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Micco wrote:
Zurai wrote:
For example, let's say your monk rolled a total of 60 on his Acrobatics check to jump. He jumps forward 60 feet and reaches a maximum height of 15 feet at the halfway point of his jump.

Thanks. That's what I figured, but I couldn't find it written that it applied in this situation clearly anywhere.

It's this line in the SRD under the Jump Skill (and under Long Jump): "At the midpoint of the jump, you attain a vertical height equal to one-quarter of the horizontal distance."

Kirth Gersen wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
to confuse the knuckledraggers a good 'Jackanape' can always serve ...
"Cretin" is a personal fave. Not to be confused with "Curtin," of course! ;)

Which leads me to one of my favorite counter-points: "Jane, you ignorant slut."

One of the transition options is "select back issues" - apparently to be decided upon later. What does this mean exactly? Which back issues are we talking about?

I have had subscriptions to Dungeon and Dragon for many years, so I don't need any recent back issues, but I might want some of the older ones if they are being offered. The other part of it is that I just re-subscribed to both magazines for three-year stints, so after receiving all the remaining new issues of both magazines, I have 51 issues worth of credit here.

Are there going to be 51 different back issues available to me? Do they predate the Paizo era?

My thinking is that I've set aside this money for Dungeon and Dragon magazines and I'd rather it go to that. The completionist in me would love to fill in some gaps in my collection, particularly in the early years. I can pick up a subscription to Pathfinder, if I decide to, seperately. But I don't want to be stuck getting duplicate back issues just because that's what my "selection" is limited to.

I guess what I need to know is, what do you mean by "select back issues" and will I know what the selections availble are in time to make a decision on transitioning to those or Pathfinder?

+1 CL at 8/10 levels(not 1st or 6th), full BAB, good fort save, 1 manuever every other level, 1 stance every third level, and then some class abilities that dovetail nicely with what a duskblade is already trying to do.

For example, the first one allows you to sacrifice an arcane spell slot to for +4/+Xd10 to your next melee attack. (X = the level of the spell you've given up.) Others allow you to follow a successful martial strike attack with a spell that gets free metamagic effect. So if you make a sucessful martial strike, your next spell is quickened or empowered.

So you you could quick cast True Strike make a martial strike (like Shadow Garrote, a 5d6 ranged touch attack) and follow that up with a quick cast free Empowered Shocking Grasp delivered via sword.

They dovetail well flavorwise, too.

I agree. The best thing for a duskblade is probably more duskblade. One idea I'm working on now is a Duskblade 9/Swordsage1/Jade Phoenix Mage 10. The Duskblade and JPM seem well-matched and (unless you want to spend feats on it) you need the Swordsage to give you the prerequisites for JPM.

Anyone else think this is a cool idea? Am I off my rocker? I could post more of a build if you're interested.

Jeremy Mac Donald wrote:
Shroomy wrote:
I was never a huge fan of this adventure
Heresy. Lynchings are schedualed for Thursday at 5:00. Bring your own pitchfork.

My torch is lit. Gather the angry rabble.

Vic Wertz wrote:

As of right now, we have not made any decisions regarding increasing subscription prices.


Thanks for the info.

Mike Griffith wrote:

When will the prices of subscriptions for Dragon and Dungeon to US addresses be going up? I want to add a year or two to my subscription a few weeks before the prices go up.


I'd also be interested in the answer to this question. I'd like to put off renewing for another month or two, but I don't want to miss the opportunity to get in on the current subscription rates. Any idea when the cut-off will be?

otter wrote:
Marc Chin wrote:

My own personal vendetta in the vein of the journal author's muse is against the use of the phrase, "Rule of Thumb"...since the phrase was born out of the need for men to regulate the diameter of the stick that they were allowed to use to beat their wives with to avoid charges of actual abuse.

If you didn't know where it came from, now you do.


Not necessarily. There's very serious debate over the origin of the phrase; the first known connection between the old rule of being able to beat a wife with a stick no larger than the thumb and the phrase "rule of thumb" was made in 1976. The specific quote is: "For instance, the common-law doctrine had been modified to allow the husband 'the right to whip his wife provided that he used a switch no bigger than his thumb' -- a rule of thumb, so to speak" (Del Martin, Battered Wives Volcano Press, 1976, page 31).

A more likely origin for the phrase deals with rough-and-ready measurements made by thumblength; carpenters often used various body parts, particularly the thumb, as a way of taking a measurement, as did many other trades such as tailors.

Just FYI. ;-)

Indeed. Here's a decent (very abbreviated) look at the history. The use you noted Marc does seem to be an urban legend, albeit one that dates back over a hundred years.

But I'd like to add my thanks for your efforts in taking on the foolish summary erroneously, and spuriously, linking D&D to goths. That was just ignorant on their part - and very nice work on yours.

Thoth-Amon the Mindflayerian wrote:
...What can be worse, after all, than having the will without the body to back it up?...

Having the body with no will or sense to drive it.

Although I suppose "perfect health" covers both mind and body so you're all set. :)

KnightErrantJR wrote:

If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be that all the children to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.

If I had two wishes I could make this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace. And the second would be for 30 million dollars a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.

You know, if I had three wishes I could make this holiday season, the first, of course, would be for all the children of the world to get together and sing, the second would be for the 30 million dollars every month to me, and the third would be for encompassing power over every living being in the entire universe.

Wait, I've heard this somewhere before.

They're not going to be able to get all those kids together. I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible, more trouble than it's worth! You should reorganize. ;)

I'd like to live in Healer's town, and I wish I could live two days for everyone else's one. Like every midnight between 12:00 and 12:01, I could live an extra 24 hours. (This is just a crazy idea off the top of my head; don't ask me how it works.)

Heathansson wrote:
Fake Healer wrote:

Smokin' what? Oh, I get it. Its like slang. Like your desire for your posterior to be crammed with adventures. You don't really want that, its just a phrase. OK. I see.

FH (just messin with ya)

X12: Lost Caverns of Hemorrhoideus

I guess that's better than H1: Bloodstone Pass.

Otherwise, I agree with what Lilith said.

I came here to hear the hue and cry to bring back Wil; I didn't know it was going to turn into a contest of whose old-fu is the best! ;)

Iron Davy Read, a tough as nails pirate with a good taste and an edjumacation. And no parrots!

Preach on brother! I, too, would love to see more SJ material.

Bill Lumberg wrote:
KissMeDarkly wrote:
In what issue of Dungeon (or possibly Dragon) did I see this weapon? For the life of me I just can't seem to find the issue it's in. All HELP appreciated.
It was in "The Obsidian Eye" in issue 120. The monk charater (Mio?) uses it.

Right, it's in the sidebar on p.35 of Dungeon 120. My wife, being a longtime long hair wearer, thought this was an awesome idea. I assume she meant for her character - at least I hope she did.

D&D is very educational, especially for interesting vocabulary. I knew this one, though. My parents had a triptych hanging in the living room for years, but I probably learned the word somewhere else - a fantasy, sci-fi, or RPG book of some sort I'm sure. I've seen it since then usually just referring to things made of three parts. It literally means "three fold", so I guess that's appropriate.

James Keegan wrote:
Fred and Ben Savage! It's in the title, gosh darn it! Boy Meets Demogorgon! Demogorgon Meets Cutlass! Wait, what were we talking about?

The Wander Years? The Demon Prince'ss Bride?

Jeff Buckley's Grace LP. Some great versions of older songs, "Lilac Wine" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and some other good stuff, too. It's worth a listen.

Anyone run a game in the Fort Lauderdale area?