Recent content by James Trotta

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    Diversity Committee: Applicants Needed!

    Hi friends :) So I promised another reply, which got delayed by a death in the family. So yeah, examples. I can list a few projects. Our big one is reviewing the rulebook. There are numerous things we would like to change on there. One of the smallest, but really important to me, I think has...
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    Diversity Committee: Applicants Needed!

    Excellent question since Polare is no longer GM. Until we have a new GM, I will talk to applicants alone (people used to apply to me and Polare) and then have Matt and Dave submit new members' names to the chapter owners. Hava, I sent you a PM so we can arrange a chat.
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    Diversity Committee: Applicants Needed!

    Awesome statements and questions. I hear you and I will reply in a little more detail when I can. To your first point, yes this is a real struggle. We want a diverse diversity committee. One challenge is I’m not comfortable asking people to do free work (we get dragon stamps but not money)...
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    Members of Alliance

    Let’s not build straw man arguments please. I’m good with tough questions and hard conversations. I have a problem when people pretend they are looking for a solution but they are unwilling to have a real conversation. So yeah let’s have a discourse, but let’s be honest about what we say and why...
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    Members of Alliance

    Is this an issue you can solve by posting on a message board? No, arguing on a message board is unlikely to solve this issue. What next? Talk to Matt and Dave. Treat them like people. If you're unwilling to talk to them person-to-person, then what are you doing here?
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    Members of Alliance

    Quickity and I spoke on the phone. We agreed to go to LARP together when Covid is over. All I'm saying is that arguing on the internet won't solve anything so why bother? You want to solve an issue you talk to people. Actually I am saying one more thing. Yes, Alliance could be in a better...
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    Members of Alliance

    Funny how I ask people not to make false accusations and then get victimized myself. Why do people love lying on the internet? I am a marshal in DR with a spotless record. I can't speak to any warnings or bans because this is the first I am hearing about them. Maybe because I was never in HR...
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    Members of Alliance

    I lived and played through the Nero / Nero Alliance split in the 90s. To this day I wonder how many friendships that split cost me. I don’t want to see another split, because splits are bad for players. Some people are saying we’re in a bad place now. Do you blame the guys who bought the game...
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    Help with high level channeling build and required gear

    Thanks for the replies all. I was thinking about 80 celestial channeling, 20 earth channeling, 5 improved channeling. Earth for efficiency against undead and versatility (the option to pick someone up off the floor). Secondary school channeling doesn't cost much extra. I could do 106 celestial...
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    Help with high level channeling build and required gear

    Hi friends :) Can people share their channeling secrets please? I am looking for a simple to build / simple to play character. I can get some items, but I don't want too much to keep track of. I don't think I want to learn new verbals. I think channeling my be good. For example a simple to...
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    Earth Spellswords

    I was just thinking how both school spellswords are good relative to fighter now. When I started playing in Ashbury in the 90s, the big characters were around level 20. The biggest fighter swung for 12, next biggest swung 10. I wanted to be the guy swinging 12s. Meanwhile, the big templars would...
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    Making everyone important.

    While I agree that alchemy is crazy overpowered and getting worse with the new rules, I don't know that moving where poison shields come from would make any difference in terms of the OPness of alchemy. Every shady PC would still need two packets to take down anyone playing the wrong race...
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    Experiences of a Fighter in 2.0

    I think this is exactly right, but want to add that it seems we started looking to fix the rules from the wrong angle. It seems someone decided that damage bloat and body bloat were problems. Then we designed rules on that bad foundation. Why is bloat a bad foundation? Because when we measure...
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    Experiences of a Fighter in 2.0

    We can see how similar scholars and fighter are at avoiding take-outs in playtesting. A few thoughts: To have fun, fighters usually want to be on the front line. Takeout effects are likely to target people in front. When fighters can't melee, the class is broken. If (compared to fighters)...
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    High Orcs

    To me the problem is with Kyn being the superior high makeup race for most minmaxers. I agree that high orcs get shafted a bit, but so do high ogre fighters with racial resolute. I think it's problematic to say that players should just choose a race for RP reasons when there are pretty powerful...
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