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NobodysHome wrote:

Classic AP Writing 101:

(1) To fit with this bad guy's theme, let's give her the full feat chain for two-weapon fighting: Two-Weapon Fighting, Greater, and Improved, plus Two-Weapon Defense. Let's then give her Weapon Focus (and Greater) and Weapon Specialization (and Greater), plus, since it's an exotic weapon, we have to add the exotic weapon proficiency. Plus Improved Critical. That is TEN FEATS dedicated to being a bad-a$$ with these weapons.

(2) Tactics section: "On the first round of combat, she turns into a bug and uses her natural weapons."

WTF, AP? Just... WTF?

That's when you roll up an orc and name him Inman.

Then, you will be opposing the bug-morphing bad guy with the orc Inman.

And I like this pun so much, I'm going to strip naked and dance around the room.


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I took the kids to a hippie cafe in our old neighborhood and we get 4 scones, and the lady running the counter says "if you buy another bakery item you don't have to pay tax... But you probably don't care about that"

... Did fifteen years living on the West side rob me of my hippie cred!

I still have the hair!!

And I haven't evened showered yet today!


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captain yesterday wrote:
Did fifteen years living on the West side rob me of my hippie cred!

Yes. You have until Thursday to turn in your ID card and visit Yuppieporium for your makeover.


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Is Pier One Imports even open on Thursdays.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

And yeah, we have TWO theaters in the entire area that do pre-booked seats: One in San Francisco, and the other in Santa Clara. So each one is an hour or more of driving. But if a movie's not at the Cerrito, guess where we go?

The Sundance Kabuki in Japantown is *really* nice.

I've only been there once, for a Neil Gaiman reading, but I liked it.

you went to a neil gaiman reading? *I* went to a neil gaiman reading!

pats autographed copy of american gods

We tried to get him to sue Rowling at that reading. He professionally declined.

Technically three.

The first day Coraline was available for sale, he came to Berkeley and read THE. ENTIRE. BOOK. Cover to cover. There were milk and cookies at intermission.
And as part of the autograph, he drew a mouse.

we may have gotten our autographs around the same time. I remember him talking about coraline at the signing...

That man is so short.


WOO! Happy family carnival fun day!


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Today there was all the sidesword fighting, so I did it.

Later on, there was Imperial stout at the pub, so I drank it.

Then, there were no medium kebabs, just large, so I ate the large kebab, and that's a lotta kebab.

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Two weapon fighting is a waste of time. If you have any kind of sneak attack, you should try to do the bludgeoneer, enforcer, shatter defences tree. And bug forms aren't that good. Try monstrous physique/beast shape. I can get you the best cheese!

I wonder if that character in question has to do with the red mantis assasins. Then the focus on two weapon fighting, due to sawtooth Sabres and then later turning into a mantis would make sense.

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It's worked out really well for the dual-wielders in most campaigns I've run.


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Limeylongears wrote:

Today there was all the sidesword fighting, so I did it.

Later on, there was Imperial stout at the pub, so I drank it.

Then, there were no medium kebabs, just large, so I ate the large kebab, and that's a lotta kebab.

That sounds like a fantastic day.

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Family Hot Pot round 2 for lunch:

1)Fish
2)Pork Collar Shabu
3)Prawns
4)Fried beancurd puffs stuffed with fishpaste and minced meat
5) dumplings
6) Xiao Bai Cai
5)nai bai
7) Straw Mushrooms
8) Button Mushrooms
9) Sea Cucumber
10) Abalone Slices
11) Scallops
12) Fish Maw
13) Black Fungus
14) Yong Tau Fu

Yaaaaaay!

Limey - I like kebabs. Again, I like eating almost everything...

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Woooooooooo! My paladin in NWN just got knighted. Big ceremony and everything.

Probably would've enjoyed it more if she wasn't still recovering from hellfire burns.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Classic AP Writing 101:

(1) To fit with this bad guy's theme, let's give her the full feat chain for two-weapon fighting: Two-Weapon Fighting, Greater, and Improved, plus Two-Weapon Defense. Let's then give her Weapon Focus (and Greater) and Weapon Specialization (and Greater), plus, since it's an exotic weapon, we have to add the exotic weapon proficiency. Plus Improved Critical. That is TEN FEATS dedicated to being a bad-a$$ with these weapons.

(2) Tactics section: "On the first round of combat, she turns into a bug and uses her natural weapons."

WTF, AP? Just... WTF?

I was anticipating an OotS punch line.


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Just a Mort wrote:
Tequilia...for 1) You might want to try Slay the Spire =)

Thanks for the tip!

Just a Mort wrote:
3)If thou likes to works on thy stuff, by all means go ahead! I know I don't have imagination to create my own world or much of my own content. Sadly. Shucks to be me. I can only follow, I cannot create.

I'm the same way with content -- I can't ever seem to get it together to write a satisfying adventure, and with the exception of Planescape I'm not really into any setting over another. I'm perfectly happy with Generic D&Dland.

What I tinker with is rules. How to make them fun and intuitive? How to balance options v. simplicity? How to balance monsters v. PCs, and PCs v. PCs? How to balance a semblance of realism v. ease of gameplay?

I've mentioned on FAWLT my dream of a really elegant multiclassing system that allows all the variety of the 3e engine, yet doesn't involve special penalties or bennies, or the extreme imbalances that can result. That is my Grail quest. :)

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Uhhh too deep for me. I never questioned the inner workings of the universe(the rules), I just followed them without question.

Hey Tequilia - tell me if you get ironclad figured out. My BF and I combined our brains but got nowhere. Actually he did most of the thinking. I know nothing about deck building and I sure as heck have no idea how he did all that poison stuff. But once the hand is in play, I have some idea on how to use it.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Today there was all the sidesword fighting, so I did it.

Everybody was sidesword fighting!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
2. A MMO. I have WoW already but haven't played in 10+ years. I'm told that FFXIV is super-amazing.
I find that WOW has become too..into optimization that you even have aps to track how much dps you're doing etc...eh. I didn't play MMOs to join the rat race, I just want to go along and listen to the story, which gets your group members pissed because they're probably on their 4th character rushing to 110...and why are you sitting there looking at cut scenes again? It's like everyone's in a hurry. I dont think FFXIV was that great honestly.

FFXIV:

  • Exactly like WoW, it's a mature MMO, meaning most of the people you encounter are just grinding so they express a great deal of frustration when you do things like, y'know, watch the cut scenes to learn the story. On the bright side, FFXIV gives extra bonus loot when you do an instance with a first-timer, so for every rage-quitter who doesn't want to take the extra 45 seconds to let you watch the cut scene, there's a veteran tank who says, "Welcome!" and thanks you for the extra scrip. But yeah, I despise the 8-person dungeons because we only have 5 players, and no matter what we do the extra players always race ahead and try to finish everything off ASAP so we can't actually, y'know, spend time enjoying the scenery
  • Exactly like FF games, it is a beautiful, beautiful game, with a vast richness of things to do, and the first 20-30 levels are a joy to play. Then, exactly like all other FF games, the philosophy becomes, "Players like to grind, right?" and you end up endlessly grinding away hours for utter stupidity. "Traverse this region that takes 7 minutes to get across just to deliver a message. Now come back. Oh, oops! Forgot this part of the message. Go back again!"
    The first book (A Realm Reborn) was really, really, really fun and our core group of 4 loved playing through it. The second (Heavensward) is so grindy that we gave up on it. One player just paid the money...
  • Interesting. My wife is all about story, and I'll watch the cut scenes at least the first time thru. So I guess it depends on how many others we need to do quests, and whether we can find folks with a similar playstyle. Honestly, I never even got beyond the early/tutorial levels in WoW so I don't know how many players a party makes? Can we play just the two of us, or will we need a guild or whatever?


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    Just a Mort wrote:

    Uhhh too deep for me. I never questioned the inner workings of the universe(the rules), I just followed them without question.

    Hey Tequilia - tell me if you get ironclad figured out. My BF and I combined our brains but got nowhere. Actually he did most of the thinking. I know nothing about deck building and I sure as heck have no idea how he did all that poison stuff. But once the hand is in play, I have some idea on how to use it.

    Clash works in any archetype, and the Strength cards like 'Limit Break', Flex & Demon Form are excellent. Of course it depends on relic and options.

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    5 people to a party. Wow dungeons are calibrated to 5 people so you can't run duos, unless both of you are overlevelled and overgeared. My BF is also the sort who wants to get to max level so he can farm Uber loot, and honestly a lot of Wow is raid content which is not doable without a guild unless you go pick up raids, where you generally get jokers who don't know what they're doing.

    To be honest I'm one of those jokers too.

    My BF rushed me to level 100 on my priest. Was always disc until nerfs, never touched shadow specialization until 81 or so.

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    If you use demon form you have no energy to do anything else and how do you deal with all the damage that the creatures are dealing to you?

    Clash also means you can't have any skill or power cards in your hand. So it means you have to cut down on blocks in your deck.


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    Tequila Sunrise wrote:
    Interesting. My wife is all about story, and I'll watch the cut scenes at least the first time thru. So I guess it depends on how many others we need to do quests, and whether we can find folks with a similar playstyle. Honestly, I never even got beyond the early/tutorial levels in WoW so I don't know how many players a party makes? Can we play just the two of us, or will we need a guild or whatever?

    If you decide to start, I'm sure our whopping 8-person guild would welcome you. Almost all of the early-game dungeons are 4-player, so depending on your hours you could grab a couple of us. We're easygoing. If you want to give it a try, let me know and I'll check with the guild and PM you the info. Hi's on for 6-8 hours a day, so you could get him as a third (he loves being a healer), and one of NobodysWife's co-workers is on most nights, so I think we could get you a foursome.

    You don't need to do an 8 dungeon until the very end of the first game, so Book 1 is pretty easy.

    EDIT: I mean heck, I get bonus loot if I send you an invite, and then it's a 2-week free trial, so worst-case you hate it, you hate me, and you downloaded 14 GB of data (7 GB each) for no raisin.


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    *searches for pastries*


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    I hope its not bear claws.


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    *looks at bear's claws longingly*


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    The bear claws are mine leave them alone or else it gets grizzly in here.


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    *sighs, continues looking for delicious pastries*


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    "This is a deck that loses to burn. If you have burn, I have a lose condition."


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    Too vague.


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    It was more in the delivery.


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    Well that was lacking.


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    Well, I'm not Domino's. I don't specialize in delivery.


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    If I wanted to gamble online, should I use dollars or Betcoins?


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    When I'm feeling low, I like to look at birds. They always make me chirrup.


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    My friend said she didn't understand cloning. I said, "Well, that makes two of us."


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    Are merchants songs sung by mermaid monks (mermonks?)?


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    I was making soup the other day and spilled it all on the floor. It wasn't my fault, though. There was a leek in the pot.

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    This is the supposedly a transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.

    US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

    CND reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

    US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Carrier, I say again, divert your course!

    CND reply: No. We say again, you divert YOUR course!

    US Ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CORAL SEA, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!

    CND reply: With respects, this is a lighthouse. Your call.

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    Drejk wrote:
    Limeylongears wrote:
    Today there was all the sidesword fighting, so I did it.
    Everybody was sidesword fighting!

    Everybody was sidesword fighting

    Those cuts were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they fought with expert timing

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    My BF described me as this.

    It's quite funny actually. Yes, beneath my fluffy exterior lies the knowledge of the forbidden cheese.

    That I really try not to release because it damages my sanity. And may cause the end of the world as we know it.

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    gran rey de los mono wrote:
    I was making soup the other day and spilled it all on the floor. It wasn't my fault, though. There was a leek in the pot.

    That's rubbish. I cook my soup with leek and it never spilled on the floor. The only thing I can say is a bad workman blames his tools.


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    Just a Mort wrote:
    gran rey de los mono wrote:
    I was making soup the other day and spilled it all on the floor. It wasn't my fault, though. There was a leek in the pot.
    That's rubbish. I cook my soup with leek and it never spilled on the floor. The only thing I can say is a bad workman blames his tools.

    I think I'm finally figuring out morts sense of humor.

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    So how's it like? Sweet, sour, salty, spicy or bitter?


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    hmm... esoteric.


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    Just a Mort wrote:

    If you use demon form you have no energy to do anything else and how do you deal with all the damage that the creatures are dealing to you?

    Clash also means you can't have any skill or power cards in your hand. So it means you have to cut down on blocks in your deck.

    Demon form stack for other turns, it does mean 1 slow turn - but every subsequent turn is alot faster. It's also good with the relic that reduces the cost of a card when you pay a mana, or with bullet-time. So it's not the best card.

    Whereas Clash only mean you cannot have any blocks/curses in your hand when you want to play it. Thus you always play it last, after you've played your blocks.... of course it doesn't always work, but for 0 mana it's pretty nice. (can also work with a discard deck).


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    So, since I know LM's waiting to explode on this one, yesterday's session was quite good... until the final baffling, frustrating, "have you never played a roleplaying game nor studied history in your life?" hour.

  • We had enough chairs, no thanks to IKEA
  • Pre-session, I asked Whingey to stop asking me to spell things for him. He didn't ask for spelling once, nor even almost ask
  • While he played in his usual "ineffective coward" way (it is, quite literally, 10 minutes per turn of, "Is there anything that I can do without putting myself in danger of being attacked by anyone on the board?", everybody else had fun
    His play is legendarily cowardly. He's gotten other PCs killed through his cowardice (mine included). It's so bad it's another of those, "Why would my character hang out with your character when your character is so useless?" moments.
    But Lost in Space had Dr. Smith, and our game has WW
  • I got to play up my evil side. An evil wish-granter tried to send lisamarlene's fighter to Hell, but a technicality on his first attempt (in spite of it being a "wish", it was a standard action so he had to try to cast defensively and biffed his Concentration check), the fighter responded, "Would you send me to Hell? <more>", at which point the wish granter said, "Wish granted!" and tried again. Unfortunately, it wasn't his turn, so he sat there are the ready to deliver on the wish.
    So WW's PC teleported her to safety (running away is, after all, one of the things he's good at), then very clearly said, "So I turn to her and I say...". The wish granter made his Perception roll and just moseyed around the corner and touched her again. Unfortunately, she made her save.
  • It was 7:30 pm. I suggested ending the session. The players all wanted to play on
  • I ran about 10-15 minutes of them determining that their next foe was an ancient black dragon
  • Cue WW spending 45 minutes trying to decide what spells to cast once combat started. I finally ended the session because at the rate he plays, it was too late to start the fight anyway

  • What is utterly, completely mind-boggling, is his idea that he can somehow plan for a combat before the combat even begins, to the point of, "On this round I'll cast this spell."

    There are various attributions, but basic tactics 101: "No plan survives contact with the enemy. ... One cannot be at all sure that any operational plan will survive the first encounter with the main body of the enemy."

    If you've EVER played an RPG, you know that after round 1, all plans go out the window.

    So 45 minutes trying to decide on whom to cast 3 spells. It was... epic.

    When I pulled out the rug and called the session on him because he'd taken too long, he out-and-out apologized to the group. And we explained how silly it was to try to make such plans.

    I doubt we got through, but we can try.


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    I know the feeling about trying to preplan a turn. It mostly came up for our group because of melee - we had a barbarian who would full attack...but he was terrible with math, so every time he took a turn, combat screeched to a halt - yes, this was with a calculator. Still slow beyond reaason - and we finally had to tell him "look, just...preroll and do the math in advance." So...we all kind of try to have our turns planned so we can streamline.

    This was more problematic for my oracle, who I was trying to play as a caster cleric because I was new and didn't know any better because it rapidly turned into "Okay, I don't do the AoE since you've all moved..."


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    So, since I know LM's waiting to explode on this one, yesterday's session was quite good... until the final baffling, frustrating, "have you never played a roleplaying game nor studied history in your life?" hour.

  • It was 7:30 pm. I suggested ending the session. The players all wanted to play on
  • I ran about 10-15 minutes of them determining that their next foe was an ancient black dragon
  • Cue WW spending 45 minutes trying to decide what spells to cast once combat started. I finally ended the session because at the...
  • What I would like to humbly suggest you email the group:

    Since we already know what's coming and how far away it is, I think you should email the group and say, "I want each of you to reply with your initiative roll and your intended first round action by noon the day before the game, and as soon as WW and Hermione walk through the door and WW takes half an hour to set up his place at the table, we will launch straight into the first round as stated, no changes or discussion allowed."


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    I swear, I feel like after we wrap this AP, I never want to game again. He just pulls all the joy right out of it and stomps on it.


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    Oh, and you forgot the "I'm going to take all these items from the loot list "for the good of the party" before we sell... what? My share of gold is only half what I expected? Who will chip in for this other expensive magic item I want to buy "for the good of the party"?" and then sulking for the next hour when no one wanted to.


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    ...I may have a baby WW in the Rainbow.

    I'd be a lot more worried if anyone in the party had any patience for his shenanigans, but they're all quite able and willing to self-advocate for him to, and I quote, "shut up and stop being a butt."

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