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  • tesral's Avatar
    Today, 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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    Today, 02:39 AM
    I suppose I should actually list a character. Kirt Hellreaver -- He is the green one.
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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    10-21-2014, 11:41 AM
    Trek Creative Wiki: A resource for games if you will. What is Trek Creative Trekcreative is a mailing list for the discussion and creation of Star Trek fan fiction. We discuss stories in progress, your views on the Star Trek universe at large, and other issues and questions related...
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    10-21-2014, 11:36 AM
    Vista City Wiki Static on the radio. Bubba tapped the tuning button again. Finally the station came through. "This is your Midnight Rambler. Something is staking the dark alleys of Vista City. Two men skeletonized and a skinhead found plum mad screaming about worms. Keep you heat close...
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    10-21-2014, 11:27 AM
    I favor session awards myself. It is a natural point at which to wrap the evening. It gives the players time to conetmplate where to put said points before the next session.
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    10-21-2014, 11:22 AM
    Some times I let them write it. I have started scenarios where I have not a clue as to the driection it is headed and let the players write it for me. They are very good.
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    10-21-2014, 11:20 AM
    Rule one for a detailed world: Never throw anything away. Much easier in this world of tereabyte hard drives. One doesn't get buried by paper that way. I came close at one point. I have several artifacts from my game sitting on the desk right now. Two are hand written, one typed on my old...
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    10-21-2014, 10:57 AM
    tesral started a thread [DM / Player Tools] Good Artist in Campaign Resources
    Goes by the handle of Leucrotta http://www.furaffinity.net/user/leucrotta/ And http://pachycrocuta.deviantart.com/ Good D&D oriented fantasy art with a touch of old school feel.
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    10-21-2014, 10:51 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Spells / Magic] Mass Sheep in Campaign Resources
    My brain goes there. Working on a mass sleep power and well, it's only one letter.,
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  • tesral's Avatar
    10-20-2014, 10:07 PM
    Hmm Only one other forum, is All Scale Trek, a Star Terk modeling forum. A couple of art sites from intresting art, and a bunch of e-mail lists. Website are my own wikis and news sites.
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    10-20-2014, 05:38 PM
    tesral started a thread [Spells / Magic] Mass Sheep in Campaign Resources
    Mass Sheep Summoning Level: Mage 4 Components: V, S, M Casting Time: 1 round Range: 120'r Effect: one sheep per level of the caster. Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: No
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    10-20-2014, 08:12 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Artifacts of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    Yep, Updated again. Many new items. Digging thpough the old papers I found three more, two loose and one held to add as well. http://phoenixinn.iwarp.com/fantasy/.../Artifacts.pdf I need to add an appendix of the materials and the spells in use.
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    10-19-2014, 07:38 PM
    The Hero system of Exp I suppose, big chunky units that are spent on improving the PC or buy down disadvantages.
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    10-19-2014, 07:33 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Artifacts of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    I'm cranking out more.
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    10-19-2014, 10:34 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    Glop: A gallon flask that gurgles and bubbles with a blackish brown ooze. Glop can be eaten or drunk (kinda). Glop will heal your wounds instantly (kinda). Glop fills the cuts and punctures with glop skin, a shinny blackish brown film. For every ten points of glop healed damage you have you...
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    10-18-2014, 11:28 AM
    tesral replied to a thread What OS are you using? in Off Topic
    I try to keep the same version of openSUSE on both my laptop and my desktop. It's easier that way. My laptop is slowly falling behind. "The Beast", the desk top and the case. All Scale Trek forum shown.
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    10-18-2014, 11:20 AM
    tesral replied to a thread Graphic Design Question. in Off Topic
    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great tool. It beats Photoshop in one very important category, price. And it runs on all OS platforms. I'm having a few issues with the changes made in 2.8 Leaning curves suck.
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    10-18-2014, 11:15 AM
    Not to hijackthe thread by my elxcierace with 2e was that things like the skills system crippled certain classes as to being a yes game. Likewise feats hobbled anyone bet a fighters as the feat trees required lots of feats as only fighters had. I tried ot build a broadly knowledgeable...
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    10-18-2014, 10:57 AM
    90% of the detail in my world is for me. No one else will ever read it but it is a remainder to me, two years later what the heck that was about. It keeps me consistent.
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    10-18-2014, 02:51 AM
    Can you give us a thumbnail of what you did?
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    10-18-2014, 02:48 AM
    tesral started a thread One Geek in Feedback
    What every happened to JessHartley and her advice column? I rather miss them.
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    10-18-2014, 12:44 AM
    Back again the intertubes have been boring. I have not been idle gaming wise. My Saturday group has started a new campaign with a Norse feel. They are out to become the rulers of the north. I have been working to get my long running game down in some coherent fashion. Two complete...
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    10-18-2014, 12:23 AM
    Lightweight? I like medium weight myself. I'm enough of a war gamer to like a bit of crunch in my game. True 20 is way to light for my taste. On the other hand a simulationist combat system takes way too muich time and effort. What do I like? Yes systems. A system that doen't default to...
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    10-18-2014, 12:16 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    I have one player I would rather give a +5 sword than a qual's feather token and a "useless item" I gave out these spectacles that either drew a lighter object to you or you to a heavier object, what every you looked at. Man he abused the hell out of that thing. Right now they have the Aesir...
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    10-17-2014, 10:30 PM
    tesral replied to a thread The level up thread! in Off Topic
    The reason for this thread doesn't even exist anymore.
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    10-17-2014, 10:23 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread [Maps] Maps in Campaign Resources
    double yea! maps! thank you all. =D
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    10-17-2014, 10:22 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    so many fun mundane and minor enchantments which are so useful.
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    10-17-2014, 10:20 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Artifacts of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    updates, yea!
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  1. Wow! You have sure lived a varied life! Do you ever miss the Marines? Back in the 1980s I applied for a reserve naval commission in naval intel. I moved after first applying, and the whole thing turned into a 4-year bureaucratic mess. One day out of the blue some new Petty Officer called to say that she was cleaning out the old CPO's desk after he retired, and found my commission, signed by President Reagan, behind a drawer, and asked if I still wanted it. By that time the navy had stopped allowing officers to wear beards, so between that and the bureaucratic nightmare, I turned it down, but I've often wondered what might have been if I'd accepted it. So what led a musician to the Marines of all places? I mean, I know they have musicians, but the discipline of the Marines seems at odds with the stereotype of the wild rock percussionist! Of course the percussionists I see at the symphony don't fit he stereotype either. :-)
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    After I finished my active duty time, I came back to PA and did get an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting degree. Unfortunately online classes were not an option back when I was at Quantico. Prior to going into the Marines, I spent two semesters at Edinboro University of PA as a Music Performance major. I auditioned and was accepted into the Marine Band field. My MOS was 5563, a percussionist. I can play drums and all the other stuff too. At both units that I was stationed with, I was the Supply NCO. I have been working for the local Sears store for 17 years now. My official title it MCA (merchandise and customer assistance), but as one I am what is also known as an OOS (Out of Stock Specialist). Comes from running two unit supplies, I guess. I do still do some music with the Premier Choir at church, though.
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    Yes, Potomac Mills Mall was brand new when I was stationed there. I'm from PA. I had started to take an Accounting course on base through NOVA, but only got to attend the first three classes and the next one I got to make was the day of the mid-term exam. When I told the instructor that I had to be in different states at times with my unit, he did the paperwork that enabled me to withdraw from the class and be able to get half of my tuition back. Thing that burned me was that I had been told that there would be no problem in being able to attend the classes. After the third class, eventhough I had supplied them with my class schedule, I was slated to be doing something on everyone of the next classes until mid-terms.
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    No, I have been out of the Marines since October 1991. Was in the inactive reserve for almost 2 years after that. Once my inactive reserve time was up, I got my Honorable Discharge. Since I got some interest shown in my 2E campaign, I'm going to put some begining background info. up on it later today. Taking our 2 girls to the county fair today to see all the animals. And yes, the worst thing about that area down there is definately the rush hour traffic. Since I was not married while in the Corps, I lived on base, and didn't have to deal with it though.
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    Wow, just read the 2 teasers in the campaign invitation. A lot has taken place so far. Anyone joining your group should be sure to read this before begining to run a character, provided it is stated that the party fills them in on what has happened so far.
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    I am familiar with were you are located, due to spending 2 and 1/2 years stationed at the Quantico Marine Base. Unfortunately, I had not started gaming until after I was moved to the 2nd Marine Division down in North Carolina.
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