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 on: Today at 10:00:27 PM 
Started by Crafty_Alex - Last post by Crafty_Alex
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Oooooookaay...so, now that I've recovered from the Crafty Summit, another "strike while the iron is hot" project, and the Kickstarter launch...the Eye of Sauron turns back to this thread!

New spells, this time a chain - based on summoning a little familiar-like spirit to lend a helping hand:

Guardian Spirit I
Level: 0 Calling
Casting Time: 1 round
Distance: Personal
Duration: 10 minutes
Effect: You call a minor spirit to assist you with simple tasks. Notes: CALLS A MINOR FRIENDLY SPIRIT, SORT OF LIKE A PARTIAL FAMILIAR. SMALL BENEFIT, LIKE WORKING AS A HELPER WITH COOPERATIVE CHECKS?

Guardian Spirit II
Level: 3 Calling
Duration: 1 hour per Casting Level
Effect: AS GUARDIAN SPIRIT I, BUT ALSO PROVIDES IMMUNITY TO FLANKING AND/OR CAN BE ENDED EARLY TO ABSORB MINOR DAMAGE?

Guardian Spirit III
Level: 6 Calling
Effect: AS GUARDIAN SPIRIT II, BUT ALSO PROVIDES IMMUNITY TO FLAT-FOOTED AND CAN BE ENDED TO ABSORB GREATER AMOUNT OF DAMAGE?

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 on: Today at 09:47:43 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Mutt
I'd have to look back, but it was a minor scandal when it happened.

Anyway, I'm off of this topic. I don't want to sound like a crazy person and get myself thrown in the 'always ignore' bin of posters.  Roll Eyes


What else is in the news... bleh. It's times like these that I wish that I didn't have Windows 8, so that I didn't get lost as to where the news is as opposed to where my e-mails are.

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 on: Today at 09:38:07 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Valentina
But you can't present a specific example?
Just one.

Also, Anita's a bully? Where?

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 on: Today at 09:36:50 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Mutt
Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc... It's a pretty major problem, and it's hamstringing actual, legitimate feminism that would do very good for the world. Radicals are bad anywhere.

As for Chris Kluwe, I think guys like him who take the high-and-mighty road and outright bully those who have less power than him are despicable, just as much as people like Anita who do much the same. There's not any special treatment in my mind for one or the other, they're both rude and crass individuals, just like those who threaten violence against anyone.

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 on: Today at 09:31:57 PM 
Started by Jake - Last post by Coyote0273
Sorry for the delay. Holidays and finals made me forget all about this. Sad

Born Leader
You are a natural leader, brining your companions beyond the pale and pressing on into the jaws of death, confident that you will lead them to victory!
•   Bonus Feat: Followers
•   Gear Expert: Your considered to have two more Gear Feats
•   Encouragement: 1/scene you may grant a team mate +1 morale bonus with saving throws.
•   Decisive: you gain a +5 bonus to initiative.
•   Charming: 1/Session you may improve the disposition of one non-adversary NPC by 5.
•   Natural Elegance: Your Appearance bonus increases by 1.

Daredevil
Others merely take risks. You embrace them.
•   Bonus Feat: Veteran Adventurer
•   Agile Defense: Your base Defense increases by 1.
•   Chance Expert: You’re considered to have 2 additional Chance feats for any ability based on the number of Chance feats you have.
•   Paired Skills: Each time you gain 1 or more ranks in the Resolve skill, you also gain an equal number of ranks in the Acrobatics skill. This may not increase your Acrobatics skill beyond its maximum rank.
•   Glory-Bound: You may purchase Heroic Renown for 20 Reputation per Rank

Dark Soul
You are marked by a dark past, it defines who you are and shapes every aspect of your life; Woe unto those who stand in your way.
•   Bonus Feat: Glint of Madness
•   Cheap Shot: gain the Cheap Shot trick.
•   Terrifying Look: The DC of The will save DC’s of stress damage you inflict increase by 4.
•   Favored Foes: choose 2 types (Animal, Beast, Construct, Fey, Folk, Horror, Ooze, Outsider, Plant, Spirit, or Undead) . Your threat range increases by 2 when attacking and making Notice, Sense Motive and Survival checks targeting standard characters of the chosen type. You may choose an additional type at levels 6, 11 and 16.

Favored Soul
You were born with sacred gifts, making you a marvel among believers.
•   Bonus Feat: Angelic Heritage
•   Celebrated: Your Legend rises by 2
•   Charming: Once per session, you may improve the disposition of one non-adversary NPC by 5
•   Natural Elegance: Your Appearance bonus increases by 1
•   Free Hint: Once per session, you may request a free hint from the GM. If he refuses, you gain one bonus action die

Glory Hound
You come from humble beginnings, seeking adventure and fame beyond your wildest dreams!
•   Bonus Feat: Fortune Favors The Bold
•   Encouragement: Once per scene you may grant a team mate +1 morale bonus with saving throws
•   Glory-Bound: You may purchase heroic renown for 20 Reputation per Rank
•   Heroism: During dramatic scenes you gain a +1 bonus to all attack and skill checks
•   Tenacious Spirit: You gain 1 additional vitality per level.

Grand Specimen
You are the pinnacle, the paragon, the rare variant, the unique individual, just plain different and better.
•   Bonus Feat: Any 1 Species feat
•   Attribute Training: The lower of your Constitution or Wisdom scores increases by 1 (your choice if a tie).  Apply this bonus after any modifiers from your Species or Talent.
•   Celebrated: Your Legend increases by 2.
•   Natural Elegance: Your Appearance bonus increases by 1.
•   Species Expert: You’re considered to have 2 additional Species feats for any ability based on the number of Species feats you have.

Gun Mage
Melting magic and gun practice, you are a formidable sharpshooter with a keen eye.
•   Bonus Feat: Favored Gear (any pistol)
•   Black Powder Proficiency: You gain the Black Powder proficiency.
•   Cartridge Belt: The load quality of any black powder weapon you wield decreases by 1.
•   Flashy: Your Panache increases by 2.
•   Ranged Combat Expert: You’re considered to have 2 additional Ranged Combat feats for any ability based on the number of Ranged Combat feats you have.

Knight
You are a protector of the people, dedicated to serving king and country.
•   Bonus Feat: Lionheart Basics
•   Riding Mount Focus: You gain the Ride skill’s riding mount focus.
•   Celebrated: Your Legend rises by 2.
•   Melee Combat Expert: You're considered to have 2 additional melee combat feats for any ability based on their number.
•   Commissioned: You may purchase military renown for 20 Reputation per Rank.

Magewright
You can’t stop fixing everything, including all sorts of magical devices.
•   Bonus Feat: Charm Binding Basics
•   Arcane Potency: The save DC of any spell effect from a magic item you activate increases by 2.
•   Crafting Focus: You gain 1 additional Crafting Focus.
•   Paired Skills: Each time you gain ranks in the Spellcasting skill, you gain equal ranks in the Crafting skill. This may not increase your Crafting skill beyond its maximum rank.
•   Thrifty: Your Prudence increases by 2.

Magus
You have been specifically trained in the art of fighting with arcane arms.
Requirement: Sorcery campaign quality
•   Bonus Feat: Arcane-Arms Basics
•   Attribute Training: Your Intelligence and Charisma increase by 1. Apply this bonus after any modifiers from your Species or Talent.
•   Basic Combat Expert: You are considered to have 2 additional Basic Combat feats for any ability based on the number of Basic Combat feats you have.
•   Celebrated: Your Legend increases by 2.
•   Decisive: You gain a +5 bonus with Initiative.

Monster
A one-stop shop for all your two-headed troll, four-armed fire giant, winged hydra, giant death robot or other melee monster needs.
•   Bonus Feat: Any 1 Species feat
•   Paired Skills (Athletics and Intimidate): Every time you gain skills ranks in Athletics you also gain ranks in Intimidate, but not beyond your max rank.
•   Crunch!: Your Strength based damage rolls inflict 1 additional damage.
•   Relentless Attack: You gain the Relentless Attack trick.
•   Unarmed Proficiency: You gain the Unarmed Proficiency.

Paragon
You exemplify the most notable aspects of your people(s) and culture(s).
•   Bonus Feat: Any 1 Species feat
•   Noble Blood: You may purchase noble renown for 20 Reputation per Rank.
•   Heroism: During dramatic scenes you gain a +1 bonus to all attack and skill checks
•   Broad learning: You gain 2 additional studies.
•   Origin skill: Choose 1 additional origin skill.

Pistoler
You are a trigger-freak, a dueling gunslinger, a mercenary, or an outlaw whose shooting talents cannot be discussed.
•   Bonus Feat: Black Powder Basics
•   Black Powder Proficiency: You gain the Black Powder proficiency.
•   Cartridge Belt: The load quality of any black powder weapon you wield decreases by 1.
•   Decisive: You gain a +5 bonus with Initiative.
•   Merciless Shot: You inflict 2 additional damage on standard characters with a black powder weapon.

Tempest
You are the whirlwind!
•   Bonus Feat: Two-Weapon Fighting
•   Melee Combat Expert: You are considered to have 2 additional Melee Combat feats for any ability based on the number of Melee combat feats you have.
•   Multi-dexterous: If you are not wearing full armor, you ignore the penalty from the Two-Weapon Fighting feat and the penalty from the Two-Weapon Style feat is reduced to –2.
•   Skirmishing: If you are wearing no armor or partial armor, your base defense increases by 2.
Author's Note: Multi-dexterous is rated as a 3 point Specialty benefit, Skirmishing as a 2 point Origin benefit.

War Chaplain
You are a field medic, fully devoted to saving people’s lives whatever side they fight for.
•   Bonus Feat: Bandage
•   Commissioned: You may purchase Military Renown for 20 Reputation per rank.
•   Encouragement: Once per scene, you may speak to 1 of your teammates for 1 minute to grant them a +1 morale bonus with saving throws until the end of the current scene.
•   Practiced Medicine: If you spend an action die to boost a Medicine check and it still fails, you gain the die back after the action is resolved. Against multiple targets you only regain the die if the check fails against all of them.
•   Stand Together: You gain a +2 morale bonus to Defense and all saves when at least 2 adjacent characters share your Species.

Zealot
You have lost everything, but found purpose in religion.
•   Bonus Feat: Glint of Madness
•   Attribute Training: The lower of your Constitution or Wisdom increases by 1.
•   Extra Proficiency: Blunt.
•   Terrifying Look: The Will save DCs of stress damage you inflict increase by 4.
•   Encouragement: Once per scene, you may speak to 1 of your teammates for 1 minute to grant them a +1 morale bonus with saving throws until the end of the current scene.
•   Charming: Once per scene, you may improve the Disposition of one non-adversary NPC by 5.

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 on: Today at 09:03:20 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Valentina
Also, Jack Thompson's a man. That matters.

I was fine until you said this. The point of feminism, REAL feminism and not the Americanized and bastardized version that hates men, is that it SHOULDN'T matter whether someone is a man or a woman.

Hmm.
I wasn't making any political claim. That's a statement about reality, that's the truth.
It's sort of like Morg and Krensky's back and forth: the clash between principle and reality; as a matter of principle I agree with you, but the reality is very different.
For example, women who take Sarkeensian's side also get threatened and harassed and have their contact info/addresses/etc broadcasted publicly without their permission.

Who doesn't?
Chris Kluwe and he lands on Gamer Gaters with a contempt unfiltered by ...anything, really.

Edit: link updated, should work now.

Also "feminism hates men"?
Got an example in the philosophy to show?
I've met feminists who hate men, and I've also read about the 1 guy in "Jews For Hitler," so there is a useful distinction between the creed and it's members to be recognized.

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 on: Today at 08:40:41 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Mutt
Also, Jack Thompson's a man. That matters.

I was fine until you said this. The point of feminism, REAL feminism and not the Americanized and bastardized version that hates men, is that it SHOULDN'T matter whether someone is a man or a woman.

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 on: Today at 08:06:23 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by Valentina

Ah ha!  I had to look her up.  I had no idea who she was.  Feminist who dislikes the overly-overt man tones of gaming and got into some sort of internet tif with the internet over something involving another gamer female?  Apparently, she inflamed the man-baby crowd that is the backwater, basement dweller crowd of the 4chan-style folks.  Yea.  Damn.  

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Just my two cents.

Feminism in gaming:
-hooker/stripper murdering is creepy, cut it out.
-Devs consider skipping men beating/killing women as atmosphere.
-more plot-equal heroines.
-PMS jokes are wince-inducing.
-less damsels.
-more functional clothing.

Not exactly a radical-reorienting of gaming culture, and never one that would be all-consuming.

And IMO while 4chan's not a hive mind there are a lot of "ditto-heads" with too much time and too little responsibility looking for things to be angry about. Rather a notable volume of them are Computer Science Majors.

One of the best things about 4chan is how you can have a conversation about anything ...unless the mob turns on you at which point they're not in the slightest obliged to respect your right to civil conversation.

I've spent 4 or 5 years not at /traditionalgames and while /tg/ at it's higher levels of functioning is a furious forge of interesting ideas ("warhammer 40k set in a spaceship 1 AU long!") that sometimes have terrific execution other times it's a combination race-hate festival and monument to esoteric nerd-grudges.

It's also kitty-corner to /k/, the weapons board, which is also a bad place to talk about the plight of minorities, /pol/ which is a really good place to thicken the callouses of your soul if you happen to think that people are essentially decent, and /lit/ which is predictably full of savagely trite "critics" who hate everything mainstream, everything classic, and everything imperfect.

Also I think there's a possible disconnect in Sarkeesian's critics insofar as she's not creating a debate, she's publishing essays. She's exploring an idea; whether that idea is "right or wrong" misses the point of even having the conversation -which is much the point of all that sperm-rage.
That crowd doesn't even want to talk about it, never mind consider any validity to any criticism.

People are passionate in attacking her personally and attacking the concepts of her videos, but I don't see nearly as much actual discussion of the ideas presented.

I'm entirely interested in having that conversation here but as always, like it says on page 1, participants should come loaded with citations and actual examples, not what they heard someone else say some other time.

Also, Jack Thompson's a man. That matters.

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 on: Today at 07:59:02 PM 
Started by JMobius - Last post by Herowannabe
Hey all, I finally got a chance to finish off my current revision for my Shards Rules.

Here they are.

A big thanks to Claincy, Mac, Kadrok, Kurkistan, and everyone else who made comments on my earlier versions and helped me to improve them. Because of our discussions I came to realize that I had based my earlier versions of the rules on characters like Dalinar, Adolin, and Szeth- all of whom could be considered "Masters" of their shards. Because of that, characters who started with shards under my rules were very overpowered compared to other magic systems. I went through my rules and reworked a lot of things to try to bring them into balance. I think I did a pretty good job of balancing them out, while still allowing for players to eventually grow their characters into their own Dalinars and Szeths.

One of the ways I did this was by tying Shardblades more closely to the character's Spirit score, while also tying Shardplate to resources (via the gemstones rules, see below). This requires players to spread their AP around a lot more to develop their shardbearers, especially if they're equipped with both blade and plate.

I also made some basic rules for acquiring, keeping, and using gemstones, as well as grandbows, shard-hammers, and half-shard shields, and added them on at the end.

Please read it over and let me know what you think. Thanks!

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 on: Today at 06:28:50 PM 
Started by Valentina - Last post by ludomastro
In all seriousness, infrastructure is important and often gets neglected.  It's always sexier to spend money on new things than spend it fixing the older but still functional things.

As for the Sony thing.  Yeah, it's annoying that they caved to the hackers but by the same token, you have to wonder why they thought it would be a good idea in the first place.

I mean, if you wanted to deface a church (or other place of worship) in film, you can.  If you think that it will sell tickets in the Bible belt, or Saudi Arabia, you are probably mistaken.

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