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  1. TrackerNeil

    Tolkien 2.0

    I think that a twelve-foot balrog is going to do just about as much damage to the Fellowship as a twenty-foot balrog. Either one will kill you dead.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Not promoting my work here, but that of Babyraven, whom some may remember from the board in the old days. As part of a film class, she produced a short documentary, and I was honored to have my podcast be part of it. I am sure that Babyraven would appreciate any likes/comments you throw her way--she did a good job!
  3. TrackerNeil

    Tolkien 2.0

    That's true, yes, but I think CT's main point was that the parts of Mordor where the "evil" citizens dwelt were destroyed, and their inhabitants with them. That spared Aragorn the onerous task of having to decide what to do with the orcs and trolls who'd served Sauron. That is the point I think he was making, and an interesting one to discuss, in my view. (I don't want to speak for you, CT, and if I have gotten you wrong I'll remove this comment.)
  4. TrackerNeil

    Tolkien 2.0

    You realize you wrote far, far more on this than Dan and I ever did? If it makes anyone buy this book, my editor will be grateful as well. (We don't make a dime from this.) I'm not going to defend anything we wrote--we had our chance to speak and that's that--but I urge everyone to be critical not just of The Lord of the Rings but of all media. Critical analysis is vital to understanding art, and it's not harsh but loving. Trust me, we wouldn't have set out to write and publish this if we didn't love Middle-Earth and those who dwell there.
  5. Thanks for the shout-out--always appreciated!

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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    The Board, like the Wall, defends itself.
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    Table Top RPG Stuff

    I had a great time with Monsterhearts, which was based on the Apocalypse World rules. The system really encouraged you to take chances with your character, and would reward you for doing so. My group set the campaign in the Midwest in 1984 or so, and it was an absolute blast. Highly recommended.
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    Table Top RPG Stuff

    I'd sooner GM 5E than play it, because if other people want to run boring characters that's not my business.
  9. TrackerNeil

    Table Top RPG Stuff

    My group made a rule that every time your proficiency bonus increased you got to add one skill as trained. It worked for us, and given how rarely one's proficiency increased, didn't make anyone a skill monster.
  10. TrackerNeil

    Table Top RPG Stuff

    Totally agree with these. The multi-class system in 5E kinda bites, and it doesn't really let you diversify your character the way you can in Pathfinder.
  11. TrackerNeil

    Table Top RPG Stuff

    Referring to the 5E review upthread, I've played that myself and it's not bad, but it's a bit simplistic. All fighters have the same skills, and you can't pick any more unless you expend a feat (assuming you're using that optional rule), which is a pretty steep price. I never found skills to be game-busting so I don't understand why the creators are so stingy with 'em. Also, that magic system is just not ready for prime time. I understand and approve of the concept behind the concentration rules, but those rules impact clerics far more heavily (and negatively) than they do other classes. Cleric spells are largely buffs, but maintaining concentration means you limited not only in how many you can have active, but in how long they are active. Example: In Round 1 you cast Bless, but then one of your compatriots gets charmed so you have to drop the bless to attend to that. Then another comrade gets held and you have to drop Protection from Evil to see to that. etc. Also, the combination of concentration rules plus save-every-round (SER) can be devastating. In one campaign, the wizard used Power Word, Stun, which is both concentration and SER, and he got exactly one round of benefit from it. From an eighth-level spell. Since spellcasters get relatively few spells anyway, this is just frustrating. Again, I like the general direction of concentration rules, and SER helps to resolve the "save or suck" problem of RPGs, but I wonder if there isn't another way.
  12. TrackerNeil

    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Actually, I got my agent because a publisher who'd reviewed my manuscript referred me. Admittedly, that professional relationship didn't work out in the long run, but it was a way to proceed.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    If you like, email me at trackerneil at yahoo dot com.
  14. TrackerNeil

    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Hey, thanks all!
  15. TrackerNeil

    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    One thing for us all to keep in mind is that indie authors are in a different galaxy when it comes to self-promotion. Having that magical publisher's logo on the spine of a book opens doors that for indie authors are closed, barred, and sealed...for now, anyway. I wish it were different, but I don't know how to make it so.
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