This guy sounds like he's having trouble getting his head around the fact that his dumb lab partner is affecting his grade and that he has to take a cross-cultural class he doesn't like.
Frankly, he comes across as a guy who thinks he's better than his peers and that his degree is sullied by their presence.
Ask anybody who's the first in their family to go to college if a degree is worthless. Or better yet, ask your friendly neighborhood corporate recruiter who is likely to be the more productive employee, the guy with a degree or the guy without one.
the last I want to see in Cheliax is kind of "Fantasy 3rd Reich". Just because the genre we play in is called "Fantasy" does not mean that everything can and should be made. Fascism is a child of the modern 19th and 20th century. It has no place in the D&D fantasy genre IMO.
My philosphy is a bit rusty, but didn't Plato outline - and promote - a fascist state in The Republic and the concept of the philospher-kings?
1) Plane hopping, preferably in LE territory. Devils always get the AP shaft!
2) Stop the big bad organization rather than the big bad villian. Slave rings, evil merchants (like the Lumber Consortium in Darkmoon Vale), or circle of wizards.
3) Invasion! I loved the githyanki idea in Dungeon #100 and Red Hand of Doom but a full path would be great. Maybe sea-born invaders, mayber interstellar, maybe planar, it doesn't really matter (though, the drow in second darkness may fill this bill - I'm still working through part 2).
4) Undead. I have a soft spot for scheming undead with creepy minions.
5) Dinosaurs. Just 'cuz.
Finally! Ultimate power is within my grasp!
If people don't pony up free lunches for the rest of my life, I'll ruin Pathfinder for everyone! Everyone, I say!
My Rule 0 arguement will send all threads into flaming ruin! Feed me or I'll bleed the game dry and send your children to the dark age of gaming with only rational distractions like Old Maid and Bridge to soothe their itch.
I am hungry and am not to be trifled with!
Mr. Buhlman, you are my puppet and must blindly accept the ultimate power of my Rule 0! I, not you, will decide how Pathfinder will be played. Playtesting and rationale be damned!
Then, once my least of Maslow's needs are secure, I'll turn the might Rule 0 against larger targets, like world hunger and Wal-Mart.
If you look hard enough, you'll find more than that to offend. Violence, torture, racial sterotypes, cultural sterotypes, economic stereotypes, etc. I'd even bet their some bathroom humor. If you look hard enough, every story has something offensive. Take your pick.
But this particular movie is a satire/parody. Its showing all these behaviors intentionally and with purpose. If its a good satire, the poor behavior is highlighted to show that such actions are not OK. If its poor satire, then it might just be funny simply for funny's sake. Some jokes will work, some won't. That's the way comedy works -its points out the ridiculousness of people and they way they behave.
I'm going to see it and I'm going to laugh. Heck, I'll probably laugh a great deal.
For the record, my daughter is severly physically and mentally handicapped and I completely understand your apprehension.
My sidecart has been full for a while. It looks like this:
• Pathfinder Chronicles: Gazetteer (OGL) Print Edition
Is this waiting for something before it falls from the tree?
I've used 2 methods in the past:
1) Roll 2 die, drop one (kind of like rolling 4d6 and drop the lowest).
2) Fix the minimum then add a single die. d12 becomes 6+1d6, d10=4+1d6, d8=4+1d4, & d6=2+1d4 (I ditched d4's for hp long ago but a straight d4 seems appropriate). Mearls used a similar approach in Iron Heroes (no books at work to reference, though).
The latter version was ultimately more rewarding (PC's ARE above average, afterall. Otherwise, they'd be commoners).
I like the damage/healing to undead the turn/rebuke provides. Straight and simple. I'm a little less convinced about the "take control" aspect and the healing/harming burst.
I don't play evil characters, but if I did - or played a neutral cleric with rebuke - and I ran into an NPC cleric with undead, I'd try and take 'em. Or at least create a 3-round tug of war for control.
I'm not sure a 3-round tug of war is fun for anybody. Any living allies that get too close to the ego-war, they get zapped.
Which of course, brings us to the heal side of the equation. The mass healing between encounters doesn't bother me as most players I know run out of desirable spells before they run out of hit points.
The biggest risk I see is extending combat if everybody, and I mean everybody, gets healing up to 3 times an encounter. A 10-round encounter against mooks is certainly possible if a) the mooks have just 1 moderately threatening undead or b) a few players get bad rolls and take significant damage. One or two heal bursts and the fight never ends!
A previous poster (sorry, I forget whom) suggested a bonus to allies. This I like. Sort of like a Bless or Bane effect. That's not overly tied to positive and negative energy though so you lose some of the turn undead theme.
I'm not sure what the answer is, unless the effect only affects undead and not living folks. Then it is just "turn undead".
I'm starting to ramble. Time to go.
Not to take your time away from shipping orders, but is that the only book gumming up the works?
The inventory status on the web show a grand total of 5 unavailable, only 2 of which have been addressed - the cancelled Crisis in Freeport and Creatures of Freeport as mentioned.
Unless the web is inaccurate, I get the sinking feeling I'm looking at a measly 58% fill rate on this order.
Is the above still true with this order? The discussion thread has me mighty nervous that my order is being plundered for other orders.
If splitting the order up will expedite things, please do so, even if its one item per order.
Thanks - you guys really do an admirable job.
I worry now that a week from now I'll be looking at what's left of the order, with only a couple items still left in stock, while order that were smaller that came after mine basically chipped away at what I could get, even though my order was in sooner.
I'm in the same boat on my order from Nov 15. The "good" news about the 30-day lag is that my order is on pace to drop from $36 to $6.
I may be overly simplistic, but I won't know if I'll like 4e - or buy it - until I see it. Sure its fun to predict the direction the game will go, to guess if it'll be "better" or "worse" (YMMV), but ulitmately, its a fruitless excercise until we see the final product.
Of course, bragging rights and being able to say "I told you so" in June is not to be overlooked!
Watcher - These are just what the doctor ordered! Frankly, such generousity on your anniversary is staggering. My wife would hold my PC under lock and key on my anniversary!
I'll tell what would be good in an electronic product, especially one that uses the delve format for adventures, is to hyperlink the adventure text to the relevant delve page. Flipping back and forth with paper pages is annoying enough, but doing it with virtual pages is down-right aggrivating.
I'm getting carpal tunnel syndrome reading through the Lost Caverns.
This piecemeal approach leaves me cold. I know the plan is to release a compiled edition at the end of the month, but frankly, its just anoying.
Its like ordering a sandwich, but you get the bread on Monday, the lettuce on Tuesday, the meat on Wednesday, and the condiments Thursday. Then you get the whole thing assembled for you Friday.
Just give me my sandwich/e-zine!
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