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General Discussion / Katherine Kurtz--Deryni Rising
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:35:12 PM »
Has anyone read any of Katherine Kurtz's novels (in particular The Chronicles of the Deryni or The Legends of Camber of Culdi)? I've picked up the two series and wondered if it was worth the investment of time.


WotC D&D / Create your own 5e spellbooks
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:34:48 AM »
I found a very cool website that allows you to select the specific spells your character has in his or her repertoire and then print them out. It saves a lot of rifling through the PHB or buying expensive spell cards.


General Discussion / Happy holidays
« on: December 25, 2018, 10:21:13 AM »
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

General Discussion / Nostalgia Vomit
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:37:53 PM »
Just wanted to let folks know that Jay (formerly of The Delvers podcast) has created another pod called Nostalgia Vomit. Jay is doing his magic with recording his play of game books (like Fighting Fantasy). If you liked The Delvers, I think you'll enjoy his new creation: http://www.nostalgiavomit.com

General Discussion / Greg Stafford (1948 - 2018)
« on: October 21, 2018, 04:04:31 PM »
Greg Stafford, the founder of Chaosium, passed away on October 12th.

WotC D&D / 5e campaigns
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:34:37 AM »
Just wondering out loud here. I've been playing 5e with a school group and everything we've played has been from the WOTC stable of adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It's fun, but I don't want to read 50 pages of history just so I can go and kill some orcs. Is there anyone out there just making or running adventures that aren't tied to these official backgrounds? Does anyone else dislike this FR overkill? Am I just a grumpy Monk?

General Discussion / Call of Cthulhu 6th ed. Sanity Question
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:30:32 PM »
I'm just dipping my toes into CoC, and I had a question about Sanity. I'm a little confused about the relationship between Cthulhu Mythos and starting Sanity Points. When I lose Sanity Points do I start deducting from my starting sanity points or from 99? My guess is starting sanity but reading the rules has me confused. I know Cthulhu Mythos increases (which also decreases my Sanity), but my Sanity can decrease without my CM increasing depending on the cause of my sanity loss.

Just wanted to make sure I understood.

Roll for Initiative Podcast / Lewis Pulsipher
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:07:34 PM »
How have you guys not heard of Lewis Pulsipher? I get Chrispy (young'un), but you grognards?

General Discussion / Should I read Marion Zimmer Bradley?
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:54:29 PM »
A friend bought me a copy of The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. She had really enjoyed the novel, knew I like fantasy fiction, and thought that I would like it. I had never read any Bradley, but I am a fan of King Arthur fiction. I thought I would do a bit of research on the author.

Holy shit! What a depressing and upsetting result! I feel sick to my stomach. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/27/sff-community-marion-zimmer-bradley-daughter-accuses-abuse

I know I should try to separate the art from the artist, but I'm not sure I can in this case. I also don't want to tell my friend about Bradley's crimes and probably ruin a treasured memory for her.

What do you all think?

Just bought an electric guitar. Just wondering if there is a particular pedal I should buy first. The amp I have has an overdrive option, so I don't think I need a distortion pedal immediately.

Roll for Initiative Podcast / Glad to hear Chrispy's voice again
« on: December 23, 2016, 08:40:13 AM »
I just wanted to say that I'm glad to hear Chrispy's voice again on the latest RFI podcast. I really enjoy his point of view. Welcome back!

General Discussion / Anyone watch Dwarvenaut on Netflix?
« on: October 10, 2016, 03:45:14 PM »
Just wondering what people thought about Dwarvenaut. I thought it was cool to see someone's passion for D&D turned into a viable occupation.

Classic D&D / Clerical boons based on the god that is worshipped
« on: June 12, 2016, 07:08:56 PM »
I'm want my clerics to have some small abilities depending on the gods that they worship. Does anyone know of a list of clerical abilities or boons preferably with the gods to which they are connected?

Classic D&D / Chainmail Spellcasting
« on: May 08, 2016, 10:52:29 PM »
Brendan Falconer in Knockspell #2 took the rules for spellcasting from the Chainmail supplement and cleaned them up for ease of use. I liked what he did. It added an element of uncertainty to casting magic while allowing the Magic-User the chance of recovering the spell (instead of the usual Vancian fire-and-forget). A chap on Google+ was looking for a 2d6 version of the spellcasting rules (there are many around) and I told him about Brendan's article. Now Brendan used a d12 instead of 2d6, but that is easily remedied. Also he uses low numbers are better than high numbers. I am not a fan of that. Bigger numbers are always better, right? So I tweaked the table making it 2d6, higher numbers better. Once the caster has rolled the 2d6 to see if the spell is immediately successful, successful but delayed one round, or a failure, he or she must roll another d6 to see if the spell is forgotten or can be retained. I thought that the player could add his or her character's intelligence bonus to aid in spell recovery. Since 3d6 are being rolled, I thought that the player could roll 2d6 of one colour and a 1d6 of another colour to see the result of the casting. This would allow for things like rolling all sixes means maximum spell effect or damage and rolling all ones means a spell fumble. I've attached the idea. Let me know what you think.

General Discussion / Midnight on Dagger Alley
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:48:22 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has ever seen a map for this module where you wouldn't have to use the "magic viewer"?
I have the module, but I can't stand using the viewer (old eyes?). I've tried searching online for it, but to no avail. Just throwing this out to the hivemind.


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