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841  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Season's Greetings on: December 25, 2012, 10:15:51 AM
Merry Christmas.
842  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (OOC) on: December 23, 2012, 06:06:57 PM
Actually, I'm thinking a holiday break may be in order to keep us free for our families and other RL responsibilities.  I'll be looking to start back around the 27th as well.
843  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New option for New Leaf feat. on: December 21, 2012, 11:44:11 PM
*sigh*

Looks like I need to switch to long form explanations.

When I read the name Olive Branch, my first thought is diplomacy/peace which seems to be borne out by Mr. A's comments.  However, the text of the new version of Olive Branch has NOTHING to do with diplomacy/peace save that a diplomat might be inclined to be either a Sage or a Courtier.  If the goal is to provide an alternate deviation for the New Leaf feat, then that's fine.  If the goal is to try to match the name with the effect then I don't care for the name.

The ability is fine, the name simply doesn't work for me.  That's all I was trying to get across.  Perhaps the name of a more mellow tree?  Learned Elder of the Forrest is not in keeping with standard naming convention for Rootwalkers but better captures the mechanics from my point of view.

At the end of the day, it's merely my opinion and I'll not lose any sleep if Mr. A decides to keep the name.  Hopefully, he won't lose any sleep over my comments either.  (And, I doubt he will.)

EDIT: Additional clarification added.
844  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New option for New Leaf feat. on: December 21, 2012, 08:23:27 PM
The New Leaf add-on has nothing to do with specific species.

Indeed.  And that is why it doesn't feel like a diplomat to me.  It seems improbable that anyone would send an ambassador to Country X unless said individual spoke the language and understood at least the rudiments of the culture.  Hence my statement.  Perhaps it would have been more clear had I said, "... chosen species where he/she will act as an ambassador."

Or are you using the term "ambassador" in a more generic sense of representative?
845  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New option for New Leaf feat. on: December 21, 2012, 05:59:41 PM
However, the name Olive Branch no longer seems to fit with the abilities presented.  It evokes diplomacy or, at the least, ambassador-ness, but the text seems to offer neither. 

Any suggestions one way or the other? To me, a diplomat is most likely to be either a courtier or a sage, both classes which also offset the fact that, well, you're this huge walking tree,

No argument that the giant walking tree-diplomat is most likely going to be a sage or courtier; however, the feat evokes the ideal of diplomacy but doesn't grant anything that I would particularly call diplomat material.  If it granted language and/or cultural proficiencies for the chosen species then it would feel more diplomat-ish to me.
846  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New option for New Leaf feat. on: December 19, 2012, 10:40:24 PM
I like the new versions quite a bit.  The original was just too much.  However, the name Olive Branch no longer seems to fit with the abilities presented.  It evokes diplomacy or, at the least, ambassador-ness, but the text seems to offer neither. 
847  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (OOC) on: December 17, 2012, 11:21:31 AM
From this point on Brindlglib make a point of sleeping in an empty barrel. He rigs the barrel lid into a little door, which he pulls closed behind him before settling to sleep.

For both the character abuse and the awesome image of a gnome in a snit, please take an Action Die.
848  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Interest in Way of the Wicked? on: December 16, 2012, 05:12:28 PM
Ludomastro: In addition to. It's just a little background fluff given some mechanical weight. Come the start of book 2, it's not really gonna matter that you were a murderer, blasphemer or what have you.

That's what I thought.  I'll proceed in that fashion.
849  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: December 16, 2012, 04:23:49 PM
Bronn is surprised to feel the big cat go limp in his arms.  Sidari's jab forces the cat to open its mouth, unceremoniously dropping Brindlglib to the ground.  It then bolts away from the larger forms around it.  Sidari notes that it seems smaller than the one Bronn was fighting.

Baxton walks up and simply says, "We hired good swordsmen," before collapsing in what could be either exhaustion or a case of nerves.

Although the immediate threat is past, there is growling in the brush outside camp.
850  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (OOC) on: December 16, 2012, 04:20:22 PM
I've posted an IC post to keep us moving.  I know that the holidays are rough on people's time.  Should you desire an edit, please let me know.
851  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Interest in Way of the Wicked? on: December 16, 2012, 04:19:31 PM
Question

I'm working on my character sheet today and had a question: are the criminal backgrounds in addition to or in place of other options.  Thus, would Lars be a Ruthless Cleric guilty of Desecration or a Desecrating Cleric?

For completeness, this is posted in the OOC thread as well.
852  Community / License to Improvise / Re: War Never Changes... or Does It? on: December 16, 2012, 01:53:18 AM
I love the idea that when 1st world nations fight, it's--in theory--super-high tech but out in the field it involves folks running up and clubbing each other with their $1m sidearms because their smart bullets can't penetrate each other's ECM fields.

This made me smile.  Thank you.
853  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Connecticut School Shooting on: December 14, 2012, 09:57:20 PM
I have always had teachers in my life: mother, father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, brother.  I know this is hitting them hard.

As a father, I can't even imagine.
854  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (OOC) on: December 14, 2012, 03:29:44 PM
And somehow I missed that.  Got to get back to work - lunch is over - but I'll fix that when I get home.
855  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [Active Recruitment] Way of the Wicked on: December 14, 2012, 03:26:09 PM
Reserved

"My name is Lars Ulren.  I am a proud priest of Asmodeus and, ashamed to say, a former priest of the false deity Mitra.  I'm scheduled for immolation for the supposed crime of Desecration.  Nonetheless, she had to die because my lord demanded a sacrifice.  The altar of the faithless Mitra just served as a nice stable surface to do the deed."

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