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31  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 28, 2015, 01:21:02 PM
Soldier: h1: open door. h2: ready sword
Lars: ...

Since he's acting before Lars, does that mean that his back is turned to Lars?   Evil
32  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: How to balance encounters? on: July 25, 2015, 06:44:42 PM
Don't track XP.  Seriously, just ignore it.*  Throw whatever makes sense at the PC's (remembering to play the NPC opposition in a way that shows them to be just a ruthless, cowardly, or primitive as they would be) and tell the group to level up when it's story appropriate.

Sadly, my regular group is no longer functioning but that's what I did when I was GM'ing and no one complained.

*Unlike other games, XP isn't used for character options (permanent spells, crafting, what-have-you) and there are other (and IMHO, better) options to reward players such as reputation, renown, prizes, etc.
33  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 24, 2015, 08:48:19 PM
Given your equally abysmal tactics roll, gut answer is not likely  Undecided

Yeah, I figured. Grin
34  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 24, 2015, 04:50:01 PM

Initiative Bonus = 1 (class) + 0 (DEX)
1d20+1 -> 4


Joy.   Cry

Do I get the jump on soldier boy outside?
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: July 24, 2015, 04:26:08 PM
That is both awesome and heartwarming.
36  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 24, 2015, 07:07:32 AM

Tactics check: 3 ranks + 2 INT
1d20+5 -> 6


 Shocked Lips Sealed Embarrassed

Umm, OK, this should be interesting.  No bonus from Lars.
37  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 23, 2015, 12:57:50 PM
So, can we take it that they don't suspect foul play and start attacking them?  Do we need to roll initiative?  I'm happy to spend an AD that we just get the drop on them if that's allowed?
38  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 22, 2015, 03:34:20 PM
Wait a second: trying to make sure I understand.  Private Emerson is the soldier in question.  He's outside and will soon be attacked by Lars.  OK, got that.  Is Brother Lambert going to stay outside or inside?  You said "stay back" but I wasn't clear if that was in or out.

Also, where is everyone situated at this point?
39  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 21, 2015, 08:10:50 AM
I don't remember the specifics of the outmaneuver check as I'm away from my book but here goes the roll:

Tactics = +5 (3 ranks + 2 INT)
1d20+5 -> 24
40  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 20, 2015, 08:59:19 PM
Somehow our plans seem to devolve from surgical strikes into massacres. Not that I'm complaining  Grin Wink

Me neither.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Iocane Powder in The Princess Bride on: July 18, 2015, 08:53:43 AM
A very possible interpretation but not exactly in keeping with the rather ridiculous nature of the film.  However, for FC, it would be most appropriate.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: GenCon 2015 - Who's going? on: July 17, 2015, 01:18:43 AM
Sorry, but the funds weren't there this year.  Too bad too.  The wife and I enjoyed Gen Con when when we went in 2013.  Here's looking at 2016 or perhaps 2017.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 16, 2015, 03:36:36 AM
I think it's a mix of differentiating itself from LotR or 'generic' fantasy and that Brooks only really kept it subtle by not describing things clearly, which isn't something TV or a movie can get away with.

I mean, there's no road sign shields or anyof the other trappings of the post-apocalyptic genre, it looks more like they're going for LotR with our civilization as the builder of the ancient ruins and monuments rather than the civilizations of the Second Age.

You're probably right.  Though, given that the Present(tm) is separate from the Elfstones of Shannara time frame by roughly 2000 years, there really shouldn't be any cars lying around.  The Space Needle is bigger but, still, very likely not going to be there.

Probably a case of writers can't do math and/or a TV adaptation.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 15, 2015, 11:13:07 PM
Although they seem to be being more blatant with the post apocalyptic aspect of Shannara than I recall the original trilogy being.

You're quite right. Almost Thundar the Barbarian levels of blatant. Which is ... odd.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 15, 2015, 01:22:04 AM
If memory serves it is based of the second book.

Yep.  From our friends at Wikipedia:
"Sonar Entertainment acquired TV rights to the Shannara universe in 2012.[27] In December, 2013 it was announced a series based on the second book published, The Elfstones of Shannara, was being produced for MTV. To begin airing in July 2015, it is being produced by Jon Favreau and Smallville showrunners Miles Millar and Al Gough."
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