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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

In other news, got some kids to strangle.

Two weeks ago:
Me: So, you want to sign up for concessions on the 14th?
Drama club: Yes!
Me: You're going to be able to work it?
DC: Yes!

Today:
Me: Only one of you?
DC: Looks like it.

At least a couple of them had a legitimate excuse of why they couldn't be there. One of the ones who actively put their name down as definitely gonna show completely flaked.

Surprise test for all but one person!

Club, not class. Can't do tests.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Honestly I appreciate the evaluation. A lot of that was part of a standup routine I have been crafting but you're right - I need to be more considerate of the values of the less...me.

This isn't a dimly lit room full of people expecting bawdy laughs. Especially having a daughter and all. Not just because, as people deserve respect and comfort regardless of whether they are similar to myself or my spawn but - it gets one reflective.

At the bare minimum I should sppiler jokes like that.

I'm sorry. And thanks Scint and Nylarthotep for the honesty.

I want to make it very clear that I love and adore Tala more than I can convey - she giggles more than anyone at my dumb jokes. That's one reason I love her among dozens I could list, from her ability to read people well, to her forgiveness, patience, silliness, similar interests, beauty, and perserverence. She has a filthy mind and sense of humor.

This doesn't make it any different to you, I'm sure, but I felt that was a necessity to convey.

I didn't make it well with my ex because I'm not used to the subtle differences like most people. She makes it easier because she sees there isn't an intent to be a jackass, but...well, I guess I assume too much as a result.

For what it's worth, I wasn't trying to single you out. It's just a wider trend I've noticed for a pretty long while now, and it kinda came out in a frustrated vent of resignation. Sorry if I overstepped; offense was not meant.

...and if we're really going into nuance I kinda read less "frat" into the tone and more "You don't like Rick and Morty because you don't understand it," but I'm not sure that's much of an improvement...


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I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.


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Maybe a library, or museum, or cabinet of curiosities type thing - various bits and bobs collected over the years by someone with a lot of cash but not a lot of discernment, so you've got tons and tons of junk, with a few very valuable/horribly cursed items somewhere in amongst all the rubbish?


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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Cleric? Or a druid of decay/winter...


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Drejk wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Cleric? Or a druid of decay/winter...

Would be interesting, but I thought liches needed to be arcane casters.


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I have many faults, among which include being far too judgmental (and I am working on it) - but I know one strength is willingness to admit when I am wrong. Usually it takes some evidence or such, but I'm the first one to say the words "I was wrong" when I screw up in person.

...but I will fight tooth and nail and refuse to agree to disagree if I know that I am right about something...

It got me very far in the dental lab I worked in when I just said "Tom (owner's name) - that's my fault. I screwed up. This piece is ruined because I messed up." - almost to a department manager - until Tom sold the lab and the new owner put my immediate supervisor who hated me in charge.

Tala has the same positive trait. My brother said today it's rare in people.


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Possible locations:

Half-sunk shipwreck on one of many islands. The challenge is to find enough information or devise a method of finding the right island to cut the time - ask the sea birds/fishes, calculate the local currents between the islets to determine where the ship would be, make a pact with a sea devil who will lead the party to it, etc.

A house/manor that is supposed to be haunted but in reality is inhabited by gremlins or other urban fey that play (possibly lethal) pranks on the intruders.

A monastery manned by enlightened/insane monks that put the visitors to ridiculous tests.


Scintillae wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

In other news, got some kids to strangle.

Two weeks ago:
Me: So, you want to sign up for concessions on the 14th?
Drama club: Yes!
Me: You're going to be able to work it?
DC: Yes!

Today:
Me: Only one of you?
DC: Looks like it.

At least a couple of them had a legitimate excuse of why they couldn't be there. One of the ones who actively put their name down as definitely gonna show completely flaked.

Surprise test for all but one person!
Club, not class. Can't do tests.

Ok I got you.

Step 1 - Make up fliers with their pictures on it and have it say they will be doing a live performance of a movie that will embarass them to perform. Something you know said student hates.
Step 2 - Cast those with no good excuse as stars, etc
Step 3 - Those with good excuse do stagework
Step 4 - Hand make embarassingly bad costumes
Step 5 - Post fliers everywhere just before the event
Step 6 - SURPRISE KIDS - WE HAVE A LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE OF BLUES CLUES IN TEN MINUTES! I put it to a vote during the fundraiser! We had a unanimous desire to make this happen.
Step 7 - You and student who showed wring hands and laugh maniacally


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Drejk wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Cleric? Or a druid of decay/winter...

DRUID OF WINTER! DRUID OF WINTER!


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I hate the key of E-minor. It gives me the E-B-G-Bs.


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I deleted all my German contacts from my phone. Now it's completely Hans free.


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Recently read the book IT. Very disappointed. Not a single computer got fixed.


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Scintillae wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Cleric? Or a druid of decay/winter...
Would be interesting, but I thought liches needed to be arcane casters.

Basically, existence of a lich is GM's fiat. The lich creation process is not really described in 5th edition, though 3.5 and Pathfinder has rules for creation of the phylactery (Craft Woundrous Item, capable of casting spells, CL 11th or more, no word about being restricted to arcane spellcasters).


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Honestly I appreciate the evaluation. A lot of that was part of a standup routine I have been crafting but you're right - I need to be more considerate of the values of the less...me.

This isn't a dimly lit room full of people expecting bawdy laughs. Especially having a daughter and all. Not just because, as people deserve respect and comfort regardless of whether they are similar to myself or my spawn but - it gets one reflective.

At the bare minimum I should sppiler jokes like that.

I'm sorry. And thanks Scint and Nylarthotep for the honesty.

I want to make it very clear that I love and adore Tala more than I can convey - she giggles more than anyone at my dumb jokes. That's one reason I love her among dozens I could list, from her ability to read people well, to her forgiveness, patience, silliness, similar interests, beauty, and perserverence. She has a filthy mind and sense of humor.

This doesn't make it any different to you, I'm sure, but I felt that was a necessity to convey.

I didn't make it well with my ex because I'm not used to the subtle differences like most people. She makes it easier because she sees there isn't an intent to be a jackass, but...well, I guess I assume too much as a result.

Thank you for being open minded enough to listen.


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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Do you have time/resources to do dwarven forge set ups?

Even if you do not (sounds like you are playing at school property), my recommendation is an abandoned elementalist's lair.

Tower with gargoyle guardian (or a dire ape type creature (think conan story of the ape with the red cloak) throwing projectiles down at party). Only effective entrance is through roof where creature is.

Clues in tower, but not much combat.

Dungeon caverns - one area tied to air, one to water, one to fire, one to earth..each with key type thing. Elemental creatures in each of the rooms (water weird, mephits, elementals, xorn, what have you). Some have to be fought, some can be negotiated with to give clues as to what is the key from that room

Final area assemble keys to access treasure room with your plot device.

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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

One item got stolen, bandit's den. Something like in some of the cooler Skyrim bandit lairs where it's complex catwalks built into a watery cave, and different catwalk bridges have to be activated by various triggers and/or the bandits can turn the bridges to cut off the PCs' pursuits, with secret doors and passages that the bandits can use against them--but if the PCs discover they have a better route toward the treasure.

One is in the possession of a temple whose priests believe it a holy item. Getting it back requires diplomacy, doing the temple a favor, or unholy violence.

One is in the possession of a rival to the lich wannabe (perhaps an evil divine as suggested above), and their lair could be anything from a classic tower to a shack hidden in the swamp where half the danger is navigating the swamp.

One belongs to an alchemist or relic hunter who is trying to divine its secrets and it has gone amok and self-animated!

Quote:
Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Pick what is easiest for you to run.


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I just realized I need to find a top hat and a monocle for daddy-daughter tea time.


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And of course after the first cup we yell "CHANGE PLACES!" And run around the table to the chagrin of her mother.


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Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.


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Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.

aboleth are criminally underused.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)


Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)

Well, shamelessly edited from that webcomic, anyway.

(They used mindflayers under a different name, and it’s glorious.)

This post is used with quotes because I can’t edit the post and can barely even find it!


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Denizens Of The Forbidden Lands: Nobles. A new profession for Forbidden Lands.


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AT THE GYM


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Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)

Well, shamelessly edited from that webcomic, anyway.

(They used mindflayers under a different name, and it’s glorious.)

This post is used with quotes because I can’t edit the post and can barely even find it!

damn. Now I want some fried calamari.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)

Well, shamelessly edited from that webcomic, anyway.

(They used mindflayers under a different name, and it’s glorious.)

This post is used with quotes because I can’t edit the post and can barely even find it!

damn. Now I want some fried calamari.

You wantin' t' start somethin'? You tryin' t' start somethin'? Do you know who yer dealin' with, pal? Friendo? Bub? You wanna know what it's like t' get yer cerebellum stirred, do ya? Huh?


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The Mind Flayer Mafia wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)

Well, shamelessly edited from that webcomic, anyway.

(They used mindflayers under a different name, and it’s glorious.)

This post is used with quotes because I can’t edit the post and can barely even find it!

damn. Now I want some fried calamari.
You wantin' t' start somethin'? You tryin' t' start somethin'? Do you know who yer dealin' with, pal? Friendo? Bub? You wanna know what it's like t' get yer cerebellum stirred, do ya? Huh?

Calm down, Captain Cranium. We weren’t interested in eating YOUR tentacles. They sound disgusting-!


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Also, prions.


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Tacticslion wrote:
The Mind Flayer Mafia wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Okay. Thinking next plot device will be found underwater (potions of water breathing will be provided by the Guild the store has us run quests through). Some aboleth-controlled merrow attacked a group of triton scouts and now have the thing. None of them know what it is (tritons were taking to a mage to get it looked at), and everyone's on high alert. Aiming at one of our higher tables, so levels 6-9.
aboleth are criminally underused.

That’s just the way the abolth mafia (the Abolethia, run by the Pescalli family) likes it!

(This idea is shamelessly stolen from Rusty and Co.)

Well, shamelessly edited from that webcomic, anyway.

(They used mindflayers under a different name, and it’s glorious.)

This post is used with quotes because I can’t edit the post and can barely even find it!

damn. Now I want some fried calamari.
You wantin' t' start somethin'? You tryin' t' start somethin'? Do you know who yer dealin' with, pal? Friendo? Bub? You wanna know what it's like t' get yer cerebellum stirred, do ya? Huh?
Calm down, Captain Cranium. We weren’t interested in eating YOUR tentacles. They sound disgusting-!

I love tentacles.


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LEAVING THE GYM!


Freehold DM wrote:
I love tentacles.

I helped by setting the correct tone of voice (or at least the one that I hear each time I read this comment, even though it is likely in context of anime).

EDIT: although Black Tentacles is a pretty bawss spell, as is Greater Black Tentacles.


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Okay Shazam covers EVERYTHING I would have done as a kid if I discovered I had super powers.

But mostly the pretending to be an adult to do cool adult things.

But also the super hero power tests.

That said, come on... access to boobs.


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What’s Hiding at the Most Solitary Place on Earth? The Deep Sea - Kurzgesagt


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Sharoth wrote:
What’s Hiding at the Most Solitary Place on Earth? The Deep Sea - Kurzgesagt

there should be a mobile armor down there, crushed into a sphere.


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Morning.

*yawn*


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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

A crazy old coot, maybe in the Bayou, who has a whole host of knick-knacks and hoarder nonsense (a bit like American Pickers, or similar shows). Where the players have to sweet-talk him to look in his shed, clamber over the dangerously stacked items, fight the occasional hostile rat/animal & locate the object "back thar by the banjo" - before finally having to negotiate a price!

Or an Aladdin's cave shop, hundreds on small items, stuffed owls, books and broken clocks. More of a social encounter, but you could introduce a few random NPC's to make everything quite ridiculous. Or maybe the tax-men (Scarzni or similar gangsters) turn up unexpectedly and demand the place be shut down.


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Hello, everyone!

Scarab Sages

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NobodysHome wrote:

So, does anyone know of a good reason not to use the Epic store?

I've been trying to research it after hearing all sorts of grar, and the summary seems to be:
(1) They're not Steam
(2) Their UI is crap
(3) They're partially owned by the Chinese
(4) Exclusivity deals suck

So yeah, considering Steam's got a nigh-monopoly, (1) and (2) are expected, and in order to have a snowball's chance against Steam they need (4). I typically hate exclusivity deals when they're between two well-established players, but when it's one (admittedly multi-billion-dollar) upstart against an establishment giant, I'm willing to cut them a little slack for trying to get their foot in the door.

And as far as I know, GothBard's company is part Chinese-owned as well. Happens a lot in the gaming industry. I don't see that alone as a reason to boycott.

So... anything I'm missing?

A while back I saw screenshots of a guy tracing what epic was uploading from his computer, and it didnt look on the up and up. Traffic was way higher then it should be, just playing a game, also sending data when not playing/exiting out of the launcher.

I didnt not check if this was true (I cant reproduce since I dont have epic installed)

Scarab Sages

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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

So we have:

Kobold trap lair
Fancy party/auction (love this!)
Undead haunted crypt

Other options:

Deep in a wilderness shrine/maze. Lots of natural obstacles/animals. Maybe corrupted?
An island in a lake with a big huge massive monster. Its clear they cant fight the monster. So come up with cool solutions to overcome it in another way?
An abandoned dwarven stronghold. Dungeony, but you could add puzzles, if that is something your players like.


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Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, does anyone know of a good reason not to use the Epic store?

I've been trying to research it after hearing all sorts of grar, and the summary seems to be:
(1) They're not Steam
(2) Their UI is crap
(3) They're partially owned by the Chinese
(4) Exclusivity deals suck

So yeah, considering Steam's got a nigh-monopoly, (1) and (2) are expected, and in order to have a snowball's chance against Steam they need (4). I typically hate exclusivity deals when they're between two well-established players, but when it's one (admittedly multi-billion-dollar) upstart against an establishment giant, I'm willing to cut them a little slack for trying to get their foot in the door.

And as far as I know, GothBard's company is part Chinese-owned as well. Happens a lot in the gaming industry. I don't see that alone as a reason to boycott.

So... anything I'm missing?

A while back I saw screenshots of a guy tracing what epic was uploading from his computer, and it didnt look on the up and up. Traffic was way higher then it should be, just playing a game, also sending data when not playing/exiting out of the launcher.

I didnt not check if this was true (I cant reproduce since I dont have epic installed)

really? When was this?


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Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, does anyone know of a good reason not to use the Epic store?

I've been trying to research it after hearing all sorts of grar, and the summary seems to be:
(1) They're not Steam
(2) Their UI is crap
(3) They're partially owned by the Chinese
(4) Exclusivity deals suck

So yeah, considering Steam's got a nigh-monopoly, (1) and (2) are expected, and in order to have a snowball's chance against Steam they need (4). I typically hate exclusivity deals when they're between two well-established players, but when it's one (admittedly multi-billion-dollar) upstart against an establishment giant, I'm willing to cut them a little slack for trying to get their foot in the door.

And as far as I know, GothBard's company is part Chinese-owned as well. Happens a lot in the gaming industry. I don't see that alone as a reason to boycott.

So... anything I'm missing?

A while back I saw screenshots of a guy tracing what epic was uploading from his computer, and it didnt look on the up and up. Traffic was way higher then it should be, just playing a game, also sending data when not playing/exiting out of the launcher.

I didnt not check if this was true (I cant reproduce since I dont have epic installed)
really? When was this?

Last week? I'll see if I can dig it back up.


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GM Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, does anyone know of a good reason not to use the Epic store?

I've been trying to research it after hearing all sorts of grar, and the summary seems to be:
(1) They're not Steam
(2) Their UI is crap
(3) They're partially owned by the Chinese
(4) Exclusivity deals suck

So yeah, considering Steam's got a nigh-monopoly, (1) and (2) are expected, and in order to have a snowball's chance against Steam they need (4). I typically hate exclusivity deals when they're between two well-established players, but when it's one (admittedly multi-billion-dollar) upstart against an establishment giant, I'm willing to cut them a little slack for trying to get their foot in the door.

And as far as I know, GothBard's company is part Chinese-owned as well. Happens a lot in the gaming industry. I don't see that alone as a reason to boycott.

So... anything I'm missing?

A while back I saw screenshots of a guy tracing what epic was uploading from his computer, and it didnt look on the up and up. Traffic was way higher then it should be, just playing a game, also sending data when not playing/exiting out of the launcher.

I didnt not check if this was true (I cant reproduce since I dont have epic installed)
really? When was this?
Last week? I'll see if I can dig it back up.

hopefully Nobodyshome et al can explain what we see when you are able to find it..

Or would this more be Vany?

Scarab Sages

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Of course with a post with lot of pictures there aint a lot of keywords to google on, and with all the other grar, its had to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Anyway, summarised, it looked like a lot of anti-cheating activity took place from the software, up to checking DLLs and such, which is in itself not a weird practice, but it would also do this with no games installed, and go trough your steam directory.
Epic can import your steam friends, but should only do that when you give explicit permission. Not go snooping there when you havent told it to go look there.


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Freehold DM wrote:
GM Woran wrote:

Last week? I'll see if I can dig it back up.

hopefully Nobodyshome et al can explain what we see when you are able to find it..

Or would this more be Vany?

Or, you know, Woran is neck deep in IT herself...

:)


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Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
GM Woran wrote:

Last week? I'll see if I can dig it back up.

hopefully Nobodyshome et al can explain what we see when you are able to find it..

Or would this more be Vany?

Or, you know, Woran is neck deep in IT herself...

:)

for some reason I thought she assembled computers.

Sorry about that, she is an IT specialist.


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Woran wrote:

Of course with a post with lot of pictures there aint a lot of keywords to google on, and with all the other grar, its had to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Anyway, summarised, it looked like a lot of anti-cheating activity took place from the software, up to checking DLLs and such, which is in itself not a weird practice, but it would also do this with no games installed, and go trough your steam directory.
Epic can import your steam friends, but should only do that when you give explicit permission. Not go snooping there when you havent told it to go look there.

And that's not something I found when I started looking, so *thumbs up* and hopefully it's not something even more sinister than that.


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Also, I hate DLLs for some reason. Why does that extension fill me with hatred?


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Freehold DM wrote:
Also, I hate DLLs for some reason. Why does that extension fill me with hatred?

Because it's been Microsoft Windows' greatest security flaw since Windows was first released, and they still haven't fixed it?


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Aaaand... it's the first rain of the season for us. On a Monday morning.

NobodysHome the psychic predicts traffic chaos and mayhem this morning, because water falling from the sky is something that none of us could ever have been prepared for.

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