some time now and it hasn't been an issue encounter-wise, though at one point one player complained they were undergeared (ignoring the fact that I made crafting easier). Some of it is that the players have invested a lot money in domains, and some of it is that I know how powerful they are so I can always adjust encounters to suit them with a great degree of accuracy. Sometimes they surprise me in either direction, but for the most part I get it pretty close. The CR system, never particularly accurate, is not paid attention to at all and I just throw whatever will work at the PCs.
In any case, I never pay attention to WBL because it is of no interest of use to me other than for making characters at levels above 1st. I run Mystara so you go the the right place and you can get basically any non-artifact item you want. Maybe not immediately, maybe a bit pricier than its book price, but just about anything you can make within the rules is available (Yay! Alphatia!).
My first bard was allowed to have a special magic item that could transform into any instrument I wished, including a pipe organ (with my explicit assurance that I would only use it for an instrument and not as a cheap way to drop a 150-ton mass on people or block passages or anything).
My second (current) bard prefers light things like small flutes or hand-held drums, in addition to singing.
Recently finished Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts' "Daughter of the Empire", a book that was on my radar decades ago but forgotten before I found it at the local
Tanya Huff's "Scholar of Decay", a Ravenloft novel, was OK. We are in the decline of the series, from a very strong start to rather pedestrian stories.
Philip Jose Farmer's "The Green Odyssey" was a mostly forgettable classic sci-fi romp. Spacer stranded on a primitive world and has to escape captivity and his slave-wife. Entertaining while I read it but nothing to make me want to revisit it.
Just started Charles Stross' "Neptune's Brood", a sequel to "Saturn's Children". Hard sci-fi post-human world. Ever wonder why all robots and AIs seem so human? Because humans found it easier to copy their brain functionings to silicon directly and adjust use from there rather than build it from scratch. Like SC, NB appears to have plenty of intrigue and world-building that is at the same time both frightningly familiar and a bit off due to its lack of actual humans.
Chuck Wright wrote:
Late to the party but just to clear things up for current readers since the thread is already raised: the -r suffix (sometimes -er, sometimes -ur) is the strong masculine nominative suffix, not part of the actual name. Modern Scandinvian languages have done away with it, which is why forms like Jormungandr, Fafnir, Ullr, and others are rather pointless to use in (mostly) caseless modern English or Scandinavian. Use of the dictionary forms seems very haphazard (we don't write Thorr or Heimdallr, after all). I can only assume this came about by someone looking at the dictionary form without knowing anything about the grammar.Just use Jormungand, Fáfni/Fåvne and Ull.
Kir Volkov wrote:
that Frigga = Freya
I'm sure you mean =/=. Any connection between these two was not at all certain, last I heard.
So far all I have been able to find is this site on Wayback Machine that has a supposed conversion of WotI rules.
If you want domains and stuff for characters worshipping the Immortals, I suggest Marco Dalmonte's Codex Immortalis
Not that I know of. I can ask over at the Piazza. I'd like them too since I'm running my players through their Immortality quests and would like to run at least one Immortal level adventure for them. I may have to do it on my own, in which case I would probably use a lot of the 3.0 "Deities and Demigods" stuff.
Freehold DM wrote:
Seriously. Does noone remember the immense criticism Lucas received for those three turkeys until the clone wars tv series came out? Am I living in an alternate reality? Or were there just a lot of kids who watched ep 1-3 who are older now and zealously defend them because they were the first movies they ever saw?
Oh I remember, I just wasn't one of the ones that hated them. A bit disappointed to be sure but I never felt they were as bad as some people made them out to be.
Thing is, the sequels made a lot of people realize that however much they disliked the prequels, they weren't as bad as the sequels.
But when you get right down to it, most of the big settings are post apocalyptic.
Dark Sun is the most obvious of the lot.
I did fiddle around with an idea of a world that was the site of a Blood War skirmish. The fiends fought each other and the world was just collateral damage. When the battle moved on there wasn't much left of the world. A bunch of straggler fiends, in their hundreds, perhaps thousands, but nothing like the millions that fought what amounted to a footnote in planar history.
On a related note I had a paladin have to face a coming apocalypse in two different eras and not do anything. Protecting preferred timelines is a b#%~$.
Once per day should be 55 080 gp ((17x9x1800)/5). The Wayfinder of the Stars is 70 200 but I can't figure out how they calculated the cost for this. I get it to be 66380. 55080 + 500 for base Wayfinder + (2x3+1800 = 10800)for Locate Object at will on command.Any multipliers I add to the calculations to adjust for similar or different abilities or increased caster level or whatever still don't add up to 70200, so either I'm missing something (not unlikely) or the initial calculation was off (wouldn't be the first time).
Boots of Teleportation cost 49000 for Teleport 3/day, and the calculation gave me 48 600 ((spell level x caster level x 1800) x 3/5) for a command word activated item. I'm not sure where the last 400 gp came from, but I'd argue that it's close enough.At will Interplanetary Teleport should be 9 x 17 x (1800 or 2000) making it 275 400 for a Command Word activated or 306 000 for for Use-activated or Continuous. I chose the latter initially because there may be situations where you can't speak a command word and still want to get somewhere.
I chose at-will rather than 1/day because pretty much everyhwere in the universe that isn't Earth is going to be immensely hostile, usually fatal in very little time, to us that even with protection, such as the aforementioned Survival spell, chances are you don't want to hang around for any length of time. Plus on a personal note, you could make a mint in quick transportation of high value low weight goods, could take friends and family out for a quick trip to anywhere in the world, and avoid so much travel time and transportation issues that there is little else that can compare for pure utility.
It's better than that. IP works like Teleport so you can bring 5 people along and this cost is for an at-will item.
The problem with the Decanters is increased greenhouse effect and too much water on the planet. It would take some time but it would f*#$ us over.
Pure cash is wasteful.
Ignoring that, how about:
Item of Mass Heal at will. 306 000 gp
Ring of Interplanetary Teleport at will 306 000 gp
Spectacles of Understanding 3000 gp
Amulet of Tongues 30 000 gp
If we allow spells from previous editions- Belt of Survival 1/day 61 000 gp
That gets me about 700k on the way. I could probably think up some other lesser items for emergencies, like Cloak of Etherealness or certain potions, but this is the most important stuff.
i prefer well-defined settings and cultures I can base a character off of, and mechanics sort of naturally follow once the concept is in place. Does that count as aesthetics?
Marc Radle wrote:
If you're referring to me, I suggest you look back over my previous comments. It's about 50/50.This most recent episode was pretty good, for instance. I did halfway expect Dinn's cover to be blown the moment he got into base for being way too effective for an Imperial Trooper.
I doubt this. They've already nixed Katarn as the procurer of the Death Star plans, and I can't see how he could be a Jedi, since the events of JK II and III really do not fit in with D-canon. JK I might possibly work if you squint, but at that point he has no contact with any Jedi outside whatsisface who died.
A more likely explanation is one I've heard on another board: they're gonna give Grogu to Maz Kanata (the orange discount Yoda in TFA), tying this even more firmly into the sequels. Either that or the idiots from Rebels. Or yet another Jedi, hithertoo unrevealed, who miraculously survived the purge along with seemingly half the Order. I didn't like that aspect of old canon and I'm not pleased that D-canon is continuing this trend.
Mark Hoover 330 wrote:
Protagonist of a series of video games. Dark Forces, where he steals the Death Star plans and takes out the Dark Trooper project; DF2: Jedi Knight where he faces off against an Inquisitor and his posse (when they were cool and not the s#%$ in Rebels) and becomes a Jedi; and JK2: Jedi Outcast, where he takes out the Reborn, Dark side Force sensitives created through magic crystals by yet another failed student of Luke's - great game stupid plot. Kyle is also your mentor in JK3: Jedi Academy - the best Jedi-based game ever as far as game play is concerned.
I use Firefox and have been quite pleased. I wasn't aware DDG hada browser, but I switched to using DDG as my default search engine. There are a few cases (mostly really niche and rare stuff) where Google will do better simply by having more information about you, but for almost everything I need DDG does just fine.
Crap episode. Old Boba was OK, but how did he lose his armor but not his ship?
I really wish Stormtroopers were allowed to be something other than a joke. I will never understand the reasoning of certain directors of trying to make some people look cool by having them take out hordes of idiots who shouldn't be out of grown-up diapers.
The Dark Troopers look OK around the mask, but the body looks a bit off. I'm pissed because this probably means we won't get any mention of Kyle Katarn. First they retcon his stealing of the death Star plans, now they steal the rest of his game from him. While technically possible that they could come up with some line about how General Mohc can't supply any more because some Rebel operative blew everything to hell, I doubt this will happen.
Canonically, dark troopers are made from phrik, yet another blaster/lightsaber resistant material, but they'll probably turn it into beskar.
They also got Tython's location wrong. It's in the Deep Core, not the Outer Rim.
Diego Rossi wrote:
Like druids and SNA? Widely considered one of their more powerful abilities, at least at low level. Plus increased action economy and bodies on the battlefield is almost always very useful. And a single spell granting you lots of spells, many not even on your list, is overly powerful almost no matter what,
Diego Rossi wrote:
True...but there are many that can't, and many enemies that don't necessarily have access to those spells. Still comes out in favor of the summoner on average.
Diego Rossi wrote:
So? Flexibility and utility are powerful tools, especially if, as already noted, a single spell can grant you access to multiple spells not normally available to you. Talking is a free action so if you can communicate, no problem.
Diego Rossi wrote:
A minimal cost compared to the benefits. And many summoned creatures, at least the problematic ones, can speak your language already.
Diego Rossi wrote:
Embarrassingly enough, some of the examples I had turned out to be nothing but my imagination. Still, many creatures like Hound Archons (SM 5) get Greater Teleport at will. Self only, but still immensely useful.
Save or Suck/Die
This stuff would fit right in in Mystara. The latter is literally part of a country there.
A player after my own heart.The only time I'm tempted to stray from this tenet is when I don't have enough information about the setting to make anything sensible.
I don't really pay attention to WBL. At best it's a general guideline for creating characters above level 1, at worst it's a shackle that gets in the way of the game when you have GMs that try to follow it slavishly (and yes, I've suffered under this. I've also suffered under those that give way too much treasure).
I like summoning but I dislike how it's done in d20. Far too powerful and far too easy. When one single spell at least doubles your action economy and grants you a ton of spells, some of which may be of higher level than the one you used to summon, things are overpowered.
1. Each type of creature has its own summoning spell.
Yes. It also had Anal Circumference, which could go into the negatives and....let's just leave it at that.
Yes and yes.
FATAL's horribleness is, if not exactly redeemable, at least the type of horrible you can make fun of. RaHoWa has nothing that can in anyway be seen as amusing by anyone with a shred of moral decency.
Oh, and add SoS/D to my previous list of 'things people consider terrible which I've never had a problem with'.
There's a difference between a kid getting scared in scary situations (like the mudhorn and Cara) and trauma. Even those are weird since he shows little to no fear in any other situations like blasters going off all over the place.
I wish I got to play enough to have a preferred sort of character.
How far afield do you want to go mechanically?
People keep saying X is problematic and I haven't had a problem with it in 30 years of gaming. Paladins, time travel, Wishes, teleportation, mind control, DoMT, etc.
As for moving outside my comfort zone, this hasn't been an issue so far. I would feel super awkward if for some reason the group got into graphic sex scenes unless it was thoroughly Sexy Losers/Oglaf/Ghastly territory, and as far as general unpleasantness, Kult is one of my favorite games ever so no worries there. I could easily see myself playing a session or so of FATAL just to revel in its ridiculousness, as long as everyone else was in on the joke. I think you'd have to go to the lengths of RaHoWa, or anything actually approving of real world horribleness, to make me pass on something.
Mechanically, there are things I like and things I don't like, but this doesn't really count as preference.
Bleh. Not good. Fair warning, I hate Ahsoka Tano so my opinion is probably a bit colored by that.
For starters, Tano's headstuff is still a child's rather than that of an adult togruta. Makes her look really weird.
The HK droids don't even look like the meatbag killer and are barely a step up from B1s, not even up to the standard of B2s. Embarrassingly bad.
Grogu at least had some training, which was better than him knowing all this stuff instinctively, but Tano says he's full of anger and fear, and we haven't seen any evidence of that.
F!*%ing beskar everywhere. Has no one heard of cortosis? Or phrik?
The rest of the episode wasn't particularly interesting or impactful, but not too bad.
I'm of the opinion that the short story is the purest form of SF. You get the ideas and 'point' of the story without having to have a lot of worldbuilding and characters and plot get in the way. Not that those things are bad, but they are more necessary in longer works.
Just finished Charlie Stross' "Dead lies dreaming", the latest Laundry Files novel, though we don't actually see the Laundry. Cultists, deviants and life under the New Management; quite entertaining.
A ton. Sadly, they're going with new canon so we're gonna get a bunch of First Order build-up and s*$~ like that.