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Not to get to spoiler-ish but you're now the envy of most of the geeks on the intertubes (if you weren't already).
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Holy wall of text Batman! Back in high school I had a computer class were toward the end of class we always had about 10 minutes left over. A couple of the guys in there use that time to play Magic. These guys would play it all the time and they'd even set up matches at lunch and play all hour. One of them let me use his deck and they taught me how to play and it was neat but that's about the extent of it right there. I've played only a few mini/card games since then the WoW card game, HeroClix and the DnD mini's game. I even played HeroClix at a local shop a few times even managing to win a tournement or two. They were mostly sealed booster stuff because I never had the income to keep up with the arms race and obsolence of old stuff. As you mentioned, the perpetual cycle of having to spend and spend to be competitive is the downside of all these collectible games. It can literally take all the fun out of it.
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So speaking of gaming the DnD podcast has been up for a while. (I DL'd it when right when I got to work today) You gonna talk about that? *hint* *hint* All I can say without ruining the podcast is this podcast works hard to earn its 'Explicit' title in iTunes. Courtesy of one Mr. Whil Wheaton.
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http://www.wow.com/gallery/blizzcon-2009-wow-com-reader-meet-up/2224284/ Felicia just blew up the internet with the shirt she's wearing.
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Happy Birthday Whil Wheaton. So what's this rumor I hear you're going to be on 'The Guild' for season 3. Least that's the rumor coming out of Comic Con.
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"There's Whil Wheaton in a Three cat Moon shirt." - Someone someday soon. Chuck Norris's tears cure cancer, too bad he's never cried.
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*swoon* That is one of the most awesome things I've seen in a long time. I'm almost blinded by its awesomeness.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on when memes collide, we all win at WWdN: In Exile
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Totally unrelated but I was watching 'Phineas and Ferb' with the little one when this song came up. It's called 'Undead Mummy and Me.' It totally reminded me of Rudy the Undead Hound from your DnD podcasts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8eQRFCr77Q
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I notice they don't have a link to your blog.
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I got the Braveheart reference right away on that. I was surprised you didn't mention that he could shoot fireballs out his rear end. Which would have been redonkulous because Jim actually has the ability to do just that. "I'm awesome". Classic Once again I was reduced to bottling up my frustration at not being a being able to see the board. One thing I can't say enough tho is you need to, need to, NEED TO base the squishes and flank them if possible. Priority #1. Letting them stand back and snipe you is not a good game strat.
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I'm scared to click on that because I'm at work. I will give it look see when I get home. BTW I watched your Family Guy episode on Hulu last night. Awesome.
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The way it just ends kills me!! I was watching the countdown on my media player was like 'Oh no they're going to end without his roll'. Sure enough. It was good to hear you guys get all tactical. Talk about the dice gods siding with you guys at the right moment. The huge damage rolls on the skeletal warriors is the turning point that encounter. Once you clear all the meat puppets out of the way and a tank can run up on the squishies its go time. I want to post advice here too all the time like 'Use Ice Arrow or Hit the necro guy with ACID ARROW!!!!'. Then I have to take a step back, inhale deep and smooth exhale. *whew* Anger fading.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2009 on roll d20 and save versus retcon at WWdN: In Exile
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Totally not related Wil but I just got done listening to today's podcast. I'm SO SO mad that they ended right when Tyco was rolling to hit the one guy in the place. (not to be too spoiler-ish) Talk about building drama. Plus is Scott ever going to mark anyone?!?
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2009 on Books I Love: Open Net at WWdN: In Exile
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"Of course, if you add in some extra easily considered technology, you could also effectively never age. If we take as a given that aging is caused by DNA decay over time, just have it reassemble you with fresh DNA." That happened to Picard. He and a few others got turned into kids for a while. Dr. Crusher figured out how to reverse it with of all things the tranporter. So it can clone you, make multiple copies of you, age you, de-age you and make food. The food replicators are said to work off transporter technology. Whoa.... sorry my inner geek just wanted out at the end of a very long week here at work... I'll try to make sure the chains are tighter next time...
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Wait, I seem to remember an episode where Scotty from TOS actually put himself in a constant transport cycle for something like a hundred years. So he in effect created a time machine to the future. Just set yourself in the transport for a 1000 years and come in the year 3000 just like Futurama. Wow but really DnD has the raise dead ritual. I've also seen parties head to a plane and physically (or metaphysically whichever you prefer) drag a dead party member back to life. Its all about the story telling IMHO. Sometimes you just have to believe someone can out swim a shark.
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I've DM'd before mostly d20 Modern stuff, I just love that setting, and I play in 3.5 Ptolus campaign. The podcasts are great and have spurred me into finally starting up a regular 4e game in April. (once I cleared it with the wife) I ran two different groups in my d20 modern game through the same adventure. Talk about change in play style. The main thing I can say about being a DM is keep the game moving. I'd rather make something up if it isn't on the screen or readily available. If I have to search the book I'll just make something up. If you have to stop to read the book it tends to pull all the drama out of a situation. One other thing is put a time limit on turns in battle. I usually give players a minute then ask them what they are going to do. If they don't give me answer they get skipped. It seems harsh but I've played with pen and paper veterns. It keeps the action moving and really speeds up encounters.
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Didn't it have a 'bio-filter' so it could technically cure diseases? Talk about hand of God.
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We use clothes pins with the players name printed on them. We put those across the top of the DM Screen then we put something small on the end. We used one of those colored plastic rings you put on your keys but we lost it. We just used a bottle cap for a while. I put the monsters in there too. Everyone has a nice visual queue on who's turn it is and who's going.
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"I envy Nolan--what a lucky kid!! Wil Wheaton, BEST. STEPDAD. EVER" Only issue I have with this is he may technically be his stepather, he's still his Dad. I call my stepfather- dad. So I'm going to amend that and Say Wil Wheaton, BEST. DAD. EVER (aside from me!)
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+2 for the awesome death scene you acted out. I'd have done a spit take if I'd be drinking anything at the time. Seriously, that's going to be my new sig.
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I totally forgot about the podcasts. I chalk it up to being sick. Yay! This one is over an hour long.
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That's the most common arguement I've heard against not only 4e but 3.5e. I honestly don't think it holds any water because the rules for combat are really just a framework to run your campaign in. I've know people that don't use minis or maps for encounters. It happens in the theatre of the mind. A great example is the first podcast which was a great bunch of roleplaying by everyone at the table. You had some dwarf on dwarf action, Jim Darkmagic impressing everyone and Alf just doing his thing. Up until the guys took their first actions in combat at the tower that could have been the start of any adventure in any edition of the game. I've personally had game sessions that were 6-8 hours long where I rolled my d20 maybe twice. Its not about the edition or system you're running its how creative everyone at the table wants to be. You do as little or as much roleplaying as you want.
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Mah, I don't ever fully read stuff before I start clicking links. I didn't notice where it was going till it started to take me there. :( My fault I'm not an interweb rookie. I dislike RSS feeds because it just clutters up my Trash. I only like stuff in my inbox when its boring and work related.
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It upset when I looked down at my media player and noticed it was almost over with only 20 minutes of play. I need to edit out Tyco's warning at the begining of each podcast too so the tranition will be seamless.
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Jim Darkmagic and Phil Ken Sebben in the same room? I'm fairly certain that would rip a hole in the space time continuum just from sear awesomeness.
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