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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: ENnies
« Last post by Effete on Today at 03:55:00 PM »
Played the board game twice. I hated it. Every faction is essentially playing its own game. Cats are not necessarily capitalists. I think they were closer to communist. Now the Birds represent a monarchy, and they can be hell to play in the board game with their weird command card rules. Lizards were a cult. Beavers were traders and a source for mercenaries...effectively war profiteers.

So, in short, I think your theory is incorrect and you're trying to overthink it. More likely is it got points for being linked to a fairly popular board game among those players that overlap into RPGs.

That's fair enough.
I was only speculating based on what I've read. I have not played the boardgame.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: ENnies
« Last post by HappyDaze on Today at 03:36:54 PM »

Best Game
Silver: Root: The RPG
Gold: Thirsty Sword Lesbians

So the two winners for Best Game are both PbtA games. Funny thing is, I always felt that PbtA games had a "boardgame" feel to them, so imagine my shock when I found out Root was originally a boardgame. So the runner-up for Best Game is a derivative licensed product that probably plays fairly similar to the original.

But why did it win?
It might have something to do with turning the Marquis de Cat (a playable faction in the original game) into the main villian of the rpg. The Cats are characterized by industry and expansion (it's how they win in the original game) so obviously they represent capitalism and colonialism, right? And of course the factions that win through thievery or manipulation are the "good guys."
Played the board game twice. I hated it. Every faction is essentially playing its own game. Cats are not necessarily capitalists. I think they were closer to communist. Now the Birds represent a monarchy, and they can be hell to play in the board game with their weird command card rules. Lizards were a cult. Beavers were traders and a source for mercenaries...effectively war profiteers.

So, in short, I think your theory is incorrect and you're trying to overthink it. More likely is it got points for being linked to a fairly popular board game among those players that overlap into RPGs.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: ENnies
« Last post by Effete on Today at 03:29:34 PM »

Best Game
Silver: Root: The RPG
Gold: Thirsty Sword Lesbians

So the two winners for Best Game are both PbtA games. Funny thing is, I always felt that PbtA games had a "boardgame" feel to them, so imagine my shock when I found out Root was originally a boardgame. So the runner-up for Best Game is a derivative licensed product that probably plays fairly similar to the original.

But why did it win?
It might have something to do with turning the Marquis de Cat (a playable faction in the original game) into the main villian of the rpg. The Cats are characterized by industry and expansion (it's how they win in the original game) so obviously they represent capitalism and colonialism, right? And of course the factions that win through thievery or manipulation are the "good guys."
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Assuming no exploding dice, the average results will be:
2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22

That's one helluva a curve. Without seeing what the rest of the system looks like, it's hard to tell if this would be functional or not.
+1 +1 +1, +2 +2 +2 +2, +3 +3 +3. Working as intended, a little bell curve of avgs. Too steep? This would apply to damage out of a gun in a Call of Cthulhu-style d100 system.

Speaking purely as an experienced GM but not someone with a particular proficiency in maths it feels like there should be a 3d8 in there somewhere.
I want to whole deal to be done with 2 sets of 7 dice, so 3d8 becomes 2d12

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the top of the chain is much less likely to be used and probably reserved for the most powerful effects and weapons .
that's exactly the deal, with two "large jumps" (going from +1 to +2 avg, and from +2 to +3) added to give attentive players a tactical spot to aim for.
I do not think that bell curve is the right word for this. Your curve starts shallow and keeps getting steeper...which is a very un-bell-like shape.
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The first book I regretted buying was Tasha's Crock of Excrement. I didn't give two shits about the woke nothingburger that everyone else here seems to feast on. No, what I didn't like about it was the changes they made to class/subclass mechanics and some of the badly built/balanced/tested crap that got through to print. This was not only the first 5e book I regretted buying, it was also the last 5e book I bought.
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As I said, it's a steep curve, but I cannot assess whether or not it is "too steep" until I see how it is being implemented.
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Here's the thing: 5e is a fine system, it's WOTC that sucks.
If you're going to buy anything 5e, I would suggest looking for used books. Not only are they cheaper, but you aren't directly giving money to a shitty company.

As for which books are "woke" or not, why would that matter? You can always ignore anything you don't like. What really matters is the use you'll get from the book for the price you paid. Outside of the Core books, Xanathar's, and maybe Mordenkainen's, I haven't found the other sourcebooks to be worth the cover price. (Thankfully, I paid much, much less for all my copies. ;) )
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Biden's Cascade of Failure!
« Last post by RandyB on Today at 02:12:51 PM »
Welp, the feds have raided Mar-a-Lago. The Inflation Reduction Act has passed. Dark Brandon has awoken. Dark Garland is stirring.

Edit: House Ways & MEans Committee will be receiving Trump's tax returns immediately. Womp, Womp.
https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/524B3B5CED10789D8525889900538BAB/$file/21-5289-1958452.pdf

  Keep pushing.  I think you guys are going to push it far enough.
The walls are closing in!!!111eleventy

LOL.

We are defeated! Lie back, and think of Lincoln!
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Clearly, the public is crying out for a classic Latino superhero. One who needs no introduction, no backstory to fill in.

Summer 2023...

SPEEDY GONZALES.
Heh, if I want to watch a Latino Superhero movie, there's always Nacho Libre.  :-D
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And Ezra Miller gets nailed for burglary immediately ::)

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/ezra-miller-burglary-the-flash-vermont-1235336304/

I heard rumors last week that more bad news about him were about to come out (this happened on May, 1st but only now he was charged). I honestly expected worse.

If the final quote is true, they plan on going ahead with The Flash, IIRC Batgirl and Supergirl were to be setup in that movie, so what gives?

They can re-shoot the parts with Ezra Miller with another actor, as I wrote. This would cost about $100 millions. Re: introducing Batgirl and Supergirl, since you are reshooting big chunks of the movie anyway just cut those parts. They already have to cut Batgirl.
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Also how many of this fucker are there?

The first comment I heard was "Well, after all he is the Flash!" The second one was "They are they, so there is a lot of them." :D

[spoiler]
Yeah, they could reshoot the movie, that would mean they are confident enough it will make well over 800 million.

Have you seen the hit pieces for the cancellation of superlatinx? Can you imagine the media shitstorm if they cut Miller from the movie?

Well, given the ammount's of crimes he is commiting, it sure looks like there's a ton of them.[/spoiler]
Clearly, the public is crying out for a classic Latino superhero. One who needs no introduction, no backstory to fill in.

Summer 2023...

SPEEDY GONZALES.
As long as it's not Jack Black doing a Nacho Libre sequel...
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