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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 27, 2014, 10:25:34 PM
I could probably go on for another hour, but most of all this:
I could play anything I wanted ("Antha Ratslicer, Pixie Barbarian!"), and s/he was likely acceptably effective. So long as I didn't build my stats ike an idiot, I was ok.
That, patient reader, is half the fun -the other half is narrative.

This might sound contradictory to unintended rant I just posted, but I agree with most of this list.  Especially on the Warlord.  The most fun, and maybe only fun, I had playing 4E was playing a halfling resourceful warlord (screw you CharOps, I want to play Hannibal Smith as a hobbit.)  In a system truly dedicated to combat, Warlords get $#!+ done.  This was also with a tight group of friends that wasn't afraid to not touch the dice all night because we have story we want to tell.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 27, 2014, 10:13:58 PM
Let's talk 4th -or rather you talk and I'll listen.
You can PM me if you'd rather do it in a non-cluttery fashion, but whatever.

My mechanical complaints are going to be echos of things already said.  Calling what they use a skill system is seriously taking the piss. Feats felt even more hamstrung than in 3E, and the venn diagram between skills, feats, and multiclassing offends my sensibilities.  Want to pick up extra class skills?  Spend a feat to get one, or take a multiclass feat to get one, and another benny on top of that, ya moran.  Want to play a character specialized in something other than combat?  You clearly came to the wrong party, and don't leave any of your patchouli stink in the house on your way out. In my experience, the combats were always painfully slow. If there was sameness between classes, it was inside the roles.  Strikers gonna strike, and with rules startlingly bereft of any flavor, it was tough to not feel like the rogue, the ranger, and the sorcerer were just the same car painted different colors.

But the main reason I stopped was the social aspects of my gaming group. This area seems to have an enormous dedication to D&D™, to the detriment of any other ruleset.  A lot of people took offence to the "MMO-ness" of 4E, and jumped ship when Paizo proved that you can still publish SRD&D and thrive.  Mind you, all the features of 4E, the non-existent skill system, the rigid class structure, the inability to simulate anything outside of a combat skirmish, that expansive void between brawls we fill with characters and story and imagination, can all by found in Basic/Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, with the added bonus of over-complicated math.  If anyone ever tells you that 4E was a computer game while espousing on how Gygax's rules encouraged roleplay, punch them in the face for me.  Both games recreate the same experience: killing Others and taking their stuff.  They don't have a lick of rules for anything past that, and the stories in between were all the work of the players.*

When WotC oversaturated their own game and attempted to reboot with Essentials, the last holdouts gave in, and the past two years of shutting down the presses while Next was cooking in the kitchen sealed it's fate.  4E was far from perfect, but it did not die from rejection, it was starved to death by it's own creators.

*Does anyone else feel like an RPG apostate when the love for Gary The Great bubbles up in the hobby?
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 20, 2014, 11:30:20 PM
As a fan of the RPG hobby, I hope it takes, because I think a healthy D&D is a good thing for the hobby.  As a retailer, I don't think they realize that Pathfinder has already moved into their market when they let D&D lie fallow for almost 2 years.  Pathfinder is recognizably Third Edition D&D, has an organized play program with grass roots backing promoting it, and a more visible and responsive company presence. If you look fondly back at 3E, you've probably already switched to it.  If you started with 4E, 3E/Pathfinder is so alien that you've probably passed on it, and are doing your best to keep up with the Next to 5E progression, if you stayed in the hobby at all.  The battle to win the hearts of the 3E and D20 crowds, however, is already lost IMO, and a staggering US$150 (and 4 months) price point isn't a strategy to win them back, it's an assumption that they are already yours and you can continue to fleece them without a care in the world.


How do I always end up on this soapbox?  Huh?
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 23, 2014, 11:21:27 PM
None of the above.  I believe the GM makes or breaks a game.  I've played in D20 Modern campaigns, a system I despise with the fire of a thousand suns, because of who was running.
5  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: So what would be the security on: April 24, 2013, 09:09:28 PM
Well.. coming out of separation I was a big guy.  Still am.  6'4, close to 230 with a BFI of about 14%.  So I opted for inventory.  Me and the guys were all part timers.  Just there for some extra spending cash and a workout.  Now this would be back just before flat screens.  So we're one manning 27" Tubes all day long.  Great work out.  Well.. one of our co-workers was a really nice guy, worked in IT and did Best Buy two nights a week for his hobby money to keep his wife happy.  He was also black.  We hit it off.. became buddies.  Still are, actually.  We had a floor manager who was a bit of a young, self centered jackass.  One night, we had a double truck and we're just exhausted.  The rest of the store is standing around doing nothing, and its almost closing time.  This manager asks my friend to go get the carriages outside.  It's like.. 10F out.  We're hot, sweaty and exhausted.  And we still have stuff to upstock.  He points that out and the next words out of the managers mouth is where the problem begins.  "I should have expected that answer from one of you people."  Buddy instantly goes wide eyed.. and they start to squabble.  I try to get between them and pull him off before he gets fired.  Manager throws a right hook.  Misses him.  Hits me.  I'm not sure if it was Reflex or just general ill will for this guy, but I don't even think.  He catches the back of my elbow across his jaw, and I continue my spin to completely turn face and use my approaching arm to take him down to the ground as hard as I can.  Broke his jaw.  Concussion.  Bruised his ribs (I knelt on him once he was down).  And.. yeah.. I'm no longer allowed to work at Best Buy.

[sniff][sniff] That...  Cry That was beautiful man.  Cry You... are a real American hero.
6  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: So what would be the security on: April 23, 2013, 09:04:02 PM
Guys, I've been working retail for...

Wait a sec...



$#!+, I need more fingers...


TWENTY FIVE YEARS.(killmenow)

Out of those 25, I've probably done 20 Christmahankwanadans (we don't send children to war in this country.)
These have been in family businesses, so you can knock my service by saying I've never dropped into a Black Friday hotzone.

What the hell do I get?
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Agent Hunter, from AEG on: April 11, 2013, 08:09:29 PM
Hell, I think I have a rare set laying around somewhere, just have to find it.
8  Community / Customer Service / Re: Spam... it's what's for dinner on: April 01, 2013, 08:59:50 PM
Just got hit with a crapload of spam in Off Topic and Mistborn, multiple usernames.  

Edit: huanlanlui, nifiepulliela, kawoccawL are spamming like mad.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 20, 2013, 09:46:40 PM
Ever an innovator, Cobra looks for crowdfunding.
10  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Can someone explain to me: "Final Attacks" on: March 20, 2013, 11:32:55 AM
All I can see is that certain Feats and other character options may grant a character a Final Attack and, additionally, that a Final Attack may never grant more than one attack - but what exactly is it?

Actually, that's it.  There are several character abilities that grant a final attack, and it's short hand for "you may make an attack on the target, and that attack can not  trigger any character options that grant another attack. "  For example, Combat Instincts (p172) grants a final attack when opponents misses your Defense by 5 or more, and if you drop the opponent with that attack, it will not trigger Cleave Basics (p177).
11  Community / Fiction and Story Hour / Re: Batman/Transformers mashup on: March 12, 2013, 11:03:23 PM
It just occurred to me that there is absolutely no mention of the original two, Wayne and Grayson.  An interesting choice for a saved reveal, even if it is just a constant tease with no payoff.  (How much more can you really say about them after all these years?)
12  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Miniatures on: January 30, 2013, 12:56:29 PM
Reaper also has one -

Ah-hyuck, I went me with two dump stats!

I love that figure - he was used for one of the rangers in my Elf & Orc War fantasy game. (Think French & Indian War.)

Yeeeeeah Tongue . It's the face.  That face just kills it for me.  That mug does not say "heroic adventurer" to me.  I'm not good enough to modify it, especially since the turkey on his shoulder would have to go, too.  The gnome long gunner isn't perfect either, but I think it will be easier to just trim the ears and the mustache.  Admittedly, I'm still up in the air on the mustache, as I was shooting for "Quigley the Hobbit" (and landed well into "touched in the head" tinkerer territory.)
13  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Tuesday on: January 29, 2013, 09:21:40 PM
I'm torn.  On one hand, I want to buy these nownowNOW.  On the other, I want to wait until the copypasta mistakes shake out and get corrected before I download them.
14  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Tuesday on: January 28, 2013, 02:35:15 PM
I told you not to lick Ms Püdelwumpkins.

How does that animal lick itself? You'd think its tongue would melt off.

How should I know? It was Koala's +1.

And you thought rolling up in the pimped out, completely LED-underboat kit'd USS Iowa was impressive... that tongue.. lemme tell you.. it's either a CIA torture device or a DoD weapons program.  I STILL can't figure out which.

Which one is more likely to incorporate Sonic the Hedgehog fan-art into their projects?  That would be your culprit.  Now pass me another Unicorn Chaser.

[Down the sweet, beautiful brain bleach]

Now Scott, stop posting teasers with Pat's username. We all now that Pat would never be this cruHAHAHAHAHAHAHA damn it I almost made it through that sentence. Grin
15  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Miniatures on: January 28, 2013, 01:33:17 PM
If you remember the big Stonehaven "Dwarven Adventures" set, their "Gnomish Adventurers" set is well on its way.  Maybe more "Pathfinder" gnome than hobbit-esque Pech, but most look like they will do in a pinch.  Me, I need a figure for a halfling musket master for a Runelords game I'm in, and the K.S.S. long gunner is the first fig I've seen that is even remotely close.  Cool
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