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12:03 AM
@trogdor hey! He's at least entertaining mediocrity
 
I can't argue against that
I've actually enjoyed every movie I've seen him in
 
See?
 
But i also wouldn't nominate him for any awards in most of them
XD
Sorry Jack, nothing personal
I do think he did an amazing job in the Jumanji movie though
The first one he was in at least, i haven't seen the sequel
 
Ash
I really liked him in Jumanji, more than I expected to
 
Rolemaster last night: I botched my "Were the sheep killed by a werewolf? 'cus they obviously were!" Roll ( minus 80, on a 1-100 scale. 100+ for a proper success).
I am convinced that sheep will naturally attack each other, self-culling to thin their herd, and nothing untoward has happened.
 
12:14 AM
...there's an InCryptid novel where sheep get infected with lycanthropy and actually are attacking each other.
 
@BESW Cool! :D
The obvious "far-too-large wolf tracks" are overlapping sheep-hoof-prints.
The severed sheep-head stuck in a tree, 20' up, I am struggling to fit into my theory, but sheep have been known to stand on each other, to make "pyramids". perfectly normal behaviour.
 
Clearly, they are escaped circus-sheep.
 
Of course! Much more likely explanation!
 
@BESW LOL. I'm pretty sure that things like bighorns can get pretty mean, actually
 
Although we have met a werewolf, and we heard a odd wolf-howl last night, and we have heard rumours of a wolf-man in this area ... but yeah, circus-sheep attacking each other. That's what it was! :D
 
Ash
12:19 AM
That feels like the most logical explanation, for sure
 
I do like Rolemaster, if frustrating at times, for it's roll-up and roll-down rules! I also rolled 217 (on a 1-100) (plus skill 35) for a Local Culture "Where might this small shard of Stained Glass come from?"
It is clearly from the Tabernacle of Saint Sarah, 5 miles from here, south-west. Third window from the left. Part of the frieze showing her performing the Miracle of the Crows. See that yellow bit? Crow's beak.
You think "Nat20" is good ... wait until your 1-100 roll comes out over 400! :D
(If you roll 01-05, you roll again and subtract. If you roll 96-00, roll again and add. Rinse, repeat)
 
12:51 AM
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Q: Are there any examples in published D&D material of how to destroy a lich's phylactery?

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1:16 AM
@Miniman passed along your note. Not a problem, but thanks for the self-recognition.
 
Hi @nitsua60 did you hear anything back about chainmail?
 
I did, and gave the user your username so they could ping you in chat. Did you hear anything about chainmail?
 
@nitsua60 Thanks. I have not heard anything here.
I'm at a bit of a loose end (loose link?), as my order for more material has not arrived yet :(
 
1:44 AM
Does anyone have advice for creating a character's backstory? like details and whatnot? I don't have much creativity to work with
It's for a campaign where the backstory is actually going to be important so I can't skimp on the details really
 
Do you have an outline, any details, or an idea or two?
 
A very few details
 
Also what game is it for? I would guess 5e D&D but i can always be wrong
 
@BlackSpike I know a little about chainmail. What was the question?
 
Lol
 
1:47 AM
@Adeptus I'm a n00b, and starting to make some. Just looking for general advice, really
 
Anyway
What i usually do is really dip into who i want to be while playing the game
 
Pretty much I have the background part of character creation (acolyte), both parents dead, father to some monster and mother during birth. marked by a goddess, served in her temple, and motivations are at least partially to serve said goddess. And yes it's D&D 5e
 
What makes you happy to role play or at least pretend you might role play
 
So far, my gf and I have put about 200 rings of Euro 4:1 together. 2mm x 10mm rings. We're making a Witcher cosplay.
 
What makes you feel powerful and good
Or powerful and bad if its an evil campaign but wtv
 
1:50 AM
I'm not sure I follow
 
Mm ok
How about starting with how you feel about any of those details you mentioned yourself
Whichever one you want
 
If its a specific campaign, with important details, you need to link the character's backstory into the Setting. Hard to give detail advice without knowing the setting, but a system we use is:
Good, Bad, Ugly. Name 3 people your PC knows. One is friendly, helpful (Good). One is hostile, a rival or enemy (Bad) and the other is "complicated". (Ugly).
 
@BlackSpike I've only made little pieces myself. But one of my friends has made it his day job. firebear.com.au
 
For example, do you like this goddesses portfolio/ personality?
 
My character would be happy to serve this goddess in pretty much any way if that's what you mean
 
1:54 AM
Mk
So is that entirely out of being grateful or do they also like what she stands for in particular?
 
@Adeptus Nice. I'll check it out. I doubt we'll "go professional". Still working on basic questions, like what size rings to use, what metal is good (saw a decent deal on Mild Steel, but not sure if that's a good idea). etc. Once we've got the costume we want, we might expand :)
 
I guess it'd be liking what she stands for?
 
@Adeptus The chainmail dice bags are sold out =(
 
Ok so what is that?
 
@Himitsu_no_Yami My advice would be that if the backstory is going to be important to the campaign, work closely with the DM in developing it.
 
1:57 AM
@nitsua60 We will make some dice bags. Anyone who dabbles in chainmail makes dice bags. It is The Law!
 
@Miniman tried, he's not being very helpful
 
I'm not familiar with the 5e Pantheon and i also don't know which godess this is anyway
 
@trogdor it's not an official goddess, that part is homebrew
 
@Himitsu_no_Yami Ouch. Then yeah, I'd go with trogdor - concentrate on what you find fun.
 
Ah ok
That kinda makes it harder but
 
1:59 AM
@Adeptus Big Question is Decent Prices on rings. UK here, so shipping from West-Pond, or Down-Under gets expensive.
 
Who does the character miss/look up to/envy etc and why
 
If your character has this conviction towards this goddess and what she stands for, you have a good starting point for a pillar of what your character is
 
@BlackSpike if it's just for costume, not actual protection, go for the lightest you can get. Movies often use aluminium (or even plastic)
 
I suppose this is a good time to pimp my Android Apps? Pitched as "Inspirational", in that they are Random lists you can be inspired by, they include lots of random words, categorised, and formatted!
There is a Random Character App, which includes some (vague) motivations, and such, along with other things
 
It shouldn't be everything but i always like to start with one big thing
And i build around that
 
2:04 AM
@Adeptus Light is good :) we'll stick with metal, rather than plastic.
<Blatant Plug> If you like Random Words, and you like Creating PC Back Story, maybe you'll like "Mad Dwarf Inspirational Apps"
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Mad+Dwarf+Productions
 
We went to NZ last year. Visited Weta Workshop, who did all the costumes & props for LOTR. Most of their chainmail was made of sliced up plastic pipe - it looks completely rubbish up close! I think they used metal for the closeups.
 
@Adeptus oh cool! Would love to see Weta! Yeah, i heard a lot was plastic. A lesson I learnt from painting wargaming miniatures: it doesn't have to look good up-close! It has to look good on the table, 4-6 feet away! :)
But also, they put huge amount of details into the "signature pieces", that most people would never notice
@Himitsu_no_Yami have you played "Fate"?
 
@BlackSpike I have not
 
OK. It's a cool system (that our group does not get along with).
Each PC has a bunch of "Aspects", that define who they are. Short sentences, that can be used for Bonuses and Penalties in play. Like "Devoted to The Goddess <namehere>", or "Raised in the City of <BigCity>" (insert campaign-relevant details)
If you can "bullet-point" a few things about your PC, it can give a good guide as to who they are
 
BESW & Trogdor have played it quite a bit, I believe
 
2:18 AM
Aye. And aspects are best, in my experience, when they're guided to answer questions about stakes, investment, and competence modes.
 
I ran one campaign ("Legends of Anglerre"/homebrew). didn't go as well as I'd have liked.
But the Aspects system has a lot going for it
 
But they aren't good for detailed backstory. They're supposed to leave lots of space for discovering while you play, like 13th Age's backgrounds.
 
Yeah i would not suggest em for this
 
true, but broadening the concept: I found one way to 'produce' Aspects was to write a bit of prose, describing the PC. Then pick a few sentences, and call them Aspects!
For @Himitsu_no_Yami 's circumstance, I'm suggesting the opposite! :) Try to define a few pithy, short Aspects, and then write a background (big stack of prose) around them :)
 
I think my biggest problem will be getting form the short list of things to the detailed stuff
 
2:26 AM
Yeah
That's not easy
I usually wait for a bolt of inspiration for that
XD
 
Having trawled a few Author forums, the main advice seems to be "Just Write!" . Type out a load of stuff. Whatever. Get something written.
You can then change things.
 
I can't even get to the "just write" part
idek what to start writing
 
So, you've got:
Orphan
Devoted to Goddess
Served in the Temple
...
 
well, my shift is over so I'm getting off and headed home
y'all have a good night
 
@Himitsu_no_Yami and yourself :)
My problem is writing anything approaching good, original stuff ... I can sit and type until the cows come home. But then I look at it, and think "that's a load of derivative, uninspired tosh" ...
I then embrace that, and steal ideas from anything I can find! mix'n'match !
My current PC's background can be summarised as:
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Road to Damascus - People's Front of Judea
My previous (Exalted) PC was:
Boy Named Sue - Masque of the Red Death - Drunken Master
 
2:38 AM
It's not worth coming up with completely unique ideas for RPGs, imo.

The story-character combination will likely be unique enough. And I'm not trying to sell a brand new story.
 
@goodguy5 Well, there are no new stories :) But each new iteration will be unique
 

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