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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Applying theory crafting to it and a slide rule... lol... just takes the fun away for me.

Just like musical theory with scale and mode takes the fun away for others, I guess.

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I love music, but Prog rock is the biggest buzzkill imaginable. Though music guys will swear by it as the most objective music. Different folks, different strokes.

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I don't think I suggested my way was superior.

You did, even though I know you didn't mean to. :) You set up a two-option framework in which a given person's approach to the game is either "math" or "fun". Thus, if the reader believes that fun is the point of the game (which is not a very big "if"), then you've set up the other category ("math") as missing the point ("fun").


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Y'know, I agree with Jiggy on the issue, but I also see this thread as a sacred place to complain. I say we let it drop.

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Sure thing.

Grievance: In packing up my desk for my move from the 8th to the 12th floor of my company, I've come to realize just how much of my office equipment is old, disgusting crap that really needs to be replaced. Yikes.


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CrusaderWolf wrote:

I have a grievance.

Playing in a homebrew PBP, world involves various traditionally "monster" races being persecuted and, indeed, genocided by the ascendant humans--naturally, we play as the so-called monsters and must plan our escape & eventual resistance. Everything's great, even had Paizo's favorite kobold drop into tell us that our PBP was his new favorite to read! In hindsight, I should have been more suspicious. Almost immediately after the kobold exits, our GM has some IRL issues and the game gets put on hold indefinitely. At least, that's the official story.

I want my GM back, KC :p

:(


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I do. Welp, guess it's a tie! Guess we better...move...on... >.>

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Jiggy wrote:

Sure thing.

Grievance: In packing up my desk for my move from the 8th to the 12th floor of my company, I've come to realize just how much of my office equipment is old, disgusting crap that really needs to be replaced. Yikes.

Your company makes you move your own stuff?

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Pan wrote:
Jiggy wrote:

Sure thing.

Grievance: In packing up my desk for my move from the 8th to the 12th floor of my company, I've come to realize just how much of my office equipment is old, disgusting crap that really needs to be replaced. Yikes.

Your company makes you move your own stuff?

No, but I do have to pack it all up into boxes. In the morning, the boxes (along with computer, chair, phone, etc) should all be sitting at my new spot, waiting for me to unpack it.


I worked at a place where we totally consolidated our business from 3 locations into one overnight. They gave us boxes to pack our things in and the next day nearly 500 employees were set up in the new building. I was very impressed.

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I am very annoyed that US television can't seem to produce a decent magical high-fantasy series. The Sword of Shannara series was pretty disappointing (too low-budget). Once Upon a Time isn't the kind of thing I'm looking for (too soap-opera), nor is Game of Thrones (not enough magic and too grim). I mean a tv series in which you have all the elements you'd find in a fantasy RPG, either tabletop or console/PC: elves, dwarves, dragons, monsters, magic, sweeping landscapes, ancient ruins, diverse cultures.

I've just discovered a Chinese tv series known by the English title Ice Fantasy that fits the bill - the hero is king of the Ice Tribe and is engaged in a war with the Fire Tribe. The Ice Tribe characters look like the production got a huge discount on white wigs, blue contact lenses, and elf ears. The hero rides around on a digitally animated flying lion, which doesn't look particularly 'realistic' but is very cute. He carries a sword that looks like something you'd find in World of Warcraft. The series is 62 episodes and was based on a best-selling novel. Episodes are available on YouTube if you want to check it out.

Now why can't a US network produce something like that? It doesn't even have to be live-action; it could be digital animation. I just don't understand why other countries seem capable of doing this and we can't, or won't. I want my television series based on the Forgotten Realms or Eberron or Tamriel or Azeroth. Come on, tv execs, it would do reasonably well I'm sure, and be very toyetic.


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So many kids shows get it. Why can't grown up tv shows get it. I mean, "How to train your dragon", was excellent. Now it's blocked from basic cable by deranged chief executives.

When the focus group comes back with,"We want this show on broadcast TV" do they kill them all and hide the bodies?

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Goth Guru wrote:

So many kids shows get it. Why can't grown up tv shows get it. I mean, "How to train your dragon", was excellent. Now it's blocked from basic cable by deranged chief executives.

When the focus group comes back with,"We want this show on broadcast TV" do they kill them all and hide the bodies?

You got a link for any of this?


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RPing has become less of a hobby and more of a chore, which is terribly depressing for me since I have no other hobbies.

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TheLawfulNeutral wrote:
RPing has become less of a hobby and more of a chore, which is terribly depressing for me since I have no other hobbies.

I know that feeling. GMing requires a lot of prep work, and becomes a chore after a while. I've never had that feeling about playing when I'm not the GM.

I do have other hobbies, and my interest in each rises and falls over time. As one becomes a chore, and less fun, I switch out and focus on something else for a while. Then after a year or two away from some of them, I start to miss them and get back into them.

For instance, I'm a fairly serious chess player. When I get into it, I want to play in tournaments, and read strategy and tactics books to improve my game. I don't just mess around with quick online games here and there like some people, because I enjoy the more serious competitions. But after a while, studying that way feels more like work and less like reading for fun. So I take a break, until I miss it and come back a year or two later, like I am right now. I just started in on chess again in the last week or two, after a break since June of last year.


TheLawfulNeutral wrote:
RPing has become less of a hobby and more of a chore, which is terribly depressing for me since I have no other hobbies.

Yeah, it's my primary hobby by a long shot, and sometimes it feels like a chore, especially the GMing portion of it. But we don't get to play all that often (once or twice a month and none at all in December most years) so that keeps me from getting too burned out. On the rare occasions I get to be a player I sometimes think of it as a chore, because the guy who GMs doesn't do a really good job at it. But, I'm grateful for the chance to be on the other side of the screen when it happens.


So, out of an otherwise great Christmas weekend, there is one bleak spot. A couple of years ago lightning knocked out one of the HDMI ports on my tv. So I got a multi input adapter to use in the remaining port and soldiered on.

But the Netflix app on my Blu-ray player has been acting wonky for weeks (pausing, rebuffering, stopping entirely) so I'd just given up watching Netflix entirely. Then, last night, the second HDMI port died. Just up and died. So no Netflix, no Blu-ray player to watch movies on. I tried different cables, but nope, it's the HDMI adapter itself that is dead. So I figure I'll get some Christmas money and I'll buy a new tv.

Then I noticed a severe oil leak in my vehicle. So whatever Christmas money I received today will have to go into that and I hope it's enough to repair it. And to top it all off, I got a Roku for Christmas that I can't use.

sigh...

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Damn, sorry to hear that. Televisions have become much more affordable so thats good news. However, for the time being perhaps you can watch on your PC?


Yeah, that's what I'll have to do. I may be able to use a USB cable to turn the TV into a really big computer monitor so I'd still get some use out of it.


The boards are quiet. Too quiet. (looks around suspiciously).

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Boo!


Eep!


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You know.


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-Sign Language-:
So peaceful...but the zones of silence only last three weeks...


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I share a decent chunk of the blame on this one, given I'm the one who raised a stink. But let's say that there was a somewhat serious disagreement on whether or not the party's Backfire Adept feeding a captive Dretch to a called Bebilith was an evil act or not.


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PannicAtack wrote:
I share a decent chunk of the blame on this one, given I'm the one who raised a stink. But let's say that there was a somewhat serious disagreement on whether or not the party's Backfire Adept feeding a captive Dretch to a called Bebilith was an evil act or not.

Oh come on man! Don't be like that!

Feed it Baby Kermit instead! He's way more annoying.

Or, and this is just between us, if something were to happen to Baby Fozzie, who would care?

Just saying, not saying it has to go anywhere.

But here, take this shiv anyway, you know, just in case. *exaggerated wink*


cricket noises.....


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My gamemaster runs every single encounter like the creatures we're facing are brilliant military strategists who were allowed days to set up every ambush. Which is unpleasant enough on its own... except that for one of the few times we've played together, I'm playing the party's heavy hitter (a bloodrager) and he focuses the overwhelming effort of every assault on me. Meaning that roughly 1 out of every 2 combats we're involved in, my character goes unconscious in the first three rounds. Or, the encounters are primarily bested by our range combatants, and my character can't close the distance fast enough to be effective.

The flip side of this is when someone else is gamemastering, this is the same person who habitually power games and creates these min/max'ed powerhouses that tear through the ranks of enemies. This, because our other steady gamemaster doesn't try to perfectly shape each encounter as though the opponent has perfect forethought for planning and irrational understanding before the encounter of the strengths and weaknesses of each member of our party.


Heh. In any case, working with the character going forward I think if that thing comes up the in-character emphasis is going to be less along the lines of "I think what you did was wrong" and more "you betrayed my trust and everything I stand for." 'cause my character is I guess kind of what other people would call Stupid Good.

And I think part of it comes down to some issues I have with Outsiders and how they're often handled in campaigns, and the implications and potential limitations that can have on the stories you can tell in-universe. Kind of a weird thing to me. There are things I really like about Outsiders and things I really don't like about Outsiders and how they seem to be handled sometimes.


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When your PC asks: What do you mean one of us should take the BBEG's place and control the bad guys while asleep? Why does there always need to be a BBEG? Can't we just kill him and be done?

And then you realize you're not playing RotRL, you're playing WoW :P


I'm a few months away from wrapping up a campaign that's about 3 years old (the players want to reach 20th level then retire) and I've already begun brainwork on the next campaign. But here I sit at nearly 2 am wracked with chronic pain when I could be working on the current or new game, but am so distracted by the discomfort that I can't concentrate.

Sucks, really.


I ran a homebrew campaign weekly for several years for two players, with only two pauses; a three-week break because one player was overseas, and then later a four-week break for the birth of our daughter.

And... it was pretty good, but for two things:
1) As a GM I get distracted easily and want to use all the cool things from a setting, so the campaign lost some focus anytime I hadn't planned ahead thoroughly. This is exacerbated when one of the players is just as bad.
2) While the two players had similar taste in terms of roleplay, drama and combat, there was a massive divergence in terms of both retention of information* and initiative in seeking it out.

*As in, one player could tell you what everyone did thirty sessions ago, while the other struggles to remember dramatic plot points from more than two sessions ago.

What this meant was that as the campaign rolled around to its world-shaking conclusion, I realised that I simply couldn't try to resolve it properly, because only one player was actually aware of what was happening, and the other - while infinitely polite and patient - had obviously hit the point of "turning up to be polite".

It didn't help that I had attached the two major world plots to the PCs... but in hindsight had done so to the wrong characters, and no way of switching it later.

So I jettisoned many of the smaller plot arcs, and focused on wrapping up the world plot swiftly and succinctly, with some after-care for the other plotlines with the one interested player. It wasn't the finish I/we wanted, but it was a workable compromise.


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Sounds like you did the right thing. I've had similar things happen. I try to not hang the world saving on just one or two characters, though. I try to include all of them equally. It's not always easy, though.

And I have one of those players who remembers EVERYTHING from games 20 years ago to the most recent ones. It's me who has trouble remembering things from one session to the next, even though I try to take notes but being the GM and running the game it's hard to do both.

But it sounds like you pulled it off, so kudos!

Scarab Sages

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I wish I had space to paint miniatures.

In our current living situation, my minis and painting supplies all had to go into a storage unit. There's no table space where I could paint, and I don't want to paint sitting on the bed (not to mention that I can't keep my paints at the house anyway).

I really miss being able to paint.


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Let me add another one. Environmental Rules, specifically heat and cold.

The Cold Weather rules are okay:

"Cold" weather is below 40°F [4.5°C]. Okay, that's fair. That's cold enough to warrant a good jacket, and being out in shorts and T-shirt in that for hours on end will give you grief.

"Severe Cold" is below 0°F [-18°C], and being out for hours in that even in good thick clothing will still wear you down, and if in inappropriate clothing, you stand a good chance of freezing to death if stuck out there too long.

"Extreme Cold" is below -20°F [-30°C], and seriously bloody cold. Siberia "truck drivers freeze to death changing a tire" cold (well, close, that's more like -40°C, but I digress). But anyway. Still damn cold.

The heat rules though? No so much.

"Very Hot" conditions are considered above 90°F [32°C], and requires a check every hour to avoid nonlethal damage. As someone who lives in QLD, Australia, this is kinda ludicrous. I've worked all day through this temperature in extreme humidity (which matters more than temperature, as we are evaporatively cooled creatures). Tradies across the city work out in the sun for hours in this - as long as you stay hydrated and slap on some sunscreen (the Australian sun is a malevolent beast), it isn't a major issue. Now, if this is "standing out in the sun, working your butt off and not drinking any water ever, because you're a muppet" then that is a different story, but that isn't how it is written. How it is written is that you need to be nocturnal anywhere in northern Australia or you die of heat exhaustion.

"Severe Heat" is considered 110°F [43°C] and above. And this is hot. Worked in this too - it is damn unpleasant unless the humidity is low. Fort save or 1d6 nonlethal per 10 minutes, regardless of clothing? No. It's not that hot. Or most animal life (and population) would have died off in outback Australia.

"Extreme Heat" is considered to be 140°F [60°C] and above, with comments like "fire, boiling water, lava" attached as other things that deal extreme heat, and breathing in such air deals 1d6 fire damage per minute with no save. Umm... what? This suggests that even relatively cool saunas should, in fact, be lethal within a matter of minutes.

Edit: I should add that a lot of the issues with heat are things you can acclimatise to. When we first came over from the UK, we would swim at the beach in the Australian winter with the locals looking at us like we were crazy people... and then the summers would be murder. A year or two on, and the summers were bearable and the winters (which were warmer than English summer) actually started to feel a bit chilly.

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Raynulf wrote:

Let me add another one. Environmental Rules, specifically heat and cold.

The heat rules though? No so much.

I have come to the conclusion that tabletop RPG rules, like physics in movies, cannot be expected to accurately model reality. =)


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Dire Elf wrote:
Raynulf wrote:

Let me add another one. Environmental Rules, specifically heat and cold.

The heat rules though? No so much.

I have come to the conclusion that tabletop RPG rules, like physics in movies, cannot be expected to accurately model reality. =)

No, but if they make an attempt anyway then it is reasonable to expect that the attempt won't be mind-blowingly stupid.


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Raynulf wrote:
When we first came over from the UK, we would swim at the beach in the Australian winter with the locals looking at us like we were crazy people... and then the summers would be murder. A year or two on, and the summers were bearable and the winters (which were warmer than English summer) actually started to feel a bit chilly.

I live in the North of Spain, which is not as warm as the South. Actually the climate is pretty soft and rainy here.

So when people from Northern Europe come here in the winter, for sports meetings and such, and we see them going to the beach and saying how warm and sunny Spain is (Sunny? WTF? It's always raining here!!!) it's really awkward for us to see.
But we probably do exactly the same when we travel to Southern Spain and they are probably giving us the same awkward look that we give poor Norwegians.

And that, my friends, is probably what alternate racial features are. Some of us are getting cold adaptation, some of us are getting heat adaptation.

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Oh lucky Spanish wine is the best!!! My grievance is that I don't live there and can get great wine at more affordable prices!


Pan wrote:
Oh lucky Spanish wine is the best!!! My grievance is that I don't live there and can get great wine at more affordable prices!

My grievance is that I don't really have a taste for wine. There is really good wine here and I only use it for cooking but I hardly ever drink it.

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When I was in Portugal last year, some kids were drinking a concoction they said was popular in Spain. Basically, it was cheap Spanish wine mixed with coke-a-cola and it was delicious! Check that out maybe it will be to your taste.

**ah just googled it. It's called Kalimotxo, but the kids that I saw drinking it might have been making their own version.


Pan wrote:

When I was in Portugal last year, some kids were drinking a concoction they said was popular in Spain. Basically, it was cheap Spanish wine mixed with coke-a-cola and it was delicious! Check that out maybe it will be to your taste.

**ah just googled it. It's called Kalimotxo, but the kids that I saw drinking it might have been making their own version.

Hahahaha! Kalimotxo is very popular here, specially among students. Back in my university years I used to have it most weekends and I think it's not bad. Saying it in front of someone who really likes wine will probably get you an angry look, as many people tend to think that wine shouldn't be mixed with other drinks.

Another popular mix is with soda, they call it "tinto de verano" ("red summer wine") which I find absolutely nasty.

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Kileanna wrote:
Pan wrote:

When I was in Portugal last year, some kids were drinking a concoction they said was popular in Spain. Basically, it was cheap Spanish wine mixed with coke-a-cola and it was delicious! Check that out maybe it will be to your taste.

**ah just googled it. It's called Kalimotxo, but the kids that I saw drinking it might have been making their own version.

Hahahaha! Kalimotxo is very popular here, specially among students. Back in my university years I used to have it most weekends and I think it's not bad. Saying it in front of someone who really likes wine will probably get you an angry look, as many people tend to think that wine shouldn't be mixed with other drinks.

Another popular mix is with soda, they call it "tinto de verano" ("red summer wine") which I find absolutely nasty.

That's the impression I got from Kalimotxo. I can enjoy both low and high quality spirits. Despite being an amateur homebrewer I always have some Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) in the fridge. The fact that even bad wine is good in Spain is something to take pride in!


Pan wrote:

When I was in Portugal last year, some kids were drinking a concoction they said was popular in Spain. Basically, it was cheap Spanish wine mixed with coke-a-cola and it was delicious! Check that out maybe it will be to your taste.

**ah just googled it. It's called Kalimotxo, but the kids that I saw drinking it might have been making their own version.

For a moment I thought you were talking about piscola, but that's not made from wine, it's made from pisco. It's a pretty popular drink in Chile.


It's been one of those days. I blame the parting-gift-from-2016-cold we're all sick with.

Symbol of Death

Specifically the following two sections:

Symbol of Death wrote:
Until it is triggered, the symbol of death is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a symbol of death must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location. Covering or hiding the rune renders the symbol of death ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the symbol of death works normally.
Symbol of Death wrote:
Note: Magic traps such as symbol of death are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a symbol, only a character with the trapfinding class feature can use Disable Device to disarm it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 33 for symbol of death.

So it's visible and legible from 60 feet, in plain sight and prominent location... but a DC 33 Perception check to notice?

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Raynulf wrote:

It's been one of those days. I blame the parting-gift-from-2016-cold we're all sick with.

Symbol of Death

Specifically the following two sections:

Symbol of Death wrote:
Until it is triggered, the symbol of death is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a symbol of death must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location. Covering or hiding the rune renders the symbol of death ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the symbol of death works normally.
Symbol of Death wrote:
Note: Magic traps such as symbol of death are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a symbol, only a character with the trapfinding class feature can use Disable Device to disarm it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 33 for symbol of death.
So it's visible and legible from 60 feet, in plain sight and prominent location... but a DC 33 Perception check to notice?

To notice it's a Symbol of Death, rather than just graffiti has always been my understanding of it.


Remember that people also get saves against the death effect. Yes, 33 is a lot, but it is not your only chance to deal with it.


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Yeah, it's poorly phrased, but I think it means "to realize it's a trap". Anyone can see the diamond. Only a skilled searcher can notice the pressure plate it's on.

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