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General Games! / [D&D 3.X] Role Playing Game
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:16:20 pm »
The Barkeeper looks at your group.

"Get these troublemakers out of my bar. Do it quickly; I want to close up for the weekend."

The troublemaking kobolds in question are drunk as skunks. Most of them wouldn't be half as rowdy if it weren't for the alcohol.


SO: This is a group RPG that's using a fairly modified version of D&D 3.0 rules to cover combat scenarios (so none of the massive shenaniganry that I was trying to pull under The Elsa Alliance).
For the most part, if it's under the core rules section of the d20 SRD for 3.5 I'll let you try it. 5.0 backports will be on a per-instance basis, though if there's a 3.5 solution try that first.
I want this to be character oriented, so try to avoid obvious mechanical cheese (such as this).
Start your characters at level 2 - no magic weapons to start, but you're fully equipped to go adventuring already (and you've just turned in a bounty).
I don't have anything concrete planned for this, it's just "go until participation wanes"
Also: please try not to kill the enemies in this first encounter, they're just a bunch of rowdy drunks.
One thing I forgot: Everyone gets Draconic as a free language due to the prevalence of Kobolds in this city.

Character sheets:
DraconicDescendant - Valerio, Human Bard
Fatih - Fatih Cekic, Human Monk

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As much as the Bible tries to convey a utopian lifestyle
Are we reading the same Bible? All throughout the old and new testaments there's something horribly wrong about society.
(NOTE: All of the following is (1) citing KJV and (2) from an LDS standpoint)
  • Garden of Eden: No babies; Adam and Eve would by modern people be called "Sheltered Beyond Belief" despite the whole "Married Nudists" thing. Hell, sex isn't even mentioned as being a thing until Genesis 4:1, after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
  • Between the Expulsion and the Flood: No temporal deterrent against crime; Man has to till the ground with tools that won't last. LDS: The only recorded utopia in the Bible is the City of Enoch, which doesn't even get mentioned in the Old Testament - it's only known because of references to Enoch in other scripture. It's a bit easier from the LDS perspective because we get an abridgment of the Book of Enoch within the Book of Moses but we still don't have anything close to the original Book of Enoch. It ultimately got so bad that God/Jehovah/Whoever you believe to be in charge basically said "screw it, we're resetting."
  • Between the Flood and Abraham: Human Pride leads to the Tower of Babel and the dividing of the languages. LDS: Jaredites split off at this point, not that they have a happy ending. Sodom and Gomorrah, regardless of what you believe to have gone horribly wrong there, goes so horribly wrong that the one named survivor of the two cities is Lot (whose daughters effectively raped him in order to keep his bloodline in the general area); non-Jehovan faiths practiced human sacrifice with such regularity that, in so far as our records go, Abraham did not hesitate to prepare his heir for sacrifice (bear in mind this is after Ishmael was disinherited); Abraham wed his half-sister and had to routinely tell the authorities of the places that he visited that Sarah was his sister out of fear for being killed over her.
  • Patriarchs through Jacob: Isaac marries Rebekah (his cousin through Abraham's brother Nahor); Isaac and Rebekah both play favorites with their kids (Isaac preferred Esau while Rebekah favored Jacob); Jacob takes advantage of Esau's inability to think ahead in order to claim his heirship, and through Rebekah's deceptive plan he also takes a blessing that Isaac intended for Esau LDS: This situation gets mirrored in the relationship between the Nephites and the Lamanites, except this one has a somewhat happier ending; Jacob sends himself into exile because he's afraid that his brother will kill him over the deception, then sells himself into slavery for 7 14 years in order to marry Rachael (his second cousin, a granddaughter of the aforementioned Nahor - a bit less related than his parents (and grandparents) were but still a bit too close for modern sensibilities), only to get tricked by Laban (Nahor's son) into marrying Leah first; Jacob eventually ends up married to not only the sisters Leah and Rachel, but due to Rachel's inability to conceive also ends up married to their servants Bilhah and Zilpah (and we know it wasn't daddy's fault Rachel couldn't conceive because he had ten other boys and at least one girl between his three other wives); Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin (it's implied that Jacob went celibate after that out of grief).
  • Joseph and the Occupation of Egypt: Joseph gets favored by Jacob because he's the firstborn of his beloved Rachel and ultimately gets sold into slavery by his own brothers; said brothers end up preventing an alliance with another nation when they basically massacre a village worth of men for violating said known sister; Joseph gets thrown in jail because he won't be his boss's Wife's Boy Toy. LDS: Joseph was in a no-win situation here regardless of how Potiphar would have reacted to the whole Boy Toy thing because it was either "Get thrown in Jail for refusing" or "Commit Adultery" - the latter would have cost him his priesthood authority and would have ultimately led to someone else being named Zaphnath-paaneah. Ultimately this whole mess ends up with the Hebrew peoples occupying Egypt under that dynasty's rule - and when that dynasty got overthrown, the new boss in town decided to enslave the old dynasty's most vocal supporters (the Hebrews).
  • Moses and the Exodus: By the time Moses came into play, the Hebrews had been enslaved for at least a century, probably two, and their religion had been intermingled with the Egyptian pantheon to the point that they were effectively worshiping neither Jehovah nor any known Egyptian diety. LDS: There's the Temporal, or Aaronic, Priesthood - the Priesthood authority to perform temporal administrative duties (including baptism), roughly equivalent to being a non-teller clerk at a bank: only handling paperwork, not actually making decisions; then there's the Spiritual, or Melchezidek, Priesthood - the Priesthood Authority at which the Patriarchs, Moses, the Prophets of ancient and modern dispensations, and the Apostles During The Ministry of Christ were ordained, and is the authority required of all saving ordinances beyond Baptism - maintaining the bank analogy, these would be underwriters. The upshot of all this? Moses got his Priesthood Authority from Jethro of Midian, not from any Hebrews in Egypt. Aaron did not have the authority to be a Prophet until after the Exodus. That's how far removed from Jehovah Worship the Hebrews had gotten.. Moses was so far removed from Hebrew society both as an Egyptian Noble and during his Exile to the Ishmaelites in Midian that he had to have his brother Aaron act as interpreter. After the Exodus, the Hebrews were still so embedded in worshiping whatever it was they were worshiping that as soon as Moses left to get Jehovah's Laws that Aaron had them make a golden calf for them to idolize. As punishment for this the Hebrews were cursed to wander the Sinai Peninsula for 40 years, living a nomadic lifestyle - meaning that the Hebrews of the Exodus didn't get to see the Promised land, but their children (who were innocent of the Golden Calf incident) did. Moses himself did not get to enter the Promised Land during his mortal life (bear in mind that the first thing we see Moses do is commit murder).
  • The Occupation (and Conquest) of Canaan: Long story short, the Hebrews were commanded to completely extinguish the Canaanites. This is pointed out in the Book of Judges, as the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Joseph were the ones to comply with the command while the other tribes did not. This meant that peoples left alive in the land continued to worship their deities, and the Hebrews once again ended up with a corrupted version of Not-Quite-Jehovah-Worship. Eventually. This took far longer than the corruption in Egypt took due to the Hebrews not being continuously enslaved (read: enslaved for three or more successive generations) - it was still Jehovah Worship by the time of what I call The Royal Fuckup, but only just.
  • The United States of Israel (and their subsequent Civil War): Continuous period of war in one form or another. Samuel was ordained Prophet at a very young age (presumably 15 or 16, possibly as young as 12 but no later than 19) and the previous prophet Eli (along with his sons) were slain in the war as divine retribution for committing Priestcrafts. LDS: Priesthood Authority is summarily defined as "The Authority To Act In God's Name" and is intended to only be used to aid others. This is why you don't see a Mormon blessing himself by the laying on of hands. Priestcraft is a specific crime against God in which one abuses their Priesthood Authority for personal gain and is for that reason a very bad thing to do. Israel rejected the Judges and sought for a King to rule over them, and Jehovah gave them King Saul - righteous at first, but his pride got the better of him. After Saul was King David (who left a trail of bodies to the throne - next time you read 2nd Samuel, remember that the first rule of assassination is to kill the assassin). LDS: King David is an interesting case study in addiction. It's implied that Bathsheba was the last in a long line of... questionable acquisitions, and he fell from grace as a result of trying to cover up his indiscretion with her - the adultery happened while Uriah was still out leading an army (and Uriah would not lie with his wife while his men were afield, so David couldn't say "It's Uriah's kid I don't know what you're talking about SEVEN YEARS DUNGEON!"). There was a degree of faithfulness and peace during Solomon's reign but that only lasted as long as he lived, and he did something that is now applauded in a political leader - he put his nation in debt in order to do some construction projects. I'll grant you the Temple, he was commanded by Jehovah to build that, but he didn't stop there and it caused internal strain. His children split the kingdom into the two-and-a-half southern tribes of the Kingdom of Judah, with the remaining tribes in the northern Kingdom of Israel. I used to know by heart which tribes comprised the southern Kingdom but no longer do - I know it's two-and-a-half because "Joseph's tribe" is the the combination of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, and I want to say Manasseh is the tribe that became part of the southern kingdom. I could be wrong though. LDS: In addition to revelation from God through the prophets of the modern dispensation, every person may receive what is known as a Patriarchal Blessing which contains revelations specific to the person receiving it. Part of what the blessing contains is to which tribe of Israel the recipient will be a part of when the Gathering of Israel occurs. The revelations are (supposed to be) sacred to the recipient so you won't generally hear Mormons standing up and proclaiming that they're a member of the tribe of Ephraim or whatever tribe they're a member of if it's not Ephraim.

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tl;dr: Screencap forum LP of Long Live the Queen. I'll update this on Wednesdays based on how thread reactions go. What I need from you all are classes for the week (affects skills), end-of-week activity (affects mood, which affects effectiveness of weekly classes), and plot decisions to be made. I'll briefly abridge the plot for the sake of comedy.

Week 0:
Queen Fidelia just died for mysterious reasons. Elodie (that's us) is only 14 and therefore can't ascend to the throne until her Fifteenth birthday (on Week 40). The Duke of Caloris (and, erm, King Dowager) Joslyn has collected us from boarding school - Elodie is going to be tutored privately henceforth. There are no plot decisions to be made on Week 0.

Note: for future weeks the first image will be for the end-of-week activity; there isn't one for Week 0 (the first one is officially part of Week 1)

EDIT READ THIS: This post now contains the latest prompt images as well as a brief recap. This post will self-update as we progress thanks to the magic of internet.

: mood • show

: classes and skills • show

: weekend • show

: plot • show

: recap • show
Week 0 - Studied Public Speaking (+0.00) and Meditation (+10.00). Charlotte (Lady Merva) and her family (Countess of Nix and Duke of Merva) arrived.
Week 1 - Began the week with a walk in the gardens (Mood is now AFRAID).

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I Wanna Be the Quest / Ad Astra
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:29:10 pm »
You have been selected.

The COUNCIL chose you specifically for this mission because of your history.

Do not disappoint.
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It is cold, snowy. The FESTIVAL MANAGER, a member of (and currently head of) the COUNCIL, is glaring at you and your partner. He speaks with a slight drawl, muted by decades of speaking a foreign language.

"So, you two are the ones who will be in charge of security at this festival. Remember, it is of utmost importance that the MINISTER receive the horary from Ginza when the time is right." The FESTIVAL MANAGER turns his back on you. "It is, after all, our purpose in organizing this affair."

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General Discussion! / Uhhh...
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:51:29 pm »
So which one of you is ybbald?

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General! / BE:P HYPE
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:42:15 pm »

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General Games! / Mafia on the Grey Labyrinth
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:05:48 pm »
So, many of you here have played Mafia before, yeah?

Well, I'm going to be running a Mafia game over on The Grey Labyrinth and I've got... maybe half of the player turnout I'd hoped/planned for.

Would anyone be interested in joining up?

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I Wanna Be the Quest / The Rise of Kafinex
« on: April 29, 2015, 11:02:09 pm »
Is anyone here familiar with D&D 2nd Edition, or should I dig out my 3E sourcebooks and refer to SRD for .5 errata? I want to do the prequel story to The Elsa Alliance but I don't want to have to juggle my own engine test at the same time.

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General Discussion! / Raekuul's Game Videos Thread
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:10:07 pm »
Got a mix of styles going on across my videos.

My older stuff (2013 - 2015) is primarily Spoken Commentary. HD is rare.
Nailn Scale
Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Thing (NOTE: Minimal hearts)
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (NOTE: Avoiding the Jet Potion as much as probable)
Jill of the Jungle
Wandering Hamster (NOTE: Unfinished as of 3/27/2016)
Hocus Pocus (NOTE: First series with substantial post-recording editing)
Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
Faxanadu
Sonic CD (Steam version)
First attempt at the Palace of the Four Sword (Link to the Past GBA port)
Castlevania II: Belmonts Revenge (Guest-starring some friends from raocows talkhaus)

Newer stuff (2016 - present) is primarily Subtitled Commentary. Starting with Dark Ages, theres also an accompanying Death Montage with each game/series. HD is a bit less rare.
Commander Keen, Invasion of the Vorticons through The Armageddon Machine (NOTE: First subtitled series)
Cosmos Cosmic Adventure (NOTE: First series with substantial editing via Avisynth)
Dark Ages
Metroid II: Return of Samus

I also stream weekly, Thursdays at about 8:00 PM Eastern, over on my twitch channel.
I archive my Twitch streams on YouTube, generally within 24 hours.
Final Fantasy 8 (NOTE: Episodes 1 and 11 are missing; 1 was never recorded and 11 was lost due to OBS crashing 3 minutes in and me not noticing)
Shantae and the Pirates Curse (NOTE: Steam Day 2, Pirate Mode, pseudo-speedrun)
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django (NOTE: On Hold because Final Fantasy 8)
One-off streams

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Crap! / Rickrolls of subpar quality
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:44:23 pm »
So someone shoved this Rickroll at me earlier today. As a rickroll, it's... kinda subpar.

What do you all think?
Yes, I'm aware that it's my own Sonic CD run, what of it?

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General Discussion! / GUYS AGAINST HUMANITY
« on: December 08, 2014, 01:20:39 am »
So I'm wanting to put together an IWBTF-themed Cardcast deck. I need ideas for Prompts (Black/Green Cards) and Responses (White/Red Cards)

EDIT: Cardcast deck GYRCU - Guys Against Humanity. Unlisted deck.

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Crap! / Excellent®(R)
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:37:07 am »

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General Discussion! / The ALL NEW Pokemon Thread!
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:07:32 pm »
Because the last few are lost to the mists of time.

I'm running a screenshot LP of a randomized Pokemon Yellow.

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Crap! / HEYYYY KIDS! THIS IS CRAAAAAZY TOM! I'M CRAAAAAZY!
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:57:56 am »
*prod*

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General Discussion! / Evan20000, you sneaky son of a...
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:32:19 am »
Why didn't you mention your game got finished?

http://www.zeldadungeon.net/wiki/Isle_of_Rebirth

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