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  • London After Midnight - Spider and the Fly, Best Nightmare, etc.

    Theatres des Vampires. Yes, it's blatant, I don't care.

    Anyway, for me, the original The Crow soundtrack is the VtM/WoD soundtrack.

    Also, some of Disturbed for Anarch stuff.
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Hmm, somehow missed that... Well, count it up to the list of "things I don't like about Golarion". It isn't a long list, but it's definitely on it.

    However, I'd need a further digging on the whole picture, because I'm fairly sure note every undead in PF is evil (at least I think the ghost woman in Cariion Crown 1 isn't) and Pharasma isn't evil and I'm not sure, but maybe I read some good necromancer variant somewhere. I'm not even sure all the haunts are unifically evil...

    Also, there were the necromancer woman in the "Lord of Runes" novel. Varian...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    In short: no.

    A lot of necromancy spells have nothing sinister about them. A lot of the others, I have trouble seeing sipping away life energy as inherently evil, compared to burning/freezing/dissolving/mind controlling/etc. the opponent.

    The connection to the negative energy plane, I just can't see one of the original sources of creation as "evil" I think it's beyond that. I believe it's just human's tendency of connecting death and entropy to evil.

    But then again, I don't use "D&S morality" as radically different from real-world...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Agree, it's a really intersting era, with lot of going-ons. I never understood why it is so underused....
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  • PMárk
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    Nothing wrong with that. I mean, it worked for 7th Sea...

    Actually, I like this type of naming, if the setting is really a fantasy/alternate history version of real-world Europe. To me it's better than coming up with entirely made-up names.

    Oh, and "Francia" is "French" the language and nationality in Hungarian. ...
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  • PMárk
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    That's great! To be honest, I'm a bit of a sucker of the 16th century, because my main HEMA interest (bolognese fencing and sidesword/rapier fencing in general) is connected to that era. Regardless it was a highly interesting age, at the dawn of renaissance humanism. Mentioned that, I think reading up a little on fencing guilds and masters could give you some good story hooks!

    Also, Francis Drake......
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    It depends. I'm Hungarian, so I actually have experience with this. Here, Romani politicians and intellectuals are using it, Romani in general are using it and you could use it with them, if you're doing it in a respectful way. It's not quite like the N-word, although it could be. It's also somewhat varies from individual to individual.

    Anyway, I pointedly used it above, because I talked about the trope and fantasy gypsies in the mentioned books, not the real world ethnicity. In the later case I tend to use Romani too.




    For my part, okay, i don't...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Something like that, with the caveat that, except of the case of divinely restricted classes, a couple of missteps won't really change your alignment, in my book.

    Really, I see it as yes, those forces exist in their purity on the cosmic level, in the form of gods and outsiders, but the Material Plane and its inhabitants are just more complex than that. They have an alignment, but it's just a shorthand to summarize their core beliefs and/or, as you write, actual actions through their life.

    Also, it's interesting that you wrote that law and chaos would be more nebulous,...
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  • PMárk
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    Except Vistani are not like that, nor Varisians. Yes, they have shady groups, which are a minority, just like with every other group of people, but they are most definitely not defined by them in neither settings.

    The mystical gypsy/traveling gypsy caravan is a strong trope, just like a countless other tropes, based on, yes, stereotypes. That doesn't make it bad. If the game has room for fantasy vikings, fantasy Middle-Easterners, fantasy Africans, fantasy French, fantasy Indians, fantasy Western-Europeans, Fantasy samurai and ninjas, Chinese etc., I think it definitely has room for...
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  • PMárk
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    Mmmmm, villains, not so sure. Opportunist bastards? Totally! Anyway, I agree, the Sellswords was my favorite Salvatore stuff, although I really liked the older Drizzt books too and not just the Home trilogy. Basically, I liked it as long as Drizzt was a somewhat interesting character, with real dialogues and POV and thoughts, not just a plot device. It was really just the las two books for a long time when he became again to be an actual character.

    Never really got the hook of Cadderly and co.




    I disagree, but I suspect neither of us got surprised...
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  • Lot of good thoughts here.

    I'm somewhat the kind of player mentioned in the OP. To me, Wraith is a very interesting setting and an important part of WoD, but I always wanted to use it as a background for the events in another splats' chronicles (or using Wraith characters as supplemental cast and sometimes switch to them, when the main thread of the chronicle needs a bit of shakeup) and never felt the inclination to actually play it on itself, especially long-term.

    Ultimately, it's just too bleak for me, you're dead, you're being separated from the actual world and its...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Quite fair points, I think you're right.

    Also, Ustalav... I feel it's a lot more the true spiritual successor of Ravenloft than CoS and I constantly have an itch to really tie-in the two and the varisians and Vistani...

    Also Cheliax... Really, Golarion is just delightfully darker by quite a few degrees than FR. Also, I appreciate how it is a lot more renaissance, with firearms and all....
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Oh, I absolutely agree with you! I didn't mean I don't like PF's drow, I think they done them very well, as a reimagination of classic D&D villains! It's just, I like the classic aesthetics far better and that theme intrinsically tied to Lolth. Also, again, I just like them as not only villains and as active players in the setting. I don't mean Drizzt-like good guys, those are rightly outliers, but I like more nuanced, more "grey" drow and I wish Paizo would do something in that direction. I'd be highly interested to see drow to be a little more integrated into the actual going-ons...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Also, as we mentioned drow, I might add that from some of the rare things I kept favoring FR over PF's Golarion, one is the handling of the drow. Mind, I like their origin-story in PF tremendously, but they just aren't the same without Lolth and the spider-y aesthetics. The bulky, leering-demon-faces-on-everything aesthetics in PF just feels clunky in comparison to the sleek, web-adorned design. I even liked how they got more nuanced and a "player race" over time and not a big fan how Paizo kept them strictly to the underground and as boogeymen only, but I know others are preferring...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Yeah, conceptually it was really great.



    Heh, me too. Although, after maybe the thousan orcs arc, Drizzt himself became more like a plot device than a real character. I always liked Jarlaxle and Entreri, but after their own trilogy, I just wanted to read about them a lot more than Drizzt, because Drizzt became stale. Even in his own later books, the supporting cast was far more interesting. Nevertheless, I'll always have a special place in my heart for that drow and his kitty. I'm sad the series ended with Hero, because it was the best book in the series for a long...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    And that's very true! D&D at this point is like Hollywood, like the mainstream music industry, etc. Hasbro/WotC is a big company and they want to play it safe, thus blandness and regurgitating old stuff.



    The second one is a lot better, I agree! My favorite is the halfling lass showing a map to a human. Although, I was okay with the 3e/Dragonlance-style halflings. I think Paizo does the hobbit-halflings better too.



    Yeah, 4e had the best gnomes from all the editions and



    that too, PF gnomes are quite good, both...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    Absolutely! Merisiel's leather armor is... passable, but yeah, a big, glowing (literally, 'cause she's a rogue, so it'd absolutely hinder sneaking around...) cleavage on her armor is nothing but pointless eyecandy.

    Also, boobplates... I really wish every fantasy author, even the ones I like would forget boobplates, it just hurts my HEMA sensibilities. Rapiers (commonly depicted as olympic fencing foils) and archery are common atrocities in fantasy art too, although, Rynolds and Paizo in general does those refreshingly well.



    Yeah, I like him too and i agree...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    This is a great summary. I can appreciate the attempt on diversity, but the style, I found underwhelming and really, being diverse isn't really a visual quality, I think. That there is a picture about a black woman in sensible gear doesn1t say anything about the quality or style of the picture. As I said, Paizo also takes pain to being diverse and it's a lot better in style, at least for my tastes. It's a bit funny, for example that the Nerdarchy channel on YT is 90% 5e, but the thumbnails of their videso are showing 90% Pathfinder art.

    Also, 5e halflings... That's just an atrocity....
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    You might be right, that could be a thing, especially for people who are pointedly looking for it and I absolutely don't want to say that in itself it isn't a good thing, on the contrary.

    However, Paizo is doing that for a long time too, so I can't really be overly hyped by that. Although admittedly, the later got some quite-sexualized pieces too, but to be honest, I like some good 'ol sexualization in high fantasy (or, in general, rpgs) and while I'm heterosexual, I'm glad they're doing it for either sex. I also like that not all of them are like that (for example, one of my ever-favorite...
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  • PMárk
    replied to The D&D thread
    I feel somewhat similar. I get why 5e is so successful and I won't say for a moment that it isn't and that it isn't a working strategy, how they're doing things. To be honest, I was very enthusiastic back then just after reading the PhB, but over time it became just lacking to me. Lacking mechanical/simulation depth, lacking options for customization after the first few levels, lacking setting material, lacking novels, lacking real magic item economy and crafting rules and a lot of other things. Sad, because some ideas I really liked, although after a few games I began seeing the strains of the...
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