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  • tesral's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 AM
    The ridged story arc I believe is an artifact of the ore-peropared module. By necessity they cannot be too free form. However GMs that grow up on this think that is how it should be done. Groups like the RPGA and Pathfinder Society do not help in the least as their games pretty much drag the...
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    tesral replied to a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    My first speculative love was Star Trek. I found and read science fiction anthologies at school. Not so much into Fantasy per say. I read Lord of the Rings. You more or less were not allowed to leave the 70s until you did. My friends and I did role-playing before we had a system, the setting...
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    The simplest method I have found is to mirror the PCs in the army they fight with. The better they win the better the margin of victory. They worse they lose likewise. For any battle I give each PC two or three hero fights. There section of the army fairs exactly as they do. Oh and the...
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    Never do, protect the PCs from themsevles of each other that is. The right to fail is inherent in the game. Players that put their character on the sideline will find that character sidelined. The game is about going and doing, not sitting in the counting house.
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    Yesterday, 04:49 AM
    I have noticed that the Fantasy campaign resources forum gets very little love. You go back four pages and you are back four years. Well there is some good stuff in those pages that doesn't get any attention anymore. To rectify that I have been posting in those forums to bump the material to...
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    Yesterday, 01:48 AM
    tesral started a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    Why do you do fantasy gaming say instead of modern or science fiction? What about fantasy attracts you?
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    Yesterday, 01:42 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    I've run into mote than few such examples including a few that were horrified and even insulted that their PCs might have to pay consequences for their actions. How dare my game have cause and effect.
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    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    Useless items are only useless to those without imagination,
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    Yesterday, 01:37 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] More Books in Campaign Resources
    Revenge of the Necrothredmancer
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    Yesterday, 01:31 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] My art objects list. in Campaign Resources
    Return of the Necrothreadmancer
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    Yesterday, 01:28 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Bestiary] Tanuki -- Races of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    Rise of the Necrothreadmancer
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    Yesterday, 01:26 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] The Stacks in Campaign Resources
    Dawn of the The Necrothreadmancer
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    Yesterday, 01:16 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] A few Rooms. in Campaign Resources
    Return of the necrothreadmancer
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    10-28-2014, 11:21 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] Appendix B -- Other Classes in Campaign Resources
    Goulliess and ghosties and necrothreadmancers oh MY!
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    10-28-2014, 11:19 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [Bestiary] Gaming the Horse in Campaign Resources
    The necrothreadmancer strikes again. Just rrying to get this stuff back to the top form new people to see.
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    10-28-2014, 03:27 PM
    You can lead a horse to water as the saying goes. I have one friend that had a bunch of passive aggressive players with a tendency to derail her game. She tried to make a system that was "player proof" Much like your friend. It is called a novel. If you have a way that an encounter must...
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    10-27-2014, 08:58 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Well it is. Theft, assault and perhaps battery. The usual definition of an Honest Thief is one that steals without violence or fraud. Depending on the culture some theft is considered worse than others.
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    10-26-2014, 12:25 PM
    tesral replied to a thread NaNoWriMo 2014 in Off Topic
    I approve of it, but I'm too busy writing to participate.
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    10-26-2014, 03:18 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] Apendix A -- Other Races in Campaign Resources
    Arise by thread! Link in the first post. Some additional races.
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    10-24-2014, 08:35 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Maps] Seahaven map. in Campaign Resources
    What/where is Cartographers guild?
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    10-24-2014, 07:30 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Spells / Magic] Mass Sheep in Campaign Resources
    Real sheep that do what sheep do. they don't obey the caster follow them around or such. Eat grass, poop, and eventually make more sheep. Hmm it needs a big more explanation as to the kind of sheep. I think what ever variety are the most common in the area. To wit: Mass Sheep Summoning...
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    10-24-2014, 07:15 AM
    tesral started a thread [DM / Player Tools] Observations and questions. in Campaign Resources
    This forum does not get a lot of love. I was paging back thought the pages and I get 4 pages in and 6 years back. The question is do I necro those older threads to bring the content to people's attention or restart the threads? I tend to update stuff fairly frequently. I have two Wikis...
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    10-24-2014, 06:50 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    I'm going to necro this one to get the Atlas of Law back on the plate. This is a updated version, still has some boobies so NSFW. (Incidentally spoke to the Artist of that piece. It is like he read my mind on Domian Court fashion.)
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    10-23-2014, 06:24 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Artifacts of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    yup, updated again http://phoenixinn.iwarp.com/fantasy/.../Artifacts.pdf
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    10-23-2014, 05:51 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] Good Artist in Campaign Resources
    Friend no, but a decent artist. Talk to the guy.
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    10-23-2014, 12:00 PM
    tried that at one point. Too complicated in that D&D would start to look like Rollmaster from the number of charts it required for exactly the reasons you give. Gave up on it. These days I have become one with the abstraction,
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    10-23-2014, 02:47 AM
    I used to use a two step system of saves at one third and two thirds damage to keep fighting. Unlike the demodivators above not everyone fight to the last drop of blood. I replaced that with massive damage. However it isn't a fixed number but goes up depending on you hit die. Con+ d6=1, d8=2,...
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    10-23-2014, 02:39 AM
    I suppose I should actually list a character. Kirt Hellreaver -- He is the green one.
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    10-23-2014, 12:49 AM
    Exactly. My preference for Pathfinder over D&D 3.5 comes from their efforts to eradicate the No monster. The Old School approach, anything not forbidden is permitted. Followed by forbid very little. You Malruhn are Old School. So sayth the Dean.
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    10-23-2014, 12:42 AM
    Primers should be primers, not encyclopedias. I have the same issue with the Vista City game world. A sizable wiki now exists of that game, but a primer for it must need be much shorter.. A game starting there does not need the information I have available, it would bury them. They need to make...
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