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  • fmitchell's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 03:54 PM
    (from "The Analytical Language of John Wilkins" by Jorge Luis Borges.) Nothing bores me more than long lists of things, unless they're funny. (See above.) So anyone who expects a detailed and insightful review of a Monster Manual for Monte Cook's The Strange may as well Abandon All Hope, as...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 02:54 PM
    tesral replied to a thread The level up thread! in Off Topic
    Flat foot floozy with a floy floy.
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    11-21-2014, 08:53 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    Some "cursed" items I see as misused. The necklace of strangulation for example. It's an assassination tool, not a cursed item. It does exactly what it is meant to do.
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    11-21-2014, 08:48 AM
    Simple and simulation are a zero sum equation
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    11-18-2014, 09:11 AM
    Not the MessySoft kind. Real solid physical windows with glass in them. Last Saturday we at long last got rid of the 90 year old windows a in this 90 year old house. The change is amazing. No rattles, hardly any road noise, and best of all no drafts. This comes courtesy of my wife wining...
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    11-18-2014, 08:54 AM
    I use GIMP I have no idea what you are doing. My artifact document is 1.8 meg in odf and loaded with graphics. I created it in Open Office and is 3.4 meg as an .odt document. What level of compression are you using? I set PNG to "9" Even my big world maps 5400x3300 the most complex does not...
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    11-15-2014, 01:40 AM
    I'm looking for a table of contents thing. What is the layout of the book., Wikis can be a finicky beast to deal with. They have they own formatting styles and are not flexible. I've used HTML tricks to force some things, but fighting it is more work than it is worth in the end,. How did...
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    11-14-2014, 04:30 AM
    Recently I've been playing The Strange with a reasonably stable group. Yesterday I had an idea for a space-opera style recursion (parallel world for the rest of the gaming world), and having nobody else to tell I'm telling you. Don't you feel special? The problem with wedging an entire galaxy,...
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    11-11-2014, 10:26 PM
    Sort of based on a chase.
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    11-11-2014, 10:24 PM
    The roll many pick one is an Iron Claw mechanic. You skill/ability is based on the dice and type you get to roll from d4 to d12 and the number of dices, some times of mixed types.
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    11-10-2014, 06:22 AM
    So something like the Iron Claw system?
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    11-10-2014, 06:15 AM
    The alternative is the dread research dump. "I've suffered for my art and now it's your turn". Sometimes we must be satisfied with knowing outselves. That is one of the reasons I post stuff here. To share what the players wilkl never seen. I also have your issue. I have been requested...
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    11-09-2014, 12:14 PM
    tesral started a thread [DM / Player Tools] Wand of Wonder Effects in Campaign Resources A mashup of four different tables from four different sources.
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    11-08-2014, 12:32 PM
    tesral started a thread [Gear (General)] New downloads in Campaign Resources
    Some stuff I just put in Downloads. Art Object This was extracted by my personal DMG. A random generator for art objects., It doesn't tell you exactly what you have but defines it broadly. A seed for you own creativity....
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    11-08-2014, 12:24 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Sumptuary laws refer to restrictions on consumption. Restricting purple and ermine to the King, not allowing non nobles to wear silk clothing or gold in their clothing. The purpose was to make sure you could judge someone's class by their clothing. Very much tied into the idea that "clothes...
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    11-04-2014, 05:23 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Hmm sumptuary laws. I should go back through and include that category. In the case of the Eyrian Empire they are specifically forbidden. Nobility is identified by its actions, never its clothing. In places like the Domains and Anorian sumptuary law is rife.
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    11-04-2014, 02:13 PM
    Another possibility is pure average. When this 1000 fights that 1000 what is the average damage done by each side? This does tend to devolve into a bloody fight of attrition. One can modify it with morale the side with better morale gets an advantage. Be that fighting on home turf, a...
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    11-03-2014, 05:38 AM
    If the target can mitigate the damage over time, IE stop it from doing its full damage I would make it lower level than the all at once spell, that obviously cannot be stopped once the damage is done. If that is not the case. I would keep them the same level. Providing the damage potential is...
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    11-03-2014, 05:34 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Examples? It is good to see how other people approach the issue.
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    11-03-2014, 05:32 AM
    They have been getting better at it. They still had art and music when I was attending. Hard to kill imagination with that and decent science available. Far past time to kill the Prussian model classroom and get the politicians out of education. Buuut we are hijacking the thread. How...
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    11-02-2014, 09:54 PM
    Does damage over time have a mitigation method?
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    11-01-2014, 09:42 PM
    Well I have been darted or woken up wearing a radio collar yet. So the Bureau of Land Management isn't in on it. The public schools have been trying to kill that since the 80s. Good little mindless peons is their product.
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    11-01-2014, 09:28 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Need something I can make of pixels. What do other people do for the law of the land in games? Make if up as you go? Pure handwavium? More or less modern law codes? I have a degree in law and have killed players by dropping my Law manual?
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    10-31-2014, 10:49 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    I really have nothing to say here. I've seen it too. Special snowflake taken to the extreme. "But...but consequences are for other people?" they cry. Break out the worlds smallest violin. :violin:
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    10-30-2014, 10:30 AM
    fmitchell replied to a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    It's easier to raid the past than to predict the future. For better or for worse, most fantasy RPGs converge on the same elements: vaguely medieval world with elves, dwarves, halflings, orcs, and assorted mythological monsters. Even if you swap out some of those elements -- bronze...
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The Ravenloft Files Vol.12: The Shadow Walkers - The Keepers of the Vault Pt. III

by Arkhemedes on 07-03-2009 at 08:01 PM
(Continued from Day One)

After knocking on the door, we were eventually greeted by a man named Birch. In addition to being the caretaker of the lighthouse, he was a cleric of some goddess who's name I can't recall, but who I believe was popular among witches. At first he did not seem very eager to help us. That was until we described the nature of our arrival on the peninsula. Then he invited us in to stay for the night and gave us all something to eat. He also gave Midnight a place

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The Ravenloft Files Vol.12: The Shadow Walkers - The Keepers of the Vault Pt. II

by Arkhemedes on 06-17-2009 at 07:32 PM
Excerpt from the Journals of Vassago ApVay, Shadow Walker:

(Continued from Day One): Fortunately, the rest of us took out the three remaining ghouls without further difficulty. And the paralysis on Angus lasted for only a few minutes. But when he was able to move again, he kept talking about the ghouls and the helpless feeling of being paralyzed.

It seemed that Angus's troubles would continue to mount, as he now appeared to be obsessed with the thought of ghouls and their

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The Ravenloft Files Vol.12: The Shadow Walkers - The Keepers of the Vault

by Arkhemedes on 06-12-2009 at 07:42 PM
Under the Baron's 'Turn the page' thread in the Gardens of Stone group, I posted the first part of the first week's review for my '04 12th Annual Running of Ravenloft. Here I will continue the story of what was one of my favorite Ravenloft groups. For convenience I will again introduce the members of the band:

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Angus Shadowborn - Human paladin from the Great Kingdom of Avonleigh closely related to Kateri and Alexi Shadowborn
Gohan - Half-elf fighter/druid

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