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Messages - Ratman_tf

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Older versions of DnD never gave one shit about so called Balance.

Look at the wandering monster tables, while adventuring through the Mountains you encounter (rolls dice) 1d6 Dragons.

Eh. Basic D&D explicitly ties dungeon level to monster difficulty. I don't think AD&D spells it out like that, but the general idea for a long time has been dungeons with level appropriate difficulty, and when you "graduate" to hexcrawl, the encounters get a bit more wild, wooly and unpredictable.

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I laughed very hard as I recognize this guy from Polish RPG community, he's like Big Purple Werewolf here, also quite classic predator pretending to be male-feminist, often making announcements about his oWoD - mostly Werewolf sessions for wom*n only / or with female preference.


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My Dark Sun copy came in the mail today.
The binding looks good, can't tell how the spine will hold up until I've broken it in.
The pages are nice and thick, not flimsy at all.
The inside pages have a white border around them, but considering it's a POD job from scans, I'm not bothered. From a quick flip through, the printing is clear and no errors, smudges, blurring that I can see.
The maps are all broken up into pages, but whadayagondo? I didn't expect them to print out the fold out maps seperatley.

I'm very pleased and can't wait to get my Ravenloft.

*edit*
The scans of the flip books are a little less neat. There's obvious scan elements, like a futzy white background. They're still clear, legible and useable. It's just a lot more noticeable that they are scans.

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Oooh, here's a tasty one.

https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/kastor-krieg-receives-a-%F0%9F%9A%AB-seven-day-ban-holdo-policy.877754/

Now, the 'Holdo Policy' might as well be called the 'how dare you criticize a female mod in any way, shape, or fashion, shitlord Policy'. Because that's what it amounts to. What amuses me is the guy is trying to tip toe through the social justice minefield and gets blown up anyways. Poor fellow.

  If you go back to the original thread, one of the other posters is on the path to enlightenment:

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I am not trying to borrow trouble but I also had no idea BCAugust was a woman. Is it just safer to not publicly question moderation?

It's like looking at a domestic abuse victim flinch away from their Significant Other when they raise their voice.


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Twitter trolls suck. I think that's pretty self-evident.

Regarding Kathleen Kennedy,

Creatively it seems pretty clear to me that Filoni was the heir.  Lucas might have meant Kennedy to handle the business side of things to keep him free to be creative.  However, toss Kennedy into the also woke Disney and suddenly her stupid politics are being green lit -- especially given that Filoni hasn't done anything bigger than Clone Wars at the point Kennedy is producing the Sequel Trilogy.

If they're smart, and Favreau is willing to do it, just turn the whole thing over to Favreau and Filoni.  Filoni can apprentice under one of the better pop culture director/producers and get the missing pieces.  In the meantime Favreau does for Star Wars what he did for Marvel.

Personally, I didn't care for either the prequel trilogy or the sequel trilogy. After the original trilogy, my favorite Star Wars material so far has been Rogue One and The Mandalorian -- both of which were produced under Kennedy. That's not a great hit rate -- but it's a better hit rate compared to the period before Kennedy from 1984 to 2012, when there was nothing produced for Star Wars that I liked.

I liked Solo and Rogue One well enough. I did not like the sequel trilogy to the point where I have not and do not plan to watch Rise of Skywalker.
The Prequels have been beaten to death, ressurected and beaten down some more. Suffice to say, I liked the idea of the prequels, but the execution was not so hot.

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Financially, it seems to me that she has been overseeing a big increase in production and profits for the franchise. Compared to the period of 1984 to 2012, it seems like there has been a major step up in production of mostly-profitable new Star Wars films as well as television series and other material. While Feige had greater success with the MCU - that was unprecedented. Prior to the MCU, Feige produced the Daredevil, Elektra, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four movies - which were both critical and financial failures. Lots of other popular franchises have had much less financial success than Star Wars over the last decade.

The Michael Bay Transformers series was wildly profitable. I thought they stunk to high heaven and stopped watching them at #3. And the only reason I slogged through to 3 is because I'm a rabid Transformers fan and hoped beyond hope that the series would stop sucking. (I really liked Bumblebee, but the bar was so low by then anything was better than Bayformers nonsense)

I think the success of The Mandalorian was owed in large part to Jon Favreau, and Disney/Lucasfilm/Kennedy are in the process of shooting themselves in the foot over it's success.

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What "shit" did I make up? Please, be specific.

And as for not giving "two shits about accuracy," I'm the one that pointed you toward the accurate information and then even went so far as to give you direct links to it since your ability to do even basic research seemed so limited.

So, again, what "shit" did I make up? Please, be specific.

You still obsessing over moi? I'd be flattered if you weren't a psycho.

https://www.therpgsite.com/the-rpgpundit-s-own-forum/what-s-to-be-done-about-homelessness/msg1163902/#msg1163902

I did not, "Stick with alternative facts", like you claimed. I do not tolerate having words put in my mouth, or ideas assigned to me that I do not hold.
Back at you. Find me one instance where I "Stuck with the alternative facts".

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A sample of the woke harassment Giana Carano endured when she wouldn't bend the knee.


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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: I don't like CR.
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:09:47 PM »
My usual stumbling point is that the system assumes a party of X characters and one monster as it's base value. And I rarely use just one monster in an encounter. So I'm almost always having to apply some kind of modifier.
I find the examples to be confusing unless I happen to have exactly the same number of characters as the example.

As others have noted, additional attacks from the four 1-HD orcs make them more deadly in many ways than the one 4-HD ogre, and it never seems like this is accounted for correctly. I assume that one could create a chart with # of characters on one axis and CR on another, and then when you cross-reference you could get a true difficulty level for the encounter, but to do that I have to get a better grasp of the examples and how to adjust for multiple characters or multiple monsters.

Love the idea in concept, but like others I just eyeball it and cross my fingers.

Donjon has a 5th ed encounter calculator. I haven't used it yet, so I don't know how effective/accurate it is.

https://donjon.bin.sh/5e/calc/enc_size.html

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: I don't like CR.
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:01:50 PM »
I just treat it like AD&D Monster Level - a very rough guide to threat level, not something to build encounters with (late 4e was the only D&D version where 'encounter building' worked). I prefer status quo sandboxing with a big PC group who know when to run!

Oh, I do use BTB XP in my current game, so Challenge determines XP rewards if you beat the monster.

Now you've done it!

https://www.therpgsite.com/pen-paper-roleplaying-games-rpgs-discussion/how-do-you-handle-retreat/new/#new

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In my experience, it tends to be all or nothing. Few times will the party leave a downed party member behind, and retrieving a downed party member contributes to the death spiral they're already dealing with. So retreat tends to be all or nothing, and usually at the start of an encounter when the character all have a chance of getting away sucessfully.

So, how do you handle retreat? Do you?

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I'm pretty sure that George Lucas is thinking to himself... "Was it all worth it? What have I done?"

(But, then again, he's 4.05 billion dollars richer, so he may not give it a damn... lol!)
 
  I dont know how much artistic pain he feels.  I do think he is probably scratching his head as to why the same company that was SO CAREFUL with marvel and its movies, let a lady take charge of Star wars who seems to not know how to do jack shit beyond get Stephen Spielberg coffee and promote here social justice bullshit.   Its a very, very, very expensive mistake for disney.  I guess the old saying too much easy success is part of the problem for people in long term success.

If rumors are to be believed, and given his presence on the setting of the Mandalorian (and the reverence given by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to him) I believe he is disappointed, to say the least.

The strangest thing is that before selling Lucasfilm to Disney in October, 2012 he had made KK co-chair of Lucasfilm. That's why she was promoted to president after Disney bought the company. Now, why on Earth he chose her as his co-chair I guess we'll never know, since it's very obvious she is one of me most incompetent and hated persons in Hollywood today.

Marvel Studios, however, is a different kind of animal thanks to Kevin Feige's expertise and competence as Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Studios. And it's very clear that KK is no Feige. Quite the contrary.

To make a guess, from what I've seen in interviews and articles, KK is competent enough to keep around, sign papers, hire actors, that kinda work, but putting in charge of Lucasfilm was way out of her capabilities. Plus she seems to be... let's put this nicely, not a very creative person. More of a middle manager type. Which is fine. Companies need middle managers.
Why Lucas chose her? I suspect he was tired of the fan backlash over the prequels, and just wanted out. KK was there, set up and ready to move into the spot, so he chose the first warm body, and not out of any creative merit.

Like a lot of middle management mentality, she wanted to justify her job and value, and so she latched onto the progressive "social justice" garbage. "The Force is Female" instead of actually telling good stories with the property, she's "empowering minorites" and other such bullshit.
[/speculation]

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: What's to be done about homelessness?
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:01:21 PM »
And I assure, you any "squirming" was only a product of Happydaze's fevered imaginations. ;)
And the squirming continues!

You really should just let it drop, but don't take my advice...

Advice from a troll? I think not.


Yes, by all means pity those that actually read and understood the sources you provided...when you obviously failed at one or both of those things.

The failure is all yours. I acknowledged the error when it was pointed out, and dropped the idea when the accurate budget was posted.

You, on the other hand, leapt to personal insults and clung to the original error, even to the point of trying to invent opinions that I never stated, in some sad attempt to bolster your trolling attempt. You have been intentionally disingenuous and it illustrates that you aren't participating in the discussion in good faith.

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Nice meme though; I do enjoy Toy Story, so thank you for that.

You're welcome.
Now Ratman_tf has returned to his alternative facts--this time to argue that the guy that gave accurate information is "intentionally disingenuous" and not "participating in the discussion in good faith" all because I threw in some personal insults. He doesn't realize that I gave him the help he asked for (before others did) just because a put a few barbs in it. Others--in particular Pat--pointed this out, but he can't accept these facts and has to find alternatives because the reality is...just..too much for him to take. Does anybody have an emotional support animal for the little guy?

You still ranting?  ;D

I pointed out your disingenousness, it's right here in the thread for all to see where you tried to make up shit and now that you've been called out on it, you double down on being a jackass.

And your barbs were weaksauce. Typical Happydaze trolling nonsense. I only pointed it out when Pat said neither of us was "being very polite", and I pointed out that you were the one who went there first. I would have been happy to leave the attitude out, but that's what you're here for isn't it? To bitch and argue, and you don't give two shits about accuracy.

And now you want to keep arguing about it instead of the homeless situation. Because it's an agrument, and that's what you're here for.


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I'm pretty sure that George Lucas is thinking to himself... "Was it all worth it? What have I done?"

(But, then again, he's 4.05 billion dollars richer, so he may not give it a damn... lol!)
 
  I dont know how much artistic pain he feels.  I do think he is probably scratching his head as to why the same company that was SO CAREFUL with marvel and its movies, let a lady take charge of Star wars who seems to not know how to do jack shit beyond get Stephen Spielberg coffee and promote here social justice bullshit.   Its a very, very, very expensive mistake for disney.  I guess the old saying too much easy success is part of the problem for people in long term success.

Didn't Lucas pick Kennedy to run the franchise after the sale?

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: I don't like CR.
« on: February 23, 2021, 03:46:07 PM »
I used CR successfully back in my 3e days and have incorporated it into my B/X and OD&D games. I don't really see the issue that others do as CR is the exact same mechanic as "Monster Level" from OD&D/AD&D. It even has the same problems (such as how in AD&D four 1 HD orcs are more of a threat than one 4 HD Ogre yet are worth fewer XP).

The only difference is that CR is scaled to character level rather than the arbitrary dungeon level, which as others have pointed out, makes it more useable in practice.

That's the thing. Using HD I had very few problems.
You have two baselines. Total HD compared to total party Levels, and individual HD compared to individual character Level. More HD = harder encounter, less HD = easier encounter.
The one issue that later editions pointed out is action economy. Less actions (solo monster versus group) can be a huge disadvantage.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / I don't like CR.
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:30:35 AM »
I've tried using CR with Pathfinder, 4e and 5e, and so far, I wind up ignoring it or trying to reverse-engineer it to make sense to me.
My usual stumbling point is that the system assumes a party of X characters and one monster as it's base value. And I rarely use just one monster in an encounter. So I'm almost always having to apply some kind of modifier.

Anybody like it? Using it sucessfully?

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