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Enough teasers. I've figured it out. You're finally going to present your PAX speech via interpretive dance and finger puppets. That will be cool. >I appear to have a class feature which gives all members of my party +5 to saying awesome. Being a Java programmer I immediately thought "Wow, he's referring to an abstract base class that implements the concept of probability to say 'awesome'." Then the gamer geek in me kicked in and said "No dummy, he means 'Character Class' "
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You know what? I just bought my self a set of those books on EBay last year when I started getting back into RPGs. Just last week I was giddy (yes, giddy) as I went into my local game store to buy the Pathfinder Beastiary. The owner had even put one aside for me so it would be (in his words )"crisp" for me. 1st edition AD&D does bring back great memories. But it also reminds me of the 1st edition mechanics. PC: "OK, I rolled a 15. Do I hit?" DM: "He has an AC of 3 so, you're a cleric right?" PC: "Yeah, just like last time you asked me that." [DM finds the "Cleric" hit table on his dungeon master screen.] DM: Are you 2nd level or 3rd now? PC: "Third" DM: "OK, the table says you need a 16. Do you have any modifiers?" PC: "No, it's just my normal mace (Because clerics couldn't use edged weapons back then)." DM: "Then you miss" PC: "Well that was fun" Seriously, I so much prefer the newer d20 system: PC: "What do I need to roll to hit an AC of 15?" DM: "15" But now, I'm a Pathfinder junkie. The quality of the books is outstanding and the ruleset is easy to use while still keeping the 3.5 feel. When we play it still feels like I'm playing D&D, it's familiar. BTW, I would still love to have a T-Shirt with the Aeofel's portrait under the tree and the words "His Name Was Aeofel!" *sniff* in loving memory. *sniff*
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on making plans for nigel at WWdN: In Exile
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As your blog readers and fans we're in this strange position where we feel like we know you and your family, but you don't know us (at least not each one of us specifically). So it's strange to feel like a friend of mine is going through this grief and I can't actually call him up and say "Hey buddy, how can I be there for you?" I hope that our written wishes of good will and support really do help and that we can, in some small way, be there for you, our friend, on this sad day.
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Wil: Have you read this article at Wired Magazine? http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/zombies/ It's a mathematical formula to show how we can fend off a zombie attack. Bottom line: Hit hard, hit fast, hit often. Greg
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2009 on in which progress is made at WWdN: In Exile
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Real life celebrity fact about that particular Hamburger Hamlet. The woman who owns it was once married to Miles Davis.
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Wil: We have a rule at our house. If you call me and I don't pick up (because maybe I'm just busy at the moment) and it's an emergency, then follow up by texting me "Call me. 911" If I see that I will pull the car over or stop whatever I'm doing and call immediately to make sure you're OK. Just don't use it to ask me "Can I hang out with Jack at his house for dinner tonight." If I see 911 I will go into panic-save-the-family mode so use it wisely.
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The thing I remember from that episode is how SLOOOOOWLY things move. When they're separating the saucer section Picard says something like "On my mark number 1". And when he finally says "Mark" it takes Ricker a full 3 seconds or so to nod at the guy who sits in your seat who (after another interminable delay) actually pushes the button to split the enterprise apart. Reflexes of a F&*king panther I tell ya! Q, by the way, was a complete plot buster and was, perhaps, the worse thing to happen to STNG. Talk about Deus Ex Machina! Here we are introducing a character that can do anything and place the character in whatever situation and surroundings the plot requires. Q was never convinced of anything by Picard. He pretty much decided "Well, if I kill off these puny humans for fun then we won't have an episode 2 and I need to log a few more hours at the studio to get the good health insurance from SAG. 'OK You can go. Maybe we can dress up as pirates next time.' " The only good Q did for us was that he gave us a target for our bile, scorn, and indignation. It gave us a chance to hone the skills we would so desperately need decades later when Jar Jar Binks entered the Star Wars world.
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I remember that. They even gave you a crayon in the basic set. I still have my original dice (minus a missing d10). The d20 is so worn now it's almost round.
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So here's the thing: Because of the D&D stories that you've been writing combined with my step daughter (who's a big D&D player) moving in with us, I've become a D&D player again (actually a Pathfinder RPG player). Just 2 weekends ago I played 6 hours of D&D 3.5 with friends on Saturday evening (in addition to a 90 mile round trip commute to the game and back) and another 6 hours of Pathfinder (with me as the GM) on Sunday. I gave my big purple Paizo d20 a workout. We're building new memories at the same time that we're recalling stories of old games. It was especially fun playing with my step daughter and her boyfriend. As we took our meal break we told stories of past games we've played, talked about the world she's developed for her game (which has werewolves on a planet with 2 moons) and laughed at stories of past conquest and failures ("Remember the time you had your clay golem throw the goblins to the ceiling instead of throwing them to the floor? They took damage from hitting the ceiling and then took additional falling damage when hitting the floor. That was brilliant.") I know of no other game that maintains a bond between the players like this after the game has finished.
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I think I've found my happy place in the middle ground. I too am coming from the D&D blue box and AD&D 1st edition background (I'm still getting over the idea of clerics using edged weapons) so I'm use to a certain style of play. I've moved to Pathfinder RPG (PFRPG). A 3.5 based game with substantial improvements on things like grappling, turning of the undead, clerical healing and so on. So on one hand, I like that Pathfinder has simplified the rules a bit, I just feel like 4E has gone too far. I like the idea that spells are hard to cast in 3.5/PFRPG as opposed to the magic user (sorry, "Wizard". I'm still old school) being able to cast magic missile every single round. I don't like the idea that any character can cast a healing surge. I don't like the idea that characters can go from negative hit points to full power by spending their healing surges after an encounter. This is not to say that 4E is a bad game. It's just a substantially different game. And that's the point I think people are missing. It's a different game with the name "Dungeons & Dragons" tacked onto it and people who've grown up loving this game resent that change. If Wizards called 4E anything other than "D&D" there wouldn't be this debate. However, there is very likely a space for both PFRPG and 4E. If you want a role playing game that's fairly easy to get into and will attract new players who've never played an RPG before then 4E may very well be a better choice. But if you want to play a more detailed game where party construction plays a big role in how well you survive, a game where spell casters start off weak and gain amazing skills as they increase in level, a game where each character class has a different role as opposed to "everyone has some way to do 1d8 of damage each round and everyone can heal themselves" then PFRPG could be the best choice. PFRPG and 4E are simply different games for different styles of play. I could even see a scenario happening where new players get introduced to PRGs by playing 4E since it's easier to play and then move into PFRPG later on. We can have fun in both games and there's probably room for both in the RPG world.
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See I interpreted that picture as Ferris saying : "Dad, if you put the bacon directly in this bucket then I can carry it around and eat it whenever I want. Wouldn't that be cool?"
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2009 on from the vault: my awesome dog at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil: It may be too late for you to see this comment WAY down here at the bottom ;) But if you like this music you may also enjoy Andrew Bird. Check out his free concerts on http://www.archive.org/details/AndrewBird I really like the concert at "The Space" on 05/24/2004. Enjoy.
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Wil: First of all, it's good to know that you can turn into a drooling fanboy as well. I felt exactly the same way when I met you at the Sacramento sci-fi and horror show. After you signed my books I actually forgot that I had to pay for them (you kindly reminded me). I went through a small comic book phase about 15 years ago or so. I have some of the first Sandman comics, the first 6 issues of Spawn, 2 copies of the death of Superman (one open one sealed) but I never got into Watchmen until you started talking about it on your blog. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it now and I'm really enjoying it. I haven't gone to a movie in an actual theater in years because it's just such a hassle. But I'm really looking forward to seeing this one on the big screen.
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Yes! I know that place. When I use to live in Orange county we would backpack through those mountains. Years ago there was a trail that started in the parking lot of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We would take that and hike a big loop over to the old tram site. As I remember, there wasn't much other than a foundation and a BIG gear at the top of the mountain. But it's a great hike. If I remember correctly, the book we use to use as our trail guide was "Trails of the San Gabriels". I have no idea if it's still in print.
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OK, that's spooky. I just discovered Gnome Stew earlier this week and I was thinking "Wow, this is cool. I have to share this with my Pathfinder buddies".
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Tilatta: I will check into that. But I should say that I'm quite impressed with the quality of the Paizo Pathfinder book and modules. I'm trying to get together a group of 4 or 5 folks as PCs so I can DM a game. Yes, I'm also just a geek.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2008 on The D&D Family Tree at WWdN: In Exile
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Tilatta: I will check into that. But I should say that I'm quite impressed with the quality of the Paizo Pathfinder book and modules. I'm trying to get together a group of 4 or 5 folks as PCs so I can DM a game. Yes, I'm also just a geek.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2008 on The D&D Family Tree at WWdN: In Exile
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>now I want to get the 3 or 4 people I know around here and talk them into letting me run a First Edition AD&D Oh dude! Friends don't let friends play First Edition any more. Go for Edition 3.5,or better yet, go for Pathfinder RPG, the heir to the 3.5 throne. 4th edition is totally different game with the D&D name tacked onto it. Example: 1st Edition: Player: The Orc King has an armor class of 4. What do I need to hit it? DM: Well let's see. What character class are you and what level are you? Let me look that up and cross reference this chart of "to hit" rolls. Just a second, OK, it looks like you need to roll a 16 or better. Example: 3.5 Edition: Player: The Orc King has an armor class of 16. What do I need to hit it? DM: 16 Since 3.5 is no longer supported and the books are no longer being printed you can either buy them on EBay, or check Amazon for the Pathfinder Playtest Beta book. I found it for $12. The full hardcover edition will be out in August and it will be a stand alone replacement for the out of print 3.5 D&D books. When that happens I think you'll see a lot of gamers leave D&D 4th edition behind entirely and move fully into Pathfinder.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2008 on The D&D Family Tree at WWdN: In Exile
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>now I want to get the 3 or 4 people I know around here and talk them into letting me run a First Edition AD&D Oh dude! Friends don't let friends play First Edition any more. Go for Edition 3.5,or better yet, go for Pathfinder RPG, the heir to the 3.5 throne. 4th edition is totally different game with the D&D name tacked onto it. Example: 1st Edition: Player: The Orc King has an armor class of 4. What do I need to hit it? DM: Well let's see. What character class are you and what level are you? Let me look that up and cross reference this chart of "to hit" rolls. Just a second, OK, it looks like you need to roll a 16 or better. Example: 3.5 Edition: Player: The Orc King has an armor class of 16. What do I need to hit it? DM: 16 Since 3.5 is no longer supported and the books are no longer being printed you can either buy them on EBay, or check Amazon for the Pathfinder Playtest Beta book. I found it for $12. The full hardcover edition will be out in August and it will be a stand alone replacement for the out of print 3.5 D&D books. When that happens I think you'll see a lot of gamers leave D&D 4th edition behind entirely and move fully into Pathfinder.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2008 on The D&D Family Tree at WWdN: In Exile
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I carpool about 90 miles a day (round trip) to my day job as a computer programmer and an additional 20 to 30 miles to my 2nd job as a music teacher. In our carpool we've all adopted the "Don't Be A Dick" rule. When we see somebody zoom past us on the right at 80+ MPH or see somebody zip across 3 lanes with no turn signals at least one of us has to say "Hey! He just broke the rule" to which we all answer in unison "Don't Be A Dick!" Now, if I could only get one of those "Wil Says . . ." shirts.
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I carpool about 90 miles a day (round trip) to my day job as a computer programmer and an additional 20 to 30 miles to my 2nd job as a music teacher. In our carpool we've all adopted the "Don't Be A Dick" rule. When we see somebody zoom past us on the right at 80+ MPH or see somebody zip across 3 lanes with no turn signals at least one of us has to say "Hey! He just broke the rule" to which we all answer in unison "Don't Be A Dick!" Now, if I could only get one of those "Wil Says . . ." shirts.
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It's tough Wil, It's really tough. I should be elated at Obama's victory. But it's tempered by Proposition 8 passing. Part of me wants to cry out with joy at the knowledge that the Bush years will be over soon. Another part of me wants to go to the local Mormon church and spray paint "No Gays Allowed, Bigots Welcome" across their church sign. I actually had a Christian accuse me of using "Hate Speech" for using the word "Bigot" to describe someone who wants to eliminate equal rights for gay people. Imagine that, I'm fighting for equal rights for everyone and I'm accused of hate speech. It's tough to stay gentle in those situations. It's very tough. I don't have an answer for you. But I do share your feelings.
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It's tough Wil, It's really tough. I should be elated at Obama's victory. But it's tempered by Proposition 8 passing. Part of me wants to cry out with joy at the knowledge that the Bush years will be over soon. Another part of me wants to go to the local Mormon church and spray paint "No Gays Allowed, Bigots Welcome" across their church sign. I actually had a Christian accuse me of using "Hate Speech" for using the word "Bigot" to describe someone who wants to eliminate equal rights for gay people. Imagine that, I'm fighting for equal rights for everyone and I'm accused of hate speech. It's tough to stay gentle in those situations. It's very tough. I don't have an answer for you. But I do share your feelings.
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Wil: I wrote an entry about Prop 8 on my blog as well: http://www.brouelette.com/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/2008/10/18#noOn8 I hope you enjoy it. I've met several people who are Yes on 8 proponents and the thing that is consistent is a complete lack of logic and critical thinking. There is not a single argument of there's that stands up to even the slightest critical thought. It's vitally important that California not turn into a religious theocracy. We absolutely must defeat prop 8. In other news: I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed meeting you at the Sacramento horror con. Thanks for coming up to NorCal.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2008 on one last time . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil: I wrote an entry about Prop 8 on my blog as well: http://www.brouelette.com/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/2008/10/18#noOn8 I hope you enjoy it. I've met several people who are Yes on 8 proponents and the thing that is consistent is a complete lack of logic and critical thinking. There is not a single argument of there's that stands up to even the slightest critical thought. It's vitally important that California not turn into a religious theocracy. We absolutely must defeat prop 8. In other news: I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed meeting you at the Sacramento horror con. Thanks for coming up to NorCal.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2008 on one last time . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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