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  • nijineko's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 PM
    fate (so-called) is merely an extreme understanding of chaos (so-called) theory. i'll have to elucidate more later.
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:12 AM
    In your superhero campaigns, how have you dealt with the notion of Fate versus Free Will (including possibly avoiding the topic altogether)? Or the related notions of Destiny, Karma, Prophesy, and/or godly or Divine decree? I'm posting this here and also in the fantasy and horror forums ...
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    Yesterday, 03:10 AM
    In your horror campaigns, how have you dealt with the notion of Fate versus Free Will (including possibly avoiding the topic altogether)? Or the related notions of Destiny, Karma, Prophesy, and/or godly or Divine decree? I'm posting this here and also in the fantasy and superhero forums ...
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    Yesterday, 03:06 AM
    In your fantasy campaigns, how have you dealt with the notion of Fate versus Free Will (including possibly avoiding the topic altogether)? Or the related notions of Destiny, Karma, Prophesy, and/or godly or Divine decree? I'm posting this here and also in the horror and superhero forums because...
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    04-14-2014, 03:41 AM
    A luxury one does not have when one game masters at a convention as a scheduled game master, as I have, or game masters an open unofficial game at a convention, as I have, or accepts appointment as the primary game master for a specific gaming group composed of friends but also guests of the...
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    04-14-2014, 03:28 AM
    Or perhaps a Sherlockian cloak?
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-12-2014, 07:22 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread Well, here we go! in Introductions
    welcome to the forums! we hope to hear lots from you in the various topics. lots of online gaming options as well. =D
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-12-2014, 07:20 PM
    hmmm, i pulled that off the single combat vs dragon bit, only i think i was level 8 and it was a blue dragon, a step or two higher than an adult though. of course, i put a lot of prep into it, and i think the combat lasted three or four rounds. but i won, if barely. ^^
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-12-2014, 07:16 PM
    personally i've always wanted to look good in a cape. ^^ based on my limited experiences and opportunities, i believe i favor the more victorian era opera capes, sometimes combined with a trench coat. somewhat holmesian or steampunk, i understand.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-12-2014, 05:49 PM
    i have had an interesting historical background in roleplaying... i was raised, and am, a Christian. my first gaming group was run by an elder in the church, with a bunch of deacons, teachers, priests, and other young men as gaming companions. most of my gaming companions have been, if not...
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    04-11-2014, 03:55 AM
    IMHO, it's all right to set up a trap that only sexist players would fall for, but it is wrong to use a deus ex machina to push them into the trap -- or to have the trap hunt them down. And if the sexist somehow doesn't fall for the trap, well good for him or for her! That difference between a...
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    04-11-2014, 03:30 AM
    Yeah, that was one of the many great moments of the film! Inspired by Alan Moore's original Watchmen series no less. It also makes sense even in a pro-cape comic book: rubber characters like Elasti-Girl and speedsters like Dash never wear capes in the comic books, and the only "hard light"...
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  • Skunkape's Avatar
    04-08-2014, 12:31 PM
    Nope, understand you completely, nijineko.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-08-2014, 12:25 PM
    The leader goes down, dead or unconscious... at any rate he does not reply. After a few moments, the one who went to ground the fastest pokes his hand over his cover, and waves a dirty bit of cloth... after a moment you see that it is his shirt. "Go in peace. I thought this was a bad idea the...
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    04-08-2014, 11:19 AM
    nijineko replied to a thread Hi there! in Introductions
    welcome! please ask all the questions you like. =D
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    04-08-2014, 11:18 AM
    nijineko replied to a thread Indy Newbie in Introductions
    welcome to the forums! feel free to dive in and post questions and comments. We are always happy to answer questions. even if we have to make up the answers.... ^^
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-08-2014, 11:15 AM
    yes, i am aware of the third party products for pathfinder. my issue is that that there is no first party support for psionics, which may be a meaningless distinction for some, but not for me. it may sound weird, but i will only play games that support psionics within the context of the...
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  • Skunkape's Avatar
    04-07-2014, 12:46 PM
    I thought there was some 3rd party Psionics rules for PF!
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:59 PM open the spoiler threads and find the handbooks for barbarians and rogues. also, be sure to check out the multi-classing links, as well as the alternate class features threads - very important for a mixed class like you plan.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:56 PM
    hmmm, narrative huh? i actually had an inspiration recently for a set of mechanics that optionally couples narrative elements to a numeric system so as to enable clear cut resolution inside the context of the narration without having to resort to tack-on systems (RPS, dice, etc.,) to resolve...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:47 PM
    well, i've found my comfortable niche - that being psionics; so unless 5th ed support psionics, i am unlikely to play it. which saddens me as i really wanted to try out pathfinder too, but they don't support psionics in core. i did find it amusing that they are trying to mix in simplicity of...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:44 PM
    just tossing in here as a side comment, but i laughed quite amusedly when the "no capes" inversion of the trope was made in the incredibles movie.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:40 PM
    hmmm, comparing a gender-driven metric of maturity with competency in overall life... that's an interesting paradigm.
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    04-06-2014, 01:25 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread Favorite Quotes in Off Topic
    there are by far many more books than there are movies, bollywood's output notwithstanding. up with book quotes!
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:22 PM
    welcome to the forums! hope you find some gamers, and when you do, be sure to send them all our way! =D feel free to ask questions, we love making up answers... ;D
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    04-06-2014, 01:21 PM
    If you want this game moved out of the inactive section, contact Farcaster, or maybe one of the moderators. =D
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 01:18 PM
    A fair number of them drop: dead, unconscious, or hiding, you are not certain. One, a lanky younger looking fellow, leaps nimbly away and goes to ground behind a bit of terrain. The leader wasn't quite as fast; you can see him sticking out partly behind a thicket patting out the flames. From the...
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  • magic-rhyme's Avatar
    04-06-2014, 12:48 AM
    You might enjoy reading this: Nicely thoughtful.
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    04-06-2014, 12:43 AM
    Unfortunately, the infamous geek fallacies are still with us even today. When it comes to this thread, the important thing is that people have an opportunity to understand the logic and wisdom underlying the original use of tights and capes in...
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    Are you currently conducting a game? I've been playing D&D since the 70s, but haven't done any PnP since the release of 3.0.
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    Malruhn ran a game (in which I participated as a principal character) for about two+ years (?) from ~89-91 I think. He is an incredibly creative, fair, and fun GM. Give him a shot if you can. It is time well spent.
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I've been DMing for well over 30 years, and have played most game systems but always came back to the core of D&D. After several years of resisting, I sold my soul to 3.5 and then Pathfinder and have loved the changes. I am looking to play weekly or bi-weekly.

I have a homebrew campaign world that may prompt some to recognize portions that have been lifted from other sources (I plagiarize freely!). CHR is definitely NOT a dump stat in my campaigns. I run a high fantasy, RP-heavy game.

My world has been well play-tested, and has an established history and many things for the inquisitive to find. I run an open, sandbox-style campaign, where I may drop adventure hooks from time to time, but if the group wants to head straight West until they run out of world - I can do that, too! Your characters can - and WILL - impact the campaign world - for better or for worse. Are you up to the challenge?

Player age isn't as important as maturity level. I've sent 40-year old's packing that weren't mature enough to play, and I've gamed very happily with very young teens.
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Fantasy Dungeon Creation

by Malruhn on 12-11-2010 at 10:26 PM
After getting a comment on how I build campaign world maps, I've decided to talk about how I create dungeon maps. I have a confession... it's easier than I want to admit.

There are three sources for dungeons - natural caverns, man-made (creature made!!), and combo dungeons.

With natural caverns, I just use squiggles on a piece of graph paper - or download an existing cave map ( Then I arrange the monsters with as

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World Building for Budding DM's

by Malruhn on 11-12-2010 at 06:52 PM
After a question from Blud about how to create a campaign world, I decided to create this to show folks just how easy it CAN be... if you LET it be easy.

I started with a Google Map of a town with which Blud may be familiar (it's his hometown!!), Republic, Missouri. I start with a new name... and welcome you all to Morlic (twisting the actual name around)!

I then get a screen shot of the map version of the town, and decide which direction the local port is, and which direction

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Almost Dead (again)

by Malruhn on 02-23-2010 at 10:28 PM
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The wound throbbed beneath his arm, and he could feel his blood soaking his shirt and trousers beneath the wound. His only hope was to get to a safe haven. His mouth gaped as he saw that he stood before the StormHaven public cemetery. If the blood loss didn't kill him, drinking the potion he had received from the Church would leave him incapacitated and vulnerable to capture which would end up killing him.

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The Fall of the Aspen Lord

by Malruhn on 02-08-2010 at 06:42 PM
I've been playing with the idea of writing a fantasy novel for about... thirty years. I am finally taking the first step of letting someone else read the prologue to the novel. Comments are most welcome.

The raven-haired giant stood atop the rise and surveyed his surroundings. Acrid smoke from various fires somewhat obscured his vision, but that was of no matter as those fires were primarily behind him. Before him the carnage was clear

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by Malruhn on 01-24-2010 at 05:29 PM
After reading lots of threads and several different boards about how to establish a campaign world (or just a campaign!), I thought I'd wax poetic here about my methodologies that have developed over the years.

I went on forever about how I do the big background stuff in my first entry, so here's more of a nitty-gritty view.

My world works... that's as clear as I can get to it. There are kingdoms that are foundering and failing, to either just disappear or be subsumed

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