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Cranky Dog

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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Noooo! What will happen to our favorite 5 headed draconic crab queen? Now it's a... It's a... Happy whale? I've been with the same avatar for over 15 years.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Recalling my surgery from three years ago, I already know the answers: First thing I'd want to see would be "Outside". I don't really care what I see, it could be a brick wall, as long as it's daylight. So any sizeable window will do. First thing I'd say: "What time is it?" Followed by a gajillion other questions, with plenty of "WTF?!" here and there.
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    Ahoy, Canada!!

    That's like asking which flavor of evil you prefer. Of the "Big 3", Bell is the worse of the lot, followed by Rogers. If you stay close to the large centers, with some research, you can find a bunch of third party ISPs and phone providers. Look real closely at contract duration, overuse charges, hidden fees, etc. Regardless, they're all unjustifiably expensive. [Yay Canada!]
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    The pin badge I ordered last week came in the mail yesterday. So I have a backup!
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    Getting To Know You August

    I wanted to be god of procrastination. But something came up. So I'm only a demi-god... which given the context makes me *more* powerful?
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    Ahoy, Canada!!

    Quote the beaver: "Bienvenue au Canada!" Sorry for the smoke, it's not like this normally.
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    Dice in general (not just mine) may or may not have launched a holy crusade against me and my characters. When I GMed for 2 years, my dice sucked while the players had an amazing amount of critical hits.
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    Though I've had bad experiences with fumbles, from my point of view, it's not so much that I don't like fumbles, but that the likelihood of fumbling increases with experience instead of going down. Staying with Pathfinder or D&D 3.x, while the hero becomes better at combat, the foes also tend to become progressively harder to hit, and those extra iterative attacks will just increase your chance of fumbling. I've played a monk in Pathfinder, and we used the crit failure deck. It was not to my advantage. The frequency of my fumbles was much much higher than my critical hits. And we did lose people due to the lingering consequences of some fumbles. Critical misses should still happen. I just expect my legendary heroes to have less chance (not zero chance) to fail embarrassingly.
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    All dragons are known to have pretty high AC (the older, the tougher). So I included the high DR on the dragon because there will be the 1 in 400 chance of a confirmed critical hit from an arrow. They sting! With a high DR, they tickle. Practically acupuncture. I could use an elder air elemental who has very high touch AC. My original point was that foes with high AC are already easier to miss, but should they make you miss more badly more often? For critical failures, I think I'd be more comfortable with a sort of table that does take into account your BAB. You rolled a 1 on this attack? Roll 1d20 on this table and add your BAB. A low result is bad (self injury; weapon damaged; dropped weapon), a high result is merely annoying (lose next action; -1 next attack; -1 AC; etc.). A result beyond the table is a regular miss. Specialized in your weapon? Or it's a natural weapon? Add +5! Even less chance of great failure. Last of your iterative attacks? Still use your highest BAB on the table. This way, hasted level 20 monks with Fury of Blows will not end up in wheelchairs at the end of each battle.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I don't think I can narrow it down to a single one. But 80s Saturday Morning Cartoons (and weekday afternoons syndicated shows) were my golden age of TV watching. To this day, if I'm channel flipping, and they happen to be on, I may stop and watch. Of significance: Transformers, generation 1 D&D cartoon Real Ghostbusters (first seasons when they entered syndication, not the last ones where Slimer was the main star) Any of the really old Loony Tunes/Merry Melodies. As for appreciation, most of these shows had from "Bah!" to "Wow!" levels of writing. On a *daily* basis? Uhm... emergency trip to the bathroom, forcing me to miss the beginning of a show or big meeting? Sometimes my lunches looks awkward. Last week, my lunch was tortilla shells and hummus. Very beige and bland looking. Still tasty.
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    I do remember it, but the chance of failure is also based on the enemy's AC. So fighting something that has incredibly tough armor, or is incredibly nimble won't just increase your chance of missing, but missing incredibly. It makes even less sense if you're using ranged weapons. The first level local militia could shoot the broadside of a barn all day with little risk. But if instead of a barn its a bored ancient dragon with high DR, standing still for laughs, then they're snapping bow strings, or shooting an ally in the knee forcing an early retirement, at every twentieth arrow.
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    Best Version of DnD?

    Now you got me curious. Since the word is of French origin, I naturally know how to pronounce it in its original form. But how do you guys normally pronounce it? It's already bad enough that every French speaking person I know pronounces 'drow' to sound like 'snow'. And it's still my preferred pronunciation.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I just looked at the weather online, and it's a big pile of "NOPE, TOO HOT, I'M STAYING INDOORS!" I live above the 49° parallel, my comfort zone is far lower than theirs. Reason enough for me to skip the costume this year.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My sense of taste is odd enough that I would probably drink it *and* like it. Disclaimer: I have never been to a Starbucks, nor similar coffee houses, and I can keep down Folgers.
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    Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin

    RIP May her soul sing as beautifully as she did in life.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Cartoons. No regrets! Though I am more selective and discriminating in what I watch. There are many great shows with excellent writing. And a lot more who aren't.
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    Put me in the same boat as you guys. In my early days of AD&D, I liked the crit failure tables. But with time, I realized that it gives a disadvantage to PCs as many have lingering affects further battles and exhausts resources. Something that's not a problem to the enemies as they are expected to lose in RPGs, so no worries. If a crit system takes into account the gradual improvement of warriors, essentially making them less likely to have a crit failure, then I may reconsider my position. For example, a fighter's weapon specialization, the weapon they can fight with in their sleep, should by default make it much less likely for them to critically miss. A higher BAB, representing combat experience, should make any failure less likely and/or less severe. So none of this "1 in 20 chance of great failure".
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    Volunteering, Tickets, and Classes

    Ah, got it. It worked! Growtix has a knack of logging me out all the time, so I keep missing a window somewhere.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    So I finally did something I meant to do for the next time I attended RCon. I ordered myself a pin button with my avatar on it. [Feels like cheating for the Bingo card] Downside is I may or may not receive it by the time I get to RCon. 6-9 days delivery time after manufacturing. And I leave in 10 business days. [Fingers crossed] But I'll be ready for RCon 2019, just wait and see! For real! Promise. Sorta. Unless something comes up... HELP!
  20. I played this game just before I moved away from my gaming group. There were a few elements that weren't clear the first (and only) time I played it. Particularly how scoring is done at the very end. Different choices would've been made instead. Why do I remember the temperature track being on the other side of the board? A different edition?
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    Getting To Know You August

    Comic book universe. That way I can get my own artist to draw me. Hell, I want to appear on a limited edition 90s style metal foil holographic embossed cover as one of the innocent bystanders standing in gaped shock as he's being rescued by [insert hero] from [insert villain or event].
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    Volunteering, Tickets, and Classes

    Question: I finally registered all of my classes. And one of them (with Anne Foerster ) has a $ fee. How do I pay for it? Growtix doesn't seem to add it. Do I pay Anne once in class, or something else?
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    2018 ReaperCon Forumite Bingo Signup

    [Takes down notes] So the green smorkin' leprechaun gangster wolf zombie is Thes. *Not* the blue smorkin' leprechaun gangster wolf zombie. Fool me once...
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Two weeks to go! Nothing painted in almost a year. Recently moved, everything was packed for months and is still packed, no paint studio set up... [Channels inner Kermit and flails arms in alarm and excitement]
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    Getting To Know You August

    Any management position. I'm a natural introvert and would have to deal with many people I have very little in common with. I'm also too darn nice and would try to make everyone happy, which generally is doomed to failure. Curiously, when I GM a game, I feel relatively at ease as I'm among a small group of people with whom I have common interests. Tissue paper and napkins! Something *always* needs to be cleaned or wiped! Mostly, but not always, relating to various body orifices.
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