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@  Bass X0 : (20 May 2019 - 11:16 AM)

SEND THE BOOKS!!

@  Cybersnark : (20 May 2019 - 08:52 AM)

So, now that Game of Thrones is over, when can we get back to The Dragon Prince?

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:19 AM)

Like, half of them nowadays are montages of tweet screencaps from the writer's inbox

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:18 AM)

lol you expected integrity from internet news

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:33 PM)

I'm mostly confused how news sites went from "Analysing all the amazingness of Game of Thrones" to "Fans sure don't like this season!", like... way to prioritize clicks over a solid editorial opinion

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:30 PM)

[and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site"] is this like the Toei Quarry?

@  MEDdMI : (19 May 2019 - 11:17 PM)

@Foffy and then that giant lasagna just tipped over and killed everyone, to be later known as the infamous Bad Monday event.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

Ahahaha!!! Go read the reactions for yourself. To say anything more here risks spoiling the finale for subscribing Allsparkers, the quality of this season notwithstanding.

@  Foffy : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

pretty wild how heathcliff was in the game of thrones finale, i was not expecting that crossover

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

were they still super pissed?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

Well, as someone who is not into Game of Thrones, it sure was entertaining to open up social media this evening to unexpectedly see headlines about fan reactions to the finale. Lmao.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:12 PM)

But it's also a SUPER-well known location in my region, so these extensive exterior shots without any post production alterations completely ruin the illusion for me.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:11 PM)

I mean, I get why they did it: It's an existing location that fits the purpose, it's open for the public, and they had to shoot some scenes in my home state anyway to due a subsidizing deal.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Needless to say, it's not in Berlin, and even what's seen onscreen is waaaaay too modern for something that's supposed to exist in 1929 (even moreso as a derelict site in 1929). The structures seen haven't even been built until the 1960s!

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:07 PM)

I'm currently in the process of watching season 2 of Babylon Berlin, and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site" or whatever it's supposed to be on the show, and I easily recognize it as a place only a few minutes from where I live (it's actually a former ironworks site that's been turned into a public park).

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:52 PM)

Ever since I went to Japan last year, I have friend who dread watching anime with me due to that...

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:51 PM)

Not hugely, but I am the type to notice places once I have been there and say "Hey, I've been there!"

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

Half of new york city (on tape.) is actually montreal.

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

I watched Death Wish 5 last night and clearly recognized Toronto streets; didn't pull me out of Bronson's 1-man war on drugs or fashion or whatever it was that pissed him off that time

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:49 PM)

it's nice to finally be thought of as exotic by somebody! lol

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:48 PM)

In an "I cannot possibly make my brain ignore the location I'm familiar with and pretend it's whatever the story claims it is" way?

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:42 PM)

Question for those of you living in exotic locations such as the US or the UK: If you watch a movie or a TV show that features a real-life location as a stand-in for someplace else, and you recognize the real-life location due to having been there in person, does that pull you out of the story?

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:15 PM)

Maybe you should have installed macOS in your house instead.

@  Noideaforaname : (19 May 2019 - 04:40 PM)

Nothing like coming home after a long day to find a bird in the house. And then once you sit down for a well-earned rest after leading the bird back outside, you find it had a friend. A friend who *really* doesn't understand how windows work...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:26 PM)

Bingo. The big polls don't tell people what's actually happening because that doesn't sell.

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 AM)

IIRC there are good polls but data is easily manipulated so they give people what they want to hear

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 10:58 AM)

The only way to get people interested in politics is to make into reality TV. So they lie to do it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:38 AM)

Yeah, polling these days is garbage.

@  Sean Whitmore : (18 May 2019 - 11:53 PM)

Well, he was an honest man. He wasn’t gonna lie to a 5-year-old.

@  Paladin : (18 May 2019 - 08:34 PM)

Grandfather once said to me, "I'm going upstairs and hug your grandma."

@  Sabrblade : (18 May 2019 - 07:08 PM)

Mama always said that you can tell a lot 'bout a person from 'is shoes...

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 May 2019 - 03:54 PM)

Life is like a box of chocolates. Stay out of the sun or melt into a pile of gross slop.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 May 2019 - 10:26 AM)

Greasy, disappointing and still managing to be over priced?

@  Lancer : (18 May 2019 - 10:22 AM)

... Yes, it is!

@  Noideaforaname : (18 May 2019 - 09:48 AM)

Life's a fillet of fish!

@  unluckiness : (18 May 2019 - 08:53 AM)

ow the edge

@  Paladin : (18 May 2019 - 07:03 AM)

a reminder that life is an unrepentant hellscape where everyone & everything you know will eventually betray you.

@  Pennpenn : (18 May 2019 - 06:45 AM)

You know, this election is what has finally broken me of any confidence at any point of pre-polling data. I mean, it's always been sketchy, but this is just... aaaargh!

@  Pennpenn : (18 May 2019 - 06:08 AM)

I was going to make an Auspol election thread in P&R, but the outcome so far has made me feel physically ill.

@  Gamma V : (18 May 2019 - 03:28 AM)

Haven't been here in a long time.

@  Pennpenn : (18 May 2019 - 03:16 AM)

I have heard that, it's rather disappointing. Ah, maybe they'll just leech each others stores of "awful racist vote" and not go anywhere.

@  Trpodeca : (17 May 2019 - 11:09 PM)

I voted. Boy there are a worrying amount of parties which sound like fascists.

@  Pennpenn : (17 May 2019 - 06:55 PM)

For those in Australia, it is a federal election today. Go Vote! It's Mandatory!

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 May 2019 - 04:19 PM)

Humor? I 'ardly know 'or!

@  wonko the sane? : (17 May 2019 - 03:51 PM)

I was intemately familiar with humour... but she just wanted to be friends...

@  Maximus Ambus : (17 May 2019 - 12:10 PM)

BZT Time out! Time out! Time ooooooouuuuuut!!!

@  unluckiness : (17 May 2019 - 08:23 AM)

Yes. Are you familiar with humor?

@  Sabrblade : (17 May 2019 - 07:50 AM)

You are familiar with The Room, yes?

@  unluckiness : (17 May 2019 - 01:14 AM)

nah, tuxedos are formal wear

@  Sabrblade : (16 May 2019 - 10:38 PM)

*...while dressed in a tuxedo*


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#1 Ashley

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

There was recently a discussion in the Toku thread that turned to pen-and-paper roleplaying so I thought it might be worth turning it into a separate thread. Some points of discussion.

There is a new system called Legend that you can get here:
http://www.ruleofcool.com/
It is awesome. It has a very cool multiclassing system that let's you mix and match parts of classes. You could make a robotic pony jedi kamen rider with a motorcycle. Or a wizard with sneak attack. Or a barbarian ninja. You get the idea.


On the subject of mainline D&D, the Tome of Battle from 3.5. Opinions are apparently mixed on it, with people either thinking it's the fix that makes melee finally able to keep up with spellcasters or thinking it's the most broken thing ever. Personally, I go with the first. There's very little reason to play a normal D&D 3.5 fighter when you could play a cleric or druid. The cleric can buff himself up into a very good melee fighter (with spells like Divine Power, Greater Magic Weapon, Magic Vestment, Bear's Endurance, Bull's Strength, Divine Favor, and Shield of Faith) and still do standard spellcaster stuff like healing. And the druid can turn into a bear and eat people while also still being a great spellcaster. Tome of Battle helps dedicated melee stay ahead of those guys in melee combat.

Edited by Waspinator, 05 January 2012 - 04:49 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:25 PM

What's everyone's fav gaming system btw? Mine's Pathfinder. It's a pretty awesome system that allows for a lot of versitility in the d20 system. And now that I know about Legend's Vigilante track...I think I'm gonna try and homebrew my own Kamen Rider class for....something. Maybe even Pathfinder.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

We have actually been playing a variation of FATE lately, but with White Wolf supposedly releasing new supplements for Old WoD, we may end up going back to it, but so far we are loving the narative flow of FATE.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:44 PM

I found a bunch of Wraith: the Oblivion pdfs in my PC, a leftover from my brother's incursion into roleplaying a few years ago, is it good?
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:48 PM

QUOTE(Pony of Merak @ Jan 5 2012, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found a bunch of Wraith: the Oblivion pdfs in my PC, a leftover from my brother's incursion into roleplaying a few years ago, is it good?



I was never a fan of Wraith itself, but the concept is solid, may just need some tweaking if you wanted to do a sort of home-brew style game. It's got some great ideas in it.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:52 PM

I found this, which is an overview of the "tracks" that make up Legend's class system. Being able to mix and match all of this stuff makes for an interesting game:

https://docs.google....amp;output=html

Switching subjects, something I've always wanted to try is a game of Paranoia with me using a tex-to-voice engine for the Computer.

Edited by Waspinator, 05 January 2012 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:58 PM

QUOTE(Dessl0ck @ Jan 5 2012, 07:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Pony of Merak @ Jan 5 2012, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found a bunch of Wraith: the Oblivion pdfs in my PC, a leftover from my brother's incursion into roleplaying a few years ago, is it good?



I was never a fan of Wraith itself, but the concept is solid, may just need some tweaking if you wanted to do a sort of home-brew style game. It's got some great ideas in it.


the whole shadow thing seems quite complicated, but the little I've read looks as an interesting setting.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE(Ironbite @ Jan 5 2012, 06:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What's everyone's fav gaming system btw? Mine's Pathfinder. It's a pretty awesome system that allows for a lot of versitility in the d20 system. And now that I know about Legend's Vigilante track...I think I'm gonna try and homebrew my own Kamen Rider class for....something. Maybe even Pathfinder.

Ironbite-who knows.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:20 PM

Play Legend. Do iiit. It's fantastic.


Of course, I'm biased, but!

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:52 PM

I play Pathfinder (used to play 3.5), Shadows (my wife's homebrew system based on Cyberpunk 2020 and the 'Classic' i.e. Old World of Darkness.), and we recently started playing Star Wars Saga. Love the system so far. I'm a huge star wars fan (E.U. up to Survivors Quest and the original movies) and have always wanted to play in the Star Wars Universe. My wife isn't as big a fan as me (she thinks Lucas is bat*&^% insane and has a huge problem with the Force's predestination stuff) and is kinda intimidated by the scope of it all, but she is giving running it a shot. The current games we are playing:

As I said, She's running Star Wars with me playing a Scout (named Tam Kaare who is force sensitive) from a mining colony on the edge of Republic Space near Hutt Controlled territory on the other side of Kessel from the Maw. It takes place 1000 YBY and the Republic is rebuilding after 'defeating' the Sith 'for the last time' (i.e. Darth Bane and the rule of two have just started). My 4 generations back grandfather on my mothers side was a Jedi that left the order and came to the colony with his pregnant wife to escape 'something'. Don't know what yet (trying to stay clear of Jedi stuff until wifey gets the hang of the system and gets over her problems with the setting). My character just reached his Majority and decided to leave the colony, so he signed on with a freighter/smuggler crew who landed at the colony after having been attacked by Hutts who wanted their 'cargo' (kids of influential Republic people) and helping them repair their ship.

The ship is captained by a Twilek warrior, with a crew consisting of a Bothan quartermaster, a sleazebag code-slicer nicknamed Grinner (he has a scar that gives him a permanent scowl), the Twilek warriors wife (a prized Twilek dancer that mostly stays in his quarters), a human female (I forgot her name) who's part Sith (the race) that ran away from her Master (and who's teaching me to control my Force 'signature' so to speak), and D3 our astromech/Utility droid (also known as Dumb Dumb), who somehow got the Wedding March hardwired into his processor and tends to respond with Dum, Dum, daDum to most inquires hence Dumb Dumb.

I'm also running a Pathfinder game for my wife. She is playing an Elven Sorceress who got shipwrecked in human lands headed to meet her betrothed (arranged marriage), and ended up being taken by slavers. She has since gotten free and is stuck in a land she doesn't understand where slavery is the norm and the ones with all the gold make the rules (sorta a cross between the lands of the Sultans and the Order's homeland in the Sword of Truth book Faith of the Fallen with the Tolnedran's from Eddings thrown in for extra spice and the Legion). The nobles of the country are lazy and fat, while their people live in misery or are enslaved. Her character just wants to find a ship and sail back to the Summer Ilse (homebrew world, the Elves live on a pair of large islands).

She's since bought a human slave named Lela, claimed a Drow slave (first son of the third house, enslaved by his own mother and forced to serve his sisters, hell on earth with a bow) after saving him during a Drow raid on the place they we staying, tried to free them both without success (drow tried to take her, Lela doesn't wanna be free), lost a companion, gained one (a blind thief), and is currently headed into the middle of a blood feud trying to find a ship. Oh and she just learned that the Drow have a constant supply of Elven slaves coming from the Summer Isle.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:02 PM

I've been playing 4th edition since it came out and I still love it for all its flaws. I've also dipped back into 2nd edition a bit recently. They're my two favorites.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

I like 4e a lot, though most of my games tend to be in a mix of Pathfinder and 3.5, but I can't stand 2e. icon-fire.gif

I've been playing Legend and Star Wars SAGA recently. Going to run a 4e game soon, I think.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:07 PM

As I stated in our last thread for this topic, my system of choice is Savage Worlds - universal, simple enough to grasp quickly, yet with enough intricacies not to make it too basic. I use it to run my Deadlands game (which IS the current official system for it, anyway), and I wrote up a MechWarrior conversion for it.

We recently started using Pathfinder for a new Birthright (originally a DnD 2nd Edition) campaign, I like it.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:12 PM

Right now I want to see what they do for the adventure path for Legend. They just recently passed the mark for that and they're on their way to the campaign setting mark. Seems like they passed these marks faster than they expected, but I'm sure they'll get everything out eventually.

http://www.ruleofcool.com/?page_id=95

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:03 PM

I'm a life-long D6 fan because I find the whole idea of a class/level system is more trouble than it's worth. Just give me a good template, some guidelines to customize it, and turn me loose.

QUOTE(Rodimal @ Jan 5 2012, 08:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a huge star wars fan (E.U. up to Survivors Quest and the original movies) and have always wanted to play in the Star Wars Universe. My wife isn't as big a fan as me (she thinks Lucas is bat*&^% insane and has a huge problem with the Force's predestination stuff) and is kinda intimidated by the scope of it all, but she is giving running it a shot.

Ever sampled the old West-End Games version? It's pre-Prequels, so Force-users are treated as exceptions (no midichlorians, no prophecies, no social status for Force-users, practically no Jedi, and effectively only one Sith), and the whole system is practically built to be "pick up and play" (pretty much every sourcebook has a two-page primer that explains the entire process). It was my introduction to RPGs way back when.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:51 PM

WEG Star Wars > D20/Saga Star Wars. Plain and simple.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:37 AM

In a couple of games right now. I'm in a Pathfinder game where I'm a hafling summoner who rides around on a winged snake named Que(guess what that stands for). I'm in a Star Wars/Pathfinder mash-up game that's set in Episode 1 that we've already managed to derail all of Star Wars cannon. I play a Shistavaan soldier with a prefrence for violence. I'm in a game of Mage(OWoD) that I don't quite understand. And I'm in a World's Largest Dungeon where I play an elven cleric.

Ironbite-so there ya go...oh and I'm always looking for new games.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:19 AM

We've been playing a lot of Gamma World as of late, but since we're all a bit burnt out from the mini-campaigns, I'm trying to swing the group around to a new system. The last one we played was straight 4th Edition D&D. I'm pushing for Savage Worlds, probably for a Mass Effect campaign. In any case, I really want a break from 4th Edition, and something like Pathfinder/3.5 (Which I can't stand) wouldn't cut it.

Of course, there's the Dark Heresy campaign a friend is running that's currently on hiatus, so I could do something with that, but I'd rather run Deathwatch or Black Crusade. And I'm not paying ?30+ right now, and I know the rest of the group wouldn't.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:30 AM

As far as fantasy goes, I currently prefer either Fantasy Craft (my d20 variant of choice) or 4e (which is great, but didn't fit my needs so well since I had a 2-player group); I have played in a couple of Pathfinder campaigns and had fun, but I wouldn't actively seek it out and I'd certainly never GM it. I also really like Corporation, which is basically anti-cyberpunk - you play the genetically- and cybernetically-enhanced agents of the massive corporations that rule the world, and do things like corporate espionage and murder and all that good stuff.

I'm currently preparing to run a Pokemon campaign using Monsters and Other Childish Things, which I've really fallen in love with. The way you stat up monsters through the parts of their body that do things is really clever (even if it's not always perfect for Pokemon, since really simple stuff like Voltorb and Oddish don't work so well) and the One Roll Engine is such an elegant system. I do prefer M&OCT's version of it, though - I tried reading REIGN and my eyes sort of glazed over at all the options, though I'm sure I'll like it once I actually take some time to read it.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:00 AM

Given my schedule, I just play in a 4th ed game, though I'd love to jump back into a Shadowrun or a Vampire/Changeling game.

Regarding the Tome of Battle, while it does even the score in terms of melee to higher level caster, it gives you such good stuff at such earlier levels that casters are constantly playing catch up. Why go through the trouble of learning a mid level fireball spell when I can just assume a stance a light people on fire with my sword?

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